Monday, September 12, 2011



Check Out Ashton Kutcher's "Insensitive" 9/11 Tweet:

ASHTON KUTCHER was accused of posting an insensitive Tweet yesterday . . . although it really wasn't THAT bad. --He said, quote, "This [is] without a doubt the greatest day of the year! . . . Hello football my old friend. Let's us mingle for the next 5 months." --Obviously, he wasn't thinking that it was also the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks . . . and when some of his followers pointed it out, he quickly apologized. --He said, quote, "I got mad respect for the people that suffered in 9/11. Pls don't twist my enthusiasm. ... Hindsight...Yeah, that was probably a poorly worded tweet."

Paul Simon Did "The Sound of Silence" Yesterday at Ground Zero . . . and Sarah McLachlan Performed at the Flight 93 Memorial:

PAUL SIMON sang the SIMON & GARFUNKEL classic "The Sound of Silence" at Ground Zero yesterday. (--You can see the video here.) --Meanwhile, SARAH MCLACHLAN sang "I Will Remember You" and "Angel" at the dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Saturday. --More than 4,000 people were there, including Vice President JOE BIDEN and former presidents BILL CLINTON and GEORGE W. BUSH. (--You can see videos here and here.)

Moby Can Celebrate his September 11th Birthday Again:

MOBY was born on September 11th, 1965. Over the past 10 years, it's been tough to celebrate it. But Moby . . . a native New Yorker who still lives in the city . . . thinks enough time has finally passed. --He says, quote, "Honestly, the first couple of years after September 11th I felt like I couldn't celebrate my birthday on September 11th. --"But now it's been 10 years and a lot of New Yorkers . . . I think we grieved for a while, but it happened a while ago. So I think we've sort of left the grieving behind." (--Here's video . . . in which Moby also states that he's related to "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville.)

Here's What Some Celebrities Tweeted About the 10th Anniversary of 9/11:

I really miss the world before Twitter . . . when every single tiny little thought that popped into a celebrity's head wasn't treated as "news". --But we're through the looking glass on that, people, and there's no going back. So here's what some of the stars Tweeted about the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks . . .

--KIM KARDASHIAN: "My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families affected by the awful tragedy of 9/11."

--JOE JONAS: "Remembering the ones lost and the ones who fought to protect us on this ten years. #NeverForget"

--DIDDY: "God Bless all who effected by 9-11."

--ELLEN DEGENERES: "Ten years ago today, the world changed. I hope everyone finds time to remember those we lost… and to tell someone that you love them."

--SNOOKI: "#Iwill shake a firefighter's hand. What will you do this Sept 11? Join the 9/11 Tribute Movement @911day #IWill."

--BROOKLYN DECKER: "We will never forget, the world will never forget. So proud to be an American."

--LEBRON JAMES: "Thoughts and prayers to all who lost loved ones on 9-11. I know the entire country is with you today and will never forget. So thankful for this country and the great people who protect it. God Bless America!"

--DENISE RICHARDS: "My thoughts and prayers are with all the families & loved ones affected by the devastating tragedy of 9/11 We will never forget...."

--LEA MICHELE: "NYC is one of the most strong & beautiful places in the world. I feel so blessed & proud today to have been born and raised in this city."

--KEVIN SMITH: "10 years ago, I was fast asleep in Toluca Lake when my Mom called, yelling 'We're under attack.' My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the people in both the planes and the buildings who were murdered 10 years ago today."

--DENIS LEARY: "10 yrs ago today. Greatest rescue in the history of the fire service. FDNY. Brave. Selfless. True. Paddy Brown. Timmy Higgins. John Moran. Just 3 of the 343 who gave their lives that day. Never forget. Always remember."

--NICKI MINAJ: "Sending my love to the victims of 9/11. Remembering the heroism. The brave men & women. The troops. We become alive in the time of fear."

--LIL WAYNE: "Remembering those we lost on this unforgettable day. God bless their families and may their souls rest in peace."

(--Read more Tweets here and here.)

Justin Bieber Wants a Wife and Kids By the Age of 25 or 26:

JUSTIN BIEBER is thinking about starting a family . . . but not quite yet. --He says, quote, "By 25 or 26, I want to see myself, like, married or start looking for a family. I want to be a young dad." --He adds, quote, "I'm not looking to get married now." --Will SELENA GOMEZ be part of that family? It's probably too early to tell. But he says, quote, "She's amazing. She's my girlfriend right now." --Justin . . . who's 17 . . . was the product of a single, teenage mom. He says, quote, "I didn't have a lot. I grew up in geared-to-income housing. It was always rough for me. --"We went to the food drive all the time. I always thought, 'If I ever get rich or famous, I will help people who are less fortunate than me.' --"This year I'm helping with the food drive in my hometown. I'm just trying to do as much as I can with everything I do."

Elisabetta Canalis Went Naked for PETA . . . And George Clooney is Still Hanging with Stacy Keibler:

ELISABETTA CANALIS is the latest celebrity to do one of those "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" ads for PETA. And while she IS naked, and looks fantastic, all her naughty bits are covered. (--Check out the photo here.) (Egotastic) --Meanwhile, GEORGE CLOONEY is still running around with former rasslin' babe STACY KEIBLER. She even went with him to the Toronto International Film Festival. (--Here's a picture.) (TMZ)

Jennifer Lopez . . . Is Bradley Cooper Dattin' That?

JENNIFER LOPEZ and "Hangover" stud BRADLEY COOPER might be copulating. They were spotted having dinner Saturday night at a place called Per Se in New York City. --Whether or not it was a "date" is currently in dispute. A source tells TMZ it was indeed a ROMANTIC encounter. But another source tells "People" magazine that it was a business meeting, and they were, quote, "in discussions regarding a project."

Beyoncé Is Craving Oreos, Gherkins and Bananas with Ketchup:

It's time to play WHAT'S PREGNANT BEYONCÉ CRAVING? --According to Britain's not-always-reliable "Sun" tabloid, she's been wolfing down Oreos, gherkins, ice cream with hot chili sauce . . . and she also loves, quote, "dipping bananas in ketchup." --For breakfast, she's eating croissants with melted "Dime bars" inside. (--A Dime bar is a British chocolate bar with caramel inside.) --And she's washing it all down with, quote, "gallons of ginger ale."
Cliff Robertson . . . Spider-Man's Uncle Ben . . . Has Died:

Actor CLIFF ROBERTSON . . . who played Uncle Ben in the TOBEY MAGUIRE "Spider-Man" movies . . . died Saturday of natural causes. He had just turned 88 years old on Friday. --Robertson started acting in the early 1940s. His breakthrough was playing a young John F. Kennedy in "PT 109", which came out in 1963, several months before Kennedy's assassination. --In 1968, he won the Best Actor Oscar for "Charly", a movie about a mentally-challenged man who undergoes an experimental surgical procedure that increases his intelligence. (--It was based on a novel called "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes.) --"Spider-Man" wasn't Robertson's first superhero gig. He also played the cowboy villain Shame on the old-school "Batman" TV series in the 1960s. (--And yes, that's Shame, not SHANE. It was a take-off on that classic Western character.) --And how's this for timing: Robertson was a pilot . . . and at the time of the September 11th attacks, he was actually flying a private plane over New York City. --Robertson married twice and had a daughter from each marriage.

Ali Lohan's Rep Says She Hasn't Had Surgery . . . She Just Went Through a Growth Spurt:

The ALI LOHAN plastic surgery debate is still going on, for some reason. Now, Ali's rep is chiming in . . . to say that she's had NOTHING done. --He says, quote, "Aliana has never had any type of plastic surgery in her life, nor has she ever considered it. --"Her success as a model lies with her natural looks and she has no interest in changing that. During the past two years, she has gone through a normal teenage growth spurt that has made her taller and slimmer." --He added that Ali's growth spurt has, quote, "slightly changed the composure of her face, all of which is typical of what happens to kids in their mid to late teens. It's what most people refer to as the awkward stage. Ali is growing up; that's all." --Meanwhile, Ali's mom DINA says the plastic surgery rumors are, quote, "absolutely not true."

Most People Want to Hang Out with Ellen DeGeneres if Their Power Goes Out:

This could very well be one of the most random polls ever conducted: --After millions of people lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irene, GE Generator Systems took a poll, asking families who they'd want to spend time with in the event of a power outage of at least 48 hours. --And your choice, America, was ELLEN DEGENERES. --It sounds like the choices were all TV hosts . . . and while we don't have a complete rundown, GE says Ellen got 21% of the vote, which was far ahead of such other choices as Regis & Kelly and Matt Lauer.

Amy Winehouse's Father Says Amy May Have Died from QUITTING Drinking:

We heard this before from the tabloids, but AMY WINEHOUSE'S father made it kind of official while taping his interview for ANDERSON COOPER'S new talk show: Amy Winehouse may have died from QUITTING drinkin. --Mitch Winehouse said that Amy would often suffer SEIZURES that would render her unconscious. And he believes it was one of those seizures that killed her. --Amy had been prescribed a drug called Librium, which is supposed to reduce seizures in people who are detoxing. And he said that was the ONLY drug in Amy's system when she died. --He said, quote, "Everything Amy did, she did to excess. She drank to excess and did detox to excess." But he added, quote, "When she wasn't drinking, she was absolutely on top of the world." --Mitch was just speculating on the cause of death, though. The coroner's office probably won't release its official verdict until next month. --Mitch also reiterated what he's been saying all along: That Amy kicked drugs COMPLETELY three years ago. (--Here's video. Anderson's new show, simply titled "Anderson", debuts today in syndication.)

"Spartacus" Star Andy Whitfield Has Lost His Battle with Cancer:

ANDY WHITFIELD . . . who played the title role in the Starz network series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" . . . lost his battle with cancer yesterday. He was only 39 years old. --While preparing for the show's second season last year, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. But after two months of treatment, he was declared cancer-free. --In his absence, Starz went ahead with a prequel called "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" . . . with NO SPARTACUS. --In September of last year, Whitfield announced that he was leaving the series to resume treatment. --In January, Whitfield was replaced by Liam McIntyre . . . who will play the title character in the now-renamed series, "Spartacus: Vengeance". --Whitfield is survived by a wife and two children.

Did Michael Jackson's Family Have a Plan to Sneak Him Out of the Country if He Got Convicted of Child Molestation?

JERMAINE JACKSON told a British newspaper that his family had a plan to sneak MICHAEL JACKSON out of the country if he was convicted of child molestation in 2005. --They were supposedly going to fly him to Bahrain, which doesn't have an extradition treaty with the United States. --Jermaine speaks more about this in his new book, "You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother's Eyes" . . . which comes out this week. --He writes, quote, "If they were going to sit and crucify my brother for something that he didn't do, America deserves us not to come back here." --But soon after that story broke, Jermaine's rep issued a statement clarifying Jermaine's remarks. He said, quote, "It wasn't an actual plan, because if he was convicted, he would be handcuffed and put in jail. --"It was an idea Michael was unaware of. It was supposed to be demonstrative of how desperate Jermaine was. He felt the justice system was so against Michael. --"He was determined to get him out, he was determined to save him from persecution [if convicted]."

Jamie Foxx Will Host the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert . . . Even Though a Lot of Fans and Family Members Want it Canceled:

JAMIE FOXX will host the MICHAEL JACKSON tribute concert on October 8th in Cardiff, Wales. --Performers will include Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson and Leona Lewis. Beyoncé will also perform via satellite. --Several Jackson family members, including JERMAINE, are NOT in favor of the show, because it's happening in the middle of the manslaughter trial of DR. CONRAD MURRAY, the man who allegedly caused Michael's death. --There's even a Facebook group called "Fans Against Michael Jackson Forever Tribute" . . . and "Billboard" says that more than 30 Michael Jackson fan clubs are calling for the show to be canceled. --Speaking of the trial, TMZ got a hold of the questionnaire that prospective jurors were asked to fill out last week. There are 113 questions on it. (--You can see some sample questions, or read the whole thing, here.)

Serena Williams Went Off on an Umpire While Getting Her Butt Whooped at the U.S. Open:

SERENA WILLIAMS got her voluminous backside handed to her in the finals of the U.S. Open yesterday by SAMANTHA STOSUR. And in the process, she went ballistic on yet another umpire. --It happened when Serena hit the ball, but yelled, "Come on!" before it reached Stosur. For those of you who don't know anything about tennis, you can't do that, because it can distract your opponent. --So the umpire called a code violation and gave the point to Stosur . . . even though she couldn't return the shot. Serena was NOT happy . . . and she mistook the ump for the judge she attacked during the U.S. Open two years ago. --She said, quote, "Are you the one who screwed me over last time? Yeah, you are." --Then, during the next break between sets, she really went off. She said, quote, "If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way, because you're out of control . . . You're totally out of control, you're a hater, and you're unattractive inside. --"Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow. What a loser . . . --"We're in America last I checked. Can I get a water or am I gonna get violated for a water? Really, don't even look at me! I promise you, don't look at me, 'cause I am not the one. Don't look my way." --After the match, Serena congratulated Stosur and shook her hand . . . but she totally ignored the ump. (--Check out the video here.) --Speaking to reporters later, Serena denied deliberately trying to throw her opponent off. --Then, asked if she regretted going off on the ump, she said, quote, "I regret losing, but there was nothing I could do. I don't even remember what I said. Sorry. I guess I'll see it on YouTube." --Remember, during the 2009 U.S. Open, Serena "I Never Complain" Williams lost a semifinal match to KIM CLIJSTERS after she threatened a line judge who called her on a foot fault. --She reportedly told the woman, quote, "I swear to God I'll [effing] take the ball and shove it down your [effing] throat." (--Here's video of THAT incident.)

"Contagion" is the New #1 Movie in America:

After 25 straight days at #1, "The Help" has finally been ousted from the top spot at the box office. "Contagion" made $23.1 million this weekend, which easily beat "The Help's" $8.7 million. (--Interesting Fact: Before "Contagion's" release on Friday, "The Help's" 25-day run at #1 was the longest streak since 1999's "The Sixth Sense.")

--The MMA movie "Warrior" finished 3rd with $5.6 million, and "Bucky Larson" tanked way down at #15 with $1.5 million.

1.) (NEW) "Contagion", $23.1 million.

2.) "The Help", $8.7 million. Up to $137 million in its 5th week.

3.) (NEW) "Warrior", $5.6 million.

Brooke Mueller Showed Up to the Charlie Sheen Roast, and She Laughed When Denise Richards Was Called "The C-Word":

The "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" taped on Saturday night, and although it won't air until next Monday night . . . we're already hearing a lot about what went down. Here are some of the highlights: --For starters, Charlie's most-recent ex-wife BROOKE MUELLER showed up. We'd heard she was invited, but it didn't sound like she'd be making it. But before the taping, she said she was "excited" to be there. (CAREFUL) --She didn't roast Charlie . . . but according to reports, she, quote, "laughed loudly" when MIKE TYSON referred to Charlie's previous ex-wife DENISE RICHARDS as a C-WORD. (--Of course, that's the word that rhymes with "bunt".) --Brooke also took some shots. "Roast master" SETH MACFARLANE said, quote, "She's here voluntarily. No one put a knife to her throat." (--That's a reference to Charlie's Christmas Day altercation with Brooke in 2009, when he allegedly choked her and held a knife to her throat. Brooke has also claimed that Charlie once threatened to BEHEAD her.) (CAREFUL) --And JON LOVITZ joked about Charlie's recent trip to Mexico with Brooke . . . saying, quote, "He banged her [backside] so hard, three balloons of coke fell out."

"Entertainment Weekly" put together a list of the Eight Meanest Jokes from the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen". Here are their selections:


1.) Amy Schumer: "You're just like Bruce Willis . . . you were big in the '80s and now your old slot is being filled by Ashton Kutcher."

2.) Jeffrey Ross: "If you're winning, this must not be a child custody hearing. The only time your kids get to see you is in reruns . . . don't you want to live to see their first 12 steps?"

3.) Jeffrey Ross: "Brooke Mueller is not very bright unless Charlie throws a lamp at her . . . Mike Tyson, your opponents spent more time bleeding in the corner than Charlie's ex wives."

4.) Anthony Jeselnik: "The only reason you got on TV in the first place is because God hates Michael J. Fox."

5.) Steve-O: "Charlie still hasn't hit rock bottom. He's looking forward to it though, because he thinks there's a rock there."

6.) Anthony Jeselnik: "You dropped out of school faster than Casey Anthony's kid."

7.) Kate Walsh: "It's amazing . . . after abusing your lungs, liver and kidneys, the only thing you've had removed is your kids."

8.) Seth MacFarlane: "Charlie, you claim to have 'tiger blood,' but after all the porn stars you've [had sex with], it's probably Tiger Woods' blood." (--You can find more of the jokes, here.)

Charlie Sheen's Rebuttal:

From what we're hearing, CHARLIE SHEEN enjoyed the roast . . . and afterwards he gave an amusing rebuttal.

--Charlie said, quote, "Until tonight, I never realized how [effed] up I was. I just thought I was having fun . . .

--"Kate Walsh, I don't know anybody who watches your show, because I date women who can still get their period . . . Jon Lovitz, just last week we chatted in the backyard and had a few laughs, then he got back on the mower and drove off.

--"Amy Schumer, you really [effed] me tonight, which is great because I'm into anonymous sex, and nobody is more anonymous than you.

--"I asked William Shatner to be here because I needed some clean urine. I had to wring it out of the diaper, but it did its job."

--He concluded, quote, "Once again, I come out unscathed. You can't hurt me. I can't kill me . . . Did you really think your little jokes were going to hurt me? I did porn stars. I did drugs.

--"Then I did the one thing everybody in America wishes he could do. I told my boss to [eff] off. And then it was gone . . . I'm done with 'the winning' because I've already won. This roast may be over, but I'm Charlie Sheen. In here burns an internal fire.

--"I just have to remember to keep it away from a crack pipe."

(--The "Huffington Post" did a comprehensive live blog of all this craziness, which includes videos from after the roast . . . and pictures from the red carpet beforehand. You can find it, here.)

Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Timberlake Won Creative Arts Emmys:

GWYNETH PALTROW won an Emmy for her guest role on "Glee", and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE took home an Emmy for his most recent hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live". --This happened at the Creative Arts Emmys, which taped Saturday night. The Creative Arts Emmys is basically the stuff that there isn't time for during the actual Emmy ceremony. It'll air as a special on ReelzChannel this Saturday. --The live Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will follow Sunday night on NBC. "Glee" star JANE LYNCH is hosting. --Elsewhere, "Deadliest Catch", which covered the death of CAPTAIN PHIL HARRIS, won Outstanding Non-Competition Reality Show . . . and "Survivor's" JEFF PROBST won his fourth-straight Emmy for Best Reality Host. --Overall, HBO won the most awards with 15, followed by PBS with 10 and Fox with nine. HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" led all shows, with seven awards. (--You can find a full list of the Creative Arts Emmy winners, here.) (--By the way, Chaz Bono was at the Creative Arts Emmys with his longtime partner Jennifer Elia. Here's a picture of Chaz and Jennifer on the red carpet.)

Is Regis Philbin Getting His Own Reality Show?

REGIS PHILBIN recently announced that his final day on "Live! with Regis and Kelly" will come on November 18th. He hasn't said what he's going to do next, but he's hinting that it could be a reality show. --He tells "USA Today", quote, "There are several things that interest me. You know these reality shows? I would love to do a real reality show where Regis goes out." --And that may already be in the works. --Regis says he's shot footage for a pilot called "This Week with Regis!" . . . in which the cameras followed him as he went to the eye doctor and then to an appearance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". --Regis hasn't seen a rough cut of the footage yet, so he isn't sure he's going to do it. But if it does happen, he isn't expecting to become a heavy-hitter in reality TV . . . like the KARDASHIANS. --He says, quote, "How do you compete with the Kardashians? Regis on the street . . . I'm no Kim Kardashian." --Regis also says he's had an offer to do a sitcom. There is one thing he says he WON'T do though: "Dancing with the Stars". (--Regis turned 80 last month.)

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

--"Monday Night Football" [42nd Season Premiere] . . . 7:00 to 10:00 P.M. Eastern on ESPN. (--The Miami Dolphins host the New England Patriots.)

--"Monday Night Football" . . . 10:15 P.M. to 1:15 A.M. Eastern on ESPN. (--The Denver Broncos host the Oakland Raiders.)

--"Gaga By Gaultier" . . . 8:00 to 9:15 P.M. on the CW. (--Lady Gaga is interviewed by designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on fashion, fame, family and sex.)

--"Bachelor Pad" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 8:00 P.M. to Midnight on ABC. (--That's right. It's FOUR FRICKIN' HOURS. The first 2 hours are challenges between the four remaining couples . . . and the last 2 hours will determine the winners.)

--"2011 Miss Universe Pageant" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Andy Cohen and Natalie Morales host the 60th annual pageant, from São Paulo, Brazil.)

--"The CW 2011 Fall Preview Special" . . . 9:15 to 10:00 P.M. on the CW. (--A preview of the CW's new upcoming fall shows.)

--"The Closer" [7th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TNT.

--"American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery. (--PJD builds a bike for "Gears of War 3" while Senior plans a new shop.)

--"HGTV Design Star" [6th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on HGTV.

--"Kate Plus 8" [SERIES Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Rizzoli & Isles" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TNT.

--"Extreme Couponing" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TLC.


"NHL 12" Hits Stores This Week:

--"NHL 12" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360 and PS3. Some new features for this year's game include the ability to check other players through the glass, the option to play 2011 Winter Classic outside at Heinz Field, and the opportunity to play as legends like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Patrick Roy. Also new this year, you can fight with the goalies . . . and goalies can fight each other! (Trailer)

--"Nicktoons MLB" (E) . . . on Xbox360, Wii, and DS. Your favorite characters from Nickelodeon cartoons like "SpongeBob SquarePants", "Invader ZIM", and "Ren and Stimpy" take on real live Major League Baseball all-stars. (Trailer)

--"God of War Origins Collection" (M) . . . on PS3. The two "God of War" PSP games, "Chains of Olympus" and "Ghost of Sparta" have been updated and put onto one disc. Both games will feature HD graphics and 3D support. (Trailer)

Video Game Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

#1.) Check out some stats from the "Gears of War 3" beta, including 927 million total kills. Not bad for a game that doesn't even come out for two weeks. (Full Story)

#2.) According to researchers, "Dead Space 2" is the scariest game on Xbox 360. (Full Story)

#3.) You can download "Red Dead Redemption's" DLC pack "Myths and Mavericks" for free tomorrow. (Full Story)

#4.) "A Game of Thrones: Genesis", a real time strategy game based on the books behind the HBO series, now has a release date of September 29th. This one is only available on the PC. (Full Story)

--"Thor" - Chris Hemsworth is Thor, the Norse god of thunder. He's banished to Earth and stripped of his powers after he reignites an ancient war in Asgard, the world of the gods. Natalie Portman is one of the scientists who finds him, and Anthony Hopkins plays Odin, the father of the gods back in Asgard.

--"Hesher" - Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Hesher, a guy who moves into a family's garage without asking. Rainn Wilson's mourning the death of his wife, so he can't muster the energy to kick him out . . . and Hesher shocks the family into living again. Natalie Portman produced it, and also stars in it as a nerdy supermarket cashier who befriends Rainn Wilson's son and defends him from a bully.

--"The Tempest" - It's based on the Shakespeare play and stars Helen Mirren as a female version of Prospero. She uses magic to summon a storm that shipwrecks a group of people on her island, allowing her to get revenge on the man who stole her title as Duke of Milan. --The rest of the cast includes Russell Brand, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Alfred Molina, and Djimon Hounsou as the beast Caliban. Which seems kind of wrong that the only black guy in the cast has the part of "the beast", but whatever.

--"Love, Wedding, Marriage" - Mandy Moore plays a marriage counselor who has trouble with her own marriage when she finds out her parents are getting divorced. "Twilight" stud Kellan Lutz plays her husband, and her folks are played by Jane Seymour and James Brolin.

--"The Silent House" - A Spanish horror movie about a woman and her father spending the night in an old house they're going to repair. It was shot in one continuous take, and the last 78 minutes are her attempts to escape after her dad disappears. --The main chick is Elizabeth Olsen . . . the younger sister of the Olsen twins, who's actually building a decent career for herself by appearing in real movies. (Trailer)

TV Series On DVD:

--"The Big Bang Theory: Season 4" . . . a three-disc DVD set.

--"Blue Bloods: Season 1" . . . a six-disc DVD set.

--"Blue Mountain State: Season 2" . . . a two-disc DVD set.

--"Camelot: The Complete First Season" . . . a three-disc DVD set.

--"Ghost Hunters: Season 6.1" . . . a three-disc DVD set.

--"The Good Wife: The Second Season" . . . a six-disc DVD set.

--"Glee: The Complete Second Season" . . . a six-disc DVD set.

--"Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Seventh Season" . . . a six-disc DVD set.

--"Grounded For Life: Season 1" . . . a boxed-disc set. (--It ran for five seasons.)

--"Grounded For Life: Season 2" . . . a boxed-disc set. (--It ran for five seasons.)

--"It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 6" . . . a two-disc DVD set.

--"Outsourced: The Complete Series" . . . a three-disc DVD set.

--"Private Practice: The Complete Fourth Season" . . . a five-disc DVD set.

--"Rescue Me: The Complete Sixth Season" . . . a five-disc DVD set.

--"Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season" . . . a six-disc DVD set.

--"Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season" . . . a five-disc DVD set.

--"That '70s Show: Season 1" . . . a three-disc DVD set. (--It ran for eight seasons.)

--"That '70s Show: Season 2" . . . a three-disc DVD set. (--It ran for eight seasons.)


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Welcome 2 My Nightmare", Alice Cooper (--The sequel to his 1975 classic "Welcome to My Nightmare". His guests include country singer Vince Gill, Rob Zombie, John 5 and Ke$ha, who sings on "What Baby Wants".)

--"The Sea of Memories", Bush (--This is their fifth album . . . and their first in 10 years. Singer Gavin Rossdale and drummer Robin Goodridge are back from the '90s lineup, but guitarist Nigel Pulsford and bassist Dave Parsons have been replaced by Chris Traynor and Corey Britz, respectively.)

--"Staind", Staind (--This is their seventh album.)

--"Panic of Girls", Blondie (--This is their ninth album, and their first in eight years.)

--"Winterland", Jimi Hendrix (--A posthumous four disc box set, featuring the 1968 performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom.)

--"Own the Night", Lady Antebellum (--Includes the single "Just A Kiss".)

Bono Says U2 Has "Been on the Verge of Irrelevance for 20 Years":

Even if you're not a fan of U2, it's hard to argue that they've been a pretty dominant force in music for almost three decades now . . . especially on the road. --But BONO says he thinks the band has always been on the BRINK of losing it all. --He explains, quote, "U2's been on the verge of irrelevance for 20 years . . . --"We've dodged and we've dived and made some great work along the way and occasional faux pas, but this moment where we're at, to me, feels really close to the edge of irrelevance. --"We can be successful, we can play big music in big places, but whether we can play small music, for radio or clubs, remains to be seen. And we have to get to that place again, if we are to survive." --Meanwhile, U2 has announced that they're celebrating the 20th anniversary of their "Achtung Baby" album by releasing a new version where OTHER ARTISTS cover all the songs. --Jack White, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith and Damien Rice are among the artists involved. It'll be out sometime this year.

Cyndi Lauper Botched the National Anthem at the U.S. Open:

CYNDI LAUPER performed the National Anthem at the U.S. Open in New York on Saturday . . . and she ALMOST got all of the lyrics right. --Cyndi sang, quote, "O'er the ramparts, we watched as our flag was still streaming" instead of the lyric: "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming." (--Here's video. Cyndi screws up about 40 seconds in. Someone on YouTube says it sounds like she says "Gave poop through the night." at the 1:09 mark . . . and it sorta does . . . but there's no use hitting her when she's down.) (--Interestingly enough, that's the same lyric that CHRISTINA AGUILERA stumbled through during her National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl.)

Guns N' Roses Is Launching a U.S. Tour Next Month:

It looks like GUNS N' ROSES is FINALLY ready to play America. The band has announced three U.S. tour dates. They are: October 28th in Orlando, October 29th in Miami and November 12th in Kansas City. --The two-week split between the second and third shows suggests that additional dates are on the way, but there's no official word on that yet. Guns hasn't toured the U.S. since 2006 . . . two years before "Chinese Democracy" came out.
Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain Once Slow-Danced Together . . . to Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven": (???)

In the early 1990s, PEARL JAM singer EDDIE VEDDER and NIRVANA'S KURT COBAIN took some shots at each other publicly. But privately, they did share a fairly tender moment. --They ran into each other backstage at the 1992 "MTV Video Music Awards" . . . and ended up slow-dancing together to ERIC CLAPTON'S "Tears in Heaven". --The moment was caught on camera . . . and the footage appears in the new documentary "Pearl Jam Twenty". It was directed by Cameron Crowe, the man behind the movie "Almost Famous". --At the premiere in Toronto over the weekend, Eddie said, quote, "That had been talked about, some people didn't quite remember it happening, others swore there was someone there with a camera. --"For a second the camera is blurred, and then you see Kurt look over, and [put his finger up in front of his face] . . . and it's not like saying don't tell anybody, or keep a lid on this private moment. --"It's because on the stage above us Eric Clapton was playing 'Tears in Heaven'. I think it's [powerful] because he [Kurt] is smiling. You think, if only he could have pulled through." (--It's unclear when the documentary will get a wider release.)

Carrie Underwood's Secret to Sexy Legs? Squats . . . and Her Parents:

"Us Weekly" did a video interview of CARRIE UNDERWOOD. They asked her about boring stuff like makeup and sunscreen . . . and then got to the real issues. Like, what kind of magic produced my favorite pair of legs in country music. --Turns out it's a combination of hard work and, sorry ladies, luck. The hard work is "lots of squats and lunges." The other part is choosing good parents. --Carrie said, quote, "I think genetics plays a little role. God did not bless me with a J-LO rear end or fabulous arms, but my legs are more muscular than the rest of me. I love to work out and I love to eat and there's a happy medium to taking care of it."

Jason Aldean Tells His Opening Acts That It's Up To Them to Win New Fans:

JASON ALDEAN was asked what advice he gives to his opening acts. He didn't front. He said, quote, "I tell them, 'The people are going to be there . . . it's up to you to convert them.'" (--I love that. No silly pep talks, or nonsense about feelings. It's like, "Here's your shot. Grab it!")


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

This isn't terribly erotic, but for some reason, various websites are acting like it's practically SCANDALOUS: DEMI MOORE Tweeted a picture of her naked back . . . just her back . . . along with the caption, "'ve got your own back." (Photo)

Joseph Hyungmin Son . . . who played the villain Random Task in the first "Austin Powers" movie . . . was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON for his role in the brutal rape and torture of a woman over 20 years ago. (Full Story)

AMY SMART and cable home improvement guy CARTER OOSTERHOUSE got married Saturday. (Full Story)

A new documentary claims that GEORGE HARRISON had hundreds of affairs . . . and that he had at least a "heavy flirtation" with MADONNA while he was producing "Shanghai Surprise" . . . her movie with then-husband SEAN PENN. (Full Story)

"High School Musical" buddies ASHLEY TISDALE and VANESSA HUDGENS got new tattoos together. (Photo)

A home that JACK NICHOLSON owned . . . but was renting out to someone else . . . burned down Friday night. (Full Story)

Not surprisingly, some Jewish groups have a problem with MEL GIBSON directing a movie about a Jewish hero. (Full Story)

CHRIS BROWN had 95 of his 117 parking tickets thrown out. (Full Story)

Despite doing a reality show together for OPRAH'S network, RYAN O'NEAL says he and his daughter TATUM are not on good terms. He says, quote, "We only reconciled on the show. Not in life. We don't speak. In fact, we're further apart now than we were when we started the show. So thanks, Oprah, for all your help." (Full Story)

ELLEN DEGENERES is developing a sitcom with NBC that would star her wife, PORTIA DE ROSSI. All we know is that it's about "dueling sisters" . . . and Portia would play one of them. (Full Story)

If, for some reason, you would like to see TRACY MORGAN doing karaoke in a sweaty T-shirt, I can help. (Videos)


Only Twenty States Make Kids Learn About 9/11 in History Class?

A lot of the recent coverage of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 included something about how we should "never forget." Apparently, that's UNLESS you're in a history class. --A new study by Tufts University's Center for Civic Learning found that a majority of states do NOT make their schoolchildren learn about the 9/11 attacks. --Only 20 states and the District of Columbia include any direct mention of the attacks in their social studies and history standards. --Textbooks made immediately after the attacks included a great deal of information about the attacks, including personal stories of victims. In recent years, that's been replaced by vague, general descriptions . . . if the attacks are mentioned at all. --Only four states require their classes to mention that Al-Qaeda and bin Laden were responsible for the attacks. Only three mention that the terrorists had a connection to radical Islam. --The study said that there's, quote, "a startling lack of detail about what actually happened." --Only two sets of state standards mention that George W. Bush was president at the time. Only one includes Guantanamo, and six include Homeland Security. --September 11th isn't the only issue that state history standards avoid. Only 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, require teachers to tell students that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. (Washington Post)

If You're Having Problems in the Bedroom . . . Try a Sex Surrogate?

Let's say you're married or in a relationship, you're having problems with your sex life, and you can't work it out. Maybe you go to a counselor, or some kind of sex therapist. But what if THAT doesn't work out? There's another option. --It's called a surrogate sex partner. And it sound ridiculous. But this is how it works: Basically, it's someone who helps you with your intimacy issues using a "hands-on" approach. Literally. You have sex with them. --It doesn't seem like it's a widespread practice . . . obviously . . . but according to Fox News and My Health News Daily, while it's rare, it's increasing. Mainly among women. --And it's NOT illegal. It's a kind of therapy, where people overcome everything from past trauma, to an inability to climax, to older people who haven't lost their virginity. --There's even an International Professional Surrogates Association. Although they only have 50 members. --According to their website, quote, "These therapeutic experiences include partnerwork in relaxation, effective communication, sensual and sexual touching, and social skills training." --One surrogate sex partner is a guy in L.A. named Shai Rotem, and he says, quote, "More and more women are now claiming their birth right to either have an orgasm, or healthy relationship or have sexual satisfaction," --And he doesn't sound like some kind of player. He's been at it for 14 years, helping women with stuff like vaginismus, a condition which makes sex painful. (--Doesn't sound as badass now, does it?) --And it IS for guys too. In fact, only 30-to-40% of the surrogate sex partners are male. Meaning most patients are still guys. (Fox News)

There are Social Networks Just for Couples, Where Two People Can Flirt, Keep Track of Their Relationship, and Barter for Sex:

If you're annoyed by couples who use Facebook to post sappy declarations of love for each other . . . or you're part of one of those couples, and Facebook doesn't do it for you . . . listen up. --The latest trend is a social network for COUPLES. There are new social networks geared towards couples that allow you to interact with your significant other online . . . but in private.
--One of the new sites is named Snuggle Cloud, and their ads explain that, quote, "While Facebook is like a party for your friends, Snuggle Cloud is like a candlelit dinner." --Snuggle Cloud has been around since November, but they're launching an app version next week. It allows you to engage in e-flirting, post gift ideas for each other, and keep track of important dates in your relationship. --Coming next month is Kahnoodle, which focuses more on the couple's relationship between the sheets. --You have to be over 21 to use Kahnoodle, and they'll let you exchange "love taps" with your partner, which are a combination of a Facebook poke and a straight-out request for sex that night. --There's also Tokii, which launched in March in Canada. It features quiz questions similar to "The Newlywed Game", and has a section that allows men to negotiate the exchange of household chores for sex. (Globe and Mail)

The Eight American Beers We Don't Love Anymore:

A website called 24/7 Wall Street crunched some data and came up with a list called "The Eight Beers Americans No Longer Drink." That's how they presented it anyway, but it's actually "The Eight Beers Americans No Longer Love." --Because some of the beers on the list are HUGE. In fact, number eight is Budweiser. But the point of the list is to show which American beers have seen a MASSIVE dive in national sales because of weakening demand. --All eight have lost 30% or more in sales between 2005 and 2010. It's because more and more people are drinking imports and micro-brewed craft beers. Check 'em out.

#1.) Michelob . . . down 72%. Think about it: When's the last time you had one?

#2.) Michelob Light . . . down 68%. Same thing. But both are brewed by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Belgian company that now owns Budweiser. More about them later. --Michelob Light was the beer Anheuser-Busch first put up against Miller Lite, before they came up with Bud Light. So, basically it lost that three-way race.

#3.) Bud Select . . . down 60%. That's Bud's super low-calorie beer.

#4.) Milwaukee's Best . . . down 53%. The Beast! It's made by MillerCoors, but it's taking hits from PBR and Keystone, which have better ad campaigns.

#5.) Old Milwaukee . . . down 52%. Not to be confused with The Beast, it's actually made by Pabst.

#6.) Miller Genuine Draft . . . down 51%.

#7.) Milwaukee's Best Light . . . down 34%. A light version of The Beast. Again, they just can't compete with the successful marketing of Bud Light and Miller Lite.

#8.) Budweiser . . . down 30%. The only beer that's more popular is Bud Light, so I'm sure they're not worried. But when you're that huge, and you're selling 7 million barrels less than you're used to, that's not good. (24/7 Wall Street)

Neighborhoods With More Stores That Sell Alcohol in 40 Ounce Bottles Have Higher Crime Rates:

Here are your tax dollars at work: Once again, researchers spent time and money to find out something obvious . . . -The San Bernardino Department of Public Health decided to look at the connection between alcohol use and crime rates. --What they found is that neighborhoods with more liquor stores . . . often have higher crime rates. Not only that, neighborhoods whose stores devoted more cooler space to single-serve alcohol containers often have more crime. --In case you aren't familiar with what they're talking about, the most famous type of single-serve alcohol container is called a "forty" . . . meaning it has 40 ounces of liquor. --They don't HAVE to be 40 ounces obviously, but many single-serve alcohol containers come in larger sizes and have a higher alcohol content. One example of this is a beverage known as "malt liquor". --The study found that many areas that sell forties of malt liquor often have more calls to police for crimes like panhandling, public drinking, and prostitution. --According to the source, nearly 40% of the time when there was single serve alcohol, there was more crime. --The conclusion that the researchers drew was that something should be done to limit the sale of single-serve alcohol in order to reduce crime rates. (Press Enterprise)

The President of Marriott Hotels Makes $3.2 Million a Year . . . and His Son Just Won a $107 Million Lottery Jackpot:

Happy Monday! Here's a story we thought you'd enjoy while on your way to your soul-sucking job. --Robert McCarthy is the president of Marriott hotels. His annual salary is about $1.2 million, but with stock options and other perks, his total compensation is estimated at about $3.3 million a year. -Robert's 25-year-old son Brian lives with his parents, and has a job as an account manager at Pepsi . . . Pepsi has a supplier relationship with Marriott. --In other words, Brian isn't exactly the kind of guy who needs a break in life . . . but he got one anyway when he won a $107 million Mega Millions jackpot in July, with a ticket he bought at a supermarket in Herndon, Virginia (--about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C.). --Brian took a $68.4 million lump-sum cash payout. --He's also already started spending the cash. He bought a brand new BMW M3, took a golf trip to Ireland, and traveled to Alaska. And he quit his job at Pepsi. --The first person he told about his win was his grandmother, who didn't seem too impressed. According to the news coverage, she said, quote, "Great. I'm making grilled cheese. Do you want one?" (Daily Mail)

Scientists are Developing "Blood Swimming Microspiders" . . . But It's Actually a Good Thing:

This sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi horror movie. --Scientists at Penn State are developing something called "blood swimming microspiders" . . . and they want to put them in your body. --They're not really spiders, they're "spider-like" microscopic robots made out of gold and silica. Each one's about one tenth the size of a red blood cell, and they're attached to a special molecule that allows them to propel themselves through liquid. --Why do we need self-propelled microspiders in our blood? They could help in a bunch of ways. The spiders could be used to deliver drugs and medication to injured areas of the body. --They could also detect and repair tumors, and small tears in blood vessel walls. Or they could scrape plaque off the inside of your arteries. (Engadget)


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

On Friday night an offshoot of the hacker group Anonymous hacked into the official NBC News Twitter account and posted a fake news alert about a terrorist attack at Ground Zero. It read, quote, "Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. More as the story develops." (Full Story)

For some reason, one of the topics trending on Twitter in Ireland over the weekend was, "What inappropriate song would you want played at your funeral?" The number one pick was "I Will Survive". Other top contenders were "Another One Bites the Dust" . . . "Sympathy for the Devil" . . . "Stayin' Alive" . . . "I Need a Doctor" by Dr. Dre and Eminem . . . and "Take My Breath Away". (Full Story)

IKEA is updating their most classic bookcase design . . . because no one's using bookcases to store actual books anymore. They found that people use shelves more and more for, quote, "ornaments, tchotchkes and the odd coffee-table [book]." (Full Story)

According to the credit check company Experian, people aren't having mid-life crises anymore . . . they're supposedly having "mid-life makeovers". 85% of 40-to-59-year-olds say they've felt the need to change their life situation recently. 70% travel, 46% learn new things, 29% dedicate their life to a favorite hobby. Only 13% say they'd have cosmetic surgery. (Full Story)

A woman in Indiana busted for welfare fraud actually used the "it was my evil twin sister" defense. It didn't work. (Full Story)

#1.) Hooters Released a 9/11 Memorial Video:

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 was a day for somber reflection and remembrance . . . even for the waitresses at HOOTERS. --They released a YouTube video over the weekend of Hooters girls from around the country thanking the troops, firefighters, cops, and paramedics. It's called "Hooters Remembers".

#2.) John Boehner and Joe Biden Talked About Golf Before Obama's Speech Last Week . . . and of Course Biden Dropped Some Profanity:

Vice-President JOE BIDEN and Speaker of the House JOHN BOEHNER don't agree on much when it comes to politics. But before Obama's speech on the economy last Thursday, they got pretty chummy . . . and didn't realize their mics were on. --First, Biden walked up, and Boehner said, quote, "I'm one of those barbarians." Which is how Biden described the GOP in a Labor Day speech. Then they did a "bro" hug, but it looked like Biden was overly aggressive with his fake friendliness. --There was an awkward moment where they started talking at the same time, and then Biden acted a little phony again, and pretended to be amazed while Boehner told him about a great round of golf he had. --And Biden . . . who loves swearing at inappropriate times . . . responded by leaning in and saying, quote, "I could not hit a bull in the ass with a spade, the way I'm playing." --Eventually, someone walked up and told them their mics were live. (--Search "Biden Boehner Golf Video." Biden swears at :53.)

#3.) Auburn University's Eagle Slammed into a Luxury Box While It Was Flying Around the Stadium:

The official mascot at Auburn University is the tiger. But the eagle is kind of their bonus mascot. And before each football game, a bald eagle named Spirit flies across the stadium and lands at mid-field. --But this week, Spirit went off-course . . . and slammed into one of the glass luxury boxes. Don't worry though. Spirit was okay, and eventually landed on the 50-yard-like like usual . . . after buzzing the crowd a few times. (--Search for "Spirit the Eagle Flies Into Window at Auburn Game." It hits the glass at :13.)

#4.) A Football Coach Motivated His Players with a Ridiculous Story About a Kitten:

The first great football press conference of the year comes courtesy of Coastal Carolina University coach David Bennett . . . who's a bit of an oddball. -Last week, Bennett explained to reporters how he motivated his team to be more focused: He did it with a ridiculous anecdote about a kitten that wandered into his house. --And the gist of it was, he wanted his players to act more like dogs. But it's HOW you tell a story that matters. Bennett's version included cat noises, and plenty of passion. (--Coastal Carolina ended up winning their game 20-3. Search for "Bennett Presser: Act More Like Dogs.")

Four Ways Your Sense of Smell Is Controlling You:

You probably don't think about your sense of smell as much as your other senses. But according to a new article on, it has a bigger impact than you might think. Here are four ways your sense of smell is secretly controlling you.

#1.) Pheromones. Whether your sweat can actually attract the opposite sex is still up for debate. But in one study, researchers had women smell different types of sweat while their brains were scanned with an MRI. --And when the women smelled sweat from guys who were 'IN THE MOOD' when their sample had been taken, their brains lit up. So in other words, it's possible that women can tell when a guy wants to have sex. As if it's not already obvious. --Another study showed that both men and women might be able to smell fear: Scientists collected sweat from people who watched either a funny movie or a scary movie. And both sexes were able to identify which sweat was which. --But it's all completely subconscious. Even though the MRI showed the women's brains lighting up, the women said they COULDN'T tell the difference between sex-charged sweat and regular sweat. --But when they were FORCED to choose, they got it right more often than not.

#2.) Pleasant Smells Make You Spend More Money. In the retail world, it's known as "environmental fragrancing." --And in one study, clothing sales almost DOUBLED when "masculine" and "feminine" scents were used in the men's and women's sections. When they reversed it, the effect disappeared.
#3.) Your Sense of Smell Can Help You Pass a Test. Studies have shown that if you're exposed to a certain smell while you're studying . . . and you smell the same scent while you're taking the test . . . you're more likely to remember the information. --So in theory, if you put on body spray or perfume while you're studying . . . and also put it on before the test . . . you'll do better. --And it also helps if you're exposed to the smell the night before the test, while you're sleeping. --But the whole thing works better if the smell is "appropriate." So, if you're studying for an exam on terrorism, ginger snaps might not work.

#4.) A Poor Sense of Smell Can Make You Depressed. The 'olfactory bulb' is the part of your brain that perceives different odors. And studies have shown that people with depression tend to have SMALLER olfactory bulbs. --In fact, before researchers test antidepressants on lab rats, they have to MAKE them depressed. And the easiest way to do it is to REMOVE their olfactory bulbs. (


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