Monday, June 6, 2011


Did A-Rod Break Up With Cameron Diaz?

It might be over between ALEX RODRIGUEZ and CAMERON DIAZ. A source tells "People" magazine, quote, "They broke up a few days ago. He ended it. However, they have broken up and gotten back together before, so not sure it's forever." --No word yet from either of their camps.

Selena Gomez Went to Justin Bieber's House . . . Then Left the Next Morning in the Same Outfit:

I know JUSTIN BIEBER is only 17, so I'm going to treat this as gingerly as possible . . . --But the other night, SELENA GOMEZ went to his house, spent the night, and then left the next morning IN THE SAME OUTFIT. I believe they call this THE WALK OF SHAME, no? (--Check out some photos here. To be fair, they don't prove that anything ROMANTIC happened during the sleepover. But the first pic is Selena arriving at Justin's house, hair all straight and neat.) (--The next two photos show Selena leaving the next day . . . wearing the same clothes, but with her hair thrown into a loose, "I-don't-feel-like-dealing-with-it-right-now" ponytail.) (Daily Mail)

Mark Sanchez and Hayden Panettiere Say They're Not Dating:

Jets quarterback MARK SANCHEZ and HAYDEN PANETTIERE have both denied they're dating. --Mark says, quote, "I'm not dating Hayden. I promise. I do know her. She's a really nice girl, a sweetheart." (--Here's video.) --And Hayden told "Us Weekly", quote, "I swear I'm not dating him at all. Honestly. I'm a huge Jets fan and became very good friends with him and his buddies. --"There's genuinely, absolutely nothing going on. I've always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends. I'm into sports so we have a lot in common, but no, definitely 100% not dating."

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Are Negotiating a Prenup:

With KIM KARDASHIAN and KRIS HUMPHRIES supposedly getting married this summer, there's an issue of finances to consider. TMZ says they're in the process of negotiating a prenup. --Kim is worth an estimated $35 million, while Kris makes $3.2 million a year playing for the New Jersey Nets, and is worth about $8 million.

"Dr. Death", Jack Kevorkian, Is Dead:

Assisted suicide advocate DR. JACK KEVORKIAN died Friday morning of heart and kidney ailments. He was 83 years old. --Ironically, Jack did NOT end his own life. But he would have if he'd had the opportunity. He died in a hospital in Detroit, where he obviously wasn't allowed to kill himself. --Jack's longtime attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said, quote, "I think had he been able to go home, Jack would have not allowed himself to go back to the hospital. --"The circumstances were such that he was so weak he could not get out of the hospital, he was primarily sleeping most of the time." --But he was NOT placed on life support . . . which was probably his decision. --Kevorkian assisted the suicides of about 130 terminally or chronically ill patients during the 1990s. In 1999 he was convicted of second-degree murder after videotaping himself assisting a suicide and sending it to "60 Minutes". --He served eight years of a 10- to 25-year sentence. Last year, AL PACINO won an Emmy for playing him in the HBO movie "You Don't Know Jack".

"Gunsmoke" Star James Arness Has Died:

JAMES ARNESS, who played Marshal Matt Dillon on the TV show "Gunsmoke" for 20 years, died Friday of natural causes. He was 88. --"Gunsmoke" is tied for the record of longest-running primetime drama with the original "Law & Order" . . . which ran from 1990 to 2010. --"Gunsmoke" was on the air from 1955 to 1970 . . . but it also spawned several TV movies in the '80s and '90s making it, as Arness once claimed, the only show to air in five different decades. --"The Simpsons" actually ran longer. It's been on the air for 22 seasons and counting . . . but it's an animated comedy series. --Plus, there were 635 episodes of "Gunsmoke" . . . while neither of the other two shows have reached 500. (--"The Simpsons" still could, of course.) --In addition to Matt Dillon, James Arness was also famous for playing the monster in the 1951 sci-fi classic, "The Thing From Another World". (--Which was remade as "The Thing" in 1981, starring Kurt Russell.) --Arness was a World War 2 vet and the older brother of "Mission: Impossible" star PETER GRAVES, who died last year.

John Edwards Has Been Charged with Campaign Finance Violations:

JOHN EDWARDS was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury for alleged campaign finance violations. --Edwards is accused of using campaign funds to cover up the affair and love child he had with RIELLE HUNTER while running for president in 2008. --He's up on six charges: conspiracy, making false statements and four counts of illegal campaign contributions. --After the indictment, Edwards spoke outside the courthouse, with his daughter Cate standing behind him. He said, quote, "There is no question that I've done wrong. I take full responsibility for having done wrong. --"I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I've caused to others. But I did not break the law, and I never, ever thought I was breaking the law." (--John's wife Elizabeth initially stood behind him and defended him against allegations of infidelity . . . until it all became too obvious to ignore.) (--She died of breast cancer in December of 2010, knowing her husband had cheated on her and produced a child with his mistress. That's class, Jethro.)

Cadbury Has Apologized to Naomi Campbell for that Supposedly Racist Ad:

The Cadbury candy people have apologized to NAOMI CAMPBELL for that supposedly racist ad in which they compared her to a chocolate bar. --They issued a statement saying, quote, "It was not our intention that this campaign should offend Naomi, her family or anybody else and we are sincerely sorry that it has done so." --Campbell then issued a statement of her own saying, quote, "I'm pleased that Cadbury have made a 'sincere apology' in regards to their Bliss ad campaign. --"The advertisement was in poor taste on a number of levels, not least in the way they likened me to their chocolate bar. It is also a shame that it took so long for Cadbury to offer this apology." --This apparently puts the issue to rest . . . and Naomi will NOT carry out her threat to sue.

Is Gene Hackman Really Retired from Acting For Good?

GENE HACKMAN'S last movie was the 2004 comedy "Welcome to Mooseport". And it might just be his last movie, PERIOD. --Hackman spends most of his time these days writing and painting. He's written four novels over the past decade or so. (--The fourth, "Payback at Morning Peak", comes out tomorrow.) --And he has been saying for the past few years that he has no intention of making another movie. --"GQ" asked Gene if he'd change his mind. He said, quote, "I don't know. If I could do it in my own house, maybe, without them disturbing anything and just one or two people." (--Hackman is 81 years old. And if he stays true to his word, then all his obituaries will mention how his motion picture swan song was a pathetic "comedy" co-starring Ray Romano and Fred Savage.) (--Or, he could fix that by taking a small-to-medium role in just ONE MORE FLICK that's either really good, or just not really bad. Come on, Gene. Call Clint Eastwood. He could probably squeeze you in somewhere.)


Blake Lively Got Ribbed Twice at the "MTV Movie Awards" . . . Even Though She Was There:

BLAKE LIVELY was the subject of two pretty good ribs at last night's "MTV Movie Awards" . . . and she was there to hear them. -The first one occurred when Blake and her "Green Lantern" co-star RYAN REYNOLDS were being introduced as presenters. --Host JASON SUDEIKIS introduced Blake as, quote, "what I believe is the real Blake Lively, but she won't confirm it." --Then, REESE WITHERSPOON took a shot at her during her acceptance speech for the MTV Generation Award, she said, quote, "I just want to say to all the girls out there, I know it's cool to be bad. I get it. --"But it's also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed. --"And like, if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone you hide your face, people." --While introducing Reese for that award, ROBERT PATTINSON also produced one of the night's more memorable moments when he dropped an F-bomb live on the air. --Robert mentioned how he played Reese's SON in his first movie, "Vanity Fair" . . . then later graduated to playing her lover in their latest film, "Water for Elephants". --He said how he, quote, "[effed]" her in that movie, then added that he learned, quote, "As you get older, it's not always a bad thing to have sexual chemistry with your mother." --But when Reese took the stage, she SCHOOLED Pattinson . . . saying, quote, "By the way Rob, the punch line to your joke was I played your mother. We had a sex scene. So really you're the best mother(effer) in Hollywood." (--Here's video. This clip actually has another classic Pattinson moment from the evening.) (--It's when Rob and KRISTEN STEWART won the Best Kiss award, but instead of kissing Kristen, Rob went into the audience and kissed TAYLOR LAUTNER . . . who was also up for the award with Kristen.) --Speaking of Pattinson and "Twilight", you probably heard that a new "Breaking Dawn" trailer was going to premiere last night. It did. (--Check it out here.) --One last note before we get to the winners: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and MILA KUNIS presented the first award of the night, and joked about rumors that they're hooking up --They decided to prove how platonic and innocent their relationship is by GROPING EACH OTHER. Justin grabbed Mila's chest ornaments from behind, and she reached her hand back and palmed his genitalia. (--Here are some pics. And here's video.) (Huffington Post)

The Complete Winners List:

Best Movie: "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Best Female Performance: Kristen Stewart, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Best Male Performance: Robert Pattinson, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Best Breakout Star: Chloe Grace Moretz, "Kick-Ass"

Best Comedic Performance: Emma Stone, "Easy A"

Best Line From A Movie: Alexys Nycole Sanchez, "Grown Ups" . . . "I want to get chocolate wasted."

Best Villain: Tom Felton, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

Best Fight: Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuel, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Best Kiss: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Best Jaw-Dropping Moment: Justin Bieber, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Performance Spectacular"

Best Scared-As-(Crap) Performance: Ellen Page, "Inception"

Biggest Badass Star: Chloe Grace Moretz, "Kick-Ass"


Spike TV's "Guys Choice Awards" were taped Saturday Night:

Spike TV's "Guys Choice Awards" were taped Saturday night, and will air this coming Friday. --JENNIFER ANISTON picked up the Decade of Hotness Award, and vowed to, quote, "keep downward-dogging until the fat lady sings." (--Downward dog is a yoga position.) --SEAN PENN was on hand for the induction of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame . . . and his recent ex, SCARLETT JOHANSSON was there too. --Some blogger says they met up backstage and, quote, "He gave her a big kiss when he saw her, she gave him [a] kiss bye." --JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE presented the Holy Grail of Hotness trophy to his "Friends With Benefits" co-star MILA KUNIS. --She said, quote, "I'm so stoked to tell my grandkids that grandma was at one point really [effing] hot."

Guy of the Year: Mark Wahlberg

Brass Balls: Keith Richards

Decade of Hotness: Jennifer Aniston

Funniest M.F.: Jim Carrey

Guy Movie Hall of Fame: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

Most Manticipated Movie: "Cowboys & Aliens"

Guy Movie of the Year: "The Fighter"

Biggest Ass Kicker: Dwayne Johnson

Most Dangerous Man: UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones

Holy Grail of Hot: Mila Kunis

Unstoppable Jock: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Our New Girlfriend: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Top Fantasy Leaguer: Chris Paul

Comedy MVP: Danny McBride

Hot and Funny: Sofia Vergara

Outstanding Literary Achievement: Keith Richards

Rookie Of The Year: L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin

The New "X-Men" Movie is the #1 Movie in America:

The new X-Men prequel, "X-Men: First Class", earned $56 million to open in the top spot at the box office this weekend. Here's a comparison table for the entire franchise:

Opening Weekend
Release Date
Total Gross
$54.5 million
$157 million
"X2: X-Men Unlimited"
$85.6 million
$215 million
"X-Men Last Stand"
$103 million
$234 million
"X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
$85 million
$179 million
"X-Men: First Class"
$56 million
We'll see.

--"First Class" had the lowest opening of any "X-Men" movie since the original. But then again, this IS a prequel with a completely different cast . . . as well as the first one that didn't feature Wolverine.

1.) (NEW) "X-Men: First Class", $56 million.

2.) "The Hangover Part 2", $32.4 million. Up to $187 million in its 2nd week.

3.) "Kung Fu Panda 2", $24.3 million. Up to $100 million in its 2nd week.

Warner Brothers Studio Has Put Up a New "Two and a Half Men" Banner . . . That Doesn't Feature Charlie Sheen:

Up until this past weekend, the Warner Brothers studio in Hollywood had a gigantic banner for "Two and a Half Men" that featured CHARLIE SHEEN, JON CRYER and ANGUS T. JONES. --But now they've replaced it with a new one that's just the "Two and a Half Men" logo. (--You can see pictures of both banners, here.) --Supposedly, they're going to put up a new banner featuring the new cast . . . including ASHTON KUTCHER. --Since Charlie Sheen will NOT be returning to "Two and a Half Men" . . . unless something drastic changes down the road . . . people have begun speculating about how the show will deal with the departure of his character. --Here's one simple theory: --On Charlie's last episode, which aired on February 14th, his character was going to the airport to catch a flight to Paris. So-called "production sources" tell TMZ that he's just going to end up STAYING in Paris. --Of course, the plane could also CRASH. But the "sources" say that would be too dark for the sitcom. (--And would essentially bury the possibility of Charlie ever returning. There are still no details on who Ashton's character will be.)
Monday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"NHL Stanley Cup Finals" [Game 3] . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Eastern on Versus. (--The Boston Bruins host the Vancouver Canucks.)

--"Masterchef" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox. (--Chefs Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot begin auditioning the contestants trying to be named America's best amateur cook.)

--"WWE Tough Enough" [5th Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on USA.

--"Switched At Birth" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC Family. (--Lea Thompson from "Back to the Future" and Constance Marie from "The George Lopez Show" play two mothers whose daughters were switched at birth.)

--"American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery Channel. (--The Cadillac father-son bike build off is completed.)

--"Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on OWN.

--"Platinum Hit" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--Donna Summer joins Jewel and Kara DioGuardi at the judges' table as this week's guest judge while the songwriters are tasked with writing dance-music for a hot Hollywood club.)

--"The Dr. Laura Berman Show" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman answers questions on family matters, sex and intimacy issues in a TV version of her radio show.)


--"True Grit" . . . Jeff Bridges plays an aging U.S. Marshal hired by a young girl to track down the man who murdered her father. Matt Damon plays a young Texas Ranger who joins the hunt, and Josh Brolin is the guy they're after. --It's a remake of a 1969 western that starred John Wayne and Glen Campbell. Jeff Bridges has the Duke's role and Matt Damon is playing Glen Campbell's part.

--"Just Go With It" . . . Adam Sandler almost scares off a new girlfriend . . . played by Brooklyn Decker . . . when she finds the fake wedding ring he once used to scam women into bed. He covers it up by pretending his assistant (Jennifer Aniston) is his ex-wife. (--Amuse yourself as Jenn claims Adam has erectile dysfunction here.)

--"The Company Men" . . . Ben Affleck plays a successful executive who loses his job, and then has to swallow his pride and take a construction gig building houses for his brother-in-law, played by Kevin Costner. It also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Craig T. Nelson.

--"Sanctum" . . . A team of cave divers is trapped underground after a freak storm collapses the entrance. With their exit blocked, the group is forced to go deeper into the cave system to try to find another way out before they use up their oxygen supply. Richard Roxburgh . . . who you'd remember as The Duke in "Moulin Rouge" and Dracula in "Van Helsing" . . . plays the expedition leader. "Fantastic Four" star Ioan Gruffudd is the financial backer trapped down there with him. (Trailer)

TV Series On DVD:

--"Leverage: Third Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set.
--"White Collar: Season Two" . . . a four-disc DVD set.
--"Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set.
--"Burn Notice: Season Four" . . . a four-disc DVD set.
--"Hawthorne: The Complete Second Season" . . . a three-disc DVD set.
--"The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Volume 6" . . . a three-disc DVD set.
--"Pretty Little Liars: Season 1" . . . a five-disc DVD set.
--"The Big C: The Complete First Season" . . . a three-disc DVD set.

The New "Green Lantern" Game Is Competing with the Latest From the "Operation Flashpoint" and "Red Faction" Franchises:

--"Operation Flashpoint: Red River" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. A tactical first person shooter in which you take control of the Marine fire team Outlaw-2-Bravo. The Marines are trying to suppress a terrorist group in the fictional country of Tajikistan. Up to four players can play cooperatively but there's no competitive online multiplayer. (Trailer)

--"Red Faction: Armageddon" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. The fourth installment of the "Red Faction" is once again set on Mars and focusing on destructible environments. You play as a mercenary named Darius Mason who's trying to defeat a newly released legion of hostile Martians. There's no online co-op, but you can grab a friend and fight an endless stream of Martians in "Horde" mode. The game's signature weapon, the magnet gun, sounds like a lot of fun. First you shoot an object, then you target a second object. Whatever your second shot hits will instantly fly into the first object and . . . boom goes the dynamite. (Trailer)

--"Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters" . . . it's rated (T) on Xbox360 and PS3, and rated (E10+) on the Wii and Nintendo DS versions. Ryan Reynolds plays him in movie that hits theaters next Friday. He does the voice for the game too . . . which is the first to ever feature the Green Lantern as the main character. (Trailer)

--"Infamous 2" (M) . . . on PS3. You play as super charged anti-hero Cole MacGrath. This time around Cole is searching New Marais, which is based off of New Orleans, for some new powers so he can eventually confront the Beast and prevent him from destroying the whole East Coast. In addition to have his ability to manipulate electricity enhanced Cole will also gain mastery over fire or ice depending on if you choose to be a goody two shoes or a merciless killer. You can also make your own levels to share on the PlayStation Network with the mission creation feature. (Trailer)

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


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Dirty Work", All Time Low (--Listen to their single "I Feel Like Dancin'", here.)

--"Anniversary Celebration", Randy Travis (--It features a series of duets and re-recordings of classic hits and new songs with stars from all musical genres.) (--Guests include: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Don Henley, Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Lorrie Morgan and others.)

Did Patti LaBelle Order Her Bodyguards to Assault an Innocent Man at a Houston Airport?

A 23-year-old guy named Richard King . . . who was a West Point cadet . . . has sued PATTI LABELLE and her entourage, claiming that her bodyguards savagely beat him outside Bush International Airport in Houston for NO REASON. --He also claims Patti played an active role in the attack. Here's his story: --King says he was standing outside at the airport's passenger pickup area next to where Patti's limo was parked. He was talking to his brother on his cell-phone and was oblivious to the fact that Patti was in the limo. --Suddenly, Patti's bodyguards assaulted him. They punched him and shoved him against a concrete pillar HARD, and he went down. He tried to get up several times but kept falling down. (--And we know this because it was all caught by surveillance cameras. You can see the video here. King is the guy in the light-colored shirt that appears about a minute in.) (--Also notice the police officers that are having their pictures taken with Patti after the incident.) --King's complaint says that he suffered a CONCUSSION, but there may be another explanation: The airport police say they smelled alcohol on his breath. King admits he had two drinks during his flight, but denies that he was drunk. --King is suing Patti because he believes she personally ORDERED the assault. --His lawyer says, quote, "Apparently, LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in. --"LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her bodyguards. They sprang into action . . . there can never be any justification for the savage battery of King. --"[LaBelle] was a full participant in the cruel attack. She ordered it, and never tried to stop it." --As a result of this incident, King was expelled from West Point. --King is suing Patti, three members of her entourage, an airport taxi dispatcher, and the airport itself. There's no word how much he's seeking in damages. --Neither Patti nor her people have commented on the lawsuit, but a police report was filed that claims there was an altercation between King and Patti's limo driver, in which King yelled at him and struck him.
Jimmy Page Performed with Donovan in London:

Legendary LED ZEPPELIN guitarist JIMMY PAGE made a surprise appearance onstage at a DONOVAN show in London last Friday. Well, it was supposed to be a surprise for the crowd . . . Donovan knew what was up. --Jimmy played his solo from the 1965 hit "Sunshine Superman" . . . and he also joined in during "Mellow Yellow". --Donovan said, quote, "In 1965, Jimmy had just left the Yardbirds and hadn't started on Zeppelin yet. So we hired him to do a session at Abbey Road . . . though he's known for his power guitar, Jimmy is a real folk aficionado." --And Jimmy agreed . . . quote, "A lot of my songs were written on the acoustic guitar. And so much of the first album of Led Zeppelin was acoustic, too." --The London Contemporary Orchestra was also backing up Donovan at the concert. (--Here's video of the "Sunshine Superman" collaboration. And here's a link to the original studio recording.) (--Here's a clip of Donovan and Jimmy playing "Mellow Yellow". Jimmy is standing with his back to the camera at the right side of the screen.)

Joe Jonas Has Released His First Solo Single:

JOE JONAS has released his first single without the rest of the JONAS BROTHERS. It's called "See No More", and it features CHRIS BROWN, who also co-wrote it. --The song hits iTunes next Monday . . . and Joe's debut album hits stores on September 6th. (--You can listen to "See No More", here.)

Check Out Coldplay's New Song "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall":

COLDPLAY released its new single, "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall", Friday. It's probably going to be on their next album, which doesn't have a title or release date yet. The single is currently available on iTunes and other digital retailers. (--Check out "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall", here.)

Linkin Park's New "Iridescent" Video for "Transformers 3":

LINKIN PARK has had a song featured in the first two "Transformers" movies, and the third one won't be any different. For the "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon" soundtrack, they remixed their song "Iridescent" from "A Thousand Suns". --The band just released a video with the new recording. (--You can find it, here.)

Richie Sambora Is Out of Rehab and Ready to Rejoin Bon Jovi's Tour:

Guitarist RICHIE SAMBORA is out of rehab . . . and he told TMZ that he's ready to rejoin Bon Jovi's tour, which is about to begin a string of dates in Europe. --The European tour begins Wednesday in Croatia, and Richie is planning on being there. Unfortunately, he missed the end of the North American leg of the tour . . . after going to rehab a little over a month ago. --We never heard anything official about Richie's reason for going to rehab. Anonymous sources said he went "for exhaustion and to regain his sobriety" after "falling off the wagon." --With Richie's history, that sounds about right . . . but we don't know for sure.

T-Pain Is Abandoning Auto-Tune . . . for Something Similar:

Here's something we thought we'd never hear: T-PAIN is done with Auto-Tune. Seriously . . . he's moving on. He says, quote, "I'm done with Auto-Tune. I vow right here, right now, to never use Auto-Tune again." --That SOUNDS like great news. But it isn't. As it turns out, T-Pain's style isn't changing that much. --That's because T-Pain is replacing Auto-Tune with something that sounds a lot like Auto-Tune. It's "a voice-altering software" that he created himself . . . simply called "T-Pain Effect." --It's unclear how different it'll be from Auto-Tune. T-Pain merely promised that his technology is, quote, "bigger and better."

Trace Adkins' House Burned to The Ground . . . But No One Was Hurt:

TRACE ADKINS' house in suburban Nashville burned to the ground Saturday afternoon. Although it was completely destroyed, fortunately, no one was injured. --Trace was in Alaska for a couple of tour dates and a fishing trip. His wife Rhonda was running errands when she got a call about the fire. She saw the smoke and immediately headed home --Trace's three daughters and a friend were actually IN the house with a nanny when they heard an explosion in the garage. The nanny checked it out and saw flames so she herded everyone out. --But they did NOT go running about in chaos, they actually followed an emergency plan the family had put into place. It was based on a safety seminar the local fire department gave at the kids' school about what to do in an emergency. --As for why the destruction was so overwhelming, a fire department spokesman blamed the attic. Once a fire gets there it spreads super fast . . . plus, it's one of the hardest areas for the studly fire crew to access. (--Trace's wife Rhonda and his daughter Brianna were interviewed by Nashville's WSMV-TV. Here's that video.)

Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Is MEGAN FOX no longer part of the "Transformers" franchise because she's uncomfortable being treated as a sex symbol? That's what SHIA LABEOUF thinks. (Full Story)

Remember on "American Idol" this past season when "Twilight" minx NIKKI REED put the moves on Rod Stewart sound-alike PAUL MCDONALD? Well, they're engaged. She says, quote, "He's the one." (Full Story)

JODIE FOSTER appears to have a new girlfriend. (Full Story)

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S love child was absent from his middle school graduation. Apparently, his mom is keeping him out of the public eye. (Full Story)

JOE MONTANA'S son Nathaniel, who's a QB for the University of Montana, got a DUI early Friday morning. (Full Story)

WILLIAM SHATNER gave the commencement speech at his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal. (Video)

MTV has announced that Season Four of "Jersey Shore" will begin on August 4th. Most of the season, if not all of it, will take place in Florence, Italy. There's also talk that filming on Season Five could begin as soon as the cast returns to the U.S. later this month. (Full Story)

CHERYL COLE may be coming back to judge the U.S. "X Factor" after all. Supposedly, her contract was a "pay or play" one . . . meaning that she gets her $1.5 million whether she does the show or not. Fox and the producers don't want to waste that money, so they've reportedly invited her back. (Full Story)

ADELE thought she could recover from laryngitis in time to resume her tour in San Francisco over the weekend . . . but it didn't happen. Instead, she's been forced to cancel the rest of her tour, which included four additional dates. (Full Story)

CORRECTION: Last Friday, we incorrectly listed one of RIHANNA'S "Man Down" lyrics as "Momma, I just shot a man dead . . . I never been so proud" instead of what she really sings: "I just shot a man down . . . in front of a big old crowd."


The First Person Ever Has Been "Functionally Cured" of HIV:

We're going to stop short of relaying this story and saying "AIDS is cured." But it sure as hell looks like we're getting close. --In Berlin, Germany, the first person ever has been, quote, "functionally cured" of HIV. So, what does that mean? --Back in 2007, Timothy Ray Brown was suffering from both leukemia and HIV. He received an experimental and risky bone marrow stem cell transplant. And it came from a man who was IMMUNE to HIV. --About 1% of all Caucasians are immune to HIV. It's believed that the immunity is passed down from people's ancestors who developed immunities to the PLAGUE or a disease like smallpox hundreds of years ago. --Over the next four years, as scientists monitored Brown, they were shocked to see that his HIV went away. He's not on medication, but the virus has stopped replicating, hasn't turned into AIDS, and isn't giving him any health problems. --Now, the downside. This potential cure could be a fluke. The bone marrow transplant is very risky and can be fatal. There's nowhere close to the infrastructure today to give these transplants to the 33.3 million people with HIV worldwide. --BUT. Even with all that, Dr. Jay Levy, the scientist who co-discovered HIV three decades ago, says that this shows people researching a cure aren't fighting an impossible battle . . . and a more widespread cure really could be on the horizon. (Yahoo News)

Americans Are Ditching Cereal Like Crazy . . . Here Are the Six Brands Taking It the Hardest:

Remember a decade ago when every single person in the country ate cereal for breakfast? Yeah, that's a distant memory now. --Americans just aren't that into cereal anymore. And it's not a low-carb thing . . . come on. We love carbs more than ever. It's just that for breakfast, we now prefer things like bagels, Egg McMuffins, pastries . . . stuff we can grab and eat on the run. --Cereal sales keep dropping like crazy . . . even in just the past 12 months cereal sales are down 2.55%. Here are the six brands that have taken it the hardest.

#6.) Corn Flakes. Sales are down 3.8% since 2007.

#5.) Cheerios. Sales are down 6.9% since 2007.

#4.) Raisin Bran. Sales are down 7.9% since 2007.

#3.) Rice Krispies. Sales are down 10.3% since 2007.

#2.) Corn Pops. Sales are down 12.8% since 2007.

#1.) Special K. Sales are down 15.9% since 2007.

(Daily Finance)

The Key To Being Rich By Middle Age Is . . . Doing What It Takes To Be Sorta Rich In Your 20s:

According to a new study, the key to being rich by middle age is . . . NOT spending your 20s just kinda hanging out, really getting to know yourself. --In the study, a company called Digitas found that, right now, the benchmark for being wealthy is to pull in $200,000-a-year by about age 35. --And they found the best way to hit that salary by that age is . . . to make a six-figure salary BEFORE you hit that age. -There's the obvious conclusion here that working in a high-paying job will lead to even more opportunities for higher-paying jobs . . . but Digitas says they've found something beyond that. --In today's market, you may have to start sprinting from the beginning in order to be able to stay at the front . . . because otherwise, it's close to impossible to catch up with all of the qualified and experienced people competing for the best jobs. (AOL Jobs)
Women with Body Piercings Report "Significantly Greater Frequency of Sexual Activity":

For years and years we've said there are two main signs a lady is a little on the loose side: TATTOOS and SMOKING. We now officially have a third entry on that list. --According to a wonderful study out of Texas Tech University, there's a statistically significant connection between a woman's promiscuity and . . . BODY PIERCINGS. --In the study, researchers found that women who had piercings anywhere besides their ears reported, quote, "substantively and significantly greater frequency of sexual activity" than women without body piercings. --The researchers say there was no connection between men with body piercings and their number of sexual partners. (Discover Magazine)

A Woman Was Hurt Having Sex in a Cemetery . . . When a Tombstone Fell on Her Leg:

Last week, a 39-year-old woman and a male friend went to a cemetery in Hamilton, New Jersey, to visit the grave of one of the woman's relatives. --And since nothing sets the mood like visiting a relative's grave, they started getting-it-on . . . or, as the police called it in their report, they started some, quote, "extracurricular activities." (--Student government?) --Anyway, as things got more passionate, a TOMBSTONE fell on the woman's leg. --She was hurt pretty badly, so they had to stop the extracurricular activities, call an AMBULANCE, and get her to the hospital. The police didn't give an update on her injuries. --The cemetery decided not to file criminal charges against the couple. (Times of Trenton)

A Hypnotist Fell and Knocked Himself Out During a Show . . . Leaving Three People Stuck in a Trance:

I've never been clear on whether hypnotists are for real . . . or if the people they're hypnotizing are just playing along. But if it's real . . . then these people are lucky they're not still walking around thinking they're chickens. --On Friday night in Portland, England, a hypnotist named David Days was performing a show at a theater. And near the end, as he brought three volunteers out of their trances, he tripped over an audience member's leg. --David fell down and knocked himself out . . . leaving the three volunteers stuck in a hypnotized state --Eventually, paramedics were able to resuscitate him and he was able to pull himself together and break the people out of their trances. His manager says the entire thing, quote, "damaged his ego." (Dorset Echo)

Man Pays Medical Bill With 2,500 Pennies

A Utah man has been cited on a charge of disorderly conduct after paying for a disputed medical bill with 2,500 pennies. Jason West went to Basin Clinic in Vernal on May 27th prepared to dispute an outstanding $25 bill. Police said that after asking staff members whether they accepted cash, West dumped 2,500 pennies on the counter and demanded that staff count them. Officials say the incident upset staff because pennies were strewn about the counter and floor, and West’s action served “no legitimate purpose.” Police later issued the 38-year-old West a citation for disorderly conduct.

School Seeing Double

The principal of an Ohio high school said this year’s graduating class of 282 students includes 10 sets of twins and one set of triplets. Principal John Tullio of Canfield High School in Canfield, Ohio, said the students, the largest group of multiples he can recall in a single graduating class, have all been in the Canfield school system since kindergarten and are scheduled to graduate June 12th. The multiples don’t end with the class of 2011 – the class of 2012 currently has three sets of twins enrolled in the school, while the class of 2013 has one set and the class of 2014 has eight sets of twins.

China Is Importing Millions of Chopsticks From . . . Georgia?

In the U.S., it feels like everything's imported from China . . . even our flags and Harley T-shirts. So this is some sweet irony. China is currently importing millions of CHOPSTICKS that are made in . . . Georgia. --There's a town in Georgia called Americus that has forests of both poplar and sweet gum trees . . . which have the ideal balance of hardness and softness for making perfect chopsticks. --A company there called Georgia Chopsticks makes SUCH a good product that the Chinese . . . along with Japanese and Koreans . . . are now importing MILLIONS of them every month. (Time)

A Man Accused of Breaking Into Women's Apartments to Rub Their Feet Says No, He Was Really There to Buy Drugs:

Between November of 2010 and last week, 29-year-old Luke Andre Pino of Ocala, Florida is accused of breaking into women's apartments to feed his fetish. --That fetish? RUBBING THEIR FEET. --Police have been getting calls for months about this guy breaking into apartments, pulling the comforter off of women, and then rubbing their feet until they wake up and scream. Then, he runs. --Finally, on May 31st, Luke was at an apartment complex in Ocala, had just rubbed a woman's feet . . . and was spotted by a security guard. That guard called the police. --When they stopped Luke, he told them they had it all wrong. He wasn't at the apartment complex to rub a woman's feet . . . he was there to BUY DRUGS. --Apparently, he figured that buying drugs would get him into less trouble than rubbing feet. --Regardless, the cops didn't buy it. He's now looking at charges including attempted residential burglary, residential burglary, and battery. (Ocala Star-Banner)

Parents Are Arrested For Leaving Their One-Year-Old Locked In a Hot Car . . . While They Were at a Strip Club:

Last week, 43-year-old Laura Diprimo and 28-year-old Thomas Lee of Louisville, Kentucky wanted to have a couple's night out . . . at a local strip club called Déjà Vu. Which sounds pretty badass to me. --BUT . . . they make a quick transition from "sexually liberated couple" to "horrible parents" with this detail: They decided not to get a babysitter, and brought their one-year-old daughter along. --And they left her in their black Chevy Impala in the parking lot while they went inside. --The police got a call about 15 minutes later from someone who saw the baby trapped in the car without the windows even cracked. The heat index at the time was 91 degrees. --Just as the police arrived, Diprimo ran out of the club, jumped in the car, and lowered the windows. Lee wasn't running so fast to leave the club . . . see, he had his ANKLE MONITOR on, and was supposed to be on house arrest. --The infant was SOAKED in sweat but is going to be ok. --Both Diprimo and Lee were charged with wanton endangerment. Lee could also be going back to jail for three years because he violated his probation. --According to the police, on the ride to jail, Lee was in the backseat of the police car . . . and complained about how hot it was. (FOX 41 - Louisville)

The Space Shuttle's Sonic Booms Wake Up a 19-Year-Old . . . Just In Time For Her To Spot Two Guys Breaking Into Her Father's Car:

This might be the first time ever that a space shuttle landing has helped FIGHT CRIME. --Last Wednesday, around 2:30 A.M., the space shuttle Endeavor made its final landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And in the landing process, the ship caused the standard two SONIC BOOMS. --Those booms are ridiculously loud and tend to shake people's homes, rattle the windows . . . and at 2:30 in the morning, wake some people up. --In Kissimmee, Florida, the booms woke up a 19-year-old who was sleeping. She didn't realize the noise was from the shuttle and went to her window to investigate the noise. --And when she looked out, she saw . . . two guys in her family's driveway breaking into her father's car. --She called the police. They came and arrested the two men, 18-year-old Justin Dinzey and 18-year-old Melvin Manning, both from St. Cloud, Florida. The cops also connected those two to five other car break-ins in the area that night. (Orlando Sentinel)

A Man Goes Through the Trouble of Carving a Giant Hole In the Wall of a Deli So He Can Steal . . . 12 Beers:

This amount of effort REALLY wasn't worth the payoff. Last Thursday, around 2:00 A.M., 45-year-old Rui J. Rua of Bridgeport, Connecticut carved a giant hole in the wall of a deli so he could get inside and steal . . . 12 beers. That's it. --A few minutes after he got away, the police tracked him down. They found him in his car with a large chisel, a hand saw, and half a beer in his hand. --He was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary, larceny, criminal mischief, and possession of burglary tools. (Connecticut Post)

In Illinois, a Woman Charged With Her Sixth DUI Shows Up to Court . . . Drunk:

This woman just MIGHT have a drinking problem. Last week, 54-year-old Sandra Uher of Elgin, Illinois was scheduled for a court hearing for her SIXTH DUI arrest. And she showed up for court . . . DRUNK. --This was her sixth DUI since 1997, and she was on bail and had a suspended license at the time. She blew a .30 on the breathalyzer which is four times the legal limit. --She could get up to 30 years in prison. Her hearing was rescheduled for tomorrow, and she was sent to a jail hospital to be monitored until then. (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)

Not-So-Stupid News, Part One: I am SO not making light of this situation, so I'll just state the facts: A motorcycle cop in Southern California was injured in a traffic accident near a funeral procession for a motorcycle cop, who was killed in a traffic accident while accompanying another cop's funeral procession. (Full Story)

Not-So-Stupid News, Part Two: A Little Leaguer in Arizona died last Wednesday after turning to bunt, and taking an inside pitch right in the chest . . . which hit him directly over his heart and stopped it from beating. (Full Story)

Last year when al Qaeda supporters launched an English language website targeted at Muslims in the West . . . British government spies hacked it and replaced their bomb-making instructions with recipes for The Best Cupcakes in America, by ELLEN DEGENERES. (Full Story)

For some reason, a dad in Utah decided to embarrass his 10th grade son by waving goodbye to his bus each morning wearing a different costume. And he just finished doing it for an entire school year. He even created a blog with all 170 costumes, including a wedding dress, a guy on the crapper, and Batgirl. (Full Story)

A fourth grader in Texas was ticketed last week on the way home from school . . . for not wearing his seat belt properly. His 19-year-old aunt was driving, but she WASN'T ticketed. The problem is, you have to be 15 years old to 'commit' the offense, and the kid was only ten. (Full Story)


#1.) A French Woman Put a Hidden Camera in Her Cleavage to See How Many Guys Looked at Her Ample Chest:

There was a viral ad from Levi's a few months ago where a model sewed a hidden camera into the back of her jeans to see how many guys stared at her butt. --But if you need more proof that men have no control over their eyes, some French girl did the same thing . . . but put the camera in her cleavage. (--Search YouTube for "The Boob Cam." All the commentary is in French, but it couldn't matter less.)

#2.) Three Bouncy Houses Blew Away in the Wind . . . While Kids Were Inside:

Thirteen people were hospitalized, including an undisclosed number of children, when three bouncy houses got picked up and blown around by the wind at a kids' soccer event in Long Island on Saturday. --Several kids were inside the houses when it happened. You can see footage on of one house getting picked 15 feet up off the ground, and blown 40 or 50 feet across a field. Luckily, all of the injuries were minor. (--Search for "13 Injured When Bounce Houses Go Airborne in New York." Note that the video doesn't have any sound.)

#3.) A Fighter Jet Did a Fly-By That Was So Low, People Actually Ducked to Get Out of the Way:

This might be fake, but there's a video online of a fighter jet in Argentina doing an INSANELY low fly-by, right over a group of people. It's only a few feet off the ground when it goes by, and the people actually DUCK to get out of the way. (--Search for "Craziest Low Pass Flyby." It goes by at :19, and a second plane does a more reasonable fly-by at :31.)
Four Vegetables That Are Healthier Than You Think:

I'm sure you're already aware, but June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month. (???) And since you already know that spinach and broccoli are good for you, here's a list of four other vegetables that are healthier than you might think.

#1.) Potatoes. People think they're fattening, which is true if you eat way too many. But one medium-sized baked potato only has 161 calories, plus 4 grams of fiber. --So as long as you only eat one with dinner . . . and don't cover it with stuff like butter, sour cream, or bacon bits . . . potatoes are fine. Especially if you eat the skin, which is where most of the fiber is. --Potatoes also have chemicals that help lower your blood pressure, and one potato has 20% of your daily dose of potassium.

#2.) Iceberg Lettuce. You've probably heard it has almost no nutrients. But the truth is, it's just not as good for you as DARK lettuce is. --So if it's the only type of lettuce you can stomach, keep eating it, because ANY lettuce is good for you.

#3.) Celery. It's a good diet food because one stalk only has 10 calories. But it also lowers your cancer risk, and has compounds that relax the walls of your arteries, which lowers your blood pressure.

#4.) Corn. High fructose corn syrup is basically corn with all the nutrients and fiber processed out. But an EAR of corn has 15% of the fiber you need in a day, and 25% of your recommended dose of thiamin, which helps convert carbs into energy. (


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