WWE superstar John Cena says he owes The Rock so much

John Cena admits he will forever be in debt to The Rock for his influence on his WWE and film careers.

In an interview with Chris van Vliet to promote his latest film Bumblebee, Cena spoke about the honest nature of the relationship he enjoys with The Rock – real name Dwayne Johnson – as the two have enjoyed very similar careers which have transitioned from WWE to the film world.

“I owe a lot of what I’ve done in WWE and in cinema to Dwayne Johnson,” he said.

“He’s always been genuine, he’s always shot straight – and that’s on TV and off TV. We have a very good rapport with each other and I’ve told this to him, that I’m sorry, and I can tell it to you. I spoke out of ignorance, I was wrong, and I’m sorry.

“So for any WWE person right now saying ‘You’re a part-timer. You’re going to Hollywood.’ They’re absolutely right. And if they can’t see why I’m making those moves, I don’t expect them to. I don’t expect to change their mind.”

Something else which Cena feels is not going to change is his own presentation in WWE. While he admits he would love to be a heel, he does not see it happening any time soon.

“There are creative feelings inside me that would like to be a bad guy on WWE,” he said. “But that ain’t gonna happen because that’s not my job. My job is to be who I am and that comes from my director.”

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Kevin Hart Blown Away by Sold-Out Shows in Australia Amid Oscars Controversy

Kevin Hart has thanked his fans for their support after his sold-out gig in Australia.

The “Ride Along” star took to Instagram on Saturday, December 08 to share a video of the cheering crowd at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

“Two sold-out shows in Sydney, Australia and I gotta tell you, I’m f**king blown away,” the 39-year-old actor yelled in the clip, thanking the audience for their “support.”

“All I can say is WOOOOOOOOW…. Thank you so much Sydney Australia…. Making the world laugh is forever a priority. Blessed to be able to bring laughter on a international level & do what I love!!!! #irresponsibletour #comedicrockstarshit #LiveLoveLaugh,” he captioned the post.

His gigs come after he stepped down as host for next year’s Oscars ceremony, following backlash for past anti-gay tweets.

There was an outcry from the gay and lesbian community when it was announced he had landed the prestigious gig, after a series of derogatory tweets posted by Hart between 2009 and 2011 were reshared on social media.

The comic took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the backlash, urging his critics to “stop looking for reasons to be negative”. He also revealed that the Academy had asked him to apologise for the tweets, but he had refused.

Hart later shared the news that he had pulled out of presenting the Oscars, and offered up an apology to those he had offended.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” he tweeted at the time. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize (sic) to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

A source told Entertainment Tonight that Hart feels “disappointed” and “hurt” that he won’t be hosting the Oscars, but he will move forward from this and ultimately be “good.”

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Lauren Jauregui Credits Hayley Kiyoko for Influence in Her Coming Out

Hayley Kiyoko was influential in helping pal Lauren Jauregui come out.

The former Fifth Harmony star revealed she was bisexual in November 2016 in an open letter which saw the singer slamming newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump‘s supporters for voting him into power.

On Thursday night (December 06), Lauren presented “Curious” singer Hayley with the Rising Star Award at the 2018 Billboard Women in Music event, and she told ET she was overjoyed to be able to do so.

“I love her so much,” she beamed. “I’m so grateful to be honouring her. I think she is one of the most influential people in my life, as well in coming out. I’m so honoured to be able to give her her award. Her queer award for 2018! I’m so proud of her.”

And the 22-year-old further gushed about how special it is to be a woman in music in the modern era.

“It’s such an incredible time to be a woman in music. I think there are a lot of barriers that are being broken and a lot of ceilings that are being smashed by some incredible women that I have the honour of honouring tonight,” she said.



ET also caught up with Hayley, who earlier this week surprised fans when Taylor Swift joined her onstage for a duet of track "Delicate" at a LGBTQ fundraiser.

"It's emotional. I don't feel like I belong but I am rising and it's really wonderful to share the room with such incredibly talented, beautiful, wonderful women in music," the 27-year-old expressed.

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UK weather forecast: FIVE-DAY cold blast from Iceland will batter Britain this week bringing snow and frost warns forecasters

As the country gears up for Christmas party season it's going to be a frosty affair for many as a cold snap sends temperatures plummeting.

The Met Office have said there will be frost across northern, eastern and some southwestern parts this morning as Britain braces for a week of freezing weather.

Snow is most likely on Thursday and the wind chill will make things feel a lot colder.

Motorists may have to wake up a little earlier for their commute as forecasters say they will need be needing to clear their windscreens of ice in the mornings.

Scotland is going to bear the brunt of the bad weather and there are warnings of a chance of hill snow in the north.

Chilly air from Iceland began sweeping across the country overnight, with the country forecast to remain cold until midweek.

Freezing fog is a possibility and snow could even blanket the hills of northern England.

And while temperatures should rise again on Thursday, "disruptive snowfall" then threatens to cause road and rail chaos.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It turns colder on Sunday with air from Iceland, and it certainly looks cold until midweek in the East.

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“Widespread frosts and the chance of freezing fog are expected, with Monday morning down to -5C in Scotland and -3C in northern England.

“Gales or severe gales with gusts up to 60mph in the West are expected into the weekend, with further heavy rain – and snow in the North, mainly on hills.”

On Saturday, parts of the country were submerged by flash floods as gale-force winds battered the country.

Dean Hall, a forecaster with the Met Office, told the Sun Online:  "It will be a cold night going into Monday. There will be a sharp frost in northern and eastern parts with temperatures of -5 or -6 overnight when there are clear skies."

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Colder weather will arrive from the North, with East coasts prone to the odd wintry shower.

“There is a significant chance of disruptive snowfall as moister air arrives from the West from midweek.”

And despite the winds easing off slightly today, it will feel much colder this evening. Some areas could even see a frost forming as temperatures drop.

This week we told how Brits are braced for a blast of icy Scandinavian air next week, as the odds of a white Christmas is slashed.

As temperatures fall next week, bookies have slashed the odds on every city in Britain seeing snow on Christmas Day.

Aberdeen is the most likely to see a White Christmas at 6/5 while London’s chances have been cut from 5/1 to 9/2.

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Kourtney Kardashian Poses With The Grinch On Day Out In Universal Studios With Scott & The Kids

Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick had an epic family outing at Universal Studios Hollywood! Check out their sweet pics of their big day right here!

Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian reunited once again to take their kids Reign and Penelope, along with North West and Saint, on a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood. While Kourtney shared a pic of herself having a chat with The Grinch (she mentioned in her caption that he asked “why did you steal Christmas?”), Scott took Penelope and North on the Minion ride. Check out the pics below!

This family outing comes just a day after Sofia Richie and Scott were seen out and about with his daughter Penelope shopping on Dec. 8. Although rumors have swirled that she’s angry at Kourtney over pics she posted with Scott (more on that later), she put on a brave face while spending time with him and his kids. However, there seemed to be no sign of drama as they left the Gucci store together.

We reported earlier how Sofia was bothered by the pic of Kourtney and Scott “co-parenting” together while she lounged on a bed. “Sofia thinks that Kourtney is jealous of her relationship with Scott and will do anything to come between them,” a source close to Sofia told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “Sofia was enjoying a wonderful night celebrating Hanukkah with Scott and a few friends at the same time Kourtney posted the picture of her laying in bed next to him. Sofia knows that Kourtney was aware she and Scott were together, and believes she posted that during the same time just to be spiteful.”

We’ll keep you posted with all of the latest news about Kourtney and Scott. In the meantime, check out all of their pics together from before and after they broke up in our gallery above.

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Lee Smith, Harold Baines To Be Inducted Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame

Baseball greats Lee Smith and Harold Baines finally received the news each has been longing to hear for the nearly two decades they’ve been retired from the game. On Sunday, December 9, it was announced that both men have been elected for induction into the coveted National Baseball Hall of Fame.

MLB.com reports that Smith and Baines received the nod to head up to Cooperstown – courtesy of the Today’s Game Era Committee. The 16-member electorate reportedly held a vote during the annual Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, and came away with a unanimous consensus for Smith – while pushing Baines over the top thanks to 12 out of 16 ballots waving him past the 75 percent threshold needed for him to be able to join the July 21 ceremony.

In 22 seasons, Baines collected 2,866 hits, homered 384 times, and drove in 1,628 runs while maintaining a.289 lifetime batting average, according to Baseball Reference. He was a six-time All-Star who played with the Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics, the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians, and the Chicago White Sox – with whom he started and ended his career. While Baines never did take home a ring in his playing days, he was fortunate enough to win a World Series title as a coach with the 2005 championship White Sox team. Baines’ No. 3 has been retired by the Sox.

Smith led the league in saves four times between 1983 and 1994. His 1991 campaign proved to be the 6-5, 220-pounder’s most dominant, with him completing the year second in the Cy Young Award vote and eighth among all MVP candidates thanks to a career-best 47 games saved and a 2.34 ERA. He was a seven-time All-Star and three-time recipient of the Rolaids Relief Man Award. Smith is currently holding strong among the top three all-time leading savers, with only Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera having surpassed the 478 games he closed in the win column throughout his 18 years in the majors.

For a time, both Smith and Baines held relatively similar significance on the diamond in that both men were among the best part-time players to ever grace the diamond. Baines did so later in his career as a designated hitter. By the time he retired, the prolific journeyman stood atop all other DH’s in career home runs, hits, runs, and RBI’s. For Smith, it was as a reliever that he became history’s all-time saves king in 1993 and held the mark until 2006, per Yahoo Sports.

Now that the fellas who’ve been neglected from entry for far too long have been given the go, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America have the next month or so to decide on who will get to celebrate their place amongst the greats when the official election results are announced on January 22. Current all-time saves leader, Mariano Rivera is expected to be a lock for induction, with his old Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte, Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Edgar Martinez, and Fred McGriff also in the running for the big decision.

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Al Roker Discusses His Family Traditions For The Holiday Season

Every year Al Roker and his son head out to cut down their own perfect family Christmas tree.

Al Roker is undeniably a busy man, starring every morning on NBC’s Today and often making a second appearance for the nightly news. Recently he covered the 86th lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City, alongside co-anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Craig Melvin. As America’s favorite weatherman, he informs the nation about what’s going on “in their neck of the woods” on a daily basis. Despite his busy schedule this time of year, his family is his first priority. Roker recently discussed his own family traditions during the holiday season, according to Today.

When it comes to Christmas, Roker likes everything to be just right. Rather than using an artificial tree or picking one up locally, he enjoys doing the task himself. Every year the news anchor and his son, 16-year-old Nick Roker, take a day to Pinto Ranch Tree Farm in Chatham, New York, to select the perfect Christmas tree for their family home. Once they’ve found the winner, they work together to cut the tree down by hand. Although a slightly messy job, Roker wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I look forward to picking and cutting our #christmastree with Nick every year. The secret is bringing your own saw with a new blade,” Roker posted to Twitter. He included a few photos from the outing, showing the beautiful pine he hand-selected.

This is a tradition that Roker and his son have enjoyed for years, often documenting their experience on social media. After loading up their tree and heading home, they decorated it with Roker’s daughter, 20-year-old Leila, and his wife, Deborah. With holiday tunes playing in the background, he shared a video of himself atop a ladder putting on the finishing touch: an angel tree topper.

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Roker isn’t the only Today Show host getting into the holiday spirit. Fifty-four-year-old Hoda Kotb’s Christmas will be extra special this year because of her daughter, Haley Joy, whom she adopted in 2017. Now 1-year-old, Haley is old enough to take her own part in the celebration. Following the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting, Kotb posted a video of her own tree lighting at home with Haley and her partner Joel. The toddler is shown excitedly helping Kotb count down before lighting up the Christmas tree in their New York apartment.

“The lighting of the family Christmas Tree! Sorry I’m so loud with the countdown!” Kotb wrote on Instagram.

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Dog protected ruins of home destroyed by California wildfire for weeks

A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.

Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her burned property in Paradise this week.

Gaylord fled when the Nov. 8 fire broke out and decimated the town of 27,000. An animal rescuer who responded to Gaylord’s request to check on Madison first spotted the male Anatolian shepherd mix several days later.

Shayla Sullivan said the outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. Sullivan left food and water for him regularly until Gaylord got back on Wednesday. She also helped locate Madison’s brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd mix that was taken to a shelter 85 miles (135 kilometers) away in the confusing aftermath of the wildfire.

“If (the evacuees) can’t be there I’m going to be and I’m not going to give up on their animal until they can get back in,” Sullivan said.

The dogs reunited Friday when Gaylord came back to the property with Miguel and brought Madison his favourite treat: a box of Wheat Thin crackers.

Gaylord told news station ABC10 she couldn’t ask for a better animal.

“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” she said.

“Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we’re part of them,” Gaylord said about her dogs. “It’s a comforting feeling.”

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