AND NOW, THE MOST OVERPAID STARS IN HOLLYWOOD FOR 2012…
Eddie Murphy has topped this year’s Forbes list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood. According to the mag, every dollar Murphy made for his last three films (Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave), returned an average of $2.30 at the box office. Coming in at number two is former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl, whose films earned $3.40 for every dollar, followed by Reese Witherspoon ($3.90 per dollar), Sandra Bullock ($5.20 per dollar) and Jack Black ($5.20 per dollar).
#1.) Eddie Murphy, $2.30
#2.) Katherine Heigl, $3.40
#3.) Reese Witherspoon, $3.90
#4.) Sandra Bullock, $5.00
#5.) Jack Black, $5.20
#6.) Nicolas Cage, $6.00 (--He was also #6 last year.)
#7.) (tie) Adam Sandler and Denzel Washington, $6.30
#9.) Ben Stiller, $6.50 (--Not on the list last year.)
#10.) Sarah Jessica Parker, $7.00 (--Not on the list last year.)
HONEY BOO BOO HAS MADE BARBARA WALTERS MOST INTERESTING LIST…REALLY??
BARBARA WALTERS has revealed that HONEY BOO BOO made her list of the year's "Most Fascinating People" even though she knows you may not approve. She says, quote, "A lot of people will say, 'For heaven's sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at five or six years old entering beauty contests. "But the relationship between Alana and her mother that's the story, the two of them. It's very touching It's a love story. It's a very sweet, loving story. "Honey Boo Boo is not an obnoxious little girl. She's sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters. And now Anna has a new baby, and the baby has [three] thumbs, but so what? It'll make you smile." Barbara's "Most Fascinating People" special airs on ABC next Wednesday. She'll have 10 selections, and she previously announced seven of the others. They are: One Direction, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, Ben Affleck and Hillary Clinton. Her MOST "fascinating" person won't be announced until the special airs . . . but that still leaves one remaining selection, which will probably be revealed in the coming days so she can drum up more publicity for the show.
MATT DAMON MADE A PRETTY AWKWARD SALAD TOSSING JOKE ON THE TODAY SHOW YESTERDAY…
On the "Today" show yesterday, MATT DAMON was asked to help a viewer who wrote in that he was distressed because his girlfriend, quote, "tosses salad with her hands without washing them and tastes everything with her fingers." He replied, quote, "That's not what they taught me about tossing salad."
EYE BLEACH ANYONE? ARETHA FRANKLIN ALLEGEDLY HAD A GARGANTUAN NIP SLIP AT THE WHITE HOUSE!
If this really happened there NEED to be pictures: ARETHA FRANKLIN may have accidentally bared her gargantuan CANS during a visit to the White House. She was there for this weekend's Kennedy Center Honors. And her rep supposedly told "USA Today" that the upper half of her gown wasn't hooked properly, and slid down to her waist. According to the rep, this mishap exposed Aretha's, quote, "foundation-wearing girls in all their Victoria's Secret glory!" That doesn't seem like something someone's own rep would say about them, but "USA Today" is a fairly reputable source. Anyway, here's a picture of Aretha in the dress. You can see how it might go south on her.
AND SPEAKING OF EYE BLEACH, ANDERSON COOPER WENT BLIND FOR 36 HOURS LAST WEEK BECAUSE HIS EYEBALLS GOT SUNBURNT!
ANDERSON COOPER went BLIND for 36 hours last week, while he was on assignment in Portugal for "60 Minutes". The cause of his blindness was SUNBURNED EYEBALLS. On his show yesterday, Anderson said he was out in the ocean on a boat for about two hours. And even though it was overcast, the UV light bouncing off the water did a number on his eyes. He said, quote, "I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire, my eyeballs and I think, oh maybe I have sand in my eyes or something. "I douse my eyes with water. Anyway, it turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind. I went blind for 36 hours." NBC's chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman said, quote, "It's a reminder that frankly everyone needs sunglasses. Fortunately for you you're going to be fine, but it's a real reminder." Anderson showed a picture of himself after receiving treatment, with his right eye bandaged.
RAINN WILSON SAYS THERE’S TALK OF STEVE CARRELL COMING BACK TO THE OFFICE!
Ever since NBC announced that this would be the final year of "The Office", people have been wondering if STEVE CARELL would be back before the show ended. Well, it could definitely happen. RAINN WILSON . . . a.k.a. Dwight . . . says, quote, "There's talk of it. He's a very busy man and a huge movie star, so it's going to be a tough one. But, we'll see what we can do."
THE BLUES BROTHERS REUNITED LAST NIGHT FOR A HOUSE OF BLUES MILESTONE IN MASS!
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first House of Blues in Cambridge, MA, co-founder Dan Aykroyd as his alter-ego Elwood Blues and Jim Belushi, doing his best to fill the role of Jake Blues made famous by his late brother, John Belushi, as the other half of the Blues Brothers, opened for ZZ Top last night at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Last night’s performance was bittersweet, not only because of the absence of John Belushi, but also because of the loss in May of Blues Brothers Band bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, who died at the age of 70. Prior to last night’s gig, Aykroyd told Rolling Stone, “Duck was a key advisor to us. He was the life of the band and one of the funniest people I’ve known in my life.”
HOLY CRAP, THE SOUND CITY DOCUMENTARY IS GONNA BE EPIC…
The Dave Grohl-directed documentary Sound City, which peels back the curtain on the making of some of rock’s most important albums in one of Los Angeles’ most iconic, unsung and low-tech recording studios, will officially premiere at the annual Sundance Film Festival next month, ahead of its scheduled release in February 2013. An extended trailer for the superstar-packed film has just been released, and you can watch it here.
TOM MORELLO SAYS HE DOESN’T KNOW IF IT’S GONNA HAPPEN BUT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE RAGE GET BACK TOGETHER…
So, what's the deal with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE? Are they still together? Will they be doing any more live shows or releasing new music? Guitarist TOM MORELLO says that they don't have plans to do ANYTHING at the moment but if it were his call, they'd be more active. He tells "Rolling Stone", quote, "If it were up to me, I would've made two records a year. As it is, we have just three records of original material over 20 years . . . Whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown. "There's no plans, no current direction of anything . . . It was my great hope that we'd celebrate [our] 20th anniversary with a five-continent world tour." Tom says the problem is not that the band doesn't get along he says he and singer ZACK DE LA ROCHA talk "fairly regularly," and considers the band "brothers in arms" . . . it's just getting everyone to want to do it. He says they meet up every year and "very seriously discuss" their options however they usually just end up, quote, "turning down awesome offers to tour the world."
GREEN DAY’S TRES! IS LIVE STREAMING RIGHT NOW…
Fans of Green Day not willing to wait uno (one) week mas (more) to hear the band’s ¡Tre! album (available December 11) can hear it in its entirety now on the trio’s official website greenday.com. ¡Tre! is the third in Green Day’s trilogy of albums which includes ¡Uno! and ¡Dos!, both released earlier this year. Finally, ¡Quatro!, a documentary chronicling the band’s writing and recording of the album trilogy, will be released in 2013
JOHNATHAN DAVIS: THE ACTOR?
Professing to be “in shock” over the overwhelming positive response for the film, Jonathan Davis of Korn stars in Wounded Warriors, a short film set to premiere online today at Monsterenergy.com and on television in May 2013 on The Pentagon Channel. Wounded Warriors (winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 GI Film Festival in Hollywood) documents Davis’ return to Ramstein Air Base in Germany this past August to visit with troops stationed there as well as soldiers in transit from Iraq and Afghanistan. Reacting to the high praise the film has received, Davis said, “I’m just in shock. This film is not about me. It is about all the troops and what they sacrifice to keep our life going. I am truly grateful for every single one of them.”
TIME MAGAZINE HAS RELEASED THE YEAR-END LIST OF ALL LISTS!
We're in that period when year-in-review lists come out constantly and the people at "Time" magazine went WAY overboard this year. They just released 55 top 10 lists for 2012. That's too much for ANYONE to consume. So here are some of the highlights.
-- Best Comeback. They gave it to Barack Obama, ahead of people and things like Peyton Manning, the Olympics, and boy bands.
-- Best Scandal. The General Petraeus affair came in first, beating out Lance Armstrong, the Chick-fil-A gay marriage thing, and the Secret Service prostitutes.
-- Best Meme. If you don't know, a 'meme' is a viral thing that appears everywhere in pop culture. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and all the parodies it spawned came in first. It beat "Fifty Shades of Grey" and Jeremy 'Linsanity.'
-- Best App. Kind of a strange pick. They went with OnLive Desktop, which is a tablet app that lets you access Microsoft Office. Instagram only came in sixth, but it's been around for a while.
-- Best Gadget. The iPhone 5 came in first, beating out Nintendo's new Wii U.
-- Biggest Campaign Gaffe. They gave it to Mitt Romney's 47% comment. It only covered the presidential campaign, and neither of the rape comments from Senate candidates made the list.
-- Biggest U.S. News Story. President Obama's reelection was the biggest story. Hurricane Sandy was second, Obamacare being upheld was third, the Trayvon Martin story was fourth, and the "Dark Knight Rises" and Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings were fifth.
-- Biggest Overreported Story. Bath salts . . . the drug, NOT the salts you actually put in a bathtub . . . and the way they turn people into CANNIBALS. The Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce came in second, Linsanity was third, the Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart relationship came in fourth, and campaign gaffes came in fifth.
THE PLOT THICKENS WITH THE “HOMELESS BAREFOOT” MAN…
The barefoot panhandler who received shoes from a kind NYPD officer last month is apparently not homeless. Officials said Jeffrey Hillman has an apartment in the Bronx. Hillman used to be homeless, but entered a shelter in 2009 before moving into an apartment secured by Veterans Affairs in 2011. He pays his rent using a lifetime voucher for homeless veterans and his Social Security income. Despite having stable housing, Hillman panhandles in Times Square, usually without shoes. Officer Larry DePrimo was photographed buying a pair of $100 boots for Hillman and his act of kindness went viral. But when Hillman was spotted Saturday night, the shoes were nowhere to be seen. Hillman has offered varying accounts of why he was not wearing them.
NASA’S VOYAGER 1 IS GOING WHERE NO THING HAS EVER GONE BEFORE…
WONDERING WHAT THE #1 GIFT CARD ON EVERYONE’S LIST IS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
A gift-card exchange site called GiftCardRescue.com asked people what cards they wanted most as holiday gifts. And according to their survey, McDonald's came in THIRD. Here are the 10 most-popular gift cards for this holiday season:
#5.) Home Depot.
R.I.P. BESSE COOPER, THE WORLD’S OLDEST WOMAN AT 116! HER SECRET?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE TEXT MESSAGE!
OMG! This week marks the 20th birthday of the text message. The very first text was sent on December 3, 1992, by a UK engineer named Neil Papworth. It read simply, “Merry Christmas.” While texting remains a favorite method of communication (it’s definitely preferred over actually talking on the phone or- gasp- face-to-face), research shows it’s been on the decline lately. Experts say costly text messaging plans are being replaced by free alternatives like BlackBerry Messenger and Google Chat. One thing’s for sure…sexting isn’t going anywhere.
I’VE JUST GOTTEN INTO WALKING DEAD AND LOVE IT BUT THIS IS A LITTLE MUCH…
SOME LADY WATCHING THE ‘BAMA/GEORGIA GAME GOT ARRESTED FOR FONDLING TOO MANY PEOPLE’S CROTCHES?!
On Saturday, EVERYONE at two bars called El Jinete and Friends Sports Grill in Dacula, Georgia was focused on the Georgia-Alabama college football game, to decide who'd play for the national championship. Except for a 46-year-old woman named Jana Lawrence. She was mostly focused on RUBBING CROTCHES. Apparently, during the game, Jana was extraordinarily drunk and GRABBY. She groped men's junk AND women's junk around the bar all with her pants slipping lower and lower. She also apparently licked a guy. That doesn't sound necessarily like a bad thing a huge football game AND some free genital stimulation but Jana looks like she's had a ROUGH 46 years. If she'd been HOT, people probably would've let this slide. But sadly, that wasn't the case. So the cops eventually came and arrested her for sexual battery, simple battery, public indecency, and public drunkenness. At the jail, a female deputy told Jana she was going to search her and Jana asked the deputy if she wanted a girlfriend!
YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP…ORMOND BEACH WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THROWING AROUND POOP-FILLED PAPER TOWELS AROUND AT WALMART
A NEW ZEALAND MAN WENT BLIND DRINKING VODKA AND SOMEHOW WHISKEY BROUGHT IT BACK!
Talk about getting blind drunk! A New Zealand man lost his sight after drinking vodka, then regained it again by drinking whiskey! Denis Duthie, 65, had been knocking back a couple of vodkas in honor of his parents’ anniversary when the alcohol mixed badly with his diabetes medication, causing his vision to disappear. At the hospital, doctors immediately suspected methanol poisoning as the cause for his blindness, so to counteract this, docs administered ethanol - the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. But there wasn't enough medical ethanol available in the hospital, so a staff member was sent to a nearby liquor store to purchase some Johnnie Walker Black. The whiskey was dripped into his stomach through a tube and five days later, he could see again! Sure beats a hangover!
REASON #5,389 NOT TO DO METH
On Monday, 36-year-old Melissa Wolf of Preble County, Ohio was arrested for manufacturing meth. But it's clear that she was also dipping heavily into her merchandise. Back in July of last year, Melissa was arrested and took a mugshot photo. She looks fairly normal. In the past year, she's obviously done an incredible amount of meth. Because in her new mugshot, less than a year-and-a-half later, she's been DESTROYED. She's aged 20 years. Her skin looks sick, her hair has lost its color, and her face is covered in BLOOD SPOTS and scabs. It's an INSANE difference. Please don't do meth.
SURVEY SAYS: WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN IF YOU’RE HOSTING A HOLIDAY PARTY?
According to a survey by Delta Faucets, the worst thing that can go wrong when you're hosting a party is a broken toilet. More people worried about that than running out of food, or having a major appliance break down. And party GUESTS agreed and said a broken toilet is the worst thing that could happen at a party. TWO in FIVE people said they'd had a toilet-related plumbing problem while entertaining guests at their house. And one in three actually knew BEFORE the party that there was a problem with the toilet but rolled the dice anyway. One in five hosts said that they'd WORRIED about a toilet malfunction before the party and one in 10 brought in a plumber to check things out.
On paper, the Miami Heat should have wiped the floor with the Washington Wizards last night in DC. On the hardwood floor, the Wizards withstood LeBron James’ triple-double and shocked the defending champs 105-101 to earn just their second win of the season. Jordan Crawford paced Washington with 22 points, while James finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the loss. And speaking of losses, the Los Angeles Lakers lost their 10th contest of the season, falling to the Houston Rockets 107-105 despite Kobe Bryant’s 39-point effort. In other action: the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to fend off the Brooklyn Nets for a 117-111 road win; the Memphis Grizzlies ran their record to 13-3 after stopping the Phoenix Suns 108-98 in overtime; the Indiana Pacers got by the Chicago Bulls 80-76; and the Minnesota Timberwolves easily defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 105-88.
THIS IS NOT A JOKE: THE NEW ORLEANS HORNETS ARE CHANGING THEIR NAME TO THE PELICANS??
New Orleans professional basketball fans will have to get used to hearing this before every home game: “And now, the starting lineup for your Pelicans!” Yes, Pelicans! According to several reports, the New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans, perhaps as early as next season. Why? The pelican is Louisiana’s state bird. If you think the Pelicans is a terrible name for a pro basketball team, consider the alternatives: according to Yahoo Sports, the team also tossed around the Krewe and Brass as potential nicknames.
REX RYAN SAYS MARK SANCHEZ WILL START FOR WEEK 14!
TEXANS WR ANDRE JOHNSON JUST SPENT $16K ON AT-RISK KIDS FOR XMAS!
BAY(SE) PAY: GIANTS’ SCUTARO GETS NEW 3-YEAR, $20 MILLION CONTRACT
The World Series Champions San Francisco Giants managed to keep a big piece of their successful puzzle in place on Tuesday, signing second baseman Marco Scutaro to a new three-year, $20 million contract. The 37-year old middle infielder hit .362 with three home runs and 44 RBIs in 61 games after coming over to the Giants in a trade with the Rockies. Scutaro was also named the NLCS MVP.
WISCONSIN JUST LOST THEIR HEAD COACH TO ARKANSAS
After seven years overseeing the Badgers, Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema decided on Tuesday to take SEC money to help lead the Arkansas Razorbacks back to National Championship status. A source close to the situation told ESPN Bielema’s deal is for six years at $3.2 million per year. Bielema will take over for the fired Bobby Petrino. Meanwhile, Auburn has tapped former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to be the man to lead the Tigers back to glory, handing him a brand new five-year deal worth $2.3 million annually.
BRIAN URLACHER’S OUT 2-4 WEEKS WITH A HAMMY STRAIN…
One of the most popular and productive Monsters of the Midway may have played his last game in a Chicago Bears uniform. Linebacker Brian Urlacher said Tuesday he could miss the remainder of the regular season because of a hamstring injury he suffered in the final seconds of Sunday’s overtime loss to the Seahawks. The eight-time Pro Bowler’s contract expires at the end of this season, so should the Bears fail to make the postseason, Urlacher could have seen his final snap with the Bears. He told a Chicago television station Tuesday, “I do not think that’s going to happen. But, if it does, I have had a really good and long career so I would be sad, but I would not be crushed.”
WHOOPS! CUBBIE SKIPPER SVEUM WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY HALL OF FAMER YOUNT!
The Chicago Cubs routinely shoot themselves in the foot on the way to yet another loss, but this offseason, Cubs manager Dale Sveum was accidentally shot in the back of the right ear by former teammate and Hall of Famer Robin Yount. The two were quail hunting in Arizona when Yount plunked the Loveable Loser’s latest skipper with a six-shot BB gun. Sveum said, “I got drilled with pellets in the back and then one stuck in the ear. We do it all the time. Not that close all the time, but we do get BBs fall on us.” This kind of stuff could only happen to the Chicago Cubs.
BOY BANNED: LACHEY ACCUSED OF CHOKING, PUSHING FAN, INSULTING FAN’S WIFE
The already sizzling hot story of 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey getting kicked out of San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium for trash-talking with a San Diego Chargers fans at Sunday’s game between Lachey’s Cincinnati Bengals and the hometown Chargers got a few degrees hotter on Tuesday. TMZ reports the unidentified Chargers fan is now claiming the boy band singer choked him and shoved him to the ground, and called his wife a “f***ing bitch” and “a host of other profanities.” The Chargers fan plans on pressing charges. TMZ obtained some admittedly not-so great video of the incident which you can watch here.