December 27, 2004

Overpaid

Colin Farrell has admitted what producers of "Alexander" probably already knew, reports MSNBC.com: He's overpaid.

The bad-boy Irish actor scored $15 million for playing the lead in the box office flop, and now the star is saying he gets more money than he should.

"You couldn't do enough work in a lifetime to get paid the money that I got paid for certain gigs when I shoot for four or five months," said Farrell. "No matter how much I break my bollocks and work my arse off, you can't explain it."

--At least he's a self aware man.

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Predictions

What's in store for 2005? Click here for Art Bell's predictions.

#40 is intriguing. And, #53 is unlikely.

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Santa Baby

Santa was very good to me this year. Here are some of the highlights:

This so I won't miss a moment.

These so my home and office smell great.

Some great books. This, this, and this so I can keep up on my hostessing skills and this so I start seeing through dating bullshit.

A gift certificate from here so I'm a coordinated traveler.

This so I smell great. Such a classic.

--What were some of your favorite gifts?

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They May Need an Exorcist

Ghost Digs Robbie Williams:

A ghost is causing chaos at a Scots castle by turning up the jukebox when Robbie Williams songs are played.

The phantom menace is spooking staff and visitors by blasting out Robbie hits such as Let Me Entertain You, Angels and Rock DJ.

--I have to say, I really like "Rock DJ." And, his version of "Angels" is WAY better than Jessica Simpson's.

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Peyton's Place


Move over, Marino. Manning's 21-yard touchdown pass to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley with 56 seconds to play broke one of the NFL's most honored records and carried the Colts into overtime, where they beat the San Diego Chargers 34-31 to lock up the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Seriously, what a game. My dad and I were at a bar downtown watching. Everyone was jumping up and down and high five-ing each other. Thank God we won the overtime coin toss.

Afterward, my dad and I attended a Colts fundraiser sponsored by Mike Vanderjagt called Kickin' It For Kids. It was a lot of fun--there was food, alcohol, a band, an auction, and tons of casino games. My dad and I played a lot of blackjack. And, I got my picture taken with some of the players (which was fun!). For obvious reasons, everyone was in good spirits. Some of the players did a nice rendition of "Brown Eyed Girl" with the band.

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December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas!

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone! Eat, drink, and be MERRY!

And take some time to remember and thank these guys and gals:

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December 24, 2004

The Dad Who Auctioned Off Christmas

The Dad Who Auctioned Off Christmas:

There's not much laughter today at the home of a Pasadena information technology specialist who has decided to auction off his kids' Christmas presents - and possibly dismantle the family tree - because the youngsters, ages 9, 11 and 15, have been naughty, not nice.

"One thing we teach around this house," said the man, who asked that his name not be revealed, "is that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people."

In Christmas' context, bad people get switches or lumps of coal - or lose the presents they want the most.

"BAD CHILDREN get no Nintendo DS. Santa will skip our house this year," the man announced in his eBay posting to sell three DS systems with PictoChat and Metroid. Also offered were three games for use with the system. "No kidding. Three undeserving boys have crossed the line. Tonight we sat down and showed them what they WILL NOT get for Christmas this year. I'll be taking the tree down tomorrow."

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December 23, 2004

'04 Round Up


A look back at 2004:

--Don't know what to get your favorite celebrity for the holidays? Here's what they really need--based on their antics over the past year. My favorite from the list: For Liza Minnelli — A punching bag. One that doesn’t sue.

--Heard in 'o4--the year's wacky catchphrases. My favorite: Too many good ones--I like them all!

--Here are the Top Celebrity Shockers of '04. From Ashleegate to Brit's wedding!

--And finally, those we lost in 2004. On that same note, Pat Tillman was named "Inspiration of the Year" by BeliefNet--to be announced today.

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The Real World: Austin

"The Real World" is headed to Austin, Texas. "We've been thinking about Austin for a long time," co-creator and executive producer Jon Murray told The Associated Press Wednesday.

"It's a great college town. It's a great music town. It's just a really young place. People go to college there and just don't want to leave," Murray said.

Murray promised "The Real World" homestead in Austin would be just as unique and palatial as the pier in Seattle, the loft in New York, the mansion in New Orleans and the former bank in Philadelphia, the location of the latest season. There will be a hot tub, some antiques and maybe even some neon or cowboy kitsch from local stores. But don't expect a horse. "In the past 16 seasons, the cast haven't done a good job taking care of fish so I don't know about a horse," said Murray.

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Just In Time For Christmas

The hot new Christmas gift in Canada this year is a board game that lets players run their own "B.C. Bud" marijuana farm.

Creators of "The Grow-Op Game" say the $39.95 "educational board game" highlights the perils of the marijuana business and cautions would-be growers.

"You get ratted on by neighbors, hydro cuts you off, you get floods, there are tons of stuff that is negative about it," said Vancouver-based creator Ivan Solomon Saturday.

Solomon said the Monopoly-style game is the brainchild of a young, 20-something reformed pot grower, known only as the "Rabbit," to conceal his identity. Solomon said Rabbit came up with the idea for the game while serving time in jail.

--Fun for the kiddies!

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Where's Martha?


The Quest for the Perfect Martha:

CBS recently revealed the contestants on "Wickedly Perfect," a domestic showdown to find the "perfect Martha Stewart" hosted by Joan Lunden.

The 12 makeshift Marthas will live together in a New England estate, where they will try to prove they are role models for housewives everywhere.

They will be critiqued by celebrity chef and Food Network host Bobby Flay, stylist David Evangelista and "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell in a variety of challenges in entertaining, decorating, cooking, baking, sewing and crafts.

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QuizTime

Take the Word Origin Quiz. It's a toughie--I scored a pathetic 8/12.

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December 22, 2004

Acting Class for Ashley


This just in--Ashley Olsen admits she can't act! (Which we already knew, but it's nice to see she's not in denial).

The Olsen twin, who has earned $150 million from her TV and movie career so far, has signed up for acting classes. A source told Star magazine she "has secretly been attending a drama class two days a week at the prestigious William Esper Studio on New York's West Side. The class, which costs $295 a month, teaches the Meisner Acting Technique, which centers around students' exploration of spontaneity and improvisation."

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Replacement Found

Kidman's Replacement Found:

The search has ended for a sexy star who can handle the role of Ulla, the Swedish secretary, in the movie version of "The Producers."

Uma Thurman is said to have taken the role that Cady Huffman assayed so well on Broadway. Nicole Kidman was Mel Brooks' first choice but dropped out, reportedly because of her injured knee. The movie, starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, starts filming at Brooklyn's Steiner Studios in February.

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Cure Drunk Dialing!


We SO need this in the US:

WHAT: Virgin Mobile Australia’s Dialing Under the Influence Service

WHY: Because there is nothing worse than waking up in the morning with your head split in two, only to flip through your phone and find you called everyone from your past three exes to some random hopeful booty calls to that hot guy from your office party whose number you shouldn’t even have.

The folks over at Virgin Mobile in Australia took a drunk dialing survey and found that the situation is pretty pandemic—a whopping 95 percent of those surveyed said they do in fact dial under the influence.

Across the great divide, Virgin Mobile is now offering ‘Dialing Under the Influence Service.’ By simply dialing 333 plus the phone number you don’t want to drunk dial, Virgin will block calls to that number until 6 am! Think of it as your own black book blacklist, and enjoy the piece of mind of knowing you are in good hands.

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Bras 101

Store employees are taking Bra Fitting 101:

Britain's largest exam board, Edexcel, is running a bra fitting course for high end stores. It will result in students getting a certificate of excellence reports The Sun.

Shops asked for the course because they are worried many shoppers do not know how to buy the right bra and often staff do not know how to help them.

Michelle Wallace, head of development at Debenhams, said: "We want our staff to have a more rounded knowledge of the subject."

--"More rounded knowledge" Heh heh.

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Christmas Quiztime

Some Christmas quizzes for you:





You Are "Joy to the World"





Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,

It's not about what you get under the tree
But sharing love with family, friends, and strangers

And this one is totally accurate:





Your Christmas is Most Like: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation





Christmas is a big, boisterous event at your place.
And no matter what, something hilarious usually happens.


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December 21, 2004

The Giving Season

Tom's Got Heart:

Actor Tom Cruise left a lot of cash in a tip jar for an accident victim. Cruise walked into a Virginia Dairy Queen and saw the jar with a photo of Ashley Flint and her story.

Flint was in a go-cart accident in September. It has left her family with a mountain of hospital bills.

So Cruise left $5,000 in cash in the jar.

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Wear It on Your Chest

Is this Lindsay's way of squelching those anorexia rumors?

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Celebrity Justice--With an Indiana Link

Blade: Trinity star Wesley Snipes filed a lawsuit against New York City yesterday, charging its officials with having no jurisdiction to arrest him as part of an Indiana paternity case.

The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, seeks a court ruling invalidating an arrest warrant issued by a New York family court judge. The Manhattan judge took the action on an interstate paternity petition filed in Indiana by a woman who says the actor fathered her young son.

In his suit, Snipes accused the woman of being a mentally ill former crack addict who has made other claims she's the mother of many celebrities' children. He claims the woman began having delusions about him after watching his movie Blade.

The suit also names LaPorte County, Indiana, as a defendant.

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