Friday, August 31, 2012

Global 2012: ‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel storyline revealed, Jim Carrey will return as star

Cover of "Dumb and Dumber (Unrated) [Blu-...Cover of Dumb and Dumber (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
Bobby Farrelly has fans growing more and more excited for the ‘Dumb and Dumber’ official sequel after he’s spilled some hints about the plot of the new film.

Fans were nothing short of thrilled to hear that Bobby Farrelly, director of the 1994 comedic hit ‘Dumb and Dumber’, confirmed not only an official sequel to the original, but also that the original stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were returning.

Now, RTE is reporting that Farrelly is equally as thrilled to begin production on the sequel to an original that is almost twenty  years old.

Said Farrelly to Digital Spy, "I can tell you that there is no growth out of either one of them and it's 20 years later.”

"What is funny about the original is that they're grown men who are complete losers and when the studio came to us about a sequel [‘Dumb and Dumberer’], we were like, 'Loads of kids are losers and they're dumb'.”

“We didn't see any value in the sequel so we backed out of it, but now these guys are in regular life and they're still basically children at heart. The story revolves around the fact that one of them may have sired a child.”

"They want to go and find the child because he's [either Harry or Lloyd] having a kidney problem and he wants to ask him for one of his kidneys."

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Global 2012: Kristen Stewart is still struggling to "forgive herself" after cheating on Robert Pattinson

Kristen Stewart attending the Twilight Saga Fi...Kristen Stewart attending the Twilight Saga Film New Moon (Twilight Chapitre 2 Tentation) Photocall at the Crillon Hotel in Paris, France on November 10, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The actress had an affair with her married 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director, Rupert Sanders, and the 22-year-old star of the 'Twilight' films has been spending her time out of the spotlight reflecting on her actions and turning to self-help and enlightenment books.

A source told website Radar Online: "Kristen is trying to find some inner peace within herself. And she is reading a lot. She has always been interested in philosophy and spirituality and she has been reading a lot of different books.

"Strangely enough, the one author that has really been resonating with her is Gandhi, who she decided to find out more about after watching 'Eat, Pray Love'."

Kristen is expected to attend next month's Toronto Film Festival. She will promote her latest film, 'On The Road' but won't be addressing her cheating scandal apparently.

The source continued: "The remorse she has isn't completely gone, but Gandhi's words have certainly helped her find peace with the whole situation. Kristen isn't beating herself up over it, she's accepted that everyone makes mistakes and she has to learn from it."

Both Kristen Stewart and Robert are skipping the final four conventions celebrating the ending of the 'Twilight Saga', according to the movie's producers.

A statement from Creation Entertainment said: "Although Rob, Kristen and Taylor (Lautner) will not be with us this time out we will have a super line-up of other Twilight stars and the weekend will be filled with special events, movie prop and costume displays, contests, panels, auctions, parties, exclusive merchandise, music and much more, including some surprises!"

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Global 2012: Kelly Preston has walked out on John Travolta after sting of allegations

Travolta has been married to actress Kelly Pre...Travolta has been married to actress Kelly Preston since 1991. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The 49-year-old actress is said to have told friends she has "had enough" following a string of allegations against the 'Pulp Fiction' star of sexual misconduct from a number of male masseurs, and the publication of pictures the star dressed as a woman at a private event in 1997.

A source told the National Enquirer magazine: "Kelly told me their marriage is over and made it clear that she's no longer living in the family home.

"She's put up with John's double life for decades while his behavior remained in the shadows.
"But all this coming out in public has humiliated her. Kelly is absolutely destroyed."

The photographs, which were obtained by National Enquirer, show the 58-year-old actor at a party in Los Angeles wearing a white dress with a bra visible underneath, a brown belt, fur stole, earrings and a necklace, and wears eyeliner, pink lipstick and a blonde wig.

John's lawyer Marty Singer has strongly denied the claims from four masseurs that the actor behaved inappropriately when they visited him at separate times.

John and Kelly - who married in 1992 - have children Ella, 12, and 18-month-old Benjamin together.
They also had a 16-year-old son, Jett, who tragically died in January 2009.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Global 2012: Rob Pattinson's First Breakup Appearance in Flawless Gucci Suit

Cover of "Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edit...Cover of Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Robert Pattinson is done crying on Reese Witherspoon’s shoulder. In his first public appearance since the cheating scandal with his Twilight co-star and longtime girlfriend Kristen Stewart, Pattinson was more charming and witty than ever onThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday night. He skillfully avoided talking too much about the breakup, thanks in part to his host, who pulled out two pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at the start of the show and joked, “Now, we’re just a couple of gals talking. Tell me everything.” Pattinson kept the mood light, telling Stewart he might “split my Spanx” if he ate too much before his red carpet appearance later that night at the New York premiere of his latest film, Cosmopolis. (He said he was “double spanked.”)

Then, in a direct reference to the scandal and awkward post-breakup interviews, Pattinson said the most genuinely funny thing we’ve ever heard from him: “My biggest problem in my life is I’m cheap, and I didn’t hire a publicist. I’m going to hire a publicist.” But judging from the flawless "azul silk cotton notch lapel" Gucci suit Pattinson wore for the taping and, later, on the red carpet for the premiere of his film, Cosmopolis, we'd say he already has a well-oiled PR machine.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Global 2012: Jodie Foster Blasts Kristen Stewart–Robert Pattinson Break-Up Spectacle

Kristen Stewart at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7...Kristen Stewart at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We’ve all seen the headlines at the check-out counter. “Kristen Stewart Caught.” We’ve all thumbed the glossy pages here and there. “Kris and Rob a couple?” We all catch the snaps. “I like that dress. I hate the hair. Cute couple. Bad shoes.” There’s no guilt in acknowledging the human interest in public linens. It’s as old as the hills. Lift up beautiful young people like gods and then pull them down to earth to gaze at their seams. See, they’re just like us. But we seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process.

I have been an actress since I was 3 years old, 46 years to date. I have no memories of a childhood outside the public eye. I am told people look to me as a success story. Often complete strangers approach me and ask, How have you stayed so normal, so well-adjusted, so private? I usually lie and say, “Just boring I guess.” The truth is, like some curious radioactive mutant, I have invented my own gothic survival tools. I have fashioned rules to control the glaring eyes. Maybe I’ve organized my career choices to allow myself (and the ones I truly love) maximum personal dignity. And, yes, I have neurotically adapted to the gladiator sport of celebrity culture, the cruelty of a life lived as a moving target. In my era, through discipline and force of will, you could still manage to reach for a star-powered career and have the authenticity of a private life. Sure, you’d have to lose your spontaneity in the elaborate architecture. You’d have to learn to submerge beneath the foul air and breathe through a straw. But at least you could stand up and say, I will not willfully participate in my own exploitation. Not anymore. If I were a young actor or actress starting my career today in the new era of social media and its sanctioned hunting season, would I survive? Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost?

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: if I were a young actor today I would quit before I started. If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don’t think I could survive it emotionally. I would only hope that someone who loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety. Sarah Tobias would never have danced before her rapists in The Accused. Clarice would never have shared the awful screaming of the lambs to Dr. Lecter. Another actress might surely have taken my place, opened her soul to create those characters, surrendered her vulnerabilities. But would she have survived the paparazzi peering into her windows, the online harassment, the public humiliations, without overdosing in a hotel room or sticking her face with needles until she became unrecognizable even to herself?

Acting is all about communicating vulnerability, allowing the truth inside yourself to shine through regardless of whether it looks foolish or shameful. To open and give yourself completely. It is an act of freedom, love, connection. Actors long to be known in the deepest way for their subtleties of character, for their imperfections, their complexities, their instincts, their willingness to fall. The more fearless you are, the more truthful the performance. How can you do that if you know you will be personally judged, skewered, betrayed? If you’re smart, you learn to willfully disassociate, to compartmentalize. Putting your emotions into a safety box definitely comes in handy when the public throws stones. The point is to survive, intact or not, whatever the emotional cost. Actors who become celebrities are supposed to be grateful for the public interest. After all, they’re getting paid. Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone’s privacy, to destroy someone’s sense of self.

In 2001 I spent 5 months with Kristen Stewart on the set of Panic Room mostly holed up in a space the size of a Manhattan closet. We talked and laughed for hours, sharing spontaneous mysteries and venting our boredom. I grew to love that kid. She turned 11 during our shoot and on her birthday I organized a mariachi band to serenade her at the taco bar while she blew out her candles. She begrudgingly danced around a sombrero with me but soon rushed off to a basketball game with the grip and electric departments. Her mother and I watched her jump around after the ball, hooting with every team basket. “She doesn’t want to be an actor when she grows up, does she?” I asked. Her mom sighed. “Yes … unfortunately.” We both smiled and shrugged with an ambivalence born from experience. “Can’t you talk her out of it?” I offered. “Oh, I’ve tried. She loves it. She just loves it.” More sighs. We watched her run around the court for a while, both of us silent, each thinking our own thoughts. I was pregnant at the time and found myself daydreaming of the child I might have soon. Would she be just like Kristen? All that beautiful talent and fearlessness … would she jump and dunk and make me so proud?

There’s this image I have of a perfect moment. It comes to me as a square format 8mm home movie with ’70s oversaturated reds and blues, no sound, just a scratchy loop … there’s a little white-haired girl twirling in the surf. She’s singing at the top of her lungs, jumping and spinning around in the cold water, all salty, sandy, full of joy and confidence. She’s unconscious of the camera, of course, in her own world. The camera shakes a little. Perhaps her mom’s laughing behind the lens. Could a child be more loved than in this moment? She’s perfect. She is absolutely perfect.

Cut to: Today … A beautiful young woman strides down the sidewalk alone, head down, hands drawn into fists. She’s walking fast, darting around huge men with black cameras thrusting at her mouth and chest. “Kristen, how do you feel?” “Smile Kris!” “Hey, hey, did you get her?” “I got her. I got her!” The young woman doesn’t cry. Fuck no. She doesn’t look up. She’s learned. She keeps her head down, her shades on, fists in her pockets. Don’t speak. Don’t look. Don’t cry.

My mother had a saying that she doled out after every small injustice, every heartbreak, every moment of abject suffering. “This too shall pass.” God, I hated that phrase. It always seemed so banal and out of touch, like she was telling me my pain was irrelevant. Now it just seems quaint, but oddly true … Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And, yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive. Hopefully in the process you don’t lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and—finally—the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don’t let them take that away from you.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Global 2012: Lakers center Robert Sacre was the only one without a number at the NBA’s rookie photo shoot

English: Robert SacreEnglish: Robert Sacre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It's got to be tough enough for rookie Robert Sacre that he's still unsigned nearly two months after the Los Angeles Lakers chose him with the final pick in June's 2012 NBA draft, especially since he knows he's unlikely to see any shot at minutes in the middle thanks to the trade for Dwight Howard and the re-signing of free agent Jordan Hill, and especially since L.A.'s got the rights to 16 players for 15 roster spots (or, as Darius Soriano recently noted at Forum Blue and Gold, more probably 14 spots), putting him very squarely on the chopping block in the months before the start of the season.

But man, did the Lakers have to send the former Gonzaga Bulldogs big man to the NBA's rookie photo shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Tuesday without a number?

Well, um, look on the bright side, Robert — since every other rookie present actually had a number, you definitely stand out. That counts for something, right?

Provided, of course, this isn't just a really, really bad omen.

If it's not, here's hoping the Lakers spring for a new set of press shots pronto. If it is, well, then at least Sacre suffered it with a smile. Doing so might not make him as proudly hirsute as Quincy Acy or as Conanic as Kyle Singler, but looking on the bright side for posterity still makes him a photo-shoot champ in my eyes.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Global 2012: Top recruit collapses in court after receiving three-year prison sentence

RAMLE, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 23:  Anat Kamm,22,  a...RAMLE, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 23: Anat Kamm,22, arrives at a prison to begin her jail term, on November 23, 2011 in Ramle, Israel. Kamm has started her four and a half year prison sentence at Neve Tirza prison in Ramle after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected her appeal last week. The former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldier was found guilty of passing classified info to Israeli Haaretz journalist Uri Blau. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Instead of sifting through scholarship offers, selecting a school and launching his college basketball career as he originally planned, an Ohio high school standout will have to put his dreams on hold.

Tony Farmer, an 18-year-old senior at Garfield Heights High School, received a three-year prison sentence on Tuesday as a result of pleading guilty to kidnapping, felonious assault and other crimes.

The 6-foot-7 forward had been hoping to receive probation after teachers, coaches and family members testified on his behalf. When he learned he'd be going to prison as the judge read his sentence, he crumpled into the arms of a sheriff's deputy and collapsed to the ground in anguish.

In an odd twist, among those in the gallery sobbing in reaction to the judge's decision was the victim herself, Farmer's ex-girlfriend Andrea Lane. Even though the two remain separated since Farmer attacked Lane last April after she didn't want to reconcile their relationship, Lane had previously asked Judge Pamela Barker not to put Farmer in prison.

"I know he was a good person," she said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I hope he still is."

The entire courtroom scene is depressing and hard to watch because Farmer had such a bright future prior to this incident. Before video cameras caught his altercation with Lane on tape last April in the lobby and parking lot of her apartment complex, Farmer was a consensus top 100 prospect who had drawn interest from the likes of Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton and Michigan State.

What Farmer did was unequivocally wrong and the punishment he received from Barker is appropriate. But unless Barker reduces Farmer's sentence when she reviews it in 180 days, his hopes of playing major college basketball are likely now over.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Global 2012: Taylor Swift And Conor Kennedy Share A Smooch In Massachusetts

English: Taylor Swift at the premiere for Hann...English: Taylor Swift at the premiere for Hannah Montana: The Movie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If investing in expensive real estate across the street from the Kennedy compound wasn't enough proof that Taylor Swift is serious about Conor Kennedy--here's a simpler verification. The pair were caught kissing on camera for the first time, on Friday in Massachusetts.

The cute couple--he's the 18-year-old son of Robert Kennedy, Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy--are discreet in the photos, displaying a demure rather than heated embrace. However, it's hard to deny they seem genuine. Kennedy particularly looks smitten as he nuzzles Swift's cheek, while she grins for the photographers and links her fingers with his.

Swift's been spending lots of her summer with the Kennedy family. After being incorrectly linked to another Kennedy kid, Patrick Schwarzenegger, it was quickly noted by several sources that she was actually serious about his cousin Conor. Earlier this month she purchased a Cape Cod mansion close to Conor's grandmother, Ethel Kennedy.

She appears to have the green light from the tight-knit Kennedy clan--both Ethel and Conor's aunt Rory Kennedy have spoken favorably of her, with Ethel even going so far to say that the clan would be "lucky" to have her as an addition.

In addition to her new romance, Swift is busy with plans for her fourth album, which will be released in October. Her first single from the set, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," debuted last week. It's expected to break numerous records as soon as final numbers are released for this week's sales.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Global 2012: Miss World Pageant Winner Slammed

Miss World Zhang Zi LinMiss World Zhang Zi Lin (Photo credit: Roman™ photography)This past weekend 116 contestants gathered in the remote town Odros City in China's Inner Mongolia district for the annual Miss World Pageant.

Representatives from countries around the world, including South Sudan, Guatemala, The Netherlands and the U.S., formed a kind of United Nations summit on bathing suits and ball gowns.

So it stands to reason, when China's Wenxia Yu was crowned as the winner on Saturday, not everyone was in agreement.

"I was not surprised at all to see that the winner of the pageant was Miss China given that it was held in a Chinese city with Chinese hosts and a huge group of screaming Chinese fans that erupted into applause every time she was mentioned," one commenter wrote on a Huffington Post article announcing the winner. He also added the hashtags: "#Rigged #Fake #SecondPlaceOlympicsRebound"

A Daily Mail reporter also caught the Olympic connection, cheekily congratulating China on its Miss World win over the U.S., after its London losses last month. Was this really a staged win or are we all just sore beauty pageant losers? A request for a comment from Miss World's London-based staff wasn't returned at press time.

After Wenxia's win, the Miss World Facebook page practically lit up with angry commenters accusing judges of pandering to politics.

"MWO you sold miss world for the Chinese! They poured MILLIONS into the contest, so it is not very surpris[ing] that they won," wrote one commenter among a chorus of hundreds slamming Yu as a "fake" winner.

Wenxia is the second winner from China in the contest's history, after Zhang Zilin's win in 2007. Both Yu and Zilan won their titles when their home country served as host to the awards. For that reason, critics wonder whether Miss World's judges were swayed by China's hosting duties.

Although news of the Miss World pageant may have passed many Americans by, the contest remains as popular as Donald Trump's Miss Universe across Asia.

Established in 1951 in the United Kingdom, it's the oldest major international beauty contest on the planet with Oscar winner, Halle Berry and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, among its alumni.

To enter Miss World, contestants in the U.S. and in many other countries are selected by modeling agencies, rather than pageant judges, in order to participate. This year's representative, UCLA student and exotic bird collector Claudine Book, competed in all five categories -- talent, fitness, swimwear, evening wear and the charity-driven "beauty with a purpose" division- and won zilch.

Wales' Sophie Moulds, a Kate Middleton lookalike, took second place. If skeptics are questioning China's win, they should also consider the fact that Moulds and the contest's creators share a British commonwealth bond. The BBC broadcast the contest more prominently, than any network in the States. (It aired on E! On Sunday at 8 am.)

Before the crowning event, Miss Mexico had been the bookie's pick for winner with Miss Philippines earning her own fan base, after her beat-boxing performance during the talent competition went viral.

But it was 23-year-old Wenxia, a music student and dumpling fanatic according to her Miss World profile, who won the talent competition with her vocal performance, and ultimately the year-long Miss World tenure.

The real winner of the competition may have been the host city Ordos, a resurrected "ghost town" that fell short of being "the next Dubai" with the global financial crisis. "I had never heard of Ordos, but I've been very impressed by it so far," said Tapiwa Anna- Marie Preston, Miss Botswana in a press conference.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Global 2012: What we really find attractive

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07:  Shalane Flanagan #108...NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07: Shalane Flanagan #108 of the United States falls to her knees after earning second place in the women's division of the 41st ING New York City Marathon on November 7, 2010 in New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
I was recently on a business trip to New York with two female (and single) colleagues — one who was in her late twenties, the other in her late thirties, and I’m in my (ahem) late fifties. As we got into an elevator in a skyscraper, we were joined by a mysterious man who took my breath away. He was probably in his late forties; he had shaggy graying hair, an earring in one ear, wasn’t clean-shaven, sporting a slightly paunchy middle… but with his sapphire-colored cashmere scarf wrapped around his neck, this man also looked incredibly stylish. And there was something about the devilish way his eyes twinkled when he grinned, asked us which floor we wanted, and then joked about the hellish weather outside on the ride up.

When he stepped off a few floors below us, I gasped, “Oh my! There went my dream man!” My two younger colleagues wrinkled up their noses. The youngest said, “Ewwww! He’s chubby,” while the other woman said, “He’s a pirate, you can tell. Bad husband material.”

Are we attracted to different people as our relationship goals change?

I was both incredulous… and amused. It reminded me that, during each decade of our lives, we look for different things in a romance — from someone who will share their Twinkies with us in grade school to someone who will lovingly remind us to take our meds in our Golden Years. Our differing reactions to Elevator Man made me realize that, in our twenties, women are still having fun — we’re usually looking for someone who looks like Ryan Reynolds (or Scarlett Johansson) and imagining that a sexy smile and an awesome bod will make for solid companionship. And in our thirties, women get serious about finding a husband. My friend in her thirties had looked at Elevator Man, noticed his resemblance (at least in attitude) to Keith Richards, and subsequently labeled him a bad bet for either a spouse or, at minimum, a man with whom to bear a child.

I, on the other hand, actually prefer a man sporting some wrinkles and a few extra pounds (which makes it easier to ignore my own), an air of confidence, intelligence, a warm personality and an inviting grin rather than some young bad boy with six-pack abs. Although, truthfully, it wasn’t always so: when I was in my twenties I married my first husband, who was a champion swimmer — gorgeous, athletic and utterly shallow. But I didn’t care; so was I! And that kind of relationship worked well for us at the time. Of course, things fell apart when we both learned who we were and what we wanted — and it wasn’t something that could be accomplished while we stayed married to each other.

What we’ve learned about attraction from online dating

The good news about being single at any age is that there are many (okay, millions) of fish in the sea. The biggest question is: how to best reel these catches in? Consider the smorgasbord of possibilities provided by the Internet. Research recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association found that 22 percent of heterosexual couples surveyed met online. No longer does it raise an eyebrow to introduce your new love interest by saying, “we met online.” Where friends used to be the primary resource for meeting other eligible singles to date, researchers now believe that the Internet could soon become the number-one place for finding dates and establishing new relationships. This is why myriad studies are being made of online dating sites, which are rich with plunderable data. The goal? To discover our likes and dislikes, then use that data to analyze what attracts us to each other. Some studies appear to be the culmination of mountains of work dissecting tons of data for a result that can be summed up as: “well, obviously.”

Men and women differ on defining “attractive” traits in a mate

One study coauthored by Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely found that men ranked a woman’s attractiveness as her most important trait. Pretty superficial, right? But women are just as guilty: to them, a man’s height was his most important feature. (And — contrary to one popular stereotype — income was not as important.) And what kind of physical type did men find to be the most attractive? They preferred women who were on the svelte side. Yes, the smaller the body mass index, the better. Women’s ratings of what they found attractive in men were less focused on physical attributes, and their opinions diverged widely on which men were more attractive than others. It mattered not one bit if a heavier woman held advanced degrees; any education beyond a bachelor’s degree did nothing to increase her desirability to men. And apparently, having fresh breath is also not a compelling factor in gauging a man’s interest: a woman’s smoking habit actually increases her desirability on dating sites — perhaps because men associate smoking with sexuality. Also filed under “no surprises here” is the study’s data analysis showing that men tend to look for younger women to partner with, while women looked for older men; in addition, women were pickier than men were about what they were looking for in a potential mate.

Another study published in the June 2009 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Wake Forest University psychologist Dustin Wood also found that men were very aligned in their thinking about what makes a woman attractive: a slender figure, a sense of seductiveness and projected confidence. For women, the study reinforced that assessing desirability in men is a more complex issue. Some women gave high attractiveness ratings to men whom other women said were not attractive at all. Hence, the story of Elevator Man — the one who captured my fancy, but left my two friends unimpressed. Vive le difference!

How the right photo can instantly make you seem more attractive

There are no studies that I can find about how our perceptions of attractiveness change as we age, but in some ways, online daters have quite a bit in common, regardless of their generation. Another online dating study analyzed 7,000 user photos and discovered that women get more male attention when they flirt into the camera or smile; men, on the other hand, got better responses when they looked away from the camera and didn’t smile. So, I guess I’m not the only sucker for a man of mystery!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Global 2012: WWE 2013 Hall of Fame

Promotional poster featuring The Ultimate Warr...Promotional poster featuring The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Conscious of it or not, in the last few years WWE has done an admirable job of inducting individuals who are truly deserving of hall of fame status.

Of the last three classes, legends like Ted Dibiase, Gorgeous George, Shawn Michaels and Edge have gotten their just due.

Even when taking into account those who have been inducted into the celebrity wing, the only one who seems like he might not have deserved the distinction is Drew Carey.

As star power-laden as past ceremonies have been, though, the 2013 rendition may be the most star-studded yet.

That is, the WWE Hall of Fame may finally recognize two legacies that not only defined each other, but the 1987-1992 era of the World Wrestling Federation.

Besides Hulk Hogan, there were two other men who were responsible for taking the company to great heights—Randy "Macho Man" Savage and the Ultimate Warrior.

The two are former world champions and, during 1988 and 1990, respectively, were the top dogs of the company.

And like the headliners who came before and after them, they often brought the best out of each other as rivals.

While it's too soon to say if Warrior and the deceased Savage will both be honored, WWE is strongly considering them.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Global 2012: Japan's Epic Fast Food War Inspired These Crazy Menu Items

Current "blue crescent" logo (July 1...Current "blue crescent" logo (July 1, 1999–present) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There's a marketing war going on in Japan's fast food industry. Everyone's trying to one-up each other amid intense competition.

In 2010, McDonald's and KFC had an all-out advertising war to win chicken-lovers across the nation. Wendy's couldn't handle the heat in 2009 and was forced to pull out. It didn't re-enter the market until the very end of 2011. International fast food titans have to deal with each other, plus, they have to compete with the many local chains, some of which are quite powerful.

Japan has had a recent interest in more sophisticated items, and as the chains keep pushing the envelope, you end up getting some pretty bizarre things on the menus.

Wendy's Foie Gras Burger
This $16 burger consists of a classic Wendy's beef patty loaded up with all the regular fixings plus a healthy dose of fatty duck liver.

McDonald's Mega McMuffin
The Mega McMuffin consists of two breakfast sausage patties, cheese, egg, bacon, and ketchup all between a classic McDonald's English muffin.

Burger King's NY Pizza Burger
This massive Burger King beef patty is topped with pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara sauce, and stacked on a 9-1/2-inch sesame seed bun.

McDonald's Ebi Filet-O
The McDonald's Ebi Filet-O features a fried shrimp patty, thousand island dressing, and lettuce.

Burger King's Meat Monster Burger
The Meat Monster loads two beef patties, a chicken breast, two slices of cheese, three pieces of bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion onto a classic sesame bun.

Domino's Sirloin Steak Pizza
This is a classic Domino's pie topped with grilled eggplant, truffle cheese sauce, and thick slabs of premium sirloin steak.

McDonald's Chocolate and Orange Pie
This deep fried McDonald's pie shell is stuffed with gooey orange infused chocolate.

Burger King's BK Ringo Burger
Burger King slips a slice of flame-grilled apple into their Whopper Jr. giving their classic burger an extra special sweet twist.

Burger King's Big Bacon Bargain
The Big Bacon Bargain loads up to 15 strips of bacon onto any regular Burger King item for a limited time and a nominal fee.

McDonald's Mega Tomago
The Mega Tomago is essentially a classic Double Big Mac but with an egg patty and bacon.

Wendy's Lobster Surf And Turf Burger
A regular beef patty topped with lobster, lettuce, tomato, and onion make up this new, "premium" Wendy's creation.  Lobster Surf and Turf burgers are sold for about $16.

McDonald's Bacon, Egg, And Lettuce Wrap
This standard McDonald's breakfast wrap consists of bacon, egg, and... lettuce?

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