'Twerk Fail' viral video was prank by late night TV host

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 8:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 8:36 AM

By now you probably have seen the viral video of the worst twerk fail ever, when a girl in a handstand twerking in a video for her boyfriend fell backwards, shattered a table and caught her pants on fire.

Within a few days the video logged over nine million youtube views.  It was a-mazing.

It was also staged.  

Jimmy Kimmel revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night that his crew shot that scene a few months ago with a professional stuntwoman.  They just uploaded it to the web last week to see how quickly it would blow up.  Or as he told his viewers the “internet conspiracy theorists” who claimed the video looked like the incident was staged were right. Here's a link to Kimmel's "unedited" version on YouTube.

He then shows clips of legitimate news stations airing it as if it was true, that the girl was just a victim of bad twerking.  Miley Cyrus even got dragged into many stories.

He got us all.

Well played Jimmy!  One of the greatest new media pranks of all time. 

If you still haven't seen the original video, take a look below:

Tom Cruise confirms ‘Top Gun’ sequel is in the works

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 7:54 PM

Tom Cruise confirmed a

It’s official and straight from Maverick’s mouth.

Despite reports about a sequel to the 1986 Naval airplane action/drama film circling for years, Tom Cruise has not confirmed it’s happening until he was asked about it on “Sunrise,” Australia's morning talk show Wednesday local time.

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“It's true, yeah it's true,” Cruise said. “You know what? I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It's happening. It is definitely happening.”

Cruise is in Sydney promoting is upcoming movie, “The Mummy.”

“You're the first people that I've really said it (to), he said. “This is going to happen.”

In 2016, Cruise addressed rumors about a sequel on the U.K.’s “The Graham Norton Show.” At the time, when host Norton asked, Cruise said “no.” When pressed further and asked about a tweet teasing “Top Gun 2” from “Top Gun” producer Jerry Bruckheimer, he said, “Yes, we’re discussing it.”

It looks like the discussions went well.

“Top Gun” celebrated its 31st anniversary in the U.S.  May 16.

Actress, heiress Dina Merrill has died; grew up at Mar a Lago, sold to Trump 

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 4:40 PM

Actress and heiress Dina Merrill, seen here at the Waldorf-Astoria for the American Museum of the Moving Image's Salute to Julia Roberts in 2000, died Tuesday at her home in East Hampton, New York. Merrill appeared in movies, on television and on the stage beginning in the late 1950s. 
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Actress and rebellious heiress, Dina Merill, who defied her super-rich parents to become a movie star, often portraying stylish wives or “the other woman,” has died at age 93.

Merrill, raised in part at the Mar a Lago estate in Florida now owned by President Donald Trump, died Monday, according to a family spokeswoman.

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Merrill had Lewy Body dementia, according to her son, Stanley H. Rumbough.

Starting in the 1950s, Merrill appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, her break coming after Katharine Hepburn recommended her for the 1957 Tracy-Hepburn comedy “The Desk Set.” Merrill, who had the poised, aristocratic beauty of fellow blonde Grace Kelly, co-starred with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis in “Operation Petticoat,” Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr in “The Sundowners” and Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8.” More recently, she was part of Robert Altman’s ensemble cast for the Hollywood satire “The Player” and in television programs such as “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Nanny.”

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But becoming an actress was not considered proper for someone of Merrill’s privileged status. Her mother was Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune and one of the nation’s richest women. Her father was E.F. Hutton, founder of the stockbroker firm that bore his name. Heiress Barbara Hutton was a cousin.

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“Mother was politically and diplomatically and every which way well connected,” Merrill remarked in 2000, “but she didn’t know anyone in show business. Of course my parents’ eyebrows shot up when I said I wanted to be an actress. And I guess they said, really between themselves, ‘Let the dear girl try and fall on her face.’”

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Manchester attack at Ariana Grande concert: What we know now

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:53 AM

An explosion was reported near Manchester Arena in the U.K. where an Ariana Grande concert was being held on Monday. Greater Manchester police said early Tuesday that at least 22 people were killed and 59 injured in the incident, which they believe was a terrorist attack conducted by a male suicide bomber. Children were among the dead.

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BBC News reported that police have warned people to avoid the area around the venue amid reports of an explosion around 10:35 p.m. local time.

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7 things to consider before your next concert

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

After a bomb detonated at a concert in Manchester, England, killing and injuring dozens, KIRO-TV asked a retired FBI agent what he thinks about and prepares for at large events. 

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Retired FBI agent David Gomez said people should think about the following before attending a concert, sporting event or large gathering: 

1. Don’t push through crowds to exit at the end of the show.

While many fans are eager to beat the traffic, Gomez said he intentionally hangs back. 

“I’m usually in no hurry to leave. Let the big crowds progress first. Let me have a clear space where I can watch,” Gomez said. 

He said it’s harder to be aware of your surroundings when you’re shoulder to shoulder with the crowd. If someone on the outside is waiting to target a large group of people leaving a venue, the person will generally attack the first wave of people out the door. 

2. Before the show starts, find the closest exit.

Before the concert starts, look around for the closest exit. This might sometimes be a door toward the back of the venue, away from the doors where people entered. 

Gomez compared it to the way he sometimes chooses where to sit in a restaurant: “We pick a table that’s away from the front door and close to the exit, rear door, so I know if somebody’s going to come in the front door and rob the establishment, or is going to shoot somebody in the establishment, I have an exit that’s not close to the front door.” 

If someone enters through the back door, Gomez said he still has a clear line to the front door. 

3. Note the security staff closest to you. 

Know where they are in case you need to report suspicious activity or ask for help. In case of an emergency, they will likely be issuing instructions. 

4. Discuss a meeting place for your group if you get separated.

Make plans ahead of time so that if you are separated from your party, everyone knows where to meet. Members of your group should know that the spot might be adjusted if there is a threat inside the venue vs. the outside. 

5. Observe who and what is around you -- not what’s on your phone screen.

Matthew McLellan, a student on Mercer Island, told KIRO-TV he has attended concerts where many people are on their phones. He said he likes to send Snapchat photos to share his concert experience. 

But McLellan said that because of this week’s attack, he’ll be thinking twice. 

“It was shocking,” McLellan said. “Just seeing the numbers (of casualties) increase every couple of hours just hurts me.” 

6. If something happens and you can’t find an exit, shelter in place. 

Gomez said one girl who attended the concert in Manchester was reported to have stayed in her spot on the third level of the venue because she couldn’t find an easy way out. Police eventually entered the building to help people get out.

7. Before you go, check the venue website for specific entry rules.

Some venues require clear bags only; some performers specifically call for no use of cellphones. Read the information on your ticket and on the venue website carefully before you leave the house so you won’t be turned away at the door or kicked out. 

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