Friday, April 22, 2011


Check Out Heather Morris from "Glee" Dancing Seductively in a Revealing Body Suit:

I don't know why they did it, but I'm glad they did: "Esquire" magazine put HEATHER MORRIS from "Glee" into a skimpy leotard and filmed her dancing to various songs. (--You can watch the video . . . and enjoy some sexy pics of Heather . . . here.) --For those of you who don't watch "Glee", Heather plays bisexual cheerleader Brittany. She's the dumb one, who's always saying hilarious things like, "Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?" --Before landing the gig on "Glee", Heather was actually a backup dancer. Her big break came when she was chosen to go out on tour with BEYONCÉ. --Because of her experience, "Glee" hired her to teach the "Single Ladies" dance to the cast . . . and she ended up with a part on the show. --Heather isn't in the "Single Ladies" video . . . but she did the dance every night on Beyoncé's tour. (--She also backed up Beyoncé on "Saturday Night Live" and at the 2008 "American Music Awards". You can see video of that performance here.) --And by the way . . . if you want to try to impress Heather on the dance floor, you can try, quote, "pop-and-locking, ticking. The moonwalk. Tricks like that." --One thing you should NOT do is try to grind on her. She says, quote, "It's offensive. Why would you do that to me?"


Ethan Hawke Is Having Another Kid:

ETHAN HAWKE is going to have four kids soon. He and his wife Ryan are expecting their second child together. She's due in about four months. --Ethan and Ryan already have a daughter who's almost three. And Ethan has a 12-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son with ex-wife UMA THURMAN.


Mel Gibson Says The Tapes of His Meltdown Only Represent "One Terribly Awful Moment in Time":

MEL GIBSON spoke candidly yesterday with about his MELTDOWN last year. And his message is clear: That wasn't really him. --He said, quote, "It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person in the span of one day, and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life." --He added, quote, "I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality." --Mel said the recording of him going off on ex-girlfriend OKSANA GRIGORIEVA was edited. Also, we have to understand the context. --He said, quote, "You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship." --Obviously, he doesn't blame people for thinking he's bigoted because of what they heard. --As for how he could let himself be taped saying all that stuff, Mel said, quote, "Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?" --Mel also gave WHOOPI GOLDBERG props for sticking up for him . . . quote, "I knew Whoopi before she was Whoopi. And, as she's great and I always liked her and loved her. I like her even more now because she got it . . . I love her for it." --But at the same time, he didn't attack anyone who DIDN'T publicly support him. He said, quote, "It doesn't bother me. Why would anyone speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap? --"It seems to add fuel to the fire. Very many people are supportive, of course, but you find out who your friends are. I have many friends and they've been great." --He's also not sweating the debacle over his aborted cameo in "The Hangover Part 2". He said, quote, "You have to let that go . . . It's okay." --On an unrelated note, Mel also talked about staying fit and trying to keep the HAND OF DEATH from knocking on his door. --He said, quote, "It's the way things go. Hey, I do what I can to sort of just stave off the clock: walk, swim, try and smoke an electric cigarette. I mean it's all bad for you. --"Life is bad. We're all dying. We're all in the process of oxidizing. Every one of us is in the process of oxidizing so to sort of interrupt one aspect of that while everything else goes on, it's a freak show." (--This is a LONG interview, and you probably won't care about much of the rest of it. But if you want to check it out, here's the link.)


Donald Trump Is Now Feuding with Jerry Seinfeld for Backing Out of a Charity Event:

(--Not long ago, I said that one of the many reasons Donald Trump would be a crappy president is because he's always getting into petty celebrity feuds. Well, here's the latest . . .) DONALD TRUMP lashed out at JERRY SEINFELD for backing out of a charity appearance. --Seinfeld was scheduled to attend a benefit this September organized by Donald's son Eric, and benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. --But he canceled because he doesn't like the way Trump is attacking PRESIDENT OBAMA'S citizenship. -Jerry's rep calls Trump's birther B.S. "demagoguery", and says it has, quote, "no place in the public discourse." He added that in lieu of an appearance, Jerry is making a donation to both the Eric Trump Foundation and St. Jude. --Being the egomaniacal A-HOLE he is, Donald immediately launched a blistering, scorched-Earth attack on Seinfeld, as if no one in the history of mankind has ever done anything so heinous to a fellow human being. --He issued a statement saying, quote, "I just learned you canceled a show for my son's charity because of the fact that I am being very aggressive with respect to President Obama, who is doing an absolutely terrible job as our leader --"Just look at Libya, our economy, gas, food, and clothing prices and maybe you will understand what is going on!" (--And that has to do with a birth certificate HOW?) --"We don't care that you broke your commitment, even though the children of St. Jude are very disappointed, and despite the fact that your manager clearly stated you are 'truly a man of his word.'" --Then, Donald broke into a little schoolyard taunting by making fun of that show Jerry produces, "The Marriage Ref". --He said, quote, "What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show, 'The Marriage Ref', even though I thought it was absolutely terrible. --"Despite its poor ratings, I didn't cancel on you like you canceled on my son and St. Jude. I only wish I did. (--"The Marriage Ref" returns for a second season on NBC this summer.) --"You should be ashamed of yourself!" --Trump got "Celebrity Apprentice" winner BRET MICHAELS to take Jerry's place.


Lindsay Lohan's Preliminary Hearing Is Today:

LINDSAY LOHAN'S preliminary hearing on grand theft charges is TODAY. Lindsay actually tried to postpone it, citing Good Friday . . . but the judge wouldn't bend. --Yesterday, Lindsay's attorney brought a jewelry appraiser to LAPD headquarters to look at the necklace Lindsay is accused of stealing. --The jewelry store Kamofie & Company had put a $2,500 price tag on the necklace, but they reportedly bought it for $850. If Lindsay's team can prove it's worth less than $950, it's possible that her case could be knocked from a felony down to a misdemeanor. --If Lindsay is ordered to stand trial, the judge may very well revoke her DUI probation . . . and she could conceivably be sent back to jail for up to six months. (--It sounds strange, but apparently, they CAN revoke Lindsay's probation over this necklace debacle . . . even though she's only ACCUSED of stealing it at this point.) --Cameras will not be allowed inside today's hearing.


Michael Lohan Will Go On a Date With You . . . For $10,000:

If I asked 5,000 women what they'd pay for a date with MICHAEL LOHAN, I imagine most of them would just walk away without answering . . . some might slap me . . . and maybe a few would say, "cab fare". --But I doubt anyone would drop a figure like $10,000. And yet that's what he's asking. --Michael has been granted a lifetime membership to a dating website called . . . where people actually CHARGE for a, quote, "first date". --In addition to the 10-grand, Michael also wants first-class airfare if he has to travel out of state, and four-star hotel accommodations . . . or better. --As for what might happen on a date with Michael, he says, quote, "Let me ask you. What happens on a dinner date? I don't kiss and tell." --By the way . . . there IS an upside to this: Michael says he's doing this in order to, quote, "donate the money to a rehab and recovery program or programs." -He adds, quote, "Dinner usually costs between $200 and $500. Why not get paid for it and have it go to a good cause?"


Random Sheen-Anigans:

#1.) CHARLIE SHEEN'S exes, BROOKE MUELLER and DENISE RICHARDS, have reportedly become close friends. They're even making plans to spend time together, and each bring along the two kids they had with Charlie. A source says, quote, "Denise wants all the children to hang out together."

#2.) Charlie has handed over almost $6,000 to OBAD . . . that Bipolar charity he was raising money for during his gig in Toronto last Friday. That includes the donations from his fans, plus the matching funds he promised to throw in.

#3.) When Charlie was being taken from the airport to his gig in Toronto last Friday, he Tweeted that he had police escorts in front and behind him with their lights on . . . and posted a picture of his car's speedometer that showed they were going 80 miles per hour --Now a police spokesperson says there's an investigation into whether police services were misused. And Charlie's Tweet has since been deleted.


Michael Jackson Autopsy Photos Will Be Allowed at Dr. Conrad Murray's Trial:

The judge in DR. CONRAD MURRAY'S manslaughter case ruled yesterday that autopsy photos of MICHAEL JACKSON will be allowed at the trial. --Obviously, Dr. Murray's legal team objected . . . but the judge agreed with prosecutors who argued that they would help the jury decided Dr. Murray's fate. --Judge Michael Pastor said, quote, "They're not gruesome. They're not graphic. They're not inflammatory." --Pastor said one of the photos shows Michael fully clothed on a gurney . . . and another shows him naked on a coroner's exam table . . . but with, quote, "the appropriate parts of the torso blocked out." --Murray's lawyers are also upset that the judge is allowing jurors to see footage of Michael rehearsing before his death . . . because it could be edited to give the FALSE impression that Michael was in good health before he died. --Dr. Murray has pleaded NOT GUILTY to involuntary manslaughter in Michael's death in June of 2009.


Angelina Jolie May Have Just Snagged a $10 Million Endorsement Deal with Louis Vuitton:

ANGELINA JOLIE has reportedly snagged a $10 MILLION endorsement deal with Louis Vuitton. It's a print-only campaign that's expected to launch globally this summer. --If that number is correct, this is probably the most lucrative endorsement deal of her career.


Did Emma Watson Leave College Because the Other Kids Were Mean to Her?

"Harry Potter"
minx EMMA WATSON recently announced that she's taking a break from her studies at Rhode Island's Brown University to focus on her career. --But the way she was being treated by her classmates may have had something to do with her decision, too --A so-called "source" at the school says Emma was a little bit like her "Harry Potter" character, Hermione Granger, in that she was really smart and often quick to raise her hand when professors asked a question. --And that led to a bit of harassment. Because whenever she DID get a question right, her classmates would often make wise-ass, "Potter"-related comments. The most common one would be something like, quote, "Three points for Gryffindor!"



Robert Pattinson's Love Triangle with Reese Witherspoon, a New Madea Flick from Tyler Perry, and the Latest Morgan Spurlock Documentary Open Today:

#1.) "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family"

Tyler Perry once again plays Madea. In this one, he/she helps a niece knock some sense into her children, whose lives are all out of control. (Trailer) --One of them is played by Bow Wow . . . and the incredibly sexy Lauren London plays Bow Wow's hot girlfriend. The Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa is in it too. --I first fell in love with Lauren when she played T.I.'s girlfriend, "New New", in "ATL", but she's also been in a lot of hip hop videos, including Pharrell's "That Girl", Snoop's "Drop It Like It's Hot", and Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent". (--By the way, if you haven't seen Tyler Perry's teaser poster, it's pretty amusing. It's a picture of Madea that's a parody of Natalie Portman's ballet flick . . . and the caption reads "Madea is the REAL Black Swan." Check it out again here.)

#2.) "Water for Elephants"

Robert Pattinson joins the circus and falls in love with Reese Witherspoon. She rides horses, he cares for the elephants. Too bad she's married to somebody else. The story is told in flashbacks by an old man reminiscing about his youth. (Trailer)

#3.) "African Cats"

Samuel L. Jackson narrates the latest Disney Nature movie. The stories include a lion with a broken tooth trying to defend his pride against a rival . . . a cheetah raising five newborn cubs . . . and a lion cub's loyalty to her injured mother. (Trailer) --The release coincides with Earth Day, which is tomorrow. You may also be interested in the song "Idol" winner Jordin Sparks did for the film. It's called "The World I Knew".


Racists and White Supremacists Are Freaking Out Because One of the Norse Gods in "Thor" is Played by a Black Guy:

The racists and white supremacists of America have taken a break from demanding to see PRESIDENT OBAMA'S birth certificate, and are focusing their hatred on a new target: Marvel Comics. --And it's all because of the "Thor" movie that's coming out in two weeks. -As you've probably figured out by now, the "Thor" comic book is based on Norse mythology. And there aren't any black guys in Norse mythology . . . either on Earth or in Valhalla. --But in the upcoming movie, the character of Heimdall . . . who guards the rainbow bridge between our world and that of the gods . . . is played by a black guy. --His name is IDRIS ELBA . . . and you may have seen him as "Stringer" on the HBO series "The Wire" . . . or as Steve Carell's temporary boss Charles on "The Office" a few years ago. --His casting has brought the bigots out of the woodwork to protest. There's even a "Boycott Thor" Facebook page, and more than 1,500 people "like" it. (--You'll find it here. But please only go to it if you plan on FLAMING these jackasses.)

--One commenter on the site said, quote, "I'll watch this when they remake 'Shaft' with a white guy." --Another guy said, quote, "Jewlywood, more History, less Political Correctness and Liberal Agenda." (--HISTORY??? Norse gods are HISTORICAL FIGURES???) --This same jerk also wondered if Hollywood would make a movie starring WILL SMITH as Adolf Hitler. --Although he would never align himself with these racists, there is a black guy who's against Elba's casting of Heimdall. --He's a fantasy author named CHARLES SAUNDERS, and his books include a series of novels about Imaro . . . a black, Tarzan-like character. --Saunders says, quote, "The internal integrity of those mythologies should be acknowledged and respected." --Saunders notes that he was forced to change African-descended characters into Caucasians when he wrote the screenplay for a 1985 movie called "Amazons". --He says, quote, "To my mind there is something wrong with both pictures." --Elba himself admits that when director KENNETH BRANAGH first offered him the role, he questioned the choice. But he quickly came around. --He says, quote, "It was so refreshing, and a testament to him as an actor and director that his casting was genuinely color blind. I feel very proud of being part of that movie." (--Meanwhile, Marvel made a parody of that Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial with the kid dressed like Darth Vader trying to move things with The Force.)
(--In this one, there's a kid dressed like Thor, and he's trying to move things with his hammer. Check it out here.)
(--And here's the original commercial.)


"American Idol" Sent Home Another Dude:

"American Idol" dumped STEFANO LANGONE last night. No one was surprised. Stefano has been in the "Bottom Three" for FOUR of the past FIVE weeks. -If anything, it's somewhat interesting that the "Idol" voters . . . which are apparently ALL women . . . were willing to part with a DUDE for the second straight week. That hasn't exactly been their M.O. (--Revisit our stories on that here and here.) --JACOB LUSK and HALEY REINHART were also in the Bottom Three.


Video of the Coaches from "The Voice" Singing "Crazy":

JENNIFER LOPEZ and STEVEN TYLER are supposedly going to perform on "American Idol" this season, but NBC's new singing competition "The Voice" has the jump on them. (--"The Voice" premieres next Tuesday.) --"Voice" coaches Christina Aguilera, CEE LO GREEN, Adam Levine and country singer Blake Shelton all got on stage to perform the Gnarls Barkley song "Crazy" together . . . and they rocked it. Seriously, it's pretty cool. --NBC just released the promo video for it, which you can check out here. (--Of course, Cee Lo had a leg up on the rest of them . . . since he, as a member of Gnarls Barkley, was the song's original singer.)



And Now . . . Soap Opera Fans Want Hershey to Pull Its Ads from ABC Unless They Un-Cancel "All My Children" and "One Life to Live":

Earlier this week, Hoover, the vacuum company, announced they'd be pulling their commercials from ABC . . . because an executive's wife is a fan of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live", the two soap operas ABC is canceling. --And now, soap opera fans are asking other advertisers to do the same thing. --First, there's Hershey, the chocolate company. (--And if there's one thing housewives like even MORE than soap operas and vacuums . . . it's chocolate.) --The soap nut who's organizing this movement is a woman named Cheryl King. Immediately after hearing that "One Life to Live" was being canceled, she sprang into action. She hit up Facebook, and began assembling an army of unhappy soap fans. --Together, they're threatening to "boycott, picket, call and email ABC and its advertisers" in an effort to strong-arm the network into un-canceling the shows. --One of the first companies they targeted was Hershey. Supposedly, they've been slamming Hershey with demands to have it yank its ads from ABC. But at least for now, Hershey doesn't seem to be biting. --When contacted, a spokesman for Hershey said that while they, quote, "take consumer response seriously . . . [he doesn't] have any information to share on consumer contacts" at this time. -But a soap freak named Deanna Uranga is confident that Hershey will see the light. She says, quote, "We are the people that buy Hershey. So they need to show us that they value us." --She adds, quote, "We are moms and grandmoms and the people making the Easter basket." (--That's a timely chocolate reference that shows these women are going for the JUGULAR!) --These fanatics have started a Facebook page called Rally for AMC and OLTL . . . and in addition to Hershey, they're targeting L'Oreal cosmetics and Excedrin. --There's no word whether those companies would pull their ads, but the makers of Excedrin did release this potentially ill-advised statement: "[We're] aware of consumer feedback regarding advertising support for Excedrin on ABC. --"We've told our fans who've posted their frustration on our Facebook page that we're sorry to hear that the cancellation of two of the longest running shows on ABC Daytime has caused them a headache!" (--Too soon! Too soon!!!) (???)


Has the Soap-Canceling Resistance Put an ABC Suit's Job in Jeopardy?

The Soap-Canceling Resistance . . . a growing army of housewives that are INCENSED with ABC for canceling "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" . . . may be close to their first taste of blood. -The "New York Post" reports that the mounting pressure the soap fanatics are putting on ABC's advertisers has put the job of the network's Daytime boss, Brian Frons, in jeopardy. --The "Post" also claims ABC executives have asked KELLY RIPA and the yentas on "The View" to STOP criticizing their decision to cancel the soaps. --However, a rep from ABC denied all this . . . saying, quote, "[Frons] is not leaving the network . . . there has been no directive to the ladies of 'The View' or Kelly Ripa." (--For some reason . . . even though I don't personally have any stake in this . . . I'm really hoping this insanity has some legs.)
(--How great would it be to see the resistant rebel forces close in on the ABC Death Star . . . where they may be shocked with the news that this Frons guy is actually their leader's FATHER!)
(--And, in a soap-like twist, perhaps the overlords at ABC will seek out one of these women's long lost evil twins, who was thought to have been killed in a car accident 20 years ago . . . to infiltrate the group and disrupt their alliance!)


The Eight Sexiest Women on TV Cooking Shows:

The San Francisco publication "SF Weekly" has put together a list of The Eight Sexiest Women on TV Cooking Shows. --These are, quote, "the women you've watched tying up your meat, sizzling your pot, and making you run your Tivo in slo-mo." (???) Here's the list:

1.) Giada De Laurentiis . . . of the Food Network show "Giada at Home"

2.) Cat Cora . . . of the Food Network show "Iron Chef America"

3.) Bal Arneson . . . of the Cooking Channel show "Spice Goddess"

4.) Claire Robinson. . . of the Food Network show "5 Ingredient Fix"

5.) Marcela Valladolid . . . of the Food Network show "Mexican Made Easy"

6.) Nigella Lawson . . . of the Food Network show "Nigella Kitchen"

7.) Nadia G . . . of the Cooking Channel show "Bitchin' Kitchen"

8.) Aida Mollenkamp . . . of the Cooking Channel show, "FoodCrafters"

(--No PADMA LAKSHMI from Bravo's "Top Chef"? Maybe they were only concerning themselves with the more obscure, intimate cooking programs.) --You can browse through some pictures of these fine culinary ladies, here. And you can check out "SF Weekly's" Sexiest Men on Cooking Shows, here.)


A "Glee" Extra Was Fired for Revealing Spoilers:

"Glee" has FIRED an extra named Nicole Crowther for Tweeting spoilers about the show. Specifically, she leaked the identities of the prom king and queen. --"Glee" co-creator Brad Falchuk went off on Nicole on Twitter . . . saying, quote, "Who are you to spoil something talented people have spent months to create? Hope you're qualified to do something besides work in entertainment." (--Yikes.) --By the way, Nicole's spoilers were also NOT appreciated by "Glee" fans, who assailed her on Twitter. She responded by Tweeting, quote, "They are not doing re-shoots because of my careless mistake so shut up haters and leave me alone. --"Grow up and get a life." And with that, Nicole shut down her Twitter account. (--If you wanna know who the prom king and queen are, Google it. I'm not going to say anything. I'm still holdin' out hope for my dream career in entertainment.)


Jim Carrey Will Guest Star on "The Office" Season Finale:

Add JIM CARREY to the list of guest stars who will appear on the hour-long season finale of "The Office" on May 19th. RICKY GERVAIS, WILL ARNETT, RAY ROMANO and JAMES SPADER will also be on that episode.


Friday TV Reminders:

--"NBA Playoffs: Knicks vs. Celtics" . . . 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. Eastern on ESPN. (--The New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics.)

--"NBA Playoffs: Hornets vs. Lakers" . . . 9:30 P.M. to Midnight Eastern on ESPN. (--The New Orleans Hornets host the Los Angeles Lakers.)

--"Smallville" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on the CW. (--Clark meets eventual Justice League members Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. Tom Welling directed this one.)

--"Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country"
. . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Reba, Loretta Lynn, Carrie Underwood, The Judds, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Jennifer Nettles are among the ladies performing in this tribute concert. Miranda is performing with her new group, the Pistol Annies.)

--"Talking Funny" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on HBO. (--Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. discuss their comedy philosophies and favorite bits.)

--"Primetime: What Would You Do?" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--This week's scenarios include a pregnant waitress being harassed by her manager.)

--"Degrassi: The Next Generation" [10th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. and "Gigantic" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Teen Nick.

--"Live From the Artists Den" . . . 9:30 to 10:30 P.M. on PBS. (--Robert Plant performs with Band of Joy.)

--"20/20" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Demi Lovato speaks openly about her eating disorder and her decision to quit her show "Sonny with a Chance". Presumably she'll also talk about being bipolar.)


Saturday TV Reminders:

--"NBA Playoffs: Pacers vs. Bulls" . . . 2:30 to 5:00 P.M. Eastern on TNT. (--The Indiana Pacers host the Chicago Bulls.)

--"NBA Playoffs: Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks". . . 5:00 to 7:30 P.M. Eastern on TNT. (--The Portland Trail Blazers host the Dallas Mavericks.)

--"NBA Playoffs: Spurs vs. Grizzles" . . . 7:30 to 10:00 P.M. Eastern on ESPN. (--The San Antonio Spurs host the Memphis Grizzlies.)

--"NBA Playoffs: Thunder vs. Nuggets" . . . 10:00 P.M. to 12:30 A.M. Eastern on ESPN. (--The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Denver Nuggets.)

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Martina McBride, John Conlee, Pam Tillis and Ricky Skaggs perform.)

--"Austin City Limits" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on PBS. (--My Morning Jacket performs.) (REPEAT)

--"Jon Lovitz Presents" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Showtime. (--Jon Lovitz hosts stand-up comedians Quinn Dahle, Ian Bagg, Al DelBene and Daryl Wright.)

--"Cinema Verite" . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on HBO. (--A movie starring Diane Lane and Tim Robbins as the subjects of the 1973 documentary "An American Family", which is one of the earliest examples of reality TV. James Gandolfini is also in it.)

--"That Metal Show" . . . 11:00 P.M. to Midnight on VH1 Classic. (--Matt Sorum from Guns N' Roses and Cherie Currie of The Runaways are the guests.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Jesse Eisenberg guest hosts and Nicki Minaj is the musical guest.) (REPEAT)


Sunday TV Reminders:

--"NBA Playoffs: 76ers vs. Heat" . . . 1:00 to 3:30 P.M. Eastern on ABC. (--The Philadelphia 76ers host the Miami Heat.)

--"NBA Playoffs: Knicks vs. Celtics" . . . 3:30 to 6:00 P.M. Eastern on ABC. (--The New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics.)

--"NBA Playoffs: Hawks vs. Magic" . . . 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. Eastern on TNT. (--The Atlanta Hawks host the Orlando Magic.)

--"NBA Playoffs: Hornets vs. Lakers" . . . 9:30 P.M. to Midnight Eastern on TNT. (--The New Orleans Hornets host the Los Angeles Lakers.)

--"Desperate Housewives" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Gaby goes against Carlos' wishes not to see Bree after he learns that it was Andrew who killed his mother . . . and Susan dreams of Paul Young after receiving Beth's kidney.)

--"Beyond the Blackboard" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--"Everwood" stars Emily VanCamp and Treat Williams are reunited for this true story of an idealistic teacher who turns a makeshift classroom at a homeless shelter into a real school.)

--"Treme" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on HBO.

--"After Lately" [1st Season Finale] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on E! (--Justin Bieber, Tori Spelling and Dr. Drew stir up trouble backstage as the season ends.)

--"Charles and Di: Once Upon a Time" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on TLC. (--The royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.)

--"Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC. (--Prince Charles' goddaughter talks about being a bridesmaid in his wedding.)

--"Royally Astounding: 30 Defining Days of the Monarchy" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TLC. (--the 30 key dates in the last three decades for the royal family.)



Yet Another Video of Lady Gaga Taking a Spill Onstage:

LADY GAGA'S onstage spills are quickly going from something fun to occasionally watch on YouTube to a regular feature of her shows. --The latest one happened at her show in Houston on Monday night. In the middle of performing "Poker Face", Lady Gaga threw an article of clothing on the ground . . . and then promptly tripped over it. --She went on with the performance without skipping a beat, as usual. She is, after all, getting used to this. (--Here's video. It happens 13 seconds in . . . and then is repeated over and over again to make sure you see it.) (--And since there are a million people at these shows with their camera phones, here's video from an alternate angle. It happens here at the 1:25 mark.) (--And in honor of Good Friday . . . and all the Catholics who aren't all that pleased with Lady Gaga because of her new "Judas" single . . . we're going to serve up some of the previous videos of Lady Gaga biting it onstage.) (--Here's the one of her falling off her piano from earlier this month. Here's a classic Lady Gaga dancing in high heels fail . . .) (--Here's some more Lady Gaga slip and slide action. And finally, here she is misjudging some stairs. Fast-forward to the 3:38 mark.)


The Special Olympics Has Not Only Accepted Lady Gaga's Apology for Using the R-Word . . . They Think She's Changing the World!

This week, LADY GAGA
apologized for dropping the "R-word." (CAREFUL) She had said, quote, "that's retarded" in the middle of an angry rant to "NME" magazine. --Well, the CEO of the Special Olympics has accepted her apology . . . in EXTRAORDINARY fashion. Not only does he believe that Lady Gaga's apology was sincere . . . he believes she is helping to CHANGE THE WORLD. --He said, quote, "Rarely a day goes by when each of us doesn't think of something in the world we'd like to change. But most of the time, change is elusive and what we hope will be different just stays the same. --"But then other times, we see a change right in front of our eyes and it makes us want to cheer. That's what happened today when Lady Gaga changed. --"That is change . . . unafraid, honest, and I believe sincere change. Wow! I know Lady Gaga has millions of fans around the world because of her music, but now she has fans for another reason as well. --"She's joined the campaign to open the world's eyes to the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities and that's a whole new reason to dance."


Get Pumped for the Debut Single from . . . Boxer Manny Pacquiao:

For whatever reason, Filipino boxing sensation MANNY PACQUIAO is releasing a SINGLE. (???) Sadly, it won't be an original composition. --Manny has recorded a cover of "Sometimes When We Touch", the suggestively-titled single that was originally recorded by DAN HILL in 1978. --Dan even helped Pacquiao record the song. He says, quote, "I was immediately drawn by the honesty and the gentleness of his performance. It was like 'wow'." --A slew of artists have already covered the song, including Tina Turner, Tammy Wynette, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Engelbert Humperdinck. (--Who's somewhat suggestively-titled himself!) --Pacquiao's version comes out NEXT THURSDAY. --It'll premiere on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", which is where Pacquiao first performed the song back in November of last year. (--Here's video. I've heard better . . . but I'm not telling him.)



Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

"30 Rock" star JANE KRAKOWSKI just announced that she gave birth to a baby boy last week. This is the first child for Jane and her fiancé, Robert Godley. They named him Bennett Robert Godley. (Full Story)

NICOLAS CAGE'S 20-year-old son Weston is getting married on Sunday. (Full Story)

AMY SMART is engaged to CARTER OOSTERHOUSE from the shows "Trading Spaces" and "Carter Can". (Full Story)

NICK CANNON gave out his and MARIAH CAREY'S home phone number on his radio show yesterday . . . then suffered the consequences. Later, he Tweeted, quote, "My wife is going to kill me over this . . . Just gave out my home phone number on air and my pregnant wife picked up the line oops!" (Full Story)

Check out some middle school pictures of MILA KUNIS. (Full Story)

TERI HATCHER is suffering from something called "frozen shoulder" . . . which keeps her from fully using her left arm. (Full Story)

JAY-Z and BEYONCÉ are on kind of a working vacation in Paris. And they're staying at the Hotel Le Meurice . . . which is costing them $20,000 PER NIGHT. (Full Story)

JAMES FREY . . . the author OPRAH chewed out publicly after she hyped his memoir, "A Million Little Pieces" and then found out it was loaded with B.S. . . . is returning to the show next month to hype his new book, "The Final Testament of the Holy Bible". (Full Story)

SIMON VAN KEMPEN . . . the husband of "Real Housewives of New York City" star ALEX MCCORD . . . has recorded a dance track called "I Am Real". (Full Story)



"Time" Magazine's List of Influential People Includes the Obamas, Mark Zuckerberg, the Creator of "Angry Birds", and Justin Bieber:

Yesterday, "Time" magazine unveiled their annual list of the world's most influential people. And, spoiler alert, JUSTIN BIEBER made the cut. Here are some of the other highlights from the list . . .

--Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix

--Amy Poehler

--Mark Zuckerberg, of course

--Peter Vesterbacka, the developer of "Angry Birds"

--Julian Assange of WikiLeaks

--Colin Firth

--Amy Chua, writer of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"

--Vice President Joe Biden

--Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in Tucson

--Michelle Obama, for her work on fighting childhood obesity

--Congresswoman and major Tea Party figure Michele Bachmann

--"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner

--Justin Bieber

--Prince William and Kate Middleton

--Blake Lively

--Hillary Clinton

--Oprah Winfrey

--Larry Page, one of the founders of Google who just took over the CEO role again

--John Lasseter, the head of Pixar

--Chris Colfer, who plays the openly-gay student Kurt on "Glee"

--Bruno Mars

--Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood


--Mark Wahlberg

--Arianna Huffington

--Speaker of the House John Boehner

--Barack Obama



Arkansas and Mississippi Lead the Country In Households That Aren't Using Landlines Anymore:

When it comes to the states with the most households that aren't using landlines anymore, numbers one and two are Arkansas and Mississippi. (--That means they're more technologically advanced than the rest of us and rely on their cell phones . . . or that even landline technology hasn't reached them and they're using two tin cans on a string. Joking! You guys are cool.) --According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 35.2% of people ages 18 and older in Arkansas live in households that don't have a landline. For Mississippi, it's 35.1%. --The rest of the states where more than 30% of people are in non-landline households are: Texas, North Dakota, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. --As for people who are still using their home phones, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the leaders. Only 12.8% of people in each of those states lives in a household without a landline. --The rest of the states where less than 20% of people live without landlines are: Connecticut, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, California, Maryland, Montana, and Alaska. (USA Today) (--You can see the percentages for all 50 states here.)


According To the FDA, Hand Sanitizers Don't Really Work:

Bad news, Purell junkies. According to the FDA, you're wasting your time. --Sure, hand sanitizers do kill SOME germs . . . but when it comes to protecting you against the biggest antibiotic-resistant infections, they fall way short. That includes things like E. coli, salmonella, H1N1, staph infections . . . and even the flu. --On their website, the FDA wrote, quote, "Consumers are being misled if they think these products you can buy in a drug store . . . will protect them from a potentially deadly infection. The FDA has not approved any [of these] products." --They say that washing your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds is still their recommended method for avoiding bacterial and viral infections. (


People With Peanut Allergies Be Damned . . . Airlines are Legally Allowed To Serve As Many Packs of Peanuts as They Want:

As I interpret this story, the Department of Transportation would like to make something very clear to people with peanut allergies: It's not that we HATE you, per se . . . it's just that you don't really matter. No offense --The DoT has announced that the only way they can legally tell airlines to stop serving peanuts is if a major study proves that serving peanuts on a plane can put people at mortal risk. --There hasn't been a study that's proven that so far . . . so the peanuts will keep on rolling. You know, assuming the airlines still choose to serve peanuts and don't start charging a peanut fee. Which HAS to be coming, right? (CNN)


A Boat Capsizes Near San Quentin Prison . . . and the Boaters are Rescued By Inmates:

Around 1:00 A.M. on Wednesday, a 44-year-old man and a woman (--whose age hasn't been released) were boating in the San Francisco Bay. And if that sounds fairly dangerous and stupid . . . it was. --Their engine went out and the man fell overboard into the FRIGID water as he tried to restart it. That made the boat capsize, and the woman fell into the water as well. The current carried them toward the shore of San Quentin State Prison. --A guard in the tower heard them yelling for help and spotted them in the water. So he placed a call to the San Quentin Prison fire department. Which is a volunteer fire department made up entirely of . . . INMATES. --The inmate firefighters rushed out and were actually able to pull the man and woman out of the water. --Sadly, the man ended up dying at the hospital later from hypothermia. The woman was treated and survived. She was wearing a life jacket when the boat went down, and the guy wasn't. --The police are investigating and believe the man and woman were drunk at the time. --As for San Quentin's firefighters, most of them were NOT firefighters when they were sentenced, and got all of their training in prison. They get to live in a firehouse, not in normal cells, and they're on call 24 hours a day. --Violent offenders and sex offenders aren't allowed to serve on the staff. (San Francisco Chronicle)


A Former Soviet Republic Sacrificed Seven Sheep To Get Rid of Their Evil Spirits:

There's a real country called Kyrgyzstan (--KERR-gi-stan). Even though it's one of the lesser-known former Soviet republics, and it's in desperate need of vowels, it's a real country. --Which is why it's amazing to know their elected leaders still do stuff like THIS in the year 2011. --Yesterday morning, their parliament decided to SACRIFICE SEVEN SHEEP in their legislative chamber . . . as a way of driving out all the evil spirits. --The parliament has been a mess of arguing and fighting recently . . . some of which has even turned PHYSICAL . . . and they decided that evil spirits HAD to be responsible. So they sacrificed the sheep. --They've announced that the meat from the sacrificed sheep will be sent to poor, elderly, and disabled residents of the country. --There's no word if they got along better yesterday after the sacrifice. (The Guardian)



Police in Oakland Bust a 25-Year-Old Woman For Prostitution . . . With Her One-Month-Old Twins in the Car:

It doesn't get much SADDER than this. --On Wednesday, the police in Oakland, California were running a prostitution sting. A 25-year-old prostitute from Stockton, California, whose name hasn't been released, solicited an undercover cop. --She got in his car, they drove one block, and she was arrested. --That's when she told him that her two ONE-MONTH-OLD twins were in the backseat of her Oldsmobile a few blocks away. --Some other officers checked out her car and found the twins asleep in the car. One window was cracked a little for air. The babies were taken to a hospital to be checked out, then turned over to child protective services. --The cops say the woman, quote, "showed no remorse at all" about bringing her babies with her while she worked as a prostitute. She told them she needed money and, quote, "What else am I supposed to do?" --She also had three children . . . a three-, four-, and five-year-old . . . at home --The woman is looking at solicitation and felony child endangerment charges. (Inside Bay Area)


A Woman Visits Her Boyfriend In Jail and Brings Along a Newborn Baby . . . With Drugs In His Diaper:

Earlier this month, 24-year-old Jennifer Young of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania went to visit her boyfriend, Randy Sanchez, in jail. And she brought a newborn baby along. --The police haven't said whether it was their baby together, a baby she had with another man, or just some random baby that neither of them were related to. --When Randy held the baby, a guard spotted him FISHING AROUND in the baby's DIAPER. The guard approached Randy and figured out what was going on. --Jennifer had SMUGGLED DRUGS into the jail by hiding them in the baby's diaper. --Randy showed them what he'd pulled out: It was the finger of a latex glove containing five Xanax and four-and-a-half Suboxone pills. (--Suboxone is used to fight addictions to opiates.) --Jennifer was charged with drug possession and smuggling narcotics into a correctional facility. --Randy is already looking at several felony charges for conspiracy and didn't have anything tacked on for this incident. (The Smoking Gun)


In Ohio, a Woman is Arrested For Flashing Her Friend . . . And Most Likely His Fellow Inmates . . . From Outside a Jail:

For one brief moment in time on Tuesday, 19-year-old Andrea Musser of Perkins Township, Ohio was the homecoming queen, belle of the ball, and Girl Gone Wild all at the same time. That moment of glory ended very quickly, though. --On Tuesday night, Andrea went to visit a friend of hers at a jail in Erie County. As she left, she stood outside the jail . . . and lifted up her shirt to FLASH HIM . . . and I'm guessing every other inmate who was lucky enough to be watching. --Unfortunately, jail personnel were also watching . . . and Andrea was arrested and charged with public indecency and trespassing. She got a 10-day suspended sentence and a $223 fine. (Sandusky Register)


A High 17-Year-Old Drives Straight Into a Cop Car as He Leaves a 4/20 Party:

Wednesday was 4/20 . . . which as you may've heard from the guy working at Starbucks, is the day where everyone celebrates the REEFER. If, ya know, they don't slack off and forget. --A 17-year-old, whose name wasn't released, went to a HUGE 4/20 party at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He smoked some marijuana, probably had some deep conversations about the cosmos, then got in his Pontiac Grand Prix to drive home. --And promptly crashed into a COP CAR. He's looking at charges of driving under the influence of drugs and reckless driving. (Boulder Daily Camera) (--And you can definitely see how it's possible, when you check out this video of the huge pot cloud that developed over the Boulder 4/20 Celebration.)



A British Tourist In Orlando Catches a 16-Month-Old Who Fell From the Fourth-Floor Balcony of a Hotel:

No matter how good or bad people are at sports, when they see a FALLING BABY, suddenly it seems they've got the hands of a Dominican shortstop. --44-year-old Helen Beard is visiting Orlando right now from Worksop, England. On Wednesday night, she was at the pool at an Econo Lodge hotel when she saw a 16-month-old girl CLINGING to a BALCONY on the fourth floor. --Then, the child FELL. --Helen positioned herself under the child and CAUGHT HER before she could hit the ground. The child was perfectly fine with no injuries. --According to the police, the child's parents were in the hotel room and didn't realize she was on the balcony. --The girl slipped between the bars on the balcony. --The Department of Children and Families is investigating. (The Guardian)


A Grandmother in a Motorized Scooter Fights Off a Mugger By Headbutting Him In the Nose:

THIS is why I say that every good grandchild should buy their grandma or grandpa a RASCAL SCOOTER. When you empower them to zoom around town, even at like two miles-per-hour, you give them a whole new attitude. --In Devonshire, England, a 49-year-old disabled grandmother, whose name hasn't been released, was driving her motorized scooter home from a restaurant when three young PUNKS surrounded her. --One of them tried to grab her purse, but she wouldn't let go. He got closer to her as she tugged on it . . . and when his face was close enough to hers, she unleashed a MONSTER HEADBUTT. --The mugger started screaming in pain as blood started gushing out of his nose . . . and he and his friends ran away. --The woman says that she's happy she defended herself . . . but during the fight, her scooter was damaged and doesn't work anymore. --The police are looking for the muggers. (SWNS)



Stupid News Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Next week is "Administrative Professionals Week," and according to a new survey: 70% of managers say their secretaries get the right amount of recognition, 27% say not enough, and 2% say too much. Also, 34% of companies give secretaries a special lunch on their day of recognition, 15% give a handwritten thank you note, and 5% bring in an educational guest speaker. (???) (Full Story)

A guy is using Facebook to find his perfect woman . . . using interest-based pay-per-click ads that only appear in the profiles of women who are spiritual, practice yoga, are between 28 and 35, and live within 25 miles of Tempe, Arizona.

(Full Story)

A guy in England ran the London marathon . . . then kept running for another 99 miles to get home. (Full Story)

A guy tried to rob a store in Connecticut with a gun on Tuesday night, so the clerk . . . unwisely . . . said, quote, "shoot me." But the robber panicked, and left without stealing any money or firing a shot. (Full Story)

One in four men say they're concerned about the amount of porn they watch on the internet. And heavy porn viewers . . . meaning guys who watch more than ten hours a week . . . are more likely to worry that it influences their behavior, are more likely to miss a meeting at work because of it, and are more likely to skip real in-person sex. (Full Story)



#1.) A Spanish Soccer Player Dropped a Championship Trophy During the Victory Parade . . . And a Bus Ran Over It:

Real Madrid won the Spanish soccer championship the other day, and during the victory parade, a star player named Sergio Ramos dropped the trophy from on top of a bus . . . and the bus ran over it. Fortunately, it wasn't crushed. (--Search YouTube for "Sergio Ramos Trophy Fail." He drops it at :20.)

#2.) Greatest Speech Ever? Here's a Motivational Talk From a Guy Who Manages a Team of Dog-Riding Monkeys:

There's a guy who calls himself Tim 'Wild Thang' Lepard, and he
manages a team of dog-riding monkeys. Yep. And last year, he gave a motivational speech at a minor league baseball game in Peoria, Illinois --Someone uploaded the video to YouTube, and they titled it the "Greatest Speech Ever". It starts with dramatic music and monkeys riding around on dogs. Then Wild Thang explains that a lot of people helped him achieve his dream. --And the best line is when he says, quote, "In 1962, a little boy was born. And his dream and his goal was to own a monkey." (--The speech starts at :46, but don't miss :24 when one of his dogs goes to the bathroom on the field, with a monkey on its back.)

#3.) Is This the Worst Karaoke Performance in History?

There's a video on YouTube of an Asian kid doing karaoke, and it might be the worst karaoke performance EVER. First of all, he tries to sing the MICHAEL JACKSON song "Black or White", and he sucks. --But then he loses track of where he is in the song, paces around the stage, and blames the guys running the karaoke machine for playing the wrong track . . . which they obviously didn't. (--Search for "SBS Superstar." Things start going wrong at :12, and things REALLY start going wrong at 1:05.) (--WARNING: This video includes the S-word at 1:47.)

#4.) Check Out the Huge Cloud of Smoke That Formed When Pot Smokers Gathered for a 4/20 Celebration in Boulder, Colorado:

Hundreds of people turned out for the 4/20 celebration in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, and there's a video on YouTube that shows the huge cloud of pot smoke that formed when everyone started lighting up. (--Search for "420 Official Video in Boulder." Everyone starts cheering around :13, and it's pretty hazy by the one-minute mark.)

#5.) A Father and His Young Son Engaged in a Slap Fight and Posted the Video Online:

This is actually kind of disturbing: Some guy who will NOT be winning Father of the Year engaged in a light-hearted SLAP FIGHT with his young son, who looks like he's about five. Then someone posted the video of it on the website --It's two minutes long, and they never really take a break. It's just constant slapping. Granted, the dad doesn't look like he's slapping the kid very hard, and the kid looks like he's having fun. But it still seems like it's bordering on child abuse. (--Search for "Father and Son Slap Contest.")
(--WARNING: This video may be disturbing for some viewers.)


There Are Ten Different Ways to Have a Sense of Humor?

A sense of humor is one of the most important things people look for when they're dating. So to help users find people they're comically compatible with, came up with a list of the ten different types of humor. --You'll fall into at least one of these categories, but hopefully a few.

#1.) Laugh-At-Life Humor. According to, people with this type of sense of humor tend to like the kind of satire and fake news you'd find in "The Onion". --Basically, they don't take life too seriously, and look for the absurdity in situations.

#2.) Bonding-In-The-Moment Humor. This type of person uses humor to bond with people. And their jokes are usually good-natured rather than insulting. So it's a good type of humor to use on dates.

#3.) Slapstick Humor. This one's pretty straightforward: If your favorite movie of all time is "Airplane" or you've seen every episode of "The Three Stooges", then you're probably a fan of slapstick.

#4.) Sarcastic Humor. This type of person enjoys dark, scathing jokes, like what you'd find on "The Daily Show". -Sarcasm on a first date can be tricky. So says you should use it in small doses, and always pair it with an appropriate facial expression or tone of voice.

#5.) Self-Deprecating Humor.
Chris Farley and John Belushi are two of the most famous self-deprecating comedians. And in small doses, it's endearing. But if you overuse it . . . especially on a date . . . you'll seem like you have bad self-esteem.

#6.) Deadpan Humor. If you crack people up without smiling or even raising an eyebrow, you have a deadpan sense of humor. The only problem is, your jokes can fall flat because people don't REALIZE you're joking.

#7.) Highbrow Humor. It's like what you might read in "The New Yorker", and it's a great style of humor on dates . . . as long as your date knows all the obscure references you're making. --But if you ONLY have a highbrow sense of humor, you can come across as a know-it-all.

#8.) Insult Comedy. If you loved Perez Hilton BEFORE he decided to stop bullying celebrities, this is you. And if you find the right person, you can sit on the couch and rip on people all day. --But it's a very negative style of humor. So it won't go over well on a date unless you know for sure that the person loves making fun of people too.

#9.) Cultural References. People who use this style of humor know a movie quote for every situation in life. The problem is when they talk to someone who's not up on pop culture like they are, their jokes don't make sense.

#10.) Bathroom Humor. If you like gross jokes and jokes about bodily fluids, then you like bathroom humor. Most people do on SOME level, but if you're over the age of 13 and ONLY make bathroom jokes, people will just think you're a moron. ( (--Luckily, thanks to The Complete Sheet, you now possess ALL TEN kinds of humor! You're welcome, you sexy beast. Now go have a great show and a great weekend!)


Three Ways To Get Him To Call You Instead of Texting:

Texting has become the preferred method of communication for certain people . . . meaning teenagers and dudes who avoid talking on the phone. But when you're dating that gets old quickly. So here are four ways to get him to CALL you instead of texting.

#1.) Send Him Short Replies. If you reply enthusiastically to his texts with a full answer, there's no incentive for him to call you. Try giving him just 'yes' or 'no' responses. If he wants a better answer, he'll have to call you and have a conversation.

#2.) Don't Use Your Phone As Much When He's Around. When you're out, tell him you like to leave your phone off when you're with friends. That'll let him know you're not always attached to your phone, and that you might not always be getting his texts right away.

#3.) Miss One or Two Texts on Purpose. Yeah this is kind of catty, and it's going to require some discipline, but over the course of a week or two, conveniently 'miss' one or two texts from him. --That doesn't mean blow him off if he texts you that his dog just died. But if he asks about your weekend plans or tells you "good night" or something, it's okay not to respond. Eventually he'll have no choice but to follow up with an actual conversation. (


Earth Day 2011

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Earth Day 2011 is themed after the Billion Acts of Green Campaign, which has collected over 100 million Acts of Green and Earth Day events in 192 countries to date. There are hundreds of ways for you to get involved in Earth Day this year. Visit for a full breakdown. Earth Day 2011 Highlights

•Large Earth Day events in 17 of the largest U.S. cities, including St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas and New York anticipate thousands of people participating. Volunteer service is sweeping across the world, with cities such as Columbus, Ohio, expecting over 4,000 people to plant community gardens, clean up riverbanks and remove invasive vegetation from parks.

•The U.S. State Department adopted A Billion Acts of Green as its own Earth Day theme, calling on 256 U.S. Embassies and Consulates in 177 countries to log the most Acts of Green.

•In the U.S., over 160 universities have joined Earth Day University, registering 250 events.

•Earth Day Network's Canopy Project continues to make huge inroads against deforestation, as official partners such as Trees for the Future, Roots & Shoots in China, the Iraq Ministry of Agriculture and the African Rainforest Conservancy are planting over 45 million trees across Africa, Latin America and Asia.


Earth Day Freebies

Today is Earth Day and many companies are offering free eco-friendly products to observe the day. Here are a few:

Bring a skin care product to any participating department store Origins counter and they'll give you a free full-sized all natural facial cleanser that normally sells for about $20. Click on to print off a form you need to bring with you to present at the counter.

Participating Starbucks will give you a free cup of coffee on Earth Day if you bring your own reusable coffee cup.

Lowe's is giving away free trees. The first million customers on Earth Day will get a free seedling.

At the Disney Store, you can trade in five disposable plastic bags for recycling and receive a free reusable Mickey tote bag. is offering discounts of up to 60% off on their green and natural products.

Admission to national parks is free through April 24th. Check out for more info. has green hotels on sale for up to 40% off as well as a chance to win two round-trip Virgin America tickets and a couple of nights at an eco-friendly hotel.

The Yoga Journal is offering a free digital download of the May issue.

Join, a children's clothing swapping site, for free today and receive a $13.95 swapping credit.

Reuse Jeans is offering 50% off their entire line of recycled denim for men and women. Simply use promo code WOGEARTH at checkout. The deal is good through April 30th.

Zoya Nail Polish will exchange your old, out-of-style, unwanted nail color and replenish your nail polish supply with fresh Zoya fashion colors through April 27th. Go to details.

The Sierra Club's Earth Day contest gives a chance to win a trip for two to Vieques Island in the Caribbean – you just make a green pledge. Sign up at to enter the contest.

On, you can enter the "Refresh Your Nest" sweepstakes through the end of the month. The grand prize is an eco-friendly home makeover valued at up to $50,000. In addition, you can also win a trip to Napa Valley, a Nikon camera, products from Burt's Bees or Tom's of Maine, and more.



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