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How Much for That Lion in the Window?

On Monday, the costume that Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz, went up for auction.

It was part of a group of memorabilia offered for sale at Bonhams auction house - "TCM Presents: There's No Place Like Hollywood."

Other items up for sale included Sam's piano from Casablanca, a gown worn by Marilyn Monroe, and Clark Gable's jacket from Gone With the Wind.

As you sit and maybe watch The Wizard of Oz over the holidays, think about this.

That outfit worn by the King of the Forest just sold for $3 million.
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Robin Williams, Back on the Silver Screen

We knew it was coming.

When Robin Williams passed away earlier this year, he left behind a handful of completed film projects.

One of them was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

It's due out on Christmas Day, and features Robin reprising his role as Teddy Roosevelt.

Check out the trailer for a little glimpse of Robin.

One of this lines is oddly prophetic. "I think it's safe to say that we're in a bit of trouble."

 
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Barack & Meryl, Sitting in a Tree?

On Monday afternoon, President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor to singer Stevie Wonder, TV journalist Tom Brokaw, and Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

Oh, and he gave one to his girlfriend too.

That would be Meryl Streep, the actress.

“I love Meryl Streep,” the president said in front of all assembled "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it.”

No real scandal there. Just a nice bit of affection.

Oh, and he poked a little fun at his love too - pointing out that she sang Abba - "which, you know, that's something."

 
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Vader Versus Batman - Who Wins?

Stumbled on this one while doing a little surfing today.

What happens when you pit the Dark Knight against the Dark Sith Lord?

An epic battle, for sure.

Check out this very well-done bit of fantasy lore, pitting Robin's best bud, Batman, against Luke and Leia's papa, Dark Vader.

 
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"Something Chases You, Run!"

It's the first "genetically-modified hybrid."

With those ominous words, we welcome you to Jurassic World.

It's 23 years later, and the interactive park envisioned by Richard Attenborough's character in the original Jurassic Park movies is up and running.

It's a hybrid between Disney World, Sea World and Busch Gardens, featuring real live dinosaurs - plus a new concoction, cooked up by the scientists.

That would be the "genetically-modified hybrid," and of course, it will run amok.

Check out the trailer for the film - the film will be released in June of 2015.

What do you think? Exciting and new - or just a rehash of the originals?

 
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Sew Watt, Its Juss a Tipo!

Maybe it's time for the signmakers in Los Angeles to invest in SpellCheck - or maybe just a proofreader.

Earlier this month, a sign sub-contractor installed a new highway marker on the northbound side of the 710 Freeway.

The sign marked the exit for Olympic Boulevard.

Except it said "Olimpic" Boulevard instead.

It took someone at CalTrans a full day to recognize the problem. A few days later, it was covered up with a black tarpaulin. And it will be replaced by the sub-contractor at no charge to the city.

Except for the cost of the embarrassment of having hung in there in the first place.
 
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Another year...

As my niece Kaiti would say it's 'Happy I came out of the Womb Day', or maybe 'Happy You Day' is better. The older I get the more thinking back I do. I'm guessing that's normal. Also since I lost my Daddy Maurice around this time last year, and my Mama has been gone for 12 years, it's strange not having either of my parents around to say 'Happy Birthday Heather!'. My last visit to Omaha, had me cleaning out more closests for the estate sale. I ran across this. I was amazed it wasn't broken with all the odd things that were packed with it. But she made it through. I grabbed her and brought her to ATX where she's camped out in a glass cabinet in my living room. She makes me smile because I have happy thoughts about growing up when I look at her. I think maybe I was suppose to find her my last visit.She plays music when you wind her up too. It still works! :) Happy birthday to me!

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Forget the Hail Mary - This One's the Rosary!

Okay, sportscasters are given to hyperbole. That I'll grant you.

But they may be on to something with the touchdown catch Odell Beckham Jr made on Sunday for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys.

One sportcaster calls it, "Impossible!" And watching it in slow-mo, he and everyone else might just be right.

And the more amazing part, after the game, Odell told Bob Costas that he and some of his teammates practice catches like that all the time.

 
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Cuddle Up to Me - Professionally, Of Course

Some would call Samantha Hess's business an overnight success - but you can't stay overnight.

Samantha runs a shop in Portland, Oregon called Cuddle Up to Me - and it's a professional cuddle shop.

Stay with me now. For $60, a customer can get sixty minutes of hugging, or as it's been described, "the level of human contact that we want or need in order to be our optimal selves."

Sure, it sounds like a front for something, but Samantha says it's a great idea, one that came to her when she really needed a hug. "I was at a place where I thought paying someone to hug me and not have ulterior motives sounded like a great idea," she told an interviewer from The Independent. "I decided why can't this be a thing that we can easily and safely reach for?"

It's all on the up-and-up. Everyone stays dressed, hugs and hand-holding are the only items on the menu, and the show is open Monday through Saturday.

By the way, Samantha's been at it for a year or so. But all of a sudden, the media are getting hold of the story, and it's gone viral.

 
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Poohphobia Plagues Poland

At first glance, this story reads like something the folks at The Onion would make up.

But as you read on and look at the source, it looks like it's a legitimate story.

There's a town in Poland called Tuszyn that's looking for a mascot for its new playground.

But the town officials categorically rejected Winnie the Pooh.Why?

They say the cartoon bear is "inappropriately dressed" and his sexuality is "dubious."

You have to read the story.

It's laugh out loud funny - and sad, all at the same time.

(And if it turns out this ISN'T real - nicely played, whoever pulled this off!)
 
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