Bits and Pieces - November 14, 2011
November 14, 2011
Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie about late FBI head J. Edgar Hoover opened over the weekend. Of course, Hoover's story was sensationalized a bit for the movie. For example, his G-Men are now PG-13-Men.
MSNBC aired the documentary "MICHAEL JACKSON and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship" on Friday night. Among the highlights was Dr. Conrad Murray ripping his co-counsel Michael Flanagan for screwing up a key cross-examination and telling his own mother to shut up. While Dr. Murray wasn't paid for the documentary a security guard who drove him around said that producers gave him plenty of perks, such as expensive dinners and perhaps even the tailored suit Murray wore when he was convicted. Meanwhile, another book about Michael will be out this week. It's by Jackson's former personal assistant and manager Frank Cascio and among the claims is that Michael took Propofol as early as 1999.
Twilight's ASHLEY GREENE will guest star on three episodes of PAN AM. She'll play a debutante with a past connection to Ted starting with the December 4th episode.
- RADIOHEAD will be releasing their appearance on the BBC television program From the Basement as a DVD and Blu-Ray before the end of the year. The set will come packaged with a free download coupon and 32-page hardcover book through their website. The set will also go on sale in stores in January.
- Rapper JUELZ SANTANA was arrested last week in New Jersey on suspicion of making terrorist threats. Authorities aren't revealing much about the nature of the threats, but they say he was also booked for disorderly conduct.
- THE BAND PERRY has written and recorded its first-ever Christmas song. You can hear it on ABC Family channel's "25 Days of Christmas" special this Sunday After it airs it'll be available online at ABCFamily.com/25Days.
- Today: Author Diane Keaton ("Then Again"); actor Seth Meyers; chef Daisy Martinez; actor Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard
- Good Morning America: Author Bill Maher ("The New New Rules")
- Regis & Kelly: Jimmy Fallon; actor Don Rickles; tributes to Regis
- The View: Journalist Diane Sawyer; Dr. Travis Stork
- The Talk: Poppy Montgomery ("Unforgettable"); guest co-host Debi Mazar
- Ellen DeGeneres: Lauren Graham; Canadian TV anchormen Barry Deley and Squire Barnes; Josh Vietti performs
NBA Commissioner David Stern says the owners are done negotiating with the players and their last offer of a 50/50 revenue share is the best they'll get. The players' association will meet in New York this morning, which could lead to the end of the lockout or the end of the season.
On Friday, America celebrated Veterans Day. Among those not honoring our veterans was South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint. The Senate passed a measure giving employers tax breaks worth up to $9,600 for hiring veterans, despite DeMint being the only senator to vote against it. Senator DeMint said his reason for turning his back on veterans was because he felt it was a "trick" by the Obama administration and Democrats.
1981: Coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant tied Amos Alonzo Stagg's record for most football wins at 314
Britain's Prince Charles 63