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Friday, October 11, 2013
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Who Am I?
Hitting the Road
At the Movies
Best TiVo Bets
Our Weird World
Water Cooler Talk
Cool Stuff From the Web
MORE SHOCKING: SHE ADMITS BEING KRIS JENNER’S SISTER
Kris Jenner’s sister says the Kardashian matriarch looks so good because she’s spent $1 million on plastic surgery over the years, Radar Online reports.***
***Shocking story. Bruce Jenner can’t believe she spent so little.
***Kris spent a fortune on her nose. Meanwhile, Khloe’s mad at Lamar for putting a fortune up his nose.
CAN HIS WIFE STAY UP THAT LATE?
Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC show :Up Late with Alec Baldwin: premieres tonight; the “30 Rock” star says the show will be different and will not provide “Daily Show” style laughs.***
***The problem with MSNBC is the ratings. They have fewer people watching than Stephen Baldwin has job offers.
***Also not laughing: anyone who works on the Katie Couric show who looks at the ratings.
IT’S THE GUY WHOSE SONGS WERE ON “GLEE!”
Paul McCartney played a surprise concert Thursday in Times Square in New York City; McCartney played songs from his latest album “New,” out on Tuesday.***
***Paul was going to play “When I’m 64,” which Mayor Bloomberg is okay with, as long as it’s not a 64-ounce soda.
TOM HANKS IS FIGHTING OFF “GRAVITY,” IN REAL LIFE TOO
Out tonight in theaters: Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips”; “Machete Kills” with appearances by Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga and Mel Gibson.***
***Tom Hanks is a ship’s captain fighting pirates. Because of the government shutdown, the Navy throws a life preserver next to the boat and says, call us when it’s all over.
***In “Machete Kills,” Charlie Sheen is the President of the United States. So it really is the highest office in the land.
IN TERMS OF CLASS, THIS IS ACTUALLY A STEP UP
Adult retailer GameLink is offering Miley Cyrus $1 million to direct a porn movie.***
***I’d also pay good money to keep Miley from ever appearing in front of the cameras again.
***They think Miley should stick to being behind the cameras. That’s also what Ben Affleck is thinking after “Runner, Runner.”
HE PLANNED TO HOOK IT UP TO THE CLAPPER
A Connecticut man who is neighbors with the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has been arrested; he told police he was building a bomb to blow up the rocker.***
***Also blowing up as usual: Keith’s liver.
***It was an evil plan to put the bomb at Keith’s house, under the wheelchair ramp.
AS IF RON HOWARD DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH URBAN STREET CRED
Friday night on Showtime: the premiere of “Made in America,” Ron Howard’s film about Jay-Z’s 2012 music festival in Philadelphia.***
***Look for an appearance by Kanye West who, like the Fonz, is under the delusion that he’s cool.
***The festival was sponsored by Budweiser which was exciting for Ron Howard because he got to have his first beer.
HE’S USED TO BE BUGGIN’, THEY RIDE BUGGIES
Saturday night on the DIY Network: the series premiere of “Vanilla Ice Goes Amish,” as the rapper moves to an Amish community to join a construction crew.***
***This Amish construction crew doesn’t use electricity. That’s true for Vanilla Ice too only because his power was shut off for non-payment.
JUST AS FEEL GOOD AS BREAKING BAD
Sunday night on AMC: The season premiere of zombie drama “The Walking Dead.”***
Timeline For Friday, October 11, 2013
1968 Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, is launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham.
1975 Bill Clinton marries Hillary Rodham in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
1975 “Saturday Night Live” debuts on NBC.
1976 Kitty Wells and Paul Cohen are elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1980 “Loving Up A Storm” by Razzy Bailey peaks at No. 1.
1982 Lefty Frizzell, Marty Robbins and Roy Horton are elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1984 The first American female walks in space after a journey aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
1986 “When I Think Of You” by Janet Jackson peaks at No. 1.
1986 “Both To Each Other (Friends & Lovers)” by Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton peaks at No. 1.
1997 “Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John peaks at No. 1.
2002 Former President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
2003 Martina McBride receives the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award at the Grand Ole Opry’s 78th birthday bash.
2003 “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw peaks at No. 1.
2005 “Tough All Over” album by Gary Allan is released.
2005 “Those Were The Days” album by Dolly Parton is released.
2005 “Unplugged” album by Alicia Keys is released.
2005 Rod Stewart receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2005 Angelina Jolie receives the Global Humanitarian Award from the United Nations Associations of the U.S.A. for her humanitarian work as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency.
2006 A small plane carrying New York Yankee Cory Lidle slams into a 50-story skyscraper, killing the pitcher and his passenger.
Today World Egg Day – National Coming Out Day – It’s My Party Day
-Tie-In Trivia: It was on this date in 1975 that “Saturday Night Live” made its debut. Who was the first guest host? (George Carlin)
-Tie-In Trivia: Who was the commander of Apollo 7? (Wally Schirra)
CeleBirthdays For Friday, October 11, 2013
Earle Hyman (The Cosby Show: Russell)-87
Rob Leibman (Sopranos: Dr. Plepler)-76
Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band)-67
Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates)-67
Paulette Carlson (Highway 101)-61
Andrew Woolfolk (Earth, Wind & Fire)-63
David Morse (House M.D.: Michael)-60
Stephen Spinella (24: Miles/Desperate Housewives: Dr. Heller)-57
Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms)-51
Michael J. Nelson (Mystery Science Theater 3000)-49
Sean Patrick Flanery (Stephen King’s Dead Zone: Greg)-48
Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210: Dylan)-47
Artie Lange (MADtv)-46
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock: Jenna)-45
U-God (Wu-Tang Clan)-43
MC Lyte (Rapper)-42
Emily Deschanel (Bones: Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan)-37
Trevor Donovan (90210:Teddy Montgomery)-35
Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl: Georgina)-28
-Tie-In Trivia: Jane Krakowski, best known as Elaine on “Ally McBeal,” made her acting debut as cousin Vicki in what hilarious 1983 film? (National Lampoon’s “Vacation”)
-Tie-In Trivia: What character did David Morse play on “St. Elsewhere?” (Dr. Jack Morrison)
-Tie-In One-liner: Jane Krakowski of “30 Rock” fame is 45 today. She’s made some very funny Tropicana orange juice commercials while Alec Baldwin keeps threatening to beat paparazzi to a pulp.
CeleBirthdays For Saturday, October 12, 2013
Jean Nidetch (Founder of Weight Watchers)-90
Dick Gregory (Comedian)-81
Sam Moore (Sam & Dave)-78
Chris Wallace (Journalist)-66
Susan Anton (Baywatch: Jackie Quinn)-63
Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens)-58
Carlos Bernard (24: Tony Almeida / Scoundrels: Sergeant Mack)-51
Claude McKnight (Take 6)-51
Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Logan, Wolverine)-45
Adam Rich (Eight is Enough: Nicholas Bradford)-45
Garfield Bright (Shai)-44
Martie Maguire (The Dixie Chicks)-44
Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains: Mike Seaver)-43
Marcus T. Paulk (Moesha: Myles Mitchell)-27
Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games: Peeta Mellark) is 21
-Tie-In Trivia: Adam Rich starred in the TV series “Eight Is Enough.” What was his character’s name? (Nicholas Bradford)
-Tie-In Trivia: In what year did the Dixie Chicks make their Grand Ole Opry debut? (1991)
CeleBirthdays For Sunday, October 13, 2013
Melinda Dillon (A Christmas Story: Mrs. Parker)-74
Robert Lamm (Chicago)-69
Demond Wilson (Sanford and Son: Lamont Sanford)-67
Lacy J. Dalton-67
John Lone (Rush Hour 2: Ricky Tan)-61
Reggie Theus (Hang Time: Coach Bill Fuller)-56
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)-53
T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (That’s So Raven: Tanya Baxter)-51
Kate Walsh (Private Practice: Dr. Addison Montgomery)-46
Jeff Allen (Mint Condition)-45
Tisha Campbell-Martin (Martin: Gina / The Protector: Michelle Dulcett)-45
Carlos Martin (II Divo)-45
Nancy Kerrigan (Olympic Silver-Medal Figure Skater)-44
Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat / Borat)-42
Jan Van Sichem Jr. (K’s Choice)-41
Brandon Casey (Jagged Edge)-38
Brian Casey (Jagged Edge)-38
Kiele Sanchez (The Glades: Callie Cargill / Lost: Nikki Fernandez)-37
- Tie-In Trivia: Before Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel performed under what name? (Tom & Jerry)
Who Am I?
1. My first name is really Coy.
2. I was voted Biggest Flirt in my senior year of high school.
3. I once worked at a doorknob factory.
4. I originally auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders on “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
5. I ranked No. 6 in a 2005 TV Guide list of TV’s Greatest Teen Idols.
Q. According to Recroom-amusements.com, what was the first pinball game with flipper and who made it?
A. Humpty Dumpty – produced by Gottlieb.
Q. According to Glamour magazine, the average woman owns 7 of these. What?
Q. 50% of all people have done this before they are 14. What?
Hitting the Road
|Oct. 25:||Biloxi, MS||Beau Rivage Resort & Casino|
|Oct. 26:||Robinsonville, MS||Gold Strike Casino Resort|
|Nov. 09:||Jacksonville, FL||Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena|
|Nov. 22:||Nashville, TN||Bridgestone Arena|
|Nov. 29:||Huntington, WV||Big Sandy Superstore Arena|
|Nov. 30:||Louisville, KY||The Louisville Palace Theatre|
|Nov. 04:||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|Dec. 07:||La Crosse, WI||La Crosse Center Arena|
|Dec. 08:||Sioux City, IA||Orpheum Theatre|
|Dec. 12:||Muncie, IN||Emens Auditorium|
|Dec. 13:||St. Louis, MO||Fabulous Fox Theatre|
|Dec. 19:||Green Bay, WI||Resch Center|
|Dec. 20:||Bloomington, IL||U.S. Cellular Coliseum|
|Dec. 21:||Rosemont, IL||Rosemont Theatre|
|Feb. 07:||Phoenix, AZ||US Airways Center|
|Feb. 08:||Los Angeles, CA||Staples Center|
|Feb. 28:||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|Nov. 22-23:||Las Vegas, NV||The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino|
|Nov. 27-28:||Las Vegas, NV||The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino|
|Nov. 30:||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|Dec. 01:||Newport News, VA||Ferguson Center For The Arts|
|Dec. 03:||Charleston, WV||Clay Center For The Arts & Sciences|
|Nov. 04:||Bethlehem, PA||Sands Bethlehem Event Center|
|Dec. 05:||Shippensburg, PA||H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center|
|Dec. 06-07:||Rama, ON||Casino Rama Entertainment Centre|
|Dec. 09:||Lynn, MA||The Lynn Memorial Auditorium|
|Dec. 10:||New Brunswick, NJ||State Theatre|
|Dec. 13:||Mulvane, KS||Kansas Star Casino|
|Dec. 14-15:||Dallas, TX||The Music Hall At Fair Park|
|Dec. 17:||Greenville, SC||Peace Center Concert Hall|
|Dec. 19:||Carmel, IN||The Palladium|
|Dec. 20:||Hammond, IN||The Venue At Horseshoe Casino|
|Dec. 22:||Atlanta, GA||Symphony Hall – Woodruff Arts Ctr.|
Panic! At The Disco
|Oct. 11:||Las Vegas, NV||The Pool At The Cosmopolitan|
|Oct. 12:||Los Angeles, CA||Hollywood Bowl|
|Dec. 05:||Grand Prairie, TX||Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie|
|Jan. 11:||Monterrey, Mexico||Arena Monterrey|
|Jan. 12:||Mexico City, Mexico||Arena Ciudad De Mexico|
|Jan. 14:||Seattle, WA||Showbox SoDo|
|Jan. 15:||Vancouver, BC||Commodore Ballroom|
|Jan. 17:||Salt Lake City, UT||In The Venue|
|Jan. 18:||Denver, CO||Ogden Theatre|
|Jan. 19:||Kansas City, MO||Uptown Theater|
|Jan. 21:||Minneapolis, MN||Skyway Theatre|
|Jan. 22:||St. Louis, MO||The Pageant|
|Jan. 24:||Columbus, OH||Lifestyle Communities Pavilion|
|Jan. 25:||Cincinnati, OH||Bogart’s|
|Jan. 26:||Cleveland, OH||House Of Blues|
|Jan. 28:||Silver Spring, MD||The Fillmore Silver Spring|
|Jan. 29:||Wallingford, CT||The Dome at Oakdale Theatre|
|Jan. 30:||Boston, MA||House Of Blues Boston|
|Jan. 31:||Montreal, QC||Metropolis|
At the Movies
“Captain Phillips” [PG-13] (Wide)
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine K andener, Max Martini.
“Machete Kills” [R] (Wide)
The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space. Starring: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard and Sofia Vergara.
“All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” [R] (Limited)
A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously. Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Michael Welch and Edwin Hodge.
“Broadway Idiot” [NR] (Limited)
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong goes from a punk rock concert at Madison Square Garden to the opening of his musical “American Idiot” on Broadway. Starring: Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer, John Gallagher and Michael Esper.
“Cassadaga” [R] (Limited)
A deaf girl attempts to contact her sister during a séance, only to connect with the ghost of a murdered woman. Starring: Kelen Coleman, Kevin Alejandro, Louise Fletcher and Rus Blackwell.
“CBGB” [R] (Limited)
The U.S. Congress, as a whole, is making $2.95 every second. That’s $177 a minute and more than $250,000 a day. And it’s still making that during the government shutdown it caused. When Steve Nowicki learned that folks in the congress – the government employees who triggered the shutdown – would still earn their salaries while more than 800,000 furloughed government workers were sent home without pay, he decided to present the facts in real time via CongressStillGetsPaid.com. Take a gander and prepare to get steamed.
Enjoying delicious food doesn’t have to break the bank. Urbanspoon has released its Best Cheap Eats in the U.S. list for 2013. From savory fare to sweet treats, the list highlights over 80 popular spots located in Urbanspoon’s top markets.
Best TiVo Bets
Live! With Kelly And Michael (Syn) Elizabeth Olsen.
The View (ABC) Sandra Bullock.
Dr. Phil (Syn) “Pregnant at 11.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) Miley Cyrus.
Rachael Ray Show (Syn) Chelsea Clinton and Kenny Rogers.
The Doctors (Syn) Celebrity Home Remedies.
The Dr. Oz Show (Syn) “Richard Simmons: Recharged and Rediscovered!”
The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) Siggy Flicker, Don Lemon and Jane Velez-Mitchell.
The Talk (CBS) Jason Priestly and Jerry Weintraub.
Katie Couric (Syn)
Last Man Standing (ABC)
The Neighbors (ABC)
Shark Tank (ABC)
Undercover Boss (CBS)
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Blue Bloods (CBS)
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
Sean Saves the World (NBC)
Dateline NBC (NBC)
Masterchef Junior (FOX)
Sleepy Hollow (FOX)
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) Rosie Perez and Tenacious D.
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Michael Strahan and Cage the Elephant.
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Rashida Jones and Brian McKim.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Keanu Reeves, Benedict Cumberbatch and My Morning Jacket f/ Brittany Howard and Merrill Garbus.
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Amy Schumer, David Peterson and Gold Fields.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM) N/A.
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) TBA.
The Colbert Report (COM) N/A.
Conan (TBS) N/A.
Tavis Smiley (PBS) Eric Schlosser.
Chelsea Lately (E!) Nacho Figueras, Chris Franjola, Cameron Esposito and Gary Valentine.
Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell (FXX) N/A.
The Arsenio Hall Show (Syn) Nikki Glaser & Sara Schaefer and Steve Earle & the Dukes.
This Halloween season, where are Americans spending the most on costumes? SizeUp.com found the nation’s top-performing costume shops clustered in Western U.S. cities. The top ten U.S. cities for costume shops, based on per capita revenues, are:
|1. Paradise, NV||6. Oyster Bay, NY|
|2. Fort Collins, CO||7. Schaumburg, IL|
|3. Colorado Springs, CO||8. Tempe, AZ|
|4. Seattle, WA||9. Lexington-Fayette, KY|
|5. San Bernardino, CA||10. New Orleans, LA|
“From the Las Vegas area to Seattle to New Orleans, our top 10 list has some famed party cities where people take dressing up in wild costumes seriously – as well as some suburban surprises,” said Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of SizeUp.
Only 31% of American adults believe that Social Security will still be around when they retire, according to a new survey from FindLaw.com. The vast majority of Americans are less than confident they’ll ever see Social Security checks. Americans are fairly split in their opinions, with roughly equal percentages believing they likely will or will not receive Social Security when they retire. The largest percentage – about 39% – say they’re not sure. Not surprisingly, faith in Social Security rises as people get older. Only 11% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 expect Social Security to still be around when they retire, But even among middle-aged people, less than one-third expect to receive Social Security checks.
Want to use items you may already have to save time and effort on your Halloween pumpkins? Mr. Handyman, a national home repair and maintenance franchise, has perfected pumpkin carving using power tools. Power tools are sturdier than pre-packaged carving kits, and help you achieve better results. Mr. Handyman shares five tips to make your pumpkins front porch worthy this year:
-Cut off the Top: To remove the top of your pumpkin, use a jigsaw blade at a 45 degree angle around the top to remove the lid. Watch how quick and easy it is to open the pumpkin.
-Gut the Pumpkin: Purchase a pumpkin gutter tool for around $10 and save 20 minutes compared to scraping the insides with a spoon. Simply insert the pumpkin gutter into your drill, tighten, and quickly clean the insides without damaging the seeds.
-Drill Perfectly Circular Eyes: Use a ruler and mark two evenly spaced places for the eyes. Then, insert coring bits into the drill and to easily cut perfect holes for the eyes.
-Chip Away Pumpkin “Skin”: One of the biggest trends in pumpkin carving is chipping away the “skin” or outermost layer of the pumpkin. To get this look, download one of our pumpkin carving templates, outline your design on the pumpkin using a pen or thumb tacks. Next, place the tip of a woodworking chisel underneath the skin and push away from the outside edge of your design.
-Create Mini Pumpkin Bats: Spray cardboard and mini pumpkins with black spray paint. Cut the cardboard into wing shapes, take a chisel to cut slips on the sides of the mini pumpkins, and insert the wings. Drill holes in the pumpkins and insert small bolts for eyes. You can insert an eye screw on the top so you can hang a dozen of these around your front door using fishing line.
-For more instructions and to print free, pumpkin carving templates, visit www.mrhandyman.com.
Our Weird World
What is the word to describe the phenomena of ignoring people in front you to pay attention to your phone instead? It is “Phubbing,” according to Australian ad agency McCann Melbourne. The company, with a team of poets, authors, and lexicographers, introduced the word as part of its marketing campaign for the Marquarie Dictionary. The campaign was meant to reintroduce the value of print dictionaries and highlight the importance of words.
The Vatican is recalling 6,000 medals commemorating Pope Francis’ first year as head of the Catholic Church because Jesus’ name is misspelled. Shortly after the medal went on sale Tuesday, someone pointed out that the word Jesus – stamped around the rim of the medal – was spelled “Lesus.” Four copies of the item had already been sold. The Italian State Mint produced the medal in gold, silver and bronze, with an image by artist Mariangela Crisciotti on one side and a depiction of Pope Francis on the other. Each medal bears a serial number and came with a certificate of authenticity.
The mowers are silent at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington during the government shutdown. So a South Carolina chainsaw artist decided to the mow the grass himself. Chris Cox went to the National Mall with a mower and chainsaw to clean up grounds. Cox says he’s not motivated by politics, adding, “these are our memorials.” Police let Cox act as a volunteer groundskeeper for a while before asking him to move on.
The landmark Cliff House is off the menu, thanks to the government shutdown. The Cliff House is a San Francisco restaurant that overlooks the ocean, attracting both tourists and locals. While the restaurant is privately owned, it’s in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, operated by the National Park Service. So it was ordered closed by Uncle Sam. Truckloads of seafood, chicken and beef are being donated to local charities. The donations include 65 gallons of clam chowder.
The Walt Disney Company is eliminating its paper stock certificates. The certificates printed with Disney characters and have been a favorite of collectors and are often used to decorate kids’ rooms. Many companies have cut paper stock certificates to trim costs. Collectors expect the resale price of the Disney certificates to take off once they are taken off the market.
A Connecticut weatherman has earned international fame by mistaking cat vomit for Grape Nuts and eating it during a live news broadcast. Scot Haney, the weatherman for WFSB-TV, Hartford, picked up what he and his fellow anchors believed to be Grape Nuts on the floor of the studio during the morning news Wednesday and attempted to eat them. “They’re a little soggy. They taste like shoes,” Haney said during the broadcast. “I think that might be dog doody.” Haney eventually realized the substance was actually cat vomit. The clip has gone viral.
Bill Nye the Science Guy is the star of a new science series. The now-CEO of the Planetary Society (and former host of a beloved 1990s TV show) now hosts “Why With Nye,” an eight-part YouTube series focusing on NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. The series launched on the THNKR channel October 8th, the day before Juno was expected to make a swing by Earth.
The tribe of loved ones can’t catch a break on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.” The loved ones haven’t won an Immunity Challenge yet and they went to Tribal Council again Wednesday night. The vote was a tie between former NFL player Brad Culpepper and student Ciera Eastin. After a revote, Brad was voted off and sent to Redemption Island. That’s just fine with Candice Cody, who survived another three-way duel. She blames Brad for blind-siding her husband John, who also survived the duel. She says now she’ll get the chance to send Brad home for good.
Susan Sarandon will serve as host of a “Downton Abbey” re-cap special to air before the drama’s fourth season premiered on PBS. “Return to Downton Abbey,” featuring highlights from the show’s first three seasons, airs December 1st. The program includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments. Season 4 is set to premiere January 5th in the United States.
Craig Robinson pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession in a Bahamian court after he was arrested at the airport in Nassau. Officials said customs agents found a half a gram of marijuana and 18 ecstasy pills in his possession Wednesday when he tried to board a plane back to the United States after a gig in the Bahamas. Robinson, 41, paid a $1,000 fine and was sent home.
Richard Belzer is leaving “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” the New York police drama on which he has played Sgt. John Munch for 15 years. Munch put in his retirement papers on Wednesday’s episode of the show. Next week’s installment is expected to be about his retirement party. Belzer, 69, originated the role of Munch in 1993 on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.” The iconic cop character also appeared on “The X Files,” “The Beat,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Trial By Jury.”
“Hunger Games” hunk Josh Hutcherson thinks his character could be into a threesome with Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Liam Hemsworth’s Gale. “I know Peeta would be into it, for sure,” the 20-year-old actor told Out magazine. “He’s very sensitive, in touch with his emotions. I think it really might solve a lot of their problems.” Hutcherson said he was similarly open about his own sexuality, saying that he prefers not to confine himself to certain categories. “I would probably list myself as mostly straight,” he said. Hemsworth co-founded the youth organization Straight But Not Narrow, which prepares young people to support their LGBT peers as allies.
“The Lone Ranger” was a critical and commercial failure for Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Pictures, but the film made Quentin Tarantino’s list of 2013’s best films so far. Tarantino put “The Lone Ranger” at No. 9, just above “This Is The End” and below “Kick Ass 2” and “Gravity.” Here’s Tarantino’s list:
|1. “Afternoon Delight”||6. “Frances Ha”|
|2. “Before Midnight”||7. “Gravity”|
|3. “Blue Jasmine”||8. “Kick Ass 2”|
|4. “The Conjuring”||9. “The Lone Ranger”|
|5. “Drinking Buddies”||10. “This Is The End”|
Magic Johnson won’t return to ESPN as an NBA studio analyst. The Hall of Famer says in that because of his busy schedule, “I don’t feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role.” Johnson is part of the ownership group that agreed to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers in March 2012. Since retiring from basketball, he has been successful in business, investing in movie theaters, a production company and restaurants. He has also been an activist in the fight against HIV after being diagnosed with the virus in 1991. He expanded his role on ESPN to join “NBA Countdown” in 2011.
AnnaLynne McCord has signed on for a multiple-episode, guest-starring role on the series “Dallas,” TNT said. McCord will play Heather, a “20-something ranch hand with a troubled ex-husband and a 5-year-old son.” Season 3 of the show is set to begin this winter. Judith Light is also confirmed to guest star as Judith Ryland.
Clint Eastwood’s estranged wife Dina has withdrawn the documents she filed for legal separation. Dina, 48, filed for legal separation September 9th, but returned two days later to have the document dismissed. The couple have been living apart since June 2012. They were married for 17 years before they split up and have one child, a 16-year-old daughter named Morgan. No reason was given for Dina’s change of heart to withdraw the separation papers, a move that came just as Clint, 83, was photographed with his new girlfriend.
Lee Thompson Young suffered from bipolar disorder and depression before he fatally shot himself in August, the Los Angeles County coroner said. The 29-year-old “Rizzoli & Isles” star was taking medication for bipolar disorder and depression when he killed himself. However, no traces of opiates, alcohol, cocaine or other drugs were found in his system. Young shot himself in the right temple while sitting on the couch of his North Hollywood apartment. His body was discovered August 19th after he failed to show up for work. The actor’s specific motive remains unclear.
Jimmy Kimmel gave Kanye West a peace offering Wednesday night – a pair of leather jogging pants for his new baby with Kim Kardashian. Kanye had claimed he was the inventor of leather jogging pants, but didn’t get credit for it. West was the only guest on Kimmel’s show. They both insisted their recent twitter feud wasn’t a publicity stunt. Things got a little heated between the two after a bit Kimmel had done poking fun at one of Kanye’s interviews. Yeezy finally admitted ego played a part in their online battle and added, “we kind of just took it back to high school for a bit.” Kanye also ranted against the Hollywood Walk of Fame organization for denying a star to Kim Kardashian because she’s a reality star. He says people are “so, so dated.” The entire chat can be seen on jimmykimmellive.com.
Michael Jackson’s estate is going after some companies in Japan, trying to get them to stop making souvenirs with Jackson’s name and image on them. The lawsuit was filed last month in Tokyo District Court against a man and three companies. The suit claims they are putting Jackson’s image and name on things like key chains, mugs, towels and other items without permission. The estate says Jackson had millions of Japanese fans all of whom “deserve the opportunity to purchase legitimate and authentic Michael Jackson goods.” The suit doesn’t seek money from the companies but wants them to stop selling unauthorized Jackson stuff.
The George Jones tribute concert has added more acts to the lineup, including Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and …Megadeth! The metal band’s singer Dave Mustaine says Jones “had a way of putting his finger right into your wounds and letting you know, ‘I understand. I know your pain.’” Other artists added to the lineup include Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Big & Rich, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square and Bill Anderson. The concert also has an official name now: “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO Show.” It will be held November 22nd in Nashville.
Zakk Wylde is helping out metalheads who can’t decide what to be for Halloween. They can be Zakk Wylde. He’s offering a limited-edition costume beard, mustache and beanie on his website for $65. It’s braided yarn with one braid extending down to the waist, and the beanie is emblazoned with “BLS,” for Black Label Society. For $70, you can also add the Zakk Wylde plaid button-down vest with cut-off sleeves.
Madonna is on the short list of nominees for induction into The Songwriters Hall of Fame next year. So are Cyndi Lauper, Sade, John Mellencamp and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Other nominees include Ray Davies of The Kinks, Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, Donovan, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Vince Gill, Cat Stevens, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic and Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band. The hall’s voting members will decide by December 16th who will make it.
Ray Price was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday night after he developed sepsis, a bacterial infection in the blood. Ray’s wife, Janie, posted a message on Facebook to update fans on Price’s condition. She said, “Ray’s blood pressure dropped too low and his heart rate too high. We were in watchful crisis all night long and throughout early morning hours before he stabilized.” Ray has been battling pancreatic cancer.
Paul McCartney was at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York, performing for a group of students on Wednesday. It was also his second wedding anniversary. He opened his set by telling wife Nancy Shevell: “Happy anniversary, Baby.” He then performed his latest song “New” which he says was inspired by his wife. The school was founded by Tony Bennett, who was also on hand.
With all the twerking talk tied to her sexually-charged MTV VMA performance, it was only a matter of time before Miley Cyrus got an offer of some sort from someone in the porn industry. Head honchos at adult film company GameLink have offered the former Disney star $1 million to direct a porn film. The offer reads in part: “We at GameLink feel this gives you a chance to finally show the world you are not a little girl anymore…”
Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap duo is up for six awards, including Artist, New Artist and Single of the Year for “Thrift Shop.” They will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Bruno Mars for Artist of the Year at the November 24th fan-voted awards show in Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons will perform. will.i.am and Kelly Clarkson announced the nominees yesterday at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York. Swift and Timberlake have five nominations each, while Robin Thicke, Rihanna and Florida Georgia Line have four each. Mars and Imagine Dragons are up for three awards each. The AMAs will air live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Nominees include:
Artist of the Year: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake.
New Artist of the Year: Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Mackemore & Ryan Lewis and Phillip Phillips.
Single of the Year: “Cruise” – by Florida Georgia Line, f/ Nelly, “Thrift Shop” – by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, f/ Wanz and “Blurred Lines” – by Robin Thicke f/ Pharrell and T.I.
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake.
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: P!nk, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock: Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and One Direction.
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: One Direction – “Take Me Home,” Taylor Swift – “Red” and Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience.”
Favorite Male Artist – Country: Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton.
Favorite Female Artist – Country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country: The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum.
Favorite Album – Country: Luke Bryan – “Crash My Party,” Florida Georgia Line – “Here’s to the Good Times” and Taylor Swift – “Red.”
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop: Jay Z, Lil Wayne and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop: Jay Z – “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” Kendrick Lamar – “Good Kid M.A.A.D. City” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “The Heist.”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B: Miguel, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake.
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B: Ciara, Alicia Keys and Rihanna.
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B: Rihanna – “Unapologetic,” Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” and Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience.”
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons.
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary: Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and P!nk.
Favorite Artist – Latin: Marc Anthony, Prince Royce and Romeo Santos.
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational: TobyMac, Chris Tomlin and Matthew West.
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music: Avicii, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris and Zedd.
Water Cooler Talk
How would you like to own an original Picasso for just $135? You can by taking part in an online raffle. “Man with Opera Hat” is a 12-inch by 9-inch cubist drawing from 1914 that is valued at about $1 million. The raffle’s proceeds will go toward the preservation of the ancient city of Tyre, Lebanon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The funds will help protect the ancient ruins and artifacts of the Phoenician port town. The raffle is offered by The International Association to Save Tyre. The drawing will be held at Sotheby’s auction house in Paris on December 18th and will be streamed live on the internet. Only 50,000 tickets will be sold.
A charter school employee in Dallas claims he was assaulted by Deion Sanders during an administrative meeting at the school. Sanders, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame and co-founder of the Prime Prep Academy, was in a meeting Wednesday in a school classroom with teachers and administrators when he became upset after learning some student athletes were not doing well academically, said Kevin Jefferson, the alleged victim. Jefferson claims Sanders grabbed him by the throat and “kind of threw me to the ground” after he told Sanders he could not speak to him in that tone of voice.
Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth in NASA’s Mercury program, died yesterday in Denver. He was 80. One of the last two surviving astronauts of the Project Mercury space program, Carpenter had been in hospice care since suffering a stroke in September. John Glenn, who flew the first orbital mission on February 20, 1962, and later became a United States senator from Ohio, is now the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Carpenter’s 5-hour orbital mission in 1962 was beset with technical problems and ended with his Mercury capsule landing far from the intended touchdown site in the Caribbean. His chance of any subsequent NASA missions was ended by injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident and Carpenter left the space agency in 1967.
Somebody is going to hell in a hand basket! Police in St. Louis are looking for a man who robbed a nun outside of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church early yesterday. The 83-year-old nun was walking to work at the church at about 4:30 a.m. when she was confronted by an assailant with a screwdriver. The suspect made off with the nun’s wallet and a tote bag, police said. The nun was not injured in the incident.
Toni Christina Jenkins, a 19-year-old Red Lobster waitress from Franklin, Tennessee, made headlines last month after posting a customer’s check to her Facebook page. Instead of tipping for her service, the customer had written “none” in the tip section and the N-word in the total section. Red Lobster suspended Jenkins over a company policy which prevents employees from posting receipts online, while some online commenters wondered whether Jenkins had made it all up. But in the month since her receipt went viral, a sympathetic California resident named Matthew Hanson managed to raise $10,749 online for the hard-working college student. Hanson, the founder of AddictingInfo.org, said he organized “Tips for Toni” because he “wanted to send a clear message that people are disgusted by racism and people won’t tolerate that behavior.” Jenkins said she’s back at work at Red Lobster and has spent the money on a pre-owned 2005 Toyota Camry. The customer who allegedly wrote the remark has hired an attorney and vehemently denied Jenkins’ claim.