April 16, 2014

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James Franco Named Grand Marshal for 55th Annual Daytona 500

James Franco, star of the Disney fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” which is scheduled for release on March 8, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 55th running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on FOX and will also be broadcasted on FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Franco will give the starting command, “Drivers start your engines,” in “The Great American Race.” He’ll also be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race.
“We’re excited to welcome James Franco and have him take part in the pre-race festivities for the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “In front of thousands of race fans and millions more watching on FOX, we’re looking forward to hearing James’ enthusiastic starting command to kick off the Daytona 500 and the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”
“Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.
Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must
find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.
Joe Roth produced “Oz The Great and Powerful,” with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire.
Franco will next be seen in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.” His credits include “127 Hours,” in which he received a Best Actor Oscar® nomination, “ the “Spider-Man” trilogy, “Milk,” “Pineapple Express” and most recently “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
Franco joins the prestigious list of previous Daytona 500 Grand Marshals including John Travolta, [...]

Holly Madison takes babymoon to Disney World

HollywoodNews.com: Holly Madison is expecting her first child, a baby girl, and where better for her to enjoy a babymoon than at Disney World?
Madison, a major Disney fan, enjoyed a trip with her boyfriend, Pasquale Rotella, to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, Florida, states UsMagazine.com. “We’ve been having a blast staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was my first time staying at this resort and I loved it! One of the coolest things about the Lodge is you can see animals roaming from your balcony. My favorite were the giraffes!” Madison blogged about their trip.
This will be the first child for both.
What do you think she’ll name her baby?
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Kourtney Kardashian’s beau allegedly shopping for engagement ring

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Kourtney Kardashian might finally be walking down the aisle as it is rumored that her boyfriend, Scott Disick, has been shopping for an engagement ring.
It is reported that the father of their two children was spotted looking for rings in Florida, states RadarOnline. He was reportedly with a friend when he went out looking at pretty big engagement rings.
Kourtney has been reluctant to get married, but it seems that she may be softening to the idea of a wedding with her longtime beau.
Do you think he will propose soon?
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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West allegedly looking at homes together

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are ready to take a big step despite her still being legally married to Kris Humphries.
It is reported that the two are looking at homes together in the Miami, Florida area, states TMZ. They have reportedly been discussing getting a place together and feel like Miami would be the right spot.
Kim is currently there filming her reality show with Kourtney Kardashian, and Kanye is a big fan of the city.
They have allegedly already checked out a few homes that range in the $7 million to $10 million bracket.
Do you think they will move in together soon?
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‘Housewives of NJ’ star allegedly has shoplifting past

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Melissa Gorga has been busy denying a stripper past, but it seems there might be another past she wants to forget.
It is rumored that Gorga has an arrest record that involves retail theft that occurred when she was 18 years old, states RadarOnline. Under her maiden name of Melissa Marco, she was reportedly arrested in 1997 in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Gorga reportedly even still has an arrest warrant out on her as she missed her arraignment date for the theft case.
What do you think about her past?
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Tom Cruise’s rep shoots down Scientology marriage story

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Vanity Fair’ has released an article that goes after Tom Cruise and his religion, Scientology, as it claims that the religion was used to recruit girlfriends and his former wife, Katie Holmes.
Now, Cruise’s rep is striking back against the article that says that Nazanin Boniadi was first selected to be his girlfriend in 2004 when she was shipped off to a Scientology center in Florida, states RadarOnline. “Lies in a different font are still lies — designed to sell magazines,” Cruise’s rep commented.
The search reportedly led to Holmes being chosen as his girlfriend and future wife. However, the two ended up finalizing their divorce last month.
Do you think this really went on?
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Oprah is pushing a new guru!

I don’t know how she does it: it was only six years ago that Oprah Winfrey was touting new age nut Eckhart Tolle as the all time genius of the world. He was her spiritual mentor. Winfrey actually ran podcasts and internet classes with the guy who has since quietly vanished from the spotlight. Now, maybe because she’s in her own personal crisis with her OWN network, Oprah is pushing a new guru. (She still hawks Marianne Williamson.) This guy is named Michael Singer, author of a book called “The Untethered Soul.”
But Michael Singer is indeed better known in his hometown of Alachua, Florida as Mickey Singer. And in 2005 he was indicted in a massive government fraud case against his company Medical Manager Health Systems, which was an offshoot of WebMD. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20051216/LOCAL/212160339 Singer was accused with nine others of inflating Medical Manager Health Systems profits, and of conspiring to launder money.
Two years after the indictment, Singer donated $100,000 of new computer software to the Alachua Police Department. By the time the case was over in 2010, Singer settled with the government by paying a $2.5 million settlement. The government dropped all charges. Singer acknowledged that the accounting practices of his company were illegal but–according to the agreement hammered out between his powerful Washington DC lawyers from Baker Botts and local Florida prosecutors–didn’t know it was taking place at the time. http://tinyurl.com/c9u3y4m
Later, the people actually convicted by the government had their verdicts overturned based on a lapsed statute of limitations. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100303/articles/3031013
Now Singer will appear on Oprah’s Sunday Soul show this weekend on OWN. After his long adventure with the government, Singer–who was an early software multi-millionaire in the medical systems field–became a guru. He started something called the Temple of the Universe outside of Gainesville, Florida. He has lots of followers, but I’m not sure you could call it an actual cult. Temple of the Universe is registered with the IRS as a religion and has non profit tax status. But they’ve filed no public papers about their finances. They don’t even come up on Charity Navigator. But Singer is selling books and CDs and conducting new age classes and lectures.
Odds are Oprah will not be asking him about all this other stuff on Sunday’s show.
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(republished from earlier this week)

Florida group bothered by Lady Gaga

HollywoodNews.com: Lady Gaga wants everyone to be happy being themselves, but a Florida organization thinks she is just turning kids gay.
The Florida Family Association is upset with Lady Gaga and the message they think she is sending, states Hollyscoop. The group allegedly feels she is encouraging “[t]housands of kids who might have otherwise worked through their pubescent sexual identity issues [to] be inspired to accept the wrong choice based upon [her] unscientific, emotionally charged propaganda.”
The organization has also commented, “Born this Way sends an irresponsible message to many teens who would have eventually chose to be straight.”
What do you think about their attack on Gaga?
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Robert Downey Jr. begins filming ‘Iron Man 3′

HollywoodNews.com: Fans have something new to look forward to as it is reported that Robert Downey Jr. has started filming for ‘Iron Man 3.’
It is reported that filming has started in Wilmington, North Carolina with it eventually moving on to Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China, states Hollyscoop. Shane Black is allegedly set to direct the third film.
Gwyneth Paltrow will reportedly be back for the next film while Don Cheadle will also reprise his role as James Rhodes/War Machine.
It is also reported that Guy Pearce will be joining the cast for the third film.
Are you looking forward to the third film?
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Justin Bieber reveals North American tour dates

HollywoodNews.com: Justin Bieber fans can start getting excited again as the young singer has just released his North American tour dates.
Bieber is starting his 46-date ‘Believe’ tour on September 26th with a show in Glendale, Arizona, states UsMagazine.com. Bieber will eventually be ending things on January 26, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen will be joining Bieber on tour, but she won’t be the only one. Bieber revealed on Twitter that “You will have to wait and see” who else is joining him.
Who do you think will be on his tour?
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