June 26, 2013 |
In the wake of a Los Angeles Times story exposing a casting prank pulled on a group of 30 young actresses, Breakdown Services, the parent company of Actors Access, has taken immediate steps to completely remove the project from its website. Most of the actresses who walked into what they thought to be an audition for a role in the feature film “May the Best Man Win” discovered the casting call on Actors Access. “The whole thing is disgusting," said Gary Marsh, founder of Breakdown Services.
January 22, 2013 |
Same story, different celebrity: Chris Brown's house was the target Monday of an apparent "swatting" incident, in which police responded in force to a distress call that turned out to be fake. In this case, dispatchers were advised around 5 p.m. of a domestic violence situation - we're biting our tongue - in which the caller told police his parents were fighting and he wasn't sure if his mom had been shot, Los Angeles Police Department sources told L.A. Now and TMZ . When police arrived at the address, surprise, no gun, no fight, no nothing.
April 25, 2013 |
Bryn Renner takes his role as North Carolina's quarterback seriously. Perhaps he has a soft spot in his heart for fainting goats. Or maybe he just thought the whole thing was stupid. For whatever reason, Renner didn't seem to appreciate it one day in practice last fall when every player on the field, except him, fell to the ground and rolled over as soon as the ball was snapped. Renner reacted by slamming the ball to the ground and running downfield. On his way back, he batted the ball away with his helmet and refused to take high-fives from his teammates.
December 10, 2012 |
LONDON -- Tearful and contrite, two Australian radio hosts Monday described themselves as heartbroken over the apparent suicide of the nurse in England who took their prank call seeking information about Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Mel Greig and Michael Christian said their impersonation of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles was a silly stunt that they never expected to succeed, let alone play a potential role in the death of Jacintha Saldhana, who worked at the hospital where Prince William's wife was being treated for acute morning sickness.
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June 5, 2013 |
More than 100 doors at a Simi Valley high school were glued shut in a prank that authorities described Wednesday as "felony-level vandalism. " Faculty at Royal High School discovered the vandalism as they arrived on the campus around 6:30 a.m. Nearly a dozen school employees feverishly worked to clean the industrial-strength glue from locks so students could get to their first-period classes, said Michael Clear, assistant superintendent of...
December 7, 2012 |
The nurse who took a prank call aimed at getting through to a hospitalized Duchess Kate this week was found dead in her London apartment Friday - and the Australian disc jockeys behind the call have been taken off the air until further notice. The death of Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, was confirmed by the chief executive of King Edward VII Hospital, World Now reported. "Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years," John Lofthouse told reporters.
January 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- After JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s embarrassing "London Whale" losses came to light, Chairman and Chief Executive Jamie Dimon reportedly got a phone call to cheer him up. The voice on the line claimed to be Tom Brady, star quarterback of the New England Patriots and San Mateo native. Dimon initially thought it could be the chairman and CEO of rival Goldman Sachs, another Wall Street powerhouse, according to Dimon's remarks quoted by Bloomberg News. “At first I thought it was a friend of mine pulling a prank.
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April 23, 2010 |
Riverside County prosecutors announced Friday they would charge two men of Canadian descent with misdemeanor charges for allegedly desecrating the U.S. flag. The men were booked earlier this week on suspicion of desecrating a U.S. flag that had flown on a La Quinta mountaintop to honor victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They allegedly replaced the flag with a Canadian flag following Canada's victory over the United States in hockey during the Winter Olympics. The U.S. flag had been displayed for several years near Highway 111 and Washington Street after it was put there by a local resident, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.
February 7, 1987
Although I read your paper every day, I have yet to see exposed the prank pulled by Caltech students at this year's Rose Bowl game. I thought it was obvious; they kidnapped the entire Michigan team and substituted the Caltech football team. WOODY VALSI Sierra Madre
June 19, 2013 |
Katey Zouck was excited to see a casting announcement on the website Actors Access for a role in the feature film "May the Best Man Win. " She dressed as directed in a business-casual skirt and blouse and drove to a South Central Los Angeles address, determined to get the part. But the 26-year-old Los Angeles actress and about 30 other young hopefuls who showed up for the audition found themselves the victims of a "Borat"-style prank. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Some of the women were asked to perform in blackface, others to impersonate Adolf Hitler and shout Nazi propaganda.