Saturday, August 27, 2011
I turn up in the most unexpected places!
For example, this evening when I was channel-surfing, I was astonished to spy mself in a cameo role in "Die Harder" (Die Hard 2)
In a nutshell, the plot focuses on a handful of former black ops officers, who shut down an airport with the specific aim of rescuing a nortoris International criminal from extradition to face prosecution.
When airport personnel disobey an order to refrain from restoring power to the airport, the tough-as-nails leader and his rag-tag band of intruders, proceed to manipulate the airport data.
While all the characters in the intense drama stare in shock, an aircraft in-bound from England is downed killing all on board in a horrific crash.
I was one of the passengers on the jet.
Gosh, I was so young and handsome-looking in my stylish business attire (even if I do say so myself).
That is one of the plusses when an actor works in the medium of film and televiision.
The performer's image remains sealed in time for eternity.
Priacy issues continue to rear their ugly head at Facebook (the popular social hub).
For example, a handful of irate members cried foul recently, when they learned that whenever a post was published on the site the log-on location was visible to all on the Internet.
Their angst was well-fonded and for good reason.
For example, let's say a battered wife was in the midst of an ugly divorce - it is wholly possible that the estranged husband could track his wife down - with potentially dangerous results.
Celebrities may be at risk too; after all, a demented stalkers may use the information to get up-close and personal with the object of their burning passion.
Today, when I logged in, I was faced with a convuluted dilemma.
As I was attempting to post a article, the screen went an eerie opague color - at which point - I was asked to respond to posting selections being offered up.
For example, Facebook staff posed three questions:
1. Do you want the post to be visible publicly?
2. Do you want the post to be visible just to friends?
3. Do you want the post to be visible just to yourself?
Frankly I found the third option downright ludicrous.
Who wants to post a message that is only visible to themself?
There was another niggling problem that also troubled me.
If the member selected the first option to make the post visible, does that mean the location would be screaming out from the Facebook site?
For a company that claims to be a leader in the field, Facebooks come off looking pretty rinky-dink.
Mark Zuckerberg should be strung-up by the balls in the town-square and tarred-and-feathered.
The Collateral Lender...rips-off consumers in Beverly Hills! Deceptive & Dishonest business practices!
As Americans around the country struggle to make ends meet, unscrupulous pawn shop owners and loan sharks have taken advantage of the devastating crisis to rip-off consumers.
One of the worst offenders is the Collateral Lender (Inc) at 8801 Wilshire Boulevard at Robertson in Beverly Hills (CA).
Some indiividuals have complained that the manager Justin (Josh?) - an uppity Asian-American male - goes back on his word in respect to the terms of the agreement.
For example, when a piece of jewellery is first appraised, the shopkeeper agrees to pay a specific sum.
However, when the loan is processed, the total is often short by $25 or $50 dollars.
Talk about sleazy business practices!
In addition, the Collaterall Lender often fails to abide by the terms of the agreement which are legally-binding.
For instance, the jeweller is required to give notice in the event the loan is about to go into default.
Justin and his staff routinely ignore the laws of the land and for obvious reasons.
If the loan goes into default, they can turn around and sell the customers cherished keepsake for a staggering profit.
One client reported that when he was out-of-town on business - and unable to drop in to the establishment to make a payment in person - he left a message on The Collateral Lenders website.
Although a pop-up message assured the customer that someone would respond shortly, that was not the case.
The message was ignored!
Agian, in this instant scenario, it was a deliberte dishonest attempt to force the loan into default, so the Collateral Lender could rustle up a profit at the individual's expense.
I say, avoid these sharks like the plague!
Yesterday when I was checking my e-mail, I spied a notice from the staff at twitter informing me that I was now being followed by "We tow twenty-four hours".
For the most part, my followers tend to be actors, flmmakers, stylists, even politicans running for office (Barack Obama's Election Campaign).
Frankly, the thought of being followed by a towing company (that hauls off vehicles in the dead of night under clandestine scenarios causing untold misery to motorists) didn't fly with me.
Would you want a towing company monitoring your whereabouts 24/7?
Needless to say, I blocked their request.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Fans of the cult classic - The Big Lebowski - were thrilled when Jeff Bridges, Tom Goodman, and Julianne Moore - graced the red carpet at a New York reunion celebrating the release of a Blu-Ray Edition.
Readers at the Tattler may recall that I have reported on frenzied midnight screenings of the Coen Brothers flick at revival houses in Los Angeles such as the New Beverly Cinema.
The phenomenon prompted die-hard fans of the screwball dark comedy to launch a podcast site celebrating all-things Big Lebowski.
I felt quite honored when the webmaster invited me to share my own thoughts on the site.
Long live the dude!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
An overseas sharp-shooting paparazzi caught intimate shots of Kris Humphries and his blushing bride (hot & flustered?) in the throes of passionate love-making on the balcony of their hotel while honeymooning in Italy.
At one point, however, the basketball stud's wife turned over, and he was left to his own devices, to finish up.
The nimble photographer captured intimate shots of the basketball stud with his hand down his sweat pants spanking the monkey!
Some times, if 'ya want something done, you just have to do it yourself!
Stay posted for updates.
At the risk of being pelted with rocks on the highway by irate Americans - nonetheless - Jeremy Bird (National Director for the Field Campaign) is offering free bumper stickers that tout President Barack Obama's bid for the oval office in the upcoming 2012 election
Supporters - all thirty-eight percent of them - may snap one up by signing a registration form at the election campain site.
Voters who sign up for a sticker should be mindful that because the President's campaign is being organized on a local level, their names will retained in a data base so that handlers may contact them with ways to get involved in their neighborhood.
Hail to the Chief!
Aid for AIDS of Nevada has teamed up with the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their annual avant-garde Black & White Party which has turned out to be a highlight of the season each year in Las Vegas.
The Boulevard Pool will be transformed into a full-sensory experience featuring nonstop entertainment, an incredible smorgasbord of tasty treats including appetizers, desserts and exotic libations, as well as a raffle with a myriad of desirable prizes.
This year, the much-anticipated glittering event kicks-off with an exclusive pre-party at the oh-so-chic Marquee Nightclub.
For $75, guests may saunter into the Boom Box Room, which offers fabulous views overlooking the Strip. Guests may extend their VIP status throughout the entire party, by the way.
Private daybeds also are available for individuals and their entourages.
Premier restaurants - such as Boa Steakhouse, Sushi Roku, Brio Tuscan Grill, Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s and Rubio’s - have graciously donated some of their finest dishes for the fundraising cause.
Several of Cosmopolitan’s restaurants will also participate including China Poblano, STK, Jaleo, Blue Ribbon, DOCG and Scarpetta.
A host of premium liquor vendors will be featuring tastings of Absolut Vodka, Malibu Black, Montecristo Rum, Moet Champagne, as well as other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Guests will be entertainment by strolling stilt-walkers and dancers, a caricaturist, a fortune teller, a magician and a body painting artist.
KLAS Channel 8 anchor Chris Saldana is the host.
Guests also have a golden opportunity to scoff up gift certificates from Rubio’s, Blue Martini, The Queen Victoria Pub and Hard Rock Cafe in a raffle sponsored by the event organizers.
Larger ticket items include private bottle service at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens, Gallery Nightclub and Sugar Factory, a year’s worth of cupcakes from Cupcakery, one year of massages from Canyon Ranch Spa and a $3,000 advertising package from QVegas.
Why not try your luck? For a mere buck, it's worth the gamble!
When an interviewer quizzed Cher about her mask-like facial features that hinted that the Pop Diva may be a plastic surgery junkie, the celebrated chanteuse responded with a knee-jerk reaction.
"It's my body. If I want to put my breast on my back, I will, cause it's mine," she adamantly barked back at the host.
In that event, the legendary star of stage, television, and film may end up looking like a Cubist painting by Pablo Picasso.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
University Medical Center (Las Vegas) ...rogue security guards conduct warrant searches on patients! Incompetent negligent staff delay treatment! Quack Doctors misdiagnose ailments!
Patients suffering excruciating pain suffer for hours at University Medical Centre due to negligent incompetent staff, security guards conduct warrant searches (beyond their color of authority) on patients in the Emergency waiting room, and quack doctors misdiagnose ailments so frequently that patients are routinely forced to trek back for a second-or-third round of tests with the desperate hope of obtaining relief (at exorbitant cost to patients and their insurance carriers)
For example, when patients enter the Emergency facility a security guard directs the individual to sign their name on a waiting list, then promptly take a seat.
No problem with that.
Residents and tourists alike don't mind waiting their turn providing the process is carried out in a fair professional manner.
Unfortunately, that is not the case, because UMC has hired dim-witted staff with all the personality, charm, and intelligence of a worm.
After one patient signed in, about an hour later, it suddenly became apparent that ailing individuals were being called up to register at admissions before her, in spite of the fact they entered the medical facility thirty minutes later
When the patient strolled up to check her name on the roster, the sheet with her name on it had vanished for some inexplicable reason.
At this juncture, the ailing individual - bent over in pain - walked up to clerk to determine why their name had not been called.
The gruff Asian woman - with limited English skills - barked back rudely:
"Maybe it's here."
"My name was on the top of the list, so I should have been called before the others," she politely responded.
"Sometimes, I can't read the names," she snarled.
Does that mean the unskilled worker would by-pass the next person on the list, and simply leave them in lurch without their knowledge?
"Should I sign the sheet again," the woman probed further.
The admissions clerk did not even give the patient the courtesy of a reply.
Instead, she turned to the gentleman allegedly next-in-line, and rudely ignored the ill woman.
If the patient hadn't signed her name on the second list, she probably wouldn't have been called for treatment.
On a regular basis, patients often return with a worsened condition, because the ailment was not diagnosed or treated properly from the get-go.
In sum, quack doctors at University Medical Centre are partly responsible for the eventual collapse of Medicare - because of a debt load difficult to breach - triggered by their negligence, malpractice, and over-charges.
Patients have also complained that when employees in registration call them up to the front desk to scoop up information on their medical insurance, the nosy employees ask delicate questions about their health, current work status - you name it - in Violation of their privacy rights.
But, the most shocking revelations of all, pertain to allegations that security guards at the front desk routinely run warrant searches - and get this - ambush and arrest individuals (in the event one is on record) once the doctor discharges the unsuspecting patient a few hours later.
The landmark immigration laws designed to give broader powers to Law Enforcement in Arizona are child's play by comparison.
I haven't any confirmed reports that the security guards at UMC are also conducting witch-hunts against illegals, but in view of the fact the rogue security guards aforementioned have already crossed-the-line (and violated the Constitutional Rights of patients) it wouldn't surprise me.
The ACLU, the Feds, and the State Medical Board are urged to conduct a full investigation with the ultimate aim of ending this outrageous heinous illegal conduct, which smacks of a police state!
Stay posted for updates!
When a maid in Las Vegas uttered up a nasty rant on Fox 5 News one day, lamenting the fact guests often failed to leave a tip on the night-table when they departed for parts unknown, Mr. Manners was inclined to spring into action.
Based on the maid's assumption that Vegas was a "tipping" town, the irate service industry worker proceeded to growl that if tourists were not inclined to reward the house-maids for turning-the-sheets down and supplying fresh towels (and what-have-you) that the out-of-towners should take a hike.
"If you're not going to tip, don't come to Las Vegas," the bitchy broad yelled angrily into the phone.
For starters, tips are discretionary, my dear!
Notwithstanding, a token of appreciation ($$$) is usually based on quality of service, professional skill, friendliness, attitude, and-so-forth and-so-on.
At classy hotels, the staff discreetly place a welcome card on the night table, which ably informs that guest - in a subtle but tasteful way - that tips are usually appreciated thank-you-very-much.
Bellowing hateful indignation on a local news outlet - is not only rude and insulting behaviour for an alleged professional - but also smacks of a glaring case of bad manners.
Hanging around at check-out, looking for all-the-world like a beggar, doesn't curry much favor either.
A top-notch maid (or butler) is keen on proper etiquette, after all.
For instance, a maid that barges in the room - without knocking or announcing herself - commits the ultimate sin when it comes to a guest's right to privacy.
In the same vein, it is also a no-no to touch a guest's personal possessions (even though they may be casually scattered about-the-room).
The patron is on holiday, after all, and shouldn't be forced to "tidy up" every time a maid approaches their suite with duster and mop in hand, nor should they be subjected to such an intrusion from the get-go.
Clean around the guest's personal effects - and it goes without saying - no snooping Miss!
If a guest is in the room when a maid intends to sweep through, it is generally common courtesy for the worker to ask if he or she should perhaps return later at a more convenient time.
In the event the patron gives the go-ahead, it is usually good manners for the tourist to exit the suite, and allow the maid to perform their duties with someone breathing down their neck.
By the way, observing this simple rule may deter accusations of "rape" being fired off out-of-the-blue, one day.
On that note, a maid should always maintain a professional distance and avoid personal overtures.
A maid that gossips about the guests and their private habits to nosy fellow employees should be let go.
What happens in a suite, should remain in the suite.
Unless the guest is bad boy Charlie Sheen partying-hearty and disrupting the peace and calm.
In the final analysis?
When "the help" know their station in life, all will run smoothly.
For that, the maid may be duly rewarded, at the discretion of the guest.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
When an on-the-ball paparazzi captured a publicity still of Kris Humphries and his blushing bride at the airport bound for their honeymoon, the tongues began to wag, when the image of the couple-of-the-hour splashed across media outlets around the globe.
Although, Mrs. Humphries was flashing a dazzling diamond wedding ring - quite a rock, by any standards -Humphries' fingers were noticeably bare.
Trouble at home, already?
Or, is the studly athlete just a down-to-earth unaffected dude, turned off by silly adornments like jewellery?
Needless to say, his wife need not worry about single women on the prowl for bachelors.
In view of the vulgar glut of publicity that streamed across the Internet (and at media outlets far-and-wide) on the heels of the wedding, it is highly doubtful that any bodacious babe on the planet is in the dark about Humphries current marriage status.
Unless, the hapless gal was lurking under a rock somewhere, of course!
Stay posted for updates!
Some nights it is a cultural wasteland on the old boob tube - so - viewers are forced to hunker down and make do.
Like last night, for instance.
After a bit of channel surfing, I finally landed on Bachelor Pad - a reality-show normally brimming with fluff - half-expecting to doze off before I downed the last few drops of my brewskie.
Surprisingly, the off-beat dating bill-of-fare turned out to be a bit of a scandalous peep-show - of sorts - last evening.
On this week's episode, male and female contestants were vying for a rose in a synchroized swimming competition that smacked of an old Esther Williams classic flick of yesteryear.
For example, at one point, the fellas - in line on the edge of a olympic-size pool - proceeded to arch their arms and dive into the cement pond (as Jed Clampett would say) one-by-one in a graceful regimented style that was sheer poetry in motion.
At one point, an underwater camera not only singled out Jake's butt and muscular legs from behind, but also splashed a risque shot of the bachelors bulging crotch across the broadcast airwaves to viewers at home.
On the sidelines, one bodacious babe - who obviously has a crush on Jake - gushed:
"Jake should win the contest based on his package alone."
Because a cold pool usually shrivels up the balls (and manhood) of most healthy all-American studs, it is evident from the risque footage taken of Jake, that the outgoing kid is obviously all meat-and-potatoes.
The girth is also important, Jake, or so they say!
It's doubtful I'll be able to take a bite of anything with Mayonnaise on it every since Jimmy Fallon uttered up an outrageous observation about the popular sandwich spread on his late-night talk show (last evening).
The scenario went down something like this.
When an actor from GLEE speculated that the mayonnaise on a sandwich he gobbled down on a press junket had gone bad - thus triggering a nasty bout of gut-wretching (vomiting) backstage at a meet-and-greet with fans - Jimmy Fallon was quick on-the-uptake.
"Mayonnaise reminds me of puss," he chirped, without batting-and-eye, after noting he disliked the product.
A few wicked snickers rippled through the audience, at which point, I felt my own stomach turn.
The image was such a gross one, don't 'ya think?
I'll never be able to look at Mayonnaise the same way again, Jimmy, thank-you-very-much!
There outta be a law.
On his first evening back on the late-night talk circuit - since a terrorist threatened to cut off his tongue - Dave Letterman firmly established to all-watching - that he wasn't going to be intimidated into silence.
In fact, to the delight of the audience at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, Letterman was not only inclined to candidly discuss the sordid details - but also - poke fun at the bizarre turn-of-events that unfolded over the past week.
For the first half-hour-so, the highly-rated talk show was peppered with quite a few zingers that had fans falling the aisles (and me LOL at home).
For example, Mr. Letterman thanked the audience for attending the taping.
"You're more than an audience, you're a human shield," he joked.
The joke brought the house down.
And, some may have been potential terrorists, too.
At one point, the camera panned to capture a staff member body-searching guests as they entered the studio.
Stern blank-faced bodyguards (were they really FBI agents?) were also spied guarding two entrances to the auditorium.
In the top 10 segment - "thoughts that crossed my mind when I heard about the threats" - Dave kidded that Jay Leno was a likely suspect!
There was also a silver lining to the ordeal, asserted the toothy stand-up comic off-the-cuff.
The bemused host theorized that in the throes of the crisis, he was able to determine who his friends really were.
According to Letterman, when he sauntered into an ice-cream store one day to pluck up cones for his family, other customers high-tailed it out of there as they uttered up a warning to everyone within earshot.
Well, at least Dave still has his tongue, to tell the tale.
Stay posted for update!
Monday, August 22, 2011
George Michael...Symphonica Orchestral Tour kicks-off at Prague's Opera House! Thrilled fans pack concert!
George Michael's - "Symphonica Orchestral Tour" - officially kicked off last night with a glittering black tie concert at Prague's State Opera House.
The tour has caused such a buzz - and a frenzied demand for tickets - that booking agents were forced to add a second concert date for the Berlin leg of the tour.
The sexy pop star (formerly of WHAM) is slated to touch down and perform live! in a slew of major European cities (August through December) with a grand finale at the Palais Garnierin Paris .
Stay posted for updates!
Davis Factor, the great grandson of legendary cosmetics king Max Factor, is slated to appear at the Annenberg Space for Photography on September 1st in Los Angeles.
Factor boasts an illustrious career in the creative arts that spans a couple of decades.
The talented photographer - who has snapped publicity stills of a handful of high-profile celebrities (such as Lisa Marie Presley) founded Smashbox Studios in 1990.
Factor also created a modeling agency - essentially a beauty house - which specialized in representing hair & makeup artists and stylists (and Smashbox Cosmetics).
Factor has also been credited for initiating talks to create the prestigious Los Angeles Fashion Week.
In spite of juggling his focus to keep all his projects afloat, Factor continued to explore his first love, photography.
The exhibition of his work is expected to be - not only a restrospective of his dynamic work, but a tribute to his remarkable gifts.
Although Factor sold Smashbox to Estee Lauder, he maintains an active role as head of Global Creative for Smashbox Cosmetics.
During a Q & A on opening night, Factor is expected to discuss a book he is currently penning, titled "Shoot from the Hip".
According to his handlers, the slick publication will provide a glimpse into Factor's journey as a photographer, entrepreneur and creative pioneer.
The tickets are free (limited two per person) and may be plucked up online at the Annenberg gallery website on Wednesday August 24th at 12 noon and Thursday August 25th at 9:30 a.m.
See 'ya there!
There appears to be no end in sight when it comes to America's current love affair with a dance craze that has been sweeping the country non-stop.
Now, Westfield shopping mall in Century City is offering free music and dance lessons every Wednesday night.
On August 24th (at 6:30 p.m.) the big focus is on the "Flamenco".
The following week, organizers are expecting a huge turn-out when they offer up a heart-pounding program that features "African Beats".
What a festive way to while away the evening under a picturesque west coast sky!
Don't forget your dancing shoes!
See 'ya there!
Westfield Shopping Mall
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Pop singing sensation Joe Jonas is slated to appear "Live on Letterman" in a special webcast from the Ed Sullivan Theatre tonight at 9 p.m. (ET).
The sexy multi-talented heartthrob will be crooning songs from his much-anticipated forthcoming solo debut album "Fast Life".
"See No More" - a new single - will also be performed live on stage and is expected to be a highlight of the show for fans.
By the way, Letterman returns to his late-night talk show tonight in his regular time-slot with a fresh roster of guests.
Personally, I was getting tired of the re-runs.
There's nothing worse than old gossip!
Danny DeVito - known for his hilarious performances in films such as "Throw Mamma Off the Train" - was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.
It's been a long-time coming for the deserving actor!
DeVito - probably best-known for his role as "Louise De Palma" in the hit TV series "Taxi" - beamed and cracked jokes at the red carpet event as a posse of fans and frenzied paparazzi cheered him on from the sidelines.
Years ago, I was cast to play a "waiter" in a made-for-cable movie titled "The Ratings Game".
On set in Tustin (CA) I had the opportunity to cross paths with Mr. DeVito (who was starring in the low-budget project) and get up-close-and-personal.
I found the actor to be down-to-earth, outgoing, and quite approachable.
With Danny DeVito- what you see - is what you get!
CVS...fined $2 million dollars for overcharging customers! Misleading advertising & deceptive business practices!
In response to a lawsuit filed against CVS in Los Angeles Superior Court by the District Attorney's office - in which it was alleged in the court pleadings that the pharmacy routinely charged consumers in excess of the advertised prices and neglected to apply discounts on the spot at the check-out counter - CVS has agreed to settle out-of-court.
I am not surprised about the turn-of-events, however.
Over the past couple of years, I was personally ripped-off by CVS and reported on the issues.
Under the terms of the agreement, CVS has agreed to cough up $2 million dollars in fines and $420,000.00 to cover costs of the investigation.
According to the deal that was hammered out with prosecutors, CVS has agreed to also pay $300,00.00 to the California Department of Measures & Standards and $100,00.00 to the Consumer Protection Trust.
The Consumer protection Trust enforces consumer protection laws.
In addition, the corporate entity agreed to put pricing programs in place for a three-year period to ensure that consumers are not overcharged (or hoodwinked) in the future.
Just betcha, CVS will be up to their old tricks again, though!
Stay posted for updates!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Although critics have complained that the President's vacation in Martha's Vineyard has left the country in a lurch without anyone at the helm, a tweet fired off from the lofty climbs of the tony enclave appears to infer otherwise.
The beleaguered President's message (tweeted about one hour ago) underscored, in fact, that the Commander-in-Chief has the Nation first-and-foremost in his thoughts.
"If we can come together, there’s no stopping the United States of America," the President asserted.
Do you suppose he keyed in the tweet with his very own muck forks?
Long live the King!