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Survey: People can't live without high-speed Internet

High-speed Internet is the technology that's had the greatest impact on society and the one that people say they can't live without, according to survey results from Zogby Interactive.

Released this week, Zogby's study found that 28 percent of those polled tagged broadband Internet as the one technology they can't live without; e-mail came in second at 18 percent. Facebook was lower on the overall list at only 3 percent, but among the younger crowd (18-24), 15 percent said they can't live without Facebook.

Looking at technologies that have had the greatest impact on society over the past 10 years, 24 percent named high-speed Internet, followed closely by Facebook at 22 percent. Google came in third at 10 percent.

The results also varied based on gender and age.

Women and adults under 55 tagged Facebook as having the most impact, while men and those over 55 pointed to high-speed Internet. Adults between 35 and 54 were split pretty evenly between the two. People fro…

CIA launches WikiLeaks task force, a.k.a. WTF

The CIA has launched a WikiLeaks Task Force, better known by the agency as the acronym: WTF.

According to a report by the Washington Post, the agency has launched the task force to appraise the impact of thousands of sensitive diplomatic documents and military files hitting the web thanks to WikiLeaks.
Among the task force’s responsibilities is “whether the agency's ability to recruit informants could be damaged by declining confidence in the U.S. government's ability to keep secrets,” the report said.

CIA spokesman George Little told the paper that the panel is being led by the CIA's Counterintelligence Center. It is made up of more than two dozen members from departments across the agency.

"It's just a huge vulnerability," an unnamed former high-ranking CIA officer told the Post. "Nobody could carry out enough paper to do what WikiLeaks has done."

-- W.J. Hennigan

Darrelle Revis: Rex Ryan told Jets he was 'embarrassed'

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told players he was "embarrassed" by a controversy surrounding his wife on Wednesday, CB Darrelle Revis said.

Foot fetish videos emerged on the Internet with a woman who bears resemblance to Ryan's wife, Michelle. Asked several times about the videos during his news conference on Wednesday, Ryan declined to address it and said it was "a personal matter."

Revis told the Newark Star-Ledger that Ryan spoke to the team in the morning.Rex Ryan
CAPTIONBy Alan Maglaque, US Presswire
"He basically came in there and said, 'You guys might know about the situation; some of you guys might not know,' " Revis told the paper. "'You'll find out later on today. Right now, I feel embarrassed, but it's something personal with me. But right now we need to focus on Chicago,' and he'll take care of it from there."

The Jets travel to play the Bears on Sunday. A win would clinch a playoff spot.

Jets GM …

Obama to sign 'don't ask' repeal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 Wednesday, ending the military ban on gays and lesbians openly serving in the military.

The Senate voted 65-31 Saturday to end the policy, which bars gays and lesbians serving in the U.S. military from being open about their sexual orientation. The House had approved repeal 250-175 last week. Putting the new policy into effect will take at least 60 days.

The daily schedule indicates Obama will meet with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in the Oval Office.

Cab rider pulled knife, left a tip

SACRAMENTO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A California cab rider who pulled a knife during an argument with the driver left a payment with a tip in the vehicle, police said.

A Sacramento police report said the cab driver told officers he had an argument with the rider about the destination at 20th and Q streets and he fled the vehicle on foot when the rider pulled out a folding-blade knife, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.

Police said the rider, who did not make any verbal threats, also left the cab on foot, but left behind a payment with a tip.

Investigators said they have not identified the rider.

Gabor's husband glues eye shut

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the husband of Hungarian-born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, was hospitalized in California after accidentally gluing his eye shut.

TMZ reported von Anhalt, 66, underwent a surgical procedure to reopen his eye after he mistakenly squeezed glue in it Tuesday. He is expected to be released from a Los Angeles hospital soon, the entertainment industry Web site said.

Gabor, 93, has been battling multiple health issues in recent years and was recently hospitalized for hip-replacement surgery after suffering a fall.

Brown quits as Bobcats' coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Charlotte Bobcats Coach Larry Brown, his team off to a bad start, resigned Wednesday, team Chairman Michael Jordan announced.

"I met with Coach Brown two weeks ago about the team's performance and what we could do to improve it," Jordan said. "We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations, and we both agreed that a change was necessary."

The 70-year-old Hall of Fame coach has led the Bobcats since April 29, 2008, compiling a record of 88-104. Charlotte made it into the playoffs for the first time in the 2009-10 season, but got off to a 9-19 start this season.

Jordan said in a letter to the team's fans that he is bent on building a winner.

"I am sure you know that this was a difficult decision," Jordan said. "As I told you back in March, owning this team is my No. 1 priority. I am focused on building a winning team that you can be proud of and I will…

Senate, House OK 9/11 responders bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. House approved a bill that would provide $4.2 billion to first responders with health problems after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York.

The House approved the measure on a 206-60 vote Wednesday, clearing it for consideration by President Obama, CNN reported.

Earlier Wednesday, the Senate approved a compromise measure on a voice vote. The deal was worked out by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., The Hill reported.

The measure would establish a health benefits program for firefighters, police officers and construction workers who worked in the smoking remains of the World Trade Center for months following the collapse of the Twin Towers.

Many of the first-responders and cleanup crews were exposed to toxic substances that spewed into the atmosphere when the towers collapsed. The health benefits program also would help residents in the immediate area surrounding the towers who became ill after the attack.

The agreem…

Despite New Funding Offsets, US Chamber Of Commerce Still Opposing 9/11 First Responders Bill

Last week, ThinkProgress reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had quietly lobbied to help Republicans kill the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010,” a bill to compensate the first responders and emergency workers who suffered illnesses from working at Ground Zero.

The Chamber — a powerful trade association representing the health insurance industry, ExxonMobil, as well as dozens of foreign corporations — opposed the bill because it paid for health care benefits by ending a special tax loophole exploited by foreign corporations with business interests in the United States. The Chamber also demanded that Congress should stop deliberating over benefits for 9/11 heroes, and instead focus on extending “all of the expiring 2001 and 2003″ tax cuts.

Disclosures reveal that the Chamber used part of its multi-million lobbying budget on defeating the bill because of its funding provision. The Republican caucus, which was unified in opposition to the legislation, cite…

A Look at the History of the Newest Laker Joe Smith

With the completion of the three team trade on Wednesday, the Lakers acquired power forward Joe Smith from New Jersey and parted ways with 7 year Laker Sasha Vujacic who went the other way to the Nets.

Joe Smith, for the most part, has had a non-descript and uneventful career. He was a skinny 19 year old project out of Maryland when the Golden State Warriors made him the #1 overall pick in the 1995 draft. Unfortunately for the Warriors, he never quite lived up to the expectations that come with being picked #1 overall and was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves two years later.

After his short stint with Golden State Joe went on to play for 11 other teams, never having a tenure of more than 3 years with any one them. Joe never put together a season of note after leaving Golden State as he never averaged more than 13.7 points per game or 8.2 rebounds per game or 1.5 blocks per game.

As his numbers show, he understandably never made an NBA All Star team, nor was he ever a part of a ch…

Allow Us To Explain: Hugo Strange

If you have been following gaming or movie news in the past month, you may have come across a man called Hugo Strange. Not only has the psychologist been revealed as a major character in Batman: Arkham City, he keeps being mentioned in the swirling gyre of rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. (Probably because Tom Hardy has been confirmed to play a role in the movie, but nobody knows who he will be, and so the gears of fan speculation are grinding. Our hopes are pinned sky-high on Tommy Elliot).

We know first hand that there are all kinds of geeks in the world, and not all of their interests overlap, and so fans of The Dark Knight and Batman: Arkham Asylum might be wondering who the heck this obscure Batman villain is, what gives him any appeal, and what his role as antagonist may mean for a plot.

Allow us to explain.

Professor Hugo Strange and the Monsters

Hugo Strange is one of the oldest Batman villains, predating both the Joker and Catwoman. He’s actually…

'Spider-Man' musical claims another victim

What was once a troublesome trend is now a mini-epidemic: performers being injured in the new musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

In a preview of the long-delayed production Monday night, Christopher Tierney, who performs many of Spider-Man’s most complicated flying stunts, fell an unspecified distance to the stage and had to be taken to a hospital when a harness or wire apparently failed.

A video taken by an audience member posted by the New York Times showed Tierney plunging off an elevated piece of scenery in a scene near the show’s conclusion.

“He fell several feet from a platform approximately seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped,” a spokesman for the show said. “All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation. We will have more news shortly.”

Natalie Mendoza, who plays the musical’s villainess Arachne and suffered a concussion in an earlier production accident, sent a Twitter message which read, "Please pray wit…

Out of Order! Van Gundy Calls Jackson’s Comments ‘Ignorant’

During the early sleepy NBA season that is November you can always count on Laker coach Phil Jackson to stir things up. In a season where the biggest and loudest expectations were not on the back-to-back reigning NBA World Championship Los Angeles Lakers but on a newly stitched together free agent extravaganza of Lebron James and Chris Bosh joining Dwyane Wade in Miami. With the Heat faltering 14 games into the season and culminating into an embarrassing loss to the Indiana Pacers the pressure is on to right the ship. This has lead to a lot of speculation and consternation about how this is going to occur. A debate good enough for a courtroom drama; let’s call it Law & Order: SVG.

Phil, your opening statement please: (as told to WMVP-AM 1000 in Chicago)

"The scenario that sits kind of behind the scene, is that eventually these guys that were recruited -- Bosh and James -- by Pat Riley and Mickey Arrison, the owner, are going to come in and say, 'We feel you [Riley] can do…

Univision to Air Ads from Republicans Telling Latinos "Don't Vote" (Updated)

According to, a Republican 527 group, Latinos for Reform paid Univision $80,000 to run ads on the network in Nevada expressing the failures of Democrats to implement immigration reform while not mentioning that Republicans have obstructed such attempts at every turn. Univision contends that the ads reveal a frustration from the Latino community. The Spanish-language network also doesn't support the Republican senatorial candidate Sharron Angle for what they call, "irresponsible and bordering on racist position on immigration." Their decision is puzzling considering that Univision's PAC has contributed to Democratic Senator Harry Reid's campaign. Frustration is one thing, telling Latinos to ignore their right to vote for $80,000 is irresponsible.

*UPDATE - Univision has decided not to run the ads purchased by GOP group, Latinos for Reform advising  Nevada Latinos not to vote. They also distanced themselves from the political analyst who had exp…

Batman Fan Film Made for $27K

When does a fan film stretch the boundaries of it's meaning? If you're a couple of entertainment producers trying to raise money for a good cause then a fan film can be much more.


Here's "The City of Scars," a "fan movie," although it tests the definition of that term with its $27,000 budget and a 21-day shoot. It was produced by Bat in the Sun Productions, which was founded by Aaron Schoenke and Sean Schoenke, a dynamic duo that has produced television commercials, music videos and also worked on “The Deadliest Warrior.”

"The City of Scars" made its exclusive premier on Dailymotion as a fund-raising event for Redeye Inc., a 100%-proceeds charity benefiting underprivileged kids. Check out the fan movie's official page for details on how to help this worthy cause with a simple text-message donation.

-- Geoff Boucher

Senator Gets A Little Liberal with the S-Word

From the too little, too late department, Senator Carl Levin repeats the S-word, quoting an eternal memo from Goldman Sachs at a financial regulations hearing. While chastising the financial services behemoth long after the start of the financial crisis that their practices helped create is one thing but running with 'sh*tty' is another.

In the immortal words of Beanie from Old School:
"I'm just trying to make a point, Frank. You don't have to celebrate it."

At a hearing on financial regulations, Levin quoted an internal Goldman Sachs e-mail that described an investment nicknamed Timberwolf as "one sh---y deal." Levin accused the company of pushing it on clients despite its possible "sh---y"-ness.
How many times did Levin drop the phrase? Watch the video and see:

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'Anchorman' Sequel Still a Possibility According to Director

"You stay classy, San Diego. I'm Ron Burgundy"

"Why don't you go back to your home on Whore Island?"

"I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal."

If you recognize these lines and have been wondering when you can get more Ron Burgundy goodness then there is hope on the horizon. Director Adam McKay has been trying to secure the possibility of an 'Anchorman' sequel by contacting the actors who've blown up since the original release.


"It's a tricky movie because everyone went and did really well after it, so everyone's prices went up and everyone's time got a little more valuable. But at the same time, graciously, Steve and Paul and everyone agreed to cut their price to come and do [the sequel], which you don't see very often in Hollywood — and cut their price substantially. But even with that, it's just a budgetary thing with Paramount in terms of how much they'll give…

Simpson Addicted to Nicorette, Brushes Teeth 3 Times a Week and Other Odd Stuff

By any standard, Jessica Simpson, is still pretty attractive, physically anyway, and presumably can still sing up a storm but as it's been well documented she's not the brightest bulb around. Now from her recent interviews on the 'Tonight Show' and the 'Ellen' show she is apparently a little weird as well.

from HuffPost

Jessica Simpson visited the Tonight Show Tuesday night where she told Leno that she is addicted to Nicorette despite having never smoked a cigarette. She said she had been chewing it and put it on her water bottle before she came on set.

Ellen asked Jessica why she only brushes her teeth three times a week.

"My teeth are so white and I don't like them to feel too slippery, but I do use Listerine and I do floss every day," Jessica said. "But, I don't brush them every day. I'll use a shirt or something. I know it's gross but I always have fresh breath. It's really weird, but I have great breath."


Raiders Finally Looking to Cut Russell Loose?

After drafting JaMarcus Russell as the first pick in the 2007 and becoming the worst such pick since Ryan Leaf went second in 1998 the Raiders have probably finally come to their senses and are reportedly ready to release the quarterback.

So maybe Lane Kiffin was right in protesting the selection of Russell after all.


As JaMarcus Russell struggled through the worst statistical season for an NFL quarterback in more than a decade, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis preached patience.

It appears that even Davis may have finally given up on his young quarterback.

With last weekend's trade for Jason Campbell, the Raiders seem ready to close the door on the exorbitantly expensive and unproductive Russell era in Oakland.

The only remaining question looks to be if they cut ties with the former No. 1 overall pick before this weekend's mandatory minicamp begins, wait until training camp, drag it out until final roster cuts or even keep Russell on the roster for another season a…

Mariah Carey and Hubby Renew Vows...Again

Look, I can appreciate a renewal of one's love and commitment to one another in marriage but every year? That's what Mariah Carey and husband, Nick Cannon, have been doing since their wedding in 2008.

"I encourage everybody to do it. If you are happy and in love, celebrate it!" Cannon said Friday on his New York radio show. "Don't everybody do that? Don't, like, Heidi Klum and Seal do the same thing every year? It's just something fun to celebrate."
The pair's anniversary is Friday, and Cannon said the two will exchange gifts along with vows. "[My gift is] something very thoughtful and it has nothing to do with money," he said.
Cannon, 29, and Carey, 40, wed on the songstress' Bahamian estate and returned there last year for their renewal ceremony.

Remake Hell:A New "Karate Kid" Leaves Its Original Writer Wondering

Yet another remake of an '80's signature film, "The Karate Kid", is a vehicle for Will Smith's son, Jaden,  and the original writer, Robert Mark Kamen, is wondering like the rest of us nostalgic '80s fans why.

from LA Times
"It’s weird to have your films remade in your lifetime," says screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, who has watched an Internet backlash against trailers for the June movie. "Two-thirds of the comments out there are negative: 'Why are you remaking this classic?' 'It was the movie of my childhood.' 'It was my inspirational movie.' 'Why are you remaking it? Just because Jaden is a little rich kid?’ I’m wondering if those people are going to go see it."

Remake Hell: 'Red Dawn' Redo Rankles Milius

Hollywood's obsession with remakes continues and this time the writer and director of the original '80's movie Red Dawn, John Milius is none too pleased.

from LA Times
"I think it’s a stupid thing to do. The movie is not very old," said Milius, who’s not involved in the new film but was given a chance to read the new script. "It was terrible. There was a strange feeling to the whole thing. They were fans of the movie, so they put in stuff they thought was neat. It’s all about neat action scenes and has nothing to do with story."

'Hurt Locker' Reigns on Oscar Night

LA Times

Everyone wants the chance to dream, and if Sunday night's Oscar results are any indication, the people who work in the dream factory most of all.
It takes away nothing from "The Hurt Locker," which really was the best film of the year, or the exceptional directing job done by Kathryn Bigelow, to speculate that more than the acknowledgment of excellence was behind that film's triumph in the hotly contested best picture race.

Best picture

"The Blind Side"
"District 9"
"An Education"
(Winner)"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
"A Serious Man"
"Up in the Air"

Best actor

(Winner) Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker

Best actress


Rihanna B-Day Little Person Lap Dance

Rihanna found out that lap dances come in all different sizes. Courtesy of boyfriend and Los Angeles Dodger, Matt Kemp.

Rihanna was “shocked” by the surprise bash put together by baseball player Matt Kemp in Phoenix, Arizona – where Kemp is currently training . Rihanna was only expecting a small gathering of friends but what she got was a lap dance by a midget stripper! Tmz got a hold of the footage!

Tiger Will Make Public Statement on Friday

*UPDATE* (from Tiger Woods reentered public life on Friday morning with a prepared statement delivered at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

"I know I have bitterly disappointed all of you. I have made you question who I am and how I could have done the things I did. I am embarrassed I have put you in this position. For all that I have done, I am so sorry. I have a lot to atone for."

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Well here we are in anticipation of the golf superstar after his much publisized sexcapades that revealed themselves after his Thanksgiving car accident. Many people would just as well have him return to the golf course and just play without all this tabloid fodder being played out in the media. Too bad for them. The aloof golf and advertising megastar has been a recluse since news broke of his accident the details that followed will now face selected friendly media and make a stat…

Fan Event for 'Alice in Wonderland'

from LA Times

Circle the date, "Alice" fans: On Feb. 19 there will be a major event at Hollywood & Highland that will include appearances by Tim Burton and some cast members from his "Alice in Wonderland."

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and the schedule of events includes live music by half a dozen artists featured on "Almost Alice," the album that hits stores on March 2. The announced acts so far include Kerli, Never Shout Never, 3OH!3 , Metro Station and Family Force 5, but expect lots of fans to show up with high hopes that, just maybe, there might be an appearance by one of the bigger-name contributors to the album, such as Avril Lavigne, Robert Smith or the All-American Rejects

Too Fat to Fly? One Airline Thinks Director Kevin Smith is Just That

Southwest Airlines apparently has no love for the heavier set. Director Kevin Smith was kicked off a plane for being a safety risk due to his width, supposedly. Southwest is no stranger to controversy when it comes to selectively dismissing passengers for their weight, length of skirts, crying babies, etc. This time however they've discriminated against the wrong fellow. Smith has a huge Twitter following and the incident has brought on a torrent of angry posts aimed squarely at the airlines policy


Kevin Smith was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, Calif., Saturday because he was deemed too fat for the seats, he wrote in a barrage of angry Twitter posts.

The Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back director said he was booted by the captain after he was seated because he was considered a "safety risk."

Saints March Over the Colts to Win Super Bowl

The sentimental favorite New Orleans Saints rallied past the Indianapolis Colts to win Super Bowl 44, 30-17. Five years removed from the total devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has a restored sense of pride emanating from the Saints first trip to the Super Bowl and it's first win.

The New Orleans Saints, who went 21 seasons before reaching the playoffs and 34 seasons before winning a postseason game, completed their storybook season Sunday night by rallying past the favored Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV in Sun Life Stadium.
The fourth quarter was basically a summary of their entire season: the offense dominated down the stretch and the defense came up with a game-changing play.
"Words can't describe what this means for New Orleans," said cornerback Tracy Porter, who closed the scoring with a 74-yard interception return with 3:12 to play. "I am a Louisiana native, and this is real big."
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Drunkest Cities in America

Another sense of pride for the beautiful state of California. Three of the top ten are in the Golden State-#1 Fresno, #4 Riverside and #10 Bakersfield. I'd want to drink all the time too if I lived in those cities.

from Men's Health 

Overdose on almost any medicine, and it can go from balm to bomb in an instant. A couple glasses of wine each day? Liquid fix-it for your heart. A bottle before bed? You might end up like the folks in Fresno. Our statistical sobriety checkpoint shows that the inebriated people there have one of the highest death rates from alcoholic liver disease (per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In fact, Fresno was near the top in every measure of dangerous drinking, including the body count caused by booze-fueled car crashes (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), the number of arrests made for driving under the influence (FBI), the number of people who admit to binge drinking in the last month (CDC), and the severity of DUI p…

Academy Award Noms Announced

Finally, movies I've actually seen have been nominated. However, some have been snubbed, Star Trek, Hangover and of course, Transformers (jk). Anyway, here's a partial list:

from E! online
The Oscars will be handed out March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Here's the complete list of nominees:

Best Motion Picture of the Year


The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


A Serious Man


Up in the Air

Achievement in Directing

James Cameron, Avatar

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Lee Daniels, Precious

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Matt Damon, Invictus

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely B…

Grammys a Big Night for Beyonce and Swift

As award shows go last night's Grammys were pretty good. Big performances by Beyonce, Green Day, Pink and others anchored the show in between award presentations. Basically more fodder for Lady Gaga fans/detractors and a bleeped out performance by Lil' Wayne and Eminem.

The big winners were Beyonce (record-breaking 6 awards) and Taylor Swift won Album of the Year.

While Grammys are a chance to see huge stars on stage I prefer the DVR approach. I can skip all the junk and go straight to the music.

Album of the Year: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Record of the Year: "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon

Song of the Year: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyoncé

New Artist: Zac Brown Band


Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: The Black Eyed Peas, "I Gotta Feeling"

Pop Vocal Album: The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas

Female Pop Vocal Performance: Beyoncé, "Halo"

Male Pop Vocal Performance: Jason Mraz, "Make It Mine"

Traditional Pop…

Apple Reveals What We Already Knew - Meet the iPad

The worst-kept secret in the tech world was finally revealed today by Apple's Steve Jobs. As expected, Apple presented their latest gadget, the iPad. Which for all intents and purposes is a huge iPod Touch. No doubt that it will sell millions starting in a couple of months with a price tag that starts at $499.

all photos from CNET

NBA Champs Lakers Visit the White House

Now if only he could get Congress to play ball.

from LA Times

The Lakers met with President Obama on Monday, continuing the annual tradition of an NBA champion's visiting the White House, though this one had to be unique, accompanied by presidential trash talk and an audience that included reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.,0,1105064.story

Radiohead's Haiti Benefit Show in LA


Even Radiohead can be surprised by the difference a rock band can make. On Sunday, the forward-looking Oxford quintet took a break from recording sessions for its next album to perform at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and raise desperately needed funds for Haiti earthquake relief. “This is how much money we made,” singer-guitarist Thom Yorke announced late in the two-hour concert, as he was handed a card with a final tally. “Gross: Fuck me! $572,774!”

Tickets for the night’s “Radiohead for Haiti” concert were sold over the weekend via online auction, with a top price paid by one fan at $4,000 for a single pair. “What did you do to get a ticket?” Yorke joked with the crowd. “Get money from your dad? Or blackmail your boss?” The all-star audience included Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Flea, Drew Barrymore, Paul Thomas Anderson and Anna Paquin.…

British 7yr old Raises $160,000 for Haiti Relief

The feel-good story of the day. Boy raises money for Haiti by asking for donations to sponsor his bike ride around a local park. With the help of a fundraising site his efforts blew up and soon garnered the support from the Prime Minister himself. Now when I was his age I was stuffing Twinkies in my face and playing with little green Army men. I was a useless selfish prick by comparison. sad.


"My name is Charlie Simpson. I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives," said Simpson on his JustGiving page, a fundraising site which launched his efforts.

"I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti," he said.

Donate to Charlie Simpson's Haiti fundraising page

And with that simple call, messages of support flooded the site.

Ex-Mistress Places Billboards about Affair with Tech Co. President

Now I've heard of women scorned and what they're willing to do to exact revenge but I guess this is how rich mistresses do it. Not only a billboard but a billboard with a web address where you can see photos and invitations of events they attended. She saved a lot of souvenirs for all to see. They've been taken down but I guess it's kind of hard to use the "It wasn't me, honey" defense to the wife.

from LA Times

Splashy headlines used to be the exclusive domain of Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison, known for his aggressive business practices and colorful lifestyle. No more.

His lieutenant, Charles E. Phillips, president of the technology giant and a member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, stepped into a harsh spotlight this week as his spurned mistress plastered San Francisco, New York and Atlanta with billboards revealing their affair.

The three-story-tall billboard near Times Square featured a photo of Phillips and YaVaughnie W…

Venezuela's Chavez Claims US used 'Earthquake weapon' on Haiti

At first glance I thought this headline was so ridiculous that it must be from The Onion but no, has the Venezuelan president/dictator Hugo Chavez proclaiming in a press release that the US has an experimental shockwave system and tested on Haiti causing the deaths of thousands. This after saying that the US was 'invading' the island as well. I knew Chavez was crazy and paranoid but I never thought he considered the US a Bond villain.


Citing an alleged report from Russia's Northern Fleet, the Venezuelan strongman's state mouthpiece ViVe TV shot out a press release saying the 7.0 magnitude Haiti quake was caused by a U.S. test of an experimental shockwave system that can also create "weather anomalies to cause floods, droughts and hurricanes.",2933,583588,00.html

Jersey Shore Season Finale

Hopefully you've had enough of abs, boobs, tans and hair gel because MTV's Jersey Shore had their season finale and follow-up show last night. The show that made "The Situation", "GTL" and "Benny" popular had their usual potty mouths with bleeped out proclamations and all. At least these kids seemed more genuine than most "Real World" casts. I'm sure they'll be back next summer. GTL for now.

from E! Online

So even as Snooki disparaged the season's last withered hot dogs, The Situation, Pauly D and the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore spent the last moments in Seaside Heights reminiscing about the friendships, the hookups and the altercations…even if the memories sometimes got a little hazy.

But we'll never forget—even the stuff they can't really remember. (Hey, they can always order the uncensored DVD.)…

'The Walking Dead' is Coming to AMC

The excellent adult zombie comic-book will get a classy treatment on a regular TV series by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption) on cable's AMC. The serious and sometimes gory story of a cop who awakens to a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and must survive with his family and a band of other survivors. I highly recommend reading the trade paperbacks.


As we told you back in August, Robert Kirkman's acclaimed comic The Walking Dead had a chance of being adapted into a television series by none other than the incredible Frank Darabont (The Mist, Shawshank Redemption, etc, etc.), but negotiations were still underway. No longer, however- Variety is now reporting that AMC has greenlit the project!

Go Green Expo at LA Convention Center this Weekend

You've decided to stop letting the water run while shaving, stopped tossing empty beer cans in the wastebasket, and stopped clubbing baby seals. Now what do you do? Go to the Go Green Expo, an eco-friendly event with demonstrations, vendor booths, and a bunch of freebies.

from LA Times

Go Green Expo

The Go Green Expo is a behemoth of environmentally conscious events and presentations, the kind that would bring a smile to Al Gore's lips. Highlights include the Blue Planet Film Fest, presentations on sustainable investing, "eco-logical" homes, green jobs and free yoga. The Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., South Hall J, Los Angeles. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Weekend pass, $10.

Cosmo Centerfold and Video Vixen Wife get Elected

The political world is still buzzing after Republican Scott Brown was elected to Edward Kennedy's vacant seat in Massachusetts for the US Senate. The traditionally liberal state sent a message to Dems that the electorate is not pleased one bit with the way they've managed the country so far. What's shocking to me is A) Brown is a Republican, B) he posed nude in Cosmopolitan and C)his wife was a bikini-clad video chick back in the day. Not your usual conservative resume. Things certainly must be in a cluster when free-swingin' red-staters take over a liberal seat after 50 years.

More Proof that George Clooney is the Perfect Man

Look I'm thoroughly hetero but if a man can be admired and envied it would be George Clooney. He's a superstar actor, activist, philanthropist, filmaker, serial dater of models, humble and by all accounts a cool individual. Now he's donating $1 million dollars for Haiti relief. This is his second personal donation of the same amount.

from E Online

If Clooney's generosity is contagious, other stars will step up to the plate as well as the phone banks when they align for tomorrow night's Hope for Haiti telethon, which will not only air across most networks (including E!), but will also be streaming live at E! Online.

Conan Snags $45M to Leave NBC, Jay will Return to Tonight Show

What's the most shocking is that no one so far in managment has lost their job for this PR disaster. This played out so embarassingly public and portrayed the network, and to a lesser degree Jay Leno, as the villains in this power struggle over the Tonight Show. Look mistakes are made in television all the time. The Magic Hour, The Chevy Chase Show, and Joan Rivers (in all forms) are all missteps but no situation has been handled so poorly that it became fodder not only the competition on CBS and ABC but on it's very own network. It was compounded by the decision to give Leno  a nightly 10pm show that bombed so badly that affiliates were complaining that it failed to provide a sufficient lead-in to the local nightly newscasts. The local news stations were complaining! Then the network scrambles, or should I say bumbles their way to ushering Conan out to return Leno back in on the Tonight Show. Now it will cost the network $45 million to make Conan go away. That's one hell …

New Spidey Reboot Information

From Risky Business

Marc Webb has finalized a deal to helm the new “Spider-Man” movie for Columbia.

The studio last week scrapped the fourth installment of the web-slinging hero under director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire and decided to reboot and scale down the franchise.

While unlikely names such as James Cameron and David Fincher were floated (when was the last time those made a scaled-down movie?), Webb quietly rose to the top of the list of candidates.

Webb became a sought-after director with “(500) Days of Summer,” his comedic romancer for Fox Searchlight starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, earning him praise for the realistic way he portrayed a modern relationship.

Webb set up a series of projects since “Summer,” among them “Age of Rage” at Searchlight. It was his Fox projects that were major hurdles in the deal, as his next movie was expected to be for that company. Fox had to allow him to bow out of his commitment before a deal could be made with Columbia.


Whites-Only Basketball League to Begin Play

In the world of bad ideas this one takes the Grand (Wizard) Prize. Nevermind that the organization appears racist as in their press release states that only “natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.” But the idea that this will lead to more fundamental basketball without the occasional occurance of bad behavior or 'street ball' from 'people of color' in leagues like the NBA will have any chance of drawing any people outside the Klan. Women's basketball is suppose to showcase fundamental skills and look how popular that is. You take a league excluding non-whites and non-American-born citizens and what will have? A pick-up game of white supremacists?