Friday, March 23, 2007

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

NANJING, China (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Chinese cemeteries are selling paper Viagra pills to families of the deceased to burn alongside the body. The fake pills are meant to symbolize the family’s good wishes for the dead person to have satisfying sex in the afterlife. Customers are also buying images of condoms and made-up bar girls to ensure a great sex life as well.

PENMAENMAWR, Wales – A man in Penmaenmawr, Wales, got a slice of ham and pineapple pizza tattooed on the back of his head to raise cash for a cystic fibrosis charity – and to celebrate the opening of his new pizza shop. Colin Helsby says the tattoo took three hours to complete, but he’s happy with the results and plans to show it off for several weeks before he grows his hair back.

MOSCOW – A man only wearing boxers was found dead in an owl cage at the Moscow Zoo. Alexander Luparev was found in the Siberian long-tailed tawny owl’s cage with only his underwear on and a half-empty bottle of vodka next to him. Officials speculate Luparev hit his head after starting a fight with the owl and then passed out. The bird is reportedly still in shock after it was found near the cage and is not eating or drinking anything.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Cocaine was found in a toddler while she was at a Jacksonville, Florida, preschool. The unidentified girl was taken to the hospital by her parents after teachers noticed she was acting unusual, not eating and unsteady on her feet. Both parents have tested negative for the drug, and so have 12 of the 14 employees at the preschool.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tobey Maguire has been hinting that the upcoming Spider-Man flick will be his last, but Kirsten Dunst promises that’s not the case. She tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that Maguire is “just messing with you guys.” She also promises to be with the series for at least two more films – if director Sam Raimi and Maguire are willing and able.

HOLLYWOOD – Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Grindhouse, is reportedly violent, but he says rumors that the film will get an NC-17 rating are completely bogus. He tells Jeanne Wolf that the Motion Picture Association of America hasn’t even seen the film, and that’s because he and co-director Robert Rodriguez are still working on final edits. As he puts it, “It would be against the law for us to show it to the MPAA when we’re trying to work on it.”

HOLLYWOOD – Trend followers are predicting a day when people watch films on their iPods, but Quentin Tarantino doesn’t see it. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “I don’t accept it as a way to watch a movie. I believe in the theater experience.” Tarantino says he’s been asked to make Kill Bill available for iPods but says his answer was a terse “I don’t want anyone watching my movie on these tiny screens.”

HOLLYWOOD – Adam Sandler says making his new drama, Reign Over Me, was difficult for him, but some good came out of it for his personal life. According to Jeanne Wolf, he no longer feels the need to fight for “four or five days” on the same subject. Instead, he says he wants to settle things quickly. In his words, “I’ve learned to attack things when they’re small. Don’t wait and let bad feelings fester because you can’t get over that.”

HOLLYWOOD – Working on the new film, Reign Over Me, was a case of art imitating life for stars Don Cheadle and Jada Pinkett Smith. Cheadle tells Jeanne Wolf that he and Pinkett were filming an argument scene when he suddenly said, “I had this exact argument with my wife last night!” Pinkett’s response: “Will [Smith] and I did, too, yesterday in my trailer!”

HOLLYWOOD – Director Eli Roth hopes he can make you puke. He’s the director of the upcoming horror flick, Hostel 2, and admits to Jeanne Wolf that the highest compliment he can receive is when people upchuck during his movies. As he puts it, “When people vomit, for me, it’s like a standing ovation.”

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