Friday, February 11, 2011



Lindsay Lohan Might Consider a Plea Deal . . . Even Though Her Lawyer Thinks She Could Beat the Rap:

LINDSAY LOHAN'S attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, thinks she could beat her felony theft rap. But she says Lindsay is still willing to take a deal . . . if it results in no jail time. --Holley says, quote, "Ms. Lohan maintains her innocence, and now that I've seen the police reports, I believe the case is entirely defensible. --"Having said that, we will entertain a discussion concerning a plea if it means no jail so that she can move forward with her recovery and her career." --Holley didn't say WHY she thinks she could win the case. But several sources claim that the owner of the jewelry store where Lindsay allegedly stole that $2,500 necklace has given conflicting reports to police. --The owner of Kamofie & Company first told police that surveillance video showed Lindsay stuffing the necklace into a black Chanel bag. But the next day she changed her story, saying Lindsay left the store with it around her neck. --The woman also told police that Lindsay had been in the store three times before the alleged theft, and she looked at the necklace all three times. --But once again, that story changed the next day, when she told the cops that Lindsay was looking at a RING during her previous visits, and had never checked out the necklace before. --So Lindsay didn't try to sneak the necklace out of the store in her purse. She walked out with it around her neck and in full view. --Why did the woman's story change? Because the first time she told it, police hadn't seen the surveillance video before. But when they came back the next day to collect it, the woman AMENDED her account. --The owner claims that the reason she changed her story is because she went back and watched video from a different surveillance camera . . . which showed the action from a different angle. (--Oh, and here's your ridiculous rumor of the day: says that when all of this blows over, Lindsay and her mom want to open their own boutique, where they'll sell clothing and JEWELRY.)

Lindsay Lohan Says She Would Never Lie, Cheat or Steal . . . And Dina Says God Has a Plan:

LINDSAY LOHAN defended herself on Twitter yesterday, saying, quote, "I just want to be on set again, and left alone to just work! FYI - I would never steal, in case people are wondering. I was not raised to lie, cheat, or steal. --"Also, what I wear to court shouldn't be front page news. It's just absurd. God bless. xox L" --Meanwhile, Lindsay's mom DINA was asked how things are going . . . and she brought God into it. She said, quote, "All good. God has a big plan."

96% of "Two and a Half Men" Fans Want Charlie Sheen to Return to the Show:

If you're a fan of "Two and a Half Men", then you're probably familiar with CHARLIE SHEEN'S antics. So it's not surprising that the overwhelming majority of fans don't seem bothered by them. --According to a poll by the "Hollywood Reporter", 96% of fans want Charlie back on the show . . . while 4% think he should be FIRED PERMANENTLY. --90% don't think Charlie's personal problems matter, as long as he does a good job on the show. --And check this out: 26% actually view Charlie as either "much more" or "somewhat more" favorably in the wake of his most recent scandal.

Charlie Sheen Will Be Single in May:

CHARLIE SHEEN is almost a single man. --Yesterday, a judge signed off on the divorce of Charlie and BROOKE MUELLER. It'll officially go into effect on May 2nd. --Charlie and Brooke made The Big Mistake in May of 2008. But they separated after Charlie allegedly choked her and held a knife to her throat during an altercation on Christmas Day 2009. --They have twin sons named Bob and Max, who'll be 2 next month. --Charlie will pay Brooke $55,000 a month in child support, which is what he pays DENISE RICHARDS for their two daughters. --As you may recall, Brooke had it put in writing that Charlie would never pay less for her kids than he does for Denise's. --Brooke waives her right to spousal support. But she's getting a lump sum payment of $758,000, plus $1.2 million to buy out her share of their Beverly Hills home . . . and a 2009 Mercedes. (--Don't cry for Brooke because her settlement is only about what Charlie makes for ONE EPISODE of "Two and a Half Men". That 55-grand a month ain't just payin' for diapers and booties.)

Charlie Sheen Talked to College Baseball Players . . . About Drugs:

I'm not sure it's time yet for CHARLIE SHEEN to be lecturing people about drug use. But that apparently happened yesterday. --Charlie and some Major League Baseball players showed up for batting practice with the UCLA team. --And after it was over, Coach John Savage asked Charlie to speak to his players about drugs . . . which he did. --There's no word what he said, but he got a standing ovation from the team. (--Charlie is an avid baseball fan. And, as you may recall, he starred in the first two "Major League" movies.)

Scarlett Johansson . . . Is Sean Penn Dating That?

Newly-single SCARLETT JOHANSSON may have found a new companion in . . . SEAN PENN. "Us Weekly" claims Sean and Scarlett started hooking up in early January. --A source says, quote, "Scarlett first reached out to Sean when she was planning to visit Haiti with Oxfam. She knew Sean was living there in a tent and turned to him for advice." --That started a friendship . . . then came the BENEFITS. The source says, quote, "Scarlett's smitten with him." (--Scarlett is 26 . . . Sean is 50.) --Not surprisingly, Scarlett's rep says this isn't happening . . . quote, "Scarlett and Sean are not dating. They have been friends for years. Nothing more, nothing less."

Kelsey And Camille Grammer Are Divorced:

KELSEY and CAMILLE GRAMMER are officially divorced as of yesterday . . . meaning Kelsey can marry his 29-year-old girlfriend, Kayte Walsh, before the end of the month like he'd planned to. (--Kelsey is 55.) --Camille issued a statement saying, quote, "I have a great many mixed feelings about today . . . What I most hope is that Kelsey and I can improve our communications and truly co-parent our two wonderful children. --"And I wish Kelsey and Kayte love and happiness in their new marriage."

Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron Are "Figuring Things Out":

ZAC EFRON and VANESSA HUDGENS have been spotted looking like a couple since they broke up late last year. Does that mean they're back together? Not really. --Vanessa tells the new issue of "Details" magazine, quote, "We're still friends. Who knows what the future will bring. We're figuring things out." --But Vanessa has a new crush, which she developed on the set of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" . . . which is the sequel to "Journey to the Center of the Earth". And that crush is . . . 77-year-old MICHAEL CAINE. --Vanessa . . . who's 22 . . . says, quote, "Not only is he uh-mazingly, stupidly talented, but he still kind of hits on me. All the time. --"If it was anybody else, I'd be like, 'Who the hell do you think you are?' But because it's Michael Caine, I'm like, 'Sock it to me more, baby, come on!'" --Because they're supposed to be sweating all the time in the movie, Vanessa says people are constantly putting oil on her chest to create the effect. --And she says, quote, "Michael's always telling the makeup artists that he'll take over and do it. I. Frickin'. Love. Him." (--Because this interview comes from "Details" magazine, you just KNOW it's accompanied by a smokin' hot photo gallery. Here are the pics.)

Did Ashlee Simpson Dump Pete Wentz Because of His Touring? claims that ASHLEE SIMPSON filed for divorce from PETE WENTZ because of his constant touring. --A source says, quote, "She hated him being away and said she felt like a single mother . . . and that wasn't what she had signed on for. --"She's put all her musical aspirations to the side to concentrate on being a mom and it is a big bone of contention with her that Pete just swans off around the world with his buddies like he's a single guy. --"When FALL OUT BOY went on hiatus things were great between them again and it was just like old times, but the next thing you know Pete formed his new band, [Black Cards], and then he was off touring again." --Pete and his new band are set to head off on tour again in a few months, and the source thinks Ashlee may have filed for divorce to, quote, "shock" him into canceling those plans. --The consensus seems to be that Pete was blindsided by this . . . and he DOESN'T want to get divorced. --Radar Online even says that just days before Ashlee filed, Pete talked about having a surprise planned for Valentine's Day.

Rihanna Has Asked That Her Protection Order Against Chris Brown Be Softened:

It was two years ago this month that CHRIS BROWN assaulted RIHANNA the night before the "Grammys". And the mood seems to be lightening. --Rihanna has requested that her protection order against Chris be scaled back . . . so that he CAN be around her, as long as he doesn't annoy or harass her. Her request still has to be approved by the court, though. --Not that it would have mattered this weekend. Chris isn't going to this Sunday's "Grammys" due to prior commitments. Rihanna is scheduled to perform. (--Word broke yesterday that Rihanna is fighting a pretty bad case of the flu. But she hasn't backed out of the "Grammys" yet.)

Aaron Carter Is Out of Rehab:
AARON CARTER is out of rehab and back in his home state of Florida working on a new album. --Aaron checked into Betty Ford last month to, quote, "heal some emotional and spiritual issues he was dealing with."

Your Valentine Weekend Releases Are . . . "Gnomeo And Juliet", Jennifer Aniston's Romantic Comedy, and Justin Bieber's Life Story:

#1.) "Just Go With It" (PG-13)

Adam Sandler almost scares off a new girlfriend . . . played by the model Brooklyn Decker . . . when she finds the fake wedding ring he once used to scam women into bed. So he covers it up by pretending his assistant is his ex-wife. --Jennifer Aniston is the assistant, but she realizes she has feelings for him too, and drops a few lies of her own. (--Amuse yourself as Jennifer claims Adam has erectile dysfunction here.) --There's a post-it note on the movie's official website that says to "tell your girlfriend it's a romantic comedy." Apparently that makes it easier to get away with drooling over Brooklyn Decker in her bikini. (Trailer)

#2.) "Gnomeo & Juliet" (G)

Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" . . . for garden gnomes. James McAvoy is Gnomeo Montague, who risks forbidden animated love with Emily Blunt's Juliet. The feuding families are the Capulets as blue gnomes and the Montagues as the red ones. -Michael Caine is the leader of the red gnomes, "Harry Potter's" Maggie Smith is the leader of the blue gnomes, and Ozzy Osbourne plays a foul-mouthed concrete deer. -The movie is littered with music by Elton John. He also does a duet with Lady Gaga called "Hello, Hello" for the pivotal moment when Gnomeo and Juliet first meet, and Nelly Furtado joins him for an updated version of "Crocodile Rock". (Trailer)

#3.) "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" (G)

The movie is essentially a documentary about his quick rise from being a normal Canadian teenager to becoming a DREAMY, GLOBAL sensation. (Trailer) (--Justin is also releasing an album of REMIXES on Valentine's Day, which is Monday. It's called "Never Say Never: The Remixes", and it'll have seven tracks, including his "Karate Kid" song "Never Say Never" with Jaden Smith.)

#4.) "The Eagle" (PG-13)

Channing Tatum is a 2nd century Roman soldier hoping to restore his father's honor by recovering the eagle standard of the missing Ninth Legion . . . which was lost when the legion was destroyed by British tribes 20 years earlier. --Jamie Bell plays a British slave who guides him into the Scottish highlands. You'd know Jamie as the kid in "Billy Elliot", but that was over 10 years ago. Now he's 24. (Trailer)

Check Out the Trailer for "X-Men: First Class":

The trailer for "X-Men: First Class" hit the web yesterday. It's a prequel to all the other "X-Men" movies so far . . . showing how Professor X, Magneto and their warring factions of mutants came to be. (--"X-Men: First Class" hits theaters on June 3rd. Check it out here.)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Looking for Movie Work Again:

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER talked recently about getting back into the movie business. And now it's official. --On Twitter yesterday, Arnold said, quote, "Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today." (--CAA is Arnold's talent agency.) --Arnold's last role was a brief appearance in "The Expendables" last year.
"Bachelor" Brad Womack Says He Did Not Propose To His Ex-Girlfriend Just Before Filming This Season:

BRAD WOMACK says he did NOT propose to his ex-girlfriend Laurel Kagay "just weeks" before leaving to film the current season of "The Bachelor". --He also denied Laurel's claim that he has proposed to her, quote, "countless times" over the past eight years. (--She said they dated on-and-off during that time.) --On last night's "Lopez Tonight", Brad said, quote, "No, sir, I didn't [propose to her]. I want to take the high road because this particular woman I cared for very much at one time. --"So . . . that story is embellished. It is what it is. [But] no, sir, I can 100% tell you I did not actually ask this woman to marry me. I've saved that for a very special woman." (--You can watch video of his comments, here.) --We're still in the middle of this season of "The Bachelor", so we don't know if Brad found a "very special woman" to give his supposed FIRST proposal to. --But it sounds like he may have. --Earlier this season, Brad hinted that he found a keeper: Quote, "When I say I'm in love, I mean it with every bone in my body. I am happier than I've been in 10, 15 years. Not a single [regret]. I'm very much in love."


Friday TV Reminders:

--"2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Selection Show" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on DirecTV. (--The new models for this year's edition are revealed.)

--"Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown/A Charlie Brown Valentine" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (REPEAT)

--"The Defenders" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Dan Aykroyd plays a judge arrested on a sex and drug charge, who wants Jim Belushi to defend him.)

--"Who Do You Think You Are?" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Tim McGraw looks into his father's ancestry and discovers a link to the U.S.'s first settlers and George Washington.)

--"20/20" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--A woman named Kati Kim recounts her family's struggle to survive in the Oregon wilderness after they took a wrong turn off an Interstate during winter in 2006. Her husband didn't make it back.)

--"Comedy Central Presents: Hari Kondabolu" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Comedian Hari Kondabolu performs.)

--"Comedy Central Presents: Jack Whitehall" . . . 11:30 P.M. to Midnight on Comedy Central. (--Comedian Jack Whitehall performs.)

--"Friday Night Alright" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on VH1. (--Arcade Fire, Muse and Vampire Weekend perform at the 2010 Oxygen Festival.)

--"Rock Docs: Lemmy" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1: 30 A.M. on VH1 AND VH1 Classic. (--A documentary about Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. It includes interviews with Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Joan Jett, Dave Grohl, Slash and comes out on DVD this coming Tuesday.)

Saturday TV Reminders:

--"NASCAR 2011: Budweiser Shootout" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. Eastern on Fox. (--The 33rd Annual 75-lap Budweiser Shootout is held in Daytona Beach.)

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Terri Clark, Jack Greene, The Secret Sisters and Aaron Tippin perform.)

--"The Sunset Limited" . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on HBO. (--Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in this two-man play about a suicidal professor who's rescued by a religious ex-con, played by Samuel L. Jackson.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Russell Brand guest hosts and Chris Brown is the musical guest.)

Sunday TV Reminders:

--"The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards" . . . 8:00 to 11:30 P.M. on CBS. (--Performers include Eminem, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Usher, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, B.o.B. and Lady Gaga.) (--Here are the nominees. . .)

--"Desperate Housewives" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Susan gets a kidney-transplant offer and Mike suspects the truth about his bastard son Zach being responsible for shooting Paul Young.)

--"Family Guy" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on Fox. (--Adam Carolla is the voice of Death. He pays Peter a visit to show him what a life of sobriety would be like.)

--"Cleveland Show" . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. (--T-Pain and Will.I.Am have cameos. Plus: NBA stars LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, and Dwyane Wade visit Stoolbend to pay back Cleveland for his trash talk at a game.)

--"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" [Reunion Part 1] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bravo.

--"Oprah Presents Master Class" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Condoleezza Rice guests.)

Elton John Says Billy Joel "Hates" Him . . . But Billy Says He Doesn't:

When ELTON JOHN outed BILLY JOEL as an alcoholic in a recent interview with "Rolling Stone", he said he was doing it out of "tough love." But Billy dismissed it as "Elton being Elton." --But Elton says Billy is a lot angrier about it than he let on. --On the "Today" show yesterday, Elton said, quote, "He hates me at the moment. He sent me a message and he's not happy. I understand that. I'm sorry I had to say it, but I'm saying it because I really want Billy to live a long life and be very happy. --"That's all it came from. I understand why he's [mad] at me. I'm only trying to help. Maybe I should have done it privately, but I've been so frustrated over the years. And I love the guy." --Obviously, it doesn't sound like Elton plans on taking any of it back, and has accepted that this may mean Billy won't want to talk to him for a while. --He said, quote, "I can take that on the chin. Years ago when I was using, people tried to [confront] me, and I didn't talk to them for years. [I thought] 'How dare you talk to me like that. --"[But] I do love him. He may want to punch my face in at the moment, but it's OK." (--For video of his comments, hit up this link, and fast-forward to the 6:15 mark.)
--Later, Billy issued a response . . . and while he denied that he hated Elton, the statement seemed pretty terse. He said:
1.) I do not hate Elton John.
2.) I do not want to "punch him in the face."
3.) If he wants to call me, my number is still the same.
4.) Good luck with the movie.
--Billy Joel.

(--The movie he's referring to is "Gnomeo and Juliet", which features Elton's music.)

Bob Dylan Is Performing at the Grammys . . . Will "The Soy Bomb" Return?

BOB DYLAN will perform at the Grammys on Sunday. It'll be part of a "tribute to acoustic music," which is cool and all . . . but it also raises one important question: --Will this mark the return of THE SOY BOMB??? --During Dylan's performance at the Grammys in 1998, someone named Michael Portnoy . . . who's a performance artist, not the drummer from DREAM THEATER . . . stormed onto the stage, shirtless, with the words "SOY BOMB" written on his chest. --The Soy Bomb, as we prefer to call him, just danced around, weirdly, while Dylan continued performing "Love Sick" . . . until he was eventually led off-stage. (--If you're curious how he was there to begin with, here's the story: The Grammys hired him to stand in the background with some other dancers to bob his head and give Dylan's performance "a good vibe.") (--Obviously, the Grammys had no idea he would use that opportunity to rip off his shirt and morph into The Soy Bomb. That was a surprise for everyone! You can find video of this insanity, here.) --Meanwhile, the Grammys also announced that DR. DRE will join EMINEM for a joint performance . . . and that there will be a second collaboration between Eminem and MAROON 5 singer ADAM LEVINE.
Is Ke$ha Candid . . . or Full of Crap?

KE$HA has an interview in the new "Rolling Stone" . . . and on the magazine's website, they hype her as a, quote, "refreshingly candid pop star . . . [who] isn't afraid to admit potentially embarrassing details about her life, or playfully discuss her plans for the future." --But honestly, most of the things I remember Kesha saying are sensationalistic . . . and come off as trying too hard to be EDGY. Here's one of her candid comments: --Kesha told "Rolling Stone" her winter vacation was wild: Quote, "I went scuba diving with a bunch of sea creatures . . . angelfish, sea turtles, stingrays, barracuda and a hammerhead shark . . . on a boat with a bunch of grizzly bearded dudes. --"I got a tattoo of a feather on my foot from a crackhead." --Are things like that REALLY a unique glimpse into Kesha's world . . . or is "Rolling Stone" being duped by the latest "craziness" that she concocted on her last plane ride? Is she just attention-starved? (--And there's been so much more. Last week, she talked about how someone sent her a tooth, which she now wears as an earring . . . she also talked about how she enjoys "running around in the wilderness naked" at night.) (--She's also said that her mom taught her "everything about sex" before she turned SEVEN. And that she tours with a "spiritual healer" who meditates with her before every show.) (--She's also claimed that she and RIHANNA have braided each other's hair . . . naked . . . while talking about boys. Although she may have been kidding about that. At this point, who knows.) (--And it goes on and on. Is she the only pop star trying to be all WILD and OUTRAGEOUS in every interview? No. But she may be the only increasingly irrelevant one. And it's starting to get depressing to watch.) --Oh, and there's this. "Vanity Fair" asked Kesha how much she spends on glitter, and it turns out it might be more than your salary. --She said, quote, "Honestly, it's pretty exorbitant. It's probably more like a few thousand every month. If you come and see a show of mine, there is no shortage of glitter. By the end, everyone is covered and potentially choking on glitter. --"I am shooting glitter from glitter guns . . . and out of every orifice in my body. It's really a big part of what I do. It's my goal to cover the planet in glitter and take the (eff) over. I can't do that if I don't have a (crap)-ton of glitter. --"I've found glitter in places that will not be named in this interview." (--Case in point?)

Check Out Video of Lil Wayne Makin' It Rain in a Strip Club:

LIL WAYNE went to a strip club in Dallas after the Super Bowl on Sunday night . . . and he MADE IT RAIN . . . big time . . . while he was there. --TMZ claims Wayne and his crew tossed so many dollar bills that "the place RAN OUT OF SINGLES." I'm not sure how that happens, but from the video footage it sure looks possible. (--You can check out the video, here. ***NOTE***: Just so you know what to expect: This was filmed in a STRIP CLUB playing hip-hop music. All the girls' naughty bits have been censored, along with the lyrics.) (--I'm tempted to make Wayne my HERO OF THE DAY . . . because he found a fantastic way to spend Super Bowl Sunday supporting both super-rich athletes in Dallas AND the city's struggling artists. That's very impressive.)

Carrie Underwood's Husband Has Been Traded to the Nashville Predators:

We can stop speculating on where CARRIE UNDERWOOD and MIKE FISHER will settle down permanently . . . because Mike was just traded to the Nashville Predators. --Carrie tells "People", quote, "We will both miss Ottawa. Mike has been such a big part of the community, and I will never forget how they welcomed me with open arms." --I'm thinking Mike and Carrie will be getting busy more often now that they're no longer splitting time between two cities. And that means it'll be much easier for Carrie to honor that pregnancy pact she made with her friends.


HEIDI MONTAG has a bit part in the movie "Just Go With It". She claimed JENNIFER ANISTON banned her from attending the premiere. It turned out NOT to be true, and Heidi ended up taking it back. (Full Story)

The "National Enquirer" claims that ELIZABETH TAYLOR was hospitalized this week with internal bleeding, and she's in critical condition. (Full Story)

"Harry Potter" minx EMMA WATSON has signed on for her first post-"Harry Potter" leading role. (Full Story)

JACK BLACK will host Nickelodeon's "Kids Choice Awards" for the third time. He also did it in 2006 and 2008. (Full Story)

DAVID BECKHAM pulled over Wednesday and helped a guy whose car broke down. (Full Story)

JAMES BLUNT and his band did an acoustic cover of KATY PERRY'S single, "California Gurls". I have no idea why. (Video)

Something is coming from METALLICA soon, but we don't know what. Guitarist KIRK HAMMETT says, quote, "It's not really 100% a Metallica record. It's a recording project, let's put it that way." (Full Story)

Some fans are mad at KID ROCK for going ahead with his show Wednesday in Little Rock, even though the snow was so bad a lot of people couldn't make it. He says he'll personally give a refund to those who didn't attend. (Full Story)

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist D'ARCY WRETZKY is in JAIL until Tuesday. D'arcy was fined two years ago for letting horses escape from her Michigan farm. She never paid the fine and skipped four consecutive court dates, so a warrant was issued for her arrest. (Full Story)

Old-school groupie MARIANNE FAITHFULL is kind of backing up KEITH RICHARDS' claim that MICK JAGGER has a, quote, "tiny dodger." She says, quote, "Not quite, but nearly." (Full Story)



A New Survey Says Men Don't Hate Valentine's Day . . . They Fear It:

It would make sense if men hated Valentine's Day. It's a day where there are about eight billion ways to screw up, and you can only really nail it if you read minds . . . or if years of disappointment have lowered your wife or girlfriend's expectations. --But according to a new survey, men don't hate Valentine's Day. No . . . they FEAR it.

--33% of single men say they intentionally avoid getting into relationships between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day because of the pressure it causes.

--And another 35% say that, this time of year, they don't bother even trying to date.

--41% would never schedule a first date for Valentine's Day. 62% of single women say they'd be fine having a first date on February 14th.

--BUT . . . once Valentine's Day is over, men start trying to date again. 42% of single men said that finding a girlfriend was their number one priority for the year . . . compared to 24% who said their career is the top priority. (Vancouver Sun)
More than Half of the People On This Planet Think Valentine's Day Is Too Commercialized:

Valentine's Day is the one day a year when everyone can take their special someone by the hand, look them in the eye, and say, "I've set a price on our love, and here it is, in gift form." --Valentine's Day is a commercial holiday. And we all know it. According to a new global survey, more than HALF of the people IN THE WORLD think Valentine's Day is too commercialized.

--52% of people overall said the holiday is too commercial . . . and most of them will protest by not spending any money on it.

--Germans are the most likely to rebel against Valentine's Day, at 74%. They're followed by Australians at 71% and Japanese at 69%.

--Americans are the most likely to celebrate it, at 58%. The Chinese are second-most likely, at 50%.

--Flowers are the most popular Valentine's Day gift worldwide, but in the U.S., greeting cards are more popular. (PR Newswire)

Lingerie Is a More Popular Valentine's Gift Than Roses . . . Because of the Economy?

Hey, let's hear it for the economy still crumbling around us! According to a new British survey . . . that just might apply over here, too . . . this year, LINGERIE is a more popular Valentine's Day gift than ROSES. And it's all thanks to the economy. --To do roses right, after delivery costs, you've spent at least $100. For that money, you can get some pretty good lingerie. Which provides a LOT more value. --Sharon Webb is the head of design at a British department store group called Debenhams. She says, quote, "[Lingerie] is less expensive, lasts longer, and provides hours of fun long after the rose petals have wilted. --"Lingerie is for love on a budget. It really is the gift that keeps giving." (Reuters)

If You Want the Best Chance At a Baby Born On 11/11/11, Have Relations Today:

Today is February 11th, exactly NINE MONTHS until it's November 11th, 2011 . . . or 11/11/11. So, if you want your baby to have that birthday . . . which really would be a cool birthday . . . then, uh, stop listening to the radio and get to humpin'. --If you don't have time today, this entire Valentine's Day-through-President's Day window should work. For example, if you conceive as late as the 18th, you're still on target for a November 11th due date. Get to it. (Time)

Want to Know Whether You're Going to Have Sex On the First Date? Here Are The Questions to Ask:

The dating website OKCupid just released a new study based on MILLIONS of questions they asked their users. And they put together this guide of random questions that can supposedly get you key info on a date. --Here are the questions you should ask when you want that sensitive information . . . but don't think it's appropriate to ask for it directly.

#1.) If you want to know "Will he or she have sex on the first date?" ask . . . "Do you like the taste of beer?" --There was a statistically significant connection between liking beer and having sex on the first date . . . beer drinkers of both genders are 60% more likely to be down with having first-date sex.

#2.) If you want to know "Do we have long-term potential?" ask three questions: "Do you like horror movies?" . . . "Have you ever traveled around another country alone?" . . . "Would you throw it all away and live on a sailboat?" --32% of successful couples saw eye-to-eye on the answers to those three questions . . . horror movie taste, sense of adventure, and wild, fantastic desires. That's a statistically significant connection.

#3.) If you want to know "Do we have the same politics?" without directly asking, ask . . . "Do you prefer the people in your life to be simple or complex?" --People who prefer complex friendships and relationships are liberal at a two-to-one rate. People who prefer it simple are conservative at a two-to-one rate.

#4.) If you want to know "Is my date religious?" you should ask . . . "Do spelling and grammar mistakes annoy you?" --People who are okay with bad grammar and spelling have a two-to-one chance of being at least moderately religious. (OKCupid)

Four Out of Five Dog Owners Wouldn't Date Someone Who Didn't Like Their Dog:

Based on how psychotic your average dog owner is about their incredible, amazing, one-of-a-kind dog, the only thing surprising about this survey is that this percentage isn't higher. --80% of dog owners, or four out of five, say they wouldn't date someone who doesn't like their dog. Almost 20% say being with their dog is better than being in a human relationship. --And 36% touch their dog more than their spouse. Non sexually, OF COURSE. At least we think. Anyway, happy Valentine's Day! (Reuters)

Three Out of Five People Have Had an Office Romance?

I can't believe I'M the weird one because I HAVEN'T made sweet, taboo love to a chubby intern in the office copy room. --According to's annual office romance survey, more people HAVE had sex with a co-worker than haven't. Seriously. A LOT more. 59% of people surveyed, or three out of five, say they've had an office romance. --Those romances are everything from one-night stands, to casual relationships, to long-term relationships that turn into marriages. Sometimes they were with workers on the same level, sometimes they were between bosses and subordinates. --Here are some other findings from the survey . . --23.3% of men say they've had a random office hook-up, versus 15.4% of women. --And if that wasn't stereotypical enough, 22.2% of women say they've had a long-term office relationship, versus 14.7% of men. --More than two-thirds of men who had an office romance, 67.1%, would do it again. 55.7% of women say they'd do it again. --And finally, office romances really aren't causing a lot of career problems. Only 7.7% of men have left a company because of an office romance, and 13.2% of women. (AOL Jobs)

The Number One Super Power That Americans Want Is . . . A Tie Between Time Travel and Mind Reading:

FINALLY, a poll that was worth the time and effort. The people at the Marist Institute for Public Opinion asked Americans a question that REALLY matters: If you could have a super power, what would it be? Here's how it broke down . . .

#1.) The ability to time travel was tied with the ability to read minds, at 28%

#2.) Being able to fly, 16%

#3.) Teleportation, 11%

#4.) Invisibility, 10%

#5.) Cowards who said they're unsure or don't know, 8%

--Here are a couple of interesting breakdowns by demographic.

--White people most want the ability to time travel, non-white people most want the ability to read people's minds. --The ability to turn invisible was most popular among 45- to 59-year-olds . . . also known as the group that's most likely to be married, and want to sneak undetected into locker rooms and dressing rooms. --People in the Northeast and South most want the ability to read minds . . . people in the Midwest and West most want the ability to time travel. (Marist Poll)

15% of Americans Think We Should Replace the National Anthem:

Are there REALLY this many CHRISTINA AGUILERA sympathizers out there? If they had their way, would they want us to change the national anthem to "Genie In a Bottle"? Or maybe "Dirrty"? Come on. --After Christina's problem with the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, Rasmussen Reports ran a nationwide telephone survey about the national anthem. And 15% of people said they think we should CHANGE the anthem. --Those 15% believe that we should change it to a different patriotic song. 76% say the anthem is fine the way it is. --82% of adults said they know every word to the national anthem. 9% say they don't. Another 9% said they're not sure . . . which . . . um . . . we're thinking means that they don't. (Rasmussen Reports)

Crying Can Get You What You Want . . . As Long As You Save Your Tears for Special Occasions:

Here's a study that backs up something we've all known since we were infants. TEARS GET RESULTS. --But as you get older, you have to be more strategic with your tears, or you'll see some serious diminishing results. --This is all pretty logical. A study in Canada found that people who rarely cry make a much bigger impact when they cry than people who cry all the time. --They tested it out in the workplace and found that your co-workers will give you a pass on breaking down in tears . . . even if you're a dude . . . as long as you don't have the reputation for being a crier. --And . . . your tears will effectively get the message across that something is a BIG DEAL. --The study also found that people who cry a lot are considered LESS GENUINE than people who rarely or never cry . . . the tears just look like a tool to try to manipulate people, and those people quickly catch on. (AOL Jobs)

Twitter Has Been Valued at $10 Billion . . . Even Though It Barely Makes Money and Not That Many People Use It:

It's like everyone's forgotten about the dot-com implosion a decade ago. Where someone would slap up a website that wasn't making money, and didn't have a real plan to make money . . . and it would STILL be valued in the BILLIONS. --According to the "Wall Street Journal", the latest estimates show that Twitter could be valued at $10 BILLION. TEN. BILLION. And while it's a household name and celebrities think it's cool . . . that's INSANELY high. Check this out . . . --Twitter made $45 MILLION in revenue last year. So its valuation is more than 200 times its revenue. For reference, Facebook was valued at 25 times its revenue . . . and industry experts said THAT was ridiculous. --Even though Twitter is popular, only 12% of Internet users are on Twitter. That's compared to 62% who use Facebook . . . or 74% of cell phone owners who text. --Of course, just because it's valued at that much doesn't mean anyone's going to buy it for that much. But both Facebook and Google have been making serious moves toward purchasing Twitter . . . before they heard that price. --And to Twitter's credit, they COULD make a lot more money . . . loading up the page with ads or even charging fees to people who are heavy tweeters . . . but they've resisted doing that so far. (Wall Street Journal)

Cruelest School District Ever? Kids In North Carolina Get a Snow Day . . . Then Find Out School's Been Rescheduled For Saturday:

On Tuesday, kids in the Haywood County school district in North Carolina got some great news. SNOW DAY. You're off today. Life is good. --It was quickly followed by a kick to the groin about as hard as you could ever get. In what seems to be an effort to be the most hated school district ever, Haywood rescheduled that school day . . . for SATURDAY. --So tomorrow, all of the kids and teachers will have to wake up early, get themselves to school, and try not to go insane until the day ends at 1:00 P.M. --In theory, this is a good thing for the kids and teachers . . . it makes it so the last day of school can still be June 13th, instead of having to tack on a day at the end of the year and cut into summer. It'll just be hard to have that perspective tomorrow. (Haywood County Schools)

Would You Eat a Beer Marshmallow?

I like this trend that seems to be getting momentum where companies find a way to inject booze into everything. There were the alcoholic energy drinks . . . then the new "Adult Chocolate Milk" . . . and now, BEER MARSHMALLOWS. --A company in Chicago called Truffle Truffle is selling marshmallows that are dipped in chocolate, then covered with a beer-and-pretzel brittle. --The beer content per marshmallow is very low . . . you won't get drunk unless you eat like a thousand of these . . . but they still sound pretty good. It costs $10 for four of them and you can order them online at (Time)

Disturbing News: An 80-year-old convicted sex offender in Canada bought the rights to have parts of a youth baseball complex named after him. (Full Story)

According to a poll of international business travelers, the hottest flight attendants belong to . . . Virgin Atlantic. Singapore Airlines came in second, and Etihad came in third. They're the airline of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. (Full Story)

A girl is selling her ex-boyfriend's clothes on ebay under the screen name 'myexboyfriendscloset' . . . by posting photos of her holding them up in front of her naked body.

A woman in South Carolina owned an 11-year-old pot-bellied service pig named Blue, who helped her when she had seizures. But Blue wandered into a neighbor's yard . . . so an off-duty cop shot and killed it with a bow and arrow. (Full Story)

Are ice skating rinks making your child sick? The "Today" show says Zambonis cause long-term carbon monoxide poisoning. (Full Story)

Basically, don't fly to Norway: In a new poll, half of all pilots in Norway admitted to falling asleep mid-flight. (Full Story)


#1.) AOL Did a Valentine's Day Mash-Up of Famous TV Characters Kissing:

Valentine's Day is Monday, and if you're staying in like a sad sack, there's a montage on AOL of famous TV characters kissing. (--Search for "TV Kisses Mash-Up")

#2.) And Now . . . Words of Wisdom From 40 Movies In 7 Minutes:

If you're looking for a little inspiration today . . . and have seven minutes to kill . . . someone posted a montage on YouTube of 40 different movie characters offering up words of wisdom. (--Search for "Lessons From 40 Films in 7 Minutes")

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Based on Her Personality Type:

If you're stuck on what to get your woman for Valentine's Day, we've got four gift ideas based on her personality type. Listen up . . .

#1.) She's the Life of the Party. Take her on a romantic weekend getaway without revealing where you're going or what you'll be doing. Half of the people surveyed in a new poll say it's the Valentin'es Day gift they want the most.

#2.) She's a Go-Getter. You can't really go wrong with jewelry for ANY type of girl, but it's perfect for someone who's a type-A go-getter. Just make sure it's CLASSY and not TACKY.

#3.) The Nurturer. Poems and love letters might be considered cheesy, but if she's the nurturing type, they're winners. If you can't write, just get her a book of poems. Or just go with bouquet of her favorite flowers.

#4.) The Analyst. That means she likes things that make life more organized or efficient. Which can be difficult for you to make romantic . . . because nothing says 'love' quite like a Slap Chop. (???) --Instead, make her a fake coupon book filled with stuff like a back massage, a car wash, or a gourmet dinner at home. Or if that's too cheesy for you, get her a gift basket filled with candles, hand soap and lotion. (Happen Magazine)

Decoding What Your Woman's Valentine's Day Gift Means:

"Ask Men" has come out with a handy guide that decodes the meaning behind eight common Valentine's Day gifts for men. And ladies, if you still need to get your man something, listen up, because you'll probably find some good ideas here.

#1.) Magazines. A subscription to something like "Esquire", "Wired", or "Forbes" is like a monthly reminder that she cares. And since they're a step up from "Maxim", it shows that she values your intellectual side.

#2.) Blu-Ray Movies. Something like "Inception" or "The Social Network" on Blu-ray is trying to appeal to your manly side without insulting your intelligence.

#3.) Bar Set. A nice bar set for your kitchen shows she thinks it's okay for you to cut loose when she's not around.

#4.) Grooming Products. A nice shaving set shows that she wants you to keep up your appearance, probably so she can show you off to all her friends.

#5.) Cologne. Cologne means one thing: You smell of cheese. Just kidding. She's just trying to make sure you smell amazing whenever the two of you are together.

#6.) Electronics. An electronic item like a new smartphone or iPad shows that she's really into you, and wants to stay connected whether it's over email, text, or phone calls.

#7.) Intimate Bedroom Gifts. Adult-themed bedroom games and edible novelties show she's totally willing to get wild between the sheets.

#8.) A Classy Watch. A nice watch is a BIG DEAL. Since you're probably going to wear it every day, it's going to be a constant reminder of her. This chick is seriously into you. (Ask Men)

How To Survive Valentine's Day If You're Single:

If you're single, then you're fully aware of the S.A.D. holiday coming up . . . Single's Awareness Day. Well, we've got five things you can do on Monday instead of sulking about being single.

#1.) Treat Yourself. Go to a spa and get a massage or a manicure. Or go out and buy those nice shoes you've been waiting to pull the trigger on. Obviously, this one's for all the single dudes out there. (???)

#2.) Have a Party. Invite all your single friends over . . . get some cocktails, appetizers, and music going . . . and make the night memorable by taking it easy with your close friends.

#3.) Go To a Party. It's the same idea behind having a party, minus the cleanup. Just make sure before you go that it's NOT going to be a couples thing.

#4.) Have a Night On the Town. Head out to a fun dive bar with your single friends and have some drinks, shoot some pool, and maybe strike up a few conversations with other people in the process.

#5.) Do the Usual. Go about your routine, and it'll feel like just another regular day. Go to work, hit the gym, go home, and enjoy your dinner while watching your favorite shows on TV. --Before you know it, it'll be February 15th and nothing will have changed. What a concept. (Ask Men)


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