Thursday, October 5, 2006

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

BIRMINGHAM, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A dog in Birmingham, England, is alive after a vet served him up a large vodka tonic. Teddy the Alsatian was rushed to the doctor after his owner realized he had drank anti-freeze and was near death. Owner Kate Sheppard says Teddy is in good health but suffered “quite a hangover.”

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – High school sweethearts in Knoxville, Tennessee, tied the knot this weekend after being separated for more than 60 years. Edgar and Juanita Eastham reconnected three months ago when Edgar recognized her name on an eligible widow dating list.

SHAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. – A boy in Shawnee County, Kansas, is in the hospital after he tried to recreate a stunt from the film Jackass Number Two. Joe White must undergo brain surgery after he decided to jump from a car that was going over 35 miles per hour.

LANCS, England – Romance is in the air in Lancs, England. Katie Thornton said yes to her longtime boyfriend Phil after he took her for a helicopter ride. When they flew over the school where they met, 200 students banded together to spell out Marry Me. The couple has been together for ten years.
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HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Robin Williams still has his sense of humor after being released from rehab for alcohol abuse – at the expense of Mel Gibson. He tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that despite Gibson’s recent bad rap he cares about him “in a big way” and that he’s a beautiful man – especially when he’s in a kilt. Says Williams: “I’ve seen him wearing a kilt on a cold day, and I could swear he was smuggling a dagger.”

HOLLYWOOD – Robin Williams plays a comedian turned politician in the new film Man of the Year and he tells Jeanne Wolf he doesn’t see himself running for office in real life. As Williams puts it, “Politicians are afraid to have a sense of humor because they’re afraid they’ll say the wrong thing and get buried alive. It’s all so bland.”

HOLLYWOOD – Matt Damon may play a tough-as-nails cop in the new Martin Scorsese flick The Departed, but he doesn’t think he has the guts to be a real cop. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “They gave me a bulletproof vest and put me at the end of a line of cops who rammed down the door and rushed in with their guns – I was a lot closer to the action than I was comfortable with.” Damon says his only interaction with cops before the flick had been for speeding on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

HOLLYWOOD – It looks like Jason Schwartzman admits he gained 45 pounds for his role as Louis XVI in the new film Marie Antoinette. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “I was nervous because I only had six weeks to do it. She promised a doctor would supervise me, but no one ever called. So I looked at the calendar and embarked on this weight-gaining mission, basically just eating everything I could.” He says his get fat routine included drinking lots of beer, watching DVDs and putting donuts by his bed so he would scarf them down at 3 in the morning.

HOLLYWOOD – Martin Scorsese is making no excuses for the violence in his films – especially his latest movie The Departed. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “The violence in my own films; I can’t defend it. I approach it the way I remember it growing up ... In The Departed there’s absurdity in some of the violence, I think, but that’s just the absurdity of being alive.”

HOLLYWOOD – Kerry Washington admits she was afraid to go to Africa to film the movie The Last King of Scotland. Washington, who plays one of Idi Amin’s wives, tells Jeanne Wolf: “I’d never been to Africa before; There is this idea that as an African-American you’re supposed to go to Africa. It’s like you’re coming home. And I was terrified to be totally honest, that I would not have that feeling and I would feel like a bad black person.” She says she put her fears aside once she landed in Africa and fell in love with the country.

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