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Those Terribly Pesky STDs: Syphilis Shuts Down The Porn Industry ... Again!

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Talk about occupational hazard. ... 

Another syphilis outbreak shut down the adult film industry this past weekend in Los Angeles.

How?

An industry trade group put a stop on filming Saturday after receiving five reported cases within a week. (The industry has been under pressure to require actors to use condoms during filming, but clearly it still isn't a popular practice.)

We always just assume every one of these outbreaks allegedly originates from Ron Jeremy.




DiD yOu Know? ... STDs are also a problem for senior citizens -- because of lower immunity, lack of education on condoms, and weak va-jay-jays.




Video: How To Draw Porn Into Something Funny 

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Kevin Durant Storms Into Georgetown To Promote His New Film, 'Thunderstruck'

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Basketball Star Kevin Durant (think Oklahoma City Thunder!) stopped by Washington, D.C.'s Ritz Carlton in Georgetown this week to promote his new movie, "Thunderstruck!"

The film is about Brian Newell (played by Nickelodeon Star Taylor Gray), "a hopelessly uncoordinated young basketball fan who magically switches talents with his hero NBA superstar Kevin Durant (who plays himself). Brian "becomes the star of his high school team...while Kevin Durant suddenly can't make a shot."

"Thunderstruck" is set to release Aug. 24, so lace up your basketball shoes and make a play for your nearest movie theater!
 

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Photo: Kevin was on the scene with his mother and biggest fan, Wanda Pratt.

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Contest: Win A Limo Ride + Tickets To See RPatz New Flick, 'Cosmopolis'

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If you've been on top of the RPatz-KStew madness, you'll know all about Robert Pattinson's latest flick, "Cosmopolis."

And, we've got just the thing to make you feel like a movie star: a limo ride and tickets for two to see the film!

What do you need to do to win? Just tweet @Glittarazzi and @Limos telling us where you would go if you had a limo for the entire day -- and, don't forget to add the hashtag #CosmopolisUS.

Simple enough, right?

The winner will receive their tickets and the number for the limo service via Twitter DM, so they can be picked up wherever they desire (so, probably do it where all of your friends can see you). 

OK now ... get tweeting! You don't want to miss a chance to support RPatz against the trampire, do you?


Who is eligible? Friday viewings will take place Friday, Aug. 24,  in San Francisco, Chicago, Philly, Dallas, Vegas, DC and Miami. Then, on Aug. 31, Detroit & Houston will do it up VIP-style! Just make sure you tweet and tag @limos @glittarazzi & #CosmopolisUS!

 

 


Video: Cosmopolis Trailer


Video: Will Ferrell Talks RPatz/KStew on Conan

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Growing Pains?: Kirk Cameron Defends Todd Akin, Says He 'Misspoke' On 'Legitimate Rape'

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If there’s one thing politics has taught us, it’s that men in power have big mouths (and that they're disillusioned about the size of other body parts as well).

Most recent case en pointe: Missouri Republican Senate Candidate Todd Akin, of course, and his views on “legitimate rape.”

Though his own party is calling for him to back out of the race, Todd has one loyal supporter, Kirk Cameron -- former beloved child star and current religious zealot.

 
On Today's "Kathie Lee & Hoda," Kirk defended Todd.

“He said he misspoke, and he apologized for it. And I like to evaluate people based on their entire life, their entire career, all they stand for … I believe he’s a good man.”

Kirk, we think you'd better review Todd’s definition of “legitimate rape,” and his background on the female body, before you just dismiss those comments and hand him an endorsement.



Video: Green Day - "American Idiot" 

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Study: People Don't Hate Mondays - They Hate All Work Days (Except This One)

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"I hate Mondays" isn't just a sentiment exclusive to the cartoon cat, Garfield.

It's one that's shared by pretty much everyone who works for a living. Or, maybe not.

A new study may actually disapprove the notion that Monday is the most despised day of the week in cubicles around the globe.

According to a team led by Prof. Arthur Stone at Stony Brook University, the majority of us working stiffs have the same amount of displeasure for Monday that we do for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In fact, the study, which used a telephone poll of 340,000 people and was published in the "Journal of Positive Psychology," found that we claim to be happiest and least-stressed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The reason we focus so much of negativity on Monday is because of the switch from the weekend to the workweek.

Isn't science supposed to tell us stuff we don't already know?



Video: "Friday" By Rebecca Black

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Are You Missing Shark Week Already? Here's The Remix! [VIDEO]

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Auto-tune goodness ... applied to Shark Week?

We simply can't imagine anything more exciting to watch.

Luckily, Melodysheep is around to oblige all of us shark nerds by remixing footage from the Discovery network's annual tradition to a sweet tune entitled "Bite of the Great White!"

Just excuse us while we blast this again ... and again ... and again.

Watch the video, below!



DiD yOu KnOw? ... Melodysheep is also responsible for our favorite PBS remixes: Mister Rogers, Bob Ross, and Julia Child.


Video: Bite of the Great White! (Shark Week remix) 

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Would You Ditch Your Tel For Dinner? LA Restaurant Offers Discount To Phone-Free Guests

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A restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a sweet deal: give up your phone before being seated and you'll receive a 5% discount on your bill.

While we highly discourage folks from wasting away their dinners playing Angry Birds, we admit we've been guilty of catching up on emails at the table every now and then.

(OK,  maybe a little more than "every now and then.")

Would you be able to disconnect yourself for an hour or two ... to enjoy a meal?



DiD yOu KnOw? ... Giving up your tech goods isn't your thing? No problem! Check out the high-tech German restaurant that doesn't have any waiters, just robots, in the video, below.

 


Video: High-Tech Restaurant Has No Waiters

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Beauty Queens Go To Hell (Gordon Ramsay's 'Hell's Kitchen,' That Is!)

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How much heat can a former teen beauty queen take?

That question will be answered at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 20, as five former Miss Teen USAs team up with the remaining contestants on "Hell’s Kitchen" on Fox.

Gordon Ramsay’s competitive reality-cooking show lands the winner a head-chef spot at his latest restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

Past challenges have ranged from shucking scallops to herding sheep. Let’s hope we get to watch the ladies attempt the latter.

You know what they say: if you can’t take the heat. ...


Video: Beauty Queen Fail 

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Lady Gaga Defends Her Decision To Wear Fur After Getting An Earful From PETA

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Lady Gaga caused quite the uproar when she decided to wear a fur coat recently.

PETA blasted her about the fashion statement, pointing out a clip from a former interview in which she stated that she didn't wear fur because she didn't want to make herself "a target, just like the mindless Kim Kardashian" (who was recently thrown flour on while wearing a fur coat in public).

While she refused to comment on whether the fur was real or not, she angrily tweeted at the press, stating that they shouldn't "forget to credit the designer Hermes."

But, she did take to her website to offer an explanation to her fans. While it is a weird move after her strong statement about disliking liking fur before, it is also true that she's adored for her wild outfits -- which have been made from "python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb alligator... and not to mention meat."

She also defended Kim K., saying that the reality-TV star is "fabulous."

Whether we agree or not with Lady Gaga's views on fur, we do have to agree that Kim is fabulous, as is the meat-wearing singer herself!



DiD yOu KnOw? ... Once upon a time in old Hollywood, it wasn't frowned upon for silver screen stars -- like Natalie Wood and Lucille Ball -- to model fur (sometimes with seemingly nothing else on underneath). Check out this photoset on Flickr to see which famous faces in fur you recognize.

 


Video: Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - "Rabbit Fur Coat "

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Japanese Company Wants All Of Its Employees To Get The Same Eco-Friendly Haircut

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You know what sucks? Really strict office mandated dress codes.

You know what sucks even more? Office-mandated haircuts.

And, even though it sounds far-out, a Japanese construction company is encouraging its nearly 2,700 workers to get the same style of haircut.

For men, the suggested cut is short on the back and sides with a little length on top. For the ladies, it's a bob with enough fringe to be swept to one side.

Why?

The idea is that the hairstyles will be more eco-friendly, requiring less water to wash and less electricity to dry with a hairdryer -- something that's been big in Japan since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster last March. It's also beneficial since their industry requires workers to wear hardhats and the haircuts prevent wasting time fixing and adjusting after taking them off.

There were some jokes here at Glittarazzi HQ about instituting a similar policy, but with the new hairstyle sported by Miley Cyrus, it didn't go over well.



Video: The Japanese Retro-Chic Bob Haircut

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Interview: Kathleen Turner Talks About Her Latest Gig - Playing Molly Ivins

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Kathleen Turner is a handful.

But, if you know anything about the renowned actress, you already knew that.

From "War of the Roses" to "Romancing the Stone," Kathlees has made a name for herself by playing bold, brassy women. 

But, it takes one to know one.

With roles that have landed her Oscar, Tony and even Grammy noms, she has returned to the stage with "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins." The one-woman show, which opens at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, chronicles the life of the witty and outspoken Texan News Columnist Molly Ivins. Kathleen and playwright Margaret Engel sat down for a discussion Wednesday night at the Newseum.

“Her humor is right on,” Kathlees said of Ivins. “It’s so perfectly worded, so well-chosen, well-crafted.”

Not to mention she fits the bill of requisites for a traditional Kathleen character. Smart, sassy and willing to take on the big boys. What would Molly have to say about this year’s election?

“You’ll have to see the play!” Kathleen said. “Molly used to say, when you make people laugh, they open up their ears and hear you.”

A short clip reel captured another aspect of Molly’s attitude toward writing.

“My first job, the Chronicle, we drank at the Press Club. My second job, the Trib, in Minneapolis, we drank at The Little Wagon. ... My third job, the Texas Observer, we drank in the office.”

Cheers to that, Molly! We think she would agree with another famous writer, Mr. Ernest Hemingway. “Write drunk, edit sober.”


DiD yOu KnOw? ...

Here's what Kathleen Turner had to say about a few of her leading men:

Michael Douglas – (On the set of the emotionally intense film War of the Roses) “We had a rule. At the end of the day, me and Danny [DeVito] and Michael all had to hug each other.”

Jack Nicholson – “He had a habit of staying up very very very late. So his car would pull up in the morning to the studio and all you would see is the driver. Then you would look in the backseat and there was Jack, [mimicks sprawled out position] lying down.”

William Hurt – He tends to be much more of a method-type, where you have to call him by his character name on set. I was like yeah, yeah.”

 

 
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Cliffs Notes, Anyone?: Author Encourages Kid To Read His Book On Yahoo! Answers

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Why would anyone ask for a summary of a book written by a Derrick-Comedy member instead of reading the actual book?

That's the question posed by DC Pierson, author and comedian for Derrick Comedy -- the same comedy troupe that Donald Glover came from.

DC responded to a Yahoo! Answers request posted by a kid who wanted a summary of his book, "The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To," because he wouldn't have enough time to get through the required summer assignment before classes started.

The cool part, though, was that DC wasn't angry with the kid for trying to cheat his way to answers. Instead, the author was upset about the idea of "required" reading, which turns reading into a chore instead of something fun. Our favorite point of his argument to finish the book?

"I think you'll find there's a ton more sex, swearing, and drugs in my book than anything else you have been or will be assigned in high school," he wrote in his lengthy response (check it out, below).

So, kids, the next time you're thinking of asking for a summary instead of reading the book, don't!


 

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DiD yOu KnOw? ... We're big fans of the "Let's Read!" initiative being hosted by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, which has also been supported by several celebs (like LeVar Burton and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler). Read more about it, here.

 


Video: Portlandia - "Did You Read?" 

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Virgin America Celebrates Inaugural DCA-SFO Flight With Champagne, 'Barack' & 'Mitt'

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Did someone say ... "party?"

Virgin America painted Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) red,white and blue this week to celebrate its Washington, D.C., debut.

And, we were all over it like Michelle Obama on homegrown veggies.

The company launched its new, nonstop flight from its San Francisco International Airport (SFO) hub to DCA Tuesday -- but, free WiFi, power outlets and personal touch-screen entertainment isn't all that Virgin fliers have to celebrate. Virgin recently partnered with Rock the Vote to allow passengers to register to vote at 35,000 feet via the airline's Red(tm) inflight entertainment platform.

In other words, people may now "flypartisan."

The airline's first DCA flight guests had some special surprises during the inaugural flight. Along for the ride were presidential impersonators Jim Gossett as "Mitt" and Reggie Brown as "Barack." The "politicos" spent the flight chatting with travelers on both sides of the isle en route to our Nation's Capital as they handed out American flags.

When the plane arrived on DCA's tarmac, it was welcomed by us [pic 1, pic 2] and a traditional water-cannon salute [pic]. Inside the terminal, the inaugural flight's arrival was highlighted by short speeches by Margaret McKeough (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority) and David Cush (President and CEO, Virgin America).

Virgin America's new round-trip service from DCA to SFO will be offered once daily -- and, we're all about it. Flight 1 will leve SFO every day at 8:30 a.m., and arrive at DCA at 4:05 p.m. Flight 2 will take off from DCA 5 p.m., arriving in SFO at 7:40 p.m. 

Golden Gate Bridge, here we come!


Top photo: "Mitt," Virgin America CEO David Cush and "Barack" celebrate Virgin America's first inaugural flight at DCA Tuesday.


DiD yOu KnOw? ... Virginia America was awarded the DCA-SFO route this spring by the U.S. Department of Transportation.



Video: "Like A Virgin" - Team Glittarazzi Celebrates Virgin America's Inaugural Flight Into Washington, D.C.!


 


Greg Blakey, Shruti Shah, Jed Dwyer, Ali Lewis and Kelly Ann Collins contributed to this report. 

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