Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hollywood Dirt Overflow (April 5, 2011)


Charlie Sheen Says He Still Has a Few More Bugs to Work Out of His Live Show:

Did CHARLIE SHEEN work all the bugs out of his live show Sunday night in Chicago? Maybe not . . . but he thinks he's headed in the right direction. He tells E! Online, quote, "There's a couple things here I've got to (effing) work out." --Charlie admits he got right to work after the disaster in Detroit . . . quote, "Yeah, we talked about it on the bus coming back, tons of input. --"Then when I got back to the hotel and I wrote, we started writing, just to get some thoughts out, some feelings out, just some stuff that would be interesting, just stories, you know, themes, whatever, just bullet points." --He adds, quote, "I was up till about 5:00, 6:30 [in the morning], kept working on it, came here at 8:30, sat on the stage, looked out, came up with just the chair idea and we started talking about it . . . the interview thing. --"And then I went back and took a two-hour nap and came here and did it." --Charlie also admits he considered packing it in . . . quote, "There was a moment on the bus when it was like, we can just keep going, we can drive home. --"I'm like, yeah, that's what losers do, man. (Eff) it, you know? Maybe I just, you know, needed a bigger challenge." (--Show #3 goes down tonight in Cleveland.)

Random Sheen-Anigans:

#1.) A new "E! True Hollywood Story" on Charlie airs tomorrow night. Fellow addict DANIEL BALDWIN tells E!, quote, "This is someone that I've known for almost 25 years. Such a public disintegration is very difficult to watch." (Full Story)

#2.) BROOKE MUELLER has taken a part-time gig as a correspondent for "Extra". She starts next week. (Full Story)

#3.) MILEY CYRUS has rejoined Twitter, and she explained why . . . quote, "I'm not gonna lie. I came back to twitter for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow @charliesheen #winning." (Full Story)

#4.) Charlie made a video mocking his infamous "20/20" interview . . . in which he filmed new footage of himself giving wise-ass answers to the interviewer's questions. We THINK it's one of the clips he played during his disastrous Detroit show on Saturday night. (Video) (--WARNING!!! The video is loaded with uncensored profanity.)

Olivia Wilde . . . Is Justin Timberlake Datin'That?

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and OLIVIA WILDE are both newly single. So was it a coincidence that they were hanging out together at the Roxbury in Hollywood Saturday night? Some say no. --Witnesses say they arrived together, and were, quote, "snuggled together in the VIP section" before leaving at 3:00 A.M. --But a so-called "source" says they're just friends . . . quote, "They happened to meet each other there. They weren't on a date. They've been friends since they worked together on 'Alpha Dog'. Nothing's going on. They're just friends." --Olivia herself denied the relationship on Twitter . . . quote, "Cool it, honeybadgers. We are just friends and have been for years." (--Justin and Olivia just finished filming a sci-fi movie together called "Now". It comes out in October.)

Queen Elizabeth's Panties Won't Go On Sale Just Yet:

A pair of QUEEN ELIZABETH'S panties were supposed to hit the auction block . . . but the sale has been put on hold due to the upcoming royal wedding. --It sounds like a late April Fool's joke, but it's for real. The panties were left on a plane way back in 1968 . . . and became the property of a collector. --Auctioneer Charles Hanson had planned on buying the panties and putting them on the block. But he has decided to delay the sale until after PRINCE WILLIAM gets hitched. --He's doing it out of, quote, "respect and courtesy for a person of such dignity and rank." (--Check out a picture of the panties here. Elizabeth would have only been about 42 in 1968, but these things are the very definition of GRANNY PANTIES.)

Kate Hudson Was Drinking Wine the Other Day . . . Even Though She's Pregnant:

KATE HUDSON has been in Argentina with her boyfriend, MATT BELLAMY of MUSE. And the other day, she was spotted drinking a glass of wine . . . even though she's still carrying their child. (--Here's a picture.) (--Is this a big deal? Plenty of pregnant women swear by the occasional glass of wine or some other alcoholic beverage.)

Rosie O'Donnell Thinks Chris Brown Is Getting a Raw Deal . . . Possibly Because He's Black:

CHRIS BROWN viciously assaulted RIHANNA two years ago. Nowadays, he's got a #1 album, he performs on shows like "Dancing With the Stars" and lots of other artists still want to work with him. --But for some reason, ROSIE O'DONNELL thinks he's getting a raw deal. And she thinks it might be racially motivated. --Yesterday on her satellite radio show, Rosie tried to suggest that CHARLIE SHEEN is being held up as some kind of hero, while Chris is getting the shaft. --She said, quote, "I just don't know why this kid seems to be held to a different standard than anyone else." --When her producer suggested RACE was a factor, Rosie said, quote, "I totally think there is, and I also think it's why he felt he was safer with Robin Roberts [who is also African-American]." --Rosie said Robin should own up to her part in Brown's backstage outburst at "Good Morning America". --She said, quote, "I felt mildly angry at Robin Roberts. I felt like writing her and going: 'Can you take a look at this again and see if maybe you find . . . in any way . . . your responsibility in this?'" --Well, not all of Rosie's Twitter followers agreed with her . . . and some of them called her out. --Here are some of Rosie's responses clarifying her point of view . . .

Follower: "You're not holding him accountable for his violent outburst on GMA. you're excusing him and blaming the victim."

Rosie's Response: "he was held accountable - he did his service - the judge commended him - he grew up in a violent home - he is only 21"

Follower: "u can have compassion w/out offending victims. ur not doing that. ur not choosing ur words or being careful"

Rosie's Response: "i have compassion for both he and rhianna - it is not a simple discussion - layers n layers . . . he is a victim too"

(--I understand Rosie's points, and many of them are valid. But to say Charlie Sheen is on some kind of pedestal while Chris Brown is being treated like a leper? That's not how I see it.)

(--Chris Brown is riding higher than ever . . . and quite frankly, after what he did to Rihanna, he has no right to complain when anybody asks him about it . . . for the rest of his life.)

(--As for Charlie, I think most people are laughing AT him, not with him. He lost his job . . . he's lost a TON of respect . . . and he's basically failing at his latest career endeavor, which is his live show.)

Christina Aguilera Says She Can Laugh About Her Crazy Personal Life:

CHRISTINA AGUILERA has had more downs than ups lately. Within a single month, she flubbed the national anthem at the Super Bowl, almost wiped out on the Grammy stage and got arrested for public intoxication. --But she can handle it. She says, quote, "I can laugh about my own hiccups and my own experiences in life because I'm getting through it." --She added, quote, "In light of the past year, there have been obvious setbacks. I've gone through a really hard divorce, and anyone who has gone through a divorce will speak about how hard the journey is from start to finish. --"It's a life-uprooting time and there have been hiccups along the way that unfortunately the whole world gets to witness and judge." --Christina's experiences will come in handy as she mentors contestants on NBC's new singing competition show, "The Voice". --She says, quote, "There have been things that have happened on stage that any performer can absolutely relate to and I'm so happy that I get to share these moments with them in such an intimate environment. --"I just wanted to approach this show very openly. I'm human, too, and people make mistakes and go through things in life and I'm definitely taking that into the show."

James Franco Says Social Media Is Over:

JAMES FRANCO'S Twitter account vanished this past Friday. And now he's declaring social media like Twitter and Facebook DEAD. --He says, quote, "Social media is over. Still up there. Going down. You heard it here first." -It turns out James still has a Twitter account, but he had to make it private because some of his corporate partners didn't like the way he was using it. --He says, quote, "My thought was 'This is my Twitter. I can do whatever I want.' But certain companies I work with contacted me about what I was saying."

Keanu Reeves Says a Script for the "Bill & Ted" Sequel Is in the Works:

When word started circulating that there could actually be a new "Bill & Ted" movies, most people greeted it with skepticism. --But over the weekend, KEANU REEVES himself revealed that the original writers are about six weeks away from delivering a first draft. --He even gave a vague overview of what the script could entail . . . quote, "When we last got together, part of it was that Bill and Ted were supposed to have written the song that saved the world, and it hasn't happened. --"So they've now become kind of possessed by trying to do that. Then there's an element of time and they have to go back." (--Here's video.) (--"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" came out in 1989 . . . and was followed by "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" in 1991.-One thing a new "Bill & Ted" flick will have to get around is the death of GEORGE CARLIN, who played Rufus, their mentor from the future, in both of the original flicks. He died of heart failure in June of 2008.)

Will and Jaden Smith Are Doing an M. Night Shyamalan Movie:

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN hasn't made a really decent movie in a while. But that won't stop WILL SMITH from working with him. --Will and his son JADEN will star in Shyamalan's next movie. They'll play a father and son whose spaceship crash-lands on an abandoned Earth 1,000 years in the future. There's no word yet on the title.

Will Lindsay Lohan Be In the New Superman Movie?

LINDSAY LOHAN will reportedly try out for a part in the new Superman movie, "Man of Steel". It's not Lois Lane, though. That role has already been taken by AMY ADAMS. --The part Lindsay is reading for is one of the villains. --There's also been talk of Lindsay playing SHARON TATE in a movie about the Manson Family murders. Of course, if Lindsay ends up back in prison, she'll be doing NO MOVIES for the foreseeable future. (--Tate was director ROMAN POLANSKI'S wife . . . who was among several people slain by the followers of CHARLES MANSON in 1969. Sharon was pregnant and about two weeks from her due date when she was killed.)

Sean Hayes from "Will & Grace" Will Play Larry in the "Three Stooges" Movie:

SEAN HAYES . . . the flamboyantly gay actor who played flamboyantly gay Jack McFarland on "Will & Grace" . . . has landed the role of Larry in the FARRELLY BROTHERS' "Three Stooges" movie. -He joins WILL SASSO . . . who was recently cast as Curly. There's no word who's playing Moe. --This movie is NOT a biopic. These guys are playing the CHARACTERS in an all-new Three Stooges adventure. The movie will be divided into three separate stories that tie together into a single narrative. (--At one point, the Farrellys had Benicio del Toro playing Moe, Sean Penn playing Larry and Jim Carrey playing Curly.)

Katie Couric's "CBS Evening News" Regret: That She Did Too Much:

You've probably heard someone excuse a failed job or relationship in a backhanded way by saying: "I worked too hard" . . . "I just tried to do too much" . . . "I over-thought it" . . . or "I just loved them too much"? --Well, that's how KATIE COURIC is talking about her soon-to-be former "CBS Evening News" gig. She now says she regrets doing TOO MUCH in trying to be awesome and unique. --Katie tells the "New York Times", quote, "In retrospect I would have given people what they were used to, a traditional newscast. --"And then . . . as they got to know me and got more comfortable, then I would've started toying with the format and trying new things. I think we were overly ambitious. We probably would have been better off playing it a little safer." --Katie hasn't OFFICIALLY cut ties with the "CBS Evening News" yet . . . but the consensus is that she'll make that announcement in the next few weeks. Her contract is up on June 4th. --But she might not leave CBS completely. --Katie confirms that she's thinking about doing a syndicated daytime talk show . . . quote, "We talk a lot and, yes, we've been discussing the possibilities. That's true." She adds that she'd like it to feature, quote, "smart conversation." --Word has it that Katie would prefer to do the show somewhere that has a news division where she could contribute. She's supposedly in "serious talks" with NBC, CNN, CBS . . . and in LESS serious talks with ABC. (--We'd previously heard that she'd team-up with CBS again if they'd give her a talk show AND a recurring spot on "60 Minutes".) --For what it's worth, when Katie was asked if she felt any "less proud about going to work at CBS" after the whole CHARLIE SHEEN debacle, she said, quote, "I don't really consider Charlie Sheen a colleague." (--If Katie does launch a new talk show, I have one piece of advice for her: Do NOT . . . under any circumstances . . . try anything new or fresh or anything.) (--Americans like their talk shows as un-compelling as you can make them . . . packed with contrived "controversies," useless banter, and hosts that love to talk about themselves and their uninformed opinions.)

"Glee" Creator Ryan Murphy Is Ending His Beef with Kings of Leon:

"Glee" creator RYAN MURPHY is ending his beef with KINGS OF LEON . . . and he finally seems to understand that he's not just ENTITLED to use any song he wants on "Glee". --Murphy tells the "Hollywood Reporter" that he's learned his lesson: And that is, quote, "Don't say '(eff) you' to someone in the press." --He adds, quote, "I didn't speak with as much clarity as I would have liked. Who am I to say '(eff) you?' That's not what I meant. I completely understand when artists don't want a show or another artist to interpret their songs. In fact, I respect it. --"It's their personal work and I'd feel the same way. We get turned down all the time and I don't fight it or even go back after a rejection." --Murphy says that BJORK recently turned "Glee" down . . . and he did NOT go all Icelandic on her. --He explains, quote, "She read the scene and didn't think it was the right fit for her song. I told her, 'That's completely cool,' and she said to come back to her down the road. We deal with that every day."

Check Out Video of Geraldo Rivera Being Shot at in Libya:

GERALDO RIVERA and his Fox News crew came under fire in Libya on Sunday . . . and it was caught on camera. (--You can see the footage, here.) --In an interview with "Fox and Friends" afterwards, Geraldo was asked if he "feared for his life for a moment." He responded, quote, "It was longer than a moment." --Geraldo compared the firefight to a GANG SHOOTOUT. --He explained, quote, "There was a wild exchange. It was like a shootout between two unruly gangs . . . every time [the Gaddafi soldiers] unleashed their salvos, the rebel irregulars would wildly retreat or fire their weapons. --"It was a wild, wild scene. I was as worried about getting shot in the back by the 'good guys' as I was worried about getting shot in the front by the Gaddafi forces." --Then, addressing the debate on whether or not to arm the rebels, Geraldo added, quote, "I swear to God, if you give these people weapons more powerful than they have right now, they will be a grave danger to themselves and others. --"They don't know how to use these weapons. At the first sign of a threat, they let loose their salvos. When you have incoming [fire] . . . the time when real soldiers use their training and experience . . . that is non-existent in the rebel army. --"They have the fire discipline of an L.A. street gang. It was really very worrisome."

Here's The Trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Governator" Series . . . and There Will Be a "Governator" Movie, Too:

Just last week, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER announced that he and comic book legend STAN LEE were developing a new superhero called The Governator . . . and that a comic book and animated TV series were in the works. --Now, a trailer for the show has popped up online, even though both Governator projects won't be out until sometime NEXT year. --The premise is: Arnold leaves his gig as the governor of California . . . returns home to a state-of-the-art superhero lair . . . and then fights some bank-robbing robots. --The clip is almost three minutes long, and it features a cameo by an animated LARRY KING, who's out working the beat as a field reporter . . . and the BLACK EYED PEAS jam "Pump It". (--You can watch the trailer here. WARNING!!! There's an uncensored S-word in the Peas song.) --Meanwhile, Arnold now says they're planning a Governator MOVIE, too. --He explains, quote, "First will come comic books, then a [cartoon] TV series and after that we will develop the games and then a movie." --Arnold also says he's received interest from a lot of, quote, "[actors], politicians, tycoons and business men," who want to be involved with these projects.

Tuesday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"NCIS" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. (--"Without a Trace's" Enrique Murciano guest stars as Ziva's mysterious boyfriend.)

--"No Ordinary Family" [1st Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Dancing with the Stars" [Results Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Music Guests: OneRepublic and Selena Gomez & the Scene.)

--"The Real Housewives of Miami" [Reunion] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bravo.

--"Lights Out" [SERIES Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on FX.

--"The Good Wife" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Michael J. Fox returns. Alicia battles him in court while representing the families of workers who committed suicide due to poor working conditions.)

--"Pregnant in Heels" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--"Maternity concierge" Rosie Pope advises expectant mothers in Manhattan.)

--"Addicted To Food" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Eight people with eating disorders seek treatment.)

--"Teen Mom" . . . 10:00 P.M. to Midnight on MTV. (--Dr. Drew Pinsky speaks with the teens' moms as they reflect back on their first year of motherhood.)

--"Auction Hunters" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Spike TV.

--"Let's Stay Together" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on BET.


--"Tron: Legacy" - In the first "TRON", Jeff Bridges was digitized into a world where all the programs look like their users. Then he has to fight his way back to the real world with the help of the program, Tron, played by Bruce Boxleitner. arrett Hedlund plays his son in this sequel. He's sucked into the virtual world while trying to figure out why his dad's been missing for the past 20 years. Olivia Wilde is the sexy program who guides him once he follows in his dad's footsteps.

--"The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of Dawn Treader" - The third "Chronicles of Narnia" movie is set a year after "Prince Caspian" and reunites Caspian with Edmund and Lucy, the two youngest Narnia kids. Liam Neeson returns as the voice of Aslan and Tilda Swinton is back as the White Witch. (In stores Friday)

--"Little Fockers" - The third "Meet the Parents" flick adds Jessica Alba to the mix as a sexy pharmaceutical rep working with Ben Stiller. In this one, Robert de Niro gets suspicious of Greg Focker all over again while visiting for the twins' birthday.

--"I Love You, Phillip Morris" - Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor play two guys who meet and fall in love in prison . . . with Carrey doing a number of impressions in his role as a love-struck conman.

--"Casino Jack" - Kevin Spacey plays lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who scammed Indian tribes out of millions in "fees" to represent their interests in Washington D.C. Kelly Preston plays his wife.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Friday Night Lights: The Fifth Season" . . . a three-disc set of the final season.

--"Life Unexpected: The Complete Series" . . . a six-disc set of both seasons.

--"Sarah Palin's Alaska: Season 1" . . . a two-disc DVD set.

--"Sister Wives: Season 1" . . . on a single-disc DVD.


--"Songs for Japan", Various Artists (--There's no new material on this disc. It's a collection of three dozen hits from random artists, with the proceeds from the sales going to benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross.) (--Some of the artists whose songs were culled for this album include Beyoncé, Rihanna and Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Pink, Lady Antebellum, Kings of Leon, U2, and Sting. Plus the Justin Bieber song "Pray".) (--This is the CD release. It was unleashed digitally back on March 25th.)

--"What If We Were Real", Mandisa (--Another one of the forgotten contestants from "American Idol's" past. She was a Top 10 finalist on the fifth season. This is her fourth album . . . counting her second disc, which was just a Christmas album.)


Wii Owners Get to do "Glee" Karoake . . . and Xbox Owners Get to Dance Around Like a Monkey in a New Kinect Game:

--"Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2" (T) . . . on Wii. The cast of "Glee" performs 20 songs featured on the show for you to sing along to, including "Bad Romance", "Gives You Hell", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Like A Virgin" and "Dream On".

Those five songs are streaming on the game's website, along with samples of all the music from the first volume. While there's no trailer for the second game, you can see the trailer for the first game here.

--"Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do!" (E) . . . for the Xbox360 Kinect. Enjoy classic carnival games using your body as the controller. The 20 games include shooting baskets, throwing baseballs at milk jugs, and pig racing. Plus imitating a dancing monkey, which I'm sure isn't the least bit embarrassing. (Trailer)

--"The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile" (M) . . . downloadable on Xbox360. This is a sequel to the 2007 game "The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai". You play a zombie samurai who kills bad guys with a wide range of swords and other weapons, including a wicked looking "machine-arm" which is a combination of a chainsaw and a gatling gun.

It's an arcade game that costs 800 Microsoft points (which is 10 bucks) but it's also got a co-op mode that lets you team up for a mini gore-fest on Xbox Live. (Trailer)

--"Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska" (T) . . . on Wii. The latest version of the hunting series serves up 30 animals in 35 different Alaskan environments. You can do co-op or competitive hunts with up to four players.

(--It's kind of amusing that they're releasing this on the same day as the DVD of "Sarah Palin's: Alaska". Perhaps rushing to hit that release date would explain why the manufacturer hasn't bothered to update their site with the Alaskan game yet. Enjoy the trailers for the older African and North American versions here.)

ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)

Justin Bieber's Mom Celebrated Her Birthday By Lighting Her Hair on Fire Onstage . . . Sort of:

JUSTIN BIEBER celebrated his mom's birthday by saving her from inadvertently setting her hair ablaze. Sort of. Here's what happened . . . --Justin surprised his mom by giving her a birthday cake onstage during his show in Germany on Saturday night, but when she leaned over to blow out the candles, a few strands of her hair caught fire. --Justin saw it, and immediately put it out. --Afterwards, Justin Tweeted, quote, "Sick show in Berlin . . . brought [my mom] onstage to sing her happy bday, but she lit her hair on fire with the candles. LOL. I saved her. Don't worry it wasn't bad. #ISavedMyMama." --And his mom Tweeted, quote, "Thank u [Justin] for the cake . . . (and embarrassing me onstage). LOL." (--You can find video, here.) (--For those of us who are NOT 14 years old, I was going to compare this to MICHAEL JACKSON'S "Pepsi Incident" in 1984 . . . but as we learned last week, the Jackson family would prefer that we never mention that again.) (--And for those 14 year olds, here are some pictures of Justin Bieber playing soccer in Spain yesterday. In the second to last one, he "flashes his abs" . . . so be sure to flip through for that one. SPOILER: No abs. Just boy chest.)

Dave Grohl Says ABBA and the Bee Gees Inspired the New Foo Fighters Album:

DAVE GROHL previously said the next FOO FIGHTERS album "could be their heaviest" one yet . . . but it sounds more complex than that, because he's now saying that ABBA and the BEE GEES were big influences. --According to Britain's "Daily Star" tabloid, Dave explains, quote, "I like loads of crazy-ass, dissonant, distorted rock 'n' roll. But I also love the Bee Gees and ABBA . . . bands whose pop choruses get bigger and bigger. --"I love anthemic choruses . . . that overwhelming feeling of release that you can connect with. --"So whenever I thought I had a big enough chorus for a song, I would use that as the pre-chorus and then I would try and write something even bigger, like they did." --The album "Wasting Light" comes out NEXT Tuesday, but the whole thing is now streaming on the Foo Fighters' website. (--You can check it out, here.)

Nicki Minaj Is *Not* Bisexual:

NICKI MINAJ doesn't just embrace the gay community . . . she even claims to have a gay boy named "Roman Zolanski" living inside of her. --But don't get it wrong, she's not gay herself. Or even bi. --"Q" magazine recently asked Nicki if she was bisexual . . . and she responded, quote, "That's definitely not true . . . I guess some people are thrown off by me embracing gay culture. But I don't feel the need to explain that. --"Unless someone asks me a specific question."


LAILA ALI gave birth to a baby girl yesterday. (Full Story)

While MICHAEL BUBLE was getting married in Buenos Aires, a home he owns nearby was ROBBED. (Full Story)

JACKIE CHAN helped raise $3.3 million for Japan earthquake relief in just three hours. (Full Story)

This sounds like something out of an old Olsen Twins movie: JOSE CANSECO is probably going to be sued because he was supposed to take part in a boxing match, but he sent his TWIN BROTHER instead. (Full Story)

LIAM HEMSWORTH and JOSH HUTCHERSON have been cast in "The Hunger Games" . . . based on the novel by Suzanne Collins about kids in a dystopian future forced to compete in an annual, televised battle to the death. (Full Story)

DAVID THEWLIS says his acting philosophy when it comes to his "Harry Potter" character, Remus Lupin, is to play him as a GAY JUNKIE. (Full Story)

ROLLING STONES guitarist RON WOOD picks his nose sometimes. When he does, it looks like this.

MARY J. BLIGE is calling her next album "My Life 2". It may seem like she's biting off JUSTIN BIEBER, but she chose that title because it's a sequel to her 1994 album, "My Life". "My Life 2" drops on September 20th. (Full Story)

The Russian pop duo T.A.T.U., the straight women who once masqueraded as lesbians for . . . attention or something . . . are now gone. They just announced that they're each pursuing their own solo projects. (Full Story)

FREE and BAD COMPANY singer PAUL RODGERS . . . who recently sang for QUEEN . . . says THE DOORS almost asked him to replace JIM MORRISON after his death back in 1971. (Full Story)


A 66-Year-Old Woman with Terminal Cancer Tackles a Bank Robber Because She "Had Nothing To Lose":

66-year-old Helen Dunsford of Oakland Park, Florida, is our HERO OF THE DAY. Helen has terminal cancer . . . and last week, she actually used it to MOTIVATE herself to be a true hero. --On Friday, around noon, she was at her local Bank of America branch when a 32-year-old woman named Robin Lee Green walked in . . . said she had a gun . . . and demanded money. --Even though Helen is twice Robin's age, she sprang into action without hesitating. --Helen ran over, GRABBED Robin in a BEAR-HUG, SLAMMED her to the ground, and started yelling, quote, "I've got cancer, you could kill me if you want!" --She held Robin down until the police came. --When the police interviewed her, she told them she was dying of cancer and, quote, "figured she had nothing to lose and didn't want to see [the robber] get away with it." She didn't suffer any injuries in the process. (Orlando Sentinel)

Only 20% of iPad Owners Admit They Take It with Them to the Bathroom:

Everyone I know with an iPad really likes using it in bed, and really likes using it on the couch . . . but truly LOVES using it on the toilet. Which is why I find this survey so SHOCKING. And also why I wash my hands after touching anyone else's iPad. --In a new survey, only 20% of iPad owners, or one out of five, admit that they regularly take their iPads with them into the bathroom. --But other than that complete lie, the survey backs up the idea that people really do fall in love with their iPads. --87% of people say they use their iPad every day of the week, and 24% use it for at least two hours a day. --51% say they prefer reading magazines on the iPad than actually holding a real magazine. --And 35% use their regular computer less than they used to. --The average person downloaded 18 free apps and 10 paid apps. --"Angry Birds" was the most commonly downloaded app in the survey. (Seven.co.uk)

One Out of Six Dog Owners Would Pay For Their Dog's Medical Treatment Before Their Own:

Knowing how OBSESSED people are with their pets . . . this isn't all that surprising. --According to a new survey by the American Pet Products Association, 16% of dog owners, or one in six, say that if they could only afford to pay for either their pet's medical treatment, or their own . . . they'd go for the dog. --13% of cat owners, or just over one in eight, say the same thing. --The survey also found that the recession hasn't stopped people from spending money on their pets. In fact, spending on dogs and cats is WAY UP. --Spending on pets went up 6.2% in 2010 . . . from $45.5 BILLION in 2009 to over $48 BILLION last year. And a 5.1% increase is projected for this year. --One of the fastest-growing segments in this lousy economy has been . . . DOG GIFTS. In 2010, people spent 30% more on presents for their dogs than in 2009 . . . $73 MILLION in 2010 versus $56 MILLION in 2009. --About 73 million households in the U.S. have at least one pet. That means about two-thirds of American families have a pet. And about 75% of those pets are dogs and cats. (Reuters)

Scientists Are Developing Marijuana That Gives You the Medicinal Effects of Weed, Without Getting You High:

I honestly believe some people have medicinal marijuana prescriptions to relieve their pain. It's probably less than 1%, but I do believe they exist. --But my GOD, is the government about to screw over the 99% who have prescriptions because they want legal reefer . . . --The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is working on developing a strain of marijuana that would have all of the medicinal effects . . . but WON'T cause, quote, "unwanted highs." --Basically, this marijuana would still dull your pain if you suffer from glaucoma or cancer . . . but not make DAVE MATTHEWS BAND music sound better. --Without getting too deep into science . . . the researchers have found that the THC in marijuana bonds to two different molecules. --One of those molecules combines with THC to relieve pain, and the other one combines with THC to get you high. So they figured out how to isolate the pain-relieving one, and leave the stoner one behind. --For now, this is still in the early testing phases, so it'll be years until it rolls out. (New Scientist)

A Guy Fell Out of a Tour Bus and Died After Going On a Brewery Tour . . . And Police Believe Alcohol May Have Been a Factor:

On Saturday, 31-year-old Thomas Johnson of Gardner, Massachusetts was on a party bus, doing a tour of four different breweries around Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Red Hook is the only big-name brewery on the tour. --On the bus ride home, he and a friend started WRESTLING in the bathroom of the bus . . . and both of them FELL OUT THE WINDOW. --Thomas died, and his friend is in fair condition at a hospital. Police say they believe alcohol was a factor. (Boston Globe)

Half of People Say That When They Clean Their Fridge, It Generally Just Means Moving Some Stuff Around:

It's SO reassuring to know that literally half the people in this country are as lazy as I am when it comes to cleaning out the fridge. Because I've DEFINITELY done the move where, instead of throwing expired stuff out, I just move it to the back. --According to a survey by Whirlpool, a full 50% of people say that most of the time, "cleaning the fridge" just means "rearranging all the stuff inside the fridge." --And 70% of people only PROPERLY clean their fridge once a year. (PR Newswire)

Researchers Trying To Find a Cure For Stress May Have Accidentally Discovered a Cure For Baldness:

Some of the best discoveries and inventions were accidents: Penicillin . . . Fireworks . . . Post-It Notes. And if this latest accident is true, it could jump right on that list. --Scientists at UCLA were trying to cure chronic stress by injecting a special type of hormone in mice. And while it didn't cure their stress . . . it did cure their BALDNESS. --The mice who had lost hair regrew it. It was their real hair, and after only a few treatments, the hair lasted for four months. That's better than Rogaine or Propecia, which require daily treatments. --The next step is to test to see if this technique is safe for humans. (Singularity Hub)

Two Out of Five People Think They'd Do a Better Job Cutting Their Hair Than Doing Their Taxes:

I learned a long time ago that some of the smartest money you can spend is on a pro doing your taxes. It's their job to know every little legit shortcut you can take to getting a refund. I kissed my accountant on the mouth this year. --Clearly, not everyone has caught on to that magic yet. OfficeMax just finished a nationwide survey on taxes, and here's what they found . . .

--46% of people say they prepare and file their own taxes.

--34% go to a professional, and 14% go to a family member. (--Not sure what the other 6% do? Not pay taxes?)

--Men are more likely than women to do their own taxes, 51% to 42%.

--Two out of five people say they think they'd do a better job cutting their own hair than filing their own taxes.

--60% of people say they worry about getting audited. 21% of people are more worried about an audit than a performance review at work, and 25% are more worried about an audit than their next doctor's visit. (PR Newswire)


A Guy Was Arrested For Trying To Abduct a College Student . . . And He Looks Just Like Christopher Walken:

I'm sure that the victim in this story is traumatized from nearly being abducted . . . so I hope her friends give it another three days before they start saying, "You know what your kidnapping needed? More cowbell." --The 19-year-old girl is a student at Rider University in New Jersey. And last week, she was almost abducted by a man who looks SHOCKINGLY like CHRISTOPHER WALKEN. --The man is 68-year-old Tony Kadyhrob. And he may be a doppelganger for Walken, but the years haven't treated him as well. --Last Monday, he tried to lure the student into his car, and when she said no, he grabbed her and tried to pull her in. --He's been arrested for attempting to entice an adult into a vehicle. (Times of Trenton) (--Here are two photos, one of his mugshot and one of Christopher Walken.)

Follow-Up: Police Have Caught the Robber Who Left Behind a T-Shirt With His Photo On It:

Last week, two men in Charlotte, North Carolina broke into a house. The owner caught them, and as they ran away, one of them left behind an unbelievable clue. --It was a T-shirt with HIS OWN PHOTO on it, along with the slogan "Making Money Is My Thang.'' --With a clue that perfect, it would've been horrible if the Charlotte police didn't track him down. So lucky for them, they did. --The robber was 25-year-old Jonathan Huntley. Huntley is a convicted felon . . . in November he got out of prison after doing almost seven years for armed robbery and breaking-and-entering. --And apparently, he wasn't quite a model inmate . . . he was written up for 26 separate disciplinary infractions in prison, including gambling, fighting, threatening a guard, and . . . here it comes . . . quote, "a sexual act." --There was no further detail on what kind of sexual act it was. So feel free to let your imagination run wild. --For his latest crime, Huntley has been charged with two felonies, for robbery and breaking and entering. (The Smoking Gun)

A Woman Tries To Destroy a Priceless Painting In the National Gallery Because She Felt the Two Topless Women Pictured Were "Evil":

It might not be ideal to look at legendary works of art when they're behind glass or plastic . . . but it's probably a good thing to protect the world's priceless treasures from stone cold lunatics. --Lunatics like 53-year-old Susan Burns of Alexandria, Virginia. --On Friday, she was at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. looking at a famous painting by the post-impressionist painter PAUL GAUGUIN. (--Goh gahn.) --The painting is called "Two Tahitian Women" and features two women from Tahiti topless. Even though it's BEYOND innocent . . . and there are a ton of bare breasts in fine art . . . something about the painting made Susan SNAP. --She felt the painting was, quote, "very homosexual" . . . so she ran up to it, tried to grab it, and PUNCHED it. Fortunately it was protected by a transparent plastic shield, so the painting was OK. The painting's value is a minimum of $80 MILLION. --After Susan was arrested she told the cops, quote, "I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you." --She was charged with intentionally causing destruction of government property and attempted first-degree theft. (Time)


According to new research, the best high school course for predicting success in college and at work is . . . Algebra 2. (Full Story)

A 92-year-old woman in Australia is on trial for stabbing her 98-year-old husband to death last year . . . after 70 years of marriage. She has pleaded not guilty, due to dementia. (Full Story)

They've been around for a while, but in case you did something ESPECIALLY filthy this past weekend, there are public relations firms that delete potentially embarrassing information from Google searches of your name. (Full Story)

After a deal with U.S. regulators, BP is ready to start deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico again . . . this July. (Full Story)


#1.) A Woman Was Making a Video While She Was Driving . . . And a Two-By-Four Smashed Through Her Windshield:

Here's why you're supposed to stay at least three seconds behind the car in front of you when you're driving: --A woman was making a video WHILE she was on the highway, when the car in front of her ran over a two-by-four . . . kicked it up off the road and into the air . . . where it smashed through her windshield like a spear. --According to the YouTube video, the driver is fine, and she was filming the road because the truck next to her was driving aggressively. (--Search for "2 by 4 Through My Windshield." It happens at :32.)

#2.) Kirstie Alley Fell on Dancing With The Stars" Last Night . . . Because Her Partner's Leg Gave Out While He Was Dipping Her:

KIRSTIE ALLEY is on "Dancing With Stars" this season, and she was doing pretty well. That surprised some people, because of her weight. (--GEORGE LOPEZ being one of them.) --And that 'surprise' made OTHER people mad, because it's not fair to ASSUME bigger ladies can't shake a leg. --Anyway, last night's episode will probably just make the debate more confusing. Because about 12 seconds into the beginning of Kirstie's performance, her partner's leg gave out from under her . . . while he was trying to dip her. --Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy says his thigh "just gave out" . . . but it's not clear whether it happened because of Kirstie's weight. He grimaced in pain a few times, and they finished the dance pretty well, with a better dip half a minute later.

(--Search for "Kirstie Alley's Embarrassing Dancing with the Stars Fall." His leg gives out at :11, and he grimaces at :13, :17, and :21. You can read more here.)

Eight Surprising Things That Are Bad for Your Teeth:

Obviously, bad dental hygiene can lead to cavities and gum disease, but here's a list from Health.com of eight surprising things that can also be bad for your teeth.

#1.) Bottled Water. About 60% of people in the U.S. have fluoride in their tap water, but most brands of bottled water don't. So if you ONLY drink bottled water, you might not be getting enough fluoride to protect your teeth from cavities.

#2.) Sports Drinks. They usually have a lot of sugar and a high level of acid, which can wear away your enamel. And the same goes for soda, coffee, and wine.

#3.) Diabetes. It lowers your body's resistance to infections and puts you at risk for developing gum disease. So if you're diabetic, brushing and flossing is even MORE important.

#4.) Cigarettes. Obviously, they can stain your teeth yellow, but a lot of smokers don't realize that the tar from tobacco sticks to their teeth and acts like glue for bacteria, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

#5.) Pregnancy. Estrogen and progesterone levels skyrocket when you're pregnant, which can cause inflammation of the gums and lead to gingivitis. --And birth control pills can do the same thing because they basically just make your body THINK it's pregnant. -Also, if you're pregnant and you have morning sickness, the stomach acid can cause tooth decay. So after you get sick, you're supposed to brush with baking soda or baking soda toothpaste to neutralize the acid.

#6.) Prescription Medication. A lot of prescription pills, over-the-counter pills, and even diet pills can cause dry mouth, which puts you at risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities.

#7.) Dieting. When you don't get enough vitamins and nutrients, it increases your chances of developing infections, including periodontal disease. --So when you're on a diet, it's especially important to get enough B vitamins, calcium, protein, vitamin C, and folate, which is mainly found in leafy green vegetables.

#8.) Brushing Right After You Eat. If the food is acidic, brushing can cause erosion of your enamel. --So if you eat or drink something with a high level of acid . . . like wine, coffee, citrus fruit, or soft drinks . . . you're supposed to wait an hour before you brush. (Health.com)


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