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The Many Faces of <i>Ray Donovan’s</i> Pooch Hall

The Ray Donovan star showcases his acting acumen on Showtime, but there's more to him than meets the eye...

Thanks to his current gig on SHOWTIME’s Ray Donovan alongside Liev Schreiber, and his leading role on BET’s The Game with Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall is well on his way to becoming a household name. Hall plays Schreiber’s prizefighter half-brother Daryll Donovan and from the minute you see him putting in ring work in the series’ first episode, you know he’s going to be on point. That first great moment was only one of many. But before we proceed, there’s something you should know: Hall won the Southern New England Golden Gloves back in ‘94 so...best not to test the man.

Here are our Top 10 Ultimate Pooch Hall Moments:

Sexy Breakfast

Next time you offer to make breakfast for your bae, do what Pooch does in this segment from The Real and give it that 900-number flavor. They’ll never know you just grabbed that old Bisquick box and some Aunt Jemima if you offer it up like Barry White.

Five Grand, Please (210)

Jon Voight hasn’t seen a face that salty since Ice Cube gave him a few dozen sideways looks in Anaconda. Pooch Hall is not giving you five stacks Jon Voight, do not ask him.

The Other Side of the Ropes (Behind the Fix Webisode)

Just because Pooch is usually the one beating on people doesn’t mean he can’t be a caretaker too. In this scene from the webisode series Behind the Fix, we see him playing cutman for an on-the-run Manuel where he quickly drops some deep boxing philosophy: “Usually I’m the one on the other side of the ropes.”

Black Irish (110)

It's hard not to chuckle at the joke, but when Voight gives his son the “Black Irish” shorts you can also feel the pride swell from both sides. Pooch never looks tougher in Donovan than when he rises to face his opponent’s corner in the first season.

Blind Hoop Dreams

This is a double throwback since Chris Pine and Pooch Hall look like they’re still in high school. Blind Dating is a deep cut from the golden era of high school comedy flicks, complete with all pastel everything.

Come Out Punching (101)

Pooch isn’t even formally introduced when we first see him sparring against his half-brother Terry (played by Eddie Marsan), but from that first moment you know he’s going to bring some power to the screen. Terry dispenses some valuable advice while dodging Pooch’s combinations: “First you go for the body, then you move upstairs.” Stamp.

Every Towel Scene from The Game (Derwin Davis)

I mean if I looked like Pooch Hall I probably wouldn’t wear a shirt much either. Just sayin’.

Safe Crack-up (211)

Pooch wears his emotions on his sleeve for most of Ray Donovan, but he may be at his most vulnerable when a dispensary heist goes wrong and his brother Terry gets got.

Conor's Classic Birthday Blowout (207)

Pooch beats on that Caddy like he’s playing John Goodman in The Black Lebowski.

Breakfast Club Sit Down 

Pooch kicks it with Charlamagne and Angela Yee right before the pilot for Ray Donovan drops and spits a few bars from the track he made with Consequence. Dude has no idea what he’s in for.

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A Detroit man who served 45 years behind bars for a crime that he didn’t commit, is forced to sell his personal collection of artwork that he made in prison. Richard Phillips, 72, doesn’t have steady income at the moment, and his lawyer is currently battling the state of Michigan to get him compensated for the wrongful conviction that stole his freedom.

"I don't have an income right now," said Phillips while showing off his paintings to Fox 2 Detroit. "This is my income."

In the early 1970s, Phillips was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Gregory Harris. He was sentenced to life in prison but always maintained his innocence. “I would rather died in prison than admit to a crime I didn’t do,” Philips said.

Phillips was convicted through an eyewitness account implicating him and a second man, Richard Palombo. In 2010, Palombo admitted that Phillips had no involvement in the murder and that he didn’t even know him. A new investigation was launched in 2014, nearly 20 years later Phillips appealed his murder conviction.

Last March, Wayne County Prosecutors Kym Worthy dropped all charges against Phillips, officially freeing him from prison. “There’s nothing that I can say to bring back 40 years of his life. The system failed him. There’s no question about it,” Worthy said at the time. “This is a true exoneration. Justice is indeed being done today, but there’s nothing that we can do ... to bring back those years of his life.”

Art played a big part in helping maintain his sanity through the sentence. Though he remained optimistic, Phillips admitted that he never truly believed he would be released. To pass the time, he began painting. He pulled inspiration from everywhere: his favorite artists, photos and even tapped into some of the loneliness that he felt in prison. "It was created in a harsh environment. But it goes to show you that beauty can come from something ugly."

Last year, Detroit's Demond Ricks was awarded $1 million for spending 25 years in prison on a wrongful conviction. As it stands, Phillips is the longest-serving wrongfully convicted former prisoner in U.S. history.

Phillips' artwork will be on display at Michigan's Ferndale's Level One gallery beginning Jan. 18.

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Gladys Knight Defends Decision To Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl Amid Criticism

Glad Knight says she wants to “give the National Anthem back its voice.” The music legend released a new statement defending her decision to sing  the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Atlanta, next month, amid criticism from fans.

Several artists turned down offers to perform at the Super Bowl in protest of the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. Knight clarified that her choice to sing has nothing to do with Kaepernick, and she doesn't exactly agree with the anthem being "dragged into the debate."

"I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight said in a statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

The 74-year-old singer also noted that she has been on the forefront of social justice issues for much of her career. "I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words,” Knight said. “The way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good.

"No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it,” she continued. “I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us."

Knight isn’t alone in catching heat for joining the Super Bowl lineup. Travis Scott and Big Boi, both of whom will perform with Maroon 5 at halftime, received backlash as well.

Earlier in the week, reports surfaced claiming Scott had a meeting with Kaepernick that ended with “mutual respect” and “understanding.” Kaepernick’s girlfriend and Hot 97 DJ, Nessa Diab, denied the report tweeting, “There is NO mutual respect and there is NO understanding for anyone working against @Kaepernick7 PERIOD. #stoplying.”

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Wendy Williams Postpones Show Return Due To “Complications” From Graves’ Disease

Wendy Williams is promising to get back to The Wendy Williams Show by the end of January, after delaying her return two previous times.

Williams announced another extended hiatus from her talk show as she continues recovering from a shoulder injury and recent “complications” brought on by Graves' disease, according to a statement posted to the show’s Instagram account Friday (Jan. 18).

“Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment,” reads the statement. “Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.

“Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time.”

The statement included a message of support from Debmar-Mercury, the company that syndicates The Wendy Williams Show. “We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready.”

Williams will return with new episodes the week of Jan. 28.

 

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A Note from The Hunter Family As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment. Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being. Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time. Statement from Debmar-Mercury For over ten years, Wendy has been a vital part of the Debmar-Mercury family. We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready. The Wendy Williams Show will air repeat episodes the week of January 21st and will produce original episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of January 28th.

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