Friday, November 4, 2011



Kim Kardashian Has Bailed on Her Final Australian Commitment:

The other day, KHLOE KARDASHIAN beamed with pride about how her sister KIM was going through with her commitments in Australia despite all the pain and anguish she's feeling. --Well, it was good while it lasted. Yesterday, Kim announced that she and Khloe are skipping their final scheduled appearance, which was some kind of horse-racing event tomorrow, and heading home. --Meanwhile, a source says Kim and KRIS HUMPHRIES are still talking on the phone and texting. --And while Kim is, quote, "truly surprised and shocked at the backlash she has gotten since she decided to file for divorce," there's pretty much no chance of a reconciliation. --The source says, quote, "Kim clearly sees that they are just two completely different people, that never should have gotten married. --"Even though Kris said earlier in the week he would do whatever it would take to save his marriage, he is now accepting that the relationship is over." --And, as if on cue, Kris was spotted in his hometown in Minnesota yesterday with a BARE RING FINGER. (--Check out a pic here.) (Us Weekly)

Kris Jenner Used the Phrase "Indian Giver" . . . And Now Native American Groups Are Mad at Her:

How many dumb things are the Kardashians going to do before this whole divorce controversy blows over? Maybe we should start an office pool. -Yesterday, KRIS JENNER ticked off Native Americans when she used the phrase "Indian Giver" on "Good Morning America". --She was talking about whether or not KRIS HUMPHRIES should get the engagement ring back that he gave KIM KARDASHIAN. And she said, quote, "I hate an Indian giver . . . It's a gift. So, you know, keep your gift." (--Check out video here.) --And here's a statement from the National Congress of American Indians . . . quote, "Once again American Indians and Alaska Natives have been misrepresented by a single misinformed statement . . . --"The phrase 'Indian giving' is wrong and hurtful. The cultural values of Native Americans are based on giving unconditionally and empowering those around them. --"Instead this cultural value is forgotten when negative stereotyping of Native people occurs." (--They group also pointed out that November is Native American Heritage Month.)

IT'S ON! Between Wendy Williams and Kathie Lee Gifford:

People, IT IS ON between WENDY WILLIAMS and KATHIE LEE GIFFORD. Earlier this week, Kathie Lee said that during KIM KARDASHIAN'S wedding reception, KHLOE came up to her and said, quote, "I give it six effing months." --On her show yesterday, Wendy lit into Kathie Lee, saying, quote, "You know what that was? That was a no-good friend trying to one-up the rest of us in the media by telling something big." (--Here's video.) (--Kris Jenner is scheduled to be on Wendy's show on Monday. Could be interesting.)

Vivica Fox's Fiancé Says He Dumped Her Because There Was Too Much "Negativity and Drama":

Last we heard, VIVICA A. FOX was engaged to Omar White . . . a man 19 years younger than her. Well, it's over. And Omar says HE'S the one who pulled the plug . . . because Vivica is too high-maintenance. --He says, quote, "She's a good woman, it's just one of those situations where in life people outgrow each other. --"I'm highly intelligent, very wise and one thing I hate is negativity and drama, I hate arguing, and I value communication no matter what the problem may be. So as in any relationship, tension can build up and I finally had to walk away." --He adds, quote, "I was only in it for love and it just didn't work out. Even though she was older than me the age difference didn't play a part." --Vivica hasn't responded to Omar's statement, but yesterday she Tweeted, quote, "I'm excellent! All is good thankx!"

Drew Barrymore and Eddie Murphy Are the Most Overpaid Actors in Hollywood:

The unstoppable list-makers at have released their annual tally of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors. --This year's champ is DREW BARRYMORE . . . whose movies make a mere 40 CENTS for every dollar studios spend on her. --EDDIE MURPHY finished second with $2.70. --The list was calculated based on each actor's last three NON-ANIMATED movies. --Drew's last three movies were "Going the Distance", "Everybody's Fine" and "Whip It". --Eddie's were "Imagine That", "Meet Dave" and "Norbit". (--If not for the ban on animated flicks, "Shrek Forever After" would have been on Eddie's list in place of "Norbit", and his name might not even have come up. So it goes.) (--But Eddie has "Tower Heist" coming out this weekend, and it could very well be a hit. And he's hosting the Oscars. So maybe his fortunes are reversing.)

Jennifer Lopez Fired a Manager Who Told Her to Lose Weight:

A lot of actresses will tell you you're perfect the way you are, that it's okay to have a little extra weight on you, that beauty is on the inside . . . you know, all that inspirational-type stuff. --And yet you NEVER see them with even an ounce of fat on their bodies, and you can totally tell they're going to insane lengths to remain as skinny as possible at all times. --Which is why this is refreshing: JENNIFER LOPEZ once FIRED a manager who told her to lose weight. --She says, quote, "I was just so infuriated that somebody said you couldn't have a little extra meat on you . . . because I was by no means fat! That was so mean and closed-minded. --"I was like: 'No, this is who I am and this is the type of woman that I grew up with and it was beautiful and there's no reason to be anybody but myself.'" --HOWEVER . . . J-Lo might not always be so confident in her looks. Therefore, she's not willing to rule out plastic surgery. She says, quote, "Honestly, I'm not going to make a judgment on it because I don't have to yet. --"I mean, I'd like to think I'll feel great about myself and age gracefully, but then I think: 'Well, what if I do want a little bit of something?' I'm open to being open."

Showbiz Death - #1: Leonard Stone from "Willy Wonka":

Character actor LEONARD STONE died of cancer on Wednesday . . . one day short of what would have been his 88th birthday, which was yesterday. --Stone made tons of TV guest appearances over the years. He had one of those faces you recognize even if you don't know his name. --He's probably best known for playing Sam Beauregard . . . father of the gum-chewing Violet Beauregard . . . in the 1971 classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". (--Here are a few pictures of him with Gene Wilder, who played Wonka.) (New York Daily News)

Showbiz Death - #2: Wyatt Knight from "Porky's":

WYATT KNIGHT . . . who played Tommy Turner in all three "Porky's" movies back in the '80s . . . committed suicide in Maui last week. He was 56 years old. --Wyatt's wife says that he recently overcame cancer, but the radiation therapy left him in both "physical and emotional pain." --She added, quote, "He was tired of the pain and after much contemplation, chose to end his life in a beautiful and a serene place." (--Here's a picture.) (


"Tower Heist" or the "Harold & Kumar" Christmas Movie? I'm So Torn!

#1.) "Tower Heist" (PG-13) (Trailer)

Alan Alda is a Wall Street billionaire under house arrest for stealing $2 billion from his investors . . . including the pension fund for the staff at his luxury condominium. Ben Stiller convinces the rest of his staff to help him steal back their money, which they're convinced is hidden somewhere in Alda's penthouse. But since they're all amateurs, he recruits Eddie Murphy to plan the heist. The rest of the cast includes Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Casey Affleck, Judd Hirsch, and Michael Pena.

#2.) "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" (R) (Trailer) (Restricted Trailer)

John Cho is Harold and Kal Penn is Kumar. In the six years since Guantanamo Bay, the boys have grown apart and now lead separate lives with new best friends. Tom Lennon from "Reno 911" is Harold's new friend, and Amir Blumenfeld from MTV's "Pranked" is an annoying neighbor who's the closest thing Kumar has to a friend. But when Kumar inadvertently sets Harold's Christmas tree on fire, the four of them have to find a replacement before Harold's disapproving father-in-law gets home. Look for RZA from the Wu Tang Clan as a tree lot salesman, and "Machete's" Danny Trejo as Harold's father-in-law. And of course, no "Harold & Kumar" movie would be complete without Neil Patrick Harris as that hilarious womanizing version of himself.

#3.) "The Son of No One" (R) (Limited) (Trailer)

Channing Tatum is assigned to reopen a double homicide cold case in his old neighborhood that may have been covered up by Al Pacino, who was the lead detective on the case. Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, and Tracy Morgan are also in it.
The "Twilight" Sex Scene Had to Be Re-Shot Because of Kristen Stewart's Thrusting:

When ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART shot their love scene for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1", things got a little too intense for a PG-13 movie. So they were called back for some re-shoots. --Director Bill Condon explains what happened . . . quote, "[There are] guidelines on thrusting intercourse. [Kristen] got very into it." --But Condon says the scene was, quote, "so much more about romance than it was about hot-and-heavy action." And thus, eliminating some of Kristen's INTENSE THRUSTING was, quote, "a very kind of simple adjustment to make."

The New James Bond Movie is Called "Skyfall" . . . And Daniel Craig is Still 007:

It's official: The 23rd James Bond movie will be called "Skyfall" . . . and DANIEL CRAIG will play 007 for the third time. JAVIER BARDEM is playing the villain, and BERENICE MARLOHE and NAOMIE HARRIS are your new Bond girls. --Berenice is a French actress / model and this will be her first American film. You know Naomie as Tia Dalma in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. (--Here are some pics of Berenice, Naomie and Daniel Craig.) (

"Glee's" Gay Couple Will Have Sex on Next Week's Episode:

Next Tuesday's episode of "Glee" is titled "The First Time" . . . and it'll feature two couples having sex for the first time. --The ones that get some action are: Finn (CORY MONTEITH) and Rachel (LEA MICHELE) . . . and Kurt (CHRIS COLFER) and Blaine (DARREN CRISS). Yeah, the episode will break some new ground with some delicious, homosexual relations. --Now, this will probably incite some "controversy" from the kinds of people who are NOT down with "Glee" pushing the so-called "gay agenda," but it sounds like it's done in a tasteful way. --An "Entertainment Weekly" writer who's seen the episode says that the sex is, quote, "handled delicately." And someone from E! Online says, quote, "[It] gives both couples more depth of emotion than we've seen so far this season." (--I've read the comments under multiple versions of this story online, and it seems like most people . . . particularly those who watch "Glee" . . . are NOT surprised that the show is taking Kurt and Blaine to the next level.) (--But for anyone who DOESN'T watch "Glee", and has a problem with this . . . remember: It's fair for you to oppose a primetime show depicting the "sexual awakening" of high school students . . . whether it's a hetero awakening or not.) (--But at this point, everyone knows that "Glee" is what it is. If you personally don't like it, don't watch it.)

Ricky Gervais May Be Back to Host the Golden Globes After All:

Remember how there was all that "controversy" over RICKY GERVAIS' jokes at the Golden Globes earlier this year? --At the time, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes, said, quote, "He definitely crossed the line . . . and some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that's Ricky." --Well, it sounds like they ENJOYED all the attention. The "New York Post" reports that Ricky has been invited back to host the Golden Globes in January. There's no OFFICIAL word on the invite . . . or if Ricky would accept it.

Eddie Murphy Says He's Buried the Hatchet with "Saturday Night Live":

EDDIE MURPHY had a bitter falling out with "Saturday Night Live", but during an appearance on "Ellen" yesterday, he said he's buried the hatchet. --When Ellen asked if Eddie had beef with "SNL", he answered, quote, "Not anymore. Now, I'm cool. I would go back [and host] if it was the right stuff, situation." --Ellen did ask him what the whole thing was about, but Eddie didn't mention anything specific. He said, quote, "It was a couple . . . over the years . . . they did little [crappy] stuff where I was like, hey, [eff] y'all." --But he added, quote, "I'm not trippin'. It was years ago. I don't have any bad blood with that show. And that show is such a big part of my past. I love being part of it. Yeah, I wanna go back." --It's been long-rumored that his problem with "SNL" started with one of DAVID SPADE'S "Hollywood Minute" sketches. A picture of Eddie came up on screen, and David joked, quote, "Look children, a falling star . . . quick, make a wish!" --Eddie didn't address this on "Ellen", but he recently told "Rolling Stone" that he, quote, "felt [crappy]" about David's jab. (--You can find the clip on Ellen's website. The part about "SNL" begins at the 1:08 mark. For a comprehensive rundown of the history between Eddie and "SNL", hit up this post at
Lady Gaga and Katie Couric Are Doing a Thanksgiving Special:

LADY GAGA will sit down with KATIE COURIC for a special called "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving", which will air on ABC on Thanksgiving night. --The 90-minute special will include an "intimate look inside the private life" of Lady Gaga. She will also be performing eight songs. (--That's Lady Gaga . . . not Katie Couric, sadly.) --Katie says, quote, "We all know Lady Gaga is a phenomenon. This is a chance to see more of who she is beneath the wild costumes and staged musical numbers. She will impress you, delight you and surprise you." (--Recommendation: Wait 30 minutes after eating before watching this special.)


Friday TV Reminders:

--"Chuck" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC. Carrie-Anne Moss from "The Matrix" guest stars as the head of a rival security firm.

--"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. Glenn Close nominated the family of an Iraq-war veteran with PTSD to receive this new house which she helps the team build. It's interesting to watch the huge crowd fall silent for the reveal, because noise is one of the biggest triggers of PTSD.

--"Bad Sex" [Series Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Logo. Therapist Christopher Donaghue holds group sex-therapy sessions where he deals with issues like infidelity, frigidity and compulsive public sex.

--"Give Me the Banjo" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on PBS. Steve Martin narrates the history of the banjo. Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck all perform.

Saturday TV Reminders:

--"True Life: I'm Occupying Wall Street" . . . 6:00 to 6:30 P.M. on MTV.

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. Sarah Darling, James Wesley, Jimmy Dickens and Mark Wills perform.

--"Wendy Liebman: Taller on TV" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Showtime. Comedienne Wendy Liebman performs her stand-up routine.

--"The Pastor's Wife" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Lifetime. Rose McGowan and "Stargate's" Michael Shanks star in this true story of an abused wife who kills her overbearing husband in cold blood.

--"Austin City Limits" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on PBS. Miranda Lambert and Jeff Bridges perform.

--"Celebrity Ghost Stories" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bio. Dyan Cannon, "The Blind Side's" Quinton Aaron, and Playboy skank Bridget Marquardt from "The Girls Next Door" share their ghostly encounters.

--"Pablo Francisco: They Put It Out There" . . . 11:00 P.M. to Midnight on Comedy Central. Comedian Pablo Francisco performs.

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. Charlie Day guest hosts and Maroon 5 is the musical guest.
Sunday TV Reminders:

--"Sunday Night Football" . . . 8:15 to 11:15 P.M. Eastern on NBC. The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

--"The Simpsons" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on Fox. Homer gets a new assistant at work. She's voiced by Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester on "Glee".

--"Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on OWN. Will. I. Am is profiled.

--"Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Third Annual TeenNick Halo Awards" . . . 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. on TeenNick. Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Jessica Biel, David Beckham and Jason Derulo join host Nick Cannon to honor teens who take leadership roles in helping out their communities.

--"Black Girls Rock!" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on BET. Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Melanie Fiona and Shirley Caesar perform . . . and your co-hosts are Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King.

--"Family Guy" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on Fox. Ryan Reynolds guests as himself.

--"John Sandford's Certain Prey" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA. "NCIS" stud Mark Harmon plays a deputy chief of police hunting down a mysterious hit woman.

--"Swamp Wars" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Animal Planet.

--"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bravo.

--"Bridezillas" [8th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on WE.

--"Las Vegas Jailhouse" [4th Season Finale] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on TruTV.

--"CSI: Miami" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. Drea de Matteo guest stars.

--"Hell on Wheels" [Series Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on AMC. Anson Mount plays a former Confederate soldier seeking revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. (--He starred in the Britney Spears movie "Crossroads".)

--"Long Island Medium" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Police POV" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TruTV.


Detroit Lions Fans Are Upset That Nickelback Was Chosen to Play the Thanksgiving Halftime Show:

NICKELBACK was selected to play the halftime show of the Thanksgiving football game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. The game is being held in Detroit, and the local fans do NOT want Nickelback to be there. --In fact, there's an online petition making the rounds . . . asking the band to be replaced, because the fans are apparently DISGUSTED by Nickelback. --Here's the full explanation, from the petition: Quote, "This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the U.S. to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! --"Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? --"This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs. The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime." (--You can view the petition on They do have a point . . .) (--Nickelback is Canadian . . . and a pretty terrible band. Plus, there are a ton of great artists that are actually from the area, including Bob Seger, Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock, Iggy Pop and Eminem, just to name a few.)

The Top 10 Metal Bands . . . According to "Rolling Stone" Readers:

"Rolling Stone" recently polled their readers to come up with a list of the Top 10 Metal Bands of All Time. They released the results yesterday. --If you're a REAL metal fan, you're probably going to question how "Rolling Stone" readers define "metal." For example, LED ZEPPELIN made the Top 10, and DREAM THEATER came in second place, behind METALLICA.

--Here are the results:

1.) Metallica

2.) Dream Theater

3.) Black Sabbath

4.) Iron Maiden

5.) Slayer

6.) Megadeth

7.) Judas Priest

8.) Led Zeppelin

9.) Pantera

10.) Tool
(--Dream Theater and Led Zeppelin are GREAT bands . . . they just feel out of place on this list, no? There are write-ups on each band at What do you think? What are YOUR top ten metal bands of all time?)

GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot Was Found Dead Yesterday:

GWAR guitarist CORY SMOOT was found dead yesterday. He was 34. --The band was traveling at the time . . . and Cory's body was discovered just as they were preparing to cross the Canadian border to play a show in Edmonton. There are no further details on what happened. --Cory joined GWAR in 2002, taking over the character of Flattus Maximus. His costume featured "a red face, white dreadlocks, dinosaur-head shoulder pads and reptile feet." Several other guitarists played Flattus before Cory came along. --Naturally, GWAR's plans are up in the air now, while they deal with Cory's death. --GWAR leader Dave Brockie . . . a.k.a. Oderus Urungus . . . had this to say: Quote, "Cory was found deceased this morning . . . and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred." (--Here are two pictures of Cory . . . including one in costume. You can read the band's full statement at

Check Out a Track That Amy Winehouse Recorded with Nas:

AMY WINEHOUSE recorded a duet with NAS in 2008, but it just now surfaced. It's called "Like Smoke" . . . and it'll be on Amy's album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures". (--You can listen to "Like Smoke" at, where the song premiered.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

DR. CONRAD MURRAY'S fate is in the hands of the jury now. During closing statements yesterday, prosecutors accused the defense of offering JUNK SCIENCE to prove their client isn't guilty of killing MICHAEL JACKSON. (Full Story) (--You can see videos here, here and here.)

The man who killed the father of "Glee" actress CHARICE PEMPENGCO turned himself in. (Full Story)

"Life & Style" magazine says CAMERON DIAZ and DIDDY are more than just friends. (Full Story)

There's a rumor going around that ZAC EFRON and VANESSA HUDGENS are back together. They're not. (Full Story)

JENNIFER LOPEZ might play the title character in a movie version of the children's TV show "Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?" (Full Story)

Check out a picture of BILL MURRAY as FDR in the upcoming film "Hyde Park on Hudson". (Photo)

The OCTOMOM told DR. DREW she's so broke she can't fix her tub . . . so she's bathing her kids in the sink. Drew gave her some handouts. (Full Story)

COHEED AND CAMBRIA has lost another band member. Drummer Chris Pennie has announced that he's leaving to focus on other projects. It sounds like an amicable split. Chris joined Coheed back in 2007. (Full Story) (--Earlier this year, Coheed fired bassist MICHAEL TODD after he HELD UP A WALGREENS before a gig in July.)

KELLY CLARKSON admits that she wants to collaborate with ADELE so badly that she's been "stalking" her. (Full Story)

Steven Tyler, ROGER DALTREY and JULIE ANDREWS are among the people helping to fund a special gel that could help to save the voices of singers with damaged vocal chords, throat cancer patients, and people suffering from other vocal problems. (Full Story)

There's talk that ROBERT PLANT married PATTY GRIFFIN, who's in his current group BAND OF JOY. People claim to have seen them wearing wedding rings . . . and have heard Robert introduce Patty as his wife. But their reps say they don't know anything about a marriage. (Full Story)

During an interview on the "Today" show, former KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY revealed his old code word for cocaine. It was: "BETTY WHITE". (Video) (--That part comes at the 1:25 mark.)


Our Busy Lives Make Us Forget Five Things Every Day . . . Here are the Top Ten Things We Forget:

This is one of the unfortunate side effects of modern life. On the bright side, if it's true, most of us will immediately forget it. --According to a survey by the office products company Avery, the average person forgets FIVE things a day . . . all because of our hectic lifestyles. And these are the top ten things we forget most often, in order . . .

#1.) To return phone calls

#2.) To reply to emails

#3.) People's names

#4.) Sending birthday cards

#5.) Charging our phones

#6.) Passwords to different websites

#7.) Taking meat out of the freezer to defrost it

#8.) Watering the plants

#9.) Grabbing print-outs from the printer

#10.) Taking out the garbage
Waiting for the Cable Guy and Other Service Appointments Costs You $243 a Year:

TOA Technologies conducted a study to see how much it costs us waiting for the cable guy and other service appointments. --The average American waits about 4.3 hours a year for the cable, satellite TV, telephone, and utility service guys to show up. That's two and a half hours longer than they'd planned to wait. --That lost time costs the average American $243 a year. Overall, it costs America $37.7 billion in lost productivity. --It costs some people even more. One in four people say they've lost wages because they had to be home waiting for their appointment, and one in two have spent a sick day or vacation day. --It also costs the company whose service guy is late. Three in four people say they'd recommend a company simply because they kept their appointment time. If the guy is 15 minutes late, that drops to one in four people. --If a service appointment is an hour late, half of people say they'd post a complaint on social media. (

Good News! There's No Reason for You to Drink Wine That Costs Over $3:

I'm about to save you a FORTUNE. Next time you're buying wine and you're choosing between a good looking, moderately-priced bottle of wine and the two-gallon jug that costs $9 . . . go for the hobo wine. There's no reason NOT TO. --In 1995, 59% of the wine purchased in the U.S. sold for less than $3-a-bottle, adjusted for inflation. By 2006, that dropped to 29%. It's most likely even lower now. Meanwhile, wines over $14-a-bottle have seen sales go up 400%. --And . . . there's really NO REASON. At that level, there's barely any difference between the cheaper wine and the more expensive wine. Brand and stores are marking up wine because we let them get away with it. --Studies have shown that unless you're a seasoned wine expert, in a blind taste test, most people can't tell the difference. In fact, more people prefer the taste of the CHEAPER wines. --The main reason we praise more expensive wines is . . . a psychological trick that tells us we're supposed to. --ERNEST GALLO . . . who is one of the pioneers of cheap wine in America . . . used to do a test where he'd have people try two glasses of wine. He told them one wine cost 5 cents and the other cost 10 cents. --People ALWAYS said they preferred the more expensive wine. The only problem . . . both glasses actually contained the exact same thing. (Slate)

A 50-Year-Old Woman in Los Angeles Has Been Named the Happiest Woman in America:

(--We told you about the "Happiest Person in America" earlier this year. It was a 69-year-old man living in Hawaii. Well now we know who the happiest WOMAN in America is too . . .) "USA Today" has just named the HAPPIEST WOMAN IN AMERICA. And no, somehow, the winner ISN'T "whatever woman's getting the good stuff from you tonight." --Based on a study they did to find the demographic breakdown of the country's happiest woman, they found that 50-year-old Mary Claire Orenic of Manhattan Beach, California perfectly fits the profile. --Here's are the seven criteria she meets that made her the happiest woman in the country . . .

#1.) Women are the most content between ages 45 and 55, and Mary is 50.

#2.) They want to work, but have some flexibility. Mary has a good job as a business administrator for a health care company where she can telecommute a few days a week.

#3.) Women want a good marriage and a good support system. Mary's husband comes home to make her lunch, and they have about ten close friends.

#4.) They're happiest when their children are old enough to drive themselves around. Mary has one son, who's 17.

#5.) They want to have money, over $120,000-a-year . . . but it's not the top priority. Mary's household income is over the threshold, but they don't obsess about it.

#6.) They want to live in walkable communities outside of large urban areas. Mary's in Manhattan Beach, a walkable community outside of Los Angeles.

#7.) Good health: Mary eats well, walks a lot, and plays volleyball on the beach.
(USA Today)

Airport Security Finds Four or Five Guns a Day in People's Luggage:

Airport security is time-consuming and annoying, but a government report Wednesday shows that it's also NECESSARY. --According to the Transportation Security Agency, screeners have found 940 guns so far this year at U.S. airports. --TSA administrator John Pistole said that works out to about four or five guns a DAY that airport screeners stop from being taken onto planes. (--Not to argue guns with a guy named Pistole but that would work out to about THREE guns a day, assuming the data is from the start of the year through Tuesday. The TSA didn't specify the dates in their report.) --John said they found six guns on Tuesday, including one at Bradley Airport in Hartford, Connecticut that was loaded with seven rounds. --Most of the guns are in people's luggage, which means the baggage screeners find them, not the scanners that cause everyone to wait so long. And most travelers say they forgot they'd left the gun in their bag before leaving for the airport. (Gawker)

The Hot New Trend in China is . . . Couples Wearing Identical Outfits:

See, THIS is why the people of China try to latch onto OUR trends . . . and we never latch onto theirs. --According to CNN, the hot new trend in China is . . . couples wearing identical outfits. --Sounds horrible, right? We've got some photos of it in action . . . and it LOOKS even lamer than it sounds. (CNNGo)

A Man is Suing His Wedding Photographer to Redo the Wedding and Retake the Photos . . . Even Though He's Now Divorced:

Let's go ahead and add this to the "our court system desperately needs to be rebooted" list. --Back in 2003, Todd Remis of Manhattan, New York got married to a woman named Milena Grzibovska. They hired a company called H & H Photographers to take pictures at their wedding. --Well . . . according to Todd, H & H screwed up by missing the last 15 minutes of the day. They didn't get his last dance with Milena, and they missed her tossing the bouquet. So now, eight years later . . . HE'S SUING. --He filed a lawsuit demanding that H & H pay $48,000 to recreate the ENTIRE wedding, including the original 40 guests, so it can be reshot by a different photographer. --And now, for the ultimate twist. In the eight years since the wedding . . . Todd and Milena GOT DIVORCED. She's back in her home country of Latvia. --And Todd DOESN'T CARE. As part of the lawsuit, he's demanding that H & H pay to fly Milena BACK to the U.S. so they can stage all their wedding photos again. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOW DIVORCED. --Dan Fried is the owner of H & H. He called the lawsuit, quote, "an abuse of the legal system." (New York Times)


When a Prostitute and a Client Get Into an Argument Over Payment, They Decide to Call In Help From . . . the Cops:

I will NEVER understand people who get ripped off doing something illegal and think their best plan is to call the cops. It's over. Learn your lesson and move on. --Last week in Southfield, Michigan, a prostitute and a client were having an argument over payment. Apparently she told him it would be $50 upfront . . . but right before they started, she wanted the full $125 payment. --He refused, decided to call things off, and grabbed her purse to get his $50 back. At some point, one of them . . . the police aren't sure which . . . called the cops to settle things. Instead, the cops came and arrested both of them. (Detroit Free Press)

A Man Commits a Robbery . . . To Pay a Friend's Bail:

31-year-old Brandon Abraham of Prescott Valley, Arizona REALLY didn't think this plan through. --Over the weekend, one of Brandon's friends was arrested for a robbery at a local apartment complex, and asked Brandon to pay his bail. And Brandon's strategy was . . . to go to the SAME apartment complex and rob some different people. --He stole more than $600 from a few victims, then took the items to a pawn shop. Before he could pawn them, the cops arrested him and HE was booked into jail with his friend for robbery, assault, disorderly conduct, threatening, and intimidating. --And because he didn't think his plan through, there was no one there to bail HIM out . . . so now both he and his friend are in jail. (AZ Family) (--Here's his mugshot.)
A Woman Burned Down Another Woman's House For Defriending Her on Facebook:

I don't know ANYONE who takes their Facebook friends THIS seriously. I mean . . . if someone defriends you, you can always just quickly grab another long lost acquaintance to take their place. --30-year-old Jennifer Christine Harris of Des Moines, Iowa does NOT see it that way. --Last week, she BURNED DOWN another woman's house . . . because that woman defriended her on Facebook. -On October 27th, around 1:00 A.M., Jim and Nikki Rasmussen of Des Moines heard some strange popping sounds. They woke up to find their house on fire. As the siding melted off and the roof of the garage collapsed, they got out safely. --When the police asked them what had happened, Nikki immediately told them it was Jennifer. She said they were friends, but have been fighting . . . and that day, Nikki had defriended Jennifer. --Apparently, Jennifer asked Nikki to create an invitation for a party on Facebook. But as the party got closer, a lot of people were declining. Jennifer blamed Nikki. Things spiraled from there, leading to the defriending . . . and then the fire. --Jennifer was arrested for first-degree arson. (Des Moines Register)

A Man is Now Going to Represent Himself at Trial . . . After He Just Stabbed His Third Defense Attorney:

28-year-old Joshua Monson of Everett, Washington is about to go on trial for felony possession of meth. And he's going to have to be his own lawyer. --Because he won't stop ATTACKING his real lawyers. --Back in May, when he was supposed to start his trial, he freaked out in the courtroom and ATTACKED his court-appointed attorney. That lawyer was taken off the case, and he was given a new lawyer. --A few days later, he attacked THAT attorney during a hearing. That lawyer was ALSO removed from the case, and Monson was given a third lawyer. --And you can see where this is going. On Tuesday, Monson was in court . . . and attacked that THIRD attorney. He tried to stab the attorney in the head with a pen, but just ended up scratching his temple. --Fortunately, none of the three lawyers were seriously injured. --And now, the judge has ruled that they're DONE giving Monson lawyers . . . he's going to be representing himself. (Everett Herald Net)

A Woman Got Groped on a Subway Platform, Followed the Guy on the Train, and Beat Him Up:

Shayne DeJesus is a 22-year-old senior at City College in New York . . . and our HERO of the DAY. --Shayne was waiting on the subway platform at Union Square last Monday when some guy next to her began rubbing against her thigh. --As the train approached, the guy reached up her skirt for a grope. Then he jumped onto the train. --But Shayne was out for revenge. She FOLLOWED the guy onto the train, and KICKED him in the FACE. --She announced to the train that he had just groped her, and then punched him in the head several times. No one on the train came to her aid . . . or his, for that matter. --When she was finished, she whipped out her cell phone and took a photo of the guy, which she then gave to police. They're still trying to identify him. --Shayne finished her attack by pointing at him and shouting, quote, "Don't you EVER." Then she got off the train. --Shayne said, quote, "I want him caught. I want him on the list for sex offenders." (NY Post) (--Here's the photo Shayne took, along with her photo. The groper's a little blurry, but give her a break. Her arm was shaky after all those punches.)


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

Two parents in Iowa were called into school to discuss their teenage son getting in a fight . . . and afterwards they started a fight in the parking lot that landed the wife in the hospital and the husband in jail. (Full Story)

An unpaid parking ticket could lower your credit score as much as massive credit card debt? (Full Story)

The 280 most profitable U.S. companies shelter half their profits from taxes . . . and 30 of them paid LESS than no taxes in the last three years? (Full Story)

The McRib is under attack! The Humane Society has filed suit against one of their pork suppliers, saying they keep the pigs in poor conditions. (Full story)

#1.) Rick Perry Says He Wasn't Drunk or on Prescription Meds During His "Animated" Speech Last Week in New Hampshire:

RICK PERRY has finally responded to the allegation he was DRUNK during a speech in New Hampshire last Friday. He says he was just a little more, quote, "animated" than usual, and he hadn't taken prescription pain pills for his bad back either. --If you haven't seen the highlights video, check it out. He was definitely acting goofy compared to his usual stern demeanor. And he seemed to sway back and forth and giggle too much. (--Search for "Perry's Cornerstone Speech Highlights." Highlights include :52, when he talks about state slogans . . . 1:12 when he talks about his budget plan . . . 1:30, when he uses a card in his coat pocket for a tax plan prop . . . ) (--Giggling at 2:50 . . . Swaying at 5:32 . . . Giggling and blowing kisses at 7:35 . . . and more swaying and giggling at 7:52.)

#2.) Someone Turned Mike Tyson's Best Quotes Into Song Lyrics:

MIKE TYSON has said some ridiculous things over the years, and someone took the best quotes and turned them into the lyrics of a SONG. It's not Iron Mike singing, it's just some guy who posted a video on YouTube. But the quotes are hilarious. --One of the best lines is, quote, "I'll fight any man [or] any animal. If Jesus was here, I'd fight him too." Then the next line is, "He called me a rapist and a recluse . . . I'm not a recluse." (--Search YouTube for "Mike Tyson Quotes: The Song." WARNING: This video includes the F-word, B-word, a**hole, and "hoe.")

#3.) A Reporter Doing a 'People Behaving Badly' Segment Took Insult After Insult from a Guy Getting a Traffic Ticket:

A reporter in San Francisco named Stanley Roberts does a regular segment called 'People Behaving Badly' where he films people in their worst moments. And earlier this week, he filmed a sassy effeminate dude who got busted for driving in the carpool lane. --First, the guy threatened to break his camera. Then he repeatedly called Roberts a "fat ass," and told him to start a new segment called "People Overeating". He also called Roberts a hack, but not before adding, quote, "1-800-Get-Thin, chubby-butt." --Here's the guy's BEST line, quote, "They've got your fat, lazy, non-relevant, non-factor [butt] out here filming highway patrol [crap]." (--Search for "Driver in Elmo Shirt Goes Ballistic on KRON 4 Reporter." WARNING: It includes the S-word and A-word.)

#4.) The Answer on "Jeopardy!" Was 'Love Triangle' . . . But a Female Contestant Guessed 'Threesome':

Answer this question: "If Andy yearns for Brenda, and Brenda cares about Charlene, who pines for Andy, the three of them form one of these." --If you answered "threesome" . . . you're too dumb to win on "Jeopardy!". The correct answer was "love triangle." --But yesterday, a reporter for the "Chicago Sun-Times" named Kara Spak guessed threesome, and Alex Trebek had a good time making fun of her: He said, quote, "Kara has obviously had much more experience than I." --By the way, the question RIGHT BEFORE THAT in a different category was, quote, "A foursome is required to play this game, where you try to win the rubber." (???) (--The answer is 'bridge,' you pervert.) --Kara also said that during a commercial break right after that, Trebek kept making fun of her and called her a quote, "saucy wench." (--Search for "Jeopardy! 2011 Tournament of Champions Threesome Moment .")

Six Things You Shouldn't Reveal on a First Date:

It's important to be honest in a relationship. But if you're too honest too soon, it can kill your chances of STARTING a relationship. So here's a list of six things you're not supposed to reveal on a first date . . . according to Rich Goose, the chairman for something called the Society of Single Professionals. (???)

#1.) Your Age. It's rude for the other person to ask . . . especially if they're a guy . . . so he probably won't. And you don't have to offer it up either. If you're slightly older than they think you are, it probably won't matter by date four or five. --But according to Goose, quote, "Every man has a number in his head." And if he finds out too early that you're older than he thinks you are, he might write you off.

#2.) That You're Unemployed. If they ask what you do, it's okay to say you're between jobs, and downplay it as much as you can. A LOT of people are out of work right now, but it's obviously still a big red flag on a first date.

#3.) An Illness. There's no reason to talk about your health problems on a first date, or even a second date. And if your problems are so severe that they're life-changing, maybe you shouldn't be dating new people just yet.

#4.) An Addiction. If you're a smoker, go ahead and tell them, because they'll find out anyway. But you definitely shouldn't mention you come from a long line of alcoholics.

#5.) That You've Cheated on Someone. On a first date, it's best to not talk about your exes AT ALL. So definitely don't mention that you slept around on someone. Even if the other person was unfaithful FIRST, you'll still look like a chronic cheater.

#6.) That You Want to Get Married Soon. If you're a guy, it MIGHT scare her off. If you're a woman, it'll DEFINITELY scare him off. (

Four Things That Make it Seem Like You'd Be Bad in Bed:

Everyone wants to be great in bed . . . but you might be hurting your chances before you even get to the bedroom. --Today we've got four things that make it SEEM like you'd be bad in bed. They're all pretty obvious, but we all need a reminder sometimes.

#1.) Fidgeting. Making quick, jerky movements makes you look nervous. And people are going to assume that lack of confidence transfers to the bedroom.

#2.) Indecision. The phrase that really hurts you here is, "I don't know . . . what do YOU want to do?" Don't say it. Ever. You should be able to plan a basic date. It doesn't have to be amazing . . . but putting in a tiny bit of effort goes a long way.

#3.) Poor Hygiene. We shouldn't even have to mention this one, but if you can't take care of basic things like flossing or bathing, why would anybody want to sleep with you?

#4.) Being a Perfectionist. On the other end of the spectrum, if you're grossed out by every stray leg hair or bodily function, you're going to look uptight. --And if you come off as judgmental or overly.


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