Former Trump casino where stars played goes out with a bang
The former Trump Plaza casino was imploded after falling into such disrepair that chunks of the building began peeling off and crashing to the ground. “I got chills,” Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said. AdOpened in 1984, when Trump was a real estate developer in his pre-politics days, Trump Plaza was for a time the most successful casino in Atlantic City. AdBut things began to sour for Trump Plaza when Donald Trump opened the nearby Trump Taj Mahal in 1990, with crushing debt loads that led the company to pour most of its resources — and cash — into the shiny new hotel and casino. Trump Plaza was the last of four Atlantic City casinos to close in 2014, victims of an oversaturated casino market both in the New Jersey city and in the larger northeast.
John Boyega isn't going to 'take the money and shush'
This year, Boyega has made it clear he doesn't feel that way, that he isn’t going to bite his tongue. The five-film series is playing on the BBC in the U.K. and on Amazon Prime in the U.S.; “Red, White and Blue” will debut Dec. 4 on Amazon. In the true story, Boyega plays Leroy Logan, an aspiring research scientist who gives up the lab to join the overwhelmingly white London police force in the 1980s. “Red, White and Blue” puts Boyega front and center and wrestles with many of the social issues -- race, change, belonging -- that he is grappling with, too. Since Boyega’s comments about “Star Wars,” he’s received a supportive phone call from producer Kathleen Kennedy that Boyega has described as frank and transparent.
Sneak peek at the NBA Finals court where Heat and Lakers will meet
No, we won’t get to see the court at AmericanAirlines Arena all dressed up for the NBA Finals. But the floor will have a different look when the Heat and Lakers step onto it for Game 1 Wednesday night inside the Disney bubble. The NBA revealed the court design above. As has been on the floor for all of the games since the league’s restart “Black Lives Matter” will be visible front and center. As a reminder, all of the Finals games are on Local 10, with coverage of Game 1 beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Kirk Douglas rose from poverty to become a king of Hollywood
He died Kirk Douglas, a Hollywood king. As Douglas rises, a growing chorus of slaves jump up and shout, “I’m Spartacus!” Douglas stands silently, a tear rolling down his face. Michael Douglas not only thrived in Hollywood, but beat his dad to the Oscars with a project his father had first desired. The four-night show in the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City was sold out. “You know, I never wanted to be a movie actor,” Douglas told the AP in 2009.