Tyra Overcomes Fear of Dolphins

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On Tyra yesterday, she went all Fear Factor on us. She made people face their fears (pennies, birds) by offering them big prizes (watch, trip), but the highlight was watching Tyra crying when confronted with…a dolphin. But she conquered her fear for the sake of her viewers. Thanks, Tyra!

Why Not “Coal Miner’s Daughter”?

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I was feeling a little down after finishing a biography of Edmund Wilson, so I dug out my old obscure country records to cheer myself up. One of the records I heard was Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” As I got wrapped up in the story, I realized, “This would make a great movie!” They make movies based on TV shows, so why not a song? I even thought of who could play Lynn: Sissy Spacek. Obviously she can act, but she’s also made a country album. Plus, she looks a lot like Lynn (see picture above). Seems like a no-brainer to me.

CORN FLAKES: Your Essential Inessentials

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  • Rocker Pete Doherty has been sentenced to one year of community service for possession of drugs. But don’t worry; he believes that if he gets high enough it’ll only feel like a couple of weeks.
  • Paris Hilton has been issued a restraining order to stay away from a 37-year-old event planner. Now if only somebody could issue her a restraining order to stay away from cameras.
  • Angelina Jolie has supposedly asked a past lesbian lover to be the godmother of her children. If there’s only one story this  year that bridges the gap between the old scary/sexy Angelina and the new motherly/humanitarian Angelina, it’s this one.
  • President Bush wants the cartoon violence to end. Hagar The Horrible responds, "No dice."
  • Simon Cowell says he’d sleep with Paula Abdul to "relieve the tension." In other news, Simon Cowell is horrible at foreplay.
  • The Rolling Stones are pissed that they were censored at the Super Bowl. Seattle fans eagerly try to find a way to blame that on the referees as well.

Chicken Revived by CPR

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According to CNN, a chicken was revived by mouth to beak resuscitation after being found floating face-down in a pond. Marian Morris said she hadn’t had any practice with CPR in years, but she was interested to see if she "still had it."

According to the chicken, she never lost it.

Ludacris on “SVU”; Plus, Cracking the “L&O” Code

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According to the New York Daily News, Ludacris is joining the Dick Wolf empire:

Chris (Ludacris) Bridges is the latest familiar face set to pass through "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." The hip-hop artist will appear in an upcoming episode of Dick Wolf’s popular NBC series playing Detective Fin’s (Ice-T) nephew.  "I have been a fan of Dick Wolf’s ‘Law & Order’ for a long time," said Bridges in a statement. "When I was approached to work on ‘SVU’ and read the script, there was no way that I could turn down this amazing opportunity. The character was so rich and the story line so complex that I knew it was something I had to do."

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SIZZLER(ISH): Bill Nye the Science Guy Gets Married

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From the AP:

Bill Nye is no longer the Single Guy. Nye, who hosted the
educational PBS series "Bill Nye, the Science Guy" during its nine-year
run, married his fiance Blair Tindall last Friday, it was announced
Tuesday.

The
50-year-old, bow-tied Nye and Tindall, author of "Mozart in the Jungle"
and a former concert oboist, exchanged vows at a conference where Nye
spoke.

They were married by the Rev. Rick Warren, pastor and author of "The
Purpose-Driven Life." Cellist Yo Yo Ma, accompanied by MIT Media Lab
Professor Michael Hawley on the piano, performed a wedding march.

Is anyone else thinking of the pool scene in Real Genius?