Bits and Pieces - September 23, 2011
September 23, 2011
Today is the first day of fall. You can tell fall is in the air because the leaves are turning colors and X Factor contestants' pants are falling.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON wants everyone to know that she and KIERAN CULKIN aren't dating or hooking up despite being photographed strolling arm-in-arm in Paris and New York. A source told Us Weekly that the two are simply friends from high school. As for JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, this source says that, like his movie, they're occasional friends with benefits. The source apparently didn't have any information on Scarlett's status with her "He's Just Not That Into You" co-star BRADLEY COOPER.
The big "X FACTOR" premiere wasn't so big. SIMON COWELL'S new show brought in just over half the ratings "American Idol" got during its premiere in January. Of course, X Factor had some stiff competition from Modern Family, which was fresh off its big wins at the Emmy Awards.
- Next week will be PINK FLOYD week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Shins, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, MGMT and Dierks Bentley will each drop by to perform classic tracks from Pink Floyd. On Monday, drummer Nick Mason will chat with Fallon and on Tuesday Roger Waters will join Foo Fighters to perform "In the Flesh."
- Adding insult to injury, SEAN KINGSTON has been fined $180 for careless operation of the jet-ski that he crashed into a bridge in May. Investigators say the crash was likely caused when Kingston released the jet-ski's throttle and turned the steering wheel at the same time. They also noted the collision was so severe that it left a dent in the cement bridge he crashed into.
- TRACY LAWRENCE was presented with an honorary associate of arts degree with a concentration in music last week from Texarkana College. The Tracy Lawrence Foundation has endowed several scholarships to area schools over the past 15 years, including Texarkana College.
- ABC: Modern Family and Revenge reruns and a new 20/20
- CBS: The new paranormal medical drama A Gifted Man, plus the CSI: NY and Blue Bloods season premieres
- Fox: Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe season premieres
- NBC: Up All Night and Whitney repeats, plus a new Dateline
- CW: Nikita and Supernatural season premieres
- ESPN: College football with Central Florida at BYU
It's reported that due to the labor impasse, the NBA will cancel training camps and some exhibition games today. Training camps were due to start October 3rd with the exhibition openers starting October 9th.
There's nothing like coming home to the aroma of sizzling bacon on the stove. Unless, of course, you live alone and the person that's frying the bacon is a burglar. That's what happened to Kenya Ealy in the St. Louis suburb of University City. She came home to find 36-year-old Damon Petty cooking breakfast. Petty tried to keep Kenya out of her home by trying to hold the front door shut, but she and a friend managed to tackle and subdue him and call police, who made the bust.
1911: The first air mail flight was made from Long Island to Mineola, New York
actor Mickey Rooney (Boy's Town, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Tropic Thunder) 91