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Blog Thursday 7/2




 

A Florida mom who works two jobs waiting tables to support her two-year-old son says she was going through a streak of bad luck before she became the recipient of a random act of kindness. 

While working her job at WingHouse, 22-year-old Kari Vanardoy delivered a $29 check to a couple of diners – and they handed her a $1,000 tip.

Kari says she initially thought it was a $10 tip but unfolded the bills and realized it was $1,000 and she started to cry. The couple told her it was for her and her son. They also told her that they were her guardian angels and if she ever needed anything to call them.

The large tip has already had a life-changing affect for Kari and her son. She immediately put it towards a bigger apartment that they are moving into next week. (NY Daily News)



 

This weekend, you might be grilling some steaks and burgers. As the smoke rises, feel free to tip your hat to the state of Texas, which produces over six billion pounds of cattle each year.

If you’re eating pork hot dogs and sausages, think about the good people of Iowa, who produce about a third of all the hogs and pigs in the US.

When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, there were 2.5 million people in America. Today, there are over 320 million.

This Fourth of July, Americans will purchase over $369 million worth of fireworks. So, light 'em if you got 'em. (Tennessean)



 

This Fourth of July, show your spirit by making a true American dessert: A red, white and blue cake stuffed with three kinds of pie.

Chef Charles Phoenix has created a Fourth of July version of the cherpumple (which is a concoction of different flavors of pies stuffed inside different layers of cakes). Phoenix's version is called the Cherbluble, and is made up of cherry pie, blueberry pie, apple pie, 3 boxes of cake mix, and 6 cans of cream cheese frosting topped with Pop Rocks and American flags. Get the recipe here. (Thrillist)



 

Traveling this weekend? If you’re dining out in one of these 10 cities, you’ll be paying big bucks. According to Hotels.com’s annual Club Sandwich Index (CSI), which analyzes the costs of hotel dining throughout the world, these are 10 Most Expensive Cities in the World to Eat In:

10. New York City:

  • Burger: $24.26
  • Cup of coffee: $5.38
  • Glass of house red wine: $12.31
  • Club Sandwich: $17.69
  • Total cost: $59.64

1. Geneva

  • Burger: $37.80
  • Cup of coffee: $6.19
  • Glass of house red wine: $12.13
  • Club Sandwich: $30.59
  • Total cost: $86.71 (Business Insider)


 

Are you taking a road trip with your significant other this holiday weekend? If so, chances are you’ll get in a fight. According to a new survey, 75% of people admit to arguing in the car.

GPS company TomTom, which conducted the survey, found that the main causes of these car-guments are:

  • Backseat driving – 48%
  • Traffic – 28%
  • Running late – 27%
  • Telling the driver how to react to other drivers – 27%
  • Music choices – 10%

More findings:

  • 25% say it’s being in tight quarters for a long time that leads to arguments.
  • 27% say the arguments lead to the silent treatment for much of the drive. (Yahoo)


 

Here's a new mash-up of movies-meeting-marketing: Hasbro has announced plans to bring Monopoly to the big screen!

The toy-making giant has partnered with Lionsgate Entertainment and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrew Niccol, whose credits include The Truman Show.

The plot centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue, one of the cheapest properties in the classic board game, who uses both Chance and Community cards to make his fortune.

Hasbro has previously hit the jackpot turning its GI Joe and Transformers toys into movie franchises. (Reuters)

Blog Wednesday 7/1


Greek billionaire Alki David is offering a quarter-of-a-million dollars to the first person willing to get naked and streak in front of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

This “contest” is part of a publicity effort to promote the documentary movie Lord of the Freaks, which happens to be about David.

Strange thing is, this isn’t the first time Alki David has offered up big bucks for a crazy stunt.

Back in 2010, he offered one million dollars to the first person to streak in front of President Barack Obama.

Before you send Alki David your resume, just remember that breaking the Indecent Exposure law in Chicago can get you one year of jail time and a fine of up to $2,500.

But then again, it might be worth it. (Boston Sun Times)


The rumors are true -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have split.

In a statement, the two said, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding." 

Yesterday (Monday) was their 10th wedding anniversary. 

Ben and Jennifer -- who have three kids together -- intend to seek mediation, a source tells People magazine.

Rumors of the power couple's split ramped up after moving trucks were spotted outside their Brentwood home last week.



 

A Texas woman got herself into a real jam by wandering into a restaurant in her jammies -- and then drinking wine from the glasses of total strangers.

Audra Smith stopped in front of Tula's restaurant and tapped on the window to get the attention of one table of customers before strolling in and helping herself to their alcohol and throwing the empty glasses against a wall, causing them to shatter. Smith told the victims to call 911, where dispatchers "would know why" they were being summoned, and followed that up by overturning several planters and locking herself in the ladies room.

She was escorted off the premises and told emergency personnel that her freakout was due to a medical condition -- which doctors determined to be untrue. (Houston Chronicle)



 

A Massachusetts man had to a-"peel" for help after suffering a groin injury -- in a drive-by banana attack.

The man, whose name was not released, was spotted lying at the side of a busy street outside a convenience store, writhing in pain and asking someone to call 911. A bystander took pity and did just that, summoning cops to the scene to check on the commotion. Officer Richard Mazza wrote in his report: "The male party stated he was 'struck in the banana by a banana.' When asked what he meant, he stated he was struck in the groin by a banana thrown out of the window of a passing vehicle."

The man was taken to Noble Hospital and got a note telling his employers he needed to have the following day off work. Sounds like a "fruitful" way to spend an evening. (Westfield News)



 

Brantley Gilbert has married his long-time love Amber Cochran

E! reports that the couple wed at Brantley's home in Georgia. Brantley and Amber met 10 years ago in church and had dated on and off for five years. He says, "She's the one that got away for five years, and they always say if you love something you've got to let it go, and if it's meant to be, it'll come back. It's so cliché, but now it happened to me. So I'm a believer."

Amber was the inspiration behind his hits "More Than Miles" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do."



 

The United States is headed back to the Women's World Cup final after beating Germany, 2-0, Tuesday night in Montreal.

Now the U.S. will play the winner of Wednesday's contest between Japan and England in the final on Sunday in Vancouver.

Carli Lloyd was once again the hero for the U.S. in Tuesday's game. She scored on a second-half penalty kick following Germany's miss. Then, she got an assist by setting upKelley O'Hara's goal in the game's 84th minute.

Lloyd also scored the winning goal in the team's win on Friday over China in the quarterfinals.

U.S. goalie Hope Solo also had another stellar game, leaving her opponents scoreless for the fifth consecutive game and extending the team's goal-less streak against their opponents to 513 minutes. (The New York Times)

Blog Tuesday 6/30


 

A gun range owner in Florida is making a play for a permit to allow him to serve alcohol.

Ron Perkinson, owner of Volusia Top Gun, claims he’s not being reckless here.

“Safety is obviously key,” Perkinson said. “Everything is going to be revolved around safety.”

He plans on keeping tabs on those who drink by holding their driver’s licenses.

And, he also wants to “reinforce” the walls so that adjacent businesses don’t have to deal with pesky stray bullets. Which is nice.

If this thing goes through, Perkinson has a system in place that makes sure you won’t be able to get hammered and then re-enter the gun range. Once your license is scanned for an alcoholic beverage, you won’t be able to get back in the shooting range for 24 hours. (Death and Taxes)



 

According to a new study, here’s a rundown of the careers psychopaths gravitate towards most:

10. Civil Servant

9. Chef

8. Clergy

7. Police Officer

6. Journalist

5. Surgeon

4. Salesperson

3. Media (Television/Radio)

2. Lawyer

1. CEO

Who knew that being a psychopath could help you climb the corporate ladder? Or, help you get a job in radio? (AlterNet)



 

Wendy’s is famous for their Baconator burger.

For those of you who don’t know, the Baconator is all about two quarter-pound patties, a bunch of bacon, along with mayo, ketchup, and cheese.

Well, because you can’t have too much of a good thing, Wendy’s is now offering Baconator fries.

Starting this week, you can get fries with warm cheddar cheese sauce, crispy applewood-smoked bacon, and then an additional layer of shredded cheddar cheese.

That’s a lot of goodness. Dig in. (Business Insider)



 

We’re just a couple weeks away from the Major League Baseball All-Star Game – and the Home Run Derby.

The league has gotten a lot of complaints about how long the derby takes, so there have been changes made …  even if they may not actually make the competition go faster than it has in recent years.

This year, players will be on the clock and will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as they can in a single-elimination head-to-head bracket.

The idea is to get fans to pay closer attention all the way through the night. We will soon see if the tweaks they made have any effect on the way things unfold. (MLB)



 

Once you sign a two-year contract with a cell phone carrier, you’re stuck with them, right?

Not necessarily.

If the carrier violates your contract, you might be able to break out early and switch - and, amazingly, there’s an app to help you with that.

CellBreaker analyzes your cell phone contract, tracks changes made to your service over time, and if a breach of contract has occurred, it can help you get out of your contract.

So even if you’re not planning on leaving your carrier right away, it might be worth it to be aware of what changes are happening. (Life Hacker)



 

Apparently your ring finger can tell you a lot about your personality.

Here’s the test: Just hold out your hand and compare the size of your ring finger to your index finger.

If your ring finger is longer than your index finger …

You're charming, logical and can talk your way into and out of way anything. You can be aggressive, but you’re also very compassionate.

If your ring finger and index finger are the same length …

You are confident and efficient. You prefer to work alone, but you're not an introvert. You're constantly setting high goals for yourself.

If your ring finger is shorter than your index finger …

You are calm and easygoing. You're a peacekeeper and prefer to avoid conflict. You get along with everyone … but you do have a feisty side if somebody brings it out. (Woman’s Day)



 

If the weather forecast isn't looking so great for your holiday weekend, at least you have a lot of new movies on video to choose from.

  • In Get HardWill Ferrell is on his way to prison, mistakes Kevin Hart for an ex-con and looks to him for advice on how to survive on the inside. Rapper T.I. and Mad Men'sAlison Brie co-star.
  • Sean Penn heads up the cast of The Gunman as a former Special Forces member with PTSD who's framed for a crime and goes on the run through Europe to clear his name.Javier Bardem and Idris Elba co-star.
  • Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a middle-aged couple in While We're Young. Their lives are thrown into chaos when they meet a young couple played by Adam Driver andAmanda Seyfried.
  • Inspired by a true story, Danny Collins features Al Pacino as an aging '70s rocker who gives up the rock and roll lifestyle after discovering a letter hand-written to him fromJohn LennonChristopher Plummer and Annette Bening co-star.

TV that's new to video includes the second season of Treehouse Masters, the first season of Gangland Undercover and third season of the classic The Donna Reed Show.

Blog Monday 6/29




 

Whether you were dishing out the pain or you were the last one picked and the first one hit, one thing is certain … If you attended school in the U.S., you've probably played dodgeball.

Well, a group in Florida is bringing back the game in hopes of raising money for charity.

But instead of calling it dodgeball, they’re calling it “Dodge Brawl.” You know … more violent.

64 teams will be gathering in Pensacola this weekend in a double-elimination tournament, pitting co-ed teams against each other.

Only the strongest will survive – and the strongest will collect the prize money … which will be donated to the winning team’s chosen charity.

It sounds like a lot of fun – and at least a little bit of pain – all for a good cause. (PNJ)



 

You might think that when it comes to air travel, you're safer on the ground than in the air, but one family in Canada has a reason to disagree. 

The family got a rude awakening at 2 a.m. when they heard a loud crash in their house. They ran into the kitchen to find a huge hole in the roof and an airplane tire on the floor. Somehow, the wheel fell off a jet as it was approaching the airport in Montreal. Fortunately, no one was injured -- just terrified. The landlord of the house says, "I think it's ridiculous. It's a plane tire. I mean, there's got to be quality checks -- someone checking that everything on the plane is attached and attached well. How can a tire just fall off a plane?"

That's a good question, and the incident is under investigation. (New York Daily News)



 

A repeat DUI offender in Florida thought he might be able to walk away from charges in his latest bust -- by offering to kiss the arresting officer's feet.

Gobind Singh plowed into two parked vehicles and a utility pole while on a bender last week, an almost exact replay of the car-bred carnage he caused two years back. He refused to take a Breathalyzer test and insisted he wasn't impaired -- but did offer to show just how sorry he was by kissing the tootsies of Officer Stephen Wetherington.

Wetherington, who declined the offer, took Singh to jail where he was ordered held on $90,000 bond as "a danger to the community." (South Florida Sun Sentinel)



 

BOX-OFFICE REPORT

1. Jurassic World - $54.2 million
2. Inside Out - $52.1 million
3. Ted 2 - $33 million
4. Max (2015) - $12.2 million
5. Spy - $7.8 million

A foul-mouthed teddy bear was no match for Jurassic World and Inside Out

Ted 2 opened in third with $33 million. That's way down from the first movie, which debuted with $54.4 million in 2012.

Jurassic World was number-one for the third straight weekend, earning $54.2 million. The blockbuster has now made a whopping $500.1 million. It's only the fifth movie to ever hit the $500 million mark domestically. Jurassic World is now the top movie of 2015 and number-five all-time. 

Inside Out remained in second with $52.1 million. The animated flick has earned $185 million in 10 days.

The weekend's other new release, Max, opened in fourth with $12.2 million.

The Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy dropped from third to fifth with $7.8 million



 

A Virginia man’s Craigslist ad – which described his devotion to his pet beagle – has gone viral.

What makes the ad so awesome is that he is clearly choosing his beagle over his girlfriend, whom he’s willing to give up for “free to any willing home.”

He offers up a laundry list of the unnamed woman’s flaws, the worst of which is that the girlfriend doesn’t like his beagle, Molly.

So, he has to “rehome” the girlfriend.

If you’re interested in a “30-year-old, selfish, wicked, gold digging girlfriend,” you are invited to “come and get her!” (Inquisitr)

Blog Friday 6/26


 

The odds of being struck by lightning are about one-in-960,000. The odds of your pot stash being struck by lightning are probably much slimmer. Unless you happen to be Jaroslav Kratky of Cape Coral, Florida.

The 65-year-old was arrested after his house was struck by lightning and set ablaze, thus exposing 15 large marijuana plants he was growing inside, along with a suitcase packed with pot. Firefighters made the discovery, and cops removed the plants and more than eight pounds of weed.

Kratky was arrested but insists he is innocent and claims that cops removed ragweed from the house, not marijuana. He was charged with production and cultivation of marijuana, as well as possession. (New York Daily News)


An Alabama man who tried to smuggle drugs to his imprisoned wife inside a McDonald's burger now finds himself behind bars.

Police say Timothy Lee Thompson paid his wife a visit at the city jail, where she's being held on a theft charge, and tried to bring in a McDonald's double cheeseburger with two Oxycodone pills hidden between the patties. The jail allows food and care items to be brought in, but everything is subject to a search -- and that's when a police officer found the drugs in the food. 

Thompson was placed under arrest and charged with promoting prison contraband. (The Smoking Gun)



 

Univision has dumped the Miss USA pageant over Donald Trump's comments about Mexicans.

Last week, while announcing his run for president, the Apprentice host blasted immigrants from Mexico, saying, "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists."

Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., called the remarks an "insulting" and promised to cut all business ties to Trump, who owns the pageant. Earlier today (Thursday), Colombian singer J Balvin canceled his performance on the show over the comments.

Trump tells TMZ that he plans to sue Univision for "hundreds of millions of dollars" for "breaching what he says is a binding, five-year deal to air the Miss USA pageant."

The Miss USA pageant takes place on July 12th.



 

A New Jersey gambler who didn't know when to hold it was arrested last week after he was spotted urinating into the coin tray of a slot machine he was playing at a Philadelphia-area casino.

William Compton was glued to the one-armed bandit when he felt the call of nature and realized he didn't have time to make it to the bathroom, so he unzipped and put himself in the running for the title of public enemy "number-one." Security guards saw the entire thing on surveillance cameras and used the streaming video to find Compton, who was still on the grounds.

When approached, Compton smelled strongly of alcohol and had a large wet spot at the bottom of his shirt. He admitted to the indiscretion and was ejected from the casino. Initially, management didn't intend to involve cops, but the man was arrested a short while later for refusing to leave the parking lot and yelling obscenities at police. (Philadelphia Inquirer)



 

In Ohio, a deputy made a little girl’s day after he stopped by her lemonade stand.

The little girl, named Gabrielle, set up a lemonade stand to raise money to buy an iPad so she could play games and do schoolwork on it.

Deputy Zach Ropos was on patrol when he saw Gabrielle’s stand and stopped by to get a drink.

Gabrielle told the deputy that she knew her family was going through some financial trouble, so she decided to sell enough lemonade to get the iPad herself.

Deputy Ropos came back a little later with a brand-new iPad for Gabrielle.

Gabrielle’s mom then told Deputy Ropos the little girl had just offered to give up all of her lemonade money so her mom could buy gas.

Thanks to Deputy Ropos, the family was able to turn lemons into lemonade. (ABC News)



 

With summer here, county fairs and state fairs are rolling, full tilt, deep-frying everything from cheese curds to Kool-Aid.

So … why not give the deep-fry treatment to something else that’s totally delicious – like a Big Mac sandwich?

That’s exactly what the genius behind the PeepMySneaks Instagram account has done. The founder of this account used to be a hotshot in the world of athletic shoes. Get it? Peep My SNEAKS?

Well, his latest idea was to drop that burger – consisting of two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun – into a vat of hot grease.

What’s not to like? (Food Beast)



 

It’s summer, which means the movie studios are pulling out all the stops to get you into an air-conditioned theater to see the best that they can offer.

This weekend, if you’re interested, Ted 2 opens up, which features Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear.

Even though you might like Mark Wahlberg and/or teddy bears, neither of these two characters could be considered all-time greats.

Well, Empire magazine conducted a survey to figure out just which characters really HAVE captured our imaginations.

Here’s their rundown of the greatest movie characters of all time. Any arguments?

10. The Dude (The Big Lebowski)

9. Darth Vader (Star Wars)

8. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

7. John McClane (Die Hard)

6. The Joker (Batman)

5. Ellen Ripley (Alien)

4. Batman

3. Han Solo (Star Wars)

2. James Bond

1. Indiana Jones (EOnline)



 

A Pennsylvania man is in double trouble after he terrorized a women's clothing store by flashing a gun -- and flashing his own "weapon" at the horrified owner.

The man, who has not yet been identified, walked into the King and Queen Shoppe on Tuesday with his genitals exposed and approached the woman without saying a word. The baffled owner offered to show him some outfits and helped him find what he needed, but when they got back to the register, he pulled out the firearm and demanded all the cash in the store -- which she handed over, then went next door to call 911.

A police spokesperson, who asked for help in finding the man and the merchandise, said “We have unique circumstances here. This was more than just your typical robbery.” (WJAC)



 

Usually we bring you stories of deep-fried, well, anything, when we talk about fair food, but this new creation is a little trashy, a little classy, and a whole lot of weird.

At the Orange County Fair in California, Chicken Charlie’s is offering a $125 caviar-topped Twinkie. Yep, a Twinkie covered in fish eggs. Yum? (Grub Street)



 

Zagat just released the results of its very first Summer Food Survey.

Here are some of the findings:

Fair Food

When it comes to carnival/fair/boardwalk food, it’s all about the funnel cake. Funnel cake/elephants ears were tops with 42% of those polled. Corn dogs were second with 19%, followed by kennel corn at 14%.

Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... Cookies ’n’ Cream. Cookies ’n’ Cream was the favorite ice cream flavor for 24% of respondents, followed by Vanilla (21%) and Mint Chocolate Chip (21%).

Hot Dogs

When it comes to hot dog style, people are big fans of the NY Street Hot Dog (28%), followed by the Chicago Dog (25%) and Coney Dog (23%) (Huffington Post)



 

A memorial to the doomed Flight 93 will open to the public on September 10th, a day before the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that led to its demise.

The Shanksville, Pennsylvania-based Flight 93 National Memorial and visitor center complex, operated by the National Park Service, costs $26 million to build. It will include a permanent exhibit on the flight, a multi-use meeting space, walking paths, a flight-plan walkway and an area that allows visitors to view the flight's crash site from a distance.

Flight 93's passengers famously rebelled against hijackers during the September 11th attacks, thwarting plans to crash the plane into the U.S. Capitol. All 33 passengers and seven crew members were killed, but there was no loss of life on the ground. Due to the passengers' heroic actions, the plane crashed in an open field.

Officials are optimistic the memorial will draw between 300,000 to 500,000 visitors a year. (NBC10.com)

Blog Thursday 6/25




 

An Indiana man is locked up after he was spotted dancing by himself in a parking lot -- while licking a toad.

Cops say they were called to a bar when 41-year-old Richard Mullins refused to leave the premises after bouncers kicked him out. When officers arrived, they spotted a barefoot Mullins dancing outside in the parking lot by himself. He then picked up a toad and started licking it. They told him he had to stay away from the bar's property, so he moved his barefoot, toad-licking dance routine back to the property line. But a few minutes later, he returned to the bar's parking lot and was arrested.

He's charged with trespassing. (The Smoking Gun)  



 

A Florida man got his feathers ruffled when he was arrested after getting a pizza delivered -- to an illegal cockfight he was hosting at his home.

Eliut Juse Serrano Hernandez got a bit peckish while watching the birds peck away at each other and called his local pizzeria with an order -- but the delivery guy was so horrified by the goings on that he called 911. Cops arrived a short time after the pie did, cuffed Hernandez and seized a large amount of cash -- and more than 120 fighting birds.

Sheriff Grady Judd said, "We really appreciate this pizza delivery driver calling us. Frankly, I can't understand why someone would ask for a pizza delivery during an illegal cockfight, but we are happy to also make house calls. It's pretty funny when you think about it."

We're guessing Hernandez has lost his taste for chicken. (WMAZ)



 

A guy just beat the Super Mario World game in 23 minutes ... while wearing a blindfold.

Now, it’s not a perfect run of the course – but that’s not the point, is it?

This guy found his calling – playing video games blindfolded – and is conquering.

Hey … everybody needs a hobby. (Kotaku)



 

Now your dog can help you get dates. Tindog is an app specifically for dog owners who want to connect with other dog owners.

Tindog lets you build a profile – but the profile is for you AND your dog. Your profile pic must include your pup and vital stats, such as his/her age, breed and traits.

"Most dating apps focus solely on appearances, which often leads nowhere,” said Dave McClure, CEO of 500 Startups, parent company to the app. "Matching with someone who already shares your love for dogs only increases the chance for a real connection – plus everyone knows that dogs make the best wingmen." (Glamour)



 

Bobbi Kristina Brown's family has sued Nick Gordon, accusing him of causing her life-threatening injuries. 

In the suit filed today (Wednesday), Bobbi Kristina’s conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, claims Nick hit his girlfriend in the face, knocking out her teeth, and dragged her up a flight of stairs by her hair, only hours before she was found face down and unconscious in a bathtub on January 31st. 

The lawsuit states that after Nick had a violent argument with Brown she suffered “life threatening bodily harm and damages.”

The suit, which also accused him of transferring $11,000 from her account after she was put in a medically induced coma, is seeking $10 million in damages.

This comes the same day news broke that Bobbi Kristina was taken off all her medications and moved to a hospice center. (Gossip Cop)



 

A Florida woman who was sporting a suspiciously large bulge in her pants was not glad to see cops -- who arrested her for hiding a huge stash of drugs in her crotch.

Starr Simone Davis was a passenger in a car that officers pulled over for a traffic violation, only to notice a "strong smell" of marijuana inside the vehicle. Citing probable cause to search for drugs, the deputies ordered the driver out of the car and found that he had a warrant out for his arrest.

They then turned their attention to Davis, who had a rather suspicious package in an odd place and tried to bolt the scene before being tackled. The female officer then searched the suspect's groin area and found a prescription bottle containing 12 grams of crack cocaine, 18 small baggies totaling five grams of powder cocaine and another baggie containing three grams of ecstasy. (Gainesville Sun)

Blog Wednesday 6/24




 

Charlie Sheen will probably have more venom to spew at his ex-wife Denise Richardsafter hearing about this.

Just a couple of days after he went on a vicious Father's Day tirade about Richards, whom he called the "worst mom alive" and an "evil terrorist sack of landfill rash," Sheen has been named with Richards as defendants in a lawsuit filed by their kids' tutoring service.

The company, called A-List Tutoring Services, has been working with their two daughters on all of their school work, but that's about to end because they claim Charlie and Denise haven't been paid their bill. According to the lawsuit, Denis hired the tutors but Charlie is also named because he's a parent too. They owe a whopping $11,000, and that's just for four weeks of service. This isn't going to help their bitter relationship. (TMZ)



 

Dick Van Patten, best remembered for starring in TV's Eight Is Enough, has died. He was 86.

According to his rep, the cause of death was complications from diabetes. He passed this morning (Tuesday) in a hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Van Patten's other acting credits include 28 stints on Broadway and roles in the Mel Brooks spoofs Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Most recently, he'd had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

He's survived by his wife, Pat, and three adult children. (Entertainment Weekly)



 

Police in Florida say a man who was seen over the weekend posing like Superman in a busy intersection was not actually a superhero, but a drunken idiot who wasn't wearing any pants.

Cops arrested 23-year-old Joshua Masciarelli after he was drunkenly walking around an intersection wearing only a red tank top. According to the police report, he "would stop on occasion and pose like Superman, exposing himself and urinating." The report notes that he could not explain why he wasn't wearing pants.

He was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication. (The Smoking Gun)



 

There’s a law in Washington, D.C., that says all windows and doors of bars and restaurants must be closed after 12:30 a.m. when live music is playing.

Well, a band was performing at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar and the drummer cracked open a window to let some fresh air in after passing gas.

The timing was terrible because an inspector was there, saw the window open, and zapped the bar with a $500 fine.

The owner was, of course, furious. He says he’s been in business for 20 years and has never had a violation. This time around, the window was open for just five minutes and they pounced.

That was one costly cheek squeak. (Death and Taxes)




Channing Tatum admitted recently that when he isn't working out for movies like Magic Mike, his favorite sandwich is creamy peanut butter with double the normal amount of grape jelly, and a handful of Cheetos smushed in between two slices of white bread. (Redbook)

 

Travel + Leisure has released its list of the 15 Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S. Any guesses which city got the top spot? Congrats, New Yorkers … you’re number one in rudeness!

Coming in at number two on the rudeness scale is Detroit. And the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, got the number three spot.

Here are the 15 Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.:

15. Chicago
14. Providence, Rhode Island
13. Seattle 
12. Baltimore 
11. Orlando 
10. Dallas 
9. San Francisco 
8. Los Angeles 
7. Las Vegas 
6. Miami, Florida
5. Boston 
4. Washington, D.C.
3. Philadelphia 
2. Detroit 
1. New York City (Thrillist)



 

Good news … You can now un-send a Google email. That’s right – you can take back that email you sent by accident … the one that could cause you major embarrassment or trouble.

You’ll have 30 seconds to undo an email after you send it. Just go to the "General" tab in your Gmail settings and enable the feature. (Cosmo)

   

 

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were on to something when they named their daughter James. Gender neutral names are all the rage now. In fact, the people at BabyCenter are already calling 2015 the year of the "gender-neutral baby." According to the site, popular baby names right now include Amari, Karter, Phoenix, Quinn, and Reese.

"Millennials are an open-minded and accepting group, and they don't want their children to feel pressured to conform to stereotypes that might be restrictive," said BabyCenter's Global Editor-in-Chief Linda Murray. "Just as companies have started making more neutral kids' clothes, and taking 'boy' and 'girl' labels off toys, an increasing number of parents are choosing unisex names." (Redbook)



 

Andrew Garfield is out and Tom Holland is in. 

The 19-year-old Holland was announced as the new Spider-Man today (Tuesday). The British actor, best known for his roles in The Impossible and the TV miniseries Wolf Hall, will debut as the web-slinger in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. A standalone Spider-Man movie, the second reboot of the franchise, will hit theaters on July 28th, 2017. 

In another change from the Andrew Garfield movies, the new Peter Parker will return to high school.

In February Marvel and Sony announced that the two companies will collaborate on bringing the popular character to the screen. (Yahoo)



 

Carrie Underwood is coming back as the star of the opening sequence for NBC'sSunday Night Football. 

The network announced the news via Twitter: "Great to have Carrie Underwood back for another season of Sunday Night Football." The series of tweets reveal that the players starring in the open are the Giants' Odell Beckham, Jr, the Cowboys' Dez Bryant, the Eagles' DeMarco Murray and the Packers' Clay Matthews.

Blog Tuesday 6/23


 

While the two violent inmates who broke out of prison in New York state earlier this month are giving some people nightmares, there's actually a lot more to worry about ... authorities say there are more than 200 escaped convicts roaming the streets of America.

According to figures published on GQ.com, folks in Florida have the most to worry about – since a total of 63 criminals have walked away from lockups there in recent years. Alabama is a distant second, with 16 escapees at large.

The top five states for escaped cons?
Florida – 63
Alabama – 16 
New Jersey – 7
Oklahoma – 6
Rhode Island – 5



 

It was just announced that the organizers of the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are considering eight proposals for new events:

  1. baseball and softball
  2. bowling
  3. karate
  4. roller sports
  5. sport climbing
  6. squash
  7. surfing
  8. wushu (kung fu)

Speculation is that men’s baseball and women’s softball, both very popular in Japan, would be the most likely to be added. You may remember that baseball and softball were both Summer Olympics events from 1992 to 2008, but were then voted out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (Quartz)



 

This is disturbing … A new study has revealed that most Americans are overweight.

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis analyzed data from 2007 through 2012, of more than 15,000 people ages 25 and up. They found that nearly 40% of men and nearly 30% of women were overweight, and about 35% of men and nearly 37%  of women were obese.

The numbers are very similar to those in a recent CDC report, which found that one third of American adults are obese. (Time)

  

 

ESPN magazine’s The Body Issue answers the question we all want answered: What do professional athletes look like in the buff? The issue will be released online on July 6th and in print on July 10th.

Here are the 24 athletes who will be baring their fit bods:

  • NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper
  • U.S. Women’s Soccer player Alie Krieger
  • Phoenix Mercury center Brinney Griner
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love
  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan
  • Olympic gymnast Aly Reisman
  • Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin
  • Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin
  • French Open champion tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka
  • Indianapolis Colts offensive linemen Anthony CastonzoJack Mewhort and Todd Herremans
  • U.S. Men’s National Team soccer player Jermaine Jones
  • Wakeboarder Dallas Friday
  • Rugby player Todd Clever
  • Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni
  • Golfer Sadena Parks
  • Archer Khatuna Lorig
  • Olympic field hockey player Paige Selenski
  • Olympic hammer-thrower Amanda Bingson
  • Olympic heptathlete Chantae McMillan
  • Beach volleyball player Gabby Reece
  • Surfer Laird Hamilton (and Gabby Reece’s husband) (Uproxx)


 

Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper are among GQ magazine’s Most Stylish Men Alive.

Also among the guys on the list are LeBron JamesKanye West, Jay Z, Jeff Goldblum, Daniel Craig, Jaden Smith, David Beckham and Eddie Redmayne.

The magazine says the 20 men were picked based on their street style and that it took several months to narrow down the list, which the editors claim was "deeply researched, thoroughly argued and soundly reasoned." 



 

A lab test has confirmed that chicken tender that looked mysteriously like a rat is in fact chicken.

Earlier this month, KFC customer Devorise Dixon took to Facebook to post a photo of a piece of chicken he purchased from KFC that looked suspiciously like a rat, complete with a tail.

A KFC spokesman responded Monday with the results an independent lab test of the piece of meat in question. He said, "Recently, a customer questioned the quality of a KFC product, and this received considerable publicity given the sensational nature of his claim. The product has now been tested by a third-party independent lab, which confirmed it is definitely a piece of chicken, as we knew all along. The right thing for this customer to do is to apologize and cease making false claims about the KFC brand." (KABC-TV)



 

Paris Hilton's brother Conrad was arrested today (Monday) after breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend, TMZ reports.

Conrad has had several run-ins with his ex, Hunter Salomon, in recent months. She obtained a restraining order after the heir began stalking her and even threatened to kill himself.

Despite the restraining order, Conrad broke into her family's Hollywood Hills home. TMZ says that "an army of cops, along with helicopters, swarmed the house and arrested him."

Adding to the drama, Hunter is the daughter of Rick Salomon, who co-starred in Paris Hilton's infamous sex tape.



 

James Horner, one of the best-known movie composers of our time, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California. He was 61.

The two-time Oscar winner is best-known for his work on Titanic, which earned him two Academy Awards, but he also wrote scores for several other notable films, including Fields of DreamsBraveheartA Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13.

His death was confirmed by his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, in a post on Facebook. She wrote, "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."

Earlier reports had noted that a plane owned by Horner had crashed, but authorities hadn't identified the body of the pilot.

Horner's Oscars were for the dramatic score to James Cameron's Titanic, as well as an original song award with lyricist Will Jennings for the Celine Dion mega-hit "My Heart Will Go On." (The Hollywood Reporter)



 

The U.S. Women's team won Monday's match against Colombia 2-0, but not without paying a price.

Key players Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday were hit with yellow cards, which means both won't be available to play in the quarterfinal game against China on Friday.

Colombia might argue they had it even worse. Their goalie, Catalina Perez, got a red card for taking out the legs of Alex Morgan. That left Colombia vulnerable to U.S. attack, with Morgan and Carli Lloyd scoring goals.

Friday's game against China is a rematch of the 1999 Final, which the U.S. won with penalty kicks, but this time they'll be two key women down. (The New York Times)

Blog Monday 6/22


Jessica Simpson has been dogged by rumors of alcohol abuse for months now, and according to a new tabloid tale, her family is set to step in to help her.

Life and Style magazine quotes a source close to Jess's family as saying her mom is especially upset about the situation, and is willing to go into rehab along with the singer-actress-business tycoon. The insider says Tina Simpson is “suggesting they do it together. [Tina] drowned her sorrows in vodka after her divorce [so] going to rehab with Jessica means she can kill two birds with one stone. Tina sees it as a win-win for mother and daughter."

The problem, as insiders say, is that "Jessica’s drinking has gotten out of control. She uses Adderall as a diet drug. One minute she’s fine and the next minute she’s talking nonsense and acting all crazy."


 

BOX-OFFICE REPORT   

1. Jurassic World - $102 million
2. Inside Out - $91.1 million
3. Spy - $10.5 million
4. San Andreas - $8.2 million
5. Dope - $6 million

The dinosaurs still rule the box office, despite a huge opening weekend for Inside Out.

Jurassic World earned $102 million, giving it the second-biggest haul ever for a film in its second weekend, behind only the $103.1-million that The Avengers made in in 2012. TheChris Pratt action flick has now made nearly $400 million domestically in its first 10 days and $981 million globally.

Inside Out took in $91.1 million in its first weekend. Though it's the second biggest opening in Pixar's history (behind Toy Story 3), it's the company's first movie not to open at number-one. As a consolation, Inside Out now has the highest gross for a box-office runner-up.

Meanwhile, Spy dropped from second to third with $10.5 million.

San Andreas went from third to fourth with $8.2 million.

And the coming-of-age drama Dope opened in fifth with $6 million.



 

At some point in your life, it’s time to stop relying on TV dinners and Hot Pockets and start actually making real food in your real kitchen.

Here are basic dishes that every man should be able to make by the time they turn 30:

  • Mac and cheese – Everyone can make it out of a box. Start figuring out how to make it for real.
       
  • Tomato sauce – Again, you can buy it in jars … and that stuff is filled with sugar and preservatives. Figure out how to make your own and you’ll be considered a kitchen champ.
       
  • Grilled steak – Steak is expensive. And delicious. Learn how to not mess it up.
      
  • Guacamole – If you make good guac, you’ll be invited to more parties. And that’s a fact. (Thrillist)


 

A man in Florida reached an amazing milestone, having donated his 100th gallon of blood.

56-year-old Bill Lundell has been donating blood regularly for the past 28 years and says he does it for several reasons – one of which is selfish.

He feels donating blood 26 times a year actually makes him healthier because it causes his body to recreate the blood, keeping his systems working strong.

He also has met children with cancer and has seen exactly how valuable his donations are to them as they work through their illness.

And, as a relatively young man, there’s no reason he can’t keep up with pace and hit a 200-gallon milestone before it’s all over.

Imagine that … 200 gallons of his donated blood. That’s a lot of people helped – and lives saved – because of just one man. (Florida Today)




Trisha Yearwood was a surprise guest at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. As if that wasn't a big enough surprise, she brought out someone very special to accompany her. 

She told the crowd, "I didn't have a chance to bring my band or call them or anything, but luckily, I live with a Grand Ole Opry member, so if you all would welcome my guitar player tonight, my husband, Mr. Garth Brooks!"

Trisha sang, "She's in Love With the Boy" and then the two of them performed, a medley which included Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's "After the Fire Is Gone," Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius' "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You" and George Jones and Tammy Wynette's "Golden Ring." (USA Today)




John Rich is planning on opening a restaurant and bar in downtown Nashville next year. The restaurant will be an extension of his Redneck Riviera lifestyle brand, which includes boots, T-shirts and more. 

John says, "It's really America's brand. I say it's for people that work hard and play harder and in that little phrase, you encapsulate Redneck Riviera. Redneck Riviera is not flash and trash, everything we're doing is high end, high quality stuff. That's important to me."

He describes the restaurant as being a family friendly, more rural version of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. In addition to Nashville, he plans to open places in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Pensacola, Florida. 

Also on tap for the brand is a line of liquor. (Tennessean)





 

Here are some really bad wedding gifts couples have received … courtesy of wedding gift forums on WeddingbeeReddit, and DISboards:

  • "A relationship advice book for couples over 50. [My] fiance and I just turned 30 and 32." – SamanthaLovesJames, Weddingbee
            
  • "My uncle got us a book on how to deal with divorce." – whistled, Reddit
       
  • "We got a box of bacon, and I’m talking like 20 pounds of bacon." – Pupperoni, Weddingbee
       
  •  "A package of paper plates." – pigletgirl, DISboards
       
  • "I got towels with the name 'Mary' on them. My name is not Mary … nor even an M name." – chatzie821, Weddingbee
       
  • "A check that bounced." – teacherlisa1978, DISboards
       
  •  “ … A basket that held the movie It’s a Wonderful Life (best thing from the basket), a loaf of bread that was already expired before my wedding day, and a container of salt." – luv2shop08, Weddingbee
       
  • "Used spices." – FortForever, DISboards
       
  • "My new mother-in-law was dropped off on my doorstep the day after the wedding. The other family members said it was now my turn to take care of her. She ended up living with us for six years." – mrsheppo, DISboards
       
  • "A painted rock. A really big painted rock." – throwaway12870, Reddit (Business Insider)


 

According to a survey by Expedia and Tinder, the most attractive singles in the world live in Los Angeles.

L.A. just edged out Rio de Janeiro for the city with the hottest population. Here are the Top 5:

  1. Los Angeles – 37%
  2. Rio de Janeiro – 36%
  3. Paris – 34%
  4. Miami – 34%
  5. Rome – 32% (Business Insider

  

 

Your summer road trip just got a little Spammier. Apparently, Spam jerky is a thing.

The dried Spam bites will be available in three flavors: Bacon, Teriyaki and Classic. Yum?(Food Beast)



 

 Charlie Sheen spent Father's Day trashing his ex-wife Denise Richards -- whom he called the "worst mom alive."

The actor vented on a Twitter after the actress reportedly called him a dead beat dad on Sunday. In return, Charlie called Denise a bunch of things that can't be repeated on the radio. One of the nicer things was a "heretic washed-up piglet shame pile."

He wrote, "I have paid that...leaky diaper over 30 Mil and she calls me a DbD (dead beat dad). See u in court, you evil terrorist sack of landfill rash."

Charlie even criticized her acting abilities, writing that she "couldn't act hot in a fire or wet in a pool." Meanwhile, he praised his other ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, whom he called a "sexy rok star whom I adore." 

Charlie and Denise divorced in 2005. They have two daughters together. (Gossip Cop)



 

Pamela Anderson has long been called a sex goddess, but now you can call her a royal too.

The former Baywatch star was officially named "Countessa de' Gigli" Saturday in Genoa, Italy. She was honored for her work protecting marine life.

Prince Stephan of Montenegro bestowed the title on the star. TMZ says Pam's two sons -- Brandon and Dylan -- also became honorary knights.

Blog Friday 6/19




 

A wanted Arkansas man, suspected in a shooting attack on a woman days earlier, had to know that he couldn't run from police forever -- his own shirt should have told him that.

Cops finally caught 26-year-old Tieren Watson hiding at a motel in Little Rock. Ironically, he was wearing a T-shirt that read, "You can run, but you can't hide." He's accused of shooting a woman last week and leaving her in serious condition.

Watson, who is a convicted felon in addition to being a bad dresser, has been charged with battery, aggravated assault, and weapons possession. (The Smoking Gun)



 

If you thought Wikipedia meant bookshelves would never again be weighed down with bulky encylopedias, think again. A New York artist is printing out the entire site ... and compiling it into 7,600 volumes.

Michael Mandiberg spent the past three years designing software that would convert all 11 million or so entries into a print-friendly format and is set to start the two-week long upload process next week.  Word nerds can swing by New York's Denny Gallery to watch video of the upload, and those with enough cash – and room – can buy the actual printed set for a cool half-million bucks.

Information in books, and not on the internet? It'll never catch on. (UPI)



 

Finally, proof that all those cat videos you watch online aren't a waste of time ... they're good for you!

According to a new study from Indiana University, cat videos on the Internet deliver big-time health benefits. Seriously.

Watching Internet stars like Lil’ BubGrumpy Cat, and Colonel Meow can boost your energy level, heighten your positive emotions, and decrease your negative feelings.

And since nearly two million cat videos were posted to YouTube last year alone, it should be easy to find one or two just in case you want to weave them into your healthy lifestyle. (Huffington Post)



 

Like the rest of us, Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost hates his cable company. But unlike most of us, the comedian went viral when he got fed up with Time Warner Cable.

The Weekend Update co-host blasted the cable company in a series of hilarious tweets on Wednesday. Colin -- who says his cable's been out for months -- wrote, "The main reason I believe in the concept of Hell is because I know the people who work at Time Warner Cable will go there when they die." And things just got worse from there.

Among his tweets:

  • "When I called up Time Warner Cable, a representative said to me, out of nowhere, 'I wish Bin Laden were still alive...'"
  • "Hey Netflix, Want to come over to my place and watch Time Warner Cable slowly die together? (CC'ing Satan so he knows to expect them.)"
  • "My #TimeWarnerCable isn't working. The box just says, 'Voting for Trump.'"

Colin even offered fans $50 if they canceled their Time Warner service and switched to another provider. Time Warner eventually tweeted at him, but all they got were more mean tweets from the funnyman.



 

Scott Baio has revealed that his wife, Renee, is battling a brain tumor and is asking fans for their prayers. 

Baio wrote on Facebook, "Just a few days ago we learned my wife, Renee has a meningioma brain tumor. Although 90% of these type of tumors are benign they can cause serious problems depending on the size of the tumor and the location. We are waiting to learn the exact location to see if its operable.” He adds, "My wife is my rock. She refuses to even shed one tear, nor will she question God’s will. Renee, Bailey and I will get through this and along the way maybe help educate others to get checked out (MRI with contrast) as 6500 people each year, mostly women get these tumors.” The 54-year-old actor and his wife have been married seven years and have a seven-year-old daughter. (Page Six)




On this day (June 19th) in 1846, the New York Baseball Club defeated the New York Knickerbockers 23-to-1 in the first officially recorded, organized baseball match. The game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey and was ended after only four innings. One player was fined six-cents for cursing.

Blog Thursday 6/18


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made his first campaign stop yesterday in New Hampshire to talk about his plans for dealing with ISIS, China and Mexico, but it was his famous golden comb-over that received the most attention.

Trump fielded questions from the crowd about his golden coif and at one point even allowed a woman to come up and touch it to see that it's real. The hair-touching came after Trump told the crowd, "I really am very smart and I'm very good at business and I can make this country so rich. Maybe people don't like my style. Maybe they don't like my hair, which is real, by the way." (People)


Melissa Rivers has been named the new co-host of Fashion Police.

Melissa, who was the show's executive producer, takes over for her late mother, Joan RiversGiuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski are also set to return to the E! show. The new format will also include two rotating panelists each episode.

Network exec Jeff Olde says, "Melissa helped shape Fashion Police into an iconic TV series that couples fashion with comedy. We are pleased to now also feature Melissa in front of the Fashion Police cameras."

Fashion Police took a big hit following Joan's death last year, with Kelly Osbourne and new host Kathy Griffin both quitting over Giuliana's now-infamous dreadlocks comments.

The new season kicks off August 31st with coverage of the MTV Video Music Awards. (Variety)



 

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron have called off their engagement.

An insider tells Us Weekly that the couple "decided that their romance was over following their most recent jaunt to the Cannes [pr: can] Film Festival." Coincidentally, it was also in France -- Paris to be exact -- where the two got engaged this past November.

The source adds that it was Charlize who did the dumping. 

Earlier this year it was rumored that Sean had filed to adopt her three-year-old sonJackson. The couple had been dating for about a year and a half.



 

A 10-year-old Florida boy who dreams of being a firefighter can now call himself one after he rescued two young children from a burning house.

Isiah Francis is being hailed a hero, and rightfully so, after he ran into a burning mobile home to rescue an infant and a toddler. Francis says he was inside his home when he smelled smoke and looked outside to see flames coming from the other home. So he jumped into action. While the young kids' father tried to put out the fire with water, Isiah grabbed his friend, Jeremiah, and passed him the infant to carry out of the house while he took the older child out.

Isiah says, "I was in the place first trying to get those little kids out to save their lives. I was nervous because there was so much smoke. It was hard for me to see and all that." The young kids were taken to the hospital to be checked out. There's no word yet on their condition. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

One firefighter said of Isiah, "We always try to teach our kids to dial 911. He definitely went above and beyond in risking his life to go in and save those kids." (WFTV-TV)



 

A Chicago teenager will go to the college of her choice after receiving millions in scholarship funds.

Arianna Alexander aced high school in a big way, scoring a 5.1 grade point average … out of a 4.0 scale.

Arianna was accepted to 26 universities, 6 of which were Ivy League schools.

She’s also been offered numerous scholarships with a combined value of over $3 million, which could very well be a record for the most scholarship funds attained by a single student.

In order to support her dream of eventually opening a chain of restaurants, Arianna decided to attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

And as for the secret of Arianna’s success? She claims it’s simple. Just work hard and don’t give up. (Independent)



 

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $13 billion on Father’s Day this year.

That’s a lot of money, but not nearly as much as the $21 billion spent on Mother’s Day.

Moms are more likely get cards than fathers – 80% versus 62%.

Moms are more likely to get more expensive gifts, an average of $173 for moms and $116 for dads. (CBS Local Minnesota)



 

Brian Williams, the one-time NBC Night News anchor suspended for lying on air, is returning to TV, but only on the networks' lower-profile cable channel. People familiar with the situation said Wednesday night that his new duties will be handling breaking news on MSNBC.

With the Williams situation resolved, Lester Holt, who had been filling in for Williams since he was suspended in early February, will officially take over the anchor job.

The 56-year-old Holt has been with NBC since 2000, hosting shows on the network as well as its cable sister channel. He's the first black American network nightly newscaster to host a show solo.

NBC is expected to officially announce the switch on Thursday. (Los Angeles Times).

Blog Wednesday 6/17




 

Tired of getting bullied for years, Michael Jackson’s youngest son has undergone a name change.

The 13-year-old formerly known as Blanket will be going by Bigi. An inside source says he decided to change his name before entering elite prep school, The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California.

Insiders say he always resented the name Blanket, which he felt was stupid and made him a target of ridicule growing up. His new name, which is of German descent, means idealistic, sensitive and inspirational. (Radar Online)



 

A bridge in Pennsylvania has been shut down for two straight nights due to swarms of mayflies that have been causing accidents and creating havoc for drivers.

The bridge along Route 462 crosses the Susquehanna River between between the towns of Columbia and Wrightsville. During the day, driving conditions are fine. But at night, the mayflies are attracted to the lights on the bridge and create swarms so thick they leave zero visibility -- and the dead ones that have been run over leave a slick surface on the road.

The annoying bugs have caused several accidents on the bridge, so officials have had to close it at night. It's been described as driving through a blizzard, and drivers have been cautioned to treat it as such. (York Dispatch)



 

A Florida man learned it's true that when you snooze, you lose -- after losing his freedom for breaking into a convenience store, then lying down for a nap right across the street!

Police were dispatched to investigate an alarm at the Sunrise Food Mart, and found the front window had been shattered by a large concrete waste bin -- then noticed Dave Toliver sprawled on the ground just a few hundred feet away. When the deputies approached Toliver, they found him carrying several items that matched what looked to be missing from the store -- including several packs of cigarettes, a lighter, a sandwich and a soda pop.

The store owner, who was also summoned to the scene, looked at his surveillance video and told deputies that Toliver had been to the store the day before trying to purchase the same items, only to have his credit card declined. (Daytona Beach News Journal)



 

Tim McGraw has joined the cast of The Shack. Canadian author William P. Youngwrote the Christian novel and published it himself. It went on to sell more than a million copies.

The story revolves around a man who is told by God to visit a shack where his kidnapped daughter was murdered. The film stars Alice BragaSam Worthington and Octavia Spencer as God. 

The movie, which at one point was going to be directed by Forest Whitaker, is currently in production and does not yet have an announced release date.




Can it be? Is the butt of all fashion jokes, the fanny pack, making a comeback? Yes, they’re back – and trendy … with everyone from music festival-goers to celebs like Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway sporting them. (Redbook)

 

The Golden State Warriors are the new champions of the NBA after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 Tuesday night to take the Finals in six games.

It's the Warriors first title in 40 years. They did it by beating the self-proclaimed "best player in the world," LeBron James, and the short-handed Cavs, who were missing their other star players, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, due to injuries.

In the final game, Andre Iguodala and NBA MVP Stephen Curry both scored 25 points. Iguodala was named MVP of the series.

While the championship ends a long dry spell for the Warriors, it's even worse for the Cavs, who've never won a championship and were hoping that the return of King James would finally bring a title to Cleveland. The last time a major pro sports team in Cleveland won a championship was way back in 1964 when the Browns beat the Baltimore Colts to become champs. (The New York Times)

Blog Tuesday 6/16


A New Zealand man who gave cops a fake name should have chosen his alter-ego more carefully.

The 23-year-old man was pulled over by police and when asked for his name he gave them one he just made up. Unfortunately for him, his phony moniker happened to be the real name of someone who was wanted for jumping bail. So cops arrested him and brought him to court, where he continued to used the fake name. But prison officials recognized him and identified him by his real name.

He was charged with driving while disqualified, giving a false name and "perverting the course of justice." (New Zealand Herald)


If you’re going to get thrown in jail, the place to do it might be Indiana, where two correctional facilities are now allowing its convicts to order takeout from different local restaurants.

Prison officials explained that they take extra precautions to reduce the possibility of contraband being slipped in and will thoroughly search the food before delivering it to the inmate.

But other than that risk, the officials believe it’s a good thing for everyone involved.

It doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime. It improves the behavior of the prisoners by giving them an incentive to be good. And, happy prisoners are safer prisoners, which is vitally important to guards and staff. (Medical Daily)



 

The owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, has four Lombardi trophies in his trophy case, which means he’s given his team Super Bowl rings four times.

Well, back when the team won championships in 2003 and 2004, the rings he gave out had 104 and 124 diamonds respectively. Not too shabby.

This time around, though, it could be argued that he went a bit overboard, handing out rings with a whopping 205 diamonds, making these rings the largest Super Bowl rings ever made.

The idea was to make the rings a little bigger and a little better than the one before.

He definitely achieved this, because there’s nothing subtle about the bling he handed out.

These things are so big, you get the feeling you could hurt someone with them. Who needs brass knuckles when you’re wearing a giant ring with hundreds of stones on it? (CSNNE)



 

Married at First Sight couple Jessica Castro and Ryan De Nino have proven once again that love is hard to find on reality TV.

The two have broken up after Ryan allegedly threatened to kill Jessica and her family. And now Jessica has gotten a restraining order against her estranged husband. In December, they wed only a few hours after meeting on the second season of the reality show, which airs on the FYI network.

Ryan posted a photo on Instagram of the restraining order, which claimed he was also abusive. “This isn’t something I’d wish on anyone,” he wrote. “When I read it was disgusted. Bash me all you want, say whatever it is about me -- just remember this board don’t break for nada. Why I posted this will be thoroughly explained when the times right. #CheckMate.” (Gossip Cop)



 

This is cute … Dayna and Dane Grant worked as the stunt doubles for Charlize Theronand Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road. Well, they fell in love while filming, and got married.  

"We've said it before and it's quite cheesy, but it really was love at first sight," Dane said. "While we were punching each other we were falling for each other – quite rapidly." (AOL.com)



 

This is great. AskMen.com did a list of the 11 “compliments” men give women … that women actually find insulting:

 11. “You clean up nicely.”

10. “You look so young!”

9. "You'd be prettier if you smiled more."

8. "You have a great personality."

7. "You're not like other girls."

6. "You're so innocent!"

5. "You look like a girl who knows how to have a good time!"

4. Anything that ends with …"for a girl."

3. "You're so bubbly!"

2. "I like a girl with meat on her bones."/ "You look healthy."

1. "That was one of your best ideas!"



 

Looking for a job? Apply on Tuesday.

According to new data from SmartRecruiters, Tuesday is the most popular day for companies to post new job listings, and people who apply for a job when it first posts will have a "greater chance of getting noticed and getting in on the first wave of interviews," the report says. The longer a job has been up, the more competition you’ll face. (AOL)



 

The Chicago Blackhawks won their third title in six seasons Monday night with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The first goal came 17-minutes-and-13-seconds  into the second period when Duncan Keith scored on his own rebound. He was later named the unanimous winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

Blog Monday 6/15


There’s a weird new trend all over the Chinese version of Twitter that supposedly determines if you are in good shape or need to drop some pounds.

Basically women are posting photos of themselves reaching one arm behind their backs, around their waists, to see if their fingers can touch their belly buttons. Yeah, try it …

If you can reach around behind your back and touch your belly button, you are apparently in good shape. You are also ridiculously skinny and very flexible. Supposedly, this test came from a U.S. study – which, by the way, doesn’t exist. (Redbook)


When six-year-old Ryan McGuire lost his kindergarten classmate Danny Nickerson to cancer, he decided to honor his friend with the game he loves.

Later this month, Ryan plans to play 100 holes of golf in one day to raise thousands of dollars for pediatric cancer research through the Golf Fights Cancer charity.

Now here’s the thing … Ryan has never played more than 16 holes in one day, and he will be walking the course instead of using a golf cart. And while 16 of the course's 18 holes are par-3 holes that are less than 150 yards long, 100 holes is still an amazing feat that most adults wouldn't attempt, especially considering it's the equivalent of five-and-a-half rounds in one day.

Making the day even more special will be Ryan's caddie – Vin "Bear" McGuire – who happens to be Ryan’s grandfather and who happens to be a survivor of prostate cancer.

And, his entire class at school will be on hand to cheer him on.

Here's hoping for a beautiful day. This outing deserves it. (Today)



 

John Stamos was arrested on a DUI charge and hospitalized Friday in Beverly Hills.

The Full House star was pulled over after police received numerous calls about someone driving erratically, People magazine reports. Police then decided he required medical attention because of a possible medical condition. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where authorities determined the actor was driving under the influence.

On Saturday, Stamos tweeted, "Thanks to everyone for their love & support. I'm home & well. Very appreciative of the BHPD & Cedars for their care."

He's set to appear in court September 11th.



 

BOX-OFFICE REPORT   

1. Jurassic World - $204.6 million
2. Spy -$16 million
3. San Andreas - $11 million
4. Insidious Chapter 3 - $7.3 million
5. Pitch Perfect 2 - $6 million 

The dinosaurs ruled the box office. Jurassic World had a T. rex-sized $204.6 million opening. It was the second-largest North American debut weekend of all time, coming up just short of the record, set by Marvel's The Avengers, which earned $207.4 million in 2012. Jurassic World was a hit overseas too. The flick, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, was the first to gross more than $500 million globally in a single weekend.

The Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy dropped to a very distant second with $16 million.

San Andreas was third with $11 million.

Insidious Chapter 3 was fourth with $7.3 million

And Pitch Perfect 2 was fifth with $6 million.

Blog Friday 6/12




 

Curiosity killed the cat, and now a Colorado man understands exactly what that proverb means.

34-year-old Adam Hirtle was sitting in his garage yesterday (Wednesday), alone with his thoughts, when he began to wonder what it would feel like to get shot. So he shot himself -- in the foot. According to the police reports, "he wanted to know what it felt like to be shot. He took his boot off and shot it, then placed his boot back on his foot and then intentionally shot himself in the foot."

Hirtle took himself to the hospital, where he received treatment for his non-life-threatening injury. And adding insult to injury, police have charged him with prohibited use of weapons and reckless endangerment. (NBC News



 

We've all heard numerous ploys people have used to get out of jury duty -- from claiming to be a racist to having an uncle who's a cop -- but one clever Vermont man got the task done by choosing the right outfit to wear.

James Lowe has a busy work schedule and didn't want to spend the time on a jury, so he showed up to court wearing a black-and-white-striped prison jumpsuit. He arrived on time and joined the other prospective jurors, but was ordered into the judge's office to discuss what he was wearing.

When Lowe noted that juror instructions make no reference to clothing restrictions, the judge told him to get the heck out of his court. (FOX News)



 

A Florida woman got smoked by cops who arrested her for reporting that she was the victim of a robbery -- committed by a guy who took her cash but refused to hand over the weed she thought she was buying.

Daneshia Lachelle Heller called 911 to ask officers to help her complete the transaction she'd started by going to a dealer's house and handing over five bucks for a small bag of marijuana. She reportedly told the dispatcher, "He got my money and I want my drugs. Can you send an officer?"

Not surprisingly, the dispatcher did just that, getting a patrol car to Heller's place, where they found the 19-year-old pacing the floor in an agitated manner and talking to herself -- and carrying a bag of the powerful synthetic drug flakka. She was charged with drug possession and misusing the 911 system. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)



 

A Florida man had his buns tossed behind bars by cops after committing the very rare crime of assaulting his dad with a bag of burgers.

Tanner Wolf was in the kitchen with his father, preparing for dinner, when the older man asked him to take his feet off the counter so they could eat. The 19-year-old didn't take kindly to that and began cursing at his father, who returned fire -- only to have Tanner escalate the beef by attacking him with a sack of McDonald's hamburgers.

The dad called 911 after Tanner refused to let him leave the house, saying the boy was "using marijuana and out of his mind." When cops arrived to haul the teen away, he mustered up some sense. The police report says, "He was not mad about going to jail because he knew that he had done wrong by pushing his father and throwing the hamburgers at him." (TC Palm)



 

American Pharoah's Triple Crown jockey Victor Espinoza is a winner in every sense of the word.

After making history last weekend at the Belmont Stakes, Espinoza decided to make a huge difference in the lives of cancer patients. The $80,000 prize he won for riding American Pharoah into the history books is being donated directly to City of Hope – a non-profit cancer research and treatment center. Espinoza has been a longtime supporter of City of Hope and began donating his winnings after his first visit to the center. He says, "The kids six-years-old, 10-years-old, it's just heartbreaking. They have no idea what they're missing in life. But believe it or not, they're the happiest people. When I went to visit them twice, it was amazing to see them, how happy they were."

American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert is also donating his prize to three different charities. He's giving $50,000 each to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund; the California Retirement Management Account, which helps retired racehorses; and Old Friends Farm, a thoroughbred retirement facility. (ABC News)



 

Japan’s biggest dating site was shut down after it was discovered there were 2.7 million men … and only ONE actual woman.

How do you like those odds?

The company behind the site is under fire for charging guys over $600 to join the exclusive site that supposedly could connect them with some of Japan’s hottest women.

The only problem is that just one woman – actual degree of hotness unknown – paid the $600 initiation fee.

The real crime here is that the company started posting fake female profiles, using pictures of hot women ripped from other places on the Interwebs, including profiles on actual matchmaking services.

Fortunately, the masterminds behind this site have been arrested for fraud. (Daily Star)



 

According to a new study, chimpanzees in the wild enjoy wine.

Researchers discovered that the chimps seek out raffia palms because they have tree sap that naturally ferments into booze.

Villagers in Guinea use containers to harvest the sap, but sometimes the chimps raid the containers when no one is around.

And, the chimps get crafty with their wine tasting, using a folded leaf like a cup to drink from the containers.

It’s understandable that a chimp would want to unwind after a long day of swinging from branch to branch in the jungle, so don’t judge. (Palm Beach Post)



 

Yet another act of kindness from Taylor Swift -- she donated $15,000 to the family of that firefighter who rescued his own family from a car crash.

Aaron Van Riper, a volunteer firefighter in Texas, responded to a 911 call on Saturday about a car wreck -- only to discover his wife and son in the car. His wife remains hospitalized. The heartbreaking story has been all over the media, and a family friend set up a GoFundMe page to help pay the medical bills.

The tally is close to $100,000, thanks in no small part to the 15 grand that Taylor pledged. (Billboard)



 

Jim Ed Brown, a 2015 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, died today (Thursday). He was 81.

Brown had been suffering from lung cancer for most of the past year, and he was announced as a Hall of Fame inductee in March. Although the official Medallion Ceremony won't take place until the fall, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern, Hall of Famer Bill Anderson and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young visited him in the hospital last week to present his medallion.

Jim Ed was a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than five decades. He and his sistersMaxine and Bonnie had a 10-week number-one hit with "The Three Bells." On his own, he went Top 5 in 1967 with "Pop a Top," which Alan Jackson later covered. Later on, he teamed with Helen Cornelius for a number of hits, including the chart-topping "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You," and they won a CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year.

Jim Ed leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Becky, and two adult children. (Tennessean,CMAWorld.com)

Blog Thursday 6/11




 

Pizza chains are doing some horrifying things to pizzas. Or, amazing – depending on your tastes. The latest is Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza. Let that sink in for a second. It's a pizza ... with a crust stuffed with hot dogs.

Apparently, Pizza Huts in Canada, South Korea and England have all been serving this hybrid dish with much success. Canada's version even has mustard drizzled on top of the entire pizza. The Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza will be available starting June 18th. (Grub Street)




Atari has re-imagined a bunch of its classic games in HTML 5. They play just like the originals, but the graphics are amazing. And you can play online.

Blog Wednesday 6/10




 

A Florida man is going to be hung out to dry after getting arrested after kidnapping his neighbor -- for making too much noise while doing her wash.

Leon Thurston barged into Jessica Scoville's laundry room just before 5:30 on Sunday morning and began berating her for her laundry etiquette --- before pulling a gun and forcing her to a nearby park. Thurston allegedly kept the gun pointed at the woman, assuring her that he had no intention of hurting her, just "letting off a little steam."

Scoville managed to escape after asking her kidnapper if she could use a bathroom, then running to a cop car to explain what was going on. The police report says Thurston told officers that “he wished he hadn’t done what he did.” (Huffington Post)



 

A 55-year-old man in China recently endured the nightmare of having 420 kidney stones removed.

The cause? Too much tofu.

Hey, don’t laugh. It can happen to the best of us.

The man admitted to eating massive quantities of tofu every day and hardly drinking any water.

Because of the stones, the poor guy was nearly unable to urinate or even move.

The operation was quite an ordeal as the doctor who took out the 420 green and yellow kidney stones admitted that at the end of it all, his arms and legs were numb.

There should be a happy ending here as the patient’s family stepped up and promised to help keep things under control – tofu in much smaller quantities. (Mirror)



 

Being a multi-billionaire and the richest man in Russia must be nice … unless, of course, you’re divorced and your ex-wife is angling to snag a $7.5- billion settlement.

Ouch.

Vladimir Potanin, who made his fortune in the mining industry, was married for 30 years, had three kids – and now is looking at being on the wrong end of one of the biggest divorce settlements in history.

He offered his ex a monthly allowance of $250,000, as well as homes in Moscow, London, and New York.

That offer, of course, is laughable. Who in the world could live on $250,000 a month?

She wants half – and it seems, because of the way Russian law is written, that she’s going to get it. (Forbes)



 

We’ve long been told of the evils of gossiping … even though we all love to do it. Well, this might make you feel a little less guilty about it. New research shows that gossiping is good for you.

Seems before the 18th century, people used gossip to figure out which people around them they could (and couldn’t) trust. This led to developing social networks.

According to Oxford University Professor Robin Dunbar, gossip could actually make us live longer.

"Your social network has a huge effect on happiness and well-being," Dunar said. "Gossiping is just chatting with people and keeping up to date with the social world in which you live. So gossip is what makes us human." (Woman’s Day)



 

The Cleveland Cavaliers may be two men down, but that doesn't seem to be stopping their drive for the NBA Championship. On Tuesday night, they returned home to the Quicken Loans Arena and stunned the Golden State Warriors with a 96-91 win to give them a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Cavs are missing All-Stars Kevin Love, who was injured in the playoffs, and Kyrie Irving, who went down in Game 1, but they still have LeBron James. He scored 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had eight assists to lead his team to victory.

At one point in the third quarter, the Cavs were up by 20, but Golden State rallied back, making it close down the stretch. Yet the Cavs were able to hold off the Warriors comeback in the first game of the series not to go into overtime.

Steph Curry had 27 points, making half of his 20 shots, including seven from beyond the three-point arc.

Game 4 is Thursday in Cleveland. (USA Today)

Blog Tuesday 6/9


Police in Massachusetts arrested a man outside an elementary school for causing a great disturbance in the Force.

40-year-old George Cross was spotted wearing a Star Wars Imperial storm trooper costume and carrying a fake gun. He told police officers that he'd just bought the costume and was walking around town showing his friends. But when the principal of the school looked outside and saw some nut in a costume holding a gun, the police were called and the school was placed on lockdown.

Cross was charged with disturbing a school and loitering, and released back into the custody of Darth Vader. (Salem News)


Tonight (Tuesday) is game three of the NBA Finals and, so far, it’s been great drama and suspense the whole way through with two overtime games in a row.

If you’re a fan of basketball, there’s been a lot to cheer for.

But if you’re a fan who’s actually attending the games, the food prices at the concession stands might just be enough to dampen your spirits.

For example, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, it costs nearly $30 for chicken tenders, garlic fries, and a draft beer in a souvenir cup.

For sure, only people with money are attending these games – and the teams know this.

But 30 bucks for some chicken nuggets and a beer? That’s highway robbery. (Coed)



 

An Indiana man probably feels like a real dip after being arrested for getting fried -- and breaking into a stranger's house to eat a bag of his chips.

The homeowner, whose name wasn't released, was sleeping on the couch when he heard a noise and awoke to find a half-naked Andrew Wozniak standing in the living room, chowing down on a bag of chips he'd gotten from the kitchen. The victim called 911, but Wozniak fled the scene, only to be picked up on a nearby street, still wearing just his boxers.

Despite his claims of sobriety, Wozniak blew a .106 percent blood alcohol level, just over the legal limit. Authorities say he was yelling profanities at doctors and at one point allegedly told officers, "I'm going to snap both of you at the same time." (WISE-TV)



 

A Florida man really pulled a bone-headed move  -- by dialing 911 in order to brag about his muscles.

Eduardo Garcia initially rang up the emergency number because he said he'd received a harassing call on his cell phone. When the dispatcher started to take his statement, Garcia decided he liked the sound of her voice and changed gears, asking her if she was single and telling her she would really dig his "big muscles" if she'd agree to go out on a date.

Not surprisingly, the dispatcher hung up, but Garcia used his dialing muscles to call back twice more -- until she sent cops to the location he'd given her. The officers, who'd traced the 44-year-old's number, simply called it and followed the ringtone to his tent, where they found him, guzzling beer and drunkenly cursing them out. (UPI)



 

You couldn't find two more different movies than the pair that comes out on video today.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on a comic book and stars Colin Farrell,Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson. A promising young recruit is brought into a super-secret spy agency charged with saving the world. 
  • Parenthood's Mae Whitman headlines The DUFF. Her senior year of high school is turned upside down when she learns that she's the popular clique's Designated Ugly Fat Friend, and she sets about re-inventing herself. Bella ThorneAllison Janney and Ken Jeong co-star.

TV that's new to video includes the debut season of The Last Ship, the fourth season of MTV's Teen Wolf re-boot, the second seasons of The Orignals and Transporter the Series, and the entire series run of the Leonard Nimoy-hosted In Search Of.

Blog Monday 6/8




 

You can call Leonardo DiCaprio a lot of things, but if you call him "dad," he'll sue!

According to Gossip Cop, Leo slapped the French rag Oops! with a big lawsuit over a cover story claiming that Rihanna is carrying his baby. Lawyers for the actor reportedly got wind of the story before it was even printed and warned editors it was false -- only to be told that they planned to print it regardless.

Leo's seeking the maximum penalty allowed by French law -- roughly $20,000.



 

Long-suffering Simpsons villain Sideshow Bob will finally be able to tell Bart Simpson to eat his shorts -- after killing him off on the coming season's Halloween episode.

Executive producer Al Jean tells Entertainment Weekly that Kelsey Grammer's bumbling character, who's been trying to murder Bart for well over a decade, will pull off the feat on this year's Treehouse of Horror. Jean didn't offer too many details, but said, “You’re going to see Sideshow Bob do something that he’s wanted to do for a long time. I’m one of the people who always wanted the coyote to eat the road runner. You can see where this is going.”

Bart-a-holics shouldn't get too worked up: Like other characters who've met their demise in the Treehouse, he'll be sure to return good as new in November.



 

Singer Anthony Riley, who blew coaches away in his first appearance on The Voice last season, was found dead on Friday in a friend's Philadelphia apartment. Authorities are treating his death as a suicide.

The 28-year-old earned the fastest-ever favorable response from the show's coaches, getting all four to turn their chairs in a matter of seconds with his version of James Brown's "I Feel Good." Riley was doing well on the show, but opted to quit mid-season to seek treatment for substance abuse.

Prior to his brief TV stardom, Riley sang on the streets of Philly, earning the title of Best Street Performer from Philadelphia magazine last year. 



 

It’s been raining enough this spring in the Northeast to cause lakes and streams to overflow, which has been sending fish into the sewers of New Jersey.

But if you’re thinking of grabbing a rod and reel and throwing your line down a manhole to catch dinner, you might want to think again.

The government has officially warned residents not to eat any fish they might catch because – of course – the fish have probably had to swim through disgusting muck in the streets and sewers to get there.

Kind of like the final escape scene in The Shawshank Redemption. That sewer water just isn’t fit for human consumption. At all. (The Gothamist)



 

Melissa McCarthy won this week's box office battle royale over Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with her action comedy Spy bringing in just over $30 million in its first week of release.

Johnson's disaster flick San Andreas didn't register quite as high on the Richter scale this week, dropping off to ticket sales of $26.4 million.

Nabbing third place was the horror film Insidious: Chapter 3, which opened strong with $23 million in sales.

The week's biggest disappointment? The big-screen revamp of Entourage, which only brought in $10.4 million, despite a tidal wave of hype.

Mad Max: Fury Road rounded out the top five with sales of $8 million -- enough to push it to the $300 million mark worldwide.



 

British cops have a warrant out for the arrest of Chet Hanks, the 24-year-old son ofTom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

Chet, who has battled drug and alcohol problems for years and was recently raked over the social media coals for using the "n" word, is wanted for questioning on charges he vandalized a hotel room after a wild night of partying.

According to Britain's Daily Mirror, the aspiring rapper known as Chet Haze was the guest of honor at a London club when things went south. A source tells the paper, “He kept saying, ‘Do you know who I am?’ Nobody was all that impressed and that was clearly annoying him. Nobody recognized him. He then went back to the hotel with a British actor friend and three female promoters. He was sick in the [parking lot]  and then went up to the room and got really loud."

Hanks bolted without a word the next morning, leaving behind $2,000 worth of damage, including smashed mirrors and a TV ripped off the wall.

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