Monday, September 19, 2011



"Modern Family" Cleaned Up at the Emmys:

"Modern Family" was the big winner at last night's Emmys, bringing in FIVE awards . . . including the first two of the evening. --JULIE BOWEN won the night's first Emmy, for Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Then her TV husband, TY BURRELL, won Supporting Actor. --The show also won Outstanding Comedy for the second straight year . . . plus the directing and writing awards for a comedy. (--Ty Burrell also had the best acceptance speech of the night, in which he used his dead father for some great . . . but respectful . . . laughs. Check it out here.) --JIM PARSONS of "The Big Bang Theory" won his second straight Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. The Actress trophy went to MELISSA MCCARTHY from "Mike and Molly". -"Mad Men" only got one award, but it was the big one: Outstanding Drama. The show has now had that category locked up for the past four years. --KYLE CHANDLER from "Friday Night Lights" and JULIANNA MARGULIES from "The Good Wife" won Best Actor and Actress in a Drama, respectively.

Charlie Sheen Didn't Make Any Waves at the Emmys:

CHARLIE SHEEN presented the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series . . . and surprisingly, he didn't make any waves. In fact, he extended yet another olive branch to his old show. --He said, quote, "I wanna take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everybody here from 'Two and a Half Men': From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best from this upcoming season. --"We spent eight wonderful years together, and I know you will continue to make great television." And that was it. --Charlie even met with his replacement, ASHTON KUTCHER, backstage. After the show, he Tweeted a picture of them together with the caption, "Giving the new kid a little advice." (--Here's the photo.) (--Here's a source for the pic. You'll also find video of Charlie's little speech there.) --Ashton actually had a Charlie Sheen joke during the show . . . but it wasn't too brutal. --While presenting an award with JON CRYER, he said, quote, "Jon, I want to tell you something. I do not think that you are a troll."

Jeff Conaway Got Left Out of the "In Memoriam" Segment:

Someone ALWAYS gets hosed during the "In Memoriam" segments at these award shows. This time, it was JEFF CONAWAY. Long before he was a drug-addled mess and a "Celebrity Rehab" tragedy, Jeff played Bobby Wheeler on "Taxi". But last night, the Academy chose not to recognize that. --Sometime today, they'll probably release the obligatory statement saying they only have so much time, and they can't honor everybody, blah blah blah. (--Also left out, but of lesser importance, were Clarice Taylor, who played Grandma Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", and Len Lesser, who played Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld".)

Alec Baldwin Bowed Out of the Opening Video Sketch After Fox Cut His Rupert Murdoch Joke:

ALEC BALDWIN was supposed to appear in the video that opened up last night's Emmys . . . but pitched a fit because Fox cut a joke he told making fun of RUPERT MURDOCH . . . the head of the Fox empire. --In Baldwin's segment, he took a jab at a phone-hacking scandal involving some of Murdoch's British newspapers. When Baldwin heard that Fox was trimming that part out, he asked them to remove him from the video entirely.

This Year's Primetime Emmy Winners:

Here are all the Emmy winners you care about . . .

--Best Drama Series: "Mad Men" (AMC)

--Best Comedy Series: "Modern Family" (ABC)

--Best Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race" (CBS)

--Best Actor (Drama Series): Kyle chandler, "Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV)

--Best Actress (Drama Series): julianna margulies, "The Good Wife" (CBS)

--Best Supporting Actor (Drama Series): peter dinklage, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

--Best Supporting Actress (Drama Series): margo martindale, "Justified" (FX)

--Best Actor (Comedy Series): Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

--Best Actress (Comedy Series): Melissa mccarthy, "Mike and Molly" (CBS)

--Best Supporting Actor (Comedy Series): Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" (ABC)

--Best Supporting Actress (Comedy Series): julie bowen, "Modern Family" (ABC)

--Best Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)

(--Check out the complete list of winners here.)

Is Chris Brown's Girlfriend Pregnant?

This comes to us from the rarely-reliable, so there's a heavy chance it's not true. Still, it's worth keeping an eye on . . . --A source says CHRIS BROWN'S girlfriend . . . whose name is Karrauche . . . is TWO MONTHS PREGNANT. And it was INTENTIONAL --The source says, quote, "Karrauche and Chris have been trying to get pregnant for a while, so they're happy."

Security for the Rock Band Journey Has Been Instructed to Be on the Lookout for Tareq Salahi:

Now that JOURNEY guitarist NEAL SCHON is nailing "Real Housewives of D.C." idiot MICHAELE SALAHI, her estranged husband TAREQ has lost his backstage privileges. --Seriously . . . Journey has printed up a WANTED POSTER with Tareq's face on it, so that security can detain him if they see him trying to get backstage. Apparently, he does have an all-access pass for the band's current tour. --Tareq has filed for DIVORCE, by the way. And in his petition, he claims that Neal e-mailed him a picture of his PENIS. (???) (--You can read the petition here.) (--Check out the poster here . . . along with a photo of Michaele onstage with the band the other night in Tampa, Florida. Yeah, she's traveling with them now.) (TMZ) (--And here's a rather humiliating video of Tareq happily filming Michaele kissing Neal on the cheek a few weeks ago . . . obviously blissfully unaware that Neal was slipping his wife the stones.) --Here's a nice kicker to this story: Neal Schon just got married TWO MONTHS AGO. His wife, former "Playboy" Playmate AVA FABIAN, is NOT happy about this chaos. (--Here's video of some idiot reporter harassing her with Journey song title puns.)

Lindsay Lohan's Fashion Week Exploits: First, She Threw a Drink at Somebody . . . Then the Next Night, She Got Kicked Out of a Party:

LINDSAY LOHAN spent last week attending Fashion Week events in New York City . . . and apparently, MAKING A FOOL OUT OF HERSELF. --During one party, Lindsay allegedly threw a glass at a photographer who tried to take her picture. --The next night, she was at a party thrown by designer Marc Jacobs. But not for long, because she got TOSSED OUT. --When Lindsay first got there, the people at the door wouldn't let her in, because she wasn't welcome at this party. So she called in a favor to some local hotel owner who walked her through. --But a few minutes after she was seated, security came to her table and MADE HER LEAVE. --Over the weekend, Lindsay's rep issued the following blanket denial . . . quote, "Lindsay attended Fashion Week on business to see the collections, meet with designers, stylists and retailers and fulfill a few appearance commitments. --"She was extremely distressed at the level of media attention her presence attracted as well all the rumors that abounded during the week. These reports were completely false and made-up by people looking to exploit her for their own benefit and self-promotion."
It's On! Sarah Hyland from "Modern Family" Made Fun of Lea Michele's Red Carpet Posing:

It may be ON between "Modern Family" star SARAH HYLAND and "Glee's" LEA MICHELE. --Sarah . . . who plays Haley Dunphy on the show . . . made fun of Lea's red carpet posing during an appearance on E!'s "Fashion Police" the other day. (--You can see a clip of it here.) --But after the GLEEKS attacked Sarah on Twitter, she backed down . . . just a little. She didn't apologize, but she said, quote, "I did not intend for my comments to be taken in a malicious way. In no way am I jealous of Lea Michele. --"I'm happy with my own life and am not jealous of anyone else's in the world. Congrats Lea. U know how to work the red carpet. I can't take it as seriously as you." --She added, quote, "I won't apologize. I'm an outspoken person. I own what I said about that outfit. And I mimicked what I saw with my own two eyes . . . The end." (--Here's a clip of Sarah explaining herself on the red carpet at last night's Emmys.)

Happy Gilmore's Grandma is Dead:

FRANCES BAY . . . who played ADAM SANDLER'S grandma in "Happy Gilmore" . . . died this past Thursday at the age of 92. A family member says she had been, quote, "ill with various infections." --In the early '80s, she played Fonzie's Grandma Nussbaum on "Happy Days". She was also the woman Jerry stole the marble rye from on "Seinfeld". (--Here's the classic scene from "Happy Gilmore" where Ben Stiller offers grandma a "warm glass of SHUT THE HELL UP".)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Knocked Out Victor Ortiz with What A Lot of People Thought Was a Cheap Shot . . . Then Cussed Out 80-Year-Old Reporter Larry Merchant:

The boxing world is still buzzing about the FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. / VICTOR ORTIZ fight on Saturday night because of its controversial finish. --Mayweather won by knocking Ortiz out in the fourth round . . . but a lot of people think he did it with a CHEAP SHOT. --What happened was that Ortiz head-butted Mayweather in the corner. When the ref swooped in to separate them, Ortiz immediately apologized. He even hugged Mayweather and tried to kiss him. --Then, as the fighters took the center of the ring again, Ortiz went for another hug. The second he took a step back . . . and while his hands were still at his sides . . . Mayweather popped him with two straight shots that sent him to the canvas. --He tried to get up but he couldn't . . . and that was the end of the fight. (--Watch the whole thing unfold here.) --There are several ways to look at this. The obvious is that Floyd fought DIRTY. Some people even think what he did was akin to cheating . . . even though there was nothing illegal about it. --On the other hand, the Ortiz headbutt seemed to have been intentional . . . so he went dirty FIRST, and maybe he deserved what he got. --Also, there's a saying in the fight game: PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES. Ortiz obviously ignored that cardinal rule. So once again, maybe he deserved what he got? --Ortiz himself called it a BLINDSIDE . . . but he added, quote, "There was a miscommunication by the ref, and neither he nor I or anyone is perfect. This is a learning experience." --But what happened AFTER the fight was just as crazy as the finish. 80-year-old HBO announcer LARRY MERCHANT was in the ring interviewing Mayweather . . . and Floyd WENT OFF on him. --Merchant was, of course, pressing him about how the fight ended. And Mayweather said, quote, "You never give me a fair shake. HBO need to fire you. You don't know [crap] about boxing. You ain't [crap]! You're not [crap]!" --Then Merchant replied, quote, "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass." (--Watch it here. And here's a CLASSIC still pic of Merchant getting caught totally off guard by Floyd.) (D-Listed) (--Later, Larry admitted that he probably couldn't take Floyd even if he WAS 50 years younger. He also called what Floyd did a "legal sucker punch". Here's video of that.)

It's Confirmed: There Will Be a "Blair Witch Project 3":

Back when "The Blair Witch Project" came out in 1999 it was a sensation. Then when the sequel "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2" was rushed out the next year and bombed, it looked like the franchise was dead. --Well, it took a decade for the wounds to heal . . . but the "Blair Witch Project" is back. --The original directors, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, have confirmed they're making a third film. And this one will be true to the spirit of the original and have NOTHING to do with the sequel. --The directors also say that the three original cast members from "Blair Witch" will be in the third one . . . not as the main characters, but so we can find out what did happen to them in the woods. --There's no word on when "Blair Witch 3" might come out.

"Rocky Horror" is Banned in a City in Georgia for Being Too Risque:

REALLY? We're really still doing this? --In a flashback to 40 years ago, a city in Georgia just banned a local theater company from performing the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" because it's too risque. Really. --Wayne Garner is the mayor of Carrollton, Georgia. The play was scheduled to open on October 27th at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, which the city owns. And after the mayor saw some of the rehearsal, he decided to shut it down. --Quote, "I found it very offensive, not in keeping with the community of Carrollton, if you will." --The cast is now trying to find a private venue where they can perform. --The "Rocky Horror" stage play debuted in 1973. As it spread around the world it drew controversy and was banned in several places because of its "controversial" elements like adultery, a transvestite, kinky sex, and man-on-man action.

The Girl Whose Story Inspired "Dolphin Tale" was Completely Cut Out of Everything to Do With the Movie:

The movie "Dolphin Tale" opened on Friday. That's the one about the boy who befriends an injured dolphin at a local aquarium and helps him learn to swim with a prosthetic tail. --The story was actually inspired by a 12-year-old girl named Katrina Simpkins, from Columbia City, Indiana. And she's been cut out of everything to do with the movie. --Katrina was born with a leg deficiency and needs a prosthetic leg to walk. --In 2007, on a family trip to Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida, she saw a dolphin named Winter who didn't have a tail. She befriended the dolphin, pushed to get him a prosthetic tail, and visits him all the time. --Katrina and Winter's story transformed the aquarium . . . and attendance skyrocketed. Warner Bros. found out and decided to make the movie. --But Katrina's family signed away the rights to the story to the aquarium for an undisclosed fee . . . and Katrina was COMPLETELY cut out of everything. --In the movie, the Katrina character is a boy, and he's not disabled. Katrina wasn't invited to the premiere or to do interviews. She wasn't even invited to be an extra in any of the scenes in the movie. She's just out. --The aquarium is also describing the movie as, quote, "a major motion picture inspired by Winter's story" . . . no mention of Katrina. --Katrina says she was, quote, "pretty mad" when she found out she was being left out of everything. Neither the aquarium nor Warner Bros. would comment on the situation.

The 3D Version of "The Lion King" Topped the Weekend Box Office:

The special 3D release of "The Lion King" is your new #1 movie. It made a surprisingly high $29.3 million to top the weekend box office. By comparison, the original movie opened with $40.9 million in 1994. --As for as the new movies in the Top 10, RYAN GOSLING'S "Drive" opened with $11 million in 3rd place . . . the "Straw Dogs" remake made $5 million in 5th place . . . and SARAH JESSICA PARKER'S "I Don't Know How She Does It" did $4.5 million in 6th place.

1.) (NEW) "The Lion King (in 3D)", $29.3 million.

2.) "Contagion", $14.5 million. Up to $44.2 million in its 2nd week.

3.) (NEW) "Drive", $11 million.

Four of the "Real Housewives of New York City" Won't Be Back for Next Season:

There's some serious turnover happening again with the "Real Housewives of New York City". For the fifth season, there'll be four new classy ladies in . . . and four old classy ladies out. --Bravo has confirmed that Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, Jill Zarin, and Cindy Barshop are OUT for next season. Bravo canned all four of them but said, quote, "it is a friendly departure" and the four might pop up during the show occasionally. --Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and LuAnn DeLesseps . . . all of whom joined the cast midway through the third season . . . are coming back for the next season. Bravo hasn't announced who the four new housewives will be. --The next season is scheduled to go into production within the next month.

Fox May Create a Channel That Shows Nothing But "The Simpsons":

"The Simpsons" are cruising toward 500 episodes and, from every sign we've seen, they may never, ever stop. And Fox is apparently thinking about a new plan to take advantage of that MASSIVE amount of content. --Chase Carey is the COO of News Corp., which owns Fox. And he says they've had a, quote, "number of meetings" about possibly starting an ALL-SIMPSONS CABLE NETWORK. "Simpsons" episodes, 24 hours a day. -This can't happen immediately, though . . . they'd have to wait until all of "The Simpsons" syndication deals wrap up and they didn't say how long that'll take.
Steve-O Has Apologized for Making a Joke About the Great White Nightclub Fire at the Charlie Sheen Roast:

Remember back in 2003 when GREAT WHITE was playing at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, the place caught on fire, and 100 people died? --We're still in the "TOO SOON" zone when it comes to making a joke about that. --At the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" which airs tonight but was taped more than a week ago, STEVE-O from "Jackass" made a Station Nightclub joke. And people are FURIOUS. --Steve-O was mocking the lack of big celebrities who participated in the roast and said, quote, "The last time this many nobodies got roasted, at least the band Great White was playing." --Well . . . the families of some of the people who died in that fire found out, and they're FURIOUS. They demanded that Comedy Central cut the joke out of the broadcast . . . and Comedy Central has agreed to do that. --Steve-O also apologized for the joke. On his Facebook page, he wrote, quote, "I feel horrible about it. I initially ran the joke by some other comics, as an example of one that I wouldn't say. --"Every comic that I told it to said, 'You HAVE to use that joke' . . . I'm so glad that the producers have already taken it out."

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

--"Monday Night Football" . . . 8:30 to 11:30 P.M. Eastern on ESPN. (--The New York Giants host the St. Louis Rams at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.)

--"Dancing with the Stars" [13th Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--This season's stars are: Chynna Phillips, Elisabetta Canalis, Kristin Cavallari, Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake, Olympic soccer gold medalist Hope Solo . . .)

(. . . Chaz Bono, "Queer Eye's" Carson Kressley, Ron Artest, David Arquette, Rob Kardashian, and Iraq war vet turned actor, "All My Children's" J.R. Martinez.)

--"How I Met Your Mother" [7th Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. [Back-to-Back Episodes]

--"The Sing-Off" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Hosted by Nick Lachey with judges Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Sara Bareilles.)

--"Eureka" [4th Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Syfy.

--"Hell's Kitchen" [9th Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"Kathy Griffin's Emmys Aftermath" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on TV Guide.

--"Two and a Half Men" [9th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on CBS. (--Ashton Kutcher joins the cast as Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt.)

--"The Roast of Charlie Sheen Pre-Show" . . . 9:45 to 10:00 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--The cast of Comedy Central's "Workaholics" host this preview show.)

--"The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" . . . 10:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Seth MacFarlane is your host with roaster's Jeffrey Ross, TMZ's Harvey Levin, Steve-O, Anthony Jeselnik and Mike Tyson.)

--"2 Broke Girls" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Two waitresses open their own cupcake shop. It stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.)

--"American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery. (--PJD completes their build for the "Gears of War 3" bike.)

--"Hawaii Five-0" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"The Playboy Club" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--This is set in the '60s at Chicago's legendary Playboy Club. It stars David Krumholtz as the club manager and Eddie Cibrian as a club keyholder who helps one of the bunnies after she accidentally kills a mob boss.)

--"Castle" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"The Protector" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Lifetime.

--"Intervention" [11th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E.

--"I'm Alive" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Animal Planet.


"Gears of War 3" Hits Stores Tomorrow and Ice T Does One of the Voices:

--"Gears of War 3" (M) . . . exclusively on Xbox360. The conclusion of the series picks up after the fall of Jacinto, with Marcus learning that his father is still alive and that dad may have found a way to save humanity from the locusts. nya is also off the radio and fighting in battle alongside Delta squad for the first time. She's also one of the three playable female characters in the online multiplayer mode. The other two are the Locust Queen and a new chick who's introduced in this game. Be sure to listen for the voice of Ice T while you're playing the campaign. He plays a guy named Griffin. One of the game's new features is that you can now complete the campaign with up to four players . . . which improves on the two-player co-op mode that you were limited to in the first two games. Horde Mode has been revamped to allow you to establish a command post. You earn cash for kills and can use that to buy fortifications for your position, including laser fences, automated turrets, and exploding decoys. (Horde Mode 2.0) They've also reversed the concept of horde mode to let you play as the Locust creatures and attack the human defensive positions. The credits you earn for your kills are used to upgrade to better Locusts, such as berserkers and boomers. (Beast Mode) (--This is also the first "Gears of War" to include a stereoscopic mode for 3DTVs.) (Dust to Dust) (Opening Cinema)

--"F1 2011" (Rating Pending) . . . on Xbox360 and PS3. This game features all of the drivers and cars in the 2011 FIA Forumla One World Championship, and you can race during the day or at night. Online multiplayer competition is the game's main emphasis, but it also includes co-op championships and a split-screen mode. (Gameplay Trailer)

ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)
Video Game Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories

#1.) The Tokyo Game Show took place this weekend and it featured lots of news about Sony's upcoming handheld system, the PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo's 3DS.

• The 3DS is getting a "slidepad" attachment that will add another analog stick, run on one AAA battery, and it will only cost about twenty dollars.

• Forget about playing Nintendo titles like "Star Fox", "Zelda", and "Mario" on your phone. Nintendo's boss recently said, "We're not interested in developing mobile games. If we did that, Nintendo would stop being Nintendo." (Full Story)

• The new "Mario Kart" game for the 3DS is coming out on December 4th. (Trailer)

• The Vita has 100 games in development, with 26 that are "almost ready". (--Here's the Tokyo Game Show launch trailer for the Vita.)

#2.) Gamestop is developing its own Android tablet computer that will come preloaded with games like the original "Crash Bandicoot." (Full Story) They're also expanding their trade-in program to accept iPods, iPhones and iPads for store credit. (Full Story)

#3.) Here's an amusing video of a guy inadvertently giving a Sex Ed lesson to the "Super Mario Bros." princess, MegaMan, and Ryu from "Street Fighter". (--WARNING: It includes sexual hand gestures and liberal use of the word penis.)

#4.) Here's a trailer for "Max Payne 3". It is scheduled to be released in March.

#5.) FELICIA DAY, from "The Guild" and "Eureka", will star in latest downloadable content pack for "Dragon Age II" called "Mark of the Assassin". You can grab it on October 11th. (Trailer)

#6.) A 14-year-old girl wrote the makers of "NHL 12" because there was no option to make a female in the game's Create A Player mode. So what did they do to make it up to her? They put HER face in the game. (Full Story)

#7.) Here are the Top 7 Most Historically Inaccurate Videogames. You may not recognize most of them, but "Assassin's Creed" came in at #7. (Full Story)


--"Bridesmaids" - "SNL's" Kristen Wiig plays a jealous maid of honor to Maya Rudolph as the bride. The rest of bridesmaids include Rose Byrne from "Damages", Ellie Kemper from "The Office", and succulent "Mike & Molly" star Melissa McCarthy.

--"Set Up" - Bruce Willis, Ryan Phillippe, and 50 Cent star in this direct-to-video release about friends who go up against each other after a diamond heist goes wrong. (--You can check out the trailer here.)

TV Series On DVD:

--"The Mentalist: The Complete Third Season" . . . a five-disc DVD set.
--"Hawaii Five-0: The First Season" . . . a six-disc set of the new series.
--"Hawaii Five-O: The Eleventh Season" . . . a six-disc set. (--It ran for 12 seasons.)
--"Castle: The Complete Third Season" . . . a five-disc DVD set.
--"Body of Proof: The Complete First Season" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Law & Order: Los Angeles - The Complete Series" . . . a five-disc DVD set.
--"Modern Family: The Complete Second Season" . . . a three-disc DVD set.
--"Mike & Molly: The Complete First Season" . . . a three-disc DVD set.
--"Happy Endings: The Complete First Season" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Raising Hope: The Complete First Season" . . . a three-disc DVD set.
--"The Kennedys" . . . a three-disc DVD set of the History Channel's mini-series.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Duets II", Tony Bennett (--His duet partners include Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Josh Groban, Queen Latifah, k.d. lang, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, and Willie Nelson.)

--"Unbroken", Demi Lovato

--"Sweeter", Gavin DeGraw

--"Night Of Hunters", Tori Amos

--"Coast to Coast", 14-year-old Cody Simpson (--The second EP from the Australian version of Justin Bieber. You can check out his sound here.)

--The soundtrack to the "Pearl Jam Twenty" documentary.

--"Europe '72, Vol. 2", Grateful Dead

The Foo Fighters Fight Back When the Westboro Baptist Church Picketed Their Concert . . . By Serenading Them:

The Westboro Baptist Church is that anti-gay group that always pickets at soldier's funerals and other incredibly offensive places. They picked a VERY weird target over the weekend . . . they protested the FOO FIGHTERS. --The Westboro crew decided to picket outside of a Foo Fighters show in Kansas City, Missouri . . . because the Foo Fighters have a lyric that mentions "man loving." --And the Foo Fighters found out about the picket . . . and decided to hit right back. --So while the Westboro people picketed outside of the show, the Foo Fighters rolled up on a flatbed truck and started serenading and mocking the protestors. --The Foo Fighters fans in the parking lot ran up to cheer them on. --DAVE GROHL shouted, quote, "I don't care if you're black or white or purple or green, whether you're Pennsylvanian or Transylvanian, whether you're Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, it takes all kinds." --The Westboro picketers stood their ground and tried to ignore the Foo Fighters and their fans. (--Here's a video of the Foo Fighters serenading the picketers.)

An Old Beatles Concert Rider Reveals They Refused to Play in Front of a Segregated Crowd:

A BEATLES concert rider from a 1965 performance at the Cow Palace in San Francisco just surfaced and is going to be auctioned off. And there's one line in it that's getting a lot of attention. --In the contract, the Beatles said they would NOT perform in front of a segregated audience. That was a STRONG civil rights statement considering the situation in the U.S. at the time. --The rider also calls for at least 150 officers for protection, four cots in a trailer, a portable TV set, and a, quote, "special drumming platform for RINGO." --The contract is being auctioned off tomorrow and could get around $5,000. (--You can check out the auction here.)

The First Audio Sample From the Metallica and Lou Reed Album is Now Online:

The collaboration album between METALLICA and LOU REED, called "Lulu", is set to be released on November 1st. And if you're curious what kind of sound this strange, unholy alliance is going to produce . . . here's a little taste. --A sample from the song "The View" has been posted on (--You can listen to it here.)
John Mayer Has Canceled Shows and Delayed His New Album Because of a Mass of Tissue in His Throat:

On Friday, JOHN MAYER announced that he's pulling out of two shows . . . one with TONY BENNETT in L.A. and the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas . . . AND he's delaying his album. --The reason is a granuloma . . . which is an inflamed mass of tissue in his throat, near his vocal chords. He has to recover before he can go back to singing. --He says his album, "Born and Raised", still needs more vocals so it's going to be pushed to sometime next year instead of coming out in the next few months. --Mayer says, quote, "I'm not sure how long or short a period of time it will be. I've got the best doctors in the country looking after me and I will be singing and touring again as soon as I get the 'all clear.'"

Video Roundup: Demi Lovato Covers Lil Wayne . . . Judas Priest's Lead Singer Falls off a Motorcycle . . . Linkin Park and Adele Get Mashed Up:

#1.) On Saturday night, DEMI LOVATO was performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City . . . and busted into a cover of LIL' WAYNE'S "How To Love". And her version isn't autotuned to death. (--Check it out here.)

#2.) On Thursday night, JUDAS PRIEST was performing in Brasilia, Brazil and the lead singer, ROB HALFORD, was riding around the stage on a motorcycle . . . like he does to end every show.

--Only this time, the bike tipped and he FELL OVER. Some guys helped him back on, and we assume all was well. (--Here's a fan video of the fall.)

#3.) Somehow, this finds a way to make sense. Someone put together LINKIN PARK'S "In the End" and ADELE'S "Rolling in the Deep" to create this mashup called "Rolling in the End". (--Check it out here.)

Taylor Swift Does Not Perform With "Cutthroat" People:

All kinds of big stars have been showing up on stage with TAYLOR SWIFT on her current tour. It's not by accident, obviously. She has to call first to see if they're up for it. So Taylor was asked why she picks who she does. --She said, quote, "I really tend to go and gravitate towards the nice people in whatever genre I'm kind of hanging out in at the time. --"If I'm in L.A., the people I'm going to call and come hang out and play a song in my show are the nice people that I've had really great experiences with, who've been awesome and sincere. --"That's the same thing in Nashville. The people who I look up to, the people who've been wonderful to me and the people who I consider friends are the nice ones, who love being in this community and love all of the other artists. --"They're not cutthroat. They're the ones who will come and help you out, and sing a song for the crowd at your show." Taylor had some "nice" stars join her over the weekend in Nashville. (--On Friday, RONNIE DUNN and Taylor performed his song "Bleed Red". On the same show, Taylor tried to keep up with HAYLEY WILLIAMS, who powered through the PARAMORE smash "That's What You Get".) (--On Saturday it was TIM MCGRAW . . . and also KENNY CHESNEY. Here's Taylor and Tim singing "Just to See You Smile". And here she is with Kenny on "Big Star".)
Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

RON ARTEST has officially changed his name to METTA WORLD PEACE. To celebrate, watch a TMZ video of Ron wearing tight yellow shorts that accentuate his package. (Video)

MATTHEW FOX will NOT face criminal charges for drunkenly punching a female party bus driver in the CROTCHAL REGION. But the bus driver IS suing him in civil court. (Full Story)

Before LADY GAGA was famous, she got tattooed by KAT VON D. And she gushed to Kat about working with NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK. (Video)

ALEXIS DZIENA . . . who played E's ex-girlfriend in "Entourage" . . . tried to get a restraining order against her parents because she was afraid they might MURDER HER in order to gain control of her money. The judge turned her down, citing insufficient evidence. (Full Story)

MARC ANTHONY cried onstage when fans sang "Happy Birthday" to him during his gig Friday night in Miami. (--He turned 43.) (Full Story)

In a really tragic coincidence, Ted Kennedy's daughter Kara and Walter Mondale's daughter Eleanor both died of cancer this weekend, 24 hours apart. They were both 51. (Full Story)

THE EAGLES may be trying to turn their songs into a Broadway musical called "Hotel California". (Full Story)

NO DOUBT is working on their first record since "Rock Steady" in 2001 . . . and they've just announced it won't be coming out until sometime next year. (Full Story)

The CW is looking to reboot the "Beauty and the Beast" . . . the cult TV series from the '80s that starred LINDA HAMILTON and RON PERLMAN. The reboot is now in development. (Full Story)

Even though DAVID ARQUETTE and COURTENEY COX aren't together anymore, they're still working together with their production company . . . and are developing a new show about the ups and downs of a relationship over 10 years. (Full Story)

BRUCE CAMPBELL says that the character Ash won't be in the "Evil Dead" remake. (Full Story)

"Captain America" is more popular in China and other countries overseas than it is in the U.S.? (Full Story)

BRAD PITT is downplaying the idea that he saved a woman's life on the set of "World War Z". (Full Story)
Set Your TiVo For Fall Shows
With the official start of the new fall TV season tonight, your DVR will be invaluable! Start making your list now of the shows you don’t want to miss! offers this list of the fall season with premiere dates (new shows are in red):
How I Met Your Mother (9/19)
2 Broke Girls (9/19)
Two and a Half Men (9/19)
Mike & Molly (9/26)
Hawaii Five-O (9/19)
The Sing-Off (9/19)
The Playboy Club (9/19)
Terra Nova (9/26)
House (10/3)

Dancing with the Stars (9/19)
Castle (9/19)
Gossip Girl (9/26)
Hart of Dixie (9/26)

NCIS (9/20)
NCIS: Los Angeles (9/20)
Unforgettable (9/20)
The Biggest Loser (9/20)
Parenthood (9/13)
Glee (9/20)
New Girl (9/20)
Raising Hope (9/20)

Last Man Standing (10/11)
Man Up! (10/18)
Dancing with the Stars (9/20)
Body of Proof (9/20)
90210 (9/13)
Ringer (9/13)

Survivor: South Pacific (9/14)
Criminal Minds (9/21)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9/21)
Up All Night (9/14)
Free Agents (9/14)
Harry’s Law (9/21)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9/21)
The X-Factor (9/21)
I Hate My Teenage Daughter (11/23)

The Middle (9/21)
Suburgatory (9/28)
Modern Family (9/21)
Happy Endings (9/28)
Revenge (9/21)
H8R (9/14)
America’s Next Top Model (9/14)

The Big Bang Theory (9/22)
How to Be a Gentleman (9/29)
Person of Interest (9/22)
The Mentalist (9/22)
Community (9/22)
Parks and Recreation (9/22)
The Office (9/22)
Whitney (9/22)
Prime Suspect (9/22)
The X-Factor results show (11/3)
Bones (11/3)

Charlies Angels (9/22)
Grey’s Anatomy (9/22)
Private Practice (9/29)
The Vampire Diaries (9/15)
The Secret Circle (9/15)

A Gifted Man (9/23)
CSI: NY (9/23)
Blue Bloods (9/23)
Chuck (10/21)
Grimm (10/21)
Dateline (9/23)
Kitchen Nightmares (9/23)
Fringe (9/23)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (9/25)
Shark Tank (TBA)
20/20 (9/16)
Nikita (9/23)
Supernatural (9/23)

Rules of Engagement (9/24)
Comedytime Saturday
Crimetime Saturday
48 Hours Mystery (9/24)

Encore Programming
Cops (9/10)
Encore Programming

Saturday Night Football (9/3)

60 Minutes (9/25) / The Amazing Race (9/25)
The Good Wife (9/25)
CSI: Miami (9/25)
Football Night in America (9/11)
NBC Sunday Night Football (9/11)
The Simpsons (9/25)
Allen Gregory (10/30)
Family Guy (9/25)
American Dad (9/25)

America’s Funniest Home Videos (10/2)/ Once Upon a Time (10/23)
Desperate Housewives (9/25)
Pan Am (9/25)

Violent Crime Dropped an Incredible 13% Last Year:

It's time to start leaving your front door unlocked and picking up hitchhikers again. Because this country is getting TOO DAMN SAFE. --The Justice Department just released their initial report on violent crime statistics in 2010 . . . and it turns out violent crimes dropped 13% last year. --That's an INCREDIBLE amount. Crime has been dropping steadily for the past several years, but it never makes a jump that big. --The 13% drop is THREE TIMES more than the usual year-to-year drop. --The Justice Department said it's especially unusual during a tough economic time . . . usually when things get rough, crime goes UP. --They're not exactly sure why crime made such a big drop last year, but they did say there was a major drop in the number of simple assaults. --The violent crime statistics cover rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault, but not murder. --Since 1993, the violent crime rate in the U.S. has dropped 70%. (CNN)

For the First Time Ever, Drug Deaths Outnumbered Traffic Deaths in the U.S.:

For the first time since we started tracking data, more people died from drug-related causes than from traffic accidents. --The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that drugs killed 37,485 people in the U.S. in 2009, which is the most recent data they have. That comes out to one person every 14 minutes. --The number of drug deaths has doubled in the last 10 years, mainly because more people are abusing prescription drugs, and combining prescription drugs with alcohol. --OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma were mentioned in the CDC report as some of the most commonly abused drugs. In fact, pain and anxiety drugs now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. --Meanwhile, traffic deaths have gone down each year, thanks to improvement in technology that helps people survive crashes. In 2009, there were 33,808 traffic-related deaths. (--That's 3,677 less than the drug-related deaths.) --It's the first time in the 30 years the CDC has collected data on drug-induced deaths that substance abuse was more deadly than car crashes. (LA Times)

The Most Annoying Extra Fee is . . . Charging for Parking at the Hospital?

A British coupon site called asked people what sneaky extra fees annoyed them the most. --And the fee that annoys people the most is . . . having to pay for parking at the hospital.

--Some of the other fees that annoy us are:

--Restaurants that automatically add a tip for large parties.

--Airlines nickel and diming you with add-ons.

--ATM fees.

--Having to pay for wireless Internet in hotels.
(PR Newswire)

The Key to Success in Business, Sports, and War is . . . to Have an Inflated Idea of Your Abilities?

The best way to succeed in business, sports, or on the battlefield is to have NO IDEA how slim your chances really are. --A study by the University of Edinburgh and UC San Diego found that people who are self-deluded and overconfident are more likely to succeed than people who have a more accurate assessment of their abilities. --The researchers ran computer simulations and found that people who are overconfident do better over the long run than both people who are less confident, and people who know where they stand. --They believe it's due to natural selection, since confident people produce more offspring than people who are riddled with insecurities. --People who don't have a true idea of how likely they are to fail might also take more risks, which would result in higher rewards. --Of course, overconfidence has risks too. The study's authors point to the 2008 financial crash and the 2003 Iraq war as two examples of overconfidence backfiring. (UPI)

A Group of Zoologists are Teaching a Class on How Animals Flirt . . . to Help Humans Score More Often:

A group of zoologists are teaching 200 people how to flirt better . . . by looking at animal mating rituals. The class is part of the Sexual Nature exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London. --Here are some of their tips on how animals get into each other's pants. --Make the men do all the work: Male birds build giant nests and do elaborate dances to pull chicks. Human men can use a fancy car for a similar effect.

--Get close: Emperor penguins stand face to face but don't touch. Moving into someone's personal space can show that you're interested.

--Give gifts: Penguin males give females pebbles. Male magpies find brightly colored objects. Guys can buy flowers or drinks.

--Eye contact: Baboons make eye contact when they're interested in mating.

--Watch your hygiene: Birds preen and make sure they look their best. Moths and pigs produce scents that drive the other sex wild. Make sure you look and smell your best to show you'd be a good partner.

--Body language: Female gazelles, flamingos and crocodiles all give signs that they're ready for a male to approach. Human women often point their toes at someone if they're truly interested. (Telegraph)


"Weekend at Bernie's" Became Reality When Two Guys Carted Around a Dead Friend . . . And Used His ATM Card at a Strip Club:

Of all the far-fetched, absurd movies to come true in real life, I never thought we'd see this one. A few weeks ago, in Denver, Colorado, two guys actually pulled the "Weekend at Bernie's" routine. --On August 27th, 43-year-old Robert Young got home and found his roommate, Jeffrey Jarrett, had DIED. Instead of calling 911, he went and got his friend, 25-year-old Mark Rubinson. --And for some reason, Robert and Mark decided they were going to have a night out with Jeffrey's body. So they put him in an SUV and went to a restaurant. They left him in the backseat, went inside, and used his ATM card to start a tab. --Then they headed to a strip club called SHOTGUN WILLIE'S . . . and again, used Jeffrey's card for $400 worth of dances. They stayed until closing time. --Finally, after the strip club closed at 4:00 A.M., they flagged down a cop and told him Jeffrey, quote, "MIGHT be dead." --The police pieced everything together and both Robert and Mark were arrested for abusing a corpse, identity theft, and criminal impersonation. They weren't charged in Jeffrey's death, and toxicology tests are still determining how he died. (Denver Post)

Two Teenage Lesbian Lovers Have Their Crime Spree Interrupted By a Lion:

19-year-olds Harley Rose Gifford and Britney Singleton of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, are lesbian lovers. And over the summer, they went on a CRIME SPREE, breaking into 29 homes. --The police say they stole everything from flat-screen TVs, jewelry, and video games . . . to a Virgin Mary statue, baby lotion, and lubricated condoms. (--Seriously. We have NO IDEA what those are for in their relationship.) --So what could stop their crime spree? How about a RANDOM PET LION? --When Harley and Britney went to rob their 30th house, they found a LION inside. And they got the hell out of there. --Shortly after that, the police tracked them down and arrested them. They haven't been formally charged yet. --As for the lion . . . the police say they have no idea what someone was doing with it as a pet. They're investigating the house where the girls say they saw it. --Michael Chitwood is the superintendent of the Upper Darby police . . . he says, quote, "If we find a lion, it will be a bigger story than [the burglaries]." (Philadelphia Inquirer)


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

According to an AARP survey, two out of three late-life divorces are initiated by women. (Full Story)

UConn fans broke the Iowa State mascot's arm at football game on Friday. (Full Story)

Important Breaking News! The new edition of the Easy Bake Oven doesn't have the light bulb inside. (Full Story)

An appeals court in Florida has ruled that one spank doesn't count as domestic violence. (Full Story)


#1.) And Now . . . The Most Ridiculous Post-Car Crash Interview Ever:

There's a new video on YouTube called "Best Accident Description Ever", and that's a pretty accurate description. It's an interview with some guy from Arizona who was more excited about being in a car crash than ANYONE EVER. --He imitates the sounds of the crash, and describes being rear-ended, and watching the car behind him flip over and hit a utility box . . . which he says was "gnarly." But the best part is when the reporter reminds him that the other guy is STILL TRAPPED IN HIS CAR. (--WARNING: This video includes bleeped profanity.)

#2.) An Ad for a Taxidermist in Southern California Has Over 2 Million Views on YouTube:

An ad for a taxidermy place in Southern California has over 2 million views on YouTube, and it's because the owner's deadpan delivery is hilarious. --It starts with a deer popping out from behind a tree. Then a coyote pops up from behind a log . . . and they're both OBVIOUSLY not alive. --But the owner shows up and pretends they look so real you can't tell. And the ad goes on to feature an antelope driving a car . . . and a woman waking up with a bear in her bed. (--Search for "Official Ojai Valley Taxidermy TV Commercial.")

Five Headache Triggers and How to Treat Them:

If you partied a little too hard this weekend, then you know where that headache you woke up with came from. But here's a list from of five more headache triggers, and how to treat them.

#1.) Hunger. You've probably heard that some foods can cause migraines . . . like chocolate, caffeine, and certain kinds of cheese.
-But for most people, HOW OFTEN you eat is more important than WHAT you eat. So if you get NORMAL headaches all the time . . . not migraines . . . try eating smaller meals, and eating more often. It'll also help you lose weight.

#2.) Sex. It's actually been shown to RELIEVE some types of pain. But sometimes the muscles in your head and neck tense up so much, it gives you a headache. And an increase in blood pressure can also do it. --It doesn't happen to most people, but if you suffer from migraines, you're much more likely to have a problem. So taking migraine meds BEFORE you get busy is the best way to prevent it.

#3.) Hormones. According to the National Headache Foundation, 60% of women who have migraines get them during their menstrual cycle. And researchers think it has to do with the change in estrogen. --To prevent them, talk to your doctor about taking an anti-inflamatory, like Advil or Aleve. And start taking them a day or two before your cycle starts.

#4.) Bad Posture. Slouching can put more strain on the nerves near the top of your spine, which can cause what SEEMS like a migraine. But you can prevent it by standing up straight, and by learning a few stretches: --First, stretch the muscles in the back of your neck by tilting your head as far forward as you can, and holding it for 20 seconds. Then tilt your head to each side and do the same thing.

#5.) Waking Up. If you take too many pain killers before bed, you can wake up with what's called a "rebound headache." And cluster headaches are sometimes called "alarm clock headaches" because they're so bad, they wake you up. --Tension headaches are usually worse in the morning too, and unfortunately, iVillage doesn't really have a treatment for morning headaches, because they happen for so many reasons. They say to talk to your doctor, and see what's best. (


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