Saturday, April 2, 2011

PENELOPE CRUZ HAS STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK

 

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Penelope Cruz has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, April 1. Being the first Spanish actress to earn the honour, the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" actress was presented with the 2,436th star in a ceremony held outside the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Having just given birth to her first son in January, the 36-year-old beauty flaunted her post-baby figure when she came to the ceremony attended also by husband Javier Bardem and co-star Johnny Depp.

PRINCE WILLIAM HAS PRE-WEDDING JITTERS

 

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British royal Prince William is suffering from pre-wedding jitters as he prepares to marry fiancee Kate Middleton, calling the upcoming ceremony "quite a daunting prospect". The 28-year-old is making final preparations before he exchanges vows with Middleton in London on April 29 and he has admitted he's already feeling nervous about his big day.

In an interview broadcast in Britain on Friday, April 1, he says, "I was telling everyone I did the rehearsal the other day and my knees started tapping quite nervously. It's quite a daunting prospect but very exciting and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it but there's still a lot of planning to be done in the last four weeks."

ELIZABETH TAYLOR BLVD IN WEST HOLLYWOOD?

 

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West Hollywood residents are calling for a street to be named after actress and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor, who died last week at age 79.

According to LA Weekly, Michelle Rex, the interim deputy director for Councilman John D'Amico, residents have been calling and writing City Hall to suggest the street naming, but there has not yet been any formal discussion among city leaders.

Taylor, a major early force in AIDS fundraising, spent time at West Hollywood spots including The Abbey, where she sipped shots of tequila.

“West Hollywood City Council members -- four out of five of whom are gay -- have historically loved voting for official bans and proclamations, beating other metropolises to the punch on a variety of issues,” reports LA Weekly. “Now they have a chance to do something truly deserved and something residents very much want.”

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BUBLE MARRIES IN ARGENTINA

 

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Canadian crooner Michael Bublé sealed his "Crazy Love" for Argentine actress Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre by marrying her in a civil ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Thursday.

Bublé, 35, wore a gray suit for the ceremony, while the bride donned a violet dress with silver high heels. The pair kissed for the cameras and posed for fans gathered outside, and the bride threw a bouquet of purple orchids into the crowd.

The couple got engaged in 2009, when the singer proposed in front of Lopilato's family in her native Argentina.

But the party still isn't over. The pair will reportedly hold a bigger ceremony this weekend with 300 guests celebrating at a mansion outside Buenos Aires.

The pop star first met his Argentine TV star wife after one of his concerts in Buenos Aires in November 2008. "They met at a party the record company threw for him after his show in Buenos Aires," a friend of the singer's told PEOPLE shortly after the engagement. "The head of the label wanted to introduce Michael to Argentina's most famous actress. When he met her, he said it was love at first sight."

And, the friend says, those closest to them couldn't be happier. Their families have met "several times and are all very happy about this union," says the friend. The two have even worked together: She appears in the video of his hit single, "Haven't Met You Yet."

Bublé won the Grammy last month for traditional pop vocal album.

“FACEBOOK” DEPRESSION

 

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A new condition called “Facebook depression” may be affecting your teenager, or you for that matter, if you spend too much time on it.

Researchers warning in the latest issue of Pediatrics Journal that the constant feed of status, picture and message updates gives you a skewed view of reality, which could make vulnerable kids feel like they aren’t good enough. According to the study,

Facebook can create a false reality because people normally post the best sides of themselves — not the full story. It’s really like a big popularity contest — who can get the most friend requests or get the most pictures tagged.

LANGUAGE TRIVIA … 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS

 

The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, 'Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.'

VINTAGE

 

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SENIORS “PUNK’D” WITH BETTY WHITE

 

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Take Punk'd, replace Ashton Kutcher with Betty White, and swap out the MTV generation celebs with a crew of senior citizens and you have the Golden Girl's new show for NBC.

White will executive produce and host Betty White's Off Their Rockers, which is based on the European hit Benidorm Bastards. The show will follow seven seniors who "who make it their mission to play pranks on unsuspecting younger people," according to Entertainment Weekly.

NBC has ordered 12 episodes of the show.

HEADLINE HOWLERS 6

 

These classics all really appeared in newspapers:

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New Vaccine May Contain Rabies

March Planned In May

Crash Courses For Pilots

Man Found Dead In Graveyard

Dead Man Returns

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge

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SCHWARZENEGGER DEVELOPING ‘GOVERNATOR’ COMIC, TV SHOW

 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning to turn his nickname “the Governator” into a franchise. He’s working with “Spider-Man” creator Stan Lee on both a comic book and TV show built around a suit-wearing “Governator” persona. Lee is reportedly integrating aspects of Schwarzenegger’s real life into the story line. The comic book will debut in 2012.

QUOTABLES … MYRNA LOY

 

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"Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg." - Myrna Loy on real life vs. reel life

MORE FUNNY ANSWERING MACHINE MESSAGES...

 

Talk to the phone, the face ain't home, please leave a message, after the tone. BEEP!

Go away, leave me alone, please leave a message, after the tone BEEP!

These words are lovely dark and deep
But I've got promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep
So leave a message at the beep.

Hey, it's ________
Sorry you can't get through
Leave your name and your number
And I'll get back to you

Sorry we’re not here to lend an ear, so leave a word and you'll be heard.

Please leave a message. However, you have the right to remain silent. Everything you say will be recorded and will be used by us.

Roses are red booger's are green please leave your message on this stupid machine .

TRIVIA BITS ... VAN GOGH

 

Van Gogh was known to suffer from epilepsy. One of the treatments for epilepsy in Van Gogh’s time was digitalis. This drug is derived from the common foxglove. It can cause yellow-tinted vision or yellow spots. This may account for the swirling features in The Starry Night (1889) and the yellow tone in some of Van Gogh’s other paintings.

“OPRAH WINFREY SHOW” GETS END DATE

 

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 Oprah has announced May 25th as the end date for her hit daytime talk show. Appropriately enough as the show has been on the air now for 25 years! New episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will begin in the U.S. on April 7th.

LADY GAGA GIVEN RUBY SLIPPERS FROM “THE WIZARD OF OZ”

 

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Lady GaGa is said to be over the moon after receiving a pair of £25,000 ruby slippers, made originally for Judy Garland for her role as Dorothy in the Wizard Of Oz.

The Born This Way singer, who performed with the famous shoes at her LA Monster Ball show on her 25th birthday, was allegedly given the slippers from the cult 1939 movie by her management, before going on stage at the Staples Center.

According to The Sun, GaGa told her Little Monsters that she once auditioned to play the role of Dorothy in a show, but lost out on the part to the school bully.

The 25-year old explained: "I wanted to be Dorothy so bad. I was in 8th grade and she was a senior."

I definitely deserved to get it, but I didn't get it. I was one of the people in the chorus, the worst role. On behalf of myself and all of those bullied around the world, now these ruby slippers are mine."

Lady G, real name Stefani Germanotta, added: "When you don't feel like Dorothy today, maybe you feel like someone on the chorus or the Scarecrow - just know you will have opportunities in your real life to change things and maybe someone will hand you a pair of ruby slippers."

It is thought that five pairs of the iconic ruby slippers were made for Garland, with The Sun reporting that one sold for a cool £93,000 and is due to be auctioned off again at Christie's next month.

QUOTABLES

 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

BLOGGING FOR THIS WEEK

Wednesday 30 March - No Blog
Thursday 31 March - No Blog
Friday 01 April - No Blog
Saturday 02 April - Normal Blogging

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SHARE A LITTLE LOVE

 

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WORDS NOT IN THE DICTIONARY YET

 

ACCORDIONATED (ah kor' de on ay tid) adj. Being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time.

AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks' trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.

AQUALIBRIUM (ak wa lib' re um) n. The point where the stream of drinking fountain water is at its perfect height, thus relieving the drinker from (a) having to suck the nozzle, or (b) squirting himself in the eye.

BURGACIDE (burg' uh side) n. When a hamburger can't take any more torture and hurls itself through the grill into the coals.

BUZZACKS (buz' aks) n. People in phone marts who walk around picking up display phones and listening for dial tones even when they know the phones are not connected.

AMY ADAMS TO PLAY LOIS LANE

 

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Amy Adams has been tapped to play Lois Lane in the new "Superman" reboot. On Sunday, March 27, the director of the forthcoming movie, Zack Snyder, has made Amy an official star of the film.

Speaking in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Synder expressed his excitement about the choice. "Second only to Superman himself, the question of who will play Lois Lane is arguably what fans have been most curious about," so he said. "So we are excited to announce the casting of Amy Adams, one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today. Amy has the talent to capture all of the qualities we love about Lois: smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful."

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THIS WORLD … NORTHERN LIGHTS

 

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LANGUAGE TRIVIA ... AGLETS

 

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

OHIO CHURCH TO GIVE AWAY $1,000 TO BOOST ATTENDANCE

 

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A church in Ohio is planning to give away $1,000 to boost attendance on Easter Sunday. The church usually has about 500 worshippers but when it tried the contest last year, over 1,000 people showed up for the service and plans to continue the giveaway to provide additional blessings on Easter.

THIS WORLD … WHALES

 

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WHY SOME PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER TRAVEL

 

The following are actual stories provided by travel agents:

I had someone ask for an aisle seats so that his or her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window.

A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii.  After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown.  I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts. "Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa."  Her response ... click.

A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state."

I got a call from a man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." He said "But they look so close on the map."

COLIN FIRTH TO RETURN TO WEST END’S STAGE

 

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Oscar winner Colin Firth is planning to leave screen glory behind to re-team with his "The English Patient" co-star Kristin Scott Thomas in London's West End.

But rather than ride on the wave of his movie success, Firth has decided to challenge himself in a stage role, according to Britain's Mail on Sunday. Firth is allegedly in talks to star alongside Scott Thomas in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" later this year.

It would be the first time Firth has stepped on-stage in over a decade. A source tells the publication, "Colin has wanted to go on stage for a long while. He'll do 'Betrayal' after he completes filming 'Gambit' with Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman."

TRIVIA BITS ... MOBY DICK

 

The name ‘Moby Dick’ has no certain origin. The most likely link is to an article that appeared in New York’s The Knickbocker magazine in 1839. It told of Mocha Dick, a white whale that attacked whaling ships and crews.

A JOAN COLLINS MOMENT

 

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STOPPING SALE OF STEVIE WONDER’S “SUPERSTITION” GRAMMY

 

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A Grammy Award presented to Stevie Wonder in 1973 is at the canter of a legal battle as officials behind the prestigious prize giving fight to keep the honour from the auction block in an upcoming pop memorabilia sale. The blind star received the accolade for his classic hit "Superstition", but it has since found its way into the hands of "Gotta Have It! Collectibles" owner Pete Siegel, who is planning to sell it off.

Representatives from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the body responsible for the Grammys, have taken issue with the sale and have filed suit against Siegel, accusing him of a variety of charges, including fraud, unjust enrichment and false advertising.

QUOTABLES

 

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Monday, March 28, 2011

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PRINCE HARRY JOINS CHARITY TREK TO NORTH POLE

 

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Prince Harry will join a group of wounded British soldiers on a charity trek to the North Pole on Tuesday, March 29 after clearing space in his busy schedule. The British royal, who served in Afghanistan as a member of Britain's armed forces, voiced his hopes to take part in the expedition earlier this year to raise money for Walking With The Wounded, an organization which helps rehabilitate injured troops.

He recently learned he would not need to report for military training until next month, allowing the Prince to tag along for the gruelling journey. Harry will spend five days trekking in freezing temperatures with a number of servicemen who were wounded in Afghanistan - and he can't wait to tackle the feat.

GORGEOUS GARDENS

 

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“THE MUSKETEERS” FIRST TRAILER RELEASED

 

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"The Three Musketeers" debuts its first trailer. The one-and-a-half-minute video gives a glimpse of Logan Lerman's D'Artagnan who, along with three legendary musketeers, prevents the villain from seizing the French throne.

Adapted from Alexandre Dumas' legendary book of the same name, the action film follows hot-headed young D'Artagnan joining forces with three rogue Musketeers, Athos (Matthew MacFadyen), Aramis (Luke Evans), and Porthos (Ray Stevenson). They must stop the evil Cardinal Richlieu (Christoph Waltz), and face off Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich).

LANGUAGE TRIVIA ... LES MISERABLES

 

Victor Hugo's Les Miserables contains one of the longest sentences in the French language - 823 words without a period.

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HANDY LATIN PHRASES 1

 

You never know when you may need these phrases to communicate your innermost emotions with out those in ear shot knowing what you are expressing!

Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.
It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit!
God, look at the time! My wife will kill me!

Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?
Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?

Lex clavatoris designati rescindenda est.
The designated hitter rule has got to go.

Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.
I think some people in togas are plotting against me.

Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.
If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar.

MOVIE TRIVIA … LAST CINEMA RELEASES

 

Lee Marvin  1986  The Delta Force

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Director: Menahem Golan
Stars: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin and Martin Balsam

 

SYNOPSIS: A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandoes led by Major McCoy (Norris) and by Colonel Alexander (Marvin) as been called into service to eliminate all terrorists on the jetliner and who's involved in the hijacking and try to retake the plane before the terrorists kill all the hostages.

RELEASED: U.S.A. February 14 1986

James Mason  1984  The Shooting Party

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While Europe stands on the brink of a World War in Autumn 1913, Sir Randolph Nettleby hosts a weekend of shooting on his estate for European aristocrats.

Director: Alan Bridges
Stars: James Mason, Edward Fox and Dorothy Tutin

RELEASED : USA  September 1985

Steve McQueen  1980 The Hunter

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Directed by: Buzz Kulik;

Cast: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton

Synopsis:
Action drama based on the real life adventures of Ralph (Papa) Thorson, a modern day bounty hunter who makes his living by finding fugitives who have jumped bail. McQueen's last.

RELEASED  USA 1 August 1980