Monday, December 12, 2011


Did Lindsay Lohan Have $10,000 Stolen From Her in Hawaii?

LINDSAY LOHAN spent the weekend in Hawaii. Her probation officer approved the trip because she's been kicking butt on her community service. Unfortunately, the trip was not without drama. --Lindsay went to a house party . . . where she reportedly did NOT drink. And she left her $5,000 Chanel purse in the car. When she returned to the vehicle, it was GONE. --Some random dude showed up later with the purse, claiming he'd found it on the street nearby. It was only missing one thing: $10,000 IN CASH.

Justin Bieber Tells Dads It's Better for Their Daughters to Scream His Name Than the Name of the Boy Next Door:

JUSTIN BIEBER filmed a promotional video for his new fragrance Someday that's right on the line . . . if not a little bit over it. -In the clip, Justin addresses the fathers of young girls . . . and basically tells them that it's better for their daughters to obsess over him than to be making any moves on local boys. --He even says, quote, "So next time you hear her scream my name, relax. It's better than hearing her scream 'Joey' who lives next door. Am I right?" (--Here's the video. Is this funny . . . or WRONG? Discuss.)

"Men's Health" Says Jennifer Aniston is the Sexiest Woman of All Time:

Suck it, Angelina! "Men's Health" Magazine has named JENNIFER ANISTON the Sexiest Woman of All Time. --Aniston reveals to the magazine that the "least sexy" character she's played was Ferris Bueller's sister in the TV version of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" . . . which aired from 1990 to 1991. --Jennifer also gives her own pick for the sexiest woman of all time. She says, quote, "It's a tie between Brigitte Bardot and Gloria Steinem." --"But if I had to choose one, I'd say Gloria because, well, she's the full package. That's sexy." --What makes a MAN sexy? Jennifer says, quote, "If he can make me laugh, has compassion, kindness, and an accurately sized ego." --ANGELINA JOLIE came in 10th place. --If there's one thing that'll cause the most controversy on the list, I'd have to say it's this: BRITNEY SPEARS came in FOURTH. Out of 100.

--Here's the Top 10 . . .

#1.) Jennifer Aniston

#2.) Raquel Welch

#3.) Marilyn Monroe

#4.) Britney Spears

#5.) Madonna

#6.) Ursula Andress

#7.) Bettie Page

#8.) Pamela Anderson

#9.) Jane Fonda

#10.) Angelina Jolie

(--Here are a few other random highlights: Kim Kardashian's #26, Beyonce's #33, Halle Berry's #35, Mariah Carey's #40, Jessica Alba's at #54, and "I Dream of Jeannie's" Barbara Eden is #90. Check out the complete Top 100 here.)

Lamar Odom Has Been Traded to Dallas:

The very landscape of reality TV may undergo a shift . . . because LAMAR ODOM has been traded from the L.A. Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. --And based on a flurry of Tweets yesterday, it sounds like KHLOE KARDASHIAN is going with him. Here's some of what she said: --"We are all sad but positive energy gets you farther [than] negative." --"I am sure I will love it but I am a tad thrown off." --"I have no doubt about it! I am excited :) I know this is for a reason." --"'Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow.' Such a cute quote..." --Before the Dallas trade was announced, there was speculation Lamar might be traded to the New Orleans Hornets. At that point, he told ESPN Radio, quote, "L.A. is home for me for more than one reason. --"If it does happen, you know what I'm saying, I had a great time. I got to play in front of [Jack Nicholson], meet Denzel. I found my wife in L.A., my family. The team, I had a lot of pride playing for them." --Obviously, there's no word yet if or how this will affect any of the 13,000 Kardashian reality shows on E!.

Kris Humphries Is "Moving Forward":

KRIS HUMPHRIES appeared on "Good Morning America" Friday with his mother Debra. And he did a good job of side-stepping questions about KIM KARDASHIAN. --He said, quote, "Through everything, I'm just focused on family and preparing for basketball. For me, it's just, certain things happen in life and you've got to move forward. I'm excited to be where I'm at right now, with the NBA season coming up." --When asked about his move to have the marriage annulled, he said, quote, "Really, right now, I'm focused on basketball, and other things will take care of themselves." --He also claimed he doesn't even watch any of the Kardashian reality shows . . . quote, "The only things I really watch on TV of myself is playing basketball. I've never been someone to really watch the show on TV or anything like that. --"I don't really play into all the gossip." --His mother added, quote, "We're not trying to look back; we're trying to just focus on moving forward." --Asked if reality TV had anything to do with the breakup, he said, quote, "I can't say for sure. It's the only time I've been married. I've been in front of cameras on the NBA since I was 19." --Kris wouldn't even give a straight answer when asked if he still loves Kim. He said, quote, "I'm focused on just what I can control, which is being ready to play ball and supporting my mom and her cookie baking today." (--Check out the interview here.) --Meanwhile, there's a report going around that Kris is FURIOUS with "GMA" for asking so many questions about Kim. Supposedly, he just wanted to talk about his charitable foundation and bake cookies with his mom. --Of course that report is more than likely COMPLETE B.S. Kris can't possibly be dumb enough not to know that the only reason anyone wants to hear about his charity or watch him bake cookies with his mother is because he's part of the dysfunctional Kardashian clan.

Did E! Want Kourtney to Give Her New Baby to Khloe?

KHLOE KARDASHIAN is having a hard time getting pregnant. KOURTNEY is pregnant with her second child. And now check out THIS rumor: --A source says E! suggested that Kourtney give the baby to Khloe . . . you know, because it would make good TV. E! called the rumor, quote, "completely false and ridiculous."

Here We Go Again . . . Donald Trump Says the Republican Candidates Who Won't Do His Debate Are Cowards:

No surprise here: DONALD TRUMP has unleashed his two-and-a-half-year-old temperament on the Republican presidential candidates who have wisely decided to skip his December 27th debate. --He says, quote, "They're all afraid. The thing is . . . the Republicans are afraid of me running as an Independent. They're all afraid. The only person NOT afraid is Newt. --"There are two reasons that these candidates are backing out of my debate. One, some just aren't courageous people. Two, some are concerned that I may run as an Independent. They want me to give up . . . and I'm NOT giving up. --"I'm not saying I WILL run, but if I need to and Republicans choose the wrong candidate, then I will. They all want my endorsement but they won't come to my debate. They're scared." --Trump is particularly disappointed with MICHELE BACHMANN because, quote, "She's come up to see me four times. Four times. --"She'd call me, she'd ask me for advice, she said I should be her Vice Presidential . . . you know . . . if she wins, she'd like to think about me for the Vice Presidency, all of these things." --Trump seems to be leaning heavily toward NEWT GINGRICH right now. And of course, Newt has agreed to attend the debate. --The only other candidate to do so is RICK SANTORUM. It's not clear how Donald feels about him.

And Now . . . "Hairspray" Star Nikki Blonsky is Working at a Salon:

Over the summer we heard that "Hairspray" star NIKKI BLONSKY was working at a SHOE STORE in her native Long Island. --Nikki denied the report, saying she had just, quote, "experimented for a day working at a friend's boutique to see what it was like." --But now, Nikki has rejoined the working class and is busting her hump at a beauty salon in Great Neck, New York . . . where the shoe store was. --A female customer says, quote, "I was in the salon having my hair done and I saw her working there. I couldn't believe it. She was sweeping up hair but also doing people's make up. --"She was really nice and even let me take pictures of her." --She added, quote, "I asked her if she was still acting and she said that she is auditioning a lot. But she needs a day job too." --This is legit, too. Nikki is an official cosmetologist at Superstar Hairstylists. Her addition to the staff was even heralded on the salon's Facebook page. (--And you can see some pictures of Nikki at work here.) (RadarOnline)
Hulk Hogan is Suing His Ex-Wife Linda for Saying He Beat Her Up and Made Sweet Man-On-Man Love to Brutus Beefcake:

In her recent autobiography, LINDA HOGAN claimed that her ex-husband HULK HOGAN beat her up. -Then, during a radio interview to promote the book, she suggested that Hulk had SWEET, MAN-ON-MAN RELATIONS with fellow wrestler BRUTUS "THE BARBER" BEEFCAKE. --Well, Hulk won't stand for it anymore. Last week he SUED Linda for defamation . . . saying she, quote, "harmed [his] reputation and exposed him to distrust, hatred, contempt and ridicule." --He tells "Us Weekly", quote, "After the four-year crazy divorce I thought I'd heard everything I could hear in the courtroom. Then, all of a sudden she says I abused her, that I was violent. She told everybody that I was a homosexual." --He added, quote, "If any of that was true, I would admit it, and if I was a homosexual I would embrace it. It's just so crazy to hear, so I have a real problem with it. --"If you're going to say I'm something that I'm not to try to ruin my career and my livelihood . . . I have to answer her back." (--Here's a paparazzi video of Hulk saying basically the same thing.)

The American Film Institute's Movies and TV Shows of the Year:

The American Film Institute has released lists of the Top Movies and Top TV Shows of the Year. The lists are NOT ranked. They're just in ALPHABETICAL order.

--Here are the Top Movies . . .


--"The Descendants"

--"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

--"The Help"


--"J. Edgar"

--"Midnight in Paris"


--"The Tree of Life"

--"War Horse"

--And here are the Top TV Shows . . . once again, in alphabetical order . . .

--"Boardwalk Empire"

--"Breaking Bad"

--"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

--"Game of Thrones"

--"The Good Wife"




--"Modern Family"

--"Parks and Recreation"

END OF THE YEAR LIST-O-MANIA's Top 100 Artists of the Year: has published its comprehensive Best of 2011 rundown. It's more objective than some of the other "End of the Year" lists because it's based on hard numbers, like sales, chart performance, ticket sales, et cetera. -For example, their Top 100 Artists of the Year list is based on each artist's performance on the Billboard Hot 100 songs and Billboard 200 albums charts. Here are the Top 20:

1.) Adele

2.) Rihanna

3.) Katy Perry

4.) Lady Gaga

5.) Lil Wayne

6.) Bruno Mars

7.) Nicki Minaj

8.) Taylor Swift

9.) Justin Bieber

10.) Chris Brown

11.) The Black Eyed Peas

12.) Eminem

13.) Jason Aldean

14.) Britney Spears

15.) Wiz Khalifa

16.) Pink

17.) Pitbull

18.) Kanye West

19.) Ke$ha

20.) Lady Antebellum

(--You can find the complete Top 100 at

The Rest of's Chart-Toppers:

ADELE was named's Artist of the Year. Here's a breakdown of the chart-toppers from some of their other End of the Year lists: (--With links to each.)

--Top New Artist: Wiz Khalifa (Complete List)

--Hot 100 Songs: "Rolling in the Deep", Adele (Complete List)

--Billboard 200 Albums: "21", Adele (Complete List)

--Radio Songs: "Give Me Everything", Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo (Complete List)

--Digital Songs: "Rolling in the Deep", Adele (Complete List)

--Digital Albums: "21", Adele (Complete List)

--Ringtones: "Black and Yellow", Wiz Khalifa (Complete List)

--Pop Songs: "Party Rock Anthem", LMFAO (Complete List)

--R&B / Hip-Hop Songs: "Sure Thing", Miguel (Complete List)

--Rap Songs: "Look at Me Now", Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes (Complete List)

--Rock Songs: "Rope", Foo Fighters (Complete List)

--Alternative Songs: "Pumped Up Kicks", Foster the People (Complete List)

--Country Songs: "Crazy Girl", Eli Young Band (Complete List)

--Christian Songs: "You Are More", Tenth Avenue North (Complete List)

--Comedy Albums: "Turtleneck & Chain", The Lonely Island (Complete List)

--Soundtracks: "Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album" (Complete List)

(--You can browse all 107 charts . . . yes, 107 CHARTS . . . at Each genre has multiple lists.)
The Top 10 TV Dramas of the Year . . . According to E! Online Readers:

Here are the Top 10 TV Dramas of the Year, according to E! Online readers:

1.) "Supernatural" (The CW)

2.) "Castle" (ABC)

3.) "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW)

4.) "Bones" (Fox)

5.) "Once Upon a Time" (ABC)

6.) "Fringe" (Fox)

7.) "Friday Night Lights" (NBC)

8.) "The Walking Dead" (AMC)

9.) "Revenge" (ABC)

10.) "True Blood" (HBO)

(--Two of the Top 10 dramas are on the CW? There's nothing from CBS, which is the top-rated primetime network? Eight of the Top 10 are on broadcast networks? I thought everyone loved cable dramas like "Dexter" and "Mad Men".)

(--If nothing else, I think this list VERY clearly characterizes the type of people who vote in E! Online polls . . . and that doesn't seem to include anyone over the age of 35, or anyone that I know.)

MTV's Top 50 TV Characters of the Year:

In one of the more random "End of the Year" lists, has put together a rundown of the Top 50 TV Characters of the Year.

--Even though this is a list of the best characters, people who "play" themselves . . . like reality stars . . . were also included.

--Here are the Top 20:

1.) Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation" . . . played by Nick Offerman

2.) Walter White on "Breaking Bad" . . . played by Bryan Cranston

3.) Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi as herself on "Jersey Shore"

4.) Tyrion Lannister on "Game of Thrones" . . . played by Peter Dinklage

5.) Eric Northman on "True Blood" . . . played by Alexander Skarsgard

6.) Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family" . . . played by Ty Burrell

7.) Milania Giudice as herself on "Real Housewives of New Jersey"

8.) Fat Mac on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" . . . played by Rob McElhenney

9.) Constance on "American Horror Story" . . . played by Jessica Lange

10.) Gustavo "Gus" Fring on "Breaking Bad" . . . played by Giancarlo Esposito

11.) Santana Lopez on "Glee" . . . played by Naya Rivera

12.) Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones" . . . played by Maisie Williams

13.) Daryl Dixon on "The Walking Dead" . . . played by Norman Reedus

14.) Scott Disick as himself on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"

15.) Randy Marsh on "South Park" . . . played by Trey Parker

16.) Jenna Hamilton on "Awkward." . . . played by Ashley Rickards

17.) Richard Harrow on "Boardwalk Empire" . . . played by Jack Huston

18.) Elliot Stabler on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" . . . played by Christopher Meloni

(--Since Christopher is no longer on "SVU", Elliot must have qualified from the first part of the year.)

19.) Wilfred on "Wilfred" . . . played by Jason Gann

20.) Dr. Walter Bishop on "Fringe" . . . played by John Noble

(--You can find the complete Top 50 in an annoying slideshow at

Paris Jackson Has Signed on For a Movie Role:

MICHAEL JACKSON'S 13-year-old daughter PARIS has signed on for her first movie role. --She'll star in "Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys" . . . a fantasy film in which she'll play a girl named Lundon O'Malley, who's kidnapped by an evil Jellyfish queen and gets caught up in a battle between creatures of the land and sea. --Paris will be a live-action character, but she'll star alongside animated sea creatures voiced by LARRY KING and his wife, JOEY FATONE and TED LANGE . . . who played ISAAC YOUR BARTENDER ON "THE LOVE BOAT"!!! --This will actually be the first of FIVE movies . . . and since Paris is the star, she's committed to all five. They're based on a book by Dennis H. Christen. (--And in honor of Paris doing the movie, the book has a new cover with HER image on it. Check it out here.) --One of the producers says, quote, "She wants to be an actress. She wants to take on her dad's legacy and do something good for the world and our product does that." --Over the weekend, Paris Tweeted, quote, "I Wanna Leave My Footprints On The Sands Of Time. When I Leave This World I'll Leave No Regrets. I'll Leave Something For Them Not To Forget." (--Those are lyrics from Beyonce's "I Was Here".)

"New Year's Eve" Won the Weekend Box Office with Just $13.7 Million:

It was another slow one at the box office. "New Year's Eve" and its ensemble cast won the weekend, but it was hardly anything to get excited about with just $13.7 million in ticket sales. --The week's other new wide-release, JONAH HILL'S "The Sitter", took the runner-up spot with $10 million.
1.) NEW: "New Year's Eve", $13.7 million.
2.) NEW: "The Sitter", $10 million.
3.) "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1", $7.9 million. Up to $260 million in its 4th week.

Lowe's Pulled Their Ads from "All-American Muslim" . . . Because of Its *Positive* Portrayal of Muslims: (???)

This is pretty incredible. And I don't mean that in a good way. --Lowe's . . . the hardware chain . . . has pulled its ads from TLC's "All-American Muslim", because of its POSITIVE portrayal of Muslims. (???) (--The show follows a group of typical Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan.) --Here's what happened: A group called the Florida Family Association told their members to send complaints to Lowe's about advertising on "All-American Muslim". --Why don't THEY like the show? --The group issued this statement: Quote, "['All-American Muslim] profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish. --"Clearly, this program is attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad . . . and to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people on this show." --Anyway, Lowe's started getting complaints from these morons . . . and instead of thinking, they just went ahead and pulled the ads. (--That's assuming Lowe's doesn't AGREE with these people. Or is that not safe to assume?) --A Lowe's rep sent a member of Florida Family Association this response: --Quote, "While we continue to advertise on various cable networks, including TLC, there are certain programs that do not meet Lowe's advertising guidelines, including the show you brought to our attention. Lowe's will no longer be advertising on that program." --At this point, you'd think Lowe's would backtrack . . . either because they really WERE played, or because they just realized that ADMITTING to being played would be a better P.R. move than defending their position. But they didn't. --The store Tweeted, quote, "We did not pull our ads based solely on the complaints or emails of any one group. It's never our intent to alienate anyone. Lowe's values diversity of thought in everyone, including our employees and prospective customers." --After that, they posted an UPDATED response on Facebook. And this time, they said they were pulling their ads because the show had become a, quote, "lighting rod."

Monday TV Reminders:

--"Monday Night Football" . . . 8:30 to 11:30 P.M. Eastern on ESPN. The Seattle Seahawks host the Saint Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

--"Hollywood Christmas Parade" . . . 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on the Hallmark Channel.

--"The Mortified Sessions" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on Sundance. Jennifer Grey and "SNL's" Will Forte share embarrassing moments from their youths.

--"I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Martina McBride: The Road to Eleven" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. Martina McBride discusses her new record label and the making of her album "Eleven".

--"Fear Factor" [7th Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"Rollin' With Zach" [Series Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on OWN. The co-winner of OWN's 2011 reality contest "Your OWN Show" Zach Anner stars in this travel series as he checks off five things from his bucket-list.

--"Two and a Half Men" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on CBS. Mimi Rogers guest stars as Ashton Kutcher's mother.

--"Stephen King's Bag of Bones" [Conclusion] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E.

--"Enlightened" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on HBO.

--"Ridiculousness" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on MTV. Surfer Dean "Dingo" Morrison guests.

--"The A-List: Dallas" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Logo.


"Skyrim" Was Named Game of the Year at the Spike Video Game Awards:

"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" took home the Game of the Year title at the Spike Video Game Awards on Saturday. It also won Best RPG.

--The fan-voted Character of the Year award went to the Joker for "Batman: Arkham City", and the game itself was named Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Adapted Game, and the Best Xbox 360 Game. Here are all the console specific awards:

. . . Best Xbox 360 Game: "Batman: Arkham City"
. . . Best PS3 Game: "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception"
. . . Best Wii Game: "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword"
. . . Best Handheld/Mobile Game: "Super Mario 3D Land"
. . . Best PC Game: "Portal 2"

--"Portal 2" also won Best Multiplayer, Best DLC, and both of the vocal performance awards, for a total of five awards.

--As you might expect, the "Call of Duty" juggernaut "Modern Warfare 3" took home the award for Best Shooter. And "Mass Effect 3" was named next year's Most Anticipated Game. You can check out the complete list of winners here. --In addition to the winners, we also got a look at a bunch of new trailers during the show. They included the latest clips for games we'd already heard about, along with some brand new trailers for games you might not have known were on the horizon.

No New Games This Week . . . But There are Several New Expansion Packs:

--The deadline to become a "Call of Duty: Elite" founder ends tomorrow. The main benefit is you get early access to new features and it covers the cost of all the "Modern Warfare 3" maps that will be released for the next year. It will set you back another $50, but you can compare the features between the free and premium memberships here. --There aren't any new games hitting stores this week, but you will have the option to pick up some new downloadable content on your console. Here's what's out . . . . The "Battlefield 3" expansion pack "Back to Karkland". It comes with four new maps, 10 new weapons, and three new vehicles. PS3 users got early access last week, but it's just hitting the Xbox today. "Back to Karkland" is free to anyone who preordered the game but will cost $14.99 (1200 MS points) to everyone else.

. . . The "Gears of War 3" expansion pack, "RAAM's Shadow" for the Xbox 360. This content is a prequel to the first game. Zeta Squad features Lt. Minh Young Kim from "Gears 1", Tai Kaliso from "Gears 2", Michael Barrick from the "Gears" comics, and a new chick. You also get to play as the villain RAAM for one of the levels. (Video)

. . . "Assassin's Creed: Revelations" is releasing its Ancestors Character Pack this week for 320 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live, which is $3.99 on Playstation. It has four new multiplayer characters: the Privateer, Corsair, Brigand and Gladiator. (Photo)

By the way, expansion packs for "Assassin's Creed 2" and "Brotherhood" went on sale on Xbox Live last week. The "Battle of Forli" is down to 160 MS points, "Bonfire of the Vanities" is 280 MS points, and "The Da Vinci Disappearance" sells for 400 MS points.

--"Grand Theft Auto 3" will be available on your iPhone and your Android as a 10th Anniversary Edition starting this Thursday, December 15th. The app sells for $4.99. You'll find a list of all mobile devices that it works on here.

--The game streaming service OnLive has updated their iOS and Android tablet app so you can play major releases like "L.A. Noire", and "Batman: Arkham City" anywhere you can connect to 3G, 4G, or wireless internet. (Full Story)
The New "Star Wars" Game Is Out Next Week . . . Here's What You Need to Know:

"Star Wars: The Old Republic" is in stores December 20th. If you're not familiar with it, this will be a massive multiplayer game for the PC. It's also a subscription based service just like "World of Warcraft", but 30 days of gameplay comes with the disc. --You can preorder it now at and that's supposed to get you into the game five days before everyone else. You'll find a chart that shows the differences between the Standard Edition and the Deluxe Edition here. --The action takes place several hundred years after the events of the "Knights of the Old Republic" games, but it's still 3,000 years before the rise of Darth Vader. The Sith have reclaimed their homeworld, attacked Alderaan, and destroyed the Jedi Temple. (--As a dedicated fan boy, you'll want to read more details, and spend 16-minutes watching all three trailers here. First is the return to Korriban, the second is the victory on Alderaan, and the last is the epic battle for the temple on Coruscant.) --Even though it's designed as a multiplayer game, you can still play much of the storyline by yourself without having to join any of the online guilds. Every player gets their own ship and you also have a companion character to help you on your missions. --The companion you get depends on whether you fight for the Light Side or the Dark Side, and which of the four classes you choose. --If you're evil, the Sith have two types of Force users . . . plus the Bounty Hunter and the Imperial Agent classes. And if you're fighting for The Republic, then you can be two types of Jedi, or use a blaster as either a Trooper or a Han Solo-type smuggler.


--"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - James Franco's new Alzheimer's drug has the side effect of boosting intelligence in chimps. Andy Serkis plays Caesar, the chimp who starts an ape revolution, using the same motion-capture technology he used to play King Kong, and Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

"Slumdog Millionaire" minx Freida Pinto plays Franco's girlfriend, and John Lithgow is his father. And although you might not recognize him at first, that's Tom Felton . . . a.k.a. Draco Malfoy from "Harry Potter" . . . as the A-hole taunting Caesar.

--"Fright Night" - The remake of the 1985 horror classic about a teenager who's convinced that his creepy new neighbor is a vampire. Colin Farrell is the vampire, and the kid is played by Anton Yelchin, who you know as Chekov in the new "Star Trek".

--"Kung Fu Panda 2" - Gary Oldman is the new villain . . . a peacock who's figured out how to defeat kung fu, and wants to conquer all of China. The only thing standing in his way is Po, the chubby panda played by Jack Black.

Po gets help from the Furious Five: Tigress, Monkey, Viper, Mantis, and Crane . . . a.k.a. Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, and David Cross. And Dustin Hoffman is back as their mentor Shifu.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Spin City: The Complete Sixth Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set. That was a Charlie Sheen season, NOT a Michael J. Fox season.

--"Family Guy: Volume 9" . . . a three-disc DVD set.

--"Switched at Birth: Volume One" . . . a two-disc DVD set.

--"Swamp People: Season 2" . . . a four-disc set of the History Channel series.

--"Sledge Hammer!: The Complete Series" . . . on five-discs. It ran two seasons.

Upcoming Video Releases - December 20th:

--In stores December 20th . . . "Colombiana" - Zoe Saldana plays an assassin looking for revenge on the mobster who ordered a hit on her parents when she was a little girl.

--In stores December 20th . . . "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie"!!! The cast performs two dozen songs in concert, including their first season anthem "Don't Stop Believin'". Amy Winehouse even gets a small tribute as Santana covers the song "Valerie".

--In stores December 20th . . . "Dolphin Tale" - A boy rescues a dolphin caught in a trap, then helps it learn to swim with a prosthetic tail. Ashley Judd plays his mom, Harry Connick Jr. runs the aquarium hospital, and Morgan Freeman is the doctor who figures out how to make the prosthetic tail. (--It's based on a true story.)

--In stores December 20th . . . "Straw Dogs" - James Marsden is pushed to his limit after he moves to the South with his hot wife. She's played by Kate Bosworth, and Alexander Skarsgard from "True Blood" plays her violent ex-boyfriend.

--In stores December 20th . . . "Warrior" - The MMA movie about two brothers end up fighting against each other for the championship. Nick Nolte plays their dad, and Tom Hardy, a.k.a. Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises", plays one of the brothers.

--In stores December 20th . . . "Margin Call" - Zachary Quinto is an entry-level analyst who discovers a financial screw-up at a major investment bank in 2008, during the early stages of the financial crisis. The rest of all-star cast includes Kevin Spacey, Simon Baker, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, and Demi Moore.

--In stores December 20th . . . "Blackthorn" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid escaped their standoff with the Bolivian army . . . and Butch has been living in South America under the name James Blackthorn. Sam Shepherd is Butch Cassidy and Eduardo Noriega is a guy who drags him into one last adventure.

--In stores December 20th . . . "Stay Cool" - A comedy about an author who returns to high school to give the commencement speech. It stars a guy named Mark Polish. Winona Ryder is his old crush, Hilary Duff plays a senior who throws herself at him, and the rest of the cast includes Jon Cryer, Sean Astin and "Lost's" Josh Holloway.

--In stores December 20th . . . "One Tree Hill: The Complete 8th Season".

--In stores December 20th . . . "Futurama: Volume 6" . . . a two-disc set.

Upcoming Video Releases - December 27th:

--In stores December 27th . . . "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" - Jason Sudeikis and his friends want to throw one last Labor Day party at his dad's beach house before he sells it, and decide they should "go out with a bang" by making it an orgy. (Red Band)

--In stores December 27th . . . "Apollo 18" - A sci-fi horror film about a secret space mission, where two American astronauts were sent back to the moon to find out what happened to some missing cosmonauts.

--In stores December 27th . . . "Final Destination 5" - In this one, the premonition that temporarily saves everyone's lives is the collapse of a bridge. You know the rest.

--In stores December 27th . . . "Inside Out" - Triple H plays an ex-con trying to keep his best friend from getting whacked by a local mob boss. Michael Rapaport is his friend and Bruce Dern is the mobster.

--In stores December 27th . . . "Shameless: The Complete First Season" . . . a 3-disc set of the Showtime series that blessed us with Emmy Rossum's breasts.

--In stores December 27th . . . "The Borgias: The First Season" . . . a 3-disc set of the Showtime series that stars Jeremy Irons as the corrupt Pope, Rodrigo Borgia.

--In stores December 27th . . . "Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season Four" . . . a four-disc set of the most current season, that the cast filmed in Italy.

--In stores December 27th . . . "Archer: Season 2" . . . a two-disc DVD set.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Anthem Inc.", Naughty by Nature . . . Their seventh album reunites all three original members, and also features a 20th anniversary version of their hit "O.P.P.". Their guests include Queen Latifah, Kate Nauta, Jaheim, and Joe.

--"Mac & Devin Go to High School", Snoop & Wiz Khalifa . . . Their guests include Bruno Mars, white rapper Mike Posner and Juicy J from Three 6 Mafia.

--The scores to "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" . . . "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows" . . . "We Bought a Zoo" . . . and "The Adventures of Tintin".

Music Coming Out Next Week:

--In stores December 20th . . . "The Dreamer, The Believer", Common . . . his guests include Nas and John Legend, plus poet Maya Angelou on "The Dreamer".

--In stores December 20th . . . "TM 103 Hustlerz Ambition", Young Jeezy

Adele Says She May Not Release Another Album for Three Years:

It's been eleven months since ADELE'S album "21" came out . . . and since then, she's been one of the biggest sensations in music. --That's despite the fact that she's had to cancel a lot of tour dates because of throat problems. Last month, she had surgery on her vocal cords. It was a success, and she expects to be able to perform again by February. --But Adele isn't planning on beginning work on her next album anytime soon. --She says, quote, "I'm really looking forward to some time to do nothing . . . I imagine I'll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out. I haven't even thought about my third album yet." --Adele is 23 now. She turns 24 in May . . . so if you really want to take her at her word, that means we probably won't see another Adele album until late 2013 or 2014. --She adds, quote, "I'm just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just 'be' for a bit. I'll disappear and come back with a record when it's good enough. There will be no new music until it's good enough and until I'm ready."

Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus and Sinead O'Connor Are Among the Artists That Will Appear on a Massive Bob Dylan Tribute Album:

Amnesty International is putting out a massive BOB DYLAN tribute album, which features 76 Dylan covers, recorded by more than 80 artists. --It's going to be a four-disc set called "Chimes of Freedom", and it'll be out on January 24th. (--Amnesty International is putting out this album to celebrate its 50th anniversary . . . and 50 years of Bob Dylan music.) --There are some interesting artists involved in this. The track list includes: My Morning Jacket doing "You're a Big Girl Now" . . . Adele doing "Make You Feel My Love" . . . Sinead O'Connor doing "Property of Jesus" . . . --Miley Cyrus doing "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" . . . and Ke$ha doing "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right". --Other participating artists include: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, soul singer Raphael Saadiq, Bad Religion, My Chemical Romance, Silversun Pickups, Sting, Maroon 5, Natasha Bedingfield and Evan Rachel Wood. --For more information . . . including the complete track list . . . hit up (--You can also pre-order the album there. The four-CD version will run you $24.99, while the digital version is $19.99.) (--Ke$ha's cover actually sounds good. You can hear it on YouTube. Ke$ha says she didn't plan on crying her way through the song . . . it just happened. She says it's her first take, which she recorded with a laptop in her bedroom.)

And Now . . . 50 Cent Is Putting Out a Fitness Book:

50 CENT is becoming quite a prolific author. --He wrote an autobiography called "From Pieces to Weight" in 2005 . . . a book on power strategy called "The 50th Law" in 2009 . . . and earlier this year, he put out an anti-bullying novel called "Playground: The Mostly True Story of a Former Bully". --Next up, he has a FITNESS book called "Formula 50: A 6-Week Total Body Transformation Plan". It'll even include a nutrition guide. --This is great news for anyone who wants a body like 50 Cent's . . . and believes they can get it by reading this book. But it's bad news for anyone who wants this "body transformation" anytime soon. The book isn't coming out until January of 2013.

Jay-Z Says He and Kanye West May Do Another Album Next Year . . . And Release Solo Stuff:

JAY-Z doesn't know if he and KANYE WEST will spend the next year doing another collaboration as THE THRONE . . . or two separate solo albums . . . or BOTH. --He says, quote, "We . . . I say 'we' because I'm in Throne mode . . . we're in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year . . . we really found our zone."


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Back when she was pregnant with her daughter DannieLynne, ANNA NICOLE SMITH posed NAKED and COVERED IN GOLD PAINT in ads for the website (Photos)

KAREN O of the YEAH YEAH YEAHS is married. (Full Story)

CHAZ BONO and REBECCA BLACK are among E! Online's list of the year's top HEROES. (Full Story)

ZAC EFRON donated more than 300 articles of his own clothing to a charity for underprivileged youth. (Full Story)

A gaming website called has purchased a sample of MICHAEL JACKSON'S hair for $10,871. They're going to turn it into a roulette ball. (Full Story)

Check out a new trailer for "Battleship" with a lot more action . . . and a lot more RIHANNA. (Video)

The director of "The Muppets" says it's ridiculous to think the movie has an anti-Capitalism message. (Full Story)

Check out a new poster for "The Dark Knight Rises" featuring Bane and a busted-up Batman mask on the ground. (Photo)

"Law & Order SVU" recreated the Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan for an upcoming episode . . . and REAL protesters found out about it and showed up. (Full Story)

Former WARRANT singer JANI LANE died without a will. His estate is valued at about $600,000. (Full Story)

ROD STEWART is working on a new album that'll consist mostly of new material that HE wrote. And even though it's not one of those "American Songbook" discs, it's still more mature than his older stuff. He says, quote, "They're grown-up songs. There's no 'Hot Legs' or 'Do You Think I'm Sexy?'" (Full Story)


Snooping on People Can Make You Fat . . . Because You're Worried About Getting Caught?

If you're tempted to check up on your significant other by looking at their text messages or their email, be careful. It could make you fat. --A study found that people who snoop on loved ones tend to gain weight . . . because of the STRESS. --It's because snooping makes you worry about getting caught . . . not just while you're doing it, but afterwards, while you're covering your tracks. --Plus, people who snoop are worried about their relationship . . . it's why they're spying in the first place . . . which means their mind is in a constant state of heightened arousal. --And all that stress can lead to emotional overeating. It also triggers the production of cortisol, which is a hormone that can increase appetite. --So, psychologists say that if you have the urge to check up on someone, you should ask yourself what you're worried about, and address those issues with them directly. Because you don't need another reason to stuff your face this month. (MSNBC)

People With STDs Smell Differently Than the Rest of Us?

According to a study out of Russia and published in the "Journal of Sexual Medicine", people who have sexually transmitted diseases actually have a different SMELL than the rest of us with a clean bill of junk health. --You don't consciously know the difference between the smell of someone with an STD and someone without . . . but your brain is wired to find that STD person's scent to be, quote, "putrid." --For the study, researchers tested the scents of men with and without gonorrhea. And they found that women universally ranked the gonorrhea-free scents to be more pleasant and more appealing. --This study is another sign that smell plays a BIG role when we're looking to date . . . without us even realizing it. Another recent study found we can actually sniff out some basic personality traits to find whether someone's a compatible match. (MSNBC)

The iPhone App of the Year is . . . Instagram:

If you have an iPhone, you probably have the Instagram app already. If you don't . . . Instagram is the reason all your friends on Facebook post photos that look like they were taken with a camera in 1974. --Instagram is a free app that lets you take photos, then add filters to make them look vintage or artsy. Then the photos are automatically uploaded to your Instagram account, which your friends can "follow." --Anyway, Apple just named Instagram their iPhone App of the Year . . . which will probably make it MORE popular than it already is. --It's been downloaded more than 14 million times. So hurry up and download it before the "faux vintage photo" look becomes unpopular. (Huffington Post)

Stupid Photo of the Day . . . a Giant Pink Thong for Your Car:

We love TRUCK NUTZ . . . they're the plastic auto accessory in the shape of a SCROTUM that you hang from your trailer hitch. And now, there might be an even dumber sexual accessory for your ride. --It's a GIANT PINK THONG that fits over the entire back half of your car. Supposedly a novelty company is going to start making them next year. You really have to see the picture to understand how absurd these are. --In fact, it's so absurd that this is probably just a one-time joke . . . but the picture's still pretty funny. (Jalopnik) (--Here's the photo.)

Men Spend 52% More on Presents For Their Women Than Their Women Spend on Them:

Men might procrastinate on buying gifts. Men might not always buy the perfect thing. And men may not have a reputation for buying THOUGHTFUL Christmas gifts. . But dammit . . . at least men are willing to drop some serious money. --A new survey found that men spend approximately 52% MORE on Christmas presents for their women than their women spend on them. Men spend an average of about $235, women spend approximately $155. (

The Woman Who Pepper Sprayed Other Shoppers at Walmart on Black Friday Says She was Protecting Her Kids . . . and She May Sue:

There were a lot of moments of anarchy and disregard for human life on Black Friday . . . but the poster child was the woman who PEPPER SPRAYED her fellow shoppers at Walmart. --Shortly after a Walmart in Porter Ranch, California opened at 10:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving to begin their Black Friday sales, 32-year-old Elizabeth Macias was in a crowd of people trying to get Xbox 360s. -She used her pepper spray on the crowd . . . and the theory was that she was trying to get people out of the way to get an Xbox. --Now, her lawyer says that's not at ALL what happened. He says that Elizabeth was with her two teenage children, a boy and a girl. They took Xboxes and were ATTACKED and PUNCHED by other shoppers who wanted them. --So Elizabeth sprayed the pepper spray in self-defense. Her lawyer says, quote, "[She] didn't use the pepper spray to have a competitive shopping advantage. She responded as any mother would." --Elizabeth and her two kids left the Walmart empty-handed . . . they did NOT end up with an Xbox. So far, no charges have been filed against her. --Meanwhile, Elizabeth is considering SUING Walmart for failing to provide adequate security or protection. (Los Angeles Daily News)

In About Five Years, More Americans Will Choose to Be Cremated Than Buried:

Time to get you caught up on the cutting edge of FUNERAL TRENDS. Getting buried in a cemetery? That's SO 20th century. These days, CREMATION is hot . . . no pun intended. --According to a new survey, 41% of all Americans now choose cremation over burial. That's up from 15% in 1985. --And at the current rate, in about five years, more than half of the people who die in the U.S. will opt for cremation over burial. --The most common reason people give for requesting cremation is . . . cost. --Cremation and an urn cost about 10% to 20% of what a traditional funeral, burial, grave, coffin, and gravestone cost, which could run anywhere from $10,000-to-$16,000. (New York Times)
A Cat in Italy Inherited $15 Million . . . Here Are the Four Richest Pets on Earth:

Tommasino is a black cat who was a stray until a few years ago . . . and now she has more money than you'll ever see. --A real estate millionaire in Italy named Maria Assunta adopted Tommasino. She died last month at age 94, and left the cat her family fortune . . . a portfolio of properties and bank accounts worth $15 million. --Obviously, the cat doesn't just get all that money. Maria left directions that the money should be used to fund animal causes in Tommasino's name. --But that inheritance only makes Tommasino the THIRD-richest pet in the world. Here's the rest of the top four:

#1.) Gunter, a German shepherd who inherited $140 million from a German owner who was a countess.

#2.) Kalu, a chimp who got $60 million when former Australian swimming champion Frank O'Neill and his wife died . . . she was a countess too.

#3.) Tommasino.

#4.) Trouble, the Maltese terrier who got $9 million from Leona Helmsley.

(Daily Mail)


Two Teenagers are Caught Stealing Presents in the Town of Bethlehem . . . Pennsylvania:

When there's a Christmas crime in the town of Bethlehem around this time of year, it's gonna get attention. Even if the "Bethlehem" here is in Pennsylvania. --On Thursday afternoon, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, two 16-year-old boys broke into a home and stole a video game console, four bottles of liquor, $130 cash, and CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. --Because they're both juveniles their names weren't released . . . although you can bet both Jesus and Santa know their names and put them down on lists. --After a short investigation the police found the two the boys. They were arrested and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, and receiving stolen property. (Lehigh Valley Morning Call)


#1.) Katy Perry Hosted "Saturday Night Live" . . . and Alec Baldwin Played a Pilot Who Apologized for Kicking Him Off a Flight Last Week:

KATY PERRY did a great job hosting "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. One of the best skits she was in was a "Digital Short" about 'best friends' that also had Matt Damon playing a "handsome drug addict," and Val Kilmer as a mad scientist. --But the best part of the episode was when ALEC BALDWIN showed up on Weekend Update . . . dressed as the pilot from the American Airlines flight he got kicked off of last week. --As Captain Steve Rogers, he apologized for how things were handled. And said an "American treasure" like Alec Baldwin should have been treated better. (--Search for "Katy Perry Digital Short: Best Friends" and "Alec Baldwin as Capt. Steve Rogers.")

#2.) Check Out the Horrible Seats the Cincinnati Bengals Give You if You're the Family of an Opposing Player:

The Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday 20-19, and clinched the AFC South, after third-string quarterback, T.J. YATES threw a six-yard touchdown with two seconds left. --Yates is a rookie, and he's only playing because Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart both suffered season-ending injuries in back-to-back weeks. So, as you'd imagine, Yates' family was excited to see him play. --But apparently the Bengals don't offer very good seats for friends and family of the opposing team. The camera showed Yates' family in the stands . . . and they had the WORST SEATS POSSIBLE. They were all the way in the back of the upper deck. (--The video is on Search for "T.J. Yates Parents' Bad Seats.")

#3.) And Now . . . an Extremely Annoying Montage of Animals 'Singing' "Jingle Bells":

Last week, we told you about a poll that said one of the most-hated Christmas songs is the barking dogs version of "Jingle Bells". But this is even MORE annoying: --There's a video called "Animals of YouTube Sing 'Jingle Bells'". But it's not animal noises like you'd expect. Someone just took clips of different animals, then edited in their own voice so it looks like the animals are singing.

#4.) A Kid Was Dancing in Front of his Webcam . . . and Started Grinding on His Sister and His Mom:

I'm not sure what to say about this video, other than it's just plain disturbing. Some kid was recording himself dancing in his bedroom, and started grinding with a girl who may or may not be his SISTER. --Then he pulls an older woman into the room, who looks like either his mom or his GRANDMOM . . . bends her over the bed, and starts grinding HER. But she's NOT happy about it . . . and it's sort of disturbing. --Eventually his sister turns the music off . . . but not before he grinds on the family DOG too. (--The video is on Search for "Kid Grinds Everyone in the Room." He starts grinding with his sister at :45, with the older woman at 1:20, and the dog at 1:40. (--WARNING: The video shows an older woman resisting a younger relative's aggressive sexual dancing, and there's an f-bomb at 2:01.)


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

More people than ever are doing their Christmas shopping this year at . . . pawn shops? (Full Story)

We see it every year, but it's still funny: Check out a photo slideshow of kids crying while taking photos with Santa. (Full Story)

The TSA forced woman to remove her neck brace . . . because they thought it was a money belt? (Full Story)

A Quick Guide for Holiday Tipping:

According to a survey form Consumer Reports, the average holiday tip is between ten and $25. About a third of people said they'll tip the person who delivers their newspaper. And about 25% plan to tip their dog-walker.

--But in every category except housekeeping, more than half of people said they're NOT giving tips out.

--The website has a new guide for what you should be tipping this year. Here's a quick list of people you should at least THINK about.

#1.) Doormen. Anywhere from $10 to $100 each, depending on how much they do for you. And you don't have to spread out the tips equally. If one of them is nicer, give him more.

#2.) Building Superintendents. Again, anywhere from $10 to $100. But tip less if you also tip him during the year.

#3.) Barbers, Hairdressers, and Manicurists. If you're getting your hair cut or your nails done this month, and you always go to the same person, just double your NORMAL tip.

--If you're NOT planning to go, don't make a special trip. Since you normally tip them when you see them, there's no need to tip them again for the holidays.

#4.) Your Gardener. $20 to $50. But if you use a service that sends a different gardener every week, don't tip at all.

#5.) Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters. One or two weeks-worth pay. So, if you give them $30 a week, a $60 tip is generous.

#6.) Babysitter. If they only babysit every now and then, don't worry about it. But if it's on a regular basis, one or two nights' pay is good. Or go with a gift card.

--If it's a full-time NANNY, it should be somewhere between one week and one MONTH'S pay.

--For your day care staff, $25 to $70 for each staff member. Plus a small gift from your child.

#7.) Your Housekeeper. If you don't normally tip them, give them about one week's pay. But only if it's the same cleaning person every time.

#8.) Your Mailman. He's not allowed to receive cash, so go with a gift worth about $20. But don't feel like you HAVE to. If you have more than one mailman, don't worry about it.

--Or, instead of a gift, just send an email to his supervisor explaining what a great job he's done all year.

--FedEx doesn't allow drivers to accept cash or gifts worth more than $75. U.P.S. doesn't have a policy.

#9.) Your Assistant at Work. Buy them a gift worth at least $50. If they've been with you a long time, spend more. A gift certificate, or tickets to an event are both good. But avoid anything too personal, like clothing or perfume.

#10.) Miscellaneous Service People. For more random people . . . like your spinning instructor at the gym, or your favorite checkout person at the grocery store . . . gift cards are usually fine. But not necessary. ( /


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