Months of experimenting with long-form video has yielded fruit for the Google Inc.’s website – YouTube. On Friday, the website announced that it would start offering full-length episodes of some television shows. The longer videos will include commercial slots for advertising before, during and after each episode, enabling Google to raise more revenue from its nearly four-year-old video sharing site.
San Francisco officials voted on Friday in favor of hanging stainless steel nets, costing up to $50 million, from the sides of the Golden Gate Bridge in an effort to ‘catch’ would-be suicide jumpers. Officials said the steel nets, hanging 6 meters below the bridge and extending about 6 meters from each side, would save lives without any defacement to the appearance of California’s world-famous landmark.
After Walgreen Co.’s failed bid to take over California-based smaller rival Longs Drug Stores Corp., its chairman and chief executive officer, Jeffrey A. Rein, resigned effective immediately. This announcement resulted in the shares of Walgreen sinking to their lowest price in a decade on Friday - $23.22 following a drop of 8.2%.
Due to hit the stands on 21st October 2008, the November issue of W magazine carries an exclusive 21-personal photo spread of Jolie, the 33-year old mother-of-six soon after she gave birth to twins - Vivienne and Knox in July. With barely any make-up, the actress shown breastfeeding her newborn twins on the cover of W magazine, still manages to look serenely beautiful though somewhat tired. The tastefully shot black and white intimate photo taken by Pitt, shows Jolie comfortably relaxed in a sleeveless top opened to reveal a tiny hand on her left breast.
Three months after their divorce settlement, a Long Island Judge has denied Christie Brinkley’s request for a temporary restraining order barring ex-husband Peter Cook from seeing their children over the weekend. Divorce proceedings revealed Cook not only spent thousands of dollars each month on porn, he also posted videos of himself masturbating on the internet, including trying to bribe his mistress with $300,000.
In typically Paris Hilton style, the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar has the American hotel heiress advising Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and the Republican nominee for the Vice Presidential post, to ‘flaunt it if you have it’, going on to ask Palin not to keep her ‘hot bod’ under wraps by covering it with a pantsuit, when she could be wearing a swimsuit, instead.
The hottest rumor around is that Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney Spears’ sixteen-year-old sister, has got herself pregnant again, soon after giving birth to a daughter in July. The source that confirmed the rumor, to the National Enquirer that Jamie Lynn was 8-weeks pregnant, which has both her and her mother Lynne hysterical, as neither of them know what to do, though they are trying to keep the news from getting out.
Debra Messing, with an Emmy under her belt for NBC’s Will & Grace, has got under the spotlight once again. She reappears as the glamorous, sexy, funny, warm and thoroughly, beautifully ‘Starter Wife’ aka newly divorce Molly Kagan. While, in ‘Will & Grace’ Messing was overshadowed by her outrageous best friend, the characters in ‘Starter Wife’ actually complement each other.
Walgreen Co. has dropped its $2.8 billion offer to buy the pharmacy chain, Longs Drug Stores, leaving CVS Caremark, with its $2.7 billion bid, as the sole suitor for the California-based store. The decision has dashed the hopes of the shareholders hoping for a better price.
Analysts opine that CVS may seek to re-negotiate its offer to buy Longs. CVS on August 13 said it had agreed to pay $71.50 a share for Longs. A month later, Walgreen emerged with a $75-a-share bid. In after-hours trades, Longs fell to about $70 a share, down 2.3%.
Christie Brinkley’s ex-husband blamed her for compelling him to cheat her. He said that the supermodel did not meet his demands, needs and attention that he wanted.
"I was seeking a connection I could not find in my own marriage," Cook said. "I think the emotional aspect of our lives had changed. I think we were both feeling more like we were living with a brother and sister than a life partner."
Actor Nick Nolte had a narrow escape in a fire at his home in Malibu, California. The actor escaped with minor injuries after trying to douse the flames that had engulfed his living room, with a garden hose.
Nolte was twice nominated for an Oscar for his roles in "The Prince of Tides" and "Affliction."
Inspector James Barnes of the fire department said, "Nick Nolte was there apparently with a water hose trying to extinguish the fire himself and of course we came to help him out.
The contagious gastrointestinal virus outbreak at the University of Southern California (USC) has risen to about 275, days after 200-Georgetown University students were infected with a similar virus. However, the outbreak may have peaked, as there has been a decline in the number of students looking for medical help since Sunday.
The infection hospitalized ten students were experiencing vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps, while intravenous fluids had to be given to those suffering from serious dehydration.
Olympic gold medal-winning volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, 31, has dropped out of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’, after tearing an Achilles tendon during Lindy Hop rehearsals held on Friday. With an almost to her knee cast on her left leg, Treanor is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.
A born winner, only two weeks into the competition, she scored high (21-points) each week, and was beginning to establish herself as a dancer to watch for, she has expressed interest in returning to the show sometime in the future.
David Duchovny, who checked into rehab for sex addiction over the summer, is out after successfully completing his stint, and will begin filming for his new movie shortly, according to his lawyer, Larry Stein.
Duchovny, 48 voluntarily sought help for his sex addiction. He married actress Téa Leoni in 1997 and has a son and daughter with her. He most recently starred in ‘The X Files: I Want To Believe’, a big screen version of his popular X-files TV series.
Janet Jackson, hospitalized in Montreal for exhaustion last week, though released two hours later, has had to cancel three more concert dates of her ‘Rock Witchu’ tour, as doctors refuse to let the still recuperating 42-year old singer and actress to get back to her grinding schedule of back-to-back concerts, till she is fully recovered.
Talking to People magazine, Jermaine Dupri, record producer and Jackson’s fiancée says it is difficult for a 42-year-old body to perform like a 22-year-old one. Back-to-back, three-hour shows has left Jackson tired and exhausted.
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