October 21, 2013 |
Is it hot in here, or does someone have a super-hot case of Justin Bieber fever? Meet Toby Sheldon, or, as his friends call him, Toby Bieber. He's a 33-year-old Los Angeles songwriter who has dropped about $100,000 and devoted five years to chisel himself into the image of his Canadian crooner idol Justin Bieber, who's 14 years his junior, the British tabloid Mail Online reported. "Once Justin shot to fame his face was everywhere and all I kept thinking when I saw his picture was, 'I want to look like him,"' Sheldon told the Mail Online . Skeptical?
October 7, 2013 |
"Today" has lost its biggest fan: Linny Boyette, who made the trek to Rockefeller Plaza to join the show's live audience nearly every weekday for the past 20 years, died Sunday due to complications from a heart attack . He was 71, according to "Today. " The program confirmed the sad news Sunday night via Twitter , where Meredith Vieira and Willie Geist both mourned his passing. On Monday morning, the show aired a segment remembering Boyette, a military veteran who lived in the Bronx.
May 22, 2013 |
Devotees of Nutella hazelnut chocolate spread can call off the riots -- the brand's Italian parent Ferrero says it reached a peaceful understanding with the superfan founder of World Nutella Day, an annual appreciation event that the company tried to shut down. Nutella aficionados worldwide were shocked when, on May 16, Sara Rosso posted a note online that she had received a cease-and-desist demand from Ferrero's lawyers. Rosso, an American blogger living in Italy who launched World Nutella Day in 2007, wrote that she would darken the website for the unofficial Feb. 5 holiday along with all social media promotion on May 25 in response to the legal challenge.
January 14, 2013 |
A self-proclaimed "super fan" of Huell Howser, the beloved host of "California's Gold" who died Jan. 6, is staging a grass-roots effort to put together a tribute book that will honor the folksy public television host. Robert DaGasta, a buyer and seller of pop culture memorabilia, has been traveling around the city visiting numerous locales that Howser featured in his program to solicit "tribute pages" that would feature photos and remembrances of Howser. The pages, he said, give locals a chance to say farewell to Howser in a personal way. "We love Huell, and we really wanted to do something to honor him," DaGasta said.
November 30, 2012 |
When you're a “Lord of the Rings” superfan, it pays to have your own talk show. On Monday “The Colbert Report” will kick off “Hobbit Week,” with guest appearances from the cast and crew of the upcoming “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” -- Sir Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis. It's bound to be an exciting time for Colbert, who's made no secret of his obsession with the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and is also rumored to make a cameo in the film.
August 16, 2011 |
Looking to profit from the lucrative sports market, apparel chain Old Navy will open Superfan Nation, an in-store shop featuring licensed sports gear, at its U.S. stores this month. Beginning Thursday, Old Navy will sell apparel and accessories from NFL and select collegiate sports teams at about 1,000 stores, with each catering to the local community's favorite teams. Merchandise from 32 NFL teams and 71 schools will be represented across several product categories: men, women, kids, baby and accessories, the company said.