Saturday, October 02, 2010
'I could definitely write an eighth, ninth, tenth,' the celebrated author, 45, told Oprah Winfrey during an interview scheduled to air Friday. 'I'm not going to say I won't. I don't think I will ... I feel I am done, but you never know.'"
By all accounts, Bedard should be dead. He's been bitten 12 times by alligators, nearly lost a finger to a rattlesnake and has been clawed by a bear. Bedard entertains patrons at several Florida attractions by wrestling alligators and dealing with other dangerous creatures.
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In the E:60 profile, Bedard wrestles alligators, treats his own gator bite wounds and is shown being bitten by a diamondback rattlesnake (and subsequently visiting a hospital)."
Friday, October 01, 2010
According to The Ausiello Files, NBC has teamed up with 'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller to reboot the classic '60s creepshow, and the new version has been described as 'Modern Family' meets 'True Blood.' So, funny and blood-spattered, then?"
Cannell's family tells ET, 'Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena on Thursday evening due to complications associated with melanoma. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones.
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The prolific Emmy-winning producer was also the author of 16 novels. Having overcome dyslexia, he was a spokesperson on the condition and advocated on behalf of those with learning disabilities."
Thursday, September 30, 2010
One their way back to shore, pirates in a boat pulled up next to them and started shooting at them. The husband was hit, possibly in the head. The woman tried to save him and ended up being at shot as well. She had to turn around and leave her husband in the water. She fears he's dead."
The crash reportedly occurred outside West Hollywood eatery Boa when Hilton and her boyfriend tried to leave the restaurant.
TMZ reports that Waits was driving at the time of the collision and has been cited by police for leaving the scene of the accident."
Mantell, who chalked up more than 70 roles in his career including memorable turns in 'Marty,' 'The Birds' and 'Chinatown,' died Wednesday at a hospital in Tarzana, Calif. He was 94.
Mantell delivered iconic lines in several of his roles.
In 'Marty,' Mantell played Angie, the best friend of Ernest Borgnine's lonely title character. The running argument between the two friends about what they planned to -- in which Angie repeatedly asked 'Well, what do you feel like doin' tonight?' -- became one of the movie's best-loved scenes.
In 'The Birds,' Mantell played a traveling salesman who urged 'Kill 'em all' to counter an ornithologist who recommended studying the birds attacking a California town.
But most memorably, Mantell played the partner of detective J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) in Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown.' It was Mantell who uttered the movie's classic closing line: 'Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.'"
A source tells the newspaper, 'This isn't 'The Simple Life,' where she played a campy version of herself. This show will give viewers a glimpse of the real Paris and her life, which is sometimes quite amazing.'
While there are no details of the series thus far, the Post writes Paris' new gig will 'show the world she's not a dizzy blonde, as she's been portrayed.'"
Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books announced today that the pint-sized glowing reality star is writing her first novel, “A Shore Thing,” slated to hit the shelves in January."
Due to the concave shape of the Vdara hotel, the strong Nevada sun reflects off its all-glass front and directly onto sections of the swimming pool area below.
The result has left some guests with burns from the powerful rays and even plastic bags have been recorded as melting in the heat."
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
It happened to a man from Bonne Terre, Mo., Missouri Lottery officials said Tuesday. Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million with a '100 Million Dollar Blockbuster' Scratchers ticket in June. And this month, he won $2 million with a 'Mega MONOPOLY' Scratchers ticket."
Penn made a name for himself in the 1950s directing Playhouse 90, the live TV drama series. In 1959, he won a Tony for the Broadway production of “The Miracle Worker,” which starred Anne Bancroft. It was Penn’s ability to coax great performances from actors, honed by theater work, that allowed him to direct Warren Beatty’s groundbreaking performance as Clyde, according to Chris Nashawaty, who wrote a tribute to Penn for EW. In his post “Bonnie” career, Penn also directed “Little Big Man,” the detective film “Night Moves” and “The Missouri Breaks,” which starred Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson."
'Her project was one of the most exemplary in the last decade or so,' said Jed Rasula, who has taught in the English department at the University of Georgia since 2001. 'I certainly thought she'd find a New York publisher.'
But the major New York publishers passed on 'Sleight,' a novel about two sisters trained in a fictional art form. Coffee House Press in Minneapolis, a small independent publisher, now plans to publish the book, offering Ms. Kaschock an advance of about $3,500—a small fraction of the typical advances once paid by the major publishing houses.
The digital revolution is not only disrupting the traditional publishing model, but new and aspiring literary writers as well, who are less likely to gain attention from publishers or command the advances they once might have. WSJ's Jeffrey Trachtenberg discusses on digits.
It has always been tough for literary fiction writers to get their work published by the top publishing houses. But the digital revolution that is disrupting the economic model of the book industry is having an outsize impact on the careers of literary writers."
Even recent history, such as recordings from 9/11 or the 2008 election is at risk because digital sound files can be corrupted and widely used CD-R discs last only last three to five years before files start to fade, said study co-author Sam Brylawski.
'I think we're assuming that if it's on the Web it's going to be there forever,' he said. 'That's one of the biggest challenges.'
The first comprehensive study of the preservation of sound recordings in the U.S. being released by the Library of Congress also found many historical recordings already have been lost or can't be accessed by the public. That includes most of radio's first decade from 1925 to 1935."
If anything, the institute said, in states where texting while driving is illegal, there appears to be a 'slight increase in the frequency of insurance claims filed under collision coverage for damage to vehicles in crashes.' The finding is based on the institute's comparisons of claims in four states — California, Washington, Minnesota and Louisiana — before and after texting bans took effect, compared with patterns of claims in nearby states.
It could be that drivers who continue to text while driving are doing it more surreptitiously, hiding their phones from view of other drivers and law enforcement, increasing the risk of an accident even more, the institute says."
'I could hear screaming and crying,' she said. 'My husband kept saying, 'Baby girl, calm down,' over and over.'
Sarah Guffey had been turned away from Mesquite High School's homecoming dance because the senior's dress didn't meet the dress code."
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Reed Farrel Coleman's Moe Prager series is not to be missed. The latest installment, Innocent Monster, hits the streets on October 5, and Reed was kind enough to drop by and to a little Q&A here on the blog.
BC: I was reading on your website about the new book, and I see the title is Innocent Monster, so I'm guessing it's about vampires, right?
RFC: Is this where I stick needles in my eyes? Christ, am I sick to death of vampires. Charlaine Harris is like the nicest person alive, but can she please make it stop? Seriously, Innocent Monster is pretty far away from your basic vampire book.
BC: Okay, I guess I was wrong. I noticed that Booklist gives it a starred review that says it's "pretty much note-perfect," so where do the musicians come in?
RFC: On cue, I hope.
BC: Kidding aside, I remember that at the 2004 Bouchercon in Toronto you were campaigning to "Save Moe." Can we assume that Moe has been thoroughly saved and will be around for a while?
RFC: I think it’s a safe assumption. I’m already at Moe #7, Hurt Machine.
BC: Tower, your collaborative novel with Ken Bruen, was a big success. Any plans for another collaboration with Bruen or anyone else?
RFC: We have tossed around the idea of a Western. A loony Irishman from Galway and a Jew from Brooklyn … makes perfect sense to me. But Ken’s so busy these days, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
BC: When you start a novel, do you have an outline handy, or do you prefer to wing it?
RFC: I am the king of winging it. Outlines kill me, so I avoid them at all cost.
BC: What about social networking? Do you think Twitter and Facebook are necessary for writers? How do you use them?
RFC: Unfortunately, I think they are necessary evils. I like socializing the old-fashioned way, but I’m on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve updated my website.
BC: What other writing projects can you tell us about? Poetry, maybe?
RFC: I’m now a co-editor of The Lineup, a poetry magazine that focuses on crime poetry. I have a stand-alone being shopped around. I’ve discussed some collaborations and I hope to do a short story anthology for Busted Flush.
BC: Thanks for the visit, Reed, and we all hope Innocent Monster sells a million.
RFC: Me too.
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Reed Farrel Coleman’s Innocent Monster (Tyrus Books, Oct. 5, 2010) is the sixth in his Moe Prager series. Reed has been called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the noir poet laureate in the Huffington Press. He’s published eleven novels—two under his pen name Tony Spinosa—in three series, and the stand-alone Tower co-written with award-winning Irish author Ken Bruen. He’s won the Shamus Award for Best Novel of the Year three times, won the Barry and Anthony, and twice been nominated for the Edgar Award. He is a co-editor of The Lineup and was the editor of the anthology Hard Boiled Brooklyn. You can reach Reed on his website, Facebook, or Twitter.
Authorities say Denney was going to transfer the drugs by giving his 29-year-old son, who has the same first name, a mouth-to-mouth kiss during a visit."
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are carrying a license to carry a firearm. These celebrities include: Marc Anthony, Robert De Niro, Donald Trump, his son, Donald Jr., David Wright and Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis Stewart."
Monday, September 27, 2010
Blanda was known as the Ageless Wonder because he didn't retire until he was just short of his 49th birthday.
And some of his best work came in his last decade in the NFL, with Oakland."
Sunday, September 26, 2010
A team of international archaeologists found the letter under a pile of adobe bricks in a collapsed church complex near Trujillo, 347 miles north of Lima. The complex had been inhabited by Dominican friars for two centuries.
'Our investigations determined that this piece of paper records a number system in a language that has been lost for hundreds of years,' Jeffrey Quilter, an archaeologist at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, told Reuters."
Police in San Cristobal say unknown thieves unearthed the remains of Juan Vizcarra Quispe, who died in 1978. His bones were found strewn about the cemetery, but his skull is missing."