SBD/June 22, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published June 22, 2011
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: In L.A., Zeitchik & Fritz reported a movie about F1 racing, "RUSH," is "being shopped with veteran director RON HOWARD as the filmmaker." The film, a "development project currently making the rounds of Hollywood studios," tells the story of the '70s "rivalry between the late playboy British driver JAMES HUNT and his nemesis, Austrian champion NIKI LAUDA." The project is "being partly financed by Cross Creek Pictures, the company that put up some of the money" for "BLACK SWAN" (LATIMES.com, 6/21)....HBO is putting together a team "for a drama series project loosely based on former heavyweight champion MIKE TYSON's early life in the boxing ring." SPIKE LEE is set to direct "DA BRICK," which will "reflect aspects of Tyson's upbringing" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 6/22).
NAMES: Auburn Univ. football players Sunday night were given BCS National Championship rings, "another national title ring and an SEC Championship ring." The cost to the university "was at least $80,000, which is under the limit allowed by the NCAA." Another set of rings "were ordered for football-related members of the athletic department, bringing the total for all rings to approximately $150,000" (AL.com, 6/21)....The Mets yesterday announced a partnership with Tuesday's Children, founded in '01 "to help families who lost relatives" in the Sept. 11 attacks. The new initiative "will provide mentors to children who lost their parents as a result of sicknesses while they were serving in the relief efforts at Ground Zero" (N.Y. POST, 6/22)....The NHLPA and the Heart & Stroke Foundation announced that this year's Beard-a-thon raised $190,080.24. The program had 597 NHL Playoffs beard-growers and 2,225 fan pledges (NHLPA)....Skier LINDSEY VONN was presented the '11 Preis Herbert award for her promotion of the Alps (THE DAILY)....Orlando Magazine ranked Magic President ALEX MARTINS third on its annual "Most Powerful People in Orlando" list (Magic)....Heat G DWYANE WADE is in Milan this week to attend several fashion shows, and he has had front row seats for DSquared, Versace and Armani (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 6/21)....North Carolina Gov. BEV PERDUE yesterday signed Senate Bill 322 into law, making stock car racing the state's official sport (THE DAILY).