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The "MTV Video Music Award" Nominees Are Out 

The "MTV Video Music Award" nominees were announced yesterday, and BEYONCÉ leads the way with eight nominations.  IGGY AZALEA and EMINEM were next with seven apiece.  This year's ceremony goes down on Sunday, August 24th.  Voting is open now at:


Video of the Year:


Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"

Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "Fancy"

Pharrell, "Happy"

Sia, "Chandelier"

Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"



Best Female Video:


Beyoncé, "Partition"

Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "Fancy"

Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, "Dark Horse"

Lorde, "Royals"



Best Male Video:


Pharrell, "Happy"

Ed Sheeran featuring Pharrell, "Sing"

Eminem featuring Rihanna, "The Monster"

John Legend, "All of Me"

Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"

Best Pop Video:


Pharrell, "Happy"

Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "Fancy"

Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up"

Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"



Best Hip-Hop Video:


Childish Gambino, "3005"

Drake featuring Majid Jordan, "Hold On (We're Going Home)"

Eminem, "Berzerk"

Kanye West, "Black Skinhead"

Wiz Khalifa, "We Dem Boyz"



Best Rock Video:


Arctic Monkeys, "Do I Wanna Know?"

Black Keys, "Fever"

Imagine Dragons, "Demons"

Linkin Park, "Until It's Gone"

Lorde, "Royals"

Best Video with a Social Message:


Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"

Angel Haze featuring Sia, "Battle Cry"

Avicii featuring Dan Tyminski, "Hey Brother"

David Guetta, "One Voice"

J. Cole featuring TLC, "Crooked Smile"

Kelly Rowland, "Dirty Laundry"



Artist to Watch:


5 Seconds of Summer, "She Looks So Perfect"

Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"

Fifth Harmony, "Miss Movin' On"

Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"

Schoolboy Q, "Man of the Year"



Best Collaboration:


Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"

Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga, "Loyal"

Eminem featuring Rihanna, "The Monster"

Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, "Dark Horse"

Pitbull featuring Kesha, "Timber"

Sexy Pictures of Famous People 



1.  LINDSAY LOHAN posted a selfie on Instagram, where she's wearing a bikini, and making a weird duck-lips / kissing face.  It isn't her best look . . . but if you like Lindsay's cleavage, you probably won't mind it.




2.  PAMELA ANDERSON and RICK SALOMON didn't seem like a couple that's divorcing when they were caught KISSING in Malibu on Wednesday.




3.  KIM KARDASHIAN was doing some sunbathing, and decided to share her "lovely lady lumps" with her Instagram followers.




4.  If you've ever wondered what SELENA GOMEZ might look like wearing a SHOWER CURTAIN . . . these photos may be as close as we're going to get.




5.  An artist named Sarah Rosado creates portraits of celebrities . . . out of CORNFLAKES.  Her cornflake portraits include Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Amy Winehouse, Slash, Madonna, Sade, Drake, Elvis, and Bob Marley.



You can find her work at




6.  No 50-year-old should be able to look this AMAZING in a bikini.  Well done, ELLE MACPHERSON.  Thanks for making everyone else look bad.

"Sex Tape" and the Sequels to "The Purge" and Disney's "Planes"



1.  "Sex Tape"  (R)  Theatrical Trailer . . . Red Band Trailer #1 and Red Band Trailer #2



Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz make a sex tape to recapture some of the passion in their marriage.  But before they can delete the video, it syncs to the cloud and downloads onto the iPads they're giving as gifts to their friends and family.



Ellie Kemper and Rob Corddry are friends who've seen the video and agree to help them get the iPads back, including one that went to Cameron's boss Rob Lowe.



Related Comedy:  The movie "Sex Tape" opens today.  Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz play a married couple that accidentally leak their sex tape.  That would never happen in real life:  a married couple having sex.




2.  "Planes:  Fire & Rescue"  (PG)  Trailer



Dane Cook returns as Dusty, the world racing champion.  In this one he decides to become an aerial firefighter and train with a team led by Ed Harris"Modern Family's" Julie Bowen is also in it as an obsessive fan and team member named Lil' Dipper.

3.  "The Purge:  Anarchy"  (R)  Trailer  (Careful: there's an F-bomb at the 2:11 mark.)



A sequel to "The Purge", the sci-fi horror movie from last year with Ethan Hawke, about a future America where crime is legal for one night a year.



This time, Frank Grillo plays a guy who goes out on during the Purge to find the guy who killed his son on the last purge.  But his quest for revenge gets sidetracked when he rescues a mother and daughter from a death squad.



He also gets stuck with Zach Gilford from "Friday Night Lights" and Kiele Sanchez from "Lost", when their car runs out of gas as the purge begins.  You might recognize Grillo as one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".





4.  "Wish I Was Here"  (R)  Trailer  (Limited)



Zach Braff wrote, directed and stars in this movie about a guy struggling with fatherhood as his own father is diagnosed with cancer.  Kate Hudson plays his wife, Josh Gad is his irresponsible brother, and Mandy Patinkin is their dad.



The rest of the cast includes Zach's "Scrubs" costar Donald Faison, "Twilight" minx Ashley Greene, and Jim Parsons from "The Big Bang Theory".

Weekend TV Reminders:



• Friday:  "Funniest Wins" . . . from 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TBS.  Ray J guests as the comedians perform a comedy rap battle on the streets of L.A.



"Saturday Night Live" . . . from 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC.  Kerry Washington hosts and Eminem performs.



• Sunday:  "Rising Star" . . . from 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC.



• Sunday:  "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" . . . from 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on E!  Brody walks in on Kim taking a sexy selfie for Kanye.



• Sunday:  "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" . . . from 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on OWN.  Jaclyn Smith from "Charlie's Angels", Sheila E. and the chubby Louie Anderson.



• Sunday:  The series premiere of "The Lottery" . . . from 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Lifetime.  In a future where there's a global infertility crisis and no more babies are being born anywhere, Marley Shelton makes a medical breakthrough.


She's able to fertilize 100 eggs . . . but they are seized by the government for a national lottery to see who will carry them to term.

Tonight's Late Night Talk Shows:



"The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" - Dan Aykroyd, Roger Ebert's widow Chaz Ebert, and comedian Nick Thune.



"Late Night with Seth Meyers" - Andy Cohen, the Kratt Brothers, Jeff Koons.  (Repeat)



"Letterman" - Melissa McCarthy, Tim Duncan, and Phish.  (Repeat)



"Jimmy Kimmel" - Gary Oldman, Nathan Fielder, and Bleachers.  (Repeat)



"Carson Daly" - Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair, Washed Out, and Semi Precious Weapons.  (Repeat)



"Craig Ferguson" - Aisha Tyler.

A Malaysia Airlines Flight Was Shot Down Over the Ukraine With a Surface-to-Air Missile, Killing All 298 People On Board

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Malaysia was shot down over the Ukraine with a surface-to-air missile yesterday, killing all 298 people on board.  It's not official yet, but apparently it was shot down by pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine, who thought it was a Ukrainian military transport.

(CNN / Sky News)

Five Random Facts For Friday

1.  90.6% of Costco members renew their memberships every year.



2.  Taco Bell sold 100 million Doritos Locos tacos in the first 10 weeks it was on the market.  It took McDonald's 18 years to sell 100 million burgers.



3.  41% of voters in Texas voted for President Obama in 2012 . . . about 3.3 million people.  That's more than the entire population in 21 other states.



4.  Female armadillos always give birth to identical quadruplets.



5.  Disabled people in the Netherlands get money from the government up to 12 times a year to spend on prostitutes.



(Consumerist / Business Insider / NBC News / University of Florida / Mic)

Do You Flush the Toilet in Public Bathrooms With Your Foot?

Do you flush the toilet in a public bathroom with your FOOT so you don't have to touch the handle?  In a new survey, just over HALF of Americans said yes.  The survey also found that 42% of us use paper towels to open the door when we leave a public bathroom.


(PR Newswire)

Half of Us Would Keep Working If We Won the Lottery . . . 30% Would Keep Working at the Same Job

If you won the lottery, would you keep working?  51% of Americans say YES . . . and 30% would stay at their current job.  Of the people who would quit if they won the lottery, 3% would go out in a blaze of glory and yell at their boss.


The Top 10 Things on People's Bucket Lists

A new survey asked people to name the top things on their bucket list.  The top five are:  Having a vacation home abroad . . . learning a new language . . . going on an exotic island vacation . . . buying a house . . . and swimming with dolphins.

1.  Have a vacation home abroad.


2.  Learn a new language.


3.  Go on an exotic island vacation.


4.  Buy a house.


5.  Swim with dolphins.


6.  Drive Route 66.


7.  Ride in a hot air balloon.


8.  Visit the great pyramids.


9.  Go to Vegas.


10.  Visit Venice, Italy.



A few others that made the top 40 are learning an instrument . . . writing a novel . . . changing careers . . . getting a tattoo . . . owning a fancy watch . . . running a marathon . . . and bungee jumping.  (Daily Mail)

Now You Can Buy a "Selfie Toaster" . . . It Burns Your Face Into Every Piece of Toast

There's a company in Vermont selling a SELFIE TOASTER . . . it burns an image of your face into every piece of toast.  You just send them a photo and $75, and they send you your customized toaster.

(Los Angeles Times)

Florida Is the Scariest State in America . . . Based on Everything From Natural Disasters to Clowns

A real estate blog just ranked the 50 states by how SCARY they are . . . using everything from natural disasters and the murder rate, to the number of clowns and dentists.  Florida is the scariest state, Georgia is second, and Texas is third.  North and South Dakota are the LEAST scary states.


A Drunk Guy Poses as a TSA Agent and Gropes Two Women

A 53-year-old drunk guy managed to pose as a TSA agent at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, and gave pat-downs to two women before he was caught.  He's facing charges for public drunkenness, and if investigators track down the women he groped, he'll be looking at more serious charges.

(San Francisco Chronicle)

Chace Crawford is 29"Gossip Girl" stud who LOVES THE REEFER, and may or may not be gay.  Both JC Chasez of 'N Sync and Crawford's co-star Ed Westwick are men he was rumored to be nailing.



Kristen Bell is 34Sloth-loving actress who played Sarah Marshall in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", and provides the voice of the narrator on "Gossip Girl".  But to me, and over 90,000 Kickstarter backers, she'll always be "Veronica Mars".



Jared Hess is 35.  The Mormon guy who created, wrote and directed "Napoleon Dynamite".  His follow-up project was "Nacho Libre".  Summon your eagle powers!



Kelly Reilly is 37.  Dr. Catherine Black on "Black Box".  You'd also know her as the mom in "Heaven is for Real" and Watson's wife in the "Sherlock Holmes" movies.



"I Used To Be" Penny Hardaway is 43.  He was supposed to be an NBA superstar . . . and during his first few years in the league, he was.  Then, he jacked up his knee BAD and became completely irrelevant.



Puck is 46.  The "Real World" star who paved the way for every obnoxious idiot on every reality show ever.  He was back in the news for wrecking his car in 2010 with his 8-year-old son in the car while he was driving drunk . . . and in 2011 he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.



Vin Diesel is 47.  Got famous in "The Fast and the Furious" series.  Left the series because he was too famous.  Then became un-famous without the series.  Now firmly back in the series and famous again.


Jack Irons is 52.  Former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam.



Ricky Skaggs is 60.  Country genius.  He taught himself to play the mandolin at age 3.  He also plays the banjo, fiddle and guitar.



Richard Branson is 64.  Genius British billionaire behind the Virgin empire.



Steve Forbes is 67"Forbes" magazine.



Martha Reeves is 73.  Leader of Martha & the Vandellas.  Biggest Hits:  "Heatwave", "Dancing in the Streets" and "Nowhere To Run".



Joe Torre is 74.  Former New York Yankees and L.A. Dodgers manager, ass-cancer survivor and all-around class act.



Dion Di Mucci is 75.  Better known as simply, Dion.  Biggest hit:  1960's "Runaround Sue".  Second biggest hit:  1960's "The Wanderer"(His actual biggest hit would've been his body against the ground . . . except he chose NOT to ride that infamous chartered plane with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.)



JAMES BROLIN is 74.  Barbra Streisand's MAN, not to mention ass-kicking super-spy P.W. in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"!

John Glenn is 93.  Former crusty Senator from Ohio who was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth AND the oldest man ever launched into space . . . at age 77.



Nelson Mandela would have been 96.  Hero and former well-hung South African president.



Hunter S. Thompson  (1937 - 2005)  Johnny Depp's favorite author and a big fan of LSD.



Hume Cronyn  (1911 - 2003"Cocoon" and "batteries not included" superstar who used to nail the very sexy Jessica Tandy.  AND he had a glass eye.



Glenn Hughes  (1950 - 2001)  Sexy, mustachioed Biker in The Village People.  He was buried in his delicious Leatherman outfit.

Countdown to Upcoming Events

• Today is International Mandela Day

• 10 days to World Hepatitis Day

• 14 days to Guardians of the Galaxy

• 20 days to Chicago Boot Camp

• 42 days to Labor Day Weekend

• 917 days left of "Hope and Change"

478 years ago . . . In 1536, the authority of the POPE was declared void in England by the promiscuous KING HENRY THE 8TH.



142 years ago . . . In 1872, the British claimed THEY introduced the concept of voting by "SECRET BALLOT", but I demand a recount.



45 years ago . . . In 1969, just before midnight on a Friday evening, a drunken TED KENNEDY drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard.  His innocent passenger, MARY JO KOPECHNE, died.

36 years ago . . . In 1978, "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease" superstar, JOHN TRAVOLTA, had his first #1 MUSIC HIT with "You're The One I Want".  He sang it with his sexy "Grease" co-star, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN.



(Of course, I always felt that John's first #1 hit SHOULD have been the 1976 classic "Let Her In".  But that one only made it to #10, because Americans DON'T KNOW GOOD MUSIC WHEN THEY HEAR IT.)  (???)



28 years ago . . . In 1986, "Aliens", starring SIGOURNEY WEAVER, was released.

26 years ago . . . In 1988, a California appeals court dismissed a ridiculous case against OZZY OSBOURNE and CBS Records.



In 1984 a teenager killed himself, supposedly after listening to Ozzy's song "Suicide Solution", and the parents tried to hold Ozzy and CBS Records responsible.



22 years ago . . . In 1992, WHITNEY HOUSTON married BOBBY BROWN.  Today would have been their 22nd anniversary of fun, marital-type activities like wife-beating and doobie-smoking, but Whitney wised up and dumped him.  And, ya know, died.


(And frankly, it sounds like even people who loved Whitney admit she had a problem with drugs BEFORE she hooked up with Bobby.  Maybe he really did get a bad rap all those years.)



22 years ago . . . In 1992, handsome film critic ROGER EBERT married a very sexy Nubian princess named Chaz Hammelsmith.  That's right, Roger Ebert loved him the BROWN SUGAR.  Today would've been their 22nd anniversary.



16 years ago . . . In 1998, on his 80th birthday, former South African President NELSON MANDELA married his third wife, a strapping young 52-year-old named Graca Machel.  Today would've been their 16th anniversary, but he died in December.



13 years ago . . . In 2001, OL' DIRTY BASTARD was sentenced to two to four years in a New York state prison for cocaine and marijuana possession.



Two years ago . . . In 2012, KIM JONG-UN officially took over as Supreme Leader of North Korea.