My Worst Nightmare

Somehow I stumbled upon this video – and realized it may be my own worst nightmare – my pets coming after me! But who am I kidding? My kitties plot my death anyway. Everyday.

BLM Grants Burning Man 2011 Permit

The Man 2011 

Burning Man organizers have been granted the federal permit they need to hold their annual counter-culture festival in the desert 100 miles north of Reno this summer.

Officials for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the special recreation permit Wednesday for a 4,400-acre section of the Black Rock Desert in Pershing County about 10 miles northeast of Gerlach.

The festival runs the week leading up to Labor Day but the permit covers seven weeks. It starts with the fencing of the perimeter in mid-August and ends after the cleanup in late September.

Burning Man dates to 1990. The BLM has issued permits for the festival on the ancient dry lake bed since 1992.

Last year, more than 50,000 people visited the temporary town known as Black Rock City. (AP)

(Image from burningman.com)

Depp Has More ‘Pirates’ Adventures on Horizon

Johnny Depp’s tour guide on his “Pirates of the Caribbean” voyages is plotting the course for a fifth installment even before the fourth movie sails into theaters.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says he has a screenplay in the works for a fifth “Pirates” tale after May’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” comes out.

The original three “Pirates” blockbusters ended up as a trilogy continuing the same key characters and story line. Bruckheimer says “On Stranger Tides” and future “Pirates” flicks will be stand-alone stories continuing the adventures of Depp’s woozy buccaneer Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Directed by Rob Marshall (“Chicago”), “On Stranger Tides” sends Jack on a quest for the fountain of youth. Bruckheimer and Marshall showed off footage Tuesday at CinemaCon, a Las Vegas convention of theater owners. (AP)

Royal Wedding to Be Recorded, Sold as Album

Royal Wedding to Be Recorded and Sold as an Album | Kate Middleton, Prince William

As befits a modern-day royal wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s nuptials on April 29 will be recorded and available for download on iTunes within hours of the service ending.

Decca Records is expected to release the entire ceremony digitally on the day of the wedding. Then, a deluxe CD package, featuring a special collector’s booklet, will roll out in the U.S. on May 10.

Individual tracks from the service, including the vows, will also be available as singles.

The wedding is shaping up to be a real musical event in its own right. Confirmed performers include the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the Chapel Royal Choir, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

The album idea isn’t new – Decca also released the official recordings of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, and Diana’s funeral in 1997. But this will be the first official royal wedding album ever to enter the digital charts worldwide.

“It will capture a piece of history for a new generation,” says Decca president Dickon Stainer.

“This is a great honor and an enormous responsibility,” says the Grammy-nominated Anna Barry, who will be producing the record. “The wedding means so much to millions of people all over the world – we have to capture every note and every nuance perfectly and have the recording ready within minutes of the end of the ceremony.”

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Kentucky New Vegas Favorite for NCAA Title

Las Vegas casinos have tabbed Kentucky the latest favorite in an NCAA tournament full of upsets, and are hoping that Virginia Commonwealth ends its improbable run without a title.

Executive Director Jay Kornegay of the Las Vegas Hilton race and sports book said Sunday night that Kentucky was a 2-point favorite to win its semifinal game against Connecticut, while Butler was a 2 1/2-point favorite over Virginia Commonwealth.

Race and Sports Director Mike Colbert of Cantor Gaming says his books made Kentucky an 8-5 favorite to win the title. Connecticut is the next favorite at 11-5, while Cantor is giving Butler 4-1 odds and VCU 7-1 odds to win it all.

Colbert and Kornegay say a VCU title would be troubling for their casinos given some big bets on the long shots.

Meanwhile, the NCAA tournament’s television ratings are the highest since 2005.

Through the regional finals, this year’s tourney has averaged a 6.0 rating and 13 share. That’s up 11% from 2010.

This was the first season of the NCAA’s 14-year, $10.8 billion contract with CBS and Turner, which meant every game was televised nationally for the first time.

Sunday’s regional finals on CBS earned a 7.6/16, the same as 2010.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus says “as far as I’m concerned, I think everything turned out even better than I thought it was going to.”

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Last Episode of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ May 25

The final original episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will air May 25.

Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Productions confirmed the date Friday. Winfrey announced live on the show in November 2009 that she would end its run after 25 years. She since has launched cable’s Oprah Winfrey Network.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” has been in reruns for the last few weeks. But Winfrey tweeted Thursday that she was “hard at work planning the final shows” and new episodes would begin April 7.

The final episode brings an end to what has been television’s top-rated talk show for more than two decades. It airs in 145 countries worldwide.

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Ford, Chrysler Restrict Colors for New Cars

Tuxedo Black Lincoln Navigator

Henry Ford once said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”

But today, as Japanese suppliers scramble to come back on line after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, automakers are asking dealers to restrict ordering cars in certain colors, including black.

Specifically, Ford Motor Co. (F, Fortune 500) is asking dealers not to order any new full-size pick-ups or SUVs in so-called Tuxedo Black because of a problem getting a paint ingredient from a supplier in Japan. The automaker is also scaling back, but not stopping, its use of Tuxedo Black on mid-sized SUVs and the large Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans.

Red’s a problem, too. Ford is scaling back three shades of red on SuperDuty and Ranger trucks, Focus compact cars, Econoline vans and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

A Japanese supplier provided a patented substance called Xirallic, used to give the red and black paints a slight metallic glitter. Ford is working with its paint supplier to find another substance that can be mixed in, instead, spokesman Todd Nissen, said.

“To be clear, though, all these vehicles and colors are available now,” Nissen said in an email. “We have adequate inventories on dealer lots to meet consumer demand.”

Ford’s restrictions on the use of black paint is ironic since Ford Motor Co. famously allowed its iconic Model T cars to be ordered only in black for several years in the early 1900s. That decision was made to simplify mass production and because the black lacquer — then called “Japan Black” — dried faster than some other colors. There was no actual connection between “Japan Black” and the country of Japan, though.

And Ford isn’t the only automaker being affected by a paint supply disruption. Chrysler said Saturday that it was also temporarily restricting orders in certain colors, though the company did not specify which colors were affected.

“Due to a potential paint pigment shortage from a supplier that has been impacted by the disaster in Japan, Chrysler Group LLC today informed dealers that we are temporarily restricting orders of vehicles in ten colors,” the company said in an emailed statement to CNNMoney.

Chrysler added that the step was a precaution, and that current paint supplies are adequate to meet existing orders.

While Japanese automakers have had to close plants in Japan due to massive earthquake damage, disruptions have also been caused worldwide by damage to Japanese auto parts suppliers.

U.S. automaker General Motors has already had to stop production of a truck plant in Shreveport, La. and a related engine plant in New York State due to shortages of parts from Japan.

Prices of cars are expected to rise as the supply of many popular models is restricted by factory and supplier problems. To top of page

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