The Social Climber: Raquel Welch to Star in 'Versace' Film
Aug. 18, 2013
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Raquel Welch to Star in 'Versace' Lifetime Movie
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"The Three Musketeers" star Raquel Welch will grace the screen this fall in the Lifetime original movie, "House of Versace," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will look at the life of the late fashion designer and icon Gianni Versace through the eyes of his sister, Donatella Versace, played by Gina Gershon. Welch, the reigning international sex symbol, has appeared in "Legally Blonde" and "Forget About It."
The film comes after other orginal Lifetime movies based on real people, including convicted murderer Jodi Arias and model/actress Anna Nicole Smith.
Will life imitate art, or will art imitate life? Guess we'll see when the film premieres on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
Battle Over Michael Jackson's Iconic White Glove
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Michael Jackson was as much the king of pop as a style icon. It is almost impossible to separate the legendary singer's career from that jacket, that hat and of course that crystal glove.
Jackson's glove has been in the private collection of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue since the son of Equatorial Guinea's president bought it at auction in 2010.
But according to the Department of Justice, Obiang Jr. allegedly bought the glove and other Michael Jackson memorabilia with stolen public funds.
In April 2011, U.S. authorities moved to seize assets worth some $71 million from Obiang Jr., who owns Bentleys, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces and even a private jet.
And just last year, the French government seized his $100 million-plus mansion, where they found millions more in luxury goods and cars.
The U.S. government's original case was thrown out in April 2012 but now the Justice Department has filed a new complaint putting Obiang Jr.'s allegedly illegally obtained items -- including the Michael Jackson glove -- back in jeopardy.
Obiang Jr.'s lawyers have argued that the U.S. still has no grounds to seize the pop souvenirs, but the U.S. government is ready to fight and beat it!
Hydrating Beer Keeps You Refreshed
Scientists may have found a way for those who love to enjoy a nice beer to stay hydrated.
Researchers from Australia's Griffith University's health institute have found that by adding electrolytes to beer, it lessens the alcohol content -- which makes the beer more refreshing, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Sounds like a welcome addition for beer connoisseurs.
Cadillac Hopes to Break Into the Luxury Car Market With Elmiraj Concept Car
Cadillac is going back to the future.
Cadillac is bringing back the two-door coupe in style. Last week, Cadillac showed off its four-seat Elmiraj concept car.
"It explores performance driving, as well as how we're approaching elevating the Cadillac range," Mark Adams, the brand's design director, said in a statement, The Associated Press reported.
The car features vertical LED headlamps and 22-inch wheels.
But when the salty, cheesy snacks are free? Forget about it.
The Seattle Police Department descended on the city's annual Hempfest Saturday, which celebrates marijuana culture, to put into action a plan dubbed "Operation Orange Fingers."
In a move to draw attention to marijuana usage rules and restrictions in the state, officers handed out free Doritos with stickers about pot laws stuck on the bags. Not only delicious, but educational, each bag displayed a sticker of do's and don'ts of I-502, Washington's ballot measure that legalized the possession of marijuana in November.
But Seattle police found themselves at a serious deficit soon after they started sharing their chip stash with the Hempfest crowd. They managed to dole out the entire stash of free Doritos in about 10 minutes, according to the department's Twitter account.
Next year, hopefully the police will remember to get extra bags of Doritos.