Titanic II Replica to Set Sail in 2016


Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced that he will be commissioning the construction of a high-tech replica of the Titanic at a Chinese shipyard that is scheduled to make its maiden voyage from England to New York in 2016.

Only weeks after the 100th anniversary of sinking of the original vessel and the film 3D re-release of James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film, Palmer said he has signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the Titanic II.

Let’s hope Palmer is smart enough to include enough life boats this time. Over 1,500 people died when the original Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic during its first and only voyage. The ship was considered one of the most luxurious and ocean liner of its time.

Palmer did not release the details about how much his new project will cost but said he has established a new shipping company, Blue Star Line Pty. Ltd. He is receiving assistance with the design of Titanic II from a historical research team.

According to BRW magazine, Palmer was the fifth richest person in Australia last year, building a fortune from his real estate on Australia’s Gold Coast and coal mining. Palmer has high hopes for his latest business venture.

“It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but … will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” Palmer said in a statement. He called the project “a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original Titanic.”

The new diesel-powered ship will be similar to the original, with four decorative smoke stacks to mimic the Titanic’s coal powered design. Compared to modern cruise ships, the Titanic II would be small and could only carry 1, 680 passengers. Most cruise liners today cater to more than 2,000 guests.

After the disastrous fate of the original Titanic, I have to wonder who might be crazy enough to push their luck taking a cruise on Palmer’s replica.

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Revenge of a Bitter Ex-Girlfriend: Dentist Pulls Out All Of Her Ex’s Teeth

A bitter dentist is now facing jail time after removing all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth because, you guess it, he dumped her.

Anna Mackowiak, 34, took revenge on her ex Marek Olszewski when he came in to her surgery with a toothache just days after leaving her for another woman. That’s a little insensitive, and stupid…

She heavily sedated Olszewski, pulled out all his teeth, and wrapped his head with bandages he couldn’t open his mouth and see what she had done.

The dentist, who works in Wroclaw, Poland, said: ‘I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions.
‘But when I saw him lying there I just thought, “What a b******”.’

Olszewski said: ‘I knew something was wrong because when I woke up I couldn’t feel any teeth and my jaw was strapped up with bandages. She told me my mouth was numb and I wouldn’t be able to feel anything for a while and that the bandage was there to protect the gums, but that I would need to see a specialist.

‘I didn’t have any reason to doubt her, I mean I thought she was a professional.

Well you thought wrong!

Mackowiak could face up to three years in jail for medical malpractice and mistrust of a patient.

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The Comedy Awards 2012

Well hello and good evening all you comedy fans and friends! Lena here giving you live updates from The Comedy Awards 2012! Tonight we honor some of the greatest names in the business! So as they say, “Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy Tonight!!”

We are also tweeting live on Twitter! Follow us @PCMTweet

The Red Carpet (which was actually gold and black to match the theme) was very cool!  Some of my absolute favorites are here tonight namely the Gregory Brothers (known for such hits as The Bed Intruder Song) and Robin Williams!

Chris Rock is the first presenter of the evening! “5 nominees, 3 are funny!” he’s funny! the nominees for Comedy Special of the Year are:

Louis CK

Patton Oswalt

Norm Macdonald

Colin Quinn

Daniel Tosh

 

Will Arnett is presenting the award for …. wait wait…. he has a live turtle. Legit, a live turtle! anyway Comedy Writing:

30 Rock

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Louie

Parks and Recreation

Modern Family

Saturday Night Live

 

Maya Rudolph is here to warn us about online shopping addiction… oh wait no she is presenting Best Actor in a Comedy role on TV

Alec Baldwin

Larry David

Steve Carell

Louis CK

Ty Burrell

 

Chris Barnell is presenting for best actress in a comedic role in film

Jennifer Aniston

Cameron Diaz

Melissa McCarthy

Emma Stone

Kristen Wiig

 

omg A Native American!!

 

The Honey Badger Guy is doing the commentary for a hot second! That made my night!

Side note: free drinks and appetizers is great!… when you have time to eat or type fast enough sober to be able to drink… which I do not and can not… so that’s fun… But i have to say…oh wait we’re back

 

Tracy Morgan award for sketch alt comedy series… he says he is leaving show business to join the secret service

Children’s Hospital

Louie

Portlandia

Tosh.0

Saturday Night Live

Also presenting Club Comic Award

Chelsea Paretii

John Mulaney

Rory Scovel

Amy Schumer

Anthony Jeselnik

Kumail Nanjiani

Pete Holmes

Ted Alexandro

Moshe Kasher

Hannibal Burges

 

Adam Scott is checking into social media… and to present the best Director for a comedy

The Artist

Bridesmaids

Crazy, Stupid….

(Ok this is pointless It’s happening so fast! Really all i can do is laugh my face off!)

Horrible Bosses

Midnight in Paris

 

Hey look! Chevy Chase!  … wait! look it’s the Native American again!

Tina Fey is here too! Fun Fact: My mom was at her graduation, and so was I… as an embryo… yeah mom was pregnant at the time.

We just had a look at Weekend Update through the years! Great show! Amazing history!

few a break! oo food!! if it would just… come.. down the row….. YES GOT IT!! note to self: next time, sit on the end of the row. They get all the food.

So the evening is the second comedy award ceremony, last year was the first. It is a very fun black tie affair with no rules and no holds barred. Everyone is here to have fun and just because the ladies have updos don’t be fooled. Everyone is wearing their hair down. In the classiest way possible, of course.

Anger translator Luther is here!!!!!! Apparently Obama really likes these guys. they don’t believe it! But they don’t have a contingency plan if Romney wins.

Between Two Ferns with Zack Galifianakis interviewing famous people!!

PUPPIES!!!!!

Little children dancing to Single Ladies… and running away… well they were adorble.

 

BEST VIRAL ORIGINAL

Between Two Ferns

Drive Recklessly

7minutes in Heaven with Mike O’Brien

Shit Girls Say

Songify This (Fun Fact: I LOVE these guys!!!!!)

 

Rob Riggle is here to present Best Comedy Series

30 Rock

Parks and Recreation ….

(well i stopped watching because into the room just walked four of my favorite musicians in the internet today!)

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Modern Family

 

…and Animated Comedy series

Archer

Life and Times of Tim

The Simpsons

South Park

Family Guy

(so basically all my favorite shows)

 

Patton Oswalt is here to present … he’s brought the wrong speech hahaha!! well anyway he’s here to present The Stand-Up Icon Award to Robin Williams!!!… (oh hey look over here, it’s Rob Riggle! he thinks that Adam McKay is the funniest guy off screen or out of the “office”. and his favorite moment of his work is improving with Will Farrell in Step Brothers. Very cool guy!!) Robin Williams looks fantastic!!! and he is so gracious! he has said more nice things about all the other younger comics in the room than about himself or anything else. He says hi Oliver sax!! he said in the press room!!

 

Late Night Comedy Series

Late night with jimmy fallon

real time bill maher

daily show with jon stewart

late night show with david letterman

Actually I have no clue what is happening on the show right now because one of my heroes, Robin William was in the room. He is very close to my heart as one of the performers that influenced me and inspired me my whole life! I even gasped like a 5 year old on Christmas morning when he came into the press room! Thank you sir for the laughs.

I apologize for all the typos, yall. Like I said, it’s all happening so fast.

 

So which award are we on now….

Performance by an Actress in a TV series presented by Matthew Perry

Zooey Deschanel

Tina Fey

Amy Poehier

Kristen Wiig

Sofia Vergara

 

Please Welcome to the stage… Jim Carrey!!! ….and his Justin Bieber hair… omg…

anyway he’s here to present Best Comedy Film

Bridesmaids

Crazy, Stupid, Love

The Artist

Midnight in Paris

Horrible Bosses

 

The Johnny Carson Lifetime Achievement Award is to be presented next by Robert De Niro. The award is going to Don Rickles. Johnny Carson had him on all the time. He’s really done it all, seen it all, and made fun of it all! Respect, good sir! Respect! He says young comedians should learn from Johnny Carson.

My friends on the interwebs, there is so much that has happened tonight that my fingers just weren’t fast enough to type. May 6th, watch it! Enjoy it! Love it! Be inspired! LOL!!! Thank you so much, GOD NIGHT!!!

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Strange, but True: The Story of Edgar Allan Poe

Not only are his works of literature the stuff of legends these days, but Edgar Allan Poe himself has become a legend in his own right. He may not be the drunkard and drug-addict that an enemy claimed he was in a largely false biography, but there is certainly enough mystery to make it most appropriate that he is best known for dark and macabre works of his own.

I don’t know when my own love for Poe began. Perhaps it was when one of my teachers told the story of Poe getting thrown out of West Point on purpose, by means of coming to roll-call wearing nothing at all but a belt – a story that I have not yet heard from anyone else and so regard it as an embellishment and fictional story much like Poe’s works themselves – but something led me to try and stage my own community play of his short story “The Cask of Amontillado” with my friends when we were only in grade school.  Since then, my ears perk up and my senses sharpen when something Poe-related is mentioned.

“The Raven,” the movie coming out this weekend, certainly caught my attention. Named after Poe’s famous poem and starring John Cusack as a fictionalized Poe, the film tells a tale of the last days of Poe’s life where he pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror the various ones found in Poe’s stories.

What makes this even more intriguing is that the actual cause of Poe’s death remains a mystery. Recent theories posit that it was rabies that eventually led to his demise, but other theories abound including ideas of hired henchmen, suicide, a brain tumor and more.

While we may not know the cause of his death, there are other fascinating facts about Poe (and related to Poe) that we do know. So whether you are going to see The Raven this weekend or not, we’ve put together a list of some Poe tidbits that you can read and use to impress your literary friends, trivia buff or movie pals.

 

–          The second of three children born to traveling actors in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. Within three years of his birth, both his parents had died.

–          Upon parents’ death, taken in by wealthy merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia. They never officially adopted him.

–          As a child, dreamed of being a writer and emulating the British poet Lord Byron.

–          Enlisted in the United States Army using the name “Edgar A. Perry” and claiming he was 22 years old when he was only 18. Later, he joined the United States Military Academy at West Point. While Allan helped get him into West Point, Poe became furious with him and threatened to get himself thrown out. After only eight months at West Point, he did. Allan and Poe never reconciled and Allan left Poe completely out of his will upon his death.

–          At this point, moved to Baltimore and moved in with his aunt, her daughter Virginia Clemm and possibly his brother. When Poe was 26 and Virginia was only 13, the two wed. While drastic in age difference, it is believed to have been a very loving marriage.

–          While Poe’s love for Virginia is well documented in his poems, Virginia herself expressed her love for her husband in a Valentine poem now in the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

–          Virginia tragically contracted tuberculosis in 1842 and died at the age of 24 in 1847. The disease was also the death of his mother, brother and foster mother. Poe only lived another 2 years.

–          At the southern magazine Messenger, earned himself a reputation as a tough critic. One of his victims was anthologist and editor Rufus Griswold. After Poe’s death, it is Griswold that wrote the false biography and created the image of a drunken, drug-addict as the real Poe. It is not an accurate portrayal, but the image – legend, if you will – only helped rocket Poe’s works to more fame and popularity.

–          Poe only ever signed his name “Edgar A. Poe” or “E. A. Poe.” The addition of “Allan” was a product of Griswold’s biography.

–          While “The Raven” was the poem that made him a household name, he was only paid $9 for its publication. For the publication of his first book of short stories, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, he was only paid with 25 free copies of his book. He would later fight for the cause of higher wages and an international copyright law.

–          The mysterious circumstances of his death: He left Richmond for Philadelphia, but stopped in Baltimore where he disappeared for 5 days. He was found on October 3 in the bar room of a public house that was being used as a polling place for an election in clothes that were not his own. Editor Joseph Snodgrass sent him to the hospital where he spent the last days of his life. He never regained enough consciousness or strength to explain what had happened to him. Poe died on October 7, 1849, at the age of 40 and the exact cause of death still remains a mystery.

-          Only adding to the mystery of his death, beginning in 1949, an unknown visitor called the “Poe Toaster” paid homage to his grave annually by leaving a bottle of cognac and three roses on Poe’s original grave marker in Baltimore in the early hours of the morning every January 19, Poe’s birthday. It is a tradition that carried on for over 60 years. The last appearance was January 19, 2009, the day of Poe’s bicentennial. No one knows the identity of the “Poe Toaster.”

–          The bar Poe was discovered in on October 3, called “The Horse You Came in on Saloon,” is located in Fell’s Point in Baltimore and still exists and operates today.

–          In his life, Poe lived in Boston, Richmond, Baltimore, Philadelphia and the Bronx. While no childhood home of his still exists, the Old Stone House in Richmond is used as the Edgar Allan Poe Museum though he never lived there.

–          The dorm room Poe is believed to have stayed in while at University of Virginia is preserved by the Raven Society and available for visits. The earliest surviving home in which he lived in is in Baltimore, the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. That is believed to be the house he lived in when he first moved in with his aunt and Virginia.  It, too, is open to the public. Only the last house they rented in Philadelphia remains and is preserved by the National Park Service as the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. His final home is preserved as the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in the Bronx, New York.

–          While we know him today for his stories and poems of mystery and macabre, he made his living as America’s first great literary critic.

–          Widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story for his short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue published in 1841.

–          Had a keen interest in cryptography and had quite the talent for it. He invited people to submit their ciphers to the magazine he works at for him to solve.

–          Met Charles Dickens when he was in US on a lecture tour. Poe was an up-and-comer at the time who requested his help getting published in England.

–          The Baltimore Ravens are named after Poe’s famed story. The mascot for the team is a raven named Poe. There were originally three raven brothers, named “Edgar,” “Allan,” and “Poe,” but after the 2008 season ended, Edgar and Allan retired.

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Betsey Johnson Files for Bankruptcy!

Oh Betsey, say it ain’t so!

The fashion industry received some semi-startling news yesterday after Betsey Johnson’s chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As a result, more than 350 employees are expected to lose their jobs, with a majority of the 63 Betsey Johnson stores closing next month.

Betsey said in a statement, “I feel so sad for my store people and all my pink girls. They live and die for me. But I need to be better. I really need to work well and be more efficient.”

The company was bailed out by Steve Madden in 2010 after it defaulted on a $48 million loan, so unfortunately it was a move foreseen by many.

Betsey says she will continue to work hard and put most of her focus on her more affordable line sold at Macy’s. “I love the moderate price range,” Johnson told WWD. “It is in sync with all the girls who are buying my clothes.”

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