Friday, July 29, 2011


And Now . . . Some Chick Has Asked Justin Bieber to Her Prom:

It's a scary time to be a celebrity . . . because regular people have figured out that they can PRESSURE you into doing stuff with them just by posting a request on YouTube. --And it's not just soldiers doing it anymore. A 17-year-old Virginia girl named Cady Eimer posted a video asking JUSTIN BIEBER to go to the prom with her. (--Check it out here. Cady's friend Holly appears in the video with her . . . and they start it out with a REALLY BAD attempt at rapping. And they don't once mention Selena Gomez.)

Linda Hamilton Is Going to the Marine Corps Ball:

"Terminator" minx LINDA HAMILTON is going to the Marine Corps Ball with Sergeant Ray Lewis. --As you may recall, Lewis did one of those YouTube videos asking BETTY WHITE to accompany him. But she's busy filming her sitcom "Hot in Cleveland", so she had to turn him down. --So Linda jumped in and made a video of her own, offering to go with Ray in Betty's place. And he accepted. -Linda's rep says, quote, "They finally connected and she will be going with Sgt. Lewis to the U.S. Marine Corps Ball in October in Texas, and she is very happy about it." (--Here's Linda's video.)

Watch Mark Ronson Pay Tribute to Amy Winehouse by Singing "Valerie":

In honor of AMY WINEHOUSE, MARK RONSON performed "Valerie" during a gig in London on Wednesday. It was his first show since Amy died on Saturday. --Ronson was the main producer on Amy's "Back to Black" album . . . not to mention he's the brother of LINDSAY LOHAN'S ex-girlfriend, Samantha Ronson. He and Amy recorded the song for his album "Version". (--Here's the video.) --"Valerie" is also covered by the cast of "Glee" in the "Glee 3D" movie that hits theaters two weeks from today. A video of that performance also appeared online briefly yesterday, but was taken down over copyright claims.

Paz de la Huerta Thinks Amy Winehouse's Death May Have Had Something to Do With All the Bad Pictures of Her in the Press:

PAZ DE LA HUERTA of "Boardwalk Empire" has an idea what may have killed AMY WINEHOUSE: Bad pictures. (???) --She says, quote, "Maybe had she not seen so many bad pictures of herself she would have gotten more self esteem and not been so self-destructive."

Amy Winehouse's Dad Gave Her Clothes Away to Fans Outside Her House:

Fans who were still gathered outside the London home of AMY WINEHOUSE yesterday got a treat . . . when Amy's dad Mitch came out of the house and started giving away her clothes. --He handed out everything from shirts to vests to jewelry to sunglasses . . . and even pairs of Amy's trademark ballet slippers. -He said, quote, "This is what she would have wanted . . . for her fans to have her clothes." (--Check out pictures here.)

Somebody Won an iPod Touch for Correctly Predicting the Date of Amy Winehouse's Death:

There's a website that's been taking predictions on when AMY WINEHOUSE would die since 2007. Four people got the date right . . . and the woman who submitted the correct date first has won an iPod Touch. --According to a message on the website . . . (--which you'll find here) . . . only 237 hate mails were received since it launched four years ago . . . while 96,026 people left predictions.

Troy Polamalu Did Not Get His Head Shaved:

There's a video online of TROY POLAMALU getting a chunk of his hair shaved off . . . but it's fake. --The video shows Troy's teammates sneaking up on him with an electric clipper and making a nice bald spot on his head . . . like those morons on "Jackass" used to do to each other. (--You can watch it here. WARNING!!! There appears to be an unedited F-bomb at about the 30-second mark.) --The video was pretty well done, but it was indeed a hoax. TMZ caught up with Troy yesterday and got video proof. (--Which you can see here.)

"Cowboys & Aliens" Goes Up Against "The Smurfs" This Weekend:

#1.) "Cowboys & Aliens" (PG-13)

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford team up to fight aliens in the Old West: Daniel Craig wakes up in the desert with no memory, and a mysterious weapon on his arm that turns out to be the only thing that works against the invaders. --Olivia Wilde is the chick trying to help him get his memory back. It's based on a graphic novel of the same name and comes from "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau. (--Here are three versions of the trailer. But be CAREFUL. There's a bit of profanity at the end of the second trailer.) (Trailer #3) (Trailer #2) (Trailer #1)

#2.) "The Smurfs" (PG)

This is a mix of live-action and animation, with Hank Azaria playing the evil wizard Gargamel. He chases six of the smurfs to our world, where they're taken in by Neil Patrick Harris and "Glee's" Jayma Mays. --The smurfs are voiced by Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf), Katy Perry (Smurfette), George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf), "SNL's" Fred Armisen (Brainy Smurf), "Star Trek's" Anton Yelchin (Clumsy Smurf) and Alan Cumming (Gutsy Smurf). (Trailer) (--Gutsy's the one in the kilt with the Scottish accent. Here's an amusing clip of him and Smurfette, sort of reenacting Marilyn Monroe's scene from "The Seven Year Itch" where her skirt gets blown up by air from a passing subway car.)

#3.) "Crazy, Stupid, Love" (PG-13)

Steve Carell gets dumped by his cheating wife, and starts taking dating lessons from a guy he meets at a bar, played by Ryan Gosling. The rest of the cast includes Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon. (Trailer)

Olivia Wilde Might Play Linda Lovelace:

Here's an item from the DEAR GOD, PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN file: OLIVIA WILDE might star in a movie about "Deep Throat" star LINDA LOVELACE. --This is NOT the same movie that LINDSAY LOHAN was going to do. Apparently, there are TWO Linda Lovelace movies in the works. --The one Lindsay was attached to is called "Inferno" . . . and the producers have since kicked her to the curb and replaced her with MALIN AKERMAN. --Olivia hasn't committed to the other movie, but it sounds like she's done some serious research. She says, quote, "It would be a tremendous honor [to play her]. It's such a cool role. --"She was a fascinating woman . . . with where she came from to 'Deep Throat' to then working with Gloria Steinem and Nora Ephron. It's really fascinating." (--Gloria Steinem is, of course, the noted feminist . . . who latched onto Linda when she turned against the porno industry.) (--Nora Ephron is the writer-director of such films as "Julie and Julia", "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail". She also wrote "When Harry Met Sally".) (--It's not clear how she's related to Linda Lovelace directly, but in 1976, she married journalist Carl Bernstein . . . who, along with partner Bob Woodward, helped take down President Nixon with the help of an informant they called DEEP THROAT.)

Trailer-Rama: "Tower Heist" and "Ides of March":

#1.) BEN STILLER and EDDIE MURPHY look like a really good comedic match in the upcoming comedy "Tower Heist". (--Check out the trailer here.) --This could be the movie that brings Eddie back . . . at least part of the way. It almost seems like he's playing an older version of his Reggie Hammond character from "48 Hours". --In fact, when they were panning to him in his jail cell, I almost expected him to be singing "Roxanne". Judging only by the trailer, this looks like a pretty funny movie. --It also stars Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Tea Leoni, Casey Affleck, Michael Pena and Gabourey "Precious" Sidibe . . . and it hits theaters November 4th.

#2.) "Ides of March" is a political drama starring GEORGE CLOONEY as a presidential candidate and RYAN GOSLING as his chief aide. --Clooney directed . . . and it also stars Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Evan Rachel Wood. It hits theaters October 7th. (--Check out the trailer here.)
Breakdown on the Sex Lives of "Friends" Characters:

A blogger with WAY too much time on his hands has put together a fascinating, comprehensive breakdown on the sex lives of the characters on "Friends". --In order to do this, he "thoroughly researched" all 236 episodes, which spanned 10 seasons . . . by watching them, reading the outlines of each episode, and reviewing the lists of guest stars. -He only counted the main characters' sexual escapades with partners that actually appeared on the show, not the ones that the characters mentioned as having happened in the past. --In the end, he found that the six main characters had sex with 85 different people. And interestingly enough, while Joey came out on top . . . the naughty action was split fairly evenly among the six main cast members. --But of course, you would've known that if you watched all 236 episodes and kept notes, like this weirdo did. --Here's the breakdown, along with the percentage that actually spawned "serious relationships." (--We're assuming that means the relationship continued for at least several episodes.)

--Joey (MATT LEBLANC): 17 sexual partners . . . four, or 23.5%, led to serious relationships.

--Phoebe (LISA KUDROW): 16 sexual partners . . . six, or 37.5%, led to serious relationships.

--Ross (DAVID SCHWIMMER): 16 sexual partners . . . eight, or 50%, led to serious relationships.

--Rachel (JENNIFER ANISTON): 14 sexual partners . . . ten, or 71.4%, led to serious relationships.

--Monica (COURTENEY COX): 13 sexual partners . . . five, or 38.5%, led to serious relationships.

--Chandler (MATTHEW PERRY): 9 sexual partners . . . three, or 33.3%, led to serious relationships.

(--This dude's article also includes write-ups detailing the highlights of each character's sexual conquests. You can find it at And even better, you can find a colorful chart showing each hook-up, here.)

Former "Dukes of Hazzard" Star Christopher "Chip" Mayer Has Died:

Former "Dukes of Hazzard" star CHRISTOPHER "CHIP" MAYER died this past Saturday. He was 57. There's no word on a cause of death. He played Vance Duke on the show's 1982-1983 season. --Chip and BYRON CHERRY were hired as replacements that season . . . after the show's main stars Tom Wopat and John Schneider held out for more money. Vance was the "new" Luke, and Byron's character Coy Duke, was the "new" Bo. --"Dukes of Hazzard's" ratings tanked that season, and Wopat and Schneider were given new deals. So sadly, Vance and Coy Duke were written off the show after 19 episodes. (--Long live Coy and Vance Duke!)

Rob Kardashian *Is* Doing "Dancing with the Stars" . . . Supposedly:

Last week, an anonymous source said ROB KARDASHIAN was "in talks" to do "Dancing with the Stars". Now "multiple sources" are saying it's a done deal. --While this exciting news surely has "Dancing with the Stars" fans everywhere LICKING THEIR CHOPS . . . it's important to note: None of this is official yet. (--Remember how "Dancing with the Stars" was supposedly after "more high profile" celebrities for next season? Yeah.)

Ryan Murphy Is Offering Up Some Clarity on This "Glee" Casting Ridiculousness:

First, "Glee" was losing CHRIS COLFER, LEA MICHELE and CORY MONTEITH following next season . . . then they weren't . . . and now we have a little more clarity on what's going on. --Co-creator Ryan Murphy tells that he previously insisted the graduating seniors WERE leaving the show because they had something else in the works behind the scenes. --Murphy explains, quote, "We were going to do a spin-off [with] the three of them . . . they all knew what was happening, they all had approved it, they all said they wanted to do it . . . --"Then [the talk about them leaving 'Glee'] blew up, and a lot of articles were written about it. Some people were writing they're not on the show so that means they must be fired. Well, no. That was 100% incorrect." --Okay, so there was a spin-off . . . and it was sort of hush-hush . . . and that's why there was all this confusion about the future of "Glee's" stars. --But Murphy also says that their plans to do a spin-off have "collapsed," and now they're going to put the idea on ice and revisit it next spring. --Now we're back at Square One: So let's just assume that everyone is staying on "Glee" unless we he hear otherwise. (--And at the rate we've been going, we can expect to "hear otherwise" sometime early next week.)

Friday TV Reminders:

--"ThunderCats" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Cartoon Network. (--Will Friedle from "Boy Meets World" is Lion-O and Emmanuelle Chriqui is Cheetara in this new anime version of the classic cartoon. ThunderCats Hoooo!)

--"Iron Man Anime" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on G4. (--"Heroes" stud Adrian Pasdar is the voice of Iron Man in this anime version.)

--"Wolverine Anime" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 11:30 P.M. to Midnight on G4. (--"Heroes" stud Milo Ventimiglia is the voice of Wolverine in this anime version.)

--"Platinum Hit" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--Taio Cruz is the guest judge when the four remaining contestants write pop songs.)

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

--"Invitation Only" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CMT. (--Jason Aldean performs.)

--"20/20" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Deadly Women" [5th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ID.

--"Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TLC.

--"John Pinette: Still Hungry" . . . 11:00 P.M. to Midnight on Comedy Central. (--Comedian John Pinette performs stand up at the Vic Theatre in Chicago.)

Saturday TV Reminders:

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Loretta Lynn, James Otto, Riders in the Sky and Mark Wills perform.)

--"Austin City Limits" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on PBS. (--Elvis Costello and Band of Heathens perform.) (REPEAT)

--"Age of Dragons" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Syfy. (--Danny Glover stars in this fantasy version of "Moby Dick". He wants revenge on a white dragon that killed his family and left him horribly scarred.)

--"Nick & Vanessa's Dream Wedding" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC. (--Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo allow you to watch them prepare for their July 15th wedding on Richard Branson's private island. How exciting!)

--"Celebrity Ghost Stories" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bio. (--Ming-Na, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Chi McBride and Mia Tyler share their ghostly encounters.)

--"Celebrity Close Calls" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bio. (--Louis Gossett Jr., Charlene Tilton, Jena Malone and Lynn Whitfield share near death experiences.)

--"The Lady with 700 Cats" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Nat Geo Wild. (--"Glee's" Jane Lynch narrates this special about a woman who operates California's largest "no-kill" feline sanctuary.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Emma Stone guest hosts and Kings of Leon is the musical guest.) (REPEAT)

Sunday TV Reminders:

--"25 Biggest TV Blunders 2" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on TV Guide. (--TV's misguided moments . . . from Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl to Jay Leno's exit and return to "The Tonight Show".)

--"Same Name" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Kathy Griffin swaps places with a working mother from Fayetteville, Georgia.)

--"The Glee Project" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Oxygen. (--The contestants are tested on their sexuality (???) and perform "Teenage Dream" with the help of "Glee's" Mark Salling (Puck) and Ashley Fink (Lauren Zizes) as their mentors.)

--"The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Six of the season's rejected bachelors return to confront Ashley and each other.)

--"Great White Invasion" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery Channel. (--"SNL's" Andy Samberg is recruited to be "chief shark officer" for the return of "Shark Week".)

--"The Marriage Ref" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Rachael Ray, Larry Miller and J.B. Smoove listen to married couple's disputes.)

--"Behind the Music: Enrique Iglesias" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on VH1.

--"Against the Wall" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Lifetime. (--Rachael Carpani from "The Glades" takes a job as an internal-affairs detective. Treat Williams plays her cop father.)

--"The Real L Word" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Showtime.

--"Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Animal Planet. (--Former "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss is profiled as she tries to maintain legitimate business interests while staying sober and caring for her exotic birds.)

Olivia Newton-John's Daughter Released a Pretty Disturbing Music Video . . . and Australia Is Freaking Out About It:

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN'S 25-year-old daughter CHLOE LATTANZI has released a fairly disturbing music video . . . and Australia is totally freaking out over it. --Here's the deal: --The video is for a song called "Play with Me". The song and video have been described as having a "MARILYN MANSON vibe" . . . and that's pretty accurate. --In the video, Chloe commits suicide twice in front of a dude who barely acknowledges her. She electrocutes herself in a bathtub, and slits her wrists in a bed. Later in the video, she points a gun at her head, and does a bunch of coke. (--You can watch the video, here. WARNING: It IS pretty graphic and disturbing and does show her actually "killing" herself. Also, the music is . . . well . . . let's just say it must be an acquired taste.) --Here's the backlash . . . --Someone from the Australian Council for Children had this to say: Quote, "I think it's sad that this young woman has such a need for attention that she needs to push the envelope of good taste and appropriateness this far. --"This simply glamorizes a range of harmful behaviors and does nothing to help empower young people to cope with relationship problems." --In response, Chloe said, quote, "I know it may be quite disturbing, but I appreciate you tuning in and all the opinions that are voiced. It's purely just for artistic value. I don't want to kill myself, I don't want to die, I don't want to kill anybody." --Glad she cleared that up. (--Anyway, here's a far less scary video of Chloe singing "Over the Rainbow" with her mom in 2003. Skip to the 2:25 mark.) (--Chloe is Olivia's only child. Her father is MATT LATTANZI . . . THE star of the 1983 sex-comedy CLASSIC "My Tutor"! Olivia and Matt were married from 1984 to 1995.) (--One more thing: Australia's reaction to Chloe isn't as random as it seems. Chloe was born in L.A., but grew up in Australia, and had some minor acting roles there as a kid. She's been working on a music career for about 8 years.)

Rihanna Says She's In a "Pack" of Women Who Are Dominating Music:

The music landscape is all about RIHANNA and her friends right now . . . at least according to Rihanna. She tells "Glamour" magazine, quote, "Women are definitely dominating music right now, and that's because we are competitive beings. --"I feel like music hasn't been this exciting in awhile. There's a pack. It's me, [Lady] Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyoncé . . . who else? Kesha for sure."
"Time" Magazine's 30 All-Time Best Music Videos:

MTV will be 30 years old on Monday, and to celebrate "Time" magazine has put out a list of The 30 All-Time Best Music Videos. (--Even though MTV stopped playing videos, like, 15 years ago.) --The list is in chronological order, and it's not terribly exciting. It pretty much includes all the videos you'd expect to see in a "best videos of all time" list . . . with the GLARING exception of "Knights of Cydonia" by MUSE.

--"Once In a Lifetime", Talking Heads (1980)

--"Thriller", Michael Jackson (1984)

--"Take on Me", A-Ha (1985)

--"Sledgehammer", Peter Gabriel (1986)

--"Nothing Compares 2 U", Sinead O'Connor (1990)

--"Heart-Shaped Box", Nirvana (1993)

--"Buddy Holly", Weezer (1994)

--"Sabotage", The Beastie Boys (1994)

--"Virtual Insanity", Jamiroquai (1997)

--"Praise You", Fatboy Slim (1999)

--"Hardest Button to Button", The White Stripes (2005)

--"Here It Goes Again", OK Go (2006)

--"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", Beyoncé (2008)

--"Bad Romance", Lady Gaga (2009)

--"Runaway", Kanye West (2010)

(--You can find the complete list and all the videos, beginning here.) (--By the way, do you know what the very first video MTV played was? It was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by THE BUGGLES. Here's that video, and here's a list of the videos MTV played on its first day, August 1st of 1981.)

Breaking News: Poison Drummer Rikki Rockett's Stance on Zoos: (???)

POISON played at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre in Ohio last night. Drummer RIKKI ROCKETT was there . . . begrudgingly. That's because he HATES ZOOS. --He explains, quote, "I am not in favor of zoos. It's another example of exploitation of animals for profit. I am not going to make this show about that issue, however . . . I am simply stating my stance on zoos, and I think that it's essential that I do."
Disturbed Says They're Going on "Indefinite Hiatus":

If you're a diehard DISTURBED fan who prefers their favorite bands to be ACTIVE . . . there's bad news: Disturbed is headed for the inactive list. --Yesterday, singer DAVID DRAIMAN Tweeted, quote, "We haven't said that we're breaking up. We simply do not know yet. All I can say is we are going on an indefinite hiatus." --He added that he "can't really get into the reasons" this is happening, but it sounds like it's been a long time coming. He said, quote, "Let's just say it's time." (--For more of David's comments, hit up his Twitter feed, here. WARNING: He has a foul mouth . . . and writes every one of his Tweets in ALL-CAPS.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Last night on "Piers Morgan", DENISE RICHARDS felt the need to deny an old rumor that she used to be a prostitute. (Video)

Two "Playboy" Playmates have come out in defense of HUGH HEFNER'S sexual prowess . . . but neither of them seem to have actually slept with Hugh. (Full Story)

KIM KARDASHIAN and KRIS HUMPHRIES will make The Big Mistake on August 20th in Montecito, California . . . according to their official wedding invitation, which hit the web yesterday. (Full Story)

SEAN PENN'S 17-year-old son Hopper is an ill-tempered, womanizing jerk just like his dad . . . and Sean LOVES IT. (Full Story)

KELLY RIPA and her husband MARK CONSUELOS are producing a reality show called "Dirty Soap", which will follow soap opera actors' REAL lives. It'll premiere September 25th on E! (Full Story)

ADELE, LIL WAYNE and CHRIS BROWN will perform at the "MTV Video Music Awards" on August 28th. (Full Story)

DMX'S publicist DENIES that there's a reality show in the works called "X-Tended Family", which would feature DMX and "10 of his children." (Full Story)

DEBBIE GIBSON and TIFFANY teamed up for the movie "Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid", and now they're TOURING together. They say it's going to be, quote, "unashamedly about the '80s." The first show is tonight in Westbury, New York. (Full Story)


Here's What Men Think About Gender, Family, America's Power, Supernatural Beings, Sexting, and Being a "Real Man":

(--On Wednesday we gave you the results from the giant new survey about dating and sex. And yesterday we covered the lifestyle results. So today we're finishing up the trilogy with 'The State of Men in 2011.') just released the results of their fourth-annual 'Great Male Survey.' More than 70,000 men responded. Here are some of the highlights of the general state of men in America in 2011 . . .

--Most men think the male gender is "winning." Only 17% said women are "winning." 55% said men are winning by so much, quote, "it's not a competition." But another 28% said men are winning, so I guess it IS a competition.

--Is America still a superpower? 5% say no. 71% say it is, but on the decline. 24% think we're as strong as we've ever been.

--Men are most likely to believe aliens exist. Of the choices given, 47% of men say aliens are most likely to exist, 31% say angels, 10% say ghosts, 0% say vampires, and 12% say none.

--If you could only have one child, what gender would you prefer? 53% say a boy . . . 33% say it doesn't matter . . . and only 14% pick a girl.

--WARREN BUFFETT is the preferred source for financial advice. 45% of men would go to Buffett for advice if they could only ask one person. 27% would pick their dad. And 20% would choose DONALD TRUMP.

--Is sexting considered cheating? 74% of men, or three out of four, say that sexting IS cheating. 14% say it's not as long as no one sends naked photos. And 12% say no, it's harmless.

--The biggest threat to the U.S. is . . . the U.S. 47% say we pose our own biggest threat. 28% say China's the biggest threat . . . 11% say North Korea . . . and 9% say Iran.

--Would you rather have a child or a dog? 34% of guys said they'd rather have both a child AND a dog. 30% go with a child, 23% go with a dog. 13% said neither.

--Here's what makes a "real man" in 2011. 48% say it's being a great father and husband who takes care of his family. 23% say it's being a great leader and motivator. 11% say it means you have manly skills and can fix things . . .

--And then there are the politically incorrect answers. 5% say it's being charismatic and popular . . . 3% say it's being wealthy . . . and 2% say it's being a great SEDUCER or lover.

--Men still want to be Superman. 32% of guys say that if they could be any superhero, it would be Superman. 25% picked Batman even though he doesn't have any powers. 21% go Iron Man, 17% say one of the X-Men, 5% for Captain America. (AskMen)

The World's Population Will Hit Seven Billion by the End of the Year:

In 1800, the world's population hit one billion. It took the entire history of mankind to hit that level. And now . . . we've equaled it in ONE DECADE. --Ten years ago, the world's population hit six billion. And now, by the end of this year, it's already going to hit another milestone . . . and crack SEVEN BILLION. --According to the United Nations' projections, based on trends and averages, the seven billionth person will be born on October 31st . . . in India. --Basically, the population is growing faster than ever. By 2050 it's projected to be at over nine billion. --Almost all of the growth is happening in the third world. 97% of the population increase will be in less developed regions. 49% alone will be in Africa. --In the first world countries birth rates won't go up, but people are living to be older than ever. (Bloomberg)

You Glance at Your Smartphone 34 Times a Day for No Reason . . . It's Just Out of Habit:

Ever caught yourself pulling out your iPhone, or your Droid, or your BlackBerry and looking at the screen, even though it didn't vibrate or ring? --Yeah . . . everyone does it. --According to a study in the journal "Personal and Ubiquitous Computing", the average smartphone user checks their phone 34 times a day for NO REASON. It's just out of habit. --And when you check it, you do it for about 30 seconds. Most of the checks happen in clusters . . . a few times within 10 minutes. --Loren Frank is a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. He says there's a simple reason why we constantly check our phones. --One, our brains like the feeling of getting an email or text or new Facebook message. When you see that a new message has arrived, you get a quick happy feeling . . . it's like getting a present. --And once our brains get accustomed to that positive feeling, reaching for the phone moves to a part of the brain called the striatum . . . that's the part that controls habits. (CNN)

The Superpower That the Most People Want is . . . Wolverine's Instant Healing?

I'm going to go ahead and take this as a giant metaphor for how much faith people have lost in the health care system. -Because in a new survey asking people which superpower they most want, people passed up telepathy, invisibility, flight, and super-strength . . . and chose Wolverine's instant healing ability. Here's how the list broke down . . .

#1.) Wolverine's accelerated healing, 22%.

#2.) Professor X's psychic powers, 21%.

#3.) Superman's ability to fly, 15%.

#4.) The Hulk's super strength, 11%.

#5.) The invisibility of Sue Storm from the Fantastic Four, 8%.

#6.) The ability to control weather, like Storm from the X-Men, 7%

#7.) The fire-generating powers of the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four, 7%.

#8.) Daredevil's super senses, 4%.

#9.) Spider-Man's web slinging, 3%.

#10.) The super speed of Dash, from The Incredibles, 2%.

Most Expensive Five-Car Crash Ever? A Bentley Driver Causes a Wreck With a Ferrari, an Aston Martin, a Mercedes-Benz, and a Porsche:

It's a good thing this woman is clearly rich, because her collision insurance is NOT going to cover this. --Yesterday morning in Monte Carlo, Monaco, a woman was driving her $403,000 Bentley Azure when she lost control. Her name wasn't released . . . she's only been described as "blonde."

--And after she lost control, here's what happened . . .

--Her Bentley scraped the side of a $121,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class . . .

--She bounced off and plowed into a $231,000 Ferrari F430. . .

--She crashed from there into a $242,000 Aston Martin Rapide . . .

--And finally came to a stop as she rammed a $129,000 Porsche 911.

--All five cars came to a standstill as things got sorted out. Tons of tourists gathered around to take photos.

--The total value of the five cars involved in the pile-up is $1,126,000. Most of the cars will need replacement bumpers . . . and the early estimate on the repairs is over $160,000. (--Here are some photos of the wreck.) (Sky News)

After a NASCAR Race is Shown on TV, Car Accident Rates in West Virginia Jump 22%:

I know that every time I see one of the "Fast and the Furious" movies . . . which is opening night every time one comes out, obviously . . . I drive like a stone-cold lunatic when I leave the theater. Seeing the cars go fast has an effect on me. --So I'm not surprised by this new study in the "Journal of Applied Social Psychology" which found that after a NASCAR race is shown on TV, car accident rates make a pretty big jump. --For the study, the researchers looked at driving habits in West Virginia. Why? It has more NASCAR fans per capita of any state . . . so its roads would be most influenced by people trying to emulate the drivers. --West Virginia also tracks accidents caused by aggressive driving, so the researchers could use that number. --And they found that from 2003 through 2006, accidents dropped on the days when a NASCAR race was on . . . possibly because people were inside watching it . . . and then made a BIG jump afterward. --Within five days of a race, aggressive driving crashes went up an average of 22%, from 19.4 accidents per day to 23.59. (Wall Street Journal)

The Oakland Raiders Hired a Grandmother as One of Their New Cheerleaders:

The Oakland Raiders have picked their new cheerleading squad for the 2011-2012 NFL season, and one of their new ladies is . . . a GRANDMA. A 37-year-old grandma, but still, a grandma. (--Hey, if any woman could represent the female Oakland Raiders fans properly, I guess it is a 37-year-old grandma.) --Her name is Susie Sanchez. She's a mother of three, a grandmother of one, and she's been dancing since she was eight. --She says it's always been her dream to be an NFL cheerleader, and she's tried out five times in the past six years . . . but always got cut. --There were 232 women at the auditions, and Susie was one of 41 women picked to be on the Raiderettes. --The Raiderettes say she's the only grandma cheerleader in the NFL. But she's not the oldest cheerleader . . . the Cincinnati Bengals have a 42-year-old named Laura Vikmanis. (Yahoo Sports)

Casey Anthony Reportedly Wants $1.5 Million for an Interview . . . But So Far, the Networks Aren't Biting:

This is a message to every news outlet in this country. You have a chance to do some real good here. To draw a line in the sand. To stand up for justice. DO NOT PAY THIS WOMAN. --CASEY ANTHONY has named her price for an interview. And so far, no network has offered to pay it. --She wants $1.5 MILLION for her first TV appearance since she was acquitted of killing her two-year-old daughter. --She said her daughter accidentally drowned in a swimming pool. And she admitted to covering up the death because she panicked and hid her daughter in the woods. So because of that, she could become a millionaire. --The networks usually take a roundabout way of avoiding paying people outright for interviews . . . which is very, very frowned upon in the journalism world. --They pay people by pretending they're paying a fortune to license their personal photos and videos. Back in 2008, ABC paid Anthony $200,000 for the rights to photos and videos of her daughter. --NBC and ABC have both said they have not offered Anthony anything. TMZ initially reported yesterday that there was a, quote, "bidding war" for the interview. (CBS News)


A Man is Angry When an American Airlines Pilot Kicks Him off a Flight . . . So He Punches the Pilot and Chases Him Around the Terminal:

You know how the flight attendants always walk around before the plane takes off and they give you a bunch of grief if your seatbelt isn't fastened? Remember THIS story next time you fly . . . and just fasten the damn belt. --On Wednesday night, 27-year-old Jonathan Baez of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico was at Miami International Airport, on an American Airlines flight to San Francisco. His 29-year-old brother Luis Baez was with him. --As the plane taxied from the gate, one of the flight attendants noticed that Jonathan had fallen asleep without putting on his seatbelt. She tried to wake him up, but he was unresponsive. She said he appeared drunk or high. --So she told the pilot. He turned the plane around and returned to the gate. --An American Airlines spokesman says, quote, "As we always do with these things, we'd much rather deal with it on the ground than in the air." --The pilot came back into the cabin, woke up Jonathan, and told him he'd have to get off the plane. --Jonathan stumbled down the aisle, and his brother Luis went with him. --But as they exited, they both went CRAZY. --Luis told the pilot, quote, "When you fly to San Juan I will have you killed." And Jonathan PUNCHED THE PILOT in the face . . . and hit the flight attendant in the shoulder. --Then the brothers started CHASING the pilot into the terminal. Fortunately, other crew members and some passengers stepped in, tackled them, and held them down until the cops arrived. --The pilot was dazed, and a little afraid of the death threat, but otherwise alright. Jonathan was arrested and charged with battery and aggravated battery. Luis was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. (Miami Herald)

A Fugitive Taunted the Police on Facebook by Writing "Catch Me If You Can" . . . and They Used it to Trace Him and Catch Him:

29-year-old Victor Burgos of Utica, New York is not quite the master criminal he thought he was. --Victor was wanted by the Utica police on several outstanding warrants for domestic violence and harassment against his ex-girlfriend. And earlier this week, he saw they'd put his mugshot on their 10 most wanted list. --So Victor hopped on his Facebook page and decided to TAUNT the cops. He wrote, quote, "Catch me if you can, I'm in Brooklyn." --The police had been monitoring his page, and saw it. So they contacted the NYPD and the U.S. marshals. --Now that the search was narrowed to Brooklyn, they were able to track Victor down in less than a day. --They've hauled him back to Utica where he'll be in court for his outstanding warrants. (New York Daily News)


News Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

46% of Americans check email or call in to work when they're on summer vacation. (Full Story)

Introducing the 1,500-calorie donut burger . . . a burger with a donut for a bun. Head to the New York State Fair if you're interested. (Full Story)

Using mouthwash cuts the risk of having a premature baby by 75%? (Full Story)

A guy in Florida says he choked his ex-sister-in-law over their sexual relationship. But she says it was over pasta. Who's right? And do you care? (Full Story)

It's been a while since we've had a story about a woman getting busted and hiding contraband in her naughty place, so . . . yeah: A woman in Florida was caught breaking into cars, and hid her illegal prescription drugs in her naughty place. (Full Story)

Could tequila be holding the secret to running cars of the future? Probably not. But knock yourself out at this link. (Full Story)

#1.) A Twitter Message Accidentally Sparked a Riot in Los Angeles . . . and People Started Planking In Front of Riot Police?

On Wednesday, some DJ named Kaskade threw a block party on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, and accidentally started a mini RIOT. --He planned to perform two songs outside Mann's Chinese Theatre, and he got a permit from the city. But after sending out a Tweet to his 92,000 followers, thousands of people showed up, and so did the police. --There are a ton of videos of it on YouTube, but the best one shows a whole line of people start PLANKING in the middle of the street . . . while cops in riot gear are standing right in front of them. (--Search for "Planking During Hollywood Riot.")

#2.) "The Rapping Weatherman" Performed a New Rap on Live TV . . . While Base Jumping Off a Bridge:

Nick Kosir is "The Rapping Weatherman" . . . you might have seen him on YouTube. And the other day, he performed a new rap on live TV . . . while BASE JUMPING off a bridge. (--Search for "The Rapping Weatherman Raps While Base Jumping." The rap starts at :30, he jumps at 2:00, and the rapping continues at 2:09.)

#3.) A Kid Got a Ball at a Baseball Game . . . and Started Crying WAY Too Hard:

At the Red Sox-Royals game yesterday, Boston's starting pitcher Josh Beckett handed a baseball to a kid sitting in the front row . . . and the kid started crying. At first, it was kind of sweet . . . but then he started crying WAY too hard. (--Search for "Red Sox Fan Gets Emotional Upon Receiving Baseball from Josh Beckett.")

#4.) Fabio Tried to Become the New Old Spice Guy . . . and Failed:

There was a fake feud between FABIO and the Old Spice Guy on YouTube this week. It was a marketing campaign where Fabio was supposedly trying to become the new spokesman. --Both of them were in a bunch of weird YouTube ads posted by Old Spice. But yesterday the whole thing finally got resolved . . . and you'll be happy to know that ISAIAH MUSTAFA is STILL the Old Spice Guy. --In their last video, Mustafa tried to get rid of Fabio and his ridiculous accent by having him travel back in time, to convince himself not to start the feud in the first place. --When that didn't work, he had Fabio hold a helium balloon, which carried him up into the air, and out of the galaxy. Yeah. The Old Spice ads are getting weirder and weirder. (--Search for "Old Spice Mano a Mano This Must End." They travel back in time at 2:02, and Fabio takes the balloon at 3:11.)

The Eight Most Interesting Results from Cosmo's "Great Female Survey":

To go with's annual "Great Male Survey," Cosmo did one for women. 13,000 of them answered personal questions about sex and relationships. Here are the eight most interesting things the survey revealed.

#1.) 38% of Women Say It's Okay If Their Boyfriend or Husband Is Facebook Friends with an Ex. 34% said it's definitely NOT okay. And 27% said they're okay with it, but only if they've met the girl.

#2.) Nearly One-Third of Women Have Met a Guy Online. 31% to be exact, and 12% of them went on to have a serious relationship. 22% said they would NEVER use the Internet to meet guys.

#3.) 33% of Women Expect the Guy to Pay for Most Dates. But 38% said it should be 50-50, and women should pay for half of them. -In the AskMen survey, 44% of guys said they should pay for most dates, until the relationship gets serious.

#4.) One in Ten Women Thinks Her Man Is Too Lazy. 11% said they had issues with their husband or boyfriend's "laziness and lack of ambition."

#5.) Only One in Five Women Said They'd Dump Their Boyfriend if He Got Fat. Compare that to the survey, where 47% of men said they'd dump their girlfriend if she gained too much weight.

#6.) Most Women Don't Care About the Size of Your Junk . . . Really. Guys have heard this a thousand times and still don't believe it. But according to Cosmo's survey, only 18% of women said they wished their guy's junk was bigger.

#7.) 26% of Women Have Fantasized About Your Friends. But only 12% said they'd actually cheat . . . even if it was guaranteed that you'd never find out.

#8.) 54% of Women Admitted to Fake Climaxing. But 85% said they'd be offended if they found out a guy did it. --In case you're wondering, 32% of the men in the AskMen survey said they've done it. And 18% have done it more than once.

Eight Tips for Meeting Someone at the Beach:

It's already the end of July . . . sorry . . . but there's still plenty of time left to hit the beach this summer. And if you're looking for a summer fling, we've got eight tips for meeting someone at the beach.

#1.) Don't Wear Sunglasses the Whole Time. Yeah, they look cool. And, ya know, protect your eyes from the sun and stuff. But dark lenses make you unapproachable. It's hard to flirt when the other person can't see half your face.

#2.) Choose Your Spot Carefully. Scope out the beach before deciding where to drop your stuff. That way you get a spot that's around other people your age, instead of in the middle of a bunch of families and kids.

#3.) Don't Show Too Much Skin. It's the beach, but that doesn't mean you should show EVERYTHING. Someone wearing a flattering bikini is a lot more approachable than someone in a thong. And guys, don't even consider a Speedo.

#4.) Don't Go in a Pack. Hitting up the beach with two or three friends is the way to go. Going with ten people will be intimidating to someone who wants to approach you, and you might get lost in the mix anyway.

#5.) Walk. Don't spend all your time laying out, swimming, or staying in one place. Walk along the bottom of the beach and see what's up.

#6.) "Forget" Something. Accidentally "forget" something at home, like your watch or some sunscreen, and use it as a way to talk to the people next to. It doesn't matter what you ask for, you just need a way to break the ice.

#7.) Bring Extra Drinks and Snacks. This is the opposite of purposefully forgetting something: If you're bringing food and drinks with you, pack some extra to share with anyone you might meet.

#8.) Don't Hide Behind Technology. Yes, you really love your cell phone and your iPad, but if you spend your whole day buried in technology, you might as well stay home. (

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Kristin Cavallari Did a Photo Shoot in Several Wedding Dresses Last Thursday . . . Just Days Before Her Engagement Was Called Off:

This might be proof that it was Bears quarterback JAY CUTLER who dumped fiancée KRISTIN CAVALLARI . . . --Last Thursday . . . just FOUR DAYS before Jay and Kristin announced that the wedding was off . . . Kristin did a photo shoot for "Life & Style" magazine, wearing an assortment of wedding dresses. (--Here are some of the pics. Oh, and we also tossed in a shot of Kristin flipping the bird to a paparazzi photographer yesterday.) (Egotastic, E! Online) (--TMZ has a lot more pics, but they're smaller, and they all have the "TMZ" watermark on them.) --The question is, would a woman do a full-on bridal photo shoot if she knew . . . or even suspected . . . that the relationship was dead? --And the companion question is: If Jay was indeed the one who called it off, couldn't he have done it before Kristin got all bridal for the world to see? --I mean, they broke up within four days of this photo shoot. So he had to have known by then that he was taking himself out of the game . . . pun intended. --So if he DID know he wasn't going to walk the aisle . . . and he let Kristin do this photo shoot anyway . . . what does that say about him?

Denise Richards Has "Experimented" With Another Famous Woman She Won't Name:

If nothing else, DENISE RICHARDS will always be remembered for one of the greatest same-sex moments in the history of cinema. Of course, I'm talking about her freakiness in the swimming pool with NEVE CAMPBELL in "Wild Things". --But it turns out Denise did a little EXPERIMENTING in real life, too. She talks about it in her new book, "The Real Girl Next Door", but she won't reveal the name of her . . . shall we say, LAB PARTNER. --HOWARD STERN tried to extract her identity on his show the other day, but Denise wouldn't budge. She did admit, however, that she's famous. And she told Howard, quote, "You would know who she is." --She added, quote, "I just met her through friends and work and stuff . . . I was just curious. We were curious . . . She was a girly-girl. She's beautiful." (--Here's video.)

Alex Trebek Injured His Leg While Chasing Down a Burglar:

ALEX TREBEK was on crutches yesterday, because he injured his leg while chasing down a burglar at a hotel earlier that morning. --He said, quote, "It happened at 2:30 A.M., chasing a burglar down the hallway of my San Francisco hotel when my Achilles tendon ruptured and I then fell on carpet, bruising the other leg in process. Surgery on Friday." --Now, Alex is 71 . . . but let's not hand him the merit badge for bravery just yet. His burglar was a 56-year-old woman. --Alex woke to find her in his room and he chased her out into the hallway, where he fell and suffered his injury. --The woman . . . one Lucinda Moyers . . . was caught by hotel security. She had stolen some jewelry and cash from Alex's room, and was charged with felony counts of burglary and possession of stolen property.

Vanessa Hudgens Flipped Out on the Paparazzi . . . After They Filmed Her Smoking:

VANESSA HUDGENS apparently didn't want us to know she's a smoker. Because she went DOG NUTS when a photographer caught her burning one in the passenger seat of a car the other night. --Vanessa actually got out of her car and tried to force herself into the photographer's car. It's not clear what she was planning to do. (--Check out pics and video here. WARNING!!! There's some unbleeped profanity toward the end of the clip.)

Joe Pesci Claims He Gained 30 Pounds for the John Gotti Movie . . . Then Got Screwed Over by the Producers:

JOE PESCI is suing the producers of the JOHN GOTTI movie for allegedly screwing him over after he'd already gained 30 pounds for the role. --Pesci was hired to play Angelo Ruggiero, a friend and enforcer to Gotti . . . who's being played by JOHN TRAVOLTA. His salary was supposed to be $3 million. --But after Pesci started gaining the necessary weight for the part . . . and allowing the producers to use his name to promote the movie . . . they went back on the deal. Instead, they offered him a lesser part with a lower salary: $1 million. --Pesci is suing for the $3 million he says he was originally promised, plus punitive damages.
Was Amy Winehouse Killed by NOT Drinking?

There's a new theory as to what killed AMY WINEHOUSE: A LACK of substance abuse. -Britain's not-always-reliable "Sun" tabloid says Amy's family thinks her decision to quit booze cold turkey for three weeks was too much for her system. --A so-called "source" says Amy's doctor told her to quit drinking GRADUALLY . . . but she knew that wouldn't work, so she gave it up completely. And that caused serious withdrawal that led to a FATAL SEIZURE.

Ronnie Spector Will Release Her Own Version of "Back to Black" As a Charity Single:

'60s R&B icon RONNIE SPECTOR recorded a cover of AMY WINEHOUSE'S "Back to Black" two years ago. As a tribute to Amy, she's going to release it as a charity single, with the proceeds going to substance abuse treatment centers. (You can listen to it here.) (--By the way . . . Amy's "Back to Black" album re-enters the "Billboard" charts at #9 this week. You can read more about that here.)


"Cowboys & Aliens" Goes Up Against "The Smurfs" Tomorrow:

#1.) "Cowboys & Aliens" (PG-13)

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford team up to fight aliens in the Old West: Daniel Craig wakes up in the desert with no memory, and a mysterious weapon on his arm that turns out to be the only thing that works against the invaders. --Olivia Wilde is the chick trying to help him get his memory back. It's based on a graphic novel of the same name and comes from "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau. (--Here are three versions of the trailer. But be CAREFUL. There's a bit of profanity at the end of the second trailer.) (Trailer #3) (Trailer #2) (Trailer #1)

#2.) "The Smurfs" (PG)

This is a mix of live-action and animation, with Hank Azaria playing the evil wizard Gargamel. He chases six of the smurfs to our world, where they're taken in by Neil Patrick Harris and "Glee's" Jayma Mays. --The smurfs are voiced by Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf), Katy Perry (Smurfette), George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf), "SNL's" Fred Armisen (Brainy Smurf), "Star Trek's" Anton Yelchin (Clumsy Smurf) and Alan Cumming (Gutsy Smurf). (Trailer) (--Gutsy's the one in the kilt with the Scottish accent. Here's an amusing clip of him and Smurfette, sort of reenacting Marilyn Monroe's scene from "The Seven Year Itch" where her skirt gets blown up by air from a passing subway car.)

#3.) "Crazy, Stupid, Love" (PG-13)

Steve Carell gets dumped by his cheating wife, and starts taking dating lessons from a guy he meets at a bar, played by Ryan Gosling. The rest of the cast includes Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon. (Trailer)

Check Out the Trailer for "Battleship":

The trailer for "Battleship" hit the web yesterday, and as expected, it really doesn't seem connected to the game it's based on . . . except for the fact that it involves some Naval ships. --The enemy in this one isn't an opposing Navy . . . it's ALIENS. -If you think about it, the only thing they could really do to invoke memories of the game . . . besides the inclusion of a fleet of ships . . . is to have someone yell, "You sank my battleship!" --But that's probably not going to happen. At least there's no sign of it in THIS trailer. --"Battleship" stars Liam Neeson, "True Blood's" Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Taylor Kitsch. (--The movie is due out next May. Check out the trailer here.) (--Speaking of Alexander Skarsgard, he and KATE BOSWORTH just broke up after about two years together. If that matters to you, you can read more about it here.)
Harrison Ford Was Reunited with Chewbacca on Last Night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!":

Han Solo and Chewbacca were reunited last night, when HARRISON FORD paired up with a guy in a Wookie costume for a skit on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (--Here's a picture.) --By the way, PETER MAYHEW was NOT "inside" Chewbacca. It was just some random guy. Peter, who's 67 now, played Chewbacca in four "Star Wars" movies . . . the original trilogy, plus "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith".

Lady Gaga Was a Guest Judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" Last Night . . . And She Really Got Into It:

LADY GAGA was a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" last night . . . and unlike some previous celebrity judges, she really got into it. And that included dissing some of the choreography and costume choices. --She also did plenty of over-reacting, which has kind of become her "thing." She wept . . . she threw one of her ridiculously huge shoes on the stage . . . she lectured the contestants . . . she told personal stories . . . and so on. ( put together a video of Gaga highlights. Check it out, here.)

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

--"So You Think You Can Dance" [Results Show] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"Hot, Famous and 40" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Bio. (--Celebrities 40-years old and over are profiled.)

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

--"Serving Life" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Forest Whitaker narrates this documentary which follows Louisiana maximum-security inmate hospice volunteers at Angola prison as they care for fellow dying inmates.)

--"Project Runway" [9th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Lifetime.

--"L.A. Ink" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"The Green Room with Paul Provenza" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Showtime. (--Richard Belzer, Dave Attell, Janeane Garofalo, Doug Stanhope and Glenn Wool guest.)

Facebook Censored the Cover of Nirvana's 20-Year-Old "Nevermind" Album . . . Because of the Naked Baby?

Facebook reportedly censored the cover of NIRVANA'S two-decade-old "Nevermind" album . . . because it violates their policy on nudity. --Of course, this "nudity" is a naked BABY boy . . . with his boyhood exposed . . . who's swimming in a pool, looking at a dollar on a fishhook. --The cover is being used as part of a campaign promoting the upcoming 20th anniversary edition, which hits stores on September 20th. --Facebook removed the image, with this explanation: "Facebook does not allow photos that attack an individual or group, or that contain nudity, drug use, violence or other violations of the Terms of Use." --However, this nonsense appears to have been resolved, because an uncensored version of the cover is ALL OVER Nirvana's official Facebook page . . . as well as on countless Nirvana and "Nevermind" fan pages. --Facebook has not commented. (--We're assuming the issue pertained to Nirvana's official Facebook page, and as far as we can tell, it wasn't removed from Facebook completely.) The naked baby on NIRVANA'S "Nevermind" cover recently told the "Hollywood Reporter" that he's OK with EVERYONE having seen his boy-parts. --Spencer Elden, who's now 20 years old, said, quote, "Quite a few people in the world have seen my penis. So that's kinda cool." And he's always embraced it . . . he's participated in several re-creations of the cover over the years. --In all those, Spencer was wearing a bathing suit. But now, the original photographer Kirk Weddle wants to do another NUDE version. He says, quote, "Now that Spencer's old enough, I'd like to shoot him swimming nude again. --There's no word what Spencer thinks of that. (--Spencer recreated the shoot when he was 10, 17 and 20. Here they are, along with some other pictures of him.)
Amy Winehouse is Back on the "Billboard" Top 10:

We already knew AMY WINEHOUSE'S music has been selling like crazy since her death. But now we have some hard numbers for you. Amy has reentered the "Billboard" Top 10 . . . at #9. Her album "Back to Black" sold 37,000 copies this week, compared to about 1,000 albums the week before she died. --But keep in mind, the chart is calculated from Sunday to Sunday, and Amy died on Saturday. So that sales boost is only from about a day and a half. We won't see the full impact until next week. --Amy also had two other albums in the top 200 this week: Her first album, "Frank", sold 8,000 copies to land at #57 . . . and her digital-only "Back to Black: B-Sides" EP sold 3,000 copies at #152. Anyway, here's the rest of the Top 10 . . .

1.) "21", Adele (77,000 copies)

2.) (NEW) "Kidz Bop 20" (69,000 copies)

3.) (NEW) "Time of My Life", 3 Doors Down (60,000 copies)

4.) "4", Beyoncé (53,000 copies)

5.) (NEW) "We the Best Forever", DJ Khaled (53,000 copies)

6.) "Red River Blue", Blake Shelton (47,000 copies)

7.) (NEW) "Universal Pulse", 311 (46,000 copies)

8.) "My Kinda Party", Jason Aldean (43,000 copies)

9.) "Back to Black", Amy Winehouse (37,000 copies)

10.) "When the Sun Goes Down", Selena Gomez & the Scene (28,000 copies)

The Beach Boys Will Release a New Album to Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary:

There's been talk about a BEACH BOYS reunion on-and-off for a while now, but it's mostly been about getting back together for a show, or possibly even a tour. --But now, singer MIKE LOVE says the group is hoping to celebrate its 50th anniversary by recording a new album. It would be the group's first since their country album, "Stars and Stripes, Volume 1" in 1996. There never was a Volume 2. --Mike tells, quote, "Brian [Wilson] has written some songs, I've written some songs [and] we're talking very seriously about getting together and co-writing and doing some new music together." --This November marks the 50th anniversary of their first single "Surfin'". Their first album "Surfin' Safari" came out in October of 1962. But any new music probably wouldn't come out until NEXT year. --The goal for the reunion is to include all remaining original members of the band. In addition to Mike, who's 70 years old, and Brian, who's 69 . . . that would be AL JARDINE, who's 68, BRUCE JOHNSTON, who's 69, and DAVID MARKS, who's 62. (--CARL WILSON died in 1998 . . . and DENNIS WILSON passed away in 1983.) (--We can only hope this reunion would also include the greatest drummer this or any other band has ever had: JOHN STAMOS! Yes, John Stamos was a Beach Boy. Don't believe me? He even made it into their "Kokomo" video . . . where his hotness totally upstaged that of Tom Cruise!)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

"Hustler" publisher LARRY FLYNT is offering to let DANIEL TOSH . . . of "Tosh.0" fame . . . run the magazine while he's away for a month. There's no word yet from Tosh, but I think we can all agree that the comedy potential here is THROUGH THE ROOF. (Full Story)

Former "American Idol" champ LEE DEWYZE is engaged. (Full Story)

OLIVIA WILDE was married at 18. Now that she's divorced at 27, she has no idea how to date. She says, quote, "I see the whole thing like someone who's been in a coma and I've come out like, 'Wait, people text message? They text love? How do you text about love??'" (Full Story)

BAM MARGERA was horsing around with a friend on a flight of stairs and fell down them. He says he may have broken his arm and some ribs. (Full Story)

I don't know why I find this so amusing, but I do: It's a picture of RENEE ZELLWEGER walking the streets of Santa Monica with a HUGE Starbucks order. Don't these people have assistants for that? (Photo)

BEN AFFLECK is upset that Congressional Republicans are using a scene from his movie "The Town" as inspiration during their debt ceiling battle with PRESIDENT OBAMA. (Full Story)

This might be getting out of hand now: A Marine has asked SCARLETT JOHANSSON to the ball. Sadly, Scarlett had to decline due to prior commitments . . . but she's sending a case of champagne to make up for it. (Full Story) has put together a list of the Top 25 Tours of the Year So Far. The top five are: U2, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga and Usher. (Full Story)

CHRIS BROWN and KELLY ROWLAND have confirmed that they're touring together this fall. It'll begin in September, but no dates have been announced. (Full Story)

STYX hasn't performed with former singer DENNIS DEYOUNG since 1999 . . . and guitarist TOMMY SHAW recently said he doesn't see them ever reuniting, because, quote, "we weren't even happy working with each other in our heyday." Well, now Dennis says he'd be open to getting back together, because, quote, "I gave that band my life." (Full Story)


Here's What Men Think About Drinking, Cars, Status, Crying, and Punching Their Boss in the Face:

(--Yesterday we gave you the dating and sex results from a huge survey. Today we're moving on to the lifestyle-type stuff.) just released the results of their fourth-annual Great Male Survey. More than 70,000 men responded. Here are some of the highlights of their results on lifestyle-type questions . . .

--The majority of men care what you think of their car. 54% say they know people judge them by their car and they want people to be impressed . . . or, at least they don't want to be EMBARRASSED.

--Do men get manicures and pedicures? 4% of men say they occasionally get a manicure or pedicure. That's the worldwide number. In the U.S. it jumps up to 7%.

--The ultimate "man's drink" is still beer. 35% say beer is the ultimate "man's drink" . . . followed by whiskey at 28% and scotch at 27%.

--The average number of shoes and suits. The average man has four to six pairs of shoes and one to three suits. 16% of men don't own a suit, and 1% own more than ten.

--Men think women are most attracted to abs. 38% say that women appreciate a man's abs the most. 25% think women like arms the most . . . 24% say chest . . . 12% say butt . . . and 1% say legs.

--13% of men never work out. Of the guys who do, 67% do it to feel good or stay healthy . . . only 16% admit they do it to attract women . . . and 4% say they're ADDICTED.

--Men are fine with crying. Only 4% say that real men never cry. 36% say it's OK for a man to cry after a tragedy . . . and 31% say it's fine for men to cry whenever.

--Virtually no men have filed a sexual harassment claim. 78% say they've never been harassed at work. 16% say they have but it didn't bother them . . . 3% say it bothered them but they didn't file a claim . . . and 1% actually took action.

--If you could get away with it, would you punch your boss in the face? 31% say yes. 48% say that they'd punch a co-worker in the face if they could get away with it.

--What is the ultimate male status symbol? Believe it or not, 37% of guys say "a family." 29% said a high-profile career, 23% said a beautiful wife, 7% said a great house, 3% said a great car, and 1% said membership to an exclusive club.

--43% of men don't have a bucket list but would like to make one. I guess they can put "make a bucket list" on their bucket list. (AskMen)

(--If you missed the results from yesterday on dating and sex, check them out here. Tomorrow we'll have the results from the final part of the AskMen Great Male Survey . . . 'The State of Men in 2011.')

For the Seventh Straight Year, Porsche is Voted the Most Appealing Car Brand in the U.S.:

Believe it or not, more people dream of driving a Porsche 911 than a foam green Suzuki hatchback. --Yesterday, J.D. Power and Associates released the results of their annual survey on the most appealing cars in the U.S. For the seventh straight year, Porsche came in first place. Suzuki came in last. --The cars are ranked based on owner evaluations on how gratifying the car is to buy, own, and drive. --The top of the list is dominated by luxury car brands. After Porsche, it goes: Jaguar, BMW, Land Rover, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, MINI, Lincoln, and Cadillac. --Suzuki came in last, just below Subaru. Just ahead of those two are: Jeep, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Dodge, Mitsubishi and Mazda. --Overall, vehicle appeal is at an all time high. The average score for all brands was 781 out of 1,000 . . . up from 778 last year. --The survey also ranked individual models based on their size and segment. Here are some of the big winners . . .

--Best subcompact car: Ford Fiesta.

--Best compact car: Chevrolet Volt.

--Best midsize car: Suzuki Kizashi. (--Even though Suzuki did the worst on the overall brand list, this model is apparently a big winner.)

--Best large car: Dodge Charger.

--Best compact sporty car: Volkswagen GTI.

--Best midsize sporty car: Dodge Challenger.

--Best entry premium car: Lexus IS.

--Best midsize premium car: BMW 5-series.

--Best large premium car: Hyundai Equus.

--Best midsize SUV/crossover: Dodge Durango.

--Best large SUV/crossover: Nissan Armada.

--Best large pickup: Ford F-150.

--Best minivan: Honda Odyssey.

(PR Newswire)

If You Want to Relax . . . Give a Massage?

I guess this explains how masseuses manage to keep their sanity, even with the absolutely filthy bodies and feet they have to stroke and caress on a daily basis. --According to a new study from the University of Bristol in England, GIVING a massage can be just as relaxing as GETTING one. Seriously. --A biologist named Andrew Radford led the study. Quote, "you might be gaining something yourself in being nice, by reducing [someone else's] stress." (MSNBC)

Dogs are No Longer Man's Best Friend . . . They've Been Replaced by Computers:

I don't know about this one, man. My computer is great, but it's never licked my face. --According to a new survey, people roundly believe that COMPUTERS have replaced DOGS as man's best friend. 67% said people rely on their computer more than their dog . . . only 6% said people rely on their dog more than their computer. --Even 38% of dog owners sold out and said that their computers are more important to them than their dogs. (IBN Live)

Here are the Names That are Most Likely to Make You a "Mama's Boy" or a "Daddy's Girl":

A new study has tried to figure out the baby names that lead to kids becoming a "mama's boy" or a "daddy's girl." --And their overall general finding is . . . kids with trendy names are the ones most likely to look to their mom or dad for everything, from daily cuddling to solving all of their problems, big and small.

--The top 10 names for mama's boys are:











--And the top 10 names for daddy's girls are:











--The researchers didn't speculate WHY kids with trendy names are more attached and dependent on their parents. --They study also found that 80% of mothers and 70% of fathers don't believe their children are closer to either parent. --But one out of six parents did admit that they feel closer to one of their children than another. (FemaleFirst)

Cleaning the Bathroom is the Worst Chore . . . and Kids Spend as Much Time Arguing About Chores as Doing Them:

No one likes doing chores, kids are useless when asked to help out, and Mom ends up doing them all. We all knew that, but a new survey by CLR cleaning products has confirmed it. Here's what they found . . . --Six in ten kids never help with chores unless they're asked by their parents. --Even when they're asked, kids don't contribute much. Nearly half of them said they would "do anything" to get out of chores, and half of parents said their kids spend as much time arguing about chores as doing them. --Two out of five kids say that their parents have taken away one of their possessions to try to get them to do chores. And the same number of kids say their parents have offered to buy them a gift in exchange for helping out. --37% of kids say their parents use chores as punishment for things they do wrong. --Mom spends an average of 9.9 hours a week doing chores, more than anyone else in the family. Dad spends 7 hours. Kids only spend 4.9 hours a week. Despite that, 37% of kids say they shouldn't have to do so many chores. --Kids and parents agree that cleaning the bathroom is the worst household chore. And kids are twice as likely as adults to hate doing the dishes. (PR Newswire)

Most Americans Would Help a Neighbor Having Financial Problems . . . and One in Ten Would Let a Neighbor Live With Them:

If you're having financial trouble, maybe this'll cheer you up: The vast majority of Americans say they would help out a neighbor during tough times. --State Farm Insurance sponsored the survey. (--Get it? They're the "Like a Good Neighbor" company.) --Five out of six people say they'd do something to help a neighbor in need. People who live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas are equally willing to help out. --The most popular way to help out is helping an unemployed neighbor look for work. 45% of us are willing to do that. 44% would cook meals for neighbors. --One out of three people would watch their neighbors' kids for free to help them save on childcare costs. --15% of us would lend a neighbor money, and 10% of us would let neighbors live with us for a short time. --Even if there are no money problems, people are willing to help their neighbors out. 46% of us watch our neighbor's home when they're away. --However, three out of five people have a pet peeve about their neighbors. The biggest complaints are out-of-control pets and kids (33%), noise (29%), and poorly maintained property (26%). (PR Newswire)

Without Realizing It, People Think Washing Their Hands Can Cure Bad Luck?

Do you know the superstition about washing your hands for good luck? It's an old belief that you can put bad luck behind you and start with a clean slate by washing your hands. --It's probably related to the phrase 'to wash your hands of it' . . . when you don't want to be associated with the bad consequences of something. --Well apparently, without realizing it . . . people take it literally. --A study at Hong Kong University had students bet real money on a game of chance. After a few games, some people could wash their hands and some couldn't. Then, they got to bet on a few more games. --The researchers found that people who got to wash their hands after losing streaks bet almost TWICE as much as people who didn't get to wash their hands. --The researchers say that we subconsciously believe that washing our hands really CAN remove bad luck . . . even though we would all say that's ridiculous. (Wall Street Journal)

A Woman is Going to Trial Because Her Truck Nutz Violated Obscenity Laws:

We've been BIG fans of TRUCK NUTZ ever since we heard about them. If you aren't familiar, first of all . . . shame on you and your family. Second of all, they're a plastic molding of a man's love satchel that you hang from your trailer hitch. --Anyway, a 65-year-old woman named Virginia Tice from Bonneau, South Carolina is also a BIG FAN of the look. So much so that she bought a nice, bright red-colored pair and hung them off the trailer hitch on her truck. (--Technically, she didn't buy Truck Nutz. She bought their more expensive cousin, Bulls Balls. But Truck Nutz are the better known brand.) --There's only one problem. South Carolina has a law banning obscene bumper stickers. And when some cops spotted Virginia's ornament, they felt like she fell under that law. --On July 5th, she was given a $445 ticket because of her testes. The story didn't hit the press until now. --And her case is actually going to go to TRIAL next month, by request of the Bonneau police chief. He wants a judge to decide and rule whether these and future Truck Nutz can be considered obscene under the bumper sticker law. --In the past, Maryland, Florida, and Virginia have debated the obscenity of Truck Nutz, but none of those states ruled them obscene. --Virginia's attorney says she doesn't want to discuss the case before the trial. (Charleston Post and Courier)

A Man is Injured When He Lights a Cigarette Inside a Port-a-Potty and it Explodes . . . Blame it on the Gas?

On an episode of "MythBusters" about six years ago, they proved that lighting a cigarette in a Port-a-Potty shouldn't make it explode: Even though your feces can produce flammable methane gas, there's not enough to cause an explosion. --Well . . . a member of Australia's Air Force just busted "MythBusters". --On Monday, the guy was in a Port-a-Potty outside the Rockhampton Airport in Queensland, Australia. While he was doing his dirty business in there, he lit up a cigarette. And the Port-a-Potty EXPLODED. --He suffered life-threatening third-degree burns to his head, face, arms, chest, and throat. --Officials wouldn't confirm or deny that it was a methane buildup that caused the explosion. --They DID suggest the explosion could've been somehow connected to a military training exercise that the U.S. is running for Australian soldiers right now. (--In other words . . . somehow this is America's fault.) --About two out of every five people produces waste that gives off methane gas. For an explosion to happen, the concentration of methane in the Port-a-Potty has to be between 10% and 15%. (Courier Mail) (--Here's a video of "MythBusters" trying to make a Port-a-Potty explode.)

A DMV Office in California Was Closed For a Week After a Student Driver Rammed Their Car into It:

We've all THOUGHT about driving straight through the wall of the DMV. Just to show them. But this was supposedly an accident . . . --A student driver in Roseville, California was practicing in the parking lot of the local DMV on Monday around 8:00 P.M. (--Roseville is just northeast of Sacramento.) --But the kid hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and drove through the wall of the building, leaving a hole about three feet tall and four feet wide. Since he was behind the wheel of a car registered to the driving school, we're assuming the instructor was in the car with him. --Which is kind of strange, since by the time police responded they were GONE. So they're treating it as a hit and run. --Local driving schools regularly give lessons in the DMV parking lot after hours, and this is the THIRD time in the last FIVE years that a student has hit the building. --The building's closed this week and maybe longer, depending on how much damage contractors find. Anyone who had scheduled a driving test will be accommodated, they just have to wait outside in the heat on plastic lawn chairs. (Roseville Press Tribune) (--Which means the impossible happened: Visiting the DMV just got suckier. Check out the boarded-up damage and the people waiting outside, here.)


Police in Philly Got a Call About a Guy Sitting Naked on His Porch . . . and Found He was Hoarding 25 Animals Inside:

On Tuesday, the police in Philadelphia got a call: There was a man sitting outside of his house, in broad daylight, NAKED. --But when they got there, they found something MUCH more disturbing than the naked guy . . . although, yeah, he was still there and naked. They found out he was an out-of-control ANIMAL HOARDER. --The Pennsylvania SPCA was called in and found 25 animals altogether . . . some living, some dead. --The animals included four live male pit bulls, one dead female pit bull, a cat, four dead turtles, two living turtles, a tarantula, a live iguana, a dead iguana, domesticated rats, live roosters, and a FOUR-FOOT ALLIGATOR. --Neighbors said they've complained about the smell for years . . . but the cops couldn't get a search warrant. Finally, the call about nudity got them over, they spotted a dead iguana in plain sight . . . and THAT was enough for a warrant. --The man's name is John Pilotti and he'll be charged with animal cruelty. --His son, John Pilotti Junior, was also arrested on Tuesday . . . he attacked a local Fox news reporter and cameraman on live TV when they came over to report on the animal hoarding. (Philadelphia Daily News) (--Here's the video of the reporter and cameraman being attacked.)

A Guy Had His Friend Shoot Him To Win Back an Ex-Girlfriend . . . But She Didn't Even Visit Him in the Hospital:

All guys have fantasized about playing the sympathy card to win back an ex. Because if she feels sorry for you, you might at least get some pity sex. But in reality it's a pretty lame plan . . . especially if you incorporate GUNS. --20-year-old Anthony Cardella lives in Milwaukee. This past January he was upset that his girlfriend had broken up with him. And he decided that the sympathy ploy was his best bet at getting her back. --So he asked a friend . . . 24-year-old Michael Wezyk . . . to shoot him three times, and make it look like he'd been attacked by "some bad guys". That would make his girlfriend feel sorry for him, and increase his chances of getting back together. --Anthony couldn't shoot himself, because he's a convicted felon, and it's illegal for him to handle firearms. So he offered Michael cash and pain pills to do the deed. (--Which would be . . . more legal?) --Instead of shooting Anthony in the back or chest, like he'd requested, Michael shot him once in the arm. Then Anthony asked him to fire again, but Michael said, "I'm done." --Anthony's story began unraveling at the hospital, and they were both convicted of felonies. --And the girl never even bothered to visit him. (Journal Sentinel)

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Want an alternative to vacation bible school? Now your kids can try atheist summer camp. (Full Story)

For everyone who's accidentally killed their goldfish after, like, a week: Two goldfish named Shaggy and Daphne were found alive, in their tank, 134 days after the February earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. They were in a part of downtown that's been off-limits, and they survived for four-and-a-half months by eating algae and three of the other fish in the tank. (Full Story)

A drunk driver killed herself and seven others driving the wrong way on a highway in New York two years ago . . . so her husband is suing the state for not putting up enough "wrong way" signs. (Full Story)

A guy in Phoenix killed his girlfriend because he suspected her of cheating on him . . . then lived with her body for two months. (Full Story)


#1.) Ok Go Released a New Video Shot Entirely Through a Glass Floor

OK GO is the band behind all those crazy music videos . . . like the 'treadmill video' and the one with the Rube Goldberg machine. It's like as their songs get weaker, their videos become more elaborate. The new one is for a song called "All Is Not Lost". --This one features the band wearing spandex body-suits along with the dancers from a group called Pilobolus. And the whole thing is shot looking up through a glass floor. --Near the end, they use their feet to spell out the phrase "All is not lost" in a bunch of different languages. But if you watch the interactive version on the website, you can make them spell anything you want. (--Search YouTube for "Ok Go All Is Not Lost Official Video," or watch the interactive version at They start spelling words at 2:20.)
The Five Male Grooming Mistakes Women Hate the Most:

Guys are getting better at taking care of how they look, but a lot of them still don't care enough. So Yahoo surveyed women on Facebook, and came up with a list of grooming habits men should pay more attention to. Here are the top five.

#1.) Gross Toe Nails. If you like wearing sandals in the summer, it's even more important to keep your nails clean and trimmed. One woman in the survey said too many guys look like they have, quote, "Hobbit feet."

#2.) Having Hair Where You Shouldn't. The least popular place for stray hair was the nose. But ear hair was a close second. --And If you have something that even RESEMBLES a unibrow, do something about it. Just don't go overboard, because women also said they don't want a man's eyebrows to look more sculpted than THEIRS.

#3.) Not Enough Deodorant, or Too Much Cologne. Obviously, it's not very attractive if you stink. So use as much deodorant as you want. --But be careful with cologne, because as I'm sure you know . . . too much can be overpowering. Especially if it's budget. And that includes things like Axe Body Spray.

#4.) Ugly Feet. Most men don't wash their feet well enough in the shower, and they don't use lotion on them when they're dry. And yes, women notice --So if the bottoms of your feet look nasty, try actually scrubbing them when you shower tomorrow. And go spend five bucks on a bottle of lotion.

#5.) Hair That's as Hard as a Rock. Here's the only advice you need: If the wind doesn't move your hair AT ALL, you're using too much gel. (Yahoo)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Kelly Osbourne and Mark Ronson Attended Amy Winehouse's Funeral:

KELLY OSBOURNE and "Back to Black" producer MARK RONSON were among about 150 people who attended the funeral of AMY WINEHOUSE at a Synagogue in North London yesterday. -Kelly wore kind of a mini-beehive . . . which we assume was a tribute to Amy's trademark hairstyle. (--You can see some video of mourners walking into the funeral . . . as well as fans still gathered outside Amy's house, here.) --Amy's dad Mitch spoke at the funeral. Amy's rep says his eulogy was actually FUNNY, as he reminisced about her childhood . . . quote, "It was emotional, it was happy and it was sad. It was everything really." --He concluded by saying, quote, "Goodnight my angel. Sleep tight. Mommy and Daddy love you ever so much." --The ceremony ended with the CAROLE KING song "So Far Away". It was one of Amy's favorites, and a song she and her dad once performed together. Mitch encouraged everyone to sing along. --After the ceremony, Amy was cremated. (--Cremation is actually a violation of Jewish law . . . and Amy WAS given a Jewish funeral. It was conducted by a rabbi, and part of it was in Hebrew. Not sure how they pulled that off.)

Mitch Winehouse Says Amy Died Happy . . . And He Doesn't Believe She Was Doing Drugs:

AMY WINEHOUSE'S father Mitch says that Amy wasn't depressed when she died Saturday. --After Amy's funeral yesterday, he issued a statement saying, quote, "She was the happiest she has been for years. She was not depressed. She saw [her mom] Janis and [her boyfriend] Reg [Traviss] on Friday and was in good spirits. --"That night, she was in her room, playing drums and singing. As it was late, her security guard said to keep it quiet and she did. He heard her walking around for a while and when he went to check on her in the morning he thought she was asleep. --"He went back a few hours later, that was when he realized she was not breathing and called for help. --"But knowing that she wasn't depressed, knowing that she passed away happy . . . it makes us all feel better." --Mitch also said he doesn't believe drugs killed Amy . . . because she's been off them for THREE YEARS. She was still drinking . . . but he said she'd just completed, quote, "three weeks of abstinence." --Traviss . . . her most recent boyfriend . . . added, quote, "She has been full of life and so upbeat recently, exercising everyday and doing yoga. This terrible thing that happened is like an accident." (--Mitch's statement makes it sound like Amy and Reg Traviss were still together when she died. But we've been hearing that he dumped her last month.)

Amy Winehouse Made Sure to Cut Her Ex-Husband Out of Her Will:

AMY WINEHOUSE left behind a fortune of about $16 million. And her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, gets NONE OF IT. --Sources say that when Amy and Blake split in 2009, she made sure to get her financial affairs in order so he wouldn't be able to get his hands on any of it. (--Which is ironic, given that he was pretty much the inspiration behind Amy's "Back to Black" album . . . which is responsible for most of her fortune.) --Amy's money will be divided among her immediate family, which includes her parents, Mitch and Janis, and an old brother named Alex.

Lady Gaga on Amy Winehouse: "Don't Kill the Superstar"?

LADY GAGA talked about the death of AMY WINEHOUSE in a radio interview this week. (--On Channel 94.1, KQCH in Omaha.) And she asked us all to do something very important: DON'T KILL THE SUPERSTAR. --No, I don't know what that means, either. But here's the context: --She said, quote, "It's a lesson to the world. Don't kill the superstar, take care of her soul." -Then she said that she didn't know Amy, but she used to be mistaken for her: Quote, "I was nobody when she was first coming out. I would be on the street and people would go 'Amy'." --"I just remember feeling like I wasn't alone because she was so different." --In her Twitter tribute to Amy, Gaga said, quote, "Amy changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues."

Gene Simmons Actually Proposed to Shannon Tweed Months Ago . . . And Things Haven't Been Very Good Between Them Since:

Don't buy GENE SIMMONS and SHANNON TWEED a wedding gift just yet. --That proposal that aired on "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" last night was taped MONTHS ago . . . and sources say things between them haven't been too hot since. --So anything you've heard Gene and Shannon say in promotional appearances over the last few months may have happened AFTER the proposal. --And that includes Shannon recently telling "People" magazine that she'd moved out of their home, and there was a, quote, "slim chance" of them getting back together. --She added, quote, "You're seeing this happy family, but in my heart, I am dying. I need some sort of commitment. Something has to give." --For what it's worth, Shannon Tweeted on Monday that Gene's proposal was the most shocking moment of her life.
Heather Matarazzo Is Going to Marry Her Girlfriend:

Now that gay marriage is legal in New York, HEATHER MATARAZZO and her girlfriend, Caroline Murphy, are getting hitched. But they're not rushing things. -Heather says, quote, "I always wanted a wedding, not a trip to City Hall." They plan on doing it in the fall or spring.
-Heather is 28. She and Caroline got engaged three years ago. They were going to get married in California a while back, but Proposition 8 passed and put an end to those plans. (--You'd know Heather as Lilly Moscovitz in the "Princess Diaries" movies . . . and as Jamie Kennedy's sister, Martha Meeks, in "Scream 3".)

Is Jennifer Garner Pregnant?

There have been rumors lately that JENNIFER GARNER is pregnant again . . . and she's been denying them. But some pictures popped up yesterday that make it look like she MIGHT have a little extra around her middle. (--Check 'em out here.) (Radar Online) --Jennifer and Ben Affleck have two daughters . . . 5-year-old Violet and 2-year-old Seraphina.

Ben Affleck's Justin Bieber Haircut Is For a Movie:

The debate has been settled. BEN AFFLECK'S Justin Bieber haircut is for a MOVIE. --It's called "Argo", and it's based on the true story of how the CIA used a fake sci-fi movie to rescue Americans during the Iran hostage crisis in 1981. Ben is both directing and starring. GEORGE CLOONEY is producing. (--The CIA actually used footage from an unfinished film called "Lord of Light". You can read a brief description of how the operation went down here. Scroll down to the section titled "Film Version".)

Denise Richards Says Charlie Sheen is No Longer the Man She Fell In Love With:

DENISE RICHARDS has a new book out called "Real Girl Next Door" . . . and yesterday, she was pimping it everywhere she could. --While she pretty much REFUSES to dish any dirt on CHARLIE SHEEN in the book, she did tell MATT LAUER on the "Today" show that the man she fell in love with and married did NOT have tiger blood or Adonis DNA. --She said, quote, "The man I fell in love with is very compassionate, humble, has a wonderful heart. And the behavior that a lot of us saw in the last six months is not the person that I met and fell in love with." --But she added, quote, "He's the father of our daughters and I still care for him very much and want him well . . . he's a survivor and if anyone can pull themselves together, it's Charlie." (--Here's video.) --Denise was also on "The View" yesterday, and she said she hasn't officially been asked to take part in Comedy Central's Charlie Sheen roast . . . but she probably wouldn't be comfortable doing it, since their daughters would eventually see it. --She also discussed the current state of her relationship with Charlie . . . quote, "Today, we're good. We have a very . . . sometimes up-and-down [relationship], but at the end of the day, I'll always be there for him and we have kids together, and it's important for us to maintain a good relationship." (--Here's video from "The View". --One Last Note before we abandon this subject: In her book, Denise reveals that when she first moved into Charlie's place, she discovered that his home was equipped with a safe room, a bulletproof bedroom door . . . --And a FIRE POLE hidden in his closet to get him to the ground floor, in case he had to make a quick escape for some reason.


Red Hot Chili Peppers Singer Anthony Kiedis Cried While Watching Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never":

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS singer ANTHONY KIEDIS has something in common with your 13-year-old daughter . . . and obviously, an awareness of the existence of the Red Hot Chili Peppers isn't it. --Anthony has not only admitted to seeing JUSTIN BIEBER'S "Never Say Never" movie . . . he says it brought TEARS TO HIS EYES. --He tells "Q" magazine, quote, "I [was] on an airplane recently . . . watching 'Never Say Never'. I cried twice during that film and I want the world to know that. --"They were doing this very cheesy giveaway of concert tickets to 16-year-old girls. The cheesiness didn't matter . . . it was the reaction of the kids. When you saw those little girls crying deliriously, I lost it." --Anthony was with producer Rick Rubin at the time . . . and he wasn't immune to Justin's charm either. Anthony explains, quote, "I decided to tell Rick afterwards and he said, 'I was also sobbing during that point in the movie.' There you have it." --Anthony and Rick aren't alone. Back in March, JASON BATEMAN admitted the same thing on "Live! with Regis and Kelly". He said, quote, "[It was] very touching. About midway through the movie, I [was] bawling like a little schoolgirl." --Male or female, we've all teared-up during an embarrassing movie like "Never Say Never". It's always one of those movies that you don't expect to get caught up in, but before you know it, you're wiping away tears . . . covertly, of course.

Scientists Once Claimed that the Saddest Movie in the World Was: "The Champ":

In a study from 16 years ago, researchers said that the saddest movie of all time was "The Champ" . . . the 1979 boxing movie with JON VOIGHT, FAYE DUNAWAY and a then-nine-year-old RICKY SCHRODER. --Specifically, they meant the climax. (SPOILER) That's when the Voight dies in front of his son . . . Schroder, and the kid sobs "Champ, wake up!" (--Here's a clip of that scene.) --"The Champ" was found to "produce more sadness" than "Bambi", which seems to have come in second. (--That's for the death of Bambi's mother, of course.) (--Since this study came out when Justin Bieber was just a toddler, and couldn't include modern tear-jerkers like "The Notebook", "Titanic", and "Marley and Me", we can't really call it legit. But if you're interested in more of the results, you can download the full 22-page .PDF, here.)

The 10 Least Realistic Cowboy Movies of All Time:

With "Cowboys & Aliens" opening on Friday, decided to put together a list of the 10 Least Realistic Cowboy Movies of All Time. "Cowboys & Aliens" clocked in at #7. --This doesn't necessarily mean BAD, just unrealistic. And really, their #1 pic, the 1970 midnight movie classic "El Topo", is a MASTERPIECE of insanity. Anyway, here's the list . . .

#1.) "El Topo", 1970 (--The spiritual journey of a gunfighter. Or something like that. This one truly defies description. You have to see it to understand why.)

#2.) "Billy the Kid vs. Dracula", 1966 (--Yes, this movie was actually made . . . as was a companion piece called "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter". It's not clear how that one escaped this list.)

#3.) "The White Buffalo", 1977 (--Charles Bronson, as Wild Bill Hickok, teams up with Crazy Horse to hunt down a white buffalo.)

#4.) "Back to the Future Part 3", 1990

#5.) "Westworld", 1973 (--A cowboy robot at an adult fantasy theme park goes haywire and starts killing. It's sort of a precursor to "Jurassic Park", which is no surprise, since Michael Crichton wrote and directed it.) (--"The Simpson" did a parody of it where the robots at Itchy and Scratchy Land malfunction.)

#6.) "Wild Wild West", 1999 (--Definitely one of Will Smith's biggest bombs.)

#7.) "Cowboys & Aliens", 2011

#8.) "Undead or Alive: A Zombedy", 2007 (--The title . . . along with the fact that Chris Kattan is in it . . . says it all.)

#9.) "Shanghai Noon", 2000 (--Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan fight bad guys in the Old West.)

#10.) "The Terror of Tiny Town", 1939. (--This one is played straight, but the cast is made entirely of LITTLE PEOPLE. Except technically, they're not Little People . . . because "big people" don't exist in this universe.) (--It probably inspired "Bugsy Malone" . . . the 1976 gangster movie with an all-kid cast that included Jodie Foster and Scott Baio.) (--Anyway, you'll find the list, along with write-ups and video clips for each movie, here.)

There's a Movie About ESPN in the Works:

There's a movie in the works about ESPN. --It's based on the book "Those Guys Have All the Fun" . . . which is basically a complete history of the network, told by past and present personalities and producers . . . (--sorry about all the "p" words.) (???) --There's no word yet how they plan on turning it into a movie. Some people are suggesting something like "The Social Network" . . . and as it turns out, a few of the same producers are involved.

You Can Buy the Dude's Home from "The Big Lebowski" . . . For $2.3 Million:

If you're a huge "Big Lebowski" fan, the ultimate piece of memorabilia is up for sale: The house in Venice, California that JEFF BRIDGES' character, The Dude, lived in is up for sale. Here's the downside: It'll cost you $2.3 MILLION. --That's because it's actually one of SIX one-room bungalows that sit on 10,000 square feet of land . . . and they're all being sold together. --Here's another downside: They've been renovated, so you probably wouldn't recognize any of them as THE DUDE'S ABODE anymore. (--And yes, I realize that was a HORRIBLE joke. But all the blogs are making it.) (--Here are some pics.) (Huffington Post)

"Teen Choice Awards" Update: Kaley Cuoco Is Hosting, Selena Gomez Is Performing:

Fox has announced that KALEY CUOCO will host the "Teen Choice Awards", which will air live on August 7th. (--Kaley plays Penny on "The Big Bang Theory" . . . and she was Bridget on "8 Simple Rules".) --A few performers were also announced: SELENA GOMEZ & THE SCENE, ONEREPUBLIC and JASON DERULO. --Voting is open through Friday, August 5th at

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

--"So You Think You Can Dance" [Performance Show] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"Big Brother 13" [Power of Veto competition] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"America's Got Talent" [Performance Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"Franklin & Bash" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TNT. (--James Van Der Beek guest stars as Janie's fiancé who turns to Peter for legal help.)

--"Hot in Cleveland" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TV Land. (--Jennifer Love Hewitt guest stars as Wendie Malick's daughter.)

--"True Hollywood Story" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on E! (--Snooki from "Jersey Shore" is profiled.)

--"Primetime Nightline: Celebrity Secrets" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Hollywood moms are profiled.)

--"Cee-Lo Green: Talking to Strangers" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Fuse. (--Kelly Rowland performs in this first of a two-part interview with Cee-Lo.)

Linkin Park Is Planning on Putting Out a New Album Next Year:

LINKIN PARK is currently working on material for their next album, and CHESTER BENNINGTON says he'd be "shocked" if it isn't released sometime next year. --Chester wouldn't give any details . . . he just said, quote, "I can tell you that we have a lot of good music, a lot of quality songs." (--Their last album "A Thousand Suns" has sold almost 800,000 copies since coming out last September.)

Former America Singer Dan Peek Has Died:

One of AMERICA'S founders has died. America the band, that is. DAN PEEK died on Sunday. He was 60 years old. There's no word on a cause of death. --Dan quit America . . . the band . . . in 1977 after becoming a Born-Again Christian. He then became a somewhat reclusive Christian pop artist.

Nicki Minaj Has Been Fined $11 for Being Offensive in Jamaica:

NICKI MINAJ performed at something called the Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica last weekend . . . and apparently she was a little TOO R-rated for the locals. --Nicki's "controversial" performance included "foul language," "explicit lyrics" and "sexual dance moves." Jamaica has laws that prohibit performers from doing stuff like that . . . so she was penalized. --A local lawyer "pleaded guilty" to the charges on Nicki's behalf, and she was subsequently fined 1,000 Jamaican dollars. That translates to $11 in U.S. currency. Yeah. $11. (--That's two sandwiches at Subway . . . or one at Quizno's.) --Nicki hasn't commented on the exorbitant fine . . . but she seemed to enjoy her performance. After the show, she Tweeted, quote, "OMG!!! I swear I just had the TIME of my LIFE @ReggaeSumFest in JAMAICA!!!!! --"Jamaica I fell in love tonite! WOWWW!!!!" --Of course, Nicki has been known to use hyperbole on Twitter. --Just last night, she Tweeted, quote, "Cleveland, Ohio u were my favorite city [and] state of the ENTIRE FEMME FATALE TOUR thus Far!!! YES!!! I said it!!!!!! :p SO LIVE!!! WHOA!!!" (--If you're from Cleveland, take comfort in the fact that Nicki didn't have as high praise for Miami, where LEBRON JAMES is now. She merely mentioned the weather . . . and after the show said she, quote, "shut Miami down." That's it.)

Jason Aldean Doesn't Care If People Hate His "Dirt Road Anthem" Raps:

JASON ALDEAN knew he was going to offend at least a few country purists by inserting some hip-hop rhymes into his song "Dirt Road Anthem". But his message to those people is: It's STILL country. --He says, quote, "The song is a country song, I don't care how you slice it. The basis of the song is the exact same thing I talk about in a lot of my songs, it's just a different way of delivering it. --"For a one time deal for me, it's different, cool and unlike anything we've put out." --Jason's instincts are pretty solid because "Dirt Road Anthem" is currently Number One on the "Billboard" Top Country Songs chart. --Jason's bigger point is that he's doing things his way, regardless of what other people say. He continues, quote, "I think from day one I brought my flair to what I do and my version is what I think country music is. --"What I think country music is may not be what everyone else thinks it is."


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

You know those DirecTV commercials with the rich Russian guy who has a tiny pet giraffe? (Video) Well, the dude who plays the Russian, Timothy V. Murphy, is being sued for allegedly assaulting another guy at an L.A. hotel. (Full Story)

Former "American Idol" contestant CASEY ABRAMS . . . the guy who played the upright bass . . . has launched an awareness campaign for IBD, a.k.a. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. (Full Story)

MAROON 5 singer ADAM LEVINE is apparently a huge STEVIE NICKS fan, and on Monday night, she joined him on stage during his show in Hollywood. They performed Stevie's song "Leather and Lace". (Video)

(--Stevie originally sang the song with DON HENLEY. Here's that version.)

SELMA BLAIR gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. She named him Arthur Saint. (Full Story)

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S 13-year-old son Christopher was released from the hospital on Monday night . . . after being injured in a boogie board accident last week. Arnold Tweeted, quote, "I knew Christopher couldn't be stopped!" (Full Story)

MORGAN FREEMAN would like you to know that he did not narrate an ad that attacks a Democrat in Wisconsin . . . even though it sounds like him. (Full Story)

29-year-old former Olympian Jeret "Speedy" Peterson has committed suicide. Officials say he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Jeret won a silver medal in freestyle skiing for the U.S. in 2010. He also competed in 2002 and 2006. There was a suicide note, but no one has revealed what it said. (Full Story)

Wax figures of BRAD PITT and GEORGE CLOONEY have been unveiled in Paris. They're pretty horrid . . . even if you like this sort of thing. (Pictures)


Here's What Men Think About Dating, Prenups, Cheating, Romance, and More: just released the results of their fourth-annual 'Great Male' Survey. More than 70,000 men responded to the survey. Check out some of the highlights when it comes to dating and sex . . .

--It's okay to be dumb if you're loyal. A sense of loyalty is the main thing men look for in deciding whether a woman is relationship material. Loyalty got 35% of the vote. Intelligence came in as the LEAST important trait, at 19%.

--Most guys don't care about prenups, even though they're afraid of losing everything in a divorce. 68% of guys say having their future wife sign a prenup isn't important . . . but 79% say the courts are unfair to men in a divorce.

--At least in survey responses, men won't cheat. 72% say that if they could cheat with no chance of their partner finding out, they wouldn't do it . . . either out of respect, love, morality, or all three. 2% of the men say they already DO cheat.

--Guys are stupidly shallow about weight. A surprisingly high and surprisingly ignorant 47% of the men surveyed say they'd dump a girlfriend if she got too chubby.

--Chivalry isn't dead when it comes to the check. 44% of guys say the guy should pay for the majority of dates until the relationship is established, 21% say he should pay for the majority forever, and 13% say he should pay for ALL of them.

--Women should be careful about Facebook friending their exes. 29% of guys say they're not comfortable with a woman friending her exes. And another 27% say they're only comfortable if they've met the guy before.

--Women with money don't intimidate men anymore. Only 7% of guys say they'd be uncomfortable dating a woman who makes more money.

--A healthy sex life means regular sex. 78% of the guys surveyed said that a healthy sex life means having sex with a partner multiple times a week. 0% said it's healthy to have sex less than once a month.

--The majority of guys have fantasized about their partner's friends. 37% have fantasized about their wife or girlfriend's friends in the past, and 28% more do it regularly. 11% don't do it . . . but say it's a struggle not to.

--Threesomes are the fantasy that guys want the most. 37% say having a threesome is their biggest fantasy.

--Guys think they know when a woman's faking her climax. 55% say they THINK they can tell if a woman is faking, and another 23% say they can DEFINITELY tell if a woman is faking. And 81% are offended by women faking.

--Half of men wouldn't change the size of their junk. 50% say nope, they'd keep it the same size. 31% would make it bigger to feel better about themselves, 19% would make it bigger to satisfy their partner. 0% would make it smaller.

--What makes a woman promiscuous? 34% say it's 10 sexual partners . . . 32% say it's 20 partners . . . 15% say it's 50 partners . . . and 3% say it's 100 partners. 16% say NO number of partners makes a woman promiscuous.

--When do women start losing their looks? 40% say age 40 . . . 23% say age 50 . . . 16% say age 30 . . . 7% say age 60 . . . 1% say age 20 . . . and 15% say never.

--Most guys break up in person. In their last breakup, 55% did it in person. 13% did it on the phone. And then there's THESE guys: 8% shot off a text . . . and 2% used a Facebook message. (AskMen)

A Dog Successfully Stopped a Guy From Sexually Assaulting His Owner:

Here's your HERO OF THE DAY. And it's a DOG. Take a lesson from him, humans. --Around 12:57 A.M. yesterday, a 36-year-old woman in Madison, Wisconsin took her golden retriever for a late-night walk to the dog park. When they got there, she let him off his leash. -The next thing she knew, a man came up behind her, wrapped his arms around her, and started grabbing at her chest. He reeked of alcohol. --The woman screamed, but there was no one around. Her dog heard the scream, though . . . and came running. -The dog instantly sensed his owner was in trouble and started growling, barking, and showing its teeth to the attacker. --The guy ended up running away before the dog could attack. -The woman was shaken up, but otherwise she's okay. -And the police commended the dog for stopping the sexual assault before it escalated. (Madison Capital Times)

Over Half of Diets Fail Within a Week . . . Here are the Top Five Reasons Why:

If you haven't QUITE followed your New Year's resolution to go on a diet, maybe this will make you feel better: If you'd made that same resolution last Wednesday, odds are you'd be back on the French fries and ice cream by today. --According to a new survey, 54% of people say they usually fail on their attempts to diet in less than ONE WEEK. -These are the five main reasons people gave for why their diets fail, in order . . .

#1.) They don't have the willpower to stick with it.

#2.) They don't see any immediate change in their weight or body.

#3.) Diet food is so much more boring than regular food.

#4.) They don't feel supported by others.

#5.) It gets in the way of their social lives too much.

McDonald's Makes Their Happy Meals Healthier . . . Fewer Fries and Mandatory Apples:

If you won't force your kids to eat apples, then dammit, someone's going to. And that someone is now . . . believe it or not . . . McDonald's. Yesterday, McDonald's announced some MAJOR changes to their Happy Meals.

#1.) MANDATORY FRUIT. Before, kids could choose between fries or apples. And, shocker . . . kids almost universally chose fries. Or, we assume their parents forced them to choose apples so the kids chose option three: Tantrum. --Now, every Happy Meal automatically comes with BOTH fries and a fruit or vegetable. It'll usually be apples but it could also be oranges, raisins, pineapple, or baby carrots.

#2.) FEWER FRIES. Before, Happy Meals came with 2.4 ounces of fries. That's been cut by more than HALF, down to 1.1 ounces of fries.

#3.) NO CARAMEL DIPPING SAUCE. Kids who did end up with apples before got a package of high-sugar caramel dipping sauce with them. That's been cut.
#4.) MILK IS THE DEFAULT DRINK. Before, a small soda was the default drink. Now 1% milk is what comes with the Happy Meal, unless a parent specifically requests soda. Fat-free chocolate milk is also a new option. --Overall, these changes make the Happy Meals an average of 20% lower in calories, 15% lower in sodium, and 20% lower in saturated fat. The changes will start rolling out in September. (Daily Finance)

A Skyscraper Was Evacuated for Two Days Because It Shook Violently For 10 Minutes . . . And it Turns Out it was Caused by a Tae-Bo Class:

Earlier this month in Seoul, South Korea, a 39-story skyscraper suddenly started SHAKING VIOLENTLY. It shook for 10 minutes. And the people inside freaked out. --The building was evacuated for TWO DAYS while experts tried to figure out the cause. Was it an earthquake? High winds? A crumbling foundation that was going to make the entire building collapse at any minute? --Nope. After their study, they determined the cause of the shaking was . . . a TAE-BO CLASS. --Apparently, there were 23 middle-aged people in a Tae-Bo class in the building. They were boxing and kicking in rhythm along to the song "The Power" by SNAP. --And, according to an architectural engineering expert, quote, "It just happens that the vibration set up by the Tae-Bo exercises coincided with the resonance frequency unique to the building. --"When a vibration hits the resonance frequency of a certain object, the vibration is amplified and causes excess shaking even from slight movement." --The Tae-Bo class had a new instructor that day who was working the people harder than usual, so that gets the blame. The architects certified that the building is totally safe. (Korea Times)

Get a Jump on Halloween by Buying this New Casey Anthony Mask:

Want to get an early jump on your offensive, topical Halloween costume for the year? --When everyone else dresses up as a zombie AMY WINEHOUSE or bullet-ridden OSAMA BIN LADEN, you'll be the only a-hole at the party wearing THIS CASEY ANTHONY mask. --The mask showed up on eBay with the headline "Casey Anthony latex rubber mask, [extremely] rare." The description says that only nine of these masks were made. --The auction ends today at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. And if you want the mask it's going to cost you . . . it's already over $2,000. (eBay)

A Family in South Carolina Has Won Nearly $16 Million in Three Lottery Jackpots Over the Past 20 Years:

This just seems unfair. How can one family POSSIBLY be this lucky --Back in 1991, Amy McCauley of Fort Mill, South Carolina won $15.5 MILLION in the New York lottery. And rather than just call it a day and retire from the lottery, she kept playing. --In 2007, almost 16 years later, Amy won AGAIN . . . she won a $161,172 jackpot in a drawing called the Carolinas Cash 5 game. --And now, earlier this month, her DAUGHTER, Kimberly McCauley, took over the lucky streak and won the family's THIRD big jackpot. --Kimberly took down a $100,000 jackpot in a scratch-off game called '10 Times the Money.' --Other than their jackpots, Amy also won a couple $1,000 prizes in other scratch-off games in 2009. --Added up, the family is close to $16 MILLION in lottery winnings. (Charlotte Observer)


Police in Denver Had to Break Up a Brawl Between a Brother and Sister . . . Because They Were Fighting Over the Bathroom:

Ever since indoor plumbing was invented, brothers and sisters have been fighting over the bathroom. It's an ancient tradition. And with that many fights . . . occasionally something's going to go bad. --Two weeks ago in Denver, a brother and a sister got into a fight over a clogged drain in the bathroom. Things escalated . . . the sister PUNCHED her brother . . . he put her in a headlock . . . and she BIT him. Their names and ages weren't released. --The police had to be called in to break it up. But neither one wanted to press charges, so no arrests were made. (Denver Post)

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

PayScale did a list of the 13 best-paying college careers, and they're ALL engineering . . . except for Physics, Math, Computer Science, and Economics.
(Full Story)

A guy in New York who loves "CSI" set up a complex plot of three fake crimes, and coached witnesses, all to frame his ex. And they actually arrested her. Now the truth is coming out. (Full Story)

Police in Iowa say a woman was assaulted with a bratwurst Monday night . . . because she refused to fight with a homeless woman? (Full Story)

On Sunday morning in New Hampshire, a 70-year-old grandmother found a guy in her house, naked and making a sandwich . . . so she fought him off with a baseball bat. (Full Story)

A week and a half ago in Pennsylvania, a guy tripped over his cat, stabbed himself in the chest with a steak knife, and had to go to the hospital. But now he's fine. (Full Story)

Want to give up cocaine? According to a new study . . . just start smoking weed. (Full Story)

Cops in Australia had to use pepper spray to subdue a rogue kangaroo that attacked an elderly human in the outback. (Full Story)


#1.) A Crazy Guy with a Screwdriver Tried to Hijack a Subway Train in New York . . . but the Passengers Stopped Him:

A crazy guy with a screwdriver tried to hijack a subway train in New York on Monday. The train was stopped when 42-year-old Richard Arrocho managed to climb in through the train conductor's window, and tried to stab him. -Then, apparently Arrocho actually managed to get the train going. But either he or the conductor stopped it at the next station. Then passengers helped the conductor keep him there until police arrived. No one was hurt. --The whole ordeal lasted about ten minutes, and the "New York Daily News" website has cell phone footage that shows about two minutes of it. --It shows passengers trying to get through a locked door to help the conductor. Then the conductor RUNS OUT and leaves the crazy guy alone at the controls. --But the passengers don't let Arrocho re-lock the door, and eventually he starts to calm down. But at the end of the video, they're still in the middle of a stand off. --Arrocho was arrested for felony attempted assault and three other charges. Police say he's been arrested at least 40 other times since 1985, and has a history of mental illness. (--Search for "Motorman on No. 5 Train Attacked by Screaming Man Wielding a Screwdriver." The passengers get in at :35, and the conductor runs out at :40. WARNING: This video includes the F-word and the S-word.)

#2.) Steve Carell is in a New "Crazy, Stupid Love" Promo Where He Yells at Executives for Not Making His Head Big Enough on the Poster:

STEVE CARELL'S new movie "Crazy, Stupid Love" comes out this Friday. And to promote it, there's a new parody on where he yells at the studio executives for not making his head big enough on the poster. --His agent says it's in his contract that Steve's head has to be at least 20% bigger than anyone else's. But he literally just wants his HEAD to be bigger . . . not the rest of his body. (--Search for "Steve Carell's Movie Poster Contract.")

#3.) A New Song That's Not as Bad as Rebecca Black . . . But Is Still Pretty Bad:

There's a new song called "Summertime" that's almost as lame as Rebecca Black's "Friday". Almost. It's by The Lady Tigra and my favorite line is, quote, "Moonlight, moonlight, animals and insects. Moonlight moonlight, riverbeds, planets. Moonlight, moonlight, stay up, go to bed. Moonlight moonlight, kissing, hot sex." (--Search for "Yeti Beats presents THE LADY TIGRA in "Summertime" featuring Fatlip.")
Six Outdated Resume Rules You Should Ignore:

Some of the tips that helped land job interviews ten years ago just don't work anymore. Here are six outdated resume rules you should ignore.

#1.) Your Resume Can Only Be One Page. Two-page resumes are common now. If you're young and don't have much experience, stick to one page. Otherwise, two's fine.

#2.) Your Resume Should List Every Job You've Had. Actually, this was NEVER a good tip. Your resume should make you look as qualified as possible. So if you dressed up as a toy soldier outside FAO Schwarz 10 years ago, and it has nothing to do with the job you're applying for, don't list it.

#3.) Putting "References Available Upon Request" at the Bottom. Hiring managers already assume that if they want a reference, you'll provide one. So writing it out just takes up an extra line and makes you look old.

#4.) You Should Have an "Objective" at the Top of Your Resume. Companies don't care about it anymore. And if it doesn't perfectly fit the position you're applying for, it might actually hurt your chances. Some people list their career highlights or skills where the objective used to go. Or you can just leave it out.

#5.) You Should Be More Formal When You Write Your Cover Letter. These days, the best resumes and cover letters are somewhat conversational. And if you're too formal, you either sound stiff or dishonest.

#6.) A Few Days After Submitting Your Resume, Make a Follow-Up Phone Call. A phone call used to be the only way to make sure your resume got there. But now, getting an extra phone call in the middle of work can be annoying. --So as long as you send it to the right email address and remember to attach the file, you're fine. And if you DO need to contact them again, do it over email. (U.S. News & World Report)