Thursday, April 29, 2010

Couple accused of selling monkey meatballs!


JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian police have arrested a couple who made meatballs from the flesh of protected monkeys, an animal conservation group said on Wednesday.

The pair poached dozens of rare Javan langurs, also known as silver-leaf monkeys, from Baluran National Park in the east of Java island, according to a statement released by Indonesia-based animal protection group ProFauna.

"Police found 30 kilograms (65 pounds) meat estimated to come from 20 - 25 individuals, two rifles and a live langur," the statement said.

"The couple admitted that they had known what they did was against the law and they hunted the monkeys for their meat because beef and chicken were more expensive than the protected monkeys."

Meatball soup, known locally as bakso, is a popular dish in Indonesia.

The statement said police were now broadening their investigation to include checks on vendors suspected of selling the monkey meatballs, while ProFauna was in talks with the national park caretakers to prevent further poaching.

Indonesian law states that perpetrators of wildlife crimes face a maximum five year prison term and a fine of 5 million rupiah ($555), but the law is not always strictly enforced.

Hmm...I wonder what they taste like?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Another crazy funeral in Puerto Rico!

Remember in 2008, when we chronicled the saga of the Stand-up stiff Dead Guy? You know the one that wanted to be "standing up" on his funeral? Well, you been upstaged son.

Meet "Ghost Rider"!

22 year old bike messenger David N. Morales Colón was shot and killed in Barrio Obrero last Thursday. As his last wish, he wanted to be on his favorite motorcycle in his wake. The same funerary home that prepared the other guy, got the assignment and displayed this garish event!

Seriously, we have to stop doing this kind of crap. It really cheapens us.

Then again, it looks kind of funny. It doesn't look as creepy as the other guy.

He will be interred today in a regular casket, not on his motorcycle!

Monday, April 26, 2010

After getting their iPhone prototype, Apple send its attack dogs with Gestapo type police actions!

It looks like no good deed goes unpunished!

SEATTLE – Authorities seized computers, digital cameras, a cell phone and other items from a technology blog editor who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype.

A computer-crime task force made up of multiple law enforcement agencies searched Gizmodo editor and blogger Jason Chen's house and car in Fremont, Calif., on Friday, according to a statement and search warrant documents provided by Gizmodo.

The warrant, issued by a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County, said the computers and other devices may have been used to commit a felony. Steve Wagstaffe, spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney's office, confirmed the warrant's authenticity.

Members of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen's American Express bill and copies of his checks.

Last week Gizmodo had one of the Web's hottest scoops when it posted photos of an Apple device that appeared to be a next-generation iPhone. It had been found in a bar in Redwood City, which is in San Mateo County, and sold for $5,000 by an unknown person to Gizmodo, a gadget blog owned by Gawker Media Inc.

After Chen, 29, posted photos and details about the phone, Apple acknowledged the device belonged to the company, and Gizmodo returned it.

Gawker Media said California law, which protects journalists from having to turn over anonymous sources or unpublished material to law enforcement during a search, should apply to Chen's property.

"Are bloggers journalists? I guess we'll find out," Nick Denton, who runs Gawker Media, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Wagstaffe said the district attorney's office is examining that issue.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment.

The Boobquake Experiment has begun!

It all began with a quote from Muslim Cleric, and became an Internet sensation.

After prominent Iranian cleric Kazem Sedighi said that women’s immodesty increases earthquakes, a Purdue University student named Jen McCreight created a Facebook event called “Boobquake,” calling for the women of the world to wear their most revealing outfits on Monday, April 26.

Sedighi was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying, “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”

The plan, of course, is to embarrass Sedighi if a significant increase in earthquakes does not occur on Monday. The event has more than 177,000 “confirmed” guests and 57,000 “maybes.” There’s also a Facebook page that has been liked by more than 37,000 users, and a Twitter (Twitter) hashtag called #boobquake that’s getting several updates per minute. Boobquake has been all over the mainstream media and merchandise is already rolling out — T-shirts and the like. It’s this weekend’s social media phenomenon.

For many, this is an example of how social media can raise public awareness and generate discussion. For quite a few straight men of the more narrow-minded variety, though, it’s mostly an opportunity to do some extra ogling. Both of those are the last things Sedighi wants.

The event has nevertheless stirred up a lot of controversy even among non-religious people. Some groups of feminists are saying that it only adds to the sexualization of women, in contrast to others who are saying that it’s all about women having the freedom to present themselves however they want.

McCreight responded to the concerns in her blog (blog), saying she never knew the event would become much more than a private joke, and that she’d have been more careful about wording and execution had she known.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

And the box office champion this week is...

LOS ANGELES – "How to Train Your Dragon" continues to breathe fire at the box office, while newer releases are mostly blowing smoke.

The DreamWorks Animation adventure took in $15 million to reclaim the No. 1 spot in its fifth weekend of release. "How to Train Your Dragon" opened in first place in late March, then dropped back into the pack. But it has held up strongly and climbed to the top again amid a flurry of so-so new releases.

The tale of a Viking youth and his pet dragon raised its total to $178 million and is on its way to becoming a $200 million hit.

Premiering weakly at No. 2 with $12.3 million was Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy "The Back-up Plan," released by CBS Films. Another comedy, Steve Carell and Tina Fey's "Date Night" from 20th Century Fox, held up well to finish at No. 3 with $10.6 million, raising its total to $63.5 million.

Among the weekend's other newcomers, the Warner Bros. action flick "The Losers" flopped at No. 4 with $9.6 million. Disney's nature film "Oceans" had a solid opening for a documentary, coming in at No. 8 with $6 million.

"How to Train Your Dragon" nearly regained the No. 1 spot the previous weekend but wound up a close second to Lionsgate's superhero comedy "Kick-Ass." In its second weekend, "Kick-Ass" slumped to No. 5 with $9.5 million, down 52 percent from its debut, lifting its total to $34.9 million.

Revenues for "How to Train Your Dragon" were off a scant 23 percent from the previous weekend.

"To be No. 1 in week five, it's an exciting time," said Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks Animation. "Especially to be decisively No. 1 after last weekend's box-office shenanigans."

The box office had ended in rare photo finishes for two straight weekends as movies bunched up tightly in the rankings. Though "How to Train Your Dragon" was the clear winner this time, top movies again were crowded closely together as the weekend's newcomers failed to grab much attention.

Overall Hollywood revenues should top out at about $100 million, the lowest-grossing weekend of the year, said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for

Fans may simply be watching their finances amid the slow economic recovery, saving their money for the onslaught of summer blockbusters that starts May 7 with "Iron Man 2."

"They may be saying, 'I want to see big summer movies, so I'm just going to wait,'" Dergarabedian said. "Then suddenly, we're going to have this massive weekend when 'Iron Man 2' opens after we've had these mediocre weekends."

While "The Back-up Plan" opened weakly, CBS Films was hoping it would hold up well in subsequent weekends, as romantic comedies often do.

"Jennifer Lopez's films have great legs, as does she," said Steven Friedlander, head of distribution for CBS Films.

"The Back-up Plan" stars Lopez as a single woman who gets pregnant through artificial insemination, then meets the man of her dreams.

"The Losers," whose cast includes "Avatar" co-star Zoe Saldana, is a comic-book adaptation about a Special Forces team looking for payback after a mission goes bad.

Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, "Oceans" offers up-close glimpses of blue whales, walruses, sea turtles, spider crabs and other aquatic life. Since opening on Earth Day Thursday, "Oceans" has taken in $8.5 million.

"Oceans" played in narrower release than other new movies, averaging $4,975 in 1,206 theaters, a fair result for a documentary. By comparison, "The Back-up Plan" averaged $3,735 in 3,280 theaters and "The Losers" averaged $3,271 in 2,936 cinemas.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "How to Train Your Dragon," $15 million.

2. "The Back-up Plan," $12.3 million.

3. "Date Night," $10.6 million.

4. "The Losers," $9.6 million.

5. "Kick-Ass," $9.5 million.

6. "Clash of the Titans," $9 million.

7. "Death at a Funeral," $8 million.

8. "Oceans," $6 million.

9. "The Last Song," $3.7 million.

10. "Alice in Wonderland," $2.2 million.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

It was 10 years ago today. Remember Elián González?

On April 22, 2000, the Elián González saga came to an end in the early hours in the morning on a hushed Hialeah street.

The boy, who was taken by his mother on the perilous 90 mile illegal boat trip from Cuba to Key West, was the center of controversy between the United States and Cuba. Elián's distant relatives claimed that her mother, who drowned when the boat capsized, had wanted that Elián stayed in America. His father, still living in Cuba, was asking for his son to be returned, and to resume a normal life in that island.

At the end International law prevailed, and in a daring raid, Elián was whisked away by FBI agents to be reunited with his dad and back home to Cuba.

If you are asking whatever happened to Elián, well he's 16 now, and a member of the Pioneers, the cadre of Communist party cadets.

In an antiquated political system, that holds to the ideas of a discarded cold war, it's almost quaint to see little Elián playing Political Officer.

What will happen in another 10 years. Probably Elián will become a Tele-communications executive with ATT.

It's official - Leonard Nimoy retires from acting!

The news were confirmed 50 minutes ago.

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who has famously portrayed "Star Trek's" original alien Spock for over 40 years, has announced he's officially hanging up the pointy Vulcan ears for good.

Nimoy, 79, plans to retire shortly from show business and the "Star Trek" convention circuit, according to the Canadian newspaper Toronto Sun.

The actor, director and photographer will be attending the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend, and told the paper that beyond this event he only has a few more public appearances scheduled.

Nimoy also currently guest stars on the television show "Fringe," produced by J.J, Abrams who directed last summer's re-launched "Star Trek" film franchise chronicling a younger original series cast on their first mission on the starship Enterprise.

The retirement announcement all but guarantees that an elder, "from-the-future" Spock (at least played by Nimoy) will not make an appearance in the next "Star Trek" movie.

"I want to get off the stage. Also, I don't think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto," Nimoy told the Toronto Sun, referring to the actor who portrays young Spock in the new Trek film. "He's a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it's time to give him some space. And I'm very flattered the character will continue."

Boldly going from Boston to the bridge

Nimoy, born in Boston, Mass. in 1931, began his acting career at the age of 20, taking on roles in a number of campy science fiction. In the early and mid-1960s, he appeared in episodes of major series including "Bonanza," "Perry Mason" and "Get Smart" in 1966.

Also in that year, Nimoy landed a role in a new series created by Gene Roddenberry called "Star Trek." Nimoy played Commander Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan first mate and science officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, helmed by Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner.

Nimoy donned fake, pointy, elvish ears, some swooping eyebrows, an early-Beatles hairdo, and a poker face to play the half-human, half-alien character.

Spock – for the most part – maintained a stoic demeanor per his Vulcan ancestry and his green-tinted blood ran cool in his veins. But this uber-"logical" side of Spock occasionally struggled with his more emotional half and was torn at times between the two cultures.

"Star Trek" ran until 1969 and despite low ratings the show garnered a cult-like following on syndication in the years ahead.

Nimoy, for his part, went on to star in a number of made-for-television movies and theatrical productions in the 1970s, his Star Trek days apparently behind him. But when studio executives green-lit a proposed new television series instead as a feature film with the original crew, Nimoy found himself back in his Starfleet uniform.

A career at warp speed

The character of Spock would continue his journey in all six original series movies, as well as episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episodes in 1991, and then in an alternate timeline established in last summer's Abrams-directed flick. Nimoy also lent his voice to Trek-themed video games and other products over the years, adding to the legend of his character.

Nimoy also directed the third and fourth "Star Trek" movies, the latter of which, 1986's "'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," has been roundly received by audiences and critics alike as perhaps the best Trek film of all for its humor and, oddly enough, humanity. (The plot involved time-traveling back to late 20th century Earth to bring humpback whales, extinct in the future, to the 23rd century when "Star Trek" takes place to answer the calls of a devastating alien probe seeking the intelligent makers of whale song whispers heard across space eons before.)

"I felt like 'Star Trek IV' was my personal statement on 'Star Trek,'" Nimoy told the Toronto Sun.

In two autobiographies, 1975's "I Am Not Spock," followed by 1995's "I Am Spock," Nimoy shared his coming-to-grips of being constantly associated with his famous Star Trek character.

In addition to this work, Nimoy has also made musical recordings and done voiceovers for documentaries and as Spock and himself in cartoons such as "The Simpsons" and "Futurama," and of course "Star Trek: The Animated Series" in the 1970s.

"Live long and prosper"

Among his many memorable on-screen moments as Spock, Nimoy came up with the now-iconic, V-shaped hand gesture often accompanied by the Vulcan axiom "live long and prosper," both inspired by his Jewish heritage.

The albeit-less-friendly Vulcan nerve pinch – an incapacitating touch to a neck but more civilized than one of Kirk's wildly exaggerated-for-TV haymaker punches – was also an on-set invention by Nimoy for his character.

Overall, Nimoy's retirement is sure to leave a hole in many "Star Trek" fans and others' hearts. But when pushing octogenarian-hood, retiring – as Spock himself might say – perhaps is the only logical thing to do.

The most incredible slide for home...EVER!

Baseball, for the most part, is boring. Tedious long innings, with nothing happening. Except for those incredible moments where you can't believe what you see. Such is this moment.

Here's Brian Kownacki, a Fordham baseball player. Their team was losing 9 to 1 to Iona College. In the 8th inning, the Fordham team initiated a rally that put them withing distance of tying Iona.

Then this happen...

He was called safe! No rules were broken. Fordham went to win the game 12 to 9.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's also my birthday! 20 April, 1889...

Am I not cute? Do you know who I am? My identity after the count.











I'm Adolf Shickelgruber, later known as Adolf Hitler.

Lest we forget...

HAPPY 420 DAY!!!!!

New iPhone 4G "found" in a California bar, photos "leaked" by Gizmodo.


According to Gizmodo, a prototype of the new 4G iPhone, that was going to be unveiled soon, was the property of one Gray Powell, an Apple systems engineer, who was enjoying a beer at Haus Staudt, a bar in Redwood City, California, where he was celebrating his birthday, last month. Gray forgot the prototype, encased in a 3G wrap. A very drunk patron noticed the phone and began to ask for the owner. It ended up in the arms of some guys, sitting at a computer terminal.

After discovering that it was a prototype and not an innocent looking 3G phone, they tried to contact Apple, to return it, only to be ignored! Feeling snubbed, the persons contacted and sold the prototype to Gizmodo for $5,000. Gizmodo was proven right when Apple confirmed that was the new phone and demanded that Gizmodo give it back. The guys at the tech blog will give back the phone.

According to the guys, the new phone has 4G capabilities, which makes it faster than other models. This means it can run, not only on ATT but on other networks as well (Verizon, Sprint, Claro, T-Mobile, to name a few). This one comes with 80GB memory capacity, two cameras, one on front and in the back, and two microphones, one for noise canceling capabilities.

Some people, me included, thinks this is no accident. This was an intentional leak by Apple to generate buzz for their new product. Apparently, they have succeeded.

Will you buy the new iPhone, when it comes out?

A moment of silence...Columbine High School, April 20th, 1999, 11:19 am


Monday, April 19, 2010

At last! A new box office champion!

LOS ANGELES – The top movies at the weekend box office have flip-flopped again, with the superhero comedy "Kick-Ass" edging out the animated adventure "How to Train Your Dragon."

Final studio numbers Monday have Lionsgate's "Kick-Ass" at No. 1 with $19.8 million. DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," distributed by Paramount, ran a close No. 2 with $19.6 million.

On Sunday, Paramount had estimated "How to Train Your Dragon" took in $20 million, good enough for the No. 1 spot, but the final number came in $400,000 lower.

The same thing happened the previous weekend, when 20th Century Fox's "Date Night" was reported as No. 1 based on Sunday estimates. Final numbers Monday gave the box-office victory to the Warner Bros. release "Clash of the Titans."

1. "Kick-Ass," Lionsgate, $19,828,687, 3,065 locations, $6,469 average, $19,828,687, one week.

2. "How to Train Your Dragon," Paramount-DreamWorks Animation, $19,633,320, 3,825 locations, $5,133 average, $158,251,066, four weeks.

3. "Date Night," Fox, $16,720,038, 3,380 locations, $4,947 average, $48,666,799, two weeks.

4. "Death at a Funeral," Sony Screen Gems, $16,217,540, 2,459 locations, $6,595 average, $16,217,540, one week.

5. "Clash of the Titans," Warner Bros., $15,385,491, 3,753 locations, $4,100 average, $132,600,220, three weeks.

6. "The Last Song," Disney, $5,962,916, 2,767 locations, $2,155 average, $50,187,855, three weeks.

7. "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?", Lionsgate, $4,098,898, 1,859 locations, $2,205 average, $54,801,812, three weeks.

8. "Alice in Wonderland," Disney, $3,656,442, 2,024 locations, $1,807 average, $324,131,301, seven weeks.

9. "Hot Tub Time Machine," MGM, $3,490,471, 2,308 locations, $1,512 average, $42,449,935, four weeks.

10. "The Bounty Hunter," Sony, $3,084,020, 2,475 locations, $1,246 average, $60,261,888, five weeks.

A Moment Of Silence...Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 19, 1995, 9:02am.


And the box office champion this week is...unknown!

Again, the box office is too close to call between "How to train your Dragon" against "Kick Ass".

There was another photo finish at the weekend boxoffice, as a leggy holdover again appeared to outpace a big wide-opener.

DreamWorks Animation's leggy "How to Train Your Dragon" fetched an estimated $20 million to top preliminary domestic rankings. The Paramount-distributed 3D adventure piled cumulative coin to $158.6 million through four sessions.

Just a hair off the leader's pace, "Kick-Ass" -- a relatively inexpensive pickup for Lionsgate -- posted a weekend opening less potent than its name yet hardly a kick in the pants for the minimajor. The well-reviewed romp about a band of not-very-super superheroes rung up $19.8 million, landing on the lower end of pre-release expectations.

The No. 1 and 2 positions could change Monday, depending on final data from distributors. Another wide-opener -- Sony Screen Gem's R-rated comedy "Death at a Funeral," with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence -- settled for fourth place with $17 million.

More positively, Fox's PG-13 comedy "Date Night," starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, used a tiny 31% drop from its week-earlier bow to ring up $17.3 million and grab third place in its sophomore session, and a $49.2 million cume. Warner Bros.' 3D action fantasy "Clash of the Titans" -- which overtook "Date Night" for No. 1 in the prior weekend's race to the wire -- finished fifth in its third frame with $15.8 million and a $133 million cume.

On an industry-wide basis, the $121 million weekend represented a 10% uptick from a comparable session last year, according to Rentrak.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mariano Artau - Puertorrican Radio Pioneer. 1920-2010

One of the pioneers of Puertorrican radio has passed away at the age of 89.

Angel Mariano Artau was born in 1920 in San Juan, and spent his childhood in the Trastalleres sector in Santurce, a suburb of San Juan. During his 70 years as a radio personality, Don Mariano served as the standard in which all individuals should be measured to in the business.

All of us, who work in radio, have debt of gratitude to Don Mariano.

Rest In Peace, Sir!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Don't want the iPad? Don't fret! The Germans have a solution...the WePad!

Immediately after Apple launched the iPad, to great success, two companies, one in India and the other in Germany have come out with their own versions of the iPad. We are gonna focus our attention on the German one; the WePad.

BERLIN, Germany (AP) --

The German maker of a new tablet PC is setting out to rival Apple's iPad with the promise of even more technology such as a bigger screen, a webcam and USB ports.

It is not, however, an "iPad killer" as it has been dubbed by some blogs but an alternative to its bigger rival, Neofonie GmbH's founder and managing director Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen told reporters on Monday in Berlin.

Ankershoffen stressed the system's openness: Two USB ports allow users to connect all kinds of devices with the WePad, from external keyboards to data sticks.

People who want to put music on their WePad do not have to have any particular software, Ankershoffen said — a blow at Apple's devices that require particular Apple software like iTunes.

The WePad's basic version, which comes with Wi-Fi and 16-gigabyte storage, is set to cost euro449 ($600), the larger 32-gigabyte version with a fast 3G modem is euro569 ($750.).

Ankershoffen claimed that given its technological superiority and greater openness, "that's a bargain compared with the iPad."

The iPad — which hit stores in the U.S. less than a month ago — is on sale there starting at $499 for the smallest version, coming with Wi-Fi and a 16 GB storage.

The WePad, with its 11.6-inch screen, is powered by an Intel chip and relies on a Linux software basis which is compatible with Google's Android and all Flash applications, Ankershoffen said. It also has a web cam, SD card reader and a SIM card slot.

When it hits stores starting late July, it will also boast a complete open source office package, he said.

The machine will hit stores in September in the US, probably November in Puerto Rico.

Will you buy a WePad, an iPad or the Norton Ink Adam?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

And the box office champion this week is...unknown!

That's right! This weekend tally is too close to call yet. It will be until Monday when we have a clear winner!

LOS ANGELES – Steve Carell and Tina Fey are in a box-office clash with the gods of Mount Olympus.

No. 1 bragging rights for the weekend were too close to call Sunday, with 20th Century Fox estimating a $27.1 million debut for Carell and Fey's comedy "Date Night" and Warner Bros. reporting the action tale "Clash of the Titans" at $26.9 million.

Rankings will be sorted out Monday when studios release final numbers, which can vary by $1 million or more for some films compared with Sunday estimates.

Warner executives said they tracked "Clash of the Titans" as No. 1 for a second straight weekend, with "Date Night" trailing by about $1 million.

"I'm not complaining about it," said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner. "They're certainly entitled to their own projection, and we'll see. Maybe they're right and we're wrong. Monday will tell."

Photo finishes are rare for the No. 1 spot at the box office, where one movie usually is the clear winner.

Weekend projections include fairly hard figures for Friday and Saturday but estimates for how much a movie will take in on Sunday. Studios base those estimates on such factors as how similar movies performed in past weekends.

Studios sometimes grumble that competitors inflate their Sunday numbers to make a debut look stronger.

"You can't do that," said Bert Livingston, a 20th Century Fox distribution executive. "What you do is you look up history, you come up with your best-guess scenario. The number is the number. Whatever it is, if it ends up being No. 1 or 5 or 6, we just estimate our numbers."

Winning the top spot at the box office is a valuable marketing edge, allowing a studio to proclaim its release as the No. 1 movie in advertising through the following weekend.

Even if rankings change on Monday, it's often the Sunday figures that linger in the minds of movie fans, who may not bother to check out the final numbers a day later.

"That's why everyone wants to be No. 1 on Sunday, because with the Internet, by Monday, it's kind of old news," said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for

"Date Night" casts Carell and Fey as a married couple whose attempt to spice up their romantic life leads to misadventure after thugs mistake them for blackmailers.

"Clash of the Titans" features Sam Worthington as a warrior caught in a battle between men and the gods in ancient Greece. The movie raised its 10-day total to $110.5 million.

Running a close No. 3 was DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," which took in $25.4 million, lifting its 17-day total to $133.9 million.

In narrower release, Vivendi Entertainment's inspirational drama "Letters to God" opened at No. 10 with $1.3 million. The movie centers on a boy who writes letters to God to help cope with his fight against cancer.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Date Night," $27.1 million.

2. "Clash of the Titans," $26.9 million.

3. "How to Train Your Dragon," $25.4 million.

4. "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?", $11 million.

5. "The Last Song," $10 million.

6. "Alice in Wonderland," $5.6 million.

7. "Hot Tub Time Machine," $5.4 million.

8. "The Bounty Hunter," $4.3 million.

9. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," $4.1 million.

10. "Letters to God," $1.3 million.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Preview: Resident Evil: Afterlife

Here's the official trailer for the new Resident Evil movie. Afterlife stars Milla Jovovich, Wentworth Miller, Ali Larter. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Release date is September 10 in the USA (Sept. 9 in Puerto Rico).


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Is this man the next Susan Boyle?

Remember Susan Boyle? Last year's singing sensation that took YouTube by storm. Now, almost one year later, it looks that it will happen again! His name is Lin Yu Chun and he's the participant in a talent competition in Taiwan called "The Million Star" His rendition of Whitney Houston's "I'll Always Love You" is something to see.

And now, without further ado...Mr. Lin Yu Chun!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The controversial slaying of two Reuters journalists by a US Apache Helicopter.

The video was obtained by an organization called "Wikileaks". In this 2007 video we can see gun camera footage from the chopper as they try to identify some people with "weapons". It turns out that they fired at two video photographers, Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh, working for Reuters. Both were killed in the attack. The chopper even fired at a van that is trying to pick up the injured. In a dozen civilians were killed and even two children were hurt by the weapons fire.

In all fairness, sometimes these mistakes happen in the heat of battle. But no battle was being waged. And even thou some of the movements look a little suspicious, still a "wait and see" attitude may have helped avoid these deaths.

Is this the way we treat those who we were supposed to liberate?

I have included the complete version of the video. You be the judge.

The video contains graphic violence and death. Viewer discretion is advised!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

And the box office champion this week is...

Warner Bros.' 3D action fantasy "Clash of the Titans" topped the domestic rankings on Friday -- its first full day of release -- with an estimated $26.4 million.

Co-produced and co-financed by Legendary Pictures, "Titans" totes $29 million in cumulative boxoffice including some Thursday night "pre-shows" in mostly 2D venues. Now playing in a combination of 2D and 3D locations with a total theater count of 3,777, "Titans" appears ready to march north of $60 million through Sunday.

That would seem to validate Warners' decision to convert the pic from 2D to 3D just two months prior to its scheduled release. It also would render moot most negative reviews of the pic, though reviewers' criticism of the quality of the 3D conversion may bear watching in future weeks for possible impact on 3D screen grosses.

Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too?" from Lionsgate enjoyed a solid start to its Easter weekend with $12.3 million in second place on Friday.

DreamWorks' 3D animated feature "How to Train Your Dragon" took the bronze medal position with $11 million on the day and an eight-day cume of $74.1 million.

Disney's Miley Cyrus starrer "The Last Song," which bowed Wednesday, grossed $7.1 million in fourth place on Friday for a three-day cume of $16.5 million.

MGM comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine" -- hitting its sophomore session in release -- ranked fifth among the daily grossers with $2.9 million and a $21.7 million cume.

Friday, April 2, 2010

John Forsythe, Actor; "Charlie's Angels", "Dynasty" 1918-2010

Seriously, the celebrity reaper is really working overtime!

LOS ANGELES – John Forsythe, the handsome, smooth-voiced actor who made his fortune as the scheming oil tycoon in TV's "Dynasty" and the voice of the leader of "Charlie's Angels," has died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 92.

Forsythe died late Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said Friday.

"He died as he lived his life, with dignity and grace," daughter Brooke Forsythe said.

Despite his distinguished work in theater and films, Forsythe's greatest fame came from his role as Blake Carrington in producer Aaron Spelling's 1981-89 primetime soap opera "Dynasty."

Forsythe lent dignity to the tale of murder, deceit, adultery and high finance, which often brought Carrington into conflict with his flashy, vengeful former wife, Alexis Colby, played to the hilt by Joan Collins.

"He was one of the last of the true gentlemen of the acting profession," Collins said in a statement. "I enjoyed our nine years of feuding, fussing and fighting as the Carringtons."

Heather Locklear, another "Dynasty" co-star, called him "a gentleman in every sense of the word," and a "gifted actor who knew the true meaning of being gracious and kind."

Forsythe was an important part of another hit Spelling series without being seen. From 1976 to 1981 he played the voice of Charlie, the boss who delivered assignments to his beautiful detectives, including Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd, via telephone in "Charlie's Angels."

"We were so happy when he agreed to be the voice of Charlie, and he always laughed about having to take a back seat to Farrah's hair," Spelling's widow Candy said in a statement.

Ladd, who lives near Forsythe, said she would miss him terribly.

"I'm mourning with the rest of the world for the talented, gorgeous, funny, intelligent John Forsythe," she said in a statement.

Forsythe evidenced little of the ego drive that motivates many actors. He viewed himself with a self-effacing humor, considering himself "a vastly usable, not wildly talented actor."

In a 1981 interview by The Associated Press, he also said: "I figure there are a few actors like Marlon Brando, George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier who have been touched by the hand of God. I'm in the next bunch."

With his full head of silver hair, tanned face and soothing voice, Forsythe as Carrington attracted the ardor of millions of female television viewers. "It's rather amusing at my advanced age (mid-60s) to become a sex symbol," he cracked.

While he had small roles in a couple of films in the early 1940s, Forsythe's first successes were mainly on the stage. While serving during World War II, he was cast in Moss Hart's Air Force show "Winged Victory," along with many other future stars.

After the war, Forsythe became a founding member of the Actors Studio, recalling it as "a wildly stimulating place for a guy like me who was a babe in the woods. I never suspected there was that kind of artistry and psychological approach to acting."

Forsythe began appearing in television plays as early as 1947, and he continued his Broadway career. A role in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" led to the awesome task of replacing Henry Fonda in "Mister Roberts."

He was next able to create a role of his own, as the naive Army officer in occupied Okinawa in "Teahouse of the August Moon." The play was a huge success, winning the Pulitzer Prize. "It gave me a sense of worth as an actor," Forsythe remarked.

The call to Hollywood was irresistible, and Forsythe came west to star in such films as "The Captive City," "The Glass Web" and "Escape from Fort Bravo." His best break came in 1955 when he starred in Alfred Hitchcock's one attempt at whimsy, "The Trouble with Harry," about a corpse that kept turning up in a New England town.

Forsythe's film roles were limited because he was already busy in television. The comedy "Bachelor Father," in which he played a Hollywood lawyer who cared for his teenage niece, lasted from 1957 to 1962.

His later films included "Madame X" (opposite Lana Turner), "In Cold Blood" and Hitchcock's spy thriller "Topaz."

"And Justice for All" in 1979 marked a departure for the actor. Director Norman Jewison cast him as a judge with a kinky sex life.

Forsythe credited the role for causing him to be considered as the unscrupulous Carrington in "Dynasty."

"The producers didn't know what the hell they wanted," Forsythe recalled. "They talked to me in terms of J.R. in 'Dallas.' I said, 'Look, fellas, I don't want to play J.R. Part of my strength as an actor comes from what I've learned all these years: when you play a villain, you try to get the light touches; when you play a hero, you try to get in some of the warts."

He was born John Lincoln Freund on Jan. 29, 1918, in Penn's Grove, N.J.

He won an athletic scholarship to the University of North Carolina, had a stint as public address announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers, then launched his struggle to become an actor against the wishes of his father. Having had his name mispronounced all his life, he adopted the name of Forsythe, which came from his mother's family.

He toured the country in a children's theater troupe with his first wife, actress Parker McCormick, and began appearing in radio soap operas and Broadway plays.

His first marriage ended after the birth of a son, Dall. During the run of "Winged Victory," Forsythe married another actress, Julie Warren. They had two daughters, Page in 1950, Brooke in 1954.

When not acting, Forsythe maintained a strong interest in politics and sports, often playing in charity tennis tournaments. A devoted environmentalist, he also narrated a long-running outdoor series, "The World of Survival."

In lieu of flowers, Forsythe's family asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. The family said there will be no public service.