The most exciting two minutes in sports also happens to be a great excuse to spend 24 hours submitting to your demons. After all, Kentucky Derby day is the only day that deems gambling, binge drinking Mint Juleps, and wearing a hat outside your grandmother's closet socially acceptable.
Still, the main attraction is, of course, the horses and dark horses that face off against one another in a two-minute, one-and-a-quarter-mile dash that reminds you of how you panted your way through a 12-minute mile in high school. And the 139th Kentucky Derby proved to be just as exciting as the last 138 — hats off to Orb, who won the race despite Palace Malice's unexpected early lead. (Sorry, Internet — Charming Kitten didn't manage to eke in a win.)
Orb, who won the race with jockey Joel Rosario, was an early favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The horse, who is owned by Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, was hot off the heels of a Florida Derby victory when he won the Kentucky Derby.
Another Julep to celebrate?
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The former Doctor Who star's Nellie Bertram character has been promoted for the programme's upcoming ninth season, according to TVLine.com.
Tate's madcap character was introduced in the at the end of the seventh season of the show and returned for a guest spot during the eighth season.
Paramount executives filed suit at Manhattan Federal Court in New York against the son of Puzo, who wrote the bestselling 1969 book on which the film franchise was based.
Studio bosses claim they had an agreement with Puzo's heirs in 2002 that they would only release one sequel to the original novel - but the family published a second sequel and is planning a third release later this year (12).
However, Puzo's estate officials have now hit back with a counter-claim, filed on Monday (12Mar12), insisting, "Paramount wanted a war, and they're going to get one."
The suit claims Paramount bosses were informed about the upcoming book and did not object to 2006's The Godfather's Revenge, reports Reuters.
The legal papers state, "The Puzo Estate, representing the children of Mario Puzo, needs no permission from Paramount to use the title of their father's novel or to publish a sequel novel or to use what Paramount claims are 'the Godfather works'."
Family attorney Bertram Fields adds, "Mario Puzo brought vast wealth to Paramount at a time when they desperately needed it. Now that he's gone, Paramount's trying to deprive his children of the rights he specifically reserved.
"I promised Mario I'd protect his kids from this kind of reprehensible conduct. Paramount wanted a war, and they're going to get one - only the stakes will be much higher than they thought."
The estate lawyers want Paramount's rights to the original The Godfather book terminated and are seeking $10 million in damages.
In Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, writer Peter Biskind documents the Bonnie and Clyde veteran's high-profile romances with actresses Jane Fonda and Joan Collins, and spectacularly alleges he has slept with more than 12,000 women.
But Beatty's lawyer Bertram Fields insists previous reports confirming the book was sanctioned by the 72 year old are false - and he's warning fans and media outlets not to believe everything published in the new tome.
In a statement to the Huffington Post, Fields says, "Mr. Biskind's tedious and boring book on Mr. Beatty was not authorised by Mr. Beatty and should not be published as an authorised biography. It contains many false assertions and purportedly quotes Mr. Beatty as saying things he never said.
"Other media should not repeat things from the book on the assumption that they are true or that the book is an authorised biography."
The Sept. 11th attacks have resulted in a profound change of temperament
among many Hollywood executives, the Los Angles Times observed today. "Hollywood's trademark ruthless practices and myopic,
egocentric nature have given way to much more civil business dealings," the
newspaper commented in an article that quoted numerous top producers as
acknowledging that the terrible events had put their jobs into a different
perspective for them.
Famed entertainment attorney Bertram Fields told the
Times that while recently negotiating a deal with a top studio
executive whom he regarded as "a very tough brusque guy," he noticed that
"his voice and attitude were totally changed. We commiserated and talked
about our families. ... I'm not saying he gave up a deal point, but his
manner and style were totally different."
Another entertainment lawyer,
David Colden, remarked: "This is not the Hollywood I've known for the last
23 years. ... There's a sense of humanity among business people that often
And Artisan Entertainment's Amir Malin echoed: "I am seeing
a sincerity that can be categorized as atypical."