Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is reportedly looking to sell his 40/40 sports bar in Las Vegas because the club hasn’t made a profit since its grand opening late last year. The rapper (whose real name is Shawn Carter) started the Vegas venture in December, and it’s part of his 40/40 chain. The club had a rocky start, failing it’s initial inspections right before it opened.
The NY Post reports that Jay-Z’s in talks with the Las Vegas Sands Corp. who own the Venetian and the Palazzo. He wants to sell them a 50 percent stake in the sports club for $44 million. Ka-ching! Their inside source said:
That would make the 40/40 club in Vegas the largest sports booking operation. People can gamble both at the tables and on games. The Sands will also have the right to open 40/40 clubs in London and across Europe.
However, MediaTakeOut.com is reporting that the club’s investors are losing patience with the lack of cash flow, and want to pull out from the deal altogether.
So many celebs branch out into ventures that are out of their “wheelhouse”. Most of them fail, lots of times because the star doesn’t have the time or expertise to run the biz. Jay-Z’s a good businessman when it comes to music, but it sounds like even he isn’t completely recession-proof!
The late Bernie Mac’s public memorial service was held today at Chicago’s House of Hope church on Chicago’s South Side. Bernie died from complications of pneumonia at only 50 years old.
Many celebrities joined the public, and eulogized Bernie with emotional speeches. Chris Rock, Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor Samuel L. Jackson, Mac’s costar in the upcoming flick Soul Men were among them. Eonline reports that Mac’s fellow Original Kings of Comedy : Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey and DL Hughley sat beside each other, breaking down in tears during the service. When they took the stage, however, they mixed their tears with laughter as they remembered Bernie.
Isaac Hayes, who died one day after Bernie at the age of 65 was also honored. A montage of photos and sound clips from Mac’s life and career were set to some of Isaac’s best-known songs.
Many fans arrived by chartered buses and waited hours in line for a spot in the 10,000 seat church; some even camped out overnight. Samuel L. Jackson, co-stars with Bernie and Isaac in “Soul Men,” spoke, saying he knew Mac “was having some health issues, but he always said to me every morning that he was always good.” Isaac Hayes, who died Sunday, also stars in the movie, and Hayes’ music was played during the service.
Jackson said that Bernie didn’t mind the loss of privacy that came with his fame.
“He never turned that kid down for an autograph. He always had time to shake a hand. He was always that kid from Chicago who wanted to make everybody happy and everybody laugh.
The service included the reading of condolence letters from children; from Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, an Illinois senator; and from Mac’s beloved White Sox baseball team. Mac’s comedy routines were played on large video screens with off-color words bleeped out.
Outside, traffic was tied up for blocks, vendors sold memorial T-shirts for $10, and Chicago waiter Timothy Strickland manned a makeshift shrine featuring photos, including Mac’s 1971 eighth-grade basketball team picture. A sign read: “Thank you, Bernie, for showing that good people do come from Englewood.”
Mac grew up on the South Side in the Woodlawn and Englewood neighborhoods.
“This shows support … from the whole Chicago area and how much he will be missed,” said Pamela Gordon of Chicago, one of hundreds of people who lined up hours before the memorial started. “He was a good man, a beautiful husband and he was real,” she added. “And he was handsome, honey.” Vera Gordon said she came to pay tribute to the comedian who made her mother, who suffers from dementia, laugh. “She watched the `Bernie Mac Show’ every night,” Vera Gordon said of her mother, Margaret Berston, 79. “She would just sit there and laugh. You could see the sadness when I told her. I came here to represent my mother.”
Inside the church, Chicago’s mayor, Richard Daly, addressed the huge crowd, praising Mac as a man devoted to making Chicago a safer place.
“He wanted to do something personally to get children away from the life of violence. He had a heart and passion… That’s why as the king of comedy, he never lost his soul in Chicago.
The family requests that donations be made at www.berniemacfoundation.org, which aims at finding a cure for sarcoidosis.
Rest In Peace, Bernie Mac.
The Game just released his full world premiere for the video for his third single “My Life”; from his upcoming third studio album “L.A.X.”. Rapper Lil Wayne is here on vocals! “My Life” hit the air on July 22 but was leaked in early July. The album won’t drop until August 26. The Game’s video was filmed on July 23 and is directed by Bryan Barber, who also directed Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man”. “My Life” takes place in a graveyard of gritty Compton. This one’s for Michael Phelps!! Cool & Dre, Young Buck, and Birdman make guest appearances. Take it away, boyz.
The Game’s “My Life” featuring Lil Wayne:
USA! USA! Swimming phenomenon Michael Phelps tied Mark Spitz’s record 7 Olympic gold medals buy beating Milorad Cavic in the 100 meter Butterfly! By .001 of a second!! TRULY down to the wire, this one was about as close as you can get. Guess those 12,000 calories a day paid off! Michael’s crazy diet’s below the video. Dude could medal in competitive eating!
Michael’s diet: Yes, he eats it ALL, every day. Phelps says he basically eats, swims and sleeps.
Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelet. One bowl of grits (word to the South!). Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.
Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread. Energy drinks packing 1,000 calories.
Dinner: One pound of pasta. An entire pizza. More energy drinks.
Michael’s a HUGE Lil Wayne fan, so Snarkista’s just posted above The Game‘s Premiere Video “My Life” featuring Lil Wayne on vocals. Tonight is the 4 x 100 meter relay, and the US team has NEVER lost. 11 gold medals. Tonight they could pick up number 12, and Michael his 8th. The race begins at approximately 10:45 ET. Get it boys!
Scarlett Johansson is co-starring in Woody Allen’s upcoming “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Snarkista thinks Woody’s worried about the film’s box office, and has forced poor Scarlett into this idiotic contest! The look on her face says it all: “You’re effin’ kidding me, you ancient freak. I am NOT your stepdaughter.” Don’t ya know she’s SO looking forward to THIS impending threesome? Snarkista knows Scarlett is Woody’s muse, but muses deserve better than this. Pimp.
The website Gawker continues it’s tradition of Scientology expose’ today, treating us to L. Ron Hubbard HIMSELF explaining ALL about Xenu! Everything you wanted to know, straight from the crazy commodore’s mouth! Picture Tommy and John Travolta furiously taking notes while Jada pulls Will Smith’s ears! Gawker’s “The History Of Xenu, As Explained By L. Ron Hubbard”.
UPDATE: VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!The press conference held by the guys who say they discovered a Bigfoot in Northern Georgia is about to begin. Okay. Redneck Georgia dude is saying at first he didn’t believe, and is wearing a Bigfoot trucker hat. He isn’t gonna reveal the location…hmmm. To protect the species. Yeah. Now he’s pissed off Shep Smith on Fox cuz they don’t have the body with them. Great PR move!!! Where’s RickMat? Now Snarkista’s gonna have to do her OWN Bigfoot hunt for someone who isn’t pissed on TV. Atlanta’s WSB radio is broadcasting some on the news, they stream live. WSB’s reporter just said these incredible details: Bigfoot was found by a stream. They took some pictures and video. Bigfoot is in a safe-house right now. Heh. Screw WSB, now some dude is telling Snarkista how to put her mother-in-law in a retirement home in India. Wait a minute… maybe that IS worth a listen!
Here’s a video clip from the Bigfoot press conference! Details are below the video, as well as a link to the ENTIRE 45 minute press conference video.
The link to the ENTIRE 45 minute press conference is HERE.
Bigfoot dude Rick Dyer says:
“we’re not Bigfoot hunters originally, but we are now the best Bigfoot trackers in the world.”
Bigfoot dude Matt says he and his business partner Rick, wanted to get away for awhile so they went to the woods of North Georgia. He says the pair went deep into the woods, far off the main road, where they stumbled upon the creature. From there Matt waited with it, while Rick went and got a truck where they moved it out. While they were moving the body away from its location, they say three other Bigfoots were “paralleling” them as they moved out.
Matt is an officer on medical leave from the Clayton County Police Department, and Rick is a former corrections officer. The pair hope to win over skeptics when they present DNA, additional pictures and results from an autopsy to be performed next week. They also hope they make ASSLOADS of money.
Snarkista thinks they’re gonna need more than what they put out today…’cuz it was pretty lame. Well-played, though, in managing to get most of the media to show up- and especially well-played in hoaxing CNN into live streaming the sideshow!
The “Big Foot Field Researchers Organization” (!) says THIS about the whole story:
The “Georgia Bigfoot Body” story is a hoax, started by two fellows in Georgia. The “body” is a widely available Halloween costume stuffed into a large cooler, with some animal entrails laid on top. This ongoing hoax is now being orchestrated by a notorious Las Vegas con-man named Carmine Thomas Biscardi.
Hmmm. Something smells. And Snarkista’s pretty sure it’s not Bigfoot! One thing’s for sure…it looks like there’s a
cat bigfoot fight brewing! So, are YOU a believer? Or, is Bigfoot totally gonna be your Halloween costume this year?!