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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 03/21/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 03/21/2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Admission" (PG-13 for profanity and some sexuality) Tina Fey and Paul Rudd co-star in this adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz's best seller of the same name about a straitlaced Princeton admissions officer tempted to bend the rules for an applicant (Nat Wolff) after a friend she hasn't seen in years suggests that he might be the son she surrendered for adoption as a baby. With Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin and Gloria Reuben.

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Celebrities, money problems & the human factor

Celebrities, money problems & the human factor

According to the Chicago Sun Times, R. Kelly is the latest celebrity to experience foreclosure as his Olympia Fields Illinois home was sold Monday to J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. The property was once valued at more than $5 million but was sold at an auction for $950,000, its only offer. He still owed about $3 million on the property.

We tend to hold our entertainers to the highest standards in the land. We feel that they are above a lot of the issues and problems that most normal people like us go through. We find ourselves surprised when we read news of them having marital issues, family issues or problems with their children. We're really shocked when we read news of them experiencing foreclosure or other financial difficulties. Often times we can't believe that the person who has made us feel so good for so many years is having the same problems we have. How is that?

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Elton John – still at home at the piano

Elton John – still at home at the piano

Downtown Memphis was the place to be on Saturday night. Patrons flooded Beale Street celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. regional convention was going on and the weather was perfect for just hanging out.

And, oh yeah, over at the FedExForum, a music legend – Elton John – was in town to do his thing.

Hundreds crowded the FedExForum plaza before the show, drinking and having a pre-concert party of their own.

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  • Written by Christopher Hope/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Spinners singer Bobbie Smith dead at 76

Spinners singer Bobbie Smith  dead at 76

Bobbie Smith, who as a member of the Spinners sang lead on such hits as "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," has died. He was 76.

Smith died Saturday of complications of pneumonia and the H1N1 flu virus, according to a statement from Nat Burgess, the Spinners' manager.

The Spinners were one of the longest-lived bands in pop music, with the core of the group having formed in the 1950s. Three members of the group – Smith, Willy Henderson and Pervis Jackson – met in a Detroit-area high school, and were later joined by Henry Fambrough and C.P. Spencer.

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  • Written by CNN

Gabby Douglas: Grace, Gold & Glory

Gabby Douglas: Grace, Gold & Glory

Gymnast Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas was born in Virginia Beach on Dec. 31st, 1995. At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions.

Gabby is the first African-American gymnast as well as the first woman of color of any nationality in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She is also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic Games.

Here, Gabby talks about her autobiography, "Grace, Gold & Glory," and about "Raising the Bar," her inspirational book about how to achieve your dreams.

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Obama-Satan resemblance ‘utter nonsense,’ say producers of ‘The Bible’

Obama-Satan resemblance ‘utter nonsense,’ say producers of ‘The Bible’

The third episode of the History Channel's miniseries "The Bible" was supposed to be remembered for the brutality of Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar, the strength of Daniel in the lion's den, and the birth of Jesus Christ.

But after viewers claimed there was a striking resemblance between Satan's human form and President Barack Obama, that probably won't be the case.

Buzz on Twitter quickly grew. According to Topsy.com on Monday, there were nearly 20,000 tweets containing the words "Obama" and "Satan" since the 8 p.m. CT hour on Sunday, the hour in which Satan appears in the two-hour show.

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  • Written by Dan Merica/CNN

A eulogy for Lil Wayne (even though he's not dead yet)

A eulogy for Lil Wayne (even though he's not dead yet)

 I'd like to take a moment to remember Lil Wayne. He's not dead yet, physically speaking, but his brush with death on Friday reminded me of what we'll be losing if and when he is gone.

 

On Friday, TMZ reported that the legendary New Orleans rapper had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being discovered "shaking uncontrollably" and "unconscious" on a jet flying out of Los Angeles.

He reportedly almost died, and even if Lil Wayne's latest seizure doesn't kill him, which from all accounts it won't, his behavior suggests he's lucky to have made it this far and his luck may be running out quickly. The codeine-saturated syrup that has become synonymous with Wayne's name and music has previously taken the lives of hip hop legends Pimp C and DJ Screw.

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  • Written by Dion Rabouin

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