Thursday, January 11, 2007

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Going to church is pretty sweet for one man in London. George D’Aubney just finished building a replica of St. Paul’s Cathedral entirely out of fruitcake. The 4-foot model took D’Aubney three years to make and his recipe called for more than 13 pounds of flour, 50 eggs, and 9 pounds of sugar.

SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. – A man in South Daytona, Florida, liked his life as a jailbird so much, he faked a robbery just so he could go back to prison. Danny Robert Villegas, who served a 70- month sentence in a federal penitentiary, recently robbed a bank and calmly sat on the couch in the bank’s lobby afterwards, waiting for police to arrest him. Villegas said he grew tired of his job as a roofer and just wanted to go back to prison.

BUCHAREST, Romania – A creepy house is on the market in Bucharest, Romania. “Dracula’s Castle,” the Transylvanian home that inspired the tale of Dracula is on sale for a bloody $78 million by the family that currently owns it. The local council in the area is interested in buying and preserving the house as a Romanian tourist attraction, but officials say the price is bat-infested and too expensive at this point.

LOVELAND, Colo. – A man in Milford, Connecticut, bought three snowballs from a woman in Loveland, Colorado, for $200 on eBay. Chris Hansen says he bought the snowballs for his three daughters because they got everything they wanted for Christmas except snow. He plans to freeze the balls until the girls decide what to do with them.

BEIJING – China has just released a series of stamps that taste like sweet and sour pork when you scratch them. The stamps have been released to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Mandy Moore may only be 22, but she considers herself an old woman. The actress-singer tells columnist Jeanne Wolf: “I’m just an old woman at 22. I work hard all day, and I want to go home and chill out or have dinner with my friends. I can’t live that other life. But I don’t pass judgment on anybody that does.”

HOLLYWOOD – Mandy Moore’s newest movie, Because I Said So, has her playing a woman with a testy relationship with her mother – but she didn’t have to act. That’s because Moore says her own mother is just as annoying as the character played by Diane Keaton in the movie. She tells Jeanne Wolf: “I don’t know if my relationship with my mom is as tumultuous. Although she definitely annoys me as much as Diane’s character. But that’s what you have to love about the mother/daughter dynamic. As much as my mom annoys me, everything she’s doing comes from a good place.”

HOLLYWOOD – Sophia Bush is taking action to move away from her One Tree Hill character – by appearing in an action movie. According to Jeanne Wolf, Bush stars in the upcoming remake of The Hitcher and the actress admits she couldn’t wait to carry a big gun, drive a car through some serious crashes and get wet, down and dirty. As Bush puts it, “She’s not your whiny sidekick. She becomes the heroine.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actor Emile Hirsch stars with Justin Timberlake in the upcoming druggie drama Alpha Dog, and he inadvertently impressed the singer the first day on the set. Timberlake tells Jeanne Wolf that in their first scene, the camera was rolling, and Hirsch didn’t say anything, he just stared at JT. Timberlake was impressed and thought Hirsch “was doing a Brando or something.” However, Hirsch says the truth was, he forgot his line because he couldn’t believe he was standing next to the pop superstar.

HOLLYWOOD – No one can call Prison Break star Dominic Purcell a wimp – at least not after what he did on the set of his new horror flick, Primeval. According to Jeanne Wolf, Purcell messed up his shoulder during a stunt and was flown to a hospital. But after a medic told him the docs were simply going to pop his shoulder back into place, Purcell took matters into his own hands and punched it back in himself. Purcell says the shoulder immediately felt better, but admits “it’s still a bit deformed.”

HOLLYWOOD – Songwriter Ne-Yo appears in the new film, Stomp The Yard, but he can hardly wait to stomp back to his day job. Ne-Yo tells Jeanne Wolf that he’s writing songs for Britney Spears and has an offer to pen tunes for Whitney Houston. However, he admits he won’t write a single line for Houston until he can meet with her in person because, as he puts it, “It’s real touchy because there’s a lot of stuff she may not want to talk about.”

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