SBD/July 31, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published July 31, 2013
THIS IS YOUR LIFE: 20th Century Fox has "acquired the life rights to develop a feature based on the life" of former NFLer KURT WARNER. The film will be "produced by Temple Hill partners MARTY BOWEN and WYCK GODFREY, and part of the rights package will include Warner's autobiography, 'ALL THINGS POSSIBLE: MY STORY OF FAITH, FOOTBALL AND THE MIRACLE SEASON'" (DEADLINE.com, 7/29)....DAVID BECKHAM will "release a picture book" on Oct. 31 "featuring images from his playing career in a deal" with Lagardère's UK-based Headline Publishing Group (REUTERS, 7/30).
IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER: Packers coach MIKE MCCARTHY and Packers players including AARON RODGERS, CLAY MATTHEWS, and JORDY NELSON have "individually crafted a menu of specialty burgers" for Curly's Pub at Lambeau Field. The players' burgers will be "featured on the menu weekly, one at a time, through Sept. 7." McCarthy's "Mac Attack Burger" is on sale now (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 7/31).
NAMES: Lagardère Unlimited has signed 49ers CB TARELL BROWN, according to Entertainers & Athletes Group CEO DENISE WHITE, Brown's publicist. Agent JOEL SEGEL will represent Brown. He was formerly represented by BRIAN OVERSTREET. Brown fired Overstreet last week after he failed to collect a $2M contract bonus (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer)....Former Penn State Univ. President GRAHAM SPANIER, former VP/Finance & Business GARY SCHULTZ and former AD TIM CURLEY yesterday were ordered to "stand trial on charges that they were part of a cover-up related to the child sexual abuse scandal" involving former assistant football coach JERRY SANDUSKY. The trial "could start later this year" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/31)....Former FIFA President JACK WARNER "easily won back a seat" in the Trinidad & Tobago Parliament "just over three months after he was forced to resign from the Trinidadian government because of corruption allegations" (AP, 7/30)....Saints LB JONATHAN VILMA is a "partner in BarEye, a mobile startup that produces software for bar owners and their patrons." BarEye began with a "pilot program in Tallahassee," but is "about to expand" into the Atlanta, Austin, L.A., N.Y., and Miami markets (USATODAY.com, 7/25)....Quiksilver surf-team manager CHAD WELLS has “abruptly left the Huntington Beach company in the wake of derogatory comments made on his personal Facebook page in defense of a controversial video ad by women's surf outfitter Roxy, one of Quiksilver's sister companies" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 7/31)....UFC fighter RONDA ROUSEY will be featured in Maxim magazine's September cover story (FOXSPORTS.com, 7/30)....In USA TODAY’s "Talking Your Tech" feature, comedian JEFF GARLIN notes one of his favorite apps is MLB At Bat: "I love baseball. To watch games or listen to them on my iPhone or iPad mini is fantastic" (USATODAY.com, 7/30).
IN MEMORY: Former Honolulu Advertiser Sports Editor and Exec Sports Editor RON DELACY died Monday at the age of 69 after a bout with cancer. He was retired and residing in Columbia, Calif., "after nearly a half-century in journalism" (STARADVERTISER.com, 7/30)....Former NBAer OSSIE SCHECTMAN died yesterday at the age of 94. He was "remembered as a central figure" in the NBA's formation, as he scored the first two points in the league’s history (N.Y. TIMES, 7/31).