Thursday, July 27, 2006

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

MIAMI (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A federal judge is forcing a Miami school district to put a book titled A Visit to Cuba back on its shelves after the school board ordered it removed. The book was banned after a parent complained the book’s depiction of life in the Communist country was “misleading and offensive” because it showed Cubans being “overly rosy.”

ANHUI, China – A health clinic in Anhui, China, is creating a stir with online postings of an ancient erotic novel. A doctor at the clinic says the uploaded chapters from Secret Lust of Spring Palace are meant to educate people about sexual problems and are not for personal pleasure. As he puts it, “Sometimes it’s not medicine that solves problems.”

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – A woman in Independence, Missouri, is claiming her ex-boyfriend shoved a cell phone down her throat in a jealous rage. The boyfriend, however, says the woman deliberately forced the phone down her own throat to prevent him from seeing who had called her last.

VOSGES, France – French police recently stopped a group of would-be tokers from creating the world’s longest marijuana joint. Apparently the potheads had already rolled a 32-inch doobie – with plans to make it even bigger – but ran out of resin right before the cops confiscated it.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Samuel L. Jackson didn’t have to look far for inspiration for his snake- slaying role in Snakes On A Plane. Jackson tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that, growing up, “if my friends and I saw a snake, it was in a lot more trouble then we were. I was pretty fearless.”

HOLLYWOOD – Movie fans are seeing a different side of Jason Mewes in Clerks II – a sober side. Mewes tells Jeanne Wolf that his role in the Kevin Smith comedy sequel marks the first time he’s ever been sober on camera. He says he drank a bottle of blackberry brandy before filming the first Clerks movie, adding: “I was probably drunk in every scene.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actor Nicolas Cage tries to pick roles that won’t put him in a box, but he didn’t mind being in a box for the upcoming film, World Trade Center. According to Jeanne Wolf, Cage spent most of his time on set acting in what he calls, “essentially a box.” Although the box-like set didn’t allow him to do much more than lie there, he says he found himself “kind of relaxing into it and it became very liberating actually.”

HOLLYWOOD – Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen brings out the worst in Alabama residents. Cohen plays a French racing champ in the Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, and says when he was introduced to a crowd of real racing fans as a French driver, he was booed by 200,000 people. Still, he tells Jeanne Wolf that wasn’t the first time Alabama wasn’t such a sweet home to him. About two years ago, he played a gay Austrian cheerleader at a Mississippi- Alabama football game as part of a segment of his Da Ali G. Show and says the crowd became so irate they pelted him with beer.

HOLLYWOOD – Actress-singer Ashanti loves a good cat fight – even when it hurts. Ashanti filmed a screen battle for the upcoming comedy, John Tucker Must Die, and tells Jeanne Wolf, “There was no holding back. It was crazy. We were laughing, but there was some real slapping.”

HOLLYWOOD – Milo Ventimiglia plays Sylvester Stallone’s son in the upcoming sequel, Rocky Balboa, and says Sly gave him some interesting direction for their scenes together. He tells Jeanne Wolf that Stallone told him: “This kid looks at his father and talks to him like he’s an 18-year-old. So have that patience with him.”

HOLLYWOOD – Ted Danson says his upcoming comedy, The Amateurs, may be the “cleanest dirty movie you will ever see.” The film, which also stars Jeff Bridges, is about a town that tries to put itself on the map by doing a porn flick. However, Danson tells Jeanne Wolf that “even though it’s about porn, it’s so sweet and kind.”

HOLLYWOOD – The new indie comedy, Little Miss Sunshine, features some very explicit adult language, but while 9-year-old star Abigail Breslin was on set during the dirty dialogue, she didn’t actually hear it. According to Jeanne Wolf, Breslin’s mom made her wear headphones during the scenes so she would hear the music of Kelly Clarkson, rather than the cursing of fellow cast member Alan Arkin.

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