August 16th, 2010
10:39 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone

The action star from the '70s and '80s can still open big at the box office, and apparently big with the ladies. Recruiting a cast of six fellow action stars, along with a cameo by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stallone's "The Expendables" grossed $35 million at the box this weekend.

The "Rocky" and "Rambo" star not only starred in the picture, which received mixed reviews, he wrote and directed the film as well. He also reportedly broke his neck in a fight scene.

According to The Los Angeles Times, 40 percent of ticket buyers were female. Stallone, 64, has headlined two films since 2003 and they were both in his comfort zones - "Rambo" in 2008, and "Rocky Balboa" in 2006.

In July, Stallone appeared on the David Letterman show with where he said he'd broken his neck during a fight scene for the film. The injury required surgery. Also appearing in the film are action stars including Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, wrestler Steve Austin, Jet Li and Jason Statham.

Los Angeles Times: 'The Expendables' is a force at weekend box office

Monsters and Critics: Sylvester Stallone shows off broken neck injury x-ray

Antoine Dodson

The Huntsville, Alabama, man became an internet sensation this past week after he saved his sister during a sexual assault in their home, and then gave an animated interview to a television news reporter. The interview video has since been remixed into songs and many parodies on the internet.

Dodson and his sister Kelly were interviewed by WAFF reporter Elizabeth Gentle after the assault. The media onslaught ensued, resulting in the YouTube videos and a Facebook fan page. WAFF said Dodson even has a t-shirt line and a ring tone dedicated to his speech. Other reports indicate that Dodson and his family see this as an opportunity to change their circumstances. They live in a project in Huntsville.

Since the interview, a number of people have criticized the station for using Dodson's emotional sound bites. Dodson however, has defended the station and asked people to keep the situation in perspective. "What people fail to realize is, we don't run around all cryin' and acting sad, you know what I'm saying?" a much calmer Dodson told Gentle in a follow-up report. "We just dust ourselves off and keep on moving."

Dodson said he did the interview to help catch the assailant. And should the intruder come back? "Pretty much I'm gonna beat his [expletive]," Dodson replied. "And then I'm gonna call the police while I'm beating his [expletive] because I want you to feel what you made my sister feel when you came into her room."

WAFF48News.com: Woman wakes up to find intruder in her bed

WAFF48News.com: Overnight internet sensation reacts to new-found fame

Brett Sloppy

The 28-year-old competitive off-road racer has reportedly acknowledged on his Facebook page an accident he was involved in Saturday night that resulted in the deaths of eight people, and injury to 12 others, five of whom were very seriously injured.

Sloppy had driven his modified Ford Ranger over a jump called the Rock Pile at the California 200, a 50-mile dirt road race held in the Mojave Desert. A report in The Riverside Press-Enterprise quoted him as telling authorities that when the truck landed, the steering wheel "jerked violently to the left." The truck abruptly rolled into the crowd of about 200 spectators.

Charges are unlikely as the spectators were standing too close to the racetrack, which has no barriers, said a spokesman with the California Highway Patrol. Sloppy was led away from the crowd by officials, reports said, as spectators apparently began to turn on him.

"Soo incredibly lost and devistated [sic] my thoughts and prayers go out to all the familys [sic] and friends involved," said a post on Sloppy's Facebook page Sunday night. "Thank you too all my friends for sticking with me even thru these tragic times I love you all."

KTLA.com: Safety Questioned After 8 Killed in Off-Road Racing Crash

Press-Enterpise: Desert race crash: 'There were bodies everywhere'

Los Angeles Times: Deadly crash stirs off-road racing debate

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna

The professional men's tennis partners, from Pakistan and India respectively, have a motto: "Stop War. Start Tennis." As reported in The New York Times, the two players are best friends who first partnered in 2003, but only hit the elite circuit this year. They made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, and they plan to play at the U.S. Open, the Times reported.

While neither is very politically active, they admit the better they play together, the more of an impact they can make in their home countries, which have faced three major conflicts since the British left the region in 1947. Often the duo are called the Indo-Pakistan Express. Fans who support them will paint the India flag on one side their faces, and the Pakistan flag on the other.

Qureshi comes from a family legacy of great tennis players, though he is one of the few Muslims on the professional tour. He has Bollywood looks and the poise of a diplomat, the paper reported. He was also banned from Pakistan's Davis Cup Team after playing with a Jewish partner.

Bopanna is an officer in the Indian Navy and is a businessman. He and his partner are trying to stage a match against each other to strengthen Indo-Pakistan relations. They have been unable to make the match happen, however.

"They are good for doubles tennis," said one western opponent, "and for world peace."

New York Times: Diplomatic Doubles Team Is a Contender, Too

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Michael R.

    I've been a huge Stallone fan, I own almost all his movies (I am 19), it would be a huge honor for me the meet this man one day, tho I know that won't ever happen.

    This movie, was fantastic, and a usual Stallone doesn't disappoint me (Other then Rocky 5).

    Keep up the good work Stallone!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Stallonesucks

      You must be as retarded as he acts.

      August 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Shipp

    Stallone and Willis have always been in real life wimpy little runts. I wonder how many fantasy fans actually believe they are–tough guys.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • fark

      Good point. John Wayne was a girly man whose real name was Marion.

      August 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    It could be they're just normal guys in real life. Just because they play action stars on TV doesn't mean they go shooting and beating people up in real life just so you can be satisfied that their on-screen figures match up to their real-life images.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Grondahl

    Besides, Dolph Lundgren would destroy them all IRL.

    Ah, "Who would win in a fight?" arguments. I miss 'em.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richs

    "The "Rocky" and "Rambo" star not only starred in the picture, which received excellent reviews," – OK, I guess it technically did receive *some* excellent reviews, but it rated 42/100 on rottontomatoes.com, the overall percentage of reviewers that recommend the movie. Metacritic.com is very consistent with a 45% approval rate. THe most positive quote I could find, hardly "excellent" was "Delivers pretty much exactly what its audience wants and expects: big, dumb, campy fun"

    But why bother with facts in the celebrity/reality world of today – facts are so old-CNN.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    Rocky Rocks!!

    August 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ferd

    "Excellent reviews" for The Expendables? In what universe? It has a Metacritic score of 45 out of a 100 based on 32 critics – defined as "mixed or average reviews." This written by a P/R firm much?

    August 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pamela Sellers

    Ferd, you are right and wrong. Where you are correct is that the reviews were mixed–not excellent.I am not a publicist, however. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Hope to make adjustments accordingly.

    P.

    August 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ferd

      Hey, thank Richs too! He made pretty much the same points – BOTH of them. Since even the first reviews in were at best "mixed" it's hard to credit where your original copy wording came from if not from the desire to flack. Still, I see you've amended the story to reflect the true tenor of the reviews.

      August 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pamela Sellers

    Thank you Richs

    August 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. acmed Shams

    May we never forget how brutal and dictatorial the Taliban are and why US forces are so needed there
    Please watch this. Seriously.
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9aw6Cnw0hY&w=640&h=360]

    August 19, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |