Morgan Freeman may have played the role of God in two films, but it appears as though even he is subjected to the pitfalls of humanity, as he struggled to stay awake during an early-morning live television interview.
Freeman and co-star Michael Caine were doing press for their upcoming crime thriller Now You See Me on Wednesday morning with Seattle-based local news station Q13 Fox when the 75-year-old actor's tiredness got the best of him.
Everyone fantasizes about being a celebrity at some point or another. Flying around the world in first class, indulging your creative side -- even if that means wearing a meat dress -- can be a pretty good life, right? One of the most well-known perks of being a celebrity is being able to order whatever snacks might strike your fancy and have them delivered backstage or to your trailer.
Lauren Saks Merriman, CEO and founder of Black Book Music Group, LLC, explained that it's not always about making outrageous demands. "No matter what level of artist you are working with, there are always going to be requests," she said. "I don't really see artists as being high maintenance. We found the funniest, most outrageous, and most reasonable requests (because let's face it, that's weird in and of itself) on The Smoking Gun, which publishes public documents and mug shots. Here's a few:
Request: Turkey sandwiches, but no Wonder Bread. Selena Gomez has had kind of a rough year, what with Bieber's baby-mama-drama and rumors about her relationship flying all over Tinseltown. Even though she may not be able to count on things in her personal life remaining private, the one thing the singer can always count on is having supplies to make just your basic turkey sandwich backstage. Gomez is a stickler about her bread, though, as it states in her contract that she should never be provided with Wonder bread.
Request: One bottle of premium single malt scotch and a local team hockey puck. All we heard this holiday season was "Have you heard the new Michael Buble Christmas album?" Yes. We did. It's great. His appearance on Saturday Night Live was also hilarious. So honestly, his request for a bottle of premium single malt scotch backstage at his appearances is well justified. Have a drink, sir. You deserve it. (Side note: To go along with that scotch, Buble also stipulates that he would like a puck from a local hockey team, eh?)
Request: Individually wrapped, freshly made sandwiches, which should not include chili [sic], vinegar, tomatoes, or citrus. Adele scared us with that whole operation thing. (Glad she's OK so we can keep "rollin' in the deep") Now that she's getting back to tour-ready status, she'll be able to take advantage of the delicious backstage treats her rider affords her, such as cases of beer (no varieties from North America) and fresh sandwiches, which shouldn't include "tomatoes, vinegar, chilli [sic], or citrus fruit." Food allergy? Odd citrus phobia? The world may never know.
Request: Water cooler dispenser with SIGG bottles for each crew member. Freeze-dried strawberries. Katy Perry finds time in her busy schedule to take care of the environment while she's taking care of herself. Her rider requests water dispensers in all dressing rooms and production offices to allow her tour crew to fill up the reusable aluminum water bottles they are provided with, in an effort to reduce waste. Good job, Katy Perry! Also, inexplicably listed in her many food requests is a bullet that reads simply "freeze-dried strawberries."
Request: Lox and bagels with cream cheese and a cafe mocha from Starbucks Coffee. Piña colada-scented smoke is also used on stage. Jerry Springer seems to be a pretty low maintenance guy. Well... except for the request for 30 pounds of ice after lunch. And 60 pounds of ice after dinner. And the request that the theatrical smoke used at his events be "piña colada"-scented. We've never seen a Jerry Springer event, but between the ice and the cocktail-scented smoke, now we can't wait. His snack of choice at gigs is lox and bagels with cream cheese and a cafe mocha from Starbucks.
I found this at (Match.com) Your sleeping position can reveal what sort of personality you are? Even better, it can reveal what sort of personality your partner has. Is this real? Comment below to let me know.
Curled up on your side
This fetal position is the most common with 41% of the population sleeping this way. (twice as many women as men). People that sleep like this may seem tough on the surface but they are shy and sensitive.
On your side, straight as a log
15% of people are space-saving sleepers they tend to be extremely trusting and gregarious. Arms outstretched and sideways
Beware, the 13% of people who sleep like this are cynical and slow to make decisions, but once they do make a decision to commit, they're sure.
On your back with arms at sides
Only 8% of people sleep like this. They are reserved and have very high standards.
On your stomach
With their arms wrapped around the pillow, 7% of people sleep like this. These are the party animals!
On your back, with arms overhead
The rarest of all sleep positions, only 5% of the population sleep this way. They also have a very rare quality, they are good listeners.
Cinco de Mayo -- It was the "5th of May" when Mexico defeated the French army in 1862 at The Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo in Spanish -- is a national holiday in Mexico, although it is generally celebrated in Mexican-American communities in the U.S. on a much larger scale. It commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The victory was an important step for Mexico in her fight for independence. Today in Mexico, and in Mexican-American communities, May 5 brings celebrations, fiestas, and parades.
Fun Facts About Cinco de Mayo
It is often confused with the Mexican Independence Day, which occurred on September 16, 1810, about 50 years earlier.
Cinco de Mayo is one of more than 365 festivals celebrated by people of Mexican descent.
The holiday was popularized in the U.S. in part by Chicano activists in the 1960s and 1970s, who identified with the Mexican Indian and mestizo (people of Mexican Indian and European descent) soldiers' triumph over European conquest attempts.
Cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston host annual Cinco de Mayo festivities that draw hundreds of thousands of celebrants.
Mexican community celebrates more then 365 festivals each year. Cinco de mayo is one of them.
Did you know Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
Around 28.3 million of U.S. residents were of Mexican origin in 2006. These residents constituted 9 percent of the nation’s total population and 64 percent of the Hispanic population.
Approximately 630,000 of Mexican-Americans are U.S. military veterans.
The Maya in Central Mexico were the first people known to harvest and use the peanut.
Pineapple and papayas grew wild in Mexico, and were introduced to the rest of the world by Spanish explorers
Around the 1860s, three American travelers began exporting resin from the Zapote Blanco tree in Mexico after they noticed that it hardened when exposed to air. The men found a way to turn it into a waxy substance, added flavors and sweeteners, and sold it in small balls for a penny apiece — calling it Adam’s Chewing Gum from New York. Today, Americans chew seven times more gum than the rest of the world.
Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, is where the Mexican Hat Dance, sombreros and mariachi music are believed to have originated.
The vanilla bean comes from an orchid plant discovered by Mexican Indians (they used it to add flavor to their cocoa and corn drinks.) The world’s largest crop of vanilla beans still comes from Mexico.
CINCO DE MAYO: QUICK FACTS AND HISTORY
(kaboose.com) Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, here are some quick facts and history:
Cinco de Mayo means "the fifth of May." Many people believe it is Mexico's Independence Day, but that is incorrect. (Mexico's Independence Day is September 16.) Rather, Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a battle that took place between the Mexicans and the French in 1862.
The battle is known as the Battle of Puebla, and it celebrates Mexico's victory over the French. It also marks a turning point in Mexican national pride. A small, poorly armed group of about 4,500 men were able to stop the French invasion of a well-equipped French army that had about 6,500 or even 8,000 soldiers. The victory made the Mexican people very happy, and helped create a feeling of national unity.
While Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico, it is mainly observed in the state capital of Puebla. However, in the United States, it is becoming a popular holiday to celebrate Mexican culture. Kids and families can try delicious Mexican food, listen and dance to Mexican music, make and admire Mexican art, and shop for fun souvenirs and products at markets called "Mercado."
The largest Cinco de Mayo event in the world is held in Los Angeles, California, where more than 600,000 people celebrate with music and food. The whole event is called Festival de Fiesta Broadway. Two other big festival are held far from Mexico, in Denver, Colorado, and St Paul's, Minnesota, but they draw hundreds of thousands of participants.
The Cinco de Mayo festival in Chandler, Arizona, is known for its Chihuahuas! There are Chihuahua parade, races and pageants. At the end, a King and Queen of the Chihuahuas are crowned.
There aren't any specific foods associated with Cinco de Mayo, but traditional Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, burritos, guacamole and tacos are popular.
Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, is where the Mexican Hat Dance, sombreros and mariachi music are believed to have originated.
A Mexican cowboy is called a "charro." A Mexican rodeo is called a "charreada."
In pre-Columbian times (before Mexico was colonized by Europeans), the inhabitants of what is now Mexico had a richly developed artistic tradition. For example, the Mayans were known for their detailed calendar, wall paintings, and architecture that included stone palaces and temples. The Olmec are often credited with inventing writing, and created incredible jade art. The Aztec were known for goldwork, magnificent stone buildings and beautiful fabrics. These artistic traditions live on in Mexico today.
The population of Mexico is more than 106 million.
The Mexican flag is green, white and red. The traditional meaning of the colors is thought to be that green stands for hope and the independence movement; white for purity and religion and red for Spain and union. The emblem in the middle consists of an eagle and a snake, based on an Aztec legend.
Do you know Mexico is sinking? Mexico’s capital, Mexico City (one of the world’s largest cities) is sinking — some of its buildings by as much as 4 to 12 inches a year. The city was once an Aztec capital on an island surrounded by a shallow lake. When the Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes captured the city, he drained the lake. So Mexico City rests on soft land that continues to sink.
I know i have a SERIOUS GOOGLING problem but sometimes i come across fun stories I have to share:
For over three decades, Mario has been the hero of Donkey Kong.
But when Mike Mika's daughter didn't understand why she couldn't play as damsel-in-distress Pauline in the coin-op classic, the Oakland father turned the tables on the plumber -- and hopped away as a shoo-in to win a few Dad of the Year awards.
Mika, who also happens to be creative director at the game design studio Other Ocean Interactive, hacked into the Nintendo Entertainment system version to turn Pauline into the hero of Donkey Kong, leaving Mario stuck high on the scaffolding with the angry simian.
More impressively, he seems to have done it all in one night. His first Facebook update about the change noted he was awake at midnight working on the modified version. Fourteen hours later, he posted that he had finished the job.
Swapping out male heroes in old games with female leads is becoming something of a trend, actually. Last November, Mike Hoye reworked The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker to change Link from a "He" to a "She" to make the game more accessible to his daughter, who played the game with him as he read the text aloud to her.
Mika's Donkey Kong hack came from the same place: a simple desire to make his daughter happy.
"I didn’t set out to push a feminist agenda, or try to make a statement," he said in a post in WIRED. "I just wanted to keep that little grin lit up on my daughter’s face every time we sit down to play games together."
KENNY CHESNEY is donating proceeds from downloads of his song "Spread the Love" to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The fund will help pay for prosthetics, physical therapy and continued health care. You can find out more and make a donation HERE
This cleaning lady (who is also a struggling mother of 3) showed up to clean this house.... and realized that someone had BOUGHT HER the house!! Truly an awesome story here! Watch below.
(photo-- Collin Anderson/flickr)
Citing Ty Herndon as inspiration yesterday... Billy Gillman filmed a video and uploaded it to YouTube. He is also gay.
Billy claims the fact that he is gay has kept him from signing a major record deal. If that's true, that is sad and...
Ty Herndon has come out of the closet! Read the entire story from People Magazine HERE.
Here's a couple of my favorite Ty Herndon songs from the 90's:
Good for you, Ty. I support your courage and hope you can be a role model...
Meghan Trainor (who sings "All About That Bass") steps up to the mic and belts out an AWESOME version of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"! This is addicting! Check it out.
(photo: carla da souza campos/Flickr)