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As it turns out, we were at Yankee Stadium when Roger Clemens announced that the Bombers "Came and got me out of Texas." And though not everyone--like the entire city of Houston and this guy--will be clamoring to get tickets to the Rocket's debut, undoubtedly there are plenty of baseball fans eager to watch the
overcompensated has-been superstar don the pinstripes one last time. And so, after the jump, our down-and-dirty guide to catching a game at the House that Ruth Built.
Ford's Filling Station in Culver City has made a lot of noise for several reasons. One, it's helmed by Harrison Ford's son Benjamin Ford and in Los Angeles, any venture related to a celebrity is hot for at least two weeks. Two, Ford (Ben, not Harrison) has gone the route of a gastropub, often found in New York and London and other cities with more authentic culture than LA.
The other month we popped in for lunch on a Thursday. Having had some bad luck trying to get dinner reservations, we thought we should at least check to see if we needed a reservation for lunch before arriving. After all, Tinseltown loves to lunch and with the Sony studios nearby, we didn't want to take any chances. Turns out, reservations are recommended for lunch and dinner.
It seemed like such a touching tribute: Serbia was ready to build a statue of Samantha Fox simply because she'd agreed to sing there (and they'd even decided on super-high-quality marble for her breasts).
But when Sam sang in the town of Cacak this week, she stormed off stage when they began a chant about wanting to see her breasts. Sam then ditched a ministerial dinner in her honor, and the ministers have now ditched plans for her memorial statue. Serbian media have taken a bit of fence-sitting attitude, but admitted this:
Local media said the hall she had played in had been only half full and the audience had made it clear they were not there to hear her sing.
Oh well, as far as we know the Rocky statue is still going ahead, so there's still a reason to visit Serbia.
· Sam Fox Statue Scrapped [Ananova]
· Move Over Rocky, Serbia's Got Another Idea [Jaunted]
· Rocky Solution to Serbian Landslides [Jaunted]
Apparently, knowing that a giant statue of Rocky Balboa is already going up in their country is not enough to satisfy the people of Cacak, Serbia. And that's why citizens in the town of Cacak are about to build a life-size statue of nudie model-turned-pop singer Samantha Fox.
Long since forgotten in most of the world, the Serbians of Cacak are so grateful that Sam agreed to sing at a local pop festival that they decided to honor her with a marble sculpture. And they've done enough planning ahead to come up with this insight:
We are also aware that her most famous attributes may require special treatment, so we are planning on using the best quality marble only.
Cacak's decided that Sam Fox is their local hero and they'll be able to see her (and those famous attributes) whenever they stroll through the streets. We dread to think of who's next on the immortalization-in-Serbian-villages list.
· Serbian Town to Erect Life-Size Samantha Fox [Scotsman]
· Rocky Solution to Serbian Landslides [Jaunted]
Just north of New York City, Skydive the Ranch gives New Yorkers and Big Apple visitors the chance to get out and take in some fresh air. Like, a lot of fresh air. Because when the Ranchers take people out, they take 'em to 13,500 feet.
Don't be scared. If Ann Curry and Kristin Davis can do it, so can you. On the first jump, you'll go tandem with an instructor who will help make sure you don't get into any trouble on the way down. That said, you still get to do the fun stuff like pull the rip cord and steer the chute.
The Ranch isn't super-close to the city, but its Ulster County location is easy enough to reach even without a car. Adirondack Trailways runs daily service upstate from the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. (Transportation deets are here.) Your first jump will cost you $189, but after that it's only $165 to go again.
Showing that they're still classy after all these years, the British tabloids have published photos of German Chancellor Angela Merkel changing into her bathing suit during an Italian vacation. Rwoar!
On Monday the Sun first showed what Spiegel calls the "partly exposed buttocks" of the chancellor. What was the caption? "I'm Big in the Bumdestag," a pun on the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament. Britain's Daily Sport followed up with some photos of their own.
The German press and public seem to be united in finding this all tacky in the extreme: a columnist for the Bild, called the Sun "rotten to the core" and claimed that "We will sweep you away at the World Cup ... revenge is sweet, you will weep yet." Some Brits, however, see the extra, er, coverage as a slight positive, a sign that Merkel matters. Roger Boyes, a correspondent for the London Times, went so far as to call it a "perverse compliment."
· Poolside Merkel Photos Anger Germany [Spiegel]
· Unflattering Photo of Merkel Irks Germans [ABC]
· Merkel snaps anger German press [BBC]
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It's a pretty well established fact that Hollywood stars are happy to do commercials in Japan for lots of money, even if they wouldn't do them here. We point you to this one only to show you what you've been missing: Ah-nuld playing mah-jongg and generally flipping out for no discernable reason.
Here's a detailed explanation of why exactly he's flipping out; he excited about some kind of energy drink meant to improve his mah-jongg skills. We just think it's extra funny after the man wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal last week about immigration. He loves all kinds of foreigners, we guess. And their money.
Prince Albert II, Grace Kelly's son, had evidently tired of the race cars, casinos, and rich old people cluttering up his native Monaco. His Serene Highness has just finished a successful trip to the North Pole, setting out from a camp about 60 miles away. It's a safe bet he didn't plan the trip using reviews on the Thorn Tree. The prince took along frozen meals made in superchef Alain Ducasse's kitchen, which sure beats reindeer jerky.
On the other hand, he was no stranger to this cold-weather thing -- he represented Monaco on the Bobsleigh team at the past five Winter Olympics. Albert planned the trip to raise awareness of the dangers of global warming. And also the danger of polar bears eating European royalty.
· Prince of Monaco swaps Med for North Pole [Yahoo]
· Monaco Prince Takes Pole Position [Travel Rants]
· Monaco Albert's North Pole trek [BBC]
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Indian director T. Rajeevnath has been putting out feelers to Paris Hilton to see if she would take the role Mother Teresa in an upcoming bio-pic. She's on a "shortlist" (of unspecified length) after "a computer-generated image showed a close facial match between the hotel heiress and the Albanian-born nun." The contrast between the two is certainly striking.
The choice may also have had something to do with a director-generated notion that mentioning Paris and Mother Teresa in the same sentence would help with publicity and funding. The English-language movie will be shot primarily in India.
Probably the person who would best appreciate this casting is Christopher Hitchens, don't you think?
· Hilton to play Mother Teresa's role [Times of India]
· Indian director hopes to cast Paris Hilton [Breitbart]
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With the new series of the Sopranos just begun, CNN decided that it was time to visit the tour that will take you to locations used on the HBO show. At four hours and $40, it's a bit of a commitment. You get to check out the pork store, Big Pussy's auto repair shop, as well as the Muffler Man and other places shown in the opening credits. Probably the biggest draw is the Satin Doll strip club, transformed into Tony's Bada Bing on the show. The dancers used in the scenes also work at the Satin Doll, but don't get too exited: they wear bikinis when they're performing in the flesh.
· 'Sopranos' tour showcases hit's sites [CNN]
· On Location Tours [Official site]
· Satin Dolls Owner Interview [Steppin' Out]
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Pity poor Naomi Campbell, whose most recent assistant quit while they were both in the middle of flight from London to L.A. last month. Reports a snitch: "Naomi was angry because some dresses didn't get where they were supposed to go, and the assistant yelled that she was quitting." Passengers complained to the stewardess, who was going to get the pilot, when they stopped their screaming match. Then they didn't speak to each other for several hours." Last year an earlier assistant got beat with a BlackBerry, so it sounds like this one got off easy -- she didn't even have to move back to steerage. As for Naomi, in between placing help wanted ads on Craigslist, she's been seen vacationing in Sweden with the Prince of Dubai.
· Campbell loses another assistant [The Superficial]
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Victoria "Posh" Beckham has spoken -- if you want some flash clothes, get on a plane and do your shopping internationally: "Clothes from different countries help to put an individual stamp on your style. . . . I was in Japan not long ago, and I went High Street shopping and picked up loads of great clothes." She couldn't quite stop there, though: "It's fantastic because they make everything in tiny sizes." What, did you think she was going to say it was because she could find lots of off-the-rack sexy schoolgirl and nurse outfits there? If you want more advice in this vein, check out British Glamour.