Monthly Archive: May 2009

Jay Leno Moves On

Tonight is the last night for Jay Leno on NBC’s The Tonight Show. He’ll be replaced by Conan O’Brien next week. For your amusement, here’s Leno from his comedian days, being interviewed on Canadian TV:

Sara Jane Moore Speaks

Released from prison at the end of 2007 after serving 32 years, would-be presidential assassin Sara Jane Moore was interviewed by Matt Lauer on TV this week.Moore was sent to jail for taking a shot at President Gerald Ford in 1975. She says she’s tired of being thought of as “a kook, a monster… an alien.”

Rare Audrey Hepburn Stamp Sold

In Germany somebody paid $93,800 for a rare postage stamp that shows Audrey Hepburn with a cigarette holder in her mouth.The stamp was printed in 2001 by Germany, but Hepburn’s son objected to the image of her smoking and didn’t give his permission so the stamps were destroyed. Most of them, anyway. They say an employee scampered off with some and used them as regular postage stamps. Since 2004 five of the stamps have been found.You can see the stamp in this exceedingly dull video from the Associated Press:

Happy Birthday, Dead Miles Davis

Miles Davis would have been 83 today, but he died in 1991.To honor the master trumpeter, we looked around and found this video of him playing that wild, ground-breaking piece “Bitches Brew”:

Farewell, T.I.

Just before heading to prison for a year (for trying to buy machine guns), rapper T.I. — born as Clifford Harris, Jr. — gave a concert at an Atlanta arena this weekend. There’s news and video about the event here.

Happy 150th, Sir Arthur!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories, was born on this day in 1859.Given how charmingly ancient those stories seem now, it’s surprising to realize that it’s only 150 years since Doyle was born. He died in 1930 — the same year that Neil Armstrong and Clint Eastwood were born.

Zachary Quinto Movie

Actor Zachary Quinto, lately of the new Star Trek movie (he plays Mr. Spock), has this really cool video on his official site.

Sacagawea Gets Backup

There’s a new Native American backside to the Sacagawea dollar coins.

Penelope Cruz is Very Attractive

We’ve had requests to show more attractive people in this blog, and we’re happy to oblige.

One-Upsmanship on the Crown

Prince Charles meets Chief Almir Narayamoga of the Amazon rainforest at the Google 2009 European Zeitgeist conference in London on 19 May 2009.

Jamie Foxx to Play Frank Sinatra?

Well, maybe. An “unnamed source” tells The Telegraph and Marie Claire UK that Jamie Foxx is “in the running” for the lead in a new Frank Sinatra biopic. (Martin Scorsese …..

Whose Hair is Bigger?

Fuzzy, but worth it: Julia Roberts guest-stars with Don Johnson in a 1988 episode of Miami Vice.

Harriet Tubman’s Biblical Last Words

To the clergyman she said “Give my love to all the churches” and after a severe coughing spell she blurted out in a thick voice this farewell passage which she had learned from Matthew: “I go away to prepare a place for you, and where I am ye may be also.” So says the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, quoting an obituary in the Auburn (NY) Citizen.

Steve Martin and A Guy in a Panther Costume

Comedian Steve Martin poses with a guy in a Pink Panther costume before a screening of Pink Panther 2 at the Berlin Film Festival on 13 February 2009. (Photo supplied by WENN.)One in our upcoming photo series of celebrities posing with people in animal costumes.

Jack Kerouac in the Catbird Seat

Wow! Beat author Jack Kerouac played elaborate fantasy baseball games of his own devising.By 1946, when Kerouac was 24, he had devised a set of cards with precise verbal descriptions of various outcomes (“slow roller to ss,” for example), depending on the skill levels of the pitcher and batter. The game could be played using cards alone, but Mr.

They Love Him in France

83-year-old Jerry Lewis on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday.

Derby-Winning Jockey “Basically a Hillbilly”

“He’s respected by everybody, but he’s basically a hillbilly… He’s not going to invent anything.”USA Today analyzes the brains of Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel before Saturday’s Preakness.

Farrah Fawcett “In Dying Days”

Reuters is now reporting that actress Farrah Fawcett is near death. (And involved in some kind of complicated lawsuit, it seems.)

Watching Angels & Demons is “like being waterboarded by exposition”

The Chicago Tribune doesn’t love it:Three years later the major players are back for more grandiloquent hackery. Hanks returns to the dullest role of his career, under the direction of Howard, who takes the material as seriously as a kidney stone on the way out.

Celebrity Photos Galore

We’ve got ’em!204 celebs and counting, from Bar Refaeli to Amelia Earhart to the always sexy Gordon Brown.(And R2-D2!)Thanks to Mike Duffy and Adam Duvander in the Who2 boiler room for making it all happen. And thanks to our new parters at WENN for providing the fascinating photos. We’ll be adding many more in the weeks to come.

Forget the Romulans: Fear the Stuntmen

On my first day of shooting I ended up breaking a stunt guy’s nose on the second take. A word of caution to any young actor out there: Do NOT hurt stuntmen because they will pay you back in kind. The next take after that, this big stunt guy kicked me in the stomach. He said it wasn’t on purpose, but I don’t know.Chris Pine learns the Hollywood way while filming Star Trek.

Transplant Patient Shows Her Face

Speaking of Van Gogh’s ear… the Ohio woman who got an entirely new face last year has revealed herself. (Photos not for the squeamish.)She also revealed the terrible story behind her disfigurement: Her own husband shot her in the face with a shotgun.What a story. Modern medicine!

Photo from 'Van Gogh's Ear'

Van Gogh’s Ear

Did Vincent Van Gogh really cut off his own ear? That’s what we’ve always been told.But this news story says two researchers have a different theory: Van Gogh’s ear was cut off by fellow artist Paul Gauguin. 

Our Loose-Cannon Critics

Weird: MSNBC has a “pre-pan” of Chris Pine as Captain Kirk… by someone who admittedly hasn’t seen the movie yet.Only William Shatner can fill Kirk’s boots, that’s the message. We all love Shatner, but… wha–?

Christian Bale Joins the Missing Finger Club!

A dirt-bike accident did the trick.Bale can proudly join Daryl Hannah, and Rahm Emanuel in our loop on Celebs Missing Fingers, which is possibly why he staged the accident in the first place.

Mini-skirts, Cigarettes and Poetry

Duffy remembers an idyllic period when she was a teenager working as a Saturday girl, sweeping up in a hairdressing salon, at the same time as Penguin was publishing a series of books by modern poets at half a crown a time. “I’d be in my leather mini-skirt and boots up to here.

The Knockout

British light welterweight Ricky Hatton was KO’d in the second round by Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao last night in Las Vegas.

Why Does David Souter Hate America’s Capital?

Justice David Souter will retire from the Supreme Court when its current session ends in July.After his two decades on the Court, the news seems to be all about how much Souter hates Washington, D.C.