The Social Climber: Jurassic Park 4 Gets Actual Title, Laurer Addresses Ann Curry's 'Today' Exit
Sept. 11, 2013
By ABC NEWS
It's not always enough to know what's "trending." It kind of helps to know why. Welcome to The Social Climber, where we provide a quick primer on the people, places and things that are being feverishly searched and shared online -- and try to make sense of it all.
Jurassic Park 4 Gets Actual Title
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The 1990s revival continues unabated! The movie formerly called "Jurassic Park 4" by fan boys worldwide now has an official title. Universal Pictures announced that the next installment in the "Jurassic Park" franchise will officially be titled "Jurassic World."
But that's not all! The release date has been announced, and it's big news in Tinseltown. The dinosaurs will be unleashed on June 12, 2015, and will be competing with two of the world's other movie behemoths: the next "Star Wars" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." Pass the popcorn.
Matt Laurer Addresses Ann Curry's 'Today' Exit
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"Today" host Matt Lauer has addressed the wild rumors and speculation surrounding co-host Ann Curry's exit from the morning show, in the October issue of Esquire magazine, saying that it was the "lazy media" that led to his being blamed. Lauer tells Esquire the rumors were just that.
"The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience," he said. "I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact."
2 Million Bikers Heading to D.C. for 9/11
Everyone loves a parade. But no one loves traffic. The "2 Million Bikers to D.C." demonstration was denied a permit by the National Park Service to travel through Washington, D.C., today, to commemorate the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. But the throng of motorcyclists will, in the end, ride on, and likely cause a traffic headache for the D.C. area.
The group did, however, apologize in advance about the gridlock in a Facebook post.
State Trooper Shot in Western Michigan
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Michigan state trooper Paul Butterfield, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in western Michigan Tuesday, may have helped lead police to his alleged killer, according to authorities. Prior to the stop, Butterfield had provided location and vehicle intel to a dispatcher. Butterfield, 43, died during emergency surgery at Munson hospital, the AP reports.
"What he did was perfect," state police Lt. Chris McIntire said Monday.
Bloodhound Gang vs. Russia
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Merry pranksters of goofball pop the Bloodhound Gang may have to face more than meager rock critics now that they've crossed Russian President Vladimir Putin.
If you recall, the band made headlines after a gig in Ukraine in July, when the Russian flag was stuffed down the pants of bassist Jared Hasselhoff. Now, two band members are facing a probe by Russia's investigating authority for inciting hatred and "humiliating the human dignity of citizens of Russia," according to a statement on the committee's website.
The Social Climber, who can't say for sure, probably wouldn't want to see Putin when he gets angry.
Sarah Palin: 'Bomb Obamacare,' Not Syria
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Former vice presidential candidate and reality TV supermom Sarah Palin never fails to grab headlines. Boy, has she delivered in a new video from SarahPAC.
"Enough of this foreign fiasco distraction. Get back to work. It is time to bomb Obamacare," she said in the clip.
Obamacare couldn't be reached for comment.
Six-Clawed Lobster Turns Up in Maine
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Ladies and gents, meet Lola, the latest in a long line of exotic lobsters. Lola, a six-clawed lobster, made her debut at the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, after being donated by lobsterman Richard Figueiredo. The 4-lb. wonder sports a normal right claw, but has five smaller claws on the right.