celebrity: December 2010 Archives

Lidia Camon thought she was doing well. She'd delivered a live TV report from a snowy park without being hit be snowballs or knocked over by a wayward sledge.

But then the Spanish reporter got on a sledge of her own and didn't notice that the cable from her microphone was wrapped around her leg. Oops.

This meant that as she slid down a snowy hill to end her report, she took the cameraman with her.

Footage shows Camon get halfway down the hill before the wire becomes tight and pulls on the camera which rolls down after her.

We think it's just a shame we didn't get to see the face the cameraman pulled as the camera was yanked from his hands.

Did Usher plagiarise a Homer Simpson song?

R&B star Usher has found himself in the middle of an bizarre plagiarism claim -- with people saying he's ripped off a song by Homer Simpson.

DJs in the US have noticed a striking similarity between lines in his single 'OMG" and a ditty sung by Homer in a Simpsons episode from 2003.

Usher's song, which features will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, includes the lines: "Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow. Honey got some boobies like wow, oh wow."

This compares to Homer singing ""Christmas in December, wow wow wow. Give me tons of presents, now now now," in the episode Dude, Where's My Ranch?

Handily someone has already uploaded the two clips to YouTube for you to compare. As a warning, on once listened to, this cannot be unheard.

275x250.jpgA poll of movie fans has seen the Will Ferrell flick 'Elf' named as the best Christmas film of all time.

The 2003 movie beat of competition from the classic Miracle on 34th Street with Home Alone coming in third.

Other popular festive films included A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Snowman and Love Actually.

56 percent said they'd be sitting down to watch a classic Christmas film on Christmas Day while 41 percent said they'd be doing the same on Boxing Day.

Asked what makes a classic Christmas film, 64 percent said a happy ending was the most important thing... so they won't be watching Se7en then.

275x250.jpg Avatar had been named as the most pirated film of 2010 and was illegally downloaded more than 16.5 million times.

Experts from TorrentFreak say the record breaking James Cameron movie has the dubious honour of having been illegally downloaded more than any other movie.

Other frequently bittorrented movies included Kick-Ass (11.4m times) Inception (9.7m) Shutter Island    (9.4m) and Iron Man 2 (8.8m)

While studios complain this level of piracy harms the movie industry, it's worth noting Avatar has still grossed $2.8 billion.

275x250.jpg Snowmobile champion Levi LaVallee has been injured while preparing for an new stunt -- but he still set a new world record in the process.

The seven-time Winter X Games medalist had been practicing his 300ft snowmobile jump on a ramp in San Diego ahead of performing it on New Year's Eve.

He had been due to see in the new year by leaping over 300ft of water and setting a new world record. But that won't be happening now.

A spokesperson from Red Bull said that LaVallee had been hurt while practicing and the event would no longer be taking place… if only he'd had something to give him wings.

275x250.jpgWould-be actor Chuck Lamb has found fame after bombarding TV and movie producers with audition tapes… of him as a dead body.

After years of perseverance - and becoming an online hit - a computer programmer from Ohio, has finally secured a couple of movie roles.

Lamb, known to millions of internet users as 'Dead Body Guy' plays a sheriff in horror spoof ThanksKilling, and also features in Stiffs, a comedy based in a funeral home.

The 52-year-old says he decided to try and become a famous corpse when he realised he wasn't a great actor and not the best looking bloke.

Do you think this could be the the moment his career gets revived… or are these dead end roles?

275x250.jpg Given some of the profanity filled shows on TV, the word 'largebaps' seems fairly innocent -- but that's not the case for Countdown viewers.

Viewers were left stunned during the show yesterday when the final conundrum was revealed to be an anagram of the letters L-A-R-G-E-B-A-P-S.

But both host Jeff Stelling and contestants on the afternoon quiz managed to control themselves as they worked out the solution.

After it was revealed to be "graspable" Stelling said simply: "That's quite brilliant." To which we would like to add: "Largebaps, graspable, get it? see what they did there?"

275x250.jpgConfused fans of Coronation Street who watched the tram crash on the soap have been calling Manchester transport bosses… to see how it will impact schedules.

Struggling to separate fact from fiction, viewers have been calling Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive to check if trams are still running.

A spokesperson for GMPTE told Newslite: "We had approximately half a dozen calls to  after the Coronation Street crash episode on Monday.

"None were from people panicking or in distress, they were simply calling the next morning to ask if services were affected."

Personally we're now wondering if the confusion is a sign of the high quality of the special effects… or the intellect of some viewers.

275x250.jpg An X-ray of Albert Einstein's skull, taken 10 years before the physics genius died, has been sold at a auction for £24,000.

The bizarre lot - which dated from 1945 - surprised auctioneers in Beverly Hills, who'd only expected it to reach £1,200.

Other items sold at the Juliens Auctions sale included a jacket worn by John Lennon (£153,000) and a sequinned glove worn by pop king Michael Jackson (£191,220).

A fedora worn by the Thriller singer went for £45,890… which almost makes the  Einstein brain X-ray look like a bargain.

No matter how grown-up and sophisticated you think you are, there are some things guaranteed to make you laughing like an eight-year-old.

For us it's TV presenters making a fool of themselves - for Matt Lauer it's apparently the phrase "size of the package" -- as this clip shows.

The morning show anchor has been interviewing the show's financial editor, Jean Chatzky about food prices when he made a comment about package size.

That was it. As she responded while smiling, he cracked up, eventually causing her to also start laughing until the point neither of them could speak.

Eventually Lauer making the apology "Oh, I'm sorry, something struck me as funny there." We can't possibly imagine.

275x250.jpgThe sonic screwdriver, as wielded by Doctor Who since 1968, could become soon become a real-life tool, claim ultrasonic engineers.

Boffins at Bristol University say technology has already reached a point where a working sonic screwdriver could be produced.

By operating waves at frequencies beyond the realms of human hearing, they claim they could manipulate objects using ultrasonic force fields.

This would mean a sonic screwdriver could be used to dot things like open locks and undo screws.

So, while it might not be much good for fighting off the Daleks, researchers say it could tackle the other big enemy of mankind… furniture from Ikea.

275x250.jpgCheryl Cole could need subtitles if she becomes a judge on the US version of the X-Factor next year, according to a global poll of interpreters and translators.

The Geordie Girls Aloud singer - tipped to star on the US show - has been named one of the high-profile Brits most likely to need subtitles on US TV.

A poll of 226 linguists found Cheryl the fourth most difficult Brit celeb to understand - with only Wayne Rooney, Alex Ferguson and Susan Boyle were harder to decipher.

A spokesperson for Today Translations, which conducted the poll said: "We wanted to know whether Cheryl Cole might need subtitles when she becomes a judge on the US version of The X Factor."

Forget that, we could do with subtitles on the ITV version. Seriously we don't understand a word she says.




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