Monday, May 23, 2011


Wrestling Legend Randy "Macho Man" Savage Died in a Car Accident Friday Morning:

As you have no doubt heard by now, pro wrestling legend RANDY "MACHO MAN" SAVAGE died in a car accident Friday in Tampa, Florida. He was only 58 years old. --Savage apparently suffered a heart attack behind the wheel, left the roadway and crashed head-on into a tree. He died at a nearby hospital. Savage's wife Lynn was in the passenger seat. She escaped with only minor injuries. (--Randy and his wife had only been married a year. Their anniversary was May 10th.) --Both Savage and his wife were wearing their seatbelts. Police say alcohol was NOT a factor. It's not clear whether it was the heart attack or the crash that killed Savage. (--You can see video of the wreckage here.) --Savage . . . who was born Randy Poffo . . . was the son of old-school rassler Angelo Poffo. He was a minor league baseball player before breaking into wrestling in the early '70s. --His career skyrocketed when he joined the WWF in 1985 . . . where he was managed by his real-life wife MISS ELIZABETH. (--They divorced in 1992, and Liz died of an accidental drug overdose in 2003, at the home of wrestler LEX LUGER . . . whom she was dating at the time.) --Savage quickly became the top villain in the business, feuding with HULK HOGAN, then later becoming a good guy and teaming with him. --Throughout his career, Savage held more than 20 titles, including both the WWF and WCW world heavyweight championships. --His match against RICKY "THE DRAGON" STEAMBOAT at "Wrestlemania 3" in 1987 is still considered one of the greatest of all time. --He also made some decent money doing Slim Jim commercials . . . (--Remember those? SNAP INTO IT! Here's one of those classic clips, in which he also utters his most famous wrestling catchphrase, "Oh yeah!".) --Another CLASSIC Macho Man moment was when he actually allowed his own arm to be gnawed on by a de-venomized cobra in 1991, during his feud with JAKE "THE SNAKE" ROBERTS. (--Check that out here. He lets the snake out of the bag at 3:52. WARNING!!! That's a real snake with real teeth biting Randy's arm . . . and drawing real blood. People talk about the rise of "hardcore" wrestling in the '90s . . .) --Savage had been mostly inactive over the past 10 years or so . . . although he did surface briefly in TNA Wrestling in 2004. He also played the wrestler "Bonesaw McGraw" in the original "Spider-Man" in 2002. ( has a ton of Macho Man stuff, including a tribute video. You can check it all out here. I would also assume they'll do something tonight on "Monday Night Raw".) (--Macho Man wasn't just one of the greatest in-ring performers. He was also one of the best at the mic. Don't believe me? Play around with the Macho Man SOUND BOARD for a while. It doesn't get any better than this.)

The Wrestling World Reacts to the Macho Man's Death:

Tons of wrestlers Tweeted or released statements on the death of RANDY "MACHO MAN" SAVAGE over the weekend.

--HULK HOGAN posted a video saying, quote, "After over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we finally started to talk and communicate. --"He had so much life in his eyes and in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy and in a better place and we miss him. We miss him a lot . . . I feel horrible about the 10 years he wouldn't respond or we had no communication. This was a tough one." (--You can watch the video here.)

--Here are some of the other reactions . . .

--THE ROCK: "RIP Randy 'Macho Man' Savage . . . you were one of my childhood inspirations and heroes. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family."

--JOHN CENA: "The untimely passing of Randy Savage is indeed tragic. All true fans of wrestling will mourn this loss. One of the all time greats."

--CHRIS JERICHO: "Randy Savage was a true influence and inspiration to me and taught me some very important lessons, in and out of the ring. Rest in peace Mach."

--KEVIN "DIESEL" NASH: "I lost a close friend today. If anybody in heaven is wondering who the cat in the ugly cowboy hat is, it's Randy. Love you Bro. Never another."

--MICK FOLEY: "Though I only met Randy Savage a handful of times, he was one of my all-time favorite performers . . . I loved his style, in the ring and on the microphone."

--THE HONKY TONK MAN: "Macho Man was one of the all time greats and will be greatly missed . . . A very sad day for wrestling."

--SHAWN MICHAELS: "We've lost one of the greats!! Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Randy Savage."

--Last but not least, ROWDY RODDY PIPER inadvertently expressed the least appropriate sentiment of the day. --He Tweeted, quote, "I'm going to drive. Wrestlers think best when they drive. All my love to Lanny and his daddy Angelo! Wrestled them both. My [heart] hurts 4 U"

Justin Bieber Kissed Selena Gomez at the "Billboard Music Awards":

The "Billboard Music Awards" went down last night. And since that's one of those award shows that nobody clears their calendar to watch, I should probably fill you in on this . . . --JUSTIN BIEBER was in a pretty amorous mood. He was sitting with his mom and his girlfriend, SELENA GOMEZ. And when he won awards, he would KISS Selena. On the lips. (--Here are some pictures.) (Hollywood Life) (--And you can watch VIDEOS of two of their kisses here and here.) (--If you're interested in the "Billboard Music Awards" themselves, Justin and EMINEM each won SIX awards . . . while Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and Taio Cruz each got THREE.)

Lindsay Lohan is Still Into Guys:

If you're a man within the sound of my voice who does NOT consider LINDSAY LOHAN damaged goods, I've got some good news for you: You have a shot. Theoretically --Lindsay did an Australian radio show the other day, and the hosts tried to prod her on her sexuality. There wasn't much to the conversation, but when they asked if guys "still have a chance," she said YES. (--Here's audio.)

Baby News: Evangeline Lilly and Marion Cotillard Are Moms:

#1.) "Lost" minx EVANGELINE LILLY gave birth to a baby boy recently. There's no word on her delivery date or the kid's name. The father is Norman Kali, who was a production assistant on "Lost". This is Evangeline's first child. She's 31.

#2.) MARION COTILLARD from "Inception" gave birth to a baby boy this past Thursday. This is the first child for Marion and her boyfriend, French actor / director Guillaume Canet. They named him Marcel. --Marion will be in the upcoming Batman flick "The Dark Knight Rises". She's 35.

Is Kate Beckinsale Pregnant?

KATE BECKINSALE was spotted out in Los Angeles over the weekend with what looked like a BABY BUMP. There's been no announcement yet. (--Check out some pics here.) (CelebSlam) --Kate has been married to "Underworld" director LEN WISEMAN for seven years, but they don't have any kids together yet. Kate has a 12-year-old daughter with actor MICHAEL SHEEN, who's currently nailing RACHEL MCADAMS.

Benicio Del Toro Isn't Happy that He got Rod Stewart's Daughter Pregnant:

Publicly, BENICIO DEL TORO is being nothing but supportive in the wake of his fertilization of ROD STEWART'S daughter KIMBERLY. But behind the scenes, friends say he's NOT happy with the situation. --A so-called "source" says, quote, "He's just not the settling down type and has never wanted kids. He made it crystal clear to Kimberly that they were just having a 'no-strings-attached' fling."

Jessica Alba Explained "Hypnobirthing" On "Ellen":

JESSICA ALBA recently endorsed the practice of "Hypnobirthing" . . . but she didn't really explain what it was. On Friday's "Ellen", she gave up some details. --She said, quote, "It's not like the clock in front of your face and you go out and you wake up and you got a baby. Basically my husband takes me through sort of a meditation. --"[He'll say] you're relaxed, and you're floating on clouds while you're going through labor and your contractions. --"I'm just concentrating on breathing and staying relaxed because it's when you get tense that makes the whole labor worse and more painful. That's all it is. It's not like a weird thing." --She added, quote, "You know normally I want to strangle him but at that moment [concentrating on his voice] is sort of calming and wonderful." (--Here's video.) --Jessica and her husband, Cash Warren, are expecting Baby #2. They have a 2-year-old daughter named Honor Marie.

Lisa Lampanelli Sticks It to the Westboro Baptist Church . . . By Donating $1,000 For Every Protester Who Attended One of Her Shows:

We all know the Westboro Baptist Church as those SCUMBAGS who PROTEST the funerals of people who've died tragically, carrying signs that say things like, (--CAREFUL!!!) "God Hates [Effs]". (--But their F-word rhymes with bags.) --They particularly like to protest the funerals of soldiers who've died overseas. --Well, vulgar comedian LISA LAMPANELLI had a show in their hometown of Topeka, Kansas on Friday, and she heard in advance that they were planning to protest it. So she did something AWESOME. --She announced that for every protester who showed up, she would donate $1,000 to the Gay Men's Health Crisis . . . which is described as, quote, "the nation's oldest HIV / AIDS prevention, treatment and care services provider." --When the night was over, Lisa counted 44 protesters . . . which means a $44,000 check is on its way to the GMHC. --Lisa said, quote, "It's gonna be hilarious to write out the checks and have them send thank you notes to the Westboro Baptist Church for their 'generous contributions.' --"I'd love to see their inbred faces when they open those thank you notes! Hopefully their jaws will drop so fast that their three remaining teeth and cro-magnon foreheads will plummet to the floor." (--Now THAT'S righteous!)

Does Tom Brady Scream Like a Girl on Waterslides?

Does TOM BRADY scream like a girl when he goes down waterslides? Some paparazzi pictures of Tom and GISELE BUNDCHEN frolicking at a pool in Mexico seem to support that theory. (--Check 'em out here. Unfortunately, there's no audio to put the icing on the cake.) (D-Listed)

Russell Brand Wasn't Allowed Into Japan Because of His Criminal Record:

KATY PERRY tried to bring husband RUSSELL BRAND with her when her tour hit Japan the other day . . . but they wouldn't let him into the country because he has a CRIMINAL RECORD. --She Tweeted, quote, "My husband just got deported from Japan. I am so. sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favorite place. #tokyodreamcrushed." --Then she added, quote, "It was for priors from over 10 years ago!" --Russell was arrested numerous times back in the day . . . for such offenses as drug possession and public indecency. He's sober now. --Russell actually took a photo of himself while in custody, before they sent him home . . . and he posted it on Twitter along with the caption, "Planning escape from Japanese custody. It's bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick." (--You can see it here.)

Did Joakim Noah from the Chicago Bulls Yell a Gay Slur at a Fan Last Night?

Remember when KOBE BRYANT got fined for referring to an NBA ref as that gay slur that starts with the letter "F" and rhymes with the last name of the one man who truly has the direct line to America's funny bone, BOB SAGET? --Well, during the NBA playoff game between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat last night, Bulls star JOAKIM NOAH may have yelled that word at a FAN. --Noah had been sent to the bench after his second foul, and when the camera cut to him, he appeared to yell, quote, "[Eff] you, [Rhymes with Saget]," to a fan somewhere off-camera. (--We don't know what his target did to deserve it, but you can see the video here. WARNING!!! The words are partially audible. You may not want to play this clip over your airwaves.) --We haven't heard anything yet from the NBA or the Chicago Bulls. Kobe was fined $100,000 when he let THE OTHER F-WORD fly. (--The Heat won the game, by the way . . . and now have a 2 to 1 lead over the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.)
The Fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" Has Already Made $346 Million Worldwide:

As expected, the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie was the best opening weekend of the year. It made $90.1 million in the U.S., and beat out the year's previous best opening, "Fast Five", by $4 million. --But it didn't do nearly as well as the last two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. "Dead Man's Chest" opened to $135.6 million in 2006, and "At World's End" made $114.7 million its opening weekend in 2007. The first one, "The Curse of the Black Pearl", made $46.6 million its opening weekend back in 2003. --But this one absolutely OWNED the foreign box office. It pulled in $256 million outside the U.S., which is the largest foreign opening of any movie EVER. And when combined with the $90 million it made stateside, it's the fourth best worldwide debut of all time.

(NC-17) Antonio Banderas' New Movie Includes Scenes of Him Putting His Dead Daughter's Face on the Body of the Man Who Raped Her . . . Then Turning Him Into a Woman and Having Sex with "Her":

If you thought "Human Centipede" was disturbing, you're going to want to stay away from the new ANTONIO BANDERAS movie, "The Skin I Live In". --The film premiered Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival . . . and people WALKED OUT of the screening because it was so disturbing. --Here's your obligatory SPOILER ALERT: I'm about to give away some heavy plot points . . . --Antonio plays a brilliant but crazy surgeon whose daughter commits suicide after being raped. --So Antonio kidnaps the rapist, gives him a sex change and transplants his dead daughter's face onto "her" body. He eventually has SEX with his new "creation". And let's not forget, this thing has HIS DAUGHTER'S FACE. --The film contains a lot of nudity and some graphic rape scenes. --The people who fled the theater included a group of Americans who won a contest hosted by Stella Artois. They probably had no idea what movie they were going to see. -I guess we should note that critics actually LIKED this movie . . . and it was put up for the Cannes Film Festival's highest honor, the Palme d'Or. --It didn't win though. The BRAD PITT movie, "Tree of Life", did. Even though it got mixed reviews when it debuted earlier in the week. (--"The Skin I Live In" is the latest movie from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who also did "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", "Talk to Her" and "Volver". Here's a trailer.)

Check Out a Picture of Bane from "The Dark Knight Rises":

The first picture of Bane from the upcoming Batman flick, "The Dark Knight Rises", hit the Internet over the weekend. (--Check it out here.) (Slash Film) --Bane is being played by TOM HARDY . . . who was Eames in "Inception".

Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg Did a New "SNL" Digital Short About Threesomes:

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE hosted "Saturday Night Live" this weekend . . . and as expected, he re-teamed with ANDY SAMBERG for another Digital Short. It was a follow-up to their previous videos "[Man part] in a Box" and "Motherlover". --The new one is called "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" . . . with the "golden rule" being that it's OK for two guys to "freak together" if it's during a three-way with a girl. --The lyrics explain it all: Quote, "It's OK to put us in a three-way / It's not gay when it's in a three-way / With a honey in the middle there's some leeway / The area's gray in a one, two, three-way." --The "honey" is LADY GAGA, who was this week's musical guest. The video also features cameos by PATRICIA CLARKSON and SUSAN SARANDON . . . who were reprising their roles from the "Motherlover" video. (--Here's the link to "3-Way". ***WARNING***: Obviously, the lyrics are fairly sexual . . . and there's some lyrics about executing a quote "helicopter d**k", but that word is BLEEPED out.) (--Justin also sang a song during his monologue about how he wasn't going to sing on "SNL" this time. Here's the link to that. And here's the link to "SNL's" site, where you can find more videos.)

The "American Idol" Finalists Make $1,000-a-Show on the Tour:

The top 11 "American Idol" finalists will earn some good money on this summer's Idols Live! Tour. The dates stretch from July 6th in Utah through September 10th in Rochester, New York. --According to TMZ, the finalists are each pulling down $1,000 per show, and they'll also be given $50 in spending money on their off-days.--There are 47 dates on the tour . . . and 20 off-days . . . so they're making around $48,000 each. --Obviously, the finalists' travel expenses will also be covered. They're "guaranteed to stay in 'Marriott / Hyatt style' hotel accommodations while on the road . . . and will fly coach between tour stops." --That's not bad for just over two months worth of work. (--For a list of dates and participating contestants, hit up
Monday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"NBA Playoffs: Thunder vs. Mavericks" [Western Conference Finals] . . . 9:00 to 11:30 P.M. ET on ESPN. (--Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Dallas Mavericks.)

--"House" [7th Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox. (--A performance artist might have made herself sick in order to film her illness.)

--"Dancing with the Stars" [Performance Show] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (--The final three contestants Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward perform.)

--"The Event" [SERIES Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"The Chicago Code" [SERIES Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"The Bachelorette" [7th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Dental student Ashley Hebert is your new bachelorette. She was one of the ladies rejected by Brad Womack on "The Bachelor", but she only made it to #3.)

--"50 Cent: The Origin of Me" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on VH1. (--50 Cent travels to South Carolina to research his family lineage.)

--"Make It or Break It" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC Family.

--"American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery. (--The OCC crew travels to Alaska to meet Time Bandit captains Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand and unveil the "Deadliest Catch" bike at a fan convention.)

--"Too Big to Fail" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on HBO. (--A film about the 2008 financial crisis, starring William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Ed Asner and Topher Grace.)

--"Clash of the Commercials: USA vs. the World" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--The 10 best international commercials compete with the Top 10 U.S. ads for viewer votes. Heidi Klum and John Lehr are the hosts.)


Movies on DVD:

--"I Am Number Four" - Alex Pettyfer is one of nine alien teens hiding on Earth, "Glee's" Dianna Agron plays the human chick he falls for, and Teresa Palmer from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" plays Number Four's sexy ally Number Six. (Trailer)

--"The Big Bang" - Antonio Banderas plays a private detective hired to find a missing stripper in a case that somehow involves stolen diamonds, porn . . . and particle physics. Snoop Dogg has a cameo as a porn director, and the missing stripper is played by "Resident Evil's" Sienna Guillory. (Trailer)

--"Gnomeo & Juliet" - Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" . . . for garden gnomes. James McAvoy is Gnomeo Montague, who risks forbidden animated love with Emily Blunt's Juliet. Michael Caine is the leader of the red Montague gnomes, "Harry Potter's" Maggie Smith is the leader of the blue Capulet gnomes, and Ozzy Osbourne plays a foul-mouthed concrete deer. (Trailer)

TV Series On DVD:

--"Lemonade Mouth" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine" . . . a single-disc DVD.
--"William & Kate: Planning a Royal Wedding" . . . a single-disc DVD.
--"Childrens' Hospital: Seasons 1-2" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Kids In The Hall: Death Comes To Town - Season 1" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Melissa & Joey: Season 1 Part 1" . . . a two-disc DVD set.


Kinect "Kung Fu Panda 2" and the Rally Car Racer "DiRT3" Are Out Tomorrow:

--"Kung Fu Panda 2" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii and Nintendo DS. The Xbox version requires the Kinect sensor to play. The movie hits theaters on Thursday and it's about Po's quest to save kung fu from someone wielding a weapon that stops kung fu.

--"DiRT3" (T) . . . on Xbox360 and PS3. Race, drift and accelerate your way all over Europe, Africa and the U.S. "DiRT3" has over 50 cars that span the entire five decade history of off-road racing. In order to elevate your global standing you need to master making your turns during adverse conditions like dust, rain and snow. The game also features something called Gymkhana mode. I believe Gymkhana roughly translated means "the most insane race course ever made". Check out the 2:40 mark of this video to see just how nuts this sport really is. (Trailer)

--"Dead or Alive Dimensions" (T) . . . on 3DS. A fighting game to play while you're on the go. All of the characters and Danger Zones (brutal moves that send your opponent falling down a cliff or crashing through several stories of a building) have made their way over to the 3DS. If you get tired of mashing buttons, switch on Rookie mode and simply tap the lower screen to perform combos or special moves. Lame? Probably, but who wants to look like a crazy person try to pull off a 10 button combo in a crowded bus or doctor's office. (Trailer)

--"Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale" (T) . . . on PC. If you're into D&D, this game has four player online co-op so instead of ignoring the real world by throwing dice on a board with your friends you can stare at your computer monitor instead. (Trailer)

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

--"Born This Way", Lady GaGa (--A special edition includes three bonus tracks, plus an additional disc with five remixes.)

--"Glee: The Music, Volume 6", the cast of "Glee" (--It includes Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", four Fleetwood Mac songs including "Dreams" with Kristin Chenoweth, ABBA's "Dancing Queen", and Adele's "Turning Tables" with Gwyneth Paltrow.)

--"NKOTBSB", New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys (--It includes five classic songs from each group, plus the new joint single "Don't Turn Out the Lights" and a mash-up of hits from both groups.)

--"Tough Love: Best of the Ballads", Aerosmith

--"This Is Country Music", Brad Paisley (--It includes the hit "Old Alabama", with Alabama, and features a duet with Carrie Underwood on "Remind Me" . . . plus appearances from Blake Shelton on "Don't Drink the Water" . . .) (. . . Don Henley on "Love Her Like She's Leavin'" . . . plus Sheryl Crow, Marty Stuart and Carl Jackson help on the track "Life's Railway to Heaven" . . . and Clint Eastwood whistles and has a small spoken role on the instrumental, "Eastwood".)

--"The Essential Rosanne Cash", Rosanne Cash (--A 2-disc set of her best hits. From 1978's "Can I Still Believe In You" to 2009's "Sweet Memories". It includes 10 of her #1 hits.)

Pink Slams Selena Gomez for Painting Horses for a Music Video:

PINK . . . the singer . . . has beef with SELENA GOMEZ for painting horses pink . . . the color . . . for her "I Love You Like a Love Song" music video. --Pink initially noticed the painted horses without knowing whose video it was. She Tweeted, quote, "If there are any animal activists around Malibu . . . there are horses being painted for a stupid music video. Shame. --"Artists should be more aware and responsible for their actions." --And when Pink found out that it was Selena that she'd picked a bone with, she did NOT back down . . . even though she expected some backlash. --She Tweeted, quote, "Oh lord, THAT'S whose video it was? Disney fans unite . . . here we go. Whether u r a fan of mine or whomEVER'S, I won't stop speaking out about animal cruelty. I've taken responsibility in the past, so should she." --Selena hasn't commented, but her rep says the horses were painted humanely . . . quote, "No animals were harmed and all proper precautions were taken. A non-toxic, vegetable based powder paint was applied via an airbrush and removed with water. --"An official from the Humane Society was on set supervising." (--There's no word when the video will be out, but here are some pictures of the painted horses.) (People) (TMZ)

Lady Gaga Was Once Thrown in a Trash Can By Bullies:

Some people think LADY GAGA is garbage . . . and apparently this isn't a new phenomenon. Because when she was younger, a group of bullies actually threw her into a trashcan. --She tells Britain's "Guardian" newspaper, quote, "I used to get picked on. I got thrown in a trashcan on a street corner once by some boys who were hanging out with girls in my class. --"[I felt] worthless. Embarrassed. Mortified. I was 14. Three boys put me in it. The girls were laughing when they did it." --And that wasn't all. Gaga adds, quote, "I got profanity written all over my locker at school and all the others were nice and clean. I got pinched in the hallways and called a slut." (--Regardless of how you feel about Lady Gaga, you must admit: Throwing her into a trashcan is horrible. She isn't garbage.) (--That being said, if it was a RECYCLING BIN . . . well, that seems about right.) (--By the way, Lady Gaga isn't saying this as a "well, look at me now" thing . . . it's an anti-bullying thing . . . which is one of the big messages in her new album, "Born This Way". The disc is out TODAY, by the way.)
Mick Jagger Has Started a New Group with . . . Joss Stone, 1/2 of The Eurythmics, and Bob Marley's Son:

MICK JAGGER is taking some time away from the ROLLING STONES to work with a new group called SUPER HEAVY. --The band also features: Former Eurythmics superstar Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian "Son of Bob" Marley and A.R. Rahman, the guy who scored "Slumdog Millionaire". (--Amazingly, this is NOT a joke. Their first single will be an updated version of the Eurythmics' classic "Sweet Dreams". OK, that part was a joke.) --"Rolling Stone" says that for the past year-and-a-half, Super Heavy has been "quietly recording together." (--That's nice. I'm sure their neighbors appreciate the consideration.) --Their debut album is supposed to come out in September, but there aren't any concrete details yet. -Mick says, quote, "It's different from anything else I've ever been involved in. The music is very wide-ranging . . . from reggae to ballads to Indian songs in Urdu. --"We wanted a convergence of different musical styles. It's a different kind of record that what people would expect. It's not all weird and strange though. I think Stones fans will think it's a bit odd, but they'll find most of it accessible."

Diddy Has Changed His Name Yet Again . . . Temporarily:

DIDDY has gone by a ton of names . . . Sean Combs, Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Sean John . . . and now he's changing his name again. --He now wants to be known by the name SWAG. At least for this week. (--If you're on the young urban tip, you know "swag" is short for "swagger" . ") --Swag explained, quote, "I decided I'm going to change my name for a week in honor of my comeback. For a week, this week only, call me by my new name, Swag . . . my new name is Swag." (--Here's an annoying video of Swag's big announcement. ***WARNING***: There's an unedited N-word in this video.) (--And you can hit up Diddy's new Twitter account for Swag here:!/IAMswag . . . but so far it's a complete waste of time.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S 21-year-old daughter KATHERINE is apparently ready to forgive her cheating dad. Yesterday, she re-Tweeted this line from one of her followers . . . quote, "Sometimes we forgive people 'cause we want them back in our lives." (Full Story)

A website called . . . which hooks up rich men with chicks who want a sugar daddy . . . is offering CHARLIE SHEEN $3 million to be their spokesman for three years. (Full Story)

KESHA and T-PAIN say they're not together, but they hit a strip club in Vegas last week, and someone took a bunch of photos . . . including one of Kesha getting a little HANDS-ON with one of the strippers. (--Check them out here. And obviously, these are pictures from a strip club . . . so there's some nudity . . . but the girls' naughty bits have been censored.)

JESSE JAMES' porno star ex-wife JANINE LINDEMULDER says Jesse admitted to her immediately after he married SANDRA BULLOCK that he'd made a mistake. She also pretty much GUARANTEES that Jesse either HAS cheated or WILL cheat on KAT VON D. (Full Story)

That RIDICULOUS hat PRINCESS BEATRICE wore to the Royal Wedding ended up selling for about $130,000 on eBay. But the money goes to charity, so it's all good. (Full Story)

It's pretty much a guarantee that this is a bogus claim, but a woman is suing MICHAEL JACKSON'S estate, saying Michael gave her HERPES in 1979. (Full Story)

Songwriter Joseph Brooks, who won an Oscar for penning DEBBY BOONE'S inspirational 1977 hit "You Light Up My Life", committed SUICIDE Sunday by putting a plastic bag over his head and filling it with helium. He was 73. Oh, and he was awaiting trial on 82 counts of SEXUAL ABUSE against 11 young actresses he lured to his apartment by promising them movie auditions. And just for good measure . . . Brooks' 25-year-old son is awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend. (Full Story)

Check out a list of the 10 Worst Sequels of All Time. And yes, it includes "Blues Brothers 2000" and "Star Wars - Episode 1: The Phantom Menace". (Full Story)

STEPHEN KING isn't super hardcore against a "Carrie" remake . . . but he doesn't see the sense of it, since the original was so good. (Full Story)

Country singer JOHN RICH was named the winner of "Celebrity Apprentice" last night. DONALD TRUMP chose him over deaf actress MARLEE MATLIN. John won $250,000 for his charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. (Full Story)

RICKY GERVAIS, the star of the British "Office", seemed to bash the American version's season finale on his blog . . . saying it "jumped the shark" . . . but later, he insisted he only meant to say it was "different" than his original show. (Full Story)

VINNIE VINCENT . . . the guitarist who replaced ACE FREHLEY in KISS . . . was arrested for aggravated assault yesterday. He was released after paying $10,000 bail. There aren't any details yet on what happened. Vinnie was only in Kiss for two years, from 1982 to 1984. (Full Story)

GENE SIMMONS of KISS recently ripped PRESIDENT OBAMA for meddling in the Middle East. He said Obama "means well" . . . but has, quote, "no [effing] idea what the world is like." (Video) (--***Warning***: This video has bleeped profanity.) (--Gene makes some good points, but he comes off awkwardly well-scripted. Or maybe this is how he always talks. I generally find myself tuning him out.)

The "Wall Street Journal" reports that ASHTON KUTCHER only signed a one-year deal to do "Two and a Half Men". He's supposedly getting $20 million for the season, which will have somewhere between 22 and 26 episodes. (Full Story)


A Man Finds $45,000 in the Attic of His New Home . . . And Gives the Money to the Previous Owner's Family:

I like to think I'd make the moral decision in most situations. But you've got to be a borderline SAINT to do something THIS good. --Last week, Josh Ferrin of Bountiful, Utah closed on his family's first home. And after he picked up the keys, he went over to his new house. In the garage he found a small hatch to an attic he hadn't seen before. And inside, he found some metal boxes. --And inside was . . . $45,000 in hundred-dollar bills. --The previous owner of the house was a man named Arnold Bangerter. He died in November and left the house to his children, who sold it to Josh. The children had no idea about their father's secret stash of money. --So Josh was facing a pretty intense decision: Should he keep the money that the children never knew existed . . . or should he give it to the family? --Josh says, quote, "I could imagine [Arnold]. From time to time he would carefully bundle up $100 with twine and put it in a box to save. And he didn't do that for me." --So Josh called one of Arnold's sons and told him to come get the money for him and his siblings. --Josh doesn't have a ton of money . . . he works as a biologist for the Utah Department of Fish and Game . . . but he says he's confident in his decision to return the money. --Quote, "I'm a father, and I worry about the future for my kids. I can see him putting that money away and it would have been wrong of me to deny him that thing he worked on for years. I felt like I got to write a chapter in his life he wasn't able to finish." (AP)

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The EPA is making it easier for people to find out how safe their drinking water is. This new website lists every water violation in all 50 states. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool. ECHO now allows the public to search to see whether drinking water in their community meet the standards required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water and protect people’s health.


Jane Pratt is back. The former Jane and Sassy magazine editor-in-chief recently launched, a website “where women go when they are being selfish, and where their selfishness is applauded.” The site – which Pratt calls the “anti-iVillage” – spans fashion, relationships, tech and lifestyle categories and feature hilarious headlines such as “I Can’t Date You Unless You Have A Smartphone” and “Does Anyone Else Gag Down Water?”

The World Didn't End After all . . . So What Does the Guy Who Predicted the Rapture Have To Say About it?

Well, we're all still here. So it looks like the world didn't end on May 21st after all. --An 89-year-old evangelical preacher and radio host named Harold Camping predicted the RAPTURE would go down on Saturday. So naturally everyone wanted to hear from him yesterday. --For most of the day he wasn't in the mood for talking, and was holed up in his house. But his daughter, Sue Espinoza of Alameda, California, spoke to the media. She talked to him, and according to her, he said quote, "I'm a little bewildered." --Camping himself eventually appeared, and said he was, quote, "flabbergasted . . . It has been a really tough weekend . . . I'm looking for answers . . . But now I have nothing else to say. I'll be back to work Monday and will say more then." --Camping's group, Family Radio, raised $100 MILLION in donations over the past seven years based on his doomsday prediction. --They hadn't spent all of it by Saturday, but Camping insisted it WASN'T because they were hedging their bets . . . just that they didn't want to be frivolous, and expected the money to burn up during the apocalypse -This is the second time that Camping has swung and missed on a Rapture prediction. After his first one failed in 1994, he said he'd done the math wrong, which is how he arrived at the 2011 prediction. (National Journal / San Francisco Chronicle)

Men Spend More on Impulse Buys Than Women . . . And the Average Person Spends $114,293 on Impulse Buys in Their Lifetime:

Here's one of those studies that seems to defy gender stereotypes . . . until you think about it and say, "You know, that actually makes sense." -According to a British company called Npower, MEN spend more money on impulse buys than women: Men spend approximately $41 on impulse buys versus $31 for women. --The main reason is that women spend more time bargain hunting, going to sales, and researching before they buy something. Men are more likely to grab something off the shelf or buy something online. --Men are also more likely to go out impulsively to eat or drink . . . women plan their meals and nights out more carefully. --The study found that the average person spends $114,293 in their lifetime on impulse buys. They didn't break the number down by gender. --The top 10 most common impulse buys are: Food, clothing, magazines, wine, books, DVDs, shoes, trips, beer, and toiletries. --The next 10 most common are: Home furnishings, music, clothes for the kids, jewelry, accessories, gadgets, garden accessories, flowers, toys, and day trips. (Daily Mail)

To Put the National Debt into Perspective . . . the Government Borrows $46,000 Every Second:

The national debt is now at $14.3 TRILLION. Which is far too much money for any of us to truly comprehend. So here's a new way of looking at it. --According to a survey, the most money that the average American has ever handled . . . in either real or MONOPOLY money . . . is $15,140. --To keep our debt at its current size, the government borrows 185 TIMES that every minute. Or about three times that per second. --To put that another way, if you make an annual salary of $46,000, the government borrows that much every second. (Reuters)

Remember the "Don't Tase Me, Bro" Guy? He's in Law School Now:

It's been almost four years since Andrew Meyer created a national catchphrase. He's the student who questioned JOHN KERRY during a lecture at the University of Florida and then yelled "Don't tase me, bro" as the cops Tasered him. --Well, here's a quick "Where are They Now?" --The charges were eventually dropped against Andrew. He graduated from UF in 2008 and is now at law school at Florida International University. --He says he picked law school because, quote, "I got a taste of the system and want to know how to defend myself." (Washington Post) (--Here's the famous "Don't tase me, bro" video. You can hear the line at 1:55. Warning: There's bleeped profanity.)

The Two Most Gas-Guzzling Cities in the U.S. are in North Carolina . . . and the Two Least Gas-Guzzling Cities are New York and L.A.?

Looking at the cities where gas prices are the highest is old news. BORING. "Forbes" took a slightly different angle, and ranked U.S. cities by how much they pay AND how many miles they drive, to calculate the most gas-guzzling cities. --So even though gas prices are out-of-control in New York and Los Angeles . . . they actually finished as the LEAST gas-guzzling cities in the U.S. --New York scored best because so many people take public transportation. L.A. came in second because, even with the traffic, people tend not to commute huge distances. --Cities and suburbs that are more spread out came out on the other end. North Carolina had the two highest gas-guzzling cities . . . the Raleigh-Durham area came in first, and Charlotte came in second. --In Raleigh-Durham, the average household drives 21,800 miles per year, which factors out to about $4,200 in gas. --In comparison, the average household in New York drives 9,800 miles per year, for a cost of $1,920. --Here are the top ten most and least gas-guzzling cities. Some of them are a mouthful because they combine a whole metro area. --The top 10 gas-guzzling cities are: the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina . . . Charlotte, North Carolina . . . Atlanta, Georgia . . . Nashville, Tennessee . . . Monmouth, New Jersey . . . the Greensboro-Winston and Salem-High Point area of North Carolina . . . --The Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon area of New Jersey . . . Jacksonville, Florida . . . Washington, D.C. and its suburbs . . . and the Riverside-San Bernardino area of California. --The top 10 least gas-guzzling cities are: New York . . . Los Angeles and Long Beach, California . . . Miami, Florida . . . Bergen-Passaic, New Jersey . . . San Francisco, California . . . Fort Lauderdale, Florida . . . New Orleans, Louisiana . . . --The Buffalo-Niagara Falls area of New York . . . Orange County, California . . . and San Jose, California. (Forbes)


A Man Goes To Rob a Bank . . . But Pulls Down His Hood and Shows His Face To Comply With the Bank's "No Hoods" Policy:

For a bank robber, this guy was pretty good about following the rules. --Last week, a man in his 20s went into a PNC Bank branch in Columbus, Ohio to rob the place. He had a hooded sweatshirt on, with the hood pulled up and covering most of his face. --As he prepared to rob the bank, an employee came over and told him he'd have to put his hood down. The bank has a policy of "no hats, no hoods" and if he didn't comply, he'd have to leave. --Rather than seizing that moment to pull off his robbery, the guy decided to follow the bank's rules . . . pulled down his hood . . . and gave a crystal-clear view of his face to the security cameras. --THEN he robbed the bank. --The police in Columbus say that the FBI already has a tip on who the robber is, thanks to the security camera footage. --According to the FBI, about 90% of bank robbers try to cover their faces . . . which is exactly why banks like PNC have started their no hats and hoods policy. (Columbus Dispatch)

A Guy in a Dodge Neon Is Arrested For Stealing Bud Light in His Quest to "Score Some Women":

Last week, 20-year-old Anthony Hernandez of Port St. Lucie, Florida was on a QUEST to, quote, "score some women." But from the clues we have, he was NOT targeting the classiest women out there. --Anthony's first plan was to steal some beer to impress the women. And he went to a 7-Eleven and stole . . . an 18-pack of Bud Light. The second part of his plan was to woo the women into his car . . . a Dodge Neon. --Unfortunately for Anthony, before he could find the women who would be impressed by drinking Bud Light cans in the back of a Neon, he got a flat tire. --The clerk at the 7-Eleven had called the police to tell them about the beer thief in the Neon, so they were on the lookout for him, and spotted him changing his tire by the side of the road. --He told them he'd stolen the beer to, quote, "score some women." --He was arrested for retail theft. (Treasure Coast Palm)

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

A woman in California was arrested in a Federal sting . . . for trying to sell an actual moon rock to an undercover NASA agent for $1.7 million? (Full Story)

NEWT GINGRICH'S cell phone went off at a rally over the weekend, and his ringtone is ABBA's "Dancing Queen". Now you know. (Full Story)

A robber surprised a woman in Georgia while she was in the shower, forced her into her bedroom . . . where she took a .22 out of her nightstand and killed him. (Full Story)

For only $1,900 you can go to a week-long Navy SEAL training 'fantasy camp.' (Full Story)

Did Georgetown University misspell the word 'University' on their commencement program? (Full Story)

A 14-year-old in Texas was seriously injured after trying to skateboard while holding onto a moving SUV. Before you ask where his parents were . . . his dad was driving the SUV. (Full Story)


#1.) Two Guys on the Greek Version of "America's Got Talent" Played the Piano . . . With Their Junk:

On the Greek version of "America's Got Talent", two guys played the piano . . . with their JUNK. Or at least they LOOKED like they did. They stood behind the piano, dropped their pants, held their arms in the air, and started playing one note at a time. (--Search for "Penis Piano." They drop their pants at 1:22 and start playing at 1:37.)

#2.) The Vice-Speaker of Ukraine's Parliament Grabbed Another Politician by the Throat and Threw Him to the Ground:

If you think politics HERE are ugly, check out a video on YouTube called "Ukraine Parliament Smackdown". The vice-speaker of the Parliament grabbed another politician by the THROAT and threw him on the ground.

#3.) Two Soccer Players Intentionally Ran Into Each Other. And While the Other Team Was Distracted, Their Teammate Scored:

This is one of the weirdest trick plays ever: A high school soccer team in Arkansas set up for a free kick, then two players intentionally ran into each other and fell on the ground. And while the other team was distracted, another player scored. (--Search for "Bryant vs. Conway Soccer Set Piece." The play starts at :30.)

Five Quick Ways to Trick Your Body Into Waking Up:

If you had a long weekend and you're a little drowsier than usual this morning, here are five quick ways to trick your body into waking up.

#1.) Get a Few Minutes of Sunlight. Even if your office has a big window, it's better to get direct sunlight. So step outside for a few minutes. The fresh air helps too.

#2.) Add Less Cream and Sugar to Your Coffee. It's not just the caffeine that wakes you up. It's also the bitterness. But a lot of people use so much cream and sugar it doesn't taste bitter at all.

#3.) Pull Your Hair. If you tug on your hair gently, it gets blood flowing to your head and wakes you up. It might not work as well as a cup of coffee, but it'll help.

#4.) Stretch Your Back, Neck and Legs. Don't do it in your chair. Stand up and stretch like you're about to go running. The point is to stretch really well so blood starts flowing through your entire body.

#5.) Flip Your Head Upside-Down. While you're stretching, touch your toes and let your head hang in front of you. The massive rush of blood to your head can make you feel more alert. Just don't stand up too fast or it'll make you dizzy. (


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