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Archive for the ‘Gossip and Rumours’ Category

As I was reading TMZ…

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 23 November 2008

something struck me.  First, I wondered, as I do every time I read it, why I WAS reading it.  But that’s a story for another day.

The story was Vote Board to Robbins: Turn Pissy into PSA! and the part that struck me was a comment, meant to be prideful, from a representative of the BoE (Board of Elections):

“In our city of 8 million people with 4.6 million registered voters, 2.6 million registered voters went to the polls on Election Day.”

Now, okay.  I can deal with only 57.5% citizens being registered.  Really.  Because I’m guessing that a significant percentage of the remaining 52.5% are minors or otherwise ineligible.

No, the part that struck me was pride in a not even 57% voter turnout rate!  4,600,000 registered voters, and 2,600,000 turned out to vote.  (Please note the preceding figures apply only to NYC).

In a country where ALL citizens have only been eligible to vote since 1957 (see a note at the end), and blacks and poor whites were often forbidden from voting because they couldn’t pay the “poll tax” or pass a literacy test until 1964, a 56.5% voter turnout rate is utterly and TOTALLY inexcusable.  Even on the federal level, it’s estimated that only around 62% turned out.

To this I can only say:  WHAT THE FUCK, AMERICA?!

Voting is a privilege that can be and has been taken away, whether by the government or by other citizens so desperate for their candidate to win that they would tell voters that they are to vote on a different day (as happened in the last election).

It is still your right, but dammit, if you don’t USE your right, you may well LOSE IT!

Why am I shouting? you ask.

Am I angry? you say.

YOU DAMN WELL BET I AM!

We live in a country where we are lucky enough to have the right, the privilege, to vote.  Many, MANY millions of world residents do not.  And people are apathetic or just LAZY enough to ignore it!

*sigh*

The sad thing is… this projected turnout…?  It’s the highest in FORTY FOUR YEARS.  In 1964, 61.9% of registered voters turned out.  In 1996, not EVEN half did–only 49.1%.

It’s your right, use it or lose it.

PS: If you didn’t vote in the last election, and you were eligible, I better not hear you bitching at ALL about a) how the election turned out, or b) the state of affairs for the next 4 years.  You all that didn’t exercise your right to speak up, just lost your right to bitch.

Election statistics from:
2008: Dr M. McDonald, George Mason University
All previous years: InfoPlease

*American Indians, despite becoming legal US citizens in 1924, were not always allowed to vote.  That right was governed by the individual state until 1957.  “Indian Citizenship Act” Library of Congress, American Memory, Today in history

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Hollywood strike, Part II

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 22 November 2008

In a move that likely shocks few, the Screen Actors Guild has said today (Saturday) that it will ask its members to authorise a strike after talks with the AMPTP failed (surprise, surprise) despite federal mediation attempts.

Talks ended shortly before 1 am (no time zone desgination given) and no new talks are scheduled.

Talks started to fail after studios “sought the right to create productions for new media, such as the Internet, using nonunion actors and without paying residuals, said Doug Allen, SAG national executive director and chief negotiator.”

Residuals, payment made to actors every time a production airs (such as TV reruns or a feature film running on HBO) are the life bread for most actors, making up more than half their income, according to Allen.  Despite popular thought, the majority of actors earn nominal pay, and rely on those recurring payments to see them through lean times.

Not surprisingly, the AMPTP is criticising SAG’s call-to-strike.  “‘Now, SAG is bizarrely asking its members to bail out the failed negotiating strategy with a strike vote — at a time of historic economic crisis,’ a producers’ statement said. ‘The tone-deafness of SAG is stunning.'”  They claim that it is untenable that actors should seek a better deal than writers, directors, and others accepted, especially with the worsening economy.

I might counter that the tone-deafness of the producers at LEAST matches that of SAG, seeing as they were unwilling to yield to writers and now to actors. And perhaps if the actors now secure a better deal than writers and directors were able, when it comes time for those two to once again re-negotiate, they’ll finally get what they ought to’ve last time around.  Once again, this isn’t about greed (the producers have that nailed, honestly), it’s about fairness.

And, as I once supported the writers, so shall I now support actors should they have to throw down the gauntlet.  Hopefully the AMPTP will finally come to the realisation that they cannot keep lording over the people who make the films that support them.

SAG represents more than 120,000 actors in TV, film, and other media (including commercia advertisements).

Source: Yahoo.com News

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Great news! If you like skeevy old guys anyways…

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

No it’s not about Hef…

Danny Bonaduce is finally (um, yay?) divorced and back on the market.  He’ll have to part with $15,000 a MONTH in child and spousal support, though.

So, who’s first for a shot at this… hunk?

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Who’s the Biggest Loser here?

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Anthony Badalamenti has been arrested and charged with second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.  The trainer featured on The Biggest Loser has allegedly been beating his girlfriend’s 6 year old boy (she was also arrested).

The landlord, who lived below the family called the police, saying he heard the child’s cries for nearly a month.

He had considered it a private matter until Friday evening when once again he heard the child’s screams:  “The child was pleading for mercy. I said, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore.’ “

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Because Robbers Always Knock First…right?

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

So a 12 year old–TJ Darrisaw–was killed (his father and younger brother injured) on Halloween by a guy with an assault rifle, after the kid made the mistake of doing what people DO on Halloween and knocking on doors.  The guy, Quentin Patrick, had been robbed previously this year, which apparently (in his mind) makes it okay to shoot first ask questions later when someone KNOCKS on his door (because there’s a new breed of robber doing just that, I’m sure).

Twenty nine shots, minimum, BEFORE opening his door.

Yes, we really need assault rifles in our homes, people.  To keep us safe from four foot tall trick or treating robbers.

Source: CNN.com

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Sorry but you can’t stay, your son’s too much of a burden

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

Australia is full of controversial moves in terms of visas and citizenship applications, so this shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but I think that it’s more disturbing than most.

The Aussie government rejected the request for permanent residence filed by a German doctor, Bernhard Moeller, for himself and his family because his son has Down’s Syndrome.

According to the government, the boy, Lukas, “would pose a burden on taxpayers for his medical care, education and other services.”  Currently, he “attends a mainstream elementary school, where he has an aide, and receives speech therapy.”  Yet he also “plays soccer, cricket, golf and table tennis.” so he isn’t THAT low functioning.

Dr Moeller has said “we are absolutely able to support him, and I don’t want him to rely on any government pension anyway. He’s well looked after. And actually, he can contribute to the community here. He already is contributing to it.” (He didn’t specify how Lukas is contributing).

The doctor was recruited to fill a critically needed internal medicine position (he is currently the only internist in a community of 54,000).

Dr Moeller plans to file appeals.

Source: CNN.com

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Joaquin quitting?

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 31 October 2008

You can’t get a better source than straight from the horse’s mouth.  Joaquin Phoenix recently told E! TV he was giving up acting!

See the video: http://vids.eonline.com/services/link/bcpid1396519019/bctid1885490123

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Turning really sour lemons into lemonade, Hudson style

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 31 October 2008

Jennifer Hudson’s family has established a charity fund in the wake of the horrific triple murders of her mother, brother, and nephew.

The Hudson-King Foundation’s purpose is “to to care for the needs of families who have lost relatives to a violent crime. This encompasses their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, as well as grief counseling.”

Donations can be sent to:
Hudson-King Foundation
c/o Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
Attn: William L. Abrams, Esq.
237 West 35th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001


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LiLo, Paris, and Britney–coming (together!) to a TV near you?

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 31 October 2008

Oh God I hope this isn’t true.  PLEASE god let it be false.  The TV show that no one would’ve dared dream up has apparently BEEN dreamt up…

Scandalist is posting that the three trainwrecks may appear together in (of all things) a sitcom.

Um, couldnt they just put the three of them toghether (Real World or Big Brother style) and get the same laughs?

Then again… maybe not.

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Matt Lauer and Tom Cruise, Booster Seats and Spaceships galore

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 31 October 2008

Matt Lauer was the one to get roasted last week, but he managed a few good cracks at everyone’s (not-so) favorite Scientologist, Tom Cruise.  After Cruise’s less-than-surprising surprise appearance (it was leaked on the net before the event), he closed by saying he couldn’t believe he flew all the way there for someone who’s neither the most interesting nor the smartest person on TV. “Lose my number, you glib putz. Cruise out.”

To which Lauer retorted, ‘Can you stay?  We’ll get you a booster seat!’  Cruise is supposedly more than a little sensitive about his height–or, ahem, lack thereof.

Roastmaster Al Roker concluded the impromptu Cruise mini-roast with a comment that Cruise couldn’t stay as his spaceship was waiting.

At the event Matt was gifted with a box of Gurkha Black Dragon Tubos Cigars (www.gurkhacigars.com). He can now say he has something in common with Matt McConaughey and Tyson Beckford, who also enjoy Gurkhas!

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Hudson’s nephew confirmed killed, second person may be involved

Posted by gnn1 on Thursday, 30 October 2008

Police have confirmed that the body of a 7 year old boy found in the vehicle associated with Julian King’s Amber Alert is indeed the nephew of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson.

Police are questioning if William Balfour, being held for parole violations from a 1999 attempted murder conviction and the prime suspect in the triple murders, is the only person involved.

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Hudson IDs her family, Balfour in Custody, nephew still missing

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 26 October 2008

Jennifer Hudson has ID’d her family’s bodies, according to Cook County (Ill) Medical Examiner’s office.  Her mother Darnell and brother Jason were shot and killed for unknown reasons a couple days ago, and her 7 year old nephew Julian King is missing and has been presumed kidnapped.  An Amber Alert was issued, and the FBI are involved (the link goes to Julian’s Amber Alert page and contains a photo and vital information.  If you’re in the Illinois area, PLEASE look).

The prime suspect in the killings, William Balfour, has been taken into custody for undisclosed parole violations, but the investigation is ongoing.

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Wino back in rehab?

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 26 October 2008

Apparently Amy Wino Winehouse is back in rehab in an attempt to stave off an arrest for failure to comply with police and turn up for an interview in connection with her alleged attack on a woman at a London charity event in September.

As sad as it is to say, I really don’t see her cleaning up–I see her going the way of Kurt Cobain.

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Baby Mama a new mama!

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 26 October 2008

Congrats to Amy Poehler and Will Arnett on the birth of their baby boy Archie Arnett!  Amy, who worked until the day before Archie made an appearance, missed Saturday episode of SNL because she’d just safely brought Archie into the world.  Archie weighs 8lb 1oz (3.6kg) and both mama and little one are healthy and resting.

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Johnny Depp: Taking “Mad” Hatter to new levels

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Well… normally when one says they’ll eat their hat… well, they WON’T.  But Johnny, playing the Mad Hatter in a Tim Burton production of Alice in Wonderland, actually chowed down on the not-edible object.  I suppose that’s one way to get your daily dose of, uh, *cough* fiber?

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Um… OCD much, Shan?

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Starpulse reports that Shannen Doherty has such issues with germs that if a guest (romantic ones included) use the ‘wrong’ bathroom in her house, she won’t even wait for him to finish his business before dragging him out of the room.

Says the OCD one: “I go in there, grab his arm, and, like, drag him out, mid-piss.”

Hmm, seems that might be a way to spread the germs around, oh wise one.

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I think this is grounds for divorce in some states…

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 18 October 2008

Katie Holmes was spotted after the premiere of her Broadway show (in which her acting received mixed reviews) looking less than her usual hawt self in NYC.  My only guess is that Tom wasn’t home to stop her from walking out the door, because no self respecting gay man *cough* would let a woman out in those clothes

Holyshitwhatthefuck?!, Mrs Cruise!

Images from TheStar.com Blogs

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Sorry guys, I’m with the studio on this one

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 27 November 2007

From IMDb:

Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe’s hit new movie American Gangster is at the center of a new legal fight, after upsetting a retired Drug Enforcement agent in New York. The narcotics detectives are far from happy with the way they are depicted in the gritty new movie, which follows the fortunes of 1970s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas and the cops trying to bring him to justice. And one of the police officers, who worked the Lucas case, is now threatening to sue movie studio bosses at Universal for what he claims are “false and defamatory statements.” Gregory Korniloff’s attorney Dominic Amorosa has sent a cease and desist letter to the studio heads demanding a retraction of statements made in the film, according to Tmz.com. The letter alleges that several key facts in the movie are misleading. Korniloff was the case agent for the DEA and “personally participated in the search of Lucas’ house… and the arrest of Lucas.”

I suspect that the DEA will lose this suit because the movie isn’t presented as a documentary but rather based on/inspired by actual events.  That gives the writers/directors/producers quite a bit of leeway and poetic license to add/remove facts as they wish (or as I call it, to Hollywood-ise the story).

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Congrats to Elizabeth Hasselbeck!

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 10 November 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — Television talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck has given birth to a son, ABC announced Saturday.The co-host of “The View” gave birth Friday to a 7-pound, 15-ounce boy at an Arizona hospital, the network said.Hasselbeck and her husband, NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, did not release the newborn’s name.

She planned to call in to the show Monday to announce it, the network said.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 30, began a 2 1/2-month maternity leave from “The View” on October 23.

She also was a contestant on the television reality show “Survivor.”

Her husband is a backup for the Arizona Cardinals

CNN

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The gene pool needs a few less lifeguards

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 7 November 2007

You gotta be fuckin stupid to walk into a cop shop smokin pot. No, I’m not making it up–I couldn’t:

DANBURY, Conn. – A man is facing drug charges after he allegedly walked into the Danbury police station puffing on a marijuana-filled cigar.

Capt. Robert Myles says Scott Snow walked into the station early Saturday and blew smoke from his cigar into a small opening in the bullet-resistant glass separating desk officers from the public.

Myles says the 24-year-old man was told there’s no smoking inside the building and he allegedly stubbed out the cigar on the counter.

Officers came out and smelled the distinctive odor of marijuana and arrested Snow.

Police say they found more alleged marijuana in Snow’s pants. He has been released after posting bond.

Yahoo Odd News

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