Chicago, Illinois – When Oprah cries, everybody cries; when Oprah gets pissed, you better watch out.
The most influential woman in the world – not to mention one of the richest – was perturbed at the fact that the film she starred in, Lee Daniels’ The Butler was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the Oscars. When the film was released earlier this year, critics thought that Winfrey’s performance as the wife of the White House butler played by Forest Whitaker, was a shoo-in for a Best Actress nomination.
Ms. Winfrey not only has her own magazine but her own television network as well (Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN).
Today, she announced that she is forming her own American Film Academy which will function just like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which puts up the annual Oscar Awards.
The new academy’s awards will be called the Oprahs.
As of press time, it wasn’t known how many of the current Oscar voting members will defect to Oprah’s new academy.
For a list of Oscar voters, visit NeverTooEarlyMoviePredictions by clicking HERE.
San Francisco, California – On ‘Spare the Air’ days – which observers say San Francisco has been declaring more frequently in the last couple of months – residents are prohibited from burning wood, even on a cold winter night.
Now, the City by the Bay, considered the most environmentally-conscious in all of the U.S., has imposed new restrictions on these designated days. The new rules prohibit residents and transients alike from bringing certain aromatic foods on board MUNI and BART trains and buses.
Included in the banned items are bagoong, the fermented fish or shrimp paste used in popular Filipino dishes like kare-kare; any kind of curry dishes; kimchee; and even Sriracha, the much-loved hot red chili sauce that almost disappeared from the market lately. Only unopened, sealed bottles of Sriracha will be permitted.
(It will be recalled that last November, a California judge ordered a partial shutdown of Huy Hong Foods, makers of Sriracha, because residents complained of spicy smells the Irwindale factory was producing.)
Pizza was originally included among the banned items but the powerful lobby representing San Francisco Italian restaurants and pizzerias was able to convince city officials to strike it off the list.
Train and bus riders caught violating the new rules will be charged with a misdemeanor and will be stripped of their riding privileges for up to 30 days. Additionally, repeat violators will be fined $19.99.
Private employers are also reportedly considering a similar ban in employee breakrooms.
Northfield, Illinois – Just a day after it announced a shortage of its cheese products, Kraft Foods accused fastfood giant McDonald’s of hoarding tons and tons of the popular cheese brand Velveeta.
In its earlier announcement, Kraft said it did not know what was causing the Velveeta shortage, only going as far as to say that a noticeable decline in its product supply happens every now and then. Analysts surmised that the shortage may have something to do with the NFL season where football fans consume an unusual amount of cheese and cheese products.
However, a Kraft external investigation confirmed that McDonald’s has been stocking crates and crates of Velveeta cheese in just the last several weeks.
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, a top executive of the hamburger chain admitted that indeed, McDonald’s has been holding on to a huge inventory of Velveeta cheese. The reason? “We are about to launch a new McDonald’s menu item — Mc N Cheese,” the spokesperson said.