May 25, 2004
Comedian Adam Sandler has backed a campaign to halt the closure of a Malibu, California, chicken store - a favorite of such stars as Meg Ryan, Pierce Brosnan and Barbra Streisand.
After eight years in the business, small surf eatery Malibu Chicken - which also caters to Sylvester Stallone, Dennis Quaid and Jim Carey - may have to close as early as the summer because the lease is up and Chabad, the organization which owns the building, wants them out.
A petition drive has been started to save Malibu Chicken, and nearly 2,000 people, including Sandler, have signed it.
Rapper Snoop Dogg has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly seven years, Shante Broadus. "Celebrity Justice" has obtained the petition for dissolution of marriage, filed on Friday in Los Angeles. Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, cites "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. The petition also requests joint custody of the couple's three children, Corde, Cordell and Cori.
May 24, 2004
I took piano lessons when I was a kid. I think I took for about 7 years. In the end, sports, voice, and other activities won out, but I still really enjoyed piano. Learning how to read music greatly helped my ability to be a decent singer.
My piano teacher was great, and she taught most of the "promising" pianists in my small town. She, of course, would drill the classics in to our heads. I, on the other hand, had a fascination with pop music and oldies music. I would beg and plead with her every week to let me expand my horizons.
Finally, my whining paid off, and she allowed me to play one classical piece and one piece of my choosing each week. I was so pumped. It was fun to have "Heaven is a Place on Earth" as a diversion from Fur Elise.
When it came time for our yearly recitals, she let us pick what we wanted to play. All the other little goody goodies signed up to play their most difficult classical pieces. Not me. Why would I want to sound like everyone else? I knew I could handle the classical jazz, so why not spice things up a bit, right?
Picture it: Lots of young kids in their Sunday best, diligently filling the music hall with Beethoven, Bach, and Handel. My teacher walks on stage and says: "And now we'll hear two pieces from fourth grader Lawren Mills. She will be playing "Close My Eyes Forever" by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne and "Carrie" by Europe." All the parents looked so confused. But I played my little heart out. And when I was done, I found my parents, and they were clapping. They were laughing, but they were clapping too.
Sounds like Jewel had some major 'tude at her most recent concert:
Witnesses at the concert said Jewel went on a tirade of insults from poking fun at fat people to others with no teeth. At one point, she asked the audience to yell requests and then told them to "shut the hell up."
"People were literally walking out of the show," she said. "As soon as she came out, she began to insult us. We thought she was joking at first because it was kind of weird."
Dion said Jewel stopped in the middle of her trademark song, "Who will save your soul," because everyone was singing along. "She said, I would have never guessed you all know the words. I dont know if she was kidding or what."
May 23, 2004
Buh Bye, A.
Question: is it worth carrying 5,000 pounds of grease for only a resale value of $380? I'm thinking not.
P. Diddy: ex-boyfriend of J Lo, rapper, entrepreneur, fashion designer, Broadway star, and now...
Estee Lauder is planning to create and market a new line of fragrances under the rapper's Sean John name.
The man is a $$ powerhouse.
May 21, 2004
Eduard Nektalov, 46, whose family owns Roman Jewelry, was walking up Sixth Ave. when a silent gunman pumped two bullets into his back and one into his head, sources said. The shooting occurred just a half-block north of Diamond Way - W. 47th St.
"It looks like a hit," said one top-ranking police source. "This was an assassination."
In a stranger-than-fiction twist, TV stars Candice Bergen and Lorraine Bracco, who were serving as honorary police commanders for the day, raced to the crime scene with cops.
Perhaps this will inspire a new cop drama a la "Cagney and Lacey"--"Bracco and Bergen" has a nice ring to it.
I give a big, fat, "DUH" to this recent report:
In the gore stakes, Janet Leigh's shower scene in "Psycho" is the "best movie death" of all time, according to a critics' poll published Thursday.
The 44-year-old Hitchcock thriller beat other iconic movies such as "The Godfather" and Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" (23rd) in the poll by Total Film magazine. Stanley Kubrick's "Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb" (1964) came second, with the surreal ending when Slim Pickens rides an atomic bomb.
"Some of the deaths in the poll, like The Wicked Witch melting in 'The Wizard Of Oz' (13th), are iconic but laughable, but nearly 45 years on, 'Psycho's' shower scene is still distressing," said Total Film deputy editor Simon Crook.
"It's the sheer violence of the edit rather than any explicit gore 70 different angles, over 90 cuts and those shrieking violins. It's a masterclass in montage and audience manipulation." Crook added: "Knowing that the blood is Bosco's chocolate syrup and that a pulped casaba melon stood in for the stabbing noises does nothing to reduce the impact."
I mean, did anyone doubt that? Hitchcock is the master--always has been and always will be. For those of you who don't know, I am a Hitchcock buff--have been ever since middle school. I own almost every Hitchcock movie. He was a genius and NO director--EVER--will surpass his inventiveness in the thriller genre. Yes, I said EVER.
The 5 stripes blend well together and can be used separately as eye shadow. It's the perfect summer must-have, in my opinion.
May 20, 2004
Does anyone read those Patricia Cornwell books featuring forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta? LOVE 'em!!
Lara Flynn Boyle is still anti-food, but she's pro-Bush.
Representatives for George W. Bush are hoping to recruit actress Lara Flynn Boyle for campaigning duties, after she publicly declared her support for the American President.
The former star of "The Practice," 34, has gone against the grain of a large number of her Hollywood counterparts to pledge her support for the Republican leader. She says, "I'm Irish Catholic, so a Democrat by blood. But I'm 100 per cent for Bush. I want my president to be like my agent: not afraid of people, but wants my best interest." And a Bush spokesman has welcomed the news, telling Us Weekly, "If she's amenable, obviously we would try to find something interesting and useful for her to do."
Well you're Happy, yes thats right your so happy, so
pretty and witty and if i go on any more i will
have to pay for the rights of this song so,
great jop your one of the lucky ones.
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May 19, 2004
Sharon L. Calhoon is the co-author of a new recipe book all about gelatin shots titled "Jiggelo." Jello shooters aren't just for college kids. Serious connoisseurs will enjoy the "Panda Antics," which contains green tea, sake, gelatin and a gummy bear for decoration.
Other boozehounds may prefer the "Cradle" -- an African-inspired shot containing pineapple gelatin, peanut butter, rum and Tabasco Sauce.
Calhoon's son came up with the recipes, and not all go down smoothly. One drink that leaves some boozehounds sour is the "Haze," which uses ouzo, Everclear and cherry gelatin. But, in her words, "Sometimes you want a nasty jiggelo."
This story reminds me of when I lived in Chicago and I took my mom to a restaurant/bar called the "Mashed Potato Club." It was a fun, crazy place that had hundreds of--you guessed it--mashed potatos on the menu, and had a drag show every night. Anyway, the waiters bring around jello shots for everyone during the show. They brought some for my mom and me. I downed mine. Mom, not knowing what the hell to do with it, got a spoon and actually started eating it like a jello cup. I started laughing and showed her how it was done.
That's who she's dating now. She tells the New York Daily News that Lovitz is "one hot stud muffin." Dickinson says Lovitz is "the sexiest man alive, " and he "makes my liver quiver and my heart pound."
He has every guy wondering what his secret is.
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