Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Jewel Is Pregnant:

I have wonderful news to report this morning: Jewel and her husband, rodeo stud TY MURRAY, are expecting their first child together.
--Jewel says she's in her second trimester, but she won't give a due date or reveal the sex of the baby. --She says, quote, "I'm trying to be in the moment and really enjoy my pregnancy. I feel really lucky." (--Jewel is 36. D. And 36 years old.) (???)

Tia Mowry Is Pregnant:

TIA MOWRY . . . one of the twin stars of the series "Sister, Sister" along with her sister TAMERA . . . is pregnant. She and husband Cory Hardrict are expecting their first child in July. --Tia . . . who's 32 . . . is getting her own show to document the pregnancy. It'll air on the Style Network later this year. No word on how they'll handle the pregnancy on her current show, "The Game", which now airs on BET.

Dr. Conrad Murray Will Stand Trial for Killing Michael Jackson:

DR. CONRAD MURRAY will stand trial for killing MICHAEL JACKSON. --At the conclusion of his preliminary hearing yesterday, Judge Michael Pastor ruled that there was enough evidence to prosecute Dr. Murray on one count of INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. --He also ordered Dr. Murray's medical license to be suspended immediately . . . saying, quote, "[The] overall consideration is the protection of the public. The continued practice by Dr. Murray does pose an imminent danger to the state of California." --During the six-day hearing, Murray's attorneys tried to suggest that Michael administered the fatal dose of propofol to himself. --But two doctors who testified yesterday said that even if that were the case, Murray would still have been guilty of negligence, since he was the attending physician. --Murray's arraignment . . . where he'll be formally charged and allowed to enter his plea . . . will take place on January 25th. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. --Following the verdict, LA TOYA JACKSON told reporters, quote, "I'm happy so far."

Edward Furlong Is In Jail for Violating His Wife's Restraining Order:

EDWARD FURLONG was thrown in jail yesterday morning for violating a restraining order filed by his estranged wife, Rachael Kneeland. --Rachel got the restraining order because Edward was threatening her and her new boyfriend. --Yesterday, he showed up in court for a progress hearing, where it was revealed that he violated the order last month by getting within 50 yards of Rachel. (--He's supposed to stay at least 100 yards away from her.) --Last we heard, he was still behind bars on $75,000 bail. --Furlong . . . who's 33 years old . . . seemed to have a great career ahead of him when he scored the role of John Connor in "Terminator 2" . . . which was released in 1991. --But thanks to drugs and alcohol, he's constantly undoing any forward progress he makes. --Furlong plays a drug dealer in "The Green Hornet" . . . which hits theaters on Friday. And the night before his incarceration, he was living it up with SETH ROGEN and the rest of the cast at the L.A. premiere.

Lea Michele Didn't Mean to Dash the Hopes of "True Grit" Actress Hailee Steinfeld:

14-year-old "True Grit" star HAILEE STEINFELD recently revealed that she tried to get an autograph from "Glee" minx LEA MICHELE . . . and Lea totally blew her off. --This was back when Hailee was auditioning for "True Grit". -Well, Lea claims it was a PRODUCTION ASSISTANT who shooed Hailee away . . . and she feels bad about it. --She says, quote, "I heard Hailee was upset and feel terrible. The 'Glee' schedule is so jam-packed that the PA probably pulled me so that I wouldn't be late to the set. --"I never meant to hurt her feelings. She's an extraordinary talent and I look forward to meeting her one day."

Jaime Pressly's Blood-Alcohol Level was .22%:

It's a good thing cops got JAIME PRESSLY off the road last week. TMZ says her blood-alcohol level was .22%. That's almost THREE-TIMES California's legal limit of .08%. --Jaime was arrested last Wednesday night in Santa Monica at about 11:00 P.M. She was booked on suspicion of DUI and released on $15,000 bail.

The New James Bond Movie Will Be Released In November of 2012:

After almost becoming a casualty of MGM's financial problems, the 23rd James Bond movie is back on track. And it even has a release date: November 9th, 2012. --DANIEL CRAIG will return to play Agent 007 for the third time. SAM MENDES . . . of "American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition" fame . . . will direct.

Miley Cyrus May Star in the Movie Based On that "Big Bang" Music Video:

MILEY CYRUS may star in a movie based on the video for the ROCK MAFIA song, "The Big Bang". --As you may recall, Miley and actor KEVIN ZEGERS star in the video, which features a trippy narrative about a dude chasing some chick through a city. --He seems to have flashbacks of having known her before . . . but there are also hints that she doesn't really exist. The video ends with him watching her car get seriously T-boned . . . but when he checks the wreckage, she's not there.
(--Here's the video . . .)

James Cameron Is Dissing "Battleship":

Last year, JAMES CAMERON used his lofty, self-proclaimed position as KING OF THE WORLD to insult the makers of "Piranha 3D" . . . basically for squandering 3D technology on a crappy movie. --And now, he's going after the makers of the upcoming "Battleship" movie for their lack of originality. --He reportedly told a German movie website, quote, "We have a story crisis. Now they want to make the Battleship game into a film. This is pure desperation. --"Everyone in Hollywood knows how important it is that a film is a brand before it hit theaters. If a brand has been around, Harry Potter for example, or Spider-Man, you are light years ahead. --"And there lies the problem. Because unfortunately these franchises are become more ridiculous. Battleship. This degrades the cinema."

Justin Bieber Is Coming Back to "CSI":

JUSTIN BIEBER will guest-star on another episode of "CSI". --Justin will once again play Jason, a crazy kid whose brother was killed by the CSIs at the end of Justin's previous episode, which aired in September. --The new episode is called "Targets of Obsession", and it's scheduled for February 17th. (--You can view a scene from Justin's first "CSI" episode, here . . .)
(--For CBS, February 17th falls within the all-important advertising "sweeps" period. For Justin, it comes just after his movie "Never Say Never" hits theaters, and for young girls everywhere, it's Justin Bieber . . . on TV.)
(--The episode is already filming. Here's a picture of Justin on the set . . . sporting a FAKE black eye . . .)


WEDNESDAY TV REMINDERS: (--Check your local listings.)

--"Live to Dance" [Performance Show] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"American Masters" . . . 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. on PBS. (--Jeff Bridges is profiled.)

--"Modern Family" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on ABC. (--"24's" Mary Lynn Rajskub guest stars as Mitchell's old girlfriend.)

--"Dog the Bounty Hunter" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on A&E. (--Dog gets a runaway's family in Texas to help him lure the guy back home.)

--"The Will" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ID.

--"Off the Map" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer and "The Ring's" Martin Henderson star in this new medical drama about three doctors at a remote South African clinic.)

--"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Jeremy Irons guest stars as a sex therapist who becomes uncooperative with police regarding his estranged daughter's rape.)

The Bellamy Brothers Think Britney Spears' New Song, "Hold It Against Me", Rips Off the Title of One of Their Old Songs . . . But Their Title Wasn't Original, Either:

According to the old-school country music duo THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, the title of the new BRITNEY SPEARS single is a rip-off of one of their old hits . . . but not in the way you think. --It's not the SONG that sounds similar . . . it's the TITLE. Britney's new single is called "Hold It Against Me", while the Bellamy Brothers had a hit in 1979 called "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me". --And in the chorus of the Britney Spears song, she sings, quote, "If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me." --DAVID BELLAMY says his son called him and told him that Britney's song had, quote, "pretty much the same title" as the Bellamy Brothers song . . . and he agreed. --He says, quote, "I just kind of found it unoriginal, and I guess it makes us realize how old we are, because they're recycling our titles already." --David realizes a lot of people use the same song titles, and it isn't a big deal . . . but he thinks this is different. He says, quote, "This particular title is kinda hard to disguise, because the title is the song. It's not like saying, 'I love you, baby.' --"I think songwriters have become watered down. This makes me sound like an old man again, but I find that songwriters now are not as strong as they used to be in the '60 or '70s. I naturally gravitate to that. -"I like singer-songwriters, strong hooks, old rock, and old country. I'm not really a big fan of the Euro dance mixes, but I think there's just more original stuff out there to do than just rehashing old titles." --David won't make a final decision of whether or not to pursue legal action until he checks everything out. He says, quote, "I just have to see what the intent was." He also admits he's not too familiar with the copyright laws in this case. --Here's what the Bellamy Brothers have conveniently failed to mention: Britney Spears and her songwriters may not have invented the phrase, "If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?" . . . but neither did the Bellamy Brothers. --In an interview just a few years ago with, HOWARD BELLAMY said they got the line from GROUCHO MARX . . . who used to say it to women on his game show, "You Bet Your Life" in the 1950s.
(--You can read his quote for yourself here . . .)

A Def Leppard Cover Band Has Apparently Found a One-Armed Drummer . . . Just Like the Real Band:

This next story is either AWESOME or DISGUSTINGLY DISRESPECTFUL . . . depending on how seriously you take cover bands, physical handicaps, and idiocy. --A Texas DEF LEPPARD cover band called PYROMANIA recently put out a flyer, saying that they were looking for a ONE-ARMED drummer. --Obviously, they were doing this to mimic the REAL Def Leppard. Drummer RICK ALLEN lost his arm in a car accident in 1984, but remains with the band to this day. --The full ad reads: "Pyromania [is] seeking [a] one arm drummer (no prosthetics). Must have pro gear . . . flame-retardant kit and stick." (--Yes, just "stick.") --"No dope fiends . . . if you're wired, you're fired!!! So if you're ready to get rockin' . . . call us!!! Let's pour some sugar on Dallas!!! Serious inquiries only. 214-815-8661." --And amazingly, it sounds like they already found their "one arm" man. --If you call the number, you'll get a voice message that says, quote, "If you're calling about the Dallas-based Def Leppard tribute band Pyromania, we found our one-armed drummer, and I wanna thank everyone who auditioned, but the position is filled." --For what it's worth, a California-based Def Leppard cover band . . . also called PYROMANIA . . . do NOT approve of this one-armed gimmick. --They released this statement: Quote, "[It] seems there is a Def Leppard tribute band in Dallas who call themselves Pyromania and are looking for a one-armed drummer. --"We wanted to set the record straight that we have nothing to do with this ad and we are not looking for a drummer and feel [this] is in VERY BAD TASTE!! --"We have much respect for Rick Allen and Def Leppard and we have a great love and honor for their music. Please do not confuse us with this complete disgusting and disrespectful behavior." (--In REAL Def Leppard news, there's talk that Def Leppard may be touring this year with KANSAS and HEART. It's just a rumor for now.)

A Study Finds That Men Are More Likely To Talk To Less Attractive Women On Dating Sites:

Good news, ladies. We've figured out why you're not having the success you want in online dating. And the reason is . . . you're TOO attractive. Yeah. That's it. Definitely. --The dating site OKCupid just ran a study that found that, a lot of the time, men are more inclined to talk to LESS ATTRACTIVE women on dating sites. --Now, if you're super-extreme spectacular hot, then you'll still get plenty of messages from guys. But for everyone else, sometimes being attractive seems to actually scare guys away. --The theory here is simple: If a guy thinks you're extremely attractive, he assumes lots of other guys are trying to compete for you. --But if he finds a woman who the general population might think is average . . . but fits his type . . . he thinks he'll have less competition and better odds of success. --OKCupid didn't run this test on women yet, to see if they're also afraid of attractive men, but they plan on doing that soon. (OK Cupid)

The Golden-Voiced Homeless Guy Was Detained By the Police In Los Angeles:

Last week, 53-year-old TED WILLIAMS went from homeless to famous, thanks to a video that showed off his slick radio voice. He's received tons of job offers since then, even though he's got a pretty extensive rap sheet. --Time to pull out the rap sheet again. --Ted's in L.A. for media appearances, and on Monday night, someone called the LAPD after he got into a loud argument in a Hollywood hotel with his daughter Janey (--pronounced Jen-NAY). --It basically started out as some kind of family gathering, and the bickering developed into a shouting match . . . possibly fueled by alcohol. --Janey says Ted has relapsed into his alcohol-abusing ways, and that he's been drinking a bottle of vodka a night. --Ted says his daughter hit him and scratched his face, but he was led away in handcuffs, and they were both held at a Hollywood police station for a couple hours. --They were both released, and neither was arrested. --Before he became instantly famous, Ted had problems with drugs and alcohol and has been arrested at least a dozen times. He's served time for theft, forgery, and drug possession. (Columbus Dispatch)

ATMs Are Just As Dirty As Public Toilets?

I'm still paranoid every time I go to an ATM that some hacker has rigged it to steal my PIN number and wipe out my bank account. Little do they know that's a huge waste of energy. Enjoy your $410, losers! --Anyway, here's something NEW to freak out about when you're at an ATM. A new study in England found that ATM buttons are just as DIRTY as . . . PUBLIC TOILETS. --Scientists swabbed ATMs around the country and found pseudomonads and bacillus . . . which are bacteria that can cause illness and diarrhea. The swabs were similar to ones they took in some public bathrooms. (The Telegraph)

A 94-Year-Old Man In India Has Become the Oldest Father Ever:

This should give hope to anyone who's worried they won't want to get-it-on as much when they get older. Ain't no age limit on randy, folks. --94-year-old Ramjit Raghav of Haryana, in northern India, just became the world's OLDEST FATHER. His 52-year-old wife Shankuntala Devi recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy. --And according to Ramjit, he's not surprised they got pregnant. Quote, "I'm healthy and I enjoy sex with my wife. I think it's very important for a husband and wife to have sex regularly." --He says that usually amounts to THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT . . . but they might scale that back just a little bit to focus on their newborn. --Quote, "When she asks I will go on all night, but for the sake of my child I've put our needs aside for now." --Shankuntala says she LOVES their ridiculous sexual schedule. Quote, "He can make love like any 25-year-old man, even better because he can go on all night. And he's a wonderful father." --The previous record holder for world's oldest father was a 90-year-old farmer named Nanu Ram Jogi, who is also from India. (Metro)

A Man Gets Shot In the Head But Manages To *Sneeze* Out the Bullet and Survive, Totally Unharmed:

Even the doctors who treated this guy are having a hard time explaining this one. --Back on December 31st, 28-year-old Darco Sangermano of Naples, Italy was shot in the head during a New Year's celebration. In Naples, tons of people set off fireworks and shoot guns into the air. --The .22-caliber bullet hit Darco in the right side of its head, and started its crazy journey. It went past his temple . . . behind his eye through the eye socket . . . ricocheted off a bone in the nose . . . and finally lodged itself in his right nostril. --Darco was covered in blood but he SNEEZED . . . and the bullet came right out of his nose. Other than a headache, he felt fine. --When doctors checked him out, they were SHOCKED to find there was no damage or injury . . . the only evidence he'd been shot were the wound on the side of his head and a few small bone fragments near his temple. --He's expected to make a full recovery and won't even lose any sight in the eye. (FOX News)
If You Appear On "America's Most Wanted" . . . Don't Go To a Casino Filled With Thousands of Security Cameras:

Back in December, 52-year-old An Soon Kim of Queens, New York was featured on "America's Most Wanted". Kim is accused of human trafficking . . . smuggling young Korean women into the U.S. and forcing them into prostitution. --Well . . . one of the employees at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut saw that episode, and recognized Kim as a regular. He told management, and they alerted the staff to call the cops if she came in. --And Kim wasn't smart enough to realize that after you're featured on "America's Most Wanted" . . . maybe you should avoid places like casinos that have THOUSANDS of security cameras. --On Friday, she made her first trip to the Mohegan Sun since the episode aired. Security spotted her and called the police. They called immigration, who came and busted her on the casino's gambling floor. --Kim has been on the federal radar since 2006, when she ran a scheme to bring Korean women to the U.S. using fake documents . . . and then forced them to work as prostitutes in brothels and massage parlors. --She's a legal permanent resident of the U.S. and has South Korean citizenship. Kim is facing charges of conspiracy to engage in human tracking, interstate transportation of women for prostitution, and more. --There's no word on how much prison time she may be facing. (New York Times)

Here Are the Least Expensive and Most Expensive Cars to Insure in 2011:

A lot of things determine how much your car insurance costs, including your age, your driving record, where you live, and your credit report. But the one way you can control your rate is to make sure you're driving a car you can afford to insure.

--Yesterday, the website released its annual list of the cheapest and most expensive cars to insure. Here's what it said.

#1.) Minivans Are the Cheapest to Insure. The four cheapest cars on the list are all minivans, including the Chrysler Town and Country, the Toyota Sienna, the Sienna LE, and the Honda Odyssey LX. --On average, insuring each of them costs right around $1,100 a year for someone with a good driving record.

#2.) SUVs Are the Second-Cheapest. In fact, all of the top ten cheapest cars to insure are either minivans or SUVs. And all of the SUVs cost between $1,100 and $1,200 a year, on average.

#3.) Most of the Best-Selling Cars Are Also Cheap to Insure. The number one best-selling car in 2010 was the Ford F-150 pickup truck, which carries a $1,500 annual premium. But that's higher than its competition:
--The Toyota Camry . . . which was the third most-popular car in 2010 . . . costs $1,275 a year to insure, the average driver of a new Nissan Altima pays $1,370, and the Honda CR-V costs $1,155.

#4.) The Most Expensive Cars to Insure Are Probably Out of Your Price Range Anyway. All of the cars in the top 20 are made by Mercedes, BMW, Aston Martin, Porsche, and Jaguar. --But the Mercedes SL65 AMG took the top spot. It goes from zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds . . . and the insurance costs $3,600 a year. That's if you're a GOOD driver, with no tickets or accidents on your record. --But of course, if you can afford to buy a Mercedes SL65, you're probably not that worried about your insurance rate. The recommended retail price is just a shade under $200,000. (


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