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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

We're Embarrassed for Kim Cattrall

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(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Hello friends. So we're back in New York, but we wanted to tell you about something totally weird we witnessed while shopping at a mall in Seattle last week. OK. So a flat-screen TV monitor outside an Express had a message about a celebrity birthday. Naturally, we stopped to see what famous face was celebrating their b-day that day. The flat-screen TV read: "Kim Cattrall is 51 today." Wow. She looks great for her age, we told ourselves. Then, the TV said: "Happy Birthday, Kim!"

Ummm. Seriously? Here's our problem. First, why wish Cattrall a happy birthday on a mall TV monitor? Does anybody really think she's stopping by Auntie Anne's for a pretzel? C'mon. Everyone knows she's been shooting the "Sex and the City" movie in New York and was at the MIPCOM convention in France last week. (That's where the photo above came from.) Second, how dare they blast her age across the mall like that. Not cool. Third, her birthday was actually on Aug. 21. That birthday wish was well over a month late!

Friday, September 28, 2007

It's a DigitalLife Afterall

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(AP Photo/Hillary Rhodes)

Yesterday, we attended the first-day festivities at the DigitalLife technology, gaming and entertainment event here in New York. As far as video games go, there wasn't anything new. "Lord of the Rings Online." "BioShock." "Gears of War." Been there. Played that. (Of course, that didn't stop us from playing them again in this week's installment of "Up Down Left Right.") What was new at DigitalLife was a barrage of robot products. Spy bots. Cleaning bots. There was even a robotic Elvis. No thanks, DigitalLife. Didn't we learn anything from the "Terminator" movies?!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Meet the Duchess of Cornwax

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(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Yikes. We just can't look away from Madame Tussauds' Duchess of Cornwall wax figure, which was unveiled today in London. Last June, Camilla Parker-Bowles modeled for sculptors and personally selected her figure's eyes, outfit and accessories. Weird. What's stranger is that The Slug has already seen a waxy Camilla over at Louis Tussauds' Waxworks in Niagara Falls. This one is definitely better — or scarier. You decide.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

One Way to Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day

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(AP Photo/HO/Disney)

It's Sept. 19. Happy Speechify Like a Freebooter Day! If you're unsure o' how ter actually speak like a buccaneer, check o' this nifty "Pirates o' th' Caribbean Online" buccaneer translator. Arrr! All here this blog post was run through the translator. That's probably why ye weren't able ter savvy any o' it, ye mute frog-lickin' scallywag. Yes, it e'en translates ill language.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Favoritest Photo of The Week: Sittin' Pretty

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(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

It's Fashion Week here in New York. Again. Instead of selecting a Favoritiest Photo of the Week from the runway — boring! — The Slug is picking this hauntingly beautiful and well composed shot from AP photographer Oded Balilty of some mannequins hanging around the Goldsmith factory. (Yes, we're suckers for mannequin photos.) If you squint, maybe you can see Kim Cattrall in this image. Feast your eyes on the original caption: 

A Goldsmith employee carries a mannequin at the Goldsmith factory in New York Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.As Fashion Week gets underway in New York, rail thin models will still be on the runways, but when garments reach the stores, many of them will be displayed on mannequins that more realistically reflect the human form - and the shapes of customers shopping for clothes. Goldsmith also has a line of full-figured mannequins.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Worlds Collide

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(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

What happens when you mix America, Italy and China? See above. Our Favoritest Photo of the Week comes to us from the other side of the planet where the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel opened this week. Just like the Venetian in Las Vegas, there's even a faux canal with singing gondoliers. (We once witnessed a proposal there ourselves.) Sail away with the original caption:

Gambling tables are set inside the casino during the opening ceremony of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. Casinos like the Wynn and Sands have already helped this southern coastal Chinese city surpass the Las Vegas Strip as the world's most lucrative gambling center. American billionaire Sheldon Adelson aims to take a step further with the US$2.4 billion (euro1.8 billion) Venetian scheduled to open Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Waxy Ladies

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(AP Photos/Derrik J. Lang)

So The Slug went up to Niagara Falls last weekend to see the natural wonders and all that. Little did we know there's be oodles of celebrities — in wax form — at the local Louis Tussauds' Waxworks. (He's the great grandson of Madame, if you're confused.) Unfortch, none of wax figures or any of our souvenirs spoke to us like in "Wonderfalls."

However, the female figures did look really real when we stuck our camera in their faces and cranked up our flash. Try to guess who's who in the comments section, after the jump — or don't if the above photo of Sara Jessica Parker freaks your freak. It's only gonna get creepier, kids.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Just Breathe

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What could be better than being covered in water and confetti while standing next to Reeege and Kelly? In our Favoritest Photo of the Week, AP photographer Richard Drew captured Tom Sietas on "Live with Regis & Kelly" right after he broke his own Guinness record for holding his breath under water. The Slug thinks Tom should be eligible for a Guinness record for holding his breath under confetti, too. Drown in the original caption:

Confetti falls as Tom Sietas, center, 30, from Hamburg, Germany, is congratulated by Guinness World Record judge Stuart Claxton, left, after Sietas broke his own Guinness record of 14 minutes and 25 seconds for holding his breath under water, during his appearance on the "Live with Regis & Kelly" television show, in New York Thursday Aug. 9, 2007. He set a new record of 15 minutes and 2 seconds. The show's co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa look on at right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Does This Make Paula Abdul the Godmother?

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(AP Photo/HO/Fox)

Here's a new way to capture the attention of "American Idol" producers during seventh season auditions: go into labor. Antoria Gillon, who tried out in Dallas on Monday while nine-months pregnant, had contractions during the auditions and gave birth after being selected to for the next round, according to a statement released by Fox. Gillon gave birth to Jamil Labarron Idol McCowan early Tuesday morning. He weighs 6 lbs. 7oz. and is a little pitchy.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Eye Sore

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(AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)

When we saw this AP photo by Miguel Villagran, we immediately started humming Rockwell's classic — OK, only — hit "Somebody's Watching Me." There's nothing like a pair of giant German eyeballs peering down at some pedestrians to inspire some '80s Motown nostalgia. How come billboards in America are never this rad? We could stare at this Favoritest Photo of the Week for hours. Peep the original caption:

Two pedestrians walk past an illuminated poster in front of the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 26, 2007. The poster is placed at the backside of an temporary screen, till August different movies will be shown outdoors. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)