Monday, April 28, 2008

Who has time to worry about wildfires?

Wildfire threatens homes in residential community approximately 20 miles from Los Angeles

About 1,000 residents were evacuated from 200 homes in Sierra Madre this weekend. The city rests up against the base of Foothill Mountains. Today fire officials said the blaze is about 30 % contained.

This didn't stop a couple from getting married in the Angeles National Forrest on Saturday. The couple actually moved their wedding date up after they originally planned for a fall wedding in mountains (because it is high fire season then! ha) The couple and their guests were eventually airlifted out of there.

The couple actually hiked in the mountains along with a wedding party of about 50 people to camp and exchange vows for the weekend. It wasn't until Sunday morning that they were aware of how close the fire was.

This week is supposed to cool down, allowing firefighters to quell the blaze.

Friday, April 25, 2008

I know San Diego is not LA, but this is somewhat newsworthy...

A shark attacked and killed a 66-year-old triathlete this morning 20 miles north of San Diego in Solana Beach.

Authorities believe it was a great white. Witnesses, his group members from the Triathlon Club of San Diego, said they actually saw Dave Martin being lifted out of the water and drug under. Four of his group members brought him on the beach where he succumbed to his injuries.

Beaches near Solana were closed indefinitely this morning. No other shark sightings were reported.

Some people blame the shark attack to the rising seal population in the San Diego beach area.

"I love the seals, but it was clearly a mistake to open a McShark in the center of the open-water swimming community of San Diego," Mitch Thrower, another triathlete, told the Los Angeles Times.

A sheriff said he couldn't recall there ever being a shark attack in the area as far as he can remember.

Now, please watch this AP VIDEO. The guy on the right, I think he's a firefighter or something, says that they're "still trying to locate the shark." funny shit. really? You guys are going to waste tax dollars and your time to try and find a great white in the big blue ocean? What are you going to do, throw the shark in jail?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Who the f%*# is Sarah Marshall?

When these billboards were first put up a month or two ago, many people across the U.S. asked themselves, "Who is Sarah Marshall and what is this all about?"

Sarah Marshall of Glendora, CA said her parents began getting calls wondering if their daughter was the target of a hate campaign. Sarah Marshall of Fort Worth, Texas told the Los Angeles Times that she got a lot of e-mails and phone calls asking her if she and her boyfriend were OK.

These billboards serve as advertisements for the comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," which comes out today. The outdoor campaign includes New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.

The film, produced, written and directed by comedic genius Judd Apatow (of "40 Year-Old Virgin," Knocked Up") is about a guy trying to get over his ex-girlfriend.

Apatow, as with most of his films, has generated a unique buzz for his upcoming movie and, overall, created a new genre of comedy. Check out the official website for "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," it's pretty cool and interactive.

Adam Fogelson, president of marketing and distribution for Universal Pictures, told the Los Angeles Times, "We wanted to people to ask the question 'Who is Sarah Marshall?'....And everything we hoped would happen has come to pass."

Here is the official trailer:

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Villaraigosa's former lover milks it for all it's worth

Los Angeles Magazine interviews Mirthala Salinas
The woman's affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa caused a stir in Los Angeles and marked the beginning of the end of his near 20 year-long marriage to wife Corina

Mirthala Salinas, 35, a former L.A. news anchor, agreed to speak for the first time about her affair with Los Angeles Magazine.

The woman continually insists that for a long time her relationship with Villaraigosa (who has been known to mess around) was just a friendship. Funny, friendship, this is what she looks like:

If I were a man, I'd find it pretty hard to be just friends with this woman.

Salinas' interviewer depicts her as a soft-spoken, gentle looking and acting kind of woman. Salinas claims that much of what attracted her to Villaraigosa was his help and consideration during her mother's battle with cancer.

Salinas claims she felt "special" having had an affair with the mayor.

Word first caught on about Villaraigosa's relationship with the woman when he was spotted at her apartment complex bringing over food for a potluck dinner, she claims.

"I don't care about people who have titles," she says. "I don't. And I know people see it as, well, he is the mayor of L.A. And they have every right to think that. But there is a word in English. Star...starstrike? Starstruck? I don't get like that. Sometimes people walk next to me, and they're a huge artist, and I don't know, because I'm not into that."

Well spoken by a journalist! Better to be oblivious, nonchalant and ignorant!

After Salinas' relationship ended with the mayor, she reconciled with her former boyfriend, a real estate agent. They are now engaged. Quick on the rebound. I wonder how her fiance felt about this interview.

As much as this interview was entertaining and informative, it drags on the drama. It wasn't necessary and almost a bit untimely, as the story of the mayor's affair broke last summer. Spare Villaraigosa's family and this lady's fiance, please.

Here's Villaraigosa's old press conference, where he confessed his relationship with Salinas.