August 27th, 2009
07:22 PM ET

Spinal Tap on clueless quest

Does anyone know if Stonehenge is still standing? 

I have my doubts, after hearing the dim-witted dudes of Spinal Tap recently paid a visit.   The faux metal band's journey to the prehistoric monument is chronicled in a new short film called "Stonehenge: 'Tis a Magic Place" (available for $1.99 on iTunes).

The title, of course, is borrowed from one of the band's signature tunes which contains these brilliant lyrics:

                    "Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell

                   Where the banshees live and they do live well"

In the short, aging band-mates Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) set out to visit the place they have celebrated in song.

They get lost along the way, at one point landing at Legoland in Southern California.

Ah, Legoland.  'Tis a magic place.

August 27th, 2009
03:53 PM ET

John Mayer, it's time to pay up...

Way back in May of 2001, John Mayer was arrested in Georgia for driving without a license, but that's hardly news.

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What IS news, however, is that a mugshot was taken of the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter... a mug shot that has been rather elusive... until now.

TMZ.com posted the coveted Mayer photo Thursday afternoon. So why is this eight-year-old mug so compelling? Here's the backstory:

Wednesday Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump was arrested in Los Angeles for driving without a license and later released on $15,000 bail. Thursday, Jon Mayer tweeted that he was arrested for the same offense as Stump and  posted the following message on his Twitter page to TMZ.com's Harvey Levin:

"Challenge: if Harvey Levin at TMZ can produce my mugshot, I will donate 25k to the charity of his choice."

Well, TMZ delivered... and it sounds like the celebrity website is serious about making Mayer deliver on his challenge. The website wants to donate the cash to an animal charity... saying they're close to saving a puppy's life.

Do you think Mayer will cough up the cash?

August 27th, 2009
03:43 PM ET

Babs mourns Ted Kennedy

Add Barbra Streisand to the list of notables mourning Sen. Edward Kennedy.

In a statement, she lionized the "Lion of the Senate" as someone who "inspired so many millions of us with his wisdom and compassion."

She added, "He is gone, but he leaves us with his vision of America to guide us and his clear voice that will reverberate forever.  He was always a fighter for justice, working to help those left behind.  He will be terribly missed."

Streisand donated several thousand dollars to Kennedy's re-election campaigns over the years.  Her publicist tells CNN the singer won't be attending the senator's funeral on Saturday because she is in Europe.

Bill Cosby is also reacting to Sen. Kennedy's death.  On his Twitter feed he wrote, "The void left by his passing must be filled carefully, thoughtfully and most importantly with integrity."

August 27th, 2009
01:59 PM ET

Obsessed with Bradley Cooper

Obsession was on the minds of Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper at the "All About Steve" premiere Wednesday night in Hollywood. Bullock plays a woman who's obsessed by Cooper's character, a camerman (or photographer, as they preferred to be called) for the fictional TV news organization "CCN." Hmmm... what could that be modeled after?

But don't call her character's fixation creepy, says Bullock: “[She’s] not creepy - don't pass judgment - don't put the word creepy out there. She's annoying at the beginning, but at the end you [the audience] turn around and blame yourself for passing judgment . She was innocent and real rather than jaded and guarded and cool. She's just incredibly smart and kind.”

And why is she so obsessed? “All cameramen are hot. Like the one behind this one right now. If I wasn’t with my husband, whew!" she jokes. "Cameramen are like firemen – all have a level of hotness.” That brought a smile to the man behind the lens for our interview, Chris Audick.

Cooper is learning more and more about obsession these days, as in America's obsession with celebrity gossip.  His dating exploits (Jennifer Aniston and Renee Zellweger are among the ladies with whom he's been linked) are being read about in super market check-out aisles around the country. “I don't read it," he says, "But I get emails from friends saying 'Whoa! Man, what the hell is happening?' And they all talk like that [does frat-boy voice] 'Hey man!'" So you take it with a grain of salt? "Oh yeah!”

August 27th, 2009
10:56 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's going on in the world of entertainment this morning:

  • Variety shares a preview of "I Look to You," the comeback album by Whitney Houston, set to arrive in stores next week. Aside from the title song, Houston's "Million Dollar Bill" is also being released as a single for radio.
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  • Jon Gosselin tells People that he "never said" he wanted to leave "Jon & Kate Plus Eight," saying his comments were taken out of context. Meanwhile, Kate Gosselin is set to be a guest co-host on "The View" on September 14 and 15, according to EW.com.
  • The '80s cult classic "Heathers" is coming back, according to Variety. The Fox network is developing a TV version of the movie, which starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. They're still determining how to update the movie for the present day.
  • If you're dying to see James Cameron's highly-anticipated "Avatar," The Hollywood Reporter says that you can already purchase tickets. You'll still have to wait until December 18 to see it, however.
  • After a last-minute renewal in May, "Ugly Betty" is back in production. iReporter Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere caught star America Ferrera dressed as a hot dog while shooting on location in New York.
August 27th, 2009
10:43 AM ET

'Death saved the best for 3D'

I'm not sure if I believe in fate, premonitions or the character called Death. What I do believe in is the power of a good horror movie franchise - and in that category, "Final Destination" takes home the gold.

In hopes of full disclosure I will admit to you upfront that I am a screamer. I am that annoying movie theater goer who shrieks like a preteen girl, covers her eyes at the mere possibility of someone jumping out of a closet and who yells at the stupid characters onscreen saving their friends: "What are you doing?! Leave 'em behind! Run!"

But in the "Final Destination" movie series, I have found peace with death. Because in these movies, death is always ridiculous. It's always graphic. And it's always hilarious.

Sick, right? But I can't help but laugh when someone gets sliced in three by a flying wire fence. Or gets roasted in a tanning bed. Or (as is apparent from the new movie trailer) drowns in an automatic car wash.

Take a look at "The Final Destination," which was filmed in 3D:

Do you think "The Final Destination" is going to be awesome? Tired of this franchise? Never liked it in the first place? Tell us your comments below.


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