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Hurt Locker Lawsuit: It’s On, Pirates!

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

The producers of Hurt Locker (Voltage Pictures) are suing 5,000 illegal downloaders and demanding a settlement of $1,500 as a penalty for illegally downloading a torrent of their movie. If these people don’t accept the settlement offer, it’s going to Hurt even more as they threaten to go after 10 x the amount if they are put in that position. This is one of the biggest copyright lawsuits ever against individuals. This week, ISPs will be subpoenaed to get the names of the illegal downloaders. Once they have the names & contact info, they’ll be sent letters requesting $1,500 bucks, or be face with a much much bigger penalty.

Hurt Locker leaked 6 months before it’s official US release and people were downloading it at that time. The movie won six Academy Awards, but only grossed just under $17 million. This poor box office cash out is being blamed on the relationship to these illegal downloads.

Do you download movies? Do you think the $1,500 penalty to each of the 5,000 people is fair ($7,500,000)? Do you think this lawsuit will change people’s online behaviors?

Case of “The Mondays?”

In: Patrick, Videos

Mondays can sometimes be kinda bleh. Well, for those of you in the US, you have the day off today for Memorial Day, so maybe it’s not so bad for you. Here in Vancouver, it’s work as usual and to top it off, it’s rainy and gloomy. So what do I recommend? A little laughter. Laughter is the best medicine, as they say…and if that’s the case case, this woman is gonna overdose on her meds.

Check out this hilarious video of this Hungarian women named Eva who cannot stop laughing. She’s not speaking English, so I have no idea what the heck she’s laughing about, but it sounds ridiculously funny. Like yawning, laughter is contagious. I hope this brings a bit of laughter to your day, as it did mine!

Video after the jump…

This is incredibly great news! The Malawi couple (Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalangal – transgender who identifies as a woman) that were sentenced to 14 years of hard labor in prison for getting married have been ordered by the president to be set free, thanks to international protest and Madonna (who started a worldwide petition).

The order for them to be released comes 9 days after their sentencing, but several months after their original arrest. Here’s what Madonna (who had adopted her two sons, David and Mercy from Malawi, had to see about this great news:

“I have always believed love conquers all—yesterday I got to see it in action. In the last week over 30,000 of you added your name to mine calling for the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalangal—the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the “crime” of homosexuality. With incredible joy, I am writing to share with you that Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered their release.”

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Celine Dion Prego With Twins!

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

Man, twins are definitely in these days when it comes to celebrity powerhouses. Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, and now Celine Dion. Double trouble! Meh, not really…when you can afford a staff of nannies to do the work for you.

After Celine, 42 years old, and her husband Rene Angelil, 68 years old, had tried to get pregnant several times using in-vitro fertilization, her rep has just announced that she is expecting twins! She is currently 14 weeks along. The two have one son already: 9-year-old René-Charles.

Angelil says, “We’re ecstatic. Celine is just hoping for a healthy pregnancy. She was hoping for one baby and the news that we are having two is a double blessing.

You’re Invited: My Big Gay Wedding 2

In: Patrick, The Arts, Totally GAY!

Definitely check this out (Saturday June 12th)! Marriage can be mayhem and it doesn’t get crazier than this. Once again director / producer David C. Jones (OUTtv) is gathering an eclectic assortment of actors, musicians and LGBT icons to create a memorable dinner theatre event. Certainly one of a kind!

“There is one day of rehearsal with a script I write and then we just let loose with a crazy show that involves the whole audience.” Said Jones. “Last year we had renegade bands, an indoor pool fight, a nerdy stripper and a battle royale between Miss California and Liza Minnelli!”

The show is unpredictable and hilarious but it also weaves in important social issues concerning Canadians. This year the theme is on queer immigrants and refugees. Sounds like it will be a hoot!

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Here’s a fun summer (or year round game) that’s so simple – yet so fun and addictive! You can have it available when entertaining friends, or take it with you camping, etc. It’s called Hookum (…NO, not Hookup – Adam!) Basically, there are for arms that come out from a centre stand (Sidenote: It’s super easy to set up and put away). Attached to each of those arms is a string with a ring attached to it. The objective of the game is to get the ring onto the hook on your side. You can play with up to four players.

It sounds easy, but it can be extremely frustrating/stressful when you are competing against your friends! You can play for speed (ie. the first one to three), consistency (how many times in two minutes), penalty (last one has to…?), reward (first one gets to….?), etc. Let me tell you, it also makes a good drinking game (with adult beverages).

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Yesterday, I informed you that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were dunzo – finally. Well, now more on this story. Heidi Montag is apparently moving in with Jen Bunney. They are going to start filming the show in July and the focus is going to be on “relationships, personal problems and plastic surgery,” reports

Jen Tweeted: “So excited for my show with @heidimontag!!!. Can’t wait for a girls summer with my bff!!!”

Heidi Tweeted: “This is going to be the best summer of my life!!!!!”

Holly Montag, Heidi’s sister, is calling bullshit. When a fan who was following her on Twitter said “I really hope Heidi is getting away from Spencer”, Holly tweeted back and said: “She’s not. If anyone has come to expect anything from those two is that THEY are the LIARS.” You know, I kinda have to agree with Holly here. I think this is too good to be true. No official separation papers have been filed with the courts, AND apparently Pratt Productions is the company that is behind the filming of this new/fake show. BARF!

For those of you that don’t know, Jen Bunney used to be best friends with Lauren Conrad, but when their relationship ended when Jen Bunney decided to go for Lauren’s ex. Lauren was not able to forgive her and that was the end of that. Picture above is Jen Bunney (pre-nose job) trying to apologize to Lauren Conrad, to no avail.

One of the funniest/bang on spoofs I’ve seen of The Hills is that exact scene. Click here to check it out!

Tri-Pride Hotspot: Colonial Creekside

In: Patrick, Travel & Leisure

With Tri-Pride coming up May 30 to June 5th for the Cambridge-Kitchener-Waterloo area in Ontario, y’all must be scrambling to try to find the perfect place to stay!

Well, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret – a hidden gem, if you will. Colonial Creekside is less expensive and more private than a hotel and offers three luxury suites (you can choose between Suite Cherry, Suite Melon, and Suite Chocolate. Love it!) with ensuite bathrooms, in-room breakfast dining and full use of the state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool.

The thing I like about a place like this is that it will truly give you more of an experience rather than a generic place to crash. For example, when you check in, you’re welcomed with a refreshing afternoon guest basket. Continental breakfast is included and is ready for you the next morning. So many options to choose from: juices, waffles & syrup, breads & jam, muffins, granola bars, cereal, and bagels & cream cheese. They are also happy to accommodate any dietary needs with some notice.

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