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Monthly Archive:: February 2011

Last Night A Pizza Delivery Driver Saved My Life

Concerned Memphis pizza delivery woman Susan Guy went to check in on an elderly regular after the latter — who had made a habit of ordering from the same Domino’s every day for three years — hadn’t made a pizza delivery request in three days.

After knocking on the door and banging on windows to no avail, the Domino’s driver phoned 911, which dispatched police to break down the door. The 82-year-old customer had apparently taken a tumble, and was unable to get up or reach a phone.

She was taken to the hospital, where she is resting in stable condition. “Maybe I’ll make her a pizza, take it to the hospital,” Guy told Action News 5.

Playable Angry Birds Birthday Cake

It’s become a family tradition that I make increasingly ridiculous birthday cakes for my kids each year. So with my little boy Ben turning 6-years-old over the weekend, and appreciating his love of Angry Birds, I thought I’d have a shot a making him a playable Angry Birds birthday cake with working catapult and iced birds as ammunition.

Top earners in Hollywood in 2010

Vanity Fair has put together 2010’s top 40 earning Hollywood players. Here’s the top 3:

1. James Cameron – $257 million$248 million: Avatar (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on 2010 worldwide box-office gross of $1.95 billion, and share of DVD and pay-television revenue; excludes $50 million earned in 2009)
$5 million: Avatar (share of toy licensing, other revenue)
$4 million: Older film revenue (e.g., back-end and royalties from earlier projects, other payments)

2. Johnny Depp – $100 million$40 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for starring in Tim Burton film, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)
$35 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (up-front money for starring in next installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s waterlogged but ludicrously profitable franchise)
$20 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring in one of the year’s bigger flops alongside Angelina Jolie)
$5 million: Older film revenue

3. Steven Spielberg – $80 million$50 million: Universal-theme-park royalties and consulting fees
$20 million: War Horse (fee for directing and producing upcoming World War I drama)
$10 million: Older film revenue