Thursday, February 8, 2007

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

DECATUR, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Chicago Bears may have lost the Super Bowl, but they still have one die-hard fan in Decatur, Illinois. Scotte Wiese was so confident the Bears would win the big game that he signed a petition in front of 200 friends and bar patrons saying he’d change his name to Peyton Manning, the name of the Indianapolis Colts quarterback, if the Bears lost. Wiese is following through with his promise and has just filed the paperwork to legally change his name saying his sacrifice “represents the true passion of Bears fans.”

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – Grand Canyon tourists can live on the edge next month when the “Skywalk” – a giant steel and glass walkway – opens to the public. The Skywalk is designed to let brave tourists go for a stroll in mid-air with nothing between their feet and the 4,000-foot drop to the Colorado River. The $30 million walkway will go out 70 feet from the canyon’s rim and is expected to draw more tourists than ever to the Grand Canyon.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Paying a credit card bill in person turned into a dangerous ordeal for a man from Fort Erie, Ontario. Wayne Kingwell tried to sail the Niagara River in the middle of the night in a rubber raft in hopes of crossing the river so he could pay off an $85 credit card bill in person in Buffalo, New York. Kingwell was rescued from the river’s current and taken to a local hospital for hypothermia. He faces charges from the U.S. Border Patrol for illegally trying to enter the country.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Empire State Building is no longer the tallest building in America, but it stands shoulders above other buildings as the most popular piece of architecture in the country. According to a survey by the American Institute of Architects, the Empire State Building beats out the White House, Washington National Cathedral and the Jefferson Memorial. By the way, the World Trade Center ranked in at No. 19.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD – Eddie Murphy admits playing a dramatic role in Dreamgirls was a true stretch for him. He tells columnist Jeanne Wolf: “Comedy is my comfort level. It’s easier for me to do. I know how to go for the laugh. Dreamgirls was trying to catch those dramatic moments and dancing and singing. That was really scary.”

HOLLYWOOD – Eddie Murphy may have stretched himself for Dreamgirls, but not as much as for his new comedy, Norbit. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “Norbit is kind of geeky, and I’m not geeky. I’ve heard people describe me as shy; I wouldn’t describe myself as a shy person. I’m an introvert. I play extroverts on the screen, but I’m an introvert.”

HOLLYWOOD – Hugh Grant has a simple explanation why he’s made the new romantic comedy, Music And Letters, with Drew Barrymore. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “It’s an inability to do anything else. I’ve dabbled in other genres, and I’m not terrible. But I always think, ‘Somebody else could do this better.”

HOLLYWOOD – Hugh Grant sings and dances in the new romantic comedy, Music And Lyrics, but admits it wasn’t much fun. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “I don’t move very naturally. I don’t sing very naturally. I don’t exist very naturally. I found belting out pop songs incredibly difficult.”

HOLLYWOOD – Hugh Grant bonded with co-star Drew Barrymore in Music And Letters – by being her complete opposite. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “I felt sorry for her. It’s tough, because as ridiculous as she is in being positive about the world, I think I’m unbearably negative, and so I think I brought her down. I think she made me more cynical than ever.”

HOLLYWOOD – Mark Wahlberg admits being nominated for an Oscar wasn’t the best part about working on The Departed, it was the chance to “be an ass” to Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “I loved the fact that [my character] was really one of the only good guys in the movie because he was, for want of a better term, such an ass to everybody. And I know it really bothered Leo and Matt a lot when we were doing those scenes and I was getting in their face, and they couldn’t do anything about it. I thoroughly enjoyed that.”

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