Bits and Pieces - July 2, 2013
July 2, 2013
A record-breaking heat wave is gripping the southwest. It's so hot in California that Justin Bieber raced through his gated community in an ice cream truck.
Thousands of pages of documents have surfaced that allege that MICHAEL JACKSON spent some $35 million paying off parents and victims of his sexual abuse. The documents include private investigators' reports, phone transcripts and hours of audio tapes that were created by a former investigator who once worked for jailed Hollywood detective Anthony Pellicano. They describe how Jackson was caught in the act on at least three separate occasions by his household staff. The files name 17 boys, including five child actors and two dancers, whom Jackson allegedly abused. Yes, recent accuser Wade Robson is among those. It also mentions how Marlon Brando would visit Neverland Ranch and complain that Jackson would "disappear with the children" and never spend time with the adults. A former staff member also said Jackson would watch porn films with young boys in his private bedroom behind a secret wall. Ironically, the files were commissioned by Jackson himself, who had hired Pellicano to stop any potential leaks. In a 2011 jailhouse interview, Pellicano said he dropped Jackson as a client because he "did something far worse" than molesting boys.
HAPPY ENDINGS apparently won't have one. The show is now officially canceled. ABC gave it the ax back in May, but producers shopped it around hoping to find a new network. However, it was no go and now the show is officially toast.
- There's a new AEROSMITH documentary on the way called "Rock For the Rising Sun." It follows the band as they toured Japan in the fall of 2011 following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. The DVD comes out on July 23rd and features live performances as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the tour and bonus material. (See a clip here)
- A judge has ordered MEEK MILL to attend etiquette classes and notify his probation officer before he takes any trips outside the state. Mr. Mill is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction and, following some tweets, his fans made threats to his probation officer. The judge said he needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media.
- TAYLOR SWIFT will have some extra guests at her upcoming concert in Kansas. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church are planning to protest her show because of her love life. In a series of tweets they said, "Westboro to picket the whorish face of America: Taylor Swift...(Swift) works her 'girl next door' country-singer shtick, while hopping from one young man to the next and strutting across the world stage like a proud whore...Taylor Swift in three words: lascivious, foolish, proud, dirty, pirate hooker!" Although, it seems their word count is a bit off.
- Jay Leno: Adam Sandler; coach Phil Jackson; Family of the Year performs
- David Letterman: Harry Connick Jr.; comic Dylan Moran
- Jimmy Kimmel: Johnny Depp; actress Rebecca Romijn; chef Steve Martorano
- Conan: Adam Sandler; Molly Shannon; Nate Bargatze
- Jimmy Fallon: Seth Rogen; actor Jeffrey Tambor; The Lumineers perform
- Craig Ferguson: Actor Max Greenfield; actress Debbie Reynolds
- Carson Daly: Chef Ludo Lefebvre; photographer Ian Ruhter; Superhumanoids
The Los Angeles Dodgers say Josh Beckett will undergo an operation to help him regain feeling in his pitching hand will miss the rest of the season. Beckett will also have his top rib removed to relieve pressure from a compressed nerve. Beckett is expected to be ready for spring training next season.
Americans can sleep well knowing that CIA Director John Brennan is taking steps to prevent any future leaks that could compromise the nation's security. In a memo to the CIA workforce, Brennan outlined his "Honor the Oath" campaign, which is intended to reinforce the CIA's corporate culture of secrecy. And how do we know about the memo? Someone leaked it to the press.
1985: Cable channel Nick at Nite premiered
actor Jamie Farr (MASH, Cannonball Run, Scrooged) 79