FYI for Trick or Treat Times: Traverse City from 5 to 8 (5 to 7 at the Mall), 5 to 8 for Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Cross Village, East Jordan, Ellsworth, Frankfort, Kalkaska, Leland, Indian River, Mackinaw City, Suttons Bay and Walloon Lake. 6 to 8 for Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Pellston and Petoskey.
A quick update on Superstorm Sandy: There have been 33 reported deaths in the U.S., and one in Canada . . . about 6.3 million people still don't have power, and some might not get it back for WEEKS . . . New York has canceled its Halloween parade, and most cities affected by the storm have rescheduled trick-or-treating . . . but the presidential election probably WON'T be rescheduled
On Monday night, Superstorm Sandy blew over a massive tree in New Haven, Connecticut. And tangled in the upended roots was a HUMAN SKELETON. The tree was planted in 1909, so the bones are over 100 years old. Police collected them and an anthropologist is examining them now.
People are speculating that JUSTIN BIEBER and SELENA GOMEZ have broken up because of a photo Justin posted on Instagram. It's him looking at the ground, with the caption "Lingse" . . . which is an anagram for SINGLE.
ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART will do their first interview together since Kristen's affair TOMORROW NIGHT on MTV. The interview starts at 8:00 P.M. Eastern, and TAYLOR LAUTNER will be there, too. The interview will then continue on MTV.com. Obviously, they'll be promoting "Breaking Dawn - Part 2". There's no word if there'll be any talk of Kristen's affair.
GENE HACKMAN slapped a homeless guy across the face yesterday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. But he had a good reason. The guy approached Gene and his wife in a threatening manner outside a restaurant. Then he called Gene's wife the C-WORD. Police decided Gene acted in self-defense and didn't charge him.
In some out-of-the-blue news, Disney purchased GEORGE LUCAS' production company . . . AND they have a THIRD "Star Wars" trilogy in the works. George won't be writing or directing the movies, but he will be a "creative consultant." The first movie, "Star Wars, Episode Seven", is expected to hit theaters in 2015.
Here's your reminder to BE CAREFUL TONIGHT. According to Triple-A data, Halloween is THE most deadly night for pedestrians. And obviously it's especially dangerous for children . . . more than twice as many kids get killed by cars on Halloween than any other night.
If your kid goes trick-or-treating with a PILLOWCASE tonight, don't worry: He's not going to fill it up. A website found it would take about 1,690 pieces of candy to fill a pillowcase. That's about 48 POUNDS of candy. The average kid gets 91 pieces of candy trick-or-treating
There's a Blood Drive today at Oryana at 2 pm with the Michigan Blood Bus
Hurricane Sandy Buzz
Locally, stay off the beaches and water in Northern Michigan with waves getting up to 15 feet near shore and possibly 30 feet on the open lake!!
Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone at 7:00 P.M. Eastern last night, but it hit the East Coast with driving rain and hurricane-force winds all over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Here are Five Things to Know About Superstorm Sandy:
#1.) At least 13 people were killed . . . including a woman as far away as Toronto, Canada who was hit by flying debris. Another 67 people were killed in the Caribbean earlier as the storm moved north, including 51 in Haiti.
#2.) The storm made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8:00 P.M. Eastern, with a storm surge strong enough to destroy parts of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, and causing MASSIVE flooding in New Jersey and New York.
The flooding was up to five feet . . . even higher in some places . . . flooding coastal homes, covering cars, and submerging downtown intersections of urban areas.
#3.) Because of winds 85-miles-per-hour and higher, downed trees and power lines, and flooding of electricity substations, over five million people were without power in 11 states and Washington D.C., from Virginia up to Maine.
New York and New Jersey took the worst hits in terms of power outages, including about 700,000 New Yorkers alone.
And that involves fires and downed power lines in flooded areas that authorities and emergency crews couldn't even GET to when the storm was at its most powerful. About 7,000 National Guard troops were on active duty in seven states
#4.) The damage could cost around three BILLION dollars. To give you an idea of the damage and the chaos in New York City alone, the city's 911 system was receiving 10,000 calls every half hour.
There was flooding in subway stations and in one of the tunnels into Manhattan, and some hospitals had to evacuate patients because of power outages.
A lot of people were also talking about a giant crane on top of the tallest residential skyscraper in New York City . . . a building in midtown Manhattan called One57.
The building is still under construction, and the crane was damaged by wind at about 2:30 P.M. in the afternoon. So the part of the crane that sticks out into the air was hanging down and swaying dangerously throughout the storm.
#5.) The storm also created a BLIZZARD in Virginia and West Virigina, with snow, 55-mile-per-hour winds, and reports of LIGHTING and THUNDER WHILE it was snowing.
Here's an idea, lets take a jet ski out on the ocean during a hurricane...
One of TOM CRUISE'S security guards tased a guy TWICE after he climbed over the wall at Tom's house early yesterday morning. Turns out it was a guy who's been living on an adjacent property. He was HAMMERED, and apparently just thought he was at his own place. Tom's attorney says he won't pursue charges.
ANDERSON COOPER'S syndicated daytime talk show "Anderson Live" has been canceled after just two seasons. It will get a full second season, so new episodes will continue airing through NEXT summer.
Earlier this year, NBC was developing a spin-off of "The Office" starring Dwight . . . who's played by RAINN WILSON. It was about Dwight's life on his family's beet farm and bed & breakfast, which has been featured on "The Office" several times. Well, the show, which was called "The Farm", is no longer in development. Yesterday, Rainn Tweeted, quote, "NBC has passed on moving forward with 'The Farm' TV show. Had a blast making the pilot . . . onwards & upwards!"
"Assassin's Creed III" is out for the Xbox360 and PS3 this week. It will also be available for the new WiiU console when that launches on November 18th.
Taco Bell had a World Series promotion where if a player stole a base, everyone in the country would get a free taco. And one of the San Francisco Giants players did. So today, between 2:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M., you can get a free Doritos Locos Taco just by walking into Taco Bell. There may be a line, so decide beforehand if it's worth waiting 20 minutes to save $1.19.
Did you miss the Zombie Run 5K on Saturday? 9 and 10 news was there and shot some great video. See it here..
FYI for Wednesday's Trick or Treat Times: Traverse City from 5 to 8 (5 to 7 at the Mall), 5 to 8 for Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Cross Village, East Jordan, Ellsworth, Frankfort, Kalkaska, Leland, Indian River, Mackinaw City, Suttons Bay and Walloon Lake. 6 to 8 for Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Pellston and Petoskey.
NATINA REED from the group BLAQUE died on Friday, after being hit by a car as she walked on a highway in Georgia. She was 32. The local police say the driver was NOT at fault. It's unclear why Natina was out walking on the road.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE has apologized for a video that a friend of his made and was shown at his wedding. The video featured homeless people wishing Justin and JESSICA BIEL well . . . and seemed to be in HORRIBLE TASTE at their $6.5 million Italian wedding. Justin says he had, quote, "no knowledge of its existence" before it was shown and it isn't, quote, "who I am as a professional or as a man."
Celebrities were out in their Halloween costumes this weekend. Kim Kardashian ended up dressing as a mermaid . . . Emma Roberts dressed up as her aunt Julia from "Pretty Woman" . . . Puff Daddy dressed as Prince . . . and in the strangest decision, Deryck Whibley from Sum 41 dressed as his EX-WIFE, Avril Lavigne. And his new girlfriend dressed as Avril's new husband, Chad Kroeger.
Normally we don't go too crazy over Twitter hoaxes, but this one could end with your daughter shaving her head bald . . . so you'll probably want to head it off quick. Last week, a hoax started spreading around that JUSTIN BIEBER has been diagnosed with CANCER . . . and asked his fans to shave their heads in solidarity. There was even a #BaldForBieber hashtag. It's not true, obviously. By the way, the REAL Justin Bieber showed off two new possessions on Instagram. He now has a HAMSTER named Pac . . . and a tattoo of an OWL on his arm.
According to a new study, watching horror movies burns calories. That's because being scared increases your heart rate. Scary movies can cause people to burn one third more calories than normal . . . and they could burn the equivalent of a candy bar during a 90-minute movie. "The Shining" burns the most calories, followed by "Jaws".
JESSICA BIEL is taking JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S last name, but only in her personal life. Professionally, she'll still be "Jessica Biel". Meanwhile, CHRIS KIRKPATRICK says none of the 'N SYNC guys were invited to Justin's wedding, because he didn't want it to turn into a reunion.
LINDSAY LOHAN'S publicist Steve Honig has quit, but sources say it's not because of anything SHE'S done. It's because of her psycho dad, MICHAEL LOHAN.
It turns out DIDDY did get banged up in that car accident Wednesday. His rep says, quote, "Sean Combs sustained multiple injuries in yesterday’s car accident including to his neck, ribs and collarbone. "He is currently receiving treatment for these injuries from his physicians and would like to thank all of his fans for the outpouring of support that he has received since the accident."
Spike TV is developing a reality show called "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty", which is what it sounds like: People going out and trying to find "irrefutable evidence" of Bigfoot for a cash reward. The participants include: "Scientists, zoologists, seasoned trackers, and actual Bigfoot hunters."
It's over between TAYLOR SWIFT and 18-year-old CONOR KENNEDY. "Us Weekly" claims it was "a distance thing" that broke them up . . . while Radar Online says it's because Conor is too young and Taylor tried to smother him. Meanwhile, Hollywood Life says they're both wrong . . . because Taylor and Conor are just "taking a break."
If you're heading to a Halloween party this weekend and don't have a costume yet, here are five last-minute topical costumes you can throw together with one quick trip to the store. You're welcome.
#1.) HONEY BOO BOO. Get a bright pink tutu, a curly blonde wig, and a lot of makeup. You can even skip the tutu part and just grab a quick outfit at Kmart.
#2.) PSY. Even if you don't have a bright-colored suit you can pull this off. Just wear ANY suit, a black bowtie, and sunglasses. And get ready to do the "Gangnam Style" dance with the 500 other people dressed as Psy.
#3.) CLINT EASTWOOD. Wear a suit, hike up your pants, spray your hair gray, and carry a chair around. Plus that way you'll have a seat at all times.
#4.) "MAGIC MIKE". If you can pull it off . . . do it. If some of your friends can pull it off and you can't, go as a stripper who hasn't stripped yet.
#5.) ENDEAVOUR SHUTTLE TRANSPORT. Paint a refrigerator box white, strap it to your back, and walk around bumping it into things because it's way too wide to fit anywhere.
A week from Sunday we turn back the clock. And we're NOT happy about it. According to a new survey, HALF of people say they feel, quote, "depressed" turning back the clocks. And 33% say we should get rid of changing the clocks completely.
Traverse City Fright Night is coming up on Saturday, want to get chased by Zombies at the Old State Hospital Barns?Click here for more
Here's the latest on 'N SYNC'S status at JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S wedding . . ."Us Weekly" says Justin DID invite CHRIS KIRKPATRICK and JC CHASEZ. JC couldn't make it because his brother was getting married that same weekend. And it's still unclear whether Chris was there. But Justin did NOT invite JOEY FATONE or LANCE BASS . . . because he's OVER THEM . . . whatever that means. A source says, quote, "Justin thought a reunion would overshadow the wedding. And Justin hates Lance now."
LOL, nothing more awkward than when you can hear your neighbors ehhh...well check this out: JOHN MAYER may have experienced SEXUAL NAPALM when he was with JESSICA SIMPSON . . . but it sounds like things are going just fine with KATY PERRY, TOO. The not-always-reliable "Star" says their grinding sessions are so intense, they're bothering the neighbors. A source says neighbors have been complaining because John and Katy, quote, "have very loud sex, keep very late hours and like to turn up the tunes."
ELIZABETH TAYLOR tops this year's list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. She pulled in $210 million over the past year . . . FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE. This year's Top Five is rounded out by Michael Jackson, Elvis, "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz, and Bob Marley.
DONALD TRUMP'S "gigantic" announcement was a gigantic BUST, as expected. All he did was offer to donate $5 million to the charity of PRESIDENT OBAMA'S choice . . . if the president releases his college and passport records by Halloween.
"Cloud Atlas", the "Silent Hill" Sequel, and Chelsea Handler's "Fun Size" Hit Theaters This Week
If you were offered the choice of HAVING SEX . . . and listening to QUEEN'S "Bohemian Rhapsody" . . . you'd put your iPod down, right? Well, according to a new U.K. survey, you might regret that decision. 2,000 "music fans" were polled, and more than 40% of them . . . or two in five . . . claimed listening to music is "more arousing" than well...yeah
The music psychologist who conducted the survey says, quote, "From neuro-scientific research we know that music can activate the same pleasure centers of the brain that also respond to much less abstract rewards such as food, drugs or sex."
So, what kind of music are we talking about here? Well, Queen songs for one. Respondents were asked to choose songs they considered better than sex and "Bohemian Rhapsody" topped the list. Three other Queen jams made the Top 20.
Here are the Top 20 songs that the respondents considered "better than sex":
1.) "Bohemian Rhapsody", Queen
2.) "Sex on Fire", Kings of Leon
3.) "Angels", Robbie Williams . . . (--Again, this IS a British survey.)
4.) "Bat Out of Hell", Meatloaf
5.) "Livin' on a Prayer", Bon Jovi
6.) "My Heart Will Go On", Celine Dion . . . (--Can I request an explanation?)
7.) "Set Fire to the Rain", Adele
8.) "Agadoo", the British "Euro pop" band Black Lace
9.) "Comfortably Numb", Pink Floyd
10.) "Don't Stop Me Now", Queen
11.) "I Want to Break Free", Queen
12.) "Insomnia", the British electronic group Faithless
13.) "Just the Way You Are", Bruno Mars
14.) "Mr. Brightside", The Killers
15.) "Paradise City", Guns N' Roses
16.) "Viva La Vida", Coldplay
17.) "Who Wants to Live Forever", Queen
18.) "Your Song", Elton John
19.) "Anything", Luther Vandross
20.) "Born in the U.S.A." or "Born to Run", Bruce Springsteen . . . (--It's unclear why these songs are grouped together like this.)
Okay, while we're on that topic, check this out:
Even though listening to QUEEN is apparently a more-than-acceptable substitute for sex, sometimes you just get in the mood to do the nasty. And a survey of 2,000 music fans found that MARVIN GAYE and BARRY WHITE are among the artists that are best at helping you get ready to rumble. (--This is the same survey that produced the "songs that are better than sex" list.)
Here are the Top 10 songs that got the respondents "in the mood" for sex:
1.) "Sexual Healing", Marvin Gaye
2.) "Let's Get It On", Marvin Gaye
3.) Barry White . . . "Anything from his collection"
4.) "Je T'aime . . . Moi Non Plus" . . . which translates to "I Love You . . . Me Neither", Serge Gainsbourg
5.) "Sex on Fire", Kings of Leon
6.) "You Sexy Thing", Hot Chocolate
7.) The orchestral song "Bolero", by the French composer Maurice Ravel . . . (--This is the song that Bo Derek uses to seduce Dudley Moore in "10".)
8.) "I'll Make Love to You", Boyz II Men
9.) "The Lady in Red", Chris De Burgh
10.) "Bump N' Grind", R. Kelly
Some of the same songs made the list of Top 10 songs to play DURING the act . . . but this list is topped by the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack. Here's that list:
1.) The "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack
2.) "Sexual Healing", Marvin Gaye
3.) "Bolero", Maurice Ravel
4.) "Take My Breath Away", Berlin
5.) Barry White . . . "Anything from his collection"
6.) "Let's Get It On", Marvin Gaye
7.) "Unchained Melody", The Righteous Brothers
8.) "My Heart Will Go On", Celine Dion
9.) "Je T'aime . . . Moi Non Plus" . . . which translates to "I Love You . . . Me Neither", Serge Gainsbourg
10.) "I Will Always Love You", Whitney Houston
Fandango did a survey on the most popular movie-themed Halloween costumes for 2012, and for men, the top four are all in "The Avengers". Dressing up as Channing Tatum from the male stripper movie "Magic Mike" came in ninth. For women, Catwoman from "The Dark Knight Rises" came in first.
Want to watch game 1 of the World Series at the State? It's showing tonight at 8pm! Free!
While promoting the final "Twilight" movie on Australian TV, ROBERT PATTINSON said his sex scene with KRISTEN STEWART was one of the most difficult to film in the entire series. But only because, quote, "You're shooting stuff to be PG-13, so you're trying to think of inventive ways of trying to make something sexy." Meanwhile, Kristen and Rob are NOT promoting the movie together. At least not yet. She's in Japan.
EVA LONGORIA and New York Jets quarterback MARK SANCHEZ have broken up . . . because they hardly got to spend any time together.
DANIEL RADCLIFFE and ROBERT PATTINSON top a list of the richest British celebrities under the age of 30. Daniel is worth $85 million . . . while Robert has $62 million in the bank. Rounding out the Top 5 are Keira Knightley, Emma Watson and One Direction.
A CNBC contributor claims that DONALD TRUMP'S big announcement today will be that he has located BARACK and MICHELLE OBAMA'S divorce papers . . . which may be over a decade old. A recent book called "The Amateur" has already claimed that Michelle had divorce papers drawn up in 2000 . . . after her husband failed in his bid to win a House seat in Chicago.
ABC is developing a sitcom starring JANE FONDA. It's called "Now What?" . . . and Jane is playing a mother who moves in with her daughter, after the daughter rips her in a BLOG POST titled "Dear Mom, Here's Why I Hate You".
This is cool! According to scientists at Northwestern University in Illinois, YOU have the ability to see into the future. You just need to try harder. Julia Mossbridge is a neuroscientist at Northwestern. She's been reviewing more than three decades of studies and evidence on whether people have a SIXTH SENSE . . . or at least a little bit of ability to have premonitions. AND WE DO.
Mossbridge says you can actually see TWO to TEN SECONDS into the future . . . you just have to CONCENTRATE on the messages your body is sending you. For example, let's say you're playing solitaire at work. You click off the game just a second before your boss walks around the corner. How did you know to do that? In studies, Mossbridge says people's heart rate and the electrical measurements of their skin actually change in anticipation of something BAD. Like, for instance, your boss catching you.
Your perceptions are heightened because of your fear. That heightens your senses and actually DOES give you a brief moment of being able to SENSE THE FUTURE. Mossbridge says the odds of that being random chance are 400 BILLION TO ONE.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL gave "People" magazine the exclusive on their wedding. Coverage will hit People.com tomorrow. Justin says the wedding was "magical" and Jessica calls it "a fantasy". Meanwhile, we've also learned that Jessica wore a PINK dress . . . and that JIMMY FALLON was among the wedding guests.
LANCE ARMSTRONG was officially stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life. The president of cycling's governing body said, quote, "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling. This is a landmark day for cycling." The director of the Tour de France thinks Lance should pay back the prize money he won from his seven consecutive titles from 1999 to 2005. Meanwhile, Lance could lose up to $15 million a year in endorsements and speaking fees.
DONALD TRUMP said yesterday on "Fox & Friends" that he's dropping a "very, very big" announcement tomorrow concerning PRESIDENT OBAMA that could affect the election. He added that it's, quote, "large, bordering on gigantic."
TAYLOR SWIFT is permeating the media this week promoting her album"Red" . . . so why not test your Taylor trivia with the "10 Things You Didn't Know About Taylor Swift". A couple of them actually surprised me.
#1.) She's an award-winning poet.
In the fourth grade, Taylor's poem "Monster In My Closet" placed first in a national poetry contest. Here's the poem: "There's a monster in my closet and I don't know what to do / Have you ever seen him? / Has he ever pounced on you?"
#2.) Taylor's dad owns 3% of her record label.
He was an early investor in Big Machine Records.
#3.) Taylor's brother Austin is a student at Vanderbilt University.
He transferred from Notre Dame.
#4.) The DIXIE CHICKS were a major influence.
There are others . . . but she ranks the Chicks way up there.
#5.) She wrote a novel when she was 12.
It's 350 pages and it's DONE. (--She only wrote it to make the rest of us feel like underachievers.)
#6.) Taylor's grandmother on her mom's side was an opera singer.
#7.) Her first job involved tons of bugs.
She knocked praying mantis pods out of trees on her family's Christmas tree farm.
#8.) Taylor Swift was the first "Saturday Night Live" host to ever write their own monologue.
It was song she wrote called "My Monologue Song".
#9.) The thought of a real tattoo actually terrifies her.
#10.) She's sort of blind.
When she's not wearing glasses, she's wearing contact lenses.
Want to sound smart? You don't need to use big words . . . just cut out five shorter words that make you SOUND STUPID. Three of them are words we misuse to try to make sentences have more impact: "Actually," "basically," and "literally". One of them makes us look like everything we've said in the past was dishonest . . . "honestly." And the fifth one is "like," which we use just like "um."
Last Friday, around 12:45 A.M., a man with a KNIFE busted into an Arby's in Ohio and demanded money. A 56-year-old manager was the only person in the store, and she escaped by wriggling through the DRIVE-THRU WINDOW. This week, Arby's FIRED her for leaving the store unattended. But she stands by her decision, and said, quote, "I [was] like, 'I'm not going to die in Arby's tonight.'"
The Zombies are taking over Traverse City! Get chased by Zombies during Fright Night at the ground on the former State Hospital next Saturday and get in on the 5K Zombie Run! More from the Ticker here...
The man who shooed MICHAEL LOHAN away from LINDSAY'S house on Friday is her new boyfriend, Josh Chunn. He's a fitness trainer and former college cheerleader who DOES believe that Lindsay is surrounded by, quote, "a bunch of [eff]-ups." But he thinks she's moving in the right direction . . . quote, "She's a strong girl. She's cleaning up. I just want her to be okay. I want us to be okay."
As expected, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL got married Friday in southern Italy. Andy Samberg, Chris Kirkpatrick, music producer Timbaland and actress Beverley Mitchell were among the guests. Justin was spotted the next day wearing his wedding ring.
ADELE has given birth to a baby boy. There's no word on the exact birth date, or the kid's name. This is Adele's first child. She's 24 years old.
In a recent radio interview, PRESIDENT OBAMA revealed that he gave the following parenting advice to JAY-Z . . . quote, "I made sure that Jay-Z was helping BEYONCÉ out, and not leaving it all with mom and the mother-in-law."
The fourth installment in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise easily topped the box office this weekend with $30.2 million. That's a significant decrease from the $52.6 million "Paranormal Activity 3" opened to last year, and it's the worst opening for a "Paranormal Activity" movie since the original came out in 2009.
CHEVY CHASE is still being a pain in the neck on the set of "Community". He dropped the N-WORD during filming on Friday . . . while complaining about how he didn't like how racist his CHARACTER is becoming. Sources say he "apologized immediately." No one has commented publicly on this.
Want to make a better first impression? Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that when two people meet, the person who extends their hand for a handshake FIRST leaves a better impression. BUT . . . make sure you have a GOOD handshake that's not weak or limp, otherwise you might erase the goodwill you earned from initiating the handshake.
"Forbes" just released its annual list of the most dangerous cities in the U.S., based on violent crime rates. And, yep . . . Detroit is the most dangerous, with a violent crime rate FIVE TIMES higher than the national average. The rest of the top five are St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, and Birmingham.
Heather and I got an email early Thursday morning from someone named "BooBear90" claiming to have a pic of Artimis' junk. Art CLAIMS NO ONE has these pictures. After these claims, BooBear90 said she would send them sometime after 7 on Friday. Well, we got the pic and yes due to seeing Art's forearm with the junk we can confirm that YES, this is really a picture of Artimis' junk. Tisk Tisk.
I think we can safely say it's back ON between ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART . . . because they were photographed kissing and touching at Kristen's new home on Wednesday.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL'S wedding in Italy will cost a reported $6.5 MILLION. Meanwhile, they held a pre-wedding party at a beachfront resort on Wednesday. Guests included Andy Samberg, Timbaland, Chris Kirkpatrick from 'N Sync, and Beverly Mitchell from "Seventh Heaven".
The defamation case filed against BRITNEY SPEARS and her parents by her former manager Sam Lutfi went to trial yesterday. In his opening statements, Sam's lawyer said Britney was hooked on speed, and was especially into METH. He also said Britney shaved her head in 2007 because she was afraid a judge would test her hair for drugs.
A website called Film.com has dropped a list of the Top 50 Horror Movies. Here's their Top 10 . . . do you agree?
#1.) "The Shining"
#2.) "The Thing"
#3.) "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
#4.) "Night of the Living Dead"
#5.) "The Exorcist"
#9.) "Rosemary's Baby"
Here we go again: The "National Enquirer" reports that ASHTON KUTCHER has become such a diva on the set of "Two and a Half Men" that the crew is calling him "CHARLIE SHEEN JUNIOR". Because of this, "insiders" say it's "doubtful" that he'll return next season.
NBC has canceled the sitcom "Animal Practice". So are they going to use this opening in the schedule to FINALLY bring back "Community"? No. They're replacing it with "Whitney".
I'm telling you, this could not be any more DEAD ON!!
What if I gave you two options for tonight: A.) Go out, get drunk, and go wild until morning . . . or B.) Order takeout, watch a movie, and fall asleep on the couch by 11. Which one would you pick? If you're over 28 . . . it just might be "B." According to a new survey, 37% of women and 39% of men said they started GETTING OLD and making "grown up" decisions at age 28. Age 30 was the second-most popular choice.
The survey also came up with nine signs you're GROWING UP. Check 'em out . . .
#1.) Your career is more important than your sex life.
#2.) You switch from listening to pop music to adult contemporary.
#3.) You really want to buy a place, not rent.
#4.) You have no idea what the number one song on the charts is.
#5.) You start looking for a husband or wife, instead of a boyfriend or girlfriend.
#6.) You'd rather go on a vacation with the person you're dating than with a group of friends.
#7.) You'd rather cook for yourself than get takeout or make a microwave dinner.
#8.) You'd rather live on your own than share an apartment or house.
#9.) You stop going to nightclubs.
KARMA! Earlier this month, a 22-year-old in Massachusetts was DUMPED by his girlfriend. And he found one hell of a way to get over it. On Tuesday, he hit the Mega Millions jackpot . . . and won $30.5 MILLION. He took the lump sum and will get $16.1 MILLION after taxes.
MEGAN FOX had a baby boy on September 27th, and somehow managed to keep it a secret until yesterday, when she announced it on Facebook. His name is Noah Shannon Green, and he's the first child for Megan and her husband BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN. Brian also has a 10-year-old son from a previous relationship.
There have been plenty of false alarms already, so don't get too excited just yet . . . but "multiple sources" claim that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL are getting married tomorrow in Italy. In fact, celebrations with close friends and family supposedly got underway on Tuesday. Sources say they've managed to keep the exact location a secret so far.
This will probably come in handy at some point: MEL GIBSON'S new girlfriend ASHLEY CUSATO is going for her BLACK BELT IN KARATE. Ashley was a Division One swimmer in college, and she works as an actress and stuntwoman. Her credits include "Baywatch", "The Princess Diaries" and the two Rob Zombie "Halloween" movies. She's 38 years old . . . Mel is 56.
MICHAEL PHELPS isn't just the most decorated Olympian in history . . . he's also the Fittest Man of All Time . . . according to "Men's Health" magazine, which ranked the Top 100. Here's the Top 10 . . .
#1.) Michael Phelps
#2.) Bruce Lee
#3.) Arnold Schwarzenegger
#4.) Jack Lalanne
#5.) Herschel Walker
#6.) Legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe
#7.) Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo
#8.) Lance Armstrong. (--An interesting choice, given all the problems he's having lately . . . the latest of which you can read about here.)
#9.) Boxer Manny Pacquiao
#10.) Norwegian Olympic skier Bjorn Daehlie (--Check out the complete list here.)
Nike has decided it's NOT buying LANCE ARMSTRONG'S denials about using performance enhancing drugs. The company has cut ties with him, saying he misled them, and that the evidence against him is, quote, "seemingly insurmountable." He lost several other sponsors, too. Meanwhile, Lance has stepped down as chairman of his cancer charity, Livestrong. But he's still on the board . . . and he's still not admitting guilt.
UMA THURMAN may have just won the award for Most Ridiculous Celebrity Baby Name EVER. Back in July, Uma and her fiancé Arpad Busson had a daughter. And yesterday they revealed her name. It's . . . ROSALIND ARUSHA ARKADINA ALTALUNE FLORENCE THURMAN-BUSSON. They call her Luna for short.
BILL MURRAY is friends with KELLY LYNCH'S husband, screenwriter MITCH GLAZER. And Kelly says that whenever Bill or his brothers see "Road House" on TV, they call to tease him about her sex scene with PATRICK SWAYZE. And they do it in the voice of Carl Spackler . . . Bill's groundskeeper character from "Caddyshack".
"Forbes" has put together their annual list of The Highest-Paid Male TV Actors, which covers the period between May of LAST year and this past May. "Two and a Half Men" star ASHTON KUTCHER came in at #1 with $24 million. HUGH LAURIE and RAY ROMANO followed with $18 million apiece.
On Friday night, police in England got a call about a man with a samurai sword. When they showed up, it turned out it wasn't a samurai, it was a 61-year-old BLIND MAN using one of those white walking canes. So naturally, they Tased him anyway. They've apologized, but an investigation has been launched.
Alanis Morissette causes gay domestic violence? On Sunday, in Florida, a 24-year-old man hit his 33-year-old boyfriend in the face with a plate . . . because the 33-year-old wouldn't stop listening to Alanis. When the cops came, the 24-year-old told them, quote, "That's all the mother[effer] listens to." He was arrested for felony domestic battery.
On Monday, a 23-year-old in Florida started RAMMING a car that cut him off. Both drivers pulled over, and the 23-year-old got out of his car and started throwing punches. The other driver didn't want to fight, but after blocking four punches he decided he had to . . . and LAID OUT the 23-year-old with two punches. He won't be charged, but the 23-year-old was arrested for assault.
Michael Ferns is a high school senior in St. Clairsville, Ohio and a running back for the football team. He has a scholarship to play at the University of Michigan next year . . . and he has 11 touchdowns this season. (--St. Clairsville is 130 miles south of Cleveland.) Two Fridays ago, in the fourth quarter of a game that St. Clairsville won 56-27, Michael got the ball and seemed to be headed for his twelfth touchdown. He ran 52 yards down the sideline, with no one on the other team in position to stop him. But then Michael slowed down and STEPPED out of bounds at the one-yard line. The referees were so surprised that they initially signaled for a touchdown. But Michael and his teammates successfully argued that he DIDN'T really score. Here's why . . . On the next play, the team gave the ball . . . and the touchdown . . . to Logan Thompson, a freshman who rarely gets to play. Logan's father died two days before the game . . . and the team decided to give him a chance to score a touchdown for his dad.
JAY-Z has reportedly threatened to end CHRIS BROWN'S career if Brown hurts Rihanna again. It happened backstage at Jay's recent gig in New York City. A source says, quote, "He called Chris to one side and told him if he hurts Rihanna, whether emotionally or physically, it's over for him. He'll ensure it will result in the end of his career."
An 18-year-old cancer victim who couldn't make a JUSTIN BIEBER concert received a personal visit from Justin at the hospital on Monday. The woman's friend had Tweeted Justin over the weekend and asked him if he could stop by and see her because she was missing his gig.
The website Buzzfeed.com has put together a list of 34 random facts about scary movies. Dedicated horror fans will probably know most of these . . . but the rest of you might learn something. Here are six highlights . . .
1. The mask in "Halloween" is actually William Shatner's face. (--This is TECHNICALLY right, but there's an asterisk by it . . . because director John Carpenter has said it was a CAPTAIN KIRK mask, and it really didn't look anything like Shatner.)
2. "Psycho" was the first movie to show a toilet flushing.
3. Robert De Niro and Robin Williams were both considered for Jack Nicholson's role in "The Shining".
4. Nicholson was considered for the part of Hannibal in "Silence of the Lambs".
5. Tom Cruise was offered the lead in "Edward Scissorhands", but he passed because he wanted a happier ending.
6. The movie "Final Destination" was based on a rejected "X-Files" script.
The site 11Points.com has put out a list of 11 Songs, Forever Ruined By Artists Revealing Their True Meanings. Here's the list, along with a quick summary on how each song's mystique was CRUSHED by the artists revealing their TRUE inspirations:
1.) "Don't Stop Believin'", Journey . . . Singer Steve Perry has admitted that there's no such thing as "South Detroit."
2.) "Party in the U.S.A.", Miley Cyrus . . . At some point after the song's release, Miley said that she'd never heard a Jay-Z song, despite what she sings in the lyrics.
3.) "Like a Virgin", Madonna . . . "Like a Virgin's" male songwriter has said it's actually about a MAN getting over a break-up.
4.) "My Sharona", The Knack . . . A woman named Sharona Alperin says the song is about her . . . when she was an underage girl. She thinks she was "maybe 16, 17" at the time, and Knack singer Doug Fieger was "about nine years older."
5.) "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)", The Beastie Boys . . . They later said the song was supposed to be a PARODY of party anthems. Not one itself.
6.) "Tutti Frutti", Little Richard . . . Little Richard has admitted that it was about male to male relations.
7.) "In the Air Tonight", Phil Collins . . . Legend has it the song is about a MURDER that Phil witnessed . . . but Phil says the song is not about ANYTHING interesting. He says he wrote it while screwing around with a new drum machine.
8.) "Summer of '69", Bryan Adams . . . For better or worse, Bryan says the title was inspired by ehhh well not the year.
9.) "(Untitled) How Does It Feel", D'Angelo . . . D'Angelo says the song is NOT about sex . . . it's about his grandmother's cooking.
10.) "Friday", Rebecca Black . . . She later claimed she KNEW the lyrics were a bunch of hogwash. (--Although, I claim THAT'S a bunch of hogwash.)
11.) "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", The Beatles . . . It seemed obvious that "Lucy, Sky, and Diamonds" stood for LSD . . . but John Lennon says it was actually based on a painting his son Julian did in art class.
The first official sighting of ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART occurred Sunday night at a bar in Los Feliz, California. The two of them were out with about 10 friends, but sources say they, quote, "cozied up to each other."
In the new issue of "Vogue", RIHANNA explains that the rest of the world still hates CHRIS BROWN because WE haven't gotten the closure she has. She says, quote, "The world hasn't let go. They haven't seen any progress in our friendship, because they don't see anything. I don't know if people will stop soon, but I feel like as soon as they have closure to it, they will.
Despite reports of a breakup, KATY PERRY and JOHN MAYER are still ON. They even went to dinner together Sunday night in New York City. And the paparazzi got some photos.
BILL MURRAY has been known to do weird, random things. And usually, they're awesome. Like Sunday, when he crashed an adult kickball game in New York City. One of the players says Bill started talking to the players, then he went out onto the field and joined the game.
The third season premiere of "The Walking Dead" drew 10.9 million viewers on Sunday night, which is a HUGE number for cable. In fact, it's the biggest telecast for any drama series in basic cable history.
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD will guest star on a "Back to the Future"-themed episode of the Fox sitcom "Raising Hope". (--Of course, Christopher played Doc Brown in the "Back to the Future" movies.) On the episode, he's playing a loan collector . . . and at some point he drives a DeLorean . . . which was, of course, what Doc's time machine was made from in the movies. There's no airdate yet.
DAVID LETTERMAN'S sidekick PAUL SHAFFER says he might be ready to retire after his current deal, which runs through 2014. But, he hasn't made a final decision yet. He reportedly makes $5 million a year on "The Late Show".
Really!!?? According to a survey by a detergent company, if you want to pull chicks, wear a purple shirt. Women are twice as likely as guys to reject a possible date because of what they're wearing . . . and women are more likely to say yes to a guy if he's wearing a purple shirt when he asks her out. The next most successful color is black, followed by white. Guys are LEAST likely to get a girl to say yes if they wear blue or pink.
Last week, Pizza Hut announced they would give a person FREE PIZZA FOR LIFE if they attended the town hall Presidential debate between OBAMA and ROMNEY tonight, and asked the candidates whether they preferred sausage or pepperoni. They got a TON of bad press for it . . . so now they've backed off and are asking people NOT to ask that question.
On September 28th, a farmer near Milwaukee, Wisconsin was seriously injured in a combine accident while harvesting his crops . . . and his brother was killed. For two weeks, their 280 acres of crops just sat there . . . until Thursday, when volunteers from 50 neighboring farms came and harvested the family's fields for them. It would have taken the brothers 10 days to do it . . . but the neighbors got the job done in four hours.
A source who worked on the set of DANNY DEVITO'S 1992 movie "Hoffa" says Danny scored some action with a hot, young extra by basically promising to make her a star. This is supposedly a regular thing with Danny, and is probably responsible for his split with RHEA PERLMAN.
RUSSELL CROWE and his wife Danielle Spencer have split after nine years of marriage.
Ventriloquist JEFF DUNHAM got married Friday in Santa Ynez, California. His new wife Audrey Murdick is a nutritionist and body builder.
All that garbage about someone stealing personal video footage from JUSTIN BIEBER and threatening to post something incriminating on Friday was just a HOAX. Because the so-called thief DID post something: Justin's new video. Yep, it was all hype. And it worked. More than 16 million people have watched the video since it was uploaded Friday.
DONALD TRUMP has announced the cast for the upcoming "all-star" season of "Celebrity Apprentice", which will premiere in March. It includes: Bret Michaels, Dennis Rodman, La Toya Jackson, Gary Busey and Trace Adkins.
A 43-year-old daredevil from Austria set new world records for the highest and fastest skydive yesterday. He jumped from 128,100 feet, fell at 833.9 miles-per-hour, and broke the sound barrier. And more than eight million people watched the live stream on YouTube.
Wow, is this true? Once you're in a long-term relationship, SLEEP beats out SEX every time. And apparently it even beats out basic affection. A new survey found that 80% of couples go to sleep without a goodnight kiss. 90% go to sleep without saying "I love you." And 46% sleep with their backs to each other.
According to a study by Wellesley College, when a female boss is ovulating, she offers attractive female employees up to 25% LESS money than less attractive ones. But during less fertile times in the month, they offer hot women 20% MORE. The researchers say it's probably because women feel a biological need to find a mate when they're ovulating, so they act more ruthless against potential rivals.
Sleeping on a problem might not just be a good way to procrastinate . . . it might actually help you figure out a problem. In a new study out of England, researchers found that people gave more creative and better solutions to complex problems if they got a full night's sleep. They think sleeping unlocks some information you didn't initially think of.
Thankfully I'm never smiled at!!! If your boss gives you a HUGE SMILE every time you pass each other in the hallway, it's NOT a good thing. A new study found that bosses give the biggest smiles to the people they view as LEAST POWERFUL. The researchers think it's because the smiles are condescending, like the boss is throwing a bone to a lower-status employee because the boss feels so much BETTER than them.
THIS is why you should always keep NINJA WEAPONS around the house. Last week, a 33-year-old man in Maine busted into his ex-girlfriend's house to confront her about dating a new guy. He attacked her, so she grabbed some NUNCHUKS she had laying around the house, and fought back. She got in a few shots, then got away to call 911. He was arrested on several charges.
This is pretty good forethought for a shoplifter. Earlier this month, a 52-year-old woman shoplifted a LARGE CHEESE LOG from a grocery store in Florida. But, as we all know, if you eat an entire log of cheese, it blocks you up. So the woman ALSO shoplifted some LAXATIVES. She was caught by a security guard and arrested for misdemeanor retail theft.
MICHAEL VICK has admitted he has a dog. But he claims he did it for his kids . . . quote, "I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God's creatures with kindness and respect . . . This is an opportunity to break the cycle." He added that he will continue to, quote, "honor my commitment to animal welfare."
The person who stole JUSTIN BIEBER'S camera and computer earlier this week has posted some footage online. Nothing too scandalous yet . . . but supposedly, the culprit is going to release something more incriminating today from a pool party Justin was at. Justin actually started following the thief on Twitter, and told him, or her, quote, "No matter what you have and what you post tomorrow I know my fans won't leave me. Screw it. #toostrong"
NBC has announced that its "re-boot" of "The Munsters" is dead in the water . . . however, they're going to air the pilot as a Halloween special on Friday, October 26th. It's called "Mockingbird Lane" . . . and it stars JERRY O'CONNELL, PORTIA DE ROSSI and EDDIE IZZARD.
If you HAVEN'T had a one-night stand, apparently you're in the minority. A new survey found that 58% of Americans have had at least one ONE-NIGHT STAND . . . meaning sex with someone one time with no strings attached. 79% of men and 21% of women claim they've had one.
Pringles is debuting three new holiday flavors next month . . . and they all sound VILE: Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cinnamon and Sugar, and White Chocolate Peppermint. None of them sound like a proper potato chip flavor to us.
Dateline Holland Township: On Wednesday afternoon in Michigan, a man was using a PROPANE TORCH to try to burn the fur off a SQUIRREL . . . so he could cook and eat it. But he ended up setting his entire apartment complex on fire. No one was hurt, but there was significant damage and all the other residents are displaced.
BEN AFFLECK says he still keeps in touch with several of his exes, especially JENNIFER LOPEZ . . . quote, "We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an e-mail saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great.'" He also still sees MATT DAMON, quote, "almost too often."
ALEX KARRAS . . . the NFL great who went on to play EMMANUEL LEWIS' adopted dad on the '80s sitcom "Webster" . . . died of kidney failure yesterday. He was 77. Karras also battled dementia in his later years, and was among thousands of former players who sued the NFL for concussion-related injuries. He's survived by his wife SUSAN CLARK . . . who played his wife on "Webster" . . . and their daughter.
Busy weekend! JACK OSBOURNE had a busy weekend in Hawaii. He got married . . . celebrated his mom SHARON'S 60th birthday . . . AND he saved a woman's life. Jack and a friend were at the beach when they saw a woman in distress in the ocean, and raced to her rescue. Jack's new wife Lisa Tweeted, quote, "Really proud of Jack and his friend Tyler who saved a woman on the beach yesterday who'd had a heart attack and [drowned]. They resuscitated her until the ambulance came. We just found out she's in a stable condition! Awesome!"
During JUSTIN BIEBER'S gig in Tacoma, Washington on Tuesday, someone stole a computer and a camera from him. And he's not happy about it. He Tweeted, quote, "sucks when u take personal footage and people dont respect your privacy . . . yesterday during the show me and my tour manager josh had some stuff stolen. really sucks. people should respect other's property." Then he added, quote, "i had a lot of personal footage on that computer and camera and that is what bothers me the most. #lame #norespect" There's no word what this "personal footage" is, but it's probably not anything bad, or it's not likely Justin would be Tweeting about it. Meanwhile . . . Justin was the victim of one of those "swatting" pranks. Someone alerted police at about 2:00 A.M. Wednesday that there was an individual waving a gun near Justin's L.A. home. Police sent cars, helicopters and other emergency vehicles to sweep the area. They found nothing.
There's still no definitive word on whether a "Jurassic Park 4" will get made. But several years ago, it almost went into production . . . and it could have been CRAZY. The script at the time featured someone getting funky with the dinosaur DNA and creating HUMAN-DINOSAUR HYBRIDS. The filmmakers were serious enough about the concept to work up some sketches of the monsters. And someone even did a sculpture of one of them.
he "National Enquirer" claims someone is threatening to KIDNAP seven-year-old ALANA THOMPSON, the star of TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo". Her family doesn't know if it's a serious threat . . . but they're not taking any chances. They've hired a full-time bodyguard . . . and supposedly want to move to a nicer area.
Did you catch The Price is Right yesterday? The first ever male model debuted for the lady's eye pleasure.
When MITT ROMNEY name-checked BIG BIRD at the debate last week, he inadvertently CHANGED HALLOWEEN. Immediately after the debate, the website CostumeCraze.com saw a 500% sales bump in their "Sexy Big Bird" costume. It features a yellow, feathered tank top and skirt, purple and orange socks, and a hat that looks like the top of Big Bird's head.
BRAD PITT wore a bunch of different outfits for a photo shoot with "Interview" magazine . . . including an eye patch and dreadlocks
TMZ has posted a picture of a kid who appears to be JUSTIN BIEBER playing BEER PONG. A source says this game took place in either Canada or Georgia. But it was last year, when Justin was 17 . . . so even if it was in Canada, he would have been too young to drink alcohol . . . which the source says he DID.
Charlie Brown is coming to a theater near you . . . in November of 2015. That's when the first "Peanuts" movie hits the big screen. (--2015 marks the 65th anniversary of the debut of the "Peanuts" comic strip, and the 50th anniversary of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" TV special.) It's being made by Blue Sky Studios . . . the people behind "Rio" and the "Ice Age" movies. And it'll be directed by Steve Martino, who did "Horton Hears a Who!" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift". And if this matters to you, the son and grandson of "Peanuts" creator CHARLES SCHULZ helped with the screenplay.
The new seasons of "Community" and "Whitney" were supposed to premiere NEXT Friday . . . but NBC has pushed back them INDEFINITELY. The shows are NOT being canceled, but there's no word when they might be back on the schedule. Supposedly, we'll find out in the "next few weeks."
The nominees for the "40th Annual American Music Awards" were announced yesterday . . . and RIHANNA and NICKI MINAJ lead everyone with four nominations. Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usherhave three apiece. ABC will air the ceremony live on Sunday, November 18th. So far, CHRISTINA AGUILERA is the only performer that has been announced. This is the first ceremony since DICK CLARK'S death. He created the "AMAs" . . . so naturally the show has a big tribute planned. As usual, YOU will choose the winners. Voting is open NOW at AMAvote.com. Before casting your vote, you'll have to sign in through Facebook . . . or provide an email address to register.
Here are your nominees . . .
Artist of the Year:
Favorite Male Artist - Pop / Rock:
Favorite Female Artist - Pop / Rock:
Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop / Rock:
Favorite Pop / Rock Album:
--"Believe", Justin Bieber
--"Overexposed", Maroon 5
--"Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded", Nicki Minaj
--"Up All Night", One Direction
Favorite Artist - Rap / Hip-Hop:
Favorite Rap / Hip-Hop Album:
--"Cole World: The Sideline Story", J. Cole
--"Take Care", Drake
--"Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded", Nicki Minaj
Favorite Male Artist - Soul / R&B:
Favorite Female Artist - Soul / R&B:
--Mary J. Blige
Favorite Soul / R&B Album:
--"Fortune", Chris Brown
--"Talk That Talk", Rihanna
--"Looking 4 Myself", Usher
Favorite Male Artist - Country:
Favorite Female Artist - Country:
Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Country:
--Zac Brown Band
Favorite Album - Country:
--"Tailgates & Tanlines", Luke Bryan
--"Tuskegee", Lionel Richie
--"Blown Away", Carrie Underwood
Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary:
Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock:
--The Black Keys
Favorite Artist - Latin Music:
Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational Music:
From theticker.tc: Area high school students and parents are invited to meet with representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities at the annual Traverse Bay Area College Night, to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 9 at the Hagerty Center on NMC's Great Lakes Campus.
Nooo!!! After 30 years of marriage . . . and more than 40 years as a couple . . . 5-foot comedic superstar DANNY DEVITO and his 5-foot-1 bride RHEA PERLMAN are splitting up. There's no word why. Danny and Rhea got married in 1982. They have three kids, who are all in their 20s.
Well if the tabloids are right this isn't a big deal, but if they're wrong - uh oh. Whether KRISTEN STEWART and ROBERT PATTINSON like it or not, they're legally bound to promote "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" together. A source says, quote, "The studio execs weren't happy when Rob and Kristen broke up, but this is why there are clauses about what is required of the stars to do." The movie opens November 16th.
After DEMI LOVATO went to that treatment center for . . . whatever it was she had to be treated for . . . she had to make some tough choices regarding the people she was hanging out with. She says, quote, "I did kind of a friend cleanse right after rehab, where I weeded out people who didn't have my best interests at heart. Now I have friends who love me for who I am and don't care about what I'm doing. Most of them aren't in the industry. Some of them don't even know my songs!"
Woow, I couldn't believe this. We heard MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY was dropping weight to play an AIDS patient in the movie "The Dallas Buyer's Club". Well, he was photographed leaving church with his mother on Sunday...
I was convinced this was all a show. An "American Idol" source says the MARIAH CAREY / NICKI MINAJ feud is "very real," and that the show wasn't able to film promos with them together last week. Also, the staff and crew is supposedly so fed up with it . . . that they're already wishing JENNIFER LOPEZ and STEVEN TYLER were back.
Whatever you do DON'T use this site, it will just drive you crazy! Single women NEVER stop overthinking the texts they get from guys. But now hundreds of people online can do it for you. A new site called HeTexted.com lets you post a text a guy sent you, and the people on the site vote whether he's into you, he's not into you, or the jury's still out.
Sure, war and famine are terrible . . . if you live in the Third World. But what about the irritating things we have to deal with here in the so-called 'First World'? According to a UNICEF survey, the four biggest "first-world problems" are slow internet access, not being able to find something at the grocery store, bad-tasting fruit, and bad haircuts.
MILA KUNIS has been named the Sexiest Woman Alive by "Esquire" magazine. Mila is also on a list of celebrities with two different colored eyes. She has one green and one brown.
CHRIS BROWN posted a weird video on Twitter in which he apparently confesses to loving RIHANNA. But it sounds like he's torn between her and KARRUECHE TRAN . . . who was his girlfriend until last week. Here it is (warning he drops the F Bomb)...
Ladies, here ya go! New "Glee" stud DEAN GEYER was spotted skateboarding shirtless..
That on-off thing between KATY PERRY and JOHN MAYER is reportedly OFF again.
ROSIE O'DONNELL is a HUGE "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" fan. For real. In an interview with "People" magazine, she compares Honey Boo Boo to SHIRLEY TEMPLE. And she's NOT being sarcastic. She says, quote, "She has a presence and an intellect that goes way beyond her years." She adds, quote, "I'd love to meet them and buy them a house.
The LIAM NEESON sequel "Taken 2" easily topped the box office this weekend with $50 million. That's more than double the $24.7 million opening weekend that the original "Taken" had back in 2009.
"The Price Is Right" has found its first MALE model. It's a 24-year-old dude named Rob Wilson. He'll appear on the show NEXT WEEK . . . and maybe longer if it works out.
Last week in California, 13 armed men tried to rob a disabled grandmother who grows and sells MEDICAL MARIJUANA out of her house. She wasn't going down without a fight . . . and started spraying them with BEAR MACE. She hit three guys which scared all of them off. The cops are looking for them.
You'd think rule number one of running a meth lab is that you don't make a big sign advertising your meth lab. On Friday, police in Tennessee spotted a driver in a red pickup truck with the words "METH LAB" written on his windshield. They pulled him over and, believe it or not . . . the truck WAS a mobile meth lab. He was arrested.
Our friend Nathan Edward from 7 and 4 got ahold of the Petoskey Batman yesterday, here's the interview:
Might be cold tonight for Friday Night Football! But 9 and 10 has the line up, click here to see who is playing who! http://www.9and10news.com/category/221708/local-sports-scores
Yesterday, we heard that KARRUECHE TRAN had broken up with CHRIS BROWN. Well, Chris Brown is now confirming that it's over . . . but he says HE did the dumping. He says, quote, "I have decided to be single to focus on my career. I love Karrueche very much but I don't want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna. "I'd rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives." Riiiight, so he broke up with her AFTER she said the relationship is over HAHAHA
Hmmm, so did Star Trek invent the iPad? Check it out!
BARBARA WALTERS says MARIAH CAREY told her that she believes Nicki DID threaten to shoot her, and that she's "very concerned" and "uncomfortable emotionally." She says she's hired extra security, and will continue to do the show because, otherwise, she loves it.
NICKI MINAJ was NOT happy that MARIAH CAREY gave an off-air interview to BARBARA WALTERS. In a Twitter rant, she accused Mariah of "milking" the LIES. She also accused Mariah of being insecure, and suggested that the accusation that she threatened to shoot Mariah is RACIST.
Yesterday, MARK ZUCKERBERG announced that Facebook has crossed the ONE BILLION USER mark. It actually happened on September 14th, but he held off on announcing it until today. They hit 500 million users in July of 2010, so it only took them a little over two years to double that. Google is the only other Internet company that's hit the one billion user mark
Petoskey Batman made National News again!! Here's the quick story. "There's a 33-year-old man in Michigan who likes to dress as BATMAN and help the police fight crime. They do NOT want his help. Last week the cops and K-9 unit were searching for a driver who'd fled from a crash, and the man joined in the search as Batman. They told him to leave since he might throw off the dogs. He refused and was arrested for FELONY obstruction. He could get two years in prison." Petoskey News has more details here...
JUSTIN BIEBER'S mom, PATTIE MALLETTE, recently went out on a date with CHRIS HARRISON . . . the host of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette". And it was RYAN SEACREST who set them up. After the date . . . which was to a Justin Bieber concert . . . Pattie Tweeted, quote, "Had a great night w @chrisbharrison! Thanks @ryanseacrest for setting it up." Ryan replied, quote, "Does he get a rose?"
After reports that CHRIS BROWN and RIHANNA hooked up in a nightclub bathroom, Chris Brown is one girlfriend short. Karrueche Tran has reportedly broken up with him.
TYLER PERRY donated a new van to a woman with cerebral palsy whose specially-equipped Chrysler Town and Country was stolen. Alicia Day . . . a 24-year-old part-time greeter at Home Depot . . . had her van stolen from her driveway in the Atlanta area on Sunday night. The handicapped-accessible vehicle would have cost $60,000 to replace.
Rumor has it, NICKI MINAJ threatened to KILL MARIAH CAREY during her wild tantrum on the "American Idol" set on Tuesday. Supposedly, she said, quote, "If I had a gun, I would shoot her." But "Idol" producer NIGEL LYTHGOE says that's "absolute rubbish."
Every election, voters in both political parties threaten to LEAVE the country if their candidate doesn't win. So JetBlue is giving them the chance to do it. They're giving away 1,006 free plane tickets OUT of the country to people whose candidate loses. You need to register at JetBlue's website and tell them who you plan to vote for. So far, 53% of the people who have entered plan to vote for BARACK OBAMA . . . and 47% will vote for MITT ROMNEY
This could be a MILLION DOLLAR IDEA. A dentist in Indonesia has created a special drill that drowns out the horrible, bone-chilling drill sound with MUSIC. And it's designed to use the patient's mouth as an AMPLIFIER . . . so the more they open their mouth, the louder the music gets. There's no word on whether he's planning to market and sell it.
The Ticker has some interesting stories of arrests in the past 7 days, people have gone crazy! More here
This is just trashy BUT here ya go: Here's the latest CHRIS BROWN / RIHANNA hookup rumor: The two of them supposedly got busy in the VIP bathroom at a New York City nightclub called Griffin. Sources say they were in there for half an hour while two security guards stood watch outside the door. When they came out, Chris had a "smile on his face" and Rihanna looked "disheveled".
When JUSTIN BIEBER barfed onstage and later Tweeted, quote, "Milk was a bad choice" . . . we thought he was just quoting WILL FERRELL from "Anchorman". But it turns out he really DOES blame milk. At least partially. Justin called TMZ to explain himself. He said he was wolfing down milk and spaghetti bolognese before the show . . . and he started feeling it a few songs in. He says, quote, "Going onstage after that was not a good idea."
What?!?! The "Today" show has been getting whooped in the ratings this year, and now RadarOnline.com claims the show wants ANN CURRY to be featured MORE OFTEN in an attempt to, quote, "stop the ratings plunge." This seems a little odd . . . since we've heard one of the main reasons Ann was dumped in the first place was because she wasn't connecting with viewers . . . and was thought to be partially responsible for the ratings slide.
Did you see this viral video yesterday? This news reporter addresses a viewer who wrote in with a complaint about her weight...
Randomness to make you smarter..
We know if you washed your bra every time you had a little UNDERBOOB SWEAT, you'd spend your entire life at the washing machine. But how often SHOULD you wash it? According to one expert, the "correct" answer is . . . after you wear a bra seven or eight times.
The Weather Channel is going to start naming blizzards this winter . . . the same way that the National Weather Service gives names to hurricanes. They say it'll raise awareness, make it easier for people to follow a winter storm's progress, and give the storm a personality. They go through the alphabet, just like hurricane names do. The first storms this winter will be named Athena, Brutus, Caesar, Draco, and Euclid.
DREW BARRYMORE had a baby! This is the first child for Drew and her husband Will Kopelman, an art consultant she married in June. (--Drew is 37, Will is 35.) The baby's name is Olive Barrymore Kopelman. It's not clear if the name came from this, but Drew voiced the main character in the 1999 TV special "Olive, the Other Reindeer".
The Internet has pretty much decided that ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART are back together. And we may get a better idea of whether or not that's true within the next few days. Sources say Rob and Kristen will be out on the promotional trail together with their cast mates to hype the final "Twilight" movie . . . which comes out on November 16th.
Earlier this year, JOHN MAYER put TAYLOR SWIFT on blast for supposedly writing the song "Dear John" about him. But now, Taylor's saying the song might not even be about him. She says, quote, "How presumptuous! I never disclose who my songs are about."
Forbes.com has released its list of the Highest-Paid Women in Entertainment . . . and OPRAH WINFREY tops it, earning $165 million in the year between May of 2011 and May of 2012. Next year, Oprah probably won't be that high. There's no more revenue from "The Oprah Winfrey Show", which she took off the air last year. And she has yet to take a salary from her OWN TV channel. Here are the 10 Highest-Paid Women in Entertainment, and what they earned over that same one-year period . . .
#1.) Oprah Winfrey, $165 million
#2.) Britney Spears, $58 million
#3.) Taylor Swift, $57 million
#4.) (tie) Ellen DeGeneres and Rihanna, $53 million
#6.) (tie) Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, $52 million
#8.) (tie) Gisele Bundchen, Katy Perry and Judge Judy, $45 million
Not that I'm judging here but I'm starting to think I'm doing life ALL wrong: TMZ claims TLC offered the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" family a significant raise after just two episodes. Supposedly, they recognized that it was going to be a hit, and rewarded the family by bumping their pay from $5,000 to $7,000 per episode . . . to between $15,000 and $20,000 per episode
Everyone wants "Family Guy" creator SETH MACFARLANE to host EVERYTHING. The Academy has announced that Seth will host the OSCARS on February 24th. Last month, he hosted "Saturday Night Live", and presented at the Emmys. He also hosted Comedy Central's CHARLIE SHEEN roast a while back.
Random Stuff that'll make ya go...whaaaaa...
I'm sure 99.9% of the Chinese restaurants in this country are making good, clean food, and not getting caught for LEGENDARY health code violations. But it only takes that ONE story to make you suspicious of all of them and the Red Flower Chinese Restaurant in Williamsburg, Kentucky just became that story. Last Thursday afternoon, a woman named Katie Hopkins and her friends were eating at the Red Flower, and saw two workers wheeling in a garbage can. They were trying to be slick, but Katie spotted a large animal sticking out of the can. The workers wheeled it into the kitchen, trailing BLOOD behind them. Katie called the health department, and when a health inspector got there, he found out they'd just wheeled some ROADKILL into the kitchen. A dead deer, to be specific. The restaurant tried to explain that the dead deer wasn't going to be served to customers . . . it was for the owner and his family. As you'd expect, that excuse did NOT work. The Red Flower was shut down IMMEDIATELY. They can reopen if they pass the state's most rigorous health inspection, and prove they've sanitized the restaurant.
I hear ya man, this happens to me whenever I have a run in w/ management: Yesterday, a math professor at Michigan State University was teaching a freshman calculus class when he suddenly had some kind of NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. He started screaming, swearing, and then STRIPPED NAKED. Eventually the campus police got there and took him to a local hospital for an evaluation. He hasn't been charged with any crime
You guys know I don't fly b/c I'm scared crappless to do it and here's another reason why: On Saturday AND yesterday, American Airlines flights to Miami had ROWS OF SEATS come LOOSE during the flights and start sliding around the plane. Both flights made safe emergency landings. The sliding seats were blamed on subcontractors who didn't properly reattach the seats after maintenance.
From the theTicker.tc: "Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Lake Avenue in Traverse City will be closed to through traffic at the intersection with River’s Edge Dr. directly north of the Old Town Parking Deck between 7am and 6pm today (October 1) and tomorrow (October 2). Access to the alley east of Union St. will remain accessible at all times. Be prepared to use alternate routes. Work includes removing and replacing asphalt patch as a part of final construction for Hagerty's new building." Check out the Traverse City Ticker at theticker.tc
JUSTIN BIEBER threw up . . . ONSTAGE . . . during the first show of his new tour on Saturday. He came back out to finish the concert, and later Tweeted, quote, "Great show. Getting better for tomorrow's show!!!! Love you . . . and milk was a bad choice! LOL." EWWW See the video here...
After he sent his tweet, he sent a photo for the ladies...
While we're on "teen heart throbs" Harry Styles from One Direction has new ink!
LINDSAY LOHAN was attacked in a New York City hotel room by some guy she brought home from a club. She was partying with some friends and the guy, when she realized he was taking photos and video of her. They ended up in some kind of confrontation, and allegedly he shoved her on a bed, choked her, threw her to the ground and got on top of her. It ended when someone pulled the fire alarm. The cops came, and the guy was arrested.
When CHRISTINA AGUILERA started working on her latest album, she had a message for her label execs . . . quote, "You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it." This comes after years of making herself "toothpick thin" because of pressure from the industry. She says, quote, "I got tired of being a skinny, white girl. I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl."
The animated ADAM SANDLER monster movie "Hotel Transylvania" easily took the #1 spot at the box office this weekend, pulling in $43 million. That's about DOUBLE what "Looper" made in second place. It's also the best opening weekend in the past two months.
TONY BENNETT says he and LADY GAGA are going to record a whole jazz album together. They will be singing the songs of a "mystery songwriter," who Tony wouldn't name so no one steals their idea. As for the timetable, Tony says he hopes to get in the studio with Gaga as soon as he can.
"50 Shades of Grey" author E.L. JAMES says RYAN GOSLING is NOT the frontrunner to star in the movie version of her book. She says it's "far too early" to talk about casting.
There's a new study that matched up personality traits with how you like to eat your EGGS. They found that being a fan of poached eggs means you're outgoing and happy . . . hard-boiled eggs means you're disorganized . . . fried eggs means you're highly sexual . . . scrambled eggs means you're shy . . . and omelets means you have lots of self-discipline.
Okay this is going to blow your mind thanks to Live Science: The consensus among scientists is that yes, time travel IS possible . . . according to the laws of physics. At least time travel FORWARD could happen. They still aren't sure how you'd time travel backwards. Edward Farhi is the director of the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT. He says, quote, "There's no question that you can skip into the future. It's actually consistent with the laws of physics." To travel forward, you need to be in a vehicle traveling several hundred thousand miles per hour. Then you'd be moving faster than everyone else on Earth, experiencing the passage of time in a different way. It's complicated: Think Einstein's theory of relativity. Farhi says to travel backwards, you'd need energy that's as powerful as half the mass in the entire UNIVERSE. And you'd actually destroy the universe in the process. Of course this is all VERY theoretical and it doesn't seem like anyone's really trying to do work on building a super-fast vehicle for time travel. But it COULD happen.