Disney fumes at Mickey Mouse sex video
dpa German Press Agency
Thursday October 12, 2006
Los Angeles- Executives at Disney are fuming over a video posted on YouTube.com in which some of the company's beloved characters appear in simulated sex scenes at the company's Disneyland Paris resort. The two-and-a-half minute clip has been removed from the popular online video site. But it showed staff dressed in the costumes of Disney favourites Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy pretending to have sex in a variety of kinky poses backstage.
The footage showed Goofy grabbing Minnie Mouse from behind before she was cornered for more groping by a giant snowman, who later had his way with Mickey Mouse too.
"We are aware of the video that was taken in an area not accessible to guests at Disneyland Resort Paris," Disney said in a statement. "We regret any offence it might cause. Action has been taken to prevent this happening again."
Aniston says she and Vaughn still on
Los Angeles- Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston has denied reports that she has split with her boyfriend, comedy star Vince Vaughn, People Magazine reported Thursday.
Aniston reportedly made the denial in an interview taped Wednesday with Oprah Winfrey which has yet to air.
The denial came after gossip magazines reported last week that Vaughn had dumped the Hollywood beauty because she was so demanding, a second painful rebuff for Aniston whose ex-husband Brad Pitt, left her for Angelina Jolie last year.
Al Gore wins Quill award for The Inconvenient Truth
New York- Former US presidential candidate Al Gore has won a prestigious Quill literary award for his environmental book, The Inconvenient Truth.
The book, which shares its title with a film, won in the history, current events and politics category for its analysis of the dangers of climate change.
The prize is awarded by an online vote of the public from nominees chosen by 6,000 US booksellers and librarians.
The Quills were started last year as an effort to boost literacy and organisers hope to challenge the more established Pulitzer Prizes and National Book Awards.
The top prize went to Tyler Perry's Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off her Earrings, which won book of the year, as well as the humourous book category.
Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler won the children's middle- grade award for The Penultimate Peril.
Other winners included Maya Angelou, whose Christmas poem Amazing Peace won the poetry award, and Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job in the general fiction category.
Evan Almighty set to be costliest comedy
Los Angeles- The Universal Pictures' comedy Evan Almighty, is set to become the costliest comedy in history with its price tag expected to reach 250 million dollars, according to the industry website Zap2it.com.
The movie stars Steve Carell as a Noah-like congressman commanded by God to hoard hundreds of animals in an ark the size of a cruise ship.
Unexpected costs for visual effects and the logistical challenges of filming hundreds of live animals have pushed the budget up from its orginal 140-million dollars, beating the previous comedy record holders "Wild, Wild West" at 170 million dollars and "Men in Black II" at 140 million dollars.
Despite the overruns the studio remains confident of a strong performance when the movie is released in December.
"This movie is a great bet," said Universal Chairman Marc Shmuger. "It's a spectacle fantasy and also a comedy. And a sequel to (Bruce Almighty,) one of the most successful hits in the studio's history."
Rachel Weisz to take on The Brothers Bloom
Los Angeles- British actress Rachel Weisz has signed on to star in The Brothers Bloom, a comedy about two conmen brothers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Weisz, who won a supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Constant Gardener, will star as a mysterious millionaire whom the brothers target for their final job, but who turns the tables on them and walks away with all their money.
The 20 million dollar indie project will begin production in February across 12 countries in Europe and Asia. Prior to that Weisz appears opposite Hugh Jackman in Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, and has three other films in the pipeline: My Blueberry Nights, Definitely Maybe and beginning Smart People.
Tara Reid bares all about botched breast job
Los Angeles- American Pie star Tara Reid has revealed how she suffered after cosmetic surgery to enhance her breasts and stomach went badly wrong.
The actress said she had plastic surgery to fix her lopsided cleavage but the results left her boyfriends horrified.
"Right after the surgery, I had some bumps..., but the doctor said, 'Don't worry, it's going to be better.' But after six months it started to get worse and worse," she told gossip magazine Us Weekly.
"Guys I was dating would be like, 'What's wrong with them? They look really bad. You know, you should really get them fixed.'
"So embarrassing. I mean, you definitely need to turn the lights off, that's for sure."
Reid is still recovering from reconstructive surgery she had last month, but believes the worst is over. "I'll never be perfect again, but I've got my self-confidence back," she said.
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