Your daily dose of Whatever!

SHOWBIZ HIGHLIGHTS - 1 of 4

 

 

1.  A grand jury in Missouridecided last night NOT to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing 18-year-old Mike Brown in Ferguson back in August.  As expected, that led to scattered rioting, vandalism, gunshots, and tear gas.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

2.  Tons of celebrities Tweeted about the decision in Ferguson, Missouri.  LEBRON JAMES posted a picture of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin walking arm-in-arm, with the caption, "As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!!"  (Full Story)

 

 

 

3.  One more woman has come out against BILL COSBY.  A woman named JEWEL ALLISON says Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his Philadelphia home in the late 1980s.  Meanwhile, one of his other victims, LOUISA MORITZ, is trying to get a class-action lawsuit going against Cosby.  She's hoping at least NINE of his other alleged victims will join her.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

4.  JENNIFER LAWRENCE and her "Hunger Games" co-star LIAM HEMSWORTH are reportedly taking their friendship to the next level.  A "source" says, quote, "They've always had insane chemistry, but they've never been single at the same time before."  (Full Story)

 

 

 

5.  Sexy Pictures of Famous People

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ HIGHLIGHTS - 2 of 4

 

 

6.  HALLE BERRY went to court to stop her baby-daddy GABRIEL AUBRY from TURNING THEIR DAUGHTER WHITE.  (???)  She's upset that he's been straightening their 6-year-old daughter's hair and lightening it.  She thinks it's because he doesn't want her to appear black.  Gabriel is white.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

7.  BONO and U2 top "GQ" magazine's annual list of the "Least Influential Celebrities of 2014."  Also making this year's list are President Obama (#2), racist former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling (#3), Johnny Depp (#16), Shia LaBeouf (#21), Woody Allen (#23), and Sarah Palin (#26).  (Full Story)

 

 

 

8.  JUSTIN BIEBER tops a Forbes.com list of the "Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30."  He made roughly $80 million over the past year.  ONE DIRECTION is next with $75 million, followed by TAYLOR SWIFT with $64 million.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

9.  Some website put together a list of celebrity smokers who might surprise you.  It includes Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, Elijah Wood, Adele, Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis and Hayden Panettiere.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

10.  During an interview yesterday, DEMI LOVATO was asked about her relationship with MILEY CYRUS.  And she said, quote, "We're acquaintances.  It's life, and people change.  I don't have anything in common with her anymore.  I wish her the best."  Sources say it's because Demi is sober now, and Miley very obviously isn't.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ HIGHLIGHTS - 3 of 4

 

 

11.  LARRY KING went on another one of his random Tweeting fits Sunday, and it included this gem:  Quote, "My wife would've made a fortune . . . if she had been a hooker."  His wife seems cool with it though.  Yesterday she Tweeted, quote, "Don't be offended, we were just being silly.  #Relax."  (Full Story)

 

 

 

12.  Cleveland Browns backup quarterback JOHNNY MANZIEL was reportedly involved in a brawl Friday night.  A 33-year-old man says he approached Manziel as a FAN, but got punched and beaten down by Johnny's posse.  Nobody was arrested, and the Browns say they're aware of the incident and are still "gathering information."  (Full Story)

 

 

 

13.  Sources say MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY will star as the villain Randall Flagg in the upcoming adaptation of STEPHEN KING's novel "The Stand", which is being made into FOUR movies.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

14.  CHRISTIAN BALE willingly gave up the role of Batman . . . but that doesn't mean he's HAPPY that BEN AFFLECK is taking over in "Batman v. Superman:  Dawn of Justice".  He says, quote, "The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman.  I think I should have gotten over it by now."  (Full Story)

 

 

 

15.  TV Reminders and Late Night Guests

 

 

 

16.  New CD Releases and DVD Releases

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ HIGHLIGHTS - 4 of 4

 

 

17.  BETTE MIDLER is slamming 21-year-old ARIANA GRANDE for acting like a WHORE.  She says, quote, "It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana . . . slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous.  I mean, it's silly beyond belief.  I don't know who's telling her to do it.  I wish they'd stop."  (Full Story)

 

 

 

18.  Music NotesAriana Grande's Weird Christmas Song, New Songs By Gwen Stefani and Fall Out Boy, Plus AC/DC's Album Is Streaming

 

 

 

19.  Urban Quick HitsEminem, T.I., and Chris Brown Sings "Happy Birthday" to Trey Songz at a Carnival Party

 

 

 

20.  Several country stars were asked if Nashvilleis ready for an openly gay superstar.  Lee Brice believes "It's getting close", while Charles Kelley said, "I certainly would accept it."  Trisha Yearwood believes the "day is coming", and Kellie Pickler said, "It doesn't matter what someone prefers in the bedroom."  (Full Story)

 

 

 

21.  Showbiz Extras and Country Extras

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ SEXY - 1 of 2

 

 

Are Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth Finally Going to Knock Boots? 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  JENNIFER LAWRENCE and her "Hunger Games" co-star LIAM HEMSWORTH are reportedly taking their friendship to the next level.  A "source" says, quote, "They've always had insane chemistry, but they've never been single at the same time before."

 

 

FULL STORY:  After years of talking about how she's JUST FRIENDS with her "Hunger Games" co-stars LIAM HEMSWORTH and JOSH HUTCHERSON, JENNIFER LAWRENCE may finally be ready to pull some BENEFITS out of one of those friendships.

 

 

Sources say Jennifer and Liam are finally ready to take their relationship to the next level.  One "insider" says, quote, "They've always had insane chemistry, but they've never been single at the same time before."

 

 

But now that Jennifer's brief relationship with CHRIS MARTIN is over, and Liam's been single since splitting with MILEY CYRUS last year, there's nothing in their way.

 

 

Things reportedly got more serious as Liam was helping Jennifer through her breakup with Chris.  The source says, quote, "Liam knows Jen loves koala bears so, the next day, he had an enormous stuffed toy koala sent to Jen with a note saying, 'Hold out for the perfect man.'"

 

 

(If this is true, do you think it just HAPPENED organically?  Or do you think Liam was LYING IN WAIT all this time?  Can guys be platonic friends with girls, or are they ALWAYS fantasizing about having sex with them?  Discuss.)

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ SEXY - 2 of 2

 

 

Sexy Pictures of Famous People 

 

 

1.  There are some great ODELL BECKHAM JR. memes out there . . . but I think my favorite one features Odell acting as CONTRACEPTION.

 

 

 

2.  ADAM LEVINE and his wife BEHATI PRINSLOO made out for the Kiss Cam at the Laker game Sunday night.

 

 

 

3.  NICOLE KIDMAN and KEITH URBAN kissed under umbrellas in the rain at the London premiere of "Paddington".  Nicole is in the movie, which comes out in theU.S. on January 16th.

 

 

 

4.  (NC-17)  ROSE MCGOWAN is getting naked again.

 

 

 

5.  Here's an interesting screen cap of J-LO's performance at the "American Music Awards" Sunday night.  It kind of encapsulates what pop music has come to.

 

 

 

6.  (NC-17)  GAVIN ROSSDALE's daughter DAISY LOWE did some topless work.

 

 

 

7.  CHRISSY TEIGEN hates turkey.  But she loves eating KFC in bed.

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ NONSENSE - 1 of 6

 

 

The Least Influential People of 2014 Include . . . Bono, President Obama, Donald Sterling, and Johnny Depp  

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  BONO and U2 top "GQ" magazine's annual list of the "Least Influential Celebrities of 2014."  President Obama and racist former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling round out the top three.  Also making this year's list are Johnny Depp (#16), Shia LaBeouf (#21), Woody Allen (#23), and Sarah Palin (#26).

 

 

FULL STORY:  BONO and U2 top "GQ" magazine's annual list of the "Least Influential People of 2014."

 

 

And yeah, it was because of that unpopular stunt with Apple, where they dumped their new album into your iTunes, whether you wanted it or not.

 

 

Here's the Top 10:

 

 

1.  Bono and U2

 

2.  President Obama

 

3.  Racist former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling

 

4.  Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the guys who were in charge of the "How I Met Your Mother" finale

 

5.  Zach Braff, who crowd-sourced a movie despite being a rich actor.

 

 

Continued . . .

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ NONSENSE - 2 of 6

 

 

The Least Influential People of 2014 Include . . . Bono, President Obama, Donald Sterling, and Johnny Depp  (continued) 

 

 

6.  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who botched the Ray Rice situation, in addition to numerous other domestic abuse cases

 

7.  ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith, who argued that Rice's fiancée could be at fault, if she did something to, quote, "provoke wrong actions."

 

8.  Dwyane Wade, whose declining skills played a role in LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat

 

9.  CNN, which spent most of the year obsessively looking for that missing Malaysian Airlines flight

 

10.  Eric Cantor, who lost a Republican primary election, while serving as the House Majority Leader in Congress

 

 

Cantor did have the last laugh, though.  After being ousted from Congress, an investment bank hired him, and is paying him a $3.4 MILLION salary.  He "only" made $193,400 a year as a Congressman.

 

 

30 people made the list.  Other highlights include:  Derek Jeter (#11), Johnny Depp (#16), that crazy, racist, free-loading cattle rancher Cliven Bundy (#17), Shia LaBeouf (#21), Woody Allen (#23), Robin Thicke (#25), and Sarah Palin (#26).

 

 

(Hit up GQ.com for the whole list, along with brief write-ups on each.)

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ NONSENSE - 3 of 6

 

 

Justin Bieber is the Highest-Earning Celebrity Under 30 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  JUSTIN BIEBER tops a Forbes.com list of the "Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30."  He made roughly $80 million over the past year.  ONE DIRECTION is next with $75 million, followed by TAYLOR SWIFT with $64 million.

 

 

FULL STORY:  The unstoppable list-makers at Forbes.com have released their annual list of the "Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30."  JUSTIN BIEBER is #1.  He made an estimated $80 million over the past year.  Here's the full list:

 

 

1.  Justin Bieber, $80 million

 

2.  One Direction, $75 million, which of course would be split five ways.

 

3.  Taylor Swift, $64 million

 

4.  Bruno Mars, $60 million

 

5.  Rihanna, $48 million

 

6.  Miley Cyrus, $36 million

 

7.  Jennifer Lawrence, $34 million

 

8.  Lady Gaga, $33 million

 

9.  Avicii, $28 million

 

10.  Skrillex, $18 million

 

 

(Check out all Forbes' coverage, here.)

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ NONSENSE - 4 of 6

 

 

Demi Lovato Isn't Friends With Miley Cyrus Anymore . . . Is It Because She Parties Too Much? 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  During an interview yesterday, DEMI LOVATO was asked about her relationship with MILEY CYRUS.  And she said, quote, "We're acquaintances.  It's life, and people change.  I don't have anything in common with her anymore.  I wish her the best."  Sources say it's because Demi is sober now, and Miley very obviously isn't.

 

 

FULL STORY:  In an interview yesterday, DEMI LOVATO was asked about her current relationship with MILEY CYRUS . . . and she stuttered a little before admitting that they're not really friends anymore.

 

 

She said, quote, "Um . . . yeah . . . that, um . . . we're, we're like . . . We're acquaintances.  It's life, and people change.  I don't have anything in common with her anymore.  I wish her the best."

 

 

(The interview was with the "TJ Show" on 103.3-FM in Boston.  You can listen to it here.  Skip ahead to 4:25.)

 

 

We all know that Demi is sober now, and Miley isn't . . . and E! Online suggests that's why they've grown apart.

 

 

A source says, quote, "Miley is a wild card and Demi has made a point of not surrounding herself with people [who party too much]."

 

 

The source adds that they were both at a "small gathering" recently and didn't even acknowledge each other . . . quote, "It was super-awkward . . . They didn't speak, they didn't even make eye contact."

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ NONSENSE - 5 of 6

 

 

Halle Berry Went to Court to Stop Her Baby-Daddy From Turning Their Daughter White? 

 

 

HALLE BERRY went to court to stop her baby-daddy GABRIEL AUBRY from . . . TURNING THEIR DAUGHTER WHITE.  (???)

 

 

Halletook Gabriel to court yesterday because she was upset that he's been straightening their 6-year-old daughter Nahla's hair and lightening it.  And she was convinced it was because he didn't want her to appear black.  Gabriel is white. Halleis MIXED.  Her mother is white.

 

 

Halledidn't appear in court, but Gabriel did.  And the judge ruled that NEITHER of them can change Nahla's hair from its natural state . . . which was a victory for Halle.  (Check out some pictures of Nahla here.)

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrity Smokers You Might Not Have Expected 

 

 

Some celebrities are good at hiding their nicotine habits.  The website ForeverCeleb.com put together a list of celebrity smokers who might surprise you.

 

 

It include Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, Elijah Wood, Adele, Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis, Hayden Panettiere, Keira Knightley and Kate Bosworth.

 

 

(There are more celebs at the link, but most of them AREN'T surprising.)

 

 

 

SHOWBIZ NONSENSE - 6 of 6

 

 

Larry King Says His Wife "Would've Made a Fortune, If She Had Been a Hooker" 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  LARRY KING went on another one of his random Tweeting fits Sunday, and it included this gem:  Quote, "My wife would've made a fortune . . . if she had been a hooker."  His wife seems cool with it though.  Yesterday she Tweeted, quote, "Don't be offended, we were just being silly.  #Relax."

 

 

FULL STORY:  LARRY KING went on another one of his random Tweeting fits Sunday night, and this time there was one that might get him in the doghouse with the current Mrs. Larry King, Shawn Southwick.

 

 

He Tweeted, quote, "My wife would've made a fortune . . . if she had been a hooker."  Naturally, he probably meant that as a compliment, but a man who's had eight wives should know better.

 

 

He also Tweeted, quote, "My wife is just as pretty without makeup on."

 

 

Shawn seems totally cool with it though.  She Tweeted, quote, "To those who've asked what I think about Larry's tweets last night . . . don't be offended, we were just being silly.  #Relax."

 

 

Some of Larry's other Tweets from Sunday night include:  "What is short about strawberry shortcake?" . . . "It's strange, but I just thought about my tricycle" . . . "Do Eskimos really kiss with their noses?" . . .

 

 

"Does it hurt to have your nose pierced?" . . . and "I've always had a crush on REGIS."  (You can browse through all of them on Larry's Twitter feed.)

 

 

 

 

MOVIE QUICK HITS

 

 

Matthew McConaughey Might Play the Bad Guy in "The Stand" 

 

 

Sources say MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY will star as the villain Randall Flagg in the upcoming adaptation of STEPHEN KING's novel "The Stand".

 

 

Flagg is an evil, supernatural being who starts a cult in the ruins ofLas Vegasafter a weaponized strain of the flu kills off most of the world's population.

 

 

"The Stand" is being made into four movies.

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Bale is Jealous That Ben Affleck is Playing Batman 

 

 

CHRISTIAN BALE willingly gave up the role of Batman . . . but that doesn't mean he's HAPPY that BEN AFFLECK is taking over in "Batman v. Superman:  Dawn of Justice".

 

 

He says, quote, "The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman.  I think I should have gotten over it by now."

 

 

He adds that even though he felt it was the right time to stop, it wasn't easy hearing someone else was taking over . . . quote, "There was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour."

 

 

 

TV REMINDERS

 

 

Tuesday TV Reminders:

 

 

• The 19th season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC.  The first hour's a "Road to the Finals" recap.  The finale starts at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

The performers are Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Hudson, and Gorgon City.  And the final three contestants are . . . Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty", and Janel Parrish from "Pretty Little Liars".

 

 

"The Voice" results show . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC.  Taylor Swift performs and two artists are eliminated.

 

 

"NCIS" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.  Bishop and her husband get stuck at an airport with Tony for the holiday.  He's played by Jamie Bamber, a.k.a. Apollo on "Battlestar Galactica".

 

 

• The series premiere of "Nellyville" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on BET.  Rap superstar Nelly lets the cameras on his personal life as he raises four kids . . . two of his own and two from his sister Jackie, who died from leukemia.

 

 

• The series premiere of "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Lifetime.  A reality show about five devout girls trying to decide whether or not to formally commit to taking their vows.

 

 

It was shot inside the walls of three different convents . . . in New York, Chicago, and Kentucky.  And it doesn't hurt that the novitiates are all easy on the eyes.

 

 

(You can preview Wednesday's schedule here.)

 

 

 

TODAY ON TV TALK SHOWS

 

 

Tonight's Late Night Talk Shows:

 

 

"The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" - Lorde and Bill O'Reilly.

 

 

"Late Night with Seth Meyers" - Jason Sudeikis, and Aubrey Plaza.

 

 

"Letterman" - Emily Blunt, the Wu-Tang Clan, and former Letterman writer Adam Resnick.

 

 

"Jimmy Kimmel" - Chris Pine, Evangeline Lilly, and Pitbull with Ne-Yo.

 

 

"Carson Daly" - William H. Macy, Lemaitre, and Tearist.  (Repeat)

 

 

"Conan" - Zooey Deschanel, Breckin Meyer, and Beck.  (Repeat)

 

 

"Craig Ferguson" - Kristin Chenoweth, and Michael Ealy.

 

 

"Jon Stewart" - John Cleese.  (Repeat)

 

 

"The Colbert Report" - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  (Repeat)

 

 

(You can preview Wednesday's late night schedule here.)

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC AND DVDS - 1 of 2

 

 

"The Expendables 3" is on DVD and Schwarzenegger's "Sabotage" is on Netflix

 

 

"The Expendables 3" stars Mel Gibson as the villain and adds Kelsey Grammer, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, and Wesley Snipes to the cast.  Snipes is a founding member that the team busts out of prison . . . which is funny because Snipes couldn't be in the first two movies because he was locked up for tax evasion.

 

 

"The November Man" . . . Pierce Brosnan plays a former spy who's lured out of retirement for a mission to protect Olga Kurylenko from a CIA hit squad.

 

 

"The Giver" . . . Brenton Thwaites lives in a society where people get a daily injection to block the full range of human emotions.  And Jeff Bridges is the Giver, the one man who has the full memory of all of humanity's experiences.

 

 

"A Madea Christmas" . . . Tyler Perry's character Madea joins a friend for a surprise holiday visit to a daughter who's secretly married a white guy.

 

 

"A Merry Friggin' Christmas" . . . starring Robin Williams and Joel McHale play a father and son who have to make an 8-hour drive on Christmas after Joel realizes that his wife forgot his son's gifts from Santa at home.  Lauren Graham is the wife.

 

 

 

Here's what's new in the past week to Netflix Instant Streaming:

 

 

"Sabotage" . . . Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Avatar's" Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway from "Lost", Joe Manganiello from "True Blood", and Terrence Howard are a DEA task force being targeted after someone steals $10 million from their drug bust.

 

 

"Happy Christmas" . . . Anna Kendrick moves in with her brother and starts drinking heavily after splitting up with her boyfriend.  Lena Dunham is her new best friend and Melanie Lynskey from "Two and a Half Men" is her disapproving sister-in-law.

 

 

• The first season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." . . . the fourth and final season of "Nikita". . . . and the third season of the Netflix series "Lilyhammer".

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC AND DVDS - 2 of 2

 

 

New CDs from Pitbull, David Guetta, Faith Evans and Rick Ross

 

 

"Globalization", Pitbull . . .  It includes "We Are One", which is this year's official World Cup song, and "Celebrate" from the new "Penguins of Madagascar" movie.  His guests include Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Jason Derulo, Juicy J, and Jennifer Lopez.

 

 

"Listen", David Guetta . . . His guests include Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and Sia.

 

 

"Shady XV", Various Artists. . . This is a two-disc, 28-song compilation celebrating the 15th anniversary of Eminem's Shady Records.  It includes 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Eminem's "Lose Yourself". You can find a full track list on iTunes.

 

 

"Incomparable", Faith Evans

 

 

"Hood Billionaire", Rick Ross

 

 

"For You", Selena Gomez . . . A greatest hits collection featuring "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and two other unreleased tracks.

 

 

"Beyoncé" [Platinum Edition], Beyoncé . . . A deluxe box set of last year's surprise album.  It includes the two new songs, "7/11" and "Ring Off", plus four unreleased remixes that feature collaborations with Pharrell, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj.

 

 

"Reclassified", Iggy Azalea . . . a reissue of her debut album "The New Classic".

 

 

"Ghost Stories Live 2014", Coldplay . . . a 2-disc concert film and live album.

 

 

• The score to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1"

 

 

"A Little Piece", the first solo album in over a decade from Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.  He brought in Willie Nelson on the track "It Ain't You".

 

 

 

MUSIC QUICK HITS - 1 of 3

 

 

Bette Midler Wishes Ariana Grande Wouldn't Act Like a Whore 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  BETTE MIDLER is slamming 21-year-old ARIANA GRANDE for acting like a WHORE.  She says, quote, "It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana . . . slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous.  I mean, it's silly beyond belief.  I don't know who's telling her to do it.  I wish they'd stop."

 

 

FULL STORY:  BETTE MIDLER is slamming young female singers for acting like sluts again.  And this time, she's targeting 21-year-old ARIANA GRANDE.

 

 

Bette says, quote, "It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous.  I mean, it's silly beyond belief.

 

 

"I don't know who's telling her to do it.  I wish they'd stop.  But it's not my business, I'm not her mother.  Or her manager.  Maybe they tell them that's what you've got to do.  Sex sells.  Sex has always sold."

 

 

Bette says she'd give any young woman trying to break into show business this advice:  Quote, "Trust your talent.  You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead.  You really don't."

 

 

Ariana hasn't responded.

 

 

A while back, Bette chastised Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton for not wearing underwear and flashing the paparazzi.  She called them, quote, "wild and woolly sluts."

 

 

 

MUSIC QUICK HITS - 2 of 3

 

 

Music Notes:  Ariana Grande's Weird Christmas Song, New Songs By Gwen Stefani and Fall Out Boy, Plus AC/DC's Album Is Streaming 

 

 

1.  ARIANA GRANDE has released a bizarre new Christmas song called "Santa Tell Me".  It's actually a fairly conventional-sounding holiday tune . . . with sleigh bell sounds and everything.  It's the lyrics that are strange.

 

 

Ariana seems to be worried about falling in love with the wrong guy.  So, she turns to Santa . . . asks him to look into his crystal ball . . . and let her know if the guy is just out for a fling or if it's true love.  (???)

 

 

After all, she doesn't want to, quote, "give it all away" if he won't be around next year.  (Here's the song.  Santa has a lot of ridiculous magic powers, but this is the first time I've heard of him having PSYCHIC abilities.)

 

 

 

2.  PHARRELL and GWEN STEFANI shared a preview of their video for "Spark the Fire" on yesterday's "Ellen"(Here's video.  The whole song is streaming at Stereogum.com.)

 

 

 

3.  FALL OUT BOY will release their new album, "American Beauty / American Psycho" on January 20th.  The title track was unveiled yesterday.  It'll be available digitally on December 8th.  (You can check out the single, here.  It debuted on BBC Radio One. The official BBC audio will be up by the time you see this.)

 

 

 

4.  AC/DC's new album, "Rock or Bust", doesn't come out for another week, but it's streaming online in its entirety on iTunes(They also released a new video for the title track, which does NOT feature troubled drummer Phil Rudd.)

 

 

 

MUSIC QUICK HITS - 3 of 3

 

 

Urban Quick Hits:  Eminem, T.I., and Chris Brown Sings "Happy Birthday" to Trey Songz at a Carnival Party 

 

 

1.  EMINEM has released a boxing-themed video for his track "Guts Over Fear", which features SIA.  The song was on the soundtrack to the Denzel Washington movie, "The Equalizer".

 

 

But it's also on a new release called "Shady XV", which just came out.  It's a two-disc, 28-song compilation celebrating the 15th anniversary of Shady Records.  (You can check out the uncensored video, here.)

 

 

 

2.  T.I. has released a paintball-themed video for his track "I Need War", which features YOUNG THUG(Here's the video.)

 

 

 

3.  TREY SONGZ celebrated his 30th birthday recently . . . like a KID . . . with friends and family at a CARNIVAL-themed party.  His buddy Chris Brown was there, along with Kid Ink, Pusha T, and Sevyn Streeter.

 

 

The party featured women on stilts, a mechanical bull that Chris rode, and cotton candy.  Also, Chris sang "Happy Birthday" to Trey.

 

 

(Fortunately, there's VIDEO of some of this madness.  Chris starts singing "Happy Birthday" about a minute in.  Profanity Warning:  there's an UNCENSORED N-word at the end of the video.)

 

 

TUESDAY'S SHOWBIZ EXTRAS - 1 of 3

 

 

Sexy Extras:

 

 

1.  At MILEY CYRUS' birthday party over the weekend, Miley and her guests rode a giant penis.  Also, Miley received a big penis-shaped plant as a gift from CHELSEA HANDLER.  (Full Story)

 

 

2.  FARRAH ABRAHAM and TILA TEQUILA are among the nominees for the AVN Award for Best Celebrity Sex Tape.  (Full Story)

 

 

3.  BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE were spotted having an argument on a hotel balcony.  (Full Story)

 

 

4.  TAYLOR SWIFT isn't going to let you see her belly button any time soon.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

5.  JOSE CANSECO's fiancée dumped him.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY'S SHOWBIZ EXTRAS - 2 of 3

 

 

Nonsense Extras:

 

 

1.  GERALDO RIVERA went off on Internet trolls who don't like his pro-amnesty stance.  (Full Story)

 

 

2.  Things might be easier for MONICA LEWINSKY if she'd just change her name.  But she refuses.  She says, quote, "No one else in the investigation had to change their name. Why should I?"  (Full Story)

 

 

 

Movie Extras:

 

 

1.  Here's your first picture of ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER from the new "Terminator" movie.

 

 

2.  Check out some pictures from the upcoming "Goosebumps" movie.

 

 

3.  The new "Star Wars" trailer will debut in 30 theaters this weekend.  (Full Story)

 

 

4.  The Cowardly Lion costume from "The Wizard of Oz" sold for $3 million at an auction . . . and the piano from "Casablanca" sold for $3.4 million.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY'S SHOWBIZ EXTRAS - 3 of 3

 

 

TV Extras:

 

 

1.  YouTube "celebrity" BETHANY MOTA got the boot on "Dancing with the Stars" last night.  That means tonight's finale is between ALFONSO RIBEIRO, SADIE ROBERTSON, and JANEL PARRISH.  (Full Story)

 

 

2.  GEORGE EADS is leaving "CSI".  He's been on the show since it debuted 15 years ago.  There's still no word if the show will even be renewed for a 16th season.  (Full Story)

 

 

3.  RACHEL MCADAMS has joined the cast of the second season of HBO's "True Detective" . . . joining Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch.

 

 

 

Music Extras:

 

 

1.  SYSTEM OF A DOWN will tour next year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  (Full Story)

 

 

2.  IDINA MENZEL . . . or ADELE DAZEEM if you prefer . . . is launching a pretty massive North American tour next summer.  Just in case you haven't heard "Let It Go" enough yet.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

STUPID NEWS HIGHLIGHTS - 1 of 2

 

 

1.  Here are a few random facts for you.  The famous philosopher Voltaire made all of his money by buying every single ticket for a French lottery in 1729, and winning the jackpot.  The beer that gets the worst overall rating in the world is Natural Light.  And Singapore Airlines has a special compartment in its planes to hold a body if someone dies on a flight.  (Full Story)

 

 

2.  Here are a few random Thanksgiving stats.  30 million green bean casseroles will be served on Thanksgiving . . . it's most popular in Kentucky . . . and Boston Market catered Thanksgiving dinner for 362,000 people stuck at work last year, and expect to serve more this year.  (Full Story)

 

 

3.  A new study found almost one of three things people bought on Black Friday last year are already broken, lost, or stolen.  The study also found that even though fitness trackers like Fitbit seem cool, no one wants them . . . and 59% of people say it's the gift they want the LEAST.  (Full Story)

 

 

4.  According to a new study, the names for boys most likely to end up on the "naughty" list this year are Joseph, Cameron, William, Jake, and Joshua.  For girls, it's Ella, Bethany, Eleanor, Olivia, and Laura.  (Full Story)

 

 

5.  A new survey found people only spend 45% of their time at work doing their actual job duties . . . but that doesn't mean we spend the rest of the time slacking off.  We spend 16% of our time in meetings, 14% emailing, 12% doing administrative tasks, and 8% dealing with interruptions.  (Full Story)

 

 

6.  Here are a few new things to worry about.  Fake fur might be worse than real fur because it has a more negative effect on the environment.  Friendly doctors can be bad for your health, because they have trouble telling you the truth or being objective.  And WiFi could trigger a condition in about 5% of people that gives them headaches, nausea, and pain.  (Full Story)

 

 


STUPID NEWS HIGHLIGHTS - 2 of 2

 

 

7.  A guy in China was burning some trash near a cesspool of HUMAN WASTE this weekend, and his fire sparked the methane gas wafting off the cesspool.  It EXPLODED . . . and a giant geyser of POOP burst into the city and knocked down a building.  Fifteen people were injured, and three had to go to the hospital.  (Full Story)

 

 

8.  A 21-year-old woman in New Hampshire and her boyfriend were playing Monopoly on Sunday night, and the game devolved into an argument like board games so often do.  But the woman ended up SLAPPING her boyfriend, and was arrested for assault.  (Full Story)

 

 

9.  There's a 58-year-old Vietnamese immigrant in Florida named Phuc Kieu (pronounced "fook yoo.")  He was watching gay porn in his Honda Civic on Sunday afternoon, grabbed a 21-year-old guy walking past, pulled him into the car . . . and tried to rip his clothes off.  The guy got away, and Phuc was arrested.  (Full Story)

 

 

10.  A woman in Missouri stole an SUV last week, got into a high speed chase with the cops, crashed into a brick building . . . and caused it to IMPLODE.  There weren't any people in the building, but there were a bunch of vintage cars that were destroyed.  The woman survived the crash and was hospitalized.  (Full Story)

 

 

11.  Earlier this month, a stray dog started following a team of extreme sports nuts during a 430-mile race through the rainforest in Ecuador.  And after he waded through mud with them and swam alongside their kayak, they decided to adopt him, and bring him back home to Sweden.  (Full Story)

 

 

 

STUPID NEWS - 1 of 7

 

 

Five Random Facts For Tuesday

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are a few random facts for you.  The famous philosopher Voltaire made all of his money by buying every single ticket for a French lottery in 1729, and winning the jackpot.  The beer that gets the worst overall rating in the world is Natural Light.  And Singapore Airlines has a special compartment in its planes to hold a body if someone dies on a flight.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Here are some random facts for you . . .

 

 

1.  The famous philosopher Voltaire made all of his money in 1729 when he was 35, when he realized the jackpot of the French lottery was more than the cost of buying every single ticket.

 

 

So he bought every ticket and won a jackpot of about 500,000 francs . . . roughly the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars today.

 

 

2.  Nicolas Cage turned down the roles of Shrek in "Shrek" . . . Neo in "The Matrix" . . . Harry in "Dumb & Dumber" . . . and Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings".   Those roles ended up going to Mike Myers, Keanu Reeves, Jeff Daniels, and Viggo Mortensen.

 

 

3.  The beer that gets the worst overall rating in the world is . . . Natural Light.  Natural Ice is the second-worst.

 

 

4.  Singapore Airlines has a special compartment in its planes to hold a body if someone dies on a flight.

 

 

5.  The screenplay for the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice" was written by the children's author Roald Dahl(History / Little White Lies / Ratebeer / BBC / Wikipedia)

 

 

 

STUPID NEWS - 2 of 7

 

 

Five Thanksgiving Stats About Green Bean Casserole, Turkey, Pie, Gluten, and Boston Market

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are a few random Thanksgiving stats.  30 million green bean casseroles will be served on Thanksgiving . . . it's most popular inKentucky . . . and Boston Market catered Thanksgiving dinner for 362,000 people stuck at work last year, and expect to serve more this year.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Are we that desperate for a new angle on Thanksgiving that we need to know the per-capita popularity of green bean casserole?  No . . . but it's the 24-hour news cycle, baby.

 

 

A new survey found the state that loves green bean casserole the most is . . .Kentucky.  78% of people inKentuckysay they like or love green bean casserole.

Here are a few more random Thanksgiving stats from recent surveys . . .

 

 

1.  16% of people will serve something GLUTEN FREE this year for Thanksgiving . . . even though only 3% say there will be someone gluten intolerant at their dinner.

 

 

2.  The average turkey weighed 13.2 pounds in the 1930s.  Now it's up to 29.8 pounds.

 

 

3.  If you're working on Thanksgiving and your company is feeding you . . . they'll probably be serving Boston Market.  Boston Market catered dinner for 362,000 Americans who were working last year . . . and expect to do even more this year.

 

 

4.  Apple pie is more popular than pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.  20% of people eat apple pie on Thursday . . . only 16% eat pumpkin.  In fact, pumpkin is only third-most popular . . . strawberry pie is second, at 19%.

 

 

(Kitchen Daily / Mother Jones / Harris Interactive / CNN / Foodbeast)

 

 


STUPID NEWS - 3 of 7

 

 

One in Three Things People Bought Last Black Friday Are Already Broken . . . And Four Other Stats

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new study found almost one of three things people bought on Black Friday last year are already broken, lost, or stolen.  The study also found that even though fitness trackers like Fitbit seem cool, no one wants them . . . and 59% of people say it's the gift they want the LEAST.

 

 

FULL STORY:  If you're going to risk your life on Black Friday, you'd like to think it's for something that won't break before the NEXT Black Friday.  But apparently that happens a lot.

 

 

A new study found almost one of three things people bought on last Black Friday are already broken, lost, or stolen.  Here are four more new Black Friday stats for you . . .

 

 

1.  Even though fitness trackers like Fitbit seem cool, no one wants them . . . 59% of people say it's the gift they want the LEAST.

 

 

2.  Women are more than twice as likely to max out a credit card doing their Black Friday shopping.  9% of women have done it, versus 4% of men.

 

 

3.  Three out of four people have made an impulse purchase . . . and almost half immediately regretted it.

 

 

4.  Men are three times as likely as women to buy something online on Friday when they're DRUNK.

 

 

(Asurion / PR Newswire / Daily Finance)

 

 


STUPID NEWS - 4 of 7

 

 

The Ten Names Most Likely to Be on Santa's "Naughty" or "Nice" List

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  According to a new study, the names for boys most likely to end up on the "naughty" list this year are Joseph, Cameron, William, Jake, and Joshua.  For girls, it's Ella, Bethany, Eleanor, Olivia, and Laura.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Here's some research that could help convince your kids they belong on the NAUGHTY list this year . . .

 

 

A recent study looked at 63,000 kids, and how often they got credit for good behavior at school . . . using online sticker books.  And if that's any indication, here are the ten names that are most likely to end up on Santa's "naughty" and "nice" lists this year.

 

 

For boys, the top ten "naughty" names are Joseph, Cameron, William, Jake, Joshua, Jamie, Lewis, Benjamin, Ethan, and Luke.

 

 

For girls, it's Ella,Bethany, Eleanor, Olivia, Laura, Holly, Courtney, Amber, Caitlin, and Jade.

 

 

For Santa's "NICE" list, the top ten boys' names are Jacob, Daniel, Thomas, James, Adam, Harry, Samuel, Jack, Oliver, and Ryan.

 

 

And for girls, it'sAmy,Georgia, Emma, Charlotte, Grace, Sophie, Abigail, Hannah, Emily, and Alice.

 

 

(Daily Mail)

 

 

 

STUPID NEWS - 5 of 7

 

 

You Only Spend 45% of Your Time at Work Actually Working

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new survey found people only spend 45% of their time at work doing their actual job duties . . . but that doesn't mean we spend the rest of the time slacking off.  We spend 16% of our time in meetings, 14% emailing, 12% doing administrative tasks, and 8% dealing with interruptions.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Do you feel like you're only doing ACTUAL work HALF the time you're at work?  You're not alone.

 

 

A new survey found people only spend 45% of their time at work doing their actual job duties.

 

 

But that doesn't mean we spend 55% of our time slacking off . . . most of the other time goes toward productivity-killing parts of our jobs.  Here's the breakdown . . .

 

 

45% of the time you're doing actual work.

 

14% of the time you're emailing.

 

12% doing administrative tasks.

 

9% in useful meetings.

 

8% dealing with interruptions.

 

7% in USELESS meetings.

 

And 6% slacking off and doing personal web surfing.  (Entrepreneur)

 

 

 

STUPID NEWS - 6 of 7

 

 

And Now, Three New Things to Worry About

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are a few new things to worry about.  Fake fur might be worse than real fur because it has a more negative effect on the environment.  Friendly doctors can be bad for your health, because they have trouble telling you the truth or being objective.  And WiFi could trigger a condition in about 5% of people that gives them headaches, nausea, and pain.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Here are three new things to worry about . . .

 

 

1.  Fake fur might be worse than real fur.  Obviously, cute and furry animals have to die to make a real fur coat . . . but will our CHILDREN die because of FAKE fur?  Some studies have found fake fur makes a terrible environmental impact.

 

 

It takes three times the energy to make fake fur . . . plus it involves a lot of chemicals and products like nylon that take up to 1,000 years to decompose.  (Daily Mail)

 

 

2.  Friendly doctors could kill you.  If the BILL COSBY scandal hasn't taught you that friendly doctors can be bad for your health, maybe THIS will.

 

 

A new study out of Englandfound two-thirds of doctors who try to be friends with their patients have trouble telling them the truth about their health or making objective decisions about how to treat them.  (The Australian)

 

 

3.  Wi-Fi might be making you sick.  You know how happy you are when you go to a place and it has free Wi-Fi?  There might be a BIG downside.

 

 

Up to 5% of people suffer from something called electromagnetic hypersensitivity, and Wi-Fi signals can cause those people headaches, nausea, and pain.  And since Wi-Fi is getting MORE widespread, it's only going to get worse for those people.  (Daily Mail)

 

 


STUPID NEWS - 7 of 7

 

 

A Building in China Was Knocked Down by a Giant Poop Explosion

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  A guy inChina was burning some trash near a cesspool of HUMAN WASTE this weekend, and his fire sparked the methane gas wafting off the cesspool.  It EXPLODED . . . and a giant geyser of POOP burst into the city and knocked down a building.  Fifteen people were injured, and three had to go to the hospital.

 

 

FULL STORY:  I'm not sure if you can buy insurance in case your building is destroyed by EXPLODING POOP . . . but maybe you should?

 

 

A guy was burning some trash near a cesspool of HUMAN WASTE in centralChinathis weekend.  Well . . . his fire sparked the methane gas that was wafting off the cesspool.

 

 

It EXPLODED . . . and a giant geyser of POOP burst into the city.  It was so powerful that it knocked down an entire building . . . and injured 15 people in the process.

 

 

Three of those people had to go to the hospital.  There's no word if the guy who sparked the poop explosion is facing any potential charges.

 

 

(Yahoo News)

 

 

 

STUPID CRIMINALS - 1 of 3

 

 

A Woman Is Arrested After Slapping Her Boyfriend Over a Monopoly Fight

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  A 21-year-old woman inNew Hampshire and her boyfriend were playing Monopoly on Sunday night, and the game devolved into an argument like board games so often do.  But the woman ended up SLAPPING her boyfriend, and was arrested for assault.

 

 

FULL STORY:  There's a chance this week that someone in your family will suggest a board game.  Let this be a cautionary tale of why you should say NO . . . and everyone should sit silently playing on their phones.

 

 

21-year-old Alyssa Ferraro ofHooksett,New Hampshireand her boyfriend were playing Monopoly on Sunday night . . . when the game devolved into an argument, like board games so often do.

 

 

The argument got physical . . . and Alyssa wound up SLAPPING her boyfriend across the face.

 

 

Neighbors heard the argument and called the cops . . . and Alyssa was arrested and charged with domestic violence-related simple assault.

 

 

She's due in court on December 31st . . . just in time to get her sentence and get home to ruin New Year's Eve by suggesting Scrabble or Cranium.  (New Hampshire Union Leader

 

 

(Here's her mugshot.)

 

 

 

STUPID CRIMINALS - 2 of 3

 

 

(NC-17)  A Guy Named Phuc Kieu Was Arrested For Watching Gay Porn Then Trying to Force Himself Onto Another Dude

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  There's a 58-year-old Vietnamese immigrant in Florida named Phuc Kieu (pronounced "fook yoo").  He was watching gay porn in his Honda Civic on Sunday afternoon, grabbed a 21-year-old guy walking past, pulled him into the car . . . and tried to rip his clothes off.  The guy got away, and Phuc was arrested.

 

 

FULL STORY:  There's a 58-year-old Vietnamese immigrant in Orlando, Florida named Phuc Kieu (pronounced "fook yoo").  And he's totally fooked after what he just did.

 

 

He was sitting in his Honda Civic inGainesville,Floridaon Sunday afternoon, and watching some GAY PORN on a portable DVD player . . . you know, standard Sunday stuff.  But clearly the porn triggered something DARK in him.

 

 

A 21-year-old guy was walking by and Phuc grabbed him, pulled him into the car, straddled the guy, and tried to tear his clothes off.

 

 

The guy managed to fight Phuc off and ran away . . . then he called the cops.

 

 

Phuc was charged with sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery without a weapon.  He got that last charge because the guy left his backpack behind as he ran away . . . and Phuc stole $220 out of it.  (The Smoking Gun

 

 

(Here's his mugshot.)

 

 

 

STUPID CRIMINALS - 3 of 3

 

 

A Woman Steals a Car and Accidentally Uses It to Destroy an Entire Building

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  A woman inMissouri stole an SUV last week, got into a high speed chase with the cops, crashed into a brick building . . . and caused it to IMPLODE.  There weren't any people in the building, but there were a bunch of vintage cars that were destroyed.  The woman survived the crash and was hospitalized.

 

 

FULL STORY:  This might be the first time someone managed to BLOW UP a building by stealing a car . . . so congratulations on being unique, I guess.

 

 

A woman inKansas City,Missouristole an SUV last Thursday morning . . . and wound up getting into a high-speed chase with the cops.

 

 

The chase ended when she blew through a stop sign at 80 miles-per-hour, and smashed straight into an old two-story brick building.  The building IMPLODED on impact and started crumbling around her.

 

 

Fortunately there weren't any people in the building . . . but there were a lot of vintage cars being stored there.  A few dozen of them were destroyed in the implosion.

 

 

The woman somehow survived . . . and she was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  (Kansas City Star / Gawker)

 

 

(There's a YouTube video that shows a security camera's footage of the woman hitting the building and destroying it.  Search for SUV crashes into brick building.)

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS - 1 of 3

 

 

Katie Cassidy is 28.  Laurel Lance on "Arrow" . . . and David Cassidy's sexy daughter.

 

 

Joey Chestnut is 31.  Hot dog eating champion who set the world record when he shoved 69 dogs down his throat in 10 minutes last year.  He's also eaten 9.8 pounds of pork ribs in 12 minutes, 4.5 pounds of steak in 8 minutes, and 78 matzoh balls in 8 minutes.

 

 

JENNA & BARBARA BUSH is 33.  The very sexy former First Twins.

 

 

Jerry Ferrara is 35.  Turtle on HBO's "Entourage".  The "Entourage" MOVIE hits theaters on June 5th.

 

 

Joel Kinnaman is 35.  Your new "RoboCop".  You'd also know him as Sarah's partner on AMC's "The Killing".

 

 

Donovan McNabb is 38.  Longtime Philadelphia Eagles quarterback . . . now he's an analyst for the NFL Network.

 

 

Eddie Steeples is 41.  Crabman on "My Name is Earl".

 

 

Christina Applegate is 43.  Kelly Bundy on "Married With Children", and Veronica Corningstone in "Anchorman".

 

 

She had her exquisite breasts removed after cancer was detected in ONE of them.  Now she has new love mounds that will NEVER sag.  So she's got that going for her.

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS - 2 of 3

 

 

Jill Hennessy is 46.  Former "Law & Order" minx and star of "Crossing Jordan".

 

 

Erick Sermon is 46.  Dazzling young urbanite.  Along with Parrish Smith, they were EPMD . . . which stood for Erick and Parrish Makin' Dollas.  Erick Sermon is also known as E-Double, The Green-Eyed Bandit and MC Grand Royal.

 

 

Billy Burke is 48.  Sword wielding Miles Matheson on "Revolution"(Not to be confused with BILLIE Burke . . . who played Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz".)

 

 

Bernie Kosar is 51. Cleveland Browns quarterbacking legend.  He still holds the NFL record for consecutive passes without an interception, at 308, set back in 1991.

 

 

Amy Grant is 54.  Grammy-winning wife and mother.  Vince Gill nails her ANYTIME HE WANTS TO.  She also hosted that NBC feel-good reality show "Three Wishes".

 

 

Bruno Tonioli is 59.  Italian dancer who's now a judge on "Dancing with the Stars"(How legit are Bruno's skills?  He was chosen for one of the VERY HETEROSEXUAL parts in Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" video in 1983.  Check out the highlights.)

 

 

Pornographic LEGEND Herschel Savage is 62.  He's starred in 1,665 fine films, including . . . "Wang Dang That Sweet Poon Tang", "Ally McFeal", "Thighs Wide Open", "Funky Brewster" "The Sopornos" and "Prelude To Swinging"!

 

 

John Larroquette is 67"Night Court" SU-PER-STAR.  John Larroquette also put his master thespian skills to use playing the Klingon Maltz in "Star Trek 3".

 

(He also did the opening narration for the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" all the way back in 1974.)

 

 

BIRTHDAYS - 3 of 3

 

 

Ben Stein is 70.  Host of "Win Ben Stein's Money".  He was a speechwriter for Richard Nixon AND Gerald Ford.  AND he was the economics teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"!  BUELLER?  BUELLER?

 

 

Percy Sledge is 73.  Biggest hit:  "When a Man Loves a Woman".

 

 

RICARDO MONTALBAN!  (1920 - 2009)  Mr. Roarke on "Fantasy Island"!  Khan in "Star Trek 2:  The Wrath of Khan"!  And the grandfather in the "Spy Kids" movies!  Also an aficionado of FINE CORINTHIAN LEATHER.

 

 

Joe DiMaggio  (1914 - 1999)  Baseball legend and ornery miser.  He nailed Marilyn Monroe, ya know.

 

 

John F. Kennedy Jr.  (1960 - 1999)  Beautiful shirtless rollerblader.  Bad pilot.  His daddy nailed Marilyn Monroe, ya know.

 

 

Andrew Carnegie  (1835 - 1919)  Self-made man.  Grew up in poverty and started working at age 12 for a dollar a day.  At his peak, he was worth over $300 MILLION in 1901 dollars.  Then, in the last 18 years of his life, he gave it all away.  THAT is tight.

 

 

 

Countdown to Upcoming Events

• 2 days to Thanksgiving Day

• 22 days to the third "Hobbit" movie

• 30 shopping days to Christmas

• 37 days to the New Year

• 81 days to Valentine's Day

• 787 days left of "Hope and Change"

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 25th - BACK IN THE DAY - 1 of 2

 

 

147 years ago . . . In 1867, ALFRED NOBEL patented DYNAMITE.  The invention made him so rich, his will established a $9 MILLION fund for the NOBEL PRIZES.  Meanwhile, Jimmie JJ Walker invented dy-NO-mite.  He's broke now.  Damn the White Devil!!!  (???)

 

 

94 years ago . . . In 1920, Texas Radio station WTAW broadcast the FIRST PLAY-BY-PLAY description of a football game . . . between the University of Texas and Texas A&M.

 

 

92 years ago . . . In 1922, a team of archeologists finally opened KING TUT'S TOMB . . . it was infested with cobras.  The team had dug for half a year in heat above 120 degrees and had found nothing.  Finally, their water boy, who was playing outside the digging area, found the step leading to the entrance.

 

 

46 years ago . . . In 1968, The BEATLES released the "White Album".

 

 

34 years ago . . . In 1980, boxing fans saw the infamous "NO MAS" fight.  After 8 rounds of abuse at the hands of SUGAR RAY LEONARD, the en fuego ROBERTO DURAN threw up his arms, said, "No mas", and lost the world welterweight title, holmes.

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 25th - BACK IN THE DAY - 2 of 2

 

 

28 years ago . . . In 1986, BOBBY BROWN ANNOUNCED HE WAS QUITTING NEW EDITION!

 

 

27 years ago . . . In 1987, PHIL HARTMAN entered into the bond of holy matrimony with Brynn Hartman.  Their marriage ended a little over 10 years later, when she KILLED HIM then turned the gun on herself.  DON'T LET ANDY DICK REINTRODUCE YOUR FORMERLY ADDICTED WIFE TO COCAINE.  (???) 

 

 

16 years ago . . . In 1998, the great FLIP WILSON died of liver cancer at the age of 64.  The devil made him do it.

 

 

15 years ago . . . In 1999, smooth and tender Cuban superstar ELIAN GONZALEZ was rescued at sea and brought to a hospital in Florida to begin seven months of En Fuego Elian Insanity.

 

Six years ago . . .  In 2008, MICHAEL VICK pled GUILTY to dog fighting charges inVirginia.  His punishment?  Being named starting quarterback of theNew York Jets.