Pop Culture Update 5/26/06

The Cruise/Rivers’ feud. Canned oxygen. OJ’s new and tasteless TV show. Much more.
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Quote of the Day
Ninety-five percent of the people who died today had expected to live a lot longer.
- Albert M. Wells, Jr.

Top Ten Signs You've Been Living With Your Parents Too Long

10. They withhold Social Security from your allowance
9. You notice that "old person smell" but it's coming from your room
8. You have to explain to your children that you can't take them to the zoo today because you're grounded
7. The annual "growth chart" marks on the hallway door indicate you are getting shorter
6. The blue of your Smurf sheets match your varicose veins
5. You were grounded for drinking the last can of Ensure
4. You excitedly beg your mom to buy that new cereal, the one with the high fiber
3. Stopped stealing their liquor; started stealing their Lipitor
2. Last night you were grounded because you stayed out too late with your wife
1. You can't go to Vegas until you eat all your vegetables

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What Is David Blaine Trying to Prove?

Life is humming along here in this United States. Spring had come and the garden centers buzzed with shoppers. Out of the corner of our collective ears we hear about some fellow immersing himself in a tank of water for a solid week. At the end of the immersion period, we were told, David Blaine's oxygen would be removed and Blaine would attempt to break the world-record for holding of breath underwater.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

All during the week we hear about Blaine's very wrinkled skin and the pundits lament the pain and danger of such a state.

Yet across the fruited plains folks kept purchasing petunias and mulch and wondered what this was all about. If the pundits expected Americans to moan and sob over the state of Blaine's skin, well it didn't happen.

Now we understand that David Blaine's claim to any sort of fame is his publicity stunts that were meant to generate, well, publicity comes to mind.

Folks, you can only get away with this for so long. Add to the melodrama being whipped up by Blaine's handlers, the plan was to garner sympathy and admiration for this man so willing to submerge himself for an entire week for the benefit of mankind.
Another spectator, David Linker, said Blaine symbolized "man's strength to go beyond what normal people can do."

"I told him he needed to get out of the water, and he refused me," said Gunel. "He said he did not want to let the people down."

Dear Lord, Blaine didn't want to "let the people down". I assume that WE are the "people" Blaine strived to keep buoyed and effervescent and yet not many people in my surround cared all that much.

Hey, it's America and if a fellow wants to live underwater in a fishbowl for a week, then he has a constitutional right to do so.

It was cute, how Blaine's handlers tried to hype the event. The climax of which was hardly a climax in that Blaine didn't come even close to the underwater breath-holding record and the episode was over before anyone even knew it had come.


BlaineNEW YORK (AP) Magician David Blaine left the hospital Tuesday where he had been admitted for observation after being submerged in an 8-foot fish bowl with an oxygen mask for a week followed by a 7-minute breath-holding stunt.

Surprise! Tom Cruise Is Suing!

Someone needs to tell Tom Cruise that his "Top Gun" days are over.

In fact, tell the couch-hopping Scientologist that his "Mission Impossible" days are behind him while at it.

Seems Joan Rivers, heh, made a barbed comment about Cruise and new child.

Tom's way of fighting veiled homosexual comments is to sue the dickens out of anyone who would so suggest.

No matter the man's sexuality, Tom Cruise is a crazed has-been in this world of Jack Bauer. Even though he got all of his Scientology friends to attend his "Mission Impossible Seventeen" movie, it still fizzled at the box office.

Tom and Katie are said to be "outraged and offended" by a nasty joke made by comedian Joan Rivers, which implied Tom was not the biological father of baby Suri.

Acid-tongued Joan - in Australia for the Logie Awards - had the TV industry audience in stitches when she quipped that Tom was at the birth of his baby daughter, but he "wasn't at the conception".

Now Tom's lawyers are believed to have fired off a threatening letter to Ms Rivers, as news of the baseless - but hilarious - slur makes its way to the States.

The John Lennon Movie

I simply do not believe that Beatle John Lennon fans are so unhappy with the prospect of a movie on Lennon's killer that they're threatening star Lindsay Lohan with death over the matter.

Makes good pre-movie hype though.

I suspect that her sit-down with Yoko was probably to gain background, NOT to earn Yoko's approval as Lohan asserts. Yoko couldn't keep a movie about mental patient Chapman from being made at any rate although I'll allow that her cooperation would make filming and background a bit easier.

A movie exploring the dark confused mind of Mark David Chapman would intrigue, as I surmise.
Give peace a chance! Some angry John Lennon fans are not happy with Lindsay Lohan. In fact, she says she's received death threats, reports

The Mean Girls star is set to star in a film about Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed the former Beatle. But, she says, Lennon's widow gave her the OK to appear in the film, Chapter 27, in which she plays a friend of Lennon's killer.

''I sat down with Yoko Ono a few times to talk to her about it, because I didn't want -- it's a very touchy subject, and nobody [that worked for me] wanted me to do the movie . . . Just because John Lennon is a legend. And I was actually really nervous going into it, because I did get death threats and everything,'' she said at a news conference promoting her most recent film, Just My Luck. ``But I love my character in the movie, and she's just such a . . . genuine fan of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the film, and she's the light in the movie. . . . But I wanted to get the OK from Yoko Ono.''

Dog Radio Launched in Thailand

Can America be far behind?

The station even has the DJ's launch into an occasional howl as "dogs howl when they hear sad songs".

An entire radio network just for dogs? If it works, it'll happen here. Americans love their dogs. I have a singing/dancing dachshund that could be hired for bit parts, such is his talent. Add some sound effects and who knows what will happen? How about some ringing doorbells? Man, that would have the dogs across the planet barking and howling. Or, get this, a recording of other barking dogs. Play it in stereo. My dogs would go berserk over this, not to mention the frenzy to find the strange dogs in the house. I can see radios across the land torn to bits.

Lots of potential here.

BANGKOK, Thailand - A Thai entrepreneur has launched an Internet radio station to put dogs in a better mood.

Anupan Boonchuen, director of a dog grooming school, said he launched Dog Radio Thailand this week because he has seen music improve the mood of dogs he grooms.

O.J. Simpson's New Show-Such Class

No one accused convicted killer O.J. Simpson of having any class. Yes, his conviction came only through the civil court but O.J. Simpson owes millions to the families of the people he killed.

So how is it that the guy gets a new, albeit pay-per-view program called "Juiced"?

Oh. According to the quote below O.J. is NOT paid for his part in the "Candid-Camera" type of show.

Yeah, right.

Then the man has the audacity to try to sell his famous white Bronco for giggles and grins as part of a show's staged stunt.

Slicing people from ear-to-ear, yeah, that's really funny.

The family of Ron Goldman will be watching this closely. O.J. owes them money.

O.J. Simpson and White BroncoLOS ANGELES - In a scene from his new candid-camera program "Juiced," O.J. Simpson pulls a prank involving the infamous white Bronco, drawing criticism from the family of a man he was accused of killing.

Simpson was not paid for the program, Mahr said.

"Basically O.J. Simpson has decided to do this because he wants to do it, and he wanted to have fun with it," Mahr said.

Fun. At the expense of two dead people, struck down in the prime of their life. Killed by the man who now wants to have fun with it. What a classy guy O.J. is.
The Dustup Over Star Jones

Below is a blogger's rather ungrammatical take on the Star Jones/Rosie O'Donnell flap.

Seems Star's contract is up on The View and seems Rosie O'Donnell wants in.

Yeah. Rosie O'Donnell, now there's a sweetheart.

The hype, fanned I assume by The View's bigwigs, is that if Star doesn't leave then look for on-air catfights between Star and Rosie. This is supposed to make us tune in to watch the action.


Yesterday, I heard from someone that the shit was going down at ABC. Star Jones' contract is up very soon and apparently producers are trying to get her ass off the show. They are hoping Star demands tons of money and Meredith's spot at the table in which it will be easy for them producers to refuse making her walk.

To make matters worse for that fug whore, everyone is waiting for Rosie O'Donnell's presence to really set Star off. People are already speculating that the two will go at it.

Barbara Walters obviously hates Star, because she had this to say about any possible animosity Star may have with Rosie:

"The only concern would be Star's. If Star wants to continue to be there, she is welcome."

Oxygen from the 7-11

Can of oxygen being inhaledDid you know the air we breathe consists of only about 20% oxygen? Which is why the latest craze in Japan is so-called "oxygen bars", where patrons can get a dose of 95% pure oxygen with their drink.

And now, yon ladies and gems, canned oxygen is available in the local 7-11.

The canisters provide oxygen for about 35 2-second inhalations. At an average of about five hits a day, one oxygen canister would last a week. The oxygen hit relieves fatigue and gives the user a zap of energy when needed.

As of now the oxygen is sold only in Japanese 7-11's but look for it soon at a convenience store near you.

Japanese convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan has breathed fresh air into its product lineup by announcing it will add cans of oxygen to its shelves.

Media Nuggets

From FreeRepublic's Sunday Talk Show Thread.

  • Anderson Cooper NOT CNN's newsman of the future.
  • New channel launched just for raising babies.
  • Circulation drops for Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, Boston Globe
  • Sirius launches Catholic Radio Channel
  • Ted Turner gone for good?
  • Check out this Media Mogul Bonus! And the media whines about oil executives’ pay.

    Unattributed but still juicy:

    Brett Baier is replacing Carl Cameron as Chief WH Correspondent, while Cameron is moving back as chief political correspondent. Mike Emanuel will replace Baier at the Pentagon. Major Garrett has been promoted to congressional correspondent. Brian Wilson has been named the permanent anchor of Weekend Live.

    TimeWarner has aquired full control of Court-TV and is planning to put Catherine Crier against Fox's Greta Van Susteran sometime soon.

    Below, a Media Nugget I Stumbled Upon

    Heh. A feud between Tim Russert and Arianna Huffington? Gotta love it.
    From Editor and Publisher:
    NEW YORK In an interview in the upcoming Sunday issue of The New York Times Magazine, "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert discusses, among other things, his new book (a collection of letters about fathers) and Tony Snow's appointment as White House press secretary. But his strongest barbs are directed at liberal blogger Arianna Huffington.

    Asked if he reads the popular Huffington Post online, which carries a regular critique of "Meet the Press," Russert replied to Deborah Solomon, "I don't. There are so many untruths, it is scary. You know, there's a long history there."

    Cheese Perfume?

    Earthy Stilton cheese at that.

    Fellows, here's your chance. For that next occasion, get your female beloved a can of oxygen and a bottle of cheese perfume.

    Tell us how it goes.

    The Stilton Cheese Makers Association commissioned an aromatics firm to create Eau de Stilton, described on the association's Web site as featuring a "symphony of natural base notes including Yarrow, Angelica seed, Clary Sage and Valerian."

    Dig This Mirage

    Something about air temperature, water temperature and lots of rainfall. Or so experts explain the mirage, pictured below, that is a reflection of the landscape cast across the sea.


    From Chinabroadcast:
    They explained that a mirage is formed when moisture in the air becomes warmer than the temperature of sea water, which refracts rays of sunlight to create reflections of the landscape in the sky.

    Mirage in China

    More Gossip/Speculation HERE
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