Bits and Pieces - October 14, 2011
October 14, 2011
Winnie-the-Pooh is 85 years old today. You can tell Winnie is getting old because yesterday he was found with a jar of Lipitor stuck on his nose.
HILLARY SWANK is apologizing for attending the 35th birthday party of Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov, who's accused of human rights violations. Swank issued a statement saying, "I deeply regret attending this event. If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone." That all sounds remorseful, but just days before the event, the Human Rights Watch appealed to Swank, explaining just what this guy was all about and she told them she wouldn't go. Not only did she go and pick up her six-figure check, she was all smiles on stage when she wished Kadyrov a happy birthday. When someone on stage asked how she knew it was his birthday, she replied, "I read ... I do my research." (See and hear here about 1:50 in) Swank now says she'll donate her fee to charity.
There's good news for fans of the TV shows REVENGE and SUBURGATORY as ABC has picked them up for the full season.
- DISTURBED will release a 16-track set of B-sides and rarities called "The Lost Children" on November 8th. The downside for Disturbed fans is that this could be it for awhile as the band is on indefinite hiatus.
- BIG BOI has cut a deal with Florida prosecutors after he was busted for drugs while getting off a cruise ship in August. Under the deal Big Boi will have to do three months of drug testing, community service and make $2,000 in donations to charities.
- JASON ALDEAN and THE ZAC BROWN BAND are the leading nominees for the American Country Awards, with eight nominations apiece. THOMPSON SQUARE is next with seven nominations, while THE BAND PERRY and TAYLOR SWIFT each have six. Fans can vote on the awards at the ACA website at TheACAs.com once a day until November 11th.
- ABC: Last Man Standing, Modern Family, and Suburgatory reruns and a new 20/20
- CBS: A Gifted Man, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods are new
- Fox: Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe are new
- NBC: The Office and Parks and Recreation repeats, plus a new Dateline
- CW: Nikita and Supernatural are new
- ESPN: College football with Hawaii at San Jose State
- ESPN2: NASCAR Nationwide Series: Dollar General 300 From Charlotte
- TBS: Baseball playoffs with the Brewers at Cardinals
NBA Commissioner David Stern now says his "gut" tells him there will be no NBA basketball on Christmas without a labor agreement by Tuesday. That's the day owners and players are scheduled to meet with a federal mediator.
Anamicka Dave had just moved to Roswell, New Mexico. Being new in town and not having a connection to score some weed, Anamicka posted an ad on Craigslist seeking Mary Jane. Fortunately for Anamicka, her ad was answered by someone who was willing to help and the arrangements were made. Unfortunately for Anamicka, that someone was an undercover police officer and those arrangements turned out to be fingerprints and mug shots.
1961: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying premiered on Broadway
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