Thursday, July 6, 2006

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A boozing bear cub in Lake Tahoe, California, knows how to “par-tay” after being caught bear-handed in the back of a Buick washing down a slice of pizza with a Jack Daniels mixer, vodka and a beer. The guzzling grizzly apparently tied one on for more than 20 minutes while 30 human spectators looked on.

POSEY COUNTY, Indiana – Police in Posey County, Indiana, have arrested a 43-year-old woman for stealing two Beanie Babies off of a grave site in Posey County, Indiana. Officers had been watching the site because they had received complaints that items had gone missing. The toys were found in the car of Lucinda Jacobs, who was arrested and later released on $5,000 bond.

KOLKATA, India – Hundreds of people are flocking to a hospital in Kolkata, India to see a man’s skull. A piece of Sambhu Roy’s skull fell off Sunday (July 2), causing doctors to worry that the 25-year-old electrician would die, but, amazingly, a new covering has started to form over the exposed area. Roy was almost killed last October when he was electrocuted on the job, burning his scalp and exposing his skull.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Will Ferrell was a driven man while preparing for his role as a race car driver in Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby. According to columnist Jeanne Wolf, Ferrell and his co-star, John C. Reilly, took racing lessons at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Ferrell says even though he was eventually doing 135 mph, Reilly beat him by going 145 mph. Still, he doesn’t mind since his goal was to beat Britney Spears, who reportedly once clocked in at 112 miles an hour.

HOLLYWOOD – Although Marlon and Shawn Wayans’ latest movie, Little Man, is supposed to be a comedy, it was no laughing matter to the staff at a certain Vancouver hotel. Marlon tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that the cast was rehearsing lines in the hotel’s conference room and was told to “keep the laughter down.” He says that he told the staffer, “We’re reading a comedy script here, how can we stop laughing?” Despite that eloquent argument, the Little Man cast and crew were kicked out and had to find a more secluded spot.

HOLLYWOOD – It’s a good thing that Keanu Reeves has acting to fall back on, since his music career hasn’t worked out. Reeves tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that he no longer works with his old band, Dogstar, and admits, “I kind of came to the place where we couldn’t play music together anymore.” Reeves tried to play with a band called Becky for 18 months but says he “got in the band’s way.” Still, Reeves does jam with musicians and insists he still has a few “Reeves’ riffs.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actress Taryn Manning got an earful from the sound guy on the set of her new thriller, The Breed. According to columnist Jeanne Wolf, she had to scream right before a scene where she’s killed and, because she’s a trained singer, she really used her diaphragm to push it out. Sadly for the sound guy, her bloodcurdling scream was so loud that she thinks she “blew his eardrum out.”

HOLLYWOOD – Some actresses don’t like to look ugly on screen but actress Amy Sedaris loves it. The star of the sitcom-turned-big-screen flick, Strangers With Candy, admits to columnist Jeanne Wolf that the best part of looking ugly is “having people meet me in person and go, ‘Why you’re really a pretty thing.” Still, Sedaris did make some concessions for the big screen and cut down on her character’s nicotine stains.

HOLLYWOOD – Robin Williams says his secret for switching from comedy to drama isn’t the script – it’s his beard. Williams grew a beard for his newest film, The Night Listener, and facial hair works for drama because it “makes you look serious and older, which I think is good for drama.” Still, he jokes he’ll use a beard in an upcoming comedy, Moyle With A Mission, which he describes as “a slasher movie with no killing where I do circumcisions.”

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