LaVar Ball took off his shirt during a WWE broadcast.
LOS ANGELES -- LaVar Ball has brought his Big Baller Brand from the basketball court to the wrestling ring.
The outspoken father of NBA Draft No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball showed up with the newly-minted Los Angeles Laker and another son, 15-year-old son LaMelo, for a live segment on Monday's "WWE Raw" at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
During the segment, LaMelo Ball twice used a racial slur that was broadcast over the air.
WWE says in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that the language "was not scripted nor reflects WWE's values."
For LaVar Ball's appearance, the ring was decorated with mannequins displaying his Big Baller Brand clothing line. He got in a heated confrontation with WWE wrestler The Miz, and took his shirt off to cheers from the crowd.
Just when I think Netflix has outdone itself with new releases and originals, it surprises me with another month of superb offerings coming to the streaming site.
It's officially summer, and Florida is hotter than Hades, so you best stay inside and watch these gems instead.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: A few years after Sigourney Weaver battled homicidal Xenomorphs in Alien, Steven Spielberg released a much friendlier alien movie. No chest-bursting or face-huggers, but all the extra-terrestrial charm. July 1
Titanic: The epic historical romantic drama that made us terrified of boats while also getting us to fall in love with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The film also has one of the best movie soundtracks of all time. Don't @ me. July 1
Castlevania Season 1: Though based on one of the more obscure video game franchises, Castlevania still has plenty of lore to build up a solid TV series. Come on, there are vampires! July 7
Lion: This Oscar-nominated gem of a film is one of the most heartbreaking, inspiring and beautiful films I have ever seen. It's based on a true story, and if you're not crying by the end you have no soul. July 9
Super Nintendo plans to release the Super NES Classic Edition.
If the overwhelming success of last year's NES Classic is any indication, you may want to get your hands on Nintendo's newly-announced Super NES Classic as soon as it becomes available this fall.
The company announced today that the modernized, mini version of the Super Nintendo will go on sale Sept. 29, and come loaded with 21 pre-installed games for $79.99.
Among the many classic titles such as F-ZERO and Super Mario Kart will be the never-before-released Star Fox 2, the follow up to the 1993 smash hit Star Fox, which is also part of the package.
Nintendo last year released the NES Classic, a similarly modernized version of the Nintendo Entertainment System that debuted in 1985, and saw it almost instantly sell out in stores around the world. Nintendo was never quite able to meet the demand, and discontinued the console in April. The company told gaming blog Kotaku that it plans to produce significantly more quantities of the Super NES Classic.
The 16-bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System was originally released in 1991. The new version can be hooked up to a modern TV via an HDMI cable, Nintendo said.
Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight in 1989's Batman.
It's been less than a week since summer officially started, and I don't know about you, but I'm more than ready for cooler weather to get here. It's too hot outside to function (looking at you, 116 degree Arizona), but Netflix has us covered with a boatload of new TV shows and movies coming in July. Unfortunately, that means we have to say goodbye to quite a few titles this month. Make time for one last watch before these titles leave Netflix on Saturday.
Batman: Tim Burton's 1989 hit - starring Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson as the Joker - set the tone for all future Batman flicks.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The 1953 film based on the musical featured Marilyn Monroe singing the iconic song Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend.
Hello, Dolly: Another musical film, this time from 1969 and starring Barbara Streisand. Fun fact: Songs Elegance and Put on Your Sunday Clothes can be heard throughout the day on Main Street at Walt Disney World.
Death Beach: From the Smithsonian Channel, the documentary explores the bloody legacy of South Africa's Second Beach, which is home to some of the worst shark attacks in history. Just in time for Shark Week! …
June 26 marks the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series.
Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.
Video shows teenage girl caught by crowd aftering dangling off Six Flags ride
A teenage girl fell from a sky ride at Six Flags Great Escape in Upstate New York Saturday evening but avoided serious injury as she fell into the arms of a crowd gatehered beneath her.
The rescue was captured on video by onlookers and shows the girl screaming as she dangled in the air from a stopped gondola. Another person was seen seated inside the two-person ride, but they did not appear to be in danger of falling.
Highlights from the 17th Annual BET Awards
The biggest night in Hip-Hop and R&B honored both new and veteran artists Sunday night in Los Angeles. Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones hosted the 17th annual award show.
Bruno Mars opened the show with his usual high-energy performance and other artists such as Kendrick Lamar,Future, Mary J. Blige and Big Sean also showed off their talents on stage. …
The original 'Sharknado,' which premiered in 2013, will screen at Tampa Theatre.
A movie about a tornado filled with man-eating sharks has to be better on the big screen, right? You'll have a chance to find out for yourself when the Syfy network's original Sharknado screens at Tampa Theatre.
The 2013 B-movie that became a cultural phenomenon, and has since spawned three sequels with another on the way, will screen on July 7 at 7 p.m. as part of the theater's offbeat Rewind series.
Sharknado director Anthony C. Ferrante, who will be in town for SharkCon, will do a special film introduction and audience Q&A before the screening, the theater said in a news release.
Ferrante has directed all four of the previous Sharknado films, as well as the upcoming Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, set to premiere on Aug. 6, featuring Fabio as the pope and Charo as the queen of England. Tara Reid and Ian Ziering also return.
Tickets for the screening at Tampa Theatre are $7 here.
Alison Brie, left, and Betty Gilpin in GLOW on Netflix.
Ready to rumble: GLOW
Four words: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Yes, the fluorescent, body-slamming soap opera GLOW starring a cast of exaggerated characters is back, this time as a fictionalized Netflix series. Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) stars as Ruth, a down-on-her-luck actor struggling to make it in Hollywood. She slowly but surely finds her calling with GLOW, a new TV show created by B-movie director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron). Alongside the best friend she scorned (Betty Gilpin, Nurse Jackie) and a dozen other ragtag women, Ruth becomes a showstopping wrestling character. The quirky comedy comes from the creators of Orange Is the New Black and features plenty of big hair, blue eye shadow and neon leotards and is punctuated by '80s hits like Patty Smyth's The Warrior and Tears for Fears' Head Over Heels. Can we please get a soundtrack, Netflix? Now streaming on Netflix.
Bachelor in Paradise has resumed filming after an investigation found no misconduct on set. Season 4 of the show was suspended after a producer filed a complaint over concerns that contestant Corinne Olympios, 24, was allegedly filmed in a sexual act with Demario Jackson, 30, while being too drunk to consent.
On Tuesday, Warner Bros. addressed the controversy.
"Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy," according to the statement.
Jackson, who said his character was assassinated during the scandal, was reportedly invited back to Bachelor in Paradise, but turned down the offer.
Olympios' lawyer, Marty Singer, is still gathering his own details. …
John Green's new novel, 'Turtles All the Way Down,' will be published in October.
It's a Nerdfighters dream come true. Almost six years after the publication of his megabestseller The Fault in Our Stars, John Green has announced a new YA novel, to be published on Oct. 10 by Dutton.
Turtles All the Way Down is the story of 16-year-old Aza Holmes. While investigating the mysterious disappearance of a billionaire, she must grapple with her own mental illness.
"This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood," Green said in a press release. "I've been working on Turtles All the Way Down for years, and I'm so excited to share it with readers this October."
The book's title comes from an old philosophy joke (bet you didn't know there were any) about an astronomer giving a lecture on the nature of the universe. An old lady interrupts him, insisting that the universe sits on an enormous flat plate balanced on the back of a giant tortoise. When the astronomer asks what the tortoise is standing on, she responds, "You're very clever, young man, very clever. But it's turtles all the way down!" …
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back this summer, this time as a fictionalized dramedy on Netflix.
GLOW was originally a ladies wrestling show that gained popularity in the last 1980s. Netflix, riding on the fervor for nostalgia, brings back that campy ‘80s wrestling goodness on Friday with its own rendition of GLOW. The 10-episode series hails from Orange is the New Black's Jenji Kohan and Carly Mensch and Homeland's Lisa Flahive, and stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron.
Aubrey Plaza just got high with a little help from these nuns.
The Parks and Rec actor smoked marijuana with the Sisters of the Valley, otherwise known as the Weed Nuns, in a promotional video for her upcoming comedy, The Little Hours, which is set in a convent.
The video is part of Cut's "Strange Buds" series, and features Plaza talking about weed culture as well as her own spirituality.
Who are the Weed Nuns you might ask?
Sister Kate explained the group's mission, which is to sell marijuana to "create honorable, spiritual jobs for women."
Sister Kate explains that she founded the convent back in 2011 after hearing Michelle Obama's plans to improve school lunches.
"Michelle Obama tried to talk to Congress about how unhealthy our children's meals are," she said. "Congress declared pizza a vegetable because it made our children's meals look healthier than they are. So I declared myself a nun. I said, 'If pizza is a vegetable, I'm a nun.'"
Plaza, known for her deadpan expressions and being cute/creepy, talked about smoking weed when she was younger.
"One time, I hid a bunch of weed in my saxophone," she said. "And I think my mom found it." …
Christopher Miller, left, and Phil Lord have left the production in the middle of filming.
"I've got a bad feeling about this" is right.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff.
In a statement released Tuesday, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the decision — which came in the middle of filming — to part ways was due to creative differences.
"Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it's become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we've decided to part ways," Kennedy said.
The film, starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, has yet to announce a new filmmaker, but that news is coming "soon," according to the statement. However, Ron Howard and Joe Johnston have reportedly been considered.
"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project," Lord and Miller said in the statement. "We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew." …
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