In 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Greasers are a gang of tough, low-income teens. They include Ponyboy Curtis (Howell) and his two older brothers, Sodapop (Lowe) and Darrel (Swayze), as well as Johnny Cade (Macchio), Dallas Winston (Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Estevez), and Steve Randle (Cruise). Their rivalry is with the Socs (pronounced “soashes”), a gang of wealthier kids. Five of the Socs jump Ponyboy and cut his neck with a switchblade; Johnny had been similarly attacked the month before. Two Socs, Bob Sheldon (Garrett) and Randy Adderson (Dalton), confront Johnny, Ponyboy, and Two-Bit, who are talking to the Socs’ girlfriends, Cherry (Lane) and Marcia (Meyrink), at the drive-in. The girls defuse the situation by going home with the Socs. Later that night, Ponyboy and Johnny are attacked in a park by Bob, Randy, and two other Socs. They begin dunking Ponyboy in a fountain, but Johnny pulls out his switchblade and stabs Bob, killing him.
On the advice of Dallas, Ponyboy and Johnny leave town, and hide out in an abandoned church in Windrixville. Ponyboy dyes his hair blonde with peroxide in case anybody spots him. He reads Gone with the Wind and quotes the Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”. Dallas arrives with news that Cherry has offered to support the boys in court. They go out for food, then return to find the church on fire with children trapped inside. Johnny is hospitalized with severe burns and a broken back after he, Ponyboy, and Dallas rescue the children. The boys are praised for their heroism, but Johnny is charged with manslaughter for killing Bob, while Ponyboy may be sent to a boys’ home.
Bob’s death has sparked calls from the Socs for “a rumble,” which the Greasers win. Dally then drives Ponyboy to the hospital to visit Johnny. Johnny is unimpressed by the victory, and dies after telling Ponyboy to “stay gold,” referring to the Frost poem. Unable to bear Johnny’s death, Dally robs a grocery store at gunpoint and is killed by police. Ponyboy is eventually cleared of wrongdoing in Bob’s death and allowed to stay with his brothers. Turning the pages of Johnny’s copy of Gone with the Wind, Ponyboy finds a letter from Johnny saying that saving the children was worth sacrificing his own life. The story ends as it began, with Ponyboy writing a school report about his experiences.
Trent Reznor’s new Nine Inch Nails lineup lost its bassist earlier this week, but the band just gained another member. Guitarist Robin Finck, a longtime NIN associate, is joining the band’s touring lineup effective immediately.
Finck has worked with NIN since 1994 and last played with the band on its 2009 tour. “The addition of Robin to the mix of players I’ve assembled makes this band incredibly powerful and versatile,” Reznor wrote on the band’s Tumblr. “We are deep in the rehearsal process and it feels exciting and great to be back at this.”
A topless painting of actress Bea Arthur sold for $1.9 million at auction in New York on Wednesday night.
The 1991 painting by artist John Currin, called “Bea Arthur Naked,” was expected to fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie’s. It went to an anonymous bidder.
The Killers are an American rock band that was formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer (bass, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion) would complete the current line-up of the band in 2002. The name The Killers is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal”.
An egg sandwich for $120? It’s no dream — a restaurant in Sydney, Australia recently made the fantastical breakfast sandwich a reality as part of an Australian pork industry organization’s “Bacon Week.”
The sandwich, which was created by 4Fourteen chef Carla Jones, features several ingredients that don’t strike us as particularly decadent, like bacon, smoked tomatoes, English cheddar, a handmade brioche bun and even a pan-fried duck egg. Others do, like foie gras, caviar, creme fraiche and shaved truffles. A side of chips will be served with a shaved truffle aioli.
I think I’ll have one of these ASA NEVER!!!!!
Mourners are set to gather for the funeral of former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly in Atlanta.
Kelly’s funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. The 34-year-old was found dead May 1 of a suspected drug overdose.
Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin on Tuesday announced that he has hung up his gloves for the final time, announcing his retirement via his official Twitter account.
“Officially retired 2day:-) thank you to my family, friends and fans! #dreambig GOD BLESS!!!” he wrote.
Carwin made his way to the UFC in May of 2008 on the strength of eight first-round finishes in his first eight fights as a professional.
He never looked back, winning his first four fights in the Octagon, keeping his streak of first-round finishes intact. Carwin defeated Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain, and Gabriel Gonzaga before demolishing Frank Mir for the interim UFC heavyweight championship in March of 2010 at UFC 111.
Carwin lost his interim belt to returning heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in July at UFC 116.
He was then slated to fight Roy Nelson, but had to pull out of the bout due to back and neck pain that he eventually had neck surgery to alleviate. The injury and surgery sidelined him for the remainder of 2010 and the early part of 2011.
Carwin returned on June 11, 2011, at UFC 131 for the longest fight of his career. He took Junior dos Santos the full three rounds before losing a unanimous decision. It was the only time in Carwin’s career that one of his bouts went the distance.
It would also end up being the final bout of his career.
Carwin initially intended to return to the Octagon in late 2011 or early 2012, but succumbed to another surgery, this time on his back.
Midway through 2012, Carwin was tapped to coach The Ultimate Fighter 16 opposite Roy Nelson. He fulfilled his coaching obligations, but had to back out of their planned fight at the TUF 16 Finale scheduled for December.
This time it was Carwin’s knee that put him out of action.
During his career, Carwin amassed a 12-0 record – winning every fight in the first round – en route to becoming a UFC champion, before slipping to a final 12-2 resume.
All the while, he remained the same blue-collar, hard-working engineer that he was when he began his journey. Carwin always held his family up as his greatest achievement before anything he ever accomplished in the cage.
It doesn’t quite rank with the same influence as Business Insider’s “50 Women Who Are Changing the World,” but even in sports, sex sells, and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey isn’t one to shy away from that aspect of promotion.