Notwithstanding critical backlash, ‘Beverley Hills Chihuahua’, a Disney talking canines offering about Chole, a thoroughly pampered Chihuahua kidnapped south of the border and then left to fend for herself, grabbed an estimated $29-million, at the weekend box office, Disney’s biggest October opening since Ladder 49’s $22.1-million in 2004.
None of the six new releases could shake DreamWorks / Paramount’s ‘Eagle Eye’ thriller. The Shia LaBeouf starrer collected an estimated $17.7-million in its second weekend, with a domestic box office total of $54.6 million.
Oscar winner and top box office star – Clint Eastwood, 78 and director of ‘Changeling’, a period drama, talking to veteran movie journalist Lillian Ross at a Saturday Q&A sponsored by the New Yorker magazine at the Directors Guild of America stated, he finds Angelina Jolie, his leading lady to be extremely talented, but a talent that can be overlooked due to her having the most ‘gorgeous face on the planet’.
David Duchovny has checked out of a rehabilitation facility for treatment of sex addiction. David’s release was declared by his attorney. His lawyer Stanton Stein said, "David has successfully completed his rehabilitation, he is out of rehab and will be starting a movie soon."
The actor's admission to a rehab facility for treatment of sex addiction was also revealed by his attorney, in late August. Stein, however, declined to comment when the actor had been treated or when he left the center.
Duchovny won a Golden Globe Award as best actor in a comedy for his role as Hank Moody in January. He played the role of an oversexed single dad and novelist struggling with writer's block in the Showtime series "Californication."
When Anne Hathaway was questioned about her ex boyfriend Rafaello Follieri on Saturday Nights Live, she joked, "I broke up with my boyfriend... and two weeks later he was sent to prison for fraud ... I mean, we've all been there, right, ladies?"
Though "SNL" averaged a 7.4 household rating, Hathaway's appearance on "SNL" helped the show score one of its highest-ratings since 2002.
Hathaway’s close friends remarked that they weren't surprised that Hathaway was a good sport.
A recent study supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health has reported that sleeping in a room with a fan lowers a baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 72 %. Still a mysterious cause of death, SIDS is diagnosed when an infant dies suddenly for no apparent reason or illness and is the leading cause of death in infants from 1 month to 1 year.
Scientists have long been trying to develop a noninvasive prenatal test for Down syndrome that would replace the current risky amniocentesis which can cause miscarriages. This thirty year long attempt could be successfully solved if the new technique developed by scientists which requires a simple blood test to test for Down syndrome holds up in larger trials.
Stephen Quake, a bioengineer and his team at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, used powerful genetic techniques and sequenced the fetal DNA floating in the mother’s blood. They managed to successfully detect nine cases of the disease with 100 % accuracy.
The National Asian-American Survey indicates that Asian American voters support Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain by a substantial margin. However, a third of the voters still seem undecided, and could have an impact on the race in swing states, particularly Virginia, Florida and Nevada.
With the Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, defending her claim that Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists” and saying his association with a 1960s radical is an issue “fair to talk about”, there are clear indications that the 2008 presidential race has entered its ugliest and most rancorous phase.
During the course of a fundraising swing in California, Palin promised a crowd of 1,300 Republican supporters in Burlingame that John McCain is ready to get tough and “lay out the truth” about the ‘real” Barack Obama.
Health officials say 130 students of University of Southern California have fallen sick and been hospitalized due to a norovirus and not contaminated food this weekend. According to university spokesman James Grant the campus community was alerted about the virus early Saturday and preliminary examination has found a norovirus to be the cause of the illness on campus. "We don't think it's a food borne illness. It looks like it's a human-contact virus, stomach flu." He added that the initial findings would not be confirmed until the test results are returned by the county health department in two to three weeks.
A $7 billion emergency loan from the federal government is what California - the most populous US state and the world’s sixth-largest economy – may need, according to the intimation by the state officials to the Treasury Department. This need has arisen due to the shortage of cash and the inability to borrow more.
The economic crisis has shaken the creditors to such an extent that they are not ready to provide short-term finances that governments, normally considered safe bets, depend on to stay afloat until tax revenue is collected.
Amanda Peet, actress, new mom and a spokeswoman for vaccine advocacy group Every Child by Two, came under fire when she in an interview called parents who elected to not to vaccinate their children “parasites”.
California Highway Patrol arrested television star Heather Locklear, 47, outside the coastal city of Santa Barbara on Saturday, for suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
The star of television shows, including Melrose Place, Locklear, has been suffering from anxiety and depression after her divorce last year from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11-years of marriage. She checked into a medical clinic in June to seek treatment for her condition.
‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL) on NBC, in its third season, opened with a memorable sketch, featuring Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. This Saturday, the NBC comedy brought back the tandem of Fey and Poehler once again – though Fey reprised her role as Palin, Poehler this time around played CBS’s Katie Couric – in a skit parodying Palin’s interview earlier this week.
The California Republican Party’s fall convention had former Governor Pete Wilson urging his fellow Republicans to fight the recall drive against Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In his lunchtime speech to about 250 delegates, Wilson did not directly address the rift between Schwarzenegger and others in his party. He told delegates that the threat from the state prison guards union should be taken seriously.
Britney Spear is filming as a waitress in her new video “Womanizer”. The pop star was wearing a black wig and a red lipstick during the shoot. She plays a vampy waitress/erotic dancer and makes out with a hot boy toy on a table. This is quite similar to her other videos, pre-Blackout.
The shooting took place at Elevate Lounge, a club located within Takami Sushi & Robata restaurant on the 21st floor of an office building in downtown L.A. Dancers at the shoot were dressed in waiter uniforms - white dress shirts, skinny ties, and black pants or leggings.
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