Jennifer Stone, David Copperfield, Selena Gomez
Friday night on the Disney Channel, The Wizards of Waverly Place will get a visit from arguably the most famous wizard alive today. Master magician David Copperfield, who rarely appears on ...
During his finale performance at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Wednesday, one of David Copperfield's magician's assistants was severely injured and rushed to the hospital.
"During an illusion where David attempts to walk through the rotating blades of a 12-foot high industrial fan, the fan and its platform were being rotated by one of David's illusion technicians," the rep told US. "Just prior to David himself walking through the fan, [the assistant] was accidentally pulled into the vortex of the moving fan blades, causing ...
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File this under "freak, super." First an audience member accuses the illusionist of flying her to the Bahamas and raping her, then TMZ gets hold of papers that detail how his assistants are to get female audience members he fancies backstage at his shows while keeping their dates out of the way. A sample from the "What to Say" portion of the documents: "Do you know that David has recently bought some islands in the Bahamas? Well, they are beautiful and we are doing a lot of project[s] for these islands.... So we['d] like to keep in touch with you in case there is a job in the future we think you would be interested in." Shudder. In response, Copperfield's lawyer tells the website, "Recently, [he] was the victim of an unsuccessful extortion attempt by a disgruntled former employee. We believe these documents are a smear campaign which is a product of that unsuccessful shakedown effort." Sorry, still creeped out. Ben Katner
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A team of 12 FBI agents on Wednesday night raided a Las Vegas warehouse belonging to magic man David Copperfield, seizing a computer hard drive, digital camera system and nearly $2 million in cash. The feds, however, were not at liberty to confirm the nature of their investigation, only saying that it "is related to a Seattle case [that] is pending." Since then, startling information has come to light. A Seattle woman has made a rape claim against Copperfield, telling police that he raped her while she was in the Bahamas, Fox News reports. Because the alleged assault happened abroad and was not reported while the woman was still in the Bahamas, Seattle law enforcement turned it over to the FBI.
Question: I've heard that Oscar winners sometimes sell their statuettes and that there's supposedly something wrong with that. What's the story, and just for the record, what is an Oscar worth?
Answer: The only Oscar winner who actually sold his own statuette was Harold Russell, who traded his best-supporting-actor statuette from The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) for $50,000 in 1992. Russell, a nonactor, played a World War II veteran who comes home a double amputee, as Russell himself had done in real life. And he actually won two Oscars for the same performance, so even after selling his acting award, he had a special Oscar "bringing aid and comfort to disabled veterans" for his mantle.
But generally when an Oscar is up for sale, it's by heirs of the person who actually won the award, and the problem