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Legendary Fashion Designer Bob Mackie Talks About His Work On The Carol Burnett Show

Gags-and-Gowns-The-Genius-of-Bob-MackieBob Mackie is one of the most prolific American fashion designers. He has dressed such celebrities as Cher, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and Elton John. He has also designed custom and exclusive Barbie dolls for the serious Barbie collectors. However, a large part of his work was showcased during his 11 year run as head costume designer on The Carol Burnett Show. Now, in the featurette “Gags and Gowns: The Genius of Bob Mackie” the 72 year old talks about some of his most outrageous and wackiest designs for arguably one of the greatest comediennes of all time, Carol Burnett.

The featurette is one of 13 to be included in the new box set from Time Life, The Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection. The box set is available for pre-order and will feature 20 hours of bonus material as well as 50 episodes, all showcasing the signature Bob Mackie style and fashion, and of course the great comedy of Ms. Carol Burnett!

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Trailer Debut

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Machinima just released the full length trailer for the live action series “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”. The series will be available on their Machinima Prime channel and will cover the beginning of the war between humans and the Covenant. Expect to see some great live action heroics from our iconic hero Master Chief in this series. You can become a subscriber of MachinimaPrime here. The series is set to premiere this fall, so set your calendars for October 5, 2012!

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New Movie Dredd Exclusive Trailer Debut

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The popular comic book character Judge Dredd is getting a 21st century make over in the upcoming stylized action flick Dredd. The movie stars Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Dredd, the ultimate judge in law enforcement. This movie already looks like a sharp and gritty departure from the previous film based on the comic book hero starring Sylvester Stallone.

Set in a future American wasteland inside the fictional crime ridden Mega City, the “judges” who have been granted the the powers of judge, jury, and executioner, are the only thing that stand in the way of complete chaos. Machinima has the exclusive trailer available on their youtube channel.

“During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival. -Lionsgate”

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Release: 9/21/2012
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Interview with Ricky “Rickonia” Smith of Follow Me: The Rickonia Experience

Ricky Smith has become a social media celebrity tweeting about his daily life and his witty observations on pop culture. He has also become somewhat of a cult legend by crashing parties and meeting some of the hottest celebrities in the business. Now Ricky is taking his “Rickonia Experience” on the ultimate road trip, and he is going to be filming all the way. Follow Me: The Rickonia Experience is a Kickstarter project to raise money to help produce the film that will not only showcase Ricky’s comedic exploits, but also follow him around the country as he takes a social media journey to meet followers, crash parties, and do whatever. I had the chance to chat with Ricky about life and how he likes to live it.

Ari: Your motto is “Live life to the fullest.” Can you explain a little bit behind the personal meaning of that phrase to you?

Ricky: I think people think way too big when it comes to living life to the fullest. It’s not always about becoming this big time famous ‘xyz’ or doing something crazy. I think living life to the fullest is about enjoying life. It is about being grateful. Whether it’s enjoying a beer or just taking a walk. It is knowing that life is good and could be so much worse. If you always keep that at the forefront of your thinking, then good, fun things will follow.

Ari: Who is your favorite comic book hero, and did you ever dream of being a superhero when you grew up?

Ricky: That’s an easy one! BATMAN!!! Only because he is just an ordinary guy (all be it rich as hell) with no super powers. I honestly thought I was going to grow up to be his eventual replacement.

Ari: How would you classify your brand of comedy?

Ricky: I honestly wouldn’t say what I’m doing is comedy. I think it’s more living in the moment. Just knowing that tomorrow is not given, so why not just live for today. When people TRULY live by this motto, comedy and laughter is sure to follow.

Ari: What was the craziest thing you ever did on your Rickonia Adventures?

Ricky: That’s a hard one. Ummmm probably drinking 10 vodka shots in a minute. Or snuck into the MTV Awards pretending to be a certain celebrity that people think I look like.

Ari: Do you get star struck when meeting famous people and crashing parties?

Ricky: No. Half the time I’m too drunk to remember until someone shows me the pictures online the next day.

Ari: Who have you met who has impacted you the most?

Ricky:I met Selita Ebanks many years ago and we have remained close close friends ever since. Tichina Arnold is another good friend that my antics has allowed me to meet and become really close with. Oh and I can’t forget Redfoo and the entire LMFAO crew. Michael Irving and Suge Knight might have given me the coolest stories.

Ari: What are some of the places you are planning to go on your cross country trip for the film?

Ricky: I plan on going some of everywhere! I am excited about seeing the entire US. I think every place and everyone has a great story. Not just the big cities like NYC and LA, but the small town with two traffic lights and a gas station. Those are the places I think the best stories will come out of.

Ari: Is there any place you will refuse to go or anything you will refuse to do on this trip?

Ricky: Nope. I am open to going everywhere and doing everything as long as my life and anus aren’t in jeopardy, I’m down.

Ari: What is your best recommended method for getting over a hangover, and does it really work?

Ricky: Drink more. Can’t have a hangover if you stay drunk.

Ari: What warnings or advice do you have to give people, especially women, about the hard partying lifestyle?

Ricky: Know your own personal limits. Partying is fun but only if everyone is having fun. Nobody wants to babysit the drunk mofo in the corner throwing up. If you are a lightweight, get your weight up in the off season, but leave the weak stuff at home.

Ari: What other projects besides the film are you working on?

Ricky: Working on a coffee table book and getting a date with Tatyana Ali.

Ricky has met his goal for funding but he could use everyone’s help in getting to at least 500 backers on Kickstarter. Pledge just a dollar for the chance to just be in on the hilarious updates on the project that are sure to follow!

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Interview: Dino Wells of When the Bell Rings

wtbrwebsite_color_newBoxing is an unforgiving sport. It’s brutal, hard, and punishing for those who enter the ring. Championship quests are often never fulfilled, and glory is sometimes fleeting. Yet, the sport can be as rewarding as it is exciting to watch. Those rewards don’t always come in the form of monetary success. Sometimes the reward is life success, and the ability to realize goals and dreams you never thought were possible to achieve.

Dino Wells is a man who is embarking on a difficult journey. At 40, he is getting back into the boxing ring to begin his professional career in the super middle weight division. During the early 90’s, he was a rising star in the amateur ranks, but faced with setbacks, he had to put his dreams of a boxing career on hold.

To chronicle his path towards professional boxing, Dino has teamed up with director Brad Bores for the documentary When the Bell Rings. I was fortunate to be able to sit down with Dino and chat about the film, his life, his goals, and the sport. In this interview and the trailers for the film, you will be able to see Dino’s heartfelt ambitions to become a better man, a better father, and a championship fighter.

Ari: What keeps you motivated on your journey towards getting back into the ring?

Dino: Wanting to be a better father, and my past anger built inside of me.

Ari: What level do you hope to achieve in professional boxing?

Dino: I want to win a world title. I will give it all in the ring to do so. Why? Because as an amateur I failed to win…I think 4 titles.

Ari: How does boxing influence the person that you are, and shape the person you want to become?

Dino: Well I can release my inner anger in training, and ultimately whoever I fight, as I rise as a fighter, I will gain the long lost respect that I deserve.

Ari: How did you and director Brad Bores team up?

Dino: Working on the Independent Spirit Awards. I was fat and out of shape. Sad and bitter. I wanted to do this comeback for years, and no one took me serious. So more I fell in the dumps. So I poured out my heart to him, and told him my life. He was compelled, and said let’s do this.

Ari: How is filming of the documentary taking place? Do cameras follow you around 24/7? Is there any part of your life that is off limits in this film?

Dino: Filming is going great. We shoot on Brad’s schedule, now that he’s taken this on 100% cameras will be rolling 60% of my day. I guess if I had a woman, the bedroom nocturnal activities would be off limits (laughs).

Ari: You want to become a better father. In your opinion, what qualities do you believe are necessary to be a good parent?

Dino: Well this is a very sensitive matter that I will discuss, which is the one of the reasons for the documentary. Two of my children’s mothers makes my life difficult. Meaning, I want to spend time with them, have the means to have funds to do things with them, give them things they need and want. Spend quality time at their sporting events and so forth. Time spent and conversations are the best, but when you are forced to be a dead beat, and the kid gets one view of the father then it’s no good.

(in tears in Starbucks now)

I have really four children. An 18 year old son that my mom took from me. A 14 year old daughter who calls me when she wants something, (when I don’t have it and then back to distance). I have a 10 year old son who’s mother’s sole mission is to make my life miserable.
My 9 year old son’s mom is the only one I am cool with, and she finally understands my drive and wants. Three mothers, four kids

Ari: And how is your relationship with your own parents?

Dino: (laughs) I love my mother, but we had a terrible relationship. I hadn’t seen her in 14 years. On this trip, shooting this documentary, we are about to see each other for the first time since she took my son, and it will be emotional. My father, bah hum bug. I love him because he’s a Vietnam vet, and he contributed in making me. This is the reason why I want to be in my kids’ lives now more because of my disgruntledness with my dysfunctional relationship with my parents

Ari:
What inspires you and how do you hope to inspire others with this film?

Dino: What inspires me? I don’t want to sound like a broken record, me being a better father, and I want others to see you can do what ever you want if you just fight, no matter how many dream terrorists are out there to blow up your dreams down playing your goals or mission, keep it moving. I am 40, and finally getting motion and guidance where I am moving. Plus, I am a Buddhist now so that helps even more.

Ari: What is your opinion on the state of professional boxing? I happen to live in Las Vegas which was a boxing mecca, and has seen the sport decline in audience here in the last decade with the rise of MMA. What do you think needs to happen to keep boxing as a top draw sport?

Dino: Boxing is in a great state except for the heavy height division. MMA is what it is, but that’s another reason why I am back in the ring. Build a big following and give it the luster that Sugar Ray Robinson and Marvelous Marvin Hagler brought to the table. What needs to happen? Give me a title shot, and after I become 11-0-10 KO’s. Which I am 0-0-0 right now as a pro (laughs). I am a beast, and I will not be denied. I will beat anyone in front of me. I have nothing to lose. Much to gain. I was borderline suicidal at one point, but hey, I overcame that. I was scorned by false love. I have been destroyed by two of my kids’ moms. I’m rebuilding my legacy so the next 40 years of my life I can live without scratching for change. My film career didn’t take me there. My writing didn’t take me there. So I go back to what I know: kickin’ azz!

Ari: Besides boxing, what other talents, projects, and plans do you have and are working on?

Dino: I am a screenwriter with numerous scripts and an abundance of plots, ideas and concepts. Hollywood is sleeping on me. I am a unsung poet. Check my past facebook notes, and/or myspace blogs. I am focused on my boxing career since everything else is being blindsided by every one else doing their thing in Hollywood.

If you would like to learn more about Dino Wells, Brad Bores, or donate towards the completion of their documentary film, visit www.whenthebellrings.com

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