Anne Rice No Longer a Christian

Anne Rice, best known for her gothic novels, the most notable of all being “Interview with a Vampire”, has declared that she is no longer a Christian.

Rice said that although she is no longer a part of any denomination, she remains a believer. As a matter of fact, she continues to read theology and continues to post Biblical passages on her Facebook page.

According to her what made her renounce Christianity were the child abuse scandals in the church which was compounded by the church leader’s defensive reaction, and by the ex-communication of Sister Margaret McBride, a nun and hospital administrator who had approved the abortion for a woman whose life was in danger.

Rice wrote on her Facebook page last Wednesday that, “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. In the name of … Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”

Speaking from her home near Palm Springs, California, Rice said, “I came to the conclusion that if I didn’t make this declaration, I was going to lose my mind.”

Chivas vs. Manchester United Results: Chivas Won at Score of 3-2

Chivas vs. Manchester United Results: Chivas Won at Score of 3-2 – The soccer match between Chivas vs. Manchester United held at the Omni Life Stadium in Guadalajara has just ended and it was Chivas who won the game at a score of 3-2.

Chivas’ Javier Hernandez was declared as the star player. More commonly known as Chicharito, he led Chivas to a score of 1-0 against Manchester United in the 8th minute after hitting a home ball from Adolfo Bautista. However, that lead did not last long as after just two minutes, Manchester United’s Chris Smalling also scored a goal pushing the score to a tie of 1-1.

Before the end of the first half of the game, in the 38th minute, Chivas took the lead again through Adolfo Bautista scoring a goal as he finished off a ball pass from Hector Reynoso with a right-footed shot. The first half ended with Chivas leading at a score of 2-1.

The second half of the game began and Chivas for the third time scored another goal through Hector Reynoso in the 59th minute pushing a two-point lead against Manchester United as he headed a corner kick from Michel Vazquez. The last goal went to Manchester United in the 80th minute through Nani as he scored on a service from Tom Cleverley with a touch of his right leg. Congratulations to Chivas!

Joe Manganiello: True Blood’s Hot New Werewolf

Man, oh man! Wolf-whistles are certainly in order for this hunky hunk of a guy!

Joe Manganiello joins True Blood as the hottest new werewolf in Sookie Stackhouse’s Bon Temps town.

He has only been on two episodes on True Blood but he is already getting quite the fan time and attention usually reserved only for Hollywood top-draws.

I can understand why women will be salivating and offering themselves to be “ravaged”, just look at those six-pack abs and highly defined pectorals —  but for men to follow him to the bathroom… that could only mean he has already gained entry to the top ranks of Hollywood stardom.

Yes, according to this new reason why I am watching True Blood, men follow him to the bathroom – if only to tell him that their wives are fans of his.

Whew… I thought they were following him for an entirely different reason. No offense meant to the gay community. Even I would be tempted to take a peek at his ultra toned body given the opportunity.

Wink, wink…

50% off on Cheesecakes at The Cheesecake Factory

To celebrate today’s National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory is offering 50% off on the prices per slice of over 30 variants of their delectable cheesecakes! Though only a dine-in offer, a half-the-price cheesecake is still worth waiting to be seated for, don’t you think?

But, wait, there’s more! In addition to getting your slice of cheesecake for half the price, The Cheesecake Factory said it will give twenty-five cents from each slice sold to the “Feeding America” foundation. Over the last two years, the restaurant chain has donated more than $1.2 million to Feeding America.

Now, if that does not make you want to eat more than a slice of cheesecake from the restaurants of these generous people at The Cheesecake Factory then I don’t know what will.

The Cheesecake Factory will also be handing out coupons today for a free slice of cheesecake to be used at a later date, but be sure to call your local branch to confirm when they will honor these coupons before you dash out the door.

Happy Cheesecake Day!

Laurence Fishburne’s Daughter Montana Set to Release Adult Film in August

Laurence Fishburne is an acclaimed actor, director, producer and playwright who has been in the industry for more than 30 years now. He has earned nominations and awards for his works on film, TV and the stage. On top of these accomplishments, he has been recognized outside of the show business for his accomplishments as an entertainer and humanitarian.

He is still active in the entertainment business, gaining more popularity in the 1990’s and 2000’s for his “Morpheus” role in the “Matrix” series on film. In 2008 he replaced William Petersen on the hit TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He takes over one of the lead roles in the hit forensic series as Dr. Langston as a former college professor and pathologist.

Now that Laurence has made a name for himself, it is his daughter Montana’s turn to try to make a name for herself. Unfortunately, she is trying to make waves in a totally different manner.

19-year old Montana is appearing in an adult movie set for release in August. She is now of age but I am not sure if this would sit well with her father.

Being a father myself, I sure would not want my daughter to take a similar route as Montana. Although I have not seen my 19-year old daughter in Minnesota for two years now, I would always want what is best for her.

Teenagers and even young adults may make bad decisions that they will sooner or later regret. I hope that Montana realizes this sooner than later. Make your father proud, Montana.

Matt LeBlanc Gone Gray

I do not even know why this has to be in the news, but I guess Hollywood is really all about looks that is why even a seemingly “non-issue” as the real color of a person’s hair is suddenly hogging the pages of online entertainment magazines.

Anyway, Matt LeBlanc has finally confessed to dyeing his hair dark all throughout the Friends run, saying his hair has gone gray as early as 6 years ago. So to maintain his youthful “Joey” looks, he has taken to using the ever-reliable hair dye.

Matt, now 43, is proudly sporting gray hair. I just do not know if he will continue to don the same hair color for his new Showtime series, “Episodes”, where he plays a character named… Matt LeBlanc.

Despite having the same name, Matt insists “Matt LeBlanc” the character is just that – a character and that it is not based on his real life, but rather what the public perceives to be “him”.

Asked if he will soon be seen in fellow Friend’s star Courteney Cox’s ABC hit “Cougar Town”, Matt replied laughing, “I haven’t been asked!”

I wonder how he managed to dye even his five o’clock shadow. Hmmm…

HTC EVO Embraces Froyo Days From Now

The only 4G phone, HTC EVO as being distributed by Sprint will be starting to have the Android 2.2.Sprint will start to spread the upgrade on EVO by August 3 as have been announced in the carrier’s web site Thursday night. By the middle of the month, all users would surely have the software.

For EVO users, notifications would be sent to you if the upgrade is already available. The software will then be sent to your device for automatic installation. According to Sprint you can also manually download the upgrade starting Tuesday: Simply select the “HTC Software Update” option in the “System Updates” section of the phone’s main settings menu to force the process to begin.

Running the Froyo in your EVO 4G would mean several awesome changes. This would include new home screen widgets, a “flashlight mode” for the phone’s camera flash, and improvements to the phone’s video recording capabilities. More storage room for applications, Camera 4-way rotation and Improved Browser Performance including a faster JavaScript engine and Flash 10x Support. All of these were enlisted in the memo of the upgrade in the Sprint’s site.

Fared Adib, Vice President – Product Development for Sprint said that Sprint is thrilled with their customers’ response to HTC EVO 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers and it is exciting for them to lead the industry in bringing the Android 2.2 update to these customers and improve on the amazing experience they receive with America’s first 4G capable phone.

HTC EVO is the first android phone to have the Froyo because Google’s Nexus One already have it late last month but it is the first phone that upgrade was being provided by the carrier.

This added feature to this awesome phone would surely be making its users happier.

Janet Jackson, the New Blackglama Fur Girl

We are still feeling the intense heat of summer but some sectors are already fighting about fur –Janet Jackson and Blackglama fur that is.

Yes, music icon and actress, Janet Jackson is causing quite a stir recently, not only because she is the newest celebrity to be featured in the Blackglama fur label ads but because of the criticism stemming from endorsing the said product.

Jackson joins the likes of Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Ray Charles, Sophia Loren, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Lauren Bacall, Lena Horne, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Faye Dunaway, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and  many more who have posed for and in Blackglama fur over the years. The brand is known for its naturally rich, dark brand of minks.

As for the controversy arising from Jackson’s acceptance of being the latest Blackglama endorser, PETA views the ad as a betrayal by Jackson of the anti- fur beliefs PETA upholds and further calls Jackson’s endorsement as “desperate”.  

Despite the criticism, Jackson said she views being chosen to be featured in Blackglama’s famous fur ads a great honor.

SB 1070 or Arizona Immigration Law Takes Effect July 29

Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070 Takes Effect July 29 – SB 1070 or more commonly known as the Arizona Immigration Law takes effect on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

Signed by Arizona governor Jan Brewer last April 23, 2010 and was primarily passed to avoid human and drug smuggling from the nearby country Mexico, this new Arizona Immigration Law prohibits illegal immigrants to stay in Arizona. Anyone caught without any legal documents will be subject to imprisonment.

Various groups and organizations have expressed their discontentment since the law was signed last April. Accordingly, it sends a clear message that Arizona is unfriendly to undocumented aliens. Those who have violations, even light ones, are prone to be questioned by the police and can be subject for investigations if they have legal documents to stay in Arizona.

In my personal opinion, the passage of this new Immigration Law in Arizona both has its pros and cons. While it is true that human and drug smuggling from the nearby country Mexico will seriously be limited if not totally eliminated, this new Arizona Immigration Law law will also hamper the growth of tourists in Arizona as they will get scared that they will be subject for police investigations. This in turn might slow down the economic growth of the state of Arizona.

On the other hand, perhaps people from Arizona will be cautious in committing violations as they could be subjects for questioning by the police. Will they be disciplined if this SB 1070 takes effect on Thursday? Or will they be united in not bringing their identification cards to show their solidarity against it? Let’s see on Thursday how it goes.

Meanwhile, I would like to know your opinion in this new Arizona Immigration Law aka SB 1070? Is it fair enough? Are you pro or against it?

Linda Hogan Gets Engaged to 21-Year Old Boyfriend

In true cougarific fashion, Linda Hogan gets engaged to her – hold your breath… 21-year old boyfriend, Charlie Hill. This was confirmed by no less than the ex-husband of Linda, the Hulkster himself, Hulk Hogan.

Linda, all 50 years of her, met her fiancé, Hill, who is 29 years her junior (I just have to point that out in case you get the math all wrong) two years after she divorced her husband of 25 years, Hulk Hogan.

After going through a messy and much-publicized divorce, it seems the two have moved on with Hulk even saying that “I’m ecstatic for her, I’m very happy for them.”

Unfortunately, Hulk’s well wishes are not shared by their daughter, Brooke, who is just a year older than Hill.  . “He is a loser,” Brooke was quoted last year as saying. “I don’t have a problem with age; it’s more about character. Her love is not real and not right.”, she further said.

Oh well, with or without Brooke’s blessing the wedding is reportedly set to take place next summer  on board Linda’s yacht named ‘Alimoney’.