The upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival opening night showing of the new Jason Alexander movie Lucky Stiff will be brought to you by Levitt-Weinstein cemeteries.
And the raffle to benefit the festival will allow two lucky ... stiffs to win cemetery plots.
By the way, Seinfeld co-star Alexander, whose mom Ruth Greenspan was a longtime Broward resident, is expected at the Nov. 7 showing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Here’s the deal: Anyone who purchases a $25 ticket that night will be entered in a raffle for “a chance to win a peaceful afterlife gift for two,” the festival’s deadpan news release reads.
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The two burial plots, at the Beth David Memorial Gardens in Hollywood, are valued at a total of $8,000.
Lucky Stiff is based on a 1988 play that follows a British shoe salesman on his quest to inherit $6 million on the condition that he takes the body of his dead American uncle on a trip to Monte Carlo.
tiger woods appeal
After weeks of back and forth with a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge, Tiger Woods officially is appealing a local jury’s decision that he pay $1.22 million in damages plus interests to Miami memorabilia dealer Gotta Have It Golf.
Woods seems ready for the months, if not years, in appeals court.
His attorney, Guy Rasco, has until mid-November to file his brief. He didn’t comment on his strategy.
“The [award’s] interests are still accruing,” said the autograph company’s lawyer, Eric Isicoff. In June, the interests alone were already at $500,000.
Gotta Have It claimed Woods broke a licensing agreement when he failed to provide 1,300 autographs, and an all-female jury in Miami agreed.
‘Wolf’ of politics
Now that he has paid his debt to society, Bal Harbour businessman Danny Porush, the convicted scammer who inspired the Jonah Hill character in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, says he sees nothing wrong with his pouring cash into political campaigns, including those of U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.
Porush, Jordan Belfort’s sidekick in the $200 million swindle portrayed in the movie, says he’s following every detail of his sentence, including his $1,000-a-month restitution, and had his right to vote restored.
“I’ve done everything I was supposed to do,” Porush says. “I am a productive member of society, and I don’t see why I shouldn’t participate in the political process.”
The South Florida-based security company hired to watch over troubled pop star Justin Bieber sure has strange business practices.
The Hollywood-based Guardian Professional Security, which also counts 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Timbaland and Shakira among its clients, claims in court documents filed in Miami that it has no employment, background and training records for Hugo Hesny, the beefy human shield accused of roughing up photographers who get close to the Biebs.
Guardian owner Anton Kalaydjian says Hesny works for him but his employment file is empty —except for a copy of Hesny’s state-issued security-guard license.
Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel this week gave Kalaydjian until the end of the month to do better — or else.
The paperwork popped up in the lawsuit brought against Bieber by Miami Beach paparazzoJeffery Binion.
“It’s unconscionable to think that a security company that employs armed guards with the duty to protect celebrities ... keeps no employment records,” said Mark DiCowden, Binion’s attorney.
Kalaydjian didn’t respond to requests for comment.