Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Is There a Nude Picture Scandal Involving Olympic Snowboarder Shaun White?

Sometimes, a nude celebrity photo scandal is NOT a good thing. This might be one of those times: --There's supposedly a picture floating around featuring ginger snowboarding superstar SHAUN "THE FLYING TOMATO" WHITE naked in bed with a hot blonde. --According to TMZ, the picture was taken at a hotel party just before the 2009 Winter X-Games. It features Shaun and the woman in a, quote, "missionary-style embrace on a bed." And Shaun is looking toward the camera and smiling. --There's another shot of them fully clothed but making out in front of everyone else at the party. --Someone is supposedly going around to all the tabloids trying to sell the pics. (--Shaun went on to win the gold medal in the Superpipe . . . pun not intended, but insanely appropriate . . . at those games. In addition to about 17 gazillion X-Games medals, he also has two Olympic gold medals.)

Rosie O'Donnell Is Engaged:

ROSIE O'DONNELL is engaged to her new girlfriend Michelle Rounds . . . and they're getting married over the holidays. --Rosie made the announcement during a taping of her show yesterday. (--Less-reliable sources say it happened on Friday. Either way, it's not clear if cameras were rolling, and if the announcement will be part of an upcoming episode.) --On Friday, Rosie Tweeted a photo of Michelle with a ring on her finger with the caption "Love". Yesterday, she Tweeted a close-up shot of the ring, with the caption, "so so so happy." --Rosie and Michelle haven't been together too long. They only went public with their relationship in September. --They met at a Starbucks . . . and Rosie later revealed that her gaydar was WAY off. She said, quote, "I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl, because that's what she looked like to me. And she's a 40-year-old gay woman. --"I think if I had known that she was gay, I wouldn't have been brave enough to talk to her." (--Rosie is 49.)

George Clooney Doesn't Want to Be a Father:

This pretty much goes without saying, but GEORGE CLOONEY is NOT interested in being a dad. --He told some Australian newspaper, quote, "I've always known fatherhood wasn't for me. Raising kids is a huge commitment and has to be your top priority. For me, that priority is my work. That's why I'll never get married again." --Ten-year-old Amara Miller . . . who plays George's daughter in his new movie "The Descendants" . . . agrees. She says, quote, "He wouldn't be good as a father. George has fun being an adult and I don't think he'd like having kids."

The "Enquirer" Says Reggie Bush Will Take Kim Kardashian Back If She Agrees Not to Put Him on TV:

The not-always-reliable "National Enquirer" says KIM KARDASHIAN is desperate to get REGGIE BUSH back. And he's down with that on one condition: That she agrees not to put him on any of her stupid reality shows. --The "Enquirer" says, quote, "Reggie would take Kim back, but he's making it absolutely clear he doesn't want their romance to appear on her show. --"He refuses to have the cameras follow his every step with Kim and record their private conversations."

The Top 10 Showbiz News Stories of the Year:

E! Online has put together what it believes are the Top 10 Showbiz News Stories of the Year. Here they are:

#1.) Prince William marries Kate Middleton.

#2.) Charlie Sheen melts down.

#3.) The "Harry Potter" series ends.

#4.) Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child with the housekeeper revealed.

#5.) Conrad Murray convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.

#6.) Celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis have their phones hacked.

#7.) Kim Kardashian gets married, but not for long.

#8.) Amy Winehouse dies.

#9.) 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison marries 16-year-old Courtney Stodden.

#10.) Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher split.

(--Read more at E! Online.)

Angelina Jolie Says She and Brad Pitt are Committed Because of Their Kids:

The media simply won't stop asking ANGELINA JOLIE and BRAD PITT if they'll ever get married. And you've got to believe it's getting pretty frustrating for them. --Last night on ABC's "Nightline", Angelina was asked YET AGAIN if marriage is in the future. She didn't seem to mind the question, but as usual, she was a little vague. --She said, quote, "The kids asked me the other day, and I asked them if it was just because they wanted to have a big cake. --"They see movies that have the people getting married in the movies . . . you know, the happily ever after. Shrek and Fiona are married. --"We've explained to them that our commitment when we decided to start a family was the greatest commitment you could possibly have. Once you have six children, you're committed." (--Here's video.) --Elsewhere in the interview, Angelina said she felt it was important for people in a relationship to have the same sense of right and wrong. But she admitted she and Brad do NOT agree on the DEATH PENALTY. --She wouldn't reveal who's on what side, but she said, quote, "It's the one thing nobody brings up at dinner because nobody wants us to go off on each other." (--I say Angelina is FOR capital punishment and Brad is against.)

Giuliana Rancic is Having Her Breasts Removed:

E! News host GIULIANA RANCIC is having a double mastectomy . . . which means she's having both breasts removed . . . after surgery failed to get rid of all of her cancer. --On yesterday's "Today" show, she said, quote, "For me, it was important to get the cancer out. That's what I wanted to do, just get it out. --"At the end, to be honest, all it came down to was just choosing to live, and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life." -Luckily, she has the full support of her husband BILL . . . quote, "Bill said to me, 'I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid.' He said, 'I don't care what you look like, I don't care about the physical portion of this. I just need you around for the next 50 years. --"'So, let's just get you healthy.' And that certainly helped me come to a decision. -"I couldn't be more at peace with the decision. But it's hard, and I still break down some nights . . . But I'm okay." (--Check out video here.)

Will "The Hangover 3" Start Shooting in September?

On a British talk show the other day, BRADLEY COOPER said he's hoping production on "The Hangover 3" will start next September. --He also said it probably won't follow the formula of the first two . . . where everyone blacks out and goes crazy, then wakes up the next morning and has to piece together the events of the previous night. --Bradley said, quote, "I think it'll take place in L.A. and not adhere to the structure, it might be different." --Earlier this year, writer-director TODD PHILLIPS said pretty much the same thing . . . quote, "If we were to do a third one, if the audience, if the desire was there, I think we have a very clear idea where that would head. --"It's certainly not in the same template that you've seen these movies. The third would be very much a finale and an ending." (--Smart move . . . because that's EXACTLY what was wrong with "Hangover 2": It was almost identical to the original.) (--In fact, there was another rumor earlier this year that the third one would be about how the guys have to spring Alan . . . the Zach Galifianakis character . . . from a mental institute. Much better idea.)

The New Horror Movie "Cabin in the Woods" Isn't Your Typical Cabin-In-The-Woods Movie:

"Cabin in the Woods" . . . a new horror flick written by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator JOSS WHEDON . . . hits theaters in April. --With a title like "Cabin in the Woods", you THINK you know exactly what you're getting: Teenagers go to a cabin in the woods to drink, smoke pot and have unprotected sex . . . --But instead, they get slaughtered, one-by-one, by a monster, a flesh-eating disease or some deformed, inbred hillbilly clan. --Well, this movie looks like it KIND OF follows that formula. But there's a HUGE twist. We're not sure exactly what it is, but based on the trailer that just hit the web, there's a lot more going on. (--Check it out here.) (--If you want to see a movie that turns all the "cabin-in-the-woods" stereotypes upside down in a different, and truly BRILLIANT way, check out "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil". It's on DVD now. Here's the trailer.)


Does "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Promote Bullying?

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a classic story of overcoming prejudice and proving that everyone is special, right? Maybe not. --At least one guy believes that "Rudolph" is the story of INSTITUTIONAL BULLYING. In fact, he thinks it CONDONES and even PROMOTES bullying. --His name is George Giuliani, and he's an author and special education professor. Yesterday on the Fox News show "Fox and Friends", George said that the actions of Comet, the reindeer coach . . . and even Santa himself . . . constitute bullying. --He says, quote, "What they're doing to him is to say that Comet is the coach, and Comet is saying to the children, don't ever play with this reindeer ever again. --"And he tells him to go home and he bullies him and he mocks him. That should never happen." --Giuliani is attempting to correct that error with a new book called "No More Bullies at the North Pole", which re-tells the Rudolph story. --Here's the plot as he described it . . . quote, "Santa has 10 policies that are very unfair, and Mrs. Claus sets out to correct those policies, and what you just saw, where Rudolph is being treated very very badly, and that should never happen." (--You can see video of Giuliani's appearance on "Fox and Friends" here. WARNING!!! It's pretty annoying, because they brought in some really bad comedian to try to be a counterpoint to Giuliani.)

Syfy Is Doing a TV Movie Called "Jersey Shore Shark Attack" with "Jersey Shore" Star Vinny Guadagnino:

Syfy has announced the details of its latest fun, campy TV movie. --This one is called "Jersey Shore Shark Attack", and the cast is AMAZING. Actually, it's just GREAT. 'Amazing' is when Syfy cast DEBBIE GIBSON alongside her former rival TIFFANY in "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid". --But for this one, they actually snagged "Jersey Shore" star VINNY GUADAGNINO. (--Not to be presumptuous, but this whole movie probably hinged on their ability to score at least one of the "Jersey Shore" kids.)

--The rest of the cast includes:

--PAUL SORVINO . . . who was on the second and third seasons of "Law & Order". He also played Paul Cicero in "Goodfellas", and Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon".

--TONY SIRICO . . . who played Paulie Walnuts on "The Sopranos" . . . and was a REAL-LIFE MOBSTER in the '60s and '70s.

--JACK SCALIA . . . who had roles on "Dallas" and "Remington Steele", but more importantly, he played Joey Buttafuoco in the 1993 TV movie "Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story".

--Former 'N SYNC star JOEY FATONE.

--And William Atherton . . . who played EPA agent Walter Peck in "Ghostbusters", and the reporter in "Die Hard" and "Die Hard 2".

--With a title like "Jersey Shore Shark Attack", the plot seems pretty self-evident . . . but since it's fun, here's the official description from Syfy:

--"'Jersey Shore Shark Attack' unfolds during the July Fourth weekend at the Jersey Shore, where rare swarms of sharks are converging due to illegal underwater drilling. --"Now the angry sharks are on a rampage, devouring residents, and leaving it up to the locals to try and save the day." --Sirico is playing a boat captain, Scalia is the police chief, Sorvino is the mayor, Atherton is a greedy developer who wants to tear down the boardwalk, Vinny is a reporter, and . . . best of all . . . Joey Fatone is playing himself. (!!!) --"Jersey Shore Shark Attack" will premiere sometime next summer. (--I can't help but wonder if Syfy would consider airing this during the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week, which normally happens in July or August.)

The CW Is Developing a Fake Lesbian Sitcom Starring Sara Rue:

The CW has a sitcom in the works about a fake lesbian couple. --SARA RUE is developing it. (--She starred on the sitcom "Less Than Perfect" . . . and now has a small role on "Rules of Engagement". She also hosted the CW weight-loss reality show "Shedding for the Wedding".) --The show is about "a young woman who decides to marry her female best friend in order to circumvent her co-op's rules against roommates." (--Wait . . . are we now living in a world where same-sex marriage is actually the EASIEST way to get around some rule? Yes, this takes place in New York City, but still.) --There's no title yet. (--Unfortunately, "My Friend Is a Lesbo" is already taken. That's the tentative, potentially offensive title of a sitcom that NBC is working on.)

Drew Ryniewicz Would Prefer If We'd Stop Sending Death Threats to Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger:

Earlier this week, we heard PAULA ABDUL and NICOLE SCHERZINGER were receiving death threats because they voted to have 14-year-old Drew Ryniewicz eliminated from "X Factor". --Well, Drew is asking everyone to stop it. She says, quote, "That's not what I represent and that's not what I want my fans to represent . . . no one deserves death threats."

Tuesday TV Reminders:

--"Last Man Standing" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on ABC. Nick Jonas guest stars as the deadbeat dad of Kristin's baby Ryan.

--"Glee" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox. Chord Overstreet returns.

--"A Michael Buble Christmas" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC. Michael Bublé hosts a Christmas variety show that includes Justin Bieber, Tracy Morgan, Ed Helms, Thalía, Kellie Pickler and Oscar the Grouch as his guests. (Buble & Helms Preview)

--"Eureka" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Syfy. After a strange wave of colors washes over the town, everyone appears in various animation styles, including Claymation, Japanese anime, classic Disney, and old-school "Looney Tunes" styles.

--"American Chopper: The Build-Off" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery. Bush guests for the results of the bike build-off between Senior, Junior and Jesse James.

--"Mad Fashion" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Bravo. John Legend guests as Chris creates an outfit for John's girlfriend, swimsuit model Christine Teigen.

--"Fashion Hunters" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:30 P.M. on Bravo.

--"Moonshiners" [Series Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Discovery. A reality series about moonshiners and the cops tasked with monitoring them.

--"Sons of Anarchy" [4th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on FX.

--"Teen Mom 2" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on MTV.

--"Covert Affairs" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA.

--"Storage Wars: Texas" [Series Premiere] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E.


"The Adventures of Tintin" and "Just Dance 3" Are This Week's New Releases:

--"The Adventures of Tintin: The Game" (E10+) . . . for Xbox, PS3, Wii, PC and DS. In the classic comics, Tintin was a young Belgian reporter who investigated mysteries with the help of his dog Snowy and his best friend, Captain Haddock. The comic was hugely popular in Europe and even ran as an animated TV series in the '60s and '90s. his game is based on the new movie adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg which hits theaters a few days before Christmas. The game supports the motion technology of the Kinect sensor and the Playstation Move. It also features two player co-op.

--"Just Dance 3" (E10+) is out this week for Xbox, PS3, and Wii. It includes a new four-player mode with choreography for four people. The track list includes Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous", Cee Lo's "Forget You", and three Katy Perry songs, for a total of 51 dance routines. You can see the entire track list here.

An Uncensored "Vet and the Noob" Clip . . . Plus Links to Other Gaming Stories:

--Remember when JONAH HILL and SAM WORTHINGTON did that Vet and the Noob trailer for "Modern Warfare 3"? Here's an uncensored clip of the RPG scene with more of the Noob's over-enthusiasm and the Vet's reaction. (Video) (--Careful: profanity.)

--TREY PARKER and MATT STONE are working with major video game developers on a "South Park" role playing game. (Full Story)

--KAL PENN from "Harold and Kumar" did a commercial for "Rayman Origins". (Video)

--Here's a list of the Top 25 Most Ridiculous Game Weapons, which include a cow launcher, a giant purple love toy, and a unicorn that passes gas. (Full Story)

--The Video Game Awards are on Spike TV this Saturday at 8:00 P.M. Eastern, and this year's show will feature more world premieres than ever before. (Official Website)

--A bar in London installed video games in the men's bathroom that you control with your ability to hit the urinal. (Video)


--"The Help" - Emma Stone exposes Southern racism in the '60s with a secret writing project built off a series of interviews with mistreated black servants. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer have the leading African-American roles.

--"The Hangover Part 2" - Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis head to Thailand, where Ed Helms is getting married. But when they wake up after the spiked toast, Zach's head is shaved, Ed's got a Mike Tyson-style face tattoo, and they've somehow lost the bride's little brother.

--"Cowboys & Aliens" - Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford team up to fight aliens in the Old West: Daniel Craig wakes up in the desert with no memory, and a mysterious weapon on his arm that turns out to be the only thing that works against the invaders. Olivia Wilde is the chick trying to help him get his memory back.

--"The Debt" - Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciaran Hinds are former Mossad agents whose mission to hunt down a Nazi war criminal in the '60s may not have been the huge success everyone thought it was. -In the flashback scenes they're played by Jessica Chastain from "The Help", a New Zealand actor named Marton Csokas, and "Avatar's" Sam Worthington.

--"Mr. Popper's Penguins" - Jim Carrey plays an uptight businessman who inherits six penguins that no one's willing to take off his hands. Eventually a guy from the zoo shows up, but by then he's realized they're his last chance to reconnect with his kids.

TV Series On DVD:

--"The Simpsons Season 14" . . . a four-disc DVD set.
--"Big Love: The Complete Fifth Season" . . . a four-disc set of the final season. The complete series is also available as a 19-disc set.
--"Law & Order: The Ninth Year" . . . a five-disc set. It ran for 20 seasons.
--"The Game: The Fourth Season" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Portlandia: Season 1" . . . a single-disc of the first season of the IFC series.
--"The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Fourth Season" . . . a two-disc set of the BBC's "Doctor Who" spin-off. It ran for five seasons.
--"Designing Women: The Complete Fifth Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set. It ran for seven seasons.
--"The Lucy Show: The Official Fifth Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set. It ran for six seasons.


--"Lioness: Hidden Treasures", Amy Winehouse . . . A collection of previously unreleased tracks, and some alternate versions of her existing hits. It includes her duet with Tony Bennett "Body and Soul", and "Like Smoke", which features Nas.

--"The Path of Totality", Korn . . . The lead single, "Get Up!", is one of three tracks produced by dubstep superstar Skrillex. There's a special edition that includes two bonus tracks and a live DVD.

--"El Camino", The Black Keys . . . It includes the single "Lonely Boy". The band put out this video starring Bob Odenkirk from "Mr. Show" to promote the album.

--"Glee: The Music 7" . . . It includes the "Glee" cast versions of "Man in the Mirror", "Hot for Teacher", "Last Friday Night", and "You Can't Stop the Beat".

--"Red", Dia Frampton . . . You know her as the runner-up on "The Voice" who was mentored by Blake Shelton. This is her first solo album.

--"Love After War", R&B singer Robin Thicke . . . In addition to the title track, the album features the single "Pretty Lil' Heart", which features Lil Wayne.

--"rEVOLVEr", T-Pain . . . featuring guest appearances by Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Lily Allen, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. For this album, T-Pain "abandoned" Auto-Tune, but he's using a similar technology that he created called "T-Pain Effect." (--Apparently, T-Pain put a LOT of thought into the album title, and having "rEVOLVEr" written so that you can see the word "evolve" in the middle.) (--According to Wikipedia, T-Pain did that to highlight how he's evolved as an artist, and as a person. So why even name it "rEVOLVEr"???) (--He said he included the Rs to show how people can be deceived, and make false assumptions without looking at "the inside of things." That's a theme of the album.)

It's On! Between Nickelback and Atlanta Braves Relief Pitcher Peter Moylan!

If you love NICKELBACK . . . and you're willing to admit it to yourself . . . would you mind tossing them a bone? They could really use some support. --After being bullied by the haters before performing at the halftime show of the Thanksgiving football game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers . . . Nickelback is now taking shots from the Atlanta Braves pitching staff. --Relief pitcher PETER MOYLAN recently dissed the band after seeing a FOO FIGHTERS show. He Tweeted, quote, "Note to @Nickelback: Please attend a @FooFighters concert. That's how it should be done Chad." --That's Nickelback singer CHAD KROEGER, of course. --NICKELBACK responded with a clever dis of their own: Quote, "Foos are killer for sure. We're doing just fine too, thanks . . .? For you Pete, is watching Kimbrel better from the bench or on TV?" --That's CRAIG KIMBREL, who's also a Braves reliever. He was the National League Rookie of the Year, while Peter was injured and missed most of the season --Since this is so random, this pseudo-beef could've been AWESOME. But unfortunately, it seems like it's over already. --The next day, Nickelback Tweeted, quote, "There is no beef [with] @PeterMoylan. We both took shots. We didn't take it seriously. To each their own. No harm meant, all the best to him." --And Peter responded, quote, "@Nickelback nothing like lighting a fire in the Twitter world! Where would we be without [smack] talking? --"For the record, watching Kimbrel deal is fantastic from anywhere."

Christian Groups Are Upset with Johnny Depp for Participating in a Christmas Song That Makes Light of Jesus:

JOHNNY DEPP recorded a new "Christmas song" with a British band called BABYBIRD. It's called "Jesus Stag Night Club" . . . and it's a tongue-in-cheek track. It's basically about Jesus organizing a wild Bachelor party. --But two conservative groups took it VERY seriously, and are not amused. --A spokesperson for the Christian Coalition called it "blasphemous" . . . and added, quote, "I'm sure [Johnny Depp] thinks he's being very funny, but he's simply a disgrace. One day, [he] and his cronies will face the judgment of our Lord and they will burn in hell for this filth." --And a spokesperson for Focus on the Family said, quote, "We are sickened by Mr. Depp's behavior. Why did he need to record this song? It's a slap in the face to Christians all over the world." --For what it's worth, the song isn't a straight-up parody or spoof, so it isn't like it's a total joke.

--Here are some of the lyrics:

"Saw a man in a bar with his hair like a lady
Bloody thorns round his ear like he was a crazy
He had holes in his hands and a cross for a spine
Crushed a berry in his Perrier and called it wine.

"I can't remember where I was last night
Think I was hanging naked off a church spire
Tied by my ankles to a weather vane
Felt like I was Jesus on fire
Cuffed to the bumper of a big truck
I begged my dad to take me to a strip bar
Drank kerosene through my eyeballs
Drove myself home in a stolen car.

"Saw a man lying on the floor beaten up
He had a fish finger sandwich and a yellow M coffee cup
I bent down drunk and tried to pick him up
But when I turned around I could see it was Jesus."

--Johnny hasn't commented on any of this.

(--You can listen to the song on YouTube. By the way, it's unclear if Johnny is just lending his voice to the song, or if he also plays guitar on the track.)
For Adele, North American Beer Is "Unacceptable":

TheSmokingGun.com got their hands on the rider from the tour ADELE was SUPPOSED to be doing right now, before she was forced to end it early because of a throat problem. (--She just had surgery a month ago.) --Most importantly, the rider reveals that Adele HATES American beer. -Adele wanted, quote, "The 'very best quality red wine,' and 12 bottles of the 'best quality European lager beer [like] Becks, Stella Artois and Peroni." And just to be CLEAR, she added, quote, "North American beer is NOT acceptable." (--Maybe that's not surprising. Adele is British . . . and let's face it: A lot of the big American beers aren't very good. Remember, she's getting this for free. Do you drink Natty Light because it's your favorite beer . . . or because it's the cheapest?) --Here are some other things Adele requested: Quote, "An assortment of chewing gum, and a small plate of 'freshly made, individually wrapped sandwiches' that 'must NOT contain tomatoes, vinegar, chili or citrus fruit.'" --A pack of Marlboro Lights and a disposable lighter. (--In June, Adele said she'd QUIT smoking because of her throat problems. This rider is dated July 18th. So, maybe she wasn't able to kick the habit?) --And Adele also asked for, quote, "'bite-size' chocolate bars, including Twix, Aero, Milky Way, and Mars . . . organic muesli and six 'cereal bars.'" (--You can see part of the rider at TheSmokingGun.com.)

50 Cent Says Lil Wayne Is "Turning Into 50 Cent":

50 CENT says LIL WAYNE is probably going to start getting some backlash at this point in his career . . . when he's trying to find NEW success, now that's he's already found initial success. --This is territory that 50 says he's very familiar with. --He tells "XXL" magazine, quote, "[Lil Wayne] is turning into 50 Cent. He's going through that process of being successful, 'til people go, 'You know what? Get the [eff] outta here. We don't want you here no more.' Because you're successful. --"For me, the music is an artistic choice. I'll say, from the very beginning, that I can care less about a critic or how someone judges me for the actual music. --"People understand within hip-hop culture that I'm passionate about actually trying to do something different. I want to make a change in a different way. This is about me personally feeling like I wanna mean more after I'm dead, when I'm gone."


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

This is gruesome: Lauren Scruggs . . . a model who runs a fashion blog called LOLO, was seriously injured when she WALKED INTO A SPINNING PROPELLER while getting off a plane. She lost a hand and suffered severe injuries to her head, face and shoulder. She may also lose sight in her left eye. (Full Story)

"Dancing With the Stars" champ KARINA SMIRNOFF and Detroit Tigers pitcher BRAD PENNY may have broken up. (Full Story)

Check out VIDEO of VENUS and SERENA WILLIAMS at a club, dancing and doing karaoke.

MICKEY ROURKE carries a man-purse. (Photos)

Jesse Buss . . . the 23-year-old son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss . . . was arrested for public intoxication after cops found him lying on the street in Lexington, Kentucky. (Full Story)

BENICIO DEL TORO won't be in the "Star Trek" sequel after all. But there's growing speculation that the central villain WILL be Khan. (Full Story) Meanwhile, PETER WELLER . . . Robocop himself . . . has joined the cast in an unspecified role.

"Entertainment Tonight" is reporting that KIM RICHARDS from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" has gone to rehab for alcohol abuse. Kim's half-sister is KATHY HILTON, PARIS HILTON'S mom. (Full Story)

KATE GOSSELIN ran a marathon in Las Vegas over the weekend. She said her children were at home having a "marathon party." Maybe it's just me, but she sure seems to spend a lot of time NOT being with her eight kids. (Full Story)

KATE WALSH and KATE BURTON will return to "Grey's Anatomy" for an episode scheduled to air in February. The episode, "If / Then", will show how things would be different if certain events in the past wouldn't have happened. (Full Story)

A park honoring JIMI HENDRIX will open next year in Seattle. (Full Story)

THE DARKNESS will tour America for the first time since 2004 next year . . . and they'll release their first album since 2005. (Full Story)


The Average Christmas Dinner Takes Over Seven Hours of Work to Prepare . . . and 30 Minutes to Eat:

Don't let this discourage you from cooking your heart out this Christmas. Just because everyone inhales your food without savoring it, like they're pigs at a trough . . . it DOESN'T mean they aren't appreciating it. --According to a new survey, it takes the average person over seven hours to prepare Christmas dinner . . . about three hours and 30 minutes of shopping, and three hours and 42 minutes in the kitchen. --But when it comes time to eat . . . the average Christmas dinner lasts just 30 minutes and 44 seconds. (Daily Mail)

Here's the Christmas Gift You Should You Give Someone You Just Started Dating:

If you just started dating someone in the past few weeks, you're cruising right into that awkward moment at Christmas where you feel like you have to give them SOME present . . . but figuring out the right thing is an absolute minefield. --So here's the answer. The best gift you can give someone you just started dating is . . . a pair of tickets. Tickets to a concert, sporting event, or play. --It's good because it sets up a date . . . unless, ya know, the other person is pure evil and takes someone else. Plus, the cost won't seem extravagant to the person you're dating because you're spending the money on yourself, too. (Jezebel)

38% of People are Already Done With Their Christmas Shopping:

I really miss the days when everyone was as lazy as me. Because somehow the mix of Black Friday media hype and Christmas starting in October has turned everyone else into proactive overachievers. --According to a new nationwide survey by Reuters, more than ONE-THIRD of Americans are already done with their Christmas shopping. --32% of people finished up before the end of November, and another 6% wrapped things up this past weekend. That means 38% of the people in this country now just get to sit back and relax. (Reuters)

Sitting at a Desk All Day Makes Your Butt Bigger:

It's a scientific fact: Sitting at a desk all day can give you a big butt. And NOT just because you're not getting enough exercise. --According to researchers at Tel Aviv University, fat cells are more likely to grow in the areas of your body under the most pressure. --They looked at MRIs of patients who were partially or fully paralyzed, and found that the areas the patients were laying on had more fat cells than the rest of their body. --The reason is that the cells in the tissue supporting the most weight are stretched for long periods of time. It's known as a 'mechanical stretching load' . . . and it makes it easier for fat cells to grow. --After looking at the MRI images, the scientists proved their theory by putting cells in a stretching device. After two weeks, the stretched cells developed 50% more fat. --Not only do the stretched cells allow more fat cells to grow, but the individual fat cells also grow LARGER. --That means that in addition to cutting calories and exercising, people need to make sure not to sit or lay on certain parts of their body for too long. (Telegraph)


A Man Gets the World's Most Obvious DWI . . . When He Drunkenly Crashes Into a Mobile DWI Checkpoint:

Drunk driving arrests don't get easier than this one, folks. --Over the weekend in Newton, North Carolina, police set up a mobile DWI checkpoint with their command center bus. --Around 2:45 A.M. on Sunday morning, as they were conducting random drunk driving checks, a 1989 red Chevy Camaro was driving down the street. --The driver was 21-year-old Douglas Southard of Hickory, North Carolina . . . and he was drunk. --And . . . he drunkenly crashed his Camaro right INTO the mobile command center. In the photo of the accident, you can see how he wedged the entire front end of his car under the back left corner of the bus. --Douglas was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. --He's facing charges of driving with a revoked license, careless and reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and of course, driving while intoxicated. (Charlotte Observer)

A Guy Tries to Shoplift a Candlelit Steak Dinner . . . In His Pants:

I'm a big fan of the expression, "get some romance in your pants." So this guy is my new hero, since he took it so LITERALLY. --Last week, 31-year-old Dannial Ashley of East Naples, Florida was caught by grocery store employees as he was shoplifting the makings of one very enchanted evening. They spotted him shoving four steaks and two candles DOWN HIS PANTS. --He was quickly arrested. Just two weeks earlier he'd been released from jail on bond, for aggravated assault. (Naples News) (--Here's his mugshot.)

Mugshot of the Day . . . Here's What Happens When You Try to Rob a Mixed Martial Arts Expert:

On Friday night, 24-year-old Anthony Miranda of Chicago walked up to a car, pointed a gun at the driver, and told him to get out and give him some money. --Here's what he didn't know. The driver . . . who was only identified by his first name, Justin . . . is a mixed martial arts expert. --So the moment Anthony was distracted, Justin grabbed the gun and beat the hell out of Anthony. And during the struggle, Anthony reached for the gun, it went off . . . and he shot himself in the ankle. --He was hospitalized with several cuts and bruises on his face, and he's looking at armed robbery and gun charges. (Chicago Sun-Times) (--Here's his mugshot.)

Shoppers in California Tackle a Shoplifter . . . and He Uses Pepper Spray to Get Away:

Really? Again? Can we all just go ahead and leave our pepper spray at home before we go shopping from now on? Because it's just not a holly jolly pattern we're establishing. --First, the woman pepper sprayed people at Walmart to get an Xbox on Black Friday. And now this. --On Saturday night, 42-year-old Bryan Black of Oakland, California tried to run out of a Nordstrom in Walnut Creek, California with 17 expensive purses. Other shoppers tackled him. --His response was to grab his pepper spray and just unleash it on everyone in the area. -Fortunately, the guy who was holding him down didn't let go . . . and even got some good punches in on Bryan in self-defense. --Bryan was arrested for theft and for using the pepper spray. (San Francisco Chronicle)


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

Christmas and New Year's Day both fall on a Sunday this year. So which day would you rather have off work . . . the Friday before, or the Monday AFTER? Most companies are going with Monday. (Full Story)

Because of financial problems, 40% of Americans say they're not spending ANY money this holiday season? (Full Story)

You know who's in shape? Prisoners. That's why you need "Felon Fitness", a new book of jail cell workouts, like handstand push-ups, and 'celly push-ups' . . . where your cell mate lies on your back. (Full Story)

#1.) "Star Wars" Mashed Up with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas":

Someone combined the soundtrack from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" . . . with scenes from the "Star Wars" movies. Darth Vader plays the Grinch . . . and saves Christmas by killing the Emperor. (--Search for "The Sith Who Stole Christmas".)

#2.) A Little Kid Told Michele Bachmann, "My Mom Is Gay, but She Doesn't Need Any Fixing":

A woman posted a video on YouTube of her 8-year-old son Elijah going up to MICHELE BACHMANN at a book signing, and telling her, quote, "My mom is Gay, but she doesn't need any fixing." --The video's called "Activist Elijah with Michele Bachmann" . . . but it's pretty obvious it WASN'T the kid's idea. His mom has to prompt him, he seems embarrassed, he says it a couple times too quietly, and ends up whispering it in her ear.

#3.) College Students at William & Mary Stood in Line for Hours . . . To Get a Good Seat at the Library:

It may not be on the level of a $2 waffle maker, but library space is important to college students during final exam week. --That's why students at William & Mary had a Black Friday-like crowd at the doors of Swem library when it opened on Sunday. The crowd was relatively well-behaved, although one person got pushed to the ground. (--Search for "Swem Zombie Invasion." You can see someone on the ground at :34, but it doesn't look like they get trampled. The whole crowd stops and waits.)

Five Christmas Presents for People You Hate:

If you have to go Christmas shopping for an annoying relative . . . or someone you just CAN'T STAND . . . Gawker.com has a list of passive-aggressive Christmas gifts for people you hate. And some are pretty funny. --Obviously, it also serves as a list of things you SHOULDN'T buy for people you DO care about. Some aren't that obvious . . . but a few are just plain insulting.

#1.) A Self-Help Book. If you want to be REALLY mean, make it a diet book, and pair it with a work-out video. The only problem is, it'll probably be obvious that you're just being a jerk.

#2.) Anything That Removes Hair. A nose-hair trimmer is offensive for a man OR a woman. And to go with it, Gawker suggests Crest White Strips for their teeth.

#3.) A Book You Read in Junior High School. This one's a little less obvious. It seems nice at first . . . but you're basically saying they're not smart enough to read anything above an eighth grade level. --If you want to make it MORE obvious, choose an abridged book with pictures.

#4.) A Subscription to a Dating Website. You have to REALLY hate someone to go here . . . or you just don't care if they think you're the most cold-hearted person on Earth. But websites like eHarmony DO let you buy gift cards.

#5.) A Bad Magazine Subscription. "Cat Fancy" is good . . . especially if they DON'T have a cat. Or if it's a single woman, go with a wedding magazine and a note that says, "I have a feeling this is your year!"


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