Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Dianna Agron Wants You to Know that Wearing a T-Shirt That Says "Likes Girls" While Singing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Onstage Does NOT Make You Gay:

During a stop on the "Glee Live" tour on Saturday night, DIANNA AGRON sang LADY GAGA'S "Born This Way" with the rest of the cast. Oh, and she was wearing a T-shirt that says "Likes Girls" at the time. --CHRIS COLFER'S gay character Kurt always wears a shirt that says "Likes Boys", so some people PANICKED at Dianna's unexpected shirt choice. But don't read anything into it. Dianna is NOT a lady who loves the ladies. (--Dianna plays head cheerleader Quinn on the show, but her character isn't feasting on fondue for two like the other cheerleaders, Santana and Brittany.) --In an online post she said, quote, "Yesterday, during our second show, instead of wearing my usual shirt during 'Born This Way' I decided to wear one that said 'Likes Girls.' It should actually have read, 'Loves Girls' because I do . . . No, I am not a lesbian, yet if I were, I hope that the people in my life could embrace it whole-heartedly." --"I wanted to do something to show my respect and love for the GLBT community. Support that people could actually see. Which is why I decided to change my shirt for the show." (--Here are pics of the t-shirts. You can read her entire post here.) (After Ellen) (Glee Wikia)

Demi Lovato Has Split Up with Wilmer Valderrama . . . And Now We're Hearing That Her Mom Recently Went To Rehab:

You may not have known this, because it was very much under-the-radar, but DEMI LOVATO had been dating WILMER VALDERRAMA. He was with her before and during her recent treatment for "emotional and physical issues." --But he's not with her anymore. They broke up recently. A source says, quote, "The age difference meant they were in completely different places in their lives." (--That's not surprising. He's 31 . . . she's 18.) --Meanwhile . . . we're also just finding out that Demi's mother, Dianna Hart de la Garza, recently checked into rehab herself. There's no word what she was treated for, but she has already completed the program and is back with her family. --A source says, quote, "It has been a tough year for Demi, and her mom has been a constant source of support. But fame has also taken its toll on her family. --"Now [that] Demi is strong again, her mom could take some time to deal with her own issues." (--Dianna is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.)

Did "People" Magazine Fork Over $1 Million for Exclusive Coverage of Kim Kardashian's Wedding?

"People" magazine has reportedly paid $1 million for exclusive coverage of KIM KARDASHIAN'S engagement and wedding to New Jersey Nets star KRIS HUMPHRIES. There's no word yet on the wedding date. (--Meanwhile, we're hearing that Kim will be filing her lawsuit against Patriots safety BRET LOCKETT any minute now.)

Lady Gaga is the Best-Paid Celebrity Under 30:

Forbes.com has put together a list of the Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30. And the top dog this year is LADY GAGA. She earned $90 MILLION over the past year . . . and she's only 25. --She was followed by JUSTIN BIEBER and LEBRON JAMES. --Here's the list . . . which includes everyone's ages and what they've made over the past year . . .
#1.) Lady Gaga, 25, $90 million

#2.) Justin Bieber, 17, $53 million

#3.) LeBron James, 26, $48 million, Zero rings (--No offense, Miami.) (???)

#4.) Roger Federer, 29, $47 million

#5.) Taylor Swift, 21, $45 million

#6.) Katy Perry, 26, $44 million

#7.) Soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo, 26, $38 million

#8.) Beyoncé, 29, $35 million

#9.) Another soccer player, Lionel Messi, 23, $32 million

#10.) Rafael Nadal, 25, $31 million

#11.) Rihanna, 23, $29 million

#12.) Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, 25, $28 million

#13.) LeBron's Heat teammate Dwyane Wade, 29, $26 million

#14.) Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, 27, $25 million

#15.) Maria Sharapova, 24, $24 million

#16.) Miley Cyrus, 18, $15 million

#17.) (tie) Kristen Stewart, 21, $20 million
#17.) (tie) Robert Pattinson, 25, $20 million

#19.) (tie) Carrie Underwood, 28, $15 million
#19.) (tie) Lil Wayne, 28, $15 million

(--You can check out the list, in annoying slideshow format, here.)

Former "CSI" Star Gary Dourdan Was Arrested for Possession of Ecstasy:

Former "CSI" star GARY DOURDAN was arrested yesterday for possession of ecstasy. --Dourdan plowed into a couple parked cars yesterday morning at about 3:30 A.M. Police discovered him walking away from the scene, and found, quote, "a few pills" on him. --He was booked at about 7:30 A.M., and released on $10,000 bail at noon. (--Dourdan was also busted for possession of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy back in 2008, not long after negotiations on his "CSI" contract fell through. His character, Warrick Brown, was killed off that year.)

Katt Williams Posts a Nick Nolte-Style Mugshot:

Comedian KATT WILLIAMS got arrested Saturday on a charge of intimidating a witness. Apparently, some guy was doing some yard work with a tractor at a home where Katt was staying. --Some women at the home started throwing rocks and dirt clods at him. The guy called his wife to pick him up, but Katt blocked them from leaving. It was a bizarre arrest, but the mugshot was even MORE bizarre. (--It looks a lot like the classic NICK NOLTE mugshot. Check them both out here.) (TMZ)

Tracy Morgan Has Apologized Again . . . And Now He Says He's For Gay Marriage . . . and He'd Be Okay Having a Gay Son:

TRACY MORGAN apologized again yesterday for the homophobic tirade he launched earlier this month during a standup show in Nashville, Tennessee. And he's going above and beyond to make amends to the gay community. --In an interview with Russell Simmons on the website GlobalGrind.com, Tracy said, quote, "Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. --"My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself. I don't care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone. --"I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying." --Then he gave a shout-out to the gay marriage movement, saying, quote, "I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female. Let me know where the rally's at Russ. I'm there!" --Oh, and it turns out Tracy actually WOULDN'T stab his son to death if he were gay. He said, quote, "The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight. --"I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society." --Meanwhile, Tracy has agreed to meet this week with gay youth who've been shunned by their own families for being gay . . . as well as people who've lost family members to anti-gay violence. --He tells E! Online, quote, "I know how bad bullying can hurt. I was bullied when I was a kid. I'm sorry for what I said. I didn't mean it. I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone. --"My family knew what it was like to feel different. My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987." (--Tracy's dad was NOT gay, for the record.) --Tracy has also accepted an offer from GLAAD to go back to Nashville next week and deliver a public apology . . . and he's going to film a PSA for GLAAD's upcoming "Amplify Your Voice" campaign.

Clarence Clemons Was Showing Signs of Improvement Yesterday:

CLARENCE CLEMONS was showing signs of improvement yesterday . . . the day after he suffered a serious stroke. --A so-called "source" said, quote, "Yesterday, it did not look good at all. Today . . . miracles are happening. His vital signs are improving. He's responsive. His eyes are welling up when we're talking to him. --"He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he's squeezing with his left hand. This is the best news we've heard since [the stroke] happened . . . it's nothing short of miraculous. The next five days will still be critical. But he's a fighter." --There's been no word yet from Clarence's "boss", BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . but LADY GAGA Tweeted her well-wishes yesterday. --Clarence played on a few songs on Gaga's new album, "Born This Way" . . . including her new single "Edge of Glory". He also performed with her on the season finale of "American Idol" last month. --She said, quote, "Little monsters, my very close friend +musician on 'The Edge of Glory', Clarence Clemons is very sick. Can we all make some get well videos?"

Selena Gomez Says She Was Malnourished and Exhausted:

SELENA GOMEZ performed and spoke with fans at a mall in Santa Monica yesterday. It was a gig she had to reschedule from Friday, after one of her TWO hospitalizations. But she said she's doing much better. --She told her fans, quote, "I want to thank you so much for coming. If you guys came on Friday, I'm so sorry that I couldn't be here . . . I love you guys very much." --As for what was wrong with her, she said, quote, "I was just very malnourished, so I was low on iron and exhausted." (--Here's video.)

(NC-17) Dallas Mavericks Guard DeShawn Stevenson Dissed LeBron James With an Awesome T-Shirt:

After the Dallas Mavericks put away the Miami Heat Sunday night, Mavericks guard DESHAWN STEVENSON delivered an AWESOME message to LEBRON JAMES via T-shirt. --He put on a shirt that said, quote, "Hey LeBron! How's My Dirk Taste." (--Check out a picture of it here.) (TMZ) --"Dirk" is, of course, Mavs forward DIRK NOWITZKI, who was the MVP of the series. It also sounds like another D-word that would make the phrase OBSCENE. I doubt I have to spell that out for you. --Ultimately, it's also probably a take-off on SHAQUILLE O'NEAL'S classic freestyle rap, in which he uttered the now-infamous line, "Kobe, tell me how my ass tastes." (--We know you wanna hear that again. Check it out here. WARNING!!! This clip contains bleeped profanity . . . not to mention the phrase, "Tell me how my ass tastes.") --Here's one last indignity for LeBron . . . As you know, the Mavs won the series in Miami. After the game they partied at a club called LIV . . . which is inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. --That's where LeBron's mom got ARRESTED a few months ago for attacking a valet.

Lindsay Lohan Threw a Party on Her Roof Sunday:

LINDSAY LOHAN can't leave her house. But she CAN have visitors. And on Sunday, she did. --She had about 10 friends over for a rooftop barbecue . . . which was capped off by a viewing of the season premiere of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians". --Lindsay has been under house arrest for about three weeks now. Her confinement is expected to last another two and a half weeks.
(People, E! Online, Radar Online)

Kim Cattrall Became a Sex Symbol to Pay the Rent:

KIM CATTRALL didn't become a sex symbol because she wanted to. She did it to pay the rent. --It all started with the 1982 comedy "Porky's", in which she played Honeywell . . . the high school cheerleading coach who's known to the male faculty as LASSIE . . . because she howls like a dog during sex. --Kim says, quote, "For basically four or five days work in 'Porky's' I made enough money to live over an eight month period. I needed the money, I was broke and I made that choice for survival. I didn't want to go back and be a waitress again. --"I started not to be seen as this girl with a theater background. It made me this objectified sexy girl next door and 'Mannequin' and 'Police Academy' were a natural graduation from 'Porky's' and I didn't take it seriously. --"I couldn't get in the door to meet the directors that Michelle Pfeiffer was." --Kim gives props to the makers of "Sex and the City" for finally taking her seriously as an actress.

Charlie Sheen Is "Deep" in Negotiations for a New Sitcom:

"Two and a Half Men" is moving on without CHARLIE SHEEN . . . and now it seems that Charlie is moving on from "Two and a Half Men". --So-called "sources connected to Charlie" tell TMZ that his people are in "deep negotiations" to land a new sitcom for Charlie. Here's all we know for now: --It's, quote, "being written specifically around Charlie" . . . it'll air on a broadcast network . . . it could premiere as early as January . . . and "Two and a Half Men" boss Chuck Lorre is not involved. Obviously.

Denise Richards Is Disappointed Charlie Sheen Won't Be on "Two and a Half Men" Anymore . . . But She Thinks Ashton Kutcher Will Be Great:

CHARLIE SHEEN'S ex-wife DENISE RICHARDS is apparently a "Two and a Half Men" fan. She says she's disappointed Charlie won't be back on the show, but she thinks ASHTON KUTCHER was a good choice to replace him. --Denise explains, quote, "I think Ashton is going to be great . . . I am sad to see Charlie not on the show. Nobody can replace Charlie. The show was written for him and he was so brilliant at it, but I think Ashton will make it his own."

An NBC Affiliate in Utah Is Refusing to Air NBC's New "Playboy Club" Drama:

An NBC affiliate in Utah is refusing to air the network's new drama "The Playboy Club", which will premiere this fall. It's going to be a "Mad Men"-type show that's set in a 1960s era Playboy Club in Chicago. It'll air Mondays at 10:00 P.M. --The affiliate, KSL-TV out of Salt Lake City, offered up this explanation: Quote, "The Playboy brand is known internationally. Everyone is clear what it stands for. --"We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand. Our intent is not to tell people what they can and cannot watch, but rather to share programming with our audience in accordance with our mission. --The station is owned by a company that's controlled by the Mormon Church. --This isn't the first NBC show KSL has blocked. They also refused to air the U.S. version of "Coupling" eight years ago, as well as the 2000 animated show "God, the Devil and Bob". But both shows didn't last long anyway. --Whenever an affiliate makes a stand like this, there's always the possibility that others could follow suit . . . but NBC doesn't seem too concerned. --The network says, quote, "While we are disappointed with KSL's decision, we are confident that the show will find another home in the Salt Lake City market." --By the way, NBC previously described the content of "The Playboy Club" as, quote, "tame compared to what you'd see on 'Jersey Shore'."

(NC-17) An "America's Got Talent" Promo Featured an Accidental Shout-Out to a Pornographic Website:

A promo for "America's Got Talent" included an accidental shout-out to a porno website called YouPorn.com last Wednesday. (???) Here's how that happened . . . --The promo was demonstrating how to submit a video to the show . . . and when it showed someone typing "YouTube" into the address bar, the browser history menu dropped down . . . and "YouPorn" was one of the pages on it. --That means that some pervert had apparently visited YouPorn on that computer . . . and had not cleared its browser history before taping the promo. --As strange as that is, it's even stranger that someone caught it, because it's so fleeting that you have to pause the promo in order to see it. (--Here's a video. Note: All you see is the address . . . there's no actual porno.)

More Than 21 Million People Watched Dallas Win the NBA Finals:

Game Six of the NBA Finals . . . in which the Dallas Mavericks finished off the Miami Heat . . . averaged 21.1 million viewers on ABC Sunday night. --During the same time, about 6.9 million non-NBA fans were watching the Tony Awards on CBS. That was basically the same audience as last year's ceremony.

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

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

--"Pretty Little Liars" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC Family.

--"Spouse vs. House" [1st Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"The Voice" [Live Quarter-Finals - Part 2] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Last week it was Blake's team against Christina's . . . and this week it's Team Cee-Lo vs. Team Adam, as their top 4 singers compete against each other.)

--"Memphis Beat" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TNT.

--"The Nine Lives of Chloe King" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC Family. (--A teenage girl discovers she has special powers . . . and that her race is being hunted by humans.)

--"Braxton Family Values" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on WE.

--"Hawthorne" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TNT. (--Marc Anthony joins the cast full time as Detective Nick Renata.)

--"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" [6th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E.

--"Jon Benjamin Has A Van" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Comedian Jon Benjamin travels around the country reporting on "mockumentary-style" human interest stories.)


The "Transformers" Game Hits Stores Today . . . Along with Two New Kinect Games and the "Alice" and "Duke Nukem" Sequels:

--"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (T) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, DS and 3DS. This game takes place in between the events of the second and third "Transformers" movies. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions include a multiplayer mode where you can customize your transformer with unique weapon load-outs before you compete online. eanwhile the Wii version features something called Stealth Force mode. That gives you a third hybrid form that has the weapons and firepower of your robot form merged with the agility and maneuverability of your vehicular form. (Trailer)

--"Alice: Madness Returns" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3 and PC. This is a violent sequel to a PC game that came out 11 years ago. You play a grown up Alice, who's been locked in an asylum while trying to suppress her memories of Wonderland. When she eventually returns to Wonderland, she has to fight for her life because it's been distorted into a death trap by her deteriorating sanity. (Trailer)

--"Duke Nukem Forever" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. Duke Nukem is back and volatile as ever. Aliens invade Earth for the fourth title, but you won't want to let your kids anywhere near this one since it's littered with animated breasts. Duke also exposes himself while he urinates and has the disgusting ability to throw human feces. n the plus side though, it is littered with animated breasts . . . and you can kick huge aliens in their family jewels. The multiplayer action features shrink rays and freeze guns, and the single-player mini-games include pinball, pool, slot machines, shooting hoops, and lifting weights. (Trailer) (--Here's an UNCENSORED gameplay trailer.)

--"Child of Eden" (E10+) . . . an Xbox360 Kinect game where you enter the "archive of all human memories" to save it from a virus. Use your hands to shoot objects that produce musical effects, and clap your hands to change weapons. (Trailer)

--"Wipeout In the Zone" (E10+) . . . an Xbox Kinect game, based on the ABC show "Wipeout". It's for up to four players and features over 50 obstacles. (Trailer)
ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)


--"Red Riding Hood" - Amanda Seyfried stars in this werewolf version of the classic fairytale. Gary Oldman is a werewolf hunter who stirs up suspicion by telling the village that a wolf is living among them. And when he figures out that the wolf has some kind of connection to Amanda, he decides to sacrifice her as bait.

--"Battle: Los Angeles" - Aaron Eckhart leads a group of Marines in a battle to retake L.A. after the rest of the world has fallen to alien invaders. Ne-Yo and Michelle Rodriguez are also in it.

--"Hall Pass" - Owen Wilson and "SNL's" Jason Sudeikis foolishly take the bait when their wives release them from their marriage vows for one week. Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate play their wives. It's directed by the Farrelly Brothers.

--"Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son" - In Martin Lawrence's third Big Momma movie, his son witnesses a murder so the two of them put on matching fat suits and go into hiding at an all girls school. His son's played by Brandon T. Jackson, who was rapper Alpa Chino in "Tropic Thunder" and the half-goat dude in "Percy Jackson".

--"Kill the Irishman" - Ray Stevenson plays an Irish mobster who started a turf war with the Italian mafia back in 1976. It's based on a true story, that included 36 bombings as the mob tried to take this guy out. The movie also stars Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent's" Vincent D'Onofrio.

TV Series On DVD:

--"The Glades: Season 1" . . . a four-disc DVD set of A&E's cop show about a Chicago detective who takes a job in southern Florida. Season 2 just premiered last week.

--"Haven: The Complete First Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set of SyFy's show about an FBI agent investigating a small town in Maine that's plagued by the supernatural.


--"Dream With Me", Jackie Evancho . . . the 11-year-old girl with the operatic voice who came in second on "America's Got Talent". (--It includes her performing "When You Wish Upon a Star", a cover of the Sarah McLachlan song "Angel", and the "Phantom of the Opera" song "All I Ask of You".) (--Plus, Susan Boyle duets with her on a song called "A Mother's Prayer", and Barbra Streisand sings with Jackie on the "West Sid Story" song "Somewhere".)

--"All Things Bright and Beautiful", Owl City

The Lead Singer of The Coasters Has Passed Away:

CARL GARDNER . . . the founder and lead singer of the old-school R&B group THE COASTERS . . . passed away on Sunday of congestive heart failure. He was 83. --Carl also had Alzheimer's Disease . . . and was the last surviving member of the Coasters line-up that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. (--If you don't count the two EVERLY BROTHERS, The Coasters were the first GROUP inducted into the Rock Hall.) --The Coasters had a string of singles in the late '50s and early '60s, including "Charlie Brown", "Yakety Yak", "Young Blood", "Along Came Jones", "Searchin'", and "Poison Ivy". --Carl led the group for about 50 years before ducking into semi-retirement when his son CARL JR. took over the lead role in 2005. Carl Jr. has toured with the Coasters since 1998. --In his later years, Carl expressed bitterness that the Coasters never received the money they were due. He claimed they sold 137 million albums and were owed close to $50 million. --He said, quote, "At the time [the Rock Hall] inducted me, I thought it was kind of nice, but all of a sudden I said to myself, I didn't get paid, so what the hell do I care? --"They owe me $50 million. Where's my money? We had 12 - 14 gold records. Where's the money?"

Lady Gaga Sleeps with Her Make-Up On . . . So She's "Ready for the Men in [Her] Dreams":

If you want to know what LADY GAGA looks like when she's sleeping . . . (???) . . . it's probably not much different than how she looks when she's awake. --Lady Gaga explains, quote, "I've got to wash my face at some point. But I do get laughed at quite a bit by all my friends because they say I go to sleep a lot with my make-up on. But I say that I have to be ready for the men in my dreams." (--Ridiculous costumes and circus make-up may be fun to wear when you're going out, but Lady Gaga shouldn't be afraid to have her "dream" men see her in the buff, without make-up. After all, she was BORN THAT WAY.)
Soulja Boy Doesn't Want Haters on His Facebook Page:

Almost 5.4 million people "Like" SOULJA BOY on Facebook, but not all of them actually LIKE him. And Soulja Boy wants the haters to get off his page. --Here's the situation: Soulja Boy can't understand why so many people are dissing him on his Facebook page . . . since you have to click his "like" button in order to post anything on his wall. --In a Facebook rant, he wrote, quote, "Who the [eff] 'likes' an artist on Facebook who they don't LIKE. DUMB A**. If you don't like ME or my music, UNLIKE the page and [leave it to] the people who do enjoy their artist giving updates out. --"[Stuff is] getting out of hand now. GTFOH you stalkers . . . how can you say 'I hate you' blah blah blah when you are on my page . . . that doesn't make any sense! (--GTFOH stands for "Get the eff out of here!") --"Haters are so [effing] stupid! 'I don't like Soulja Boy so I'm gonna like his Facebook and wait till he post a video to be the 1st one to comment' . . . [N-word] get the [eff] out of here. Go get some [rhymes with 'wussy'] and stop being a lame." (--CAREFUL) --In another rant, Soulja went after WHITEY. He said, quote, "[rhymes with 'wussy'] ass white boys make me sick man. LET A BLACK MAN SHINE AND DO SOMETHING POSITIVE!!! --D@MN YALL ALREADY GOT MONEY AND LIVING RIGHT STOP HOLDING US BLACK PEOPLE DOWN TRYING TO DO SOMETHING POSITIVE WITH THEIR LIVES! YALL BEEN [EFFING] WITH US SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. (--Both rants have since been taken down.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

OLIVIA WILDE posted a picture of herself in bed with . . . HER DOG. (Photo)

RIHANNA came pretty close to showing off her goods in a black, knitted top. (Full Story)

The "National Enquirer" says PRINCE WILLIAM and KATE MIDDLETON got into their first big fight as a Royal Couple . . . because meeting OPRAH isn't on the agenda when they come to Los Angeles. (Full Story)

All these years, GENE SIMMONS gave the impression that SHANNON TWEED pretty much let him nail anyone he wanted. But maybe she wasn't so permissive after all. The two of them were interviewed yesterday on the "Today" show, and she made it seem like she's FED UP with the relationship. (Full Story)

"Octomom" NADYA SULEMAN has signed up for a three-round fight with the Celebrity Boxing Federation. It'll take place June 29th in New Jersey. There's no word yet on her opponent. (Full Story)

COREY FELDMAN and the TEMPTATIONS will reportedly perform at a private memorial service for JEFF CONAWAY at a Los Angeles church on June 21st. This one is being organized by Conaway's on-and-off girlfriend, Vikki Lizzi. Jeff's family HATED her, so there's no doubt none of them are involved. (Full Story)

Contrary to earlier reports, Deadline.com says JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT is not joining the cast of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". (Full Story)

Jessica Simpson will be a "mentor to aspiring designers" on an upcoming NBC reality show called "Fashion Star". Elle McPherson will host. There's no word when it might premiere. (Full Story)

The rumors were true: JAKE PAVELKA will have to watch his ex VIENNA GIRARDI canoodling with her new boyfriend KASEY KAHL on the next season of the "Bachelor Pad". ABC confirmed the cast yesterday. (--You can browse through all the names by scrolling down at this link.)

CANDACE CAMERON recently visited the San Francisco house that was featured on the intro of "Full House" . . . and she took a picture. She Tweeted, quote, "It's the first time I've been here since we shot the opening credits." Candace is 35 years old now. (Full Story)

YES will release their first album in a decade on July 12th. It's called "Fly From Here", and the first single is called "We Can Fly". (Audio) (--Former Yes tribute band singer Benoit David has replaced Jon Anderson, who split from the band in 2008.)

The FOO FIGHTERS' new tour rider pokes some fun at ridiculous riders. One whole section is presented in the form of a "coloring book and activity pages" . . . complete with drawings, games and puzzles. (Full Story)


Here Are the Fifteen TV Dads People Want as Their Father:

Just in time for Father's Day, the people at Harris Interactive surveyed more than 2,000 American adults and asked them which TV dads they would have wanted as THEIR dad growing up. --And the winner in a landslide was . . . BILL COSBY as Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". It's gotta be the sweaters. He was number one for both men and women, and across all age groups, all races, and all political affiliations. --This is the second time that Harris has run this survey. The first time was in 2009 and the result was the exact same: Two years ago we still envied Theo and Rudy.

--Here's the full top 15:

#1.) Cliff Huxtable, "The Cosby Show"

#2.) Ward Cleaver from "Leave it to Beaver"

#3.) Jim Anderson from "Father Knows Best"

#4.) Howard Cunningham from "Happy Days"

#5.) Andy Taylor from "The Andy Griffith Show"

#6.) Mike Brady from "The Brady Bunch"

#7.) Ozzie Nelson from "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"

#8.) Charles Ingalls from "Little House on the Prairie"

#9.) Tim Taylor from "Home Improvement"

#10.) Ben Cartwright from "Bonanza"

#11.) Danny Tanner from "Full House"

#12.) Peter Griffin from "Family Guy"

#13.) Steve Douglas from "My Three Sons"

#14.) Dan Conner from "Roseanne"

#15.) Archie Bunker from "All in the Family"

--Peter Griffin and Dan Conner are new additions this year. --They bumped out Homer Simpson from "The Simpsons" and Al Bundy from "Married with Children", who tied for 14th place in 2009. (Harris Interactive)

Only One in Five Women Dislike the Way They Look In a Swimsuit:

Don't believe the hype . . . most women really DON'T hate their bodies, and most of them AREN'T afraid to go to the beach this summer. --In a new survey by "ShopSmart" magazine, only 18% of women . . . or less than one in five . . . say they DISLIKE the way they look in a swimsuit. --One out of three women LIKE the way they look in a swimsuit, and about two out of five are neutral. --All that being said . . . 65% say that bathing suit shopping is TOUGH, and finding one that flatters their body is a challenge. About one-third of women buy a new suit each year. --42% of women say the hardest thing to find in a suit is enough support up top . . . 31% have trouble finding one with enough coverage up top . . . and 30% have the most trouble finding one that properly accentuates their sweet buttocks. --The survey also found that 50% of women buy swimsuits at department stores . . . 61% shop for them alone . . . and the average amount they spend on one is $47. (PR Newswire)

The Average Age When People Let Themselves Go is . . . 41:

A new survey has figured out the average age when people FINALLY give up on their lifelong quest to have abs, and realize it's time to enjoy hanging out on the couch eating ice cream. --According to the survey, the average age when people, quote, "let themselves go" is . . . 41. --Around age 41, people start eating more . . . and their metabolism has slowed down to the point where they REALLY can't get away with it. People also exercise less, so they start to put on weight. (Daily Mail)

70% of Men Say It's Easier to Take Care of Their Cars Than Themselves:

Yeah . . . this isn't very surprising. Because on a basic level, messing around with cars is cool. Getting colonoscopies isn't. --In a new survey, 70% of men ages 45 to 65 say it's easier for them to take care of their cars than their personal health. --And 40% say that if they think something's wrong with their car and something's wrong with their body, they're more likely to try to get the car problem taken care of first. (PR Newswire)

Your Dog Can Read Your Mind?

Just because your dog uses his tongue as toilet paper doesn't mean he's not smart. In fact . . . according to a new study, his brain is more powerful than you ever realized. --The University of Florida found that dogs actually have an innate ability to READ OUR MINDS. Or, at least they're so finely tuned in to human emotions, it's as if they know what we're thinking. --In the study, the researchers let dogs choose whether to beg for food from a person who planned on paying attention to them, or someone who planned on ignoring them. -The dogs were able to sense and predict what the people were thinking . . . and would generally gravitate toward the person who planned on paying attention to them. (Time)

New Orleans Leads a New List of America's Dirtiest Cities:

"Travel + Leisure" magazine just put out a list of the top 20 dirtiest cities in America. And by "dirty," they mean actual dirt, air pollution, and litter . . . not "dirty" like skanky and morally questionable. --Although either way, the number one city was obviously going to be New Orleans. --And in fact, New Orleans IS number one on this list because of the sheer volume of litter on the street . . . some of which is people's fault, some of which was caused by Katrina. --The rest of the top 10 is: Philadelphia . . . Los Angeles . . . Memphis . . . New York City . . . Baltimore . . . Las Vegas . . . Miami . . . Atlanta . . . and Houston. --Numbers 11 through 20 are: San Juan, Puerto Rico . . . San Francisco . . . Dallas/Fort Worth . . . Boston . . . Washington, D.C. . . . San Antonio . . . Orlando . . . Chicago . . . Kansas City, Missouri . . . and Anchorage, Alaska. (Travel + Leisure)

Which 12 Fruits and Vegetables Contain the Most Pesticides?

I usually try to avoid reading lists like this about pesticides . . . mostly because it's hard enough to motivate myself to eat celery and lettuce WITHOUT thinking that it's been covered in poison. But for the sake of the job I'll read this one. Dammit. --The Environmental Working Group released its annual list of the fruits and vegetables that have the highest average level of pesticide residues. --And while none of these will kill you instantly, if you eat enough pesticides it could possibly lead to illness or other health problems. --Here are the 12 fruits and vegetables that contained the most average pesticides in the study: Apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, and collard greens. --They also released a list of the 15 cleanest average fruits and vegetables. --In order, they are: Onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplants, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, and mushrooms. (Yahoo)

Picture of the Day: The "Miami Herald" Accidentally Runs an Ad Congratulating the Miami Heat on Winning the NBA Championship:

On Sunday night, the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship by defeating the Miami Heat four games to two in their best-of-seven series. --Apparently, no one at Miami's biggest newspaper, the "Miami Herald", noticed. --Yesterday morning, just hours after the Heat lost, the "Herald" ran an almost-full-page Macy's ad congratulating the Heat on winning the championship and offering merchandise celebrating the trophy. --A few hours later, they issued a correction and apologized. (--Check out a picture of the page of the newspaper with the ad here.)

Made-Up, Media-Hyped Trend of the Day #1: "Bronies" . . . Adult Men Who Like Watching "My Little Pony":

Remember last year's trend "icing", where a "bro" would surprise another "bro" by handing him a Smirnoff Ice? And the receiving "bro" had to get down on a knee and chug it? I still shudder at the memories . . . and the use of the word "bro." --Well . . . supposedly there's a new "bro" trend. And it makes icing look downright intelligent. It's the "bronie" trend . . . guys who ironically obsess over the cartoon show "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic". --That's an animated show for girls on the obscure cable channel The Hub. But now 20- and 30-something guys have latched onto it. --They make websites about it. They make fan videos. They sing its praises on message boards. They buy McDonald's Happy Meals and demand the My Little Pony toy inside. --And even though all of this is done ironically, the "bronies" demand sincerity. --Right now, "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" is on summer hiatus . . . the first season is done and only reruns are airing. --A guy named Shaun . . . who asked that his last name not be released . . . runs the most popular bronie site, called Equestria Daily. And he says, quote, "I expected everything to die down a bit, but the fans are more ravenous than ever." (Wired)
Made-Up, Media-Hyped Trend of the Day #2: "Cone-ing" . . . Ordering an Ice Cream Cone, Then Eating It Upside-Down:

To me, this seems like a huge waste of ice cream. But no one ever said made-up, media-hyped trends were rooted in rational thought. --"Cone-ing" is the latest 'trend' sweeping . . . uh . . . so far, I guess just the media. --Cone-ing is simple. You order an ice cream cone. Then instead of eating it by holding the cone, you hold the ice cream and eat it upside-down. Your hand gets covered in ice cream. Maybe you get some attention from strangers. The end. --An Australian comedian named Alki Stevens is claiming to be the founder of cone-ing. --He runs the official website and has an instructional video up on YouTube to help if you can't figure out how to hold an ice cream cone upside-down on your own. Basically it just shows him going through drive-thrus grabbing cones upside-down. (--You can watch the video here. WARNING: There's an S-word at :48.) (--And it freaks out my American sensibilities because he's driving on the right side of the car, and all of the McDonald's drive-thrus there are set up to serve the right side. It's like looking into a strange, not-so-funny mirror.) (Gawker)

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

Some random new study results: Women in their 40s and 50s have a worse body image than young women. More than 7% have anorexia, and 1% have bulimia . . . only .9% of 18-to-25 year olds do. Also, one fifth of the readers of "Vogue" magazine are over age 50 . . . but the magazine has had only one woman over age 40 on their cover in the last year: Halle Berry. (Full Story)

Half of U.S. families wouldn't be able to come up with $2,000 in 30 days in an emergency. (Full Story)

A Michigan tour bus company has had their operations suspended, because they were caught for the second time in a year allowing passengers to ride in the luggage compartment underneath. (Full Story)

Wanna see a guy in Seattle hang from a hot air balloon 11,000 feet up . . . by his skin? (Full Story)


#1.) Brooke Shields Screwed Up Twice During the Opening of Sunday's Tony Awards:

If you're like most people and missed the Tony Awards Sunday night, there's only one clip you need to see: BROOKE SHIELDS is joining the cast of "The Addams Family" on Broadway later this month, and she screwed up her part during the opening song. --Host NEIL PATRICK HARRIS talked to her in the audience, then Brooke was supposed to stand up and sing a few lines. But she started too late, and forgot the lyrics. So she started over again . . . and screwed up the lyrics a SECOND time. --In the end, she had to grab a piece of paper and READ the lyrics, which were about Anthony Weiner's crotch shot. (--Search YouTube for "Neil Patrick Harris's 2011 Tony Awards Opening Number." Brooke Shields shows up at 3:10.)

#2.) And Now . . . Hitler Rants About LeBron James and the Heat Choking in the NBA Finals:

A few years ago, people on YouTube started doctoring the scene from the 2004 movie "Downfall" . . . where Adolf Hitler goes nuts . . . by adding new subtitles so it looks like he's ranting about other things. --There's one where he rants about the mortgage crisis, one about Osama bin Laden being killed, and hundreds more. And the NEWEST one is about LEBRON JAMES and the Miami Heat losing to the Mavericks in the NBA Finals. (--Search YouTube for "Hitler Finds Out LeBron and the Heat Choked.")
#3.) A Crane Tipped Over and Crashed Through a House While It Was Lifting a Fiberglass Pool Into the Backyard:

A construction crew was installing a fiberglass swimming pool in a backyard outside Minneapolis, and they had to use a crane to lift it over the house. But apparently the crane wasn't big enough, because it tipped over and smashed through the garage. --One of the guys was recording with a camera phone when it happened, but you don't see the actual impact because he started running the other direction. It DOES show the crane tipped up in the air though. And you can see the caved-in garage. --The construction company later said the pool was too heavy for the crane, and blamed a computer malfunction. (--Search YouTube for "Crane Crushes House." The chaos begins
two minutes in.) (--WARNING: This video includes the S-word and the phrase "G** dammit.")

Five Other Ways to Hydrate if You're Sick of Drinking Water:

Obviously, drinking a glass of water is the EASIEST way to hydrate. But according to "Men's Health", you could . . . in theory . . . never drink a glass of water again if you drink other things and eat the right foods. --Here are five surprising things that can help keep your body hydrated, and help you re-hydrate after a workout.

#1.) Skim Milk. It's actually better than Gatorade because it has slightly more sodium, which helps your body absorb the main ingredient: water. Whole milk doesn't work though, because the fat DELAYS your body from absorbing it.

#2.) V8 Juice. It's good for endurance athletes in mid-workout because it has the perfect amount of sodium, calories, and carbs to keep you going. -But if you don't want to suck down a glass of vegetable juice in the middle of a long bike ride . . . Gatorade Endurance does basically the same thing.

#3.) Chicken Noodle Soup. An average cup has 840 milligrams of sodium and 14 grams of carbs, which both help your body retain the broth.

#4.) Watermelon. It's 92% water, and the 173 milligrams of potassium per cup help you absorb it. That's why it's great on a hot day. But if you don't like watermelon, oranges and grapefruit are good too.

#5.) Soda. Obviously, it shouldn't be the ONLY thing you drink. But it does keep your body hydrated, especially if you also eat something salty to help absorb the fluid. (MensHealth.com)


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