Saturday, February 28, 2009

Popular Dating Site Plenty of Fish (PlentyofFish.com) Suffers Major Outage Today

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Normally, this type of news wouldn't be on my radar for the site, but since I personally own a network of online dating sites, it caught my attention. PlentyofFish.com is the world's largest free dating site. It's run by a chap named Markus, and it has a huge following because it's free. How does he do it for free? He features ads on the site... A lot of ads. It's also a pretty simple and basic looking site. So far, I haven't been able to find out why the site was down for about four hours today. This was big news today because the site truly has millions of members, so it was kind of like Facebook going down. It was a big deal to a lot of people.

P.S. If you'd like to try out a different dating site, why not try out one of mine. I've got sites for tennis players (TennisSinglesFinder.com), African Americans (AfricanAmericanDatingNetwork.com) and even military singles (MilitaryDatingNetwork.com). You can see the complete list of sites here.

Keith Brooking Leaving The Falcons For The Hated Cowboys

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The last remaining link to the Atlanta Falcons 1998 Super Bowl team is leaving for the hated Dallas Cowboys. Brooking has been a Georgia boy his entire life until now. He played high school ball at East Coweta High and college at Georgia Tech. Up until now, he has played his entire career with the Falcons. Personally, I'm sad to see Keith leave. We got our hair cut at the same place, or at least we did. He was always very nice and cordial and really down to earth.

I wish him luck in Dallas. He's a good kid who deserves another shot at a Super Bowl. He might get a chance with the Cowboys. If there's one thing that Jerry Jones does right, it's buy talent, although some of the "talent" are more trouble than they're worth. (I won't mention any names T.O.)

Good luck Keith. We'll miss you in Atlanta.

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Radio Legend Paul Harvey Passed Away Today - February 28, 2009

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Legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Here's an excerpt from the Washington Post:

A spokesman for ABC Radio Network told the Associated Press that Mr. Harvey died at his winter home, surrounded by family. No cause of death was immediately available.

Mr. Harvey was the voice of the American heartland. Decades before devoted listeners tuned in to Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern or Don Imus, an audience of some -- million at its peak --was tuned in mornings and at noon to Harvey's trademark greeting: "Hello Americans! This is Paul Harvey. Stand by! For news!"

On any given day his listeners were likely to include farmers inside the cabs of cultivators lumbering across Midwestern wheat fields, housewives going about their daily chores, over-the-road truck drivers pushing giant behemoths full throttle along America's interstate highways and millions of others for whom listening to Paul Harvey was as much a part of daily routine as the morning cup of coffee.

Go here to continue reading this story.

We'll miss you Paul. Rest in Peace and Good Day...

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VIDEO: Amazing Sliding Roof House

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This is a pretty cool video. The roof of this house slides completely on and off. Check it out:

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Reports 2008 Was It's Worst Year EVER

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Well, if you needed any other proof that 2008 was a horrendous year, the king of investing Warren Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. reported this morning that 2008 was it's worst year ever. Here are the grim details from the Wall Street Journal:

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reported Saturday morning that 2008 was the legendary investor's worst year ever. It also reported a grim fourth quarter, though it eked out a slight gain.

A common metric Berkshire uses to track performance, book value per share, fell 9.6% in 2008, its biggest decline since Mr. Buffett took over the company in 1965.

It was only the second year in more than 40 years that Berkshire posted negative results. In 2001, Berkshire's book value per share fell 6.2%. The company's performance in 2008 still far outpaced the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index, which fell 37% last year, including dividends.

Berkshire's fourth-quarter net income was $117 million, a whopping 96% decline from last year's $2.9 billion fourth-quarter income. The results mark Berkshire's fifth year-over-year quarterly decline in a row.

Later in the article:

In his letter to shareholders, Mr. Buffett conceded that he "did some dumb things" in the past year, such as boosting the company's holdings of the oil giant ConocoPhillips when oil prices were near their peak. Since then, oil prices have tumbled and shares of ConocoPhillips and many other energy outfits are down sharply. Mr. Buffett said he believes "odds are good that oil sells far higher in the future than the current $40 to $50 price. But so far I have been dead wrong."

Buffett did offer some encouragement to his troops though in his letter:

Still, Mr. Buffett struck an upbeat note in his letter that detailed the current woes of the financial system. "[N]ever forget that our country has faced far worse travails in the past. … Without fail, however, we've overcome them."

Go here to read the entire article.

Click here to read Buffett's letter to shareholders.

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VIDEO: Governor Schwarzenegger Interrupts Reporter

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This is something you don't see every day. A reporter was doing a live report about Schwarzenegger, and Arnold interrupts him and makes a witty comment about the reporter. Pretty good stuff. I wish more politicians would exhibit a sense of humor like this.

Friday, February 27, 2009

U.S. Prepared To Blast North Korean Rocket Out of the Sky If Launched

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President Obama has one of his first stern military tests ahead of him. If North Korea launches what the U.S. military believes to be a nuclear missile rather than a satellite as the N. Koreans claim, then the U.S. will blow it out of the sky. Here's an excerpt from FoxNews.com:

"If a missile leaves the launch pad we'll be prepared to respond upon direction of the president," Adm. Timothy Keating told ABC News.

North Korea announced earlier this week that it was preparing to shoot a communication satellite into orbit as part of it space program. The U.S., South Korea and other neighboring countries believe the launch may be a cover for a missile test-fire, saying the action would trigger international sanctions.

"There's equipment moving up there that would indicate the preliminary stages of preparation for a launch," Keating said. "So I'd say it's more than less likely."

North Korea lashed out at critics warning it not to test a long-range missile on Thursday, saying that it would punish those trying to disrupt its plan to send what it calls a satellite into orbit.

Keating said the U.S. military is ready to respond to the missile launch with at least five different systems: a naval destroyer, Aegis cruiser, radar system, space-based system and ground-based interceptor, ABC News reported.

Go here to continue reading this breaking news story.

Wal-Mart Worker Lights Himself On Fire And Burns Himself To Death Outside Store

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OMG! This is a sad and bizarre story. A Wal-Mart worker said he "couldn't take it anymore", and lit himself on fire and burned himself to death. Here are the strange details from ChicagoBreakingNews.com:

A 58-year-old Wal-Mart employee who said he "couldn't take it anymore" lit himself on fire outside the Bloomingdale store where he worked late Thursday night and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said this morning.

In an interview, his son said his father went to work last night with nothing seeming out of the ordinary. "This had nothing to do with the economy. I want to make that clear," he said, adding that the family may never know the reason for the public suicide.

The Carol Stream man, who worked the overnight shift, was in a parking lot of an adjacent sporting goods store in the west suburban strip mall when he set himself on fire with lighter fluid around 10 p.m., said Randy Sater, a watch commander with the Bloomingdale Police Department.

At least 10 people, including some teenagers, witnessed the suicide and several attempted to help the man by throwing their coats on top of him in an effort to put out the flames, he said.

"He said he didn't want any help and threw the coats off," Sater said.

When one of the first officers tried to speak to the man, who by that time was severely burned, he responded, "I just couldn't take it anymore," Sater said, citing the officer's report.

To continue reading this story, go to this page on ChicagoBreakingNews.com.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Get Married in Santa Monica

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Hey Tom and Gisele, you're married now, so you can stop walking down the street covering your heads...

The Patriots lead signal caller and model Gisele Bundchen got married yesterday in Santa Monica. Here's the an excerpt from UsMagazine.com:

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady wed today at the St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, Calif., Usmagazine.com confirms.

The bride, 28, donned a form-fitting ivory lace strapless gown with a trumpet skirt, scalloped edges, long train and a floor-length veil with attached handmade satin roses and attached satin headband, all by Dolce & Gabbana. Her three dogs also wore matching Dolce & Gabbana floral lace collars.

Dolce & Gabbana most recently dressed Fergie for her January nuptials to Josh Duhamel.

The ceremony -- which began at dusk -- was "very small and intimate," a source tells Us, adding that guests mostly consisted of immediate family. Brady's son with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, was also present.

Go here to read the complete story on UsMagazine.com.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

VIDEO: Former Chicago Bulls Star Norm Van Lier Dead At 61

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Chicago Bulls legend Norm Van Lier died today in his apartment at the age of 61. The cause of death has not been released as of this posting. Here are some details from the Chicago Tribune:

Van Lier, the fiercely competitive Bulls guard best known for teaming with Jerry Sloan in one of the NBA's toughest backcourts, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. He was 61. The cause of death was not released, pending a report by the Cook County Medical Examiner.

Comcast colleague Mark Schanowski said Van Lier had "different health issues the last few years that sapped him of his energy," but a change in medication seemed to have perked him up.

"He was turning the corner health-wise, getting his energy back—he said it was the best he'd felt in a long time," Schanowski said.

News of his death was a shock to friends, colleagues and former teammates, who recalled Van Lier bringing the same work ethic and passion he had as a player to broadcasting.

"Everyone in the building does an impersonation of Norm saying, 'Forty-eight minutes of intensity,' " Schanowski said. "He believed that every moment you were wearing that Chicago Bulls uniform, you had to leave it all on the court . He couldn't accept some of today's privileged athletes who felt they could coast. It offended his sensibilities. He was not going to have it."
To read the complete article, go to this page on ChicagoTribune.com.



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PHOTO: Meet Elaine Davidson - The World's Most Pierced Woman

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This is just plain nasty looking. I'm all for pushing yourself and breaking records, but the most pierced record isn't one of them.

Meet Elaine Davidson, the World's Most Pierced Woman. Here's some more details about her from FoxNews.com:

Elaine Davidson, of Edinburgh, Scotland, made the Guinness World Record official in 2000 when she had a mere 462 piercings — 192 of which were in her face.

Nine years later, the Brazilian-born nurse has thousands of piercings including more than 1,500 that she says are "internal."

Surprisingly, Davidson says she doesn't like getting pierced.

"To break the record you have to get to a high level," she told the Telegraph. "I wanted to break the record. My family [doesn't] even like tattoos or piercings. But I am happy. I decided to change myself and be me."

Excessive piercing can be dangerous, according to medical experts. In addition to the risk of infection in and around the area of the piercings, people who are well-pierced are considered at high risk for blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, which can be spread by reusing needles.

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Pablo Amador, A Music Teacher From Miami Kills Kids, Wife And Then Himself

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A headline like this is showing up way too often these days. Just a little over a month ago, Ervin Lupoe murdered his entire family before killing himself as well. Today's story is just as disturbing as Ervin's. Here's the details from the Associated Press:

Pablo Amador was a "regular dad" who made music with his children and shared his gift teaching kids to play piano, a man known for a friendly wave and lending a hand to jump-start a car. And those who knew him say they can't understand why he apparently shot and killed his two daughters, wife and then himself.

TV satellite trucks surrounded the gray-trimmed, white ranch home Wednesday as authorities carried out the family, whom police identified as Pablo Josue Amador, 53; his 45-year-old wife, Maria; and their youngest daughters, Prescilla and Rosa, 14 and 13.

A teenage son escaped the shootings uninjured, calling 911 at 5:58 a.m. as he fled the home, police said. Those who saw him regularly along the quiet, modest street of homes could only wonder what happened.

"It confuses me," said 48-year-old Thelma Vallecillo, whose 13-year-old daughter took piano lessons at the house. "I don't understand."

A biography of Amador posted on a Web site advertising his piano classes says he began studying music in Havana and later earned a degree in the U.S. The U.S. Copyright Office lists 36 compositions by him and a set of photographs. The songs he wrote, many in Spanish, included titles such as "Beautiful Boy" and "Rose of Love," as well as numerous religious selections.

Go here to continue reading this story.

PHOTO: Giant Freshwater Stingray Clocks In At 771 Pounds

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Wow, can you imagine this monster swimming up beside you in the lake. I think it's safe to say that you might you-know-what in your pants. Here's the details about this amazing creature:

Landing this 771lb giant stingray was a true David and Goliath struggle for 154lb Ian Welch.

But beaming with pride next to his catch, he clearly felt his 90-minute ordeal was worth it.

The 45-year-old had his runin on the Maeklong River in Thailand while helping to tag the endangered creatures.

At 7ft long and 7ft wide with a 10ft tail, it needed 13 men to lift it from the water. It also smashed the world record for a freshwater fish caught with a rod - a 646lb catfish in 2005.

Ian, from Aldershot, Hants, said: "It dragged me across the boat. I knew it was going to a big one. As soon as we saw it there was just silence. Everyone was in awe of this thing."

The pregnant stingray was freed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature team. Ian added: "As a lifelong angler and biologist it is great my passions have come together."

Article and Photo Source: Mirror.co.uk

P.S. If you think this Stingray is big, check out this picture of a 3,300 pound Stingray.

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Baconnaise - Spreadable Bacon-Flavored Mayo

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Normally, a story like this wouldn't be classified as news, but since my story about the Bacon Bomb from a while back is still one of the most popular stories I've ever featured on the site, I figured Baconnaise might be of interest to you all as well.

What is Baconnaise? Quite simply, it's Bacon-flavored mayo. At first glance, this sounds disgusting. But, I do like bacon, and I'm not a huge fan of mayo, so maybe bacon flavored mayo might taste pretty good. Have you've tried Baconnaise? If so, did you like it? What does it taste like? I'm going to order some myself and give it a try, and I'll you all know what it tastes like from my perspective. If you want to try it, you can order it from their website at www.baconnaise.com.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

PHOTO: Jennifer Siebel Newsom and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Having A Baby

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San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and his actress wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom are expecting their first child. Here's the scoop from TransWorldNews.com:

Actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom and her husband, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, are expecting their first child together. A rep for the couple confirmed the pregnancy in an announcement yesterday.

“We are pleased to confirm that Mayor Gavin Newsom and First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom are starting a family. The mayor and the first lady are thrilled to be embarking on this adventure together, and they appreciate your good wishes,” the rep said.

Jennifer is best known for her roles in ‘Life,’ ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Numb3ers.’She also stars in the indie flick The Trouble With Love , due for limited theater release this Friday.

Below is the trailer for The Trouble With Love, which actually features Jennifer in a threesome, which is causing quite a stir amongst political insiders in the bay area.



Article Source: TransWorldNews.com

PHOTO: Yvette Prieto And Michael Jordan Buy A House In Miami

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Michael Jordan and his girlfriend and Cuban model Yvette Prieto are buying a home in suburban Miami. And, not just any home, a $281,000 home. You read that correctly. $281,000... Why such a modest home for the greatest basketball player to ever live?

Because no matter who you are, if you've filed bankruptcy as Yvette did in 2002, you're not gonna be able to buy much even if your co-borrower is Michael Jordan. Here's the details from the Chicago Tribune:

Yvette Prieto, 30, and Michael Jordan, 46, co-own a three-bedroom home that property-appraisal records list as having three bedrooms and 5,500 square feet, according to Miami-Dade County records.

None of the neighbors called by the Palm Beach Post realized that the six-time NBA champion is on the deed of the two-story villa. Said the sexy-voiced Prieto: "I can't talk about the house just yet. Sorry."

The couple, last spotted together at the NBA All-Star Game, paid $281,000 for it in a down market. They took out a 30-year, $196,000 mortgage. Why did one of the best-paid NBA players take out a mortgage? Probably because Prieto, who's also a mortgage holder, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2002. It took her two years to straighten out her finances.

Article Source: ChicagoTribune.com

Daily Diversion Photo - Choose Your Underwear Wisely Before Going Shopping

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While the smiley face make work well in the bedroom, you might want to take a glance in the mirror before leaving home if you're going to wear them...



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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Grandview Topless Coffee Shop Open For Business In Maine

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Well, if you live in Vassalboro, Maine, you can now enjoy your morning cup of joe with a side of boobies. No, that's not a misprint. The Grandview Topless Coffee shop is now open for business in the tiny town of Vassalboro, Maine. According to USAToday.com:


The Grand View Topless Coffee Shop, in tiny Vassalboro, held its grand opening. Obey the signs:

“Over 18 only.”

“No cameras, no touching, cash only.”

Waitron Susie Wiley, 23, has worked in coffee shops since she was a teen. She took a job at the Grand View because it is "something different."

She feel exploited?

“No, I love it. I find it very empowering, not degrading,” she told the Kennebec Journal this morning, adding that customers had been “completely respectful.”

“We’ve had men, women, couples — all walks of life,” she said.

Brothers Dick and Rene Brochu (ages 60 and 59) came over from Augusta today to check out the coffee after hearing about the joint from friends.

"I really hope it works," Dick Brochu said. "It's different. I kind of like it. If you don't like it, I say don't come in, stay away."

No reviews about the coffee.

The town's planning board unanimously approved the coffee shop last month.

"I say, bring the money in," resident Kevin Goodrich said. "People need jobs and it's a good place to go. The economy's not very good right now, so why not do it?"

Down the road in Connecticut, dueling Hartford Courant columnists kick around the topless issue from male and female perspectives.

Article Source: Blogs.USAToday.com

Quiznos Is Giving Away One Million FREE Subs

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...And the FREE food just keeps on coming. Already today, IHOP is giving away free pancakes and Jack in the Box is giving away two free tacos, and now, it's time for free subs. Quiznos is giving away one million free subs through their new website at www.millionsubs.com.

All you have to do is go to the website and fill in your information, and you'll receive an email with your coupon for a free sub. At the time of this posting, they already had given away over 300,000, so you'd better act fast.

I'm renaming today, FREE FOOD DAY!

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ONLINE COUPON: Jack in the Box 2 Free Tacos - Today Only!

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If you're in to free food, today's your lucky day. Not only is it National Pancake Day at IHOP, Jack in the Box is also giving away 2 FREE tacos to everyone. The offer ends tonight at midnight, so you'd better hurry. Here's the direct link to the printable online coupon:

VIDEO: McDonald's Good Samaritan Gets Shot and Angry Senior Citizen Shoots His TV

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Some stories are best left to video. Here's a couple of them from FoxNews.com:

Recession Hits Cave Men - Missouri Family Puts Cave Home Up For Auction on eBay

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After you pick up your new top secret Sea Shadow boat, head on over to eBay and bid on your new Cave Home. It's literally a home built into a cave. Here's the details from FoxNews.com:

In a twist to the U.S. housing crisis, a family that has been living in a home built inside a cave in suburban St. Louis has put it up for sale on eBay.

Bidding starts at $300,000.

Curt and Deborah Sleeper of Festus bought about 3 acres of property and a cave in Festus in 2004, after they spotted it on the Internet.

The couple built a three-bedroom home inside the one-time mining cave.

A large payment is due soon, and the Sleepers are trying to secure private financing. If they are able to, they may not sell. They're not accepting financial donations.

Their youngest child, Theodore Wesley, was born at their home over the weekend.
Go here to see more pictures of the Cave Home.

PHOTO: The Not-So-Top Secret Anymore Sea Shadow

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If you want to impress your friends at the beach, why not pick up the Navy's Sea Shadow (pictured at left) and troll on up to the shore. The Sea Shadow and the Hughes Mining Barge are a couple of top secret Navy vessels that the Navy has been trying to give away to no avail so far. From FoxNews.com:

One is called Sea Shadow. It's big, black and looks like a cross between a Stealth fighter and a Batmobile. It was made to escape detection on the open sea. The other is known as the Hughes (as in Howard Hughes) Mining Barge. It looks like a floating field house, with an arching roof and a door that is 76 feet wide and 72 feet high. Sea Shadow berths inside the barge, which keeps it safely hidden from spy satellites.

The barge, by the way, is the only fully submersible dry dock ever built, making it very handy — as it was 35 years ago — for trying to raise a sunken nuclear-armed Soviet submarine.

"I'm fascinated by the possibilities," Frank Lennon said one morning recently. Mr. Lennon runs — or ran — a maritime museum here in Providence. He was standing in a sleet storm on a wharf below a power plant, surveying the 297-foot muck-encrusted hulk of a Soviet submarine that he owns. His only exhibit, it was open to the public until April 2007, when a northeaster hit Providence and the sub sank.
To continue reading about the Navy's latest garage sale, go to this page on FoxNews.com.

BREAKING NEWS VIDEO: 15-Year Old Student and His Teacher, Lisa Lavoie, Found In West Virginia Hotel Room

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Breaking News from Boston.com:

Police found a missing 15-year-old Holyoke boy late last night in hotel room in Morgantown, W. Va., with his eighth-grade teacher.

The boy, a student at Maurice Donahue Elementary School, "was found to be OK," said Holyoke Police Chief Anthony R. Scott. The teacher Lisa Lavoie, 24, was taken into custody by local police and will be charged with enticement of a child, which is a felony, Scott said.

The boy's mother contacted the school on Feb. 13, saying she was concerned about the relationship her son had with Lavoie, a first-year teacher. Authorities were unable to question the first-year teacher because she had left for the day as the school went on a one-week break. The boy's parents reported him missing Feb. 16.

Holyoke Detective David Usher was able to track the pair to the hotel by using financial and cellular communication records, Scott said.


Article Source: Boston.com

Nicky Hilton Makes Citizens Arrest Outside IHOP Restaurant

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On the eve of National Pancake Day at IHOP, Nicky Hilton, sister to the queen of self-promotion Paris Hilton, placed a man under citizens arrest outside an IHOP restaurant in California.

Note to paparazzi - Don't bump into little Nicky, unless you want to find yourself hearing those words made famous by Gomer Pyle, "Citizens Arrest, Citizens Arrest!" (see video below)

Here's the scoop from MSNBC.com:

Access Hollywood has learned Hilton was leaving the International House of Pancakes on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, Calif., just before 5 a.m. on Saturday when Michael Broadhurst, 50, allegedly pushed her from behind.

While she wasn’t robbed or hurt, Hilton was extremely upset, authorities told Access.

A sheriff’s deputy inside the restaurant came out to check on what he referred to as a "commotion" and found Hilton placing the man under a “private person’s arrest.”

He and another deputy helped out, but authorities told Access that Paris’ kid sister had it all under control.

Broadhurst has been ordered to appear in court on April 21.

If it makes Hilton feel any better, if she returns to IHOP on Tuesday, she’ll get free breakfast – it’s National Pancake Day.

Gomer Pyle's Citizens Arrest:



Article Source: MSNBC.com

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Tracy Hottenstein Update - Still No Clues In Her Death

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You may remember the story we featured last week about Tracy Hottenstein, a young woman who was in Sea Isle City, PA to celebrate the city's annual Polar Bear Plunge, a charity event in which participants jump into the frigid ocean.

Here's the latest update from an article on PressofAtlanticCity.com:

Divers scoured part of the Intracoastal Waterway for the second day Friday morning looking for evidence to explain the death of a Pennsylvania woman whose body was discovered Sunday. Ex-cept for police, the area was deserted Friday, much as it would have been Sunday morning when Tracy Hotten-stein, 35, of Consho-hocken, Pa., was found dead on the channel's muddy banks.

State Police huddled in heavy winter coats with hoods while divers worked in the slow-moving tidal channel at 42nd Place. Middle Township police divers searched the same area of the waterway just south of the towering Sea Isle City Bridge on Thursday.

The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office released a photograph of Hottenstein taken on the beach in Sea Isle City the day before she died.

Later in the article:

In the photo released by police, Hottenstein was wearing the same winter clothes in which she was found Sunday morning. This included a pink plaid hat, a pink scarf, a black vest, a black long-sleeved top, dark jeans, and tan boots.

Police described her as standing 5 feet, 4 inches and weighing 135 pounds with brown eyes and blond hair.

Hottenstein was captured on a security video leaving the Ocean Drive Bar and Restaurant on Landis Avenue about 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

"That was the way she looked. That's how she was dressed when she left the bar at 2:15," Taylor said.

Hottenstein was found by a passerby less than six hours later, or at about 7:50 a.m., near the Sea Isle City Marina, which is about a half-mile or a few blocks south of the bar.

Earlier reports suggested she was found in the water but Taylor said she was on the banks. With the incoming or receding tide, that does not necessarily mean she was not in the water at some point.

Taylor said the investigation at the scene is complete.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Unit at 609-465-1135 or Sea Isle City Police at 609-263-4311.

Hottenstein worked as a senior sales specialist at Parsippany, Morris County-based Daiichi Sankyo, a pharmaceutical company. She had been there since 2002, company spokesman Rich Salem said.

"Our company was saddened to learn of her passing. We extend to her family and friends our deepest sympathy. There are many people offering up their thoughts and prayers to those close to Tracy," he said.

According to her obituary, Hottenstein grew up in Lansdale, Pa., and graduated from Souderton High School, where she played lacrosse and was co-captain of the cheerleading squad. She received a biology degree from the University of Delaware.

Hottenstein was a runner who participated in the San Diego Marathon and the Broad Street Run. She coached lacrosse in a community league.

Article and Photo Source: PressofAtlanticCity.com

IHOP Free Pancake Day - Tuesday, February 24, 2009 is IHOP National Pancake Day

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If you love pancakes, then you're going to love tomorrow. Why? Because Tuesday, February 24, 2009 is National Pancake Day at IHOP. What does that mean? I'll let IHOP explain:

Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly two million dollars to support charities in the communities in which it operates. With your help, we hope to raise $1,000,000 for Children’s Miracle Network in 2009!
Click Here to find an IHOP near you.

VIDEO: Need to Lose Weight? Try The Engine 2 Diet Program

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Diets are a dime a dozen these days, but at least the Engine 2 Diet program has a great story behind it.


Order the Book from Amazon: The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

PHOTO: Angie Everhart Is Pregnant At 39 And Shopping Her Reality Show

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Angie Everhart's got a couple of things coming out later this year. The first is her first child, and the second is a new reality show detailing her experiences as a single mom. Oh great... Another reality show. Here's the scoop from E! Online:

Angie Everhart is having a baby.

The 39-year-old model and actress exclusively reveals to me that she's 14 weeks pregnant with her first child.

And Everhart, who costarred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Last Action Hero, is doing it more or less on her own. She's keeping details about the father private.

"The dad is very nice and he's very excited about it, but we are not a couple," Everhart tells me. "It's nobody you know."

The redheaded beauty was most recently engaged to Joe Pesci but announced they had called it quits in April. She was briefly married to Ashley Hamilton and has also been involved with Sylvester Stallone and Howard Stern.

Everhart also reveals she's hoping to turn her pregnancy into a reality show. She is currently shopping around Angie Baby, a series she is developing with World of Wonder, the company behind hits like Tori & Dean Home Sweet Hollywood, the new RuPaul's Drag Race and the soon to debut Heli-Loggers.

"I decided to do a show about me being a single, strong, healthy and good-spirited woman who is having a baby on her own," she says. "I want to show the positive aspects of women who do it on their own."
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Article Source: E! Online

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman's Opening Skit From The 2009 Academy Awards

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What did you think of the Oscars telecast last night? I thought having ex-winners come out and praise each nominee was a great idea. And, Hugh Jackman's opening skit here was pretty entertaining if you ask me.

VIDEO: Ben Stiller Mocks Joaquin Phoenix at the 81st Academy Awards

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Ben Stiller mocking Joaquin Phoenix' strange appearance on Letterman was by far the funniest moment from last night's 81st Academy Awards. If you missed it, here's the video.

Who Won Last Night at the Oscars?

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In case you didn't get a chance to watch the 81st Academy Awards (Oscars) last night, here are the winners from each category. The winner is highlighted in red.

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role:

• Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
• Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
• Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
• Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
• Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role:

• Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
• Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
• Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
• Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
• Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role:

• Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
• Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
• Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
• Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
• Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role:

• Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
• Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
• Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
• Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
• Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year:

• “Bolt” (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
• “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton

Achievement In Art Direction:

• “Changeling” (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
• “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
• “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Achievement In Cinematography:

• “Changeling” (Universal), Tom Stern
• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
• “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

Achievement In Costume Design:

• “Australia” (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
• “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
• “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky

Achievement In Directing:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
• “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Ron Howard
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
• “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle

Best Documentary Feature:

• “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
• “Encounters at the End of the World” (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
• “The Garden” A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
• “Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall in association with Red Box Films Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
• “Trouble the Water” (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Best Documentary Short Subject:

• “The Conscience of Nhem En” A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
• “The Final Inch” Vermilion Films in association with Google.org, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
• “Smile Pinki” A Principe Production, Megan Mylan
• “The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306” A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

Achievement In Film Editing:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
• “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year:

• “The Baader Meinhof Complex” A Constantin Film Production, Germany
• “The Class” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haut et Court Production, France
• “Departures” (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan
• “Revanche” (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
• “Waltz with Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel

Achievement In Makeup:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
• “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score):

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Alexandre Desplat
• “Defiance” (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song):

• “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
• “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
• “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Best Motion Picture Of The Year:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
• “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
• “Milk” (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
• “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris, Producers
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production, Christian Colson, Producer

Best Animated Short Film:

• “La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
• “Lavatory - Lovestory” A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
• “Oktapodi” (Talantis Films), A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
• “Presto” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
• “This Way Up” A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

Best Live Action Short Film:

• “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” (Hamburg Shortfilmagency), An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production, Reto Caffi
• “Manon on the Asphalt” (La Luna Productions), A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
• “New Boy” (Network Ireland Television), A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
• “The Pig” An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
• “Spielzeugland (Toyland)” A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

Achievement In Sound Editing:

• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Richard King
• “Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
• “Wanted” (Universal), Wylie Stateman

Achievement In Sound Mixing:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
• “Wanted” (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

Achievement In Visual Effects:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
• “Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

Adapted Screenplay:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
• “Doubt” (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
• “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
• “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original Screenplay:

• “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Courtney Hunt
• “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
• “In Bruges” (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

*Go to CelebsMakingNews.com for pictures of all your favorite actors and actresses at the Oscars.

Slumdog Millionaire Wins Best Picture at 81st Academy Awards - Watch Trailer Here

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Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscar for Motion Picture of the Year, as well as seven other awards last night at the 81st Academy Awards. My favorite moment from the show was when director Danny Boyle won the award for Best Director for Slumdog Millionaire. When he got up on stage, he did a little jig that he explained was his version of Tony the Tiger's dance. He had told his kids many years ago that if he won an Oscar, he'd do Tony's dance on stage. Danny kept his word. His speech was heartfelt and the movie is incredible. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer.



The DVD is available for Pre-Order at Amazon right now, and if you're like the rest of the world, you're probably wanting to see more of Freida Pinto, the sexy heroine of the story. You can view a huge collection of pictures of Freida over at CelebsMakingNews.com.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nominees For Tonight's 81st Academy Awards - The Oscars Go To...

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**UPDATE** If you want to see photos from the Oscars, go to CelebsMakingNews.com right now.

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role:

• Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
• Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
• Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
• Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
• Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role:

• Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
• Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
• Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
• Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
• Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role:

• Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
• Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
• Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
• Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
• Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role:

• Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
• Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
• Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
• Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
• Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year:

• “Bolt” (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
• “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton

Achievement In Art Direction:

• “Changeling” (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
• “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
• “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Achievement In Cinematography:

• “Changeling” (Universal), Tom Stern
• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
• “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

Achievement In Costume Design:

• “Australia” (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
• “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
• “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky

Achievement In Directing:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
• “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Ron Howard
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
• “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle

Best Documentary Feature:

• “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
• “Encounters at the End of the World” (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
• “The Garden” A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
• “Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall in association with Red Box Films Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
• “Trouble the Water” (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Best Documentary Short Subject:

• “The Conscience of Nhem En” A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
• “The Final Inch” Vermilion Films in association with Google.org, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
• “Smile Pinki” A Principe Production, Megan Mylan
• “The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306” A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

Achievement In Film Editing:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
• “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year:

• “The Baader Meinhof Complex” A Constantin Film Production, Germany
• “The Class” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haut et Court Production, France
• “Departures” (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan
• “Revanche” (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
• “Waltz with Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel

Achievement In Makeup:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
• “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score):

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Alexandre Desplat
• “Defiance” (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song):

• “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
• “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
• “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Best Motion Picture Of The Year:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
• “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
• “Milk” (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
• “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris, Producers
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production, Christian Colson, Producer

Best Animated Short Film:

• “La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
• “Lavatory - Lovestory” A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
• “Oktapodi” (Talantis Films), A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
• “Presto” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
• “This Way Up” A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

Best Live Action Short Film:

• “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” (Hamburg Shortfilmagency), An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production, Reto Caffi
• “Manon on the Asphalt” (La Luna Productions), A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
• “New Boy” (Network Ireland Television), A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
• “The Pig” An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
• “Spielzeugland (Toyland)” A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

Achievement In Sound Editing:

• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Richard King
• “Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
• “Wanted” (Universal), Wylie Stateman

Achievement In Sound Mixing:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
• “Wanted” (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

Achievement In Visual Effects:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
• “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
• “Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

Adapted Screenplay:

• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
• “Doubt” (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
• “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
• “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
• “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original Screenplay:

• “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Courtney Hunt
• “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
• “In Bruges” (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
• “Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
• “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Are You A Born Again American?

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I received an email yesterday from a friend with the title of the email being the same as the title of this post. It caught my attention, so I thought I'd check it out. So, what is Born Again American?

Here's how the movement describes itself:

Born Again American is committed to the rebirth and re-expression of citizenship through informed and thoughtful activism. It is an initiative of Declare Yourself, a national non-partisan, non-profit (501(c)3) organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement. Declare Yourself’s on-line voter registration tool has been used by almost four million people since 2004. Declare Yourself grew out of the 2003’s Declaration of Independence Road Trip that toured an original 1776 copy of the Declaration to schools, town halls, and other locations all over the country.
So, what's the deal with this video?

Their founder, TV producer and philanthropist Norman Lear, was talking with Academy Award-winning songwriter Keith Carradine one night, and the Born Again American video was, well, born. It took the efforts of Director Mark Johnson of Playing for Change, Producer Brent Miller, and 16 performers and two choruses to bring Keith’s song to life in 14 iconic locations around the USA. The singers and musicians, non-professionals all, were chosen because they are living the lyrics in these troubled times, not just performing them.

Also, if you go to BornAgainAmerican.org, you can actually remix this video with your own lyrics. It's a pretty cool idea. So, check out the video, and then head on over to BornAgainAmerican.org and see if there is anything you can do to help.

The First Three American Idol Hopefuls Spoke To The Media Today

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By now you know that Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver were the first three American Idol contestants to be picked by America to appear in the Top 12 on American Idol's 8th season. Today, they talked with the media about their experience on American Idol and about how their lives have changed since joining the show. Here's an excerpt from the article on People.com:

Church music director Gokey, 28, has been an early favorite of both fans and judges, thanks to his soulful voice and heartbreaking personal story. Just four weeks before he auditioned, his wife Sophia passed away. The Milwaukee native said that while he feels more “emotionally stable now,” his wife is never far from his thoughts. “I apologize to everybody if they feel like it’s shoved down in their face but it’s so fresh in my mind. It’s only been 7 months,” he told reporters. “Honestly, this is a sob story I don’t want but it is shaping my life, and it’s causing hope for a lot of people. Now I have my mission set in stone.”

Gokey laughed when asked what his wife would think of his Idol success. “My wife would be telling all her friends, and she would be going to the store, buying clothes and trying to get herself all cute,” he said. “She was spunky and so cute and she had a little attitude to herself. She’d just be so happy.”

Tennessee native Grace, 21, is a young parent and said her daughter Ryan Elizabeth is her Idol inspiration. “She watches the show with all of my family and when I come on TV, she points at it and she screams for me and says, ‘Mommy!’” she said during the conference call. Grace admitted to being nervous about juggling motherhood with the demanding show but said, “it’s only for a little time and as long as I work hard and dedicate myself to it, I know I can get it done because I have the best family in the world and they’re going to help me out with whatever I need.”

On the judges comparing her to Idol’s original champ Kelly Clarkson during Tuesday’s performance show, Grace said, “It’s more than flattering. I mean it just really shook my world when they said that, in a good way. It just pushes me to do better each time now. Now I’ve really got to step up my game and prove to them that they’re right.”

If there was a surprise in who advanced Wednesday, it was the oil rig roughneck from Texas, Sarver, 29. Host Ryan Seacrest announced that only 20,000 votes separated Sarver from another popular contestant, Anoop Desai. Sarver admitted that Simon Cowell’s positive feedback following his performance Tuesday likely helped him secure his spot. “Simon making a plea on my behalf, I don’t take that lightly at all. I take that as a compliment,” he said. “I have no doubt it had an impact and I appreciate it.”

Of his working-class appeal, Sarver had this to say: “I believe that real life people can relate to me, especially in the economy and the day that we live. It’s very difficult for a lot of people, and I see it as a chance to see someone rise from the ashes. It’s not that my life is bad but things are tough. And to see someone excel and succeed, I think people relate to that and it’s special to their hearts.”

Sarver is also a father to a two-year-old son and 3 ½-year-old daughter, who he called “smart and ahead of her age. She’s very excited and says she wants to go on American Idol so maybe we have another [Idol] in the future.”

To read the entire article, go to this page on People.com.

Photo Sources: Gokey - PhotoBucket.com; Grace - Storeimgs.com; Sarver - ImageVenue.com

Nick Carter Update: I Made Excuses Just To Party

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This is a followup story to our earlier story about Nick Carter suffering from cardiomyopathy, which is the same illness that Andy Gibb died from. Nick was on the Ellen Show today, and he discussed his heart condition as well as how he made excuses just to party. Here's the details from People.com:

Speaking candidly about his 10-year struggle with substance abuse, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter says his road to recovery was rocky.

"I would make excuses to just go out to drink and party," he says on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Thursday. "It was excessive ... Alcohol kind of kicked it off and then once the alcohol wasn't doing it for me I would lean on other things."

As for when things changed, "I had a lot of rude awakenings, warning signs, DUIs," Carter, 29, tells DeGeneres. "I realized that it was wrong, [but] I decided to go and sort of punish myself. I went to the classes, did everything I was required to do. Then I'd . . . get back into it. Sort of fool myself in a way."

Being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle, last year helped him turn things around, he told PEOPLE.

Working out changed his focus, too. "It helped my self esteem and then other things started replacing drinking and parties, [like] sports," he tells DeGeneres. "I am sober now. I realize that I'm human and my goal in life is to be the best person that I can be."

Article Source: People.com

Photo Source: PhotoBucket.com

VIDEO: Noah's Ark Found Off Coast of Peru

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Well, not the actual Noah's Ark, but a boat carrying over 400 exotic and endangered animals was found off the coast of Peru. Most of the animals were from the Amazon jungle. Here's the video from UK.Reuters.com:

Linda Lou Taylor Has Been Married 23 Times... And Wouldn't Rule Out #24

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An Indiana woman named Linda Lou Taylor has been married 23 times and isn't ruling out going for #24 because, you know, you get lonely. Someone needs to get this woman some hobbies other than getting married. Here's the story from NBCChicago.com:

Because of her multiple marriages, the fictional character Erica Kane on ABC's soap opera "All My Children" has the longest name for a television character: Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler Roy Roy Montgomery Montgomery Chandler Marick Marick Montgomery. But one real-life Indiana woman would have her beat by a long shot.

She was born Linda Lou Taylor, but the 68-year-old Anderson, Ind., woman has had many names over the past 50+ years. That's because she's been hitched 23 times, making her the most married woman in history.

Linda can't remember her husbands in order, but she remembers the first one vividly. She and George Scott married in 1957, when she was just 16 and he was 31. They stayed together for seven years, making the marriage her longest.

Her shortest marriage? Thirty-six hours to Fred Chadwick.

Linda now goes by the surname Wolfe. She and husband Glynn "Scotty" Wolfe did not marry for love, however. The two wed in Arizona in 1996 as part of a publicity stunt. Scotty was the most married man in the world, and Linda was his 29th bride. Scotty died just a few days before their one-year anniversary.

If you think your ex-spouse story is bad, imagine having 23 of them.

Linda has been married to a convict, a preacher, a musician, bartenders, homeless men, electricians, and even two gay men. One husband beat her. More than one deserted her.

But this hasn't discouraged her from walking down the aisle again.

"I would get married again," Linda told The Indianapolis Star, "because, you know, it gets lonely."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

VIDEOS: American Idol's First 12 Results Are In: Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver and Danny Gokey Are In

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Two of the three from tonight's American Idol Top 12 results show were not a surprise: Alexis and Danny were pretty much picked by everyone. But, I don't know of anyone who really thought that Michael Sarver would make it. Obviously, if you've been following this blog for a while, you know that I'm a huge fan of Anoop Dog, and I was sure he was going to make it.

But, Michael beat Anoop by 20,000 votes. That may sound like a lot, but considering over 24,000,000 votes were cast, that's extremely close. I have a feeling that Anoop will be chosen as a wild card, but I've been wrong before. We'll have to wait and see. In case you missed their performances last night, here are the three finalists singing the songs that got them through:

Alexis Grace - Never Loved A Man - iTunes MP3 - You can watch her performance at Rickey.org.

Michael Sarver - I Don't Wanna Be - iTunes MP3



Danny Gokey - Hero - iTunes MP3



What did you think of the voting? Who did you think would get in? Do you think Anoop Desai deserves to be a wild card pick?

PHOTO: See the New York Post Chimp Cartoon That's Causing Quite A Stir Today

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Below is the cartoon that's causing quite a stir today. Here's why from Yahoo.com:

A New York Post cartoon that some have interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee gunned down by police drew outrage Wednesday from civil rights leaders and elected officials who said it echoed racist stereotypes of blacks as monkeys.

The cartoon in Wednesday's Post by Sean Delonas shows two police officers, one with a smoking gun, standing over the body of a bullet-riddled chimp. The caption reads: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

The cartoon refers to a chimpanzee named Travis who was killed Monday by police in Stamford, Conn., after it mauled a friend of its owner.

Some critics called the cartoon racist and said it trivialized a tragedy in which a woman was disfigured and a chimpanzee killed. Others said the cartoon suggests that Obama should be assassinated. Many urged a boycott of the Post and the companies that advertise in it.

"How could the Post let this cartoon pass as satire?" said Barbara Ciara, president of the National Association of Black Journalists. "To compare the nation's first African-American commander in chief to a dead chimpanzee is nothing short of racist drivel."

State Sen. Eric Adams called it a "throwback to the days" when black men were lynched.

The Rev. Al Sharpton called the cartoon "troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys."

To continue reading this story, go to this page on Yahoo.com.

Dwyane Wade Sues Estranged Wife Siohvaughn Wade Over STD Claim

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Dwyane Wade is suing his estranged wife Siohvaughn Wade because of allegations she made that he contracted an STD from an extramarital affair. Here are some details from the A.P.:

Dwyane Wade sued his estranged wife and two of her lawyers Wednesday over accusations the Miami Heat star contracted a sexually transmitted disease through an extramarital affair.

In the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Wade is seeking at least $50,000 in damages from each defendant.

Siohvaughn Wade said last month the player infected her with an unspecified disease in 2007. Weeks later, she withdrew the claim from the court hearing the divorce case for unknown reasons.

That wasn't enough to satisfy the 2006 NBA finals MVP, who said her allegations not only defamed him, but caused "embarrassment" and "humiliation" along with damaging future earning potential.

"It has been difficult to see false allegations, rumors and gossip repeatedly discussed in public about my personal life," Dwyane Wade said in a statement released to the AP. "I had no other choice but to file this action in order to clear my name."

To read the rest of this story, go to this page on Google.com.

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VIDEO: Travis The Chimp Mauls Family Friend Before Being Killed By Police - Listen to the 911 Call

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This is both sad and bizarre. Travis the Chimp has been featured in TV commercials and television shows his whole life. He was raised basically as a human his whole life, but something inside him snapped, and he turned on a family friend. He ripped the ladies face off according to the chimps owner. Here's the video from a local TV station:



Here's the frantic 911 call Travis' owner made to police:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

VIDEOS: Watch All 12 Contestants Sing On American Idol From Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Tonight's the first night that America gets to start voting on it's new American Idol. If you missed the show, or you need to watch each performer again to decide who to vote for, here are all 12 of tonight's contestants singing their heart's out for your vote America:

Jackie Thon - A Little Less Conversation - iTunes MP3




Ricky Braddy - Song For You - iTunes MP3




Alexis Grace - Never Loved A Man - iTunes MP3
- You can watch Alexis' performance at Rickey.org.

Brent Keith - Hicktown - iTunes MP3




Stevie Wright - You Belong To Me - iTunes MP3




Anoop "Dog" Desai - Angel of Mine - iTunes MP3




Casey Carlson - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - iTunes MP3




Michael Sarver - I Don't Wanna Be - iTunes MP3




Ann Marie Boskovich - Natural Woman - iTunes MP3




Stephen Fowler - Rock With You - iTunes MP3




Tatiana Del Toro - Saving All My Love For You - iTunes MP3
- You can watch Tatiana's performance at Rickey.org.

Danny Gokey - Hero - iTunes MP3


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