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by Mike Stanz posted Sep 19 2014 7:35AM
Gerard Depardieu - arguably, France's best and best-known actor - admitted recently that he drinks a wee bit.

"I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles" of wine "per day," he said. "But I'm never totally drunk."

On the other hand, he's never totally sober. Or coherent. Or intelligible.

This is a guy who's had quintuple bypass surgery too.

And he's had some interesting brushes with infamy. Here he is last year on The Graham Norton Show on BBC, talking about making an unauthorized pit stop on a commercial airliner. If nothing else, he found a use for his empties...

by Mike Stanz posted Sep 19 2014 3:00AM
JJ Abrams brought a smile to the faces of geeks everywhere with a very interesting mashup yesterday.

The director of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII tweeted video that looks like it's the Millenium Falcon, complete with recognizable Star Wars music.

Then the music changes, and the camera moves slowly to focus on a piece of equipment hanging from the belly of the Falcon.

Wait? Is that the Batmobile? Why yes, yes I believe it is.
If you're a geek, sit back, relax and enjoy - then grab a smoke when it's over.
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by Mike Stanz posted Sep 19 2014 3:00AM
The United States Air Force used to require airmen to say "so help me God" as part of their enlistment.

Then they had to make it optional - allowing airmen not to say that phrase, if they so choose.

Then the exception was lifted - no one's quite sure why. But when an airmen crossed the phrase out of his oath about a month ago, he was denied reenlstiment.

So a humanist organziation threatened to file suit, citing First Amendment violations.

And the Air Force reinstated the exception, and allowed the airman to reenlist with saying "so help me God."

So out of curiosity, what happens when this guy's F-16 stalls out at 40,000 feet. Will he pray to that deity that could not be named in his oath, or simply say "uh oh" as he plunges toward the Earth?

by Mike Stanz posted Sep 19 2014 3:00AM
Can you say, too much money?

On this week's season finale of America's Got Talent, host Nick Cannon was wearing a pair of shoes worth $2 million.

That's twice as much as the AGT winner, magician Mat Franco, earned that night.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the shoes had "14,000 full-cut round white diamonds set onto white gold, with a total carat weight of 340 carats."

I'm sorry, but that just screams excess to me... unless of course your fairy godmother made them for you and you've got to have them back by midnight.

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by Mike Stanz posted Sep 19 2014 3:00AM
Looks like those knocks on the noggin on the playing field haven't hurt Peyton Manning any.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated very recently, he pretty much admitted that he bought up a bunch of Papa John's pizza shops - 21 of them, to be precise - in Colorado just before the state legalized marijuana to profit on the sale of the weed.

TMZ reported last year that sales in those Peyton pizza palaces were bringing in some big bucks since legalization. One shop's sales increased a whopping 25 percent.

In the interview, Peyton talked about his business plan: "There's some different laws out here in Colorado," he said. "Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes. So when you come to a different place, you've kind of got to learn everything that comes with it."

Smart cookie.

Wait, that's another franchise he should have bought up...

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Location : Colorado
People : Peyton Manning
by Mike Stanz posted Sep 19 2014 3:00AM
Meghan Trainor's "All About the Bass" is at the top of the charts these days.

So of course, it's going to get parodized. And who better to produce a parody than Deva Dalporto, the woman NBC calls the "Weird Al of YouTube Moms."

If you've got kids, or you know people who have kids, or you've been a kid, you're going to enjoy "All About the Space."

by Mike Stanz posted Sep 19 2014 3:00AM
You don't have to be a Yankees fan to appreciate what Derek Jeter has done for the club, and arguably for baseball.

As he caps off his final month of playing the game, he's getting all sorts of accolades.

But none are better than the ones he gets from the people of his city, as he walks to the stadium through the streets of New York.

Sure, parts of it were staged for the cameras - this is still a Gatorade commercial (albeit, a subtle one) - but there's no faking the looks on the faces on the kids Jeter meets along the way.

Class act. Especially in the face of everything else going wrong in the world of sports today, it's nice to have a guy like Jeter out there. Bon voyage, Captain!

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Location : New York
People : Derek Jeter
by Mike Stanz posted Sep 18 2014 3:00AM
Here's a clip from this weekend's Miss America competition.

Miss Massachusetts - Lauren Kuhn - rearranged "Valse Dramatic" and played it absolutely beautifully in the talent competition.

Sure, the talent competition only counts for 30% of the vote for Miss America. But watch this performance...



... and then remember it lost out to a girl sitting cross-legged on the stage, singing "Happy" and flipping over a big red cup.
by Mike Stanz posted Sep 18 2014 3:00AM
Lindsay Lohan was spotted out on the town in London earlier this week with E.L. James, the author of the "50 Shades of Grey" series.

Lindsay must have been running late for their date, because she showed up wearing lingerie. No time to change, apparently.



E.L is the one in the photo wearing the mask.

t's not clear if that's a nod to her books, or her embarrassment of being caught in public with Lindsay...
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : London
by Mike Stanz posted Sep 18 2014 3:00AM
Mayim Bialik, who portrayed Blossom in her younger days and now plays Amy, Sheldon's "friend that's a girl but not a girlfriend" on The Big Bang Theory is not afraid of speaking her mind.

Earlie this week, she slammed Ariana Grande for a billboard that was too sexual.

Now she's telling everyone why she doesn't like Disney's Frozen.
  • The plot, in her mind, is "about the identification of a woman based on her desire and search to meet a man."
  • It teaches girls "not to trust those nasty scheming conniving men."
  • The animation of the female characters is out of sync with reality, featuring "tiny waists, ample busts, and huge heads. They look like dolls. They don't look like the same species as the male characters even!"
Don't hold back, Mayim. Tell us what you really think!
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