Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Celebrate New Years Eve In Las Vegas Is The Place To Be!

Every New Years Eve in Las Vegas, they open the strip to pedestrian traffic too, so getting around that night is virtually impossible, unless of course you don't have to drive or take a cab. All Vegas New Years Parties at the ultra lounges feature celebrity hosts and the worlds best DJs! These parties are over the top! Las Vegas New Years Eve celebration features a massive fireworks display blasting off the top of all the hotels on the strip. The Strip itself is closed to automobile traffic on new years Eve, giving everybody a great view to see fireworks.


Welcoming the 2009, Vegas is the place to be!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Looking Trendy And Stylish This Holiday Season

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

"Marley & Me" Stirs It Up With $14.75 M On Xmas Day

Twentieth Century Fox says "Marley & Me" has set a Christmas Day record with $14.75 million at the box office. That breaks the previous mark of $10.2 million, set by "Ali" in 2001, according to Media By Numbers LLC. And "Marley & Me" may not be alone, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Bedtime Stories" were also expected to move past the previous Christmas Day mark, according to some studio estimates. Even "Valkyrie" had a strong Yuletide opening with more than $8 million, those numbers show!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Merry Christmas!

To a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year!


Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year. May the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, and the unity of our nation, renew your spirits this holiday season.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Consumers' Demands For Good Deals Seriously

If you're looking for an extra bargain before the holidays, you may only have to ask. With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously. Some are extending return policies, while others are matching competitors' prices. Many are volunteering on the spot discounts and even letting customers haggle prices well down from what's marked in a desperate bid to make the cash register ring. More and more consumers are doing just that, treating a trip to the mall like a visit to the used car lot. Shoppers are also being far more savvy about asking retailers to match a competitor's lower price. With sales slow at virtually all retailers, experts say customers now have the upper hand. And even some who don't explicitly ask for a discount or price-match are pressing for better deals. For some retailers, desperation is setting in. The new year brings new inventory, so retailers typically try to clear out the old stock by year's end. Stores are increasingly willing to do whatever they can to get rid of merchandise even offering discounts on the spot. Other retailers are giving consumers more wiggle room for returns instead of haggling over prices.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Jermaine Dupri Cleared Up Some Misconceptions

Jermaine Dupri wants to clear up some misconceptions. In an entry on his blog, the music producer says he and girlfriend Janet Jackson haven't split up and she isn't pregnant! Jermaine writes, "As you all know Janet is a very private person. The only reason you see her as much as you do on my YouTube vlog is because of me! LOL! But I hear yall and your questions! No she is not pregnant and yes we're still together." Janet and Jermaine have been dating for about four years. Janet canceled a string of concerts on her Rock Witchu tour this fall because of a bout of migraine associated vertigo, which is characterized by dizziness, imbalance and other symptoms.
(AP Photo/Andy Kropa, file)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pre-Winter Storm Brought Snowfall In Las Vegas The Desert City

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Our little puppy "Nikko" loved it!

Taken from the front of our house in Las Vegas! The feeling of being in a snowfall!
A rare pre-winter storm brought Las Vegas its heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades, closing the airport and freeways as several inches coated marquees on the Las Vegas Strip and weighed down palm trees. The storm Wednesday and early Thursday also dumped snow on rain on much of southern California and parts of Nevada outside Las Vegas. The weather service recorded 7.5 inches of snow at McCarran on Jan. 30-31, 1979. The snow Wednesday prompted the cancellation of all flights in and out of Vegas. Visitors parked and posed for pictures wearing hooded jackets. Other parts of Nevada were forecast to receive as much as 8 inches of snow in the second winter storm this week to drop snow on the desert city. Snowfall is common in nearby mountains hills, but not on the Strip or surrounding neighborhoods.

Wallace & Gromit Christmas Special Leaked On YouTube

It's a whodunit for the info age. The animators behind Wallace & Gromit say they have quashed a pirated recording of a Christmas special leaked on YouTube. But Aardman Animations, based in Bristol, England, said Thursday it had "no idea" how the material slipped out. Three clips from "A Matter of Loaf and Death," were uploaded to the video-sharing site on Sunday. The special is scheduled to air on BBC television on Christmas Day. The hugely popular clay animated series stars the cheese-loving, hair-brained inventor Wallace and his long-suffering pooch, Gromit. A few audiences have seen preview screenings. The YouTube version featured poor sound and may have been recorded using a video camera or mobile phone.

Director Nick Park, center, walks with stuffed figures for his movie "Wallace & Gromit. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in Tokyo. The makers of Wallace and Gromit reported they don't know how the material slipped out but it has now been withdrawn from the Internet site.(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Monday, December 15, 2008

2 Shoes Thrown At President Bush During Press Conference In Iraq

President George W. Bush wrapped up a whirlwind trip to two war zones Monday that in many ways was a victory lap without a clear victory. A signature event occurred when an Iraqi reporter hurled two shoes at Bush, an incident the president later described as "a bizarre moment." Bush visited the Iraqi capital just 37 days before he hands the war off to his successor, Barack Obama, who has pledged to end it. The president wanted to highlight a drop in violence and to celebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq security agreement, which calls for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011. "The war is not over," Bush said, but "it is decisively on its way to being won." Bush then traveled to Afghanistan where he spoke to U.S. soldiers and Marines at a hangar on the tarmac at Bagram Air Base. The rally for over a thousand military personnel took place in the dark, cold pre-dawn hours. Bush was greeted by loud cheers from the troops. "Afghanistan is a dramatically different country than it was eight years ago," he said. "We are making hopeful gains." But the president's message on progress in the region was having trouble competing with the videotaped image of the angry Iraqi who hurled his shoes at Bush in a near miss, shouting in Arabic, "This is your farewell kiss, you dog!" The reporter was later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi owned station based in Cairo, Egypt. In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt. Iraqis whacked a statue of Saddam with their shoes after U.S. Marines toppled it to the ground following the 2003 invasion. "I'm not insulted. I don't hold it against the government," Bush said later in an interview with ABC News. "The guy wanted to get on TV and he did. I don't know what his beef is, but whatever it is, I'm sure someone will hear it." Reaction in Iraq was swift but mixed, with some condemning the act and others applauding it. Television news stations throughout Iraq repeatedly showed footage of the incident, and newspapers carried headline stories. In Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City, supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for protests against President Bush and demanded the release of the reporter, who was jailed after throwing his shoes. Thousands took to the streets Monday, chanting, "Bush, Bush, listen well, Two shoes on your head." Talking to a small group of reporters after the incident, Bush said, "I didn't know what the guy said, but I saw his sole." He told the reporters that "you were more concerned than I was. I was watching your faces." "I'm pretty good at ducking, as most of you know," Bush joked, adding quickly that "I'm talking about ducking your questions." On a more serious note, he said, "I mean, it was just a bizarre moment, but I've had other bizarre moments in the presidency. I remember when Hu Jintao was here. Remember? We had the big event? He's speaking, and all of a sudden I hear this noise had no earthly idea what was taking place, but it was the Falun Gong woman screaming at the top of her lungs (near the ceremony on the White House lawn). It was kind of an odd moment." The Iraqi government condemned the act and demanded an on-air apology from Al-Baghdadia television, the Iraqi-owned station that employs Muntadar al-Zeidi. The reporter was taken into custody and reportedly was being held for questioning by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's guards and is being tested for alcohol and drugs.



Other Arab journalists and commentators, fed up with U.S. policy in the Middle East and Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003 to topple Saddam, echoed al-Zeidi's sentiments Monday. Abdel-Bari Atwan, editor of the influential London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi, wrote on the newspaper's Web site that the incident was "a proper goodbye for a war criminal." After word spread of the shoe attack, Afghan reporters had gathered at the presidential palace in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, before a news conference by Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Some of the reporters a collegial bunch that sees one another several times a week egged on one of their colleagues, jokingly trying to pressure the television reporter into taking off his shoe and hurling it once the U.S. president arrived. He did not. Karzai's deputy spokesman, Saimak Herwai, told Afghan reporters that they had to address Bush as "His Excellency," an honorary title not typically used with U.S. presidents. The request was followed by some, not by others. Bush then took a helicopter ride to Kabul to meet with Karzai. After their meeting, Bush said he told Karzai,"You can count on the United States. Just like you've been able to count on this administration, you'll be able to count on the next administration as well." The mixed reactions to Bush in both countries emphasized the uncertain situations Bush is leaving behind in the region.

In Iraq, nearly 150,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, protecting the fragile democracy. More than 4,209 members of the U.S. military have died and $576 billion has been spent since the war began five years and nine months ago. The Bush administration and even White House critics credit last year's military buildup with the security gains in Iraq. Last month, attacks fell to the lowest monthly level since the war began in 2003. In Afghanistan, there are about 31,000 U.S. troops and commanders have called for up to 20,000 more. The fight is especially difficult in southern Afghanistan, a stronghold of the Taliban where violence has risen sharply this year.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hugh Jackman Will Be Hosting The 81st Academy Awards

He sings, dances, acts on stage and screen, and he's the "Sexiest Man Alive." Hugh Jackman does everything but standup comedy and that's why the first time Oscars host fulfills the academy's promise to shake up the show in a way that's as tough to predict as the winners. Hugh was announced Friday as the host of the 81st Academy Awards, a marked departure from the academy's standard of big name comedians. Jon Stewart, who hosted in 2008 and 2006, and Ellen DeGeneres, the 2007 host, were the latest in a line of funny emcees since 1990. Billy Crystal did it eight times, Whoopi Goldberg took on four, Steve Martin did it twice and David Letterman and Chris Rock each had a shot. As the parade of A-list comedians continued, ratings were in steady decline. But with new producers, a new director, new set designer and even a new music director, the academy has been hinting for months at an all-new look and feel for this year's Oscars telecast on Feb. 22. Having Hugh Jackman host certainly fits with that theme. Producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon called the Australian actor "a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star."

(AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Tara Reid Went To The Promises Treatment Center

A publicist says Tara Reid has checked herself into rehab. Jack Ketsoyan said Friday that the "American Pie" star went to the Promises Treatment Center. He did not specify what she was being treated for or when she entered the facility. Tara Reid, 33, earned a reputation as a drunken partier after famously being photographed on a red carpet with her breast exposed, apparently unaware that the strap of her dress had fallen off.


(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Madonna Has Won A Round Against The British Press

Madonna won a judgment Monday against a British tabloid that she accused of breaching her privacy and copyright by publishing pictures of her 2000 wedding. Madonna, who says the pictures were stolen by an interior decorator from her home in Beverly Hills, California, is seeking damages in excess of 5 million pounds ($7.5 million) from the publishers of the Mail on Sunday newspaper. Judge David Eady entered a judgment in her favor but deferred a decision on compensation until the new year. Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie, who recently gained a preliminary divorce decree, were married at a Scottish castle on Dec. 22, 2000. No pictures of the event had been published until they appeared Oct. 19 in the Mail on Sunday, said Matthew Nicklin, a lawyer representing Madonna. The newspaper published 11 photographs over the front page and a double-page inside spread. Nicklin said the newspaper paid 5,000 pounds ($7,500) for the pictures. Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday, had no immediate comment on the court's decision. The only photographs of the wedding were taken by photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino and presented to Madonna as a gift. He said Madonna put the photographs in an album that she kept in her home. An interior designer, Robert Joseph Wilber, "surreptitiously gained access to the photograph album and copied at least 26 photographs." Despite admissions made by the newspaper, Madonna has not received an apology, Nicklin added. Madonna and Ritchie were granted a preliminary decree of divorce on Nov. 21. The split is expected to become final early next month.

Madonna performs during a concert, part of her "Sticky and Sweet" tour, in Buenos Aires, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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