Monday, July 25, 2011



Amy Winehouse Is Dead At 27:

AMY WINEHOUSE finally turned her signature song ("Rehab") into the most ironic statement in pop music history, when she was found dead in her London home on Saturday. She was 27 years old. --There's no word yet on the cause of death, but everyone in the known universe is assuming it was an overdose of some kind. Police won't confirm that . . . but they said there are no signs of foul play. --One of Amy's reps said she was found in her bed by one of her security people, who was trying to wake her from a nap. --The not-always-reliable British tabloids say Amy was out partying and buying drugs the night before her death. Those drugs allegedly included cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and ketamine . . . which is used as a HORSE TRANQUILIZER. --Some friends have also suggested that Amy was drinking heavily. And she suffered from emphysema, which could have worsened the effects of any substances she was ingesting. --Amy made her last public appearance on Thursday . . . hopping onstage during a performance by her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield. She didn't perform . . . she just kind of danced a little, then hugged Dionne and left. (--Here's video.) --In May, Amy went to rehab for what was believed to be the FOURTH time. But just a few weeks ago, she got loaded before a show in Serbia, and ended up being booed off the stage. (--The show was HORRIBLE. Here's one of the many videos of it you can find on YouTube.) --On Friday, a message appeared on her website saying she was canceling ALL upcoming performances so she could, quote, "return to her best." --Amy's family, including her parents Mitch and Janis, issued a statement saying, quote, "Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. --"We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time." --Meanwhile, Janis told Britain's "Daily Mail" tabloid that Amy's death was, quote, "only a matter of time." --Janis had seen Amy just the day before, and Amy's last words to her were, quote, "I love you, Mum." Janis said, quote, "They are the words I will always treasure . . . I'm glad I saw her when I did." --In a 2008 interview, Janis said, quote, "I realize my daughter could be dead within the year. We're watching her kill herself, slowly. --"I've already come to terms with her dead. I've steeled myself to ask her what ground she wants to be buried in, which cemetery."

What Is the 27 Club . . . And Who's In It?

For some reason, 27 is a dangerous age for rock stars. A lot of seriously talented musicians have died during that year of their lives . . . most of them due either directly or indirectly to substance abuse. --Sure, it's mostly just a coincidence. But it's happened enough times that we actually have a snappy name for the victims: The 27 Club.

--Here are the 27 Club's biggest members, and the years they died:

--Legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson, 1938

--Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, 1969

--Jimi Hendrix, 1970

--Janis Joplin, 1970

--Jim Morrison, 1971

--Grateful Dead keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, 1973

--Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff, 1994

--Kurt Cobain, 1994*

--And now, Amy Winehouse, 2011

(--There are more. You might recognize some of them, but not most. You can see the list here.)

--The reason Kurt Cobain got an asterisk is because he committed SUICIDE. And people close to him over the years have mentioned that he was aware of the 27 Club and the fact he'd become part of it if he offed himself before his next birthday. --In a way, it seems kind of cheesy to include somebody who may have joined the club ON PURPOSE. Still, he WAS 27 when he died . . . and he's one of the biggest names . . . so he's always going to be part of the Club --One last note: There are plenty of people on the complete list who did NOT die from drugs or alcohol. But the only person WE mentioned besides Cobain who falls into that category is Robert Johnson. --Johnson was reportedly MURDERED at a juke joint in Mississippi for flirting with someone else's old lady. --The word is that the woman's jealous husband laced a bottle of whiskey with strychnine and got Johnson to drink out of it. He died about three days later.

More Details on the Life . . . And Death . . . Of Amy Winehouse:

With all the attention she got from both music critics and the tabloids, it's hard to believe AMY WINEHOUSE has only been a household name in the U.S. for about four years. --She dropped her first album, "Frank", in 2003. But it was her second disc, "Back to Black", that made her a superstar when it was released in America in 2007. It went on to sell millions of copies worldwide and win FIVE Grammys. --It also spawned "Rehab" . . . the hit single that came back to haunt Amy numerous times . . . especially the often-repeated opening line, "They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no no." --Amy was working on her third album at the time of her death. Some sources even say it's finished. Whether it is or not, you can bet it'll hit stores as soon as her label can get it out there. --There's one more loose end to tie up: Amy's ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. As you may recall, a lot of people blamed Blake for turning Amy into a drugged-up mess in the first place. --Blake and Amy were married for two years, from 2007 to 2009 . . . but they dated on and off for a while before that. In fact, Amy's "Back to Black" album was mostly inspired by one of their breakups. --Well, Blake is currently sitting in prison, doing 32 months for burglary and possession of an imitation firearm. And his mother is afraid he's going to try to kill himself. --She says, quote, "He won't make it without her. He will be devastated, totally and utterly devastated . . . I'll have to ring the prison and he'll have to be put on watch."

Amy Winehouse: The Tributes:

People in the entertainment industry seem genuinely SHOCKED that AMY WINEHOUSE died on Saturday. I don't really get that. --But I do understand their sadness over the loss . . . because when she was on, she was truly one of the greatest and most unique talents on the pop landscape. Whatever the case, here's what they're saying:

--Amy's close friend Kelly Osbourne: "I can't even breathe right now I'm crying so hard. I just lost one of my best friends. I love you forever Amy and will never forget the real you!"

--Rihanna: "Dear God have mercy!!! I am SICK about this right now! . . . I am genuinely heartbroken by this . . . ICONSneverDIE"

--Katy Perry: "RIP Amy Winehouse. May she finally find peace."

--Leann Rimes: "RIP Amy Winehouse. So sad to see such a talent gone and her life end in tragedy. This makes me terribly sad."

--Josh Groban: "Drugs took her gift, her soul, her light, long before they took her life. RIP Amy"

--Ricky Martin: "I just found out. I feel pain. I feel anger. Rest beautiful girl rest. You are free!"

--Russell Brand . . . who knew Amy before either of them were famous . . . wrote a touching tribute to Amy on his website. You can read it here.

--Tony Bennett also went old-school and released an actual STATEMENT, rather than a quick Tweet. You can read it here.

--Samantha Ronson: "I'm not sure how anyone with a soul can make jokes about the passing of one of the most talented artists this generation will see."

--Mark Ronson: "She was my musical soulmate & like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life." (--Mark is Samantha's sister, and one of the producers of Amy's "Back to Black" album.)

--Kim Kardashian: "I just heard the news that Amy Winehouse passed away. What a true talent. I pray she's in a better place & at peace."

--Khloe Kardashian: "Wow! I just heard about Amy Winehouse passing away! Wow! So sad. :( What an amazing talent."

--Demi Lovato: "Amy Winehouse. So sad. Unfortunately the world lost an incredibly talented woman to such a powerful disease... addiction. #RIP"

--Carson Daly: "RIP Amy Winehouse. How tragic."

--Lance Bass: "Another talent dies at 27- RIP - Amy Winehouse."

--"Shaun of the Dead" star Simon Pegg: "Thoughts and love to those affected by the atrocity in Norway and terribly sad to hear about Amy Winehouse. Sweet and funny girl. Sad day."

--Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee: "Amy Winehouse died. That's a lifestyle choice. The 87 who were murdered in Oslo Norway. That's [effing] tragic."

--Rob Thomas: "R.I.P. AMY WINEHOUSE. Wow. Just wow."

--Danny DeVito: "27 year old Amy Winehouse dead. WTF man I dug her a lot. Very sad about this one! 27 Janice, 27 Jimmy, 27 Amy."

--Joel Madden: "R.I.P. Amy. Your Voice will live Forever."

--Nicki Minaj: "Please tell me Amy Winehouse didn't die. Is this some sick joke?"

--Usher: "I'm so sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse's death. I'm so happy I knew you Amy. Rest well. Gone too soon. We'll miss you!"

--Demi Moore: "Truly sad news about Amy Winehouse. My heart goes out to her family. May her troubled soul find peace."

--Billy Corgan: "Sad to hear about Amy Winehouse. I mourn any time one of our own passes on. A tragedy, no doubt. Truly sad."

--Natasha Bedingfield: "I'm so sad to hear about Amy Winehouse just dying. My heart and prayers go out to her family. Such a terrible loss for us all."

--Anderson Cooper: "Just heard a report Amy Winehouse has died. If true, such a waste of a great talent."

--Big Boi from OutKast: "Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and now Amy Winehouse. All died aged 27. RIP to you all."

--Lea Michele: "Devastated to hear about Amy Winehouse...she was truly one of a kind."

--Paris Hilton: "So sad to hear about Amy Winehouse. What a talent, way too young to die. Addiction is such a deadly disease. She's now in a better place."

--Kelly Clarkson: "What a waste of a gifted person. What a shame she saw no hope and continued living her life in that manor. I have been that low emotionally and mentally and that is overwhelming." (--Yes, Kelly meant to say "manner", not "manor". Apparently, there is no written test to get on "Idol".)

--Ted Nugent: "B sure to tell ur children that Amy Winehouse suicide is insane stupid." (--Yep . . . about as coherent, thoughtful, sensitive and informed as usual.)

--M.I.A. posted a song called "27" as a tribute to Amy. It's actually something she was working on BEFORE Amy's death, so it wasn't actually written for her. (--Check it out here.)

--And finally, Courtney Love told "Rolling Stone", quote, "I'm [effing] gutted. I tried with her, I tried twice. We are sensitive, and people around us take advantage of that. It is [effing] pain every day and every night. It's so awful."
Amy Winehouse: Tragedy in Pictures:

Fans gathered outside AMY WINEHOUSE'S London home Saturday as paramedics loaded her body into an ambulance. (--Here are some photos.) (TMZ) --Amy's most recent ex-boyfriend, Reg Traviss, was spotted among the onlookers. (--Here's a shot of him.) (TMZ) (--Ironically, Reg was believed to have really helped Amy straighten up over the past year or so . . . but he finally left her last month because she'd gone back to her old ways, and he couldn't take it anymore.)

Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari Are No Longer Getting Married . . . Because Jay Got Cold Feet:

Remember when Chicago Bears quarterback JAY CUTLER benched himself during the second half of the NFC Championship game because his knee hurt . . . and the Bears lost the game to the Green Bay Packers? --People called him a quitter. Even fellow athletes were questioning his toughness in public forums like Twitter. --Well, this isn't going to help his reputation: Cutler has bailed on his marriage to KRISTIN CAVALLARI . . . and a source close to the couple says it's because he got COLD FEET. --Kristin is said to be stunned . . . especially since she just bought her wedding dress two weeks ago. Around that time she told "People" magazine, quote, "I am so happy and currently planning my wedding." --It's not clear if the relationship itself is over, but Kristin has already been spotted without her ring. They've been arguing about some things lately . . . like how Kristin was going to balance her Hollywood career while living in Chicago with Jay during the NFL season. --Another source claims that Kristin got upset because Jay and his family were making fun of her father's height. --Kristin and Jay have been together 10 months. They posted their wedding registry last week . . . and Kristin had an engagement party last Saturday.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively May Not Have Broken Up After All:

We heard last week that LEONARDO DICAPRIO and BLAKE LIVELY broke up. But that may not have been true. They were spotted shopping together in Santa Barbara several days ago. --A source says, quote, "They seemed very much in love. They were in the store for about 10 minutes before a crowd of fans noticed them and they rushed out."

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Legitimate 13-Year-Old Son Was Hospitalized After a Serious Boogie-Boarding Accident . . . But He Should Be Okay:

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S 13-year-old son Christopher . . . the LEGITIMATE 13-year-old son he had with wife MARIA SHRIVER . . . had a pretty serious boogie-boarding accident last weekend. --Christopher broke several bones and suffered a collapsed lung. It was serious enough that he's still in intensive care more than a week later. But the good news is, he's expected to make a full recovery. --The accident occurred last Sunday in Malibu. Christopher was with his mother, who's been at the hospital with him ever since. Arnold has been visiting regularly. --They issued a statement saying, quote, "While it has been a very scary week, Christopher is surrounded by his family and friends. He is a brave boy and is expected to make a full recovery. --"On behalf of our entire family, we want to sincerely thank the paramedics and lifeguards who responded so swiftly as well as the doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital staff who have cared for our son." --Maria called 911 herself after the accident, and to her credit, she was VERY calm. She told the operator, quote, "He can't move off the beach . . . maybe like a broken ribs or something like that." --She added, quote, "It's my son . . . he's awake and breathing . . . he just can't move. He's having trouble breathing." (--Here's the audio.)

David Hasselhoff's Girlfriend Called Hotel Security On Him After They Had a Fight . . . Then Went to His 59th Birthday Party With Him:

DAVID HASSELHOFF and his girlfriend Hayley got into a fight in their room at the Wynn Hotel in Last Vegas on Saturday. --It was bad enough that Hayley called for security . . . and when they got there, they noticed she was in some kind of, quote, "distress."
--But apparently it wasn't THAT bad . . . because after the fight, they went down to the Blush nightclub together, where friends were throwing David a 59th birthday party. (--David's actual birthday was on the 17th.)

Who Makes a Better-Looking Snow White: Kristen Stewart or Lily Collins?

As you may know by now, there are TWO competing "Snow White" movies coming out next year. --"The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" stars LILY COLLINS in the title role, with JULIA ROBERTS as the Evil Queen. It's due out next March. --Hitting theaters next June is "Snow White and the Huntsman", starring KRISTEN STEWART as Snow White and CHARLIZE THERON as the Evil Queen. Not to mention "Thor" stud CHRIS HEMSWORTH as the Huntsman. --Photos from both movies were released over the weekend . . . and it looks like Lily will be a more traditional Snow White . . . while Kristen's take is more bad-ass. It looks like they were going for a Joan of Arc vibe. (--Anyway, here are the photos. From "Snow White and the Huntsman", we have pics of Kristen, Charlize, Chris and SAM CLAFLIN, who plays the Prince. You'd know Sam as the mermaid-loving missionary in the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, "On Stranger Tides".) (--Unfortunately, we only have a picture of Lily from "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White". No shots of Julia Roberts yet.) (Sources: #1, #2)

Steven Spielberg Says "Jurassic Park 4" Could Happen in Two or Three Years:

At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, STEVEN SPIELBERG revealed that "Jurassic Park 4" is in the works . . . and probably not that far off. --He said, quote, "We have a story. We have a writer who is writing the treatment and hopefully we are going to make it in all of our foreseeable futures, hopefully in the next two or three years."

Harrison Ford Will Star as Wyatt Earp . . . In a Movie Where He Faces Off Against Al Capone:

After "Cowboys and Aliens", HARRISON FORD is going to stick with the Western genre. Sort of. He's going to play WYATT EARP in a movie called "Black Hats", based on a novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. --It's a FICTIONAL story, though, in which Earp and BAT MASTERSON take on AL CAPONE and his gang. (--That never happened, but it's not as far-fetched as you might think. Wyatt Earp may be a hero of the Old West, but he lived until 1929 . . . and in his later years, he worked in Los Angeles as a private investigator and a consultant on silent Western movies.) (--So technically it COULD HAVE happened.)

"Captain America" is Your New #1 Movie:

"Captain America" won the weekend box office with nearly $66 million in ticket sales. That's stronger than recent disappointing superhero movies like "Green Lantern" ($53.1 million) and "X-Men: First Class" ($55.1 million). --"Harry Potter" made $48 million in 2nd place, which pushes its ten-day total to $274 million. And despite all the publicity and Marine Ball invitations, "Friends with Benefits" made just $18.5 million in 3rd place.

1.) (NEW) "Captain America: The First Avenger", $65.8 million.

2.) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2", $48.1 million. Up to $274 million in its 2nd week.

3.) (NEW) "Friends with Benefits", $18.5 million.

There's Another "Harry Potter" Movie in the Works . . . But It's Not What You Think:

Despite everything you've been told about the end of the franchise, there IS another "Harry Potter" movie in the works. But don't start playing with your wands just yet. It's not what you think. --This "Harry Potter" movie is actually a remake of the 1986 cult flick "Troll". --Those few of you who've actually seen "Troll" know that the hero was a young boy named HARRY POTTER. Technically, Harry Potter Jr. His dad was Harry Potter Sr. --Junior was played by NOAH HATHAWAY . . . the kid who played the warrior Atreyu in "The Neverending Story". --Senior was played by MICHAEL MORIARTY . . . whom you MIGHT remember as Ben Stone on "Law & Order" from 1990 to 1994. --Well, the original filmmakers are putting the remake together, and they're going to keep Harry Potter as the name of their hero. -You'd think they would have done this a long time ago to capitalize on the Harry Potter name. But they're finally getting around to it. And they're not worried about copyright issues. --Their legal consultant says they have every right to do this, since their Harry predates J.K. ROWLING'S Harry by 11 years. --There's no word yet from Warner Brothers . . . which owns the movie rights to Rowling's "Harry Potter". --"Troll" is about an evil troll who takes possession of Harry Potter Jr.'s little sister Wendy. She starts running around their apartment building turning people into plant pods . . . or something like that. (--Here's the trailer. You'll notice that the movie also featured SONNY BONO and a then-unknown JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS.) (--Despite being one of the greatest and most entertaining bad movies of all time, the sequel, "Troll 2", has absolutely NOTHING to do with the original. In fact, it wasn't even made as a sequel.) (--It was a stand-alone movie that got slapped with the "Troll 2" title after the fact. Here's the "Troll 2" trailer.) (--And before we leave the world of trolls, you have to check out the trailer for what could be one of the coolest movies of the year. It's a Norwegian flick called "Troll Hunter", and it looks AWESOME. Here's the clip.)


The "Walking Dead" Season Two Trailer:

The trailer for the second season of "The Walking Dead" is out. The show finally returns to AMC on Sunday, October 16th. (--Here's the four-plus-minute trailer.)

The "Spartacus: Vengeance" Trailer:

A "teaser" for the second season of the Starz show "Spartacus: Vengeance" was released at Comic-Con. The full trailer will be out Friday, and the show will premiere in January. (--Check out the teaser, here.) (--Liam McIntyre is now playing Spartacus. Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus in its first season, dropped out after he was diagnosed with cancer.)

The "Knights of Badassdom" Trailer:

The trailer for the comedy / horror movie "Knights of Badassdom" is out. It stars PETER DINKLAGE and SUMMER GLAU. (--Check it out, here. WARNING: There's questionable language, and a more-than-partial F-BOMB at 2:25.)

A New "Fright Night" Extended Clip:

Here's a new extended clip for "Fright Night". I LOVE how David Tennant's version of vampire hunter Peter Vincent is essentially a rip-off of Russell Brand's Aldous Snow from "Get Him to the Greek". (--Check it out here.)

"Star Wars" Deleted Scenes:

Unreleased "deleted scenes" from "Star Wars" debuted at Comic-Con this weekend. The clips will be part of the upcoming, nine-disc "Star Wars" Blu-Ray collection, which comes out September 16th. (--You can see some of them, here.)

The Top-Earning Former "American Idol" Contestants: has put together a list of the highest-paid former "American Idol" contestants . . . for the year between May of 2010 and this past May. --Perhaps not surprisingly, CARRIE UNDERWOOD was #1 by a GIGANTIC margin. She pulled down $20 million in that 12-month period. CHRIS DAUGHTRY and ADAM LAMBERT came in a distant second with $6 million apiece. --No one from the past two seasons made the list, which makes sense because Season 10 just finished at the end of this period . . . and Season Nine totally sucked. --Notable omissions from the first eight seasons include past winners RUBEN STUDDARD, TAYLOR HICKS and KRIS ALLEN. Again, none of that is surprising.

--Here's the list:

1.) Carrie Underwood, $20 million . . . She won Season Four.

2.) Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert tied with $6 million each . . . Chris came in fourth on Season Five, while Adam was the runner-up on Season Eight.

3.) Fantasia Barrino, $4 million . . . She won Season Three.

4.) Jordin Sparks, $3 million . . . She won Season Six.

5.) Kelly Clarkson, $2.5 million . . . She won Season One.

6.) Jennifer Hudson, $2 million . . . She came in seventh on Season Three.

7.) Kellie Pickler, $1.8 million . . . She came in sixth on Season Five.

8.) Clay Aiken, $1.5 million . . . He was the runner-up on Season Two.

9.) Katharine McPhee, David Archuleta and David Cook all earned $1 million apiece . . . Katharine was the runner-up on Season Five, and David Archuleta came in second to David Cook on Season Seven.

"Dancing with the Stars" Is Supposedly Trying to Land an A-List Celebrity:

The producers of "Dancing with the Stars" are trying to land "more high profile" celebrities for next season . . . and in order to do that they're supposedly offering them complete control over their costumes and rehearsal schedule. --Sources tell TMZ that they're telling these so-called "A-list" stars that they can practice "as little or as much as they want." (--I have no doubt that "Dancing with the Stars" is trying to land big name celebrities. Wouldn't they do that every season? I just doubt that practice schedule control would entice, say, ANGELINA JOLIE or JOHNNY DEPP.) (--Then again, I still don't know how "The Tourist" enticed Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. So far, there aren't any big celebrities among the rumored stars.)

And Now . . . the "Glee" Stars Won't Be Leaving the Show After All?

"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy has said . . . multiple times . . . that a majority of the current stars of "Glee" will be leaving when their characters graduate at the end of next season. --Murphy even specifically named CHRIS COLFER, LEA MICHELE and CORY MONTEITH as being on their way out . . . and said that the rest of the graduating class would be revealed on the season premiere. --But now, this mass exodus may not be happening after all. --At Comic-Con, "Glee" co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk said, quote, "Because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show . . . --"It was never our plan, it was never our intention to let them go. They are not done with the show after this season." Murphy, who wasn't there, hasn't commented. (--These guys may not be seeing eye-to-eye, because Murphy has been crystal clear about his intentions to move on with NEW cast members.) (--Two weeks ago, he said, quote, "[They're] not going to be back at all for Season Four. You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life . . . more characters are leaving than are staying . . .) (--"The only way somebody could stay on the show is if they flunk, and that's always a possibility. I think Brittany is pulling straight Fs . . . [but] it's all about the stories and characters. It's our job to find new [stars] that people will love.")

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

--"Eureka" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Syfy. (--Wil Wheaton from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and comic-book legend Stan Lee guest star.)

--"Warehouse 13" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Syfy. (--Lindsay Wagner returns as Dr. Vanessa Calder when she asks for help on a case from Artie.)

--"The Closer" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TNT. (--Adam Arkin guests.)

--"Rupaul's Drag U" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Logo. (--Charo guests.)

--"Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal" [1st season finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on OWN.

--"Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Vanished With Beth Holloway" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Lifetime.

--"Source Code" - Jake Gyllenhaal goes back in time using a program called the Source Code. The only drawback is each trip is limited to only 8 minutes, which really sucks when you're trying to stop a bomb from going off and you keep getting blown up over and over again.

--"Trust" - David Schwimmer directed this story about a teenage girl targeted by a middle-aged predator, who lures her into an online relationship by pretending to be a teenage boy. Clive Owen and Catherine Keener play her unsuspecting parents.

--"Dylan Dog: Dead of Night" - Brandon "Superman" Routh stars as Dylan Dog in this horror comedy that's based on a popular comic book. Dylan is a private detective who takes on vampires, werewolves and zombies as part of his job. --One of the better casting decisions was putting Sam Huntington in the role of his whiny friend. You'd know him as the neurotic werewolf on SyFy's "Being Human". You'll also recognize Taye Diggs and rassler Kurt Angle among the undead.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe" . . . a single-disc DVD set.

--"Jersey Shore: Season Three (Uncensored)" . . . a four-disc DVD set.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"LP1", Joss Stone (--It includes her single "Somehow". You can preview a few songs from the album at

--"Here I Am", former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland (--Lil Wayne is on the single "Motivation". Other guests include Big Sean and Rico Love.)

--"Rabbits on the Run", Vanessa Carlton (--It includes the song "Carousel".)

--"Chief", Eric Church (--He titled the album after a childhood nickname given to him by his grandfather. The disc includes the single, "Homeboy".)

Sean Kingston Returned to the Stage for the First Time Since His Accident:

SEAN KINGSTON joined NICKI MINAJ on stage in Miami on Friday night. They performed their song "Letting Go (Dutty Love)". (--It was released last year, and could be on Sean's next album, which doesn't have a title or release date yet.) --This was Sean's first time back on stage since he was almost killed in a jet-ski accident back in May. --On Twitter, Sean said, quote, "Just killed it on stage with the lovely @NickiMinaj. Had an amazing time, [it] feels great to be back on stage [especially] wit the hottest female out :-) . . . 'Dont call it a comeback!'" (--Here's a picture from the show that Sean posted on Twitter . . . and here's a video of their performance.)

YouTube Will Stream the Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Festivals:

This year, you'll be able to watch the Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits music festivals online. YouTube will stream footage from both events live. And this includes performances, as well as backstage interviews and stuff. --Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said, quote, "For those who can't make it . . . we have YouTube. Be a voyeur." Lollapalooza takes place on the weekend of August 5th, and Austin City Limits runs from September 16th through the 18th.
Bob Dylan's Grandson Is a 15-Year-Old Rapper:

BOB DYLAN has a 15-year-old grandson named Pablo Dylan, who's an aspiring . . . RAPPER. And it sounds like Bob's career really influenced his decision to become a musician.--Pablo tells, quote, "Of course we do two different things . . . and I don't want people to see me for what he has done. But, what I have done, I mean from a musical and personal standpoint, is definitely influenced by him. --"Everyone around me influences me, and I have learned so much from him just listening to his records, but I hope his music continues to live on through what I continue to do the rest of my life."--Pablo adds, quote, "My grandfather, I consider him the Jay-Z of his time, and he definitely has a legacy that a lot of people look up to . . . He feels strongly about my music, and I love him to death." --Pablo just released his first mixtape. It's called "10 Minutes". (--Bob Dylan hasn't commented . . . and technically, Pablo didn't characterize Bob's "strong" feelings as either positive or negative. He's probably supportive, but I'm curious what he thinks of the profanity in Pablo's music.) (--Check out to Pablo's track "Top of the World", here. WARNING: There's an uncensored F-bomb 45 seconds in . . . and he name-checks Bob five seconds later. There are also a couple B-words early in the song.) (--If you dig it, you can download the whole mixtape, here.) (--By the way, Pablo is the son of Bob's oldest son Jesse Dylan . . . not JAKOB DYLAN, the singer from THE WALLFLOWERS.)

A Fan Once Left a Live Baby at Dolly Parton's Doorstep:

There's been a rumor out there for a while that a fan once left a baby on DOLLY PARTON'S doorstep. A human baby, mind you. I've always thought it was an urban legend . . . until now. Because Dolly recently confirmed it.--She said, quote, "There are all kinds of things that people ask me to do but I tell this story and it's a true story but freaky. Years ago when I first started being a big star I had fans that were fanatical. It was when 'Jolene' was a big hit. --"We came home one day and there was a baby in a box at our gate with a note in it. The note said, 'My name is Jolene, my momma has left me here and she wants you to have me.' Of course, we all freaked out!" --Because Dolly is SANE, she did the right thing. She continues, quote, "We immediately called Human Services and took care of the baby until they got there. We never did know or hear anything about it. I knew nothing else. --"There are some loony people in this world! Can you imagine yourself in that situation? It wasn't like it was a kitten or a puppy. It was a baby named Jolene!" (--"Jolene" was a hit back in 1973, so that would make baby Jolene around 38 years old by now. So, why not toss it out there?) (--Are you named Jolene and are you around 38 years old? Or, do you know anyone who fits that description?)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

A woman says FLO RIDA fathered her baby. He says he didn't, and he took a paternity test to prove it. The problem is, he took it under a fake name to protect his privacy, and now he can't prove he actually took it. (Full Story)

Are JENNIFER ANISTON and JUSTIN THEROUX house-hunting together? (Full Story)

Who knew? JAMES FRANCO has had a girlfriend for five years. But not anymore. They just broke up. (Full Story)

At Comic-Con on Friday, actor RHYS IFANS was cited for battery after he got into a shoving match with a female security guard. Apparently, he didn't have the proper credentials to get into a certain part of the convention. Oh, and he'd been drinking, too. Ifans is playing a villain called The Lizard in "The Amazing Spider-Man". (Full Story)

"Fringe" star JOSHUA JACKSON was hospitalized Thursday in Santa Monica for some kind of allergic reaction . . . but he's fine now. (Full Story)

DEMI LOVATO says her next album will come out September 20th. (Full Story)

Remember ARMIE HAMMER, the dude who played the Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network"? Well, he's reprising those roles in an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons". The episode will air early next year. (Full Story)

CBS has tapped DONNIE OSMOND to host a new game show called "Secret Fortune". There aren't many details on the game yet . . . but it sounds similar to "Deal or No Deal", only with envelopes instead of suitcases. (Full Story)

MARK HAMILL will play a villain on "Chuck" next season. (Full Story) (--Mark played Luke Skywalker in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. If you didn't already know that, you should be ashamed of yourself.)

Comedy Central has ordered two more seasons of "Futurama". (Full Story)

There were lots of new game trailers at Comic-Con this weekend, including . . . "Star Wars: The Old Republic", "Assassin's Creed", "Mass Effect 3", "Gears of War", "God of War", "Soul Calibur", "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3", "Batman: Arkham City", "Gotham City Imposters", "Spiderman Edge of Time", and "X-Men: Destiny"


The 10 Things You Need to Know About the Terrorist Attack in Norway:

#1.) On Friday, a terrorist set off a car bomb outside some government buildings in Oslo, Norway. Then he went to a political youth retreat on an island 20 miles outside the city, and WHILE people there were discussing the bombing, he started shooting and killing everyone he saw.

#2.) In the end, 93 people were murdered, and most of them were children and teenagers. Five are still missing. Seven were killed by the bomb, and 86 at the youth retreat. The missing people may have drowned while trying to swim away from the island.

#3.) At first, Islamic terrorists tried to take credit for the attacks, but they didn't do it. No, the terrorist here was a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed 32-year-old Norwegian man named Anders Behring Breivik. And they think he acted alone. --As a comparison, this is like a Norwegian TIMOTHY MCVEIGH situation . . . a homegrown terrorist who grew so deranged in his hate toward the government that he attacked his own country. McVeigh killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995.

#4.) The day of the attack, Breivik published a 1,500-page manifesto online. It features rants AGAINST Muslims and their presence in Europe, and calls for a European civil war to overthrow governments and eliminate multiculturalism.

#5.) It also appears that Breivik plagiarized some of his manifesto from THE UNABOMBER. He envisions himself as a hero and a genius. But basically he's just a psychopath who tragically followed through on his horrible thoughts.

#6.) Breivik was captured alive. Norway doesn't have the death penalty. However, they can detain someone forever if they're deemed a dangerous terrorist . . . so he'll be locked up for the rest of his life.

#7.) The camp that Breivik shot up was being run by the Labour political party. The Labour party has always supported immigration and multiculturalism in Norway.

#8.) Here's an example of how HORRIBLE this attack was. At the camp, Breivik dressed up as a police officer and told teenagers that it was okay to come outside, because he was a cop. When they would come outside, he would shoot them.

#9.) It took more than an HOUR for the police to get to the camp to stop him. The camp was on an island and they didn't have adequate boats to get a special armed unit over there.

#10.) Breivik will be in court today and says he wants to explain himself. His lawyer told reporters, quote, "He has said he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary . . . [to bring] a revolution."
(--We are choosing not to include photos of Breivik. Because as a narcissist, nothing would help him fulfill his vision more than having his face become a symbol. Here is a link if you'd like to see what this subhuman looks like.)


The Average Person Spends Over a Year Listening to the Radio in Their Car . . . . and Owns 26 Cars, Drives 300,000 Miles, and Flirts With 68 Other Drivers:

A new study out of England calculated a bunch of different lifetime driving stats for the average person. So, SPOILER ALERT: Here's how the rest of your life is going to go, at least behind the wheel. The average person will . . .

--Drive from age 16 until age 77-and-a-half, for 61-and-a-half years of driving.

--Own 26 cars.

--Drive almost 300,000 miles.

--Break the speed limit 18,165 times, or about 300 times a year.

--Fill up with gas 2,645 times.

--Go to a mechanic 31 times.

--Drive on 15 dates.

--Flirt with 68 other drivers.

--Sit in 9,348 traffic jams for 100 days, 21 hours, and seven minutes.

--Get lost 336 times.

--Have 35 minor accidents, including bumps and scrapes.

--Have 81 near misses on accidents.

--Break down 13 times and have 15 flat tires.

--Eat in the car 1,093 times.

--Spill a drink in the car 306 times.

--Cry in the car 82 times.

--Apply make-up or brush their hair 363 times.

--Argue in the car with their significant other 3,646 times.

--And finally, LISTEN TO THE RADIO 4,879 times, for a total of 376 days, 11 hours, and two minutes. 376 days, 11 hours, and two minutes VERY well spent. (The Scotsman)

Your Wife's Nagging Will Help You Survive a Heart Attack?

See, when your wife nags you, she's not doing it to be irritating . . . she's doing it to SAVE YOUR LIFE. Yeah . . . that's gotta be the reason. --According to a new study in the "Canadian Medical Association Journal", married men are significantly less likely to die from heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems than single men. --And the researchers believe the reason is . . . when a married man starts having chest pains, his wife is much more likely to push him to go to the doctor right away. Single men don't get nagged . . . and take much longer to go seek treatment. (NBC 7 - Boise)

Here are the 25 Signs You're Getting Old:

A new survey in England came up with the 25 signs YOU'RE GETTING OLD. Ready to see how many of them apply to you?

--If the answer is "a lot," you're not alone: About 60% of the people surveyed said they were showing plenty of signs from the list. And a decent number of those people were in their 20s. Here are the signs . . .

#1. You fall asleep in front of the TV . . . #2. You wake up feeling stiff . . . #3. You groan when you bend down . . . #4. You're shocked by sexual music videos . . . #5. You hate noisy bars and restaurants . . .

#6. You think teachers, cops, and doctors look really young . . . #7. You grow more ear hair and nose hair . . . #8. You struggle to use technology . . . #9. You forget people's names . . . #10. You don't know any of the top 10 songs on the radio.

#11. You choose clothes and shoes for comfort, not style . . . #12. You start driving slower . . . #13. Your tastes change and you like "older" drinks, like sherry . . . #14. You complain more . . . #15. You misplace things more often . . .

#16. You think your coworkers keep getting younger . . . #17. You take mid-afternoon naps . . . #18. You complain about all the garbage on TV these days . . . #19. Your ears get bigger . . . #20. You like going for a nice Sunday walk . . .

#21. You're losing your hair . . . #22. You go on vacation to a place that doesn't allow kids . . . #23. You develop an interest in gardening . . . #24. You like being carded for alcohol . . . #25. You know your alcohol limit, and cut yourself off.

-The survey also found that the majority of people say SIXTY is the age when someone can officially be considered "old." (Daily Mail)

If You Want To Party in College and Still Get a Good Job, the University of Illinois Is the Place to Go:

Finally there's a college ranking you can use. You no longer have to choose between going to a party school, or wasting your college years in the library. --The website PayScale took the college rankings for highest mid-career salary, and combined them with the Princeton Review's rankings of the best party schools. --The new hybrid list gives you the Top Party Schools That Pay. In other words, you can have all the booze and promiscuous sex of college, and not have it hurt your paycheck afterward. --The school that tops the list is . . . the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. They finished 18th on the party school rankings, but graduates start with an average salary of $51,500, and they earn $94,300 by the middle of their career. --The University of California at Santa Barbara came in second place. They're the eighth best party school, and grads start at $47,300 and make $91,000 by mid-career. --The rest of the top five are the University of Colorado, Boulder . . . the University of Maryland . . . and the University of Texas, Austin. --The University of Georgia, which topped the 2010-11 Party School rankings, finished 15th in the combined party-salary rankings. (Huffington Post)
They're Designing a Yacht with a Helicopter Pad and Its Own Volcano:

A British yacht company has just released designs for a new yacht called the Tropical Island Paradise. Here are the specs . . . --It's 295 feet long, or just a few feet short of being the size of a FOOTBALL FIELD. And it has . . .

--A helicopter landing pad.

--Four floating cabanas that are attached to the back.

--A giant pool and beach cove.

--A movie theater, library, game room, and spa.

--Ten guest rooms and a master suite spread over two levels.

--And finally, a VOLCANO on top that explodes with water that flows down into the pool.

--They haven't announced the price yet but, ya know, they probably won't be giving this thing away. (Daily Mail) (--Here are some photos of the yacht.)

The FAA Got Rid of a Tax on Airline Tickets . . . but Most Airlines Raised Fares So We Won't Get Any Savings:

Congress can't agree on anything, which actually led to a tax cut on Friday night. But don't get too excited . . . you probably won't see any of it. --The debate over the debt ceiling has kept Congress from doing much of anything. That includes a bill that would have kept the Federal Aviation Administration's tax collection department running. --The old bill expired on Friday night, which means that the 5% to 10% tax you were paying on airline tickets is no longer being collected. --That means we're paying less to fly, right? By $15 to $30 on a $300 ticket? Nope. -- Turns out, most airline companies decided they deserved that tax cut more than you. So they raised fares an average of 7.5%. So we're paying the same, and they collect more money. --But you might want to try Virgin America. They put up a countdown to the tax expiring on their website Friday night, and they didn't raise their fares. Frontier and Alaska Airlines aren't taking the tax money from you either. --On the flip side, US Airways, American, and JetBlue were the first companies to jack up their rates. American tried to say they didn't increase fares because the "price of a ticket remains the same as it was before." (Star News)

Website of the Day: The Wonderful World of the Diving Face:

You probably didn't know this, but when divers are in mid-air, they make ridiculous faces. Luckily, there's a website that complied some of the best photos of it. Just Google "the wonderful world of the diving face." (--Check it out here.)

A Man Tries to Siphon Gas From a Car Using a Leaf Blower . . . And the Car Explodes:

I'm not a chemist, but I do know this: When you've got the gas tank open on your car, you HAVE to be careful . . . because you're one tiny spark away from getting BLOWN THE EFF UP. --31-year-old Joseph Williamson of Seminole, Florida apparently lacked that basic level of common sense. --Last Thursday, Joseph went outside and saw that the gas cap was open on his girlfriend's 1997 Saturn. He was worried someone had messed with the car and put sugar in the tank. --So he decided to siphon out the gas. But not by using a hose . . . no, Joseph decided he was going to try to suck out the gas with an electric LEAF BLOWER. --And, as expected, a spark from the leaf blower ignited the gas tank . . . and the CAR EXPLODED. --Joseph suffered serious burns to his arms, but otherwise he was miraculously alright. --The car was destroyed in the explosion. (St. Petersburg Times)

A 13-Year Old Boy Pretending to Be a Ninja Stabs Himself Through the Neck With a Bamboo Spear . . . and Lives:

Dez Heal is a 13-year-old boy in Lynchburg, Virginia, and he's lucky to be alive. --A couple weeks ago, Dez and his friends were playing Ninja. As all guys know, the rules of Ninja are simple: You grab some dangerous, cool-looking weapons and run around the backyard, play-fighting. --Instead of swords, the kids were using sharpened bamboo sticks that were several feet long. Dez put his down the back of his shirt, probably so he could whip it out quickly and swing it when he was ready to fight. --But the stick slid around to the side when Dez jumped, and when he landed . . . it IMPALED him through the NECK. --Somehow, the spear missed his arteries, nerves, and head, and Dez managed to get himself into his house and show his dad. By that time, his lips were turning blue. --Dez was rushed to the University of Virginia Medical Center, and they removed the stick after five hours of surgery. He said he was worried that he might pass out, and that his neck might start "gushing" during the operation, but he's going to be fine. (WSET 13)

A Man Sold His Kidney to Buy an Engagement Ring . . . But His Girlfriend Dumped Him Before He Could Propose:

This story's only being reported in sketchy tabloids, so we can't guarantee it's true. But we love it anyway. According to reports, a guy in the Ukraine wanted to propose to his girlfriend, but couldn't afford to buy a ring. So he SOLD HIS KIDNEY to get the money. --He got about $20,000 on the black market for the kidney . . . which can buy a hell of a good ring. --Unfortunately for the guy, before he could propose . . . his girlfriend DUMPED HIM. Yeah, OUCH. (The Street Journal)

A Guy on a Motorcycle Rear-Ends a Minivan, Goes Through the Back Window . . . And Ends Up in the Backseat, Unharmed:

If someone had been filming this, it would be up over 100 million views on YouTube by now. Because it sounds like it was awesome. --On Thursday afternoon, just outside of Victorville, California, a guy on a motorcycle rear-ended a minivan. He flew over the handlebars . . . crashed through the back window of the van . . . and landed in the backseat. --And . . . he was totally UNHARMED. He didn't even need medical attention. His helmet absorbed basically all of the impact. All he wanted was an ice pack for his hand. (San Jose Mercury News)


A Man Robs an Armored Car, Then Hides the Money Behind His "Scarface" Poster:

Back when MTV used to show "Cribs", we learned that every rapper in the entire world has a "Scarface" poster in their house. Which means: If you want to be a poser to the hip-hop lifestyle, your FIRST purchase is a "Scarface" poster. --20-year-old Diondrey Washington of Detroit, Michigan, is EXACTLY that kind of poser. -Back on the 8th, Diondrey was part of a two-man crew that robbed an armored car outside of a Michigan Treasury Department office. The armored car driver was a friend of theirs who was also in on the plan. --They ended up getting away with $315,287, and Diondrey took his cut of the money home. And by "home," we mean his parents' house, since of COURSE he still lives with his mom and dad. --Then he stashed it in a hollowed out part of the wall . . . and covered up the hole with his "Scarface" poster. --The FBI quickly cracked the robbery and tracked down Diondrey. When they found him, he was wearing a new $5,000 Rolex. He's been charged with robbery and weapons possession. (The Smoking Gun)

A Woman Tries to Shoot at a Cop, But Doesn't Realize Her Gun is Empty . . . and the Cop Responds By Shooting Her in the Buttocks:

You've got to be some kind of idiot to shoot at a cop. 22-year-old Shandra Kidd of Chicago is, in fact, that kind of idiot. And she takes her idiocy to a whole new level. --In May of 2007, officers in Chicago were responding to a "shots fired" call and ended up chasing Shandra. -As she ran, she didn't realize the bullets had all fallen out of her gun. --When a cop caught her, she took her gun, put it up to his chest, and PULLED THE TRIGGER. But again, thankfully, all the bullets had fallen out, so it didn't go off. --But the cop DID have a loaded gun. And when Shandra started running again, he shot her . . . right in the BUTTOCKS. --On Thursday, Shandra was sentenced to 55 years in prison for attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. --A state's attorney said, quote, "This is a fitting and a just sentence for anyone who would be so bold as to fire a gun at a police officer." (Chicago Sun Times)


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

Two 14-year-olds in New Jersey lost an appeal and have been labeled sex offenders for life . . . because they bullied a 12-year-old by sitting on his face with their bare buttocks. They say it was 'horseplay' . . . but New Jersey has 'Megan's Law', which say that it's criminal sexual contact if they did it to humiliate their victim. That means they'll have to notify the police of changes in their address or employment for the rest of their lives. (Full Story)

A guy who worked in a horse stable in Colorado died two weeks after being bitten by a black widow spider on his foot . . . 19 TIMES. (Full Story)

A new breakfast survey has determined that 70% of Americans start their day with . . . toast. And whole grain is their favorite kind. (Full Story)

There's a kid in India with 34 fingers and toes, a new world record. (Full Story)


#1.) Beating the Heat Part One . . . Riding a Motorcycle Wearing Just the Ridiculous Green Bathing Suit from "Borat":

There was triple-digit heat across most of the country this weekend. And a guy outside St. Louis named Jacob Southard is trying to stay cool by riding his motorcycle . . . wearing nothing but that ridiculous green bathing suit from the movie "Borat". --From the side, he looks completely naked except for his helmet. And when the local news asked him why he's doing it, his answer was simple: "Beatin' the heat." --He said he asked a cop if it's legal, and it is. And when his boss saw him on the highway, she thought it was hilarious and took a picture. Apparently the whole thing started on a dare, and he liked it. Meanwhile, his wife and mother are VERY upset. (--Search for "Man Rides Motorcycle Nearly Naked to Beat the Heat." Be warned . . . the news report features some naked butt-cheek.)

#2.) Beating the Heat Part Two . . . Taking Your Pants Off on the New York Subway:

It was so hot in New York on Friday, some crazy lady on the subway took her PANTS off. Which isn't really that weird by New York subway video standards. She just stood there holding the handrail, and everyone on the train tried to ignore it. --But the best part is when a guy gets on and sits down next to her without looking. Then he realizes what's up, and moves to the other end of the train. (--Search YouTube for "HotinSubway." The guy gets on the train at :18, and notices at :25.) (--WARNING: This video includes backside nudity.)

#3.) Beating the Heat Part Three . . . A Dog Tried to Bring a Baby Pool Inside, and Succeeded:

There's a video on YouTube of a bulldog playing in a baby pool. Then it decides it doesn't want to be in the sun anymore, so it tries to drag the pool inside the house . . . while there's water in it. --The problem is, the sliding glass door is only open about a foot and a half. But he still manages to get the pool inside . . . after all the water splashes out. (--Search YouTube for "Gus vs. Pool." He starts dragging it at :27, and gets it through the door at 1:43.)

#4. A Soccer Player Tried to do a Backward Trick Shot and Failed:

Mario Balotelli is a a forward for the Italian national soccer team, and the British team Manchester City. Not Manchester United . . . same city, different team. --Anyway, Manchester City beat the LA Galaxy in a pre-season exhibition game yesterday. And halfway through the first half, Balotelli had a great two-on-one opportunity against the L.A. goalkeeper. --But he messed it up by trying a hilariously crappy trick shot, where he spun around and tried to kick the ball with the back of his foot. It was so lame, and the ball went way wide. So the Manchester City coach pulled him out of the game, and they got in a fight. (--Search for "Balotelli failed trick shot - Mancini takes him out.")

Four Text Messages You Should Never Send Someone You're Dating:

Everyone knows that if you break up with someone over text message, it automatically makes you a horrible, heartless coward. But here's a list from "Glamour" magazine of four MORE texts you shouldn't send someone you're dating.

#1.) "I Love You" If You've Never Said It Before. You only get one chance to say 'I love you' for the first time. So make sure it's in person. --Even if you drop the "I" and just write "love you," it still counts as a lame text message.

#2.) That You're "Feeling Weird" About Things. It's too vague, and if you send it over text message, they'll end up calling you anyway. So figure out what you actually MEAN, then call them or say it in person.

#3.) That You're Angry About Something. It might seem like a good idea, to vent and let off steam. But again, it's too vague, and if there's no response, you'll just get more angry. --Since you definitely won't resolve anything over text message, you're better off waiting for the inevitable face-to-face argument you'll have later.

#4.) That You Might Be Pregnant. Just remember that when you text someone, they could be anywhere . . . like a work meeting, or having dinner with their mother. And news like that will DEFINITELY get a reaction.


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