Thursday, November 10, 2011


A Dakota Fanning Perfume Ad Has Been Banned in England Because It's Too "Sexually Provocative":

A perfume ad featuring 17-year-old DAKOTA FANNING has been banned in the U.K. because the country's advertising censors declared it too "sexually provocative." --The ad, which has been appearing in British magazines and newspapers since June, features Dakota in a girlish-looking dress with a bottle of Oh, Lola! perfume between her legs. (--Here's the ad.) (E! Online) --Censors received only FOUR complaints about the ad, but that was enough. --Apparently, 17 is not a taboo age over there like it is in the U.S. But the British censors were concerned because the ad makes Dakota look YOUNGER. --They said, quote, "We considered that the length of her dress, her leg and position of the perfume bottle drew attention to her sexuality. --"We understood the model was 17 years old, but we considered she looked under the age of 16 . . . Because of that, along with her appearance, we considered the ad could be seen to sexualize a child. --"We therefore concluded that the ad was irresponsible and was likely to cause serious offense." --Coty, the company that makes the perfume, argued that the ad is, quote, "provoking, but not indecent".

David Arquette Told Courteney Cox He's In Love With His Girlfriend . . . And She Cried:

Bad news if you've been rooting for DAVID ARQUETTE and COURTENEY COX to get back together. It's not happening. --Yesterday on "The Howard Stern Show", David was asked if a reconciliation was possible. He said, quote, "No . . . that window is closed." --Then he revealed that he's IN LOVE with his current girlfriend Christina McLarty from "Entertainment Tonight". --He recently revealed this to Courteney . . . and it caused them both to react pretty strongly. He said, quote, "She was sad, we were both sad. We both cried." (--Check out video here.)

David Hasselhoff Is Older Than His Girlfriend's Mother:

It's still good to be the Hoff. DAVID HASSELHOFF is 59 years old, and his girlfriend, Hayley Roberts, is 29. Not only is she almost half his age, but David is older than her mother. --Mom says, quote, "At first I found the age difference difficult. He's older than me but when you see them together they just get on really well so I don't worry so much now." (--Here's a picture of David and Hayley.) (Times Square Gossip)

Are Kim and Khloe Kardashian Feuding Over Kim's Divorce?

The website claims that KIM KARDASHIAN'S divorce is creating a rift within the family. --Things are especially bad between Kim and KHLOE . . . although just about everybody is mad at her. Kim does have one supporter: Her mom, KRIS JENNER. --A source says, quote, "The family has split into two camps since the divorce . . . Kim and her mom versus the rest of the family, who are really angry at her. --"Encouraged by her mom, Kim has become a fame-addicted, money-hungry monster. She has lost touch with reality." --Kim and Khloe really got into it during their recent trip to Australia. The source says, quote, "Khloe was mad because Kim was trying to look sad [about her divorce]. --"She was telling Kim that people would see right through it, and Kim was only making things worse." --Kris Jenner's mom is urging Kim to take a TWO-YEAR BREAK from reality TV. The source says, quote, "She has been urging Kim to do this ever since she filed for divorce from Kris. She thinks reality TV is destroying her life!"

Did Mariah Carey Dis Kim Kardashian?

MARIAH CAREY tossed a little jab at KIM KARDASHIAN during a press conference for Jenny Craig the other day. (--Mariah is their newest spokesperson.) --Speaking about her marriage to NICK CANNON, Mariah said, quote, "I'm a real person, I'm not going to put on a fake face for Hollywood. Sometimes we make each other mad, that's why we aren't divorced after four months." --Then she added, quote, "I'm sorry, I'm just saying."

Is Kim Kardashian After One of Her Co-Stars from "The Marriage Counselor"?

KIM KARDASHIAN is over KRIS HUMPHRIES enough to have her sights set on a new guy. His name is LANCE GROSS . . . and he'll be co-starring with Kim in the new TYLER PERRY movie, "The Marriage Counselor". --Kim has already started sending Lance flirty texts. A so-called "source" says, quote, "He's Kim's type brown, and built . . . They'll probably be dating before the filming is over. (--Lance is also on "Tyler Perry's House of Payne". And he's GORGEOUS. Check out some pics here.) (Most Beautiful Man)

Conrad Murray Does Not Believe He Caused Michael Jackson's Death:

Before a jury found him guilty of killing MICHAEL JACKSON, CONRAD MURRAY sat down for an interview with the "Today" show. --It airs in two parts: Today and tomorrow. And it'll be followed tomorrow night by an MSNBC documentary about Murray's manslaughter trial. --Not surprisingly, Murray didn't cop to any wrongdoing in Michael's death. Asked by Savannah Guthrie of NBC News if he thought Michael self-administered a fatal dose of propofol, Murray replied, quote, "What do you think?" --Then he added, quote, "Something happened when I was not in that room. Nothing that I gave Michael should have ended his life." --Then she asked him if he was distracted by his cell phone when he should have been monitoring Michael, he said, quote, "No, I was not." --He added, quote, "When I looked at a man who was all night deprived of sleep, who was desperate for sleep, and finally is getting some sleep, am I gonna sit over him, sit around him, tug on his feet, do anything unusual to wake him up? No." --And although he admits he left the room to make a phone call, he said, quote, "I would think if he got up and he called to me, I would hear him. --"But he was not on an infusion that would cause him to stop breathing, and that's the reason they talk about I was not supposed to be monitoring him at that time, because there was no need for monitoring." (--Really? REALLY???) --Guthrie also asked Murray why he withheld information about Michael's propofol use to paramedics. He said, quote, "Because it was inconsequential. --"Twenty five milligrams and the effect's gone. Means nothing . . . It had no effect. It was not an issue." --As for why he would even give Michael propofol in the first place, Murray pretty much said he didn't want Michael using it on his own. He also claimed Michael was ADDICTED, but that he had weaned Michael off of it just days before his death. (--You can see a preview clip here.) --The executors of Michael Jackson's estate are NOT happy that NBC gave Murray this platform to bash his so-called "friend" . . . especially when he didn't even bother to testify on his own behalf in his manslaughter trial. --They even wrote a letter bashing them for it. (--You can read it here.) --Meanwhile, JERMAINE JACKSON Tweeted that he was "sickened" by Dr. Murray getting all this airtime on NBC and MSNBC. --But he added, quote, "We've bigger battles to fight than against the meaningless words of a liar whose version of events was unanimously rejected by a jury."

Did NBC Pay $300,000 for the Conrad Murray Documentary?

Radar Online says that NBC paid $300,000 to the production company that made the documentary MSNBC is airing tomorrow night. --A so-called "insider" says most of that money will go to CONRAD MURRAY'S lawyers. Anything that's left over will go to Murray's girlfriend and baby-mama, Nicole Alvarez. --Murray will not directly profit. (--Although if he and Alvarez stay together, we would assume that what's hers is his.)

The Bed Michael Jackson Died On Will Be Auctioned Off Next Month:

Next month, several items from the Los Angeles home where MICHAEL JACKSON died are going to be auctioned off. --And they include his DEATH BED. Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions says bidding for the bed will start at somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000 . . . but, quote, "we let the market dictate its final price." --Other items include a kitchen chalkboard with the following note written on it: "I [heart] Daddy. SMILE, it's for free." (--There's no word which one of Michael's kids wrote it.) --There's also an antique armoire with a message written on the mirror by Michael himself about the London concert series he was preparing for. It reads, quote, "TRAIN, perfection, March April. FULL OUT May." --The auction goes down December 17th in Los Angeles. (--You can check out a picture of the bed here.) (E! Online)

Eddie Murphy Has Quit the Oscars:

A day after "Tower Heist" director BRETT RATNER quit as the producer of the 2012 Oscar ceremony, EDDIE MURPHY announced he's no longer hosting the show. --He issued a statement yesterday saying, quote, "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. --"I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job." --And here's a statement from the president of the Academy . . . quote, "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well." --There's no word yet on a replacement host . . . but BILLY CRYSTAL'S name keeps popping up. Billy is easily the most popular Oscar host of the modern era, and earlier this year, he suggested that he wouldn't mind returning. --The Oscars air live February 26th on ABC. --Ratner stepped down as Oscar producer on Tuesday, after being criticized for using a gay slur during a movie screening over the weekend. (--Ratner has made NUMEROUS asinine comments over the past week or so. And some people are suggesting he was actually FORCED out of the gig because of them. You can read several of his dumb statements here.) (--What are the stars Tweeting? Check out The Hollywood Reporter to find out.)

Andy Rooney's College Roommate Had a Heart Attack at Andy's Memorial Service . . . and Almost Died:

This could have been the Feel-Bad Story of the Day: An afternoon memorial service was held Tuesday for "60 Minutes" legend ANDY ROONEY. --One of the attendees was Bob Ruthman, Rooney's college roommate from Colgate University. --Ruthman . . . who was in a wheelchair . . . went to use the bathroom at one point, and HAD A HEART ATTACK. Some media outlets reported him dead, but it turns out paramedics were able to revive him. He's currently in intensive care.

"Family Circus" Cartoonist Bil Keane Has Died:

"Family Circus" cartoonist BIL KEANE died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday. He was 89. Keane started drawing "Family Circus" in 1960 . . . although in recent years, his son Jeff has taken over. --Jeff said Keane was visited by all of his five children, nine grandchildren and great-granddaughter in the last week of his life.


Your Movie Choices are . . . Leonardo DiCaprio Kissing Another Man, Adam Sandler in Drag, and Yet Another Movie About Greek Gods:

#1.) "J. Edgar" (R) (Opened Wednesday) (Trailer) Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover, the secretly-kinky first director of the FBI. Naomi Watts is his trusted secretary, and Armie Hammer from "The Social Network" is Clyde Tolson . . . Hoover's protégé at the FBI, and his alleged LOVER. --It's directed by Clint Eastwood. We'd already heard that Leo and Armie share a man-kiss in the movie, but Clint wants people to see past that because, quote, "It's not a movie about two gay guys."

#2.) "Immortals" (R) (Trailer) (Trailer 2)

Zeus chooses a hero named Theseus to fight an army led by Mickey Rourke. He's trying to bring down the gods by releasing their enemies, the immortal titans. If you liked "300", you'll probably dig this since it's made by the same people. --Theseus is played by Henry Cavill, and Freida Pinto from "Slumdog Millionaire" is the oracle guiding him with her visions of the future. Cavill is the guy they choose to reboot the Superman franchise with in the upcoming movie "Man of Steel". (--If you know your mythology, Theseus is the guy who killed the minotaur. But this movie has nothing to do with that story.) (--Here's something else you should know: Freida Pinto says she had a BUTT DOUBLE. So don't get too excited if you see her backside.)

#3.) "Jack and Jill" (PG) (Trailer)

Adam Sandler plays Jack, and his identical twin sister Jill, who visits for Thanksgiving and refuses to leave. Katie Holmes is Jack's wife, and Al Pacino has an amusing cameo as himself when he hits on Jill at a Lakers game.

"Glee's" Controversial Teen Sex Episode Was a Bust in the Ratings:

Tuesday night's controversial episode of "Glee" was a non-factor in the ratings. The episode featured two teen couples . . . one straight and one gay . . . having sex for the first time. --Only 6.9 million viewers tuned in, which made it the lowest-rated episode of "Glee" this season. The season premiere attracted 9.2 million viewers in September . . . but each of the four episodes since have declined in the ratings. --Last week's episode had 7.5 million viewers. --For what it's worth, "Glee" did win its timeslot among female viewers between the ages of 12 and 24. That SEEMS like something the Parents Television Council might flip out over . . . --However, even that doesn't mean much. "Glee's" competition on the broadcast networks . . . "NCIS", "The Biggest Loser", "Last Man Standing" and "90210" . . . don't exactly seem like huge draws for young female viewers. (--Remember: "90210" airs on the CW, which is NEVER a significant draw.)
(--On the other hand, Nielsen didn't release the number of gay teen viewers who were enlightened by the episode's positive depiction of young, gay love. So for now, this "controversy" seems to have been a complete waste of time.)

Nick Jonas Will Play a Deadbeat Dad on "Last Man Standing":

NICK JONAS will guest star on TIM ALLEN'S new sitcom "Last Man Standing" . . . but check this out: He's playing a DEADBEAT DAD. --Specifically, Nick is playing "Ryan" . . . the ex-boyfriend and baby-daddy of one of Tim's daughters. When "Ryan" shows up out of the blue, Tim's character struggles to deal with him being around. --There's no airdate yet, but says it's a "Christmas-themed" episode . . . so it'll probably air sometime next month. (--Although Nick still looks like he's 12 years old, he's actually 19 now, so he's definitely old enough to be playing a deadbeat dad. I mean, he's two years older than JUSTIN BIEBER. So, you know.)

Piers Morgan Is Done with "America's Got Talent":

Initially, PIERS MORGAN thought he could do both "Piers Morgan Tonight" and "America's Got Talent" . . . but now, he's realized it's too much. --Last night, he said, "I can exclusively reveal that I'm leaving 'America's Got Talent' . . . I've loved every single second but I've discovered that juggling, to my surprise, really is a bit more difficult than I thought. --"So, I'm going to focus on what's going to be a huge year here at CNN." (--There's video of his announcement at

Thursday TV Reminders:

--"The Vampire Diaries" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on the CW. My Morning Jacket performs at the Mystic Falls homecoming dance.

--"The X Factor" [Results Show] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"The Office" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on NBC. Pam trains a new temp for her maternity leave but then worries about leaving Jim alone with her. The temp's played by "'Till Death's" Lindsey Broad.

--"Braxton Family Values" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on WE.

--"Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Comedy Central. Comedians Larry Omaha, Cristela Alonzo and Maz Jobrani perform.

--"Burn Notice" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA. Indigo from "Weeds" guest stars as a gun-toting woman who's a suspect in the murder of Mikey's childhood friend.

--"Storm Chasers" [5th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Discovery.

--"Bordertown: Laredo" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E.

Justin Bieber is Now the Youngest Solo Artist With Three #1s:

Justin Bieber has his third #1 album. His Christmas disc "Under the Mistletoe" sold 210,000 copies and topped the latest "Billboard" chart. At just 17 years old, he's the youngest solo artist ever to have three #1 albums. --Rapper Wale scored the runner-up slot with his second album "Ambition". And Miranda Lambert's new one, "Four the Record", rounds out the Top 3.

The Rolling Stones Are Getting Together to Jam . . . Is Something in the Works?

Are the ROLLING STONES gearing up for another tour? Possibly. --KEITH RICHARDS says he's going to meet up with Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts at a London studio sometime this month . . . and MICK JAGGER might show up, too. --Keith says, quote, "We're just going to play a little together, because we haven't played for three or four years. You don't necessarily want to rehearse or write anything, you just want to touch bases . . . we just want to get our chops down." --So it sounds like the Stones may very well be planning a 50th anniversary tour for next year. If it happens, it'd be their first shows in five years, since their Bigger Bang tour ended in 2007. Nothing is official yet, though. --Ronnie says, quote, "I just hope we can perform live. It'd be great to see if that old spark is there."

Madonna Is Ticked Off With Whoever Leaked Her Song:

MADONNA has confirmed that "Give Me All Your Love" is one of her new songs . . . but she's not happy it was leaked. (--You can find the song at, or just by Googling "Madonna Give Me All Your Love".) --Her manager Tweeted, quote, "The plan was for new music to come out in [2012] . . . and yet someone leaked a demo version. I'm very happy with the positive reaction to the demo, but we are very upset with whoever leaked the song!!!" --"Madonna told me this morning 'My true fans wouldn't do this' . . . whoever is responsible for this leak, we ask that you please stop!" (--Does this mean that perhaps the person who leaked this song has MORE? Or does Madonna just not understand how the Internet works? Because "Give Me All Your Love" can't be UN-leaked at this point.) --At any rate, her manager also said that Madonna's new album doesn't have a title, and isn't finished yet . . . although it should be done "in the next month or so." There's no release date yet.

Drake Has Shelved the Album He Was Going to Do with Lil Wayne:

Well over a year ago, DRAKE talked about doing a joint album with LIL WAYNE, but he says that isn't happening anymore. --He tells "XXL" magazine, quote, "We scrapped the idea of a collaboration album. We just agreed that it would be looked upon as . . . sort of this competition [with JAY-Z and KANYE WEST'S 'Watch the Throne']. --"We just said, 'If we do it, we'll do it down the line. But right now is not the time.'"


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

According to the "Star" tabloid, there's a 35-year-old woman who claims MEL GIBSON is the father of her unborn baby. (Full Story)

Actress NIA LONG gave birth to a baby boy. This is her second child, and her first with current boyfriend Ime Udoka. (Full Story)

MORGAN FREEMAN will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on January 15th. (Full Story)

ZSA ZSA GABOR was rushed to the hospital yet again yesterday with internal bleeding. (Full Story)

STEVE JOBS was the most-used name in the media in 2011. "Arab Spring" and "Royal Wedding" were the top phrases. (Full Story)

KATE and PIPPA MIDDLETON now have their own dolls. (Full Story)

"Slumdog Millionaire" game show host ANIL KAPOOR is starring in an Indian version of "24". It's being called . . . simply . . . "24: India". Anil also played Omar Hassan on the final season of the American "24". (Full Story)

An R. KELLY memoir is coming out next spring . . . and it's titled "Soula Coaster: The Diary of Me!". (???) (--There was some talk online yesterday that the book might be out NEXT WEEK, but that isn't the case. We'll have to wait at least a few more months to get our hands on this.) (Full Story)

Penn State Has Fired Football Coach Joe Paterno as a Result of the Child Sex Abuse Scandal Surrounding a Former Assistant:

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was FIRED last night, as a result of the child sex abuse committed by a former assistant coach. Paterno's 84 years old and had been head coach for 46 years, and is basically the face of the school. --But the scandal over the school's lack of action has been rocking Penn State since the weekend, and it's finally claimed Paterno's job . . . as a lot of people suspected it would. --Here's the background you need to know . . . --Jerry Sandusky was an assistant coach for Penn State's football team for 30 years, and a PEDOPHILE and PREDATOR for at least 17 of them. --A Pennsylvania grand jury investigated Sandusky for two years and has filed FORTY counts against him for sexually abusing EIGHT young boys from 1994 to 2009. --It turns out Sandusky frequently brought young boys to Penn State's practices, and even on road trips. It didn't raise red flags at the time, because he founded a group home for troubled boys in 1977, and spent his free time working with them. --He was considered a successor to Paterno, but he retired suddenly in 1999, after he was caught by University police the year before with a young boy in a locker room shower. The boy's mother even CONFRONTED him, and he apologized. (--CAREFUL!)But he was STILL a regular on campus after he retired. He was seen with a young boy in 2000 . . . and in 2002, a graduate student walked into the locker room and caught Sandusky having SEX with a 10-year-old boy in the showers. --The graduate student . . . who's now an assistant coach at the school . . . told coach Paterno, who told Penn State's athletic director Tim Curley. --And here's all that happened: Sandusky was told NOT to bring children to campus again. (???) Penn State President Graham Spanier was informed, and approved of the ban. --But NONE of them ever told police, even though both the president and the athletic director were REQUIRED to do so by Pennsylvania law. --You could also argue that everyone involved had a DUTY to do something as human beings, and professionals entrusted with the education and well-being of young people. -Seven years later, Sandusky was caught AGAIN, in the weight room of a high school where he was a volunteer coach. This time the administrators of the high school did what they were supposed to, and reported it to police. --Back to this week . . . --On Tuesday, Penn State cancelled Paterno's weekly press conference when it became clear the media wouldn't limit their questions to Saturday's game against Nebraska. That did NOT go over well, and the backlash gained traction. --First, the athletic director and a vice president stepped down. Then, Penn State students demonstrated in SUPPORT of Paterno, and yesterday he announced he planned to retire at the end of the season. --He released a statement that said, quote, "I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." --But last night, the University's trustees announced that both President Spanier and Paterno were out IMMEDIATELY. --Meanwhile, a local station has reported that the number of Sandusky's victims has DOUBLED in the past day, as more than 20 people have come forward. (Sporting News / CNN)

The Top Things That Annoy People About Christmas Include Crowded Stores, Early Hype, and Too Much Caroling:

I think November 10th is a little early to be annoyed with Christmas already . . . but it's not too early to start TALKING about being annoyed by Christmas. --A British website surveyed people to ask them what ANNOYS them most about Christmas and the holiday season. And here are the results, in order.

#1.) Overcrowded stores and malls

#2.) Early Christmas hype

#3.) Nothing . . . "I love Christmas"

#4.) The commercialization of the holiday

#5.) People forgetting the true meaning of Christmas


#7.) The cost

#8.) Too much caroling

#9.) Christmas TV

(PR Underground)

Six Etiquette Mistakes People Make Around the Holidays:

We're all busy around the holidays, which means there are plenty of ways to SCREW UP by FORGETTING to do something on our list. So the folks at Radio Shack came up with a list of six common holiday etiquette mistakes to look out for . . .

#1.) Forgetting to send thank-you notes. This was the most-common mistake people mentioned. Two in five people don't get around to writing thank-you notes, including more than half of people under age 35.

#2.) Not mailing holiday cards. More than one in three people say they don't get around to sending out holiday cards, including nearly half of people under age 35.

#3.) Giving electronic gifts without the batteries. Nothing is worse for a kid than not being able to use a new toy, because you forgot to buy four D-cells. And while three in four people over age 65 REMEMBER the batteries, half of people under 35 forget.

#4.) Forgetting to buy a gift for the host of a party. 29% of us are guilty of this one.

#5.) Giving fruitcake. This one is a bad-holiday-gift stereotype, but older people don't think there's anything wrong with it. Two in three people over 65 think it's fine as a gift gift, while only one in five younger people do.

#6.) Serving canned cranberries instead of homemade. Three in five women thought canned cranberries were an okay substitute. Fewer than half of men agreed. (--Fine . . . but are these guys going to be in the kitchen making it?) (PR Newswire)

No Recession Here . . . Two-Thirds of Americans Will Give Their Pet a Christmas Present:

Your dog doesn't know when it's Christmas. He also doesn't know we're in a recession. You, as a human, know both of those things. But it's not going to stop you from stretching your budget to take care of your dog next month. --According to a new poll by the Associated Press and, two-thirds of Americans say they plan on giving their pet a gift this Christmas. --Last year, the average person who bought their pet a gift spent $41. This year that's going up to $46. --A new toy is the most common gift. Food or a treat is number two . . . clothing is third . . . grooming products are fourth . . . bedding is fifth . . . and a new leash or collar is sixth. (

No, There Isn't Going to be a "Christmas Tree Tax":

The government knows we all love taxes, and earlier this week, there was talk that we were going to be lucky enough to pay a brand new one . . . this time, for Christmas. It was being called the CHRISTMAS TREE TAX, a 15-cent tax on every tree. --The tax was set to go into effect yesterday, and was supposed to fund a marketing program called the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The tree retailers were supposed to pay the tax and NOT pass it on to you, but you know how that goes. -Well . . . yesterday, the OBAMA administration heard all the backlash on a Christmas tree tax and STOPPED IT. There's no word on whether it could come up again next year or in the future. (Fox News)
64% of Women Reject All Facebook Requests From Strangers, But Men are Much More Open . . . Especially if the Request Comes From a Hot Chick:

It's taken about eight billion horror stories to get us here, but people are FINALLY being more cautious about who they become friends with on Facebook. By "people" I mean "women." Men are still kinda stupid. --According to a new survey, 64.2% of women say they ALWAYS reject friend requests from people they don't know. For men, it's lower, at 55.4%. --BUT . . . it turns out the majority of men WILL make an exception and accept a friend request from a random stranger . . . if it's a HOT CHICK. Women don't fall for that . . . they won't even bend for a good-looking guy. (CBS News)

One in Four Women Have Shown Up to a Party and Seen Someone in the Same Dress:

Showing up to a party and seeing someone in the same outfit is one of those classic problems. It's right up there with breaking a nail or world poverty. --According to a new survey, almost one in four women say that, yes, it's happened to them. They've shown up at a party and someone else has been wearing the exact same dress. --80% said they were MORTIFIED when it happened. --16% tried to fix the situation by quickly throwing on some extra accessories to differentiate themselves. --39% said they went over and talked to the other woman . . . but ONLY if they thought they looked better than her in the dress. --And 18% said they were so jealous they actually tried to MESS UP the other girl's dress by doing something like spilling a drink on it. --A separate survey on a similar topic found that about 40% of 18-to-24-year-old women and 22% of 25-to-34-year-old women spend more than $1,600-a-year on dresses so they don't show up in the same dress in Facebook photos. (Deccan Herald / Metro)

There's a New "Husband Motivator" App That Helps Wives Get Husbands to Do Chores:

Ladies, do you want your husband to do more around the house? Now there's an app for that. --The Husband Motivator uses artificial intelligence to figure out the best way to get a husband to do household chores. --Shelle Rose Charvet is the president of Weongozi, who made the app. She said, quote, "The surprising thing is that most people don't know what motivates their soulmate." --The app gives a wife a four-question quiz about her husband, and that's enough information to unlock the, quote, "hidden triggers that motivate him." --Women are given short video tips and a word-for-word script they can read to their husband. The app is designed to be used repeatedly, so when your husband figures out what you're doing, the app is one step ahead.

--The Husband Motivator can get your husband to perform in any number of areas, including:


--Child care and family activities.

--Intimacy, from sex to talking about issues. (PR Newswire)

(--You can read more about the app at their website . . . and get in contact with Shelle at 905-639-6468.)

The Majority of People Would Stop to Help a Woman With a Broken Down Car . . . But Men Aren't So Lucky:

This isn't the '60s where we pick up hitchhikers or sleep with our doors unlocked, so people are a little paranoid when it comes to stopping their car to help a stranger. But not THAT paranoid. And a new poll tried to put that paranoia into numbers. --The survey asked more than 1,000 adults who they would and wouldn't pull over to help if their car had broken down. Here's what they found . . .

--57% of drivers would pull over to help a disabled driver who'd broken down on the side of the road.

--57% would pull over to help a family with children.

--More than half of men and one-third of women would pull over if a woman, by herself, had broken down on the side of the road.

--Two out of five men and one out of five women would pull over to help a group of women stranded.

--Only 23% of people would stop to help a solo male driver who'd broken down.

--And finally, only 17% would stop to help a group of males who'd broken down.

(Galway Independent)

If You Could Live in Any State, Which One Would You Choose?

Harris Interactive just released the results of their annual survey that asks people: "If you could live in ANY state except the one you live in now, which state would you choose?" And, as always . . . people flock to good weather. --For the first time ever, HAWAII came in first place. But it's been in the top three every year since 2001. California came in second place, Florida came in third. In other words . . . America's three states with great weather are the top three. --After that things get a little more centered around personal interests. Texas is fourth . . . Colorado is fifth . . . North Carolina is sixth . . . Oregon is seventh . . . Arizona is eighth . . . Washington is ninth . . . and Virginia is tenth. --They didn't release which state got the fewest votes. (--So you dodged that bullet, Alaska, Wyoming, or North Dakota. It's got to be one of you three, right?) --The survey also asked people what city they'd most want to live in or near, other than the one they're in now. And people generally gravitated toward big cities rather than ones with good weather. --New York City came in first . . . it's been in first place for the past 11 years. --San Diego came in second . . . Seattle is third . . . Dallas is fourth . . . Las Vegas fifth . . . San Francisco sixth . . . Boston seventh . . . Chicago eighth . . . Honolulu ninth . . . and Denver tenth. --When people were asked what city they'd LEAST want to live in . . . New York came in first there too. Detroit was second, L.A. was third, D.C. was fourth, and Chicago was fifth. (Harris Interactive)

If You're Prejudiced . . . You Might Have Been Born That Way?

Every once in awhile, a study comes out with results that couldn't POSSIBLY be misinterpreted for political purposes. This isn't one of them. --Researchers from the University of the Basque Country in Northern Spain found that having generalized beliefs about certain groups could be a personality trait.--In other words, if you're prejudiced, it's not your fault. You were BORN that way.-The study DOESN'T say for sure that sexism and racism are inherited or genetic. They say it's possible that those attitudes become part of a person's personality as part of their upbringing. But you get them early in your childhood development. --The study DID find that sexism and racism are connected. People who are hostile toward women are more likely to be racist. But so are people who are extra nice to women . . . who believe women are the weaker sex. --Sexist people are also more likely to trust authority, and tend to believe that there are strict hierarchies in society. --The researchers hoped to find that people with low self-esteem are more likely to be prejudiced, but that doesn't seem to be the case. --Men who are hostile toward women usually feel pretty good about themselves. They're more likely to see themselves as strong, brave, and masculine. (Psych Central)

If You Quit Smoking You'll Save $2,500 to $3,300 Every Year:

We're not exactly breaking new ground by telling you that smoking's expensive . . . but it never hurts to put that expense in perspective. --According to a study out of Loyola University in Chicago, based on average cigarette prices, if you go from smoking a pack a day to quitting cold turkey, you'll save $2,500 to $3,300 a year. --After a decade of quitting, that means you'll have saved at least $25,000 by quitting. And that doesn't include the money you'll save from the significant improvement to your health. (UPI)

A Retired Dentist Invented Color-Changing Toothpaste . . . So Kids Will Want to Brush:

Dr. Howard Wright is a retired dentist in St. Louis who's spent years trying to find a way to get kids to brush their teeth more. --It took more than a decade, but Howard has invented a product he thinks will work: Color-changing toothpaste. --It's called Vortex Toothpaste, and the idea is that kids will keep brushing longer and harder to get the toothpaste to change colors. --Vortex has all natural ingredients and doesn't use chemicals to produce the color change. Instead, there are two separate pastes, one red and one blue. --The dispenser puts a stream of each color on your brush. They combine in your mouth to turn purple. (--Apparently this guy hadn't heard of Aquafresh?) --Vortex also doesn't produce as much foam as other toothpastes. Howard took out the foaming agent, because he said kids often panic with a mouth full of foam, because they're afraid they won't be able to breathe. --The toothpaste isn't Howard's first invention. 20 years ago, he came up with the Storm scuba-diving safety whistle, which is the loudest whistle in the world and can be heard up to 50 yards underwater. --Vortex sells for $6.95 a tube. (PR Newswire) (--You can pick up a tube of this stuff at Jessica Buha is the marketing director for Vortex. She's at 314-436-3332.)


A Man Tried to Rob a Burger King With a Sock Puppet Holding a Gun, and Got Nothing:

It's hard to be considered a serious threat when you're waving around a sock puppet. --On Sunday night, on Stock Island in the Florida Keys, a man walked into a Burger King with a T-shirt wrapped around his head . . . and a sock on his hand. --Yes, like a sock puppet. And his sock puppet was holding a GUN. --He walked up to the register, pointed the gun-toting sock puppet at the manager, and told him, quote, "open the register and give me the [effing] money . . . or I'll shoot you." --The manager told him he needed a key to open the register and he had to get it from the back. The robber . . . and I guess his sock puppet accomplice . . . were okay with that. So the manager walked into the back for safety. --Meanwhile, another employee who was working the drive-thru asked a customer to call 911 so the robber wouldn't see her using a phone. --The robber started putting everything together . . . and decided to just run for it, empty handed. Minus the sock on his hand, of course. One empty hand, one sock-covered hand. --On his way out, he tripped over a cardboard display . . . but still got away. Police are searching for him. (Keys News)


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

A drug dealer was running from the cops in Michigan last Friday, and hid in a pile of leaves. But they found him with a thermal imaging device. (Full Story)

Check out the top four relationship milestones, including taking a trip together, and getting a pet. (Full Story)

According to a new analysis, companies have about ten seconds to get online shoppers to make a purchase. 45% of people will use a competitor if a website is slow, and 38% of people abandon smartphone apps that take too long to load. (Full Story)

Not-So-Stupid News: Veterans stay homeless longer than other homeless people. 62% of homeless vets have been homeless for two years, compared to 50% of non-vets. And the average homeless vet spends six years without a home compared to four years for non-vets. (Full story)

Two-thirds of Americans say it's important for the president to have strong religious faith. But one in five say they wouldn't vote for one with different beliefs. (Full story)

Dubai has a lot of skyscrapers, including the world's tallest building. What they DON'T have is a functioning sewer system. So in a lot of buildings, including the tallest one, your waste gets pumped into trucks that drive it to a treatment plant. (Full story)

According to a fantastic new study, when rats use meth, all they want to do is have sex and do more meth. (Full story)

Those latex gloves your doctor is wearing? They may be covered in germs. (Full story)

A 53-year-old protester at the Occupy New Orleans rally was found dead in his tent on Tuesday, and he'd been dead for two days. (Full story)


#1.) Watch a Surfer Ride a Record-Breaking 90-Foot Wave:

An extreme surfer named Garrett McNamara is the new owner of the world record for "Largest Wave Surfed." He caught a HUGE wave off the coast of Portugal that was 90 FEET TALL. --The video of it online includes a shot from a camera strapped to the front of his board. (--Search for "Garrett McNamara World Record Wave.")

#2.) A Reporter in Eureka, California Really Wants to Find Out Who Pooped on the Steps of a Local Bank:

A reporter at the Occupy protests in Eureka, California walked around interviewing random protesters, asking each of them if they were the ones who DEFECATED on the steps of a local bank. --And she used the words "poop" and "pee" more than anyone in the history of journalism. --Then someone got annoyed and pushed the camera out of the way, and the reporter flipped out and called the cops. (--Search for "Poop and Pee on the Bank in Eureka." The shove happens at 2:09.) (--WARNING: This video includes the S-word, and the words "poop" and "pee.")

#3.) Mike Tyson Plays Herman Cain in a FunnyOrDie Video . . . and Says He's Changing 'Taco Tuesday' to "Pizza Pthursday': posted two videos this week featuring MIKE TYSON as HERMAN CAIN. He had a small part in the first one. But the second one is a full campaign ad, and it's ridiculous and hilarious. And Tyson doesn't even try to do an imitation. --First he says he's planning to get even crazier than he has been. Then he talks about wearing oversized American flag lapel pins, making his running mate a computer programmed to think like Ronald Reagan, and changing 'Taco Tuesday' to, quote, "Pizza Pthursday"
--He also says he'll win the nomination because, quote, "The Tea Party loves crazy more than they hate black." And it ends with Tyson doing Cain's signature head-turn-and-smile. (--Search for "Herman Cain's Campaign Promises with Mike Tyson." WARNING: This video includes the S-word.)

#4.) A Deer Crashed Through a Window at a Taco Joint in Georgia:

A deer crashed through a plate-glass window at a Mexican restaurant in Alpharetta, Georgia the other day (--about 30 miles north of Atlanta.) Then it left though the back, took out some patio furniture, and ran off. Supposedly it lost an antler in the ordeal. (--Search for "Deer Crashes Into Atlanta Taco Mac." It crashes through the window at :08.)

Eight Weird Facts About Cat People and Dog People:

A website called polled over 200,000 pet owners to find out if they were cat people or dog people. And they also asked a bunch of weird questions to find out how they're different. --It turns out they have a few things in common: They both tend to talk to animals, including cats AND dogs. They're both just as likely to have a college degree. And they both hate shirts and sweaters that have pictures of animals on them.

--Now, here are eight weird ways they're different.

#1.) Dog People Like Paul McCartney. They're 18% more likely to say he's their favorite Beatle. While cat people are 25% more likely to pick George Harrison.

#2.) Cat People Like to Tweet. According to the poll, they're 10% more likely to use Twitter than dog people are.

#3.) Dog People Like Zoos. They're 9% more likely to think of them as "happy" places.

#4.) Dog People Are 30% More Likely to Enjoy Slapstick Comedy and Impressions. Cat people are 21% more likely to enjoy irony and puns.

#5.) Cat People Are More Introverted. They're 14% more likely to stay close to their friends at a party.

#6.) Dog People Are 11% More Likely to Support Cloning. But only for animals.

#7.) Cat People Are More Educated. They're 17% more likely to have a graduate degree.

#8.) Dog People Have Trendier Ringtones. They're 36% more likely to use a pop song.

(Reader's Digest)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Jessica Simpson Craves Cantaloupe Covered in Salt:

What is JESSICA SIMPSON craving now that she's pregnant? She tells "People" magazine, quote, "I crave cantaloupe like a crazy person. But I put salt all over it, so I don't know if that's healthy. --"I crave anything salty and sweet. That mixture to me is so good. I can eat a whole cantaloupe in one morning." --One thing Jessica does NOT crave is pizza. She says it tastes SOUR to her since she got knocked up. (--Cantaloupe . . . not the best craving to have right now. As you've probably heard, 29 people have been KILLED and 139 sickened by cantaloupe that came from a farm in Colorado.) (--It's the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in the U.S. since 1924. Although luckily for Jessica, none of those deaths were in California.)

Amber Rose Says Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Did Hook Up:

KANYE WEST'S ex-girlfriend AMBER ROSE hit up the "Wendy Williams Show" yesterday, and cleared up some rumors about KIM KARDASHIAN. --First of all, Amber did NOT nail REGGIE BUSH while he was with Kim. She said, quote, "I'm not a homewrecker. I broke up with Kanye and [Reggie] broke up with Kim. We met after. --"We were both going through a hard time. We were each other's rebounds basically. It was brief, it was nice, he was a great guy!" --She also apparently CONFIRMED rumors that Kim and Kanye knocked boots last year. When Wendy asked about that hookup, Amber said, quote, "I mean come on, like, you know. We'll keep it cute." (--Check out video here. Amber is currently in a serious relationship with rapper Wiz Khalifa. She also talks about Kanye's incident at the MTV Awards at the 5:00 mark. And the Kim Kardashian stuff starts at the 8:05 mark.)

Conrad Murray Is NOT On Suicide Watch:

Reports that CONRAD MURRAY . . . (--We really don't need to call him DOCTOR Conrad Murray anymore, do we?) . . . is on suicide watch are apparently FALSE. --An L.A. County Sheriff's Spokesman says Murray is being held in the medical ward of the Men's Central Jail . . . but not because they think he might kill himself, or because he suffers from any ailments. --They just put him there because there are more guards to monitor him around the clock and see that he's "protected" while he's being processed. (--It's not clear what they're protecting him from. Murray doesn't mingle with any other inmates.) --The spokesman says, quote, "He's doing fine, he's been lucid, helpful and a model inmate." --By the way . . . You may not have known this, but Conrad Murray is a pretty big dude. According to his booking sheet, he's 6-foot-5 and 211 pounds. He's 58 years old. (--You can check out his booking sheet here.)

MSNBC Will Air a Documentary On Conrad Murray Tomorrow Night:

MSNBC will air a documentary on CONRAD MURRAY tomorrow night. It's called "Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship". --It features interviews and footage of Murray from the two years since Michael's death . . . including footage of Murray at his manslaughter trial. (--Check out a clip here.) (--And here's a clip from a different documentary, which offers a look inside Michael's Neverland Ranch back in its heyday.)

Brett Ratner Has Resigned as Producer of the "Oscars" After Dropping a Gay Slur At a Movie Screening:

"Tower Heist" director BRETT RATNER has resigned as producer of the 2012 "Oscars", after he dropped a GAY SLUR during a screening of the movie the other night. --During a Q&A at the screening the moderator asked Ratner about rehearsals for the movie . . . and he replied, quote, "Rehearsal is for [rhymes with BAGS]." (--Check out video here. WARNING!!! The F-word is UNCENSORED.) --Ratner . . . who also directed the "Rush Hour" movies . . . quickly apologized on Twitter . . . and it was a LEGIT, "I-did-something-stupid" apology . . . not one of those lame "I'm-sorry-if-anyone-was-offended" apologies. --But he still felt the need to quit the Academy Awards. And in doing so, he offered another apology. He said, quote, "Having love in your heart doesn't count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. --"Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. --"But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents." --Ratner said he's in contact with GLAAD, and he's, quote, "determined to learn from this experience." (--You can read Ratner's full statement here.) --It was Ratner who chose EDDIE MURPHY to host the Oscars. We have no reason to believe Eddie won't still emcee the show. (--Ratner has been saying a TON of asinine things during his "Tower Heist" press tour. You'll find a collection of 10 of them here.)

Colin Quinn Admits He Was Joking When He Blasted Will Ferrell on Twitter:

We knew COLIN QUINN was joking when he said on Twitter that WILL FERRELL has a drug problem . . . and that he stole the idea for "Anchorman" from him. But some people took him seriously. --Well, Colin is setting the record straight: HE WASN'T SERIOUS. --And he thinks the media may have trumped the whole thing up on purpose . . . quote, "You know, I think the problem is that they're like, 'We gotta get something. Everyone is tweeting such boring stuff; we gotta pretend this is real just to create a thing.'" --Colin says he picked on Will because, quote, "I know him, and he's just the straightest, cleanest guy. He's the least egotistical of anybody in show business, the most normal guy. So I was trashing that."

Clint Eastwood Likes Herman Cain:

CLINT EASTWOOD seems kind of liberal. He's for gay marriage, abortion rights and the environment. But he's still a Republican and a fiscal conservative who was against the stimulus and has NEVER voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. --And that's not likely to change anytime soon. It's probably too early to say who Clint is voting for next year, but right now, he digs HERMAN CAIN. --He says, quote, "I love Cain's story. He's a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds. He's a doer and a straight-talker, which I don't see enough of from either party." --Clint isn't big on some of the other frontrunners. Asked for his opinion on MITT ROMNEY, he sarcastically said, quote, "You have to admit, he looks like a president. --"I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you'd definitely pick him." --There's only one Democrat Clint can remember voting for: GRAY DAVIS for California governor in 1998.

Mike Tyson is Happy to Be Compared to Joe Frazier:

A very sweet and heartfelt tribute to the late JOE FRAZIER was penned by . . . believe it or not . . . MIKE TYSON. Technically, it wasn't "penned". It was posted on Twitter. --Mike said, quote, "Today is a sad yet remarkable day as we mourn the death of boxing legend Joe Frazier & honor him by celebrating his amazing accomplishments. --"Frazier and [Muhammad] Ali were quintessential the apex of pedigree fighting in which each man would not give an inch until they were dead. --"Their era was competitive fighting at the highest level. As a young fighter it has always been an honor to be compared to [Frazier]." --"My family and I are sending our sincerest condolences to the Joe Frazier family." --Tyson also Tweeted a tribute to rapper HEAVY D, who died unexpectedly Monday. He said, quote, "Just thinking of good times. Heavy performed at my 23rd bday party w/ Slick Rick, Salt n Pepa, Da Boyz & Al B Sure in Ohio. We had a blast. --"I was just with Heavy D in L.A. last month @ Manny's restaurant with our old crew. We said it was a reunion but we were really saying goodbye. --"I just spoke to Heavy D's mother and gave my condolences. I'm at a loss for words. A good man. He will be missed."

"Harry Potter" Leads the "People's Choice" Nominees:

Nominees for the 2012 "People's Choice Awards" were announced yesterday. And "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" pretty much leads the way with NINE nominations. --They include Favorite Movie . . . as well as acting nods for Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton. --This is the award show that covers just about every category you can think of, in Movies, Music and TV. And lately, they've even been branching out to reality TV and the Internet. --For instance, Kim Kardashian, Giuliana Rancic, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Gene Simmons and Kathy Griffin are up for Favorite TV Celebreality Star. --The show airs January 11th on CBS. --Check out the complete list of roughly 10 million categories and 90 million nominees at the following link . . .)

The PTC Called Last Night's "Glee" Episode "Reprehensible":

As expected, the Parents Television Council has spoken out against last night's "Glee", which featured two teen couples . . . one straight and one gay . . . having sex for the first time. --It hadn't even aired yet when PTC President Tom Winter issued a statement saying, quote, "The fact that 'Glee' intends to not only broadcast, but celebrate children having sex is reprehensible." (--Not that seeing the episode first would have changed their opinion.) --The PTC CLAIMED it didn't care that one of the couples was gay. Winter added, quote, "The gender of the high school characters involved is irrelevant. Teen sex is now more prevalent on TV than adult sex, and 'Glee' is only playing into that trend. --"Research proves that television is a teen sexual super peer that can, and likely will, influence a teen's decision to become sexually active. Fox knows the show inherently attracts kids . . . celebrating teen sex constitutes gross recklessness." --Meanwhile, an anti-gay group called The Culture and Media Institute did attack the show for its guy-on-guy relations. They argued that "Glee" is, quote, "stepping up its campaign of homosexual promotion [and] liberal propaganda.--Fox hasn't commented, but "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy says the network expressed "no concern" over the storyline. He also says he hopes "Glee" is showing gay youth that they, quote, "can get love and are worthy of love."

Kelly Ripa Has Signed on for Five More Years of "Live!":

REGIS PHILBIN is leaving "Live! With Regis and Kelly" next Friday, but KELLY RIPA will be around for a while. She just signed a new five-year contract. --The deal runs from next fall through 2017, which will be her 16th year on the show. -After Regis leaves, the show will be re-named "Live! With Kelly". It's unclear whether or not they'll re-name the show again once a permanent co-host is hired. --By the way, the guests for Regis' last week have been announced. --Jimmy Fallon and Don Rickles will be there Monday. Donald Trump and Tony Bennett will be on Tuesday. Wednesday's show will feature David Letterman and Bret Michaels. --Regis' former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford and singer Josh Groban will be on Thursday's show . . . and if there are any guests on Friday's show, they're being kept a secret at this point.

Wednesday TV Reminders:

--"Sesame Street" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 A.M. on PBS. Jimmy Kimmel guest stars and teaches preschoolers what a sibling is.

--"Up All Night" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on NBC. "My Name Is Earl's" Jason Lee plays Ava's new love interest when the two meet while Ava is babysitting little Amy.

--"The 45th Annual CMA Awards" . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are your hosts. Performers include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Grace Potter, Kenny Loggins doing "Footloose" with Blake Shelton. (--You'll find your full list of nominees and performers here.)

--"The X Factor" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. The top eleven finalists perform.

--"Harry's Law" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. "Cheers'" George Wendt guest stars as the mayor of a small Ohio town when Harry's car is impounded for violating their "Buy American" law.

--"South Park" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Comedy Central. The kids of South Park are about to learn the truth of what really happened at the first Thanksgiving.

--"Penn & Teller Tell a Lie" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Discovery.

--"Psych" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA. Former Red Sox third baseman and Hall of Fame slugger Wade Boggs guest stars as himself when Shawn and Gus investigate the murder of a minor-league baseball hitting coach.

--"Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central. Ron Perlman and Natasha Leggero guest star.

Is This A New Madonna Song?

Is MADONNA'S next album going to have a dance, techno vibe? Maybe. --A "demo version" of a new Madonna song called "Give Me All Your Love" has leaked online . . . and it sounds like that's the style she's going for. (--You can find this thing all over the Internet, just Google it. Here's a direct link.) --Madonna will reportedly perform "Give Me All Your Love" at the Super Bowl in February, alongside M.I.A. and NICKI MINAJ, who are also featured on the track. --None of this is official though. There's no comment from Madonna or her people.

Justin Bieber Has Released an Animated Video for His Version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town":

JUSTIN BIEBER has released a CLAYMATION video for his version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", which is on his new Christmas album "Under the Mistletoe". --It pairs Justin up with Kris Kringle and some of the animal characters from the classic Christmas special "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". It also incorporates actual footage from the special. (--You can check it out on Justin's VEVO page.)

Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt Perform R. Kelly's "Ignition":

If you've always dreamed of JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT serenading you with a ROCKIN' version of R. KELLY'S "Ignition" . . . you're in luck. That's exactly what we have for you today. --Joseph performed 'Ignition" during an appearance at Ohio State University. (--You can find videos on YouTube. Here's one. WARNING: He drops an F-BOMB 51 seconds in. The song begins at the 1:19 mark. It's pretty fun.) (--Here's R. Kelly's version.)

Heavy D Has Passed Away:

Rap superstar HEAVY D passed away yesterday. He was 44. It was a sudden, unexpected death. It sounds like he may have suffered a heart attack, but that hasn't been confirmed. --For what it's worth, a so-called "associate" tells TMZ that Heavy D had pneumonia, but there aren't any more details on that. --A police source says Heavy D had just returned home from a shopping trip. He walked up some stairs outside his place in Beverly Hills . . . and began having trouble breathing. --A man who was in the building found Heavy D leaning against a railing. He was conscious, and reportedly kept saying, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." Naturally, the man called 911. --Heavy D did have a pulse when the paramedics arrived . . . but he died a short time later. --Heavy D performed at the MICHAEL JACKSON tribute in Wales last month. He performed "Jam" with LA TOYA JACKSON. (--There's video of that on TMZ. Of course, that's a 1991 Michael Jackson song, which Heavy D rapped on.) --Heavy D had some big hits in the early '90s, including "Now That We Found Love" and "Got Me Waiting". He also did the theme song for the TV shows "In Living Color", "MadTV" and "The Tracy Morgan Show". --In addition to his music career, Heavy D also acted. He had roles in the movies "Life", "The Cider House Rules", "Step Up" and the TV shows "Boston Public" and "Bones". --Most recently, he had a guest spot on "Law and Order: SVU" . . . and played a courthouse guard in the new movie "Tower Heist". --On Monday night . . . the night before his death . . . Heavy D paid tribute to boxer JOE FRAZIER. He Tweeted, quote, "SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER, R.I.P. . . . truly one of the best heavyweight champs that ever lived . . . GODS SPEED, MR FRAZIER!" --His final Tweet was posted right after that. He simply said, quote, "Be inspired!"

Heavy D, 1967 - 2011; The Tributes:

Here's a rundown of what some celebrities Tweeted after the death of HEAVY D:

--Usher: "This is too heavy, I can't believe it. Heavy D was just here. Truly gone too soon. My heart and support goes out to his family. R.I.P. HEAVY."

--Timbaland: "I'm at a loss for words R.I.P. Heavy D."

--Missy Elliott: "U will be missed Heavy D so many laughs we've shared but your Music is Timeless and will Always be Around 4ever Love u Heav."

--Ciara: "RIP HEAVY D! He was a really nice man! Sending my condolences to him and his family!"

--Ne-Yo: "Man. I was just with Heavy D recently in London. Had I known it'd be the last time I'd see him, I woulda told him he was truly great. RIP."

--Sean Kingston: "R.I.P Rap legend Heavy D One Of The Most Influential Rappers Of The '90s Era . . . Another Sad Day For Music You Will Def Be Missed Man."

--LL Cool J: "May GOD embrace the soul of Heavy D and Bless his family. I respected you Heavy and I always will."

--Game: "Rest In Paradise to a GOOD FRIEND & legendary hip hop icon Dwight Arrington 'Heavy D' Myers. Damn life sometimes!!!"

--Samuel L. Jackson: "Ahhh man! Heavy D?! Dwight wz a dear friend. Fond memories of a truly cool brutha."

--Sinbad: "It is a sad day today . . . My younger yellow brother from another mother 'Heavy D' passed away today. I loved that brother. He was a good man."

--Alyssa Milano: "Heavy D gave me advice when I was pregnant. He said, 'Cherish every single moment. It goes by way too fast.' Rest in peace, Heavy D."

--And most importantly, Fred Savage: "Rest in Peace Heavy D. You provided the soundtrack to some of the best times of my teenage years. Your music will always make me smile."


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

CHAZ BONO has made this year's Out 100 . . . "Out" magazine's list of the 100 most influential members of the LGBT community. Adam Lambert, Tim Gunn and Geri Jewell . . . the comedienne with cerebral palsy who appeared on "The Facts of Life" in the '80s . . . also made the list. (List Preview)

NANCY GRACE finally got the boot from "Dancing With the Stars" last night. (Full Story)

JIM BOB and MICHELLE DUGGAR from the TLC series "19 Kids and Counting" are expecting their 20th child. (--We have all your details in Stupid News.)

Even though "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is no more, Oprah has still released her "Favorite Things" list. It's in the December issue of "O" magazine, which is on newsstands now. (Full Story)

ROSIE O'DONNELL'S 16-year-old son Parker begged her to let him join a military academy. She didn't like the idea, but eventually she gave in. (Full Story)

MARIAH CAREY appeared on ROSIE O'DONNELL'S show yesterday looking fantastic . . . and saying she's lost 70 pounds since giving birth to her twins back in April. (Full Story)

Remember when LINDSAY LOHAN filed a defamation lawsuit against PITBULL because he rapped, quote, "I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan"? Well, now that Lindsay has been in and out of prison AGAIN, Pitbull has filed a countersuit . . . claiming that his lyric is now even more justified. (Full Story)

BILLY IDOL is recovering from a foot operation to fix an injury he suffered in a motorcycle incident last year. He had hit a tire on the road, and it caused a "hairline fracture" in his foot. (Full Story)

AC/DC singer BRIAN JOHNSON is going to have wrist surgery, so he's canceling some solo concerts he had scheduled for February. (Full Story)


A Man Helps Two Women With a Flat Tire . . . and Minutes Later, They Save Him From Dying From a Heart Attack:

This is INSTANT KARMA . . . in a GOOD way. --On Saturday night, Sara Berg of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and her cousin, Lisa Meier, were driving home on a freeway in the western part of the state. They blew a tire and pulled over to the side of the road. And neither of them knew how to fix it. --61-year-old Victor Giesbrecht of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada was driving by with his wife, Ann. He saw the women on the side of the road, pulled over, and helped them change their tire. --He drove off afterward, and Sara and Lisa got back on the road a few minutes later. --But about a quarter of a mile down, they saw Victor's truck on the side of the road and his wife waving frantically. So they pulled over. --Turns out just after helping the women, Victor had a HEART ATTACK.\ --And here's where karma and fate step in. It turns out Sara's a certified nursing assistant who knows CPR. So while they waited five minutes for paramedics to come, she performed CPR and gave Victor chest compressions. --That kept his heart beating long enough for the EMTs to get there and use their portable defibrillator to get it beating properly again. Victor was rushed to the hospital where he's recovering. --Sara says, quote, "We felt kind of guilty that helping us caused his health issue. But people keep telling us that maybe it put us in the right place at the right time when he was going to need help." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

A Man in New York Has Lost 200 Pounds This Year . . . All Thanks to a Bet With His Wife:

On January 1st, 30-year-old Jay Wornick of Fulton, New York, and his wife Angela made a bet. They would both try to lose weight, and at the end of the year, whoever had lost a lower percentage of weight would get the other's name TATTOOED. --When Jay stepped on the scale, he was shocked to find out he weighed 366 pounds. He thought he was closer to 300 . . . but it had been a long time since he'd weighed himself. --So he decided to take the bet seriously. He started eating around 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day . . . about one-quarter of what he was eating before. And he started doing cardio and lifting weights. --He lost 40 pounds in January. Then he lost another 30 in February. And he kept going. --When he weighed in a couple of days ago, he was down to 168 pounds. In ten months, he lost 198 pounds, or 54% of his body weight. --He and Angela didn't say how much weight she'd lost, but she didn't really have a chance to match that . . . so she's going to get his name tattooed on her back. (Syracuse Post-Standard) (--Here are before and after photos of Jay. He's basically unrecognizable from photo to photo . . . and all in just 10 months.)

A Third of People in Their Twenties Say the Internet's as Important as Air, Water, Food, and Shelter?

Every time the Internet goes down, we realize just how dependent we are on having it constantly available. But I don't know that I would DIE without it. --Cisco just released the results of a survey of people in their 20s . . . both college students and working professionals . . . and for a lot of them, yes, they rely on the Internet so much they consider it a basic building block of life.

--33% of people say that the Internet is AS IMPORTANT as air, food, water, and shelter. And another 50% say it's ALMOST as important.

--55% of college students say they couldn't live without it.

--40% of college students say the Internet is more important than dating, hanging out with friends, partying, or listening to music. And 25% say that staying updated on Facebook is more important than those things. -- Yes . . . a quarter of them said that staying updated on Facebook is more important than dating, hanging out with friends, or partying. Apparently they don't know the meaning of "irony."

--89% say they check Facebook at least once a day. (CBS News)

Here are All 50 States, Ranked from Best Drivers to Worst Drivers:

This is the most thorough attempt we've ever seen to rank the 50 states by driving ability. So let's get ready to JUDGE.

--All 50 states got ranked by fatalities per million miles driven, number of tickets, drunk driving rates, and careless driving rates. Then the ranks in those categories were averaged out.

--And the state with the WORST drivers in the country is . . . Louisiana.

--Louisiana has the second-highest fatality rate, only behind Montana . . . and the fourth worst careless driving rate. It's also in the top ten in tickets and drunk driving.

--The rest of the ten worst driving states are: Missouri, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, Alabama, Montana, and Nevada.

--On the other end, the people of Rhode Island came out as the best drivers in the country.

--The rest of the top ten driving states are: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Hampshire, Oregon, Maine, Illinois, Nebraska, and Ohio. (Car Insurance Comparison) (--You can see the full rankings for all 50 states here.)

Here are the 173 Most Popular College Majors Ranked by Unemployment Rates:

The "Wall Street Journal" just released a list ranking the most popular college majors by unemployment rates of recent graduates. And mama, don't let your babies grow up to be clinical psychologists. --According to the report, 19.5% of clinical psychology majors are unemployed, the worst rate of any major. And the ones who ARE employed only make a median salary of $40,000. --Fine arts majors have the second-worst rate . . . U.S. history majors are third . . . library science majors are fourth . . . and educational psychology majors are fifth. --On the other end, there are actually six majors with 0% unemployment rates. --Actuarial science . . . which is applying math and statistics to assess risk in insurance and finance . . . is the biggest gold mine. It has 0% unemployment and a median salary of $81,000. --Other majors with full employment are pharmacology . . . educational administration . . . school student counseling . . . geological engineering . . . and astronomy and astrophysics. --A few other notes: The highest median salary goes to petroleum engineering majors, at $127,000, and there's a decent 4.4% unemployment rate. --And the lowest median salary are student counselors . . . they ALL have jobs with a 0% unemployment rate, but average $20,000-a-year. (Wall Street Journal) (--Check out the entire table of jobs here.)
One in Four Women Say Their Mother-in-Law Is Their "Frenemy" . . . and One in Eight Say She's an Outright Enemy:

Someone is just looking to stir up trouble with this survey. --In preparation for family get-togethers at Thanksgiving, a website called GalTime talked to women and their mothers-in-law . . . to see what they really think of each other. --One in four women say their mother-in-law is a "frenemy" . . . the annoying, played-out word that means half-friend, half-enemy. --One in eight women say their mother-in-law is an outright enemy. --More than half of women say their mother-in-law doesn't treat them with enough respect. Nearly as many say that their mother-in-law has criticized them during mother-son time. --And seven in ten women say that their mother-in-law still treats their husband like a child. --The mothers-in-law took the high road on the survey. Nearly two in three say they think of their daughter-in-law like their own daughter, and the right woman for their son. --One in ten considers their daughter-in-law an enemy. (PR Newswire)

Travelers Want Free Wireless for Their Airport Layovers . . . and Spa Treatments for Manicures and Massages:

There's a company that provides airport shuttle service called GO Airport Express, and they surveyed travelers to see what would make their wait at the airport better. --Nearly one in three said they'd most want free wireless Internet in all airports to help them get work done during layovers. --A distant second on the airport wish-list was a place where they could get spa treatments like manicures and massages. 7% of travelers asked for that. People also mentioned places to sleep, and somewhere to plug in to play video games. --Since they don't have all of those things yet, half of all travelers say they kill time in the airport by reading. --One in three travelers say they spend their time at the airport, quote, "just waiting at the gate." --One in four people use the Internet, even without free wireless access. --One in five people spend their layovers eating and drinking, and one in seven fill the time by shopping. (--People could give more than one answer, so the percentages add up to more than 100%.) (PR Newswire)

A Journalist Won a Reporting Award for Letting a Militant Group Circumcise Him With a Bamboo Stick:

Now THIS is dedication to your craft. Remember it when you duck out of work at EXACTLY the eight-hour mark. --Simon Eroro is a reporter with the "Papua New Guinea Post-Courier". If you're not familiar, Papua New Guinea is a small country in the South Pacific, north of Australia. It's the east half of an island . . . the other half is part of Indonesia. --Simon was working on a story about a militant group called Free West Papua . . . who've been crossing into the country from the Indonesia side. --He had to cross rivers and jungles to meet up with the militant group . . . who could've very well killed him on the spot. Instead, they told him they couldn't allow him into their camps because he was UNCLEAN. --By "unclean," they meant "uncircumcised." So in order to get his story, Simon had get circumcised. And he LET THEM DO IT . . . using a BAMBOO STICK to hack off his foreskin. Seriously. --He gained their trust, wrote the story . . . and it led to a major police operation to tighten the border and step up the effort to protect Papua New Guinea from the militants. --And for his effort . . . and his foreskin . . . Simon just won his paper's highest award, the Scoop of the Year award. At the award ceremony, the paper's owner . . . RUPERT MURDOCH . . . was in attendance. (The Telegraph)

The Duggar Family in Arkansas Announced They're Having Child Number 20:

The Duggar family in Springdale, Arkansas started making news about a decade ago because of their ridiculous number of children. --And in this era where everyone even remotely interesting gets a reality show, they ended up getting one in 2008: "17 Kids and Counting" on TLC. It's had to be renamed twice, when they had child number 18 in late 2008, and number 19 in 2009 --Well . . . yesterday, Michelle Duggar and her husband Jim Bob announced that 19 kids was NOT enough. At age 45, Michelle is now pregnant with their 20th child. --Michelle's 19th pregnancy had a lot of complications. Her daughter Josie ended up being delivered three-and-a-half months early . . . but eventually pulled through. She turns two next month. --All 19 of the Duggar children have names that start with the letter J. Their first child, Joshua, was born in 1988 and is 23 years old. He's married with two kids. Both of them have names that start with M. --Since giving birth to Joshua in 1988, there have only been six out of the past 23 years where Michelle hasn't given birth. (Today) (--Which leads us to only one conclusion: Someone at the baby shower really needs to buy them a TV.)

HIV is No Longer the Deadliest STD:

Please still take HIV and AIDS seriously. Even though they've been somewhat neutralized . . . and they don't get CLOSE to the buzz they got in the '90s . . . don't take them for granted. --That being said . . . a new report from the CDC has found that we've done SUCH a good job keeping HIV from killing people that it's now only the SECOND-MOST DEADLY sexually transmitted disease. --They found that as of 2007, hepatitis C killed more people than HIV. --Between 1999 and 2007, hepatitis B deaths stayed constant, HIV deaths declined, and hepatitis C deaths increased slightly. --Almost 75% of the hepatitis C deaths were people ages 45 to 64. (PR Newswire) (--The press contact for the hepatitis-HIV study is Gregory Bologna at 703-299-9766. Yes, he's in PR, and his last name is Bologna.)


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

Are the major record labels officially killing off the Compact Disc next year? Some insiders say it's happening. (Full Story)

Based on a new survey of travel trends for next year, 44% of people want to take a beach trip . . . 42% want to take a cultural trip involving stuff like museums . . . and 40% want to take a road trip. 79% of people plan to spend $3,000 on a vacation . . . 57% plan to spend $5,000 . . . and 21% plan to spend $10,000. (Full Story)

The most disliked player in the NFL? Yep . . . Michael Vick. Plaxico Burress came in second, and Ben Roethlisberger was third. And in a poll of fellow players, the dirtiest player is . . . Ndamukong Suh of the Lions. (--It's pronounced en-DOM-ah-ken SOO.) (Full Story) / (Full story)

34% of people plan to shop on Black Friday. (Full story)


#1.) And Now . . . a Dog that Walks Around on Its Front Legs While It Pees:

There's a new video on YouTube of a dog named Oscar, and he has a pretty bizarre way of marking his territory: He starts peeing . . . does a HANDSTAND, and starts walking around on his front legs. (--Search for "My Very Weird Handstand Peeing Dog." He starts at :11.)

#2.) Check Out the Governor of Florida Trying to DJ on a Carnival Cruise Ship:

This shouldn't really come as a surprise, but it turns out Florida Governor RICK SCOTT is the world's WORST DJ. At least once a month, he spends a day working a random low-level job, to stay in touch with everyday people . . . and also to grab headlines. --And last Friday, he worked at the Port of Miami, helping welcome passengers onboard a Carnival Cruise ship. For a few minutes, they even let him be the honorary DJ. And here's why he sucked: --First, they gave him the nickname "DJ Govvy Gov", which didn't help. Then, he didn't know what to play, so he ASKED people. And after he finally settled on "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, he just stood there smiling . . . and clapped his hands. (--Search for "Rick Scott as DJ Govvy Gov.")

#3.) Thirty Senior Citizens Performed Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on TV in China:

This is pretty standard for Asian TV, but a show in China featured 30 older people singing "Bad Romance" by LADY GAGA in Chinese. (--Search for "Bizarre Chinese Old-Folks Choir Covers Bad Romance.")
Five Things You Shouldn't Buy at the Dollar Store, and Five You Should:

The holidays are coming up, and dollar stores are a good place for stocking stuffers. In fact, stocking stuffers and Christmas decorations can cost 30 to 70% less there. But there are also some dollar store deals you should SKIP.

--Here are five things you shouldn't but at the dollar store, and five things you should.

#1.) Don't Buy Toys. Since they're cheap, they'll break, and you'll just end up having to buy another toy. You also have to worry about what's in the paint. The one exception is coloring books. They're usually half as expensive as other stores.

#2.) Don't Buy Batteries. A lot of generic batteries are made with carbon zinc, not lithium. That's why they don't last as long. Plus, they're more likely to leak and damage electronics.

#3.) Don't Buy Vitamins. Consumer Reports found that multi-vitamins at dollar stores don't always have the same amount of nutrients listed on the label.

#4.) Don't Buy Aluminum Foil. At Costco, you can get three 100-foot rolls of it for $10. Dollar stores usually sell 25-foot rolls for one dollar each. --So to get 300 feet at the dollar store, you have to spend TWELVE dollars. And generic aluminum foil and plastic wraps are never as good.

#5.) Don't Buy Extension Cords or Power Strips. They're not made well, and they can damage electronics. The same thing goes for any computer wires, like USB cables.

--Now here are five things you SHOULD buy at the dollar store.

#1.) Buy Shampoo. You can save up to $2 a bottle. And according to Consumer Reports, expensive shampoos don't make your hair look better anyway. They just SMELL better.

#2.) Buy Cleaning Products. Sometimes they're diluted, and you'll need to use more. But the ingredients are basically the same. And since it's a buck, it's worth it. Sponges are usually okay too.

#3.) Buy Greeting Cards. The paper stock won't be as good, but cards cost three to five dollars at pharmacies. At the dollar store, sometimes they're two for a buck.

#4.) Buy Spices. They probably won't have a good selection. But basics like cinnamon, parsley, and pepper are a lot cheaper than they are at the grocery store. Just make sure you check the expiration dates.

#5.) Buy Socks. Generic white socks are a pretty good deal. They cost at least $2.50-a-pair at regular stores. (

Tuesday, November 8, 2011



Dr. Conrad Murray is Guilty:

DR. CONRAD MURRAY was found GUILTY yesterday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of MICHAEL JACKSON. (--Here's video of the verdict being read.) --The jury took nine hours to reach a verdict following a six-week trial. He faces up to four years behind bars. --But due to new sentencing laws aimed at reducing state prison overcrowding, Murray's sentence . . . whatever it is . . . will probably be served in county jail. And if that's the case, he may not serve his full sentence. --Murray was immediately cuffed and taken to jail, where he'll sit until he's sentenced on the 29th of this month. (--Here's video of Murray being escorted out of the courtroom.) --The judge denied a defense request to allow Murray to remain free until his sentencing, calling it a "public safety issue." --He said, quote, "This is a crime where the end result was the death of a human being. This demonstrates rather dramatically that the public should be protected." (--If it matters to you, Murray's first meal behind bars was a cheese sandwich, some fruit punch, a few carrot sticks, and some fake Oreos made in the jail's bakery.) --Murray also faces a civil wrongful death suit filed by Michael's father JOE JACKSON. --Michael's family was obviously happy with the verdict. LA TOYA Tweeted, quote, "VICTORY!!!!!! Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice!" (--La Toya obviously still believes Murray was part of a larger conspiracy to do Michael in.) --She added, quote, "Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!" --JERMAINE, when asked if the verdict made him happy, simply said "Yes." --And Michael's parents, Joe and KATHERINE, issued a statement saying, quote, "We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time and we couldn't hold back tears of joy in the courtroom. --"Even though nothing can bring back our son, justice has finally been served! We can't wait to go home and share this day with Michael's children." (--The kids were not in court for the verdict.) (--Here's video of Katherine and Jermaine getting into their car after the verdict, saying that justice was served.) (--Michael died of acute propofol intoxication on June 25th, 2009, while preparing for a series of concerts in London. He was 50 years old.)

Conrad Murray Could Spend Less Than a Year in Jail:

This whole prison overcrowding thing could result in the man responsible for MICHAEL JACKSON'S death spending LESS THAN A YEAR behind bars. --As everyone in the media has been pointing out, there are new laws in California aimed at dealing with the overcrowding problem. Basically, low-risk inmates are being farmed off to county jails, rather than state prisons. --And as we've learned multiple times from LINDSAY LOHAN, the county jails are overcrowded, too . . . and low-risk inmates who check into them are often turned right back out. --Will that happen to CONRAD MURRAY? L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley said yesterday, quote, "It will be very difficult to achieve an appropriate sentence of incarceration for Dr. Conrad Murray." --Loyola law professor Stan Goldman says, quote, "I'd be surprised if a year from today, Conrad Murray was still behind bars."--Beverly Hills defense attorney Mark McBride adds that involuntary manslaughter isn't considered a serious felony, which means that only 50% of Murray's sentence must be served behind bars. --He thinks Murray could end up serving a mere THREE TO FOUR MONTHS. (--Murray will be sentenced on November 29th.)

Thanks to Twitter, we now know exactly what celebrities are thinking ALL THE TIME. It's so awesome! (???) Here's what they're Tweeting about the CONRAD MURRAY guilty verdict . . .

--DAVID SPADE gets the award for Wittiest Tweet. So far, anyway. He said, quote, "oh my god Dr.conrad murray is convicted of man-ish slaughter."

--And here are the rest . . .

--NICKI MINAJ: "People are cheering but there really are no winners here. This has been an utter tragedy from beginning to end. #RIPMichaelJackson."

--ELLEN DEGENERES: "I loved Michael Jackson. His brother Jermaine Jackson will be here on Wednesday. I can't wait to talk to him. #verdict."


--AL SHARPTON: "Murray's conviction is just a down payment for the family of Michael Jackson. I will discuss at length on POLITICS NATION W/ AL SHARPTON"

--PIERS MORGAN: "Whichever way you viewed the evidence, #ConradMurray 's behavior was clearly unethical for a doctor. Right verdict."

--NICK CANNON: "GUILTY! Justice for Michael Jackson. The jury has spoken. What do you think?"

--HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE: "Do you think this GUILTY #conradmurray verdict will bring closure? I hope Michael Jackson's soul can just get a rest..."

--RYAN SEACREST: "You could hear one shriek in the courtroom as the verdict was read. Not sure if it was for prosecution or defense, couldn't tell.

--"Big question is will conrad murray serve time? Judge has 20 days to sentence him, and can give him up to 4 years in prison."


--STAR JONES: "Dang conradmurray has been remanded to jail pending sentence. Go directly to not collect $200. Go to jail!...Clear that conradmurray will be sentenced to at least some prison time."

--Last but not least, two members of the youngest Jackson generation seem to be suggesting that Conrad Murray isn't the only person responsible for Michael's death.

--RANDY JACKSON JR. said, quote, "The Pawn has been convicted but now its time for the Hidden Hand behind the Plan… JUSTICE will be served. Thank you all for the support!!!"

--And JERMAINE JACKSON THE 2ND Tweeted, quote, "Strong victory in court! Thank you all for your love and support. Step one has been accomplished! We are ready for next!!"

Lindsay Lohan Served Her 30-Day Jail Sentence . . . in Four and a Half Hours:

Yesterday, LINDSAY LOHAN was allowed once again to make a mockery of the California criminal justice system. --Lindsay checked into the county jail on Sunday night at 9:00 P.M. local time to begin serving her sentence for violating her probation. --She was supposed to serve 30 days. They let her out by 1:30 A.M. For you non-math majors, that's FOUR AND A HALF HOURS.--The excuse, as usual, for letting her off so easily was prison overcrowding.--Despite apparently getting off easy AGAIN, Lindsay's rep says she has definitely learned her lesson this time . . . AGAIN. --He says, quote, "Lindsay is highly motivated to fulfill her community service obligations so she can put all of this behind her and continue to move forward with her career." --If Lindsay messes up her probation again, she'll be slapped with a 270-day jail sentence. In other words, another four grueling hours. (--No wonder Lindsay never learns her lesson. She NEVER GETS PUNISHED. Seriously. Checking into and out of county lockup is becoming just another day at the office for her.)

Lindsay Lohan Will Be in the January / February issue of "Playboy":

"Playboy" has confirmed that LINDSAY LOHAN'S photos will run in the January / February issue. --HUGH HEFNER called the photos "very classy", saying the spread is, quote, "a classic tribute inspired by the original nude pictorial of MARILYN MONROE." --Hef added that Lindsay DID go fully nude. Of course, that doesn't mean all her parts will be visible in the photos. --Meanwhile, Lindsay's rep says, quote, "The pictorial is absolutely fantastic and very tasteful, and will be accompanied by an interview that will let readers see another side of Lindsay." -Her mom, DINA, adds, quote, "I've seen [the photos]. She's really great in front of the camera." --The issue will hit newsstands in late December.

Justin Bieber's Alleged Baby-Mama Has Proof That She's Telling the Truth . . . But She Won't Tell Us What It Is:

JUSTIN BIEBER'S alleged baby-mama, 20-year-old Mariah Yeater, was on "The Insider" last night . . . and during the interview, she claimed she has PROOF that she's NOT full of crap. What is it?! Well, she won't say. -Mariah explained, quote, "I have provided evidence to my attorneys and it'll show in court to prove that my allegations are true." --When host Kevin Frazier asked if she could say what that proof is, she responded, quote, "I'm sorry. No." --Frazier also said that "The Insider" talked to the security guard who was with Justin that night . . . and he told them that he escorted Justin from the stage to his dressing room, and later from the dressing room to a car. --He said he was with Justin the whole time. When Frazier asked Mariah what she made of that, she said, quote, "no comment." --Mariah spent the rest of the interview reiterating the story of the not-so-passionate encounter that she already laid out in her sworn affidavit. (--You can revisit her side of the story here and here. And here's the link to the clip from "The Insider".)

Joy Behar Says She Waited to Marry Her Boyfriend Until All Their Parents Were Dead:

JOY BEHAR had an interesting reason for waiting 29 years to marry her boyfriend, Steve Janowitz: She wanted to wait until there were no in-laws to deal with. -She says, quote, "I waited until all the parents were dead. So I have no in-laws at all. He has none and I have none. 'Cause marriage is mostly about in-laws, I find. They always want you to visit them and come for lasagna."

Is Katy Perry Pregnant?

KATY PERRY wore a tight dress to the MTV Europe awards over the weekend, and in one picture, she looked like she had a little bit of a belly. So of course, the pregnancy rumors have begun (--You can check out a picture here. Pregnant? Or did she just attack the Hors d'oeuvre platter a little too vigorously before the show? Discuss.) (The Superficial) (--Meanwhile, the British tabloids say Katy and husband RUSSELL BRAND are having marriage problems, and are planning a trip to India, where they got married, to rekindle the romance. You can read more about that here.)

Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian Loved the "Saturday Night Live" Sketch About Kim's Divorce:

So how did the KARDASHIANS feel about this past weekend's "Saturday Night Live" sketch about KIM'S divorce? At least two of them loved it. --KHLOE Tweeted, quote, "Ha! I just saw the SNL skit they did and I could not stop laughing. It's SNL. They are supposed to make fun. It's not who we are and I know that." --She added, quote, "U have 2learn2 laugh at urself. Life is 2short." --Her big sister KOURTNEY singled out KRISTEN WIIG'S performance as their mom, KRIS JENNER. She said, quote, "I peed. The @KrisJenner was classic." --And Khloe replied, quote, "She was the best one!" (--If you missed it . . . or if you just want to see it again . . . you'll find the "SNL" Kardashian sketch here.)

Kris Jenner Says Kim Kardashian Went to Minnesota Because She Really Had to Talk to Kris Humphries:

KIM KARDASHIAN didn't spend much time in Minnesota with estranged husband KRIS HUMPHRIES. She arrived there early Sunday morning . . . and was back in L.A. by Sunday night. --So what was the point? KRIS JENNER says Kim, quote, "really needed to talk to him." --She added, quote, "They [need to] show their emotions. She needs to do what she's doing now and cry and figure it out. She's just trying to follow her heart, and she's going to be okay." --That still doesn't tell us much. But a source tells "Us Weekly" that Kim felt the need to see Kris face-to-face because their communications were getting volatile. --The source says, quote, "Things were escalating very quickly with them. There were emails that were getting hostile. --"She wanted to see him face to face to put some finality on it. To give them both some closure. She didn't want things to get ugly with them and it was heading down that road."

Joe Frazier Has Died:

Legendary boxer "SMOKIN'" JOE FRAZIER died last night after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 67 years old. --Frazier is best known for his three brutal fights with MUHAMMAD ALI. In their first meeting in 1971, Frazier retained the world title with a 15-round decision. That match was dubbed "The Fight of the Century". --Frazier would later lose the title to GEORGE FOREMAN . . . then lose two rematches with Ali. Ali stopped Frazier in the 12th round in 1974 . . . then beat him in 14 rounds in the infamous "Thrilla in Manilla" in 1975. --That one was a title fight, too, because by that time, Ali had beaten Foreman for the belt. It was stopped after 14 rounds because Frazier's eyes were so swelled up he couldn't see. His trainer had to hold him back because he still wanted to fight. --Over their three fights. Ali and Frazier traded blows for an amazing 41 rounds. -Frazier fought only two more times . . . being knocked out in a rematch with Foreman in 1976, then earning a draw against Floyd Cummings in a comeback fight in 1981. --When it was announced just days ago that Frazier had entered hospice, Ali issued a statement saying, quote, "My family and I are keeping Joe and his family in our daily prayers. Joe has a lot of friends pulling for him, and I'm one of them."
Avril Lavigne Says She Didn't Get Into a Fight . . . She and Boyfriend Brody Jenner Were Attacked:

AVRIL LAVIGNE says she did NOT get into a fight with another girl at a bar over the weekend. Instead, she and boyfriend BRODY JENNER were ATTACKED. --Avril Tweeted, quote, "I don't fight. I don't believe in it. To clear things up I got attacked by 5 people last night out of nowhere. Not cool. My face is [effed]. --"As in black eye, bloody nose, hair ripped out, scratches, bruises and cuts. So not ok to be abusive to others. Violence is NEVER the answer." --Meanwhile, a supposed witness says some drunk guy started the whole thing by smack-talking Brody for no reason. And he's the guy who cracked Brody with the bottle. (--Brody filed a police report yesterday.) --The witness says, quote, "Brody and Avril didn't do anything to start the fight . . . just a bunch of drunk people getting out of hand."

Kelly Osbourne Split Her Head Open Ballroom Dancing:

As you may have heard, KELLY OSBOURNE went to the hospital in Miami over the weekend due to a head injury. She Tweeted, quote, "Long story short I cracked my head open then kept passing out." --Yesterday on "The Talk", her mom SHARON revealed that the culprit was BALLROOM DANCING. --She said Kelly was at a club dancing with a guy, and he asked her to teach him how to ballroom dance. So she did. --Sharon said, quote, "The guy takes down her to dip, and as her dips her down, she hits her head on an amplifier . . . it split her head open."

Robert Pattinson Doesn't Want to End Up Like Mark Hamill:

ROBERT PATTINSON is coming off the hugely successful "Twilight" franchise . . . and now it's time to prove he can transition to other roles . . . unlike "Star Wars" actor MARK HAMILL back in the day. --Robert says, quote, "It's like being compared to people who've been in massive movies who just sort of disappear afterwards, even though they probably had incredibly fulfilling and successful lives. --"Like Luke Skywalker . . . People are like: 'Oh, the Mark Hamill curse.' And poor Mark Hamill. Jesus Christ."

Terrell Owens Wants Child Support to Three of His Four Baby-Mamas Reduced . . . Because He Has No Income:

A bench warrant was recently issued for unemployed wide receiver TERRELL OWENS because he missed a child support hearing. --Well, as it turns out, T.O. has FOUR baby-mamas. And he's in the process of trying to get his child support payments to three of them reduced. --His reason: He has ZERO INCOME. --T.O. is currently supposed to pay $11,202 a month to a woman with whom he has an 11-year-old son . . . $15,000 a month to a woman with whom he has a 7-year-old daughter . . . $13,400 to a woman with whom he has a 5-year-old son . . . and $5,000 a month to a woman with whom he has a daughter whose age we don't know. --T.O. is contesting the amount of child support for the first three, but not the fourth. At least not yet. --T.O.'s rep says, quote, "He has tried to keep paying all of these mothers what they were used to year after year, basically putting himself into a financial crisis. He has always paid his child support payments and loves his kids."

There's a "Where's Waldo" Movie in the Works:

Just when you thought Hollywood had run out of ridiculous properties to exploit, we get this: MGM is making a movie based on the "Where's Waldo" children's books. There's no word if it'll be animated or live-action. --This is actually the THIRD studio that's had this idea. In 2004, Nickelodeon was going to do the movie . . . then a few years later, Universal announced they were taking a crack at it.

Johnny Depp Says People Who Don't Live in Big Cities Don't Want Intelligent Movies:

Get ready for one of those "Big City vs. the Heartland" debates: JOHNNY DEPP says people who don't live in big cities don't want intelligent movies. --Johnny was giving an interview in England, talking about how his latest movie, "The Rum Diary", didn't do that well in the U.S. --He said, quote, "It's something that will be more appreciated over here [in Europe], I think. Because it's . . . well, I think it's an intelligent film. And a lot of times, outside the big cities in the States, they don't want that."
Chris Colfer Does Expect Some Negative Reactions to Tonight's Gay Sex Episode of "Glee" . . . But Hopes It Will Help Gay Youth:

Tonight's episode of "Glee" will feature two teen gay characters . . . Kurt (CHRIS COLFER) and Blaine (DARREN CRISS) . . . having sex for the first time. --And not surprisingly, Chris is expecting some "controversy" from the kinds of people who are NOT down with "Glee" pushing the so-called "gay agenda." --He explains, quote, "I absolutely expect to hear from them, but I think it's handled very sweetly and very emotionally . . . they're expecting this big, raunchy, suggestive, brainwashing storyline [but] really it's very sweet. --"It's nothing like what my imagination built it up to be. It was much tamer than even I was expecting . . . we don't say anything. We kissed and rolled around a bit." --Chris also says that critics shouldn't pretend that sex . . . straight or gay . . . isn't something that teenagers do. He explains, quote, "Teens are having sex. There's not that much you can do to stop it, and we're just showing a story about it. --"I think it's promoting safe teen sex. There are lots of safe sex innuendos and mentions in the episode . . . [like] make it matter, make it meaningful. Make sure it's with the right person and that you don't regret it later." --In fact, Chris thinks it's a GOOD message to send to gay youth, who don't see positive depictions of young gay love on TV. --He explains, quote, "A lot of gay kids are very promiscuous and non-exclusive with each other when they have relationships, which is really sad. --"But I think with Kurt and Blaine, I would hope would set an example of what something should be and could be. You know, two people finding each other and really loving each other and wanting to give the world to each other."

(--There are some clips from the episode on Naturally, they aren't giving away the sex scene. There's one of Blaine and Kurt talking to another gay guy, and here's a clip of the "Glee" cast singing Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl".)

(--By the way, the latest "Glee" soundtrack "Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2" comes out next Tuesday . . . but you can check it out now. It's streaming at AOL Music.)

(--It's packed with holiday songs . . . obviously . . . including a deliciously gay version of "Let It Snow" featuring Kurt and Blaine.)

Tuesday TV Reminders:

--"Glee" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox. This is the episode we told you about, with two couples having sex for the first time: Finn & Rachel, played by Cory Monteith and Lea Michelle . . . and Kurt & Blaine, played by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss.

--"90210" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on the CW. Billy Ray Cyrus guest stars as Austin's dad, plus "Jersey Shore's" Vinny Guadagnino has a cameo.

--"The Biggest Loser" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. Season 11 winner Olivia Ward pays the contestants an inspirational visit.

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

--"19 Kids & Counting" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC. The Duggars answer viewer questions regarding their lives.

--"Vietnam in HD" [Part 1 of 3] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on History. Jennifer Love Hewitt and "Dexter's" Michael C. Hall are among the celebrities who narrate the story of the Vietnam War from rare footage taken by the soldiers themselves.

--"In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts interviews Sugarland at the site of the tragic stage collapse at Indiana's State Fairgrounds. Robin also does interviews with Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina.

--"Quints by Surprise" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TLC.


"Modern Warfare 3" . . . Here's What You Need to Know:

--"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, and the PC. In this one, Makarov's trying to start a global war, while Soap and Price are trying to clear their names after being labeled as terrorists at the end of the last "Modern Warfare". oap MacTavish is once again voiced by Kevin McKidd, who your girlfriend knows as Dr. Owen Hunt on "Grey's Anatomy". (Single Player Trailer) (Multiplayer Trailer)

Weapon Proficiency: One of the changes to multiplayer is the new weapon proficiency feature. As part of standard weapon upgrades, they've integrated perks directly into the weapon itself, meaning you can earn additional perks like reduced recoil, deeper impact and quicker melee for your favorite gun.

Strike Packages: Another change to multiplayer is the old killstreak system has been replaced by a new system called strike packages, where points you earn from capturing objectives or getting assists can also count toward earning your streak bonuses.

The Assault Package lets you to earn point-streaks with traditional kill chains, rewarding players with high kill/death ratios with additional air support, just like in previous games.

The Support Package is for team-focused players. Your point-streaks are more objective-based and your rewards are things like ballistic vests for the entire team. And their real bonus is that their point-streak isn't reset when they die.

And the Specialist Package is geared toward a lone wolf playing style, and people who use this one won't earn normal killstreaks like choppers and UAV. Instead, they are rewarded with perks. And after your 8th kill without dying you get every perk available.

New Game Modes: There's one called Kill Confirmed that doesn't count any of your kills until you go out to the body and claim the other guy's dog tag. And if the enemy gets to it first, they can DENY you the points for that kill.

Another new mode is called Team Defender. It's like Capture the Flag, except there's no stationary base. The first person that gets killed drops a flag, then you spend the rest of the game fighting to hold onto it.

"Harry Potter", "Skyrim", and "The Black Eyed Peas Experience" Are the Other Big Games Coming Out Today:

--"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" (M) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. The fifth "Elder Scrolls" game hits stores on Friday, 11/11/11. It takes place 200 years after the previous title, and the main story revolves around you trying to take out a dragon god who's trying to destroy the world.

Instead of using a standard class system for warriors or wizards, in "Skyrim" your character only gets better in areas you practice . . . so if you only kill monsters with a sword you will have great blade skills, but your fireballs might be weak.

Another way to boost your character is with Dragon Shouts. Since your character is Dragonborn you can absorb the souls of the dragons you kill, and channel their abilities like fire breathing, a rain of meteors, or the ability to encase enemies in ice. (Trailer)

--"LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS, PSP, and PC. This game hits stores on Friday, with the magical date of 11/11/11, and covers the last four "Harry Potter" films. It plays exactly like last year's "Harry Potter" game. And yes, you will still be turned into a frog if you make potions incorrectly. (Trailer)

--"Happy Feet Two: The Videogame" (E) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, DS, and 3DS. The new movie hits theaters in two weeks. This game's controller-based dance system uses the player's rhythm to enhance the dancing competitions. (Trailer)

--"Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and Wii. In this fighting game you battle it out with Cartoon Network characters like Ben Ten, Captain Planet, Dexter, and the Powderpuff Girls on multi-tiered 2D stages. (Trailer)

--"The Black Eyed Peas Experience" (T) . . . on Xbox360 and Wii. You can get down to the Black Eye Peas' hits like "I Gotta Feeling" and "Rock that Body" using the Kinect or the Wii's motion controls. (Trailer)

--"Deepak Chopra's Leela" (E) . . . on Xbox360 and Wii. This game will somehow assist you with meditation. It uses the motion control capabilities of your console to help you unwind with "ancient relaxation techniques." Perhaps it helps that the game is being released on Friday, with the powerful date of 11/11/11. Or perhaps not. (Trailer)

--"Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer" (E) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and Wii. (Trailer)

--"Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking" (E) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and Wii. A party game full of mini games, which will also work on the Kinect. (Trailer)

--"Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"Big League Sports" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"Self-Defense" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

--"Winter Stars" (E) . . . for the Kinect on Xbox360.

"Call of Duty: The Vet and The Noob" . . . and Other Links to Additional Stories:

#1.) Here's an amusing "Call of Duty" video starring Sam Worthington from "Avatar" and Jonah Hill as the Vet and the Noob. NBA stud Dwight Howard makes a brief cameo at the end. (Video)

#2.) If you're on the fence about "Call of Duty's" new ELITE social networking site. You may be interested to know that you can update your weapons loadout from your mobile device. And it includes Facebook integration for updating your gaming status. (Video)

#3.) "Battlefield 3" sold five million copies its first week. That sounds really good until you factor in that the previous "Call of Duty" game sold 5.6 million its first DAY . . . and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" is projected to significantly beat that number.

#4.) Here's the first official "Grand Theft Auto V" trailer. (Video)


--"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" . . . This one hits stores on Friday, or 11/11/11. The Ministry of Magic has fallen, Voldemort is about to lay siege to Hogwarts, and Harry is preparing for his final confrontation with you know who. (--The entire 8-film collection will also be available on 11/11/11.)

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

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

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

--"The Change-Up" - The body-switching comedy starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. Leslie Mann plays Bateman's wife, and Olivia Wilde is his sexy co-worker. (Trailer) (Redband Trailer)

--"13" - A thriller starring Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, and 50 Cent. Rourke is one of the players in the Russian roulette circle, who are each aiming at another guy's head. Statham is a rich guy gambling on who'll survive and 50 is one of the guards keeping the players from backing out. (Trailer)
--"Law & Order: The Complete Series" . . . a 104-disc set. It ran 20 seasons.
--"Doctor Who: Series Six, Part Two" . . . a two-disc DVD set.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Now That's What I Call Music! 40" . . . including Lady Gaga's "You and I", Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper", Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All", Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink to That)", Lady Antebellum's "Just a Kiss", Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go", and the Bad Meets Evil song "Lighters" featuring Bruno Mars.

--The "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" soundtrack . . . with music by Bruno Mars, The Joy Formidable, The Features, the Noisettes, Iron & Wine, Christina Perri and Argentinian actress Mia Maestro, who you may remember as Nadya on "Alias".

Drake's New Album "Take Care" Has Leaked . . . and He Says "Enjoy It":

DRAKE'S second album "Take Care" hits stores next Tuesday, but it has already leaked online. --Drake is taking it in stride though. Yesterday, he Tweeted, quote, "Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it . . . and 'take care' until next time." --The album includes a duet with RIHANNA on the title track . . . "Lord Knows" featuring RICK ROSS . . . "Make Me Proud" featuring NICKI MINAJ . . . and "Crew Love" featuring THE WEEKND. (--You can listen to almost all the tracks at They're available for download there, too . . . if you want them.)

Adele Had Vocal Cord Surgery:

As expected, ADELE has undergone laser microsurgery on her vocal cords. The procedure went well, and her doctor expects her to make a full recovery. It's unclear when she'll return to singing, but she's already said she's taking the rest of the year off. --Adele had been suffering from a recurring vocal cord hemorrhage. The condition is typically "the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture."

Radiohead Announced Ten U.S. Tour Dates:

RADIOHEAD have announced the first batch of dates for their North American tour . . . their first extensive U.S. tour in four years. -The first 10 dates stretch from February 27th in Miami through March 15th in Glendale, Arizona. (--You can find all 10 dates at More shows will be announced soon.)

And Now . . . a Steven Tyler Cabbage Patch Doll Could Be Yours!

STEVEN TYLER is one of the celebrities that now have a Cabbage Patch Kids doll modeled after them. The dolls are being auctioned off on eBay for charity. --There are also dolls for AL ROKER, KATHERINE HEIGL, KRISTIN CHENOWETH and RAVEN-SYMONE. (--Is it just me, or is that a VERY random list.) --The proceeds will benefit the Children's Action Network . . . a national adoption awareness organization dedicated to finding homes for children in the U.S. who are in foster care. November is National Adoption Month. --As of late last night, the going rates for dolls ranged from $585 for Steven Tyler . . . to $111 for Raven-Symone. --For more information, hit up (--The site also has pictures of each doll. Click on each doll to go to that doll's auction link.)

The 11 Best Rappers Turned Actors:

The website has put together a list of the 11 Best Rappers Turned Actors. They only provided one note about the list: Quote, "Sorry, Eminem fans, but one good role does not a good actor make."

--Here's the list, along with a few acting credits for each:

1.) Mos Def . . . "Be Kind, Rewind", "Something the Lord Made", "Cadillac Records" and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

2.) Method Man . . . "How High", "Soul Plane" and the TV shows "Oz" and "The Wire".

3.) Diddy . . . "Made", "Get Him to the Greek" and "A Raisin in the Sun".

4.) Ice-T . . . "New Jack City", and of course "Law & Order: SVU".

5.) Tupac Shakur . . . "Juice", "Above the Rim", "Gridlock'd", "Bullet" and "Poetic Justice".

6.) Common . . . "Wanted", "Terminator Salvation" and "Just Wright".

7.) Will Smith . . . "Bad Boys", "Independence Day", "Men in Black", "I, Robot", "I Am Legend", "Enemy of the State" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".

8.) Andre Benjamin (Outkast's Andre 3000) . . . "Four Brothers", "Idlewild", "Battle in Seattle" and "Semi-Pro".

9.) Queen Latifah . . . "Chicago", "Set It Off", "Bringing Down the House".

10.) Mark Wahlberg . . . "Boogie Nights", "Three Kings", "The Perfect Storm", "The Departed", "Invincible", "I Heart Huckabees" and "The Fighter".

11.) Ice Cube . . . "Boyz N the Hood", "Higher Learning", "Barbershop", the "Friday" movies and "Are We There Yet?"


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Remember when MATTHEW FOX got into a drunken brawl with the female driver of a party bus in Cleveland over the summer . . . and allegedly punched her in the BREAST AND VAGINA? She sued him. And how he's counter-suing HER. He says she attacked him, and lied about him striking her . . . and he's lost work because of it. (Full Story)

Former "CSI" star GARY DOURDAN was arrested for allegedly breaking his ex-girlfriend's nose. (Full Story)

Actress MARGARET FIELD, the mother of SALLY FIELD, died of cancer Sunday. She was 89 years old. (Full Story)

In his new book, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL says he once threatened to kill KOBE BRYANT . . . after Kobe said in an interview that he thought Shaq was milking a toe injury. (Full Story)

"Tower Heist" and "Rush Hour" director BRETT RATNER used a gay slur during a movie screening on Friday night. Yesterday, he apologized. (Full Story)

For the young ladies out there, here's an entire gallery of 18-year-old PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER working out shirtless. (Photos) (--Note: Scroll down past the ad to see the entire gallery.)

SANDRA BULLOCK and KEANU REEVES have been friends since doing "Speed" together in the '90s . . . that's "Speed" the movie, of course. But the "National Enquirer" claims they're both interested in taking their relationship to the next level. (Full Story)

MICHAEL VICK had a bad day yesterday. His Philadelphia Eagles lost their Monday night game to the Chicago Bears . . . and reports surfaced that some woman is shopping a NUDE picture of Michael. She says he sent it to her from his cell . . . and that it's a FULL FRONTAL shot. The picture hasn't surfaced yet. (Full Story)

Check out a weird photo gallery of stars like BEYONCE, LADY GAGA, EMINEM, and JUSTIN BIEBER as British royals from various historical periods. (Photos)


The Happiest Moment of the Average Day is When You're Having Sex . . . But the Happiest Moment of the Year is Christmas Afternoon:

We've got the results here from a really interesting study by a researcher named George MacKerron from the London School of Economics. --He created an iPhone app called Mappiness. About 45,000 people installed the app and used it to post updates about their happiness levels for a year. And now he's analyzed the data to figure out what makes us happiest and saddest. --Here's what he found . . . --The thing that makes people the happiest overall is . . . HAVING SEX. That led to a 12.9% increase in happiness. --The rest of the top five things that make us happy are exercising . . . going to a concert . . . singing or performing . . . and, for some reason, going to the library. --The thing that makes people the saddest is being SICK IN BED. That caused a 19.7% decrease in happiness. --The rest of the bottom five things are waiting in a line . . . taking care of an old person (--Ha!) . . . commuting . . . and studying. --Overall, the happiest moment of the year was 1:50 P.M. on Christmas day . . . so after presents but probably before you're dealing with extended family. --The saddest moment of the year was January 31st at 8:00 P.M. . . . right in the dead of winter when vacation days and the summer seem endlessly far away. (Daily Mail)

Women Who Have Sex Four Times a Week Look Ten Years Younger . . . and More Women Than Ever are Having Sex Out of Obligation:

A new survey by an organization called HealthyWomen has found that women think a healthy sex life is important to their overall health . . . but that's not enough to get them to actually HAVE sex. --More than half of women surveyed think that having sex a few times a week is healthy, and two out of five think it's extremely important to their overall health. --BUT . . . fewer than one in three actually have sex that often, and two out of three women admitted that they only have sex once a week or less. --In fact, a psychiatrist named Naomi Greenblatt who specializes in women's health says that when many women DO have sex, they're just doing it because they have to. --Naomi said, quote, "There seems to be a growing trend in women having sex for obligation, not enjoyment purposes. Women say there are only 24 hours in the day, and they simply are not prioritizing sex." --But women might want to consider doing it a little more often. Elizabeth Cahill of HealthyWomen said, quote, "an active sex life can decrease stress, strengthen pelvic floor muscles, increase immune system function and burn calories." --Naomi said that sex has a fountain-of-youth effect. Women who have sex at least four times a week look up to 10 years younger than their actual age. (PR Newswire)

Plastic Surgery Went Up 5% in 2010 . . . and Facelift Patients Report Looking 11.9 Years Younger:

American vanity doesn't care about no recession, baby. You can't foreclose on fake breasts and plumped-up lips. --According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were approximately 13.1 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2010, which is up 5% from 2009. Facelifts had the most growth, going up 9%. --They also reported that the average patient found they look 11.9 years younger after a facelift. (PR Newswire)

Girl Scout Cookie-Flavored Lip Balm is Now For Sale:

We're currently in that horrible period of the year when we're still months away from getting our Girl Scout Cookie fix. So now those adorable little crack pushers have something to tide you over. --Girl Scout Cookie-flavored LIP BALM just hit stores. You can buy the lip balm in five cookie flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter, Trefoils, Coconut Caramel Stripes, and of course, Thin Mints. --You can buy a five-pack at Walmart or Claire's for $5. For now they're only available in-store . . . we couldn't find a reputable place selling them online. (Stylelist) (--Here's a picture of the five lip balms.)
The Top Sign You're About to Get Dumped? Your Partner Starts Losing Weight:

So your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife has started hitting the gym, eating grilled chicken and broccoli, and is in the best shape they've been in since high school. Good news, right? Absolutely NOT. --According to a study out of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, the TOP sign you're about to get dumped is when your partner starts losing weight. --And it makes sense. When you're in a relationship, you're not as motivated to stay in great shape. When you know you're about to be single, you want to make yourself as sexually attractive as possible. (The Telegraph)

The House Buying Process Ages You Two Years:

Buying a house is incredibly stressful. It's so stressful that it makes the process of actually MOVING IN seem easy. And a new survey put into perspective just how stressful it is. --More than two-thirds of the people surveyed said buying a house . . . which took an average of 15 weeks . . . AGED them two full years. A few people even said it aged them FOUR YEARS. --10% of people said it led to hair loss . . . 19% said it led to a diminished sex drive . . . and 14% suffered short-term memory loss. --The biggest stress point was worrying about a mortgage approval. Inept lawyers and bad real estate agents also caused major stress. (

Fires Spread Faster in Newer Homes than Older Ones . . . So You Only Have Three Minutes to Get Out:

For years, fire-safety organizations have been trying to get us to change our smoke detector batteries every time we change our clocks . . . which we just did over the weekend. --It may seem like a scam to sell more batteries, but there's some solid data behind the push to have our smoke detectors working. If your house happens to catch on fire, experts say you have about THREE minutes to GET OUT. --Bob McLemore of the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs said that after three minutes, smoke and other fumes will leave you too disoriented to find your way out. --Three minutes may seem like less time than you remember from fire-safety week in elementary school. That's because newer homes go up in FLAMES faster than older ones. --New homes are often built with thinner lumber, which burns faster, and are more likely to have an open floor plan, which allows flames to spread faster. --But the house itself isn't the only problem. New homes are more likely to be decorated with flammable items like foam mattresses and cushions, which burn like gasoline. Older cushions use wood and cotton which burn much more slowly. --And finally . . . newly built subdivisions are often located farther from fire stations. (

Here are the Ten U.S. Cities That Blow the Most Money on Clothes Every Month:

Apparently there are a LOT of people out there who spend a LOT more money on clothes than I do. Where are you people getting this money from? Haven't you heard we're like three years deep in a recession? -A new study looked at which U.S. cities have people who spend the most money on clothes, shoes, and other accessories every month. And in every city in the top ten, the average resident spends at LEAST $200 a month on clothes. Wow.

--Here's the top ten:

#1.) Washington, D.C., $263 per month

#2.) Arlington, Virginia, $254.58

#3.) Nashville, Tennessee, $251.17

#4.) Scottsdale, Arizona, $243.17

#5.) Dallas, Texas, $228.58

#6.) San Francisco, California, $227.42

#7.) San Jose, California, $221.17

#8.) Seattle, Washington, $221.17 (--Yeah, technically it's a tie.)

#9.) Austin, Texas, $213

#10.) Bakersfield, California, $201.50

--The national average per person was $142.08 per month. (Fashionista)


A Man is Arrested for Domestic Battery After His Girlfriend Tried to Stop Him From Overdosing on . . . Flintstones Vitamins:

Last Wednesday, 21-year-old Aaron Hostetler of Manatee County, Florida was arguing with his girlfriend. She told him she was breaking up with him. And he went with the most overdramatic response possible. --He decided he was going to OVERDOSE ON DRUGS and KILL HIMSELF. --He grabbed a bottle of pills out of the cabinet and started trying to swallow as many as he could. Apparently, he thought they were sleeping pills and his girlfriend did too. So she tried to stop him. --But there's one thing neither of them knew. Aaron wasn't overdosing on sleeping pills . . . he was actually force-feeding himself FLINTSTONES VITAMINS. --Anyway, as his girlfriend tried to intervene, he shoved her away . . . then SLAMMED HER to the ground. She called the cops. --When they got there, Aaron was arrested for domestic battery. --As for overdosing on vitamins, it IS possible . . . but the results shouldn't be FATAL like overdosing on sleeping pills. Hypervitaminosis can be toxic in extreme cases, but generally it just makes you feel sick or flushed. (The Smoking Gun)

An 87-Year-Old Woman Shoots Her 88-Year-Old Husband for "Stepping Out" With Her Hairdresser:

NEVER underestimate what a tough old broad will do if she feels WRONGED. And this tough old broad felt SERIOUSLY wronged. --On Saturday, 87-year-old Dorothy Desjardins of Springfield, Missouri was getting her hair done. And apparently, her hairdresser claimed that she was having an affair with Dorothy's HUSBAND . . . 88-year-old Peter Desjardins. --That night, Dorothy confronted Peter . . . and things got just a LITTLE out of control. --Even though Peter denied things, Dorothy walked into the room with her walker and started throwing books at him. After she ran out of books, she grabbed Peter's .22 RUGER REVOLVER and started waving it around in the air. --Then, she actually cocked it . . . and SHOT HER HUSBAND. She was aiming for the FACE. --Two things saved him. First, he got his arm in front of his face, so he was hit in the arm. And second, the gun wasn't loaded with real bullets, it was loaded with birdshot that's used to kill small animals and reptiles. --So Peter didn't suffer any serious damage, and didn't need surgery to remove the bullet. --Dorothy was arrested and charged with felony domestic assault. She told the cops she only, quote, "intended to scare the [s***] out of him . . . and just went a little bit berserk since he was stepping out on me." (The Smoking Gun)


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

According to a new study, as income rises, so does fast-food consumption? (Full Story)

A team of researchers from the University of Washington went to the South Pacific to record everyday objects getting crushed by deep sea pressure . . . but one of the first things that got crushed was their underwater camera. (Full Story)

Stupid Criminals: A guy from New York lied to cops in Jersey about his identity, to disguise his criminal past. But it turned out he HAD no criminal past, so now he's just in trouble for lying. (Full Story)

Not-So-Stupid Criminal: An inmate in Florida was freed after only three months into a year-long sentence for DUI . . . but turned himself back in when he found out it was because of a computer glitch. (Full Story)

A famous actor in Nigeria suspected of drug trafficking was finally released by customs after 24 days . . . after they closely monitored 25 of his bowel movements in custody and didn't find anything. (Full story)

#1.) A Fireworks Display in Scotland Had a Technical Glitch . . . That Caused All the Fireworks to Go Off in Under a Minute:

A fireworks display in Scotland had a 'minor' technical glitch on Friday. It was supposed to be a half-hour community event, but the company behind it messed up and launched $9,600 worth of fireworks in less than a minute --As you'd guess, the video is pretty spectacular. The company that was putting on the display now says they'll do a second show at the end of the month, free of charge. (--Search for "Oban, Scotland Firework Display." It starts at :24.)

#2.) Check Out a Montage of People Limping, Crying, and Puking at the Finish Line of the New York City Marathon:

A Kenyan won the New York City marathon on Sunday in record time. And he crossed the finish line with a huge smile on his face. But a lot of people who finished the race had a slightly DIFFERENT reaction. --There's a montage on of people LIMPING across the finish line. And they also got shots of a guy crying, and another guy PUKING. (--Search for "The Woozy, Barfy Aftermath of the New York City Marathon." The puking is at 1:32, and the crying is at 2:07. WARNING: This video shows a guy throwing up.)

#3.) Two Runners Got Married During the New York City Marathon:

Two runners got MARRIED during the New York City marathon on Sunday. They officially tied the knot at mile 22, and didn't stop running. The guy who officiated just started jogging next to them. Then they exchanged rings, and kissed. --Afterward, they said they met while they were running, so it just made sense to get MARRIED while they were running. (--Search for "Couple Gets Married Running New York Marathon." They do an interview at :43, and it shows the kiss at 1:22.)

Four Facebook Friend Requests You Might Not Want to Accept:

Most people accept the majority of Friend Requests they get on Facebook, which is fine if you don't care about random people knowing everything you do. --But there are SOME Friend Requests you should think twice about. Here's a list from Gawker of four groups of people you might not want to be friends with on Facebook.

#1.) Your Coworkers. It depends on who it is. If it's your best friend at work, obviously it's fine. But if it's a Friend Request from the office GOSSIP, you might want to ignore it. --If it's your BOSS, it gets tricky because you feel like you HAVE to accept it. But the best thing might be to just click the "Not Now" button and forget about it. And if your boss ever brings it up again, just play dumb. --If you DO accept it, just make sure you exclude your boss from any posts you don't want him to see. --Here's one way to do it: In the box where you post things, there's a drop-down menu that says "Friends". If you go to "Custom," it lets you hide the post from any friend, or a whole group of friends.

#2.) Your Parents. If it's a Friend Request from your mom or dad, Gawker says you HAVE to accept it. But the downside is always having to worry about what you post, AND what your friends post. --For example, if your friend posts a crazy New Year's Eve picture where you're chugging champagne or smoking a cigarette, you might not want your parents to see it. --And since families like to gossip, you have to think about the same thing with other family members too.

#3.) Your Kids. If they're under 18, you should definitely keep an eye on what they're doing, and who they're talking to online. --And being friends with them on Facebook is one of the easiest ways to do that. But since they can exclude you from their posts, it's obviously not foolproof. --Plus, the thing some parents forget about is that their kids see everything THEY post too. And you don't want your 15-year-old seeing pictures of YOU smoking or chugging champagne either.

#4.) Your Exes. It's usually a bad idea, no matter how long ago you broke up. If you JUST split up, being friends on Facebook makes it harder to move on. Plus, you probably won't want to see pictures of them having fun without you. --But it's also not a good idea, even if you broke up years ago . . . because the NEXT person you date will almost definitely have a problem with it. (Gawker)