Atlanta, Georgia – For the second time this year, federal officials have warned the public about Salmonella infections associated with Foster Farms chicken. In the latest outbreak, officials have confirmed nearly 280 cases, according to a public health alert issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In July, the Centers for Disease Control noted that nearly 135 illnesses were reported in a separate outbreak that started last year.
To add insult to injury, Foster Farms has acknowledged that the two Foster Farms imposter chicken used by the company in its popular series of TV commercials, have also been sickened by salmonella. The chicken, portrayed in the commercials as claiming to be corn-fed and always fresh, were photographed in a doctor’s office in Portland, Oregon, waiting to be examined and evaluated for salmonella poisoning.
The popular imposters have gotten into and out of some crazy scrapes: stopped by cops, choked in a tattoo parlor, driven in a beaten sedan filled with ice, attempted alleyway liposuction, marinated in a kiddie pool, wrapped in plastic, basted into a washing machine, crashed a Yoga session, busted in a motel room, binged on junk food, and much more.
Los Angeles, California – Fox Television has announced that it has completed its search for actors to play the three main characters for its new Monday night series, “The Tea Party Girls.” The drama, which premieres in November, follows the adventures of three conservative women politicians as they navigate the male-dominated political arena of Washington, D.C.
The real-life characters in the series are former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Senator Michele Bachmann and Arizona Governor Janice Brewer.
Playing Palin is Tina Fey who originated the Palin look-alike character on Saturday Night Live (SNL).Miley Cyrus will play Michele Bachmann. Cyrus was selected after producers saw her performance as Bachmann in last Saturday’s edition of SNL where she performed a sexy Republican version of her song “We Can’t Stop.”
The producers had the hardest time looking for the actor to play Janice Brewer, but finally decided on Terrence Stamp, best known for his memorable performance in the film, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”
Fox Television reportedly has very high hopes that this new series will win big in next year’s Emmys.
Hollywood, California – Change is coming to the Academy Awards in 2015. Inspired by the bikini performances of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced not only a change in venue for the Oscars but the scrapping of the red carpet ceremonies.
The 2014 Oscar Awards to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres will be the last ceremony to be held at the famed Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater) in Hollywood. It will very well be the farewell performance of Joan Rivers, the red carpet queen. The reason? In 2015, the Oscar Awards ceremonies will be presented as a “beach party” in which the required attire for nominees, guests and spectators will be beach wear. This means the traditional red carpet ceremonies preceding the awards will be scrapped.
The board of governors said that the Academy members and worldwide viewers are tired of the boring red carpet which has produced some of the ugliest and ridiculous gowns and attire by the nominees and guests year after year.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African American to head this prestigious body, said that the new format is in keeping with the film trend which is seeing more and more frontal nudity among actors. “Eliminating the red carpet will move the focus away from fashion and into the real purpose of the awards, which is the recognition of outstanding achievement in film, ” Isaacs said. “Besides,” she added, “even Oscar (referring to the statuette) is not wearing any clothes.”
Two venues are being considered for the 2015 “Beach” Oscar Ceremonies: the Santa Monica Board Walk and San Diego’s Seaworld.