No Hassle, Just Hoff

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It’s a good week for Hasselhoff fans. First, the International Federation of Competitive Eating, IFOCE, annouces that it will seek to determine the exact weight of the actor’s generously-sized head.

Then come’s Waxhoff.com, a website that allows you to simulate waxing the Hoff’s chest as he spews impassioned lines from his Knight Rider days.

Bonus: If you still can’t get enough of Germany’s hottest pop star, try making a Hasselhoff paper airplane

The Elfman in the Room

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Tonight at 9:30 on CBS, Jenna Elfman returns to network TV in Courting Alex. The much anticipated show, about a single lawyer balancing work with romance, is receiving rave reviews from the critics.

Check out the roundup of overwhelming praise:

"Unoriginal doesn’t … describe ‘Courting Alex’ " -The Seattle Post Intellegencer

"It … look like a winner." -The Courier Journal

"It has all the …elements of a show…" -The Chicago Tribune

‘"’Courting Alex’ doesn’t deserve contempt" -The Boston Globe

NBC Has to Pay for “Friends”

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From hollywoodnews.com: 

NBC has apparently struck a deal with the six stars of FRIENDS to lure them back to the small screen for four hour long specials. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry will all return for a whopping $5 million each!

Also, there might be another spin-off show starring Perry, Schwimmer, and LeBlanc called A Guy Thing. Dare we dream?

(Thanks to goldenfiddle.)

Another Reason to Love Porn

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Do you like streaming video and other fun stuff like that? According to MSNBC, you can thank porn:

Rob Enderle, a tech industry analyst, said that technology and pornography have an interdependent relationship that tech pundits don’t often acknowledge. "So much of the technology that we’re using now for less risque purposes had its origins in porn," said Enderle, who pointed to online "streaming video" as one major example of a technology that was driven by porn in its early days.

For example, while Hollywood is still struggling with how best to put its movies online, entire porn empires have been built by production companies selling streaming-video programs on the Internet. Naughty America, one such company, has been in the business for five years but only last year decided to make some of its programming available on DVD.

It’s such a shame to see Naughty America is selling out like this.

John Mellencamp Shoots and Scores

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Keep an eye out for the incredibly awesome new version of "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." that John Mellencamp has done for CBS’s coverage of March Madness. It’s called "R.O.C.K. in the NCAA" and, according to his website

the new adaptation includes references to contending teams in the song’s verses, coupled with the familiar rousing chorus. The spots were filmed at the historic Memory Hall gymnasium in Lebanon, IN, where some of the 1986 film Hoosiers was shot.

But when you have a resource like this, why stop  at only one song? What about "The Brad Daugherty Song"? "I Need a Point Guard (Who Won’t Drive Me Crazy)"? The "Hurts So Good" injury report? After all this is John Mellencamp, not the Pussycat Dolls.

The Most Loathsome People in America, 2005

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What do Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, Pat Robertson, George Bush, R. Kelly and Larry The Cable Guy have in common? No, they weren’t all partying together at the Playboy Mansion this weekend (… at least, I don’t think they were). Nope, they’re all on The Beast’s list of the 50 Most Loathsome People of 2005. Check out the entire thing here.

Noticeably absent? Star Jones, Tom Sizemore, and your ex-girlfriend. Check back next year.

This Day in Celebrity Conception

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On this day in 1946, the parents of Suzanne Somers celebrated John Hancock day by procreating. 
Notorious, starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, was in the theaters, but Mr. and Mrs. Somers
only had eyes for each other. It's nice to imagine their enjoying a martini or two, listening to
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" by Nat King Cole, then mastering each other's thighs
the old-fashioned way, creating the star of Three's Company and that other show with Bobby Ewing.  
Also conceived today: Oscar Wilde (1854), Angela Landsbury (1925), Tim Robbins (1958)