Tony Curtis 1925 – 2010
Tony Curtis Is Dead – In the wake of the sad news that Tony Curtis has died of a heart attack, fans and celebrities from various corners of Hollywood are paying their respects to this fine actor, true movie star, six-time husband and man who, courtesy of “Some Like It Hot,” turned dressing in drag into a touchstone for cinematic comedy. Curtis’s daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, issued a statement. [washingtonpost]
Julius Malema To Step Down – Julius Malema will step down as president of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) next year, the Witness website reported on Friday.“My term ends next year and I think those who hate me so much … should celebrate,” Malema said on Thursday at a news conference in Johannesburg, shortly after a meeting of the youth league’s working committee. [iol]
Sarah Murdoch Explains How She Named The Wrong Model – “Australia’s Next Top Model” host Sarah Murdoch — yes, the one who announced the wrong winner on live TV, and, yes, daughter-in-law of Rupert — has explained what happened to the country’s news show, “A Current Affair.” Frockwriter has the details. Murdoch told “A Current Affair”: [huffpo]
Student Kills Himself After Video Of Gay Encounter Hits The Web – So this one guy, Dharun Ravi, set up his webcam in a bedroom after his roommate (Tyler Clementi) asked to use the room for a sexual liaison. That’s when Ravi got onto Twitter and told everyone to tune in. Clementi celebrated by leaping off the George Washington Bridge. Naturally Clementi sent out a mobile Facebook message before jumping.. [cnn]
Tiger Woods Sex Tape – The Tiger Woods sex scandal beats on, by way of a sex tape. Devon James, the porn star mistress who claimed Tiger fathered her love child, is shopping a 62-minute-long tape—“37 minutes of it is us having sex,” she said, without mentioning what happens during the other 25 minutes. Guess you’ll just have to watch it and find out. James is trying to sell the tape, which she says was filmed in 2008, to Vivid (It’s “worth at least $350,000,” she estimates). Nice. [newser]
UN Appoints First Point Of Contact For Aliens – No I’m not kidding you. A space ambassador could be appointed by the United Nations to act as the first point of contact for aliens trying to communicate with Earth. Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact. Yes, that’s a great idea. Because she will have a better grasp on alien manners than me or you. [telegraph]
‘The Social Network,’ Movie of the Year And Decade (Rolling Stone) – Peter Travers is not only confident that The Social Network, director David Fincher’s retelling of Facebook’s beginnings, will prove to be the best movie of the year, but that it’s the film to define the last decade. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Harvard undegrad and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, delivering the best performance of his career. [rollingstone]
New Photo Of Kim Jong Il’s Son Revealed – For an official photographic introduction to the world, the picture of North Korean strongman-in-waiting Kim Jong Eun released by the reclusive regime Thursday had anything but a marquee wow-factor. This is no larger-than-life propaganda billboard heralding a dazzling visage of Kim Jong Il’s mysterious youngest son — rumored to soon succeed his ailing 68-year-old father. [latimes]
College Girl’s PowerPoint “Fuck List” Goes Viral – Duke University is in an uproar about a highly detailed “fuck list” that a recent female graduate made — in PowerPoint, complete with penis-size evaluations and dirty talk transcripts. We’ve got that document, and spoke exclusively to the now-contrite author. You simply have to read this – it’s so detailed it’s insane! Why oh why does this stuff never leak out of UCT? [jezebel]
The Vuvuzela Returns: India’s Commonwealth Games are Screwed – The Commonwealth Games are approaching! Host nation India has taken heat for having the grossest athletes’ housing ever, but that’s nothing: The vuvuzela is lurking. At least 10,000 shitty plastic faux-traditional horns have already been sold in New Delhi. [gawker]
How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car – How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011. [fastcompany]
What Facebook ‘Like’ Button Does For Traffic – The new-this-year, yet somehow-already-ubiquitous Facebook Like button has been around just long enough to generate some interesting numbers relating to Facebook users and web traffic.The button is now present on roughly 2 million sites around the web, from sports sites to news organizations and many other kinds of publishers. Read this article – mind blowing. [mashable]
How Is Tom Cruise As Tall As Cameron Diaz In Heels? – Just how is 5-foot-7 actor Tom Cruise able to stand as tall as 5-foot-9 co-star Cameron Diaz — who was wearing four-inch heels? That’s a six-inch difference if you are counting and our friends at StyleList break down just how they were able to orchestrate it at the Tokyo premiere of their film ‘Knight & Day.’ [popeater]
Tutu Condems Rhino Poaching In South Africa – Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu called Thursday for an end to rhino poaching in South Africa, where 210 of the animals have been killed this year as demand for their horns has soared. “The butchering of rhinoceroses in South Africa must be stopped,” the former archbishop of Cape Town said in a statement. [timeslive]
Could Goldilocks Planet Be Just Right For Life? – Astronomers say they have for the first time spotted a planet beyond our own in what is sometimes called the Goldilocks zone for life: Not too hot, not too cold. Juuuust right. Not too far from its star, not too close. So it could contain liquid water. The planet itself is neither too big nor too small for the proper surface, gravity and atmosphere. It’s just right. Just like Earth. [associated]
Can’t afford a MacBook? Perhaps you could console yourself with the second best in mobile computers. OneDayOnly are doing their thing with 50% off on Vaio’s. Not bad. Today at noon they’ll be announcing the winner of that iPad btw, so keep an eye on facebook.com/onedayonly for that. It might be you. Also, if you haven’t subscribed to their newsletter by now, you don’t know the meaning of the word “Vibe” – Fact. [onedayonly]
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