Friday, January 14, 2011


Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend Have Broken Up:

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and RUPERT FRIEND have broken up. They dated for about five years . . . beginning when they met on the set of the 2005 flick "Pride and Prejudice" . . . (--SANS zombies.) --A so-called "source" says Keira walked a few months ago because she felt it was, quote, "time for her to move on." --Her father told one of the not-always-reliable British tabloids, quote, "She is focused on her career . . . that's the way things go, unfortunately. The only option is to get on with things." --Another source says Rupert didn't enjoy the media attention Keira got . . . and, quote, "the pressure took its toll."

Kelsey Grammer Says He's Getting Remarried in February . . . Even Though His Wife Won't Grant Him a Quickie Divorce:

KELSEY GRAMMER is trying to get a judge to grant him a quickie divorce from his wife CAMILLE, even though they haven't settled their financial issues. --Camille . . . probably wisely . . . is fighting it. She's worried she'll lose out in the settlement. --She says Kelsey's motivation is just to, quote, "remarry as soon as possible" . . . and she adds, quote, "I do not believe his is a sufficient reason to prejudice my rights to the community estate, especially given the large and complex nature of our estate." --But on "Letterman" last night, Kelsey said he plans to marry his 29-year-old fiancée, Kayte Walsh, sometime in February. --He also said that his kids with Camille . . . 9-year-old daughter Mason and 6-year-old son Jude . . . are, quote, "doing okay." He added, quote, "We've been spending quite a bit of time with them, Kayte and I." --Meanwhile . . . Camille says she met Kayte for the first time yesterday . . . and it was, quote, "a little uncomfortable at first." --But she adds, quote, "Then I met her and I shook her hand and I looked into her eyes and I thought, 'She's okay, she's nice.' It's really important for me and Kelsey to be friends and amicable for our children's sake."

Tony Parker Is Taking Refuge in Basketball Since His Split with Eva Longoria:

Poor TONY PARKER. It must be so difficult to completely wreck your marriage through actions you had total control over. He most certainly deserves our pity. --Tony tells some French newspaper that the b-ball court is his sanctuary ever since EVA LONGORIA ditched him for exchanging intimate texts with another guy's wife. --He says, quote, "The most important thing is to stay strong mentally, even if these are very difficult times. I've take refuge in basketball because that's what I've done best since my youth." --Tony says he's trying not to let his personal life interfere with the job he does for the San Antonio Spurs . . . quote, "You have to know how to keep things in perspective. --"I am, first of all, a basketball player. I've done this for so very long . . . For me, it's been essential to be successful on the court." --Parker also thanks his teammates, coaches, family . . . and even the city of San Antonio . . . for their support.

OH MY GAWD!!! Justin Bieber Was Hospitalized Yesterday . . . But He's Okay:

10 million female hearts skipped a beat yesterday, when word started spreading that JUSTIN BIEBER was in the hospital. --It wasn't an Internet hoax. It really happened. But Justin is fine now. Apparently, he had an allergic reaction on the set of "CSI", and was having trouble breathing. --A source says, quote, "His doctor met him [at the hospital]. He stayed at the hospital about 30 minutes and was discharged." --Justin's rep . . . who would not confirm or deny it was an allergic reaction . . . said, quote, "He's fine now and back on the set." --Justin is scheduled to present an award at Sunday's "Golden Globes". (--Here's a new preview for Justin's 3D flick, "Never Say Never" . . . which hits theaters on February 11th . . .)

Watch an 11-Year-Old Girl Get a Makeover from Snooki:

Would you let your daughter do this? AOL filmed SNOOKI giving an 11-year-old girl a makeover . . . so she could look, quote, "bangin'." (--Check it out . . .)

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Is Back In Rehab:

A.J. MCLEAN of the BACKSTREET BOYS has gone back to rehab. This will be his third time. (--His previous stints were in 2001 and 2002, for alcohol and cocaine abuse.) --A.J. posted the following messages on Twitter earlier this week . . . quote, "I love u all and wish me luck! I start my sober journey tomm!" . . . and, "See u on the other side!" --Sources say A.J. was getting out of control, and it was messing up plans for this summer's Backstreet Boys / NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK tour.

Taylor Momsen Has Apologized for Accusing Her Parents of Messing Her Up:

Somebody should tell "Gossip Girl" actress TAYLOR MOMSEN that tough, rebellious rock chicks . . . like the kind she wants to be . . . don't do sissy things like APOLOGIZING to their parents. -Back in November, Taylor told "Revolver" magazine that she's messed up now because her parents started her working in showbiz at the age of 2. --She said, quote, "No 2-year-old wants to be working, but I had no choice. My whole life, I was in and out of school. I didn't have friends. I was working constantly and I didn't have a real life." --Well, she's regretting those words now. She says, quote, "[After reading the article, my parents felt] horrible! I love my mom and dad. Maybe I didn't have the childhood people think you should have, but I still went through the ages. --"I was still a child. Maybe it wasn't a conventional one, but you know . . . I like where I am now so it's OK. I think my parents have learned by this point that none of [what they read] is probably true, and words can be put in your mouth."

Showbiz Triumph!!! John Travolta and Kelly Preston Show Off Their New Baby in This Week's "People":

JOHN TRAVOLTA and KELLY PRESTON show off their new son, Benjamin, in the latest issue of "People" magazine. --This is not a "replacement baby" because they lost their 16-year-old son Jett to a fatal seizure two years ago. John and Kelly say they had actually been trying to have another child for three years before she got pregnant almost a year ago. --Benjamin was born on November 23rd. --John says, quote, "He's brought us a new beginning. He's given the house a renewed spirit and purpose." --While Benjamin was being born, their 10-year-old daughter Ella was in the waiting room with family friend KIRSTIE ALLEY. --John and Kelly said their favorite moment with Benjamin so far was his first smile.

Aretha Franklin Denies She Has Pancreatic Cancer:

ARETHA FRANKLIN denied she has pancreatic cancer in an interview yesterday with "Access Hollywood". --She said, quote, "Well, there was just so many wild things out there and just so many things being said that weren't true. Just felt I needed to address it a little. --"I don't know where 'pancreatic cancer' came from. I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody." --Aretha still won't reveal what her health scare was . . . but she said, quote, "I really just began to not feel good and I said, 'Oh, no this is it, I can't do any more concerts till I know what the problem is.' --"I went through a number of procedures before I knew what was wrong." (--It was actually a pain in her side that initially sent Aretha to her doctor for a diagnosis.)

Lawrence Taylor Will Avoid Jail on Sex Charges . . . But He'll Have to Register as a Sex Offender:

Remember back in May, when New York Giants legend LAWRENCE TAYLOR got arrested for soliciting an underage prostitute? Well, he'll have to register as a sex offender over that. But at least he's not going to jail. --Taylor pleaded guilty yesterday to misdemeanor sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped the more serious charges of third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a minor. --Taylor could have ended up with four years in prison. Instead, he'll get six years' probation. And he'll have to pay a $1,300 fine. --LT will be formally charged on March 22nd. (--Taylor was accused of paying a pimp $300 to have sex with an underage runaway in a motel in Montebello, New York. He claimed the girl told him he was 19.) (--The man who supplied Taylor with the girl is facing federal sex trafficking charges.)

"The Green Hornet" and "The Dilemma" Hit Theaters Today:

#1.) "The Green Hornet" (PG-13)

Seth Rogen plays a millionaire playboy who becomes a masked crimefighter after his father is murdered. Jay Chou plays his sidekick Kato, Cameron Diaz is his secretary and the bad guy is played by Christoph Waltz . . . who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the head Nazi in "Inglourious Basterds". --It's based on the 1960s TV series that only ran for one season . . . but launched the career of Bruce Lee and inspired millions of kids to learn kung fu. (--Check out a fight scene from the show here . . .
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#2.) "The Dilemma" (PG-13)

A comedy starring Vince Vaughn as a guy struggling with how to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. Kevin James plays his friend, Winona Ryder is the adulterous wife, and Channing Tatum is the guy she's nailing. Jennifer Connelly and Queen Latifah are also in it. --A few months back, there was some controversy about Vince Vaughn's character saying, "Electric cars are gay." That line was quickly removed from the trailer, but director Ron Howard refused to take it out of the film itself.
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Adam Sandler Will Play Andy Samberg's Dad:

ADAM SANDLER is going to play ANDY SAMBERG'S dad in a movie . . . even though he's only 12 years older in real life. (--Adam is 44 . . . Andy is 32.) --The movie is called "I Hate You Dad". Samberg will play a guy who's getting married . . . and Sandler will play the dad who moves in on the eve of the wedding and starts feuding with the bride-to-be.

Seth Rogen's Character in "The Green Hornet" Was Based on a "Male Paris Hilton":

In "The Green Hornet", SETH ROGEN'S character is a spoiled, hard-partying trust-fund baby before he becomes a superhero. And Seth based the character on PARIS HILTON. --He says, quote, "We kind of based him off a male Paris Hilton, as embarrassing as that is to say." --Director Michel Gondry says that in crafting the character, they looked to the offspring of people who have, quote, "accomplished great things" . . . but who themselves are known mainly for their misadventures. --And Rogen adds, quote, "We probably give them a little more credit than they've gotten in the past and we explore why they're such jerks and why they act out. Maybe it's because they didn't get the attention they wanted."

The Parents Television Council Says MTV's New Show May Be "The Most Dangerous Show for Children That We Have Ever Seen":

MTV is launching a new show on Monday called "Skins". It's not a reality show . . . it's a remake of a successful British series about a bunch of teenagers during the last two years of high school. --And just like the UK version, the kids in the MTV remake will explore dysfunctional families, mental illness, eating disorders, sexual orientation, substance abuse, and death. --Or as MTV puts it, quote, "an emotional mosh-pit that slams through the insanity of teenage years. They'll crush hearts and burn brain cells." (--So, sort of like "Jersey Shore", only more intelligent.) --Naturally, the Parents Television Council is all over it. Especially MTV's online campaign . . . an interactive map where users, quote, "Post the truth about the biggest parties, heartbreak, friends, sex, and every kind of trouble." --Based on what they've seen, PTC president Tim Winter says, quote, "Skins may well be the most dangerous show for children that we have ever seen." Which pretty much just guaranteed that your kids are going to check it out. --Based on the trailers, it DOES look ridiculously over-sexed, like a teen soap opera, with amateur acting and bad lighting. In other words, your kids are gonna love it. (--You can check out the trailers here . . .)
(--WARNING! They include uncensored F-bombs and the B-word . . .)
"Charlie's Angels" Is Getting Rebooted By ABC:

"Charlie's Angels" already got remade into a movie by CAMERON DIAZ and DREW BARRYMORE. And now, ABC has decided to see if it can squeeze a little more blood out of that stone. --ABC has ordered a new "Charlie's Angels" pilot. It will be set in modern-day Miami . . . but will still feature the same formula with three sexy crime fighting females. --Drew Barrymore is one of the executive producers. None of the Angels have been cast yet.

One Of the "Glee" Executive Producers Has Signed On To Produce That Reality Competition About "Glee" Casting Sessions:

Back in November, we heard that there was going to be a reality show about the casting sessions for "Glee". The show is called the "Glee Project" and it will air on Oxygen in June. --Well, RYAN MURPHY is one of the three guys who runs "Glee" . . . and, apparently, if there's anything "Glee"-related happening, he wants to make sure he's involved in it. Murphy just signed on to executive produce "The Glee Project". --It will be the same old talent competition reality show formula . . . with the winner getting a seven-episode arc on the next season of "Glee".

Paris Hilton Gets Another Reality Show . . . This Time On the Oxygen Network:

Ya know, I was just thinking "I sure do miss PARIS HILTON on my TV, someone ought to give that girl another show." So thank you, Oxygen Network, for stepping up and filling the void. -Yesterday, Oxygen announced that it's going to debut its new series, "The World According To Paris", in the spring. --Oxygen says it will focus on the highs of Paris's life, like turning 30 and having relationships . . . and the lows, like having to do community service as a result of her drug possession charge. --Oxygen didn't give a specific airdate.

More Than 30 Million People Tuned In To See President Obama's Address On Wednesday:

PRESIDENT OBAMA spoke at the memorial service in Arizona on Wednesday . . . and people really wanted to see what he had to say. According to Nielsen, 30.8 million people tuned in to hear Obama's remarks from 8:45 to 9:15 P.M. Eastern. --The speech aired live on seven networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, FOX News, and MSNBC. The 30.8 million includes all of their audiences combined.

(--Check your local listing for times in your area.)


--"Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Katherine Jackson guests.)

--"The Ricky Gervais Show" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on HBO.

--"16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on VH1. (--Kristin Chenoweth is this year's host. You'll find all the nominees here.)

--"Primetime: What Would You Do?" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Scenarios include underage teens drinking in public, teens dining and dashing on their bill and EMT's who ignore a collapsed woman because they are on break.)

--"Flying Wild Alaska" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery. (--A reality show about a family-run airline transporting supplies to remote areas of Alaska.)

--"Comedy Central Presents: Best of 2011" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--A sneak peak at performances by comedians Al Jackson, Michael Kosta, Mike Vecchione and Louis Katz for the upcoming season.)

--"Funny or Die Presents" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . Midnight to 12:30 A.M. on HBO.


--"AFC Divisional Playoffs" . . . 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. Eastern on CBS. (--The Baltimore Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.)

--"NFC Divisional Playoffs" . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Eastern on Fox. (--The Green Bay Packers battle the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.)

--"American Idol: Welcome Home Special" . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox. (--The past 9 Season winners share what their lives were like before the show along with their family and friends.)

--"DSW Presents the 2011 Miss America Pageant" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Joy Behar, Marc Cherry, Marilu Henner, Mark Wills and Tony Dovolani are the judges . . . and Brooke Burke hosts with "The Bachelor's" Chris Harrison.)

--"Behemoth" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Syfy. (--"Eureka's" Ed Quinn . . . who played Nathan Stark on the show . . . stars as a scientist investigating volcanic activity only to discover an enormous monster capable of destroying mankind.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Gwyneth Paltrow guest hosts and Cee Lo Green is the musical guest.)


--"NFC Divisional Playoffs" . . . 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Eastern on Fox. (--The Seattle Seahawks take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago.)

--"AFC Divisional Playoffs" . . . 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. Eastern on CBS. (--The New York Jets battle the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.)

--"Biography" . . . 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. on A&E. (--Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith.)

--"The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards" . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Ricky Gervais returns as host and Robert De Niro receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award. You'll find the nominees here:

--"The Simpsons" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on Fox. (--Alyson Hannigan guest stars when Smithers gives Moe's bar a makeover and it becomes a gay bar.)

--"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Chef Paula Deen and snowboarder Shaun White volunteer to build a new home for a family whose son made a miraculous recovery from a life-threatening illness.)

--"Desperate Housewives" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Larry Hagman begins a two episode guest stint as the boyfriend of Lynette's alcoholic mother.)

--"Big Love" [5th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on HBO.

--"The Cleveland Show" . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. (--"Glee" co-stars Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Matthew Morrison guest when Cleveland and Donna fight over who's the better parent for Roberta.)

--"Brothers & Sisters" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Prodigal son Tommy . . . played by Balthazar Getty . . . returns home for a visit, along with his new girlfriend.)

--"I Survived… Beyond & Back" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Biography.

--"Denis Leary and Friends Present Douchebags and Donuts" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Denis Leary along with fellow comedians Lenny Clarke, Adam Ferrara and comedienne Whitney Cummings perform.)

--"Oprah Presents Master Class" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Maya Angelou is the guest.)
The Dire Straits Song "Money For Nothing" Is Too Offensive For Radio In Canada:

According to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council . . . or CBSC . . . the "Dire Straits" song "Money For Nothing" is too offensive for broadcast on Canadian radio. --If you know the song, then you probably know why: In the third verse, MARK KNOPFLER drops three F-bombs . . . meaning the gay slur that starts with the letter 'f', and rhymes with the last name of the one-and-only Bob SAGET. --Sticking with the Bob Saget theme, it goes like this: "The little [Saget] with the earring and the makeup. Yeah buddy, that's his own hair. That little [Saget] got his own jet airplane. That little [Saget] he's a millionaire." --Obviously, the lyrics are from the viewpoint of a homophobic blue-collar delivery dude who thinks rock stars are ridiculous . . . but that they clearly have a better gig. So it's a dig at how guys diss rock stars for being wussies . . . when they're really just jealous. --But that was 26 years ago. Now, the CBSC, says, quote, "The societal values at issue a quarter-century later have shifted and the broadcast of the song in 2010 must reflect those values, rather than those of 1985." --It started last year, when a listener complained that the word was offensive to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. And now the CBSC has agreed. --So they've ordered Canadian radio stations to use an edited version of the song. (--Hopefully with the word Saget.)

"Spinner" Magazine Names the 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs In Rock . . . And Keith Richards Beats Out Jimi Hendrix For Number One:

"Spinner" magazine just released a list of the Top 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in rock history . . . and JIMI HENDRIX did NOT get his usual spot at number one for "Voodoo Child". Nope. He lost out to the Stones. --The KEITH RICHARDS riff from "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" took the top spot on the list. "Spinner" calls it, quote, "The most iconic three chords in rock 'n' roll history." Here's the Top 10 . . .

1.) "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", The Rolling Stones

2.) "Voodoo Child", Jimi Hendrix

3.) "Iron Man", Black Sabbath

4.) "Heartbreaker", Led Zeppelin

5.) "Johnny B. Goode", Chuck Berry

6.) "You Really Got Me", The Kinks

7.) "Sweet Child o' Mine", Guns N' Roses

8.) "Back In Black", AC/DC

9.) "Money For Nothing", Dire Straits

10.) "Enter Sandman", Metallica
(--Check out the complete list of 50 here . . .)

Is This a Lost Recording of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis?

There's a guy in Nashville named Rod Lambert, and he says a tape he bought ten years ago at a yard sale features an informal, lost recording of ELVIS and JERRY LEE LEWIS. --Rod says he only realized what was on the tape two years ago, and had some forensic audio experts make sure it was legit. But the company in charge of Elvis' catalog says while it's definitely Jerry . . . it's not Elvis. --And judging from the excerpt out there so far . . . it's hard to tell if it's them. Especially the part that's supposed to be Elvis, it doesn't really sound like him. According to Rod, it's 1960, they're at Jerry's house, and Elvis is just back from the army. --It's 30 minutes long, and basically Jerry expresses his admiration for Elvis, they sing, they jam, and they talk. Supposedly Elvis doesn't say much, but the conversation covers psychiatrists, drugs, women, sex . . . and Dick Clark. --At one point Jerry says, quote, "If you don't like Jerry's peaches, then get your (effin') ass away from my tree." (--Which may not make sense, or may be a reference to oral pleasures. Either way, it's awesome.)

(--You can check out the excerpt and Rod's description at his website . . .)

Eminem, Cee Lo, and Katy Perry Will Perform at the Grammys:

The performers for the 2011 Grammy Awards were announced yesterday . . . and the list includes Eminem, Cee Lo, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, and Katy Perry. --Eminem got top billing, since he leads everyone else with 10 nominations, including Album of the Year, Record and Song of the Year, and Best Rap Album. --Cee Lo's a little bit more of a surprise, since he has four nominations for a song with the F-WORD in the title: "(Eff) You" is up for four awards, and was nominated under its original title, even though there's a radio-friendly version called "Forget You". --Britney Spears was NOT on the list . . . there was speculation this week that she might be performing, which her representatives denied. Looks like they were right. --Eminem performed last year with Drake and Lil Wayne, and Lady Gaga opened last year's show with Elton John. Cee Lo and Katy Perry have performed in other years too, but this'll be the first time for Arcade Fire and Miranda Lambert. --More performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks to try and drum up interest in the show, since these names were all pretty much expected. --The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards live telecast goes down Sunday, February 13th.


TOM HANKS' son Chester . . . a.k.a. CHET HAZE . . . is indeed serious about a hip-hop career.

JOHN KRASINSKI . . . a.k.a. Jim from "The Office" . . . might not be too happy that someone posted his old prom picture on the Web. He looks a little dorky.

Former Betty Ford worker DAWN HOLLAND is JACKED that prosecutors showed up at her house yesterday to get a statement about the LINDSAY LOHAN case. She still doesn't want to cooperate.

"Ad Age" magazine says that celebrity endorsements are, quote, "largely ineffective and fail to yield the benefits popular wisdom promises."

SELMA BLAIR from the "Hellboy" movies is pregnant.,,20457771,00.html

Here's some Friday morning irony for you: Actor JOHN DYE passed away of a heart attack Monday. He was only 47. Yeah, his last name is Dye . . . AND he's best known for playing the Angel of Death on "Touched by an Angel".

Check out this HILARIOUS video of DEREK and JULIANNE HOUGH and MARK BALLAS from "Dancing with the Stars" trying to make it as a pop trio on British TV 10 years ago.

The not-always-reliable British tabloids say that BONO is sitting on about $768 million worth of Facebook stock.

Legendary singer ETTA JAMES is battling dementia and leukemia . . . and her husband of 41 years is fighting for control of her money, because she gave power of attorney to her two sons.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA will be performing the National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl on Sunday, February 6th. Although the NFL hasn't officially confirmed it yet.

KELLY CLARKSON Facebooked with a fan about when her new album is coming out. She said, quote, "Supposedly March but who the heck knows . . . Just know that I am trying to get it to y'all asap!"

If you thought "[Bleep] My Dad Says" was a risqué sitcom title . . . ABC is planning pick up a new show called "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23".

Another one of Hef's former hos . . . KENDRA WILKINSON . . . is rumored to be part of the next "Dancing with the Stars" cast. The new season begins in March.

GREEN DAY will release its new live CD / DVD combo on March 22nd. It's entitled "Awesome As (Eff)", with music from their 2009-2010 21st Century Breakdown tour, and DVD footage shot last January in Japan.

Three Out of Ten Americans Lie To Their Spouses About Money:

I don't want to freak you out . . . but there's about a one in three chance your husband or wife lies to you about money. --According to a new Harris poll, 31% of married Americans say that they lie to their husband or wife about money. --All of the people surveyed have combined finances, so the lies they tell are about hiding cash . . . keeping a secret, separate bank account . . . running up debt . . . making secret purchases . . . or not revealing how much they really make. --Hiding cash is the most common lie . . . of the people who lie, 58% said it's about hidden cash. --There was no difference between men and women . . . both genders lie the same amount. --About one-third of the people surveyed also said that they know they've been lied to about money. --Of those couples, 67% said it led to an argument and 42% said it permanently affected the trust in the relationship. AND . . . 16% of those said that the lie led to a divorce and 11% said it led to a separation. (Yahoo News)

63% of People Say That When Their Alarm Goes Off In the Morning, They're Ready To Wake Up and Jump Out Of Bed:

Who are you people? You people who hear your alarm clock and don't reach over, start pounding the snooze button, and trying to do half-awake math of exactly how long you can get away with sleeping? --Apparently, there are more of you than there are of us. And that's frightening. A new survey by Phillips Consumer Lifestyle found that 63% of Americans say that when their alarm goes off, they're ready to wake up and get out of bed. --Only 37% of us don't feel like we're ready to get up when the alarm goes off. --BUT . . . even if people wake up to their alarm clocks, they're not totally awake. 56% of people say they don't consistently get a good night's sleep.
--And about 25%, or one out of four, admit they've taken naps at work. --85% said they think they'd be more productive at work if they slept more. (AOL Jobs)

The Best Way To Get a Nice, Healthy Tan Is . . . Eating Vegetables?

Want to get a nice tan right now, in the dead of winter, without going on a vacation you can't really afford . . . AND without channeling your inner New Jerseyan and going to a tanning salon? --Start pounding down some broccoli. --Dr. Ian Stephen at the University of Nottingham, in England, just finished a study that found eating more fruits and vegetables actually has a positive impact on your skin tone. --Quote, "Eating five more portions [of fruits and vegetables] ups your carotenoid levels, which gives your skin golden tones." --Carotenoids are antioxidants that help prevent damage to your skin, and bring out more color. --Stephen says, quote, "The more red and yellow tones found in the skin, the more attractive the people were found to be." --And in his study, the people who ate five extra servings of fruits and vegetables were voted the most attractive. (BBC)

Check Out the Top 10 Snowiest Cities In the U.S.:

Right now, the answer to "What's America's snowiest city?" is ALL OF THEM." But, historically, some cities get it worse than others. So this seems like as good a time as ever to talk about them. compiled this list based on historical records, which vary from city to city but go back anywhere from 50 to 150 years. These are the top 10 major metropolitan areas that average the most snow year in and year out.

#1.) Denver, Colorado, an average of 60.3 inches of snow every year.

#2.) Cleveland, Ohio, 59.3 inches

#3.) Salt Lake City, Utah, 58.5 inches

#4.) Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, 49.9 inches

#5.) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 47.3 inches

#6.) Boston, Massachusetts, 43.2 inches

#7.) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 43 inches

#8.) Detroit, Michigan, 41.1 inches

#9.) Chicago, Illinois, 38.8 inches

#10.) New York, New York, 28.9 inches

A Three-Year-Old Boy Calls the Police To Report That His Babysitter Is Drunk:

When I was three, I didn't know how to use the phone . . . didn't know what 911 was . . . and didn't realize that when people drink a funny-smelling liquid and start stumbling around, they're hammered drunk. --A three-year-old in Aberfeldy, England, is clearly more "with it" than I was. --The boy was home alone with a babysitter, a 39-year-old woman named Jacqueline Robertson. And she . . . was DRUNK. She drank an entire bottle of wine on the job, and was chugging down a second one. --So the three-year-old got on the phone . . . and called 911. (--Technically, in England, it's 999, not 911, but we like to Americanize things.) --He told the dispatcher that he was worried that his babysitter was drunk. When the cops got there, she proved it . . . by throwing a wine glass at one of them and just missing the officer's head. --She was arrested for assault and neglect. (STV)

You're More Likely To Conceive a Child Through In-Vitro If There's a Clown Dancing Around the Doctor's Office?

Remember that movie "Patch Adams", where Robin Williams played a doctor who helped his patients by wearing a red clown nose and making them LAUGH during treatment? --A team of doctors in Israel just finished a study of women who were getting in-vitro fertilization treatments. And they found the odds of conceiving a child through IVF were BETTER when there was a clown gallivanting around the doctor's office. --In the study, half of the women received just straight-up treatment . . . embryos were transferred to their wombs, with nothing out of the ordinary. --But the other half were entertained by a, quote, "medical clown" . . . whatever the hell that is . . . while they waited to have their treatment. --The result: 36% of the women who were entertained by the clown became pregnant, versus 20% of the women who weren't. The clown almost DOUBLED the odds of success. --Shevach Friedler led the study, and he thinks the clown worked because he helped cut the stress . . . which helped the women relax . . . and made their bodies more receptive to the embryos. --Quote, "Patients suffering from infertility, undergoing IVF, are incredibly stressed. So I thought this intervention could be beneficial for them at the crucial moments after embryo transfer." (Reuters)

A Bouncer Survives a Stabbing When the Knife Hits His Wallet . . . Filled With 20 Credit Cards:

If you're one of those people who just can't say no to every new credit card offer you see . . . listen up. --Those credit cards might actually SAVE YOUR LIFE. --In Witten, Germany, a 31-year-old bouncer survived a STABBING because of his massive collection of credit cards. On Sunday, he threw a drunk guy out of the bar . . . and the guy responded by STABBING him in the chest FOUR TIMES. --Only the knife didn't go into his chest. The bouncer had his wallet, stuffed with 20 cards, in his breast pocket, and the knife kept hitting that. Of the 20 cards, there were some video store ones in there . . . but most were credit and debit cards. --A police officer on the scene said, quote, "The cards acted as a protective vest. Everyone at the police station checked their wallets and no one had 20 cards." (National Ledger)

Word of the Day: Southbest:

Southbest (adjective) /sowth besst/ - When flying on Southwest Airlines, this describes the joy you feel when no one chooses to sit in the middle seat next to you. --Example: My trip to Vegas got off to an amazing start. I had an "A" boarding pass for my Southwest flight . . . I picked a seat . . . and as the plane filled up, people took all the middle seats except the one next to me. It was the Southbest.
A One-Armed Man Robs a Motel Clerk . . . By Pretending His Missing Arm Was a New Injury:

If you've got one arm and you're devoted to a life of crime . . . might as well look at your missing arm as an asset, I guess. --Around 5:00 A.M. yesterday morning, a one-armed man showed up at the Dollar Inn Motel in Indianapolis, Indiana. He pretended he was badly hurt . . . that his missing arm was a FRESH injury . . . and asked the clerk for help. --The clerk was 24-year-old Adrian Phillips and she thought the guy had just lost his arm, so she opened up the front desk's protective, bulletproof glass window to help him. --Once it was open, the one-armed man pulled out a gun and pointed it at her. --She gave him $200 and he ran off. --The police are still looking for him. (Indianapolis Star)


A Woman Steals a Mink Fur Coat . . . By Stuffing It In Her Plus-Sized Underwear:

--46-year-old Stephanie Moreland of Bloomington, Minnesota, is a CANDY-COATED lady. The police say she tips the scales around 270. --And she was just arrested for stealing a $6,500 short mink fur coat . . . by stuffing it down her pants and into her plus-sized underwear. --Stephanie went to the Alaskan Fur Company in Bloomington and tried on the mink coat. When the store employees turned away, she shoved it down her pants and into her underwear. --Mark Stehlik is the police commander of Bloomington and he says, quote, "She had modified her underwear. She cut the rear out so that, from the back, it appeared she was not wearing underwear, and then stuffed it down the front." --She left the store, and they took down her plate and called the police. Three days later, the police went to her house. She admitted to stealing the coat but said she'd already sold it. The officer told her she was going to be taken to jail. --And that's when she lifted up her dress . . . and pulled out the mink coat. That's right: When the cops came, she shoved the dress BACK in her safe hiding place. --She was arrested for theft. There's no word on when the Alaskan Fur Company will get their coat back . . . or how they're going to clean it. (CBS 4 - Minneapolis)

Police Are Called To a Bar In Illinois After a Man Angrily Rips a Photo of A.C. Slater from "Saved By the Bell" Off the Wall:

Apparently, there IS someone in the world who doesn't love "Saved By the Bell". I'm just as shocked as you are. --In Homer Glen, Illinois, there's a BRILLIANT place called Mullets Sports Bar & Restaurant. On their walls, they have photos of some of the most famous mullets of all time. --One of the photos features MARIO LOPEZ, from back when he was playing A.C. Slater on "Saved By the Bell". --During those early '90s years, he had a full-on curly mullet. It matched well with his acid-washed Z. Cavaricci jeans with two rows of belt loops. And Mullets Sports Bar was paying him a tribute by putting that photo . . . above a urinal. --But last week, that didn't sit right with a drunken customer, whose name wasn't released. He RIPPED the photo of Slater off the bathroom wall, and SMASHED the frame on the floor. --The bar owner called the police. Rather than arresting the man, they just had him pay $11 for the broken frame. When they asked him why he'd torn down the photo, he responded, quote, "I just don't like Slater." (Chicago Tribune)


The Jets and Patriots have been trash talking a lot about their game this weekend. Pats receiver Wes Welker took it to a GREAT place . . . taking a shot at Jets coach Rex Ryan's foot fetish by mentioning feet 11 times in a press conference.

It was too snowy for city of New Haven, Connecticut to take an elderly man to dialysis . . . so a local news team gave him a lift.

A man was arrested for defecating on church property . . . and when a cop asked him how much he'd had to drink he said, "Enough, cracker."

House members get a three-step tip sheet on how to deal with gunmen. One: Run. Two: Hide. Three: If all else fails, attack.


#1.) An IBM Supercomputer Is Going to Be a Contestant on "Jeopardy":

For years, IBM has apparently been working on a supercomputer named "Watson" that's specifically programmed to be good at the game show "Jeopardy". And now he's finally ready to compete. --At a taping today, Watson is taking on the show's two biggest champions: KEN JENNINGS, who holds the record for most-consecutive wins with 74. And BRAD RUTTER, who holds the record for most total winnings. --The three episodes featuring Watson don't air until the middle of February. But yesterday they did a practice run without Alex Trebek . . . and the supercomputer won. You can check out the video on YouTube. --In case you're curious, Watson has 15 terabytes of RAM, and can access the equivalent of 200 million pages of text. (--Search for "IBM Watson trial run Jeopardy." Watson answers the first question at :55.)

#2.) A Female Contestant on "Minute to Win It" Had to Do a Sexually Suggestive Task With Soda Bottles:

A female contestant on a recent episode of the show "Minute to Win It" had to complete a task that was a little more sexually suggestive than most tasks on the show. --It's kind of hard to explain, but it involved four two-liter soda bottles filled with gumballs . . . and the woman who did it must own a Shake Weight. (--Search for "Minute to Win It one handy chick.")

#3.) Mama From "Mama's Family" Made Fun of the Homeless Guy, Ted Williams:

VICKI LAWRENCE played Mama on "Mama's Family" in the '80s, and now she's reprising her role to make fun of Ted Williams, the homeless guy with a great voice. --There's a new video online of Vicki dressed as Mama standing on a street corner. And she's holding a cardboard sign that says she has the God-given ability to make people laugh. (--Search for "Vicki Lawrence calls out Ted Williams.")
(--WARNING: This video includes the words "ass", "bastards", and "hell".)

#4.) An 8-Year-Old Girl Had Technical Difficulties While Performing the National Anthem . . . So the Entire Crowd Started Singing With Her:

An 8-year-old girl named Elizabeth Hughes made her singing debut last Friday when she performed the National Anthem at a minor league hockey game in Norfolk, Virginia. --But with 30 seconds left to go in the song, her microphone cut out, and she looked like she might stop. She didn't though . . . because everyone in the arena started singing with her.
(--Search for "Elizabeth Hughes National Anthem." The mic cuts out at 1:27.)

#5.) A Homeless Guy on the New York City Subway Was Woken Up . . . When a Rat Ran Across His Chest:

A new video is getting a ton of views on YouTube. It's of a rat running around on a New York City subway train. Then a homeless guy who's sleeping on one of the benches wakes up . . . because the rat runs up his leg and across his chest.
(--Search for "rat wakes up homeless man.")
(--WARNING: This video includes the S-word.)
Five Reasons Watching Football at a Bar is Better Than Being at the Game:

The second round of the NFL playoffs is this weekend, and if you're like most people . . . you don't have tickets. But that's okay, because you should actually feel LUCKY you're not going to the game. -Here are five reasons watching football at a bar is better than being at the game . . .

#1.) The Cost. Obviously, it's the main advantage of not going, because the tickets alone cost more than you can possibly spend at the bar, even if you drink all day.

#2.) The View. Watching from the 50-yard-line would definitely be fun. But how many times have you ACTUALLY had seats on the 50-yard-line? --Because unless you really spend a lot, you end up with seats that are either fifty rows back, or in the corner of the end zone.

#3.) The Selection of Alcohol. Most stadiums have two or three different beers to choose from, but any half-decent sports bar has five times that. And unlike the concession stands at the stadium, a bar WILL serve alcohol during the fourth quarter.

#4.) The Socializing. Watching football at a bar is much more of a group activity.
At the game, you can basically talk to the two people sitting next to you, and that's it.

#5.) The Weather. The Falcons and Packers play in the Georgia Dome, but aside from that: the Ravens play the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Seahawks play the Bears in Chicago, and the Jets play the Patriots in Foxborough. --And the temperature in all three cities is supposed to be below freezing. So be thankful this weekend when you're sitting on a warm bar stool. (

Three Post-Breakup Strategies . . . Which One Works Best for You?

Breaking up with someone sucks, but deciding what to do AFTER you break up can be even harder. Here are three common post-breakup scenarios, and why each one either works . . . or not.

#1.) The Clean Break. The idea behind this strategy is "out of sight, out of mind." You have to completely cut off communication. It sounds brutal, but it makes it WAY easier to move on. --With a clean break, you'll be more likely to get your friends and family to help you stay busy, instead of holding out hope that you might get back together with your ex.

#2.) Staying Friends. In theory, staying friends is a nice idea, but most people do it when they still have feelings for the other person. --Generally, the person doing the dumping likes the idea of staying friends because it helps them feel less guilty . . . and the person who got dumped keeps hanging on to the hope that you'll reconcile. So someone is bound to get hurt. --Instead of rushing right into the friend zone, take a temporary no-contact break, then rebuild the friendship once you're both comfortable with the relationship's new status.

#3.) Exes with Benefits. One ex's no-strings-attached sex is usually the other one's "proof" that there are still feelings there. No matter what, there will still be some lingering feelings after the breakup, and it's difficult to separate those feelings from sex. --Eventually, one person is going to want to move on, and then you're going to have to go through ANOTHER breakup. Is it even worth it? Probably not. You're better off just finding someone new to rub genitals with. (

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Did Taylor Swift Get Dumped By Phone Again?

TAYLOR SWIFT got a lot of mileage out of her claim that JOE JONAS dumped her over the phone. Well, she might have a new story to tell. --"Us Weekly" says that JAKE GYLLENHAAL went all Alexander Graham Bell on Taylor's ass, too. (???) --Sources say Taylor was completely blindsided . . . quote, "Taylor is really upset and hurt. She doesn't know what she did for him to just put a stop to it. She feels really burned by him." --Her pain was evident at last week's "People's Choice Awards". A friend says, quote, "She was not her usual bubbly, over-animated self. She didn't eat anything, seemed very sad and definitely wasn't having a good time."

Is Kate Hudson Pregnant?

"People" magazine says that KATE HUDSON is pregnant. The father is MATT BELLAMY from the British band MUSE. They've been dating for about nine months. --There's been no official word yet from Kate, but a so-called "source" says, quote, "They couldn't be more excited. Kate is really happy. She was always excited to have kids again at some point." --Kate already has a 7-year-old son named Ryder with her ex-husband, CHRIS ROBINSON of the BLACK CROWES. Kate is 31 years old.

Eva Longoria Did Not Have Her Wedding Date Tattoo Removed:

In a picture taken over the weekend, it looked like EVA LONGORIA had gotten that tattoo of her wedding date removed from her wrist. She didn't. Apparently, she just splashed some cover makeup on it. --Because Eva has posted a message on Twitter and Facebook saying, quote, "Just so everyone knows I still have all my tattoos. Nothing is being removed, although I am always up for more tattoos!:)" --Shortly after marrying San Antonio Spurs scumbag TONY PARKER, Eva had their wedding date . . . July 7th, 2007 . . . tattooed on the inside of her right wrist in Roman numerals. He got the same thing on his ring finger. --Eva also has the word "nine" tattooed on the back of her neck . . . because that's Tony's jersey number. -In related news . . . Tony's SEXTING partner is a free woman. ERIN BARRY and her husband BRENT are officially divorced. --Brent used to play ball with Tony on the Spurs. It was Tony's relationship with Erin . . . which may or may not have ever been physically consummated . . . that probably led to his breakup with Eva.

Is Kelsey Grammer a Cross-dresser?

CAMILLE GRAMMER may have dropped a bombshell on yesterday's "Howard Stern Show". Because she KIND OF admitted that her estranged husband KELSEY is into CROSS-DRESSING. --Here's how it played out . . . -Howard was suggesting Kelsey is GAY . . . because during a previous appearance on his show, Camille had suggested that "La Cage Aux Folles" was, quote, "the right play" for Kelsey. --Camille said, quote, "He likes being with women, but there's something between us that didn't click." --Now, "La Cage" is about gay men who own a DRAG CLUB. That clicked with Howard's co-host, Robin Quivers, who said, quote, "What's the reason, he likes to dress as a woman?" --Camille giggled and said, quote, "I'm not saying it . . . I'm not saying it." --Howard and Robin started pressing Camille for details. For instance, they asked when Kelsey first shared his fetish with her. --Camille said, quote, "That was a gift to me. That was a super, special surprise." --But then she said, quote, "I'm not discussing this now . . . I'm gonna be smacked with a lawsuit! You've got to ask his new [fiancée]." --And she added, quote, "He's a man, very much a man. He's all man!" --Camille said Kelsey, quote, "wasn't into sex that much", but that they still had a loving relationship and an emotional connection. She added, quote, "I think he's straight, but there are times I didn't think so during our marriage." --One last note: Camille says that Kelsey was so insecure that he wouldn't let her go to the beach or out with friends . . . and she couldn't even have a LOVE TOY. --Kelsey's rep has issued the following response to all of this . . . quote, "While it is not clear why Camille Grammer continues making public statements about her marriage to Kelsey, it is crystal clear that Kelsey will continue not responding, regardless of content."(--Here's audio from the interview . . .)

Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are the Most Influential Celebrities: has put together a list of Hollywood's Most Influential Celebrities . . . and STEVEN SPIELBERG and OPRAH WINFREY pretty much own it. --Using some arcane mathematical formula that ranked 6,000 celebrities based on 46 different attributes, Forbes gave Spielberg and Oprah a 53% rating . . . meaning that 53% of the population thinks they're influential. --Ties were broken by looking at a celebrity's, quote, "marketing effectiveness" . . . which is a combination of awareness, public appeal and other factors. --Spielberg edged out Oprah in that category, so he got the top spot.

--Here's the list . . .

#1.) Steven Spielberg, 53%

#2.) Oprah Winfrey, 53%

#3.) Dr. Mehmet Oz, 45%

#4.) Rush Limbaugh, 41%

#5.) Barbara Walters, 40%

#6.) Bono, 40%

#7.) L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson, 40%

#8.) Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 40%

#9.) Glenn Beck, 40%

#10.) Bill Cosby, 39%

(--You can check out the justification for all their picks here . . .)

One of Tom Hanks' Other Sons Is a Rapper Under the Name "Chet Haze":

Everyone knows that TOM HANKS' son COLIN is following him into the acting biz. But Tom has another son who's apparently a wannabe RAPPER. (--Tom has four kids from his two marriages: Three sons and a daughter.) --CHESTER HANKS is a student at Northwestern University. And he recently composed a rap anthem to his school called "White and Purple". He even put a video on YouTube. --Oh, and his rap alter ego is "CHET HAZE". --The song includes lines such as . . . --"White kicks / Purple kush / This is college, hittin' blunts after hittin' books." --And . . . "Got a call from the brothers in the frat house / I'm with my girl, tryin' to get up under that blouse / She a freshman / She a freak though / In the bed, but a lady in the street, yo." (--Here's the video . . .)

Nicole Kidman Admits She's Tried Botox:

In news that will shock absolutely no one, NICOLE KIDMAN says she's tried Botox. In news you may find much harder to believe, she claims she doesn't use it anymore. --She says, quote, "I've tried a lot of things, but aside from sports and good nutrition, most things don't make a difference. I have also tried Botox. --"I didn't like how my face looked afterwards. Now I don't use it anymore . . . I can move my forehead again!"

25 Things You Don't Know About Steven Tyler:

STEVEN TYLER is the subject of "Us Weekly's" latest "25 Things You Don't Know About Me". Here are the highlights . . .
--I have swum with dolphins.
--I sang four songs from "Abbey Road" to Paul McCartney.
--I used to hunt and trap as a kid.
--I hate leeches.
--I had a pet raccoon named bandit.
--I'm a fragrance cognoscente. Love my oils.
(--Check out the rest here . . .)

Charlie Sheen Missed Work Yesterday . . . Because of an Ear Infection:

CHARLIE SHEEN did not make it to the set of "Two and a Half Men" yesterday . . . but it wasn't because he was still hung-over from his latest typically epic hookers-and-blow misadventure. Instead, it was just an ear infection. For real. --A doctor connected with the show confirmed to TMZ that Charlie has a, quote, "serious, ongoing ear problem." Charlie's rep says he'll be back at work as soon as his ear feels better.

Did Charlie Sheen Hang Out with Bombshell McGee Last Weekend?

CHARLIE SHEEN was supposedly chillin' with a "revolving door" of porno stars in Las Vegas last weekend . . . and now TMZ says JESSE JAMES' former mistress BOMBSHELL MCGEE was one of them. --Bombshell had befriended Bree Olson, one of the girls that Charlie was hanging out with. It's unclear if anything actually happened between Charlie and Bombshell. (--Here's video of Bree and Bombshell McGee kissing . . .)
Movie Characters Who Were Supposed to Die . . . But Didn't:

Throughout history, there have been numerous instances where a movie character was set up for DEATH . . . but ultimately saved by a script rewrite. Here are some of the most famous cases . . .

--"Lethal Weapon 2": At the end of the movie, MEL GIBSON'S character, Martin Riggs, gets shot several times, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" plays, and . . . HE LIVES. --Apparently, the producers decided they had a real franchise on their hands. (--There ended up being two more "Lethal Weapon" flicks.)

--"Rocky 5": Rocky was supposed to die in his street fight with Tommy Gunn. SYLVESTER STALLONE thought better of it . . . and 16 years later, in 2006, he gave the character a much more respectable send-off with "Rocky Balboa". --"First Blood": In the original novel, John Rambo dies at the end. Stallone even filmed that ending. But ultimately, he decided to spare the character . . . and his bank account was most appreciative. (--Here's the original ending . . .)
--"Scream": DAVID ARQUETTE'S goofy cop character, Dewey, wasn't supposed to make it out of the first movie alive. Director WES CRAVEN actually shot the ending both ways: With him living and dying. --For some reason, the decision was made to keep him around . . . and he'll be back for the upcoming "Scream 4".

--"Return of the Jedi": Han Solo was NOT supposed to survive the "Star Wars" saga. The plan for the third film was to have Han's friends rescue him from Jabba the Hut . . . but for Han to later die in the raid on the Death Star. --It was GEORGE LUCAS who nixed the idea. HARRISON FORD wanted Han to die, as did writer Lawrence Kasdan. --Gary Kurtz . . . who produced the first two movies . . . recently said, quote, "George decided he didn't want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason."

--"Full Metal Jacket": MATTHEW MODINE'S character, Private Joker, ended up being the main character. But he was supposed to die when Private Pyle . . . played by VINCENT D'ONOFRIO . . . went postal.

--Modine himself convinced director STANLEY KUBRICK to keep him alive.

Update: TBS Loves Conan . . . Conan Is Cool with David Letterman . . . and Conan and Jay Leno May Never Speak Again:

CONAN O'BRIEN may not have maintained the crazy ratings he was pulling during his show's debut week, but TBS is thrilled with what Conan IS still bringing in. --The head of programming at the network says, quote, "I discount the first week's ratings, as anybody should for a talk show or even a scripted program. --"It's landing right about where we expected it to. At this number, 'Conan' will run as long as he wants it to." -The key to TBS' excitement is Conan's appeal to YOUNGER audiences. Now, 'Conan' is averaging about 1 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, which is the most coveted advertising demographic. --If you factor in DVR numbers, "Conan" eclipses "The Tonight Show" in this demographic, 1.44 million viewers to 1.35 million. "Letterman" has even less, with 1.15 million. --Even more telling: The median age of "Conan's" viewers is 33, which is drastically lower than "The Tonight Show" and "Letterman", which both have median ages of 56. --So if Conan has an open invitation to stay, how long does he see himself on TBS? --He says, quote, "My goal is not to do this forever. I just want to do this really well for a period of time until I have nothing left to say and then go away." --Conan also says that he talked with DAVID LETTERMAN over the holidays. --He explains, quote, "It was just a quick call. We hadn't spoken in a long time. He said, 'I haven't checked in on you and want to make sure we're good.' I said, 'We've always been good.' I said he didn't owe me a call, but I appreciate it." --Naturally, that sentiment doesn't extend to JAY LENO. When Conan was asked if he thought he'd EVER talk to Jay again, he said, quote, "I . . . no . . . I don't think so. --"I don't think there's . . . there's nothing to be figured out. We all know the story. Life is short. I have kids and family and life to live. I don't think about it too much. And I'm sure he's busy."

Lisa Kudrow and Andy Richter Were Originally Considered for Roles on "Modern Family":

Could "Modern Family" have starred LISA KUDROW? Maybe. --A "casting breakdown" from when "Modern Family" was still in development has popped up online . . . and apparently Lisa was being considered for the role of Claire Dunphy. JULIE BOWEN was eventually cast in the role. --Here are the show's other original casting ideas: -Gay couple Mitchell and Cameron could've been played by ANDY RICHTER and TONY HALE . . . a.k.a. Buster from "Arrested Development". JESSE TYLER FERGUSON and ERIC STONESTREET landed the roles instead. --It's unclear if any of them were ever actually offered a role. But there is one thing we know for sure . . . --CRAIG T. NELSON was offered the part of Jay Pritchett, but he turned it down. They ended up casting ED O'NEILL. --Two parts that were set from the beginning were those of Phil Dunphy and Gloria Pritchett. TY BURRELL and SOFIA VERGARA were on the early cast list for those roles . . . and they ended up getting them. (--If you're interested, you can see the "casting breakdown," here.)
And Now . . . Oprah Documents the Cause of Her "Massive Macaroni-and-Cheese-Eating Tailspin:

OPRAH WINFREY will be PIERS MORGAN'S first guest when his new show takes over LARRY KING'S old timeslot on CNN next Monday. --An outtake from the interview has hit the Internet . . . in which Oprah explains her maniacal macaroni-and-cheese binge of 1998. (???) --It happened right after her movie "Beloved" was destroyed at the box office by the killer doll flick "Bride of Chucky". --She says, quote, "[I went into] a massive, depressive macaroni and cheese-eating tailspin. It premiered on a Friday and I remember hearing on Saturday morning that we got beat by something called 'Chucky'. I didn't even know what 'Chucky' was. --"So, I asked my chef at the time to make some macaroni and cheese . . . and I ate about 30 pounds worth. I'm not kidding. I'm not kidding!" (--She's probably kidding. Probably. But let's hold out hope that she's not.)
(--How is this an outtake??? This is GOLD. You can see the video, here . . .)
(--"Beloved" did get smoked by "Bride of Chucky" . . . and "Practical Magic", which also opened that weekend. You can see a chart of that weekend's box office results, here.)

THURSDAY TV REMINDERS: (--Check your local listings.)

--"[Bleep] My Dad Says" . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Bonnie and Vince plan to renew their vows in a second wedding. Ed Begley Jr. guests as her dad.)

--"Grey's Anatomy" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Arizona asks Mark for advice in her attempt to reconcile with Callie.) (--Callie and Arizona were a deliciously lesbian couple on the show, until Arizona went to work in Africa.)

--"Police Women of Cincinnati" [5th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Ace of Cakes" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Food Network. (--Betty White guests when chef Duff Goldman prepares a cake for her favorite animal charity.)

--"Beyond Scared Straight" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:30 P.M. on A&E. (--Five troubled teen girls visit Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, California to speak with inmates and learn about the harsh realities of prison life.)

Taylor Swift Sets Another Record . . . with the #1 Album in a Record-Low Sales Week:

When TAYLOR SWIFT'S latest album "Speak Now" hit stores in October, it had the largest sales week of the past five years by selling more than a million copies in its first week. -Well, Taylor's back at #1 again this week . . . and the 52,000 copies she just sold has the distinction of being the LOWEST tally for a #1 album since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

1.) "Speak Now", Taylor Swift (52,000 copies)
2.) "Pink Friday", Nicki Minaj (39,000 copies)
3.) "Doo-Wops & Hooligans", Bruno Mars (38,000 copies)

The Next Jane's Addiction Album Will Have an Updated Sound . . . with Elements of Muse and Radiohead:

JANE'S ADDICTION is recording their first album in eight years, and PERRY FARRELL says it'll have an updated sound . . . with elements of bands like MUSE and RADIOHEAD. --He explains, quote, "It's a strange mixture of that post-punk Goth darkness that Jane's had, with what's going on today with groups like Muse and Radiohead. --"As much as I want to appease fans and make old Jane's fans love me, I just can't help myself from moving forward." --Jane's is hoping to have a single out by March, and is expecting the album out sometime this summer. It's going to be called "The Great Escape". --Perry says the title could mean a lot of things . . . quote, "It's conceptual. It could be escaping to the outdoors, or the great escape could be in your mind. --"We might even be able to escape the expectations of the old Jane's fans and come out with another great record." --They plan to tour soon after its release, but they need to find a bassist first. --Former bassists ERIC AVERY, FLEA and CHRIS CHANEY are apparently out . . . and former GUNS N' ROSES / VELVET REVOLVER bassist DUFF MCKAGAN, who played with Jane's recently, quit the band over creative differences. --TV ON THE RADIO bassist DAVE SITEK is playing bass on the new album, but technically he's still a temporary replacement. Perry doesn't sound too confident that he'd tour with them.

Muse is Worried That Their Lasers May Blind Them:

MUSE recently conducted an experiment . . . and discovered that the lasers they use in their live shows may be dangerous to their eyes. --Drummer DOMINIC HOWARD explains, quote, "We got some big white balloons, threw them into the audience and decided to focus the lasers on them. It was like a slow burn that gradually disintegrated them into nothing. --"We all thought, 'What the hell will our corneas be like in 20 years?' We could end up like that amazing vocal group the Blind Boys of Alabama . . . doing it really well, but not seeing anything."
Kanye West Bought an $180,000 Watch With His Image on It:

This definitely shouldn't come as a shock to you. KANYE WEST has dropped $180,000 on a watch, which was customized to include his own likeness. -It's an 18-carat yellow gold watch . . . with over eight karats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds, which were cut and placed to form an image of his face. (--The watch looks like this . . .) (--USHER had one of these made, too. Of course, his featured his own face . . . not Kanye's. Usher paid $250,000 for his.)


Someone hacked into SELENA GOMEZ'S Twitter and Facebook accounts and left some foul language on her pages . . . not to mention the following message . . . quote, "JUSTIN BIEBER SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

This is how you know your family is a bad influence: LINDSAY LOHAN is going to skip both of her grandmothers' birthday parties in order to concentrate on her sobriety.

Remember when SAMANTHA RONSON'S bulldog Cadillac mauled a neighbor's dog to death last year? Well, Samantha had to ship him off to relatives on the East Coast to keep authorities in West Hollywood from putting him down.

PETER FONDA was driving along Sunset Boulevard yesterday afternoon when he came upon a car along the side of the road that contained the body of a man who had committed suicide.

KEVIN JAMES and his wife Steffiana are expecting their third child.

TYLER PERRY scored a whopping 19 nominations for the NAACP Image Awards, thanks to the TV show "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" and the movies "For Colored Girls" and "Why Did I Get Married Too".

"The Big Bang Theory" is going to be around for a LONG time. And that's a good thing. (--Unless you don't like the show, I guess.) CBS has just picked up THREE more seasons . . . meaning it'll continue through at least May of 2014.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND'S next gig is an Internet series of five- to seven-minute "webisodes" that will premiere on Hulu in March. It's called "The Confession" . . . and Kiefer is playing a hitman, who's trying to explain his killings to a priest.

The CW dropped "The Game" a few years ago after it only drew 1.8 million viewers. But BET picked it up, and its premiere episode drew an absolutely CRAZY 7.7 million viewers on Tuesday night.

A New Study Finds Talking On Your Cell Phone Makes You a *Safer* Driver. Wait . . . What?

Ever since everyone got cell phones, we've heard how dangerous it is to use them in cars. Every study, survey, report, statistic, analysis, number crunch, and "Oprah" episode has found that using a cell phone horribly distracts you. --UNTIL NOW. A new study from economists at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics has found that driving while talking on your cell phone actually makes you SAFER. Seriously. --Now . . . before we get into this, obviously, it flies in the face of every other study, so please, take this for what it's worth and always be safe. On to the study . . . --The researchers gathered data on people making calls in cars, by analyzing cell phone calls that kept switching cell phone towers . . . showing that the person making the call was on the move. --Then, they compared that data to car accident data in the area. --They couldn't find any significant connection between cell phone calls and a rise in car accidents. If anything, they found that times and areas that had a lot of calls actually had a small dip in the number of crashes. This was true across all states. --So . . . how the HELL can this be true? Their best theory is that all the hype about the danger of cell phones in cars has sunk in . . . so when people are using a phone, they make sure to stay EXTRA focused and aware of the road. (Jalopnik)

The Average American Eats Out Three Times a Week . . . And a Lot of Them Are Taking Cell Phone Pictures of Their Food:

If you feel guilty for going out to eat all the time, or think other people are judging you because they actually cook and stuff . . . it's time to see if you're normal. --According to a new survey by Zagat, the average American eats out . . . 3.1 times a week. --Mostly for financial reasons . . . it's almost always cheaper to buy groceries and cook, unless you're subsisting off of the McDonald's dollar menu and Little Caesars $5 pizzas. 15% of people say they're eating out less now than six months ago. --The survey also found that 54% of people think it's RUDE and INAPPROPRIATE to text, tweet, email, or talk on a cell phone at a restaurant . . . but only 16% think it's rude to use your cell phone to take a PHOTO of your food. --68% of people said they oppose the idea of putting a tax on high-sugar drinks, and 53% said they're against the government regulating the amount of SALT in meals. --But only 9% were against laws requiring restaurants to post a letter grade that shows their most recent health inspection score. New York City and Los Angeles both have those laws. --The survey also found that Las Vegas has the highest average meal price in the U.S., at $47.53. That's up $3 from last year. New York and Miami came in second and third. The national average is $35.44. (PR Newswire)

January 17th Is the Most Depressing Day of the Year:

According to a psychologist in Wales, this Monday, January 17th, is the most DEPRESSING day of the year. --Dr. Cliff Arnall says he figured out that the third Monday of the year is the most depressing day of the year because of all kinds of bad news converging on that day . . .

--The weather sucks.

--It's been long enough since Christmas and your vacation that your good feelings from them have worn off.

--Your Christmas credit card debt becomes a reality.

--You've started struggling or you've already failed on your New Year's resolutions.

--And your next vacation feels so, so, so far away.

--The happiest day of the year, according to Arnall, is the third Friday in June. This year it'll be June 17th. (MNN)

The Economy's Getting Better, So Companies Are Letting People Take Martin Luther King Day Off Again:

--According to a new nationwide survey, about 30% of companies will give their employees a paid holiday on Monday for Martin Luther King Day. --Last year, only 28% of companies gave employees MLK Day as a paid holiday. The jump isn't huge . . . but it's still a sign that the economy's starting to get better and companies are feeling a little more generous with their days off. --Even though the number dipped a bit in the recession, companies today are WAY more generous than they used to be. And, because we love stirring the pot, less racist. --In 1986, only 14% of companies gave workers a paid holiday on MLK Day. In 1993, it was 24%. It hit 30% for the first time in 2003 and has now leveled off around there. --There's no major connection to the size of the company and whether they give their employees a day off on Martin Luther King Day. --The survey found that 32% of companies with more than 1,000 employees are giving workers the day off . . . as are 29% of small businesses. (Naperville Sun)
The Homeless Guy With The Golden Voice Is Off To Rehab:

TED WILLIAMS is compressing the entire fame cycle into the shortest time span ever. Two weeks ago he was homeless. Then he became instantly famous for his golden voice. Then he did the media tour. Then his troubled past came out. --And now, less than two weeks later, he's headed to rehab. (--All he needs to do is squeeze in a ROBERT DOWNEY JR.-style comeback and he's done.) --On Monday night, Ted and his daughter got into an argument at a hotel in Hollywood. They were detained by the police but no one was arrested. --Apparently his daughter was confronting him because he's still drinking every day, even though he's had a ton of trouble with alcoholism. And Ted has finally admitted that yes, she was right . . . he is still drinking. --So yesterday on the "Dr. Phil" show, DR. PHIL convinced Ted to go to rehab. --Dr. Phil says, quote, "If Ted is ever going to get better, he's got to be honest with himself and admit he's addicted to drugs and alcohol. I've told him it's not going to be easy . . . but this is a big step in the right direction." (People)

Three Out of Four Dog Owners Think Their Dog Is Better At Predicting the Weather Than a Meteorologist:

Knowing the way Americans feel about their dogs, I don't find this the least bit surprising. --A new survey by the Associated Press and found that 72% of dog owners . . . or about three out of four . . . believe their DOG is better at predicting the weather than a professional meteorologist. --Cat owners are a little more down-to-earth. A little. Only 66% of them think their cat can predict the weather better than a pro. --And 47% of dog owners and 41% of cat owners say they have proof of this . . . their pet warned them about a change in the weather long before they heard it from any other source. --How did they warn them? 64% tried to hide in a safe place . . . 56% whined or cried . . . 52% became hyperactive or unpredictable . . . and 36% barked or meowed nonstop. Obviously, based on the math, some pets did more than one. --Scientists have proven that animals can sometimes predict bad weather because of changes in air and barometric pressure outside . . . but there's no proof they have any sort of weather-predicting sixth sense. (Newser)

Bad News: Your Zodiac Sign May've Just Changed:

If you believe in astrology, and you've lived your life based on your Zodiac sign . . . you may have been living a LIE. --Astronomers in Minnesota took the zodiac and adapted it based on the way the Earth's axis was shifted during the Babylonian period, when it was created. That threw off all of the dates when the sun is in each zodiac constellation's "house."

--So . . . if you want to believe today's scientists, here's the way that Zodiac signs are ACTUALLY supposed to break down . . .

--Capricorn: January 20th to February 16th.

--Aquarius: February 16th to March 11th.

--Pisces: March 11th to April 18th.

--Aries: April 18th to May 13th.

--Taurus: May 13th to June 21st.

--Gemini: June 21st to July 20th.

--Cancer: July 20th to August 10th.

--Leo: August 10th to September 16th.

--Virgo: September 16th to October 30th.

--Libra: October 30th to November 23rd.

--Scorpio: November 23rd to December 17th.

--Sagittarius: December 17th to January 20th.

(Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Word of the Day: Five Dollar Save:

Five dollar save (noun) /fyve doll urr sayve/ - after telling a bad story, saving it and making it interesting by wrapping it up with the phrase "And then I found five dollars." --Example: "So yesterday I went outside and thought it was going to be raining, but it wasn't, so I just carried my umbrella all day long and never opened it. Uh . . . uh . . . and then I found five dollars!"


A Guy Selling Food Stamps Door-to-Door Was Busted When He Emptied His Pockets To Show He Didn't Have Stamps . . . And Drugs Fell Out:

Who would've guessed it . . . a guy going door-to-door illegally selling food stamps ISN'T a criminal genius? In Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a 33-year-old man, whose name wasn't released, was walking around, trying to get people to buy his food stamps. --When the cops stopped him, he said he didn't have any stamps on him . . . and to prove it, he turned out his pockets. And he wasn't lying . . . there were no food stamps in his pockets. --But there WERE drugs. So when he turned out his pockets, a small baggie with white residue fell out. The exact drug wasn't released . . . but he was arrested for misdemeanor narcotic possession. (Northwest Florida Daily News)

Two Guys Robbed a Liquor Store In Georgia . . . And Their Footprints In the Snow Led Police Right To Their Apartment:

You really can't serve up a trail for the cops better than this. In Dalton, Georgia, 19-year-olds Sebastian Love and Adrian Estrada robbed a liquor store around 4:00 A.M. The store was closed, they smashed the window, and stole a bunch of liquor. --But it had just snowed that night. So, as they walked back home to their apartment complex, they didn't realize they were leaving footprints in the snow. Footprints that went, literally, door-to-door from the liquor store to their apartment. --The cops who reported to the liquor store's alarm saw the fresh footprints, followed them, knocked on their door . . . and arrested them. They were charged with burglary and criminal damage to property. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)


A man has been charged with domestic battery . . . because he trained his dog to bite his girlfriend when they argued:

A baby girl in Idaho was born at 1:11 A.M. on January 11th . . . that's 1/11/11. And her older sister was born on 9/9/09:

A court in Philly is trying to prosecute a drug-trafficker who's deaf, mute, and illiterate:

70% of the country currently is covered in snow . . . and every state in the U.S. has snow on the ground except Florida:

Want to volunteer for a trip to Mars? At least 400 people are already interested. There's only one-problem . . . it's a one-way trip:

A couple is promising to name their baby after whoever returns their missing dog?

Long distance moves are at an all time low in the U.S. . . . only 1.4% of people moved across state lines in 2010, down from 1.6% in '09:

#1.) Hillary Clinton Ate It While Boarding a Plane in Yemen:

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON took a spill on Tuesday while boarding a plane in Yemen. She made it up the stairs fine, but caught her foot on something when she stepped through the door, and ended up on the floor. --But unlike the 2009 fall that fractured her elbow, this time she's fine. (--Search for "Hillary Clinton trips boarding plane." It happens at :10.)

#2.) All Four Members of a Band Played One Guitar . . . At the Same Time:

Here's something you've probably never seen before: The indie band LITTLE COMETS has a song called "One Night In October", and they posted a video on YouTube of all four band members playing the song on one guitar . . . at the same time. --The bassist plays the two lowest strings on the guitar, the two guitar players play the other four strings, and the drummer pounds his hands on the front. And somehow, it actually sounds pretty good.
(--Search for "Little Comets one guitar." They start playing at :18.)

Five Signs a Guy's About to Ask For Sex:

People always joke about how guys want to have sex all the time. That's not really true, but the result is that women always wait for guys to initiate things. Which kinda blows, because it's actually a MAJOR turn-on for guys when WOMEN initiate things. --Anyway . . . whether you want to satisfy your guy . . . or AVOID him . . . here's a list of five ways to tell when he's ABOUT to want some lovin' . . .

#1.) He Touches His Nose. According to a recent study, the nerves in a guy's nose are somehow linked to his manhood . . . which explains why SNEEZING feels so good.

#2.) He Hooks His Thumbs in His Belt Loops. According to Cosmo, he's subconsciously trying to get you to think about his junk. (--And he's also subconsciously looking like a redneck.)

#3.) He Starts Rubbing Your Shoulders. Cosmo says it's a subconscious signal that he wants to grab something ELSE.

#4.) His Pupils Dilate. If his pupils get bigger while he's looking at you . . . or while he's looking at a Victoria's Secret catalog . . . it's a sure sign he's aroused. --Of course, constantly monitoring the size of his pupils isn't very practical. Plus, they'll also dilate if there's even a slight change in lighting.

#5.) He Lowers His Voice. A study published in the "Journal of Nonverbal Behavior" last year showed that men naturally lower their voices when they're turned on. And it's NOT some conscious way of trying to sound manlier . . . --Because the researchers studied women too, and they ALSO lowered their voices when they were aroused. (Cosmopolitan)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Jewel Is Pregnant:

I have wonderful news to report this morning: Jewel and her husband, rodeo stud TY MURRAY, are expecting their first child together.
--Jewel says she's in her second trimester, but she won't give a due date or reveal the sex of the baby. --She says, quote, "I'm trying to be in the moment and really enjoy my pregnancy. I feel really lucky." (--Jewel is 36. D. And 36 years old.) (???)

Tia Mowry Is Pregnant:

TIA MOWRY . . . one of the twin stars of the series "Sister, Sister" along with her sister TAMERA . . . is pregnant. She and husband Cory Hardrict are expecting their first child in July. --Tia . . . who's 32 . . . is getting her own show to document the pregnancy. It'll air on the Style Network later this year. No word on how they'll handle the pregnancy on her current show, "The Game", which now airs on BET.

Dr. Conrad Murray Will Stand Trial for Killing Michael Jackson:

DR. CONRAD MURRAY will stand trial for killing MICHAEL JACKSON. --At the conclusion of his preliminary hearing yesterday, Judge Michael Pastor ruled that there was enough evidence to prosecute Dr. Murray on one count of INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. --He also ordered Dr. Murray's medical license to be suspended immediately . . . saying, quote, "[The] overall consideration is the protection of the public. The continued practice by Dr. Murray does pose an imminent danger to the state of California." --During the six-day hearing, Murray's attorneys tried to suggest that Michael administered the fatal dose of propofol to himself. --But two doctors who testified yesterday said that even if that were the case, Murray would still have been guilty of negligence, since he was the attending physician. --Murray's arraignment . . . where he'll be formally charged and allowed to enter his plea . . . will take place on January 25th. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. --Following the verdict, LA TOYA JACKSON told reporters, quote, "I'm happy so far."

Edward Furlong Is In Jail for Violating His Wife's Restraining Order:

EDWARD FURLONG was thrown in jail yesterday morning for violating a restraining order filed by his estranged wife, Rachael Kneeland. --Rachel got the restraining order because Edward was threatening her and her new boyfriend. --Yesterday, he showed up in court for a progress hearing, where it was revealed that he violated the order last month by getting within 50 yards of Rachel. (--He's supposed to stay at least 100 yards away from her.) --Last we heard, he was still behind bars on $75,000 bail. --Furlong . . . who's 33 years old . . . seemed to have a great career ahead of him when he scored the role of John Connor in "Terminator 2" . . . which was released in 1991. --But thanks to drugs and alcohol, he's constantly undoing any forward progress he makes. --Furlong plays a drug dealer in "The Green Hornet" . . . which hits theaters on Friday. And the night before his incarceration, he was living it up with SETH ROGEN and the rest of the cast at the L.A. premiere.

Lea Michele Didn't Mean to Dash the Hopes of "True Grit" Actress Hailee Steinfeld:

14-year-old "True Grit" star HAILEE STEINFELD recently revealed that she tried to get an autograph from "Glee" minx LEA MICHELE . . . and Lea totally blew her off. --This was back when Hailee was auditioning for "True Grit". -Well, Lea claims it was a PRODUCTION ASSISTANT who shooed Hailee away . . . and she feels bad about it. --She says, quote, "I heard Hailee was upset and feel terrible. The 'Glee' schedule is so jam-packed that the PA probably pulled me so that I wouldn't be late to the set. --"I never meant to hurt her feelings. She's an extraordinary talent and I look forward to meeting her one day."

Jaime Pressly's Blood-Alcohol Level was .22%:

It's a good thing cops got JAIME PRESSLY off the road last week. TMZ says her blood-alcohol level was .22%. That's almost THREE-TIMES California's legal limit of .08%. --Jaime was arrested last Wednesday night in Santa Monica at about 11:00 P.M. She was booked on suspicion of DUI and released on $15,000 bail.

The New James Bond Movie Will Be Released In November of 2012:

After almost becoming a casualty of MGM's financial problems, the 23rd James Bond movie is back on track. And it even has a release date: November 9th, 2012. --DANIEL CRAIG will return to play Agent 007 for the third time. SAM MENDES . . . of "American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition" fame . . . will direct.

Miley Cyrus May Star in the Movie Based On that "Big Bang" Music Video:

MILEY CYRUS may star in a movie based on the video for the ROCK MAFIA song, "The Big Bang". --As you may recall, Miley and actor KEVIN ZEGERS star in the video, which features a trippy narrative about a dude chasing some chick through a city. --He seems to have flashbacks of having known her before . . . but there are also hints that she doesn't really exist. The video ends with him watching her car get seriously T-boned . . . but when he checks the wreckage, she's not there.
(--Here's the video . . .)

James Cameron Is Dissing "Battleship":

Last year, JAMES CAMERON used his lofty, self-proclaimed position as KING OF THE WORLD to insult the makers of "Piranha 3D" . . . basically for squandering 3D technology on a crappy movie. --And now, he's going after the makers of the upcoming "Battleship" movie for their lack of originality. --He reportedly told a German movie website, quote, "We have a story crisis. Now they want to make the Battleship game into a film. This is pure desperation. --"Everyone in Hollywood knows how important it is that a film is a brand before it hit theaters. If a brand has been around, Harry Potter for example, or Spider-Man, you are light years ahead. --"And there lies the problem. Because unfortunately these franchises are become more ridiculous. Battleship. This degrades the cinema."

Justin Bieber Is Coming Back to "CSI":

JUSTIN BIEBER will guest-star on another episode of "CSI". --Justin will once again play Jason, a crazy kid whose brother was killed by the CSIs at the end of Justin's previous episode, which aired in September. --The new episode is called "Targets of Obsession", and it's scheduled for February 17th. (--You can view a scene from Justin's first "CSI" episode, here . . .)
(--For CBS, February 17th falls within the all-important advertising "sweeps" period. For Justin, it comes just after his movie "Never Say Never" hits theaters, and for young girls everywhere, it's Justin Bieber . . . on TV.)
(--The episode is already filming. Here's a picture of Justin on the set . . . sporting a FAKE black eye . . .)


WEDNESDAY TV REMINDERS: (--Check your local listings.)

--"Live to Dance" [Performance Show] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"American Masters" . . . 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. on PBS. (--Jeff Bridges is profiled.)

--"Modern Family" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on ABC. (--"24's" Mary Lynn Rajskub guest stars as Mitchell's old girlfriend.)

--"Dog the Bounty Hunter" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on A&E. (--Dog gets a runaway's family in Texas to help him lure the guy back home.)

--"The Will" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ID.

--"Off the Map" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer and "The Ring's" Martin Henderson star in this new medical drama about three doctors at a remote South African clinic.)

--"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Jeremy Irons guest stars as a sex therapist who becomes uncooperative with police regarding his estranged daughter's rape.)

The Bellamy Brothers Think Britney Spears' New Song, "Hold It Against Me", Rips Off the Title of One of Their Old Songs . . . But Their Title Wasn't Original, Either:

According to the old-school country music duo THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, the title of the new BRITNEY SPEARS single is a rip-off of one of their old hits . . . but not in the way you think. --It's not the SONG that sounds similar . . . it's the TITLE. Britney's new single is called "Hold It Against Me", while the Bellamy Brothers had a hit in 1979 called "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me". --And in the chorus of the Britney Spears song, she sings, quote, "If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me." --DAVID BELLAMY says his son called him and told him that Britney's song had, quote, "pretty much the same title" as the Bellamy Brothers song . . . and he agreed. --He says, quote, "I just kind of found it unoriginal, and I guess it makes us realize how old we are, because they're recycling our titles already." --David realizes a lot of people use the same song titles, and it isn't a big deal . . . but he thinks this is different. He says, quote, "This particular title is kinda hard to disguise, because the title is the song. It's not like saying, 'I love you, baby.' --"I think songwriters have become watered down. This makes me sound like an old man again, but I find that songwriters now are not as strong as they used to be in the '60 or '70s. I naturally gravitate to that. -"I like singer-songwriters, strong hooks, old rock, and old country. I'm not really a big fan of the Euro dance mixes, but I think there's just more original stuff out there to do than just rehashing old titles." --David won't make a final decision of whether or not to pursue legal action until he checks everything out. He says, quote, "I just have to see what the intent was." He also admits he's not too familiar with the copyright laws in this case. --Here's what the Bellamy Brothers have conveniently failed to mention: Britney Spears and her songwriters may not have invented the phrase, "If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?" . . . but neither did the Bellamy Brothers. --In an interview just a few years ago with, HOWARD BELLAMY said they got the line from GROUCHO MARX . . . who used to say it to women on his game show, "You Bet Your Life" in the 1950s.
(--You can read his quote for yourself here . . .)

A Def Leppard Cover Band Has Apparently Found a One-Armed Drummer . . . Just Like the Real Band:

This next story is either AWESOME or DISGUSTINGLY DISRESPECTFUL . . . depending on how seriously you take cover bands, physical handicaps, and idiocy. --A Texas DEF LEPPARD cover band called PYROMANIA recently put out a flyer, saying that they were looking for a ONE-ARMED drummer. --Obviously, they were doing this to mimic the REAL Def Leppard. Drummer RICK ALLEN lost his arm in a car accident in 1984, but remains with the band to this day. --The full ad reads: "Pyromania [is] seeking [a] one arm drummer (no prosthetics). Must have pro gear . . . flame-retardant kit and stick." (--Yes, just "stick.") --"No dope fiends . . . if you're wired, you're fired!!! So if you're ready to get rockin' . . . call us!!! Let's pour some sugar on Dallas!!! Serious inquiries only. 214-815-8661." --And amazingly, it sounds like they already found their "one arm" man. --If you call the number, you'll get a voice message that says, quote, "If you're calling about the Dallas-based Def Leppard tribute band Pyromania, we found our one-armed drummer, and I wanna thank everyone who auditioned, but the position is filled." --For what it's worth, a California-based Def Leppard cover band . . . also called PYROMANIA . . . do NOT approve of this one-armed gimmick. --They released this statement: Quote, "[It] seems there is a Def Leppard tribute band in Dallas who call themselves Pyromania and are looking for a one-armed drummer. --"We wanted to set the record straight that we have nothing to do with this ad and we are not looking for a drummer and feel [this] is in VERY BAD TASTE!! --"We have much respect for Rick Allen and Def Leppard and we have a great love and honor for their music. Please do not confuse us with this complete disgusting and disrespectful behavior." (--In REAL Def Leppard news, there's talk that Def Leppard may be touring this year with KANSAS and HEART. It's just a rumor for now.)

A Study Finds That Men Are More Likely To Talk To Less Attractive Women On Dating Sites:

Good news, ladies. We've figured out why you're not having the success you want in online dating. And the reason is . . . you're TOO attractive. Yeah. That's it. Definitely. --The dating site OKCupid just ran a study that found that, a lot of the time, men are more inclined to talk to LESS ATTRACTIVE women on dating sites. --Now, if you're super-extreme spectacular hot, then you'll still get plenty of messages from guys. But for everyone else, sometimes being attractive seems to actually scare guys away. --The theory here is simple: If a guy thinks you're extremely attractive, he assumes lots of other guys are trying to compete for you. --But if he finds a woman who the general population might think is average . . . but fits his type . . . he thinks he'll have less competition and better odds of success. --OKCupid didn't run this test on women yet, to see if they're also afraid of attractive men, but they plan on doing that soon. (OK Cupid)

The Golden-Voiced Homeless Guy Was Detained By the Police In Los Angeles:

Last week, 53-year-old TED WILLIAMS went from homeless to famous, thanks to a video that showed off his slick radio voice. He's received tons of job offers since then, even though he's got a pretty extensive rap sheet. --Time to pull out the rap sheet again. --Ted's in L.A. for media appearances, and on Monday night, someone called the LAPD after he got into a loud argument in a Hollywood hotel with his daughter Janey (--pronounced Jen-NAY). --It basically started out as some kind of family gathering, and the bickering developed into a shouting match . . . possibly fueled by alcohol. --Janey says Ted has relapsed into his alcohol-abusing ways, and that he's been drinking a bottle of vodka a night. --Ted says his daughter hit him and scratched his face, but he was led away in handcuffs, and they were both held at a Hollywood police station for a couple hours. --They were both released, and neither was arrested. --Before he became instantly famous, Ted had problems with drugs and alcohol and has been arrested at least a dozen times. He's served time for theft, forgery, and drug possession. (Columbus Dispatch)

ATMs Are Just As Dirty As Public Toilets?

I'm still paranoid every time I go to an ATM that some hacker has rigged it to steal my PIN number and wipe out my bank account. Little do they know that's a huge waste of energy. Enjoy your $410, losers! --Anyway, here's something NEW to freak out about when you're at an ATM. A new study in England found that ATM buttons are just as DIRTY as . . . PUBLIC TOILETS. --Scientists swabbed ATMs around the country and found pseudomonads and bacillus . . . which are bacteria that can cause illness and diarrhea. The swabs were similar to ones they took in some public bathrooms. (The Telegraph)

A 94-Year-Old Man In India Has Become the Oldest Father Ever:

This should give hope to anyone who's worried they won't want to get-it-on as much when they get older. Ain't no age limit on randy, folks. --94-year-old Ramjit Raghav of Haryana, in northern India, just became the world's OLDEST FATHER. His 52-year-old wife Shankuntala Devi recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy. --And according to Ramjit, he's not surprised they got pregnant. Quote, "I'm healthy and I enjoy sex with my wife. I think it's very important for a husband and wife to have sex regularly." --He says that usually amounts to THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT . . . but they might scale that back just a little bit to focus on their newborn. --Quote, "When she asks I will go on all night, but for the sake of my child I've put our needs aside for now." --Shankuntala says she LOVES their ridiculous sexual schedule. Quote, "He can make love like any 25-year-old man, even better because he can go on all night. And he's a wonderful father." --The previous record holder for world's oldest father was a 90-year-old farmer named Nanu Ram Jogi, who is also from India. (Metro)

A Man Gets Shot In the Head But Manages To *Sneeze* Out the Bullet and Survive, Totally Unharmed:

Even the doctors who treated this guy are having a hard time explaining this one. --Back on December 31st, 28-year-old Darco Sangermano of Naples, Italy was shot in the head during a New Year's celebration. In Naples, tons of people set off fireworks and shoot guns into the air. --The .22-caliber bullet hit Darco in the right side of its head, and started its crazy journey. It went past his temple . . . behind his eye through the eye socket . . . ricocheted off a bone in the nose . . . and finally lodged itself in his right nostril. --Darco was covered in blood but he SNEEZED . . . and the bullet came right out of his nose. Other than a headache, he felt fine. --When doctors checked him out, they were SHOCKED to find there was no damage or injury . . . the only evidence he'd been shot were the wound on the side of his head and a few small bone fragments near his temple. --He's expected to make a full recovery and won't even lose any sight in the eye. (FOX News)
If You Appear On "America's Most Wanted" . . . Don't Go To a Casino Filled With Thousands of Security Cameras:

Back in December, 52-year-old An Soon Kim of Queens, New York was featured on "America's Most Wanted". Kim is accused of human trafficking . . . smuggling young Korean women into the U.S. and forcing them into prostitution. --Well . . . one of the employees at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut saw that episode, and recognized Kim as a regular. He told management, and they alerted the staff to call the cops if she came in. --And Kim wasn't smart enough to realize that after you're featured on "America's Most Wanted" . . . maybe you should avoid places like casinos that have THOUSANDS of security cameras. --On Friday, she made her first trip to the Mohegan Sun since the episode aired. Security spotted her and called the police. They called immigration, who came and busted her on the casino's gambling floor. --Kim has been on the federal radar since 2006, when she ran a scheme to bring Korean women to the U.S. using fake documents . . . and then forced them to work as prostitutes in brothels and massage parlors. --She's a legal permanent resident of the U.S. and has South Korean citizenship. Kim is facing charges of conspiracy to engage in human tracking, interstate transportation of women for prostitution, and more. --There's no word on how much prison time she may be facing. (New York Times)

Here Are the Least Expensive and Most Expensive Cars to Insure in 2011:

A lot of things determine how much your car insurance costs, including your age, your driving record, where you live, and your credit report. But the one way you can control your rate is to make sure you're driving a car you can afford to insure.

--Yesterday, the website released its annual list of the cheapest and most expensive cars to insure. Here's what it said.

#1.) Minivans Are the Cheapest to Insure. The four cheapest cars on the list are all minivans, including the Chrysler Town and Country, the Toyota Sienna, the Sienna LE, and the Honda Odyssey LX. --On average, insuring each of them costs right around $1,100 a year for someone with a good driving record.

#2.) SUVs Are the Second-Cheapest. In fact, all of the top ten cheapest cars to insure are either minivans or SUVs. And all of the SUVs cost between $1,100 and $1,200 a year, on average.

#3.) Most of the Best-Selling Cars Are Also Cheap to Insure. The number one best-selling car in 2010 was the Ford F-150 pickup truck, which carries a $1,500 annual premium. But that's higher than its competition:
--The Toyota Camry . . . which was the third most-popular car in 2010 . . . costs $1,275 a year to insure, the average driver of a new Nissan Altima pays $1,370, and the Honda CR-V costs $1,155.

#4.) The Most Expensive Cars to Insure Are Probably Out of Your Price Range Anyway. All of the cars in the top 20 are made by Mercedes, BMW, Aston Martin, Porsche, and Jaguar. --But the Mercedes SL65 AMG took the top spot. It goes from zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds . . . and the insurance costs $3,600 a year. That's if you're a GOOD driver, with no tickets or accidents on your record. --But of course, if you can afford to buy a Mercedes SL65, you're probably not that worried about your insurance rate. The recommended retail price is just a shade under $200,000. (