THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FRI 11/16/12
11/16/2012 5:49:00 AM
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Simon Cowell and Carmen Electra? That's what they're saying.
- Starbucks already owned the Tazo tea brand... now, they've ponied up $620 million to buy Teavana.
- The U.S. Postal Service reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion!
- The owners of Hostess are in a showdown with union workers and say if they don't come back from their strike, the company will just shut down, taking with them, "Twinkies."
- New stats show that 49.7 million Americans are living at the poverty level.
- Lisa Whelchel, home, but still battling away on "Survivor" on TV, has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.
- A grand entrance for Shania Twain, who is about to begin 2-year performance commitment to Caesar's Palace. She road through Las Vegas this week on horseback, surrounded by 40 other horses. Her shows begin December 1st.
- A central New York prosecutor says drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi's 19-year-old daughter have been dropped.
- Elizabeth Banks and her husband have welcomed a brand-new baby son into the world through a surrogate mom, Magnus Mitchell Handelman.
- Rihanna went to a tattoo parlor in New York last month, asking to get a face tattoo and the artist refused. He wanted her to really think about that one.
- Sharon Osbourne made sudden health changes three months ago... and since then, has lost 28 pounds!
- While One Direction was in Los Angeles, they worked in a visit to Johnny Depp's house, because his daughter, Lily-Rose, is a huge fan.
- The New York Times did a review on Guy Fieri's new restaurant in town -- gave it a "poor" -- and now he's lambasting them. It all means publicity.
- In Ohio, a former strip club is being turned into a Boys and Girls Club.
- STAR WARS FIGURES, DOMINOES ENTER TOY HALL OF FAME _ Star Wars and dominoes were inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Both toys will join Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, marbles and the Teddy Bear in the Hall. A Toy Hall of Fame spokesman said Star Wars action figures were introduced by Kenner in the 1970s. The success of those toys spurred the industry to create more toys linked to movies, television series and comic books.
- GARY OLDMAN IS FAN FAVORITE TO PLAY NEXT BOND BADDIE _ Gary Oldman has topped a new poll to pick the ultimate villain for the next James Bond movie. Oldman beat out Daniel Day-Lewis by just two percent in a week-long Fandango.com vote. Russell Crowe, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton and current Bond Daniel Craig's real-life wife Rachel Weisz also made the top 10.
- Researchers at Rice University announced that they have developed a new super material capable of stopping bullets better than anything currently on the market. [Just in time for those family reunion holiday dinners.]
- GUYS, THE WOMEN AREN'T WATCHING YOU _ The woman at the coffee shop keeps staring at you. Is that what you think, big guy? Well, relax... she's not staring at you, she's staring at your wife. A new survey found women spend more time staring at other women than they do guys, checking out the "opposition's" clothing along with their hair, weight and how much cellulite they have.
- Frito-Lay will introduce Cracker Jack'D Power Bites caffeinated snacks later this year. The jacked-up munchies will come in two flavors -- vanilla mocha and cocoa java -- and "will contain the caffeine kick equivalent to a 1-ounce serving of espresso or two 12-ounce servings of cola.
- A new survey found the top 10 reasons men and women DUMP each other. Number one for women was fear of commitment. Yep, the OPPOSITE of the stereotype. Followed by "This is going too fast" and "You don't make enough money." The top three for men were "It's just not working," "I've met someone else," and "I'm not attracted to you."
- A new study has figured out the WORDS that are most likely to help women get dates from their online dating profile. The top five are: Witty, girl-next-door, educated, intelligent, and small town.
- In 1997, a flood caused about $4 million worth of damage to a church in North Dakota. So a church in New Jersey collected $12,000 to help them recover. Now . . . 15 years later . . . that New Jersey church suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy. So the folks in North Dakota had a payback collection. They've already sent $15,600 . . . and donations are still pouring in.
- IN THEATERS _ Opening wide this weekend: Lincoln (PG-13); The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (PG-13)
- PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS _ Nominations were announced Thursday. Winners will be announced on CBS January 9.FAVORITE MOVIE: The Amazing Spider-Man; The Avengers; The Dark Knight Rises; The Hunger Games; Snow White and the Huntsman.