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Ronda Rousey: ‘I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world’

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey still dominates opponents with little effort in the octagon, but mixed martial arts is not the only thing on the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion’s mind. Rousey has been open about her passion for acting, which she discovered with her role as Luna in “The Expendables 3.” But the 27-year-old doesn’t want to be known as a fighter who has been in movies. Eventually, Rousey hopes to be a well-known and respected actress.

“I didn’t grow up wanting to be an action star,” she recently told ESPN the Magazine. “I just didn’t think it was in the cards. Now that it’s a possibility, I’m like, “Screw it, I don’t give a s—, if The Rock can become the world’s highest-grossing actor, I can have that same goal.” I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world someday.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who gained his fame through professional wrestling, was the top-grossing actor of 2013 after his movies — including “Fast & Furious 6″ — raked in $1.3 billion globally. The Rock was second behind Robert Downey Jr. on the same list in Forbes this year.

Rousey still has a contract with Dana White and UFC and could end up fighting Gina Carano in what would be one of the most-watched female MMA fights of all time. Despite that, she said she did many of her own stunts in “The Expendables 3.”

“I did all of my own stunts, except for a couple of falls,” she explained. “I had a fight that December, so Dana White wouldn’t let me do anything too dangerous, but nobody else could do a lot of those fight scenes, so it fell to me. I’m an adrenaline junkie, and I love jumping off of stuff, so they promised to let me do my own falls if I don’t have a fight next time.”

In addition to “The Expendables 3,” Rousey also has roles in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 7″ and “Entourage.” She has already put together a fairly impressive resume. I doubt Rousey will ever be the highest-grossing actor in Hollywood, but a full-time acting career is a definite possibility after she is done fighting.

H/T MMA Junkie

Drake debuts ‘Sidepieces’ song at ESPYs and it is great (Video)

Drake ESPYsDrake hosted the ESPYs in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and while his opening monologue needed a lot of work, his best stuff came when he began performing songs.

He performed a song called “Honorable Mention” where he recognized athletes and teams that finished in second place. That led into an even better song that he performed with Brian McKnight called “Sidepieces.”

Sidepieces, of course, was about all the secondary girlfriends/boyfriends athletes have on the road/side whom they hope their main girlfriends/boyfriends/wives/husbands never find out about.

Drake also threw in a personal line to the song when he shouted out his crush, women’s basketball player Skylar Diggins.

“Skylar this is the one thing that I would be for you.”

Video via @CorkGaines

Jim Parsons at Eugenie Bouchard’s Wimbledon matches – they’re friends

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Eugenie Bouchard has a celebrity fan who is probably cooler than most tennis players’ fans.

The emerging Canadian tennis star is friends with actor Jim Parsons, who is best known for playing Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory.” The actor even spent time at Wimbledon watching her play.

In a recent feature for New York Magazine, Parsons says the two came in touch because Bouchard is a fan of his show. They began emailing after her matches and have developed a pen pals sort of relationship.

“She played her first professional Wimbledon last year, and her manager contacted my manager, and apparently she watches Big Bang, and he knew I was a fan of tennis and he said, ‘Is there any chance Jim could come to Wimbledon? He could sit in the players’ box with us,’ ” Parsons recalled of the friendship during an interview with ESPN.

Parsons has been at Wimbledon for over a week watching Bouchard play and has even sat in her box for her matches.

“It was really beyond my expectations the chance to sit in the player’s box. She is a cold-hearted killer out there,” Parsons said.

The 20-year-old has reached the finals of the tournament, meaning Parsons’ stay at the All England Club has probably gone longer than he anticipated. Parsons shouldn’t mind; not only is he on vacation, but he enjoys sports. He describes himself as a sports fan who watches the Rockets, plays fantasy football and loves watching the Masters golf tournament.

While taking in Wimbledon, Parsons has been living it up. He took selfies with Chris Evert and Hannah Storm:

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Rapper Black Rob performed ‘Whoa!’ at Derek Jeter’s birthday party

Derek JeterDerek Jeter is at that level of stardom where he has famous people attending and performing at his birthday party because, you know, he’s Derek Jeter.

Jetes turned 40 on Thursday and went out to dinner with a group and then a club to celebrate the big day. Page Six reports that folks like Michael Strahan, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada and music moguls P. Diddy, LL Cool J, and rapper Timbaland were all there.

And you know how awesome Jeter is? Rapper Black Rob came to perform his hit single “Whoa!,” which Jeter uses as his at-bat song. That’s pretty cool. I wish Black Rob would come perform at my birthday party.

Oh, and I’m sure it comes as no surprise, but girlfriend Hannah Davis was also there for the celebrations and cozy with Jeter. That’s what we like to hear.

The song was made in 2000 and it’s still awesome.

Tip via David B.

Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel from ‘Girl Meets World’ take on Dodgers game

The stars from upcoming TV show “Girl Meets World” were at Dodger Stadium Wednesday to partake in pregame festivities. For many of us, that means seeing the familiar faces of Cory and Topanga.

Tell me this doesn’t bring you back to childhood:

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Yup, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who will be parents in the new series, were joined by Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter at Dodger Stadium. Blanchard will play their daughter in the new show, which is a spinoff of TGIF favorite “Boy Meets World.”

All that was missing was Mr. Feeny.

The series debuts June 27 on Disney Channel. Will you be watching?

Photo: Twitter/Dodgers

Rob Gronkowski danced up a storm on ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ (Video)

Rob-Gronkowski-DancingNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appears to be recovering well from a torn ACL he suffered last season. If his knee was still bothering him, you’d have to assume the 25-year-old wouldn’t have dominated the scene on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Monday night.

Gronk was a special guest on the popular improv show, and he didn’t disappoint. As you can see, there was a few-minute segment where he danced around while Wayne Brady and company sang a song about him. He also took part in a skit with “personal trainer” Ryan Stiles that included a lot of boob jokes.


This guy needs to be a guest on more shows. The world needs more Gronk.

GIFs via Guyism

Was 50 Cent’s horrible first pitch a publicity stunt?

50 Cent first pitchAs you have probably seen through every major media outlet in America by now, 50 Cent threw out arguably the worst first pitch of all time before the New York Mets game on Tuesday. Can anyone who has a functioning arm really miss home plate that badly? According to one report, the rapper intentionally botched it.

“He did it so he would get all the press,” a source reportedly told Stephanie Smith of the New York Post’s Page Six. “He’s got a new album coming out, a new TV show on Starz and he wants to launch a tour.”

A graphic that has gone viral shows that 50′s first pitch may have actually been the worst ever.

The rapper’s people say it was excitement that caused the horrendous throw, not a thirst for publicity.

“It’s apparent in his excitement on the mound that he released the ball too early, clearly not a stunt,” one of 50 Cent’s reps said.

To be honest, I had this in the back of my mind from the start. No one can be that bad. It just doesn’t make sense.

Thanks to LBS tipster David