Friday, July 15, 2011



The 2011 Emmy Nominees Have Been Announced:

The nominees for "The 63nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" were revealed yesterday. --This year, a couple of new HBO shows, "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire", joined Emmy favorites like "Mad Men", "Modern Family" and "30 Rock" at the top of the Emmy lovefest. --Overall, the most nominated program was the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce", which scored 21 nominations. "Mad Men" followed with 19, "Boardwalk Empire" had 18, "Modern Family" had 17 and "Saturday Night Live" picked up 16. --"Game of Thrones" and "30 Rock" came next, with 13 nominations apiece. --As usual, HBO led all networks with 104 total nominations. This year, it had more than double the next closest network, which was CBS with 50. --Special congratulations are in order for the CW, which managed to get ONE nomination: For Outstanding Sound Editing. Its show "Nikita" is up for that. Even Animal Planet . . . with two nominations . . . did better than that. --"The Emmys" will air live Sunday, September 18th on Fox. JANE LYNCH is hosting.

The 2011 Emmy Nominees:

Best Drama Series:

--"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
--"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
--"The Good Wife" (CBS)
--"Mad Men" (AMC)
--"Dexter" (Showtime)
--"Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV)

Best Comedy Series:

--"Glee" (Fox)
--"Modern Family" (ABC)
--"The Office" (NBC)
--"30 Rock" (NBC)
--"Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
--"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Best Animated Show:

--"Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode 3" (Cartoon Network)
--"South Park" (Comedy Central)
--"The Simpsons" (Fox)
--"Futurama" (Comedy Central)
--"The Cleveland Show" (Fox)

Best Reality Show:

--"Deadliest Catch" (Discovery)
--"MythBusters" (Discovery)
--"Undercover Boss" (CBS)
--"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (Bravo)
--"Hoarders" (A&E)
--"Antiques Roadshow" (PBS)
Best Actor: (Drama Series)

--Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
--Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" (Showtime)
--Hugh Laurie, "House" (Fox)
--Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" (AMC)
--Timothy Olyphant, "Justified" (FX)
--Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV)

Best Actress: (Drama Series)

--Elizabeth Moss, "Mad Men" (AMC)
--Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
--Juliana Margulies, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
--Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law" (NBC)
--Mireille Enos, "The Killing" (AMC)
--Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV)

Best Supporting Actor: (Drama Series)

--Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
--John Slattery, "Mad Men" (AMC)
--Walton Goggins, "Justified" (FX)
--Josh Charles, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
--Alan Cummings, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
--Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT)

Best Supporting Actress: (Drama Series)

--Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
--Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" (AMC)
--Michelle Forbes, "The Killing" (AMC)
--Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
--Margo Martindale, "Justified" (FX)
--Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" (CBS)

Best Actor: (Comedy Series)

--Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" (Showtime)
--Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
--Steve Carell, "The Office" (NBC)
--Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
--Louis C.K., "Louie" (FX)
--Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" (NBC)

Best Actress: (Comedy Series)

--Laura Linney, "The Big C" (Showtime)
--Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
--Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
--Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly" (CBS)
--Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope" (Fox)
--Tina Fey, "30 Rock" (NBC)

Best Supporting Actor: (Comedy Series)

--Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men" (CBS)
--Chris Colfer, "Glee" (Fox)
--Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" (ABC)

Best Supporting Actress: (Comedy Series)

--Jane Lynch, "Glee" (Fox)
--Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land)
--Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" (ABC)
--Kristin Wiig, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
--Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock" (NBC)

Best Reality Competition Program:

--"American Idol" (Fox)
--"Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
--"So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox)
--"The Amazing Race" (CBS)
--"Project Runway" (Lifetime)
--"Top Chef" (Bravo)

Best Reality Show Host:

--Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" (Fox)
--Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
--Jeff Probst, "Survivor" (CBS)
--Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox)
--Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race" (CBS)

Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series:

--"Conan" (TBS) . . . Note that Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" was NOT nominated.
--"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
--"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)
--"Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO)
--"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (NBC)
--"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Emmy Reactions: Jon Cryer Takes a Playful Jab at Charlie Sheen:

JON CRYER was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and he used the opportunity to take a playful jab at all the chaos surrounding "Two and a Half Men" this year. --He said, quote, "In a year when nothing much has happened on our show and you could barely find a word about me or my co-stars on the internet, it is lovely to be recognized by the Academy in this way!" --CHARLIE SHEEN wasn't nominated.

Emmy *Dog* Reactions: From Betty White and Martha Plimpton:

BETTY WHITE was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Hot in Cleveland" and MARTHA PLIMPTON was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for "Raising Hope". Here's how their DOGS reacted: --Betty said, quote, "I thought, 'Wait until I tell Pontiac.' My dog is wagging his tail." --And Martha said, quote, "Woke up this morning to the incredible news that I was nominated for an Emmy, and a shower full of dog poop. Apparently my dog is so excited, she has explosive diarrhea . . . --"I truly could not be more thankful to the Emmy voters for including me in this brilliant company of extraordinary women . . . Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go clean up an enormous amount of dog poop out of my shower. Yay!"

The Creator of "Sons of Anarchy" Went on an Anti-"Glee" Twitter Rant After Being Shut Out of the Emmys:

Kurt Sutter . . . the creator of the FX biker show "Sons of Anarchy" . . . went on a Twitter tirade after his show was shut out of the Emmy nominations. In the process, Sutter took some tough shots at "Glee". (--Note: The guy is clearly being sarcastic and is having fun. He sounds like a pretty wild guy. So I don't really take these comments too seriously. To me, it just sounds like he's speaking his mind . . . and his mind is a little vulgar.) (--Oh, and CAREFUL . . . the content of some of these is a little questionable.) --Here's a sample of what Sutter had to say: --"[Eff] glee. hate those annoying, 'please accept me for who i am', singing brats. there, i said it. are you happy?" --"BTW. not saying we deserved any emmys, i just like to be included. --"the worse part of not getting an emmy nod. katey promised me a threesome if she won. now i have to settle for me, her and the shaved bunny." (--That's KATEY SAGAL, who stars in "Sons of Anarchy" . . . and is Sutter's wife in real life.) --"best part of not getting an emmy nod. now i don't have to pretend i give a [crap] about the profiteering [d-bag] academy. --"because you know if we were nominated i'd be all humble and blowing smoke up their asses. now i can stay true to myself and just be a [D-word].' --"i love ['Glee' creator] ryan murphy. he's always very cool with me. love glee too. just tired of all the [spermatozoa] piling up at its feet." (--He actually said the J-word.) --"['Friday Night Lights'] gives me hope . . . maybe [season 7] of 'Sons of Anarchy' will get nominated . . . when the ['Glee'] guys have all become doctors and lawyers who sing in a [effing] choir." --"These two academy member walk into a bar. one orders a beer. then they both die because they're so [effing] old." --"if my mom and dad were alive this emmy snub would kill them. that's not true, they were too old to understand my show. just like the academy." --"TMZ really? That's the picture you use? That was so 20 pounds ago." (--Here's TMZ's story, with the picture of Sutter that's 20 pounds ago. And here's the link to his Twitter feed, for further entertainment.)

Are Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller Getting Back Together? Probably Not:

TMZ "reported" yesterday that CHARLIE SHEEN and BROOKE MUELLER have been spending time together lately . . . and the door is even open for a possible reconciliation. --They also pointed out that the Toronto Maple Leafs t-shirt Brooke was wearing when she was photographed holding that alleged crack pipe earlier this week . . . the same Toronto Maple Leafs t-shirt Charlie wore back in April. (--Here are the pics. Not that they prove anything.) (TMZ) --If this sounds too insane to be true, that's because it probably is. E! Online says Charlie and Brooke are back on SPEAKING TERMS, but that's about it. --A source says, quote, "They're not together, they're not hanging out regularly, but they have been talking. --"Brooke went over to his house once and they talked about everything, mainly the kids . . . They are not back together in any sense other than sharing kids together." --They even spent time together with the kids last weekend, and everybody got along. But the source adds, quote, "Brooke doesn't want to get back together with Charlie again. She wants to be on good terms with him for the sake of the children."

Mila Kunis Is Indeed Going to the Marine Corps Ball:

Just as we predicted, all that talk of MILA KUNIS having a scheduling conflict that would prevent her from going to the Marine Corps Ball this November was just that: TALK. --Mila's rep says she'll be there, and rumors that she was trying to back out on Sergeant Scott Moore are FALSE.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Probably Aren't Getting Married:

No big surprise here: That "news" we heard about BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE getting married within the next few months was probably bogus. --"People" magazine has heard from multiple sources that there's no wedding in the works.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena Witnessed the Aftermath of a Gang Shooting During a Police Ride-Along:

JAKE GYLLENHAAL and MICHAEL PENA were doing a police ride-along in L.A. on Wednesday night to research their roles in an upcoming cop movie called "End of Watch". And they got some action. --They ended up at the scene of a GANG SHOOTING . . . but luckily for them, they didn't get there until AFTER it happened. --A man was grazed by bullets on his lip and arm, and was sent to the hospital for treatment. Police have no suspects, and not surprisingly, the victim is refusing to cooperate. --Ironically, the shooting took place at an anti-gang event organized by a group called Summer Night Lights. Their goal is to reduce gang violence by keeping public parks open late for non-criminal activity. (--You can see videos from the scene here and here. WARNING!!! They're a little bit bloody.) (--And here's a news report.) (--Michael Pena was on the FX series "The Shield", and in the movies "World Trade Center", "Battle Los Angeles" and "The Lincoln Lawyer".)

Celebrity Baby Name Disasters: Kate Hudson's New Baby's Name is . . . Bingham Hawn?

Celebrities keep on having babies . . . and those babies keep on having STUPID NAMES. --KATE HUDSON and MATT BELLAMY revealed the name of her new baby boy yesterday . . . and it's pretty bad. It's BINGHAM HAWN BELLAMY. (--MATT is from the rock band MUSE, if you weren't aware.) --They call him "Bing" for short. --The name honors both of their mothers . . . and KURT RUSSELL, too. "Bingham" was Matt's mother's maiden name, while Kurt's dad's first name was Bing. "Hawn" is obviously a nod to Kate's mother, GOLDIE HAWN.

Joss Stone Wants to Take Almost Being Robbed and Killed as a Compliment:

Last month, two guys were arrested for plotting to rob and murder JOSS STONE. They were found near her British estate with a rope, a body bag and SAMURAI SWORDS. But Joss would like to see it as a COMPLIMENT. --She says, quote, "I just think it's a little bit crazy. But, you know what? One could say I might take that as a compliment. I don't know how, but I'm figuring it out. --"People are mental, man. But it's alright. This is another story I can add to my list of stories. It makes my life so much more interesting. You can't fret about things that didn't happen. It just seems a bit silly."

The Old, Creepy Neighbor from "Home Alone" Has Died:

ROBERTS BLOSSOM . . . who played MACAULAY CULKIN'S old, creepy neighbor in "Home Alone" . . . has died of natural causes. He was 87. --Blossom actually died on July 8th . . . but his family just announced it yesterday. --In addition to playing Old Man Marley . . . who turned out to be a nice guy after all . . . Blossom also played the creepy old man who sells the evil car to Arnie in the classic horror flick "Christine". --He was also the star of a really cool 1974 cult horror film called "Deranged". It's based on the same real-life case that both "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" were loosely based on. Check out the trailer here. (--Even if you don't recognize the name Roberts Blossom, you'll probably recognize his face. He was one of those character actors who was in TONS of different things. Check out a photo here.) (New York Times)

Dr. Phil Helped Up a Cameraman Who Fell:

Celebrities get harassed so much by the paparazzi that it's totally understandable when they're complete A-holes to them. But apparently, DR. PHIL doesn't roll that way. --Yesterday, one of the cameramen who was swarming around him hit the pavement. And Dr. Phil actually helped him up. (--Check out video here.)
A Mistrial was Declared in the Roger Clemens Case:

A mistrial was declared in ROGER CLEMENS' federal perjury case yesterday . . . on just the second day of testimony. --In a nutshell, what happened was that jurors were shown evidence that the judge had previously thrown out. Clemens' attorneys immediately asked for the mistrial, and they got it. --The judge said, quote, "Mr. Clemens has to get a fair trial. In my view, he can't get it now." --The evidence in question was a conversation that Clemens' former teammate, ANDY PETTITTE, had with his wife. --As you may recall, Andy has said that Clemens once admitted to him that he used steroids. And he supposedly told his wife about it at the time. --Prosecutors wanted Andy's wife to testify about what Andy told her. But the judge wouldn't allow it because it's hearsay. --What the jury accidentally saw yesterday was a videotape of a congressman discussing the conversation between Andy and his wife. --The question now is whether or not Clemens will be re-tried. --There's some talk that putting him back on trial would constitute DOUBLE JEOPARDY . . . which states that a person can't be brought up twice on the same charges for the same offense. --But it doesn't seem likely anybody will buy that. Especially since it was only Day Two of the trial when it was called off. --A hearing to make that determination will be held September 2nd.

Boxer Shane Mosley Lost Three Title Belts . . . In a Divorce:

Losing title belts in the ring is bad enough. But losing them to your ex-wife? That has to be PURE TORTURE. --Boxer "SUGAR" SHANE MOSLEY just lost three belts to his ex-wife Jin. Although they'll ultimately end up in the hands of their three children. Each kid gets one upon turning 18. --Since the divorce was in California, everything else is being split 50-50 . . . including profits from videotapes and DVDs of his fights, fight purses he earned while they were together . . . and their 854,410 American Express points. (???)

Shaquille O'Neal Is Now an NBA Analyst for TNT:

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL has signed a multi-year deal to serve as an NBA analyst for TNT. --That means he'll be working with CHARLES BARKLEY, KENNY SMITH and ERNIE JOHNSON beginning next season. There's no word how much he'll make, or how long the deal is for. (--Shaq posted a video message about his new job. You can check it out here. CAUTION: There are actually several videos here, and they play automatically one after another. Some of them might contain questionable language.)


The Final "Harry Potter" is in Theaters Today!

#1.) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (PG-13) (Trailer 1) (Trailer 2) The final "Harry Potter" is a lot more action-packed than "Deathly Hallows Part 1". Dumbledore is gone, the Ministry of Magic has fallen, Voldemort is about to lay siege to Hogwarts, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione are still running for their lives. (--Here's a video recap of the last movie.) This new one is the only "Harry Potter" to be filmed in 3D. Before you see it, you should probably also familiarize yourself with these magical terms:

Horcrux: In the "Harry Potter" books, it's an object of dark magic where someone conceals a piece of their soul. And that's how Voldemort keeps coming back to life.

Voldemort split HIS soul into seven pieces. By the end of the last movie Harry had succeeded in destroying three of them, which leaves four more to find and destroy before Voldemort can be killed once and for all. (Horcruxes)

Deathly Hallows: These are three extremely powerful items that allow the bearer to conquer death. They are . . . the Resurrection Stone, Harry's Cloak of Invisibility, and the Elder Wand that Voldemort acquired at the end of the last film.

#2.) "Winnie the Pooh" (G)

John Cleese is the narrator, and you'll recognize Craig Ferguson as the voice of Owl. You'll want to pay attention to Rabbit's voice too. He's played by Tom Kenny, the guy who's the voice of "Spongebob Squarepants". --Pooh and Tigger are both done by a gentleman named Jim Cummings, who's been doing them for over 20 years. As a sidenote, he was also the voice of Darkwing Duck back in the '90s. --That's Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" in the trailer, but the "Winnie the Pooh" theme song is performed by Zooey Deschanel. She has a total of three songs in the movie that she performs along with her She & Him partner M. Ward. (Trailer)

The Top 10 "Harry Potter" Villains:

E! Online has ranked the Top 10 "Harry Potter" Villains. I shouldn't have to tell you who's #1. Here's the complete list . . .

#1.) Lord Voldemort

#2.) Bellatrix Lestrange (--The psycho witch awesomely portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter.)

#3.) The Dementors

#4.) Barty Crouch Jr. (--He's the reason Robert Pattinson's character, Cedric Diggory, bit it in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire".)

#5.) Fenrir Greyback (--He's a werewolf.)

#6.) Peter Pettigrew (--a.k.a. Wormtail. He helped bring Voldemort back to life, after spending years disguised as Ron's rat Scabbers.)

#7.) Draco Malfoy

#8.) Dolores Umbridge

#9.) Professor Quirrell (--The first Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. He was in the first movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".)

#10.) The Dursleys (--Harry's human, adoptive family.)

(--One last note: Some website put members of the "Harry Potter" cast on the covers of nine classic albums. Check 'em out here.)

Watch Gwyneth Paltrow Die . . . in the Trailer for Her New Movie:

There's a new thriller hitting theaters in September called "Contagion". It's about a worldwide outbreak of a deadly virus . . . and the cast is stacked. --It includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston and Marion Cotillard. --But the trailer gives up a pretty big spoiler: Gwyneth . . . who plays Matt Damon's wife . . . DIES. (--Check it out here.)


Friday TV Reminders:

--"Friday Night Lights" [SERIES Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. on NBC.

--"Platinum Hit" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--The remaining contestants pitch their songs to Gavin DeGraw and songwriter Evan Bogart.)

--"Prankstars" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on Disney Channel. (--Selena Gomez, Mitchel Musso and Debby Ryan pull pranks on their unsuspecting fans.)

--"Primetime: What Would You Do?" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Haven" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Syfy.

--"20/20" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Kidnap victims Midsi Sanchez and Jeannette Tamayo discuss how they survived and what life is like for them now.)

Saturday TV Reminders:

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Ronnie Milsap, Jimmy Wayne, James Wesley and Jon Randall perform.)

--"Chaos" [SERIES Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"Austin City Limits" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on PBS. (--Drive-By Truckers and Ryan Bingham perform.) (REPEAT)

--"Celebrity Ghost Stories" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bio. (--Mindy Cohn, Valerie Harper, Matthew Gray Gubler and Nicole Eggert tell their stories.)

--"Celebrity Close Calls" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bio. (--Jermaine Jackson, Angie Everhart, Elisabeth Rohm and Jose Canseco share near death experiences.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Justin Timberlake guest hosts and Lady Gaga is the musical guest.) (REPEAT)

Sunday TV Reminders:

--"Cyberbully" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC Family. (--Emily Osment plays a victim of online bullying and her mom is played by "The O.C.'s" Kelly Rowan.)

--"The Glee Project" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Oxygen. (--"Glee's" Darren Criss is this week's mentor as the remaining contestants sing duets.)

--"Big Rich Texas" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Style. (--Five Dallas socialites and their daughters are the focus of this new reality series.)

--"Auction Hunters" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Spike TV.

--"The Marriage Ref" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Seth Meyers, Denise Richards and George Wallace are this week's refs.)

--"Breaking Bad" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on AMC.

--"Bar Rescue" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Spike TV. (--A consultant attempts to save failing bars for their owners.)

--"My Strange Addiction" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TLC.

--"Vegas Strip" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TruTV. (--This is basically "Cops", Las Vegas style as the people deal with crime on the main strip.)

YouTube Temporarily Shut Down Lady Gaga's Account:

YouTube temporarily shut down LADY GAGA'S account earlier this week. It was replaced with this message: "This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy." --Here's the deal: Lady Gaga recently performed on a Japanese TV show called "SMAP x SMAP". It was a 10-minute medley of songs from her new album, including "Born This Way", "The Edge of Glory" and "You & I". --Well, she posted a clip of it on her channel . . . and apparently she did NOT have permission from the show to upload it. The show filed a claim, and Gaga's account was suspended. It's back up now . . . minus the "SMAP x SMAP" video. (--Lady Gaga wasn't completely off YouTube while her channel was down. Her VEVO account, which is available through YouTube, was not affected . . . so you could still see some of her videos there. (--Interestingly enough, the "SMAP x SMAP" video was on VEVO as well, and as of late last night, it was still up. You can watch it, here.)

Cher's Next Album Will Feature a Song Lady Gaga Gave Her:

CHER just began recording her next album, and the first track she laid down was a song that LADY GAGA gave her. It's called "The Greatest Thing". --Lady Gaga may have initially planned on singing the song for herself . . . because there's a demo of her singing it on YouTube. But evidently, she decided to pass it off to Cher. --And that makes sense. The song features a lot of Auto Tune, which Cher used on "Believe" in 1999, before Auto Tune was cool. It's since become the most hated effect in music. (--Here's the demo of Lady Gaga singing the song.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

CHRIS BROWN'S rep says that story about him tossing out racial slurs during a pickup basketball game is BOGUS, and he's thinking about suing the "Star" tabloid for printing it. (Full Story)

SHARON STONE has been ordered to pay $232,000 to a man who fell 15 feet into a ravine while doing some work on her house. (Full Story)

RICK SPRINGFIELD would like you to know that his DUI mugshot is better than NICK NOLTE'S. (Full Story)

BRAD PITT . . . who stars in the upcoming baseball movie "Moneyball" . . . apparently has some legit skills on the diamond. (Full Story)

Some people close to "Mad Men" actor JON HAMM think he drinks too much and might need help. (Full Story)

NICOLAS CAGE'S crazy son WESTON has shaved his head. (Pics)

KRISTEN STEWART got into a fender-bender in Los Angeles yesterday. (Full Story)

JENNA FISCHER . . . Pam on "The Office" . . . says her real-life pregnancy will be worked into the show next season. That means Jim and Pam will be expecting their second child. (Full Story)

There's a rumor that WILL SMITH wants to reunite the cast of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" for "a movie or another TV project." There's no way that's true. (Full Story)

SARA BAREILLES will take over NICOLE SCHERZINGER'S old job as a judge on "The Sing-Off". Nicole of course has moved onto SIMON COWELL'S "X Factor". (Full Story)

Last week, EMINEM'S "Recovery" became the first album to sell a million digital copies. Now ADELE'S "21" has become the second album to do it. (Full Story)

In Online Dating, the Preferences Where People are Least Willing to Compromise are . . . Smoking and Hair Color:

When you fill out an online dating profile, you have to specify how much different traits and beliefs matter to you. Like, you can say you absolutely want someone who wants kids. Or has an education. Or is a certain height. analyzed their members' "must have" criteria . . . and then compared it to how often those members reached out to people who DIDN'T meet at least one of those criteria. --And above all else, there were two areas where both genders were LEAST LIKELY to compromise: Smoking . . . and hair color. --In other words, if you say you won't date a smoker, you probably mean it. If you say you won't date a ginger, you probably mean it. Otherwise, you're willing to compromise. --The two things that both genders were MOST likely to compromise on? The person's preference on wanting kids . . . and the person's income. --So if you're using online dating, and you see someone says they absolutely don't want kids, and you do . . . that probably isn't going to stand in the way of a date. And if you want someone rich, you'll probably still be willing to date someone poor. (Mashable) (--Here are both of the charts showing what percentage of women and men were willing to compromise on different "absolutes.")

The Newest "Got Milk" Ad Strategy? Helping Men Survive a Woman's PMS:

It's time to reminisce about the good old days, when the "Got Milk" ads knew that a celebrity with a fake-looking milk mustache was all it took to get our business. --Because now, they've moved on to . . . MENSTRUAL HUMOR. --The California Milk Processor Board, which is behind the Got Milk ads, has released a new campaign recommending that men use milk to survive their woman's PMS. --One print ad shows a guy holding some cartons of milk and has the slogan, quote, "We can BOTH blame myself." At the bottom it says, quote, "Milk can help reduce the symptoms of PMS." --They're basing this off a study back in 1999 in the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition" that connected calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and other minerals in milk to treating mental and physical PMS symptoms. --For what it's worth, there haven't been any other studies since then that have backed that up. (Yahoo News) (--Here's a copy of the print ad. They also have an "apology-maker" on their website, so you can prepare an apology in advance for your PMSing wife.)

Workers Vote Flip-Flops as the Most Inappropriate Thing to Wear at the Office This Summer:

According to a new survey from the staffing firm Adecco, the most inappropriate thing to wear to the office during the summer is . . . FLIP-FLOPS. --About 75% of Americans think it's okay to dress more casually at work during the summer . . . but 71% say that flip-flops are NOT the casual choice you should make. --Miniskirts finished as the second-most inappropriate thing to wear to the office during the summer.--Strapless dresses came in third.--Shorts came in fourth.--For what it's worth, men objected the most to flip-flops . . . women objected the most to miniskirts and strapless dresses. (Reuters)

Our Ability to Remember Basic Stuff is Quickly Getting Worse . . . Because It's So Damn Easy to Check Google:

When you're trying to remember something . . . the name of a movie, the capital of Peru, ICE CUBE'S real name, whatever . . . there's no need to sit there racking your brain anymore, right? You can just hit Google and have your answer in SECONDS. --According to a study out of Columbia University in New York, search engines are actually changing our ability to use our memory. The researchers call it the "Google Effect." --Because of Google, our brains have been trained not to prioritize basic facts anymore. There's no need to remember . . . since the information is basically instantly accessible to us online. --Instead, our brains now focus on things that we CAN'T Google and find out. --For example . . . your brain is now trained to remember exactly where you put your cake pan, but less likely to remember the recipe to bake a cake. --Of course, the side effect of this is that when we're cut off from Internet access, we freak out . . . because we're so reliant on having all this information available to us. --The researchers say that's why studies have shown people compare losing the Internet to losing a FRIEND . . . we've grown THAT attached to having the Internet with us. (San Jose Mercury News)
Website of the Day: Actual Creepy Letters to Casey Anthony:

Last year, "Harper's" magazine printed highlights from some of the letters people wrote to CASEY ANTHONY while she was locked up in Florida, waiting for her trial. --But now that she's about to be a free woman . . . who can actually INTERACT with these people if she wants . . . they take on a whole different feel. CREEPY doesn't even begin to describe them. --A few of the many, many highlights . . . --"My name is Leon. I'm doing a twenty-year bit for involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, abduction, and abuse of a corpse. It sounds worse than what it really is." --"I can understand what you are going through. My brother died when he was 24, and things were kind of suspicious. Then my father wouldn't even give me any of my brother's ashes. But the point is I feel for you." --"I'm kind of quiet and reserved, but I'd like to become more outgoing, and I've noticed as your case is going on that you're pretty outgoing and liked to go out and have fun at parties and stuff. I know most people say that wasn't a good lifestyle, but I'd like to become more like that in general." --One related note: According to ABC News, Anthony's fans have sent her $472.18 worth of checks since the trial. Most donations have come from men. (Harpers / People)

Since November 2001, There Have Been 25,000 Security Breaches at American Airports:

It's amazing when you think about it, but it's been almost a decade since 9/11. Which means it's also been almost a decade since airport security got beefed up. --We've been lucky enough not to experience another successful terrorist attack on one of our planes since then . . . the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber were thwarted . . . but the security sure hasn't been perfect. --According to documents just released by Homeland Security, since November of 2001, there have been 25,000 SECURITY BREACHES at American airports. --About 14,000 of those were people going into restricted or limited-access areas. Another 6,000 were people who made it through security without proper screening. The other 5,000 or so were other miscellaneous breaches. --Jason Chaffetz is a Republican congressman from Utah. He says, quote, "I think it's a stunningly high number. It's clear the airports are not secure. For all the money, time, and persistence we've thrown at airport security, it's a real mess." --The TSA defended the security breaches. A spokesman said that the violations represent a tiny fraction of the 5.5 BILLION people who've flown in the past 10 years. And most of the time, the breaches didn't put the public in danger. --Chaffetz wasn't having that, though. Quote, "There's not much to suggest that airports are more secure than years ago. We've just been lucky." He says the TSA HAS to improve . . . and has to improve quickly. (USA Today)

One of America's Most Successful Beauty Pageant Queens is Retiring . . . At Age Six:

EDEN WOOD is one of America's most successful beauty pageant queens. She's won more than 300 TITLES. She's been on reality shows, she has a doll modeled after her, and she's even had her memoir released. --Oh, and she's SIX YEARS OLD. -And this week, after competing in pageants since she was ONE, she's announced that she's retiring to, quote, "explore other ventures." --Her mother Micki Wood is clearly the puppeteer behind all this, and she actually played-up how ridiculous the whole thing is. She says that Eden is retiring to explore other ventures, quote, "following in the footsteps of some pretty big people who have done pageants, like OPRAH WINFREY. --"As long as she enjoys what we're doing . . . why not see if we can't have a Hollywood contract? A reality show? A spot on a Disney program? It's almost like her destiny." --Eden and Micki drew a lot of attention when they were on the TLC series "Toddlers and Tiaras". That's the one that shows a fairly nauseating behind-the-scenes look at young girls who do the pageant circuit. (Time)

An Australian Court Has to Name a Two-Year Old Girl . . . Because Her Parents Couldn't Agree on a Name:

We don't have all the details we'd like on this story, but what we know is bizarre enough that we had to tell you about it. --The Family Court of Australia had to give a two-year old girl a name . . . because her parents couldn't agree on what to name her. --The mother and father aren't together anymore . . . their relationship broke down shortly before the birth. And they've spent the last two years arguing over custody, and what to name her. --The mom chose a name based on the name's meaning, and how the girl looked when she was born. But the dad said the name was blasphemous to his Muslim faith. We don't know the actual names that the mother and father were fighting for. --Then the mom suggested that they hyphenate the two names. But the dad said the compromise was blasphemous too. So, each parent has been calling the girl by a different name . . . for two years . . . and they haven't registered her birth yet. --An imam testified that there was nothing blasphemous about the mom's choice, and Family Court judge Colin Forrest said it seemed to him that Dad was trying to control the mother's parenting. --He also ordered them to register the girl's birth, and said she'd get to pick her own name when she was old enough. So it SOUNDS like he ruled in favor of the mom, but we don't know for sure. It seems like the court is protecting the girl's identity. (Herald Sun)
A Male Cheerleader Falls Four Stories . . . But Does a Mid-Air Backflip to Save His Life:

Male cheerleaders sometimes get a bad rap. Primarily for being male, and cheerleaders. Then you meet one. And realize they're MUCH stronger and MUCH more athletic than you. --Here's more proof. 19-year-old Dylan Smith is a cheerleader for the University of Kentucky. Right now he's home in North Smithfield, Rhode Island for the summer. --Earlier this week he was teaching a class at a cheerleading school called 'Superior Cheer', and lost his balance. And he FELL from the FOURTH STORY of the building. --Fortunately, Dylan's CHEERLEADING INSTINCTS kicked in. And he did a BACKFLIP in mid-air. --Thanks to the flip, he was able to adjust his body position and land on his feet. The doctors believe that SAVED HIS LIFE. --Dylan ended up with just a fractured pelvis, dislocated hip, and two collapsed lungs from the 44-foot fall. (Providence Journal)

A Mother Leaves Her Children Locked in a Hot Car . . . Then Beats Up a Woman Who Tries to Help Them:

On Monday night, 21-year-old Heather Query of Indianapolis, Indiana went to the grocery store, and brought along her four-year-old son and her two-year-old son. --But when she went into the store, she left them locked in the car with the windows rolled up. It was 88 degrees outside at the time, with a heat index of 97. --A 32-year-old woman named Heather Elliott was walking by and saw the four-year-old, quote, "pushed up against the window, just screaming bloody murder, his face all red." So she went over to try to help the boys out. --Just then, Query left the store and saw Elliott by her car. And Query's reaction was . . . TO FIGHT. --Elliott says, quote, "She just slammed me right in the face, and I was just trying to push her back, and she just kept going and going." --The cops came and Query was arrested for neglect of a dependent and battery. --As she was being arrested, she yelled at Elliott, quote, "I hope you're happy with yourself and you can live with yourself because I'm going to lose my job and my kids." --The kids didn't suffer any health issues from being in the car, and were released to their father. (Indianapolis Star)


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

And now . . . Christian Lopez is getting his very own Topps baseball card. He's the 23-year-old cell phone sales guy who caught DEREK JETER'S 3,000th hit . . . and gave the ball back to Jeter, instead of trying to sell it. The card will be available later this year. (Full Story)

Photo of the Day Part One: A father and son watched the first space shuttle launch in 1981, so they recreated the image and watched the last launch together. (Full Story)

Photos of the Day Part Two: 'Taxidermy Gone Wrong.' Just because. (Full Story)

According to a shocking new study out of Illinois: Black and Latino drivers pulled over in traffic stops last year were more likely to end up with a ticket and have their vehicle searched than whites . . . even though illegal contraband was more likely to be found in vehicles being driven by whites. (Full Story)


#1.) A Reporter in Australia Cast His Fishing Line Into a Lake as a Joke . . . and Accidentally Hooked a Duck:

On the "Today" show in Australia, a fishing expert named Paul Burt was reporting from a salt lake where someone reported a shark sighting. And as a joke, he picked up a fishing pole, and cast it . . . like he'd somehow catch the shark. --He didn't, obviously. But what he DID catch was a DUCK. And he started reeling the line in, but then realized what happened, started LAUGHING, and said, quote, "I got a bird! I got a bird! . . . I'd go to another shot." --They cut back to the studio, and the anchor said, quote, "Well, that didn't end well, did it?" Then he added, "Peking duck, anyone?" --According to the show, the duck was fine and didn't actually get hooked. It just got snagged in the line. (--Search YouTube for "A Shark, a Duck, and an Awkward Interview." It happens at 2:03.)

#2.) Check Out Two Little Kids Fighting Like an Angry Married Couple:

The big video online right now is two little kids standing in a hallway, fighting like an angry married couple. And just like with most arguments, the girl pretty much dominates the whole thing. --At one point she tells him to just listen to her because, quote, "I'm four! You're not four!" And obviously, you can't argue with that. --It's hard to tell, but the argument seems to be about who said "No" to something first. (???) (--Search for "Cute Little Kid Fight.")

Six Things That Make You Sweat:

The heat wave is supposed to be over for most of the country this weekend. But if it cools down and you're still sweating, here are some possible reasons. There are six things besides hot weather and exercise that can make you sweat.

#1.) Coffee. Obviously, drinking something hot makes you hotter. But it also makes you sweat because the caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, and activates your sweat glands.

#2.) Sunscreen. It acts like a barrier and PREVENTS your skin from sweating. And that makes your body even hotter, so you REALLY start to sweat. --Most people think they're just sweating because they're in the sun, which is partly true. But it's also because of the sunscreen.

#3.) Alcohol. It expands the blood vessels in your skin and makes you feel warm, which tells your body to start sweating. --But it doesn't actually raise your body temperature. That's why you're not supposed to drink alcohol to stay warm if you're stuck out in the cold.

#4.) Cigarettes. Nicotine affects hormone levels, and it also raises your heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. And all those things can cause sweating. --If you decide to quit, sweating is also a symptom of nicotine withdrawal. But it usually goes away in less than two weeks.

#5.) Prescription Drugs. The most common drugs that list sweating as a side effect are blood pressure medications, antidepressants, some anti-inflammatory drugs, and some diabetes medications.

#6.) PMS. Sometimes estrogen levels can drop so low, it causes hot flashes, and it can happen at any age. But it's most common in women who are about to hit menopause. (

Five Things You Do That Stress Your Man Out:

"Cosmo" has compiled a list of five things you do that stress out your man. They're pretty obvious, but here they are in case you need a reminder . . .

#1.) Holding a Grudge. When you bring up past fights, especially if they were supposedly resolved, your guy is going to get annoyed. When you're arguing, stick to ONE specific problem, and don't bring up the past unless you absolutely have to.

#2.) Fighting Dirty. If your guy feels like you're fighting dirty by bringing up personal stuff, things he can't change, or stuff that's not even related but you KNOW he feels guilty about . . . he's just going to fight dirty right back.

#3.) Giving Him the Silent Treatment. The only thing worse than fighting dirty is giving him the silent treatment. If you're not willing to talk it out like adults, you don't have the right to be mad.

#4.) Biting His Head Off After a Long Day. If you bite his head off the second he steps in the door, eventually your man is going to hate coming home. So check yourself before you snap at him for something stupid.

#5.) Playing It Too Cool. Acting needy is a turn-off, but playing it too cool can backfire too. Don't pretend everything's fine if it's not. That's like the silent treatment part two. If something's bothering you, bring it up. Otherwise, it'll fester. (Cosmopolitan)

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Is Ryan Reynolds Dating Charlize Theron . . . His Ex-Wife Scarlett Johansson . . . Or Both?

RYAN REYNOLDS is apparently juggling two chicks at once. And not just any two chicks: We're talkin' CHARLIZE THERON and his ex-wife, SCARLETT JOHANSSON. --Ryan and Scarlett's divorce was finalized less than two weeks ago . . . but Saturday night, they were spotted at a restaurant in Los Angeles called Little Dom's. --A source says, quote, "Scarlett was being very flirty with him. The way Ryan looked at her, you could tell he still has feelings. --"Scarlett kept pinching Ryan's cheeks and caressing his face, and . . . Ryan would rub her back periodically. Something's definitely up." --But "Us Weekly" says Ryan and Charlize have been dating for several months now. A source says, quote, "They're exclusive, and it's very hush-hush."

Renee Zellweger: Is John Stamos Dattin' That?

JOHN STAMOS may be enjoying RENEE ZELLWEGER. Two people reported seeing them at Disneyland on Monday. --One says, quote, "They were having a great time laughing and dancing as they walked from one ride to another. They looked really close and both very happy." --The funny thing is, both witnesses say they initially didn't recognize Renee. She and John were trying NOT to be noticed, but John was apparently less successful at it. --Both people asked Renee to take a picture of them with John . . . and only realized who she was AFTER the fact. --One of them says, quote, "We actually didn't recognize her until they were leaving, and she handed my phone back to us!" --John seems to have a thing for Disneyland. It's where he took ex-wife REBECCA ROMIJN on their first date . . . and where they first had sex. They always made it a point to spend a week there every year.

And Now . . . A Female Marine Has Asked Justin Timberlake to Go to Her Marine Corps Ball . . . While Mila Kunis May Not Be Able to Make It:

In a display of perfect timing, a female Marine posted a YouTube video asking JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE to attend HER Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C. --Corporal Kelsey De Santis says, quote, "So, Justin, want to call out my girl Mila? Well, I'm gonna call you out and ask you to come to the Marine Corps ball with me on November 12. --"And if you can't go, all I have to say is, 'cry me a river'. Hit me up." (--Here's the video. Massive props to Corporal De Santis for being the first woman to jump on this opportunity. Justin pretty much HAS TO say yes, doesn't he?) --Marine Sergeant Scott Moore started all this chaos when he posted a YouTube video asking MILA KUNIS to the Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina on November 18th. --In an interview with Fox News earlier this week, Justin told Mila she HAD TO accept, so she did. But now there's a possible hitch. --Yesterday, "Access Hollywood" reported that Mila will be filming two movies at that time, so she actually might not be able to make it. Instead, she'll meet with Scott personally some time after he returns from Afghanistan. --But this may not even be worth talking about . . . because Mila's people are supposedly working to make sure she CAN fit the ball into her schedule.

Olivia Wilde Says Divorce Has Made Her a Better Actress:

Divorce can have many unintended consequences . . . not all of them bad. OLIVIA WILDE says it has made her a better actress. --She tells "Marie Claire" magazine, quote, "It makes you a more empathetic person, and I think it's made me a better actress. --"Weakness is something we don't like to admit we have. We hold it against people, until we experience it, and then we feel more compassion for it." --Olivia says that even the creator of her Fox show "House", has noticed . . . quote, "He said, 'You should get divorced every year; your acting's never been better."

Are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Getting Married Soon?

This is nothing but a completely baseless rumor at this point, but we might as well throw it out there: "Us Weekly" says BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE are going to get married sometime within the next few months.
John Mayer Quit Twitter Because It Made His Mind Smaller:

During a recent clinic at Boston's Berklee College of Music, JOHN MAYER told students why he quit Twitter. --He said, quote, "I realized about a year ago that I couldn't have a complete thought anymore, and I was a tweetaholic. I had four million Twitter followers, and I was always writing on it. --"And I stopped using Twitter as an outlet and I started using Twitter as the instrument to riff on, and it started to make my mind smaller and smaller and smaller. And I couldn't write a song."

Oprah Is Learning How to Swim:

Apparently OPRAH WINFREY is working on her bucket list . . . or should I say her VISION BOARD . . . now that she doesn't do her show anymore. First up: Learning how to swim. --She recently Tweeted, quote, "Started out the week taking swimming lessons. Moving beyond my amateur doggy paddle. Learned the breast stroke today." --She added, quote, "Over a year ago I pulled a picture from O mag of a woman gliding through water. It was such a striking image of freedom and possibility I put it on my vision board (which I've still not completed). --"Today when I finished my swimming lesson I passed the vision board lying on the table where it's been since 2009. I had an aha moment. I had just become that woman, gliding through the water!"

Charlie Sheen is Not Dead . . . Yet:

I'm surprised at the scarcity of "CHARLIE SHEEN is dead" rumors this year. I expected way more. --Well, we do have one at the moment. It's been circulating the Internet since yesterday . . . and needless to say, it's not true. --Charlie's rep said, quote, "Reports of Mr. Sheen's demise have been greatly exaggerated." --And Charlie himself Tweeted, quote, "Warlock: long nap…very much alive."

Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Rips NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a New One:

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker JAMES HARRISON lit into NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL in the new issue of "Men's Journal". But it's got nothing to do with the NFL lockout. --Harrison is jacked about all the new fines for questionable hits . . . because he's had to pay quite a few of them himself. --He says, quote, "Up until last year, there was no word of me being dirty . . . till Roger Goodell, who's a crook and a puppet, said I was the dirtiest player in the league. (--CAREFUL!) --"If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it. I hate him and will never respect him." (--Harrison also referred to Goodell as a DEVIL and a DICTATOR.) --Harrison is also still steaming over the Patriots knocking the Steelers out of the playoffs in 2004 . . . the year they got caught stealing other teams' signals. And he used that as another excuse to pile on Goodell. --He said, quote, "I should have another ring. We were the best team in football in 2004, but the Patriots, who we beat during the regular season, stole our signals and picked up 90% of our blitzes. --"They got busted for it later, but, hey, they're Goodell's boys, so he slapped 'em $500,000 and burned the tapes. Was he going to rescind their Super Bowls? Man, hell no!" --Harrison also had some harsh word for his own teammates. --He called RASHARD MENDENHALL a "fumble machine" . . . and blasted BEN ROETHLISBERGER for throwing two interceptions in the Steelers' loss to the Packers in this year's Super Bowl. --He said, quote, "Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again. Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like PEYTON MANNING. --"You ain't that and you know it, man; you just get paid like he does." --But Harrison held up fellow Steelers defender TROY POLAMALU as, quote, "the one guy in football I respect absolutely, 'cause he's spiritual and he lives it like he talks it."


The Final Harry Potter Movie Hits Theaters Tomorrow:

#1.) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (PG-13) (Trailer 1) (Trailer 2)

The final "Harry Potter" is a lot more action-packed than "Deathly Hallows Part 1". Dumbledore is dead, the Ministry of Magic has fallen, Voldemort is about to lay siege to Hogwarts, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione are still running for their lives. --This is the only "Harry Potter" to be filmed in 3D. (--Here's a video recap of the last movie.) And you should probably also familiarize yourself with these magical terms:

Horcrux: In the "Harry Potter" books, it's an object of dark magic where someone conceals a piece of their soul. And that's how Voldemort keeps coming back to life.

Voldemort split HIS soul into seven pieces. By the end of the last movie Harry had succeeded in destroying three of them, which leaves four more to find and destroy before Voldemort can be killed once and for all. (Horcruxes)

Deathly Hallows: These are three extremely powerful items that allow the bearer to conquer death. They are . . . the Resurrection Stone, Harry's Cloak of Invisibility, and the Elder Wand that Voldemort acquired at the end of the last film.

#2.) "Winnie the Pooh" (G)

John Cleese is the narrator, and you'll recognize Craig Ferguson as the voice of Owl. You'll want to pay attention to Rabbit's voice too. He's played by Tom Kenny, the guy who's the voice of "Spongebob Squarepants". --Pooh and Tigger are both done by a gentleman named Jim Cummings, who's been doing them for over 20 years. As a sidenote, he was also the voice of Darkwing Duck back in the '90s. --That's Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" in the trailer, but the "Winnie the Pooh" theme song is performed by Zooey Deschanel. She has a total of three songs in the movie that she performs along with her She & Him partner M. Ward. (Trailer)


In honor of the final "Harry Potter" movie, we try to sort through the jumbled Latin nonsense the characters use to make magic, and the mottos of our nation's best universities. Here we go:

#1.) Expecto Patronum. (ex-PECK-to puh-TROH-num)
Harry Potter Spell: A protective spell that conjures up a Patronus (spirit animal) to scare away Dementors.

#2.) Meliora. (mel-e-OR-uh) . . .
College Motto: It means "ever better" and is the motto of the University of Rochester.

#3.) Lumos. (LOU mohs)
Harry Potter Spell: It lights up the end of your wand so you can see in a dark room.

#4.) Lux Libertas (LUCKS LIB-er-tahs)
College Motto: The motto of the University of North Carolina, it means "Light, liberty".

#5.) Oculus Reparo. (OCK-u-liss ree-PARE-oh)
Harry Potter Spell: Hermione uses it to fix Harry's glasses.

#6.) Expelliarmus. (ecks-PELL-ee-arm-us)
Harry Potter Spell: It knocks another wizard's wand out of his hand.

#7.) In deo speramus (in DAY-o spare-AH-mis)
College motto: Brown University's motto. "In God we hope".

#8.) Vox clamantis (vocks clam-AN-tis)
College motto: The first half of Dartmouth's motto "vox clamantis in deserto" which means "A voice crying in the wilderness".

#9.) Liberacorpus. (LIB-ur-uh-COR-pis)
Harry Potter Spell: It's the antidote to a spell that causes a person to hang upside down in midair.

#10.) Numen Lumen (NEW-min LEW-min)
College motto: The University of Wisconsin's motto. "God, our light"

In honor of the final "Harry Potter" movie, we try to sort through the jumbled Latin nonsense the characters use to make magic, and legal terms that form the backbone of our judicial system. Here we go:

#1.) Corpus delicti (COR-pis duh-LIC-tee)
Legal term: The principle that the prosecution must prove a crime has been committed before someone can be convicted of the crime.

#2.) Meteolojinx Recanto (MEE-tee-OL-uh-jinks re-CAN-toh)
Harry Potter spell: Antidote to spells that change the weather.

#3.) Avizandum (av-viz-ZAN-dum)
Legal term: Used in Scotland, it gives a judge some time to think about the arguments before making a decision. We usually call it "deliberation".

#4.) Morsmorde (morz-MOR-druh).
Harry Potter spell: It conjures up the dark mark of Voldemort.

#5.) Evanesco (EV-uh-NES-co)
Harry Potter Spell: A vanishing spell.

#6.) Densaugeo (den-SAW-jee-oh)
Harry Potter Spell: Causes the victim's teeth to grow at an alarming rate.

#7.) Deodand (DAY-oh-dand)
Legal term: An object that must be forfeited, because it caused someone's death.

#8.) Functus officio (FUNK-tis oh-FISH-e-oh)
Legal term: Someone who no longer has any authority, because they've completed their service to the court, like a lower court after an appeals court takes the case.

#9.) Diffindo (di-FIN-doh)
Harry Potter Spell: Cuts or rips objects. Usually used when one of the main characters are tied up.

#10.) Seriatim (sare-ee-AH-tim)
Legal term: Indicates that a court is addressing several issues, in order.


This one is from our friends at "Mental Floss". In honor of the final "Harry Potter" movie, we try to sort through the jumbled Latin nonsense the characters use to make magic, and medical terms for body parts. Here we go:

#1.) Torus Levatorius (TORE-is lev-i-TOR-e-us)
Body part: The bulge behind your nasal cavity.

#2.) Infundibulum. (in-fun-DIB-u-lim)
Body part: A funnel shaped tube in the body, like the fallopian tubes.

#3.) Salvio Hexia (SAL-vee-o HEX-e-uh)
Harry Potter Spell: Protects an area from hexes.

#4.) Furnunculus (fur-NONE-cue-lis)
Harry Potter Spell: Causes someone to break out in boils.

#5.) Piertotum Locomotor (peer-TOTE-im lo-co-MO-tor)
Harry Potter Spell: Makes statues and suits of armor move like people.

#6.) Cauda Equina (COW-da eh-KWE-nuh)
Body part: Bundle of spinal nerves near the bottom.

#7.) Levicorpus (leh-vee-COR-pis)
Harry Potter spell: Causes a person to dangle in the air upside down.

#8.) Sella Turcica (SELL-uh TER-see-cuh)
Body part: Saddle-shaped depression at the base of the skull.

#9.) Incarcerous (in-CAR-sir-us)
Harry Potter Spell: Causes ropes to come to life and tie up a victim.

#10.) Conus Medullaris (CONE-is meh-dull-AR-iss)
Body part: Tapering at the bottom of the spine.


This one is from our friends at "Mental Floss". In honor of the final "Harry Potter" movie, we try to sort through which odd sounding name is of a minor character from the series and which are hideous skin conditions. Here we go:

#1.) Marvolo Gaunt
Harry Potter character: Voldemort's grandfather.

#2.) Muckle Wells
Skin disease: A genetic disease causing hives that can lead to hearing loss and kidney damage.

#3.) Venous Lakes
Skin disease: Blue-green patches around the lips, ears and face, caused by sun exposure.

#4.) Marasmus
Skin disease: Dry skin and loose skin folds, caused by protein deficiency.

#5.) Bole
Harry Potter character: One of the beaters on the Slytherin Quidditch team.

#6.) Cutis Laxa
Skin disease: Causes patches of skin to hang in loose folds.

#7.) Andromeda Tonks
Harry Potter character: A witch who married a Muggle and got disowned from her magical family. Muggles are people with no magic ability, as if you didn't know.

#8.) Aurora Sinistra
Harry Potter character: Astronomy teacher at Hogwarts.

#9.) Eccrine Nevus
Skin disease: Causes increase in size and number of one type of secretion gland.

#10.) Flavius Belby
Harry Potter character: Famous wizard who invented the spell to defeat creatures called lethifolds. That spell is better known as the Patronus charm.
Tom Felton Tried Out for the Parts of Both Harry Potter and Ron Weasley:

Before snagging the role of Draco Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" movies, TOM FELTON actually tried out for Harry. Then, he auditioned to play Ron Weasley. But he's glad everything worked out the way it did. --He says, quote, "I'm very grateful I am in the film at all, but even more grateful that I got the character of Draco. --"I think Rupert Grint and Dan Radcliffe, there's no question in my mind, there's no one else in the world that, A) could have played the character better, but B) could have handled the behind-the-scenes pressure those guys have dealt with over the last decade." --He adds, quote, "There was a great sense of kind of being on a team, and Daniel kind of flew that flag from day one." --Speaking of "Harry Potter" . . . the final installment has already reached $32 million in advance ticket sales . . . which is more than any other movie ever. --It opens tomorrow. Of course, the HARDCORE fans will be lining up TONIGHT for a shot at a midnight screening.

Movies That Should Not Be Made: The "Evil Dead" Remake:

I was perfectly willing to give the "Evil Dead" remake a chance. --I mean, SAM RAIMI, BRUCE CAMPBELL and producer ROB TAPERT are all overseeing it to make sure it gets done right. I really expected it to have a shot at being better than the average Hollywood horror remake. --But then, the "Hollywood Reporter" said this . . . quote, "Director Fede Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues and now DIABLO CODY is revising it." --Game FRICKIN' Over, man. The "Evil Dead" remake has officially become a MOVIE THAT SHOULD NOT BE MADE.

--Here are the three reasons why:

#1.) Diablo Cody is revising the script.
#2.) Diablo Cody is revising the script.
#3.) Diablo Cody is revising the script.

(--Yeah, Diablo Cody won an Oscar. But for what? For crafting the character of a pregnant teenage girl who acts and talks just like . . . A 30-YEAR-OLD WRITER. Wow, brilliant. And don't even get me started on "Jennifer's Body".) (--It's still too early to judge, but this movie might already be dead to me.)

Natasha Lyonne Has Joined the Cast of "American Reunion":

Here's something I just learned today: NATASHA LYONNE is still alive. And she just joined the cast of the "American Pie" sequel, "American Reunion". (--She's the chick who played Tara Reid's friend Jessica . . . the one who taught her how to pleasure herself.) --That means pretty much the entire main cast from the original will be back. -We haven't heard anything official about SHANNON ELIZABETH, but she's on the cast list at the Internet Movie Database ( (--One guy who's not listed . . . and this is kinda sad . . . is JOHN CHO. In the original "American Pie", he taught us what a MILF is. But he was only a minor character, so it wouldn't be surprising if he didn't come back.)

Clint Eastwood's Son Has Joined the Cast of the New "Texas Chainsaw Massacre":

CLINT EASTWOOD'S 25-year-old son SCOTT has joined the cast of the 3D reboot of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". He actually has the lead role, and the plan is to make a trilogy. --Scott has already appeared in several movies, including his dad's flicks "Flags of Our Fathers", "Gran Torino" and "Invictus". (--Hey, there's no shame in getting your feet wet in horror flicks. In fact, Clint's very first role was a bit part in the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" sequel, "Revenge of the Creature" in 1955. Check out video here.) (--That same year, he appeared as a fighter pilot in another monster classic, "Tarantula". Here's video. Clint has an oxygen mask on, but when he speaks, you'll recognize his voice. Fast-forward to about 2:50.)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Did a Western Back in 1979 . . . Check Out the Trailer:

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S next movie is going to be a Western. That may seem like an odd fit, but believe it or not, this won't be Arnold's first cowboy movie. In 1979, he did one called "The Villain" with KIRK DOUGLAS. --It was basically a live-action "Roadrunner" cartoon, with Douglas . . . playing the bad guy . . . spending most of the movie on the receiving end of Wile E. Coyote-style slapstick abuse. --Nobody really knew who Arnold was at the time. This was still three years before "Conan the Barbarian". (--Check out a trailer here.)

Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith Are Definitely Leaving "Glee" After This Season:

"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy wasn't bluffing about letting his cast graduate off the show naturally. Yesterday, he announced that this would be the last season for three stars: Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith. --Regardless of how "shocking" this may be, they weren't going to play high school kids forever. Chris is 21 . . . Lea will be 25 next month . . . and Cory is 29. --Murphy said, quote, "You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life . . . that was more real, I felt it was more responsible and true to the fans." --More characters will also be graduating after this season. They'll be revealed on the season premiere September 20th. Murphy wouldn't reveal any more names . . . he just said, quote, "More characters are leaving than are staying." --By the way, Murphy also said that he's meeting CHORD OVERSTREET soon to discuss a return to the show. Some fans freaked out when the news broke that his option wasn't picked up . . . but Murphy said they always intended for him to return. --He added that the writers HAVE been writing him in to upcoming episodes.

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

--"So You Think You Can Dance" [Results Show] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox. (--Nicole Scherzinger and Jason Samuels Smith perform.)

--"Big Brother 13" [Eviction Night] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"Burn Notice" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on USA. (--WWE star The Big Show guest stars as himself.)

--"Sweet Home Alabama" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CMT. (--A country version of "The Bachelorette", with a Southern belle trying to find the man of her dreams by choosing between 10 city guys and 10 country studs.)

--"4th & Forever" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Current TV.

--"Texas Women" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CMT. (--A "Real Housewives" rip-off set in the Lone Star state of Texas.)

--"Louie" . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on FX. (--Joan Rivers guests as herself and gives Louie some words of wisdom after he bombs at an Atlantic City performance.)

--"The Green Room with Paul Provenza" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Showtime. (--Ray Romano, Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Bo Burnham and Marc Maron guest.)

Hero of the Day: Dave Grohl Sees a Man Fighting at a Foo Fighters Show . . . Gives Him a Piece of His Mind . . . and Kicks Him Out:

It sucks when you're trying to enjoy a concert and some jackasses start fighting in the crowd. It's annoying, it's distracting, and it can take the fun out of the show. Unfortunately, a lot of time nobody does anything about it. --Well, DAVE GROHL did something about it the other night . . . and he went all out. --Someone started brawling while the FOO FIGHTERS were performing "Skin and Bones" in London on Monday night. When Dave saw the commotion, he stopped the band . . . and called the guy out. --He shouted, quote, "Hey, mother[effers] . . . stop, stop . . . no, no, no, no, no . . . You don't [effing] fight at my show, you [A-hole]. Who's that right there? Let me see him, who's fightin' right now? Let me see him. --"It's that [effing] guy in the striped shirt right there . . . hey . . . look at me right here mother[effer], look at me, look at me. Get the [eff] out of my show right now! Get the [eff] out!" --As the crowd cheered him on, Dave dropped this classic line: Quote, "You don't come to my show and fight, you come to my show and [effin'] dance, you [A-hole]!" --He added, quote, "I don't put up with that [B.S.]. You people come here to have a good time and that guy can [eff] off!" Then the band started playing again, while the crowd chanted Dave's name. (--Here's video. WARNING: There's a TON of UNCENSORED PROFANITY.)
Former Queens of the Stone Age Bassist Nick Oliveri Was Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence After a Five-Hour Standoff with Police:

Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist NICK OLIVERI was arrested late Tuesday night . . . after a five-hour standoff with the police. --Here's what went down: The cops were called to Nick's home in Hollywood on a disturbance complaint. When they arrived, Nick would not let them in . . . and he was holding his estranged girlfriend against her will inside. --The woman claims Nick had struck her during an argument the night before . . . and she was just coming back to collect her things. They got into it again, and that's when Nick locked her inside. --A S.W.A.T. team was called, and two-and-a-half hours later, Nick finally released the girl unharmed. After another two-and-a-half hours, he surrendered. --He was booked on felony domestic violence, and his bail was set at $100,000. As far as we know, he's still in custody. --For what it's worth, TMZ claims cops found a "high-powered loaded rifle" when they entered Nick's house after he gave himself up. But that hasn't been confirmed by the police. --Nick was fired from Queens of the Stone Age in 2004.

People Are Mad That Lady Gaga Performed in a Wheelchair in Sydney . . . and Somebody Even Tried to Egg Her After the Show:

LADY GAGA had a gig in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday night . . . and at some point during the show, she wheeled onstage in a wheelchair. (--Here's some camera phone footage of it.) --Naturally, there are people who are TOTALLY up in arms about this . . . like everything else Lady Gaga does for attention and / or art. --The founder of the Rolls On Foundation . . . a disability advocacy group . . . said, quote, "I haven't seen Lady Gaga's performance, but respect her artistic expression as an artist . . . --"[But] I invite her to learn more about the 5.6 million Americans who live with paralysis. They, like me, unfortunately, don't use a wheelchair for shock value." --People who DID see the show were also upset. According to the British tabloids, some "fans" who attended the show were so offended, that they tracked Lady Gaga down at a club after the show, and EGGED her. (???) --She wasn't hit by any of the eggs, but some members of her entourage were. (--Here's a picture of Lady Gaga performing in a wheelchair, plus a random shot of an unknown person with egg on them.)

Beyoncé's "4" is #1 for a Second Week:

BEYONCÉ didn't have any significant competition on the "Billboard" album chart this week. She held onto the #1 spot by selling another 115,000 copies of her fourth album, "4". --In fact, there was only one new album that debuted in the Top 40 this week. LLOYD'S "King of Hearts" hit #10, with a mere 26,000 copies.

1.) "4", Beyoncé (115,000 copies)

2.) "21", Adele (79,000 copies)

3.) "When the Sun Goes Down", Selena Gomez & the Scene (44,000 copies)

Nicki Minaj Denies That She Was Assaulted:

Yesterday, we heard that a man "struck" NICKI MINAJ her during a fight at a Dallas hotel on Monday . . . but that Nicki declined to press charges. Now, Nicki is denying the whole thing. --She Tweeted, quote, "The fact that u believe a man either slapped or punched me in the face & didn't leave on a stretcher with his [privates] hangin off? Get [an effin'] life. --"The media could pee on ur leg and tell u it's raining. You'd believe it. You'd believe u were an adopted martian if TMZ told u so. Stop it." --TMZ claimed that Nicki was in an extended "heated argument" with the unidentified man before he allegedly hit her in the lip. --And apparently, Nicki WAS hit in the lip . . . but it was an accident. --A police spokesperson said, quote, "We responded to her and a friend arguing over a suitcase, and one of them let go and it hit her in the lip." --TMZ says the cops told them that the alleged "attacker" was her assistant.

Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Score! PAULA ABDUL'S current boyfriend is a recovering heroin addict with a long rap sheet. His mother even wrote and published a book about it. (Full Story)

DANIEL BALDWIN filed for divorce yesterday, saying his wife is an abusive alcoholic who threatened to kill him. (Full Story) Later in the day, she was picked up for a parole violation. (Full Story)

Is JENNIFER ANISTON'S new boyfriend seeing his ex-girlfriend behind her back? (Full Story)

LEVI JOHNSTON'S 18-year-old sister MERCEDE . . . (--there's no "s" on the end) . . . did a four-page NUDE pictorial for the September issue of "Playboy". (Full Story)

A gay rights group is slamming CHRIS BROWN for allegedly slinging gay slurs during a pickup basketball game a few weeks ago. It should be noted, however, that there's no video of the alleged offense. The info comes from the "Star" tabloid . . . who, of course, got it from an anonymous source. (Full Story)

Ho-hum. Some reporter who tried to interview LINDSAY LOHAN says she acted like a diva. (Full Story)

Check out the new trailer for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows".

KAL PENN is leaving his post at the White House's Office of Public Engagement to take a recurring role on "How I Met Your Mother". This reunites him with NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, who appeared in both "Harold and Kumar" movies.

A judge has ruled that "South Park" did not infringe on anyone's copyright when it made fun of the "What What (In the Butt)" YouTube phenomenon. (Full Story) (--Here's the "South Park" version, featuring Butters.)

LIL WAYNE has been nominated for induction into the International Bowling Hall of Fame. (???) Other celebrities have been too, including Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Michael Jordan and Justin Bieber. All they had to do to qualify is "help popularize the sport of bowling." (Full Story)

KID ROCK is "not sure" if he'll back PRESIDENT OBAMA in 2012 like he did in 2008. He says, quote, "We don't need a bunch of pot-smoking hippies, and we don't need a bunch of Bible Belters [for leaders]." (Full Story)

RIHANNA covered LYNYRD SKYNYRD'S "Sweet Home Alabama" at a benefit concert in Birmingham on Monday night. (Video)

DAVID HASSELHOFF, Kathy Griffin, Mike Tyson, and New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush will appear on the upcoming reality series, "Same Name". It premieres on Sunday, July 24th. (Full Story, with video)

Now we have a trailer for the upcoming "Real Housewives of the Bible" DVD, and unlike Bravo's "Real Housewives" shows, this one is completely fictionalized. (Video)


American Women are Only the 11th Most Stressed in the World:

It's tough being a woman in America. Juggling a job, a family, AND having to orient your entire schedule around "The Bachelorette" would stress anyone out. --Well . . . at least you don't live in India. Right? --According to a global study by the Nielsen Company, women in India are the most stressed women in the world . . . BY FAR. --87% of Indian women say they feel stressed most of the time. Coming in second are the women of Mexico: 74% of them say they're stressed. --The rest of the top 10 are Russia, Brazil, Spain, France, South Africa, Italy, Nigeria, Turkey, and the U.K. That's actually 11 countries altogether, because South Africa and Italy are tied at 65%. --American women came in 11th. 53% say they're stressed most of the time. --The women of Sweden and Malaysia tied for the least-stressed in the world. Only 44% of the women in those countries say they're stressed most of the time. (Time)

North Dakota Just Found Out That It's Not Actually a State:

Two Dakotas was probably too much anyway. --82-year-old John Rolczynski lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota. For some reason, he was reading through the state constitution. And he found a pretty big twist: Based on how it's worded, North Dakota ISN'T ACTUALLY A STATE. --To be recognized as a state by the federal government, the constitution has to specifically establish that the state has a governor. North Dakota's constitution doesn't do that. It never mentions a governor. --That puts the state constitution in conflict with the U.S. Constitution. Technically, that makes it invalid. Without a state constitution, it's not a state. So really, North Dakota has just been a TERRITORY all this time. --Of course, this is all a technicality. And it's not like all the flags are going to get redone with 49 stars or anything like that. --Now that North Dakota has found out about the problem with their constitution, they're working to change it to make sure they're OFFICIALLY a state. (Gawker)

Coal Executives Say Mining Isn't to Blame For Birth Defects in West Virginia . . . Inbreeding Is:

A study came out last month that linked birth defects in West Virginia and the Appalachian region to the coal mining industry. Kids born in areas with heavy mining had disproportionately high birth defect rates. --The National Mining Association, which represents the biggest coal executives in the country, fired back. And by fired back, we mean . . . they played DIRTY. --In their response, their lawyers wrote, quote, "The study failed to account for consanguinity (--kon sang gwin uh tee), one of the most prominent sources of birth defects." What's consanguinity? That's a fancy word for INBREEDING. --In other words, the coal execs said their mining isn't causing birth defects in West Virginia . . . the fact that West Virginians reproduce with their FAMILY MEMBERS is the problem. --That line was up on the lawyers' website for over a week. After a reporter at the "Charleston Gazette" pointed it out, it was quickly removed. --And, for what it's worth, a study in 1980 proved that there's no more inbreeding in the Appalachian region than any other specific area of the U.S. (Mother Jones)

The Percentage of Children in the U.S. Population Has Hit an All-Time Low:

For the first time ever, fewer than one out of every four Americans is a child. --As of the 2010 Census, only 24% of the U.S. population is under 18. That's the lowest percentage ever, beating the previous low of 26% in 1990. --Of course, it's not because we're having fewer kids. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of children in the country grew at a 2.6% rate, meaning there are about 1.9 million more kids now than there were a decade ago. --No, the reason kids make up a smaller portion of the country is because we're doing such a damn good job of keeping adults alive. --The percentage of people age 65 and older is up to 13% today . . . and should get to 20% by 2050. One century ago, only 4% of the population was over 65. (Associated Press)

Website of the Day: Crazy Stories About Random Famous People Meeting Each Other:

This isn't that much of a pop culture website . . . it's really more in the "historical nerd" genre . . . but it's worth a look. The site's called Historical Meetups and features crazy stories about random meetings between famous people. --The best one's a story about ANDRE THE GIANT and the famous writer SAMUEL BECKETT. Apparently, Beckett used to give Andre rides to school in France, because Andre was too huge to fit in a school bus. Which is ridiculous, and awesome.

A 43-Year-Old Black Man in Pennsylvania is Being Harassed . . . Because His Name is "Casey Anthony":

Ain't this JUST like America, man. A 25-year-old white woman gets away with murder and people immediately start blaming it on the black man. --There's a 43-year-old black guy in Darby, Pennsylvania who's absorbing far, far more than his share of the grief targeted at CASEY ANTHONY. The reason? His name ALSO happens to be Casey Anthony. --According to this Casey, the day when the female Casey was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter, his life, quote, "went crazy." --Strangers flooded to his Facebook page. Hundreds of people posted furious messages on his wall. Quote, "They were making comments about the verdict, who am I to take a child's life?" --That's right. These people knew Casey Anthony was acquitted . . . but apparently, didn't realize she's a 25-year-old white woman in Florida and not a 43-year-old black man in Pennsylvania. So they just went OFF. --And, because male Casey hadn't set his Facebook page to private . . . and had his phone number on there . . . he was also flooded with furious calls. --He's also worried that the Casey Anthony verdict is going to haunt his family forever . . . because he's from the GEORGE FOREMAN school of child naming, and both of his sons are also named Casey Anthony. (NBC 10 - Philadelphia) (--Here's a news report about this Casey Anthony. Also, he'd be a perfect candidate for that show "Same Name" . . . as featured today in Showbiz.)

A Woman in Michigan is Suing a Man in Washington for Ending Their Facebook Romance:

Who would've guessed that a long-distance relationship entirely over Facebook could end so poorly? --Last September, 50-year-old Cheryl Gray of Livonia, Michigan was playing the Facebook game "Mafia Wars" and started talking with another player, a 35-year-old guy named Wylie Iwan in Kennewick, Washington. --They started talking over Facebook, and eventually started a Facebook romance. They talked for hours and hours a day, Cheryl sent Wylie gifts, and they would regularly say "I love you." --Finally, in March, Cheryl booked a flight to Washington to meet Wylie face-to-face. One week before the trip, he told her he'd met someone else in a bar . . . but she could still totally come visit as a, quote, "friend." --She was DEVASTATED. And now, she's SUING. --Cheryl wants $8,386.88. About $1,000 is from the gifts and the flight, the rest is for the damages caused by Wylie's misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. --Wylie says it's ridiculous. He says that he never made Cheryl think they were in an exclusive relationship. Plus, after he told her about the other woman, she started a Facebook HATE GROUP to write nasty things about him. --He also says that Cheryl misrepresented herself: She told him she was 42, not 50. There's no word on if or when this could go to court. (Seattle Times) (--Try contacting Wylie at 509-783-3907. Check out photos of these two here.)

One in 10 Pets Now Has a Social Networking Profile:

Bad news here. If you get the genius idea to start a funny Facebook page or a Twitter feed for your dog . . . someone beat you to that idea. In fact, EVERYONE beat you to that idea. --According to a British survey . . . but one that we're pretty sure translates perfectly over here . . . one out of every ten pets now has a social networking profile. --It could be a Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, Flickr account, whatever . . . if it's a popular social networking site, people are putting their pets on there. (Daily Telegraph)

Listening to Certain Types of Music Can Help You Lose Weight?

According to a new study, one of the keys to losing weight is . . . to stop working out to amazing but slow and sad AIR SUPPLY songs. Sorry. --The study found there are two types of music you can listen to during your workout that actually help you lose weight. And they are songs with fast tempos . . . AND songs with lyrics that have motivational phrases like "work it," "stronger," or "I believe." (--In other words, MISSY ELLIOTT'S "Work It", KANYE WEST'S "Stronger", or any of the "American Idol" victory songs.) --When upbeat and motivational songs are playing people put more energy into their workouts, exercise for a longer amount of time, AND don't feel as tired. (ABC 7 - Los Angeles)

Rich People Are Just Like Us! They Pocket All the Soap at Luxury Hotels:

It turns out rich people ARE just like us. They may stay in better hotels than us, but when they're leaving their room . . . they steal the soap too. --The latest issue of "Town and Country" magazine reports that guests at luxury hotels regularly take the soap, despite the fact that the people staying there could easily afford to buy their own. --One possible reason is that the soap is way better in fancy hotels. While you're more than happy to steal the tiny grey bars of Motel 6 soap for your guest bathroom, expensive hotels offer name brands, like Acqua di Parma, Bulgari, Hermes, and L'Occitane. --Vanessa Friedman wrote the article for "Town and Country", and she says that rich guests justify the soap theft in two different ways. --Some guests say that since they're paying a lot to stay in the room, they deserve a few bars of free soap. --Other guests simply love being pampered so much, that they want to take away as much of the experience as possible . . . and, quote, "toiletries are the portable answer." (USA Today)

Bill Gates Invested $775,000 in Reproducing the Smell of Dirty Socks . . . Because it Can Fight Malaria?

The world's richest man just spent three-quarters of a million dollars to research traps that smell like sweaty feet. --BILL GATES and the Gates Foundation are spending a fortune fighting malaria in the third world. And one of the best ways is to keep people from getting bitten by the mosquitoes that transmit malaria in the first place. --And it turns out, mosquitoes LOVE the smell of dirty feet. Dirty socks, dirty shoes, whatever. They are uncontrollably drawn to foot odor. --So yesterday, the Gates Foundation donated $775,000 to a project in Tanzania that's using foot odor to fight malaria. -They're researching whether it's an intelligent, cost-effective solution to manufacture mosquito-catching traps using chemicals that smell like dirty feet. --Malaria rates are going down, but there are still more than 220 MILLION new cases every year. It's estimated that about 800,000 of those people die. The vast majority of the cases are in Africa. (San Francisco Chronicle)


News Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

The 39-year-old Chinese murder suspect in a 13-year-old stabbing was finally busted on Wednesday . . . by an anonymous tip from a viewer who saw him on a popular dating show. (Full Story)

People in Miami thought they heard a child crying inside a hot, parked van on Monday, so they called the cops. When the police got there . . . they busted two guys for having eight roosters, four guinea hens, four pigeons, four goats, and a duck inside. One of the goats died, but authorities rescued the rest of the animals. The guys were arrested for animal cruelty. (Full Story)

Check out a list of North America's 'greenest' cities. San Francisco is number one, followed by Vancouver, New York, Seattle, and Denver. The least green are Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh. (Full Story)

A contractor in Virginia tore the roof off a house a couple weeks ago . . . the WRONG house. (Full Story)

#1.) Another Elaborate Lip-Synch Video . . . This Time at an Old-Folks Home:

Back in May, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan made an elaborate one-take lip-synch video to the Don McLean song, "American Pie". It was in response to a "Newsweek" article that listed Grand Rapids as one of America's "dying cities." --Well, apparently the idea caught on in Grand Rapids, because students at a local university just posted a new one on YouTube. And they did this one at a retirement community. --The song is "Feeling Good" by Michael Bublé, and the video shows senior citizens singing, dancing, exercising, synchronized swimming, and being served prune juice. --One guy even walks down the hall carrying Depends, then a lady on a motorized cart drives by and steals them. (--Search for "Clark Retirement Community Lip-Dub.")

#2.) Tom Green Claims He Invented Planking, and He Has the Video to Prove It:

TOM GREEN posted a message on Twitter Tuesday that said, quote, "Just found video of me planking in 1994. I will post it soon. Let people know." The two British guys who started the planking craze didn't start doing it in their living room until 1997. --Green posted the video on YouTube, and it's definitely fair to call it LOW-LEVEL planking. He did it on the ground in the middle of a farmers market, so people thought he was dead. (--Search for "Tom Green Created Planking 1994." He lies down at :25 and gets up at 1:19)

#3.) Here Are the Full Plotlines of the First Seven "Harry Potter" Movies . . . in Seven Minutes:

The guys who do the YouTube series called "Kids React" have a new video where the two of them run through the full plotlines of the first seven "Harry Potter" movies. And they do it in seven minutes. (--Search for "7 Harry Potter Movies in 7 Minutes.")

#4.) Want to Buy a House That's 100% Skateboard-Friendly?

There's a French guy who makes a brand of sneakers for skateboarders called Etnies, and he's designing a house for HARDCORE skateboarding fans that's 100% skateboard friendly . . . so you can skateboard in every single room. --He's making the walls shaped like skate ramps. And you'll be able to grind on everything . . . including the kitchen sink. TMZ has a video of a prototype room that's already finished. (--Search for "Shoe Mogul's Crazy House 100% Skateboardable.")

Four Things You Might Be Doing Wrong in the Bathroom:

If you think you know what you're doing in the bathroom, think again. Here are four things you might be doing wrong.

#1.) Don't Flush With the Lid Up. You might not see it, but it splashes tiny droplets of water all over the place. And that water is filled with germs and bacteria.

#2.) Don't Store Your Toothbrush on the Sink. Germs can still make it to your toothbrush from the shower or the toilet . . . even if you flush with the lid down. So you're better off storing it in the medicine cabinet.

#3.) Don't Drink Water From the Showerhead. The showerhead is a breeding ground for bacteria that can make you sick. And the water itself isn't safe, because bacteria can also grow in your hot water heater.

#4.) Don't Use the Same Contact Lens Case for More Than Three Months. You've probably heard this before, and you still don't do it. --But you should throw your case away every three months, because bacteria builds up on the plastic. And it can transfer to your lenses and cause eye infections. (