Saturday, November 05, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
Here is another one of those Forbes lists. This one is the most overpaid stars in Hollywood.
To qualify, each actor had to have starred in at least three movies in the past five years that opened in more than 500 theaters. Animated films were excluded because the stars aren’t really the draw.
They then calculated each star’s estimated earnings on each film. Then looked at each movie’s estimated budget and box-office and DVD earnings to figure out an operating income for each film.
They added up each star’s compensation on his or her last three films and the operating income on those films, and divided total operating income by the star’s total compensation to come up with a return-on-investment number. The final number represents an average of how much a studio earns for every dollar paid.So here are the worst investments in Hollywood:
1. Drew Barrymore - $0.40 on every $1
2. Eddie Murphy - $2.70 on every $1
3. Will Ferrell - $3.50 on every $1
4. Reese Witherspoon - $3.55 on every $1
5. Denzel Washington - $4.25 on every $1
6. Nicolas Cage - $4.40 on every $1
7. Adam Sandler - $5.20 on every $1
7. Vince Vaughn - $5.20 on every $1
9. Tom Cruise - $6.35 on every $1
10. Nicolas Kidman - $6.70 on every $1
Children were rewarded at a Markham day camp last summer for such things as pole dancing, taking off their clothes and sucking a counsellor’s toe, the Star has learned.
One Markham mother (whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of her children), said she knew something was wrong when her 12-year-old daughter and her friend were tight-lipped after she asked about their third day at the Town of Markham-operated Camp Chimo.
“They just looked at each other and said, ‘We can’t tell you,’” the mother said.
When she asked them why not, the girls – who were enrolled in the first two-week session of the Voyageurs program for 12- to 14-year-olds — told her their counsellors had said not to tell their parents what they’d done that day.
“And then I said, ‘Well, you have to tell me,’” she said.
The girls said they’d played a game called “What would you do for an ice cream bar?” where campers were split into groups and were rewarded with treats for completing various tasks.
First, her daughter told her she’d licked the inside of a porta-potty wall.
“The counsellor said if you do that, you can earn an ice cream bar,” she said her daughter told her.
The mother said she tried not to overreact. She told her daughter she could have gotten sick.
But then the story continued.
Her daughter said she’d also rubbed ash from the campfire on her face and washed it off in the muddy river running through Milne Dam Conservation Park, where the camp was being held, off McCowan Rd.
“And then she said, a girl laid down, she pulled up her top, I spit in her belly button and someone else drank it,” the mother said. “So they were doing body shots with spit.”
Her daughter told her other kids did worse for an ice cream snack — pole dancing without pants on and running around the outdoor camp with their shorts on their heads.
One girl sucked the toe of a male counsellor hired to work with special-needs campers, she said.
“When a male adult counsellor asks a 12-year-old girl to suck his toe and I’ll give you an ice cream bar, that’s sick,” the mother said.
Activities campers participated in as part of the “challenge”:
• Sucking a counsellor’s toe
• Camper kissing another camper’s tongue
• Pole dancing with no pants and only underwear
• One camper spitting in another camper’s belly button, then another camper drinking it
• Licking counsellor’s feet
• Licking another camper’s armpit
• Taking off their pants, putting them on their head and running around camp in underwear
• Licking the inside wall of a port-a-potty
• Eating ants
• Being duct-taped to a tree
• Putting duct tape on another camper’s eyebrows and ripping it off
• Hitting a counsellor in the face
• Putting mulch in their mouth
• Climbing in a garbage can with garbage in it and rolling down a hill
• Eating soap
• Running around camp with dirty socks in their mouth
• Smearing campfire ash on their face and then washing it off in the muddy river
Broke and tired of the Northern California expenses, Terri Weissinger was looking for a fresh start; she booked a one-way ticket to Idaho through Orbitz.com. Unfortunately, she had a little more time in California than she anticipated -- eight days to be exact. Because she booked her flight before a new federal law went into effect requiring ticket brokers to disclose all hidden fees, Weissinger didn't know about the extra $60 U.S. Airways would charge at the airport to check her additional bags.
With only $30 left to her name, she had no money to pay the extra fees. So she was stuck at SFO -- for eight miserable days.
Weissinger offered to pay the fee when she arrived in Idaho, but the U.S. Airways agent wouldn't let her. She also asked if she could leave one bag there at the Airport. That, the agent explained, would be in violation of security regulations. By this time, she had missed her flight, and she was stranded, walking the airport for more than a week as the fees and expenses accrued.
Reminds me of a really bad Tom Hanks movie.
A man convicted of posing as a fertility doctor in the Phoenix area has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Jeffrey Graybill, 40, was arrested in Los Angeles in October 2009 on charges of fraud, identity theft, sexual abuse and sexual assault.
In addition to molestation allegations, authorities also accused Graybill of stealing the identity of a Scottsdale doctor.
I've heard of fake doctors groping women but this is the first I've of a guy putting on the white coat to grope guys. But wouldn't you get suspicious of a doctor advertising on Craigslist? I understand the popularity of the website but what reputable doctor would use it to locate sperm donors? I guess we have the answer - none!
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Detectives have arrested Jennifer Christine Harris, 30, of Des Moines, on a charge of first-degree arson. She is being held in the Polk County Jail on $100,000 bond.Officers asked Jim Rasmussen if anyone would want to harm him of his family and he provided the name Jennifer “Jen” Harris. He said Harris was a long-time friend of his wife but they were now involved in a dispute.
A police report says that when an officer asked Nikki Rasmussen about Jen Harris, Rasmussen said “… the two are no longer friends due to a dispute over Facebook. According to Nikki, Jen is angry with her because she ended their friendship on Facebook.”
“Things were posted on Facebook,” Kamerick said. “Jen asked Nikki to create an event on Facebook for a party. Nikki did that. As the date for the party approached “there were a lot of ‘declines,’ on Facebook, the detective said. It was looking like the party might be a bust. The dispute apparently blossomed. So when the garage went up in flames, Harris became the first name that occurred to the victims.
What can I say. Some people cannot handle social media. Hope they have insurance.
A New York man suing the studio that photographed his wedding said he is dissatisfied and wants to recreate the event, despite the fact that he is now divorced.
Todd Remis, who is suing H & H Photographers in State Supreme Court, said he wants the $4,100 he paid the studio for photographing his 2003 wedding refunded and an additional $48,000 to fly friends and relatives to the city and recreate the event for another photographer to document, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Remis, who filed his lawsuit in 2009, one year after separating from wife Milena Grzibovska and a year before their divorce was finalized, said the photographers failed to take any pictures of the couple's first dance and the bouquet toss. He said the pictures that were taken "unacceptable as to color, lighting, poses, (and) positioning."
H & H owners Curt Fried, 87, and his son, Dan, said they have already spent $50,000 in legal fees. Dan Fried called the case "an abuse of the legal system."
A Star Wars fanatic choked his Thai bride to death after she destroyed his prized collection of toys.
Rickie La Touche, 30, said his wife had damaged his treasured Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker memorabilia which he had been collecting since he was a child.
During a subsequent row he suffocated Pornpilai Srisroy, 28, before running off to his mother's house to tell her what he had done.
The mother-of-one was later discovered dead on the couple's bed covered with a duvet and pillow in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years yesterday after a jury found him guilty of murder. He had admitted manslaughter.
La Touche - also known as Rickie Nehls - told police his wife had smashed up his Star Wars collection as part of a campaign to 'make his life hell.'
He claimed he was a henpecked husband who 'flipped' after she threatened to leave him to go back to her native Thailand.
He first met her in a bar while on holiday in Bangkok in Thailand in 2001, Preston Crown Court was told.
He became 'besotted' and they married on his fourth visit to the country in 2003 but she could not get a UK visa until two years later.
However, he was a henpecked husband who had turned to a domestic abuse hotline before the murder in April, the court was told.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
A 10-year-old trick-or-treater pulled a gun on a woman who said she would take his candy on Halloween.
According to a police incident report, the 28-year-old victim told authorities she recognized some boys from her neighborhood while they were trick-or-treating about 6:30 p.m. Monday and jokingly told them she would take their candy.
One 10-year-old in the group of about 10 juveniles responded with “no you’re not …” and then pointed a 9 mm handgun at her.
According to Aiken Public Safety Lt. David Turno, the clip was not in the gun at the time, but the boy did have a loaded clip in his possession.
The boy’s brother, also 10, told authorities he also had a gun.
The second weapon was recovered Tuesday morning.
The boy who pulled the weapon was brought to the police station where he was turned over to the custody of his parents. Turno said the boys got the weapons from their grandfather without permission.
What do you expect. You try to grab candy from a sugar-addicted tweener you will find yourself trouble. Mars bars to a 10 year old is like crack. They will kill to get their fix.
The game was broadcast live to millions. Nosrati and Rezaei have said they did not intend to offend anyone.
The two "have been banned indefinitely from all football activities for committing immoral acts", AFP news agency quoted Ismail Hasanzadeh, the head of the Iranian football federation's disciplinary committee, as saying.
AFP said the two players have also been suspended by Persepolis and fined nearly $40,000 each.
The Islamic republic's football federation has been trying for years to curb what it considers immoral behaviour on the field and foul language among players and spectators.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
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Religious broadcaster Harold Camping says he and his Family Radio network are embarrassed that the world didn't end on Oct. 21 as he predicted.
In a message posted on his network's website, the 90-year-old Camping says, "When it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we're finding that it is very, very difficult."
Camping also apologizes for saying last May that people who didn't believe his prophecy that Christians would be taken up to heaven in the rapture on May 21 probably were not saved.
Camping did apologize for claiming that those who mocked his predictions would not be Raptured. He ended the broadcast by suggesting that, perhaps, the misdirection was painful personal lesson from God.
I'm starting to get pissed at this Camping character. Back in June I ran up a very expense MaterCard bill expecting the world to come end. Then in October I start handing out money to homeless people. Okay if you want to preserve you integrity you need to at the very least have some Rapture business going. Maybe the ending the whole world is too much. Try starting off small like just Lebanon.
A man shot his next door neighbour because he was fed up with him repeatedly ‘telepathically raping’ his wife.
Michael Selleneit told police he opened fire on neighbour Tony Pierce in Centerville, Utah, in self-defence. Police said Mr Pierce was shot in the back and the bullet has hit several organs, including the sac around his heart. His spleen has had to be removed and he is fighting for his life in intensive care.
Lieutenant Paul Child, of the Centerville Police Department, said they arrested Selleneit, 53, who was charged with attempted murder and unlawful weapon possession. According to a probable cause statement filed with the Davis County jail, Selleneit told detectives he shot Mr Pierce in self-defence with intent to kill him. He claimed his neighbour had been ‘telepathically threatening’ to kill Selleneit and his wife. A statement from police said: ‘Selleneit also claimed that Pierce had telepathically raped his wife on many occasions.
The motorist, reportedly frustrated with his girlfriend's refusal to commit, managed to smashed into 13 civilian cars and four police vehicles.
A police spokesman said the man "was in a state of insobriety behind the wheel of the car" and lost control the RIA Novosti news agency said.
When the man was arrested after a chase, he stepped out of the car clearly drunk and completely naked, the spokesman said.
Russian news agencies did not give the name of the driver.
However, the lifenews.ru tabloid website, known for its police connections, said he was Moldovan-born, called Vitaly G, and had recently received Russian citizenship.
"I was flying on the wings of love," Vitaly G said in a tape of his testimony obtained by the website.
"The day before my loved one said she was no longer ready to have a serious relationship," he said.
He added that he had gone on the rampage out of frustration as the world seemed to be against him.
That Russian bootleg vodka will make you some crazy stuff. Seriously women and vokda do not mix. Vitaly is lucky he didn't go blind on the stuff.
Monday, October 31, 2011
So isn't this picture of actress Sophia Turner just as insensitive? If the above outfit is inappropriate then what about Pocohontus.
Kim Kardashian is getting divorced after only 72 days. That's only two and a half months. Apparently celebrities are especially susceptible to being married for very short periods of time. Here are some that were so short they make Kim's look long.
Less than 24 Hours
Zsa Zsa Gabor and Felipe DeAlba: Of course Zsa Zsa Gabor owns every Hollywood marriage record. When she married this lawyer/actor it only lasted for one day because it was ruled her previous marriage wasn't properly dissolved.
Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: These two childhood sweethearts got married on a whim in Vegas at 5:30 in the morning. This marriage certainly was, after only two and a half days, or 55 hours to be exact.
Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman: This odd couple got married in Vegas in what seemed like a publicity stunt. Or a big mistake. He filed for an annulment nine days later, though they remained legally married for about five months.
Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds: The two had a non-binding ceremony on New Year's Day 2008 and vowed that they would have a big, splashy Kardashian style wedding back home later. But it never happened. They broke up 14 days later.
Axl Rose and Erin Everly: The rocker and the girl who inspired Sweet Child o' Mine (and a daughter of an Everly brother) married a couple times, but the first time was in Vegas and they had it annulled after just 26 days. They got married again and it lasted for nine months before they divorced again.
Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas: Remember when Drew Barrymore was all crazy and bisexual and doing insane things in the '90s? Well, this was one of those episodes, and the pair got married after a very brief courtship. But "29 days later" it's how long they lasted before getting divorced.
Chris Kattan and Sunshine Tutt: This former SNL funnyman and the great great great great great great great great great granddaughter of the Egyptian King broke up after 42 days.
Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon: The pair were married in Vegas and split after just 60 days. That's shorter than her marriage to Kid Rock and his to Shannen Doherty.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: Kim and Kris only lasted 72 days, but Kim made a fortune during that time, collecting $17.9 million selling TV and photo rights, which works out to $10,358.80 per hour.
A Hertfordshire, U.K. man must be feeling pretty embarrassed after making an emergency call to report a mysterious flying object, which turned out to be nothing less than the moon itself.
Or was it just a bad prank?
"It's not an emergency per se," the caller says to the dispatcher, "but there's something flying over our house. Um, It's coming towards me now, there's all this light blazing. I don't know what the hell it is!"
The call was received after 8 p.m. on a recent, unspecified night according to the Metro. The caller seems fairly serious -- even panicked -- but it's hard to imagine anyone could make this type of mistake.
However, once he's realized his astronomical goof, he makes a second 999 call (the British equivalent of dialing 911) and the woman who answers is not amused.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The Thornhill Woods Haunted House has been around since 2004 and is really outstanding. It's worth coming out to take a look. The owners raise money for Sick Kids Hospital so it's lots of fun and goes to a great cause. It's on display for the week leading up to Halloween so Monday night is the last night of the season. The crowds are huge and York Regional Police come on the night of Halloween to control the traffic and crowds.
If you're one of the top U.S. "foreclosure mill" law firms—representing Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo in their attempts to foreclose on homes and evict homeowners—what better way to celebrate Halloween than by throwing a party where everyone comes as a dirty, homeless victim of your practice?
The New York Times was sent a series of photos from a Halloween party thrown last year by the firm of Steven J. Baum—the "merciless" foreclosure mill, subject of a Justice Department investigation, and defendant in at least two class-action lawsuits over its shady foreclosure practices. In one photo, two women with fake dirt on their faces hold a sign that says "3rd party squatter. I lost my home and was never served!!"; in another, a woman holding a beer bottle in a paper bag pushes a shopping cart with a sign saying "will work for food." They're pretty horrible! Like, "would offend the richest, whitest frat at the most conservative university in the south" horrible.
Police in Ross Township have arrested a man after they said he stole a sandwich from a restaurant and then tried to flee in a forklift parked nearby. Police said Sean Faulkner ordered food from Sieb’s Pub on Babcock Boulevard and ran out the door without paying. Employee Karie Donatelli said that Faulkner “just was very weird. We were very leery of him.”
Witnesses told investigators Faulkner then tried to leave in a forklift parked in a nearby lot, police said. “The forklift doesn't travel fast, so I don't know that he was able to make a speedy escape,” said Detecive Brian Kohlhepp.
Faulkner, who was found by responding officers sitting in the forklift, told them that he saw the keys inside and drove it to a parking lot next door to Sieb’s, police said. “Apparently, he was tired of walking, and he said he saw the forklift with the keys in it, and it seemed like a good idea at the time,” said Kohlhepp.