Friday, September 9, 2011



What Were Paul McCartney, Al Pacino, Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard and Nick Nolte Doing When the U.S. Was Attacked on 9/11?

I'm going to assume that all of us who were alive and old enough to understand things remember exactly what we were doing when the U.S. was attacked on September 11th, 2001. --Well, here's what several celebrities remember about that day . . .

--PAUL McCARTNEY: "I was on my way back to England, and we were at JFK on the tarmac, and the pilot just suddenly said, 'We can't take off. We're going to have to go back to base.' --"And out of the window on the right-hand side of the airplane, you could see the twin towers. You could see one plume of smoke, and then you could see two shortly thereafter. --"I said, 'Well, that's an optical illusion, you know.' Then one of the stewards came to me and said, 'Look, there's been something really serious happened in New York, and we've got to get you out of here.' --"I ended up in Long Island watching it on TV, watching the whole story unfold . . . like everyone else in the world . . . wanting to go into New York, but nobody was allowed back in."

--AL PACINO: "It was the most terrifying, the most heartbreaking day. I was on a plane the evening before it happened, September 10th. I was in Los Angeles, and all I wanted was to get back to my home . . . New York. --"I couldn't get back, the planes wouldn't move. It was devastating."

--MATT DAMON: "I lived in lower Manhattan at the time. So I just remember walking out of my apartment and seeing it and then going back in and watching CNN 'cause I was so hungry for information, trying to figure out what's going on. --"I just remember being glued to my television despite the fact that it was happening kind of right outside my door."

--BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD: "I was on Christopher Street, below the 14th Street line, which is kind of like the cut-off, and I heard all this noise and opened my windows. -"I remember my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, saying, 'Where's the other tower?' The first tower had already fallen and we were just looking at one tower. --"I was so used to seeing the twin towers, I couldn't even understand, really, what I was seeing. I remember it took me awhile to figure out, 'Oh my God, one of the towers is missing!' 'cause it's just unthinkable. --"And then we saw the second tower fall, and my husband was sobbing and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm going to be late to class!' I was getting ready to go outside and my husband was like, 'Are you out of your mind?! You're not going outside right now!'"

--NICK NOLTE: "I was watching TV when it happened. I didn't see the first plane. I saw the second plane. And then on the anniversary of 9/11, I was drunk and picked up for drunk driving. --"The reason that picture got on television was, all the cameras were pointing at the place where the terrorists were supposed to hit. And then there was no news, so they picked that picture up and sent it back."

Denise Richards Says She Did Not Go on a Date with Simon Cowell When She Was Eight Months Pregnant:

On Wednesday, SIMON COWELL revealed to Howard Stern that friends fixed him up with DENISE RICHARDS several years ago, but it didn't pan out because she showed up to their date EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT. --Well, according to Denise, they did NOT go on a date. She Tweeted, quote, "Unbelievable…what's wrong with people. --"I was at a group dinner 8mo pregnant not sure how thats considered a date, news to me! If I was being set up I didn't know it!" --But it doesn't sound like she's mad at Simon, because she added, quote, "[Crap], I wish I knew that it was a date!!! He's a hot piece of ass." --As far as anyone knows, Simon is still spoken for. Although he recently admitted that he's, quote, "not sure" if he's still engaged to makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy.

Lindsay Lohan Says Her Sister Ali Has Never Had Plastic Surgery:

LINDSAY LOHAN is defending her 17-year-old sister ALI against allegations that she's had plastic surgery. Lindsay tells E! News that Ali has NEVER had anything done. And a source close to Ali says she looks so much different because she's lost a lot of weight. --Ali's modeling agency also denies she's had surgery. They issued a statement saying, quote, "As a young girl who is growing up, it's natural for her facial features to change slightly, and we see this with many of the younger models we represent. --"Aliana is a beautiful 17 year old girl who is growing into her face and body, as is the norm for someone of her age." --But spoke with plastic surgeon Gary Alter . . . who used to be on that show "Dr. 90210". And he thinks Ali had BOTOX, because her eyebrows are so much higher than they used to be. --He says, quote, "There doesn't appear to be much movement on her forehead, and she looks like she has had botox. Botox can actually raise eyebrows and get some of the wrinkles out." --He also said that she MIGHT have had a nose job, but it was hard to tell from the pictures. --Another plastic surgeon told them, quote, "She looks like she's had injectable fillers in her cheekbones as they are lot more defined now. It would be a quick and easy procedure to do especially if she wants to enhance her features as a new model." (--You can check out the pictures again here.)

Jason Biggs Joked About Reese Witherspoon's Car Accident:

JASON BIGGS Tweeted some potentially offensive jokes yesterday about REESE WITHERSPOON getting hit by a car. --First, he said, quote, "I just heard the news about Reese Witherspoon doing a voice in 'Cars 3'. Wow!" --Then later, he Tweeted this . . . quote, "Dead NASA satellite will soon fall 2 Earth; theres 1-in-3200 chance satellite part will hit someone. Reese better not leave the house." --We don't know if Jason and Reese are friends . . . and we don't know if he's trying to be mean, or just funny. But it's obvious that he thinks he's HI-larious on Twitter. Here are some of his other gems . . . --"Thank god for televised tennis, otherwise how else would we know that Fila still makes sneakers?" --"My housekeeper accidentally washed a joint I had in one of my jeans pockets. I accidentally fired her." -"Are we SURE Sanjay Gupta is ok to be at ground zero? Did he get an extra pat-down? Just making sure, in these tense times. You know." --"I'm sure a lot of guys had fantasies about banging [Michele] Bachmann tonight, but only I imagined doing it in front of her 23 foster kids." (--If you'd like to read more, here's Jason's Twitter address.) (--Meanwhile, "Us Weekly" says Reese doesn't want charges pressed against the lady who hit her. You can read more about that here.)

Peyton Manning Had More Neck Surgery Yesterday:

PEYTON MANNING had neck surgery again yesterday. It was his third procedure in just under two years. There's no word when he'll be back. --The Indianapolis Colts released a statement saying, quote, "Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process . . . -"Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clear picture of his recovery process." --KERRY COLLINS will take his place on Sunday, when the Colts play the Houston Texans. That'll make him the first person besides Peyton to start at quarterback for the Colts since JIM HARBAUGH on December 21st, 1997. --Peyton's streak of consecutive starts officially ends at 227 games, including the playoffs.

Mel Gibson Is Teaming Up with the Writer of "Showgirls" to Make a Movie About a Jewish Hero:

We may soon find out if it's too late for MEL GIBSON to rehabilitate his image among the children of Israel . . . because he's producing a movie about a JEWISH HERO. --That hero is Judah Maccabee . . . who helped lead the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered them in the second century B.C. --Mel has actually been trying to make this one for years . . . even before he spewed all kinds of hatred against Jews during his drunk driving arrest back in 2006. --Mel is producing this movie, and has the option to direct it if he wants to. But there's no word if he'll do that. --If you're Jewish and this idea bothers you, I have even more potentially bad news: The guy writing the script is JOE ESZTERHAS. He's the screenwriter behind "Flashdance", "Basic Instinct" and "SHOWGIRLS". (!!!) --Of course, he also did "Music Box", a critically-acclaimed drama about a Nazi war crimes trial starring JESSICA LANGE.

Nick Nolte Fell Off the Wagon While Making the Movie "Warrior":

In the movie "Warrior" . . . (--which opens today) . . . NICK NOLTE plays the formerly-alcoholic father of two MMA fighters. --And Nick ACCIDENTALLY got into the role while filming in Pittsburgh last year . . . by FALLING OFF THE WAGON. (--In case you've forgotten, Nick Nolte has a little problem with alcohol. Remember this picture?) (The Smoking Gun) --He says, quote, "I had this assistant and she had a boyfriend who was a little . . . mixed-up. The assistant was a little mixed-up too. --"We had been rehearsing a week and I said to her, 'Should we do the right thing and go home? Or do we do the wrong thing and go to a club and meet up with your boyfriend? I'll leave it up to you.'" --Obviously, they went out and met up with the boyfriend. Things got a little crazy, and the night didn't end until 5:00 A.M. the next morning. Nick had to be on-set at 10. --He says, quote, "We rolled into rehearsal the next morning and I went straight to [the director's] assistant and said, 'Man, you wouldn't believe the night I had. --"'There was more cocaine there, more alcohol, this guy with tattoos all over him and rings, this girl who wanted to leave with me but she had been with him for 10 years and he was threatening to kill me. We barely got out of there alive.'"

Jon Gosselin Has a Message for Kate Gosselin: "Reality TV Is Not a Career . . . Get Back to a Normal Life":

Earlier this week, KATE GOSSELIN said that the cancellation of "Kate Plus 8" had her, quote, "freaking out big time" . . . because she now has to find a new way to earn a living. --She said her first choice was to land another TV gig, but her ex-husband JON GOSSELIN is telling her to GIVE IT UP . . . and find a REAL job. --He tells, quote, "Reality television is not a career. Get back to normal life, simple life, provide for your family, and go from there. --"Things will work out the way they should work out. Obviously there are families out there that have several kids. People work normal jobs and things work out. Everything is possible." --Jon says he has paid child support . . . and will continue to . . . and Kate shouldn't worry about maintaining a glamorous quality of life for the kids. --He says, quote, "It's really up to Kate . . . [but] I don't have a farm on 24 acres, and the kids seem to have a good time at my house. I go to work every day and provide for my family, and do the best I can . . . I enjoy normal life, like normal people." (--Somebody sounds JEALOUS . . . and probably more than a little happy that Kate's back down on his level. You can find video of Jon's interview, here.)

Anderson Cooper Has Taped an Interview with Gerard Depardieu, But Not Without Giggling Again:

ANDERSON COOPER has taped an interview with bladder-challenged French actor GERARD DEPARDIEU . . . and it sounds like Gerard made Anderson laugh again. --Last month, Anderson broke out in a "giggle fit" on the air while cracking jokes about Gerard peeing on the floor of an airplane. (--Here's that video again. Anderson begins to unravel at the 2:25 mark.) --In his interview with Anderson, Gerard said that he told the flight attendant, quote, "Madame, I have to pee. I not sick, I not a terrorist. I just want to pee!" --Gerard said he wasn't permitted to go at that moment, but it was an emergency . . . so he reached for a bottle to pee in. But Gerard said that didn't work out because, quote, "[It was] much too small. I am an elephant!" --When Anderson asked if "it got on the floor," Gerard responded, quote, "Yes, a lot." --Gerard has seen Anderson's giggle meltdown, and called it, quote, "fantastic, magnifique." He then attempted to make Anderson laugh again by singing a song that included the lyrics: Quote, "Poo, poo. Next time I make a poo poo." (???) --It worked. Anderson giggled . . . although probably not as maniacally as he did before . . . and said, quote, "I think you won the challenge. --The interview will air Tuesday . . . on the second episode of Anderson's new talk show, "Anderson". (--"Anderson" premieres Monday, with an "exclusive interview" with AMY WINEHOUSE'S family.) (--By the way, Amy's dad MITCH WINEHOUSE will also be on "Piers Morgan Tonight" next Tuesday . . . a day after Anderson's interview. A preview clip from that interview has hit the Internet. You can find it, here.)

Ashton Kutcher and Ellen DeGeneres Are Getting "Naked" in Front of Each Other to Promote Their Shows:

ASHTON KUTCHER taped a skit for Monday's season premiere of "Ellen", which involved him getting "naked" in front of Ellen. --Ashton and Ellen were talking about the "nude" "Two and a Half Men" promo picture, and Ashton said, quote, "It's getting a lot of attention. So I just figured I'm going to do everything nude from now on." And then he dropped his robe. --His naughty parts were pixilated . . . although he probably wasn't really naked anyway. --Meanwhile, a new "Two and a Half Men" promo poster has been unveiled, which includes a "naked" Ellen. It's unclear if she's actually making an appearance on the show, or if this is just some timely cross-promotion. (--Here are the pictures.)

The Full List of Charlie Sheen "Roasters" Has Been Revealed:

The list of people who are participating in the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" has been announced. --The roasters will include: William Shatner, "Private Practice" star Kate Walsh, Jon Lovitz and comedians Patrice O'Neal and Amy Schumer. --They join previously announced roasters: Mike Tyson, Steve-O, Jeffrey Ross . . . and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, who's serving as the "roast master." --Slash will also make a "special appearance," but it's unclear what that's all about. --By the way, E! Online claims Comedy Central invited Charlie's exes DENISE RICHARDS and BROOKE MUELLER . . . but they turned down the offer. --The roast tapes this weekend, and will air September 19th, the same night as ASHTON KUTCHER'S "Two and a Half Men" debut.

The Cast of "Home Improvement" Reunited . . . Here's a Picture:

The cast of "Home Improvement" reunited for an "Entertainment Weekly" photo shoot recently . . . and PATRICIA RICHARDSON, who played Jill, Tweeted a picture of the get-together. (--You can see it, along with "Entertainment Weekly's" official shot, here. This will make you feel old. JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS turned 30 yesterday.)
This Season's First "Dancing with the Stars" Injury: Ricki Lake:

The new season of "Dancing with the Stars" has its first injury. --RICKI LAKE suffered a nasty bruise on her shin, but she's OK. Yesterday, she Tweeted, quote, "Look, my first injury. Don't ask how it happened." (--She attached a picture of her bruise. Here it is.) --She added, quote, "I injured myself by hitting my heel into my shin." --Even though it's a minor injury, a doctor checked her out anyway. Ricki Tweeted, quote, "Not sure how my bruise turned into a medic showing up? I'm fine!! :)"


Friday TV Reminders:

--"Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on HBO. (--An hour-long-special in which Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett share their memories of working with Hollywood legends like George Burns, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Carl Reiner, and Marty Feldman.)

--"Karaoke Battle USA" [Performance Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Torchwood" [4th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Starz.

Saturday TV Reminders:

Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Here's the 9/11-related programming that airs on Saturday . . .

--"The Love We Make: Paul McCartney and the Concert For New York City" . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Showtime. (--Paul McCartney's post 9/11 concert.)

--"Voices from Inside the Towers" . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on History Channel. (--A compilation of phone calls made from within the Twin Towers.)

--"Beyond: Messages From 9/11" . . . 10:00 to 10:45 P.M. on Bio. (--The family of September 11th victims share the final messages they got from their loved ones.)

--"Portraits from Ground Zero" . . . 10:00 to 11:30 P.M. on A&E. (--Photojournalist Andrea Booher examines photos following the attacks, taken from Ground Zero and interviews the people she captured on film to share their stories.)

--"Biography: Bruce Springsteen" . . . 7:00 to 8:00 A.M. on A&E.

--"NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Richmond" . . . 7:30 to 11:00 P.M. Eastern on ABC.

--"U.S. Open Tennis" [Women's Championship] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. Eastern on CBS.

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Danny Gokey, Mandy Barnett and Russell Moore and 3rd Tyme Out perform.)

--"Cops" [24th Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on Fox.

--"Austin City Limits" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on PBS. (--The National and Band of Horses perform.) (REPEAT)

--"Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on VH1 Classic. (--Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and producer Eddie Kramer work with the campers.)

--"Dina's Party" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on HGTV. (--Former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Dina Manzo works as an event planner.)

--"That Metal Show" . . . 11:00 P.M. to Midnight on VH1 Classic. (--Slipknot's Corey Taylor guests with Night Ranger members Jack Blades and Brad Gillis.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Tina Fey guest hosts and Ellie Goulding is the musical guest.) (REPEAT)

September 11th TV Reminders:

--"9/11: 10 Years Later" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Robert De Niro hosts this update of a 2002 documentary about the New York fire department's rescue efforts at the World Trade Center.)

--"America Remembers: 9/11" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on PBS. (--The day's observances are examined.)

--"Making the 9/11 Memorial" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on History Channel. (--The construction and opening of the "Reflecting Absence" memorial at Ground Zero.)

--"Great Performances: A Concert for New York" . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on PBS. (--Alan Gilbert directs the New York Philharmonic and the New York Choral Artists in a tribute concert marking the 10th anniversary of September 11th.)

--"Rebirth" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Showtime. (--This documentary incorporates time-lapse photography of the World Trade Center site, while telling the stories of five individuals who were directly affected by the attacks.)

--"The Space Between" . . . 9:00 to 10:20 P.M. on USA. (--A movie starring Melissa Leo as a flight attendant who connects with a Pakistani-American boy after their flight is grounded on 9/11 . . . and later learns of his connection to the attacks.)

--"Remembrance and Renewal: 10 Years After the 9/11 Attacks" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--A retrospective look at iconic images, the patriotic fervor that swept our country and the Americans who were notably affected by the attacks.)

--"From the Ground Up" . . . 10:15 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--A profile of five New York City firefighter widows whose husbands died at the World Trade Center.)

--"Twin Towers" . . . 10:20 to 11:00 P.M. on USA. (--A short documentary about two brothers, one a police officer and the other a fireman, during the 9/11 attacks.)

--"Football Night in America" [6th Season Premiere] . . . 7:00 to 8:15 P.M. Eastern on NBC.

--"Sunday Night Football" . . . 8:15 to 11:15 P.M. Eastern on NBC. (--The New York Jets host the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.)

--"Cupcake Wars" [3rd Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Food Network. (--"iCarly" star Jennette McCurdy commissions the cupcake artists for her record-release party.)

--"True Blood" [4th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on HBO.

--"Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" [5th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on VH1.

--"Curb Your Enthusiasm" [8th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on HBO. (--Michael J. Fox guest stars as Larry's New York neighbor.)

--"Entourage" [SERIES Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on HBO.

--"Squidbillies" [5th Season Premiere] . . . 11:45 P.M. to Midnight on Adult Swim.

The Rolling Stones Were Seen Together . . . Do They Have Something in the Works?

The ROLLING STONES haven't been active recently . . . but that might be changing, because all four members met up in London on Wednesday. --It's unclear what they were doing, but Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were all spotted leaving the same office building. --Naturally, that started some speculation that the Stones may be planning a 50th anniversary tour for next year. If it happens, it'd be their first shows in five years, since their Bigger Bang tour ended in 2007.

Nickelback's Next Album Is Coming Out in November:

NICKELBACK'S next album is called "Here and Now" . . . and it's coming out on November 21st. According to reports, they're also preparing to launch a tour, which would begin next year. --The first two singles off the new album . . . "When We Stand Together" and "Bottoms Up" . . . will both be released on September 26th.


The Best Songs of the Summer . . . According to "Rolling Stone" Readers:

(--Yesterday, MTV published a list of the top Songs of the Summer. Despite being a poll that surveyed almost 500,000 people, it seemed a little uninspired. So, now "Rolling Stone" and "Billboard" are chiming in with their lists.) "Rolling Stone" recently polled their readers to come up with a rundown of the Best Songs of the Summer. They released the results yesterday. Here's the list:

1.) "I Wanna Go", Britney Spears

2.) "Pumped Up Kicks", Foster the People

3.) "Walk", Foo Fighters

4.) "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall", Coldplay

5.) "Ready to Go (Get Out of My Mind)", Panic! At the Disco

6.) "The Adventures of Raindance Maggie", Red Hot Chili Peppers

7.) "The Edge of Glory", Lady Gaga

8.) "1979", Good Charlotte

9.) "Rolling in the Deep", Adele

10.) "Moves Like Jagger", Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

(--You can find audio and mini write-ups for each one at's Non-Subjective "Songs of the Summer" List: has put together a list of the Top Songs of the Summer . . . but unlike other lists, this one isn't subjective. It's based on each song's performance on the Hot 100 chart, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here's the list:

1.) "Party Rock Anthem", LMFAO

2.) "Give Me Everything", Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo

3.) "Rolling in the Deep", Adele

4.) "Super Bass", Nicki Minaj

5.) "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", Katy Perry

--Interestingly enough, Katy Perry had Billboard's #1 summer song last year with "California Gurls". Both songs are off her "Teenage Dream" album.

6.) "How to Love", Lil Wayne

7.) "The Edge of Glory", Lady Gaga

8.) "Good Life", OneRepublic

9.) "E.T.", Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

10.) "Tonight Tonight", Hot Chelle Rae

(--You can listen to these singles, and check out the stats on their chart performance, here. For some reason, Billboard doesn't show a playable audio icon for Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" . . . but you can listen to it here.)

Lil Wayne Has Been Nominated for 18 BET Hip-Hop Awards:

The nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards were announced yesterday, and LIL WAYNE dominated the field, with a record-shattering 18 nominations. (--JAY-Z set the previous record last year with 10 nominations.) --KANYE WEST followed Wayne with 10 nominations, and WIZ KHALIFA was next with nine. All three of them are up for the "MVP of the Year" award, along with Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj. --As usual, BET is handling the broadcast poorly. The ceremony will be taped on October 1st, and all the winners will be leaked online. Then, it'll air 10 days later . . . on October 11th . . . when no one cares anymore. (--You can find all the nominees at, here.)

Wiz Khalifa Is Off the Hook for His Pot Bust:

The felony marijuana charges against WIZ KHALIFA have been dropped. He was actually charged with TRAFFICKING along with possession, which is what made it a felony. --Wiz and nine of his boys were arrested at East Carolina University last November, after police found weed on their tour bus. But as it turns out, the case against Wiz was botched from the start. --The D.A. said the trafficking charge was a mistake, because they didn't have enough weed to qualify. The local threshold for a trafficking charge is 10 POUNDS of marijuana. But the police only found "slightly more than two ounces" on the bus.

Scotty McCreedy Is Roaming The Halls Of His High School:

SCOTTY MCCREEDY might be on his way to becoming a household name . . . AND late for Calculus. No lie, Scotty is keeping his word to finish his senior year at Garner High in North Carolina. --He said, quote, "I just want to go back and see people I've grown up with and not totally forget about the life I had before this, you know? That's what made me who I am today. --"I'm not going to be walking around school with an 'American Idol' T-shirt on. I'm going to just be normal, just a normal kid and hopefully things will work out." --He's also bringing his baseball glove. Scotty is a stud pitcher on the school's junior varsity team. He was 6-1 with a 1.04 ERA last year. (--That's nasty good.) --He said, quote, "It's looking like I might be able to get back for a few games and pitch. We are looking ahead at what our opportunities are (with) tour dates and stuff. --"Hopefully I can back and play with the boys at the high school. We'll see how that works out." (--I can't imagine a faster track from being "just another high school kid" . . . to "being insanely famous". And yet, your audience will always surprise. So . . .)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Jury selection began yesterday in the manslaughter trial of DR. CONRAD MURRAY . . . the man accused of killing MICHAEL JACKSON. (Full Story)

Obviously, this will never happen . . . but a dating website called, which hooks up older women and younger men, has offered MADONNA $300,000 to record a song and video for their site. (Full Story)

Enjoy a picture of ADRIANNE CURRY in a hot tub, topless, cupping her breasts with her hands. (Photo)

If KIM KARDASHIAN gets pregnant before her sister KHLOE, Khloe is going to be CRUSHED . . . because she's having trouble conceiving. (Full Story)

ELISABETTA CANALIS discusses her breakup with GEORGE CLOONEY . . . but doesn't really say much. (Full Story)

Not long ago, DONALD TRUMP sued a guy for libel because he wrote a book claiming that Donald is a MILLIONAIRE . . . and not a BILLIONAIRE. Well, a court had already dismissed the lawsuit . . . and yesterday, an appeals court upheld that ruling. Sorry, Donald. (Full Story)

CHARLIE SHEEN has reportedly signed on to star in a movie called "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan the Third". It's about a successful graphic designer (slash) ladies man whose life starts spiraling out of control when his girlfriend leaves him. (Full Story)

RUSSELL CROWE is joining HUGH JACKMAN in the movie version of "Les Misérables". (Full Story)

Will red underpants be added to the new Superman costume after all? (Full Story)

Former "Biggest Loser" contestant SAM POUEU is listed in critical condition at a San Francisco hospital, after he fell several stories from a building last weekend. (Full Story)

Holly and Blake from "Bachelor Pad" are engaged. (Full Story)

Sunday is the 10th anniversary of September 11th. So we thought we'd throw some historical perspective your way with a look at that morning's edition of THE COMPLETE SHEET. The one you probably barely used . . . if you used it at all.

--If Osama bin Laden had only been rocked more as a child, you might have found yourself on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001 regaling your listeners with stories about:

--Michael Jackson fainting after a concert at Madison Square Garden . . .

--Male strippers taking out insurance policies on their packages, because overeager women were getting too rough with them . . .

--And the premiere of a new CBS show starring Lou Diamond Phillips.

--But we thought it would be interesting to look back at the material that WAS going to occupy your airwaves on that fateful day . . . and compare it to what your show actually became.

Here are Six Things You Probably Didn't Know About 9/11:

#1.) 20 people were pulled out alive from the rubble of the World Trade Center. That included two policemen who were buried for close to 21 hours, and a woman from the 64th floor of one tower who was buried for 27 hours.

#2.) The British lost the second highest number of people. More than EIGHTY nationalities lost at least one life that day. 372 non-Americans were murdered, including 67 Brits.

#3.) The fire lasted for 99 days. The World Trade Center fire wasn't extinguished completely until December 19th . . . a full 99 days after the attacks.

#4.) A third skyscraper fell. A 47-story building, World Trade Center Building 7, ALSO fell . . . late in the afternoon on 9/11. It wasn't hit by a plane . . . the fires and collapse of the other towers made it fall.

#5.) One company lost two-thirds of its employees. A financial services firm called Cantor Fitzgerald saw 658 of its 960 employees die on 9/11. Ten years later, the firm has donated more than $180 MILLION to those employees' families.

#6.) The steel from the WTC was sold. About 185,101 tons of steel were left in the aftermath of the World Trade Center. Much of it has been sold to China and India . . . the rest has been used for memorials. (Yahoo)

Only One-Third of Americans are More Concerned for Their Safety Now, Than They Were Before 9/11:

I think this is a good sign that we've done a pretty nice job recovering from the 9/11 attacks . . . but not forgetting.

--In a new Harris poll, only 32% of Americans say they're more concerned for their personal safety now than they were before September 11th. About 60% have the same level of concern . . . and 8% are less concerned.

--The one-third of Americans who are more scared is down from 10 years ago, right after the attacks. In November of 2001, 42% of Americans were more concerned about their safety.

--84% of Americans believe the U.S. will experience another terrorist attack in the next 10 years, carried out by a foreign citizen or foreign terrorist organization.

--70% of Americans are worried that we'll suffer a terror attack from one lone U.S. citizen.

--81% give credit to the FBI and 79% give credit to the CIA for helping to reduce terrorism in the U.S. since 9/11. 71% give credit to the Department of Homeland Security. And even fewer . . . 58% . . . give credit to the TSA.

--95% of Americans say they remember clearly where they were when they first heard about the September 11th attacks. For most people, it was a phone call or someone running into the room telling them to turn on the TV.

(Harris Interactive)

How 9/11 Changed Our Lives Forever

Ten years after the September 11 terror attacks, 58% of Americans believe people permanently have changed the way they live as a result of the al-Qaida assaults. Some people also acknowledge that they are still reluctant to travel overseas, attend large events, fly on airplanes and go into skyscrapers, the USA Today/Gallup poll show. Findings include:

•Although 58% believe people have changed behavior permanently, 28% of Americans admit to changing the way they live.

•38% are less willing to travel overseas; 27% are less willing attend large events; 24% are less willing fly on airplanes; and 20% are less willing go into skyscrapers.

•Fear of flying has decreased from 43% right after 9/11 to 24%; go into skyscrapers, 35 to 20%; travel overseas, 48 to 38%; and attend large events, 30 to 27%.

The Buffalo Bills Are the Best Looking Team in the NFL . . . and the Kansas City Chiefs Are the Ugliest:

The Buffalo Bills play the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, and . . . win or lose . . . the Bills will still be able to pull more chicks after the game. -That's because a new scientific study has determined that the Bills are the best-looking team in the NFL . . . and the Chiefs are the ugliest.
--We've heard a few times that humans tend to find a person more attractive if their faces are symmetrical, so researchers at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania ranked the facial symmetry of NFL players. --They had a computer look at five starters on offense, five starters on defense, the coach, and the owner. And they found that the prettiest teams are the Bills, Denver Broncos, and Cleveland Browns. (--And dreamboat quarterback Tim Tebow wasn't even one of the 10 Denver players included.) --The ugliest teams were the Chiefs, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Minnesota Vikings. -Last year's Super Bowl winners, the Green Bay Packers, were eighth ugliest, while the Super Bowl-losing Steelers were sixth best looking. --The New England Patriots were tenth prettiest, only two spots ahead of the Indianapolis Colts. Which is odd, since compared to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning resembles a giant thumb. --In general, NFL players have 10% more facial symmetry than average people, with kickers and quarterbacks being the best-looking positions. They're also better looking than NBA All Stars and great football teams of the past. (Wall Street Journal)

People Rank Facebook More Important Than a Flushing Toilet:

There's a metaphor here comparing Facebook and a toilet. I'm not going to flesh it out, but there's a metaphor.

--Anyway, in a recent survey out of Scotland . . . but one that we think applies pretty well over here too . . . people said they'd rather live without a flushing toilet than live without Facebook.

--In fact, having a toilet ranked NINTH on a ten-item list. Here's the list of things people say they couldn't live without, ranked from most vital to least vital.

#1.) Sunshine.

#2.) Internet access.

#3.) Clean drinking water.

#4.) A refrigerator.

#5.) Facebook.

#6.) Health care.

#7.) A stove or other cooker.

#8.) Email.

#9.) A flushing toilet.

#10.) A cell phone.


Weird Side Effect of the Economy . . . Babies are Learning to Use the Toilet Earlier:

Here's another one of those "silver lining" side effects of the economy being in the toilet. It's also going to drive your baby to the toilet, too. --According to a new study by AdAge, children are potty training younger now . . . because parents don't want to keep spending their dwindling cash on diapers. --Diaper sales are down 9% this year from last year . . . even though birth rates haven't gone down close to that much. --The average child plows through $1,500-a-year in disposable diapers . . . that's an average of 6.3 diapers per day. (New York Daily News)

When Your Kids Go Back to School, Your Family Pets Might Get Depressed:

Most parents are thrilled that it's back-to-school time, but there's someone who's not as happy: The family pet. --Researchers from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine say it's tough to measure empty-nest syndrome in animals, but at least one in six dogs experience anxiety when kids go back to school. --That's because the kids have been home all summer, running around the house and giving the dog plenty of attention and activity to watch. Now there's no one there all day, except maybe a more boring adult. --And when kids go away to college, it's an even bigger disruption in the dog's routine, since as far as they know, the kid just disappeared. --Dogs who are upset tend to pace, scratch, or chew doors and furniture more. 30% might have accidents on the floor. They also might stop eating. --It's more difficult to measure how cats demonstrate their feelings, but vets say that they also get upset. Some symptoms to watch for are excessive sleeping and pulling out their fur. --You can fight pet depression by giving them more exercise, putting a bird feeder outside the window for your cats to watch, or trying pet day care. You can also get a fish tank, or leave the TV on an animal program for them. --In extreme cases, there are medications you can give your pets for depression. (MSNBC)

Your Education Has Five Times the Impact on Your Future Earnings Than Anything Else:

Make sure you remember this, so you can tell your kid one day if he decides to drop out of high school to focus on his house painting business. --According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, your education has BY FAR the biggest impact on your future earnings. It impacts people's earnings an average of FIVE TIMES MORE than factors like race, gender, family, and class. --Based on 40 years of data, someone with a professional degree will average $72,000 a year in middle age . . . someone with an eighth grade education will average $13,000. (PR Newswire)

People Who Get Computer Viruses are More Likely to be Mugged in Real Life?

Here's a pretty random statistical connection . . . but one that kinda makes sense the more you think about it. --According to a study by Norton . . . the company that makes one of the most popular anti-virus programs . . . people who fall victim to computer viruses are ALSO more likely to be MUGGED in real life. --In their report, they say, apparently, quote, "People aren't taking enough care in their real-world interactions and it carries over in their online world." (Lifehacker)

Mexico is the Most Tolerant of Politician and Celebrity Sex Scandals, and Japan is the Least:

Eliot Spitzer, Tiger Woods, and Anthony Weiner might want to consider a move south of the border. --Because a recent poll by Reuters and Ipsos found that the country most tolerant of sexual scandals is Mexico. 57% of Mexicans say they'd be at least somewhat likely to forgive a politician or celebrity caught with their pants down. --The country next most likely to be cool with a sexual scandal is Belgium, where 55% would be somewhat likely to tolerate it. --Just under half of Americans say they'd put up with it. They finished 4% higher than the worldwide average of 44% who are forgiving. --The worst place when it comes to forgiving scandals is Japan, where only 28% of people will forgive you. France was next at 33%. --Overall, 54% of people said that celebrities or politicians involved in sex scandals are just revealing their true personality. The other 46% said fame and power corrupts them and makes them think they can get away with it. --Worldwide, 51% of people thought women were just as likely to have indiscretions as men. They're just better at not getting caught. (Yahoo)


A Woman is Fined for Jumping Onstage at a Strip Club, Getting Naked, and Collecting Tips:

Apparently, you can get arrested for IMPERSONATING A STRIPPER. --And we know that thanks to a lovely young 25-year-old named Natalie Marie Behnke from Clearwater, Florida. --On Tuesday night, Natalie went to a local strip club called Baby Dolls. She was drunk . . . and apparently she thought she could do what all of the pros there were doing. --So Natalie JUMPED on the stage . . . GOT NAKED . . . and started collecting TIPS. --The staff asked her to leave . . . she wouldn't, and even tried to FIGHT the real strippers. --Eventually the police came and broke things up. By the time they got there, Natalie was in the parking lot in her underwear, drunk and yelling. --Natalie was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication, which is a misdemeanor. She ended up with a $450 fine. (Suncoat News)

Two Walmart Employees Rob the Store . . . To Get Money for a Sex Change:

I think we can safely say we've never seen THIS motivation for robbing a Walmart before. --Two employees from a Walmart in Phoenix, Arizona were arrested one week ago after they stole $45,000 from the store . . . so one of them could get a SEX CHANGE. --The woman is 23-year-old Spencer Culler . . . she wants gender reassignment surgery to become a man. The other worker is a 19-year-old male named Adriano Altiveros. --Last Thursday, Adriano distracted his fellow cashiers while Spencer busted into the store's cash room and grabbed as much money as she could. Then they took off . . . and quickly used $22,000 to buy a Toyota Supra as a getaway car. --Police tracked them down about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix, in Prescott, Arizona. --They say that all but 31 cents of the stolen money has been accounted for. --Both Spencer and Adriano are facing felony burglary and theft charges. They're both looking at several years in prison. (AZ Family)


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

Want a perfume you can just swallow? It may be coming soon. You just take a capsule and it causes your skin to emit a, quote, "genetically unique scent." (Full Story)

According to a new study of 49 TV shows, most terrorists, drug dealers, and drug kingpins onscreen are . . . white Americans. And the authorities after them don't use racial profiling or torture. (Full Story)

Kids are getting cell phones at younger ages. 5% of 16-year-olds say they got their first phone before age 12, and 57% of 12-year-olds say they did. (Full Story)

Dutch authorities have charged a 42-year-old woman with stalking, because she allegedly called her 62-year-old ex boyfriend 65,000 times in the past year. The man says they didn't even have a relationship. Just for the record, that's 178 calls a day . . . 7.4 calls an hour, 24 hours a day . . . and one call every 8.1 minutes. (Full Story)

According to a new study, health care costs more in the U.S. than in other countries because . . . are you ready? . . . doctors here charge more and earn more than in other countries. And that's NOT because medical schools here cost more. (Full Story)

Despite all the new tech devices that need charging, power demand from U.S. homes is actually falling. And the credit goes to . . . those new light bulbs? (Full Story)

Starting next year, you'll be able to get a personal jetpack for $100,000. Since . . .you know . . . we've all got that hundred-thou sitting around. (Full Story)


#1.) A Week After September 11th, 30,000 People Wore Red, White, and Blue T-Shirts to Make an American Flag the Size of a Football Field:

A week after September 11th, 2001, over 30,000 people showed up at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in a show of solidarity, put on red, white, and blue T-shirts, and created an ENORMOUS American flag. --The video is up on YouTube, and it really reminds you how the whole country came together. (--Search YouTube for "San Diego Human Flag." There's a great shot of it at 2:00, and you seed the full flag at 3:00.)

#2.) And Now . . . Two Guys in a Park Have a Pigeon-Throwing Battle:

Okay, if you did this in America, you'd have animal rights people all over you. But apparently anything goes in Eastern Europe. --There's a new video online where two guys in a park have a choreographed fight . . . . and throw PIGEONS at each other. Don't worry. The pigeons fly off and don't hit anything. But I'll let you decide whether it's animal cruelty . . . or hilarious. (--Search for "Russians Throwing Pigeons at Each Other." They throw the first bird at :08.)

The Five Photos You Should Never Post Online:

Everyone knows 'sexting' is dangerous, because any photo could eventually end up online. So the number one rule is to never show your face, or any birthmarks or tattoos when shedding your clothes for dirty pics. --But here's a list from Yahoo of the five NON-SEXUAL photos you should never post online.

#1.) Photos That Show Personal Data. According to a study by the Javelin Strategy and Research group, identity theft among people you KNOW is on the rise. --And people between 18 and 24 are at the most risk, simply because they do more texting and post more pictures. --But parents have to worry too. For example, right after your child gets their driver's license, make sure they don't post a picture of it on Facebook.

#2.) Photos That Have 'Geotagging' Enabled. Some newer cameras record all kinds of information when you take a picture . . . including the time it was taken, and where you were. And that information stays with the photo when you post it. --GPS-enabled cameras pinpoint your exact location. So if you take a photo at home, and post the photo online, anyone who knows what they're doing can figure out your home address. --If you bought a new camera recently, check to see if it has geotagging. If it does, you can disable it.

#3.) Incriminating Photos. Obviously, you wouldn't want to post photos of anything ILLEGAL. But this one's for law-abiding citizens too, because more and more companies are checking Facebook before they hire someone. --So don't post anything on Facebook you wouldn't want your boss to see. According to a study from earlier this year, 47% of Facebook walls contain profanity . . . either from things the user wrote, or things their friends wrote.

#4.) Profile Photos Taken with a Webcam. This one's not nearly as serious as posting a photo of your license. It's just that most webcams take really bad pictures, because they're optimized for video. So the regular photos look grainy. --It's even true with newer electronics, like the iPad 2. So use a REAL camera as much as possible. Even most cell phone cameras are better quality than a webcam.

#5.) Poorly Cropped Photos. Again, this one's not serious, it's just annoying. If your profile picture on Facebook has other people's elbows in it . . . because you cropped out your friends . . . choose a photo that's just of you. --It's even more important for online dating sites. (Yahoo)

Three Common Online Dating Dilemmas . . . and How to Fix Them:

Everybody does the online dating thing these days. It's great if you're too busy to go out, you don't like bars or clubs, or you just want to see what's out there. But there are downsides too. Here are three online dating dilemmas, and how to deal with them.

#1.) You Just Signed Up and Now You're Overwhelmed. The first few weeks after you join an online dating site can be overwhelming, because it opens your eyes to a huge new pool of potential dates. --So it's tempting to contact everyone within 30 miles who looks good. But if you do, you'll spread yourself too thin, and blow it. So focus on emailing just five people. Then, if those don't work out, move on to five more.

#2.) You're Getting Burned Out. It's easy to get burned out with online dating. Like, when none of your emails get replies, or your email exchanges don't end up leading to actual DATES. --So if you've been going through a rough patch, take a week off and come back to it. By then, enough new people will have joined the site so it should feel fresh and fun again.

#3.) You Start Seeing Someone . . . Now What? Once you start seeing someone, you need to decide whether or not to take down your profile. --Most people figure they'll take down their profile once the OTHER person does. But basically, if you want to see someone exclusively, you should take your profile down regardless of what they do. (


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