Quickies: Liz Taylor And Michael Jackson’s Post-9/11 Road Trip & Blake Shelton’s Anti-Gay Tweets

  • On September 10, 2001, Michael Jackson played a concert in New York City and his two good pals, Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando, sat in the audience. On September 11th, NYC was attacked by terrorists and friends of the now-deceased stars claim the threesome hopped in a car and started driving cross-country. Claims Vanity Fair magazine, “Brando allegedly annoyed his traveling companions by insisting on stopping at nearly every KFC and Burger King they passed along the highway.” Praise be, this has all been explained for our amusement via Taiwanese animation. [Vanity Fair]
  • The upcoming TV lineup is packed with shows starring ladies! Yesss! I’m setting my DVR to record half of these shows right now. [Vulture]
  • Oksana Grigorieva has dropped her domestic violence claim against Mel Gibson, apparently as an “olive branch.” Ugh, I don’t understand these people. [TMZ]
  • How much do celebs earn for appearing on “Dancing With The Stars”? The results will shock you. Now we know how Bristol Palin could afford all that plastic surgery. [PopEater]

  • Blake Shelton, a judge on “The Voice,” tweeted last night that he was, “Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song.. Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy…” CHARMING. (The actual lyrics of Shania’s song, “Any Man of Mine,” are “Any man of mine better walk the line – Better show me a teasin’ squeezin’ pleasin’ kinda time.”) Blake Shelton apologized, but gay rights groups are still not pleased. [ONTD]
  • George Clooney’s girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, posed naked for PETA. [The Superficial]
  • Anyone catch Jon Stewart’s animated simulation of the royal wedding night — starring Harry Potter, David Beckham, Winston Churchill, Adolph Hitler, William Shakespeare and Paddington Bear? [PopEater]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, of all people, will be hosting Kate Middleton and Prince William when they visit California from July 8 – 10. Really? Arnold Schwarzenegger? That’s the best we could come up with as an ambassador to America? An Austrian ex-bodybuilding ex-action movie star ex-governor? What, was Paris Hilton busy? [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Surprise! Elin Nordegren “hates” her ex-husband Tiger Woods. “She doesn’t see him or speak with him,” says a source. (Is this really news to anyone’s ears?) Elin also tried dating a banker in Florida for three months but that didn’t go anywhere. [US Magazine]
  • Model Agyness Deyn is going to play a stripper in the remake of a 1996 film “Pusher,” a film we’ve never heard of. [Styleite]
  • “The Tudors”‘ Jonathan Rhys Myers has checked into rehab for alcohol addiction again. [PopEater]
  • The house from “Home Alone” is for sale for a cool $2.4 million. [TMZ]
  • What the eff is a “therapy kangaroo”? Is that like a therapy dog? Does this mean I can get a therapy baby panda? [The Daily What]
  • Animals posing with stuffed animals of themselves! SQUEEEEE! [BuzzFeed]
  • Keyboardist Jenny Conlee from The Decemberists will miss several upcoming shows to undergo treatment for breast cancer. Get well soon, Jenny! [PopEater]
  • The top baby names of 2010 were “Isabella” and “Jacob,” according to the listkeepers at the Social Security Administration. “Mason” enjoyed a huge bump in popularity for boys, hopefully not for “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”-related reasons. [The Hairpin]
  • The average British woman supposedly has $660 worth of shoes in her closet which are sitting idle and unworn. Send them to me! [Jezebel]
  • Does anyone care enough about Sarah Ferguson, the former Duchess of York, to watch a six-part docu-reality series about her? Didn’t think so. Now, if Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas had a docu-series, I would totally watch that. [ONTD]
  • And last but not least, a brief history of Osama bin Laden in pop culture, including on “South Park.” [NYmag.com Vulture]
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