Space Cowboy

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Quentin Tarantino wants to boldly go where no man had gone before William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and all the ensuing crews of the Starship Enterprise.

The "Pulp Fiction" writer and director has pitched his idea for a new "Star Trek" movie to J.J. Abrams, who directed the 2009 feature film reboot and its 2013 sequel, "Star Trek Into Darkness."

The Hollywood Reporter says Tarantino and Abrams are setting up a writers room at Paramount to develop a future installment of the space odyssey franchise, which Tarantino would like to direct.

There are no details on the potential story line, but Tarantino has long admired the original NBC series, which aired from 1966-69.

"You could take some of the classic 'Star Trek' episodes and easily expand them to 90 minutes or more," he said in a 2015 interview, "and really do some amazing, amazing stuff."

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By Kevin Haynes |

Heeere's Alec!

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Alec Baldwin may soon be cast in a new role: talk show host.

The 59-year-old actor and provocateur is reportedly working on a deal with ABC to host a daily program similar to his public radio show and podcast, "Here's the Thing," which premiered on New York station WNYC in 2011. The show features Baldwin's one-on-one interviews with a wide range of personalities, from actors, authors and musicians to athletes and politicians. Among his recent guests: Barbra Streisand, Bernie Sanders and Burton Cummings, the former frontman of The Guess Who, whose hits in the late 1960s and early '70s included "These Eyes," "Laughing" and "American Woman."

No word yet on whether Baldwin's proposed TV talk show would air during the day or join ABC's late-night lineup of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Nightline."

Baldwin already hosts ABC's successful reboot of the classic game show "Match Game." Introduced in June 2016 as part of ABC's "Sunday Fun and Games" night, the hour-long show has been renewed for a third season in 2018.

He also appears regularly on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," impersonating President Donald Trump. The spoof recently earned Baldwin the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He previously won two Emmys for his work on the hit sitcom "30 Rock."

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By Kevin Haynes |

Don't Stop Me Now

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The status of the latest effort to make a movie about Queen could be veering from "We Are the Champions" to "Another One Bites the Dust."

Production of "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been halted because of the "unexpected unavailability" of director Bryan Singer, who didn't return to the set in London after Thanksgiving.

A spokesperson for Singer, whose credits include four "X-Men" flicks, attributed his absence to "a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family." Singer will reportedly "get back to work on the film soon after the holidays."

Filming began in September after nearly seven years of development. Rami Malek of "Mr. Robot" stars as Freddie Mercury. The buzz over "Bohemian Rhapsody" was amplified recently when footage appeared online showing Malek recreating Mercury's strut across the stage at Live Aid in 1985. His resemblance to the flamboyant frontman was uncanny.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Throwback: The Monkees

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Davy Jones was a little annoyed when producer Chip Douglas insisted on yet another take during a recording session with the Monkees in 1967.

"What number is this, Chip?" the otherwise affable singer asked in an exchange caught on tape.

The rest of the band joined Douglas in a frustrated response that every Monkees fan now knows by heart: "7A."

The impromptu give-and-take wound up being the preamble to "Daydream Believer," which began its four-week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 exactly 50 years ago this week.

The Monkees' third and final No. 1 single was especially notable because each member of the Fab Faux performed on it (unlike, say, "Last Train to Clarksville," which featured only Micky Dolenz's lead vocal). Peter Tork came up with the catchy piano intro, Mike Nesmith played guitar and Jones' sweet vocal was backed by Dolenz.

The song, however, was written by John Stewart, the folk singer who parlayed his stint in the Kingston Trio into a solo career. In 1976, he'd score a Top 10 hit of his own, "Gold," which featured backing vocals by Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks.

Stewart originally offered "Daydream Believer" to '60s folk rockers We Five ("You Were on My Mind") and Spanky and Our Gang ("Sunday Will Never Be the Same"). Then the Monkees agreed to sing it—but only if Stewart changed one word in the lyrics.

"You once thought of me as a white knight on a steed," Stewart wrote. "Now you know how funky I can be."

The Monkees' record label thought the wholesome teen idols should be "happy," not "funky."

"Funky meant oily and greasy and sexy," drummer Micky Dolenz noted, "and they weren't going to have us say it."

Fair enough. But imagine how different the 1970s would've sounded if the Monkees stepped in for Wild Cherry and sang, "Play that happy music, white boy…"

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By Kevin Haynes |

Listen to the Lion

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Van Morrison's new album, "Versatile," lives up to its title, a mix of six original songs and 10 chestnuts from the Great American Songbook, including "I Left My Heart My Heart in San Francisco" and Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You."

Available today, "Versatile" comes less than three months after the September 22 release of "Roll With the Punches," a collection of soul and blues cover songs.

The 72-year-old Irish singer's 38th solo album is stocked with standards like "Unchained Melody," a 1965 hit for the Righteous Brothers, "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Makin' Whoopee." Morrison also covers two gems by George and Ira Gershwin, "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "A Foggy Day."

"Recording songs like these, especially the standards," Morrison says in a statement on his website, "gave me the chance to stretch out vocally and get back to the music that originally inspired me to sing: jazz!"

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By Kevin Haynes |

Rockin' in the Free World

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Buckle up for a wild cross-country ride launched with today's release of "The Visitor," the new album by Neil Young and Promise of the Real.

The video for the album's opening track, "Already Great," is a five-minute blitz from sea to shining sea, departing from New York's iconic Brooklyn Bridge to the California coast.

The song itself is Young's rebuttal to Donald Trump's campaign promise to "Make America Great Again." "I'm Canadian by the way and I love the USA," he begins, later adding, "You're already great/You're the promised land/You're the helping hand."

"The Visitor" is Young's third album with Promise of the Real, the roots rock band headed by Willie Nelson's son, Lukas Nelson. They backed Young on 2015's "The Monsanto Years" and last year's live album, "Earth."

The new album's arrival coincides with the first day of online access to the Neil Young Archives, "a digital filing cabinet," says Rolling Stone, "where fans can peruse Young's entire discography in sound quality that meets the rocker's standards."

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By Kevin Haynes |

Pop Life

American music icon Prince is having a good time on stage and smiles to the listeners at Skanderborg Festival in Denmark. Denmark 2013.

Prince's final days will be recounted in a new documentary, "Prince's Last Year."

The hour-long film, produced by Great Britain's Channel 4, will feature footage from the rock icon's private White House performance and his Piano & Microphone solo tour. It will also delve into Prince's addiction to painkillers, which led to his death from an accidental overdose on April 21, 2016. He was 57.

Director Adrian Sibley's interview subjects include singer CeeLo Green, funk master George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic and Prince's ex-girlfriend Andy Allo.

No word yet on when the documentary will air.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Glen Campbell's Estate

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All that glitters is not rhinestone, cowboy. Three of Glen Campbell's eight children were cut out of his will and apparently have no claim to any part of his $50 million estate.

"Specifically excluded" from the 13-page will written in 2006 are Campbell's daughter and two sons with second wife Billie Jean Nunley. The couple was married in 1959 and divorced in 1976.

A probate judge in Nashville has scheduled a hearing for January 18, 2018.

Campbell's fourth wife, Kim, is the executor of his estate. A former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, she met the country singer on a blind date in 1981. They married a year later and had three children, who all performed with Campbell on his farewell tour in 2011 and 2012.

Famous for hits like "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and "Rhinestone Cowboy," Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010. He was 81 when he died in a Nashville assisted-care facility in August.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Let It Be Christmas

'Another Beatles Christmas Show', at the Hammersmith Odeon, London 23rd December 1964. The Beatles pose for a group shot

Relive the giddy holiday spirit of Beatlemania with "The Christmas Records," a deluxe compilation of the festive recorded messages the Beatles mailed to fan club members from 1963-69.

The limited-edition box set, available December 15, features all seven greetings on colored vinyl, an upgrade from the flimsy flexi discs produced 50-plus years ago. Each seven-inch single is sheathed in a reproduction of its original picture sleeve.

There's also a 16-page booklet that includes notes on the recordings and copies of the fan club newsletters that accompanied the annual gift.

Subtitled "Happy Christmas, Beatle People!" the box set is "for die-hard Beatles fans only," says the New York Times, "but they're a glimpse of ever-expanding ambitions and increasingly disparate agendas."

"As early as 1965, the Beatles mention the war in Vietnam," notes the Times, a far more serious message than the zany banter of the two previous years. "By 1968, each member was recording his part separately."

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By Kevin Haynes |

A Plummer Role

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When Ridley Scott's new movie about a notorious kidnapping was hijacked last month by sexual assault allegations against star Kevin Spacey, the director responded with the calm and skill of a hostage negotiator.

Today is Scott's 80th birthday, and he has just wrapped up a nine-day reshoot in Rome of every Spacey scene in "All the Money in the World." The drama is based on the 1973 kidnapping of oil magnate J. Paul Getty's 16-year-old grandson.

Christopher Plummer has assumed the starring role as the cold-blooded businessman who refused to pay the $17 million ransom for the teenager's safe return. His infamous counteroffer: "Nothing."

The tension on and off the set is almost as riveting. Scott, whose hits include "Alien," "Thelma & Louise" and "The Martian," insists he will finish re-editing "All the Money in the World" in time for its premiere on December 22.

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg co-star.

The reshoot is costing an estimated $10 million, a quarter of the original $40 million budget. But Scott says the film, which is already generating Academy Award buzz, would've suffered if Spacey were still the frontman—and rightly so, he adds.

"You can't tolerate any kind of behavior like that," Scott tells Entertainment Weekly. "We cannot let one person's action affect the good work of all these other people. It's that simple."

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By Kevin Haynes |

Promises, Promises

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Decades after vowing to avoid golf at all costs, U2 is breaking its promise for charity.

The Irish band has agreed to play a round of miniature golf with the winner of a raffle, just one of the celebrity prizes offered in support of the (RED) Shopathon campaign for World AIDS Day on December 1.

After playing putt-putt somewhere with Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., the lucky winner and a friend will be invited to swing by the traditional 19th hole for a relaxing pint with the band. Airline tickets and accommodations at a four-star hotel are also part of the deal.

Other prizes include "an intensely fun workout" with Charlize Theron and an invitation to accompany Reese Witherspoon to next year's Los Angeles premiere of the Disney fantasy "A Wrinkle in Time."

The golf outing will mark the end of U2's self-imposed ban on the game long associated with presidents, wealthy business executives and weekend duffers.

"U2 made a pledge early on, as teenagers actually, when we formed the band," Bono recalled recently, "that the one thing we would never ever do—and it was a sacred pledge—was to play golf."

Now they're sacrificing pride in the name of love. It's a beautiful day.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Throwback: 'Something'

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Something in the way "Something" moved the music world attracted love like no other George Harrison composition.

John Lennon said the romantic ballad, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1969, was the best song on the Beatles' new "Abbey Road" album. Paul McCartney praised "Something" as "George's greatest track."

It was the only Harrison tune ever released as a Beatles single, albeit double-sided, sharing No. 1 with Lennon's "Come Together," the opening track on "Abbey Road."

The guitarist was 25 when he started writing a love song for his wife, Pattie Boyd, while the Beatles were finishing up their self-titled white album in 1968. But Harrison was quick to acknowledge his original spark of inspiration: "Something in the Way She Moves," the 1968 James Taylor song that provided the opening line of "Something."

Second only to "Yesterday" as the most covered Beatles song, "Something" has been recorded by more than 150 singers ranging from Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and Eric Clapton to Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, who called it "the greatest love song ever written."

George Martin, the Beatles longtime, legendary producer, regarded the song as Harrison's magnum opus. "I first recognized that he really had a great talent when he did 'Here Comes the Sun,'" Martin said. "But when he brought in 'Something,' it was something else…a tremendous work."

By Kevin Haynes |

Springsteen Show Extended

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Looks like "Springsteen on Broadway" was born to run a little longer.

Bruce Springsteen's one-man show, originally scheduled to close February 3, 2018, is being extended from February 28 to June 30 after a three-week break.

The Boss could probably use the hiatus to count all the money he's been raking with his career-spanning retrospective, which opened October 12. Springsteen has reportedly been grossing $2.4 million a week for five performances.

Ticket prices at the 950-seat Walter Kerr Theatre range from $78 to $850, with an average of $500. Resale prices at ticket sites like StubHub are nearly 10 times higher.

Tickets to the new shows will go on sale December 19. There is also a lottery for every performance, which awards a total of 26 tickets priced at $75. Click here to register for upcoming drawings.

By Kevin Haynes |

Oh Carol!

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Carol Burnett revisits her old studio and 11 seasons of TV memories on "The Carol Burnett 50thAnniversary Special," a two-hour retrospective airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

The golden anniversary celebration was filmed at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, where Burnett's Emmy Award-winning variety show was staged from 1967 to 1978.

Original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner will be on hand, along with a parade of special guests like Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno and Bernadette Peters.

"We all loved each other very much," Burnett, 84, says of her sketch mates, including Tim Conway and the late Harvey Korman. "Whatever you saw on the screen that's what we were—tenfold."

Burnett will look back at memorable highlights and answer audience questions. Fifty years later, she's still so glad to have this time together.

"Time has a funny way of changing," Burnett tells the Los Angeles Times. "When you're young, it never goes fast enough, and when you get older, it's a blink of an eye. Where did it go?"

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By Kevin Haynes |

One of These Nights

SiriusXM Presents Eagles In Their First Ever Concert At The Grand Ole Opry House In Nashville

With a little help from some famous friends, the Eagles are taking flight again.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will resume touring in 2018, their first full-fledged swing through the U.S. and Canada since co-founder Glenn Frey's death in January 2016.

The tour mixes "An Evening with the Eagles" arena concerts with stadium shows, where they will be joined by either James Taylor & His All-Star Band, longtime pal Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band or country artist Chris Stapleton.

The Eagles' official lineup—drummer Don Henley, guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmit—now includes Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, Glenn's 24-year-old son. Both musicians performed with the band at stadium gigs last summer in Los Angeles and New York.

A dozen dates are already on the calendar, starting March 14 at Chicago's United Center. Walsh, however, says he expects the tour will expand to "between 40 and 50 dates" before the end of 2018.

Click here to check out the tour calendar on the Eagles' website.

Ticket sales for the general public begin December 1 at 10 a.m. American Express cardholders can take advantage of a pre-sale opportunity starting today.

By Kevin Haynes |

In Memoriam

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The irony is bittersweet. David Cassidy died of organ failure last night, exactly 47 years to the day that "I Think I Love You" topped the Billboard Hot 100. The 1970s teen idol was 67.

"I have known, loved, and admired David Cassidy for 48 out of my 58 years," tweeted Danny Bonaduce, who played Cassidy's impish little brother on "The Partridge Family," the hit sitcom that aired on ABC from 1970-74. "He has been as kind to me as any real brother could ever be. We've been through a lot together and he was always there for me. This loss is huge. RIP my dear friend."

Beau Cassidy, the singer's 26-year-old son, posted a childhood photo on Instagram that shows his father playfully nipping at the young boy's cheek. Beau's caption: "I'll always, always love you."

Here are just some of other celebrity reactions on Twitter to the death of a teenage idol.

Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys: "I'm very sad to hear about David Cassidy. There were times in the mid-1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together. He was a very talented and nice person. Love & Mercy to David and his family."

Maureen McCormick, "The Brady Bunch": "So very sad to hear of David Cassidy passing away. He was always so kind and sweet to me. Our shows were both on Friday nights and deep down I dreamt of being a Partridge. His memory and love will live on in my [emjoi heart] forever. Love you David. Prayers to his family."

Marie Osmond: "Heartbroken over the passing of #DavidCassidy. He graced the covers of teen magazines w/ my Brothers in the '70s. My condolences to his Family."

Rick Springfield: "So sorry to hear about David Cassidy's passing. Godspeed."

Gloria Gaynor: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of David Cassidy … part of a musical legacy via his role as "Keith Partridge" that brought music and laughter into the homes of millions…"

Ben Stiller: "#DavidCassidy and The Partridge Family were my childhood. He made a huge impact on my cultural universe. Sending love and respect to his family."

Larry King: "Sad to learn David Cassidy has died. Like his father Jack he had great talent, and a complicated life. Condolences to his wonderful family."

By Kevin Haynes |

Dirty Work

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Steely Dan's name and future is at stake in a new legal battle between frontman Donald Fagen and the estate of his late, longtime partner, Walter Becker.

Fagen has filed a lawsuit to uphold a 1972 "Buy/Sell Agreement" that he signed with Becker, a deal that allows the surviving partner to buy the deceased's shares in the Steely Dan enterprise.

Fagen initiated the action in response to a letter he received four days after Becker died of esophageal cancer on September 3 at the age of 67. The attorney for Becker's estate informed Fagen that widow Delia Becker was disputing the 45-year-old agreement.

"We wanted to put you on notice," says the letter, "that the Buy/Sell Agreement dated as of October 31, 1972 is of no force or effect."

Becker's wife is now demanding a 50 percent stake in the group and an appointment as a director or officer.

Fagen's suit claims "Becker's shares must be sold to Steely Dan … so that Steely Dan and Fagen can go on as contemplated and provided by the Buy/Sell Agreement."

In addition to sustaining control of Steely Dan, Fagen is asking for unspecified damages for the "repudiation and breach" of the original agreement.

Fagen, 69, is also suing the band's management firm, claiming that it has withheld financial information, including royalty statements and tour receipts. The firm, he claims, has also been "engaging in other secretive behaviors."

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By Kevin Haynes |

'I Think I Love You'

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Exactly 47 years ago—November 21, 1970—"I Think I Love You" and the Partridge Family flew to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and nested there for three weeks.

Chewing on that piece of bubble gum history today, however, is bittersweet. David Cassidy, the then 20-year-old teen idol who sang the fictional TV clan's debut single and biggest hit, is now 67 and critically ill, suffering from liver and kidney failure.

"Unfortunately David is very sick," writes son Beau Cassidy, 26, in a message on the singer's official website. "However he is getting the support he needs, surrounded by the people he loves most."

"I Think I Love You" was released in August 1970, a month before the premiere of "The Partridge Family" on ABC. The upbeat number was played just twice during the sitcom's first season, but that was enough to satisfy millions of adoring girls who fantasized that Cassidy's giddy profession of love was intended for their ears and hearts only.

He sang, "I think." But they knew for sure.

By Kevin Haynes |

Going Her Own Way

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The mantra of the 1970s—sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll—echoes throughout "Gold Dust Woman," an unauthorized biography of Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, released today.

Author Stephen Davis, whose previous books include ruminations on the Rolling Stones, Carly Simon and Led Zeppelin, takes a second-hand news approach to chronicling the life of Nicks, now 69. He sifts through a trove of interviews and press clippings to piece together what Publishers Weekly describes as a "candid, energetic" portrait of the free-spirited singer-songwriter and solo artist.

In addition to recounting Nicks' childhood in Phoenix and California, "Gold Dust Woman" traces the arc of a career that began in earnest when 22-year-old Nicks met guitarist and future husband Lindsey Buckingham. A chance encounter with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1974 resulted in an invitation to join Fleetwood Mac.

The end result: unimaginable success, peppered with cocaine galore and affairs with the likes of Fleetwood, Don Henley and Joe Walsh.

"Gold Dust Woman," says Kirkus Review, is "an entertaining rock biography, even if you're a take-it-or-leave-it fan of the singer."

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By Kevin Haynes |

Channeling Andy Kaufman

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Life imitates art imitating life in "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond," a new Netflix documentary about Jim Carrey's transformation into comedian Andy Kaufman during the making of the 1999 biopic "Man on the Moon."

The film, directed by Chris Smith, draws on hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes footage that shows Carrey's refusal to break character on the set. Director Milos Forman and the cast and crew of "Man on the Moon" were amused and alarmed by the star's behavior. But Carrey insists his "crazy melodrama" wasn't an act. He wasn't obsessed, he was possessed by the spirit of the quirky comedian, who died of cancer in 1984 at 35.

"When I heard I had the part I was looking at the ocean and that's the moment when Andy came back to make his movie," Carrey claims. "What happened after that was out of my control."

The end result was Carrey channeling Kaufman throughout the entire shoot. "Though they operate mostly on different registers," observes Ian Crouch of the New Yorker, "there is, in both performers, just beneath the surface, a palpable rage, an almost cruel compulsiveness that makes you wince as much as laugh."

That was Kaufman's bread and butter—and Carrey's throughout both "Man on the Moon" and, now, "The Great Beyond."

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By Kevin Haynes |