Friday, October 14, 2011


Bruce Willis Isn't Happy With Ashton Kutcher:

The "National Enquirer" says BRUCE WILLIS is pretty jacked at ASHTON KUTCHER because he, quote, "dirtied his clan's carefully cultivated, hip family image and made Demi look like a fool." --Bruce had actually formed a friendship with Ashton, who was basically a second dad to his daughters. But that bond is now, quote, "completely destroyed." --Meanwhile, "Us Weekly" claims that Demi is so upset these days that she's hardly eating. A source says, quote, "She is superskinny and it's hard to look at." --Meanwhile . . . Ashton and Demi were together Wednesday night, and still wearing their wedding rings. --They were spotted leaving a building in Beverly Hills. Sources say they were seeing a marriage counselor. They walked out within seconds of each other, and left in separate cars.

Is Julianne Hough Cheating on Ryan Seacrest with Her "Footloose" Costar?

JULIANNE HOUGH'S "foot" might not be the only thing that's "loose". --A woman called into a radio show yesterday . . . (--The syndicated "Dave & Jimmy Show") . . . to say she saw Julianne at a club, making out with her "Footloose" costar KENNY WORMALD. --It happened at a bar in Nashville. The caller said the movie's cast was in town for a screening of the movie. She added, quote, "She was definitely not concerned about RYAN SEACREST that night." (--You can listen to the call here.) --Meanwhile, in what could be an ill-timed interview, Kenny told "Us Weekly" that kissing Julianne in the movie was, quote, "cool." But he added, quote, "Ryan's cool, too."

Lindsay Lohan Has Been Dumped From the Women's Shelter She Was Supposed to Do Community Service At . . . And Her Teeth Might Be Rotting:

Plenty of bad news for LINDSAY LOHAN today. First off, she may have been DUMPED from the Downtown Women's Shelter in Los Angeles . . . where she was supposed to work off the bulk of her community service. --On the record, all we know is what Lindsay's rep said yesterday . . . quote, "Lindsay is now serving her community service at the Red Cross, and we're not providing any comment beyond that." --Unofficially, what we've heard is that the shelter got fed up with her because she no-showed NINE different times she was scheduled to be there. And when she DID show, she would hang for about an hour, then split. --And sources say she's barely made a dent in her community service commitment. Lindsay was ordered to serve 360 hours at the shelter and another 120 at the county morgue. --She has a status hearing next Wednesday, and things might not go too well. On the other hand, she was given a year to complete her hours, so this probably isn't something that'll send her back to jail. --But Lindsay might have more to worry about than her community service. It looks like HER TEETH ARE ROTTING. --Lindsay showed up on the red carpet of a video game launch party Wednesday night, and her teeth were yellow-stained and NASTY. (--Check out some pics here. And notice it also looks like she caught her hand in a garbage disposal.) ( --A dentist who does NOT treat Lindsay told, quote, "There are signs of definite neglect. This is what someone looks like when they haven't been to the dentist for a long time and they just haven't taken care of themselves." --He added, quote, "There are a lot of stains on her teeth, the yellow spots are typical of people who drink a lot of red wine and smoke . . . These are definitely the teeth of someone who doesn't care because this is not a clean mouth." --But Lindsay's rep says, quote, "Lindsay is widely acknowledged as one of the most stunning actresses of her day, and we get requests every week wanting to do photo shoots with her from top photographers. --"She's been on the cover of 'Vanity Fair' and the top beauty and fashion magazines. She's a beautiful and glamorous actress. --"With everything going on . . . from deteriorating public education to rampant homelessness to international unrest . . . there is no way I'm going to comment on Lindsay's teeth." (--Nice deflect.)

Hacker Christopher Chaney Says He Was "Addicted" to Spying on Celebrities:

CHRISTOPHER CHANEY . . . the 35-year-old hacker who caused a PANIC throughout Hollywood . . . was, quote, "addicted to seeing the behind-the-scenes" lives of celebrities. --And it got so bad he was RELIEVED when he got caught. (--His computer was actually seized six months ago. Which doesn't explain how the Scarlett Johansson nudes popped up just ONE month ago. Still, authorities have said they believe he acted alone.) --In an interview with a local TV station in Jacksonville, Florida, he said, quote, "It started as a curiosity. It happened and snowballed . . . I didn't know how to stop doing it. --"I wasn't attempting to break into e-mails and get stuff to sell or purposely put it on the Internet. It just . . . I don't know." He also likened it to reading, quote, "a completely uncensored blog." --Chaney apologized to the celebrities who were affected . . . quote, "I deeply apologize. I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions of privacy someone could experience. --"These people don't have privacy to begin with, and I was in that tiny little sliver of privacy they do have." --Chaney plans to plead guilty to all the charges against him . . . which carry a maximum of 121 years in federal prison. (--Which probably explains the apology and all the excuses. Somebody's angling for a little mercy. Sincere or not, you can watch his interview here.)

Whitney Houston Almost Flipped Out on a Plane . . . But She Was Sober:

WHITNEY HOUSTON almost had a meltdown on a flight from Atlanta to Detroit on Wednesday. Before the plane took off, Whitney went all diva on a flight attendant who asked her to buckle her seatbelt. --But when another attendant informed her that she'd be kicked off the plane if she didn't comply, Whitney allowed the woman to buckle the belt for her. --But a source close to Whitney insists she wasn't under the influence . . . quote, "She overreacted a little bit after missing an earlier flight but she's still 100% sober and was on the way to Detroit for her first day of shooting a new movie."

Kelsey Grammer Is Finally Firing Back at His Ex-Wife Camille:

KELSEY GRAMMER sat back and watched his ex-wife CAMILLE talk a lot of smack about him in the media. That crack about his allegedly small manhood comes immediately to mind. --But now Kelsey is fighting back. On some Australian talk show, Kelsey called his marriage to Camille, quote, "a difficult time." --Asked about the way she bashed him on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", he said, quote, "Well it's bound to be what they do. --"In my mind that was my parting gift to her after a very difficult marriage and a very difficult decade. I thought maybe, 'So long, here's a little present for ya.'" --And on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight", Kelsey said Camille married his character Frasier, not him . . . and she was just in it for the money. --He said, quote, "I think what I was trying to do was sell it to myself . . . I thought this was the kind of relationship I should try to have and it just, uh, there was still the small voice in the back of my head saying 'This isn't gonna work,' but I stuck to it." --And he said the current status of the relationship is NOT GOOD . . . quote, "We've had some difficult moments, the only thing that I've ever really wanted was to try to work out something that would be nice for the kids."


The "Footloose" Remake Is Up Against "The Thing" Prequel This Weekend:

#1.) "Footloose" (PG-13) (Trailer)

The remake stars Julianne Hough from "Dancing with the Stars", Dennis Quaid as her dance-hating father, and an unknown kid named Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack, the character IMMORTALIZED by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original. --Sadly, Kevin turned down a cameo, because he didn't want to be a distraction. (--I think they blew it doing a remake without Kevin Bacon. They should have cast him as the dance-hating dad. How awesome would THAT have been?) --As for the music, Blake Shelton sings the title track, and you get a pretty good feel for the dancing in the video for it. Obviously Kenny Loggins did the original "Footloose" song and he was kind enough to give Blake's version his seal of approval.

#2.) "The Thing" (R) (Trailer)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a scientist recruited by a Norwegian team that discovers a creature buried in the Antarctic. But once they free it from the ice, it starts killing them off, and passing itself off as human by imitating each of its victims. --It's actually a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic of the same name, which starred Kurt Russell as a badass at an American research station in the Antarctic. That one opened with a chopper crew trying to kill a dog that wasn't what it seemed. --The new movie's set a few days before that. Joel Edgerton from the MMA movie "Warrior", and Mr. Eko from "Lost" play two American chopper pilots, and Eric Christian Olsen . . . Deeks on "NCIS Los Angeles" . . . is a research assistant.

#3.) "The Big Year" (PG) (Trailer)

A comedy with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson as three rivals who spend a year traveling together and competing in a bird-watching competition. The rest of the cast includes Rashida Jones, Brian Dennehy, and Anjelica Houston.

Martin Short Will Be a Judge on "Canada's Got Talent", and He'll Be a Nice Judge Because That's What Canada Prefers:

MARTIN SHORT will be a judge on "Canada's Got Talent", which of course is Canada's version of "America's Got Talent". Martin is Canadian, if you didn't know. (--He's also Canadian if you DID know.) (???) --So what kind of judge will Martin be? He says he's going to be honest . . . but he won't be MEAN like SIMON COWELL, because Canadians don't like mean judges like Americans do.--He explains, quote, "There's an element of reality TV that cannot exist without the word humiliation. And one of the things that turned me off about [reality competition] shows . . . for years I wouldn't watch them . . . is I would find some judge with questionable talent being mean to someone who was trying their best. --"And you realize that must be part of why it's a big hit. --"I don't think, particularly in [Canada], we want to see someone say, 'I'm going to be the jerk judge, I'm going to make people feel badly about themselves.'" --Martin continues his indirect jab at Simon by saying: --Quote, "[They're] performing and their hearts are in their mouths. They're nervous. And to sit back and snidely put them down because it's good for ratings, first of all, it makes the judge look like a complete fool." --And Martin believes Americans may be realizing that as well. He explains, quote, "When Steven Tyler took over at 'American Idol', and [Jennifer Lopez], they said everyone will be too nice and too pleasant and it won't have an edge. --"[But] the ratings went higher." --"Canada's Got Talent" will premiere in March. Martin is the only judge so far, but there's talk that the show could get another high-profile Canadian judge, like CELINE DION, TOM GREEN and HOWIE MANDEL, who's a judge on "America's Got Talent".

There's a new "Whisperer" Show in the Works! (???)

WHISPERER ALERT: There have been TV shows called "Ghost Whisperer" and "Dog Whisperer" . . . not to mention the 1998 ROBERT REDFORD movie "The Horse Whisperer" . . . and now there's a NEW "whisperer" show in the works! --It's called "Serial Killer Whisperer" . . . (???) . . . and it's based on an upcoming book that tells the TRUE STORY of a man who suffered "a traumatic brain injury that rendered him incapable of judging or feeling repulsion." --And somehow, that lead to him becoming a "confidant to convicted serial killers." --NBC is developing the show with "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf. There's no word when it might make it to TV. --The book, "Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers", is out in January.

Ellen DeGeneres Is Developing a Sitcom Called "Weitz & Wong":

ELLEN DEGENERES' production company is developing a sitcom for ABC about, quote, "a mixed race Jewish-Chinese couple and their two children who try to create their own identity in the face of their extremely different extended families." --The best part: It has a HI-lariously borderline racist title! (???) It's called "Weitz & Wong". No word when it might premiere.

"Glee" Creator Ryan Murphy Is Creating Another Gay Show:

"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy is developing a new sitcom for NBC, and perhaps not surprisingly, this one will also be very gay friendly. (--Murphy is openly gay.) --It's, quote, "a heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them start a family." There's no title yet. --Naturally, the show will probably spark some backlash from the usual suspects . . . who are uncomfortable with broadcast networks pushing the so-called "gay agenda" in primetime. So, get pumped for that! (???)

Zombie Movie Legend George Romero Hasn't Seen "The Walking Dead" . . . and He Doesn't Seem Pleased That It Exists:

Legendary zombie movie director GEORGE ROMERO hasn't seen AMC's zombie series "The Walking Dead" . . . and he doesn't seem too pleased that zombies are popular enough to warrant a show like that. --George basically INVENTED the modern zombie with the 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead" and followed it up with the masterpieces "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead" in 1978 and 1985, respectively. (--More recently, he brought us the not-as-classic "Land of the Dead", "Diary of the Dead" and "Survival of the Dead".) --George also says the producers of "The Walking Dead" have offered him the opportunity to work on an episode, but he turned them down. --He explains, quote, "I don't have any desire to do one because it's not . . . my zombies live in sort of my universe and they're political and they're different from whatever that is. I'm not trying to capitalize on a trend . . . --"When I want to write about something, I try to use zombies to do it because it's easier than trying to write a piece about citizen journalism. It's easier to put zombies in it and make fun of it." --He adds, quote, "I'm not really a fan of the fact that [zombies have] become as popular as they've become because I used to think that I had them in my pocket somewhere. And now they're sort of all over the place and I'm not thrilled." --Interestingly enough, George is hosting AMC's "FearFest," which launches this Sunday with "The Walking Dead's" second season premiere.


Friday TV Reminders:

--"CSI: New York" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CBS. (--New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre guest stars when some rookies are caught in an off-duty shooting.)

--"20/20" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Diane Sawyer reports on the South Dakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the enduring role it has in U.S. history.)

--"Hairy Bikers" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on the History Channel. (--Chef Paul Patranella and motorcycle mechanic Bill Allen travel by motorcycle to explore American food in this back-to-back series opener.)

--"Iron Man Anime" [1st Season Finale] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on G4.

--"Wolverine Anime" [1st Season Finale] . . . 11:30 P.M. to Midnight on G4.

Saturday TV Reminders:

--"NASCAR Sprint Cup Series" . . . 7:30 to 11:30 P.M. Eastern on ABC.

--"Grand Ole Opry Live" . . . 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Oak Ridge Boys, Joey & Rory, Jesse McReynolds and Elizabeth Cook perform.)

--"Austin City Limits" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on PBS. (--Widespread Panic performs.)

--"Welcome To Sweetie Pie's" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on OWN. (--This reality series follows Robbie Montgomery, owner and operator of soul-food restaurant "Sweetie Pie's".)

--"Craig Ferguson: Does This Need To Be Said?" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Craig Ferguson returns to his comedy roots to do stand-up.)

--"Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent" . . . 10:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Showtime. (--Comedienne Margaret Cho performs from Atlanta.)

--"My Ghost Story" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Biography.

--"That Metal Show" . . . 11:00 P.M. to Midnight on VH1 Classic. (--Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen and rock vocalist Graham Bonnet guest.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Anna Faris guest hosts and Drake is the musical guest.)

Sunday TV Reminders:

--"Sunday Night Football" . . . 8:20 to 11:20 P.M. Eastern on NBC. (--The Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field in Chicago.)

--"iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Discovery. (--A look at the creations of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and their impact on our world.) (--You can preview the documentary here.)

--"Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Tyler Perry recounts his rags-to-riches story in this new show which examines his life and career.)

--"The Walking Dead" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on AMC.

--"Day Jobs" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on GAC. (--Neal McCoy, Chuck Wicks and Rodney Atkins are reunited with their pre-fame jobs.)

--"Desperate Housewives" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Miguel Ferrer guest stars as a no-nonsense instructor when Susan takes an art course.)

--"The Good Wife" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Harvey Fierstein guest stars as a gravel-voiced judge.)

--"Ask Oprah's All Stars" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on OWN

--"100 Moments That Changed TV" [Parts 4 of 5]. . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TV Guide. (--Events include Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, "The Simpsons" impact on prime-time animation, and a groundbreaking moment on "The Real World".)

--"Why Am I Still Single?!" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on VH1. (--New York City matchmaker Siggy Flicker creates love connections in this dating show.)

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

--"Our America with Lisa Ling" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Lisa Ling reports on the growing phenomenon of amateur sex tapes and why they are posted online.)

--"Talking Dead" . . . Midnight to 12:30 A.M. on AMC. (--Chris Hardwick hosts as guests discuss the zombie thriller "The Walking Dead".)

Janet Jackson's Tour Rider Forbids Jokes About Her or Her Family: got their hands on JANET JACKSON'S tour rider, and as usual, it includes some bizarre requests. --First and foremost, the rider forbids anyone from making jokes about her or the Jackson family . . . specifically if there's a comedian on the bill. --The document refers to the Jacksons as "protected persons," and adds, quote, "The privacy of Janet Jackson and her family is highly valued . . . [and all details about the family] shall be deemed to be confidential and secret." --Moving on, here's some of the stuff Janet wants in her dressing room:

--White Flowers: Janet prefers "cut white tulips," but if those aren't available she's willing to accept white gardenias or white roses. If THAT isn't possible, Janet will make do with an arrangement featuring, quote, "a variety of whites nicely put together."

--Candles: Janet demands unscented candles that are "three to four inches in diameter," and scented votive candles that smell like "red currant."

--Food and Beverages: Janet doesn't need alcoholic beverages, but she does want, quote, "Gaterdade" . . . yes, spelled G-A-T-E-R-D-A-D-E . . . assorted Crystal Lite drink mixes, organic creamy peanut butter and Orbit gum.

Is This Video of Axl Rose Freaking Out at the Airport?

A video has popped up online, which supposedly shows AXL ROSE throwing a TEMPER TANTRUM after arriving at an airport in Argentina, where GUNS N' ROSES are on tour. --In the video, you see a car pulling up to the airport, and "Axl" getting out, angrily slamming the door, and yelling, quote, "Get the [eff] away from me, you [effing] idiot." --From the video, you can't tell for sure if it's Axl . . . but the video was shot among a crowd of amped-up Guns fans, so you'd think they'd know Axl when they see him. --Since this is Axl we're talking about, our first thought was: He's late . . . and he's going ballistic because he's going to miss his plane. That would be awesome. --However, a description of the video on YouTube claims Axl was upset because of some misunderstanding with security, which forced him to use the main entrance . . . and push his way through all the fans. (--Here's the YouTube link. WARNING: Axl's expletives are UNCENSORED.)

Check Out a 30-Second Teaser of Justin Bieber's New Video:

JUSTIN BIEBER'S video for "Mistletoe" will premiere Tuesday on MTV, but in the meantime, has posted a 30-second teaser. (--Here's the link.) --It features Justin flirting with a girl who's not SELENA GOMEZ, but who looks like a young COURTENEY COX. (--Hey, it worked for BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.)

Taylor Swift Has Recorded 25 Songs for Her Next Album . . . And She'd Like to be a "Toddlers & Tiaras" Girl for Halloween:

We won't be seeing a new album from TAYLOR SWIFT until late next year . . . but it may be worth the wait because she already has enough songs recorded for a double album. --Taylor talked about it on RYAN SEACREST'S show yesterday. She said, quote, "(I've) already recorded 25 songs, and we have a year to go! I've been writing so much more in the first part of this recording process than I did last time." --Since Taylor works nonstop, she was asked how she finds the time to knock out so much music. Turns out it's late at night when the rest of the world is getting sloppy in clubs. --She said, quote, "Being so busy there's not a lot of time to stop in the middle of the day. And when you get inspiration it's like four in the morning and you're in a hotel room and there's nobody to call." --Since Halloween is right around the corner, Taylor was asked if she's picked out a costume. She said, quote, "I really want to be a 'Toddlers & Tiaras' girl, but I might blow it off." --Taylor has a pretty good reason for not being as enthused about Halloween as you and I. She says, quote, "The idea of dressing up is awesome, but it also feels like work because I change clothes nine times in my show."


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

NE-YO and his girlfriend welcomed their second child on Monday. No word on the name or gender. (Full Story)

SUSAN BOYLE hasn't found that special someone yet. She says, quote, "Only DONNY OSMOND has really caught my eye, but he's spoken for." (Full Story)

JOHNNY DEPP says he once set his whole head on fire. (Full Story)

Facebook has restored COURTNEY STODDEN'S page, and said it was a mistake that it was removed in the first place. (Full Story)

HILARY SWANK now says she "deeply regrets" going to that birthday party for Chechnyan President and human rights violator Ramzan Kadyrov. (Full Story) And now Human Rights Watch is going after SEAL, because he performed there. (Full Story)

Tragedy for PRESIDENT OBAMA . . . he has officially lost HULK HOGAN'S vote! (Full Story)


79% of Men Say They'd Be Willing to Lie to Have Sex:

Amber Madison is an author who traveled the country, surveying more than 1,000 men for her book "Are All Guys [A-Holes]?" Here are some of her findings . . .

--44% of men say they'd take a girl on a few dates, text her frequently, and fake an interest in her . . . just to have sex.

--35% of men would take it further, and actually lie about how much commitment they're willing to offer in order to get sex.

--Added up, that means 79% of guys are willing to lie to have sex.

--8% of the men surveyed said they had no interest in a long-term relationship or even a short-term one, and just wanted sex.

--And 0.8% said they NEVER plan to get into a relationship.

--Men ranked humor, intelligence, and niceness ahead of looks.

--50% said a woman asking them out is a turn-on, and only 5% said it's a turn-off.

--67% say they like when a woman contacts them between dates and doesn't wait for them to initiate contact. (Jezebel)

A Skydiving Instructor Was Fired After Having Sex With His Receptionist in Mid-Air . . . and Filming It:

It turns out that guys with the job description 'Porn Star-slash-Skydiving Instructor' really DO have more interesting lives than the rest of us. -Alex Torres is a porn star you've never heard of named Voodoo. And on weekends, he works as a skydiving instructor at Skydive Taft, near Bakersfield, California. --But Skydive Taft fired Alex on Monday after police began investigating him . . . for having sex in midair . . . FILMING it . . . and posting it online. --We're not sure when this went down, but Alex recently videotaped himself doing a tandem jump with Hope Howell, who's a receptionist at the skydiving academy. --They started going at it in the cockpit while sitting next to the pilot . . . continued having relations as they moved to the airplane door . . . then jumped out. --They kept at it while they were falling, and filmed the whole thing. Alex posted the video on an age-protected blog, hoping to get on the Howard Stern show. Instead, kids at a nearby high school saw it, and their parents notified police. --But the police decided everything was LEGAL. There's no law against having sex on a private plane, and since no one SAW them having sex as they fell, there's no public nudity violation. --The FAA is checking to see if they can take any action against the couple for distracting the pilot. (KGET 17)

Half of Women Would Rather Get the Flu Themselves Than Have to Take Care of Their Sick Husbands:

It's a scientific fact that when grown men get sick, they immediately revert back to being spoiled, needy eight-year-old boys. And their WIVES have to deal with it. --A new survey by Walgreens shows JUST how unbearable a sick man can actually be. --In the survey, 50% of women said they would rather get the flu THEMSELVES than deal with a sick husband. That's right: HALF of women would rather be sick than deal with a sick guy. --Men didn't have the same opinion. Only 14% of men said they'd rather be sick than take care of their sick wife. (Medindia)

Two-Thirds of Women Prefer the Term "Stay-at-Home Mom" to "Housewife":

Time to catch you up on the evolution of political correctness. Much like "stewardesses" are now "flight attendants" and "waitresses" are now "servers," here's a new one. --In a new survey, two-thirds of women say they prefer the term "stay-at-home mom" to "housewife." The majority say that the term "housewife" has negative connotations, and one-third find it insulting. (Daily Mail)

Rinsing Dishes Wastes Your Time . . . and 20 Gallons of Water:

According to a new survey, 87% of people pre-rinse their dishes before they toss them in the dishwasher. They feel like they're getting them cleaner that way, which basically makes it worth all the extra time it takes. --Well, good news. Stop working so hard and go sit on the couch 20 minutes earlier tonight. You really don't need to pre-rinse your dishes. --With modern dishwashers, pre-rinsing REALLY isn't necessary. In fact, detergent looks for food particles to cling to . . . so by pre-rinsing your dishes, they actually might turn out LESS clean. --And one more reason to stop pre-rinsing: The government has found that it WASTES up to 20 gallons of water unnecessarily. (Whirlpool)

Which of the Five Senses Would You Least Want to Live Without?

Would you rather be deaf, or blind? It's kind of morbid to think about stuff like that, but if you HAD to be robbed of one of your senses, which one would you give up? --A new survey asked people that question . . . and the result was an absolute LANDSLIDE. 75% of people surveyed said the sense they'd LEAST want to live without is . . . SIGHT --Hearing and feeling tied for second place with just 7% each. Smell came in fourth, with 6%. And taste came in last, with 5%. That means seeing got TEN TIMES MORE votes than any other sense. People REALLY don't want to be blind. (PR Newswire)

When They're Trick-Or-Treating, Kids Prefer Miniature Candy Bars to Full-Size Ones?

Good news: There's no need to be TOO generous when you're shopping for Halloween candy this year. Kids actually don't WANT you to give them the biggest possible candy. --A survey of kids by a calendar company called Cozi found that trick-or-treaters actually prefer those miniature candy bars to full-size ones. --The kids didn't explain why, but it could be that their parents are more likely to let them gorge on the little candy bars . . . or that they can eat more variety in one sitting. --After miniature "fun size" candy bars and full-size candy bars, lollipops came in as the third most-popular thing to get trick-or-treating. Stickers came in fourth, and money came in fifth. --As for the least popular thing to get trick-or-treating, kids ranked TOOTHBRUSHES number one. Coupons came in second . . . fruit came in third . . . pencils fourth . . . and cookies fifth. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is Now Serving a Funnel Cake Covered in Bacon:

Usually when we chronicle American achievements in fattening food innovation, our gluttonous side kicks in and we REALLY want to eat what we're talking about. In this case . . . I don't know. This doesn't look right. --The Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina just unveiled a new food at the concession stands called the Funnel Bacakonator (--bay cake un ay tur). It's a funnel cake covered in chocolate sauce . . . AND CRUMBLED UP BACON. --The word "Bacakonator" is a mix of "bacon" and "cake." --The Funnel Bacakonator has approximately 1,300 calories and 77 grams of fat. --Tomorrow night, the speedway is hosting the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Race . . . and fans will be able to order the bacon-covered funnel cake. --They can also try another new item: A burger covered in macaroni and cheese and crumbled pork rinds. (Time)

Half of Girls Aged 11 to 17 Think Reality TV is an Accurate Depiction of Real Life . . . and That Their Lives Should Have as Much Drama and Conflict:

Not only do girls like watching reality TV, they think it IS reality . . . and that their lives should be just as exciting. --The Girl Scouts surveyed girls nationwide between the ages of 11 and 17. Nearly half of them said that not only do they watch reality TV regularly, but they think it's an ACCURATE portrayal of REAL LIFE. --Girls who watch reality TV regularly expect a higher level of drama and aggression in their own lives, and are more likely to measure their self-worth by physical appearance. --Three out of four girls said that reality competition shows . . . like "Survivor" . . . are, quote, "mainly real and unscripted." Half said the same thing about real-life reality shows . . . like "Jersey Shore" and "Teen Mom". --Four out of five girls knew that the shows, quote, "often pit girls against each other" to make it more exciting. Three in four said the shows make people think that fighting is a normal part of a romantic relationship. --Nearly three in four girls who watch reality TV say they spend a lot of time on their appearance. Only two in five non-viewers do. One third of reality TV fans said a girl's value is based on how she looks. --Obviously, the Girl Scouts weren't happy about the results. One leader said they need to, quote, "provide them with critical skills to make smart decisions that are based on their own lives and not those television shows." (PR Newswire)

The Average Person Says Their Business Contacts are Worth $20,000:

If your business contacts are so valuable, how come they're scribbled down on scraps of paper shoved in a drawer? --According to a new survey, the average American says their business contacts are worth $20,000. And our personal contacts are worth an average of $17,000. --BUT . . . almost half of us, 48%, have our contacts written down in an address book, Rolodex, or on scraps of paper. And those contacts aren't backed up anywhere. And we also estimate that 25% of our contacts are out of date. (San Francisco Chronicle)


A Couple Shoplifted From Walmart . . . But Left Their Two Small Children Behind:

On Wednesday night around 7:00 P.M., 19-year-old Kelsey Grobmeier and 20-year-old Michael Kaufman of Louisville, Kentucky went to a Walmart with their two small children for a fun family activity: SHOPLIFTING. --Kelsey and Michael stole a cell phone and tried to steal a tablet computer, but couldn't get it off the display. --While they struggled with it, a Walmart security guard came up and confronted them. And Kelsey and Michael TOOK OFF. --Notice I didn't say, "Kelsey and Michael took off with their kids." Because they didn't. The two of them ran away . . . and FORGOT to take their children with them. Their kids are three years old and 18 months. --They actually got away . . . but about an hour later, they came back to retrieve their children. --The cops were waiting for them. Both were charged with theft, criminal trespassing, endangering the welfare of a minor, and tampering with physical evidence. (FOX 41 - Louisville)


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

The military's drone fleet is infected with a computer virus that comes from gambling or playing games online. (Full Story)

Are U.S. soldiers getting their eyebrows plucked and waxed? What? (Full Story)

Environmentalists are calling for porta-potties on Mount Everest. They say the climb is littered with human waste and the corpses of failed expeditions, which take decades to decompose because of the extreme cold. (Full Story)

A study in Minnesota shows that half of all crashes involving police cars are because . . . the officer was distracted by all the technology in the car. (Full Story)

A taxidermist in England says he's only eaten roadkill for the last 30 years, because he refuses to shop at stores. (Full Story)


#1.) A Two-Year-Old Cried Until His Parents Put on Iron Maiden:

We've found the youngest, brattiest, metal fan in the world: There's a video online called "Iron Maiden Make Me Happy" where a two-year-old in a car seat cries because he wants to listen to them. --Eventually his mom puts on the song "Fear of the Dark", he smiles, gives a thumbs up, closes his eyes, and starts jamming to it. (--She turns it on at 1:00.)

#2.) A Baby Started Looking at a Magazine . . . and Thought It Was an iPad:

Someone posted a video on YouTube of their one-year-old playing with an iPad and loving it. And here's proof that regular magazines and newspapers don't stand a chance in the next 20 years: --They also recorded the baby playing with a magazine . . . and she keeps rubbing the pages with her fingers, like she expects the pictures to start moving. The video's called "A Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work."

#3.) The German Guy Who Hates Daddy Long Legs . . . Now Hates Rock, Paper, Scissors:

This guy's starting to get annoying, but we'll give him one more chance. The weird German guy who ranted about daddy long legs and the phrase "shooting fish in a barrel" is back. And now he's going after the game Rock, Paper, Scissors. --His beef is that paper could never actually beat rock in a fight. (???) So he thinks it should be "Rock, Scissors, Dynamite" instead. (--Search for "Rock Paper Scissors, Your Logik Is Not Right.")

#4.) A Guy Went Streaking at a High School Football Game, and Got Taken Down by the Cops:

Streakers are pretty common at college and pro sporting events. But there's a new video on YouTube of some idiot streaking at a HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME . . . which is like just asking to be registered as a sex offender. -He makes it across the football field, but a cop takes him down while he's trying to hop a fence to get away. --Search for "Streaker Gets Tackled Over Fence.") (--WARNING: This video includes backside nudity and a split second of full frontal nudity. And someone in the background uses the S-word.)

The Three Least Romantic Things You Need for a Good Relationship:

Everyone knows it's important to keep the spark alive with a little romance now and then. But sometimes the OPPOSITE can be true. Here are the three LEAST romantic things you need for a happy relationship.

#1.) Spend Less Time Together. Having fun on your own is more important than most people realize. And that's especially true if what you're doing involves a hobby that only one of you enjoys. --That's according to a ten-year study, which found that the worst thing you can do is engage in activities only one of you likes doing. Some relationship experts even recommend separate VACATIONS. --If your boyfriend or husband loves going fishing, and you just tolerate it, then don't go along in the first place. Have fun on your own and do something ELSE together.

#2.) Sleep in Separate Beds. It doesn't have to affect your sex life. It's just to make sure you always get a good night's sleep. --On average, people in relationships are woken up six times a night by the person sleeping next to them. You just don't remember, because you don't FULLY wake up. --But it can affect how rested you feel the next day. And if you're not rested, that affects your mood . . . which can affect your relationship.

#3.) Schedule Sex. It seems weird because we've been programmed to think sex should always be spontaneous. --But once you have kids, most people don't have TIME to be spontaneous. And relationship experts say it's best to have sex regularly . . . even if it's planned. (

What Does Your Favorite Sport Say About You, and as a Couple?

October is a sports fan's dream: Baseball playoffs, pro football . . . and something called 'ice hockey'. And supposedly the type of sport you follow can reveal a lot about your personality, and your relationship. So listen up for your sport and see what it says about YOU.

#1.) Football. Football isn't just a sport, it's an EVENT. On game day, there's always a party or people tailgating somewhere. So being a fan means you're social and have fun hanging out with a group.

#2.) Baseball. Even people who aren't huge sports fans have usually been to a baseball game or two. And when couples are baseball fans it means they're comfortable together, since they don't need constant stimulation to be entertained.

#3.) College Sports. Following your college teams means you're passionate and nostalgic. And if you went to different schools, it creates a great rivalry.

#4.) Basketball. According to, it means you're trendy or want to fit in. Last year, NBA games were the "it" thing. Celebrities like JAY-Z and BEYONCÉ and the KARDASHIANS were always being photographed at games. Although with the Kardashians, it's because they were DOING the players.

#5.) Hockey and Soccer. Since they're not popular in America, hockey and soccer are usually reserved for die-hard fans. That means one of you is probably a bigger fan than the other. But it works if the other person is open to the learning the game's rules.

#6.) Mixed Martial Arts. MMA is brutal and exciting, so fans are typically outgoing adrenaline addicts. And the adrenaline released while watching an intense fight is the same as what's released during sexual arousal, so it's great for a couple. (

Thursday, October 13, 2011


The FBI Arrested a Guy for Posting Those Scarlett Johansson Nude Pics:

The FBI has arrested a Jacksonville, Florida man they believe was behind the massive celebrity hacking scandal that led to the posting of those SCARLETT JOHANSSON nude pics. --35-year-old Christopher Chaney has been charged with 26 counts of computer hacking, aggravated identity theft and wiretapping. He faces up to 121 years in federal prison. (--And a hug from me. KIDDING!) (???) --Chaney was released on $10,000 bond and banned from using any computer device that can access the Internet. He was also ordered to live with "third-party custodians". In this case, his PARENTS. --Authorities say Chaney hacked the stars' Google, Apple and Yahoo e-mail accounts, and set them up so that every e-mail sent or received would automatically forward to him. --In doing so, he was able to gain access to financial information, movie scripts, private e-mails, photos and contact lists that led him to other potential targets. --There were more than 50 victims in all, including Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Busy Philipps, Ali Larter and Mila Kunis. --And check out how SIMPLE it was for Chaney to hack these people: The Feds say he combed through PUBLICLY AVAILABLE DATA in order to figure out the celebrities' passwords and security question answers. --The Feds didn't say how they caught Chaney, but they believe he was working alone. They also said he seemed to be doing this, quote, "just for kicks." There's no evidence he profited from it. --They called their investigation "Operation Hackerazzi". --This isn't Chaney's first brush with the law, by the way. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to defrauding Prudential life insurance customers. He got four years of probation and had to refund the THOUSANDS of dollars he stole.

Rashida Jones Is Up for Some Public Nudity:

In a new "Playboy" interview, "Parks & Recreation" minx RASHIDA JONES was asked what she would do if she could be anonymous for the day. And her answer involved PUBLIC NUDITY. --She said, quote, "Probably do something naked somewhere. Streaking through a large crowd has always been a secret fantasy of mine. Disneyland would be fun. --"Or maybe just showing up at the Apple Store naked and picking up an iPod Shuffle and pretending nothing was wrong or different." (--The entire interview is pretty amusing. You can check it out at

Ashton Kutcher May Have Tweeted Some Kind of Veiled Message About His Marriage:

Early yesterday morning, ASHTON KUTCHER posted a couple Tweets that MIGHT have been veiled messages about his sex scandal and the state of his marriage to DEMI MOORE. --One was a link to a picture of a set of cuff links with the computer keyboard abbreviations "Ctrl" and "Esc" on them. (--For the computer-illiterate among you, that stands for "Control" and "Escape".) --It was accompanied by the message, quote, "If we are not looking for one we are looking for the other." --The other interesting Tweet was a link to a picture of a girl with her hand in front of her mouth, palm facing out. Drawn on her palm is a picture of a mouth screaming. (--You can see the photos here.) (Source 1, Source 2) --As of last night, Demi's last Tweet was from Monday . . . and it was about the premiere of her Lifetime movie "Five". --Meanwhile, reports that Ashton is expecting Demi to file for divorce. A source says, quote, "Ashton is asking Demi not to file for divorce, but there is nothing he can do to stop her. --"Ashton was hoping that Sara wouldn't give any interviews about their sexual encounter, but now she's spilling all the seedy details and it doesn't help matters at all."

Donald Trump and Mattress Actress Stormy Daniels Are Denying a Rumor That They Slept Together:

A gossip website reported that DONALD TRUMP cheated on his wife MELANIA with mattress actress STORMY DANIELS. It supposedly happened in 2005 or early 2006, when Melania was pregnant with Donald's son Barron. --But both Donald and Stormy are denying it. Donald's rep calls the report, quote, "totally untrue and ridiculous." And Stormy says it's, quote, "Bull[crap]." --It's probably telling that the website that originally reported this has already taken the article down. --Trump's camp is now threatening to sue "Life & Style" magazine for picking up the story and running with it . . . even though they were warned not to. (--Even if you're not a porno fan, you may recognize Stormy as the chick in the X-rated flick that's playing on a TV in the background in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin". Here are some fully-clothed pics of Stormy.)

Check Out Two of the New "Charlie's Angels" Making Out:

MINKA KELLY and RACHAEL TAYLOR . . . two of the three stars of the new "Charlie's Angels" TV series . . . were photographed MAKING OUT earlier this month in Miami. (--Here's the photo.) (E! Online) (--It's not clear if this was extracurricular action, or if they were filming a scene for the show.)

Emma Watson Was Dumped Because She's Too Famous:

EMMA WATSON'S ex-boyfriend . . . some unknown actor named Francis Boulle . . . says he dumped Emma because of her fame. --He tells "Heat" magazine, quote, "I have always been an ambitious person and I want to achieve my own notoriety for what I've done. That's why I chose not to pursue it any longer, because I didn't want to be the boyfriend of some child actress." --Yeah, that sounds pretty jerky. But he adds, quote, "I actually really like Emma. She's a really cool person. She's a very different person to who she is in the media. That's what I liked about her . . . she's very interesting."

The Guy Who Threw the Hot Dog at Tiger Woods Was Inspired by the Movie "Drive":

The guy who threw the hot dog at TIGER WOODS during a tournament this past Sunday claims he was inspired to do so by the RYAN GOSLING movie "Drive". (???) --31-year-old Brandon Kelly says, quote, "As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, 'I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.'" (???)

Will Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding Box?

There's no way this'll happen, but we can dream, can't we? Some rich British dude is offering NANCY KERRIGAN and TONYA HARDING $100,000 each to slug it out in a boxing ring. --Apparently Tonya is down, but Nancy hasn't responded yet . . . and she probably won't. Not only is Tonya BAD-ASS, but she's done some professional boxing over the years. --Nancy Kerrigan's leg was bashed with a police baton in the run-up to the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships . . . in a plot orchestrated by Tonya's then-husband. Tonya was hit with obstruction, but was never charged for the actual attack.

Is "Teen Bride" Courtney Stodden Being Kicked Off Facebook Because Women Are Jealous of Her?

Remember COURTNEY STODDEN . . . the 16-year-old chick who looks like she's 35, and made headlines over the summer by marrying 51-year-old actor DOUG HUTCHISON? --Well, Courtney is 17 now . . . and she's basically marketing herself like a PORNO STAR. Her Tweets . . . though ridiculously un-erotic . . . are hyper-sexual. --Here's an example for you: "Wildly wiggling & jauntily jiggling myself to jolting jams as I friskily flaunt a flirty outfit completed w/sexy white 7in. go-go boots! ;-)" (--For similar insanity, check out her Twitter page.) --And she's CONSTANTLY flaunting her body in bikinis and whatnot. And that's gotten her into some trouble. Apparently, she's had more than one Facebook page yanked because of sexy photos. --But her mom . . . an enabler named Krista Keller . . . claims the real reason this is happening is because women are JEALOUS of her daughter. --Krista says, quote, "A lot of men and young girls love her page, but when the wives see their husbands on her page, they team up to get Courtney kicked off! When Facebook gets enough reports on one page, it locks her out." --And Krista thinks this is unfair . . . quote, "She has never done any nudity. Not a breast, not even a butt cheek. It's just her in a bathing suit!" --Krista says this has happened, quote, "Eight or 10 times."

Gwyneth Paltrow Tried to Run Down the Paparazzi on a Bike While Filming a Movie:

GWYNETH PALTROW is currently filming a movie in New York. On Tuesday, a scene required her to be on a bike . . . and she noticed the paparazzi trying to take pictures. --So she tried to RAM THEM. (???) (--Check out some pics here.) (The Superficial)

Conrad Murray's Defense Team Has Dropped Its Claim that Michael Jackson Killed Himself by Drinking Propofol:

In DR. CONRAD MURRAY'S manslaughter trial yesterday, the defense dropped its claim that MICHAEL JACKSON killed himself by drinking propofol. --They did so after an independent study they commissioned showed that drinking propofol would not have been fatal. --Technically, they can still claim Michael administered the fatal dose . . . but they'd have to say he hooked himself up to the IV drip. --Meanwhile, an expert cardiologist ripped Dr. Murray a new one on the witness stand. Dr. Alon Steinberg accused Dr. Murray of "gross negligence" and "extreme deviations" from accepted medical practices. --Among those deviations . . . --Propofol should NEVER have been administered outside a hospital. --Dr. Murray lacked the proper equipment to keep Michael alive in case of an emergency. --He should have had an assistant at all times. --He should have called 911 immediately. --Dr. Steinberg said there was NO DOUBT Michael would be alive today if Murray had called 911 the second he realized Michael was in distress. (--You can find a quick rundown of all the ways Steinberg claims Dr. Murray messed up here.) (--Here's video of some of Steinberg's testimony.) (--Another medical expert backed up much of what Dr. Steinberg was saying. You can read more about that here.)


The "Footloose" Remake Goes Up Against "The Thing" Prequel This Weekend:

#1.) "Footloose" (PG-13)

The remake stars Julianne Hough from "Dancing with the Stars", Dennis Quaid as her dance-hating father, and an unknown kid named Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack, the character IMMORTALIZED by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original. --Sadly, Kevin turned down a cameo, because he didn't want to be a distraction. (--I think they blew it doing a remake without Kevin Bacon. They should have cast him as the dance-hating dad. How awesome would THAT have been?) --As for the music, Blake Shelton sings the title track, and you get a pretty good feel for the dancing in the video for it. Obviously Kenny Loggins did the original "Footloose" song and he was kind enough to give Blake's version his seal of approval. (Trailer)

#2.) "The Thing" (R)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a scientist recruited by a Norwegian team that discovers a creature buried in the Antarctic. But once they free it from the ice, it starts killing them off, and passing itself off as human by imitating each of its victims. --It's actually a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic of the same name, which starred Kurt Russell as a badass at an American research station in the Antarctic. That one opened with a chopper crew trying to kill a dog that wasn't what it seemed. --The new movie's set a few days before that . . . and the helicopter pilots for the Norwegians are played by Joel Edgerton from the MMA movie "Warrior", and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, a.k.a. Mr. Eko from "Lost". --"NCIS Los Angeles" fans will also get a kick out of seeing Eric Christian Olsen in it as a research assistant. He plays Deeks on the show. (Trailer)

#3.) "The Big Year" (PG)

A comedy with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson as three rivals who spend a year traveling together and competing in a bird-watching competition. The rest of the cast includes Rashida Jones, Brian Dennehy, and Anjelica Houston. (Trailer)

"Die Hard 5" Will Be Called "A Good Day to Die Hard":

The new "Die Hard" movie has a name. It's "A Good Day to Die Hard". It's the fifth in the series, and it comes out on Valentine's Day of 2013. --This time, BRUCE WILLIS' John McClane travels to Russia to rescue his son, who's been imprisoned for, quote, "something he did." There's no word yet on any casting . . . except for Bruce, of course.

Jim Carrey and Steve Carell Are Teaming Up Again:

JIM CARREY and STEVE CARELL will co-star in a comedy called "Burt Wonderstone". Carell plays the title character, a Vegas magician whose partner dies in a stunt. --He ends up in a rivalry with a, quote, "hip street magician" played by Carrey. --Carrey and Carell previously starred together in the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty" . . . and they both did voices in "Horton Hears a Who" in 1998. Carrey also appeared in an episode of "The Office" earlier this year.
"Avatar" is the Most Pirated Movie of All Time:

"Avatar" is the most pirated movie of all time. It's been illegally downloaded 21 million times since it was released in 2009.

--Here are the Top 10 most pirated movies of all time . . .

#1.) "Avatar", 21 million downloads

#2.) (tie) "The Dark Knight" and "Transformers", 19 million downloads

#4.) "Inception", 18 million downloads

#5.) "The Hangover", 17 million downloads

#6.) "Star Trek", 16 million downloads

#7.) "Kick-Ass", 15 million downloads

#8.) (tie) "The Departed", "The Incredible Hulk" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", 14 million downloads

(--All of these movies were box office hits. "Kick-Ass" is the only one that didn't break the $100 million mark. But it came close, earning $96 million.)

25 Things You Don't Know About "Jersey Shore's" Vinny Guadagnino . . . Specifically, He Does Smart-People Stuff:

If you watch "Jersey Shore" casually, no one in the cast seems to have a trace of intelligence. But if you're a DIE HARD fan, you know that Vinny Guadagnino is the smartest one . . . and it isn't even close. --For the skeptics, check this out: Vinny just filled out one of "Us" magazine's "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" surveys . . . and in the process, he showed how much he enjoys doing, well, SMART-PEOPLE STUFF.

--Here are the highlights:

--"I graduated from CUNY College of Staten Island with a 3.9 GPA in three-and-a-half years." (--CUNY is City University of New York.)

--"I first started acting by performing Shakespearean monologues in drama class in high school."

--"I enjoy painting and can copy almost anything."

--"I am fascinated by quantum physics."

--"I write music, poetry and stories -- read my work at"

--"I read two books a month, and right now I'm reading "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World" by Deepak Chopra."

--"I was the lead in the play "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in high school, and the girls gave me more attention because I had a shirtless scene."

--"I was a political science major and interned for a New York State assemblyman."

--"I took the LSAT the day 'Jersey Shore' premiered, and after that I was too busy to go to law school."

(--You can find Vinny's complete list . . . with all the not-so-smart stuff . . . at

--By the way, Vinny is also HUMBLE about his law school prospects.

--A while back, he told "Us" magazine, quote, "My [LSAT] score was decent. I had a plan that if my score was really [good], then I might of just went to Yale or Harvard . . . but it was just mediocre."

--And in another interview he added, quote, "I think I could get into a good amount of law schools. Not the best ones, but a good amount."

Is Debbie Gibson Doing "Celebrity Apprentice"?

The next cast of "Celebrity Apprentice" has yet to be confirmed, but the list of rumored participants is growing. --A so-called "source" tells "People" that the cast will include '80s pop superstar DEBBIE GIBSON . . . TERESA GIUDICE from "Real Housewives of New Jersey" . . . and former "American Idol" twink CLAY AIKEN. --"Entertainment Weekly" says VICTORIA GOTTI is doing it. She's the 48-year-old daughter of mafia boss John Gotti, who died in 2002. previously claimed model Cheryl Tiegs and racecar driver Marco Andretti were onboard. Marco is the 24-year-old grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti. Aubrey O'day and Adam Carolla have also been rumored. --"Celebrity Apprentice" will premiere in January.

Ben Stiller May Star in a TV Series Called "RentaGhost":

There's some talk that BEN STILLER may star in an American version of the British show "RentaGhost". The original series aired on the BBC from 1976 to 1984. It was about a company that "rented out ghosts and ghouls to perform various tasks." --The new version is being developed for Fox, but there's no additional info.

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

--"The Big Bang Theory" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on CBS. (--Wil Wheaton guest stars as Sheldon's nemesis when he and Leonard attending a party at his house. His "Star Trek" co-star Brent Spiner also has a cameo.)

--"The X Factor" . . . 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. on Fox. (--The Top 32 visit the homes of the judges for mentoring with a celebrity guest. And next week they're cut down to 16.)

--"Charlie's Angels" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Erica Durance from "Smallville" guest stars in an episode loosely based on the 1976 caged heat episode "Angels in Chains". She's plays Bosley's ex-girlfriend, a CIA operative who helps free the girls from a women's prison in Cuba.)

--"The Office" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on NBC. (--Josh Groban guest stars as Andy's brother when Andy throws a party to impress James Spader's character.)

--"Grey's Anatomy" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Debbie Allen guest stars as Jackson's mother, a surgeon scheduled to perform a groundbreaking transplant.)

--"Project Runway" . . . 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Lifetime. (--"Avatar's" Zoe Saldana is a guest judge.)

--"FM" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on DirecTV. (--A British sitcom about two DJs on an indie music show for radio station Skin FM.)

--"Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Dillon Garcia, Paul Varghese and Rudy Moreno perform.)

--"Bordertown: Laredo" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E. (--A narcotics unit is the focus of this series as the Laredo police department attempts to capture drug dealers and locate local stash houses.)


The Best Songs of the Past 15 Years . . . According to "NME" Magazine:

The British music magazine "NME" has put together a list of The 150 Best Songs of the Past 15 Years . . . or since 1996. --Coming in at #1 was RADIOHEAD'S "Paranoid Android" off their "OK Computer" album. The ARCADE FIRE song "Rebellion (Lies)" was second. --Even though this is a British list, it actually isn't as annoyingly British as you might expect. That being said, there are definitely songs on here that wouldn't make the cut if this were an American list.

--Also, it has a bias toward indie music, at least at the top. Here's the Top 20:

1.) "Paranoid Android", Radiohead (1997)

2.) "Rebellion (Lies)", Arcade Fire (2005)

3.) "Hey Ya!", Outkast (2003)

4.) "Last Nite", The Strokes (2001)

5.) "Mr. Brightside", The Killers (2004)

6.) "Fell in Love with a Girl", The White Stripes (2002)

7.) "Over and Over", Hot Chip (2006)

8.) "Rehab", Amy Winehouse (2007)

9.) "Bittersweet Symphony", The Verve (1998)

10.) "Time for Heroes", The Libertines (2003)

11.) "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor", Arctic Monkeys (2005)

12.) "Time to Pretend", MGMT (2008)

13.) "Empire State of Mind", Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (2009)

14.) "Spanish Sahara", Foals (2010)

15.) "Paper Planes", MIA (2008)

16.) "Crazy in Love", Beyoncé (2003)

17.) "Get Ur Freak On", Missy Elliott (2001)

18.) "No One Knows", Queens of the Stone Age (2002)

19.) "We Are Your Friends", Justice Vs. Simian (2006)

20.) "Banquet", Bloc Party (2005)

(--You can find the complete list, including audio and mini-write-ups on each track at

Britney Spears Has Joined Twitter's 10 Million Followers Club:

In the least important news of the day, BRITNEY SPEARS has become the SIXTH person to attract 10 million followers on Twitter. She currently has over 10.1 million. --If this is a bandwagon you're interested in joining, Britney's Twitter handle is: @BritneySpears. But be warned: Not only is her feed boring . . . it's WAY too coherent to actually be run by Britney. So, it's likely one of Britney's handlers. --The five people that beat Britney to the 10 million follower mark are: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, President Obama and Kim Kardashian.

--Here are the 10 most-followed Twitter users, according to . . . along with the number of followers they have. (--Again, as of late last night.)

1.) Lady Gaga, 14.4 million followers

2.) Justin Bieber, 13.4 million followers

3.) Katy Perry, 10.7 million followers

4.) President Obama, 10.5 million followers

5.) Kim Kardashian, 10.3 million followers

6.) Britney Spears, 10.1 million followers

7.) Shakira, 9.1 million followers

8.) Taylor Swift, 8.5 million followers

9.) Rihanna, 8.3 million followers

10.) Ashton Kutcher, 7.9 million followers. (--Remember: Ashton was the first person to reach 1 million followers, back in April of 2009.)

Snoop Dogg's 12-Year-Old Daughter Has Released Her First Music Video:

SNOOP DOGG'S 12-year-old daughter CORI B has released her first music video . . . and it features a cameo by her dad. --The song is called "Do My Thang" . . . and it's all right. (--It's hard to bust on a 12-year-old. But I guess we did have some fun with REBECCA BLACK. On a scale of Rebecca to WILLOW SMITH . . . the song is closer to Willow, but the video is closer to Rebecca. Or something that would've been on "Saved By the Bell".) (--You can find the video on YouTube. The song begins at the 1:12 mark.)

Betty White's Full Rap Video Has Hit the Streetz:

BETTY WHITE recently recorded some rap vocals for a remix of "I'm Still Hot" by LUCIANA, who's a British techno artist. And now, the full video has hit the Internet. --Even though it's basically a glorified commercial, it's pretty amusing. Betty sits on a throne among several topless male studs, she does some groovin' with Luciana, and a fake Betty does some crazy acrobatics. (--You can find it on YouTube. Betty did the video with the Lifeline Program. Proceeds from sales of the remix will benefit the Greater L.A. Zoo Association.)

"American Idol" Winner Scotty McCreery Makes "Billboard" History with His Debut Album:

"American Idol" winner SCOTTY MCCREERY made "Billboard" history this week as his first album, "Clear as Day", debuted at #1 with 197,000 copies sold. --McCreery just turned 18 on Sunday, and that makes him the youngest guy EVER to debut at the top of the chart with his first album. (--The previous record holder was OMARION, who was 20 when he debuted at #1 with "O" in 2005.)
--He's also the first country act to open at #1 with a debut album. And he's the first "Idol" winner to hit #1 with a debut studio album since KELLY CLARKSON and RUBEN STUDDARD did it back in 2003.

Watch Game Propose to His Baby Mama:

Yesterday, GAME proposed to his baby mama Tiffney, who he's been dating for the past seven years. But if this was the real moment . . . and not a dramatization after the fact . . . his choice of venue was interesting. --He popped the question in front of the paparazzi . . . inside the back door of the elementary school where Tiffney teaches. She said YES . . . while holding one kid, and being surrounded by two more. (--You can find the video, here.) --Game and Tiffney have two kids together . . . a son named King Justice and a daughter named Cali. Game also has another son from a previous relationship.


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Did MELANIE GRIFFITH and BARBARA WALTERS get bad plastic surgery? (Full Story)

HUGH JACKMAN claims he once wet himself onstage. (Full Story)

"Harry Potter" actor JAMIE WAYLETT . . . who played Draco Malfoy's chubby sidekick Crabbe . . . is facing several charges for participating in the recent London riots with a MOLOTOV COCKTAIL. He was also caught growing pot in his bedroom again . . . just like he was back in 2009. That 2009 incident led to Waylett being written out of the last "Potter" flick. (Full Story)

"Rush Hour" star CHRIS TUCKER'S mansion in Central Florida is facing foreclosure. It has a basement that's done up like a pirate ship. (Full Story)

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN bought a snake. (Full Story)

HOWARD STERN'S sidekick ROBIN QUIVERS says she's turned down "Dancing with the Stars" three times . . . because there's no way she could dance in L.A., and still do her show with Howard in New York City. (Full Story)

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC has also said "no" to "Dancing with the Stars". He explains, quote, "It's not my thing, you know? It wouldn't be a pleasant experience for me . . . it would probably be 'good for my career,' but I don't know, it's just not my thing." (Full Story)

JALEEL WHITE . . . a.k.a. Steve Urkel . . . will host a game show on Syfy called "Total Blackout". It isn't a race thing . . . (???) . . . it's about contestants doing all kinds of stuff in complete darkness. It'll premiere sometime next year. (Full Story, with video)

"Family Guy" creator SETH MACFARLANE says he doesn't expect there to be a "Simpsons"-like contract showdown on any of his shows . . . because his actors know he "has their backs." (Full Story)

One of the motorcycles that was used by "The Fonz" on "Happy Days" will be auctioned off in Los Angeles on November 12th. (Full Story)


18% of People Have Used a Coupon on a First Date . . . and 73% of People Say That's Not Really a Turn-Off:

One of the unofficial rules of dating is that you NEVER use a coupon on a date. At least we THOUGHT that was one of the rules. This economy is throwing everything out of whack, man. --In a new survey by the website, 18% of people say they've used a coupon on a first date. --And believe it or not, it didn't sink most of them. The survey found that 73% of people say it's not really a turn-off if someone uses a coupon on a date . . . and 26% say they'd actually be IMPRESSED if someone had a coupon ready to use. --Only 4% of the people surveyed said it's NEVER acceptable to use a coupon on a date . . . not even when you're having "date night" with your husband or wife. --But if you're on a date and not sure whether it'll ruin things to use a coupon, you can always try this trick . . . --Go to the bathroom, find your server, and let them know you'll leave a good tip if they apply the coupon off discreetly. (--We've mentioned this technique before.) (CouponCabin)

29% of People Have Started Their Holiday Shopping Already:

It's about two-and-a-half weeks until Halloween, so if you haven't started shopping for your costume yet . . . DON'T. It's WAY too late for that. Time to scrap it altogether and get going on your CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. --According to a new survey, 29% of people say they've already started buying their holiday gifts. Women are almost twice as likely as men to have to have gotten started. --But if you want to hang with the slackers, 11% of people with kids and 23% of people without kids say they're going to wait until December to start their shopping. --The survey also found that 65% of men and 56% of women plan to spend more than $1,000 this Christmas. --And 40% of people are going to buy ALL their gifts online. (PR Newswire)

One-in-Three Women Secretly Bring a Comfortable Pair of Shoes When Out Wearing Heels:

Some people might call this lame or weak . . . I call it INTELLIGENCE.

--According to a new survey, one-in-three women admit that sometimes when they're wearing heels on a night out, they secretly bring along a pair of more comfortable shoes.

--81% of women say they usually experience PAIN on a night when they wear heels.

--34% experience pain within the first hour.

--Only 10% say they have a pair of heels they'd describe as "comfortable."

--The survey also found 33% of women have bought new shoes when they were out because they were having foot pain.


The Most Dangerous Airport in the U.S. is Chicago's O'Hare:

No one likes to think about it when they fly, but runways are more dangerous than you think: Planes taking off and landing have near-misses with other planes, vehicles, and people on the runway on an almost daily basis at American airports. --"Travel and Leisure Magazine" ranked the busiest U.S. airports based on how dangerous they are, and the most dangerous airport in America is . . . Chicago's O'Hare. They had 75 runway incidents in the last five years. --In second place was Cleveland's Hopkins Airport, with 45 near-misses. Other airports actually had more misses, but "Travel and Leisure's" ranking combines both the number of incidents and the severity of them. --In third place is Los Angeles International Airport. San Francisco and Honolulu round out the top five. --Two thirds of the time, the near-misses are caused by "pilot deviation," which means the pilot did something they weren't supposed to. Four out of five pilot mistakes are from people flying small planes, not commercial jets. --Obviously airports with a lot of traffic and a large number of new pilots training there have more near-misses. --But some of the busiest airports did well on safety. Atlanta has the most traffic, but only ranked 19th in runway incidents, just ahead of New York's JFK. LaGuardia wasn't in the top 20. (Time)

A Year Later, Most of the Chilean Miners Are Unemployed and Depressed:

A year ago today, those 33 Chilean miners were rescued after spending 69 days trapped underground. --"The New York Times" caught up with the miners . . . and found that most of them aren't doing well. --They were showered with gifts and trips right afterward, but now most of them are unemployed and suffering from post-traumatic stress. --Edison Pena is the one who appeared on "Letterman" and ran the New York Marathon. And the combination of PTSD and sudden fame drove him to alcohol and drugs. --Only four of the 33 men went back to their mining jobs. Another tried to go back, but he suffered a panic attack as he started to descend. --Two are selling fruits and vegetables, one from a roadside stand, and one out of the back of his truck. Most of the others are unemployed. Companies in Chile are reluctant to hire them because of their emotional scars. --Many of the miners are getting treatment and using antidepressants. And one guy started getting treatment after he caught his fiancée with another man. --Most of them are also counting on a financial windfall when Hollywood makes a movie about their ordeal . . . but the project hasn't even started yet. (NY Times)

A Restaurant in Vancouver Banned Men From Standing Up to Pee in the Unisex Bathroom . . . Because They Can't Aim:

Anyone who's had to clean a bathroom knows that men have trouble with their aim. --For a restaurant in Vancouver called Edible Canada, it was an even bigger problem, because they had unisex bathrooms that only had toilets . . . no urinals. --So to keep men from leaving the restroom unusable for female customers, they BANNED men from STANDING UP to PEE. --On the wall above each of their six toilets . . . at about the height where a guy standing in front of the toilet would see it, is a sign informing men of the rule. --It has a figure of a man standing in front of a toilet, with little dots showing him peeing. There's no stick-figure nudity, because the big slash signifying "not allowed" covers it up. (Vancouver Sun)


A Woman is Arrested for Stalking After Calling Her Ex 1,001 Times in Three Months, Egging His House, and Starting a Blog About How He Hurt Her:

Back in June, a leather artist named Peter Main in Houston, Texas broke up with a 49-year-old woman named Toni Jo Silvey. And I think it's safe to say things were NOT MUTUAL. Here's a rundown of what Toni has done since then . . .

--She called Peter 1,001 TIMES and sent 712 emails in three months. She made 146 of those calls on one day in August.

--She EGGED his house several times.

--She destroyed a window in his house with a tire iron and a FIVE-FOOT SWORD.

--She rammed her car into his car and his garage.

--And finally, she started a BLOG, called "The Real Peter Main Leather Artist Beyond Artist the Man" where she alternates between writing about how he hurt her, how awful a person he is, and how she thinks he cheated on her.

(--Here it is:

--He went to the police several times to complain, but she just kept coming back. --Finally, after she ignored EVERY police warning, she was arrested on Tuesday and charged with felony stalking. She's still in jail. (Houston Chronicle)

A Woman Steals a Truck . . . and Ends Up Getting Busted for Having Two Husbands?

Last week, 48-year-old Diane Tucker of Powder Springs, Georgia stole a truck. She had no idea that when she got busted for that, it would ALSO lead to her getting busted for something MUCH stranger. --Last Wednesday, Diane wrote a $49,484 check to a Chevy dealer to buy a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. Then after she drove off, she stopped payment on the check. --The cops tracked her down within a day. And as they checked into her background, they found a red flag that made them investigate further. Passing a bad check wasn't Diane's only scam. --Nope . . . turned out she's also a marriage scammer, and actually had TWO HUSBANDS. --She married her first husband, a guy named Edwin Windelberg, in 2004. Then, without divorcing him, she married another guy three years later named Alexandro Saldivar. --Alexandro eventually realized his wife had another husband and got her to finish off the divorce in 2009. The cops most likely never would've found out if Diane hadn't stolen the truck. --She's been charged with both theft by deception AND with bigamy. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

A Couple on a First Date Winds Up In Jail When They Dine-and-Dash From T.G.I. Friday's:

On October 5th, 18-year-old Devin Norling and 19-year-old Sydney Sanders from Vero Beach, Florida went on their first date. --And Devin went with my favorite first date spot . . . T.G.I. Friday's. --Unfortunately, he didn't have any money. So after the waitress brought their bill for $25.16 . . . the couple pulled the old DINE-AND-DASH move. --A manager spotted them running through the parking lot toward a Wendy's, and called the cops. --The cops easily tracked them down, and both Devin and Sydney were charged with obtaining food with intent to defraud, which is a misdemeanor. --The cops also found a marijuana pipe in Sydney's purse, so she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia too. (Treasure Coast Palm)


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

A police clerk in Illinois sent a fax about a speeding ticket to the local newspaper instead of the court. It said to, quote, "dismiss the case" . . . because the kid caught speeding was a deputy's son. (Full Story)

Are black pets less likely to get adopted? Animal shelters say yes . . . partly because they're harder to photograph. (Full Story)

The U.S. cities where you can get the biggest discount on travel if you wait until the last minute? Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix. (Full Story)

60% of employees say they like their company more if they get a holiday gift. 75% say it improved morale, and 33% say it improved productivity. (Full Story)

A guy in the UK who finished third in a marathon was busted . . . for taking a bus to the finish line. (Full Story)

A Republican state representative in Tennessee sponsored a bill to allow handguns in bars . . . and was arrested for driving drunk with a gun. (Full Story)


#1.) Charles Barkley Said He Hates Facebook and Tivo . . . and "Tweet Is for Losers":

CHARLES BARKLEY is in the news because he says he might donate his salary to charity while the NBA is locked out. (--Barkley's a commentator for TNT.) --But he's also in the news because he posted a video on his website where he bashes Facebook and Tivo . . . and says Twitter is for LOSERS. --Actually, he says "TWEET is for losers." Then he adds, quote, "If you wake up in the morning, and you're worried about what I'm doing . . . you're a damn idiot." --He also says he doesn't have a Facebook page. And he hates Tivo because, quote, "That's what reruns are for!" (--Search for "Charles Barkley I Do Not Tweet or Tivo." WARNING: This video includes the word "damn.")

#2.) And Now . . . Watch a Guy Break the World Record for "Most Times to Pass Through a Toilet Seat in One Minute":

The people at the Guinness Book of World Records posted a new video yesterday . . . of a man from Turkey setting a new record for "most times to pass through a toilet seat in one minute." Obviously, he took the toilet seat OFF the toilet beforehand. --And in 60 seconds, he squeezed his whole body through the toilet seat nine times. (--But it might not be too long before someone breaks it again. Because the guy in the video is thin . . . but not THAT thin. Search for "Guinness Book Most Passes Through a Toilet Seat." He starts at :20.)
Five Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System Before Flu Season:

Flu season is right around the corner. And the magazine "Prevention" has a list of simple things you can do to strengthen your immune system . . . and hopefully stay healthy this year. Here are the top five.

#1.) Eat Protein with Every Meal. One reason it helps is, the antibodies that help fight off diseases are actually MADE of protein. Plus, foods that are high in protein usually have other nutrients that boost your immune system. --Beef, pork, beans, soy, and seafood all contain zinc, which helps your body make more white blood cells to fight off infections. --Almonds and cashews have protein too, as well as magnesium, which also helps boost your immune system.

#2.) Eat Five Cups of Fruits and Vegetables a Day. The ones that are high in vitamins A, C, and E are the best.

--Vitamin A . . . which is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens . . . helps fight infections.

--Vitamin C . . . which is in citrus fruit, bell peppers, and broccoli . . . helps your body absorb iron, which helps fight off diseases.

--And nuts and seeds contain high levels of vitamin E, which has been shown to help combat the flu and upper respiratory infections.

--But don't just take a bunch of supplements. Talk to your doctor first, because high doses of certain minerals can actually HURT your immune system.

#3.) Have Your Vitamin D Level Checked. Your skin absorbs it when you're out in the sun, so a lot of people don't get enough of it . . . especially during the winter. --And new research suggests that not getting enough vitamin D can make you more vulnerable to the flu, and the common cold.

#4.) Get 20 to 30 Minutes of Exercise a Day. Physical activity makes antibodies and white blood cells move through your body faster.

--And researchers think an increase in circulation might also trigger the release of certain hormones that warn your immune system when something's wrong. --Just don't overdo it, because intense activity . . . like training for a marathon . . . can DECREASE your white blood cell count.

#5.) Don't Get Drunk. One or two drinks is fine. But more than that can suppress your immune system.

--And a recent study from Brown University showed that too much alcohol is toxic to your "dendritic" cells . . . which help seek out and destroy bacteria. --According to "Prevention", if those cells aren't working right, it makes you more vulnerable to colds and the flu. And in some cases, it can lead to life-threatening infections. (Prevention)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Showbiz Photos of the Day: Demi Moore Goes After Someone Who Photographs Her Secret Camping Trip With Ashton Kutcher:

ASHTON KUTCHER and DEMI MOORE'S weekend didn't end with Kabbalah services on Friday night. They also went CAMPING. --The "Star" tabloid posted photos yesterday of Ashton and Demi sitting around a fire at Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. --They were taken Sunday by another camper, and Demi was NOT happy. In some of the pics you can see that she ran up to the photographer to stop her. --And she reportedly yelled, quote, "Please don't take photos of me or my family. Please don't expose this." --Someone who witnessed the whole thing says, quote, "Demi was screaming. Once she knew she had been photographed, she whistled at Ashton and gestured for him to hurry into the tent. --"It was obvious that Demi was showing the strain about the state of her marriage." (--Here are the photos.) (Radar Online) --You'll notice there are two people around the fire with Ashton and Demi. It's not entirely clear who they are. E! Online says one is Ashton's brother Michael and the other is Eric Buterbaugh, the celebrity florist who did the flowers for their wedding. --But "People" says one of them is their Kabbalah instructor Yehuda Berg, and the other one is Eric Buterbaugh. But they identify Eric as Ashton's BROTHER . . . which he's not.

Newlywed Paul McCartney is Going On Tour:

PAUL MCCARTNEY just got married, so he's going to want to spend as much time as possible at home with his new bride, right? Nope. He's going out on tour. (!!!) --He just announced an 11-date tour that'll take him to Paris, Russia, Italy and London before finishing off in his hometown of Liverpool on December 20th. The tour kicks off November 13th in Abu Dhabi.

Beyoncé Is Due In February . . . And She Might Be Wearing a Fake Baby Bump:

BEYONCÉ has revealed that she's due to give birth to JAY-Z'S baby in February. --She dropped the news on an Australian talk show, where she also said, quote, "[Being pregnant] already has changed my life. My husband and I have been together for 10 years, all of my twenties. --"I just feel like it's time and I'm very grateful that God has blessed me with the biggest gift any human can have." --By the way: A lot of people think Beyoncé was wearing a FAKE BABY BUMP during this interview . . . because of the funny way it squishes when she goes to sit down. (--Check out video here.)

Do These Pictures Prove that Jessica Simpson is Pregnant?

With rumors exploding all over the Internet that she's pregnant, JESSICA SIMPSON was photographed at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend looking extra-husky. --She also showed a lot of cleavage. But that's a department where she's ALWAYS been massive . . . so it's hard to tell if those things are filling up with milk or not. (--Check out the pics here.) (The Superficial.)

Dudley O'Shaughnessy Doesn't Know If He'll See Rihanna Again:

British boxer and model DUDLEY O'SHAUGHNESSY is NOT RIHANNA'S boyfriend. But it sounds like they may have fooled around when he co-starred in her "We Found Love" video. --Dudley says, quote, "We had fun together, but I honestly don't know whether I'll see her again. I'd like to go to America . . . but for work. My career is the biggest priority right now." (--Here are some sexy shots of Dudley.) (Fan Daily)

Leonardo DiCaprio is Apparently dating TWO Australian Models:

We recently heard that LEONARDO DICAPRIO was dating an Australian model. Well, that's not true. He's dating TWO Australian models. --In addition to Alyce Crawford . . . the girl we already heard about . . . Leo is also allegedly making time with a 20-year-old minx named Kendal Schuler. Leo is 36. (--Here are some pics of Kendal.) (Red Eleven) --Leo doesn't necessarily have a fetish for Aussie girls. He's just picking fruit from the closest tree. He's in Australia filming a new movie version of "The Great Gatsby".


The First Two Weeks of the NBA Season Have Been Cancelled:

You know that labor dispute between NBA players and owners you've been hearing about? Well, it got SERIOUS yesterday. --Because no new collective bargaining agreement was reached, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced yesterday that the first two weeks of the NBA season have been ERASED. --It's the league's first work stoppage since the 1998-99 season was reduced to 50 games. --Stern said, quote, "With every day that goes by, I think we need to look at further reductions in what's left of the season." --He added, quote, "The gap is so significant that we just can't bridge it at this time. We certainly hoped it would never come to this." --DEREK FISHER, the head of the players' union, added, quote, "This is not where we choose to be. We're not at a place where a fair deal can be reached with the NBA." --Opening night was scheduled for November 1st. Exactly 100 games between then and November 14th will be lost. That'll cost the league $83 million in ticket sales alone. And who knows how much in concessions or merchandise sales --According to one estimate, the league will lose $350 million for every month the season is postponed. --This is pretty bad timing. It took the NBA more than a decade to recover from the '98 lockout. But just last year, it enjoyed its best season in history. --No additional talks between the two sides have been scheduled at this time. (--Numerous NBA stars Tweeted about today's news. You can read some of their comments here.)

And Now . . . Video of the Tiger Woods Hot Dog Incident:

Video of the TIGER WOODS hot dog incident hit the World Wide Web of Awesomeness yesterday. (--If you missed it, you'll find it here.)


Will Dr. Conrad Murray Testify On His Own Behalf?

Defense attorneys rarely allow their clients to testify at their own trials . . . especially when there's a death involved. But supposedly DR. CONRAD MURRAY'S lawyers are thinking of putting him on the stand. --A source says, quote, "The fact that the jury has heard Dr. Murray admitting to giving the Propofol almost forces Dr. Murray to testify. His lawyers have been preparing him to take the stand. --"However there are significant problems. Dr. Murray can come across as very, very arrogant, and seems to be know-it-all. This could alienate the jury very quickly." (--The trial was in recess yesterday because of Columbus Day. It resumes today.) --In related news, CNN's sister network HLN might be regretting its decision to run live coverage of Dr. Murray's manslaughter trial. --It's giving them nowhere near the ratings bump they got from the CASEY ANTHONY trial.

Chris Brown Says He Wasn't Banned from the U.K.:

CHRIS BROWN was NOT at the MICHAEL JACKSON tribute concert in Wales on Saturday. And the rumor was that he'd been DENIED entry into the U.K. because of his criminal record in the United States. --But Chris says that didn't happen. In fact, he never committed to the show in the first place. --Chris' rep says, quote, "His previously booked domestic F.A.M.E. tour concert dates didn't allow him to accept the honor and therefore he never planned to go to the UK. He was not banned." --The rep added that Chris spent the weekend performing in Tampa, Charlotte and Virginia Beach . . . shows that were scheduled BEFORE he was offered a spot on the Michael Jackson show. (--Meanwhile, there's still no official word why JENNIFER HUDSON backed out at the last minute.)
Brad Pitt's Movie Set Was Raided by Hungarian Anti-Terrorist Cops . . . Because Someone Bought Real Guns with Live Ammo to Use for Props:

The set of BRAD PITT'S zombie movie "World War Z" was raided by a Hungarian anti-terrorist unit . . . because somebody purchased REAL automatic weapons with LIVE ROUNDS in them to use as props.--The cops took a total of 85 weapons, which were sold to the filmmakers under the false pretense that they were NON-FUNCTIONAL. They were being held in a warehouse in Budapest, where the movie is being filmed. --Obviously, this could have resulted in a tragic accident. --Authorities are interviewing crewmembers, trying to figure out exactly how it happened. (--"World War Z", based on a novel by MEL BROOKS' son MAX, is due in theaters in December of 2012. You can see a picture of some of the weapons here.)

Roseanne Barr Is Developing a New Show . . . That Sounds a Lot Like "Roseanne":

ROSEANNE BARR hasn't had as much success doing talk shows and reality TV as she did on her old ABC sitcom "Roseanne" . . . so she's decided to come full circle. --Roseanne is developing a sitcom for NBC called "Downwardly Mobile", which sounds similar to "Roseanne". The new show is about a lower middle class, blue-collar family who lives in a mobile home community. --Roseanne is working on the show with her longtime boyfriend Johnny Argent, and a former writer and executive producer from "Roseanne". --And yes, Roseanne would star on the show. This would be her first regular scripted gig on TV since "Roseanne" ended 14 years ago. --Since then, she did a talk show called "The Roseanne Show" for a couple years, and earlier this summer she had a reality show on Lifetime called "Roseanne's Nuts", which was about her life on her 46-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. --Lifetime canceled it last month. --Earlier this year, Roseanne told "New York" magazine, quote, "Call me immodest, but I honestly think 'Roseanne' is even more ahead of its time today, when Americans are . . . to use a technical term from classical economics . . . screwed."

Wasting No Time: The Discovery Channel Will Debut a Steve Jobs Documentary This Sunday:

The Discovery Channel wastes absolutely NO TIME. They've already ordered a documentary on STEVE JOBS' life, and it's set to premiere . . . THIS SUNDAY NIGHT at 8:00 P.M. --It's called "iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World", and it's hosted by "Mythbusters" stars ADAM SAVAGE and JAMIE HYNEMAN.

What Happens When You Mix Geraldo Rivera with Occupy Wall Street Protesters?

This just in: Fox News' GERALDO RIVERA and Occupy Wall Street protesters do NOT mix. Geraldo was trying to do a report for Fox News amid the protesters, but throughout the whole thing, the crowd was booing and chanting "Fox News lies." (--Here's a video of him leaving.)


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

--"Last Man Standing" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Tim Allen's new sitcom is completely different from "Home Improvement". For starters, he's the father of three girls, instead of three boys. And in this one, his obsession is sporting goods, not tools. See? Completely different.)

--"90210" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on the CW. (--Brandy guest stars.)

--"Hip Hop Awards '11" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on BET. (--Mike Epps is your host with performances by Wale, Big Sean, Roscoe Dash and Meek Mill.) (--Here are this year's nominees.)

--"Dancing with the Stars" [Results Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.

(--DELICIOUS AUDIO ALERT: Grab all your performance show clips here.)

--"Body of Proof" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Terry Serpico from "Army Wives" guest stars as a veteran arson investigator.)

--"Parenthood" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--John Corbett guest stars when he returns as Sarah's ex Seth.)

--"Reed Between The Lines" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on BET. (--Tracee Ellis Ross from "Girlfriends" plays a psychologist and "The Cosby Show's" Malcolm-Jamal Warner plays her English professor husband.)

--"I Used To Be Fat" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on MTV.

--"Chelsea Settles" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 11:00 P.M. to Midnight on MTV. (--A new reality series that follows a 325-pound recent college grad named Chelsea Settles on her quest to make it in the fashion business.)


"Forza 4" Hits Stores Today:

--"Forza Motorsport 4" (E) . . . on Xbox 360. My favorite new feature in the latest "Forza" game is that it uses Kinect's motion sensing technology to track your movements so you can look around your car just by moving your head.

You can form Car Clubs with your friends to work towards common goals and up to 16 players can race at the same time online. (Trailer)

--"Ace Combat: Assault Horizon" (T) . . . on Xbox360 and PS3. Helicopter missions are available for the first time in the "Ace Combat" series. Another first will be "Close-Ranged Assault", which increases the intensity by bringing the action closer to the player, without the feeling of "shooting at faraway dots" common to other flight games. (Trailer)

--"Wipeout: The Game 2" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, Wii, and DS. In this game based on ABC's obstacle course show, players must traverse snow, ice, foam, and familiar challenges like the Sucker Punch Wall and Big Balls. (Integration Video)

(--You can also download the expansion pack for "Dragon Age II" called "Mark of the Assassin" today. It stars Felicia Day, from "Eureka" and "The Guild".)

ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)
Spike TV is Developing a Show Based on "Battlefield 3" . . . Plus Other Video Game Extras:

#1.) Spike TV is doing a TV special centered around EA's new shooter "Battlefield 3". It's called "Operation Gridiron" and it will feature NFL pros put in a simulated combat situation. (Full Story)

#2.) Check out the latest single player trailer for "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3".

#3.) Here's a list of all the TV channels you will be able to stream on your Xbox 360 with your Xbox Live membership. (Story) And starting December 1st, you will also be able to order UCF pay-per-views on your Xbox 360. (Story)

#4.) Did "Real Steel" tip off the name of the next Xbox console? The movie takes place in 2020 and there's a scene with an ad for the Xbox 720. (Picture).

#5.) Someone put together a list of the 12 old movies that should be made into video games. The list includes "The Boondock Saints", "Lethal Weapon", "Bullitt", and "Desperado". (Full Story)

#6.) Here's the first trailer for "Max Payne 3". It's been eight years since the last game in the series was released.

#7.) Check out these soccer players doing some real life "Angry Birds". (Video)

#8.) For the first time ever gamers are spending more money on extra video game content than on the new physical game itself. This extra game content includes subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, downloadable content, used games, game rentals, social network games, and mobile games. (Full Story)


--"Green Lantern" - Ryan Reynolds gets a ring from a dying alien that gives him the power to create anything he can imagine and makes him a member of an intergalactic peacekeeping force. Blake Lively plays his girlfriend. (--This hits stores on Friday.)

--"Horrible Bosses" - Jason Bateman, Charlie Day from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", and "SNL's" Jason Sudeikis hire a hitman to get rid of their abusive bosses. But he suggests they do it themselves, with each killing the other's boss.

Jamie Foxx is the hitman, and the bosses are Kevin Spacey, a sex-obsessed Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell with a comb-over.

--"Zookeeper" - The animals at Kevin James' zoo stop him from quitting by revealing that they can talk, and then start giving him dating advice. Nick Nolte is the gorilla, Sylvester Stallone is the lion, Adam Sandler's the monkey, and Cher is the lioness.

Related Comedy: Top Reasons You Won't Be Seeing "Zookeeper"

--"The Tree of Life" - Sean Penn has to reconcile what he learned from his loving, nurturing mother, and his much-harsher dad . . . who tried to teach him that the world is tough, and that he has to be tougher. Brad Pitt is his dad in the flashback scenes.

--"Beautiful Boy" - Michael Sheen and Maria Bello struggle with guilt when they find out their son went on a shooting spree at his college campus before taking his own life.

--"Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" - A third grader evaluate the quality of her summer break by assigning points to every fun and exciting thing that she and her friends do. It's based on the book series and stars Heather Graham as her aunt Opal.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Bones: The Complete Sixth Season" . . . a six-disc DVD set.

--"Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season" . . . a five-disc DVD set.

--"Workaholics: Season 1" . . . a two-disc DVD set of the Comedy Central series.

--"Ghost Hunters: Season 6 Part 2" . . . a three-disc DVD set.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Seeking Major Tom", William Shatner (--The Shat gets help from Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Brad Paisley, and Ritchie Blackmore, to name a few. The space themed music on the album includes songs like "Space Oddity", "Space Cowboy", "Rocket Man", and "Major Tom".)

--"Evanescence", the third album from Evanescence

--"Fastlife", Joe Jonas (--This is the first solo album from the middle Jonas brother. Chris Brown co-wrote the lead single, "See No More", with Joe.)

--"ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends", Various Artists . . . including Wolfmother on "Cheap Sunglasses", Nickelback doing "Legs", Wyclef Jean singing "Rough Boy" . . . plus more covers by Filter, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Daughtry, Coheed & Cambria, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Mastodon, among others.

--"New Blood", Peter Gabriel (--Remember how he did his "Scratch My Back" album, featuring his covers of other people's songs backed by an orchestra? For this disc he gives the same treatment to some of his own songs, including "In Your Eyes" and "Solsbury Hill".)

--"B In The Mix: The Remixes Vol. 2", Britney Spears (--This volume of dance remixes includes her naughty song "If You Seek Amy".)

--"American Capitalist", the third album from Five Finger Death Punch

--"The Classic Christmas Album", Tony Bennett

--"Christmas Symphony", Mannheim Steamroller

--"Nappy Dot Org", Nappy Roots

--"Eleven", Martina McBride (--Her 11th album has 11 songs, that number in the title, and it's being released on the 11th. Get it? Includes her singles "Teenage Daughters" and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It".)

Ozzy Osbourne Isn't Planning on Retiring . . . Because He Has Nothing to Retire To:

OZZY OSBOURNE will turn 63 in December, but he's not thinking about retirement. --He explains, quote, "You know what, I retired once but you've got to have something to retire to and I don't want to do anything. My job is like a well-paid hobby, I mean not a hobby but I'm not lining up every morning at the bus queue to go to work. --"I'm very lucky. You know when people say it's tough at the top, it's tough at the top but it's even [effing] tougher at the bottom."

Kid Rock Will Donate to Local Charities on Each Stop of His Fall Tour:

KID ROCK has announced a club tour, which will stretch from November 10th in Atlanta to December 6th in Spokane, Washington. -Kid has partnered with some businessmen from his hometown of Detroit to donate money to local charities at each stop. He'll reach out to local radio stations to help him decide on worthy causes. --Kid says he's doing this to show that, quote, "even though we don't have a lot on our own plate, it doesn't mean the people of my hometown don't have compassion to share with others all over the country. --"At the end of the day we're all Detroit, we're one country, one family." (--For more information and a list of the tour dates, hit up

Metallica Made a Video for Virginia Tech Football:

If you're a Virginia Tech Hokies football fan . . . who has trouble getting fired up, but loves METALLICA . . . there's good news: Metallica has filmed a video to help get you pumped! --In the video, singer JAMES HETFIELD says, quote, "Hey, Hokie Nation, time to kick some butt. This is Metallica. Start jumping." (--Presumably, this is the point where everyone starts jumping. You can find the video at (--The accompanying article tells the story of how this came together. Basically, Metallica is pretty popular at Virginia Tech, and the team has been using "Enter Sandman" as an unofficial theme song for over a decade.)

Hugh Jackman Highly Recommends Seeing Eminem Perform Live:

In this economy, you don't have the money to see every Tom, Dick and Harry on the hip-hop scene. So if you're in need of a good concert recommendation, we have one for you . . . from die-hard hip-hop fan HUGH JACKMAN. --And it is: Go see EMINEM . . . especially if he's performing with JAY-Z, 50 CENT, and DR. DRE. --Hugh explains, quote, "I think Eminem is extraordinary, and one of the greatest live acts I've ever seen. I'm a real fan of live music, but if I go to a concert and I feel that I'm just getting their CD, basically, played for me, it bores me. --"I would prefer to just listen to it. But he, [along with] Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre . . . it was one of the most electrifying nights I've ever been a part of. --"I went behind the stage and just watching Dr. Dre get ready to go onstage, it was kind of like watching a prizefighter getting ready for a big fight. There's just so much that they put in to every song. --"And Eminem, he's just, oh my God, he's just the consummate performer. A professional. And everything comes from an honest place. Comes from his heart. That's what I like about him." (--It's unclear if the MAN LOVE here is mutual. I Googled "What does Eminem think of Hugh Jackman's performance in the 2008 movie 'Australia'," but nothing came up.)

Kanye West Showed Up at an Occupy Wall Street Rally . . . Wearing a Huge Gold Chain:

KANYE WEST . . . of the 1% . . . went to one of the Occupy Wall Street protests yesterday, and he showed solidarity with "the 99%" by wearing a HUGE gold chain. (--Here's a picture.) (Gawker) --Kanye was there with RUSSELL SIMMONS, who's been a regular at the protest. Russell Tweeted, quote, "I just walked @KanyeWest thru the #OccupyWallStreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd." --One of the protesters told, quote, "I felt the response was pretty mixed. Some felt they were being opportunistic as a means to vault their own celebrity. Though in the case of Kanye West, I don't really think that's necessary."

Hank Williams Jr. Blasts Just About Everybody in His New Version of "Keep the Change":

It's been a week since HANK WILLIAMS JR. stepped into P.R. hell by comparing PRESIDENT OBAMA to Hitler. Now that he's made his apologies . . . and subtle retractions . . . he's graced us all with an angry, flag-waving, holier-than-thou anthem. --It's a new version of "Keep The Change", and as you'd expect, nobody's spared. He calls out "Fox & Friends", the government, ESPN . . . and tops it off by refusing to let the U.S.A. become the United Socialist States of America. --Some of the lyrics are new, and some aren't. Hank's been performing the song for a while. (--You can listen to the song at Just click on the play arrow below "Keep the Change" on the right side of the page.) --The most revealing part of the song is when he claims "Fox & Friends" had him on to talk about his father's new CD . . . but then tricked him into discussing politics. (--The album "The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams" dropped last Tuesday.) --I'm actually surprised that he's blaming "Fox & Friends". Everybody knows they talk politics. A lot. And it seemed to me that he was loaded for bear and ready to say what was on his mind the minute they brought it up. --He could have said, "No thanks. I'm here to talk about my dad." But he didn't, and now he's lost what I'm thinking is a pretty steady income stream from "Monday Night Football".


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

CHARLIE SHEEN'S former goddess BREE OLSON is done with porno . . . for good. (Video)

MISCHA BARTON did a weird photo shoot with a chunk of steak. (Photos)

GEORGE CLOONEY and STACY KEIBLER are vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. (Full Story)

94-year-old ZSA ZSA GABOR is in critical condition after undergoing emergency stomach surgery. Her doctors are, quote, "guardedly optimistic" she'll recover. (Full Story)

HILARY SWANK and JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME are being criticized for attending a birthday party for Chechnya's president Ramzan Kadyrov . . . who's considered one of the world's worst human rights violators. (Full Story)

KRIS HUMPHRIES lost his wedding ring at a TSA checkpoint at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport . . . but a fellow traveler helped him find it. (Full Story)

Would you like to see some pictures of HUGH JACKMAN'S insanely veiny and jacked arms? (Photos)

LADY GAGA appeared on Britain's "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" show, and she brought a "male sheep" named Kevin with her. (Video)

AMY WINEHOUSE'S father Mitch is writing a memoir about his daughter. It's called "Amy, My Daughter" . . . and it'll be out sometime next year. (Full Story)

A Woman Finishes the Chicago Marathon . . . Then Promptly Gives Birth:

On Sunday, 27-year-old Amber Miller ran the Chicago Marathon . . . even though she was NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. Her doctor had given her permission to train and run half of the marathon, then walk the second half. --Amber said she'd expected to have given birth before the marathon . . . but she hadn't, and decided to run it anyway. --As she closed in on the finish around the six-hour, 25-minute mark, she started feeling CONTRACTIONS. So at the finish line, she grabbed something to eat . . . then headed to the hospital with her husband Joe. --At 10:29 P.M., about eight hours after Amber finished the marathon, she gave birth to a daughter named June. --June was seven pounds, 13 ounces . . . and despite coming out right after a marathon, she was perfectly healthy. --June is Amber and Joe's second child, they also have a son. (--And no, he wasn't born after Amber climbed Mount Everest or competed in an MMA tournament.) --As for whether it's healthy to half-run, half-walk a marathon at nine months pregnant . . . well, Amber's doctor cleared her, but other doctors are torn. --Dr. Shari Brasner of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York says she wouldn't have cleared Amber to run . . . moderate intensity exercise like that could move blood and oxygen away from the baby and maybe even stunt its development. (Chicago Tribune) (--Here's a photo of Amber holding June.)

43% of Us Plan to Make a Costume This Halloween Instead of Buying One:

Halloween becomes a bigger holiday each year, but it's STILL really hard to justify dropping a hundred bucks on a costume you're only going to wear once. --According to a new survey, 43% of Americans who plan to dress up for Halloween say they're not going to spend money on a fancy costume . . . they're going to scrape one together from stuff they already own or cheap things they can buy. --The survey found that the most popular homemade and do-it-yourself costumes are KATE MIDDLETON for women, and EDWARD CULLEN from "Twilight" for men. (MarketWatch)

Stupid Photos of the Day: A Photo Gallery of the Funniest Pet Halloween Costumes:

We're pretty sure that animals hate being dressed up in Halloween costumes. Even animals have a sense of when they're being robbed of their dignity. That being said . . . some of the things people come up with are AWESOME. --We've got a photo gallery of the funniest pet Halloween costumes, ranging from a "Teen Wolf" dog and a Darth Vader cat, to a dog dressed up as ANTOINE "HIDE YA KIDS, HIDE YA WIFE" DODSON. (--Check them out here.)

The Biggest Pet Peeve for Men Is When Women Won't Get Off Their Cell Phone . . . For Women, It's When He Smells:

This week is National Pet Peeve Week, and to celebrate, the dating site Zoosk conducted a survey on biggest dating pet peeves. --Apparently, men are more annoying than women. One in four men could only come up with one pet peeve, if they could think of any. One in five women listed more than five. --The biggest pet peeve for women is when their date smells. Almost half of all women listed that as a complaint. --Half of men said that their biggest pet peeve was when their date was too occupied with their cell phone. --Cell phones were women's second-biggest complaint, followed by dates who were late. Talking about yourself too much was the fourth worst thing, and asking her too many questions about herself was right behind. --For men, smelliness was second, followed by lateness. Too many questions was fourth, and too much makeup was fifth. --Half of women say that sexual innuendo on a first date annoyed them, but only one in 11 men were bothered by it. --When it comes to appearance, too much body hair was women's biggest pet peeve, followed by inappropriate clothes. Dressing badly was tops for men, followed by crooked teeth. (PR Newswire)
One in Eight People Spend More Time on Their Phones Than Talking to Their Significant Other:

Last week, a study of brain scans found that people aren't addicted to their cell phones . . . they're in LOVE with their cell phones. And a new study shows that some people even love their phones MORE than their significant others. --According to the survey, one in eight people say their partner spends more time using their phone than TALKING to them. --It also found that women spend an average of 15 hours a day within arm's reach of their phones, and men spend 17 hours a day that close. --16% of women and 18% of men also sleep with their phones next to them in bed. --On a night out, people spend an average of 48 minutes on their phones . . . and send an average of three emails, 12 texts, two photos, and up to three Facebook status updates or tweets. --34% of people admit they text or email during face-to-face conversation. --And finally, 27% try to keep their phone in visual distance when they're out at dinner, so they can see if they get a new message.(Medindia)

75% of Men Under 35 Say They'd Love a Wife Who Supports Them:

This is a pretty big generational split . . . and your grandfather would WHUP YOU with a switch if he heard about it. --Men used to spend their entire lives with one goal: Making enough money to provide for their family. It would've KILLED THEM not to be the breadwinner, the way the MAN is supposed to be. --Men today? Yeah . . . they'd GLADLY sit on the couch and play video games while their wives go out and make big money. --In a new survey, 75% of guys ages 16 to 35 say they'd be FINE living an easy life of just hanging out at home while a wife or girlfriend provided for them. --The survey also found that 85% of guys between 16 and 35 say that if they ARE the breadwinner, going out and serving as the primary provider for the family every day, they'd expect dinner to be waiting for them when they get home. (HeatWorld)

A Study Proves That Guys Can Still Get Women if Their Weight Increases . . . as Long as Their Salary Increases Too:

This isn't exactly a surprise. A new study out of Columbia University in New York has found that women are willing to ignore a man's physical appearance . . . as long as he makes enough money. -The study was run by an economist named Pierre-Andre Chiappori. He found that for every 10% increase in body mass index, a man has to increase his salary by 2% to keep dating women of the same level. --A man who jumps from 180 pounds to about 195 pounds would see his BMI go up about 10%. So if he's making $100,000, he'd need to get a raise of at least $2,000 to keep getting the same women he was getting at 180 pounds. --The study found there's a similar effect for women, but not with money. In the study, women who gained weight needed to get MORE EDUCATION to land the same guys they got when they were slimmer. --Chiappori also found that a mix of money, weight, and education is the key to dating for both men and women. Other things like sense of humor came way behind. (Daily Mail)

The Majority of Americans Say the One Thing They'd Change About Their Boss is . . . Nothing?

Either the bosses in this country have gotten kinder, smarter, more generous, and better overnight . . . or we're all just super-happy to HAVE a boss at all. --According to a new survey by the staffing company Adecco, the majority of Americans say that if they could change one thing about their boss, it would be . . . NOTHING. 59% of people surveyed say their bosses are PERFECT as they are. --The survey also found that 78% of people think their boss would go to bat for them if they were about to get fired. Here are some of the other results . . . --19% of people say that if they could find out one secret about their boss, it would be their SALARY. --The number one conversation topic with a boss that makes people uncomfortable is talking about RELATIONSHIP STATUS. Politics came in second, medical history came in third. --Oddly enough, only 5% of people say they'd be uncomfortable telling their boss how much they weigh. 0% said they'd be uncomfortable telling their boss how old they are. --43% of people say they'd feel uncomfortable going on a DOUBLE DATE with their boss . . . 38% would be uncomfortable going to a movie with their boss. (PR Newswire)
Netflix Decided Not to Create a Separate Mail-Order DVD Company Called "Qwikster" After All:

Remember, like, six months ago, when Netflix was on top of the world? Because now they're scrambling and playing catch-up in a way that's kind of embarrassing to watch. --Earlier this year, they basically DOUBLED their prices for customers who wanted both streaming and DVDs by mail. And lost around ONE MILLION CUSTOMERS last quarter because of it. --Then, last month, they announced they were splitting into two companies . . . one called Netflix that would handle online streaming, and another one called Qwikster that would handle the mail-order DVDs. --Not only would you have to pay for them separately, but you'd also have two separate accounts, two separate credit card charges every month, and two separate movie queues. Basically, it didn't make any sense. --And now, less than a month later, Netflix ALSO figured out that it didn't make any sense: Yesterday they announced they WON'T be splitting into two companies after all. -You'll still have to pay almost DOUBLE what you used to, though. There just won't be anything called Qwikster. You'll only have one account, one monthly charge, and one queue. --To have both streaming and DVDs by mail, monthly plans will start at $16. (New York Times)

Do We Need to Get Rid of the Handshake for the Sake of Disease Prevention?

In America, we shake people's hands. We shake them constantly. It's not even something we think about. And there's a virus expert at Stanford who thinks that could one day KILL US ALL. --Dr. Nathan Wolfe is the author of a book called "The Viral Storm". And he thinks we should get rid of the handshake entirely . . . because it makes us too susceptible to infectious diseases. --If a disease epidemic ever begins, the handshake could make it spread too quickly and too uncontrollably. --So Wolfe says we should strongly consider either switching from handshakes to FIST BUMPS or ELBOW BUMPS. Or . . . and I can't believe I'm even saying this . . . we should follow the Japanese and start bowing to each other. --Is any of that going to happen? Probably not. But, um, don't say he didn't warn us. (TruthDive)


A Cop Asks a Man for His ID . . . and the Man Shows Him a Taco Bell Taco:

Last week, 30-year-old Matthew Falkner of Palm City, Florida went through the Taco Bell drive thru late at night. --Apparently, he drunkenly PASSED OUT in the drive thru lane after he got his food. Fortunately, his truck was in park . . . but his foot was on the gas . . . so the truck was just sitting there, revving and smoking. --The Taco Bell manager called the cops. When they got there, they opened the door, took Matthew's foot off the gas, and then woke him up. --They asked for his ID. But instead of giving them a driver's license, Matthew presented . . . a Taco Bell taco. --For some reason, a 59-cent fast food taco STILL isn't being accepted as a legal form of identification . . . and the cops decided it was time to give Matthew some sobriety tests. --He blew a 0.227 on the breathalyzer . . . almost three times the legal limit . . . and was arrested for DUI. (Treasure Coast Palm)

Two Teenagers Chopped Down Trees in a Park . . . Because It's Better than Drinking?

Last Thursday, police in Fairview, Oregon solved a case that they'd been investigating for more than a month. (--Fairview is 14 miles east of Portland.) --Someone had been chopping down trees in Fairview Woods Park . . . about a dozen since the start of September. -And Thursday night, Police Chief Ken Johnson got a tip that two teenagers were in the park with an ax. --All available officers were working on a police standoff in a nearby town, so Ken headed over to the park himself. --He found the two teenagers in the middle of chopping down a tree, and they admitted to cutting down the others. (--Their names weren't given.) --And according to them, they did it for the same reason teenagers do a lot of stupid stuff . . . because they were bored. --They told the chief, quote, "There's nothing better to do. It's better than drinking." --Except it's not, really. Underage drinking would have been a misdemeanor, but at a cost of $10,000 per tree, the damage qualifies the kids for a charge of felony criminal mischief. (KVAL)


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

Check out 'The Ultimate Nerd Guide To New York City': It's a cartoon map showing the location of major landmarks from comic books . . . like The Daily Planet from Superman, Doc Ock's Laboratory from Spider-Man, and the headquarters of The Avengers. NERDS!!! (Full Story)

No surprise here: According to a new survey, more holiday shopping will be done online than in stores this year. For people who DO go to stores, 54% say they'll use their phone to compare prices, and 35% say they'll use their tablet. (Full Story)

People say financial relationships are as significant as . . . marriage? 81% say their pension is as important to them as their relationship with their husband or wife. And 47% of gym members say their membership is like a husband or wife relationship. 80% say that about their mortgage, and 59% say it about . . . cable TV. (Full Story)

This is sad, but interesting: Two in five domestic abuse victims won't leave their abuser . . . because they're worried about what will happen to the PETS after they leave. (Full Story)

Well THIS sucks: Because of droughts and bad harvests, the price of peanuts has gone from $450 a ton to $1,150 a ton in just one year. And that means peanut butter prices are going up 30-to-40% in the next month. (Full Story)

California has banned tanning beds for minors. That means no one under 18, no matter what. (Full Story)


#1.) A Mountain Biker Got Rammed by an Antelope During a Race in South Africa:

Holding a mountain bike race on an African animal reserve SOUNDS like a good idea . . . except that part about maybe being ATTACKED BY THE ANIMALS. --During a race in South Africa over the weekend, a biker named Evan van der Spuy was riding along when he got RAMMED by a red hartebees . . . which is like an oversized antelope. --And when I say it rammed him, I mean it ran in from the side, jumped in the air, and completely took him out at full speed. The rider behind him was wearing a helmet cam, and Evan was okay. But he moaned like a wounded animal afterwards, it's weird. (--Search for "Mountain Biker Gets Taken Out by Buck." It happens at :07, he starts moaning at :22, and it shows two slow-motion replays starting at :33. WARNING: This video includes the S-word.)

#2.) Herman Cain Says No One Cares That He Can't Name the President of "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan":

Some people think HERMAN CAIN'S big weakness in the presidential race is his lack of foreign policy experience. --And he addressed it in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network the other day, by saying it doesn't really matter if he can name the president of Uzbekistan. --Except he didn't say "Uzbekistan." He referred to it as, quote, "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan." -He said the only thing that matters right now is the economy, and added that if he's elected president, he'll learn the names of foreign leaders before he has to meet them. (--Search for "Herman Cain Uzbekistan.")

#3.) Have You Ever Been on a Great Date . . . and Wondered if the Other Person Had a Good Time Too?

If you've ever been on a great date . . . or a HORRIBLE date . . . check out a video on YouTube called "He Said She Said". --The actors are from a comedy group called Nocturnal Emissions, and it shows the difference between an ideal date for a MAN, and an ideal date for a WOMAN. --First, one woman describes a bad date she had, and another describes a GREAT one. Then you hear about each date from the GUY'S point of view . . . and they have a totally different take on things. (--WARNING: This video includes the F-word and strong sexual content.)

#4.) Some Guy Took the Subway in New York . . . and Decided to Ride on the OUTSIDE of the Train:

I'm not sure when this happened, but there's a new video on of some moron who decided to take the subway in New York . . . and ride on the OUTSIDE of the subway car. --It shows him standing flat against one of the doors for a minute-and-a-half while the train is going full speed. Then it stops, and he jumps off and tries to hide from the subway workers. (--Search for "Idiot Rides Outside the Subway Car." At 1:22, he starts shimmying along the outside of the train.) (--WARNING: This video includes the S-word.)

Four Natural Pain Remedies from Dr. Oz:

When you're in pain . . . whether it's a headache or a back ache . . . the first thing most people do is reach for a painkiller. But DR. OZ has a new list on of four NATURAL remedies that might work just as well. Here they are.

#1.) For Migraines, Try Butterbur Root. It grows in Europe and Asia, but you can buy it in pill form at any decent pharmacy. And unlike painkillers . . . which only treat the pain . . . butterbur root might actually PREVENT migraines. --It works because, when you have a migraine, the cells in your brain release chemicals that cause inflammation. And butterbur root interferes with the process. --In one study, 68% of people who regularly took butterbur root had at least 50% fewer migraines. Dr. Oz suggests 75 to 100 milligrams of butterbur root twice a day.

#2.) For Lower Back Pain, Try Devil's Claw. Tribes in Africa have used it as a painkiller for thousands of years.

--And according to at least one study, it's just as effective as the prescription pain reliever Vioxx. Vioxx was popular from 1999 until 2004, when it got pulled from the market due to cardiovascular side effects.

#3.) For Arthritis, Take Fish Oil. In a 2009 study, people with arthritis who took fish oil pills every day reduced their use of pain meds by 50%. --Look for any brand that has two types of omega-3s: EPA and DHA. Then take four to six grams daily.

#4.) For Menstrual Cramps, Take Vitamin E. Cramps are caused by compounds called prostaglandins (--prahs-tah-glan-dins). --They're what cause the uterus to contract and shed its lining every month. And the more compounds you have, the worse your cramps are. --But vitamin E lowers your number of compounds, which can significantly reduce menstrual pain. --Dr. Oz suggests taking a vitamin E supplement a few days before you expect the cramps to start. Then take one a day for the first three days. (