Article by Peter Saroyan of Star Struck Extreme
When one talks of hip-hop, one cannot help but think of the sharp, thoughtful and intense lyrics of Eminem evident through his music, and rather vividly in the movie 8 Mile, which was a semi-autobiographical account of his life in poverty in Detroit before he rose to fame.
Now if you have watched the movie, then you would have noticed that the role of Alex Latorno was played by Brittany Murphy as Eminem’s girlfriend. However, while Eminem continues to forge ahead with his music, Brittany Murphy is not with us anymore.
The 32-year-old ‘Girl, Interrupted’ actor who collapsed in her shower in full cardiac arrest could not be resuscitated by paramedics, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 10:04 A.M.
Her mother had informed the paramedics that she was a diabetic while TMZ reported that she had flu like symptoms for days and was vomiting heavily around the time that she died. With prescriptions around the house, her friends were worried that her addiction to the prescription painkiller Vicodin (which Michael Jackson was on as well) was completely out of control after undergoing plastic surgery.
While the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the ‘cause of death’, a coroner has so far speculated that the cause of her death was ‘natural’. Her husband, Simon Monjak, has requested that no autopsy be conducted despite the apparent mystery that surrounds her sudden and tragic death.
Perhaps, Brittany is no more, but her work in over 25 Hollywood films will remain etched in the memory of her fans and fellow actors. And perhaps Ashton Kutcher’s tweet, “See you on the other side, kid”, couldn’t be more fitting a tribute to the tragic end of a ‘shining star’.
Albert Einstein once remarked, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”. Ever since the dropping of the atom bomb (which abruptly ended World War II) on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, one can conclude that the ‘arms race’ will lead to the eventual destruction of humanity.
With the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, one hoped that the imminent threat to humanity’s survival could be stemmed by preventing the possession of nuclear warheads. While India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel have publicly declared nuclear capability, Iran is a party to the NPT but has been in the news recently because of failing to comply with the NPT Safeguards Agreement, based on a report filed by the International Atomic Energy Agency on November 16, 2007, which expressed their doubts about Iran’s nuclear program.
With the discovery of a second secret plutonium plant that manufactures nuclear fuel, the G20 summit witnessed a tough stand by the United States urging Iran to come clean with its nuclear program, which Iran claims, is solely for peaceful purposes.
In this ongoing battle since 2003, the latest developments include Iran rejecting the December 31 2009 deadline to accept an UN-drafted proposal to swap its low-enriched uranium for fuel exported from the West, thus indicating how seriously the nuclear program is being taken.
To make matters worse, with domestic turmoil intensifying in the country, and talks of imposing economic sanctions by the UN still underway, it seems that Iran has their work cut out for them both internationally and from within their own ranks.
One only hopes that Iran will clear up its act, and make the necessary compromises that will end heightened tensions in the Middle East.
When one thinks of the word coup d’état, one would think that this sort of thing only existed when a need arose to overthrow a regime, such as Tom Cruise’s performance in the movie ‘Valkyrie’ in an effort to overthrow Adolf Hitler. Yet in the world that we live in only as recent as 2009, did we see yet another instance (or at least claims of such of an instance) due to the Iranian Presidential Elections in June 2009 which was rigged to favor the candidate, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of the neoconservative party of Adabgaran.
With one of the candidates dubbing the controversial Presidential Elections as ‘the end of the Islamic Republic’ (and the beginning of the Adabgaran Regime), peaceful demonstrations and rioting were met with stiff resistance while several universities were closed and websites, text messages, cell phone transmissions and text messages were blocked.
It has been about six months now since the conclusion of the Presidential election but the protests have taken an ugly turn, with almost 4000 protestors arrested apart from torturing and raping the prisoners that have been detained. The International community is considering the imposing of sanctions on Iran for its outrageous acts towards the protesters.
Absurdly enough, the Iranian President has blamed Western governments for inciting these protests, while threatening to treat the demonstrators as ‘enemies of God’ who are punishable under Islamic law by death.
According to the latest report by BusinessWeek, Iran hanged two demonstrators out of the eleven that are sentenced to death that were detained from the January 28 protests, stating that the reason for this was because of an act that displayed the ‘enmity towards God’.
Yet another heinous act committed in the name of religion?
Tiger Woods is receiving treatment at a sex rehab clinic in Mississippi. The clinic is said to be one of the top in the nation for sexual addiction and drug rehab.
Many have speculated that Woods suffers from a sex addiction. Following a November accident outside of his Florida home, Woods was linked to 14 different women ranging from party hostesses to waitresses to prostitutes.
Last week, one of Woods’ alleged mistresses said she would be shopping a tell-all book with sordid details of the married golfer’s sex life, including “threesomes,” “girl-on-girl sex parties” and even sex with other men.
Tiger Woods has been out of public eye for weeks. Paparazzi have been trying to locate him with no luck. He has also taken a break from playing golf.
What is it these days with celebrities and sex scandals? Or will the right question be: What is it with the media and celebrity sex scandals?
Yes, we are talking about Hollywood gossip which makes millions of dollars by keeping us (the common man) updated on who’s dating whom and who cheated on whom, thanks to the need that requires us to satiate our shallow proclivity of peeking into the lives of the rich and famous, without their permission of course.
The Tiger Woods scandal is the latest to make headlines since his car crash on November 27 2009, and in my opinion, just another scandal that shows what power and money can do for a man. Apparently, his liaison with a nightclub owner called Rachel Uchitel has set off a tirade of accusations revealing his numerous (and secretive) affairs with one woman after another, much to the chagrin of his wife Elin Nordegren and their two kids. Up until now, six women have stepped forward to talk about their kinky romps with the world’s top golfer namely Cori Rist, Mindy Lawton, Jaimee Grubbs, Jamie Jungers, Kalika Moquin and the vamp that started it all, Rachel Uchitel.
Apart from the public passing personal judgment, Tiger has enough to give him sleepless nights of worry. With his sponsors bailing out on him, thanks to his admittance of infidelity while simultaneously having to attend marriage counseling for his sex addiction and most of all, having no option but to seclude himself from the people who once considered him a role model with a clean and wholesome image, one can only imagine the change that the man is up against.
The Haiti earthquake first came to my attention, thanks to a YouTube video urging people to donate whatever they can towards the victims of this natural disaster, that was measured at a devastating 7.0 Mw on the Richter scale.
Taking a heavy toll on Haiti’s infrastructure, the earthquake took place at 15:53 hrs local time on Tuesday, January 12 2010, with the epicenter located near the town of Léogâne. Almost 170,000 bodies have been recovered, and the counting still continues. Apart from human casualties, almost 20,000 commercial buildings and 225,000 residential buildings collapsed due to the ferocity of the natural disaster, specifically in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and the other settlements in the region.
Not only did the earthquake take thousands of lives that are still unaccounted for, but also the lives of the Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, the Opposition Leader Micha Gaillard as well as UN personnel and tourists. Notable buildings such as the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly Building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the capital and the main jail that were some of the building that collapsed in the aftermath.
However, Haiti is no stranger to natural disasters as it has a long history of recurring cyclones, tsunamis and earthquakes that have struck the island with a ferocity that can only be described as the work of Mother Nature in all its destructive glory.
With up to three million survivors still cut off from rescue efforts, rioting has only compounded the situation resulted leaving the police taking firm action to bring a state of law and order. Currently, despite the volatility of gang violence being an imminent threat, a two-week food distribution program has begun in earnest to feed the two million people in ravaged capital of Haiti.