Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Nicholas Cage is broke

Nicholas Cage is broke, so goes the story.

Well, no, not quite: he's deep in the mire, this is true, but he's not broke by any reasonable standard. He's just sold a house outside Bath for £3.5 million (around $5 million) and another inside the city in England for another $5 million or so (both, in fact, highly desirable places, seriously good architecture). He's also unlaoded his Bavarian castle for a smaller sum.

What's really done to make Nicholas Cage broke is that his financial advisor hasn't been playing straight with him. He got into a serious of highly dubious investments and then lost a lot of money: and also wasn't keeping money back to pay for taxes. And it's Uncle Sam who is after him for north of $6 million as well.

But what will really keep Niocholas Cage from going broke is that he's still a highly bankable star. One more movie is, at his normal pay rates, all he would need to get back on an even keel: or two or three down and dirty quickies.

Don't we all wish we could rustle up that sort of dough in only a year or so's work?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Circus starring Britney Spears

The promoters of the current Britney Spears world tour have been pretty careful in their descriptions. It's not so much that they advertise it as a Britney Spears concert, of popathon, it's rather that it's a show called "Circus", which stars her.

They can thus rather cut thruogh all of the questions about whether she's actually singing live or not. Which, of course, she is most unlikely to be doing.

It's not just that her voice has never been that strong, rather than Britney Spears has always been a dancer rather than a singer. And so all of her efforst are indeed put into the dancing, not the singing.

And if we're to be quite honest about it, no one can in fact gyrate around a stage in quite that style and still be singing their heart out: no, there's often a great deal of help from something I mae in hte studio before I set out in these shows.

Monday, June 25, 2007

News on Katie Holmes

There's a new place where you can get your news about Katie Holmes. Yes, I knew that would interest you.

You can find out more about Katie Holmes' marriage to Tom Cruise, if that's the sort of news that interests you.

Or there are photos of her, sotries and even video news stories.

Check it out for all your Katie Holmes celebrity news needs.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Very good Joke

Yes, over here, where they're having a discussion about circumcision.

So, is it better to cut or not to cut?

Clearly, we know that circumcision leads to lower rates of STD transmission, which has to be a good thing.

But it also leads to a lowering of sensitivity.

So thus the question, to cut or not to cut?

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Pubs in Cascais

If you're in and around Cascais looking for a place to have a drink or a bite to eat why not check out the Beefeater? Its the Cascais Pub of choice for those looking for a sportsbar.

Two large screen TVs (they can show separate events) Sky, Steanta and so on to get all of the vital games. The menu has both British and Portuguese foods....

That the place is run by friends only makes it even better of course...and yes, they do have that all important fry up for breakfast.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Paul McCartney Reissues

Yes, really, you know you really do want these:

As Paul McCartney prepares to release a new album, his former label is preparing to put his solo catalog online for the first time.

Albums from McCartney and his post-Beatle group Wings will be made available across all digital platforms and in physical formats, EMI Music said Monday.

The project will stretch from his first album, "McCartney" (1970) to his most recent studio album, "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" (2005), which received a Grammy nomination for album of the year. It will include four albums that he recorded for Columbia Records in the early 1980s.

McCartney will release his next studio album "Memory Almost Full" on June 4 internationally (one day later in North America) as part of a new deal with Hear Music, the label formed by coffee retailer Starbucks and Concord Music Group.

Who could resist Mull of Kintyre just one more time? Sigh.