Unwelcome to the Jungle



Is Upton Sinclair the new James Frey? CNN has the story:

He was a man for whom the term muckraker was coined, a crusading journalist and novelist who never hesitated to expose scandal at the highest levels of government and business. But now the integrity of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Upton Sinclair is being questioned 38 years after his death because of the discovery of a letter he wrote in 1929. Quotes from the letter in recent news reports make it seem that the man who exposed the horrors of the meat-packing industry in the 1906 book "The Jungle" covered up a confession from a defense lawyer that famous anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were guilty of the murders for which they were executed. Many people thought the two were innocent and prosecuted for political reasons.

If this turns out to be true, we’re going to have to take back Sinclair’s Best Year Ever (1906) Award.

The BWE Poll of the Day



Question: Who would you like to see get the Oprah beat-down next?

(Please give your answer in the comments section.)

Sizzler: Lindsay Lohan Gets Asthma Tattoo



According to Entertainmentwise.com: Pop tart Lindsay Lohan has had the word ‘Breathe’ tattooed on to her wrist. " The new tattoo is reportedly a reminder of her recent asthma attack. "It’s about the asthma attack, but also a reminder to just slow down and enjoy life," says a friend.

Other possible things the tattoo could remind her of :

Faith Hill’s chart-topping country single "Breathe"

Michelle Branch’s chart-topping pop single "Breathe"

Fabolous’ chart-topping hip-hop single, "Breathe"

Marie Burnett’s chart-topping Christian single "Breathe"

Breathe Right Nasal Strips

Breathe: The Pink Floyd Cover Band

Bath and Body Work’s "Breathe: Honey and Soy Foaming Bath Milk"

This Day Last Year



This day last year, January 27th, 2005

Paris Hilton decided that her chihuahua just didn’t do it for her anymore, so the hotel heiress adopted a rottweiler. Meanwhile, a still-imprisoned Martha Stewart started taking line-dancing lessons and Star Jones had all of her shameless plugs edited out of InStyle’s Celebrity Weddings special on ABC. Also, on January 27, 2005 Tara Reid told the NY Post "I’m a very smart girl. People don’t realize that." One year later, thanks to Taradise and a bunch of other poor decisions, sadly people still don’t realize that.

Curly Sumo



From Variety:

Fox has tapped Wedding Crashers scribes Steve Faber and Bob Fisher to pen a comedy about a skinny American competing as a sumo wrestler. Project is being developed as a starring vehicle for Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), with Jimmy Miller producing at Mosaic Media Group. Story’s based on a Joshua Davis’ GQ report (Supersize Me: The Hard-Won Wisdom of a 134-Pound Sumo Warrior) about becoming the lightest man ever to compete at the U.S. Sumo Open two years ago. Davis included that episode along with excursions into bullfighting, arm wrestling, backward running and sauna in his book "The Underdog: How I Survived the World’s Most Outlandish Competitions."

Sounds good. After all, if Jack Black can play a Mexican wrestler, why shouldn’t Jon Heder play a Sumo wrestler?

Rock Star Games Takes One For The Team



The city attorney’s office has sued the makers of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" for allegedly hiding pornographic material inside the video game, according to CNN.com. The industry board that rates video games gave it a mature rating but would have given it an adults-only rating if it knew of the explicit content," Said LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.

Eternal Confusion of the Comic’s Mind



Check out the new trailer for Michel Gondry’s forthcoming documentary chronicling Dave Chappelle’s Block Party last year in Brooklyn.  Early reports are suggesting that the film starts strong, but then falls apart after Dave inexplicably leaves the party just as it’s getting good.