Thursday, February 22, 2007

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

SPRING HILL, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A woman mourning the loss of her cat went on a reckless joy ride in Spring Hill, Florida. Tracy Caldwell was pulled over by police after she hit 19 mailboxes and a few trash cans during a half mile drive. Police determined Caldwell was not driving drunk but was just emotional over the recent loss of her cat and charged her with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Caldwell claimed she didn’t realize she had taken down the mailboxes and thought it was just a garbage can stuck underneath her truck.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A couple in St. Paul, Minnesota, face drug charges after a mechanic found a budding surprise in their fuel tank. It seems the couple took their car into a Midas shop complaining about fuel problems when a mechanic noticed strange marks on the gas tank and called police, who bluntly enough, found more than 150 pounds of pot stashed in their tank.

NORTH LOGAN, Utah – A cheeky college hockey goalie put on quite a show at a recent game. University of Southern California student Mickey Meyer rode his hockey stick like a horse, dropped his pants, mooned the crowd and slapped his butt before being ejected and ticketed for lewdness. No word yet on what charges, if any, Meyer faces for his bizarre behavior.

LINCOLN, Neb. – A grandma on a rampage in Lincoln, Nebraska, is being charged with child abuse and criminal mischief after making her 12-year-old granddughter drive her to a relative’s house to break five windows. Grandma Vickie Britton was arrested by police an hour after the incident when she was found drunk in the car with her granddaughter behind the wheel.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – John Travolta plays a wannabe biker in Wild Hogs, but he didn’t have to pretend when he was on his own hog. According to columnist Jeanne Wolf, the actor has ridden motorcycles since the age of 18 and rode one around Hollywood because it was “inexpensive.” As he puts it, “I just love ’em.”

HOLLYWOOD – John Travolta was the most experienced biker in Wild Hogs, but he may get competition from co- star Tim Allen. Travolta tells Jeanne Wolf that Allen was the only member of the cast to actually wipe out on his bike, but says “that’s because he was showing off.”

HOLLYWOOD – John Travolta is playing a woman named “Edna” in the musical version of Hairspray and admits he’s learned a lot about the fairer sex in the process. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “It showed me you girls have the power, baby.” The actor says he was surprised at how many men flirted with him when he was in his heels and housedress only to ignore him when he took off the get-up.

HOLLYWOOD – Robert Downey, Jr. is the latest actor who is taking on a superhero role. Downey has signed on as the star of Iron Man and says he’s a huge fan of the Marvel Comics character because, as he tells Jeanne Wolf, “Stan Lee created Iron Man on a dare to see if he could make a wealthy, weapons-manufacturing, hard-drinking, womanizing prick likeable and a hero; to get to play the part when I’m not so old that it’s embarrassing is pretty sweet.”

HOLLYWOOD – Virginia Madsen is sharing the secrets to the career comeback that started with the movie Sideways. She tells Jeanne Wolf that she follows “a positive thinking thing” called “the Law of Cupcakes.” As she puts it, “I would only think of cupcakes, and suddenly they were everywhere. I got out of a cab and there was a grand opening of a cupcake place. I got a basket of cupcakes from my agent when I started [making The Number 23]. And there was actually a crew guy on the set wearing a T-shirt with a cupcake on it.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actress Chloe Sevigny enjoyed working on the thriller Zodiac, but admits she has one regret: No love scene with Jake Gyllenhaal. Sevigny tells Jeanne Wolf that “it would have been nice to have at least touch once and show some intimacy.” She doesn’t know why director David Fincher chose not to film such a scene, but admits she didn’t push the issue because “it was my first big studio picture, and I didn’t want to make any demands.”

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