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Kevin Connolly Wants To Direct Kimbo Slice Biopic

When Entourage wraps up this year, actor Kevin Connolly hopes to produce and direct a biopic on street brawler Kimbo Slice.

Connolly hopes Slice, a former bodyguard and MMA fighter, will play himself in the film.

“Kimbo Slice is known as one of the first YouTube celebrities,” Connolly told TheWrap.com. “He was the first person I ever sat in front of a computer and typed somebody’s name into YouTube. His fights ended up on the internet, his backyard fights, and he all of the sudden… became this celebrity.”

Born Kevin Ferguson, he recently sat down with a screenwriter to spill the beans on his life.

“It’s so personal to sit with a writer who you don’t know and tell them your deepest, darkest secrets and your life story, so I think it took him a second to get used to,” Connolly added. “But him and the writer really hit it off, and I couldn’t be happier with the script. I’m ready to go.”

 

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Fox: We'd Air All Olympics Events 'Live'

One of the ongoing challenges of Olympics broadcasting is captivating viewers with live footage while using tape delay to save the most-watched programs for primetime audiences. The well-chronicled problem is that the Internet and the explosion of media news in general makes it nearly impossible to keep the public in the dark between the time that tape-delay programs are recorded and when they air. Fox Sports says it will bite the bullet on this dilemma and show everything live if they procure broadcasting rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, which will be bid on next month in Switzerland.

“We plan on doing everything live. It just makes sense,” Fox Sports president Eric Shanks told USA Today’s Michael Hiestand yesterday.

This will run counter to the past approach of NBC, which has held broadcasting rights for recent Games and usually kept the “best” action for primetime, even though the suspense was often dulled because the public knew who’d won events well in advance.

“You might as well try to reach as many people as you can, whether they’re hard-core fans or primetime viewers,” Shanks said.

And while airing action live would allow other TV outlets to carry Olympic highlights before primetime Olympic shows — something NBC worried about on past Games — Shanks thinks that extra exposure would help primetime ratings: “If it’s shown everywhere, that would amplify the message that the Olympics are on.”

Jenn Brown Replacing Erin Andrews as CWS Sideline Reporter

According to a tweet from ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown, she will be working the sidelines/stands/foul territory at the College World Series in Omaha next month, ostensibly replacing Erin Andrews, who has held the spot for several years. Brown said on Twitter, “Guess who’s working the sidelines for the College World Series in Omaha?!? I am super psyched and can’t wait!!”

No official report from ESPN, but we can’t imagine the World Wide Leader would send Brown and Andrews to Omaha, since the universe would probably fold in on itself.

(H/T to Fang’s Bites)