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Aloha Friday (August 28, 2009) !!!!!!!!!!

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!

DJ AM Found Dead in his apartment!

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Club DJ, DJ AM is dead

DJ Am aka as Adam Goldstein, 36, was found dead at his New York apartment at 5:20pm EST. Drug paraphenelia and prescription pills were found near Goldstein's body.

DJ AM was a prominent "disc-jockey" playing at famous clubs and venues. He once dated actress Mandy Moore and was engaged to reality-star Nicole Richie. He was a notorious "sneaker-freak" and had a sneaker collection containing 600 shoes! He was a frequent guest on the message board of Niketalk.com..

He survived a September 2008 plane crash along with friend Travis Barker after a college event in Columbia, South Carolina. He and Barker sustained severe injuries. The Lear jet crash killed two crew members and two other passengers.


Guys and Dolls Nightclub Is Being Investigated by the Alcohol Beverage Control for Serving to Underage Individuals---namely a popular R&B Singer!

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Chris Brown may be part of an investigation at Guys and Dolls for serving alchol to minors!

Guys and Dolls in West Hollywood was the scene of fighting just last night between Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis and Reality star Brody Jenner (The Hills, Bromance) and Playboy Playmate of the Year 2008, Jayde Nicole, AND partying by a well-known R&B singer, Chris Brown, who was just sentenced to 5 years probation at an L.A. court that day! Today, the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) people came to Guys and Dolls to see if there was any violation of underage drinking!

Does anyone know that Chris Brown is 20??? Yes, 20 years old!!!!! The Liquor Licensing people require drinkers to be 21 and over! Although ABC did not specifically name Brown as the individual in question, the investigation continues!!!!!!

Did security know about Brown's age? Did they allow him in based on his "star" status? Somebody "dropped-the-ball" at Security. Guys and Dolls is in serious trouble!


This just in from L.A. Coroner's Office on the Death of Michael Jackson!

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Medical Examiner concludes that high levels of Propofol killed Michael Jackson

The L.A. Medical Examiner has concluded that the offical cause of death of Michael Jackson is due to acute Propofol intoxication.

The drugs PROPOFOL and LORAZEPAM (Ativan) were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson's death.

Other drugs detected were: Midazolam (Versed), Diazepam (Valium), Lidocaine (topical anesthetic) and Ephedrine (used to treat hypotension associated with anesthesia).

The manner of death is ruled a HOMICIDE!


Girls Gone Wild! Founder Wanted for Assaulting Playboy Playmate of the Year 2008, Jayde Nicoel!

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Jayde Nicole and Brody Jenner. Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis (right)

(BittenandBound.com)Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is wanted for allegedly beating up Playboy Playmate of the Year 2008, Jayde Nicole at the Guys and Dolls in West Hollywood last night. Nicole was with her boyfriend, Brody Jenner (The Hills, Bromance) who was celebrating his birthday at the time. Everything seemed fine until Nicole and Jenner noticed that Joe Francis was trying to hit on one of Jenner's ex-girlfriends. Nicole thought that Francis was harassing the woman and threw a drink on him.

An enraged Francis retaliated by pulling Nicole's hair, punching her in the face, and threw her on the ground and kicked her! A friend of Nicole tried to help but she too was punched by Francis.

Security tried to break up the fight and grabbed Francis while tearing his shirt off in the process. Both Francis and Jenner were thrown out of the club. Once outside, Jenner punched Francis in the face before being tased by security and falling to the ground.

Police were called at 2:46am but Francis left before they arrived. Nicole, who has a bruised and swollen face, a bruised left rib and pain in her lower abdomen, intends on pressing charges against Francis.

Yet another problem for the controversial GGW founder who never escapes trouble. By the way, Francis is scheduled to stand trial in October for tax evasion charges.


Some Details of Michael Jackson's Autopsy Report Will be Released Anytime Now!

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Latest updates concerning the investigation on Michael Jackson's death

The upcoming details from the L.A. Medical Examiner's office may not shed any new information that the public already knows regarding lethal amounts of Propofol found in Michael Jackson at the time of death. The Coroner's office does not plan to release the entire autopsy report but it will release the Medical Examiner's conclusions as to the cause of Michael Jackson's death.

In the meantime, a Beverly Hills Crime Lab truck and a patrol car are seen parked in front of Dr. Arnold Klein's building. No word on what is being investigated there.

(Tmz) The document showing the items removed by the DEA from Mickey Fine Pharmacy was obtained by Tmz. The document shows the DEA " "60 prescriptions, 29 patient print-outs, 3 copies of DEA Forms 222 (Order Forms), and copies of inventories of controlled substances."

Mickey Fine was used extensively by Dr. Arnold Klein and other doctors who treated Michael -- it's also where Jackson obtained prescriptions for Demerol and many other drugs.

The latest finding from a search from Jackson's rented home was 2 bags of marijuana. A report of finding heroin in Jackson's bedroom proved NOT to be true. The marijuana find is an addition to the endless amount of prescriptions drugs and other paraphenalia found at his home.


An Uncertain Future for the Hawaii Film Industry

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(Honolulu Advertiser/TimRyansReelHawaii.com) The demise of Act 221 (100 percent tax credit against Hawaii state taxes) and the Governor closing the Hawaii Film Office on November 13 has pushed the local film industry into an uncertain future. Blessed with beautiful weather and scenery that can emulate locations from anywhere in the world, Hawaii would be the perfect spot for shooting a film but a lack of financial support now makes the situation less than ideal---at least financially for local and mainland companies.

Already, some projects have been cancelled while others find difficulty raising capital, a problem for most local producers. Film brought $200M in revenue to the islands over the past 5 years but the competition to fight for projects is getting tougher. North Carolina is making a big push for films and Michigan is starting to look towards the film industry to boost their economy while the car industry lags. Tahiti is seeing their tourism dollars sink so they have looked to attracting the film industry for business. Tahit's participation for film dollars is bad news for Hawaii, definitely.

Many opponents of Act 221 say it is a "rip-off" and that filmmakers will come here to film anyway (maybe not as often) while supporters state that Hawaii needs economic diversification and repatriation of its youth, and that the tax incentives are well justified.

It should be noted that Hawaii is in the running for the new "Predator" movie by famed Director Robert Rodriguez studio, Troublemaker studios. Kaui Hart Hemmings book, "The Descendants" will begin filming in Hawaii in early 2010.

With ABC's "Lost," closing next March, most local film production companies, including Jason Lau's Talk Story Productions ("The Tempest"), Rann Watumull's Hawaii Film Partners ("You may not Kiss the Bride"), Ric Galindez' Island Film Group ("The Last Princess") and Brett Wagner, partnering with Moana Productions ("Chief"), were relying on Act 221. They'll have to find other sources of capital.

The film industry in Hawaii is at a crossroads and support for a once-thriving industry will be needed in a hurry!


Hollywood Shorts!!!!!

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Fresh from heart surgery, Comedian Robin Williams is busy!

Robin Williams has been signed by Touchstone Pictures to star in "Wedding Banned," about a long-divorced couple who kidnap their daughter to prevent her from making a mistake! His latest movie "Old Dogs" is set to be open November 25 along with John Travolta.

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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are engaged!

John Krasinski (the Office), 29, and British film actress Emily Blunt,(Devil Wears Prada, Dan in Real Life), 26, are officially engaged. They had been dating since November 2008. No date on the wedding yet.

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WWE's Rey Mysterio has been suspended for 30 days effective September 2!

Popular WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio (Oscar Gutierrez) was suspended 30 days for violating the company's policy effective September 2. No further details were given. Some suspect he failed a drug test---namely steroids.

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The state of Michigan is not only known for being the car capital but a Hollywood film destination as well.

Michigan seems to be the new destination for Hollywood filmmakers who love the scenery and the tax incentives. Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" was filmed in Michigan as well as films starring Robert De Niro (in his film, "Stone"), Hillary Swank ("Betty Anne Water"), and Val Kilmer ("The Irishman").

New projects already underway are Rob Reiner's "Flipped" and the remake of "Red Dawn" with Tom Cruise producing.


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Musician and budding director Rob Zombie is making a push towards respectability in Hollywood

With Halloween 2 under his belt and opening TODAY, Director Rob Zombie will take on his new project, remaking the 1958 classic "The Blob."

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Action star Jet Li is taking a vacation from martial arts films to do a drama

Jet Li will return to China to film his latest project which is NOT involving martial arts surprisingly but a film drama about a relationship between father and son. Li has a cameo appearance on Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables."

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The networks will see "old skool" audiences in the Fall!

ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, and NBC will see the majority of its audience average 50 years and above. The networks regularly preach about advertising towards the 18-49 age bracket but with the current numbers, the baby-boomers (normally the big spenders) cannot be ignored!

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Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton (center) heads the cast of TNT's "Leverage"

TNT sees that its crime/drama "Leverage" has leverage with first seasons numbers at 3.9M viewers and a second season of 4.1M viewers which gave the network good reason to renew the series for a third season!

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Carrie Underwood surprised students at her old high school, Checotah High School

Carrie Underwood is giving back to her old high school music program by donating $117,000 worth of musical instruments. The students at Checotah High School were suprised today when Underwood appeared on campus to make the massive contribution in conjuction with her foundation C.A.T.S. and ACM Lifting Lives foundation.

LAUGH TO THE WEEKEND !!!!!!!!!

Let's "Laugh to the Weekend" with Comedian Jim Gaffigan and his love for HOT POCKETS:


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Comedian Eddie Murphy during his standup days does his classic "Ice Cream Man" skit: (Warning: Explicity Language!)


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and finally, Mad TV's Bobby Lee in his standup days:


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Monday (August 31, 2009) stories developing. . . .

Rapper Jay-Z Putting On Benefit Show for September 11 Widows and Children Fund!

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Rapper Jay-Z will hold a benefit show on September 11 for the widows and children of 9/11.

(CNN) Rapper and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z wants everybody to remember the first responders who answered the call on September 11, 2001.

Jay-Z announces his 9/11 concert in New York on Monday. The show will raise money for a benefit fund.

So, this year the hip-hop artist will hold a charity concert at Madison Square Garden in New York on the anniversary of the attacks. He announced the show, named "Answer the Call," at a press conference with government officials Monday morning at the Midtown New York venue.

Standing next to officials, including New York Gov. David Paterson and New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Jay-Z -- born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn, New York -- outlined his plans to donate the proceeds from the concert to the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.

"This is my chance to help out and do something," he told reporters.

Tickets for the benefit go on sale September 8 and will cost $50. Organizers hope to raise more than $750,000 for the widows' and children's fund, according to information at the press conference.


Former Ms. California Carrie Prejean Suing the Miss California Pageant Organizers!

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Former Ms. California, Carrie Prejean, is going to court!

(People) Carrie Prejean, former Ms. California and vilified by gay activists and supporters for making an "anti-gay marriage statement", is suing the Miss California Pageant Organization for libel, slander, public disclosure of private facts, religous discrimination, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Prejean was fired this past June by Pageant Organizers cited for missed schedule appearances. However, Prejean and her lawyers believe that Prejean was ousted because of her anti-gay marriage stance in which she said that "marriage should only be between a man and a woman. A statement that caused outrage among gay activists and supporters. She claims that the organization is reponsible for publicly humiliating her and ruining her reputation which has caused her lost earnings, public appearances, modeling jobs, and incurred medical expenses from emotional distress.

Many opponents of Prejean claim that her "topless photos," her self-proclaimed righteousness above all things, failure to adhere to Ms. California policies when campaigning for her personal causes, and her unfortunate anti-gay marriage remarks made at the Ms. America pageant which caused an uproar with a certain segment of the population was her own doing! Furthermore, the "insulting" remark was not only offensive to homosexuals in general but insulting to pageant organizers who are largely gay.

Prejean is also suing for libel and slander and has named co-executive director Keith Lewis, Shannon Moakler, and publicist Roger Neal in the lawsuit.


"Final Destination 3-D" is the Destination for Moviegoers!

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(LA Times) "Final Destination in 3D" took the box office crown earning a 3-day estimated gross of $28.3M over the weekend. Sales were boosted by moviehouses that sold higher-priced tickets on 3D screens. "Halloween II" which was released the same day as Final Destination finished at No. 3 with a solid $17M, making a movie poll estimate that each horror movie would be looking more at $20M as a target. Halloween II cost only $15M to produce and was happy with the opening despite the inability to move its release date to another day when Final Destination chose August 28 as its premiere.

As for Final Destination, the move to August 28 proved to be a smart choice because 53% of the 3D houses playing the film accounted for 70% of the movie's gross sales. The film brought in more than 3 times in its 3D locations than in regular movie houses. It's the best performance of a 3D horror film since the January opening of "My Bloody Valentine."


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The ensemble cast of "Inglorious Basterds" with Director Quentin Tarantino (sitting third from right)

Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" finished at No. 2 with $17.4M with only a drop of 47% in the audience. The 3 day total now adds to its total gross of $73.8 in the U.S. while amassing $132.9M worldwide. Good news for partners Universal and Weinstein Co. who produced Basterds with a $70M budget.

Unfortunately, Universal Picture's specialty unit Focus Features "Taking Woodstock" finished at a paltry $3.7M in receipts over the 3 days. The Ang Lee production finished at 9th place.


DJ AM's Death Not A Suicide!

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DJ AM a victim of accidental overdose

The recent death of popular Club DJ, DJ AM (also known as Adam Goldstein) this past Friday was ruled an accidental overdose, not a suicide. DJ AM was a recovering addict and he developed a dependency on Xanax and other benzodiazepines (a group of drugs used to treat anxiety) as a result of a plane crash he survived last September along with friend Travis Barker (2 colleagues and 2 pilots were killed). AM developed a tremendous anxiety over flying, something he had to do frequently because of his gigs around the country and throughout the globe.

His Doctors prescribed Xanax and other anti-anxiety medications to combat his fear but the drugs relapsed into addiction. He was a recovering addict and prescribing anti-anxiety drugs to him was a risky proposition.

DJ AM was found dead with a crack pipe and prescription drugs nearby. Sources indicate that the combination of prescription drugs and crack cocaine may have been the cause of his death.


Daytime Emmy Awards Results!

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The Bold and the Beautiful wins Best Drama!

(LA Times) The Daytime Emmy Awards had a few surprises with "The Bold and Beautiful" winning best drama after 22 years, "The View" won the category of Best Talk Show Host (a first for a multi-host program) despite NOT being nominated for Best Talk Show, and "Rachel Ray" won Best Talk Show AGAIN beating out Ellen DeGeneres and "The Tyra Banks Show" beat out Dr. Phil for Best Informative Talk Show for the second straight year. Discovery Channel's "Cash Cab" won best game show for the 2nd year in a row.

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Ben Bailey is host of the popular game show "Cash Cab" on the Discovery Channel!

Individual honors went to Christian Leblanc (Young and the Restless) for best actor, Susan Haskell (One Life to Live) won best actress, Vincent Irazarry (All My Children) and Jeff Branson (Guiding Light) were co-winners of best supporting actor, and Tamara Braun won best supporting actress.

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The cast of "Guiding Light," the long-running series will finally end mid-September after 72 years!

The show was highlighted with a tribute to the long-running soap opera "Guiding Light" (for 72 years in radio and tv combined) which is due to leave the airwaves in mid-September. Guiding Light became the first soap opera on television in 1952, after appearing on radio in 1937.

See the entire list of winners at:

http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_gol ... wards.html

Guiding Light Alumni (You May Know Most of these Actors/Actresses) Who lived in Springfield at one time or another!

Here are the notable actors/actresses who appeared on "Guiding Light" from 1952 to the present (a pretty good alumni, if you ask me?):

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Christopher Walken and Ruby Dee

Christopher Walken - (Deer Hunter, Balls of Fury, Hairspray)
James Lipton - host of "Inside the Actor's Studio"
James Earl Jones - voice of Darth Vader, appeared on "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins"
Cicely Tyson - Academy Award winning actress, appeared on Madea's Family Reunion
Ruby Dee - appeared on "American Gangster"
Kevin Bacon - (Footloose, Mystic River, Beauty Shop)
Joan Collins - (TV's Dynasty)
Melina Kanakaredes - (TV's CSI: NY)
Nia Long - (Are We There Yet?)
Hayden Panettiere - (TV's Heroes)

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Melina Kanakaredes and Hayden Panettiere

Disney Buys Marvel Comics!!!!!!

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(Perez Hilton/The Guardian)The Walt Disney Company has purchased Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock!!!!

Disney now owns the catalogue of 5,000 Marvel characters, including Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Incredible Hulk and X-Men just to name a few, giving the entertainment giant an "edgier" and violent outlook. The deal encompasses an empire through television, video games, theme parks, and movies.

The big wigs over at Mickey Mouse's house hope that by owning the comic book characters, Disney will now appeal to a larger audience--bringing in a large male demographic--than tween girls obsessed with Miley Cyrus and the JoBros.

"It helps Disney add exposure to a young male demographic it had sort of lost some balance with," says David Joyce, analyst for Miller Tabak & Co.

Disney CEO Robert Iger believes the combination of Marvel's "strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters" will go along smashlingly with Disney's "unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties."


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The Marvel Corporation filed for bankruptcy in 1996 and saw a major slump in comic book sales. Marvel's chairman, Mort Handel, believes this is a match "made in heaven." Marvel took in $676M in sales and employed 300 people while Disney earned $37.8B with 150,000 people that are spread about in its Hollywood film studios, ABC television, theme parks on 3 different continents, and Disney merchandising.

Both companies will benefit with Disney attracting a new larger audience, especially males while Marvel will benefit from the expertise of the "Disney touch" that will bring more exposure to its characters worldwide.


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Tuesday (September 1, 2009) stories developing. . . .

L.A. on Fire!!!!!!!

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Smoke is the backdrop of the Hollywood Sign!

(LA Times) The fire is now at 120,000 acres and 53 homes were destroyed, thousands more are threatened (approximately 12,000 homes threatened and 2,000 residents have been evacuated). Containment is not expected until 2 weeks from now.

The swath of fire extends from the densely populated foothill communities of Altadena, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Tujunga and Sunland in the south to the high desert ranchlands of Acton to the north.

Two firefighters -- Capt. Tedmund Hall, 47, of San Bernardino and firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 35, of Palmdale -- were killed when their vehicle plummeted off a mountain road on Sunday. It is believed that the firefighters were looking for an escape route amid the fire.

Air quality will reach unhealthful levels in the San Gabriel Mountains and in Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Tujunga, Sunland, Montrose, Altadena and Acton.

Lastly, Mt. Wilson observatory, a thriving center for modern astronomy, is threatened as the fire rages nearby. Mt. Wilson is home to 20 television transmission towers, radio and cellphone antennas, and the century old observatory--that contains two giant telescopes and several multi-million dollar University programs.


For updated information on the L.A. wildfires, see:

http://cbs2.com/local/containment.Fire. ... 56386.html

MTV's Dilemma: Should It Air DJ AM's Final Project--A Show About Drug Intervention?

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The late DJ AM with his then girlfriend/actress, Mandy Moore

(Ew.com/reality world.com) DJ AM (also known as Adam Goldstein) recently died from, what is believed to be-- an accidental overdose--until toxicology tests can confirm it in the coming weeks. In the wake of AM's death, MTV has a dilemma on what to do with AM's final project--a show about DJ AM helping young people overcome addictions which was slated to premiere October 5. The show titled, [b]Gone Too Far, is about AM's attempts help young addicts and their families. [/b]

EW had a sneak peek of the first episode just days before the celebrity spinner's death. In the episode, AM talks with a heroin addict named, Gina, 20, who spends $200 a day on drugs. AM interviews the young addict and her family. They trade stories and AM, a recovering addict at the time, candidly talks about his own drug problems.

The episode shows AM advising Gina about heroin, examining her bruised arms, and an eerie moment when AM recollects about how long it had been when he held a crack pipe in his hand. The show would seem unsettling for viewers seeing AM talking about dealing with drugs, so soon after his death.

Just last year, AM revealed that he was abused by his father--leading to a six-year crack cocaine addiction.

Weeks before his death, AM spoke at the Television Critics Association press tour of his show, Gone Too Far:

"Basically, it is pretty much like teen Intervention. I do an intervention for the MTV generation. A sibling reaches out to me, asks for help. Or a parent reaches out, asks for help. I show up, I offer them help," Goldstein had told reporters.

"I'm a recovering addict, so, to me that's the one bond that we have. I can tell them what I did. I offer them 90 days in treatment. I follow up with them and help them get sober."

MTV has not reached a decision on what will happen to the show.


A 74 year-old Pornstar???? Yep!

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Shigeo Tokuda: the man, the myth, the legend!!!!!

(Bitten and bound) Shigeo Tokuda, 74, is a former travel agent and enjoying his second career as a PORN STAR!!!!!

Gaichi Kono, an adult video director who has worked with Tokuda, says the actor is a superstar in his generation. “He encourages older people to think, I can do this because that old man can do this.”

Ruby Productions, the Japanese company that produces Tokuda’s movies, says it is targeting the elderly audience and is considering selling videos in retirement homes. There is market for this? Hell yah!!!!!!

The adult film star, who lives with his wife of 44-years and their daughter, uses the screen name Shigeo Tokuda and prefers not to disclose his real name because his wife and daughter have no clue he has starred in over 350 porn movies over the past 14 years. Damn, he is a SUPERSTAR!!!!!

Tokuda is so popular that his NAME is a BRAND NAME! He has been featured on Time and CNN.


See the youtube video of Shigeo Tokuda:


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HOLLYWOOD SHORTS!!!!!!

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Retired Golfer Annika Sorenstram and Mike McGee have a new baby girl!!!!!

Retired pro golfer and the "Tiger Woods" of Women's golf at the time, Annika Sorenstram, 38, gave birth to a girl! Born, Ava Madelyn McGee, she is the first baby for Sorenstram and husband Mike McGee.

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Espn reporter Erin Andrews will be on Oprah September 11!

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about the "peeping-tom" video incident in which she was filmed nude in her hotel room and then leaked in mid-June. The interview will air on Winfrey's show on September 11.

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Accused murderer Ryan Jenkin's Dad says his son is innocent!

Ryan Jenkins Dad, Dan, believes his son is innocent. He claims that he reported Jasmine Fiore's death to his son. His Dad said that his son broke down when he heard the news but panicked when he heard HE was the suspect. He believes his son was alone in those 3 days in Canada and simply "gave up" by hanging himself.

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Jenna Bush Hager, with husband Henry Hager, is a Today show correspondent

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be a news reporter on NBC's Today Show. Hager will be a special correspondent for issues on education.

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Halle Barry and boyfriend Gabriel Aubry are expecting a second child!

Life and Style magazine is reporting that Academy Award winning Actress, Halle Barry, is pregnant with her second child. Sources close to boyfriend Gabriel Aubry said "Halle is overjoyed!" New baby will join sister Nahla.

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Here comes another Bad Boys movie, BAD BOYS 3!

Columbia Pictures has announced that they are working on a sequel to "Bad Boys 1 and 2" and will reunite stars Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, and Director Michael Bay.

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Is Chris Brown playing us?

Chris Brown on an interview with Larry King, due to broadcast Wednesday, said he doesn't remember beating Rihanna and then releases a statement 24 hours later and said that what he said on Larry King wasn't true--he does remember what he did! So which is it?

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Phil Spector--with hair in a courtroom, no hair in his mug shot

Phil Spector, super music producer and convicted murderer, is complaining that the move from his current prison facility in Corcoran to another in Pleasant Valley (LOL!!!) may end up killing him! Spector, 70, heard that 16 inmates have died in the last 4 years from "Valley fever"--a supposed deadly fungus that has contaminated the Pleasant Valley facility. Spector is serving a sentence of 19 years to life for the murder of Lana Clarkson who was found shot to death at Spector's home in 2003.

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Rich Rodriguez is in trouble with the NCAA and a bank!

(SportsbyBrooks) Michigan Football coach Rich Rodriguez broke down crying at the press conference amid allegations that he had broken NCAA rules regarding practicing limits. In addition, behind-the-scenes Rodriguez was served a summons for defaulting on a loan to build high-end condos in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is one of 5 coaches who owe $3.9M including interest and penalties to Nexity Bank. Makes one wonder that the violations were NOT the only thing Rodriguez was crying about at the press conference.

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Is X-Factor judge, Cheryl Cole, the reason for stirring excitement from a contestant? We think so!

"Erection" Steve, 50, was a contestant on the English Talent show "X-Factor" and he was a little excited performing in front of the audience and judges (especially Cheryl Cole!). He is NOT Susan Boyle but he has the TOTAL PACKAGE!

See the youtube video of "Erection" Steve:


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Wednesday (September 2, 2009) Hump Day. . . . .

Laura Ling and Euna Lee Suspect They Were Set Up!

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Laura Ling and Euna Lee firmly believe that they were lured into a trap by their guide!

(People) Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were released from a North Korea prison on August 4 and have come to the conclusion that the guide who led them near the border of China and North Korea may have set them up! Ling and Lee were doing a story about human smuggling between North Korea and China, especially the plight of desperate North Korean women who are tricked and captured, and forced to work as sex slaves.

The two were on firmly on Chinese soil when North Korean soldiers dragged them to the North Korean side to a nearby army base. They suspect that the guide had led them into a trap.

We didn't spend more than a minute on North Korean soil before turning back, but it is a minute we deeply regret," they say. "To this day, we still don't know if we were lured into a trap. In retrospect, the guide behaved oddly, changing our starting point on the river at the last moment and donning a Chinese police overcoat for the crossing."

As soon as they were in custody, their first priority was to protect their sources so they ate notes and destroyed the videotape. During daily interrogations, they revealed no names. After a three day trial, they expected to stay in prison for 12 years.

They bear psychological scars from their imprisonment for a long time.

"It was ultimately our decision to follow [the guide], and we continue to pay for that decision today with dark memories of our captivity," they write.


UPDATE: Painkillers Found in DJ AM May Point to Suicide!

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New evidence suspect that celebrity DJ, DJ AM, may have committed suicide!

A report by People magazine found that 8 Oxycontin pills, which are powerful painkillers, were discovered in DJ AM's stomach and one was still in his mouth! An unidentified source who believes the suicide theory is supported by the pills and other evidence said, "that DJ AM (also known as Adam Goldstein) wanted to die! He was going unconscious when he took the last one! He didn't even swallow it!"

Also, a mirror was propped inside the door to the apartment and another inside the door of the bedroom, where Goldstein's body was located in the bed, the source says. When the police, Goldstein's manager and paramedics entered together, they pushed the first mirror to the side. When they entered the bedroom, the mirror propped against the door shattered. "They pushed it open and it broke," the source says.

A crack pipe sat next to the body; when authorities moved the body, crack was found underneath, the source says. Goldstein, the source believes, "smoked a lot of crack, barricaded the doors and killed himself."

Meanwhile, even with new found evidence, law enforcement officials are still ruling his death an accidental overdose, NOT a suicide. The official autopsy report and the toxicology results have not been released yet.


Hollywood Shorts !!!!!!!

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Charles Gibson alongside colleague Diane Sawyer

ABC's "World News" anchorman Charles Gibson will be retiring from his job sometime at the end of the year and will instead continue on as a contributing correspondent. He will be replaced on World News by veteran Diane Sawyer.

Gibson has been with ABC news for 35 years and took over the anchor job following the death of Peter Jennings. He led World News briefly to the top of the ratings before he was eventually overtaken by NBC news Brian Williams.


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Eddie Cibrian divorced his wife and "girlfriend" Leann Rimes is divorcing her husband!

Actor Eddie Cibrian filed for divorce last week from his wife Brandi Glanville and now his "girlfriend" actress/singer LeAnn Rimes has just filed for divorce from her husband Dean Shermet. Be prepared for more sightings of Cibrian and Rimes together!

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Jon Gosselin, plays the VICTIM in his Good Morning America interview today

Jon Gosselin of Jon and Kate Plus Eight took time out from chasing girls in Las Vegas and went on Good Morning America to blast his soon to be ex-wife Kate Gosselin for never being home and for taking abuse from her. Don't know how Jon, who had affairs, is seen at bars and other events with a drink in his hand, travels outside the country, and out "whore-chasing" in New York and Vegas when he has a supposed "girlfriend" in Haily Glassman, can benefit from blasting his wife in public?

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Alex Rodriguez and Kate Hudson. Kate is making herself comfortable in Alex's apartment, even when he's on the Road!

Things are getting cozy with Kate Hudson and Yankee Alex Rodriguez! Hudson is constantly at his NY apartment, she has already met his eldest daughter, and his son Ryder likes Alex. They've been together for 5 months now. Yankee fans are hopeful Hudson can stick out after they win the World Series????? Okay, that's wishing too much.

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"Ted" Kennedy's book, due out September 14, is sure to be a best seller!

Edward Kennedy's memoir will be released posthumously September 14. Pre-sales already indicate that the book will be No. 1 on the bestseller's list. He's done a lot of things for America but wonder if he says anything about Chappaquiddick? Just asking?

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Actress Cate Blanchett sustained a head injury during a live performance!

Actress Cate Blanchett injured herself during a live performance of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in Sydney Australia. A fight scene required that fellow actor, Joel Edgerton, throw a prop radio at her. The ill-advised throw hit Blanchett on the back of her head, drawing blood! She continued on for a few seconds before racing offstage. The latest update indicates she is fine and a trip to the hospital was not needed.

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Levi Johnston, pictured with Bristol Palin, is chasing the money!!!!

Media whore Levi Johnston (Bristol Palin's Baby Daddy) gave a candid account of the Palin household in the recent issue of Vanity Fair. Some of the highlights include,

"Sara and Todd don't cook so the kids would do the chores (cook, clean, get ready for school, and laundry) all themselves."

"Conversations of divorce betwen Sara and Todd were serious."

"Sara wanted to adopt Bristol's baby so that it would hide the fact that her own daughter had a child."

"Sara said that she could make triple the money (than being Governor) and quit being the Governor."


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Dr. Phil should look in the mirror and accept blame for falling ratings!

Dr. Phil is seeing his ratings getting lower and lower since 2005. The syndicated talk show is now down to 2.5M viewers, from 7M viewers 4 years ago! Just recently, he abruptly fired 30 staff members! Don't think it was their fault for the content of the show? Are people tired of Dr. Phil?

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Tove Christensen (left) and actor Hayden Christensen (right) flank an unidentified executive

Actor Hayden Christensen's older brother Tove was arrested for assault. Tove has been put in jail for felony assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly dragging his girlfriend 30 feet while she hung on clinging to the car! Reports indicate that Tove and his girlfriend were arguing near his car. Tove reportedly pushed his girlfriend to the ground. The girlfriend tried to retrieve her purse from inside the car but that's when he pushed the gas and dragged her down the street!

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In 2007, this billboard was an example of what proud supporters DO to bash another team! Everything in good fun, right?

(SportsbyBrooks) Check out these "fun" billboards (especially the one about Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis) that are usually from a College rival or a fan of a professional team or a fan that just wants to send out a special message!

http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/angry-fan ... oard-25892

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Suzanne Collins' new bestseller, Hunger Games, is causing a buzz in the literary world as well as the internet!

What's the big buzz on Suzanne Collins' book, Hunger Games? Hunger Games is an action-packed, post-apocalyptic, young adult fantasy in which 24 children are selected to compete to the death before a television audience. Legendary horror author Stephen King, Twilight author Stephanie Meyer, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly rave about this book.

To me, this book sounded awfully similar to the novel by Japanese author, Koshun Takami. The book became a hit and a film was made one year later entitled "Battle Royale." Battle Royale, a cult-classic, takes place in an undetermined time in Japan which is now a national socialist state. Young adults are placed into THE PROGRAM, a military research program that is used to terrorize the masses, making organized insurgency impossible. The event is broadcast live on Japanese television.



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Collins' book Hunger Games was published last year while Battle Royale was published in 1999. NOTE: Both stories may have origins from the Greek myth of Theseus of 7 girls and 7 boys who were sent to Crete to battle the Minotaur (half-man, half-bull monster) and fight for survival.

Whether it's Hunger Games or Battle Royale, to each his or her own!


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Tony Romo's new squeeze, Candice Crawford, former Miss Missouri 2008!

Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo prefers blondes! First, it was Carrie Underwood, then Jessica Simpson, and now it's----------- Candice Crawford, who is a sports reporter for Dallas station WDAF, former Miss Missouri, and the sister of "Gossip Girl" actor Chace Crawford! Jackpot!!!! Here we go again! Now Cowboy fans know WHO to blame when Romo fouls up again in a game!


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Thursday (September 3, 2009) stories developing. . . .

Michael Jackson's Burial Set for this Evening!

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King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is to be buried at his final resting place

Huge crowds not expected but traffic (pedestrian and cars) around burial site will be closed

(LA times) Friends and family will converge on the Great Mausoleum, at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California tonight for the burial of Michael Jackson. Authorities will be out in force tonight and they do not expect huge crowds for a burial service that will start at 7pm.

Jackson will be interred in the Great Mausoleum that houses the remains of actors from Hollywood's Golden Age, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard. Jackson will be buried amid lavish decorations, statues, and stained-glass windows. The Memorial Park is 20 minutes away from the Jackson family compound in Encino.

Jackson's estate will pay for the undisclosed expenses for the elaborate burial. In addition, the estate will foot the bill for security during the burial, including police dogs, barricades, and air support. The estimated cost for Police providing the service is estimated at over $150,000.

Police spokesperson Tom Lorenz declined to specify how many officers would be deployed for the funeral, but said it would not affect the department's ongoing fire efforts, which he said were now down a handful of officers dealing with street closures.


The Beatles Are Making Another Invasion!!!!!

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A new Beatles invasion is coming via ROCK BAND!!!!!

On September 9, the new Beatles invasion will come with the introduction of the video-game The Beatles: Rock Band and reissues of their albums. The Beatles: Rock Band is the major star of this new invasion which allows the user a chance to jam with 45 tracks from all stages of their career. The package also offers never-before-seen photos and never-heard audio clips of the band talking in the studio. The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and widows Yoko Ono (John Lennon's wife) and Olivia Harrison (George Harrison's wife) were all involved in putting the project all together. Rock Band introduces the Fab Four to another younger generation and new fans!

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Reissued once again with several new goodies!

As to why anyone would bother to buy new reissues of their albums with a DVD that describes some of the history of the band and boxed sets, everyone has their reasons such as:

1) To replenish their vinyl albums or aging CDs. The new albums will come with new packaging and several new photos and other goodies.
2) Baby boomers, who grew up with the Beatles or heard their parents play the albums, would want to give a CD to their children.
3) Hardcore Beatle fans just want something new even if it was a reissue.
4) To have some type of memorabilia of the band or like a keepsake.
5) To complete a collection that is missing a certain Beatle album.

Whatever the reason for getting The Beatles: Rock Band or any of their album reissues, there is no question how much influence this band from Liverpool has had on Rock music for 40 years!


Movie Studios in talks with Google's Youtube!

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(LA Times) Sony, Warner Brothers, and Lionsgate are in talks with Google's Youtube about streamlining their movies to the popular site for sale or rent once the films are distributed as DVDs. Faced with no increase in movie attendance and poor DVD sales, the studios are looking for other ways to profit. Youtube is the giant on the internet with 437M visitors per month and would give these studios a clear advantage over rivals Hulu, Amazon, and Apple Inc.! Having these films for rent or purchase would be a boon for Youtube and make it profitable.

The plan works well for Hollywood because the studios need to make up for declining DVD sales and they don't want to set up their own platform since it might be too expensive to operate in the long-run, having Youtube which is already a recognized brand helps them (studios). Youtube on the other hand needs to make a profit because of declining revenue from online ads. The popular site needs another way to make a profit and streamlining films for rent or sale is a logical step for the internet giant.


HOLLYWOOD SHORTS!!!!

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Happy couple Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel have a baby boy!

Broadway star Idina Menzel (and featured on "Enchanted") and actor Taye Diggs celebrated the arrival of their baby boy, Walker Nathaniel Diggs.

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Former 7th Heaven actor Andrew Keegan is accused of abusing his model/ex-girlfriend Kristi Pareles. Pareles requested a restraining order this past Monday against Keegan. She said that he has abused her not once but twice! One incident was in front of eyewitnesses when Keegan tossed her across a living room, resulting in bruises and scars on her back.

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Janet Jackson has agreed to a tell-all interview with Harper's Bazaar

Silent since her brother's funeral, Janet Jackson will be giving a tell-all interview to Harper's Bazaar magazine.

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Comedian Martin Lawrence is shooting sequel after sequel!

Martin Lawrence is on a "sequel-ROLL!" "Bad Boys 3" is being planned and now "Big Momma's House 3" is also being discussed. Sheesh. Yep, time to bring out that FAT SUIT again!

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The women of "Sex and the City" are bringing droves of people to Eastside New York! That may not be a good thing---security wise.

Crowds in Eastside New York are disrupting filming of the new "Sex and the City" movie. Screaming fans and some brave individuals have actually avoided barricades and managed to pose for pictures with the actors, much to the dismay of security. Some bodyguards and security personnel have been told by actors to "cool it" on some occasions. Man, you can't have enough security!!!!

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Cate Blanchett is okay and going back to work!

Actress Cate Blanchett will return back to the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" in Sydney, Australia after suffering a head injury that drew blood this past Tuesday night. She said she feels fine and tonight's performance will go ahead as planned!

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Sudanese novelist Kola Boof says Osama Bin Laden was obsessed with Whitney Houston!

In her novel, "Diary of A Lost Girl," Sudanese author Kola Boof, who was a sex slave of Osama Bin Laden for four months 10 years ago, recounted in her book how Bin Laden was obsessed with singer Whitney Houston! She writes that he (Bin Laden) wanted to have Houston as his wife and that he would have her husband Bobby Brown killed. She also adds that Bin Laden's favorite shows were The Wonder Years, Miami Vice, and MacGyver. Huh, go figure?

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Keanu Reeves will undergo testing next month

Keanu Reeves is being sued by a Canadian woman, Karen Sala, 46, who says he (Reeves) fathered one of her 4 children (all in their 20s)! Reeves' attorney Lorne Wolfson recommends that he take a paternity to prove that he is not the Father once and for all! Reeves is set to take the test sometime next month.

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DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) is laid to rest at Hillside Memorial Park.

Travis Barker, Nicole Richie, Benji and Joel Madden, and Mandy Moore were some of the guests who attended the funeral of DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) yesterday at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary.

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America's Got Talent finalists: Fab Five (left) Voices of Glory (right) Texas Tenors (bottom)

Five finalists were selected on "America's Got Talent": Comedian Grandma Lee, Singer/Guitarist Kevin Skinner, the singing trio-Voices of Glory, the singing group-Texas Tenors, and the dancing sisters from Utah-Fab Five.

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America's got talent finalists: Grandma Lee and Kevin Skinner

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Senator Curt Schilling? Hmmmm. . . . got a ring to it. . . .

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is interested in running for the seat of Senator Edward Kennedy. Schilling made his interest known on Boston radio station WEEI-AM today. Massachusettes Governor Deval Patrick this week announced that a special election will be held January 19 to choose someone to serve out the rest of his term. Completed nomination papers with 10,000 certified signatures must be turned in October 20. Schilling has to make up his mind AND FAST!

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Dirk Nowitzki must feel like he won the NBA title, after learning his crazy ex-fiancee is NOT pregnant!!!!

The entire NBA community moaned and groaned when they heard the story of Dallas Maverick star Dirk Nowitzki and his crazy ex-fiancee Cristal Taylor, who was in jail serving 5 years for violating probation in a decade old theft and forgery case, AND pregnant with his baby. Nowitzki's lawyer Robert Hart just received confirmation from the Correctional Medical Services Department in Vandelia, Missouri that Taylor is NOT pregnant!!!!!! Whew! She basically lied to the media knowing that Nowitzki and the public would be by her side!!! Now the truth is out, Nowitzki, his fans, and Dallas Mavericks Nation (sorry, Al Davis) can rejoice!!!!!!


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Aloha Friday (September 4, 2009)!!!!!

Volunteers Needed at Hawaii International Film Festival!

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(Honolulu Advertiser) The Hawaii International Film Festival is seeking volunteers to assist with this year's festival from October 15-25 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas.

In exchange for working the festival, volunteers can get into HIFF movies free, HIFF executive director Chuck Boller said. "Volunteers are at the heart of our organization and we appreciate their motivation and enthusiastic support," he added.

Shifts are three to four hours long and especially needed for theater operations during weeknights. Anyone interested contact volunteer@hiff.org or call (808) 697-2463.


Michael Jackson In His Final Resting Place

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(MTV) Michael Jackson was finally laid to rest last night in the Great Mausoleum at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

The Jackson family arrived one hour late for the 7pm ceremony but many of the visitors were there as early as 630pm. Notable visitors included Jackson's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, MaCauley Caulkin and girlfriend Mila Kunis, Corey Feldman, Barry Bonds, and Al Sharpton.

Jackson's resting place is filled with replicas of artwork from Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and replicas of Michelangelo's work, "David," "Moses," and "La Pieta." The grounds also house two of the world's largest paintings, "The Crucifixion" and the "Resurrection" as well as bronze and marble statues, rare coins, and 13th century stained glass.

The ceremony was highlighted by Michael Jackson's children putting a crown atop their Father's casket at the beginning. Legendary singer Gladys Knight sang, "His Eye Is On the Sparrow" and singer/songwriter Clifton Davis sang the Jackson 5 song, "Never Can Say Goodbye." Among those giving the eulogies were Father, Joe, and Reverend Al Sharpton. Jackson's 5 brothers, Tito, Marlon, Randy, Jermaine,and Jackie served as pallbearers and later carried Jacksons' body into the Mausoleum where he was finally laid to rest.


KHNL/KGMB Merger Will Cause Shima, Dashefsky, and Ako To Lose Jobs!

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KHNL's Howard Dashefsky, Diane Ako, and Sharie Shima will be unemployed after the merger!

(Honolulu Advertiser) Metoerologist/Weather Reporter Sharie Shima, and well-known anchors Howard Dashefsky and Diane Ako will lose their jobs when the KHNL-KGMB merger takes into effect. KHNL news anchors Stephanie Lum, Mari-Ela David and reporter Minna Sugimoto will be among the on-air journalists in the merger. KGMB, KHNL, and K5 announced last month that they will merge newsrooms and cut a third of their staffs.

Managers of the local NBC affiliate began handing out layoff notices this week. Several newsroom sources said that only a handful KHNL's on-air talent will survive the cuts. The layoffs are expected to take place when the merger is complete next month.

Dashefsky is a long-time veteran of the Honolulu news scene and joined KHNL in 2000 after holding reporting and anchors jobs at KITV, KHON, and KGMB.

Ako, a Kamehameha schools graduate, co-anchors KHNL's morning show.

Shima, joined KHNL in 2001 following eight years at KITV where she was the weekday weather anchor.

John Fink, general manager at KHNL, could not be reached for comment. KGMB news director Chris Archer said most of the CBS affiliate news management team will remain. So far, no word on layoffs among KGMB's on-air talent.


Wrongly Imprisoned Become Millionaires!!!!!!

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One of many exonerated prisoners in Texas who are finding a lot of CASH outside of Prison!

(AP) Dallas, Texas--Thomas McGowan's journey from prison to prosperity is about to culminate in $1.8 million, and he knows just how to spend it: on a house with three bedrooms, stainless steel kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer.

"I'll let my girlfriend pick out the rest," said McGowan, who was exonerated last year based on DNA evidence after spending nearly 23 years in prison for rape and robbery.

He and other exonerees in Texas, which leads the nation in freeing the wrongly convicted, soon will become instant millionaires under a new state law that took effect this week.

Exonerees will get $80,000 for each year they spent behind bars. The compensation also includes lifetime annuity payments that for most of the wrongly convicted are worth between $40,000 and $50,000 a year — making it by far the nation's most generous package.

Exonerees also receive an array of social services, including job training, tuition credits and access to medical and dental treatment. Though 27 other states have some form of compensation law for the wrongly convicted, none comes close to offering the social services and money Texas provides.

The annuity payments are especially popular among exonerees, who acknowledge their lack of experience in managing personal finances. A social worker who meets with the exonerees is setting them up with financial advisers and has led discussions alerting them to swindlers.

The annuities are "a way to guarantee these guys ... payments for life as long as they follow the law," said Kevin Glasheen, a Lubbock attorney representing a dozen exonerees.

Two who served about 26 years in prison for rape will receive lump sums of about $2 million apiece. Another, Steven Phillips, who spent about 24 years in prison for sexual assault and burglary, will get about $1.9 million.

Although most of the exonerees are grateful for the money, all of them agree that "no money can replace the time we've lost."


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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090904/ap_ ... llionaires

Low-Budget/Independent Film You Must See!

While all the promotion for "All About Steve," "Extract," and "Gamer" is out, little known films are playing in selected theatres for audiences that want to watch something out of the ordinary. Check out this low-budget film that may not be known but may surprise you and it might entertain you!

Opening September 4! (at selected theatres, films are limited release, dates/times are subject to change)

Amreeka - Winner of the Critic's Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2009, Amreeka is the story of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and their new way of life in America.


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Brawl Between Girls Gone Wild Joe Francis and Playboy Playmate of the Year 2008 Jayde Nicole and boyfriend Brody Jenner Under Investigation!

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Joe Francis (left) Brody Jenner (center) and Jayde Nicole (right)

Police are still investigating the brawl that took place last weekend at Guys and Dolls in West Hollywood between reality-star Brody Jenner and girlfriend Jayde Nicole, and Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis. Police are looking at surveillance video that was filming at the time. The brawl involved Francis trying to hit-on ex-girlfriend Abbey Wilson. Nicole saw the supposed harrassment on Wilson and threw her drink on Francis. Francis, in turn, beat on Nicole and threw her to the ground and Jenner entered the picture. Security intervened and threw Francis and Jenner out of the club. Jenner got in a punch at Francis but was tased by security and fell to the ground. Francis fled the scene before Police arrived.

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Abbey Wilson, sits in the middle of this episode and may have been the "cause" of it!

In the meantime, Francis is accused of trying to "coach" Wilson into saying things that would favor him via text messages. A Francis rep denies that his client tried to "coach the witness" but was trying to tell her to tell the truth about the incident and to put aside her vendetta for breaking up with her and forcing her to move out of his house!

Story developing. . . .


HOLLYWOOD SHORTS !!!!!!!!!

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Rihanna, part of a publicity stunt by a tattoo parlor????

Rihanna "broke the law" in July when she herself tatooed the store owner of the East Side Ink and two others. The New York Health Department cited the tattoo parlor for allowing an unlicensed tattoo artist on site! The fine is reported to be between $200-$2,000! They'll be happy to pay for the publicity stunt!

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DJ AM professed his love of sneakers!!!!! He only had 600-700 pairs!!!!!

The late DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) collaborated with Nike about creating a shoeline with AM's logo, but the project is being placed on hold after his recent death. Nike is talking with AM's family as to what the next step will be.

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Selena Gomez, UNICEF's youngest ambassador!

Disney star Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place), 17, has just been appointed as Ambassador for UNICEF(United Nation's Children Fund-an organization that works for the survival, protection, and development of children around the world through education, advocacy, and fundraising)! She is the youngest Ambassador ever and is heading off to Ghana for her first official field mission for UNICEF.

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Ryan Jenkins' Father, Dan Jenkins, and sister Alena are on the talk-show circuit!

The Jenkins-team is on the offensive! After recent photos of murdered model Jasmine Fiore were posted on TMZ of her kissing her 1st ex-husband, Michael Cardosi, Alena Jenkins, sister of accused murderer Ryan Jenkins, appeared on Good Morning America and said "that Fiore was a bit of a show-off, and would expose her breasts in public!" She refused to answer questions about driving her brother Ryan to the motel where he later killed himself.

Just a few days ago, Jenkins' Dad released a statement proclaiming "that his son was innocent!"


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Stillman College was no match for the Swine Flu!

The first college football game to be cancelled due to Swine flu or known as H1N1 virus! Stillman College in Alabama, which plays in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has cancelled its first game on Saturday against Clark Atlanta University due to the Swine flu, said College officials. Stillman College officials blame the cancellation on the flu-like symptoms that have affected 37 players. Unfortunately, the game cannot be made up on the schedule.

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In a matter of 24 hours, Dirk Nowitzki has some bad news!!!

NBA baller Dirk Nowitzki's celebration that crazed ex-fiancee Cristal Taylor, 38, was not pregnant may be short-lived. Taylor was given a pregnancy test on May 8 that said she was pregnant. A new test was given Monday and the test came back negative. Did she suffer a miscarriage? No one is saying anything at this point, considering her age may be subsceptible. Lawsuit? In addition, Taylor's sister Carol Jackson said that Taylor, who is raging pissed by now, is going to write a book. Aw crap!!!!! Oh, one last thing, she plans to be out in 14 months due to good behavior and credits???? Sh*t!!!!!!!

So stop the celebration and get the legal team ready AGAIN!!!!!!


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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have been a couple for weeks now, confirms sister Kim Kardashian.

(People) Hollyscoop reported and People Magazine has confirmed that Laker Forward Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian (Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami!) are a couple! Sister Kim Kardashian confirmed that her sister Khloe and Odom have been a couple for a few weeks now! Hmmm. . . doesn't Odom already have a girlfriend, Liza Morales , and they have 2 children (the third child died at 6 1/2 months due to "crib death") and they have a home in Manhattan Beach, California????? Oh well. . . .

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A busy couple! Rick Fox will be on CW's "Melrose Place" while girlfriend Eliza Dushku is on Fox's "Dollhouse!"

Access Hollywood confirmed that retired NBA player and former Laker Rick Fox will be playing a nightclub boss on the CW revamped series, "Melrose Place."
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Ed Hardy founder Christian Audigier, seen here with Michael Jackson, just purchased Neverland Ranch for $90M!!!!!

Ed Hardy Clothing founder Christian Audigier has just purchased Neverland Ranch for $90M! This is after purchasing Michael Jackson's rented home in Holmby Hills for an undisclosed amount and Nicolas Cage's mansion for $14.5M. Wow!!!! What does he plan to do with Neverland Ranch aside from making it Ed Hardy's headquarters? No one is saying anything but rumors indicate that Audigier wants to make it into a Michael Jackson "Graceland" memorial/museum tourist attraction.

LAUGH TO THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!

Let's LAUGH TO THE WEEKEND and heed some advice about treating your friendly Police Officers! Remember those Police traffic stops around your town (especially Oahu and the neighbor islands) will be up during the Labor Day weekend and Comedian Chris Rock has some sage advice for you: (Warning: Explicit Language!)


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and laugh with some early Jim Carrey standup:


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and Comedian David Alan Grier may seem a little grumpier nowadays after going through divorce proceedings with his wife but see what a talent he is:


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and finally, a Korean Comedian John Ki who is always mistaken for being Chinese:



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Wednesday (September 9, 2009) "hump day" stories developing. . . .

"He Said, She Said" in the Shawne Merriman Saga!!!

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The multiple personalities of "Tila Tequila" and the "ultra-dangerous" linebacker Shawne Merriman!

(Fox sports) So far, no charges have been made against San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman by girlfriend Tila Nguyen (Tila Tequila) although a citizen's complaint filed by San Diego Sheriff's Department has been made. The football player has been accused of choking and restraining the popular internet model/reality star at the Stingaree nightclub in San Diego on September 6.

Merriman released a statement that "Tequila was intoxicated and that he encouraged her to stay until safe transportation could be provided." On the other hand Tequila twittered in response by saying, "that she is allergic to alcohol and that has been publicly known for years." That Tweet has suddenly disappeared.

In the meantime, Merriman's ex-girlfriend, Gloria Velez, has come to his defense by saying, "Shawne has never put his hands on me--ever." She added that this incident is "out of his character."

Stingaree Nightclub owner James Brennan says that Tila was drinking Saturday night.

So, this is a case of the football player who proclaimed, "I'm so dangerous, I scare myself" in an upcoming Playboy interview, Merriman, who was trying to restrain his "drunk" girlfriend from driving versus the "multiple-personality" Tila Tequila who says she is allergic to alcohol but shows videos about her fondness for alchol. Hmmmm. . . .

Story developing. . . .


Labor Day Box Office Results Ends With a Thud!!!!

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Final Destination in 3-D won the Labor Day box office. All About Steve took 3rd!

"Final Destination in 3-D" took top honors for the second consecutive week with a gross of over $12M for this past Labor Day weekend. The win ended with a thud on a weekend that is notoriously bad for films.

Taking second was the Brad Pitt film "Inglorious Basterds" which took in $11.6M, bringing it's total domestic gross to $91M. Inglorious was made for $70M by the way.

Third was "All About Steve," the romantic-comedy starring Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) at $11.2M. The film did better than expected considering both stars were in other summer blockbuster hits. Gerard Butler's "Gamer" finished in 4th making $9.1M.

A disappointing opening for the Office-Space like "Extract" starring Jason Bateman finished at a paltry $4.3M.

Overall, the summer movie season crawled to the finish after a much bally-hooed opening with "Wolverine" and "Fast and Furious 4."


Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Unveils Its Automated Metro Train!

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Dubai, joins the list of cities that are turning to mass-transit rail to ease traffic congestion!

(LA Times) The city of Dubai unveiled its mass transit rail system today--a sophisticated automated (driverless) metro train that runs on 43 miles of track. Despite recent economic hardships, the railway in this city of superlatives -- home to palm-shaped artificial islands and the world's tallest building -- will retain a showy attitude. The system will include VIP cars with fares equivalent to $3.50 U.S., more than seven times the lowest cost ticket.

The $7.6-billion automatic rail system, under construction since 2005 and 80% over budget, made its inaugural journey today with several hundred contest winners as passengers, local media reported. Service opens to the public Thursday.

Initially only 10 of the 29 stations will operate on the Red Line. It runs from the airport through downtown, across the Dubai Creek and along the lengthy Sheikh Zayed Road adjacent to luxurious new high-rise towers, some of them unfinished because of the recent global economic downturn.

The Green Line is expected to open over the next year, expanding the system to about 47 stations along 46 miles of railway.

Currently only 5% of Dubai residents use public transportation, but authorities are hoping to raise that number to 20% by keeping regular fares between 50 cents and $1.50, the same as the bus system.


Facts and figures of the train:

Passenger per car, per train: 643 per 5-car train. Can carry up to 897 passengers during peak hours. There are 142 seats per train.

Speed: 45-90 kph (equal to 28-55 mph) depending on the track section. Red line- 42 km per hour Green line- 32 km per hour

Estimated ridership: 11,000 passengers per hour during peak times and over 74,000 per day.

Special classes: A special section for women and children - more room for strollers and bags
Gold section- spacious, high-level of privacy, luggage space, and leather seating.
Silver section - standard 25-27 seats


See more at Dubai metro website at:

http://dubaimetro.eu/press/50-things-yo ... ubai-metro


HOLLYWOOD SHORTS !!!!!!!!

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Actress Melanie Griffith with husband/actor Antonio Banderas

Actress Melanie Griffith reason to go to a Utah rehab facility was because she developed an addiction to pain killers. Her husband Antonio Banderas has shown his support from the start and the idea to attend rehab was not from the family but from Melanie herself.

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Kim Kardashian: From Brunette to Blonde back to Brunette

Kim Kardashian has gone back to brunette after trying out being a blonde. Will Reggie Bush still be with Kardashian after this change? Let's wait-and-see!

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Rapper/actor Ludacris does something good for the community!

Rapper/actor Ludacris partnered with an Atlanta, Georgia car dealership to give away 20 cars to deserving people who were struggling keeping or losing their jobs without transportation. The winners came from essays that were sent in from all parts of the country and the winning participants were presented with brand new cars and 30 days free gas! Wow!

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Jermaine Jackson's appearance at the Michael Jackson tribute concert causes a rift in the family

Jermaine Jackson's participating in the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, Austria has caused a major rift in the Jackson family. The Jackson's do not support the concert that has gotten negative press lately. Jermaine had asked for support from the family but was denied. His Mother is the only one who is supporting the idea on what is being called the "Jermaine Jackson Show."

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Scheana Marie "outs" Eddie Cibrian and his serial-mistress ways!

Model Scheana Marie has come out about her 3-year affair with actor Eddie Cibrian while he was still married to Brandi Glanville and before his current love, LeAnn Rimes? Uh oh!

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American tennis player, Melanie Oudin, 17, has shocked the tennis world at the U.S. Open!

Melanie Oudin, the 70th tennis player in the world, who now finds herself in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, was booted out of her hotel room at the Marriot Times Square because no one bothered to extend her stay. Oudin has been the "darling" of the U.S. Open and has eliminated such players as 4th ranked Elena Dementieva, former U.S. Open Champion and 29th seeded, Maria Sharapova, and 13th ranked Nadia Petrova. You think Marriot should have notified her about extending her stay first? Thankfully her agent John Tobias found another hotel.

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Apple founder Steve Jobs makes an offical appearance!

Apple founder Steve Jobs made his first "official" appearance at an Apple event in San Francisco today. He discussed his liver transplant he had this past Spring and that the organ came from a 20 year-old who died in a car accident.

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Joel Madden with Nicole Richie

People magazine confirmed that Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are the proud parents of a baby boy, Sparrow James Midnight Madden. Richie gave birth in the wee hours of this morning. Baby Sparrow joins sister Harlow.

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Janet Jackson makes an appearance on MTV's VMA Awards on Sunday!

Janet Jackson will appear on Sunday's MTV VMA Awards to pay tribute to her late brother Michael Jackson. The Video Music Awards will be at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

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Hugh Hefner and his soon-to-be-ex-wife Kimberly Conrad

(Tmz) Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is divorcing his wife, Kimberly Conrad. They had been separated since 1998 (they were married in 1989). They have two sons. Conrad became enraged weeks ago when she learned the home she was living in was being sold by Hefner. Conrad believed that she was "screwed" up to $5M in the process! In the divorce papers filed, Hefner asks the judge to set spousal support for Conrad at $20K a month. Why so low, you ask? Cuz Hef already gave Conrad $12M since their separation.

BTW, Hefner makes close to $290k per month!!!


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09-09-09 today, and people are getting married (that's not counting 9am and 9pm?)!!!!!!

(Honolulu Advertiser) The day the nines align is a great day for a wedding? Nine couples spent 99 cents each to marry at the 99 cents only store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood! That's nothing when compared to Las Vegas which is probably going crazy with weddings on 09-09-09! New York reported 200 couples who took the plunge on this Wednesday at midday which normally averages about 50 a day. Hopefully, all the married couples were dressed to the "nines" during their ceremony!


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Thursday (September 10, 2009) stories developing. . . .

September 11 Museum Is Asking for Public's Help to Tell the Story of What Happened on that Day

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The 9/11 Museum is looking for any photos, videos, and untold stories to help tell the story of what happened on that day

(Honolulu Advertiser) A camera in Brooklyn points through a chain-link fence at black smoke pouring from one skyscraper, while a plane pierces another. Papers fly through the sky; some of them end up in the filmmakers' hands.

That evening — Sept. 11, 2001 — another camera finds firefighters trudging through dust-caked streets, carrying their helmets or a spare pair of shoes. The spindly facade of the World Trade Center is before them.

The views of the terrorist attacks — one of the most recorded events of all time — are among hundreds of hours of amateur videos, images and stories gathered by the foundation building a memorial. The National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum launched a Web site today — at http://makehistory.national911memorial.org — with its collection of citizen journalism of the tragedy and is appealing for more 9/11 stories from all over the world.

"They say that 9/11 was the most digitally documented event of all time," said Alice Greenwald, director of the planned museum. "We're asking people everywhere to help us tell the story."

Visitors will be warned about graphic images — people jumping, human remains, planes piercing the towers — and will have a choice of whether to view them.

Organizers say one of the most difficult tasks they've faced is how to present the most sensitive material. Some of it, with the warnings, will be available online and at the museum, which is scheduled to open in three years.


See the 9/11 Museum website at:

http://makehistory.national911memorial.org/


Shawne Merriman's Alleged 3some Caused Fight with Tequila!!!!!

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Shawne Merriman and Tila Tequila incident is getting WORSE!!!!!!

San Diego's 10 News reports on the latest development in the bizarre squabble between San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman, 25, and MTV personality Tila Tequila, 27. 10 News reporter Juliette Vara reported that new details from multiple sources on the incident that occurred Saturday night between Merriman and Tequila point to Tequila being jealous for not being the focus of attention from Merriman.

The sources told Vara that witnesses saw the linebacker in the bedroom with two women. Tequila entered the room and Merriman asked her to join him. However, the sources said that Tequila acted angrily and threatened to have sex with a member of Merriman's entourage.

According to sources, Tequila was intoxicated and she got naked and attempted to leave the house. Merriman tried to stop Tequila and that's when she called 911.

Tequila accused Merriman of choking her and throwing her to the ground. She signed a citizen's arrest warrant accusing him of battery and false imprisonment.

Sources indicated that Tequila faked a neck injury and when paramedics arrived they said she was okay. However, she insisted on going to the hospital.


See the full article from News 10:

http://www.10news.com/news/20821814/detail.html



District Attorney Reviewing Merriman Case if Charges Should Be Filed!

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Shawne Merriman and Tila Tequila.

No charges yet from Tequila but District Attorney is reviewing and may press charges!

(AP) The San Diego District Attorney's Office is reviewing accusations of assault and battery by Tila Nguyen (Tila Tequila) against San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman. The Sheriff's Department has turned over their report to the DA's office yesterday. The DA will review if charges should be filed.

Merriman was arrested early Sunday after Tequila accused him of choking and throwing her to the ground while she was trying to leave his suburban San Diego home. Merriman denies the accusation and said he was trying to restrain an already intoxicated Tequila from driving drunk. Tequila signed a citizen's arrest warrant accusing Merriman of battery and false imprisonment. Both are felonies. Tequila is back in Los Angeles and so far no formal charges by her against Merriman have been made.

Spokesman Paul Levikow said the DA's office can reject the accusations, or can refer them to the San Diego City Attorney's Office for consideration as misdemeanors.


Ellen DeGeneres Replaces Paula Abdul on American Idol!

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Popular Talk Show host Ellen DeGeneres is the new American Idol judge!

No. This was not a joke! The talk show host/comedian Ellen DeGeneres announced yesterday to her television audience and a nationwide audience that SHE was going to replace the departed Paula Abdul, becoming the 4th judge alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi on American Idol!

DeGeneres assured the audience that her talk show would continue. DeGeneres has professed her love for Idol since the beginning and said, "she never misses a show!" A deal to be a judge on American Idol had been in the works for a couple of weeks and DeGeneres admitted, "it was hard to keep it a secret." She added, "I'm so excited and it is going to be so much fun!"

Industry critics are worried if DeGeneres brings any "credibility" as a judge on American Idol. Critics point to her as being a comedian/entertainer/host, not as a musician or a member of the music industry. Supporters may argue that a "neutral" judge who has no music industry experience may bring another point-of-view or from an audience perspective that may be lacking on the show. A fresh perspective that may galvanize all of the judges.

Whatever the case, viewers can expect DeGeneres won't be rambling nonsense about a certain singer or appear under-the-influence or voice a disingenuous review of a lousy performance like the person she replaces.


Neverland Ranch To be Turned into Michael Jackson's "Graceland!"

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Neverland Ranch will be a tourist attraction/musuem/memorial in honor of Michael Jackson!

(NY Post) Michael Jackson's family and owners of his beloved Neverland ranch have agreed to turn his famous home into a Graceland-like amusement park, sources told The Post yesterday.

The King of Pop's loved ones could open Neverland to the public as early as Christmas, under an ambitious timeline set by its owners, private equity firm Colony Capital, and brother Jermaine Jackson, the sources said.

The family and developers have even agreed to consider various names to call and trademark the sprawling 2,676-acre estate. Developers went to the US Patent and Trademark Office on Aug. 12 to lodge an application, protecting several names under consideration.

The Jackson family never lost hope that the Santa Barbara property could be developed in Michael Jackson's honor. Jermaine Jackson, has been at the forefront on considering turning the Neverland Ranch as a memorial/museum/tourist attraction/concert venue in tribute to his late brother. In addition, Jermaine wanted to put a headstone at the base of the tree where Michael liked to climb.

Nearby residents of Neverland Ranch are concerned about turning their once quiet neighborhood into a tourist attraction complete with on-going traffic and construction. The ranch is surrounded by narrow roads, agriculture, and septic tanks--no nearby sewer lines. The construction of an amusement park would be a huge undertaking and major changes in infrastructure. Many believe that most residents in the area will not find a nearby tourist attraction to be a popular idea in this area built for agriculture.


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Neverland Ranch resides in an area that is blessed with sprawling agriculture and undeveloped land

Unfortunately, like in Hawaii or any place in the world, buying up the nearby properties or using money to convince the residents to think otherwise, is the only option in this case! A common problem and a sad fact.

One last thing, Michael Jackson left Neverland Ranch in 2005, vowing never to return again after his bitter molestation trial in Santa Barbara. Law enforcement officials searched his Neverland Ranch home for any evidence of molestation, an act that left Jackson extremely angry and feeling that he had been violated. Although, the ranch had good memories for the King of Pop, he left a bitter man. Makes one wonder if the amusement park/musuem idea at Neverland would be approved by Jackson, if he were alive today.


Hollywood Shorts!!!!!!

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Ellen Pompeo with husband Chris Ivery

Ellen Pompeo's (Grey's Anatomy) husband Chris Ivery has been reported to be having an affair with a 19 year-old blonde hostess/waitress, Rachel Artz. Artz claims that Ivery promised that he'd make her a star. Sources have said that the two had encounters in Boston, Miami, and Martha's Vineyard while his wife was pregnant in L.A..

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Katherine Heigl and hubby Josh Kelley have adopted a baby girl!

Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy) and her husband Josh Kelley have adopted a 10 month-old Korean baby girl and named her Naleigh. Heigl, in real-life, has an adopted sister who is Korean.

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Phil Collins

Former Genesis band member and solo artist Phil Collins said that he will never drum again because of a spine injury that is too painful to even hold the drumsticks. Collins blames all the years he's been beating the drums as the cause of his condition. His singing career will still continue.

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Police are on the case of missing grad student, Annie Le, who may be a victim of crime or a runaway bride

Yale Grad student Annie Le, 24, has been listed as missing, 5 days before her Saturday wedding. She left behind her purse that contained her cellphone, credit cards and money. Police will be left to determine if they should classify her disappearance as a victim of crime or a case of a runaway bride. She was set to marry Jonathan Widawsky, a grad student from Columbia University.

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Southwest Airlines has a "weighty" issue when it comes to overweight passengers!

Southwest Airlines is in a "war of words" with passengers Emery Orto and his wife. Orto claims that Southwest Airlines denied him and his wife from flying back home from Las Vegas to Chicago because he was overweight (Orto is 6 feet, 350lbs). SWA contends that "weight" was NOT the issue but Orto's angry attitude was the main reason to deny him from boarding the flight and that his anger frightened other passengers, who were afraid to fly with him. During questioning on whether he could fit in the seat from an SWA agent, Orto started to become angry. Orto denies this and said that he was discrimminated against by his appearance only.

NOTE: SWA requires that large customers must fit in a passenger seat with the armrests down. Any overlapping of one's body--that may be an "invasion of space" and in effect provide discomfort to the next passenger(s)--will require that the passenger pay for a 2nd seat at a discounted rate. If the flight is not overbooked, the payment for the 2nd seat will be refunded.

With the population getting bigger and bigger, this issue with weight and airlines will NOT go away!



Low-Budget/Independent Films You Must See!!!!!!

Those big-budget films like "9," "Sorority Row," and "Whiteout," get all the publicity but what about those small films that have a low-budget/independent that are not promoted as heavily. You can see these trailers of quirky and simplistic films here and go see them at your favorite movie theatre or rent them later at your favorite video store or video mail service!!!!!

Coming September 11!!!! (at selected theatres, films are limited release, dates and times are subject to change!)

No Impact Man - (Unrated) This film follows the exploits of the Beavon family in New York who abandon their high-consumption 5th avenue lifestyle for a no-net environmental impact for the course of one year.


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Not Forgotten - (rated R) set in a Tex-Mex border town, a husband (Simon Baker of the Mentalist) and wife (Paz Vega) forced to come to grips with their checkered past when saving their kidnapped daughter.


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White on Rice - (PG-13) is a comedy about a 40 year-old slacker (Hiroshi Watanabe) who lives with his married sister and gets in hot water for trying to woo his brother-in-law's beautiful young niece.


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The Other Man- (Rated R) a suspense/thriller film about a love-triangle that stars Liam Neeson (Taken), Laura Linney, and Antonio Banderas. Neeson plays a husband who investigates the disappearance of his wife (Linney) and uncovers secrets he did not know about her. He befriends the unsuspecting "other man" (played by Banderas) to exact his revenge, but not before uncovering more secrets about his wife that ends in a shocking twist!


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Aloha Friday!!!!! (September 11, 2009) stories developing. . . .

President Obama Speech at the 9/11 Memorial Service at the Pentagon


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September 11 Museum Is Asking for Public's Help to Tell the Story of What Happened on that Day

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The 9/11 Museum is looking for any photos, videos, and untold stories to help tell the story of what happened on that day

(Honolulu Advertiser) A camera in Brooklyn points through a chain-link fence at black smoke pouring from one skyscraper, while a plane pierces another. Papers fly through the sky; some of them end up in the filmmakers' hands.

That evening — Sept. 11, 2001 — another camera finds firefighters trudging through dust-caked streets, carrying their helmets or a spare pair of shoes. The spindly facade of the World Trade Center is before them.

The views of the terrorist attacks — one of the most recorded events of all time — are among hundreds of hours of amateur videos, images and stories gathered by the foundation building a memorial. The National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum launched a Web site today — at http://makehistory.national911memorial.org — with its collection of citizen journalism of the tragedy and is appealing for more 9/11 stories from all over the world.

"They say that 9/11 was the most digitally documented event of all time," said Alice Greenwald, director of the planned museum. "We're asking people everywhere to help us tell the story."

Visitors will be warned about graphic images — people jumping, human remains, planes piercing the towers — and will have a choice of whether to view them.

Organizers say one of the most difficult tasks they've faced is how to present the most sensitive material. Some of it, with the warnings, will be available online and at the museum, which is scheduled to open in three years.


Search for Osama Bin Laden Continues on the 7th Anniversary of 9/11

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Osama Bin Laden, America's Most Wanted. A $25M award still waits for anyone who knows the whereabouts of the al-Qaeda leader.

(Washington Post) With CIA officers and U.S. Special Forces prevented from operating freely in Pakistan, the search for bin Laden and his lieutenants is taking place mostly from the air. The Predators, equipped with multiple cameras that transmit live video via satellite, have launched their Hellfire missiles against four targets in the past month alone. Since January, the reconnaissance drones have killed two senior al-Qaeda leaders with $5 million bounties on their heads.

Still, debate persists among both U.S. and Pakistani officials over the merits of this aggressive approach, which has resulted in higher civilian casualties and strained diplomatic relations. “Making more effort and flailing are different things,” said a senior Pakistani security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid alienating U.S. authorities.

Bin Laden, a 51-year-old Saudi, has thwarted the U.S. government’s attempts to catch him since 1998, when he signed a fatwa calling for attacks on Americans and ordered the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.

Today, seven years after he masterminded the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, bin Laden is believed to wear disguises routinely and takes extreme care to avoid electronic communications, relying on human couriers to pass messages, officials said. Pakistani officials said the CIA and the U.S. military have played into bin Laden’s hands by pursuing al-Qaeda with bombs and missiles. Pashtun tribes along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, angry at the number of civilian casualties, see the United States as the enemy, the officials said. Despite a $25 million reward posted by the U.S. government, no one has been willing to turn in the al-Qaeda leader.

Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai, a retired Pakistani General who oversaw efforts to track Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders after 2001 said that, "Human intelligence will never work until you can get people to support you." In other words, the "old school" way of infriltrating a group through "friendly people" is the best means for tracking down Bin Laden and that the U.S. has not gotten the "support or trust" from enough people to hand over America's Most Wanted terrorist. A difficult job indeed since the "support" is to come from Pakistan who is undergoing attacks from terrorists and extremists, and run by a leader who has limited control over a country that reigns in anarchy and lawlessness.


Larry Bird said: "God disguised as Michael Jordan."

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Michael Jordan is inducted into the the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

NBA superstar Michael Jordan along with fellow "Dream Team" members David Robinson and John Stockton, former player and current Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, and NCAA women's basketball coach at Rutgers C. Vivian Stringer were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hollywood Shorts !!!!!!!!

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Megan Fox, host of SNL on September 26, and starring in "Jennifer's Body" opening on September 18!

Megan Fox will be the host of Saturday Night Live's 35th anniversary show and season premiere on September 26. Musical guest will be U2.

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Tila Tequila and Shawne Merriman

(Sportsbybrooks) MTV reality-star Tila Tequila (real name Tila Nguyen), who claims she was choked and restrained by San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, is hitting Twitter with comments like:

. . . He is guilty. . .

. . . I have been publicly slandered in every way. . . .

. . . .Yes, he (Merriman) got all of his people to write up stories about me and released it to the press. . .

. . . I mean, first he says I'm was drunk. . .now he says I'm jealous cuz' he was having threesomes, I mean. . . get it together with those stories! LOL! . . .

. . . I take the high road. . .

Tequila has not filed any charges against Merriman. However, the San Diego District Attorney will decide from all the evidence presented, on whether to press charges against the San Diego Chargers player.


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Madden curse is alive-and-well!

Blame it on the video game Madden 2010, the cover curse!!!!! Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu suffered a sprained MCL in his knee on the opening night of NFL Football against the Tennessee Titans. BTW, the Steelers won 13-10 in overtime, but they lost Polamalu who will be out 3-6 weeks. On the Madden cover, Polamalu is pictured with Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Keep your eyes out on the injured list for Fitzgerald???? This curse is no fluke.

Injuries have befallen NFL players who have been featured on the Madden covers since 2002 like Marshall Faulk, Ray Lewis, Donovan McNabb, Vince Young, Shaun Alexander, and Michael Vick. All resulted in injuries that caused them to miss more than half of the season! Welcome to this infamous club, Troy, and get well soon and maybe BREAK THIS CURSE while you're at it!


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Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Revealing photos of the couple show that they are indeed "together!"

Gerard Butler (300) and Jennifer Aniston have not "come out" publicly about their relationship but pictures from the media showing the couple embracing and holding hands is enough of a confirmation that they are indeed---together!

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Paula Abdul sends a message to her replacement, Ellen DeGeneres!

Paula Abdul released a statement for new American Idol judge, Ellen DeGeneres, who replaced her on the popular reality show, wishing DeGeneres, "best of luck."

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M*A*S*H writer/producer/director Larry Gelbart dies

MASH writer/producer/director Larry Gelbart died, he was 81. He also wrote for the films, "Tootsie" and "Oh God!" He died of cancer in his Beverly Hills, California home.

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The "Jermaine Jackson Show" has been postponed til June 2010!

Jermaine Jackson just announced that the Michael Jackson tribute concert slated for September 26 in Vienna, Austria has been moved to June 2010! Hmmm. . . with all the "scheduled" performers like Chris Brown, Natalie Cole, and Mary J Blige "dropping out like flies," he had no choice!

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"Parenthood" star Maura Tierney will not be on the show due to medical reasons.

Maura Tierney, ER alum and one of the stars of the new NBC show, Parenthood, will no longer be performing on the show--until further notice--due to cancer treatment. She had surgery to remove a tumor from her breast. Parenthood's fall premiere will be pushed back as a mid-season replacement. No specific date has been given.

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Natalie Cole, was back at the Hollywood Bowl, Wednesday night after recovering from a kidney transplant and other medical ailments.

Singer Natalie Cole appeared for the first time Wednesday night at the prestiguous Hollywood Bowl since undergoing chemotherapy and a kidney transplant last May. Cole received several standing ovations on her 17-song set.

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Local Comedian Andy Bumatai caught by the "Taxman!"

(Honolulu Advertiser) Local Hawaiian Comedian Andy Bumatai was fined $2,500 and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service for failing to pay his annual general excise tax. Bumatai pleaded guilty to 5 counts for failing to file his annual returns from 2002-2006, according to the Department of Taxation. The charges were misdemeanors and could have led to one year in prison and fines up to $25,000 for each count. His charges can be wiped clean if he stays out of trouble for one year.

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Sean Salisbury, has DONE it again!!!!!

Former Espn football analyst and recent radio broadcaster on Dallas station 105.3, Sean Salisbury, was fired from his radio job for allegedly "freaking out the station promo girl after sexting her!" Yikes! Don't know the exact details what was in the text but after his "release" from ESPN for allegedly showing women around the network a cellphone photo of his "junk," one can spare us the details!

LAUGH TO THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!

Let's LAUGH TO THE WEEKEND with a double-dose of Canadian Comedian Russell Peters and his plea to "Beat Your Kids!": (Warning: Explicit Language!)


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and "Tap Sum Bong!":


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and the great Comedian of all time,Richard Pryor, and his experience at an Arizona Prison: (Warning: Explicit Language!)


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Have a great weekend!!!!!!! :hello1: :hello1:


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Monday (September 14, 2009) stories developing. . . .

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!

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Patrick Swayze dies of pancreatic cancer

Patrick Swayze died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008.

The National Enquirer had reported days ago that Swayze was released from an L.A. hospital to return home to die. His condition required to have medical assistance nearby at all times. He had reported to have suffered a mild heart attack and he had been battling an instestinal infection as his body was giving into the disease.

He was the star of such movies as "Ghost," "Dirty Dancing,"Road House," "Red Dawn," "Point Break," and "The Outsiders," Swayze was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1991.


A Sorry State of Affairs

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Kanye West and Serena Williams are the latest public figures to issue public apologies

Whether the apology is authentic or counterfeit, saying "I'm sorry" wins out in the end

(Boston.com) Here we go again, two public figures, in this case Kanye West and Serena Williams, apologizing for their actions. Rap artist/producer Kanye West is facing boos, very unkind remarks from other performers, and a ruined reputation after his interruption of Taylor Swift at the MTV VMA Awards and tennis player Serena Williams is facing additional penalties and an image-crisis after her verbal outburst toward a chair umpire at the U.S. open in her semi-finals match against Kim Clijsters.

Both have issued public apologies---sad to say, in the form of statements either on their blog or to the media. Even at a press conference, athletes and other public figures can be seen as insincere and unrepetant of their actions, especially the ones who are reading from a "prepared statement." However, no matter how the guilty party is described, the public will accept any apology in most cases than no apology at all. After all, this is a "forgiving society" we live in.

The apology ritual has become a constant presence in American culture. Aaron Lazare, the former chancellor of University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of "On Apology," said the number of public apologies has exploded over the past 15 years.


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Olympic champion Micheal Phelps recently apologized for smoking weed

"The world has become a global village," he said. "Between e-mail and the Internet, there are more interactions between people than ever before, and you're more likely to offend someone."

Lazare dismisses many public apologies as counterfeit, intended to weather crises without personal sacrifice. "You are trying to get something of value on the cheap," he said.

John Baldoni, a leadership consultant and author of "Lead by Example" said, "Like most apologies in the public sector, there was no mention of amends, and an apology without amends is just public relations."

Lack of candor has contributed to a growing public frustration with leaders ducking hard questions or passing the buck.

"They don't want you to hide behind a spokesman or written statement or, God forbid, an attorney," said David Henderson, a Washington, D.C., media strategist and author of "The Media Savvy Leader." "Be open and timely and transparent. Admit the mistake, and admit you're human like everyone else."


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Alex Rodriguez, apologized for taking performing enhancing drugs during his younger days

Still, apologies often perform the valuable task of changing the subject, long enough, hopefully, for the spotlight to land on someone else or some other issue. Most importantly, apologizing brings "closure" in most cases and people tend to "move on" thereafter.

"Saying sorry can usually buy you enough time for someone else to make a fool of themselves," said John Nucci, Suffolk University's vice president for government and community affairs, who teaches a course on public liaison strategies.

Most people surveyed in an informal poll downtown were willing to accept apologies they believe are heartfelt, and feel far more likely to forgive honest mistakes than hypocrisy.



Body Found is Missing Yale Student Annie Le!

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Missing student, Annie Le, and seen on a surveillance camera last Tuesday

(Honolulu Advertiser) New Haven police said today that an autopsy has confirmed the body found stuffed into a wall in a Yale University lab building is that of missing graduate student Annie Le.

They have classified her death a homicide.

Le was probably not the victim of a random act, police said today as they sought to ease fears about student safety.

Police found her body around 5 p.m. yesterday, on what was to have been Le's wedding day. She was reported missing Tuesday, and her ID, money, credit cards and purse were found in her third-floor office at the high-security Yale medical school building where the body was found.

Police would not say today whether they have a suspect, but said nobody is in custody. However, ABC and NBC news have reported that an individual, presumed to be a student, who was interviewed by Police and failed a polygraph test is a "possible suspect."
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Kanye West Does It Again, Storming the MTV VMA Awards Show!

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An infamous moment in MTV VMA history! Kanye West ruins Taylor Swift's moment!

(Rolling Stone) Controversial rapper/producer Kanye West did the unthinkable when he interruped Taylor Swift after she won the Best Female Video category at the MTV VMA Awards in New York City. The Country star's video, "You Belong to Me" beat out Beyonce's video, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." Just moments after receiving the award, Swift was in the middle of her acceptance speech when Kanye West stormed on stage and rudely interrupted her, even taking the microphone away from Swift!

Thank you so much!” Swift began. “I always dreamed about what it would be like to maybe win one of these some day, but I never actually thought it would have happened. I sing country music so thank you so much for giving me a chance to win a VMA award.”

Before she could continue, West broke in. “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” Kanye shouted to a mortified Swift and the speechless audience.



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Everyone appeared stunned at the moment and the camera captured a horrified Beyonce still in her seat. Soon afterward, the audience gave Swift a standing ovation as a show of support. The interruption by Kanye West added more insult to the situation because Swift's time for her acceptance speech was up and MTV cut to a video featuring Comedian Tracy Morgan and rapper Eminem. According to the VMAs, Swift was seen crying backstage after Kanye's outburst.

Near the end of the show, Beyonce invited Swift onstage along with her to say a few words when she (Beyonce) picked up her own award for Video of the Year.

According to sources, West was ousted from the VMAs immediately thereafter. He later apologized to everyone--in the most personable way--on his BLOG. Real classy, Kanye!


Serena Williams said, &%$#@*&@#!!!! to the Chair Umpire!!!!!!

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Serena Williams loses it at the U.S. Open. She is seen here talking with the tournament official and the chair umpire with her back turned.

Tennis Serena Williams outburst at the U.S. Open Semi-finals towards a chair umpire will cost her $10,000 and an additional $500 for breaking her tennis racket in the first set of her match against Belgium tennis player Kim Clijsters. Tennis officials are also contemplating on whether the recent outburst may warrant a possible suspension as well.

The outburst occured when Williams was serving during matchpoint and she was called for a "foot fault" by the chair umpire. The call caused Williams to "blow up" and was seen cursing the chair umpire. Although tournament officials will not divulge what was said by Williams, the code of conduct against her was enough to take away a point and eventually hand the match to Clijsters (BTW, Clijsters ended up winning the title Sunday night against Caroline Wozniack). Announcers at ESPN had said that they could not confirm but swore they heard words from Williams saying, "stuffing the ball down your throat". . . and "I'm going to kill you" to the chair umpire. Here's the video with audio that catches only a little what was said by Williams:



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So far, no one seated behind the chair umpire has come forward to divulge the details on what was said. Tournament officials are still investigating the matter.

Actor/Director/Producer/Writer Tyler Perry Is On A Roll As He Takes No.1 at the Box Office!!!!!

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"I Can Do Bad All By Myself" was No. 1 at the Box office this past weekend!

(Ew.com) The versatile performer Tyler Perry's film "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" grossed $24M and took the top spot at the weekend box office. Perry's film follows his other top grossers "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Madea Goes to Jail" (grossed $41M and is his biggest hit to date).

Taking second was the post-apocalyptic (we're getting more of these, huh?) cartoon "9" which grossed $10M in only 1,661 theatres. It has earned a total of $15M since it was released this past Wednesday. "Inglorious Basterds" took 3rd with an earning of $6.5M. Basterds should surpass Director Quentin Tarantino's biggest hit Pulp Fiction, which is the director's top grossing film. "All About Steve" at $5.8M and "Final Destination 3-D" at $5.5M round out the top five.

Failing miserably was college-slasher movie, "Sorority Row" which grossed only $5.3M and the artic murder-mystery "White Out" which grossed only $5.1M.


Body of Annie Le is thought to be Found!

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Yale Grad student, Annie Le, made national headlines when she went missing.

(LA Times) A body was found embedded in the wall of the medical lab where missing Yale grad student Annie Le worked. Le was supposed to be married this past Sunday until she went missing on September 8.

The body was found in an area of the lab building where utility cables run between floors. Peter Reichard, New Haven's assistant police chief, told reporters four hours later: "We are assuming that it is her."

Her story made national headlines and involved local and state Police, and the FBI in their search for the young woman. There was speculation from the public and law enforcement officials if she was a "runaway bride or a victime of a crime." Le, 24, had spent the last three years working on a doctorate in pharmacology at the Yale School of Medicine.

More recently, she was happily caught up in plans to wed a Columbia University graduate student, Jonathan Widawsky, whom she met as an undergraduate in upstate New York. They would have been married Sunday on his native Long Island at a wedding hall in Syosset.

Le's cousin David Nguyen said that Le and her fiance had come to Santa Ana, California this summer for a reception involving dozens of relatives who couldn't travel to New York for the wedding. The bride-to-be wore a white wedding dress, Nguyen said.

Many students have questioned the safety of Yale students in an urban setting. Yale officials have dispelled the rumors and said that crime was down 50% since 1990. Le apparently was concerned about crime, and took the time this winter to caution Yale students about the risks of academic life in an urban setting -- and the higher instances of robbery in New Haven compared with other Ivy League settings.

In February, she wrote an article for a medical school magazine, quoting Yale Police Chief James Perrotti with advice for students on how to stay safe.

"In short," Le wrote, "New Haven is a city and all cities have their perils but with a little street smarts one can avoid becoming yet another statistic."


HOLLYWOOD SHORTS!!!!!

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Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger have split!

Local girl, Nicole Scherzinger,31, of Pussycat Dolls and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton, 24, have broken up afer a 2 year relationship! Sources blame the long-distance relationship and Hamilton's refusal to "settle-down" as the reasons for the split.

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Kanye West is undergoing a BOMB fallout for his outlandish action at the VMAs!!!!

Donald Trump, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, Joe Jackson, Katy Perry, and many others have denounced the actions of Kanye West who rudely interruped Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the Video Music Awards last night. His act not only interruped Taylor Swift but his selfish behavior upstaged a tribute to Michael Jackson! Eyewitnesses blame the amount of alcohol that West was drinking prior to entering the Radio City Music Hall. For some reason, West was allowed to bring his own bottle of Hennesy into the venue.

Where was security in all of this? Was this staged or a random act? We'll never know.

BTW, West will be appearing on Jay Leno's Show at 10pm PST. Sources say that West will only sing and will not discuss the incident at the VMAs.


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"This is It!" movie poster of the film coming October 28!

Here's the trailer for the upcoming film, "This is IT!" featuring footage of the late Michael Jackson in his preparation for the 50-show concert that was scheduled for the O2 Arena in London, England before his death.


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Tom Brady confirms wife Gisele is pregnant!

New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady has confirmed that his wife/supermodel Gisele Bundchen is pregnant and due in December!

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An old family portrait of John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and daughter Ella Bleu, with late son Jett

The Travolta's (John, Kelly Preston, and daughter Ella Bleu) made a surprise appearance at the Disney expo, D23, to introduce their film "Old Dogs." This is their first public appearance since the death of Jett, 16, nine months ago. Old Dogs is Ella Bleu's screen debut.

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Susan Boyle. The Scottish sensation is here in Los Angeles to sing on America's Got Talent!

Two-thousand fans showed up at LAX to greet Britian's Got Talent star Susan Boyle at LAX who is set to perform at this week's America's Got Talent Final. One supporter likened her greeting to the time of "Beatlemania" (must have been a young person who made this short-sighted observation).


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I seriously hope Kanye West gets banned from even attending any future VMAs!

Beyonce is the hero of the awards.

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I seriously hope Kanye West gets banned from even attending any future VMAs!

Beyonce is the hero of the awards.


Yup! Totally no class! And Taylor is only a teenager. Poor girl. Well, Taylor is having the last laugh with all the records and top singles she's putting out compared to Kanye. Not to mention all the hoards of little girls and boys who love Taylor and are behind her.


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wyokie wrote:
I seriously hope Kanye West gets banned from even attending any future VMAs!

Beyonce is the hero of the awards.


Yup! Totally no class! And Taylor is only a teenager. Poor girl. Well, Taylor is having the last laugh with all the records and top singles she's putting out compared to Kanye. Not to mention all the hoards of little girls and boys who love Taylor and are behind her.

+1 What an idiot.

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I still can't get past tha Kanye is as popular by ANY means.

I don't get his music, I think he's disrespectful and most importantly in 30 years, people will remember the Commodores. No one will remember him.

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Patrick Swayze dies of pancreatic cancer

Patrick Swayze died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008.

The National Enquirer had reported days ago that Swayze was released from an L.A. hospital to return home to die. His condition required to have medical assistance nearby at all times. He had reported to have suffered a mild heart attack and he had been battling an instestinal infection as his body was giving into the disease.


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Patrick Swayze, with Jennifer Grey, in "Dirty Dancing." The role that would make him a superstar!

He was the star of such movies as "Ghost," "Dirty Dancing,"Road House," "Red Dawn," "Point Break," and "The Outsiders," Swayze was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1991.

Swayze an accomplished dancer was known for playing the "tough guy" or the leader in most of his films. In the classic, "The Outsiders," (1983) Swayze played a father-figure to a group of brothers in an Oklahoma town. In "Red Dawn," (1984) he played the leader of a rag-tag outfit of small-town rebels trying to "take back" their town that was invaded by the Russian army.


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Patrick Swayze in the "Outsiders" was the beginning for other actors such as a young Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, C.Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane and Ralph Macchio

In the popular surf film, "Point Break," (1991) he was the leader of wave-riding bank robbers. In "Roadhouse," (1989), he portrayed a tough bouncer who is hired to clean up a sleazy bar in a small town. Finally, his most memorable roles were in "Dirty Dancing" (1987) as the dance instructor, Johnny Castle, at a Catskills resort in upstate New York which turned Swayze into a superstar and in the film "Ghost" (1990) in the hopeless-romantic role of Sam Wheat.

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The iconic film, "Ghost" with Swayze and Demi Moore. Whoopi Goldberg earned an Academy Award for best supporting actress.

Swayze's last role was on the A&E television series "The Beast" which premiered in January of 2009. Because of his declining health, Swayze was not able to promote the series and the show was cancelled in June.

His publicist, Annett Wolf, confirmed to CNN that Swayze had died at his home with family by his side. He is survived by his long-time wife Lisa Niemi.


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