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Friday, September 7, 2018

September 07, 2018

Burt Reynolds death: Sally Field, Mark Wahlberg, Dolly Parton and more celebrities react



Burt Reynolds Changed the Gaze





The nude heard around the world.
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Back in the sexual Stone Age, it was assumed that straight men were so genetically overheated that Mother Nature hard-wired them to gawp at images of bare-naked ladies. Women, on the other hand, were her empathic creations: nurturing, maternal, their libidinal thermostats permanently set to low cool.
If a hunk of man-flesh suddenly came into view, a woman’s gaze was expected to rest some place well north of the belt buckle. What a woman was considered to want most from a man — in ancient times before Tinder and rampant sexting — was to gaze soulfully into his eyes.
Burt Reynolds changed all that with one hairy-chested centerfold. And while there is little doubt that the actor, who died Thursday at the age of 82, earned himself a fixed place in the entertainment firmament with a long career that — begun in television’s early days — brought him mainstream success as a half-Comanche blacksmith on the series “Gunsmoke” and later as the title character on the clunky police drama “Dan August”; acting cred for his breakout role in the 1972 film “Deliverance”; and an Oscar nomination for his turn in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 “Boogie Nights,” it was with his 1972 striptease for Cosmopolitan that he affected true cultural change.






It seems unimaginable now that Reynolds was making a radical break with Hollywood taboos about male nudity, let alone full-frontal, by agreeing to appear in the altogether for a mainstream publication now that every actor from Jason Segel to Daniel Radcliffe has shown us his junk. Yet in consenting to the Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown’s proposition (she made it to him while he was sitting in for Johnny Carson as host of the “Tonight” show) that he become the first male centerfold, Reynolds was not only helping to propel us into a new era in women’s magazine publishing but also a refreshed understanding of what women desire.


Brown herself said so. “As the time, you know, men liked to look at women naked,’’ she once told James Landers, the author of a book on the first 100 years of Cosmopolitan magazine “Well, nobody talked about it, but women liked to look at men naked. I did.’
Reynolds was not Brown’s first choice; Paul Newman had already turned her down. And what is interesting to contemplate is how things might have turned out had it been Newman who chose to present his undressed physique and not Reynolds — Newman’s lean boyish body a precursor of the glorified hairless male and Reynolds’s furry one a relaxed emblem of an era of key parties, swingers, and also the hirsute and mustachioed gay clone.
Three decades on, in 2002, the designer Tom Ford would make a knowing nod to that early Cosmo centerfold when creating a black and white Yves Saint Laurent fragrance advertising campaign that featured the martial arts champion Samuel de Cubber naked and ostentatiously unwaxed.
“I wanted to show a man who represents a natural and relaxed image of male beauty,” Mr. Ford said at the time. The lineage of that provocative pictorial can be traced directly to Burt Reynolds, forearm angled coyly over his genitals as he posed Odalisque-style atop a fur rug. So too, in a sense, can every self-conscious nude ever snapped in a bathroom mirror.
Reference : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/style/burt-reynolds-dead-cosmopolitan.html


Thursday, August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

Meghan McCain Breaks Down in Tears Over Her Father's Casket as Senator's Funeral Services Begin



Meghan McCain


 Sen. McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday and the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday before being transported to Maryland for a private service at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Sunday.
The former Republican presidential nominee and maverick politician graduated from the acclaimed naval academy in 1958.
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Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain walks into the Arizona State Capitol with sons James McCain and Jack McCain
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The family and friends of John McCain paid their respects to the late senator on Wednesday, during a private memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.


Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter, and Cindy McCain, his wife of 38 years, were both at the service and wept over his casket. At one point, Cindy tenderly placed her cheek against the flag draping her husband’s coffin.
The McCain family announced on Friday that the six-term Arizona senator had decided, “with his usual strength of will,” to discontinue medical treatment for stage-four brain cancer.
Just one day later, Sen. McCain died at the age of 81.
Sen. McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday and the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday before being transported to Maryland for a private service at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Sunday.
The former Republican presidential nominee and maverick politician graduated from the acclaimed naval academy in 1958.
Daughters Sidney McCain, Meghan McCain and Bridget McCain(right) follow the casket of their father, U.S. Sen. John McCain, for his memorial service at the Arizona State Capitol


Reference || https://people.com/politics/john-mccain-daughter-meghan-mccain-cries-casket-arizona-funeral/


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018

U.S. Open Highlights: Wins for Williams Sisters; Big Loss for No. 1 Halep

US Open Tennis 2018 Results: No. 1 Simona Halep Upset in Monday's Early Play


World No. 1 Simona Halep fell in the first round at the 2018 U.S. Open on Monday as she was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.  The French Open champion looked to have turned the momentum in her favour when she levelled from a double break down to 4-4 in the second set. But she was then broken again before world No. 44 Kanepi secured a momentous triumph.  In the men's draw, eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov was the biggest casualty in Monday's opening session as he lost 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.  Elsewhere, Andy Murray came through in four sets against James Duckworth, but his fellow Brit, Kyle Edmund, was downed by Italy's Paolo Lorenzi.

World No. 1 Simona Halep fell in the first round at the 2018 U.S. Open on Monday as she was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.
The French Open champion looked to have turned the momentum in her favour when she levelled from a double break down to 4-4 in the second set. But she was then broken again before world No. 44 Kanepi secured a momentous triumph.
In the men's draw, eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov was the biggest casualty in Monday's opening session as he lost 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.
Elsewhere, Andy Murray came through in four sets against James Duckworth, but his fellow Brit, Kyle Edmund, was downed by Italy's Paolo Lorenzi.
Meanwhile, defending women's champion Sloane Stephens and two-time winner Venus Williams both prevailed in their opening round matches.
Here is a selection of results from the opening day of action in New York:
              
Men's Singles
Stan Wawrinka bt. (8) Grigor Dimitrov: 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
Andy Murray bt. James Duckworth: 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
(11) John Isner bt. Bradley Klahn: 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4
(25) Milos Raonic bt. Carlos Berlocq: 7-6 (4), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
            
Women's Singles
(16) Venus Williams bt. Svetlana Kuznetsova: 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Kaia Kanepi bt. (1) Simona Halep: 6-2, 6-4
(3) Sloane Stephens bt. Evgeniya Rodina: 6-1, 7-5
(12) Garbine Muguruza bt. Shuai Zhang: 6-3, 6-0 
          
Full results and schedule available via the U.S. Open's official website.
Per Sports Illustrated, Halep's predecessors as top seed at the U.S. Open had all enjoyed first-round success, and she now holds an ignominious record:






DOWN GOES NUMBER ONE!

Kaia Kanepi beats No. 1 Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4.

it's the first time in the Open era that the top-seeded woman has lost in the first round at the U.S. Open.
The Romanian went into the U.S. Open as one of the favourites, but she was outclassed by Kanepi at the Louis Armstrong Stadium as she was broken on five occasions.
Halep only had nine winners in the match compared to Kanepi's 26, and she won just six points behind her second serve.
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27:  Kaia Kanepi of Estonia celebrates her women's singles first round match victory against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2017 in the Flushin
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She was blown away in the opener, not forcing a single break point on Kanepi's serve and losing her own twice.
The underdog then secured a double break in the second before Halep rallied back to 4-4.


With the momentum back in her favour, it looked as though the 2015 semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows might save herself from a shock exit.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

August 25, 2018

Mikaela Mayer batters Edina Kiss, forces her to quit in fourth-round TKO

Mayer is currently 6-0 for her professional career, and is looking to make that a 7-0 after her fight with Edina Kiss Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

5. Mayer Says That Fighting Live on ESPN is a “Dream Come True”  & Can’t Wait to Showcase Her Skills on the “Greatest Sports Network in the World”

The Mayer vs. Kiss fight will be part of a special world championship event featuring Ray Beltran’s WBO lightweight title defense against Jose Pedraza and Isaac Dogboe’s WBO junior featherweight title defense against Hidenori Otake, according to Round by Round Boxing.  “Fighting live on ESPN is a dream come true and something I have been looking forward to since I made the decision to leave the amateur ranks and turn pro with Top Rank,” Mayer told RBR. “I gave up my dream of an Olympic gold medal to step onto a bigger stage and to help take women’s boxing to the next level. Now, after years of fighting out of the limelight, I get to showcase my skills on the greatest sports network in the world.”


Unbeaten lightweight Mikaela Mayer utterly dismantled Edina Kiss in a third-round TKO on a Friday edition of Top Rank on ESPN at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
The skill differential was clear from the opening second.
The 2016 Olympian Mayer (7-0, 4 KO's), 28, who was born in California and trains in Colorado Springs, knocked down Kiss with a big right hand.
Mayer charged right at Kiss and brought the fight to her, landing hard jabs, upjabs, and precise body shots, but Kiss had nothing for her. In the third round, Kiss even turned her back and ran the other direction to give herself some breathing room, but Mayer ran her back down.
After getting the kiss knocked out of her for three rounds, Kiss opted not to come out for the fourth-round.
This is Mayer's fourth bout of 2018 and her second knockout of the year. She scored a first-round knockout of Maria Semertzoglou in March and scored points victories over Baby Nansen and Sheena Kaine, respectively, in May and June.
When asked what she wants next Mayer said: "I want to start going for the belts. I think I am ready. I had a lot of experience in the amateurs. I'm doing what my coaches have told me to do in the pros; they've seen me step up, so I am ready to start taking those belts at 130."
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