BREAKING NEWS: JEREMY LIN QUITS THE LAKERS

imageLos Angeles, Caljfornia (The Adobo Chronicles) – Basketball fan or not, everyone is familiar with Jeremy Lin, the first American of Taiwanese descent to make it and make it big in the NBA. He has even contributed a new word in Webster’s dictionary – Linsanity.

Lin first became popular when he unexpectedly led a winning turnaround with the New York Knicks in the 2012 basketball season. He then moved on to the Houston Rockets before the Lakers acquired him in a trade.

But today, Lin shocked the basketball world by announcing that he was quitting the Lakers.

He has chosen a different career, that of actor and comedian.

Many will recall that Lin recently successfully pulled off the wax statue prank on Madame Tussaud’s museum goers. He apparently enjoyed his comedic stint that he did it again while visiting Taiwan. This time, he posed as an employee of a flagship Adidas store. Wearing a wig and glasses, and speaking in Taiwanese, he fooled customers by convincing them to buy Adidas shoes and shirts. No one knew he was the famous basketball star.

Soon after the Adidas store prank, a Taiwanese television network offered him a job and a three-year contract to do a syndicated comedy show, something that Lin could not resist. He immediately called Lakers president Jeanie Buss and tendered his resignation from the team.

Buss refused to give a statement as she was still processing Lin’s decision.

It’s Linsanity all over again.

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RENÉE ZELLWEGER CRIES SEXISM OVER REACTION TO HER NEW LOOK

Zellweger, before and after
Zellweger, before and after

Hollywood, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger’s new look has kept the media and gossip circles abuzz.

Zellweger, 45, looked gorgeous when she stepped out at the Elle’s 21st Annual Women In Hollywood Awards last October 20, and everyone immediately noticed that her signature plump cheeks were gone and her eyes seemed much more open.  She almost looked unrecognizable, and many on social media have speculated that perhaps she had a face lift.

The Hollywood star is best known for her award-winning performances as Ruby Thewes in Cold Mountain, and as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.

Pitt, before and after
Pitt, before and after

Replying to naysayers, Zellweger says she does not understand what the big deal is with her new, happy look. “I think it smacks of sexism,” she said.  “How come we didn’t hear a word when actor Brad Pitt had his face lift, not once or twice but multiple times? He was even critically acclaimed when he did it.”

Zellweger, of course, was referring to Pitt’s role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in which he transformed his appearance in several stages as he aged backwards.

IN SAN FRANCISCO’S GAY CASTRO DISTRICT, HALLOWEEN COMES A DAY EARLY

imageSan Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – For several years now, San Francisco has not seen a Halloween street celebration in the gay Castro district. The annual event has been shut down due to stabbing and other incidents that have marred the otherwise peaceful and fabulous showcase of LGBT tricks and treats. But San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener found a way to get around it.

On October 30, the eve of Halloween, Castro Street will be closed to make way for a made-up community celebration : the ribbon cutting of the Castro Street Improvement Project. Others are calling it a celebration of months and months of disruptive deconstruction and construction. The project involved the widening of the sidewalks, the narrowing of the street, the installation of typo-ridden memorial plaques and the much-ballyhooed painting of rainbow-colored crosswalks.

Inside sources however confirmed that the celebration is really meant to restore the Halloween street party in the Castro, albeit a day early. “Everyone knows the Castro queens will come in their Halloween costumes,” the sources said.

So it’s party time. Come celebrate the return of Halloween in the Castro.  But hush. We’re calling it  a ribbon-cutting. Booo!

 

LORDE AND JOEL LITTLE SUING SAN FRANCISCO RADIO STATIONS FOR BANNING THE SONG ‘ROYALS’

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Lorde, left, and Joel Little at the 56th Grammy Awards Ceremonies in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s game number three between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals as they battle to win the 2014 World Series title.  The Giants and Royals are tied 1-1.

In solidarity with their home team, radio stations in San Francisco vowed to ban the Grammy Award-winning song ‘Royals’ from the airwaves for the duration of the World Series.

‘Royals’ won for singer Lorde and song writer Joel Little the Grammy for Song of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last January.

Today, Lorde and Little announced that they were filing a class-action law suit against the San Francisco radio stations for banning their song.

“Our song has nothing to do with the Kansas City baseball team, and neither are we into sports,” Lorde said, “so why are we being punished for something that we have nothing to do with?”

Little told reporters that they are suing for $10 Million which represents potential loss of revenue from the sales and exposure of their award-winning song. “How would Tony Bennett feel if radio stations in Kansas City started banning the song “I left My Heart in San Francisco?’ he asked.

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT WILL SOON BE 58 STATES OF THE UNION

635495041240943233-floridamapMiami, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles) – Since Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States of America on August 21, 1959, there have been a lot of statehood movements and speculation about which jurisdiction will become the 51st.

Today, more than half a century later, the U.S.A. is looking to welcome not only its 51st,  but its 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th, 56th, 57th and 58th state of the Union.

An unreleased Gallup poll shows that majority of Americans are in favor of adding up to 8 states to the Union as a way of boosting America’s overall economy. Many believe that the more U.S. citizens there are, the more taxes the government can collect, thus helping reduce the deficit while increasing the Gross National Product (GNP).  Americans are also confident that adding states to the Union will surely create new jobs. Think of all the additional bureaucratic offices that will have to be created by the new states, not to mention the legions of new elective posts.

article-2563649-1BAB833600000578-311_634x402Initially, there were only 7 jurisdictions being considered for statehood — the Philippines, Puerto Rico and 5 new states in California.  But this week, a new statehood candidate emerged: South Florida.

South Miami Vice Mayor Walter Harris proposed a resolution dividing Florida into two states, and it passed with a 3-2 vote at the city commission meeting on Oct. 7. He says Tallahassee, the state capital, isn’t doing enough to deal with the problem of global warming.

The proposal would chop off the bottom half of Florida — roughly from the city of Orlando down. The new state would include 24 counties.

Previously, there were multiple calls to chop off the entire state of Florida from the U.S. map because of problems it was causing the rest of the country, not the least of which was the problematic election count during the 2000 presidential elections.

This new proposal will chop off just half of the state but the chopped off part will still remain a part of the Union.

 

MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOSES TOP SPOT: PRESIDENT AQUINO VERY DISAPPOINTED

imageManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino has expressed extreme disappoinment that Manila’s International Airport has lost its distinction as the worst airport in the world.

With the expanded operations of a third terminal, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is no longer the world’s worst airport, sliding to fourth spot after topping the list for the past three years, according to a survey conducted by “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports” on http://www.sleepinginairports.net.

Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan has moved up to the top spot as the world’s worst airport, followed by Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia and Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal.

The survey was conducted between September 2013 and August 2014.

“It breaks my heart that the airport named in my father’s honor has lost its top world distinction,” Aquino said, adding that “my administration will do all it can to gain back the top spot.”

Aquino directed the Philippine Department of Tourism, the Manila Airport Authority, Bureau of Immigration and Bureau of Customs to work closer together and come up with a six-month strategic plan to put NAIA back to Number One.

WARNER BROS. WILL FILM A REMAKE OF ‘WIZARD OF OZ’ IF THE SF GIANTS WIN THE WORLD SERIES

imageHollywood, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Whether or not one is a fan of The Wizard of Oz, the famous line from the 1939 film, ‘Toto, we’re not in Kansas any more’ is all too familiar.

There has never been a remake (other than some adaptations) of the film that made a name for Judy Garland, but now, Warner Bros. has issued  a wager that could bring the most excitement about the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. The 7-game baseball  championship starts Tuesday, October 21.

The Hollywood production company has just announced that if the SF Giants win what could be their third World Series title in five years, it will film a remake of The Wizard Of Oz with a major re-write of the script.

The ‘new’ story will begin in San Francisco instead of Kansas, with Dorothy gazing at the giant rainbow flag on Market and Castro, singing the classic ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow.’ Then a thick San Francisco fog envelopes her which will eventually bring her to Munchkin Country.

Warner Bros. said that a casting call will be held as soon as the World Series is over and that the role of Dorothy will be reserved for a deserving and talented gay man who must be a San Francisco resident, preferrably the Castro.

So start rooting for the SF Giants!

 

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