Thursday, August 10, 2006

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

SEAHAM, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A British couple have admitted that a rash of UFO sightings in their town last month were the result of an innocent housewarming. Paul McKinney and Emma Henfrey figured they “better tell” English Ministry of Defence officials when reports of sightings of their floating lanterns were misinterpreted in the local press as UFOs and were being investigated.

LONDON – The paintings of Claude Monet are being used to chart the eco-accuracy of smog measurements in late 19th-century London, according to “geomotrists” for the Royal Society, Britain’s academy of sciences. They claim that the “pea soup” quality of the Impressionist painter is not, if their measurements are correct, artistic embellishment.

DES MOINES, Iowa – A 20-year-old woman in Des Moines, Iowa, recently woke up to find a five-pointed star tattooed on her right ankle. Hilary Snyder says her boyfriend inked her ankle in her sleep but that she didn’t feel anything because she was passed out from pain killers and sleeping pills. Apparently he wanted them to have matching tattoos even though she had told him she didn’t want one.

CHICAGO – A new survey by and American Online reveals that the average U.S. worker wastes away approximately 1.86 hours during an eight hour work day – not including lunch and other breaks. The top time wasting activities include socializing with co-workers, personal phone calls and “spacing out.”
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Lindsay Lohan doesn’t spend all her time off camera partying up a storm. She makes a little time to hang out with Yoko Ono. According to columnist Jeanne Wolf, Lohan is starring in Chapter 27, a movie about John Lennon’s murder, and felt she should meet with Ono to get her okay. Lohan admits she was nervous about the role because she’s been getting death threats, but now says she loves her character because, as she puts it, “She's such a genuine fan of John and Yoko. She’s the light in the movie.”

HOLLYWOOD – Courtney Cox-Arquette admits she found paparazzi photographers annoying – until she started pumping them for information. Cox-Arquette is working on a new series about tabloid journalists called Dirt and tells Jeanne Wolf that when she meets a pesky paparazzo, she offers them one exclusive picture in exchange for information on how they do their job. Although she has some empathy for them, she admits the constant stalking makes her want to sell her home in Malibu.

HOLLYWOOD – Actor Justin Long stars in the new comedy Accepted but admits he can’t understand some of the roles he’s accepted recently. He tells Jeanne Wolf that he portrays a racist redneck character in the upcoming comedy The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang and found it odd that the producers wouldn’t let him cuss. As he puts it, “I was, like, ‘How can this guy not swear or even say goddamn’?” Long says the only bad word in the script was “crap,” so filmgoers can expect lines like, “I don’t give a crap you stupid, gosh dang nerd.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actor Jonah Hill is getting lots of laughs in Accepted for the scene where he screams like a girl. However, he didn’t actually do it. According to Jeanne Wolf, Hill asked a female cast member to do the screaming instead – but he didn’t tell his fellow cast mates. Luckily, everyone laughed and that’s the take that made it into the movie and the trailer.

HOLLYWOOD – Actress-singer Christina Milian recently filmed Pulse in Romania and was shocked by how its citizens treated the African Americans in the cast. She tells Jeanne Wolf: “We’d walk to the car and people in the parking lot would literally be screaming, ‘Ha ha, black black.’ When it’s in your face, it’s really depressing.” There was an upside: Milian says she was happy to know her music has been released in Transylvania.

HOLLYWOOD – Tim Allen has a hard time watching shows like American Idol because he feels the judges are like executioners. As he puts it, “It’s a terrible thing to have to judge performers.” Allen tells Jeanne Wolf that if he was a judge on the show, he’d like to think in his heart he’d be nice like Paula Abdul but, admits, “With my mouth, I’d come on more like Simon Cowell.... He’s the more fun guy to play.”

HOLLYWOOD – Kristen Bell recently filmed a new horror film, Pulse, in Romania and admits she wasn’t thrilled with all the handiwork on set. She tells Jeanne Wolf that the spookiest moment came while filming a dreamlike sequence when she’s fondled by many pairs of hands. In her words, “Thankfully, everyone used hand sanitizer” but says she freaked out at one point and started screaming. As she puts it, “I was almost in tears because I had this very claustrophobic feeling.”

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