June 30, 2006

LinkNews Digest [06/30/2006]

Original Lois and Jimmy Olsen in Superman Movie

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Noel Neill and Jack Larson spent some of their best years in bondage, trussed up together waiting for Superman to break down a wall and save them. The actors who played Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen on the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman" are back at it with bit parts in "Superman Returns" Neill as a dying heiress, Larson as a bartender.

"Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer grew up a fan of the TV show, which starred the late George Reeves as the Man of Steel. So when it came time to do his own take on Superman, Singer made sure to have Reeves' old comrades on hand.

"They said, `Well, we can't have you as Lois Lane.' I said, `I know, you want a younger one,'" Neill, 85, joked in an interview with The Associated Press. "They said, `But we have a part for you with Kevin Spacey, and your name is Gertrude," Neill continued, rolling her eyes at the name. "She's a rich widow, which is fine. Only she's dying."

In "Superman Returns," Larson, 73, was cast as a bartender in a scene opposite Brandon Routh, who plays Clark Kent and Superman, and the new Jimmy Olsen, Sam Huntington. It prefaces a pivotal moment in Superman's return to action after a mysterious five-year absence. (LINK ) [thanks loner!]

"Hooters for Neuters" Pet-Spaying Fundraiser Criticized

Hosted by the Hooters restaurant chain, the July 13 fundraiser will donate money to the spay and neuter programs at Los Angeles Animal Services.

"Are we going backward here?" said City Controller Laura Chick. "We are a city with all kinds of progressive programs that empower women and end discrimination in the workplace, and now we're being connected with a Hooters bikini contest. It isn't right."

Councilwoman Jan Perry said the department's attempt to be creative in telling pet owners to sterilize their animals "crosses the line. I was surprised and amazed with the photograph on the flier, and I don't think it projects a good image for the city of Los Angeles," Perry said.

Animal Services Director Ed Boks apologized for making people upset, but said the "Charity Benefit Bikini Contest" would go on as scheduled. The original flier showed a bikini-clad woman, but the latest version shows a dog wearing a T-shirt that says "Hooters for Neuters."(LINK )

Defense Minister Quits Via TextMsg

If reports are taken prima-facie, the Defense Minister of Timor-Leste, Jose Ramos-Horta, will go down in history as he is the first politician to resign from the government by SMS.

Politicians seem to have been awestruck with the fascinating use of technology. Recently, a democrat in U.S. triggered off his campaign through video podcasting , now this case is stamping the trend.

What is more interesting is that the acceptance of the resignation was also confirmed by the SMS by the Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. As of now, detailes of the SMSed text are not known. However, he had announced earlier, "I do not wish to be associated with the present government or with any government involving Mr. Alkatiri." (LINK via Gizmodo)

World Cup Madness Pt. 2: The Roof is on Fire

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Beijing soccer fan refused to let the small matter of his house burning down disturb his enjoyment of Tuesday's World Cup match between France and Spain.

A fire broke out in a hutong in the center of the Chinese capital at 3am local time Wednesday -- kickoff time in Hanover -- and gutted the traditional courtyard dwelling, the Beijing Daily Messenger reported.

"When the neighbors shouted 'fire!', I took my little baby and ran out in my nightclothes," the man's wife told the paper. "My husband paid no attention to the danger, just grabbed the television and put it under his arm.

"After getting out of the house, he then set about finding an electric socket to plug in and continue watching his game." (LINK )

An Excuse Worth Remembering

A Polish former MP has escaped a drink driving ban after telling cops he had only been using vodka as mouth wash.

Grzegorz Gruszka was arrested after being pulled over by police in a routine check and failing a breath test.

He was acquitted after he told prosecutors he had not actually swallowed any alcohol, and had only rinsed his mouth with "jogobelka" - a popular local mixture of vodka and mustard. (LINK )

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