Thursday, August 4, 2011


People Used to Tell Lea Michele She Was Too Ugly to Make It:

Success is particularly sweet for "Glee" star LEA MICHELE . . . because of all the people who told her she was TOO UGLY to make it. --She says, quote, "How many managers told me, 'Get a nose job. You're not pretty enough?' But I proved them wrong." (--Speaking of Lea . . . she will NOT be starring in the Broadway revival of "Funny Girl". A lot of people pegged her for the lead, because it's one of Barbra Streisand's signature roles . . . and Lea is so often compared to a young Barbra.) (--But Lea can't do it because of her "Glee" schedule. So Lauren Ambrose from "Six Feet Under" got the part.)

Chris Martin Won't Work with Gwyneth Paltrow Because He Doesn't Want to Lose Cred with his Fans . . . And She's Cool with That:

GWYNETH PALTROW has kind of a budding music career. But one person she won't turn to for help is her husband, COLDPLAY singer CHRIS MARTIN. He won't get involved in her music . . . and she understands. --She says, quote, "He makes music for his fans, and he doesn't want people to conjure a lame famous couple when they're getting into his music. I get it." --Gwyneth also admits that everything's not always perfect between them. --She says, quote, "Sometimes it's hard being with someone for a long time. We go through periods that aren't all rosy. I always say, life is long and you never know what's going to happen." --She adds, quote, "If, God forbid, we were ever not to be together, I respect him so much as the father of my children. Like, I made such a good choice. He's such a good dad. --"You can never be relaxed or smug and think, 'I've got this thing.' That's also part of it: keeping yourself on your toes. I'm not going to take this for granted."

Lance Bass Wants to Get Married:

Count LANCE BASS among those members of the gay community who WANT to get married. --Lance says, quote, "I definitely want that. I'm a Southerner. We dream of having the family and the kids, and the parents want grandkids, that's all they care about, give me some grandbabies." --It's too early for Lance to say he's got the right guy . . . but he does currently have someone. He says, quote, "I haven't had a boyfriend in four years, but now it's getting there." --The reason Lance hasn't had what he'd consider a boyfriend in so long is because he's decided not to jump so quickly into relationships anymore . . . quote, "I'm a serial dater. When I see someone I like, we go on multiple dates. --"In my older age, I've learned to take things slower, because I used to be that total-fall-in-love-after-a-day guy. -"I've learned, you can have those feelings, but you don't have to show that. Then you don't have to worry about them saying, 'He was my boyfriend.'"

"Police Academy" Superstar Bubba Smith is Dead:

BUBBA SMITH . . . the NFL legend who went on to star in a series of cop-comedy movies but did NOT tarnish his legacy by slicing two people's throats . . . was found dead in his home yesterday. He was 66. --Police responded to a 911 call from Bubba's Los Angeles home at about 1:00 P.M. yesterday, but he was already gone when they arrived. Officials believe he died of natural causes. --After a nine-year career in the NFL, which included collecting a ring for winning Super Bowl 5 with the Colts, Bubba played Moses Hightower in the first six "Police Academy" movies. He was NOT in the seventh. (--Good to know the guy had standards.) --Bubba played college ball for Michigan State, and was the top pick in the 1967 draft. In his day he was one of the most feared defensive ends in the game. --Bubba also made numerous TV guest appearances, on shows including "Good Times", "Charlie's Angels", "Wonder Woman", "MacGyver" and "Married: With Children". --He was also among several retired players who did Miller Lite commercials in the early '80s. (--Here's one of the classics. And here's another great one, in which he rips the top off a can.)

IT'S ON!!! Kelly Osbourne Calls Christina Aguilera a "Fat [B-word]":

I'm going to go ahead and say IT'S ON between KELLY OSBOURNE and CHRISTINA AGUILERA . . . after Kelly called Christina a "FAT [B-WORD]" on E! Oh, and she also called her the C-WORD. --Kelly was shooting a segment for E!'s "Fashion Police", when a photo of Christina in a tight black dress came up. After JOAN RIVERS commented that Christina looked like "Snooki's Scandinavian cousin", Kelly went off. --She said, quote, "Maybe she's just becoming the fat [B-word] she was always born to be. I don't know. She was a [C-word] to me. And she bought my house!" --Kelly then explained why she was being so ruthless . . . quote, "She called me fat for so many [effing] years, so you know what? [Eff] you, you're fat too!" (--We await a reply from Christina.) (--Here's a 2003 report from "Access Hollywood" on Christina and Kelly's feud . . . and it looks like KELLY STARTED IT.)
Did Demi Lovato Give Her Take on the Amy Winehouse Situation With a Sticker on Her Cell Phone?

DEMI LOVATO may have given her take on the AMY WINEHOUSE situation Tuesday night, with a sticker on her cell phone. --It said, quote, "Heroin killed the radio star." (--Here's a picture.) (Celebuzz) --There's no word whether Demi meant it as a comment on Amy's death . . . but the sticker is part of a product line called Sober Is Sexy. (--Here's their website. As you can see, they did appropriate Amy Winehouse's image for some of their merchandise.)

Tony Bennett Will Release His Duet with Amy Winehouse As a Charity Single:

Before her death, AMY WINEHOUSE recorded "Body and Soul" with TONY BENNETT for his upcoming album, "Duets 2". And yesterday, Tony announced that he's going to release it as a CHARITY SINGLE. --He said, quote, "[The proceeds are] going to a foundation that her father started to teach all the young children not to take drugs."

Sarah Jessica Parker Won't Use Her Celebrity to Get Ahead:

Don't try to give SARAH JESSICA PARKER any special favors just because she's famous . . . because she doesn't want them. Or so she says. --She tells "USA Today", quote, "I never wanted to be a celebrity; I never wanted to be famous. And in my daily life, I work really hard to not trade on it in any way. --"I am so desperately worried about anybody saying, 'She cut in line' or 'She took our table' or 'She got out of jury duty' or 'She doesn't do her own grocery shopping.' --"I do wait in line, and I do take the subway, and I do do my own grocery shopping, and I do take the kids to school."


"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Hits Theaters Tomorrow . . . Here's the Trailer You Might Not Have Seen Yet:

#1.) "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (PG-13)

James Franco's new Alzheimer's drug has the side effect of boosting intelligence in chimps. His first test subject lives with him as a member of the family . . . until they're forced to lock him up. That's when he breaks out and starts an ape revolution. --Andy Serkis plays Caesar, the first chimp test subject, using the same motion-capture technology he used to play King Kong, and Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies. And the facial expressions are pretty amazing. --"Slumdog Millionaire" minx Freida Pinto plays Franco's girlfriend, and John Lithgow is his father. And you might not recognize him at first in the trailer, but that's Tom Felton . . . a.k.a. Draco Malfoy from "Harry Potter" . . . as the A-hole taunting Caesar. (Trailer #3) (Trailer #2) (Trailer #1) (Comic Prequel)

#2.) "The Change-Up" (R)

Jason Bateman is a family man, and Ryan Reynolds is his bachelor best friend. And in an incredibly original plot twist, they wake up one morning having switched bodies. Leslie Mann plays Bateman's wife, and Olivia Wilde is his sexy co-worker. (Trailer) (Redband Trailer)

PETA Actually Likes "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" . . . Because the Apes are the Heroes and Humans are the Villains:

PETA is constantly letting us know what they DON'T like . . . so it's kind of refreshing to hear about something they DO like. --PETA has given its seal of approval to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" . . . and they've also given director RUPERT WYATT their annual "Proggy Award", on the basis of the movie's animal-friendliness. --In addition to the movie's message, PETA is also grateful to the filmmakers for not using real apes. --PETA says, quote, "Rupert explained that a big theme of this movie is humanity's mistreatment and abuse of captive apes. Apes are the heroes of this film, and humans are the villains. --"And Rupert said he couldn't imagine a worse way of undercutting that message than by using real apes in the movie's production." (--"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" opens tomorrow.)
Ashton Kutcher's "Two and a Half Men" Character Will Be an "Internet Billionaire":

At a TV press event yesterday, CBS exec Nina Tassler provided some details on ASHTON KUTCHER'S "Two and a Half Men" character. --She said his name will be Walden Schmidt . . . and he'll be a, quote, "Internet billionaire with a broken heart. [He's] unique." It's unclear if he'll be related to the other one-and-a half men . . . like CHARLIE SHEEN'S character was. --Naturally, Tassler was asked questions about Charlie Sheen . . . but she avoided most of them, and shifted the focus to the future with the new cast. However, if you read between the lines, she did drop in some passive aggressive digs. --When asked what they learned from the Charlie Sheen fiasco, she said, quote, "Oh where do I begin? What we learned is that we have an extraordinary cast . . . --"There is great value in hiring an actor like Ashton. He's extra professional, a funny, talented gifted actor who comes with a tremendous amount of commitment and enthusiasm . . . [we're] moving forward to create an exciting new character and deliver a great show." --She added, quote, "We're worlds apart" from where things were six months ago. --Earlier this week, reported that the season premiere will feature the funeral of CHARLIE SHEEN'S character, Charlie Harper. --Tassler wouldn't comment on that. She merely said, quote, "I know that's out there, but I'm not going to confirm or deny that. The mystery is a part of the marketing." The season premiere airs September 19th.

"CSI" Updates: Marg Helgenberger Is Leaving "CSI" Halfway Through the Season . . . and There's a Video Preview Featuring Ted Danson:

CBS has announced that MARG HELGENBERGER will be leaving "CSI" halfway through the upcoming season. Marg has played Catherine Willows since the show began, 11 years ago. --One of the show's producers says, quote, "Marg will be around through January, so Episode 12. People come and go and come back, so hopefully when we say goodbye, that won't be the last time we see her." --There aren't any details on how her character's departure will be explained. --Also, "Entertainment Weekly" has a preview clip featuring TED DANSON, who's replacing LAURENCE FISHBURNE on the upcoming season. --The producers say the show will take on a more light-hearted tone than it has in recent years, and you can definitely see how Ted's character is part of that in the clip. (--You can watch it, here.)

ABC Family and the CW Are Gay Enough for GLAAD . . . But TBS Isn't:

GLAAD . . . the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation . . . has released its annual "Responsibility Index", which grades the major networks on their depiction of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender . . . or "LGBT" . . . characters on TV. --ABC Family earned an "excellent" rating, and several networks got "good" ratings. Those went to the CW, Fox, ABC, Showtime, TNT, HBO, AMC and Syfy. --NBC and CBS both earned "adequate" ratings, while "failing" grades went to A&E and TBS. They both also failed last year. (--You can download a VERY comprehensive .PDF of GLAAD's complete report, here.) (--By the way, if you guessed that "Glee" is the show with the most gay characters on broadcast TV right now, you'd be correct. "Glee" is up to a total of five regular or recurring LGBT characters: openly gay Kurt and Blaine, secret lovers Santana and Brittany, and closeted bully Dave Karofsky.)

The Most Popular Star in Primetime Is . . . Pauley Perrette from "NCIS"?

"NCIS" is a strange phenomenon. It's one of those rare shows that actually IMPROVES in the ratings year-to-year. Last season . . . the show's 8th . . . was its highest rated, averaging 19.5 million viewers per episode. --In fact, it was the fifth most-watched show in primetime last season, behind "American Idol" performance and results shows . . . "Dancing with the Stars" performance shows . . . and "NBC Sunday Night Football". --So, I guess it should be no surprise that FIVE of our SEVEN favorite primetime stars come from "NCIS" . . . but to me, it's still hard to believe. --This is according to the new "Q Ratings" report . . . "a survey taken a few times a year to judge who are the most popular stars, based on audience awareness."

--Here are the Top Seven Most Popular Primetime Stars:

1.) Pauley Perrette . . . who plays Abby Sciuto on "NCIS"

2.) Cote de Pablo . . . who plays Ziva David on "NCIS"

3.) Jim Parsons . . . who plays Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory"

4.) Mark Harmon . . . who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs on "NCIS"

5.) David McCallum . . . who plays Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on "NCIS"

6.) Nathan Fillion . . . who plays Richard Castle on "Castle"

7.) Michael Weatherly . . . who plays Anthony DiNozzo on "NCIS"

Tommy Lee Rejected "Dancing with the Stars" . . . but Roseanne Barr Will Do It, If They Buy Her a New Hip:

MOTLEY CRUE drummer TOMMY LEE has turned down "Dancing with the Stars". He Tweeted, quote, "OK! Ready for the funniest [crap] EVER!!! 'Dancing with the Stars' just offered me a spot on the show!! I've never hit the PASS button so quick." --Meanwhile, ROSEANNE BARR says she, quote, "really wants to do" "Dancing with the Stars" . . . but she says she's gonna need a hip replacement first. --She Tweeted, quote, "I've told the producers of ['Dancing with the Stars'] for the last three seasons that if they spring for my hip replacement surgery, I'll come on." Sadly, there's no indication the show is interested in taking her up on that.

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

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

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

--"Wilfred" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on FX. (--Jane Kaczmarek guest stars as a new love interest for Ryan.)

--"Louie" . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on FX. (--Dane Cook and Bob Saget guest star as themselves.)

--"Jersey Shore" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on MTV. (--The cast kick off their new season in Florence, Italy.)

--"The Green Room with Paul Provenza" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Showtime. (--Lewis Black, Ron White, Kathleen Madigan and Jamie Kilstein guest.)

--"Childrens Hospital" . . . 12:00 A.M to 12:15 A.M. on Adult Swim. (--Alicia Silverstone guest stars as Kelly, Dr. Maestro's secret wife.)

Meat Loaf Says One of His Reported Faintings Was Bogus:

The Incredible Fainting MEAT LOAF has unleashed a video message to clarify how many times he's fainted in the past week. Turns out it's ONCE. --Meat Loaf says TMZ jumped the gun in reporting that he "fainted" for a second time on Sunday. He says his asthma was bothering him, so he decided to lie down on the ground and was hooked up to an oxygen machine . . . but he did NOT faint. (--Here's his amusing video.) (--By the way, there's a decent chance Meat Loaf fainted after recording that video. He gets a little worked up, and doesn't seem to be working in enough calm, collected breaths.) (--Of course, if he DID faint at the end . . . or even PRETENDED to . . . it would've been GOLD.)

Is Kings of Leon Having Clips of Their Troubled Last Show Removed from the Internet?

It wasn't very ROCK 'N' ROLL for KINGS OF LEON to end their show early last weekend because CALEB FOLLOWILL'S voice didn't feel right. And it's also not very rock 'n' roll to go around the Internet pulling down videos of that botched show. --But supposedly, that's what's happening. "Rolling Stone" says that the band's management has had several fan-shot videos from the show removed from YouTube. --It's unclear what the point of that would be, but "Rolling Stone" suggests that they're either trying to "stifle the story" or to, quote, "obscure evidence that could lead insurers to believe that [Caleb] was drunk rather than exhausted." --According to reports, the band's insurer may have to shell out around $15 million to cover the cost of the band canceling the rest of its U.S. tour. (--For what it's worth, as of late last night, numerous videos from the show were still up on YouTube.)

Watch Avril Lavigne Shriek When a Fan Runs Onstage in Brazil:

On Tuesday, AVRIL LAVIGNE had a little situation during her performance in Brazil. Just as she was about to sing COLDPLAY'S "Fix You" . . . a wild "fan" ran onstage. --Avril's security . . . a.k.a. her brother Matt . . . grabbed the fan just as he got to Avril. She was fine, and laughed about it afterwards . . . but she did SCREAM when all the commotion was happening. (--Here's video. The fan runs onstage 30 seconds in.)

Eric Church is #1 on "Billboard" . . . and Amy Winehouse Cracks the Top 5:

Country singer ERIC CHURCH scored his first #1 album this week. His third album, "Chief", sold 145,000 copies to top the "Billboard" chart. --In the wake of her death, AMY WINEHOUSE'S "Back to Black" reentered the top 5, hitting #4 with 54,000 copies. Another one of her albums, titled "Frank", sold 12,000 copies down in 33rd place. That album had been selling about 1,000 copies a week before she died.

1.) (NEW) "Chief", Eric Church (145,000 copies)

2.) "21", Adele (83,000 copies)

3.) (NEW) "Here I Am", Kelly Rowland (77,000 copies)

4.) "Back to Black", Amy Winehouse (54,000 copies)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

JERRY LEWIS will not appear on the annual muscular dystrophy telethon this year . . . and the Muscular Dystrophy Association says he's no longer their national chairman. There's no word why. (Full Story)

KATE MIDDLETON, LADY GAGA, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and COLIN FIRTH are just a few of the stars who've made "Vanity Fair's" 72nd annual International Best-Dressed List. (Full Story)

Here's a video report with footage of the ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER museum that has opened in Arnold's hometown of Thal, Austria. (Full Story)

OZZIE GUILLEN . . . the Venezuelan-American manager of the Chicago White Sox . . . called SEAN PENN a LOSER, for his support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. (Full Story)

RIHANNA is reportedly dating a guy from Barbados who she dated back before she was famous. (Full Story)

On Tuesday, just hours after REDMOND O'NEAL was busted for heroin possession, his older brother GRIFFIN was hospitalized following a head-on collision in San Diego. (Full Story)

The younger brother of "Modern Family" minx SOFIA VERGARA was deported back to Colombia in May . . . after being arrested nearly 30 times over the past 10 years. (Full Story)

The "New York Daily News" has put together a photo gallery of celebrities who haven't aged well. The usual suspects are there, like MELANIE GRIFFITH and MICKEY ROURKE. But I think they got more than a few of them wrong. (Gallery)

Season Six "Bachelorette" ALI FEDOTOWSKY underwent surgery on her leg last month . . . and as a result, she had to push back her wedding. There's no word on a new date yet. By the way, she injured her leg kickboxing. (Full Story)

ABC is developing a "family comedy" called "The Manzanis". KIRSTIE ALLEY is onboard to star as "a very opinionated wife and mother who, along with her family, the Manzanis, moves to a repressed country-club town." (Full Story,)


Would You Rather Give Up Sex, Showering, Shoes . . . Or Your iPhone?

There have been a rush of studies lately showing how CRAZY we are for our smartphones. And yet . . . the numbers from this latest one STILL seem ridiculous. --According to a new survey by the GPS company TeleNav, here are some of the things people would rather give up than their smartphone . . .

--22% would rather give up their toothbrush than their phone for a week. For iPhone users, that jumps to 40%.

--70% would give up alcohol, 63% would give up chocolate, and 55% would give up caffeine.

--33%, or one out of three, would rather give up SEX than their phone. And, for what it's worth, 70% of those were women.

--21% would go without being able to WEAR SHOES before giving up their phone. Again, iPhone users were more likely to choose their phones over shoes, at 43%.

--And 22% would happily not see their significant other if they could have their phone. (TeleNav)

One Out of Every Eight People Has Completely Stopped Carrying Cash:

It's entirely possible that kids born three or four years from now may never really know what CASH is. --According to the latest reports out of the U.K., one out of eight people has now completely stopped carrying any cash or coins. They're going straight credit and debit card, we assume . . . we doubt they're just running around writing checks. --And 50% of people say they expect cash and coins to basically disappear in the near future. (Daily Mail)

Of the Big Online Shopping Sites, Ships Your Stuff the Fastest . . . is the Slowest:

If you're buying stuff from because you don't want to deal with the crowds, lines, and unkempt mullets of their stores . . . bad news. They'll STILL find a way to make you angry. --According to a new study, has the worst shipping times of any major shopping site. It takes them an average of 5.5 days to get you your stuff . . . which is tied with and for the longest waits. has the fastest shipping . . . they get you your stuff in an average of 1.5 days. They just beat out and, which both average 2.5 days. Amazon came in fourth, with an average of three days. (Consumerist) (--Check out the full list here.)
Women's Feet are Getting Larger . . . and Women aren't Happy About It:

For whatever reason, women think they're supposed to have small feet. As in, small feet are dainty and ladylike . . . and big feet are like Sasquatch or a clown. --So here's some bad news out of the UK: Statistically, women's feet are getting bigger. Over the last 20 years, the average female shoe size has gone from a six-and-a-half to an eight. That's a pretty big jump. --And not surprisingly . . . women are NOT happy about it. --According to a survey, 82% of women who wear a size ten or bigger say they're ASHAMED of their shoe size. --So ashamed that they don't even like to go shoe shopping . . . 67% of women's size 10-and-a-half shoes are bought online instead of in a store. --64% of those women say they don't like going to a shoe store because they're embarrassed to ask for their size . . . 36% say their least favorite part is whipping out their feet in public. And 47% of women have lied to their friends about their shoe size. --As for WHY this is happening, experts think women's feet are becoming broader, not longer . . . and it's because average height and body weight has increased. --But that's kind of a depressing explanation, so WE interpret things this way, ladies: Since having bigger feet just comes with having more height . . . height is directly connected to a population that's healthy, eating well, and living well. --For reference, a few famous women with size nine or bigger feet are Nicole Kidman, Paris Hilton, Kate Winslet, Geena Davis and Michelle Obama. (PR Newswire)

A Survey Figures Out the Age When Married Couples Stop Kissing:

Here's a reminder to give your husband or wife a kiss tonight. Just do it. You don't want to become a statistic. And, while you're there, give 'em a nice firm honk on the genitals for me too. --A new survey out of the U.K. tried to figure out the age when married couples basically stop kissing each other on a regular basis. And the answer is . . . AGE 45. --By 45, the majority of married couples don't kiss very often . . . and at least one out of five go more than a week between kisses. When they do kiss, it generally lasts under five seconds. --Married couples between ages 18 and 25 kiss the most . . . they kiss about twice a day and most of those kisses last longer than five seconds. --For what it's worth, age 45 doesn't definitively mean you're done kissing. The survey DID find that 5% of couples over 45 kiss more than 30 times a week.
(The Telegraph)

One in Three Employees are Workplace Hoarders . . . and Their Messy Desks Cost Them Promotions:

If the desk in your office is messy, you might be a workplace hoarder. A new study by CareerBuilder found that more than one in three employees keep too much junk on their desk. --Women were slightly more likely to hoard than men, 38% to 32%. --32% of workers say that more than half of their desk surface is covered with work, office supplies, and knick knacks. 15% say that more than three quarters of their desk is covered. --One of the things that's toughest for hoarders to part with are print-outs of files. 48% of employees admitted to keeping print-outs of files that are already stored on their computer. --36% of employees have paper files that are more than a year old. One in seven people have files that are five years old, and one in 20 have papers more than a decade old. --It's your desk, so who cares what you keep, right? Well, your boss does, actually. 39% of bosses said that piles of paper cause them to think less of an employee. 31% say it makes them look disorganized, and 13% say it makes them look messy. --Nearly three out of 10 bosses say they would be less likely to promote someone who had a disorganized or messy work area. (PR Newswire)

People Who Live to 100 Years Old are Just as Unhealthy as the Rest of Us . . . They Just Have Good Genes:

If you eat right, exercise, and avoid bad habits, you might live to be 100 years old. Or you could do whatever you want . . . and maybe still make it there. --A study by Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that people who live to 100 have all the same bad habits we do. --They followed the lives of 477 people between the ages of 95 and 112, and the results were published in the new issue of the "Journal of the American Geriatrics Society". --They showed that people who live to 100 smoke, drink, eat poor diets, don't exercise, and are obese, all at about the same rate as the rest of the population. --The reason they lived so long is . . . good genes. The study concluded that genetic makeup is a strong predictor of longevity. --Other studies have found the same thing. In the 1970s, a study found that 100-year-olds got cardiovascular disease and cancer about as often as people who died earlier. Their genetic makeup helped them fight off the diseases. --But the researchers warned that the results SHOULDN'T be used as an excuse to keep up all your bad habits. Living well can help fend off some illnesses and improve quality of life. --Also, the old people in the study lived in an era when obesity was not as common as it is now. People also got more exercise from climbing stairs and walking than we do now. So the results may not hold up with our lifestyle. (Yahoo)

75% of Cat Owners Sometimes Wish They Could Be a Cat:

You know those stereotypes about crazy cat owners? Surveys like this REALLY don't help things. --According to a survey of cat owners by Whiskas, 75% of cat owners say they sometimes kinda wish THEY could be cats. --Here's why. 90% are jealous of their cat's independence, lack of responsibility, and life of leisure. 50% are jealous of how much cats get to sleep. --41% say they wish they could be as relaxed as their cats . . . and 36% wish they could be as agile as their cats. (FemaleFirst)

The Ukraine Wants to Cut Down on Restaurants That Keep Drunken Bears Around For Entertainment?

I never support cruelty to animals . . . but I can't help but think this would be AMAZING to see. Apparently, in the Ukraine, there are about 80 restaurants that have PET BEARS . . . who get DRUNK on vodka for the customers' entertainment. --This is a relic of when the Ukraine was part of the USSR. Tamed bears were a major form of entertainment. --Now politicians in the Ukraine are trying to end the drunken bear shows . . . they say it tortures the animals and makes the country look bad. They're working on a law that would liberate the bears and place them in a wildlife sanctuary. (Reuters)

More Gourmet Restaurants Are Offering 'Nose-to-Tail' Dining . . . Where They Use the Entire Animal:

You probably learned in grade school that when Native Americans killed a buffalo, they used every part, so nothing was wasted. And supposedly a lot of gourmet restaurants are adopting the same philosophy. --The restaurants are buying entire animals and offering 'nose-to-tail' dining. That's where every part of the animal is cooked and served to customers. --Chef Fergus Henderson of St. John restaurant in London came up with the idea 10 years ago. He offers rolled pig spleen and bacon, and a bone marrow and parsley salad. But he says he draws the line at serving genitalia. --With the economy and the push for more environmentally-friendly practices, restaurant owners want to waste less. So the movement has started to spread. --Cochon restaurant in New Orleans goes through three to five full hogs a week, and offers things like pig's ear, sliced snout, and fried pig's tail. --On the menu of Animal in Los Angeles: Chicken liver toast, veal brains, and crispy pig's head in a pickled vegetable aioli sauce. --And Girl & the Goat in Chicago has wood-roasted pig face and skewered lamb heart with a sweetbread crisp. (CBS News)


Would You Be Annoyed if Casey Anthony Wore Your College Gear?

Sources say CASEY ANTHONY has been traveling around the country since she was released from jail . . . you know, since she was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter. --She was due back in Florida by yesterday to start serving her one-year probation, but over the weekend she visited Columbus, Ohio. Casey was born in Ohio, and still has relatives there. --Anyway, yesterday TMZ released the first photos of her out in public since she was released from jail . . . and she was walking around in glasses and an Ohio State cap. --Obviously, Ohio State fans aren't too happy about it. Although the school released a statement about not taking a stance one way or the other. (TMZ)

A Man Pleads Guilty to Buying Puffer Fish Poison to Kill His Wife:

If you've never heard of fugu, it's the LIFE-OR-DEATH kind of sushi you order that comes from the puffer fish. Several parts of the puffer fish are poisonous . . . so if the chef doesn't cut them out properly, you can DIE when you eat it. --And the whole fugu and puffer fish concept apparently inspired THIS a-hole to try to kill his wife. --He's 38-year-old Edward Bachner of Lake in the Hills, Illinois. Back in 2008, he posed as a doctor and tried to order 98 milligrams of the puffer fish poison, called tetrodotoxin, from a medical research supplier. Even one milligram is fatal. --His plan was to sneak it into his wife's food so he could collect a $20 MILLION life insurance policy he'd secretly taken out on her. --Fortunately, the medical supply company was suspicious of someone trying to buy such a ridiculously massive quantity of the poison, and they alerted the authorities. Bachner was arrested. --And now, this week, he's pleaded guilty to posing as a doctor to buy the poison and intending to use it to kill his wife. --He's looking at a max sentence of life in prison and a $750,000 fine. (Chicago Tribune)

A Woman Arrested for a DUI Tells the Cops She Got Drunk on a Shot Called the "Leg Spreader":

If this woman had just shut up and taken her DUI in silence, she never would've made it onto our radar. But she HAD to talk. And now she's ours. --Around 2:00 A.M. on Monday, 55-year-old Anita Lewis of Spring Hill, Florida was driving her Oldsmobile Cutlass . . . and she was drunk.--Cops pulled her over when she swerved onto some grass on the side of the road. --When they pulled her over and asked what she'd been drinking, she told them she'd put down A.) Half a pitcher of Bud Light, and B.) . . . here comes the reason we're talking about her . . . a shot called the LEG SPREADER. --A Leg Spreader is a shooter that's one part Malibu, one part Midori, and one part pineapple juice. (--It's called a leg spreader because it doesn't taste like alcohol . . . so, I guess, a woman can easily end up drinking too many of them and make some bad decisions. Bad decisions like YOU.) --55-year-old Anita failed some field sobriety tests . . . I guess with her legs spread she couldn't walk in a straight line . . . and she was arrested for driving under the influence, and driving with a revoked license. (CBS 10 - St. Petersburg)

A Man is Arrested For Trying to Split Atoms in His Kitchen . . . and Causing a Small Nuclear Meltdown:

And now, the story of a nerdy guy in Sweden who could've accidentally caused a nuclear meltdown. --31-year-old Richard Handl of Angelholm, Sweden says he's always been interested in amateur physics and chemistry. So he decided to try a science experiment in his kitchen . . . and attempted to SPLIT AN ATOM. --Splitting an atom is how you make nuclear fission. --Richard ordered some radium, americium, and uranium and tried to set up a small nuclear reactor in his kitchen. He even blogged about what he was doing . . . including the time he caused a minor NUCLEAR MELTDOWN on his stove. --A few months into his experiments, he started wondering if what he was doing was legal. So he emailed Sweden's Radiation Authority to ask. --They didn't respond . . . instead, they called the cops. The police went to Richard's apartment, and escorted him out of the building. Then bomb and chemical experts swept his place, took radiation levels, and confiscated his stuff. --He's looking at up to two years in prison for his unauthorized nuclear device. (The Local)


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

Remember that story about Internet Explorer users having lower IQs than users of other browsers? It was a hoax. (Full Story)

Website of the Day: . . . Photos of parents who brought their babies to bars. That's it. (Website)

Should college students be able to pay off student loans by selling their kidneys? That's the debate raging in Scotland right now. (Full Story)

A 41-year-old Italian guy went to spread his younger brother's ashes on a mountain top, and was killed by lightning. (Full Story)

You'll be happy to know that the peacock that escaped from the Central Park Zoo spent the night on the ledge of a building on 5th Avenue, and returned yesterday morning to eat. (Full Story)

According to a new scientific study, eating comfort food really DOES help fight depression. (Full Story)

A guy in New Zealand decapitated himself with a homemade hovercraft, while he was demonstrating it for his family. (Full Story)

According to a new Gallup poll, Muslim Americans are more optimistic about their lives than almost any other religion. 60% say they are "thriving", which is up 19% from 2008. 80% approve of the job PRESIDENT OBAMA is doing, and 64% say their standard of living is getting better. 80% of Jews say Muslims are loyal to the U.S. Only 59% of Catholics and 56% of Protestants say that. (Full Story)

#1.) The People Behind Rebecca Black's "Friday" Have Released Another Horrible Song:

Ark Music Factory is the weird company behind Rebecca Black's "Friday", and they have a new song out by a 10-year-old girl named Madison Bray. It's called "Girl Swag", and it might actually be WORSE than "Friday". --But not in a funny way, just in a lazy 'ten-year-olds-will-listen-to-anything' way. (--Search for "Madison Bray Girl Swag.")

#2.) Finally! A Hip Hop Song About Oscar Mayer "Lunchables":

There's a new parody on YouTube that's supposed to be a banned ad from the 90's for Oscar Mayer Lunchables. But it's just a joke. --According to the fake message at the beginning, it was supposed to target the "urban youth." So it's done exactly like a rap video . . . and there's a LOT of swearing. (--Search for "Banned 90s Lunchablez Commercial.") (--WARNING: This video includes the F-word, N-word, B-word, and drug references.)

Four Pieces of Advice From Kids About Dating a Single Parent:

Dating someone who has kids is difficult, and there's always a chance the kids will hate you no matter what.

--But tried to improve your chances of success by asking the children of single parents what they want and DON'T want to see in the person Mom or Dad is dating. Here are their top four pieces of advice.

#1.) "Don't Kiss and Do Stuff in Front of Me." That's a direct quote from a 15-year-old who said that anything more than a quick peck is gross. So when the kids are around, suggests treating the person like a friend, not a date.

#2.) Don't Try So Hard. Or as one 12-year-old put it, "Don't be a goober." If you're too goofy, or try too hard make the kids like you, they'll pick up on it and think you're an idiot. Especially older kids.

#3.) Don't Try to Force It. Chances are they're still not completely over their parents' divorce. So if they need space, give it to them. And don't try bonding with them until you know your relationship is going somewhere. --With that said, don't just ignore them either. Try to come up with creative ways to be their friend, not their parent. According to at least one 10-year-old, being half-decent at video games can go a long way.

#4.) Always Remember You're Not The Boss. Even if you have kids of your own, you're not the rule-maker for your date's kids. So don't lay down any laws. --Even if your date WANTS you to, you should try to stay neutral. At least until you've been around a while and things are serious. (

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Adam Lambert Doesn't See Himself Getting Married:

Now that gay marriage is becoming legal in more and more states, everybody's wondering when their favorite gay celebrities will rush to the altar. Well, if you're waiting for ADAM LAMBERT to do it, you might be waiting a long time. --Adam does have a boyfriend, but he says, quote, "I don't like to talk about my relationship so if you see pictures of us out to dinner together, then great! I don't see myself getting married in the future."

Jennifer Lopez Says Her Family Was Her "Biggest Dream":

In the new issue of "Vanity Fair", JENNIFER LOPEZ talks about how difficult it was to leave MARC ANTHONY. --She says, quote, "This was the hardest decision I've ever had to face. I really wanted this family to work. That was my biggest dream, and I worked hard at it. We both did. --"Sometimes it doesn't work . . . and that's sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love . . . It's still my biggest dream." --As for WHY it didn't work, J-Lo didn't share any details we might actually WANT to hear. But she did cough out some vague, philosophical dog mess. --She said, quote, "Sometimes we don't realize that we are compromising ourselves. --"To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself . . . if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. --"I love myself enough to walk away from that now." --Jennifer also spouted the obligatory "I still love my ex" drivel . . . saying, quote, "I will always respect Marc as a singer and performer. We actually work great together, and he was always very supportive. --"Together we could make magic, and we did. He will always be in our lives. He will always hold a special place in my heart as the father of my children."

Marc Anthony Has Already Covered Up His "Jennifer" Tattoo":

In her new "Vanity Fair" interview, JENNIFER LOPEZ makes it sound like things are peachy for her and her soon-to-be ex-husband MARC ANTHONY. --But check this out: Marc USED TO have the word "Jennifer" tattooed on his wrist . . . and he's already gone and gotten it covered up with new ink. (--Check out the pics here.) (Bossip)

Watch Matt Damon Verbally Beat Down a Reporter Who Tries to Dis Teachers:

MATT DAMON was at an event called the Save Our Schools March in Washington over the weekend. His mother is a teacher, so he's pretty passionate about education. --Well, a Libertarian reporter tried to suggest that teachers can't be motivated to excel if they have job security. --And Damon gave her a pretty good verbal beat-down. He also shot down the cameraman when HE tried to jump in.
(--Check out the video here. WARNING!!! This clip contains bleeped profanity.) (--As TMZ pointed out, this scene felt like it was lifted out of "Good Will Hunting". Here's a scene from the movie that's very reminiscent of what went down Saturday.) (--If listening to Matt Damon spout off on issues is your thing, here's ANOTHER video from Saturday of Matt expounding on the debt ceiling issue.)

Watch Mila Kunis Chew Out a Reporter . . . In Russian:

You may not have known this, but MILA KUNIS was actually born in the Ukraine back in 1983, when it was part of the Soviet Union, and moved here when she was seven. She doesn't have an accent, but she speaks Russian. --Mila and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE were in Moscow the other day doing press for "Friends with Benefits", when one of the reporters asked Justin why he's doing movies now instead of music. --That set Mila off for some reason, and she told the reporter off . . . in Russian. She said, quote, "Why movies? Why not? What kind of question is that? Why are you here?" --Justin, who was listening to translations of what everyone was saying through headphones, pointed to Mila and said, quote, "This is my bodyguard." (--Check out video here. It happens about 40 seconds in.) (--Is it just me, or is Mila, like, 10 to 15 times sexier when she's speaking Russian?)

Was Amy Winehouse Secretly Engaged When She Died?

The not-always-reliable British tabloids say that AMY WINEHOUSE was secretly engaged to boyfriend Reg Traviss at the time of her death. And Amy was trying to turn her life around so they could have a happy life together. --A source says, quote, "She wanted nothing more than to be his wife and to start a family with him. She wanted to get rid of her demons so badly. --"Amy was adamant about sorting herself out. Reg's proposal made her even more determined. She didn't want to carry on the way she was."

Check Out a Picture of Charlie Sheen with Brooke Mueller and the Kids:

Here's a picture you probably didn't expect to see: CHARLIE SHEEN, BROOKE MUELLER and their sons, Bob and Max . . . together, and apparently HAPPY. (--Check it out here.) (TMZ) --It was taken Sunday at Charlie's house, while Brooke was on a break from rehab. We probably shouldn't assume Charlie and Brooke are getting back together, though. Charlie says, quote, "Harmony is our goal. Sunday was a wonderful start."

Apparently, Lady Gaga Thinks WE Killed Amy Winehouse:

Okay, I enjoy LADY GAGA'S delusions up to a point. But she's been going way too far with this "don't kill the superstar" crap since AMY WINEHOUSE died. --It's pretty obvious that Gaga thinks WE killed Amy . . . because we just don't understand SUPERSTARS, and we don't know how to treat them. --She tells "Rolling Stone", quote, "She's really special. She just gave me a lot of hope and she deserved a lot better than what people gave her. --"And I hope that the world learns a lesson from this. I really hope they do. Because it's not her lesson to learn, it's the world's."


Ashley Hebert's "Solid Relationship" with J.P. Will Prove Us Wrong!

Since only TWO of the 21 relationships forged on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" have withstood the test of time . . . even just a LITTLE time . . . it didn't take long for the doubters to predict doom and gloom on this latest one. (--Again, the smart money is on "less than a year.") --But on "Good Morning America" yesterday, "Bachelorette" ASHLEY HEBERT and her new fiancé J.P. ROSENBAUM insisted that their love will buck the trend. --Ashley explained, quote, "We have a very solid relationship. We complement each other so well. He's exactly what I'm looking for . . . he's been my rock. Everything that happened on this season really brought us closer. We're a great combination. --"We're going to prove them wrong." --J.P. added, quote, "Definitely, this is something special . . . she's going to move to New York . . . we'll get settled and then talk about wedding. Maybe end of next year, fall of next year." (--You can enjoy video of the full interview, here.)

"The Bachelorette" Finale Was the Lowest-Rated in the Show's History:

"The Bachelorette" finale attracted 9.5 million viewers on Monday night. That isn't horrible, but it was down 29% from last season, and the show's lowest-rated finale. --And overall, Season Seven tied Season Four . . . the one with DEANNA PAPPAS . . . for the lowest-rated "Bachelorette" season. --Also, the post-finale "After the Final Rose" special pulled in 9.3 million viewers, which was down 26% from last season.

The Details of Ashley and J.P.'s Secret Weekend in New York City:

ASHLEY HEBERT and J.P. ROSENBAUM were under strict orders to keep their relationship under wraps until the finale aired . . . but the show allegedly helped them pull off a top-secret weekend tryst at a SAFE HOUSE in New York City. (???) --This covert operation was confirmed by a local "photographer," who told E! News, quote, "Ashley came to New York a few weeks after [filming the show] . . . she went to the safe apartment they used. --"ABC was very involved . . . brought one in at a time . . . and an assistant brought in their belongings hours later. After the weekend, J.P. left first, then Ashley walked out four hours after he did. It's a serious operation." --This "photographer" claims their love was UNDENIABLE . . . because Ashley was, quote, "wrapped around him like an octopus . . . they're googly eyed for each other."
MTV's "Real World" Contract Warns Contestants That They Might Die Or Contract AIDS During Filming:

The "Village Voice" got their hands on the 30-page contract that MTV has people sign before appearing on "The Real World" . . . and basically, MTV wants to be able to do anything they want, without being held responsible for ANYTHING.

--Here are a few highlights:

--You may die, lose limbs, and suffer nervous breakdowns.

--If you undergo any medical procedures while involved in the show, they carry the risk of infection, disfigurement and death.

--Your email may be monitored during participation.

--You promise not to hide from MTV cameras in establishments where they can't film.

--You may be humiliated and explicitly portrayed "in a false light."

--You grant the producer blanket rights to your life story. The producer can do pretty much anything they want with your life story, including mis-represent it.

--You authorize the producer to have total access to your school records, government forms and your credit history.

--Producers are under no obligation to conduct background checks on your fellow cast members. --If you contract AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases while filming, MTV is not responsible. Interacting with other cast members carries the risk of "non-consensual physical contact" and should you contract AIDS during such an interaction, MTV is not responsible.
(--You can check out all the "Village Voice's" highlights, here. And you can review the actual contract yourself, here.)

John Stamos Is Attached to Star on a Show Called "Dead Lawyers":

JOHN STAMOS has been tapped to star in a legal drama called "Dead Lawyers". --Here's the premise: "A hotshot defense attorney is run over by a bus and finds himself in his own version of hell: A law firm on earth composed of other dead lawyers, all trying to right miscarriages of justice in order to redeem themselves." --The show doesn't even have a network yet, so it's too early to say when it might premiere. That's assuming it premieres at all. This same show, without Stamos, was being developed for Syfy eight years ago . . . but nothing ever came of it.

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

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

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

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

--"Franklin & Bash" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TNT. (--"Battlestar Galactica" minx Tricia Helfer and "Machete's" Danny Trejo guest star as an attorney and an over age wrestler.)

--"Royal Pains" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on USA. (--"No Ordinary Family's" Julie Benz guest stars as a lesbian alpaca farmer.)

--"Hot in Cleveland" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TV Land. (--Valerie Bertinelli's character Melanie tires to dump her new boyfriend because of his foot fetish.)

--"Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Bob Woodruff and 11-year-old Colton Burpo recall their out-of-body experience.)

--"Cee-Lo Green: Talking to Strangers" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Fuse. (--Kelly Rowland concludes her interview with Cee-Lo.)
The Latest Kings of Leon Rumor: The Band Is Trying to Convince Caleb Followill to Go to Rehab:

Two anonymous sources tell "Us" magazine that KINGS OF LEON singer CALEB FOLLOWILL drinks too much . . . and that the rest of the band is trying to convince him to go to rehab. Here's what they're saying:

--Anonymous Source #1: Quote, "They are trying to get Caleb to go to rehab. It's mostly for alcohol. [That's why] they ended up canceling the whole tour . . . he drinks like a fish."

--Anonymous Source #2: Quote, "It's true. Caleb's drinking is out of control and they are trying to get him into rehab. It's a dark demon he has been fighting for awhile."

--However . . . there's an Anonymous Source #3 who claims Caleb's drinking isn't such a big deal: Quote, "They all drink, all the [bandmates]. Anyone in a band usually likes to have a few beers on the road . . . they have never discussed [Caleb's drinking] as a problem before." --For the record, a rep for the band has this to say: Quote, "The reason for the cancellation of the tour is Caleb is under doctor's orders for vocal rest. They feel terrible about canceling. They look forward to getting back on the road." --Officially, no one from Kings of Leon has said anything about Caleb "drinking like a fish" or "fighting a dark demon." --Bassist JARED FOLLOWILL however did Tweet, quote, "Inside sources are usually way outside the loop . . . just so you know." (--He's the one who previously Tweeted, quote, "There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.")

Caleb Followill Says He's "Just Trying to Get Better":

Despite all the talk about rehab and problems in the band, KINGS OF LEON singer CALEB FOLLOWILL is sticking with the more boring, "vocal issues" excuse. --When the paparazzi caught up with him, Caleb said, quote, "I'm just trying to get better . . . it's my voice. It's pretty messed up." When asked about getting back out on tour, he said, "I don't know. We'll see how it goes." (--Here's the video.)

Meat Loaf Faints Again . . . for the Second Time in a Week:

The Incredible Fainting MEAT LOAF has struck again. --Last Thursday night, Meat Loaf fainted during a concert in Pittsburgh . . . and on Sunday, it happened again. This time, it happened backstage after he performed a gig at the New Jersey Balloon Festival. --After he collapsed, he asked to be hooked up to an oxygen machine . . . and 10 minutes later, he was up-and-at-'em again. (--Here's a picture of Meat Loaf on the ground, getting oxygen.) --Meat Loaf hasn't commented . . . but since he blamed the first collapse on his asthma, it's probably safe to assume that was the cause of this one too. (--Forget Caleb Followill's voice issues, THIS is a guy who needs to take some time off.)

The Top 10 Punk Bands . . . According to "Rolling Stone" Readers:

"Rolling Stone" recently polled their readers to come up with a list of the Top 10 Punk Bands of All Time. They released the results yesterday. --If you're a REAL, old-school punk fan, you're probably going to disapprove of two things. First off, the list doesn't stray from the obvious, classic punk acts. But even worse, all of them were trumped by GREEN DAY, which was #1.

--Here are the results:

1.) Green Day

2.) The Clash

3.) The Ramones

4.) The Sex Pistols

5.) The Dead Kennedys

6.) Iggy and the Stooges

7.) Black Flag

8.) The Misfits

9.) Social Distortion

10.) Bad Brains

(--To read "Rolling Stone's" write-up on each band, hit up this link.)

Waka Flocka Flame Has Been Busted for Pot Possession:

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME . . . the rapper you know best because of his legal entanglements and his weird-ass name . . . has been busted for pot possession. --Here's what happened: He was pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Georgia yesterday . . . and when the cops got to his car, they smelled weed. They searched the vehicle, and discovered "a small amount of marijuana" on the floor. --Waka was cited for the weed . . . and for not wearing a seatbelt. He was not arrested this time. Last month, Waka was arrested for drug possession in New York, after he allegedly brought weed to a mall. (--Here's a picture of Waka talking with the Georgia cops.)

Jay-Z and Kanye West Are "Re-Routing" Their "Watch the Throne" Tour:

JAY-Z and KANYE WEST are "re-routing" their "Watch the Throne" tour. It's caused them to push the start date back a month. It was supposed to begin September 22nd in Detroit, but now it isn't getting off the ground until late October. --Jay-Z says they re-worked the tour to include more shows in certain locations. (--A final itinerary hasn't been released yet, but has posted a rundown on how some of the dates have been rescheduled. Here it is.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

PIPPA MIDDLETON has the most desired skin tone in the U.K., according to a poll of British women. Tanning experts are calling it "Royal Mocha". (Full Story)

SEAN KINGSTON says he had open-heart surgery TWICE after his jet ski accident. (Full Story)

REDMOND O'NEAL . . . the troubled son of RYAN O'NEAL and the late FARRAH FAWCETT . . . has been arrested for drug possession yet again. This time it was heroin. (Full Story)

In an alternate Marvel Comics universe, Spider-Man is getting killed by the Green Goblin . . . and a NEW Spider-Man who's half-black and half-Latino is replacing him. (Full Story)

LAURENCE FISHBURNE has signed on to play Perry White in the upcoming Superman movie, "Man of Steel". (Full Story)

The Lebowski Fest in New York City on August 16th is going to be EPIC . . . because Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi are all going to be there! (Official Site)

All current "Saturday Night Live" cast members are returning for the upcoming, 37th season. And ALEC BALDWIN will host the season premiere. It'll be his 16th time hosting, which is more than anyone else. (Full Story)


Hero of the Day: An 85-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Went Skydiving on His Birthday to Stick it to Hitler . . . and Prove That "the [S.O.B.] Didn't Succeed":

It's time for our Hero of the Day. Gary Lenzner turned 85 last Sunday, and took the opportunity to celebrate in a pretty badass way. --Gary is a Holocaust survivor. In 1945, he managed to escape from the Buchenwald concentration camp while being led back from harvesting fields. He hid in a nearby farmhouse until Americans liberated the camp. --And to celebrate his 85th birthday, Gary decided to go skydiving . . . as an eff-you to Adolf Hitler. He said, quote, "I'd like to prove the [S.O.B.] didn't succeed." --He added, quote, "I had two children, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, and now I'm jumping out of an airplane." --Gary now lives in Mission Viejo, California and went to Nichol's Field in San Diego for the birthday jump. He jumped tandem with an instructor from 10,000 feet. --The landing was successful, and Hitler can suck it, thanks to our Hero of the Day: Gary Lenzner. (Orange County Register)


Two Out of Three Americans Believe They're the Best Driver on the Road:

By definition, we can't ALL be the best driver in the country. But according to a new survey by Allstate Insurance, people in America simply CAN'T accept that. --According to the survey, 64% of Americans, or two out of three, believe they're better than basically everyone else on the road. That many people rated themselves as excellent or very good drivers. --And while we all think we're amazing . . . no one really thinks much of other people's driving skills. (--Typical. A similar survey found the exact same thing two months ago.)

--Only 29% say their friends have excellent or very good driving skills . . . 22% think other people their age are excellent or very good drivers . . . and 8% think people in nearby states are excellent or very good.

--Overall, everyone but teenagers think teenagers are the worst drivers. 81% of people say teenagers are average or poor drivers. 70% say senior citizens are average or poor.

--33% say people with kids in the car are average or poor. BUT . . . 64% of people who drive with their own kids say their driving is excellent or very good.

--And finally, 56% of people have been in an accident . . . but only 28% say the accident was their fault.


For the Third Straight Year, the Most Stolen Car in the U.S. is . . . the 1994 Honda Accord:

The National Insurance Crime Bureau just released their annual list of the 10 most stolen cars in the U.S. And good news: Your collection of Ferraris and Bentleys is totally safe. --For the third straight year, the most stolen car in the U.S. is . . . the 1994 Honda Accord. --It just beat out the 1995 Honda Civic and the 1991 Toyota Camry. --So why do thieves target cheaper foreign cars that are 16 to 20 years old, instead of stealing a bunch of Ferraris and modern luxury cars? --Two reasons. One, modern cars have much more sophisticated anti-theft systems, so they're harder to steal on a whim. --And two, at a chop shop, the parts from a new car aren't much more valuable than parts from older cars. --The good news: Overall, auto theft rates are dropping. Between 2009 and 2010 they went down 7.2%, according to preliminary stats. If that holds up, it'll be the lowest number of auto thefts since 1967.

--Here's the full top 10 list of the most stolen cars . . .

#1.) 1994 Honda Accord

#2.) 1995 Honda Civic

#3.) 1991 Toyota Camry

#4.) 1999 Chevrolet Silverado

#5.) 1997 Ford F-150 pickup

#6.) 2004 Dodge Ram

#7.) 2000 Dodge Caravan

#8.) 1994 Acura Integra

#9.) 2002 Ford Explorer

#10.) 1999 Ford Taurus

(CNN Money)

(--Check out the NICB site to see the top 10 stolen cars for each state.)

Here are the 15 Countries Americans Most Want to Visit:

We all know Americans don't take vacations out of the country. It's because, as much as the rest of the world doesn't want to admit it, we're the hardest working people on the planet. And also, because people in other countries smell bad. --A new poll asked people in the U.S. if they DID take a vacation to a foreign country, and cost wasn't an issue, where would they want to go. And the winner is . . . Italy. --Harris has been running this poll every year since 1997, and Italy has never finished worse than fifth. This is the third time they've been number one in the past four years. Great Britain came in second.

--Australia . . . which was the number one pick from 1997 through 2007 . . . came in third. Here's the rest of the list:







--Canada . . .?

--New Zealand, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, and China rounded out the top 15. Brazil and China are new entries this year. The Netherlands and Mexico dropped off. --Split up by age, Italy is the top pick for people 18-46, and Great Britain is the pick for people 47 and up. (Harris Interactive)
There's Been a Huge Jump in Men Over 55 Getting Plastic Surgery . . . and Two-Thirds of Them are Dating Younger Women:

This study comes from Britain, so we can't guarantee it's true in the U.S. too . . . but we think there's a pretty good chance it is. --The study found there's been a HUGE jump in the number of men over 55 getting plastic surgery, and the overwhelming majority of those men have something in common. --They're getting-it-on with a YOUNGER WOMAN. --There's been a 102% increase in men over 55 getting plastic surgery. One out of every three men who get cosmetic surgery falls into that age group. --And 67% of them, or two-thirds, are dating or married to a woman at least TEN YEARS younger than them. --The three most common cosmetic surgeries for men over 55 are removing the bags under their eyes . . . facelifts . . . and MAN-BOOB REMOVAL. (EIN News)

Having Hope for the Future Makes Younger People Happy . . . Quietly Sitting on the Couch Makes Older People Happy:

We've got the results here of a new study from the University of Pennsylvania that's either going to make you really afraid of getting old . . . or really happy you're old enough to act like an old person. --The study found that at different ages, people have different things that make them happy. For people in their teens, 20s, and 30s, most of their happiness came from their levels of excitement and hope for the future. --For people in their 40s and up, almost all of their happiness came from their levels of contentment in the present, not the future. --When it came to specific events, "just sitting around all day" ranked high on happiness for people over 40 . . . and at the bottom for younger people. (LiveScience)

A Study Found that Rich Minorities Usually Stay in Poor Neighborhoods . . . While Rich Whites Move Out:

An analysis of U.S. Census data shows that "The Jeffersons" may not have been entirely realistic. --As we all know, when George's dry cleaning business began making money, he and Weezie moved on up to a dee-luxe apartment in the sky. --But according to sociologists at Brown University, when minorities become wealthy in real life, they tend to stay put. --The study found that the average black and Hispanic households making more than $75,000 a year live in poorer neighborhoods than the average white household making less than $40,000. --Minorities are more likely to stay in poorer neighborhoods in areas where segregation has always been high, like large cities in the Northeast and Midwest. --For instance, rich Hispanic families in Philadelphia live in neighborhoods where about one in seven of their neighbors are below the poverty line. --On the other hand, wealthy black families in the suburbs of Atlanta and Washington, D.C. are more likely to have wealthy neighbors, because the cities have a long history of minorities succeeding and moving to better neighborhoods. (USA Today)

A Mom Is Furious Because Her Autistic Daughter Won a "Best Personality" Award at a Beauty Pageant:

Here's more proof that when it comes to child beauty pageants, there's no one worth rooting for. --The Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant held the finals of a competition in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, for children as young as two years old. --And one mom isn't happy with the outcome. (--And, knowing pageant moms, they're probably all furious . . . except one.) Leonie Myles entered her nine-year-old daughter Tahnee in the competition. --Tahnee didn't win, but she took home a consolation prize for being named "Best Personality". But Leonie was upset . . . because Tahnee is autistic. --She said, quote, "I didn't understand why. Tahnee's social skills would not include having the best personality, due to autism." --Leonie also complained that the pageant was disorganized, and that "Toddlers and Tiaras" star Eden Wood didn't show up to sign autographs, as promised. --It's not clear whether the pageant organizers knew if Tahnee was autistic, but they stood by the award, and promoter Carmen Powell said, quote, "It's about making the children feel good about themselves, [and] feel worthy." (Herald Sun)

A Man Runs Over a Cop to Get Away in a Stolen BMW . . . But the Cop Shakes It Off and Chases Him Down:

Dan Pascoe is a police officer in Surrey, England. And even though I've never met you, I can safely say he's tougher than you. Even though he's British. --On July 3rd, Dan was chasing down 29-year-old Lee Adamson, who'd stolen a BMW. Dan pulled his police car over, blocked the road, and tried to stop the BMW. And as he got out of the car, Lee RAMMED INTO HIM. Dan went flying onto the street. --Somehow, though, it didn't faze him. He shook it off, got up, chased Lee on foot . . . and was able to hit him with his Taser before he collapsed in pain. --Lee was just sentenced to 23 months in prison. (The Telegraph) (--Here's a video of Lee hitting Dan . . . the collision first happens around the 0:53 mark and then they're kind enough to replay it a million times.)

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

According to a new DNA analysis in Switzerland, half of all Western European men are related to . . . King Tut? (Full Story)

National Parks will kill you! A woman fell to her death hiking in Yosemite in the rain on Sunday, making her the 14th person to die there this year . . . a new record. The previous record for an entire year was seven people, in 2007. (Full Story)

Lamest invention ever? The Modular Love Mattress is for quote, "cuddly couples." It's just a foam mattress with slots cut into it . . . so your arm doesn't get pinned underneath someone when you're lying down together. (Full Story)

Check out some stats on how the crappy economy's affecting new families: 43% of new moms waited until they were financially stable to start a family. 61% of moms worry about being able to support their family financially. Two-thirds would have more kids if they could afford it, and 59% would quit their job to raise their family if they could. (Full Story)

A quadriplegic skydiver with a record of 125 jumps plunged to his death on Saturday . . . because his disability prevented him from opening his chute? And, he hadn't rigged the back-up chute to deploy. (Full Story)

A grandmother in Kansas City, Missouri fought off an armed burglar during a home invasion, with a kick to the groin. (Full Story)


#1.) A Homeless Guy Jumped the White House Fence During a Live CNN Broadcast:

A 41-year-old homeless man named James Crudup jumped the fence at the White House yesterday, and was arrested by the Secret Service. And it happened while CNN's JOHN KING was broadcasting live from the White House lawn. --Crudup only got a few feet past the fence before the Secret Service drew their guns and made him lie down on the ground. King said the bomb-sniffing dogs seemed to have an issue with his backpack. But it doesn't look like he had any explosives in it. --Crudup is being charged with unlawful entry, and contempt of court because a judge had already ordered him to stay away from the White House due to a past incident.
(--Search YouTube for "White House Fence Jumper Arrested on Air.")

#2.) A Construction Worker in New York Spends His Lunch Breaks Singing Frank Sinatra Songs on the Sidewalk:

For the past two weeks, a construction worker in New York named Gary Russo has been spending his thirty-minute lunch breaks standing outside a construction site on the Upper East Side . . . singing Frank Sinatra songs on a karaoke machine. --He's working on the new Second Avenue subway line, and when he sings, he hangs up a sign that says, quote, "Forget all the noise, traffic and the impact of the 2nd Avenue Subway. Enjoy the music!" --There's a video online of him singing the Sinatra song, "Summer Wind" . . . and he's not bad. (--Search YouTube for "NYC 2nd Ave Subway Construction Worker.")

#3.) A Grown Man Took on a Nine-Year-Old Girl at a Wrestling Match in Japan:

The Japanese have their own pro wrestling circuit, just like the WWE. And since the Japanese always take things to INSANE levels, this might not surprise you. --A wrestler named Kenny Omega recently faced off with an opponent named Hakura . . . who also happens to be a NINE-YEAR-OLD GIRL --The video is online, and she did the same moves you'd see a normal wrestler do . . . like jumping off the top rope, and having her head slammed into a turnbuckle. She ended up losing the match, but she got one final slap in before it was over. (--Search YouTube for "Kenny Omega vs. 9 Year Old Hakura." The wrestling starts at :30, he slams her into the turnbuckle at 2:05, and she jumps from the top rope at 3:08). --WARNING: The video description includes the S-word.)

#4.) Kobe Bryant Played in a Charity Soccer Game . . . And Accidentally Scored on His Own Goal:

KOBE BRYANT played in a charity soccer match in Washington D.C. on Sunday, and it's a good thing he decided to go pro in basketball not soccer. Because at one point, he accidentally scored on his own goal. (--Search YouTube for "Kobe Bryant Scores Own Goal at Mia Hamm Charity Game." It happens at :07.)

#5.) You've Heard of the Lingerie Football League . . . and Now They're Doing the Same Thing With Basketball:

In 2009, someone came up with the AMAZING idea of starting the Lingerie Football League. And it took two years, but now someone's doing it with the much BOUNCIER sport of basketball. --Unfortunately for guys, the tops they wear are more like sports bras than lingerie. But it's still women in small outfits jumping up and down. And there's a video online of a recent scrimmage in Venice Beach. (--Search YouTube for "Lingerie Basketball Scrimmage Game - Venice Beach." The highlights start at :19.)

Four Things to Think About Before You Send a Sext Message:

Sexting is dangerous, and if you're under 18 you should NEVER do it. But sometimes, sending sexy pictures can help keep the spark alive in a relationship. Especially one that's long-distance. --So the website came up with some guidelines for people who DO decide to start sexting. Here are the top four things you need to think about before you send a dirty photo.

#1.) Is the Photo Sexy? For some reason, guys think sexy means sending a photo of their junk like Brett Favre did. But believe it or not, most women don't find close-up crotch-shots sexy. --So back off a little, and make sure there's more than just skin in the picture. A crotch-shot with underwear . . . like the one Anthony Weiner sent on Twitter . . . might be a better idea. --And if you DO show skin, men and women should both think about doing a little grooming first.

#2.) Does It Show Your Face? This one's obvious, but it's important because if you break up and the person posts the picture online, you can just deny it's you. You shouldn't show any tattoos or birthmarks for the same reason.

#3.) Who's Going to See It? If you're in a serious relationship with someone, you can trust them to keep your sexting confidential. Or not. And if you have a terrible break-up, don't say we didn't warn you. --But if you're sexting with someone you just met, there's a good chance they'll show it to friends. So just keep that in mind before you hit the send button.

#4.) Did You Double Check the Phone Number? Even if you've never sent a text message to the wrong person, you should always check the number twice before you send a dirty text message. --If the photo goes to someone else by mistake . . . like your mom, your boss, or a friend you haven't talked to in five years . . . you'll wish you'd taken those two extra seconds to double check. (

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Rihanna Got Half-Naked and Freaky At a Parade in Barbados . . . And Says She Doesn't Like Being a Role Model:

RIHANNA was in her native Barbados yesterday to celebrate something called Kadooment Day. It's a harvest festival, and it culminates with a huge parade. --From the pictures that appeared online yesterday, it seems that the purpose of this parade is to get the women half-naked, drunk and slutty. (???) If you're into Rihanna, you WILL enjoy them. (--And here they are.) (--You'll find TONS more here.) --Meanwhile, in an interview with "Glamour" magazine, Rihanna reveals how much of a bummer being a role model can be. She says, quote, "I want to set the right example and, at the same time, live my life. --"I feel like pop stars can't be rock stars anymore because they have to be role models, and it takes the fun out of it for us, because we just want to have fun with art." --She also talks about wanting to be DOMINATED in the bedroom . . . quote, "I play a very dominant role in my life, in every aspect of it. And I like to feel like a lady still, at some point. --"I feel like that's the time when a guy really gets to be a man, and I get to be a woman. And if I'm being a man in the bedroom too, there's nothing really in it for me."

Fantasia Is Pregnant . . . But There's No Word Yet on the Daddy:

FANTASIA is pregnant. She made the announcement Sunday night at a charity concert in Jacksonville, Florida. --She told the audience, quote, "You are the first [people] that I share this news with. And I share this with you because I can relate to you. And for a while, I walked around figuring out what they will say and what will they think about me. --"But now I tell you, I don't live my life for folk. So, this child that I carry . . . God has given me this child. And I don't have to hide it from none of y'all." --God may have given Fantasia this child, but we all know some other dude did the heavy lifting, so to speak. Fantasia didn't identify that man. --The last we knew, though, she was still with Antwaun Cook . . . the guy who was MARRIED when she started messing around with him. --That whole situation drove Fantasia to attempt suicide last August. And despite a few ups and downs in the relationship since then, Antwaun seems to be the likely candidate. --Fantasia is 27. She already has a daughter named Zion, who turns 10 next week.

Helen Mirren Has the "Body of the Year" . . . According to a Poll by L.A. Fitness:

Put another check in the win column for the ELDER MINXES: The L.A. Fitness gym chain polled 2,000 people to find the BODY OF THE YEAR. And the winner was . . . --66-year-old HELEN MIRREN! --Helen got 18% of the vote. Her closest competition was on the mature side, too: It was 48-year-old model ELLE MACPHERSON, who got 10%. --Further down the list was JENNIFER LOPEZ with 6.6%, PIPPA MIDDLETON with 4% and KATE WINSLET with 3.9%. --They were also looking for the best MALE body. And there was no big surprise at the top of that list. DAVID BECKHAM got 21% of the vote . . . followed by DANIEL CRAIG with 15.8% and JOHNNY DEPP with 10.3%. --You can see the complete male and female Top 10 lists here.)

Kellan Lutz Thanks God for His Body:

KELLAN LUTZ . . . who plays Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" movies . . . gets a lot of female attention. And maybe he's a little full of himself because of it. But at least he knows enough to give credit where it's due. --"Us Weekly" asked Kellan what it's like to be a sex symbol . . . and he replied, quote, "I thank God for blessing me. I can't really sing, I can't play guitar but he gave me a physique, which is nice." (--Praise Allah.)

Samantha Ronson Was Arrested for DUI:

SAMANTHA RONSON was arrested yesterday for DUI outside Baker, California. --Sam had a DJ-ing gig at a Las Vegas nightclub on Sunday night. Cops in Baker pulled her black Porsche over at about 10:30 yesterday morning. She failed a field sobriety test, then REFUSED to take a breathalyzer. --She was arrested, booked . . . then eventually released at about 5:30 last night.

Lindsay Lohan Let a Puppet Make Fun of Her on New Zealand TV:

LINDSAY LOHAN appeared on a New Zealand TV show the other day . . . where she let a puppet make fun of her shoplifting fiasco. --The show is called "On the SkyCouch with Rico" . . . and the interview was actually shot at Lindsay's house. --At the end of the interview, the puppet gave Lindsay some jewelry as a gift and told her, quote, "Don't worry, they're all paid for." (--Check it out here.)
Leonardo DiCaprio Is Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actor:

The unstoppable list-makers at have released their annual list of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors. LEONARDO DICAPRIO is #1 this year, pulling down $77 MILLION over the past year.

--Here's the list . . .

#1.) Leonardo DiCaprio, $77 million

#2.) Johnny Depp, $50 million

#3.) Adam Sandler, $40 million

#4.) Will Smith, $36 million

#5.) Tom Hanks, $35 million

#6.) Ben Stiller, $34 million

#7.) Robert Downey Jr., $31 million

#8.) Mark Wahlberg, $28 million

#9.) (tie) Tim Allen and Tom Cruise, $22 million

#11.) (tie) Jim Carrey, Daniel Craig, Robert Pattinson and Brad Pitt $20 million

#15.) Matt Damon, $18 million

(--Check out the list . . . which explains where all these guys got their money . . . here.)

Amy Winehouse Was Not Trying to Adopt a 10-Year-Old Girl:

Here's a shocker: That British tabloid report about AMY WINEHOUSE trying to adopt a 10-year-old girl WASN'T TRUE. Her rep says, quote, "She was not in the process of legally adopting anyone." --Some have speculated that the girl and her family only corroborated the story because they were being paid.

Mel Gibson is Five Years Sober?

It's hard to believe that MEL GIBSON was sober during those telephone rants last year . . . but apparently he was. --TMZ says that Mel celebrated FIVE YEARS OF SOBRIETY last week with friends. --Supposedly, he quit drinking after his DUI arrest on July 28th, 2006.

Will the Season Premiere of "Two and a Half Men" Feature Charlie Sheen's Funeral? says that the 9th season premiere of "Two and a Half Men" will feature the FUNERAL of CHARLIE SHEEN'S character, Charlie Harper. --Many of Charlie's girlfriends will be back for the funeral. The episode will also feature people coming by to check out Charlie's house. ASHTON KUTCHER will be one of them . . . and, as you probably know, he'll be the eventual owner.

Charlie Sheen Will Not Appear on Britain's "Celebrity Big Brother":

There's a rumor going around that CHARLIE SHEEN secured a $10 million payday to do Britain's version of "Celebrity Big Brother". It's not happening. --Charlie's rep says it's, quote, "totally untrue." --Past participants include Ivana Trump, Stephen Baldwin, Coolio, Dennis Rodman and LaToya Jackson. -With Charlie's hat out of the ring, that leaves Aaron Carter and Sarah Ferguson as the biggest stars rumored to be in for the coming season.

The Tree from "The Shawshank Redemption" Was Badly Damaged by a Windstorm:

Remember the oak tree at the end of "The Shawshank Redemption"? The one where TIM ROBBINS left a message telling MORGAN FREEMAN where to find him when he got out of prison? --Well, that tree . . . which is in Ohio . . . was nearly ripped in half by a windstorm last Friday. The owners of the property have not said whether they're going to chop it down or try to save it. (--Check out before-and-after pics here.) (TMZ)

Will Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Jean-Claude Van Damme Be In the "Expendables" Sequel?

"The Expendables" already had one of the most killer action-movie casts EVER, including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin . . . --Not to mention cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. --Now there's a rumor going around that CHUCK NORRIS, JOHN TRAVOLTA and JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME may appear in the sequel. (--FYI, this is not anywhere near being official . . . but how freakin' awesome would it be???)

"Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert Chose J.P. Rosenbaum:

The latest season of "The Bachelorette" wrapped last night . . . and it ended with ASHLEY HEBERT accepting the proposal of J.P. Rosenbaum. --Both J.P. and Ben Flajnik proposed to Ashley, but she turned down Ben for J.P., even though her sister was NOT a fan of J.P. (--She took it back during the "After the Rose" special . . . saying she "felt like the biggest jerk ever.") --Ben was pretty blown away by the rejection. --After meeting Ashley's family, Ben said, quote, "The next time I see all these people, I will be engaged to Ashley." And he was stunned when she rejected his proposal . . . saying, quote, "Wow, I didn't see that one coming." --Here's what Ashley and J.P. had to say about their future on the "After the Rose" special: Ashley said, quote, "Should be done [with dental school] in about a month. And I'm moving to New York City. We're getting a place together." --And J.P. added, quote, "I can't wait for her to get there . . . once things are a little more stable, we'll start talking about wedding plans." (--They did not reveal when they plan to break up, but the smart money is on "within the next year".) (--Romances forged on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" do not last . . . that's a proven fact. Of the 21 seasons of both shows excluding this last one, only TWO of the couples are still together. That's a 9.5% success rate.) (--You can find some clips from the finale, here.)

Maroon 5's Adam Levine Is Developing a Sitcom Set in a Karaoke Bar:

MAROON 5 singer ADAM LEVINE is working on another project with NBC . . . where he already serves as a coach on The Voice". --He's developing a sitcom set in a karaoke bar that will "blend comedy with vocal performances." It's pretty early in the process . . . so there's no word on a title, an airdate or casting. --Adam is an executive producer on the project, and at least for now, there's no indication that he'll actually appear on the show. --Adam hasn't commented on this. (--But he did Tweet this mind-bending deep thought: Quote, "Just because I say things doesn't mean I don't regret them.")

Kelly Ripa Says Her Husband Has No Interest in Replacing Regis Philbin:

KELLY RIPA'S husband MARK CONSUELOS has been considered one of the frontrunners to replace REGIS PHILBIN on "Live! with Regis and Kelly" for a while now, but apparently Mark has NO interest in the gig. --Kelly tells E!, quote, "It's our favorite rumor, because the one person with zero interest in the job would be my husband. He enjoys [guest-hosting] once in a while . . . but he says it would be too much for us . . . he's like 'No thanks, I'll see you at home.'" --Regis is planning to leave in November. (--Here's video of Kelly's comments.)
Tuesday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"MTV First: Sean Kingston" . . . 7:57 P.M. Eastern on MTV. (--Sean Kingston breaks his silence about his jet-ski accident, in a half hour special with MTV News.)

--"Take the Money and Run" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.(--Contestants are given one hour to hide $100,000 before being taken to jail and questioned by real detectives. If the money's not recovered by the cops in 48 hours, they get to keep it.)

--"America's Got Talent" [Performance Show] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"White Collar" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on USA. (--Eliza Dushku guests as an Egyptologist.)

--"19 Kids & Counting" [5th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Billy the Exterminator" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on A&E.

--"Aftermath with William Shatner" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bio. (--The Shat interviews "The Mayflower Madam" Sydney Biddle Barrows.)

--"Born To Dance" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on BET. (--Laurieann Gibson, who you'd remember as Danity Kane's choreographer on "Making the Band", works with 20 aspiring dancers.)


The "Phineas and Ferb" Video Game Is In Stores Today:

--"Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension" (E10+) . . . on PS3, Wii, and DS. This is based on the Disney Channel movie that airs this Friday, with Phineas and Ferb entering an alternate universe controlled by an evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. (Trailer)

--"Bleach: Soul Resurreccion" (T) . . . on PS3. A one-player game about a teenager with the ability to see the spirits of the dead. As a "Soul Reaper", he uses his powers to fight an army of evil spirits. It's based on the anime and manga series "Bleach". (Trailer)

--"Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover!" (eC) which stands for Early Childhood . . . on the Wii and Nintendo DS. Grover, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby promote healthy habits like physical activity, healthy eating, and hygiene for young children. The Wii version of this game comes with a custom character cover for the Wiimote that eliminates unnecessary buttons and makes it easier for your kid to play. (Trailer)

ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)

Upcoming Free Game Content for You:

#1.) Nintendo's 3DS is getting a 30 percent price cut on August 12th, to bring the price of the handheld device down to $169.99. It's currently selling for $249. For anyone who's already bought a 3DS and accessed the Nintendo eShop, you'll be able to get 20 free downloadable games like "Super Mario Brothers", "Donkey Kong Jr.", "The Legend of Zelda", "Mario Kart", "Metroid", and "Yoshi's Island". (Full Story) (--And since this drastic price cut will cause Nintendo to lose money on every 3DS, the company president has announced that he's taking a 50% pay cut.)

#2.) "Red Dead Redemption" is releasing free downloadable content in September in a bonus pack called "The Myths and Mavericks" as a show of appreciation to its fans. (Full Story)

--"Soul Surfer" - AnnaSophia Robb plays surfer Bethany Hamilton, the chick who lost her left arm to a shark and then returned to competitive surfing. Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid play her parents, Carrie Underwood plays her church youth group leader, and Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine plays another surfer.

--"Rio" - Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg are the last two birds of their species, which makes them rare and expensive. They escape from some birdnappers, but Jesse doesn't know how to fly which leads to animated chaos.

--"Exporting Raymond" - Anyone who liked "Everybody Loves Raymond" will find this interesting: It's all about how sitcom creator Phil Rosenthal encounters hilarious cultural difference when he goes to Russia to help them adapt "Everybody Loves Raymond" for Russian television.

--"Cold Weather" - This has the potential to be mildly amusing: A forensics dropout and Sherlock Holmes wannabe gets a chance to flex his detective skills when his ex-girlfriend goes missing. It stars an unknown cast, with "Sherlock" played by a guy named Cris Lankenau.

TV Series On DVD:

--"United States of Tara: The Third Season" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Eastbound & Down: The Complete Second Season" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Everwood: The Complete Fourth Season" . . . the final season on five-discs.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Hold On 'Til The Night", Greyson Chance (--He's the young kid who was signed to Ellen DeGeneres' label after singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at a school talent show. He'll turn 14 in about two weeks. You can preview some of the tracks here.)

--"Sky Full of Holes", Fountains of Wayne (--Stream the album at AOL Music.)

--"King", O.A.R. (--It includes the single "Heaven". It's streaming at AOL Music.)

Kings of Leon Have Canceled the Rest of Their U.S. Tour . . . But They Insist They're Not Breaking Up:

KINGS OF LEON have canceled the rest of their U.S. tour, which was supposed to include 25 more shows between tonight and mid-September. --That's not exactly shocking news if you heard about what happened this weekend. On Friday, the band's show in Dallas was cut short when singer CALEB FOLLOWILL abruptly stormed off the stage and didn't return. --They also canceled a gig Saturday in Houston . . . and announced that both shows would be made up in September, but now that's no longer happening. --The band released a statement explaining that they're shutting things down for two months so Caleb can rest his voice and recharge. The band said Caleb is "suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion." --It goes on, quote, "The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, [we] need to take this break. Unfortunately, the U.S. dates cannot be rescheduled due to [our] international tour schedule." --Kings of Leon are scheduled to return to the road on September 28th. They have shows booked in Canada, South Africa and Australia from then through November. Of course, tickets for the canceled shows will be refunded. --The good news is: The band insists that they're NOT breaking up. --This in response to the rampant speculation bassist JARED FOLLOWILL started, when he Tweeted that there were, quote, "problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade." --Here's the latest from the guys on Twitter: --Jared now says, quote, "Utterly depressed. It's completely out of my hands. Family has to come 1st. If bass solos & backing vocals were more popular, I'd be there. --"Don't jump to conclusions guys. We're not breaking up." (--Then he posted this video with the caption: Quote, "They told me the news about the tour in the gym today. This is how I felt." WARNING: There's an UNEDITED F-BOMB.) --Drummer NATHAN FOLLOWILL Tweets, quote, "Bummed about the tour not happening. So sorry 4 all the fans. We just need some rest. Thanks 4 understanding. WE ARE NOT BREAKING UP!" --And that's about it for now. Guitarist MATTHEW FOLLOWILL merely says, quote, "I'm also immensely sorry for what happened. Please forgive, and we will make it up to everyone ASAP!" (--Caleb doesn't appear to have an active Twitter account.)
And Now . . . Yet Another List of the 30 All-Time Best Music Videos:

MTV celebrated their 30th anniversary yesterday . . . and that has everyone talking about music videos. Last week, "Time" magazine released a list of The 30 All-Time Best Music Videos, and now has done the same thing.'s list is the result of a readers' poll . . . and it ranks the Top 10 videos from each decade: The '80s, the '90s and the 2000s.

--Here's the Top 5 of each:

--The '80s: (The complete Top 10, with video links, begins here.)

1.) "Thriller", Michael Jackson (1983)

2.) "Like a Prayer", Madonna (1989)

3.) "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", Cyndi Lauper (1983)

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

5.) "When Doves Cry", Prince (1984)

--The '90s: (The complete Top 10, with video links, begins here.)

1.) "Baby One More Time", Britney Spears (1998)

2.) "Scream", Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson (1995)

3.) "Vogue", Madonna (1990)

4.) "Freak on a Leash", Korn (1999)

5.) "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Nirvana (1991)

--The 2000s: (The complete Top 10, with video links, begins here.)

1.) "Bad Romance", Lady Gaga (2009)

2.) "Toxic", Britney Spears (2004)

3.) "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", Panic! At the Disco (2006)

4.) "You Rock My World", Michael Jackson (2001)

5.) "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", Beyoncé (2008)

Previously Unreleased Footage from the Boring, First Draft of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" Video:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S "Dancing in the Dark" video . . . with a then-unknown COURTENEY COX . . . is arguably one of the most iconic videos to come out of the '80s. (--Although, readers may not agree.) --But it almost didn't happen. --The first director Bruce worked with on the video had a much more literal interpretation. That was: Bruce singing and dancing in the dark. He's mostly alone . . . although the late saxophonist CLARENCE CLEMONS saunters in at the end. --It's a pretty dull concept . . . but you don't have to take my word for it. Previously unreleased footage from these initial shoots has hit the Internet. (--You can check it out, here. And for comparison, here's the final video.) --Eventually, The Boss canned that director . . . and hired Brian De Palma, the man behind the movies "Carrie", "Scarface" and "Carlito's Way". Together they created the version we know today. --The focus was changed to Bruce performing onstage in front of cheering fans. It's totally different from the first shoot, except Bruce kept some of his "dance moves."
Check Out Some Stats from U2's Record-Setting 360 Tour:

U2 just completed their insanely successful "360" tour on Saturday night in Canada. And it wasn't just U2's biggest tour ever . . . it may be THE biggest tour ever. says it will go down "as the biggest tour ever, both in terms of box office gross and attendance." The tour kicked off in June of 2009, and in just over two years, U2 played 110 concerts in front of 7.1 million fans in 30 countries.

--Here are some other stats from the tour:

--134 crew members

--11 babies born to crew

--2 crew weddings

--12 bus drivers

--126 truck drivers

--53 gigs attended by a single fan

--9,760 guitar strings utilized.

--92,270 meals fed to working staff and guests

--29,000 T-shirts given to local stagehands

--400 tons: The weight of the fully loaded "claw" stage

--10 million people watched a live stream of U2 360 at the Rose Bowl on YouTube in October of 2009.

--320,000 fans saw 360 in Mexico City

Old-School Singers and Rappers - #1 - Meat Loaf Is Working with Lil Jon and Chuck D:

MEAT LOAF'S next album will come with a side of hip-hop . . . because he's collaborating with LIL JON and CHUCK D from PUBLIC ENEMY. --Meat Loaf got to know Lil Jon when they were both contestants on "Celebrity Apprentice" . . . and he met Chuck through ANTHRAX singer SCOTT IAN, who's his son-in-law. --Meat Loaf has several projects in the works, but it sounds like this is for "Hell in a Handbasket" . . . an album that he's putting out in February. --There aren't any other details, so it's unclear if they're all doing one track together . . . or if Meat Loaf is working with Lil Jon and Chuck D separately.

Old-School Singers and Rappers - #2 - Drake Is Working with Stevie Wonder:

DRAKE has landed STEVIE WONDER for his next album, "Take Care". --Stevie started out by giving Drake advice and suggestions on the music, and then Drake popped the question. Drake says, quote, "So I hit him, asked him to come by, and with no hesitation he hit me back like 'I will be there.' --"Not only that, but he was supposed to do two songs and he did like six. It was incredible." (--Here's video of Stevie onstage with Drake at the OVO Festival on Sunday.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

KIM KARDASHIAN is doing a 3D magazine photo shoot . . . and for some reason this is supposed to make us very excited. (Full Story)

HEIDI MONTAG and SPENCER PRATT are broke and living in Spencer's parents' beach house. They have a hard time finding work and don't really know what they're going to do next. (Full Story)

MARISKA HARGITAY'S part on "Law & Order: SVU" isn't going to be reduced as much as people have been led to believe. (Full Story)

Starz is working on a series about the first woman to ever own her own NASCAR team. It has a title that you CAN'T SAY ON THE AIR. (Full Story)

LUCY LIU has joined the cast of TNT's "Southland". (Full Story)

If riveting box office figures are your life, then you surely need the results of the gripping battle between "Cowboys and Aliens" and "The Smurfs". Ready? "The Smurfs" lost. The alien-western was ahead in the final tally by $800,000. (Results)


Gabrielle Giffords Returned to Congress for the First Time Since Being Shot, So She Could Vote 'Yes' on the Debt Ceiling Bill:

The madness over raising the debt ceiling has been an example of partisan politics at its absolute worst. And as a result, every poll shows that people in the U.S. have even more contempt for their elected officials than normal. --But last night, just as Congress was voting on a bill that NO ONE likes, but keeps the country from defaulting on what we owe . . . we got a gigantic reality check. --REPRESENTATIVE GABRIELLE GIFFORDS made her first appearance in Congress since she was SHOT IN THE FACE back in January, during an assassination attempt. She traveled to Washington to cast her vote on the bill. --When she walked into the room, it was a pretty amazing sight. After so much horrible, bitter, petty arguing, everyone from both parties stood up, gave her a standing ovation, and surrounded her to give her hugs and handshakes.--And while it's far too optimistic to say that maybe this snapped Congress out of their bubble, and will make them take a step back to remember there's more to what they do than fighting and impeding progress . . . it was still a real MOMENT.--Giffords voted yes on the bill. It passed 269 to 161. The Senate should sign off on it today and avoid sending the country into default. (Reuters) (--Here's a video from C-SPAN of Giffords returning to Congress last night and here's the highlight on Gawker.)

A Seven-Year-Old was Drowning in a Pool and was Saved by . . . a Cable Repairman Working Nearby:

Cable repairmen get a LOT of bad press. They've got a reputation for being horribly late to appointments, and they don't seem to be in much of a hurry to change that perception. So it's about time we got to praise one as a HERO. --30-year-old Agustin Arreguin of San Antonio, Texas is a field technician for Time Warner Cable. Last week, he was out on a job, fixing some cable lines outside of an apartment complex. --As he was finishing up, he heard SCREAMS for help. He looked over a fence and saw that a seven-year-old boy was DROWNING in the apartment pool. --So he hopped the fence. Someone else pulled the boy out, but he wasn't breathing. Fortunately, Agustin knew CPR . . . he'd taken a course in January to get his certification to adopt a child. So he performed CPR on the boy. --And it WORKED. The boy, whose name is Moses Pearsall, was conscious and alert by the time the ambulance got to the apartment complex. He didn't suffer any brain damage and will make a full recovery. --Agustin was honored on Friday morning at a ceremony featuring officials from the Red Cross, the county, and Time Warner Cable. (San Antonio Express-News)


Here are the States with the Highest and Lowest Rates of Vices, Addictions, and Mental Health Issues:

Based on government data from 2008 through 2010, here are the states that have the highest and lowest rates of vices, addictions, and mental health issues. Let's get ready to judge . . .

--Illicit drug use. Alaska has the highest rate, with 13.5% of people using an illegal drug in the past month. Iowa has the lowest, at 5.3%. Alaska also has the highest rate of marijuana use, at 11.5%. Utah has the lowest rate at 3.6%.

--Painkiller abuse. Oklahoma had the highest rate, at 8.1%. Iowa and Nebraska tied for the lowest rate at 3.6%.

--Alcohol. New Hampshire had the most people drink in the past month, at 64%. Utah had by far the fewest, at 28.1%. For underage drinking, Vermont has the highest rate, at 36.6%. Utah is the lowest, at 14.2%.

--Cigarettes. Kentucky has the most smokers, at 32%. Utah has the fewest, at 16.4%.

--Drug addiction. Washington, D.C. has the highest rate, at 4.4%. Iowa has the lowest rate, at 1.9%.

--Mental illness. Rhode Island has the highest percentage, at 7.2%. Hawaii and South Dakota have the lowest mental illness rates, at 3.5%.

--Suicidal thoughts. Utah . . . which has the fewest marijuana users, drinkers, and smokers . . . has the MOST suicidal people, at 5.4%. Georgia has the fewest, at 2.8%. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

(--You can see where your state ranks on the full report here. Head to page 162 of the PDF, that's where the state-by-state charts start.)

People Think Drinking Alone is Twice as Relaxing as Spending Time With Their Family:

You love your family. They mean everything to you and made you the person you are today. But at the end of a long, tough day of work . . . do you kinda wish they'd disappear for a few hours and leave you alone with a jug of whiskey? --According to a new survey, people are more than TWICE as likely to say that drinking alone is more relaxing after a stressful day than spending time with their kids. --In the survey, 61% of people said that having a few drinks is their top choice after a long day. Only 28% said spending time with their kids helped them relax. And 26% said they'd rather talk with their partner. --Women were MUCH more likely to say they drink because of stress, 73% to 26%. --And 61% of women say they have two or more, quote, "large glasses of wine" after a stressful day.--The same percentage of men drink about two beers a night after a stressful day. --Only 15% of both genders drink after a great day. (The Telegraph)
Here Are the Top Party Schools in the Country:

Princeton Review released its annual list of the top party schools in the country yesterday. And as always, the students from the number one school celebrated, and the administration was mortified.

--This year, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio was named the top party school in the country. The rankings are based on a survey of more than 122,000 students nationwide.

--Ohio University . . . not to be confused with Ohio State . . . has a long-standing reputation as a major party school. Their Halloween party has been going on since the 1970s and draws at least 20,000 people.

--After the rankings were released, Ohio issued a statement saying, quote, "We are disappointed in the party school ranking as it is not indicative of the overall experience of Ohio students and does not match the data we have collected."

--The number two school on the list is in a different Athens . . . the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Number three is the University of Mississippi . . . four is University of Iowa . . . and five is the University of California, Santa Barbara.

--For the 14th straight year, Brigham Young University in Utah was named the number one most stone cold sober school in the country. (CBS 17 - Columbia, South Carolina) (--You can see the full list of the top 20 party schools here.)

When Your Boss is Angry or Sarcastic It Actually Makes Your Work Better:

The fact that your boss is an a-hole may actually be good for you. And not just because you're getting stronger every day as you train to one day punch him in the face. --According to a new study in the "Journal of Applied Psychology", when bosses are ANGRY or SARCASTIC it actually makes their employees work better. --In the study, angry bosses made people better at straightforward and analytic tasks because it kept the employees more focused. --A sarcastic boss made people better at creative tasks because good sarcasm puts your brain to work . . . and that got workers going in a creative direction. --A boss who was nice didn't get the same results. (Washington Post)

The Only Home Renovation That Pays For Itself Is Steel Entry Doors . . . But You Still Might Want to Make Improvements:

People justify expensive home improvements by saying that they'll "pay for themselves". That means they'll add more to the home's value than the cost of doing them. --But it turns out they usually don't. The only renovation that increases the cost of the home enough to recoup 100% of the cost is replacing older doors with steel ones. --Replacing the siding recoups an average of 80% of the cost. New windows get back about 70% of the cost. --One of the least cost-effective moves is to remodel your kitchen. It only gets back about 60% of the cost. Mainly because it's wicked expensive to do: They cost an average of $113,000. --The other problem with a new kitchen is that it can't be seen from the outside. Shiny new doors and siding make an immediate impact to people passing through the neighborhood. You have to already be interested in the house to ever see the new kitchen. --For the same reason, turning the master bedroom into a suite, adding a deck on the back of the house, and renovating the bathrooms also only recoup about 60%. --But even though they don't pay for themselves, you might still want to make improvements. Often, a major improvement makes the difference between selling a house or having it linger on the market for months. (Yahoo Finance)

An Elderly Couple Figures Out a Flaw in the Massachusetts Lottery and Spend $600,000 on Tickets . . . Knowing They'll Win Millions:

This is pretty impressive. Incredibly risky, but impressive. --Marjorie and Gerald Selbee are a married couple in their 70s who live in Massachusetts. And they figured out a flaw in one of the state's more obscure lottery games: If they bought $600,000 in tickets, they could guarantee a win. --The game is called Cash WinFall. Very few people play it, so very few people win it. And the prizes accumulate each week until it hits a $2 MILLION jackpot, with some massive secondary prizes for getting most of the numbers right. --A few weeks ago, the jackpot and prizes hit that maxed out level. And the Selbees went into action. --Marjorie went to a liquor store in Sunderland, Massachusetts, and spent THREE DAYS buying $307,000 worth of $2 tickets for the game. Gerald was at a coffee shop that whole time buying $307,000 worth of tickets on his own. --They bought about half of the possible 1,605 winning tickets for Cash WinFall . . . and they'd calculated that it was enough to guarantee they'd make their money back. --And it turns out this isn't the first time they've done this in 2011. They've played the system on Cash WinFall before. --They haven't said whether they won the jackpot this time, but the smaller prizes for matching most of the numbers are high enough that they've already cleared $1 MILLION . . . and will probably make another several million this year. (Boston Globe)

A Man Finds Out the Hot Blonde Who Seduced Him and Got Him to Drive Drunk Was Sent By His Ex-Wife to Help Her Divorce Settlement:

It's just amazing how every man truly believes that, deep down, he's irresistible to women. No matter how much of a lifetime of evidence he's gotten to the contrary. --49-year-old Dave Dutcher is an aeronautics engineer in Martinez, California. He and his wife split up a few years ago and Dave went on And he immediately started getting attention from a GORGEOUS, YOUNG BLONDE. --They went on a date. She told him, quote, "I haven't had sex in so long." --On their second date, she brought along an equally-hot friend. They flashed their breasts at him, did some shots, and invited him back to their hot tub, suggesting they'd have a threesome. --At this point, Dave's "wait a minute, something doesn't add up" sense should've kicked in. But it didn't because, of course, all men deep down believe they're rock stars. So even though he was drunk, he got behind the wheel to go home with them. --And that's when he was pulled over and got a DUI. --Now, a few years later, Dave believes he's put together the pieces. His ex-wife HIRED the blonde woman to seduce him. She tipped off the cop he was drunk. And it was all to get a better divorce settlement. --His ex-wife admits she hired the woman and tipped off the cop, but says she did it to keep an eye on Dave, not to set him up. Dave will be in court this week to convince the judge not to take away his three kids in the divorce . . . because it was all a trap. (San Jose Mercury News)

A Man in India Has a Hysterectomy After Doctors Find His Abdominal Pain is Caused by . . . a Uterus?

We don't have all the details on this story, but what we do know is pretty crazy . . . --A man in India named Ryalu went to the hospital recently to find out what was causing his severe abdominal pain. (--No other name was released, and we're not sure if that's his first or last name.) -Doctors diagnosed him with a hernia, and did exploratory surgery to find out how bad it was. It was bad . . . but it wasn't because of the hernia. --His doctor (--Dr. Pramod Kumar Shrivastava) found that Ryalu had a fully developed uterus, as well as ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and a cervix. There was also some vaginal tissue that hadn't developed. --Ryalu had fully developed guy parts on the outside, and he'd managed to use them to father two children with his wife. --So technically, Ryalu is considered a hermaphrodite, although his hormones and sexuality are all male. And he had no idea. --Dr. Pramod and his team removed the female organs . . . which means that Ryalu is one of the only men in the world to have had a hysterectomy. --Ryalu is recovering with his family and says he was just as stunned as the doctors. (Telegraph)

Dogs at a Shelter in the Hamptons Will Get Valium and Earmuffs to Help Cope With Noise From a Rock Festival Next Month:

The "Music to Know Festival" is expected to draw about 6,000 fans to a field in upscale East Hampton next month. That's the fancy part of Long Island, New York. --The festival was originally planned for an even richer neighborhood called Amagansett, but complaints and lawsuits forced the planners to relocate. --And now the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is concerned about the show. They have a shelter located about 50 yards from the field, and they're worried about the effect the noise will have on the 150 dogs and cats that live at the shelter. --So they'll be providing Valium to any animals that appear to be traumatized by the music. The kennel's executive director, Sarah Davidson, says Valium is commonly used to treat nervous conditions in pets. --Sarah is also considering getting noise-reducing earmuffs to help the dogs and cats cope. And the kennel will pump classical music through speakers to help drown out the rock. --All of which is a little strange, since the field where the concert will be held is next to an airport runway . . . so the dogs and cats are used to hearing jets taking off and landing. (Reuters)


A Man Carjacks a Police Officer . . . and Tries to Blame It on Batman?

Right now, they're filming the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises", in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And that's really the only explanation for why a criminal would use an excuse this stupid. --On Saturday night, 21-year-old Micah Calamosca of Shadyside, Pennsylvania, tried to CARJACK a guy in Pittsburgh. He didn't realize the guy was a detective who was in an unmarked car looking for an assault suspect. --The detective is named Robert DiGiacomo, and he pulled out his gun and arrested Micah. And that's when Micah explained what was going on. --It was all a big misunderstanding, he said . . . he was part of the Batman movie and stealing the car was part of the script. --The detective quickly poked holes in his story . . . the main holes being that there were no cameras around, Micah isn't part of the movie, and that he was lying. He's been charged with robbery of a motor vehicle. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

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Frogs are in danger of going extinct . . . because of the worldwide demand for frogs' legs? (Full Story)

Facebook has added a place to list your "expected child's" name and due date . . . to keep people from creating profiles for their fetuses. (Full Story)


#1.) Fifty People Protested on Wall Street . . . By Getting Naked and Doing Everyday Things:

Supposedly, people walking down Wall Street between 7:00 and 7:05 yesterday morning were greeted by this: 50 people doing everyday things on the sidewalk . . . completely nude. --There's a video online of just one naked guy swinging his junk around while he does a light workout that includes stretching and HIGH LEG KICKS. Unfortunately, that's the only footage of this nonsense so far, so who knows if there were actually 50 people. --According to New York's "Metro" newspaper, it was a performance art piece about Wall Street's lack of transparency. At least three of the "performers" were arrested, and charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. --A window washer who witnessed all five minutes of it summed it up best. He said, quote, "It didn't look like art. People do that all the time on the subway." (--Search for "Naked People Descend on Wall Street.") (--WARNING: This video includes full-frontal nudity, with a guy flopping and dangling his junk around.)

#2.) A Guy Jumped Into a Lake From the Top of a Moving Train:

We don't know when or where this happened, but it looks like something out of an action movie . . . and it's also incredibly stupid. --It's a guy standing on top of a moving commuter train. Then when it passes over a lake, he jumps off . . . and somehow doesn't die. (--Search for "Train Surfing Jump Into Lake." He jumps at :08.)

#3.) Check Out How Many Female Riders Crashed During a New Motocross Event at the X Games:

The 17th X Games went down this weekend in Los Angeles, and the event that gave athletes the most trouble was the brand new Enduro-X motocross course. --It was like a mountain bike course but more extreme, and riders had to go over huge logs and rocks. The men didn't do very well, but the women's race was even worse. One female rider crashed immediately. And eventually, so did almost everyone else. (--Search YouTube for "X Games 17 Moto X Enduro Women's Highlights." Check out crashes at :08, :12, :19, :30 and :45.)

#4.) Check Out the Best and Worst of MTV from 1981 to Today:

For MTV's 30th birthday yesterday, put together a montage of the best and worst moments from 1981 to 2011. --It includes everything from "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Thriller", and "The Real World" to "TRL", "16 and Pregnant", and "Jersey Shore". It's called "30 Years of MTV in Three Minutes" . . . even though it's actually more like four.

#5.) If Shark Week Isn't Your Thing, Try "Seahorse Week":

It's Shark Week on The Discovery Channel, but not everyone can handle it. That's why there's "Seahorse Week" . . . on the Hallmark Channel? (--Many thanks to our pal Spence from Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo on 98.5 KLUC in Vegas.)
The Healthiest and Unhealthiest Kids Meals at Ten Popular Fast-Food Restaurants:

Last week, McDonald's announced that starting in September, they're making Happy Meals healthier by adding apples and serving half as many French fries. --According to the website, the healthiest option is to nix the fries completely and go with chicken nuggets, apples and apple juice, which have a total of 380 calories. --If you get a cheeseburger instead and ask for just fries and NO apples, it's 700 calories. Now, here's their list of the best and worst options for kids at nine other popular fast food restaurants.

#1.) Subway. Even though some kids meals at other fast-food restaurants have fewer calories, they say Subway is the healthiest option, because it has the lowest AVERAGE number of calories for a kids meal.

--The Veggie Delight sandwich meal with apples and low-fat milk has 345 calories, which is the lowest.

--The kids meal with the most calories is the three-inch roast beef sandwich with apples and low-fat milk, which has 395.

#2.) Burger King. The chicken tenders meal with apple fries and low-fat milk is the healthiest with 350 calories. And they say the worst option is a hamburger with apple fries and apple juice, which has 430.

--But obviously, if you add cheese, it's even worse.

#3.) Taco Bell. All the kids meals come with cinnamon twists and a juice box, but the main course makes a big difference: If you get it with a crunchy taco, it has 360 calories. But with a bean burrito, it has 580.

#4.) Chick-Fil-A. There's one kids option that has less calories than Subway's Veggie Delight meal . . . but that's because it includes a fruit cup, low-fat milk, and only ONE chicken strip.

--The average kids meal at Chick-Fil-A has 441 calories, and the worst possible option is the chicken nugget meal with fries and low-fat chocolate milk, which has 660.

#5.) Kentucky Fried Chicken. The chicken strip meal with string cheese, corn, and a Capri Sun only has 280 calories.

--But the average kids meal has 446. And the worst option is the popcorn chicken meal with string cheese, potato wedges, and soda. All totaled, it has 663 calories.

#6.) Wendy's. The best option is chicken nuggets with apples and a soda and has 283 calories. The worst option is the chicken sandwich with fries and a soda, which has 623. The average kids meal at Wendy's has 502.

#7.) Sonic. The healthiest kids meal has 410 calories and comes with chicken strips, apples, and juice. The worst is the grilled cheese meal, which has 740 calories, and comes with French fries and chocolate milk.

#8.) Quizno's. Believe it or not, the healthiest kids meal is a ham melt sandwich with chips and a soda, which has 613 calories.

--The unhealthiest option is the "Cheesy toasted cheese sandwich" with a cookie and a soda. All together, it comes to 773 calories.

#9.) Dairy Queen. According to The Daily Meal, it has the worst options for kids, and the average kids meal has 737 calories.

--The best you can do at Dairy Queen is the chicken strip meal with applesauce, soda, and an ice cream cone, which have a total of 603 calories. --The worst is a cheeseburger meal with fries, a soda, and a Dilly bar, which have a grand total of 883 calories. Obviously, it has a lot to do with adding dessert. (