SHOW PREP JANUARY 29, 2009
HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .
How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders is clearly ringing in the New Year in style: with a baby due this spring and some new hardware adorning her left hand. Asked by PEOPLE if it is, in fact, an engagement ring, the actress, 26, flashed a smile as dazzling as her new sparkler and said, “Yes, it is.” Smulders, who plays the single Robin Scherbatsky on the hit CBS sitcom, says that her boyfriend, actor Taran Killam, popped the question over the holidays. Regarding wedding plans, “We’re focused on the baby right now,” Smulders said while attending the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences evening with HIMYM, “and when we actually have a second, then we’ll start thinking about that.” As for how Killam proposed, “That’s personal,” Smulders insisted, “but it was very romantic, I’ll tell you that much.” (People)
A quirky Austrian businessman says he’s taking “Desperate Housewives” star Nicollette Sheridan to Vienna’s flashy Opera Ball next month. Richard Lugner is a 76-year-old real estate and construction mogul who loves the limelight. Each year, he invites a different female celebrity to accompany him to the annual bash in the State Opera, which attracts both socialites and dignitaries. Sheridan, who was born in Britain, plays Edie Britt on the popular series set in suburban America. Lugner’s past guests include Dita Von Teese, Paris Hilton and Carmen Electra. This year’s Opera Ball will take place Feb. 19. Lugner announced his choice Wednesday amid much media attention. (Daily Record)
Jennifer Aniston might turn 40 alone on Feb. 11. Sources told Us that the actress has once again split with John Mayer, 31, because he “needed time to himself.” “She’s a control freak, and he can be very incommunicative,” a source told the magazine. “Plus, she feels he plays games with her head.” The couple already broke up/took a two-month hiatus once last August. Will this one stick? “I would not go so far as to call this a breakup,” said a source close to Mayer. “They have different needs, and it’s hard making it work.” (Scoop)
Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones has revealed her home-grown beauty secrets. Catherine Zeta-Jones has revealed the secrets to her beauty. Although she’s the face of premium beauty brand Elizabeth Arden, the good news is copying her techniques won’t cost the earth, a quick trip to the supermarket will provide all you need. “I rub a mixture of honey and salt all over my body to moisturize and exfoliate,” she tells the Daily Mail. “You wash it off and your skin is gorgeous. Also, I love to eat an apple after a meal, just to cleanse my teeth – they always look polished afterwards.” And the tips don’t stop there. “The juice or pulp of strawberries contains malic acid which serves as an astringent and can lighten surface stains,” she reveals. “Pineapples work the same way. And I do condition my hair with honey and beer. I smell like the bottom of a beer barrel for days afterwards but it’s very good for the hair.” Before explaining that despite her home-grown regime she can’t look great every hour of the day. “There are people who expect me to look the way I do on-screen, where I have a great director of photography and fantastic lighting,” she points out. “I’m sorry to disappoint people, but I don’t look like that all the time – no actress does.” (Handbag)
Celeb’s royal couple David and Victoria Beckham are said to be at odds over a permanent move to Milan. David and Victoria Beckham are arguing over a full-time move to Milan sources close to the couple claim. David, currently on loan at AC Milan from Los Angeles Galaxy, is keen to remain with the club to further his chances of representing England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but Posh is said to be not keen on a move to the Italian fashion capital. “David is loving his soccer again. He’s like a new man now he’s back with a top European side. He’s the happiest he’s been for ages and is very keen to make his loan permanent,” an insider told The Sun. “In many ways this will be the biggest test of David and Victoria’s relationship. Does the family make the sacrifice for David so he can end his career in real style? Or does he have to accept they’ve moved around enough to follow his career? The boys have lots of friends in Los Angeles and are happy at school. She was never really happy when he played for Real Madrid and fears Milan will be similar.” (Handbag)
As we mentioned earlier, Us Weekly is reporting in their new issue that Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer had broken up again.However, it seems they were misinformed. Star Magazine is squashing those reports with proof that the two lovebirds are still together. Mayer and his Man were spotted at Jen’s home in West Hollywood on Monday night, after Us Weekly went to print and closed its issue. His car and Jen’s were also spotted parked outside her home all night long. And, according to the mag, Jen will be taking Mayer as her guest to the upcoming Oscars. Let’s see if they’re still together by then! (Perez Hilton)
Jennifer Love Hewitt is a firm believer in the afterlife – the actress is convinced her grandmother has spoken to her from beyond the grave. The 29-year-old stars in spooky TV show Ghost Whisperer, in which she plays a woman who can see and communicate with ghosts. And it was a chance encounter with the show’s producer, James Van Praagh, who is also a psychic, that put Hewitt in touch with her late relative. She tells Britain’s Ok! magazine, “We had an evening with James where he kind of did this thing, and my grandmother came through. “She just wanted to say hello and tell me that she was looking out for me. It was really nice.” (Teen Hollywood)
Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton has talked of his desire to work with ex-wife Angelina Jolie again. Billy Bob Thornton has admitted he’d love to work with ex-wife Angelina Jolie again. The couple met and married while working on the 1999 film Pushing Tin but divorced in 2003 shortly after adopting Jolie’s son, since legally adopted by Brad Pitt, Maddox but Thornton insists they still get on famously. “Jessica Biel for one reason and Cate Blanchett for another. I’ve worked with Cate twice, and I’d say she’s probably the best actress out there. I’d like to do another movie with Angie, too, one of these days,” he told country music site theboot.com when asked which actresses he’d like to work with. “We talk all the time. She and I keep looking for something to do together; we just have to find the right thing.” (Handbag)
Lost star Josh Holloway has said he wouldn’t wish fame on anyone. Josh Holloway has become the latest celeb to moan about fame saying he wouldn’t wish his fame and sex symbol tag on anyone. “The whole sex symbol thing is really strange. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. I appreciate the opportunity to work, the cash it gives you, and other things it provides are wonderful,” Josh, who TV Guide reported in 2006 was paid £65,000 per episode of Lost, told Company magazine. “But the celebrity thing… I don’t like attention. Like anybody, it’s impossible not to feel self-conscious if someone’s looking at you all the time, everywhere you go.” Boo hoo. (Handbag)
Pete Wentz finds fame so stressful, he’s often tempted to ditch his music career and disappear with his wife Ashlee Simpson and their baby son Bronx. The Fall Out Boy star admits he’d even consider following in the footsteps of Simpson’s sister Jessica – and sign up for a Newlyweds-style reality show, just so he could make enough money to retire. He tells Blender magazine, “Sometimes I think Ashlee and I should do Newlyweds 2, take that f**k-you money and move to an island somewhere. Just disappear.” But Wentz admits he could never disappear for real “partly because I’d be f**king over a lot of people (and) I’d probably miss the lights too much.” (Teen Hollywood)
Former Take That star Robbie Williams left the UK after fame made him ‘feel like a prisoner.’ Fame made Robbie Williams feel like a prisoner his sister Sally Symonds has told Hello magazine. “Last time he lived in England he was so high-profile he couldn’t get any peace. He was living in London and resorted to buying a flat on the 15th floor. It was like Alcatraz,” she explained of his move to the US before discussing his plans to return to living in the UK. “This time he hopes he can get some kind of private life. I’m not sure the house will be private enough but if he feels pressured he’ll be straight back on a plane. When you have an addictive nature, you need to nurture yourself. You have to put yourself in safe places. If you’re stressed, it’s easy to fall off. My hope is he can keep himself together.” (Handbag)
Singer Ashlee Simpson has leapt to the defence of her elder sister Jessica, branding reports criticizing her weight “embarrassing and belittling”. The Dukes Of Hazzard star has been pictured with a fuller figure of late, prompting some media outlets to speculate she is expecting a baby with American footballer boyfriend Tony Romo. But sister Ashlee has taken offence to the reports – because she is sick of celebrities’ weight dominating the news agenda while Americans celebrate their new President Barack Obama. She writes on her blog, “I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister’s weight. A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure as a headline on Fox News. “All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard. Is this something you would say to your wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, or even a friend? I seriously doubt it. “How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure? Now can we focus on the things that really matter.” (Teen Hollywood)
Gap-toothed Lauren Hutton seems to have taken a page out of Naomi Campbell‘s book on dealing with the help. Yesterday morning, the actress/model was spotted yelling at a subordinate who was schlepping cases of Fiji Water back to her apartment on Lafayette Street. “She was standing there, red in the face, hands on hips, demanding that the woman carrying up tons of water ‘hurry up,’ ” snitches a source. “Not very nice.” (Page Six)
Hip-hop star 50 Cent‘s manager, Chris Lighty, has joined the red-faced ranks of Bernie Madoff victims. Lighty’s loss in the alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme came to light as a rep for Fitty squelched false rumors that the rap star himself had lost millions of dollars. But Lighty wouldn’t say how much he’d lost himself. “Nothing to talk about. It’s not life-threaten ing,” Lighty, 36, told The Post’s Kati Cornell. “Not worth the ink you would waste.” Named on Crain’s “Forty under 40″ list for 2008, Lighty is the founder of Violator and has attracted a stable of hip-hop’s biggest stars, including Diddy and LL Cool J. (Page Six)
Oh poor Jessica Simpson! Things are simply not going her way these days! Rumor has it that her Sunday boyfriend, Tony Romo, cheated on the country singer…in her own bed! Star magazine is reporting that earlier this month, on the very night JSimpleson flew out of Los Angeles, Romo had himself a night out on the town, inviting everyone over to Jess’s house for an after party. And one lady even received the VIP treatment from Romo. Amid Jessica’s gold albums, the party raged on downstairs. But on the second floor, Tony was enjoying his own private party — with a long haired, olive-skinned cutie. “Everyone was talking about it downstairs,” dishes the source. “The girls were saying it was so wrong and shady of Tony to cheat on Jessica — especially in her place! I just can’t believe he would hook up with another woman at his own girlfriend’s house.” Maybe this has something to do with Tony’s wandering heart? Just sayin’! (Perez Hilton)
The scandals of Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester aren’t relegated to just the TV show! We told you before about Leighton’s ex-convict mother and family of drug dealers. Well, it seems like her brother is no angel as well! Leighton’s older brother, Douglas, was involved in a high profile sexual assault case while he was a sophomore in the Air Force. He was accused of raping and sodomizing (yikes!) a female, but their extreme intoxication at the time muddied the circumstances, with the victim even saying that she “knew for a fact that he probably thought what we were doing was consensual.” The rape charge was dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to “conduct unbecoming of an officer, dereliction of duty, and committing an indecent act.” He was fined $2000 and received a written reprimand. (Perez Hilton)
Guy Ritchie‘s shit-talking father, John, tells the new issues of In Touch that he’s glad his son is no longer with Madonna, and that the divorce could not have proceeded anymore favorably. In fact, he even went so far as to say, “The worst thing would be if they reconciled” and is glad that Her Madgesty has “lots of boyfriends” because “she won’t be looking for him.” We think that John Ritchie sounds a little delusional because, honestly, it will be a cold day in hell when Madonna tries to get back together with Guy. Fortunately, according to Daddy Ritchie, “There are no big arguments between them. All they discuss is the children” and both parties are content with the custodial arrangement. (Perez Hilton)
The Office creator Ricky Gervais has said he’s perfectly happy with his “normal size” genitals. Ricky Gervais has insisted he’s happy with his “normal size” wedding tackle. “I’m not worried about it, if you saw me naked you wouldn’t go, ‘Jesus that’s the smallest penis I’ve ever seen’, you wouldn’t have to squint,” he told Inside The Actor’s Studio host James Lipton. “You’d say there’s a normal bloke, he’s 5ft 8ins and he’s got a normal size penis, everything in proportion. Testicles are on the large size though! I’d look weird with a foot long k**b wouldn’t I? It’d be ridiculous, also I’d faint if I got an erection as all the blood would be in there, its fine, its fine, really its average.” (Handbag)
Debbie Matenopoulos is denying her estranged husband’s claims that she “pays for nothing” while living in their multimillion-dollar Los Angeles home. Jay Faires, a music executive, is seeking spousal support from the E! host to help pay the mortgage. “I am incredibly offended by these gross accusations and false claims that have no merit,” Matenopoulos tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “I am very proud to say, not only do I currently pay my own expenses, I also did so for the entire duration of our marriage.” Faires, 45, who filed for divorce from Matenopoulos on Nov. 12 after five years of marriage, also claimed in the Jan. 14 court papers that the former couple have “continuously lived beyond our means during our marriage.” Matenopoulos added: “As far as living above our means goes, as my husband has stated, if Jay is anything at all he is a shrewd businessman and has started three companies from the ground up. He knows a thing or two about balancing a budget and would never be so irresponsible.” As for their increasingly hostile split, Matenopoulos claims her ex’s actions “are an obvious attempt to hurt me. The fact that I am even having to discuss this stuff publicly is ludicrous.” The former couple face a hearing on Feb. 23. (People)
A keyboardist for the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has died at his northeast Florida home. Orange Park Police Lt. Mark Cornett says 56-year-old keyboard player Billy Powell called 911 about 12:55 a.m. Wednesday saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue crews performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m. Cornett says no foul play is suspected and an autopsy will not be performed. He says Powell missed a Tuesday appointment with his doctor for a cardiac evaluation. A heart attack is suspected. Powell was one of two surviving band members who were with the group before a 1977 plane crash that killed three of its members. (Daily Record)
Kim Manners, the veteran TV producer-director who helmed dozens of episodes of The X-Files and Supermatural, died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from lung cancer. He was 59. Hailing from a showbiz family, Manners first broke into the TV business in the 1970s as a production manager and director on Charlie’s Angels. He went on to work on such series as Star Trek: The Next Generation, 21 Jump Street and Baywatch until he got the call for The X-Files. It was on Chris Carter‘s hit sci-fi mystery series where Manners made his mark, scoring four Emmy nominations for his work. All told he directed 52 episodes of The X-Files. (Eonline)
THE OTHER STUFF . . .
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is the latest celebrity to issue a special invitation to U.S President Barack Obama’s daughters – offering up a personal tour of the magical film set. Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers have already offered entertainment to big fans Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven, as their dad prepared for his inauguration into office on 20 January. And the British-born star is keen to follow suit, telling the Daily Beast website: “(Obama) is a symbol of progress which is what we dig about this country. What you love about England is all the old buildings and such. The traditions. I love that, too. But this is what we want from you. “I’d like to take this opportunity to issue a public invitation to the Obamas that if their daughters would like a private tour of the Harry Potter set, I would be honoured to be their personal tour guide.” But the humble actor admits he’d understand if the first daughters would rather hang out with another teen idol, Twilight star Robert Pattinson. He adds, “(Pattinson) is much prettier and can be much more charming. And he can do that thing of being sultry and sexy. “Rob can just sort of stand there and look at something and start to smoulder. And I just can’t do that. I’m a natural fidget.” (Teen Hollywood)
Bad news for Prince William: His girlfriend Kate Middleton is unlikely to be joining him in the saddle on his favorite ponies. Middleton, 27, is allergic to horses, she revealed to a fellow polo fan. Australian author Kathy Lette, who says that she approached the royal girlfriend at a polo match last summer, told Readers Digest that she spotted Middleton alone in a tent, watching the game with keen interest. “I’ve got to pay attention to every second,” Middleton told Lette when asked why she didn’t come over and join the main party. “I’ll be discussing the game in minute detail later on.” Lette also inquired why she didn’t play polo herself. Middleton’s reply? ‘I’m allergic to horses.” William, 26, and Middleton have been dating since 2002, but are often separated by work commitments. The Prince is currently undergoing training to be a search and rescue pilot, while Middleton is working at her parents’ company, Party Pieces. Saturday, it was revealed that William’s brother Harry, 24, had split from his on-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy, 23. (People)
TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has said he’d slap Rihanna if she were his daughter. Eamonn Holmes said that he’d “slap” Rihanna if she were his daughter due to her diva demands. “I find the entourages that some people come with, especially the Americans, really pathetic,” Holmes told Star magazine. “Rihanna, for example, is a beautiful girl, but if she was your daughter, you’d give her a slap and tell her to wise up. She is surrounded by people who treat her like a little flower.” Before adding his dream interview would be Prince Williams’s girlfriend. “I’d love to interview Kate Middleton, I think that would be very interesting,” he said. “She’s a very attractive girl!” (Handbag)
We just obtained a copy of Michael Crichton’s will…and let’s put it this way…you wish you were a relative. The author of “Jurassic Park” and “ER” exec producer had a prenup with his wife, according to the doc. As for everything else Crichton had when he died last November, it remains in the John Michael Crichton Living Trust, which he created before he died. Now, the beneficiaries of that trust … we won’t mention their names, but they’re his brother, sister-in-law, sister, brother-in-law, niece, niece, friend, friend, friend, niece, nephew-in-law, grand-nephew, grand-nephew, friend, friend, friend, friend, friend, friend and John’s foundation. Crichton was a cash register during his lifetime, reportedly at one point earning $100 million a year. (TMZ)
Listen up wrestlin’ fans: actor Mickey Rourke says he’s ready to rumble with WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in Reliant Stadium on April 5. Rourke portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the acclaimed movie “The Wrestler.” He’s signed to wrestle Jericho, for real. He made a surprise announcement Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. He said he was pleased by the acceptance of the movie by all the WWE wrestlers – except Jericho. Then Rourke said he was going to toss Jericho “around the ring like tossed salad.” Meanwhile, Jericho, appearing on WWE television, said, Rourke was out of line and that he was offended by Rourke’s comments. He said Rourke made “a mistake.” Stay tuned. (Daily Record)
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is always happy to meet his male admirers – because he feels “flattered” when gay fans have a crush on him. The actor has appeared naked onstage in both the West End and Broadway in the play Equus – a role he admits has won him a large following in the gay community. And he insists the male supporters are a welcome change from his hordes of screaming female fans. He tells the Daily Beast website: “For a lot of straight guys – and I know I’m guilty of it sometimes – when you know a gay guy has a crush on you, it is the most flattering thing.” But the 19-year-old has always been comfortable around homosexual men, crediting his showbusiness upbringing for teaching him tolerance towards other lifestyles. He adds: “My mum was a casting director and my dad was a literary agent and I was surrounded by gay men from a very young age. “And I was the only boy in my class at school who had that kind of relationship with gay men. Most of my friends had parents who had proper jobs in banks and law firms so none of them had been exposed to homosexuality in the way I had – as a normal course of things. So they had a rather different attitude toward it than I.” (Teen Hollywood)
After five years of dating, what caused Prince Harry and girlfriend Chelsy Davy to finally call it quits last week? Those close to the prince believe time and distance may have pulled the 24-year-old royal and the Zimbabwean-born beauty apart, PEOPLE reports in its upcoming issue, on sale Friday. Chelsy, 23, is set to graduate from Leeds University this spring and is homesick for Africa, while Harry seems more committed than ever to army life. When they split was announced, a royal source told PEOPLE the pair felt their relationship “had run its course.” Still, the news came as a shock to some of Harry’s friends. “I don’t see this as long-term,” a friend says of the couple, who broke up briefly in 2007. Another pal, however, believes it’s for real. “It came right out of the blue,” he tells PEOPLE. “But I don’t think if he was madly in love with her, he would have knocked it on the head. I think it is a case of, ‘Let’s call it a day; we had some fun.’ “(People)
Bourne trilogy star Matt Damon has slammed his spy rival James Bond. Hollywood star Matt Damon, famous for his portrayal of CIA maverick Jason Bourne, has described his film spy rival James Bond as “repulsive”. The actor, who has appeared in several spy movies including three as discarded CIA super assassin Jason Bourne, poured scorn on comparisons between the two action heroes. “’They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,” Damon told the Miami Herald. “Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He’s repulsive. Steve [Soderbergh, who produced another of Damon's spy movies, Syriana] told me that years ago he was offered a Bond movie. He told them he’d do it if they gave him creative control. Absolutely not, they said. They have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they’re doing, and they’re going to keep doing it.” Miaow! (Handbag)
Marla Bartiromo scored the first post-axing interview with booted Merrill Lynch chief John Thain Monday – but CNBC’s “Money Honey” kept viewers in the dark about the little business arrangement that may have helped it happen. Turns out she and Thain both pay public relations guru Ken Sunshine to represent them, and he apparently helped set up the exclusive. “It’s a huge conflict of interest. It’s incredible she didn’t disclose this over the air, but she thinks she’s above it all,” one broadcast insider told Page Six. “And she was really kissing Thain’s ass during the interview.” Sunshine admitted to us he represents both Bartiromo and Thain, the latter having hired him just recently. “The relationship between John and Maria long precedes our relationship with him,” Sunshine insisted. But he had no comment on whether he had a hand in lining up the interview. CNBC didn’t get back to us. (Page Six)
Olivia Palermo is using MTV‘s “The City” to learn how to be a “serious actress.” The fauxcialite was at the opening of the new W Hotel in Atlanta, where, according to our spy, “Olivia was talking about how she wants to be a serious actress but that acting is so much harder than she thought it would be.” Palermo also confessed, “I’m shooting ‘The City’ to get used to being in front of the camera.” We hear she’ll have one more year of practice – the low-rated show has inexplicably been picked up by MTV for a second season. (Page Six)
Kevin Costner signed on to host a glitzy Super Bowl party this year, but the truth is he doesn’t really like parties all that much. Too much glad-handing, picture-taking and standing around. The 54-year-old Hollywood star would much rather be up on stage with his band, Modern West, grinding out original tunes in a dark club somewhere, showing people how serious he really is about the music. So if you really want to get Costner to appear somewhere, invite the band, too. Playing live in the middle of the biggest weekend in sports is why he’s coming to Tampa.
“It’s clearly not the need for attention. I’ve had enough of that for a lifetime,” Costner chuckles during a telephone interview. “It’s no fun being a celebrity. I’d rather be a performer. I’d rather sing for my supper.” But attention is clearly the point for many of the celebrities who stage one of the glitzy, see-and-be-seen happenings that have become as much a part of Super Bowl week as the game itself. The Hollywood types are here, along with the hip-hop guys, dozens of current and former NFL stars, plenty of scantily clad models, prize fighters and assorted Kardashian sisters. Ashton Kutcher and Lindsay Lohan are scheduled to be here. So is Snoop Dogg. Mike Ditka says he’s bringing 100 former NFL stars with him. The lousy economy this year led some regular party sponsors to cut back or pull out of the Super Bowl scene – Playboy and Sports Illustrated both bagged their annual affairs – but there’s still enough going on in Tampa to keep the paparazzi busy all weekend. Costner’s bash – he’s co-hosting with ex-New York Giant Michael Strahan – is going head-to-head on Saturday night with gigs by hip-hop artist T-Pain and rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, along with an affair crawling with Playboy hotties called “Models and Bottles,” and an event at a science museum hosted by boxer Antonio Tarver and rapper Nelly.
The night before is the Maxim magazine party, which has become one of the more exclusive celebrity bashes of Super Bowl weekend. Models from the lads magazine will be competing for attention that night with those over at a party thrown by ESPN the Magazine, another at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hosted by Kevin Dillon of “Entourage” fame, and a get-together featuring the unlikely duo of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and pop-music star Nick Lachey. The annual “Leather and Laces” party is also Friday, hosted by Jenny McCarthy, Carmen Electra and Kim Kardashian. Promoters of all the parties are promising plenty of famous people and professional athletes. Electra, who hosted a party with McCarthy at the Super Bowl last year in Phoenix, says it’s a unique atmosphere, even for someone like her who doesn’t care who wins the game or, for that matter, even who’s playing. “I think sports fans are very enthusiastic, so during the Super Bowl there’s a lot of energy, a lot of people,” says the model and sometime actress. “It makes for a much more fun, lively party. …It’s going to be sexy and fun, and it’s always going to be crazy at the Super Bowl.” Some of the parties are so exclusive that regular folk don’t have a chance of getting inside. Sports agent Leigh Steinberg, for instance, is staging his annual invitation-only gig at the Tampa city zoo. Other events are benefiting charities and selling tickets to the public for a few hundred dollars or more. Some of the proceeds of Costner’s party are going to several good causes via a foundation set up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant to honor his 3-month-old son, who died suddenly in September. Costner says the charity aspect was part of the attraction. While between Hollywood projects, Costner is touring with his band, playing clubs and theaters in places like Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, and Columbia, Mo. The roots rock/country outfit released its first CD last fall. He hopes people will come because he’s Kevin Costner and leave as new fans of Modern West. “We’re playing original music, so the difficulty in that is inherent with any performer playing songs that (people) can’t tap their toe to because they’ve never heard it,” he says. “I kind of like the challenge of everything that probably goes with being me, the curiosity factor and everything else, and doing songs that they’ve never heard and holding that audience.” Oh, and the game? Costner likes the Steelers. (Daily Record)
Jordan, aka Katie Price, will be taking part in a celebrity polo match at the British Open Show Jumping Championships in April. The model, a long-term fan of horse-riding, will captain a team of three, dubbed Team KP Equestrian, against another celebrity threesome. Katie said: “I’m really excited about being part of the British Open’s celebrity arena polo match this April. I’ve played polo before and really enjoyed it so I’m definitely looking forward to going head-to-head with another celebrity and hopefully scoring a few goals!” The star, who was famously refused entry to the Cartier International Polo last year, added: “Unlike some polo matches I could mention, this one is open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket!” (TMZ)
Bart Simpson is officially cheating on Reverend Lovejoy’s church — with the one created by L. Ron Hubbard. Nancy Cartwright — voice of Bart and a multi-million dollar donor to Scientology — has recorded a Scientology robocall in which she uses her famous character’s name and voice to push an upcoming L. Ron Hubbard hoedown in L.A. We called the phone number for the event that Nancy gives out, and the person who answered was surprised a non-Scientologist got the message — thanks, YouTube. (TMZ)
One woman’s trailer trash is another woman’s treasure. A source close to Pamela Anderson, 41, told Us magazine the star met her latest love interest in the Malibu trailer park where she’s been staying while work is done on her home. Scuba diver Jamie Padgett, 42, picked Anderson up — in his golf cart — and offered her a ride to the beach. “She is more in love than I have ever seen her before,” the source told Us. “He’s a totally moral, nice, normal guy.” (Scoop)
Michael Lohan‘s alleged truce with daughter Lindsay is out the window! He took to his blog today, Wednesday, and wrote all about La Lohan’s troubling weight loss, which he totally, of course, blames on saMAN Ronson. We’re sure his daughter won’t be pleased with this latest rant! Here are Mikey’s newly penned words. Enjoy! Like I said in the past, “if I see or hear of anyone or anything causing harm or is seen as a threat to my children,” I will speak about it, and do anything I can to try to intervene regardless of the repercussions on me. With that said, after seeing promise and thanking God for Lindsay’s freedom from SaMANtha’s bondage, I see now, that since SaMANtha has once again, weaseled her way back into Lindsay’s life, things have taken a dark turn. While I was enthused that Ali was with Lindsay, rather than SaMANtha, I am torn to see that SaMANtha has once again manipulated Lindsay into leaving her little sister in LA, only to join SaMANtha on another DJ gig in Boston. Was this again, a means for SaMANtha to earn more money through Lindsay’s presence? Did SaMANtha’s fee drop so much and so quickly when word got out that they parted ways? Are we so blind? Is Lindsay so blind? I know Dina and my kids aren’t because they tell me so. But then again, why does Dina tell me one thing and do another?! When a mother or father sees their child in turmoil (losing weight, not working, and purportedly cutting herself) are we supposed to stand by, remain silent and pretend it isn’t happening? Or are we suppose to step to the plate and not care what people think, and do something about it? Well, as you can see, I’m not going to sit back and let it slide. I am asking everyone out their to intervene in every way possible to help Lindsay, and quite possibly, save her life. Help this wonderful, good hearted and gifted young lady to see what SaMANtha is doing to her and how she is destroying her life. Help her to see that ever since SaMANtha came into her life, nothing good has come of it. As a matter of fact, Lindsay hasn’t used her gifts like she did before meeting SaMANtha. Just LOOK! The proof is there! These aren’t just words, but FACTS! PLEASE HELP! Come on, Sam. Fight back! U know that’s what he wants – and so do we! (Perez Hilton)
We previously mentioned how earlier this month actor turned “rapper” Joaquin Phoenix gave a shiteous performance at a nightclub in Las Vegas. We also mentioned how Phoenix had been acting like a total diva, bitching at people and even storming off while working on his documentary with Casey Affleck. Both times we thought, and hoped, he was joking. And, now, as expected, we find out it really might all be a hoax. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that two of Phoenix’s friends have come forward to explain the situation. Says one source who recently worked with Joaquin, “He said, ‘It’s a put-on. I’m going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it.” Though he won’t admit to any of it right now. Says a source, “It’s an art project for him. He’s going full out. He probably has told his reps that he’s quit acting. Joaquin is very smart. This is very conscious. He has a huge degree of control.” This art project sure is lame! (Perez Hilton)
Remember that Thriller musical we told you about yesterday? Seems Michael Jackson already has a sequel in the works. This one will be playing out not on Broadway, however, but in a Los Angeles courtroom. John Landis, the filmmaker whose credits include Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Trading Places, is suing over another of his best known hits—Jackson’s “Thriller” video. Landis says Jackson owes him big bucks in royalties for the classic 14-minute clip. Per the complaint, filed in L.A. Superior Court last week and obtained by E! News, the 58-year-old filmmaker accuses the 50-year-old Moonwalker of “fraudulent, malicious and oppressive conduct” for failing to fork over a check. Landis says he’s due 50 percent of the net profits from the groundbreaking video, which cowrote and directed, as well as an hourlong “making of” documentary. The suit doesn’t specify the exact amount Landis is owed but it’s thought to be around $1 million. In any case, the legal action comes at a fortuitous time considering Jackson just sold the rights to the “Thriller” video to theatrical wizards Nederlander Organization to stage a Broadway musical based on the horror spoof. Jackson’s rep, Dr. Tohme Tohme, was not immediately available for comment. Speaking to the entertainment site The Wrap, Landis attorney Martin Feldman said the lawsuit was a last resort. “I can’t understand what they are doing to John Landis’ company. It is such a straight ahead thing,” he said. “It makes no sense at all to me.” As if the life of Michael Jackson ever made sense to any of us. (Daily Record)
The former sales manager for the Philadelphia Soul arena football team is suing club owner Jon Bon Jovi and his partners for nearly $125,000 he says he’s owed. Joseph Krause of Jenkintown alleges that rock singer Bon Jovi and other team officials told employees they would receive two weeks of severance pay. The Arena Football League is canceling the 2009 season as it creates a better business model for tough economic times. Krause says he is owed commissions of more than $83,000 for the 2008 season and more than $41,000 for the canceled 2009 season. Interim general manager Paul Korzilius, when reached by KYW-AM, declined to comment because of the pending lawsuit. Bon Jovi and the others named in the suit didn’t respond to requests for comment. (Daily Record)
A former Bahamas senator was granted bail Wednesday on charges she conspired to help extort $25 million from actor John Travolta after his son died from a seizure at a family vacation home. Pleasant Bridgewater is accused of plotting with an ambulance driver to demand the money in exchange for suppressing a document related to the treatment of the celebrity’s son. She was not required to enter a plea at the arraignment. The document would have released emergency responders from liability if the family refused an ambulance, but it did not come into play in 16-year-old Jett Travolta’s case, according to Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Marvin Dames. Celebrity news Web site TMZ.com has reported that Travolta, an avid pilot, considered flying his chronically ill son to Florida before he was driven to the hospital on Grand Bahama island. It is unclear why the pair allegedly believed the Travolta’s would pay to keep the document from being released. Bail was set at $50,000 for Bridgewater, an attorney from Grand Bahama who resigned her Senate seat following her arrest last week on charges of abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort. Her next court date was set for Feb. 11. The other suspect, paramedic Tarino Lightbourne, was among those who tried to revive Jett after he collapsed Jan. 2. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to extort and conspiracy to extort from the movie star. The actor and his wife, Kelly Preston, returned home to Florida with the ashes of their son shortly after his death. (Daily Record)
Former Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater has just pled not guilty to two charges in the Jett Travolta extortion case. Bridgewater was officially charged in court yesterday with “abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort” — they’re the same charges EMT Tarino Lightbourne faces. Bridgewater, who resigned her seat after her arrest, was released on $40K bail. (TMZ)
MUSIC . . .
Britney Spears‘s Circus topped the charts – with a lot of hard work – and now she’s promising to do the same in her upcoming world tour. In an exclusive rehearsal photo posted to Spears’s Web site, Britney claps to the beat in simple, comfortable dance gear. Jamie King, who choreographed her 2000 tour, is back on duty, and the singer, 27, looks svelte and toned in a tank top showing off her arms, and even the mom-of-two’s tummy! The arena tour, her first in five years, kicks off in New Orleans March 3 with special guests The Pussycat Dolls. (People)
Kelly Clarkson will make history on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, to be posted tomorrow (Jan. 29) on Billboard.com, with the largest leap to No. 1 in the chart’s 50-year history. Her new single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” is set to rocket 97-1 after selling 280,000 digital downloads in its first week of availability. The song is also faring well at radio, jumping 58-38 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and 27-18 on the Mainstream Top 40 list. “My Life” introduces Clarkson’s March 17 RCA album “All I Ever Wanted.” This is the second time the artist has set the record for largest jump to No. 1. She took her “American Idol” victory song, “A Moment Like This,” 52-1 on the chart dated October 5, 2002. That mark lasted nearly five years until Maroon 5 soared 64-1 with “Makes Me Wonder” in May 2007 and had been broken four more times since, most recently by Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” (96-1). “My Life” is Clarkson’s first No. 1 since her debut single, though she has placed six other songs in the top 10 during this time, including the No. 2-peaking “Since U Been Gone” in April 2005 “Never Again”, the first single from her last set, the relatively poor performing “My December,” opened at No. 8 on the Hot 100 in the May 5, 2007, issue, starting with 107,000 downloads, and spending a total of two weeks in the top 10. (Billboard)
Taylor Swift continues her reign on The Billboard 200 as “Fearless” starts an eighth week at No. 1. The Big Machine effort moved 63,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a mere 1% slip from sales last week. This is likely the album’s last week on top, however, as Bruce Springsteen’s “Working on a Dream” (Columbia) is projected to debut in the summit next week. Four other efforts in the top 10 hold are unmoved from last week: Beyonce’s “I Am… Sasha Fierce” (Music World/Columbia) at No. 2 with 51,000 (+3%); Nickelback’s “Dark Horse” (Roadrunner) at No. 3 with 45,000 (-3%); Britney Spears’ “Circus” (Jive) at No. 7 with 31,000 (-9%); and Jamie Foxx’s “Intuition” (Fox/Bad Boy) at No. 8 with 30,000 (-4%). On a 1% decrease to 39,000, Kanye West’s “808s and Heartbreak” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) ascends 5-4, while the Chop Shop/Atlantic soundtrack to “Twilight” takes an 8% hit to 33,000 and climbs 6-5. Keyshia Cole’s “A Different Me” (Geffen) leaps 9-6 with flat sales at 31,000. “Notorious,” the Bad Boy soundtrack to the film of the same name, falls 4-9 with a 32% decrease in sales to 29,000. Mariah Carey’s “Ballads” (Columbia/Legacy) compilation is the chart’s highest debut at No. 10 with 29,000. It’s the fourth best-of set that Carey has charted, following “#1′s” (No. 4 in 1998), “Greatest Hits” (No. 52 in 2001) and “The Remixes” (No. 26 in 2003). Andrew Bird notches his best sales and charting week ever with the Fat Possum album “Noble Beast,” which debuts at No. 12 with 26,000. Bird had never reached The Billboard 200 before 2007′s “Armchair Apocrypha,” which debuted and peaked at No. 76 with 11,000. Also scoring career-best numbers is Animal Collective with the Domino album “Merriweather Post Pavilion.” The project lands at No. 13 with 25,000; it debuted at No. 38 two weeks ago on the Top Independent Albums chart purely on vinyl sales. “Blood Bank,” an EP from Jagjaguwar artist Bon Iver, starts at No. 16 with 23,000, both career bests. The artist’s 2008 debut, “For Emma, Forever Ago,” was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of last year and has been on a sales roll for several weeks. It entered The Billboard 200 at No. 198 in December after 10 months of release and is No. 85 this week. Frank Sinatra’ “Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love” (Rhino) climbs on at No. 23 with 17,000, just in time for the Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day holiday. At 6.43 million units, sales are up 9.1% compared to the same total last week and off by 12% compared to the same week in 2008. (Billboard)
David Archuleta is headed for the spring break of his life. The 17-year-old American Idol star, one of the more beloved runner-ups in the show’s history, has announced plans for his first solo tour. The 20-city road trip kicks off Feb. 24 in Virginia Beach, Va., and will keep Archuleta’s pipes engaged at theaters and other midsize venues such as the storied House of Blues until March 21. Jive Records labelmate Lesley Roy will open for him. In the meantime, fans who love Archuleta for more than his precocious voice can catch his guest appearance on Nickelodeon’s iCarly on Feb. 7. (Daily Record)
Kelly Rowland says she will always be a part of Beyonce’s family, but she no longer will be managed by the superstar’s father. Rowland and Matthew Knowles announced Wednesday that he is bowing out as her manager. He’s guided her career since she was kid, when he put her in Destiny’s Child along with Beyonce. He even helped raise her. Both Rowland and Knowles – who still manages daughter Beyonce – called the split amicable. Both say they will always be family. Rowland has sold millions of records as part of Destiny’s Child, but her solo career hasn’t matched that success. Rowland – who turns 27 next month – did not say who her new manager will be. (Daily Record)
Bogdan Roscic has been appointed president, Sony Music Classical by Sony CEO Rolf Scmidt-Holtz. Effective April 6, the newly created role gives Roscic responsibility for all of Sony’s Classical operations. He will report directly to Schmidt-Holtz. Sony could not confirm where he will be based at this stage; however it is expected to be in Europe. “Classical music not only remains a vital part of our company’s DNA but also this is a business we are determined to grow and promote again,” said Mr. Schmidt-Holtz. “While genres like classical remain under tremendous pressure in the marketplace, we believe it has enduring appeal with consumers and we plan to harness it with a renewed commitment to strong leadership, a rich catalog and a world-class roster.” Most recently, Roscic was managing director at Decca Music Group in London. Prior to this, he was VP of A&R for Deutsche Grammophon in Hamburg, managing director of Universal Music Austria and managing director of a nationwide radio program of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation in Vienna. (Hollywood Reporter)
Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater will celebrate its 75th anniversary season this year with a slew of activities, including the national launch of a new touring version of musical “Dreamgirls,” a fall TV special and a concert series featuring John Legend, among others. Also, a documentary to be directed by Stanley Nelson and co-produced by Charles Hobson of Vanguard Documentaries is scheduled to hit movie theaters nationwide in early 2011. The plans for the 75th anniversary of the theater and its signature “Amateur Night at the Apollo” show were unveiled Tuesday by Apollo Theater Foundation chairman Richard Parsons, the former Time Warner chairman who was recently named chairman of Citigroup, and president and CEO Jonelle Procope. The anniversary season will combine looks into the past — which helped launch the careers of such performers as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys — and into the future, organizers said. “We have and will continue to push the boundaries of new art forms in American popular culture,” said Parsons. “Amateur Night” will return under the leadership of new producer Marion Caffey. Its Wednesday season kickoff edition will feature rapper Ron Browz and surprise visits from alumni. Besides stage shows, September will see a two-hour TV special, to be produced by Ron Weisner, about the Apollo. The foundation didn’t immediately say on which network it will air. And in November, the new touring version of Tony Award-winning “Dreamgirls” will start off at the Apollo. The not-for-profit foundation that operates the venerable theater is in the midst of a $96 million capital campaign, more than half of which has already been raised. The funds will be used to upgrade and expand the theater’s facilities and support future programming. (Hollywood Reporter)
Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine lead the bill for the second annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which begins July 10 at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Sacramento, Calif., and wraps Aug. 18 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in San Antonio. Jagermeister is sponsoring one of two second stages, on which Trivium, All That Remains, God Forbid and the liquor company’s “battle of the bands” winner will perform. On the Hot Topic side stage, Cannibal Corpse, Job For A Cowboy, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel will round out the bill. Tickets for the 27-date North American shed tour go on sale April 24 via mayhemfest.com and livenation.com. Last year’s inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featured Slipknot, Disturbed, Airbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, 36 Crazyfists, Machine Head, Black Tide, Suicide Silence, the Red Chord and Wall Of Jericho. The trek attracted nearly 340,000 concertgoers, according to organizers. Rockstar Mayhem is produced by Warped founder Kevin Lyman, his partner on the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos tour John Reese, CAA’s Darryl Eaton, and Jason Garner, CEO of global music at Live Nation. Following a model of tapping sponsors in unique and interactive ways, Mayhem was a finalist for the 2008 Concert Marketing & Promotion Awards “After last year’s very successful package, we felt we needed to raise the bar higher and put together a package that hard music fans would love, and we feel like we have done that,” Reese tells Billboard.com. “It also looks like I will be picking up a second job this summer as the lead bartender at the absinthe-laced parties for Manson and Slayer.” (Billboard)
The Comedy Central TV channel says Paul McCartney is going to drop in on Stephen Colbert. McCartney will be a guest on Wednesday’s “The Colbert Report,” talking up his latest album, “Electric Arguments.” The work represents a collaboration between the former Beatle and producer-musician Youth, and was released under the band name the Fireman. “The Colbert Report” airs at 11:30 p.m. EST weeknights. (Launch)
It’s been 50 years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. The passing decades haven’t diminished fascination with that night on Feb. 2, 1959, when 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens performed in Clear Lake and then boarded the plane for a planned 300-mile flight that lasted only minutes. “It was really like the first rock ‘n’ roll landmark; the first death,” said rock historian Jim Dawson, who has written several books about music of that era. “They say these things come in threes. Well, all three happened at the same time.” Starting Wednesday, thousands of people are expected to gather in the small northern Iowa town where the rock pioneers gave their last performance. They’ll come to the Surf Ballroom for symposiums with the three musicians’ relatives, sold-out concerts and a ceremony as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame designates the building as its ninth national landmark. And they’ll discuss why after so many years, so many people still care about what songwriter Don McLean so famously called “the day the music died.” “It was the locus point for that last performance by these great artists,” said Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. “It warrants being fixed in time.” Clear Lake is an unlikely spot for a rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage — especially in winter. The resort town of about 8,000 borders its namesake lake, and on winter days the cold and wind make the community 100 miles north of Des Moines anything but a tourist destination. The crash site is on private property, a five-mile drive from Clear Lake and half-mile walk off the road. Corn grows high in adjacent fields during the summer, but in winter the fields are covered with snow and a path to the small memorial is often thick with ice. The memorial features a small cross and thin metal guitar and records, all of which are draped in flowers during the summer. “It’s a much nicer trip in the summer,” said Jeff Nicholas, a longtime Clear Lake resident who heads the Surf Ballroom’s board of directors. “But in the winter, you get more of a feel of what it was like.” No one tracks the number of visitors, but fans stop by throughout the year and on some summer days visitors to the crash site can create the oddity of a corn field traffic jam. Stewart said the deaths still resonate because they occurred at a time when rock ‘n’ roll was going through a transition, of sorts. The sound of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Holly was making way for the British Invasion of the mid-1960s. “The music was shifting and changing at that point,” he said. “The crash put a punctuation point on the change.” All three musicians influenced rock and roll in their own way. Holly’s career was short, but his hiccup-vocal style, guitar play and songwriting talents had tremendous influence on later performers. The Beatles, who formed about the time of the crash, were among his early fans and fashioned their name after Holly’s band, The Crickets. Holly’s hit songs include “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue” and “Maybe Baby.” Richardson, “The Big Bopper,” is often credited with creating the first music video with his recorded performance of “Chantilly Lace” in 1958, decades before MTV. And Valens was one of the first musicians to apply a Mexican influence to rock ‘n’ roll. He recorded his huge hit “La Bamba” only months before the accident. The plane left the airport in nearby Mason City about 1 a.m., headed for Moorhead, Minn., with the musicians looking for a break from a tiring, cold bus trip through the Upper Midwest. It wasn’t until hours later that the demolished plane was found, crumpled against a wire fence. Investigators believe the pilot, who also died, became confused amid the dark, snowy conditions and rammed the plane into the ground. The crash set off a wave of mourning among their passionate, mostly young fans across the country. Then 12 years later the crash was immortalized as “the day the music died” in McLean’s 1971 song, “American Pie.” Vonnie Amosson, who manages the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Clear Lake, said that ever since the plane crash, the community has embraced the tragedy. It’s a continues stream of tourism dollars, and the town’s chamber of commerce estimates that this year’s events, dubbed “50s in February,” will generate more than $4 million for Clear Lake’s economy. “It’s kind of sad that that is what we are known for,” Amosson said. “But on the other part of it, I think the whole ’50′s in February’ weekend is a huge memorial and it’s an honor to them.” In part because of its role in rock history, the Surf Ballroom has retained its vintage look, with a 6,000-square-foot dance floor, ceiling painted to resemble a sky, and original cloud machines on either side of the room. Ten Buddy Holly banners line the wall opposite the stage. The 2,100-capacity ballroom still hosts many national and regional performers, most of whom add their names to a backstage wall that is now crowded with drawings and signatures. “It’s quite a special place,” said Nicholas, the Surf board member. “This place looks just like it did in 1959.” (Launch)
A Slipknot fan has died after suffering a heart attack at one of the metal band’s gigs in Iowa. Corey Nickels, 29, collapsed on the concourse level of the Mid-America Center at 10:30pm (CST) on Sunday night (January 25) after watching the band, suffering cardiac arrest as rescue staff attended to him, reports Nonpareilonline.com. (Daily Record)
MOVIE . . .
The ballots are in the mail for the 5,810 members of Hollywood’s elite who get to vote on the Academy Awards. Wednesday’s final ballots include nominees in 19 categories, among them best picture, director and the four acting prizes. Ballots in five other categories – feature-length and short documentaries, foreign-language film, animated shorts and live-action shorts – are available only after academy members verify that they attended screenings of the nominees. The deadline is Feb. 17 for Oscar voters to return ballots to the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The big show itself comes five days later. (Daily Record)
Singer/actress Hilary Duff has landed her most challenging acting job to date – she is to take over the role made famous by Faye Dunaway in a new version of Bonnie And Clyde. Duff will take on the role of Bonnie in a new adaptation of the legendary story and will be starring opposite Air Bud actor Kevin Zegers. The new movie, titled The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, will be directed by Tonya S. Holly, who has stressed it will be an entirely new movie, rather than a remake of the 1967 classic, which also starred Warren Beatty. Duff shot to fame in Disney TV series Lizzie Maguire, which was taken to the big screen in 2003. Her most recent movie roles include last year’s War, Inc alongside John Cusack. The star has also landed the lead in upcoming sitcom Barely Legal. (Teen Hollywood)
Megan Fox is the replace Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft if media reports are anything to go by. The Jolie-look-alike and Transformers star is said to be a “strong candidate” for the gaming film which has starred Angelina Jolie in the last two installments. Last year, Angie hinted that she would be doing fewer movies so that she could concentrate on her expanding family and homelife. “Maybe it’ll be once a year and maybe it’ll be once every three years and just naturally – I like being home a lot these days,” the Oscar-nominated actress said. (British Glamour)
Universal has found its director for international thriller “The Sigma Protocol”: Berlin prize winner Jose Padilha. The studio is in negotiations with the helmer of “Elite Squad,” the action movie that won the Golden Bear at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival, to direct the Robert Ludlum vehicle. The studio is planning a summer shoot with European locations. Jeffrey Weiner of Ludlum Entertainment as well as Strike Entertainment are producing; Scott Bernstein and Franklin Leonard are overseeing for Universal. “Sigma” is based on Ludlum’s final completed novel, published after the prolific author’s death in 2001. Like the Jason Bourne franchise, another big Uni property, the story involves a man on the run in Europe from assassins and agents. The two plots differ sharply, though, with the latter using a World War II conspiracy and Nazis as a plot hook. The movie will update the novel, use the current economic climate and make the protagonist a Wall Street type who specializes in the economy of catastrophic events, known as “black swan events.” “Iron Man” co-writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are penning the script. Paul Sandberg and Strike’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing. “Elite,” which IFC released stateside, centers on a battle between police and drug dealers in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The Gersh-repped director also is attached to direct the thriller “The Willing Patriot” for Warner Bros. and the drug tale “Marching Powder” for Plan B. (Hollywood Reporter)
Shine Pictures, the newly created joint venture between U.K. Film and TV production banner Shine Group’s Kudos Pictures and Arnon Milchan’s New Regency has hired William Nicholson (“Gladiator”) to write a big screen version of the epic, era-defining battle in 1066 between King Harold and William the Conqueror for the throne of England. The project, “1066” is being “fast tracked” at the company and is expected to go into production later this year marking the first under the new joint venture set up last July (HR 7/24). Shine’s Paul Webster will produce “1066″ with Stephen Garrett and will work closely with New Regency’s co-chairmen Bob Harper and Hutch Parker and Shine Group’s Elisabeth Murdoch on the project, the parties said. Nicholson said the script focuses on the fraught relationship between the two greatest warriors of the age King Harold of England and William The Conqueror. Starting as comrades, they became bitter enemies destined to fight to the death at the climactic Battle of Hastings. New Regency is 20% owned by Fox, with which it inked a 15-year distribution deal in 1998. Fox will have worldwide distribution on the picture through the deal. Webster said the movie would be “an intimate portrait of two men told on an epic scale.” No budget details are being disclosed but it has two massive battles, a naval exchange and is a full-scale costume drama and fits in with New Regency’s stated ambition to make big, commercial movies. (Hollywood Reporter)
Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko have signed to star in Neil Marshall’s British-set sword-and-sandals thriller “Centurion,” for “Slumdog Millionaire” producer Christian Colson of Celador Films. The movie, billed as a thriller set during the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 117, tells the story of Quintus Dias, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, who marches north with General Virilus’ legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon. Colson will produce for Pathe Distribution, the French-owned U.K.-based company, which is enjoying box-office success here with its rollout of “Slumdog.” Marshall, who also wrote “Centurion,” has a good relationship with Pathe and Celador having made “The Descent” for the pair. Pathe International will kick start sales at next month’s European Film Market, which runs during the Berlin International Film Festival. (Hollywood Reporter)
TV . . .
One visit to Beyonce’s dressing room was all it took for Justin Timberlake to ease her concerns about a “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring the two of them. When Beyonce told him she was having second thoughts about a sketch where Timberlake was to “audition” for a video, he showed up at her dressing room in a robe covering a leotard. He dropped the robe and stood there, staring into space. Beyonce’s reply: “I can’t look anywhere but your face right now,” Timberlake told CBS’ Katie Couric in an interview for next week’s pre-Grammy special. Timberlake also said another, more infamous “SNL” skit where he offered a piece of his anatomy as a gift got a thumbs up from his mom. She thought it was funny. “You gotta meet my mom,” he said. “She’s a pretty edgy chick!” (Daily Record)
The Comedy Central TV channel says Paul McCartney is going to drop in on Stephen Colbert. McCartney will be a guest on Wednesday’s “The Colbert Report,” talking up his latest album, “Electric Arguments.” The work represents a collaboration between the former Beatle and producer-musician Youth, and was released under the band name the Fireman. “The Colbert Report” airs at 11:30 p.m. EST weeknights. (Daily Record)
In the middle of winter, TV adventurer Leon Logothetis relied on the kindness of Sommer for the first leg of his unlikely trip to the Super Bowl. Logothetis, star of “Amazing Adventures of a Nobody” on the Fox Reality and National Geographic Adventure networks, is promoting his show by trying to travel from Atlanta to Tampa, Fla., site of the Super Bowl, in five days on $5 a day. He started Tuesday. Producers stripped him of his wallet, credit cards and mobile phone and left him in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Logothetis found a taxi driver willing to take him to Tampa, but the cabbie drove off after finding out that his rider only had $5 for a ride that would probably cost a few hundred. Logothetis struck up a conversation on a park bench with Sommer Williams, a laid-off interior decorator now working in a hotel. She bought him a pizza lunch and drove him to her family’s house in Macon, Ga., nearly 100 miles away. The family took him out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant and invited him to spend the night on a bed in their basement. He used his $5 to kick in for gas. His series is one of several action-adventure shows popular on cable, such as “Deadliest Catch” or “Man vs. Wild,” that appeal to a sense of wanderlust among people who usually don’t go further than their sofa. Logothetis was a broker in London until he read “The Motorcycle Diaries” and hit upon the idea of documenting low-cost travel. His first two seasons were about traveling in England and the United States. The season that premiered Sunday on Fox Reality has him trying to get from Paris to Moscow on 5 euros a day. “I have to rely entirely on the kindness of strangers,” said Logothetis on Wednesday, speaking from the Williams’ family phone in Macon. It’s not easy: More than a dozen people said they wouldn’t help him before he met Williams. Williams’ brother and his friends volunteered to drive Logothetis to Valdosta, Ga., on Wednesday on the next leg of his trip. Assuming he can make it to Tampa, he’ll face his biggest challenge in trying to get into the game. Ticket prices for the Super Bowl range from $500 to $1,000 a seat. Does he really think he has a chance? “That’s a very good question,” Logothetis said. “I just have faith that it will work out. If I don’t (get in), it’s the journey that’s the most important thing, the people I meet along the way.” (Daily Record)
As we previously mentioned, Fox is
butchering making an American version of beloved British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, the gay classic telling the sordid tales of Patsy and Edina. Well, now Variety is reporting that Kristen Johnston is close to signing on to star in the show. Is that a good thing or a bad thing???? The actress has won Emmys for her role on ’90s sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun. Johnston table-read for the Fox execs on Friday. Shortly after they decided to pick up the American AbFab for a pilot. That doesn’t guarantee the show will make it to the air or that Kristen will be in it. Oh, yeah, and we buried the lead! Johnston would be playing the part of Edina (Jennifer Saunders’ character). Thoughts????? Whom would U like to see playing those iconic roles????? We vote for Megan Mulally (Edie) and Faye Dunaway (Pats)!!!!!!! (Perez Hilton)
Bonnie Sommerville has been tapped to co-star in NBC’s comedy pilot “Off Duty,” and Jesse Tyler Ferguson has joined ABC’s comedy pilot “An American Family.” “Off Duty,” from Universal Media Studios and Upright Citizens Brigade’s Jason Mantzoukas, centers on a once-legendary police detective (Bradley Whitford) on his way down who complicates the life of his new partner (Romany Malco) — a straight shooter on his way up — both on duty and off. Sommerville will play Malco’s wife. Also cast in the pilot is Capethia Jenkins as the crusty police district chief. Sommerville, who recently starred on ABC’s “Cashmere Mafia,” will next be seen in the feature “The Ugly Truth.” She is repped by ICM and McKeon-Myones Management. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd’s docu-style single-camera comedy “Family,” from 20th TV, revolves around three families: one comprised of a working dad, stay-at-home mom and two kids; another that includes a 60-year-old man who becomes a stepfather after marrying a Latina who is 30 years his junior; and the third, a gay couple who have just adopted a Vietnamese baby. Ferguson will play one of the gay dads. The actor, who co-starred on “The Class” and “Do Not Disturb,” is repped by Endeavor and Authentic. (Hollywood Reporter)
A packed Academy of Television Arts & Sciences theater brimmed with laughter Tuesday night as the cast of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” discussed the series’ inside jokes, upcoming story lines and the cast’s love affair with one another. Now in its fourth season, the multicamera comedy has found its footing in the ratings, averaging 9.7 million viewers and consistently ranking in the top 10 in the 18-49 demographic. “Kudos to CBS for keeping us on Monday and for sticking with us and not moving us to Friday night at 10,” said Neil Patrick Harris, who plays womanizer Barney Stinson. Added co-star Jason Segel (Marshall Eriksen): “In this world of reality TV, you need a real sense of stick-to-it-ness (from the network) for people to catch on.” Now with 80 episodes and a recent contract extension under its belt, the cast can reflect on the show’s early uncertainty and laugh. Harris recalled a conversation he and Alyson Hannigan (Lily Aldrin) had during filming the pilot. “When we filmed the pilot, Aly said, ‘This show is never going to go because we’re all having so much fun,’ ” he said. Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby) agreed. “It did feel a little too good to be true,” he said. “The five of us sitting around the booth is just so fun and interesting.” Radnor said he sees evidence of the show’s quirkiness all the time, including on a trip to Ohio where a fan approached him and said he was doing “Naked Guy” that night — referring to an episode where Ted and Barney surprise their dates. Co-creator/executive producer Carter Bays said the “Naked Guy” story line came out of the writers’ room and an experience that happened to someone involved with the show. “The stuff that comes out of writers sitting around that’s really happened is always the funniest,” he said. “We’ll mention something like the goat and then come back to it.” Bays and co-creator/exec producer Craig Thomas said they devote a lot of time to the show’s Web presence and what bloggers are saying about it and denied the intentional use of a prop that appears in a scene with Stella (Sarah Chalke) and Ted that also appears in the series’ opening flash forwards with Ted’s eventual kids. “It was a complete coincidence,” Bays said. “We try to adhere to continuity.” “It’s like an episode of ‘Lost’ sometimes,” Harris joked about fans’ speculation about who Ted will wind up with. “Will you stop posting that please,” a very pregnant Hannigan deadpanned. Cobie Smulders (Robin Scherbatsky), who joked that her Canadian character has slept with just about everyone on the show — “Lily is Season 7″ –, said there’s a lot to explore between Robin and Barney. “I like the idea that we did it backward,” she said of Barney’s pursuit coming after they had sex. Bays said that pairing Robin and Barney was always a “break glass in case of emergency” situation, and after the writers’ strike, “it was an emergency.” Up next, Ted’s college girlfriend Karen (to be played by Laura Prepon, “That ’70s Show”) will surface and fans will get a taste of the woman who helped turn Ted into a “pretentious douche,” Radnor said. Viewers also will get to meet Barney’s mother — to be played by Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”). “It’s a blessing and a curse to have such a deep bench of guest stars,” Bays said. One thing that isn’t in the series’ immediate future, however, are children for Marshall and Lily. “Jason and little babies don’t mix but toddlers love him,” Hannigan said. “There’s so many jokes there,” Segel shot back. As for if viewers will see more of ’80s child star Robin Sparkles making a musical return to the show, Bays said the challenge is “trying to figure out a way to have her hidden videos come out. It might be a prequel; how did Robin become a singer.” As for other returning characters, Thomas warned, “We’ve shot the season finale, and the goat does appear.” (Hollywood Reporter)
It’s official — British viewers are staying in and watching more television as the recession hits home — according to new figures published Wednesday. Research from marketing body Thinkbox and ratings agency BARB said record viewing figures for 2008 showed U.K. viewers watched more than 26 hours of TV per week, an average of 48 minutes more per week than in 2007 and viewed a record average of 42 advertisements. Top performers were the glossy variety competitions such as “Britain’s Got Talent” and “The X Factor.” Thinkbox, which represents commercial operators including ITV, Channel 4 and Five, said downloads were also popular, with 78% of online TV viewing — on the BBC’s iPlayer, the ITV Player and Channel 4’s 4oD — coming as viewers caught up with programs from the main terrestrial networks. “These figures show that people rely on channels and schedules to help them find the TV they want to watch,” said Thinkbox chief executive Tess Alps. “The broadcast audience may not always be watching the same program at the same time as it did when there were only a handful of channels… but viewers haven’t gone anywhere.” (Hollywood Reporter)
The chief U.N. nuclear inspector has canceled a BBC interview to protest the network’s refusal to air an appeal for Gaza. Mohamed ElBaradei’s office said Wednesday that not broadcasting it “violates the rules of basic human decency which are there to help vulnerable people irrespective of who is right or wrong.” The British Broadcasting Corp. and Sky News decided not to air the appeal from the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella group of non-governmental humanitarian agencies. BBC officials have said carrying the appeal would have damaged the network’s impartiality in coverage of the conflict. The BBC says it regrets the decision by the Egyptian-born head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and hopes he will do an interview at another time. (Daily Record)
Cable television ratings for week of Jan. 19-25: Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 19-25. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses: (Daily Record)
1. “President Obama’s Inaugural Oath and Speech” (Tuesday, 12:05 p.m.), CNN, 5.7 million homes, 8.6 million viewers.
2. “Inauguration of Obama” (Tuesday, 12 p.m.), CNN, 5.15 million homes, 7.79 million viewers.
3. “Inauguration of Obama” (Tuesday, 11 a.m.), CNN, 4.69 million homes, 6.73 million viewers.
4. “Obama Inaugural Address” (Tuesday, 12:07 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 4.2 million homes, 5.57 million viewers.
5. “Inauguration 2009″ (Tuesday, 12 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 4.09 million homes, 5.29 million viewers.
6. “WWE Raw” (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 4.014 million homes, 6.16 million viewers.
7. “Inauguration of Obama” (Tuesday, 1 p.m.), CNN, 4.01 million homes, 6 million viewers.
8. “Situation Room” (Tuesday, 6 p.m.), CNN, 3.98 million homes, 5.67 million viewers.
9. “Situation Room” (Tuesday, 5 p.m.), CNN, 3.97 million homes, 5.72 million viewers.
10. “Burn Notice” (Thursday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.828 million homes, 5.12 million viewers.
10. “Inauguration 2009″ (Tuesday, 12:28 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.82 million homes, 4.95 million viewers.
12. “Anderson Cooper 360″ (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), CNN, 3.71 million homes, 5.09 million viewers.
13. “Inauguration of Obama” (Tuesday, 3 p.m.), CNN, 3.589 million homes, 5.27 million viewers.
14. “WWE Raw” (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.587 million homes, 5.17 million viewers.
15. “Monk” (Friday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.584 million homes, 4.96 million viewers.
TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Mike Butts Creative)
Q. The average one of THESE has wheels and travels about 8 miles a year?
A. Your office chair
TODAY’S QUOTE (By James G. Huneker)
“ALL MEN OF ACTION ARE DREAMERS.”
MIND BOGGLERS . . . (QuickTrivia)
Q. Before becoming Elvis Presley’s home, what was the primary use of the estate known as Graceland?
Q. Which of the following is the name of a popular snack food?
A) Sand Dollars ****
Q. Which of these popular fast-food items has the same name as a term meaning “big lie”?
A) Whopper ****
Q. What is actor Tom Cruise’s original surname?
Q. Pablo Picasso and what other artist are widely considered to have led the movement known as “Cubism”?
A. Georges Braque
Q. According to U.S. government rules, passengers are expressly prohibited from doing what on most U.S. domestic flights?
BIRTHDAYS . . .
—1737 Statesman/Author Thomas Paine (d. 6-8-1809)
—1843 25th President William McKinley (d. 9-14-1901)
—1860 Playwright/Author Anton Pvlovich Chekhov (d. 7-15-1904))
—1915 Actor Victor Mature (Samson & Delilah) (d.)
—1918 Actor John Forsythe (Dynasty)
—1935 Actor Noel Harrison (The Girl From UNCLE)
—1942 Actress Claudine Longet
—1943 Actress Katharine Ross (The Colbys)
—1943 Disc Jockey Tony Blackburn
—1945 Actor Tom Selleck (Las Vegas)
—1947 Musician David Byron (Uriah Heep) (“Easy Livin”)
—1951 Actress Ann Jillian (It’s A Living)
—1952 Musician Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi) (The Ramones)
—1954 Actress/TV Host Oprah Winfrey
—1954 Musician Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators)
—1958 Actress Judy Norton-Taylor (The Waltons)
—1960 Baseball’s Steve Sax
¾1960 Actor/Olympic Gold Medal Diver Gregory Efthimios Louganis
—1961 Musician Eddie Jackson (Queensryche)
¾1962 Actor Nick Turturro (NYPD Blue)
—1962 Musician Marcus Vere (Living In A Box)
—1964 Musician Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera)
¾1967 Basketball’s Ronald Stacey King
¾1968 Actress Bobbie Phillips (Red Shoe Diaries)
¾1968 Actor Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen)
¾1970 Actress Heather Graham (Lost in Space)
—1975 Actress Sara Gilbert (“Darlene” Roseanne)
¾1979 Actor Andrew Keegan (Independence Day)
THIS DAY IN HISTORY . . .
Today is FREETHINKER’S DAY.
—1845 Edgar Alan Poe’s best-known poem “The Raven” was first published. (Quote the raven, “Nevermore…”)
—1861 Kansas became the 34th state; It’s admission day in the Sunflower State.
—1900 The American Baseball League was organized.
—1919 The 18th amendment to the Constitution was ratified; “Prohibition” went into effect the following January.
—1936 Fans established the Baseball Hall Of Fame at Cooperstown, New York.
—1958 The Champs release “Tequila,” later featured in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.”
—1962 Warner Bros. signs Peter, Paul, & Mary.
—1967 London’s Marquee Club is the site of a battle of the bands pitting Jimi Hendrix against the Who. The event is part of a tribute to the late Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.
—1971 George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” tops the British album chart, the first three Lp set to do so.
—1971 Allen Klein, former manager of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, is convicted on ten charges of failing to file Federal Income Tax returns.
—1975 “Stardust”, the film that did for British rock what “Dreamgirls” did for Motown, has its US premiere in Boston. Despite the presence of Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds, David Essex, Adam Faith, Marty Wilde, and Larry Hagman in the genesis of his “Dallas” role, it disappears here as quickly as its 50s predecessor, “That’ll be the Day.”
—1978 Former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale announces he is forming Whitesnake, the title of his then current album.
—1979 San Diego teenager Brenda Spencer starts shooting schoolmates, later saying “I Don’t Like Mondays,” inspiring the Boomtown Rats song.
—1979 Emerson, Lake, & Palmer break up.
—1980 Canada’s Foreign Minister revealed that six American diplomats had been spirited out of Iran, where Canadian Ambassador Kenneth Taylor had hidden them in his embassy for six months.
—1981 37-year-old Barry Kramer, publisher of Creem Magazine, is found dead in his Birmingham, Michigan apartment.
—1983 Men At Work’s “Down Under” is the top single in Britain and the US, and the “Business As Usual” album tops both album charts.
—1983 Stevie Nicks weds Kim Anderson outside her LA home at sunset.
—1985 Two of Prince’s bodyguards are arrested for assault after attacking paparazzi outside L.A.’s Carlos & Charlie’s.
—1986 Brian Setzer (Stray Cats) releases his solo album, “The Knife Feels Like Justice.”
—1987 Sly Stone helps launch California’s “Fight For Literacy” Day. Kurtis Blow tapes a federally funded anti-drug video in DC at the performing arts high school.
—1989 Paul McCartney tells the UK press he hopes to see several unreleased Beatles records unveiled from the Apple Records vault. Included is John Lennon’s “Leave My Kitten Alone.”
¾2008 Margaret Truman the only child of former President Harry S. Truman died on this date in Chicago. She was 83 years old. Margaret was once quoted as saying, “the only thing I ever missed about the White House was having a car and driver.” She was a junior in college when her dad was elected.
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ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1904, the University of Chicago football team became the first athletes to receive letters. Until that time, no one knew what to call letterman’s jackets.
In 1920, Walt Disney started his first job as an artist. He learned quickly that it was pretty much a “Mickey Mouse” operation… and, the rest is history.
On this date in 1924, the first ice cream cone rolling machine was invented. Of course, eventually college students used it for something else.
In 1963 The Football Hall Of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio. Yes, it started out as a hall and then eventually, they added some rooms, but the name stuck.
Heather Graham turns 39 today. What big eyes she has! She was in “Austin Powers, the Spy Who Shagged Me” and also starred in a season of “Scrubs.” She was also in “The Spy Who Scrubbed Me.”
Diver/Swimmer Gregory Louganis turns 49 today. Still not married… can’t figure that one out.
Tom Selleck turns 64 today. What a career — from Marlboro Man, to Monica’s boyfriend on “Friends.” Oh, that “Magnum PI” thing for a while. Nice when you can work in Hawaii.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
· Billy Powell, a keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at his northeast Florida home on Wednesday. He was 56. Powell was one of two surviving band members who were with the group before a 1977 plane crash that killed three of its members.
· Author John Updike has passed away, after a short battle with cancer, at age 76. He gave us “Witches of Eastwick.”
· David Archuleta will appear on Nickelodeon’s iCarly on February 7.
· Director John Landis is suing Michael Jackson, saying he didn’t receive his share of the profits from the 1983 video, “Thriller.”
· The postmaster general asked Congress on Wednesday to lift the requirement that USPS deliver mail six days a week. If the change happens, Tuesday or Saturdays are likely to be eliminated for delivery of mail.
· Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will take the stage at the Super Bowl on Sunday, and then hit the road on a concert tour April 1.
· What you won’t read in Candace Smith’s bio as a contestant in the latest round of “Survivor” is that she was once named in a sex tape scandal suit by Colin Farrell.
· Next Monday will be the 50th anniversary of “The Day The Music Died.”
· Penelope Cruz was staying at Selma Hayek’s house and was planning to sleep through the Oscar nominations… but her host woke her up and made sure she heard her nomination.
· Jennifer Lopez is giving serious thought to starring in a Broadway musical.
· Amy Winehouse says she’s going to visit her husband in jail to try and talk him out of filing for divorce.
· The former sales manager for the Philadelphia Soul arena football team is suing club owner Jon Bon Jovi and his partners for nearly $125,000.
· Argentina‘s president had invited Elton John to get together… but when she postponed their meeting by 5 hours, Elton said, “Forget it” and flew out of the country.
· Just back from their honeymoon, Fergie and new hubby Josh Duhamel say they plan to adopt a child as soon as possible.
· In Denver, a woman gave birth to her baby in a public library.
· Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, has ticked off the creator of the Simpsons because she’s using Bart’s voice to promote a Scientology event with a pre-recorded, automated call.
· American Idol Runner-up Katharine McPhee was dropped by her record label, but then resigned by another.
· Wow, Meg Ryan’s latest movie, “The Deal”… is going direct to DVD. Ouch!
· Now investigators says that Olivia Newton-John’s ex-boyfriend staged his own death four years ago and is living on a boat somewhere.
· Sorry to say that a big craze in Hollywood is vandalizing the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Taggers wrote “Old” and “Fur Hag” on Sharon Stone’s star the other night.
· American Idol contestant Melinda Doolittle’s gospel album comes out next month.
Men’s Health asked men about breaking up, here are the results:
· Who ended your last relationship? The man, 39%; The woman, 61%
· Have you ever lied about getting dumped? Yes, 25%; No, 75%
· Do you find another girl before dumping one? Yes, 20%; No, 80%
· Would you dump someone for lying to you? Yes, 55%; No, 45%
· Would you dump someone for cheating on you? Yes, 96%; No, 4%
· Would you dump someone for being bad in bed? Yes, 32%; No, 68%
· Would you dump someone for not wanting sex often enough? Yes, 35%; No, 65%
· Would you dump someone for someone better looking? Yes, 40%; No, 60%
· Would you dump someone for someone younger? Yes, 20%; No, 80%
MensHealth.com and Glamour did a recent web survey of more than 5000 women to learn about what goes on when a woman breaks up with a man. Here are the reasons women gave for breaking up:
· Too many arguments and conflicts, 26%
· No chemistry, 18%
· Found a better guy,14%
· He cheated, 11%.
· He couldn’t commit, 11%
· Not husband material, 9%
· I wouldn’t commit, 8%
· Lousy sex, 3%
It’s that time of year when the Girl Scouts are asking you to buy Girl Scout cookies. But this year, if you order that box of Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs or Lemon Chalet Creme cookies, you may be in a for a big surprise. They’ve been downsized. AOL’s WalletPop.com reports that a representative for the Girl Scouts blames it on flour prices, which are up 30%, and cocoa prices, which have soared 20%.
Believe it or not, we spend 70% less time at work than our ancestors did a century ago, but our leisure time hasn’t increased at all, says a recent National Bureau of Economic Research study. As it turns out, we’re devoting more “free” time to education, and we’ve also upped our housework hours. You might think the advent of appliances and technology would make for fewer hours scrubbing and scouring, but it seems we’ve gone and raised our spick-and-span standards in reaction, say the study’s authors.
Prolonged use of your cell phone can render you unable to hear consonants like “s,” “f,” “t,” and “z.” A study of more than 100 cell phone addicts discovered that those who yak on the device for more than 60 minutes a day can expect to experience hearing loss and, perhaps, become unable to follow conversations. Signs to watch out for include ear warmth and fullness and ringing in the ears. Using ear phones, rather than holding the phone up to your ear, may provide some protection.
And if that’s not enough, Cosmopolitan reports dialing a handheld device while driving increase the risk of a crash or near crash by nearly three times.
· How cold is TOO cold?
· What cereal do you eat every morning?
· Do you have a will? At what age should you have one?
· Anyone have their credit card number stolen?
· Strangest place you have a TV.
· The farthest you’ve traveled in one day.
· How many trophies do you still have from when you were a kid?
· What did your parents throw away from your childhood that you still hold against them?
· How many cell phones have you gone through already? We’re looking for the “best way I’ve trashed my cell phone” story.
· What do you think that airports or airlines should change to make flying more convenient? Tell us your travel horror stories.
· The hardest you’ve ever laughed?
· Embarrassing moments caused by your children?
· Do you live in a historic building?
· Do you have a disaster kit? What’s in it?
· Name some of the songs that were themes of your high school dances.
Have you ever given money to a panhandler? I always feel bad when I see someone on the corner with a sign that says, “Veteran needs food,” or something like that. Sometimes I’ve given. But should we give? I read an article about the city of Edmonton. In Edmonton there’s a guy who panhandles and he makes about $400 a day. Have we been suckered all these years?
Are you getting enough sleep? Do you take naps on a daily basis? I think anyone who gets up at 4am needs a nap. Usually I take mine around 1pm. If you do nap, it is supposed to boost your mood and your intelligence according to a new study. A nap of 60 minutes improves alertness for up to 10 hours according to the research. Naps also enhance work performance by 34% and overall alertness by 54%. Phoner: How long is your perfect nap?
In Rockport, Massachusetts, postal mail carriers are being harassed. And not by dogs, but by Turkeys. Nearly every day over the last five months, an average of 10 turkeys — led by a pair of male “ring leaders” — have been chasing and attempting to peck a postal worker on his route outside of Boston. We talked about this and then about our experiences with being attacked by a strange animal. My cohost was once attacked by a parrot, and a gorilla once rushed toward me at the zoo (luckily I had bars between me and the ape).
Who listening right now has given birth to the most kids? It’s probably not eight like the woman in California that just had octuplets, but see how close you get to the record!
As if Congress doesn’t have enough issues to deal with, one congressman is trying to pass a bill that would require cameraphones to make a sound “audible within a reasonable radius of the phone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera in such phone.” It’s to prevent peeping toms with cameras from hiding. Do you think this is a silly bill? Aren’t there more pressing issues facing the U.S.?
According to a recent survey, Young drivers (ages 18 to 24) reported having engaged most often in distracting activity while driving. Here’s what they’ve been up to while driving:
· 62% eating
· 71% cell phone calls
· 24% sending text messages
· 8% applying makeup
· 8% changing clothes
Changing clothes? That’s nuts. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen someone do while driving?
How greedy are you? When faced with the question, “Which would you rather have: More sex or more money?,” Americans choose the money hands down. Two thirds of those polled picked the cash, according to a recent poll for The Rich Dad Company.
We took calls one morning about the weirdest way or place you met your significant other. There’s always some entertaining stories with that. Our best came from a woman who said her brother met his wife at a gay bar while playing in a dart league. He called a little while later to try and explain it and got all flustered when we teased him about the ‘ol “dart league excuse” for being in a gay bar.
Who is more likely to re-marry, men or woman? A recent study says 80% of divorced men can look forward to new nuptials, especially around 42. It seems men have fewer requirements than women, putting looks and compatibility at the top of the list. Also, men are miserable when single. Woman build a network of friends, men rely on their mate for fun.
According to Men’s Health, 55% of women, think that men lack fashion sense and the way they dress needs major help. The magazine says that most of men spend less than 2 minutes picking out what they’re going to wear. Phoner: Ladies, is your man a fashion nightmare? Does he care? Do you care?
How much will you be spending on your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Why not try to give each other the gift of good health? Yes, I know, it’s not as tasty as good old chocolate. Do you and your spouse want to lose weight? Recent research has shown that being a good role model can help make your spouse healthier, too. Has anyone gotten their spouse out of a bad habit just by changing theirs?
According to a recent study, a majority of U.S. high school students say they get bored in class every day. Yes, it’s true. Here’s what they said:
· 50% of the students surveyed said they had skipped school without a valid excuse at least once.
· 66% of high school students complain of boredom, usually because the subject matter was irrelevant or their teachers didn’t seem to care about them.
· 20% has considered dropping out of school.
Phoner: Does anyone feel “used” about the spin that’s put on everyone and everything just to make us buy or support the LIE that is someone’s life and persona? We are being jobbed by everyone and many say, every ad campaign! It’s just a clever phrase or false benefit to encourage you to buy a product you probably don’t really need or want.
Is it okay for a boyfriend/husband to go into a women’s purse? What if they needed to grab some cash and weren’t snooping? We had lots of phones, some women said absolutely no way would they let a man get into their purse.
Have you ever cried to get something you wanted? There were people who cried to get football tickets, to get a rental car, etc. We had lots of phones from both women and men crying.
A couple of female friends of mine (one with a big butt and one with a small one) kept bugging me to find out once and for all which type men prefer. We got a few good calls out of it, but pretty much agreed that it’s not so much whether it’s big or small but how it’s shaped. As one guy put it, a strong, confident woman with a big butt can be sexier than a small, mousey woman.
Would you ever lie about the number of partners you’ve had? My cohost says that she always cuts her number at least by half. Do all women do this? A new survey says that if you’re in your 30′s your more likely to lie about that number. The older you are, the less likely you are to lie about it.
We’ll Do Anything For Money!
Showbiz Promotions in Jacksonville, Florida must live by the motto: We’ll do anything for money! What else could possibly explain their decision to create and market the “Caylee Sunshine” doll — named for and modeled after that poor murdered little girl, Caylee Anthony. The Caylee Sunshine doll carried a price tag of $29.99 although company president Jaime Salcedo said he planned to donate some of the proceeds to a charity. But public outrage was overwhelming and the company’s web site has announced they are suspending sales of the doll. The story of Caylee Anthony has repeatedly made national headlines. Her body was found by a utility worker in December in the woods near Orlando where she lived with her mother and grandparents. She was reported missing in July. Her mother, Casey Anthony is being charged with her daughter’s murder. (Palm Beach Post)
The Nod Seen ’round the World?
This is just ridiculous. Firefighter John Coleman is also a Drum Major that led the Cleveland Firefighter’s Memorial Pipes & Drums band during the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama. Apparently Mr. Coleman was caught on video and broadcast on CNN giving a nod along with a fleeting wave to the president as they marched past him. This, it seems, is a big no-no and band leader, Pipe Major Mike Engle, said the firefighter from Cleveland Heights violated the proper decorum required in a military parade and that members were warned not to make such gestures. Coleman says Obama smiled and waved at him first, and that he was just acknowledging the president. Nevertheless, the pipe and drum band gave him a six-month suspension from his role as Drum Major over the offense. So Coleman he quit. He has been with the band for 17 years and first led the band in the 1993 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s will be the first in 17 years without him in the lead. Just insane. Just stupid. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
We Love You Boss. We’ll Work For Free!
Dave Barham must be the best boss in the world. The owner of Mr. B’s Pancake House in Muskegon, Michigan, has come on some challenging times as business has declined due to the economic recession. So to help out, lead server Mary VanDam asked co-workers if they might be willing to work one shift without pay to help Dave out. All 17 servers, cooks, busboys, dishwashers, cashiers and hostesses agreed and worked the day shift on January 18 for only tips from customers. VanDam said, “This is a wonderful business. We want to see it succeed.” When customers heard about the workers’ effort, they tipped a little more. The workers divided the tips equally and each took home $51. VanDam said Barham met his payroll more than once by dipping into his own pockets. (Muskegon Chronicle)
Got Any Good Books On Childbirth?
At the Denver Public Library, unfortunately there was no time to look up any good books on childbirth. A woman who had just gotten off a city bus and walked into the library was well into labor and ended up giving birth just inside the library entrance. Staffers and security guards helped until paramedics arrived and took the mother and her newborn baby girl to Denver Health Medical Center. Hospital spokeswoman Betty Rueda said the mother was in good condition but declined to release information on either, citing privacy rules. (myway.com)
3 Dog Bites and 2 Taser Zaps To Get This Guy!
In Elko, Nevada, a 19-year-old burglary suspect may not be the best criminal in the world, but he’s one tough cookie! Sheriff’s deputies said the teen had to be zapped with a Taser twice and bitten by a police dog three times before he finally stopped struggling with officers during his arrest. Police responded to a 911 call about a prowler at 3am when they spotted footprints in the snow by the home’s doors, windows and even on the top of an air conditioning unit. So they brought out Besmo, the police dog, who caught the scent and led them to the suspect who was sitting in his vehicle and appeared intoxicated. When the guy refused to remove his hands from his sweat shirt pocket and exit the vehicle, the dog was ordered to jump through an open window and help extract him. Deputies pulled him to the ground but he still wouldn’t comply so the dog was ordered to bite him again. Still unfazed, the suspect was zapped with a Taser but still wouldn’t give up. A third attack by the dog and another blast from the stun gun finally did the trick. He’s been charged with attempted burglary, obstructing an officer and destruction of private property. (myway.com)
Our Pathetic Lawsuit Happy World
Can our society become any more pathetic? Brittany Noffke was a cheerleader at Holmen High School in Madison, Wisconsin, when she fell and injured her head during warmups before a basketball game back in 2004. So she actually filed a lawsuit against the male teammate who dropped her along with the school district and their insurance company. But the Wisconsin Supreme Court has stepped in and said — no way! They say Noffke has no case because Wisconsin law prevents participants in contact sports, including cheerleading, from suing each other for unintentional injuries. That overturns a lower court’s decision. The court also upheld a decision that the school district can’t be sued for the coach’s lack of supervision. (The FDL Reporter)
Improve Your Eyesight: Get Out and Play!
Want to help your kids prevent the risk of developing nearsightedness? Then tell ‘em to get outside and play. A new study from Duke University’s Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology says the chance of kids developing Myopia, or nearsightedness, is greatly reduced for kids that spend at least 2 hours a day outside. The outside time doesn’t have to be sports. Both active and passive outdoor activities equally protected the child’s vision, according to the report. Duke professor Terri Young said Myopia is the worldwide leading eye disability, and a “significant global public health concern.” Donal Mutti, a guest editor for the study, said that a child’s chances of becoming nearsighted, if he or she has two nearsighted parents, are about 6 in 10 for children who spend 0-5 hours outside a week, but the risk drops to 2 in 10 when outdoor time exceeds 14 hours a week. The study can be found in the January issue of Optometry and Vision Science. (AHN News)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
· “Mistrial After Defendant Smears ____s On Lawyer!” (Feces)
· “Woman Denied Job As Bikini Barmaid ____s!” (Sues)
· “Boy Pleads Innocent To Impersonating ____!” (Cop)
· “Mexican Chefs Make World’s Biggest ____-cake!” (Cheese)
· “Looking For ____, Workers Find $100,000!” (Trash)
· “____ Recovers $78,000 Diamond Ring!” (Plumber)
· “Turnout For Record ____ Fight Proves Tepid!” (Snowball)
· “Landlord Fined For Taking Tenant’s ____!” (Toilet)
· “Pet Groomer Charged With ____ing Kittens!” (Piercing)
· “Too Much ____ing Makes Man, 83, Miss Bus!” (Dancing)
· “Man Spared Jail For Abandoning 280 ____s!” (Rats)
· “Man Considered Bank Error ‘Gift From ____’!” (God)
MAKING UP FOR THAT BAD SHOW
Having a bad show? Send stunt boy out to clean your listener’s houses. It’s your way of saying you’re sorry and asking forgiveness. You might even take it one step further the next time someone calls to complain about your show. Ask the complainer what it would take to win them back as a listener, then do it!
Very funny bit. Go out to a good size parking lot, get listeners to come by and give them a wireless mic, have them about 100 yards away and you on another mic. Get them to drive by you at about 15-20 mph, and as they drive by you throw a doughnut at the car. If it goes in the side window they win. You might want to have them roll down their window. Key is to not make
it in the car, but hit the car.
TOP FIVE SIGNS YOUR CO-WORKER IS FIGHTING A NASTY COLD
1. Asks if it’s OK to sip your coffee
2. What’s that cologne? Oh, yes Vicks!
3. Trash can looks like box of Kleenex exploded
4. Nose so red, Santa asked if he’d lead his sleigh tonight
5. He’s reading a copy of Nasty Cold Magazine
HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter
In Washington State, lawmakers are suggesting the idea of a 4-day school week. Where were these guys when I was growing up?
Rod Blagojevich says you can’t imagine what it is like to be Governor of Illinois these days… however, if you make an offer, he’ll see what he can do.
Director John Landis is suing Michael Jackson, saying he didn’t receive his share of the profits from the 1983 video, “Thriller.” Michael says he doesn’t know why John’s nose is so out of joint. John said, “Back at ya!”
Hidden in the Democratic drawn-up economic recovery bill: $335 million for sexually transmitted disease prevention. I guess this is to help hookers get off their feet and back on their backs again.
· “Only the best tomatoes grow up to be _____” (Hunts)
· “Cats know the difference” (Whiskas)
· “Let the good times roll” (Kawasaki)
· “Fashion that ticks” (Swatch)
· “The daily diary of the American dream” (Wall Street Journal)
· “High Definition: it’s in ________ DNA” (Sony)
· “Das Auto” (Volkswagen)
· “Hand-made, home-baked.” (Papa Murphy’s Pizza)
· “Are you gellin’?” (Dr. Scholl’s)
· “The world’s largest hotel chain” (Best Western)
WASH THE MICROPHONE
Go to a listener’s house with a wireless microphone encased in a waterproof bag. Put the microphone in the dishwasher and put it through the heaviest cycle possible. As an alternate bit, it might be fun to have someone put their cordless phone through the cycle. Have them put the phone in there (without encasing it in plastic or waterproofing it) and pay them $100 for every minute they stay on the line before the water short circuits the phone.
ELOPE ON THE SLOPE
Qualify like 10-20 brides. You get them on skis dressed in their wedding dresses and lift them to the top of the mountain. Then they race. First one down who plants a big one on her waiting groom wins a huge prize package that you’ve assembled. You’ll get TV big time for this one.
THINGS GUYS WISH WOMEN KNEW ABOUT MEN
Shaunti Feldhahn, a syndicated newspaper columnist and author of “For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men,” offers these ten things guys wish women knew about men:
1. Men would rather feel unloved than inadequate and disrespected
2. A man’s anger is often a response to feeling disrespected by his wife
3. Men are insecure
4. Men feel the burden of being the provider for their family
5. Men want more sex (duh!)
6. Sex means more than sex
7. Men struggle with visual temptation
8. Men enjoy romance, but doubt their skills to be romantic
9. Men care about their wife’s appearance
10. Men want their wives to know how much they love them
The time delayed joke. You tell the joke at like 6:35 and tell them that you’ll give them the punchline at about 7:10. It hold them for a while.
SELL ME WHAT YOU GOT
Sell me what you got. Have listeners call and try to sell you stuff. Whatever they do for a living. They try to sell it to you.
· Why did President Barack Obama retake the oath of office the day after his inauguration? (Chief Justice John Roberts got the words to the oath a little off when he originally did it)
· India‘s film industry is celebrating the 10 Oscar nominations for “Slumdog Millionaire,” but some Indians have protested against the film. Some say the title is insulting and calls poor people this. (dogs)
· Veteran quarterback Kurt Warner helped lead the Arizona Cardinals to a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game and into the Super Bowl. Which team did Warner twice help guide to the Super Bowl? (St. Louis Rams)
· Why did a famed classical music quartet decide to use a previously recorded audiotape of themselves, rather than their live performance, for the broadcast of Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremonies? (The weather was too cold for their instruments to stay in tune)
· More than 31 million pounds of this has been recalled in the United States due to salmonella contamination. (Peanut Butter)
· George W. Bush’s twin daughters offered advice in a letter for Obama’s girls. However they did NOT advise to put this under their dad’s seat. (a whoopee cushion)
· A woman was accused of trying to sell “gothic kittens” on eBay. What had she allegedly done to them? (gave them piercings)
· Having this in your home will add five months to your life span. (air cleaner)
· China is feeling the pinch of the economy as celebrations of the year of which animal are being toned down? (Ox)
· Job seekers may be on the move as Forbes tells them that what U.S. city in the best place to find a job? (Madison, Wis.)
· What is the mascot of the E.H.S. basketball team in “High School Musical”? (Wildcats)
· What was the northernmost territory ever controlled by France? (Quebec Canada)
· Journey, the rock band, was formed in what city/state? (San Francisco, CA)
· What was the profession of Charlie Brown’s father? (barber)
· What is the name of the poem that later became the “Star Spangled Banner”? (Defense of Fort McHenry)
· Which is the only, year sign, in the Chinese Calendar which is not a real animal? (The Dragon)
· Who is on the corner of the Beatles’ Penny Lane? (“a banker with a motorcar”)
· Carrie Underwood was born in what city? (Muskogee, Oklahoma)
· What does the military nickname “G.I.” stand for? (galvanized iron)
· What was the name of Britain’s first adhesive stamp, which sold for one penny? (Penny Black)
Have a listener take 2 eggs and label one the NFC, the other the AFC. Put both uncooked eggs in the microwave. Set timer and start microwave. The eggs will explode. The first egg to explode loses. The winner of the “Super Blow” is the remaining egg. Thus predicting the outcome of the game. (If the person has never put an uncooked egg in the micro before don’t tell them what to expect. They’re shocked screams turning to disgust make great radio!)
Give away football movie rentals. Here are some favorite football movies:
· “The Longest Yard,” Burt Reynolds and the Mean Machine take it to the prison guards in this behind bars gridiron classic.
· “North Dallas Forty,” this was the movie that the NFL didn’t want anybody to see.
· “Brian’s Song,” who says guys aren’t sensitive?
· “Rudy,” this movie was for all those scrubs in football.
· “The Program,” this was college football at it’s best portrayal.
· “Jim Thorpe: All American Hero,” now you’ll know why he made Madden’s Millenium Team.
· “The Waterboy,” Adam Sandler did football like Happy Gilmore did golf.
· “Varsity Blues,” high school football at it’s best! One out of three high school players had a coach like Jon Voight.
· “Lucas,” Corey Haim in a role that you actually felt sorry for him.
· “48 Hours To Glory,” this TNT Documentry followed the Vikings, and the Cowboys in 1997 for one whole weekend. Great behind the scenes footage.
· “Wildcats,” Goldie Hawn as a coach, Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as hungry actors.
· “Jerry Mcguire,” Drew Bledsoe was in this movie, and he did not throw one interception.
· “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Laces Out!” Jim Carrey and Dan Marino search for the Dolphins missing mascot.
· “Necessary Roughness,” Scott Bakula plays a middle aged college QB leading a team of misfits to glory.
· “Little Giants,” every NFL team should have the Annexation of Puerto Rico in their playbooks.
· “The Best Of Times,” Kurt Russell and Robin Williams provide many laughs in this story.
· “All The Right Moves,” that Tom Cruise… Boy, the 80′s were good to him.
· “Black Sunday,” Super Bowl Sunday! Terrorists! And a Goodyear blimp filled with machine gun rounds.
· “Gus,” Disney’s Wonder Kicking Mule. I’ll send a special shout out to anyone who knows the secret password for Gus to kick.
· “Heaven Can Wait,” Warren Beatty as a QB? What’s next, a chicken eatin, rapping, wannabe Senator?
· “The Last Boy Scout,” “Tae Bo” Billy Blanks shows how a .45 can be a helpful assist when scoring a touchdown during the opening scene.
· “Any Given Sunday,” Oliver Stone’s ‘reality version’ of the ‘game’.
TOP 5 WAYS THE SUPER BOWL WOULD BE MORE APPEALING TO WOMEN
1. All cheerleaders required to have fat thighs and bad hair.
2. Fewer split ends, more tight ends.
3. 15-yard penalty for crotch grabbing, spitting, or nose blowing during extreme closeup shots.
4. Tear-away pants!
5. One word… Showercam!
COSMO’S GUYS YOU THINK YOU SHOULD DATE… BUT SHOULDN’T
· Adrenaline Junkie — This dude skydives, surfs, runs with the bulls anything for the rush. And he has the sick abs and chiseled arms to prove it. But to keep him happy, you need to be in perpetual motion, too. This guy does not like to sit on his ass and he doesn’t like for you to sit on yours either. And it isn’t just a phase. In his late 30s, he’ll get into marathons, and they’ll lead to triathlons and eventually to the Ironman competition. Yeah, that means a trip to Hawaii but instead of chilling on the beach, you’ll be cheering him on from the sidelines. Having fun yet?
· Nice Guy With a Chip on His Shoulder — He’ll ridicule the “tools who are trying too hard” with bold clothing choices to seem down-to-earth, but here’s his dirty little secret: He spends just as much time picking out his outfit as his more fashion-conscious counterparts do. Under the casual exterior is a calculating killjoy with mom issues. He’ll stand at the bar, thinking ‘Why is that girl going for that dude over there? One day, she’ll come to her senses and get with a nice guy like me!’ The truth is, he’s so preoccupied with being overlooked that he’d be totally oblivious to your attention.
· Smooth Operator — He’s the type that rolls up to the club in an Escalade and holds court in the VIP section, ordering bottle service all night. Though he got Ds in high school, he now scores A, B, and C cups with entertaining small talk and name-dropping. Yeah, he’s a Casanova in a skull cap, it replaced his trucker hat about a year ago. But this lid spells trouble. It takes confidence to pull it off with a straight face, too much confidence. There “is” such a thing. He’ll shower you with attention, but beware: You may not be the only chick in that shower.
· Workaholic Hotshot — This guy is always dressed to the nines, because he’s loaded. Simmer down the cash flow comes at a price. He toils until the wee hours, then loosens his tie and parties like there’s no tomorrow. Unfortunately, there is tomorrow, and it starts in like three hours. What little time he has for you will be shared with his BlackBerry. The ugly truth: Money is the love of his life, and you’re just a mistress or second mistress, since he’s probably crunching more than numbers with his secretary. (Cosmopolitan)
SWEETHEART ATTACK PACKS
Next week, we’re going to give away “Sweetheart Attack Packs.” They include a dozen roses, a heart-shaped pizza, dinner for two, a love songs CD plus each winner qualifies for a trip for two to Las Vegas and jewelry. We’ve been getting stupid with cupid and come up with several sweetheart games, like “Name That Sweetheart.” We give you 1/2 of the team you give us the significant other.
· Herman Munster (Lily)
· Gomez Addams (Morticia)
· Chandler Bing (Monica)
· Tim Taylor (Jill)
· Rob Petrie (Laura)
· Fred G. Sanford (Elizabeth)
THE BITTER BALL
This is a great idea for Valentine’s Day. A dance for people who are bitter about the love thing. Divorced or recently broke up people who need to purge and have some fun. Have them bring old pictures and notes so that you can burn them or even shoot them with paint ball guns. There’s a lot of fun to be had with this.