Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln - DreamWorks Studios just announced that Daniel Day-Lewis will take on the role of President Abraham Lincoln in the long-in-development biopic to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Lincoln, which playwright Tony Kushner has adapted from the Doris Kearns Goodwin book Team of Rivals, has been on Spielberg's docket for years, with Liam Neeson once attached to star as the 16th president. Kushner also co-wrote Spielberg's Munich, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Kathleen Kennedy and Spielberg are producing the project, which the director will begin filming next fall. “Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future," said Spielberg. "I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln." DreamWorks expects to have the film in theaters late in 2012 through Disney's Touchstone label. Day-Lewis most recently starred in the musical Nine and Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 drama There Will Be Blood, for which he won an Oscar for best actor. Though Day-Lewis is British, it's notable that Raymond Massey, who was Canadian, won the was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1940 for portraying the famous president in Abe Lincoln in Illinois. "Throughout his career, [Daniel] has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material," said DreamWorks co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider, "which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for Lincoln." Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

Amish Staggering Growth in Midwest

Amish Staggering Growth in Midwest - The Amish are one of the fastest-growing religious groups in North America, according to a new census by researchers at Ohio State University. The study, released July 27 at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, suggests a new community sprouting every three and a half weeks. Nearly 250,000 Amish live in the U.S. and Canada, and the population is expected to exceed 1 million around 2050. The growth may not be visible outside Amish country, but the rural settlements definitely see the boom. “This place has grown,” said Daniel Miller, 52, who has spent his life on an Amish settlement here. “It’s because all of the kids.” Many Amish families have multiple children, Miller said, adding that those children often stay in the community and eventually sprout families of their own. There are currently 99 church districts, or communities, in Middlefield, which is east of Cleveland in central Northeast Ohio. Miller said he remembers when there were less than 20. The Amish double their population about every 22 years, said Joseph Donnermeyer, the Ohio State professor who led the census project as part of the recent 2010 U.S. Religion Census. The skyward growth has made Ohio home to more than 60,000 Amish residents — the most in any state. Pennsylvania ranks second with about 59,000 Amish people. Indiana ranks third with about 45,000. Amish Staggering Growth in Midwest

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Anna Chlumsky Veep

Anna Chlumsky Veep - Twenty-one years after she played an adorable tomboy in the 1991 coming-of-age film, Chlumsky is showing off her more glamorous side. The 31-year-old actress showed up to the New York screening of her new show, HBO's "Veep," on Tuesday wearing a sexy form-fitting Gianni Versace dress (from New York Vintage), smouldering eyes, and a cascade of curls brushed to the side by hair stylist Creighton Bowman. If that wasn't far enough from her breakout role as Vada Sultenfuss in "My Girl," Chlumsky also accessorized with jewelry by House of Lavande and shoes by Walter Steiger. The blond beauty returns to the spotlight in "Veep," portraying the chief of staff to the vice-president of the United State (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus). The HBO series is an American version of "The Thick of It," a BBC show that spawned the 2009 film "In the Loop," in which Chlumsky also played a part. Anna Chlumsky Veep

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Comedian Gallagher Heart Attack

Comedian Gallagher Heart Attack - Prop comic Gallagher, best known for obliterating watermelons with a sledgehammer, suffered a heart attack on Wednesday night. The 65-year-old was taken by ambulance to a hospital after he complained of having chest pains. Gallagher's manager, Craig Marquado, spoke with CBS 11 of Dallas. Marquado said Gallagher is having "very serious issues with his heart." He expected his client to be in the hospital for an extended period. According to various sources, including TMZ, Gallagher (real name: Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr.) was in a Texas bar when he suddenly collapsed. He was set to perform later that night. This isn't Gallagher's first heart attack. He suffered a minor one onstage last year while performing in Minnesota. Though he was arguably most famous during the '80s, Gallagher remains a well-known comedian. In the '90s, Gallagher's younger brother, Ron Gallagher, began impersonating his big bro and performed a similar comedy routine at clubs. Leo Gallagher sued Ron, who is no longer permitted to impersonate him. Gallagher is a big believer in his own abilities. In 2005, Gallagher gave an interview with the Oregonian in which he ripped on the comedic talents of everyone from Jay Leno to David Letterman, Tom Hanks, and Michael Keaton. Gallagher has come under fire in recent years for onstage rants that some consider to be racist or homophobic. In an article in The Stranger, Seattle writer Lindy West recounts some of the comic's jokes from a 2010 performance, when he raged against the French, transsexuals, gays, Mexicans, and President Obama. Comedian Gallagher Heart Attack

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kim Dotcom Appeal

Kim Dotcom Appeal - Alleged internet pirate Kim Dotcom will appeal today's decision denying him bail, his lawyer says. Dotcom, a German millionaire and founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, was arrested on Friday on behalf of United States authorities, including the FBI, in a police raid at his $30m Coatesville mansion. US authorities were now seeking his extradition. They alleged Dotcom's company breached copyright laws costing copyright owners more than US$500m in what they call the "Mega Conspiracy". The 38-year-old, who was previously convicted of hacking and insider trading, has denied any wrongdoing. Dotcom was today remanded in custody, with judge David McNaughton saying he posed a "significant" flight risk. He will be held until February 22, when extradition papers are expected to be filed. However Dotcom's lawyer, Paul Davison, QC, said that decision would be appealed to the High Court. Davison spoke of the disappointment at the decision. "We were hopeful that the judge would accept our intentions and our arguments and see that there was no risk whatsoever of Kim Dotcom seeking to leave New Zealand. "All of his assets have been frozen, all of his resources have been taken," he said outside court. Kim Dotcom Appeal

Ohio School Shooting

Ohio School Shooting - Authorities said a teen gunman opened fire inside the school cafeteria around 7:30 a.m., fatally wounding one student and seriously injuring four others. The suspect was taken into custody near his car a half-mile from the Cleveland-area school of 1,100 students. Heather Ziska, 17, said she was in the cafeteria when she heard popping noises in the hall. She said she saw a boy she recognized as a fellow student enter the cafeteria and start shooting. "Everybody just started running," said 17-year-old Megan Hennessy, who was in class when she heard loud noises. Hiding in classrooms, frightened students spent more than an hour trying to communicate with the outside world and get reliable information, said senior Matt Goergen, 17, who was in first-period English class when the school went into lockdown. Many in the room didn't believe there was a shooting until "a girl sitting next to me got a call from her dad saying it was real," he said in a text message interview. Sophomore Trevor Miducki, 16, was in the hallway next to the cafeteria when he saw two girls "running down the hallway, just, like, sprinting" from the cafeteria. Locked into his first-period English classroom, Miducki heard sirens outside but wasn't sure what was going on. "We were all wondering what happened," he said. "We were all frantically texting our parents … We were keeping calm, but were all so scared." Ohio School Shooting

Uma Thurman Expecting

Uma Thurman Expecting - Uma Thurman is pregnant with her third child. The 41-year-old actress is expecting with her businessman boyfriend Arpad Busson. The actress's manager Jason Weinberg confirmed the news exclusively to MailOnline. The Kill Bill star already has two children - Maya, 13, and 10-year-old Levon - with her ex-husband Ethan Hawke. Busson also has two children, Arpad Flynn Alexander Busson and Aurelius Cy Andrea Busson, with former girlfriend Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson. Earlier this month, the blonde beauty was spotted wearing baggy clothes and crossing her arms over her stomach in the front row of the Tommy Hilfiger show during New York Fashion Week. The actress, who is known for her fondness of elegant fitted gowns, was wearing a loose navy outfit and matching coat. Before her front row appearance she was also seen on set of the new drama series Smash. Uma looked striking in a pink Hindu-inspired outfit as she filmed scenes for the NBC musical show in Manhattan. Thurman, who was married to actor Ethan Hawke for five years, admitted to Harper's Bazaar earlier this year that she's never been happier than she is now. Uma Thurman Expecting

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Victoria Beckham and Miserable Image

Victoria Beckham and Miserable Image - There has been speculation around recently that Victoria Beckham is looking so bad she looks absolutely miserable. I think the speculation is right. Recent photos of Victoria show dark circles around her eyes which doesn't really compliment her gaunt figure. She looks starved and exhausted leading to the recent speculation. She has come out swinging at her critics insisting she really isn't miserable and it is something that was fabricated by journalists. Victoria Beckham and Miserable Image

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tom Hanks Rita Wilson Married 23 Years

Tom Hanks Rita Wilson Married 23 Years - In a town where marriages rarely make it past the one-year mark, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are one of those couples that make celebrity marriages seem pretty awesome. They’ve been married for over 23 years now--which is like 5 lifetimes in Hollywood--and admit they fall more in love with each other every day. So what’s their secret to maintaining such a long, healthy relationship in this town? "We want to be married to each other,” Rita confessed to Hollyscoop at the Larry Crowne movie premiere in Hollywood. She added, “I think that's very, very important [to want to be married]. You got to want to be married to the person you're married to. We still like each other a lot." Tom was previously married to Samantha Lewes in 1978 but began an affair with future wife Rita Wilson while they were filming Volunteers. He recently admitted he wasn’t proud of the affair, but couldn’t deny the chemistry he had with Rita. He told GQ magazine, "Rita and I just looked at each other and - kaboing - that was that. I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn't be denied." Tom Hanks Rita Wilson Married 23 Years

Dolly Parton Whitney Houston

Dolly Parton Whitney Houston - Dolly Parton paid tribute to Whitney Houston, the deceased pop diva who catapulted her song “I Will Always Love You” to a global phenomenon, by citing the ballad they both made famous. “Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston,” Parton said in a statement Saturday. “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.’” Houston died Saturday at the age of 48. The singer had a well-chronicled struggle with substance abuse and drugs. Also read: Whitney Houston Dead at 48 Parton wrote “I Will Always Love You” in 1973. The song chronicled her split with her collaborator Porter Wagoner. The country star’s version rose to first place on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and was later re-recorded for the soundtrack of her film “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” However, it took Houston to make the ballad a true crossover hit. The song was featured prominently in the 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” which marked Houston’s film debut. It would break records to spend 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and would become perhaps Houston’s best known torch song. Dolly Parton Whitney Houston

Bon Iver Best New Artist

Bon Iver Best New Artist - Like Arcade Fire's surprise Album of the Year win at last year's Grammys, Bon Iver taking home Best New Artist on Sunday night (February 12) over more established artists like Nicki Minaj was bound to raise a few eyebrows. When you asked "Who are Arcade Fire?" in 2012, we had you covered, and we've been following Wisconsin singer Justin Vernon (the man behind Bon Iver) for quite some time — long before he snagged BNA and Best Alternative Album at this year's ceremony. Quite the pleasant surprise for the under-the-radar folk singer, who recently became the face of a Bushmills whiskey ad to boot. Bon Iver's second, self-titled disc was released in early 2011 but is still clearly getting the attention it deserves. He may have made a few public derogatory comments about the Grammy Awards ceremony itself, but that didn't sway the voters or the singer from showing up. To put his "underground" status into perspective: Bon Iver debuted at #2 in June 2011 on sales of just under 104,000, but its total album sales to date (just over 357,000) are nothing compared to a powerhouse-seller like Adele's 21. A helpful primer on Justin Vernon/ Bon Iver: The former All-State high school football star and World Religion college major began his career playing in the jazzy party band Mount Vernon, which transitioned into DeYarmond Edison, formed with some old high school pals who all moved to North Carolina in 2005 to spread their musical wings. A year later, things fell apart with his band and his girlfriend, just as he was laid low by a vicious bout of mono, driving Vernon back to Eau Claire for some physical and psychic healing. Bon Iver Best New Artist

Whitneys Mother Cissy

Whitneys Mother Cissy - Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy Houston has expressed her devastation at the loss of her daughter, who died Saturday afternoon as she was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party in California. She described the death of her daughter as an "unimaginable tragedy." "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney," the gospel singer said in a statement according to OnTheRedCarpet.com. "This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends." The 78-year-old mother has reported that she talked to her daughter just half an hour before she was found unconscious in a hotel room bath tub. It has also been reported that Houston talked to her cousin Dionne Warwick just several hours earlier to confirm seating arrangements at that evening's party, according to TMZ. However, it was to be a party that Houston would never attend, and the pop icon was later pronounced dead at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, Feb. 11. Houston had a well-documented fight with drug and alcohol abuse over the years, and she was in rehab just in May of last year following a relapse to her old addictions. But she was reported to have been healthy in the days prior to her death, and just two days before tragedy struck she gave what became her final performance, singing "Yes Jesus Loves Me" at an LA nightclub. Bobby Brown, Houston's ex-husband, who was on a reunion tour with New Edition, is reportedly devastated at the news. He took to the stage Saturday night, breaking into tears at one point, in an emotional performance. Whitneys Mother Cissy

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Police Pursuit Ends with Car on Sleeping Man

Police Pursuit Ends with Car on Sleeping Man - A Connecticut man woke up to a real-life nightmare early Tuesday morning when a car police were pursuing slammed into his apartment while he was sleeping and landed on top of him. Just after 12:30 a.m., Hamden Police spotted a BMW wanted for motor vehicle violations and attempted to stop the driver. Police pursued the car from Hamden to New Haven, through the Southern Connecticut State University campus and into the Newhallville section of New Haven. Hamden Police made several attempts to stop the fleeing BMW, police said, but the driver lost control, crashed through a first-floor apartment at 91 Winchester Ave. and fled. Michael Sweat, 34, a tenant, was trapped beneath the car for more than an hour as rescuers attempted to free him. Sweat was taken to the Hospital of St. Raphael with second- and third-degree burns to his lower body and is expected to recover. New Haven police were not involved in the pursuit, but are searching for the driver of the BMW who fled the scene. State police are also assisting in the investigation. Police Pursuit Ends with Car on Sleeping Man

Birth Control Recall

Birth Control Recall - Dr. Ranit Mishori, an assistant professor in the department of family medicine at Georgetown University, said today that patients should ask for an alternate product and use an additional means of contraception. "They may want to get a pregnancy test [as well]," said Mishori, adding that she did not prescribe Qualitest products. The voluntary recall affects eight kinds of birth-control pills -- including a variety of generic brands such as Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem -- and an estimated 1.4 million packs of pills that started getting shipped out last year. Qualitest said the error caused the weekly tablet orientation to be reversed and obscured the pills' lot numbers and expiration dates on certain packages. None of the recalled pills has expired. Qualitest: 2% of Oral Contraceptive Market Qualitest accounted for about 2 percent of the oral contraceptive market, a spokesman for the Huntsville, Ala., company said. Birth-control pills, which contain estrogen and progesterone, prevent the release of an egg by fooling the body to believe it has already done so. The first three weeks of pills provide the hormones in varied or similar doses and the last four or seven pills of a pack -- usually of a different color -- contain nothing so that a women can get her menstrual period. Birth Control Recall

Egypt Soccer Riot

Egypt Soccer Riot - A Wednesday game of soccer in Port Said, Egypt resulted in a riot between two rival team fan groups. At the time, another game beginning in Cairo was halted after fans started an in-stadium fire. Surprised? Of course not! Violence and soccer games go together like grass and cleats. This riot proved to be different than what we expect, however, with a body count that continues to grow throughout the day. The Feb. 1 game was between the Al-Ahly team and Al-Masry team. Al-Masry, the home team, won 3-1. The gates separating the team and fans were either open or broken, allowing a flood of people onto the field just after the final whistle. The riot began and quickly escalated. The majority of the fighting occurred in the Port Said stadium. Injuries range from concussions to lacerations. Several armed robberies and fires were also reported. As of 3 p.m. on Feb. 1, the body count was up to 73 dead and 180 injured in the massive brawl. Security officers are said to be among the death count. Some players were injured and a manager was badly beaten. Victims were spread out between four hospitals. The cause of some deaths has been confirmed as stab wounds. Head wounds, suffocation, and concussions have also been reported causes of death by health officials. Rocks, sticks, bottles, and fireworks also caused some of the injuries as fans hurled them at one another and the field. Security was available during the game. As this CNN news clip shows, they are outfitted in full riot gear and seem to be in decent numbers. Although violence was anticipated during this game it was not expected to reach this scale. What exactly caused it to reach this depth has not yet been established. There have been reports of tension mounting before the game even began. Fans held signs insulting opposing team fans early in the game. These reports of tension come from fans in attendance, so it is not certain security was aware of what to anticipate. Egypt Soccer Riot

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Katy Perry Russell Brand Twitter

Katy Perry Russell Brand Twitter - Katy Perry is ridding her life of updates about her soon-to-be ex-husband Russell Brand. The singer has officially unfollowed Brand on Twitter. Despite Perry's actions, the British comedian still follows her on the social networking site, as of now. Sources tell Us Weekly that the "Firework" singer is trying to lessen her interactions with Brand, which obviously included no longer getting his status updates on Twitter. Brand filed for divorce from Perry after 14 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Since the filing Perry has been keeping busy. The pop-singer recently shot an ad for Adidas and performed in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday, according to Us Weekly. Katy Perry Russell Brand Twitter

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kodak Files for Bankruptcy

Kodak Files for Bankruptcy - Eastman Kodak, the once mighty icon of the photography industry, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday. Kodak's stock plunged 35% at the start of trading. The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading within a few minutes after the opening bell. The company said it has obtained $950 million in financing from Citibank to maintain operations. The company said the credit facility is still subject to court approval. Kodak said it has enough liquidity to continue operating during the bankruptcy process. Kodak acknowledged, in its Chapter 11 filing, that it had more than 100,000 creditors, with debts totaling $6.75 billion. Kodak company also said that it had assets of $5.1 billion, with properties in Rochester, N.Y., Windsor, Colo. and Weatherford, Okla. Kodak's top creditor is the Bank of New York Mellon (BK, Fortune 500) in its role as trustee for other bondholders, with claims of more than $650 million. Other creditors include Sony, Nokia, WalMart, Target (TGT, Fortune 500), Best Buy (BBY, Fortune 500), Office Max, Disney Studios and CVS. Kodak has long struggled to evolve from film and compete in the digital age, even though it was an early pioneer of digital photography. For months, bankruptcy rumors have dogged the venerable company, which was founded by George Eastman in 1888. Kodak Files for Bankruptcy

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Keystone Pipeline Gets Rejected

Keystone Pipeline Gets Rejected - President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected plans for a massive oil pipeline through the heart of the United States, ruling there was not enough time for a fair review before a looming deadline forced on him by Republicans. His move did not kill the project but could again delay a tough choice for him until after the November elections. Right away, the implications rippled across the political spectrum, stirred up the presidential campaign and even hardened feelings with Canada, a trusted U.S. ally and neighbor. For a U.S. electorate eager for work, the pipeline has become the very symbol of job creation for Republicans, but Obama says the environment and public safety must still be weighed too. What the Keystone XL pipeline would mean for the US The plan by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. would carry tar sands oil from western Canada across a 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer) pipeline across six U.S. states to Texas refineries. Obama was already on record as saying no, for now, until his government could review an alternative route that avoided environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska — a route that still has not been proposed, as the White House emphasizes. But Obama had to take a stand again by Feb. 21 at the latest as part of an unrelated tax deal he cut with Republicans. This time, the project would go forward unless Obama himself declared it was not in the national interest. The president did just that, reviving intense reaction. Keystone Pipeline Gets Rejected

Gabrielle Union Celebrates Birthday

Gabrielle Union Celebrates Birthday - The Miami Heat All-Star's girlfriend threw him a huge birthday bash to celebrate his 30th at the Setai Hotel in South Beach. Usher, T.I, Rick Ross, Common, Kelly Rowland, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Alonzo Mourning and Pat Riley joined the party with special celebrity performances. The night culminated with Rowland serenading D-Wade with a seductive "Happy Birthday," the Huffington Post reports. In addition to the hot birthday bash, D-Wade was given a $230,000 2012 McLaren MP4-12C from a local car dealership as well as a vintage 1982 bottle of Dom Perignon and a diamond-encrusted Hublot 3000 watch. All for free. Sports fans may wonder how D-Wade has lucked out with a lavish party and extravagant gifts to embrace his 30s. But, who is his girlfriend, Gabrielle Union? Union, 39, is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as the lead cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in "Bring It On." Union and D-Wade were featured on the February 2012 cover of Essence magazine. The pair has been together for three years. When asked if the couple has plans to marry, Wade said they are holding back. "We're not rushing it," Wade, a 29-year-old NBA player, told the magazine. "Both of us have been married before, and we understand that if we choose to marry again, we want it to be right." Wade was previously married to Siovaughn Funches and has two sons, Zaire, 9, and Zion, 3, from the marriage. Union was married to NFL star Chris Howard from 2001 to 2006. "We both took failing at marriage hard," Wade explained. "The next time it's gotta be forever." Gabrielle Union Celebrates Birthday

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Drug Resistant TB

Drug Resistant TB - At least a dozen people in India are infected with a type of tuberculosis that is resistant to all antibiotics used to treat the disease. In December, the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases published an online report that documented four of the cases. This weekend, news outlets in India reported that there were actually at least 12 people with the drug-resistant lung disease. Officials fear that what they've seen so far is just the beginning, and that many more cases are lurking undetected. "It's estimated that on average, a tuberculosis patient infects 10 to 20 contacts in a year, and there's no reason to suspect that this strain is any less transmissible," study co-author Zarir Udwadia of the Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre in Mumbai told New Scientist. "Short of quarantining them in hospitals with isolation facilities till they become non-infectious – which is not practical or possible – there is nothing else one can do to prevent transmission." Patients with TB must take antibiotics for a long time to cure the disease. Many don't get the right medications, or don't take their medications properly, which allows the evolution of drug-resistant strains. Over time, TB-causing bacteria have become resistant to more and more types of antibiotics -- and, now, apparently, all antibiotics. This is not the first outbreak of totally drug resistant TB. According to the New Scientist report, in 2007, two patients were identified with the disease in Italy; in 2009, 15 patients were identified with the disease in Iran. Drug Resistant TB

Tissue Holder Recall

Tissue Holder Recall - A metal tissue holder is being recalled by Bed, Bath & Beyond because it may contain radioactive material. The Dual Ridge Metal boutique tissue holder, with the UPC number 8476820004980, was sold in more than 20 states, including California, and online since July 2011. Officials say the recalled product contains man-made cobalt-60, which is used in medical devices and industrial applications. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there's no real threat to anyone's health, but that it's better to avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation. The NRC also says that the material is believed to be in the tissue holder itself and cannot be inhaled nor can it contaminate other objects, such as tissues. Bed, Bath & Beyond has pulled the tissue holders off store shelves and removed them from its website. The company is asking customers to return the tissue holders to any Bed, Bath & Beyond store for a full refund. Customers with questions can contact the company at 1-800-462-3966. Tissue Holder Recall

Was Zappos Hacked?

Was Zappos Hacked? - Online shoe store Zappos has been hacked, exposing the names, e-mail addresses, addresses, phone numbers and partial credit card numbers of its 24 million customers, the company said late Sunday night. Citing an "illegal and unauthorized access" to customer account information, the company reset its customers' passwords. Zappos then urged customers to change their login credentials on any other sites, for which they use the same password and username. Zappos said customers' passwords were exposed in the hack, but the online retailer insisted that they were encoded and that attackers had no access to customers' actual passwords. Resetting its users' passwords was just an added precaution, since its highly unlikely the hackers will be able -- or would take the time -- to unlock the encryption. Customers of Zappos' discount shoe store 6pm.com were also affected, and their passwords were reset as well. The "better news" was the cybercriminals that stole the information had no access to full credit card numbers or other payment data, since the database containing that information was not hacked. All that was revealed were the last four digits of customers' credit card numbers -- just like the information that appears on a printed receipt at a physical store. The last four digits of a credit card number serve as a way to identify a customer, but they are even more worthless than the last four digits of a Social Security number -- in terms of actually matching a real credit card number to a person. Was Zappos Hacked?

Madonna Elton John Feud

Madonna Elton John Feud - There was plenty of drama at the post-awards parties for the Golden Globes. While Madonna publicly laughed it off, it’s clear Elton John and his spouse David Furnish were furious about the Material Mom beating out Sir Elton for best film song on Sunday. Furnish posted an angry note on Facebook (“Madonna. Best Song? F--- off!”) and the two men continued to harp at post-Globes parties about both the award and Madonna’s acceptance speech, which they called self-indulgent. John was especially angry Madonna admitted that the song was very much an afterthought, added only after the movie was basically finished. The two superstars have long had a testy relationship. The feud started years ago, when John snipped about Madonna being merely a “lip-syncher.” Backstage Sunday, Madonna told the press she hopes John “speaks to me for the next couple of years. He’s been known to get mad at me, so I don’t know. He’s brilliant, and I adore him, so he’ll win another award. I don’t feel bad.” However, I’m hearing her private comments — after she read Furnish’s remarks on Facebook — were far less gracious. In addition, she is irked by John and Furnish constantly dissing her “fake British accent” and also is unhappy about their unflattering digs at her “W.E.” film about the Wallis Simpson-Edward VIII romance. Madonna Elton John Feud

Red Cross Gets Fines

Red Cross Gets Fines - Federal health officials have fined the American Red Cross nearly $9.6 million for sloppy and unsafe blood management practices, the second multi-million-dollar penalty levied against the agency in the last two years. The new Food and Drug Administration fine follows inspections at 16 Red Cross blood centers between April and October 2010 that revealed ongoing problems that appeared to endanger donors and to allow potentially contaminated blood into the nation’s supply. An FDA spokeswoman said the agency found no evidence of actual harm to blood recipients and that officials remain confident about sources of blood in the U.S. “FDA cannot definitively say there was never any danger to the blood supply since the violations can create conditions that could lead to potential safety consequences,” said El-Hinnawy. The violations were outlined in a 32-page letter sent Jan. 13 to J. Chris Hrouda, executive vice president of Biomedical Services for the Red Cross. They describe a blood collection system plagued with poorly trained staff and inadequate record-keeping where donated blood was mishandled or misplaced and, in some cases, potentially infected blood was transfused into patients. “ARC has known of these continuing problems and has failed to take adequate steps to correct them,” wrote Evelyn Bonnin, director of FDA’s Baltimore District. But a Red Cross spokeswoman said in a statement that the problems primarily centered on an inspection at a Philadelphia site conducted 15 months ago and that the agency has since addressed many of the issues. “We are disappointed that the FDA believed it necessary to impose a fine for an inspection conducted so long ago,” wrote Stephanie Millian, director of biomedical communications. “We are not aware of any adverse donor reactions or patient issues due to the problems in the FDA report.” The latest fine, however, follows a $16 million fine in June 2010 for similar failures and caps nearly two decades of trouble at the Red Cross. Red Cross Gets Fines

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Clay Aiken Plastic Surgery?

Clay Aiken Plastic Surgery? - “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken returns to reality TV next month on “The Celebrity Apprentice”… and he looks a little different than the last time we saw him. We can’t tell whether it’s the much-rumored plastic surgery, the nearly transparent facial hair, or just a case of Photoshop run amok. But even the craziest Claymates might have trouble recognizing their favorite “Idol” here. You can see for yourself when “Apprentice” returns on NBC February 12 — and click through to see the rest of the new season’s famous contestants.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Bob Anderson Sword Master Movies Passes Away

Bob Anderson Sword Master Movies Passes Away - Olympic fencer and movie sword master Bob Anderson appeared in some of film's most famous dueling scenes — though few viewers knew it. Anderson, who has died at age 89, donned Darth Vader's black helmet and fought light saber battles in two of the three original "Star Wars" films, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Anderson, who worked with actors from Errol Flynn to Antonio Banderas during five decades as a sword master, fight director and stunt performer, died early New Year's Day at an English hospital, the British Academy of Fencing said Monday. Vader, "Star Wars'" intergalactic arch-villain, was voiced by James Earl Jones and played by six foot six (1.98 meter) former weightlifter David Prowse, but Anderson stepped in during the key fight scenes. Bob Anderson Sword Master Movies Passes Away