Entourage Film Gets the Green Light from Warner Bros.

For fans of the likes of Vincent Chase, E, Drama, Turtle and Ari Gold, the end of HBO‘s long-running series Entourage doesn’t mean the shenanigans have ceased. After officially ending its run in September 2011, today marks the official word that an Entourage movie has been greenlit with the entire original cast in negotiations to reprise their roles. The film will be directed by series creator Doug Ellin – who wrote the screenplay and who executive produced the series with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. In terms of a start date and timeline, little else is known up to this point. SPOILERS FOLLOW. As fans of the series can recall, the last images revealed that Ari had left the business only to get a last minute phone call offering him his dream job of running a film studio. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

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BlackBerry making moves… Alicia Keys Named Global Creative Director, debuts new BlackBerry Z10

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During the launch of the Blackberry 10 today, Alicia Keys was named as the phone makers Global Creative Director. It’s unclear as to what the job entails, but she said returning to the Blackberry was like reuniting with an ex-boyfriend.

Following a bevy of rumors surrounding the Z10, Blackberry has finally made an official announcement regarding the first full-touch BlackBerry 10 device. Outfitted with a palm-friendly 4.2-inch 1,280 x 768 display, the Z10 measures in at 5.13 x 2.6 x 0.37 inches – making it significantly bulkier than the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III. Beneath its mixture of aluminum and hard, textured plastic lies a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus buffered by 2GB RAM, a removable 1,800mAh battery, slots for microSD (up to 32GB supported) and micro SIM. On the imaging front, the handset packs a 2-megapixel front facer (720p video) and 8-megapixel rear shooter capable of 1080p recording. Finally, the Z10 will also ship LTE-ready (for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint) and be available in carrier-branded models across the top four US operators for $200 USD.

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Spurs Nation » Duncan’s new All-Star kicks

Tim Duncan and Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday will debut special editions of Adidas’ Crazy Fast model sneakers for the upcoming All-Star Game in Houston.

As you can see from the photo, they’re not for the faint of heart. The Crazy Fast shoe was based on the speed and power of a combustion engine, which dovetails nicely with Duncan’s love of performance automobiles.

The shoes will be available on Feb. 1, according to a press release.

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*Wow…* Girl Who Performed at Inaugural Events Killed in Chicago

Just a week after performing with her King College Prep band and drill team at Washington, D.C. events surrounding President Obama’s second Inauguration, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed at a park on Chicago’s South Side Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The unique narrative surrounding the majorette and volleyball player’s tragic death will no doubt highlight the city’s murder rate (earlier on the 29th, the official count was 40 homicides in January), and underscore the urgency of the national conversation about how to combat gun violence.

Pendleton and 16-year-old boy wounded in the attack were shot in a park near the school about 2:20 p.m., in the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue, police said…

Most of those who were in the park were gang members, and those in the group did not stay on scene to help after the shootings, according to police. The shooting occurred around 2:20 p.m. in the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue…

“She was awesome,” one girl said of Pendleton outside the hospital’s ER.

Friends of the slain girl said King was dismissed early today because of exams, and students went to the park on Oakenwald–something they don’t usually do.

Friends said the girl was a majorette and a volleyball player, a friendly and sweet presence at King, one of the top 10 CPS selective enrollment schools. Pendleton performed with other King College students at President Barack Obama’s inaugural events.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Poll: Some say God influences sporting events

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WASHINGTON (CNN) –

With millions of Americans set to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, a new survey finds more than a quarter of Americans believe that God “plays a role in determining which team wins” at sports events.

The survey by the Public Religion Research Institute also found that more than half of Americans believe “God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success.”

“In an era where professional sports are driven by dollars and statistics,” said institute CEO Robert P. Jones, “significant numbers of Americans see a divine hand at play.”

sked if they believe God plays a role in who wins, 27% of Americans said yes. Poll results varied among regions and religions: 36% said yes in the South, 28% in the Midwest, 20% in the Northeast and 15% in the West.

Among nonwhite Christians and white evangelicals, 40% and 38% said yes, respectively; 29% of Catholics and 19% of white mainline Protestants also responded that God plays a role.

Jones said these figures reflect many Americans’ belief in a very active God.

Minority Christians and white evangelical Christians “have a very personal view of God, a God that is very active in their daily lives and very concerned about the things that matter to them,” Jones said. “So far as sports are one of the things that matter, it stands to reason that God is playing an important role.”

Faith and sports have long gone hand in hand; many athletes regularly thank God after their team wins, and some even write references to Scripture on their game-day gear.

After Kurt Warner’s 1999 Super Bowl victory with the St. Louis Rams, the evangelical Christian used his post-game interview to thank God. “Well, first things first,” Warner told a reporter. “I’ve got to thank my Lord and Savior up above — thank you, Jesus!”

Sunday’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers could see the same profession of faith. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who will make this Super Bowl his last game in the NFL, has regularly thanked God in the Ravens’ somewhat improbable run to the Super Bowl.

After earning a berth in the big game by defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, Lewis told reporters, “God doesn’t make mistakes. He’s never made one mistake. … God is so amazing.”

“I’ll tell anybody. One thing about God’s will, you can never see God’s will before it happens,” Lewis said after the game. “You can only see at the end of it. For his will to happen this way, I could never ask for anything else.”

In the Public Religion Research Institute poll, 50% said they approved of these types of faithful expressions, while 45% said it doesn’t matter and 4% said they disapproved.

“That is a minuscule number,” Jones said of the people who disapprove. “Even if you look at religious unaffiliated Americans … only 8% said that they disapproved.”

The telephone survey was conducted January 16-20 with a random sample of 1,033 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Report alleges Ray Lewis obtained PEDs

Ray Lewis celebrates.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis paused only briefly to address a Sports Illustrated report that he used a deer antler spray containing the banned substance IGF-1 to aid in his recovery from a torn triceps during the regular season.

“Two years ago that was the same report,” Lewis said at Media Day on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t give that report or him any of my press (time). He’s not worthy of that.”

The SI story, which will appear in the Feb. 4 issue, was posted online Tuesday.

It claims Lewis contacted Mitch Ross, owner of S.W.A.T.S., a two-man sports science company, seeking help in recovering from his triceps injury suffered Oct. 14. Ross reportedly taped the call, and then laid out a comprehensive treatment plan that included holographic stickers on the right elbow, a daily regimen of the deer-antler pills to “rebuild your brain via your small intestines” and spritzes of the deer-antler velvet extract. Ross said he then sent Lewis products free of charge.

The spray goes under the tongue. IGF-1 is a natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth, and is also banned by the NFL and other major pro sports leagues.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he was aware of the report, but pointed out that Lewis has never failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs.

“Ray has passed every substance test in his career,” Harbaugh said.