Friday, July 15, 2011



The 2011 Emmy Nominees Have Been Announced:

The nominees for "The 63nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" were revealed yesterday. --This year, a couple of new HBO shows, "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire", joined Emmy favorites like "Mad Men", "Modern Family" and "30 Rock" at the top of the Emmy lovefest. --Overall, the most nominated program was the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce", which scored 21 nominations. "Mad Men" followed with 19, "Boardwalk Empire" had 18, "Modern Family" had 17 and "Saturday Night Live" picked up 16. --"Game of Thrones" and "30 Rock" came next, with 13 nominations apiece. --As usual, HBO led all networks with 104 total nominations. This year, it had more than double the next closest network, which was CBS with 50. --Special congratulations are in order for the CW, which managed to get ONE nomination: For Outstanding Sound Editing. Its show "Nikita" is up for that. Even Animal Planet . . . with two nominations . . . did better than that. --"The Emmys" will air live Sunday, September 18th on Fox. JANE LYNCH is hosting.

The 2011 Emmy Nominees:

Best Drama Series:

--"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
--"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
--"The Good Wife" (CBS)
--"Mad Men" (AMC)
--"Dexter" (Showtime)
--"Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV)

Best Comedy Series:

--"Glee" (Fox)
--"Modern Family" (ABC)
--"The Office" (NBC)
--"30 Rock" (NBC)
--"Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
--"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Best Animated Show:

--"Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode 3" (Cartoon Network)
--"South Park" (Comedy Central)
--"The Simpsons" (Fox)
--"Futurama" (Comedy Central)
--"The Cleveland Show" (Fox)

Best Reality Show:

--"Deadliest Catch" (Discovery)
--"MythBusters" (Discovery)
--"Undercover Boss" (CBS)
--"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (Bravo)
--"Hoarders" (A&E)
--"Antiques Roadshow" (PBS)
Best Actor: (Drama Series)

--Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
--Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" (Showtime)
--Hugh Laurie, "House" (Fox)
--Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" (AMC)
--Timothy Olyphant, "Justified" (FX)
--Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV)

Best Actress: (Drama Series)

--Elizabeth Moss, "Mad Men" (AMC)
--Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
--Juliana Margulies, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
--Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law" (NBC)
--Mireille Enos, "The Killing" (AMC)
--Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV)

Best Supporting Actor: (Drama Series)

--Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
--John Slattery, "Mad Men" (AMC)
--Walton Goggins, "Justified" (FX)
--Josh Charles, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
--Alan Cummings, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
--Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT)

Best Supporting Actress: (Drama Series)

--Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
--Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" (AMC)
--Michelle Forbes, "The Killing" (AMC)
--Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
--Margo Martindale, "Justified" (FX)
--Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" (CBS)

Best Actor: (Comedy Series)

--Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" (Showtime)
--Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
--Steve Carell, "The Office" (NBC)
--Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
--Louis C.K., "Louie" (FX)
--Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" (NBC)

Best Actress: (Comedy Series)

--Laura Linney, "The Big C" (Showtime)
--Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
--Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
--Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly" (CBS)
--Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope" (Fox)
--Tina Fey, "30 Rock" (NBC)

Best Supporting Actor: (Comedy Series)

--Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men" (CBS)
--Chris Colfer, "Glee" (Fox)
--Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" (ABC)

Best Supporting Actress: (Comedy Series)

--Jane Lynch, "Glee" (Fox)
--Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land)
--Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Kristin Wiig, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
--Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock" (NBC)

Best Reality Competition Program:

--"American Idol" (Fox)
--"Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
--"So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox)
--"The Amazing Race" (CBS)
--"Project Runway" (Lifetime)
--"Top Chef" (Bravo)

Best Reality Show Host:

--Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" (Fox)
--Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
--Jeff Probst, "Survivor" (CBS)
--Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox)
--Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race" (CBS)

Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series:

--"Conan" (TBS) . . . Note that Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" was NOT nominated.
--"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
--"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)
--"Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO)
--"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (NBC)
--"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Emmy Reactions: Jon Cryer Takes a Playful Jab at Charlie Sheen:

JON CRYER was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and he used the opportunity to take a playful jab at all the chaos surrounding "Two and a Half Men" this year. --He said, quote, "In a year when nothing much has happened on our show and you could barely find a word about me or my co-stars on the internet, it is lovely to be recognized by the Academy in this way!" --CHARLIE SHEEN wasn't nominated.

Emmy *Dog* Reactions: From Betty White and Martha Plimpton:

BETTY WHITE was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Hot in Cleveland" and MARTHA PLIMPTON was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for "Raising Hope". Here's how their DOGS reacted: --Betty said, quote, "I thought, 'Wait until I tell Pontiac.' My dog is wagging his tail." --And Martha said, quote, "Woke up this morning to the incredible news that I was nominated for an Emmy, and a shower full of dog poop. Apparently my dog is so excited, she has explosive diarrhea . . . --"I truly could not be more thankful to the Emmy voters for including me in this brilliant company of extraordinary women . . . Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go clean up an enormous amount of dog poop out of my shower. Yay!"

The Creator of "Sons of Anarchy" Went on an Anti-"Glee" Twitter Rant After Being Shut Out of the Emmys:

Kurt Sutter . . . the creator of the FX biker show "Sons of Anarchy" . . . went on a Twitter tirade after his show was shut out of the Emmy nominations. In the process, Sutter took some tough shots at "Glee". (--Note: The guy is clearly being sarcastic and is having fun. He sounds like a pretty wild guy. So I don't really take these comments too seriously. To me, it just sounds like he's speaking his mind . . . and his mind is a little vulgar.) (--Oh, and CAREFUL . . . the content of some of these is a little questionable.) --Here's a sample of what Sutter had to say: --"[Eff] glee. hate those annoying, 'please accept me for who i am', singing brats. there, i said it. are you happy?" --"BTW. not saying we deserved any emmys, i just like to be included. --"the worse part of not getting an emmy nod. katey promised me a threesome if she won. now i have to settle for me, her and the shaved bunny." (--That's KATEY SAGAL, who stars in "Sons of Anarchy" . . . and is Sutter's wife in real life.) --"best part of not getting an emmy nod. now i don't have to pretend i give a [crap] about the profiteering [d-bag] academy. --"because you know if we were nominated i'd be all humble and blowing smoke up their asses. now i can stay true to myself and just be a [D-word].' --"i love ['Glee' creator] ryan murphy. he's always very cool with me. love glee too. just tired of all the [spermatozoa] piling up at its feet." (--He actually said the J-word.) --"['Friday Night Lights'] gives me hope . . . maybe [season 7] of 'Sons of Anarchy' will get nominated . . . when the ['Glee'] guys have all become doctors and lawyers who sing in a [effing] choir." --"These two academy member walk into a bar. one orders a beer. then they both die because they're so [effing] old." --"if my mom and dad were alive this emmy snub would kill them. that's not true, they were too old to understand my show. just like the academy." --"TMZ really? That's the picture you use? That was so 20 pounds ago." (--Here's TMZ's story, with the picture of Sutter that's 20 pounds ago. And here's the link to his Twitter feed, for further entertainment.)

Are Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller Getting Back Together? Probably Not:

TMZ "reported" yesterday that CHARLIE SHEEN and BROOKE MUELLER have been spending time together lately . . . and the door is even open for a possible reconciliation. --They also pointed out that the Toronto Maple Leafs t-shirt Brooke was wearing when she was photographed holding that alleged crack pipe earlier this week . . . the same Toronto Maple Leafs t-shirt Charlie wore back in April. (--Here are the pics. Not that they prove anything.) (TMZ) --If this sounds too insane to be true, that's because it probably is. E! Online says Charlie and Brooke are back on SPEAKING TERMS, but that's about it. --A source says, quote, "They're not together, they're not hanging out regularly, but they have been talking. --"Brooke went over to his house once and they talked about everything, mainly the kids . . . They are not back together in any sense other than sharing kids together." --They even spent time together with the kids last weekend, and everybody got along. But the source adds, quote, "Brooke doesn't want to get back together with Charlie again. She wants to be on good terms with him for the sake of the children."

Mila Kunis Is Indeed Going to the Marine Corps Ball:

Just as we predicted, all that talk of MILA KUNIS having a scheduling conflict that would prevent her from going to the Marine Corps Ball this November was just that: TALK. --Mila's rep says she'll be there, and rumors that she was trying to back out on Sergeant Scott Moore are FALSE.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Probably Aren't Getting Married:

No big surprise here: That "news" we heard about BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE getting married within the next few months was probably bogus. --"People" magazine has heard from multiple sources that there's no wedding in the works.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena Witnessed the Aftermath of a Gang Shooting During a Police Ride-Along:

JAKE GYLLENHAAL and MICHAEL PENA were doing a police ride-along in L.A. on Wednesday night to research their roles in an upcoming cop movie called "End of Watch". And they got some action. --They ended up at the scene of a GANG SHOOTING . . . but luckily for them, they didn't get there until AFTER it happened. --A man was grazed by bullets on his lip and arm, and was sent to the hospital for treatment. Police have no suspects, and not surprisingly, the victim is refusing to cooperate. --Ironically, the shooting took place at an anti-gang event organized by a group called Summer Night Lights. Their goal is to reduce gang violence by keeping public parks open late for non-criminal activity. (--You can see videos from the scene here and here. WARNING!!! They're a little bit bloody.) (--And here's a news report.) (--Michael Pena was on the FX series "The Shield", and in the movies "World Trade Center", "Battle Los Angeles" and "The Lincoln Lawyer".)

Celebrity Baby Name Disasters: Kate Hudson's New Baby's Name is . . . Bingham Hawn?

Celebrities keep on having babies . . . and those babies keep on having STUPID NAMES. --KATE HUDSON and MATT BELLAMY revealed the name of her new baby boy yesterday . . . and it's pretty bad. It's BINGHAM HAWN BELLAMY. (--MATT is from the rock band MUSE, if you weren't aware.) --They call him "Bing" for short. --The name honors both of their mothers . . . and KURT RUSSELL, too. "Bingham" was Matt's mother's maiden name, while Kurt's dad's first name was Bing. "Hawn" is obviously a nod to Kate's mother, GOLDIE HAWN.

Joss Stone Wants to Take Almost Being Robbed and Killed as a Compliment:

Last month, two guys were arrested for plotting to rob and murder JOSS STONE. They were found near her British estate with a rope, a body bag and SAMURAI SWORDS. But Joss would like to see it as a COMPLIMENT. --She says, quote, "I just think it's a little bit crazy. But, you know what? One could say I might take that as a compliment. I don't know how, but I'm figuring it out. --"People are mental, man. But it's alright. This is another story I can add to my list of stories. It makes my life so much more interesting. You can't fret about things that didn't happen. It just seems a bit silly."

The Old, Creepy Neighbor from "Home Alone" Has Died:

ROBERTS BLOSSOM . . . who played MACAULAY CULKIN'S old, creepy neighbor in "Home Alone" . . . has died of natural causes. He was 87. --Blossom actually died on July 8th . . . but his family just announced it yesterday. --In addition to playing Old Man Marley . . . who turned out to be a nice guy after all . . . Blossom also played the creepy old man who sells the evil car to Arnie in the classic horror flick "Christine". --He was also the star of a really cool 1974 cult horror film called "Deranged". It's based on the same real-life case that both "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" were loosely based on. Check out the trailer here. (--Even if you don't recognize the name Roberts Blossom, you'll probably recognize his face. He was one of those character actors who was in TONS of different things. Check out a photo here.) (New York Times)

Dr. Phil Helped Up a Cameraman Who Fell:

Celebrities get harassed so much by the paparazzi that it's totally understandable when they're complete A-holes to them. But apparently, DR. PHIL doesn't roll that way. --Yesterday, one of the cameramen who was swarming around him hit the pavement. And Dr. Phil actually helped him up. (--Check out video here.)
A Mistrial was Declared in the Roger Clemens Case:

A mistrial was declared in ROGER CLEMENS' federal perjury case yesterday . . . on just the second day of testimony. --In a nutshell, what happened was that jurors were shown evidence that the judge had previously thrown out. Clemens' attorneys immediately asked for the mistrial, and they got it. --The judge said, quote, "Mr. Clemens has to get a fair trial. In my view, he can't get it now." --The evidence in question was a conversation that Clemens' former teammate, ANDY PETTITTE, had with his wife. --As you may recall, Andy has said that Clemens once admitted to him that he used steroids. And he supposedly told his wife about it at the time. --Prosecutors wanted Andy's wife to testify about what Andy told her. But the judge wouldn't allow it because it's hearsay. --What the jury accidentally saw yesterday was a videotape of a congressman discussing the conversation between Andy and his wife. --The question now is whether or not Clemens will be re-tried. --There's some talk that putting him back on trial would constitute DOUBLE JEOPARDY . . . which states that a person can't be brought up twice on the same charges for the same offense. --But it doesn't seem likely anybody will buy that. Especially since it was only Day Two of the trial when it was called off. --A hearing to make that determination will be held September 2nd.

Boxer Shane Mosley Lost Three Title Belts . . . In a Divorce:

Losing title belts in the ring is bad enough. But losing them to your ex-wife? That has to be PURE TORTURE. --Boxer "SUGAR" SHANE MOSLEY just lost three belts to his ex-wife Jin. Although they'll ultimately end up in the hands of their three children. Each kid gets one upon turning 18. --Since the divorce was in California, everything else is being split 50-50 . . . including profits from videotapes and DVDs of his fights, fight purses he earned while they were together . . . and their 854,410 American Express points. (???)

Shaquille O'Neal Is Now an NBA Analyst for TNT:

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL has signed a multi-year deal to serve as an NBA analyst for TNT. --That means he'll be working with CHARLES BARKLEY, KENNY SMITH and ERNIE JOHNSON beginning next season. There's no word how much he'll make, or how long the deal is for. (--Shaq posted a video message about his new job. You can check it out here. CAUTION: There are actually several videos here, and they play automatically one after another. Some of them might contain questionable language.)


The Final "Harry Potter" is in Theaters Today!

#1.) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (PG-13) (Trailer 1) (Trailer 2) The final "Harry Potter" is a lot more action-packed than "Deathly Hallows Part 1". Dumbledore is gone, the Ministry of Magic has fallen, Voldemort is about to lay siege to Hogwarts, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione are still running for their lives. (--Here's a video recap of the last movie.) This new one is the only "Harry Potter" to be filmed in 3D. Before you see it, you should probably also familiarize yourself with these magical terms:

Horcrux: In the "Harry Potter" books, it's an object of dark magic where someone conceals a piece of their soul. And that's how Voldemort keeps coming back to life.

Voldemort split HIS soul into seven pieces. By the end of the last movie Harry had succeeded in destroying three of them, which leaves four more to find and destroy before Voldemort can be killed once and for all. (Horcruxes)

Deathly Hallows: These are three extremely powerful items that allow the bearer to conquer death. They are . . . the Resurrection Stone, Harry's Cloak of Invisibility, and the Elder Wand that Voldemort acquired at the end of the last film.

#2.) "Winnie the Pooh" (G)

John Cleese is the narrator, and you'll recognize Craig Ferguson as the voice of Owl. You'll want to pay attention to Rabbit's voice too. He's played by Tom Kenny, the guy who's the voice of "Spongebob Squarepants". --Pooh and Tigger are both done by a gentleman named Jim Cummings, who's been doing them for over 20 years. As a sidenote, he was also the voice of Darkwing Duck back in the '90s. --That's Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" in the trailer, but the "Winnie the Pooh" theme song is performed by Zooey Deschanel. She has a total of three songs in the movie that she performs along with her She & Him partner M. Ward. (Trailer)

The Top 10 "Harry Potter" Villains:

E! Online has ranked the Top 10 "Harry Potter" Villains. I shouldn't have to tell you who's #1. Here's the complete list . . .

#1.) Lord Voldemort

#2.) Bellatrix Lestrange (--The psycho witch awesomely portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter.)

#3.) The Dementors

#4.) Barty Crouch Jr. (--He's the reason Robert Pattinson's character, Cedric Diggory, bit it in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire".)

#5.) Fenrir Greyback (--He's a werewolf.)

#6.) Peter Pettigrew (--a.k.a. Wormtail. He helped bring Voldemort back to life, after spending years disguised as Ron's rat Scabbers.)

#7.) Draco Malfoy

#8.) Dolores Umbridge

#9.) Professor Quirrell (--The first Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. He was in the first movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".)

#10.) The Dursleys (--Harry's human, adoptive family.)

(--One last note: Some website put members of the "Harry Potter" cast on the covers of nine classic albums. Check 'em out here.)

Watch Gwyneth Paltrow Die . . . in the Trailer for Her New Movie:

There's a new thriller hitting theaters in September called "Contagion". It's about a worldwide outbreak of a deadly virus . . . and the cast is stacked. --It includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston and Marion Cotillard. --But the trailer gives up a pretty big spoiler: Gwyneth . . . who plays Matt Damon's wife . . . DIES. (--Check it out here.)


Friday TV Reminders:

--"Friday Night Lights" [SERIES Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. on NBC.

--"Platinum Hit" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--The remaining contestants pitch their songs to Gavin DeGraw and songwriter Evan Bogart.)

--"Prankstars" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on Disney Channel. (--Selena Gomez, Mitchel Musso and Debby Ryan pull pranks on their unsuspecting fans.)

--"Primetime: What Would You Do?" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Haven" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Syfy.

--"20/20" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Kidnap victims Midsi Sanchez and Jeannette Tamayo discuss how they survived and what life is like for them now.)

Saturday TV Reminders:

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Ronnie Milsap, Jimmy Wayne, James Wesley and Jon Randall perform.)

--"Chaos" [SERIES Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"Austin City Limits" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on PBS. (--Drive-By Truckers and Ryan Bingham perform.) (REPEAT)

--"Celebrity Ghost Stories" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bio. (--Mindy Cohn, Valerie Harper, Matthew Gray Gubler and Nicole Eggert tell their stories.)

--"Celebrity Close Calls" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bio. (--Jermaine Jackson, Angie Everhart, Elisabeth Rohm and Jose Canseco share near death experiences.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Justin Timberlake guest hosts and Lady Gaga is the musical guest.) (REPEAT)

Sunday TV Reminders:

--"Cyberbully" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC Family. (--Emily Osment plays a victim of online bullying and her mom is played by "The O.C.'s" Kelly Rowan.)

--"The Glee Project" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Oxygen. (--"Glee's" Darren Criss is this week's mentor as the remaining contestants sing duets.)

--"Big Rich Texas" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Style. (--Five Dallas socialites and their daughters are the focus of this new reality series.)

--"Auction Hunters" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Spike TV.

--"The Marriage Ref" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Seth Meyers, Denise Richards and George Wallace are this week's refs.)

--"Breaking Bad" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on AMC.

--"Bar Rescue" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Spike TV. (--A consultant attempts to save failing bars for their owners.)

--"My Strange Addiction" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TLC.

--"Vegas Strip" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TruTV. (--This is basically "Cops", Las Vegas style as the people deal with crime on the main strip.)

YouTube Temporarily Shut Down Lady Gaga's Account:

YouTube temporarily shut down LADY GAGA'S account earlier this week. It was replaced with this message: "This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy." --Here's the deal: Lady Gaga recently performed on a Japanese TV show called "SMAP x SMAP". It was a 10-minute medley of songs from her new album, including "Born This Way", "The Edge of Glory" and "You & I". --Well, she posted a clip of it on her channel . . . and apparently she did NOT have permission from the show to upload it. The show filed a claim, and Gaga's account was suspended. It's back up now . . . minus the "SMAP x SMAP" video. (--Lady Gaga wasn't completely off YouTube while her channel was down. Her VEVO account, which is available through YouTube, was not affected . . . so you could still see some of her videos there. (--Interestingly enough, the "SMAP x SMAP" video was on VEVO as well, and as of late last night, it was still up. You can watch it, here.)

Cher's Next Album Will Feature a Song Lady Gaga Gave Her:

CHER just began recording her next album, and the first track she laid down was a song that LADY GAGA gave her. It's called "The Greatest Thing". --Lady Gaga may have initially planned on singing the song for herself . . . because there's a demo of her singing it on YouTube. But evidently, she decided to pass it off to Cher. --And that makes sense. The song features a lot of Auto Tune, which Cher used on "Believe" in 1999, before Auto Tune was cool. It's since become the most hated effect in music. (--Here's the demo of Lady Gaga singing the song.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

CHRIS BROWN'S rep says that story about him tossing out racial slurs during a pickup basketball game is BOGUS, and he's thinking about suing the "Star" tabloid for printing it. (Full Story)

SHARON STONE has been ordered to pay $232,000 to a man who fell 15 feet into a ravine while doing some work on her house. (Full Story)

RICK SPRINGFIELD would like you to know that his DUI mugshot is better than NICK NOLTE'S. (Full Story)

BRAD PITT . . . who stars in the upcoming baseball movie "Moneyball" . . . apparently has some legit skills on the diamond. (Full Story)

Some people close to "Mad Men" actor JON HAMM think he drinks too much and might need help. (Full Story)

NICOLAS CAGE'S crazy son WESTON has shaved his head. (Pics)

KRISTEN STEWART got into a fender-bender in Los Angeles yesterday. (Full Story)

JENNA FISCHER . . . Pam on "The Office" . . . says her real-life pregnancy will be worked into the show next season. That means Jim and Pam will be expecting their second child. (Full Story)

There's a rumor that WILL SMITH wants to reunite the cast of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" for "a movie or another TV project." There's no way that's true. (Full Story)

SARA BAREILLES will take over NICOLE SCHERZINGER'S old job as a judge on "The Sing-Off". Nicole of course has moved onto SIMON COWELL'S "X Factor". (Full Story)

Last week, EMINEM'S "Recovery" became the first album to sell a million digital copies. Now ADELE'S "21" has become the second album to do it. (Full Story)

In Online Dating, the Preferences Where People are Least Willing to Compromise are . . . Smoking and Hair Color:

When you fill out an online dating profile, you have to specify how much different traits and beliefs matter to you. Like, you can say you absolutely want someone who wants kids. Or has an education. Or is a certain height. analyzed their members' "must have" criteria . . . and then compared it to how often those members reached out to people who DIDN'T meet at least one of those criteria. --And above all else, there were two areas where both genders were LEAST LIKELY to compromise: Smoking . . . and hair color. --In other words, if you say you won't date a smoker, you probably mean it. If you say you won't date a ginger, you probably mean it. Otherwise, you're willing to compromise. --The two things that both genders were MOST likely to compromise on? The person's preference on wanting kids . . . and the person's income. --So if you're using online dating, and you see someone says they absolutely don't want kids, and you do . . . that probably isn't going to stand in the way of a date. And if you want someone rich, you'll probably still be willing to date someone poor. (Mashable) (--Here are both of the charts showing what percentage of women and men were willing to compromise on different "absolutes.")

The Newest "Got Milk" Ad Strategy? Helping Men Survive a Woman's PMS:

It's time to reminisce about the good old days, when the "Got Milk" ads knew that a celebrity with a fake-looking milk mustache was all it took to get our business. --Because now, they've moved on to . . . MENSTRUAL HUMOR. --The California Milk Processor Board, which is behind the Got Milk ads, has released a new campaign recommending that men use milk to survive their woman's PMS. --One print ad shows a guy holding some cartons of milk and has the slogan, quote, "We can BOTH blame myself." At the bottom it says, quote, "Milk can help reduce the symptoms of PMS." --They're basing this off a study back in 1999 in the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition" that connected calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and other minerals in milk to treating mental and physical PMS symptoms. --For what it's worth, there haven't been any other studies since then that have backed that up. (Yahoo News) (--Here's a copy of the print ad. They also have an "apology-maker" on their website, so you can prepare an apology in advance for your PMSing wife.)

Workers Vote Flip-Flops as the Most Inappropriate Thing to Wear at the Office This Summer:

According to a new survey from the staffing firm Adecco, the most inappropriate thing to wear to the office during the summer is . . . FLIP-FLOPS. --About 75% of Americans think it's okay to dress more casually at work during the summer . . . but 71% say that flip-flops are NOT the casual choice you should make. --Miniskirts finished as the second-most inappropriate thing to wear to the office during the summer.--Strapless dresses came in third.--Shorts came in fourth.--For what it's worth, men objected the most to flip-flops . . . women objected the most to miniskirts and strapless dresses. (Reuters)

Our Ability to Remember Basic Stuff is Quickly Getting Worse . . . Because It's So Damn Easy to Check Google:

When you're trying to remember something . . . the name of a movie, the capital of Peru, ICE CUBE'S real name, whatever . . . there's no need to sit there racking your brain anymore, right? You can just hit Google and have your answer in SECONDS. --According to a study out of Columbia University in New York, search engines are actually changing our ability to use our memory. The researchers call it the "Google Effect." --Because of Google, our brains have been trained not to prioritize basic facts anymore. There's no need to remember . . . since the information is basically instantly accessible to us online. --Instead, our brains now focus on things that we CAN'T Google and find out. --For example . . . your brain is now trained to remember exactly where you put your cake pan, but less likely to remember the recipe to bake a cake. --Of course, the side effect of this is that when we're cut off from Internet access, we freak out . . . because we're so reliant on having all this information available to us. --The researchers say that's why studies have shown people compare losing the Internet to losing a FRIEND . . . we've grown THAT attached to having the Internet with us. (San Jose Mercury News)
Website of the Day: Actual Creepy Letters to Casey Anthony:

Last year, "Harper's" magazine printed highlights from some of the letters people wrote to CASEY ANTHONY while she was locked up in Florida, waiting for her trial. --But now that she's about to be a free woman . . . who can actually INTERACT with these people if she wants . . . they take on a whole different feel. CREEPY doesn't even begin to describe them. --A few of the many, many highlights . . . --"My name is Leon. I'm doing a twenty-year bit for involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, abduction, and abuse of a corpse. It sounds worse than what it really is." --"I can understand what you are going through. My brother died when he was 24, and things were kind of suspicious. Then my father wouldn't even give me any of my brother's ashes. But the point is I feel for you." --"I'm kind of quiet and reserved, but I'd like to become more outgoing, and I've noticed as your case is going on that you're pretty outgoing and liked to go out and have fun at parties and stuff. I know most people say that wasn't a good lifestyle, but I'd like to become more like that in general." --One related note: According to ABC News, Anthony's fans have sent her $472.18 worth of checks since the trial. Most donations have come from men. (Harpers / People)

Since November 2001, There Have Been 25,000 Security Breaches at American Airports:

It's amazing when you think about it, but it's been almost a decade since 9/11. Which means it's also been almost a decade since airport security got beefed up. --We've been lucky enough not to experience another successful terrorist attack on one of our planes since then . . . the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber were thwarted . . . but the security sure hasn't been perfect. --According to documents just released by Homeland Security, since November of 2001, there have been 25,000 SECURITY BREACHES at American airports. --About 14,000 of those were people going into restricted or limited-access areas. Another 6,000 were people who made it through security without proper screening. The other 5,000 or so were other miscellaneous breaches. --Jason Chaffetz is a Republican congressman from Utah. He says, quote, "I think it's a stunningly high number. It's clear the airports are not secure. For all the money, time, and persistence we've thrown at airport security, it's a real mess." --The TSA defended the security breaches. A spokesman said that the violations represent a tiny fraction of the 5.5 BILLION people who've flown in the past 10 years. And most of the time, the breaches didn't put the public in danger. --Chaffetz wasn't having that, though. Quote, "There's not much to suggest that airports are more secure than years ago. We've just been lucky." He says the TSA HAS to improve . . . and has to improve quickly. (USA Today)

One of America's Most Successful Beauty Pageant Queens is Retiring . . . At Age Six:

EDEN WOOD is one of America's most successful beauty pageant queens. She's won more than 300 TITLES. She's been on reality shows, she has a doll modeled after her, and she's even had her memoir released. --Oh, and she's SIX YEARS OLD. -And this week, after competing in pageants since she was ONE, she's announced that she's retiring to, quote, "explore other ventures." --Her mother Micki Wood is clearly the puppeteer behind all this, and she actually played-up how ridiculous the whole thing is. She says that Eden is retiring to explore other ventures, quote, "following in the footsteps of some pretty big people who have done pageants, like OPRAH WINFREY. --"As long as she enjoys what we're doing . . . why not see if we can't have a Hollywood contract? A reality show? A spot on a Disney program? It's almost like her destiny." --Eden and Micki drew a lot of attention when they were on the TLC series "Toddlers and Tiaras". That's the one that shows a fairly nauseating behind-the-scenes look at young girls who do the pageant circuit. (Time)

An Australian Court Has to Name a Two-Year Old Girl . . . Because Her Parents Couldn't Agree on a Name:

We don't have all the details we'd like on this story, but what we know is bizarre enough that we had to tell you about it. --The Family Court of Australia had to give a two-year old girl a name . . . because her parents couldn't agree on what to name her. --The mother and father aren't together anymore . . . their relationship broke down shortly before the birth. And they've spent the last two years arguing over custody, and what to name her. --The mom chose a name based on the name's meaning, and how the girl looked when she was born. But the dad said the name was blasphemous to his Muslim faith. We don't know the actual names that the mother and father were fighting for. --Then the mom suggested that they hyphenate the two names. But the dad said the compromise was blasphemous too. So, each parent has been calling the girl by a different name . . . for two years . . . and they haven't registered her birth yet. --An imam testified that there was nothing blasphemous about the mom's choice, and Family Court judge Colin Forrest said it seemed to him that Dad was trying to control the mother's parenting. --He also ordered them to register the girl's birth, and said she'd get to pick her own name when she was old enough. So it SOUNDS like he ruled in favor of the mom, but we don't know for sure. It seems like the court is protecting the girl's identity. (Herald Sun)
A Male Cheerleader Falls Four Stories . . . But Does a Mid-Air Backflip to Save His Life:

Male cheerleaders sometimes get a bad rap. Primarily for being male, and cheerleaders. Then you meet one. And realize they're MUCH stronger and MUCH more athletic than you. --Here's more proof. 19-year-old Dylan Smith is a cheerleader for the University of Kentucky. Right now he's home in North Smithfield, Rhode Island for the summer. --Earlier this week he was teaching a class at a cheerleading school called 'Superior Cheer', and lost his balance. And he FELL from the FOURTH STORY of the building. --Fortunately, Dylan's CHEERLEADING INSTINCTS kicked in. And he did a BACKFLIP in mid-air. --Thanks to the flip, he was able to adjust his body position and land on his feet. The doctors believe that SAVED HIS LIFE. --Dylan ended up with just a fractured pelvis, dislocated hip, and two collapsed lungs from the 44-foot fall. (Providence Journal)

A Mother Leaves Her Children Locked in a Hot Car . . . Then Beats Up a Woman Who Tries to Help Them:

On Monday night, 21-year-old Heather Query of Indianapolis, Indiana went to the grocery store, and brought along her four-year-old son and her two-year-old son. --But when she went into the store, she left them locked in the car with the windows rolled up. It was 88 degrees outside at the time, with a heat index of 97. --A 32-year-old woman named Heather Elliott was walking by and saw the four-year-old, quote, "pushed up against the window, just screaming bloody murder, his face all red." So she went over to try to help the boys out. --Just then, Query left the store and saw Elliott by her car. And Query's reaction was . . . TO FIGHT. --Elliott says, quote, "She just slammed me right in the face, and I was just trying to push her back, and she just kept going and going." --The cops came and Query was arrested for neglect of a dependent and battery. --As she was being arrested, she yelled at Elliott, quote, "I hope you're happy with yourself and you can live with yourself because I'm going to lose my job and my kids." --The kids didn't suffer any health issues from being in the car, and were released to their father. (Indianapolis Star)


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

And now . . . Christian Lopez is getting his very own Topps baseball card. He's the 23-year-old cell phone sales guy who caught DEREK JETER'S 3,000th hit . . . and gave the ball back to Jeter, instead of trying to sell it. The card will be available later this year. (Full Story)

Photo of the Day Part One: A father and son watched the first space shuttle launch in 1981, so they recreated the image and watched the last launch together. (Full Story)

Photos of the Day Part Two: 'Taxidermy Gone Wrong.' Just because. (Full Story)

According to a shocking new study out of Illinois: Black and Latino drivers pulled over in traffic stops last year were more likely to end up with a ticket and have their vehicle searched than whites . . . even though illegal contraband was more likely to be found in vehicles being driven by whites. (Full Story)


#1.) A Reporter in Australia Cast His Fishing Line Into a Lake as a Joke . . . and Accidentally Hooked a Duck:

On the "Today" show in Australia, a fishing expert named Paul Burt was reporting from a salt lake where someone reported a shark sighting. And as a joke, he picked up a fishing pole, and cast it . . . like he'd somehow catch the shark. --He didn't, obviously. But what he DID catch was a DUCK. And he started reeling the line in, but then realized what happened, started LAUGHING, and said, quote, "I got a bird! I got a bird! . . . I'd go to another shot." --They cut back to the studio, and the anchor said, quote, "Well, that didn't end well, did it?" Then he added, "Peking duck, anyone?" --According to the show, the duck was fine and didn't actually get hooked. It just got snagged in the line. (--Search YouTube for "A Shark, a Duck, and an Awkward Interview." It happens at 2:03.)

#2.) Check Out Two Little Kids Fighting Like an Angry Married Couple:

The big video online right now is two little kids standing in a hallway, fighting like an angry married couple. And just like with most arguments, the girl pretty much dominates the whole thing. --At one point she tells him to just listen to her because, quote, "I'm four! You're not four!" And obviously, you can't argue with that. --It's hard to tell, but the argument seems to be about who said "No" to something first. (???) (--Search for "Cute Little Kid Fight.")

Six Things That Make You Sweat:

The heat wave is supposed to be over for most of the country this weekend. But if it cools down and you're still sweating, here are some possible reasons. There are six things besides hot weather and exercise that can make you sweat.

#1.) Coffee. Obviously, drinking something hot makes you hotter. But it also makes you sweat because the caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, and activates your sweat glands.

#2.) Sunscreen. It acts like a barrier and PREVENTS your skin from sweating. And that makes your body even hotter, so you REALLY start to sweat. --Most people think they're just sweating because they're in the sun, which is partly true. But it's also because of the sunscreen.

#3.) Alcohol. It expands the blood vessels in your skin and makes you feel warm, which tells your body to start sweating. --But it doesn't actually raise your body temperature. That's why you're not supposed to drink alcohol to stay warm if you're stuck out in the cold.

#4.) Cigarettes. Nicotine affects hormone levels, and it also raises your heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. And all those things can cause sweating. --If you decide to quit, sweating is also a symptom of nicotine withdrawal. But it usually goes away in less than two weeks.

#5.) Prescription Drugs. The most common drugs that list sweating as a side effect are blood pressure medications, antidepressants, some anti-inflammatory drugs, and some diabetes medications.

#6.) PMS. Sometimes estrogen levels can drop so low, it causes hot flashes, and it can happen at any age. But it's most common in women who are about to hit menopause. (

Five Things You Do That Stress Your Man Out:

"Cosmo" has compiled a list of five things you do that stress out your man. They're pretty obvious, but here they are in case you need a reminder . . .

#1.) Holding a Grudge. When you bring up past fights, especially if they were supposedly resolved, your guy is going to get annoyed. When you're arguing, stick to ONE specific problem, and don't bring up the past unless you absolutely have to.

#2.) Fighting Dirty. If your guy feels like you're fighting dirty by bringing up personal stuff, things he can't change, or stuff that's not even related but you KNOW he feels guilty about . . . he's just going to fight dirty right back.

#3.) Giving Him the Silent Treatment. The only thing worse than fighting dirty is giving him the silent treatment. If you're not willing to talk it out like adults, you don't have the right to be mad.

#4.) Biting His Head Off After a Long Day. If you bite his head off the second he steps in the door, eventually your man is going to hate coming home. So check yourself before you snap at him for something stupid.

#5.) Playing It Too Cool. Acting needy is a turn-off, but playing it too cool can backfire too. Don't pretend everything's fine if it's not. That's like the silent treatment part two. If something's bothering you, bring it up. Otherwise, it'll fester. (Cosmopolitan)


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