Monthly Archives: February 2014

Fun Facts About the Oscars

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1. Date of first Academy Awards held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: May 16, 1929

2. Price of guest tickets for the first Academy Awards: $5

3. Height of Oscar statuette: 13½ inches

4. Diameter of Oscar statuette base: 5¼ inches

5. Weight of Oscar statuette: 8½ pounds

6. Since 1929, number of Oscar statuettes presented: 2,809

7. The design of the Oscar statuette is a knight holding a crusader’s sword, standing on a film reel. Number of spokes the reel has: 5 for the 5 original branches of the Academy (writers, technicians, producers, actors and directors).

8. Number of Oscar statuettes created for the 86th Academy Awards: 50

9. Date of the first televised Oscars show: March 19, 1953

10. Year the Academy Awards were first broadcast in color: 1966

11. Number of years ABC has been broadcasting the Academy Awards: 49

12. Year the Best Animated Feature Film category was added: 2001

13. Number of Oscar shows hosted at the Dolby Theatre, including the 86th Academy Awards: 13

14. Length of the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre: About 500 feet

15. Width of the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre: About 33 feet

16. Estimated global viewership of 86th Academy Awards: 700 million

17. How much freebies in this year’s Oscar swag bags are worth in total: At least $55,000 (2014)

South Jersey Star!

Check out Christina Grimmie sing “Wrecking Ball” on the hit television show, The Voice. She amazed all the judges and chose Team Adam Levine. Way to go!

Before They Were Stars!

From Bradley Cooper and Beyonce to Barack Obama and Julia Roberts, you’ll never guess what jobs these notable figures had on their resume. Whether it was scooping ice cream or being a gym teacher, check out the following stars who had their fair share of odd jobs before rising to fame.

Bradley Cooper

Before Bradley Cooper, who played Richie DiMaso in “American Hustle,” worked at the Philadelphia Daily News.

Lupita N’yongo

Fashion icon and actress Lupita N’yongo, who stars in “12 Years a Slave,” was a production assistant for the film “The Constant Gardener” in 2004.

Barkhad Abdi

Just before landing his first role in “Captain Phillips,” Barkhad Abdi worked as a limo driver in Minneapolis, Minn. In high school, he worked at a Target store.

Michael Fassbender

While in acting school, Michael Fassbender, who played Edwin Epps in “12 Years a Slave,” unloaded trucks and was a bartender.

Bruce Dern

Before starring in “Nebraska,” Bruce Dern worked as a cab driver while studying at the Actors Studio.

Matthew McConaughey

While he was an exchange student in Australia, “Dallas Buyers Club” star Matthew McConaughey worked in a bank,

Amy Adams

At 18, actress Amy Adams was a Hooters waitress. She also was a greeter at a Gap Store at Lenox Mall, in Atlanta, Ga.

Hugh Jackman

Before Hugh Jackman played Wolverine and Jean Valjean, he made a living as a boys gym teacher at England’s Uppingham School. Jackman’s resume also included being a clown at children’s parties, where he made about $50 per show.

Barack Obama and Julia Roberts

Both President Barack Obama and Julia Roberts scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins in their teens.

Lea Michele

Before she rose to fame as Rachel Berry on “Glee,” Lea Michele reportedly worked as a shop girl in a Bat Mitzvah dress shop.

Rod Stewart

Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart is one of the biggest selling artists of all time. It’s hard to believe that he was once reportedly a gravedigger before embarking on his musical career.

Beyoncé

The Bonnie to Jay-Z’s Clyde, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, used to sweep up hair in her mom’s salon.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga was once a waitress at a Greek restaurant in New York before she became a successful singer-songwriter.

Carrie Underwood

As a teen, Carrie Underwood was a cashier at a gas station.

Rachel McAdams/James Franco/Jennifer Hudson/Queen Latifah

What do Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Jennifer Hudson, and Queen Latifah all have in common? They all worked at fast food restaurants before they started their show biz careers! Rachel McAdams and James Franco worked at McDonald’s restaurants, while Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah worked at Burger King restaurants.

Brad Pitt

A winner of People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, Brad Pitt had to cover his face when he worked at El Pollo Loco dressed up as a chicken.

Eva Mendes

Actress Eva Mendes began her working life in the food industry, at Hot Dog on a Stick.

Kanye West

It’s been a long journey for style guru and rapper Kanye West. West was a sales associate at the Gap, an experience he even mentioned in the song, “Spaceship,” on his debut album.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp was a ball-point pen salesman to support his family, until Nicolas Cage told him to give acting a try.

Connie Britton

Nashville star Connie Britton was an aerobics teacher before she became famous.

Patrick Dempsey

Dreamy “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey used to be a professional juggler.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” fame made a living as a set-dresser for pornographic films.

Whoopi Goldberg

Actress and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg was a mortuary beautician, putting makeup on the deceased.

Robin Williams

Actor and comedian Robin Williams made a living as a street mime.

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Happy 100th Birthday to Tastykake!

Happy 100th Birthday to Tastykake!

Tastykake celebrates it’s 100th birthday today!! Tastykake made 100 cakes on its first day of business in 1914. Now, it produces nearly 5 million cakes, doughnuts, cookies and pies each day. They released a 100th birthday “birthday kake cupkake” to celebrate the milestone birthday.

Happy President’s Day!!

Happy President's Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day Conversation Candy Hearts

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  • Sweethearts are made by Necco, which is short for the New England Confectionery Company. Necco’s been in business since 1847 and are famous for not only Sweethearts, but also their Assorted Wafers, Clark Bar, Sky Bar, and Haviland chocolates.
  • Necco made it’s start in Boston, MA. It was founded by Oliver Chase, who also invented the first American candy machine. Necco’s headquarters have made a couple of moves, but is now located in Revere, MA. And unfortunately, ask as much as you’d like, but due to sanitary reasons, their factory does not give tours.
  • Besides the original flavor (which can best be described simply as ‘sugar’ flavored), there are a few other flavors, including chocolate, tart, and smoothie.
  • Sweethearts candies are made from late February through to January of the following year, making about 100,000 pounds per day.
  • 8 billion Sweethearts conversation hearts are made each year by Necco
  • Most conversation hearts candies are sold during the 6-week period between January 1 and Valentine’s Day, making Sweethearts the #1 selling non-chocolate Valentine’s Day candy.
  • Necco introduces 10 new Sweethearts conversation hearts sayings each year. For example, social media phrases were recently added to Sweethearts candies. And one year Necco introduced unique pet-loving sayings.
  • Sweethearts are fat-free, sodium-free candies that contain 3 calories per small heart and 6 calories per large heart.
  • For each heart-shaped candy, 5 letters fit on the top line and 4 letters fit on the bottom line. But if a W is used, then there are 4 letters on the top line and 3 letters on the bottom line.
  • Necco will even custom imprint Sweethearts conversation hearts for you, if you’re willing to buy a full production run (approximately 3,500 lbs) of the 6-flavored candies (or 1.6 million individual hearts).
  • Each year, JEOPARDY! includes a Sweethearts conversation hearts trivia question on its show in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
  • Changes to Sweethearts candy flavors have not always been welcomed by the public
  • Hearts weren’t always the only shape that were included in each box. In the beginning, other shapes that were included in a box were postcards, horseshoes, watches, and baseballs.
  • You can find an original box of Sweethearts candies from 1902 in Necco’s Glasgow office.

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