Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Kate Gosselin is Tired of Dating Little Boys:

KATE GOSSELIN is looking for a more mature man. She says, quote, "I want somebody who is older, at least in their 40s. I can't be bothered with these little boys." --Kate is 36 and her ex, JON GOSSELIN, is 34. And yeah, she did just take a dig on him. But she says things ARE getting better between them . . . quote, "It's just naturally gotten more peaceful, which is good. --"He's working now, which is great. He has somewhere else to put his attention, which is good." --She adds, quote, "The kids enjoy spending time with him. They wish he would see them more, but as long as they come home happy . . . and more or less they do . . . I'm okay with that, so that's good." --Back to what Kate's looking for in a man, she says, quote, "It would be really great to find somebody in real life who can handle the stress around here and who can love my kids the way I do. --"I want someone who is strong and smart and driven. I think those are the best qualities. --"I'm at the point where I'm like, 'Okay, there's got to be somebody out there who would work.' If it's meant to be, it'll be. And if not, then whatever. I'm happy as I am."

Kim Kardashian Says She's All Natural . . . Although She's Tried Botox Once:

KIM KARDASHIAN continues to claim that what you see when you look at her is what God gave her. She says, quote, "I'm half Armenian, so the butt really comes from my dad's side of the family. It's a little bigger, so you do have to work out more. --"I do squats and lunges. I try to do whatever I can to work out. It's all real." --She adds, quote, "I'm proud of my booty and it's all mine. I have not had cosmetic surgery. I tried Botox once, but I have not had my nose done or anything to my butt. No injections! I'm very happy with the way I am." --As for what her fiancé KRIS HUMPHRIES likes about her body, Kim says, quote, "I think he likes my lips and, obviously, my butt."

Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel Took a Motorcycle Ride Last Week . . . But They Both Say They're "Just Friends":

Photographs emerged yesterday of newly-single JESSICA BIEL on the back of a Harley being driven by GERARD BUTLER. (--Here are a few of the pics.) (Just Jared) --These two became friendly earlier this year while filming a movie called "Playing the Field" in Louisiana. But officially, they're not playing the field with each other. Both of their reps say they're, quote, "just friends."

Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz Keep Being Spotted Together:

ALEX RODRIGUEZ and CAMERON DIAZ supposedly broke up last week. But it's starting to look like those anonymous sources steered us wrong again. Because they've been hanging around pretty regularly over the past few days. --Thursday night, they were at a Los Angeles bar called Goal watching the NBA Finals together. Then Sunday night after the "MTV Movie Awards" they hit an after-party . . . and witnesses say they left holding hands. --Yesterday they were in Miami Beach together . . . and we have photographic evidence of that. (--Check it out here.) (TMZ)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Still Supporting His Mistress "Financially and Emotionally":

It's a no-brainer that ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is still supporting mistress Mildred "Patty" Baena and their child financially. --But Arnold could have been an unfeeling A-hole and cut her off emotionally. And after what he did to his wife, it wouldn't be that shocking. --But sources say he still has Patty's back . . . quote, "Arnold has been very supportive of Mildred throughout all of this. --"The scandal going public has really taken a toll on Mildred, so Arnold encourages her not to listen to what people are saying about her and just tells her to stay strong." (--I'm sure Arnold's emotional generosity just warms MARIA SHRIVER'S heart.) --In related news, Arnold was photographed driving in Venice Beach on Sunday . . . on a street called MILDRED AVENUE. (--Check out some pics here.) (Radar Online)

Sean Kingston Has Is Breathing On His Own, and Walked for the First Time Yesterday:

"Beautiful Girls" singer SEAN KINGSTON has been upgraded from critical to serious condition . . . and he's now breathing without the help of machinery. --Yesterday, he took his first steps since he slammed his jet ski into a bridge in Miami Beach the day before Memorial Day. --His rep says, quote, "Sean thanks his friends, family and fans for their outpouring of prayers and well wishes." --Sean suffered a broken jaw and wrist, and sucked a good deal of water into his lungs. A female passenger suffered only minor injuries. He's still looking at a good five weeks of recovery. (--Sean is 21.) --Meanwhile, Jonathan Rivera . . . an off-duty Coast Guard member who happened to be in the area at the time of the crash and helped save Sean's life . . . got a call from Sean's mother this past Friday. --She told Rivera she couldn't thank him enough . . . and said Sean was going to personally thank him when he was well enough to do so.

USC Has Been Stripped of Its 2004 National Championship Over the Reggie Bush Situation:

The USC Trojans are no longer college football's 2004 national champions. The Bowl Championship Series stripped them of their title yesterday over the REGGIE BUSH situation. --As you probably know, an NCAA investigation determined that Bush and his family received improper benefits while he played for the Trojans. --The NCAA had already stripped UCLA of all its wins in which Reggie participated . . . including the 2005 Orange Bowl in which USC crushed Oklahoma for the title, by a score of 55 to 19. --But the BCS was waiting to strip them because USC had appealed the NCAA's ruling. After the NCAA rejected the appeal, the BCS went ahead and took the Trojans' title. --Last year, Bush forfeited his 2005 Heisman Trophy . . . because he knew the NCAA was going to take it anyway. (--USC had already returned its own copy of the Heisman.) --USC's other punishments include a two-year ban from postseason play and a loss of 30 scholarships over three seasons.

Former New York Giant Plaxico Burress Is a Free Man:

Former New York Giants receiver PLAXICO BURRESS was released from prison Monday, after serving two years for accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub. --He told reporters outside the prison in Oneida, New York, quote, "I just want to thank God for bringing me through one of the most trying times in my life. --"It's a beautiful day. It's a beautiful day to be reunited with my family. I want to go home and spend some quality time with them." --He added, quote, "I'd like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement. I'd like to thank all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support. --"As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I'll be ready." --That's a little optimistic on Plaxico's part. There's no word yet if any teams are interested in picking him up. He turns 34 in August. --Burress was one of the heroes of the 2008 Super Bowl, when he caught a touchdown pass from ELI MANNING that sealed the Giants' victory over the then-undefeated New England Patriots. --The shooting incident took place the following November. -But Plaxico's agent says he's learned a lot from all of this, and he WILL return to the NFL . . . quote, "He's going to be a top free-agent. There are going to be multiple teams interested in signing him. --"I expect him to get a good contract. I expect him to absolutely be playing." --Burress didn't get in much trouble behind bars, but he wasn't always a model prisoner. --He violated the rules three times. First, he lied to a guard about having permission to use the phone. Then he gave another inmate a pair of black and silver sneakers that were considered contraband. --He was also caught with too many cassette tapes and an unauthorized extra pillow in his cell. --Speaking of Plaxico's cell, TMZ says it was FILTHY. One of the guards even called it a HELL HOLE. --A report states, quote, "Inmate Burress's room was filthy. I found opened bags of food on the floor, under the bed and under dirty clothes, books and paperwork, mail scattered throughout the room. Burress was told to clean his room."

Will 14-Year-Old Hailee Steinfeld Do Nudity and a Sex Scene In Her Next Movie?

14-year-old HAILEE STEINFELD is already an Oscar nominee thanks to her EXCELLENT work in "True Grit". --But she must not be content to just be a nominee, because she's taken the well-worn road to an Oscar win with her next role, by choosing one that requires NUDITY and a SEX SCENE. It's a new version of "Romeo and Juliet". --One of the not-always-reliable British tabloids printed a SUPPOSED excerpt from the script. Here's what it says . . . quote, "[Romeo and Juliet] start undressing each other . . . slowly, gently and carefully until they are naked. --"They are eternal figures in a Raphael painting. Romeo then carries her to bed, kissing her again and again as they explore uncharted territory. Then they make love, transported into each other's soul." --Now, before you get too upset about this, if there actually IS nudity the chances are very unlikely that it wouldn't actually be Hailee doing it. It would probably be like when 15-year-old DOMINIQUE SWAIN starred in the 1997 version of "Lolita". A legal, adult body double was used for her sex scene. --Also, there's no guarantee there's even actual nudity in the movie. Sure, the script says they get naked . . . but it doesn't say what they're going to SHOW. --Even if they take their clothes off, the scene could be filmed in such a way that we'll never see any R-rated body parts. --Also, the script says "they make love." That's pretty vague. Just like with the actual nudity, the scene could be filmed in a "tasteful" manner that's more artful than raunchy or prurient. --The end result is that this scene . . . which sounds pretty bad on paper . . . could end up being NO BIG DEAL AT ALL. --At the moment, it just sounds like the British tabloids overreacting and sensationalizing things once again.
Snoop Dogg Is Shopping a Hip-Hop Version of "American Idol":

SNOOP DOGG is developing a TV show. And out of ALL the limitless possibilities . . . including reality shows . . . he's doing the one thing that we really don't need any more of at this point: A SINGING COMPETITION SHOW. --It's being described as a "hip-hop version of 'American Idol'." --The "New York Post" says Snoop is currently pitching the show to networks, and has received interest from MTV and E!. Supposedly, he's been turned down by NBC, Bravo and the female-oriented Oxygen network. (???) --Snoop plans on being a judge . . . alongside JAY-Z and, quote, "an old-school legend." (--But who's going to be the snarky, tell-it-like-is British judge?) --For the record, Jay-Z's people say he isn't involved. Rapper WIZ KHALIFA is interested though. (--Of course he is. At 23, he's still a relative newcomer. The difference between Wiz and Jay-Z is over 50 MILLION in album sales.) (--That's comparable to wanting MADONNA, but getting interest from KESHA.) (--I realize the rap competition angle hasn't really been done on its own . . . at least not as a large-scale production. And it's a little fresher than just another show with young wannabes murdering WHITNEY HOUSTON songs.) (--But at some point, these talent competitions need to be consolidated . . . or America's tolerance for these shows is going to reach a level somewhere in the neighborhood of car alarms and nails on a chalkboard.)

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Have Signed Their Record Deals:

SCOTTY MCCREERY and LAUREN ALAINA . . . the top two from this year's "American Idol" . . . have officially been signed to major label deals. --Their deals are through Mercury Nashville . . . which is obvious, since they're both country artists. --Scotty says, quote, "It's gonna be a good ol' country album. I like to have that old flavor in my music, but with a contemporary feel, so we'll see where that leads me. I think it'll be a good little mix."

Cheryl Cole Is Not Returning to "X Factor" . . . So Just Stop It:

First, CHERYL COLE was one of the judges for the upcoming U.S. "X Factor" . . . then she was let go . . . then there was talk that she might be back onboard. --Well, she isn't. --Fox ended the speculation yesterday by releasing a statement announcing that NICOLE SCHERZINGER will replace Cheryl at the judges' table . . . and that STEVE JONES will be the sole host. So that's that . . . let's all move on.

It's Official: Katie Couric Will Do a Daytime Talk Show on ABC:

It's such a sad day. The KATIE COURIC saga is officially over. --It seems like just yesterday we were excitedly speculating about how Katie might leave the "CBS Evening News" to do some talk show with her old "Today" show co-host MATT LAUER. But now, the dust has officially settled. --Katie has confirmed that she's developing a syndicated daytime talk show for ABC. She'll also contribute to ABC News . . . although it's too early to say what her duties will be, and how frequently she'll be popping up on TV. --There also aren't many details on the talk show. --We know it'll be an hour-long . . . and it'll air sometime in the afternoon, possibly at 3:00 or 4:00 P.M. There's no word on the format of the show, but Katie previously said she envisioned it to be built around, quote, "smart conversation." --By the way, Matt Lauer will NOT be involved . . . but there IS talk that Katie is interested in having a "sidekick" on the show. No potential candidates have been mentioned yet. --The show, which is still untitled, is expected to premiere in September of 2012. (--The terms of Katie's contract have not been released. There are reports that she'll get anywhere from $5 million to $20 million a year. She made $15 million a year to anchor the "CBS Evening News".)

Josh Duhamel Is Returning to "All My Children" . . . But Just for a Cameo:

JOSH DUHAMEL got his start on "All My Children" . . . and now he's returning for a brief cameo before the show ends its run this September. Josh played a con artist named Leo du Pres from '99 to 2002. --Naturally, Josh will be back in that role for his cameo, which will probably air in August. There isn't a specific airdate yet. --Leo du Pres was thought to have died while trying to save a woman in a waterfall accident. His body was never found . . . so they won't necessarily have to bring him back to life. (--A "waterfall accident"? That's actually pretty creative.) (--If you're interested in watching his death, it happens at the 1:20 mark in this video. If you begin at the 30-second mark, you'll get a little more context.)

Watch the First Six Minutes of the Fourth Season of "True Blood":

The fourth season of HBO's "True Blood" doesn't premiere until June 26th, but an extended preview has hit the Internet. It's the first SIX minutes of the episode. --You can watch it on the show's YouTube channel. (--Here's the direct link.)

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

--"The NBA Finals" [Game 4] . . . 9:00 to 11:30 P.M. Eastern on ABC. (--The Dallas Mavericks host the Miami Heat. "Jimmy Kimmel Game Night" will air before the finals on the East Coast . . . and after the game on the West Coast.)

--"Inside the Actors Studio" [Special Presentation] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--The cast of "Modern Family" is interviewed.)

--"America's Got Talent" [Audition Show] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"The Voice" [Live] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Cee Lo, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and Adam Levine do another performance together, like they did for the premiere. Then their top 4 singers compete and the viewers get to vote.)

--"White Collar" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on USA.

--"19 Kids & Counting" [5th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Covert Affairs" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA.

--"Sports Show With Norm Macdonald" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central.


--"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.

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 "Green Lantern" Game Is Competing Against the PS3 Exclusive "Infamous 2", plus the Latest In the "Red Faction" and "Operation Flashpoint" Franchises:

--"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) . . . exclusive to PS3. The first game was about a bike messenger caught in an explosion that gave him electricity-based super powers. In this one, you need to confront the Beast and prevent him from destroying the East Coast. After enhancing your powers, you'll also gain mastery over either fire or ice . . . depending on if you opt to be a goody two shoes or a merciless killer. (Trailer) --If you haven't played the first game, you might have a chance to get it for FREE. As compensation for that major service outage, the Playstation Network is offering some older titles as free downloads. You can check out the list here.)

--"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)

--"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. Your fire team is sent to fight insurgents in the fictional country of Tajikistan, but then you also have to fight China's People's Liberation Army. Up to four players can play cooperatively but there's no competitive online multiplayer. (Trailer)

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

Lady Gaga Is Learning Sign Language to Reach Out to Her Deaf Fans:

Here's a deep question for you: Is it MORE or LESS understandable to be a fan of LADY GAGA if you can't hear her music? --Apparently, Lady Gaga also has a rabid following of deaf "little monsters" . . . and she's currently learning SIGN LANGUAGE so she can communicate with them. --A "source" tells Britain's "Sun" tabloid, quote, "Lady Gaga has already campaigned for gay rights . . . and has spoken out about political issues like immigration. Now she wants to make sure her deaf fans feel included too. --"Once she's mastered sign language she'll be able to respond to the videos [from deaf fans] that are online, and include signing in future live tours."

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Album Has Been Banned in Lebanon:

The British press says government officials in Lebanon have banned LADY GAGA'S "Born This Way" album because they feel its religious undertones are in "bad taste." --The country previously blocked her "Judas" single from playing on local radio. --Still, rebellious "little monsters" in Lebanon are able to download "Born This Way" digitally on Amazon.com, through its new "cloud" service. (--Malaysia previously banned the single "Born This Way" from radio over its gay-friendly lyrics.)
Rock Rankings - #1 - Bruce Dickinson Says Iron Maiden Is "Better" Than Metallica:

IRON MAIDEN singer BRUCE DICKINSON believes Maiden is "better" than METALLICA. --He says, quote, "You've just got to have a sense of fearlessness. I got into trouble for saying that we're better than Metallica . . . and, it's true! --"They might be bigger than us and they might sell more tickets than us and they might get more gold-plated middle-class bourgeoisie turning up to their shows . . . but they're not Maiden. I did say it's a bit of a wind-up. --"I thought, if I'm going to turn into an [A-hole], I might as well, you know, go for it!"

Rock Rankings - #2 - Tom Morello Says Jane's Addiction Was More Influential Than Nirvana:

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist TOM MORELLO believes JANE'S ADDICTION was more influential than NIRVANA. --He said, quote, "Nirvana often gets credit for being the first 'alternative' band to break through . . . [as] the band that changed music and led rock out of the hair metal wilderness of the '80s." -"[But] that's just not true. It was Jane's Addiction: Inspiring, intelligent, furiously rocking and artistically deep." --Tom made these comments at an event honoring Jane's Addiction in Hollywood. Jane's Addiction was present . . . and they approved of Tom's message. --Singer PERRY FARRELL said, quote, "That speech made me sound so damn good, I don't need to look in the mirror ever again. Just play that over and over every morning."

'70s Singer Andrew Gold Has Died:

'70s singer ANDREW GOLD died of a heart attack last Friday. He was 59 years old. --Andrew's singles include: "Do Wah Diddy" in 1975, "Lonely Boy" in 1977 and "Never Let Her Slip Away" in 1978. Around that time, he also recorded "Thank You for Being a Friend", which later became the "Golden Girls" theme song. --Also, in 1975 he collaborated with ART GARFUNKEL on his single "I Only Have Eyes For You". Art sang it, but Andrew played all the instruments.

Lauryn Hill Is Taking Time Off to Have Her Sixth Child:

Just when she was getting a REAL comeback off the ground, LAURYN HILL has announced that she's pregnant, and will be "taking time off to give birth." It's unclear when the break will begin, or when she's due. --Lauryn is 36 years old, and this will be her SIXTH child with her boyfriend Rohan Marley, who's one of BOB MARLEY'S sons. They have three boys and two girls . . . the oldest, a son named Zion, is 13. --Lauryn joked about all her pregnancies during a show in Los Angeles in April . . . saying, quote, "I keep having these children. I don't know if I'm the most fertile woman in America. I've got five big children, [can] you believe that?" --Actually, the Marley family may be the most fertile people in America. Rohan has two additional kids from a previous relationship, his brother ZIGGY MARLEY has six kids and their father Bob had nine biological kids . . . that we know of, at least.

Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

You may not have noticed this while watching the "MTV Movie Awards", but JUSTIN BIEBER showed up with pierced ears. (Full Story)

The Supreme Court has refused to hear WESLEY SNIPES' appeal of his tax fraud case . . . which means his three-year prison sentence remains intact. Snipes began serving his time this past December. (Full Story)

Yahoo! has put together a list of 10 Celebrities Who Need to Stop Being Famous in 2011. It includes the Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, The Situation, Justin Bieber and Charlie Sheen. (Full Story)

Why would DENNIS RODMAN show up to a public event wearing a pink camisole? Because he's Dennis Rodman, I guess. (Full Story)

Some cryptic videos that appear to be promos for the next Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises", have popped up on YouTube. But it's not clear yet if they're legit. (Full Story)

CHARLIE SHEEN can't win an Emmy for his final season of "Two and a Half Men" . . . because he didn't submit his name for consideration. (Full Story)

The red leather jacket MICHAEL JACKSON wore in his infamous "Thriller" video will be auctioned off in a few weeks . . . and it's expected to go for between $200,000 and $400,000. (Full Story)

PRIMUS will put out its first album in 12 years on September 13th. It's titled "Green Naugahyde". According to a press release, quote, "It's a cerebral and complex album that is teeming with the band's signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness." (Full Story)

The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' next album "I'm with You" will come out on August 30th. The first single, "The Adventures of Raindance Maggie", will be released on July 18th. (Full Story)

COLDPLAY unveiled four new songs at a German music festival. The songs were reportedly called "Hurts Like Heaven", "Major Minus", "Us Against the World", and "Cartoon Hearts". They also played their new single "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall", which they released on their website last weekend. (Videos)

AMC is developing a reality show that will follow the staff of KEVIN SMITH'S comic book shop in New Jersey. It's unclear if Kevin will make any cameos on the show. (Full Story)

"Big Bang Theory" star JIM PARSONS will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon's "iCarly". He'll be playing "a psychiatric patient who thinks that he hails from the future." There's no airdate yet. (Full Story)


Congressman Anthony Weiner Admitted it Was His Junk in That Twitter Photo . . . But He's Not Resigning:

The 'Weinergate' scandal has come full circle: Last week, a photo was posted on the Twitter feed of ANTHONY WEINER, a Democratic congressman from New York. It was a close-up of a man's somewhat engorged junk, covered up by boxer briefs. --Weiner said his Twitter had been hacked, and that it was just someone trying to make a 'wiener' joke. But then he did a bunch of interviews where he didn't deny that it was HIS package. He said he couldn't say quote, "with certitude". --Well . . . we can now say with certitude that it was his junk. -Yesterday, Weiner admitted that the photo was of him. And that he's had, quote, "inappropriate" exchanges with six different women before and after he got married. Quote, "This was me doing a dumb thing . . . and lying about it." --He apologized for lying, and said he's never had physical contact with any of the woman he exchanged photos with . . . he never cheated on his wife . . . and that he's not going to resign. He also said he and his wife are staying together. --Weiner explained that he accidentally posted the junk photo that started everything when he was trying to send a direct message over Twitter, and accidentally made it public. --He admitted it all after a few other photos leaked yesterday. Some showed his face, and the most scandalous one shows him shirtless with a shaved chest. --It was taken in a living room, and in the background you can see two photos: One of Weiner with his wife, and another of him with . . . PRESIDENT CLINTON. (Yahoo News / Gawker)

Check Out Hollywood's Best Tweets About 'Weinergate':

Since Congressman ANTHONY WEINER'S photo scandal started on Twitter, it's only appropriate that he's getting ripped in various celebrity Tweets. And "The Hollywood Reporter" has the 10 best Weinergate tweets so far, including . . .

--"STEVE MARTIN IS REALLY OILED AND BUFF. OMG, my Twitter account was just hacked." - Steve Martin.

--"Weiner-gate is teaching me a few things. If a pic posted of my weener on web looks big: I posted it, if its small, my account was hacked." - David Spade.

--"Just my luck! On the same day I find out it's bad to tweet dirty pictures, FedEx shows up w/ all that penis make-up I ordered!" - Andy Richter.

(--The full list is here.)

56% of Americans Have Lost Sleep Over Their Personal Finance Situation . . . And 13% Say It's Affected Their Sex Life:

I can see people occasionally losing sleep over their financial situation. That's always going to happen. But when people start losing their desire to GET-IT-ON because they're so worried about money? Then things have gone too far. --According to a new poll by "Newsweek" and the Daily Beast, Americans are angry about EVERYTHING. Especially money. And we're losing sleep AND our sex drives over it.
-56% of Americans say they've lost sleep over their personal finance situation. -13% say that their finances have affected their sex lives. About two-thirds of those say they're having a LOWER SEX DRIVE at least some of the time. --Overall, 52% are nervous about their personal finances . . . 48% are anxious . . . 44% are upset . . . and 30% are legitimately ANGRY. --70% of Americans think the government is not solving our economic problems, versus 18% who think they are. --81% think the economy is not delivering the jobs we need. --65% are angry at large corporations that are posting record profits right now. --89% are upset about gas prices. --No one has faith in PRESIDENT OBAMA and the Democrats, OR in the Republicans. The majority say Obama has no plan to balance the budget and the Republicans are just putting blame on him rather than creating their own proposals. (The Daily Beast)

20% of Women Will Tan Topless At Some Point This Summer?

This seems REALLY high but we're certainly not going to fight it. --According to a new British survey . . . but one we hope applies over here too . . . about 20% of women, or one in five, will lay out in the sun TOPLESS this summer in an effort to get rid of tan lines. --The age group most likely to do it? Women 35 to 44 years old. (TruthDive)

Two Out of Five People Say Father's Day Doesn't Get the Attention It Deserves . . . But That's Still Not Motivating Them to Spend Over $100 on a Gift:

Good news and bad news here for dads. The good news: Just under two out of five people say that Father's Day doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. --The bad news? Even though they think it's underrated, they're not taking it upon themselves to spend big money to change things. --50% of people say they plan to spend between $25 and $99 on a Father's Day gift this year. Only 22% plan to spend more than $100. --And 45% are planning to look for a gift on a website like Groupon or dig up some other kind of discount or bargain. --41% say that the number one thing their dad wants is a new car. 15% said a boat. 0% of the people surveyed said they'd be buying the car or boat though . . . everyone's focused on more, quote, "realistic" gifts. --13% of people don't plan to give their dad anything on Father's Day. --Father's Day is a week from Sunday. (Sacramento Bee / PR Newswire)
A Man Names His Boat the 'Titanic Two' . . . And It Promptly Sinks:

I'm not sure what would possess someone to name their boat after the Titanic. That's kind of like naming your daughter after Lindsay Lohan. But this guy did it. And he quickly learned his lesson. --Mark Wilkinson of Birmingham, England, bought a small cruising boat and named it the Titanic Two. And during one of his first trips out on the water . . . it promptly SANK. --Apparently it sprung a major leak and just went down. Mark had to abandon ship and was able to swim to shore. The boat was eventually pulled out of the water for repairs. (Dorset Echo) (--If you've never seen the trailer for the 2009 B-movie "Titanic Two" you should check it out here. It's . . . interesting.)

The Rent-A-Grandma Service Could Be Coming Your Way Soon:

In Los Angeles, there's a service called RENT-A-GRANDMA. It staffs women over 50 in child care, housekeeping, cooking, and other domestic jobs. And it's been extraordinarily successful. --As the founder, Todd Pliss, says, quote, "Women in their 50s don't text or tweet while they're watching your kids." --So now they've opened Rent-A-Grandma up to franchising nationwide . . . and inquiries are pouring in. It already looks like they've reached a deal in Texas, with more states coming. (Christian Science Monitor)

Here Are Six Quotes That Always Get Credited to the Bible . . . But Aren't Actually In It:

CNN put together this list of quotes that always seem to be attributed to the Bible but aren't actually in there. But, ya know, feel free to keep on quoting them as Biblical wisdom. No one's REALLY going to fact check you.

#1.) "God helps those who help themselves." This one actually comes from BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.

#2.) "This, too, shall pass." The Bible occasionally says "and it came to pass" and over time this got confused with the proverb "This, too, shall pass."

#3.) "Spare the rod, spoil the child." There's a line in the Bible that goes, "The one who withholds the rod is one who hates his son" . . . so this quote is a version of that.

#4.) "Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden apple." Satan wasn't in the Garden of Eden, which predates Satan by at least 500 years.

#5.) "God works in mysterious ways." This was by a poet in England named William Cowper.

#6.) "Cleanliness is next to godliness." This was said by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.


One in Ten People Believe In the Five-Second Rule For Food:

If you're not familiar with the FIVE-SECOND RULE for food, it says that when you drop a piece of food, as long as you pick it up within five seconds it's completely safe to eat. --It's a nice idea . . . and a really good way to justify eating French fries and ice cream scoops off the ground. But unfortunately it's not true. Bacteria can get on food the second it hits the ground. --That being said . . . a new survey found that about 10% of people ignore that truth and genuinely believe the five-second rule is legitimate. --The survey also found that about one-third of people believe that "Use by" and "Sell by" dates are only printed on groceries as a trick to get you to throw them out and spend more money. --In reality, while there can be a little flexibility when it comes to those dates . . . generally, they really ARE letting you know when food will spoil. (Donside Piper)


A Drunk Driver Punches Himself In the Face and Throws His Wallet In the River To Pretend He's Been Assaulted:

The guy in this story has the last name Vagnini. Let's all try to be mature about that and not make any sexual double entendres. --Over the weekend, 22-year-old Daniel Vagnini of Farmington, Connecticut was sloppy drunk while he was driving. A cop saw him blow past a stop sign and went to pull him over. --But Vagnini wasn't about to go down like that. He pulled out, right off the road, and drove into the woods to avoid the cop. Then he decided to fake an assault. So he PUNCHED HIMSELF IN THE FACE. --He also threw his wallet in a river, getting it all wet, to sell the story. --When the cop got to him, Vagnini told him he'd been pounded in an assault before he got into his car. THAT'S why he was driving all crazy. --The cop quickly saw through the story and Vagnini admitted he'd done it to himself. --He was charged with reckless driving, evading responsibility, and driving under the influence. (Hartford Courant)

A Man Brings a Gun to a Child's Birthday Party . . . Because His Kids Didn't Get Any Cake or Ice Cream:

It's getting to the point where NOWHERE is safe anymore. --On Saturday, 48-year-old Joseph Hayes went to a child's birthday party that his kids had been invited to in south Memphis, Tennessee. --And Joseph showed up . . . with his GUN. The reason? He was mad at the parents who were hosting the party because, quote, "Ya'll didn't save my kids no damn ice cream and cake." --He showed those parents his small black handgun and said, quote, "I ain't scared to go to jail, just take care of my kids." --And he did go to jail. The parents called the cops and he was arrested for aggravated assault. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

A Thief In Florida Breaks Into a Car and Steals a Bag . . . That's Full of Anti-Crime Pamphlets:

This thief REALLY needs to look at this as a sign from God that it's time to stop committing crimes. Because signals aren't much clearer than this. --On Saturday, an unidentified thief broke into a car in Palm Bay, Florida and stole a carry-on luggage bag from inside. -Turns out, the suitcase contained . . . anti-crime pamphlets and literature. --The car belongs to a woman named Erica Clydesdale, who works for a program called Reality Check. Reality Check is a nonprofit that works to keep at-risk teenagers and young adults out of jail. --The materials in the suitcase included articles about people in prison, letters from prisoners, and stories about people in prison. --The bag also had a projector and some audio speakers inside, so police are trying to track down the thief. (Florida Today)

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

And now . . . you're killing the environment with your Internet usage: Every web search adds 1 to 10 grams of carbon to the atmosphere. And if the Internet was a country, it would be the 5th largest consumer of power, ahead of India and Germany. (Full Story)

We probably didn't need science to tell us this, but according to a new study . . . you can't live on the minimum wage. You need at least $12.24 an hour to support yourself, and $24.49 to support a family. (Full Story)

A woman in Ohio threw both her one-year-old and her four-year-old off the roof to save them from a house fire. But neighbors caught them, then found a ladder to rescue her. (Full Story)


#1.) Check Out What Hula-Hooping Looks Like . . . From the Hula-Hoop's Point of View:

Someone attached a camera to the inside of a hula-hoop, to see what hula-hooping looks like from the hula-hoop's point of view. But if you're prone to motion sickness, be warned. (--Search for "Go Pro on Hula Hoop.")

#2.) Way Too Many Movies Have Featured the Line, "You Just Don't Get It, Do You?"

Maybe you've never noticed, but WAY too many movies use the line, "You just don't get it, do you?" Or some version of it. And someone made an eight-minute montage of over 100 of them. (--Search for "You Just Don't Get It, Do You." And see a list of the movies here.) (--WARNING: This video includes several F-bombs and plenty of other profanity.)

#3.) A 22-Year-Old Who Grew Up on the Streets Wowed the Judges on "Korea's Got Talent":

At this point, every country has a "Got Talent" show, and every version has their own 'Susan Boyle'-type story. 22-year-old Sung-Bong Choi tried out for "Korea's Got Talent", and here's his . . . --He was sent to an orphanage at age three, ran away at age five because he was being beaten, and lived on the streets for 10 years by selling gum and energy drinks. --He said he wasn't a very good singer, but it was the first thing he enjoyed after he got off the streets. Then he killed it with a song called "Nella Fantasia". (--Search for "Sung-Bong Choi Korea's Got Talent." He starts singing at 2:58.)

If Your Commute is More Than 45 Minutes, You're More Likely to Get Divorced:

Here's another reason sitting in traffic stinks: According to a new study in Sweden, if your commute takes longer than 45 minutes, you're 40% more likely to get divorced. --Researchers looked at data from over 2 million people between 1995 and 2005. And during that time, the average trip to the office increased 17% from 23 minutes to 27 minutes. --According to the newest U.S. census, the average commute HERE is about the same: 25 minutes. Here are three more job-related factors that predict how likely you are to get divorced:

#1.) The Guy Makes Less Money Than His Wife. According to a study at Western Washington University, couples are 38% more likely to get divorced if the wife makes more than 60% of the total income.

#2.) The Woman Doesn't Work at All. Couples stay together longer if both people work, and it's because of two main reasons: --First, they have more money, which makes paying the bills less stressful. But they also tend to feel more fulfilled because they both have careers instead of just their personal lives.

#3.) You're a Bartender, a Massage Therapist, or a Choreographer. According to a study at Radford University in Virginia, those three jobs have the highest divorce rates due to long hours and erratic schedules. --Careers with the LOWEST divorce rates include optometrists, nuclear engineers, and financial planners. (MensHealth.com)


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