Hot Hot Hoops Podcast: Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Edition

This Hot Hot Hoops Podcast’s episode features the recently concluded 2012 NBA Finals series that was won by the Miami Heat against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Diego Quezada, Mnelik Belilgne and Surya Fernandez take a look back and discuss the coaching match-up between Erik Spoelstra and Scott Brooks whom the former convincingly won; how LeBron James took his game to a much higher level and rose up to the challenge when it counted most, playing a splendid monster ball game with a triple-double performance on closing the series in Game 5 at Miami’s homecourt; how much the Heat’s experience matter in the series after a very disappointing performance in last season’s Finals appearance against the Dallas Mavericks, what lessons LeBron learned from that humbling experience and will we see the OKC team reach the NBA Finals again and have them pit against the reigning champs Miami Heat in the years to come?

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Lisa Kudrow Reunites With David Schwimmer On Web Therapy

Lisa Kudrow gets to reunite with her fellow Friends alum David Schwimmer in her Showtime TV series Web Therapy. Kudrow, the actress who we all know more as the goofy but lovable blonde in the classic hit comedy series now plays Dr. Fiona Wallice, a therapist who decides to conduct just three minutes of sessions with her clients via webcam chat.

The former Friends star appeared on the Today show to talk about her show’s second season and the guests stars who will be making an appearance. When asked what it was like to work again with her former co-star she said, “It was so fun and I did have like, 10 seconds, when we first started of, ‘I don’t know what Phoebe says to Ross here.’”

Schwimmer will be appearing in a four-episode arc of Web Therapy as Newell Miller, who apparently is the son of a professor whom Kudrow’s character, Dr. Wallice, had an affair with in college. His appearance on the show will mark the second time Kudrow is reunited with a former Friends star; the first being Courtney Cox who appeared in one episode from the previous season.

Other big-name stars that will be dropping by to see the (self-centered) doctor include Conan O’Brien, Molly Shannon, Meryl Streep, Rosie O’Donnell, Minnie Driver and Selma Blair. Sigh. Seeing that list surely makes me hate my cable provider even more for discontinuing the inclusion of Showtime on its channel lineup.

Anyway, here’s a sneak peek at the second season of Web Therapy, which premieres on Monday July 2nd at 11pm EST.

Eddie Vedder Joins Tom Petty Onstage in Amsterdam

As Pearl Jam and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ concert tours crossed paths in the Netherlands, fans of the latter enjoyed a surprise appearance from Eddie Vedder as he joined Tom Petty on stage during the band’s concert at Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall last June 24th.

Vedder first handled the lead vocals for The Waiting then later on was called back by Petty to join the band for the closing number American Girl.

Watch the two performances captured by a fan.

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HitFix Releases Cool Spider-Man Cheat Sheet Video

With Marc Webb’s upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise only a day away, HitFix recently posted this cool and very insightful video about everybody’s favorite web-crawler. From its comic book origins to Sam Raimi’s box office success in the beginning of the 21st century.

The video runs for almost a good 10 minutes so you can bet you’ll get your fair share of all the juicy information regarding the characters and their actors. One YouTube commenter did raise a very good question though: why did it leave out Gwen Stacy’s father George Stacy, played by Denis Leary? Is it probably because the character didn’t have that much significant role in the comic anyways? Your guess is as good as mine.

Let your spider senses tingle as you watch the said video below.

Marilyn Manson Joins Californication’s Season 6

Californication’s Season 6 may not yet set to premiere until January of 2013 but there are already new cast members added to the upcoming season. One notable addition is rocker Marilyn Manson, who is set to join of the hit program in a season of dark comedy of sex, drugs and rock and roll. He will play as himself in the said show’s episode seven.

According to THR, the Grammy-nominated metal musician shows up at a party and has an unforgettable encounter with Hank Moody (David Duchovny) at Atticus Fetch’s (Tim Minchin) house.

Other actors set to cast in season 6 are 24 actress Sarah Winter and Maggie Wheeler – aka Janice of Friends. Production on the 12 episodes for season 6 have begun last month and will premiere in early 2013 on Showtime.
Manson, who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, has recently released Born Villain, scored songs for the Resident Evil movie and appeared in Lost Highway, Party Monster, and Rise: Blood Hunter.

Listen to Born Villain’s track You’re So Vain that features actor Johnny Depp on guitar, drums and production.

Paris Hilton’s DJing Debut In Brazil

Paris Hilton was wearing a stocking-style tights with diamante suspenders and an embellished satin corset when she made her DJ’ing debut during the Pop Music Festival held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, June 23, but that wasn’t the only ‘first’ the 31-year-old socialite made during the said event. As she di her stuff on the turntables, she also took the opportunity to play her brand-new single entitled Last Night, along with some of the recent big hits from Rihanna, Gotye, and Flo Rida.

Hilton posted several tweets before and after her gig. Earlier in the day, one of her tweets said, “On my way to The #PopMusicFestival! I have never been so nervous & excited all at once!” And then sometime later after her performance she tweeted, “Wow! What an incredible night! So happy you all loved my set! Loved watching you all smile & dance! One of the bedst night’s of my life!”

Her proud sister even posted a pic of her at work with a shout-out: “Congrats @ParisHilton on your DJ debut in Brazil!” However, some didn’t seem to be as impressed with heiress’ DJ’ing skills as one Twitter feed The DJ Gospel wrote: “6-23-2012, The day Paris Hilton killed the art of DJing #AndThatIsTheGospel.”

But don’t just take their word for it. Watch Paris’ DJ debut below and judge for yourself:

Kelly Macdonald Talks About her Character Merida in Latest Pixar Movie ‘Brave’

Kelly Macdonald, Scottish actress known for roles in movies like Nanny McPhee, Gosford Park, Intermission, No Country for Old Men, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and TV’s Boardwalk Empire stars in the new Pixar/Disney movie Brave. She does the voice of the main character Princess Merida, the red-headed heroine, who is determined to make her own path in life that ends up having consequences and defies custom that brings chaos to the kingdom. She must rely on her bravery and skills in archery to undo the curse.

In this interview with Rebecca Ford, Macdonald pointed out that she looked up to Calamity Jane for her character since she’s not familiar with Disney princesses of the past. “As far as Disney princess go, I had watched Snow White, but I don’t think I’ve seen any others,” she says.

Calamity Jane and Merida share similar traits. Says Macdonald, “She’s out on a horse, she’s a bit of a tomboy, but she sings songs. Thankfully Merida doesn’t sing.”

Brave also features the voices of Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd and Julie Walters.

Brave’s movie trailer.

Photographer In Alec Baldwin Controversy Tells His Side Of Story On GMA

Marcus Santos, the New York Daily News photographer who was allegedly on the receiving end of Alec Baldwin’s fist got a chance to appear on Good Morning America on Thursday and tell his side of the story regarding his altercation with the Hollywood actor.

The unpleasant encounter between Santos and Baldwin happened Tuesday morning outside the New York City marriage license bureau as the actor and his fiancée, Hilaria Thomas, were exiting the building just after obtaining a marriage license.

“I never hit him with the camera,” said Santos, denying Baldwin’s story. “How am I gonna take a picture if I come too close?” he added.
Santos claimed that the 30 Rock star started to go after another photographer first, but came at him after he spoke up. “He threw a punch,” as Santos reiterated his claims, “Right on the chin.” He goes on to say that he has headaches and joint pain from the impact despite the fact that he moved back to soften the blow.

When asked about what he would say to the actor, he replied, “I have nothing to say to him… I’m just feeling so embarrassed for what he did to me. I like to take pictures, [for] my picture [to] be on the front page, not me be on the front page.”

Check out a clip from the show below.

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Liam Neeson’s Back to Unleash His Wrath in Taken 2

Liam Neeson is back with a vengeance in the upcoming sequel of his mega hit movie Taken. Reprising his role as the retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, he’s out to teach the bad guys another painful lesson.

So who’s the next victim in this suspense-thriller flick since his daughter has already been rescued? According to reports, the plot goes a year later after the incident, and on a trip to Istanbul, Mills gets a visit from his daughter and wife. The reunion turns out badly as his wife is captured by gangsters who serve Murad, the father of one of his fallen criminals.

Now Mills is squaring off against the revenge of Murad (Rade Serbedzija) to get his wife back. Expect for another action-packed scenes as he deals with them.

Olivier Megaton takes over to direct the sequel and Luc Besson co-wrote with Robert Mark Kramen.

Taken 2 will hit theaters on Oct. 5.

Watch the trailer.

Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Kate Upton’s Topless GQ Photoshoot (NFSW video)

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Looks like you won’t have to wait to get a copy of GQ’s July issue anymore just to see Kate Upton’s latest swimsuit photos. GQ has just released a set of the young actress’s pictures on their website and needless to say, some fans are already loving it. You can check out some of the photos from the photoshoot here.

The fans’ reception about the photos however are probably nothing compared to those who have seen the behind-the-scenes video, as what the fellas at TMZ will show you (check video at the bottom).

The 20-year-old bombshell, who’s also been linked to New York Jet’s QB Mark Sanchez, was named Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue cover girl in February and ranked 23rd in FHM’s ‘Sexiest Woman’ in the world last month.

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