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Everything looking Rose-y after telly witch’s IRA rant

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CRACKPOT actress Rose McGowan could ensure a low budget movie makes millions – thanks to her bizarre IRA rant. Rose, who played a sexy witch in the telly show Charmed, left fans spellbound at the premiere of Fifty Dead Men Walking,when she said: “Had I grown up in Belfast I would have 100 per cent joined the IRA.”

However, though her idiotic remarks were slammed by the producers of the movie about an IRA infiltrator,  the negative publicity has persuaded distributors all over the world to buy the rights to screen it. In her notorious rant, McGowan, 35, whose dad is Irish, added: “My heart just broke for the cause. Violence is not to be played out daily and provide an answer to problems – but I do understand it.”

Made on a shoestring budget, Fifty Dead Men Walking, which would probably only have got a limited release without Rose’s shocking intervention, is based on Martin McGartland’s 1997 memoir about a young Catholic in Belfast recruited by the British. Says a movie insider: “The people at Handmade Films who produced this were quick to condemn Rose’s comments. But secretly they are probably thrilled because they paid peanuts to make it and the bad publicity is going to turn this into a monster hit. Rose is a bit of a maverick who doesn’t play by Hollywood rules – but despite her despicable views, fans love her because she’s a bad girl. That’s why she is always being cast in dark roles as a witch or a killer.”

Handmade Films executive Guy Collins made a series of deals to sell the film – in which Rose plays a Prove femme fatale – worldwide shortly after the recent Toronto Film Festival.


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November 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Ticket glitch gives rail passengers free rides for seven years

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If you discovered a glitch in the system which let you get free train tickets on your debit card, would you own up to it? Three commuters have been arrested and charged with knowingly exploiting the problem to buy $800,000 worth of Long Island Rail Road tickets and MetroCards, many of which they resold, according to the police and prosecutors.

Not everyone who benefited from the software glitch, did so knowingly. Since 2001, hundreds of rail riders have been rewarded from a computer gremlin which allowed vending machines on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad to dispense free tickets on some debit card transactions.

The problem was first spotted in May, reveals the New York Times, and let to the uncovering of a series of suspicious transactions tied to a pair of debit cards issued by First Republic Bank. New Yorker Lisa Foster Jordan, 38, was arrested on May 28 and charged with fraudulently obtaining thousands of tickets and MetroCards worth about $800,000.

Last week, the police arrested two more people in connection with the scheme, Foster Jordan’s husband, Cary Grant (yes really!) and Chris Clemente from Manhattan. Lawyers representing the trio say they will be pleading not guilty.

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August 16, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Montauk Monster fails to attract monster price on eBay

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Some people have no shame! The people who spiced up our summer with the Montauk Monster are now apparently trying to cash in by selling their websites on eBay. As we revealed last week, the whole beastie story was probably just a silly marketing trick to promote interest in next year’s B-movie comedy Spinterheads, produced by Darren Goldberg.

Now it seems hoaxers have put three uninspiring and unofficial Splinterheads websites up for sale. So far though, they haven’t had much luck with bids ‘shooting up’ from 99 cents yesterday to $1.04 today. As we feel a bit bad for them, we might dig into the Gotham News purse and get it up to $2. Or maybe not.

Part of the problem, monster fans say, is that the Splinterheads movie appears to have nothing to do with monsters – it’s about carnies instead.

Nicky Papers, who started up her own website to investigate the mystery, was unimpressed with the development. As she correctly says, “What good is seeing a movie about a bunch of carnies if the Montauk Monster isn’t involved?”

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August 14, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Shhh! Don’t tell Denise: Charlie is the top TV earner

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He hasn’t been in a decent movie since Platoon but Charlie Sheen doesn’t care. A new poll by TV Guide shows he’s coining it in, thanks to his role on lacklustre sitcom, Two and a Half Men. Apparently, Sheen gets $825,000 for each weekly episode.

That’s more than enough to keep money-grabbing ex Denise Richards in the style she is accustomed to. She might now want to get her hooks into Sheen’s fellow CBS star William Petersen, who takes home $600,000 an episode for portraying investigator Gil Grissom on the hit police drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Meanwhile, despite all her complaining about the mean script writers, Katherine Heigl is the best paid female TV actress, raking in $13 mil for her role on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s unlikely she will complain about that.

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August 6, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Project Runway hopefuls living the Gotham high life

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The catwalk hopefuls on reality TV show “Project Runway” have been living the high life at The Gotham Organization‘s Atlas New York building. For the fourth season running producers have holed all the contestants up in the impressive 66 W. 38th St. rental building.

Gotham fixed the 15-minutes-of-famers up with six units, a combination of one- and two-bedrooms that range in square-foot size from 650 to 1,117. The units were on the 25th floor in a building where starting rents are $3,500 for a one-bedroom and $5,500 for a two-bedroom.

That’s high enough up for the losers to make a fashionable mess when they throw themselves out of the window.

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August 5, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Bat’s amazing! Gotham vigilante closes in on unsinkable record

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No one has put Gotham on the map more than its fictional defender, Batman. And, perhaps in part due to the tragic death of Heath Ledger, Caped Crusader epic “The Dark Knight” appears to be closing in on the all time US box office record of $600.8 million set by Titanic. The movie, which stars anti-mummy’s boy Christian Bale, has soared to a $394.9 million haul in just 17 days, according to Sunday’s studio estimates and Warner Bros head of distribution Dan Fellman predicts it will sail past the $400 million mark by tomorrow night.

Despite Bale’s alleged shenanigans, since bagging an opening weekend haul of $158.4 million, Dark Knight has gone from strength to strength. According to Fellman, it will top $500 million, if not overtake Titanic’s record, which – like the boat – was thought to be pretty unsinkable.

New York Post movie critic Kyle Smith agrees with Fellman, though he thinks Titanic’s record willl stay afloat for now. “I think it can [break the record] though it’s highly unlikely it will approach the $600 million “Titanic” took in,” says Smith on his imaginatively-titled blog Kyle Smith Online.

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August 4, 2008 at 12:11 am

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Is it an elephant, is it a plane? New superjumbo lands at JFK

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IS it an elephant, is it a plane? It’s a plane, of course – but not just any plane. It’s the world’s biggest commercial jet, which landed save and well at Kennedy airport at the weekend. Though it’s as wide as a football field, the double-decker Emirates A380 made a smooth landing at Kennedy Airport Friday following a 14 hour maiden journey from Dubai. The $320 million “superjumbo jet” – which can carry nearly 500 passengers – measures 79 feet, 7 inches high and has a wingspan of 261 feet, 8 inches. It even boasts bathrooms with showers, private first-class suites and an onboard lounge with a bartender.

Passengers, lucky enough to be able to afford to fly on the super jumbo, gave it a big thumbs up. “When we got off the flight, I didn’t feel like we had been on a 13-1/2-hour flight,” raved Freeda Moraes, who flew with her husband, Harry. “We were quite fresh, not tired. It was quite a wonderful experience.”

Meanwhile, it isn’t only the passengers who had to fork out a lot of money for the privilege. New York’s Port Authority invested about $179 million to upgrade the taxiway and bridges just to accommodate the flying beast.

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August 3, 2008 at 1:18 pm