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Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars Audition (Video)

December 27, 2016

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Strange but true: Carrie Fisher asked that her obituary state that she drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra. Rest In Peace Princess Leia. The actress who played her, Carrie Fisher, was a real hero in her life, helping others by being open about her issues with drug addiction and mental illness.  Fisher, the […]

The origin of Santa Claus, have you heard this one?

December 12, 2016

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Holidays are difficult when you’ve recently lost a loved one. I won’t get a tree this year. I don’t feel anything when I see the lights. I’d really like to just skip Christmas. I do like giving, however. That cheers me up, a bit, so I’ve been helping everyone I can in whatever way seems […]

Lenoard Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015) *sniff*

February 28, 2015

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I’ll confess that looked up to him like a father figure in some ways. He made it okay for me as a kid to think logically when the humans around me were suffering to understand the world through the fog of their emotional responses. His work was an inspiration in many other ways. I’ll never […]

Robin Williams, July 21, 1951 – Aug 11, 2014, Apparant Suicide

August 13, 2014

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Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor, stand-up comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career […]

Did Homer Simpson Solve Fermat’s Last Theorem?

September 30, 2013

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In an episode of The Simpson’s called The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, Homer appears to write a valid solution to defeat Fermat’s Last Theorem on a blackboard. But given that Fermat’s last theorem is proven, is it real? Well, obviously not—but in this video mathematician and author Simon Singh explains why he wasn’t actually too […]

Hoax? ‘Whistleblower’ Leaks ‘Michael Jackson’s Final Phone Call’

September 18, 2013

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In what appears to be the Internet’s latest and greatest hoax, a whistleblower who claims he worked for the Department of Defense purports to have leaked Michael Jackson’s final phone call before his death, during which the pop star voices his fear of a government conspiracy to murder him. Robert Connors, about which no information […]

Elton John: “I’m lucky to be alive after operation”

September 9, 2013

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Elton John has said he is “lucky to be alive” after an operation that stopped appendicitis from killing him. The singer said his appendicitis, which was initially misdiagnosed, stopped him from performing at several concerts last summer. He told The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine: “I’m lucky I’m still alive. I started feeling ill 14 […]

Linda Ronstadt: Parkinson’s disease has left me unable to sing

August 24, 2013

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Linda Ronstadt, the one-time “First Lady of Rock”, is no longer able to sing due to Parkinson’s disease. The 67-year-old, who sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is widely regarded as the most successful female rock singer of the 1970s, said she was diagnosed eight months ago and “can’t sing a note”. “No […]

Ben Affleck to play Batman in next Superman movie

August 23, 2013

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Rumors about who will star as the Caped Crusader in the yet-to-be-named film have been swirling ever since “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder announced at Comic-Con last monththat the two superheroes would appear together in the sequel – their first pairing on the big screen.Affleck’s name wasn’t even on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of […]

Steel yourselves, movie fanboys, for Superman/Batman

July 21, 2013

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Perhaps the ultimate superhero buddy movie will be coming to theaters in the next few years, as Warner Brothers announces plans for a Superman/Batman flick. Image: The new Superman/Batman logo unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. … Nothing quite says “tease” like reading from a mega-popular, fan-favorite comic book at the end of a movie panel. […]

Bidder buys $1.5 million space date with Leonardo DiCaprio

May 25, 2013

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How much would you pay to get locked in a spaceship with DiCaprio? At an auction to benefit AIDS research, a man buys three days of training and a trip to suborbital space with the “Gatsby” star. Spacebound: Leonardo DiCaprio acknowledges the audience at the opening of the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. […]

Practice makes perfect? Not so much

May 21, 2013

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Jason Mraz, world famous performer with “perfect pitch”.   Turns out, that old “practice makes perfect” adage may be overblown. New research led by Michigan State University’s Zach Hambrick finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess and […]

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53

April 22, 2013

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Australian rocker Chrissy Amphlett, the Divinyls lead singer whose group scored an international hit with the sexually charged “I Touch Myself” in the early 1990s, died Sunday after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, her husband said. She was 53. “Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly,” her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton, […]

Confusing Twitter hashtag leave Cher fans in mourning

April 8, 2013

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… Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away today.She was admired and derided in almost equal measure. Some adored how she assaulted entrenched British institutions with her handbag. Others thought she was a petty and divisive shopkeeper’s daughter. One Web site that espoused the latter view is called Is Thatcher Dead Yet? It rather […]

Carrie Fisher to return as Leia in new Star Wars film

March 6, 2013

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Carrie Fisher to return as Leia in new Star Wars films 4 hrs ago from CNET The actress says she’ll reprise the galactic role that made her famous. The Force seems to be growing stronger with the upcoming new Star Wars films. Actress Carrier Fisher will return to a galaxy far, far away to play […]

Watch the 2013 Oscars Free on the Internet

February 25, 2013

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This wasn’t easy to find, but here’s a working stream of ABC which is broadcasting the Oscars tonight:  http://ufreetv.com/abc.html

Congressman says ‘Lincoln’ depicts Connecticut vote erroneously

February 7, 2013

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Watching the movie “Lincoln” on Saturday, Rep. Joe Courtney was perplexed during the climactic scene. Two of his predecessors from nearly 150 years ago, lawmakers representing the state of Connecticut in 1865, are seen voting against the constitutional amendment to end slavery. Courtney asked the Congressional Research Service for the records, and sure enough, all […]

Original Batmobile sold for $4.2m at US auction

January 21, 2013

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The Batmobile used by actor Adam West in the original TV series of Batman has sold for $4.2m (£2.6m) at a US auction. The car was bought by Rick Champagne, a logistics company owner from Phoenix, Arizona. The 56-year-old, who was just 10 when the high-camp TV series began in 1966, said it “was a […]

Dear Abby columnist dead at 94

January 17, 2013

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Pauline Friedman Phillips who, under the name Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running “Dear Abby” advice column followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94. Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Phillips’ column competed for decades with the […]

The FBI’s secret file on Marilyn Monroe: intimate details kept

December 30, 2012

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A classified file released by the FBI shows how the agency tracked Marilyn Monroe’s suspected ties to communism in 1956. The agency documented an anonymous phone call to the New York Daily News that year warning that playwright Arthur Miller was a communist and Monroe had ‘drifted into the communist orbit’ after her marriage to […]

Justin Bieber murder plot documented by New Mexico court

December 13, 2012

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An imprisoned man whose infatuation with Justin Bieber included a tattoo of the pop star on his leg has told investigators in New Mexico he hatched a plot to kill him. Court documents in a New Mexico district court say Dana Martin told investigators he persuaded a man he met in prison and the man’s […]

Movie Review: Life of Pi

November 25, 2012

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A boy on a shipwreck survives in a lifeboat. His family and everyone else on the cargo ship dies. He tells two different stories of how he survived. In one of them, bananas float in the ocean and he was trapped on a boat with a tiger. The visuals are great and the story pace […]

SkyFall – Trailer

November 6, 2012

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Sir Roger Moore: James Bond actor ‘beaten up by first two wives’

September 12, 2012

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In a candid television interview, the 84 year-old claimed his first wife, Doorn Van Steyn, whom he married in 1946 aged 19, repeatedly punched and scratched him and also threw a teapot at him. The ice skater, real name was Lucy Woodard who died in 2010, also left him with scars and also punched his […]

Elvis Presley crypt pulled from auction

June 25, 2012

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1 day ago 1 day ago The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried has been withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine. More than 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Julien’s Auctions said it would not sell […]

TV star Richard Dawson dies at 79

June 4, 2012

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Can’t sleep tonight, so I’m catching up on the news. This is sad. Survey says.. Rest in peace. TV star Richard Dawson dies at 79 BBC NEWS | JUNE 3, 2012 http://pulse.me/s/9UzFW –Richard Dawson won an Emmy Award in 1978 for best game show hostRichard Dawson, the English-born actor and TV host who found fame […]