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Originally posted 07/13/2013 11:50AM
Sharknado-mania swept social media Thursday night, but outside of the Twitterverse it looks like most people chose not to take the sharkbait.
Recently released Nielsen ratings show that only about 1.4 million people watched SyFy's shlock masterpiece, which "realistically" (cough, cough) features man-eating sharks attacking unsuspecting Los Angeles residents after getting blown to shore by an epic storm.
According to USA Today, the Nielsen figure is downright average for a movie premiere on this channel, which has found a niche trotting out awesomely bad horror flicks. (Case in point: the 2011 film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid starring '80s queens Tiffany and Deborah Gibson.)
Originally posted 05/15/2009 09:35AM
The race is on in Hollywood to play Ol' Blue Eyes.
Oscar winner Martin Scorsese will be directing and producing a biopic about legendary singer Frank Sinatra, who died in 1998 at age 82. The hot-tempered Sinatra led a famously colorful life: He wed four times (including to movie stars Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow), had early ties to organized crime, and starred in 50-plus movies, including the original Rat Pack extravaganza, Ocean’s Eleven, as well as From Here to Eternity, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The role of Sinatra has yet to be cast, but the early favorite is Leonardo DiCaprio, who has made three films with Scorsese, including Shutter Island, which opens this fall. Another possible contender: Johnny Depp. Respected film industry blogger Nikki Finke reports he's the choice of the sponsoring studio, Universal. Neither actor is known for his warbling abilities, but that doesn’t matter because the film, which has the cooperation of the Sinatra estate, will use the crooner’s original recordings.
Other possible contenders? Justin Timberlake, who actually can sing and has the right hungry look. Tween heartthrob Joe Jonas has the pipes and the right look. Or maybe even Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, if he loses the fangs and nails a New Jersey accent. Pick your favorite to portray the crooner below:
Originally posted 10/10/2008 12:25PM
He may have his hands full as a rapper, actor, and CEO, but Diddy is never one to be all business and no pleasure. In his latest TV ad, he manages to cover both simultaneously by paying homage to Frank Sinatra.
But recent days haven't been a total party. Last week, Diddy had surgery to repair his right rotator cuff.
Still, injury or no injury, the hip hop mogul still knows how to get down.
"There's nights in Vegas when I have my Frankie baby with me. That's right, Frank Sinatra is with me. Call me crazy. I'm not afraid to say I have imaginary friends," Diddy quips. "And Frank is one of them."
A tuxedoed Diddy hosts a swanky house party in Ciroc Vodka's newest commercial that evokes Sinatra's era. It was shot in black and white at one of Sinatra's California homes and features the late singer's classic, "Come Fly With Me."
"He's always influenced me and naturally inspired me," Diddy, who announced his partnership with the vodka brand last year, tells PEOPLE. "So this was me honoring Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and the style and sophistication of that time."
Originally posted 06/03/1999 12:00AM
The FBI opened the books on the late Frank Sinatra Tuesday. Spanning 40 years of trailing Ol' Blue Eyes, the 1,275 pages of records, pictures and reports by FBI agents sometimes portrayed Sinatra in an unflattering light but never seemed to prove he was directly involved in the Mafia or the Communist Party. "Sinatra enjoys surrounding himself with hoodlums and ... would give up his show business prominence to be a hoodlum himself if he had the courage to do so," one FBI document said. The files also show the FBI's accounts of Sinatra as the victim of threats to his life and the target of extortion schemes.
Originally posted 02/23/1999 12:00AM
Frank Sinatra's 1947 Twin Palms Estate is for sale in Palm Springs, according to an ad that ran in Sunday's Los Angeles Times. "An opportunity to own a legendary home designed by a legendary architect for a truly legendary man," reads the announcement. "The four-bedroom, seven-bath home has been meticulously restored including original and period furnishings. Pool cabana with his/hers baths and changing rooms." The den once contained Frank's toy train set that circled a miniature replica of his hometown, Hoboken, N.J., and John F. Kennedy once slept at the house. Asking price: $1,890,000.
Originally posted 11/06/1998 12:00AM
Found, in Old Blue Eyes's hometown of Hoboken, N.J.: a lacquered aluminum record from the 1930s that may actually be Frank Sinatra's first recording as a solo artist. The recording, made by amateur musician Walter Costello, features Sinatra singing "Roses of Picardy," accompanied by Costello on the accordion. "My opinion is that the record is for real," Tom Owen, a voice identification expert, told the Associated Press. "If it's not Sinatra, it's the best fake you could do." Costello's widow, Angela "Dolly" Calandriello, said her only plans for the momento are to display it at Hoboken's mini-museum for Sinatra, called From Here to Eternity -- after his 1954 Oscar-winning movie.
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