(RNN) – The Robertson family is back for more hunting, fishing, fussing and family times.
The hit that no one expected - A&E's Duck Dynasty - is back for a fourth season, and it's become a fan favorite across the U.S. The season 3 finale that aired April 25 brought in 9.6 million viewers, topping American Idol in the adults 18 to 49 demographic on a Wednesday night in prime time.
The show details the lives of the Robertson family and the company that has brought the Louisiana family wealth and fame – Duck Commander. The duck call was invented and patented by patriarch Phil Robertson - once the quarterback at Louisiana Tech ahead of Terry Bradshaw. The business is now run by one of Phil's sons, Willie Robertson, who bosses his relatives - his older brother and duck call designer Jase included - around as they ignore him and live lives of outdoorsmen.
The family is tight-knit, as many large Southern families have been for generations. The show has spawned many popular characters, including Si Robertson, Phil's brother, Vietnam War veteran and outrageous storyteller who has spawned many quotes.
Season 4 will also feature the addition of the eldest Robertson son, Alan, to the cast as the newest member of the family business.
Duck Dynasty Season 4 premiers Wednesday at 10 p.m. on A&E.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is faced with the longest non-gambling ban in the history of Major League Baseball – a suspension through the 2014 MLB season. The suspension is effective Thursday, and he will not be paid a significant portion of his current 10-year, $275 million contract.
Rodriguez's connection to the Biogenesis clinic, connections to performance enhancing drugs lead to his subsequent suspension - announced with 12 others Monday - and is met with the astonishment that rumors of a lifetime ban from baseball weren't made a reality. Moreover, Rodriguez denies he used PEDs since his 2009 admission. He is appealing his suspension, not confirming or denying the evidence baseball has against him, as he made his 2013 debut Monday.
In an effort to humanize himself, Rodriguez became more of a villain from Shakespeare, calling his failures during the 2013 playoffs, his rehabilitation from injury and the Biogenesis scandal "the worst time of my life" during a pregame press conference Monday.
"I have to defend myself. If I don't defend myself, no one else will," Rodriguez said.
Everything Rodriguez has done in an effort to create his brand is indefensible, leaving him alone and opposed by crowds that mock and verbally abuse him.
Once seen as the greatest shortstop of his generation, Rodriguez is hobbled, disgraced and banned from the game at 38 years old.
Fans of Southern rap duo Outkast miss the group as much as YWIPC does, but both André 3000 and Big Boi have been busy since their hiatus 2006.
While Antoine "Big Boi" Patton has released several solo projects since then, "André 3000" Benjamin has been a bit more obscure, appearing in movies and popping up as a featured guest on various rapper's songs. André 3000 was also heavily featured on the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in a cover of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black with Beyoncé.
André 3000 expressed himself very clearly on Sorry, a track from rapper T.I.'s 2012 album Trouble Man. He's sorry for his absence, but his life has been crazy, and he's working things out with himself.
Fans shouldn't worry – Andre 3000 is starring in the Jimi Hendrix pre-fame biopic All Is By My Side that will premier in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. There have also been rumors that a new solo record may be coming in 2014, though 3000's representation has denied it.
Just come back, Outkast Andre 3000, hip-hop needs you! Real bad.
Jam of the week: Justin Timberlake, Take Back the Night (2013) - The first single from J.T.'s The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 has a 1980s groove that kind of feels like Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Starting Somethin'. Too bad Timberlake didn't know about the women's organization with the same name that works to combat violence against women. Don't artists research anything?
We also love how boy bands and/or former members of boy bands are rocking hipster haircuts (see: Backstreet Boys).
Most Americans are tired of movies where Mark Wahlberg is a cop.
The only difference between this film and other Wahlberg cop movies is Denzel Washington took top billing. Fans took to theaters to make 2 Guns the No. 1 movie this week, knocking the sixth version of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine to No. 2.
Here is last weekend's top five, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):
Coming out this week:
Elysium – Like Washington, Matt Damon is becoming one of Hollywood's most reliable actors. This science-fiction flick depicts Earth in 2145, separated into the haves on a wealth-driven space station and the have-nots on an abused Earth. An ex-con (Damon) is transformed into a cyborg determined to save the have-nots of Earth. It also stars Jodie Foster, Diego Luna and William Fichtner.
We're the Millers – A stripper (Jennifer Anniston), a drug dealer (Jason Sudeikis), a runaway (Emma Roberts) and a virgin (Will Poulter) smuggle drugs from Mexico while pretending to be a family on vacation. This should be the summer comedy people have been waiting for. It also stars Ed Helms, Nick Offerman and Luis Guzman.
Planes – If Rascal Flatts writes a song called Life is an Airfield in this plane version of Cars, YWIPC wants credit for calling it. The second Disney-Pixar feature of the summer features the voices of Dane Cook, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cedric the Entertainer, Val Kilmer and Sinbad.
Lovelace – STEAMY INDIE FLICK OF THE WEEK – The biography of Linda Lovelace, one of the first major adult film stars, shows how one woman fought an abusive husband to take her life into her own hands. The film in limited release stars Amanda Seyfried, Sharon Stone, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria and Adam Brody.
A rumor is stirring on Reddit.
According to a message posted July 30, a man proclaimed, "I'm a well known American film actor and I'm a closeted homosexual." His username is listed "mylifeisalie123."
The post doesn't give much detail, but does open up on how he portrays himself publicly and his life in Hollywood. Whoever he is, the words he used show a present full of shame that could lead to shattered expectations.
"First of all, I feel like I'm misleading my fans. I know a lot of women watch my movies to watch me, and part of that is fantasy, and I feel like it's all based on a lie," the writer said.
The man also admits that he is currently dating "another well-known personality" who may expect marriage in the future.
Redditors have responded more than 500 comments, pointing out many successful "out" male actors including Neil Patrick Harris, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer.
Or we all could be catfished....
In this video, done by comedy troupe Pineapple Shaped Lamps, they take on dire straits for the Royal Shakespeare Company in this parody.
As the world suffers through diminishing attention spans and the need for cheap entertainment, the world famous House of William Shakespeare take on the franchise that has made George Lucas a rich man.
Crazy rhubarb lady has no shame stealing neighbor's produce (Very 'not safe for work.' Lots of naughty language.)
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