Quick Hit Friday . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Friday, January 29, 2010 16 comments

“Chicken Shit!” – Brad Pitt, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”
“Pussy!” – Angelina Jolie, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”

I have a feeling that Pitt and Jolie’s fights at home probably involve dialogue just like this, however, that’s purely speculation. Anyway, I plan on cursing only in celebration this weekend since it’s my birthday today and I plan to acknowledge that fact through downtown drinks, steak dinners and presents from now until Sunday.

So, before I leave the office by noon today, let’s look at the hard stories of the week such as:

Representatives for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie refuted claims this week that couple was splitting up.

It was reported in several places that the couple, in anticipation of a split, has drawn up papers that would settle custody of their kids and divide their fortune. Reps for the couple, however, stated that Jolie and Pitt are “just fine” they were “just busy lately.”

Their reps did say, however, that if the couple does split up that they planned to divide custody of the children by region of origin with Jolie taking the Eastern hemisphere and Pitt the West.

Gary Coleman was arrested in Utah this week on a domestic-violence warrant, sources said.

Cops in Santaquin, outside Salt Lake City, would not comment on the arrest, but Utah County jail records indicate that Coleman, 41, was being held in lieu of $1,725 bail for the 2009 warrant.

The domestic violence charges against Coleman stuck when police allegedly saw the bruises on the shins of his wife, a bruise pattern that correlated to his reach.

Comedian Andy Dick was arrested for two counts of felony sexual abuse this week for unwanted groping at a comedy club in West Virginia.

"Based upon statements of two victims and independent witness accounts alleging that he had engaged in unwanted and uninvited groping of the two victims' genital areas, Andrew R. Dick (AKA Andy Dick) of South Pasadena, Calif., was arrested and charged with two counts of Sex Abuse in the First Degree," read a statement from the Huntington Police Department.

The attack allegedly happened after Dick appeared at the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant in Huntington, West Virginia.

The cops said Dick was heard groping and slurring “I’ll find your funny bone you sexy beast” before he was arrested.

Kiefer Sutherland revealed this week that he lost $869,000 in an alleged cattle-investment operation scheme that went awry, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office.

Through a financial advisor, Sutherland became involved with suspect Michael Wayne Carr. Carr allegedly promised to buy cattle in Mexico and resell them in the U.S. for a profit. The buy money was transferred, however, there is no evidence that any cattle buying or selling took place, prosecutors say. Carr is expected to be arraigned Feb. 8th on 12 felony charges.

Meanwhile, Sutherland is wondering around in a daze and asking anyone he passes “Where’s the Beef?” (Nice modern reference, eh?)

Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller checked into a North Carolina "wellness program" after her release from intensive care following wisdom tooth surgery, according to People magazine.

Her lawyer, Yale Galanter, confirmed that she's in a "facility where she can rest, rest, rest" and get "competent medical care for her mind and body." He said that despite her history of drug abuse that she is not being treated for addiction. "Brooke did not enter a drug rehab program," Galanter tells PEOPLE. "She has been drug free for six months. Since Christmas day, she has been assaulted by her husband, almost lost her life, and developed pneumonia.”

He continued with: “And that’s a crazy bunch of drama that could drive anyone to take drugs, but she’s not there for drugs. I promise.”

As always, let’s end with a gold image or two:

What these images have in common was big, beautiful birthday smiles . . . anything else is purely coincidental. So, show off your pearly whites today, flash your grin or other parts f your body as you see fit and . . . Happy Friday!


{R.I.P. Howard Zinn & J.D. Salinger}

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Centaurs & Motivation . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Tuesday, January 26, 2010 15 comments

An old co-worker sent me an email this week with a motivational picture attached.

I had completely forgotten that I wrote the above statement. It happened about two years ago when our boss decided to start posting “inspirational/motivational” messages on the cork board outside his office. I have no idea why this practice began, but I’ve always found the decision to rally people’s work ethic through pithy ramblings to be a losing proposition since I generally feel that anyone who would actually be inspired by such words would also be a person who I never would have hired in the first place .

But that’s just me.

Anyway, one day we all started to find posted messages about teamwork, never giving up, leaving it all on the field, insert your cliché here posted on the board. About two weeks into the project, I began to post my own messages like the centaur line to combat the propoganda. This was relatively easy since I generally arrive at the office before most people get there, and so I remained anonymous throughout several weeks of postings, even speaking to my boss about my suspicions that other departments might be coming over to sabotage his work.

In the end, he took the board down, and that was worth the effort. But obviously my logic struck upon some glaring universal truths because it caused a co-worker to take and store a picture from a message posted in 2008.


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Quick Hit Friday . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Friday, January 22, 2010 21 comments

“I'm just tryin' to keep everything in balance, Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it's my obligation to do less.” – Robert Duvall, ‘Lonesome Dove’

‘Dove’ is quite possibly the best TV mini-series ever made, although to be fair, I don’t watch that many of them. But is still somewhat amazing how well they pulled it off, even with a truly stellar novel as the source material.

Anyway, I plan to echo Duvall and do less work today to balance the scales. But before I hit the road by 3 p.m., let’s look at the hard stories of the week such as:

A judge in Colorado has postponed a hearing this week in the domestic violence case involving Charlie Sheen and his wife, Brooke Mueller.

The restraining order previously issued was also modified Wednesday so that Sheen could visit his wife in a Los Angeles hospital, where she was admitted with a high fever and an infection following oral surgery to remove her wisdom teeth.

Funny, I assumed Mueller had her wisdom teeth removed long ago since a distinct lack of wisdom would have explained why she married Sheen in the first place.

Kim Kardashian denied reports that surfaced this week in the New York Post that she made a deal with boyfriend Reggie Bush: If the Saints win the Super Bowl, then he’ll ask her to marry him.

"This is not true," Kardashian wrote Tuesday on her blog. "I never made any kind of bet.”

Bush later rescinded his statement that he would stop Fumbling around and marry Kardashian if she was Tight End rather than a Wide Receiver. Ouch.

John Mayer appeared on the cover of the current Rolling Stone magazine this week, and admitted that his breakup with Jennifer Aniston was a mistake.

"I've never really gotten over it," Mayer said in the interview. "It was one of the worst times of my life."

More specifically, Mayer has never really gotten over all the media attention that he received when he was actually dating Anniston instead of merely talking about her.

Tiger Woods is allegedly being treated for sex addiction at a facility in Mississippi, according to a journalist and author of a book on the affliction.

Benoit Denizet-Lewis, a recovering sex addict, said a source with knowledge of the golfer's treatment has confirmed Woods is at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services.

Woods is apparently at that particular clinic because there’s no one in the entire state of Mississippi that he wants to sleep with.

{Editor’s Note: I have never personally been to Mississippi, so the above statement was hyperbolic and meant for humorous effect as I’m sure there are many people I would sleep with inside the state if circumstances, personal morality and other things weren’t in the way.}

NBC reached a $45 million deal with Conan O’Brien for his exit from the “Tonight Show” Thursday, a move that will allow Jay Leno to return to the late-night program he hosted for 17 years.

The deal will pay O’Brien more than $33 million, NBC said. The rest will go to his staff in severance, the network said in an announcement on the TODAY show.

I wish someone would pay me $33 million to leave my job because I’d be gone tomorrow without a word of complaint.

Heidi Montag's debut album sold less than 1,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, an extremely low figure that could affect Montag’s finances since she put some of her own money into the disc.

She told EW, "I put every dollar I have into this. I've spent over $1 million, almost $2 million, on this album. It's cost as much or more than a Britney Spears album because I wanted it to be that quality... The songs will make an impact in pop history."

The chasm between actual reality and Montag’s plastic-coated reality seems to be growing wider with each passing day, and soon enough, I fear the Earth will swallow her whole and she will never be heard from again. Hopefully.

Amy Winehouse plead guilty this week to drunkenly assaulting a theater manager at a family Christmas show this past December.

In court, it was revealed that Winehouse had five vodka and Coke drinks before going to the show that starred Mickey Rooney, and became loud during the performance. During the show, she left the auditorium and went to the bar to ask manager Richard Pound for another drink. He suggested she have a glass of water instead and then asked her to leave.

He said Winehouse "with no premeditation, grabbed his hair and pulled." Winehouse was ordered to pay the manager about $300 and the equivalent of two years of probation.

She was also ordered to change her name to Amy VodkaCokehouse to more accurately reflect her beverage choices.

As always, let’s end with a gold image or two:

The weather is a perfect 75 degrees and sunny today, and I feel like shedding some clothes and hitting the sheets. So, wear your clothes however you see fit, don't feel bad about lounging around and . . . Happy Friday!


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Thoughts on 'Sherlock Holmes' . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Tuesday, January 19, 2010 14 comments

Worth Full-Price, Matinee or Rental: Matinee. ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is frivolous fun, and despite clocking in at more than two hours, this one is perfect for a low-pressure matinee price.

Will I Own It On DVD: No. I would watch it one more time, but that’s not enough to justify a purchase.

Overrall Grade: Movie: B-

1) ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is very much an updated version of the famous super sleuth. This new spin maintains Holmes’ powers of detection, but also casts the well-known figure as a backstreet brawler, a man who likes to use his mind to inflict punishment with his fists. I wasn’t entirely excited about this addition to the character as my favorite parts of the new film showcased his powers of mental deduction, however, the fisticuffs didn’t detract from the overall product either.

2) The actual plot of the film centers around black magic, the occult and vaguely on Manifest Destiny or something like that. It’s really not that important, but instead, merely serves as a vessel to allow Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as his best friend and ally, Dr. Watson, to run around London while trying to foil the nefarious plans of Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong).

3) Downey Jr. and Law display a really fine chemistry that is by far the best attribute of the film. Without their dynamic and frequently amusing interaction, the movies would have suffered greatly. Instead, these actors play off one another with excellent precision, and the casting director made a stellar choice in pairing them together.

4) The rest of the cast doesn't fare quite as well. Strong makes a servicable villian, however, Rachel McAdams is painfully bad in several scenes as Holmes' former lover and a mysterious woman of action. She appears to be acting in an entirely different movie on occasion, and never settles comfortably into her role.

5) 'Sherlock Holmes' is an entertaining update of the classic character that is also unmistakably a Guy Ritchie ('Snatch') film. Ritchie never met a project that he wouldn't try to stuff with slow-motion brawling body shots and quivering muscles and he brings that to bear in this one as well. But while the explosions and fighting keep the pace moving along, it is the bantering between Downey Jr. and Law that makes it worth paying for a ticket.


Quick Hit Friday . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Friday, January 15, 2010 17 comments

“I drink your milkshake!” – Daniel Day-Lewis, ‘There Will Be Blood’

‘Blood’ was a good movie that I really never care to see again because it wasn’t particularly enjoyable to sit through since there were no characters to root for, which is always difficult proposition for me.

Regardless, I probably won’t be drinking milkshakes today as I’ve got someone coming over to fix my upstairs heater, plan to do some work, have another phone interview for a potential new gig, and then later, plan to meet my brother for a few beers downtown before attending a CD release concert at Antone’s, a famous blues joint in Austin.

But before any of that occurs, let’s look at the hard stories of the week such as:

Lindsay Lohan was back in the news this week as a vehicle carrying the “Mean Girls” star reportedly struck and injured a photographer in Hollywood.

Web site reported that Lohan’s BMW allegedly struck the photographer at 12:30 a.m. in front of Hotel Cafe in Hollywood on Sunday, and then sped away from the scene. The 23-year-old singer/actress was not driving the vehicle but was inside the car at the time. ‘Entertainment Tonight’ cited the Los Angeles Police Department, and reported that an ambulance was called out to the scene of the accident and EMTs treated the photographers injured hand.

Lohan was heard cackling at the scene, “if they have no hands, they can take no photographs.” She has denied any involvement in the accident.

Channing Tatum told an interviewer for the current issue of ‘Details’ magazine that the actor severely burned his penis during a movie shoot last year.

The actor had been shooting the drama The Eagle of the Ninth last October in the freezing cold Scottish Highlands when the incident occurred.

“The only way to keep warm was by pouring a mix of boiling water and river water down your suit," Tatum, 29, told the magazine. "We were finally done shooting for the day, and one of the crew guys asks if I want to warm up before I go. I'm like, Nah, I'm good. And then I thought, Why not? . . . It just went straight down and pretty much burned the skin off the head of my dick."

I’d have more sympathy for Tatum if he didn’t VOLUNTARILY pour BOILING WATER down his pants, and I’m quite certain that his penis will never, ever forgive him.

Kiefer Sutherland appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman wearing a dress.

The '24' starwore a green sundress and black combat boots on the talk show after losing a bet on a football game.

"I lost a bet over the weekend - I was so sure the New England [Patriots] were going to win that I told a guy who used to be my friend that if New England lost, I would wear a dress on Letterman," he explained.

Sutherland had 24 hours to find matching pantyhose, but failed miserably despite running, sweating and yelling 'get out of the way' on the streets of NYC.

Sony studios announced this week that it has pulled out of "Spider-Man 4" with director Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire, and the studio plans to reboot the franchise for 2012 with another team -- another actor and director in charge.

Sony also announced that they intend for the reboot to suck.

Conan O’Brien rejected NBC’s attempt to move ‘The Tonight Show’ to a post-midnight slot to accomoate Jay Leno’s return to late-night television.

In a statement Tuesday, O'Brien says that NBC has given him a scant seven months to try to establish himself as host of "Tonight,” and that he hoped that he and NBC could resolve the issue quickly so he could do a show of which he and his crew could be proud — "for a company that values our work."

Meanwhile, I will continue to watch neither of these shows regardless of what time NBC chooses to air them.

Reality star Heidi Montag appeared on the cover of ‘People Magazine’ this week, and admitted that she is obsessed with plastic surgery.

The 23-year-old, who had a rhinoplasty and breast augmentation in 2007, confessed to going under the knife a second time and having 10 procedures in one day, according to

"For the past three years, I've thought about what to have done," Montag says. "I'm beyond obsessed." She says the plastic surgery is helping her become "the best me" she can be.

Unfortunately, medical science surgical procedures have yet to advance far enough to implant a working brain inside Montag's head.

As always, let’s end with a gold image or three:

I lied. I've actually been so damn busy this week that I couldn't find two other worthy images that weren't hard-core porn. So, take what you can get today, favor quality over quantity and . . . Happy Friday!


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Thoughts on 'Crazy Heart' . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Tuesday, January 12, 2010 17 comments

Worth Full-Price, Matinee or Rental: Matinee - although you could justify paying full price if you love this kind of music, or if you based it around watching Jeff Bridge's performance, which is excellent.

Will I Own It On DVD: Probably.

Overrall Grade: Movie: B; Jeff Bridges: A

1) 'Crazy Heart' is a character sketch with Bridges portraying Bad Blake, a one-time country music star, now reduced to playing low-rent venues while spending his days and nights in one long boozy slog to the bottom. His descent is buffered when he falls for a single mother music writer (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and attempts a comeback by writing songs for his one-time protegee Tommy Sweet (an unbilled Colin Farrell) who has since exploded into a huge recording star.

2) This plot material could have played like, well a bad country song, if entrusted to lesser hands, however, 'Heart' pulls stellar performances from its cast, and just as importantly, the music feels authentic and essential to the storyline.

3) The songs and score were largely overseen by T. Bone Burnett ('O Brother Where Art Thou') and longtime Austin musician Stephen Bruton. In addition, Bridges plays guitar and sings all his songs in the movie, as does Farrell. I generally loathe Nashville country music, and so I was relieved to watch as 'Heart' is more concerned with the singer-songwriter tracks that were both orginally written for this film as well as pulled from other artists like Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt and Billy Joe Shaver. Finally, real life artist Ryan Bingham, has a song over the closing credits - 'The Weary Kind' - which is excellent and has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best original song.

4) None of the above would have mattered nearly as much without Jeff Bridges in the role of Bad Blake. He wears this sloppy yet prideful singer's warts and depleted talent like a second skin. With a halting gait and gnarled voice from too many late nights and cigarettes, Bridges nails the role, which will surely earn him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor this year (joining George Clooney for 'Up in the Air').

5) Overrall, 'Crazy Heart' is a worthy effort that is only hampered by a somewhat implausible romance, at least to me, and the relative ease with which Bridges cleans himself up. But the music and the acting is top-notch, and makes this one easy to recommend.


Quick Hit Friday . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Friday, January 08, 2010 18 comments

“I can eat fifty eggs.” – Paul Newman, ‘Cool Hand Luke’

I got this film on Blu Ray for Christmas, and it really does hold up well, even if the thought of eating 50 eggs during one sitting makes me want to throw up. And I like eggs. Anyway, before I hit the door by 3 p.m. today for greener pastures, let’s look at the hard stories of the week such as:

In Tiger Woods news, an unidentified individual is reportedly shopping a sex tape to porn industry giant Vivid Entertainment that allegedly shows the golfer engaged in the buff.

According to, Vivid co-founder Steven Hirsch, said that a woman approached him with a sex video of Woods that she claims was shot two years ago. Hirsch said he has seen a 30-second clip of the video, but won't confirm Tiger's identity.

Woods' lawyers have already sent a letter threatening to go after anyone who publishes nude photos and videos of the 34-year-old golf star. Vivid previously offered $1 million to "any woman who has proof she was a paramour of Tiger Woods and will sign a contract with the studio."

I could care less about this viewing this alleged sex tape, unless of course, it involves an actual tiger in the equation and only then for a bit of shock value.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves welcomed their second child - a girl named Vida Alves McConaughey - this week.

Vida joins the couple’s son, Levi, who is 17 months old.

I have a strong suspicion that McConaughey bestowed these names their future Christmas cards can read: “We’re Levi'n La Vida Loco at the Mateo Pad – Happy Holidays and stay tubular everybody.”

Russell Brand and Katy Perry confirmed their engagement this week.

No wedding date was announced in the statement, issued Wednesday, and no other details were available. Brand met Perry, 25, when he hosted last year's MTV Video Music Awards and she performed.

Something about this union just reeks of bad personal hygiene, and I can’t figure out why . . .

"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for tests after complaining that he didn't feel well.

Coleman's agent, Robert Malcolm, says the 41-year-old actor was doing promotional work at a hotel Wednesday morning and went to his room to rest. He was later released after examination and is said to be doing fine.

The doctor who examined Coleman refused to release him until he said “What you talkin’ bout Doc,” without slurring his words.

Excerpts from a new book on Warren Beatty leaked this week, and the author claims that the Hollywood actor has slept with nearly 13,000 over the course of his life.

The book is 'Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," and biographer Peter Biskind came to his numbers based on "simple arithmetic." Biskind estimates "12,775 women, give or take, a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on."

No wonder Beatty hasn’t done a movie in nearly a decade – the poor man is dog-tired from all that sex.

Hanes brand clothing and underwear dropped its advertising campaign featuring Charlie Sheen this week because of domestic violence charges filed against the actor.

Company spokesman Matt Hall said Wednesday that it was a "pretty standard, straightforward call" by the brand marketing team given the allegations.

Hall did acknowledge, however, that the company had ignored allegations made by the public for the past several years that the commercials were rubbish anyway.

Kate Gosselin celebrated her divorce to Jon Gosselin and the New Year and had celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson give her tons of extensions before showing off the ‘do this week on the cover of People Magazine.

Gibson said the session was easy except that Kate was reluctant to let go of the thick, jaw-length shock of hair in the front of her face in favor of bangs.

“She wasn’t sure about bangs,” says Gibson, “But I find many women have that one thing they’re afraid to let go of, that one ‘security blanket’ part of their look, whether it’s a fear of going shorter or darker or something. But once they finally let go and embrace the change, they always love it.”

Is it me or does this whole bangs reluctance explanation seem like a cagey metaphor for her decision to divorce Jon Gosselin?

Vince Vaughn married real estate agen Kyla Weber in a small ceremony before family and friends, reported this week.

Vaughn, 39, had been seeing the 31-year-old Canadian for more than two years.

Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell allegedly Wedding Crashed their nuptials.

As always, let’s end with a gold image or three:

The theme of lounging and nudity seems like a good one to me today since the weather is cold and these are the two activities that seem most appealing. So, take it easy today, don’t feel bad about any slothful behavior and . . . Happy Friday!


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Thoughts on 'Up in the Air' . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Tuesday, January 05, 2010 15 comments

Worth Full-Price, Matinee or Rental: Full price. 'Up in the Air' uses a timely storyline and pulls stellar performances from its entire cast to deliver what is easily one of the best movies of the year.

Will I Own It On DVD: Probably. I'm trying to recalculate exactly what my criteria will be for buying movies moving forward in 2010, but I definitely want to see this film another time or two because it's worth it.

Overrall Grade: A-

1) Occasionally, through a sliver of foresight and an extreme bit of luck, a movie will be released that fits so nicely into the current cultural climate that it seems a physic must have green-lit the project. So it goes with ‘Up in the Air,’ a movie about a professional corporate downsizer (George Clooney) who travels back and forth across the country while delivering painful job news for the masses, and due to the rotten overall economy, this position keeps Clooney constantly in the air, which is just where he prefers to be. His life becomes complicated, however, when a recent Cornell graduate (Anna Kendrick) joins his firm and recommends cutting back on travel costs by having associates terminate employees via remote teleconferencing. As this unfolds, Clooney also meets a fellow corporate traveler (Vera Farmiga) who enjoys the transient lifestyle as much as he does.

2) ‘Up in the Air’ has been sold by its marketing team largely as a comedy, and while there are occasionally amusing bits which offer smiles rather than laugh out loud moments - despite a large woman sitting a few rows up and to my left whose crazed staccato laugh painted even the most mundane scenes with an unwelcome tenor - the film tilts far closer towards drama than anything else. It’s a tough movie, especially given the subject matter, but it is also a rewarding experience.

3) Clooney’s performance is one of dignified detachment – at least until he decides he does indeed want to connect with real people on the ground. He gives a performance that is generating Oscar buzz for Best Actor, and I would be surprised if he doesn’t receive a nomination.

4) The overall cast is also uniformly excellent as there is not a weak link among them. Kendrick takes what could have been a cloying role as a young, ambitious newcomer and turns it into a vaguely sympathetic one. Jason Bateman is also very good as Clooney’s boss. But it is Verma Farga (‘The Departed’) as a fellow frequent flier who develops a romance with Clooney who really shines and who might end up with a Best Support Actress Oscar nomination.

5) ‘Up in the Air’ is a really fine film. It’s a project without obvious good guys and villains. Instead, it accomplishes an even trickier narrative where complexity reigns over the participants, and the end results are well worth viewing even when the subject matter is tough.


Quick Hit New Year's Day Friday . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Friday, January 01, 2010 12 comments

"You know, fightin' in a basement offers a lot of difficulties. Number one being, you're fightin' in a basement!” – Brad Pitt, ‘Inglorious Basterds’

I am not in a brawling mood today since it’s officially a New Year, and personally, I’ve been ready to put 2009 behind me for a long time now. I do feel optimistic about 2010 – especially once I eat my black eyed peas for luck and watch football and drink mimosas today – but before any of that can occur, let’s look at the hard stories of the week such as:

Charlie Sheen was arrested and spent part of Christmas Day in jail after being booked on second-degree assault and menacing charges, both felonies, along with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, in Colorado.

It’s being reported that Sheen is accused on using a weapon – a knife - in the alleged case of domestic violence. The star of the TV show “Two and Half Men” was released after posting an $8,500 bond. Prosecutors will determine whether to file charges.

The fight apparently started after his wife asked Sheen to explain the show’s inexplicably massive popularity.

Meanwhile, in other law-breaking news, Ivana Trump was escorted off a plane in Florida this week after she became belligerent with children who were running and screaming in the aisles.

Authorities say the first ex-wife of Donald Trump cursed at the children, and when flight attendants on the New York-bound plane tried to calm her, she became even more aggravated. Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies asked Trump to voluntarily exit the plane, but they said she refused. She was then escorted off.

This constitutes the first (and likely the only time) that I am generally in agreement with Ivana Trump.

Jon Gosselin returned to his NYC apartment after the holidays to find it burglarized and vandalized, his lawyer confirmed to Access Hollywood this week.

”[Jon] entered his apartment in Manhattan and was horrified, disheartened, and saddened to observe the devastation of his furniture, clothing and personal belongings, which were apparently slashed with a butcher knife by a very troubled and sick perpetrator,” Gosselin’s lawyer, Mark Jay Heller said.

Heller told Radar Online that security video will prove that Gosselin's recent girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, was to blame for the burglary and "is going to jail. It's as simple as that." Glassman has denied the charges.

The note apparently read: "I came here to steal something valuable and all I could find was a closet full of stupid t-shirts, expired milk and the whole place smells like failure."

Tyra Banks announced this week that her talk show – ‘The Tyra Show’ – will end after its fifth season.

Banks says she’ll continue with her reality show "America's Next Top Model" and is forming a new production studio with plans to make movies. She also promised new digital projects, but gave no details. About her own show, Banks said: "I've been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past five years."

Banks later added: “But I really need to find more projects that focus solely around me, and talk shows by their very nature, have to be about other people some of the time.”

Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift are now just friends, according to Us Magazine.

The break-up of the young stars was apparently linked to the fact that he lives in L.A. and she lives in Nashville.

It was also linked to the power struggle between the duo of exactly which one should spin their head around when someone cried out 'Taylor!'

An unearthed photo came to light this week that allegedly shows former president John F. Kennedy sunbathing on a boat full of naked women, according to a new report from, but then days later, the site confirmed the photo turned out to be fake.

The creased, black and white photo showed one naked woman jumping off the side of the boat, another climbing up a ladder back onto the boat and two others sunning themselves. Then there is a man who looks like Kennedy lying on the deck wearing swimming trunks. TMZ noted that there are references in article and books to a boat trip Kennedy took in 1956 with his brother Ted and Sen. George Smathers to the Mediterranean.

This is what happens when news outlets let actually break the news.

As always, let’s end with a gold image or three:

New Year's is all about color for me, so a black and white image break seemed worthwhile. So, add a splash of vibrancy to your outfit, soak in the New Year with someone you enjoy and . . . Happy New Year's Day Friday!


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