2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
From “Lord of the Rings” to “King Kong”? Peter Jackson will direct a remake of the gorilla legend after he finishes the LOTR trilogy. No word yet on who will play the blond. In 1933 it was Fay Wray and in 1976 it was Jessica Lange. Hmm … perhaps Orlando Bloom?
Cher dumps Michael Jackson! The gal’s tough. She used to be Jacko’s friend but now she’s had enough. It’s not that she’s against plastic surgery (understandable) but she doesn’t think he should be allowed near kids. “You dangle a baby over a balcony, that’s it for me,” she says. (Page Six)
Vin Diesel, a Sensitive New Age Guy? In his latest release, “A Man Apart,” filmed before “XXX” (and working out) made him huge, he plays a man whose wife (Jacqueline Obradors) dies and who refuses to have a lap dance at a strip club because it compromises his fidelity to her. (TV Guide)
Kirsten Dunst and boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal are starting a forum for young Hollywood types to talk about politics and get more involved. Her credentials for such a project? She’s her target audience: “I didn’t even vote in 2000. I think it was just laziness.” (WENN)
The Dixie Chicks got a vote of confidence (with no hanging chads) from former V.P. Al Gore last week. He was speaking to a college crowd about the increasing lack of tolerance for opposing views (some radio stations have banned the trio’s music because of their anti-Bush statements a few weeks ago). Gore said the Chicks were “made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said. Our democracy has taken a hit.” (Yahoo)
Finally, for anyone who has ever stayed at an Ian Schrager hotel and felt the teeniest bit intimidated (and scared) by the lack of illumination and the dangerous furniture, we recommend this article about the visionary behind the gorgeous and oh-so-important design revolution, Philippe Starck. The headline says it all: “Genius, or Starck raving bonkers?” (The Times of London)
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Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.