The things you find out years later. Apparently, Johnny Carson hit on the wrong girl at a party in 1970. She was the girlfriend of a mobster, who had his goons throw Carson down a flight of stairs and then, ordered a hit on him. It was only by working out a deal with mob boss Joseph Columbo that the contract was canceled.
Marvel’s first TV series will get a full season to see what it can do, as ABC ordered a full season pickup for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The superhero themed-series was the highest-rated drama premiere in nearly four years with a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49.
James Woods says he doesn’t expect to find work in Hollywood again after criticizing President Obama.
Kanye West’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday night gave him new ratings highs. Posting his highest early returns since moving to the 11:35pm slot earlier this year, Kimmel averaged a 1.2 rating with adults.
Katie Couric’s show is said to be on the verge of cancellation.
A billboard in Lubbock, Texas, has people talking. It shows Jesus, covered in tattoos.
Darryl from “The Office — Craig Robinson — was detained Wednesday for drug possession as he tried to leave the Bahamas and was ordered to pay a fine.
Hayden Panettiere says it’s true! She’s engaged to boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
Ratings for “The View” have held steady since Joy Behar left and Jenny McCarthy stepped in.
A team of researchers say they’ve found the first evidence of a giant comet hitting the earth.
The Jonas Brothers have canceled their upcoming concert tour because of “creative differences.”
Bruce and Kris Jenner announced their separation earlier this week, but Bruce reminds everyone that “Nobody has filed for divorce yet.”
NBC is planning a new “Remington Steele,” but this time as a comedy.
The CBS comedy, “We Are Men,” has been canceled after only two episodes.
A “Breaking Bad” opera is coming. [Let’s hope it doesn’t give “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” any ideas.]
Hershey announced plans to introduce its first new brand in 30 years. [Apparently they heard about my diet, and decided that now would be the perfect time.]
NUDE HAUNTED HOUSE CANCELED _ Shocktoberfest has cancelled their nude haunted house option after local officials asked park bosses to reconsider their plan. The Pennsylvania scare house was planning to offer a “Naked and Scared” tour, allowing people to strip down to their birthday suits. They’ll still offer a “prude” option for those who wish to strip to their undies.
YOU NEVER, EVER HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE AGAIN _ Large screen TV? Check. Favorite pizza place on speed dial? Check. Multiple movie and TV streaming sources? Of course. Unlimited supply of toilet paper delivered by Amazon? Yep. Bottomless tray of soft, hot pretzels? Uh, wait a sec. But that’s about to change thanks to the awesome SPF200 Soft Pretzel Maker. Think George Foreman Grill for pretzel lovers. And it’s available online for $20 so you really don’t have to leave the house. | link
PLANE TURNS AROUND BECAUSE OF BROKEN TOILETS _ A Japan Airlines flight from Moscow to Tokyo had to turn around two hours into the trip after the 787 Dreamliner plane’s toilets broke. The journey usually takes about 10 hours – which would’ve been 10 very uncomfortable hours without the ability to flush.
In Spain, Coca-Cola is testing a new vending machine that changes its prices depending on the temperature outside. And while it SOUNDS like that would be a good way to price gouge you when it’s hot and you’re thirsty, for now it’s the opposite. The machine actually DROPS the price in half when it’s over 86 degrees out. There’s no word on whether the machines could come to the U.S.
Just looking at a sick person and it’s enough kick your immune system into overdrive, according to a recent study from the University of British Columbia. The team found that volunteers who looked at photographs of sick people had their immune systems elicit a strong response. The report says that this is the body’s way of helping to fight off pathogens. It seems like it’s probably good for the immune system to be responding especially aggressively at times when it looks like you are likely to be coming into contact with something that might make you sick.
IN THEATERS _ Captain Phillips (PG-13); Machete Kills (R)