Monday, March 21, 2011

HOLLYWOOD DIRT OVERFLOW (03-21-11)

Tiger Woods Has a New Girlfriend:

TIGER WOODS has a new girlfriend. --Her name is Alyse Lahti Johnston. Her dad is former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Lahti, and her stepfather is Alastair Johnston. He's a member of the board at IMG, the sports agency that reps Tiger. --Alyse is training for the LPGA Tour . . . and she met Tiger through her coach. --Some people are calling her an ELIN NORDEGREN look-alike. I'm not sure about that, but she is thin, white and blonde . . . so at the very least, you can say she's the same TYPE. (--Check out some pics here . . . including a MUGSHOT from an October 2010 DUI arrest. She pleaded it down to reckless driving.) --Tiger and Alyse have reportedly been dating for a few months. She was recently spotted on his yacht. Oh, and she's 22. (--Tiger is 35.)


Chris Brown Is Disappointed with the Leak of That Nude Photo:

If I was packin' what CHRIS BROWN is packin', and a nude photo of me leaked onto the Internet and was viewed by millions of people, there are many words in the English language that you could use to describe my reaction. --Most of them would be synonyms for PRIDE. --But Chris doesn't feel that way. In fact, he's DISAPPOINTED that the now-infamous picture of his gift from God hit the web. And he wants to make sure everybody knows he did NOT have anything to do with it. --He tells MTV News, quote, "Let me be honest with you. I didn't want to put no pictures out; that's not my intention. A lot of people were saying, 'Yo, he leaked the pictures, he was trying to get promotion.' --"For me, I was always a singer, so unless I'm planning on trying to do porn, I don't think I'd want to just leak my wang out to the world before my album comes out." --He adds, quote, "It was disappointing to me that it was out, and I was like, 'Man, because now there's gonna be a gimmick behind it.' And I don't want a gimmick behind anything that I'm doing."


Courteney Cox and David Arquette Were Spotted Together Over the Weekend:

COURTENEY COX and DAVID ARQUETTE were spotted together Saturday at a flower shop in Malibu . . . near where they own a home. --There's no word why they were together, what they were doing or if we can assume anything about the status of their relationship because of this. --Courteney reportedly lives in the Malibu home with their daughter Coco, while David lives in another house they own in Beverly Hills.


Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger May Have Broken Up:

Multiple sources say that BRADLEY COOPER and RENEE ZELLWEGER have broken up. There's no official word yet from their reps. They'd been dating since July of 2009. --Not that we can take this without a grain of salt, but the "Star" tabloid claims Bradley was nailing both SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSICA BIEL behind Renee's back. --Bradley and Renee met on the set of "Case 39" . . . a thriller no one was particularly thrilled by. Just this past January, Renee skipped the Golden Globes to be with Bradley when his father died. --Bradley and Renee had at least one thing in common: Short marriages. Bradley and JENNIFER ESPOSITO got divorced after four months together in 2007. And in 2005, Renee and country singer KENNY CHESNEY had their marriage annulled . . . also after four months.


Wyclef Jean Claims He Was Shot in the Hand . . . But Police Say He Cut His Hand on Glass:

WYCLEF JEAN says he was shot in the hand in Haiti on Saturday night . . . on the eve of the country's run-off presidential election. But police say he just cut his hand on glass. --Wyclef was in Haiti trying to get out the vote for one of the candidates. As you may recall, Wyclef tried to get into the race himself last year, but was denied because he didn't meet residency requirements. --According to Wyclef's story, he got out of his car to make a phone call, heard gunshots and noticed that his hand was bleeding. He was treated at a hospital and released. --He said, quote, "The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand. I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand." --Nobody knows who the alleged gunman was, or if Wyclef was the intended target . . . but his reps later blamed the shooting on, quote, "enemies of progressive change in Haiti." --But the local chief of police says, quote, "We met with the doctor who saw him and he confirmed Wyclef was cut by glass." --He didn't really give any details, other than to say it happened during some kind of accident.
Charlie Sheen Met with Fox Executives Last Week:

Maybe not everybody in showbiz is avoiding CHARLIE SHEEN like the plague. According to TMZ, he had a secret meeting with top execs at Fox last week. --Sources say they brainstormed for more than an hour about possible projects for Charlie at the network . . . including a late night show. Nothing was decided, but supposedly, everybody really liked Charlie.


Details on Charlie Sheen's Live Show:

A lot of people bought tickets to CHARLIE SHEEN'S "Violent Torpedo of Truth / Defeat Is Not An Option" tour without having any idea what they're in for. But some details came out over the weekend. --E! Online spoke with someone who's helping to put the show together . . . and here's what they found out . . . --It'll be mostly spoken-word stuff . . . and it goes from, quote, "hysterically funny to dark to very thought-provoking." And Charlie didn't hire any writers. He's coming up with it all by himself. And he'll probably recite most of it from MEMORY. --As such, no show will be exactly the same. Charlie's guy says, quote, "He will have a guide that he puts together, but . . . the audience in every city is going to be different, the energy is going to be different, and he's going to feed off that." --The show will run about an hour and 10 minutes. -Even though it's mostly going to be Charlie with a microphone, there will be some MULTI-MEDIA content, such as video. --There will also be AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, like people being allowed to ask questions. --On a related note, Charlie's going to make some decent money doing this. TMZ estimates he'll pull down about $7 million by the end of the tour. (--To put that in perspective, though, that's only what Charlie used to make for three and a half episodes of "Two and a Half Men" . . . so it's not really likely to keep him at the standard of living he enjoyed when he had regular employment.) (--Of course, he's also expected to rake in millions more from after-parties and merchandise sales. So he's not gonna starve.)

Random Sheen-Anigans:

#1.) JIMMY BUFFET'S company has trademarked the phrase "Tiger Blood" for use in vodka and energy drinks. (Full Story)

#2.) Porno star KACEY JORDAN says she was NOT trying to commit suicide last week. (Full Story)

#3.) Here's another God-awful Charlie Sheen tattoo. (Full Story) You can compare it to the tattoo we heard about earlier this month, here. Both tattoos are ridiculous, but at least this new one looks a bit more bad ass.

#4.) BRET MICHAELS claims he taught Charlie how to trash hotel rooms. (Full Story)

#5.) ALICE COOPER can relate to Charlie Sheen, because even when Alice was a full-blown alcoholic, he always showed up to work and did his job, too. (Full Story)


Jon "Bones" Jones Helped Catch a Mugger Just Hours Before Winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Title:

MMA stud JON "BONES" JONES had a hell of a day on Saturday. That night, he DESTROYED Mauricio "Shogun" Rua . . . (--It's pronounced "HOO-ah") . . . for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title at "UFC 128" in Newark, New Jersey. -But just hours before that, he helped subdue a MUGGER. --Jones was preparing for the fight by meditating at a park in Paterson, New Jersey, when he heard a woman scream, "I've been robbed!" --Jones chased the guy and took him down . . . and he and his coach subdued him until police showed up. --Jones later Tweeted, quote, "I caught him . . . Coach Jackson finished him . . . It feels so good to help others. It gives me power and energy." --He also posted a picture that his driver took of the incident. (--Check it out here. That's Bones in the white sweatshirt.) (--TMZ claims Jones subdued the guy with a "figure-four leglock" . . . which is probably complete B.S. and crappy reporting. The figure-four is not an MMA maneuver. It's a pro wrestling move . . .) (--And it's one of the many things in pro wrestling that you really can't do to a guy unless he's LETTING you do it.)


Michael Vick Did A Sports Convention . . . While a Pet Expo Was Happening in the Same Building:

MICHAEL VICK was scheduled to sign autographs this weekend at something called the Collectors' Showcase of America. The event was happening at the Dulles Expo Center in Virginia. --But here's a funny story: There was another big event happening at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend. It was a little event called THE SUPER PET EXPO. --There's no word whether any dogs were harmed at either event. --Meanwhile, Vick spoke to 700 inmates yesterday at the Avon Park Correctional Institute in Tampa, Florida. --He says, quote, "What I wanted to get across to them was that we all have to try to be instruments of change. --"That's been my message, and it's something that I've been proactive with in the community and have been trying to (deliver) since I stepped out of prison. --"It's something I'm excited about doing, but it was something I never (did in front of prison inmates) before today, so it was a totally different realm for me.''


Bradley Cooper Has the New #1 Movie in America:

BRADLEY COOPER'S new movie "Limitless" is the new #1 movie in the country. It earned $19 million over the weekend. The two other new films didn't fare so well. --MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY'S "The Lincoln Lawyer" opened in 4th place with $13.4 million, and the alien comedy "Paul" was right behind it with $13.2 million. Both of those movies reportedly cost $40 million to make.
--Here are the Top 5 movies . . .

1.) (NEW) Bradley Cooper's "Limitless", $19 million
2.) "Rango", $15.3 million. Up to $92.6 million in its 3rd week.
3.) "Battle: Los Angeles", $14.6 million. Up to $60.6 million in its 2nd week.
4.) (NEW) Matthew McConaughey's "The Lincoln Lawyer", $13.4 million
5.) (NEW) "Paul", $13.2 million


Could Billy Crystal Host the Oscars Again?

BILLY CRYSTAL hosted the Oscars EIGHT TIMES . . . and he always got great reviews. In fact, there are a lot of people who think he's the GREATEST OSCAR HOST OF ALL TIME. --A lot of people thought that this year's ceremony hosted by JAMES FRANCO and ANNE HATHAWAY was a total bust. But when they brought Billy out onstage, he got a huge ovation. So that's got people thinking about bringing Billy back. --And he's not necessarily against the idea. He says, quote, "It might be fun." --And he's got some ideas about shaking things up . . . quote, "I think the show needs to change. There's too many awards and it has to sort of freshen itself up, and if I can be a part of that, that would be great." --Billy hosted the show from 1989 to 1992, then again in 1996, '97, '99 and 2003. (--If you recall, Billy's job at this year's Oscars was to introduce a clip of BOB HOPE, who was your mom's idea of the consummate Oscar host.) (--Bob emceed the show 18 TIMES between 1939 and 1977. But they can't bring him back, because he died in 2003 . . . which was coincidentally the last year Billy hosted the show.)


Are These the Most Overrated Movies of All Time?

A movie blog called Big Hollywood has put together a list of the 20 Most Overrated Films of All Time. And they've given top honors to the 1967 classic, "The Graduate".

--Check out the Top 10 . . .

#1.) "The Graduate", 1967

#2.) "Raging Bull", 1980

#3.) "American Beauty", 1999

#4.) "Fargo", 1996

#5.) "Pulp Fiction", 1994

#6.) "The Usual Suspects", 1995

#7.) "2001: A Space Odyssey", 1968

#8.) "Chinatown", 1974

#9.) "Some Like it Hot", 1959

#10.) "Titanic", 1997
(--You can check out the list, and their justifications for putting each film on the list, here. The rest of the Top 20 includes "The Matrix", "Blade Runner" and "American Graffiti". You'll find that half of the list here.)


THE WAR ON "GLEE"

Comedienne Victoria Jackson Accuses "Glee" of Mocking Christians in a Homophobic, Anti-Muslim Rant:

Former "Saturday Night Live" comedienne VICTORIA JACKSON has accused "Glee" of mocking Christians on last week's episode. Her comments were made in a homophobic, anti-Muslim rant for the conservative site WorldNetDaily.com. (--Victoria was on "SNL" for six seasons in the late '80s and early '90s. You'd probably remember her for her shrill, high-pitched voice. She often "played" a ditzy blonde.) (--Now, she's an outspoken political conservative, who's attracted attention for calling PRESIDENT OBAMA a Communist, and likening him to the Antichrist. Familiarize yourself with Victoria's political material here, here, and here.) --Victoria took issue with two things in the episode: First, she was NOT a fan of the gay kiss between Kurt and Blaine, which has been teased all season. And she didn't like KATHY GRIFFIN'S guest appearance as a religious, tea party candidate. --The role was modeled after SARAH PALIN. --Victoria said, quote, "Did you see 'Glee' this week? Sickening! And, besides shoving the gay thing down our throats, they made a mockery of Christians . . . again! --"I wonder what their agenda is? Hey, producers of 'Glee' . . . what's your agenda? One-way tolerance?" --That comment came directly after this one: "This new al-Qaida magazine for women has beauty tips and suicide-bomber tips! Gimme a break! That is as ridiculous as two men kissing on the mouth! And I don't care what is politically correct. --"Everyone knows that two men on a wedding cake is a comedy skit . . . not an 'alternate lifestyle'! There I said it! Ridiculous!" She wrapped all this up with a quote attributed to GLENN BECK: "Truth has no agenda." (--You can read Victoria's full article, here. Regardless of what you think about "Glee" and its "agenda," can we all agree that Victoria is a total nut-job?) --No one from Fox or "Glee" has responded.


Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters Has Slammed "Glee" Boss Ryan Murphy:

For some reason, DAVE GROHL of the FOO FIGHTERS is just now commenting on the back-and-forth between "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and KINGS OF LEON. And he's ridin' with Kings of Leon. (--Earlier this year, Murphy UNLOADED on Kings of Leon . . . seemingly out of the blue . . . because they refused to allow "Glee" to use their music.) --Dave really went off on Murphy, saying, quote, "It's every band's right, you shouldn't have to do (effing) 'Glee'. And then the guy who created 'Glee' is so offended that we're not, like, begging to be on his (effing) show . . . --"(Eff) that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do 'Glee'." --He then offered this recap . . . quote, "The 'Glee' guy, what a (effing) jerk. Slash was the first one. [Murphy] wanted to do Guns N' Roses, and Slash is like 'I (effing) hate musicals. It's worse than "Grease".' --"Then [Murphy's] like, 'Well of course he'd say that, he's a washed up ol' rock star, that's what they (effing) do.' And then Kings of Leon say, 'No, we don't want to be on your show.' And then he's like, 'Snotty little (A-holes) . . .' --"And it's just like, 'Dude, maybe not everyone loves 'Glee'.' Me included. I watched 10 minutes [of an episode]. It's not my thing." (--Ryan Murphy DOES seem to have a sense of entitlement about being able to use any song he wants on "Glee". He needs to learn that it doesn't work that way.)


The New "Wonder Woman" Outfit Has Been Unveiled, and Lynda Carter Approves:

The costume that ADRIANNE PALICKI will wear in NBC's new "Wonder Woman" show has been unveiled. It's similar to LYNDA CARTER'S classic costume . . . only the gold highlights have been replaced with a less sparkly deeper gold color. --It's also latex . . . and shows NO leg at all. (--You can check it out . . . along with a comparison to the classic "Wonder Woman" outfit, here.) --Lynda Carter approves of the new outfit . . . she says, quote, "What's not to like! Adrianne looks gorgeous and I'm really looking forward to seeing [the] new series." --Lynda had already given the new "Wonder Woman" her blessing. As for actually appearing on the show, Lynda says she's been too busy to film anything yet. --But she adds, quote, "You never know what will happen in the future. Stay tuned!"
Monday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"Dancing with the Stars" [12th Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--The ladies are: Kirstie Alley, tsunami-tsurviving tsupermodel Petra Nemcova, Kendra Wilkinson, Wendy Williams, and "Jonas" star Chelsea Kane.)

(--And the men are Romeo, Ralph Macchio, Sugar Ray Leonard, NFL player Hines Ward, rassler Chris Jericho, and KROQ jedi "Psycho" Mike Catherwood.)

--"How I Met Your Mother" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on CBS. (--John Lithgow guest stars as Barney's father. Barney is Neil Patrick Harris' character.)

--"Pretty Little Liars" [1st Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC Family.

--"The Event" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. (--"90210's" Gabrielle Carteris starts a guest stint as an alien entrusted with the safety of Leila and Samantha.)

--"Intervention" [10th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on A&E.

--"Skins" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on MTV.

--"Castle" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Jane Seymour and Corbin Bernsen guest star as soap opera stars, whose head writer is murdered.)

--"Harry's Law" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--"Queer Eye's" Jai Rodriguez plays a drag queen suing his/her former employer for wrongful-termination.)

--"RuPaul's Drag Race" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Logo. (--Jody Watley and Carmen Electra guest judge as the contestants record and perform a song.)

--"Rip the Runway" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on BET. (--Selita Ebanks and Mehcad Brooks emcee this fashion show, which includes performances by Wiz Khalifa, Keri Hilson, Fabolous, Lloyd, Melanie Fiona, Miguel and New Boyz.)


REBECCA BLACK; WINNING

"Friday" Superstar Rebecca Black Is Hoping to Parlay Her "Fame" into a Duet with Justin Bieber . . . and Simon Cowell Wants to Meet Her:

It's almost impossible to unite America these days, but 13-year-old REBECCA BLACK has done it in less than two weeks. She's the girl who sings "Friday", the horrible song that no one can tolerate, but no one can get enough of --Well, Rebecca was on "Good Morning America" last Friday, and she took that opportunity to beg JUSTIN BIEBER to do a duet with her. --She said, quote, "I have Bieber Fever, I am in love with Justin Bieber. That would just be . . . oh my gosh, just thinking of it gives me butterflies. --"Justin, if you're watching this right now, would you do a duet with me? That would be unreal, that would just make my life." (--There's been no immediate response from Justin, which I gotta say . . . is probably not a bad move.) (--You can find that clip from "Good Morning America", here.) --By the way, one person who DOES want to meet Rebecca is: SIMON COWELL. But not surprisingly, he seems more interested in the "controversy" surrounding her. --Simon tells "Entertainment Weekly", quote, "[I] love it! I've never seen anything cause so much controversy. I think it's genius. The fact that everyone's getting upset about it is hysterical." --"It's what we call a 'hair-dryer song,' a song girls sing into their hair dryers as they're getting ready to go out. But the fact that it's making people so angry is brilliant." --He compared "Friday" to the '90s song "Saturday Night" by WHIGFIELD. (--You can revisit it, here. Well, that's perfect . . . now girls have a "hair-dryer song" for Fridays and Saturdays. Anyone have any suggestions for Thursday?) --And Simon told "People" magazine, quote, "I love her . . . [and] the fact that she's gotten so much publicity. I want to meet her. Anyone who can create this much controversy within a week, I want to meet. I love people like that." --Speaking of publicity, Rebecca's "Friday" video has accumulated over 28 MILLION VIEWS on YouTube. And that's just the count on Rebecca's official video. --As of last night, "Friday" was sitting at #25 on the iTunes Top 100 Songs chart.



Rebecca Black Cried When She First Heard the Negative Comments:

It's OK to hate "Friday" . . . and even REBECCA BLACK . . . in a "Curses!" sort of way. But it's NOT OK to make mean-spirited comments to her. She's 13 years old for goodness' sake! (--If anything, save your real venom for the people at the "Ark Music Factory", which is responsible for writing and producing the song . . . AND video. They were the ones that pounded the vocals through Auto-Tune.) --Rebecca told "Good Morning America" that she's heard some rough stuff, and admits that it was upsetting at first. --She said the worst comment she's seen is, quote, "I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you'll get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty." She's also been told she should DIE. --Rebecca is trying to take the criticism in stride. She explained, quote, "When I first saw all the nasty comments, I did cry . . . I think I have talent on some level. --"I don't think I'm the worst singer, but I don't think I'm the best." (--Here's video of Rebecca singing the National Anthem a cappella on "Good Morning America", and here's video of her singing "Friday", unplugged.) (--It's better, still not great. I still can't believe someone wrote those lyrics. My favorite is this verse: "Partyin', partying, yeah! Partyin', partyin', yeah! Fun, fun, fun, fun . . . looking forward to the weekend.")


The Top Metal Songs of All-Time:

Gibson.com . . . the guitar company . . . has put out a list of The Top 50 Metal Songs of All Time, and the #1 spot went to METALLICA'S "Master of Puppets". Here's the Top 10:

1.) "Master of Puppets", Metallica

2.) "Ace of Spades", Motörhead

3.) "Crazy Train", Ozzy Osbourne

4.) "Iron Man", Black Sabbath

5.) "The Number of the Beast", Iron Maiden

6.) "War Pigs", Black Sabbath

7.) "Paranoid", Black Sabbath

8.) "One", Metallica

9.) "Hallowed Be Thy Name", Iron Maiden

10.) "Breaking the Law", Judas Priest

(--You can find the complete list at Gibson.com.)


It's Official: Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" Is the Top Grossing Concert Movie of All Time:

It was only a matter of time. --Over the weekend, JUSTIN BIEBER'S 3D concert movie "Never Say Never" surpassed MICHAEL JACKSON'S "This Is It" . . . to become the highest grossing concert film of all time. --Through yesterday, "Never Say Never" has raked in $72.2 million at the box office, which eclipses the $72.1 million that "This Is It" made in 2009. --However, Michael Jackson still holds the best worldwide total. "This Is It" made $189.1 million outside the U.S., for a global total of $261.2 million. "Never Say Never" has only made $10.8 million internationally, for a grand total of $83 million. (--And that isn't likely to change much. Paramount "insiders" say they expect Justin's international total to hit the $20 million mark . . . and that's about it.) (--So basically, we're the only country caught up in Bieber Fever. What does that say about us?)
25 Things You Don't Know About Travis Barker:

TRAVIS BARKER from BLINK-182 did one of those 25 Things You Don't Know About Me features for "Us" magazine. Here are a few highlights from it:

--"I am vegan."

--"I run between four and seven miles daily."

--"My favorite movie is 'True Romance'."

--"Animal from the Muppets inspired me to play the drums."

--"I used to be a trash man in California's Laguna Beach."

--"I collect ghetto blasters."

--"I am color blind."

--"I tattooed my body at a young age on purpose so music would be my only option. I could no longer get a job the way I looked, so I had to go 120 percent or nothing." (--You can find the complete list, here.)


MONDAY'S SHOWBIZ EXTRAS

David Schubert . . . the Las Vegas Deputy District Attorney who prosecuted BRUNO MARS and PARIS HILTON on cocaine charges . . . was arrested this past Saturday night. For cocaine possession. (Full Story)


Former "Saturday Night Live" minx MAYA RUDOLPH is pregnant with her third child. (Full Story)


The WWE is apologizing for some allegedly homophobic stuff said by JOHN CENA. (Full Story)


VERNE "MINI-ME" TROYER is leading an effort to get everyone to turn their lights off for an hour this coming Saturday night. (Full Story)


Filming on the two "Hobbit" movies, with PETER JACKSON directing, has FINALLY begun. (Full Story)


There are FIVE "Peter Pan" movies in the works . . . including one that gives Peter and Wendy's love story a, quote, "'Twilight'-ish spin." (Full Story)


JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT has officially joined the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises". He'll play Alberto Falcone . . . the son of mob boss Carmine Falcone, who was played by TOM WILKINSON in "Batman Begins". (Full Story)


The latest rumored "X Factor" judges are NICKI MINAJ and 17-year-old mess TAYLOR MOMSEN. Neither seem to make sense, Nicki's career is just now taking off, and Taylor doesn't and hasn't had a music career to begin with. (Full Story)


Here are some pictures of NICKI MINAJ parading around at a recent concert . . . carrying a realistic DILDO. (Pictures) (--Warning: If you don't want to see Nicki with a dildo, then skip this one.)


GLAAD honored Tina Fey, Ricky Martin, Russell Simmons, "True Blood" and Anderson Cooper at the latest GLAAD Media Awards event on Saturday night. (Full Story)

Four people were injured just before Orchestral ManoeUvres in the Dark took the stage at the South By Southwest music festival on Friday night. They were hurt when a piece of sound equipment fell on them. They were hospitalized, but they'll be OK. (Full Story)


RIGHT SAID FRED . . . the group responsible for "I'm Too Sexy" . . . have another album coming out, which they'll be hawking online. (Full Story)


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NOT-SO-STUPID NEWS


Photos of the Day: Before and After the Japanese Earthquake:

You have to check out a new photo gallery from ABC News. They took satellite photos of the exact same areas of Japan from before and after the tsunami and set it up so you can compare the two by dragging your mouse over each one. --It's absolutely incredible to see just how much damage the tsunami did . . . how many homes are gone, how many areas are now underwater, and how much of the coast has been wiped out. Just Google "Japan Earthquake: Before and after."


Website of the Day: How Close Do You Live to a Nuclear Reactor?

Look, you probably don't need to freak out about that nuclear reactor in Japan that was damaged by the tsunami. But maybe you SHOULD check out the handy CNN tool called, quote, "How close is your home to a nuclear power plant?" --You just enter your address or zip code, and they give you a list of the closest plants, along with a map. --So . . . how close is too close? According to the site, when here's a major catastrophe, quote, "In a 10-mile radius, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the air could be unsafe to breathe . . . In 50 miles, food and water supplies may be unsafe."


One Out of Three Women Now Starts Going Gray Before Age 30:

Here's another sign that you really, really need to put your cell phone down and relax sometimes. Either that, or buy stock in Clairol and the other hair dye manufacturers. --A new study has found that 32% of women under 30, or one out of three, say they've already started going gray. And the majority of them say it's because of STRESS. Twenty years ago, only 18% of women under 30 said they had started going gray. (Daily Mail)


There's Been a Huge Rise In the Number of American Men Getting Facelifts, Calf Implants, and Ear Reshapings:

Well, good news. The recession must be over. Because we're back to spending ungodly amounts on TOTALLY USELESS garbage. --The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says the number of men getting cosmetic surgeries is up . . . and three specific surgeries are seeing the biggest increases. --In 2010, there was a 14% rise in men getting FACELIFTS . . . an 11% rise in men having their EARS RESHAPED . . . and a 62% rise in men getting CALF IMPLANTS. --Overall, the most popular plastic surgery for men is nose jobs. That's followed by eyelid surgery, liposuction, MOOB REDUCTIONS, and hair transplants. Those other three are all gaining quickly, though. --Even with the rise in male plastic surgery, women still accounted for 91% of all the elective cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. in 2010. (The Australian)
Painfully Obvious Study of the Day #1: Hangovers Get Worse With Age:

We'd like to share the results of a study that didn't need to happen . . . because anyone who's drank 10 shots of whiskey in college and then 10 shots of whiskey a decade later could've told you the result without sinking time, money, and resources into a study. --Researchers at Union College in Schenectady, New York have found that HANGOVERS get worse with age. No, really. --But they have a scientific reason for it. We have enzymes in our bodies that help break down alcohol and its toxins . . . and as we get older, those enzyme levels drop. That makes the toxins stick around longer, and makes hangovers worse. --The researchers also found that CHEAP BOOZE leads to worse hangovers than expensive booze. Cheaper alcohol has a less rigorous fermentation and distillation process, which leaves it with a higher level of, quote, "junk chemicals." (UPI)


Painfully Obvious Study of the Day #2: Dieting Makes You Angry and Irritable:

You know how you get all angry and ready to punch someone when you're starving? Yeah . . . a not-very-groundbreaking scientific study has proven that you're not alone. --The study out of Northwestern University found that people who are dieting are more likely to be ANGRY and IRRITABLE than people who aren't trying to subsist on Diet Coke and skinless grilled chicken breasts. --The researchers say it's not just the hunger that makes dieters angry . . . it's almost as if they're using up all their self-control on food. Without any leftover self-control to throw around, they lose their patience with others more quickly. (Daily Mail)


Think Hard Work is the Key To Moving Up at Your Job? Your Boss Doesn't:

You should probably think about this the next time you work yourself to the bone and pull an all-nighter to finish something at the office. When it's all said and done . . . it's not going to get you a promotion. --According to a new survey by the consulting firm Accenture, the majority of Americans believe that HARD WORK and LONG HOURS are the keys to moving up in the workplace. --Women are especially likely to believe that . . . 68% believe that hard work is the key to a promotion. --Well . . . your boss disagrees. When executives were asked to name the main things they look for from their employees, NONE of them said "hard work." --The two most popular answers were employees who share their ideas and intelligent perspectives . . . and employees who show their bosses how their unique skills can help the company out. --Basically, a hard worker is less likely to be promoted than someone who has the mind of a leader and shows they're valuable to the company. (MyDaily)


A College Student Foils a Robbery By Updating His Facebook Status:

Once again . . . Facebook SAVES LIVES. --20-year-old Nitesh Bhakta is a sophomore at the University of Georgia. Last week he was home visiting his family in Cartersville, Georgia. And he was upstairs messing around on his computer when he heard his grandma SCREAM. --He opened the door to his room, looked downstairs, and saw three men wearing all black at the front door. So Nitesh immediately shut his door, locked it, grabbed his computer, and went up into the attic to hide. --While he was up there, the men tied up his grandmother and his 17-year-old sister. They searched the house for other people and even checked the attic, but didn't spot Nitesh in his hiding place. --He didn't have his cell phone with him . . . he'd left it back at school . . . but he did have his laptop. So he hopped onto FACEBOOK and updated his status with, quote, "Help, robbers, no phone." --One of his friends saw it, took it seriously, and called the police. --When they showed up, the three robbers took off in different directions. The police were only able to grab one of them, but the other two left their cell phones behind. The grandmother and sister weren't hurt in the attack. --Nitesh says, quote, "I don't think Facebook is really meant as a lifesaving tool, but it's the only way I could think of contacting someone immediately to call for help." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


A List of Banned License Plates Includes HUMPIT, RECTUM, and IPOOP:

Every year, Illinois has a list of personalized license plates that are BANNED by the state. It's their way of trying to make sure that no one sneaks a DIRTY license plate past them. --This year, the list is up to 4,758 entries. And while the entire thing isn't released to the public, a portion was put out to local newspapers. --Our 10 favorite from the list: ASSMAN . . . DOGYSTL . . . HMROYD . . . HUMPIT . . . RECTUM . . . ENDOWD . . . JUSTAHO . . . MENOPOZ . . . UBFGLY . . . and, of course, IPOOP. (Chicago Sun-Times) (--Check out all of the banned plates released to the media here.)



A House In Michigan Exploded Because the Owner Was Stockpiling Gas Before the Price Went Up:

This is one of those stories where everyone in the world could've seen it coming . . . except the idiot involved. --The woman's name hasn't been released, but she lives in Gobles, Michigan. And lately, she's been extremely worried about the rising price of gas. --So she took the proactive route . . . and started HOARDING it. She bought two entire barrels worth of gasoline, at 55 gallons each, and put them in her basement. --Of course, most of us would be nervous about having that much gasoline in the house. Not her, though. And she should've been. --The woman was using a space heater in her basement to keep her pipes from freezing. The space heater ended up igniting the barrels. And THEY EXPLODED. --The entire house was completely blown up, leaving only a brick chimney behind. --Luckily, no one was home at the time. (CBS 3 - Grand Rapids)


And Now, the Story of a Street Fight In China Between a Bald Footless Beggar and an Angry Dwarf Beggar:

OK, this one comes from a not-so-reliable Chinese newspaper, so take it for what it's worth. But it's too good not to pass along. --The story chronicles a fight between two beggars in Jinan, China. A FOOTLESS, BALD panhandler in his 50s got into a brawl with an ANGRY DWARF panhandler in his 40s . . . after the footless guy accused the dwarf of stealing from him. --In the end, having no feet or hair led to physical superiority over dwarfism as the older beggar won the fight, took back his money, and stole the younger beggar's DVD player. The police are investigating the entire incident. (Weird Asia News)


STUPID CRIMINALS

A Man is Arrested for Disturbing the Peace and Blames It On Hanging With His "Good Friend Charlie Sheen and Six Naked Girls":

CHARLIE SHEEN'S rise to "patron saint of degenerates everywhere" just keeps plowing forward. --Last week, police in Port St. Lucie, Florida got a 911 call. A homeowner saw a stranger prowling around his house and swimming in his pool. --When the cops got there, they found 39-year-old Robert Lubrano of Port St. Lucie . . . and he was clearly HIGH. --Robert explained everything to them: He'd taken some Xanax and Roxicodone, put down a few beers, and then went swimming. --And he told the cops it was cool that he'd been swimming, because he hadn't been alone. Quote, "I was hanging with my good friend Charlie Sheen and six naked girls." --The officers checked with the homeowner and confirmed that he didn't know Robert . . . Charlie Sheen . . . OR six naked girls. It was all just a delusion. --Robert was arrested for disturbing the peace. (The Smoking Gun)


A Man Steals a Car While Two Spring Breakers are Passed Out In the Back:

It's hard to tell from this story if the car thief is REALLY smooth . . . or if drunken Spring Break naps are REALLY intense. We're guessing it's some of both. --Last week in Steel City, Florida, a man stole a Chevy Equinox from the parking lot of a convenience store while two 24-year-old spring breakers were still in the backseat, sleeping. Or, more likely, passed out. (--Nothing like going on spring break at age 24. Never grow up!) --The driver had pulled over to run into the store. While he was inside, the thief quickly broke into the car and drove off. --Eventually, the two people in the backseat woke up and realized they didn't know the guy driving the car. They threatened him, and eventually he pulled over and hopped into a car with some of his friends. --Over the weekend, police tracked down the thief . . . he's 26-year-old Kevin Tyrone Moore of Dothan, Alabama. --He's been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of kidnapping. (Jackson County Floridan)


An Amish Man Was Arrested After Hitting a Car During a Horse-and-Buggy Drag Race:

Just because you're opposed to electricity doesn't mean you can't get all FAST AND FURIOUS. --Last week in Ashland, Ohio, police charged an AMISH MAN in his HORSE-AND-BUGGY after a drag race went wrong. --The man is 21-year-old Jacob Raber. Apparently, he and another Amish guy were racing their horse-and-buggies . . . to church. --Jacob tried to pass the other guy on a single-lane rural road, but when he crossed the center line, he clipped a CAR. --No one was hurt in the crash . . . and the horse was fine too . . . but the police were called to the scene. --Jacob was charged with driving left of center. The other horse-and-buggy drag racer wasn't charged. (NBC 3 - Cleveland)
A Man with a Knife Runs Onto the Court Before a Los Angeles Clippers Game:

During the first weekend of March Madness it takes a lot to get people to pay attention to the NBA. This just might've done it. --On Saturday, the Cleveland Cavaliers were set to take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. But about an hour and a half before the game, a man with a KNIFE stormed the court. --The guy had entered through an employee entrance . . . threatened the guards there with a steak knife . . . and then ran straight for the court. --Only a few fans were in the arena at the time. A few players were out on the court practicing and they got the hell out of there as 25 security guards swarmed the guy. --After a standoff . . . where the man just talked gibberish and didn't make any actual demands . . . he was shot with a beanbag gun. That took him down, and the police were able to disarm him and arrest him. No one was hurt. --The game was able to start on time and the Clippers ended up beating the Cavs. --BYRON SCOTT is the coach of the Cavs and he's an L.A. native. He and the players watched the standoff from a closed circuit TV back near the locker room. --Afterwards, he told reporters, quote, "This is California. This is what they do. Welcome home, good to see you." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)


Police Catch an Armed Robber When She Shows Up In the Same Unique Outfit To the City's St. Patrick's Day Parade:

You know what? I'm glad this woman was arrested. Serves her right for not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day. --On Thursday, around 3:30 A.M., a 26-year-old woman went into a convenience store in Topeka, Kansas and robbed it using a screwdriver as a weapon. Her name hasn't been released. --The security tape from the robbery showed her in a bright blue warm-up suit with a big yellow stripe. --Then, that afternoon, the woman went to Topeka's St. Patrick's Day parade. --And rather than wear green like everyone else . . . she was still rocking the bright blue warm-up suit with the big yellow stripe. --An officer at the parade spotted her, matched her to the woman who'd held up the convenience store earlier that day, and arrested her. (FOX 4 - Kansas City)


RANDOM NEWS EXTRAS

If March Madness was determined by alumni salary, Princeton would be the champion, with an average of $102,000. And Duke, UCLA, and Georgetown would also be in the Final Four. (Full Story)


A woman found out her dead husband had another wife . . . after the other wife told the funeral parlor to have him cremated. (Full Story)


Apple is under fire for approving an iPhone app that offered guidance on how gays could be "cured" and converted to heterosexuality. (Full Story)


Contain yourselves people . . . but today is the fifth anniversary of the world's very first 'Tweet.' It was on March 21st, 2006, from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, and said, quote, "Just setting up my twttr." (Full Story)


Two guys in Florida were arrested for stealing seafood from a restaurant cooler . . . and tried to bribe the cop with crab meat when they were caught. (Full Story)


Scientists have finally decided that atom-smashing 'Large Hadron Collider' in Switzerland isn't going to destroy the world after all . . . but it CAN be used as a time machine? (Full Story)


A guy called 911 from jail . . . to report that he's being held against his will. (Full Story)
NAZZY’S SILLY VIDEOS OF THE DAY

#1.) The Libyan Rebels Accidentally Shot Down One of Their Own Fighter Jets:

A fighter jet burst into flames and crashed in Benghazi, Libya over the weekend. The Associated Press initially reported that it was one of Gaddafi's jets. --But it turns out, the rebels accidentally shot down one of their OWN planes. The pilot ejected, but didn't survive. You can see shaky footage of the crash on YouTube. (--Search YouTube for "Plane Shot Down by Libyan Rebels." It starts nose-diving at :26 and hits the ground at :42.)


#2.) The Japanese Coast Guard Released Footage of One of Their Boats Going Up and Over the Tsunami Wave:

On Saturday, the coast guard in Japan released new footage of the tsunami taken from a boat that was three miles off the coast when the earthquake hit. --The footage basically shows a big swell of water coming toward them, but the ship is big enough to make it over pretty easily. (--Search for "Japanese Coast Guard Tsunami Video." They start going over the wave around :27, and there's a second, smaller wave at :42.)


#3.) An SUV Almost Backed Over a Sports Reporter While He Was in the Middle of a Live Report:

A local sports reporter in San Diego was in the middle of a report on the NCAA tournament last Thursday, and almost got run over by an SUV. --From the very beginning of the report, viewers could see the SUV backing up behind him, but the reporter had no idea. Then right when it was about to run him over, the cameraman jumped in to stop it, and the driver hit the brakes. --It really couldn't have been any closer. When you watch the video, it looks like the reporter gets nudged by the bumper just as the car comes to a stop. (--Search for "10News Sports Director Nearly Run Down." The cameraman jumps in at :23.)


#4.) Someone Posted a Video on YouTube of a Baby Who Loves to Say the F-Word:

There's a new baby video getting a lot of attention on YouTube. This one features a little girl in a high chair saying the F-word over and over again, and every time her dad tells her to stop, she says, "[Eff] it". The video is called "Ellie's Amazing Vocabulary". (--WARNING: This video includes nine F-bombs.)


#5.) And Now . . . A Montage of More Than 80 Movie Characters Saying the Name of the Movie They're In:

Someone posted a montage on YouTube called "Movie Titles in Movies" that features different movie characters saying the title of the movie they're in. --Honestly, it's surprising how often it happens. The two-minute video includes scenes from over 80 different movies.


Six Occupations Where Women Get Paid More Than Men:

This won't come as a shock, but women are still paid less than men for almost every job there is. In fact, last year in all occupations, women made 81 cents to the dollar. -But Forbes has a new list of occupations where women earn MORE than men. Here are six of them:

#1.) Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers. The median salary for both sexes combined is $612 a week, and the median for just women is $614 a week. -They don't even have the individual salary stats for men, because 98% of preschool and kindergarten teachers are female.

#2.) Teaching Assistants. Male teaching assistants earn a median income of $453 a week, compared to $474 for women, which is 5% more.

#3.) Mechanics. Whether you're talking about car mechanics or aircraft mechanics, women earn slightly more in both jobs. But 97% of mechanics are men.

#4.) Dieticians and Nutritionists. 83% of them are female, and women earn $11 more per week than the median salary for both sexes.


#5.) Busboys. Busboys earn about 11% less than bus-GIRLS do. Each week, the median income for a female busser or barback is $400, compared to $360 for guys. And that works out to an extra $2,000 a year.

#6.) Occupational Therapists. According to the stats, female therapists make slightly more than men. And according to Forbes, it's one of the best-paying jobs for women. -The median income for a female occupational therapist is around $60,000 a year, and some make closer to $100,000 a year. (Forbes.com)

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