Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Showbiz Photos of the Day: Demi Moore Goes After Someone Who Photographs Her Secret Camping Trip With Ashton Kutcher:

ASHTON KUTCHER and DEMI MOORE'S weekend didn't end with Kabbalah services on Friday night. They also went CAMPING. --The "Star" tabloid posted photos yesterday of Ashton and Demi sitting around a fire at Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. --They were taken Sunday by another camper, and Demi was NOT happy. In some of the pics you can see that she ran up to the photographer to stop her. --And she reportedly yelled, quote, "Please don't take photos of me or my family. Please don't expose this." --Someone who witnessed the whole thing says, quote, "Demi was screaming. Once she knew she had been photographed, she whistled at Ashton and gestured for him to hurry into the tent. --"It was obvious that Demi was showing the strain about the state of her marriage." (--Here are the photos.) (Radar Online) --You'll notice there are two people around the fire with Ashton and Demi. It's not entirely clear who they are. E! Online says one is Ashton's brother Michael and the other is Eric Buterbaugh, the celebrity florist who did the flowers for their wedding. --But "People" says one of them is their Kabbalah instructor Yehuda Berg, and the other one is Eric Buterbaugh. But they identify Eric as Ashton's BROTHER . . . which he's not.

Newlywed Paul McCartney is Going On Tour:

PAUL MCCARTNEY just got married, so he's going to want to spend as much time as possible at home with his new bride, right? Nope. He's going out on tour. (!!!) --He just announced an 11-date tour that'll take him to Paris, Russia, Italy and London before finishing off in his hometown of Liverpool on December 20th. The tour kicks off November 13th in Abu Dhabi.

Beyoncé Is Due In February . . . And She Might Be Wearing a Fake Baby Bump:

BEYONCÉ has revealed that she's due to give birth to JAY-Z'S baby in February. --She dropped the news on an Australian talk show, where she also said, quote, "[Being pregnant] already has changed my life. My husband and I have been together for 10 years, all of my twenties. --"I just feel like it's time and I'm very grateful that God has blessed me with the biggest gift any human can have." --By the way: A lot of people think Beyoncé was wearing a FAKE BABY BUMP during this interview . . . because of the funny way it squishes when she goes to sit down. (--Check out video here.)

Do These Pictures Prove that Jessica Simpson is Pregnant?

With rumors exploding all over the Internet that she's pregnant, JESSICA SIMPSON was photographed at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend looking extra-husky. --She also showed a lot of cleavage. But that's a department where she's ALWAYS been massive . . . so it's hard to tell if those things are filling up with milk or not. (--Check out the pics here.) (The Superficial.)

Dudley O'Shaughnessy Doesn't Know If He'll See Rihanna Again:

British boxer and model DUDLEY O'SHAUGHNESSY is NOT RIHANNA'S boyfriend. But it sounds like they may have fooled around when he co-starred in her "We Found Love" video. --Dudley says, quote, "We had fun together, but I honestly don't know whether I'll see her again. I'd like to go to America . . . but for work. My career is the biggest priority right now." (--Here are some sexy shots of Dudley.) (Fan Daily)

Leonardo DiCaprio is Apparently dating TWO Australian Models:

We recently heard that LEONARDO DICAPRIO was dating an Australian model. Well, that's not true. He's dating TWO Australian models. --In addition to Alyce Crawford . . . the girl we already heard about . . . Leo is also allegedly making time with a 20-year-old minx named Kendal Schuler. Leo is 36. (--Here are some pics of Kendal.) (Red Eleven) --Leo doesn't necessarily have a fetish for Aussie girls. He's just picking fruit from the closest tree. He's in Australia filming a new movie version of "The Great Gatsby".


The First Two Weeks of the NBA Season Have Been Cancelled:

You know that labor dispute between NBA players and owners you've been hearing about? Well, it got SERIOUS yesterday. --Because no new collective bargaining agreement was reached, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced yesterday that the first two weeks of the NBA season have been ERASED. --It's the league's first work stoppage since the 1998-99 season was reduced to 50 games. --Stern said, quote, "With every day that goes by, I think we need to look at further reductions in what's left of the season." --He added, quote, "The gap is so significant that we just can't bridge it at this time. We certainly hoped it would never come to this." --DEREK FISHER, the head of the players' union, added, quote, "This is not where we choose to be. We're not at a place where a fair deal can be reached with the NBA." --Opening night was scheduled for November 1st. Exactly 100 games between then and November 14th will be lost. That'll cost the league $83 million in ticket sales alone. And who knows how much in concessions or merchandise sales --According to one estimate, the league will lose $350 million for every month the season is postponed. --This is pretty bad timing. It took the NBA more than a decade to recover from the '98 lockout. But just last year, it enjoyed its best season in history. --No additional talks between the two sides have been scheduled at this time. (--Numerous NBA stars Tweeted about today's news. You can read some of their comments here.)

And Now . . . Video of the Tiger Woods Hot Dog Incident:

Video of the TIGER WOODS hot dog incident hit the World Wide Web of Awesomeness yesterday. (--If you missed it, you'll find it here.)


Will Dr. Conrad Murray Testify On His Own Behalf?

Defense attorneys rarely allow their clients to testify at their own trials . . . especially when there's a death involved. But supposedly DR. CONRAD MURRAY'S lawyers are thinking of putting him on the stand. --A source says, quote, "The fact that the jury has heard Dr. Murray admitting to giving the Propofol almost forces Dr. Murray to testify. His lawyers have been preparing him to take the stand. --"However there are significant problems. Dr. Murray can come across as very, very arrogant, and seems to be know-it-all. This could alienate the jury very quickly." (--The trial was in recess yesterday because of Columbus Day. It resumes today.) --In related news, CNN's sister network HLN might be regretting its decision to run live coverage of Dr. Murray's manslaughter trial. --It's giving them nowhere near the ratings bump they got from the CASEY ANTHONY trial.

Chris Brown Says He Wasn't Banned from the U.K.:

CHRIS BROWN was NOT at the MICHAEL JACKSON tribute concert in Wales on Saturday. And the rumor was that he'd been DENIED entry into the U.K. because of his criminal record in the United States. --But Chris says that didn't happen. In fact, he never committed to the show in the first place. --Chris' rep says, quote, "His previously booked domestic F.A.M.E. tour concert dates didn't allow him to accept the honor and therefore he never planned to go to the UK. He was not banned." --The rep added that Chris spent the weekend performing in Tampa, Charlotte and Virginia Beach . . . shows that were scheduled BEFORE he was offered a spot on the Michael Jackson show. (--Meanwhile, there's still no official word why JENNIFER HUDSON backed out at the last minute.)
Brad Pitt's Movie Set Was Raided by Hungarian Anti-Terrorist Cops . . . Because Someone Bought Real Guns with Live Ammo to Use for Props:

The set of BRAD PITT'S zombie movie "World War Z" was raided by a Hungarian anti-terrorist unit . . . because somebody purchased REAL automatic weapons with LIVE ROUNDS in them to use as props.--The cops took a total of 85 weapons, which were sold to the filmmakers under the false pretense that they were NON-FUNCTIONAL. They were being held in a warehouse in Budapest, where the movie is being filmed. --Obviously, this could have resulted in a tragic accident. --Authorities are interviewing crewmembers, trying to figure out exactly how it happened. (--"World War Z", based on a novel by MEL BROOKS' son MAX, is due in theaters in December of 2012. You can see a picture of some of the weapons here.)

Roseanne Barr Is Developing a New Show . . . That Sounds a Lot Like "Roseanne":

ROSEANNE BARR hasn't had as much success doing talk shows and reality TV as she did on her old ABC sitcom "Roseanne" . . . so she's decided to come full circle. --Roseanne is developing a sitcom for NBC called "Downwardly Mobile", which sounds similar to "Roseanne". The new show is about a lower middle class, blue-collar family who lives in a mobile home community. --Roseanne is working on the show with her longtime boyfriend Johnny Argent, and a former writer and executive producer from "Roseanne". --And yes, Roseanne would star on the show. This would be her first regular scripted gig on TV since "Roseanne" ended 14 years ago. --Since then, she did a talk show called "The Roseanne Show" for a couple years, and earlier this summer she had a reality show on Lifetime called "Roseanne's Nuts", which was about her life on her 46-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. --Lifetime canceled it last month. --Earlier this year, Roseanne told "New York" magazine, quote, "Call me immodest, but I honestly think 'Roseanne' is even more ahead of its time today, when Americans are . . . to use a technical term from classical economics . . . screwed."

Wasting No Time: The Discovery Channel Will Debut a Steve Jobs Documentary This Sunday:

The Discovery Channel wastes absolutely NO TIME. They've already ordered a documentary on STEVE JOBS' life, and it's set to premiere . . . THIS SUNDAY NIGHT at 8:00 P.M. --It's called "iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World", and it's hosted by "Mythbusters" stars ADAM SAVAGE and JAMIE HYNEMAN.

What Happens When You Mix Geraldo Rivera with Occupy Wall Street Protesters?

This just in: Fox News' GERALDO RIVERA and Occupy Wall Street protesters do NOT mix. Geraldo was trying to do a report for Fox News amid the protesters, but throughout the whole thing, the crowd was booing and chanting "Fox News lies." (--Here's a video of him leaving.)


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

--"Last Man Standing" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Tim Allen's new sitcom is completely different from "Home Improvement". For starters, he's the father of three girls, instead of three boys. And in this one, his obsession is sporting goods, not tools. See? Completely different.)

--"90210" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on the CW. (--Brandy guest stars.)

--"Hip Hop Awards '11" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on BET. (--Mike Epps is your host with performances by Wale, Big Sean, Roscoe Dash and Meek Mill.) (--Here are this year's nominees.)

--"Dancing with the Stars" [Results Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.

(--DELICIOUS AUDIO ALERT: Grab all your performance show clips here.)

--"Body of Proof" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Terry Serpico from "Army Wives" guest stars as a veteran arson investigator.)

--"Parenthood" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--John Corbett guest stars when he returns as Sarah's ex Seth.)

--"Reed Between The Lines" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on BET. (--Tracee Ellis Ross from "Girlfriends" plays a psychologist and "The Cosby Show's" Malcolm-Jamal Warner plays her English professor husband.)

--"I Used To Be Fat" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on MTV.

--"Chelsea Settles" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 11:00 P.M. to Midnight on MTV. (--A new reality series that follows a 325-pound recent college grad named Chelsea Settles on her quest to make it in the fashion business.)


"Forza 4" Hits Stores Today:

--"Forza Motorsport 4" (E) . . . on Xbox 360. My favorite new feature in the latest "Forza" game is that it uses Kinect's motion sensing technology to track your movements so you can look around your car just by moving your head.

You can form Car Clubs with your friends to work towards common goals and up to 16 players can race at the same time online. (Trailer)

--"Ace Combat: Assault Horizon" (T) . . . on Xbox360 and PS3. Helicopter missions are available for the first time in the "Ace Combat" series. Another first will be "Close-Ranged Assault", which increases the intensity by bringing the action closer to the player, without the feeling of "shooting at faraway dots" common to other flight games. (Trailer)

--"Wipeout: The Game 2" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, Wii, and DS. In this game based on ABC's obstacle course show, players must traverse snow, ice, foam, and familiar challenges like the Sucker Punch Wall and Big Balls. (Integration Video)

(--You can also download the expansion pack for "Dragon Age II" called "Mark of the Assassin" today. It stars Felicia Day, from "Eureka" and "The Guild".)

ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)
Spike TV is Developing a Show Based on "Battlefield 3" . . . Plus Other Video Game Extras:

#1.) Spike TV is doing a TV special centered around EA's new shooter "Battlefield 3". It's called "Operation Gridiron" and it will feature NFL pros put in a simulated combat situation. (Full Story)

#2.) Check out the latest single player trailer for "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3".

#3.) Here's a list of all the TV channels you will be able to stream on your Xbox 360 with your Xbox Live membership. (Story) And starting December 1st, you will also be able to order UCF pay-per-views on your Xbox 360. (Story)

#4.) Did "Real Steel" tip off the name of the next Xbox console? The movie takes place in 2020 and there's a scene with an ad for the Xbox 720. (Picture).

#5.) Someone put together a list of the 12 old movies that should be made into video games. The list includes "The Boondock Saints", "Lethal Weapon", "Bullitt", and "Desperado". (Full Story)

#6.) Here's the first trailer for "Max Payne 3". It's been eight years since the last game in the series was released.

#7.) Check out these soccer players doing some real life "Angry Birds". (Video)

#8.) For the first time ever gamers are spending more money on extra video game content than on the new physical game itself. This extra game content includes subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, downloadable content, used games, game rentals, social network games, and mobile games. (Full Story)


--"Green Lantern" - Ryan Reynolds gets a ring from a dying alien that gives him the power to create anything he can imagine and makes him a member of an intergalactic peacekeeping force. Blake Lively plays his girlfriend. (--This hits stores on Friday.)

--"Horrible Bosses" - Jason Bateman, Charlie Day from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", and "SNL's" Jason Sudeikis hire a hitman to get rid of their abusive bosses. But he suggests they do it themselves, with each killing the other's boss.

Jamie Foxx is the hitman, and the bosses are Kevin Spacey, a sex-obsessed Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell with a comb-over.

--"Zookeeper" - The animals at Kevin James' zoo stop him from quitting by revealing that they can talk, and then start giving him dating advice. Nick Nolte is the gorilla, Sylvester Stallone is the lion, Adam Sandler's the monkey, and Cher is the lioness.

Related Comedy: Top Reasons You Won't Be Seeing "Zookeeper"

--"The Tree of Life" - Sean Penn has to reconcile what he learned from his loving, nurturing mother, and his much-harsher dad . . . who tried to teach him that the world is tough, and that he has to be tougher. Brad Pitt is his dad in the flashback scenes.

--"Beautiful Boy" - Michael Sheen and Maria Bello struggle with guilt when they find out their son went on a shooting spree at his college campus before taking his own life.

--"Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" - A third grader evaluate the quality of her summer break by assigning points to every fun and exciting thing that she and her friends do. It's based on the book series and stars Heather Graham as her aunt Opal.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Bones: The Complete Sixth Season" . . . a six-disc DVD set.

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

--"Workaholics: Season 1" . . . a two-disc DVD set of the Comedy Central series.

--"Ghost Hunters: Season 6 Part 2" . . . a three-disc DVD set.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Seeking Major Tom", William Shatner (--The Shat gets help from Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Brad Paisley, and Ritchie Blackmore, to name a few. The space themed music on the album includes songs like "Space Oddity", "Space Cowboy", "Rocket Man", and "Major Tom".)

--"Evanescence", the third album from Evanescence

--"Fastlife", Joe Jonas (--This is the first solo album from the middle Jonas brother. Chris Brown co-wrote the lead single, "See No More", with Joe.)

--"ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends", Various Artists . . . including Wolfmother on "Cheap Sunglasses", Nickelback doing "Legs", Wyclef Jean singing "Rough Boy" . . . plus more covers by Filter, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Daughtry, Coheed & Cambria, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Mastodon, among others.

--"New Blood", Peter Gabriel (--Remember how he did his "Scratch My Back" album, featuring his covers of other people's songs backed by an orchestra? For this disc he gives the same treatment to some of his own songs, including "In Your Eyes" and "Solsbury Hill".)

--"B In The Mix: The Remixes Vol. 2", Britney Spears (--This volume of dance remixes includes her naughty song "If You Seek Amy".)

--"American Capitalist", the third album from Five Finger Death Punch

--"The Classic Christmas Album", Tony Bennett

--"Christmas Symphony", Mannheim Steamroller

--"Nappy Dot Org", Nappy Roots

--"Eleven", Martina McBride (--Her 11th album has 11 songs, that number in the title, and it's being released on the 11th. Get it? Includes her singles "Teenage Daughters" and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It".)

Ozzy Osbourne Isn't Planning on Retiring . . . Because He Has Nothing to Retire To:

OZZY OSBOURNE will turn 63 in December, but he's not thinking about retirement. --He explains, quote, "You know what, I retired once but you've got to have something to retire to and I don't want to do anything. My job is like a well-paid hobby, I mean not a hobby but I'm not lining up every morning at the bus queue to go to work. --"I'm very lucky. You know when people say it's tough at the top, it's tough at the top but it's even [effing] tougher at the bottom."

Kid Rock Will Donate to Local Charities on Each Stop of His Fall Tour:

KID ROCK has announced a club tour, which will stretch from November 10th in Atlanta to December 6th in Spokane, Washington. -Kid has partnered with some businessmen from his hometown of Detroit to donate money to local charities at each stop. He'll reach out to local radio stations to help him decide on worthy causes. --Kid says he's doing this to show that, quote, "even though we don't have a lot on our own plate, it doesn't mean the people of my hometown don't have compassion to share with others all over the country. --"At the end of the day we're all Detroit, we're one country, one family." (--For more information and a list of the tour dates, hit up KidRock.com.)

Metallica Made a Video for Virginia Tech Football:

If you're a Virginia Tech Hokies football fan . . . who has trouble getting fired up, but loves METALLICA . . . there's good news: Metallica has filmed a video to help get you pumped! --In the video, singer JAMES HETFIELD says, quote, "Hey, Hokie Nation, time to kick some butt. This is Metallica. Start jumping." (--Presumably, this is the point where everyone starts jumping. You can find the video at WashingtonPost.com.) (--The accompanying article tells the story of how this came together. Basically, Metallica is pretty popular at Virginia Tech, and the team has been using "Enter Sandman" as an unofficial theme song for over a decade.)

Hugh Jackman Highly Recommends Seeing Eminem Perform Live:

In this economy, you don't have the money to see every Tom, Dick and Harry on the hip-hop scene. So if you're in need of a good concert recommendation, we have one for you . . . from die-hard hip-hop fan HUGH JACKMAN. --And it is: Go see EMINEM . . . especially if he's performing with JAY-Z, 50 CENT, and DR. DRE. --Hugh explains, quote, "I think Eminem is extraordinary, and one of the greatest live acts I've ever seen. I'm a real fan of live music, but if I go to a concert and I feel that I'm just getting their CD, basically, played for me, it bores me. --"I would prefer to just listen to it. But he, [along with] Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre . . . it was one of the most electrifying nights I've ever been a part of. --"I went behind the stage and just watching Dr. Dre get ready to go onstage, it was kind of like watching a prizefighter getting ready for a big fight. There's just so much that they put in to every song. --"And Eminem, he's just, oh my God, he's just the consummate performer. A professional. And everything comes from an honest place. Comes from his heart. That's what I like about him." (--It's unclear if the MAN LOVE here is mutual. I Googled "What does Eminem think of Hugh Jackman's performance in the 2008 movie 'Australia'," but nothing came up.)

Kanye West Showed Up at an Occupy Wall Street Rally . . . Wearing a Huge Gold Chain:

KANYE WEST . . . of the 1% . . . went to one of the Occupy Wall Street protests yesterday, and he showed solidarity with "the 99%" by wearing a HUGE gold chain. (--Here's a picture.) (Gawker) --Kanye was there with RUSSELL SIMMONS, who's been a regular at the protest. Russell Tweeted, quote, "I just walked @KanyeWest thru the #OccupyWallStreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd." --One of the protesters told Billboard.com, quote, "I felt the response was pretty mixed. Some felt they were being opportunistic as a means to vault their own celebrity. Though in the case of Kanye West, I don't really think that's necessary."

Hank Williams Jr. Blasts Just About Everybody in His New Version of "Keep the Change":

It's been a week since HANK WILLIAMS JR. stepped into P.R. hell by comparing PRESIDENT OBAMA to Hitler. Now that he's made his apologies . . . and subtle retractions . . . he's graced us all with an angry, flag-waving, holier-than-thou anthem. --It's a new version of "Keep The Change", and as you'd expect, nobody's spared. He calls out "Fox & Friends", the government, ESPN . . . and tops it off by refusing to let the U.S.A. become the United Socialist States of America. --Some of the lyrics are new, and some aren't. Hank's been performing the song for a while. (--You can listen to the song at HankJr.com. Just click on the play arrow below "Keep the Change" on the right side of the page.) --The most revealing part of the song is when he claims "Fox & Friends" had him on to talk about his father's new CD . . . but then tricked him into discussing politics. (--The album "The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams" dropped last Tuesday.) --I'm actually surprised that he's blaming "Fox & Friends". Everybody knows they talk politics. A lot. And it seemed to me that he was loaded for bear and ready to say what was on his mind the minute they brought it up. --He could have said, "No thanks. I'm here to talk about my dad." But he didn't, and now he's lost what I'm thinking is a pretty steady income stream from "Monday Night Football".


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

CHARLIE SHEEN'S former goddess BREE OLSON is done with porno . . . for good. (Video)

MISCHA BARTON did a weird photo shoot with a chunk of steak. (Photos)

GEORGE CLOONEY and STACY KEIBLER are vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. (Full Story)

94-year-old ZSA ZSA GABOR is in critical condition after undergoing emergency stomach surgery. Her doctors are, quote, "guardedly optimistic" she'll recover. (Full Story)

HILARY SWANK and JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME are being criticized for attending a birthday party for Chechnya's president Ramzan Kadyrov . . . who's considered one of the world's worst human rights violators. (Full Story)

KRIS HUMPHRIES lost his wedding ring at a TSA checkpoint at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport . . . but a fellow traveler helped him find it. (Full Story)

Would you like to see some pictures of HUGH JACKMAN'S insanely veiny and jacked arms? (Photos)

LADY GAGA appeared on Britain's "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" show, and she brought a "male sheep" named Kevin with her. (Video)

AMY WINEHOUSE'S father Mitch is writing a memoir about his daughter. It's called "Amy, My Daughter" . . . and it'll be out sometime next year. (Full Story)

A Woman Finishes the Chicago Marathon . . . Then Promptly Gives Birth:

On Sunday, 27-year-old Amber Miller ran the Chicago Marathon . . . even though she was NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. Her doctor had given her permission to train and run half of the marathon, then walk the second half. --Amber said she'd expected to have given birth before the marathon . . . but she hadn't, and decided to run it anyway. --As she closed in on the finish around the six-hour, 25-minute mark, she started feeling CONTRACTIONS. So at the finish line, she grabbed something to eat . . . then headed to the hospital with her husband Joe. --At 10:29 P.M., about eight hours after Amber finished the marathon, she gave birth to a daughter named June. --June was seven pounds, 13 ounces . . . and despite coming out right after a marathon, she was perfectly healthy. --June is Amber and Joe's second child, they also have a son. (--And no, he wasn't born after Amber climbed Mount Everest or competed in an MMA tournament.) --As for whether it's healthy to half-run, half-walk a marathon at nine months pregnant . . . well, Amber's doctor cleared her, but other doctors are torn. --Dr. Shari Brasner of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York says she wouldn't have cleared Amber to run . . . moderate intensity exercise like that could move blood and oxygen away from the baby and maybe even stunt its development. (Chicago Tribune) (--Here's a photo of Amber holding June.)

43% of Us Plan to Make a Costume This Halloween Instead of Buying One:

Halloween becomes a bigger holiday each year, but it's STILL really hard to justify dropping a hundred bucks on a costume you're only going to wear once. --According to a new survey, 43% of Americans who plan to dress up for Halloween say they're not going to spend money on a fancy costume . . . they're going to scrape one together from stuff they already own or cheap things they can buy. --The survey found that the most popular homemade and do-it-yourself costumes are KATE MIDDLETON for women, and EDWARD CULLEN from "Twilight" for men. (MarketWatch)

Stupid Photos of the Day: A Photo Gallery of the Funniest Pet Halloween Costumes:

We're pretty sure that animals hate being dressed up in Halloween costumes. Even animals have a sense of when they're being robbed of their dignity. That being said . . . some of the things people come up with are AWESOME. --We've got a photo gallery of the funniest pet Halloween costumes, ranging from a "Teen Wolf" dog and a Darth Vader cat, to a dog dressed up as ANTOINE "HIDE YA KIDS, HIDE YA WIFE" DODSON. (--Check them out here.)

The Biggest Pet Peeve for Men Is When Women Won't Get Off Their Cell Phone . . . For Women, It's When He Smells:

This week is National Pet Peeve Week, and to celebrate, the dating site Zoosk conducted a survey on biggest dating pet peeves. --Apparently, men are more annoying than women. One in four men could only come up with one pet peeve, if they could think of any. One in five women listed more than five. --The biggest pet peeve for women is when their date smells. Almost half of all women listed that as a complaint. --Half of men said that their biggest pet peeve was when their date was too occupied with their cell phone. --Cell phones were women's second-biggest complaint, followed by dates who were late. Talking about yourself too much was the fourth worst thing, and asking her too many questions about herself was right behind. --For men, smelliness was second, followed by lateness. Too many questions was fourth, and too much makeup was fifth. --Half of women say that sexual innuendo on a first date annoyed them, but only one in 11 men were bothered by it. --When it comes to appearance, too much body hair was women's biggest pet peeve, followed by inappropriate clothes. Dressing badly was tops for men, followed by crooked teeth. (PR Newswire)
One in Eight People Spend More Time on Their Phones Than Talking to Their Significant Other:

Last week, a study of brain scans found that people aren't addicted to their cell phones . . . they're in LOVE with their cell phones. And a new study shows that some people even love their phones MORE than their significant others. --According to the survey, one in eight people say their partner spends more time using their phone than TALKING to them. --It also found that women spend an average of 15 hours a day within arm's reach of their phones, and men spend 17 hours a day that close. --16% of women and 18% of men also sleep with their phones next to them in bed. --On a night out, people spend an average of 48 minutes on their phones . . . and send an average of three emails, 12 texts, two photos, and up to three Facebook status updates or tweets. --34% of people admit they text or email during face-to-face conversation. --And finally, 27% try to keep their phone in visual distance when they're out at dinner, so they can see if they get a new message.(Medindia)

75% of Men Under 35 Say They'd Love a Wife Who Supports Them:

This is a pretty big generational split . . . and your grandfather would WHUP YOU with a switch if he heard about it. --Men used to spend their entire lives with one goal: Making enough money to provide for their family. It would've KILLED THEM not to be the breadwinner, the way the MAN is supposed to be. --Men today? Yeah . . . they'd GLADLY sit on the couch and play video games while their wives go out and make big money. --In a new survey, 75% of guys ages 16 to 35 say they'd be FINE living an easy life of just hanging out at home while a wife or girlfriend provided for them. --The survey also found that 85% of guys between 16 and 35 say that if they ARE the breadwinner, going out and serving as the primary provider for the family every day, they'd expect dinner to be waiting for them when they get home. (HeatWorld)

A Study Proves That Guys Can Still Get Women if Their Weight Increases . . . as Long as Their Salary Increases Too:

This isn't exactly a surprise. A new study out of Columbia University in New York has found that women are willing to ignore a man's physical appearance . . . as long as he makes enough money. -The study was run by an economist named Pierre-Andre Chiappori. He found that for every 10% increase in body mass index, a man has to increase his salary by 2% to keep dating women of the same level. --A man who jumps from 180 pounds to about 195 pounds would see his BMI go up about 10%. So if he's making $100,000, he'd need to get a raise of at least $2,000 to keep getting the same women he was getting at 180 pounds. --The study found there's a similar effect for women, but not with money. In the study, women who gained weight needed to get MORE EDUCATION to land the same guys they got when they were slimmer. --Chiappori also found that a mix of money, weight, and education is the key to dating for both men and women. Other things like sense of humor came way behind. (Daily Mail)

The Majority of Americans Say the One Thing They'd Change About Their Boss is . . . Nothing?

Either the bosses in this country have gotten kinder, smarter, more generous, and better overnight . . . or we're all just super-happy to HAVE a boss at all. --According to a new survey by the staffing company Adecco, the majority of Americans say that if they could change one thing about their boss, it would be . . . NOTHING. 59% of people surveyed say their bosses are PERFECT as they are. --The survey also found that 78% of people think their boss would go to bat for them if they were about to get fired. Here are some of the other results . . . --19% of people say that if they could find out one secret about their boss, it would be their SALARY. --The number one conversation topic with a boss that makes people uncomfortable is talking about RELATIONSHIP STATUS. Politics came in second, medical history came in third. --Oddly enough, only 5% of people say they'd be uncomfortable telling their boss how much they weigh. 0% said they'd be uncomfortable telling their boss how old they are. --43% of people say they'd feel uncomfortable going on a DOUBLE DATE with their boss . . . 38% would be uncomfortable going to a movie with their boss. (PR Newswire)
Netflix Decided Not to Create a Separate Mail-Order DVD Company Called "Qwikster" After All:

Remember, like, six months ago, when Netflix was on top of the world? Because now they're scrambling and playing catch-up in a way that's kind of embarrassing to watch. --Earlier this year, they basically DOUBLED their prices for customers who wanted both streaming and DVDs by mail. And lost around ONE MILLION CUSTOMERS last quarter because of it. --Then, last month, they announced they were splitting into two companies . . . one called Netflix that would handle online streaming, and another one called Qwikster that would handle the mail-order DVDs. --Not only would you have to pay for them separately, but you'd also have two separate accounts, two separate credit card charges every month, and two separate movie queues. Basically, it didn't make any sense. --And now, less than a month later, Netflix ALSO figured out that it didn't make any sense: Yesterday they announced they WON'T be splitting into two companies after all. -You'll still have to pay almost DOUBLE what you used to, though. There just won't be anything called Qwikster. You'll only have one account, one monthly charge, and one queue. --To have both streaming and DVDs by mail, monthly plans will start at $16. (New York Times)

Do We Need to Get Rid of the Handshake for the Sake of Disease Prevention?

In America, we shake people's hands. We shake them constantly. It's not even something we think about. And there's a virus expert at Stanford who thinks that could one day KILL US ALL. --Dr. Nathan Wolfe is the author of a book called "The Viral Storm". And he thinks we should get rid of the handshake entirely . . . because it makes us too susceptible to infectious diseases. --If a disease epidemic ever begins, the handshake could make it spread too quickly and too uncontrollably. --So Wolfe says we should strongly consider either switching from handshakes to FIST BUMPS or ELBOW BUMPS. Or . . . and I can't believe I'm even saying this . . . we should follow the Japanese and start bowing to each other. --Is any of that going to happen? Probably not. But, um, don't say he didn't warn us. (TruthDive)


A Cop Asks a Man for His ID . . . and the Man Shows Him a Taco Bell Taco:

Last week, 30-year-old Matthew Falkner of Palm City, Florida went through the Taco Bell drive thru late at night. --Apparently, he drunkenly PASSED OUT in the drive thru lane after he got his food. Fortunately, his truck was in park . . . but his foot was on the gas . . . so the truck was just sitting there, revving and smoking. --The Taco Bell manager called the cops. When they got there, they opened the door, took Matthew's foot off the gas, and then woke him up. --They asked for his ID. But instead of giving them a driver's license, Matthew presented . . . a Taco Bell taco. --For some reason, a 59-cent fast food taco STILL isn't being accepted as a legal form of identification . . . and the cops decided it was time to give Matthew some sobriety tests. --He blew a 0.227 on the breathalyzer . . . almost three times the legal limit . . . and was arrested for DUI. (Treasure Coast Palm)

Two Teenagers Chopped Down Trees in a Park . . . Because It's Better than Drinking?

Last Thursday, police in Fairview, Oregon solved a case that they'd been investigating for more than a month. (--Fairview is 14 miles east of Portland.) --Someone had been chopping down trees in Fairview Woods Park . . . about a dozen since the start of September. -And Thursday night, Police Chief Ken Johnson got a tip that two teenagers were in the park with an ax. --All available officers were working on a police standoff in a nearby town, so Ken headed over to the park himself. --He found the two teenagers in the middle of chopping down a tree, and they admitted to cutting down the others. (--Their names weren't given.) --And according to them, they did it for the same reason teenagers do a lot of stupid stuff . . . because they were bored. --They told the chief, quote, "There's nothing better to do. It's better than drinking." --Except it's not, really. Underage drinking would have been a misdemeanor, but at a cost of $10,000 per tree, the damage qualifies the kids for a charge of felony criminal mischief. (KVAL)


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

Check out 'The Ultimate Nerd Guide To New York City': It's a cartoon map showing the location of major landmarks from comic books . . . like The Daily Planet from Superman, Doc Ock's Laboratory from Spider-Man, and the headquarters of The Avengers. NERDS!!! (Full Story)

No surprise here: According to a new survey, more holiday shopping will be done online than in stores this year. For people who DO go to stores, 54% say they'll use their phone to compare prices, and 35% say they'll use their tablet. (Full Story)

People say financial relationships are as significant as . . . marriage? 81% say their pension is as important to them as their relationship with their husband or wife. And 47% of gym members say their membership is like a husband or wife relationship. 80% say that about their mortgage, and 59% say it about . . . cable TV. (Full Story)

This is sad, but interesting: Two in five domestic abuse victims won't leave their abuser . . . because they're worried about what will happen to the PETS after they leave. (Full Story)

Well THIS sucks: Because of droughts and bad harvests, the price of peanuts has gone from $450 a ton to $1,150 a ton in just one year. And that means peanut butter prices are going up 30-to-40% in the next month. (Full Story)

California has banned tanning beds for minors. That means no one under 18, no matter what. (Full Story)


#1.) A Mountain Biker Got Rammed by an Antelope During a Race in South Africa:

Holding a mountain bike race on an African animal reserve SOUNDS like a good idea . . . except that part about maybe being ATTACKED BY THE ANIMALS. --During a race in South Africa over the weekend, a biker named Evan van der Spuy was riding along when he got RAMMED by a red hartebees . . . which is like an oversized antelope. --And when I say it rammed him, I mean it ran in from the side, jumped in the air, and completely took him out at full speed. The rider behind him was wearing a helmet cam, and Evan was okay. But he moaned like a wounded animal afterwards, it's weird. (--Search for "Mountain Biker Gets Taken Out by Buck." It happens at :07, he starts moaning at :22, and it shows two slow-motion replays starting at :33. WARNING: This video includes the S-word.)

#2.) Herman Cain Says No One Cares That He Can't Name the President of "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan":

Some people think HERMAN CAIN'S big weakness in the presidential race is his lack of foreign policy experience. --And he addressed it in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network the other day, by saying it doesn't really matter if he can name the president of Uzbekistan. --Except he didn't say "Uzbekistan." He referred to it as, quote, "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan." -He said the only thing that matters right now is the economy, and added that if he's elected president, he'll learn the names of foreign leaders before he has to meet them. (--Search for "Herman Cain Uzbekistan.")

#3.) Have You Ever Been on a Great Date . . . and Wondered if the Other Person Had a Good Time Too?

If you've ever been on a great date . . . or a HORRIBLE date . . . check out a video on YouTube called "He Said She Said". --The actors are from a comedy group called Nocturnal Emissions, and it shows the difference between an ideal date for a MAN, and an ideal date for a WOMAN. --First, one woman describes a bad date she had, and another describes a GREAT one. Then you hear about each date from the GUY'S point of view . . . and they have a totally different take on things. (--WARNING: This video includes the F-word and strong sexual content.)

#4.) Some Guy Took the Subway in New York . . . and Decided to Ride on the OUTSIDE of the Train:

I'm not sure when this happened, but there's a new video on Break.com of some moron who decided to take the subway in New York . . . and ride on the OUTSIDE of the subway car. --It shows him standing flat against one of the doors for a minute-and-a-half while the train is going full speed. Then it stops, and he jumps off and tries to hide from the subway workers. (--Search for "Idiot Rides Outside the Subway Car." At 1:22, he starts shimmying along the outside of the train.) (--WARNING: This video includes the S-word.)

Four Natural Pain Remedies from Dr. Oz:

When you're in pain . . . whether it's a headache or a back ache . . . the first thing most people do is reach for a painkiller. But DR. OZ has a new list on Oprah.com of four NATURAL remedies that might work just as well. Here they are.

#1.) For Migraines, Try Butterbur Root. It grows in Europe and Asia, but you can buy it in pill form at any decent pharmacy. And unlike painkillers . . . which only treat the pain . . . butterbur root might actually PREVENT migraines. --It works because, when you have a migraine, the cells in your brain release chemicals that cause inflammation. And butterbur root interferes with the process. --In one study, 68% of people who regularly took butterbur root had at least 50% fewer migraines. Dr. Oz suggests 75 to 100 milligrams of butterbur root twice a day.

#2.) For Lower Back Pain, Try Devil's Claw. Tribes in Africa have used it as a painkiller for thousands of years.

--And according to at least one study, it's just as effective as the prescription pain reliever Vioxx. Vioxx was popular from 1999 until 2004, when it got pulled from the market due to cardiovascular side effects.

#3.) For Arthritis, Take Fish Oil. In a 2009 study, people with arthritis who took fish oil pills every day reduced their use of pain meds by 50%. --Look for any brand that has two types of omega-3s: EPA and DHA. Then take four to six grams daily.

#4.) For Menstrual Cramps, Take Vitamin E. Cramps are caused by compounds called prostaglandins (--prahs-tah-glan-dins). --They're what cause the uterus to contract and shed its lining every month. And the more compounds you have, the worse your cramps are. --But vitamin E lowers your number of compounds, which can significantly reduce menstrual pain. --Dr. Oz suggests taking a vitamin E supplement a few days before you expect the cramps to start. Then take one a day for the first three days. (Oprah.com)


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