Bits and Pieces - August 8, 2011
August 8, 2011
The new Planet of the Apes movie opened over the weekend and it showed the origin of the talking apes. I don't want to give the plot away, but it does involve cross-breeding and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The first new episode of "TWO AND A HALF MEN" taped over the weekend and despite the studio audience being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements, the details have leaked. As was widely reported, Charlie Harper did die and the show opens with his funeral. It turns out that Charlie married his neighbor/stalker Rose, but she caught him in the shower with another woman and when they were later waiting for a Paris subway, Charlie 'accidentally' slipped and the train blew him apart in what she called a "meat explosion." John Stamos, who was once rumored to take over for Charlie, does appear at the funeral and gives a eulogy in which he mentions the time they had a threesome with a woman. As for Sheen, he told TMZ: "I will be watching my fake funeral, attended by my fake ex-girlfriends, from my very, very real movie theater, with my very real hotties in tow."
ABC has announced that this coming season will be the last for "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES." Creator Marc Cherry says his cast members were saddened, but not totally surprised when they found out. Cherry says he wants the show to go out in the classiest way possible and added that the final season will go back to the mystery that opened the show - the death of Mary Alice Young.
- Word is a biopic about AMY WINEHOUSE is already in the works and according to the National Enquirer's Mike Walker it'll star LADY GAGA. A source notes that Lady Gaga was an up-and-coming actress before her singing career took off and Lady G not only worshipped Winehouse, she "can talk, sing and move just like her - it's uncanny."
- LAURYN HILL is being sued by ex-band member Jay Gore, who claims that she verbally abused him. He says that during her 2007 European tour Lauryn would order the crew to attend post-concert meetings where she would engage in a person-by-person critique and berating. Gore feels $20,000 would make it right.
- TOBY KEITH has launched the official website for his new Wild Shot Mezcal tequila. Fans can send in photos with a bottle of Wild Shot and perhaps the results of drinking it. Check it out at WildShot.com.
- Today: Reality-TV star Kate Gosselin; actress Nicolette Sheridan
- Good Morning America: TBA
- Regis & Kelly: Kristin Chenoweth; Anna Lynne McCord; Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
- The View: Angie Harmon; TV Judge Jeanine Pirro; TV host Ryan Smith; legal analyst Sunny Hostin
- The Talk: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard; actor Nelsan Ellis
- Ellen DeGeneres: Matt Damon; science teacher Steve Spangler
Afghanistan insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter on Saturday, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden, although none on board the chopper were part of that raid. It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the war.
Adam Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational for his first World Golf Championship victory. However, most fans were cheering for his current and Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams. As for Tiger, he faded and finished in a tie for 37th.
For most of us, going into the kitchen and nuking something involves putting frozen food in the microwave. However, for Sweden's Richard Handl, nuking something in the kitchen involved an attempt to build a nuclear reactor. Richard had the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment and was able to create a small meltdown on his stove. At some point Richard began to wonder if his activities were legal, so he contacted Sweden's Radiation Authority. They responded by sending the police to arrest him. Richard could face fines or prison time, but says he just wanted to "see if it's possible to split atoms at home."
1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph - the first office copier.
actor Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Tootsie, Meet The Fockers) 74