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Neverland Ranch has been in a state of turmoil long before Michael Jackson’s death, but now it looks like it might be coming back for a finale.
State Assemblyman Mike Davis thinks that the California Department of Parks and Recreation should take over the estate and open it as a state park. It sounds like a great idea, but California probably doesn’t have the cash to buy a 2,500-acre mega mansion right now. Maybe the state’s governor can chip in a few bucks before he leaves office.
If any celebrity’s home seems ripe to be turned into a post-mortem tourist attraction, it’s Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. With the roller coasters, chimpanzees, and all the rest of the circus-y stuff, Neverland has drawn gawking onlookers for years, even though the notoriously reclusive MJ never let many past the gates.
The future of the 2,500-acre property has actually been in question since the financially ailing Jackson parted with it last fall. The owners, real estate firm Capital Colony, have stayed mum on what they plan to do with the estate, but have fueled speculation that it will become some kind of tourist trap by hosting 150 prominent residents for dinners at the ranch and handing out caps that say "Neverland 2009."
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here / Reality Television / Television Travel / Heidi Montag / Spencer Pratt / Janice Dickinson / Celebrities / → All Tags
Well we're in to week two of the Speidi quit-a-thon, and Spencer and Heidi have said goodbye to "I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here" for the third, and apparently final time. Last night we got an inside peak at the couples' alleged torture session in the Costa Rican jungle; they spent a night in the spider-infested "lost chamber" as punishment for their first attempt to quit the show, but Heidi couldn't take it and had to be flown to San Jose to seek medical treatment.
Although don't let it be said their trip was all for naught—Spencer admitted Costa Rica was worth the trek because he did get baptized in the river by Stephen Baldwinthey did get the exposure they wanted. Spencer even admitted, "I guess this is what we deserve for being little crybabies." And for the first time, America agreed with Spencer Pratt.
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The D-Listers (and let's be honest, a few sub-D-listers) parachuted into the Costa Rican Jungle last night for the debut episode of "I'm Spencer Pratt, Make Me Stop Talking." Errr, "I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here."
While we're in it mostly for the glamour shots of volcanoes and iguanas, we have to admit it's hard not to enjoy watching Patti Blagojevich getting whisked away by a rapid river and Janice Dickinson doused with unidentified "jungle slime." But a few distractions aside, the first episode was, unsurprisingly, all about our old friends Heidi and Spencer.
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Is Jaunted's 2008 Celebrity Traveler of the Year getting ready to settle down?
The New York Post reports that our favorite globetrotting pop diva, Rihanna, is forgoing the yachts and jetskis this summer in favor of a Manhattan apartment. The Post says Rihanna is set to rent a luxurious 3-bedroom apartment in Soho, where she'll chill out for a few months. Supposedly, Rihanna bargained down from the asking price of $22,000 a month to the still-pricey $18,000, so she should still have enough cash leftover for a few weekend getaways.
· Ri-Location [New York Post]
· No Umbrella-ella-ella Needed for Rihanna and Chris Brown [Jaunted]
· Rihanna and Katy Perry Keeping 'Girlfriend Getaways' Alive [Jaunted]
[Photo: Bob Xu]
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here / Reality Television / Television Travel / Heidi Montag / The Hills / Spencer Pratt / Sanjaya / American Idol / Stephen Baldwih / Lou Diamond Phillips / Torrie Wilson / John Salley / Janice Dickinson / Rod Blagojevich / Patti Blagojevich / Celebrities / → All Tags
Starting next week, the new season of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here will air live from the Costa Rican jungle, with viewers getting to choose which harrowing challenges to dump on what looks like the most villainous reality show cast yet.
Heidi and Spencer from The Hills will be conniving against American Idol's Sanjaya, Stephen Baldwin, Lou Diamond Phillips, wrestler Torrie Wilson, retired basketball star John Salley and Janice "I'll go on any reality show" Dickinson. The last addition to the cast is Patti Blagojevich, the former first lady of Illinois, who filled in for her disgraced husband Rod when a judge ruled he couldn’t leave the country, even for as important a matter as this.
The newest version of Madame Tussaud's wax museums opened up in Berlin over the weekend, but just seconds in to the new museum's life, a vandal struck: A Berlin man leaped right into the exhibits and tore off Adolf Hitler's head.
The wax figure of Hitler is now being repaired and the management of Madame Tussaud's is adamant that they'll return him to the exhibition. (The museum says market research they carried out before opening revealed that a majority of Germans wanted to have him on display.)
Ripping heads of wax dolls does sound like a nice way to get revenge over people, though. Only we mightn't target Hitler straight out: there's this rather enticing version of Britney Spears to be dealt with first.
[Photo from Prague Wax Museum: Curious Expeditions]
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Not everything that a celebrity touches should become famous. But tell that to the owners of a small café in Kingsand, Cornwall, who decided to start what they like to describe as the "smallest museum in Cornwall": the Museum of Celebrity Leftovers.
We're almost a bit ashamed to say that it is exactly as it sounds. Celebrities (minor ones, mostly) who happen to drop by the Old Boatstore Café and don't quite finish off their meal get the leftovers stored in a specially designed cabinet. If you want to see singer Pete Doherty's leftover crust, or croissant crumbs and butter wrappers left by other even less famous British celebs, then Kingsand is the place for you. If you're something special and leave a slurp in your café latte, that might get put up on the special shelf for the world to see, too.
· Crumby Tribute Famous Patrons [BBC]
· Nights in a Tree in Cornwall [Jaunted]
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Put down that fried peanut butter and banana sandwich and listen up! We're a little surprised that it wasn't already, but today it's now official: the Jungle Room and all the rest are a National Historic Landmark. Fifteen-foot long white leather couches deserve preservation, too, you know.
Graceland had been a mere "Historic Place" since 1991. Elvis bought the mansion--it's actually much smaller than it looks--for $103,000 in 1957 using the money he earned from "Heartbreak Hotel". Thank you, thank you very much.
[Image via einafour/Flickr]
· Elvis' home to be national landmark [CNN]
· Elvis Presley [site]
· National Historic Landmarks