Sheri Berkery Cherry Hill Courier-Post Published 1:12 PM EST Dec 31, 2018 SICKLERVILLE - Jon Brascetta grew up watching tough guys "The Rock" and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Now he's an action star in his own right. Brascetta, 30, will appear on NBC's "The Titan Games," a reality competition launched by his "huge inspiration" Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock. The show begins Thursday, Jan. 3, with 64 contestants who eventually will be whittled to one male and one female winner, each receiving a $100,000 prize. A trailer for the show, which is described as a "large-scale physical competition series," hints at the intense head-to-head challenges contestants will face. They're seen making their way through massive obstacle courses that include pole vaulting and running over giant rolling barrels, and pulling opposite sides of a steel beam in an outsize version of tug-of-war. Good thing Brascetta is used to superhuman feats. A fighting chance … [Read more...] about The Rock’s NBC reality show will feature NJ martial artist Jon Brascetta
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Glenn Frazier, protagonist of one of the most incredible World War II stories ever told, died in in Daphne, Alabama on September 15 at the age of 94.We profiled Frazier in 2017 and captured his story, which began when he ran away from home in tiny Fort Deposit at age 16, lying about his age so he could enlist in the Army. In the next months, the former high school football star would experience hand to hand combat, and suffer through one of the most notorious of all war crimes, the Bataan Death March, a savage crucible that killed thousands of soldiers, American and Filipino alike. Ultimately, he would endure five years as a slave laborer in Japanese prison camps before he’d see the United States again. Below, in honor of Veterans Day, we present Frazier’s story as he recounted it to AL.com in 2017, during a marathon four-day interview session.As he talked, Frazier laughed, cried, and repeatedly thanked the Lord for healing his heart of the bitterness and hate that plagued … [Read more...] about Alabama vet endured Bataan Death March, POW camps, died spreading message of love
Tara Reid, Rachael Leigh Cook and Rosario Dawson in Josie and the Pussycats. Universal/Allstar I have a hard time explaining what a weird moment in time “the millennium” (1998-2001) was to people who were too young to really remember it. I was a teenager in the ‘90s, which meant I was a helpless part of the slacker rebellion, worshipping at the feet of grunge and alternative culture, rebelling against all manner of corporate influence from the safety of the cushiest time imaginable.But popular culture reflected all these values back at us, from movies, to music, to MTV, so we felt like the world revolved around us. But all this really did was pave the way for a stark transition. When the dream of the ‘90s crashed and burned (ironically through the burst of the dot-com bubble), corporations shifted their interests to a new core demographic; they discovered the buying power of “tween culture,” which not-so-coincidentally coincided with the meteoric … [Read more...] about Looking Back at ‘Josie and the Pussycats’: A Perfect Picture of 2000’s Music Revolution
Updated 2:41 pm, Thursday, April 19, 2018 Now Playing: Cardi B explained to Ellen that her Coachella performance was basically a reenactment of how she got pregnant Media: People INDIO, Calif. (AP) — Gusty winds swept the mountains and deserts of Southern California on Thursday, forcing managers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to close campgrounds where thousands of fans were heading for the annual event's second weekend. "The National Weather Service has issued a severe high wind warning beginning Thursday morning lasting through early morning Friday," the festival tweeted. "Opening of camping is delayed." The campgrounds were rescheduled to open at 3 a.m. Friday, an hour after the weather service warning was set to expire. The festival noted that the timing was still dependent on safety conditions. Campgrounds normally open a day ahead of the festival, which runs Friday through Sunday for two consecutive weekends each spring. Festivalgoers … [Read more...] about High winds delay opening of Coachella festival camping
By Washington Post | PUBLISHED: April 12, 2018 at 8:26 am | UPDATED: April 12, 2018 at 8:36 am By Travis M. Andrews | The Washington Post It’s rare for Fleetwood Mac – a rock band formed in 1967 – to garner headlines in 2018. Monday’s news that Lindsey Buckingham reportedly has been fired shook the rock community, earning eulogies and angry quips on Twitter. There’s little question that the iconic band is losing a visionary musician (again) in Buckingham. But during a time when pop culture is re-examining its heroes, it’s important to remember that the guitarist and songwriter’s personal reputation is littered with allegations of controlling, belittling and even abusive behavior. Rock ‘n’ roll is often steeped in mythology, so, like any stories about the genre, it comes down to whom you choose to believe: the camp that thinks Buckingham is a misunderstood genius or the camp that believes he’s a jerk. Many of the stories … [Read more...] about Lindsey Buckingham: Rock’s biggest jerk or misunderstood genius?