Burt Reynolds A True Icon

Burt Reynolds: Hollywood pays tribute to ‘a true American icon’

 Viola Davis, Mark Wahlberg and Adam Sandler were among the actors to remember the 82-year-old star

As word of Burt Reynolds’ death spread through Hollywood, people from all corners of television and film took a moment to offer warm remembrances of a “legend”, “icon” and “trailblazer”. The 82-year-old star of Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights, died on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest at his Florida home.

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Sally Field starred with Reynolds in the 1977 hit Smokey and the Bandit. In a statement, she described him as the “love of my life”. The two dated for many years and Reynolds discussed her with similar fondness in interviews.

“My years with Burt never leave my mind,” Field said. “He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”

The actor and singer Dolly Parton, who sang with Reynolds in the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, said in a statement: “Oh how sad I am today along with Burt‘s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor.”

Social media was abuzz. “He was my childhood,” said Oscar winner Viola Davis. The director Kevin Smith called Reynolds “a true American icon” and lauded him for showing “the fun of movie-making”.

Arnold Schwarzenegger called Reynolds one of his heroes: “He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest-paid actor, and he always inspired me.”

In a tribute posted to Instagram, action star Sylvester Stallone said: “He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much … RIP”.

Mark Wahlberg, who appeared with Reynolds in Boogie Nights, shared a picture of them on the movie’s set in a tweet with the caption: “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend.”

Adam Sandler, who worked with Reynolds in a 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, tweeted: “Burt Reynolds. True legend. Our hero. Funny as hell and a for-real badass. So many great movies. So many great stories. Such a great Dad. Will be missed by all. Deepest condolences to his family.”

Kristy Swanson, who worked with Reynolds on the 1989 TV series BL Stryker, said: “I can not stop my tears right now. You were one of the greatest guys I ever worked with, u had my back.”

The Shield star Michael Chiklis, who also worked on BL Stryker, added: “I owe my career, at least in part, to the great Burt Reynolds. Heartbroken to learn of his passing. He was one of a kind. A fun loving, charismatic talent who did many good deeds quietly, without personal expectation but rather out of the kindness of his extraordinary heart. RIP.”

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Mom’s Spaghetti by Eminem

Mom’s Spaghetti Recipe: An Ode To Eminem

Eminem recently came out with his new merchandise line, Stan, an ode to his character off of his album “Slim Shady LP.” His website is full of plenty of clothing options, including hats, t-shirts and hoodies. Of course, all we could think of when hearing of the news was, “mom’s spaghetti,” the infamous line from “Lose Yourself.” So, you can thank Eminem for inspiring this delicious spaghetti recipe that’s good enough to be your mom’s famous dish!

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 c. breadcrumbs
1/4 c. finely chopped parsley
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 egg
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 c. Onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 35-oz. can crushed tomatoes in puree
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. spaghetti, prepared according to package instructions

Steps:
1. In a large bowl, combine beef with breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan, egg, garlic, salt and pepper flakes. Mix until just combined and form into 16 balls.
2. In a large pot over medium heat, add1 tbsp oil. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
3. Remove meatballs and reserve on plate.
4. Add the remaining olive oil and onion and saute until onion is translucent. Add bay leaf and crushed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Add the meatballs back into the pot, cover and simmer until the sauce has thickened, 8-10 minutes.
5. Serve pasta with a healthy scoop of meatballs and sauce. Top with parmesan and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Delish

Eminem and Workout Songs

Eminem Rules Workout Songs, Says Spotify

The streaming service has more than 25 million workout playlists created by its users.

ByKIRSTEN CHUBA

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In light of the popular new year’s resolution to get in shape, Spotify has released its list of most played workout songs by users of the music streaming platform.

For the second year in a row, Eminem’s 2002 track “Till I Collapse” tops the list for most streamed global workout song, and the rapper also nabs a third place spot with another “Lose Yourself” — as anyone attending a spin class is likely already aware. Post Malonenabs  second place on the global list, with his 2017 hit “rockstar.”

For the list of most streamed workout songs in the U.S., Malone’s “rockstar” lands at No. 1, while Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” comes in second, and “Till I Collapse” is third.

Also included in Spotify’s trend report are the most popular workout playlists around the globe, which include “Beast Mode,” “Workout Twerkout,” “Latin Dance Cardio” and “Throwback Workout.” The streaming service has more than 25 million workout playlists created by its users.ADVERTISING

Spotify revealed that the top international cities for workout music are led by Oslo, Norway, and followed by Miami, Washington, D.C. and London. Listening data showed that streaming workout playlists is at a high between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14, reaching its peach on Jan. 24 and dropping off after Valentine’s Day. Spotify recently announced that it had reached 70 million paid subscribers.

See the full list of Spotify’s top workout songs below:

Top Global Workout Songs

  1. Eminem – Till I Collapse
  2. Post Malone – rockstar
  3. Eminem – Lose Yourself – Soundtrack Version

  1. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
  2. Axwell /\ Ingrosso – More Than You Know
  3. J Balvin – Mi Gente (feat. Beyoncé)
  4. Camila Cabello – Havana
  5. Jax Jones – You Don’t Know Me – Radio Edit
  6. Dua Lipa – New Rules
  7. Kanye West – POWER

Top Workout Songs in the US

  1. Post Malone – rockstar
  2. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
  3. Eminem – Till I Collapse
  4. G-Eazy – No Limit
  5. Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
  6. Eminem – Lose Yourself – Soundtrack Version
  7. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
  8. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry
  9. Kendrick Lamar – DNA.
  10. Migos – MotorSport

Eminem’s album- Kamikaze

Mark BeechContributor 

Eminem at Bonnaroo 2018. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Eminem’s album Kamikaze is already on track for some chart-topping records. Other artists can learn some business lessons from the U.S. rapper’s textbook surprise release, which is set to boost his $100 million fortune.

The album is rising up charts worldwide. The U.K.’s Official Chart update has just been released and is the first to put Kamikaze in prime position. The “midweek” list shows that Eminem is almost certain to have his ninth straight official British No. 1 when the final figures are released on Friday. That breaks the record for the most consecutive chart toppers that Eminem currently holds with Led Zeppelin and ABBA.

The picture is similar in the U.S., where Eminem’s last album, Revival, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in December 2017. Its placing made him the first act in history to have eight straight chart entries to do that. While Eminem has a fight on his hands thanks to South Korea band BTS, he will be hoping to continue his top placing.

The contemplative Revival last year contained duets with Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran. It was downbeat enough to leave the critics and fans divided and it had only half the sales of its predecessor.

While Revival was rigorously promoted, Kamikaze was launched on August 31 with no advance notice apart from simple announcements on social media. Eminem had hinted he was working on something after the muted reception to his last album, though few observers expected something so quickly.

While any Eminem album gets noticed, the star has done plenty to make the headlines and help sales this time. Kamikaze is a return to the old persona of the angry Slim Shady, who has scores to settle. Eminem derides his rival Drake, and declares that every rapper “is a goner” apart from a few like Kendrick Lamar, who gets one co-writing credit. President Trump is also attacked:  “Agent Orange just sent the secret service,” the rapper warns us at one point.

The “surprise album” release strategy is now becoming increasingly common. We have seen it with Beyoncé’s Lemonade and her Carters album with her husband Jay Z this summer. Kanye West’s surprise The Life of Pablo had a confusing surprise launch via Tidal as the star reworked it.

Eminem’s release is much more carefully planned and ties in with Kamikazemechanize such as $70 bomber jackets and $60 hoodies already announced.

Artists are trying various release methods to maximize sales. There is the option of just allowing physical releases initially, as was the case with Adele; and the method of restricting digital platforms, as used by Taylor Swift. Eminem is adopting the course of not making the record currently available in physical formats. As the result, as many as 60% of the album’s sales tally is from digital downloads, with the rest made up of streaming equivalent sales, the Official Charts Company said.

Eminem’s earnings will be further boosted when the physical versions of the album follow. According to his official website, the Kamikaze CDs will start shipping in four to six weeks. Red vinyl LPs and cassettes will follow in three to four months.

In Britain, Kamikaze has 27,600 combined chart sales so far, 20,000 ahead of Slim Shady’s nearest competition, the sophomore album by U.K. band Idles titled Joy As An Act of Resistance.

In the Forbes Five of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists compiled in March, the fourth and fifth names were Drake and Eminem, tied at an even $100 million apiece. Eminem is less of a businessman than some other hip-hop artists. He is long trumpeted as the bestselling rapper of all time. On this evidence, he is far from done yet, critically and commercially.