November 30, 2004

Like this is a surprise

Paris and Colin?

Colin Farrell reportedly enjoyed a romantic liaison with American socialite Paris Hilton last week.

The Phone Booth hunk was promoting his new film Alexander when he bumped into the blonde heiress, who was being filmed for Barbara Walters' TV show The Ten Most Fascinating People Of 2004.

A source told Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, "Colin is a lot hotter in person and Paris was unbelievably sweet. But it was not clear, though, whether the couple had previously arranged a meeting or it was just coincidence. Still, what happens when the two most oversexed people on the planet get together - they continued the party, alone, after the cameras shut off."

--Wonder if she carried her obnoxious new purse to woo him.

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"The Wall"suit

A group of former London state school children who sang on Pink Floyd's 1979 classic "Another Brick In The Wall" have lodged a claim for unpaid royalties.

Twenty-three teenage pupils from Islington Green School secretly recorded vocals for the track, which became an anthem for children with the chorus "We don't need no education."

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Boo Freakin' Hoo

Hey everyone, feel sorry for Tara Reid:

Tara Reid gave Page Six an impassioned plea for fairness and balance when they bumped into her at Prime in Miami on Saturday night.

The "American Pie" pixie, who was demurely dressed and completely cogent, said she'd been in 24 movies. "It's getting to the point now where it [reporting on her partying] is costing me work," Reid said. When we asked if there was something positive to report, she pointed to her new boyfriend, a strapping fellow waiting patiently a few feet away known to hockey fans as Sergei Federov, who used to date tennis vixen Anna Kournikova.

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Clooney's back problems

George Clooney is on bed rest for a ruptured disc.

According to the actor's publicist, the condition has existed for awhile but was recently exacerbated, causing him to cancel a promotional trip to the East Coast this week. Among the televised personal appearances cancelled because of the back injury are a visit to "The Late Show with David Letterman" Monday night and interviews on "Good Morning America" and "Live with Regis and Kelly" Tuesday. Clooney was expected to promote his new movie 'Oceans Twelve' on the trip.

--I'd be willing to nurse you back to health, George!

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Have a holly, jolly Chrismukkah:

Across the country, two holidays that once seemed to share little more than a calendar page are increasingly being melded on greeting cards aimed at the country's estimated 2.5 million families with both Jewish and Christian members.

"It's representative of the way people live and the way they spend the holidays," said Elise Okrend, an owner of Raleigh, N.C.-based MixedBlessing, a card company devoted to interfaith holiday greetings. "And it's an expression of people understanding the people around them."

MixedBlessing, like other companies, has found such interfaith greeting cards have a stable market niche and a slowly growing customer base. Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc. says among its most popular categories of Hanukkah cards is the one that combines Jewish and Christian themes.

--I usually stick to the PC "Happy Holidays," but this is also another way to go.

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November 29, 2004

What was she thinking?

And we have yet another star subjecting their poor child (in this case, children) to horrific names:

Julia Roberts gave birth to twins Hazel Patricia Moder and Phinnaeus Walter Moder on Sunday morning.

--I'm sorry, but I have to give that a big, fat, WTF.

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Spacey to quit acting?


Hollywood star Kevin Spacey is considering quitting movie acting, to concentrate on his musical career.

The Oscar winner, who plays fifties crooner Bobby Darin in the Beyond The Sea, is keen to return to his roots and concentrate on living the life of a singer-songwriter. The actor has already planned to tour with Beyond The Sea co-stars, The John Wilson Orchestra, in America.

Spacey explains, "My background was on stage and in musicals so it's a case of going back to my roots. If this all goes well - the tour and the movie - I have a good mind to jack in all the acting things and just live the life of a singer-songwriter."

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Inventive Minds

Young brilliance at its best:

A Texas M.B.A. student was designing a glow-in-the-dark jogging suit when he got distracted.

Now Beau Carpenter is marketing a neon thong that's so far attracted eager customers at a strip club. The Houston Chronicle reports that Carpenter had no trouble enlisting help in his venture from a chemistry lab manager and electrical engineering student.

The GloThongs have batteries that, when fully charged, illuminate the straps for two hours in various neon colors. Customers can use a wall adapter to charge them up, but car chargers are also available.

They'll be available next month and cost about 50 dollars. (Just in time for Christmas).

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Inside the Actor's Gas Issues

More classiness shown on ITAS:

Cameron Diaz got in touch with her grosser side during an interview for Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" the other night.

The bubbly blonde told host James Lipton, "I am a 14-year-old boy inside. I did my own stunts in 'Charlie's Angels' and my own burps in 'There's Something about Mary.'"

When the conversation turned to her break-out role in "The Mask," Diaz offered that at the audition, "I was bloated and bleeding like a stuffed pig." She also claimed that, like Johnny Depp, Val Kilmer and Kim Basinger, she has Native American blood running through her veins.

--Yes, what was once a show aimed at exposing real acting methods, now has reduced itself to talking about the talent of performing your own belching stunts at auditions.

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The Thanksgiving Aftermath

How chunkified to you feel today?

One article aimed at curbing Thanksgiving overeating suggested this as your turkey portion: For the meal itself, aim for about 3 1/2 ounces of protein (the size of a deck of cards). A deck of cards? Riiiiggghhht.

On the other hand, the average American consumes over 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving. Now that sounds more like my Thanksgiving consumption!

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November 27, 2004

Circle City Christmas

I was fortunate enough to be here last night to view one of my town's greatest traditions:

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November 26, 2004

Heritage Turkey

And here I thought a turkey was a turkey:

Mary and Rick Pitman say the phone at their Fresno-area farm has hardly stopped ringing since summer. The question is always the same: Is there still time to reserve a heritage turkey for Thursday's feast?

"There's such a huge demand for these turkeys, I've never seen anything like it," said Mary Pitman. Even a heritage bird's price of $3 to $7 a pound -- a factory farm-raised turkey costs $1.40 a pound -- doesn't faze the callers.

Consumers with discerning palates say it's a small price to pay for a bird they find tastier and more flavorful than the modern, mass-produced turkeys found in supermarkets. People from as far away as Florida have been calling Sylvia Mavalwalla's farm in Petaluma to order one, and those who live nearby insist on driving straight to her ranch to pick up a fresh bird.

Heritage turkeys take eight months to fully develop, while a commercial turkey has about a 3-month life span. The Broadbreasted White turkeys were developed in the 1950s to come to market faster and fatter, and they've lost the ability to run, fly and breed naturally.

The Pitmans say their turkeys are fed a high-protein grain diet and are given four times as much roaming space as factory-raised turkeys. As a result, their live weights range from 7 to 20 pounds, compared with 27 pounds for an average Broadbreasted White.

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Odd Ruling

A US judge concluded his opinion of a case involving George Harrison's doctor by adapting Beatles lyrics.

Dr Gil Lederman argued he would not get a fair trial in an unrelated case because of claims he made George sign autographs as he lay dying. Judge Robert Gigante agreed and announced his decision by changing Harrison-penned Beatles' classics Something and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

His ruling, moving the New York City case to Albany, included: "Something in the folks he treats/ Attracts bad press like no other doctor." It added: "In our jurisdiction now/ He gets Beatle autographs somehow," and ended: "If this case were to keep/ Defendant would gently weep."

Lederman is being sued by relatives of dead cancer victim Suzanne Mikul, 66, who claim he gave her too much radiation. Lawyer Steven North called the ruling "an insult to the deceased, her husband and family".

George's family sued after Lederman allegedly forced the singer to sign a guitar and two autographs two weeks before he died of cancer in 2001. The doctor settled by giving them the guitar.

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Survey Says!

"Baywatch", the sun-bleached saga of Californian life guards, was voted the worst-ever U.S. television import in a British survey released Thursday.

Second place in the poll went to "The Anna Nicole Show," the reality program featuring Playboy Playmate turned model Anna Nicole Smith.

Southern-fried 1970s hit "The Dukes of Hazzard" ranked third, followed by futuristic James Belushi vehicle "Wild Palms" and anthropomorphic action series "Manimal."

The same survey ranked the 25 best U.S. imports, with "The Simpsons," "Dallas," "MASH," "24" and "The Larry Sanders Show" leading the pack.

--Can't say I disagree with them.

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November 25, 2004

Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Eat lots and travel safely!

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November 24, 2004

Your a moron

--Guess she was too busy working on that album of hers to spellcheck her clothing.

Hat tip to Miu.

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Trivia Time

What two movies are traditionally shown to incoming Harvard University freshmen?

No cheating--guess first, then look it up.

I'm expecting Professor Cooper to weigh in quickly on this one.

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Class Act

Colin Farrell "christens" every hotel room he stays in.

The hellraising actor says he likes nothing more than reading the room-service menu while doing a number two. He confessed: "Me and my sister still get excited every time we go into a hotel. "The first things I do when I get into the hotel room are go in, have a s***, read the menu and think: 'What am I going to replace this with tonight?'

"For some reason, I have to christen every room as soon as I get into it."


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Sharon the preacher

The Reverend Sharon Stone?

The star became a mail-order minister and performed her first official wedding over the weekend, presiding over the union of restaurateur Michael Bourseau and sometime stylist Brenda Swanson at her Coldwater Canyon home. Jack Nicholson and Robert Wagner served as the witnesses.

Bourseau, who owns Mix in West Hollywood, was heard saying, "No one's going to believe it when I hang my wedding certificate up on the wall." Stone's reps did not return calls for comment.

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