Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Pink Wants a Lot More Kids:

Just five months after giving birth to her daughter Willow, PINK wants husband CAREY HART wants more kids.. --She says, quote, "We want a basketball team. We want lots and lots and lots." --Not that she's not enjoying Willow. She says, quote, "She stops crying when I sing. My dogs leave the room and she stops crying. I sing 'You Are My Sunshine' and I make up songs for her because I'm goofy."

Check Out J-Lo with Her Alleged Boyfriend:

TMZ got a hold of a picture of JENNIFER LOPEZ and her alleged boyfriend, Casper Smart, arm-in-arm backstage at a gig in the Ukraine. --The photo was taken back in July, so we don't know if they were even together yet. (--And technically, we don't know if they're together now. Still, here's the pic, along with a shot of them together onstage.) (Us Weekly) --Jennifer is 42 . . . Casper is 24.

Kathy Griffin Goes Topless and Emulates That Infamous Janet Jackson "Rolling Stone" Cover . . . with the Help of Jesse Tyler Ferguson from "Modern Family":

Remember that classic "Rolling Stone" cover where JANET JACKSON is topless, and a guy is cupping her breasts from behind? --Well, KATHY GRIFFIN recreated that photo . . . with the help of JESSE TYLER FERGUSON from "Modern Family" . . . for the new issue of "Out" magazine. --It's for the annual Out 100, which honors the 100 LGBT people of the year. Kathy and Jesse are on the list, obviously. (--Here's the photo, along with the original "Rolling Stone" cover.) (Huffington Post, Original Cover) --Also making this year's list are Chaz Bono, Adam Lambert, Tim Gunn and Geri Jewell. (--We don't have the complete list, but you can check out more of the entries here.)


Jay-Z Says He'll Change Diapers:

JAY-Z says he WILL change diapers when his wife BEYONCÉ gives birth. --In the new issue of "GQ" . . . which happens to be its annual Men of the Year issue . . . Jay says, quote, "Providing . . . that's not love. Being there . . . that's more important. --"I mean, we see that. We see that with all these rich socialites. They're crying out for attention; they're hurting for love. I'm not being judgmental . . . I'm just making an observation. --"They're crying out for the love that maybe they didn't get at home, and they got everything, all the material things that they need and want. So we know that's not the key." --Also Making "GQ's" Men of the Year List Are: --Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Michael Fassbender and . . . MILA KUNIS. (???) Yes, they named her Knockout of the Year. --The issue comes out November 22nd.


Michael Buble Took a Shot at Kim Kardashian in Concert: MICHAEL BUBLE slammed KIM KARDASHIAN at a recent gig in New York City. --During the show, he announced, quote, "Ladies and gentlemen, I have a very special guest. Please welcome Kim Kardashian." --After some gasps from the audience, he said, quote, "Nah, just [effing] with you! That [B-word] isn't coming on my stage." --Then he dedicated his next song, NINA SIMONE'S "Feeling Good", to Kim's soon-to-be ex, KRIS HUMPHRIES. He said, quote, "She hurt him, she hurt him! I wish she had hurt me!"

Kim Kardashian Has Hired an Acting Coach:

KIM KARDASHIAN has hired an acting coach to help her convince people she's sad about divorcing KRIS HUMPHRIES. --Okay, I lied. She hired an acting coach to help her nail down her part in the new TYLER PERRY movie, "The Marriage Counselor". Her teacher, Susan Batson, has worked with TOM CRUISE and NICOLE KIDMAN, among others.

Brad Pitt Talks About Retiring from Acting in Three Years . . . and the Internet Explodes:

BRAD PITT caused the Internet to EXPLODE yesterday, when he talked about retiring from acting in THREE YEARS, when he's 50. And it's not even clear if he was being serious or deliberate about it. --Brad was asked on the Australian version of "60 Minutes" how long he'd like to keep acting, and he said, quote, "Three years. I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. --"Getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher times otherwise." --Despite the fact that every website in the world is treating this as, like, the biggest news ever, I would say don't put any money on Brad never making another movie after 2014. --Elsewhere in the interview, Brad says that he doesn't feel the need to be happy all the time. He says, quote, "I think happiness is overrated, truthfully. I do. I think sometimes you're happy, sometimes you're not. --"There's too much pressure to be happy. I don't know. I don't really give a [crap]. I know I will be at times and I know I won't be at times. Satisfied, at peace, those would be more goals for myself." --And he says he doesn't know if he and ANGELINA JOLIE are done adding kids to their family.

Miley Cyrus Loves Her Body . . . Even If Her Thighs Touch:

Some people have suggested that MILEY CYRUS has a fuller figure these days . . . and she's not happy about that. --Not because she's vain, but because she doesn't like the message that's sent to women when somebody like Miley . . . who's NOT fat . . . gets called fat. --So she posted a photo of a RIDICULOUSLY skinny model on Twitter and said, quote, "By calling girls like me fat, this is what you're doing to other people." (--You can see the photo here.) --Then she posted a photo of MARILYN MONROE . . . who was NOT a thin girl . . . with a caption that read, quote, "Proof that you can be adored by thousands of men even when your thighs touch." (--You'll find that pic here.) --Then Miley Tweeted, quote, "I love MYSELF & if you could say the same... I don't wanna be shaped like a girl. I LOVE being shaped like a WOMAN & trust me ladies your man won't mind either." --After getting some support from DEMI LOVATO, Miley Tweeted this back to her . . . quote, "I will destroy any one that ever calls you the F (fat) word. You have the SEXIIIESTTTT curvyyyy body! I LOVE IT! Werk (work) those curves."

The NBA Players Union Has Disbanded . . . Which Means They're Getting Ready to Sue:

It looks like there will be no basketball this season. Yesterday, the NBA Players Union rejected the league's latest proposal for a new labor deal . . . then DISBANDED. --And that means the players are preparing to SUE. Union exec BILLY HUNTER says, quote, "Without a union, the players are now free to sue the NBA under antitrust laws and challenge the legality of the lockout. --"The players just felt that they had given enough, that the NBA was not willing or prepared to continue to negotiate. Things were not going to get better." --But the league isn't backing down. Commissioner DAVID STERN says, quote, "It looks like the 2011-12 season is really in jeopardy. --"It's just a big charade. To do it now, the union is ratcheting up I guess to see if they can scare the NBA owners or something. That's not happening." --He added, quote, "They seem hell-bent on self-destruction and it's very sad." --Whether there's a season or not, both sides have already lost HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS due to the games that have been missed so far. (--If you're interested in the legal ins and outs of the situation, check out the coverage at ESPN.com.)

If "Twilight" Was an '80s Franchise, Would Ralph Macchio Play Jacob?

This is refreshing: Instead of just regurgitating the same old boring questions, the people at Moviefone.com asked the "Twilight" cast and their "Breaking Dawn" director BILL CONDON a simple, yet BRILLIANT question: --If "Twilight" were an '80s movie, who would you cast? Their answers were a lot of fun. --Here were some of their ideas: -For EDWARD, suggestions included Kevin Bacon, Patrick Swayze, Jon Cryer and Dustin "Screech" Diamond. (--That one came from Edward himself, ROBERT PATTINSON. Obviously, it was a joke.) --For JACOB, we got Keanu Reeves, Emilio Estevez and Lou Diamond Phillips. -Suggestions for BELLA were Lea Thompson, Molly Ringwald, Winona Ryder and Ricki Lake. --All these suggestions were thrown out by various cast members . . . but director Bill Condon said the overall consensus among the cast was this: --JOHNNY DEPP as Edward, IONE SKYE from "Say Anything" as Bella and the REAL Karate Kid, RALPH MACCHIO, as Jacob. -JACKSON RATHBONE, who plays Jasper Hale, said he would cast CHRISTOPHER WALKEN in EVERY role. (--If you want to see who made the various picks, check out the video here.)

Kellan Lutz Tried to Pass Out Donuts to People Waiting for the "Twilight" Premiere . . . But He Was DENIED, Because It Was a Code Violation:

Last night was the big premiere of "Breaking Dawn Part 1" at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and tons of fans were camped out in hopes of seeing the stars. (--Check out some pics here and here.) --On Friday, KELLAN LUTZ showed up at this tent city with 40 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts . . . but almost as soon as he started handing them out to fans, he was STOPPED. --A rep for LA Live, the company that owns the entertainment complex the Nokia Theater is part of, told Kellan and his people that handing out food was a CODE VIOLATION. --But the "Hollywood Reporter" notes that Subway sandwiches were handed out earlier in the day, and nobody got into any trouble over it.

Here's a Trailer for "The Hunger Games":

Here's what your teenage daughter has been waiting for: A trailer for "The Hunger Games". (--Check it out here.) --For you not-so-hipsters, "The Hunger Games" is based on the novel of the same name by SUZANNE COLLINS. --It's about a post-apocalyptic future where a boy and a girl from each of 12 "districts" is selected every year, and the 24 teens then FIGHT TO THE DEATH until only one is left. And it's all televised. --The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland. It comes out in March.

Pamela Anderson Will Play the Virgin Mary in a Canadian TV Special:

PAMELA ANDERSON will play the Virgin Mary in a Canadian Christmas special. That's not a joke . . . although she was probably cast to BE a joke. --The special is called "A Russell Peters Christmas". It's going to be a Christmas-themed variety show, which will feature comedy sketches, stand-up performances, and some lingerie models. --Pamela's Virgin Mary will appear in at least one of the comedy skits. --The special will also feature singer Michael Bublé . . . comedians Jon Lovitz and Scott Thompson from "The Kids in the Hall" . . . and actor Ted Lange, who played Isaac on "The Love Boat". --"A Russell Peters Christmas" will air in Canada on the channels CTV and The Comedy Network on December 1st. --Russell Peters is a Canadian comedian who's popular in Australia, the U.K., and Canada, of course. But he's not exactly a household name in the U.S. --He does have a small role in the upcoming romantic comedy "New Year's Day", which comes out December 9th. It features a TON of big names, like Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Duhamel, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry, Alyssa Milano, Hilary Swank, and so on.
(--Here's a picture of Pamela as Mary, alongside Russell Peters.) (AOL TV) (--Comedy or not, a lot of people don't have a sense of humor about stuff like this. Of course, that was probably the idea. The more people he upsets, the more people talk about it . . . like we're doing right now.)

J-Woww Claims She Was Harassed By the TSA:

The TSA harasses EVERYONE at the airport. But J-WOWW from "Jersey Shore" claims they went overboard before her flight out of Fargo, North Dakota, this weekend. --In a rant on Twitter, J-Woww explained, quote, "[I] travel two times a week and never went through what I did here. Has anyone [gotten] 'randomly selected' while walking on the plane and asked to 'come with [the agents]' to be additionally searched? --"I wasn't randomly selected because I saw the TSA there pointing at me while I was getting a coffee 15 minutes prior. --She added, quote, "I've been patted down a bunch [and] don't mind, but after I'm getting on a plane seems odd and deliberate to me. Hate when people abuse authority . . . [they] treated me like a criminal." --The TSA has responded . . . sort of. --A spokesperson released a generic statement about how they, quote, "strive to screen all passengers with dignity and respect" . . . and that "passengers may be subject to random screening measures at [any time] to ensure terrorists can't game the system."

Tuesday TV Reminders:

--"Inside Story" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Bio. The making of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", with interviews from the cast and crew.

--"AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on TCM. Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams discuss their favorite movie-music moments and how they've managed to work together for nearly 40 years.

--"The Biggest Loser" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. Speed skater Apolo Ohno drops by to coach the contestants through their final pentathlon event.

--"New Girl" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on Fox. Justin Long begins a three-episode guest stint as Jess' potential new boyfriend.

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

--"Knights of Mayhem" [Series Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NGC. A group of athletes compete in a jousting match in this new National Geographic series.

--"Hardcore Pawn" [5th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TruTV.

--"Raising Hope" . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. Lee Majors and Shirley Jones guest star as Burt's parents.

--"Tosh.0" [3rd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Comedy Central.

--"MTV2's Guy Code" [Series Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on MTV2. "Jersey Shore's" Vinny Guadagnino talks the "laws of manhood" with stand-up comics.

--"Unforgettable" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. Marilu Henner guest stars as Carrie's estranged aunt. Marilu is one of the few people in the world with the same 'unforgettable' memory ability Poppy Montgomery demonstrates in the show.


The Fourth "Assassin's Creed", "Kinect Disneyland Adventures", and More:

--"Assassin's Creed: Revelations" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. (Trailer) The fourth game in the "Assassin's Creed" series features both Ezio and Altair as playable characters. Ezio travels to Constantinople and fights templars who are searching for a way into Altair's hidden library, which contains a powerful artifact.

Your new weapons include a hookblade and the new ability to create bombs using hundreds of random components you find across the city. "Revelations" also includes the multiplayer action introduced in "Brotherhood", along with some new game modes.

(--Get a recap of the events of the first three games by clicking on "Story" here.)

--"Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" (M) . . . on Xbox360. (Trailer) The game that started it all for "Halo" fans has been re-mastered with HD graphics and a few other nifty features. The campaign now has achievements, and supports online co-op play. And multiplayer will feature six maps inspired by the first two "Halo" games.

You can also use Kinect to scan items in game for later review in your library, and you can even throw grenades if you feel like getting off the couch.

--"Need for Speed: The Run" (T) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, PC, and 3DS. In this game you play as a guy who needs to win a cross country race from San Francisco to New York City in order to settle a $25 million debt. "Transformers" director Michael Bay did the trailer and there are just as many explosions as you would expect.

--"Saints Row: The Third" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. The "Saint's Row" games don't take themselves quite as seriously as "Grand Theft Auto". For instance, the melee weapon of choice is a giant purple LOVE TOY. (--Warning!!! - This trailer contains lots of naughty words.)

--"Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games" (E) . . . on Wii. Everyone's favorite plumber, hedgehog, and friends compete in over 30 Olympic events like synchronized swimming, soccer, and rowing. (Trailer)

--"Jurassic Park: The Game" (T) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. This adventure game follows the events of the first "Jurassic Park" movie. (Trailer)

Plus . . .

--"Kinect Disneyland Adventures" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" (E) . . . Xbox360 Kinect, Wii, and DS.

--"Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3" (T) . . . for the Xbox360 and PS3.

--"Victorious Time to Shine" (E) for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"The Price Is Right: Decades" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"Kung Fu High Impact" (T) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360

--"DreamWorks Super Star Kartz" (E) . . . for the PS3, Wii, 3DS, and DS

--"ABBA: You Can Dance" (E10+) . . . for the Wii.

--"Zumba Fitness 2" (T) . . . for the Wii.

--"Rayman Origins" (E10+) . . . for the Xbox360, PS3, and Wii.

--"uDraw Studio: Instant Artist" (E) . . . for the Wii.

ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)

"Game of Thrones" Is Getting More Video Game Adaptations:

#1.) Three more "Game of Thrones" video games are in the works . . . a traditional RPG like "Mass Effect" or "Dragon Age", an MMORPG like "World of Warcraft", and a social networking game. (Full Story)

#2.) Someone came out with an exhaustive list of 27 gamer classifications. Are you the Jock that only plays "Madden", the Snob who refuses to play games that aren't released on your system of choice, or the Closet Gamer that surprises all your nerdy friends with your video game skills when they least expect it. (Kotaku.com)

#3.) "Total Recall" is being made into a video game that you can play from any internet browser without needing to buy or download anything. (Full Story)


--"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" - Penelope Cruz joins the cast as Jack Sparrow's love interest. And "Deadwood's" Ian McShane is Blackbeard, who runs a ship of zombies, and plans to sacrifice a mermaid to activate the Fountain of Youth. (Trailer #1) (Trailer #2)

--"Larry Crowne" - Tom Hanks loses his job and goes back to school at the local community college. Julia Roberts is his disinterested teacher. It's a romantic comedy he co-wrote with Nia Vardalos from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". Tom Hanks is also the director. (Trailer)

--"Beginners" - Ewan McGregor learns to embrace life after of his father announces two things: That he's dying . . . and that he's gay. Christopher Plummer plays his dad, and "ER" stud Goran Visnjic is his father's much younger boyfriend. (Trailer)

--"Griff the Invisible" - Ryan Kwanten plays a shy guy with a fertile imagination who patrols his neighborhood at night as a spandex-wearing superhero named Griff the Invisible. You know Ryan as Jason Stackhouse on "True Blood". Eventually he meets a girl and reveals his secret, which is when we find out whether his nightly heroics are all in his head or not. (Trailer)

--"Being Human: The Complete First Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2" . . . featuring the "Glee" cast versions of such holiday classics as "Little Drummer Boy", "Santa Baby", and "Do They Know It's Christmas". You can check out the entire track list here.

--"The Papercut Chronicles 2", Gym Class Heroes

--"Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011", R.E.M. . . . It's a greatest hits compilation with three new tracks: "Hallelujah", "A Month of Saturdays" and "We All Go Back to Where We Belong". R.E.M. announced that they were "calling it a day" in September, after 31 years together.

--"Take Care", Drake . . . The title track features Rihanna. His other guests include Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Andre 3000, The Weeknd and Birdman.

Courtney Love Does *Not* Appreciate Fans Holding Pictures of Kurt Cobain While She's Performing:

COURTNEY LOVE pulled some of her typically bizarre antics at a music festival in Brazil on Sunday night. She stripped off her shirt . . . until she was totally topless . . . and she bashed FOO FIGHTERS singer DAVE GROHL. --Neither of those things are particularly shocking at a Courtney Love show. --But here's something we haven't heard before: Courtney FREAKED after noticing a fan holding up a picture of KURT COBAIN. -She said, quote, "I don't need to see a picture of Kurt, [A-hole] . . . and I'm going to have you [effing] removed if you keep holding that up. --"I'm not Kurt, I have to live with his [crap] and his ghost and his kid every day, and throwing that up is stupid and rude and I'm going to beat the [eff] out of you if you do it again." --She added, quote, "You weren't [effing] married to him, I [effing] was. You didn't get kicked out of a band by him, like Dave, he did. Go see the [effing] Foo Fighters and do that [crap]. Great, we'll leave now. [Eff] you!" --She stormed off the stage, and the rest of the band followed. --But she returned about a minute later . . . (CAREFUL) . . . after one of her crew members instructed the crowd to chant, quote, "The Foo Fighters are gay." (???) --When Courtney came back out onstage, she took another shot at Dave, saying, quote, "I don't care what you listen to at home, but if a guy takes money off my kid's table, [eff] him." (--Last we heard, Courtney was not welcome at her daughter's table . . . or anywhere else remotely near her. And let's be real here: Kurt didn't exactly do his daughter any favors by killing himself and leaving her with Courtney.) (--There's video of Courtney wigging out on YouTube. WARNING: Her chest is covered in this clip . . . barely . . . but it has a lot of UNCENSORED profanity. You'll also have to sign in to YouTube to watch it, because it's age-restricted.) (--You can find pictures of Courtney performing at TheSuperficial.com. It's a gallery of 15 images . . . one of which is a CENSORED shot of Courtney topless, and pointing at her breast.) (--By the way, Courtney is 47 years old now.)

Gene Simmons Says Axl Rose Could've Used a Beating to Set Him Straight:

GENE SIMMONS of KISS thinks AXL ROSE has destroyed GUNS N' ROSES. --He tells Music-News.com, quote, "They could've been the biggest band in the world, and the reason they're not is because of Axl Rose. I mean, the drugs, the heroin, the alcohol and all that. But ultimately, it falls on Axl's shoulders." --Gene believes one thing that could've saved the band: Axl getting a BEATING. --He explains, quote, "A good beating would have helped. I mean, when you misbehaved as a little kid and continued to do it, there was somebody there to give you a what for. Then when you become a grown-up, who's there to set you straight?" (--You can find video of the interview on YouTube. The part about Guns begins at the 4:50 mark. Gene begins the quotes above at the 5:30 mark.)

Van Halen Has Scored a New Record Deal:

If there were any doubts that VAN HALEN was working on a new album with DAVID LEE ROTH, this should make it official: They've reportedly signed a new record deal with Interscope. It includes touring, merchandising, marketing and recording. --This will be Van Halen's first album with David Lee Roth since "1984". (--Which of course came out in 1984.) --But they did release two new studio tracks, "Me Wise Magic" and "Can't Get This Stuff No More", on their 1996 "Best Of" disc.


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

The "National Enquirer" says BILL COSBY'S friends are afraid he's going blind. (Full Story) (--By the way . . . if that cockeyed picture of Bill that the "Enquirer" posted is somehow faked, they really should be ashamed of themselves.)

"Twilight" minx NIKKI REED and her "American Idol" husband PAUL MCDONALD debuted a love song they wrote and recorded together on RYAN SEACREST'S radio show. And it's good. (Audio)

"Saturday Night Live" clown-ass KENAN THOMPSON got married in Georgia over the weekend. NICK CANNON was the DJ. (Full Story)

OLIVIA MUNN might be nailing BRAD RICHARDS of the New York Rangers. (Full Story)

Legendary pro rassler KAMALA . . . a.k.a. THE UGANDAN GIANT . . . had to have his leg amputated due to complications from high blood pressure and diabetes. But in a video recorded in his hospital room, he said, quote, "I only lost a leg, not my life." (Video)

There's a rumor on the Web that DENZEL WASHINGTON is dead. He's not. (Full Story)

NBC News has hired CHELSEA CLINTON to serve as a full-time special correspondent. (Full Story)

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS will be the guest host on "Live! With Kelly" for the week after Thanksgiving. This is REGIS PHILBIN'S last week. JERRY SEINFELD will be co-hosting with KELLY RIPA next week. (Full Story)

ANNA KOURNIKOVA will not be back for a second season of "The Biggest Loser". Anna served as a trainer and co-host, replacing JILLIAN MICHAELS. It's unclear why she's leaving . . . but there's talk that she was a, quote, "nightmare" behind-the-scenes. (Full Story)

HOWARD STERN seems interested in the "America's Got Talent" gig . . . but he refused to elaborate on the rumor that he's in talks to replace PIERS MORGAN at the judges' table. (Video)

Are the JONAS BROTHERS getting back together soon? NICK JONAS says it'll happen, he's just not sure when. (Full Story) And KEVIN JONAS says, quote, "I think the tides are perfectly lining up for the future of the Jonas Brothers again." Whatever that means. (Full Story)

KELLY CLARKSON has announced tour dates for early next year. (Full Story)

WIZ KHALIFA and SNOOP DOGG will do some shows together next month to promote the movie and soundtrack they did together. It's a "buddy comedy" called "Mac and Devin Go to High School". (Full Story)

It's official: "Bachelor Pad" couple VIENNA GIRARDI and KASEY KAHL have split up. (Full Story)

Michael Newman . . . who played "Newmie" on "Baywatch" . . . just revealed that he's been fighting Parkinson's disease for the past five years. (Full Story)

69% of People Will Spend Over $100 on Thanksgiving Dinner:

Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation released their annual study on the cost of serving Thanksgiving dinner. And they found the average cost of a 10-person dinner, including turkey, lots of sides, and dessert, is $49.20. --We aren't sure what grocery store they're shopping at . . . because NO ONE here in the real world thinks they can host Thanksgiving that cheap. --In a new nationwide survey by Harris Interactive, only 31% of Americans who are hosting Thanksgiving think they'll spend under $100. Spending $50 is such a ridiculous notion that Harris didn't even ask about that small of an amount. --52% of people believe it will cost them between $100 and $250. 17% of people will spend over $250. That means, total, seven out of 10 Americans will spend at LEAST $100 to host Thanksgiving. --The main way people plan to save money is using coupons, at 60%. --37% will shop at a warehouse store like Costco . . . and 34% will ask their guests to bring a dish. --10% are planning to play a VERY dangerous game . . . they're planning to wait until the last possible second to go shopping, hoping that stores will slash prices to empty out their inventory. (PR Newswire)

Half of Americans Will End the Year With Unused Vacation Days:

I guess Americans really are afraid to go on vacation . . . in this economy, you feel like the second you leave your desk, someone else is going to scurry in there and replace you. --According to a new survey by JetBlue, more than HALF of Americans will end this year with unused vacation days. --A LOT of vacation days. The average worker who isn't taking all of their time off will end the year with 11 leftover vacation days. --39% say the reason they aren't taking their vacation days is they're reluctant to ask their bosses for time off . . . like it makes them seem less committed to their jobs. (Tampa Tribune)

India is Named the Number One "Life-Changing" Travel Destination:

This year, instead of traveling to another brutal family Christmas . . . take one year off to have an adventure. They'll understand. Even though they love you, they also kinda hate you and will be secretly glad you're not coming. And vice versa. --According to a new survey by Lonely Planet, INDIA is the number one "life-changing" travel destination. It's followed by Cambodia, Australia, and Thailand. --New York City came in fifth, and was the only city to make the list. After New York, the rest of the top 10 is France, New Zealand, Nepal, Vietnam, and Peru. (Lonely Planet)

The TSA Announced They Might Unwrap Your Christmas Presents:

The TSA has had an awful public relations year . . . embarrassing 90-year-old women, patting down little children, and so much more. So this is a fitting way for them to ring in the holiday season. --The TSA has announced that this holiday season, if you're traveling and bringing gifts with you . . . yeah, they might UNWRAP THEM. Their official blogger wrote, quote, "Wrapped gifts are screened just like any other item." --"We can see through the paper just like we can see through luggage, but just as we have to open a bag when it requires a search due to an anomaly or an alarm, we have to open wrapped items as well." --So . . . um . . . maybe wait until you land to wrap your gifts. (The Consumerist)

The National Toy Hall of Fame Has Voted in Hot Wheels, Dollhouses . . . and the Blanket?

We like the concept of a National Toy Hall of Fame . . . but the people running it make some strange decisions. --It's in Rochester, New York, and they just announced the 2011 class. And the three toys joining the ranks are Hot Wheels cars . . . dollhouses . . . and the blanket? --The first two make sense. Generations of boys and even girls have loved Hot Wheels. And generations of girls . . . and occasionally boys . . . have loved dollhouses. But while kids love their blankets . . . they're not really TOYS. --The other finalists this year included Dungeons & Dragons, the pogo stick, the Rubik's Cube, Jenga, Simon, "Star Wars" action figures, "Transformers", Twister, the puppet, and Radio Control vehicles. --The 2010 inductees were the Game of Life and playing cards. In 2009, they added Big Wheels, the Nintendo Game Boy, and the ball. --The Hall of Fame likes to induct "basic" things like the ball and the blanket. In 2008, they inducted the STICK and in 2005 they inducted the CARDBOARD BOX. (MSNBC) (--Here's the list of all 46 toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame.)
One in Ten Adults Still Sleeps With a Teddy Bear?

This is a survey out of England, so we're not sure if it applies over here . . . but let's hope it doesn't. According to a survey by IKEA, almost 10% of adults . . . that's one in 10 . . . still sleep with their TEDDY BEARS. --The survey also found that 70% of people don't think they get enough sleep, and 57% actually have trouble falling asleep most nights. --Of that group, 10% try checking email to fall asleep . . . 26% listen to soothing music . . . and 18% try SEX, either by waking up their partner or taking care of business themselves. (Coventry Telegraph)

PETA is Now Going After . . . Super Mario?

Here's PETA's latest desperate attempt to get attention that may or may not help animals. --PETA has issued a press release announcing their next target is . . . Super Mario. Yes, the video game character Mario. --In several of the Mario games for the past few decades, Mario has been able to find and wear a suit made out of fur. It's called a tanooki suit . . . tanukis are Japanese raccoon dogs. The suit usually gives Mario the power to fly. --PETA says, quote, "Tanooki may be just a 'suit' in Mario games, but by wearing the skin of an animal, Mario is sending the message that it's okay to wear fur." (Forbes) (--Here's Mario in a tanooki suit, and a real-life tanuki.)

A Couple Went Ahead and Got Married . . . While a Raging Fire Destroyed the Resort Where the Wedding Was Held:

Now THIS is dedication. Michael and Nancy Rogers got married Saturday at the White Point Beach Turtle Resort in Nova Scotia. --It's an 83-year-old historic Canadian landmark . . . and it BURNED to the GROUND on Saturday . . . DURING the wedding -Authorities are still investigating what started the fire, but it spread quickly in high winds and burned for six hours. 60-foot-high flames were visible from miles away. --Here's the craziest part: As terrifying as the fire was, apparently the prospect of telling Nancy her wedding would have to be cancelled was even worse. --So the ceremony and reception were moved to another building on the property which wasn't on fire, and started about an hour late . . . while firefighters from TEN different companies battled the blaze. --All of their flowers and wedding gifts were destroyed in the fire, and so were the possessions of many of their 45 guests, who had rooms in the main building. --The main building was completely destroyed, and firefighters were still battling hot spots Sunday morning. (Huffington Post) (--Here's a photo of Michael and Nancy with the fire in the background.)

Give Support To Your Massive, Heaving Breasts at Night With a New "Uplifting Nightie":

YOU know when it's time to go to sleep. Your MASSIVE, HEAVING BREASTS do not. --So if your MASSIVE, HEAVING BREASTS cause you problems at night . . . so much that you sometimes, uncomfortably, wear a bra to bed . . . there's a new product out you might be interested in. --It's called the Uplifting Nightie, and it's a nightgown with a built-in bra to offer more comfortable support. They're not giving the things away . . . they sell for $95 . . . but, again, aren't your MASSIVE HEAVING BREASTS worth it? --They're for sale at UpliftingNighties.com. (PR Newswire)


A Woman in Wisconsin Had a Meltdown Because a McDonald's Switched to the Breakfast Menu:

Look, we've ALL had that moment where we ALMOST freaked out at McDonald's, over their evil policy of switching from breakfast to lunch and REFUSING to serve certain things on the menu. --This woman actually did it. --JUST after 3:00 A.M. on Sunday, 22-year-old Shanaya Edgell of Janesville, Wisconsin and her 40-year-old boyfriend went through a McDonald's drive thru . . . because Shanaya REALLY wanted a cheeseburger. --But there was a problem. Since it was after 3:00 A.M., the McDonald's had already switched over to their breakfast menu. Which means they would NOT give her a cheeseburger. --And Shanaya FLIPPED OUT. --She started by punching her boyfriend a bunch of times, then got out of the car and climbed onto the hood so he couldn't drive away. She caused such a scene that the police were called in to calm her down. --When they got there, she told them she was, quote, "freaking out over" McDonald's switching their menu. She was arrested for disorderly conduct. (The Smoking Gun)

A Passenger Stole $300 From a Flight Attendant During a Flight . . . Then Flushed it Down the Airplane Toilet When He Was Caught:

Torry Johnson of Gloucester, Massachusetts took a vacation to Iceland, and ended up in JAIL when he got home. (--Gloucester is 30 miles northeast of Boston.) --Torry was flying back to Boston on Iceland Air Flight 631 on Sunday. While the plane was in the air over Greenland, he allegedly took money from the purse of one of the flight attendants. --During a break, the flight attendant realized that she was missing $300 cash and some foreign currency. --The flight crew confronted Torry, and he gave back the foreign money. Then he ran to the bathroom and LOCKED himself in. Police think he flushed the American cash down the toilet while he was in there. --Police met the flight at the gate and took Torry into custody. He was released on Sunday evening and had a court appearance yesterday. (Associated Press)


A Dying Mom Asked Her Unmarried Sister to Take Her Place . . . and She Did:

42-year-old Jackie DeVita lived in Venice, Florida with her husband Richard and their three children. (--Venice is 60 miles south of St. Petersburg.) --She found out in 2007 that she had terminal cancer, and only had a year to live. So she went to her sister Colleen Leary with a dying request . . . --Colleen was a year younger and had never been married. So Jackie took off her wedding ring, gave it to Colleen, and asked her to TAKE HER PLACE as wife and mother. --Colleen lived alone and didn't date much . . . she spent a lot of time with Richard and Jackie . . . she was already like a second mother to the kids . . . and she and Jackie both worked as hygienists in Richard's dental office. --Colleen refused to take the ring at the time, but when Jackie died a year later, she left Richard a note that said, quote, "Sorry, Richard, I want Colleen to take care of the kids, and I hope you understand." --So three months after Jackie's funeral, Richard and Colleen GOT MARRIED, and Colleen wears Jackie's ring and is raising her kids. --They say that many of their friends and family disapproved, so they just recently decided to talk about their story. (MSNBC)


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According to a new survey, attractive men write the best online dating profiles. (Full Story)

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The Lung Association says we shouldn't use the word "habit" when we talk about smoking . . . because it understates the power of nicotine addiction. (Full Story)

One in four wealthy Americans expect their kids to blow all their money when they inherit it. (Full Story)

Do you really need to take your car to the shop when the check engine light comes on? Check out which models are LEAST likely to have 'check engine' related problems, and which ones cost the least to fix. (Full Story)

Google, Apple, and Facebook are the top three companies young people want to work for. And the fourth is . . . the U.S. State Department? (Full Story)

#1.) Herman Cain Was Asked a Question About Libya . . . Then Spent the Next 90 Seconds Gathering His Thoughts and Asking for Clarification:

Last month . . . before HERMAN CAIN'S harassment story broke . . . he was being criticized for not having enough foreign policy experience. Then he joked about it in an interview, and referred to Uzbekistan as, quote, "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan." --Well, now he's being criticized because of an interview he did with a newspaper in Milwaukee . . . mostly because he took FOREVER to answer a question about Libya. --To be fair, newspaper interviews are different, and it's not like a debate where you have to answer immediately. But there's video of the interview, and he kind of looked stumped. --First he paused for about ten seconds, then eventually said he doesn't agree with how President Obama handled Libya. But then he got confused and asked the reporter to clarify the question. --And in the end, Cain said he disagreed with what Obama did, but couldn't really say what he would have done differently. He just said he would have gotten as much information as possible about who the opposition forces were before he backed them. --Then a reporter asked if he thinks Obama DIDN'T do that, and Cain said he didn't know. --Cain's campaign says he was sleep-deprived, and clips from the video are being taken out of context. You can watch a full five-minute clip on the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" website. (--Search for "Herman Cain on Libya." He eventually answers at 1:35, and clarifies his answer at 4:15.)

#2.) Michael J. Fox Performed at a Charity Event, and Recreated His "Johnny B. Goode" Scene from "Back to the Future":

MICHAEL J. FOX performed at his annual Parkinson's benefit on Saturday night. He played guitar on Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" . . . which is the same song he played at the school dance in "Back to the Future". --Someone posted video of it on YouTube, and he was great. He even did the one-legged hop across the stage. (--Search for "Michael J. Fox Playing Johnny B. Goode Live." He does the hop at 3:03.)

#3.) Jets Coach Rex Ryan Told a Fan to "Shut the [Eff] Up" After Sunday's Loss:

After the Patriots beat the Jets 37 to 16 Sunday night, Jets coach REX RYAN was walking into the tunnel, and a fan yelled that Patriots coach Bill Belichick is better. So Rex snapped back and told the guy to, quote, "Shut the [eff] up." (--Search for "Rex Ryan Tells Fan to Shut the Eff Up." WARNING: This video includes the F-word.)

#4.) How Many Times Do You Think They Say, "The Force" in All Six "Star Wars" Movies Combined?

Someone who loves "Star Wars" went through all six movies and counted how many times the characters say the phrase, "the Force." --It turns out, those two words are uttered 91 times. There's a minute-long montage of them on YouTube called "Star Wars: The Force Supercut."

#5.) The "Chocolate Rain" Guy Is Back . . . with a Song About How the U.S. Economy Works:

Remember the "Chocolate Rain" guy from YouTube? His name is Tay Zonday, and he's back with a new song about how the U.S. economy works. --The lyrics are about Wall Street, consumer debt, the housing crisis, and how ridiculous it is that bottled water costs more than gasoline. (--Search for "Mama Economy Tay Zonday.")
Four Unhealthy Fast Food Breakfasts . . . and What You Should Order Instead:

The editors at the health and fitness website RealAge.com looked at different fast food restaurants, and came up with their picks for the unhealthiest things you can order. Here's what you should and shouldn't order at four popular spots.

#1.) Starbucks. Skip the Zucchini Walnut Muffin. It SOUNDS healthy, but it's got 490 calories, 28 grams of fat, and a ton of sodium.
-A smarter choice is the Strawberry and Blueberry Yogurt Parfait. It only has 300 calories, plus 7 grams of protein. Or if you want something hot, Starbucks oatmeal has 140 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber.

#2.) McDonald's. The worst thing you can order is the 'Big Breakfast with Hotcakes." It has a ridiculous 1,090 calories and 56 grams of fat. And most of it's SATURATED fat. --In fact, one 'Big Breakfast with Hotcakes' has almost a full DAY'S WORTH of saturated fat. -The healthiest breakfast at McDonald's is the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, which has 290 calories. But if you HAVE to have a sandwich, go with the Egg McMuffin, which has 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 15 grams of protein.

#3.) Jamba Juice. Skip the Peanut Butter Moo'd smoothie. One 24-ounce cup has 770 calories. Instead, the editors at RealAge.com once again suggest oatmeal. If you get it plain with banana, it's just 240 calories, and has 6 grams of fiber.

#4.) Subway. Skip the Breakfast B.M.T. Melt. It has 480 calories and 22 grams of fat. The best thing you can get is the ham, egg and cheese English muffin. If you get it with egg whites, it's 170 calories. With regular eggs, it's 190. (RealAge.com)


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