Friday, February 11, 2011



Lindsay Lohan Might Consider a Plea Deal . . . Even Though Her Lawyer Thinks She Could Beat the Rap:

LINDSAY LOHAN'S attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, thinks she could beat her felony theft rap. But she says Lindsay is still willing to take a deal . . . if it results in no jail time. --Holley says, quote, "Ms. Lohan maintains her innocence, and now that I've seen the police reports, I believe the case is entirely defensible. --"Having said that, we will entertain a discussion concerning a plea if it means no jail so that she can move forward with her recovery and her career." --Holley didn't say WHY she thinks she could win the case. But several sources claim that the owner of the jewelry store where Lindsay allegedly stole that $2,500 necklace has given conflicting reports to police. --The owner of Kamofie & Company first told police that surveillance video showed Lindsay stuffing the necklace into a black Chanel bag. But the next day she changed her story, saying Lindsay left the store with it around her neck. --The woman also told police that Lindsay had been in the store three times before the alleged theft, and she looked at the necklace all three times. --But once again, that story changed the next day, when she told the cops that Lindsay was looking at a RING during her previous visits, and had never checked out the necklace before. --So Lindsay didn't try to sneak the necklace out of the store in her purse. She walked out with it around her neck and in full view. --Why did the woman's story change? Because the first time she told it, police hadn't seen the surveillance video before. But when they came back the next day to collect it, the woman AMENDED her account. --The owner claims that the reason she changed her story is because she went back and watched video from a different surveillance camera . . . which showed the action from a different angle. (--Oh, and here's your ridiculous rumor of the day: says that when all of this blows over, Lindsay and her mom want to open their own boutique, where they'll sell clothing and JEWELRY.)

Lindsay Lohan Says She Would Never Lie, Cheat or Steal . . . And Dina Says God Has a Plan:

LINDSAY LOHAN defended herself on Twitter yesterday, saying, quote, "I just want to be on set again, and left alone to just work! FYI - I would never steal, in case people are wondering. I was not raised to lie, cheat, or steal. --"Also, what I wear to court shouldn't be front page news. It's just absurd. God bless. xox L" --Meanwhile, Lindsay's mom DINA was asked how things are going . . . and she brought God into it. She said, quote, "All good. God has a big plan."

96% of "Two and a Half Men" Fans Want Charlie Sheen to Return to the Show:

If you're a fan of "Two and a Half Men", then you're probably familiar with CHARLIE SHEEN'S antics. So it's not surprising that the overwhelming majority of fans don't seem bothered by them. --According to a poll by the "Hollywood Reporter", 96% of fans want Charlie back on the show . . . while 4% think he should be FIRED PERMANENTLY. --90% don't think Charlie's personal problems matter, as long as he does a good job on the show. --And check this out: 26% actually view Charlie as either "much more" or "somewhat more" favorably in the wake of his most recent scandal.

Charlie Sheen Will Be Single in May:

CHARLIE SHEEN is almost a single man. --Yesterday, a judge signed off on the divorce of Charlie and BROOKE MUELLER. It'll officially go into effect on May 2nd. --Charlie and Brooke made The Big Mistake in May of 2008. But they separated after Charlie allegedly choked her and held a knife to her throat during an altercation on Christmas Day 2009. --They have twin sons named Bob and Max, who'll be 2 next month. --Charlie will pay Brooke $55,000 a month in child support, which is what he pays DENISE RICHARDS for their two daughters. --As you may recall, Brooke had it put in writing that Charlie would never pay less for her kids than he does for Denise's. --Brooke waives her right to spousal support. But she's getting a lump sum payment of $758,000, plus $1.2 million to buy out her share of their Beverly Hills home . . . and a 2009 Mercedes. (--Don't cry for Brooke because her settlement is only about what Charlie makes for ONE EPISODE of "Two and a Half Men". That 55-grand a month ain't just payin' for diapers and booties.)

Charlie Sheen Talked to College Baseball Players . . . About Drugs:

I'm not sure it's time yet for CHARLIE SHEEN to be lecturing people about drug use. But that apparently happened yesterday. --Charlie and some Major League Baseball players showed up for batting practice with the UCLA team. --And after it was over, Coach John Savage asked Charlie to speak to his players about drugs . . . which he did. --There's no word what he said, but he got a standing ovation from the team. (--Charlie is an avid baseball fan. And, as you may recall, he starred in the first two "Major League" movies.)

Scarlett Johansson . . . Is Sean Penn Dating That?

Newly-single SCARLETT JOHANSSON may have found a new companion in . . . SEAN PENN. "Us Weekly" claims Sean and Scarlett started hooking up in early January. --A source says, quote, "Scarlett first reached out to Sean when she was planning to visit Haiti with Oxfam. She knew Sean was living there in a tent and turned to him for advice." --That started a friendship . . . then came the BENEFITS. The source says, quote, "Scarlett's smitten with him." (--Scarlett is 26 . . . Sean is 50.) --Not surprisingly, Scarlett's rep says this isn't happening . . . quote, "Scarlett and Sean are not dating. They have been friends for years. Nothing more, nothing less."

Kelsey And Camille Grammer Are Divorced:

KELSEY and CAMILLE GRAMMER are officially divorced as of yesterday . . . meaning Kelsey can marry his 29-year-old girlfriend, Kayte Walsh, before the end of the month like he'd planned to. (--Kelsey is 55.) --Camille issued a statement saying, quote, "I have a great many mixed feelings about today . . . What I most hope is that Kelsey and I can improve our communications and truly co-parent our two wonderful children. --"And I wish Kelsey and Kayte love and happiness in their new marriage."

Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron Are "Figuring Things Out":

ZAC EFRON and VANESSA HUDGENS have been spotted looking like a couple since they broke up late last year. Does that mean they're back together? Not really. --Vanessa tells the new issue of "Details" magazine, quote, "We're still friends. Who knows what the future will bring. We're figuring things out." --But Vanessa has a new crush, which she developed on the set of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" . . . which is the sequel to "Journey to the Center of the Earth". And that crush is . . . 77-year-old MICHAEL CAINE. --Vanessa . . . who's 22 . . . says, quote, "Not only is he uh-mazingly, stupidly talented, but he still kind of hits on me. All the time. --"If it was anybody else, I'd be like, 'Who the hell do you think you are?' But because it's Michael Caine, I'm like, 'Sock it to me more, baby, come on!'" --Because they're supposed to be sweating all the time in the movie, Vanessa says people are constantly putting oil on her chest to create the effect. --And she says, quote, "Michael's always telling the makeup artists that he'll take over and do it. I. Frickin'. Love. Him." (--Because this interview comes from "Details" magazine, you just KNOW it's accompanied by a smokin' hot photo gallery. Here are the pics.)

Did Ashlee Simpson Dump Pete Wentz Because of His Touring? claims that ASHLEE SIMPSON filed for divorce from PETE WENTZ because of his constant touring. --A source says, quote, "She hated him being away and said she felt like a single mother . . . and that wasn't what she had signed on for. --"She's put all her musical aspirations to the side to concentrate on being a mom and it is a big bone of contention with her that Pete just swans off around the world with his buddies like he's a single guy. --"When FALL OUT BOY went on hiatus things were great between them again and it was just like old times, but the next thing you know Pete formed his new band, [Black Cards], and then he was off touring again." --Pete and his new band are set to head off on tour again in a few months, and the source thinks Ashlee may have filed for divorce to, quote, "shock" him into canceling those plans. --The consensus seems to be that Pete was blindsided by this . . . and he DOESN'T want to get divorced. --Radar Online even says that just days before Ashlee filed, Pete talked about having a surprise planned for Valentine's Day.

Rihanna Has Asked That Her Protection Order Against Chris Brown Be Softened:

It was two years ago this month that CHRIS BROWN assaulted RIHANNA the night before the "Grammys". And the mood seems to be lightening. --Rihanna has requested that her protection order against Chris be scaled back . . . so that he CAN be around her, as long as he doesn't annoy or harass her. Her request still has to be approved by the court, though. --Not that it would have mattered this weekend. Chris isn't going to this Sunday's "Grammys" due to prior commitments. Rihanna is scheduled to perform. (--Word broke yesterday that Rihanna is fighting a pretty bad case of the flu. But she hasn't backed out of the "Grammys" yet.)

Aaron Carter Is Out of Rehab:
AARON CARTER is out of rehab and back in his home state of Florida working on a new album. --Aaron checked into Betty Ford last month to, quote, "heal some emotional and spiritual issues he was dealing with."

Your Valentine Weekend Releases Are . . . "Gnomeo And Juliet", Jennifer Aniston's Romantic Comedy, and Justin Bieber's Life Story:

#1.) "Just Go With It" (PG-13)

Adam Sandler almost scares off a new girlfriend . . . played by the model Brooklyn Decker . . . when she finds the fake wedding ring he once used to scam women into bed. So he covers it up by pretending his assistant is his ex-wife. --Jennifer Aniston is the assistant, but she realizes she has feelings for him too, and drops a few lies of her own. (--Amuse yourself as Jennifer claims Adam has erectile dysfunction here.) --There's a post-it note on the movie's official website that says to "tell your girlfriend it's a romantic comedy." Apparently that makes it easier to get away with drooling over Brooklyn Decker in her bikini. (Trailer)

#2.) "Gnomeo & Juliet" (G)

Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" . . . for garden gnomes. James McAvoy is Gnomeo Montague, who risks forbidden animated love with Emily Blunt's Juliet. The feuding families are the Capulets as blue gnomes and the Montagues as the red ones. -Michael Caine is the leader of the red gnomes, "Harry Potter's" Maggie Smith is the leader of the blue gnomes, and Ozzy Osbourne plays a foul-mouthed concrete deer. -The movie is littered with music by Elton John. He also does a duet with Lady Gaga called "Hello, Hello" for the pivotal moment when Gnomeo and Juliet first meet, and Nelly Furtado joins him for an updated version of "Crocodile Rock". (Trailer)

#3.) "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" (G)

The movie is essentially a documentary about his quick rise from being a normal Canadian teenager to becoming a DREAMY, GLOBAL sensation. (Trailer) (--Justin is also releasing an album of REMIXES on Valentine's Day, which is Monday. It's called "Never Say Never: The Remixes", and it'll have seven tracks, including his "Karate Kid" song "Never Say Never" with Jaden Smith.)

#4.) "The Eagle" (PG-13)

Channing Tatum is a 2nd century Roman soldier hoping to restore his father's honor by recovering the eagle standard of the missing Ninth Legion . . . which was lost when the legion was destroyed by British tribes 20 years earlier. --Jamie Bell plays a British slave who guides him into the Scottish highlands. You'd know Jamie as the kid in "Billy Elliot", but that was over 10 years ago. Now he's 24. (Trailer)

Check Out the Trailer for "X-Men: First Class":

The trailer for "X-Men: First Class" hit the web yesterday. It's a prequel to all the other "X-Men" movies so far . . . showing how Professor X, Magneto and their warring factions of mutants came to be. (--"X-Men: First Class" hits theaters on June 3rd. Check it out here.)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Looking for Movie Work Again:

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER talked recently about getting back into the movie business. And now it's official. --On Twitter yesterday, Arnold said, quote, "Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today." (--CAA is Arnold's talent agency.) --Arnold's last role was a brief appearance in "The Expendables" last year.
"Bachelor" Brad Womack Says He Did Not Propose To His Ex-Girlfriend Just Before Filming This Season:

BRAD WOMACK says he did NOT propose to his ex-girlfriend Laurel Kagay "just weeks" before leaving to film the current season of "The Bachelor". --He also denied Laurel's claim that he has proposed to her, quote, "countless times" over the past eight years. (--She said they dated on-and-off during that time.) --On last night's "Lopez Tonight", Brad said, quote, "No, sir, I didn't [propose to her]. I want to take the high road because this particular woman I cared for very much at one time. --"So . . . that story is embellished. It is what it is. [But] no, sir, I can 100% tell you I did not actually ask this woman to marry me. I've saved that for a very special woman." (--You can watch video of his comments, here.) --We're still in the middle of this season of "The Bachelor", so we don't know if Brad found a "very special woman" to give his supposed FIRST proposal to. --But it sounds like he may have. --Earlier this season, Brad hinted that he found a keeper: Quote, "When I say I'm in love, I mean it with every bone in my body. I am happier than I've been in 10, 15 years. Not a single [regret]. I'm very much in love."


Friday TV Reminders:

--"2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Selection Show" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on DirecTV. (--The new models for this year's edition are revealed.)

--"Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown/A Charlie Brown Valentine" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (REPEAT)

--"The Defenders" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Dan Aykroyd plays a judge arrested on a sex and drug charge, who wants Jim Belushi to defend him.)

--"Who Do You Think You Are?" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Tim McGraw looks into his father's ancestry and discovers a link to the U.S.'s first settlers and George Washington.)

--"20/20" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--A woman named Kati Kim recounts her family's struggle to survive in the Oregon wilderness after they took a wrong turn off an Interstate during winter in 2006. Her husband didn't make it back.)

--"Comedy Central Presents: Hari Kondabolu" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Comedian Hari Kondabolu performs.)

--"Comedy Central Presents: Jack Whitehall" . . . 11:30 P.M. to Midnight on Comedy Central. (--Comedian Jack Whitehall performs.)

--"Friday Night Alright" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on VH1. (--Arcade Fire, Muse and Vampire Weekend perform at the 2010 Oxygen Festival.)

--"Rock Docs: Lemmy" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1: 30 A.M. on VH1 AND VH1 Classic. (--A documentary about Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. It includes interviews with Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Joan Jett, Dave Grohl, Slash and comes out on DVD this coming Tuesday.)

Saturday TV Reminders:

--"NASCAR 2011: Budweiser Shootout" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. Eastern on Fox. (--The 33rd Annual 75-lap Budweiser Shootout is held in Daytona Beach.)

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Terri Clark, Jack Greene, The Secret Sisters and Aaron Tippin perform.)

--"The Sunset Limited" . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on HBO. (--Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in this two-man play about a suicidal professor who's rescued by a religious ex-con, played by Samuel L. Jackson.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Russell Brand guest hosts and Chris Brown is the musical guest.)

Sunday TV Reminders:

--"The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards" . . . 8:00 to 11:30 P.M. on CBS. (--Performers include Eminem, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Usher, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, B.o.B. and Lady Gaga.) (--Here are the nominees. . .)

--"Desperate Housewives" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Susan gets a kidney-transplant offer and Mike suspects the truth about his bastard son Zach being responsible for shooting Paul Young.)

--"Family Guy" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on Fox. (--Adam Carolla is the voice of Death. He pays Peter a visit to show him what a life of sobriety would be like.)

--"Cleveland Show" . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. (--T-Pain and Will.I.Am have cameos. Plus: NBA stars LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, and Dwyane Wade visit Stoolbend to pay back Cleveland for his trash talk at a game.)

--"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" [Reunion Part 1] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bravo.

--"Oprah Presents Master Class" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Condoleezza Rice guests.)

Elton John Says Billy Joel "Hates" Him . . . But Billy Says He Doesn't:

When ELTON JOHN outed BILLY JOEL as an alcoholic in a recent interview with "Rolling Stone", he said he was doing it out of "tough love." But Billy dismissed it as "Elton being Elton." --But Elton says Billy is a lot angrier about it than he let on. --On the "Today" show yesterday, Elton said, quote, "He hates me at the moment. He sent me a message and he's not happy. I understand that. I'm sorry I had to say it, but I'm saying it because I really want Billy to live a long life and be very happy. --"That's all it came from. I understand why he's [mad] at me. I'm only trying to help. Maybe I should have done it privately, but I've been so frustrated over the years. And I love the guy." --Obviously, it doesn't sound like Elton plans on taking any of it back, and has accepted that this may mean Billy won't want to talk to him for a while. --He said, quote, "I can take that on the chin. Years ago when I was using, people tried to [confront] me, and I didn't talk to them for years. [I thought] 'How dare you talk to me like that. --"[But] I do love him. He may want to punch my face in at the moment, but it's OK." (--For video of his comments, hit up this link, and fast-forward to the 6:15 mark.)
--Later, Billy issued a response . . . and while he denied that he hated Elton, the statement seemed pretty terse. He said:
1.) I do not hate Elton John.
2.) I do not want to "punch him in the face."
3.) If he wants to call me, my number is still the same.
4.) Good luck with the movie.
--Billy Joel.

(--The movie he's referring to is "Gnomeo and Juliet", which features Elton's music.)

Bob Dylan Is Performing at the Grammys . . . Will "The Soy Bomb" Return?

BOB DYLAN will perform at the Grammys on Sunday. It'll be part of a "tribute to acoustic music," which is cool and all . . . but it also raises one important question: --Will this mark the return of THE SOY BOMB??? --During Dylan's performance at the Grammys in 1998, someone named Michael Portnoy . . . who's a performance artist, not the drummer from DREAM THEATER . . . stormed onto the stage, shirtless, with the words "SOY BOMB" written on his chest. --The Soy Bomb, as we prefer to call him, just danced around, weirdly, while Dylan continued performing "Love Sick" . . . until he was eventually led off-stage. (--If you're curious how he was there to begin with, here's the story: The Grammys hired him to stand in the background with some other dancers to bob his head and give Dylan's performance "a good vibe.") (--Obviously, the Grammys had no idea he would use that opportunity to rip off his shirt and morph into The Soy Bomb. That was a surprise for everyone! You can find video of this insanity, here.) --Meanwhile, the Grammys also announced that DR. DRE will join EMINEM for a joint performance . . . and that there will be a second collaboration between Eminem and MAROON 5 singer ADAM LEVINE.
Is Ke$ha Candid . . . or Full of Crap?

KE$HA has an interview in the new "Rolling Stone" . . . and on the magazine's website, they hype her as a, quote, "refreshingly candid pop star . . . [who] isn't afraid to admit potentially embarrassing details about her life, or playfully discuss her plans for the future." --But honestly, most of the things I remember Kesha saying are sensationalistic . . . and come off as trying too hard to be EDGY. Here's one of her candid comments: --Kesha told "Rolling Stone" her winter vacation was wild: Quote, "I went scuba diving with a bunch of sea creatures . . . angelfish, sea turtles, stingrays, barracuda and a hammerhead shark . . . on a boat with a bunch of grizzly bearded dudes. --"I got a tattoo of a feather on my foot from a crackhead." --Are things like that REALLY a unique glimpse into Kesha's world . . . or is "Rolling Stone" being duped by the latest "craziness" that she concocted on her last plane ride? Is she just attention-starved? (--And there's been so much more. Last week, she talked about how someone sent her a tooth, which she now wears as an earring . . . she also talked about how she enjoys "running around in the wilderness naked" at night.) (--She's also said that her mom taught her "everything about sex" before she turned SEVEN. And that she tours with a "spiritual healer" who meditates with her before every show.) (--She's also claimed that she and RIHANNA have braided each other's hair . . . naked . . . while talking about boys. Although she may have been kidding about that. At this point, who knows.) (--And it goes on and on. Is she the only pop star trying to be all WILD and OUTRAGEOUS in every interview? No. But she may be the only increasingly irrelevant one. And it's starting to get depressing to watch.) --Oh, and there's this. "Vanity Fair" asked Kesha how much she spends on glitter, and it turns out it might be more than your salary. --She said, quote, "Honestly, it's pretty exorbitant. It's probably more like a few thousand every month. If you come and see a show of mine, there is no shortage of glitter. By the end, everyone is covered and potentially choking on glitter. --"I am shooting glitter from glitter guns . . . and out of every orifice in my body. It's really a big part of what I do. It's my goal to cover the planet in glitter and take the (eff) over. I can't do that if I don't have a (crap)-ton of glitter. --"I've found glitter in places that will not be named in this interview." (--Case in point?)

Check Out Video of Lil Wayne Makin' It Rain in a Strip Club:

LIL WAYNE went to a strip club in Dallas after the Super Bowl on Sunday night . . . and he MADE IT RAIN . . . big time . . . while he was there. --TMZ claims Wayne and his crew tossed so many dollar bills that "the place RAN OUT OF SINGLES." I'm not sure how that happens, but from the video footage it sure looks possible. (--You can check out the video, here. ***NOTE***: Just so you know what to expect: This was filmed in a STRIP CLUB playing hip-hop music. All the girls' naughty bits have been censored, along with the lyrics.) (--I'm tempted to make Wayne my HERO OF THE DAY . . . because he found a fantastic way to spend Super Bowl Sunday supporting both super-rich athletes in Dallas AND the city's struggling artists. That's very impressive.)

Carrie Underwood's Husband Has Been Traded to the Nashville Predators:

We can stop speculating on where CARRIE UNDERWOOD and MIKE FISHER will settle down permanently . . . because Mike was just traded to the Nashville Predators. --Carrie tells "People", quote, "We will both miss Ottawa. Mike has been such a big part of the community, and I will never forget how they welcomed me with open arms." --I'm thinking Mike and Carrie will be getting busy more often now that they're no longer splitting time between two cities. And that means it'll be much easier for Carrie to honor that pregnancy pact she made with her friends.


HEIDI MONTAG has a bit part in the movie "Just Go With It". She claimed JENNIFER ANISTON banned her from attending the premiere. It turned out NOT to be true, and Heidi ended up taking it back. (Full Story)

The "National Enquirer" claims that ELIZABETH TAYLOR was hospitalized this week with internal bleeding, and she's in critical condition. (Full Story)

"Harry Potter" minx EMMA WATSON has signed on for her first post-"Harry Potter" leading role. (Full Story)

JACK BLACK will host Nickelodeon's "Kids Choice Awards" for the third time. He also did it in 2006 and 2008. (Full Story)

DAVID BECKHAM pulled over Wednesday and helped a guy whose car broke down. (Full Story)

JAMES BLUNT and his band did an acoustic cover of KATY PERRY'S single, "California Gurls". I have no idea why. (Video)

Something is coming from METALLICA soon, but we don't know what. Guitarist KIRK HAMMETT says, quote, "It's not really 100% a Metallica record. It's a recording project, let's put it that way." (Full Story)

Some fans are mad at KID ROCK for going ahead with his show Wednesday in Little Rock, even though the snow was so bad a lot of people couldn't make it. He says he'll personally give a refund to those who didn't attend. (Full Story)

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist D'ARCY WRETZKY is in JAIL until Tuesday. D'arcy was fined two years ago for letting horses escape from her Michigan farm. She never paid the fine and skipped four consecutive court dates, so a warrant was issued for her arrest. (Full Story)

Old-school groupie MARIANNE FAITHFULL is kind of backing up KEITH RICHARDS' claim that MICK JAGGER has a, quote, "tiny dodger." She says, quote, "Not quite, but nearly." (Full Story)



A New Survey Says Men Don't Hate Valentine's Day . . . They Fear It:

It would make sense if men hated Valentine's Day. It's a day where there are about eight billion ways to screw up, and you can only really nail it if you read minds . . . or if years of disappointment have lowered your wife or girlfriend's expectations. --But according to a new survey, men don't hate Valentine's Day. No . . . they FEAR it.

--33% of single men say they intentionally avoid getting into relationships between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day because of the pressure it causes.

--And another 35% say that, this time of year, they don't bother even trying to date.

--41% would never schedule a first date for Valentine's Day. 62% of single women say they'd be fine having a first date on February 14th.

--BUT . . . once Valentine's Day is over, men start trying to date again. 42% of single men said that finding a girlfriend was their number one priority for the year . . . compared to 24% who said their career is the top priority. (Vancouver Sun)
More than Half of the People On This Planet Think Valentine's Day Is Too Commercialized:

Valentine's Day is the one day a year when everyone can take their special someone by the hand, look them in the eye, and say, "I've set a price on our love, and here it is, in gift form." --Valentine's Day is a commercial holiday. And we all know it. According to a new global survey, more than HALF of the people IN THE WORLD think Valentine's Day is too commercialized.

--52% of people overall said the holiday is too commercial . . . and most of them will protest by not spending any money on it.

--Germans are the most likely to rebel against Valentine's Day, at 74%. They're followed by Australians at 71% and Japanese at 69%.

--Americans are the most likely to celebrate it, at 58%. The Chinese are second-most likely, at 50%.

--Flowers are the most popular Valentine's Day gift worldwide, but in the U.S., greeting cards are more popular. (PR Newswire)

Lingerie Is a More Popular Valentine's Gift Than Roses . . . Because of the Economy?

Hey, let's hear it for the economy still crumbling around us! According to a new British survey . . . that just might apply over here, too . . . this year, LINGERIE is a more popular Valentine's Day gift than ROSES. And it's all thanks to the economy. --To do roses right, after delivery costs, you've spent at least $100. For that money, you can get some pretty good lingerie. Which provides a LOT more value. --Sharon Webb is the head of design at a British department store group called Debenhams. She says, quote, "[Lingerie] is less expensive, lasts longer, and provides hours of fun long after the rose petals have wilted. --"Lingerie is for love on a budget. It really is the gift that keeps giving." (Reuters)

If You Want the Best Chance At a Baby Born On 11/11/11, Have Relations Today:

Today is February 11th, exactly NINE MONTHS until it's November 11th, 2011 . . . or 11/11/11. So, if you want your baby to have that birthday . . . which really would be a cool birthday . . . then, uh, stop listening to the radio and get to humpin'. --If you don't have time today, this entire Valentine's Day-through-President's Day window should work. For example, if you conceive as late as the 18th, you're still on target for a November 11th due date. Get to it. (Time)

Want to Know Whether You're Going to Have Sex On the First Date? Here Are The Questions to Ask:

The dating website OKCupid just released a new study based on MILLIONS of questions they asked their users. And they put together this guide of random questions that can supposedly get you key info on a date. --Here are the questions you should ask when you want that sensitive information . . . but don't think it's appropriate to ask for it directly.

#1.) If you want to know "Will he or she have sex on the first date?" ask . . . "Do you like the taste of beer?" --There was a statistically significant connection between liking beer and having sex on the first date . . . beer drinkers of both genders are 60% more likely to be down with having first-date sex.

#2.) If you want to know "Do we have long-term potential?" ask three questions: "Do you like horror movies?" . . . "Have you ever traveled around another country alone?" . . . "Would you throw it all away and live on a sailboat?" --32% of successful couples saw eye-to-eye on the answers to those three questions . . . horror movie taste, sense of adventure, and wild, fantastic desires. That's a statistically significant connection.

#3.) If you want to know "Do we have the same politics?" without directly asking, ask . . . "Do you prefer the people in your life to be simple or complex?" --People who prefer complex friendships and relationships are liberal at a two-to-one rate. People who prefer it simple are conservative at a two-to-one rate.

#4.) If you want to know "Is my date religious?" you should ask . . . "Do spelling and grammar mistakes annoy you?" --People who are okay with bad grammar and spelling have a two-to-one chance of being at least moderately religious. (OKCupid)

Four Out of Five Dog Owners Wouldn't Date Someone Who Didn't Like Their Dog:

Based on how psychotic your average dog owner is about their incredible, amazing, one-of-a-kind dog, the only thing surprising about this survey is that this percentage isn't higher. --80% of dog owners, or four out of five, say they wouldn't date someone who doesn't like their dog. Almost 20% say being with their dog is better than being in a human relationship. --And 36% touch their dog more than their spouse. Non sexually, OF COURSE. At least we think. Anyway, happy Valentine's Day! (Reuters)

Three Out of Five People Have Had an Office Romance?

I can't believe I'M the weird one because I HAVEN'T made sweet, taboo love to a chubby intern in the office copy room. --According to's annual office romance survey, more people HAVE had sex with a co-worker than haven't. Seriously. A LOT more. 59% of people surveyed, or three out of five, say they've had an office romance. --Those romances are everything from one-night stands, to casual relationships, to long-term relationships that turn into marriages. Sometimes they were with workers on the same level, sometimes they were between bosses and subordinates. --Here are some other findings from the survey . . --23.3% of men say they've had a random office hook-up, versus 15.4% of women. --And if that wasn't stereotypical enough, 22.2% of women say they've had a long-term office relationship, versus 14.7% of men. --More than two-thirds of men who had an office romance, 67.1%, would do it again. 55.7% of women say they'd do it again. --And finally, office romances really aren't causing a lot of career problems. Only 7.7% of men have left a company because of an office romance, and 13.2% of women. (AOL Jobs)

The Number One Super Power That Americans Want Is . . . A Tie Between Time Travel and Mind Reading:

FINALLY, a poll that was worth the time and effort. The people at the Marist Institute for Public Opinion asked Americans a question that REALLY matters: If you could have a super power, what would it be? Here's how it broke down . . .

#1.) The ability to time travel was tied with the ability to read minds, at 28%

#2.) Being able to fly, 16%

#3.) Teleportation, 11%

#4.) Invisibility, 10%

#5.) Cowards who said they're unsure or don't know, 8%

--Here are a couple of interesting breakdowns by demographic.

--White people most want the ability to time travel, non-white people most want the ability to read people's minds. --The ability to turn invisible was most popular among 45- to 59-year-olds . . . also known as the group that's most likely to be married, and want to sneak undetected into locker rooms and dressing rooms. --People in the Northeast and South most want the ability to read minds . . . people in the Midwest and West most want the ability to time travel. (Marist Poll)

15% of Americans Think We Should Replace the National Anthem:

Are there REALLY this many CHRISTINA AGUILERA sympathizers out there? If they had their way, would they want us to change the national anthem to "Genie In a Bottle"? Or maybe "Dirrty"? Come on. --After Christina's problem with the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, Rasmussen Reports ran a nationwide telephone survey about the national anthem. And 15% of people said they think we should CHANGE the anthem. --Those 15% believe that we should change it to a different patriotic song. 76% say the anthem is fine the way it is. --82% of adults said they know every word to the national anthem. 9% say they don't. Another 9% said they're not sure . . . which . . . um . . . we're thinking means that they don't. (Rasmussen Reports)

Crying Can Get You What You Want . . . As Long As You Save Your Tears for Special Occasions:

Here's a study that backs up something we've all known since we were infants. TEARS GET RESULTS. --But as you get older, you have to be more strategic with your tears, or you'll see some serious diminishing results. --This is all pretty logical. A study in Canada found that people who rarely cry make a much bigger impact when they cry than people who cry all the time. --They tested it out in the workplace and found that your co-workers will give you a pass on breaking down in tears . . . even if you're a dude . . . as long as you don't have the reputation for being a crier. --And . . . your tears will effectively get the message across that something is a BIG DEAL. --The study also found that people who cry a lot are considered LESS GENUINE than people who rarely or never cry . . . the tears just look like a tool to try to manipulate people, and those people quickly catch on. (AOL Jobs)

Twitter Has Been Valued at $10 Billion . . . Even Though It Barely Makes Money and Not That Many People Use It:

It's like everyone's forgotten about the dot-com implosion a decade ago. Where someone would slap up a website that wasn't making money, and didn't have a real plan to make money . . . and it would STILL be valued in the BILLIONS. --According to the "Wall Street Journal", the latest estimates show that Twitter could be valued at $10 BILLION. TEN. BILLION. And while it's a household name and celebrities think it's cool . . . that's INSANELY high. Check this out . . . --Twitter made $45 MILLION in revenue last year. So its valuation is more than 200 times its revenue. For reference, Facebook was valued at 25 times its revenue . . . and industry experts said THAT was ridiculous. --Even though Twitter is popular, only 12% of Internet users are on Twitter. That's compared to 62% who use Facebook . . . or 74% of cell phone owners who text. --Of course, just because it's valued at that much doesn't mean anyone's going to buy it for that much. But both Facebook and Google have been making serious moves toward purchasing Twitter . . . before they heard that price. --And to Twitter's credit, they COULD make a lot more money . . . loading up the page with ads or even charging fees to people who are heavy tweeters . . . but they've resisted doing that so far. (Wall Street Journal)

Cruelest School District Ever? Kids In North Carolina Get a Snow Day . . . Then Find Out School's Been Rescheduled For Saturday:

On Tuesday, kids in the Haywood County school district in North Carolina got some great news. SNOW DAY. You're off today. Life is good. --It was quickly followed by a kick to the groin about as hard as you could ever get. In what seems to be an effort to be the most hated school district ever, Haywood rescheduled that school day . . . for SATURDAY. --So tomorrow, all of the kids and teachers will have to wake up early, get themselves to school, and try not to go insane until the day ends at 1:00 P.M. --In theory, this is a good thing for the kids and teachers . . . it makes it so the last day of school can still be June 13th, instead of having to tack on a day at the end of the year and cut into summer. It'll just be hard to have that perspective tomorrow. (Haywood County Schools)

Would You Eat a Beer Marshmallow?

I like this trend that seems to be getting momentum where companies find a way to inject booze into everything. There were the alcoholic energy drinks . . . then the new "Adult Chocolate Milk" . . . and now, BEER MARSHMALLOWS. --A company in Chicago called Truffle Truffle is selling marshmallows that are dipped in chocolate, then covered with a beer-and-pretzel brittle. --The beer content per marshmallow is very low . . . you won't get drunk unless you eat like a thousand of these . . . but they still sound pretty good. It costs $10 for four of them and you can order them online at (Time)

Disturbing News: An 80-year-old convicted sex offender in Canada bought the rights to have parts of a youth baseball complex named after him. (Full Story)

According to a poll of international business travelers, the hottest flight attendants belong to . . . Virgin Atlantic. Singapore Airlines came in second, and Etihad came in third. They're the airline of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. (Full Story)

A girl is selling her ex-boyfriend's clothes on ebay under the screen name 'myexboyfriendscloset' . . . by posting photos of her holding them up in front of her naked body.

A woman in South Carolina owned an 11-year-old pot-bellied service pig named Blue, who helped her when she had seizures. But Blue wandered into a neighbor's yard . . . so an off-duty cop shot and killed it with a bow and arrow. (Full Story)

Are ice skating rinks making your child sick? The "Today" show says Zambonis cause long-term carbon monoxide poisoning. (Full Story)

Basically, don't fly to Norway: In a new poll, half of all pilots in Norway admitted to falling asleep mid-flight. (Full Story)


#1.) AOL Did a Valentine's Day Mash-Up of Famous TV Characters Kissing:

Valentine's Day is Monday, and if you're staying in like a sad sack, there's a montage on AOL of famous TV characters kissing. (--Search for "TV Kisses Mash-Up")

#2.) And Now . . . Words of Wisdom From 40 Movies In 7 Minutes:

If you're looking for a little inspiration today . . . and have seven minutes to kill . . . someone posted a montage on YouTube of 40 different movie characters offering up words of wisdom. (--Search for "Lessons From 40 Films in 7 Minutes")

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Based on Her Personality Type:

If you're stuck on what to get your woman for Valentine's Day, we've got four gift ideas based on her personality type. Listen up . . .

#1.) She's the Life of the Party. Take her on a romantic weekend getaway without revealing where you're going or what you'll be doing. Half of the people surveyed in a new poll say it's the Valentin'es Day gift they want the most.

#2.) She's a Go-Getter. You can't really go wrong with jewelry for ANY type of girl, but it's perfect for someone who's a type-A go-getter. Just make sure it's CLASSY and not TACKY.

#3.) The Nurturer. Poems and love letters might be considered cheesy, but if she's the nurturing type, they're winners. If you can't write, just get her a book of poems. Or just go with bouquet of her favorite flowers.

#4.) The Analyst. That means she likes things that make life more organized or efficient. Which can be difficult for you to make romantic . . . because nothing says 'love' quite like a Slap Chop. (???) --Instead, make her a fake coupon book filled with stuff like a back massage, a car wash, or a gourmet dinner at home. Or if that's too cheesy for you, get her a gift basket filled with candles, hand soap and lotion. (Happen Magazine)

Decoding What Your Woman's Valentine's Day Gift Means:

"Ask Men" has come out with a handy guide that decodes the meaning behind eight common Valentine's Day gifts for men. And ladies, if you still need to get your man something, listen up, because you'll probably find some good ideas here.

#1.) Magazines. A subscription to something like "Esquire", "Wired", or "Forbes" is like a monthly reminder that she cares. And since they're a step up from "Maxim", it shows that she values your intellectual side.

#2.) Blu-Ray Movies. Something like "Inception" or "The Social Network" on Blu-ray is trying to appeal to your manly side without insulting your intelligence.

#3.) Bar Set. A nice bar set for your kitchen shows she thinks it's okay for you to cut loose when she's not around.

#4.) Grooming Products. A nice shaving set shows that she wants you to keep up your appearance, probably so she can show you off to all her friends.

#5.) Cologne. Cologne means one thing: You smell of cheese. Just kidding. She's just trying to make sure you smell amazing whenever the two of you are together.

#6.) Electronics. An electronic item like a new smartphone or iPad shows that she's really into you, and wants to stay connected whether it's over email, text, or phone calls.

#7.) Intimate Bedroom Gifts. Adult-themed bedroom games and edible novelties show she's totally willing to get wild between the sheets.

#8.) A Classy Watch. A nice watch is a BIG DEAL. Since you're probably going to wear it every day, it's going to be a constant reminder of her. This chick is seriously into you. (Ask Men)

How To Survive Valentine's Day If You're Single:

If you're single, then you're fully aware of the S.A.D. holiday coming up . . . Single's Awareness Day. Well, we've got five things you can do on Monday instead of sulking about being single.

#1.) Treat Yourself. Go to a spa and get a massage or a manicure. Or go out and buy those nice shoes you've been waiting to pull the trigger on. Obviously, this one's for all the single dudes out there. (???)

#2.) Have a Party. Invite all your single friends over . . . get some cocktails, appetizers, and music going . . . and make the night memorable by taking it easy with your close friends.

#3.) Go To a Party. It's the same idea behind having a party, minus the cleanup. Just make sure before you go that it's NOT going to be a couples thing.

#4.) Have a Night On the Town. Head out to a fun dive bar with your single friends and have some drinks, shoot some pool, and maybe strike up a few conversations with other people in the process.

#5.) Do the Usual. Go about your routine, and it'll feel like just another regular day. Go to work, hit the gym, go home, and enjoy your dinner while watching your favorite shows on TV. --Before you know it, it'll be February 15th and nothing will have changed. What a concept. (Ask Men)

Thursday, February 10, 2011



Lindsay Lohan Pleaded Not Guilty to a Felony Theft Charge:

As expected, LINDSAY LOHAN pleaded NOT GUILTY to a felony charge of theft yesterday. --Lindsay is accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in Venice California. The necklace was only returned to police AFTER the media reported that the cops had obtained a warrant to search Lindsay's home for it. --Still, Lindsay claims the store . . . Kamofie & Company . . . LOANED the necklace to her. --Lindsay was booked and released on $40,000 bail. (--That's 20-grand for the theft charge and another 20,000 for allegedly violating her probation.) --But the judge in this case sounds a little more hardcore than the last guy she had to deal with. --He told her, quote, "You're in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you . . . While this case is percolating to a resolution . . . if you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail." --He added, quote, "What I'm telling you is that you need to follow the laws just like everybody else . . . You're no different than anyone else. So please, don't push your luck. --By the way . . . Lindsay was also ordered to stay away from Kamofie & Company. It turns out someone in her camp had sent flowers to the store to make nice, but they were a little creeped out by the gesture. --Lindsay is looking at three years in prison if convicted. Plus, she could also do a little time for violating her probation . . . which doesn't end until August. (--Here's video of Lindsay listening while the judge politely reams her out.) --After Lindsay's day in court, DR. DREW Tweeted his support . . . saying, quote, "I am mortified how [Lindsay] is getting attacked when she is so fragile and just establishing her sobriety. Not at all what she needs." --And Lindsay replied, quote, "Thank you for your support. I appreciate it."

The Many Theft Accusations Against Lindsay Lohan:

Yesterday marked the first time LINDSAY LOHAN has ever been charged with theft. But it's not the first time she's been ACCUSED of stealing something. Not by a long shot. --In January of 2008, a woman named Masha Markova accused Lindsay of stealing her $11,000 mink coat from a club in New York City. Lindsay was even photographed wearing it. --Eventually, the coat was quietly returned to Markova, and they reportedly reached some kind of financial settlement that kept the justice system from getting involved. --Around the same time, model Lauren Hastings accused Lindsay of stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from her closet. Hastings was out of town at the time, but the chick who was house-sitting for her threw a party, and Lindsay was a guest. --Witnesses told Hastings that Lindsay was picking through her stuff and handing what she wanted to her bodyguard. --In June of 2009, $400,000 worth of jewelry disappeared from a photo shoot Lindsay was doing for "Elle" magazine. But the magazine issued a statement saying it did not hold Lindsay responsible. --And last April, Lindsay was questioned by police over a missing $35,000 Rolex watch. The owner later asked police to drop the case . . . claiming she'd accidentally left it at Lindsay's house (--The word is that prosecutors want to bring all of this up if Lindsay's case goes to court. But the Markova woman . . . the mink owner . . . has already said she's not interested in testifying, since she settled her beef with Lindsay already.)


Charlie Sheen Wants to Pay One-Third of the Salaries for "Two and a Half Men" Crew Members Who Are Out of Work:

There's word going around that CHARLIE SHEEN plans to return to work next week to finish filming this season of "Two and a Half Men". In the meantime, however, the crew has missed two weeks of work. --TMZ says that Charlie will make it up to them by paying ONE-THIRD of their salaries for those two weeks . . . as long as CBS and Warner Brothers cough up the rest. (--Warner Brothers produces the show. CBS is the network it airs on.) --But an unidentified CBS exec told TMZ that nobody else is ready to return to work on Monday . . . and that the earliest the show can get back into production is the end of the month. --A Warner Brothers rep wouldn't comment on Charlie's alleged offer . . . but he did say, quote, "We sincerely hope that Charlie's rehab is going well. --"We hope that he is healthy in the very near future and we look forward to the return of production of 'Two and a Half Men'."

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz Are Getting Divorced:

ASHLEE SIMPSON has filed for divorce from PETE WENTZ, after just two and a half years of marriage. --They issued a statement saying all the usual things, like how this was a "difficult decision", but they "remain friends" and will continue to make raising their son their "number one priority." --Ashlee is seeking spousal support and primary custody of their 2-year-old son Bronx, with visitation for Pete. --Obviously, Pete and Ashlee aren't going to come right out and tell us why they broke up. That's what anonymous sources are for. Unfortunately, they're kind of all over the map on this one. --One source says Pete and Ashlee have just been, quote, "growing apart for quite some time," and that the split was amicable --But another source says Pete started acting funny . . . quote, "It's really all about Pete's erratic behavior. She really wanted out." (--There's no word what constituted "erratic behavior" in this case. --Then there are sources that say tensions have been simmering for a while, because Ashlee made the decision to scale back on her showbiz career to be a mom, while Pete still wanted to be a rock star. --Things came to a head this past summer, when Ashlee got HAMMERED at a party and got into a verbal throwdown with Pete's ex, actress MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG. --A source says, quote, "[Ashlee was] reverting to drinking and going out, because she is sick and tired of her life. [It's] an outlet for her unhappiness, and Pete is getting fed up." --It's not clear when Ashlee and Pete officially separated, but they were seen together just last week, walking around West Hollywood with Bronx. (--Here's a photo.)

Lady Gaga Doesn't Like to be Called "Gaga" in Bed:

If you ever have the pleasure . . . or whatever you'd like to call it . . . of accompanying LADY GAGA to the boudoir, here's a tip for you: Don't call her "Gaga" in the heat of passion. She's not into that. --ANDERSON COOPER interviewed Lady Gaga for a "60 Minutes" piece that airs this Sunday before the Grammys. And she said there are still people who refer to her by her given name, Stefani Germanotta. --She added, quote, "Especially in bed." --Anderson said, quote, "You don't want somebody yelling out 'Lady Gaga' in the throes of passion." --And Gaga responded, quote, "No, that would freak me out."

Are Katy Perry and Russell Brand Already in Marriage Counseling?

Is there already trouble between KATY PERRY and RUSSELL BRAND? "Life & Style" magazine says that Katy has been, quote, "asking friends to recommend a marriage counselor." (--Katy and Russell got married in October . . . after just four months together.)

Fantasia Isn't Pregnant . . . She's Chubbing Up for a Movie Role:

Recent pictures of FANTASIA looking heavier than usual have sparked pregnancy rumors. But it turns out she's NOT with fetus . . . she's chubbing up for a movie role. --Her manager says she's been told to gain 30 to 45 pounds to star in a film about legendary gospel singer MAHALIA JACKSON. (--The part about Fantasia playing Mahalia IS true. So the weight gain part probably is, too. Mahalia was on the heavy side.)

Miley Cyrus Admits Her Legal Bong Rip Was a Bad Idea:

MILEY CYRUS admits that getting caught on video taking a bong rip . . . even though the drug she was smoking was totally legal . . . was a bad idea. --In the new issue of "Marie Claire" magazine, Miley was asked if she was judged too harshly . . . given the fact that a lot of people her age do a lot worse. --She replied, quote, "But they're not Miley Cyrus. They're not role models. So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for." --She added, quote, "I made a mistake . . . I'm disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans." (--Was the mistake smoking salvia . . . a hallucinogenic herb . . . or was the mistake GETTING CAUGHT smoking salvia? I don't hear Miley saying she's tossing the bong aside, do you?) --But she also said, quote, "I've never, ever claimed to be perfect. I mean, since I've started ["Hannah Montana"], I've always said, 'I'm gonna make mistakes.' --"I know this. And I think that that is one of the reasons why people related to me. Why kids related to me." --Despite her various troubles in 2010, Miley has some very specific goals for the rest of this year. She wants to, quote, "spread love and change the world in 2011." (--Speaking of Miley . . . here's video of her DENYING that she's dating JOSH BOWMAN, her co-star in her upcoming movie "So Undercover".)

Kevin Smith is Grateful to Seth Rogen . . . For Turning Him Into a Stoner:

Contrary to popular belief, KEVIN SMITH was NOT a stoner all those years that he played pot smoker Silent Bob in his own movies. But he is now. And he has SETH ROGEN to thank. --Kevin directed Seth in the vastly-underrated comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" . . . and during the shoot, Seth opened Kevin's mind to the wonders of the WACKY WEED. --And now that he's smoking, Kevin actually gets MORE done. --Kevin says, quote, "One of the most talented people I worked with in my life was Seth Rogen. I got so much from him. He re-energized me in a weird way. I became a stoner because of Seth Rogen. --"He made it seem like career stoning was possible. This is a functioning stoner. He's the first person I've ever met who's a weed-smoker and dude comes to work on time, never has a problem, has brilliant ideas, is constantly writing. He's productive. --"That dude gave me the greatest gift I've had in the last five years . . . It's made me more productive. I've done more in the last two years than I had done in any single two-year stretch prior to that." (--Here's video.)
Khloe Kardashian Knows People Call Her "Ugly", "Fat" and a "Transvestite":

You know all that smack you talk about celebrities online? They actually read that stuff. --KHLOE KARDASHIAN says, quote, "I'm the ugly sister. I'm the fat one. I'm the transvestite. I have had those mean things said about me at least twice a day for the last five years. It's horrible, you know? But I can brush that stuff off."

Don't Worry: Jennifer Aniston Is OK:

People have an image of JENNIFER ANISTON as some pathetic spinster who sits home every night talking to her cats who are all named Brad and cutting up magazines with ANGELINA JOLIE on the covers. --Obviously, that's not true. In the new issue of "People" magazine, Jennifer says the biggest misconception about her is that she's unhappy. She adds, quote, "I'm really happy. Really!" --She adds, quote, "I think people honestly just want to see me as a mom and married and barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. And I just want to say, 'Everybody, relax! It's going to happen.'" (--Jennifer turns 42 tomorrow.)

Johnny Depp Will Have a Cameo In Adam Sandler's Upcoming Movie, "Jack and Jill":

JOHNNY DEPP has a cameo in ADAM SANDLER'S upcoming comedy "Jack and Jill" . . . in which Adam plays both members of a set of male-female twins. That's the word from director Dennis Dugan himself. --He didn't say what Johnny is doing in the movie. (--"Jack and Jill" is filming right now. There's no word yet on a release date.)

Check Out the 230 Most Underrated Character Actors:

Some user on the Internet Movie Database . . . at . . . has put together a list of the 230 Most Underrated Character Actors. --These are actors you've seen in tons of movies, and whose faces you'll recognize immediately . . . but whose names you might not have ever heard before. (--A few people on the list whose names you'd know include Ned Beatty, William H. Macy, Tim Curry, and Charles S. Dutton. Listing the rest would be an enormous waste of time. Just check them out . . . with pictures . . . here.)

Did "Bachelor" Brad Womack Propose to Another Woman "Weeks" Before Filming This Season?

BRAD WOMACK is currently in the midst of his SECOND run on "The Bachelor", after famously rejecting BOTH his final selections during his first go around. That was Season 11, when he decided he didn't want either DeAnna or Jenni. --But a real-life woman named Laurel Kagay tells "Us Magazine" that Brad proposed to her last summer "just weeks" before leaving to film the current season of "The Bachelor". Obviously, she turned him down. --And this wasn't the first time she said "no". Laurel says she's been dating Brad on-and-off for the past eight years, and he has asked her to marry him "countless" times. --Laurel says she decided to make this public because, quote, "I'm sure the girl he picked would want to know that he was proposing to another woman right before he started taping the show. I would want to know." --And he DOES pick a woman this time . . . we think. --Earlier this season, Brad told E! Online that he found a keeper this time . . . quote, "When I say I'm in love, I mean it with every bone in my body. I am happier than I've been in 10, 15 years. Not a single [regret]. I'm very much in love." --He added that the chances are, quote, "damn good" that he'll be married next year at this time. (--Let's hope he's referring to love with one of the remaining "Bachelor" chicks, and not relying on a Hail Mary "yes" from Laurel.)

Norm MacDonald Is Getting a "Sports Show" on Comedy Central:

Legendary "Saturday Night Live" star NORM MACDONALD . . . who owned "Weekend Update" like no one else ever has . . . is getting a new show on Comedy Central. --It's called the "Sports Show with Norm MacDonald" . . . and it is what it sounds like. Norm will be talkin' sports . . . while being funny, naturally. Production starts this month, and the first episode will air in April. (--Unlike "The Onion's" new Comedy Central show "SportsDome", which is a spoof of "SportsCenter", Norm's show will tape in front of a studio audience.)

The "Glee" Post-Super Bowl Ratings Bonanza Didn't Last:

If Fox was hoping to get "Glee" a lasting ratings bump by giving it the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot . . . it didn't work . . . at least in the short run. --After amassing 26.8 million viewers after the game on Sunday, Tuesday's episode only drew 11.4 million viewers, and that's DOWN slightly from the 11.6 million viewers "Glee" has been averaging this season. --The last new episode before the Super Bowl had 11.1 million viewers. (--No one was expecting "Glee" to suddenly pull 20 million viewers a week after the Super Bowl, but Fox had to be hoping for at least a LITTLE bump, right?)

Thursday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"American Idol" [Hollywood Round] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"The Office" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on NBC. (--As Michael's relationship with Holly continues to grow, their displays of public affection begin to disturb everyone else.)

--"Grey's Anatomy" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Meredith's dad returns to Seattle Grace with stomach pains . . . and a young tattooed girlfriend.)

--"Royal Pains" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on USA. (--Hank treats a park ranger struck by lightning, who's played by comedian Jim Gaffigan.)

--"Parks and Recreation" . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Megan Mullally returns as Ron's ex-wife Tammy, and she hooks up with Tom.)

--"Ace of Cakes" [SERIES Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Food Network. (--Duff creates a DeLorean shaped cake for the stars of "Back to the Future" to celebrate the films 25th Anniversary.)

--"Fairly Legal" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA. (--"Warehouse 13's" Eddie McClintock guest stars as a chef seeking legal advice from Sarah Shahi.)

Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas is Defending Their Super Bowl Show:

TABOO of the BLACK EYED PEAS has heard some of the criticism of the group's Super Bowl halftime show, and he's cool with it. --He tells, quote, "The fact is 110 million people watched that [the performance]. So if you have 40 million people who loved it, you're going to have 60 million who hated it because that's how life is. --"If we've got 40 million people who loved it, I'm happy with that." --Earlier this week, FERGIE critiqued her own performance, calling it a little "pitchy." She said, quote, "Some of my notes were pitchy to me. But it was so exhilarating. The whole thing. It was so big. That's a once-in-a-lifetime thing." --Taboo says the Peas were more focused on how the show LOOKED than their own singing and dancing . . . quote, "It was more about the spectacle because people already know we move and we're dancers, so they've seen that from us. --"This time we wanted to give you a spectacle, a visual besides something you've already seen, and I think we were criticized for, 'Oh, they were stiff . . . they didn't want to move.' But in actuality, it was about the light show, it was about the production." (--I was ambivalent about the show, but I'll give him that. At a quick, pop-up concert like the Super Bowl halftime show, it's hard to expect perfect sound . . . both technically and from the performers. And a lot of it did look cool.)

Activision Has Pulled the Plug on the "Guitar Hero" Franchise:

Is the playing-music-with-plastic-instruments video game phenomenon over? --Activision seems to think so, because they're pulling the plug on the "Guitar Hero" franchise. An exec explained, quote, "We simply cannot make these games profitably based on current economics." --This just means there will be no NEW "Guitar Hero" games. They'll still sell the existing games and downloadable extras for the foreseeable future. (--It's also possible that Activision simply doesn't believe they can compete with the "Rock Band" franchise any more, now that "Rock Band 3" has taken it to the next level by adding keyboards to their game.)

Eminem, Muse and the Foo Fighters Will Headline Lollapalooza:

Lollapalooza isn't expected to announce this year's lineup until April, but the "Chicago Tribune" is reporting that this year's headliners will be MUSE, the FOO FIGHTERS and . . . EMINEM. (--Yeah, I don't get it either . . . but KANYE WEST is headlining this year's Coachella. And for better or worse, we're in an era of hip-hop and pop . . . so maybe they had to do what they had to do.) --Naturally, festival organizers wouldn't confirm the report. This year's Lollapalooza will be held the weekend of August 5th, in Chicago's Grant Park.

Justin Bieber and James Blunt Made Up Their Own Versions of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on "Ellen":

LADY GAGA'S new single, "Born This Way", doesn't come out until tomorrow, but that didn't stop ELLEN DEGENERES from trying to perform it on her show yesterday. All she had to go on was the lyrics, which Lady Gaga released earlier this week. --So Ellen sang what she thought the song would sound like . . . then she invited JAMES BLUNT and then JUSTIN BIEBER to take stabs at it. (--You can watch video, here. James comes out at the 2:50 mark, followed by Justin at the 4:20.) --As you may recall, Lady Gaga actually did give us an idea what "Born This Way" will sound like, when she sang a few lines a cappella at last year's "MTV Video Music Awards". (--You can revisit that, here. And you'll want to fast-forward to the 4:10 mark.)

The Strokes Are Giving Away Their New Single as a Free Download:

THE STROKES are giving away their new single "Under Cover of Darkness" as a free download on their website . . . but only for today. (--Technically, they put it up yesterday, and made it free for 48 hours.) --You can check it out at

Nicki Minaj Rises Into the Top Spot on the "Billboard" Album Chart:

It took her 11 weeks to get there, but NICKI MINAJ now has a #1 album. Her debut album "Pink Friday" moved another 45,000 copies in its 11th week to narrowly block the Christian rock band RED from the top spot. Here's this week's Top 10 . . .

1.) "Pink Friday", Nicki Minaj (45,000 copies)
2.) (NEW) "Until We Have Faces", the Christian rock band Red (43,000 copies)
3.) (NEW) "Musica + Alma + Sexo", Ricky Martin (32,000 copies)
4.) "Doo-Wops & Hooligans", Bruno Mars (32,000 copies)
5.) "Loud", Rihanna (29,000 copies)
6.) "Kidz Bop 19" (28,000 copies)
7.) "My Kinda Party", Jason Aldean (27,000 copies)
8.) "Speak Now", Taylor Swift (27,000 copies)
9.) Pink's "Greatest Hits ... So Far!!!" (25,000 copies)
10.) "Recovery", Eminem (25,000 copies)

Snoop Dogg Has Endorsed a Product That Cuts Down on Weed Odor:

SNOOP DOGG has endorsed something called Blunt Magic, which "reduces the smell and smoke output when smoking." --It's simple: You spray the product directly ON whatever you're smoking. That's it. They say it's "all-natural and food-safe," and has been approved by the FDA. It comes in two different flavors: Grape and blueberry. --In a statement, Snoop said, quote, "Roll Doggy style with Blunt Magic and see what it do. Check out our product . . . and let me know what you think. --Blunt Magic is already available at "convenience stores, specialty smoke shops and online." It's going for $6.99 a bottle on

Game Must Pay a Jewelry Company $91,000:

LINDSAY LOHAN isn't the only celebrity in trouble over jewelry. An L.A. judge has ordered GAME to pay a jewelry company $91,000 in unpaid bills. --Game had a company called Lemmerman's make at least six pieces of custom jewelry a few years ago . . . and never finished paying it off. The company took him to court for the unpaid portion of the bill, plus interest. (--That's the $91,000.)
"American Idol" Producers Are Doing a Country Singing Competition on CMT:

CMT is doing another "American Idol"-type talent show . . . but this time it has some heavy hitters behind it. --It's being produced by NIGEL LYTHGOE and his son SIMON. Nigel was an executive producer on "American Idol" . . . and you may recognize him as one of the judges on "So You Think You Can Dance". He also co-created that show. --The new show is called "CMT's Next Superstar" . . . and it's supposed to debut sometime in April. They're doing 10 episodes . . . and will announce the winner during the "CMT Music Awards". No word yet on who the judges will be. --Here's Nigel explaining why this show will be so very different, quote, "Country music is all about storytelling, personalities and putting yourself into the songs. --"This show is not about going to a set, it's about being in a location that has history to it. We're down and dirty in the heart of Nashville. --"It's not just going to be another 'American Idol' production, why would I be involved in that? I've got the best. From my point of view, I want to change it up totally."


KELSEY and CAMILLE GRAMMER will be officially divorced today. (Full Story)

Did ALEX RODRIGUEZ get caught picking his nose in a clothing store? (Full Story)

TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN admits she has the lung disease sarcoidosis . . . but denies tabloid reports that she's dying from it. (Full Story)

WILLOW SMITH wants BRAD PITT to play her adopted father in the "Annie" remake. (Full Story)

Comic book fans, take heed: Spider-Man is joining the Fantastic Four . . . taking the place of the Human Torch, who was killed off last month. And they're changing their name to the Future Foundation. (Full Story)

CEE LO GREEN will sing "Forget You" at the Grammys this Sunday, and the performance will also feature GWYNETH PALTROW and the Muppets! The Jim Henson Company says it was Cee Lo's idea to invite the Muppets. (Full Story)

A security guard on the set of "NCIS" was killed yesterday when he was hit by a van. It was a freak accident that apparently happened when the driver had some kind of medical emergency, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. (Full Story)

"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry has created a new show called "Hallelujah", which he's describing as "'Glee' for conservative Republicans." It could be ready in time to be considered for ABC's schedule next year. (Full Story)

RIHANNA will tour North America this summer. She's announced seven dates so far, the rest will be revealed later. You can see her itinerary at



A Married Republican Congressman Has Resigned After Sending a Shirtless Photo To a Woman On Craigslist:

Chris Lee is a Republican congressman from New York. At least he was. He resigned yesterday . . . after he was caught trolling for women on Craigslist. And of course, he's married. Here's what went down. --On Friday, a 34-year-old woman posted in the 'Women Seeking Men' personals of the Washington, D.C. Craigslist. She said she was looking for a man who doesn't "look like a toad", was over six feet tall, 30 to 40 years old, and financially and emotionally secure. --Lee responded from a Gmail account, and said he was a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist . . . even though he's actually a 46-year-old married Congressman. He also attached a SHIRTLESS photo. --They started talking back and forth, and even though Lee said he was a lobbyist, he used his real name. She Googled him . . . realized that the guy in the shirtless photo was a Congressman . . . and cut things off. --Then she forwarded all the correspondence and the shirtless photo to the website Gawker, and they published the story. --Early yesterday, Lee wouldn't confirm or deny anything, but said he needed to, quote, "work this out with my wife." Lee and his wife have one son together. --Then later in the day, he sent out a press release, resigning from Congress. It included his apology, quote, "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff, and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all." (Gawker) (--Check out Lee's official Congressional photo, and the shirtless photo he sent to the woman on Craigslist.)
A Republican State Representative In Tennessee Credits Her Political Success To . . . Her Time As a Hooters Girl:

The future leaders of this country aren't in the high school debate clubs or sitting in ivy-covered buildings at prestigious East Coast colleges. No . . . they're wearing tight white tank tops, tiny orange shorts, and slangin' overpriced buffalo wings. -In November, 29-year-old Julia Hurley was elected as a Republican state representative in Tennessee. And she credits her political success to . . . her time working as a HOOTERS GIRL. --When Julia was in college, she started working as a waitress at Hooters. She says that while she was there, she started learning about business and networking. --And, quote, "I know that without that time in my life I would not be as strong-willed and eager to become successful. If I could make it at Hooters, I could make it anywhere." --She says that some of her former customers at Hooters even made campaign contributions. --While she was at Hooters, Julia also worked as a model in some pretty risqué photos. When she was running for the state House, her opponents tried to use her Hooters background and the modeling shots against her . . . but it didn't work. (Long Island Press)

Michelle Obama Has Banned Her Daughters From Using Facebook:

Something makes me think this is REALLY for the best. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S daughters aren't on Facebook. --Yesterday, during an interview on the "Today" show, MICHELLE OBAMA said that her daughters don't have Facebook profiles because, quote, "I'm not a big fan of young kids having Facebook." --Sasha Obama is nine and Malia is 12 --Michelle says that maybe the girls can be on Facebook once they're older. (AOL News) (--Of course, by that time, Facebook won't be cool anymore and they won't even WANT to be on it, but that's not really the point.)

Fort Wayne, Indiana Refuses To Name a Building After a Beloved Former Mayor . . . Because His Name Was Harry Baals:

From 1934 to 1954, Fort Wayne, Indiana had a fantastic mayor. He was beloved in town. He won four terms. He was mayor longer than anyone else in Fort Wayne history. --But the city is now REFUSING to bend to popular demand and name a new government center after him. Because his name was . . . HARRY BAALS. (--Yes, it's pronounced like you think it is.) --That's "Harry" spelled "H-A-R-R-Y" and "Baals" spelled "B-A-A-L-S" . . . but it's the pronunciation, not the spelling, that's holding up the city leaders. --Harry died in 1954, while he was still in office. His family today has changed the pronunciation of their last name to "Bales." --Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said that the city leaders are refusing to drop Harry Baals on the building because, quote, "We realize that while Harry Baals was a respected mayor, not everyone outside of Fort Wayne will know that." --There's only one problem. This story BLEW UP LIKE CRAZY online yesterday . . . and the people have spoken. --The city has a website called, where people initially voted on the name for the center. Before yesterday, Harry Baals had a few hundred votes. As of last night he was up to well over 10,000. --The next closest competitor, the Anthony Wayne Government Center, has fewer than 500 votes. Even with this support as a testicl . . . err, testament . . . to the popularity of Harry Baals, the city isn't budging on the name. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

The Valentine's Gift That People Want the Most Is a Romantic Getaway . . . But Most of Us Have Never Gotten One:

According to a new survey, the Valentine's Day gift that people want the most is a romantic getaway. Although the survey was conducted by Orbitz, the travel website, so we can assume that 'romantic staycation' wasn't an option. --Almost half of the people surveyed said a romantic getaway is the Valentine's gift they want the most . . . but 85% of the people surveyed said they've never actually given or received a trip as a romantic gift. --The most popular destination for a romantic getaway is, quote, "a bungalow on a remote beach." A bed and breakfast in wine country came in second . . . a boutique hotel in the city is third . . . and a ski chalet in the mountains is fourth. --San Francisco was voted the sexiest city in the U.S., just beating Miami and New York. --So far, the most popular destination for Valentine's weekend this year on Orbitz is Las Vegas . . . same as last year. --The rest of the top 10 are: Orlando . . . Cancun, Mexico . . . New York . . . Chicago . . . Oahu . . . New Orleans . . . Miami . . . Los Angeles . . . and San Francisco. (PR Newswire)
Divorces Skyrocket 36% Around Valentine's Day?

You're SUPPOSED to use Valentine's Day as a reminder to think about the amazingness of romance. It's not supposed to go down like this. --According to, a website that posts ratings and profiles for doctors and lawyers, Valentine's Day is also the time of year when DIVORCES skyrocket. --Apparently, a lot of people take a long, hard look at their marriages . . . realize that the romance is dead . . . and can't fathom even one more Valentine's Day of choking down a heart-shaped box of chocolates together. So they end things. --The survey found that divorce filings jump 36% around Valentine's Day, compared to the previous six months. Even higher than after the holidays, when a lot of people come down from the Christmas high and end things. --Kelly Chang is a divorce lawyer in Los Angeles. She says she always sees the Valentine's Day rush, and there are two main people who cause that rush. --Quote, "[There are] the 'delayed New Year's resoluters' who are moving forward on their resolution to be single, just a month late . . . and the 'waiting to exhalers' who file for divorce [because] of their spouse's actions on Valentine's Day." --Cary Cheifetz is a divorce lawyer in New Jersey and he has another theory on why people get divorced in mid-February. Quote, "People wait until they know what their spouse's bonus and income situation will be in the new year." (New York Post)

Men Are Twice as Likely as Women To Say "I Love You" In the First Week of Dating:

According to a nationwide survey by "Glamour" and Ralph Lauren, men are TWICE as likely as women to say "I love you" within the first week of dating. --Which proves one of two things: Either men have gotten softer, more emotional, and more like the princes in fairytales . . . or they'll say ANYTHING to get sex within a week of meeting you. --More than 19% of men have told a woman "I love you" within a week, versus 10% of women. --The men in the survey also said the number one thing they want to receive for Valentine's Day is to hear "I love you." --Nine out of 10 people surveyed . . . both men and women . . . believe there's such a thing as true love. --88% of men said the compliment they want to hear the most is "you're so funny." 93% of women said the compliment THEY want to hear most is "you have a great smile." (PR Newswire)

Thursday Has Replaced Saturday As the Most Popular Night To Go Out:

Apparently "casual Fridays" have become "hungover Fridays." And you know what? We're totally fine with that. Weekends SHOULD start on Thursday. Eff The Man. --According to a new survey, THURSDAYS have replaced Saturdays as the most popular night to go out. And whether that means going out to dinner, going to a movie, or yes, going out and getting blackout drunk . . . Thursdays are king now. --62% of people overall, and 72% of people under 30, said Thursday is the night when they're most likely to go out. Saturday came in second, Friday came in third, and Sunday came in fourth. --For people who have a tamer definition of going out, 65% say they eat out instead of cooking on Thursdays . . . and 45% of people say they try to squeeze in their grocery shopping on Thursday nights to avoid the weekend lines. (Daily Mirror)

Here are Some of the Strangest Taxes and Tax Breaks In the U.S.:

Think the government is content just taking income tax on every dollar you earn, and sales tax on every dollar you spend? Come on. Here are some actual, extra, obscure taxes from around the country. And a few random tax breaks too. A few.

--Body piercing tax. In Arkansas, there's a 6% tax on body piercing. And also on gutter cleaning and pet grooming.

--Haunted house tax. In New York, operas and musicals are exempt from sales taxes . . . but any Halloween show with music has to pay a tax.

--Death tax. In Seattle, Washington, you . . . or really your family . . . owes a $50 tax when you DIE.

--Stripper tax. If it isn't hard enough being a stripper in Utah, there's an extra 10% tax on strip clubs.

--Double amputee tax break. In Oregon, if you're a double amputee, you get a $50 tax break. But if you're a single amputee . . . no break.

--100-year-old free spirit tax break. In New Mexico, you can get a good tax exemption if you're 100 and older. But only if no one else claims you as a dependent.

--Ottoman empire tax break. In California, if you were persecuted by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923, you get a tax break. This one's for victims of the Armenian Genocide during World War One. But still . . . Ottoman Empire? (Forbes)

Identity Theft Went Way Down In 2010 . . . Because Our Identities Aren't Worth Stealing Anymore:

It's a bad time to be an identity thief . . . because none of us have an identity worth stealing anymore. --In 2010, the number of identity theft victims in the U.S. went WAY down . . . from 11 million in 2009 to 8.1 million. --The total value of losses dropped from $56 BILLION in 2009 to $37 BILLION. And the average losses per victim dropped from $5,000 in 2009 to $4,600. --Because of the credit crisis, it's a much tougher road for identity thieves. --It's become a LOT harder to open up credit lines in someone else's name without rigorous background checks . . . and the amount of credit being passed out is way down. --So unless you steal the identity from someone with an 800 credit score and you can answer all of the questions required for a background check . . . you're out of luck. (The Register)

A Woman Has Sued After Being Hit In the Head At a Concert By a Crowd Surfer:

In 2009, a woman named Ijdella Vanderklok of Winnipeg, Canada was at a BLINK-182 concert. And no, this story isn't just to make fun of her for going to a Blink-182 show in *2009*. Maybe she thought she was stepping into a time machine. --No. While Ijdella was at the concert, someone started crowd surfing. And we're not going to make fun of him either for crowd surfing at a Blink-182 concert in 2009. --The crowd surfer was DROPPED right onto Ijdella. She says she suffered serious injuries to her leg and is now disabled. --So she's SUING the concert venue, which is the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, for providing insufficient security and not doing its part to discourage crowd surfing. --Her lawyer says that Ijdella knew there might be crowd surfing at the concert, but she assumed she'd be safe if she didn't surf or pass a surfer herself. Quote, "My client was not aware she was placing herself in danger." --There's no word on how much she's seeking in the lawsuit. --The MTS Centre wouldn't comment on the lawsuit. (CNews)


A Bank Robber Almost Escapes From the Police . . . When They Grab Him By His Prosthetic Arm and It Falls Off:

Earlier this week, 26-year-old Matthew Meguiar of Orlando, Florida robbed the Fairwinds Credit Union in Orlando. The teller alerted the police, and they got there before Matthew even left the bank. --As he walked out, a sheriff's deputy grabbed his arm. And . . . IT FELL OFF. --Turns out Matthew had a prosthetic arm. And when the deputy grabbed it, he detached it. That actually could've given Matthew a chance to ESCAPE, but the deputy shook off the surprise, put down the arm, and grabbed Matthew. --He tried to handcuff him, but couldn't really figure out how . . . so he and some fellow officers just held Matthew while they questioned witnesses. --Matthew didn't even end up getting any money . . . the teller filled up a bag with bills, but it was too big to fit through the slot in the teller's cage, so Matthew walked out empty-handed. (--Or . . . um . . . empty-one-handed?) --He was arrested for attempted robbery. (Orlando Sentinel)

A Drunk Driver Pulls Herself Over When She Mistakes the Lights On a Sign For Police Lights:

I always say we've got to do whatever it takes to get drunk drivers off the streets. And this is one way. One stupid way. --27-year-old Nicole Scott of Sandusky, Ohio was recently driving in her Dodge Avenger, and she was drunk. As she drove, she thought she saw red and blue police lights up ahead, so she pulled over. --There were two problems for Nicole. One . . . they weren't police lights, they were actually lights on the sign for a roller skating rink called Skate World. And two . . . when she pulled over, she pulled right into a snow bank, and got STUCK. --Some actual police did end up driving by, they saw the car lodged in the snow, and came to help. -Nicole refused to take a sobriety test because she told the cops she wasn't driving . . . her friend Ray was driving but ran off. Then she changed the story to blame her friend Samantha. Then her friend Courtney. Then finally her friend Brittany. --The cops saw a half-full bottle of Michelob Ultra in the car . . . and the only footprints in the snow near the car were Nicole's. Plus she was having trouble walking straight. --She was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and having an open container. A tow truck company got her car out of the snow bank. (Sandusky Register)

Super Bowl Stupidity: Four Navy jets did a fly-over of the stadium in Dallas at the start of the game, even though the retractable roof was closed. It still cost taxpayers $450,000. (Full Story)

Some coaches really go the distance for their players, but this takes it to another level. Tom Walter is the coach of Wake Forest's baseball team, and on Monday, he donated a kidney to his freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan. (Full Story)

Check out a list from of 'The 50 Happiest Cities to Work in." San Jose, California is number one . . . followed by San Francisco . . . Jacksonville, Florida . . . Miami . . . and Washington, D.C. (Full Story)

A quadriplegic man is suing Disney after they left him on the "It's a Small World" ride for 40 minutes, while they evacuated other passengers after the ride stalled. (Full Story)

A new study in England shows that giving teenagers the morning-after pill for free . . . increased STDs in teenage girls. (Full Story)

The Good News: There are more trees in the U.S. now than there were 100 years ago! The Bad News: It's quantity over quality. The average age of forests today is younger than it was before European settlement. So they're home to fewer animals, plants, and insects. But hey . . . more trees! (Full Story)


#1.) A Walk-On Quarterback at UConn Posted a Crazy Trick-Shot Video on YouTube . . . And Now He's an Overnight Sensation:

There's a walk-on quarterback at the University of Connecticut named JOHNNY MCENTEE, and he's never played a single down as quarterback. But he's become an overnight sensation because of a new football trick-shot video he posted on YouTube. --Every shot he makes is impressive, including the one where he knocks a water bottle off a guy's head from 20 yards away. But the BEST shot is the last one: --He throws a football through a basketball hoop from way up in the stands at the other end of UConn's basketball arena. (--Search for "Johnny McEntee Trick Shots." He knocks the water bottle off at 2:10, and takes the basketball shot at 4:33.)

#2.) AdWeek Condensed All 61 Super Bowl Ads Into a Two-Minute YouTube Video:

If you missed any of the Super Bowl ads last weekend, AdWeek posted a two-minute montage on YouTube that includes clips from all 61 of them. (--Search for "61 Ads from Super Bowl 2011 in 2 Minutes.")

#3.) A Semi With Five Feet of Snow on Top of It Went Under an Overpass . . . And It Was Awesome:

There's a new video on YouTube of a tractor-trailer driving down a highway in Illinois with about five feet of snow piled on top of it . . . which makes it way too tall to fit under any overpass. --So when it goes under one at full-speed, there's a huge explosion of snow. (--Search for "Snow Explodes as Semi Passes Under Bridge.")

#4.) Bill O'Reilly Interrupted President Obama 48 Times During Their Pre-Super Bowl Interview:

BILL O'REILLY interviewed PRESIDENT OBAMA before the Super Bowl and said beforehand that it would be more like a conversation than a regular Q&A. But let's just say O'Reilly has a different definition of 'conversation' than a lot of people. --In 15 minutes, he interrupted Obama a total of 48 times, and there's a montage of all of them on YouTube. (--Search for "O'Reilly Interrupts Obama 48 Times.")

#5.) Jennifer Aniston and Tila Tequila Did "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis": has a new episode of "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis". In this one he interviews JENNIFER ANISTON, but is much more interested in his first guest, TILA TEQUILA.
Five Popular Valentine's Day Flowers, and What They Supposedly Mean:

Giving red roses on Valentine's Day is kind of 'safe,' so some guys like to branch out. But BEWARE . . . the magazine "Marie Claire" says the flowers you pick might send the wrong message. --Clearly this is total nonsense, but here are the secret meanings behind five popular types of flowers.

#1.) Yellow Tulips. They mean you're hopelessly in love with her, but you're worried she's not that into you.

#2.) Orchids. They supposedly represent "refined beauty", but "Marie Claire" also says they make you look pretentious.

#3.) Pink Carnations. They represent "a mother's love", so they're more appropriate for Mother's Day than Valentine's Day.

#4.) Coriander. It's actually an herb, but it's used as filler in bouquets. And according to "Marie Claire", it represents "lust", and means you're more interested in sex than you are in having a meaningful relationship.

#5.) Peonies. They look kind of like carnations and represent "shame and bashfulness" . . . so your woman might think you're having an affair.

--Anyway . . . let's thank "Marie Claire" for adding even more anxiety to a 'holiday' that already has enough. And remember: Buying ANY kind of flowers on Valentine's Day is better than not buying them at all. (