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Tom Hanks is America’s favorite movie star, says poll


According to a new poll, Tom Hanks is America’s favorite movie star.

Hanks, whose latest film “The Bridge of Spies” is up for six Oscars, topped a Harris Poll that surveyed more than 2,200 adults in the U.S. about the best Hollywood actor/actress. Hanks also nabbed the title in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013.

Jumping up two spots from last year, Johnny Depp was runner-up. Depp portrayed notorious gangster Whitey Bulger in 2015’s “Black Mass.” Neither Hanks nor Depp is up for a best actor Oscar, despite early buzz surrounding their performances. Both were also snubbed for a Golden Globe nomination.

Denzel Washington, who was absent from the big screen in 2015 and topped last year’s list, fell two positions to America’s third favorite movie star. The “Training Day” actor was honored with the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award earlier this month at the Globes.

The Harris Poll’s top five was rounded out with Oscar-winning western icon John Wayne and Harrison Ford, who reprised his role as Han Solo in the box office hit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

In a category all her own, Sandra Bullock — who voiced a villain in “Minions” and portrayed a political strategist in “Our Brand Is Crisis” this past year — grabbed the No. 6 spot, making her the first actress to appear on the list. Not far behind, Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (“Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” “Joy”) earned the seventh slot.

Source: Variety Online

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Kanye and Wiz feud on Twitter

Kanye woke up this morning and thought, “You know what, Kim? ‘Ey yo, cut that shit out. Take your finger out of there. I got something to say.” He then went to Twitter and unleashed a 20+ tweet rant directed at Wiz Khalifa all about a misunderstood tweet (hint: “KK” stands for more than just “Kim Kardashian”).

There were a lot of hilarious tweets sent back and forth, but the true winner wasn’t Kanye or Wiz… it was Kanye’s ex-girlfriend and Wiz’ current girlfriend Amber Rose with this tweet:

Source: Twitter @DaRealAmberRose


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Jerry Bruckheimer teases possibility of Top Gun 2


(Source: Entertainment Weekly) The chances that Maverick will fly again are looking more promising than ever, as Top Gun’s producer and star reunited recently to discuss the potential sequel.

Jerry Bruckheimer posted a photo of himself and Tom Cruise, saying he “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2.”

Talk of a sequel to the 1986 action blockbuster has gone on for years, with Cruise saying last year that it would be “fun” to jump back into the series, while another Top Gun 2 producer, David Ellison, said a screenplay was in the works from The Jungle Book screenwriter Justin Marks. Bruckheimer has addressed the potential of the film on past occasions as well, mentioning back in 2013 that there was still a plan to continue forward with the project despite the death of the original film’s director, Tony Scott.

Lending further fuel to the fire last year, Val Kilmer posted on his Facebook page that he was offered to reprise his role as Maverick’s flyboy frenemy, Iceman, in the potential sequel, though he later backtracked saying he “jumped the gun.”

Bruckheimer’s latest tweet indicates the potential sequel may finally be fueling up and preparing for takeoff.

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Principal pushed children out of the way before being killed by bus in Indiana


(Source: CNN) So often, words are left unspoken. People never get around to saying how much they appreciate someone.

Not so for Susan Jordan, the principal at an Indiana elementary school, who died saving the lives of her students Tuesday. While she was hailed as heroic after her death for the way she sacrificed herself to save others, Jordan knew in life how much she was truly admired. Last May, the students and staff at Amy Beverland Elementary School told her exactly how they felt about her in a video. “Thank you Mrs. Jordan so much for all that you do,” begins the 11-minute tribute to the strains of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The longtime educator was a fixture at the school, spending more than two decades there as principal. It’s the reason Adam Baker moved his family to Lawrence Township, northeast of Indianapolis. “It was for all the good things we had heard about Principal Jordan and everything that was going on (there),” he told CNN affiliate WXIN. Principal Susan Jordan pushed kids out of the way of the bus before it hit her, the bus driver told authorities.

Her last act came at the end of school on Tuesday. Jordan was helping load kids for ride home, when one of the buses suddenly jumped the curb. The bus driver told firefighters that she’s not sure why the bus the lurched forward, but that she saw Jordan push several students out of the way, according to Rita Reith with the Indianapolis Fire Department. “They just loved her,” she said. “Up to the minute she was alive, she was helping the kids.” The students she saved, both 10, were taken to a hospital in serious condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries. The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, which is near Indianapolis, announced it would not hold classes Wednesday as the community mourns Jordan’s loss.

The school board released a statement praising Jordan and everything she gave to her community. “Susan was an amazing educator. She had a remarkable way of making everyone she came in contact with feel valued and important,” it read. “She had a passion for children that is unmatched. The entire Lawrence Township Community mourns her loss and extends our sympathy to the Amy Beverland Community the multitudes of people whose lives she touched.”

But its the video that really pulls at the heartstrings following Jordan’s death. It seems the whole school takes part. “She is everything I want to be when I grow up,” says one adult woman. “She is kind. She’s caring. She’s compassionate. She’s loving. She’s sincere, and she’s a professional. She makes all of us want to be even better.” Says another woman: “She’s the definition of wonderful.” And then there’s the kids.

What does Jordan stand for?

J — is for joyful to be around.

O — is for organized in all you do.

R — is for radiant, because you, Mrs. Jordan, are radiant.

D — is for demanding because you demand we do our best everyday.

A — is for awesome because you’re an awesome principal.

N — is for nice because you’re always nice to work with.

The video ends with: “We love you Mrs. Jordan! …Thank you for the many years of leadership!” Through the children and staff at the school, her legacy will certainly live on.

CNN’s John Newsome contributed to this report.

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DICKMAN BOWL and other playoff results

week 17 Jan 3
Bozo’s Pep Pills Wild Card Game

Tampa 31 (11-6) at Los Angeles 28 (14-3)
Monkme Field, Los Angeles

week 18 Jan 9-10
Bozo’s Pep Pills Divisional Playoffs

Utah 30 (10-7) at Miami 10 (13-4)
Herbert Hoover Bowling Grounds, Miami

Portland 20 vs Tampa 7 (11-7)
Blitherton Stadium, Portland

week 19 Jan 24
The Bozo’s Pep Pills Dickman Bowl

Portland 35 (16-2) vs Utah 14 (10-8)
Earl Henry Stadium, Clearwater