Lip-Synching Accusation Will Ruin Your Holiday

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JLO.JPGThe online detectives at Oh No They Didn’t have come across an interesting/career-killing blind item on a blog written by an anonymous entertainment lawyer. The gist of it is that a woman who made a living as a back-up singer was asked to record some demo songs… only to hear her voice on the radio a number of months later being passed off as a famous female singer’s. This woman would end up becoming the voice behind the name, even recording special “live” tracks for the singer’s tour. Very few hints are given as to who the singer could be, but there are some clues: The singer rose to popularity around 2000, and her second album did even better than her first — which was also a success.

The comments have speculated on a few singers — Jennifer Lopez being one. At first, we thought this made perfect sense, but what are the odds that this back-up singer has the same affected Latina accent as JLo? Unless the entire thing is made up? Any other ideas as to who it could be?

BWE SHORTS: Good Cop/Good Cop

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To pass the time before you’re sitting at your Turkey Day table, shoving bird down your gullet, here’s an amusing little short from Pete & Brian, who you might recognize from their work with us on Best Night Ever, about two cops who transcend all stereotypes. Enjoy!

Cristoph Was Not Nearly As Niiiiiice

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It’s fun when you stumble upon earlier versions of your favorite characters. Like when you see old pictures of Mickey Mouse before he became Mickey Mouse. Or old videos of Robin Williams before he became terrible. Stuff like that. Well, Popoholic found this old clip of Borat from before he was Borat. Meet Cristoph, the Albanian predecessor to everybody’s favorite Kazakh reporter.

Despite the fact that this is 8 years old, I bet somebody from Albania still decides to sue him.

ICYMI: This Hand-Covering-The-Mouth Controversy Getting Slightly Annoying

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You know it’s a slow news week when 1. Someone covering someone else’s mouth is a top story; 2. Kelly Ripa is in the news; 3. Said controversy is used as a platform to confront germ/homophobia. Well, Aiken’s much-hyped appearance on Regis & Kelly last week has now reached the heights of self-parody, as evidenced on last night’s American Music Awards. Check out this clip of Clay Aiken and a pregnant Tori Spelling introducing the next act… If only to see Spelling pulling a Heidi Klum in the “looking better pregnant” department.

The Battle Of Who Could Care Less, Fool More

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benfolds2.jpgAt a recent New York City gig, pianoman Ben Folds decided to take a break from singing about abortions long enough to punk a few thousand fans. Suck on that, ticket-buying public!

With the help of Improv Everywhere, Folds fooled a sold out Hammerstein Ballroom into thinking that he and his band had been caught lip syncing. But rather than dance off stage a la Ashlee Simpson, they came up with a much better way to get out of trouble. You know what, I’m not doing this justice. Read about the whole thing here.

Link via Stereogum

While You Were Prepping Your Thanksgiving Dinner Arguments

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…OF THE DAY

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  • PERSON OF THE YEAR: Time Magazine is only weeks away from naming its coveted “Person Of The Year”, and so far, it’s shaping up to be “You.” No, seriously: YOU. So wipe the Velveeta off your face and put on your “clean” sweats… you’ve got a cover shoot to prepare for! (WWD Online)
  • CATFIGHT: Justin Timberlake rags on an anonymous source in his latest tune, and some skeptics are claiming the song is slamming Janet Jackson. The song goes something like “Hey tinynose/ Hey nippleface/ Flashin yo t*tty/ Yo big ol’ breast right in my faaace…” (MSNBC’s The Scoop)
  • TRANSEXUAL CHOCOLATE: Eddie Murphy claims that acting eased the pain of his divorce… well, that, and the warmth of a gigantic “woman” hand paid to stroke his shoulders in the back of a pick-up. (People Magazine)
  • ROSACEA STONE: All jokes aside, WTF is wrong with Carrot Top‘s face? He’s starting to look like a Richard Simmons… but gay. (Cityrag)
  • NERD SUICIDE WATCH: The newly-svelte Peter Jackson is waywayway too busy doing ab crunches to worry about making The Hobbit into a movie. In a related story, Elijah Wood‘s sex life is quoted as saying it’s “never been happier.” (E! Online)

The Night David Blaine Stole Christmas

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david blaine1.jpgAfter failing to break the world record for holding his breath underwater on live television with his last stunt, David Blaine has decided to up the stakes. For his next “magic trick,” Blaine will be strapped to a gyroscope in Times Square and has 16 hours to escape. But this time, if he fails he won’t just disappoint his fans… he’ll disappoint those less fortunate too. From The Daily News:

The magician traveled to Times Square on Tuesday for a topsy-turvy Thanksgiving escape, stepping inside a gyroscope where his hands and feet will eventually be shackled. Blaine has until Friday morning to shed his shackles in the spinning scope; if he does, 100 children selected by The Salvation Army will go on a shopping spree.

Now, forget about whether or not David Blaine is going to fail on a grand scale and disappoint one hundred underprivileged kids… I’m more impressed that the guy figured out a way to get out of Thanksgiving dinner with the family. “Sorry guys, I’d love to make it… but I’m gonna be strapped in a gyroscope above Times Squre. For charity. Tell Uncle Jerry I said hi.”

Nice job Blaine! You finally impressed us.