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Passengers get free rail tickets for seven years

Posted in Crime, How much???, Lawyers, News, Weird World by Jim McMillan on August 16, 2008

If you discovered a glitch in the system which let you get free train tickets on your debit card, would you own up to it? Three commuters have been arrested and charged with knowingly exploiting the problem to buy $800,000 worth of Long Island Rail Road tickets and MetroCards, many of which they resold, according to the police and prosecutors.

Not everyone who benefited from the software glitch, did so knowingly. Since 2001, hundreds of rail riders have been rewarded from a computer gremlin which allowed vending machines on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad to dispense free tickets on some debit card transactions.

The problem was first spotted in May, reveals the New York Times, and led to the uncovering of a series of suspicious transactions tied to a pair of debit cards issued by First Republic Bank. New Yorker Lisa Foster Jordan, 38, was arrested on May 28 and charged with fraudulently obtaining thousands of tickets and MetroCards worth about $800,000.

Last week, the police arrested two more people in connection with the scheme, Foster Jordan’s husband, Cary Grant (yes really!) and Chris Clemente from Manhattan. Lawyers representing the trio say they will be pleading not guilty.

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MONSTER? NO JUST A MONSTOUSLY AMUSING MOVIE HOAX!

Posted in Celebutards, How much???, movies, Top Dollar News, Twits by Jim McMillan on August 7, 2008

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The so-called Monster of Montauk may have just been a publicity stunt dreamed up by the makers of a low budget horror movie. New claims have come to light that Rachel Goldberg, the woman who discovered the famed beastie, is actually the sister of none other than movie producer Darren Goldberg (pictured above), who is making a movie about, you guessed it, …monsters.

Internet curio-blog Gotham News has just revealed the creature was most likely a prop used in Goldberg’s film Splinterheads. One insider, calling herself “Tonya,” explained the stunt will be revealed when the flick comes out next year. “Tonya” says the original pictures of the Montauk Monster were a stage prop from the Splinterheads movie set.

Says the intrepid Gotham News team: “We guess it will probably all make a little more sense when you see the film. Maybe we should just be relieved that horrible thing wasn’t actually real!”

Meanwhile, what of Mr Goldberg, who has surprisingly been unavailable for comment? In an interview he gave to Newsday recently, Goldberg is quoted saying how he “grew up in Manhattan and spent summers in Amagansett.” (Amagansett is the next town over from Montauk.) But you can read all about his movie here.

FORGET ABOUT MOVIES: SHEEN RAKES IN TV FORTUNE

Posted in Celebutards, How much???, Top Dollar News, TV, Twits by Jim McMillan on August 6, 2008

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He hasn’t been in a decent movie since Platoon but Charlie Sheen doesn’t care. A new poll by TV Guide shows he’s coining it in, thanks to his role on lacklustre sitcom, Two and a Half Men. Apparently, Sheen gets $825,000 for each weekly episode.

That’s more than enough to keep money-grabbing ex Denise Richards in the style she is accustomed to. She might now want to get her hooks into Sheen’s fellow CBS star William Petersen, who takes home $600,000 an episode for portraying investigator Gil Grissom on the hit police drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Meanwhile, despite all her complaining about the mean script writers, Katherine Heigl is the best paid female TV actress, raking in $13 mil for her role on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s unlikely she will complain about that.

PROJECT RUNWAY HOPEFULS LIVING THE HIGH LIFE

Posted in Fashion, Gotham, How much???, Top Dollar News by Jim McMillan on August 5, 2008

The catwalk hopefuls on reality TV show “Project Runway” have been living the high life at The Gotham Organization‘s Atlas New York building. For the fourth season running producers have holed all the contestants up in the impressive 66 W. 38th St. rental building.

According to curio-blog Gotham News, The Gotham Organization fixed the 15-minutes-of-famers up with six units, a combination of one- and two-bedrooms that range in square-foot size from 650 to 1,117. The units were on the 25th floor in a building where starting rents are $3,500 for a one-bedroom and $5,500 for a two-bedroom.

As the News unkindly says, “That’s high enough up for the losers to make a fashionable mess when they throw themselves out of the window.”

BAT’S AMAZING! MAN IN TIGHTS EYES UNSINKABLE RECORD

Posted in Batman, How much???, movies, Top Dollar Heroes, Top Dollar Movie Heroes, Top Dollar News by Jim McMillan on August 3, 2008

Previously unheralded oddball website Gotham News has been enjoying a feast of hits recently, thanks to its fictional defender, Batman. And the hits won’t stop coming in to the curioblog just so long as the Caped Crusader continues to scale dizzy heights at the box office. Perhaps in part due to the tragic death of Heath Ledger, Warner Bros movie “The Dark Knight” appears to be closing in on the all time US box office record of $600.8 million set by Titanic. The movie, which stars anti-mummy’s boy Christian Bale, has soared to a $394.9 million haul in just 17 days, according to Sunday’s studio estimates and Warner’s head of distribution Dan Fellman predicts it will sail past the $400 million mark by tomorrow night.

Despite Bale’s alleged shenanigans, since bagging an opening weekend haul of $158.4 million, Dark Knight has gone from strength to strength. According to Fellman, it will top $500 million, if not overtake Titanic’s record, which – like the boat – was thought to be pretty unsinkable.

New York Post movie critic Kyle Smith agrees with Fellman, though he thinks Titanic’s record willl stay afloat for now. “I think it can [break the record] though it’s highly unlikely it will approach the $600 million “Titanic” took in,” says Smith on his imaginatively-titled blog Kyle Smith Online.