Monthly Archives: February 2009




HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .


Tommy Hilfiger, who has four children from his first marriage, is overjoyed he’s getting a fifth. Beautiful blonde Dee Ocleppo, who married the fashion designer in December, is three months pregnant. (Page Six)


Like many people, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus admits she struggles when it comes to maintaining her weight. “I have to work at not being fat,” Louis-Dreyfus, 48, tells Shape in its April edition. “I’m always trying different things to see what sticks.” Whether it’s running for four miles at a park or jumping on the elliptical machine at home, the New Adventures of Old Christine star says finding balance between her indulgences and discipline helps her stay slim – and sane. “I feel like I deserve a treat when I work hard,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “It’s important to give yourself a little of what you really want so you don’t feel like you’re in food prison.” So what does the former Seinfeld star indulge in? “I have a chocolate drawer in my desk where I keep treats at all times,” she says. “As long as I can have one or two pieces, I’m fine.” So is there anything she simply can’t resist? “My biggest food vice is bacon,” Louis-Dreyfus confesses. “In fact, I don’t keep bacon in my house – that would be way too tempting.” (People)


They’ve been to the Oscars, they’ve been to Disneyland, and now the two main child actors from the Oscar-laden Slumdog Millionaire are heading to brand new homes. Indian government authorities are providing new residences in Mumbai for Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who portrayed the younger versions of the movie’s central characters, Latika and Salim, played as adults by Freida Pinto, 24, and Dev Latel, 18, Reuters reports. “These two children have brought laurels to the country, and we have been told that they live in slums, which cannot even be classified as housing,” said Gautam Chatterjee, head of the state-run Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority. There have been protests in some quarters over the fact that the while the movie was earning millions around the world – nearly $100 million in North America alone – its young actors were living in squalor. The movie’s Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson have denied claims that children were exploited to make their movie – saying that the youngsters were paid above local Indian wages. The children, say the filmmakers, were also enrolled in school for the first time with a fund established to provide for their education, medical emergencies and “basic living costs.” (People)


Paris Hilton wasn’t satisfied with having just one 28th birthday party. After throwing herself a fete at Butter last week, she held a second celebration at My House in LA, where guests were encouraged to wear pink. Hayden Panettiere, Elisha Cuthbert and Kevin Connolly stopped by, while Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupree came to the after-party at the home of Lindsay Lohan‘s lawyer, Mike Heller. Hilton’s current flame, “The Hills” periphery-player Doug Reinhart, left the party early after Hilton spent too much time trying to rap with Snoop. (Page Six)


The Jonas Brothers can’t decide who they’d rather cast in one of their music movies: Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston. Asked Tuesday at the Hollywood premiere of Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience for their choice, the boys all laughed. “That’s a hard one. I don’t know,” Joe Jonas told reporters. “We’ll take both.”  As for their dream girl, Nick Jonas said she must possess one quality. “Someone who’s good to our mom,” he said. “That’s very important. And someone who has a good sense of humor.” At Tuesday’s premiere, the boys got support from their pal Demi Lovato, who also appears in their movie, and Hannah Montana star Emily Osment. “‘Hold On’ is, like, an awesome one,” she told when asked what her favorite Jonas Brothers song was.  Added her costar Jason Earles, “They’re good guys, they come from a good family, and they’re good role models. Their music is cool and upbeat, and they put on good live shows.” Osment had one message for the band’s fierce female followers: “Don’t chase the boys!” (US Weekly)


Kim Kardashian has issued an apology for posting photos of her new chimp Suzy on her Web site the same week a simian mauled a Connecticut woman. “I understand my timing was not appropriate and it was insensitive of me, so I want to explain,” she blogs. “The pictures I posted are from six months ago when we were filming season three of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I had held onto these pictures for months and preset them to run the month before my show was going to air, to give you guys exclusive glimpses into season three. “My mom has been begging Kourtney, Khloe and I to settle down and have kids, so we thought it would be funny to rent a baby chimpanzee for a week and leave her with my mom! We don’t still have Suzy, she was just rented for a week! You guys will see what happens this season with Suzy! “What happened to the woman that was attacked by the chimpanzee was devastating!” Kardashian says of 55-year-old Charla Nash, who was attacked last week and remains under sedation at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio (police shot and killed the chimp). Adds Kardashian, “My mom and I saw it on the news and heard the 911 calls and we both cried!” Before signing off, she writes, “Our family is praying for everyone involved in that traumatizing attack. In no way did I mean to insult or offend anyone by posting these pictures.” (Page Six)


Trying to find Mr. Right these days isn’t easy, says Denise Richards. Asked on Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show if she is dating, Charlie Sheen‘s ex says, “dating-ish. It’s hard.” DeGeneres then asks if “dating-ish” is one guy or a bunch of guys. “Just -ish,” says Richards, 38, who will star on the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. “We’ll leave it at that.” As a single mom (Sam is 4; Lola is 3), “I don’t want to bring someone around my children who have been through enough.” “If you’re out in public with someone, then [people] automatically think you’re with them, so….” she continues. How does she ever get a chance to meet somebody? “I haven’t quite figured that out,” she says. “That’s the -ish part.” She then adds, “Let’s say I’m not engaged to anyone.” DeGeneres asks her if she would ever go for Ryan Seacrest, who is executive producer of her E! reality show. “I know him, and he knows way too much about me,” she says. “He sees the dailies of our show and everything else … it’s almost embarrassing!” Asked how she got through her rocky split with Sheen and the death of her mother, Richards says, “it was probably the worst few years of my life.” “A lot of public scrutiny and humiliation,” she says. “Before my Mom passed away, during the public humiliation of different things I was dealing with, my mom would always say, ‘You’re a lot stronger than you think. You’ll get through it.'” “Then, you know, she passed away, so I had to deal with that, which was really difficult,” she continues. “But I think it’s, you know, my kids. I could’ve gone one way or the other, and I have two little girls, so I needed to be a parent…. There is a lot of stuff obviously they don’t know, but I had to move forward.” (US Weekly)


Transformers star Megan Fox has split from her fiancé Brian Austin Green, according to “The relationship had run its course,” an insider said. “It’s completely amicable, and they are remaining friends.” Megan met Brian, who is a regular on TV show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, in 2004 and they got engaged two years later. The pair are now planning to focus “on their careers” (British Glamour)


Samantha Ronson dedicated a song to Lindsay last night — a song that was very telling about their volatile relationship. During the acoustic concert at Genghis Cohen in L.A., Sam got “awwwws” from the crowd when she told ’em “This is for Lindsay,” but the song included lyrics like “I’ll follow you out of control … I’m falling after you, in and out of love.” In her dedication Sam also said “You get your heart broken sometimes and then you unbreak it and break it again.” Linds was there — sitting front row with a digital camera — and said the song made her mad. Fight 3,173 on the way? (TMZ)


No wonder Jennifer Aniston received so much affection from John Mayer on Oscar night. It turns out that while the singer was happy to provide “moral support” to his girl at the Academy Awards, he was also “very, very nervous” about attending. “It’s not my world, the Oscar thing,” Mayer told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM show Wednesday. “But [Jen] was so sweet to me that night, because you can go from a Grammy winner to a water boy when you walk into the Kodak Theatre on Oscar night.” He added, “While it was really, really fun, the whole thing is very odd to me.” “I basically stepped into the picture frame of Hollywood,” he explained. “And you have to really be with someone you know has your back in that situation, and she did, and it was really great.” As for why the normally low-key couple chose such a high-profile event to go so public with their relationship, John told Ryan, “At some point, you feel comfortable and say this is the choice I want to make. I think a year is a pretty good period of time with which to say, yeah, let’s go have a really good time at the Oscars.” (Eonline)


Music mogul Simon Cowell has laughed off reports he wants his body frozen after his death – insisting he was just joking. The reality TV judge told guests at a private dinner hosted by Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown earlier this year that he planned to have his body preserved in liquid nitrogen – in the hope scientists can find a way to bring him back to life. He was quoted as saying, “I have decided to freeze myself when I die. You know, cryonics. You pay a lot of money and you get stuck in a deep freeze once you’ve been declared dead. “Medical science is bound to work out a way of bringing us back to life in the next century or so, and I want to be available when they do. I would be doing the nation an invaluable service.” But a spokesperson for Cowell says the claims were exaggerated and never meant to be taken seriously. (Teen Hollywood)


Jennifer Love Hewitt is using music to get over her split from fiancé Ross Mccall – insisting she finds comfort in emotional rocker Alanis Morissette’s records. The Ghost Whisperer actress got engaged to McCall in November 2007 after two years of dating, but broke off the relationship last December. And despite McCall recently telling reporters the pair were “working it out”, Hewitt is adamant the romance is finished – and has discovered useful tactics to try and move on. She says, “I’m just taking things one day at a time. Lots of chocolate and Alanis (Morissette) is helping too. “Everybody has to get through it in their own way. I choose to believe that some people are just not right for you, and there’s somebody else who will be.” (Teen Hollywood)




Eartha Kitt fans were surprised and disappointed with the Oscars telecast when the In Memoriam segment – which featured Charlton Heston, Paul Newman, Sydney Pollack and dozens of others who passed away in 2008 – omitted Kitt, who died at 81 on Christmas Day. “The producers are either 12 or have been living under a rock for the past 60 years,” Kitt’s publicist, Andrew Freedman, told us. Although most known for her singing and playing Catwoman on the “Bat man” TV show, Kitt also co-starred in movies with the likes of Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. and Sidney Poitier. “It’s clear that they thought that publicist Warren Cowan was more of a household name,” said Freedman. “Go figure.” (Page Six)


Will Iman be popping up on “Project Runway” soon? We heard the show’s producer, Desiree Gruber, tell the supermodel, and “Call me tomorrow,” as they left Glasshouse 21 in Chelsea. The gal pals were guests of Glamour magazine Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive and publisher Bill Wackermann, who hosted a swanky dinner following the opening of the Glamour Project at Lehmann Maupin gallery Monday night. Other glittery guests included Rachel Feinstein, Jason Wu, Ciara, Marisa Marchetto, Amanda Peet, Tory Burch and Lyor Cohen. (Page Six)


Ronnie Wood‘s band mates aren’t exactly leading by example. The Rolling Stone, who has a history of alcohol abuse, was told by guitarist Keith Richards to sober up or risk being dumped from the group’s upcoming US tour, according to British press reports. But it didn’t stop Richards from drinking the night away with friends at Plunge rooftop bar at the Gansevoort in Miami. Wood, 61, is still seeing Ekaterina Ivanova, the 20-year-old Russian cocktail waitress for whom he left his wife of 23 years in July. (Page Six)


The whole world, it seems, wants to know: What kind of dog are the Obamas getting and, for goodness sake, when? Speaking to PEOPLE at the White House recently, Michelle Obama leaned in and confided: “You’re getting some scoops here.” So, when? In April, Mrs. Obama says – after she and the President take daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, on a vacation for spring break. Here’s a sample of a typical family conversation on the matter: “So Sasha says, ‘April 1st.’ I said, ‘April.’ She says, ‘April 1st.’ It’s, like, April!,” Mrs. Obama recalls. “Got to do it after spring break. You can’t get a new dog and then go away for a week.” And what kind of dog will soon be frolicking on the South Lawn? Mrs. Obama says the family is looking for a rescue Portuguese Water dog who is “old enough” and a “match” for the family dynamic. “Temperamentally they’re supposed to be pretty good,” she says of the breed that Sen. Ted Kennedy has also lobbied for (he has two Water dogs of his own). “From the size perspective, they’re sort of middle of the road – it’s not small, but it’s not a huge dog. And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that’s where we’re leaning.” The Name Game The only thing still up in the air is the name. And Mom’s not feeling it with some of the names her girls have come up with. “Oh, the names are really bad. I don’t even want to mention it, because there are names floating around and they’re bad,” Mrs. Obama says with a laugh. “You listen and you go – like, I think, Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, well, what if the dog isn’t a moose? Moose. I’m like, no, come on, let’s work with the names a little bit.” Asked if she can believe the public interest in her family dog search, Mrs. Obama shakes her head. “Okay, that’s surprising,” she says. “One of the things I didn’t anticipate is the level of the excitement about the dog. I knew my kids were excited. They’ve been excited for years. They’ve even calmed down, because they feel like, ‘They said we’re going to get one, so let’s just shut up about it.’ ” Diplomatically, and careful not to insult enthusiastic dog-lovers, she adds: “It’s all great and gracious attention. People are just being as helpful as you can imagine. So I know that we will find the perfect breed. And we’ll find people who are caring folks who will help us find the dog of our dreams.” (People)


Make no mistake about it: Tiger Woods is eager to return to the golf course after being sidelined for eight months with a knee injury. He’s ready to feel what he calls “that rush of playing and competing.” But the PGA superstar, who plays Wednesday at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., says he found unexpected joys in being home with wife Elin, daughter Sam, 2, and newborn son Charlie Axel Woods. “It was a blessing in disguise to have an opportunity just to see Sam grow that fast and that much,” he said at a news conference Tuesday. “As players, you travel so much that I would have missed a lot of that, so I was very lucky there.” He adds: “I didn’t realize how much I loved being home and being around Sam and E and now Charlie. I mean, I’ll tell you what, that’s something that is just so important to me.” Sleep Deprivation What surprised him, Woods, 33, says, is “the closeness that I feel” to family. “We’ve had so much fun, so many great times, and I would have missed some of those things,” he says. Fatherhood, however, has meant “a little less sleep,” he says. “That’s been one of the tougher parts.” Now that he’s back to work, “This is my week to get some sleep, get some rest, so I’ll take full advantage of it,” he jokes. “But on a serious note, it’s great. To have Charlie healthy and Elin healthy and obviously Sam just doing great, it just couldn’t be any better.” And with everybody doing well at home, he says, he can focus on the game. “I miss that rush of playing and competing,” he says. “I really do, getting on that first tee and feeling it. I miss that. As much as you can have money games at home with the guys, it’s not the same. This is what I do for a living, and this is what I’ve always wanted to do my entire life, and not being able to do it at the highest level was frustrating at times.” (People)


Kate Walsh didn’t think she’d end up splitting from Alex Young after just 15 months of marriage. “I don’t think anyone gets married thinking that they will get divorced,” the Private Practice actress, 41, says in the March issue of Redbook. “We certainly did not. “Alex and I still care for each other, and I wish him nothing but the best,” she continues. “The silver lining to this, however, is that I have a wonderful family and a great group of friends who really showed their support and encouragement, and for that I am truly grateful.”  The pair separated last November due to irreconcilable differences, according to court papers Young filed.  Walsh says her friends don’t judge her for divorcing so quickly. “I have gone through ups and down, and it’s human nature for someone to judge and say, ‘Here’s what you need to do,'” she says. “But the most truly useful thing to do is to shut up and listen and tell the person that you’re there for them unequivocally.”  She’s resolved to move forward. “I have always been the girl who keeps on trying. I try! I try!” she says. Walsh also opens up about being deeply insecure when it comes to dating. “I second-guess myself all the time. I make a decision and then wonder if I made the wrong choice,” she says. “Sometimes I come off as confident, but really I am a quivering little wharf rat underneath who is radically insecure and deeply in need of love and understanding,” she goes on. (US Weekly)


OctoMom is used to having multiple people inside of her at once — and now one porn company is willing to shell out big bucks to harness that skill on film. Major porn distributor Vivid Entertainment has just fired off a letter to Nadya Suleman, offering her 1 million bucks to star in a skin flick of her own. Vivid is willing to go one step further, by telling us they’ll give her family full medical and dental insurance if she becomes a “contract girl”… meaning she’ll have to do multiple videos. No word if Octo will take them up on the offer — but she definitely needs the scratch for a down payment on a house… (TMZ)


In a last minute attempt to salvage whatever crumbs are left of his career, Chris Brown has decided to take a handful of anger management classes, according to The NY Daily News>The alleged woman beater has no legal obligations to take the class – yet – rather “he believes it will make him look better to the public.” Hmm.  Shouldn’t Brown be taking the classes because he actually wants to learn something from them and not solely as a publicity stunt? Just a thought! Chris is also bitching left and right about how Princess RiRi should be attending the classes as well!!! “Rihanna is temperamental, too. They’re both too-hot headed for their own good,” blabbed one of Chris’ friends. Another snitch added fuel to the fire, “It didn’t help that Rihanna grabbed the keys out of his rented Lamborghini and threw them down the street. She knew it would really infuriate Chris, and it worked.” Why are Chris’ friends placing part of the blame on Rihanna???? We’re sure the tragic incident would have happened eventually, whether RiRi grabbed his keys or not!  Abusers don’t learn to use violence overnight! (Perez Hilton)


An arrest warrant has been issued for Britney Spears‘s paparazzo ex-boyfriend to face felony charges of trying to avoid a process server – with the help of some German engineering. According to L.A. prosecutors, the victim was serving a temporary restraining order, obtained by Spears’s father, at Adnan Ghalib’s apartment complex in Encino on Feb. 11 when Ghalib got into his Mercedes and drove it toward the victim. To avoid being penned against a trash truck, the victim jumped on the hood and hung on as the car served, eventually falling off and breaking his wrist, among other injuries, the District Attorney alleges. Ghalib allegedly drove away without stopping. Ghalib was slapped Tuesday with three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run and battery, all worth up to seven years in prison if convicted. The charges include special allegations: use of a deadly weapon – a car – and great bodily injury. Prosecutors are asking bail be set at $110,000. (People)


The woman who was injured in a car crash with Morgan Freeman last year claims the actor was boozing all over town before he got behind the wheel. According to a lawsuit filed today in Mississippi federal court, Demaris Meyer claims on the night of the crash, she first met up with Freeman at dinner — where she noticed “throughout the course of dinner and afterward drinks were consumed by Freeman.” Meyer then says she left dinner and met up with Freeman and others at a friend’s home. She claims Freeman “had at least one more drink” while there. She claims Freeman then invited her to stay at his home for the night — guaranteeing her not only her own bedroom, but her “own house.” She says she agreed. Meyer claims at around 11:30 PM, while Freeman drove her to his home, Morgan lost control of the car and “ran off of the right side of the highway.” Meyer says she suffered a broken left wrist and right scapula, a torn labrum in her right shoulder and numerous bruises and lacerations. At a press conference today, Meyer said she and Freeman were “just friends” — despite widespread rumors that she was his mistress. Meyer is suing for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability (short term memory loss) and additional damages. (TMZ)



MUSIC . . .


Singer and guitarist for the Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, has split from the rest of the band “by mutual agreement.” The announcement appeared on their website last night. It had been a rocky year for the band, with Steven busted for drug possession last July, escaping more severe consequences with a deal to stay out of trouble. And in late August, band mate Ed Robertson miraculously escaped with his life when the float plane he was piloting went down in a forest. He and 3 passengers all survived. During their 20 years together, the Canadian band has recorded 11 albums, achieved top singles, and received multiple Juno awards. The band, however, plans to continue to tour and record without Page, who is said to have solo and theatrical projects in the works.  And maybe rehab too! In an email, drummer Tyler Steven said, “The band is happy to be moving forward and can’t wait to get into the studio to record new material” and on the website Page wrote, “These guys are my brothers. We’ve grown up together over the past 20 years. I love them and wish them all the best in the future.” Which is all very well and diplomatic, but we can’t help but feel like the band may have tired of Page’s druggie ways or that maybe Page quit them! (Perez Hilton)


Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” claims a 10th non-consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 despite a 32% drop in sales from last week, a feat unmatched by any album since Santana’s “Supernatural” collected 12 weeks at No. 1 in 1999 and 2000. Only eight other albums by solo female artists have earned 10 weeks or more at No. 1. The Big Machine set moved 62,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The chart’s highest debut comes from Charlie Wilson, whose “Uncle Charlie” (Jive) starts at No. 2 with 58,000. The R&B singer’s last set, 2005’s “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” debuted and peaked at No. 10 with an opening week of 71,000. The Fray’s self-titled Epic album, which topped the chart two weeks ago, rebounds 4-3 despite a 29% sales decline to 53,000. Much like the week after Christmas, many titles experience sales drops and shift around the top tier after an active week of post-Grammys and Valentine’s Day shopping. For example, climbing back into the top tier 11-4 is Nickelback’s Roadrunner effort “Dark Horse” with 43,000 (-23%). Beyonce’s “I Am… Sasha Fierce” (Music World/Columbia) follows suit, ascending 12-5 with 41,000 (-25%). Jamie Foxx’s “Intuition” (J) leaps 14-6 with 33,000 (-19%) and India.Arie’s Universal Republic set “Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics” takes a 57% hit to 32,000. Selling 32,000 (-11%), Kanye West’s “808s & Heartbreak” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) climbs 16-8. Grammy Award-winning “Raising Sand” (Rounder) by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss falls 2-9, also with 32,000 (-58%). Lady GaGa earns a new chart peak this week as “The Fame” (IGA) moves up 26-10 with 32,000 (+11%). Morrissey’s “Years of Refusal,” his first for Lost Highway in conjunction with his own Attack imprint, debuts at No. 11. It shares the same position as his other high water mark, which came with the No. 11 peak of 2004’s “You Are the Quarry.” His last studio album, 2006’s “Ringleader of the Tormentors,” entered and topped out at No. 27. Singer/songwriter M. Ward scores his best charting solo album yet with “Hold Time” (Merge) at No. 31 with 19,000. His previous “Post-War” only reached No. 146 in 2006, though his collaboration with Zooey Deschanel on She & Him’s “Volume One” last year scored No. 71 upon entry. Other debuts this week include Annie Lennox’s CD/DVD set “Annie Lennox Collection” (Sony) at No. 34 with 16,000 and the double-disc indie-rock benefit compilation “Dark Was the Night” (4AD/Beggars) at No. 49 with 13,000. At 7.41 million units, sales are down 13.3% compared to last week and down by 7% compared to the same week in 2008. (Hollywood Reporter)


Mötley Crüe will reprise their multi-act hard rock tour this summer with Crüe Fest 2: The White Trash Circus. The Live Nation-produced tour begins July 19 in Camden, N.J., and runs through September 5 in Darien Lake, N.Y. Full tour details, including the line up, will be revealed at a press conference broadcast from FUSE TV studios in New York on March 16, before Mötley Crüe hits the stage across the street at Madison Square Garden that evening. Crüe Fest 2 pre-sale tickets will be available exclusively to Mötley Crüe fan club members beginning today (Feb. 25).  Beginning on March 2, pre-sale tickets will be available to the public. Fans can go to for pre-sale information. Last year’s debut Crue Fest featured Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M. and Trapt. The festival played for nearly half a million rock fans at Live Nation amphitheaters and arenas in 40 cities across North America. The activities surrounding the announcement of this year’s line-up and ticket on-sale include launch parties in local venues and in-theater special screenings of a performance documentary on Crüe Fest 1, which will also be released on DVD on March 24th.  More details on all of these activities are available at (Billboard)



MOVIE . . .


Ellen DeGeneres is making a return to the animated big screen. Warner Bros. has picked up “Dog Show,” an animation pitch from Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the writers behind DreamWorks Animation’s’ “Master Mind,” which is in production with Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey as the lead voice actors. With “Show,” writer John Glenn (“Eagle Eye”) and producer David Manpearl developed the idea with Schoolcraft and Simons before approaching DeGeneres, who stamped it with her unique sensibilities. The team took the project around town, with Warners beating several suitors to take best in show. While plot details are being kept on a leash, the story centers on a stray dog and her misfit friends who shake up the famed and pure-bred world of a Westminster-like dog show. Glenn will produce with DeGeneres, and Manpearl will exec produce. Sarah Schechter and Niija Kuykendall are overseeing for Warners. Schoolcraft and Simons, who have their comedy spec “All About Adam” set up with Scott Rudin at Disney, are repped by ICM and Brian Lutz Management. DeGeneres, who continues to host her Emmy-winning, Warner Bros.-distributed daytime talker, hasn’t been involved in a big-screen project since 2003’s “Finding Nemo.” She is repped by ICM and the Gold Co. (Hollywood Reporter)


Paul Newman, the late actor and 10-time Academy Award nominee, has been honored by lawmakers as a screen legend and humanitarian. Newman died Sept. 26, 2008, at age 83 after a long battle with cancer. The House on Tuesday night approved a resolution recognizing Newman’s achievements on and off screen. The resolution said Newman’s “humanitarian works and incomparable talents have made him an American icon who will never be forgotten.” The Hollywood star won one Oscar and took home two honorary ones, and had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures, including “Cool Hand Luke,” “Exodus,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Verdict,” “The Sting” and “Absence of Malice.” Newman and his popular food company, Newman’s Own, have given more than $250 million to charity over the years. He also helped to start “Hole in the Wall” camps across the world for children with life-threatening illnesses. The resolution is H.R.18. (Hollywood Reporter)


Of all the people watching how “Watchmen” does at the box-office, Larry Gordon might have the most complicated feelings. The veteran producer has an A-list backend deal on Warner Bros.’ R-rated graphic novel adaptation and stands to gain financially if it becomes a hit. But if Warners has its way, Gordon also could be on the hook to Warners for a hefty percentage of the film’s grosses based on his role in the legal debacle that ended with Fox owning a piece of the “Watchmen” property. For this reason, Gordon and Warners have put off until after the $130 million Zack Snyder epic opens next Friday to resolve their standoff over what amount — if anything — Gordon should reimburse the studio for the cost of settling the litigation. A clear idea of what Gordon might be liable for won’t emerge until the film has largely played out, which could be a month or two, but if the pic is a mega-grosser, it could be tens of millions. Fox sued Warners last February, claiming copyright infringement based on agreements the studio had with Gordon in the early 1990s. The case was a rare public showdown between studios over a potential blockbuster and highlighted the challenge of maintaining a clear chain of title on projects that bounce around in development over many years. When Judge Gary Feess ruled Dec. 24 that Gordon did not secure proper rights to “Watchmen” from Fox, Warners settled the case rather than face a possible injunction against the film’s release. The Warners settlement gave Fox a $1.5 million reimbursement for development costs as well as up to 8.5% of the film’s worldwide grosses, although the percentage is lower until the film breaks even. That could put Gordon in a strange position: The better the film does, the more he could pocket as a profit participant but the more he might have to fork over to make Warners whole. That’s because Warners claims its agreements with Gordon contain an indemnity clause requiring the producer to reimburse it for any unforeseen problems with the pic. Neither Gordon nor his litigation lawyer Dale Kinsella would comment, but they have maintained in court filings that Gordon is not responsible for the litigation and owes Warners nothing. Reps for Warners also declined to comment, but several sources said the studio plans to aggressively pursue Gordon for the settlement costs. In court papers Warners said Gordon should be liable “for all damages Warner Bros. suffers as a result of Fox’s claims.” Complicating matters further is Gordon’s position in the litigation that his own transactional attorneys who negotiated the deals are in part to blame for the mess. Gordon’s litigation lawyers, who are not in the same firm as the transactional attorneys, wrote to Judge Feess that Fox’s lawsuit might be traced to errors in the negotiation process by Fox as well as by Gordon’s own counsel at the Jake Bloom law firm. Gordon, who is still repped by the Bloom firm, is now said to be pushing for that firm’s malpractice insurance carrier to make a contribution to any financial settlement. The Bloom firm declined to comment. But the amount of any settlement will depend on how well the film does.  “Watchmen” premiered Monday night in London to mixed reviews, with the critic from tabloid News of the World (which is owned by Fox topper Rupert Murdoch) calling the 2-1/2 hour epic “spirit-crushingly disappointing” but several others predicting approval from fans of the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons graphic novel. (Hollywood Reporter)



TV . . .


Fans of The Hills (and Laguna Beach before that) who’ve witnessed Lauren Conrad have her heart broken over and over again will be happy to know she’s learned from her mistakes. “I think there was a time when I let a guy, if not several guys, walk all over me — which I would never let happen now,” she tells Seventeen magazine for its April issue. “I’ve grown to realize you can’t allow yourself to be a victim.” Unlike her past romances with Brody Jenner and Jason Wahler, Conrad has kept her current relationship with actor Kyle Howard away from the cameras. In fact, the fashion designer won’t even officially call him her boyfriend. “He’s a friend,” she tells the magazine. “I’m a fan of labels, but girlfriend doesn’t always look good on me. Ha!” MTV star is a label she won’t have for much longer: Conrad tells Seventeen the show’s upcoming fifth season (season 4 bonus episodes will premiere in March) will be her last.  “My biggest thing with the show was that I wanted to walk away from it while it’s still a great thing,” she explains. “I always want to remember it that way. I gave MTV a deadline and said, ‘This is as long as I can do it and stay sane.’  (People)


“The Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan is getting ready for an amazing ride: a multitasking bicycle trip across America. Keoghan said he’s cycling cross-country to encourage people to pursue a healthy life. He also intends to spotlight the battle against multiple sclerosis, a cause he’s supported for several years. Keoghan will set off from Los Angeles on March 28 and end in New York on May 9 — the day before the “Amazing Race” season finale airs on CBS, the network said Wednesday. He plans to average 100 miles a day, and said he hopes people will join in as he passes through their area. “I feel like where we’re at in the economy, the bicycle is a pretty good solution to helping people’s waistlines, wallets and the environment,” Keoghan said by phone from Auckland during a visit to his native New Zealand. “This is saying to people, look, it’s time to make a choice in your life. We have way too much obesity and way too many people sitting back and not getting involved in life,” he said. The ride, sponsored by nutritional retailer GNC, also is intended to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS fundraising effort, with Keoghan attending rallies nationwide. A member of Keoghan’s family, a cousin, has the disease, a CBS spokesman said. Keoghan’s path will take him to more than 30 cities including Las Vegas; Denver; Lincoln, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Washington; Baltimore; Philadelphia; and New York. (Hollywood Reporter)


The cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is reuniting for an episode of “Family Guy,” a mash-up made in geek heaven that Fox will air next month. In the episode titled “Not All Dogs Go to Heaven,” the “Next Gen” crew (Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes) will provide guest voices as the Griffin family heads to the annual Quahog “Trek” convention. “Stewie blows a fuse when he doesn’t get a chance to ask his favorite ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ cast members any questions,” reads the logline. “He devises a plan, builds a transporter and beams the entire cast to his bedroom so they can spend a fun-filled day together in Quahog.” A member of the “Trek” cast let some of this news slip into the blogsphere awhile back, but Fox has now confirmed, announced the cast and set a March 29 airdate. In other Fox-fanboy news, the network is hinting that a two-part episode of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” will be a “game-changing” episode, which is often (but not always) shorthand for “somebody dies.” The description: “Today is the Day, Part 1 of 2”:  In the first part of a game-changing two-part installment, Jesse (guest star Stephanie Jacobsen) flashes back to a life-altering mission aboard her submarine, the Jimmy Carter. Meanwhile, Sarah (Lena Headey) and John (Thomas Dekker) decide they can’t continue living in their house and make plans to leave. Okay, so a flashback while making plans to leave a house doesn’t exactly sound like riveting drama. But here’s part two: “Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter, Part 2 of 2” The exciting two-parter continues as Jesse’s submarine mission in the future takes a fatal turn that has unforeseen consequences for John, Sarah and Derek (Brian Austin Green) in the present. Also, Sarah deals with Cameron, who has become a liability, and John steps up and makes a life-or-death choice. (Hollywood Reporter)


And the first actor cast in the new “Melrose Place” is … Michael Rady. The “Swingtown” alum landed the gig Wednesday morning, a day after the CW officially greenlighted the pilot for the “Melrose” update, to be directed by Davis Guggenheim. On the project, penned by “Smallville” exec producers/co-showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, Rady will play Jonah Miller, a cute and quirky 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker who makes his living as a videographer of weddings and bar mitzvahs for the rich and famous after moving to Los Angeles with his fiancée a year ago.  The role is somewhat reminiscent of struggling writer Billy (Andrew Shue) from the original Fox series. In addition to his role as Doug Stephens on “Swingtown,” Rady co-starred in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” and recurred on Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell” and ABC Family’s “Greek.” He is repped by Gersh and Station 3. (Hollywood Reporter)



TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Mike Butts Creative)


Q.  Experts say the best way to keep your luggage from being stolen is to do THIS?

            A.  Buy ugly-shabby looking bags!!!



TODAY’S QUOTE (By Ella Wheeler Wilcox)





MIND BOGGLERS . . . (QuickTrivia)


Q. Before starring on the Canadian show “Check It Out!” Don Adams played which US TV character?

            A. Maxwell Smart


Q. What Canadian actor is the great-grandson of Prime Minister Sir John Abbott? 

            A.  Christopher Plummer


Q.  Who had his first gig at age 2 as a model in ads for Baskin-Robbins?

            a) Sean “Puffy” Combs  ****

            b) Leonardo Di Caprio

            c) Edward Norton

            d) Nicolas Cage


Q. What Western series is forever associated with an overture about Swiss hero William Tell?

            A. The Lone Ranger


Q. What radio program created a national panic on October 30, 1938? 

            A. Mercury Theatre of the Air (feature: “War of the Worlds”)


Q. What comedy team was famous for its “Who’s On First?” baseball routine?

            A. Abbott and Costello


Q.  This Danish thinker defined anxiety as “the dizziness of freedom”

            A. Soren Kierkegaard



































—1802  Author Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) (d. 5-22-1885)

—1829  Inventor Levi Strauss (d. 1902)

—1832  Author John George Nicolay (d. 9-26-1901)

—1846  Frontiersman William Frederic “Buffalo Bill” Cody (d. 1-10-1917)

—1852  Nutritionist Dr. John Kellogg (d.)

—1914  Actor Robert Alda (d. 5-3-1986)

—1916  Actor Jackie Gleason  (d. 6-24-1987)

—1919  Actor Mason Adams (Lou Grant) (d. 4-26-2005)

—1920  Actor Tony Randall (The Odd Couple) (d. 5-17-2004)

—1921  Actress Betty Hutton  (Annie Get You Gun) (d. 3-11-2007)

—1928  Musician Antoine “Fats” Domino (“Blueberry Hill”)

—1929  Actress Madeleine Carroll

—1932  Musician Johnny Cash (“A Boy Named Sue”) (d. 9-12-2003)

—1943  Paul Cotton – guitarist for Poco (“Crazy Love”)

—1945  Musician Mitch Ryder (Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels) (“Sock It To Me Baby”)

—1945  Bob ‘Bear’ Hite – vocalist for Canned Heat (“On The Road Again”) (d. 4-6-1981)

—1948  Actress Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line)

—1950  Musician Jonathon Cain (Journey) (Don’t Stop Believin”)

¾1953  Singer Michael Bolton (“To Love Somebody”)

—1954  Michael Bolton (“To Love Somebody”)

—1959  Basketball’s Rolando Blackman

¾1966  Actress Jennifer Grant (daughter of Cary Grant & Dyan Cannon)

¾1972  Singer Erykah Badu






—1846  William F. Cody – Buffalo Bill – was born in Iowa.  A contract to supply meat for railroad workers in the West was the origin of his nickname; they say he killed more than 4000 buffalo in his life.

—1855  The first public school system in the South opened, in Nashville.

—1870  The first New York City subway opened.

—1919  Congress created the Grand Canyon National Park.

—1966  Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” is the top single in the US.

—1970  Beatles’ “Hey Jude” is released.

—1980  Israel and Egypt exchanged ambassadors for the first time in modern history.

—1983  Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” knocks Men At Work off the top of the US album chart, where they had been for 14 weeks.

—1985  Capping her comeback, Tina Turner wins three Grammys.  Lionel Richie’s “Can’t Slow Down” wins Best Album over Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.”, but Bruce finally wins one for “Dancing In The Dark.”     

—1986  A U.S. Air Force jet flew Ferdinand Marcos and his family & fortune out of the Philippines, a day after Corazon Aquino was      sworn in as President.      

—1986  Congress named Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Penn Warren as the nation’s first official Poet Laureate.

—1987  The first four Beatles CDs are released.

—1993  World Trade Center bombing anniversary.  A 1,210 lb. bomb packed in a van exploded in the underground parking garage, killing 6 people and injuring more than 1,000 (mostly from smoke inhalation)

—1996  A Detroit judge orders the owners and producers of The Jenny Jones Show to stand trial in a $25 million lawsuit related to the slaying of a homosexual who revealed that he had a crush on Jonathon Schmitz, a guest on the show.

¾1998  The Grammy for song of the year went to Shawn Colvin/Sunny Came Home

¾2003  Mister Rogers (Fred Rogers) of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood died at age 74.  Mr. Rogers show ran for more than 30 years.  He had cancer.  He was survived by his wife, his two sons and two grandsons.






On this date in 1863, President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act. It only made sense. Later, he signed another bill that made dollars.

In 1869, the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was sent out to the states. It guaranteed the right to vote and that there would be a 16th amendment.

On this date in 1930, New York City installed traffic lights. They’ve been red ever since.

In 1960, Home fallout shelter kits went on the market in New York for $105. Unfortunately, there were knockoffs and some people mistakenly bought hair fallout shelters.


Oksana Baiul turns 32 today. It was always tricky when she skated. Whenever the judges announced her name, it sounded like they were getting sick.

Michael Bolton turns 56 today. Love is a wonderful and I said I loved you, but I lied.

Fats Domino celebrates his 81st. He had a thrill. On Blueberry Hill. He’s now over the hill. And that thrill.


·         After 33 years, the New York Post has dropped 86-year-old gossip columnist Liz Smith.

·         The CW has just announced that “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “90210,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural” will all be back in the fall.

·         Victoria’s Secret supermodel Adriana Lima has eloped with NBA player Marko Jaric, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. The two were married in a small civil ceremony on Valentine’s Day that took place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, reports People magazine.

·         Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston conducted a long-term study founding that people who eat just one egg a day are 58% to 77% more likely than non-egg-eaters to develop type 2 diabetes.

·         Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will play himself later this year in a movie by Sylvester Stallone. The governor said he has done just three cameos for friends since becoming governor in 2003.

·         One of the gossip web sites out there has pictures of the “wardrobe malfunction” Beyonce experienced at the Oscars Sunday night. Brief, but photos show there was a nipple-slip.

·         Rosie O’Donnell says that she gave up drinking because her 13-year-old son told her that she might be ready to join “the drunk club.”

·         Andy Richter is reuniting with Conan O’Brien and joining him June 1 as Conan’s announcer and sketch player.

·         Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have called off their engagement.

·         Jennifer Aniston and her steady John Mayer have been hanging in New York lately… and doing lots with their friends, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld.

·         The trendy tattoo: Rihanna, Lily Allen and Lindsay Lohan all have “Shhh…” on their index fingers.

·         Where do you think the Slumdog kids went immediately after their Oscar appearance: Disneyland!

·         Hitting the hay can give you a mental edge. The brain is better able to cement new information after you get your beauty rest, the journal Learning & Memory finds.

·         The Killers are in a legal battle in Nevada, countersuing their former manager.

·         Nicole Richie is pregnant with child #2.

·         July 15, 2011. Write it down. That’s the date the final Harry Potter movie will hit theaters.


(Self) Nope, ladies, when it comes to worrying, it’s just not you:

·         85% of women say worries keep them up, wake them up or otherwise interfere with their sleep.

·         73% worry frequently or constantly about not having enough time to finish their to-do’s.

·         71% of women say they’re more irritable as a result of stress.

·         65% of women take their concerns out on a family member, husband or partner.

·         63% worry about their job frequently or all the time.

·         60% report stress induced muscle and body aches; roughly half have headaches, stomachaches or memory lapses.

Cynics be darned. Science has finally proven what passionate poems, sappy songs and romantic novels have been telling us for ages true love exists and never dies. Psychologists scanned the brains of old married folks and discovered that many of the spouses’ minds lit up just like randy teenagers at the sight of their mates even after more than 20 years of wedded bliss. “The findings go against the traditional view of romance that it drops off sharply in the first decade but we’re sure our results are real,” says lead researcher Arthur Aron, a psychologist at Stony Brook University in New York. “Their relationships are intense and sexually active, too, without many of the downsides of first love.” The scientists trained MRIs on the brains of couples who had been married an average of 21 years. The scans revealed that about 10% of the couples still love each other as much as the day they fell head over hells. “This is what brain scans tell us,” says Aron, “and people can’t fake it.” (National Examiner)

A recent AARP poll say that if your woman seems happy in your marriage, you better watch out. Lori Buckley, a Los Angeles sex therapist, says that when women make up their mind that the relationship is over — they stop talking about the relationship. Men interpret the lack of complaining as satisfaction. More often the woman has just given up. 14% of divorced men say they never saw it coming.

Married folks apologize twice as often as those who are single, divorced, or separated even if they feel they’re not to bale, says a Zogby poll of 7,590 adults.

Women ages 35 to 54 are less likely than the overall U.S. population to consider themselves very happy, according to a recent poll by Pursuant Inc. of more than 1100 women who have at least one living parent. USA Today reports that 20% of the women were “very happy,” compared with 34% of the overall population who said that in a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year. Worries about money, time and health, as well as taking care of elderly parents and other family members were the biggest reasons for unhappiness.

The most attractive feature in a woman is her smile. At least that is what 78% of men told the British magazine Grazia. to find out the ultimate attractive man and woman. Men overwhelmingly said they are most attracted to women who have curves, rather than skinny women, and prefer brunettes with “long, wavy hair.” Three-quarters of men also said the hobby they find most attractive in the opposite sex is cooking. So what do women want in a man? 93% are looking for someone who makes them laugh, while 73 percent want someone who will “automatically” pay for a meal. And, men who own their own home are five times more attractive than a man who does not.


·         Which songs do you ALWAYS sing along with?

·         Do you have friends storing some of your stuff? What?

·         Which magazines do you still subscribe to? Ever read ’em?

·         If you could take back one thing you’ve said, what would it be?

·         What’s the farthest distance you’ve ever driven without stopping?

·         How many times a year is it okay to get together with the in-laws?

·         Who do you quote most often?

·         Things you can definitely put off until tomorrow?

·         What stupid things do you and your spouse argue over?

·         What’s the most amount of times you ever broke up with the same person?

·         Do you get mad when your significant other looks at another?

·         What do you wear to bed?

·         Ever date someone before they became famous?

·         What’s the strangest thing you ever cooked in the microwave?

·         When did you really know you were in love?

Did you hear about the man (Daniel Seddiqui) who’s lined up 50 jobs – one in each state? He’s been a park ranger in Wyoming, a corn farmer in Nebraska and a wedding coordinator in Las Vegas. Last week, in Week 23 of his yearlong saga, he was a cheesemaker in southeast Wisconsin. He mixed ingredients, hoisted slabs of cheddar — and tasted plenty of his work. This made a great launch to a phoner for us: Who’s worked in the most states? The most jobs?

If you want some interesting stories, ask for confessions from people who work in restaurants and how they got back at idiot customers. A friend of mine has a really rude, daily customer who picks up a to-go order. When the woman is mean, my friend always shakes her Pepsi up before she sets out her order.

What are the three hardest things to say? I correctly guessed “I love you” and “I’m sorry.” We took calls on the last one and someone finally guessed “Will you help me?” We heard a lot of other things, too, so I guess it’s a personal thing.

What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you during a job interview? Spilled coffee? Fly undone? Anyone ever been so nervous that they threw up during the interview? You’re sure to get some good stories here!

With all this money in this recovery package, it’s good to know we’re spending tax dollars promoting marriage! According to the facts I’ve seen, the federal government is funding a $5 million national media campaign that advertises the virtues of marriage for 18- to 30-year-olds. Should the government spend money to promote marriage?

On the same topic, here are some more stats about marriage, according to The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center. Its researchers identified five groups:

·         14 percent who express strong sentiments against marriage.

·         22 percent who aren’t ready but say they eventually plan to wed.

·         23 percent who have a practical view of marital unions and often live together first.

·         19 percent who are enmeshed in the magic of love.

·         22 percent who have a strong belief in the institution of marriage.

The average age at first marriage is almost 26 for women and 28 for men. A growing percentage of Americans aren’t marrying. Federal statistics report 7.1 marriages per 1,000 people in 2008, down from 10 per 1,000 in 1986.

For the guys… have ’em call in with stuff that other men should never buy. For instance, I just bought a pressure washer and found that those actually make you work more because you go looking for stuff to clean. Plus, exercise machines, kid’s toys that require more than one tool to assemble.

What makes a man/woman sexy or romantic? We set it up with examples from a Cosmopolitan survey that claimed women found things like “three buttons unbuttoned on a work shirt,” “clean, smelling sweat (huh?)” and “taking charge of all the plans for a date” as sexy. Our best listener response was a woman who said she gets turned on by a man that knows how to operate vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, etc.

Anyone listening who has tried to trade in their gas-guzzling SUV on a Honda, or other gas-friendly car, and has been shocked at how little they were offered for their trade?

A fun topic was what women most want to change in a man. I forget where I saw this, but the number one thing was his clothing. That set me off on why women can’t just accept a guy for the way he is instead of always wanting to change him and how it’s ironic that men don’t want the woman to change and she always does. In addition to what he wears, the ladies were calling in to explain that they also want to change his habits and who his friends are.

What type of music annoys you and why? Is there a song that every time you hear it brings you to tears? What is it and why do you think it moves you so much?

Anyone listening who:

·         Traveled around the world?

·         Made the news?

·         Had your own TV gig?

·         Been a sports star athlete?

·         Made your own music or movie release?

·         Written a book?

·         Saved someone’s life?

·         Posed nude?

·         Has ever been on a sinking boat? (tons of calls on this one)

·         Walked in on their folks getting their groove on?

·         Had a terrible accident with a lawn mower?

·         Injured their private parts? (Yow!)

My co-host revealed that somehow when driving, she just suddenly “snaps to” and realizes that she’s driving! Frighteningly enough, she’s not the only one who does this.

Yesterday, we did “Somebody found my sex toy!” It was huge. One lady called to say she had been teaching her 3-year-old how to brush his teeth. One morning the little one came out to the kitchen in front of mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa… brushing his teeth… with her vibrator! They use electric toothbrushes so the kid figured with the vibrating thing must me a toothbrush.

Want to get some outrageous calls? Ask for real-life examples of poor sportsmanship by parents at their kids’ games. Bust those idiots! It’s especially effective if you’re in a smaller market and the offending parent is more likely to hear it or hear about it.

Is it absolutely necessary to warm up your car for a few minutes in the morning? The girls say yes, and the guys say no. What do you do? Isn’t this a terrible waste of gas?

What surprising thing did you find out about your parents after you were an adult? One of our callers described her surprise when she found out this was actually her mother’s second marriage. Mom just never mentioned the first guy ever.


Bad Day Today, Great Day Tomorrow
In Danville, California, Brad and Susan Wells were facing the anxiety of an uncertain future just like a lot of Americans after Brad found out he was being laid off. But their lives took a remarkable turn for the better the very next day when Susan found out they just won a $2 million house in a raffle! Susan, who bought the ticket as a surprise to celebrate the couple’s 16th anniversary said, “I can’t believe this has happened. Needless to say, my husband is very surprised.” The house is in upscale Marin County, just north of San Francisco but if they choose not to move, they can opt for $1.2 million in cash. In the meantime, the couple is celebrating by having dinner with their neighbors and as Susan said, “We’re bringing a very good bottle of champagne!” (

Don’t Mess With Grandpa!
In Stuart, Florida, a 75-year-old robbery victim turned the tables on his 29-year-old mugger and chased the guy down! The victim was waiting for his wife in front of a department store. The mugger, seeing what he thought was an easy target, grabbed the victim’s new lap top computer he had just purchased and ran. But he only made it about eight feet before the victim grabbed him and wrestled him to the ground. An off-duty deputy saw what was happening and joined the struggle. So our mugger was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and battery on a person over age 65, which carries an extra penalty. (

You Can’t Spend Old Money
In Texas Township, Michigan, trying to spend an antique $1,000 bill proved to be the undoing for three teenagers who allegedly stole a safe containing the antique money from one of the teen’s parents. They then drove a stolen van to Birmingham, Alabama where an 18-year-old tried to exchange the $1,000 bill Thursday at a Service First Bank branch. Clearly these boys didn’t pay much attention in school because the U.S. Treasury stopped printing $1,000 bills in 1945, so the bank called police. Officers arrested the teen and two 15-year-old companions. What a wonderful way to start life. (

PlayStation Causes Lumps?
Look out video gamers! According to Swiss scientists, keeping too tight a grip on your gaming console and furiously pushing the buttons can cause a newly identified skin disorder marked by painful lumps on the palms! They call it “PlayStation palmar hidradentitis”– a skin disorder that causes painful lesions on the palms similar to patches found on the soles of children’s feet after taking part in heavy physical activity. The report by Vincent Piguet and colleagues at University Hospitals and Medical School of Geneva is reported in the British Journal of Dermatology. A spokesman for Sony Corp, which makes PlayStation, did note that the study involved only one person and said Sony had sold hundreds of millions of the consoles since the product was introduced in 1995. Sony spokesman David Wilson said, “We would not wish to belittle this research and we will study the findings with interest, but this is the first time we have ever heard of a complaint of this nature.” Wait a minute? Only one person in the study? How does that even get published? Why are we even talking about this? Play away game freaks! (Reuters)

Save Your Marriage, Save the Planet!
Want to help make the planet a greener place to live? Then you better work out those problems with your spouse and stay married. New research says divorce leads newly single people to live more wasteful lifestyles because when couples separate, they needed more rooms, more electricity and more water. Speaking before a Senate hearing in the Australian capital Canberra, Senator Steve Fielding said this increased the couple’s carbon footprint and contributed to climate change. In other words it would be better for the planet if couples stayed married. (Reuters)

Pot Tax in California?
California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is hoping to make his state the first in the nation to tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the same way we do alcohol. He’s introduced legislation to reap state revenue from what is arguably the biggest cash crop in California and help stem that state’s burgeoning budget crisis. Ammiano said, “I know the jokes are going to be coming, but this is not a frivolous issue. California always takes the lead — on gay marriage, the sanctuary movement, medical marijuana.” Of course he faces stiff opposition from a number of groups who think taxing cannabis would “open another door in Pandora’s box.” Calvina Fay, executive director of Save Our Society From Drugs, says, “Legalizing drugs like this would create a whole new set of costs for society.” (AHN News)

Car Wash Robber Gets Clean!
In Portland, Oregon, a masked man recently tried to rob the Washman carwash but in the middle of the holdup his gun literally broke apart and fell to the ground. Nevertheless he stayed the course and continued to demand money. Realizing he was now unarmed and not much of a threat, an employee grabbed the nearest weapon he could find– the wand of a pressure washer that sprays water to the tune of 2,000 pounds per square inch– and quite successfully hosed the robber away, sending him fleeing. (KGW-TV News)


·         “New Mexico School District Institutes A ‘____ Sandwich Policy’!” (Cheese)

·         “Booze Bust In Brunei Nets 1,382 ____ ____ On Boat!” (Beer Cans)

·         “College Dean Resigns Over ____ ____ Incident!” (Spray Paint)

·         “Try At Passing Old $1,000 Bill Foils Safe-____s!” (Robbers)

·         “Stay ____-ed And Save The Planet!” (Married)

·         “Too Much Playstation Can Cause Painful ____s?!” (Lumps)

·         “City Forbids ____ Clothes For Public Servants!” (Bright)

·         “Spray Your ___ On West Bank Wall!” (Tag)

·         “Florida Tests Using ____s To Repel Crocodiles!” (Magnets)

·         “Scientists Build Computer Model For ____s!” (Snowflakes)

·         “Topless Cafe In Maine Gives Neighbors The ____s!” (Jitters)

·         “Man ____s Son For Wearing Hat In Church!” (Stabs)


We do a bit on the show called “Bachelor Refrigerator.” Confirmed bachelors call in and describe the most foul, disgusting, and rotting thing in their frige. Most gross wins.


We get three contestants conferenced together. Then we read the description of a really unusual item we found in the classified ads. The person who comes closest to the asking price without going over wins what ever prize we’re giving away. We put “The Price Is Right” theme in the background for atmosphere and our producer does his best Johnny Olsen voice when describing the item. Silly fun.


1.      His latest suggestion: put the rent on 23-black

2.      Says he’d like to take all your money and personally invests it in the Caribbean

3.      His office is a booth at IHOP

4.      He tells you now is a great time to buy Republican stock

5.      Grocery stores refuse to accept your cash

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

Meryl Streep admits it: in her younger years, she used to stuff her bra with paper towels to get film parts. She found Bounty towels to be the quicker role picker upper.

A new Harvard study suggests that Vitamin D may be more helpful in fighting off colds than Vitamin C. Going from C to D: this reminds me of college.

Beyonce apparently had a small dress malfunction at the Oscars Sunday night during her dance number. That’s too bad. I mean, about the small part.


Classic Edition

·         “Thank you for your support” (Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers)

·         “We try harder”

·         “Flick my _____” (Bic lighter)

·         “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” (Listerine)

·         “Magically delicious” (Lucky Charms)

Modern Edition

·         “What a soup should be” (Progresso)

·         “The nation’s first 3g network” (AT and T)

·         “Live ___________ clear” (Clariton)

·         “Let’s build something together” (Lowe’s)

·         “Thinking of you” (Electrolux appliance)


Have people e-mail you about unique people who live in their towns and you send your intern out to a different town to talk to different ones everyday or one day a week. Makes you sound local and people love to hear their towns and people from them on the air. It especially works well when you promote it.


(Sun) Whether it’s stripes, plaids or florals, the type of pattern you favor in your clothes and furnishings reveals clues about your personality. Choose the one you love the best from the examples, then read all about the real you:

·         Plaids or Pinstripes — You’re a detail-oriented person who successfully completes whatever task in set before you. You also thrive on a daily routine that holds no surprises.

·         Florals — You enjoy entertaining family and friends with your legendary parties. But when you’re not socializing, much of your time is spent volunteering in your community.

·         Zigzags or Swirls — You’re an imaginative thinker who often solves problems with one-of-a-kind solutions. Loved ones also appreciate your laid back approach to life.

·         Wide Stripes — Your strong personality is a magnet that encourages people to follow your lead. You enjoy being in the limelight as the spokesperson for your group.

·         Polka Dots — Your lighthearted sense of fun charms nearly everyone you meet. You’re also a champion diplomat who can remain open-minded in the midst of disagreements.


Find a contestant that is at home or at work online and have them track down information on the Internet. This could be anything, but obviously has to have a final ending, something factual. Simple but fun and very easy to do.


It’s winter, and we’ve got a good relationship with all of the local TV stations, so we’ve started the Snowfall Challenge. We’ve invited all the meteorologists to come in and give us their predictions for the amount of snow in a certain time frame.


·         In what city in Australia was the late Heath Ledger born? (Perth)

·         What actor said, “I can’t hit on a girl in public like I used to”? (Jack Nicholson)

·         According to the coroner, what killed Ike Turner at age 76? (Cocaine overdose)

·         In 1971 the Patriots changed their name to the “New England” Patriots from what? (The Boston Patriots)

·         Kermit the Frog was the master of ceremonies on what show? (The Muppet Show)

·         Which actor played millionaire Thurston Howell III on “Gilligan’s Island”? (Jim Backus)

·         If you suffer from misopedia, what do you have an abnormal aversion to? (children)

·         When Bill Gates formed his first company to sell a computerized traffic counting system to cities, how old was he? (14)

·         What does the French word Mardi Gras literally translate to in English? (Fat Tuesday)

·         According to the Chinese, 2008 is the year of the what? (Rat)

·         Who said, “No matter how much I spend or how I dress, I’m still gonna look cheap”? (Dolly Parton)

·         What nation has the most lighthouses? (The United States)

·         What do you call the fear of one’s mother-in-law? (Pentheraphobia)

·         Who is the father of modern chemistry? (Antoine Lavoisier)

·         A synonym for hippie specifically in San Francisco during 1967 which was the summer of love. (Flower Child)

·         What is the most played song in the history of radio? (You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers)

·         In general, what is the difference between Cajun and Creole cooking? (Cajun is from the country, Creole is city cooking)

·         What do we call the second toe when it is longer than the hallux? (Morton’s toe)

·         What bird provided the quills used for writing? (Most often Geese)

·         Which came first, Fahrenheit or Celsius? (Fahrenheit was proposed in 1724; Celsius was proposed in 1744)

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

Simon Cowell says he plans to have his body cryogenically frozen when he dies. You thought this guy was cold before.

So Simon Cowell is going to be cryogenically frozen when he dies. In a related story, Paula Abdul says that when she dies, she’s having her margarita pitcher cryogenically frozen.

Can you imagine being cryogenically frozen for years and years? Until you’re reanimated, there’s absolutely nothing to look forward to. Well…expect Ted Williams giving you frozen head occasionally.

Actually…there’s a positive side to having Simon Cowell cryogenically frozen. We can hate him forever!

Actress Keira Knightley says she likes men who “keep you guessing,” make you laugh and they have to have “good shoes.” She also said she likes politicians who keep moving, have great reflexes and can dodge good shoes.

President Barack Obama gave a “sort of State of the Union Speech” before a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. Alan Keyes, Senator Dick Shelby and Rush Limbaugh said that was fitting because until they see Obama’s birth certificate, they feel he’s ‘sort of like’ the president.

President Barack Obama’s speech before a joint session of Congress was inspiring. Watching him standing their before Vice President Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi let every American know that some day, if you work hard, you’ll be able to afford a BlackBerry, hair plugs and botox injections.

Boy have times changed. This year, the Oscars finished on time, and the President’s ‘State of the Union’ speech ran long.

President Obama started to deliver his speech before he was introduced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This, on the same day he announced his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq. I guess Obama suffers from premature Iraq-ulation…

We live at an amazing moment in history. American politics has delivered to us two distinct and opposing ideological forces. Joe Biden…and Bobby Jindal. The Village Idiot… and the Grinning Idiot.

In the Republican response to President Obama’s Tuesday night speech, the collegiate looking, forever grinning, Governor Bobby Jindal cartoonishly referred to a proposed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas as being “from Disneyland to Las Vegas.” I’ve got first dibs on this nickname for Jindal: The Cheshire Frat

Republican Governor Bobby Jindal’s response to Barack Obama’s speech lasted twelve minutes and eighteen seconds. The networks offered Jindal twelve minutes and twenty three seconds, but the governor refused five of the seconds on “principle.”

During his response to Obama, Jindal referred to what he suggested were days past in Louisiana politics, where “at any given time, half of Louisiana was thought to be half underwater, and the other half under indictment.” Okay, so where does that leave Senator David Vitter? Half under the sheets with a middle-aged whore?

Sen. Barbara Boxer characterized Obama’s Tuesday speech as “a home run, a touchdown and a three pointer.” Alex Rodriguez replied, “Somebody’s been juicing!”

President Obama was briefly heckled by a Republican lawmaker as he talked about ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. I’ve heard of “standing up for the little guy,” but standing up for the “little-taxed rich guy,” not so much…

The Obama heckler wasn’t actually in the building. He phoned in his heckle by speaker-phone from a tax-shelter in the Cayman Islands.

“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade was critiqued by both his co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson, early Wednesday morning, after Kilmeade found fault with President Obama’s recognition of an eighth grade South Carolina student, and ostensibly, with the student herself, for a letter she wrote to Congress pleading for the rebuilding of her dilapidated school that was built in 1896. Kilmeade disingenuously suggested that recognizing the girl was a criticism of the Bush administration saying, “I don’t think that’s the previous administration’s fault.” And then he seemed to dismiss the girl’s situation altogether claiming that he was in “portable classrooms that came on a tractor for all four years” he was in high school, adding “We went outside to these portable classrooms that must be worth $1.87.” Yeah, Brian, and look at what a great human being you turned out to be! Thank you, Steve and Gretchen for putting Brian Kilmeade in his place.

But look on the positive side, GOP…at least Brian Kilmeade made Bobby Jindal look good in comparison!

TOP 10 FASCINATING FACTS THAT ARE WRONG gives us this list of facts and anecdotes all have a science related slant and are wrong!

1.      Peanuts — False Fact: A scientific study on peanuts in bars found traces of over 100 unique specimens of urine

2.      Elevator Freefall — False Fact: Elevators have killed or can kill when their cable snapped

3.      Folding Paper — False Fact: You can’t fold a piece of paper in half more than 7 times

4.      Jumping Elephants — False Fact: Elephants are the only mammal that can’t jump

5.      Old Dogs — False Fact: One dog year is equal to seven human years

6.      Offer To Buy — False Fact: If someone wrongly advertises goods for the wrong price, they have to sell it to you at that price

7.      Space Dust — False Fact: NASA invented the DustBuster

8.      Polar Bears — False Fact: Polar Bears are left handed

9.      McDonald’s Wars — False Fact: No two countries with McDonald’s franchises have ever gone to war

10.  The Great Wall — False Fact: The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space


·         Lie right away — “If it’s instantly obvious things are tanking, tell your escort that you got an urgent phone call as you were walking out the door to meet him and can only stay for one drink.”

·         Lie Midway — “If things get deathly dull-or take a sudden severe turn for the worse-and half the night is still ahead of you, shorten the date by inventing a morning appointment or huge work project that prevents you from lingering. Tell him, ‘Unfortunately, I have to make tonight an early one.'”

·         Be Blunt — “If it comes out in conversation that he lives for the weekend camping and you’re more of a mall-and-movie girl, admit as much. Say, ‘Listen, I’ve enjoyed meeting you, but I don’t think we’re clicking. Do you mind if we call it a night?’ He might be relieved.”

·         Run — “Renounce tact if Mr. Wrong gets rude or crude-you don’t have to take that from a guy you barely know. Mumble whatever the heck you like in his general direction and head straight for the door.”


1.      There’s more hair in the drain than on your head

2.      The black linoleum walls used to be white

3.      Looking carefully at the mold you can see several fossils

4.      The state is considering the shower as a form of punishment

5.      The soap keeps trying to escape

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HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .


An engagement ring on her birthday and a secret marriage on Valentine’s Day – who knew jocks, could be so romantic! Adriana Lima, a Brazilian supermodel and a Victoria’s Secret Angel, eloped with NBA star Marko Jaric on Feb. 14 in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in a small, private civil ceremony, PEOPLE confirms exclusively. “We are so excited about our future together,” says Lima. “And we are really looking forward to a big romantic wedding this summer with all of our friends and family.” The pair, who want their next wedding celebration in Brazil or Jaric’s native Serbia, met in 2006 and were engaged last June on Lima’s 27th birthday. “I was not the person to fall in love easily,” Jaric, 29, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, told PEOPLE last March. “I am a difficult person from that standpoint. Now, it’s a little different situation.” (People)


Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt dazzled guests at her 30th birthday party on Saturday – by attending as Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn. The actress, who played Hepburn in TV movie The Audrey Hepburn Story, hosted tea and dinner celebrations at the Montage Beverly Hills – and chose old Hollywood glamour as her style for her big day. It began with a croissant and coffee at Beverly Hills jeweler Tiffany’s, where she dressed as her heroine’s character Holly Golightly for a real breakfast at Tiffany’s. And the Hepburn theme continued throughout the day at the Montage, where friends and family celebrated with Hewitt. The actress says, “It was amazing. I had a great day.” (Teen Hollywood)


Actress/singer Hilary Duff has turned into an Ice Hockey fanatic since dating NHL star boyfriend Mike Comrie. The Lizzie Maguire star admits she found it difficult to relate to fans of the sport when she first began dating Ottawa Senators idol Comrie in 2007. But Duff is now hooked on the sport – and insists she is not afraid to stand up for her boyfriend when he comes in for abuse from fans. She tells Us weekly, “I like to sit in the audience; you know I don’t sit up in a box or anything, and people started to know that I’m sitting there, and they’ll be like ‘Mike sucks!’ Or (they) try to rile me up. And I’m like, ‘Hey, watch it! I’ll come up there, you know.’ I try to not be that crazy girlfriend. “The first couple of games I went to, I’m like, ‘These people are nuts,’ They are, like, so into it. And then, I got really into it once I started learning about the game.” (Teen Hollywood)


Oscar winner Kate Winslet has defended her right to cry when accepting film awards. Kate Winslet has said she ‘doesn’t care’ about the criticism she has received in the press for being over-emotional when accepting awards. Though she was tear-free when she collected the Best Actress award at Sunday’s Oscars she was criticized heavily for crying earlier this year when collecting the same honor at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards but she’s insisted she has no plans to change. “I really don’t care and quite frankly, I’m sad that my country can’t be pleased with the successes of their own kind, as the US does,” she told the Daily Telegraph. “I got through it, I didn’t blub, I remembered everybody and hopefully the Brits won’t be able to be mean to me.” (Handbag)


Oscar winner Kate Winslet already made one worst dressed list – her daughter’s! After being named best actress on Sunday, she phoned her children backstage. Her 8-year-old daughter, Mia, couldn’t get over Winslet’s Yves St. Laurent asymmetric evening gown. “I said, ‘Hi, Mia, did you jump up and down?'” she said on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday. “[Mia] says: ‘Yes, I did, Mum, I did. I need to talk to you about the dress — it was gray.’ She was absolutely mortified I wore a gray dress.”  Winslet told Winfrey she didn’t want a lot of dresses being sent to her. “I think in this time in the economy, it’s just not nice to have people make lots of dresses and you just wear one out of a possible five,” she said. “So Yves St. Laurent very kindly said, ‘We’d like to make something for you,’ and that was what we did.”  Getting on stage to accept her Oscar was “an out-of-body experience.” Added the actress, “You just think, ‘This can’t be happening.'” Now she can’t stop staring her statue. “Isn’t he cute?” she asked Winfrey as she held her Oscar. “I keep sort of looking at him … and looking at every little piece. Very nice bottom.” Winslet said you won’t be seeing that much of her on the big screen from now on. “I have done quite a lot of nudity, and I feel like my kids — they’re 8 and 5 now — maybe they’re going to start to become aware of the amount of nudity I’ve done,” she says. “I just sort of feel like I can’t get away with it that much longer.”  (US Weekly)


To anyone who thinks Mischa Barton is wasting away, she has a message: Don’t worry about me. “Just so you guys know I’m happier and healthier than ever,” the actress, 23, writes on her Web site. “Things are really well in Mischa world and I’ve just been watching what I eat.” Still, it’s not everybody’s imagination: she notes that she is thinner these days, as recent photos in the media have shown, sometimes accompanied by pointed speculation about her health. “I still love my Pilates and yoga, and have cut back on fatty foods a bit,” she says. “My time in India and Paris really just helped me lose a little bit of weight but there’s nothing drastic going on!” Except, perhaps, with the media, she says. “I think it’s very unhealthy for young girls to read about and pay attention to,” Barton says. “To my female fans: Just be happy and secure with yourself and don’t let other people’s perceptions of you dictate the way you live your life.” In a separate statement to Celebuzz, Barton laments, “This whole situation is ridiculous.” “One minute, I’m too fat, the next I’m too skinny,” she tells the site. “[The press] is always looking to start rumors and create drama.” (People)


Well, it sure looks like she’s engaged. Despite the fact that Rachel Bilson herself has yet to verbally confirm the rumors that she’s set to tie the knot with Hayden Christensen, the actress was spotted shopping Monday afternoon in Los Angeles wearing quite the rock on her left hand. So while it remains to be seen if such bling actually represents an eventual walk down the aisle, the, er, force is nevertheless pretty strong with this particular piece of evidence. (Eonline)


Twilight star Kristen Stewart is tiring of the way the media scrutinizes her relationship with co-star Rob Pattinson, insisting the two aren’t dating and they’re not likely to. The actress is puzzled by ongoing romance reports, linking her to the British star – because she’s happily dating actor Michael Angarano, her boyfriend of almost three years. She tells Nylon magazine, “Rob and I are good friends. We went through a lot together, so we feel very close. “(But) if we go out in public, every little detail is scrutinized, like the way I stand next to him… It’s only natural that we’re sort of leaning on each other, because we’re put in the most… psychotic situations.” (Teen Hollywood)


Are bizarre couple Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson an item again? They were seen leaving the W Hotel in LA together Sunday morning before Wood walked the red carpet at the Oscars. The 21-year-old actress recently denied rumors she was hooking up with her “The Wrestler” co-star Mickey Rourke – and now we know why. Our source outside the hotel said Manson emerged first and “said he was waiting for his girlfriend.” Then, she came out and they climbed into a waiting car. (Page Six)


Nicky Hilton made a citizen’s arrest yesterday after she was pushed to the ground by a homeless person on Saturday morning outside LA restaurant, IHOP. “One of our deputies was at the IHOP, having a coffee break, and noticed a waitress run outside because there was a commotion,” a spokesman for LA County Sheriff’s Department said. “There was a misdemeanor battery that involved Nicky Hilton and a man named Michael Broadhurst,” he added. Apparently the 50-year-old man came up behind the star and pushed her to the ground. Hilton reportedly told him “I am placing you under citizen’s arrest.” The star was not hurt during the incident. (British Glamour)


No joke! Arkansas police found 500 lbs. of marijuana on rapper Fabolous’ tour bus. WTF? Besides a dealer, who rolls with 500 lbs. of pot?! The lyric spitter was not on the bus at the time of the bust. Two men, who we assume worked for Fab, were arrested at the scene. They apparently told the cops that the rapper had loaded the marijuana into one of the bus’s locked compartments, as well as close to $6,500 in cash, which was also confiscated at the time of the pot seizure. According to the bus driver, the bus was returning from NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix. The bus was allegedly escorting Fabolous to Boston to pick up a rapper whose name he couldn’t recall. Uh huh! It’s unknown if Arkansas police found and/or brought Fabolous in for questioning. Crazy stuff! (Perez Hilton)





Stevie Wonder reminisced Monday night about getting “talking books as a little boy from the Library of Congress” before premiering a new song commissioned by the library, which will award him its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. “I didn’t know that anyone would ever ask me to do it,” says Wonder about the instrumental composition Sketches of a Life, which he played on two pianos and his signature harmonica, accompanied by a 21-piece chamber ensemble. He began working on the piece in 1976 and finished it in 1994, the day Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa. Sketches draws upon his life experiences, including memories of his late mother, Lula Mae. “I can hear her voice, I can hear her joy, I can hear my cry of missing her,” he told reporters before the show in the library’s Coolidge Auditorium. “Those cries are really tears of joy, knowing that we are closer than ever to becoming a united people in the United States.” Returning to the stage for an encore of Overjoyed, Wonder, 58, invited the crowd to sing along for My Cherie Amour, dubbing it the “Stevie Wonder class of voice, Library of Congress.” The audience of about 450 included Wonder’s wife, two sons and brother, plus members of Congress and the family of George and Ira Gershwin, for whom the award is named. They gave the new composition a rousing standing ovation. Wonder thanked the crowd for influencing him: “You’ve allowed me to see that you’re able to see beyond color and to see into the soul of the heart.” His brother, Milton Hardaway, pronounced the honor “just incredible” and recalled music’s early grip on his sibling. “What the television was for us, the radio was for Stevie.” On Wednesday, the singer/songwriter will accept the Gershwin Prize from President Obama in a ceremony in the White House’s East Room. Wonder is the second recipient; Paul Simon received the first prize. The White House tribute concert will air Thursday at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS stations nationwide as part of the In Performance at the White House series. (Daily Record)


Matilda Ledger already has an Oscar coming her way. Now she’s got something even better—privacy. A Los Angeles judge has agreed to keep sealed details of the settlement the 3-year-old’s trust made last month with the life insurance company that finally paid out its policy on Heath Ledger. “She is not a celebrity,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin said of Ledger’s daughter with Michelle Williams. “She is a minor child.” Lavin agreed to lawyers’ requests that details of the settlement remain confidential, adding that Matilda had “a right to privacy.” (Eonline)


Kathy Griffin is writing a memoir! The comedian inked a lucrative deal to publish her book with Random House’s Ballantine imprint, The New York Observer reported Monday. Griffin’s literary agent, Trena Keating, sold the work-in-progress at auction last week to an editor at the publishing company for more than $2 million. Carol Schneider, the director of publicity at the Random House Publishing Group, declined to comment. Keating did not comment on the deal either. Griffin — who stars on Bravo’s popular reality series, My Life on the D-List — first got her start on the sitcom, Suddenly Susan in 1996. She most recently dated Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak until they broke up amicably last April. Still friends, she told that she “will be watching and will be riveted” as he competes in the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. (US Weekly)


Somebody at the Sundance Channel must have something against Jane Fonda. Before Saturday’s preview of “33 Variations,” her first Broadway performance in 46 years, Vietnam War vets picketed the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, still riled up about her 1972 visit to North Vietnam, where she straddled an anti-aircraft gun and gave her support to the enemy. While Fonda no doubt wishes her fans will forget, last night Sundance broadcast “FTA,” her 1972 antiwar documentary which was mothballed after its first week in theaters. “FTA” stands for “[Bleep] the Army.” (Page Six)


Mario “Fanta Pants” Batali unleashed a profanity-laced tirade in front of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain at the $1,000-a-plate South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Angry that guests were blabbing, Batali bellowed, “All you weasel [bleep] wads in the back corners, can I have 10 seconds of your time?” Then, noting José Andrés‘ eatery The Bazaar had received four stars from the LA Times, the beefy “Iron Chef” bellowed, “The most mother [bleep] ers stars of any Spanish restaurant in the US.” By the end of the night, the Miami Herald reports, Batali “was crocked,” according to witnesses, and “even grabbing Andrés’ butt at one point and making quick, crude humping motions.” Batali, dubbed “Fanta Pants” for his orange shorts, told The Post later: “I would never call my fans “weasel [bleep] wads.” Asked about the other F-bomb, he confessed, “Well, I say the word ‘mother [bleep] er’ a lot.” (Page Six)


Sunday was rough for Audrina Patridgeher Los Angeles home got robbed. “I had a really rough day today – I got home late last night and realized that my house had been robbed,” she blogged on Monday. “It was pretty devastating!” “I spent most of the morning filling out police reports and going through the house room by room making lists of everything that had been taken,” she went on. “Most of the items are replaceable, but they took off with a few very sentimental things too. Definitely not a good way to start the week.” Patridge said she is now working with police to find the culprit. Said The Hills star, “I’m going to be posting shortly surveillance footage of the intruders with pretty clear shots of their faces.” (US Weekly)


Jade Goody says that she is “ready to go to Heaven” now that she’s married Jack Tweed. The star described Sunday’s ceremony as “the happiest day of my life” and said she was now reconciled with her fate. Despite her illness Jade managed to walk down the aisle and stand for most of the service. The Big Brother star’s publicist, Max Clifford, said the day had “given her something to think about. A happy event, thank God.” Jade will continue to use her maiden name Goody. “That’s what I am. I know it’s morbid, but I’ve told everyone that’s what I want on my headstone,” she wrote in her magazine column.  (British Glamour)


If you’ve ever wondered what a porn star might smell like, you’re in luck! Retired XXX queen, Jenna Jameson, has come out with a new fragrance line, Heartbreaker by Jenna. And, if you act now, you apparently get a poster of Jenna with each purchase. (Perez Hilton)


Oops! BongGate continues spilling runoff! Remember that motivational conference that Michael Phelps was scheduled to speak at in Canada???? Well, those that signed up recently received an email informing them that “the decision has been made to present the program without Mr. [Michael] Phelps’ participation.” Yeah, you guessed it, they didn’t like his whole pot problem! But, don’t worry, while Fishy Phelps won’t be present at the upcoming motivation event, you can still catch A-lister Martin Sheen! Although who better to present a motivational speech than someone who can still win a bunch of gold medals despite being a giant pothead? (Perez Hilton)


Dealing with the incessant scrutiny over her body last year was “tough,” Cheryl Burke says in a new interview. The Dancing With the Stars celeb, 24, blames her weight gain on stopping birth control. “I decided over the summer to stop taking birth control pills. I did it thinking that I was going to lose more weight for the season,” she tells the latest issue of TV Guide. “But it actually did the opposite. It made me gain weight.” She denies she is an emotional eater. “If anything, when I am stressed or emotional, I don’t eat,” she says. These days, she says she is done being bullied about her figure. “At the end of the day, I really love to dance,” she says. “It makes me want to go out there and just shut everyone up.” Burke also has a new man, Abercrombie & Fitch model Maxwell Zagorski. “He’s 21 going on 30,” she says. “He lives in New York, but that’s good. Because when I’m here in Los Angeles doing the show, I need my space.” She is still friendly with her ex, actor Matthew Lawrence. “I loved him, but we were on tour and I didn’t have the time for him that he wanted and deserved,” she says. She still doesn’t know who spread those rumors that she had a fling with her married former partner, Drew Lachey, but she thinks it was someone on the DWTS tour. “I never felt so uncomfortable in a place in my life than I did at the end of that tour,” Burke says. “I started getting a little bit paranoid. It was so wrong. I thought all of these people were my friends. I was like, ‘How dare you?’ It’s still a mystery who did that to me.” She praises Lachey for having “the best freestyle.” As for her current partner, Sex and the City stud Gilles Marini, he says he’s afraid he’ll forget his steps. Why?  “Because when I look in her eyes, I get lost,” he says. (US Weekly)


Under her father’s care and control, Britney Spears now lives a protected life, her access even to telephones strictly restricted. So when the 27-year-old pop star managed to get a prepaid cell phone recently, her security team confiscated it from her purse while she was at a dance practice. Confronted, she revealed the phone was given to her by someone during a hotel stay. And that person, she disclosed, got it from two men whom her father wants to keep permanently in the singer’s troubled past: ex-manager Sam Lutfi and former boyfriend, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib. Jamie Spears described the cellular phone incident in testimony Monday in a Los Angeles court as he sought to maintain a restraining order against Lutfi, whom Jamie has claimed harassed Britney and has sought to undermine Jamie’s legal control over her life. “Leave Us Alone” “When [Lutfi] was in so-called control, she’d lost everything – her kids and career,” Jamie said at the hearing. “I believe he’s a predator, I believe he’s very dangerous to her … and causes her a lot of anguish and disbelief. We’ve asked him to go away before, and now he’s coming back. We just want the man to go away. Just leave us alone.” In court papers, Lutfi 34, denies he’s been harassing Spears, countering that it’s been Spears reaching out to him – not the other way around – by sending him text messages even though court orders forbid her from doing so. Lutfi does admit that he’s passed messages on to her through her hairdresser and others, including Ghalib, 36, but argues that the messages weren’t harmful in any way. Harassing Text Messages But Jamie Spears testified about a series of what he called threatening text messages he received last month from someone with the screen name “citygalin310,” who he was later “100 percent” sure was Lutfi. Without divulging details, Spears said the texts appeared to be someone “trying to extort my daughter.” He replied to the messages by saying, “What are you looking for? Our family has been through so much.”  Fifteen minutes after receiving those texts, Jamie said Lutfi called him. “[Sam] began to cry and he basically fell apart on the phone,” said Jamie. Lutfi complained that the Spears family statements against him “were giving him a bad name,” Jamie said. “He went on and on. He said he knew what was wrong with [Britney].” Lutfi wanted to meet with Jamie to discuss her situation, but Jamie declined and referred Lutfi to his lawyer, Jamie testified. Details of Stand-Off Jamie also revealed why his daughter locked herself in a bathroom with son Jayden, leading to her first hospitalization last year. “She was told by Lutfi she could have her children for another night,” Jamie said. But when a bodyguard for her ex-husband Kevin Federline arrived to get the children, “She didn’t want to let her kids go because she thought she could have them for another night,” Jamie said. He then somberly described his daughter during that night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as “kind of wild” and “just very messed up.” Before he took legal control, he testified, Britney’s life “was pretty well a disaster. She had nothing going on, just mostly [being] in the tabloids.” But today she’s “very stable, making her meetings, taking care of her babies, doing things she’s supposed to do,” he said. In cross-examination, Lutfi’s attorney Bryan Freedman pointed out that Spears’s father only knew of one outgoing call to Lutfi’s number. Spears testified that he didn’t know whether Lutfi answered the line or not. Lutfi’s lawyer denied to PEOPLE that Lutfi was the user of screen name “citygalin310.” The hearing will resume Wednesday with more testimony from other witnesses. (People)


BrandonGreasy Bear” Davis was overheard calling his grandmother Barbara Davis a hypocrite for accepting an invite from Graydon Carter to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar bash at the Sunset Tower Hotel. The Beverly Hills grand dame vowed never to speak to Carter again after the hard-hitting article Vanity Fair did on the Davis clan in 2005. Brandon didn’t even try to crash the soiree and neither did his brother, Jason “Gummy Bear” Davis. The triumphant return of the VF Oscar party – canceled last year because of the writers’ strike – featured Kate Winslet clutching her Oscar, Vivi Nevo and fiancée Ziyi Zhang sitting with Brian Grazer, Wendi Murdoch and Phillip Dauman, and MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe huddling with Lyor Cohen at the inside bar. Elsewhere, Madonna, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher threw a party, as they did last year, at Guy Oseary‘s house, but with less success. Rosario Dawson, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Chris Rock, Sharon Stone and Jessica Biel left early for the Vanity Fair bash. Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan had a spat at Oseary’s. A source said, “Sam was so nice and chill. She came up to the deejay booth to speak to Jus Ske and DJ Kiss. But then Lindsay came up and started to argue with Sam. The more Sam tried to calm her down, the more irate Lindsay became.” Meanwhile, Prince‘s bash was a full-on “disaster.” Our spy added, “At around 6 p.m., Prince’s camp abruptly announced the party had been moved from his house to Club Avalon and would be open to the public with a $100 admittance fee. There was no open bar, not even in VIP.” The Us Weekly crowd went to Patrick Whitesell, Rick Yorn and Mike DeLuca‘s bash in the Hollywood Hills. Paris Hilton, Stavros Niarchos, Jeremy Piven and Mary-Kate Olsen drank until 5 a.m. amid a throng of “20-somethings. Which is weird,” said our spy, “since Patrick, Mike and Rick are all now married in their 40s.” (Page Six)


Parker Posey is either really generous or really desperate – or both. The actress stopped by Vero restaurant in Midtown Saturday night and “held court at the bar with two girlfriends all night.” Our source said, “While her friends talked to each other, she spent the whole night flirting with the bartender.” Posey paid him for his time, too – the indie queen “left a $50 tip on two $10 glasses of wine.” (Page Six)


Leave it to Sean Penn and Barack Obama to get Star Jonesblood going. Jones attended Moet & Chandon’s Oscar-viewing party at 1Oak with her beau, chef Herb Wilson, Sunday night, and told anyone who would listen how “into each other” she and Wilson are. When Penn said during his acceptance speech that he was “proud to live in a country that elected an elegant man president,” Jones stood up from her table, started cheering wildly and planted a big kiss on Wilson. Also sitting at Jones’ table was Denise Rich. (Page Six)


No need to still be depressed over the father of the year quitting his blog. Michael Lohan is back online and (thankfully) restricted to 140 characters! Father LOLhan took to his Twitter yesterday evening to express his public concern for LezLo‘s health. Of course he did! Says Michael: my daughter needs help. please, reach out to her it saddens ALl of us. Godbless how long do we have to sit back and wait for something tragic to happen? We’re biting our fingernails in anticipation for Lindsay and saMAN‘s MySpace blog response! (Perez Hilton)



MUSIC . . .


Beyoncé has launched an online $250,000 dance contest. Fans have been invited to submit videos of themselves dancing to the singer’s Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) hit. The person behind the winning entry will receive $250,000 (?172,400) and their video will be shown during Beyonce’s upcoming world tour. The deadline is 6 March. (Teen Hollywood)


He shot to fame on a 2005 reality show that landed him as the front man for INXS – but now JD Fortune has been dumped by his band and is living out of his car. “I was in an airport in Hong Kong and literally got handshakes that said, ‘Thank you very much,’ ” Fortune, 35, told Entertainment Tonight Canada. “I found myself really alone because I had traveled with these guys for 23 months.” But in a statement carried in Tuesday’s editions of Australia’s Melbourne Herald Sun, the band’s creative director and global business strategist, Chris Murphy, disputes Fortune’s account, saying: “Not only are we shocked by the claims, even the place the supposed incident was to have taken place is a mystery.” Fortune, an army vet and former Elvis impersonator, was brought in after the band had tried several attempts to replace their lead singer, Michael Hutchence, 37, who was found hanged in a Sydney hotel room in 1997 after what was deemed a likely (but inconclusively proved) suicide. “The band have always stated to me that Fortune’s services could potentially be contracted again when INXS next tour,” according to Murphy. “In fact, he was next on my list to call regarding a very big recording project I am putting together for INXS at present. I guess I have no reason to call him now.” (People)


Eminem is spearheading a lawsuit that could be bringing artists a hefty payday in the near future! The rapper, who slapped Universal Music Group with a lawsuit 2 years ago regarding the royalties of digital downloads, is going to court over the dispute today! The debate is whether song downloads should fall under the category of a licensing deal or a distribution deal. A licensing deal would split the profits 50/50 between the record label and artist, while the current distribution deal in play only provides the artist with less than 20 cents per download!  Multiply those figures by a couple hundred thousand, and you’ll end up with a large amount of $$$ missing!! Feminem’s lawyers are claiming digital downloads should fall under “traditional licensing agreements”, which would bring the rapper over $1.3 million dollars in royalties dating back to 1998. His lawyers are counting on using the wording of distribution agreements between Universal and digital music distributors, such as Apple/iTunes who used the phrase “license rights to distribute music from others” in their terms with the record group. Jimmy Iovine, founder of Interscope (a Universal subsidiary and home to Fem), is expected to testify in person while Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is expected testify via video chat. Fem will be absent from the trial.  Boring!  If Eminem & Co. win the lawsuit, this would mean some giant checks will be made out to the artists under Universal, including Jay-Z, U2, and Kanye West! (Perez Hilton)


Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson and a reunited Midnight Oil lead the star-studded line-up for Australia’s March 14 bushfire and flood benefit concerts, to be held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne under the Sound Relief tag-line. The Sydney Cricket Ground and its giant counterpart the Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the concerts. An extraordinary roll call of ’80s hit makers will put aside their respective differences to perform on the day. Peter Garrett, now Australia’s minister for the environment, heritage and the arts, will join his Midnight Oil band mates on the Melbourne stage alongside a reunited Split Enz and Hunters and Collectors. Others confirmed for the MCG leg include Kings of Leon, Wolfmother, Johnson and Gabriella Cilmi. Coldplay will deliver an acoustic performance at the SCG on a bill that includes the Presets and a reformed Icehouse. Rockers Jet and Wolfmother will play at both locations. Tickets will cost $75 Australian ($48.50) and go on sale on March 4. All the profits from the Melbourne show will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal, while money raised from the Sydney concert will be split 50-50 to benefit the bushfire appeal and the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund Appeal in Queensland, in support of victims of the Queensland floods. Details of the fundraisings were unveiled this morning at a media gathering at the MCG. Victorian Premier John Brumby was on hand, as were Jet front man Nic Cester, Split Enz founding member Tim Fin, alt-country star Kasey Chambers, Hunters and Collectors singer Mark Seymour and Wolfmother’s mainstay Andrew Stockdale. (Billboard)


Def Jam darling Chrisette Michele follows her 2009 Grammy win with the release of her second album, “Epiphany,” on March 31st. The first single, the Ne-Yo-penned title track, enters at No. 78 on the R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart this week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. “I heard the song that Ne-Yo had written titled ‘Epiphany,’ and the word just stood out to me,” Michele tells “It stood out to me because I’d been through a lot in my last relationship, and the word ‘epiphany’ exemplified exactly what happened in the end when I realized I didn’t have to put myself through it anymore.” Michele refers to the relationship with her former manager, Douglas “Biggs” Ellison, who Michele sued for embezzlement and harassment last year. Ellison later counter-sued for breach of exclusive management agreement. The lawsuit is currently still in motion. Still, Michele is optimistic and says this album is a reflection of that. To create what she describes as a more upbeat/youthful sound she tapped on the likes of Chuck Harmony, Claude Kelly, B Major and Ne-Yo, who writes and co-executive produced the set. The album features no guest collaborations. And while a second single hasn’t been selected yet, Michele does say one of her favorite tracks is the piano-based “Blame It On Me,” in which she croons, “Blame it on me / say it’s my fault / say I left you out in the cold with a broken heart / I really don’t care / I’m not lying no more / say I’m a cheater, a liar, whatever you want / as long as it’s over.” Another stand-out track is “On My Own,” which the self-proclaimed daddy’s girl says reminds her of her father. “I’m very close to my dad, but recently I’ve learned how to handle situations on my own, without having him step in for me, and it took a lot of me to be able to do that,” she admits. Other songs set to appear on “Epiphany” include “I’m Ok,” the hip-hop-tinged “Another One,”  the ballad “Notebook,” plus tracks “What You Do,” “Playing Our Song,” and “Fragile.” Michele’s debut release, “I Am,” has sold 419,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  “Be OK,” the album’s third single, won the 2009 Grammy award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. (Billboard)


Two years after the Cowboy Junkies’ last studio effort “At The End of Paths Taken,” guitarist Michael Timmins tells the Canadian band is hoping to have a new album out in late 2009 or early 2010. “Right now we’re just touring constantly, as we always do, and working on new songs for a new record,” Timmins says. “The songs are there, it’s just when we get around to completely finishing it. To us, the pluses of making a record are just mysterious. We sort of build up the songs, play them live quite a bit and then we kind of figure out how we want to approach them in the studio. And we either approach them very slowly or very quickly, depending just on circumstance and how the songs are coming about.” With a nine-date spring tour due to begin March 26 in Rochester, NY (German House Theater), the Cowboy Junkies — Timmins, Margo Timmins (vocals), Peter Timmins (drums) and Alan Anton (bass) — are road-testing a few new songs, including “Angels in the Wilderness,” “The Confession of Georgie E” and “Fairytale.” “They all sound like the Cowboy Junkies,” Timmins laughs. “I don’t know, they’re changing. With road-testing songs, you push them in a direction and then pull them back and then push them in another direction. Some of these songs I’ve just been playing me and Margo on acoustic guitar, and then we play them with a full band, so it’s hard to know where they’re going to end up.” Something else happening in the Cowboy Junkies’ not-so-distance future is its new and improved Web site from its own label Latent Recordings. The idea is to turn it into a one-stop shopping site for all things Cowboy Junkies and beyond. “We’re about to launch it hopefully in the next month and it’s going to be not only for us but also for a lot of bands in Toronto that we’re working with and producing,” Timmins says. “It’s going to have lots of downloading capabilities, so that’s sort of our next phase in trying to figure out how the music business works.” Still undetermined is how the Cowboy Junkies’s new CD will be released stateside. But the new buyer-friendly website may be a factor in that decision. “We’re not sure there is any need to get another middle person involved,” Timmins says.  “We’re trying to figure that out right now. For the states, my feeling now at this point, it probably makes more sense to do a straight distribution deal rather than doing a license deal, but we haven’t made a decision on that.” (Billboard)


It’s a dark day for the Claynation. Or, at least, what’s left of it. Clay Aiken has joined the fallen ranks of American Idol alum and parted ways with his longtime record label, RCA. According to Billboard, the split happened a couple months ago following dismal sales of last year’s On My Way Here, which was released just weeks prior to Aiken announcing he was out and spawning. The album, Aiken’s fourth, sold 159,000 copies—a fraction of the 2.78 million for his 2003 Measure of a Man. Reps for both Aiken and RCA have declined to comment on the separation. The 31-year-old father joins a host of Idol alum to be dropped after failing to live up to chart expectations: Katharine McPhee, Blake Lewis, Bo Bice, Justin Guarini, Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks have all cut ties with their original labels. But don’t feel too sorry for Aiken. He’s already got his next gig lined up and is returning from whence he came—namely, reality television. He’s set to appear as a guest judge on the April 8 episode of America’s Next Top Model. (Launch)



MOVIE . . .


Freida Pinto has landed a role in the new Woody Allen film, following on from the success of Slumdog Millionaire. Speaking on US morning news program Today, the actress credited Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle with helping her on in her career. “Yes, it’s up (begins) in July (09). So thank you, Danny Boyle, for helping me take off,” she said. (British Glamour)


Backstage at the Oscars on Sunday night, Kate Ledger told reporters that her family is very much in the loop on her brother’s final movie. “We’ve seen a little bit of the footage,” she said of Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” Ledger’s last film. “I think it’s going to be amazing.” But the comments only highlighted a larger question: When will U.S. audiences get to see it? The head-trippy “Parnassus,” about a traveling magician who gives customers more than they bargained for, is a joint production of financial entity Grosvenor Park and sales mogul Samuel Hadida of Davis Films. It was gliding along as just another independently financed production, and product of Gilliam’s funhouse imagination, when Ledger died early last year in the middle of production.  The project’s fate was thrown into question until Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp stepped in, with all three part of an elaborate workaround that has the actors playing different parts of Ledger’s role. That saved the production. But the sales process since then has been nearly as complicated. A number of U.S. buyers during the summer and early fall were said to be interested in acquiring stateside rights — Lionsgate and Overture were reportedly among the potential suitors — but word of a potential deal quickly quieted down. That has fueled all sorts of rumors in indie circles, ranging from dissent over finances on the producers’ side to outsized expectations on the part of filmmakers. Many of those rumors have yet to be substantiated. But the film has nonetheless run into more concrete obstacles. The presence of a key marketing element like Ledger makes sellers and investors aim for higher dollar figures — especially true for a film whose budget is thought to be upward of $20 million. And the pic presents a marketing challenge. Even with the Ledger hook, a distributor would have a hard time with marketing. Gilliam has grown more experimental in recent years with such fare as “Tideland” and “The Brothers Grimm,” and marketing experts say that retailing “Parnassus” as a Ledger film risks running a word-of-mouth problem with general audiences unaccustomed to that kind of material. A U.S. deal is expected shortly, with a mini-major or larger indie expected to make the play. (The movie already has a deal for Mandate International to release it in the U.K., where Gilliam tends to fare better, and is expected to open there in the summer.) Still, the absence of a sale nearly six months after talks began speaks to the difficulty of selling art house films to the domestic market. “This movie stars Heath Ledger in his final performance — it will get a deal and come out in the U.S.,” said one indie film veteran. “But it’s no accident that it’s taking this long.” (Hollywood Reporter)


Vudu has become the first on-demand service to offer high-definition movies for download to own rather than just rent. Under agreements with such indie companies as Magnolia Pictures, FirstLook Studios and Kino, Vudu will begin by offering 50 HD titles, including best documentary Oscar winner “Man on Wire,” for purchase. Vudu already offered a library of more than1,400 HD movies for rental. Vudu’s new collection, being unveiled Tuesday, will be available for both rental and purchase in both instant HD and Vudu’s HDX format.  In addition to Magnolia’s “Man on Wire,” other titles include FirstLook’s “Transsiberian” and “War, Inc.” “Consumers are clamoring for the ability to own digitally delivered titles in high-definition, especially in our HDX format, and we are excited to be the first in the industry to meet this demand,” said Edward Lichty, Vudu’s executive VP strategy and content. “This is a watershed event for the industry as well, signaling the studios’ recognition of and confidence in digital delivery as an increasingly important part of their business. We expect to see a continuing expansion of digital rights in the coming months.”  High-definition titles purchased from Vudu can be stored on the consumer’s Vudu box or in the Vudu Vault, a free online storage option for movies and TV shows that enables consumers to free up disk space while still retaining access to all their purchased titles. Movies are priced from $13.99-$23.99. (Hollywood Reporter)


Sean and Bryan Furst, the producing team-turned-Overture execs, are transitioning to a production deal with the Liberty Media studio. The brothers’ first producing project for Overture, to be made under their rebooted Furst Films banner, will be the thriller “Jar City,” on which the pair has come aboard as producers. Overture is developing a remake of the Icelandic-language film, a cult favorite from Baltasar Kormakur that centers on a murder investigation in a small town, with Michael Ross writing the script. The Fursts made their name as producers on such pictures as Miramax’s hitman drama “The Matador” and Lionsgate’s Vegas love story “The Cooler,” which earned Alec Baldwin an Oscar nomination. They came to Overture as production execs two years ago, when the company was founded, and helped develop and oversee the Jon Avnet police pic “Righteous Kill” and the Don Cheadle FBI tale “Traitor,” among others. They also were instrumental in developing Overture’s upcoming bio-thriller “The Crazies.” Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett called the deal with the Fursts a “natural next step in our long and productive relationship with Sean and Bryan.” Robert Kessel, Overture’s executive VP production and acquisitions, will continue to lead the studio’s production efforts, the company said. Overture is prepping “Jack Goes Boating,” a slacker romance that will mark Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut. (Hollywood Reporter)



TV . . .


Starz is staying on “Crash” course. The premium cable network has renewed its first original drama series for a second season with a 13-episode order. For its sophomore effort, the Lionsgate TV-produced “Crash” will take on a new direction with a new creative team led by Ira Steven Behr (“The 4400”), who has been tapped as executive producer/show runner. He is being joined by James DeMonaco and Todd Harthan (both of Spike TV’s “The Kill Point”), who have been named exec producer and supervising producer, respectively. Series creator/exec producer Glen Mazzara, who served as show runner for the first season, will stay on as a consulting producer.  “The show was off to a very good start,” Starz exec VP programming Stephan Shelanski said. “We wanted to adjust the course, moving away from some of the police story arcs and focus more on other aspects of Los Angeles.” About half of the story lines in the first season will continue into Season 2. Roughly half of the cast, including star Dennis Hopper, will stay on.  The first season of “Crash,” which concluded last month, established Starz as a place for original programming, Shelanski said. Following the season finale, the network and studio took several weeks to analyze the freshman season of the series based on the Oscar-winning feature. “We wanted to explore different stories and a different way of storytelling, but the larger canvas of storytelling in Los Angeles and the general premise of people whose lives are intersecting will remain the same,” Lionsgate TV president Kevin Beggs said.  Behr and James DeMonaco will exec produce the second season with Paul Haggis and Bob Yari. Bobby Moresco, Don Cheadle, Tom Nunan, Mark R. Harris, Jorg Westerkamp and Thomas Becker are co-exec producing. Endeavor-repped Behr and UTA-repped DeMonaco and Harthan will convene Monday to begin mapping out the second season, slated to begin production in mid-May. Haggis, who co-wrote, directed and produced the 2004 feature, had been very involved in the vetting process and met with the potential show runners. “I enjoyed my interaction with the creative team last season, and I am really excited about Ira’s ideas for reimagining the series in its second season,” Haggis said. (Hollywood Reporter)


The CW’s update of “Melrose Place” has received an official pilot order, and Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim has come on board to direct it. Meanwhile, filmmaker Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed on to direct the Fox drama pilot “Masterwork.”  In pilot castings, Zosia Mamet, daughter of playwright-filmmaker David Mamet, has landed her first starring role on Fox’s comedy pilot “Absolutely Fabulous.” Toni Trucks also has been cast in “Ab Fab.” Elsewhere, Jason George and Sarah Drew have joined ABC’s drama pilot “Inside the Box,” and Diego Klattenhoff has been added to NBC’s drama pilot “Mercy.”  The CBS Par-produced “Melrose Place,” a remake of the ’90s series about a group of twentysomethings living in the trendy Melrose neighborhood of Los Angeles, was written by Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin (“Smallville”), who will serve as exec producers/show runners. Endeavor-repped Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth,” will exec produce as well. Guggenheim, who is under a deal at CBS Par, is known for directing edgier dramas such as “Deadwood,” “24” and the pilot for “The Unit,” but early in his career, he helmed lighter fare including Fox’s “Party of Five.” For his TV debut, Nachmanoff, who most recently wrote and directed “Traitor,” will tackle the international “Da Vinci Code”-type adventure “Masterwork,” from 20th TV. “Inside the Box,” from ABC Studios, revolves around an ambitious female news producer and her colleagues at a Washington network news bureau. George (“Eli Stone”) will play an on-camera correspondent. He is repped by TalentWorks and Management 360. Drew (“Everwood”) will play a new peon at the network. She is with Innovative and Kritzer Levine Wilkins. Based on the British series, the Sony-produced “Ab Fab” revolves around neurotic fashion publicist Eddie (Kathryn Hahn) and her best friend Patsy (Kristen Johnson), an outrageous fashion editor, who drive Eddie’s sensible teen daughter, Saffron (Mamet), up the wall with their wild behavior. ICM-repped Mamet did a multiepisode arc on CBS’ “The Unit,” created and exec produced by her dad David. Trucks (Showtime’s “Barbershop”) will play Eddie’s assistant. She is repped by Henderson/Hogan and Rugolo Entertainment. The UMS-produced “Mercy” revolves around three nurses who bond through the ups and downs of their professional and personal lives. Klattenhoff will play a contractor and blue-collar worker who is married to one of the nurses. After “Mercy,” Klattenhoff will shoot the indie “American Tragic.” He is repped by UTA and Levine Okwu Erickson Talent. (Hollywood Reporter)


Boutique TV lit agency Kaplan-Stahler-Gumer-Braun has lost a second name partner in a month, with Alan Braun leaving to join CAA. The clients who are confirmed to join Braun at CAA so far are Intuitive Entertainment (“Millionaire Matchmaker), Authentic Entertainment (“Flipping Out”), Jupiter Entertainment (“Snapped”), North South Entertainment (“Little Miss Perfect”), Pie Town (“House Hunters”), Megalomedia (“Half Ton Teen”), Yahlin Chang (“Dirty Sexy Money”), Jeff Vlaming (“The Reaper”), James Egan (“In the Motherhood”), Varuna (“Deep Sea Salvage”) and Thumbs Up Prods. (“U.K.’s Next Top Model”).  Braun’s move to CAA is effective Thursday. The move follows Robert Gumer’s exit last month to go to APA. Back then, the agency was renamed Kaplan-Stahler-Braun. Its new name is Kaplan-Stahler, for founding partners Elliot Stahler and Mitch Kaplan, who launched the agency in 1981. Braun joined KSGB in 2001 and was named partner in 2004. He began his career as a trainee at ICM and later was hired as an agent at MTA. (Hollywood Reporter)


Oscar was a hit among TV viewers; up 13% from ’08: (Daily Record)

The Oscars are a winner — at least compared with the record ratings low of last year’s broadcast. Sunday night’s 81st Annual Academy Awards on ABC climbed 13% to 36.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen estimates. Viewership was up in all age groups, and the biggest increases were among men ages 18 to 34. The advertiser-coveted audience of adults ages 18 to 49, at 16 million, also rose 13%. Among that group, the show was TV’s top entertainment broadcast since last year’s American Idol finale. Though it’s still the third-lowest-rated Oscars (second-lowest was 2003, the year Chicago won), viewers seem pleased with the changes producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark made to the ceremony. In an informal reader survey at, those who liked the show outweighed those who didn’t more than 10 to 1. And more than 6,500 readers chimed in on their favorite parts of the show.

The top picks:

•Having five iconic presenters for top acting categories: 29%

•Host Hugh Jackman’s opening skit and its homespun charm: 23%

•Ben Stiller impersonating Joaquin Phoenix while presenting: 16%

A few days before the Oscars, Jackman was dancing around ratings expectations the same way he ultimately danced around the stage at the Kodak Theatre.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I hosted the Tonys three years in a row, and I believe I’ve presided over the lowest-rated Tonys ever. So I’m not going to be waking up at 4 in the morning asking.”

Turns out he could have and not lost any sleep.





Q.  According to a new study from The Nielsen Company, the average American now watches how many hours of TV a month?

            A. 151 hours



TODAY’S QUOTE (By Richard B. Sheridan)





MIND BOGGLERS . . . (Amazing Trivia and Disney Insider)


Q.  What bird has he slowest wingbeat – only one beat per second?

            A.  The vulture. The hummingbird has the fastest wingbeat – up to 90 per second.


Q.  How did the tiny town of Why, Arizona, get its name?

            A.  From the Y-shaped intersection of two interstate highways that passed through it


Q.  In what annual sports competition is the winning trophy called the Claret Jug?

            A.  Golf’s British Open Championship. The trophy, more formally known as the Golf Champion Trophy, is widely referred to as the Claret Jug because that’s what it is. The jug was introduced at the Open in 1873, when it replaced the previous prize, the Challenge Belt


Q.  A photo of which Sesame Street character appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1970?

            A.  Big Bird, on November 23, 1970. The headline that ran with the photo read “Sesame Street: TV’s Gift to Children.”


Q.  What U.S. city was known as Lancaster before it became a state capital in 1867?

            A.  Lincoln, Nebraska. Its name was changed to honor President Abraham Lincoln on the day Nebraska attained statehood and moved its seat of government from its territorial capital, Omaha.


Q.  In what cartoon did Pluto make his first screen appearance?

            A.  The first appearance of Pluto was in the 1930 cartoon, “The Chain Gang.”





































—1856  Art Collector Charles Lang Freer (d. 9-25-1919)

—1873  Opera Singer Enrico Caruso (d. 8-2-1921)

—1894  Inventor Steele MacKay (d.)

¾1910  Fashion model/author/editor Millicent Hammond Fenwick (d. 9-16-1992)

—1913  Actor Jim Backus (Gilligan’s Island, Mr. Magoo) (d. 7-3-1989)

—1917  Author Anthony Burgess (d. 11-25-1993)

—1918  Tennis Player Bobby Riggs (d. 10-25-1995)

¾1922  Greatest female rodeo roper & Cherokee-Choctaw Indian “Texas Rose” Bascom (d. 9-23-1993)

—1925  Actor Bert Remsen  (Dick Tracy)

—1928  Producer Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H)

—1929  Bandleader Tommy Newsom (The Tonight Show)

—1932  Actor John V

—1932  Country Singer Faron Young (“Hello Walls”)  (d. 12-10-1996)

—1937  Actor Tom Courtenay (The Dresser)

¾1938  Actress Diane Baker (Silence of the Lambs)

—1943  Musician/Producer George Harrison (Beatles) (“Something”) (d.11-29-01)

—1943  Talk-Show host Sally Jessy Raphael

—1944  Actress Karen Grassle (Little House on the Prairie)

—1945  Actress Elkie Brooks

¾1950  Director/Writer Neil Jordon (The Crying Game)

—1951  Baseball’s Cesar Cedeno

—1957  Guitarist Stuart “Woody” Wood (The Bay City Rollers) (“Saturday Night”)

—1958  Basketball’s Kurt Rambis

—1959  Musician Mike Peters (The Alarm)

¾1966  Actress Tea Leoni (Family Man)

¾1971  Actor Sean Astin (Courage Under Fire)

¾1986  Actor Justin Berfield (Malcolm In The Middle)





Today is ASH WEDNESDAY/LENT begins

¾1791  The First Bank of the US at Philadelphia, PA was chartered.  It lost its charter in 1811.  The Second Bank of the US received a charter in 1816, which expired in 1836.  Since that time, the US has had no central bank.  Central banking functions are carried out by the Federal Reserve System.

—1793  President George Washington invited all his department heads to his home at Mt. Vernon, Virginia, for the first cabinet meeting in American history.

—1836  Samuel Colt received a patent for his invention, the revolving pistol, or the “six-shooter.”

—1873  Enrico Caruso, possibly the greatest tenor of all time, was born in Naples, Italy.

—1913  The 16th amendment to the Constitution went into effect, authorizing the government to collect taxes on all income.

—1957  Buddy Holly & the Crickets recorded their first hit at a studio in New Mexico: “That’ll Be The Day.”

—1958  The Silhouettes’ “Get A Job” is the top single in the US.

—1961  In his first performance since leaving the Army, Elvis plays a charity concert in Memphis.

¾1964  Twenty-two-year-old Cassius Clay (later named Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston.  At the height of his athletic career Ali was well known for both his fighting ability and personal style.  Ali is the only fighter to win the heavyweight fighting title three separate times.

—1977  Polydor announces the signing of The Jam.

—1981  Christopher Cross sweeps the 23rd Grammy Awards.

—1983  Toto win five Grammys, tying Simon & Garfunkel for the record number won in one night.      

—1985  ‘Til Tuesday release “Voices Carry,” and the Blasters “Hard Line” and Yello’s “Stella” album are released. Hear’n Aid release “Stars,” the heavy metal contribution to Band Aid famine relief.

—1986  “We Are The World” wins four Grammys.  Phil Collins wins Best Album for “No Jacket Required.”

—1987  Frank Sinatra’s appearance on “Magnum PI” gives the show its highest rating ever.

—1989  Eddie Money performs at the Kamai-Hello U.S./U.S.S.R. cultural festival in Anchorage Alaska.

¾1994  An American-born Jewish settler in Hebron, Israel, Baruch Goldstein, opened fire with an assault rifle in a crowded mosque.  Of the more than 400 Muslims gathered for early morning prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, 29 were killed immediately and 150 were wounded. Others, including Goldstein, were crushed in the panic to flee or during subsequent rioting.






On this date in 1793, George Washington held his first cabinet meeting. Since it was such a tight squeeze in there, all future meetings were held at the conference table.

In 1836, Samuel Colt patented the revolver. Of course, he’s the inventor of that famous pistol, The Sam 45.

On this date in 1919, Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline. So they are the ones who started that!


Those twins from the Harry Potter movies, James and Oliver Phelps, both turn 23 today. Must be the oldest kids at Hogwarts!

Sean Astin turns 38 today. His biggest career moments had to come when he’s was trying to return a ring with Mr. Frodo. Took them almost three whole movies to do it.

Carrot Top turns 44. I imagine his parents, Big & Halter, are quite proud.

Whatever happened to Sally Jesse Raphael? Where ever she is, she’s celebrating her 67th birthday today. Hopefully, she’ll get a new pair of glasses.


·         The ratings for the Academy Awards were up from last year, but still appear to be the third lowest rated show in history.

·         Paris Hilton’s little sister Nicky made a citizens’ arrest of a 50-year-old guy in southern California after he pushed her in the back. Drama runs in that family.

·         Teenagers who listen to popular music with degrading sexual lyrics are more likely to have sex than teens who don’t listen to this kind of music, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

·         Former NBA star Charles Barkley will spend five days in jail starting March 21st after pleading guilty to drunk driving.

·         John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston have started up the Jett Travolta Foundation, to help children with medical and emotional needs.

·         For the record, Sean Penn left his wife out of his Oscar acceptance speech on purpose. He and Robin Wright Penn talked about it and decided, in order to get everything in on time, he’d skip thanking her.

·         A geophysicist at Tel Aviv University in Israel says those UFOs aren’t aliens from another planet. They are actually “sprites,” which are flashes of light high in the atmosphere triggered by thunderstorms. reports that this puzzling natural phenomenon appear as dancing lights.

·         Insiders say that Chris Brown sent a diamond bracelet and necklace, plus an iPod Touch to Rihanna for her birthday.

·         Slumdog’s Freida Pinto has already landed a role in Woody Allen’s next film.

·         Google had a g-mail crash on Monday. Still don’t know why… they’re working on it.


Cosmopolitan gives us five things in your room that drive him nuts:

1.      All the clothes you have shoehorned into your closet and drawers he can’t even find a spot to cram a spare pair of boxers.

2.      Your array of scented candles. To guys Midnight Jasmine smells like tear gas.

3.      Your childhood stuffed animals and dolls. Why? Because the never stop staring.

4.      All 108 of your fluffy decorative pillows.

5.      The black and while prints of little kids holding hands, kissing, posing with annoyed dogs, etc. You don’t even know those little brats.

Daisy and Bessie are more contented and produce more milk than a cow with no name, scientists claim. Researchers questioned more than 500 dairy farmers and discovered that dairy cows who are personalized with a name like buttercup, Lady or Princess make a pint and a half more milk daily. That may not sound like much, but to the average size dairy farm it adds up to about 6,800 extra gallons of milk per year at no additional cost. The study found that about 46% of farmers name their cattle. Scientists believe befriending a cow slashes its levels of cortisol, a stress hormone known to inhibit milk production. “What our study shows is what many good, caring farmers have long believed,” says lead researcher Dr. Catherine Douglas. “By placing more importance on the individual, we not only improve the animals’ welfare, but also increase milk production.” (National Examiner)

The Army has already trained dolphins to search for underwater mines. Now, they’re planning to turn sharks into spies. A Pentagon research project is developing implants, which will be surgically inserted into the brains of sharks. Antennas attached to the deadly fishes’ heads will allow operators to beam a signal to the implanted electrodes that will stimulate the part of the brain associated with the creature’s keen sense of smell. By tricking the shark into thinking that tasty prey is to its right or lest, the operator will be able to control its movements. Sensory equipment attached to the shark will gather data about enemy naval activity. (Sun)

When a guy hears you talking about someone’s personal business, you can bet he’s wondering what you tell people about him when he’s not around. “Even though he’s not the one being gossiped about, he still feels a bit betrayed,” says Warren Farrell, PhD, author of Why Men Are the Way They Are. “It makes him doubt how much he can trust you.” And while women dish as a way of bonding with friends or to air their emotions, men don’t relate to each other that way. “They’re solution oriented, so anything that creates drama without a resolution seems like a waste of time to them,” says Farrell. (Cosmopolitan)


·         So, who was the biggest couple at the Oscars on Sunday? Brangelina? Aniston and Mayer?

·         How many snooze bars do you go through in the morning?

·         Anyone listening who has been to an over-the-top child’s birthday party?

·         Why were you on the front page of the paper?

·         What is the stupidest thing someone at the place you work has done while “on the clock”? How did they get caught?

·         What have you done or said to impress a date? Or girl who happened to be close by? Or Guy!?

·         Who is president of a fan club?

·         Tattoo horror stories?

·         If you could have one service performed at your house everyday, what would you choose?

·         What have you said you would never, ever do and actually did it?

·         Are you happier as you get older?

·         Can you not say “no” to anyone?

·         Do you know a risk-taking mom? Who skydives? Rockclimbs?

·         Who is the author that has you reading every single one of their books?

·         Who was your best boss of all time and why?

Are you watching more TV now than ever before? My wife and I are staying home with the kids more and more to save money these days. And I guess we’re not alone. Did you know that the average American older than 2 years watched television for 151 hours per month (according to Nielsen). That number doesn’t sound right does it? Are we watching 40 hours a week of television? I think that’s gotta be wrong. It’s TV watching that’s up from last year’s study, and experts say it’s because more people are watching their DVRs and Tivos more.

Evil friends…who is yours? A woman told me after she had her son that when she first found out she was pregnant, she had actually thought about having a one night stand with me just so she could drive me crazy for nine months making me think I was the father. Who even thinks like that?

Is breaking up contagious? You know, when you’ve got a group of friends and one couple’s relationship ends, it seems like other couples soon split up, too. Many of the callers thought it’s true and that got us going on the bad influence of single or younger friends.

We got some good calls on that story about pre-nups for bridesmaids. In case you missed it, it seems some Bridezillas make their friends sign agreements not to gain weight, change their hairstyles, etc. before the wedding. Would a real friend do that?

My cohost’s son, chews his finger nails down to nothing, so she asked for suggestions on how to break that habit. We got a bunch of calls and heard about grown-ups who still have a problem with it, including those who also bite their toenails! We heard about a number of products you can coat the nails with so they taste horrible and that reminded me of how my mom cured me of thumb sucking. Of course, that little tidbit popped out before it occurred to me that she would be off and running with my oral fixation problem. has uncovered some fascinating facts about the American dating game. According to the online dating service:

·         The ideal woman is flirtatious and a thrill-seeker who has an average build with long, light brown hair. She’s educated and possesses a college degree. She doesn’t smoke, but she does drink socially. She also enjoys public displays of affection.

·         The ideal man is bold, assertive, and flirtatious. Mr. Right does not smoke, but he is a social drinker. He has dark brown hair, an average body, and a college degree. And one more tidbit: He likes to dance.

Phoner: What qualities make up your ideal mate?

We talked about that Ticketmaster scandal over Bruce Springsteen concert tickets today. Ticketmaster was trying to get $2k per ticket out of people by redirecting ticket buyers from the Ticketmaster site, to another site charging much more. This got us to talking about the most money you’ve ever spent on a concert ticket. I spent $600 last year for third row to see Coldplay. Hey, if you like the band that much, isn’t it worth it?

We received an e-mail from a guy who had to dump his girl because she would go into these baby talk moments with him and it drove him nuts. It was a major dealbreaker. Numerous calls on this one.

I went to the doctor for a wicked sore throat. A nurse saw me instead of the regular doctor. The problem was her thick Indian Accent. I couldn’t understand her after asking 3 times. I left the office not really knowing my diagnosis. Shouldn’t doctors in America be required to have command of the English language?

A recent survey finds more and more Americans are logging on the Internet while they’re on the john. The USC study found that, “A significant number of Americans use the computer connection in the bathroom,” according to researcher Jeffrey Cole. Since people are unlikely to be surfing the ‘net while they’re brushing their teeth or in the shower, Cole figures they’re sitting down and conducting business while on-line. Phoner: Disgusting, but who does it? I guess you have a built in laptop, but eeewwwww.

I have a friend who is tired of being married. He says that in public, him and his wife “look” like they have the perfect marriage, but things are very different behind closed doors. He has a ton of pressure to stay married — for the kids, for his career, for financial reasons — in fact, him and his wife even sleep in separate bedrooms. Is this normal? Does anyone else know married couples like this? Should they get a divorce, or is this OK?

Cosmopolitan says it’s buh-bye if he displays these heave-ho moves:

·         The Limp Handhold — This lackluster approach to connecting physically can be a sign he’s trying to pull away emotionally, too.

·         Fleeting eye contact — Guys who are gaga get lost in your gaze.

·         The half hug — A lame embrace denotes a level of discomfort.

·         The listless kiss — If he’s scoping the scene while he’s planting one on you in public, his mind is on other things.

Ladies, what other signs are there that he’s about to break-up with you?

What’s the quickest way to drop 10 or 20 pounds? If you had just 28 days to lose weight, which weight loss system would be most effective?

We got to talking about how something as simple as a thank-you card can mean so much and I admitted that I rarely, if ever, send thank-you cards or notes. Apparently not too many people do, but ask for callers who’ve been touched by one. It’s funny how something in writing is even more powerful than a verbal thank-you.

Household repair nightmares? I had one last week. In attempting to replace the rubber flapper in my toilets, something happened and water started shooting all over the bathroom. So we asked for other disasters. You’d be amazed at the number of women would are happy to call in and tell all about how inept their husbands are.

What’s the dumbest/bad movie you can’t keep from watching? You know, something that stunk at the box office but when you come across it on cable you find yourself watching it again.

Do you own something interesting from a TV set, music video shoot, movie set, etc.? I have a neighbor who owns one of Stephen King’s typewriters or so he says. You’d be surprised what kind of stuff people own.


“I’m a product of a public-school education. I’d like to believe they’re every bit as good as educating our children as any private school.”

·         Mel Gibson

·         Sarah Jessica Parker ***

·         Johnny Depp

·         Joy Behar

·         David Letterman

“Ryan Seacrest has the appeal of a dog that has been rescued from the pound. That is his secret. He’s grateful. He’s happy. Always, always. If he had a tail, he’d wag it.”

·         Carrie Underwood

·         Paula Abdul

·         Barry Manilow

·         Simon Cowell ***

·         Randy Jackson

“When I worked the counter at McDonalds, I learned tons about the meaning of service there”

·         Ruben Studdard

·         Katie Couric

·         Shania Twain ***

·         Madonna

·         Rosie O’Donnell


Team up with a locally produced TV show to do a “Blind Date Bus” with you. Pick 10 couples, blindfold them and lead them on the bus. Then take them to a restaurant where they get to know each other all while keeping the blindfolds on. The next day they appear on your show, then later on you bring them to the TV show where the blindfolds are removed for the first time. You get the reactions live on the tube.


We put our stunt boy in a shopping cart in the parking lot of a local department store. Listeners came by to run him through an obstacle course (hay bales, construction cones, more shopping carts, etc), and the fastest time got concert tickets. He was afraid he’d tip over, so for most of the runs, he was running alongside the cart. The contestants were blindfolded and he had to give them directions. Great theatre of the mind. He got into the cart for the last run of the day, and ended up spraining his ankle.


1.      Mandatory “All Cabinet Members Must Pay Taxes” stipulation

2.      Yelling at kid while at Wal-Mart tariff

3.      Krispy Kreme Bailout

4.      Donald Trump ego tax

5.      Mickey Rourke haircut provision

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

Simon Cowell says he’s going to have his body cryogenically frozen when he dies, so that one day he can return to life. In that case, I guess we could always use the old “wooden stake in the heart” trick.

Slumdog Millionaire was such a huge hit at the Oscars, can a prequel like “Slumpuppies” be far behind?

Cheez-Its has created a new type of cracker… that looks like Scrabble tiles. Perfect for people who like to play with their food.

I’m torn: do you think we should bailout Joaquin Phoenix?

Actually, the number of people who watched the Academy Awards this year was up 13% over last year’s numbers… although MOST of those new people were slumdogs.

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday… the day that falls between Fat Monday and Fat Wednesday. Man, we gotta lose some weight!

Thanks for not giving our show up for Lent. You’re still there, right?


(Cosmopolitan) Some chicks practically ask for the boot. Could you be one?

·         The Dryer Sheet — She clings to her guy so tightly that no matter where he goes or who he’s with he can’t shake her loose.

·         The Nutcase — She heavily flirts with dudes in front of her guy to rile him up and likes screaming at him in public for things like making her go home after she passed out at the bar.

·         The Full Discloser — She tells her beau about her menstrual cycle, the eating habits of her three cats, and how many guys she’s slept with since losing her virginity at 17 and a half.

·         The Drama Queen — She constantly tests her beau by threatening to break up with him. Then when he tries to dump her, she has a meltdown in the middle of the restaurant.

·         The Timekeeper — There’s never enough “our time” for her; she pouts when her guy is with friends or works overtime.


A great way to gain more listeners: Once a week, we do a “Limo Lunch” we take one lucky winner and four of his/her friends out to lunch in a limo with the morning show crew. Most of the time half of the people listen to some other show, but by the time the lunch is over, we’ve made some new fans.


The Sun Fun Quiz reveals what your cell phone screen says about you:

·         Cuddly Animal — You’re a real softie with wells of compassion for the troubles of family, friends even perfect strangers. You inspire others with your upbeat philosophy of life.

·         Landscape — You’re a hard worker who uses the peaceful pic on your phone to decompress during stressful times. Taking time out also helps you move forward with calm deliberation.

·         Cartoon — You’re a person who can juggle several balls at the same time to complete all the tasks in your busy life. But you enjoy escaping back to your happy childhood for a moment.

·         Religious Symbol — Angels, saints or other spiritual figures are a sign of the faith that’s with you at all times. You know a higher power is at work in your life, inspiring your personal values.

·         Abstract Shapes — You’re a creative person who thrives on solving problems with imaginative solutions. Your enthusiasm for life makes you open to new people, projects and ideas.

·         City Skyline — You’re an adventurous soul who’s motivated by the excitement and opportunities available in metropolitan areas. You have the courage it takes to fulfill your wildest dreams.


You just have people call you and if they can fool you with their gender they win.


Women PMS’ing? Funny, that’s funny. So here’s what you do: Get female callers, they must have raging ‘mones, and make them sing pop songs. They scream; you laugh. It’s great.


“New Fashion Trend: Slumdog Collars!”
Trash! Only if you want a new leash on life.

“iPhone Helps Folks Cheat in Vegas!”
Truth! There’s a new app for iPhones that help folks count cards while playing blackjack in casinos! Casino owners in Vegas got a warning memo from the Nevada Gaming Control Board after learning about the program from gambling regulators in California’s Indian casinos. While card counting itself is not illegal, using devices to help you do it is!

“Charles Barkley to Get His Own Cell Block!”
Trash! He’ll actually take up two: one for him, the other for his ego.

“Man Arrested For Stealing Male Enhancement Pills!”
Truth! And that’s gotta be one embarrassed criminal. 29-year-old Veroy Omar Chin of Port St. Lucie, Florida, begged police officers to give him a break and let him pay for the Extenze Male Enhancement tablets he got caught stealing from a local Wal-Mart. He’ll now get to practice his lying skills when asked by fellow inmates, “So what are you in for?”

“New Parking Meters Let You Buy Overtime Insurance!”
Trash! That’s called ‘correct change’.

“Bowling Alley Has All Their Balls Stolen!”
Truth! Thurston’s Restaurant and Bowling Alley in Frankfort, New York, is now missing an estimated 150 bowling balls thanks to a most bizarre crime. The bowling ball bandits left only one ball behind — in the front lobby of the alley. Police have no leads, no suspects and certainly no motive!

“Plastic Surgeon Makes Diesel Fuel From Liposuctioned Fat!”
Truth! In Beverly Hills, California, plastic surgeon Alan Bittner says he’s created diesel fuel for his SUV out of liposuctioned fat from his patients. Bittner wrote on one Web page, “The vast majority of my patients request that I use their fat for fuel, and I have more fat than I can use.” Unfortunately that’s kind of illegal in California so authorities are investigating.

“Stimulus Plan Includes Relief for Blackjack Dealers!”
Trash! It would have only helped those over 21 and they busted.

“Drinking Lots of Coffee Reduces Your Chance For Stroke!”
Truth! At least according to a new study from researchers with the Nurses’ Health Study. Women in particular who drink four or more cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a 43% decrease in the chance for stroke. And it’s something specifically about coffee. Participants in the study who drank caffeinated tea and soft drinks did not appear to reap the same benefits. Of course you gotta wonder because the study was commissioned by the folks at Starbucks, Folgers and Maxwell House. OK — not really!


(Netscape) Here are seven medical myths identified by the British Medical Journal that will no doubt stun you. We’ll bet you think at least one of these is true.

·         You should drink at least eight glasses of water a day — This advice, often found in the popular press, probably originated from advice given in 1945 stating that a suitable allowance of water per day for adults is 2.5 liters (which is 10.14 cups). The statement also added that most of this quantity is found in food! Remember, drinking too much water can actually be harmful, resulting in water intoxication, hyponatraemia and even death.

·         We use only 10 percent of our brains — Erroneously credited to Albert Einstein, this myth is cited by everyone from physicians to comedians. But they’re wrong! MRI and PET scans show that there are no dormant, inactive areas of the brain. Detailed probing of the brain has never revealed the non-functioning 90 percent.

·         Fingernails and hair grow after death — Johnny Carson even perpetuated this myth when he joked, “For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.” Forensic anthropologist William Maples told the British Medical Journal, “It is a powerful, disturbing image, but it is pure moonshine. No such thing occurs.” However, there is a biological basis for the myth. After death, the skin around the hair or nails can retract, giving the impression that the nails or hair have grown when in fact the contrasting soft tissues just shrink.

·         Shaved hair grows back faster, coarser and darker — Clinical trials conducted as long as 80 years ago show that shaving has no effect on hair growth. More recent research proves that shaving doesn’t affect the thickness or rate of hair growth. Because shaved hair lacks the fine taper seen on the ends of unshaven hair, it can appear to be more coarse. In addition, new hair hasn’t been lightened by the sun, so it seems to be darker than existing hair.

·         Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight — Moms have long maintained that children who try to postpone bedtime by reading under the covers with a flashlight will need glasses. That’s not true. Poor lighting can make it seem as if your eyes can’t focus and it makes them feel dryer, but in fact such light won’t permanently harm your eyesight or damage the function or structure of the eyes. Any discomfort or strain is only temporary.

·         Eating turkey makes you drowsy — Scientific studies do show that tryptophan, which is an amino acid present in turkey, is involved in sleep and mood control and can cause drowsiness. However, turkey doesn’t contain enough tryptophan to knock you out. Bet you didn’t know this: Turkey, chicken and ground beef contain nearly equivalent amounts of tryptophan, while pork and cheese have more than turkey! If you’re sleepy after eating turkey, chances are you ate a lot more than just the meat. Any large meal can make you sleepy — with or without turkey.

·         Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals — Hospitals may be plastered with warning signs against using cell phones, but not a single death can be attributed to such use. However, less serious incidents causing false alarms on monitors, malfunctions in infusion pumps and incorrect readings on cardiac monitors, have occasionally been reported, reports the British Medical Journal.

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

For the first time in my life, I missed the Rose Bowl this year… Same thing with the Oscars. You want to know why? Our household is hooked up to DISH satellite, and they’ve been at odds with the ABC affiliate in my area for over two months. You know what DISH stands for? Disaster In Satellite Hook-ups!

A new breakthrough in flu vaccines means one shot could protect you from all strains of flu viruses. They say it could eliminate all those flu shot lines. Unfortunately, flu shot lines will be replaced by soup and unemployment lines.

A lot of people are saying that the guy who delivered that cable TV rant, Rick Santelli of CNBC, is crazier than CNBC’s Jim Cramer. And people said he was crazier than NBC’s old Cosmo Kramer!

Teenage star Miley Cyrus says she wants Angelina Jolie to adopt her. Miley said Angelina is beautiful and “she could, like, adopt me.” No word yet from Angelina, but Brad says he’s on board.

A man was arrested in the parking lot of a pancake house after he pushed Paris Hilton’s little sister Nikki in the butt. Kid Rock apologized saying, “I needs to develop me a non-alcohol, non-syrup based diet.”

“American Idol’s” Simon Cowell says he wants to have his body frozen after he dies because he believes that future technology will be able to regenerate him. Apparently, Simon’s already having his nipples stored at 15 degrees.

Nancy Pelosi went to visit the Pope last week. First there was the kneeling and the ring kissing…and then Speaker Pelosi left President Obama to go to the Vatican.

The Pope has had a rough month. First, he accidentally reinstated a Holocaust denier; then he met with a stimulus-cost denier.

That Holocaust-denying Bishop the Pope reinstated has been kicked out of Argentina and was caught fighting with a news reporter at the airport. And that’s not the end of the scandal for the Pope. The Bishop was in Argentina making a porn flick called “The Altar Boys from Brazil.”

It’s been ten years since the death of Chicago Tribune/Sneak Previews movie critic Gene Siskel. He’s still two thumbs under.

Hanes Underwear, who closed 30 plants in North and South America, is now producing it’s line in Vietnam, where they pay employees an average of $80 a month for six-day, 48-hour work-weeks. And you wouldn’t believe the line of people trying to get those jobs! The line starts in Detroit.

President Barack Obama’s $75 billion mortgage relief plan is designed to help homeowners who are underwater. However, Mr. Obama said today, if you’re underwater, and the government finds a photo of you wearing a backwards baseball cap smoking a bong…you’re on your own.

At a question-and-answer session with president Obama on Monday, John McCain bemoaned cost overruns in the new fleet of 28 Marine One helicopters being built by Lockheed Martin Corp. — now over budget at $11.2 billion — unlike the disastrous Iraq War, that McCain voted to authorize, and voted several times to prolong, that’s right on budget…at a oh… trillion dollars? And… Oh yeah, the helicopter project was ordered by George Bush, and everyone in the Beltway knew Obama already had it primed for the chopping block… Nice question, Senator John-Petty-Politics.

Hillary Clinton’s State Department has cautioned college and high school students that violent drug wars south of the border make Mexico a bad choice for spring break vacation time. So more skin-baring spring breakers will party in the U.S. this year… And they said Bill Clinton wouldn’t get involved in the State Department.

A detainee released from the Guantanamo Prison on Monday said he was the victim of “medieval torture” while he was in custody. The man claimed he’d been waterboarded, exposed to extreme temperatures, that he underwent sleep deprivation and that he was forced to attend several renaissance fairs.

Attorney General Eric Holder was approved for his job by a 17-2 vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and by a 75-21 Senate vote. So why is Fox News Host Chris Wallace saying that Holder, “got into office by the skin of his teeth.”? Perhaps Wallace means “by the color of his skin… of his teeth… ”

Attorney General Eric Holder visited the Guantanamo Detention Facility on Monday. President Obama wanted him to see what his new digs would be if he doesn’t keep his mouth shut.

Hillary Clinton visited China over the weekend. Liberal groups were angry that Hillary didn’t bring up human rights issues. Bill Clinton was angry Hillary didn’t bring home any Chinese gymnasts.

More valve problems have caused NASA to delay the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery for the fourth time. Guys, if you’ve had to delay launch four times because of ‘valve’ problems, call a doctor.

A NASA climate study satellite failed to reach orbit and landed in the ocean off Antarctica on Tuesday. Take heart. This is the first time since Obama got elected that a NASA rocket made it off the pad, and hey… it didn’t crash into anything!

Citigroup is privately pleading with the Federal Reserve to become a 40 percent shareholder in Citibank. Financial experts say Citigroup is so desperately throwing themselves at federal regulators; they should change their name to the Bank of Madonna.

Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, operate a total of 222 Cayman Island subsidiaries, primarily for the purpose of avoiding U.S. taxes… and yet, they’ve taken $227 billion from U.S. taxpayers in bailout money dollars. $227 billion! When does the part come where we get to beat the crap out of them?

It’s now been confirmed that a bird strike brought down a helicopter last month in Louisiana. And it’s not just jets and helicopters. Animals are dangerous. Take it from me; one deaf cat can totally screw up your lawnmower.


According to follow through on these four phrases to keep a women:

1.      I’ll call you right back — You’re talking to your girlfriend when you get hungry. You tell her you’re gonna make a sandwich but reassure her that you’ll call once you’re done eating. Two hours later … she’s wondering where the hell you are. “When you tell her you’ll call right back, assume she’s thinking it’ll be about five minutes,” says psychotherapist Robert Mark Alter. If you know it’ll be two hours, say, “I have to deal with a few things. Can I call you later?”

2.      I’ll take care of it — You may have more important stuff to do than fix a leaky faucet in her bathroom. But when she asks for help and you agree, she’s counting on you to get the job done. “When you don’t take care of it, she has to keep bugging you, which makes her feel like a nag,” says Bobbie Reid, author of Clueless. When she makes a request that you can’t get to right away, tell her you can take a look at it, but not until a specific day the next week. That way, she won’t keep asking, and you won’t be the jerk who never did what he said.

3.      We should go there — Making plans tends to be more of a woman’s strength, which is why it means so much when you come up with a cool date idea of your own. That’s also why it can be a major letdown when you don’t follow through. “By suggesting it, she assumes you’re now going to make all the arrangements, and that makes her feel special,” says Alter. So the next time you mention trying that new Italian restaurant, make a reservation.

4.      I’ll be there at seven — There’s an expectation that if you tell a woman you’ll show up at a certain time, you’ll be there. “Being late is inconsiderate and makes her feel like you don’t care about seeing her,” says Reid. So if you’re gonna be late for a legit reason — like your boss has you chained to your desk — call! She’s a lot less likely to complain or be angry if you give her a heads-up.


Listen up, guys! A recent survey says women love it when you:

·         Own a pair of really nice shoes and actually wear them.

·         Brush the hair out of their eyes.

·         Are able to hold a baby or push a stroller without squirming.

·         Plan an evening out from soup to nuts, from finding a movie to making the dinner reservations.

·         Kiss creatively.

·         Handle our emotions with grace and compassion.

·         Have impassioned, informed opinions about women writers and women’s issues.

·         Can distinguish between being courteous and being wimpy.

·         Know how to inscribe a card with a heartfelt, personal message.

·         Demonstrate respect for others by standing up when your mother comes to the table, giving up a seat on the bus for a pregnant woman, asking your dad for his opinion and really listening, etc.

·         Show genuine, platonic interest in your female friends’ lives.

·         Are playful around dogs, cats and kids.

·         Make the bed in the morning and fold the laundry — competently.

·         Offer juice, soup and TLC when we’re sick.

·         Do the come-from-behind cuddle-hug, just to say hello.

·         Remember insignificant details, like our favorite color or flower, and make use of that knowledge.

·         Are unfailingly polite to all members of the service industries.

·         Offer up caresses and compliments for no particular reason.


1.      There’s a path worn out in the carpet from your desk to the coffee machine

2.      You’re on Juan Valdez’ Christmas card list

3.      People always ask if you’re feeling “regular” or “decaf”

4.      You consider each Starbucks a religious shrine

5.      When you go to the beach, you don’t tan, you roast

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HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .


At her small, romantic Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony in Paris, Salma Hayek wore white, carried a bouquet of red and white roses, and said, “I Do” – in French! – to her on-and-off beau of three years, billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, PEOPLE reveals in its new issue. In the Salles des Mariages in the famed City Hall of Paris’s Sixth Arrondissement, the bride shed a few tears as she said, “Oui,” before a dozen guests, including mother Diana Jimenez, her brother Sami (who also served as her witness) and 17-month-old Valentina, her daughter with Pinault. “The bride was extremely beautiful,” an attendee tells PEOPLE, “even when she was crying tears of joy. They were extremely happy.” Introduced by Pinault’s stepmother in 2006, the couple embarked on a romance that spanned the globe. In March 2007, the actress, 42, and the Paris-based mogul, 46 (who runs PPR, a luxury-goods company founded by his father and which owns such brands as Balenciaga and Gucci; his family is worth an estimated $16.9 billion) announced both their engagement and Hayek’s pregnancy. Continued Together But in July 2008, 10 months after their daughter Valentina’s birth, the couple abruptly called off their engagement. Yet they continued spending time together with Valentina and, by last fall, after they were spotted looking cozy in L.A., vacationing in Ibiza and taking in a soccer game in France, headed for reconciliation. “He’s the sweetest guy when he’s around her,” a Hayek source says. “He’s good to her, always with her. They take the baby everywhere with him. They’re happy together, totally in love.” (People)


Will wedding bells be ringing soon for Rachel Bilson? A Page Six spy spotted Bilson on a Virgin America flight from LA to JFK Monday night with her mom and tells us the actress is engaged to longtime beau Hayden Christensen. “A man sitting in front of her on the plane saw a ring on her finger and asked if she was married,” said our snitch, who overheard Bilson reply, “I’m not married yet, just engaged. I know I look like I’m 15, but I’m actually 27.” Her rep didn’t return calls. (Page Six)


Who’s the one person who can turn hilariously foul-mouthed insult queen Lisa Lampanelli into a softie? Pop icon Barry Manilow, reports The Post’s Mandy Stadtmiller. “No one is off-limits – no one except for Barry,” Lampanelli told the Friars Club as Manilow became an Honorary Friar. “He provided the entire soundtrack to my life, and how can you thank someone for that? He’s one of the three people I’ve ever been speechless in front of: [Don] Rickles, [Howard] Stern . . . and then Barry.” Manilow thanked the club for the tribute, adding, “Most of all, thank you so much for not roasting me. I have been roasted every day since ‘Mandy’ came out.” (Page Six)


The exes came out of the woodwork to help original celebutard Paris Hilton celebrate her 28th birthday at Butter on Monday night. Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos stopped by, and although he spent most of his time gawking at the high-stepping Hiltie in a corner banquette, he left before congratulating her. Brandon Davis, surprisingly svelte but unsurprisingly greasy, also made an appearance; a tipster reports he spent “a lot of time hanging out near the bathrooms.” Best Actor nominee Mickey Rourke – one of the few boldface names who has yet to date the Hollywood harlot – hung out at her table for most of the evening, though he left alone. (Page Six)


Daddy Knowles’ other daughter was released from the hospital early Wednesday morning after passing out in baggage claim at the airport (it’s unknown whether or not she was picking up baggage or if she had flown in cargo). According to Solange‘s Twitter, which she faithfully updated throughout the whole ordeal, she had been taking lots of Nyquil on the plane, perhaps in an attempt to drown out the memories of one very naughty nipple. No worries, Solange is safe at home and resting.  Click here to read all about her ordeal – in her own words! (Perez Hilton)


With the Oscars just days away, John Mayer is gearing up for the big event – and apparently date night. “It’s my first Oscars,” Mayer, 31, told “And it’s my first being an Oscar boyfriend.” Mayer’s girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston, has not officially confirmed her attendance. The outing would follow two weeks of celebrating: On Feb. 12, they jetted to the Bahamian island of Eleuthera for Valentine’s weekend; earlier in the week, they marked Aniston’s 40th birthday with a festive party, an intimate dinner for two, and a quiet gathering at her Beverly Hills home. Post-Oscars, Mayer will be buckling down with work. “After that night I have a deal almost signed in blood that says I must go into the studio and finish this record,” said Mayer, according to the site. “So after Oscar Sunday, Monday morning I’m invisible.” (People)


Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina is urging her daughter to scoff a hamburger or two – after noticing the actress has once again shed her shapely curves. The Mean Girls star addressed the subject earlier this week, assuring fans she had recently finished off a Big Mac but was losing weight due to the stress of working. But her mother Dina has admitted she is worried about the 22-year-old’s thin frame – and advised her to eat fast food to pile on the pounds. She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood, “I’m a mom. If I see my daughter a little thin, I say, ‘Eat more McDonald’s.’ I told Lindsay I think she’s a little thin.” But Dina insists the gossip columns and blogs shouldn’t be concerned with her daughter’s health issues. She adds: “We go through this every couple of months. My daughter is happy and healthy and that’s all that really matters. “We try to keep it at bay and not really read it or engage in it because it’s just other people’s opinions. We’ve got hit pretty hard in the past, so we don’t really go there.” (Teen Hollywood)


Hollywood star Isla Fisher has defended the timing of her new film Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla Fisher has defended the timing of her new film’s release. Confessions of a Shopaholic has come in for some negative press recently with some quarters questioning whether it was appropriate in the current economic climate. The film, a comedy based on Sophie Kinsella’s hit book, is the story of college graduate Rebecca Bloomwood who moves to Manhattan to nurture her shopping addiction. “The character is learning lessons about consumption and debt like the rest of us right now,” Isla explained at last night’s London premiere. “It feels fairly topical. Obviously the movie was conceived during a different economic period but she learns her lesson. It is a redemption story.” After the film cast and crew partied at the Tanqueray VIP room at London’s exclusive Asprey’s store. (Handbag)


Pop superstar Beyonce rarely drinks alcohol because it just knocks her out cold. The R&B star insists she can’t handle her booze and, as a result rarely gets drunk. She tells the China Daily, “I don’t drink often. But when I’m drunk, I’m very quiet and I observe and I go to sleep. I don’t think I’m much fun.” And, as for drugs, Beyonce has no intention of ever getting high – because she’s far from impressed by the behavior of drug users and abusers she meets in the music business. She adds, “I always said I would never do it (drugs). I’ve never seen a person who was high and thought, ‘Wow, I want to do that!’ “I”m like, ‘That’s cool for them, but no thank you. I’ll just have my wine.'” (Teen Hollywood)


Lindsay Lohan has blasted reports she is romancing Chace Crawford after ending her relationship with Samantha Ronson. The Mean Girls star sparked speculation she and the Gossip Girl actor were an item after they enjoyed a night out with pals at New York City restaurant Southern Hospitality on Sunday. Lohan was later filmed by paparazzi at Crawford’s apartment building in the early hours of Monday morning. But the actress is adamant the visit wasn’t a romantic one – and insists she is still committed to her DJ girlfriend Ronson. She says, “It’s not true. I am happy with Samantha. Chace is a mutual friend of ours. It was just a bunch of people hanging out, nothing more. I’m back home with my girl now.” (Teen Hollywood)


The Office‘s Angela Kinsey has separated from her husband of eight years, Warren Lieberstein, Us Weekly exclusively reports in its new issue. The actress, 37, and Lieberstein, a writer, welcomed their first daughter, Isabel, last May. Adding to the drama?  She won’t be able to avoid his family: Brother Paul ­Lieberstein costars on the NBC hit.  However, her rep tells Us the break is friendly: “Angela and Warren are taking some time apart to ­figure out what is best for their relationship.” Continues the rep: “They continue to be friends.” (US Weekly)


Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham feels “more lost than ever” over her husband David’s planned move to AC Milan. Victoria Beckham feels “more lost than ever” over her husband David’s planned move to AC Milan, sources have told Now magazine. “Victoria feels more lost than ever,” an insider claims. “She’s convinced that leaving will spell the end of the Beckhams as a relevant brand in America as she knows it can be a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ in Hollywood. But Milan’s David’s chance to shine again – he feels she owes him that happiness. Apart from being angry that the boys will be forced to go to another school and have to part from the friends they’ve made in LA, Posh has never been a big fan of Europe. She feels cruelly judged there as Europeans tend to be more snobbish. In the US, if you worked your way up from nothing, good for you – whereas in Europe, you’re looked down on as ‘new money’. It makes her feel insecure.” (Handbag)


Rihanna is on the move and staying under the radar. E! News has learned that the recuperating R&B star has left her native Barbados after spending time with her family and friends in the wake of the Feb. 8 fight that left her hospitalized and Chris Brown under arrest. As we originally reported, her family had the 20-year-old whisked to Barbados early last week. Over the weekend, Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, told People he had seen his “bruised” daughter there on Feb. 12. Now, a source tells E! News: “She’s not in Barbados.” Rihanna, who canceled two shows in Asia last week, currently has no scheduled public appearances. Her rep couldn’t be reached for immediate comment. Brown’s publicist says the embattled singer has no comment beyond the apology he issued over the weekend. (Eonline)


Sylvester Stallone turned from macho movie star to mild-mannered model citizen when he nearly mowed down a “Rocky” fan in Beverly Hills this week. Stallone, 62, was driving a “totally pimped, all-black VW Phaeton” Monday afternoon when a man “listening to his iPod started crossing Bedford Street with the light in his favor,” a reliable witness told Page Six. “The car skidded into the crosswalk, stopping just short of my buddy, who dove to the ground,” our source continued. “When he looked up, he saw a guy wearing a shocked expression, in red leather bomber-type jacket, gripping the wheel with one hand as the other held his cell against his ear.” Like the hot-headed New Yorker he is, my buddy started yelling, ‘Are you [bleep] ing kidding me?’ “Then he realized it was Sly. He told me, ‘How was I gonna yell at Stallone? I mean, I love the guy since I was a kid. It’d be almost an honor to say Rocky knocked me out at a Beverly Hills crosswalk.’ “The muscle-bound action hero “couldn’t have been more of a gentleman. He jumped out immediately to see if my friend was all right. But he couldn’t hear Sly’s concern because he was still wearing his earphones,” our source continued. “This prompted Sly, with a smile, to twirl his index finger next to his temple to indicate maybe he was crazy to cross deafened by music. My pal immediately pointed at Sly’s cell, still in his hand. They each looked at their devices and then both of them broke out laughing, realizing all parties were guilty as charged. “Sly extended a hand, pulled my buddy up, and asked, ‘You all right?’ When my friend assured him he was, Sly offered, ‘You sure, you need a ride or anything? Can I give you a lift?’ My friend politely declined. They fist-bumped, then with a smile, Sly showed him he was sticking his cell in his jacket before jumping back into his VW.” Stallone’s rep, Michelle Bega, had no comment. (Page Six)


Sources tell TMZ an apartment belonging to “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan caught fire early this morning … and the source of the fire was a bunch of fish. We’re told the fire started after a light bulb in one of Tracy’s fish tanks busted, which ignited the blaze. ALL OF THE FISH SURVIVED! The fire did extensive damage. We’re told Tracy was home at the time but, like the fish, he wasn’t injured. FDNY responded three minutes after getting the call at 8:34 AM. (TMZ)





Struggling Playboy magazine is putting a guy on the cover for only the ninth time in the monthly’s 56-year history. “Knocked Up” star Seth Rogan will grace the cover of the March issue, following in the steps of Peter Sellers, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld and Burt Reynolds. An insider told us Rogan will pose with Jason Kidd‘s baby mama, Hope Dworaczyk, but Playboy reps declined to comment. (Page Six)


The King of Pop is lightening his load. At an April auction featuring more than 2,000 personal items, Michael Jackson is set to sell his American Music Award for “Thriller,” a velvet cape given to him by his children for Father’s Day in 1998, a pair of rhinestone-trimmed socks from 1981, a basketball signed by Michael Jordan and his own original artwork. The 50-year-old singer is also parting with his platinum and gold records, a customized Harley Davidson and a Rolls Royce limousine. The five-day sale was announced in December by Julien’s Auctions, but the full extent of the items available wasn’t known until Tuesday, when the auction house released images of the lots. The auction begins April 21. (Launch)


Is Angelina Jolie looking for an apartment in NYC? A few weeks after signing the lease on a $60 million Long Island mansion, the actress, 33, was spotted checking out a nice building in Manhattan’s uptown Washington Heights neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. “The building had work permits and it seemed like they were probably being remodeled for [buyers’] taste,” a witness tells Us. Jolie — who donned a black trench coat, boots and sunglasses — spent about 25 minutes inside the building sans Brad Pitt or her six kids. “The building is pretty fancy,” the onlooker says. “It’s really nice.” Jolie, who is up for best actress at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, seemed to be in a good mood. “She was nice,” the witness tells Us. “She waved to the cameras, said, ‘hey guys.'” The Jolie-Pitts could be making NYC a permanent home — for awhile, at least, while Jolie films thriller Salt. “I’ve been dragging my kids from continent to continent,” Pitt recently said. “So we’re going to give them a break.” Us Weekly reported the family — who has owned or rented properties in three different countries in the past year alone — will spend about $100,000 per month for a Tudor-style, 22,000-square-foot manse about 50 miles outside the city. (US Weekly)


High School Musical star Zac Efron has treated himself to a $1 million luxury home – but sleeps on the floor because he has no bed. The Hollywood hearthrob, who is dating co-star Vanessa Hudgens, has bought a sprawling mansion in Los Angeles, much to the envy of his pals. He says, “It’s pretty cool. A lot of my friends were like, ‘Dude I want to own a house’.” But the actor has yet to purchase any accessories for the property, adding: “I don’t have a bed. I’m on an air mattress! I’ve just moved in, I have no furniture. But I’ve got a decorator. He’s kind of a friend.” (Teen Hollywood)


Celebs are used to purchasing million dollar homes and trading them like baseball cards, but with the economy hitting rock bottom, stars like Britney Spears, Richard Gere, Elle Macpherson and Shaquille O’Neal have drastically slashed millions on their mansions on the market. If you ever wanted to live in your Idol’s digs — now’s the time. (TMZ)


When William Rast co-founders Justin Timberlake and childhood friend Trace Ayala brought in husband-and-wife design team Marcella and Johan Lindeberg last year, the venture became even more like an extended family. “We talk about everything. Justin is even baby-sitting our daughter,” says Johan from backstage at the line’s debut show at Bryant Park. “We have a style that we all like. The foundation is there.” And Justin feels just as much of an understanding with the Lindebergs. Says Timberlake, “We inspire each other. For instance, this season, we’re inspired by Barack Obama. I am inspired [with] where we can go with the nation. That’s why we picked the theme of ‘New America’ for the show.” Timberlake’s girlfriend Jessica Biel is “so proud” of the direction they’ve taken. “They’re clearly taking it to another level. I want the whole line,” says the actress, who often test-runs the clothing. “I always wear the stuff and say, ‘This is tight here. Or this doesn’t work for me here.’ I’m sort of a guinea pig, really.” Even their moms are in awe. Justin’s mother Lynn Harless said of her disbelief before the show, “We came from a small town in Tennessee. And our kids are doing a fashion show at Bryant Park. What happened?” (People)


Michael Phelps emerged from bong-gate without any criminal charges, but he’s still wary of having his photo taken. A spy tells us the human dolphin recently had the windows of his Baltimore house tinted to prevent paparazzi from snapping shots of him at home. According to our source, Phelps has also been “hiding out at strip clubs,” since they’re the only places he can party with no pictures being taken. Phelps’ agent didn’t return calls or e-mails seeking comment. (Page Six)


Johnny Depp isn’t the only talent in his family. The star’s half-brother, Daniel Depp, has written his first novel, “Loser’s Town,” which hits stores next month. It’s a thriller about a tough private eye named David Spandau who gets hired by a rising young actor being blackmailed by the mob. The title is based on a Robert Mitchum quip on LA. (Page Six)


For all the nonexistent people out there wanting a keepsake from the Danny Bonaduce/Jonny Fairplay fight at the Fox Reality Awards back in 2007… this is the moment you’ve long been waiting for. Fairplay is getting rid of the jacket he was wearing when Danny Bonaduce de-toothed him — by hawking it on eBay. Jonny’s listing says: “It was my favorite hoodie but I look at it now of course with bad memories.” Why it took him 16 months to sell it, we don’t know… but we’re guessing rent is due. (TMZ)


A lot of celebs have been shockingly ambivalent on the Chris Brown/Rihanna front — Ashanti, we mean you — but Natasha Bedingfield finally said what we’ve all been thinking: “A man should never hit a woman.” (TMZ)


Former wild child Lindsay Lohan must be taking lessons from her deejay girlfriend Samantha Ronson. On Sunday night, while Ronson was in San Diego, Lohan partied with May Andersen, Chace Crawford and Emile Hirsch at Southern Hospitality on the Upper East Side and honed her own DJ skills. “Lindsay and May were glued to each other, dancing and asking the bar if they could put on their iPods because they didn’t like the music.” Lohan, rumored to be more than “just friends” with Crawford in the past, steered clear of any flirting and stuck to shuffling songs on her playlist while her pals played beer pong in the back. (Page Six)


Reports of Katy Perry getting cozy with Benji Madden have been greatly exaggerated. The “I Kissed a Girl” songbird is none too pleased about stories coming out of Las Vegas this weekend claiming she and the rocker ex-boyfriend of Paris Hilton appeared to be more than just friends while partying on Valentine’s night at Sin City’s Lavo nightclub. She took to her blog to clear up the rumors: “oh kittens! It’s two pseudo famous people sitting next to each other…doesn’t mean we were bumping uglies!” Perry wrote in a post yesterday. “You know I don’t just do that with anyone! That’s just how the media works, as you can tell. I was there celebrating a really fun show and a boozy valentines with all my good friends. We were like a group of 25!” While she described Madden as a “nice young fellow,” the newly single Perry wrote that her “heart really belongs to” her cat Kitty Purry and her best friend Markus Molinari. With that out of the way, Perry went on to give a shout-out to Brad Pitt. Does Angelina Jolie have something to worry about? Commenting about airline award mileage (Perry wrote the post while in Monte Carlo), she joked, “I wonder if you can cash in frequent flyer miles for a boyfriend rather than just dinners and gift certificates for starbucks? ‘how many miles for brad pitt, pls?’ ” (Daily Record)


Singer Lily Allen and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton have continued their ongoing feud on Twitter. Lily Allen and Perez Hilton have started a public slanging match on Twitter. The pair have a long-running feud. In the past Hilton has described Lily as “washed up” while the singer has called him a woman hating “bully” but now their war of words has moved into the 21st century. After spotting that Lily was casting for her new music video the blogger called on readers to suggest him for a part. It wasn’t long before Lily replied, “Oh, I’m sorry, we’ve already cast the jealous and bitter lonely old queen role. Next time, eh?” she wrote before Hilton responded, “Jealous of who? David Beckham, maybe. And if I wanted to be a f****d up Brit, I’d rather be Amy Winehouse – whose [sic] got talent.” After calling Perez “obsessed” with her, a “douchebag” and a “parasite”, he returned the favor by saying Lily was “desperate” knocking her album down to $3.99 in a bid to get a US No 1 Hilton added: “Aw, u can see I’ve lost weight! I am a littler Perez. But I’m still a big fat c*** – just like U! That’s why I lova ya. Xoxo P.S. Thanks for advertising on my website. I’ll take your money (or the label’s) anytime!” It was Lily who landed the final blow, “I know you will, and that’s what makes you a cheap a** whore,” she concluded. “Now leave me alone, stop following me, I’m working. Bye x x.” Wow. (Handbag)


Former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne has said Dannii Minogue is the reason she left the talent show. Sharon Osbourne has blamed fellow talent judge Dannii Minogue for her decision to quit The X Factor. “I left because of Dannii Minogue. Simple as that,” she told Closer magazine. “I didn’t enjoy working with her at all and didn’t fancy the prospect of spending six months sitting next to her. I was 54 at the time. I’ve not built my career on my looks or my youth,” she added. “There was no competition in that way.” (Handbag)


We didn’t know it was that successful! Don Johnson starred and co-created the show Nash Bridges, which -according to him – has made $400 million. Really? Johnson filed a lawsuit in LA on Tuesday that claims his partners at 2929 Entertainment (owned by billionaire Mark Cuban), Rysher Entertainment and Qualia Capital have failed to pay him tens of millions of dollars. And he wants it – now! As the star/co-creator, he apparently holds 50% ownership on the show’s copyright. One big issue his lawyers point out in the suit is that Johnson has yet to be paid his share of a $150 million syndication deal struck by 2929 Entertainment. (Perez Hilton)


Where Luther Campbell just went, he probably doesn’t want to sing the song “Me So Horny.” Luther — a member of the 2 Live Crew — was just arrested in Miami-Dade County for contempt of court. Seems Luther didn’t pay $10,233.36 he owes the court — we’re not sure why he owes it, but now it’s time to pay the piper. (TMZ)



MUSIC . . .


This is sooooooo exciting! Living legend Tori Amos is going to set Austin ablaze!!!!! The piano diva is going to be performing a very special intimate concert at the SXSW music festival next month, it has just been announced. Amos just signed with Universal Republic, home to Amy Winehouse and Mika, and she will be headlining the record label’s showcase on Thursday, March 19th. We’re sooooo there! Additionally, it’s also been announced that Tori’s new album is called Abnormally Attracted To Sin and it is coming out this Spring. Yay!!!!!!!!!! This SXSW is going to be a-ma-zing. Though Tori comes a close second, our concert extravaganza is going to be THE place. We have the BEST lineup!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We can’t wait to let you guys know everyone performing!!!!!! Soon. Soon. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Perez Hilton’s “One Night in…Austin” – email for more information. (Perez Hilton)


It’s shaping up to be a very good 2009 for rapper Flo Rida. His hit single Right Round has broken all digital sales records!!!! According to Nielsen Soundscan, the single had 636,000 digital downloads in one week! Rida will have the #1 song in America once the Billboard Hot 100 is released later today. Sometimes sampling from classics isn’t such a bad idea! We kinda do love the track, which we told you about last month. CLICK HERE to check it out. (Perez Hilton)


The Writers Guild of America want the respect that they deserve! Again! The reality TV writers of the WGA have plans to protest American Idol tonight – in hopes of convincing Idol producer, FremantleMedia North America, to realize that they’re gypping their writing staff of the proper benefits they deserve! Reality television benefits were absent from the negotiations of the writers strike in 2007, but after a lawsuit settled between reality TV staffers and the networks, the WGA are calling FremantleMedia out on their shiz. The WGA’s press release states “Many Fremantle workers do not receive benefits that are standard in the entertainment industry including minimum compensation, health insurance, an retirement benefits.” The press release also brings up quite an interesting fact: “Fremantle has also chosen to use non-union drivers who work excessive overtime without proper rest periods or drug and alcohol testing.” Wait, what??? There had to have been an incident with a driver that provoked the WGA to include that fact in the release!!! (Perez Hilton)


In a chart week encompassing Grammy boosts and Valentine’s Day sales, Taylor Swift’s Big Machine effort “Fearless” returns to the top of the Billboard 200. The set moved 92,000 copies on a 44% sales jump, resulting in its nine non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. The last album spend more time at the top was Santana’s “Supernatural,” which enjoyed 12 weeks at No. 1 in 1999 and 2000. Selling 77,000 on a whopping 715% increase, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ “Raising Sand” (Rounder) zooms 69-2 following its album of the year win at the Grammys. The set debuted at No. 2 in late 2007 with 112,000 and has now sold 1.26 million to date. Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Capitol rebounds 31-8 with 62,000 (+271%); the album generated four Grammys, including song of the year for “Viva La Vida.” Best new artist winner Adele’s Columbia debut “19” climbs from 27-10 with 57,000 on 218% bump, and the “Grammy Nominees 2009” compilation posts a 114% increase to 61,000, resulting in a 12-9 jump. Elsewhere on the Billboard 2000, India.Arie’s “Testimony: Vol. 2 — Love & Politics” (Universal Republic) arrives at No. 3 with 76,000. The singer/songwriter’s last release, 2006’s “Testimony: Vol. 1 — Life & Relationship,” started at No. 1 with 161,000. After topping the chart last week, the Fray’s self-titled Epic album slips to No. 4 with 75,000 (-58%). Directly behind is Lily Allen’s sophomore album, “It’s Not Me, It’s You” (Capitol), which starts with 70,000 at No. 5. The British singer’s debut release, 2007’s “Alright, Still…,” bowed at No. 20 with 34,000. Bruce Springsteen’s “Working on a Dream” (Columbia) falls 2-6 with 65,000 (-36%), and R&B crooner Bobby Valentino’s “The Rebirth” (Blu Kolla Dreams/Capitol) enters at No. 7 with 64,000 copies. The artist’s new single, “Beep,” is No. 14 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week. “Saturday Night Live” star Andy Samberg’s comedy troupe the Lonely Island earns a No. 13 entry for its Universal Republic debut, “Incredibad,” which sold 48,000 copies. Other debuts this week include Red’s “Innocence & Instinct” (Essential) at No. 15 with 39,000 and Ryan Leslie’s self-titled NextSelection/Casablanca debut at No. 35 with 24,000. At 8.56 million units, sales are up 16.8% compared to last week, but are off by 12.6% compared to the same week in 2008. (Hollywood Reporter)


Between hosting his popular satellite radio show “Underground Garage” and running two record labels, one of them brand new, Little Steven Van Zandt assures Billboard he’ll have time to tune up for the next Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour, which begins April 1 in San Jose, Calif. “This will take, I’m going to guess, five or six rehearsals, only because we have a new album,” Van Zandt says. “We need to re-learn or re-arrange the new songs for the live versions. We’ll fool around with that stuff for maybe a week, and out we go. I have fun learning on the road (laughs). Every tour, you spend the first month or two relearning the songs as you play them. I’m still learning the chords for ‘Born To Run!'” Van Zandt admits the E Street Band rehearsed for their recent Super Bowl halftime show appearance “more than the last two tours combined. The technical stuff was absolutely fascinating, to see how they did that staging. It was just amazing to me. They had the thing up in four minutes!” The guitarist also says there are no firm plans at the moment for Springsteen and company to feature complete performances of vintage albums as part of the upcoming tour, as had been suggested in the press, but that he doesn’t rule out the idea. In fact, the band played the albums “Born To Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” in full at a May 2008 benefit in Red Bank, N.J. “That was so much fun,” Van Zandt reports. “It might be a fun way to do something different. Maybe we’ll be able to fit that in somewhere, but we have a whole new album to do as well.” Meanwhile, Van Zandt is about to launch a new hard rock label, Lost Cathedral, with the May 14 release of Crown Of Thorns’ “Faith.” It joins Van Zandt’s garage rock label, Wicked Cool, under the banner of parent company Renegade Nation. “We basically decided to keep Wicked Cool identifiable as a garage rock label, at least for now,” he says. “In the last couple of years, we’ve gotten a lot of hard rock things submitted to us. A lot of it is quite good — a little bit punkier or hard rock than we do with Wicked Cool.” And, one of the labels may prove a logical place to reissue Van Zandt’s back catalog, which includes several successful solo albums from the ’80s. “We’re in possession of all of those,” says Van Zandt, who now owns the masters. “I just haven’t had time to focus on it. We actually should, because my stuff is really not very available. Maybe we’ll stick it into one big boxed set.” (Billboard)


Four years ago, the Black Eyed Peas got it started. Now, they’ve come to The E.N.D. At least in name. Fergie,, and Taboo have announced a June 9 release date for their long-anticipated acronym-friendly new studio album, the Peas’ first batch of fresh material since their Grammy-winning Monkey Business was released back in 2005. Reconvening after a couple of über-successful bouts in the solo arena, the group is also expected to launch a world tour in conjunction with the release of the album, which stands for The Energy Never Dies, though dates and cities have yet to be confirmed. “Boom Boom Pow” is on track to be the group’s first single, though how many more may follow remains to be seen.(Eonline)



MOVIE . . .


The Jonas Brothers love their new 3-D concert movie because it gives them the chance to witness one of their high-energy shows from the audience. The siblings really enjoy performing for fans and often regret they’re not sitting and standing among them – but the 3-D experience gives them a real taste of what it’s like for fans at a Jonas Brothers show. Kevin Jonas says, “We always said we wish we could sit in the front row and watch our show and we obviously never could because if we could there’d be a problem. This provides for that in a healthy way.” (Teen Hollywood)


Sarah Jessica Parker said that she hopes the second Sex And The City film will address the global economic crisis though she acknowledges that this will be difficult. “How do we address these economic times in a franchise that has a lot to do with luxury and labels? How do we do that well? And how do we do that in a not lazy way?” she said. “There is a lot that we have to think about because times are very different. So these are nice challenges, these are good challenges.” The actress, who also co-produced the last movie, hinted that the new installment would be very different from the last one. “I think we want this one to be a romp. The last one, we got to tell a really mature sophisticated story that had real heartbreak in it, and this time, I think we want a romp. We want our audience to have a massive romp,” she said. (British Glamour)


Guy Ritchie has been ordered by execs at Warner Bros to re-shoot a number of scenes from Sherlock Holmes that were filmed during the beginnings of Richie’s divorce from Madonna! 5 weeks’ worth of scenes, to be exact!!! Ritchie is reportedly “fuming” at the claim that the first cut of the film is not up to par and that one scene in particular is “ridiculously unrealistic”!!  The former Mr. Madonna is racing to meet a November release date for Sherlock Holmes. (Perez Hilton)


“Slumdog Millionaire” added one more trophy to its hardware collection as costume designer Suttirat Larlarb picked up the excellence in contemporary film award Tuesday night at the 11th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. The period film award went to Michael O’Connor for the 18th-century designs in “The Duchess,” while the fantasy film award went to Lindy Hemming for the comics-derived duds of “The Dark Knight.” At the Beverly Wilshire awards dinner hosted by Debra Messing, Donna Zakowska earned the TV movie/miniseries award for HBO’s “John Adams.” ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” which won in the contemporary TV series category for the past two years, picked up award No. 3, with the honors going to Edwardo Castro and Patricia Field. AMC’s “Mad Men” earned its first CDG award as Katherine Jane Bryant was honored in the period/fantasy TV series category. A milk commercial called “White Gold” brought home the commercial costume design award for designer Casey Storm. Sharon Stone presented the Swarovski President’s Award to actor-producer Michael Douglas. Prolific TV director James Burrows received the Distinguished Collaborator Award.  Costume designer Marilyn Vance (“The Untouchables,” “Pretty Woman”) was the recipient of the Lacoste Career Achievement in Film Award. Van Broughton Ramsey received the Career Achievement in Television nod. (Hollywood Reporter)


If Heath Ledger is named best supporting actor at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, his daughter, 3-year-old Matilda Rose Ledger, will become the owner of the Oscar statuette. But it won’t really be hers until her 18th birthday on Oct. 28, 2023 — and even then, only if she signs a contract. Matilda, daughter of the late Ledger and actress Michelle Williams, has been designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the eventual owner of her father’s Oscar, should he win for his portrayal of the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” The actor died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs last year at 28. But Ledger’s nomination, and his daughter’s young age, led to one of the trickiest situations the Academy has dealt with in its eight decades of awarding posthumous Oscars. “It’s complicated, because there are two different questions that have to be answered,” said Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy. “First, we have to decide who gets the job of accepting the award onstage on the night of the ceremony. And then there’s the question of the eventual disposition of the posthumous statuette, which may not stay with the person who accepts it.” In Ledger’s case, Davis said, the second question was the hardest to answer. Academy tradition calls for a posthumous statuette to go to the spouse, or, if there is no living spouse, to the oldest child. Ledger wasn’t married, and Matilda is his only child. Yet because she is only 3, Matilda is legally unable to sign the winner’s agreement — a contract required of all nominees that said the recipient will not resell his or her Oscar without first offering it back to the Academy for $1. The agreement is the Academy’s way of limiting what might otherwise be a lively secondary market in Oscars. “From our point of view, somebody has to sign the winner’s agreement, and a 3-year-old can’t do that,” Davis said. “Nor can a parent sign any kind of legal document that obligates a child to do something once they turn 18. I didn’t know that before we looked into it, but it’s a good law.” After conversations with Williams and with Ledger’s family in Australia, the Academy hit on a solution: “In the event that Heath Ledger should be selected as the supporting actor recipient, the statuette will be held in trust for his daughter by her mother, Michelle Williams, until Matilda reaches the age of 18,” Davis said. “At that point, she may execute what we call an heir’s agreement and keep the statuette forever — or, if she chooses not to do that, it will return to us.” In other words, the Oscar statuette can spend the next 15 years with Matilda, but her mother, who has signed the Academy’s agreement, will be the legal custodian. When Matilda is old enough, she can claim ownership by signing the agreement. If she does so, she’ll become the official owner and will be legally bound not to sell her Oscar; if she opts not to sign, the statuette will revert to the Academy without any payment. As for who would accept the award, that — like many other aspects of the ceremony — is a matter that show producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon are keeping under wraps. Davis will only say that tradition calls for a posthumous Oscar to be accepted either by a close relative or “an artist who was close to the nominee, and who can speak credibly for him or her.” (The last posthumous Oscar went to cinematographer Conrad L. Hall in 2002, and was accepted by Hall’s son.) “We always had a very good idea of what we should do and who was going to accept,” said Gil Cates, who produced 14 Oscar shows that included nine posthumous nominations and three wins. “You need to line up someone who’s respectable to avoid any embarrassing or difficult moments, and for me it was always easy to agree with the Academy on a legitimate person.” The decision was also simple for this year’s other posthumous nominees, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, producers of best-picture nominee “The Reader.” If the movie wins the top prize, the other nominated producers, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris, will also accept on behalf of Pollack and Minghella, and the statuettes will then be given to their widows. Faced with the prospect of a minor potentially taking possession of Ledger’s Oscar, the Academy has in recent days revisited the way it handled underage winners such as Tatum O’Neal, who was 10 when she won best supporting actress for 1973’s “Paper Moon,” and Anna Paquin, who in 1994 won the best supporting actress award for “The Piano” at age 11. “What we’ve tended to do is have them sign anyway, and then get back to them after they turn 18 and ask them to re-execute the agreement,” Davis said. “I would love to tell you that that has happened in every single case, but your call prompted a little research. And in a couple of cases, we’ve never completed the circle.” In other words, there may be some Oscars out there not under Academy control? “I don’t expect any trouble,” Davis said with a laugh, “but, in fact, yes.” (Hollywood Reporter)


Local entertainment employment will be flat in 2009 and post a modest uptick next year, but the long-term outlook remains worrisome. In a report to be circulated today, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. said the local motion picture and sound-recording industries will add about 1,000 jobs this year, while broadcasters and cable companies will cut 1,000 positions. In 2010, the local entertainment sector will add about 2,000 jobs to bring film employment to 128,000 and TV employment to 19,000, the LAEDC estimates. But runaway film production and small-staff reality TV programming remain threatening trends, according to LAEDC economist Jack Kyser. “Runaway production of feature films could get worse,” he said. “Everybody and their dog is offering incentives, but there are still no incentives from the state of California, so what you’re seeing is that ever more filming is being done out of state.” The 2008 WGA strike accelerated a shift in TV production, Kyser added. “It has tilted everything toward reality,” he said. “Everybody is looking toward costs with all the declining viewership at the broadcast networks, so you’re looking at a possible change in your business model.” If NBC’s gambit of putting Jay Leno’s new talk show in primetime succeeds, other networks might make similar moves and further erode scripted programming, he suggested. “The trends that you see are not favorable,” Kyser said. “The Academy Awards are coming up, with all their glitz and glamour, but you have to look behind the curtain, where all the gears and levers are turning.” The LAEDC said federal economic-stimulus programs are likely to create about 112,000 jobs in Los Angeles County and 400,000 statewide. But even that good news is deceiving, according to Kyser. “The federal government will be putting money in people’s pockets, while California will be taking it out,” he said, noting the Golden State’s fiscal woes. (Hollywood Reporter)


This year’s best picture race features a blockbuster (Benjamin Button), a pedigreed picture (Frost/Nixon), an indie (Slumdog Millionaire), a biopic (Milk) and a shrewdly promoted “momentum” movie (The Reader). QUIZ: How ‘Slumdog’-savvy are you? THE INDIE: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ THE BLOCKBUSTER: ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ THE PEDIGREED PICTURE: ‘Frost/Nixon’ THE BIOPIC: ‘Milk’ THE CAMPAIGN MOVIE: ‘The Reader’.  To hear studio executives tell it, getting nominated for a best-picture Oscar is pretty simple: Put your movie out there, and the cream will rise to the top. But the road to the Academy Awards’ top prize is paved with a lot more than celluloid. Politics, positioning and big campaign bucks are essential to getting a film among the Final Five. The one thing an Oscar hopeful doesn’t want to do? Look like an Oscar hopeful. “The worst thing you can have is high expectations for your movie,” says Kris Tapley of the awards site “Better to look like the underdog.” Still, there are some tried-and-true qualities Oscar members gravitate toward. Voters adore biographies, small-studio movies and films with pedigrees — ones that come from a beloved book, musical or Broadway play. The academy isn’t so keen on blockbusters, though they usually recognize at least one a year. And voters love to be courted with parties, special screenings and free DVDs. (Daily Record)



TV . . .


Kathy Griffin is cheering for her ex beau, billionaire Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on Dancing With the Stars. “I will be watching, and will be riveted,” the comic told at the 11th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills Tuesday. “If I am in town, I will definitely go support him.” So is he a good dancer? “I have not danced with him in that sense,” she said. “But I feel there is nothing he can’t do.” Griffin called it quits with Wozniak last April, and later told Us they’d never slept together. The couple met the year before after he watched her perform in Saratoga, New York.  “[We’ve] stayed friends, and I think it is great he is doing this,” Griffin told Us of his decision to dance. “It will definitely expose him to people he would not normally meet. It is always fun to see Steve in a fish out of water situation. He will make all kinds of new friends.” Also in the cast this season: Steve-O, Denise Richards, and Jewel.  Griffin says she’s remained close to Wozniak. “Well, we really were friends at the beginning, so it wasn’t that type of heartbreak situation for either of us — so it was really easy to just continue to be friends,” she told Us. “He will do great! I am excited to watch him.” (US Weekly)


Looks like Nadya Suleman — nicknamed Octo Mom after giving birth to octuplets late last month — won’t be on reality TV after all. The president of TLC, home of shows like Jon and Kate Plus 8, which follows a family who welcomed sextuplets, had said she was considering the family for its own program. “We certainly, like the rest of America, [are] waiting to see how this develops,” network president Eileen O’Neill said earlier. “The number of children or scale of the multiples is intriguing, but it also comes down to what are the family’s lives like?”  On Tuesday, however, O’Neill confirmed to that TLC would not be working with Suleman. “TLC is not pursuing any program at this time with Nadya Suleman,” O’Neill told Us in a statement. “We wish the family well.”  The network’s decision comes on the heels of Suleman’s Web site, where she had also been soliciting donations, being shut down. The mother of 14, who receives food stamps, had been getting death threats online. (US Weekly)


A&E has picked up a new series starring ’90s rapper MC Hammer. The performer, his wife and five children will be the focus of a half-hour, 11-episode reality series set to premiere this year. The title, naturally, is “Hammertime.” Executive producer J.D. Roth said the show likely will play similar to an unscripted version of the Huxtable family from “The Cosby Show.”  “Here’s a dad with five kids, married to the same woman for more than 23 years, living in the same place where he grew up and going to church every Sunday,” Roth said. “He’s had his ups and downs, and it’s what makes him such a character you root for.” Hammer had a spectacular rise and fall in the early 1990s, becoming a household name and selling millions of records before falling into debt and bankruptcy because of overspending on a lavish lifestyle. Hammer “now lives a more economically balanced life,” according to the show’s press materials, as a “new-age dad” in Oakland, Calif. This month, he appeared with Ed McMahon in a Cash4Gold Super Bowl ad. “MC Hammer is an iconic figure in American pop culture, but many people only know him for his music and fashion sense. Now A&E takes an unprecedented look behind his larger-than-life personality and into his life as a devoted husband, father and business entrepreneur,” said Robert Sharenow, senior VP alternative at A&E. Hammer has been offered reality shows before. Roth said he told the rap star he wanted to focus on his future rather than the past. “I really wanted to tell the future of MC Hammer,” Roth said. “What kind of dad is he?” Roth noted that having one of Hammer’s catchy early hits in the opening credits, however, would be welcome if the production can obtain the rights.  Shooting on the series starts next week, with Roth, Hammer, Sharenow, Todd Nelson, Scott Lonker and Stephen Harris executive producing. (Hollywood Reporter)


ESPN tapped three on-air personalities to move West to anchor shows from the network’s soon-to-open Los Angeles production facility. The facility will host the 1 a.m. ET edition of “SportsCenter,” the network’s signature show, five days a week starting April 6. The 1 a.m. ET edition will be anchored by Neil Everett and Stan Verrett, who work at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters but will move to California. A third anchor, Stuart Scott, will begin working from the Los Angeles bureau in April. ESPN said that he would host “a select number of shows” from there. The facility adjacent to the Staples Center is part of LA Live, which also has a hotel, theater and restaurants. There, ESPN will have two studios, three production control rooms, two master control rooms, eight edit suites, a voiceover room and other infrastructure for more than 12,300 feet.  The Los Angeles ESPN Radio station will relocate nearby. Judi Cordray is GM and will oversee production of the studio, which is owned by ESPN subsidiary Los Angeles Cable Sports Productions LLC. (Hollywood Reporter)


Comedy Central has greenlighted seven episodes of “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” a comedy series starring Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. The show brings together Black and Showalter, who have been best friends and collaborators for 20 years. In this new series, they’ll be the hosts of a sketch-show-within-a-show who are seen both on and behind the camera. The show will premiere in July. Black, Showalter, Jim Biederman and Lou Wallach are executive producers. Jim Sharp and Christina Lee are in charge of production at Comedy Central. (Hollywood Reporter)



TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Mike Butts Creative)


Q.  Want to reduce stress? Look at THIS! It’s the most effective?

            A.  The ocean



TODAY’S QUOTE (By Gordon Parks)





MIND BOGGLERS . . . (“Are You Smarter Than A” . . . calendar and “Amazing Trivia”)


Q.  A group of lions is called a pride; a group of locusts, a plague . . . but what is a group of rattlesnakes called?

            A.  A rhumba


Q.  In what city will you find the only surviving home of American founding father Benjamin Franklin?

            A.  In London, England. The house, a five-story Georgian structure at 36 Craven Street, was Franklin’s home from 1757 to 1775. It is now a museum


Q.  What is another name for the Anasazi people who made homes out of rock in what is now the southwestern United States? 

            A. Cliff Dwellers or The Ancient Ones


Q.  One Quarter of an hour is how many minutes? 

            A. 15 


Q.   When it comes to skiing slang, what’s a yard sale?

            A.  The remains of a bad accident or wipeout that leaves a skier’s belongings scattered around a ski slope


Q. In 1812, he penned the Cartagena Manifesto

            A. Simon Bolivar





—1473  Astonomer Nicolaus Copernicus (d. 5-24-1543)

—1717  Actor/Playwright David Garrick (d. 1-20-1779)

—1865  Explorer/Scientist Sven Hedin (d. 11-26-1952)

—1912  Band Leader Stan Kenton (d. 8-25-1979)

—1916  Jockey Eddie Arcaro

—1924  Actor Lee Marvin (Dirty Dozen) (d. 8/29/1987)

—1930  Director John Frankenheimer (52 Pickup)

¾1936  Singer Bob Engemann (The Lettermen) (“The Way You Look Tonight”)

—1940  Singer Smokey Robinson (The Miracles) (“I Second That Emotion”)

—1943  Musician Lou Christie (“Lightnin Strikes”)

—1948  Musician Mark Andes (Heart)

—1948  Musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) (“Paranoid”)

—1950  Musician Francis Buchholz (Scorpions)

—1950  Musician Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)

¾1951  Actor Stephen Nichols (Days of Our Lives)

¾1952  Author Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club)

—1955  Actress/Model Margaux Hemingway (Lipstick)

—1955  Actor Jeff Daniels  (Dumb and Dumber)

—1956  Musician Dave Wakeling (English Beat, General Public)

—1957  Musician Falco (Johann Holzel) (d. 2/6/1998)

—1960  Prince Andrew, Duke of York

¾1963  Singer Seal

—1963  Tennis Player Hanna Mandlikova

—1966  Actress Justine Bateman (“Mallory” Family Ties)

¾1967  Actor Andrew Shue (Melrose Place)

¾1985  Actress Haylie Duff (7th Heaven)





—1596  Isabel Cockie was burned at the stake in Scotland for witchcraft, including “materializing objects and certain unknown matters from the future.”

—1803  Ohio became the 17th state.

—1877  Thomas Edison received a patent for his invention, the gramophone, known today as the phonograph.

—1942  President Roosevelt signed an executive order to intern some 112,000 American citizens of Japanese descent who were living on the West Coast, for the duration of the war.

—1945  The Marines landed on Iwo Jima and, shortly thereafter, raised the stars and stripes on Mt. Suribachi – just like in the famous photo.

—1958  The Miracles release their first single, “Got A Job,” a response to the Silhouettes’ “Get A Job.”

—1966  The top single in Britain is Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.”

—1972  Paul McCartney releases “Give Ireland Back to the Irish”.  The song is immediately banned.

—1974  Premiere of the American Music Awards.

—1975  The reformed and revamped Jefferson Starship releases its first album, “Dragonfly.”

—1977  Stevie Wonder wins his third straight Album of the Year Grammy for “Songs in The Key of Life.”  Starland Vocal Band is named Best New Artist.

—1981  George Harrison was found guilty of “unconscious plagiarism” and ordered to pay $587,000 compensation to the owners of “She’s So Fine” because of the similarities with his hit “My Sweet Lord.”

—1985  The soundtrack to “The Breakfast Club” is released, as is Mick Jagger’s “She’s The Boss” Lp.

—1988  George Michael begins a worldwide “Faith Tour” at Tokyo’s Budokhan Hall, his first solo tour.

¾1995  Montley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (b. 10-3-1962) & actress Pamela Anderson (b. 7-1-1967) are

married in Cancun, Mexico.  They have 2 sons together Dylan & Brandon & later they divorced. 






On this date in 1803, congress voted to accept Ohio’s borders. It was a good call, because the borders usually got their rent in on time.

In 1881, Kansas became the first state to ban alcoholic beverages. It’s why I don’t vacation there.

On this date in 1925, President Coolidge proposed phasing out inheritance tax. The idea was greeted by huge cheers, especially from his descendants!

On this date in 1969, the Boeing 747 was flown for the first time. At first, the pilots were concerned about a thumping noise in the back. It turned out just to be Ralph Fiennes in the lavatory with a flight attendant.


Justine Bateman celebrates her 43rd birthday today. Of course, you remember her as Mallory from the 80’s sitcom, “Family Ties.” She went on to… uh… wishing “Family Ties” was still on the air.

Seal turns 46 today. No gifts necessary, he’s already got Heidi Klum.

Smokey Robinson turns 69 today. He doesn’t like going places these days. Too many “No Smokey” sections.

Prince Andrew of England turns 49 today. There was a time his nickname was Randy Andy. These days, it’s “Raggity.”


·         A new study suggests that women who drink coffee have a significantly lower risk of having a stroke in their lifetime compared with non-coffee drinkers.

·         Here’s one of those fine-print stories that would probably go by most people, but we’re thrilled to see. Cell phone manufacturers are going to standardize cell phone rechargers by the year 2012. They’ll all use the same type of plug. How in the world did it take this long?

·         Recent reports say that 1 in 100 Americans is currently behind bars. That is an all time high.

·         MC Hammer is going to star in a new show on A&E called, what else — “Hammertime!”

·         As Mickey Rourke heads to the Oscars this weekend, he goes in sadness: his Chihuahua and faithful friend of 18 years, Loki, passed away this week.

·         Freida Pinto, the beauty from Slumdog Millionaire, has broken off her engagement and is a single woman again.

·         Usher’s wife Tameka Foster Raymond remains in a Brazilian hospital after having a heart attack following a liposuction procedure.

·         Mackenzie Phillips, who’ll turn 50 in November, is writing a book about her life experiences. It’ll be published in March, 2010.

·         Rosie O’Donnell has shut down her blog, but kept her “stuff for sale” site open.

·         This Friday is Conan’s last late night show… until he takes over the Tonight Show.

·         Don Johnson is suing the folks who made “Nash Bridges,” saying he is owed millions for working on that show.

·         Pat Robertson has denounced Rush Limbaugh for his comment, saying “I hope Obama fails.”

·         It’s being asked seriously: will California’s financial troubles inspire it to legalize (and thus, start taxing) pot?

·         Jerry Springer’s next stop: the musical “Chicago” in London.

·         Cameron Diaz her British model boyfriend Paul Sculfor are said to be scouring the English countryside for the perfect place to get married.


Men’s Health offers some insight into how and why guys play the comedian. Here are the results from their online poll:

·         72% of women who will date a man who’s funny, regardless of his looks.

·         18% of men have dumped a woman because of her cringe-worthy cackle.

·         50% of men surf the web for jokes.

·         3 out of 5 men still use the same material they mastered as kids.

·         1 in 5 menn have come to blows over a joke they told.

·         Number who have literally wet themselves after hearing a hilarious joke: 1 in 7.

·         Number who rely on self-deprecating humor to cut the tension of a stressful situation: 9 in 10.

·         Percentage of CEOs that prefer job candidates who are funny: 98%.

A whopping 40% of wives would take cold hard cash over having time for their husbands, their kids or themselves, says a recent survey in All You magazine. Only 13% of moms wished for more time with their kids, while 23% would like more time for themselves and 17% say they’d like more time with their husbands. And get this, women prefer a fat check over a skinnier body. 81% would rather be $10,000 richer than 10 pounds thinner. When asked how they’d spend an extra $100 a week, 32% said “buy clothes,” 26% would pay someone to clean their house, 16% would head for the spa, 15% would hire a personal trainer, 7% would get someone to cook for them and 4% would hire a babysitter.

The No. 1 way to heat up your relationship is to just kiss and cuddle. And then stop there. According to “The Intimacy Index” conducted by the Berman Center, a clinic devoted to women’s issues, regular cuddling and kissing without sex have one of the most significant impacts on intimacy and is the best way to add some steam to your relationship.

The ultimate sex appeal item is stiletto heels. Men and women both get excited hen ladies wear the perfect pair of high heels, this according to Britain’s Femalefirst web site. Women were asked which item of clothing they wear to make themselves feel sexier, while men were asked which item of clothing makes a woman look sexier. And stiletto heels — the higher the better — came in at #1 for both genders with 85% of men and 56% of women choosing stilettos.


·         The Oscars are Sunday. Having a party? Don’t care?

·         Which awards shows do you always watch? Always skip?

·         You’re at the store at the checkout line, right next to the candy: which one always calls your name?

·         Where’s the best place to shop on-line? That has the best deals?

·         Does anyone keep a diary anymore?

·         The worst credit card offer you were ever offered?

·         Which celebrity would you like to have fill in for you while you’re on vacation?

·         What’s the longest you ever went without sleep?

·         Anyone listening who has named their baby after a TV character? A city?

·         What’s the definition of a “snob?”

·         If you could only have 3 TV/cable channels for life what would they be?

·         Do you think it’s better to wait until later in life to have kids, or should you have them when you’re young?

·         Where is the best place around town to find the hottest bargains?

·         Ladies, what’s the best compliment a man has ever given you?

·         What’s your snack food? The one you always reach for?

What’s the dumbest thing that ever escaped your mouth? I had one of those moments last week. The father of a dear friend of mine had passed away so I went to calling hours at the funeral home. There I was, talking to her not 20 feet away from her father’s coffin. I hadn’t taken off my leather duster and was wearing a bulky sweater so perspiration was just pouring off my forehead. As I wiped it off, I said, “Man, I’m dying.” Yeah.

We talked about the lady in the bathroom that was stuck in there forever and ever. Then we took calls from people on where they’ve been stuck. Funny stories. One guy locked himself in his shed.

Should women settle when it comes to marriage instead of waiting on Mr. Right? What’s the best age for a woman to get married? What’s the worst age?

So my cohost was walking into the office and noticed that a coworker’s car had to be the messiest car he had ever seen. He went to inspect everyone else’s car and noticed no one’s quite as dirty as hers. Of course we had to bring this up on the air but it lead into a conversation about how if he were dating her he’d have to leave her. We decided to head to the phones and find out if anyone had actually left their significant other because they were too messy. Surprisingly enough the phone lines blew up and we took quite a few calls… one who left his wife after 6 years of marriage. Try it out… you’ll be amazed.

Our biggest listener. Be careful what you ask for. Ever thought about searching for your biggest listener (by weight?) Be prepared!

We found a list of the “Gayest Songs Of All Time” which a website in Australia had compiled for Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. We got a ton of calls from people guessing which songs made the list. Here’s the top ten:

1.      Abba “Dancing Queen”

2.      Village People “YMCA”

3.      Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive”

4.      The Weathergirls “It’s Raining Men”

5.      Kylie Minogue “Your Disco Needs You”

6.      Pet Shop Boys “Go West”

7.      Kylie Minogue “Better The Devil You Know”

8.      Olivia Newton-John “Xanadu”

9.      Madonna “Vogue”

10.  Alicia Bridges “I Love The Nightlife”

Flying seems to be getting worse all the time. People sick, loud kids, rude people, etc. What should the flight etiquette rules be?

Who’s the most pessimistic person you know? You know, the man or woman who can always find the worst in every situation. We also got some funny calls from the optimists when we asked for calls on people who did something stupid to accidentally cut off an appendage.

Do you believe sleeping with someone on a first date can increase your chances of a long-term relationship? You might be on to something. A researcher says the belief it is best to wait before having sex. His book, The Rough Guide To The Brain, says love-making sparks chemical changes in the brain that lead to love and commitment. Do you think this is true. It’s true for me and my ex, along with my co-host and her hubby too. A very interesting subject most never thought of before now.

My grandfather has a way with animals. Every morning he sits on his porch and feeds the squirrels. They actually come right up to them and eat out of his hand. This got us talking about people we know that have special bonds with animals. Warm and Fuzzy calls.

You didn’t ask for it, but if you bought a computer recently, your hard drive may be weighted down by trial versions of software you don’t want. Are you happy that all of this stuff is put on your computer before you get it? Are you excited about trial versions of software? Most of our listeners hated the trials.

15% of workers admit to arriving late at least once a week, according to a recent survey. Why are so many of us running late? You might be surprised that the snooze button is not the primary culprit of tardiness.

·         32 percent of workers attribute their late arrivals to traffic gridlock

·         17 percent claim a lack of sleep is the reason

·         7 percent have trouble arriving on time because they need to get their children ready for school or day care

·         Other issues, like forgetting something at home or not feeling well, are also popular.

According to the new survey 24 percent of all employees decide to make up a fake excuse rather than tell the truth. What’s the best excuse you’ve ever used to call in?

Anyone listening who has received a message from their doctor after test results asking for a return phone call? My co-host went to the dermatologist the other day to have some spots on her body checked. Several days later, she got a phone call and a message on her voicemail, saying, “We have your biopsy results and we’d like for you to call us back at your convenience.” After playing phone tag she learned that they just wanted to tell her that everything was fine. Has anyone else had this same scary experience.

72% of men would give up money for time with their wives and children, according to a recent poll by Spike TV. The study found that there has been a shift in men’s lives on many fronts including work, interpersonal relationships and family when compared with the world of their fathers.

Consuming two eggs a day can help your weight loss efforts, according to the results of a recent study. The study shows that people who ate eggs for breakfast lost 65% more weight than people who ate bagels for breakfast. What’s the best way to eat an egg? Over easy? Hard Boiled? Fried? Boiled. Deviled? We took a few calls on favorite egg recipes.

There’s a new incentive to doing good things for others: It makes you happier, according to a recent study. What do you do for other people that makes you feel good? We had lots of calls, everything from helping the elderly to helping out family members in need. Nice warm and fuzzy topic.


The World’s One Decent Banker
Big bank CEOs are not exactly the world’s favorite people right now. But we have found one banker who’s not only a good guy, but a very generous one as well. After selling a majority stake in his Miami-based City National Bancshares last November, Leonard Abess Jr. took $60 million of his proceeds and handed it out to his tellers, bookkeepers, clerks, in fact all 399 workers on the staff including even 72 former employees he tracked down. The bonuses were based on years of service and amounted to more than $100,000 for some employees. Mr. Abess didn’t publicize what he had done or show up at the bank to bask in his employees’ gratitude on the day the bonus envelopes were distributed. He was inundated with letters soon afterward. When asked why he did it, Abess said he had long dreamed of a way to reward employees. Besides, as he put it, “I sure as heck don’t need the money.” The $60 million he handed out was only a fraction of the $927 million he was paid for his 83% stake in the bank. (Miami Herald)

Crook Caught With a Wedgie!
The guy who tried to break into a car at the Brickyard Animal Hospital in Salt Lake City is probably wishing he never had. Yvonne Morris, a technician at the hospital, chased the guy down and eventually grabbed his boxer shorts and pulled up hard, effectively giving him one doosie of a wedgie! Now writhing in pain, Yvonne easily put the guy in a headlock and held him there until police arrived. He was booked into Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property and outstanding warrants. You Go Yvonne! You’re our hero of the day! Our Wedgie hero of the day! (

Kid’s School Essay Lands Dad in Jail
In Oregon, Wisconsin, a 9-year-old boy’s school essay landed his dad in jail. The essay about “The painful afternoon my dad shot me with a BB gun” certainly caught the teacher’s attention and she turned the essay over to police. Turns out the 36-year-old father had shot the kid in the buttocks with a BB gun so he’s being charged with one felony count of child abuse and facing a maximum penalty of 6 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Dad told an investigator he shot the boy after the child didn’t move fast enough from blocking the TV. He said he aimed at his son’s rear pocket because he thought it would be more padded. At least he’s regretful saying, “I knew right away it was a stupid thing I did. I told my kids the only way I’m going to touch them is to kiss them, hug them, tickle them. I was not under the influence of anything. It was a very stupid decision.” (

Reading the Bible Not Always a Good Thing
Most people consider reading the bible a good thing. Not so in the case of 34-year-old Troy Brisport of Toledo, Ohio, who is being held on charges of kidnapping a woman, then keeping her captive in handcuffs and an adult diaper for three days while he read the Bible to her. He allegedly picked up the woman Wednesday night in Detroit after she told him she had nowhere to stay, and brought her to his home in Toledo, about 55 miles away. The woman says after she fell asleep, Brisport handcuffed her wrists and ankles, gagged her, undressed her and put her in an adult diaper, then read Bible passages. She was not sexually assaulted but Brisport allegedly tried several times to suffocate her using a pillow and blanket. She finally escaped on Saturday after Brisport fell asleep. Police found her dressed only in a T-shirt and the adult diaper and still wearing handcuffs. Brisport is now facing a myriad of charges and probably won’t see the light of day for quite a while. (

Dog Piercing Woman Going To Trial
Maybe you remember our story about the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania woman who was arrested on animal cruelty charges after trying to sell “gothic kittens” with ear, neck and tail piercings online. Holly Crawford’s home was raided by police after the county Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a tip. A prosecutor says Crawford inflicted pain on the cats, which were listed for sale for hundreds of dollars on the Internet. Crawford’s attorney says state law says nothing about piercing cats or docking their tails. But it’ll be up for a jury to decide now as the courts have held her over for trial. (The Citizens’ Voice)

Skipping School For Sex?
In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 45-year-old Brenda M. Strahan is facing four counts of statutory rape after she allegedly posed as a 17-year-old boy’s mom, and repeatedly checked him out of Blackman High School so they could have sex! The boy, who has since turned 18 and graduated from Blackman, told investigators Strahan performed oral sex on him a number of times throughout 2007 and 2008 — they once even had sex behind a local grocery store that was under construction after she called the high school to sign him out. At the time, the boy was living with Strahan and her husband but police would not disclose as to why. No flags were raised as the boy always brought back signed medical notes excusing his absences upon his return. But he eventually told somebody and school officials caught wind of the story. (The Tennessean)

Bad Muslim PR
In Orchard Park, New York, a Muslim founder and owner of a local TV station has been charged with murder for beheading his wife! 44-year-old Muzzammil Hassan, of Bridges TV, is the suspect in the killing of Aasiya Z. Hassan after he reported her dead. Police found the victim’s body in the TV station’s office. A lawyer of the victim said Mrs. Hassan had just filed for divorce and had sought police protection from her husband because of his “cruel and inhuman treatment.” Ironically, Hassan established the TV station in 2004 to broadcast positive Muslim shows to counter anti-Muslim sentiments in the U.S. But his alleged crime probably just set back his cause about 100 years. (AHN News)

I Know Where Bin Laden Is!
Thomas Gillespie, a geography professor at the University of California in Los Angeles says he has pinpointed three houses in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden could be hiding. Using techniques for hunting endangered species, the world’s most wanted terrorist could be tracked down to a town in the tribal region of North West Pakistan, according to Gillespie. By factoring in his need for security, electricity, high ceilings to accommodate his 6ft 4in frame and spare rooms for his bodyguards, the search was narrowed to three walled compounds. The research published in MIT International Review also concluded he should also be in a large town with a similar culture to Afghanistan where he can remain largely anonymous. The most likely location was Parachinar, 12 miles inside Pakistan, which housed many mujahedeen during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s. But Kim Rossmo of Texas State University, who has worked with the military to find terrorists, said, “The idea of identifying three buildings in a city of half a million especially one in a country the authors have likely never visited is somewhat overconfident.” Still, don’t you think it’s at least worth checking out? Stranger things have happened. What if he’s right? (Ananova)


·         “Woman Uses ____ To Capture Suspected Thief!” (Wedgie)

·         “Wis. Boy’s ____ Leads To Charge Against His Dad!” (Essay)

·         “Indiana Man Renovating Old House Finds Hidden ____!” (Room)

·         “Police: Ohio Man Held Woman Captive, Read ____!” (Bible)

·         “Man Nabbed For Alleged ____ On Visit To Sweetheart!” (DWI)

·         “Man Accused Of ____ing Himself On Iowa Highway!” (Exposing)

·         “____ On Test Spotted By Kan. Student 1 Year Later!” (Error)

·         “Pittsburgh Mayor’s ____ On Trash Cans!” (Name)

·         “Boy Marries ____ To Ward Off Tiger Attacks!” (Dog)

·         “Beer And ____s Hold Up Traffic!” (Burgers)

·         “The Family That ____s Together…!” (Skydives)

·         “Pa. Woman To Stand Trial For Selling ____ed Cats!” (Pierced)


We all have questions. Some have more embarrassing questions than others. But rarely is there a chance to take life’s little mysteries to the experts that know. But, here comes Ask a… . Today’s guest? This sounds grade 3 but bear with us, “Ask a pilot.” We solicited for a pilot, got him, and had people call asking questions. Everything from guns in the cockpit, craziest fight stories, and “the mile high club” came up. It’s an easy bit, repeatable, and highly recommended.


We’ve started to generate phone calls early in the morning. We play cheesy lounge music and on Monday morning we bribe a new listener to call in for prizes. They become our listener of the week and check in with us every morning. We talk about their life, something in the news, etc. This benchmark will turn fans to fanatics… do it and see.


1.      Instead of bank tellers, they have bank yodelers

2.      Slogan on wall: “God Alps them who Alps themselves”

3.      Only hot chocolate they serve: Swiss Miss

4.      Swiss Army pens not only let you sign checks, but also saw wood

5.      The teller is eating cheesecake with holes in it

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

General Motors says that it needs $30 billion to avoid failure. Me, too.

A beaver has been spotted in Michigan’s Detroit River for the first time in at least 75 years. It was asking for a bailout.

Actually, it announced it going to try and build a dam to stop the flow of money going into General Motors.

Starbucks has introduced Via — an instant coffee! All you do is add hot water and you can have a great tasting cup of coffee in just under $3.

President Obama has signed the stimulus package into law. At the signing ceremony, it marked the first time since Bill Clinton that a president has used the words “stimulate” and “package” in the same sentence.


Classic Edition

·         “_______ means great movies” (MGM)

·         “Take it all off” (Noxema medicated shaving cream)

·         “Slightly ahead of its time” (Panasonic)

·         “I liked it so much I bought the company” (Remington shavers)

·         “The beer that made Milwaukee famous” (Schlitz)

Modern Edition

·         “Where technology means business” (ZDNet)

·         “Yo quiero _______” (Taco Bell)

·         “Drivers Wanted” (Volkswagen)

·         “For the person who has everything, we have everything else” (Sharper Image)

·         “Get out there” (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines)


Being sick is terrible. You look horrible, feel bad and have to blow your sick days recuperating. Sick of it all? Here’s how to wage germ warfare at the office.

·         Close your mouth. Germs travel through the air. In fact, they can fly as far as 30 feet. So if you’re forced to sit near someone who’s coughing, wheezing, or sneezing, keep your mouth shut; it’s better to breathe through your nose where tiny hairs act as filters to keep out the germs.

·         Wash your hands. You get infected by touching hard surfaces: the coffee maker, the copy machine, and elevator buttons, where filthy, germ-encrusted co-workers have inadvertently left behind viral critters that can live for hours. A study by Purdue University says that the fix is to wash your hands often with antibacterial soap and warm water.

·         Hit the gym. Moderate exercise two or three times a week will help ward off a cold: A mellow workout increases the circulation of your immune cells, boosting the chances that they’ll collide with and vanquish the virus.

·         Get a window seat. You want to avoid stagnant, germ-laden air at all costs, so get to the conference room early for meetings and snag yourself a spot near an open window or an air vent. If you must share an office with a bonafide sicko request a desk fan.

·         Have a party with your buds. More friends, fewer colds, according to a Carnegie Mellon University study, because your pals help you deal with immune-system-suppressing stress. And a couple of stiff drinks a day seem to help keep the colds at bay. (Some docs say alcohol hurts a cold virus’s ability to reproduce.) But the bartender should cut you off after two so you don’t get dehydrated.

·         Kiss someone hot. Good news: Lipsmashing is still safe, since 90 percent of cold viruses lurk in your snot, not your spit.


If you sell something, sell us on it. Listeners were given 10 seconds to “sell” their product. We then decided whether or not the listener sold their product. If the hosts were not satisfied, they explained how to better sell the product; if they were satisfied the listener was given a question-answer session for everyone to better understand the product. Great listener response because so many “free plugs” were given.)


If any of your show members have a quirky grandmother, get her on the air! At a previous station, our news guy’s grandmother was a hoot and we’d call her every week or so to talk about current affairs. Now we’re using my co-host’s Grandma Buzz (no really, that’s what she calls her) by sending her song lyrics and having her try to sing a portion of a contemporary song. Funny stuff when you consider some of the lyrics in hip-hop.


·         More than 80% of spouses say that they do “THIS” when their mate is away? (Sleep on their spouses side of the bed)

·         The names of how many colors in the rainbow spectrum are spelled with only three letters? (One – red)

·         What is another name for the refrain of a song? (“The chorus”)

·         How many continents begin with the letter “A”? (Four: Asia, Australia, Antarctica, and Africa)

·         How many watts are used during one kilowatt hour? (1,000)

·         Who was the only person to be elected U.S. President four times? (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

·         If you traveled two decameters and a hectometer, how many meters would you have traveled? (120 meters)

·         Who was given the name Yorkshire Ripper in the early 1980’s? (Peter Sutcliffe)

·         Which American industry has grown the fastest since World War II? (Airlines)

·         What Mideast country must you visit to see the Tower of Babel? (Iraq)

·         From what State do Thelma and Louise hail from? (Arkansas)

·         Who was acquitted from a drug-dealing charge in August 1984 in America? (John De Lorean)

·         What detergent is among the top ten best-selling grocery items? (Tide)

·         What is the name of Han Solo’s space ship in “Star Wars?” (The Millennium Falcon)

·         Known mainly as “Star Wars” what is the complete title of the 1977 film? (Star Wars-Episode IV A New Hope)

·         True or False: Candle light once determined the postage rate for a letter. (True. If you could see through the envelope when held up against candle light, it was cheaper)

·         What is an imperforate stamp? (A stamp without perforations)

·         This character was created as a parody of Superman. (Mighty Mouse)

·         This is the hardest substance in the human body. (Tooth enamel)

·         Kiss has how many gold albums? (22)

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

Roseanne Barr is calling rapper Chris Brown a “dirty bastard” for beating up his girlfriend, Rihanna, and is labeling celebrities and music critics who have not criticized Brown, “mealy mouthed.” Brown replied, “You’d have to be a dirty old bastard to have beaten up Rihanna,” adding, “I didn’t do it… the ghost of Dirty Old Bastard did.”

Scientists say they’ve found a huge cache of large-boned ice age mammals, including saber-toothed tigers and wooly mammoths near downtown L.A. At first the scientists weren’t sure the large bones belonged to prehistoric creatures, because they found them in Kirstie Alley’s backyard.

Royal watchers in Britain were relieved Wednesday when an 87-year-old Prince Philip appeared to be in robust health while visiting Australia. The last photo of the Prince showed dark rings under both eyes as he struggled with a painful back injury. The Prince explained that he had just been feeling a little out of sorts after having an audience with the British Chris Brown.

TV host Gary Collins has been arrested and charged for the third time with driving under the influence of alcohol. Collins might lose his driver’s license permanently and could be made an honorary “Kennedy.”

Two 300 pound newborn Orca whales have been spotted in the Puget Sound off Seattle. 300 pounds each! Environmentalists are asking President Barack Obama for money to protect them saying they’re too big to fail!

Environmentalists are thrilled because beavers have been spotted living in Michigan’s Detroit River for the first time in 75 years. If Barack Obama’s economic “recovery” plan keeps working, all the auto plants will disappear, beaver will be plentiful, and all white men will once again be living in caves in Europe.

So there are beavers living in Detroit. Well… if you call that living!

Late night budget sessions in California have politicians from both sides of the aisle falling asleep in the assembly chambers. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he hasn’t seen this many people asleep in their seats since the world premiere of “Jingle All the Way.”

Did you know 40 percent of the foreclosures in the U.S. take place in California? This means most of the bad paper is right here in our state… and that’s not even counting the Los Angeles Times.

Because of the $42 billion budget shortfall in California, a lot of basic services are being cut. The “School Lunch Program” is now the “Grab Something From Your Teacher’s Refrigerator When She’s Smoking That Post-Sex Cigarette Program.”

The bad news is that on Tuesday, California sent out layoff notices today to 20,000 state employees, and several Department of Motor Vehicles offices have been closed. The good news? You can now wait out the entire recession while standing in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced he was assigning 17,000 additional Americans to the battlefields of Afghanistan… 177 of them are Republicans from the House of Representatives.

You know who’s doing well in this economy? KFC! They’re planning to open upwards of 300 more restaurants, which means as many as 9,000 new jobs world-wide! So apparently Kentucky Fried Chicken now has two secret recipes.

Australia’s drought is so bad; they’re talking about a tax for every time you flush your toilet. Here in the US we have a name for flushing taxpayer money down the drain. It’s called the stimulus bill.

Tonya Harding appeared on HBO Tuesday night saying that back in December of 2007, when presidential candidate Barack Obama said he wouldn’t “do a Tonya Harding” on his political opponents, it helped her get work. So far, they’re the only jobs Obama has created.

Boy has it been rainy here in California. It was so wet; the octuplet’s mom’s food stamps stuck together… and her lawyers were floating above the pond scum.

California is drenched! The water level got so high; Christian Bale had to board up his pie hole.

Hillary Clinton is in Asia saying she wants to normalize relations with North Korea. In a related story… Michael Jackson said, “Wake me up when they normalize abnormal relations.”

Bristol Palin told Fox News that telling her parents she was pregnant was “harder than labor.” In a related story, and The Daily Kos said lying about Bristol’s pregnancy was as easy as pie.

It’s always nice to have the last word. For years, people told me I was sick and weird for some of the odd sports memorabilia I’ve collected, but I never let it affect me. Now it’s paying off. For instance, that bottle of Alex Rodriguez’s rookie urine doesn’t seem so crazy! Who’s laughing now?

The author of a new and award-winning book about Sally Hemings, a slave who had seven children with former President Thomas Jefferson, says that in “modern times,” its “difficult to wrap our minds around” the fact that Jefferson legally owned those children. Can you imagine owning a bunch of children? Or… as Jerry Jones calls that… the Dallas Cowboys.

Even in the very early 1800’s it wasn’t that unusual to have slaves working in the White House kitchen, which was considered a great job for an indentured person. But still, as a human being enslaved, they would attempt to escape to freedom. As a matter of fact, it was at a White House dinner in 1801 when the very first person in history said, “Has anybody seen my waiter?”

General Motors has announced they’re cutting another 47,000 jobs. At Ford, they say “Quality is Job One.” At GM, there is no job two.

John McCain made his 68th appearance on “Face the Nation” last week. 68! In fact, when John first arrived here from the Old World, there was no nation to face.

Iranian President Mahmoud I’m-A-Nut-Job has turned up the heat on anti-U.S. relations by barring an American badminton team from competing in a tournament in Tehran. Well… so much for the success of shuttle-cock diplomacy.

John McCain is still complaining that the stimulus bill is too big… Even after Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered to cut it up for him into small, easily digestible pieces…


Want a great marriage? Here’s what the best ones have in common, according to Neil Clark Warren, psychologist and author of “The Triumphant Marriage”:

·         First, strong couples focus on the positive — They have a list of their partner’s outstanding qualities on the tip of their tongue that’s longer than their list of complaints. So, if you’re having trouble, ask yourself a few questions, like: “What’s right about my marriage?” And “What made us fall in love in the first place?”

·         Then, a little romance can heal a lot of hurts. So, act on those romantic impulses! Bring home their favorite candy bar, or call to say “I was just thinking about you.” Bottom line: Make time for romance — Don’t wait for it to make time for you.

·         Another thing to consider: even in a great marriage, you’re never going to see eye to eye on everything. So, set up some ground rules for fighting: Be honest — No name-calling — No fighting or nagging in public — No walking out in the middle of a fight–No bringing up unrelated issues–And no holding grudges. When the fight is over, it’s over.

·         And finally, listen to each other! Researchers found that communication predicts the success of a marriage better than any other factor. So, pick two 30-minute time slots a week to talk–No phone, no TV, no Internet in short, no interruptions. One of you should start by talking about something that really matters to you. Be brief but thorough–And your mate can’t respond until they repeat what you said, in their own words. Then it’s their turn. And just keeping going back and forth for half an hour. To recap, focus on the positive, play the romance card frequently, set up ground rules for fights, and really listen to each other. And you’ll have a stronger marriage in no time.

Phoner: Your secrets to a long and healthy relationship. Have a you had a great relationship that went south because of ONE mistake (infidelity, aside).


Want to light a fire with your love life? Start with romance. It may seem old-fashioned, but there is nothing like taking time to just focus on each other to put the zing back into a tired relationship. Some suggestions:

1.      Set a monthly “date night” and stick to it — Even if it’s just dinner and a movie or a candlelit dinner together at home, make time for just the two of you.

2.      Say “I love you” every day — These three small words carry so much meaning, yet they’re never said often enough. Make sure that your partner knows you love and appreciate him or her every single day.

3.      Put your love in writing — Nothing gives you warm fuzzies of love like receiving a simple love note or a passionate love letter. Every once in a while take the time to write your sweetie love notes, love poems and love letters.

4.      Bring back the spontaneity in your relationship — Surprise your partner once a month. Try sending her flowers “just because.” Buy him two tickets to a game of his favorite sport–and go with him!

5.      Get away from it all with a weekend getaway — Take a romantic weekend away for no reason except to be together. Head to a cabin in the mountains, a local bed and breakfast or a relaxing spa. It doesn’t really matter where you go, as long as you go together and leave the interruptions behind.

6.      Show your love each and every day — Give your partner compliments, hold hands, open doors and engage in public displays of affection. It’s the little things you do to show your love that always mean the most.

7.      Shake up your romantic life with a little creativity — Create your own love coupon book with one coupon for your partner to redeem each week of the year. Easy to create, these little coupons can be as romantic, sexy or practical as you want. Hint: a mix of all three works best.

8.      Have fun together — Take up a new hobby together. Join a softball team together or take cooking, golf or dancing lessons. You’ll not only learn something new, but also you’ll have fun with your partner at the same time.

9.      Don’t forget the little things — Make him lunch. Paint her toenails. Wash and wax his car. Do her weekly chores. You’ve heard the phrase that it’s the little things that really matter when it comes to showing how much you care. Show you care by doing something nice and unexpected for your partner. It’s a practical way to show your love that will be very much appreciated.

10.  Get to know your partner better — Whether you’re dating, just married or celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary, there is always more to learn about your partner. Get creative! Buy the book “All About Us” by Philipp Keel. It’s filled with questions that will help you document your own love story; set aside time to answer one question each week. Or check out the many other books and resources which feature questions designed to spark discussions that will help you learn more about one another.


1.      Starring K-Fed… what were you thinking?

2.      Face it, the whole “Night of the Living Old Yeller” was a bad idea from the start

3.      Maybe the world just isn’t ready for a Carrot Top musical?

4.      You held the camera pretty still, but probably should have gotten a tripod

5.      They’re just all jealous you were the one to make “Rocky 10”

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HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .


Children Of Men star Clive Owen said shoppers in Istanbul laughed at him while he filmed a gun chase for his latest movie. Clive Owen said he was amazed when shoppers in an Istanbul marketplace laughed as he filmed a tense action scene for his new film The International. Sources told Yahoo that the film’s producers weren’t granted permission to close a street to film Owen’s gun chase through the market so cameras filmed the scene from rooftops on a normal day. “I had a security guy very close to me but some of the reactions were pretty shocking. People would see the gun and just laugh,” Clive explained. “If it was New York or London I’d be put up against the wall if I was running through the streets with a gun – no matter who I was.” (Handbag)


Superstar Jennifer Lopez has decided to turn her back on her music career. Jennifer Lopez has decided to give up her music career and focus on making film sources have told MSNBC. “Jennifer hasn’t been able to be considered a real recording success since she’s been with Marc [Anthony, her husband],” an insider claimed. “No matter how hard she tries, she can’t go back and be Jenny from the Block. Those days have passed, and it’s not what Jennifer or Marc want. Having another film success or being behind a really great show will be better for both their careers.” (Handbag)


Gretchen Mol doesn’t turn to books to tell her how to raise her son: The Life on Mars star relies on her gut. “Just going with it is the only thing I know how to do,” Mol, 36, tells Cookie magazine’s March issue. “I’m not someone who reads up on everything and decides this is how we’re going to do things.” Mol says instinct helps her better respond to 17-month-old son Ptolemy. “When he’s having a tantrum, I am not going to look it up in a book and say, ‘Okay, 14 months old? Check,’ “she says. “I just deal with whatever is thrown at me.” Mol also says she occasionally slips up. “One morning I had to do a live news show,” she recalls, “and I called [husband] Kip [Williams] to say, ‘Turn the TV on.’ Ptolemy started crying. Of course it freaked him out. He doesn’t watch much TV. I just thought, I am so insensitive.” “You bring who you are to motherhood,” Mol says, adding that her parenting skills are improving as she goes. “When you become a parent, there’s nothing you can do to change your life. I’m the same kind of person as a mother that I am in life: I try to be considerate; I like order. “I’ll never be the mother who makes parenting look effortless,” Mol says, “but I wouldn’t trade my life, either.” (People)


Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo are still on, despite recent tabloid reports that the Dallas Cowboys quarterback may have strayed. On Saturday, the couple spent a cozy evening together at the Great Dane Pub in Madison, Wis., following Simpson’s gig opening for Rascal Flatts. Security guards prevented onlookers from snapping photos, but a witness tells Page Six the two looked “very much together.” Simpson didn’t seem too concerned about her weight – our spy also reports she was drinking “lots of beer.” (Page Six)


Vogue is rolling out the red carpet for Michelle Obamashe’ll appear on the March cover, only the second first lady to do so. The Annie Leibovitz snap shows Michelle leaning on a soft beige sofa at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, DC, wearing a magenta dress by Jason Wu, who designed her inaugural ball gown. Inside, a photo shows her in a black Narciso Rodriguez. While most first ladies have been featured in Vogue, Hillary Clinton is the only other one ever to make the cover. (Page Six)


Mickey Rourke is rumored to be dating Courtney Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain. The Oscar-nominated stars have reportedly been seeing each other for weeks and the Daily Mirror claims that the actor texted the singer around the time of January’s Golden Globes, asking her out on a date. The celebrity couple have both been in London this week, where Mickey picked up the Best Actor BAFTA for his role in the Wrestler on Sunday night. (British Glamour)


Jessica Simpson made her first live TV appearance since her much-scrutinized weight gain, performing her song “Pray Out Loud” on CBS’ The Early Show Wednesday morning. Simpson – who taped her spot in Nashville, where she helped announce nominations for the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards – briefly addressed the hype over her new curves after anchor Maggie Rodriguez mentioned all the support the singer has been receiving from fans. “Honestly, I am right where I’m supposed to be. I am so happy,” Simpson said. “Right now I’m on tour with Rascal Flatts, having a blast. We’re at Madison Square Garden tomorrow. Everybody’s just been so warm and welcoming. Lots of hugs, I like that … Texas style.”  Rodriguez then told Simpson she looked “absolutely beautiful.” “Everything’s really great,” she said. “It’s all about keeping the faith. That’s why I pray out loud.” (US Weekly)


Paparazzo Adnan Ghalib says he is still in a relationship with Britney Spears. British pap photographer Adnan Ghalib has said he is still Britney Spears’ boyfriend despite the singer obtaining a restraining order against him earlier this month. “Britney has a beautiful soul. We share something really special,” Heat magazine sources claim the snapper told them. “The truth about us will come out eventually, but it’s not for me to talk about. I love her. I still love Britney. I’m her boyfriend.” (Handbag)


Actor-playwright Sam Shepard has pleaded guilty to speeding and drunken driving charges in central Illinois. Shepard apologized to McLean County Associate Judge Casey Costigan during Wednesday’s hearing and said he never intends to drive under the influence again. He was fined $600 and court costs and has been placed on 24 months’ supervision. He also has to finish an alcohol treatment program and perform 100 hours of community service. Shepard, who won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for drama for “Buried Child,” was arrested Jan. 3 after officers stopped him for driving 16 mph over the speed limit. Police said a breath test indicated Shepard’s blood-alcohol level was double the legal limit. The 65-year-old Shepard says he often stops in the area when traveling from his Kentucky home to visit relatives in Minnesota. (Daily Record)


Molly Bee, the country singer who shot to fame at age 13 with the 1952 novelty hit “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” has died of complications following a stroke. She was 69. Bee died Saturday at a hospital in Oceanside, her manager, Rick Saphire, told The Associated Press. She had been in failing health for several months, Saphire said Wednesday. Bee was just 10 when she started her music career, singing the Hank Williams classic “Lovesick Blues” on country star Rex Allen’s radio show. He had met her and her mother at one of his concerts and was impressed when she sang a song for him. Three years later, the blond girl with the sweet-honey voice was a star herself, with a hit song and a regular role on “Hometown Jamboree,” a popular Los Angeles country-western TV show. She made her movie debut in 1954 in “Corral Cuties,” opposite country star Tennessee Ernie Ford, with whom she had recorded the duet “Don’t Go Courtin’ in a Hot Rod Ford” the year before. She also appeared in the films “Going Steady,” “Chartroose Caboose” and “The Young Swingers,” and recorded such songs as “Young Romance,” “5 Points of a Star” and “Don’t Look Back.” She also had a regular role on Ford’s TV variety show and played Pinky Lee’s sidekick on “The Pinky Lee Show,” one of the most popular children’s programs of the 1950s. “She just had this kind of down-home quality about her. There was nothing phony about her, it was all real, and everyone loved her,” actress Beverly Washburn told the AP. The two had appeared as sisters in the 1958 teen musical comedy “Summer Love.” Bee’s career began to fade by the late 1960s, however, and in later years she was candid in saying a period of drug abuse was one of the reasons. “It was no secret that she had been through some tough times in the ’60s and ’70s with drugs,” Saphire said. “She equated it to being part and parcel of the kinds of things happening in the music business at the time.” Her personal life also was at times tumultuous. She was married five times. She made a comeback in the 1970s, playing small country bars that were very different from the large concert audiences she had once attracted. Slowly she rebuilt her audience, releasing the albums “Good Golly Ms. Molly” in 1975 and “Sounds Fine to Me” in 1982. More recently she appeared from time to time at autograph shows. Molly Gene Beachboard was born on Aug. 18, 1939, in Oklahoma City and raised in Tennessee and Arizona before moving to Los Angeles with her family at age 11. She is survived by daughters Lia Genn and Bobbi Carey; a son, Michael Allen; a brother, Robert Beachboard; and four grandchildren. (Daily Record)





Calling all fashionistas: Oscar wants you. The film academy is adding a “Project Runway” element to the Oscars this year by asking the public to vote on which dress the trophy presenter will wear. The academy tapped seven emerging designers to create gowns for the competition. They unveiled their entries Tuesday during the annual Oscar fashion show at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ headquarters. The winning dress “will be seen on Oscar night probably more than any other gown on the red carpet,” said Oscar fashion coordinator Patty Fox. She and show producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon selected the competing designers. Moire Conroy, Alan Del Rosario, Sam Kori George, Marianne Kooimans, Maria Pinto, Nicolas Putvinski and Robert Rodriguez each had about three weeks to design their dress. Del Rosario, who already counts Michelle Pfeiffer and Debra Messing among his clients, said he was inspired by “old Hollywood glamor” when creating his strapless silk-and-lace mermaid gown. “The Oscars is all-time glamour,” he said. “It’s one of those events when a woman can go all out.” Maria Pinto, famous for making Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Day dress, called her Oscar entry “modern Marie Antoinette.” The strapless silver column “is a study of control and release,” she said, noting that pleats at the waist shape a makeshift bustle in back. Putvinski cited New York City skyscrapers as the inspiration for his flowing white gown with folds of silver across the front. Rodriguez also chose white, looking to Grace Kelly as a muse for his silk Grecian column accented with an asymmetrical black strap. Conroy was inspired by the ’60s summer of love for her floaty gray chiffon design, while George was inspired by champagne – specifically the Taittinger girl – for his strapless silver crepe gown adorned with handmade orchids. Kooimans showed an intricately embroidered, one-shouldered dress dripping with antique diamond brooches. Oscar-worthy gems decorated each of the dresses. Neil Lane, a red-carpet regular who has worked with Marisa Tomei and Angelina Jolie, said he expects vintage looks and subdued glamour at the Oscars this year. “Everything is classical,” he said. “Everything goes back to the golden days of Hollywood.” Fox said that while she didn’t offer the design contestants any guidelines, she hoped they’d embrace classic colors and styles. “All the fashion gods were with us,” she said. Fans can vote online for their favorite gown until Feb. 17. The winner of “Oscars Designer Challenge” will be announced during the red-carpet show before the Feb. 22 Academy Awards. Meanwhile, other Oscar fashion preparations were under way at a penthouse on nearby Rodeo Drive. That’s where Spanx, the body-shaping undergarments favored by Beyoncé, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway and dozens of other Hollywood beauties, set up its annual awards-season suite. So many stylists request the tummy-flattening, hip-slimming underthings this time of year that the Atlanta-based company comes to Los Angeles to dole out boxloads of products in person, said spokeswoman Maggie Adams. A rep for Tomei and Jessica Biel was among the arrive Tuesday, collecting slimmers in the company’s smallest size. (Daily Record)


Nearly a half century ago, amid suspicion and fears of McCarthyism, folk singer Pete Seeger faced an ultimatum from the San Diego school district: Sign an oath against communism or cancel a concert he planned at a high school auditorium. Seeger, who at the time of the board’s demand was under scrutiny for his leftist politics, refused to sign the oath. A judge allowed the concert to proceed anyway. Decades later, the school board wants to make amends. In a resolution approved Tuesday night, the school district declared that the board “deeply regrets its predecessors’ actions” and offered an apology to a man who has become “one of our dearest national treasures.” The 89-year-old songwriter appears willing to accept the board’s apology, saying the board’s resolution is a “measure of justice that our right to freedom of expression has been vindicated.” He also quipped that the board’s demand for the oath in 1960 may have helped his career. “This was the contradiction the poor blacklisters faced: The more they tried to target me the more they drummed up publicity for my concerts,” Seeger told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home in Beacon, N.Y. “I like to misquote Thomas Jefferson in saying, ‘The price of liberty is eternal publicity.'” Seeger co-wrote “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” and “Turn, Turn, Turn!” He popularized traditional tunes such as “We Shall Overcome,” “Goodnight, Irene” and “John Henry,” which are now part of the canon of American music. Seeger was scheduled to perform at Hoover High School in May 1960 when the board ordered him to pledge that the concert would not be used to promote a communist agenda or an overthrow of the government. Seeger, who had been under indictment for not answering questions from a congressional committee about whether he had communist ties, said he refused to sign the pledge because he wanted to stand up to McCarthyism. “It’s worth remembering how hysterical people felt back then,” he said. Seeger, who dropped out of the Communist Party in 1949, spent years playing underground at schools and small venues because he was blacklisted and unwelcome at larger entertainment venues. The local American Legion heard that Seeger was planning to play at Hoover High School’s auditorium and pressured the school board to act. The board then ordered Seeger to sign the oath or cancel the concert. “I was used to things like this, way back in what I call the Frightened ’50s. They were dangerous times,” Seeger said. Two days before the concert, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a last-minute court motion asking for an injunction against the school district. They argued that the oath interfered with Seeger’s civil liberties after he had already signed a contract with the district. “It was all political,” Louis Katz, one of two ACLU lawyers who represented Seeger, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. The judge agreed and signed an order on a Saturday morning, just hours before the concert was scheduled to begin for 1,400 fans. School board member Katherine Nakamura, who wrote the apology resolution, said that seeing Seeger on television singing before President Barack Obama’s inauguration last month inspired her to right the decades-old wrong. Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang “This Land Is Your Land,” a song written by his friend Woody Guthrie, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “It just seemed to me to be the right thing to do, and I had an opportunity to do it,” Nakamura said after the meeting, where she and fellow board members voted 5-0 for the resolution. “You don’t always get a chance to reflect on these things and the way they might have been or should have been.” The resolution also invited Seeger to return to San Diego to perform. Seeger said if he could sing for the school board, he’d sing “Take it from Dr. King,” a song from his latest album, “At 89,” which won a Grammy on Sunday for Best Traditional Folk Album. (Daily Record)


Maksim Chmerkovskiy may be known as the “bad boy of the ballroom” on ABC’s hit Dancing with the Stars, but when it came time to pop the question to girlfriend – and fellow DWTS pro – Karina Smirnoff, his trademark swagger dissolved. “Planning the proposal was the most nerve-wracking thing of my life,” the dancer, 29, tells PEOPLE in its new issue. “When it came down to it, I thought, ‘It’s not a given that she’ll say yes.’ All of a sudden it’s like, ‘I have nothing to say! Why did I even do this?’ ” Adds Smirnoff, 31: “I thought it was so cute because you never see Maks [nervous] like this.” Although they only started dating in late September, the Ukrainian-bred couple – who will square off against each other in the new season of DWTS, debuting March 9 – actually have a long history: They first met as teenagers on the pro dancing circuit. “You know how boys tend to develop slower than girls?” asks Chmerkovskiy. “A lot slower!” says Smirnoff. Back then, she adds, “I never looked at him seriously.” Now the couple, who plan to wed in late 2009, are looking ahead to starting a family. “Our kids would be rock stars,” says Chmerkovskiy, playful swagger back in place. “They’re going to be like royalty.” (People)


After putting his foot in his mouth with comments about a Pakistani army officer, Prince Harry is now unwittingly back in the spotlight with another racially insensitive remark – having apparently told a comic, “You don’t sound like a black chap.” Harry, allegedly attempting to be funny, delivered the line in November, when black comedian Stephen K. Amos performed at the 60th birthday of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, according to Amos, who appeared Tuesday on the U.K. chat show The Wright Stuff. At the time, recalled Amos, “I wanted to say, ‘How is I supposed to sound?’ ‘Racist Stereotyping’ Reaction to the exchange has been strong. “Many young people will be disgusted by his remark,” said Naomi Byron, national secretary of Youth Against Racism in Europe, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. “But it is not just Prince Harry that is at fault,” she is further quoted as saying. “The aristocratic, rich circles he moves in obviously don’t have a problem with this kind of racist stereotyping.” Added former Commission for Racial Equality chairman Lord Herman Ouseley: “It is very sad that Prince Harry thinks black people all talk in the same way. It just goes to show how ill-educated members of the upper classes can be.” No Comment A spokeswoman for Harry tells PEOPLE, “We don’t comment on allegations about private conversations involving the prince, and we are unable to confirm whether it did or did not take place.” Contacted by PEOPLE, Amos’s agent also had no comment, as the office has not been able to talk to the comedian. (People)


Lisa Kudrow says she’s keen to star in a film version of Friends, but only if the script is true to the original show. Lisa, who played Phoebe, said: “I think we are all of the opinion that it would depend on the script, but I’ve always felt that if everyone else was going to do a movie, then I wouldn’t want to be the person who refused and then had to be replaced – that wouldn’t be fair. So I would do it, but I’ve no idea how the show would translate to a movie.” The actress highlighted the difficulty in creating a big screen version of the hit TV show. “It’s not like Sex and the City. Friends was a multi-camera show filmed in front of an audience, so it has a very different feel. It would be tricky to pull off, sure, but if it could be done, that would be great.” (British Glamour)


It’s fine for Angelina Jolie to visit Asia’s poor, downtrodden masses. Just don’t dare try to tell Thailand what to do with them. At least that’s the view of a senior Thai diplomat who is castigating the Mighty Heart star for speaking out about the plight of a certain group of Muslim refugees who’ve fled there in recent years to escape the violent regime in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. In her capacity as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie last week visited refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border, where the Rohingya, or so-called Boat People, had sought refuge from Myanmar’s military junta, which has deprived the group of citizenship in their own country. The outspoken 33-year-old Oscar nominee then called on the Thai government to respect the Rohingya’s human rights and take better care of the ethnic minority. But while Jolie’s presence was welcomed in the country, her opinions weren’t. (Eonline)


Despite their steroid scandals, today’s baseball superstars are still choirboys compared to the boozing, skirt-chasing New York Mets of the mid-1980s. “We were the boys of summer. The drunk, speed-freak, sneaking-a-smoke boys of summer,” writes onetime home-run legend Darryl Strawberry in “Straw: Finding My Way,” out in April from Ecco. “[An] infamous rolling frat party . . . drinking, drugs, fights, gambling, and groupies.” Strawberry’s teammates from the 1986 championship team – including Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Lenny Dykstra, Dwight Gooden, Lee Mazzilli, Ray Knight and Mookie Wilson – probably won’t appreciate Strawberry’s outrageous allegations. Beer “was the foundation of our alcoholic lifestyle,” he writes. “We hauled around more Bud than the Clydesdales. The beer was just to get the party started and maybe take the edge off the speed and coke.” The team’s mantra on the road, he writes, was to “tear up your best bars and nightclubs and take your finest women . . . The only hard part for us was choosing which hottie to take back to your hotel room. Lots of times you . . . picked two or three.” Although he doesn’t name names, Strawberry relates how team members picked out girls from the stands for quickies. He once watched a pitcher march a frisky fan to a private room for oral sex: “I was jealous. When I saw her heading back to her seat, I gave her a sign. She smiled, turned right back around, and met me in that same little room . . . I had to be quick and run back out on the field.” Another time, “I was in the clubhouse, having one last quickie with this cute little Florida girl. Charlie Samuels, the equipment manager, came in and caught us. He just stood there shaking his head while I finished up.” Mets rep Jay Horowitz declined to comment. Strawberry, who later joined the Yankees, was arrested numerous times over the years and had several stints in rehab. (Page Six)


With Alex Rodriguez finally admitting his steroid use, and Barry Bonds facing trial for denying it under oath, Jose Canseco  is starting to look better. Canseco admitted he was juicing during his home run-hitting years in the bigs, and titled his memoir “Juiced.” After a pathetic attempt at a boxing career, he hit rock bottom. But now he and a producer, Nicole Dunn, are said to be pitching a reality series that will feature himself. One insider wonders, “Do you think Americans are ready to forgive him?” (Page Six)


Amanda Silverman, a publicist at 42 West, might be the biggest liar in the business – and she has stiff competition. When the story of Chris Brown‘s assault arrest broke on Sunday night, and reporters didn’t yet know the victim was his girlfriend Rihanna, Silverman claimed Rihanna, her client, had only been in a traffic mishap, and said she was “fine.” She told another reporter the “Umbrella” singer was “well. Thank you for your concern and support.” It eventually came out Rihanna had bruises, a split lip and bite marks. The fork-tongued flack didn’t return our calls yesterday, probably because we put her in our “Liar’s corner” in 2004, after she fibbed about her client Damon Dash, claiming he was buying the old Moomba lounge and financing an Abel Ferrara movie. He did neither. Silverman has also professionally lied for Naomi Campbell. If Silverman says the sun is shining, bring an umbrella. (Page Six)


Law enforcement sources confirm to TMZ Chris Brown received a text message from a woman while he was driving with Rihanna and that’s what started the confrontation that left Rihanna battered and bruised. We’re told the text message was from a woman who wrote about hooking up with Brown later. We’ve also learned there is a reference in the police report to an argument over a rapper, but we’ve learned this is NOT what triggered the argument. The woman who text messaged Brown is not a rapper. (TMZ)


TMZ has obtained photos of Chris Brown’s rented Lamborghini at the police impound yesterday — and it appears to have been dusted for fingerprints. We’re told the black dirt all over the car is residue from when the cops searched it for fingerprints. Brown reportedly abandoned the Lamborghini after his alleged altercation with Rihanna on Sunday morning. (TMZ)


Chris Brown may have roughed up Rihanna before their early Sunday morning altercation, two friends reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly (out today). Brown — who is currently being investigated by Los Angeles county prosecutors after Rihanna allegedly accused him of assaulting her the night before the Grammys — always had a “volatile” relationship with the singer, an insider tells Us. A Rihanna confidant adds that bruises were clearly visible on the singer’s neck in early December. Alarmed, “I asked is everything was OK with her and Chris,” says the pal. “She told me, ‘We broke up again.’ I didn’t pursue the issue further.” Meanwhile, Brown’s sister, Lytrell “Tootie” Bundy, says the singer, 19, is “doing good” in light of his latest altercation with Rihanna. “He’s coping,” she told Extra on Wednesday. “He’s doing … [as well] as to be expected.” (US Weekly)



MUSIC . . .


Brad Paisley leads all finalists for the Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations. The finalists were announced in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday morning and Paisley garnered nods for entertainer of the year and male vocalist. He is also a finalist for record, song and video of the year for “Waitin’ on a Woman.” Paisley is also up for vocal event of the year for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban. Heidi Newfield is a strong contender, picking up nominations in five categories, including song of the year and video of the year for “Johnny & June.” The winners will be announced during the Academy of Country Music Awards show on CBS from Las Vegas on April 5. (Daily Record)


Sting thrilled a Romanian audience of 4,000 with his renditions on the lute of Elizabethan music interspersed with classics from his Police days such as “Roxanne.” The British musician teamed up with Bosnian musician Edin Karamazov to give a 75-minute concert Tuesday night, performing melodies from “Songs From the Labyrinth,” a tribute to Elizabethan composer John Dowland. Sporting a full beard, Sting gave a concert described as “divine and relaxing” by Romanian news agency Agerpres. Senate chairman Mircea Geoana praised the “refined” concert and called Sting “a great musician.” (Daily Record)


British rock band Oasis will play their first China concerts in Beijing and Shanghai in early April, the musicians announced on their Web site. The shows will take place April 3 at Beijing’s Capital Arena and April 5 at the Shanghai Grand Stage as part of a world tour promoting their latest release, “Dig Out Your Soul.” The band will also play a previously announced show in Hong Kong on April 7. “Oasis are excited to announce their first-ever shows in China as part of their current world tour,” the band said in the announcement. Formed in Manchester in 1991, Oasis broke out with their 1994 album, “Definitely Maybe,” as part of the 1990s Britpop explosion. Oasis is one of a growing number of Western musical acts traveling to China, following the Rolling Stones and Elton John. Growing exposure to foreign tastes has created fans among middle-class Chinese, although audiences at such concerts tend to be drawn heavily from China’s large expatriate population. China closely regulates live performances, even more so since Icelandic singer Bjork embarrassed authorities by shouting “Tibet!” at the end of a Shanghai concert last year. Bands must submit set lists beforehand, and the Rolling Stones were asked not to play several songs with suggestive lyrics during their 2006 China debut, including “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Beast of Burden” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” Last year, Harry Connick Jr. had to make last-minute changes to his show in Shanghai because an old song list was mistakenly submitted to Chinese authorities to secure the performance permit for the concert. Authorities insisted he play the songs on the original list, even though his band didn’t have the music for them. (Daily Record)


If Robert Plant can rejuvenate his career in Nashville, who’s next? What began as an unorthodox pairing of the golden-tressed singer for Led Zeppelin with bluegrass chanteuse Alison Krauss captured five Grammys on Sunday, including album of the year for their country-inflected collaboration “Raising Sand.” The duo also won record of the year for “Please Read the Letter.” Music Row insiders expect others to follow Plant’s lead. “I’m sure a lot of people will look at the idea of Nashville collaborations in a different light,” said Brian Philips, general manager of Country Music Television. “Surely, Robert Plant did not feel compromised coming to Nashville. He felt energized,” remarked Mike Dungan, president of Capitol Records Nashville. The last country projects to win the Grammy’s top album award were the Dixie Chicks’ “Taking the Long Way” in 2006 and the “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” movie soundtrack in 2001. Like “Raising Sand,” the “O, Brother” soundtrack also was directed by producer T Bone Burnett and featured Krauss and others paying tribute to rootsy American music. And like “Raising Sand,” it was not a mainstream country release. “I don’t think this project ever really aimed for country radio. I don’t think that was ever on their marketing plan,” said David Ross, publisher and editor of the trade publication Music Row. Still, Ross said: “I believe very strongly that when something great comes out of Nashville it’s good for the entire music industry.” Likewise, Philips said, “If anyone resents ‘Raising Sand’ and thinks that something that is purely Music Row driven should have taken that slot and captured the whole world’s attention, I’d ask them to step forward. In 2008-2009, I don’t know how anyone could begrudge them that win.” While the album was recorded in Nashville with Nashville musicians, it was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles and released on Burlington, Mass.-based Rounder Records. It has already gone platinum with a million in sales and is sure to get a boost from the Grammy exposure. Nashville has long attracted rock and pop stars looking for a fresh sound, or at least a fresh start. In the early days, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers recorded here. Neil Young and Paul McCartney cut songs in the 1970s. Today, it’s Kid Rock, Jack White and Jessica Simpson. During his acceptance speech, Plant said “Please Read The Letter” was “an old song that me and Jimmy Page wrote together post-Led Zeppelin, and it’s been given that Nashville touch, and it feels pretty good.” Philips, who says he’s been flooded with requests for copies of a CMT “Crossroads” performance show featuring Plant and Krauss, still finds the whole thing surprising. “I don’t know that anyone could have anticipated that Led Zeppelin’s front man would find a new artistic peak in Nashville,” he said. (Daily Record)


Since when is MTV in the business of releasing albums???? After parting ways on Monday with his long-time label, Interscope Records, Snoop announced Tuesday that he’s partnering up with MTV to release his new album Malice In Wonderland, in conjunction with a variety talk show on the network hosted by the D-o-gg, as well as a tie in with MTV’s Rock Band video game platform. Snoop appears to be running shit over at MTV! He’s gotta be the most functional stoner ever. MTV released a statement describing the premise of Snoop Dogg’s variety show, Dogg After Dark, saying: “Dogg After Dark” will bring his Doggystyle swagger to the airwaves with raw interviews with A-list celebrities and musicians, hilarious sketch-comedy segments and musical performances from the hottest artists. The show will air every Tuesday night for seven weeks and feature Snoop’s own in-house band, the “Snoopadelics.” It sounds to us like Dogg After Dark could be either absolutely brillz or completely shiteous!!! We’ll just have to wait and see. (Perez Hilton)


We’ve only come to expect the best from Madonna, but now it’s been confirmed! The extended summer dates of her Sticky & Sweet Tour are already sold out! Tickets were gone in mere minutes after going on sale! That includes her shows in London, Manchester, Belgium, Oslo, Helsinki (which will also be one of the biggest shows Finland has ever seen), and Gothenburg. This tour has proved Madonna’s skills as a performer and a hustler.  She works hard! (Perez Hilton)


On the food chain of death, the late saxophonist LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band is kinda like plankton, according to The Recording Academy. The Academy is finally saying why LeRoi didn’t make the cut in its “Encore” segment of the Grammy show: “Nearly 250 members of our music community have passed in the last year, and all of them have been listed in the program book for the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, including LeRoi Moore. For the “Encore” segment of our annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, unfortunately we are unable to include all of the talented and wonderful people within the allotted timeframe. The Academy recognizes Moore’s contributions to music and music education, and we are deeply saddened by his premature passing.” They’re tellin’ the story. You buyin’ it? (TMZ)


Lily Allen celebrated yesterday’s (Feb. 10) release of her new album, “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” with a gig at New York’s intimate Bowery Ballroom as part of MySpace’s “Secret Show” series. Allen was in great spirits throughout the evening, taking sips of wine in between number and tackling nearly every track on “It’s Not You, It’s Me.”  Backed by a four-piece band, Allen rarely turned her back on the crowd, often sashaying from one side of the stage to the other and having to adjust her dress.  Highlights included “Not Fair,” a song that Allen described as sounding “a little bit country,” the synth pop-ish “Back to the Start” and a raucous cover of Britney Speaks “Womanizer.” Only a few songs from her 2007 debut album, “Alright, Still,” snuck into the set: “LDN,” “Littlest Things,” and “Smile.” After “I Could Say,” Allen paused to thank MySpace “for helping me considerably in my career.” Later, she jokingly chastised the crowd for knowing the lyrics to her new material, suggesting they’d illegally downloaded her record. “It’s alright — I don’t make money off those anyways,” she quipped, referring to her albums. Allen will perform another MySpace Secret Show in Tokyo on Feb. 25, followed by one in London on a date to be determined. She’ll kick off a U.K. tour in March, and returns to the U.S. on April 1 for a three-week tour. (Billboard)

Here is Lily Allen’s set list:

“Everyone’s At It”
“I Could Say”
“Not Fair”
“F*ck You”
“Who’d Have Known”
“Never Gonna Happen”
“Back to the Start”
“Littlest Things”
“The Fear”


The rap triumvirate of Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent will soar 78-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to be posted Thursday morning with “Crack a Bottle,” which sets a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales (418,000). The first-week sum outpaces the prior mark of 335,000 downloads shifted by T.I. featuring Rihanna in the Oct. 18, 2008, issue. Among all weekly totals, “Bottle” ranks third behind Flo Rida’s “Low” (467,000 on Jan, 12, 2008) and Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance” (419,000 on Jan, 10, 2009). “Bottle” is the second Hot 100 No. 1 for both Eminem and Dr. Dre. Slim Shady’s only leader was 2002’s “Lose Yourself,” which spent 12 weeks at the summit, while Dre last led in 1996 as a featured artist on Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” 50 Cent ups his No. 1 take to four, having last topped the list with “Candy Shop” (9 weeks in 2005). The trio, each with highly anticipated albums on the way, previously collaborated on “Encore,” which peaked at No. 25 on the Hot 100 in January 2005. (Hollywood Reporter)


The Fray earns its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its sophomore self-titled Epic album, which sold 179,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Denver-based rock act’s previous album, “How To Save a Life,” peaked at No. 14 and had its best sales week during Christmas 2006 with 150,000. It has sold 2.37 million to date. Last week’s No. 1, Bruce Springsteen’s “Working on a Dream” (Columbia), slips to No. 2 in its second week with 102,000, a 55% sales hit. Dierks Bentley’s Capitol Nashville album “Feel That Fire” debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums with 71,000 units. It’s the singer’s fourth straight top 10 on the Billboard 200 and third chart-topper on Country Albums. His last album, 2006’s “Long Trip Alone,” bowed at Nos. 5 and 1 on those charts with 82,000. Bentley replaces Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” (Big Machine) at the helm on the Country Albums tally, where it reigned supreme for the last 12 weeks. On the Billboard 200, “Fearless” slips 2-4 despite a 16% sales increase to 64,000. Beyonce’s “I Am … Sasha Fierce” (Music World/Columbia) has flat sales at 51,000, falling 3-5. With an 8% swell to 47,000 copies, Nickelback’s “Dark Horse” (Roadrunner) descends 4-6. At No. 7, “Kidz Bop 15” starts with 58,000. It’s the ninth consecutive top 10 debut for the regular Razor & Tie “Bop” series, not counting its holiday and “Gold” titles. The collected “Kidz” albums — including all of their assorted permutations — have moved 9.3 million units in the U.S. Jamie Foxx’s “Intuition” (J) shifts 7-8 with 37,000 (+2%), while Kanye West’s “808s & Heartbreak” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) descends 5-9 with 33,000 (-15%). Keyshia Cole’s “A Different Me” (Geffen) sold 34,000 (+8%), falling 8-10. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ second major-label album, “Lonely Road” (Virgin), enters the Billboard 200 at No. 14 with 26,000. That outpaces the band’s prior album, “Don’t You Fake It,” which debuted and peaked at No. 25 in 2006 with an opening frame of 25,000. Victory rock act A Day to Remember opens at No. 21 with “Homesick,” with 22,000 copies. Though the Grammy awards ceremony was held on the evening of Feb. 8 — the last day of the tracking week reflected in today’s Billboard 200 chart — the CBS broadcast was a major cause of sales increases on this week’s charts. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ “Raising Sand,” which won album of the year, re-enters at No. 68, on a 286% gain to 9,000. Most gains come as a result of download purchases on Sunday night after the show. Another big winner, Adele and her Columbia debut “19,” climb 56-27 on an 89% gain to 18,000. Of that increase of approximately 8,000 units, 82% was made up of downloads. At 7.32 million units, sales are up 12.5% compared to the same total last week but are off by 13.1% compared to the same week in 2008. (Hollywood Reporter)


As more and more radio stations across the U.S. and Canada decide to stop playing Brown’s music….The horrific details continue to come out about exactly what happened between Chris Brown and Rihanna last weekend. It’s been revealed that after pulling over in Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, RiRi snatched Brown’s keys from the ignition and tossed them out onto the street. Chris became livid, and he “put his hands around her neck and said ‘I’m going to kill you!'” Awful!!!!! It gets even worse. “(She) told police that she lost consciousness… her right eye was blackened and badly swollen and she had handprints on her arms.” Rihanna was in such bad shape when police arrived, the officers decided not to take any chances and drive her straight to the hospital instead of taking the time to wait for an ambulance.  And where was Chris Brown during all of this? The douche fled from the scene!!!! Not cool, Chris, not cool at all. (Perez Hilton)


Leading industry figures in the US have claimed Chris Brown’s career is over if allegations he assaulted girlfriend Rihanna prove to be true. Chris Brown’s career as singer is over if allegations that he assaulted Rihanna are proved true leading US music industry figures have said. Brown handed himself in to LA police after officers responded to a phone call on in the early hours of Sunday morning. His girlfriend Rihanna was taken to the emergency room of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with reports claiming she suffered two “huge contusions” on both sides of her forehead, a bloody lip and nose. “If it’s true, his career is probably over,” Billboard magazine’s editorial director Bill Werde said. Chewing gum makers Wrigley, who had recently signed Brown up to a lucrative deal, have announced they have suspended their ads following Sunday’s incident. “Wrigley is concerned by the serious allegations made against Chris Brown,” a company spokesperson said. “We believe Mr. Brown should be afforded the same due process as any citizen. However, we have made the decision to suspend the current advertising featuring Brown and any related marketing communications until the matter is resolved.” Brown is due in court March 5. (Handbag)


The Justice Department will investigate the proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. with Live Nation Inc. to see if the combined company would create an unfair monopoly in the ticket-selling business. Federal antitrust lawyers are “committed to vigorous enforcement of the merger antitrust laws and will conduct a thorough investigation of the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation transaction,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona. The deal would match the world’s dominant ticket seller, Ticketmaster, with Live Nation, which was once it’s biggest client and is the world’s No. 1 concert promoter. A Justice Department investigation could take months or longer, and the department has probed Ticketmaster in the past. Some lawmakers are already urging the government to reject the deal. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., want the government to stop the deal in part because of problems experienced with Ticketmaster’s recent offering of tickets to Bruce Springsteen shows. The Boss has also weighed in, opposing the deal. “The one thing that would make the current ticket situation even worse for the fan than it is now would be Ticketmaster and Live Nation coming up with a single system, thereby returning us to a near-monopoly situation in music ticketing,” Springsteen said on his Web site. Live Nation owns 140-plus venues and has multiyear comprehensive rights deals covering the tours of Madonna, Jay-Z, U2, Nickelback and Shakira. Live Nation last year ended a long-term contract to sell its concert tickets through Ticketmaster, and it launched its own ticketing service for its venues in January. That threatened to siphon off at least 15 percent of Ticketmaster’s revenue and had set the two companies up for a head-to-head fight to win ticketing contracts. A merger would quell that fight – which could raise the ire of regulators, antitrust experts said. Because both companies are large – with market capitalizations of around $400 million – they are required to submit a notice to the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department for review of antitrust issues. In 1994, Pearl Jam complained to the government that Ticketmaster refused to agree to low concert ticket prices and fees, and that the grunge band couldn’t organize a tour without Ticketmaster’s cooperation. The case was dismissed a year later. Attorney General Janet Reno said then that new enterprises were entering the ticketing business. Today, Ticketmaster is still the world’s main force in ticketing. It sold 141 million tickets in 2007. Aside from concerts, theater shows and family events, it has deals with the NFL, NBA and NHL and the Premier League of U.K. football. It sells tickets for more than 80 percent of the major arenas and stadiums in the U.S., according to concert tracking firm Pollstar. Although ticket resale sites have gained in popularity, such as eBay Inc.’s StubHub or, they rely for their supply on ticket brokers or consumers who bought tickets mainly from Ticketmaster first and are reselling them at a profit. (Daily Record)



MOVIE . . .


Demi Moore and Parker Posey play two very different sisters in “Happy Tears,” a low-glamor portrait of siblings trying to cope with an ailing father, which premiered Wednesday at the Berlin film festival. Posey stars as the daydreaming Jayne, who lives a comfortable life with an art dealer; and Moore as no-nonsense Laura, a busy mother of three who has taken the brunt of dealing with a parent slipping into dementia, played by Rip Torn. “I’ve always loved Demi’s work,” director Mitchell Lichtenstein said. “I was just excited about the idea of her playing a kind of normal person … it was not a high-glamor part.” Moore, 46, told a news conference that “I certainly have things that I can relate to” in her character, which she described as “the overburdened sister, the caretaker.” She said that, in her own life, “always family is first, because that’s what you have at the end of your life, and your work is just what you get to do.”

Posey said that, like she and her twin brother in real life, the two sisters in the film are “very opposite … two different sides of the same coin.” In the movie, Moore’s character “carries the awareness and I carry the unawareness, and by the end they affect each other,” she said. “Happy Tears” is one of 18 movies competing at the Berlin festival for the top Golden Bear honor, which will be awarded on Saturday. (Daily Record)


The Devil Wears Pinstripes? Anna Wintour had no interest in coaching Meryl Streep for her role in “The Devil Wears Prada.” That’s not the case with Fortune magazine’s top editor Andy Serwer and “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” which opens Friday, starring Hugh Dancy and Sacha Baron Cohen‘s wife, Isla Fisher. Dancy, who plays a business magazine editor, got tutored for the role by Serwer at the Fortune offices. Serwer – who’s pretty easygoing and doesn’t wear sunglasses to the office – also makes his big- screen debut in the movie, playing the small part of a bank CEO. For the film, director P.J. Hogan (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) was savvy in covering his bases and giving some love to all the magazine elite. While Fortune is owned by Time Inc., he shot in the Hearst building, and he named the owner of the company Si, as in Conde Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse. (Page Six)


Alvin, Simon, Theodore and … Chuck? Zachary Levi, star of the NBC action comedy series “Chuck,” has been cast opposite the computer-generated singing rodents of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” Betty Thomas is directing the follow-up to Fox 2000 and Regency’s 2007 hit “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” which grossed $217 million in North America. Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and Janice Karman are producing, Karen Rosenfelt is executive producing, and Erin Siminoff is overseeing for Fox 2000. Levi will play the cousin of Jason Lee’s character and gets tangled up with the tiny animated threesome. Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney again will provide the chipmunks’ voices. Also new to the franchise will be the Chipmunks’ rivals, the Chipettes — Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor — who were introduced in the 1980s animated TV series.  Levi, repped by Endeavor and Hyler Management, also has appeared in “Big Momma’s House 2” and “Shades of Ray.” (Hollywood Reporter)


Sony Pictures Classics’ relationships drama “Rachel Getting Married” and Paramount’s military drama “Stop-Loss” were among films attracting nominations Wednesday from the Prism Awards, which honor noteworthy depictions of substance abuse and mental health issues. “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Office,” “Mad Men” and “Law & Order: SVU” were among TV series nominated. Winners will be announced April 23 at a ceremony set for the Beverly Hills Hotel. The nonprofit Entertainment Industries Council produces the Prism Awards. “All one has to do is watch the evening news to see how tough times are affecting the American psyche,” EIC chief Brian Dyak said. “Increased risk of substance abuse and mental health concerns is a reality, which dictates that we as an industry must rise to the call to be an industry of character and respect for our viewers.” ABC earned 11 nominations to top companies attracting nominations in an array of TV categories. A list of nominees follows: (Hollywood Reporter)
Feature film
“Rachel Getting Married”
“The Wrestler”
“Finding Amanda”
Feature performance
Matthew Broderick, “Finding Amanda”
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Ryan Phillippe, “Stop-Loss”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
Brittany Snow, “Finding Amanda”
Comedy series episode
“Desperate Housewives”
“The Simpsons”
“King of the Hill”
“American Dad”
Drama series episode
“Boston Legal”
“The Cleaner”
“Gossip Girl”
“Mad Men”


Sam Rockwell has joined Hilary Swank in “Betty Anne Waters,” a legal drama that Tony Goldwyn is directing for Omega Entertainment. Minnie Driver also has a role in the movie, which is being financed by Omega and sold at the European Film Market here. The film is based on the true story of Waters (Swank), an unemployed single mother who saw her brother convicted for a murder-robbery in 1983 and sentenced to life in prison. Convinced of his innocence, she spent the next decade earning a law degree and working on her brother’s case. Rockwell plays the brother. Richard LaGravenese wrote the most recent draft. Pamela Gray penned the original script. Andrew Sugerman, Andrew Karsch and Goldwyn are producing, and Swank is exec producing. The movie shoots this month. Rockwell will play villain Justin Hammer in “Iron Man 2,” which shoots in the spring. The actor, repped by Gersh and Andy Freedman Management, can is onscreen in “Frost/Nixon.” (Hollywood Reporter)



TV . . .


ABC says Nicollette Sheridan is leaving “Desperate Housewives.” The 45-year-old Sheridan plays vamp Edie Britt on the comedy-drama about domestic life on Wisteria Lane. The network did not say Wednesday when Sheridan’s role would end. Her departure was first made public by TV Guide magazine. A call to Sheridan’s publicist was not immediately returned. “Desperate Housewives,” a top 20 show and one of ABC’s most successful series, stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria Parker. (Daily Record)


Take “Good Morning America” and “Project Runway,” add some Entertainment Weekly, and you’ve got the hosts of the red-carpet arrivals show at the Oscars. Producers say ABC morning news co-anchor Robin Roberts, fashion guru Tim Gunn and EW managing editor Jess Cagle will host the official Academy Awards pre-show, “Oscars Red Carpet 2009.” They will interview celebrities and talk fashion and film during the 30-minute live program. Gunn, who also serves as chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc., says the Oscars are “the ultimate fashion show.” The Oscars will air live from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 22. (Daily Record)


He has gotten a phone call from the president, a key to New York City and a standing ovation at a Broadway show. Now the pilot who safely landed his crippled jetliner in the Hudson River has gotten another all-American tribute – some ribbing from David Letterman. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his fellow crew members from US Airways Flight 1549 appeared Tuesday on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and retold the dramatic story of the Jan. 15 flight – this time, with plenty of laughs. An example, according to the show’s transcript: Letterman mentioned a passenger who opened a door in the rear of the plane, letting in water from the near-freezing river until it was closed again. Sullenberger jokingly replied, “I think it was Steve Martin who did that,” referring to the comedian. And when the host asked whether the Airbus A320 was designed to float, Sullenberger deadpanned, “We were very glad that this one remained intact and did.” The captain even addressed his now-ubiquitous nickname: “With a name like Chesley, Sully is just going to have to happen.” Sullenberger’s crew mates generated several chuckles of their own, as when Letterman marveled at the plane’s passage 1,000 feet over the George Washington Bridge minutes after birds apparently flew into and disabled both the aircraft’s engines. “It’s better than zero feet,” first officer and co-pilot Jeff Skiles said. On a serious note, Sullenberger said the crew members have experienced some trouble sleeping, distractedness and flashbacks. “You know, each of us, all five of us, have experienced some of those typical symptoms. It’s just human nature,” said Sullenberger, who was joined as well by flight attendants Sheila Dail, Donna Dent and Doreen Welsh. Asked whether she was in shock after the emergency landing and safe rescue of all 155 people aboard, Welsh said, “Still in shock, I think – I mean, I’m on the David Letterman show.” (Daily Record)


Jimmy Fallon has high hopes for his upcoming NBC late-night show. “Watching David Letterman after 9/11, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s exactly how I feel,’ ” the former “SNL” star says in the March issue of W. “And hopefully I can be a voice of America like that; hopefully people will say, ‘I wonder what Jimmy Fallon thinks.’ “He’s also tuning out the haters: “When it’s like, ‘Jimmy Fallon’s a douchebag,’ what am I gonna do? I don’t wanna be one. But I don’t know what to do differently to make that guy like me.” (Page Six)


The new cast of characters who’ll be inhabiting the updated Melrose Place on The CW has been unveiled by Entertainment Weekly. The actors have yet to be cast, so this is good study material for y’all who are chosen to audition! The new Jake and Amanda are… David Patterson and Ella Flynn. He’s Melrose royalty, the now-grown son of the original Jake, with the taut abs and thick black book to prove it. She’s his omnisexual sometime lover, a PR whiz whose tongue is as sharp as her stilettos. The new Billy and Allison are… Jonah Miller and Riley Richmond. He’s a Kevin Smith wannabe whose obsession with his movies is unlikely to give him a happy ending with his sickly-sweet schoolteacher fiancée — especially when she takes a shine to the glamorous life he loathes. The new Matt is… Auggie Kirkpatrick. A hunky hippie, this recovering alcoholic is willing to give everybody the benefit of the doubt. No word on whether the word sucker will be tattooed on Debbie Downer’s forehead, but come on… The new Jane is… Lauren Bishop. Sort of an anti-Michael, this straight-arrow med student falls on such hard times that she’s forced to pull a Sydney and trade sexual favors for financial ones. The new Sydney is… Violet Foster. Though she’s fresh off the turnip truck, this small-town teen already has a worldly-wise m.o.: play the sex kitten till you’re ready to bare your claws. (Perez Hilton)


Wilmer Valderrama is developing a family comedy at Nickelodeon. The project, “Earth to Pablo,” revolves around a normal family that ends up with a teenage space alien instead of the South American exchange student they had expected. “Pablo,” produced by World of Wonder and WV Enterprises, is being written by Phil Stark.  Valderrama and Stark, who worked together on the Fox sitcom “That ’70s Show,” are executive producing. WV Enterprises’ Danny Villa is co-exec producing. Valderrama recently exec produced and starred in the Fox pilot “The Emancipation of Ernesto. He is repped by UTA, Rigberg Entertainment Group and Gendler & Kelly. Stark is repped by UTA and Principato-Young. (Hollywood Reporter)


CBS has picked up a crime procedural with a “CSI” pedigree. The network has handed a pilot order to “I Witness,” a drama from “CSI: NY” exec producer/showrunner Pam Veasey and supervising producer Trey Callaway. The project, produced by CBS Paramount, centers on a detective/professor who uses her psycho-physiological skills to solve crimes. Veasey and Callaway penned the script and will executive produce. (Hollywood Reporter)


Bravo is cooking up something special for Top Chef foodies. The cooking competition’s head judge, Tom Colicchio, is helping to produce the cable channel’s new spinoff show, Top Chef Masters, which will feature a smorgasbord of 24 (as yet unnamed) world-renowned kitchen-based artists competing in a buffet of challenges every week. The winner will be declared the Top Chef Master and a prize will be donated to the charity of his or her choice. Each episode will have two challenges—a quickfire test of each cook’s skills and an innovation-centric elimination round. According to the network, “the food will be tasted and evaluated by the judges and a wide range of tasters…whether it is patrons at a five-star restaurant or a room full of hungry kids.” Former model and food journalist Kelly Choi hosts the competition, while restaurant critic Gael Green, food critic Jay Rayner and editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine James Oseland have seats at the judges’ table.  (Eonline)


Diane Sawyer felt a personal connection in reporting her latest documentary on American children living in poverty. Born in southern Kentucky, raised in Louisville, Sawyer is certain her ancestors once made it over the hills of central Appalachia. She tells the often harrowing stories of families in that region trying to make it in “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains.” It airs Friday at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. “It’s the accent I love,” she said. “It’s the music that I grew up with. It’s part of home to me.” Ancestry aside, these Kentucky families may have had reason to be suspicious of a wealthy New York journalist wanting to hear their stories. Once you establish you’re not there to mock them, that you recognize the pride in their lineage, people would open up, she said. The documentary focuses on four stories, including high school football star Shawn Grim, who lives out of his car and dreams of getting away. Other children deal with drug-addicted parents and a future of work in dangerous coal mines. The stories are a framework to illustrate problems in the community, from the rise in illegal prescription drug dealing to the widespread use of a soft drink that is rotting teeth. Children there face few options: work at Wal-Mart or fast food restaurants, dealing drugs or a life in the mines among them. “Very few people make their way up into the hills and the hollows and the shadows to look at these lives,” Sawyer said. “It’s not easy to get there.” Grim’s story is depressing. He works hard to develop his football talent and becomes the first in his family to graduate high school, but he quits four months into college despite his athletic scholarship. Sawyer said he’s now trying to find work in Tennessee and she hopes someone sees the documentary and takes a chance on him. When Sawyer did a similar documentary on urban poverty in Camden, N.J., there was an outpouring of support for the children that were featured. She thinks the children in Appalachia face a tougher future than the ones she met in Camden. “I think you can argue that the history of the hills and the isolation of the hills is an added mountain to climb,” she said. “As they say, to go to Cincinnati, it’s like going to Istanbul. I think the feeling that they are not respected or valued – you can introduce them in sitcoms, you can introduce them as jokes – is also a psychological weight that a lot of people carry.” Sawyer, who estimates that she and the staff drove some 14,000 miles in the two years spent to make the documentary, said she likes the outlet provided by these projects. She’s more than 10 years into a gig as “Good Morning America” host that she initially took on a fill-in basis for a few months. Not many people in network TV get the chance to make these kind of documentaries, she said. “I consider it a great gift from ABC that I get to do these,” she said, “and there are more coming.” (Daily Record)


Adam Lambert was among several “American Idol” hopefuls who gave the judges something to believe in during the final round of Hollywood Week. Lambert, the theater actor who wowed the judges with a stripped down version of Cher’s “Believe,” was one of the contestants put through to the next stage of competition on the Fox singing contest. During Tuesday’s episode, 72 hopefuls performed with a band, backup singers and – if they chose – instruments. A few of the contestants, including Joanna Pacitti and Casey Carlson, flubbed the lyrics. Stephen Fowler also forgot the words – twice. That didn’t seem to matter though because they made it, along with such hopefuls as oil rig worker Michael Sarver, mother-of-three Lil Rounds, over-the-top comedian Nick Mitchell and blind pianist Scott MacIntyre. The oh-so-emotional Tatiana Del Toro received the most screen time during Tuesday’s episode. At one point, the cryin’ crooner was shuffled from one room of anxious hopefuls to another. She thought that meant she was out of the competition. Surprise! Del Toro and the others will perform at the “judges’ mansion” during Wednesday’s episode, in which the 36 semifinalists will be revealed. Among those who didn’t make the cut: rapping college student India Morrison and Michael Castro, the little brother of last season’s fourth-place finisher, Jason Castro. (Daily Record)


Kate Thornton, The X Factor’s former presenter, has said she will never speak to Simon Cowell again. Kate Thornton has said she’ll never talk to Simon Cowell again after he sacked her from The X Factor. The presenter fronted the show from 2004 until being replaced by Dermot O’Leary in 2007. “I’ll never talk to Simon again. He fired me to create headlines without even telling me beforehand, when we had been good friends,” Kate told Closer magazine. “Sharon and Louis Walsh really supported me, but at the end of the day it was a game of ‘Simon Says’ and he wanted me out. I wouldn’t watch the show now because it would be like seeing your ex-boyfriend with his new girlfriend. You don’t have feelings for them anymore, but you don’t want to see it.” (Handbag)



TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Mike Butts Creative)


Q.  83% of Americans believe that THESE really do exist and you can find one if you look hard enough?

            A.  Your soul – mates



TODAY’S QUOTE (By Thomas Neill)







Q.  How many manned Apollo flights preceded the first moon landing?

            A. 4


Q. In what year did Walt Disney die? 

            A. 1966


Q. What is the only state whose flag still has a Union Jack in it?

            A. Hawaii


Q.  What president had solar panels installed on the White House roof?

            A. Jimmy Carter 


Q.  Who was the only 20th-centry U.S. president without a college degree?

            A. Harry Truman


Q. How many days was the Titanic at sea before sinking?

            A. 4



WAY MORE THAN PEANUT BUTTER . . . (Forwarded by Greg Gillispie)


ABC News has the (current) complete list of over 1600 peanut-based products that are being recalled.  Undoubtedly it will grow.


Here are the details I found via You’ll find the list – which is way more than peanut butter -broken into various styles with store details attached.  There is also a

print-out as part of the list…but it is over 120 pages.


Pass it on to your friends…and watch what you eat!





—1775  Former First Lady Louisa Johnson Adams (d. 5-14-1852)

—1809  Author/Naturalist Charles Darwin (d. 4-19-1882)

—1809  16th President Abraham Lincoln (d. 4-15-1865)

¾1898  Composer Roy Harris (d. 10-1-1979)

—1915  Actor/singer Lorne Greene (Bonanza) (“Ringo”) (d. 9-11-1987)

—1923  Movie Director Franco Zefferelli (Hamlet)

—1926  Former baseball and Sportscaster Joe Garagiola

—1934  Basketball’s Bill Russell

1935  Gene McDaniels (“A Hundred Pounds Of Clay”)

—1936  Actor Joe Don Baker (Cool Hand Luke)

—1938  Author Judy Blume (Smart Women, Foolish Choices)

—1939  Musician Ray Manzarek (The Doors) (“Light My Fire”)

—1945  Actress/Model Maud Adams (Octopussy)

1946  Joe Schermie – bassist for Three Dog Night (“One Man Band”)

—1947  Actor Cliff De Young  (Blue Collar)

—1950  Musician Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis)

—1951  Musician Gil Moore (Triumph)

¾1952  Musician/Singer Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) (“What A Fool Believes”)

—1953  Actress Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains)

—1955  Comedian/Actor Arsenio Hall

¾1968  Singer Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips)

¾1968  Actor Josh Brolin  (Milk)

¾1980  Actress Christina Ricci (Ice Storm)






—1908  The National Association For The Advancement For Colored People (NAACP) was founded.

—1924  Soloist George Gershwin performed with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in the premiere of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue.”

—1961  Fledgling Motown Records racks up its first million-seller with the Miracles’ “Shop Around.”

—1964  The Beatles play Carnegie Hall in NYC on their first U.S. tour.  There are two shows, each lasting 35 minutes.

—1968  Jimi Hendrix is awarded an honorary high school diploma from Garfield High in Seattle.  He played a concert for the students and teachers, in the school where he had been expelled at the age of 14.

—1972  “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green is the top single in the U.S.

—1972  The National Commission on Drug Abuse, appointed by President Nixon, turned in their findings: they recommended that all criminal penalties for the private use of marijuana be abolished. (Instead, the commission was abolished)

—1972  Yes releases “Roundabout”

—1974  The Philadelphia Mint struck the first Susan B. Anthony dollars.

—1983  Ozzy Osbourne is forced to cancel a show in Scranton, PA, when a local minister protests Osbourne’s alleged “Satanical Worship”. . . and cruelty to animals.

—1988  While campaigning for husband Al, PMRC leader Tipper Gore travels in Pink Floyd’s customized plane.

—1989  Tiny Tim declares himself a New York Mayoral candidate.  He opens a comeback show in Manhattan that night.

—1989  Motown announces that Diana Ross has become a part owner of the label.

¾2000  Blues Singer Screamin Jay Hawkins died at age 76.  He was born July 18, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio.  He died in Paris, France after undergoing a surgery to treat an aneurysm.  He was married 9 times and known to have 55 children, possibly as many as 75 children.






On this date in 1541, Santiago, Chile, was founded. We didn’t know it was ever losted.

On this date in 1878, a patent was issued for a baseball catcher’s mask to Bob “Broken Nose” Pensky!

In 1892, President Lincoln’s birthday was declared a national holiday. Yes, there was a time when we would get every February 12th off for Lincoln and the 22nd off for Washington. Aw, the good old two-national-holidays-in-one-month days.

Pass out numbered Lincoln logs. Hold drawing/contest where certain numbers are awarded Lincoln-oriented prizes like (cheese) logs, “four score” (80) of something, Log Cabin syrup, etc. Add in discounts to anyone wearing a beard, over X feet tall (however tall Lincoln was), etc. Have drawing every “four score” seconds/minutes.


If you’re old enough to remember, February 12th used to be one of two holidays we got off this month: Lincoln’s birthday!

Christina Ricci hits 29 today. It seems like she’s been acting since she was minus 7.

Chynna Phillips turns 41 today. Yes, she’s the one you’re thinking of — the one named after the screwdriver.

One-time Doobie, Michael McDonald, turns 57 today. If you counted up the people that have enjoyed his music, McDonald’s had over one-billion served.


Love Your Pet Week — February 9-15. Everyone loves their pet, so we running a contest where listeners either e-mail us or bring in pictures of their pets, which we’ll put on the web site, and have people vote to see who is the cutest. Great for building web traffic. The winner gets a pet care kit from several merchants around town. Plus, we had people call in with pampered pet stories. One lady makes scrambled eggs for her dog every morning even though she doesn’t eat breakfast and doesn’t like eggs!

Doggie Data:

·         Americans spend more than $5.4 billion on their pets a year.

·         62% of U.S. dog owners sign letters or cards from themselves and their dogs.

·         Annually, Americans spend more on dog food than on baby food.

·         33% of U.S. dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.

·         More than one million stray dogs live in the New York City metropolitan area.

·         Dogs do not sweat by salivating, but through the pads on their feet.

·         Greyhounds have better eyesight than nay other breed of dog.


·         The state of Maine recently set an all-time cold temperature record of minus 50-degrees.

·         Stamps are going up another 2 cents on May 11, unless you buy a bunch of the “Forever Stamps” now at 42 cents.

·         Dartmouth research shows that taking even a tiny bit of aspirin a day may help prevent colon cancer.

·         Will Smith was named Hollywood’s most bankable star in a survey of movie industry professionals released on Tuesday by Forbes.

·         Those “Got Milk?” ads featuring Chris Brown are going to be disappearing as fast as they can.

·         This month, Microsoft got its 10,000th patent, if you’re keeping score.

·         Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are leaving Grey’s Anatomy soon.

·         Diane Keaton is going to write about her life and her mom… but not about her past loves like Woody Allen, Steve Martin or Warren Beatty.

·         The Guitar Hero folks aren’t having much luck with two of the stars they’re featuring in their commercials: Alex Rodriguez and Michael Phelps.

·         Inspirational Guru Tony Robbins is going to star in a new show for NBC where he helps people with their lives and their problems.

·         Wal-Mart laid off upwards of 1,000 employees at their Arkansas home office this week.

·         Salma Hayek, while in Africa, decided to breast-feed an African child that was hungry. The story is even up on YouTube.

·         Michelle Obama appears on the March cover of “Vogue” magazine.

·         Mattel has introduced the Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie… in honor of Germany’s first woman chancellor.

·         The folks at Kentucky Fried Chicken have locked up their recipe of 7 herbs and spices in a new vault at headquarters.

·         So, here’s how the feud got going. When Hillary Duff was cast in the remake of the movie, “Bonnie and Clyde,” original ‘Bonnie’ Faye Dunaway snipped, “Why couldn’t they hire a real actress?” To which Hillary replied, “I might be mad if I looked like that, too.” Standing by for the next round.

·         Cheryl Burke of “Dancing with the Stars” is offering a brand-new fitness program out, called ‘Disco Abs!”


40% of U.S. workers have dated someone who works in their office, with 31% eventually getting married, according to a new office romance survey from Want more? Of course you do:

·         10% work with someone they would like to date.

·         18% have dated a co-worker twice or more at some time in their careers.

·         14% of men, but just 5% of women, say they would like to date a colleague.

·         Of those who dated a co-worker in the last year, 33% said it was someone with a more senior position in the company. Of these, 42% have dated their boss.

·         Nearly 75% said they did not have to keep their romance a secret.

·         7% said they had left a job due to an office romance.

Ask any guy and he’ll tell you it’s members of the fairer sex who are the world’s champion chatterboxes, right? Wrong. Guys are the gabbiest gender. Researchers at the University of California in Santa Cruz combined the results of three separate studies in the way men and women converse and their conclusions may leave you dumbfounded. They discovered men were significantly more talkative than women in some situations, like when they talk to groups of people, or to their wives or to strangers. According to social psychologists Melanie Ayres and Campbell Leaper: “The notion that female brain is built to systematically out-talk men is hard to square. These funding compellingly debunk simplistic stereotypes about gender differences in languages use. “Men are significantly more talkative than women. The gender difference in talkativeness may reflect a tendency among some men to control the conversational floor when interacting with women.” Is your relationship in a romance rut? The problem with becoming super comfortable with each other? Complacency can set in. Michele Weiner Davis, author of “The Sex-Starved Marriage” says these are common signs that your twosome may need resuscitating:

·         You can’t remember the last time either of you surprised each other.

·         You don’t check in beforehand when making social pans for the two of you.

·         Sex has gotten so routine, you’re basically on automatic pilot.

·         You think you need other people around to really have fun.

·         You don’t mind having less sex because you’re closer on an emotional level.

People can become as addicted to their cell phones as smoking or gambling, according to a recent study from the University of Staffordshire. Around 40% of 106 participating university students said they couldn’t handle not having their phones and 90% reported that they took them wherever they went. A staggering 35% said they used the communication devices to get away from everyday problems, 32% had made failed attempts to cut back and 14% were willing to lie about cell usage.

Most couples break up between December and February. When a guy wants to split, he’ll spend more time with buddies to run his exit strategy by them or he’ll mention that “cool girl” at work to show that you’re not the only chick on his mind.


·         If Chris Brown is guilty of domestic violence, should we ever play his music?

·         What’s the weirdest piece of clothing you own?

·         What souvenir item do you look for when you visit touristy places?

·         What was the worst movie remake of all time? How about the best?

·         What candy bar or treat always brings back your youth?

·         What’s the stupidest pickup line ever used on you? What line worked?

·         The first CD you ever bought? The first song you ever downloaded?

·         How do you tell a co-worker they have a body odor problem?

·         What fashion are you hoping won’t ever return?

·         Out of all the places in the world you could live, where would you pick as the ideal place for you to put down your roots?

·         Did you ever return something to the store that was way over the 30 day mark?

·         Favorite TV Marathons. (Like “Law and Order” marathons on TNT)

·         What technology do you refuse to embrace? Some still avoid computers.

·         How many phone numbers are in your cell phone?

·         What’s the food you eat that you don’t want anyone to know about?

How many cats is too many for one owner to have? Should there be a law regarding the proper number of pets you can own? If there is a limit, I’m sure it’s way below 118. Once couple in Minneapolis was keeping 118 cats in their home. I’m sure they didn’t upkeep 118 litter boxes very well. Yuk.

Is your neighbor’s house still looking a lot like Christmas? We took calls from people who were turning their neighbors in for over-due removal of holiday lights and gear. In fact, one person said in their town, some of the city’s Christmas decorations we still up on utility poles.

If you won the lottery, would you still work? Again, another story about a courageous team of educators who showed up a day after splitting a $76 million lotto pool. The group of 15 showed up the next day, probably to get their stuff and yes, brag, and who wouldn’t. Is money really the root of all evil/happiness?

My wife and I were at dinner the other night at a fast food restaurant and we couldn’t believe our eyes. We’re not sure if we’re just being snobby, but, do you think that it’s appropriate for a couple with a young baby to change its diaper on top of a table?

I found an interesting study the other day that we discussed on the air. We had lots of phone calls on it too. Apparently, when it comes to setting a woman’s heart afire, one kind of man has the inside track: the one who looks like dear old dad. Researchers say, if a woman was a daddy’s girl when she was little, chances are she’ll be romantically attracted to a man who looks like her father. But if a woman had a poor relationship with her father, she’ll be attracted to a man who doesn’t look a bit like him. Phoner: Ladies, does your man look at all like your dad?

Breaking up is expensive to do. Here’s some facts from a new survey Australian survey that we found:

·         It’s estimated that once a marriage is, it cost more than $100,000 to start a new life.

·         The survey found that one in four married couples bought a house together, while one in three took out a joint loan to purchase items including television sets, fridges, sofas and cars.

·         Nearly half lost friends, while 46 per cent said their social life improved as a result of splitting up.

·         Research also shows nearly one in four people estimated it took longer than two years to get back on their feet financially after a split.

My co-host just got back from Jamaica and they lost her luggage on the flight. She had her house keys in the suitcase too, so she couldn’t even get into her house when she returned home. So, we did the, “They lost my luggage horror stories” segment. We also mentioned a woman in Syracuse, N.Y., who recently had her luggage damaged. She was told by the airline, that, “Your luggage has been set on fire.” Apparently her suitcase was too close to an exhaust fan and it burst into flames.

Okay, true or not? Here’s a headline I read in our local paper. “More couples break up around Valentine’s Day, survey finds.” Do you buy it? According to a new study, despite the volume of chocolates and flowers delivered on February 14, married couples most often break up at this time of year. Is there a good time of the year for breaking up?

So our afternoon guy has left a drawer full old nasty oranges here in our control room. He is always doing stuff like this. The other day it was a Tupperware container with icky old left over’s. It just smells so bad in here now. He doesn’t seem to get it! We turned this over to our listeners to share their experiences and what they did to stop the madness!

Is it me or are instruction manuals using smaller print now a days. Same with prescription drugs. You can no longer actually read the directions on the packaging, because of all the legal disclaimer stuff they have to add on now. Some say the world is just too politically correct now. Because big business is just trying to cover their a_s we are in danger of overdosing!

There are some people that always get what they want. Are you one of these people? What do you do to get what you want? Would you do anything to get what you want? What’s the nuttiest thing you’ve done to get what you want?

Have you ever had an office romance? You’re not alone. Romance blooms at the office, according to a new U.S. survey. (by Harris Interactive):

·         Forty percent of U.S. workers have dated an office colleague

·         31 percent of them go on to marriage

·         Ten percent work with someone they would like to date

·         18 percent have dated a co-worker twice or more at some time in their careers

·         14 percent of men but just 5 percent of women saying they would like to date a colleague

·         Of those who dated a co-worker in the last year, a third said it was someone with a more senior position in the company.

·         Nearly three-quarters said they did not have to keep their romance a secret

·         7 percent said they had left a job due to an office romance.

Phoner: Ever have an accident because you were, uh, “distracted” while driving? Who’s been caught while parked? Cop let you off, so to speak, or throw the book at you?

Who finds themselves making friends with certain people because they might be able to help you out someday? Maybe you’re not doing it specifically to get something back, but it crosses your mind. For instance, it never hurts to know the cop who has pulled you over. Or be friends with defense attorneys. Or good mechanics. Personally, due to some of the seedier places I sometimes frequent, I like making friends with really big, scary looking guys. You never know when you’ll need a hand, plus it’s fun when a place gets quiet when they walk in and then see you and look happy.

My co-host came in one morning and was a little bent out of shape because she realized she only shaved one of her legs. Of course, I made it sound like she was Sasquach on one side, but it prompted calls on embarrassing things you didn’t notice until you got to work.

We did another bit where a “listener” had e-mailed us asking for input on a problem. The interesting thing with doing that is soon you have real people calling with topic suggestions. This one was a woman whose husband had left her and she ended up doing the Mommy/Daddy dance with his brother. Then the husband contacted her and begged to come back because he had made a mistake. She wants him back but isn’t sure whether to tell him about what happened with his brother. Once again, that prompted “the been there, done that” people to call. Interesting stories!

Guess Who’s Afraid to Be Naked? According to a new study, one-third of all women are too shy to be naked in front of their lover, and another third believe they are too fat to appear naked in front of him. One in 10 women is so embarrassed to be nude she even locks the bathroom door to avoid her partner bursting in unannounced. Is there anyone who refuses to see their mate see them naked? Is it possible?


Our Soldiers Are Fat?
This is surprising. A new study from the Pentagon says the number of obese or overweight American troops has doubled since 2003! Dr. Michal Kilpatrick, director of strategic communication for the Pentagon’s health affairs, says this is just another example of the stress and strain caused by continuous combat deployment. Until 2002, only one or two out of 100 soldiers were overweight or obese, but after 2003 the number of American troops with weight problems had risen to one in 20! And these numbers may just be the tip of the iceberg since it only counts soldiers who visited a military doctor. (AHN News)

Ladies — Your Multi-vitamins Aren’t Helping That Much
A new study has found that for women who take multi-vitamins, the pills really did little to ward off cancer, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses especially in post-menopausal women. Study co-author Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, a professor of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, says taking the things doesn’t appear to do any harm, but there doesn’t seem to be any benefits either. She suggested a better plan is to focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet, instead of trying to get nutrients from a pill. The eight-year study concluded that multi-vitamin consumption played practically no role in the participants’ health. We’re sure the folks at One-A-Day are very sorry to hear this. (AHN News)

Texas Courts Can’t Count
Often the biggest challenge courts face when it comes to jury trials is not finding enough suitable jurors. But a court in Houston had to declare a mistrial after it was discovered they were using too many jurors. Call it a “too many players on the field” penalty in a murder trial in State District Judge Mark Kent Ellis’ courtroom. Turns out an alternate juror was accidentally allowed to join the jury room and deliberate with the 12 regular jurors. 13 jurors are of course not allowed so Judge Ellis declared a mistrial and said, “In 23 years I’ve never seen anything like this. The jurors all seemed pretty upset, but there’s no way to un-ring that bell.” So who screwed up? The judge blamed a substitute bailiff who he told, “I never want to see you in my courtroom again.” (

Is That a Gun In Your Pocket Or…
In Lafayette, Colorado, if anyone asked 59-year-old Steve Tapp, “Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” the answer would soon be revealed. When Steve reached in his pocket to pay for lunch at a hospital cafeteria, he accidentally grabbed the gun in his pocket and shot himself in the leg! Clearly he is unaware of what the safety is for. He was visiting family members at the hospital at the time of the accident, ended up getting treated at the same hospital and then released. And he now faces possible misdemeanor charges of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. (

It’s Stupid To Go To Jail For Stealing Candy
In Middletown, 18-year-old Jad Holmes is in big trouble after ordering more than $37,000 of candy online and charging it to Middletown High School. The stunt has him facing two counts of telecommunications fraud, both fifth-degree felonies. He allegedly placed two separate orders– $19,880 and $17,372, respectively — through a Michigan-based company. The order was to be shipped to his address and billed to Middletown High School. After taking possession of one order, he was arrested. (Middletown Journal)

The Dumbest Criminal Ever
It’s always hard to tell but 42-year-old Joel Rubin just may be the dumbest criminal ever. He was arrested in New Britain, Connecticut, and charged with using a stolen credit card to purchase merchandise. But what makes him so stupid — and so easy to catch — was that while making the purchase, he also used his own store discount card to get a lower price on the goods! As his real name was on the discount card, he was easy to find. Not to mention that it makes no sense to get a discount on items that are going to be billed to the people whose credit card you stole anyway — you big dummy! (Hartford Courant)

Would You Really Want Tom Cruise’s Coffee Cup?
Would you really want Tom Cruise’s coffee cup? Our Brazilian friends are betting that you do. A Brazilian web site is auctioning off the cup reportedly used by the actor while he vacationed in Forte da Urca, Brazil. So far the high bid is $2,200. The cup was acquired by actor Mercado Libre and includes pictures of him picking the disposable cup out of a trash can and placing it in sealed in a plastic bag. Tom was in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, last week with wife Katie Holmes – where he goofed again by greeting reporters in Spanish rather than the national language, Portuguese. (AHN News)


·         “Woman Who Sang About ____ Charged With 7 Arsons!” (Fire)

·         “Mayor Has Police Escort Him To The ___-room!” (Restroom)

·         “Man Accidentally ____s Himself At Hospital Cafe!” (Shoots)

·         “Blast Away Bad Luck With ____s Ritual!” (Fireworks)

·         “Fists Fly As Police Chase The ____!” (Dragon)

·         “____-Dealing Milkman Spared Jail!” (Drug)

·         “____s Suspected Of Causing Barn Fire In Wyoming!” (Goats)

·         “Judge: $295K Award For Prisoner’s ____ All Wet!” (Mattress)

·         “100-Plus ____s Rescued From 2-Bedroom Apartment!” (Animals)

·         “Naked ____s Face Spot Fines!” (Hikers)

·         “Police Find 22 ___s In Station Wagon With Owner!” (Dogs)

·         “Mich. Zoo Offers ____ Into Animals’ Sex Lives!” (Peek)


Open the phones and ask which local TV anchors should get tossed out of the market and why? This is very funny and a bit cruel. But remember it’s your listeners saying it… not you. Although you may agree on their choices. It basically boils down to who is your favorite local TV newsperson. However, the mean, vicious, harsh comments on hairpieces, bad bleach jobs and makeup or slight speech problems are very right on and humorous.


We’ve all made our lists of all the things we want to do sometime in our life. One by one, we’re going to do them, as adventurous or insane as they may be.


1.      American Excess

2.      Unscrupulous Credit Union

3.      Skip Town Brokers

4.      Big Fat Cat Bank

5.      Sleazy Savings & Loan

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

John Mayer’s birthday gift to girlfriend Jennifer Aniston for her 40th birthday was a song he wrote and performed for her. Cheapskate.

Jennifer’s response? “That was beautiful, just beautiful. OK, fun’s fun… now, what about my REAL gift?”

Oh, Wednesday was Sarah Palin’s 45th birthday and I missed it. Perfect!

Muzak, the elevator music people, have filed for bankruptcy. A lot of ups and downs in that business…


Classic Edition

·         “The best kept automotive secret in America” (Peugeot)

·         “Famously Fresh” (Planter’s Peanuts)

·         “The fun develops instantly” (Polaroid)

·         “Gets the red out” (Visine)

·         “You’ve come a long way, baby” (Virginia Slims cigarettes)

Modern Edition

·         “A fresh way to chill” (Tic Tac Chill mints)

·         “It’s OK to look” (

·         “That’s Comcastic” (Comcast)

·         “Get there” (Goodyear Tires)

·         “The change you deserve” (Republicans slogan from the ’08 election)


There was a big controversy involving our female co-host and her shoes. The guys think that she only buys expensive shoes because of the name, not because of the style or comfort. So we came up with a challenge to see if she can really tell the difference. They go out and buy a few expensive pairs of shoes and a few inexpensive ones. They then blindfolded her and have her walk around in each pair and she has to guess which ones are cheap and which ones aren’t.


Writer Alicia Marie tells Men’s Health how to “polish your golden tongue”:

·         “What do you do here in (insert city )?” This gives her a chance to talk about herself, and gives you a chance to see what makes her tick. And respect her answer. When she informs you of her proctology residency, assume she’s already been the butt of every heinie joke from here to Uranus.

·         “You have an amazing voice.” Casually refer to a nonsexually focused physical trait that you find captivating to set her juices a flow. Opt for the oft over looked: hair, skin, hands, smile. Avoid anything that sets you up as a fetishist, like “nice feet.” And keep it simple. Leave the limpid pools to dead poets.

·         “What do you do when you’re not…” Another fast way to jump start talk. And you’ll set yourself apart from the last guy by remembering what she does in the first place and acknowledging that she probably does something besides wear shiny, wet lip gloss really, really well.

·         “Let’s just say science wasn’t my strength.” Yes, boys, the humble man who isn’t afraid to admit he has a couple of minor weaknesses is unbelievably sexy if it’s not overdone. If possible, follow up such admissions with a strong point, like “but I can cook a mean etouffee.” This is not, however, permission to start listing things you such at. Be prudent.

·         “Did you read about that new car that runs on Chinese food and beer?” Talk about something you read, saw, or experienced recently. Current events are ripe fodder for interesting conversation, but keep it light and avoid no-winners like politics and religion. And anything having to do with you or your buddy’s bodily functions.


We’re doing a bit where we have people call in and play us a song using only the touchtones on their phones. Winners get concert tickets, DVD’s, etc. There are a few sited you can go to find out how to play “Happy Birthday,” “Mary Had A Lamb,” etc. Easy bit to do.


·         Last year, the IRS examined this percent of all individual returns. (1%)

·         Citigroup said its deal to pay $400 million for naming rights to which team’s baseball stadium is still on? (Mets)

·         Things are just getting worse at General Motors which will offer a buyout to how many of its hourly workers? (100 percent)

·         A Sussex spaniel became the oldest top dog ever at the Westminster Dog Show at age 10. What was the dog’s name? (Stump)

·         Kevin Federline wants what if he lets ex-wife Britney Spears take their children on tour? (Money)

·         When it came to Grammy nominations, Lil Wayne led the way with how many? (8)

·         Accompanied by Harvard men in drag, which actress was honored as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals woman of the year? (Renee Zellweger)

·         Who is leaving the cast of “America’s Got Talent”? (Jerry Springer)

·         Co-stars Anna Torv and Mark Valley of what TV show have wed? (“Fringe”)

·         When you look at the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2009 swimsuit edition, which model do you see? (Bar Rafaeli)

·         On “American Idol,” Kristina Darrell, a.k.a. Bikini Girl, was given the boot shortly after complaining that doing what was making her tired? (Wearing high heels)

·         In what city was America’s first stock exchange located? (Philadelphia)

·         Before “hello” was introduced into the language, what word did people use when answering the phone? (Ahoy)

·         Popeye’s nemesis often went by two different names. What were they? (Brutus or Bluto)

·         What great American author took for his pen name a riverboat phrase meaning “water 2 fathoms deep”? (Mark Twain – Samuel Clemens)

·         What was Kool-Aid originally called? (Fruit Smack Flavored Syrup)

·         On the cartoon “Scooby Doo”, what was Shaggy’s real name? (Norville “Shaggy” Rodgers)

·         Among his many inventions, what musical instrument did Ben Franklin invent? (the harmonica)

·         Who is the only U.S. President to invent and patent something? (Abe Lincoln — a device for bouying vessels over shoals)

·         In which city did actor Heath Ledger die? (NYC – Manhattan)

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

Prince Harry, who got into hot water recently for referring to an Asian person as a “Paki,” is in trouble again for telling a British comedian, “You don’t sound like a black chap.” The incident is similar to the time Harry’s father, Prince Charles, got into trouble for wearing assless black chaps.

Madonna and Demi Moore have announced they’re throwing an Oscar’s party together on February 22nd. The party will have a “Benjamin Button” theme…so they’re hoping by the end of the night there will be only really young guys there.

Sirius and XM Radio are filing for bankruptcy. Howard Stern said today he’s going to have to lay off 10 crackhead lesbians, and cancel the “Deep Rectal Kissing Contest.”

A sheriff in South Carolina has arrested eight people who attended the pot party where Michael Phelps was photographed smoking a bong. Eight arrests for a pot party? This hasn’t happened since Sgt. Joe Friday did it on an episode of “Dragnet: 1967.”

Eight arrests, three months after-the-fact, for a college pot party? Is this crime that big or is this sheriff’s penis that small?

Undercover cops working at the Westminster Dog Show in New York heard tapping in one of the restrooms…so they looked under the stall doors, and found Benji the Dog humping Senator Larry Craig’s leg.

President Barack Obama talked to a homeless woman at a town hall meeting in Florida who said she was living in a car with her family. And to make matters worse…the car is a Chrysler.

And Joe Biden didn’t help out the situation at all. The Vice President said, “Hey, lady! I’ve got great news for you. The price of oil is down to $37.55 a barrel!”

An energetic man, who obviously worships Barack Obama, nearly pissed all over himself lavishing praise on the president at a town hall meeting in Florida on Tuesday. Unfortunately, organizers of the event had to eject the man saying, “Mr. Olbermann…as a member of the media, you’re only allowed to ask questions at press conferences.”

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received terrible reviews for his press conference announcing the second phase of the government’s bailout of the financial sector. Well…our financial sector is a joke…and some people just don’t know how to tell a joke.

Did they say Geithner was “indispensable” or “indefensible?”

So far it seems the most successful event of the Obama administration was when Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed the oath of office.

Wall Street complained that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s financial bailout plan lacked specifics and details. The Obama administration seems to be “a show about nothing.” Goodbye, George Bush…Hello, George Costanza.”

The Dow Jones averaged plunged on Tuesday after a presentation by Obama Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in which Geithner did not tell Wall Street what it wanted to hear. What did they want to hear? That the government money would be coming by direct deposit now?

Everyone is panning Timothy Geithner’s first big appearance as Treasury Secretary on Tuesday. Even MSNBC and CNBC were all over him. Geithner said he should at least deserve credit for showing up after being hit in the face by Chris Brown.

Barack Obama advisor David Axelrod was on several of the political shows over the weekend selling the president’s stimulus plan. So Alex Rodriguez wasn’t the only “A-Rod” who’s been lying his butt off.

The Dow Jones average sunk like a rock after new Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner gave a press conference outlining an overhaul of the financial rescue plan. Experts said Wall Street reacted negatively because Geithner’s plan lacked details, was convoluted and vague. It was almost as if Joe Biden was giving the press conference.


1.      A 5-pound chub of ground round

2.      A set of his and her Roadside Emergency Flare Kits

3.      Writing “I’ll love you forever my darling” in the snow

4.      A gift certificate to “Colonoscopies and Beyond”

5.      A box of Cupid-brand diapers


A Men’s Health‘s reader asked, “How can I buy my girlfriend lingerie on Valentine’s Day without making it look as if it’s for my benefit?” Guys should think about what she wants to wear, not what you want to her to wear, says Tracey Cox, author of “SuperSex” and “Superflirt.” Black or red lace looks “tarty,” she says, so stick with soft pink or white, or your girlfriend’s favorite color. Cox also recommends Calvin Klein’s boy shorts and tank tops — clingy and revealing, but not trashy. Second rule: With lingerie, always go high-end. “You can’t go wrong with anything from Myla or Agent Provocateur,” says Cox. “And package it beautifully. Even the most expensive lingerie looks cheap if it’s not put in a box with a ribbon.”


From, the top ten things that make you feel romantic:

1.      Being with the one you love

2.      Candles (Candlelight)

3.      When he/she kisses me

4.      When he/she says I love you

5.      When he/she does something that makes me feel special

6.      Soft music

7.      Wearing sexy clothes.

8.      Flowers/roses.

9.      Cuddling with my her/him

10.  Champagne/wine

Top Least Romantic Things

·         Season tickets to the World Wrestling Federation.

·         The touring road show of “Polka-mania!”

·         Three little words: “pull my finger.”

·         Four little words: “mom’s coming to visit.”

·         Three more little words: “until Memorial Day.”

·         A “rent one, get one free” deal on all Jean Claude Van Damme videos.


For Valentine’s morning: We found a local guy with a gorilla suit and took faxes from businesses who wanted their personal message of love, read to their significant other, by a gorilla with roses for them. This made great radio, and we talked about it days before. And what a great scream was let out, when the gorilla surprised his girlfriend, (who didn’t know he was in the suit) and proposed marriage to her on the air. (she accepted)


Planning on doing some serious smooching on Valentine’s Day? Or is every day Valentine’s Day for you? No matter, here are some fascinating facts about locking lips anytime, anywhere:

·         Did you just indulge in a one-minute kiss? The good news is you also just kissed about 26 calories good-bye.

·         Married folks smooch each other about 4.5 times each day and that includes everything from passionate puckering up to hello and good-bye pecks.

·         Figure you’re an average guy or gal? The chances are you’ll spend two whole weeks of your life engaged in the act of kissing.

·         The longest lip-lock – a whopping 29 hours long – took place during the Breath Savers Longest Kiss Challenge in 1998 in New York.

·         The longest underwater smooch lasted for two minutes and 18 seconds and took place in Tokyo on April 2, 1980.

·         The most kissy-face movie was – surprise – Don Juan, in which Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor got smooched 127 times total from John Barrymore.

·         The official scientific name for kissing – wrap your lips around this one: philematology.

·         It’s against the law for a mustachioed man in Indiana to “habitually” kiss other folks.

·         In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it’s illegal to buss a stranger.

·         Back in the day, way back, as in Fourth-century Europe, kissing a statue was a widely practiced way of honoring it.


The day before Valentine’s day we’re having local TV folks on to tell us what makes a romantic evening for them. We’re also having two city council folks on and they’re known for hating each other. We plan on asking them about what they think is needed for the other to make a romantic evening.


This one got huge response, and requests for copies: The average woman absorbs 4.4 pounds of chemicals every year from makeup! This should pretty much freak you out. According to scientists in Australia, every year, the average woman absorbs about 4.4 pounds of chemicals into her body because of her makeup.

·         On the average day, between face creams, base, lipstick, eye shadow, hair spray and everything else, a woman can apply as many as 175 chemical compounds to their skin and hair.

·         The good news: In theory, all of those chemicals are actually safe. The bad news: That’s not 100% guaranteed.

·         There’s a group of preservatives called parabens that are in about 99% of tleave-on cosmetics and 77% of rise-off ones… and some experts think they’re hormone disruptors.

·         What that means: they can mimic estrogen… and, too much estrogen has been linked to a higher chance of breast cancer. They can also have a negative effect on male reproductive functions… but since men don’t wear makeup, it’s not as much of a problem.

The researchers also found that the average woman inadvertently eats five lipstick tubes a year… which, over the course of her life, is the equivalent of about six pounds of pure lard. (Courier Mail)

Phoner: Is this enough to make anyone STOP using make-up or lipstick??


·         Anything with an electrical cord attached

·         Anything that belongs in a kitchen

·         Anything that makes a noise

·         A Hickory Farms cheese ball

·         A catchers mit

·         A rash in the shape of a heart

·         A 6-pack of beer

·         Nose hair trimmers

·         Overalls

·         A box of chocolates with all the good ones missing and big thumb-holes mashed into all the praline ones

·         Jewelry that comes in a plastic bubble from a supermarket

·         Frozen tater tots

·         Anything from a drug store

·         A chilled bottle of Mop and Glow

·         Anything that says “one size fits all”

·         Anything from Victoria’s Secret that is two sizes too small

·         A toilet brush

·         Leftover Halloween candy

·         A valentine balloon on a broken stick

·         You, talking dirty

·         Bikini briefs that have “Gimme a Big one!” printed on the front

·         An extension cord with a bow on it

·         A “Star Trek” calendar

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HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .


Tiger Woods is a dad again. The world’s No. 1 golfer and his wife, Elin Nordegren, welcomed a son on Sunday, reports Woods, 33, confirmed the family addition on his Web site. The baby’s name is Charlie Axel Woods, said the proud father, adding, “Both Charlie and Elin are doing great and we want to thank everyone for their sincere best wishes and kind thoughts.” This is the second child for the couple, whose daughter, Sam Alexis, was born in June 2007, the day after Woods placed second in the U.S. Open. Were it not for the new arrival – and his taking time to recuperate after surgery on his knee – Woods would have been at Torrey Pines, Calif., in the final round of the Buick Invitational tournament, which he’s played in 11 times and won six, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which first reported the birth. But as he announced on the PGA Tour Web site last week: “A lot depends on the baby, which is due pretty soon. That takes precedence over anything I do golf-wise. But I must admit, I am also excited about returning to competition.” Woods added: “Elin, Sam and I are very excited for the new baby to arrive, although that’s when the real lack of sleep begins.” (People)


Jennifer Aniston got John Mayer warmed up for his Grammys performance at her 40th birthday party Saturday night. Sources tell E! News exclusively that Aniston and Mayer danced and huddled close all night at the bash, which Aniston hosted at her new Beverly Hills home. “She looked hot, and she and John looked really happy,” says a source. The affair was a star-studded one. Among the guests were Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Crow, David Arquette and wife Courteney Cox, Tobey Maguire and wife Jen Meyer, Laura Dern, Kevin Nealon, E!’s Chelsea Handler, and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. (Brangelina, predictably, were not in attendance.) Revelers partied inside and outside of the sprawling hillside estate, beginning shortly after 7 p.m. until well past 2 a.m. Another bonus for Aniston: She kept the media at bay. “The police kicked all the paparazzi out of the neighborhood,” says a source. (Eonline)


Teen actress Dakota Fanning has vowed not to let her movie career stop her from pursuing a university education – she’s preparing to apply to colleges three years before she’s eligible. The 14-year-old star is years from gaining a university degree, but is eager to start her studies after giving up home schooling for a more traditional education at a California private school, where she also takes up cheerleading. She says, “I definitely want to go to college. I’ve always wanted to, so I definitely think that’s something I will do. (My parents) definitely support me in that and I’m lucky they supported me in going to a regular high school too, because I was home schooled before.” But Fanning admits she’s grateful for her early academic career, studying on movie sets and in between acting jobs. She adds, “I was home schooled from second grade to eighth grade and I thought it was great because it helped me to do what I love to do. It worked out really well, but I think for ninth grade you want the high school experience.” (Teen Hollywood)


Jessica Simpson is looking to expand her self-branded fashion line to include home interiors. The singer already has a successful range of dresses, handbags, shoes and boots, and is currently working on lingerie and sleepwear to add to the line. But she has her sights set on bigger things – and is working on her ideas with her mother Tina. She says, “I’m blessed to have so many ways to express myself. The ability to sit with my mum and find patterns, to go vintage shopping and create dresses – that’s a mother and daughter’s dream. “We’re talking luggage and bedding now. What I’m really looking forward to is jeans and all the comfy clothes. That’s what I wear every single day of my life!” (Teen Hollywood)


Brian Littrell has seen two Backstreet Boys fall off the wagon recently — AJ McLean and Nick Carter — and the guy was serious when he told us they better “clean their act up” if they want to remain Backstreet Boys. Thing is, Brian said he and the boys are hitting the studio tomorrow to start a new record… so he — and his trusty new cast — can knock some sense into ’em. (TMZ)


Former Spice Girl Mel B has agreed a multi-million pound child support package with her ex Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy and former partner Mel B have ended their bitter legal dispute by agreeing a multi-million pound child support package for their daughter Angel Iris sources have told the News Of The World. The settlement is believed to total £7million, made up of monthly payments of £35,000 until their daughter turns 18. The pair have spent 15 months warring in Los Angeles courts. “Mel is delighted that the case is over as she just wanted what was right for her girl,” a source told the paper. “It was never about money — it was Mel’s way of asking Eddie to show consideration for Angel.” (Handbag)


British heartthrob Robert Pattinson was once so lonely he took an obsessed female fan out for dinner. The Twilight hunk was filming his forthcoming movie Little Ashes in Europe when he encountered an over-zealous admirer who was permanently waiting outside his home. And when the Brit actor found himself with a less-than-hectic schedule, he decided to make the fan’s evening by treating her to a night out. He tells U.K. newspaper the Daily Express, “I had a stalker while filming a movie in Spain last year. She stood outside my apartment every day for weeks – all day, every day. “I was so bored and lonely that I went out and had dinner with (her).” But he had a crafty way of making the fan back off. Pattinson adds, “I just complained about everything in my life and she never came back.” (Daily Record)


Jodie Sweetin has tested clear of drugs, her attorney Wilma Presley tells PEOPLE. The drug test had been ordered by an Orange County, Calif., court for both the Full House star and her estranged husband Cody Herpin.  “Her test is good, it’s clear,” Presley said. Herpin also tested clear of drugs, his attorney Robert Benevente said. “Cody voluntarily took a hair follicle test and tested clean.” Both Sweetin, 27, and Herpin, 31, accompanied by their lawyers, arrived in court for a custody hearing Monday. The judge asked that the attorneys for both sides briefly meet in private before resuming the hearing. Herpin has made repeated allegations in media interviews that Sweetin, a recovering meth addict and alcoholic, has abused drugs before and after their marriage and may still be a risk to their daughter Zoie, 10 months.  Sweetin told PEOPLE last month that she was “100 percent sober.”  The couple currently share 50-50 custody of the child.  Sweetin filed for legal separation from Herpin on Nov. 19, seeking joint custody of their daughter. Herpin responded with his own filing on Dec. 4, seeking sole custody. (People)


Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is front and center in the media spotlight again, though it has nothing to do with disco or music. The 59-year-old musician is the focus of the British press, as he reportedly has “fathered a child with his live-in housekeeper,” who is just 33 years old. The Daily Mail reports that while Gibb and his wife Dwina have admitted they enjoy an open relationship, the whole love child thing is not going over well. Once the pregnancy became apparent, “Dwina was furious. To say she hit the roof is an understatement … she felt betrayed,’ a friend of the family said. This wouldn’t be the first time the couple’s sex lives have been in the open. In a 1995 radio interview, Robin admitted that he had threesomes and sometimes found himself “cruising” for sex. “We have an open relationship. Robin has had flings in the past with friends of mine and he talks about them,” Robin said. Robin and Dwina have been married since 1985. (Pop Eater)


Socialite Peaches Geldof has admitted her marriage of six months is over. Peaches Geldof and husband Max Drummey have announced they are to divorce after six months. The couple married in Las Vegas in August just one month after meeting. “After much soul-searching we have made the mutual decision to end our marriage and have agreed to go our separate ways,” the couple said in a joint statement. “Our parting is amicable and both of us still respect and care about each other immensely. There were no other people involved in this decision and we both look forward to a future as good friends.” (Handbag)


A representative for Usher says the singer’s wife, Tameka Foster, is recovering from surgery in Brazil. Publicist Simone Smalls says Foster “is in stable condition after suffering complications from routine surgery in Brazil. Her husband Usher is with her at the hospital.” No further details were provided. In her statement, Smalls says “the family requests privacy at this difficult time.” Usher was supposed to be one of the performers at music mogul Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party Saturday night, but he had to back out for what Davis called a serious family illness. The 30-year-old R&B star married Foster in August 2007. They have two young sons, 2-year-old Usher Raymond V and 2-month-old Naviyd Ely Raymond. (Daily Record)


Charles Barkley has finally admitted how “stupid” he was for drinking and driving — and it only took him two months to publicly admit it. For the first time since his Dec. 31st arrest, Barkley is finally addressing the subject, telling a Florida paper, “Clearly, I made a mistake drinking and driving. And I’m getting penalized for that, and rightfully so.” He added, “Drinking and driving is a very serious thing. It was stupid, and it was 100 percent my fault,” Chuck also felt compelled to weigh in on Michael Phelps, saying, “I don’t think he’s the worst person in the world. Everybody’s a hypocrite right now …I guess they want us to take him out back and shoot him. He made a mistake and I wish him nothing but the best.” Barkley’s next court date is yet to be determined. (TMZ





Leonardo DiCaprio‘s girlfriend, Bar Refaeli, just missed being on the coveted cover of last year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. But insiders said the beauty is back in the running to grace the cover this time around – as is leggy mannequin Jessica Hart – if “she can keep her mouth shut. It’s very secretive, and the magazine likes to keep people guessing. Last year, she opened her mouth about it, so they gave the cover to Marissa Miller instead.” Meanwhile, “Leo wants Bar to be on the cover – it will really piss off Gisele [Bundchen],” Leo’s ex-girlfriend and current Tom Brady squeeze. (Page Six)


George W. Bush didn’t care much for the New York Times – an opinion Will Ferrell emphasizes often during his portrayal of the ex-prez in his Broadway show “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush.” On opening night, after he’d made a slew of insults against the Gray Lady, Ferrell asked the crowd to shout out their professions so he could mimic one of Bush’s talents and give them nicknames. When a theatergoer seated way back in the balcony shouted, “New York Times reporter,” Ferrell responded: “King of the [bleep]holes” – putting the entire Cort Theatre in stitches. (Page Six)


Sean Combs isn’t happy about a new, self-published tell-all by a rapper who wrote and performed on some of his songs. In “Dancing With the Devil: How Puff Burned the Bad Boys of Hip-Hop,” Mark Curry writes that Diddy cajoled, “hoodwinked and bamboozled me for nearly a decade” by promising to release his music and make him rich. “I had to leave the label and its illusions of wealth in order to save my career, my marriage, my mind and my soul,” Curry writes. He’s shopping the book through agent Deborah Herman. Diddy’s rep scoffed, “This is a work of fiction, filled with lies, written by a disgruntled former artist . . . He was properly credited for the two songs he wrote and never produced any other material worthy of release by Bad Boy.” (Page Six)


What would drive a man to hit his girlfriend or wife????? In a 2007 interview with Giant magazine, Chris Brown revealed that his mother had been physically abused by his stepfather. “He used to hit my mom,” the singer, who was arrested Sunday night for allegedly assaulting girlfriend Rihanna, told the magazine. “He made me terrified all the time, terrified like I had to pee on myself. I remember one night he made her nose bleed. I was crying and thinking, ‘I’m just gonna go crazy on him one day . . . ‘ I hate him to this day.” In the same interview, he said he had studied martial arts, which he used to defend himself once in a fight with several classmates.  Brown said after his mother broke up the fight, he urged her not to go to the police. “Don’t go to no cops pressing no charges,” he reported begging her, “like we don’t do that in the hood.” Way to go hood rat! (Perez Hilton)


Lindsay Lohan’s father Michael has been accused of failing to pay a website developer who hosted his controversial blog. The Mean Girl star’s dad set up the site to vent his frustration over his daughter’s relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson and to set the record straight about his relationships with his children. Earlier this month, Lohan posted his final message on the blog – and now website developer Jonathan Jaxson is completely removing the site from the web, accusing Lohan Sr. of failing to keep up with an agreed payment plan. In a message posted on the site, Jaxson writes, “Michael Lohan was in a three month contract with me and refused to pay his past two months to maintain his blog and keep his name in the media. Enough reasoning for shutting down this site, which will happen on Monday at 12 Pm noon EST. Thank You -Webmaster (Jonathan Jaxson).” (Teen Hollywood)


Former Big Brother star Jade Goody has undergone emergency surgery to remove a tumor from her bowel. Jade Goody has had emergency surgery to remove a tumor from her bowel her spokesman Max Clifford has confirmed. “As you would imagine she’s very, very sore and tender,” Clifford told The People before saying doctors had managed to remove the tumor without damaging the bowel. “She has tubes in her neck and up her nose to try to cure the pain. She had been experiencing an awful lot of discomfort – and was blocked up and her tummy was swelling up.” Mr. Clifford went on to say experts were hoping she would be well enough to start a new course of chemotherapy next week. “My biggest fear was that I would have to have a colostomy bag,” Jade told the paper. “I’ve dealt with losing my hair – but a poo bag, that really would have been the final indignity for a woman. But, like everything else, I’d have coped because I have to. Where there’s life there’s hope. That is what I am clinging on to.” (Handbag)


Chris Brown’s ad campaign with Wrigley was suspended Monday until his criminal case is resolved, and reports surfaced that pop superstar Rihanna, his longtime girlfriend and a fellow no-show at the Grammy Awards, was the woman who accused him of assault. The Los Angeles Times, citing law enforcement officials familiar with the case and other sources it did not name, reported that Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was the woman who told police that Brown had hurt her the night before the Grammy Awards. A police statement released Sunday afternoon said Brown and an unidentified woman began arguing while riding in a car following a pre-Grammy party where they were spotted together Saturday night. The fight escalated when they got out of the car in the ritzy Hancock Park neighborhood, the report said, and Brown was gone by the time officers arrived. The report indicated that the woman was injured, but Brown was booked only on suspicion of making a criminal threat, a felony, after walking into a police station Sunday night. Authorities said the district attorney could choose to expand the charges. A district attorney spokeswoman said police had not yet presented a case against Brown. Brown was released after posting $50,000 bail. Both he and Rihanna had backed out of their scheduled performances at the Grammy Awards, where producers scrambled to fill their slots. Several celebrity Web sites such as,, Us Weekly and People, citing sources neither named nor characterized, also reported that Rihanna was the woman involved. The Los Angeles Police Department would not confirm the reports, citing state laws that protect the identity of abuse victims. Rihanna’s publicist declined to say why the singer did not appear, and Brown’s representatives also refused to discuss the allegations or his arrest. Repeated phone and email messages left beginning Sunday night with Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, were not returned Monday. Wrigley said in a statement Monday that it was suspending its ad campaigns featuring Chris Brown as its spokesman for Doublemint gum until the situation was resolved, but stopped short of saying they will drop the troubled R&B star completely. A company statement expresses concern about “serious allegations made against Chris Brown,” but added that the 19-year-old should be “afforded the same due process as any citizen.” (Daily Record)


Alex “The Fraud” Rodriguez just ‘fessed up to taking performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period beginning in 2001. Cheater Rodriguez told ESPN’s Peter Gammons, “When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day.” Liar Rodriguez continued, “Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time. Ruiner of Sports Rodriguez also said, “I did take a banned substance. For that, I’m very sorry and deeply regretful.” Blah, blah , blah cheater. (TMZ)


Celebrity bar operator Rande Gerber, whose dozens of glamorous nightspots include the Whiskey Bar at the W in Times Square, is locked in a bitter dispute with two West Coast hotels. Two of Gerber’s nightclubs at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, Sweetwater Saloon and Moonstone Lounge, have been shuttered by hotel management over claims that Gerber’s security staff routinely physically and verbally abused club goers. According to a press release sent out by Tarsadia Hotels, which runs the Hard Rock chain, Tarsadia has videotapes showing “extremely brutal physical abuse by Gerber Group security staff against Sweetwater patrons, including choking, blows with fists, knees and objects, and in one case, and a patron handcuffed during his beating.” As a result, Tarsadia says it was “left with no alternative but to proceed with the termination of the agreement,” which was struck in December 2007. A spokeswoman for Tarsadia tells Page Six, “We brought to the attention of the Gerber Group a variety of areas which we felt they were deficient in. We’ve since parted ways after they failed to address those concerns.” But Gerber told the San Diego Union-Tribune the shutdown and subsequent lockout of his staff were the result of “months of coercion” to get his company to pay more than double the agreed-upon rent. He now tells Page Six: “They tried to jack our rent up from $400,000 to $900,000 within two months of us moving in, and we refused. This is simply their attempt to capitalize on the highly successful business we’ve built. Fortunately, our attorneys have been contacted, and we’ll resolve this in court.” Gerber also said that while San Diego cops had been called to the Hard Rock several times over the past few months, no arrests were made. None of his many other clubs in the W Hotel group and other Starwood properties are affected by the Hard Rock dispute. (Page Six)



MUSIC . . .


After a week of rousing performances, including her knockout appearance at Sunday’s Grammys, Jennifer Hudson is ready to take her show on the road. The Grammy winner, 27, will kick off her first solo tour on April 2 in Philadelphia alongside R&B singer Robin Thicke. The duo will co-headline a five-week U.S. tour that will wrap up ends in Houston on May 8. “I am so grateful – my first Grammy and my first tour. It doesn’t get better than that,” Hudson told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. On the itinerary are concert stops in Baltimore, Washington, D.C, New York City, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Dallas, among other cities. Starting with delivering the National Anthem at the Super Bowl Feb. 1, Hudson has made a triumphant return to the spotlight just over three months after her mother, brother and nephew were murdered in Chicago. Her estranged brother-in-law has pleaded innocent to the killings. “It’s a New Year, she’s excited about performing again. She knew it was time,” a source close to Hudson told PEOPLE. “Fans can expect the Jennifer they’ve come to love. She just really loves to perform; it’s who she is, it’s what she does.” (People)


The 51st annual Grammys was an all-ages affair ultimately dominated by a rock legend who took up with a younger bluegrass singer on a whim. The unlikely pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss that produced the hit album “Raising Sand” won five Grammys on Sunday including album of the year. The former Led Zeppelin frontman, previously best known for his high-decibel shrieking and rock star theatrics, found more docile Nashville melodies with Krauss. While accepting the Grammy for album of the year, the 37-year-old Krauss – perhaps wanting to remind the audience that Plant’s rock star hadn’t entirely matured – said there’s “never a dull moment” with the 60-year-old singer. “Raising Sand,” produced by T Bone Burnett, bested fellow nominees Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Coldplay and Radiohead. Their “Please Read the Letter” also won record of the year. “I’m bewildered,” said Plant. “In the old days we would have called this selling out, but I think it’s a good way to spend a Sunday.” In a performance-stuffed live broadcast on CBS, the subject of age – and intertwining musical realms – was always close at hand. Taylor Swift, 19, and Miley Cyrus, 16, sang a duet of Swift’s “Fifteen.” The 66-year-old Paul McCartney, with 40-year-old Dave Grohl on drums, sang the Beatles classic about a girl who “was just 17.” Stevie Wonder performed with the Jonas Brothers and even a nine-months pregnant woman – the rapper M.I.A. – hobbled out on the stage to join the dapperly dressed Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T.I. in a “rap summit” performance of T.I.’s “Swagger Like Us.” Before the night’s end, Plant and Krauss seemed to be in a three-horse race with Lil Wayne and Coldplay – a trio of acts of wildly different sounds. Lil Wayne – who led the field with eight nominations – won three awards, including best rap album for “Tha Carter III,” for which he literally hopped on stage to receive. (His tally came to four Grammys if you count his inclusion on “Swagger Like Us,” which won best rap performance by a duo or group.) Coldplay also took home three awards, including best rock album for “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends.” “We’ve never had so many Grammys in our life,” said lead singer Chris Martin, perhaps so excited he got confused (they had already won four over the years). “We feel so grateful to be here. I’m going to tear up.” The Grammys this year offered a CBS telecast without a host and – unexpectedly – without several performers. Rihanna and Chris Brown, both nominated for awards and scheduled to perform, were absent after the Los Angeles Police Department announced that Brown – who is dating Rihanna – was the subject of an investigation into a felony domestic violence battery from around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Brown turned himself into police late Sunday and was released after posting bail. Police booked the 19-year-old R&B singer on suspicion of making a criminal threat. To fill in for Rihanna’s scheduled performance, the Recording Academy hastily put together an ensemble of Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban performing Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” One of the night’s superior performances, it reflected the comments of producer T. Bone Burnett, who explained while accepting the award for record of the year: “Good things happen out of nowhere.” “Things happen; you have to be nimble,” said Recording Academy president Neil Portnow after the show, explaining he didn’t know of the absences until Sunday afternoon. “We think to ourselves, we’ve got the greatest musical talent in the world in the same place at the same time.” The broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles sometimes had the appearance of a bubble. No mention was made of economic troubles across the country or of the music industry’s continuing declining sales. Though download sales are rising, album sales dropped 14 percent last year. Even the election of Barack Obama was hardly referred to. Following the inauguration and the Super Bowl, it was just about the only major broadcast of late not to feature Bruce Springsteen, whose “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” won for best rock song. Besides the expected mention of Obama (“congratulations,” said), Portnow was one of few to mention Obama. He noted musicians had supplied “the soundtrack to history” and that the new president is, after all, a two-time Grammy winner for his readings of his books. Such awards, though, never make it into the televised broadcast, which this year included awards for only a dozen of the 110 categories. Among the unseen awards was a posthumous award for George Carlin in the comedy album category for “It’s Bad for Ya,” a recording of his final HBO comedy special. Al Gore – adding to his extensive awards tally – won for the audio book of his “An Inconvenient Truth.” Instead of focusing on the awards, though, the Recording Academy has increasingly turned the Grammys into an all-star revue, packing the three-and-a-half-hour long show with performance after performance, duet after duet. Among them: U2 kicking things off with their new single “Get on Your Boots”; Lil Wayne and Allen Toussaint paying tribute to New Orleans; Neil Diamond singing “Sweet Caroline”; Radiohead performing with the University of Southern California marching band; Jay-Z joining Coldplay; a tribute to the Four Tops; and Jennifer Hudson singing a rousing, touching version of “You Pulled Me Through” that left her teary-eyed. Following the Super Bowl, it was Hudson’s second major performance since her mother, brother and nephew were killed in October. Hudson’s self-titled disc also won best R&B album. “I first would like to thank God, who has brought me through,” she said accepting the award. “I would like to thank my family in heaven and those who are with me today.” The Grammys also sought to tap into online traffic with official updates on Twitter and Facebook throughout the broadcast. There were some oddities in the show, too: Gwyneth Paltrow introduced not the giant British rock group that her husband, Chris Martin, plays in (Coldplay), but the giant British rock band they have often been compared to (Radiohead). Introducing the Al Green performance, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson curiously declared, “I live for the Grammys.” Katy Perry, again singing her hit “I Kissed a Girl,” performed a choreographed routine while simultaneously appearing to disdain choreographed routines. Other notable winners included: Rick Rubin for producer of the year; Adele for best female pop vocal performance (“Chasing Pavements”); Duffy for best pop vocal album (“Rockferry”); Radiohead for best alternative music album (“In Rainbows”); Metallica for best metal performance (“My Apocalypse”); Al Green for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals, and best traditional R&B vocal performance; Daft Punk for best dance recording, and best electronic dance album; George Strait for best country album (“Troubadour”); and B.B. King for best traditional blues album (“One Kind Favor”). A complete list of winners is available at . Following last year’s surprise best album winner – Herbie Hancock’s Joni Mitchell tribute “River: The Joni Letters” – the Grammys have now picked a folk album for best album a year after choosing a jazz record. Krauss is the most decorated female artist in Grammy history with 26 awards. Burnett has known Grammy glory before, too, most notably as producer of the best-album winning soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Led Zeppelin, which was given a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2005, was never otherwise honored by the Recording Academy. (Daily Record)


Biggest Yawn: Maybe the song just hasn’t clicked yet, but U2’s rousing “Get On Your Boots” didn’t seem to fire up the crowd as much as you’d think it might. Warmest Moment: The first award went to Jennifer Hudson—she thanked her family, “who are in heaven and here with me today.” Biggest Rock Star: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. That guy is really large, which explains why they let him yammer on the way they did. Biggest WTF: For an awards show stocked with so many musicians, it’s weird that nobody gets played off for talking too long. Best Replacement: The last-minute addition of Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Boys II Men and Keith Urban was a little ragged, but it was all the more impressive considering they weren’t scheduled to perform. Also, really nice guitar solo, Keith. Best Duet: Coldplay’s Chris Martin and rapper Jay-Z offering up a low-key mix of words and music on “Lost”? Worst Segue: After the unconventional team-up, Coldplay’s band performance of the Best Song winner “Viva la Vida” seemed weak. Don’t let Joe Satriani psych you out, boys. (Daily Record)


The decorations were modest and hors d’oeuvres resembled comfort food, but award winners still boozed it up in style at Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s Grammy after-party, despite big no-shows Rihanna, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Other parties around town following Sunday night’s 51st annual Grammy Awards also held to recession-conscious standards, from a conspicuous lack of blingy decor to pared down eats and attire. Forget the days of Sony BMG’s annual lavish Beverly Hills Hotel soiree, canceled this time around because of the economy. At Reid’s bash at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, first-time Grammy winner Duffy sat atop a simple beige sofa and sipped red wine and beamed while LCD screens around the room showed footage from the awards ceremony of her singing with Al Green. “I feel fantastic,” said Duffy, grinning about her win for best pop vocal album. “I wish I could bring the trophy with me. … And I want to change out of this dress. I’m starving.” Guests feasted on meatballs, grilled cheese sandwich triangles and tuna tartare on slivers of toast, and downed martinis and bottles of Stella Artois while a DJ spun ’80s R&B and hip-hop hits. Only a select number of VIPs, including Duffy, fellow Grammy winner Estelle and actor Ryan Phillippe, had seats at the dinner in the back of the restaurant, which was protected from the rest of the party by beefy security guards and red velvet rope. White roses in glass vases decorated the tables. Grammy nominee and Def Jam artist Rihanna had been a highly touted invitee to the dinner. But she was absent, as she had been at the awards ceremony itself, where she was scheduled to perform. Her 19-year-old boyfriend, fellow nominee Chris Brown, skipped the ceremony and party, too. Los Angeles police said Brown turned himself in to authorities late Sunday and had been booked for investigation of making a criminal threat against an unidentified woman. The lingering effect of that drama was palpable at Reid’s party. Beyoncé and her rapper hubby, Jay-Z, who snagged a trophy with T.I. for “Swagga Like Us,” featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne, were confirmed for seats at the dinner, but never showed up. West popped into the party with his posse around 9:20 p.m., but stayed only 10 minutes. He pushed away a reporter inside the bash who asked him about Rihanna and Brown. Def Jam executives and other artists milling around were also tightlipped about the couple and refused to comment. Nearby, at Universal Motown Republic Group’s lively shindig at the Whiskey Blue bar at the W Los Angeles hotel in Westwood, the label’s big winner Lil Wayne was a no-show, but Busta Rhymes turned up the heat. Geometric wooden chandeliers hung above partiers sipping on mixed drinks, while an adjacent room displayed low-slung curtained beds with crimson and light brown pillows. “Congratulations to Lil Wayne. He brought home four Grammys tonight!” yelled Rhymes into a microphone before launching into a furious rap over thumping hip-hop beats. Rhymes looked nothing like his former wild-haired, wild-clothed self, instead sporting a shaved head and a black, slick suit. Still, his energy was infectious, as he directed the crowd to wave their arms in the air and shout along. “From my mouth to God’s ears, we have to respect their space,” said Rhymes later on when asked about Brown and Rihanna. “We should say our prayers for them.” Across town, at the earlier official Grammy after-party at the Los Angeles Convention Center held by the Recording Academy, Queen Latifah and others were greeted by hippies in striped bellbottoms and Afro wigs welcoming guests to the 1960s-themed post-show bash. Dancers juggled and twirled fire while the Time laid down a retro groove. Revelers nibbled on lamb chops, salmon, lobster and short ribs at tables decorated with sunflowers and daisies. Trees dripped with lights. (Daily Record)


Billboard’s Mitch Peters chatted with a host of big names on the red carpet prior to the 51st annual Grammy Awards to find out what new and exciting projects they have in the works. For the full video interviews, click here. On the heels of his 2008 No. 1 album debut “Home After Dark,” Neil Diamond “just started writing” for his third consecutive collaboration with producer Rick Rubin. And while “Dark” and its 2005 predecessor, “12 Songs,” were largely stripped-down, drum-less affairs, Diamond said, “I think we’ll maybe take a little turn — a little direction change for fun. It all starts with the songs. The songs that come are the ones we have to work with.” Snoop Dogg is eyeing a September release for his next album, “Malice in Wonderland.” The rapper told Billboard that longtime collaborator Dr. Dre will have a hand in the project. “We’re in the process of trying to help him with the ‘Detox’ record and working on mine at the same time.” The sound? “So far, so hood.” Snoop added that fans should “keep your eyes and ears open for Snoop Dogg. I’m coming to a hood near you.” Snoop’s new MTV show, “Dogg After Dark,” premieres Feb. 17. Sugarland has begun writing new material, and so far, the sound is a bit different than what fans have come to expect from the country duo. “We’ve written like six songs and none of them are country songs yet,” said guitarist Kristian Bush. “It’s growing, baby! It’s growing. It’s so good,” said singer Jennifer Nettles. The group is heading to Europe in March for its first tour there, and will play North American arenas and stadiums from April through October. Young Jeezy told Billboard he’s working on his next album but was mum on specifics. “I’ll have some features but I kinda want to hold that up for a minute,” he said. Jeezy said he’s not worried about the continual sales decline for hip-hop because he’s “an entrepreneur,” citing endorsement deals with Belvedere vodka and Adidas. “I’m hustling!,” he said. The Eagles continue to tour long and hard in support of their smash 2007 album “Long Road Out of Eden,” which has sold 3.2 million copies so far. “I thought it would do fairly well, but it did extremely well,” group member Timothy B. Schmit said. Schmit is working on “a little solo thing” but said the Eagles are not in the studio or writing at present. Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden told Billboard the group is shooting for a fall release for its next Epic album. Expect “more straightforward rock, maybe taking it back to our first or second record,” he said. Madden is especially psyched for the song “Love Ain’t Easy,” which he promises is “really catchy. We love the catchy hooks.” Good Charlotte may tour later this year with new Interscope band All Time Low, whose front man, Alex Garskath, joined Madden on the red carpet. (Billboard)


The only Grammy Awards anxiety Chris Brown was supposed to feel was over whether he’d win one. Instead, the R&B singer remains mired in suspicion over an allegation of domestic violence. Following Brown’s arrest late Sunday night on suspicion of making a criminal threat and subsequent release, plenty of questions remained: Was there a physical attack, and if so, against whom was it committed? Los Angeles Police Sgt. Bridget Pickett said authorities continued to investigate what took place early Sunday in the ritzy Hancock Park neighborhood shortly after Brown and longtime girlfriend, pop superstar Rihanna, were seen happily sitting together at the annual pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis. Officers received a 911 call about an incident in which a woman accused Brown of hurting her. Authorities have not identified who that woman was, citing confidentiality for victims of domestic abuse. The 19-year-old Brown, who had left the scene before authorities arrived, turned himself in to police while the Grammy Awards were going on Sunday without him – and also without Rihanna, who, like Brown, canceled her scheduled appearance. Brown was released after posting $50,000 bail. Pickett described the singer as “professional” during processing. Rihanna’s publicist declined to say why the singer did not appear, saying only that she was “well” and expressing thanks for the concern. Brown’s representatives also refused to discuss the allegations or his arrest. A phone message left with Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, was not immediately returned Sunday night. News of the incident broke as stars were showing up at the Grammys. Police said in an initial news release, sent 90 minutes before the show began, that the woman accusing Brown showed visible injuries. Still, Brown was not booked on suspicion of physically hurting the woman. Pickett said a criminal threats charge indicates a person makes a threat and has the capacity to carry it out. “There may be domestic violence charges added later, but that will be up to the district attorney’s office,” Pickett said. Less than an hour after the ceremony ended, Brown left a police substation with his attorney as numerous photographers tried to get a shot of him on the way out. Pickett said Brown did not appear to have any physical injuries. She said she did not know who placed the 911 call and a police spokeswoman said the department would not release the tape. Brown did not win in either category for which he was nominated: pop collaboration with vocals for “No Air” and male R&B vocal performance for “Take You Down.” (Daily Record)


Jamaican regulators are cracking down on indecency on the airwaves – banning all songs or music videos with explicit sexual references. The new rule from the island’s broadcast commission ban especially targets dancehall tunes and videos depicting “daggering” – a dance style increasingly popular among Jamaican youth that features pelvic grinding simulating sex. Commission spokesman Cordell Green announced the radio and TV ban Sunday. He issued a statement saying “we’ve got to clean up the airwaves.” The beat-driven fusion of reggae and rap known as “dancehall” is hugely popular in Jamaica despite recurrent controversy over its lyrical content and the dance style. (Daily Record)



MOVIE . . .


Woody Harrelson says his new movie, “The Messenger,” gave him a new respect for the work of soldiers on difficult missions abroad. The film, directed by “I’m Not There” co-writer Oren Moverman, showed Monday at the Berlin film festival. It stars Harrelson and Ben Foster as officers responsible for informing families about the deaths of soldiers in Iraq. The crew spent time at the U.S. military’s Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at Army bases during the filming. That “really left me with a profound respect and compassion for these people who are going over to Iraq and Afghanistan” and other conflicts, Harrelson said at a news conference. “I’ve been pro-peace outspokenly, and I think for good reason,” he said. “On the other hand, I think that what was missing from my own philosophy was a real understanding of what these soldiers are going through.” Moverman said the U.S. Army supported the movie, offering technical advice. “The Messenger” is among 18 contenders for the top Golden Bear award in Berlin. The winner will be announced Feb. 14. (Daily Record)


Mick Jagger delivered the top prize – to the evening’s big winner, Slumdog Millionaire – and the best line of the evening – about Brad Pitt – at Sunday’s 2009 British Academy Film Awards. Explaining what he was doing at a movie event the same night as the Grammys, the Rolling Stone said he was part of a rock star-movie star exchange program. “Sir Anthony Hopkins is in the recording studio with Amy Winehouse,” joked Jagger, “and we are hoping that next week Sir Brad and all the Pitt family will be performing The Sound of Music at the Brit awards.” Sitting in the audience with fellow nominee (for Changeling) Angelina Jolie, Pitt cracked up and applauded along with the rest of the crowd inside London’s Royal Opera House. While Danny Boyle’s Slumdog picked up seven BAFTAs – best film, director, screenplay, score, sound, editing and cinematography – Pitt’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button racked up three: for production design, makeup and hair and special visual effects. Winslet Verged on Tear The Reader best actress Kate Winslet attended the ceremony with her parents. “I’d like to thank my Mum and Dad, who I won’t look at right now or I will burst into tears,” Winslet said at the podium Afterwards, Winslet, who also won the Golden Globe and the SAG supporting actress award for her role as a German with secrets to hide, told reporters: “I’m feeling so happy, I can’t tell you. It means such a lot to be given this at home. I really didn’t expect it … The girl from Reading will always be in me, and at times like this I feel it more than ever.” The Wrestler best actor, Mickey Rourke, mirroring his Golden Globe victory, thanked director Darren Aronofsky for the second chance he was given “after f—ing up my career for 15 years.” Rourke, dedicating his award to his pal, the late actor Richard Harris, also thanked costar Marisa Tomei. “She’s such a hell of a talent,” said Rourke, “and it was very brave of her to take her clothes off all the time, and I enjoyed looking at her.” Heath Wins Another One Heath Ledger repeated his Golden Globe and SAG Award wins as best supporting actor, for The Dark Knight, and Penelope Cruz was honored for her supporting role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. “I am always surprised when I win something,” said Cruz, “because I’ve been working since I was 16. so I am much more used to losing than to winning.” At the New York BAFTA viewing party, the crowd’s biggest hand of the evening went to the on-screen tribute to Paul Newman, who died in September.  (People)


Even more moviegoers than expected were into Warner Bros.’ “He’s Just Not That Into You” this weekend as the ensemble comedy topped domestic rankings with a $27.5 million opening that underscored fervor for escapist films. Similarly, Fox’s action-laden thriller “Taken” fell a measly 18% over its sophomore session to ring up $20.3 million in second place and push its 10-day came to $53.4 million. Focus Features’ 3-D animated feature “Coraline” also overachieved, corralling $16.3 million with a third-place debut. Yet Sony’s bow of Steve Martin starrer “Pink Panther 2” was a notable disappointment with just $12 million in fourth place, while Summit Entertainment opened sci-fi thriller “Push” at the high end of expectations with $10.2 million in sixth place. In another solid second-session hold, Sony’s PG-13 horror film “The Uninvited” dropped just 38% to $6.4 million in ninth place for an $18.4 cume. Industry wide, the $154 million weekend represented an impressive 37% improvement over the comparable session last year, according to Nielsen EDI data. Year to date, the box-office is off 5% at $1.01 billion, but that’s due solely to seasonal quirks of the box-office calendar. Elsewhere among holdover pics, Fox Searchlight’s Indian drama “Slumdog Millionaire” maintained market traction with $7.4 million in seventh place for a $77.4 million cume. And though the Weinstein Co.’s Kate Winslet starrer “The Reader” shed 140 playdates, its still-wide 862 engagements registered $2.3 million to lift its cume to $16.1 million. In a limited bow, Weinstein genre label Third Rail Releasing unspooled the “Star Wars”-themed caper film “Fanboys” in 44 theaters and rung up $164,000, or an acceptable $3,736 per venue. Among notable expansions, Sony Pictures Classics’ French-language drama “The Class” — a nominee in Oscar’s best foreign-language category — added 21 locations for a total 27 and grossed $192,367. That gave “Class” a classy $7,125 per site as cume reached $587,623. The big bow for “Into You” follows an overachieving theatrical run for last month’s two-time box-office champ “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” The Sony comedy finished fifth this weekend with $11 million to pump four-week cume to $97 million. “Mall Cop” got no favors from reviewers and stars previously unheralded Kevin James, so industryites have attributed its success in large part to recession-wracked consumers’ seeking out frothy fare. It’s been a particularly welcome trend, as some had feared box-office might suffer from consumers’ fiscal woes despite the industry’s historic resistance to economic vagaries. (Hollywood Reporter)


Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain have been hired to adapt the Red 5 comic “ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction” for Benderspink. The comic, created by Kevin Grevioux (“Underworld”), follows an elite team of soldiers sent on a covert operation into hostile territory in the Middle East to stop what they soon discover to be a government-created army of the undead. Benderspink’s Jake Weiner and Josh Feldman are overseeing the project. Benderspink continues to mine the comic world for material; it has “Y: The Last Man” in development at New Line, “Pet Robots” at Disney and “The Ghouly Boys” at Mandate. Blackman and McCain, who are repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion, co-wrote the recently released “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” and wrote and directed “Outlander.” (Hollywood Reporter)



TV . . .


The new season of “Dancing Season with the Stars” will feature three couples and – with the show’s touch for the improbable – one computer guru. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is among 13 celebrities who will compete on the ABC series’ eighth season that begins March 9, the network said Sunday. Romantic relationships may be put to the test this time around, with couples taking to the dance floor with and against each other. Pop star Jewel and her husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray, will compete for bragging rights, ABC said, while country singer Chuck Wicks will take the floor with his girlfriend, two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion Julianne Hough. Last November, Hough had said she planned to focus on her newly launched country music career and didn’t plan to return to the show. Professional dancers and series regulars Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, who are newly engaged, will be waltzing in the arms of others. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson gets to make her mark just by showing up: At 17, she’s the youngest competitor to date, ABC said. Another star athlete in the field is Lawrence Taylor, the former New York Giant and Hall of Famer. The other celebrity hoofers are Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle; rapper Lil’ Kim; actress Denise Richards; actor-comedian David Alan Grier (Comedy Central’s “Chocolate News”); Gilles Marini, who played the neighbor ogled by Kim Cattrall’s Samantha in the “Sex and the City” film; Steve-O (MTV’s “Wildboyz”) and TV host Nancy O’Dell of “Access Hollywood.” “Dancing with the Stars” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba judging the contestants. (Daily Record)


America’s got Nick Cannon as the new host of “America’s Got Talent.” The musician, comedian, actor and producer will preside over the NBC talent competition series when it returns for a fourth season this summer, the network announced Monday. This variety show is the first of “multiple projects we are looking to do with Nick at NBC,” said network chief Ben Silverman.

The versatile Cannon, 28, had his breakthrough role while still a teen on the Nickelodeon series “All That,” then starred in his own MTV show, “Nick Cannon Presents Wild’n Out.” He has recorded with artists including Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and Diddy. Cannon’s film appearances include “The Killing Room,” “American Son” and Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” for which he was honored at the Cannes Film Festival as Breakthrough Actor of the Year. Cannon takes over “America’s Got Talent” from Jerry Springer, who announced his departure last week. “Talent” is open to all ages and to performers of all kinds (including comedians, contortionists, jugglers and magicians, as well as singers and dancers), all competing for its $1 million prize. Last season, the winner was Missouri native Neal E. Boyd, an operatic tenor and insurance salesman. Auditions in several cities are scheduled in the coming weeks for the new season. Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff will remain as celebrity judges on the show, which is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell of “American Idol.” (Daily Record)


The new headquarters of China Central Television appeared unscathed Monday night despite a new luxury hotel next door being engulfed in a fire possibly set by a fireworks display. The fire began around 9 p.m. Beijing time, and may have been sparked by a large fireworks display inside or near the CCTV complex. At 9:09, flames could be seen cascading down the west side of the building. By 10 p.m., the entire building was consumed, and explosions could be seen coming from the roof. The 40-story building, slated to open later this year under the Mandarin Oriental brand, was still burning in places at 10:40 p.m., although Beijing firefighters could be seen spraying water on lower parts of the building. Monday night’s fireworks celebrated Yuan Xiao Jie, or Lantern Festival, the final night of the two-week-long Chinese New Year holiday. The display began around 8 p.m., and included some of the largest and most colorful explosions of this year’s festivities. The landmark CCTV building seemed to be undamaged by the fire and was not burning at any point during the night. Built at an estimated cost of US$750 million to US$1.2 billion, the national broadcaster’s new headquarters moved it from a nondescript tower in Beijing’s western suburbs to an architectural wonder in the heart of the capital’s central business district. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths from the fire. Both buildings were designed by Rotterdam, Netherlands, architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren for the firm OMA. Both were nearing the end of construction. Along with Mandarin Oriental, the hotel building was to have housed a visitors center, a theater and exhibition spaces. The Associated Press contributed to this report. (Hollywood Reporter)


Ed O’Neill is returning to comedy series. The “Married With Children” alum has been tapped to star in the ABC half-hour pilot “An American Family,” which also has cast Eric Stonestreet. The single-camera project, from 20th TV, revolves around three families: a traditional one; another that includes a 60-year-old man (O’Neill) who becomes a stepfather after marrying a Latina (Sofia Vergara) who is 30 years his junior; and the third, a gay couple (Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who have adopted a Vietnamese baby.  After his starring turn on Fox’s “Children” O’Neill did a string of dramas, most recently HBO’s “John From Cincinnati.” He is repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment. Thruline-repped Stonestreet most recently co-starred in ABC’s comedy pilot “This Might Hurt” from Jason Winer, who is directing “Family.” (Hollywood Reporter)



TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Mike Butts Creative)


Q.  The average woman owns 4 of THESE and only uses 2?

            A.  Bottle of Perfume or Cologne



TODAY’S QUOTE (By David O. McKay)





MIND BOGGLERS . . . (QuickTrivia)


Q. Which comedian said he wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have him as a member? 

            A.  Groucho Marx


Q. What do these people have in common: Roberto Clemente, Will Rogers, Dag Hammarskjold, Buddy Holly?

            A.  They all died in a plane crash


Q. This great comedian actually did some boxing, under the name Packy East: 

            A. Bob Hope 


Q. What is David Letterman’s dog’s name? 

            A. Bob


Q. Which is the most populated per square mile country in the world? 

            A. Monaco


Q. This reclusive billionaire died in 1976: 

            A.  Howard Hughes





Chris Brown/Rihanna


This isn’t Christian Bale and this isn’t Michael Phelps. There is no possible way to make domestic abuse funny. Don’t even try.




Several of you have whole weeks of bits scheduled. Something different every morning. Great!


  • 97.3 The Sound has Love Graffiti up in Cincinnati. Go to and click below the Seether photo.
  • Wired in Saskatoon is doing the Exotic Erotic Ball and following it up with a Viagra Weekend: all music to make babies too.
  • Q-102 in Cincy is doing a Little Red Dress Party for singles.
  • Kiss on Grand Cayman is doing “Give Your Girlfriend Crabs” and is doing romantic dinners at a seafood restaurant.
  • Fly in Albany now has their singles and the voting has begun for Mix And Match For Mraz.


Valentines Resources For The Morning Show


Lots of good stuff on the web. Or you could just blow it off and spend a lot of time talking about Idol.


* You can never, ever go wrong when you open up the phones and let the audience sound off on their psycho ex’s. Because we’ve ALL had them. (Or been them.) is one man’s tale of terror. Amazing voicemail audio..


* There are only about 1000 people who bill themselves as “romance experts”. It’d be interesting to see if there stuff actually works. Huh; a research project using their advice and your listeners. Go to


* Using the assumption that most men in a lingerie store feel the same way that women feel in an autoparts shop, Lila Williams has created The Panty Of The Month Club that will deliver a pair of panties to your loved one every month without ever having to enter a Victorias Secret. Call 515-469-6800 or check out


* Ross Jeffries has long billed himself as the King Of Romance and has offered advice on how to pick people up. He now is selling a three day “Speed Seduction” seminar for $895. Another opportunity to take a listener and use them as a guinea pig with a guest. Or sign up that intern who has never been laid. The acid test. Call 703-791-6421.


* I’m proud that this next product came from the minds of Minnesotans. Two women from the Twin Cities were getting set to go out for a night at the clubs, and while goofing around, experimented with bottle caps and other things that gave them the appearance of TNE (Total Nipple Erection). As a joke they went out that night, one with the fake EN’s and one without. The girl with them was mobbed by guys. The next step was clear; making money off this idea. Voile’! Body Perks were invented. Go to and check them out, or e-mail them for an interview. It might be a fun sociological experiment to do with a couple of listeners at a club.


* Dave Ryan does “The One That Got Away” on KDWB. Everyone has someone who they let get away. (Actually, Dana chewed through the binds, busted a window and ran to a neighbor’s house…but I digress.) has a lot of stories and pretty much any of the people search sites can assist in helping you reunite a listener with a MIA date from the past?


* is a love letter generator.


* Back on the dating scene again? A little confused since the rules have changed since you were last “out there”? Then go to for a complete guide for getting you through those first awkward dates.





—1868  Newspaperman William Allen White (d. 1-29-1944)

¾1898  Actress Dame Judith Anderson (Rebecca) (d. 1-3-1992)

—1890  Poet/Novelist Boris Pasternak (d. 5-30-1960)

—1893  Comedian/Actor Jimmy Durante (d. 1-29-1980)

—1927  Opera Singer Leontyne Price

—1930  Actor Robert Wagner (Hart to Hart)

—1933  Musician Don Wilson (The Ventures) (“Walk, Don’t Run”)

—1939  Singer Roberta Flack (“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”)

1940  Jimmy Merchant – vocalist for Frankie Lymon And Teenagers (“Why Do Fools Fall in Love”)

¾1943  Singer Ral Donner (“You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until You Lose It”) (d. 4-6-84)

—1944  Author Frances Moore Lappe  (Diet for A Small Planet)

—1944  Musician/Composer Peter Allen (Legs Diamond)

—1946  Football’s Dick Anderson

1949  Nigel Olsson – drummer for the Elton John band (“Honky Cat”)

—1950  Olympic Gold medal swimmer Mark Spitz

—1951  Author Roxanne Pulitzer (The Prize Pulitzer)

—1955  Golfer Greg Norman

—1959  Football’s Dennis Louis Gentry

¾1962  Bass Player Cliff Burton (Metallica)

—1963  Baseball’s Lenny Dykstra

—1967  Actress Laura Dern  (Jurasic Park)





¾1763  The French & Indian War ended with the Peace of Paris.  France gave up all her holdings in North America east of the Mississippi to Britain, including the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Acadia (the Maritimes), plus everything between the Mississippi and the Alleghenies. Historical footnote: when the French Acadians refused to take an oath of loyalty to the King of England, they were invited to leave. Many headed south to live under French rule again in Louisiana. Over the years, the name “Acadians” was slurred into the present day “Cajuns.”

—1870  The Young Women’s Christian Association was founded in New York.

—1887  First actor to perform in two cities on the same day, Nathaniel Carr Goodwin performed at an 11:30 a.m. matinee in Boston, then following the closing curtain he returned to New York City on the 1:00 p.m. train and that evening performed at 8:00 p.m.

—1897  The New York Times adopted the slogan “All the news that’s fit to print.”

—1899  The Spanish-American War ended.

—1942  First World War II Medal of Honor was given to Second Lieutenant Alexander Ramsey Nininger, Jr. for heroism at the Battle of Bataan.

—1942  RCA Victor awards the very first gold record to Glenn Miller for selling 1.2 million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

—1956  TV premiere of “My Friend Flicka” on CBS.  A series about a boy and his horse.

—1956  Elvis Presley recorded “Heartbreak Hotel.”

¾1967  Ratification of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution. This constitution further clarified procedures for presidential succession.

—1968  The Beatles consolidate all of the group’s business operations under their newly formed record company, Apple.

—1978  “Saturday Night Fever” is the top album in the US.

—1981  An arson-caused fire swept through the Las Vegas Hilton, killing 8 and injuring 200.

—1985  Canadian artists, using the name Northern Lights, record the famine relief record “Tears Are Not Enough.”

—1986  Amidst PMRC accusations, Donny Osmond appears on Tom Snyder’s talk show and says even “Puppy Love” can be interpreted as filthy.

—1987  Surgeon General C. Everett Koop endorsed condom ads on radio and TV, saying they offer the best protection available against AIDS.

—1988  Contract talks between ABC Radio and Casey Kasem stall.  ABC announces it will seek a new “American Top 40” host.

—1989  Roy Orbison achieves a chart rarity: his “You Got It” single appears on the CHR, AOR, AC and Country charts simultaneously.

—1992  Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is convicted of raping Desiree Washington.  A Miss Black America contestant, in Indianapolis, and is sentenced to six years in prison.






On this day in 1863, circus little person General Tom Thumb was married to fellow little person, Pinky Finger. That wasn’t her real name, but I just liked saying it.

In 1879, the very first electric light was used in a movie theater. Most people’s reactions? “Hey, can you turn that thing off! We’re trying to watch a movie here!”

On this date in 1933, the very first singing telegram was delivered. I think the actual message was (sung to Mary Had A Little Lamb) “Leaving you for Frank next door, Frank next door, Frank next door… Leaving you for Frank next door, so kiss my butt goodbye!”


The host of ABC’s “This week,” George Stephanopoulos, turns 48 today. Didn’t he used to be on Sesame Street under the name Mr. Stephanopoulos?

Roberta Flack turns 70 today. She sang some of the slowest love songs ever recorded. At times, I’d swear the turntable was moving backwards.


Weddings Month — The “average wedding” these days runs you more than $23,000! Seems high to me, but all the ladies we asked said it was nothing. I ask you this, why is it that the cost of weddings is going up and the number of couples staying married is going down? Maybe the cost is proportionate to the lasting power of the relationship, that is the less the couple spends on the “material” items i.e. the perfect dress, the ice sculpture, the country club reception, the cinematographers, the white doves, stretch limos. The more likely they stay together. Current average expenses:

·         Wedding dress: $1,450

·         Cake: $410

·         Music/DJ: $971

·         Reception: $14,540

·         Flowers: $1,500

·         Honeymoon: $6,000

·         Bachelor party $800 (mostly $1’s and $5’s!)

Wedding Registry bit: Get a couple on the phone that is really hot for each other and offer them cash to go to a local convenience store (like 7/11) and convince the clerk that they are getting married and want to register there.


·         Actor James Whitmore died last Friday of lung cancer at age 87. He was known for his portrayal of Harry Truman in a one-man show and for Miracle-Gro commercials.

·         Several fans are said to have stepped forward and are offering one of their kidneys to the ailing Natalie Cole.

·         Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were both at the Grammy’s on Sunday, but they have this thing about being seen together in public. Both sat in different places.

·         When Chris Brown and Rihanna got tangled up in that mess right before the Emmy’s and bowed out, the phone at Al Green’s house rang. With two hours and 40-minutes to rehearse, Al & Justin Timberlake teamed up to fill in and knocked it out of the park.

·         “CSI: Miami” star Eva La Rue has called off her nuptials. The twice-wed actress was hoping to make it third time lucky when she exchanged vows with seafood businessman Joe Cappuccio.

·         Tiger Woods and his wife welcomed a baby boy into the world on Sunday: Charles Axel Woods.

·         Boston has banned the sale of cigarettes at all drug stores and is phasing out cigar bars. All will be gone within ten years.

·         Eddie Murphy has been ordered to pay $50,000 a month to support the child he had through Spice Girl Melanie Brown… from now, through her 18th birthday.

·         Siegfried & Roy are going to do another show one more time in Las Vegas, which will be taped and shown on an upcoming “20/20.”

·         Simon Cowell doesn’t want anyone to know, but he recently helped one-time American Idol Fantasia Barrino out of her foreclosure.


Almost 25% of Americans believe they were once another person, according to a Harris Poll. Even so, very large majorities of the American public believe in God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, while substantial minorities believe in ghosts, UFOs, witches, astrology and reincarnation. Overall, more people believe in the devil, hell and angels than believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution. Want more?

·         80% of adult Americans believe in God, unchanged since the last time the question was asked in 2005.

·         Large majorities of the public believe in miracles (75%), heaven (73%), angels (71%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (71 percent), the resurrection of Jesus (70%), the survival of the soul after death (68%), hell (62%), the Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary (61%) and the devil (59%).

·         Slightly more people–but both are minorities–believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (47%) than in creationism (40%).

·         Sizeable minorities believe in ghosts (44%), UFOs (36%), witches (31%), astrology (31%), and reincarnation (24%).

For the third year in a row, Denzel Washington tops the list of top 10 favorite movie stars, according to a Harris Poll taken in December, 2008. Returning to the list this year at #2, after a one year absence, was Clint Eastwood. The perennial favorite, John Wayne, is tied with Will Smith at #3. John Wayne has the distinction of being the only movie star to appear on every Harris Poll top 10 movie star list since it first began in 1994 and he has been dead since 1979. This kist is rounded out by Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie & Morgan Freeman (tied).

Forget “Rock-a-Bye Baby,” 21st century moms are singing pop and rock tunes to their babies to soothe them to sleep. The number one tune in today’s nurseries is “Patience” by Take That. That’s the word from a survey of moms by The Baby Website. Nearly two-thirds of the mothers said rock and pop was better for getting babies to sleep than traditional lullabies. Why? It appears moms are greatly influenced by the music they listen to during the day. Coming in behind “Patience” were “Angels” by Robbie Williams, “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry and “Wonderwall” by Oasis. Here’s more:

·         13% of mothers think lullabies are too old-fashioned to sing to their baby.

·         10% say they don’t sing traditional lullabies because they can’t remember the words.

·         Nearly half of mothers sing to their little one when their baby is upset.

·         33% of mothers always lull their baby to sleep with a song.

If you’ve ever listened to your sister-in-law divulge the details of her colonoscopy at a family gathering, then you know what it’s like to be the victim of too much information, or TMI. Tell-all blogs and social networking web sites, not to mention reality TV, only add to the onslaught. Unfortunately, this flagrant full disclosure offends more than just your sense of decorum and decency. “It’s caused by a big cultural shift toward narcissism,” says Jean Twenge, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University. “By talking endlessly about themselves, people lose the ability to show compassion and see a situation from someone else’s perspective.” You don’t have to be part of the problem. If you find yourself on the receiving end of TMI, “change the subject right away,” says Twenge. Or excuse yourself. (Ladies’ Home Journal)

If you’re upset about something, venting endlessly to friends is likely to leave you feeling worse. Women who rehash their woes with pals feel more anxious and sad than those who keep complaints to a minimum, a recent study from the University of Missouri at Columbia indicates.


·         Are you planning an Oscar party? Or do you even care?

·         The whole Chris Brown thing: what’s your theory?

·         Which celebrities would make weird couples (or weirder couples)?

·         Where are the best restaurants to take your toddlers?

·         The greatest breed of dog/cat?

·         Did you ever set a record for anything? Something that should have been a record?

·         Stupid things employees have around their desk?

·         What’s the snow trick you know, but no one else seems to know?

·         What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed in an airport?

·         Tell us about the job situation you got thrown into that you were clueless about.

·         What’s the biggest lie you ever had to tell for a boss?

·         Really great ways to say “I love you?”

·         Words that have different meanings than in the past?

·         What is the best pet food?

·         What’s the plan for Valentine’s Day?

Did you know there’s research that goes into determining what things smell like? Let’s take French Fries. Using a process called, “gas chromatography mass spectrometry,” scientists have broken down the aroma into a combination of smells of butterscotch, cocoa, onion, flowers, cheese and ironing boards smells. Phoner: What’s your favorite smell? Does anyone love the smell of something bizarre? My cohost loves the smell of gas. (the petroleum kind)

If you could clone anyone in your family who would it be? Would you ever consider cloning a pet? We mentioned the death of one of the top “cloners” of the world. He was a University of Connecticut scientist. And he didn’t get to see his life’s dream. The cloning of humans.

Remember that movie with Angelina and Brad called, “Mr. and Mr. Smith?” We asked our audience to tell us about couples they know who are always love/hate. You know, the ones that are fighting one second and all lovey dovey the next. Is this a healthy relationship? Can these kinds last?

We heard that there are 3.7 million Girl Scouts worldwide, and those girls (and their parents) sell about 200 million boxes of cookies each year. We talked about those people in the office who are always selling stuff for their kids school. Does anyone have someone at the office that pressures them into buying every time a new school sale comes up?

Have you ever sponged cable TV or electricity off of a neighbor? It was amazing the number of calls we got regarding this. It took more than a year to find a man used a nearby speed camera to power two neighborhood houses in Poland. A 44-year-old Polish man did it with a speed camera that had constantly flashed outside his home. He hooked up his home’s power to the camera’s power supply.

Guys, suppose your ex-girlfriend is spreading rumors about you. Men’s Health asked which description bothers you most?

·         Bad in bed — 31%

·         Lying, cheating jerk — 25%

·         Small penis — 24%

·         Immature — 9%

·         Cheap — 8%

·         Commitment-phobe — 3%

I’ve been divorced for 2 years and just met an awesome girl. We’ve gone on a couple dates, and things are beginning to “heat up.” I told her about the divorce, and she knows that I’m done with my ex. But I haven’t told her one thing: that I have my ex’s name tattooed, on my back. It’s pretty big, too. I checked into having it lasered off right after the divorce, but I’ve been broke since then, and I shrugged it off until now. How do I bring this up? I can’t guess that she’d be too happy to see another woman’s name on my back. Or should I tell her at all and wait til the last possible moment?

Lies your parents told you. You know, the stuff you always believed to be true but found out as an adult it was bogus. We got going on that because my cohost mentioned the “heat webs” under her stairs. She was surprised to find out there’s no such thing. It’s just spider webs with dust on ’em. So we called her mother and she confirmed that they are old spider webs, but she used to call them “heat webs” because that’s what her grandmother called them. Among the calls we got about parent lies were pets “going to a farm.” As one guy put it, “I found out later my dog didn’t go to a farm, he bought it.” Another caller described how mad her son got when he found out his pet fish, Henry, was actually 5 different fish. It seems she lied to him about having a special medicine that would make the floating upside down fish better while he was at school.

What are your favorite workout songs? Which ones will we find in your MP3 player while you’re on the stairmaster at the gym? In mine you’ll hear, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” by the Black Eyed Peas, “Mr. Brightside” by the Killers, and “Dancing Queen” by Abba to name a few. They all get my blood a pumpin’!

I got kicked out of (blank) because (blank)! One mom got kicked out of a Little League game after getting into a fight with the umpire, one guy got tossed from Denny’s after he started stripping (he was drunk) and walked out the front door right into the arms of 3 sheriff’s deputies.

Here are 10 signs that you tied the knot with Mr. or Mrs. Wrong, according to psychologist Lori Kuriman.

1.      You sometimes find yourself looking back wistfully at past sweethearts. Even old partners you weren’t that crazy about at the time suddenly seem wonderful.

2.      You fantasize about other people during lovemaking. It’s one thing to have occasional sexual thoughts about members of the opposite sex, but when you can’t become aroused without conjuring up the face of someone other than your mate, the marriage is headed for the rocks.

3.      You frequently think back to the time you were single and remember that period of your life as “the good old days.”

4.      You sometimes find yourself “tuning out” your spouse, not hearing what it is they’ve said – as if part of you is denying that the person even exists.

5.      You argue mostly about minor matters instead of big issues regarding your future together.

6.      When a member of the opposite sex flirts with your mate, you don’t really feel jealous.

7.      You prize time alone and actually look forward to your partner’s trips away from home.

8.      You often cast your mind back to the moment you decided to marry and wonder what would have happened if you had chosen otherwise. This is a common form of marriage-denial.

9.      You sometimes think about what you would do if your partner were dead.

10.  You often find yourself asking the question, “Did I marry the wrong person?” If you have to ask, of course, the answer probably is yes.

When did it hit you that you had married the wrong person? Did you try and fix the relationship? Can it be done if it’s the wrong person?

My old girlfriend has a strange fear of houseplants. So, we asked who out there has a fear just as silly or strange. We heard from listeners who have fears from cotton balls to mascots at high school games.

My co-host told listeners that he was getting ready to hurt some people’s feelings and for the first time ever some people were going to tell the truth. We solicited for listeners who hate their step kids; better yet, if you despise your step kids then call us now is what we asked. Surprisingly enough the phone lines blew up with listeners who couldn’t stand their spouses rude and pathetic children. Then my co-host went on his rant with each caller about how when you marry someone you sign up for the whole package and not just that one person. He went off on a few listeners and argued that a child that’s 6 or 8 years old has no idea what they’re doing; if they’re rude, it’s because they were raised to be rude and the step parent can’t hold that against them. Some callers were pissed and others were satisfied; nonetheless, it’s a great show topic!

I fell in a parking lot the other day. Much to my confusion, nobody even offered to help me. I am very pregnant and very obviously had a need, but still people just walked on by. We talked about how often that’s because people today are afraid to get involved, so that no bad repercussions come back on them later. Like those people that help start someone’s heart or do mouth to mouth on the street, with someone who has had an episode, only to get sued later because there were complications. Then we also heard people are scared for their lives in some situations, because the supposed victim is just setting them up. Scary calls.

Still searching for a Valentine’s date? Have a penchant for muscular torsos, crew cuts and tattoos? Then is the Web site for you. Some of America’s most desirable felons are lining up to send you love letters, poems and even proposals of marriage. Ladies, would you ever date an ex-con? Are bad boys a turn on for you? How bad is too bad?

I can’t remember why it came up again, but we got calls as usual when we asked why women seem to prefer hairless men now. Is it because they seem younger? We got a few calls from women who appreciate manly men, but most seemed to think more than just a tiny bit of hair is “gross.” One guy said he broke up with a former girlfriend because she was obsessed with it. As he put it, “It only takes one waxing to convince you it’s not worth it.”


Your Neighbor Hates Your McMansion
A new study from Ohio State University finds that as a general rule, Americans hate McMansions. It’s not the big elaborate columns or the sweeping driveways that bother most of us — it’s the height of these giant homes. The so-called McMansions sprouting up in U.S. suburbs are often more than two times as tall as surrounding homes and researchers found people didn’t like it when one house was significantly larger than the others on the block. While many communities try to maintain stylistic consistency and limit the size of new homes to less than roughly twice the size of the neighboring houses, others do not. Word of warning — owning the biggest house on the street is usually a bad idea as it’s harder to maximize any return on your investment. Being surrounded by homes that cost less and are smaller almost always means your home will appraise for less and you’ll get less for it! (Reuters)

The Madoff Case Starts To Get Complicated
The Bernie Madoff scandal has started to have some unexpected complications. New York lawyer Steven Simkin was one of Madoff’s victims and he’s now suing his ex-wife, Laura Blank, for the return of part of their divorce settlement, saying he was misled about his actual worth given that he had $5.4 million in a Bernie Madoff account. He paid his wife half the value of the account in an uncontested divorce settlement but of course now has found out that account is worthless. That means Simkin’s wife of 30 years avoided the losses caused by Madoff’s alleged fraud. Simkin’s lawyers are claiming that the account was in fact worthless at the time of the divorce, so Blank shouldn’t have gotten anything from it. Because half of nothing is nothing! (Reuters)

Why We Love Our Milkman
In the town of Burnely, England, 72-year-old Robert Holding was holding on to a dying profession. He was the town milkman and turns out made a much better living than you’d expect. That’s because milk wasn’t the only thing he was delivering to his mostly elderly customers. He also brought them marijuana! Prosecutor Sarah Statham says that Holding offered the drug to customers suffering from aches and pain and they would leave notes on their doorsteps to order the drug. He pleaded guilty and won’t be going to jail. They gave him a suspended jail sentence of 36 months. (Ananova)

Bill Gates Makes a Mosquito Statement
Retired Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates got the attention of those who came to hear him speak at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) 2009 conference in Long Beach, California. Speaking on behalf of his anti-malaria cause, he released a swarm of mosquitoes in the room saying, “Malaria is spread by mosquitoes! I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.” Now none of the released mosquitoes were actually carrying the disease but it did make folks sit up and pay attention about the plight of Africans and South East Asians infected with the mosquito-borne malaria. Gates pointed out that more money is being spent on developing a cure for baldness and wants that to change. He encouraged others to invest in finding a cure for malaria and called for greater distribution of insect nets and other protective gear for affected countries. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is funding the development of a vaccine for malaria. (

Ungrateful Dirty Son
A 22-year-old Polish college student called police and charged his own mother with psychological torture after she told him to take a bath and clean up his room. Police rushed to rescue Lukasz Zapalowski, thinking he was a torture victim at the family home in Warsaw. But when they got there his furious mom told officers all she’d done was ask him to have a bath once a week, tidy his room and help with the rent. As a result, Lukasz is facing more torment as detectives investigate him for wasting police time. (Ananova)

First Woman To Swim the Atlantic is 56!
American Jennifer Figge has just become the first woman to swim the Atlantic Ocean — and she did it at age 56! She took 24 days to swim from the Cape Verde islands off Africa to Trinidad, and says she first dreamed of swimming across the Atlantic Ocean as a little girl. She often faced waves as high as 30-feet and swam inside a cage to protect her from sharks, spending up to eight hours in the water at a stretch before returning to her support boat. Crew members would throw Jennifer energy drinks as she swam along. If it was too stormy divers would deliver them in person. She says, “I was never scared. Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can always swim in a pool.” Her amazing journey comes 10 years after a French male swimmer, Benoit Lecomte, made the first known solo trans-Atlantic swim. (Ananova)

There’s Just No Crime Here
Two years ago, an Oregon district attorney’s office set out to prosecute then 17-year-old David Simmons for having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend. As the girl was clearly a willing participant, the grand jury in Jefferson County refused to indict Simmons, but the prosecutor acted exactly like the indictment had gone through, and no one, not even Simmons, noticed the mistake. It was only after Simmons agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a 30-day sentence did the news finally reach the foreman of the grand jury that had “no-billed” him, and the foreman’s complaint caused the judge to dismiss the conviction. However, now prosecutors in neighboring Lane County have decided to charge Simmons for the same crime claiming that “double jeopardy” does not apply because the Jefferson County case never legally happened in that Simmons was never really indicted. Oh give the poor boy a break. Like high school kids all over America aren’t having sex. We’re not saying they should but goodness knows they do! Wake up. (Register-Guard)


Two choices: you gotta pick one and tell us why!

·         6-inches of snow or 8-inches of rain

·         Kittens or Puppies

·         Mac ‘n Cheese or Hot Pocket

·         Denny’s or Applebee’s

·         Walking for an hour or Working out for 30 minutes

·         Speaking in front of 500 or Singing in front of 100

·         Leg cramp or Back itch

·         A parakeet or a Goldfish for a pet

·         NHL All-Star Game or the NFL Pro Bowl

·         Your favorite aunt coming for a weekend or Least favorite aunt for a weekend


Every week we’re going to have someone on from a certain profession to tell weird/funny stories that have happened to them. We’d had on a limo driver and a hairdresser. We bring them in studio and disguise their voice.


It’s been the rage. We’re going to set up dates like a factory line, one every 30 seconds. The listener gets 30 seconds to tell a little bit about themselves if they haven’t been grabbed up in 30 seconds we go on to the next caller. We will pass along how this turns out, because we really don’t know ourselves.


1.      You look on Facebook to see if John Madden will be your friend

2.      You cry all Sunday afternoon

3.      Only guy in the office with his own cheerleaders

4.      You set up your Outlook to give you a “Two minute warning” before lunch

5.      You make all your major decisions with a coin toss

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

Well, they were saying Chris Brown could be the next Bobby Brown. They didn’t know how right they were.

My wife is really upset with the whole Chris Brown thing and reminded me that domestic violence is nothing to make jokes about. She says if I write one Chris Brown joke, she’s going to punch me. OW!

So then, I’ll just have to write two. OW again!

This just in: New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez has just now officially changed his nickname from “A-Rod” to “A-Roid”!

An expert says that, within ten years, we’ll be able to show TV on contact lenses. Those 42-inch plasma lenses might be a little painful, but MAN, what a picture!

Al Gore won a Grammy for the “Best Spoken Word” category. He invented the Grammy’s, you know…

This is the second award Al Gore has received. The first was “Album of the Year” from the American Society of Insomniacs.


·         According to a story in the Boston Globe, getting rid of your ___________ will reduce crime by 20%. (garbage outside your house)

·         In Sweden, a drunk driving charge was dismissed when a man successfully argued that a _________ was actually behind the wheel, not him. (storybook character… no kidding)

·         The very first ___________hotel and spa has opened up in Sydney, Australia. (dog)


Get a listener and their spouse on the telephone. Give the listener 30 seconds to “Make Your Mama Mad!” If they’re successful they win a cookie, or some other prize.


Have people who recently lost their job read their resume on the air, see who gets a job because of you.


Things never actually said in classic movies:

·         Dracula: I want to suck your blood! Used for humor in Tim Burton’s 1994 Ed Wood.

·         Star Wars: “May the force be with you” Obi never said it, but Han Solo did!

·         Cagney: “You dirty rat!” He did say “Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin’ rat”!

·         Snow White: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Actual quote: Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the Fairest one of all?”

·         Shatner: “Beam Me Up Scotty” This one is kind of a reach: “Scotty, Beam me up!”

·         Apollo 13: “Houston, we have a problem Also sometimes misquoted as: “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” Both are wrong. The correct historical phrase was: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

·         “Say hello to my little friend” has been said in more adult movies than in “Scarface.”

We took calls on quotes folks have adopted for their own life… We heard “Go ahead, Make My Day!” more than any other… And that was from moms!


We’re going to try the old job switch for at least a few weeks. My female co-host wants to be a receptionist and answer the phones, and our intern would love to be a cashier at the grocery store, as long as you only had to swipe stuff over a scanner. I would like to work in a body shop, I’m willing to start at the bottom and work my way up. We’ll see how it goes.


Get a listener a week who is willing to do something new in their life and talk to them Monday, then again Friday, and see if they have been able to complete their task. Those include (one/per listener) learn to play an instrument, learn a new language, read 3 bestsellers, or volunteer at the charity of our choice. Then on Friday, get them to prove to you that they have completed the task and give them a cool prize.


Here are a few tips on how to be your mate’s best friend, according to the books, “A Man’s Guide To Being A Woman’s Best Friend” and “A Woman’s Guide To Being A Man’s Best Friend.”

·         On conversation — Man to woman: Don’t dominate conversation about your work. Woman to man: Listen to him tell you about his work.

·         On sex — Man to woman: Shower and shave before getting into bed at night, and then don’t bother her. Woman to man: Light candles in your bedroom.

·         On working — Man to woman: Always do your best at your job. Woman to man: Don’t ever imply that you wish he earned more money.

·         On finances, Part I — Man to woman: Place her pedicure ahead of anything you may want for yourself. Woman to man: Live within your budget.

·         On finances, Part II — Man to woman: Prepare your will. Woman to man: Don’t shop for clothes when you know he is under financial pressure.

·         On quid pro quo — Man to woman: Never expect her to admit she’s wrong. Woman to man: Compromise easily.


Been taking calls all week from people who did something as kids that their parents don’t know about or whose parents don’t know it was them who did it (wrecking the car, breaking something etc). Best call of the week gets a weekend stay at a local resort hotel. We’re coming up with other ideas to make it a regular monthly feature.


Here’s a great idea that will get you TV. Get the most popular salon in town to set up across the street from the Motor Vehicles Bureau and give women beauty makovers before they go in to get their new license pictures taken.


For Men:

·         Why do you put lemon juice on avocados? To keep it from going brown ***, for taste, or for health reasons.

·         What product is 99% pure? Johnson and Johnson’s baby cologne, Febreze, or Ivory Soap ***.

·         In fashion, what is a mule? A type of shoe ***, A dress, or another name for lipstick.

·         What type of nut is used to make marzipan? Macadamian, Almond ***, or Peanut.

For Women:

·         Pump-action, cabinet and ratchet are all types of what tool? Hammers, Screwdrivers ***, or drills.

·         What cap shouldn’t you open in the car if the engine is boiling? Oil Cap, Radiator cap ***, or Transmission cap.

·         How many beers would you find in a case? 12, 24 ***, or 36.

·         How many quarters are in a regulation hockey game? 0 ***, 2, or 4. (They are periods and not quarters)

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

Jessica Simpson has been forgetting the words to song lyrics during her concerts. And she’s not taking responsibility for it. Jessica claims Chris Brown took a wild swing at Rihanna, missed, and hit her.

Things just keep getting worse for Alex Rodriguez. After reports leaked out that he tested positive for steroids in 2003, the New York papers came out with the headlines, “A-Roid,” and “A-Fraud.” And now, Joe Torre says Alex was obsessed with Derek Jeter. What’s next? “Gay-Rod?”

Boy is Alex Rodriguez stupid. He’s on the hot-seat now, not just for using steroids, but for swearing to Katie Couric in an interview that he didn’t. On the positive side for Alex… he was able to remember what newspaper he reads… and he did know what the Bush Doctrine was…

Speaking of the pared-down stimulus bill, Senator Ben Nelson said, “We trimmed the fat, fried the bacon and milked the sacred cows.” Nelson might have just become the first person to piss off Kirstie Alley, Jackie Mason, Osama bin Laden and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, simultaneously.

Michael Phelps is back in the pool. And boy is that water cold. At least I think that’s what Barney Frank meant when he said the package is way too small.

There was a big party in my neighborhood this weekend. I heard Bill Maher driving by saying, “I was so stoned; I thought I saw Michael Phelps swimming in the bong water.”

The news about tainted peanut products across America just keeps getting worse. Because of truth in advertising laws, Planters has been ordered to change the name of “Mr. Peanut” to “Salmonella Fella.”

130 fishermen in Toledo, Ohio, had to be rescued after they got trapped on an ice floe in Lake Erie. The men were left stranded after Bank of America foreclosed on their ice shanties.

The U.S. economy lost 600,000 jobs in January. The last time job losses were this bad, Gerald Ford was president, Barack Obama was 13 and Cher was winding up her third farewell tour.

Can you believe that… 600,000 jobs lost in January? To put this in perspective…that’s equivalent to all the jobs in the state of Maine and all the jobs in Pittsburgh. And you know what they say, “As Maine goes; so goes the Steeler Nation…”

Can you imagine if everyone in Pittsburgh lost their jobs? Those “Terrible Towels” would become “Tear-able-Towels.” That would be just terrible!

President Obama’s chief adviser, David Axelrod, says when it comes to getting the Obama stimulus bill passed, it’s time “to fish or cut bait.” This actually encouraged Blue Collar Republicans who said, “If Obama’s as good a fisherman as he is a bowler…we’re in excellent shape here.”

Last week President Barack Obama said, “I don’t care whether you’re driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you’re headed for a cliff, you’ve got to change direction.” To which Tom Daschle replied, “Driver, go ahead over the cliff. Like all rich crooks, I’ve got a golden parachute.”

New York Times columnist David Brooks writes that “many Democratic staffers, regulators, journalists, lawyers, Obama aides and senior civil servants” live in Washington D.C.’s “Ward Three,” where they all have “Nordic Track machines” provided for exercise, but nothing for “toning the muscles in the lower halves of their bodies.” Be serious, David. When you’re constantly lugging around several copies of that 647-page stimulus bill…Who needs barbells?

Sunday on “Meet the Press” while Republicans talked about “wasted spending” in President Obama’s stimulus bill, Democrats suggested that infrastructure spending would help the construction industry which lost 110,000 workers in January, money for cities would save the jobs of cops, funds to states would aid Indian reservations and money for the environment would help Western ranchers. Democrats are worried that without the bill, by the end of the month, the Village People would be down to just the Sadomasochistic guy and the Sailor.

Of course, Republicans would love to see the Village People down to the Sailor and the Sadomasochistic guy. They’re hoping the Sailor will beat up the Sadomasochistic guy, and then the Republicans can kick out the Sailor using the “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” policy.


You get a husband on the phone and set up a surprise for his wife. A limo comes to her job in the morning and picks her up and brings her to Denny’s where the husband is waiting to eat breakfast with her. Have a few people there to play love songs on the kazoo.


For Valentine’s Day, qualify listeners, then line up your finalists and see which one can shoot a Hershey’s Kiss the furthest out of a blow tube. The winner gets a romantic get-a-way or a pound of Chocolate Kisses for each foot it travels.


Your eyes are the windows to your soul, confirm face-reading experts. These masters of “mug-ology” aka physiognomists, say they can divine people’s personalities by analyzing their peepers. For example:

·         Large eyes — indicate people with high emotional intelligence, a nurturing nature and an ability to convey their deepest feelings with a glance, all of which makes them very popular and powerful.

·         Upturned eyes — signal an optimistic idealist who’s also very competitive.

·         Close-set eyes — denote a well-organized perfectionist with a tendency toward tunnel vision, intolerance and independence.

·         Wide-set eyes — signify someone who’s easygoing, philosophical and who’s more concerned with the big picture than nitpicking.

·         Bulging eyes — indicate a person who loves to talk and make lots of eye contact while yakking.


String together just the word “love” from about 7 or 8 different songs from the same artist. Listeners have to correctly identify the songs they were taken out of to win concert tickets, etc.


Most newspapers run a special Valentine’s Day section with love notes put in by people for their “sweety.” This year, plant a few yourself, like “(Morning Host) we love you every morning on (Calls)” with big hearts, etc. Lots of people read these things, so it could start some phone action.


1.      Carve your initials in her leg

2.      Give her a bag of those candies that say “Advil” on them

3.      Write a special song for the day and fart it

4.      Take her out for a nice dinner and pick her up in an hour or so

5.      Give a t-shirt that says “Do me”

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Angie Everhartwho dated Sly Stallone, Howard Stern and Joe Pesci, and was briefly married to Ashley Hamilton is pregnant, but won’t identify the father. “The dad is very nice and he’s very excited about it, but we are not a couple,” Everhart tells E! Online’s Mark Malkin. “It’s nobody you know.” Everhart – whose career stalled after “Last Action Hero” (1993) – is shopping a reality show, “Angie Baby,” “about me being a single, strong, healthy and good-spirited woman who is having a baby on her own,” she says. “I want to show the positive aspects of women who do it on their own.” (Page Six)


Jessica Alba wants the world to know her body after baby secret – and it has nothing to do with celery sticks or crunches at the gym. “I wore a girdle,” the actress, 28, tells the March issue of Elle. “Eight weeks after my girlfriend had her baby, you could see her six-pack. She told me to put an elastic band around my waist – any kind of band or girdle works.” Adds Alba, “I didn’t recover as fast as she did. I don’t have a six-pack – that’s just not my body at all.” The actress confesses that she tried working out to get in shape for a calendar shoot, but quickly gave it up. “[The workouts] were horrible,” she tells the magazine. “I cried. And I haven’t worked out since.” What wasn’t so tough for the Fantastic Four star? Surprisingly, childbirth itself. “Contractions aren’t that bad,” she says. “If you’ve ever had bad cramps? That’s what they’re like. But that moment when they put the baby on your chest – that’s deep. It’s a deep experience.” Actually, tears have been a somewhat common occurrence for the new mother, especially when she is away from daughter, Honor. “This is the first time I’ve been away from her,” Alba tells Elle. “It’s been six days. It sucks; it’s the worst thing ever. But we Skype, so I can see her on video. The worst is when you can see her little chubby hands grab the screen, and I’m not there.” The magazine reported that the actress began welling up at the memory. “That’s a new thing – I never cried before,” she says. “Just being a mother is making me a big, weepy mess.” (People)


Chart-topping singer Lady Gaga has revealed her plans to start a fashion range. Lady Gaga has said she has plans to start her own fashion label. “I can’t wait to do my own line. It’s definitely something I want to do in the next year as I do have my own style,” Showbiz Spy quote the singer – real name Joanne Germanotta – saying. “I’m already talking to my boy Akon about it.” Gaga was ‘discovered’ by Akon two years ago and he believes the fashion line will be a success. “People dissed her because of the way she dresses, but she’s hot. Everyone wants to look like her,” he said. “She’ll walk around in London in her underwear and you watch, everyone will catch on.”  (Handbag)


While Usher is in Las Vegas recording his next album, his wife, Tameka Foster, is not very happy about being left in Atlanta with their kids, Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely. “Tameka is really upset that she was asked not to come to Vegas with Usher in December when he left to work on his next album,” said an industry insider. “She tried to have so much influence over his last project that this time, the people involved with the record said she had to stay away.” Our tipster added, “Tameka’s keeping her distance seems to be helping Usher,” who recently got a full-length arm tattoo featuring various members of his family. His rep insists, “Usher and Tameka have a solid relationship and she understands the demands of his recording schedule. He’s been in the studio with Pharrell Williams and Jermaine Dupri working hard on his next album.” (Page Six)


Demi Moore is unafraid of competition. While the star and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, were playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa, Fla., a fellow player asked Kutcher, “Have you seen the Hard Rock Girls calendar?” According to an onlooker, “Ashton told the guy he hadn’t because he didn’t want to piss off Demi.” Our source heard Moore snap, “I don’t give a [bleep] if you look at that thing.” (Page Six)


Paris Hilton is trying her hardest to land a big-money man. At Sundance, she latched onto MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, who ditched her days later. But before that, we’ve learned, she had her eye on David Maisel, chairman of Marvel Studios. Maisel was fawning all over Hilton at Golden Globes weekend parties, but backed off when he realized she was persona non grata in Hollywood society. Maisel brought Paris to the CAA party at the Sunset Tower. As Page Six reported, she was escorted out by security on the orders of CAA bigs who were furious she’d gotten in. After she left crying, spies saw Maisel “groveling and apologizing” to CAA head Kevin Huvane for bringing her. A friend said, “David did bring her but he had another date with him. She was denied entry and he didn’t go in to the party and left with Paris and his date.” Maisel’s rep declined to comment. (Page Six)


Miley Cyrusdriving instructor says the teen queen is very focused. Sounds like Miley Cyrus’ driving instructor is very focused on getting her name in a magazine. (Eonline)


Miley Cyrus is finally speaking out on controversial photos that show her using her fingers to make her eyes slant, which is considered degrading to Asian people. “I’ve also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context!” she writes on her official fan site. “In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy?” she adds. “It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. If that would of [sic] been anyone else, it would of been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘BAD GIRL’!” Cyrus continues: “I feel like now that Britney is back on top of her game again, they need someone to pick on! Lucky me! haha Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know what is on my heart. You guys know me and have been by my side every step of the way! “You guys know my heart and know the most important things to me are my friends, family, fans, and GOD! In NO WAY do I want to disappoint any of you! But, when I have made mistakes in the past, I feel like I’ve owned up to them and apologized,” she adds. “I really wish everyone would stop focusing on my personal life and get back to focusing on what I love! Music and Acting! Hopefully, I will be touring again this fall! Yayy! =] It will be a nice change to be back out on the road again!” Cyrus goes on, before signing off “bexoxo blessings…Miley =)” Advocate group OCA released a statement earlier saying the 16 year old “encouraged and legitimized the taunting and mocking of people of Asian descent, [and] she has also insulted her many Asian Pacific American fans.” This isn’t the first time Cyrus has been slammed for photos. In April 2008, she was criticized by parenting groups after pictures surfaced of her posing in green bra. A few months later, she apologized after posing semi-nude in Vanity Fair. (US Weekly)


Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba and her boyfriend of 2½ years, dancer Artem Chigvintsev, have called it quits, Inaba tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’m single. Artem and I broke up in the beginning of November,” says Inaba, adding, “As much as our relationship was really good,” the two realized that neither “was ‘the one’ for the other. It was very sad to let go of something that was so good on so many levels.”  Inaba, 41, first met Chigvintsev, 26, several years ago, while he was competing on the FOX reality show So You Think You Can Dance. The two began dating in 2006. Calling the breakup amicable, Inaba praises her ex for being “a fine gentleman. I have never gone out with somebody that grounded, always ready to talk it out. I’m very happy for him and the success he’s having.” Chigvintsev is currently on tour with the live show Dancing with the Stars, which wraps in Philadelphia Feb. 8. In the meantime, Inaba is prepping for Dancing‘s eighth TV season, which kicks off March 9 on ABC. (People)


Audrina Patridge is not dating Paris Hilton’s ex! After the New York Daily News reported that The Hills star and Benji Madden began dating two weeks ago, Patridge took to her blog to dispel the rumors. “I’m getting a lot of calls today about a story that ran in a New York paper saying that I am now in a ‘romantic’ relationship with Benji Madden,” the reality star wrote. “I find it highly amusing, since I haven’t seen him since December. “I think Benji is a sweetheart, and we’re good friends, but we are definitely NOT dating!” Patridge added The former Good Charlotte rocker was also recently rumored to be dating Britney Spears after In Touch reported that they were hooking up. Spears’ publicist denied any connection.  (US Weekly)


Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer of the pioneering horror-punk band the Cramps, has died, the group’s publicist said. He was 60. Interior – whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser – died Wednesday of a pre-existing heart condition at a hospital in Glendale, Calif., publicist Aleix Martinez said in a statement. Interior met his future wife Kristy Wallace – who would later take the stage name Poison Ivy – in Sacramento in 1972. The pair moved to New York and started the Cramps with Interior on lead vocals and Ivy on guitar. The group was a part of the late `70s early punk scene centered at Manhattan clubs like CBGB, alongside acts like the Ramones and Patti Smith. Their unmistakable sound was a lo-fi synthesis of rockabilly and surf guitar staged with a deviant dose of midnight-movie camp. Some called it “psychobilly.” The pale, tall, gaunt Interior appeared shirtless with black hair and tiny, low-slung black pants, looking part zombie, part Elvis Presley as he crawled, writhed and howled his way across the stage. The group had the raw intensity of punk, but took the music in new directions by incorporating theatrical elements, often horror-themed, in songs like “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” and “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns.” Their breakthrough debut EP was 1979’s “Gravest Hits.” The band made a notorious appearance at a California mental institution, Napa State Hospital, in 1978. The performance, whose video is still popular on YouTube, was a punk-era echo of the Folsom Prison concert of Johnny Cash, one of the band’s influences. Interior was widely rumored in 1987 to have died from a heroin overdose, and his wife received flowers and funeral wreaths. “At first I thought it was kind of funny,” he told the Los Angeles Times at the time. “But then it started to give me a creepy feeling.” The Cramps’ lineup changed often through the decades but Interior and Ivy remained the center. Their bluesy, trebly sound – the group didn’t have a bass guitarist – resonates in modern minimalist groups like the White Stripes and the Black Lips. The band’s last release was the 2004 rarities collection “How to Make a Monster.” They were still touring as recently as last November. (Daily Record)





As a teenager, the pop star Shakira fought illiteracy, teaching reading at a parochial school in the humble La Playa district of her hometown on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Her gift to La Playa is now considerably bigger. The multiple Grammy winner dedicated a $6 million school on Wednesday sponsored by her foundation, Pies Descalzos, which means “barefoot” in Spanish. The black-gowned Shakira was accompanied by President Alvaro Uribe, who decorated her with a medal. The 13,000-square-meter (140,000-sq.-ft.) school will cater to 1,800 students and is the fifth the singer-songwriter’s foundation has built. Shakira said her foundation’s work is all about “breaking the myth that quality education is the privilege of the few.” (Daily Record)


James Franco, who won recent acclaim for playing both a goofy pot dealer and Harvey Milk’s lover, has been named Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Man of the Year. Franco will receive the award at a roast Feb. 13 by the Hasty Pudding – the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe. The 31-year-old actor was nominated for a Golden Globe for his supporting role in “Pineapple Express” and starred opposite Sean Penn in “Milk.” He has appeared in TV’s “Freaks and Geeks” and the “Spider Man” trilogy and portrayed James Dean in the TNT biopic. Renee Zellweger will be honored as the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year on Thursday. Last year’s honorees were Christopher Walken and Charlize Theron. (Daily Record)


Angelina Jolie has called on Thailand’s government to give more freedom to tens of thousands of Burmese refugees it has kept locked inside camps for up to 20 years. The Academy Award-winning actress and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Refugee Agency visited Thailand’s Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee center Wednesday. “I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp,” Jolie was quoted as saying by UNHCR in a statement released Thursday. She asked Thai authorities to give around 110,000 refugees in northern Thailand greater freedom to move around and seek higher education, because they are unlikely to be welcomed back anytime soon to Myanmar, also known as Burma. Myanmar’s military junta has been accused of gross atrocities against ethnic minorities, forcing thousands to flee to neighboring countries. Jolie, 33, sat down in a two-room house on stilts and talked with a female refugee. She then met orphans at a boarding school and heard from teenage girls worried that they might be sent back to Myanmar. “I hope we can work with the Thai authorities to speed up the government admissions process and that you will not be forced to go back to Burma if danger remains,” Jolie said. UNHCR says Thailand has yet to give refugee status to 5,000 Burmese that fled to Thailand in 2006-2007, when there was significant fighting across the border in Myanmar’s Kayah state. Her visit comes amid an uptick in the arrival of migrants from Myanmar, who often travel on rickety vessels to escape violence or harm. (Daily Record)


He’s best known as the lead vocalist for the Gap Band. Now Charlie Wilson is raising his voice to narrow the knowledge gap about prostate cancer. Wilson, who was diagnosed last fall and treated with radiation implants, says he’s in remission. The singer wants to serve up a dose of knowledge along with the funk when he tours to support his new solo album, “Uncle Charlie,” due out Feb. 17. He’s urging men, especially African-Americans, to get tested. Black men are at increased risk of prostate cancer overall. It was during a routine physical last September that a blood test turned up signs of prostate cancer. A biopsy and follow-up examination confirmed the diagnosis. When Wilson heard his doctor utter the word cancer, “I just felt devastated,” he said. But Wilson also noticed that his doctor “had this little smile on his face” as he delivered the news. The reason, he said, was because his doctor told him: “We caught it early enough and we can knock it out.” Wilson is also spreading the message of early detection when he performs for U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Kuwait this month, and is working with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to increase awareness. (Daily Record)


Tom Cruise could use a geography lesson. In Rio de Janeiro hawking “Valkyrie,” Cruise tried to ingratiate himself to reporters by saying hola (hello) and gracias (thanks), not realizing that the language of Brazil is Portuguese, not Spanish. According to, Cruise also said he fell in love with Brazil watching movies about samba and tango, unaware that tango is an Argentine dance. Cruise, who’s been staying with wife Katie and baby Suri at the Copacabana Palace, took a side trip to the private island of plastic surgeon Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, who has his own landing strip and a menagerie of exotic animals. (Page Six)


First she quit Hef, now Holly Madison is out at Playboy! “I quit for several reasons,” the 29-year-old — who served as the magazine’s “Playmate Editor” — blogged on her Celebrity MySpace page Wednesday night under the title “Annoying!!!!” “One: I moved to Vegas, and that job doesn’t pay enough to make a commute worthwhile,” she writes. Beau Criss Angel — whom she’s been dating from her October split from Hef — performs his illusionist show five nights a week at the Luxor Hotel. She continues: “I never cared about the salary when I got the job. I made my money doing Girls Next Door, and I did the job because I loved it.” Madison also says she “no longer found it challenging” finding the babes to fill Playboy‘s pages. “It got to be routine, which was sad for me, since I was initially so passionate about the job and the creative aspects involved,” she says. Plus working with her ex “was awkward. Not that anyone tried to make it awkward or didn’t treat me fairly…it just was.” Madison defends her gig as real. “It annoys me when people call the job fake, as if it was just a set up for the show. If I had wanted a fake career for Girls Next Door, I would have stuck with the jewelry line because that required very little of my time,” she says. “I spent way more than full time directing shoots, editing, making mock layouts and approving retouching.” She continues: “So as you can imagine, when one is trying to move on with their life, it isn’t beneficial to spend so much time on something that doesn’t pay much and, sadly enough, is no longer rewarding to you.” But I loved my job while I had it, appreciate the opportunity and the experience greatly, and wish whoever takes my place the best,” she writes, before signing off “Love-Holly.” Hef’s former girlfriends Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson have also moved on from Playboy. Marquardt is shooting a Travel Channel show called Bridget’s Sexy Beaches, while Wilkinson’s E! reality show premieres this summer. (US Weekly)


We’ve obtained the 911 call made in January by an employee of Kevin Costner — where he describes how Kevin became “violently sick” while driving. The caller calmly explains Costner had to pull over his Audi in the middle of Hollywood after suddenly becoming ill and “throwing up”. At one point, the caller says, “It’s Kevin Costner, actually, just to let you know.” To which the 911 operator amusingly responds: “THE Kevin Costner?” As TMZ first reported, Kevin was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he stayed overnight while awaiting results of tests, which came back normal. (TMZ)


Bruce Willis and Kirstie Alley — one is an incredibly generous tipper and the other is the biggest cheapskate around… at least according to one chatty skycap-to-the-stars. After Brody Jenner shockingly handed out a twenty-spot for his service, the celebrity bag carrier ran his mouth about some of his most famous clients — from Bruce to Rihanna to a whole mess of NFL big shots — and you’re never going to believe who’s tight with their wad… (TMZ)


TV presenter Fearne Cotton has been announced as the red carpet host at this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards. Fearne Cotton will host the red carpet coverage from this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards it has been announced. “Fans of fashion know there’s nothing quite like a red carpet in awards season for style spotting,” Fearne explained. “The Orange British Academy Film Awards will be the ultimate place to see the world’s biggest film stars and I can’t wait to be in the thick of it.” The BAFTAs take place this Sunday at London’s Royal Opera House. (Handbag)


The usually reputable People magazine misquoted Katy Perry allegedly talking about her ex-boyfriend and that got the Girl kisser quite miffed! Rightfully so. The former Christian singer responded to the correction of the misquotation in her official blog, scoring one for the musician and zero for the tab.  The magazine reported that Katy delivered a major diss to her ex Travis McCoy and his band, Gym Class Heroes, at her Los Angeles concert last weekend. Perry challenged them to find a clip of the supposed quotation. When they couldn’t, she had this to say: “I would never be so tacky. I go great lengths to keep it about the music. I made a different random type of joke before I introduced my song, ur so gay. I never mentioned Travis or his lovely band, as they are all still friends of mine. I don’t care if you make fun of me, my music, my zits, my cellulite or my bad choice of clothing… I really don’t. Just have some soul, and don’t LIE. I am not asking to be exempt from the media, I am just asking for some fucking fact checking. …steps off soap box. *forgive me to those who don’t understand, nor care. Onwards and upwards!* Good! (Perez Hilton)


“I will give him credit for one thing, though: Rod Blagojevich showed that a high-ranking politician can be disgraced without hookers or gay sex in a public bathroom” – Jimmy Kimmel on Gov. Blagojevich’s impeachment. (Page Six)


Kara DioGuardi got the final word in her feud with Katrina Darrell — a.k.a. “Bikini Girl” — on Wednesday night’s American Idol. While Darrell was stalking off the stage after being voted off, DioGuardi snapped: “What a b–ch!” The controversial contestant sabotaged her partners’ performance on group night by going to bed early, waking up late and giving the judges attitude. (But she still managed to get a few poses in for the camera before getting the boot.) DioGuardi and Darrell have been bickering since her first audition, when DioGuardi and Paula Abdul charged Darrell was put through to the next round based on her looks instead of singing ability. After Darrell’s first Hollywood Week performance, DioGuardi snarked: “Bring your pole tomorrow!” Meanwhile, Paula Abdul was slammed on Wednesday’s Idol. Contestant Ryan Pinkson said he “saw evil in Paula’s eyes” after getting the axe. Seventy-five people made it though to the next round. (US Weekly)


Michael Phelps admits it “definitely wasn’t easy” explaining those pot pics to his mom, Debbie, a middle-school principal. “Seeing my mom reminded me of how it was the day after I got my DUI, and I swore to myself I’d never do that again,” Phelps — who was arrested in 2004 at age 19 for DUI — told the Baltimore Sun. “We’ve been talking a lot,” said Phelps, 23, adding that he’s been spending the past several days with his mother and sisters. “I’ve been able to get back to my family. It’s part of my life I need back.” Phelps continued: “It’s something I am going to have to live with, and something I’ll have to grow from.” “This was stupid, and I know this won’t happen again,” he added. The swimmer could face criminal charges, The State newspaper of Columbia, South Carolina reported Tuesday. A South Carolina law enforcement official said he would charge Phelps if he could prove the U.S. Olympian smoked marijuana in his county. “This case is no different than any other case,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. The 14-time gold medalist hit the pool Tuesday, making his first public appearance since the photos surfaced over the weekend. (US Weekly)


Attention, John Mayer: Looking for date ideas with your on-again fling Jennifer Aniston? The He’s Just Not That Into You actress revealed her ideal romantic outing in a Wednesday interview on The Early Show. “Well-thought out, simple…just being able to go to a great restaurant, great conversation and a walk on a beach if there is one to be walked on!” said Aniston — who turns 40 next week. So has Aniston ever had to tell a friend that a guy is just not that into her? “No, I don’t think I have, honestly,” she says. “It’s been pretty clear. You can feel if somebody is or isn’t.” As for herself, “I’ve had people say, ‘Honey, I think he’s gay.’ [My reaction is], ‘What! But we get along so well,'” she joked. The actress also revealed that she may be stepping behind the camera in the future. “I am interested in directing. I directed a short feature a couple of years ago with Glamour. I just really enjoyed the process,” she said. “The editing was one of my favorite parts of it.” What makes her a good director? “I’m always a little bossy,” she said.  (US Weekly)


Peta has designed a full-page advert, painting fashion designer Giorgio Armani as “Pinocchio Armani” for allegedly breaking his promise not to use animal fur in his clothing collections. The animal rights group altered the image of Armani, giving him an elongated nose and have placed the ad in Hollywood trade paper, Variety. “Until Mr. Armani makes good on his promise, please choose somebody else’s clothes to wear to this year’s Academy Awards,” the ad tells Academy Award hopefuls. A year ago, the designer told reporters: “There is no fur in the collection. Many years ago I actually made a declaration that I wouldn’t use fur. I used some fur in some recent collections, and the organization PETA, whom most of you are familiar with, discussed this particular issue, and presented some information to [me] and [I’m] not using fur in [my] collection.”  A representative for the label said that there was no statement as Armani had not yet seen the advert. (British Glamour)


Selena Gomez is cute. The Wizards of Waverly Place starlet is rooting for Revolutionary Road to sweep the Oscars (despite only having three nominations) and already hatching plans to separate herself from Disneyland. Good luck with that. (Eonline)


Singer/actress Fantasia Barrino is reportedly set to reprise her role in The Color Purple in a production of the stage musical in Washington, D.C. this summer. The former American Idol champ starred in the Broadway adaptation of author Alice Walker’s novel of the same name from April 2007 to January 2008. And now she’s preparing to transform herself into the character of Celie once again when the hit show tours the U.S., with a three-month stint at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Aol’s Black Voices columnist Jawn Murray writes: “Though news of Fantasia’s return is apparently being kept under wraps – well, until now – I’m told the producers of the show are eager to see the High Point, North Carolina native return to the production.” My source told me that the negative attention Fantasia received by the ‘New York Post’ in December of 2007 for missing 50 shows was unwarranted because the 24-year-old star single-handedly ‘made a truck load of money for that show.'” Barrino was forced to skip a number of performances due to a tumor on her vocal chords, which has now been fully removed. The Broadway play closed in February 2008. (Teen Hollywood)


Jessica Simpson will not be appearing on the cover of fitness magazine Self, as scheduled – but whose fault is it? Not Self’s, claims Editor-In-Chief Lucy Danziger. According to the magazine, the recent frenzy over Simpson’s apparent weight gain has nothing to do with the change in plans. “Self would love for Jess to be on our cover,” Danziger told Access Hollywood. “We’ve had discussions about it but we couldn’t find a date… she’s very busy.” The trouble started last week, when Simpson wore “mom jeans” to a performance, sparking a barrage of comments about her weight and fashion sense. Friends and other celebrities rushed to her defense, including her sister and Pete Wentz, Carmen Electra and ex-husband Nick Lachey. (Pop Eater)


Etta James is not a fan of Beyonce — or President Barack Obama.  “You guys know your president, right? You know the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain’t my president, he might be yours, he ain’t my president,” James told fans during a Seattle concert last week.  “You know that woman he had singing for him, singing my song — she’s gonna get her a– whipped. The great Beyonce…But I can’t stand Beyonce,” she added. “She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day…singing my song that I’ve been singing forever.” Obama and wife Michelle shared their first dance to Beyonce’s rendition of the classic tune. James’ son, Donto, told the New York Daily News that Beyonce’s Inaugural ball performance “was great” earlier, though. “She’s gotten emotional, just like everybody else. … She was honored,” he said. Beyonce also plays James in Cadillac Records. The pair were all smiles posing at the November premiere of the flick. (US Weekly)


Hell hath no fury like Martha Stewart unpaid –- just ask Turbochef. The domestic doyenne is suing the oven-maker for over $15 million dollars because, she alleges in a lawsuit, her company pimped out Turbo’s stuff on her show and on her website, and was supposed to be paid back in company stock and cash. Guess what: They didn’t, and now Martha’s wants her money back on a platter. Fun fact: Martha controls the name and likeness of Emeril Lagasse — yeah, Kick-It-Up-a-Notch Emeril — in her empire. (TMZ)


An animal rights group is getting help from actress Ashley Judd in its campaign to try to stop Alaska’s practice of killing wolves and bears from airplanes. Judd appears in a new Internet video for Defenders of Wildlife, and targets not only the state’s predator control program but also one of the program’s chief supporters, Gov. Sarah Palin. “It’s time to stop Sarah Palin and stop this senseless savagery,” Judd says in the video posted on a Web site operated by the political arm of the group, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund. Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, countered that the program is scientifically based and an important tool to sustain moose and caribou populations for Alaska subsistence hunters. In Alaska, private citizens are permitted to shoot wolves from the air or conduct land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in rural areas. Defenders of Wildlife says more than 800 wolves have been killed since the program began almost five years ago. Along with Judd’s videotaped segment, the animal rights group asks for donations to help end the predator control program, possibly through federal legislation. Palin said it was “reprehensible and hypocritical” that the group would use the state and her administration as a fundraising tool. It’s not the first time Defenders of Wildlife has targeted Palin. Last fall, when Palin was John McCain’s running mate, it ran ads in several states denouncing Palin and the predator control program, and raised more than $1 million. Judd had campaigned for President Barack Obama during the campaign. (Daily Record)


Rapper Jim Jones has pleaded not guilty to beating a friend of hip-hop star Ne-Yo at an upscale New York City store. Jones, 32, was arraigned Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court and freed without bail pending a March 24 court date. He is charged with assault. He allegedly beat Jayvon Smith on Dec. 22 outside the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue. Jones downplayed the incident, saying: “It’s what you call an expensive inconvenience.” (Daily Record)



MUSIC . . .


As new dad Dierks Bentley crosses the country to tour with buddy Brad Paisley this year, he tells PEOPLE he’ll have more than music on his mind. “There’s no manual or blueprint for families who tour – I wish someone like Brad or Bono would write a book on how to make it work!” says the first-time father, who gives an exclusive peek at four-month-old daughter Evalyn Day in this month’s PEOPLE Country Special. Bentley had to leave wife, Cassidy, and baby Evie for the first time when he hit the road last month, but says touring with fellow dad Paisley makes the separation bearable. “I don’t want to be away from them for more than three or four days and this is a pretty manageable tour. He does a few dates and then comes home.” Still, the platinum-selling country star, who just released his new album Feel That Fire, knows what he could be missing. “There are just a billion firsts,” Bentley says of his new daughter, born Oct. 4. “She’s just perfect!” Though he insists parenthood hasn’t ended his “regular dude” pastimes of playing hockey and having the occasional night out at the bar, these days he favors mornings at home. “It’s a great time – watching her go through the motions of waking up and recognizing you and smiling,” he says. “When she smiles, her whole body smiles.” Cassidy considered packing the family along for a life on the road, “but a baby on the bus with five guys?” she says. “I respect the guys in the band too much to do that! We had to learn how to deal with Dierks being away as a couple and we’re going to have to learn that as a family.” They’ll start, they say, with a lot of love for each other and for Evie. “Me and Cass, it’s still an ongoing love affair – now there’s just a little baby in there,” Bentley says. (People)


Rapper M.I.A. had better add one more person to her Grammy entourage – a doctor.  The pregnant hip-hop star, who is nominated for two awards, is scheduled to perform at the ceremony Sunday, which is also her due date. “They say that you’re often late the first time, so I’m planning to go,” the mom-to-be, 31, who is engaged to musician Benjamin Brewer, tells USA Today. “We’ll see. People are trying to get me to relax and focus on the baby. It’s like being in parallel universes.”  Other newly announced performers include nominees John Mayer and Keith Urban, who will take part in a musical tribute to the late Bo Diddley. The show will also feature a duet from Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, as well as performances by U2, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. Several recent headline-makers have joined the list of presenters: nominee Natalie Cole, who recently spoke about her need for a kidney transplant, newly engaged actress-singer Zooey Deschanel (her fiancé is singer Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service), and plane-crash survivor Travis Barker, who will take the stage with a reunited Blink 182. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. (People)


A Polish tenor who is one of opera’s rising stars will replace famed tenor Rolando Villazon in a Metropolitan Opera performance transmitted live to movie theaters worldwide, the Met announced Wednesday. Opera fans’ ears will be tuned to tenor Piotr Beczala on Saturday afternoon, when he sings the part of Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The Met said Villazon was ill with a cold. Saturday’s performance is part of “The Met: Live in HD” series, which reaches hundreds of movie theaters and other venues in the United States, Asia and Europe, including Beczala’s homeland. With his robust, appealing sound, the 42-year-old singer has quickly become one of the Met’s favorite lyric tenors since his debut there two years ago as the Duke in Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” He sang the role of Edgardo to public and critical acclaim last October and is appearing in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.” In Europe, Beczala made his debut at London’s Royal Opera House in 2004 and at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 2006. Other members of the cast for Saturday’s “Lucia” remain as scheduled, including the Russian-born star soprano Anna Netrebko. (Daily Record)


The uxorious Nick Cannon got “Mariah” tattooed on his back soon after he wed pop star Mariah Carey, acts as her bodyguard at events, and doesn’t even seem to mind the nickname he’s earned. “I make fun of me all the time,” he told In Touch Weekly. “I’m like, ‘call me Mr. Carey, who cares?'” Cannon’s next career move? Directing a video for his wife’s new single, “My Love.” (Scoop)


Although the Grammys were slow to recognize hip-hop, over the past decade, rap acts have enjoyed a bevy of Grammy nominations, often emerging as the leader when nominations are announced. This year, rap leads the way again, with the omnipresent rapper Lil Wayne receiving eight nominations. While the bulk of Lil Wayne’s nominations come in the rap categories, he’s nominated for arguably the most coveted award of the night – album of the year – for “Tha Carter III.” Given that the CD was not only 2008’s best-selling album but also delivered two of the year’s biggest singles – “Lollipop” and “A Milli” – it would seem that momentum is on Lil Wayne’s side. Yet if the past is any indicator, Lil Wayne may go home empty-handed in the album category on Sunday night, with his wins contained in the rap categories. While rap or hip-hop albums have been nominated every year for a best album Grammy since 2000 (2006 was the exception), its two victories – Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in 2000 and OutKast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” in 2004 – have been for hip-hop albums highlighted by the artists’ musicality, not their rhyming skills. “Lil Wayne indisputably made the best album of 2008,” said Blender’s editor-in-chief Joe Levy. “Now, are the voters going to recognize it by sending him home with a small truckload of Grammys? Hard to say. Hip-hop still remains challenging to Grammy voters, who include guys who were making records 40 years ago.” That’s not to say that rap has gotten a bad rap from Grammy voters. Dr. Dre has been recognized as producer of the year among his multiple Grammy wins, Jay-Z has four, Eminem has eight trophies and Kanye West owns 10. But Eminem has lost in the best-album category twice (the first was famously to Steely Dan in 2001) and Kanye West has lost the category three times. Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine, thinks this year might be different for Lil Wayne. “I think he does have an even better chance because a lot of his rapping is very melodic,” said Smith of Wayne, who is known as much for his gravelly singing voice as he is his frenetic rapping style. “I also think as time goes on, there are a lot more people on the voting committee … who are, if not actual fans of hip-hop, understand it more, and understand the significance of hip-hop as part of pop music and not sort of its step-cousin.” If Lil Wayne does win, he’ll have to beat back tough competition. Coldplay, which received the second-most nominations with seven, are nominated for “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends”; Radiohead, who have been nominated before in the category are again recognized for “In Rainbows”; R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo is cited for his “Year of the Gentleman,” as is “Raising Sand,” the unlikely collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Darius “Deezle” Harrison, a producer on “Tha Carter III,” said he and Lil Wayne are excited just to be nominated, and noted that dreams of Grammy trophies were on their minds when they worked on the CD. “We were talking in the studio, and he was like man, ‘I wanna get Grammys this year,'” Harrison recalled. “I looked at him and I said, ‘We’re gonna get Grammys this year,’ and he looked at me and gave me a pound, and said, ‘Believe that.’ And we’re here, nominated for a bunch of Grammys. Hopefully we’ll bring them all home.” (Daily Record)


Charlie Louvin carries on like a man half his age. The 81-year-old country music hall of famer played 100 shows last year and is on pace to top that this year. He hasn’t performed that much since 1964. Louvin also recorded two albums in 2008, a gospel record called “Steps to Heaven” that’s nominated for a Grammy on Sunday, and a collection of folk songs about murder and disaster. He originally wanted to release the discs together and call them “Heaven” and “Hell.” “I’m blessed with good health and I can still sing on key. So if I don’t get out there and do it, it means I’m lazy,” he explained over coffee recently. “Lord knows I’m not that.” Still, there was a stretch when Louvin was lucky if anyone even got to hear his records. This was long after he and his brother, Ira, had helped set the standard for harmony duos as the Louvin Brothers. They were Grand Ole Opry stars in the ’50s who inspired Johnny Cash, the Byrds and many others with hits like “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby” and “Knoxville Girl.” Charlie created the melodies and sang low tenor, while Ira wrote the lyrics and sang high tenor. “My brother was a born writer, and it was my job to think of ideas,” Louvin said, his voice craggy from age and cigarettes. “I’d hear something on the street that sounded like a song title and I’d give it to Ira, and 10 minutes later he’d have a song. He could write a song as fast as you could write a postcard to your mother.” But Ira also liked to hit the bottle, and it took a toll on the music. The brothers split up in 1963. Ira died in a car crash a couple years later. Sometimes, even today, Charlie catches himself looking for Ira on stage. “When it comes time for the harmony to come in, I move over off the mike a little to give the tenor a chance to get to the mike and no one is there to sing,” he said. Charlie continued to have hits as a solo act into the ’70s. When things slowed down, he kept performing on the Grand Ole Opy and recorded sporadically for small independent labels, most of which didn’t have the wherewithal to get his records to stores. A few years ago, he lost three finger tips on his left hand while trying to lift the awning of a motor home and he hasn’t played guitar since. Besides his music, he’s owned a booking agency and a record shop. He has a habit of mentally tallying up the cost of whatever he’s talking about – a recording session, a tour, a performance. Currently, he runs a Louvin Brothers museum inside a restaurant/gift shop just off the interstate between Nashville and Chattanooga, about 50 miles north of where he grew up on Alabama’s Sand Mountain. Louvin began rebuilding his career a few years ago with the help of Josh Rosenthal, owner of New York-based Tompkins Square Records. Unlike the other small labels he’s recorded for, Tompkins Square is distributed nationally. In two years, he’s released four albums on Tompkins Square.

The gospel disc, “Steps to Heaven,” a collection of old hymns Louvin grew up hearing, came out in September and is nominated for best Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album. His latest, “Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs,” was released three months later and includes three songs he first recorded with his brother 53 years ago: “Katy Dear,” “My Brother’s Will” and “Mary of the Wild Moor.” The album was inspired in part by a boxed set on the same label, “People Take Warning! Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs 1913-1938,” a package of country, blues and folk tunes from a time when songs helped spread news across rural America. “I just saw the opportunity that we could make these records and bring him back to a place of prominence that he really deserves,” Rosenthal said. “He’s a very unique individual in that he has a lot of connections to a very early era in country music, and to a lot of figures from that time. It’s almost like when you talk to him you’re talking to a ghost.” (Daily Record)


From its reggae-tinged opening salvo to its emotionally charged lyrics, Jazmine Sullivan’s “Need U Bad” appeared destined to hit the top of the charts, as it did when it was released last year. But it almost didn’t make it to radio. Even though Sullivan co-wrote the tune, she fretted about putting it out as her debut single. “I was a little hesitant to do the song because it was so different from everything else that was on the radio. It (has) a reggae vibe and I didn’t know how people would accept it,” she said. It’s clear she’s been accepted now. Not only was the song a rousing success (it was No. 1 on the R&B charts), it put her on the path to potential Grammy gold. The 21-year-old Philadelphia native, who only released her debut CD “Fearless” last fall, received a stunning five Grammy nominations, including one for best new artist, pitting her against the Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Duffy and Adele. Her five nods put her on par with veteran acts like Alison Krauss, who also received five. “It was unbelievable,” the smiling Sullivan said during a rehersal break before a club performance. “Just one was enough, but five is just amazing.” With “Fearless,” Sullivan has crafted an album that includes ’60s pop, ’80s dance and contemporary R&B. Sullivan worked mostly with Missy Elliott and Saleem Remi (who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Nas). She also co-wrote a track on labelmate Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut. “Need U Bad” is about a woman pleading for her lover to come back – a familiar refrain in music. But what has made her debut so compelling are songs that tell stories and express emotions outside the typical love song. “Call Me Guilty” is about a woman who kills her abusing mate, and the Grammy-nominated “Bust Your Windows” is cringe-inducing for any man who has cheated – or has considered it. “I’m influenced by everything when I write. It can be speaking to my girlfriends or very personal (things) from my experiences,” she said. “That’s one thing that separates my album from a lot of other albums – it’s so diverse and that’s who I am.” Sullivan’s risk-taking attitude convinced Peter Edge, president of A&R at J Records, to offer her a record deal after she was dropped by Jive Records at 18. He sought her out after listening to her demo (she had sang and wrote the song “Say I,” which was later sold to Christina Milian and became a top 40 hit in 2006). “When I found Alicia (Keys) and developed her it was the uniqueness of her that totally impressed me. There’s nobody like her, there’s still nobody like her, and I feel that Jazmine has that unique quality, that voice (and) that writing ability,” he said. Edge believes the singer’s newest single, the dramatic “Lions, Tigers and Bears,” will take the performer to the next level. In the song, Sullivan sings: “I’m not scared of lions, tigers and bears, but I’m scared of loving you.” “She cut that song right at the beginning of us working together and we knew that (it) was the magic song. That’s the career defining song,” Edge said. Though her CD is titled “Fearless,” there are other songs on the CD that talk about being scared. On the song “Fear, ” she namedrops things she’s afraid of – the dark, being in love, and whether her CD would flop or not. Despite her recent success, Sullivan says her fears haven’t been eased – in fact, she has even more to add to her list. “I think there are more fears now, more pressure for what’s to come,” Sullivan said. But she’s just fine with that. “I can take it though,” she said, smiling once again. “I’m a fighter.” (Daily Record)


Bruce Springsteen said Wednesday he is angry with Ticketmaster and believes its selling practices constitute a conflict of interest. When tickets for Springsteen’s show at New Jersey’s Meadowlands went on sale Monday, some fans got an error message on their computer screen that shut them out. The potential ticket-buyers then saw an ad for Ticketmaster subsidiary TicketsNow offering tickets for hundreds of dollars more than face value. Springsteen said on his Web site Wednesday that he and the E Street Band are “furious.” “We perceive this as a pure conflict of interest,” the band said. “Ticketmaster is there to ensure that we have a good, fair sale of our tickets at their face value plus normal ticketing charges.” TicketsNow allows people who have tickets to exchange, trade or sell them at marked-up prices. The band said it has received assurances from Ticketmaster that it will stop redirecting Springsteen fans to TicketsNow. The snub to Springsteen fans led U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell to call on the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving Ticketmaster and TicketsNow. The New Jersey attorney general’s office is also investigating whether Ticketmaster violated any consumer fraud or ticket resale laws. Ticketmaster Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff issued a statement Wednesday apologizing to the band and its fans. “While we were genuinely trying to do the right thing for fans in providing more choices when the tickets they requested from the primary on-sale were not available, we clearly missed the mark,” the statement said. “Fans are confused and angry, which is the opposite of what we hoped to accomplish. We sincerely apologize to Bruce, his organization and, above all, his fans.” Azoff said the company had taken down all links for Springsteen shows directing fans from Ticketmaster to TicketsNow. On Tuesday, a company spokesman said only a few fans reported problems. But state attorney general’s spokesman David Wald said the office has received more than 250 complaints since Monday. Heather Dunham, of Great Meadows, said she and about a dozen of her friends were among those who tried to buy tickets when they went on sale Monday. “The Web site just kept throwing us all off, telling you it was down for routine maintenance. That’s the same message we got routinely for the better part of an hour,” she said. “Then it started redirecting us to the premium ticket site,” where prices were double. “It was outrageous,” said Dunham, who has previously purchased Springsteen tickets from Ticketmaster. “It’s corporate greed at its worst.” (Daily Record)


After spending more than 30 years freaking out the squares, Lux Interior, the flamboyant lead singer of the Cramps, passed away on Wednesday morning due to an existing heart condition. He was 62. Interior, born Erick Purkhiser outside Akron, Ohio, and his wife, Poison Ivy Rorschach (nee Kristy Wallace), formed the Cramps together in 1976. The legend goes that they met in the early ’70s when he picked her up as a hitchhiker in Sacramento, Calif. After a brief spell back in Akron, they moved to New York City to be a part of the punk scene that was bursting out of the legendary dives CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City. However, with their heavy rockabilly influence combined with their love of other 1950s trash culture iconography such as grade-Z horror flicks and lurid EC comics, married with Alice Cooper’s antics and the Stooges’ bravado, the Cramps somehow turned out to be genuine originals. The band called their unique style “psychobilly,” and it had a measurable impact on garage punk, shock rock and the rockabilly revival of the ’80s. The Cramps went through personnel almost as fast as they went through record labels, with Interior and Rorschach remaining the only constant. Interior was as infamous for his onstage antics as much as his howling yelp and was even known on occasion to projectile vomit into an adoring crowd. His memory will be kept alive not only through the Cramps’ extensive discography, the throngs of bands they influenced and an entire breed of feral frontmen following in his footsteps but also through a bass drum on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his former home state — customized by Interior when he smashed his head through it. (Spinner)


After a record-breaking 97-1 leap on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” stays put on the top spot this week. The song also becomes her fastest top 20 hit on the Hot 100 Airplay tally, where it moves up 38-19. Beyonce’s former chart-topper “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” rebounds 3-2, pushing Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance” featuring Colby O’Donis down 2-4. Kanye West’s “Heartless” climbs to a new peak as it moves 4-3. Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and the All-American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell” keep their spots warm and No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. The Fray’s “You Found Me” ascends 8-7, while Britney Spears’ “Circus” holds tight to No. 9 for a second week. Jason Mraz’ “I’m Yours” rounds out the top tier, remaining No. 10 for a second week. “Prom Queen,” Lil Wayne’s first foray into rock music, rolls onto the Hot 100 with Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 27. Of his previous singles as a lead artist, only “Got Money” started off at a higher spot (No. 13 last June). The track sold 107,000 downloads to open at No. 7 on Hot Digital Songs. Katy Perry’s “Thinking of You” soars 50-35 and is this week’s biggest digital sales gainer. She thus becomes the first female signed to Capitol Records to score three top 40 hits from an album since Bonnie Raitt’s “Luck of the Draw” in 1991-1992. Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” featuring T-Pain is this week’s greatest airplay gainer and jumps 62-37. Also new to the Hot 100 this week is Flo Rida’s “Right Round” at No. 74, Leona Lewis’ “I Will Be” at No. 94, Jake Owen’s “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” at No. 98 and Yung L.A.’s “Ain’t I” featuring Young Dro & T.I. at No. 100. Blake Shelton’s “She Wouldn’t Be” holds down the fort on Hot Country Songs at No. 1 for a second week. while “Single Ladies” stays put on top on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs for a 12th. Luis Fonsi’s “No Me Doy Por Vencido” ascends 2-1 to overtake Hot Latin Songs. Shinedown leads Mainstream Rock for an eighth week with “Second Chance”; the song also jumps 3-1 to become the new leader on the Modern Rock tally. (Billboard)


Rapper Jim Jones has pleaded not guilty to beating a friend of hip-hop star Ne-Yo at an upscale New York City store. Jones, 32, was arraigned Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court and freed without bail pending a March 24 court date. He is charged with assault. He allegedly beat Jayvon Smith on Dec. 22 outside the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue. Jones downplayed the incident, saying: “It’s what you call an expensive inconvenience.” (Launch)



MOVIE . . .


Judd Apatow is coming to the Oscars – and he’s bringing a new film. The comedy writer-director-producer, whose screen credits include “Knocked Up,” will unveil fresh material on stage and on screen during the Oscar telecast on Feb. 22, said show producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark. They said Apatow and his work will appear during a tribute to comedy. “We’re thrilled to say that our contemporary comedy master Judd Apatow is contributing both a film and live material to that part of the show,” Condon said Wednesday. “Judd was truly a prince to hop on and truly whip up special shooting for it,” Mark added. “It’s a big deal.” Condon and Mark have kept mostly mum on details of the show, but they have said that filmmakers of all stripes will participate. Last week they announced that “Moulin Rouge!” director Baz Luhrmann would create a production number featuring Oscar host Hugh Jackman. “Capote” director Bennett Miller is also contributing a film sequence to the telecast. The Oscars will air live from the Kodak Theatre on ABC. (Daily Record)


Ang Lee protege Tang Wei has landed her first role since starring in the sexually charged spy thriller “Lust, Caution” and her reported ban in mainland China. Tang will co-star with veteran Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung in the upcoming Chinese-language comedy “Crossing Hennessy,” about the friendship that develops between two shopkeepers who are set up on a date, Hong Kong-based Irresistible Films said Thursday. Shooting will start in March, it said in a statement. Lee, who won a best director Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain,” made Tang a star by casting the then-unknown Chinese actress in “Lust, Caution,” but she hasn’t appeared in a movie since the 2007 film amid a reported ban in mainland China. Chinese media reported last year that Chinese regulators had ordered TV stations to stop reporting on the actress and pull ads featuring her. The reported ban was never officially announced and the reason never explained, but it may have been prompted by her role in “Lust, Caution.” In the film, Tang plays a student activist who gives away the plot to assassinate a Japanese-allied Chinese intelligence official in World War II-era Shanghai. Many Chinese are still upset about atrocities committed by the Japanese army in China in the World War II period. Concerned about a nationalist backlash, Chinese censors cleared “Lust, Caution” only after heavy editing. (Daily Record)


The annual Berlin film festival opened Thursday with “The International,” a thriller from German director Tom Tykwer centering on an Interpol agent’s pursuit of a powerful bank’s illicit activities. “The International” is one of 17 movies making their world debuts in the main competition in Berlin. The event, now in its 59th year, is the first of the year’s major European festivals. Tykwer, best known for “Run Lola Run” and “Perfume,” insisted it was only a coincidence that his latest movie – six years in the making – was having its premiere during the international financial crisis. He said he was excited by “the idea of the bank representing the villain in a paranoia thriller genre movie.” The film stars Clive Owen as Louis Salinger, the movie’s agent hero, and Naomi Watts as a New York district attorney who joins him in tracing the flow of terrorist financing. Owen said his character “literally travels the whole world in pursuit of this bank and trying to bring them down.” Tykwer said at a news conference, “The subject of the film is a system and a principle on which our form of society … has been built, that was generated by a certain kind of idea about the exchange of goods and which we are now beginning to question a little.” “The International” is showing out of competition. The 18 films competing for the top Golden Bear award range from offerings by Iranian and Peruvian directors to new movies starring Renee Zellweger, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench and others. A seven-member jury under British actress Tilda Swinton will announce the winner on Feb. 14. Swinton was offering no hints as to any favorites. “My expectations are to have absolutely no expectations,” she said. Festival director Dieter Kosslick has said he does not expect the global economic crisis to have any direct effect on the Berlin event, which traditionally falls short of its counterparts in Cannes and Venice in terms of star power but prides itself on being accessible to the public. The top honors often go to less-heralded productions, such as 2007 winner, “Tuya’s Marriage,” from Chinese director Wang Quan’an. Last year’s Golden Bear went to “Elite Squad” by Brazilian director Jose Padilha. (Daily Record)


Robert Downey Jr., Tina Fey and Ben Stiller are in negotiations to lead the voice cast for DreamWorks Animation’s superhero lark “Master Mind.” Stiller is also a producer on the movie through his Red Hour Films. The satiric film, with a screenplay by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, concerns a brilliant superhero villain who loses his life’s purpose when he accidentally kills his good-guy nemesis. DWA plans a Nov. 5, 2010 release (though the title might change). DWA had a banner year in 2008 with its releases “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (also starring Stiller), which together have grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide. The Jeffrey Katzenberg-led company also has “Monsters vs. Aliens” in theaters in March, “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Goes Fourth” in 2010, and a “Kung Fu Panda” sequel scheduled for 2011. Paramount, which distributes DWA’s output, has its own animated feature, “Rango,” starring Johnny Depp, in production for a March 2011 release. Fey, repped by Endeavor and 3 Arts, most recently starred in the Universal comedy “Baby Mama” and is attached to star in the Fox comedy “Date Night” with Steve Carell. She continues to produce, write and star in “30 Rock” on NBC. The Endeavor-repped Stiller has “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” coming in May and most recently co-wrote, directed and starred in the DreamWorks comedy “Tropic Thunder.” Downey Jr., repped by CAA, has “Sherlock Holmes” and “Iron Man 2” in production this year, and “The Soloist” hitting theaters in April. He did an Oscar-nominated turn in “Tropic Thunder” last summer. (Hollywood Reporter)


Below-the-line juggernaut Montana Artists Agency is bolstering its film department, hiring former Endgame Entertainment exec Matt Birch as senior VP features. Birch’s mandate will be to expand the shop’s clients among line producers and a host of other film-production staffers. He previously oversaw physical production at Endgame on productions such as Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom” and Sundance hit “An Education.” Montana president and CEO Jon Furie said the hire is a result of the company’s strategic expansion into films. “Someone like Matt brings a new perspective,” Furie said. “He understands the film world and all the complicated elements of production.” Montana sports clients on a host of television and film productions, including “The Dark Knight,” “24” and “Big Love.” (Hollywood Reporter)


“Monster” producer Clark Peterson is tracking down another serial killer. Peterson will produce “Dear Mr. Gacy,” based on the real-life story of Jason Moss, a college student who became obsessed with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. William Forsythe (“The Rock,” “88 Minutes”) will play Gacy, while Jesse Moss, who stars in Paramount’s current release “The Uninvited,” will play the role of Jason Moss.  European director Svetozar Ristovski (“Mirage”) will make his English-language debut with the feature, directing from a script by Kellie Madison. Gordon Yang is also producing, while Tom Berry and Madison are exec producing. The project is based on the memoir “The Last Victim” by Jason Moss, who began corresponding with Gacy in 1994, the last year of the killer’s life. Moss eventually met Gacy on Death Row and even narrowly escaped an attack by him. The twenty something went on to gain a measure of celebrity from his interactions with Gacy, but his story ended tragically when he committed suicide in 2006. His book has been described by critics as a real-life “Silence of the Lambs.” “The theme here is once you encounter that kind of darkness, it’s hard to escape it,” Peterson said. “Jason seemed to be a success because he had this encounter with John Wayne Gacy, wrote a book and went on television. But ultimately it came to a tragic end.” The project is slated to begin shooting in Vancouver this month. Berry’s Reel One is financing.  In addition to “Gacy,” the CAA-repped Peterson is producing “White Jazz,” based on James Ellroy’s sequel to “L.A. Confidential,” with Joe Carnahan attached to direct, and is producing the David Goyer-penned reimagining of David Cronenberg’s “Scanners,” which is set up at Dimension. The producer made his name with “Monster,” which tells the story of Aileen Wuornos, a Florida prostitute turned serial killer. The movie was a $34 million hit for Newmarket in 2003 and earned Charlize Theron a best actress Oscar. (Hollywood Reporter)



New DVD releases: `Nights in Rodanthe,’ `W.: (Daily Record)

Selected home-video releases:


“Nights in Rodanthe”

Richard Gere and Diane Lane are strangers in the night in this romantic melodrama reuniting the stars of the infidelity tale “Unfaithful.” Lane’s character, a woman on the mend over a cheating husband, takes up residence at a friend’s remote coastal inn, conveniently just as a storm hits, stranding her there with a doctor (Gere) aiming to make good on a past wrong. Needless to say, sparks fly as the wind kicks up. Among the DVD and Blu-ray extras are alternate scenes with commentary from director George C. Wolfe, cast and crew interviews and a segment on the theme song by Emmylou Harris. DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99. (Warner Bros.)


The former Dubya-in-chief became the first president to get his own big-screen film biography while still in office. While the film found only a modest audience, director Oliver Stone defied expectations by keeping his inflammatory opinions fairly in check, instead delivering an empathetic if not sympathetic portrait of George W. Bush. Josh Brolin, an Academy Award nominee for “Milk,” stars as Bush from his rowdy college and boozy business days through his born-again abstinence years and unlikely rise to political power. The DVD and Blu-ray disc have commentary from Stone and a segment on Bush’s legacy. The Blu-ray release also has deleted scenes and a making-of featurette. DVD, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99. (Lionsgate)

“Miracle at St. Anna”

Spike Lee presents a World War II epic from the perspective of black soldiers with this saga that folds in a modern mystery about a missing artifact that resurfaces decades after the war. Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso and Omar Benson Miller play a foursome in an all-black regiment who become trapped behind enemy lines while serving in Italy. Along with deleted scenes, the DVD and Blu-ray release include a segment with Lee, cast members and historians discussing the all-black “Buffalo Soldier” division. Lee also joins members of the Harlem Veterans’ Club for an examination of Hollywood depiction of blacks in combat. DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $34.99. (Disney)

“Soul Men”

Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac star as a former hit singing duo brought back together after years of estrangement on a stormy road trip to perform at a tribute concert for their former frontman. The DVD and Blu-ray come with featurettes on the pairing of Jackson and Mac, along with segments on the rest of the cast and on director Malcolm Lee, who also provides audio commentary. Other extras include a behind-the-scenes segment and tributes to Mac and co-star Isaac Hayes, who also died just before the movie came out. DVD, $28.95; Blu-ray, $34.99. (Genius)

“Frozen River”

Melissa Leo grabbed a best-actress Oscar nomination for this low-budget drama that won top honors at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, along with six nominations for the upcoming Spirit Awards honoring independent movies. Leo plays a mother whose desperation for quick cash lands her in an uneasy partnership with a Mohawk Indian woman (Misty Upham) smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States from Canada. Writer-director Courtney Hunt and producer Heather Rae provide commentary. DVD, $28.96, Blu-ray, $39.95.

“The Exterminating Angel,” “Simon of the Desert”

Two 1960s classics from absurdist master Luis Bunuel come to DVD. In “The Exterminating Angel,” a posh dinner party turns darkly comic and ghastly as they inexplicably linger on for days, their high-society facade gradually falling away as they descend toward bestial behavior. The two-disc DVD set has a documentary on Bunuel and an interview with co-star Silvia Pinal, along with a booklet containing a print interview with the filmmaker. The satiric “Simon of the Desert” is the story of an ascetic saint who exiles himself on a pillar while the devil (Pinal) tempts him from below. The DVD has a documentary segment on Bunuel and another interview with Pinal. “Exterminating Angel” DVD set, $39.95; “Simon of the Desert” DVD, $24.95. (Criterion)

TV on DVD:

“Melrose Place: Fifth Season, Volume 1” – The spoiled and beautiful continue to live better lives than the rest of us in the prime-time soap whose cast includes Heather Locklear. The first 19 episodes of season five are packed in a four-disc set. DVD set, $39.98. (Paramount)

“Friday the 13th: The Series – The 2nd Season” – The owners of a cursed antique shop are in repo mode – tracking down sold items that are spreading evil – in this horror series that has nothing to do with the slasher-film franchise of the same name. Year two’s 26 episodes come in a six-disc package. DVD set, $49.99. (Paramount)

“Tales From the Darkside: The First Season” – Executive producer George Romero’s 1980s horror anthology features such guest stars as Christian Slater, Tippi Hedren and Justine Bateman. The first 24 episodes are included in a three-disc set. DVD set, $39.99. (Paramount)

“Simon & Simon: Season Two” – Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker return as mismatched brothers running a private-detective outfit in the 1980s mystery series. A six-disc set has the second year’s 22 episodes. DVD set, $49.99. (Shout)



TV . . .


ABC runs a pretty tight ship, but the inevitable leaks have sprung. Although Donny Osmond backtracked quickly when he intimated he would be taking a turn on Dancing With the Stars next month, he’s just one name on a speculative list that has included everyone from Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain to Kevin Federline and Heidi Klum. But now alleged “insiders” are letting slip a few more names they say are sure to be called when the official lineup for DWTS‘ eighth season is released Sunday, starting with a real Jackass. Stuntmeister Stephen “Steve-O” Glover is apparently prepared to lace up his dancing shoes (which means he’ll probably have to wear a shirt—wonder if he knows that?), according to Life & Style, which also reports that Denise Richards is getting in shape for sequins, too. Meanwhile, In Touch has outed Jewel as an upcoming contestant. “Jewel is so excited about being on the show,” a friend of the singer tells the magazine. “She loves to dance.” Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher‘s off Twittering about NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor needing to “work on his footwork” in time for an undisclosed prime-time appearance. As always, ABC refuses to comment on casting rumors. The full lineup will be revealed periodically throughout the evening Feb. 8 during the network’s prime-time programming—or you can just go to at the end of the night. Dancing With the Stars premieres March 9. (Eonline)


“American Idol” is another step closer to revealing its 36 semifinalists. Following group performances by the remaining 104 crooners, host Ryan Seacrest announced at the end of Wednesday’s episode that about 75 hopefuls made it through to the next round of Hollywood Week on the eighth season of the popular Fox singing competition. Much of the episode focused on bickering and sobbing singers rather than their group routines performed for the judges. Among the hopefuls cut: Katrina “Bikini Girl” Darrell, confrontational Nancy Wilson, happy-go-lucky Austin Sisneros, dreadlocked Rose Flack, Southern belle Deanna Brown and David Osmond, the son of the eldest singing Osmond brother. (Daily Record)


More TV shows and stars will be going for the gold at this fall’s Emmy Awards ceremony. The TV academy’s board of governors voted to expand the number of nominees from five to six in 10 major prime-time Emmy categories, including best comedy and drama series and lead actor and actress in a comedy and drama. The change announced Wednesday is intended to accommodate what the TV academy called “an abundance of outstanding programs and performances” and follows a review of voting patterns. Final voting is unchanged. The review found a series of ties over the past three years already had produced plenty of six-nominee categories, including the 2008 drama series in which AMC’s “Mad Men” was the winner. (Daily Record)


Another day, another reality show for a “celebrity.” Fresh out of “Celebrity Rehab,” Rod Stewart‘s wayward son, Sean best known up until now for bar brawls and for dating young girls like Caleigh Peters – has signed with Bunim-Murray for his own show, which will most likely appear on VH1 or MTV. It will follow Stewart’s move from Los Angeles to New York as he tries to start his own fashion line. A rep for Stewart declined to comment. (Page Six)


HBO has given a fourth-season pickup to relationship drama “Big Love,” from executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. “The stellar reviews and solid viewership this season confirm that this is a signature series for HBO,” said Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO. “The series keeps getting better and better.” Although “Love” got off to a sluggish start in the ratings this season, each episode has added viewers. Sunday’s outing drew 1.5 million viewers, up 29% from its January season premiere despite competition from the Super Bowl. Combined with encore episodes, the series averages about 5 million viewers.  Also, critics have been effusive about this season, which is always a factor for a subscription service like HBO that relies on generating a public perception of exclusive, high-quality content. Production will begin later this year for a 2010 release. The show is executive produced by Playtone’s Hanks and Goetzman and series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. (Hollywood Reporter)


Online movie site has stuck a pact with independent video distributor E1 Entertainment that will expand Jaman’s art-house offerings. Jaman is acquiring nearly 3,000 of E1’s feature films and documentaries as well as episodic series and American TV classics. The feature titles — including “Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “Madame Bovary” and “La Chinoise” — include works by such French New Wave directors as Jacques Demy, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer. The package also includes concert performances by James Brown, Jewel, Duke Ellington and Johnny Cash.  The TV episode collections include such performers as Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Laurel & Hardy, Lucille Ball, Shirley Temple, Bob Hope and Andy Griffith.  “The caliber of films that E1 Entertainment delivers is synonymous with our mission to bring high-quality entertainment to audiences around the world,” Jaman CEO and founder Gaurav Dhillon said. (Hollywood Reporter)


Welcome to today’s installment of “As the Guild Turns.” David White, interim national executive director of the Screen Actors Guild, has called a special bicoastal national board meeting for Sunday. While the agenda is not officially disclosed, a self-described moderate faction of the guild is expected to use the forum to fire former SAG exec director Doug Allen. For a second time. SAG national president and Allen booster Alan Rosenberg essentially dared as much Tuesday, when he and three other guild officials attempted to file suit to nullify Allen’s previous firing by written assent. The unusual process used to oust Allen failed to heed various constitutional provisions, the plaintiffs charged in the legal action tossed on technical grounds. The moderate faction — with members from New York, regional branches and the Hollywood-based party Unite for Strength — had tried just that at a Jan. 12-13 board meeting. But Rosenberg, first national VP Anne-Marie Johnson and MembershipFirst allies used parliamentary maneuvers during a 28-hour marathon meeting to keep the measure from coming to a vote. So like Chief Justice Roberts administering the presidential oath to Barack Obama a second time, the moderate alliance is trying to tie up any loose ends. By planning the meeting in New York and Los Angeles via video conference on Sunday, White is taking advantage of the presence of board members who will already be assembled on Saturday for a joint plenary with AFTRA to sign off on demands for looming commercials-contract negotiations. Some moderates from SAG’s national board have urged Rosenberg, Johnson and two other plaintiffs in the suit against the guild — board members Kent McCord and Diane Ladd — be barred from the board meeting, but the plea appears a non-starter. Others have circulated an e-mail petition requesting Rosenberg’s and Johnson’s resignations. For now, attention will be on California Superior Court, where plaintiffs today are expected to refile their amended complaint.  Judge James Chalfant on Tuesday dismissed their first attempt on procedural grounds. Among the reasons: the 41 name defendants — i.e., all the moderates that signed the written assent decree that fired Allen Jan. 26 — had not been served. Rosenberg and the other plaintiffs are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent Allen’s replacements — White and SAG senior adviser John McGuire, who took over Allen’s role as chief negotiator — from conducting guild business.  Rosenberg and Johnson notified the guild on Monday of their intent to seek a TRO and file suit. That forced the cancellation of planned negotiating sessions with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers — the first in more than two months. Actors and producers have been locked in a stalemate over a new TV/film contract for seven months, with SAG members working under an expired contract since July 1. Frustrated with the situation, the moderates fired Allen and replaced the negotiating committee with a new, smaller task force, hoping to overcome perceived intransigence on issues surrounding new media and DVDs. Meantime, if the judge grants a temporary restraining order today, White’s order to call a special meeting may no longer be valid, as it would strip him of the authority he was granted in the written assent. If the special meeting is allowed to proceed, the moderates hope to render Rosenberg’s legal action effectively moot. (Hollywood Reporter)


NBC’s Brian Williams briefly wondered if he was being stood up while waiting at the White House to interview President Barack Obama and noticing a presidential motorcade leaving the building. “I thought, `My God, he’s leaving the premises,'” the “Nightly News” anchor said. Obama had left for a brief visit to a nearby school, but returned to keep his appointment Tuesday with Williams and four other prominent TV news anchors. What was undoubtedly intended to be a campaign for his economic stimulus plan instead turned into an apology tour with Williams, CBS’s Katie Couric, ABC’s Charles Gibson, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace. Obama had brought them to the White House for what turned out to be one of the worst days of his young presidency, when he had to answer questions about Tom Daschle’s aborted Cabinet appointment. To all but Gibson, Obama said that he had screwed up. To Gibson, he used the more civilized phrase of “honest mistakes,” but said there was no excuse for them. The networks heard rumblings that the interviews were being set up and received formal invitations late Sunday or early Monday. Plainly, the idea for the Obama team was to take to prominent television platforms to fight for the president’s economic stimulus plan in the court of public opinion. “There’s no being sure when you invite someone over that the news you’re going to have for them is good,” Williams said on Wednesday. Cameras were set up, the president was miked and each anchor entered the Oval Office for a 10-minute session, one after the other. Gibson was first, followed by Williams, Couric, Cooper and Wallace. “It did have a `picture taking with Santa’ kind of feel to it,” Williams said. The rapid-fire format helped the Obama team avoid having to decide who gets the first exclusive Oval Office interview, a decision that would make one network deliriously happy and four others mighty annoyed. “They may have regretted having us all down there,” said Jon Banner, executive producer of ABC’s “World News,” who accompanied Gibson. “That was not evident from my interaction with the president or any of his staff.” It seemed Obama “called an audible” in admitting to the mistakes, Williams said. The NBC anchor said he was surprised at how three of the president’s words – “I screwed up” – became news all over the world so quickly, perhaps because his predecessor rarely made such admissions. Obama alluded to that in his interview with Williams. “That’s part of the era of responsibility, is not never making mistakes, it’s owning up to them and trying to make sure you never repeat them and that’s what we intend to do,” the president said. While the interviews may not have achieved their intended goals, they could shorten the life of a damaging story. (Daily Record)


Cable TV ratings for week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1: (Daily Record)

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

1. “The Closer” (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.63 million homes, 6.24 million viewers.

2. “Burn Notice” (Thursday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.86 million homes, 5.37 million viewers.

3. “Monk” (Friday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.72 million homes, 5.39 million viewers.

4. “WWE Raw” (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.69 million homes, 5.31 million viewers.

5. “WWE Raw” (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.46 million homes, 5.02 million viewers.

6. “NCIS” (Monday, 7 p.m.), USA, 3.31 million homes, 4.19 million viewers.

7. “NCIS” (Wednesday, 7 p.m.), USA, 3.22 million homes, 4.28 million viewers.

8. “NCIS” (Thursday, 7 p.m.), USA, 3.219 million homes, 4.15 million viewers.

9. “NCIS” (Tuesday, 7 p.m.), USA, 3.213 million homes, 4.21 million viewers.

10. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.16 million homes, 4.43 million viewers.

11. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Monday, 8 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.12 million homes, 3.96 million viewers.

12. “Psych” (Friday, 10 p.m.), USA, 2.98 million homes, 4.31 million viewers.

13. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 2.94 million homes, 3.89 million viewers.

14. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Saturday, 9 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.93 million homes, 3.89 million viewers.

15. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Thursday, 8 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 2.92 million homes, 3.81 million viewers.





Q.  45 million boxes were sold in America last year?

            A.  Golf Balls



TODAY’S QUOTE (By Rosalyn Carter)





MIND BOGGLERS . . . (QuickTrivia)


Q.  How many pieces of bun does a McDonald’s Big Mac contain?

            A. 3


Q.  In what key do most American car horns beep? 

            A. F 


Q. How many fan letters did cartoon character Mickey Mouse receive in 1933? 

            A. 800,000


Q. What does BMW stand for?

            A. Bavarian Motor Works


Q. Rodney Dangerfield started out with a career as a ________, but then returned to show business?

            A. Paint Salesman 


Q. Who gave Marilyn Monroe a white poodle named ‘Mafia’? 

            A. Frank Sinatra 





February 6th:

—1756  3rd Vice-President Aaron Burr (d. 9-14-1836)

—1895  Baseball’s George Herman “Babe” Ruth (d. 8-16-1948)

—1911  40th President Ronald Reagan (d. 6-5-2004)

—1917  Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor

—1922  Actor Patrick MacNee  (The Avengers)

— l931  Actor Rip Torn (The Larry Sanders Show)

—1933  Actress Mamie Van Doren  (The Candidate)

—1939  Actor Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H)

—1940  Journalist Tom Brokaw (NBC News)

—1941  Actress Gigi Perreau (Tammy Tell Me True)

—1943  Singer/Actor Fabian (“Tiger”)

—1943  Actress Gayle Hunnicutt  (Dallas)

1943  Georgeanna Tillman – vocalist for The Marvelettes (“Please Mr. Postman”) (d. 1-6-1980)

—1944  Actor Michael Tucker (L.A. Law)

—1945  Musician Bob Marley (“No Woman No Cry”) (d. 5-11-1981)

—1948  Musician Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley)

—1949  Baseball’s Richie Zisk

—1950  Singer Natalie Cole (“Unforgetable”)

¾1957  Kathy Najimy (Veronica’s Closet)

—1958  Actor Barry Miller (Saturday Night Fever)

¾1962  Musician Richie McDonald (Lonestar)

—1962  Singer Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”)

—1966  Singer Rick Astley


February 7th:

—1478  Author/Scholar Sir Thomas More (d. 7-6-1535)

—1812  Author Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol) (d. 6-9-1870)

—1883  Pianist/Composer James Hubert “Eubie” Blake (d. 2-12-1983)

—1885  Author Sinclair Lewis (d. 1-10-1951)

—1907  Actor Buster Crabbe (d. 4-23-1983)

—1920  Actor Eddie Bracken (National Lampoon’s Vacation) (d. 11-14-2002)

—1920  Actor Oscar Brand

—1932  Author Gay Talese (Thy Neighbor’s Wife)

—1934  Saxophonist King Curtis (“Soul Twist”) (d. 8-13-1971)

¾1946  Singer Sammy Johns (“Chevy Van”)

—1946  Football’s Jeff Van Note

—1948  Musician Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) (“One Man Band”)

—1949  Musician Alan Lancaster (Status Quo) (“Pictures of Matchstick Men”)

—1951  Baseball’s Benny Ayala

—1953  Baseball’s Dan Quisenberry

—1954  Actor Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan)

—1960  Actor James Spader (Boston Legal)

—1962  Musician/Singer Garth Brooks

—1962  Musician David Bryan (Bon Jovi)

—1966  Comedian Chris Rock (HBO)

¾1978  Actor Ashton Kutcher (That 70s Show)


February 8th:

—1820  Union General William T. Sherman (d. 2-14-1891)

—1828  Author Jules Verne (Around The World In 80 Days) (d. 2-24-1905)

—1920  Actress Lana Turner (Falcon Crest) (d. 6-29-1995)

—1924  Actress Audrey Meadows (The Honeymooners) (d. 2-3-1996)

—1925  Actor Jack Lemmon (Grumpy Old Men) (d. 6-26-01)

—1931  Actor James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause) (d. 9-30-1955)

—1932  Composer John Williams (Star Wars)

¾1936  Singer Larry Verne (“Mr. Custer”)

—1939  Songwriter Barry Mann

¾1940  Singer Joe South (“The Games People Play”)

—1940  Journalist Ted Koppel (Nightline)

—1941  Actor Nick Nolte (Another 48 Hours)

—1942  Comedian Robert Klein  (TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes)

¾1942  Singer Terry Melcher (The Rip Chords) (“Hey, Little Cobra”)

—1943  Musician Creed Bratton (Grass Roots)

—1944  Musician Jim Capaldi (Traffic)

—1948  Musician Ron Tyson (Temptations)

—1948  Musician John Ford Coley (England Dan & John Ford Coley)

¾1948  Singer Dan Seals (Seals & Crofts)

—1949  Actress Brooke Adams  (Days of Heaven)

—1953  Actress Mary Steenburgen  (Stepbrothers)

¾1955  Author John Grisham (The Firm) 

—1961  Musician Sammy Lianas (BoDeans)

—1968  Actor Gary Coleman (Diff’rent Strokes)





February 6th:


—1778  The U.S. signed a treaty creating our first foreign alliance; France agreed to help us in our war for independence. In the end – Yorktown ­their naval blockade made the critical difference.

—1788  Massachusetts became 6th state.

—1882  In the last bare-knuckled heavyweight boxing championship ever fought, John L. Sullivan KO’d Paddy Ryan in the ninth.

—1933  The 20th amendment to the Constitution went into effect, moving Inauguration Day from March 4th to January 20th.

—1952  King George VI of Great Britain died and was succeeded by his daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II.

—1956  Elvis Presley performs live for the first time at the Memphis Auditorium.

—1960  After a seven-year career in doowop, “Earth Angel” author/singer Jesse Belvin is killed in a car crash at 20.

—1967  The Beatles sign a new nine-year contract with EMI Records in Britain, which announces the band has sold 180 million records worldwide in less then five years.

—1970  The New York Post uncovers Charles Manson’s fixation with the Beatles.

—1970  The top single in the US is “Venus” by Shocking Blue.

—1970  The release of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album.

—1971  Astronaut Alan Shepard hit golf balls on the moon. Equipment: a 6 iron.

—1976  “Sweet Thing” by Rufus tops R&R’s first Urban chart.

—1981  Yoko Ono releases “Walking On Thin Ice,” the song John Lennon and she were working on in the studio on the night he was      murdered.

—1982  The J. Geils Band has the top single and album with “Centerfold” and “Freeze-Frame,” respectively.

—1986  Cory Hart becomes the second Canadian to sell a million LPs at home.

—1986  Prince’s “Kiss” released.

—1987  Liberace’s funeral is held in Palm Springs, but the county coroner won’t let him be buried until his body is autopsied for AIDS.

— l987  Sonny Bono declares himself a candidate for mayor of Palm Springs.  His platform includes lining up a film festival to “make this the desert Riviera.”  He wins in April.

—1987  Lou Gramm’s “Midnight Blue” replaces Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” at the top of the Hard Hundred.  Grammm’s “Ready Or Not” album debuts at number 5 on the Hard Report album chart, and Eric Clapton’s “August” maintains its top spot.

—1989  Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck undergoes successful triple-bypass heart surgery.

—1989  Michael Jackson visits children at Stockton, CA, elementary school. Two weeks earlier, a drifter killed several students at the school with an AK-47 assault rifle.      

—1989  U2 bass player Adam Clayton is granted Irish citizenship in a ceremony in Dublin. Clayton was born in Oxford, England, but has lived in Ireland since he was a child.

—1992  Anniversary of military air transport crashes in Indiana.  A Lockhead C-130 transport on training maneuvers crashed into the rear of a restaurant and a hotel in Evansville.

¾1993  Tennis star Arthur Ashe dies of an AIDS related illness.  He was 49 years old.

¾2007  Singer Frankie Laine died of heart failure on this date.  Nicknamed Mr. Rhythm he was born on 3-30-1913.  On his 80th birthday United States Congress declared him to be a national treasure.  He recorded his last song “Taps/My Buddy” shortly after 9/11 attacks on the United States.  The song was dedicated & all of the profits of the song benefited the NY Firefighters.


February 7th:


—1812  Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. Besides the immortal “A Christmas Carol,” his books include “Oliver Twist” and “David Copperfield.”                                         

—1827  Renowned French danseuse Mme Francisquy Hutin introduced ballet to the US, with a performance of The Deserter, staged at the Bowery Theater, NY, NY.  A minor scandal erupted when the ladies in the lower boxes left the theatre upon viewing the light and scanty attire of Mme Hutin and her troupe.

—1940  The Disney movie version of the old Italian folk-tale “Pinocchio” had its world premiere.

—1960  The U.S. Congress begins payola-investigation hearings, which lead to the downfall of Alan Freed and others.

—1964  The Beatles arrive in New York.  Airport flagmen complain they can’t hear the airplanes over the screaming fans.

—1970  Ian Anderson marries Jennie Franks at the Waterford UK registry office.

—1972  The Beatles’ fan club shuts down.

—1973  The Senate established its Watergate investigating committee.

—1975  The Doobie Brothers’ first #1 song, “Black Water”, tops CHR.

—1976  Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored six goals and four assists in a game against the Boston Bruins – a feat unequalled in NHL history.

—1979  Stephen Stills is the first rock musician to record on digital equipment. Ry Cooder later becomes the first to release a digitally recorded product.

—1980  In LA, Pink Floyd begins the two city, 14-concert tour for the “Wall.”  The stage features a 120-by-60 ft. Styrofoam brick wall that grows with each song until the band is obscured.

—1981  Comedian Eddie Murphy makes his “Saturday Night Live” debut.

—1984  President Reagan ordered our 1400-man contingent out of Beruit, and back onto the ships offshore.

—1987  Crosby, Still, & Nash don’t play a Greenpeace benefit in Vancouver because David isn’t allowed into the country.

—1987  Bruce Willis’ HBO special airs, and Mavis Staples finds herself edited out of their duet on “Respect Yourself.”

—1988  “Elvis and Me,” a two-part miniseries based on Priscilla Presley’s book, airs opposite Davy Jones’ guest appearance on “My Two Dads.”

—1989  Los Angeles outlawed semi-automatic weapons.

—1989  David Crosby guests on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Even though CSN&Y have a top ten album, Hall asks Crosby if he ever sees the old group members.


February 8th:


—1587  After learning she had been tried and convicted of attempting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots, completely lost her head.

—1693  The College of William & Mary, second institution of higher learning in what would become the United States, was chartered.

¾1735  The first opera produced at Charleston, SC: Flora on the Hob in the Well

—1861  The Confederate States of America was organized at Montgomery, Alabama.  On the following day, they chose Jefferson Davis as their first President.   

—1880  The earliest known forerunner of the “electric church” – a sermon by the Reverend G.O. Trook, at St. Paul’s Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia – was fed through a telephone hook-up.

—1910  Chicago publisher Bill Boyce started the first Boy Scout Troop in America.

—1960  The U.S. Congress begins payola-investigation hearings, which lead to the downfall of Alan Freed and others.

—1965  The Supremes “Stop! In The Name Of Love” is released.

—1969  Former Cream Guitarist Eric Clapton and Drummer Ginger Baker announce the formation of Blind Faith with Steve Winwood and former Family bass player Rich Grech.

—1973  Death of Max Yasgur, whose land hosted the 1969 Woodstock festival, from a heart failure, in Florida.

—1974  TV premiere of “Good Times” on CBS.  A spinoff from “Maude,” which is a spinoff of “All In The Family.”

—1979  Natalie Cole makes her Las Vegas debut with a 6-day stand/the MGM Grand.

—1980  After ten years of marriage David and Angela Bowie are divorced, with David getting custody of their only child, Zowie.

—1987  Jeffrey Osborne sings the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.

—1990  Del Shannon is found dead in Los Angeles home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, at age 55.

—1992  The Winter Olympics begin in Albertville, France.

¾1998  Beach Boys Carl Wilson (age 51) died today at his home from cancer.






On this date in 1693, the college of William and Mary was chartered. That year, their football team went undefeated. They were good, but it was mostly because there weren’t any other colleges in the country.

In 1778, France became the first country to officially recognize the United States when they presented us with their “Rudeness for Life” award.

On this date in 1952, Elizabeth the 2nd became Queen of England! She wasn’t the only queen in England, but she was THE queen.

In 1968, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower shoots a hole in one. It would be years later when Vice-President Dick Cheney was out hunting with an attorney that he also shot a hole in one.

On this date in 1971, Astronaut Alan Shepherd hits 3 golf balls on the moon. That sounds like a big deal, but the moon was par 2, so he was one over. The amazing thing: he was playing on a course in Florida. That’s a bad slice.


Molly Ringwald turns 41 today. Gee, it seems just like yesterday we were all forgetting her 16th birthday.

Axl Rose turns 47 today. If you’re thinking about getting him a gift, how about an “e” for that first name?

Natalie Cole turns 59 today, which begs the question, “How do you gift wrap a kidney?” (warning, that line could get you in trouble) It’s Fabian’s birthday today. For goodness sake, Fabian, you’re 66: get a last name!

Retired NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw turns 69 today.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 92. She’s gotten so old, she now needs someone to hold her hand when slapping a cop.

Compliment Day — Compliments are a simple, yet powerful, relationship building tool. There are many different reasons to give a compliment. The most compelling — it makes you feel good. So give someone a compliment already!


·         ABC is going to announce who will join the next round of “Dancing with the Stars” throughout the night on Sunday. One source says Jewel is in… other rumored dancers: Steve-O, Denise Richards, Lawrence Taylor and Kevin Federline.

·         Clay Aiken will appear as a guest judge on the panel of an April episode of America’s Next Top Model.

·         A new study from the University of Kuopio in Finland concludes that middle-aged adults who regularly drink coffee have a lower risk of developing dementia in later life.

·         The National Bowhunters Hall of Fame has announced Ted Nugent as their most recent inductee.

·         Hank Azaria and his girlfriend Katie Wright are expecting a baby boy.

·         Clint Ritchie, who played Clint Buchanan on the soap “One Life to Live” from 1979 to 1998, died last Saturday at the age of 70.

· reports that researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas have concluded that while men give off clear signs they are in the “mood,” they also give off a scent of sweat and that is picked up by women, at least subconsciously.

·         Tom Jones has finally embraced his gray-ness, recently showing up at a British awards show with gray in his hair.

·         Shakira was back home in Columbia, dedicating a new school that she made happen in her hometown: $6 million worth of school.

·         Kate Winslet says she is prepared to leave this year’s Oscar ceremony as she has five times in the past — without a golden statue.

·         “It’s a small world” re-opened to the world yesterday at Disneyland after getting a facelift. What’s new? Lots of Disney characters woven into the exhibit, like Nemo, Toy Story, Aladdin, etc.

·         American Idol runnerup, David Achuleta will sing the national anthem at the Pro Bowl game on Sunday.

·         There’s a nationwide shortage of the painkiller oxycodone (OxyContin) that’s making it difficult for people needing to get their prescriptions filled.

·         Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion and “Dancing With The Stars” winner Helio Castroneves says he will be acquitted of federal tax evasion charges and suggested the case against him should never have been brought. The government says he hid $5.5 million from the IRS.