Oscar Week: Get to Know Your Best-Actor Nominees

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Here’s one interesting fact about each Best Actor nominees that you probably don’t know:

  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
    Was a "celebrated athlete," playing baseball and football and wrestling until he had to quit because of a neck injury that forced him to quit. But as you know, he still keeps in shape.
  • Terrence Howard
    (Hustle & Flow) Has a degree in Chemical Engineering. If he’s so smart, then why was he in Glitter?
  • Heath Ledger
    (Brokeback Mountain) Taught himself to dance, and choreographed a "60-strong Guildford team to the first all-boy victory at the Rock Eisteddfod, a national competition." I know what you’re thinking, but we don’t do jokes like that anymore.
  • David Strathairn
    (Good Night, and Good Luck) Went to Ringling Brothers Clown College and worked as a clown for six months in a traveling circus. I wondered why his Edward R. Murrow did so much juggling.
  • Joaquin Phoenix
    (Walk the Line) Is the brother of the late River Phoenix. That’s a BWE Blog exclusive!

Detachment From (Virtual) Reality

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You HAVE to check out this guy’s hilarious, highly-infomative post on the phenomenon of fantasy gamers using their REAL MONEY to buy VIRTUAL GOLD for games like EverQuest and World of Warcraft.  In fact, based on the US dollar values of their currency, the World of Warcraft‘s "virtual economy" ranks right between the REAL economies of Russia and Bulgaria. 

At one point reaching 65 cents to the dollar, this new "fools gold" actually became so valuable that businessmen began hiring low-paid workers to play the game in order to "farm" gold that would later be sold to more serious gamers, unintentionally driving down the prices of the virtual gold they were trying to sell.

So here’s your BWE investment tip of the day: buy online gold that doesn’t exist while prices are still low!

CAPTION THIS!

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Nicole Richie: Eating for 1.

Don’t worry people, this picture was taken during the taping of the new season of The Simple Life. We have nothing to worry about. Yet.

Anyway, now it’s your turn. Caption This! and leave it in the Comments.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Lindsay’s Nip Slip

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Lohan_6I’m pretty sure 2005 was the year of the nip-slip.

Sure, Janet Jackson’s nip-slip heard ’round the world happened early in 2004, but it took some time for others catch on. By 2K5, everybody was doing it: Jessica, Lindsay, Tara Reid. They all hopped onto the NipSlip train to stardom.

I was worried that the trend was over. I was worried that the start of 2006 would mark the end of the modern celebrity nip-slip as we know it. For the first two months of the year… sadly… I was right.

Until today.

Thank you Lindsay Lohan. Thank you for doing your part to make sure the nip-slip doesn’t go the way of Snap Bracelets and Ugg Boots. You’re a true American hero.

And speaking of heroes, thank you WWTDD for posting these hi-res pics. You should be awarded a purple heart. Or better yet, a purple nip… okay, nevermind. I’m not going to go there.

Have Mardi Gras At Your Desk!

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If you’re stuck inside of a cubicle with the New Orleans blues again, head on over to Cams Central to voyeuristically participate in all the Bourbon Street revelry you’re missing. 

Choose from several different camera experiences, including the Bourbocam, the Paradecam and (my favorite) the Beadcam.  All you have to do now is pour a Hurricane into your coffee mug (the boss will never know), heat up some jambalaya in the break room, and scream "show me your boobs!" to nearby co-workers while throwing beads at them. 

It’s the next best thing to actually being there.

Google Search: Amazing Race’s Tyler MacNiven

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If you watched last night’s premiere of the Amazing Race 9, you’re probably wondering what those two wild n’ crazy guys are doing in the game. "Best Friends" BJ Averell and Tyler MacNiven love the irony of Hawaiian shirts and over-sized Elvis glasses. But it turns out there’s a serious side to MacNiven, the blond half of the dynamic duo that just might win the pair the million dollar prize.

A Google search shows that Macniven actually walked across Japan-about 2000 miles-just to impress a girl, oh and to make a documentary about his journey and put it up on Google video. If you couldn’t get enough of his wacky in your face antics last night and have an hour and half to spare , you can watch it here. With that kind of dedication he might just win the million dollar prize. Find out why he might not win after the jump…

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LISTEN UP: Your Daily Dose of the Best Music Ever

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    Kofi’s hat and Pardon My Freedom have some (slightly more encouraging) tracks from the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album! (via Aziz)
  • Austin’s Oh No! Oh My! have been setting the blogs abuzz with their melodic indie pop – head over to DoCopenhagen to grab a couple of their tracks (and some Band of Horses while you’re there!)
  • Bishop Allen had the innovative idea of serializing their music, giving their fans something to look forward to with a new EP release every month – and the surprising part is the music is always amazing.  Head over to The Underrated Blog and grab the track "Vain"
  • Strap on your dancing shoes and mosey on over to My Old Kentucky Blog to nod and bop to the electrosynthpopawesome sounds of The Gaskets
  • Check out a few tracks from a NYC band I’ve been digging a lot recently – Bravo Silva.

WHILE YOU WERE TELLING TAMALA JONES WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO

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  • Sophia Bush wants to annul her marriage to Chad Michael Murray, citing "fraud." She says that before they got married he convinced her that she had heard of him.
  • Barry Bonds switches from "the cream" to estrogen therapy
  • CBS is suing Howard Stern for "improperly us[ing] CBS radio’s air time to promote his new show with Sirius." But they were totally fine with his throwing sandwich meat at strippers. 
  • The Apprentice got whupped by Two and a Half Men, Courting Alex, and 24. Donald Trump blames Bode Miller.
  • They’re fake and they’re so-so: Teri Hatcher admits to having used botox and collagen in the past. 
  • Michael Jackson has reportedly pledged to build a Mosque in Bahrain. They’ve politely declined the offer.
  • Bobby Brown denies saying to Tamala Jones, "Don’t you know I always wanted to f**k you?" I don’t know, it sure sounds like him.