Paul Haggis’ Possible Cameo in “War of the Worlds”


In 2004, the screenwriter and director Paul Haggis visited the set of War of the Worlds. At the time, Haggis and Tom Cruise were Scientology’s two most famous disciples. Haggis told the author Lawrence Wright that a tent where Scientology materials were distributed was erected on the set, and recounted a conversation he’d had with War‘s director, Steven Spielberg.

“It’s really remarkable to me that I’ve met all these Scientologists, and they seem like the nicest people,” Spielberg told Haggis, who quipped, “Yeah, we keep all the evil ones in a closet.”

About an hour into War of the Worlds, an extra bearing a resemblance to Haggis is briefly on camera. Is it him? Twenty rewinds and three screenshots have borne no conclusive proof.

Aliens and UFOs at world’s deepest lake

The following comments were posted beneath an article in The Siberian Times about reports of extra-terrestrials at Lake Baikal:
 ‘just saw satellite images of 3 mile wide circles in the ice. One image should the ice around the circle all smashed up. Looking through early satellite images show that the circles appear elsewhere on the lake. Definitely the best place to find proof of underwater/underground beings.

For those who think why would they not say “hi”, do you say hi to ants?’
Simon ovens, Colorado, USA 04/07/2016 17:26

‘with the tec we have today we are watching are own space ships. for real.’
william lee, douglas arizona usa 05/04/2015 15:50

‘I read the expedition logs of Nicholas Roerich, who led a large group to the Siberian side of the Himalayas in 1923. He matter of factly and briefly described seeing flying discs in the sky for three days consecutive days. This was years before anyone talked of flying saucers or aliens. His observations are a credible UFO report.’
Wayne Pacific, Los Angeles 01/04/2015 01:49
A family friend of ours, also an Ontario Provincial Police Captain, once followed a u.f.o. for miles and watched it dive into Lake Simcoe.
Kevin, Keswick Canada 31/03/2015 07:20

Ramona Singer Throws a Wineglass at Kristen Taekman

On Season 6 of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, the cast vacationed* at the Berkshires home of Heather Thomson. Over the course of the weekend, cast member Ramona Singer pretended that she thought her hostesses’ house was the garage, ordered an air conditioner to be delivered and installed, and–most famously–whipped a wineglass at Kristen Taekman’s face to retaliate for being splashed when she was sitting in a canoe.

“I reacted,” Ramona would explain ad infinitum.”I reacted. I grew up in a family of craziness and she got me wet and I just threw what I had in my hand. I didn’t have water in my hand so I threw the glass.”

Darkness Visible: Kristen splashes Ramona.

The Moment of Truth: “I just was provoked, I reacted without thinking.”

Deep Impact: The wineglass makes contact with Kristen’s lip.

The horror! The horror!

” You’ve split your lip! You’re bleeding! We have an emergency!”

“It’s just a little blood!” Ramona yelled, unrepentant. “You’ve never had a bloody lip? It’s like a bloody nose!”

The Aftermath

Kristen assesses the damage. “I was the first to defend her against the white trash comments, but what she did to me was white trash.”

“Was it the right thing to do? No. But you know what, just don’t mess with me.”

“Ramona threw a glass at my face. I don’t even have words for what she did to me, it was so bad.”

“When is that Aleve gonna set in?”

The First Apology

Ramona appeared at dinner that evening with freshly blow dried hair, determined to clear the air. Her apology began: “So I reacted to what you did. I reacted, you threw water on me.”

“You hurled water at me, I hurled what I had in my hands, I’m sorry.”

In the course of her apology, Ramona ended up screaming at Kristen again.

“So why did you throw water at me?” she demanded. “I told you, DON’T THROW WATER AT ME!”

“I had something and I went: ‘Boom,’ and it was a glass in my hand.”

“I didn’t want my hair wet,” Ramona concluded.

Détente

Back in New York, a contrite Ramona invited Kristen to tea and presented her with a bouquet of yellow roses.

“It was a fluke thing,” Ramona explained, without even once mentioning that Kristen had fired the first salvo by splashing her.

“But seriously, I am really sorry. It was the wrong thing to do, it was an impulsive reaction.”

* “No one vacations in the Berkshires,” Ramona later clarified. “No one I know. No celebrities. No one famous. Everyone goes to the Hamptons.”

Party Hostessing with Joan Crawford

crawford-torchsong“A superb hostess who’s been giving great parties for years plays a role she knows by heart. But a nervous or inexperienced one can benefit by some rehearsing. I don’t mean rehearsing the salad dressing but rehearsing herself. I know a charming woman who was always tongue-tied at her own parties although she was perfectly at ease in other people’s houses. So a hundred times she practiced walking around her living room chatting with imaginary guests. Finding the right thing to say to each one. Introducing strangers with just the right phrase to interest them in one another. She practiced moving gracefully, going to the door to greet newcomers, offering canapés. And now she thoroughly enjoys going to her own parties…

Rehearse your dress, too. Whether you’re having only six for dinner or fifty for cocktails, wear a lovely gown.”

Joan Crawford, My Way of Life, Simon and Schuster, 1971.

Film and Television Character Costumes for Babies

Nikanor “Nick” Chevotarevich, The Deer Hunter 

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Babies can pay tribute to Christopher Walken’s Oscar-winning performance in Michael Cimino’s searing 1978 Vietnam War drama with a simple white onesie and a rust-coloured bandanna.

Oliver Twist from Oliver! 

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Mummy arrived home with a smart new outfit for baby. She showed it to Daddy, who said, “Please sir, may I have some more?” in Dick Van Dyke’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang accent. Then Daddy sang Consider Yourself in a mocking voice.

“I bought this outfit because I thought it was adorable!” cried Mummy, “Why do you have to spoil everything?”

Mummy and Daddy had the most enormous row. Daddy said “You concealed from me that you liked to read glitzy magazines in the toilet until you had me in the keep net,” and Mummy cried.

Extra from the Sex and the City episode “Anchors Away”

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It’s Fleet Week, and New York City is filled with sailors and marines. “Come and get me sailors!” yelled the sassy publicist Samantha Jones. Re-capture the joie de vivre of this lighthearted episode with a sailor suit. This costume also doubles as Quartermaster Hichens from Titanic or a ring-bearer from the 1986 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York .

Thomas Magnum, Magnum PI

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Long before the drought-ridden state of California caught Tom Selleck making twelve separate runs in a water van to borrow supplies for his avocado farm, he caught criminals as the Ferrari-driving, kayaking private detective Thomas Magnum. Re-create the magic of this seminal 1980s television detective series with a Hawaiian print onesie and a Detroit tigers ball cap.

George Clooney’s Princess Diana Press Conference

Screenshot (1906)The actor George Clooney called a press conference three days after Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car accident in Paris. “I suddenly became a partial spokesman for this,” he later recalled, “People wanted to hear something about what I wanted to say.”

“Princess Di is dead. And who should we see about that? The driver of the car, the paparazzis, or the magazines and papers who purchase these pictures and make bounty hunters out of photographers. The same magazines, television shows, and papers that use their pages creating the news, causing altercations and then filming them. Well you must be exhilarated. You bought and paid for one of the greatest news stories of the year… You’ve deflected responsibility. Yet I wonder how you sleep at night. You should be ashamed. I watch as you scramble for high ground, saying that you won’t purchase these pictures. Pictures of a dying Princess trapped in her car. I’m impressed. What ethics!”

September 3, 1997.

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