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April 17, 2013
Arda Ocal talks to Rob Van Dam about Cauliflower Alley in Las Vegas, attending the WWE Hall of Fame to see his friend Booker T, Mick Foley's induction and a match that never happened, rumors of his return to WWE, his famous "thumb point" and its origins, and Jean Claude Van Damme.
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By Jeff Barker and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Under Armour is working to land NBA superstar Kevin Durant as a pitch man — a sponsorship deal that could be one of the largest ever signed and give the Baltimore company a major inroad into the lucrative basketball marketplace. Signing the popular Oklahoma City Thunder forward, who grew up playing basketball in Washington and Maryland and still has family in the region, would be a coup for Under Armour as it tries to build its shoe business and boost its stature internationally.
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July 5, 2012
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network interviewed former WWE superstar Nelson Frazier, who portrayed Mabel and Viscera.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
The On the Run tour, Jay Z and Beyonce's first co-headlining tour together, delivered the type of expensive, finely calibrated spectacle one would expect from a Forbes power couple with a corporate sponsorship on Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium.  If the show seemed like a top-shelf Hollywood production, it is because it was. Throughout the roughly two-and-a-half hour set, the sold-out crowd received the soundtrack it expected, but also a...
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | July 30, 1992
The rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is more about the nature of fame than religion, and when it comes to glitz and glam, Cockpit in Court has pulled out all the stops in a production commemorating the 20th anniversary of both the show and the theater.The cast of more than 50 has to be one of the largest in Cockpit's history, and there's nothing subtle about the visual effects director F. Scott Black has created on stage.When Pontius Pilate sings of an ominous dream, he stands in a trapdoor with red light and stage smoke seeping up around him. And though there is a certain amount of gratifying shock value to seeing Judas suspended from a noose near the end of the show, it is more than a mite excessive to use a similar effect -- and probably the same harness and wire -- in the scene when Jesus literally ascends heavenward off the cross.
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By Steve McKerrow | January 31, 1994
The rock opera opened on Broadway on Oct. 12, 1971, and ran for 711 performances.It was not the first Bible-based collaboration by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. They earlier had success with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical that is also currently on a national revival tour, starring Donnie Osmond.A cast recording album of "Superstar" came out shortly before the play opened. And even earlier, in December 1969, a 45-rpm single recording of the title song had been released to help promote the forthcoming show.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | June 30, 1995
The "Talent Machine" never broke down, served us well, but is about to be retired anyway.Yes, this year's "Superstar Express," in production at Key Auditorium in Annapolis, affords theater-goers a final opportunity to see Bobbi Smith's youngsters sing and hoof their way through the now-familiar story of the Annapolis "Coach" who, posing as a nutty professor, explains the essence of success to his group of Annapolis kids.If you're sad to see the "Machine" wind down, remember that the extraordinary Bobbi Smith has every intention of putting her youngest Thespians to work again next summer.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | December 17, 1992
The production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" that opened its national tour at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre last night proves that in two decades this Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice supershow has come a glitzy full circle.American theatergoers first saw it as an overblown Broadway extravaganza; in Norman Jewison's 1973 movie, the scenes were supposedly performed by a troupe touring Israel by bus. But before that, "Superstar" made its American debut as a concert tour. And, even though this new production stars Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson, who also starred in the movie, director/choreographer Tony Christopher has returned to "Superstar's" roots and staged this account of the last week of Jesus' life as a rock-concert theatrical.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | May 28, 1993
CHICAGO -- They had come early, and it was a good thing. They got to watch Bo Jackson take batting practice, sweeping at baseballs as if he were holding a broom, not a bat, then making the ball fly out of sight.The two little boys couldn't stay still because they wanted to sneak under the railing and ask Bo about his shoes and what Bo knows and will he ever play football again."Bo's the guy with the fake hip, you know," one little boy said to the other. "It's all metal and stuff and if he slides wrong that thing might break all apart and come through his skin and stuff.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | December 2, 2007
YouTube is killing me," Renee Fleming says. On stage Renee Fleming will perform with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, conducted by Ya-Hui Wang, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Limited ticket availability. 410-727-6000 or baltimoreopera.com.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
You start with a little girl, dropped in an orphanage and afflicted with a spinal condition that has paralyzed her below the belly button. She's cared for, yes, but none of the well-meaning adults look at this child, scooting around the facility on her hands, and imagine a future ripe with possibility. How do you get from there to a 24-year-old woman nicknamed "The Beast," a fearsomely muscled athlete who believes her body can fulfill the most outlandish ambitions her mind concocts?
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
For the country singer Jason Aldean, success can be measured many ways: more than 8.5 million albums sold, 12 No. 1 hits on country radio and being named the 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music are a few examples that could work. Then there's the fact Aldean sold out Boston's Fenway Park last year faster than Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake. But the easy-going 36-year-old from Macon, Ga., has a simpler view. Aldean says his Night Train Tour, which stops at Baltimore Arena on Saturday, is different from previous tours because he now has the resources to execute the concert experience he first envisioned.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Travis Pastrana, the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar, has given up his NASCAR dream for now. The 30-year-old Pastrana, from Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, announced on his Facebook page Monday that he was taking a step back after driving on the Nationwide Series for a little more than two years, writing, "I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should. “This past season of NASCAR has been an awesome experience. I have made a lot of great friends, had a lot of fun and gained a new appreciation for all aspects of this sport,” Pastrana wrote.
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By Arda Ocal | September 28, 2013
It's no secret that Glenn Jacobs, the man who has famously portrayed Kane in WWE for 16 years, is a Libertarian. It's also no secret that Jacobs and former Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul are friends . The pair are together in public once again, this time on the "Ron Paul Channel. " A preview of the 16 minute interview can be seen here:  http://www.ronpaulchannel.com/video/wwe-kane-joins-the-channel/ (full access to the interview requires a subscription). Pro wrestling and politics aren't complete strangers.
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September 12, 2013
Ice Champions LIVE offers the opportunity to see Olympic and world champions perform on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road. International superstars of figure skating expected to participate are Ekaterina Gordeeva, Kimmie Meissner, Michael Weiss, Ryan Bradley and Adam Rippon. Presented by Michael Weiss Foundation, this event is a fundraiser for scholarships for aspiring Olympians. There will also be a silent auction featuring skaters' personal memorabilia as well as items from local artists, jewelers and restaurants.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
Baltimore's Nikki Lewis will compete on Thursday night's episode of "Supermarket Superstar," the new Lifetime show in which hopeful food entrepreneurs compete to get their products on grocery store shelves. The show is hosted by Rosedale native Stacy Keibler.   Lewis is the developer of Mallow Crunchies, a marshmallow treat she sells at area farmers markets as well as at The Mallow Bar , her own dessert cafe in Rosedale.    Each week on "Supermarket Superstar," three contestants compete for $10,000 in cash and $100,000 in product development, with an ultimate goal of having the A&P supermarket chain put the winning contestant's product in its stores.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1999
Superstar" is sweet, a little bit poignant and, in its own slapdash way, even endearing.What it is not is funny.But then, isn't that what we've come to expect from films based on characters from "Saturday Night Live"? When Chris Rock, at last week's big bash celebrating the show's 25th season, noted that the talent assembled there was responsible for some of the worst movies ever made, he wasn't exaggerating."Superstar" brings repressed Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon)
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 8, 2000
With limited footage and an open-air setting defining the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre's physical space, it is no surprise that productions there tend to be dominated by talented performers rather than spectacular staging. As I walked into the theater Saturday evening to take in ASGT's current production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and saw the spartan set with its multileveled black piping more reminiscent of "West Side Story" fire escapes than of the Holy Land under Roman occupation, I had no reason to believe that trend was about to change.
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By Arda Ocal | August 24, 2013
I caught up with WWE superstar Brodus Clay, who appears in the film "No One Lives," which is out on DVD and Blu-ray now. The topics include how being in movies differs from being a WWE superstar and whether there might be more acting in his future.  
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2013
Despite evidence to the contrary, Baltimore-born Claire Kosloff insists that there's no Charm City Mafia operating behind the scenes of Lifetime's "Supermarket Superstar. " No, she swears, it's just a coincidence that the show's host (Stacy Keibler) is from Baltimore, that one of its contestants (Nikki Lewis) is from Baltimore and that the show's co-executive producer (Kosloff) is from Baltimore. "There's a bunch of Baltimore people, but it's just by accident," says Kosloff, who supervised much of the show's writing, directing and behind-the-scenes planning.
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