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December 5th

Dec 05, 2012 -- 10:02am





There's nothing wrong with telling a little "salad-tossing" joke . . . unless you're on NBC in the middle of the morning.MATT DAMON was on the "Today" show yesterday . . . and for some reason, they decided to ask for his help with a viewer's question. This viewer was wondering what he should do because his girlfriend, quote, "tosses salad with her hands without washing them and tastes everything with her fingers."-Matt's reply was, quote, "That's not what they taught me about tossing salad." MATT LAUER kind of glossed over it, and Damon ended up giving a more helpful and less obscene answer.

ARETHA FRANKLIN may have suffered a wardrobe malfunction at the White House this weekend.  Her rep says the top of her dress came down, exposing her, quote, "foundation-wearing girls in all their Victoria's Secret glory!"  Sadly, no pictures have surfaced.  Yet. has released its annual list of the Most Overpaid Actors in Hollywood . . . and this year's winner (slash) loser is EDDIE MURPHY.  He's followed by KATHERINE HEIGL, who wasn't on the list last year.To come up with the list, Forbes takes everybody's last three movies, and calculates how much those movies made for every dollar the star was paid.Eddie's last three movies were "A Thousand Words", "Tower Heist" and "Imagine That".  And those films only made $2.30 for every dollar he was paid.

 #1.)  Eddie Murphy,  $2.30

#2.)  Katherine Heigl,  $3.40

#3.)  Reese Witherspoon,  $3.90

#4.)  Sandra Bullock,  $5.00

#5.)  Jack Black,  $5.20

Former "Malcolm in the Middle" star FRANKIE MUNIZ ended up in the hospital this past Friday, after suffering a MINI-STROKE.  Yesterday he Tweeted, quote, "I was in the hospital last Friday.  I suffered a 'Mini Stroke,' which was not fun at all.  Have to start taking care of my body!  Getting old!"  Today is actually Frankie's birthday.  He's an ancient 27.

ANDERSON COOPER went BLIND for 36 hours last week, while he was on assignment in Portugal for "60 Minutes".  The cause of his blindness was SUNBURNED EYEBALLS.-On his show yesterday, Anderson said he was out in the ocean on a boat for about two hours.  And even though it was overcast, the UV light bouncing off the water did a number on his eyes. He said, quote, "I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire, my eyeballs and I think, oh maybe I have sand in my eyes or something.-"I douse my eyes with water.  Anyway, it turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind.  I went blind for 36 hours."NBC's chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman said, quote, "It's a reminder that frankly everyone needs sunglasses.  Fortunately for you you're going to be fine, but it's a real reminder."


 A Chargers fan who was trash-talking with NICK LACHEY during the Chargers / Bengals game on Sunday claims Nick shoved him to the ground and cursed at his wife.  But other witnesses say Nick did neither . . . and the FAN was the aggressor.  But Nick left willingly with security to avoid a scene.

Something tells me the last thing KATE MIDDLETON needs right now is parenting advice from SNOOKI.  But she's getting it. Snooki says, quote, "It's hard, but don't stress out.  Enjoy your pregnancy and be excited." She added, quote, "Enjoy your time at home, or the castle, in her case, with the baby.  Especially the first few months.  You'll get to know him or her, keep them safe and fall more in love each day."

BOY GEORGE tried to compliment Mexico's new president for being hot . . . but his Tweet was poorly translated by the Mexican media, and he was attacked online by angry Mexicans.BOY GEORGE tried to compliment Mexico's new president ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO on Twitter . . . but the Tweet was poorly-translated, and he ended up getting ATTACKED by Mexicans.Here's what he said . . . quote, "Mexico has a hot new president and I hope he is good for the country!"-But several Mexican media outlets translated it incorrectly.  According to them, he said, quote, "So the Mexican president is a tyrant.  Well, if that's true Mexico needs good wishes."So yesterday, Boy George announced that he's blocking, quote, "anyone who annoys me by calling me racist or mentioning presidents."  He added that the people who were doing that were, quote, "Mostly Mexicans."

"Time"magazine released a ton of year-end lists yesterday.  They named "Amour" the best movie . . . and "Cloud Atlas" the WORST.  "Parks and Recreation" was named Best TV Series, and USHER'S "Climax" was named Best Song.

Yesterday, "Time" magazine released 55 year-in-review top ten lists.  Seriously.  The General Petraeus scandal was the top scandal of the year, "Call Me Maybe" was the best meme, the iPhone 5 was the best gadget, and people becoming CANNIBALS after taking bath salts was the most overreported story.

As you may have heard, PETER JACKSON'S "Hobbit" movie was shot at 48 frames per second instead of the usual 24 frames per second.  It's supposed to make the image SUPER clear, and enhance the 3-D effects.-But it also might make you sick.Britain's "Guardian" newspaper says some of the people who got to see the movie early have reported feeling nauseous and dizzy after seeing it . . . and said it even gave them a bad headache.-One person who saw it said, quote, "You have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust.  This is not for wimps."  And another said, quote, "My eyes cannot take everything in, it's dizzying. Now I have a migraine."Even professional critics have said it takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the frame-rate . . . but they didn't complain about it making them sick, they complained about how the image looked TOO GOOD.





MATT DAMON has been cast in the upcoming movie "Monuments Men", which is being directed by GEORGE CLOONEY.  It's a period drama set in Germany toward the end of World War Two.This thing actually has a big cast . . . including Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, "Downton Abbey's" Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban.

BARBARA WALTERS has revealed that HONEY BOO BOO made her list of the year's "Most Fascinating People" . . . even though she knows you may not approve.She says, quote, "A lot of people will say, 'For heaven's sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at five or six years old entering beauty contests. -"But the relationship between Alana and her mother . . . that's the story, the two of them.  It's very touching . . . It's a love story.  It's a very sweet, loving story.-"Honey Boo Boo is not an obnoxious little girl.  She's sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters. And now Anna has a new baby, and the baby has [three] thumbs, but so what?  It'll make you smile."

TV Land has a new sitcom in the works, which will star MICHAEL RICHARDS . . . Kramer from "Seinfeld" . . . along with former "Cheers" stars KIRSTIE ALLEY and RHEA PERLMAN.  It's called "Giant Baby".  There's no word when it might premiere.

 Earlier this year, TARAN NOAH SMITH was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana.  (--Taran played Mark, the youngest son on "Home Improvement".)And yesterday, he was convicted of both charges.  He pleaded GUILTY to drug possession . . . and NO CONTEST to the DUI charge. According to TMZ, he was sentenced to "a 12-hour program for the DUI, and a six-month drug diversion program" for the weed charge.  He was also placed on three years probation.  (--Taran is 28 years old now.)

Classic big-screen couple John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John paid a visit to Ellen today to talk about their new charity Christmas album, featuring major guest stars like Barbra Streisand, James Taylor and Tony Bennett."Kenny G," added Newton-John

The Voice's Dec. 4 results show kept with the four theme, revealing season three's Top 4 contestants! And boy, was it a close one! All of the Top 6 found themselves on Top 10 iTunes lists and even the coaches couldn't predict which two contestants would be leaving the competition by night's end. So which contestants made it to the semifinals? And which coaches are still in the competition?Meet your final four, America: Terry McDermott (Team Blake Shelton), Trevin Hunte (Team Cee Lo Green), Cassadee Pope (Team Blake) and Nicholas David (Team Cee Lo)! "Holy s--t! Holy s--t!!!!!!!!!" Shelton tweeted of the good news. "This calls for a drink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love y'all so much it's disgusting!!!!!!!!" So yeah, he was a little excited that both of his contestants made it to the Top 4.The two contestants sent home were Adam Levine's Amanda Brown, who tackled Aretha Franklin and Whitesnake during Monday's performance show and sang a duet with Ne-Yo earlier in the night, and Melanie Martinez, also on Team Adam, who was the youngest singer in the competition at 17 years old





--"The X Factor" [Performance Show] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"Ghost Hunters" [8th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Syfy.

  --"Grammy Nominations Concert Live" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS.  The Who, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Ne-Yo and Hunter Hayes perform as Taylor Swift and LL Cool J host the nominations for the 2013 Grammys.  (--The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley will also perform together to pay tribute to Johnny Cash.)

-"The Houstons: On Our Own" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Lifetime.

 --"Duck Dynasty" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E.



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