Monthly Archives: December 2008

Snotty Scarlett Johansson Tissue Sells for $5,300

Photos

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

see more

uploaded by d_black007

Would you pay $5,300 for the used tissue of Scarlett Johansson?

Even for someone considered to be “the most beautiful woman in Hollywood“, it’s crazy to think that someone would  spend so much of their own hard-earned money to own someone else’s hardening snot.

Such is the magic of celebrity, I suppose!

Times may be tough all over this holiday season, but that didn’t stop an anonymous bidder from digging deep into their pockets to place the winning bid of $5,300 on Scarlett Johansson’s used tissue!

Last week, a sniffly and sneezy ScarJo appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The actress explained to Jay that she had likely caught the bad cold from her Spirit co-star Samuel L. Jackson. She told Leno that for this reason, her cold had some “value,” and after the host offered her a tissue for a bit of nose-blowing, it was decided that the snotty bit of flimsy paper should be auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds from the auction to benefit USA Harvest.

Tags: | | | | | | | | | | |

Tina Fey Named Entertainer of the Year by Associated Press

Photos

tina-fey-0901-01

tina-fey-0901-01

see more

uploaded by buiksloot

The AP has named Tina Fey “Entertainer of the Year” for 2008.

The star of ’30 Rock’, and former SNL cast member, beat out Iron-clad rivals such as Robert Downey Jr. and dark horse candidates like Heath Ledger.

But if 2008 was the year of Fey, she owes much of her recent fame to a woman with whom she shares, if nothing else, striking physical resemblance, a woman who also left “an indelible impression” on the American public this year: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin  — Tina Fey’s doppelganger and comedic foil.

Videos

Tina Fey Quotes Sarah Palin Word For Word

see more

uploaded by TFleming

Tina Fey Quotes Sarah Palin Word For Word

Without Palin, there’s no way Fey would be on this list.

Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha. Fey was voted The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country.

Fey was selected by AP members as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008.

The 38-year-old comedian bested runner-up Robert Downey Jr., whose comeback was capped with the blockbuster smash “Iron Man,” and the third-place vote-getter, Heath Ledger, who posthumously wowed audiences as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

Tags: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

Tina Fey Named Entertainer of the Year by Associated Press

The AP has named Tina Fey “Entertainer of the Year”, beating out Iron-clad rivals such as Robert Downey Jr. and
dark horse candidates like Heath Ledger.

But if 2008 was the year of Fey, she owes much of her recent fame to a woman with whom she shares, if nothing else, striking physical resemblance, a woman who also left “an indelible impression” on the American public this year: Gov. Sarah Palin  — Tina Fey’s doppelganger and comedic foil.

Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha. Fey was voted The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country.

Fey was selected by AP members as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008.

The 38-year-old comedian bested runner-up Robert Downey Jr., whose comeback was capped with the blockbuster smash “Iron Man,” and the third-place vote-getter, Heath Ledger, who posthumously wowed audiences as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

Tags: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

‘Star Wars’ Musical Gets Approval from George Lucas

Photos

Jedi Academy opens in Belfast

Jedi Academy opens in Belfast

see more

uploaded by mchawk

Get ready, world, Star Wars: the musical is coming to the stage in London next April.

The production looks to condense all six movies from the franchise into a single two hour performance.

There’s no word yet on a Broadway run — or on how much stage time will be agonizingly filled by the impossibly annoying Jar Jar Binks.

George Lucas, beloved director and ever-watchful protector of the Star Wars brand, has officially given his blessing to Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a stage production featuring dancing Stormtroopers and singing Wookies, according to E! Online. The show will play London’s O2 arena next April with a European tour supposedly in the works. There’s currently no word on a Broadway run, but, given the available theater space and the recession-proof appeal of completely ridiculous nonsense (admittedly, we would probably pay money to see this), you’d have to expect that one is definitely inevitable. SW: AMJ will reportedly condense the boring, convoluted plots of all six Star Wars movies down into a snappy, concise two hours, which actually makes us think that it could be sort of good, provided they focus primarily on the two non-shitty ones.

Tags: | | | | | | | | |

Ex-‘Sopranos’ Actor Lillo Brancato Cleared of Murder Charge

Actor Lillo Brancato was cleared Monday of a second degree murder charge “in the shooting death of an off-duty policemen” during a burglary in the Bronx, New York in 2005.

He was, however, convicted of attempted burglary for which he will face a minimum of three years in prison.

Lillo Brancato, who played a bumbling aspiring mobster on “The Sopranos,” was cleared Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty policeman during a drunken, late-night search for drugs.

The jury convicted Brancato of a lesser charge of attempted burglary. He faces a minimum of three years in prison on that count, but the former actor could get credit for time served because he has been behind bars about that long.

Brancato showed no reaction as the verdict was read — his face impassive, his fingers pressed together. His mother, seated a couple rows back in the gallery, began sobbing.

Tags: | | | | | | | | | | |

Buzzwords of 2008: From ‘Nuke the Fridge’ to ‘Caribou Barbie’

Photos

Nuke the Fridge-Photo-01

Nuke the Fridge-Photo-01

see more

uploaded by Jarrett Martineau

Lexicographers over at The New York Times have compiled a very amusing list of 2008’s biggest buzzwords.

Among my favourite new additions to our collective cultural vocabulary are, of course: “FAIL” (learn about its meme-history), “caribou barbie” (let Sarah Palin explain), “Twitt-” (for all things Twitter-related) and, the best of the best, “nuke the fridge” (see Indiana Jones for details).

What were your favourite buzzwords of 2008?
 

Politics without buzzwords is like sports without clichés, math without numbers or Blago without bleeps. Tough to imagine, in other words, especially in such a game-changer of a campaign year in which buzzwords were flying like shoes.

Buzzwords are what political wiseguys use to sound all important and knowing in a profession whose prime currency is the illusion of being both. They are like secret passwords for the chattering class, the verbal equivalent of a terrorist fist jab.

Picking out political buzzwords from 2008 is like shooting moose in a pigpen. The fundamentals were so dizzyingly strong, it could be tough to keep them all straight. Before you knew it “The One” had become “That One” and the “team of mavericks” were going rogue on each other.

Tags: | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

30,000 New U.S. Troops Could Arrive in Afghanistan by Mid-2009

Photos

Triple-Tragic Ambush-3 Canadian Soldiers Dead, Taliban Lay in Wait

Triple-Tragic Ambush-3 Canadian Soldiers Dead, Taliban Lay in Wait

see more

uploaded by Barry Artiste

Just as one of America’s key ‘war on terror’ battlegrounds, Iraq, seems poised to see an eventual reduction or phased withdrawal of American troops, the size of the U.S. military presence in another key region, Afghanistan, could double next year.

The increase could see as many as 30,000 new ‘boots on the ground’ deployed by mid-2009 — bringing the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to more than 61,000.

Make no mistake: the war on terror is far from being over.

The top U.S. military officer says the United States may double the number of troops it has in Afghanistan next year.  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, says as many as 30,000 more troops could arrive by mid-2009. 

Admiral Mullen told reporters in Kabul the additional troops may reach Afghanistan in spring or summer, to join the 31,000 U.S. troops already there. “Some 20- to 30,000 is the window of overall increase from where we are right now,” he said.

Tags: | | | | | | | | | | | |