Amy Winehouse Actually Died Of Alcohol Poisoning – Remember when Amy’s dad told the world that she died from withdrawal to alcohol? Not true, it seems. A coroner has ruled that Amy Winehouse died as the unintended result of drinking too much alcohol. According to pathology reports, Winehouse had consumed a “very large quantity of alcohol” and was more than five times over the legal drunk-driving limit in Britain at the time of her death. As a result, her passing has been ruled a “death by misadventure.” [rollingstone]
Jo’Burg And Pretoria Brace For Malema’s March – South Africa’s economic hub is expected to come to a standstill today and tomorrow when thousands of ANC Youth League members take to the streets to demand economic opportunities. Businesses and schools along the 60km route from central Johannesburg to Pretoria have warned people to stay clear of the more than 5000 protesters expected to take part in the march. [timeslive]
Johnny Depp Lashes Back At Ricky Gervais – Amid all the uproar following Ricky Gervais’ turn as host of the Golden Globes earlier this year, no one bothered to ask Johnny Depp what he thought of the controversy. Maybe someone should have, because it turns out that the seemingly laid-back Depp has been harboring quite a bit of animosity toward the British snarkmeister, all thanks to Gervais’ crack about.. [eonline]
TopTV Starts Selling Airtime – Satellite TV offering, TopTV, launched in May 2010 as a rival to MultiChoice’s DStv, has started offering airtime sales on some of its channels for the first time. “We are pleased to announce that following a successful testing phase with various stakeholders, TopTV airtime sales is now ready to accept advertising on eight commercial channels,” the group said in a statement. [news24]
Boeing Dreamliner Makes First Commercial Flight – The Boeing Co Dreamliner, the world’s first carbon-composite airliner, flew to Hong Kong from Tokyo carrying its first paying passengers on Wednesday in a flight that could set a new benchmark in air travel. Its takeoff into clear blue skies after a salute and shower by an airport fire truck came exactly 53 years after Boeing’s first ever jetliner, the 707, began commercial services in the Pan Am colors. [reuters]
NATO Is Not Leaving Libya Just Yet – Last week, the alliance announced preliminary plans to phase out its mission on Oct. 31. NATO’s governing body — the North Atlantic Council, or NAC — was expected to formalize that decision Wednesday. Air patrols have continued in the meantime because some alliance members were concerned that a quick end to NATO’s seven-month operation could lead to a resurgence in violence. [washpo]
Lindsay Lohan Playboy Spread Will Be The Full Monty – Lindsay Lohan didn’t wuss out for her Playboy shoot — TMZ has learned, the actress will BARE ALL in her upcoming spread … i.e. the holy trifecta … or as one source close to Playboy put it, “boobs, ass, and vag.” Reports circulated Lindsay would pull one of those lame semi-nude fiascos — all sideboob, no fun — but sources close to Hef & co. tell us, that is NOT the case. Lindsay did insist the photos be “tastefully done,” but we’re told she’s still going the full monty. [tmz]
Conrad Murray Cries In Court Again – The doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death cried Wednesday while hearing five witnesses tell jurors he was thorough and caring and not motivated by money. Dr. Conrad Murray’s eyes filled with tears as one of the witnesses, Ruby Mosley, recalled the physician founding a clinic in a poor community in Houston in honour of his father. [cbc]
Artist Gives Birth In Gallery – A performance artist who said giving birth is the “highest form of art” has delivered a baby boy — inside a New York City art gallery Marni Kotak gave birth at 10:17 a.m. on Tuesday, the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn said in a brief statement, adding that everyone was recuperating on Wednesday. It said the baby, named Ajax, was 21 inches (53 centimeters) long and weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces (4.57-kilograms). [timesunion]
Liam Gallagher To Star In Beatles Movie – Liam Gallagher has reportedly been cast in a new film about The Beatles. The Longest Cocktail Party is an adaptation of Robert DiLello’s book about the founding of the Beatles’ record company Apple Records, directed by 24 Hour Party People’s Michael Winterbottom. Michael told The Daily Star: “Liam will have a part in it. It’s about the mad chaos of Apple, so it’s not dissimilar to 24 Hour Party People.” [pressassoc]
Cape Town Man In The Dwang For Bribing Cop – A Durbanville resident appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Wednesday for allegedly offering a traffic officer a bribe. Eduard Floyd Towns, 41, of De Villiers Drive, Durbanville, Cape Town, appeared before magistrate Amrith Chabilall, who extended his R2 000 bail and warned him to appear in court again on November 15. [news24]
‘Chicks With Guns’ Photobook Does Not Disappoint – Lindsay McCrum’s new photo book Chicks With Guns is just what you think it is: Striking portraits of women with their firearms. What’s unexpected, however, is the impact of the photos as a collection. If viewers don’t personally know one of these gun-toters, McCrum hopes the book serves as an introduction to a growing community of 15 to 20 million women in the U.S. who own and use guns. [wired]
More Extraordinary Revelations From Steve Jobs Book – He could be hard on women. Two exes scrawled mean messages on his walls. As soon as he learned that his beautiful, willowy, blonde girlfriend, Laurene Powell, was pregnant in 1991, he began musing that he might still be in love with the previous beautiful, willowy, blonde girlfriend, Tina Redse. “He surprised a wide swath of friends and even acquaintances by asking them what he should do,” Isaacson writes. “ ‘Who was prettier,’ he would ask, ‘Tina or Laurene?’ ” And “who should he marry?” More.. [nytimes]
Bernie And Ruth Madoff Attempted Suicide Together – In the only interview Ruth Madoff has given about her husband’s crimes, she says she and Bernard were so distraught over the burden of those crimes that they attempted suicide together. “I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening,” Ruth Madoff tells Safer. “We had terrible phone calls. Hate mail, just beyond anything and I said ‘…I just can’t go on anymore.'” [cbsnews]
New ‘Mission Impossible’ Tom Cruise Film Coming Out Soon – Here’s the synopsis for the film: “This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.” [missonimpossible]
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