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Monday, December 16, 2013
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Who Am I?
It Really Happened In…
Box Office Report
Best TiVo Bets
Our Weird World
Water Cooler Talk
Cool Stuff From the Web
CHAPTERS 4 THROUGH 12 WILL BE JUST HANGOVER CURES
TMZ reports that Lindsay Lohan is looking into writing a tell-all book and she’s already gotten several serious publishing offers.***
***It’ll available in print and on Kindle. Paris Hilton plans to use her copy for kindling.
***Lindsay plans to hold book signings. You can get your copy signed and, if you’re lucky, she’ll have one of her friends take a swing at you.
BACK TO RIPPING OFF MADONNA IN 2014
The New York Post reports that Lady Gaga’s latest album “Artpop” is on track to lose $25 million for her record label.***
***And after her TV special flopped, The Muppets won’t even return her calls.
GOOD NEWS FOR BOTH FANS OF “GO ON”
Matthew Perry will be starring in a remake of the classic sitcom The Odd Couple for CBS.***
***It’s about mismatched roommates. There hasn’t been such an awkward pair on TV since NBC put “Carrie Underwood” and “acting” together.
THEY’LL EXPLORE AND ALSO LEAVE SOME MENUS IN THE LOBBY
China landed its first spacecraft and robotic lander on the moon on Saturday.***
***China may have plans to colonize the moon. Moon cities and towns, and they already make all the stuff to stock the moon gift shop.
I CAME IN LIKE A DROPPING NEW YEAR’S BALL
Miley Cyrus has canceled a Miami New Year’s Eve appearance after being invited by Ryan Seacrest to perform in Times Square for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”***
***Security is tight in Times Square. And Miley’s performance will consist of getting frisked onstage.
***Bad reminder. During those last few years, Dick Clark talked like he had his tongue stuck out of his mouth.
***Bummer for the Miami fans but Miley sent that giant animated cat and some dwarves dressed like teddy bears to perform in her place.
THERE WAS NO HYPE. HEAR THAT, CAST OF “ANCHORMAN 2?”
Reaction continues to Beyoncé releasing a surprise new album just before midnight on Friday.***
***On one track, Beyoncé performs with baby Blue Ivy, who’s almost two. Will Smith wants to know why that kid waited so long to find a job.
SHE COULD ALWAYS EXPECT A NEW E-METER ON HER BIRTHDAY
Tom Cruise’s former publicist Pat Kingsley has gone public in an interview, saying she told the star to cool it with all the Scientology talk.***
***The two had a falling out. The last time they had dinner, Pat just pushed the placenta around the plate with her fork.
***She wanted Tom to put the Scientology talk to bed. Of course, when Katie’s Scientology handler was dozing in bed, that was when she escaped.
TRAVOLTA’S CALLING FOR PREMIERE TICKETS THIS VERY MINUTE
Reports from the production of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” say male lead Jamie Dornan is set to go full frontal in the film.***
***The rest of the cast is okay with it. Dakota Johnson said she doesn’t mind sharing the screen with another johnson.
Timeline For Monday, December 16, 2013
1770 Ludwig van Beethoven is born.
1773 The Boston Tea Party takes place as American colonists board a British ship and dump more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.
1938 “A Christmas Carol” opens in theaters.
1970 “Love Story” opens in theaters.
1972 “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul peaks at No. 1.
1973 O J Simpson becomes 1st NFL player to rush 2,000 yard in a season.
1978 “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers peaks at No. 1.
1980 Harland Sanders, 90, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies.
1988 “Rain Man” opens in theaters.
1989 “Two Dozen Roses” by Shenandoah peaks at No. 1.
1996 Patrick Stewart gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 Nicolette Larson, 45, dies.
1999 Sigourney Weaver gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000 President-elect George W. Bush selects his choice for secretary of state, Colin Powell, who becomes to become the first African-American secretary of state.
2000 “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw peaks at No 1.
2002 Michael J. Fox is awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
2003 Gary Stewart dies.
2004 Jim Carrey, who was in London to promote his latest movie, is forced to flee his hotel after a fire breaks out.
2005 Jessica Simpson files for divorce from Nick Lachey in Los Angeles Superior Court. Simpson cites “irreconcilable differences.”
2007 Dan Fogelberg dies.
2009 Tiger Woods is voted Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press.
Today: Barbie And Barney Backlash Day – National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
- Tie-In Trivia: What movie was Jim Carrey in London to promote when a fire broke out at his hotel on this date in 2004? (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”)
- Tie-In Trivia: Who penned the short novel “A Christmas Carol?” (Charles Dickens)
- Tie-In One-Liner:On this day in 1973, OJ Simpson became the first NFL player to rush 2,000 years in a season. Like a lot of NFL players, OJ just completed his 2,000th lap of the prison’s exercise yard.
CeleBirthdays For Monday, December 16, 2013
Joyce Bulifant (Mary Tyler Moore: Marie Slaughter)-76
Lesley Stahl (60 Minutes)-72
Steven Bochco (Producer, Writer)-70
Tony Hicks (The Hollies)-68
Benny Andersson (ABBA)-67
Ben Cross (Dark Shadows: Barnabas Collins)-66
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)-64
Xander Berkeley (Nikita: Percy)-58
Alison La Placa (The John Larroquette Show: Catherine Merrick)-54
Sam Robards (Gossip Girl: Howie “The Captain” Archibald)-52
Jon Tenney (The Closer: Agent Fritz Howard)-52
William Perry (NFL)-51
Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order: Detective Rey Curtis / Private Practice: Dr. Jake Reilly)-50
JB Smoove (The Millers: Ray)-48
Daniel Cosgrove (All My Children: Scott Chandler)-43
Michael McCary (Boyz II Men)-42
Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23: Chloe)-32
Chris Scruggs (BR549)-31
Amanda Setton (The Crazy Ones: Lauren Slotsky)-28
Hallee Hirsh (ER: Rachel Greene / Flight 29 Down: Daley)-26
Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia movies)-26
- Tie-In Trivia: Anna Popplewell is best known for her role in “The Chronicles of Narnia” movies as what character? (Susan Prevensie)
- Tie-In Trivia: William Perry was as famous on the field playing for the Chicago Bears as he was off the field. What was his nickname? (The Refrigerator)
Who Am I?
1. In 1986, Hasbro made a special action figure of me for their “G.I. Joe” line. But I was never featured in the “G.I. Joe” TV show or comic book.
2. I became the second celebrity to be inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment/Federation (WWE/WWF) Hall of Fame.
3. In 2003, I appeared in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest as a “celebrity contestant.” I stopped eating 5 minutes into the competition.
4. I starred in a commercial in the 1980s with Jim McMahon, fellow Chicago Bears teammate for Coke Classic and Coke.
5. In 2013, I was named as both original (as fullback) and unlockable (as defensive tackle) “All-Player Legend on Madden 25,” the only player to be named twice.
Q. What fictional character was originally created for a Montgomery Ward coloring book?
A. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Q. According to Ideafinder.com, this Christmas tradition originated in London in 1843. What?
A. Commercial Christmas cards.
Q. According to Corsinet.com, in an effort to solicit cash to pay for a charity Christmas dinner in 1891, a large crabpot was set down on a San Francisco street, becoming the first what?
While you’re decking the halls and cooking up Christmas feasts, it’s very important to be aware of everyday household items that can be deadly to household pets. These handy holiday safety tips for pets by the ASPCA makes it very easy to keep your pet safe over the holidays.
It Really Happened In…
- Operation Desert Storm begins against Iraq.
- Super Nintendo is released.
- Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested.
- L.A. Police caught on video beating Rodney King.
Box Office Report
|1. “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug”||$73.7 million|
|2. “Frozen||$22.2 million|
|3. “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas”||$16.0 million|
|4. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”||$13.2 million|
|5. “Thor: The Dark World”||$2.7 million|
Track Santa’s Sleigh on Christmas Eve
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), have tracked Santa’s flight. Do you know how it started? In 1955 a Sears Roebuck ad for kids to call Santa misprinted the phone number and instead of reaching Santa, kids got the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole and kids who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born. Now kids and media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey.
(Stations: To schedule pre-recorded interviews (prior to December 23rd) or to schedule a phone interview during the “live” tracking of Santa on December 24th contact NORAD at 719.554.6889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Bobbie Brown – ‘Ex-Wives of Rock’ Star
When Bobbie Brown starred in the iconic music video for Warrant’s “Cherry Pie,” she became an overnight Hollywood sensation. Now Bobbie’s ready to dish some of the most explicit Hollywood stories of love, sex, and revenge ever told by a woman. Bobbie is the author of “Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip.” A Louisiana beauty queen, Bobbie moved to Hollywood, became famous overnight for her appearance in Warrant’s music video, married famously, divorced infamously, dated everyone else, and partied her way through the early 90s surrounded by rock stars, actors, and bitter rivals. Her story comes full circle: from addiction, physically and mentally abusive relationships, self-sabotage due to insecurity, and finally her path to personal growth, strength, and inner peace. Bobbie lives in Los Angeles and stars on the Fuse network show “Ex-Wives of Rock.”
(Stations: To schedule an interview with Bobbie Brown, contact Stephanie DeLuca at 212.698.2807 or email SDeLuca@RTIRMag.com.)
Best TiVo Bets
Live! With Kelly And Michael (Syn) Christina Applegate, John Leguizamo and Alfred Portale.
The View (ABC) Mary J. Blige and Marlo Thomas.
Dr. Phil (Syn) “A 26-Year Age Divide: Can This Couple Be Saved?”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) Colin Farrell, Kathryn Hahn and Kings of Leon.
Rachael Ray Show (Syn) Nate Berkus and Mark Ellwood.
The Doctors (Syn) Mary Murphy’s health confessions, blind gymnast and social media dangers.
The Dr. Oz Show (Syn) Mary J. Blige
The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) Meagan Good and Chassie Post.
The Talk (CBS) Joe Manganiello.
Disney Prep & Landing (ABC)
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (ABC)
The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
2 Broke Girls (CBS)
Mike & Molly (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)
The Sing-Off (NBC)
Almost Human (FOX)
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (FOX)
Dreamworks Dragons: Gift Of The Night Fury (FOX)
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) Meredith Vieira and Jake Bugg.
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Will Ferrell, a Top Ten List presented by the
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Joe Theismann.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Bill Cosby and Bonnie Raitt.
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Humans of New York, Capital Cities and Nightmare and the Cat.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM) Haifaa Al Mansour.
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Colin Farrell, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Megadeth.
The Colbert Report (COM) Jonah Peretti, Gregg Allman and the National.
Conan (TBS) Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tom Papa.
Tavis Smiley (PBS) Angela Lansbury.
Chelsea Lately (E!) Trace Adkins, Julian McCullough, Sarah Colonna and Kurt Braunohler.
The Arsenio Hall Show (Syn) Rocky Carroll, Nadine Velazquez and Gladys Knight.
A new survey by TripAdvisor reveals the hotel amenities and services U.S. travelers find most and least important.
|Most Important Hotel Amenities for U.S. Travelers|
|1. Free In-Room Wi-Fi||89%||4. Free Personal Care Items||72%|
|2. Free Parking||89%||5. Free Lobby Wi-Fi||71%|
|3. Free Breakfast||84%|
|Least Important Hotel Amenities for U.S. Travelers|
|1. Mini Bar||21%||4. Laundry Service||39%|
|2. Spa/Beauty Treatments||23%||5. Free Pool-Side Wi-Fi||42%|
|3. Business Center||34%|
Top Traveler Wish Lists
“Accept my credit cards” (59%) and “hire staff who speak my language” (34%) are the top things U.S. travelers wish their hotels would do, as compared to 12% who wish hotels would “include typical food from my country in the menu.”
Banfield Pet Hospital has released the top pet names of 2013, pulled from its database of nearly 2.5 million pets nationwide. Pet owners looked high and low to find inspiration for their pets’ names in 2013, including some of the year’s hottest films, celebrity news and pop culture. As the newest film release in the popular series, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” broke box office records over the Thanksgiving weekend, the film was also racking up points with pet owners. Banfield observed five times as many cats named after the film’s heroine, “Katniss” over 2012. Meanwhile, twice as many dogs and cats were named “Gatsby” in 2013 versus 2012, including nifty adaptations such as “The Great Fatsby.” “The Twilight Saga” left its lasting impression on pet owners with “Bella” holding its rank as the most popular name for dogs, and second most popular for cats in 2013.
|2013’s Strangest Pet Names|
|1. Leonardo Da Poochie Captain Huggy Pants||6. Captain Huggy Pants|
|2. Luke Grasswalker||7. Pouncer Von Thunderpaws|
|3. Darth Baine Von Chicken Nugget||8. Mr. Montgomery Mittens|
|4. Chubs Carpoochi||9. Binx, “The Great Fatsby”|
|5. Smashy Von Chickensnacks||10. Tobethius Mcsnugglepants|
|Top 10 Pet Names of 2013|
|1. Bella||6. Lucy||1. Kitty||6. Smokey|
|2. Max||7. Bailey||2. Bella||7. Tigger|
|3. Buddy||8. Charlie||3. Tiger||8. Lucy|
|4. Daisy||9. Molly||4. Max||9. Chloe|
|5. Coco||10. Rocky||5. Shadow||10. Charlie|
Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts and Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year hiatus, but Bruno Mars owned music in 2013. Billboard announced that Mars is the year’s top overall artist. The singer’s year included a No. 1 hit with “When I Was Your Man” and a top 5 hit with “Treasure.” His sophomore album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million units. It’s the second best-selling album of the year behind Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.” Mars’ impressive year also includes four Grammy nominations. His No. 1 hit, “Locked Out of Heaven,” is up for two of the top awards, song and record of the year. He’ll launch the second North American leg of his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” this summer. Taylor Swift is the year’s top female artist for Billboard, while Mars is the leading male. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act. Timberlake ruled the R&B charts, while groups Florida George Line and Imagine Dragons topped the country and rock charts, respectively. Billboard’s year-end charts:
Hot 100 Songs
1. “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis F/ Wanz
2. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke F/ T.I. + Pharrell
3. “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
4. “Harlem Shake” – Baauer
5. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis F/ Ray Dalton
6. “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
7. “Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk F/ Nate Ruess
8. “When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
9. “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line F/ Nelly
10. “Roar” – Katy Perry
Billboard 200 Albums
1. “The 20/20 Experience” – Justin Timberlake
2. “Red” – Taylor Swift
3. “Take Me Home” – One Direction
4. “Unorthodox Jukebox” – Bruno Mars
5. “Babel” – Mumford & Sons
6. “Night Visions” – Imagine Dragons
7. “Here’s To The Good Times” – Florida Georgia Line
8. “The Truth About Love” – P!Nk
9. “Crash My Party” – Luke Bryan
10. “Unapologetic” – Rihanna
|1. Bruno Mars||6. P!nk|
|2. Taylor Swift||7. Imagine Dragons|
|3. Justin Timberlake||8. One Direction|
|4. Rihanna||9. Miley Cyrus|
|5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis||10. Maroon 5|
|Top 25 Tours Of 2013|
|1. Bon Jovi||Total Gross: $205,158,370|
|2. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour||Total Gross: $157,299,100|
|3. P!nk||Total Gross: $147,947,543|
|4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band||Total Gross: $147,608,938|
|5. Rihanna||Total Gross: $137,982,530|
|6. The Rolling Stones||Total Gross: $126,182,391|
|7. Taylor Swift||Total Gross: $115,379,331|
|8. Beyoncé||Total Gross: $104,358,899|
|9. Depeche Mode||Total Gross: $99,972,733|
|10. Kenny Chesney||Total Gross: $90,932,957|
1. “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis F/ Wanz
2. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke F/ T.I. + Pharrell
3. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis F/ Ray Dalton
4. “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake F/ Jay Z
5. “Holy Grail” – Jay Z F/ Justin Timberlake
6. “Diamonds” – Rihanna
7. “Started From The Bottom” – Drake
8. “F**Kin Problems” – A$Ap Rocky F/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar
9. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake F/ Majid Jordan
10. “Love Me” – Lil Wayne F/ Drake & Future
1. “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line
2. “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
3. “Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton F/ Pistol Annies & Friends
4. “Crash My Party” – Luke Bryan
5. “I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
6. “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim Mcgraw With Taylor Swift
7. “Get Your Shine On” – Florida Georgia Line
8. “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
9. “Sure Be Cool If You Did” – Blake Shelton
10. “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” – Randy Houser
1. “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
2. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
3. “Royals” – Lorde
4. “Safe And Sound” – Capital Cities
5. “Sail” – Awolnation
6. “It’s Time” – Imagine Dragons
7. “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” – Fall Out Boy
8. “Demons” – Imagine Dragons
9. “Home” – Phillip Phillips
10. “Gone, Gone, Gone” – Phillip Phillips
1. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke F/ T.I. + Pharrell
2. “Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
3. “I Knew You Were Trouble” – Taylor Swift
4. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis F/ Ray Dalton
5. “Clarity” – Zedd F/ Foxes
6. “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
7. “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
8. “Don’t You Worry Child” – Swedish House Mafia F/ John Martin
9. “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis F/ Wanz
10. “Daylight” – Maroon 5
Penelope Cruz tops Fitness magazine’s Best Bodies List of 2013, which honors Cruz and 12 other stars for their commitment to staying fit. “The ‘Counselor’ star welcomed her second child, daughter Luna, in July and popped back up on the red carpet in amazing shape just three months after giving birth. She credits following a Mediterranean diet, dancing and chasing after her kids for getting her back into shape after both pregnancies,” says the magazine of why 39-year-old Cruz landed in the No. 1 spot. The full list:
|1. Penelope Cruz||8. Christina Aguilera|
|2. Jennifer Lawrence||9. Allison Williams|
|3. Sandra Bullock||10. Katy Perry|
|4. Kerry Washington||11. Blake Lively|
|5. Scarlett Johansson||12. Paula Patton|
|6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus||13. Carrie Underwood|
|7. Amanda Seyfried|
Our Weird World
It’s a gingerbread record. GingerBread Lane is a 300-square-foot village made entirely of gingerbread, icing and candy, on display at the New York Hall of Science. It’s the largest gingerbread village, according to Guinness World Records. The one and a-half ton village has 160 gingerbread houses, candy trees, gingerbread cable cars and trains, and even an ice skating rink. Chef Jon Lovitch developed the project. He plans to give away the gingerbread houses when the exhibit closes January 12th.
A Florida developer said he’s willing to offer up a house for free for anyone who’s willing to move it off a property set to become a new RV park. The home, a 1927 colonial revival, is located on a 92-acre plot of land in Manatee County where developers have received preliminary approval to construct a 499-site RV park. “The owner is happy to give it to anybody if somebody wants to undertake it, and cover the moving charges,” said Marla Hough, who represents the developers, The Cone Corp./Cone and Graham Inc. of Tampa.
More than quarters are being dropped into Salvation Army kettles. Officials of the charity say someone has dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in Kokomo, Indiana. A local paper reports this is the fifth straight year for a Krugerrand donation. The Salvation Army sold the coin for $1,220. Salvation Army Captain Dale Brandenburg says the anonymous donation is greatly appreciated, because the charity is falling short of its fundraising goal. He adds it’s always exciting to get a gold coin in a kettle.
A Tennessee man is offering a reward a reward to anyone who can locate and capture his pet zebra, which has been on the run for three weeks. Zeek the zebra jumped the fence at Ronald Price’s Cleveland, Tennessee, farm three weeks ago and has been making appearances in the area ever since. “I know people call and say they see him on the road or in their yard. He’s even on Facebook,” Price said. The 750-pound animal has shown up at local businesses, area homes and even near the highway since his escape.
Michigan homeowners John and Ethlyn Unger said this Christmas will mark the last year for their massive holiday show that includes 100,000 lights. “Due to increased electricity costs, and the time it takes to put the display up, we made the decision that this, our 35th year, would be the last,” a note on the home’s gate said. Ethlyn Unger, who has decorated her Royal Oak home with her husband, said it was the visitors’ letters that kept them going. The display features Santa singing “We wish you a merry Christmas” near the home’s entrance, as well as angels, nutcrackers, a reindeer parking meter and a towering Christmas trees. There’s also a digital timer on the porch counting down the days to Christmas. Most of the decorations will be split up between their eight children, Unger said.
A Florida man paid off nearly $20,000 in layaway items at his local Walmart in an unprompted gesture of giving during the Christmas season. Greg Paraday, a financial planner, went into a Walmart in The Villages, Florida, last week when he overheard a woman talking with a friend, worried she wouldn’t be able to pay off her layaway account in time for Christmas. Store employees said Paraday walked back to the layaway department and paid the woman’s bill. He then proceeded to pay off half of any existing layaway account of more than $200. By the time he was done the bill was $20,000. Paraday said he never intended to attract any attention and said he hopes what’s come of his spur-of-the-moment generosity will encourage others to give in their own way.
A Craigslist ad placed in New Hampshire has raised eyebrows for offering two “purebred” unicorns for sale. The cost is a paltry $1.86 million. The ad states: “We are selling 2 purebred unicorns. Male is 3 years old named Pagasus. Female is 5 years old and named Daisy. Price of $930,000 USD is per unicorn.” It goes on to request – in all caps – “SERIOUS OFFERS ONLY PLEASE.” The seller claims to be the only fully licensed unicorn breeder in North America and said there’s a nine month waiting list to buy a unicorn.
A New Jersey man who hung a dummy from his roof as an ode to Clark Griswold in the “Christmas Vacation” film said received an unexpected visit from police. Kevin Maurer dressed the dummy as Griswold, the character in the classic holiday movie, and then hung him from the roof above a toppled ladder. For weeks, neighbors applauded Maurer for his originality. But one night, Maurer forgot to turn off the spotlight on the hanging mannequin before he went to bed. All of the other Christmas lights were timed to turn off at 11 p.m., so when a passerby saw the dark house with a figure suspended from the garage, he thought the dummy was a real person. Police arrived at Maurer’s house at 1 a.m. and asked Maurer to remove the dummy from his roof.
Peter O’Toole, known for his role in the classic “Lawrence of Arabia,” died Saturday at a hospital in London. He was 81. The actor died after a long, unspecified illness. O’Toole was “one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field,” the actor’s agent said. “Lawrence of Arabia” earned O’Toole the first of eight Oscar nominations, which also included nods for his roles in “Becket,” “The Lion in Winter” and “Goodbye Mr. Chips.” He didn’t win an Oscar on any of the nominations, though he was awarded an honorary statue in 2003.
New additions are coming to the “SNL” cast. “Saturday Night Live” plans to add one and possibly two black female performers as soon as January. The show said producers have been holding auditions. “SNL” has come under fire of its lack of black women in the cast. It was even the subject of a bit when Kerry Washington from “Scandal” was the guest host last month.
Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine died of natural causes yesterday at her home in Carmel, California. She was 96. Her film credits include “No More Ladies,” “The Women,” “Gunga Din,” “Hold Back the Dawn,” “Suspicion,” “Rebecca,” “The Constant Nymph,” “Jane Eyre,” “September Affair,” “Ivanhoe” and “Island in the Sun.” Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Tokyo to British parents, Fontaine was the younger sister of Olivia de Havilland, an actress with whom she had a bitter lifelong rivalry.
Lindsay Lohan met with a literary agent in New York to talk about the possibility of penning a tell-all book. The biography would focus on the troubled actress’ arrests, drug abuse, acting career and family, TMZ said. Sources say the book began as a series of journal entries Lohan wrote while in rehab as part of a therapeutic exercise. The entries don’t have a clear focus, but the actress said she’s interested in opening up about her life. Lohan met with literary agent Waxman Leavall Thursday in New York City, a meeting that was filmed as part of a docu-series about the actress on OWN.
Film noir actress Audrey Totter passed away at the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in California. She was 95. Totter, who starred in the 1940s films “Lady in the Lake,” “The Set-Up” and “High Wall,” died Thursday after suffering a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure. Totter started her career in entertainment in 1944 as a radio actress in Chicago and New York. She then went on to work in films, her breakthrough role coming in 1947 in “Lady in the Lake.” She later made occasional appearances on television shows, including “Cimarron City,” “Our Man Higgins” and “Medical Center.” Her final role came on an episode of “Murder, She Wrote” in 1987.
“Bachelorette” star Trista Rehn and firefighter Ryan Sutter renewed their vows 10 years after their wedding, which was watched by 26 million viewers. The couple renewed their vows Saturday at a ceremony in their home in Vail, Colorado. They met on the first season of the “Bachelorette.” The renewal will be featured in the ABC special “The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Series” on January 19th. The couple has two children, Max, 6, and Blakesley, 4.
Tom Laughlin, who shot to fame as the rugged half-breed action hero “Billy Jack,” died Thursday in Thousand Oaks, California, surrounded by his family. He was 82. He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Teresa Laughlin said. involved at one point with just about every facet of the film business, Laughlin may be best known for his series of “Billy Jack” films. He had been married to Delores Taylor since 1954, and she co-produced and acted in all four of the “Billy Jack” movies.
Khloe Kardashian has filed for divorce in Los Angeles from professional basketball player Lamar Odom, her husband of four years. The reality TV personality cited irreconcilable differences in the legal documents. The process of ending the marriage should be straightforward since the couple have a prenuptial agreement, which kept all their assets separate. They also have no children. Odom’s alleged crack addiction and infidelity were the main reasons for the split.
Matthew Perry is set to star in, write and executive produce a TV re-imagining of “The Odd Couple.” The Neil Simon play has undergone several incarnations since it first debuted on Broadway in 1965, starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney as the slovenly Oscar Madison, and uptight Felix Ungar, respectively. Jack Klugman replaced Matthau as Madison for the 1968 feature film and sequel based on the play. Klugman later appeared in the ABC comedy based on the story. alongside Tony Randall as Ungar. Perry is slated to play Madison, though no other casting announcements have been made.
A funeral for “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was held Saturday at Forest Lawn Ceremony in Los Angeles. Family and friends said goodbye to the actor, whose remains were cremated. His ashes were interred at the ceremony. Meanwhile, the indie film “Hours,” starring Walker, hit theaters in limited release Friday and producers announced that a portion of the box office will go to Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide.
Former “The Price is Right” host Bob Barker celebrated his 90th birthday by appearing on the game show and calling for contestants to “come on down.” Barker said it was one of his biggest television wishes to be able to shout out those famous words for the first time. In his 35 years of hosting the game show, he had never called for contestants to “come on down” – that was the announcer’s job. To celebrate his milestone birthday, Barker was given a giant cake and time to promote the show’s pet adoption week. Drew Carey took over hosting duties for “The Price is Right” in 2007 when Barker retired.
Bruce Jenner raised some eyebrows last week with reports he wants to have his trachea shaved. The 64-year-old recently went to his plastic surgeon about removing a large scar from his nose and decided to also inquire about having a procedure called a Laryngeal Shave – which smoothes out the Adam’s Apple. The procedure is typically done on patients who are in the first stage of gender reassignment, but Bruce told TMZ that is not the case with him. He says, “I just never liked my trachea.” Jenner has dogged rumors of cross-dressing in the past. Kris Jenner claimed last year Bruce’s first wife Chrystie Crownover said he enjoyed wearing women’s clothing, shoes and lingerie. Bruce has reportedly since called off the surgery.
Ed Helms is set to star in a reboot of Hollywood’s “The Naked Gun” police comedy franchise. Helms will take over the role of Detective Frank Drebin, the late Leslie Nielsen’s character. Nielsen starred in three “Naked Gun” movies, which were inspired by his short-lived 1982 TV sitcom series, “Police Squad!” “The Naked Gun” was released in 1988 and was followed by sequels, which hit theaters in 1991 and 1994.
Former child star Tami Erin is facing charges of DUI and felony hit-and-run following an arrest in Los Angeles on December 14th. The “New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” star was stopped by police after allegedly hitting three cars while driving through the city. She reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody, where she was booked. She is currently being held on $100,000 bail. Erin was recently forced to strike a deal with a porn company to release her own sex tape in a bid to stop an ex-boyfriend from profiting from the explicit footage.
A judge in Delaware has dismissed a lawsuit that pits three members of Cheap Trick against the group’s former drummer. But that doesn’t mean the suit is going away. The judge says the lawsuit should be decided in a federal court in Illinois because that’s where the group was formed. Guitarist Rick Nielesen, vocalist Robin Zander and bass player Tom Peterson want a court to sign off steps they took to remove ex-drummer Bun E. Carlos as a board member of three band businesses that were incorporated in Delaware. The drummer stopped touring with the group three years ago and the remaining members claim that means he also lost his rights as a shareholder. Carlson says even though he’s no longer with Cheap Trick, he’s still entitled to take part in the group’s business affairs.
Reports surfaced yesterday that Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price had died, but his wife said that was not true. Price, however, appears to be in failing health. Price’s son, Cliff, posted on Facebook that his father had died. Several media outlet reported his death. Price’s long-time friend, Bill Mack, posted: “As of 7:00 p.m. the great Ray Price is still with us, although obviously fading from the cancer. This was verified by Janie Price less than an hour ago.” Price left a hospital in Tyler, Texas, last week for home hospice care in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He has been fighting pancreatic cancer for more than two years.
A Los Angeles judge issued a bench warrant for Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin, who failed to show up for a progress report on his cocaine possession case. Scantlin was supposed to appear in court Thursday, but failed to show up. It wasn’t the first time he didn’t show up – multiple bench warrants have been issued for the same offense since he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in July 2012. A judge agreed to delay Scantlin’s conviction for 18 months, during which time he was ordered to enroll in a drug treatment program and keep the court up to date on his progress.
All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter has been cast as Gregg Allman in an upcoming Allman Brothers biopic, directed by Randall Miller. Ritter will star alongside Wyatt Russell, who will be playing Duane Allman in the movie, titled “Midnight Rider.” It is based off the Gregg Allman memoir “My Cross to Bear.” Ritter and Russell will be performing vocals, guitar, piano and organ for the film.
The spot where Rolling Stones stars Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met in 1961 will be marked with a plaque, town officials in Dartford, England, said. The teenagers had both gone to Wentworth Primary School in the town, and recognized each other at a Dartford railway station platform on October 17 ,1961, in Kent. A blue heritage plaque will mark that spot. “Fate was sealed and they started talking about playing their music together,” Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said. Richards was on his way to Sidcup Art College, and Jagger was traveling to the London School of Economics. “They went off and recruited Brian Jones next, and the rest is history,” Kite said. The Rolling Stones then formed in 1962.
The Yorktown Heights, New York, home belonging to former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley suffered damage in a fire. Firefighters were called to Frehley’s home at about 11 a.m. Saturday after smoke was seen coming from the building. The fire was mostly contained to the second floor, firefighters said. No one was home when the fire broke out, but a man who lives at the residence returned to the scene as firefighters battled the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Records show that Frehley is the owner of the house, but he apparently does not live there.
The Beatles are releasing session tapes from their debut album “Please Please Me” in order to stop their copyright protection from expiring, Apple records said. European Union law gives copyright protection to songs for 70 years after they are recorded unless they don’t get an official released. If unreleased, the copyright only lasts 50 years, meaning previously unreleased session tapes from The Beatles’ 1963 debut album would fall out of protection at the end of the year. Should Apple records not publish the 59 rare and unheard recordings by then, another record company could do so and profit from them. The new collection includes four alternate takes of “She Loves You,” five of “A Taste of Honey” and three of “There’s A Place.” There are also demos of two songs the group gave to other artists.
REO Speedwagon and Martina McBride are the latest acts to back out of a planned February show at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. The musicians are following in the footsteps of Cheap Trick, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies and Heart, who have declined to perform as scheduled at the Bands, Brew and BBQ event due to pressure from animal-rights activists who claim the maritime theme park abuses its whales. Sources close to REO Speedwagon said the group’s cancellation is directly related to the documentary “Blackfish,” a CNN expose about the park.
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Researchers say long-term use of a popular type of antacid medication can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency and if left untreated can increase dementia risk. A study found participants who took proton pump inhibitors – sold under brand names such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium – for more than two years had a 65% increased risk of B-12 deficiency. Researchers said a lack of vitamin B-12 can increase the risk of dementia, nerve damage, anemia and other potentially serious medical problems. Unlike chewable antacids, which neutralize stomach acid after it has already formed, proton pump inhibitors go after the source by shutting down the cells in the stomach responsible for producing acid. “But the same cell that makes stomach acid also makes a little protein that helps vitamin B-12 be absorbed,” they said.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is on his way to a record fifth NFL Most Valuable Player award, can now put another prestigious award on his mantel. As announced during NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast, Manning has been named the 2013 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated as he wraps up a season in which he’s on pace to break the NFL records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season. In announcing Manning’s selection, Sports Illustrated noted both his outstanding 2013 season and the way he connects with football fans – and has connected with fans for two decades, since he was a college star at Tennessee.
China’s first lunar rover deployed successfully from the unmanned spacecraft Chang’e-3 that landed on the moon Saturday. Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in Chinese) is a six-wheeled lunar rover equipped with at least four cameras and two mechanical legs that can dig up soil samples to a depth of 30 meters. The solar-powered rover will patrol the moon’s surface, studying the structure of the lunar crust as well as soil and rocks, for at least three months. The robot’s name was decided by a public online poll and comes from a Chinese myth about the pet white rabbit of a goddess, Chang’e, who is said to live on the moon. The moon exploration makes China one of only three nations – after the United States and the former Soviet Union – to “soft-land” on the moon’s surface, and the first to do so in more than three decades.
A new study has revealed that James Bond is an alcoholic. Researchers at the British journal BMJ studied the fictional spy’s drinking habits, reporting that in the 14 classic Ian Fleming novels, 007 drinks 92 units a week, more than four times what doctors recommend. (A bottle of wine is nine units, and a pint of beer is three, according to the study.) That means Bond is at high risk for sexual dysfunction, liver damage, car crashes, stroke and early death. The study was mostly done for fun, but the authors say the message is clear. “There are people capable of drinking this amount,” said one author. “But they are not capable of drinking that amount and still being able to defuse a nuclear bomb.”