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4000th solder died in Iraq

4000th US soldier died on Sunday March 23, 2008. The US soldiers have more fans than some of the celebrities in Hollywood.

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Suicide at Mel Gibson's Property

This was a minor new and detail is sketchy.

A construction worker was found dead (hung) at Mel Gibson's property in Agoura Hills. The person who died later identified as a construction foreman who helped created movie sets for some major movies including one of the Matrix trilogy.

Mel Gibson never lived in the property.  Mel Gibson has a church in the property.  Mel's daughter was married in that church.


Angelyne to succeed late Jonny Grant?

Related topic - Remembering Johnny Grant  

After our beloved Johnny Grant's passing, Hollywood is looking for a new honorary mayor of Hollywood.  It's all good and normal.  What turns my stomach is that Hollywood is considering the billboard model Angelyne as one of the strong candidates.  There are better qualifying candidates such as Monty Hall (Let's Make a Deal).  He's a Canadian but I will take Monty over Angelyne anytime.

I have a feeling that Angelyne will not become the honorary mayor of Hollywood.  But, just the fact that she is being considered is an embarrassment to the world. Hollywood is losing it's class. I am very disappointed at this.

All the classy people in Hollywood are either dead or dying.  Pretty soon, the only people left will be the ones who flash their camel toes and shoot sex movies of themselves.  Disgusting... I'm going to puke.

Related topic - Remembering Johnny Grant


Patrick Swayze battling cancer - Get Well wish


Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late January 2008. He has been undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments at the Stanford University Medical Center. His spokesman confirmed the story.  A March 5, 2008 Reuters article reports that Swayze "has a very limited amount of disease, and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far.


My heart sunk when I heard Patrick Swayze had 5 weeks to live.  There are two different stories going on right this moment.

  1. Patrick Swayze has 5 weeks to live.
  2. Patrick Swayze has a small cancer, and everyone around him is optimistic. 

The sad part is that, times like this, bad news are usually accurate.

Patrick Swayze's Roadhouse buddy Jeff Healey (blind singer/guitar player) died yesterday.  Patrick's illness hits me close because  I grew up in the 80's.  Patirick Swayze was the guy who was there when I grew up.

According to statistic, Patrick Swayze has 5% of survival.  Patrick's doctor said that they cought the cancer pretty early.  We'll see...  God bless Patrick Swayze.


Received a personal message from Janet Blair's daughter

I received a message from Janet Blair's daughter.
She found a video clip on YouTube and sent me a message.
I was excited to replied her.

I will not describe too much about the conversation or reveal her name.  I will keep it personal.


President Bush death threat, man arrested

LAPD arrested Charles Madrid (50) for making death threat on George Bush last week on the phone call to his ex-girlfriend.  The ex-girlfriend then notified the police.

Bail hearing is scheduled for today.  Charles Madrid is a radio technician in the city of Pacoima (Los Angeles County) with no prior criminal record.

On the phone to his ex-girlfriend (Wanda O'Hickey-Way) Madrid said "Committing this murder is not a murder, it's making a difference for the people," "I'm going to kill who needs to be killed."

After arresting Charles Madrid, LAPD asked him if he wants to kill President Bush.  "Yes", Madrid replied.

Hell's Angels Planned to Kill Mick Jagger in 1969

According to BBC radio documentary Mick Jagger was a target of Assassination in 1969 by Hells Angels.

Back in the late 60's, Rolling Stones hired Hell's Angel members as bouncers.  It kind of worked out at first.  Soon an 18 years old man was stabbed to death by a gang member at the free concert at Altamont Speedway in Northern California.

After that incident Mick Jagger stopped using Hells Angels' service.  This triggered Hells Angels to plot Mick Jagger's assassination.

The gang tried to reach Mick Jagger by sea.  But they were all thrown overboard by a storm.  All Hells Angels survived from the storm, but they never planned another assassination.


Grand Funk Railroad - show cancelled due to illness

Grand Funk Railroad's concert at Chumash Casino (Santa Ynez, California) was cancelled due to illness.  Below is the concert schedule.

Let's see if they are going to cancel their next show on March 8th.


Short 2008 Oscar chit-chat

Paris Hilton was ready to attend Academy Award ceremony.  She spent $3.8 million on her dress alone.  But the Academy banned Paris Hilton from Oscar Award and all affiliated after parties. 

Paris then wanted to attend Vanity Fair party, but Vanity Fair party was cancelled due to recent writers strike.   She ended up leaving town for her own party.

A few weeks ago, Paris Hilton's latest movie 'The Hottie and the Nottie' grossed about $9,000 in the opening weekend.  

This year's Academy Award had THE worst TV rating in Oscar History.  I am not surprised.  I don't find Jon Stewart remotely funny.  In fact, he is really annoying.  OK, I'll be honest, I hate that mofo.  Johnny Carson was the best.  Conan O'Brian was pretty good too.  I never watch Oscar award on TV.  It's a total waste of time. 

Also, this year, a lot of foreigners won major awards.  Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) gave his acceptance speech in Spanish.  I thought that was wrong.  Well, I guess it's good that Javier Bardem wasn't from Iraq. 

People obviously lose interest on Oscar because we have all the young bloods turning Hollywood into a freak show.   For example, Ryan Seacrest has a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.  I rest my case. 

During the ceremony, they had a little segment where they showed all the past Oscar hosts.  From that video clip, they left out Whoopi Goldberg even though she had hosted 4 Oscars ceremonies.  They talked about it in The View (the morning show that Whoopi Hosts with three other ladies).  Whoopi was not angry about it.  Next day, the Academy apologized and everyone was happy.

Motorcycle officer killed in Hillary Clinton motorcade crash

Senior Corporal Victor Lozada, a motorcycle officer in the Traffic Division, was killed on February 22nd, 2008, while serving as part of an escort to Senator Hillary Clinton's motorcade near downtown Dallas. Sen. Clinton was on her way to a presidential campaign event. Sr. Cpl. Lozada's funeral was attended by over 4,500 police officers as well as Sen. Clinton


RIP HD DVD - Toshiba announces end of HD DVD production

HD DVD death

HD DVD or High-Definition DVD was a high-density optical disc format designed for the storage of data and high-definition video.

HD DVD was designed to be the successor to the standard DVD format and is derived from the same underlying technologies. Since all variants except the 3x DVD employed a blue laser with a shorter wavelength, it can store about 3¼ times as much data per layer as its predecessor (maximum capacity: 15 GB per layer instead of 4.7 GB per layer).

As of February 12, 2008, 386 HD DVD titles have been released in the USA. As of February 19, 2008, 214 HD DVD titles have been released in Japan, with 44 titles pending to be released.

HD DVD was in a "format war" with rival format Blu-ray Disc to determine which of the two formats would become the leading carrier for high-definition content to consumers. On February 19, 2008, after major content manufacturers and key retailers began to withdraw their support of the format, Toshiba made an official announcement to no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders, effectively ending the High definition optical disc format war.


John Ritter's wife files wrongful death lawsuit

5 years after John Ritter died, his widow filed a $67 million wrongful death suit against radiologist Dr. Matthew Lotysch and cardiologist Dr. Joseph Lee, alleging they misdiagnosed his condition and that contributed to his death. The trial began on February 11, 2008, in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Several of the defendants have settled out of court for a total of $14 million, including Providence St. Joseph, which settled for $9.4 million.

Related Topic - John Ritter


Heath Ledger's Death was an Accident

The official autopsy report is out.

Heath ledger's death was an accidental perscription overdose.

 - Quotes -

"Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine,"

"We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications."

"While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy," the family statement said. "Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage."

Is Paulina Rubio dead?

I received an email saying Paulina Rubio died in Spain.

Paulina Rubio is a Mexican super star, equivalent to Shakira.  She would be US equivalent to Beyonce or Madonna. 

But I couldn't confirm that news with any website out-there right now.  We shall find out.  This is confusing.

I think somebody was pulling my leg.  I have waited a whole day but there is no new on Paulina's death.   But, I received the news (of Paulina's death) from a Mexican entertainment website.  I bet there were a lot others who received that email.  Hm..


Two Shocking Deaths in Hollywood - Brad Renfro & Heath Ledger

We are starting 2008 with two shocking Hollywood deaths.

We lost two very young Hollywood actors; Brad Renfro (25) and Heath Ledger (28). They started very young and made well over 10 movies each. They worked in very good movies. They were on their way to make history... I was looking forward to see what they were going to do next 30-40 years.

Heath Ledger was already an Oscar nominated actor.

Their lives were better than what most people can imagine. They were so young and had a lot of living to do. Both Brad and Heath died of drug overdose.

These were truly shocking deaths in Hollywood (*Head Ledger died in NY).

I enjoy running this website to celebrate old-timers' passing. Death is natural when you are old. I want to keep their memories alive.

But I hate to see young stars dying like this... for drugs.
It's shocking and disgusting.

Please don't do drugs. Don't do anything to harm your body. It's doesn't matter if you are not a movie star. We are all stars in our own world.

Please take care... God bless you all.


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