Thursday, September 1, 2011


Is There "Evidence" That Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant?

The gossip site X-17 Online has offered some supposed "evidence" that JENNIFER ANISTON is pregnant. --First, they spotted Jennifer and her boyfriend JUSTIN THEROUX visiting a medical building in Beverly Hills yesterday. And Jen was, quote, "holding her belly as she left." --Secondly, Jen was sucking on a lollipop. The website says that when a woman in her first trimester of pregnancy gets blood drawn, they usually give her candy so her blood sugar level is high enough that she doesn't pass out. --Last but not least, a so-called "source" says Jen has been abstaining from alcohol for the past few weeks. --X-17 also points out that Jennifer and Justin also wear matching rings. But that doesn't prove she's pregnant . . . just that she and Justin seem to be in a committed relationship. (--You can see pictures and video of Jennifer and Justin's trip to the doctor here.)

Vivid Wants $30 Million for the Kim Kardashian Sex Tape:

As expected, Vivid Entertainment isn't willing to give up the KIM KARDASHIAN sex tape for anything less than a fortune. --The owner of the company says, quote, "Based on its long term value, it looks like $30 MILLION would be a starting point for a discussion on all of the rights." --He adds, quote, "I have no idea who is behind this offer . . . but if it's Kim, I have a tremendous amount of respect for her. She has my number and can call me any time." --Meanwhile, "Life & Style" says that while Kim and KRIS HUMPHRIES were on their mini-honeymoon in Europe, Kim was spotted at a Pharmacy in Italy buying PREGNANCY TESTS. --A source close to Kim says, quote, "She wants a baby nine months to the day of getting married."

Did Kim Kardashian Buy Herself a $450,000 Ferrari as a Wedding Gift?

KIM KARDASHIAN received a $450,000 Ferrari as a wedding gift from . . . HERSELF. It's a white 2011 Ferrari 458 with a carbon fiber interior, $15,000 Agetro wheels, a see-through glass engine compartment in the rear and a ton of other features.

Marc Anthony Will Be on "Good Morning America" and "Nightline" Today:

MARC ANTHONY spoke with ABC News about his split from JENNIFER LOPEZ. The interview will air in two parts: This morning on "Good Morning America" and tonight on "Nightline". --Marc says nobody was having an affair . . . the relationship just stopped working. He tells ABC, quote, "It was a realization on both our parts. So, you know, it wasn't shocking. These things happen. It was a decision that we made jointly." --He adds, quote, "This is not a funeral. This is not a burial. This is just two people who came together and just realized . . . and so I'm saying that it wasn't sustainable the way it was, and that's that." --In a preview video released yesterday, Marc says, quote, "I'll always love Jennifer." --He adds, quote, "Jennifer's a wonderful, wonderful woman, a wonderful mother, a wonderful friend." --And he says, quote, "We realized very early on that, you know, even though we're not together, this story's not over. There's stuff to do together, there's life to see together through [twins] Max and Emme . . . so it's all good, man." (--You can watch a preview clip here.) (--By the way . . . Jennifer and Marc both have new product lines for the Kohl's department store chain. They each recently shot ads for their respective lines. You can watch those here.)

Robert Downey Jr. is Going to Have Another Kid:

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is going to be a dad again. His wife Susan is expecting a child early next year. There's no word on the gender. --This will be their first child together, but Downey also has a 17-year-old son from his first marriage. --While promoting his movie "Due Date" last year, Downey actually predicted this. He said, quote, "I think I will be wrist-deep in doo-doo within 18 months. I'm calling it right here."

Alyssa Milano Had Her Baby:

ALYSSA MILANO gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday. This is the first child for both Alyssa and her husband, David Bugliari, who's a Hollywood agent. They named him Milo Thomas Bugliari. --This might not be the last kid for Alyssa. She recently told E! News, quote, "I had such a great time being pregnant that you're probably going to see me more pregnant than not in the next few years, because I'm really digging it."
Will Jessica Simpson Get a Breast Reduction Before Her Wedding?

"In Touch Weekly" claims that JESSICA SIMPSON might get a BREAST REDUCTION before her wedding to ERIC JOHNSON so she won't look so big. --A so-called "source" says, quote, "She thinks that if she downsizes her breasts, she will look smaller. [She doesn't want to be a] plus-size bride. Jessica wants to waltz down the aisle, not waddle." --The source says Jessica is working hard to drop the pounds, but if she doesn't lose enough weight, she may go under the knife. --Jessica's rep is totally denying this.

Oscar De La Hoya Finally Admits Those Cross-Dressing Photos of Him Were Real:

Remember back in 2007, when photos of boxer OSCAR DE LA HOYA in LINGERIE hit the World Wide Web of Celebrity Smut? --De La Hoya insisted they were Photoshopped, then launched a smear campaign against the Russian stripper who took them . . . and subsequently sold them to a tabloid website. --Well, Oscar has finally admitted they were LEGIT. He says, quote, "Let me tell you, yes, it was me. I'm tired of lying, lying to people, lying to myself." --Oscar is admitting a lot of things these days . . . like that he's battling addictions to cocaine and alcohol, and that he's trying to patch things up with his wife because he cheated on her. --He says, quote, "Rock bottom was recently, within a couple of years. Just, thinking, 'Is my life even worth it?'" --As for the cheating, he says he did it more than once, but not more than another famously unfaithful athlete . . . quote, "We are obviously not talking Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful." (--You can see Oscar's drag pics here and here.)

Mel Gibson Settled Up with Oksana Grigorieva for $750,000:

We heard that MEL GIBSON and OKSANA GRIGORIEVA had settled their custody and support issues. Well, yesterday they were in court to sign off on the deal, so now we have the details. --Mel agreed to pay Oksana $750,000 over the next five years, and to allow Oksana to continue living in a house he owns in Los Angeles. --When their daughter Lucia turns 18, Mel will sell the house and put the money in a trust for her. Lucia will be 2 in October. --Custody of Lucia will be split 50-50. --Mel and Oksana can't talk about each other publicly, write books about each other or anything like that. Also, Oksana can't release any more audiotapes she might have of Mel. If she does, she forfeits the money. --Oksana's attorney said she settled because it was in Lucia's best interests. But this has to be considered a pretty huge loss for her. --Last year, during all the chaos revolving around the Mel Gibson MELTDOWN tapes and the allegations of abuse, Mel reportedly put a $15 MILLION offer on the table, and Oksana rejected it. --She claimed she did so because she didn't want Mel to have custody of Lucia . . . but sources claimed she was holding out for MORE MONEY. -Whatever the case, Oksana kind of took a bath. Because she's only getting a fraction of that money, and Mel has equal custody . . . which he was NOT asking for in the $15 million deal. (--Here's video from yesterday's court hearing . . . in which Oksana's attorney slips in a plug for Oksana's music career.)

Demi Lovato is a Smoker:

DEMI LOVATO should be a good role model for young girls. She faced her body image issues head-on and is trying to spread a very positive message in that regard. There's only one problem: She's a SMOKER. --Demi was photographed recently with a pack of Marlboro Menthols clearly sticking out of her purse. (--Here's the pic.) (Hollywood Life)

Before His Incredibly Minor Car Accident, Justin Bieber was Racing with Everlast from House of Pain:

Remember that incredibly minor car accident JUSTIN BIEBER got into on Tuesday . . . in which his Ferrari was BARELY TAPPED from behind by a Honda Civic? --Well, not long before that happened, Justin was doing a little STREET RACING with EVERLAST from the group HOUSE OF PAIN. (--They're the "Jump Around" guys. You know . . . "Pack it up, Pack it in, Let me begin . . .") --It doesn't sound like it was an organized contest or anything . . . just two guys in sweet rides who decided to test each other. --Everlast Tweeted, quote, "I just raced @justinbieber down Ventura in his Ferrari. I won but a Fedex truck got in his way. Seemed like a down to earth kid." --Everlast was driving an Audi R8.

Donald Trump Is Inviting Australian Business Leaders to Spend Time with Him . . . As Long as They Pay Him $10,000 for the Privilege:

DONALD TRUMP is taking a trip to Australia . . . and he's inviting that country's rich, successful business leaders to a meet-and-greet with him. Of course, they have to pay $10,000 for the privilege. --He's calling this event the "Platinum Privilege". He sent out a letter to prospective invitees saying, quote, "Like me, you're at the top of the food chain. And no-one put you there, you put yourself there. I respect that. --"In fact, it's why I'd like to extend an invitation to you that very few will receive." --Attendees will get total access to Trump . . . and a framed photo of themselves with him. The proceeds are going to . . . well . . . Donald Trump. --There's room for about 30 or 40 people . . . meaning he could pocket up to $400,000 from this venture. (--You'll find a copy of the invite here.)


Helen Mirren Plays a Spy and Katharine McPhee is Attacked by Sharks!

#1.) "The Debt" (R) (Opened Wednesday)

Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciaran Hinds are former Mossad agents whose mission to hunt down a Nazi war criminal in the '60s may not have been the huge success everyone thought it was. --In the flashback scenes they're played by Jessica Chastain from "The Help", a New Zealand actor named Marton Csokas, and "Avatar's" Sam Worthington. You may remember Csokas as one of the elf lords, Celeborn, in "The Lord of the Rings". (Trailer)

#2.) "Shark Night 3D" (PG-13)

A group of college students are trapped on an island surrounded by a lake that's been stocked with hungry sharks. 3D carnage ensues. The doomed cast includes Katharine McPhee, who parlayed her "American Idol" fame into an acting career. --McPhee's done some minor TV appearances, but this is her first big role since she was in theaters in "The House Bunny". She was runner-up to forgotten "Idol" winner Taylor Hicks on the fifth season of the show back in 2006. --It's directed by the guy who did the second and fourth "Final Destination" movies, director David Ellis. More importantly, he also did "Snakes on a Plane" . . . which is why I need so bad to believe they'll include the line, "Enough is enough! I've had it with these mother[effin] sharks on this mother[effin] lake." (Trailer)

#3.) "Apollo 18" (PG-13)

The last official lunar mission was Apollo 17, but this sci-fi horror film is about a secret 18th mission, where two American astronauts were sent back to the moon to find out what happened to some missing cosmonauts. (Trailer #1) (Trailer #2)

Check Out Some Pictures of the "American Pie" Gang Back Together:

The original "American Pie" gang is back together and filming "American Reunion". It's due in theaters in April. --The last time a significant portion of the cast was together was for "American Wedding" in 2003. But Stifler . . . a.k.a. SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT . . . says, quote, "In many respects we've grown up a lot. But on the other hand we haven't grown up at all. --"On-set, Jason Biggs was farting up a storm, Chris Klein was belching, and Eddie Kaye Thomas and Biggs were hitting each other in [the groin]." (--You can watch a video of the cast here. It's actually just a collection of stills of the characters hamming it up in a photo booth at their class reunion.)

Check Out Some More Pictures of the New Superman:

Some new pictures of HENRY CAVILL as Superman in "Man of Steel" hit the web yesterday . . . and we've learned a few more things about the costume. First of all, the whole thing has a texture, unlike any previous Superman suits. --Also, there are raised, silvery lines around the mid-section, and the blue of the costume is a lot darker than we've ever seen. Cavill also isn't wearing a cape in these pics. --But we've seen pics where he IS wearing a cape. So maybe he takes it on and off in the movie. (--Here are the pics.) (Hollywood Reporter)
Cher Would Like the Haters to Stop "Attacking" Her Son, Chaz Bono:

Some people were thrilled to see CHAZ BONO make the cast of "Dancing with the Stars", because it'll revolutionize how people see transgender people. Others think Chaz's inclusion will somehow destroy "traditional" American families. --So, it's safe to say that a lot of people seem to be putting way too much stock in "Dancing with the Stars" casting . . . and how it relates to the future of humanity. --Regardless, Chaz's mother CHER would like the haters to KINDLY SHUT THEIR TRAPS. Yesterday, she Tweeted, quote, "Lovelies! Chaz is being viciously attacked on blogs and message boards about being on ['Dancing']! --"This is still America right? It took guts to do it." (--Well, Chaz definitely has the gut to handle this. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if his delicious candy coating has a slight gravitational pull, which brings everyone in for bear hugs!) --Cher then attempted to mobilize her 300,000-strong Twitter army into action. She said, quote, "Will there always be haters! . . . Can you guys check out sites and give him your support? --"By the way . . . mothers don't stop getting angry with stupid bigots who [eff] with their children! He's such a good person inside, a lotta heart. [The] VAST MAJORITY of people will LOVE Chaz on ['Dancing']." --And then . . . in a noticeably more uncomfortable moment . . . Cher re-Tweeted a message from a fan that said, quote, "I think we can agree that Chaz has the biggest balls of anyone on ['Dancing']."

The "Dancing with the Stars" Couples Have Been Revealed; Chaz Bono Will Be Paired with Lacey Schwimmer:

ABC revealed the "Dancing with the Stars" couples on "Good Morning America" yesterday. Here's the complete rundown:

--Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer

--Former "Queer Eye" star Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya

--David Arquette and Kym Johnson, who won last season with Hines Ward

--Ricki Lake and Derek Hough

--Wilson Phillips legend Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani

--Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke

--Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas

--Soap star and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff

--Soccer minx Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

--George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis and Maksim's younger brother Val Chmerkovskiy

--L.A. Laker Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd

--"Tot Mom" hater Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus

(--There are three new pros: Maksim's brother Val, who's briefly popped up on the show a few times . . . Tristan MacManus and Peta Murgatroyd.) (--Tristan and Peta were both members of the "Dancing with the Stars Troupe," the dance performance group introduced last season.) (--The 13th season premiere airs Monday, September 19th. All 12 "stars" will perform during the premiere, and one couple will be eliminated on the following night's results show.)

The Next "Amazing Race" Cast Has Been Announced . . . and It Includes Former "Survivors" Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca:

The cast of the next "Amazing Race" has been announced, and it includes cancer-survivor and "Survivor"-winner ETHAN ZOHN. His partner is his longtime girlfriend JENNA MORASCA, who's also a "Survivor"-winner. --Ethan won the third season of "Survivor", and Jenna won the sixth season. They began dating after her "Survivor" win, and both appeared on the "All Stars" season. In 2009, Ethan was diagnosed with cancer . . . but last year, it went into remission. --The rest of the cast includes: A former NFL player . . . Olympic snowboarders . . . gay flight attendants . . . and Zac Sunderland, who at 16 became the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone. (--For all the info, hit up this link.)

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

--"Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero" [1st Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Discovery Channel.

--"Nick News: What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on Nickelodeon. (--Linda Ellerbee hosts this special to answer kids' questions about what really happened the day of the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.)

--"Project Runway" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Lifetime. (--Fashion designer Kenneth Cole is your guest judge for the evening.)

--"Sweet Home Alabama" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CMT.

--"Texas Women" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CMT.

--"Ugly Americans" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central.

--"The Green Room with Paul Provenza" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Showtime. (--Eddie Izzard, Jimmy Carr, Chris Hardwick, Tim Minchin and Judah Friedlander guest.)

--"Childrens Hospital" [3rd Season Finale] . . . Midnight to 12:15 A.M. on Adult Swim.

The Worst Songs of the '90s . . . According to "Rolling Stone" Readers:

"Rolling Stone" recently polled their readers to come up with a list of The Worst Songs of the '90s. They released the results yesterday. Here's the list:

1.) "Barbie Girl", Aqua (1997)

2.) "Macarena", Los Del Rio (1995)

3.) "Achy Breaky Heart", Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)

4.) "Ice Ice Baby", Vanilla Ice (1990)

5.) "Tubthumping", Chumbawamba (1996)

6.) "MMMBop", Hanson (1997)

7.) "My Heart Will Go On", Celine Dion (1997)

8.) "Who Let the Dogs Out?", Baha Men (2000) . . . (--Apparently, "Rolling Stone" was okay with including this one, even though it didn't actually come out "in the '90s.")

9.) "I'm Too Sexy", Right Said Fred (1991)

10.) "What's Up", 4 Non Blondes (1993)

(--You can find audio and mini write-ups for each one at

Check Out Kelly Clarkson's New Single "Mr. Know It All":

KELLY CLARKSON has put out a song called "Mr. Know It All". It's the first single off her next album, "Stronger", which hits stores on October 25th. --The chorus includes the lines: Quote, "Oh, you think that you know me, know me / That's why I'm leaving you lonely, lonely / 'Cause baby you don't know a thing about me / You don't know a thing about me." (--You can listen to the whole track, here.)

Game Barely Edged Out Jay-Z and Kanye West for the Top Spot on the "Billboard" Chart:

GAME has the new #1 album in the country. "R.E.D" moved 98,000 copies in its first week of release, outselling JAY-Z and KANYE WEST'S "Watch the Throne" by 4,000 copies. --The next highest debut came from BARBRA STREISAND, whose new disc "What Matters Most" sold 68,000 copies in 4th place. It's Barbra's 31st Top 10 album, which pulls her ahead of THE BEATLES for the third most Top 10s in history. --Only the ROLLING STONES and FRANK SINATRA have more. (--The Stones have 36 and Sinatra has 33.)

1.) (NEW) "R.E.D", Game (98,000 copies)

2.) "Watch the Throne", Jay-Z and Kanye West (94,000 copies)

3.) "21", Adele (82,000 copies)

Tupac Shakur's Family Says No One Had Permission to Smoke His Ashes:

Earlier this week, the members of TUPAC SHAKUR'S old hip-hop group THE OUTLAWZ claimed they smoked Tupac's ashes after he was murdered in 1996. --The Outlawz say it happened at a family memorial event, and that Pac's mom Afeni was there . . . but she's denying that she had anything to do with it, and is questioning that it even happened in the first place. --A family spokesperson said Afeni would, quote, "never participate in smoking her son." And on top of that, no one had permission to take and smoke his ashes. --The family doubts that this happened . . . because The Outlawz would've had to "sneak the remains past the family at the memorial." But even if it did happen, they're not planning on pursuing any legal action against The Outlawz.

T.I. Is Out of Prison . . . and Shooting a Reality Show:

T.I. was released from prison yesterday after serving 10 months for violating his probation. That happened when he was arrested for drug possession last September. T.I. will serve last month of his 11-month sentence at a halfway house. --And he already has his hands full. According to TMZ, T.I. began shooting a VH1 reality show "minutes after being released from prison." --All we know about the show is that it debuts in December, and that it "will follow T.I. as he re-adjusts to life as a free man after being incarcerated for nearly a year."

Keith Urban Pitched One of His Songs to Scotty McCreery:

This year's "American Idol" champ SCOTTY MCCREERY was planning to put all original material on his debut country album . . . and then KEITH URBAN dusted off one of his old songs and offered it up. That changed the plan. --Scotty explains, quote, "There's technically going to be one cover. Keith Urban pitched a song my way, and it's one he did way back when he was part of the band THE RANCH. --"He's on tour right now so we don't know, but he said he might play guitar on the track." --As far as the sound of Scotty's debut album . . . well, I'll let him explain. He says, quote, "It's not going to be poppy. That's one thing we stayed away from. I grew up with the old-school stuff, so I didn't want to completely stray from that. --"We've got the rocker songs, the up-tempo stuff. But when we slow it down, the songs get more intimate, and you can definitely hear some of the more classic elements." (--Scotty's album "Clear As Day" is due out October 4th.) --One more thing about Scotty McCreery . . . asked if any of the big-time artists he's met have left him star-struck. He mentioned CARRIE UNDERWOOD and TIM MCGRAW. (--You can listen to that interview, here.)

Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

While SARAH JESSICA PARKER was doing the promotional rounds in Moscow, some dude tried to kiss her, but she denied him. Of course, moments before that, she did autograph his chest. (Video)

After 90-year-old NANCY REAGAN was caught on video almost falling, you had to know this was coming: The "National Enquirer" has printed one of its trademark "her tragic, final days"-type stories. (Full Story)

RIHANNA is filing a lawsuit because the $6.9 million house she bought in Beverly Hills is a piece of junk. (Full Story)

VENUS WILLIAMS dropped out of the U.S. Open after being diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome . . . an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain. (Full Story)


How Would You Grade Yourself in Happiness, Romance, Finances, and Stress Management?

We've got the results of an interesting new survey from the marketing agency Euro RSCG Worldwide. They asked Americans to give themselves letter grades on how they're handling different aspects of life. --So we're going to run through a bunch of these. Give yourself a letter grade . . . and then we'll tell you how everyone else graded themselves.

--Happiness. 61% of both men and women give themselves an A or a B . . . 39% give themselves a C, a D, or an F.

--Romance. 49% of men give themselves an A or B, and 51% give themselves a C, D, or F. 54% of women give themselves an A or B, and 46% said C, D, or F.

--Career success. 55% of men went with A or B, and 45% went with C, D, or F. 48% of women said A or B, and 52% said C, D, or F.

--Weight management. 54% of men said they should get an A or a B, and 46% said C, D, or F. For women, 39% said A or B, while 61% said C, D, or F.

--Finances and financial security. 43% of men gave themselves an A or B, and 57% went with C, D, or F. 42% of women said A or B, and 58% said C, D, or F.

--Personality. 74% of men say their personality is an A or a B, and 26% say C, D, or F. 79% of women give themselves an A or a B . . . 21% said C, D, or F. (PR Newswire)

(--You can see more results, including grades for personal relationships, mental health, work-life balance, physical health, and charity work here.)
Firemen and Wall Street Executives are the Sexiest Jobs, According to Single Women in New York: recently surveyed 1,000 of their New York members. Here are some of the more interesting things they found.

--47% of New Yorkers who've moved to the city in the past five years say that they are dating more since the move. ( seemed happy about that, but it means that more than half of them are dating the same, or LESS.)

--56% of the New York City transplants of say they think they have a larger pool of potential dates. (--Where were the other 44% living before?)

--If you want to bag a New York woman, you need a sexy job . . . and 30% of women said that FIREMAN was the sexiest profession. 26% said Wall Street executive.

--The worst place to go on a first date in the Big Apple is a chain restaurant. A karaoke bar was the next worst place to go, and touristy places like Times Square were also bad ideas.

--94% of people were willing to date someone from another borough . . . within reason. Nearly three quarters of New Yorkers were unwilling to travel more than 40 minutes to date someone.

--The best places to date someone were Brooklyn and Manhattan.

(PR Newswire)

Americans Trust the Computer Industry the Most . . . and the Federal Government the Least:

Remember back in the day when we thought Microsoft was the root of all evil? And we wanted the heroic Federal government to step in and stop their monopoly? What a difference a decade makes. --In a new Gallup poll, the computer industry was ranked as the MOST trusted sector of business and industry in the U.S. The federal government came in DEAD LAST. --The credit for the computer industry's rise almost exclusively goes to STEVE JOBS and Apple . . . they transformed the industry from a faceless giant into a hip part of the American lifestyle. --The top five industries in the poll are all related to computers or food . . . which makes sense when you look at what this country loves: Computers, the restaurant industry, the Internet, farming, and the grocery business. --The federal government came in last, just below the second-least trusted industry . . . oil and gas. Real estate, healthcare, and banking are also in the bottom five. --Back when Gallup first ran this poll in 2003, 43% of people gave a positive rating to the government. This year it was down to 17%. (Gallup) (--You can see the rankings of all the industries here. Somehow the TV and radio industry only got 39% positive feelings. Clearly that's the fault of those white-toothed D-bags on television. We on the radio are RAW and REAL.)

Condoleezza Rice Says Dick Cheney is Lying in His Memoir . . . She Never Went Into His Office and Cried:

DICK CHENEY'S new memoir, "In My Time", just came out. Which means it's time to hear the reactions of everyone he put on blast. --Up right now is . . . CONDOLEEZZA RICE. She was Secretary of State under PRESIDENT BUSH and Cheney --In the memoir, Cheney says he knew Iraq wasn't trying to get uranium to make nukes. But Rice told Bush that Iraq WAS trying to get uranium . . . and according to Cheney, she tricked Bush into saying it in his 2003 State of the Union address. --And after it all went down, he says Rice once, quote, "came into my office, sat down in the chair next to my desk, and tearfully admitted I had been right". --Rice says all of that is false. Quote, "I don't appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies." --She also says she never cried to Cheney. Quote, "It certainly doesn't sound like me, now, does it? I would never. I don't remember coming to the vice president tearfully about anything in the entire eight years that I knew him." --COLIN POWELL has also blasted Cheney's memoir, saying it's filled with, quote, "cheap shots" and it mischaracterizes different events. (Reuters)

Maya Angelou Says the Quote on the New MLK Memorial Makes Him "Look Like an Arrogant Twit":

Back on August 22nd, the new MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. memorial opened in Washington, D.C. And on the statue of King, there's an inscription that reads, quote, "I was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness." --And MAYA ANGELOU absolutely HATES that they picked that quote. She says it's misleading, wrong, and it, quote, "makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit." --The quote on the memorial is actually paraphrased from a speech King gave two months before he was assassinated.--He said, quote, "If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter."--Angelou says that by paraphrasing it down, it makes him look arrogant and simple. Quote, "He had no arrogance at all. He had a humility that comes from deep inside. Leaving out [the 'if' part] changes the meaning completely. He would never have said that of himself. He said 'you' might say it [about him]."--She's calling for the memorial to be changed and have the paraphrased quote replaced with the full quote. --Ed Jackson Junior is the executive architect of the memorial. He says they only had limited space for a quote so they went with that paraphrase to sum up King's life. He says no one else has had a problem with it. (Washington Post) (--Here's a photo of the quote on the monument.)

Random Fact: We Subconsciously Assign a Gender to Everything . . . Even Garbage Cans and Numbers:

Here's a totally random fact from some researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois. They found that people subconsciously assign gender to EVERYTHING. Anytime we see anything, we immediately think of it as either male or female.

--Here are some of the examples of different things and the gender we associate with them.

--Meat. Male.

--Dairy and salad. Female.

--Tables with sharp corners. Male.

--Round tables. Female.

--Dumpsters. Male.

--Garbage cans. Female.

--Odd numbers. Male.

--Even numbers. Female.

(Scientific American)

Women are Gaining Weight Because They Have Nice Hair?

Every statistic ever says we're all rapidly gaining weight. And here's a new theory why, from no less of an authority than the U.S. SURGEON GENERAL, Dr. Regina Benjamin. --She says that one reason American women are gaining weight is their NICE HAIR. --Quote, "Often times, you get women saying, 'I can't exercise today because I don't want to sweat my hair back or get my hair wet.' I hate to use the word 'excuse,' but that's one of them." --Benjamin says she understands the desire not to mess up expensive hair, because her mother was a hair stylist . . . but people still gotta get out and exercise. (Chicago Tribune)

Here's 1,690 Calories of Deliciousness: Denny's Officially Unveils the Mac 'n Cheese Patty Melt:

A little while back, Denny's unveiled the Fried Cheese Melt . . . a grilled cheese sandwich with fried mozzarella sticks stuffed between the cheese and bread. We called it GENIUS . . . but gut-busting at 895 calories. --Well . . . this sandwich makes that sandwich look like a garden salad with no croutons and low-calorie dressing on the side. --Denny's has officially unveiled their new Mac 'n Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt. This is a patty melt featuring a burger, cheddar cheese . . . and MACARONI AND CHEESE on top of it. -And this checks in at 1,690 calories . . . almost DOUBLE the calories of the Fried Cheese Melt. --There's more. You can order it with, quote, "extra ooze" . . . meaning for 69 cents more they'll put even MORE CHEESE on your sandwich. --The price on the sandwich varies by restaurant, but can start as low as $4.99. (Eater) (--Here's a picture of this blessing from heaven.)

JCPenney Has Stopped Selling a Girls Sweatshirt That Reads "I'm Too Pretty to Do Homework":

Who knew JCPenney could get this EDGY? I didn't know you could stir up controversy on such a low budget. --This week, parents FREAKED THE HELL OUT at JCPenney for selling a girls sweatshirt with the slogan, quote, "I'm too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me." --Apparently that sends the wrong message to girls or something. After enough parents complained and it started hitting the Internet, JCPenney pulled it from their website and shelves. --They said the sweatshirt was manufactured by a company called . . . Self Esteem. Seriously. (Consumerist) (--Here's a shot of the sweatshirt.)

A Man Named James Bond Wins a $6.5 Million Lottery Jackpot:

In Vincennes, Indiana, there's a 46-year-old man named JAMES BOND. Seriously. And for his entire life, he says, he's, quote, "taken a lot of ribbing" because of his name. --Well now, for the first time in his four-and-a-half decades on Earth . . . he might actually be COOLER than the OTHER James Bond. Because James Bond of Indiana just won a $6.5 MILLION lottery jackpot. --James Bond played the Illinois Lottery and, on August 13th, he won. He chose to take the lump sum of about $4.5 MILLION, which he collected at the Illinois lottery headquarters yesterday. --James Bond runs a construction company and says he plans to put some of his winnings into expanding his business. --As for how he got his name . . . his 64-year-old father is ALSO named James Bond. He's James Bond Senior . . . so he got the name about five or six years before IAN FLEMING created the James Bond character in 1953. --The James Bond who won the lottery is officially James Bond Junior. He doesn't have a son named James Bond the Third. (CBS 10 - Terre Haute, Indiana)


The San Francisco Giants' Payroll Manager Embezzled $1.5 Million in a Year, Including Giving Herself a Player's World Series Bonus:

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series last October, and each player received a World Series Bonus of $317,000 . . . and so did one of their payroll managers. --41-year-old Robin O'Connor has worked as the Giants payroll manager for four years, and she had an annual salary of $80,000. But she made a lot more than that last year. --The FBI says that Robin embezzled $1.5 million from player payroll accounts, from last June to this June. --Robin got caught when she tried to buy a house in San Diego last month. Her mortgage company, Bank of America, was suspicious of the huge money transfers in her personal accounts. --Robin explained that two payments totaling over $300,000 were her bonus for the team winning the World Series. She even forged a letter from the Giants front office saying she earned it, quote, "because of her outstanding contributions." --But Bank of America wasn't buying it. They sent a copy of the letter to the Giants for confirmation, and Robin's scheme unraveled. --Robin's been charged with fraud, and using a computer for fraud. Both are felonies with a penalty of up to five years in prison. (KGO)

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

According to a new study, the most discussed university on the internet is . . . Harvard. (Full Story)

Whites are now a minority in New York, D.C., Vegas, San Diego, and Memphis. Which brings the total number of U.S. cities where whites are a minority to . . . 23. (Full Story)

70% of college students say books are still their number one study resource. 26% say online reference sites . . . 19% say tutors . . . 15% say going to class. (???) (Full Story)

A 22-year-old in Alaska punched a bear in the face to save her dachshund, Fudge. (Full Story)


#1.) George Lucas Added Audio of Vader Yelling "Noooooooo!" in the New "Return of the Jedi":

GEORGE LUCAS is releasing the original "Star Wars" trilogy on Blu-Ray this September 16th. And that can only mean one thing: "Star Wars" nerds in an uproar over the weird changes he keeps making. --Basically, whenever George Lucas releases a new version of "Star Wars" . . . whether it's on DVD, a boxed set, whatever . . . he tinkers with them by adding CGI special effects, adding deleted scenes, or removing previous changes that fans didn't like. --And this time even regular fans might get annoyed. Because at the end of "Return of the Jedi", he dubbed in audio of Darth Vader screaming "Noooooooo!" while the Emperor electrocutes Luke Skywalker. (--Search YouTube for "Darth Vader's 'Nooo!' in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (ACTUAL Blu-Ray Clip)." On the one hand, it's not THAT bad. Although you shouldn't plan on winning that argument with a "Star Wars" purist.) (--On the other hand, unlike the minor changes Lucas has made over the years, you could argue that this change alters how you view a character. The great SIMON PEGG of "Shaun of the Dead" put it this way . . .) (--Quote, "Always loved Vader's wordless self sacrifice. Another [crappy], clueless, revision like Greedo and young Anakin's ghost." And if you know what Simon's talking about with those other examples . . . maybe it's time to get a life.) (--Lucas was probably trying to reference the end of "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith", where Vader yells "Nooooooo!" when he learns his wife is dead. But it was questionable there too. Oh yeah . . . and it's also a pop culture cliché.)

#2.) And Now . . . The News According to Snooki:

Apparently Snooki from "Jersey Shore" always wanted to be an anchorwoman. If you'd like to see how that would have turned out, you're in luck. We give you: The News According to Snooki. --She covers the hurricane, Beyoncé's pregnancy, and some Stupid News. It would have been funny if she'd actually tried to be a news anchor. But since it was done for hi-larious laughs, the three minutes she's "reporting" feel like an eternity. --Here are some highlights: --On Hurricane Irene: "I really hope that everyone on the east coast is okay . . . and if their homes are flooded, that sucks, and I'm sorry." --On Beyoncé: "I really think she's gonna have a really cute baby . . . tan obviously." (--CAREFUL!) On global warming: "I'm sweating in places I've never sweated before, so obviously the sun is coming closer to earth, and we're all just sweating our balls off."

#3.) Disturbing Video of Something Called a "Pregnant Robot Study Aid":

There's a video on YouTube that doesn't look new, but it's the first time we've seen it. It's a demonstration of something called a "Pregnant Robot Study Aid." --Basically, it's a plastic simulation of the lower half of a pregnant woman's body, so doctors can practice delivering babies when the woman is in different positions. And the audio of the plastic baby moaning its robotic baby cry is just horrifying. (--It sounds like maybe the audio was dubbed in, but still.)

#4.) Don Cheadle is . . . Captain Planet!

There's a new FunnyorDie Video where they make fun of corny after-school PSAs . . . environmental do-gooders . . . and crappy '80s TV superheroes, all at the same time. --It starts when a bunch of nerds combine their power rings to summon 'Captain Planet' . . . which turns out to be DON CHEADLE in silver face-paint and a green wig. --He stops the bad guys from hurting trees by turning THEM into trees. But then he starts flipping out and turning EVERYONE into a tree, starting with an innocent lady's dog, another woman's baby, then all of LA. --At the end, he tells the kids watching to save water and recycle, or else, quote, "I'll turn you into [an effing] tree." (--Search for "Don Cheadle is Captain Planet". He turns the dog into a tree at :54. WARNING! This video contains numerous hilarious F-bombs.)
Five More Places Germs Are Lurking:

Your kids are going back to school, so it won't be long before they bring home a nasty cold. And while you might not be able to prevent them from picking up germs at school, at least you can watch YOUR back. --Here's a list of five places germs are hiding . . . and how to avoid them.

#1.) Supermarkets. Everyone knows the shopping cart handles are disgusting. But the child seat on the cart can be even nastier. Just think about how many dirty diapers it comes in contact with. --The best method of defense is to carry sanitary wipes in your pocket, and wipe those key areas down before you start shopping. Some grocery stores offer wipes at the front for free.

#2.) At Work. Your desk at work could have 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. And thousands of bacteria are probably on your cell phone and keyboard. --So if you want to be really careful, wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard, and desk drawer handles every day.

#3.) In the Kitchen. Obviously, if you cut meat on a cutting board, you wash it before you use it for anything else. But people forget to clean all the things they touch WHILE they're cooking the meat. --It's really easy for bacteria to transfer onto salt shakers, the sink, the oven handle, and the refrigerator. So you should wipe all that stuff down every time you finish cooking.

#4.) Public Restrooms. The sinks and faucets have much more bacteria than the urinals and toilets do. And those hands-free faucets might NOT be any better. --A study at Johns Hopkins Medical School found that the water from hands-free sinks is actually DIRTIER than the water from regular sinks. They think that a more complex valve system might promote the growth of more bacteria. --If you want to be extra-careful . . . like Howard Hughes OCD careful . . . use a paper towel to touch everything, including the faucets, the soap dispenser, and the door handle when you leave.

#5.) Restaurants. There's a ton of bacteria on things you wouldn't think about, like the menus. And a 2007 study found that nearly 70% of the lemon wedges at 21 different restaurants contained e. coli bacteria. --Unless you want to use disinfectant wipes on THAT TOO, there's no way to tell how dirty the menu is. But just make sure it doesn't touch your plate or your silverware. And wash your hands after you give it back to the waiter. (


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