Fat Cat Victim of Foreclosure

Turns out, the economy is the reason a 44-pound cat found lumbering the streets of New Jersey became homeless.

The Camden County Animal Shelter said the cat’s owner came forward to say she had to abandon the tubby tabby because her home was foreclosed.

Shelter director Jennifer Anderch said the older woman recently lost her home and could not keep the 10-year-old cat, whom she called “Powder.”

The shelter has been caring for the cat — who became a local media sensation this week and was dubbed “Princess Chunk” — since it was found on Saturday wandering the southern New Jersey suburb of Voorhees.

It also turns out that the princess is a prince. A veterinarian who checked the cat Thursday on “Live with Regis and Kelly” determined it’s a “he.”

In a week with headlines about presidential politics, suicide bombings in Iraq and big baseball trades, the cat has also captured the nation’s attention.

In fact, Anderch has changed her voicemail greeting to identify herself as “Chunk’s publicist.”

Shelter volunteer Deborah Wright says the cat eats normally despite its girth.

The largest tabby on record weighed 46 pounds, 15 ounces. That cat, who lived in Australia, died in the 1980s. The Guinness World Records has since dropped the category, fearing cat owners might harm their animals in an attempt to break the record.

Hundreds of people have called seeking to adopt the cat. Anderch’s voice mail greeting says she’s getting up to 15 calls an hour about the cat.

Powder was due to appear Friday on “Good Morning America” and closer to home later in August. She’s scheduled to meet the public at the shelter’s pet “adopt-a-thon” at a pet store in Cherry Hill on Aug. 17.

From the Associated Press & WNBC

Furry Little Guardian Angel

The ‘C’ Word

I have a high tolerance for things, but this is going too far for me.

It should come as no secret to anyone close to me that repetition irks me. Why say it in … words when you can say it more powerful in … words.

When it first started around the start of the new millennium, it was ultra-cool to hear, but now – stop it.

How many different ways can you say ‘competition?’

“I’m not here to make friends; I’m here to win this competition.”

“…you’re not what this competition is looking for.”

“I need to step up my game if I want to win this competition.”

What ever happened to the word ‘contest’ by the way? Was I asleep when that word was carelessly tossed back into oblivion?

Reality television doesn’t seem to have that special spark anymore. We now fully expect people to say things like this. So what a better time for an overhaul of the genre!

Someone should get on this soon, I mean isn’t life all about competition!?

 

Batman on Track to Beat Titanic

(AP) — “The Dark Knight” continues to obliterate box office records, crossing the $300 million mark in just 10 days.

Heath Ledger as the Joker and Christian Bale as Batman are breaking box office records with "The Dark Knight."

Heath Ledger as the Joker and Christian Bale as Batman are breaking box office records with “The Dark Knight.”

The epic Batman saga grossed $75.6 million in its second weekend in theaters, pushing its domestic total to $314,245,000, Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman said Sunday.

That surpasses the record set in 2006 by “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which took 16 days to make $300 million.

The latest Batman installment already had broken records for best opening weekend at $158.4 million and best single-day with $66.4 million. It’s also busted records in its showings on IMAX screens, making $16.3 million in its first 10 days.

Fellman expects that “Dark Knight” could reach $400 million in about 18 days, which would beat the record “Shrek 2” set in 2004 when it made that much money in 43 days.

“What can you say? We’ve been getting a lot of repeat business coming in,” Fellman said. “Our audience is expanding, like you would expect with terrific word-of-mouth and strong reviews. Our audience is getting a little bit older, that’s the good news. We’re finding the younger demographic, male and female, coming back.”

He called it “a big surprise,” adding: “To do $300 (million) plus in 10 days, we just couldn’t have predicted it.”

“The Dark Knight” could pass “Titanic” as the highest-grossing film in U.S. history, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. James Cameron’s 1997 extravaganza made $600,788,188 domestically, a record no other movie has come close to touching.

BOX OFFICE TOP 10

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Dark Knight,” $75.63 million.
2. “Step Brothers,” $30 million.
3. “Mamma Mia!” $17.9 million.
4. “The X-Files: I Want to Believe,” $10.2 million.
5. “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” $9.4 million.
6. “Hancock,” $8.2 million.
7. “Wall-E,” $6.3 million.
8. “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” $4.9 million.
9. “Space Chimps,” $4.4 million.
10. “Wanted,” $2.7 million.

“The ‘Titanic’ record has sat in a lock box for 10 years. It’s a tall order but if any film has a chance to surpass that number, it’s got to be ‘Dark Knight,”‘ Dergarabedian said.

Director Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to his 2005 origin story “Batman Begins,” which again stars Christian Bale as the tormented comic-book crime fighter, initially benefited from the mystique of the late Heath Ledger giving his masterful, last performance as the Joker, Dergarabedian said.

“Now, it’s all about word-of-mouth,” he said. “The first weekend, there was this huge, pent-up demand and eagerness by audiences to see this movie. Now, it’s like a freight train — it seems to be unstoppable.”

Part of the film’s visual allure comes from the fact that 30 minutes of it were shot with IMAX cameras, including an elaborate bank-heist scene at the start.

“Chris (Nolan) has clearly hit upon something,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “There are many important filmmakers who we’ve spoken with in the last couple of weeks about shooting with IMAX cameras.”

Coming in second place was “Step Brothers,” which had a strong opening of its own with $30 million. The comedy reunites Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, co-stars of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” as 40-year-olds who’ve never left home and are forced to share a bedroom when their parents get married.

Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony, said this was at the high end of the studio’s expectations.

“We’d hoped to be in the mid-to-high $20 (millions), so to hit $30 (million) is a great start,” Bruer said. “Having the chemistry of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly together again, reuniting with (director) Adam McKay who did ‘Talladega Nights,’ it’s great. They both immerse themselves and the humor comes from their connection.”

Sony also has the Will Smith superhero flick “Hancock,” which made $8.2 million this past weekend to cross the $200 million mark.

The weekend’s other big release was “The X-Files: I Want to Believe,” which made an estimated $10.2 million. Ten years after the first “X-Files” movie and six years since the pioneering sci-fi show went off the air, this latest installment finds Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) re-teaming to solve a missing-persons case.

“The hardcore ‘X-Files’ fans, they’re happy. And frankly, that’s who the movie was made for,” said Chris Aronson, distribution executive for 20th Century Fox.

Struggling to Find Inner Peace

God bless my parents!

They bought me a new ipod for my July 17th birthday. I’ve always wanted one, but assumed I’d get one later down the line.

But now that I have one, I’ve been hurriedly searching for songs and movies that I’ve always wanted to own (and for a two inch screen!)

Thanks to youtube, I can also ‘preview’ my songs beforehand before making that big 99-cent purchase.

My ever growing list now consists of about 300 songs. Short, but a certainly a start for me. Apparently it holds up to 40,000 songs so I’m being nice and sharing it with my parents (especially since they bought it!)

Anyway, I noticed the other night I kept searching for, I guess, I would call them soothing songs. Their lyrics contain profound, life affirming, soul searching words pieced together in a harmonious melody.  

“Like what?” you ask.

Here is Kellene’s list for ‘peaceful’ songs:

·        Peter Gabriel – Digging in the Dirt

·        Martin Page – In the House of Stone and Light

·        Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

·        Vertical Horizon – Everything you Want

·        Rembrandts – Just the Way it is

Ok, maybe only a few do, but you get my point. The first two definitely do – but the rest still affect me the same nonetheless.

As I’ve gotten older, I’m noticing I’m focusing more on these types of songs. Dear God I hope it doesn’t turn into a trend with me.

I still need to rock out sometimes to Metallica and Guns n’ Roses!

Question of the Day

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently (since I am a student of pop culture!)

Should Heath Ledger WIN an Oscar for playing the Joker in the Dark Knight?

Discuss….

Who Says Babies Aren’t Cute?