Thursday, June 2, 2011


Justin Timberlake Says Jessica Biel is "The Most Significant Person" In His Life:

Even though they're no longer together, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE still has mad love for JESSICA BIEL. --In the new issue of "Vanity Fair", he says, quote, "She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. --"In my 30 years, she is the most special person, okay? . . . I don't want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me . . . for instance, her." --Justin doesn't say why he and Jessica broke up, but maybe this is a hint . . . quote, "I think the mistake is that people commit to who that person is right then and not the person they are going to become. --"That's the art of staying together, is changing together. When you say it like that, it seems damn near impossible, right?" --Justin also talks about BRITNEY SPEARS . . . quote, "I wish her the best . . . that goes without saying. We haven't spoken in 9 or 10 years. -"We were two birds of the same feather, small-town kids, doing the same thing. But then you become adults, and the way you were as kids doesn't make any sense . . . We spent way too much time being the biggest thing for teenyboppers." --It sounds like those were pretty AWESOME years, though. Justin says, quote, "It was exciting that we were having so much success and we could do whatever we wanted. --"And I mean that about everybody: Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Britney, Christina [Aguilera]. --"At that time, we could literally go, 'Oh, man, let's go to Bali,' and we'd be on a plane to Bali. We were little kids with big toys. You do the math . . . that's not going to last." --Justin also discussed getting NAKED with MILA KUNIS for their upcoming movie, "Friends with Benefits". He said, quote, "It was fun, but I can't say I'm going to be butt-naked in a movie again. --"I only did it because I'm young now, and everything's where it's supposed to be. I figured this is the time, before gravity gets the best of me." (--The movie comes out July 22nd. Here's the trailer.)

Ashley Olsen . . . Is Justin Timberlake Dattin' That?

When it comes to the ladies, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE has perhaps a bit wider selection than the rest of us. Which is why it's kind of surprising that he might be fornicating with ASHLEY OLSEN. --A so-called "source" tells "Us Weekly", quote, "They are hooking up. They're really trying to keep it on the down-low." --Of course Justin's rep is denying it . . . quote, "They are friends. They are not romantically involved." --In recent months, Justin has also been linked with his "Friends with Benefits" co-star MILA KUNIS and OLIVIA WILDE . . . whom he's known since they appeared together in the 2006 film "Alpha Dog".

Check Out Tony Romo and Candice Crawford's Wedding Gift Registries:

Some websites are making a big deal out of the fact that TONY ROMO and CANDICE CRAWFORD set up wedding gift registries at Macy's and Crate & Barrel, and asked for a bunch of expensive stuff. --But the truth is, everybody does that. It's not necessarily greedy. You're just tossing everything out there to see what you can get. (--You're also giving your quick-acting friends a chance to save a few bucks by getting first crack at the cheap stuff.) (--Anyway, if you'd like to see what Tony and Candice were asking for, there are links to their registries here.)

Kim Kardashian Is Not Pregnant:

There's a rumor going around that KIM KARDASHIAN is pregnant. She's not. Yesterday on her blog, she said, quote, "This is crazy. I am NOT pregnant! . . . One day I want a baby! But I'm not pregnant!" (--By the way . . . Kim pocketed $300,000 by selling photos of her engagement party to "People" magazine. Her sister Khloe made the same amount by selling her wedding photos to "OK!" and their big sister Kourtney also earned 300-grand from "Life & Style" for pictures and stories about her baby.)--Meanwhile, "Life & Style" claims that Kim and KRIS HUMPHRIES will be husband and wife before the end of the summer. A source says, quote, "The wedding is going to be at the end of July or the beginning of August. --"The reason they're rushing it is because they want to do it before the basketball season starts again, so that they have time to have a romantic honeymoon!"

Selena Gomez Is Still Getting Death Threats From Justin Bieber Fans:

Dating JUSTIN BIEBER is probably fun . . . if you can handle the DEATH THREATS. And SELENA GOMEZ is still getting them. Here are a few recent Tweets . . . --"Stay away from Justin pedophile...I'm gonna kill ya in the night underneath your smell bed." (???) --"I will kill selena and dispose her body." --There are also numerous "I Hate Selena Gomez" Facebook pages. (--You can see one of them here.)

Justin Bieber Now Has Three Tattoos:

JUSTIN BIEBER took Selena Gomez to Toronto to meet his dad and his half-siblings. And he also got another tattoo. It's the outline of a star on his elbow . . . which his dad has, too. --This is the second tattoo Justin and his dad share. They also both have the small outline of a bird on their hips. It's a tribute to the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". Justin also has "Yeshua", which means "Jesus", in Hebrew on his left side. (--Here's a pic of Justin's new tat . . . plus a few photos of the family together in Toronto.) (Sources: PopEater, Us Weekly, People)

The Octomom's Fertility Doctor Has Lost His License:

Michael Kamrava . . . the fertility doctor responsible for NADYA SULEMAN becoming the Octomom . . . has LOST HIS LICENSE. And yes, it's because of the Octomom! --The California Medical Board says Kamrava, quote, "did not exercise sound judgment" when he implanted a whopping 12 EMBRYOS inside her in 2008. Those embryos resulted in the birth of Nadya's octuplets. --At a hearing last year, Kamrava apologized for doing so instead of recommending Nadya undergo a mental health evaluation. --Kamrava was also negligent in his treatment of two other patients: A 48-year-old woman who had complications after becoming pregnant with quadruplets, and a 42-year-old woman who contracted ovarian cancer after fertility treatments.

Sean Kingston Should Make a Full Recovery in Six Weeks:

SEAN KINGSTON will be laid up for a good six weeks following his jet ski accident in Miami on Sunday. But the good news is that he's expected to make a full recovery. --CNN says he suffered a broken jaw, a fractured wrist and water in his lungs. --Kingston had purchased the jet ski just days before the accident. He was preparing to move into a new house in Miami. --Meanwhile, Kingston's passenger Cassandra Sanchez has no plans to pursue charges. She says, quote, "I know this whole thing was just an accident. I won't be pressing any type of charges or hiring a lawyer. Sean is a good guy." --She added, quote, "I am going to be visiting him in the hospital at some point soon and hope he has a speedy recovery."

The "National Enquirer" Says Maria Shriver Knew About Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child for Five Years . . . But Her Uncle Ted Kennedy Made Her Keep Quiet:

We've heard that MARIA SHRIVER didn't know about ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S love child until earlier this year. But the "National Enquirer" tells a different story. --They're saying Maria knew for FIVE YEARS. But she kept quiet on the advice of her uncle, Senator TED KENNEDY. --Teddy supposedly thought it would be a blight on the Kennedy name if Arnold had a sex scandal while in office. And it could affect the political aspirations of the next generation of Kennedys. --A so-called "source" says, quote, "Teddy was convinced Arnold had been seen as a member of the Kennedy clan for 20 years. If he went down while governor of the nation's biggest state, the family would bear the shame and dishonor with him. --"Teddy felt if she waited until after he was out of office to blow the whistle, Arnold would just be thought of as a Hollywood actor behaving badly, not as a disgraced politician."

Shaquille O'Neal Is Retiring:

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL is retiring after 19 years in the NBA. He made the announcement in a video he posted online. --He said, quote, "We did it. Nineteen years baby. I want to thank you very much, that's why I'm telling you first, I'm about to retire. Thank you, talk to you soon." (--Watch the video here.) --Shaq played for the Boston Celtics this season, but sat out most of it with an injury to his Achilles' tendon. --He tells ESPN, quote, "I really, really thought about coming back, but this Achilles is very damaged and if I had it done the recovery would be so long we'd have same outcome as this last year . . . everyone sitting around and waiting for me. --"I didn't want to let people down two years in a row. I didn't want to hold Boston hostage again. --"I would love to come back, but they say once the Achilles is damaged it's never the same. I don't want to take that chance." --Shaq retires with four championships under his belt: Three with the Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. He was league MVP in 2000 and made 15 All-Star appearances. (--Check out an 8-minute highlight reel here.)
Ron Artest Helped Break Up a Fight Between a Man and a Woman:

There was a time when any fight involving RON ARTEST was usually STARTED BY Ron Artest. Those days are gone apparently. --Artest . . . who currently plays for the Lakers . . . found himself in the middle of fisticuffs between a man and a woman outside an L.A. club over the weekend. And he helped break it up. --He later told TMZ, quote, "Unfortunately there was a situation at the club and some people had too much to drink, and got unruly and aggressive. I tried to diffuse the situation. --"Some people just don't think clearly when they've had too much to drink . . . it's an unfortunate reality." (--You can see video here. WARNING!!! It's loaded with unbleeped profanity.)


Enjoy Some New Trailers for "X-Men: First Class", Which Comes Out Tomorrow:

#1.) "X-Men: First Class" (PG-13)

A prequel about the early days of the X-Men . . . when Professor X and Magneto were actually friends. James McAvoy is Professor X, Michael Fassbender is Magneto, and Jennifer Lawrence is the new Mystique. (Trailer) --Kevin Bacon plays the main villain, a guy named Sebastian Shaw, who's gathering mutants to help him take over the world. The rest of the cast includes Zoe Kravitz, January Jones from "Mad Men", and Rose Byrne from "Damages". (--You can see the cast in costume here. From left to right, their characters are: Magneto, Moira McTaggart, Emma Frost, Azazel (a.k.a. Nightcrawler's dad), Beast, Havok (a.k.a. Cyclops' brother), Angel, Mystique, and Professor X.) (Photo Source) (--And here are a few trailers you haven't seen yet.) (Beast) (Havok) (Magic Trick)

#2.) "Beginners" (R) (Limited)

Ewan McGregor learns to embrace life after of his father announces two things: That he's dying . . . and that he's gay. Christopher Plummer plays his dad, and "ER" stud Goran Visnjic is his father's much younger boyfriend. (Trailer)

#3.) "Love, Wedding, Marriage" (PG-13) (Limited)

Mandy Moore plays a marriage counselor who has trouble with her own marriage when she finds out her parents are getting divorced. "Twilight" stud Kellan Lutz plays her husband, and her folks are played by Jane Seymour and James Brolin. (Trailer)

#4.) "Beautiful Boy" (R) (Limited)

Michael Sheen and Maria Bello struggle with guilt when they find out their son went on a shooting spree at his college campus before taking his own life. (Trailer)

Check Out a Commercial for the Trailer of the New "Twilight" Movie:

This is how insane we are over this "Twilight" business: The new trailer for "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" will premiere Sunday night on the "MTV Movie Awards". And to hype it, MTV put together a 10-second preview of the trailer. --In other words, there's now a TRAILER FOR THE TRAILER. It gives a VERY brief glimpse of Edward and Bella's wedding. (--You can check it out here.)

Check Out the New Trailer for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo":

The American version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" hits theaters on December 21st. There's a new trailer for it online. (--You can check it out here.) (--The music behind the trailer is a cover of LED ZEPPELIN'S "Immigrant Song" by KAREN O of the YEAH YEAH YEAHS and TRENT REZNOR from NINE INCH NAILS. That's Karen singing, obviously.)
"The Hunger Games" Will Be Four Movies Long:

There's this weird new trend in movie franchises that are adapted from book series: You make one more movie than there were books. --They're making eight "Harry Potter" movies to cover the seven books . . . They're making five "Twilight" movies to cover the four books in that series . . . oh, and "The Hobbit", which is ONE book, is being made into TWO movies. --And now, you can add "The Hunger Games" to that list. Author SUZANNE COLLINS wrote it as a trilogy . . . but Lionsgate announced yesterday that they're making four movies. (--The first movie hits theaters next March.)

Here's a Mash-Up of "Black Swan" and Rebecca Black:

MTV did another movie parody to hype this Sunday's "MTV Movie Awards". This one is a mash-up of "Black Swan" and superstar "Friday" singer REBECCA BLACK. (--Check it out here.)

The Top 15 Shows That Old People Watch:

The "Hollywood Reporter" has put out a list of the top 15 TV shows that old people watched this past season, and not surprisingly, most of them air on CBS. Nine of the 15 to be exact . . . that's 60%. (--CBS has been the "oldest-skewing" network in primetime for years now, although they've also been the most-watched network for most of the past decade. That's the Catch 22 for advertisers . . .) (--CBS shows get eyeballs, but most of them are not in peak working condition.) --Interestingly enough, the show with the oldest median viewer-age is CBS' police drama "Blue Bloods", which stars TOM SELLECK and DONNIE WAHLBERG. --The average age of its viewers is a shocking 60.6. Essentially, that means that for every 21-year-old watching "Blue Bloods" . . . there's a 100-year-old tuning in. Or, for every 21-year-old, there are NINE 65-year-olds. (--Which is equally stunning.)

--Here's the Top 15 . . . along with each show's median age:

1.) "Blue Bloods" (CBS) . . . a median age of 60.6

2.) "Chaos" (CBS) . . . a median age of 59.8 (--It's since been canceled.)

3.) "CSI: New York" (CBS) . . . a median age of 59.5

4.) "The Good Wife" (CBS) . . . a median age of 59

5.) NBC's "Harry's Law" . . . a median age of 58.7

6.) ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" performance show . . . The average age of people who tuned in for the Tuesday repeat of the performances is 58.3, but the age for people who watch the live performance on Mondays is slightly lower, at 57. (--This makes no sense. Old people can be so bewildering. They should watch the live broadcast on Monday night . . . when there's nothing good on CBS . . . because if they wait until Tuesday's recap, they'll miss "NCIS"!)

7.) "NCIS" (CBS) . . . a median age of 58.3

8.) "The Mentalist" (CBS) . . . a median age of 58.2

9.) NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" . . . a median age of 58

10.) "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS) . . . a median age of 57.6

11.) ABC's "Body of Proof" . . . a median age of 57.5

12.) "The Defenders" (CBS) . . . average age: 57.5 (--It's since been canceled.)

13.) ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" results show . . . a median age of 57.4

14.) NBC's "Outlaw" . . . a median age of 57.2 (--It's since been canceled.)

15.) "Medium" (CBS) . . . a median age of 57 (--It's since been canceled.)

(--You may be wondering why four of these shows have already been canceled. Well there are two reasons for that. First off, remember that this is merely a list of shows that old people watch . . . it isn't saying anything about the ratings.) (--Also, advertisers are less inclined to pay primetime money for spots during shows with such a high median age of viewers . . . unless it has a HUGE overall audience, like "NCIS" or "Dancing with the Stars".) (--Advertisers are targeting the much more impressionable, spend-happy demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds. Plus, denture creams can be advertised a lot cheaper during "The Price Is Right".)

The Top 15 Shows That Young Whippersnappers Watch:

The "Hollywood Reporter" also has the Top 15 TV shows that YOUNG PEOPLE watched this past season, and all but two of them aired on either Fox or the CW. The CW's "Gossip Girl" has the youngest median viewer-age at 29.3. (--So basically, for every NINE 21-year-olds watching "Gossip Girl" there's one creepy 100-year-old man enjoying the eye-candy.) (???)

--Here's the Top 15 . . . along with each show's median age:

1.) The CW's "Gossip Girl" . . . a median age of 29.3

2.) Fox's "Cleveland Show" . . . a median age of 30.8

3.) Fox's "Family Guy" . . . a median age of 30.9

4.) Fox's "Bob's Burgers" . . . a median age of 31.5

5.) Fox's "American Dad" . . . a median age of 31.5

6.) The CW's "Hellcats" . . . a median age of 31.7 (--It's since been canceled.)

7.) The CW's "90210" . . . a median age of 31.8

8.) The CW's "One Tree Hill" . . . a median age of 32

9.) Fox's "The Simpsons" . . . a median age of 32.4

10.) The CW's "Shedding for the Wedding" . . . a median age of 33.3

11.) The CW's "Vampire Diaries" . . . a median age of 33.6

12.) The CW's "Life Unexpected" . . . a median age of 33.6 (--It's since been canceled.)

13.) The CW's "America's Next Top Model" . . . a median age of 34.5 for Season Nine and 35.7 for Season Ten

14.) NBC's "The Office" . . . a median age of 35.9

15.) NBC's "Parks and Recreation" . . . a median age of 37
Scotty McCreery Is OK with Being the "Country Bieber":

Apparently, people are calling 17-year-old "American Idol" winner SCOTTY MCCREERY the, quote, "Country Bieber." And Scotty is OK with it. --He says, quote, "Country Bieber . . . I mean, Justin Bieber is the epitome of [a] big star, so it was cool for me. I mean, Justin's a whole lot further ahead than I am . . . so, I guess it's mainly because of our age. --"Me and Justin are pretty much two young guns." --"Idol" runner-up LAUREN ALAINA adds, quote, "Girls love Scotty McCreery like they love Justin Bieber."

Pauly D Says He Has a Better Body Than The Situation and Ronnie:

Ladies, we have an important question for you today: Who has the best body of the guys on "Jersey Shore" . . . PAULY D, THE SITUATION or RONNIE? --I ask because when Pauly D was asked for his own humble, unbiased opinion, he went with HIMSELF. Naturally. --Pauly told "Us" magazine, quote, "Me, Ronnie and Sitch always compare bodies. I have the best, because everything's defined, tight and well-proportioned." --And here's his advice for the guys out there: Quote, "You shouldn't have huge muscles, and you shouldn't have no muscles. They should be just right . . . like an Abercrombie & Fitch model."

Italian Authorities Have Revoked Snooki's Driver's License:

The authorities in Italy have confiscated SNOOKI'S international driver's license . . . after she crashed into a police car that was serving as her escort earlier this week. --An official said the license had to be revoked by law, because the two officers in the other car did suffer minor injuries. Although contrary to earlier reports, they were NOT hospitalized. Snooki will be without a license for "at least 15 days."

The Season Finale of "Glee" Cracked the Top 5 in the Ratings . . . Right Behind the "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars" Finales:

"Glee" doesn't always make a splash in the ratings, but that doesn't mean it's going anywhere. In fact, last week's second season finale just cracked the top 5 with 11.8 million viewers. --"Glee" came in behind the season finales for "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars", which took the top four spots. More than 29 million people tuned in to watch SCOTTY McCREERY be crowned your tenth American Idol. --Meanwhile, the 8th season of "So You Think You Can Dance?" premiered with 9.5 million viewers in 9th place, while the new season of "The Bachelorette" drew 9 million viewers.


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

--"The Scripps National Spelling Bee" . . . 8:30 to 10:00 P.M. Eastern on ESPN.

--"The NBA Finals" [Game 2] . . . 9:00 to 11:30 P.M. Eastern on ABC. (--The Dallas Mavericks host the Miami Heat for the NBA championship.)

--"Jimmy Kimmel Game Night" . . . 8:00 P.M. Eastern OR 11:30 P.M. Pacific on ABC. (--This airs before the NBA Finals in the Eastern and Central time zones . . . and after the game in the Pacific and Mountain time zones.)

--"So You Think You Can Dance" [Audition Show] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"Love Bites" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--A comedy about love, sex and dating, that stars Constance Zimmer from "Entourage" and Greg Grunberg from "Heroes" as a married couple.) (. . . He played the telepathic cop on "Heroes" and she was studio exec Dana Gordon on "Entourage". Jennifer Love Hewitt guest stars in the first episode.)

--"NY Ink" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TLC. (--"Miami Ink's" Ami James opens up his own tattoo parlor in Manhattan.)

--"Pride Comedy Jam" . . . 10:30 to 11:30 P.M. on Showtime. (--Suzanne Westenhoefer hosts stand-up sets from gay and lesbian comedians Raneir Pollard, Renee Santos, Jackie Monahan, Nico Santos and Julie Goldman.)

--"Son of A Gun" [1st Season Finale] . . . 11:30 P.M. to Midnight on MTV.

--"Childrens Hospital" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . Midnight on Adult Swim.

Brad Paisley, "Glee", and the Combined Efforts of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, Barely Sold ONE FOURTH of What Lady Gaga Sold:

If it wasn't for LADY GAGA, then BRAD PAISLEY would have had this week's #1 album. You know, if he'd sold like a million more albums. As expected, Gaga's "Born This Way" won the week on the album charts. (--You can read more about it, here.) --It's kind of amusing when you consider that Brad, the latest "Glee" disc, and the combined efforts of the NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and the BACKSTREET BOYS couldn't even earn one fourth the sales Gaga did.

1.) (NEW) "Born This Way", Lady Gaga (1,108,000 copies)

2.) (NEW) "This Is Country Music", Brad Paisley (153,000 copies)

3.) "21", Adele (126,000 copies)

4.) (NEW) "Glee, the Music: Season Two, Volume 6" (80,000 copies)

5.) (NEW) "Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made, Volume 1" (59,000 copies)

Lady Gaga Doesn't Think a Digital Version of Her New Album Is Worth More Than 99 Cents?

LADY GAGA didn't have a problem with selling her "Born This Way" album for 99 cents last week. --That seems to go without saying, since it helped her sell 1.11 million copies in a single week, which is something that hasn't been done in SIX YEARS. --But did Lady Gaga mind the idea that her ART was reduced to a measly 99 cents? --No. In fact, she thought that price was about right. She told the "Wall Street Journal", quote, "I absolutely do not [mind], especially for MP3s and digital music. It's invisible. It's in space. --"If anything, I applaud a company like Amazon for equating the value of digital versus the physical copy, and giving the opportunity to everyone to buy music." --Of course, Lady Gaga wasn't the one losing money. She added, quote, "It also wasn't really 99 cents, because Amazon paid the difference on all of those purchases as part of their promotional campaign for one of their new services. --"I think it's amazing and it was a really nice surprise and I felt honored that they chose my record to be part of it." (--I'd like to know how much Gaga thinks her "invisible" MP3s are worth when she's NOT still getting the full value in return.)

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Quality Control Guarantee:

If you bought LADY GAGA'S new album, here's her quality control guarantee: --Gaga personally handcrafted . . . and MOLESTED . . . every detail of "Born This Way". She says that she, quote, "licked and touched and kissed and made love to every single note and melody and lyric on that album."

Cee Lo Green Impersonates Liberace in His "I Want You" Video:

CEE LO GREEN has released his video for "I Want You (Hold on to Love)". --The video takes place in Vegas, with Cee Lo playing a flamboyant LIBERACE-type character. (--You can check it out, here.)

Check Out Beyoncé's New Single "Best Thing I Ever Had":

BEYONCÉ unleashed her new single "Best Thing I Ever Had" on her website yesterday. The song is on her new album "4", which comes out June 28th. (--You can listen to the song, here. The media player is at the top of the page.)

The Most Influential Rock Bands of the Last 30 Years:

In honor of their 30th anniversary, the British music magazine "Kerrang!" has conducted a poll to find The Most Influential Rock Bands of the Last 30 Years . . . so that's dating back to 1981. Here's the Top 10, as voted by "Kerrang's" readers.

1.) Metallica

2.) Green Day

3.) Iron Maiden

4.) Slipknot

5.) My Chemical Romance (--Unfortunately, I could see this being legit.)

6.) Linkin Park

7.) The Welsh metal band Bullet for My Valentine (--Seriously?)

8.) Blink-182

9.) Ozzy Osbourne

10.) Foo Fighters


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

SARAH PALIN continues to tool around the country on her unofficial "I'm Sooo Not Running for President Yet" tour. Yesterday in New York City, somebody taped a sign to her overly-patriotic bus, calling her a MEDIA WHORE. (Full Story)

CLARICE TAYLOR . . . who played BILL COSBY'S mother on "The Cosby Show" . . . died Monday at the age of 93. She was also the Good Witch of the North in "The Wiz", and David's grandmother Harriet on "Sesame Street". (Full Story)

MATTHEW FINLEY . . . who played Luke Williams in Disney's "Camp Rock 2" . . . went over a 100-foot cliff in Malibu after losing control of his motorcycle last week. Despite multiple fractures and injuries to his head and face, Finley is doing well. On Tuesday, he Tweeted, quote, "Ducati off cliff.. more surgeries 2morrow. I WILL Survive!" (Full Story)

The American Diabetes Association would like STEVE-O to know that meat is not necessarily off-limits to people with the disease. (Full Story)

CHARLIE SHEEN and BROOKE MUELLER have reached a custody agreement. (Full Story)

NICK JONAS has teamed up with Quaker Chewy Granola Bars . . . (???) . . . to launch an online singing competition to find America's next child sensation. Only kids between the ages of eight and 14 can take part. (Full Story)

NBC may have canceled "The Event" . . . but now there's talk that it could be resurrected as a miniseries on Syfy. (Full Story)

Actor TIM ROBBINS . . . from "The Shawshank Redemption" . . . is putting out his first album. It's a folk album that Tim recorded with his backing group, the ROGUES GALLERY BAND. It's coming out on July 19th. (Full Story)

The ARCTIC MONKEYS say some stores in the U.S. want to censor the title of their next album, "Suck It and See", which comes out next week. They didn't say which stores had a problem with it, but Wal-Mart wouldn't be a bad guess. (Full Story)


The Issue That's Dividing the Country the Most Is . . . Doctor-Assisted Suicide?

Did we just travel back in time to 1991? Because right now, in one of the most politically-divided eras of our lifetime, the issue that's dividing the country the most is . . . doctor-assisted suicide. Really? --Gallup just released the results of a poll asking Americans whether certain behaviors were morally acceptable or morally wrong. And doctor-assisted suicide was the closest thing to a 50-50 split. 45% say it's acceptable, 48% say it's wrong. --It easily beat out the number two finisher . . . abortion. Interestingly, 39% of people say abortion is morally acceptable, 51% say it's morally wrong. --Homosexuality, which I think most people would point to as the most divisive issue in the country right now, tied for fourth-most divisive. 56% of people say it's morally acceptable, 39% say it's wrong. --The issue with the most consensus is married people having affairs. 7% say that an affair is morally acceptable, 91% say it's wrong. Polygamy got the next-highest consensus . . . 11% say it's acceptable, 86% say it's wrong. --Of all of the controversial issues on the list, DIVORCE has the most morally acceptable votes. 69% of people say it's acceptable versus 23% who say it's wrong. It even beat out premarital sex, which only 60% of people approved of. (Gallup) (--The whole list is a pretty fascinating view on the weird buffet-style approach to morality we seem to have. It's worth taking a look at all the results here.)

Nobody Panic . . . But Here are the Five U.S. Cities Most Due For a Hurricane:

After everything we've seen in the past decade, it's hard not to worry at least a little bit that a major natural disaster could strike where you live. Unless you live underground in a concrete bunker. Which might be smart at this point. --Just to get you a little more prepared, a weather expert named Dr. Rick Knabb put together this list of the five cities most overdue to be hit by a major hurricane. --NO ONE PANIC . . . but maybe stock up on canned goods and come up with an emergency plan.

#5.) Tampa, Florida.

#4.) Savannah, Georgia.

#3.) New York City.

#2.) San Diego, California.

#1.) Honolulu, Hawaii. (MSNBC)
A University of Alabama Student Survives the Tuscaloosa Tornado in April, Then Goes Home To Her Family In . . . Joplin:

20-year-old Emily Fuller should buy a lottery ticket, because she's due for some good luck more than anyone else in this country. --Emily is a student at the University of Alabama. She was at school in April when tornados ripped through Tuscaloosa, devastated the city and the university, and took 42 lives. --The semester ended early, so Emily went back home to her family . . . in Joplin, Missouri. --And a few weeks ago, a tornado hit Joplin and caused another wave of horrible devastation. --Emily and her family rode out the tornado in their basement. Their house somehow managed to avoid being destroyed, even though it was less than a mile from the area of Joplin that was hit the worst. --Yesterday, Emily headed back to the University of Alabama to start summer school. (CNN)

People Are More Likely to Believe in Global Warming If You Ask When It's Warm Outside:

So, yeah, turns out there are a lot of people out there who still aren't entirely sure if there's a difference between "global warming" and "man, it's warm outside." --According to a study by Columbia University's Center for Decision Sciences, they found that people are more likely to believe in global warming if you ask them when it's hot outside. And the researchers say this is actually human nature. --The report reads, quote, "When asked about the reality of global warming, a complex and contentious topic, respondents may substitute their judgments about . . . the weather, a far easier quantity to evaluate." (Time)

One Out of Eight People in Washington State Has Either Seen Bigfoot or Know Someone Who Has:

If Bigfoot exists, odds are, he's in the Pacific Northwest. That's what all the legends say. Oh . . . and it's also what all the people who live there say. --According to a new survey, 13% of people in Washington state . . . or about one out of eight . . . say that they've either seen Bigfoot themselves, or know someone who has. --Overall, two out of five Washingtonians believe that he exists. The survey also found that they're not just believers in Bigfoot . . . 55% believe that UFOs exist. (PR Newswire)

A New Survey of Global Happiness out of North Korea Ranks China First, North Korea Second . . . and the U.S. Dead Last:

North Korea's state-run Chosun Central Television just released the findings of a brand new global happiness index. The North Korean government did all the research themselves. So . . . you should know what to expect. --China ranked first, as the happiest country in the world. They JUST beat out North Korea, which finished as the second happiest place on Earth. Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela round out the top five. --As for the U.S.? DEAD LAST, the unhappiest country in the world, coming in 203rd. The North Koreans rated South Korea as the 152nd happiest place. So, near the bottom but not as horrible as America. (Shanghaiist)

A Woman Left Her Estate To the Group That Predicted the Rapture . . . And Now Her Family Wants it Back:

Doris Schmitt of Queens, New York was one of the people who bought the hype about the Rapture happening on May 21st. She totally believed that HAROLD CAMPING of Family Radio was right. --On May 2nd, 19 days before the Rapture was supposed to happen, Doris died at age 78. And when the lawyers checked her will, they found out she'd left her $300,000 estate to Family Radio . . . not to her ACTUAL family. --Her surviving heirs were shocked. -Then, on May 21st, as we all know, the Rapture somehow didn't happen. And now . . . Doris's family wants that money back. --One of her nieces, Eileen Heuwetter, says the family is desperately talking to lawyers, trying to see if there's any way that Doris's money won't go to Family Radio. After all, they say Doris willed it because she believed in the prediction. --Eileen says, quote, "This man is going to get hundreds of thousands of dollars from my aunt. She would have been devastated [the prediction didn't come true]." --She also says that if Doris had just survived 20 more days and seen that the Rapture didn't happen, she would've given the money to her family instead. --BUT . . . from everything they've heard from lawyers, it looks like they're fighting a lost cause, and the money is going to Family Radio. (CNN Money)
More and More Restaurant Servers Are Getting Rid of the Pen and Paper and Taking Orders By Memory:

Personally, I HATE when a server takes my order and doesn't write it down. At least when they write it down there's, like, a 75% chance they'll get it right. When they do it from memory it seems like that drops to about 10%. --But we all may have to get used to that. Apparently, more and more restaurants are encouraging their servers to get rid of the pen and paper and take orders by memory. Here's why . . .

#1.) It helps the server keep eye contact, which creates a better bond and leads to a better tip.

#2.) It makes the servers concentrate harder, which leads to better service.

#3.) And, most important to the restaurant, it makes the server look like more of a pro . . . which makes people more receptive to 'upselling.' You know . . . when the waiter suggests appetizers, drinks, or desserts that you and your chubbiness probably don't really need or want.

--All that being said . . . people really don't like it. The "New York Post" mentioned the trend, with a poll asking people if they trust servers who don't write down their orders. 81% say no. (New York Post)


A Man Reports a Fake Robbery and Stabs Himself To Make it Convincing . . . All to Avoid Paying Child Support:

This a-hole REALLY didn't want to give his children a few thousand dollars toward food, clothing, and shelter. --On Tuesday, 51-year-old Michael Cherubino of Spring Hill, Florida was due in court to explain why he hadn't paid $4,000 in back child support. And he sure as hell didn't want to go. --So Cherubino decided to stage a ROBBERY. He called the police and told them that he was at home with the $4,000 in child support when two men barged into his house, STABBED HIM in the stomach, and stole the money. --Believe it or not, as far as we can tell, he did NOT describe his attackers as black or Hispanic men . . . which might be the first time in the history of made-up crimes that they haven't gotten the blame. --And to really sell the story, Cherubino took a piece of glass . . . and STABBED HIMSELF. -While he was in the hospital, the police quickly unraveled his story. He ended up confessing that he'd made the whole thing up. --Now, on top of owing back child support, he's also been charged with giving a false report to law enforcement. (Hernando Today)

A Man Gets Three DUIs In Three Different Cities In Three Days:

Even if this is some kind of a record, it's really NOT something this guy should even be remotely proud of. --A few weeks ago, 50-year-old Timothy McGowan of Mill Valley, California managed to get three DUIs in three different cities in three days. --On May 18th, he got a DUI in San Rafael, California when he pulled up to a closed bank and tried to go inside. A cop spotted him and arrested him when he left the parking lot. --On May 19th, he was busted for drunk driving when he was swerving in San Francisco. --And on May 20th, he was caught in Novato, California when he staggered out of his Volkswagen Beetle, asked a woman for directions to Burger King, then got back into his car and drove off in front of a cop. --His blood-alcohol levels from the first two arrests weren't released . . . in the third one, he blew a 0.15 on the breathalyzer, about twice the legal limit. --He's looking at up to two years in prison. --McGowan has prior convictions for DUI, petty theft, resisting arrest, and drug possession. He's also been arrested on suspicion of public intoxication four times . . . this year. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Police in Florida Are Able to Figure Out Who Bit a Man at a Party . . . Because Most of the Guests Didn't Have Teeth:

This one feels almost too good to be true . . . but it comes straight off a police report so we're inclined to believe it. --On Memorial Day, in East Naples, Florida, 33-year-old Tina Gonzales was throwing a birthday party for her son. The kids ate cake, and the adults got hammered. --Tina's neighbor eventually got into an argument with people at the party . . . we're assuming over the noise . . . and someone from the party BIT HIM. No one would own up to it, but they were able to pin it on Tina. How? --The police found that none of the other adults had ENOUGH TEETH to make the bite pattern in the neighbor's arm. Most had no teeth. Only Tina had enough. She was arrested. (Naples News)

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

This study's out of Britain, but it's still amusing: Female drunk drivers are more likely to be older, alone, unmarried . . . and better educated than men. (Full Story)

The driver of a car struck by a train in Connecticut will be billed for the damage to the train, since . . . according to the train company . . . quote, "The train was where it was supposed to be. The car was not." (Full Story)

An announcer covering the Casey Anthony trial on TruTV was caught talking about her cans on a live mic yesterday. He'd already made a comment about her form-fitting outfit, then during a lull in her questioning, he said, quote, "The only thing you're gonna see now are her boobs sticking out today." (Full Story)

Two new studies on video games kinda seem to cancel each other out: One says that playing video games helps kids lose small amounts of weight . . . the other says kids eat bigger lunches after playing video games. (Full Story)

Do you suck at math? There's a developmental disability for that. There's a gene that can cause "dyscalculia" . . . it's like dyslexia for math. (Full Story)


#1.) A Reporter in Houston Accidentally Said the S-Word on Live TV:

Fox26 in Houston accidentally aired a clip of a reporter named Pattie Shieh saying the S-word when she screwed up her report. The anchor said they aired a, quote, "inadvertent piece of video tape." (--Search YouTube for "Pattie Shieh Blooper.") (--WARNING: This video includes the S-word.)

#2.) A Soldier Proposed in a Pre-Recorded Message on a Stadium's Jumbo Screen . . . Then Showed Up in Person to Give His Girlfriend the Ring:

At a Kansas City Royals game on Monday, they played a message on the jumbo screen from a soldier asking his girlfriend to marry him. Then the soldier showed up in person to give her the ring. --The sound in the video is horrible, but it doesn't really matter. The best part is when she sees him on top of the dugout, sprints to him, and gives him a huge hug. (--Search YouTube for "Marriage Proposal - Kansas City Royals Baseball Game." The message starts at :10, and he shows up in person at :41.)

#3.) A Kid Gave an Inspirational Speech About Learning to Ride a Bike . . . Then Yelled, "Thumbs Up Everybody, For Rock and Roll!":

There's a new video online of a kid giving an inspirational speech for kids who can't ride a bike. And he yells, quote, "If you believe in yourself, you will know how to ride a bike! If you don't, you just keep practicing!" --Then . . . for some reason . . . he yells, "Thumbs up, everybody! For rock and roll!" (--Search for "Thumbs Up for Rock and Roll." The speech starts at :20.)
Four Summer Activities and How Many Calories They Burn:

The unofficial start of summer was this week. And summer OFFICIALLY starts June 21st. So here's some advice on how to slim down while you enjoy the warmer weather. posted a list of popular summer activities, and how many calories they burn. Here are the top four.

#1.) Water Skiing. In 30 minutes, a 150-pound person burns around 200 calories. And it works your upper and lower body.

#2.) Swimming. Depending on your body weight, just swimming around casually burns between 250 and 400 calories an hour. And if you swim laps, you can burn a lot more.

#3.) Hiking. If you're 150 pounds, you'll burn about 400 calories on a one-hour hike, depending on how steep it is. If you weigh MORE than that, obviously you'll burn more calories, because each step requires more energy.

#4.) Playing Nine Holes of Golf. If you walk AND carry your clubs, you'll burn around 700 calories, or 1,400 if you do 18 holes. Just be careful about how many calories you CONSUME on the golf course. --If you golf 18 holes, but have four or five beers on the course and a cheeseburger for lunch, they cancel each other out. ( /


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