Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino Has New App for iPhone

You can now take Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino with you everywhere you go, as Jersey Shore's resident hunk has an app available for your iPhone.

The app integrates five elements that define the pop culture sensation: a workout plan, a GTL finder (which helps you locate the nearest gym or Laundromat), a Sitch soundboard, an option to message The Sitch directly on his Facebook page, and a game called Grenade Dodger.

"Grenade Dodger is a really fun game where you can watch these grenades (Jersey Shore slang for ugly girls) drop from the top of the screen and Mike is at the bottom where you, the player, needs to maneuver and dodge grenades," our source told us. "Actual models were chosen from around the world and photographed to use for the game."

Mike's family has been involved in the production of the reality star's first-ever app to keep it as authentic as possible.

"The Sorrentino brothers have been working to perfect the application for almost six months and are really thrilled with the final product," our source said.

The app is available via the iTunes store for $4.99. Check out The Sitch when Dancing With The Stars' eleventh season premieres September 20 on ABC at 8/7c. In the meantime, new episodes of Jersey Shore air on MTV Thursdays at 10/9c.

6 Things You Should Never Reveal on Facebook

Your Birth Date and Place

Sure, you can say what day you were born, but if you provide the year and where you were born too, you've just given identity thieves a key to stealing your financial life, said Givens. A study done by Carnegie Mellon showed that a date and place of birth could be used to predict most — and sometimes all — of the numbers in your Social Security number, she said.

Vacation Plans

There may be a better way to say "Rob me, please" than posting something along the lines of: "Count-down to Maui! Two days and Ritz Carlton, here we come!" on Twitter. But it's hard to think of one. Post the photos on Facebook when you return, if you like. But don't invite criminals in by telling them specifically when you'll be gone.

Home Address

Do I have to elaborate? A study recently released by the Ponemon Institute found that users of Social Media sites were at greater risk of physical and identity theft because of the information they were sharing. Some 40% listed their home address on the sites; 65% didn't even attempt to block out strangers with privacy settings. And 60% said they weren't confident that their "friends" were really just people they know.


You may hate your job; lie on your taxes; or be a recreational user of illicit drugs, but this is no place to confess. Employers commonly peruse social networking sites to determine who to hire — and, sometimes, who to fire. Need proof? In just the past few weeks, an emergency dispatcher was fired in Wisconsin for revealing drug use; a waitress got canned for complaining about customers and the Pittsburgh Pirate's mascot was dumped for bashing the team on Facebook. One study done last year estimated that 8% of companies fired someone for "misuse" of social media.

Password Clues

If you've got online accounts, you've probably answered a dozen different security questions, telling your bank or brokerage firm your Mom's maiden name; the church you were married in; or the name of your favorite song. Got that same stuff on the information page of your Facebook profile? You're giving crooks an easy way to guess your passwords.

Risky Behaviors

You take your classic Camaro out for street racing, soar above the hills in a hang glider, or smoke like a chimney? Insurers are increasingly turning to the web to figure out whether their applicants and customers are putting their lives or property at risk, according to So far, there's no efficient way to collect the data, so cancellations and rate hikes are rare. But the technology is fast evolving, according to a paper written by Celent, a financial services research and consulting firm.

UK bans pregnant nun ice cream ad

Britain's advertising watchdog has censured an Italian ice cream manufacturer over an advertisement depicting a heavily pregnant nun that appeared ahead of a papal visit to the UK.

The ad featuring the strapline "immaculately conceived" over an image of the expectant sister spooning from a tub of Antonio Federici ice cream was "likely to cause widespread offense," the Advertising Standards Authority ruled.

The ASA said the publishers of Lady magazine, which carried the ad, had received several complaints from readers.
The watchdog rejected the manufacturer's claims that it was "using gentle humor" to convey the message that "ice cream is our religion."

"We considered the use of a nun pregnant through immaculate conception was likely to be seen as a distortion and mockery of the beliefs of Roman Catholics," the ASA ruling said.

"We concluded that to use such an image in a light hearted way to advertise ice cream was likely to cause serious offence to readers, particularly those who practised the Roman Catholic faith."

The Antonio Federici ad is the company's second invoking religious imagery to fall foul of the ASA. An advertisement featuring a nun and a priest eyeing each other for a kiss was banned in July last year.

The ice cream company said the ASA's ruling amounted to censorship of artistic freedoms ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain this week.

It said it had also been banned from showing another advertisement showing two men dressed as priests apparently on the brink of sharing a kiss. The ASA has not published any ruling on the ad.

A statement from Antonio Federici said the company was seeking to relaliate by securing a series of billboard advertisements along the route the pope's motorcade is expected to take during his visit to London.

"The ASA is unable to distinguish between the 'virgin birth of Jesus Christ,' which formed the basis of their complaint notification, and the 'immaculate conception' which they are now referring to and which we have received no complaints about," the statement said.

I Seen Beyonce At Burger King featuring Jonny Makeup - by Cazwell

Cazwell "Ice Cream Truck"

Ok this is one video for our WTF videos of the day... LOL

A backyard brawl between two 13-year-old girls is caught on video

Just when you think you've seen it all. No wonder there is bullying in school.

Health Aide Beats Elderly Woman

How can some people be so heartless? I mean to beat an elderly person. I think this person should be jailed for life.
And CNN could do better with putting up it's lower thirds - they've kind of blocked out much of the story and video.

American Idol Accepting Online Auditions This Season

Can't make it to one of the audition locations for the upcoming season of 'American Idol?" Don't fret! You can now audition online, reports.

In celebration of the show's 10-year anniversary, 'Idol' will be partnering with MySpace to allow aspiring singers the opportunity to audition online for the first time in 'Idol' history.

In a statement released on Wednesday, 'Idol' said audition videos could be uploaded to MySpace's American Idol mini-site until October 6. The guidelines state entries must be sung a cappella and chosen from an approved list of songs. Some of the approved songs include Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Keith Urban's "Kiss a Girl" and Barry Manilow's "Copacabana, reports.

The entry videos are limited to 40 seconds in length and only one is allowed per person. A select few will move forward from these online auditions to the callback round in Los Angeles.

The audition announcement comes just days after it was revealed Jennifer Lopez would be joining Randy Jackson as an 'Idol' judge for the 10th season. Her paycheck? A cool $12 million.

Michaele and Tareq Salahi's OUT on 'The Real Housewives of DC'

Michaele and Tareq Salahi's fifteen minutes of fame may be up now that I've learned the publicly annoyed Bravo has decided not to invite the White House party crashers back to tape another season of 'The Real Housewives Of DC.'

"The DC show is the only show in the entire franchise that isn't a true hit," an insider tells me. "And the Salahi's are the biggest reason for that. At first, execs thought they struck gold with all the attention the couple got over the White House dinner. But now they realize not all press is good press and this couple's involvement in the show has turned more viewers off than on."

Sources tell me it isn't only the couple's behavior on camera that has upset Bravo executives as much as their behavior off camera. First the Salahi's refuse to show up for the launch party then they have the nerve to throw their own competing party and ask guests to pay to attend.

But the final straw came to light just this week, when the couple claimed (in a new book about them) that their "iron-clad" contract with Bravo doesn't allow them to talk about the White House-crashing incident to the media. Of course, they've never been shy about talking up the scandal (except for when Tareq clammed up at a Congressional hearing!) and famously spoke to Matt Lauer about it just days after the State Dinner.

This angered Bravo so greatly that they released this statement to PopEater: "Bravo [has] consistently and repeatedly stated to the Salahis and their representatives that they were free to speak to press, law enforcement, Congress and anyone else about attending the State Dinner. Indeed, they have given multiple press interviews on that very subject."

Boom! It was a stinging rebuke of their own employees and a sure sign the network is wiping their hands of them. Other members of the Bravo family agree.

"At this point they are an embarrassment to the 'Housewife' franchise," one fellow Bravo housewife tells me. "They are a loose cannon. Now Michaele has revealed she has multiple sclerosis; next she'll be announcing she is pregnant with triplets to get attention."

I say goodbye and consider this my pledge to (hopefully!!!) never write about them again.

America's Got Talent Winner - Michael Grimm

The 'America's Got Talent' winner for season 5 was named Wednesday night, after a summer filled with magicians, aerialists, dance troupes and opera singers. So who won 'America's Got Talent'?

In a shocking finale outcome, singer Michael Grimm triumphed over early favorite, 10-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho, to win the $1 million prize and a Las Vegas show.

"Is this really happening?" asked the 30-year-old singer in disbelief, then screamed, "Yes!"

Meanwhile, a disappointed but gracious Evancho raved about her 'America's Got Talent' experience. "I have loved every single moment," she said. "I just really hope I'll be able to sing for you guys again."

Black light illusionists Fighting Gravity took third place and the flamboyant opera dandy Prince Poppycock was in fourth.

Most prognosticators picked Evancho or Poppycock. After the top 4 performance night, TV Squad's own Isabelle Carreau wrote Grimm wasn't "fresh or unique enough to win." And readers voted Evancho as most likely to take the crown. Even Grimm himself seemed prepared to lose after performing, telling TV Squad that "I gave it all I could" and that at least "now, I have a fan base."

The audience gasped when the first eliminee turned out to be Poppycock (real name: John Andrew Quale), who has been the talk of the season. Still, his final competition performance may not have been his best -- at least according to judge Piers Morgan, who infamously gave him a strike Tuesday night.

After getting eliminated, Poppycock, as mysterious and strange as ever, told Morgan, "I just want to say thank you to Piers. You see, I was promised a horse but I only got two guys in horse heads, so Piers intuitively understood I needed a horse's behind."
The judge continued, "You've been an incredible contestant this year and although I thought you had a bit of a bad day at the office ... when I watched you with Donna Summer on this stage, that is what you are. That is when you are at your best: when you're being camp and funny and flamboyant and outrageous and a cross between Elton John, Freddy Mercury, Liberace. That is our Prince Poppycock ... You are a star. You will be a star."

The finale featured a number of star-studded performances, including duets by Poppycock and Summer, Grimm and Jewel, Fighting Gravity and Lionel Richie and Evancho and Sarah Brightman.