Tuesday, January 25, 2011



Oprah Winfrey's "Hidden Family Secret" Is: She Has a Half-Sister:

OPRAH WINFREY revealed her "hidden family secret" . . . a.k.a. "the miracle of all miracles" . . . on yesterday's show. Ladies and gentlemen: Oprah has a half-sister. (--I know, I know. I shouldn't have blurted out something so shocking without preparing you for it first. I'll give you a moment to collect yourself. OK . . .) --Here's the rundown of how it all came together: --Oprah's mother, Vernita Lee, had a baby girl in 1963, but she gave the baby up for adoption. Oprah was nine years old, but never knew about the pregnancy because she was living with her father in Tennessee at the time. --The girl, who was later named Patricia, lived in foster homes in Milwaukee before finally being adopted when she was seven. A few years ago, she went to the adoption agency in an effort to find her mother. --The agency wouldn't give Patricia any names, but they did contact her mother . . . and said she was NOT interested in meeting her at that time. --Patricia didn't want to give up, but all she had to go on was that she had three half-siblings . . . but that two of them had died, and the other was once in Tennessee. --And now, for "the miracle of all miracles" part . . . or more like "the coincidence of all coincidences" . . . --Patricia happened to see a local news interview with Vernita, in which she talked about how she had two dead children, who were half-siblings to Oprah. --Their ages and death dates matched the adoption information Patricia had . . . and amazingly, she took that and started to put the pieces together. --Then, she saw a magazine story on a woman named Alisha, who was Oprah's half-niece. She was the daughter of one of Vernita's deceased children . . . a daughter named Pat, or Patricia. (--This is another crazy coincidence. Vernita didn't name Patricia before giving her up for adoption . . . so it's just happenstance that they had the same name.) --The LIVING Patricia met up with Alisha at the restaurant she owned . . . and she agreed to participate in a DNA test. It proved that they were related. --Patricia then spent three years trying to contact Vernita and / or Oprah, but didn't have any luck. Finally, talk within Oprah's family began to heat up . . . and Oprah's mother finally admitted that it was true this past November. (--You can read more about Oprah's reunion with her sister here.)

Oprah Winfrey's Earth-Shattering Half-Sister Revelation: The Reunion:

OPRAH WINFREY met her half-sister when her family joined Oprah's family for Thanksgiving in Milwaukee . . . and then Patricia appeared on yesterday's show. --Oprah said she wanted to wait to reveal everything publicly on her show because, quote, "There is no way a story like this wouldn't get out in the press and wouldn't get exploited. It is true. I wanted you to hear it from me first." --On that note, Oprah also became emotional when talking about how Patricia never "sold her out" to the press . . . even though she knew she could be Oprah's sister since 2007, and was having trouble contacting Oprah directly. --She said, quote, "Since I have been a person known in the public, there have been few times when I've been anywhere and not been sold out . . . --"What is so extraordinary is they have known this secret since 2007 . . . she never once thought to go to the press. She never once thought to sell this story." --Patricia responded, quote, "Family business should be handled by family. It couldn't be handled by anyone else. That's not fair. It wouldn't be fair to you." --Oprah said that she and Patricia will be, quote, "getting to know each other in the months and days and years to come." --By the way, Oprah's mom, Vernita, didn't come on the live show, but she did appear in a taped interview with Oprah. --Vernita explained that she initially denied that she'd given a child up for adoption because, quote, "I thought it was a terrible thing that I had done. I made the decision to give her up because I wasn't able to take care of her." --She added, quote, "I did think about the baby. I went back looking for her and they told me she had left."

(--Here are a few videos from "Oprah". You can watch the clip of Oprah confirming the news, here. There's also a clip of Oprah talking to Patricia about her resilient search, here.)

(--Here's video of Patricia talking about the moment she realized she could be Oprah's half sister. And here's a clip of Oprah talking about how SHE found out she had a sister. And here's video of Oprah introducing Patricia.)

Tiffany Accidentally Outed Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block . . . But He Doesn't Care:

'80s pop minx TIFFANY accidentally outed JONATHAN KNIGHT of NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK last week. But it turns out he doesn't care. --Tiffany and DEBBIE GIBSON were on a Bravo talk show called "Watch What Happens Live" on Thursday night. And the host asked Tiffany if she had anything going with any of the New Kids back in the day. --She revealed that she dated Jonathan . . . then added, quote, "he became gay later." --Asked if she TURNED HIM, Tiffany said, quote, "I had issues with that! I was thinking maybe I did. But no, now looking back when we were dating, he was so much fun; we used to do facials together, he was so easy to talk to." --On Friday, Tiffany Tweeted, quote, "Really didn't know that was the wrong thing to say...Never meant to hurt Jon." --But apparently, it was no big deal. Because Jon replied, quote, "Tiff, please don't lose any sleep over it! I know you weren't being mean and I found it to be funny!" --He also Tweeted, quote, "I'm so devastated. How can I not remember getting facials???????" (--Check out the clip of Tiffany and Debbie on "Watch What Happens Live", here.)

Madonna's Brother Says It Might Get "Creepy" If She Keeps Dating Young Guys:

MADONNA is currently dating her second consecutive 24-year-old model. This time, it's a French dude named Brahim Zaibat. Before that, it was Brazilian stud Jesus Luz. At 52, Madonna is more than twice their ages. --Even her brother CHRISTOPHER CICCONE . . . who is deliciously gay and surely understands the allure of a hairless, muscular young stallion or two . . . thinks it's wearing thin. --He says, quote, "I guess if she continues to date all these much younger guys, it could start to look creepy. She certainly isn't following societal values, but then again my sister never has and probably never will either." --Christopher doubts Madonna is looking for the love of her life or anything like that. He says, quote, "I think that a lot of Madonna's emotional needs are met by taking care of her children. --"These boyfriends must really be like a kind of distraction for her." --Chris has been estranged from Madonna ever since he released the tell-all book "Life With My Sister Madonna" a few years ago.

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens Spent the Weekend Together in North Carolina:

More evidence that it's BACK ON between ZAC EFRON and VANESSA HUDGENS: The two were spotted together several times over the weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina. --Vanessa is there shooting a movie, and Zac came for a visit. --The two of them shared a hotel room, and were seen walking hand-in-hand in Downtown Wilmington. They also went out to eat several times. --And a so-called "source" says that Zac came to a cast and crew party on Saturday night . . . where he and Vanessa were seen MAKING OUT.

Bret Michaels' Heart Surgery Was Successful:

MILEY CYRUS' mom can breathe a sigh of relief: BRET MICHAELS' heart surgery was a success. --Bret went under the knife yesterday to have a hole in his heart repaired. It was discovered last April, when Bret was being treated for a brain hemorrhage. --The surgery was done at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix . . . where Bret remains in the intensive care unit for observation. --The Associated Press says doctors went in with a catheter through Bret's GROIN, and inserted a "closure device" into Bret's heart. --That device will remain in place permanently to stop abnormal blood flow between the two chambers of the heart. Doctors believe the abnormal blood flow caused the "warning stroke" Bret suffered last year. (--2010 was not the best year for Bret, medically speaking. In addition to the stroke, the hemorrhage and the discovery of the hole in his heart, Bret also had an emergency appendectomy in April.) (--But hey, he won "Celebrity Apprentice". So he's got that going for him.)

Steve Harvey's Ex-Wife Attacked Him on YouTube:

STEVE HARVEY'S ex-wife Mary goes off on him in a series of YouTube videos . . . accusing him of gross mistreatment, pretty much from the start. --In three videos totaling almost 27 minutes in length, Mary pretty much details the whole relationship. She accuses Steve of cheating throughout the entire marriage . . . and of being BRUTAL to her when he left. --She says, quote, "He turned my son against me, had me evicted from our house. I woke up, and everything was gone." --She also claims that Steve's current wife, Marjorie Bridges, started off as one of his mistresses. --Mary says she's speaking up as a response to a lawsuit Steve has filed against her . . . quote, "In Steve's opinion, I was responsible when Oprah did not give him a TV show. --"I'm being sued for that. That is why I'm saying what I have to say." --Steve's attorney says that Mary's videos contain, quote, "false, misleading, derogatory, disparaging, malicious, explicit and slanderous information about Mr. Harvey, his current wife and others." --He added that Megan and Steve are legally barred from discussing this chaos in public, and that they will be seeking, quote, "contempt and sanctions against her for such reprehensible and callous disregard for the court orders." --Mary counters that she keeps seeing HER name being brought up by Steve in the media . . . most recently in a cover story "Essence" magazine ran on him this month. --She says, quote, "To keep seeing my name referenced when talking about his life . . . that part of it, I don't understand." (--Steve actually writes relationship books these days, including "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment" . . . and last year's "Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man.") (--You can see Mary's YouTube videos here. The first one is pretty boring. The real dirt starts in Part 2.)

Bristol Palin Has Not Changed Tripp's Last Name . . . Yet:

We heard recently that BRISTOL PALIN had changed her son Tripp's last name from JOHNSTON to PALIN. Well, it turns out she has NOT done that. But she's trying. --In a radio interview Friday . . . (--With "The Bob & Mark Show" on KWHL in Anchorage, Alaska) . . . Bristol said, quote, "I've asked Levi to do it many different times, just get it out of the way, just sign over his parental rights, but I don't know if he will or if he wants to right now." --She's even willing to give up his child support money . . . quote, "I've asked him to do that many times . . . just say, 'Hey, look, let's just avoid this custody case that's been ongoing since Tripp was born just get it over with just sign over your rights.'" --Bristol said she wouldn't do anything to keep Levi from seeing Tripp. Not that it seems to be that much of an issue. She said, quote, "Since 'Dancing With the Stars', he's seen [Tripp], at the most, three times." --And she says each visit has been about FOUR HOURS long. She adds, quote, "It's unfortunate for Tripp." --Bristol says Levi's objection to relinquishing his parental rights is really only based on image . . . quote, "He just doesn't want to sign them over because it looks bad on paper." (--You can listen to audio here.)

"Eclipse" and "The Last Airbender" Lead This Year's Razzie Nominees:

Nominees for the Golden Raspberry Awards . . . a.k.a. The Razzies . . . were announced yesterday. This is the award show that celebrates the WORST in cinema from the previous year. --"Twilight: Eclipse" and M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN'S "The Last Airbender" lead the pack with NINE nominations each. --Both are up for Worst Picture, along with "The Bounty Hunter", "Sex & the City 2" and the parody flick "Vampires Suck". --"Twilight" studs TAYLOR LAUTNER and ROBERT PATTINSON are up for Worst Actor . . . while co-star KRISTEN STEWART is nominated for Worst Actress. --JENNIFER ANISTON picked up a Worst Actress nod for both "The Bounty Hunter" and "The Switch" . . . and MILEY CYRUS is in there for "The Last Song". (--Her dad BILLY RAY is up for Worst Supporting Actor for the Jackie Chan comedy "The Spy Next Door".) --The Razzies are just never the same without the involvement of SYLVESTER STALLONE. And they managed to work him in this year, giving him a Worst Director nomination for "The Expendables".

Worst Picture:

--"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
--The "Twilight" parody "Vampires Suck"
--"The Last Airbender"
--"The Bounty Hunter"
--"Sex and the City 2"

Worst Actor:

--Ashton Kutcher, "Killers" and "Valentine's Day"
--Gerard Butler, "The Bounty Hunter"
--Jack Black, "Gulliver's Travels"
--Robert Pattinson, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Remember Me"
--Taylor Lautner, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Valentine's Day"

Worst Actress:

--Miley Cyrus, "The Last Song"
--Jennifer Aniston, "The Bounty Hunter" and "The Switch"
--Kristen Stewart, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
--Megan Fox, "Jonah Hex"
--All four stars of "Sex and the City 2" . . . Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Sarah Jessica Parker

Worst Supporting Actor:

--George Lopez, "Marmaduke", "The Spy Next Door" and "Valentine's Day"
--Billy Ray Cyrus, "The Spy Next Door"
--Dev Patel, "The Last Airbender"
--Jackson Rathbone, "The Last Airbender" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
--Rob Schneider, "Grown Ups"

Worst Supporting Actress:

--Jessica Alba . . . who's nominated for four separate movies . . . "Little Fockers", "Machete", "The Killer Inside Me", and "Valentine's Day"
--Cher, "Burlesque"
--Liza Minnelli, "Sex and the City 2"
--Nicola Peltz, "The Last Airbender"
--Barbra Streisand, "Little Fockers"

Worst Screen Couple / Ensemble:

--The entire cast of "Sex and the City 2"
--The entire cast of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
--The entire cast of "The Last Airbender"
--Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, "The Bounty Hunter"
--Josh Brolin's Face and Megan Fox's Accent, "Jonah Hex"

Worst Director:

--Sylvester Stallone, "The Expendables"
--David Slade, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
--Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, "Vampires Suck"
--Michael Patrick King, "Sex and the City 2"
--M. Night Shyamalan, "The Last Airbender"

Worst Screenplay:

--"The Last Airbender"
--"Little Fockers"
--"Sex and the City 2"
--"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
--"Vampires Suck "

Worst Prequel, Sequel, Remake or Rip-Off:

--"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
--"Clash of the Titans"
--"The Last Airbender"
--"Sex and the City 2"
--"Vampires Suck"

Worst Eye-Gouging Use of 3-D:

--"Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore"
--"Clash of the Titans"
--"The Last Airbender"
--"Nutcracker 3-D"
--"Saw 3-D"
The "Avatar" Sequels Are Coming in Christmas of 2014 and 2015:

JAMES CAMERON says the next two "Avatar" movies will come out a year apart . . . at Christmas of 2014 and 2015. --He says, quote, "I am in the process of writing [them] now. We are planning to shoot them together and post them together." --As for who will be back for the sequels, he says, quote, "Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form." (--There's no word how SIGOURNEY WEAVER fits into all this. Technically, she "died" in the original. But there's been talk of taking, shall we say, SCIENCE FICTIONAL LIBERTIES, and finding a way to bring her back.)

There Are No New "Matrix" Sequels In the Works:

There's a rumor going around that KEANU REEVES revealed he's working on two new "Matrix" sequels with franchise creators ANDY and LANA WACHOWSKI. He said nothing to that effect, and there are no such sequels in existence. --Keanu's rep says, quote, "None of it is true."

Sunday's NFL Games Broke Ratings Records:

Both of Sunday's NFL playoff games attracted HUGE audiences. In fact, they both broke ratings records. --First, for the early game: Roughly 51.9 million people watched the NFC championship game, in which the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears. --That made it the most-watched afternoon football game, on any network, EVER. --Later, 54.9 million viewers watched the Pittsburgh Steelers outlast the New York Jets in the final AFC battle. That made it the most-watched AFC championship game in history. (--That eclipsed the previous record of 51.6 million viewers, which was set 29 years ago in the 1982 AFC championship game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers.) --On top of that, 19.2 million people stuck around for the "Hawaii Five-0" episode following the Pittsburgh game. (--That's a series high, and DOUBLE the show's usual audience. Before this weekend, its best mark was the premiere, which drew 14.2 million people.)

The Creator of "Skins" Is Defending His Show:

A lot of people are freaking out . . . hard . . . over MTV's controversial new show "Skins", which the Parents Television Council is calling "the most dangerous show for children that we have ever seen." --But "Skins" creator Bryan Elsley says they're missing the point. --He issued a statement through MTV News yesterday . . . basically saying that the show is actually GOOD for teenagers because it's honest. He says, quote, "It tries to tell the truth. Sometimes that truth can be a little painful to adults and parents." --He adds, quote, "'Skins' is a very simple and in fact rather old fashioned TV series. It's about the lives and loves of teenagers, how they get through high school, how they deal with their friends . . . -"And also how they circumnavigate some of the complications of sex, relationships, educations, parents, drugs and alcohol. The show is written from the perspective of teenagers, [and] reflects their world-view. […] Our approach is not careless." (--You can read his full statement, here. --Meanwhile, Subway and Schick . . . the shaving company . . . have become the fifth and sixth companies to pull their ads from "Skins".

Keith Olbermann Says His Career Will Survive Losing "Countdown":

There still isn't much clarity on KEITH OLBERMANN'S sudden split from MSNBC . . . but yesterday, he said that his career would survive losing "Countdown". --Keith made a statement on Twitter . . . but it just ended up being this: Quote, "Citizens of the Free World, Greetings! My humble thanks to all Friends of Keith for the many kind words. The reports of the death of my career are greatly exaggerated." --Meanwhile, some of Keith's cable news adversaries took time away from the real news to take shots at Keith. (--That isn't surprising. Liberal or conservative, all these guys are self-important buffoons.) --BILL O'REILLY said that in, quote, "replacing a hateful commentator […] some of the hate has been neutralized." --He added, quote, "The media is as corrupt as it's ever been in the country." (--That seemed to be directed at the media covering Keith's departure. O'Reilly clearly holds his own show to higher standards than that.) --And GLENN BECK thinks MSNBC just got sick of dealing with Keith. --He said, quote, "You can handle mediocre ratings if the guy is not a total pain in the (butt). But from every indication Keith Olbermann is the biggest pain in the (butt) in the world. He was impossible to work with."
Tuesday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"State of the Union Address" . . . 9:00 P.M. Eastern on all the major networks. (--This year, you'll also be able to go online to the White House website and view charts, graphs and other content while the President is giving his speech.)

--"One Tree Hill" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on the CW. (--Dave Navarro guest stars as Brooke struggles to remember what exactly happened at her bachelorette party.)

--"Hellcats" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on the CW. (--Mario Van Peebles guest stars as Alice's dad, who catches his daughter blackmailing her way back into the squad's top spot for Sectionals.)

--"Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on WE. (--Joan Rivers moves in with her daughter Melissa.)

--"The Fashion Show" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bravo.

--"A Stand Up Mother" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on WE. (--"Last Comic Standing's" Tammy Pescatelli shows the demands of career, motherhood and an opinionated Italian family.)


--"RED" - Bruce Willis plays a retired spy who reassembles his old team after the CIA tries to kill him. Mary-Louise Parker plays his girlfriend, and his team consists of Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren. Like almost everything else these days, it's based on a comic book.

--"Saw 3D" - The seventh and supposedly final installment of the "Saw" series stars Sean Patrick Flanery as a self-help guru, who gets rich by claiming that he was one of Jigsaw's victims. He's abducted by one of Jigsaw's apprentices and put through a standard set of "Saw" challenges.

--"Secretariat" - Diane Lane plays an inexperienced housewife who takes over her father's stables, and produces Secretariat . . . one of the greatest racehorses of all time. John Malkovich is the guy she coaxes out of retirement to be her trainer.

--"Red Hill" - A modern day western set in Australia. It stars "True Blood's" Ryan Kwanten as a young cop who transfers to a quiet town, just before an escaped prisoner comes looking for revenge on the cops who locked him up.

--"Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" - This documentary about disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer features interviews with his friends, the political enemies he made while fighting corruption on Wall Street, some of the escorts involved in his downfall and Spitzer himself.

TV Series On DVD:
--"Glee Season 2: Volume 1" . . . a three-disc DVD set.
--"MI-5: Volume 8" . . . a three-disc DVD set.
--"Webster: Season One" . . . a three-disc DVD set. (--It ran for six seasons.)
--"Matlock: The Sixth Season" . . . a six-disc DVD set. (--It ran for nine seasons.)


--"2011 Grammy Nominees", Various Artists . . . including music from Cee Lo, Michael Jackson, Paramore, Train, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert. Plus Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie", Lady Gaga's "Telephone", Katy Perry's "California Gurls", and the "Glee" cast singing "Don't Stop Believin'".

--"One More Love", David Guetta (--He's a producer and an electronic music artist.)


The Sequels to "Dead Space" And "Two Worlds" Hit Stores Today:

--"Dead Space 2" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. A survival horror shooter that takes place three years after the events of the first game, in the year 2511. This one starts in a hospital crawling with patients infected with the Necromorph virus, sort of like "The Walking Dead" . . . in space.
Check out the trailer here.
And for "Dead Space 2", they've also added a multiplayer component, with one team playing as humans and the other as Necromorphs.
You can watch the multiplayer trailer here.

--"Two Worlds 2" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. The sequel begins five years after the events of the first game, with our hero imprisoned in Gandohar's dungeon and being rescued by a group of orcs that he's forced to trust if he's going to have any hope of rescuing his sister.
Check out the trailer here.
ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)

It's Happening: The Superstars of Thrash Tour Is Coming to America:

It's official: "The Big Four" . . . or as we call them, the Superstars of Thrash" . . . METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX will be touring North America. (--They did a brief European tour together last year.) --The dates will be announced today at 11:00 A.M. Eastern (8:00 A.M. Pacific). --For updates, hit up the tour's Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBig4

Another "Van Halen Is Recording with David Lee Roth" Rumor:

Several rumors have come and gone claiming that VAN HALEN is working on a new album with DAVID LEE ROTH. Here's the latest word: --A producer named John Shanks . . . who has worked with BON JOVI and MILEY CYRUS . . . Tweeted this message: "Here we go kids . . . VH" alongside a picture of EDDIE VAN HALEN'S amp. (--David Lee Roth reunited with Van Halen for a tour in 2007 and 2008, but he hasn't recorded a full album with the band since 1984, when they did "1984".)

Justin Bieber's Team Is Working to Transition Him Into a "Young Adult":

JUSTIN BIEBER and his team are hoping to score a more "adult" hit to help Justin transition from a teen pop star to "young adulthood." --Supposedly, they want to do something like "Cry Me a River", which JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE had on his debut solo album, "Justified". (--It was the second single, and it got Justin a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.) --A songwriter / producer named Sean Garrett has the task of creating it. --He says, quote, "What we're trying to do with Justin is to segue him into young adulthood. The one great thing about Justin Bieber is the fact that his fans are going to grow with him. --"So we want all the fans that started out with him to still be intrigued and excited about him, but we want to also stretch out a little bit and make the fans that are 22-23 years old love Justin as well." --Meanwhile, here's video of Justin RESISTING a transition into "young adulthood." Apparently, Justin's manager told him he couldn't buy a toy helicopter, so he called his mom to ask for her permission. It's about a year old. (--Here's the link.)

Some chick named Tajah Burton claims she had a lesbian relationship with RIHANNA. And she claims Rihanna was more of a GIVER than a RECEIVER. (--This story comes from the RARELY-reliable MediaTakeOut.com.) (Full Story)

MACAULAY CULKIN says he took a picture with that Spanish mattress actress because SHE asked him to . . . and he's had no other contact with her whatsoever. (Full Story)

It's turning out to be a bad year for JAIME PRESSLY. Not only is she battling a DUI and accusations that she owes $637,000 in back taxes . . . but her 16-month marriage to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh is over, too. (Full Story)

CHELSEA HANDLER is probably nailing hotel magnate Andre Balazs. He's probably most famous for being UMA THURMAN'S boyfriend for a while. But he has also shared himself with Naomi Campbell, Renee Zellweger . . . and maybe even Courtney Love. (Full Story)

JEWEL and TY MURRAY are expecting a boy. (Full Story)

CHRISTINA AGUILERA will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. (Full Story)

Cornered by the paparazzi, REGIS PHILBIN kind of dodged questions about a salary dispute . . . but he claimed that he'd made up his mind, quote, "a long time ago" about leaving "Live". (Video)

Here's a preview of WILLOW SMITH'S new song, "21st Century Girl". (Song Preview)

Check out JENNIFER HUDSON'S new single, "Where You At". (Song Preview)

LIL WAYNE kicks off a U.S. tour this March, with opening acts NICKI MINAJ, RICK ROSS and BLINK-182 drummer TRAVIS BARKER. (Full Story)


Two Out of Five Women Say That They Sleep With Guys Faster Than They Used To . . . Because of Texting and Social Networking:

This fits in nicely with the modern trend of giving Facebook credit for everything that happens in society, whether it's good or bad. --According to a new survey, two out of five women say that they sleep with guys faster than they used to . . . and it's all because of social networking. --Dr. Belisa Vranhich is a clinical psychologist. She says, quote, "The texting and all the social networking creates anticipation. It's titillating. --"It also gives the false impression that you've actually been together for a longer amount of time, so it's okay to have sex quicker. You may have gone out once or twice, but since there's been so much exchange, it feels longer." (New York Post)

More People Would Rather Give Up Eating Than Give Up the Internet:

Internet addiction isn't just for "World of Warcraft" players and chat room shut-ins anymore. According to a new Nielsen survey, if you had to give up cable, your cell phone, the Internet, or FOOD . . . you'd do anything to keep your Internet. --49% of people said they'd give up cable. 37% said they'd give up their cell phone. 8% said they'd STOP EATING rather than give up any of the three. And only 6% said they'd give up the Internet. (Ad Age)

The Average Bra Size In the U.S. Is a 36 Double D . . . Ten Years Ago It Was a 36 C:

The Liberal Media is always talking about the obesity "epidemic." Well to them I say: If this story is a result of that epidemic, then sign me up for more epidemics. --Women's breasts in this country are quickly getting MUCH BIGGER, and they just keep on growing. --The average bra size in the U.S. is now a 36 DOUBLE D. Just ten years ago it was a 36 C. --And when the average is 36 double D, that means there are some women who are much, much larger than that . . . to make up for the less voluptuous types out there. --A lingerie company out of England called Bravissimo just released the first major market L-cup bra. Their biggest size used to be a double-K, but women kept asking for something bigger. --A spokesman from Bravissimo says, quote, "Our research has shown that up to 40% of women should be wearing a D-cup and above, even if they don't know it yet." (--You can check out the L-cup bra on their website here.) (New York Daily News)

More Than Half of American Women Read Celebrity Gossip At Least Once a Week:

One day, scientists are going to figure out what it is in the female brain that makes women universally love celebrity gossip. You know, once they're done finding a cure for cancer. --According to a new survey by Clorox, more than HALF of women in the U.S. read celebrity gossip at least once a week, either online or in magazines. --And 7% of women take it further . . . and say they're ADDICTED to celebrity gossip. --Only 16% of women say they aren't interested. --About 60% of women who read celebrity gossip say they'd rather read good news than bad news. 54% said they'd rather read about a celebrity's charity work than their partying habits . . . but 46% would rather read about partying than charity. --Almost 70% of women say they read celebrity news at home. 33% read it at the doctor's office . . . 27% read it at their actual WORK office . . . and 23% read it when they're getting their hair or nails done. (PR Newswire)

If You Need To Learn Something, Don't Pull an All-Nighter . . . In Fact, You Want To Do the Opposite:

As a country that's proud of its incredible ability to procrastinate, pretty much all of us have had to pull an all-nighter to cram for something . . . a test in school, a presentation at work, whatever. --Well . . . according to a new study in Germany, that's actually the WORST way to learn and memorize something. --Researchers at the University of Lubeck in Germany found that after you learn something, you should take a quick nap . . . because that helps commit the information to your memory. --When you learn something, it's stored in the brain's short-term memory center, which is called the hippocampus. When you go to sleep, the info transfers from there into your brain's more permanent storage zone, called the neocortex. --In the study, people who learned something and then took a 40-minute nap retained 85% of the information. People who crammed without taking a break only retained 60%. --One more note about studying and cramming: A second study released this week ALSO found that cramming isn't the most effective way to learn. But instead of taking a nap, they recommended taking a test. --Basically, they found that if you study . . . then do a quick quiz on what you just studied . . . you retain the information better. (AFP / New York Times)

Massachusetts Has the Smartest Kids In the U.S.:

Just because a Boston accent makes you sound like you barely have a grasp on the English language, that doesn't mean it's true. --"The Daily Beast" just took a look at fourth and eighth grade standardized test scores around the country and found that Massachusetts has the SMARTEST kids in the U.S. --No state's students were more advanced in reading and math in either fourth or eighth grade. It was a clean sweep for Massachusetts. --The rest of the top 10 are: Vermont . . . New Jersey . . . New Hampshire . . . Minnesota . . . Connecticut . . . Pennsylvania . . . Maryland . . . Washington . . . and Ohio. --Mississippi came in last. Their fourth graders ranked 48th out of 52 in math, and their eighth graders ranked 49th out of 52. (--And no, OUR math isn't bad. We know there are only 50 states. Washington, D.C. and overseas military bases were included, bringing the total to 52.) --In reading, the fourth graders in Mississippi ranked 36th, and the eighth graders finished 47th. --The rest of the bottom 10 are: Washington, D.C. . . . West Virginia . . . New Mexico . . . Louisiana . . . Oklahoma . . . Nevada . . . Alabama . . . Tennessee . . . and Hawaii. (The Daily Beast) (--You can see the rankings for all 52 here.)
More and More Schools Are Phasing Out Cursive Handwriting and Sending Kids To Typing Class Instead:

Here's yet another way kids today have it easier than you or I could've ever dreamed. You know, besides the fact that they don't have to walk to school every day through ten miles of snow, uphill both ways. --More and more schools across the country are sparing kids the TORTURE of trying to learn cursive handwriting . . . and are having them learn a FAR more practical communication skill instead: Typing. --In fact, cursive has been dropped from the Common Core State Standards, which is a curriculum standard that's used by 40 states. In other words, cursive is going extinct. --The reasons for focusing on typing over cursive are pretty obvious. Kids already know regular, non-cursive handwriting, which is usually more legible on the papers they write. And now, basically everything in schools is typed anyway. (Parentdish)

A Man Decides To Test Whether a Phonebook Can Stop a Bullet . . . And Ends Up Shooting Three Holes In His Neighbor's House:

And here's why "MythBusters" always runs the disclaimer that their experiments are done by professionals and you shouldn't try them at home. --In Wayne County, Ohio, a man . . . whose name hasn't been released . . . decided he was going to try his own test of something he saw on "MythBusters". He wanted to see if a phonebook could really stop a BULLET. --So he put a phonebook on the mantle above his fireplace, stood across the room, and opened fire with his nine-millimeter pistol. --There were three problems. One, he's a bad shot. Two, the walls of his house were shockingly thin. And three, in his experiment, the phonebook could NOT stop a bullet. --So only one of his three bullets actually hit the phonebook . . . all three bullets went through his shockingly thin walls . . . and all three bullets ended up going through his NEIGHBOR'S wall and getting lodged in his neighbor's house. --Fortunately, no one was in the path of the bullets. The man was arrested and charged with FELONY discharging a firearm into an inhabited dwelling. (FOX 8 - Cleveland) (--Here's a YouTube video from "MythBusters" showing that phonebooks can stop some bullets but not others.)

A Teenager Used a Cigarette Lighter to Look Under His Bed For the TV Remote . . . and Burned Down His Family's House:

If you're going to burn your house down, you at least want to get a good story out of it. But this is just embarrassing. --In Medina, Ohio, a 19-year-old kid was watching TV in his bedroom but couldn't find the remote. So he decided to check under his bed, and used a cigarette lighter to see. But . . . the flame hit his mattress and it caught on fire. --He flipped the mattress over to try to put out the fire . . . but that made it spread. --He and his family got out of the house, and opened up a bunch of doors and windows to try to let out the smoke. --Unfortunately, fire doesn't work that way . . . by opening the doors and windows, they inadvertently fed the fire with oxygen, which made it spread and burn the entire house. --None of the family members were hurt, but sadly, all three of their dogs died in the fire. There was about $180,000 in damage. (FOX 8 - Cleveland) (--You can see a local news report about the fire here.)

Photos of the Day: When Naughty Vegetables Attack!

Who says people into organic foods don't have filthy minds like you and me? There's a website called 'Organic Authority' for people into organic fruits and vegetables. And they posted one of those lists of 'naughty-looking' photos of vegetables. It's pretty good. --I think my favorite is the "Parsnip caught with its pants down." Just Google "10 Naughtiest Vegetables on Earth." (--You can check out the website here. Thanks to our naughty homeboy STEVE SHANNON for sending it our way.)


And now, a very special announcement from the Pope: He's down with social networking. Just don't let it replace actual human contact. (Full Story)

A dentist in the UK has his assistants dress in tight-fitting dresses that maximize their cleavage . . . as a way to take away patients' fear and manage their pain. (Full Story)

Kids who stay up late on weekends are more likely to be obese . . . and the later your kids go to bed, the worse their health is likely to be. (Full Story)

If your kids are acting up, just do what moms in Afghanistan have been doing for generations: Feed them a chunk of pure opium. (Full Story)

Messing with the zodiac was bad enough, but now scientists are meeting to see if they need to tinker with the metric system, in order to adjust the size of the kilogram. (Full Story)

A new study says that bloodthirsty Mongol badass Genghis Khan was actually history's 'greenest' conqueror. His empire removed 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere . . . by killing 40 million people, destroying farms, and allowing trees to grow back. (Full Story)

A woman parked next to a gas station and talked on the phone with her boyfriend for an hour while he waited to rob it. He died in a gunfight with the cops, but she says she wasn't a lookout . . . they were just having phone sex. A jury disagreed. (Full Story)


#1.) Here's a Little Girl Crying Because the Bears Lost to the Packers . . . Even Though She Doesn't Care About Football, and Her Dad Is a Packers Fan:

After the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday, a guy posted a YouTube video of his little daughter Lauren sobbing about it. --And according to his YouTube post, she's never shown any interest in football, and he's a Packers fan. So for whatever reason, she just wanted the Bears to win. --The best line is when her dad interrupts her and says, quote, "Maybe the Bears can win next year." Then the girl says, "No," and her dad says, "No, you're probably right."
(--Search YouTube for "Lauren Reacts to NFC Championship")

#2.) Doritos Is Running Two Gay-Themed Ads During the Super Bowl:

Doritos is planning to run two gay-themed ads during the Super Bowl next month. One shows a married guy staring at a bowl of Doritos that his two gay neighbors are eating by the pool . . . and they think he's looking at THEM. --The other ad shows two shirtless guys sitting next to each other in a sauna, and it looks like one of them reaches for the other's crotch. But then a wider shot reveals that he's actually reaching into a bag of chips that are between the guy's legs.
(--Search YouTube for "Doritos Told You So" and "Doritos The Sauna")

#3.) Two Women Got Into a Fight on a New York City Subway Platform . . . And One of Them Tried to Pull the Other's Pants Off:

Women getting into fights and pulling each other's clothing off seems to be a theme so far in 2011. Earlier this month, it happened during a catfight at a gas station in Florida, and the video was immediately posted on YouTube. --And over the weekend, it happened on a subway platform at Union Station in New York City. Two girls started rolling around on the ground, pulling each other's hair . . . then one of them tried to pull the other's pants off.
(--Search YouTube for "NYC Subway Cat Fight")

#4.) Someone Made a "Seinfeld" Trailer That Makes It Look Like a Drama About Jerry Taking Over the World:

If you're a "Seinfeld" fan, you'll appreciate this: Someone edited together a bunch of old scenes from the show, then added dramatic music from "Inception" so it looks like the trailer for a suspense-filled drama about Jerry taking over the world.
(--WARNING: This videos includes the B-word.)
(--Search YouTube for "Jerry the Great Re-Cut")

#5.) Check Out How Long It Takes a Girl to Scale the Mexican Border Fence:

To show how ineffective the Mexican border fence is, someone videotaped two girls trying to climb it. And both of them made it to the top in under 20 seconds on their first try. (--Search YouTube for "Two Girls Climb Border Fence in 18 Seconds")
Five Things That Will Cost Less in 2011:

The website DealNews.com compared the cheapest prices they could find for a bunch of different products over the last two years. And they came up with a list of things that are expected to cost LESS in 2011 than they did last year. --Not surprisingly, all of them are electronics. Here are the top five.

#1.) Blu-Ray Players. In 2009, the cheapest one you could get was $76, and was made by a company called Curtis Mathes. Last year you could get a Samsung Blu-Ray player for $50, and this year the prediction is $39.

#2.) E-Readers. In 2009, Amazon was selling Kindles for $259. Right now, you can buy one for $140. Or, according to experts, you can wait until later this year when the price drops to $99.

#3.) HD TVs. In 2009, the cheapest 42-inch plasma you could get at Best Buy cost just under $500. Last year, they had one for $370. This year, it's expected to drop to $299. --And the same applies for bigger TVs too. In 2009, the cheapest 55-inch HDTV cost $1,115. In 2010, it was around $700. And by the end of this year, you'll be able to get one for around $600.

#4.) Laptops. In 2009, the cheapest price DealNews.com found for a bare-bones laptop with a decent processor was $299 for a Dell. --Last year, Hewlett Packard had one that was selling for only $220. And this year, you should be able to get one for right around $200. -For a faster PC with a dual-core processor, it's more like $400.

#5.) External Hard Drives for Your Computer. Two years ago, you could get a two-terabyte hard drive . . . which is 1,000 gigabytes . . . for $140. Last year it was more like $100. --But this year, the price is expected to fall even further, to around $50. (--Also, check out "Four Major Things That Will Cost More in 2011" here.) (DealNews.com)


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