Spartacus may be set to come to an end after this upcoming season, but that may not be all for the franchise.According to Deadline, the show’s network, Starz, is considering commissioning a spin-off of the show, which would surround Roman leader Gaius Julius Caesar. Though it’s still in the early stages of discussion, the spin-off would be helmed by Spartacus executive producer Robert Tapert. The character of Julius Caesar is set to be introduced in the series some time during the upcoming third season, and is portrayed by Australian actor Todd Lasance. As his storyline picks up before he’s begun “his ascent toward ruling the Roman state,” it could be the perfect set-up for a spin-off. The third and final season of Spartacus, titled War of the Damned, is set to premiere on January 25th.
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Rajon Rondo received a two-game suspension for his scuffle with Kris Humphries in last night’s Brooklyn Netsvs. Boston Celtics game at the TD Garden. The NBA’s assist leader (12.9 per game) was the instigator in the fight that seeped into the stands. Rondo’s shoving of Humpries after the power forward’s hard foul on Kevin Garnett escalated the already tense situation further, leading to the squabble.
The Celtics are 8-7 and currently in fourth place in the Atlantic division. Their All-Star point guard will have to sit out the next two games which are against the Portland Trail Blazers and Milwaukee Bucks. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO..
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This past Monday, the Internet nearly exploded with the biggest discount day of the year. As online shopping becomes more popular, less people wait in lines on the day after Thanksgiving. We agree, we’d rather shop on our computers than stand in inclement weather for Black Friday sales. According to CBS News, online sales saw a 30 percent rise on Monday. The National Retail Federation forecasts online retail sales will rise up to roughly $586 billion this year. It makes sense, as it takes less time to click and buy than drive around various shops and malls. ComScore Inc, a research firm, states that sales on Monday versus last year rose 17 percent from $1.25 billion to $1.46 billion. Mobile sales this year have played a tremendous role in the increase, thanks to companies like Amazon and Ebay offering amazing deals, and to the increased usage of tablets enabling consumers to shop anywhere. These numbers prove that Cyber Monday isn’t just a trend. Overall sales have increased because there are more people taking advantage of the sales. Expect to see longer and more extensive sales next year during the Thanksgiving week as companies seek to recover the cost of holding older inventory and introduce new products. Start saving now because with the right amount of cash, you can redo your entire wardrobe next Cyber Monday.
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It looks like Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon may have called it quits. The couple, who announced their engagement on Lifetime’s The Houstons: On Our Own, took to Twitter to say they are no longer together. It is unclear how long Brown, 19, and her informally-adopted brother Gordon, 22, were romantically involved. But, their relationship made national headlines especially after her mother’s death and theirrumored engagement, which Brown’s aunt denied. Brown appeared to be telling her side of the breakup story through a series of tweets. “Who do I trust in this world? Pfft well that’s easy beezie, #Myself,” she tweeted. “That’s incredibly fine… Because you’d be missing out on a #REALperson,” she wrote with the hashtags: #onmyown #goingtomakeit and #determined. Just before the holidays, Gordon confirmed rumors of their breakup as well. “@REALbkBrown and I are not engaged or dating. Just close like we have always been,” he tweeted. Brown concluded her Twitter rant by saying, “I guess it’s time for me to stop depending on anyone. It’s my time to follow what Mom & The Lord put out on this path for me. #Thankful. Mom xxo.”
Alicia Keys’ huge fan base includes more than 10 million Twitter followers and 1.3 million Instagram followers, but her biggest fan is still her husband, producer Swizz Beatz. Yesterday, Keys’ fifth studio album, Girl on Fire, dropped and Beatz did his best to promote his wife’s project—buying several copies of the album. “Ok I might get stan of the year award! So what! I just got 150 copies to give out 2 fans,” he tweeted. That followed a series of album-related tweets declaring Keys’ latest installment a “classic.” Keys tweeted sheer happiness for the support: “I swear I love this man with all of me!” Their love came to life at last night’s iHeartRadio concert for Hurricane Sandy first responders. During the 13-song set, Keys often looked off to the side of the stage and gazed into the eyes of Beatz during a number of her signature hits. But perhaps the most adorable moment of the night came when their son, Egypt, joined Keys on stage during “No One” for a mommy-mushy moment that left everyone saying “awe.” SOURCE
In 2011, as Illinois politicians redrew congressional district maps, they exercised a power grab that was intended to protect those already in office or even gain more seats for Democrats. Officials split some of the state’s growing Latino population between districts already represented by Democrats and those where they hoped to see Republicans lose. An incumbent Democrat like former Chicago-area Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was supposed to have little problem holding a seat that for three decades has been held by an African-American. But in 2011, no one knew then that Jackson would spend a portion his term in seclusion trying to manage a mental illness. And no one knew that, after winning reelection earlier this month, Jackson would resign amid allegations of misappropriated campaign funds. Now, with Jackson out and Illinois set to stage a special election in February, Jackson’s former district could end up being represented by a white Democrat from Chicago’s suburbs. And for the crowded field of mostly black candidates that have expressed interest in Jackson’s old job, winning support of Latino voters and at least a smattering of white voters may be the key to victory. “Ironically, because of redistricting, what has long been a seat held by a black politician is going to require a black candidate that can bring together a kind of Barack Obama pan-ethnic coalition just to maintain the status quo,” said Laura Washington, a political consultant and former political science professor at De Paul University. CONTINUE READING…
You might recall last December’s news from VH1, announcing that the network was developing a biopic on pop/ hip hop/ R&B group TLC. Skip ahead about a year later, to tonight’s news that the project is still very much alive, and, in fact, is set to begin shooting in early 2013, with casting underway. From a VH1 press release, screenwriter Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With It, Set it Off, Beauty Shop) has penned the screenplay for the film, which is currently untitled, and it’s said that Chilli and T-Boz have signed on as consultants and executive producers of the movie, along with Bill Diggins and Maggie Malina, as well asAlexander Motlagh for Pop Films. Jeff Olde and Jill Holmes are serving as executive producers for VH1, on what is currently being called Untitled TLC Biopic.
VH1 says that the feature film is the first in a series of scripted music-focused TV movies that will air on VH1. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early 2013, with casting in full swing; although no word on what actors are in the running; whether they’re looking at known actors, or fresh faces.
To round out their recent Return of D Rose visual series, today we take a look at adidas Basketball’s sixth and final episode. During the clip, the Bulls point guard reflects on the documentary as well as his coinciding journey and immense fan support. Some of the more inspiring tweets related to Rose’s path to recovery were chosen to grace the footage, as they are shown throughout the on-hand aesthetic. Press play below to check out the final installment.
First impressions are everything and few have greater impact than a hip-hop artist’s debut album. Part of the reason why rap debuts are so revered is because they present the first opportunity to judge an artist’s singular body of work. But there’s also an unspoken pressure here. Historically, so many rap debuts are so damn good, and anyone looking to make their first foray into a career within the genre has a lot to live up to.
Whether it’s Dr. Dre changing the sound of hip-hop production with The Chronic or Clipse ushering in a new era of urgent lyricism on Lord Willin’ two decades later, time has shown that many do, in fact, live up to these pressures. A rapper’s initial offering can often have a massive influence on subsequent releases, and culture in general. Sometimes that first album is the most significant of an artist’s career. If it seems like the scales of appreciation are tipped in favor of debuts, it’s because they are. There’s a reason whyJay-Z calls Reasonable Doubt his “baby.” There’s a reason why Raekwon still can’t escape the shadow of OnlyBuilt 4 Cuban Linx. Rappers essentially have their entire lives to make their first album, and it shows—in some releases more than others. We decided to get to the bottom of the never-ending discussion about rap’s greatest debuts. It was tough, like any list of this scope, but we got it down to 50 surefire classics, from past and present, and we’ve ranked them as well. Is Illmatic No. 1? Which artists who dropped their first LP in the past decade made the cut? Read on to find out all of that, and more. These are The 50 Greatest Debut Albums in Hip-Hop History.