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Watch ESPN Classic's '30 For 30' Marathon

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 13th 2010 11:00AM
For the next three Sundays this month, ESPN Classic will repeat episodes from their landmark documentary series '30 For 30'. The re-airing culminates with a 17-episode marathon on Nov. 28, starting at 7AM ET.

If you've missed any (or all) of this outstanding series, this is your chance to catch up.

With '30 For 30', ESPN pledged to present 30 films with a unique perspective on sports. The series has brought major filmmakers to ESPN airwaves (including Oscar nominee John Singleton, and Oscar winners Barbara Kopple and Barry Levinson).

The contributors also include former and current athletes. 'Bull Durham" writer/director Ron Shelton -- whose 'Jordan Rides the Bus' (about Michael Jordan's time in baseball's minors) is a '30 for 30' highlight -- once played minor league baseball himself. Phoenix Suns superstar Steve Nash, with filmmaker Ezra Holland, presents 'Into the Wind', about cancer activist Terry Fox, who transfixed North America in 1980 with an attempted run across Canada.

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Mike Tyson's Surprising Link to the Murder of Tupac Shakur (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 8th 2010 12:50AM
Mike Tyson's Surprising Link to the Murder of Tupac ShakurBoxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac Shakur had more in common than you would think. Both men rose from poverty to become superstars. Both men were criticized for the violent and "thuggish" nature of their careers. Both men were sentenced to prison terms for crimes of a sexual nature. And perhaps most importantly, both men were good friends.

There's an additional link between them as well. Tyson and Tupac were together on the night of Sept. 7, 1996. This was the evening of Tyson's fight for a heavyweight boxing title -- it was also the night that Tupac was shot multiple times, leading to his death six days later. Shakur's brutal murder has never been solved.

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'One Night in Vegas' Details Friendship Between Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur

by Jason Newman, posted Sep 7th 2010 10:02AM
Mike Tyson has long been a reference point for rappers who have empathized with and admired his tenacity, ferociousness and ability to succeed amidst a difficult, impoverished upbringing. But as 'One Night In Vegas,' the latest entry in ESPN's ongoing "30 For 30" series, shows, Tyson's relationship with hip-hop, specifically slain rapper Tupac Shakur, goes even deeper than that.

Tyson and director Reggie Rock Bythewood were on hand last week at Harlem's Dwyer Cultural Center to premiere the film, which chronicles the night of September 7, 1996. That night, Tyson fought Bruce Seldon for the WBA title and Shakur was mortally wounded later that evening. Shakur, who had recorded Tyson's entrance music for the fight and was in attendance, had long been an admirer of the boxer and planned on celebrating Tyson's win with the fighter later that evening, but was shot multiple times en route to the club and died a week later.

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'ESPN 30 for 30' - 'June 17, 1994' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 17th 2010 11:03AM
OJ Simpson pulls into his house during the infamous white Bronco chase - 'June 17, 1994' on 'ESPN 30 for 30' Most people who are over the age of 25 probably remember the major event of June 17, 1994. It was the day that O.J. Simpson and A.C. Cowlings took the Los Angeles police, an army of TV helicopters, and 95 million Americans on a slow chase up the 405 freeway. He was supposed to turn himself in that morning and be charged with murdering his ex-wife Nicole and waiter Ron Goldman, a story that had riveted the country all week long.

But to sports fans like me, O.J. wasn't the only story. The Rangers had just won the Stanley Cup, and they had their ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan that day. Then, while the white Bronco was slowly making its way to Brentwood, the Knicks and Rockets were at Madison Square Garden, playing the pivotal fifth game of the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, Arnold Palmer was playing his last-ever US Open round, the World Cup opened in Chicago, and baseball was chugging along despite the rumblings of labor strife.

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (who directed 'The Kid Stays in the Picture') tries to recapture that day in the documentary 'June 17, 1994,' part of the mostly-excellent 'ESPN 30 for 30' series. While Morgen does a mostly effective job of capturing the chaotic nature of the day, but he also tries to force feed chaos and drama into a day that didn't need any more of either. By doing it, he diluted the impact of what was a memorable day.

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June 17, 1994 and the Infamous O.J. Simpson Car Chase (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 17th 2010 7:09AM
O.J.'s Car Chase on '30 for 30'Recognize this picture? Where were you on June 17, 1994 -- the day O.J. Simpson was barreling down the freeway in a white Ford Bronco, with the LAPD in hot pursuit?

Broadcast as part of ESPN's '30 for 30' series (Wed., 10PM ET on ESPN), the 'June 17, 1994' documentary reminded us of the many sports-related feats that occurred that day -- and the news that trumped them all: The Juice's extraordinary fugitive dash.

Footage includes how the media reported the event, and some of the LAPD's coaxing words with Simpson over the phone. "There's a lot of people that love you -- don't throw it all away," he was told.

The documentary also reminded us that just before he was arrested and charged with double homicide, O.J. was allowed to have a glass of ... OJ.

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What's On Tonight: '60 Minutes,' 'The Pacific,' 'Celebrity Apprentice,' 'Sons of Tucson'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 14th 2010 12:06PM
Guy FieriHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 7, ABC has a new 'America's Funniest Home Videos,' followed by new episodes of 'Extreme Makeover,' 'Desperate Housewives,' and 'Brothers & Sisters.'
  • CBS has a new '60 Minutes' at 7, then new episodes of 'The Amazing Race,' 'Undercover Boss,' and 'Cold Case.'
  • NBC has the series premiere of 'Minute To Win It' at 7 (two episodes), followed by the season premiere of 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
  • FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death' at 7, then a new episode of 'The Simpsons.'
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new 'Hannah Montana,' followed by new episodes of 'Sonny with a Chance' and 'Jonas.'
  • At 8, Food Network has a new 'Challenge,' then the series premiere of 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown.'
  • GSN has a new 'High Stakes Poker' at 8.
  • Style has a new 'Ruby' at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new 'Family Guy,' followed by the series premiere of 'Sons of Tucson.'
  • HBO has the series premiere of 'The Pacific' at 9, then a new 'How To Make It In America.'
  • ESPN has a new '30 For 30' at 9.
  • History Channel has a new 'Ax Men' at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has a new 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 30 For 30, Nova, 90210, World Series of Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2009 12:30PM
NCIS: LA
  • At 8, ABC has a new V, then a new Dancing with the Stars and In The Spotlight with Robin Roberts.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by new episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance at 8.
  • The CW has new episodes of 90210 and Melrose Place.
  • There's a new Nova on PBS at 8.
  • ESPN has a new 30 For 30 at 8, followed by the two-hour season finale of The World Series of Poker.
  • History Channel has a new episode of The Universe at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9, then a new Ghost Lab.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Stoked at 9.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has two new episodes of Scare Tactics, followed by a new ECW.
  • At 10, FX has a new Sons of Anarchy.
  • Lifetime has a new Sherri at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Chopped at 10.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Parking Wars at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Tabatha's Salon Makeover at 10.
  • MTV has a new episode of The Hills at 10, followed by a new episode of The City.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Charlie Brown, 30 For 30, Parking Wars, Chopped

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2009 12:14PM
  • Sons of AnarchyAt 8, ABC has It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, followed by new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and The Forgotten.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour The Biggest Loser at 8, then a new The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance.
  • ESPN has a new 30 For 30 at 8, followed by two new episodes of The World Series of Poker.
  • TCM has Poltergeist at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Frontline.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9, then a new Ghost Lab.
  • There's a new episode of The Universe on History Channel at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Sons of Anarchy.
  • Food Network has a new Chopped at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Flipping Out at 10.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Parking Wars at 10.
  • Syfy has a new ECW at 10.
  • Spike has the Spike 2009 Awards at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre World at 10.
  • HBO has a new Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new episode of The Hills, followed by a new episode of The City.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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