Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thanksgiving Briefs

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One turkey may have been trying to escape its Thanksgiving fate when it wandered into New York’s Triborough Bridge toll plaza. The bird-brained turkey halted traffic for about 15 minutes as workers chased the bird down. The 10-pound female scurried around, frightened, as six officers cornered it and a construction worker finally caught the feathered fleer. Instead of taking the turkey home for Thanksgiving dinner, animal control authorities released it into a wooded area.

BREA, Calif. – Roasting a Thanksgiving turkey may be a thing of the past for some Americans. According to a survey by LouAna Peanut Oil, 49 percent of adults have eaten fried turkey, while 28 percent plan to eat fried turkey this Thanksgiving. The increase in the fried bird may be due to the fact that it only takes 48 minutes to fry a turkey as opposed to more than three hours to roast one.

NEW YORK – If you’re one of the 25 million people planning to travel worldwide over the Thanksgiving holiday, there is one thing not to be thankful for – U.S airlines are reported to be misplacing and losing luggage at a record-breaking rate. In the last two months the Transportation Department has received 382,861 mishandled baggage complaints – up from just 199,627 around this time last year.
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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

SHANGHAI, China (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Chinese love boat cruise is searching for solely good-looking women to set sail with some of China’s most successful bachelors. The men on the love cruise are worth anywhere from $250,000 to $25 million and are searching for attractive women who will understand their businessmen lifestyles. So far, more than 1,000 women have applied to the cruise but only 30 of them have been accepted.

BROWARD, Fla. – The stamp on an absentee ballot in Broward, Florida, might be worth more than $200,000. The stamp, which features an “inverted Jenny” – an upside down airplane printed in blue with a red border – and is from the early 1900s, was spotted by an official who was reviewing the incoming ballots.

BETHANY, Okla. – A grocery store owner in Bethany, Oklahoma, hasn’t taken a day off in 36 years. Darrell Barnes bought Barnes Grocery back in 1970 and works 10 hours a day, seven days a week and has never gone on vacation but says he wouldn’t want it any other way.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Emilio Estevez’s new film, Bobby, is a movie he’s been waiting literally all his life to make. According to columnist Jeanne Wolf, Estevez was only five when Robert Kennedy was assassinated. In his words, “I ran upstairs and woke my father [Martin Sheen] to tell him. He wept. He just wept uncontrollably for the next two days.”

HOLLYWOOD – Demi Moore plays a drunk singer in Bobby and confesses there are advantages to playing an alcoholic on screen. She tells Jeanne Wolf: “It’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time because you can be and say whatever you want. And you just let go of caring about how you appear.” Still, she admits she almost didn’t take the role because she was self-conscious about her singing.

HOLLYWOOD – Love is truly blind for Demi Moore. Her hubby, Ashton Kutcher, appears in Bobby as a long- haired druggie who takes a couple of straights on an acid trip. Although Kutcher’s character has tobacco in his teeth and dirty nails, Moore tells Jeanne Wolf she still found him “kind of sexy.”

HOLLYWOOD – Will Smith spent a lot of time with a psychiatrist while filming The Pursuit Of Happyness but says the therapy was for his character, not himself. Smith tells Jeanne Wolf that he wanted to understand the psychological motivations of his character so he had a shrink analyze the script. The docs surmised the script’s real-life inspiration, Chris Gardner, must have had a defining moment in his life that would compel him to be a good dad. Smith then asked Gardner for his take and the author told him when he was young, his stepfather forced him to stand naked outside of the house on Christmas Eve and that forced him to vow to be the best father ever.

HOLLYWOOD – Brittany Murphy appears all throughout her new thriller, The Dead Girl, but it isn’t the real her. Murphy plays the title role and admits to Jeanne Wolf that most of the film features a prosthetic creation that “eerily looked a lot like” her. But while Murphy thought the fake her looked “cool,” she admits she “wouldn’t want it” lying around her house.

HOLLYWOOD – Actors commonly go through boot camp before filming war movies but the cast of The Nativity Story had to do a first century version in order to create the mood. Actor Oscar Isaac, who plays Joseph, says the director made the actors build the sets using first century tools. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “It felt a little strange to help build the set, but it did make me realize how hard people had to labor in biblical times.”

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