Monday, August 1, 2011



Miley Cyrus Has Been Tattooed in the Name of Marriage Equality:

MILEY CYRUS got a new tattoo that shows her support of marriage equality. It's an "equal sign" on her right ring finger. She Tweeted a picture of it with the caption, quote, "All LOVE is equal." (--Check out a picture here.) (Source)

David Beckham Got a "Harper" Tattoo in Honor of His New Daughter:

DAVID BECKHAM got the word "Harper" tattooed on his neck. Obviously, that's a tribute to his new daughter, Harper Seven. (--You can see the edge of it peeking past his collar here.) (E! Online)

21-Year-Old Aaron Johnson and His 44-Year-Old Fiancée Are Having Another Baby:

Remember how AARON JOHNSON . . . the kid who starred in the movie "Kick-Ass" . . . met and impregnated a much older woman? Well, their daughter just turned a year old . . . and they're expecting ANOTHER KID. --Aaron is now 21. His fiancée, director SAM TAYLOR-WOOD, is 44. That's a 23-year age difference. They met in 2009, when she directed him in a movie called "Nowhere Boy". (--Here's a picture of them together.) (IMDB)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Were Together on Arnold's Birthday:

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and MARIA SHRIVER put their differences aside and spent time together with their kids over the weekend. They went shopping in Beverly Hills for Arnold's 64th birthday, which was Saturday. (--Here's a pic of them in the car together.) (TMZ)

Did Rumer Willis Bring Zac Efron to Meet Her Mom?

The ALLEGED relationship between ZAC EFRON and RUMER WILLIS is ALLEGEDLY getting more serious. --"In Touch Weekly" says Rumer recently brought Zac home to meet her mom, DEMI MOORE. --A source says, quote, "Zac brought Demi flowers. She was super-polite and they got along well." (--We're still awaiting official confirmation . . . or at least photographic proof . . . that this relationship is for real.)

Amy Winehouse Was Trying to Adopt a 10-Year-Old Caribbean Girl When She Died:

Britain's not-always-reliable "Mirror" tabloid says AMY WINEHOUSE was trying to adopt a 10-year-old Caribbean girl when she died. --The girl's name is Dannika, and she lives on the island of St. Lucia, which Amy had visited many times. Dannika was living with a single mom who couldn't support her, and Amy was prepared to take her back to England with her. --Both of Dannika's parents were on board with the idea, and Amy was reportedly going to St. Lucia this month to start the paperwork. --How did Amy first meet Dannika? Shockingly, it was through her grandmother, who ran a beachfront BAR. (--You can read more about this here.)

Dr. Drew Says Amy Winehouse Did Not Die of Alcohol Withdrawal:

"Celebrity Rehab" quack DR. DREW isn't buying the claim that AMY WINEHOUSE died because she STOPPED drinking. But he says that CAN happen. --In a radio interview last week . . .. He said, quote, "[It's] a very interesting little theory. It's wrong, it's not what she died of, I can virtually guarantee you, but it's an interesting reminder to all of us that alcohol is the only drug from which the withdrawal is commonly fatal. --"It can kill you . . . but it kills you, it sort of . . . you go down in a ball of fire. You get really, really sick and you seize and you become encephalopathic and confused and your heart becomes erratic and it's not like you just drop dead like her parents are suggesting." -Dr. Drew also claims that Amy was trying to contact him before her death. You can believe that if you want to, but you should probably know that his source for that info was JANICE DICKINSON. --Drew's rep later said, quote, "Janice Dickinson told Dr. Drew that she had given Dr. Drew's number to someone in Amy's camp. --"No contact was ever made between Amy and Dr. Drew, although he did get a missed call from an international number that he did not recognize. We can't be sure who made the call and no message was left."

Throat Cancer Survivor Michael Douglas Is Still Smoking:

What's the last thing 66-year-old Stage 4 throat cancer survivor MICHAEL DOUGLAS should be doing these days? If you said SMOKING, you're right. --Well, guess what 66-year-old Stage 4 throat cancer survivor Michael Douglas was spotted doing during a family vacation on a yacht off the coast of Italy? If you said SMOKING . . . right again. (--Check out some pics here.) --If there's one thing Michael and CATHERINE ZETA-JONES seem to love above all else, it's their cigarettes. --In fact, years ago they unleashed a LEGAL HELL STORM when pictures popped up online of Catherine topless and smoking . . . while she was PREGNANT with one of their kids.

Clark Gable's Grandson Was Arrested for Shining a Laser at a Police Helicopter:

CLARK GABLE THE THIRD . . . the grandson of "Gone with the Wind" stud CLARK GABLE . . . was arrested Thursday night for aiming some kind of laser at a police helicopter. --Gable's family claims he was riding around in a car with friends, and he was trying to aim the laser at the Hollywood sign . . . but he missed. --Clark was bailed out Friday. On his way out of jail, he told the paparazzi, quote, "People make mistakes and . . . you learn from them." (--Here's video. You'll also see a picture of Clark with the ladies of the Lipstick Bail Bonds company, who posted his bond.)

Al Pacino's Daughter Got a DUI:

AL PACINO'S 21-year-old daughter Julie was arrested for driving under the influence in New York City early Saturday morning. --A police spokesman said, quote, "She had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and the strong smell of alcohol on her breath. She admitted to drinking three beers and smoking marijuana prior to entering the checkpoint." --Pacino flew back to New York following Julie's arrest. He's been in Los Angeles filming an HBO movie about record producer / convicted murderer PHIL SPECTOR.

Angelina Jolie Says She and Brad Pitt Are Going to Start Working Less:

ANGELINA JOLIE says she and BRAD PITT are going to start working less . . . quote, "As Brad and I get older we're going to do fewer films. I've been working for a long time, he's been working for a long time. --"We've had a nice run and don't want to be doing this our whole lives. There are a lot of other things to do." --By the way . . . Angelina talked about slowing down and / or quitting in 2008, the year "Kung Fu Panda" came out. Since then, she's done the sequel to that movie, plus "Wanted", "Salt" and "The Tourist". --She also wrote and directed a movie called "In the Land of Blood and Honey".

Plaxico Burress Has Signed with the New York Jets:

PLAXICO BURRESS is coming back to New York. Fresh off a 20-month prison sentence, Plax has signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the New York Jets. --Plaxico caught the game-winning touchdown pass when the Giants upset the Patriots in Super Bowl 42. -But he got put away on gun charges after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York City club with a piece he was carrying in his sweatpants. --Before the Giants, Plaxico played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chad Ochocinco Gets to Wear #85 in New England:

The second-most important controversy of the upcoming NFL season has been put to rest: CHAD OCHOCINCO will indeed get to wear #85 for the New England Patriots. --That was a concern when Chad was sent to New England from Cincinnati . . . because Patriot AARON HERNANDEZ already had it. But Hernandez gave it up as a "welcome to the team" gesture. --When you legally change your name to the Spanish words for EIGHT and FIVE, it's pretty important that you always wear #85. Before Hernandez gave it up, there were reports that Chad was willing to pay big bucks for it.
Donald Trump Still Might Run for President:

DONALD TRUMP says there's still a chance he might run for president. But only if the economy doesn't improve and the Republicans, quote, "pick the wrong candidate." --He says, quote, "I would give it very, very serious thought. There are so many people wanting me to do it." (--Uh, yeah. And their names are Letterman, Leno, Kimmel, O'Brien, Ferguson, Maher . . .) --Trump would also like to clarify his stance on the debt ceiling. He doesn't necessarily WANT Republicans to stonewall PRESIDENT OBAMA and potentially push the government into default. But he doesn't think it's a bad idea. --He says, quote, "I don't advocate default . . . What I do say is you can't be afraid [of a default]. This is the time to settle the problems of years and years of abuse. This is the time for the Republicans to get the country back on track. --"The Republicans have the cards, the president does not have the cards." (--You can see video here.) (--If Congress approves the debt deal that was worked out yesterday, all of this becomes moot . . . just like Trump has been from pretty much day one on the political scene.) (--Jump back out, Trump, before you make a fool of yourself again.)

Check Out Pictures of Batman and Bane Fighting:

"The Dark Knight Rises" is currently filming in Pittsburgh. And some pictures of Batman fighting his nemesis Bane . . . played by TOM HARDY . . . hit the web over the weekend. (--Check 'em out here.) (Source)

Check Out Some Footage From the End of "Captain America", Featuring All the Avengers Together:

As most of you probably know, several of the Marvel Comics superheroes are being lumped together for the "Avengers" movie that comes out next summer. --If you haven't seen "Captain America" yet, there's a brief teaser for "The Avengers" at the end. It features the whole team: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow . . . --Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk's human alter-ego Bruce Banner and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Not to mention Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury . . . the guy who puts the team together. --Well, an even BRIEFER version of that brief teaser is now online. (--And you can watch it here.)

The Winner of This Weekend's Box Office is Still Too Close to Call:

It was "Cowboys & Aliens" versus "The Smurfs" this weekend, and the winner was . . . well, it's still too close to call. Early studio estimates have both films tied for first place with $36.2 million. We'll know who really won when the final numbers are released later today. --STEVE CARELL'S "Crazy, Stupid, Love" was the weekend's only other big release. It came in 5th place with $19.3 million.

1.) (NEW) "Cowboys & Aliens", $36.2 million.

1.) (NEW) "The Smurfs", $36.2 million.

3.) "Captain America: The First Avenger", $24.9 million. Up to $117 million in its 2nd week.

Jerry Lewis Hates Reality TV and the State of the Entertainment Industry:

85-year-old comedian JERRY LEWIS was at a TV event promoting his upcoming documentary "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" on Friday . . . and he used the opportunity to rip reality TV and the current state of the entertainment industry. --For starters, Jerry isn't a fan of "American Idol". He said, quote, "The kids who are on 'American Idol', they're all McDonald's wipeouts. They've all been dumped. -"They've worked there and now they're doing that. And of course they all play a guitar, which takes the place of music." --And he also doesn't like the industry's infatuation with shows like "The Biggest Loser" . . . over what he considers REAL reality entertainment. --He said, quote, "[Advertisers like] Proctor & Gamble say, 'Are you nuts? You want me to spend $1.6 million for that variety show when I can get the fat lady to lose weight for $62,000. Let's go with that one. We'll call it reality.' --"And that's what they've done . . . Who cares? --"The industry has destroyed itself . . . we don't have the soul in our industry that we had when I was working. [It] has been desperately deteriorated, only because you got a guy that's running a network whose aunt died and left him some stock." --Jerry believes TV deserves to have better content. He explained, quote, "I love the industry. I don't allow people in my family to use the term 'TV' around the house. It's 'television.' It's a miracle . . . when I watch it. --"I want it to grab me . . . I want it to be like I ran home and I made sure to be there before 'Law & Order' went on . . . no one rushes home anymore to watch something good. They rush home and hope they see something good." --By the way, Jerry also seemed to deny that this year's Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day telethon would be his last. A few months ago, he said "it's time for a new era," and that he'd be making his final appearance this year. --But when asked about leaving, he said, quote, "It's none of your business . . . anything you read, read it twice." (--Even on a second read, it's hard to see between the lines on this. I guess we'll just have to wait for clarification.) (--Jerry's documentary premieres TONIGHT on Encore.)

Rosie O'Donnell's New Show Will Premiere in October:

ROSIE O'DONNELL'S new show on OPRAH WINFREY'S OWN network has a start date: October 10th. It's called "The Rosie Show", and it'll air weeknights at 7:00 P.M.

PBS Is Working on a "Mister Rogers" Spin-Off:

PBS stopped producing new episodes of "Mr. Rogers" 10 years ago . . . and now, they're developing a spin-off starring the SON of DANIEL STRIPED TIGER. --If you've seen "Mr. Rogers", you'll probably remember Daniel from the land of Make Believe. He's the shy tiger that lived in the clock. --The new show is called "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood". It'll be animated . . . and will follow the classic characters from the land of Make Believe. They're now "adults," who have children of their own. --So, the star is Tiger . . . the four-year-old son of the original Daniel Striped Tiger. The show will premiere NEXT fall, in 2012. (--Here's a still from the show so you can get an idea of what it will be like. And here's video of Fred Rogers with Daniel Striped Tiger from an old episode of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show". Fred brings him out at the 4:30 mark.) (--Of course, Fred isn't involved with the new show. He passed away in 2003.)


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

--"The Bachelorette" [7th Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"The Bad Girls Club" [7th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Oxygen.

--"The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC.


--"Soul Surfer" - AnnaSophia Robb plays surfer Bethany Hamilton, the chick who lost her left arm to a shark and then returned to competitive surfing. Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid play her parents, Carrie Underwood plays her church youth group leader, and Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine plays another surfer.

--"Rio" - Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg are the last two birds of their species, which makes them rare and expensive. They escape from some birdnappers, but Jesse doesn't know how to fly which leads to animated chaos.

--"Exporting Raymond" - Anyone who liked "Everybody Loves Raymond" will find this interesting: It's all about how sitcom creator Phil Rosenthal encounters hilarious cultural difference when he goes to Russia to help them adapt "Everybody Loves Raymond" for Russian television.

--"Cold Weather" - This has the potential to be mildly amusing: A forensics dropout and Sherlock Holmes wannabe gets a chance to flex his detective skills when his ex-girlfriend goes missing. It stars an unknown cast, with "Sherlock" played by a guy named Cris Lankenau.

TV Series On DVD:

--"United States of Tara: The Third Season" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Eastbound & Down: The Complete Second Season" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Everwood: The Complete Fourth Season" . . . the final season on five-discs.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Hold On 'Til The Night", Greyson Chance (--He's the young kid who was signed to Ellen DeGeneres' label after singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at a school talent show. He'll turn 14 in about two weeks. You can preview some of the tracks here.)

--"Sky Full of Holes", Fountains of Wayne (--Stream the album at AOL Music.)

--"King", O.A.R. (--It includes the single "Heaven". It's streaming at AOL Music.)

--"Young Love", Mat Kearney (--It includes the single "Hey Mama".)

--"Proud to Be Here", Trace Adkins (--There are 4 additional songs on the Deluxe Edition, including one with Blake Shelton called "If I Was a Woman".)

--"The Surburbs - Deluxe Edition", Arcade Fire (--A CD/DVD reissue with two new tracks. One of the bonus songs features David Byrne.)


The "Phineas and Ferb" Video Game Hits Stores Tomorrow:

--"Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension" (E10+) . . . on PS3, Wii, and DS. This is based on the Disney Channel movie that airs this Friday, with Phineas and Ferb entering an alternate universe controlled by an evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. (Trailer)

--"Bleach: Soul Resurreccion" (T) . . . on PS3. A one-player game about a teenager with the ability to see the spirits of the dead. As a "Soul Reaper", he uses his powers to fight an army of evil spirits. It's based on the anime and manga series "Bleach". (Trailer)

--"Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover!" (eC) which stands for Early Childhood . . . on the Wii and Nintendo DS. Grover, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby promote healthy habits like physical activity, healthy eating, and hygiene for young children. The Wii version of this game comes with a custom character cover for the Wiimote that eliminates unnecessary buttons and makes it easier for your kid to play. (Trailer)

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

Upcoming Free Game Content for You:

#1.) Nintendo's 3DS is getting a 30 percent price cut on August 12th, to bring the price of the handheld device down to $169.99. It's currently selling for $249. or anyone who's already bought a 3DS and accessed the Nintendo eShop, you'll be able to get 20 free downloadable games like "Super Mario Brothers", "Donkey Kong Jr.", "The Legend of Zelda", "Mario Kart", "Metroid", and "Yoshi's Island". (Full Story) --And since this drastic price cut will cause Nintendo to lose money on every 3DS, the company president has announced that he's taking a 50% pay cut.)

#2.) "Red Dead Redemption" is releasing free downloadable content in September in a bonus pack called "The Myths and Mavericks" as a show of appreciation to its fans. (Full Story)
How to End a Concert: Meat Loaf Collapsed Onstage . . . But Got Up and Finished His Show:

Meat Loaf suffered an asthma attack and COLLAPSED during his concert in Pittsburgh last Thursday night . . . but that didn't mean the show was over. --Meat Loaf . . . or Meat, as we call him for short . . . went down immediately after performing his epically long song "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)". --Medics rushed out to help him, and within 10 minutes, Meat had regained consciousness . . . was back on his feet . . . and ready to continue performing. --He said, quote, "I've had really bad asthma for the last three days, and it just [effing] got me, okay? We're not going to [effing] stop . . . I always said that if I'm going to go out, I'm going out onstage." (--Here's video of Meat after his collapse, preparing to continue the show. You have to love the lady 55 seconds in, who yells, quote, "What are you waiting for? Get a doctor up there! Idiot!" Meat starts talking at the 2:20 mark. WARNING: This video contains UNCENSORED PROFANITY.) --Meat later told the crowd: Quote, "I [effing] fainted. I have asthma, I can't breathe . . . and then . . . oh wait, I forgot . . . I got poked by a pin and bled half to death . . . and then I got slapped in the face, and my tooth is loose." (--You can find video, here. WARNING: There are a lot of UNCENSORED F-BOMBS. It leads into his performance of "Paradise By the Dashboard Light". Meat Loaf is 63 years old.)

How *Not* to End a Concert: Kings of Leon Singer Caleb Followill Stormed Off the Stage in Dallas . . . and Didn't Return:

A KINGS OF LEON show in Dallas on Friday was cut short when singer CALEB FOLLOWILL abruptly stormed off the stage . . . and didn't return. --Caleb blamed his walkout on being over-heated. He said, quote, "My voice is completely 100% wrong, I'm sorry. I'm about to fall down here because I'm so [G-Damn] hot . . . I'm gonna go backstage for a second. --"I'm gonna vomit, I'm gonna drink a beer and I'm gonna come back out here and I'm gonna play three more songs." But he never did come back. --Caleb had been complaining about the heat and not feeling well all night. Here's video of all those moments edited together. WARNING: There's a lot of UNCENSORED PROFANITY.) (--Caleb says he's going to go backstage and return at the 4:00 mark. It comes right after Caleb says they had a great time, and the crowd was "awesome.") --Bassist JARED FOLLOWILL was NOT happy that the show ended up being over. He told fans, quote, "We are so unbelievably sorry . . . there's no words right now. --"Caleb is just maybe a little unfit to play the rest of the show. I know you guys [effing] hate us . . . [but] it's really not our fault. We will be back as soon as possible . . . [effing] hate Caleb, not us." (--Here's video . . . with bleeped profanity.) --After the show, drummer NATHAN FOLLOWILL Tweeted, quote, "So sorry Dallas, your heat got the best of a few of us. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience of all this [B.S.]. We'll be back soon." --The show has already been rescheduled. The make-up date is September 21st. --But everything isn't OK yet. Jared admits that the band is having problems. He Tweeted, quote, "Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words. --"I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade." That's all we know for now. --Kings of Leon also canceled a concert scheduled for this past Saturday in Houston. It's been rescheduled for September 22nd. They're supposed to play tomorrow night in Tampa. As of now, that's still a go.

Bill Ward Has Confirmed Rumors That Black Sabbath Once Jammed with Led Zeppelin:

BLACK SABBATH drummer BILL WARD has opened up about Black Sabbath's rumored jam session with LED ZEPPELIN back in the '70s. --Bill told "Backpage" magazine, quote, "It only happened on one occasion that Zeppelin and Sabbath were in the studio at one time, and I think it was in the mid-'70s. --"We were in sessions . . . I don't remember what album we were working on . . . but it all started when [Zeppelin drummer John Bonham] comes into the studio and sits down at my drum kit and starts playing [our song] 'Supernaut'. --"It escalated to a pretty crazy situation within about 30 minutes, because not only was Bonzo there, but Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were there as well. Jimmy [Page] wasn't there, but I wish he had been. --"And Bonzo was kickin' the crap out of my drum kit! I can still hear him playing that intro on the hat, over and over . . . it was crazy, man."

Soulja Boy Did *Not* Buy Himself a $55 Million Jet for His Birthday:

SOULJA BOY turned 21 last week, and there was a rumor going around that he celebrated by . . . buying himself a $55 million private "G5" jet. The word was the jet cost $35 million, and he put another $20 mil into pimping it out. --Well, Soulja's rep says, quote, "The elaborate rumors circulating about Soulja Boy purchasing a jet for his 21st birthday are grossly over exaggerated and are not true." --There's no comment from Soulja directly, but he ENCOURAGED the rumors on Twitter and in a radio interview by not denying anything, and acting as if it were true.


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

CHARLIE SHEEN Tweeted that he loves DENISE RICHARDS' new book. (Full Story)

DENNIS RODMAN hijacked the microphone and sang PEARL JAM'S "Alive" at his 50th birthday party. (Video)

Octomom NADYA SULEMAN says she was DRUGGED when her fertility doctor, Michael Kamrava, made her sign the consent form that allowed him to implant 12 embryos in her uterus. (Full Story)

The national average price for a movie ticket is $8.06, which is an all-time high. That's up 2.15% . . . or 17 cents . . . over the average for 2010, which was $7.89. (Full Story)

Ever wonder how the plots of some of your favorite movies . . . like "Psycho", "Jaws", "Chinatown" and "The Fugitive" . . . would have been ruined by modern technology? Well, somebody decided to explore that idea. (Full Story)

DMX's rep admits she was wrong, and now says DMX IS working on a reality show. (Full Story)

ADAM LAMBERT, AVRIL LAVIGNE and COLBIE CAILLAT will mentor young wannabe singers on a new Hub TV show called "Majors and Minors". The show features kids between the ages of 10 and 16, and no one is voted off. (Full Story)

"Matrix" minx CARRIE-ANNE MOSS will appear in multiple episodes of "Chuck" this season. (Full Story)

JOE JONAS has announced that his album "Fast Life" has been pushed back to October 11th . . . and that he'll be opening for BRITNEY SPEARS this Friday, when her tour hits East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Facebook message)


The Six Things You Need to Know About the Debt Deal:

Yesterday, PRESIDENT OBAMA said they'd reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling, which is currently at $14.3 TRILLION. So, now the government can borrow enough money to pay outstanding bills. Here are the six things you need to know.

#1.) The plan will raise the debt ceiling by around $2.1 TRILLION. If we hadn't raised it, the U.S. would've defaulted and been unable to pay bills here and abroad. --Interest rates could've gone up. Social Security checks, military paychecks, and other government payments could've been delayed. The stock market could've taken a huge hit . . . and it could've had a catastrophic impact on the global economy.

#2.) The deal means raising our debt ceiling, which is already unthinkably high, but it also includes about $2.5 TRILLION in spending cuts. And sets things up so the ceiling can't be raised by more than the cuts.

#3.) As for where those cuts will come from . . . that has yet to be determined. The deal sets up a bipartisan congressional committee that will have to figure it out. The defense budget definitely looks like a candidate.

#4.) If that committee can't come up with $1.5 TRILLION in cuts to make over the next 10 years, some programs will AUTOMATICALLY see cuts. The specific programs haven't been released, but they won't include Social Security or Medicare.

#5.) While the deal has been approved by Obama and the congressional leaders, the rest of Congress still needs to vote on it today.

#6.) The compromise will keep the U.S. from defaulting, and that's good . . . but NO ONE is really happy. Obama, Democrats, and the Republican Speaker of the House, JOHN BOEHNER, expressed disappointment over the deal.

Apple Has Access to More Cash Than the U.S. Treasury:

The BBC looked at the latest financial reports and found that Apple has access to more cash than the U.S. government. --Apple released their second quarter financial statement on July 20th. It showed that they're holding $76.4 billion in cash.
--The U.S. Treasury Department releases daily cash balance statements. Last Wednesday, they had an operating cash balance of $73.7 billion . . . or $2.7 billion LESS than Apple. --By the end of Thursday, the cash balance was down to $53.6 billion . . . $23 billion less than Apple. (BBC) (--If you want to see just how much we owe, an infographic at shows the size of our $114.5 trillion debt and unfunded liabilities in stacks of $100 bills. Piled on pallets, the debt would fill a football field and create a tower taller than one-and-a-half World Trade Centers.)


A New Survey Finds the Top 20 Tricks Women Use to Feel Sexy:

HERE'S your explanation next time you walk past a woman and it smells like she dumped an entire jug of cheap perfume on her body. She's just tryin' to feel sexy, man. She's just tryin' to feel sexy. --According to a new survey, putting on perfume is actually the NUMBER ONE trick women use to feel sexy. It came in first on a list of 20 different tactics. Check 'em out . . .

#1.) Putting on their favorite perfume

#2.) Flashing a big, happy smile

#3.) Painting their nails

#4.) Getting their hair colored or highlighted

#5.) Spending hours straightening their hair


#7.) Taking a long, hot bath

#8.) Showing off their legs

#9.) Wearing a push-up bra

#10.) Getting a pedicure

#11.) Putting on heavy eye makeup

#12.) Exercising religiously

#13.) Spending hours curling their hair

#14.) Wearing red lipstick

#15.) Wearing a tight-fitting top


#17.) Fake tanning

#18.) Wearing fake eyelashes

#19.) Wearing a short skirt

#20.) Putting on tons of jewelry

--The survey also found that the average woman spends 38 minutes preparing for a date . . . but just 10 minutes getting ready for work. 60% of women say that, at some point, a stranger has told them they look sexy.

--BUT . . . only 7% feel sexy on a daily basis.

(Daily Mail)

To Keep Your Skin Wrinkle-Free and Cancer-Free in the Sun, Try Chugging Red Wine:

Good news . . . your hobby of "drinking gallon jugs of wine" may actually help your hobby of "not getting cancer." --According to a study out of the University of Barcelona in Spain, drinking red wine can actually help protect your skin in the sun . . . by fighting off the UV rays that cause everything from wrinkles to sunburns to, yep, skin cancer. --Scientists were able to find some compounds in red grapes that protect the skin cells from UV rays. The compounds actually stop the cells from dying which causes skin damage. --Now . . . this ISN'T to say that if you pound a magnum of wine every day you can go out in the sun, without sunscreen, and you'll be fine. --But the scientists do say that red wine can be one asset to your skin . . . so don't be too shy about drinking it during the summer. (The Telegraph)

A Study Ranks the Top 10 Vacation Spots Where People Gain the Most Weight . . . And We're Number One:

America isn't just good at chubbifying its own people. Hell no. We can chubbify ANYONE who sets foot in this country. --A new study out of England has figured out the top 10 vacation spots where people gain the most weight. And, as it should be, America's number one. --The average tourist puts on EIGHT POUNDS during a two-week trip to the U.S. The study attributes that to, quote, "huge portions, all-you-can-eat buffets, and constant snacking." --The Caribbean came in second on the list. A lot of that is thanks to all-inclusive resorts with all-you-can-eat 24 hours a day. --The rest of the top 10 are: France, Italy, Greece, England, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and Africa. (--Well that makes sense. They've got a ton of food over in Africa.) (???) --Overall, the average person says they gain about five pounds on a two-week vacation. --"Larger portions" was the main reason, followed by lounging around, alcohol, and free refills.(IOL Travel)
You've Got to Be Kidding . . . Some Department Stores Just Broke Out Their Christmas Stuff:

You know, if it's Christmas 365 days a year, Christmas is going to stop being special.--If you're somehow not familiar with the "Christmas creep" phenomenon, it describes how stores are busting out their Christmas merchandise, displays, and sales earlier and earlier. But this might be the worst example yet. --Last week, approximately 149 days before Christmas, some department stores ALREADY broke out their Christmas stuff. --Harrods, the famous department store in London, is leading the charge. Another London store, Selfridges, also has Christmas stuff. We don't have any reports of U.S. stores doing this, but it wouldn't shock us. --Both of those stores decided to open their Christmas displays to try to take advantage of the tourist season. They say that this is the peak of vacation time, and people visiting from other countries want to do their Christmas shopping now. --And because this is just what people do in this day and age . . . they've somehow found a way to BLAME THE MUSLIMS. --Ramadan is VERY early this year, it starts today. That led to many Muslim families taking vacations last month. --And while they don't celebrate Christmas, apparently many Muslim families like to buy Christmas decorations for their homes. (The Independent)

Tooth Fairy Payments are Down 40 Cents This Year:

Back when I was losing teeth . . . as a kid, not from my regrettable four-year meth habit . . . the Tooth Fairy used to give me a dollar. And I was thrilled. So I REALLY can't sympathize with what the kids are complaining about today. --We've got the results of a study here from Visa about how much kids are getting from the Tooth Fairy. And it turns out that this year, the average payment is down 40 cents.

--But today's kids are doing fine . . . they're STILL pulling in about $2.60 per tooth.

--In 2010, the average tooth netted a kid $3. This year it's down to $2.60.

--7% of kids get less than a dollar . . . 29% receive exactly one dollar . . . 18% get between $2 and $4 . . . and 18% of kids actually get $5.

--90% of kids under 12 surveyed said they get money from the "Tooth Fairy" every time they lose a tooth. Last year, it was 94%. (Time)

A Woman Finished Taking the Bar Exam While She Went Into Labor . . . Then Had Her Baby:

Now THIS is the kind of lawyer you want representing you. Because you can almost guarantee she's TOUGHER than the lawyer sitting on the other side of the table. --Her name hasn't been released, but last week in Chicago, Illinois she was taking the Illinois bar exam to become a lawyer. She graduated from Northwestern University law school back in June. --She also happens to be nine months pregnant. So after months of intense studying for the bar, she decided she HAD to take it before giving birth. But her baby wasn't exactly on board with that plan. --The bar exams last for two days. On the second day, in the middle of the test, she WENT INTO LABOR. Real, full-blown labor. But she kept on concentrating and answering questions. --She finished the test an hour early . . . which is basically unheard of . . . and then WALKED over to Prentice Women's Hospital at Northwestern, which luckily enough, was just across the street from the test. --Less than two hours later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. -The bar exam results haven't been released yet, but we're going to venture a guess that she passed . . . if she was tough enough to take the test during labor, she was tough enough to stick to a hardcore studying schedule. (Above the Law)

A Guy Died When He Crashed His 1915 Ford Model T:

And now, a news story that sounds like it's from 95 years ago. Last week, a man died when he crashed his car . . . a 1915 FORD MODEL T. --64-year-old Kenneth Meek of St. Clair, Missouri owned the vintage Model T. He and his wife, 68-year-old Margaret Meek, have been driving around, participating in a multi-state tour for a Model T club. --When Kenneth was driving near Rochester, Minnesota, a WHEEL FELL OFF the car. He lost control, the car flipped over and rolled twice, and both Kenneth and Margaret were thrown onto the highway. --Needless to say, the Model T didn't have airbags. It didn't have seatbelts either . . . you're allowed to drive without seatbelts as long as the car was manufactured before 1964. It didn't even have a roof. --Kenneth died from the injuries he suffered in the crash. Margaret was injured too, but her injuries weren't critical. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)


Police Have a Lead on a Woman's Murder . . . Because Her Ex-Boyfriend Released a Song Talking About Killing Her:

Last weekend, a 27-year-old woman named Laura Ackerson of Kinston, North Carolina was found murdered and dismembered in Texas. She had two sons she was raising alone. --And they DEFINITELY aren't going back to their father . . . Laura's 32-year-old ex boyfriend named Grant Hayes. Because the police have a pretty good piece of evidence linking him to Laura's murder. --Hayes WROTE AND RECORDED A SONG where he talked about killing Laura. --The lyrics include, quote, "My babies' mama, don't talk to me. Don't want your drama. I got two kids by you, I can't take any more from you . . . --"I put a price tag on your head. That's right. You must have told your lawyer I got intentions on killing you . . . might stop me, but my bullets will get you soon. I've got goons from way back. They still owe me money." --Hayes is now married to a 39-year-old woman named Amanda Perry Hayes. She just gave birth to a child with Hayes . . . and the police believe she's also connected to Laura's murder. --Both of them have been arrested and charged with murder. The police believe they killed Laura in North Carolina and then took her remains to Texas in COOLERS and dumped them there. (ABC 11 - Raleigh)


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

51-year-old Edgar Galvis ended up with cancer after working at Ground Zero removing toxic debris, and received a $10,000 award. But after legal expenses and liens, he received a check for $0. (--You can reach him at 845-351-4665.) (Full Story)

83-year-old former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was released on Friday after eight years in prison for taking bribes, and married his 32-year-old pen pal. Edwards was a four-term Democratic governor who beat former KKK wizard David Duke in 1991. (Full Story)

A 20-year-old video game addict died from blood clot, because he sat in one position for hours on end during a marathon gaming session. (Full Story)

Beer's popularity has dropped to its lowest point in 20 years in the U.S. 36% said the alcoholic beverages they drink most often is beer. Wine was at 35%, liquor was at 23%. Among young adults, 39% said beer, which is down from 51% last year. (Full Story)

A waitress in North Carolina was arrested for changing the tip amounts on customers' credit card receipts after they had signed them. (Full Story)

Is a Texas couple getting married by a computer? They wrote a computer program to officiate their wedding, but basically it's a text-to-speech program so the computer can talk at the ceremony. But it's not like the computer is ordained, and they still have to go to a justice of the peace. (Full Story)


#1.) Police in L.A. Stopped a Suicidal Man from Jumping Off a Building . . . by Yanking Him Back Up Using His Underwear:

On Thursday, a man tried to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of a 13-story building in downtown Los Angeles. --But police stopped him by handcuffing him to a metal barrier, then yanking him back up by his UNDERWEAR. Apparently they couldn't get a good grip on anything else, so they gave him a life-saving wedgie. --Meanwhile, the guy tried to get the cops to let go by BITING one of the officers. According to police, the man was upset over a break-up with his girlfriend. --A video that was taken from the roof is online. You can't see any biting, but you can clearly see the wedgie. (--Search for "LAPD Saves Man From Suicide Attempt." They get him back onto the ledge at 1:17. WARNING! There appears to be some exposed backside crack while they're hauling him up.)

#2.) Britney Spears Posted a Video of Her Three-Year-Old Niece Singing "Up 'N Down":

BRITNEY SPEARS posted a video online of her three-year-old niece Maddie singing Britney's song "Up 'N Down". (--Maddie is JAMIE LYNN SPEARS' daughter.) And just like her aunt Britney, Maddie can carry a tune . . . BARELY. (--Search YouTube for "Maddie Covers Aunt Britney's Up 'N Down.")

#3.) Watch Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Do an Extremely Light Workout . . . To Prove He Can Be President Even Though He Has Cancer:

Last month, Venezuelan President HUGO CHAVEZ announced that he's undergoing chemotherapy and had a cancerous tumor removed. He hasn't said what type of cancer it is. --Chavez is also running for reelection next year, and to prove he's healthy enough, he released a video that shows him doing an EXTREMELY light workout routine that includes things like swinging your arms around . . . and walking in place. (--Search for "Hugo Chavez Doing Fitness for the Camera.")

Five Foods You Should Stop Eating:

According to the magazine "Prevention", here are five foods you should never eat, because they're loaded with toxins and chemicals. And chances are, you eat ALL of them regularly.

#1.) Canned Tomatoes. The linings in tin cans contain a synthetic compound called BPA that's been linked to reproductive problems, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. And it's especially bad for kids. (--BPA stands for bisphenol-A.) --Some canned foods are fine, but the acid in tomatoes causes BPA to absorb into the food. --So instead of canned tomatoes, you should buy the ones that come in glass bottles. They're more expensive, but they don't have BPA.

#2.) Corn-Fed Beef. You've probably heard this one before: Cows are supposed to eat grass, but they fatten up more quickly if they eat corn. Plus, it's a lot cheaper for the cattle farmers. --Grass-fed beef is more expensive at the store, and you might have to go to Whole Foods to get it. But corn-fed beef isn't nearly as good for you. --According to a study at Clemson University, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. And it's lower in saturated fat, which is linked to heart disease.

#3.) Microwave Popcorn. According to a recent study at UCLA, chemicals in the lining of the bag might cause infertility issues. --And in animal testing, chemicals that are similar to the ones found in popcorn bags caused liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. --Manufacturers have agreed to stop using the chemical, but it won't be phased out until 2015.

#4.) Non-Organic Potatoes. Potatoes are the most-popular vegetable in America, but since they're root vegetables, they absorb more pesticides from the soil. --And to prevent sprouts from popping out, non-organic potatoes are treated with chemicals AGAIN after they're picked.

#5.) Milk Made Using Artificial Hormones. Most dairy farmers use a growth hormone in cows to boost the production of milk. It works, but it also leads to higher levels of a hormone called IGF-1, which could cause cancer. --Researchers still need to do more research to see if it DEFINITELY causes cancer, but the growth hormone has been banned in most industrialized countries. --To make sure your milk doesn't have it, look for a label that either says, "RBGH-free" or "RBST-free." Or just buy organic milk. (Prevention)


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