Sylvester Stallone is Dead

A bizarre rumor that Sylvester Stallone is dead is sweeping the internet once again – 18 months after it first surfaced.

Facebook users reported seeing a fraudulent message in September 2016 claiming Stallone had been found dead at his LA home.

It was later exposed as a hoax after it emerged it was linked to a website known for creating and sharing celebrity death hoaxes.

But the rumor has now returned to social media a year-and-a-half later.

The return of the hoax appears to have been sparked by him sharing a fan poster for Creed II – the next installment in the Rocky film series.

After seeing Sly’s face on the advert, some people on social media – still convinced that he was dead from the last hoax – reacted with confusion.

RIP messages began to circulate online, with some claiming Sly had died from prostate cancer.

Twitter users were seen asking each other if the Rocky star had really passed away as the Chinese whispers spread like wildfire.

One wrote: “Is Sylvester Stallone dead or is Facebook lying again?”

Another wrote: “Omg I thought Sylvester Stallone was dead!! I hate the Internet”

And a third tweeted: “So the sick hoaxes have started again!!

“Silvester Stallone is NOT dead!!!!”

The last time he was declared dead by the internet, the Rambo actor was forced to prove he was alive by posting a picture of himself on social media.

He uploaded a picture of himself pulling a punch-up pose with Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev.

Stallone has not yet responded to the latest hoax.

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Raging Bull

Ray "Sugar" Robinson didn't know what to do. The remains of the butchery were everywhere. Blood on his gloves, all over the face of his opponent, on every inch of the ring, on the bell, on the referee’s table, splattered on the clothes of those on the first row… he had punched him even with the ropes, but Jake La Motta was still there, standing.  

The savage punishment received through 13 rounds assaults had him half-unconscious, but not even like that he could make his opponent bend the knee, and he made his opponent aware of that, considered by many the best boxer pound by pound in history. It was February 14, 1951.  

Almost 40 years later, Robert de Niro read his autobiography and at once he wanted to make a movie of it, until he gave us the most famous among the thousands of movies about boxing ever filmed. A detail not to be overlooked if we are taking into account it’s about a technically mediocre boxer who got to be middleweight world champion in 1949, and defended his supremacy twice winning before clashing against Robinson.  

But his courage enduring Robinson's punches even with his guts launched him into history, with the help of Martin Scorsese. Few remember that this was the sixth match between them, and that one of them was won by the Bull of the Bronx (when Robinson had 128 undefeated fights), but especially for what he told him with pride after the fight was stopped: I never went down, man! You never got me down, Ray! You hear me, you never got me down.  

That was the end of "The slaughter of San Valentine's Day", but the legend began, and Giacobbe would never be Giacobbe again, from that day on he would be known as Raging Bull. His life was a rollercoaster of ups and downs (he fixed fights, beat his wife, cheated on her, was a car thief, alcoholic, consumed smoker, etc.) he was a true dish for Hollywood, but maybe it was necessary another Italian descendant to get to the very core of a human being with a hundred of shades.  

Perhaps it even reform him, because as La Motta admitted years later, it was not recognized in the movie premiere, but he later understood that that was his past, and fortunately not his present.

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Chuck Norris Turns 76; Celebrate Birthday With 20 Hilarious Facts

Chuck Norris is one bad ass man. Born today, Carlos Ray Norris, the legend is 76 but as everyone knows no number can define him.

He is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do.

Here are 20 great facts that people need to know about Norris:

1) There used to be a street named after Chuck Norris, but it was changed because nobody crosses Chuck Norris and lives.

2) Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of life.

3) Fear of spiders is aracnaphobia, fear of tight spaces is chlaustraphobia, fear of Chuck Norris is called Logic

4) Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the chin. Its decendants are known today as Giraffes.

5) Chuck Norris will never have a heart attack. His heart isn’t nearly foolish enough to attack him.

6) Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

7) Females have XX chromosomes and common males have XY. Chuck Norris has YY, because he is twice the man than the common man.

8) Chuck Norris doesn’t wear a watch. HE decides what time it is.

9) There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.

10) Chuck Norris once got bit by a rattle snake…….. After three days of pain and agony ………………the rattle snake died

11) Chuck Norris died 20 years ago, Death just hasn’t built up the courage to tell him yet.

12) Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.

13) Chuck Norris can get a royal flush in roulette.

14) When Alexander Bell invented the telephone he had 3 missed calls from Chuck Norris

15) Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

16) Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.

17) Chuck Norris can kill 2 stones with 1 bird.

18) Chuck Norris once won a Scrabble tournament despite getting only Z’s and Q’s in his rack.

19) Chuck Norris played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.

20) Chuck Norris’ hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush.

In the 1960s, Norris opened more than 30 karate studios. He taught several celebrities, including Priscilla Presley and actor Steve McQueen. McQueen encouraged his teacher to try acting. In addition to being an instructor, Norris also was a fierce competitor. He participated in numerous martial arts tournaments, and he won many of the events he competed in.

Norris has starred in such action films as Return of the Dragon and Missing in Action. He also starred on the hit TV series Walker, Texas Ranger.

Norris’ box-office appeal, however, was beginning to fade by the early 1990s. No longer making hit movies, he made the switch to the small screen with Walker, Texas Ranger. Norris played Cordell Walker, an honorable crime fighter, for eight years. The show had a strong following, and was still faring well in the ratings when it went off the air in 2001. Since then, Norris has taken on few acting roles. He has also served as a product spokesperson, appearing in infomercials for exercise equipments.

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Jane Fonda reveals she was sexually abused and raped in an interview with Brie Larson

Jane Fonda dropped a bombshell revelation that she was sexually abused when she was young.

The 79-year-old Hollywood icon revealed she was raped and sexually abused while discussing feminism and being an activist in an interview with fellow actress Brie Larson for Net-A-Porter.

"To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females; I've been raped, I've been sexually abused as a child and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss and I always thought it was my fault;" she explained to the "Room" star. "That I didn't do or say the right thing."!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/700008359-ax-029-4f77e293d94fb33cbfa2bae8137a8e3c.jpgActress Jane Fonda opens up about being raped and sexually abused in an interview with Brie Larson / (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

The fitness guru didn't give further detail into the incidents, but used the examples to explain what young girls and women go through all of the time.

Jane Fonda and Richard Perry call it quits after 8 years

"I know young girls who've been raped and didn't even know it was rape. They think, 'It must have been because I said 'no' the wrong way,'" Fonda said.!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/huty1683227.jpgAmerican actress Jane Fonda, circa 1970 / (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

The "Barbarella" star explained that it took her ages to learn how to say no, unlike Larson who said she already chooses her roles carefully.

"Unlike you, Brie, it took me 60 years to learn how to say no," Fonda said.

"If anyone offered me anything I would say yes. I took parts I wasn't right for and I was taken advantage of. I didn't know how to stand up for myself. Now, I would say, 'No. This is a piece of s--t. I don't like the way you're treating me,' and leave."

Emma Stone, Brie Larson share embrace backstage at Oscars

Fonda has made a legacy of being a political activist. She's spoken on behalf of women as a proud feminist and also recently rallied against President Trump's Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline orders.

In her earlier days as an actress, she spoke out against the Vietnam war — an issue that she explained first made her realize celebrities have the right to an opinion just as anyone else does.

Fonda was dating record producer Richard Perry since 2009, but the two just recently broke things off. She was previously married to Ted Turner from 1991 to 2001, Tom Hayden from 1973 to 1990 and Roger Vadim from 1965 to 1973.

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Meryl Streep 'insulted' by James Corden at costume awards

Meryl Streep may be one of the most lauded film actresses of her generation - but she is also "a complete bitch".

That's according to James Corden, who went on to call his Into the Woods co-star "the worst" at a Hollywood bash.

Of course, the British chat show host was only joking as he presented Streep with a distinguished collaborator prize at the Costume Designers Guild Awards.

Oscar favourite La La Land and Marvel's Doctor Strange were among the films honoured at the Los Angeles event.

'She is the worst'

Corden was referring to Streep's spat with US president Donald Trump when he made his jokey remarks.

He claimed the first time he introduced himself to Streep, at a London restaurant, she mistook him for a waiter, saying: "I'll have the lemon-crusted salmon and a Diet Coke with no ice."

The Late Late Show host joked: "What I'm trying to say is, and it's time that someone said it, she's a complete bitch. She is the worst.

"Now listen, I disagree with almost everything Donald Trump has ever said but when he tweeted that... I'm joking, of course. It's great to see someone like Meryl finally recognised with an award."

Lily CollinsLily Collins was recognised for her "enduring commitment to excellence"/ AP

Streep - who starred as a fashion magazine editor in The Devil Wears Prada - was recognised for her "unwavering support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers".

Accepting the accolade, the three-time Oscar winner paid tribute to the "artistry" of the "many wonderful designers" she had worked with over the course of her long career.

She did not mention Mr Trump as she collected her award, but said she had wanted to be a costume designer herself.

"I have to dedicate this because it means a lot to me," she said. "Not because I wanted to be a costume designer - which I did - but because my mother really wanted to be a costume designer.

"Halloween was like the run-up to fashion week in my house."

Award for Thrones designer

La La Land beat Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie to the "excellence in contemporary film" prize, while Doctor Strange won the fantasy film equivalent.

Space race drama Hidden Figures received the excellence in period film award at an event that also saw Michele Clapton honoured for both The Crown and Game of Thrones.

It was the third year running that the Bafta-winning British costume designer was awarded for her work on Thrones.

Other winners on Tuesday included Lily Collins, who took home the guild's Spotlight award.

The award given to Collins, daughter of musician Phil Collins, is to honour an actor "whose talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design".

Michele ClaptonMichele Clapton's necklace appeared to match the trophy she picked up for Game of Thrones / Getty Images

Musical romance La La Land is one of the five films up for this year's costume design Oscar, a nomination that has raised eyebrows in some quarters.

"Best costume design?" spluttered Screen Junkies' "Trailer Guy" in its annual "honest" round-up of the year's best picture contenders. "They're just wearing clothes!"

Allied, Jackie and Florence Foster Jenkins are also in contention for the award, as is Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.

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Mel Gibson becomes a dad for the NINTH time aged 61 as his girlfriend welcomes baby boy

MEL Gibson has become a father for the ninth time aged 61.

The actor’s girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 26, gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday and the couple are said to be “over the moon” at the new arrival.

The Braveheart star’s rep confirmed the happy news to People magazine and also revealed the baby’s name.

Mel and Rosalind named their son Lars Gerard Gibson and he weighed 5lbs 5oz when he was born on Saturday.

A source told People: “They’re thrilled and Lars is adorable. Their family is all around them and Mel is over the moon. They’re home and everybody is healthy and happy!”

The couple announced they were expecting a baby last September and a close friend told People they are “so excited” to start a family together.

While Mel has eight other children, Lars is Rosalinds first childGetty Images - WireImage / While Mel has eight other children, Lars is Rosalind’s first child

An insider continued: “Mel loves being a dad and he and Rose can’t wait to be parents together.

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While Mel already has eight children from previous relationships, but the baby will be former professional equestrian and writer Rosalind's first.

An insider recently told the outlet: "She is great for him.

"She has her own life, but also seems to enjoy Mel's... They are very much on the same page."


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Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman 'earned three-times less for film than co-star Ashton Kutcher'

Natalie Portman, who has won an Oscar and been nominated for another, is deemed by Hollywood to be worth a third of the value of Ashton Kutcher, a man best-known for sporting flares for television for eight years and marrying Demi Moore. 

Portman, who is looking like a shoo-in for another Academy Award with her performance as Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Larrain's Jackie, revealed she was paid a third of what Kutcher earned when they both starred in 2011 rom-com No Strings Attached

Despite the fact Portman and Kutcher shared the same amount of screen-time, Kutcher received a larger cheque for the Ivan Reitman-directed film because his "quote" – a means of estimating value in Hollywood – was triple the size of hers. 

Portman told Marie Claire: "Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on No Strings Attached. I knew and I went along with it, because there's this thing with 'quotes' in Hollywood. His was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more.

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Portman added that she became more incensed by the pay gap after making the film: "I wasn't as p---ed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy."

Comparing the difference to the national pay gap in the US, she said: "Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar." In 2013, a report from Forbes showed that Hollywood's best paid actresses earned an average 40 per cent less than the city's best paid actors.

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American HustleJennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American Hustle Credit: Snap Stills/REX

Portman is not the first woman to speak out about Hollywood's gender pay gap. Jennifer Lawrence has frequently spoken about inequality in the industry after leaked emails from within Sony's offices showed she was paid considerably less than her male co-stars in American Hustle, despite spending more time on screen.

Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Sienna Miller and Jacqueline Bisset are among the women who admit they were paid significantly less than their male co-stars. 


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Star Wars actress, bestselling author Carrie Fisher dead at 60

As ‘the only girl in an all-boy fantasy,’ Fisher’s role as the iconic Princess Leia was revolutionary.

Carrie Fisher, the Hollywood actress who portrayed the fearless Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise and later penned award-winning books that included touching on her battles with addiction, has died at age 60. 

Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through the family spokesman saying that Fisher died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," reads the statement from publicist Simon Halls. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly."

Fisher suffered a cardiac episode on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles, where she was rushed to a hospital after landing, and had been in critical condition.

OBIT Carrie Fisher 20161227In this 1977 image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, from left, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are shown in a scene from Star Wars, released by 20th Century-Fox. Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, has died at age 60, her daughter's publicist says. (Canadian Press/AP/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

The bestselling author, sought-after screenwriter and outspoken mental-health advocate was as fearsome and fearless a woman as the iconic character who defined her career.

Born in Beverly Hills, Calif., to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, she made her show-business debut at age 12 in her mother's Las Vegas nightclub act, and her film debut at the age of 17 in 1975's Shampoo, starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn.

Her film credits include 1980's The Blues Brothers and 1989's When Harry Met Sally. But to her biggest fans, she will always be Leia Organa, the courageous rebel leader who would do anything to save her people from the tyranny of the evil Empire.

'The only girl in an all-boy fantasy'

Fisher first took on the mantle of Leia, a revolutionary role for women in science fiction, in 1977's Star Wars. She later reprised it in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, 1983's Return of the Jedi and 2015's The Force Awakens.

"Those movies are great. I got to be the only girl in an all-boy fantasy, and it's a great role for women. She's a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you're going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me," she said in a 2016 interview with CBC New

"I'm not really one of those actresses like Meryl Streep. Those actresses travel outside themselves and play characters. And I'm more of an archaeologist. I play what I am. I dig what I can. It's a character that's not too far from myself, except I don't have any laser guns."

Writing was her 'first intoxicant'

Still, Fisher was a woman of many talents. In 1987, she published her first novel, the bestselling Postcards from the Edge, a semi-autobiographical story about a woman raising a daughter while working in show business.

Writing became a lifelong passion for Fisher. She helped adapt Postcards into a film starring Streep in 1990, and made a career of revising Hollywood scripts, including Sister Act (1992), Outbreak (1995) and The Wedding Singer (1998).

@ADaniels3PO I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.

She penned the autobiographical bestselling book Wishful Drinking in 2009 and Shockaholic in 2012. Most recently, she wrote a regular advice column called "Advice from the Dark Side," and released a third autobiography, The Princess Diarist, in 2016.

"I've just always written. It was an outlet for me," she told CBC News. "I loved reading, so I fell in love with words very early on. And I used to rip through books and underline all the words I didn't know and all the sentences I adored. I was just a very big reader. That was my first intoxicant. It was a great escape."

Her personal life was filled with enough drama, struggle, romance and perseverance to fill a dozen books.

@realbdw I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!

She was married to musician Paul Simon for a time, and was briefly engaged to Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd.

Fisher was most recently in the news after revealing in November that she had had an behind-the-scenes affair with on-screen love interest Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo

In the Star Wars trilogy. Fisher was 19 and Ford was 33 and married at the time.

Fisher told People: "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

'I wanted my version of it out there'
Fisher was outspoken about her struggles with addiction and mental health long before the stigma of those topics began to wane.

She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 29 and has struggled on and off for years with alcoholism and addiction to painkillers and cocaine.

The Huffington Post once dubbed her "An O.G. Mental Health Hero."

In a Q&A with WebMD about her mental health, Fisher was asked what it's like to be the poster child for bipolar disorder.

"Well, I am hoping to get the centrefold in Psychology Today," she joked in reply.

"It's a combination of everything. It was out there, anyway; I wanted my version of it out there. Now, it seems every show I watch there's always someone bipolar in it! It's going through the vernacular like 'May the force be with you' did. But I define it, rather than it defining me."

No holds barred
Like Leia, Fisher has always been tenacious and unafraid to speak her mind, whether it be about mental health or the unrealistic beauty standards placed on women in Hollywood.

She made headlines ahead of the The Force Awakens when she took to social media to denounce anyone critical of her physical appearance.

"Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They're temporary happy byproducts of time and/or DNA. Don't hold your breath for either," Fisher tweeted.

"My body is my brain bag, it hauls me around to those places and in front of faces where there's something to say or see."

Before The Force Awakens was released, the actress said she had been asked to drop more than 35 pounds for the movie.

"They don't want to hire all of me — only about three-quarters," she told Good Housekeeping in the magazine's January cover story.

"Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing. I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that's how easy it is."

She told ABC News that the struggles she has overcome have become a key facet of her identity.

"I outlasted my problems," she said. "I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I'm still surviving it, but bring it on."

Lourd was Fisher's only child with her onetime partner, talent agent Bryan Lourd. She is also survived by Reynolds, 84.

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