Thursday, September 7, 2006

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

OTTAWA, Ontario (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Swiss driver caught speeding in Ottawa, Ontario, says he was just taking advantage of the goat-free roads. The man was pulled over by police for going more than 100 miles in a 60 mile zone and was fined $330.

RACINE, Wis. – A man has been arrested for killing a 7-11 clerk over a $1.16 taco in Michigan. Kenyatta Davis was arrested in Racine, Wisconsin, over the death of Wajed Ali Baig. Apparently Davis argued with Baig over the taco’s price before going to his car, getting a gun and shooting Baig four times.

ALLIANCE, Neb. – (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Forty baseball players in Alliance, Nebraska, played the longest baseball game of their lives this past weekend (Sept. 2-3), as they played 84- innings, for 30 hours, in an attempt to break the world record for the longest baseball game ever played. The game began Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and finished Sunday evening.

NEW ORLEANS – A Hurricane survivor in The Big Easy’s got it hard: he has been served a sewage and water bill for over $1,000 – even though he hasn’t lived in the home for more than a year. James Stromberg says, understandably, that he never thought he would be billed for a home that he wasn’t able to live in.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Maggie Gyllenhaal once played a submissive in the controversial movie Secretary, and after playing the grieving wife in World Trade Center, she’s back to being controversial. In the upcoming Sherrybaby, she plays Sherry Swanson, an ex-junkie on the brink of losing her battle with addiction. As Gyllenhaal describes her: “This woman... can’t wallow in her pain, and she can’t really be cynical. All she can do is survive.” Gyllenhaal got a huge dose of reality while researching in halfway houses for women. As the actress puts it: “I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know it was that bad. These women are just screwed.” The film also includes the most explicit nude sex scenes since her bondage and spankings in Secretary. Gyllenhaal says: “The sex is pretty dark, pretty sad, and pretty tough.”

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Adrien Brody says he “did not consult Anthony Pellican” – the notorious “P.I. to the stars” he plays in Hollywoodland, which chronicles the life and mysterious death of TV Superman George Reeves. Brody skipped the historical studies and plunged into the role of Louis Simo, a small-time detective who is hired by Reeves’ mother to find out whether there was something sinister behind the single gunshot wound that killed her son. Says Brody: “Like Simo, I imagined I was solving a mystery while we were filming.” So, what does Oscar-winner Brody think about the answer to the mystery?: “After doing the film I’m not sure anymore than Simo was.... I don’t think there is any real evidence pointing to suicide. But Reeves was also depressed, so it’s hard to tell.”

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Zach Braff knows people love him as J.D. on the TV series Scrubs – and he doesn’t care if they hate him on the big screen in the upcoming romantic dramedy written by Oscar-winner Paul Haggis, The Last Kiss. Braff says with a big grin: “If audiences come out of the movie and despise my character, that’s great.” He adds that there’s “a lot of reality” in playing “a guy who’s believably human and makes mistakes. We all do things in our lives where we wake up... and wish we had a time machine so we could back and change a stupid decision.”

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One of the reasons Diane Lane wanted to star in the George Reeves biopic Hollywoodland was because she was a swooning fan of the actor’s 1950s TV series, Adventures of Superman. As Lane recalls it: “George Reeves was the only Superman for me. The show was on in the morning, and I was late for school almost every day because of it. It was great just to see him standing in front of the American flag. I couldn’t take my eyes off him!”

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Aussie actress Jacinda Barrett was ready for a few laughs after nearly drowning in Poseidon, and being cheated on in the upcoming flick The Last Kiss. She says with a laugh: “I couldn’t do another movie unless it was light and funny.” Her wish is granted with School for Scoundrels, co-starring Jon Heder and Billy Bob Thornton – whom Barrett reveals are like yin and yang. “Jon is so sweet... he won’t swear,” she says, adding: “Billy Bob is the complete opposite... . He has a wicked, filthy sense of humor.”

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