Tuesday, November 8, 2011



Dr. Conrad Murray is Guilty:

DR. CONRAD MURRAY was found GUILTY yesterday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of MICHAEL JACKSON. (--Here's video of the verdict being read.) --The jury took nine hours to reach a verdict following a six-week trial. He faces up to four years behind bars. --But due to new sentencing laws aimed at reducing state prison overcrowding, Murray's sentence . . . whatever it is . . . will probably be served in county jail. And if that's the case, he may not serve his full sentence. --Murray was immediately cuffed and taken to jail, where he'll sit until he's sentenced on the 29th of this month. (--Here's video of Murray being escorted out of the courtroom.) --The judge denied a defense request to allow Murray to remain free until his sentencing, calling it a "public safety issue." --He said, quote, "This is a crime where the end result was the death of a human being. This demonstrates rather dramatically that the public should be protected." (--If it matters to you, Murray's first meal behind bars was a cheese sandwich, some fruit punch, a few carrot sticks, and some fake Oreos made in the jail's bakery.) --Murray also faces a civil wrongful death suit filed by Michael's father JOE JACKSON. --Michael's family was obviously happy with the verdict. LA TOYA Tweeted, quote, "VICTORY!!!!!! Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice!" (--La Toya obviously still believes Murray was part of a larger conspiracy to do Michael in.) --She added, quote, "Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!" --JERMAINE, when asked if the verdict made him happy, simply said "Yes." --And Michael's parents, Joe and KATHERINE, issued a statement saying, quote, "We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time and we couldn't hold back tears of joy in the courtroom. --"Even though nothing can bring back our son, justice has finally been served! We can't wait to go home and share this day with Michael's children." (--The kids were not in court for the verdict.) (--Here's video of Katherine and Jermaine getting into their car after the verdict, saying that justice was served.) (--Michael died of acute propofol intoxication on June 25th, 2009, while preparing for a series of concerts in London. He was 50 years old.)

Conrad Murray Could Spend Less Than a Year in Jail:

This whole prison overcrowding thing could result in the man responsible for MICHAEL JACKSON'S death spending LESS THAN A YEAR behind bars. --As everyone in the media has been pointing out, there are new laws in California aimed at dealing with the overcrowding problem. Basically, low-risk inmates are being farmed off to county jails, rather than state prisons. --And as we've learned multiple times from LINDSAY LOHAN, the county jails are overcrowded, too . . . and low-risk inmates who check into them are often turned right back out. --Will that happen to CONRAD MURRAY? L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley said yesterday, quote, "It will be very difficult to achieve an appropriate sentence of incarceration for Dr. Conrad Murray." --Loyola law professor Stan Goldman says, quote, "I'd be surprised if a year from today, Conrad Murray was still behind bars."--Beverly Hills defense attorney Mark McBride adds that involuntary manslaughter isn't considered a serious felony, which means that only 50% of Murray's sentence must be served behind bars. --He thinks Murray could end up serving a mere THREE TO FOUR MONTHS. (--Murray will be sentenced on November 29th.)

Thanks to Twitter, we now know exactly what celebrities are thinking ALL THE TIME. It's so awesome! (???) Here's what they're Tweeting about the CONRAD MURRAY guilty verdict . . .

--DAVID SPADE gets the award for Wittiest Tweet. So far, anyway. He said, quote, "oh my god Dr.conrad murray is convicted of man-ish slaughter."

--And here are the rest . . .

--NICKI MINAJ: "People are cheering but there really are no winners here. This has been an utter tragedy from beginning to end. #RIPMichaelJackson."

--ELLEN DEGENERES: "I loved Michael Jackson. His brother Jermaine Jackson will be here on Wednesday. I can't wait to talk to him. #verdict."


--AL SHARPTON: "Murray's conviction is just a down payment for the family of Michael Jackson. I will discuss at length on POLITICS NATION W/ AL SHARPTON"

--PIERS MORGAN: "Whichever way you viewed the evidence, #ConradMurray 's behavior was clearly unethical for a doctor. Right verdict."

--NICK CANNON: "GUILTY! Justice for Michael Jackson. The jury has spoken. What do you think?"

--HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE: "Do you think this GUILTY #conradmurray verdict will bring closure? I hope Michael Jackson's soul can just get a rest..."

--RYAN SEACREST: "You could hear one shriek in the courtroom as the verdict was read. Not sure if it was for prosecution or defense, couldn't tell.

--"Big question is will conrad murray serve time? Judge has 20 days to sentence him, and can give him up to 4 years in prison."


--STAR JONES: "Dang conradmurray has been remanded to jail pending sentence. Go directly to jail...do not collect $200. Go to jail!...Clear that conradmurray will be sentenced to at least some prison time."

--Last but not least, two members of the youngest Jackson generation seem to be suggesting that Conrad Murray isn't the only person responsible for Michael's death.

--RANDY JACKSON JR. said, quote, "The Pawn has been convicted but now its time for the Hidden Hand behind the Plan… JUSTICE will be served. Thank you all for the support!!!"

--And JERMAINE JACKSON THE 2ND Tweeted, quote, "Strong victory in court! Thank you all for your love and support. Step one has been accomplished! We are ready for next!!"

Lindsay Lohan Served Her 30-Day Jail Sentence . . . in Four and a Half Hours:

Yesterday, LINDSAY LOHAN was allowed once again to make a mockery of the California criminal justice system. --Lindsay checked into the county jail on Sunday night at 9:00 P.M. local time to begin serving her sentence for violating her probation. --She was supposed to serve 30 days. They let her out by 1:30 A.M. For you non-math majors, that's FOUR AND A HALF HOURS.--The excuse, as usual, for letting her off so easily was prison overcrowding.--Despite apparently getting off easy AGAIN, Lindsay's rep says she has definitely learned her lesson this time . . . AGAIN. --He says, quote, "Lindsay is highly motivated to fulfill her community service obligations so she can put all of this behind her and continue to move forward with her career." --If Lindsay messes up her probation again, she'll be slapped with a 270-day jail sentence. In other words, another four grueling hours. (--No wonder Lindsay never learns her lesson. She NEVER GETS PUNISHED. Seriously. Checking into and out of county lockup is becoming just another day at the office for her.)

Lindsay Lohan Will Be in the January / February issue of "Playboy":

"Playboy" has confirmed that LINDSAY LOHAN'S photos will run in the January / February issue. --HUGH HEFNER called the photos "very classy", saying the spread is, quote, "a classic tribute inspired by the original nude pictorial of MARILYN MONROE." --Hef added that Lindsay DID go fully nude. Of course, that doesn't mean all her parts will be visible in the photos. --Meanwhile, Lindsay's rep says, quote, "The pictorial is absolutely fantastic and very tasteful, and will be accompanied by an interview that will let readers see another side of Lindsay." -Her mom, DINA, adds, quote, "I've seen [the photos]. She's really great in front of the camera." --The issue will hit newsstands in late December.

Justin Bieber's Alleged Baby-Mama Has Proof That She's Telling the Truth . . . But She Won't Tell Us What It Is:

JUSTIN BIEBER'S alleged baby-mama, 20-year-old Mariah Yeater, was on "The Insider" last night . . . and during the interview, she claimed she has PROOF that she's NOT full of crap. What is it?! Well, she won't say. -Mariah explained, quote, "I have provided evidence to my attorneys and it'll show in court to prove that my allegations are true." --When host Kevin Frazier asked if she could say what that proof is, she responded, quote, "I'm sorry. No." --Frazier also said that "The Insider" talked to the security guard who was with Justin that night . . . and he told them that he escorted Justin from the stage to his dressing room, and later from the dressing room to a car. --He said he was with Justin the whole time. When Frazier asked Mariah what she made of that, she said, quote, "no comment." --Mariah spent the rest of the interview reiterating the story of the not-so-passionate encounter that she already laid out in her sworn affidavit. (--You can revisit her side of the story here and here. And here's the link to the clip from "The Insider".)

Joy Behar Says She Waited to Marry Her Boyfriend Until All Their Parents Were Dead:

JOY BEHAR had an interesting reason for waiting 29 years to marry her boyfriend, Steve Janowitz: She wanted to wait until there were no in-laws to deal with. -She says, quote, "I waited until all the parents were dead. So I have no in-laws at all. He has none and I have none. 'Cause marriage is mostly about in-laws, I find. They always want you to visit them and come for lasagna."

Is Katy Perry Pregnant?

KATY PERRY wore a tight dress to the MTV Europe awards over the weekend, and in one picture, she looked like she had a little bit of a belly. So of course, the pregnancy rumors have begun (--You can check out a picture here. Pregnant? Or did she just attack the Hors d'oeuvre platter a little too vigorously before the show? Discuss.) (The Superficial) (--Meanwhile, the British tabloids say Katy and husband RUSSELL BRAND are having marriage problems, and are planning a trip to India, where they got married, to rekindle the romance. You can read more about that here.)

Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian Loved the "Saturday Night Live" Sketch About Kim's Divorce:

So how did the KARDASHIANS feel about this past weekend's "Saturday Night Live" sketch about KIM'S divorce? At least two of them loved it. --KHLOE Tweeted, quote, "Ha! I just saw the SNL skit they did and I could not stop laughing. It's SNL. They are supposed to make fun. It's not who we are and I know that." --She added, quote, "U have 2learn2 laugh at urself. Life is 2short." --Her big sister KOURTNEY singled out KRISTEN WIIG'S performance as their mom, KRIS JENNER. She said, quote, "I peed. The @KrisJenner was classic." --And Khloe replied, quote, "She was the best one!" (--If you missed it . . . or if you just want to see it again . . . you'll find the "SNL" Kardashian sketch here.)

Kris Jenner Says Kim Kardashian Went to Minnesota Because She Really Had to Talk to Kris Humphries:

KIM KARDASHIAN didn't spend much time in Minnesota with estranged husband KRIS HUMPHRIES. She arrived there early Sunday morning . . . and was back in L.A. by Sunday night. --So what was the point? KRIS JENNER says Kim, quote, "really needed to talk to him." --She added, quote, "They [need to] show their emotions. She needs to do what she's doing now and cry and figure it out. She's just trying to follow her heart, and she's going to be okay." --That still doesn't tell us much. But a source tells "Us Weekly" that Kim felt the need to see Kris face-to-face because their communications were getting volatile. --The source says, quote, "Things were escalating very quickly with them. There were emails that were getting hostile. --"She wanted to see him face to face to put some finality on it. To give them both some closure. She didn't want things to get ugly with them and it was heading down that road."

Joe Frazier Has Died:

Legendary boxer "SMOKIN'" JOE FRAZIER died last night after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 67 years old. --Frazier is best known for his three brutal fights with MUHAMMAD ALI. In their first meeting in 1971, Frazier retained the world title with a 15-round decision. That match was dubbed "The Fight of the Century". --Frazier would later lose the title to GEORGE FOREMAN . . . then lose two rematches with Ali. Ali stopped Frazier in the 12th round in 1974 . . . then beat him in 14 rounds in the infamous "Thrilla in Manilla" in 1975. --That one was a title fight, too, because by that time, Ali had beaten Foreman for the belt. It was stopped after 14 rounds because Frazier's eyes were so swelled up he couldn't see. His trainer had to hold him back because he still wanted to fight. --Over their three fights. Ali and Frazier traded blows for an amazing 41 rounds. -Frazier fought only two more times . . . being knocked out in a rematch with Foreman in 1976, then earning a draw against Floyd Cummings in a comeback fight in 1981. --When it was announced just days ago that Frazier had entered hospice, Ali issued a statement saying, quote, "My family and I are keeping Joe and his family in our daily prayers. Joe has a lot of friends pulling for him, and I'm one of them."
Avril Lavigne Says She Didn't Get Into a Fight . . . She and Boyfriend Brody Jenner Were Attacked:

AVRIL LAVIGNE says she did NOT get into a fight with another girl at a bar over the weekend. Instead, she and boyfriend BRODY JENNER were ATTACKED. --Avril Tweeted, quote, "I don't fight. I don't believe in it. To clear things up I got attacked by 5 people last night out of nowhere. Not cool. My face is [effed]. --"As in black eye, bloody nose, hair ripped out, scratches, bruises and cuts. So not ok to be abusive to others. Violence is NEVER the answer." --Meanwhile, a supposed witness says some drunk guy started the whole thing by smack-talking Brody for no reason. And he's the guy who cracked Brody with the bottle. (--Brody filed a police report yesterday.) --The witness says, quote, "Brody and Avril didn't do anything to start the fight . . . just a bunch of drunk people getting out of hand."

Kelly Osbourne Split Her Head Open Ballroom Dancing:

As you may have heard, KELLY OSBOURNE went to the hospital in Miami over the weekend due to a head injury. She Tweeted, quote, "Long story short I cracked my head open then kept passing out." --Yesterday on "The Talk", her mom SHARON revealed that the culprit was BALLROOM DANCING. --She said Kelly was at a club dancing with a guy, and he asked her to teach him how to ballroom dance. So she did. --Sharon said, quote, "The guy takes down her to dip, and as her dips her down, she hits her head on an amplifier . . . it split her head open."

Robert Pattinson Doesn't Want to End Up Like Mark Hamill:

ROBERT PATTINSON is coming off the hugely successful "Twilight" franchise . . . and now it's time to prove he can transition to other roles . . . unlike "Star Wars" actor MARK HAMILL back in the day. --Robert says, quote, "It's like being compared to people who've been in massive movies who just sort of disappear afterwards, even though they probably had incredibly fulfilling and successful lives. --"Like Luke Skywalker . . . People are like: 'Oh, the Mark Hamill curse.' And poor Mark Hamill. Jesus Christ."

Terrell Owens Wants Child Support to Three of His Four Baby-Mamas Reduced . . . Because He Has No Income:

A bench warrant was recently issued for unemployed wide receiver TERRELL OWENS because he missed a child support hearing. --Well, as it turns out, T.O. has FOUR baby-mamas. And he's in the process of trying to get his child support payments to three of them reduced. --His reason: He has ZERO INCOME. --T.O. is currently supposed to pay $11,202 a month to a woman with whom he has an 11-year-old son . . . $15,000 a month to a woman with whom he has a 7-year-old daughter . . . $13,400 to a woman with whom he has a 5-year-old son . . . and $5,000 a month to a woman with whom he has a daughter whose age we don't know. --T.O. is contesting the amount of child support for the first three, but not the fourth. At least not yet. --T.O.'s rep says, quote, "He has tried to keep paying all of these mothers what they were used to year after year, basically putting himself into a financial crisis. He has always paid his child support payments and loves his kids."

There's a "Where's Waldo" Movie in the Works:

Just when you thought Hollywood had run out of ridiculous properties to exploit, we get this: MGM is making a movie based on the "Where's Waldo" children's books. There's no word if it'll be animated or live-action. --This is actually the THIRD studio that's had this idea. In 2004, Nickelodeon was going to do the movie . . . then a few years later, Universal announced they were taking a crack at it.

Johnny Depp Says People Who Don't Live in Big Cities Don't Want Intelligent Movies:

Get ready for one of those "Big City vs. the Heartland" debates: JOHNNY DEPP says people who don't live in big cities don't want intelligent movies. --Johnny was giving an interview in England, talking about how his latest movie, "The Rum Diary", didn't do that well in the U.S. --He said, quote, "It's something that will be more appreciated over here [in Europe], I think. Because it's . . . well, I think it's an intelligent film. And a lot of times, outside the big cities in the States, they don't want that."
Chris Colfer Does Expect Some Negative Reactions to Tonight's Gay Sex Episode of "Glee" . . . But Hopes It Will Help Gay Youth:

Tonight's episode of "Glee" will feature two teen gay characters . . . Kurt (CHRIS COLFER) and Blaine (DARREN CRISS) . . . having sex for the first time. --And not surprisingly, Chris is expecting some "controversy" from the kinds of people who are NOT down with "Glee" pushing the so-called "gay agenda." --He explains, quote, "I absolutely expect to hear from them, but I think it's handled very sweetly and very emotionally . . . they're expecting this big, raunchy, suggestive, brainwashing storyline [but] really it's very sweet. --"It's nothing like what my imagination built it up to be. It was much tamer than even I was expecting . . . we don't say anything. We kissed and rolled around a bit." --Chris also says that critics shouldn't pretend that sex . . . straight or gay . . . isn't something that teenagers do. He explains, quote, "Teens are having sex. There's not that much you can do to stop it, and we're just showing a story about it. --"I think it's promoting safe teen sex. There are lots of safe sex innuendos and mentions in the episode . . . [like] make it matter, make it meaningful. Make sure it's with the right person and that you don't regret it later." --In fact, Chris thinks it's a GOOD message to send to gay youth, who don't see positive depictions of young gay love on TV. --He explains, quote, "A lot of gay kids are very promiscuous and non-exclusive with each other when they have relationships, which is really sad. --"But I think with Kurt and Blaine, I would hope would set an example of what something should be and could be. You know, two people finding each other and really loving each other and wanting to give the world to each other."

(--There are some clips from the episode on Fox.com. Naturally, they aren't giving away the sex scene. There's one of Blaine and Kurt talking to another gay guy, and here's a clip of the "Glee" cast singing Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl".)

(--By the way, the latest "Glee" soundtrack "Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2" comes out next Tuesday . . . but you can check it out now. It's streaming at AOL Music.)

(--It's packed with holiday songs . . . obviously . . . including a deliciously gay version of "Let It Snow" featuring Kurt and Blaine.)

Tuesday TV Reminders:

--"Glee" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox. This is the episode we told you about, with two couples having sex for the first time: Finn & Rachel, played by Cory Monteith and Lea Michelle . . . and Kurt & Blaine, played by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss.

--"90210" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on the CW. Billy Ray Cyrus guest stars as Austin's dad, plus "Jersey Shore's" Vinny Guadagnino has a cameo.

--"The Biggest Loser" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. Season 11 winner Olivia Ward pays the contestants an inspirational visit.

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

--"19 Kids & Counting" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC. The Duggars answer viewer questions regarding their lives.

--"Vietnam in HD" [Part 1 of 3] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on History. Jennifer Love Hewitt and "Dexter's" Michael C. Hall are among the celebrities who narrate the story of the Vietnam War from rare footage taken by the soldiers themselves.

--"In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts interviews Sugarland at the site of the tragic stage collapse at Indiana's State Fairgrounds. Robin also does interviews with Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina.

--"Quints by Surprise" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TLC.


"Modern Warfare 3" . . . Here's What You Need to Know:

--"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, and the PC. In this one, Makarov's trying to start a global war, while Soap and Price are trying to clear their names after being labeled as terrorists at the end of the last "Modern Warfare". oap MacTavish is once again voiced by Kevin McKidd, who your girlfriend knows as Dr. Owen Hunt on "Grey's Anatomy". (Single Player Trailer) (Multiplayer Trailer)

Weapon Proficiency: One of the changes to multiplayer is the new weapon proficiency feature. As part of standard weapon upgrades, they've integrated perks directly into the weapon itself, meaning you can earn additional perks like reduced recoil, deeper impact and quicker melee for your favorite gun.

Strike Packages: Another change to multiplayer is the old killstreak system has been replaced by a new system called strike packages, where points you earn from capturing objectives or getting assists can also count toward earning your streak bonuses.

The Assault Package lets you to earn point-streaks with traditional kill chains, rewarding players with high kill/death ratios with additional air support, just like in previous games.

The Support Package is for team-focused players. Your point-streaks are more objective-based and your rewards are things like ballistic vests for the entire team. And their real bonus is that their point-streak isn't reset when they die.

And the Specialist Package is geared toward a lone wolf playing style, and people who use this one won't earn normal killstreaks like choppers and UAV. Instead, they are rewarded with perks. And after your 8th kill without dying you get every perk available.

New Game Modes: There's one called Kill Confirmed that doesn't count any of your kills until you go out to the body and claim the other guy's dog tag. And if the enemy gets to it first, they can DENY you the points for that kill.

Another new mode is called Team Defender. It's like Capture the Flag, except there's no stationary base. The first person that gets killed drops a flag, then you spend the rest of the game fighting to hold onto it.

"Harry Potter", "Skyrim", and "The Black Eyed Peas Experience" Are the Other Big Games Coming Out Today:

--"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. The fifth "Elder Scrolls" game hits stores on Friday, 11/11/11. It takes place 200 years after the previous title, and the main story revolves around you trying to take out a dragon god who's trying to destroy the world.

Instead of using a standard class system for warriors or wizards, in "Skyrim" your character only gets better in areas you practice . . . so if you only kill monsters with a sword you will have great blade skills, but your fireballs might be weak.

Another way to boost your character is with Dragon Shouts. Since your character is Dragonborn you can absorb the souls of the dragons you kill, and channel their abilities like fire breathing, a rain of meteors, or the ability to encase enemies in ice. (Trailer)

--"LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS, PSP, and PC. This game hits stores on Friday, with the magical date of 11/11/11, and covers the last four "Harry Potter" films. It plays exactly like last year's "Harry Potter" game. And yes, you will still be turned into a frog if you make potions incorrectly. (Trailer)

--"Happy Feet Two: The Videogame" (E) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, DS, and 3DS. The new movie hits theaters in two weeks. This game's controller-based dance system uses the player's rhythm to enhance the dancing competitions. (Trailer)

--"Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and Wii. In this fighting game you battle it out with Cartoon Network characters like Ben Ten, Captain Planet, Dexter, and the Powderpuff Girls on multi-tiered 2D stages. (Trailer)

--"The Black Eyed Peas Experience" (T) . . . on Xbox360 and Wii. You can get down to the Black Eye Peas' hits like "I Gotta Feeling" and "Rock that Body" using the Kinect or the Wii's motion controls. (Trailer)

--"Deepak Chopra's Leela" (E) . . . on Xbox360 and Wii. This game will somehow assist you with meditation. It uses the motion control capabilities of your console to help you unwind with "ancient relaxation techniques." Perhaps it helps that the game is being released on Friday, with the powerful date of 11/11/11. Or perhaps not. (Trailer)

--"Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer" (E) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and Wii. (Trailer)

--"Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking" (E) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and Wii. A party game full of mini games, which will also work on the Kinect. (Trailer)

--"Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"Big League Sports" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"Self-Defense" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"Winter Stars" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

"Call of Duty: The Vet and The Noob" . . . and Other Links to Additional Stories:

#1.) Here's an amusing "Call of Duty" video starring Sam Worthington from "Avatar" and Jonah Hill as the Vet and the Noob. NBA stud Dwight Howard makes a brief cameo at the end. (Video)

#2.) If you're on the fence about "Call of Duty's" new ELITE social networking site. You may be interested to know that you can update your weapons loadout from your mobile device. And it includes Facebook integration for updating your gaming status. (Video)

#3.) "Battlefield 3" sold five million copies its first week. That sounds really good until you factor in that the previous "Call of Duty" game sold 5.6 million its first DAY . . . and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" is projected to significantly beat that number.

#4.) Here's the first official "Grand Theft Auto V" trailer. (Video)


--"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" . . . This one hits stores on Friday, or 11/11/11. The Ministry of Magic has fallen, Voldemort is about to lay siege to Hogwarts, and Harry is preparing for his final confrontation with you know who. (--The entire 8-film collection will also be available on 11/11/11.)

Horcrux: In the "Harry Potter" books, it's an object of dark magic where someone conceals a piece of their soul. And that's how Voldemort keeps coming back to life.

Voldemort split HIS soul into seven pieces. By the end of the last movie Harry had succeeded in destroying three of them, which leaves four more to find and destroy before Voldemort can be killed once and for all. (Horcruxes)

Deathly Hallows: These are three extremely powerful items that allow the bearer to conquer death. They are . . . the Resurrection Stone, Harry's Cloak of Invisibility, and the Elder Wand that Voldemort acquired at the end of the last film.

--"The Change-Up" - The body-switching comedy starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. Leslie Mann plays Bateman's wife, and Olivia Wilde is his sexy co-worker. (Trailer) (Redband Trailer)

--"13" - A thriller starring Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, and 50 Cent. Rourke is one of the players in the Russian roulette circle, who are each aiming at another guy's head. Statham is a rich guy gambling on who'll survive and 50 is one of the guards keeping the players from backing out. (Trailer)
--"Law & Order: The Complete Series" . . . a 104-disc set. It ran 20 seasons.
--"Doctor Who: Series Six, Part Two" . . . a two-disc DVD set.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Now That's What I Call Music! 40" . . . including Lady Gaga's "You and I", Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper", Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All", Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink to That)", Lady Antebellum's "Just a Kiss", Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go", and the Bad Meets Evil song "Lighters" featuring Bruno Mars.

--The "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" soundtrack . . . with music by Bruno Mars, The Joy Formidable, The Features, the Noisettes, Iron & Wine, Christina Perri and Argentinian actress Mia Maestro, who you may remember as Nadya on "Alias".

Drake's New Album "Take Care" Has Leaked . . . and He Says "Enjoy It":

DRAKE'S second album "Take Care" hits stores next Tuesday, but it has already leaked online. --Drake is taking it in stride though. Yesterday, he Tweeted, quote, "Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it . . . and 'take care' until next time." --The album includes a duet with RIHANNA on the title track . . . "Lord Knows" featuring RICK ROSS . . . "Make Me Proud" featuring NICKI MINAJ . . . and "Crew Love" featuring THE WEEKND. (--You can listen to almost all the tracks at YourTypeOfThing.com. They're available for download there, too . . . if you want them.)

Adele Had Vocal Cord Surgery:

As expected, ADELE has undergone laser microsurgery on her vocal cords. The procedure went well, and her doctor expects her to make a full recovery. It's unclear when she'll return to singing, but she's already said she's taking the rest of the year off. --Adele had been suffering from a recurring vocal cord hemorrhage. The condition is typically "the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture."

Radiohead Announced Ten U.S. Tour Dates:

RADIOHEAD have announced the first batch of dates for their North American tour . . . their first extensive U.S. tour in four years. -The first 10 dates stretch from February 27th in Miami through March 15th in Glendale, Arizona. (--You can find all 10 dates at Radiohead.com. More shows will be announced soon.)

And Now . . . a Steven Tyler Cabbage Patch Doll Could Be Yours!

STEVEN TYLER is one of the celebrities that now have a Cabbage Patch Kids doll modeled after them. The dolls are being auctioned off on eBay for charity. --There are also dolls for AL ROKER, KATHERINE HEIGL, KRISTIN CHENOWETH and RAVEN-SYMONE. (--Is it just me, or is that a VERY random list.) --The proceeds will benefit the Children's Action Network . . . a national adoption awareness organization dedicated to finding homes for children in the U.S. who are in foster care. November is National Adoption Month. --As of late last night, the going rates for dolls ranged from $585 for Steven Tyler . . . to $111 for Raven-Symone. --For more information, hit up CPKauctionforcharity.com. (--The site also has pictures of each doll. Click on each doll to go to that doll's auction link.)

The 11 Best Rappers Turned Actors:

The website UGO.com has put together a list of the 11 Best Rappers Turned Actors. They only provided one note about the list: Quote, "Sorry, Eminem fans, but one good role does not a good actor make."

--Here's the list, along with a few acting credits for each:

1.) Mos Def . . . "Be Kind, Rewind", "Something the Lord Made", "Cadillac Records" and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

2.) Method Man . . . "How High", "Soul Plane" and the TV shows "Oz" and "The Wire".

3.) Diddy . . . "Made", "Get Him to the Greek" and "A Raisin in the Sun".

4.) Ice-T . . . "New Jack City", and of course "Law & Order: SVU".

5.) Tupac Shakur . . . "Juice", "Above the Rim", "Gridlock'd", "Bullet" and "Poetic Justice".

6.) Common . . . "Wanted", "Terminator Salvation" and "Just Wright".

7.) Will Smith . . . "Bad Boys", "Independence Day", "Men in Black", "I, Robot", "I Am Legend", "Enemy of the State" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".

8.) Andre Benjamin (Outkast's Andre 3000) . . . "Four Brothers", "Idlewild", "Battle in Seattle" and "Semi-Pro".

9.) Queen Latifah . . . "Chicago", "Set It Off", "Bringing Down the House".

10.) Mark Wahlberg . . . "Boogie Nights", "Three Kings", "The Perfect Storm", "The Departed", "Invincible", "I Heart Huckabees" and "The Fighter".

11.) Ice Cube . . . "Boyz N the Hood", "Higher Learning", "Barbershop", the "Friday" movies and "Are We There Yet?"


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Remember when MATTHEW FOX got into a drunken brawl with the female driver of a party bus in Cleveland over the summer . . . and allegedly punched her in the BREAST AND VAGINA? She sued him. And how he's counter-suing HER. He says she attacked him, and lied about him striking her . . . and he's lost work because of it. (Full Story)

Former "CSI" star GARY DOURDAN was arrested for allegedly breaking his ex-girlfriend's nose. (Full Story)

Actress MARGARET FIELD, the mother of SALLY FIELD, died of cancer Sunday. She was 89 years old. (Full Story)

In his new book, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL says he once threatened to kill KOBE BRYANT . . . after Kobe said in an interview that he thought Shaq was milking a toe injury. (Full Story)

"Tower Heist" and "Rush Hour" director BRETT RATNER used a gay slur during a movie screening on Friday night. Yesterday, he apologized. (Full Story)

For the young ladies out there, here's an entire gallery of 18-year-old PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER working out shirtless. (Photos) (--Note: Scroll down past the ad to see the entire gallery.)

SANDRA BULLOCK and KEANU REEVES have been friends since doing "Speed" together in the '90s . . . that's "Speed" the movie, of course. But the "National Enquirer" claims they're both interested in taking their relationship to the next level. (Full Story)

MICHAEL VICK had a bad day yesterday. His Philadelphia Eagles lost their Monday night game to the Chicago Bears . . . and reports surfaced that some woman is shopping a NUDE picture of Michael. She says he sent it to her from his cell . . . and that it's a FULL FRONTAL shot. The picture hasn't surfaced yet. (Full Story)

Check out a weird photo gallery of stars like BEYONCE, LADY GAGA, EMINEM, and JUSTIN BIEBER as British royals from various historical periods. (Photos)


The Happiest Moment of the Average Day is When You're Having Sex . . . But the Happiest Moment of the Year is Christmas Afternoon:

We've got the results here from a really interesting study by a researcher named George MacKerron from the London School of Economics. --He created an iPhone app called Mappiness. About 45,000 people installed the app and used it to post updates about their happiness levels for a year. And now he's analyzed the data to figure out what makes us happiest and saddest. --Here's what he found . . . --The thing that makes people the happiest overall is . . . HAVING SEX. That led to a 12.9% increase in happiness. --The rest of the top five things that make us happy are exercising . . . going to a concert . . . singing or performing . . . and, for some reason, going to the library. --The thing that makes people the saddest is being SICK IN BED. That caused a 19.7% decrease in happiness. --The rest of the bottom five things are waiting in a line . . . taking care of an old person (--Ha!) . . . commuting . . . and studying. --Overall, the happiest moment of the year was 1:50 P.M. on Christmas day . . . so after presents but probably before you're dealing with extended family. --The saddest moment of the year was January 31st at 8:00 P.M. . . . right in the dead of winter when vacation days and the summer seem endlessly far away. (Daily Mail)

Women Who Have Sex Four Times a Week Look Ten Years Younger . . . and More Women Than Ever are Having Sex Out of Obligation:

A new survey by an organization called HealthyWomen has found that women think a healthy sex life is important to their overall health . . . but that's not enough to get them to actually HAVE sex. --More than half of women surveyed think that having sex a few times a week is healthy, and two out of five think it's extremely important to their overall health. --BUT . . . fewer than one in three actually have sex that often, and two out of three women admitted that they only have sex once a week or less. --In fact, a psychiatrist named Naomi Greenblatt who specializes in women's health says that when many women DO have sex, they're just doing it because they have to. --Naomi said, quote, "There seems to be a growing trend in women having sex for obligation, not enjoyment purposes. Women say there are only 24 hours in the day, and they simply are not prioritizing sex." --But women might want to consider doing it a little more often. Elizabeth Cahill of HealthyWomen said, quote, "an active sex life can decrease stress, strengthen pelvic floor muscles, increase immune system function and burn calories." --Naomi said that sex has a fountain-of-youth effect. Women who have sex at least four times a week look up to 10 years younger than their actual age. (PR Newswire)

Plastic Surgery Went Up 5% in 2010 . . . and Facelift Patients Report Looking 11.9 Years Younger:

American vanity doesn't care about no recession, baby. You can't foreclose on fake breasts and plumped-up lips. --According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were approximately 13.1 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2010, which is up 5% from 2009. Facelifts had the most growth, going up 9%. --They also reported that the average patient found they look 11.9 years younger after a facelift. (PR Newswire)

Girl Scout Cookie-Flavored Lip Balm is Now For Sale:

We're currently in that horrible period of the year when we're still months away from getting our Girl Scout Cookie fix. So now those adorable little crack pushers have something to tide you over. --Girl Scout Cookie-flavored LIP BALM just hit stores. You can buy the lip balm in five cookie flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter, Trefoils, Coconut Caramel Stripes, and of course, Thin Mints. --You can buy a five-pack at Walmart or Claire's for $5. For now they're only available in-store . . . we couldn't find a reputable place selling them online. (Stylelist) (--Here's a picture of the five lip balms.)
The Top Sign You're About to Get Dumped? Your Partner Starts Losing Weight:

So your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife has started hitting the gym, eating grilled chicken and broccoli, and is in the best shape they've been in since high school. Good news, right? Absolutely NOT. --According to a study out of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, the TOP sign you're about to get dumped is when your partner starts losing weight. --And it makes sense. When you're in a relationship, you're not as motivated to stay in great shape. When you know you're about to be single, you want to make yourself as sexually attractive as possible. (The Telegraph)

The House Buying Process Ages You Two Years:

Buying a house is incredibly stressful. It's so stressful that it makes the process of actually MOVING IN seem easy. And a new survey put into perspective just how stressful it is. --More than two-thirds of the people surveyed said buying a house . . . which took an average of 15 weeks . . . AGED them two full years. A few people even said it aged them FOUR YEARS. --10% of people said it led to hair loss . . . 19% said it led to a diminished sex drive . . . and 14% suffered short-term memory loss. --The biggest stress point was worrying about a mortgage approval. Inept lawyers and bad real estate agents also caused major stress. (Express.co.uk)

Fires Spread Faster in Newer Homes than Older Ones . . . So You Only Have Three Minutes to Get Out:

For years, fire-safety organizations have been trying to get us to change our smoke detector batteries every time we change our clocks . . . which we just did over the weekend. --It may seem like a scam to sell more batteries, but there's some solid data behind the push to have our smoke detectors working. If your house happens to catch on fire, experts say you have about THREE minutes to GET OUT. --Bob McLemore of the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs said that after three minutes, smoke and other fumes will leave you too disoriented to find your way out. --Three minutes may seem like less time than you remember from fire-safety week in elementary school. That's because newer homes go up in FLAMES faster than older ones. --New homes are often built with thinner lumber, which burns faster, and are more likely to have an open floor plan, which allows flames to spread faster. --But the house itself isn't the only problem. New homes are more likely to be decorated with flammable items like foam mattresses and cushions, which burn like gasoline. Older cushions use wood and cotton which burn much more slowly. --And finally . . . newly built subdivisions are often located farther from fire stations. (Kansas.com)

Here are the Ten U.S. Cities That Blow the Most Money on Clothes Every Month:

Apparently there are a LOT of people out there who spend a LOT more money on clothes than I do. Where are you people getting this money from? Haven't you heard we're like three years deep in a recession? -A new study looked at which U.S. cities have people who spend the most money on clothes, shoes, and other accessories every month. And in every city in the top ten, the average resident spends at LEAST $200 a month on clothes. Wow.

--Here's the top ten:

#1.) Washington, D.C., $263 per month

#2.) Arlington, Virginia, $254.58

#3.) Nashville, Tennessee, $251.17

#4.) Scottsdale, Arizona, $243.17

#5.) Dallas, Texas, $228.58

#6.) San Francisco, California, $227.42

#7.) San Jose, California, $221.17

#8.) Seattle, Washington, $221.17 (--Yeah, technically it's a tie.)

#9.) Austin, Texas, $213

#10.) Bakersfield, California, $201.50

--The national average per person was $142.08 per month. (Fashionista)


A Man is Arrested for Domestic Battery After His Girlfriend Tried to Stop Him From Overdosing on . . . Flintstones Vitamins:

Last Wednesday, 21-year-old Aaron Hostetler of Manatee County, Florida was arguing with his girlfriend. She told him she was breaking up with him. And he went with the most overdramatic response possible. --He decided he was going to OVERDOSE ON DRUGS and KILL HIMSELF. --He grabbed a bottle of pills out of the cabinet and started trying to swallow as many as he could. Apparently, he thought they were sleeping pills and his girlfriend did too. So she tried to stop him. --But there's one thing neither of them knew. Aaron wasn't overdosing on sleeping pills . . . he was actually force-feeding himself FLINTSTONES VITAMINS. --Anyway, as his girlfriend tried to intervene, he shoved her away . . . then SLAMMED HER to the ground. She called the cops. --When they got there, Aaron was arrested for domestic battery. --As for overdosing on vitamins, it IS possible . . . but the results shouldn't be FATAL like overdosing on sleeping pills. Hypervitaminosis can be toxic in extreme cases, but generally it just makes you feel sick or flushed. (The Smoking Gun)

An 87-Year-Old Woman Shoots Her 88-Year-Old Husband for "Stepping Out" With Her Hairdresser:

NEVER underestimate what a tough old broad will do if she feels WRONGED. And this tough old broad felt SERIOUSLY wronged. --On Saturday, 87-year-old Dorothy Desjardins of Springfield, Missouri was getting her hair done. And apparently, her hairdresser claimed that she was having an affair with Dorothy's HUSBAND . . . 88-year-old Peter Desjardins. --That night, Dorothy confronted Peter . . . and things got just a LITTLE out of control. --Even though Peter denied things, Dorothy walked into the room with her walker and started throwing books at him. After she ran out of books, she grabbed Peter's .22 RUGER REVOLVER and started waving it around in the air. --Then, she actually cocked it . . . and SHOT HER HUSBAND. She was aiming for the FACE. --Two things saved him. First, he got his arm in front of his face, so he was hit in the arm. And second, the gun wasn't loaded with real bullets, it was loaded with birdshot that's used to kill small animals and reptiles. --So Peter didn't suffer any serious damage, and didn't need surgery to remove the bullet. --Dorothy was arrested and charged with felony domestic assault. She told the cops she only, quote, "intended to scare the [s***] out of him . . . and just went a little bit berserk since he was stepping out on me." (The Smoking Gun)


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

According to a new study, as income rises, so does fast-food consumption? (Full Story)

A team of researchers from the University of Washington went to the South Pacific to record everyday objects getting crushed by deep sea pressure . . . but one of the first things that got crushed was their underwater camera. (Full Story)

Stupid Criminals: A guy from New York lied to cops in Jersey about his identity, to disguise his criminal past. But it turned out he HAD no criminal past, so now he's just in trouble for lying. (Full Story)

Not-So-Stupid Criminal: An inmate in Florida was freed after only three months into a year-long sentence for DUI . . . but turned himself back in when he found out it was because of a computer glitch. (Full Story)

A famous actor in Nigeria suspected of drug trafficking was finally released by customs after 24 days . . . after they closely monitored 25 of his bowel movements in custody and didn't find anything. (Full story)

#1.) A Fireworks Display in Scotland Had a Technical Glitch . . . That Caused All the Fireworks to Go Off in Under a Minute:

A fireworks display in Scotland had a 'minor' technical glitch on Friday. It was supposed to be a half-hour community event, but the company behind it messed up and launched $9,600 worth of fireworks in less than a minute --As you'd guess, the video is pretty spectacular. The company that was putting on the display now says they'll do a second show at the end of the month, free of charge. (--Search for "Oban, Scotland Firework Display." It starts at :24.)

#2.) Check Out a Montage of People Limping, Crying, and Puking at the Finish Line of the New York City Marathon:

A Kenyan won the New York City marathon on Sunday in record time. And he crossed the finish line with a huge smile on his face. But a lot of people who finished the race had a slightly DIFFERENT reaction. --There's a montage on Deadspin.com of people LIMPING across the finish line. And they also got shots of a guy crying, and another guy PUKING. (--Search for "The Woozy, Barfy Aftermath of the New York City Marathon." The puking is at 1:32, and the crying is at 2:07. WARNING: This video shows a guy throwing up.)

#3.) Two Runners Got Married During the New York City Marathon:

Two runners got MARRIED during the New York City marathon on Sunday. They officially tied the knot at mile 22, and didn't stop running. The guy who officiated just started jogging next to them. Then they exchanged rings, and kissed. --Afterward, they said they met while they were running, so it just made sense to get MARRIED while they were running. (--Search for "Couple Gets Married Running New York Marathon." They do an interview at :43, and it shows the kiss at 1:22.)

Four Facebook Friend Requests You Might Not Want to Accept:

Most people accept the majority of Friend Requests they get on Facebook, which is fine if you don't care about random people knowing everything you do. --But there are SOME Friend Requests you should think twice about. Here's a list from Gawker of four groups of people you might not want to be friends with on Facebook.

#1.) Your Coworkers. It depends on who it is. If it's your best friend at work, obviously it's fine. But if it's a Friend Request from the office GOSSIP, you might want to ignore it. --If it's your BOSS, it gets tricky because you feel like you HAVE to accept it. But the best thing might be to just click the "Not Now" button and forget about it. And if your boss ever brings it up again, just play dumb. --If you DO accept it, just make sure you exclude your boss from any posts you don't want him to see. --Here's one way to do it: In the box where you post things, there's a drop-down menu that says "Friends". If you go to "Custom," it lets you hide the post from any friend, or a whole group of friends.

#2.) Your Parents. If it's a Friend Request from your mom or dad, Gawker says you HAVE to accept it. But the downside is always having to worry about what you post, AND what your friends post. --For example, if your friend posts a crazy New Year's Eve picture where you're chugging champagne or smoking a cigarette, you might not want your parents to see it. --And since families like to gossip, you have to think about the same thing with other family members too.

#3.) Your Kids. If they're under 18, you should definitely keep an eye on what they're doing, and who they're talking to online. --And being friends with them on Facebook is one of the easiest ways to do that. But since they can exclude you from their posts, it's obviously not foolproof. --Plus, the thing some parents forget about is that their kids see everything THEY post too. And you don't want your 15-year-old seeing pictures of YOU smoking or chugging champagne either.

#4.) Your Exes. It's usually a bad idea, no matter how long ago you broke up. If you JUST split up, being friends on Facebook makes it harder to move on. Plus, you probably won't want to see pictures of them having fun without you. --But it's also not a good idea, even if you broke up years ago . . . because the NEXT person you date will almost definitely have a problem with it. (Gawker)


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