Bits and Pieces - April 8, 2014
April 8, 2014
Former President George W. Bush has a new exhibit at his presidential library displaying his artwork. Bush's paintings are pretty impressive. You can hardly see where he painted over the numbers.
It turns out that JAMES FRANCO wasn't promoting his new movie and really was hitting on a 17-year-old girl online! Last week, an exchange between Franco and a girl from Scotland he met at an autograph session in New York went public and some speculated it may have been a gimmick to promote a movie in which he plays a soccer coach that has an intimate relationship with a student. Franco appeared on Live with Kelly and Michael on Friday and said he was embarrassed and that he used bad judgment and learned his lesson adding, "Unfortunately in my position...I have a very good life...but not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, [but] sometimes if I do that, it gets published for the world, so now it's like doubly embarrassing." To his credit, he did ask the girl if she was 18, and 17 is the age of consent in New York. However, the girl's 84-year-old grandmother said, "I think he ought to get a slap on the wrist and I know my son, Lucy's dad, wouldn't be afraid to give it to him. It shows how little these famous actors know about normal people and how to behave. They're out of touch with reality." (See Franco explain here)
Speculation has already begun as to who might replace DAVID LETTERMAN next year. Among the names being mentioned are Comedy Central favorites Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and John Oliver. Craig Ferguson is also being mentioned, although word has it that he'll be passed over. Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Handler and Arsenio Hall have also been mentioned, but are also unlikely.
- People who attended KINGS OF LEON'S March 28th concert at Seattle's Key Arena are being advised to keep a close watch on their health in the coming days because a woman went to the concert after becoming contagious with measles. Concert goers should see a doctor if they develop a fever or rash.
A survey of more than 1,500 doctors and nearly 3,000 consumers found that 69 percent of doctors said medical marijuana can help with certain conditions and treatments. However, only 52 percent of consumers agreed. Among doctors, 67 percent said they believed medical marijuana should be a treatment option for patients and half of those doctors in states where medical marijuana isn't legal said it should be legalized. Meanwhile, support for legalization of marijuana for recreational use was lower among both doctors (53%) and consumers (51%).
Kelly Xu has become the first female champion ever crowned at Augusta National Golf Club. Kelly won the Girls 9-and-under division in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National yesterday.
Televangelist Pat Robertson went on another one of his wacky missives last week, warning that credit cards and financial transactions controlled "by computer" were signs of the end times. While Pat said he didn't want to scare people, he insisted that "We're going into some strange world," where paying cash is an annoyance and they want everything on your credit cards and they want it all by computer and by giving into this modern method of payment Satan will have won. Despite Pat's warning, he does invite his viewers to donate via credit cards. (See here)
1998: George Michael was arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills for lewd conduct.
actor James Garner (8 Simple Rules, Rockford Files, Maverick) 86