Rourke challenges WWE's Jericho
Mickey Rourke says he's ready to rumble with WWE superstar Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 25 in Houston on April 5.
The actor portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the movie “The Wrestler.”
Rourke made a surprise announcement Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
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He said he was pleased by the acceptance of the movie by all the WWE wrestlers – except Jericho.
Then Rourke said he was going to throw Jericho “around the ring like tossed salad.”
Meanwhile, Jericho, appearing on WWE television, said, Rourke was out of line and that he was offended by Rourke's comments. He said Rourke made “a mistake.” Associated Press
Beyonce gets convincing visit
One visit to Beyonce's dressing room was all it took for Justin Timberlake to ease her concerns about a “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring the two of them.
When Beyonce told him she was having second thoughts about a sketch where Timberlake was to “audition” for a video, he showed up at her dressing room in a robe covering a leotard. He dropped the robe and stood there, staring into space.
Beyonce's reply: “I can't look anywhere but your face right now,” Timberlake told CBS's Katie Couric in an interview for next week's pre-Grammy special.
Timberlake also said another, more infamous “SNL” skit where he offered a piece of his anatomy as a gift got a thumbs up from his mom. She thought it was funny.
“You gotta meet my mom,” he said. “She's a pretty edgy chick!” Associated Press
‘Thriller' director sues for royalties
“Thriller” may be headed to Broadway, but first Michael Jackson's song and music video may be headed to court.
John Landis, the director who co-wrote the video and shot “Thriller,” is suing Jackson, claiming the pop star has failed to pay him royalties for the project for the past four years.
Landis' Levitsky Productions sued Jackson for unspecified damages in Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 21, days before a Broadway producer announced he had bought the rights to adapt “Thriller” for the stage.
The lawsuit claims Landis is owed 50 percent of profits from “Thriller” projects and alleges Jackson continues to license rights to video games, toys and comic books based on the 14-minute music video and a documentary. Associated Press
Author's boyhood home destroyed
The boyhood home of Pulitzer-winning author Cormac McCarthy, long abandoned and overgrown, has been destroyed by a fire even as preservationists tried in recent months to save it.
“We have lost a literary landmark,” Kim Trent, executive director of the nonprofit Knox Heritage group, said Wednesday, a day after the two-story wood-frame structure in Knoxville, Tenn., was reduced to a smoldering ruin.
McCarthy lived in the house at least a decade, years before he wrote “All the Pretty Horses” and “No Country for Old Men,” which was made into a 2007 movie that won an Oscar for best motion picture. His 2007 novel, “The Road,” won the Pulitzer Prize.
The fire was a blow for a city that also failed to save the early homes of Pulitzer-winning writer James Agee and poet Nikki Giovanni. “When something like this happens, it puts a sense of urgency” into preservation efforts, Trent said. Associated Press
Actor John Forsythe, 91. Actress Katharine Ross, 69. Actor Tom Selleck, 64. Singer Bettye LaVette, 63. Actor Marc Singer, 61. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey, 55. Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louganis, 49. Actor Nicholas Turturro, 47. Actor-director Edward Burns, 41. Actress Heather Graham, 39. Actor Sharif Atkins, 34. Actress Sara Gilbert, 34.
This day in history Jan. 29
1845: Edgar Allan Poe's poem “The Raven” was first published, in the New York Evening Mirror.