Saturday, February 28, 2009
Forget Starbucks, Donald Crabtree opened Grand View Topless Coffee Shop on Monday in Vassalboro, Maine, where the waiters and waitresses serve their customers topless.
Make mine a double.
In a town with fewer than 4,500 residents, the topless coffee shop is booming with business. Paul Crabtree, the owner's brother, describes business so far as "fantastic."
"It's just been crowds mobbing in," he said.
Donald Crabtree faced initial opposition to his plan, but he won the right to go ahead in a planning board hearing last week. Many local residents were irate over the idea of combining coffee and nudity. Crabtree, however, saw a profitable business venture.
"I know what people want," he said. "People like nudity, and coffee is profitable. Sure, I'd start a coffee shop, but I'd be out of work in a week."
The flood of job applications -- more than 150 -- for Grand View Topless Coffee Shop reflected the rough job market.
Crabtree hired 10 women and five men under stringent requirements, including friendliness and, what he considered most important, that the wait staff "treat everyone equally. "Watch townspeople, employees talk about coffee shop".
"We didn't hire '10s,' " he said, referring to appearance. "We hired everyone from skinny to big-boned women."Although the topless coffee shop has been open less than a week, Crabtree said he is already seeing regulars. Customers include a variety of individuals, but mainly couples and females.
He also sees his new business venture as a temporary fix for customers struggling through tough economic times."The economy is so bad," Crabtree said, "Everyone's losing their homes, their ties, everything they own. People leave here happy and can't wait to come back. It's nice to see people smile again."
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Sir David Attenborough told BBC TV that the yeti, or abominable snowman, could exist and he is "absolutely baffled" by the footprints.
"Very, very convincing footprints have been found," at 19,000-foot elevations, he said. "Nobody goes up to 19,000 feet just to make a joke."The above photograph is from December 1951 and is an alleged footprint of a yeti near Mount Everest.
Attenborough, 82, is known for his coverage of animals and nature for the BBC.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Artists Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz cast life-sized candles of themselves in beeswax and parafine with a wick running center from the head to the feet. They lit the candles and watched themselves melt away during the exhibition.
Wired profiled nine comic book store employees, five from New York and four from the San Francisco Bay Area, photographing them in their stores and at home. They asked each employee basically the same questions and published their responses alongside their photos.
I've worked in a couple of comic book stores now and I have to say, it's a great place to be every day.
Serge Tuganov, 28, of Moscow, accepted a $4,300.00 bet from two women that he couldn't handle a 12 hour sex marathon. KTLA News reports he won the bet by downing an entire bottle of Viagra but immediately after the orgy, he died of a heart attack.
"We called emergency services but it was too late, there was nothing they could do," said one of the female participants who identified herself only as Alina.I'm sure he died with a huge smile on his face.
No big surprise, with the success of the latest Friday the 13th, a sequel is on the way according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote the recently released reboot, beginning work on a script for a new picture.
There's a catch, though.
Unlike the sophomore efforts of other franchises, the new “Friday” is expected to be not a sequel so much as a follow-up, those familiar with the project say. Jason Voorhees will be the villain, of course, but the new picture is expected to use elements of the original franchise more as a jumping-off point than as a template.
The reason? The reboot drew from the first four pictures in the “Friday” series, and producers are said not to be keen on the plot elements of the half-dozen movies that followed. And Marcus Nispel, who directed the latest film, is a possible but unlikely candidate to helm the “Friday” follow-up; the director is believed to be fielding offers for movies across other genres.
The wild cards are stars Jared Padalecki and Amanda Righetti; though both survive in the latest film and are considered rising young stars, they also are on hit TV shows (“Supernatural” and “The Mentalist,” respectively) and their schedules could be too packed.
Insiders caution that there is no green light and Platinum Dunes and New Line are actively working together on another franchise reboot, “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” which is set to start shooting in two months.
Still, the “Friday” property is a desirable one, and in a best-case scenario the next film could be ready as early as the second half of 2010.
The first reboot, which brought a group of attractive young victims nack to get slashed at Camp Crystal Lake, was one of the surprise hits of the winter, earning $70 million worldwide. New Line and Paramount split domestic and international rights on the recent release and likely would do so again on a new picture.
An unrestored copy of Action Comics #1 is going on auction today at Comic Connect. It's CGC graded a 6.0 and expected to bring $400,000.00. To be honest, I think it might sell for much more than that.
I'm lucky to afford my weekly fix of comic books but it's exciting to know there are copies of Action Comics #1 still out there.
"One bidder wanted to trade his Ferrari for the comic book," as part of an under-the-table deal, Fishler joked. But he said the auction will remain public. "I couldn't see myself trading in my Toyota Prius" -- even for a $375,000 car.
Why is this comic book so unique?
"Of the 100 existing copies, 80 percent have been restored, but people want an untouched copy," Fishler said. The book is listed in "fine" condition, a six on the 10-point rating scale.
Co-created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the comic book first appeared on newsstands for 10 cents a copy in June 1938.
Nearly 12 years later, a young boy on the West Coast found himself in a secondhand book store, where he persuaded his dad to loan him 35 cents to buy the comic book.
Until 1966, the owner forgot about the book, which was hidden in his mother's basement. Since then, he's been holding onto it, hoping to see it increase in value, Fishler said. He has not been disappointed.
"There has been a lot of interest shown on the book in the collectibles market," said Fishler, who predicted the comic book will sell for about $400,000. But, he added, no minimum price has been set for the auction, so "whatever it sells for, it sells for.
"I've known Action Comics to sell for around $750,000," comic book sales associate Bill Peterson said. "I don't have any intention on making a bid, but I know people who don't mind dropping several thousand for a classic comic."
The comic book marked the first appearances of Lois Lane, Giovanni "John" Zatara and, of course, Superman. The book is in high demand because "there was no such thing as a superhero before Superman. It spawned everything that came after -- like Batman and Spider-Man," Fishler said.
Even during the current economic downturn, Fishler expects the book to do well.Those who can afford to bid, he said, "would ordinarily put money into the stock market. But that's a shaky proposition." These days, the comic book may even be a better investment than putting money into a CD or a bond, Fishler speculated.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Dynamo 5 is a title that passes under most fanboys' radar, getting little attention even though it's a great and fun read. The latest issue of Dynamo 5 proves once again how much fun a comic book can be. Issue #20 introduced a new super villain, War Chest, and what an appropriate name it is. And I think we all can relate with Scatterbrain being jealous of his teammate's x-ray vision.
Marvel announced Samuel Jackson signed a 9 picture deal to return to his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury. The upcoming slate of Marvel films will contain Nick Fury in some capacity, starting with Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, any of their sequels, and a possible S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off movie.
Samuel Jackson first appeared as Nick Fury at the end of the credits of Iron Man to tell Tony Stark about a team called the Avengers. Immediately after that, a nerdgasm was heard 'round the world.
Dreaming of a green Christmas? You will be in 2010 when the film, Green Lantern, hits theaters. Warner Bros. made it official and announced the Green Lantern film will be released December 17, 2010.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
You can download the single on iTunes or Amazon.
While we're on the subject of video games, I just learned about EA's upcoming game, Dante's Inferno from /Film. The trailer looks like it could be a lot of fun but greatly reminds me of Sony's God of War.
Electronic Arts has released a trailer for Dante’s Inferno, the video game which was subject to a Hollywood bidding war, which ended with Universal Pictures winning the right to develop a big screen movie adaptation. The property is a modern interpretation of the famous poem written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300’s. The narrative poem describes Dante’s imaginary journey through the nine circles of hell where they see sinners being punished for their sins on Earth.Here's hoping Dante's Inferno is fresh and new, and not just another God of War rip-off.
Word of caution to all you video gamers, according to a new study, too much PlayStation can cause painful lumps on the palms. Now I know many gamers already suffered friction burns on your palms from "other activities" but it look like Rosie and her five sisters have competition.
Called "PlayStation palmar hidradentitis" by the scientists, the skin disorder can cause painful lesions on the palms similar to patches found on the soles of children's feet after taking part in heavy physical activity, they said.
"The tight and continuous grasping of the hand-grips together with repeated pushing of the buttons produce minor but continuous trauma to the (palm) surfaces," Vincent Piguet and colleagues at Geneva reported in the British Journal of Dermatology.Excessive gaming is already seen as a and Medical School of public health issue, sparking addictive behavior that can lead to a range of psychological problems, the researchers said.
Other researchers have identified acute tendonitis from playing too much of Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii, and now a disorder related to the PlayStation can be added to the list, the team said.
Their study described the case of a 12-year-old girl who attended the Geneva hospital with intensely painful lesions on her hands, which she had developed four weeks earlier. She had no other lesions anywhere else on her body.
After questioning, the doctors discovered that several days prior to the appearance of the lesions the girl had started to play a game on her PlayStation for several hours each day.
The researchers suspected that grasping the console's hand-grips together with repeated pushing of the buttons produced minor but prolonged injury to the palm of the girl's hands, which can be made worse by sweating during a tense game.
The doctors recommended the girl stop playing and she recovered fully after 10 days, the researchers said.
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Latino Review has an exclusive featurette on the first script draft for the upcoming film, Conan. According the featurette, the movie would be full of graphic violence, sex and nudity, just the way a Conan movie should be. The movie is rumored to be released in 2010 with Brett Ratner to direct. It's been 25 years since the Conan sequel, Conan the Destroyer, and a new Conan film could greatly benefit from today's CGI effects.
Even if you've never seen the television show, Breaking Bad, just go ahead and buy the DVD set of Season One. I promise you, it's a great show and worth every penny.
Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher working a second job at a car wash to make ends meet for with his pregnant wife and teenage son who has cerebal palsy. Walter is diagnosed with terminal cancer, given two years to live. In order to make his family financially secure after his death, he decides to put his chemistry knowledge to use and become a drug dealer, making crystal meth with the help of a former student.Check out the promo clip below and then click here to order your copy.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I thought I'd start a new weekly post, Just Listen, featuring music that is not heard on regular radio stations and generally ignored by the public. I'm always amazed that so much great music is never heard, ignored by the mainstream media, with artists like Kelly Willis, Damien Rice and Los Straitjackets getting little to no airplay.
To kick things off, I'd like to start with David Gray and the song, "This Years Love" from the CD, White Ladder. You can learn more about him on his website or buy his music here.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
But he loves internet porn. What's the best last ditch effort to save a dying career? Say you love Jesus and appear on televangelist programs. Eventually, you can make big bucks making horrible, unwatchable movies, like Fireproof. Let's face it, the only thing worse than CBS programming is Christian entertainment. Don't believe me? Just watch Kirk Cameron rebuke a trash can.
IGN reports a rumour that Battlestar Galactica will soon be hitting the big screen. And here's the kicker: the movie will be based on the (1978-80) original television series with series creator Glen A. Larson working on the script and being a producer.
This is great news, if it's true. The Sci-Fi Channel series went way off-track a long time ago, quickly becoming a parody of itself. Maybe this time around the Cylons will remain the bad guys.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Etsy has a Nintendo NES game controller soap! Scented for men, the soap will leave all your pixels clean and smelling fresh.
But not to worry, all you Sony Playstation fans. There's a soap in the shape of a Sony Playstation game controller. It's even scented in pink sugar.
MTV has an exclusive interview with actress Linda Hamilton discussing her possible role in the upcoming film, Terminator Salvation.
While she awaits the specifics in a script, Hamilton already knows what her role generally would be. “My contribution would be voiceover,” she said. “I would probably be very happy to loan my voice depending on what the material is. Wait and see. They’re already writing it. We’ve been negotiating it.”Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor would be the great boost for the continuation of the Terminator franchise but I would rather see her on the screen.
Coming Attractions has the casting notice for the lead in the upcoming Thor movie.
Male MUST BE MID-LATE 20′S and SIX FEET OR TALLER. LEAD.Filming is set to begin in July and wrap in September of this year.
Physically powerful, very handsome, occasionally egotistical, petulant, and wild. A natural warrior with a quick charming wit who must be genuinely and severely humbled before becoming the compassionate, mature hero of our film.
Too bad they're not looking for a 41 year-old, 5'9" middle-aged male so I could apply. Oh well, maybe they could cast me as his comedic relief sidekick.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Breaking Bad Season Two premieres March 8, 2009. AMC has 5, count 'em, 5! original minisodes online to whet your appetite.
And if you haven't seen Breaking Bad, you owe it to yourself to tune into every episode. Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher working a second job at a car wash to make ends meet for with his pregnant wife and teenage son who has cerebal palsy. Walter is diagnosed with terminal cancer, given two years to live. In order to make his family financially secure after his death, he decides to put his chemistry knowledge to use and become a drug dealer, making crystal meth with the help of a former student.
Bryan Cranston has shown his flair for comedy with shows like Malcom in the Middle but Breaking Bad, while it has some funny scenes, isn't going for laughs. Breaking Bad is a dark comedy about the human condition and just how far a man will go to provide for his family.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Quentin Tarantino is back! Inglourious Basterds is written and directed by Tarantino and it's looking like a lot of fun.
During World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "the Basterds" are chosen to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris that is targeted by soldiers.Inglourious Basterds hits theaters worldwide on August 21st.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Lee Redmond, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her long fingernails, lost them in a car crash this past Tuesday. Redmond had serious but non-life-threatening injuries from the accident.
Redmond's nails, which hadn't been cut since 1979, were broken in the crash. According to the Guinness Web site, her nails measured a total of more than 28 feet long in 2008, with the longest nail on her right thumb at 2 feet, 11 inches.Link
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Don Hutson says Redmond was ejected from an SUV in the crash and taken to the hospital in serious condition.
Redmond has been featured on TV in episodes of Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Pin-Up Post is why the internet was invented. Pin-Up Post has loads of pin-up photos and allows you to upload your own pin-up photographs. You can even sign up for a daily e-mail of their latest pin-ups. The above photos are from Atlanta's Pin-Up Girl! Cosmetics. Click the photos for higher resolution. And Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This handmade corset on Etsy was inspired by the uniforms on Star Trek: The Next Generation. You can buy your own for $200.00, but you'll need a couple extra bucks - the Star Trek pin is sold separately.
Variety reports Josh Brolin will be starring as Jonah Hex in the upcoming Warner Bros. film adaptation of the DC Comics book by the same name. John Malkovich plays Turnbull, a wealthy Southern plantation owner and enemy of Jonah Hex. Jimmy Hayward is directing the script by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Production is set to begin in April.
Everyone loves amusement parks. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And lots of people get hurt every year at amusement parks.
Ride Accidents details every amusement ride accident dating back since 1998, with fatal records from 1972. Roller coaster derailments, freak accidents and mishaps aplenty, it's all there.