Thursday, October 26, 2006

Halloween Briefs

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Halloween could turn out to be really scary if you don’t teach your kids the difference between candy and medicine. Clinical pharmacists are warning parents to keep all medicine that looks like candy out of children’s reach, for fear of mistaking the meds for Halloween treats. Some common medicines to keep away from kids are Sudafed tablets, which resemble cinnamon Red-Hots candies and Ex-Lax laxatives, which look like Hershey’s chocolate bars. Pharmacists also insist parents never try and trick their kids into taking medicine by telling them it tastes like candy.

LOS ANGELES – It looks like Dennis Rodman will be spending Halloween alone. The basketball player donated his time with a fan for charity but has gotten no bidders on eBay. There’s one day left but the starting bid – which includes three round-trip airline tickets to Las Vegas to hang out with Rodman at a strip club – is $7,500.

BETHESDA, Md. – Almost 100,000 Mr. Potato Head pumpkin decoration kits have been recalled by Target stores. The kit, which allows kids to dress their pumpkin up as a Fireman, a monster or a diva, are considered a choking hazard.
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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

ANTIGO, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There was an extra-large prize stuck in a stuffed-animal vending machine in Antigo, Wisconsin – but it was no stuffed animal. Three-year-old Robert Moore went fishing for a stuffed SpongeBob SquarePants doll and ended up trapped in the vending machine. Robert squeezed through an opening and called his grandma over to the machine. Employees couldn’t find the machine’s key so Robert waited for the fire department to come rescue him. He was freed with no injuries and sadly, no SpongeBob.

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. – It’s best to keep horseplay out of jail. That’s the lesson one jailer in Rogersville, Tennessee, is learning the hard way after being fired for shooting an inmate with a toy pistol. Josh Byrd shot rubber pellets from a toy gun at an inmate but didn’t injure him. Byrd was fired for crossing the boundaries of professionalism as a jailer.

SALT LAKE CITY – The body of a 600 pound man was too much for one crematorium in Salt Lake City to handle. Apparently, his body fluids seeped out of the oven and onto the floor – causing the room to catch on fire.

LONDON – A London toy company has pulled a pole dancing toy kit off the shelves after parents claimed it was “destroying children’s innocence.” The kit, which includes an 8- foot pole, a garter belt and an instructional DVD, instructed kids to “unleash the sex kitten inside.”
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tobin Bell has scared millions of horror fans by playing “Jigsaw” in the Saw films but he insists he’s a nice guy in real life. Bell tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that, in real life, he’s more concerned with playing guitar, mountain climbing and coaching Little League than torturing people. In fact, he’s surprised he plays so many bad guys. In his words, “I always thought I was going to play romantic leads and guys with a lot of sensitivity.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actress Shawnee Smith is 3 for 3 in the Saw films. She’s one of the few cast members who’s survived all three gorefests. But that doesn’t mean she can watch the films. According to Jeanne Wolf, Smith keeps her hands up to her face the whole time and just peeks through her fingers. In fact, she admits filming Saw 3 was so traumatic that she had “full-on insomnia” during the entire shoot.

HOLLYWOOD – Shawnee Smith is now such an intregal part of the Saw series that she jokes that her contract stipulates her 7-year-old daughter will direct Saw 17. However, she tells Jeanne Wolf that the girl is forbidden to actually view any of the films until she turns 18.

HOLLYWOOD – Film director Gabriel Range is attracting controversy for his faux-documentary Death Of A President which is about a fictionalized assassination of George W. Bush. But he hopes to attract viewers in high places. According to Jeanne Wolf, Range hopes the Secret Service wants a copy of the film but, sadly, they haven’t asked for one. Range is disappointed that Hillary Clinton has condemned the film as “disgusting and sick” even though she hasn’t seen it and calls her knee-jerk reaction “very troubling.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actor Derek Luke plays South African anti- apartheid hero Patrick Chamusso in the upcoming drama, Catch A Fire, and the man he was playing had as many questions for Luke as Luke did for him. According to Jeanne Wolf, the first thing Chamusso asked Luke was, “Do you know Beyonce?” Although Luke didn’t know the singer, the two hit it off anyway.

HOLLYWOOD – Tim Robbins plays a bigoted South African security officer in Catch A Fire and it affected him so much that he went to the opposite extreme when he was off the set. According to Jeanne Wolf, Robbins spent his off hours hanging out in hip-hop clubs and was often the only white person there.

HOLLYWOOD – Cate Blanchett stars with Brad Pitt in the upcoming drama Babel and came to appreciate the actor’s strength – literally. She tells Jeanne Wolf: “The poor thing had to lug me full-tilt on a rocky path for hours on end.”

HOLLYWOOD – Rupert Grint is best known as Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter films but he’s already trying to set up a career for when those films end. Grint’s newest film, Driving Lessons, features him as a young man seduced by a 20-year-old Scottish beauty and says the love scene was scarier than anything in a Potter production. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “I was nervous and embarrassed for my first love scene, but watching it back is even worse than doing it.” However, he admits taking the salsa lessons required by the role was the scariest thing he’s EVER done in his life.

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