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Nicolas Cage vampire story travels in time, ages not one bit

Nicolas Cage is not and has never been a time-traveling vampire, he said Thursday on "Late Night With David Letterman," when the host presented him with photographic "evidence" of the aforementioned scenario.

But it appears the "Nic is a time-traveling vampire" story is a bit more undead than Cage himself: It was born last September when an EBay seller posted a Civil War-era photo with the title "Nicolas Cage Is a Vampire/Photo From 1870/ Tennessee" and a starting bid of $1 million.

"My theory is that he allows himself to age to a certain point, maybe 70, 80 or so, then the actor 'Nicolas Cage' will 'die,' " antiques seller Jack Mord of Seattle joked to the Daily Mail back in September. "But in reality, the undead vampire 'Nicolas Cage' will have rejuvenated himself and appeared in some other part of the world, young again, and ready to start all over."

As logical -- ahem -- as that theory might sound, Cage shot it down fairly quickly Thursday, noting that a picture was in fact involved, and "you can't take pictures of vampires."

Duh.

Also, he said, "I don't drink blood, and the last time I looked in the mirror, I had a reflection, so I'm just not going to go with this vampire theory. I'm not going to do it."

Next interview, we hope Letterman addresses the whole "Man Inside the Nicolas Cage Costume" issue, as broached by the Onion News Network, below.

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Justin Bieber discusses DNA test -- but what about that 'stache?

Justin Bieber and Usher

Justin Bieber worked up his Thanksgiving appetite doing more rounds in New York, hitting "The View" and David Letterman's show, among others, and answering some questions about that DNA test he took a week ago in New Jersey.

And, yes, that fuzz on his upper lip is in fact a moustache, on purpose.

The paternity allegation "shouldn't even be a discussion," he said Wednesday on "The View," explaining that he took the test in New Jersey not because he had to but because he wanted to. Even if Mariah Yeater doesn't submit her baby son Tristyn's DNA for testing, he said, he "wanted everything to be out there in the open."

(Yeater's attorney told TMZ on Wednesday that, yes, the child will be tested. And, no, they weren't pleased that the singer had his own test done without Team Yeater supervision.)

Whoopi Goldberg noticed Bieber's faint moustache, but the whole gang failed to give him a chance to explain it: It's Movember, the grow-a-'stache-in-November campaign that each year aims to raise money and awareness for men's health issues, including prostate cancer.

Oh, well, ladies, it's coming off soon: "End of November I'm gonna shave it," he told "The View" cohosts, "... and then it'll take another year and a half to grow  back."

Wednesday night on "Late Night With David Letterman," Bieber went into a little more detail about the DNA test, which was done at a lab in New Jersey with what his reps said was a clear chain of custody.

Letterman wanted to know, during the test, was he unconscious, and was any disrobing involved? Bieber appeared to want to know what disrobing actually was -- but, hey, cut him some slack, the kid's only 17 -- and since, as he explained, the test involves only a swab of the inside of the mouth, Dave was looking a little like a crazy old guy.

Justin's Thanksgiving message, when he finally took a break from "Under the Mistletoe" promotion? "thankful for my friends, family, and fans," he wrote on Twitter. "thankful for everyday. thank U."

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Photo: Justin Bieber, left, and Usher on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday in New York City. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

 


David Letterman death threat posted on jihadist website

David Letterman gets death threat from jihadist site

David Letterman was the subject of a death threat made Tuesday by a frequent contributor to an online forum said to be popular with radical Muslims -- and it's a death threat the FBI is taking seriously.

A contributor using the name Umar al-Basrawi posted his threat in response to the late-night host's comments about the early June death-by-airstrike of Ilyas Kashmiri, Al Qaeda's alleged new leader after U.S. Special Forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan earlier this year.

"Is there not among you a Sayyid Nosair al-Mairi ... to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever?" Al-Basrawi wrote, referring to El Sayyid Nosair, convicted of the 1990 killing of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane, and to Letterman, who is not Jewish.

According to the post, one of 1,200 or so on the site by Al-Basrawi (likely an alias), Letterman "showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims, and said that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed and he joined bin Laden. Then the despicable one put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter!!"

The comment was brought to light by SITE Intelligence Group, a private company that monitors extremist trends, including those in the jihadist movement. SITE is an acronym for "Search for International Terrorist Entities."

The threat was made on Shumukh-al-Islam, an online destination that a SITE analyst described to EW as "a clearing house for al Qaeda material" -- one where messages from the terrorist group often appear first online in the U.S.

“We take every potential threat seriously," said Jim Margolin, spokesman for the FBI's New York office, who said the bureau is looking into the threat. CBS had no comment for the AP or EW.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: David Letterman in March 2011. Credit: Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters


Jason Segel drops 30 pounds after compromising fast-food photo surfaces

Jason Segel stopped by David Letterman's couch on Thursday night, revealing that an embarrassing photo served as his inspiration to lose weight.

The "Bad Teacher" funnyman told Letterman he had been in New Orleans working -- and enjoying what he called the "best food and booze anywhere."

"I really took advantage of it," Segel said. "Unfortunately my assistant had, like, a key to my room in case I overslept. She came in one day to wake me up and took a bunch of pictures to show me what I had become."

One of the photos, which Segel shared, caught of the actor covered in Taco Bell wrappers, and passed out on his back.

"Honest to God, Jason, this looks like a crime scene," Letterman said.

Segel dropped 30 pounds after the shameful photo shoot. Watch the full clip above.

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Justin Bieber survives a wild day in New York City

Justin Bieber fans at Macy's Herald Square

Justin Bieber attacked by a strange man? Justin Bieber knocked to the ground? Justin Bieber mobbed by fans gone wild outside Macy's Herald Square? The story people heard all depended on what time they checked in on the drama that unfolded Thursday around the pop star's appearance at Macy's Herald Square in New York.

Long story short: The Biebs is just fine, the strange man was actually a plainclothes cop, and police said the pop star wasn't touched, only his bodyguard. By the way, the NYPD said later, the misunderstanding was the bodyguard's fault -- which is why members of Bieber's security team were cited for disorderly conduct.

Now back to the real stars of the Macy's Herald Square appearance: the girls. The store was overrun with them in a frenzied, tweenage mess of pink and purple, a tangle of braces, braids and bubble gum, drawn by their idol's efforts to launch a new fragrance, Someday. (All proceeds from the perfume, launched Monday by Give Back Brands, will be donated to charity.)

Justin Bieber in New York Screaming in unison with faces flushed and arms thrust in the air, the deafening cacophony of 300-some girls' high-pitched wailing echoed throughout the store. Even the security guards were wincing and covering their ears.

At 2:30 in the afternoon, it had already been an exhausting day for the pop star. There was an early morning appearance live on the "Today" show, then "The View" and a taping of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" -- all after having appeared on "Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday.

Bieber worked his way down the VIP purple carpet inside Macy's, greeting fans and a throng of media near a nearly 2-foot high Someday bottle topped with a pink and crimson flower. Perfume counters flanked the stage and walls of TV screens repeatedly played Bieber's sexy perfume commercial.

The chanting swelled: "Justin, Justin, Justin."  And then: "Hey everybody..."  Bieber was onstage -- cue an eruption of paparazzi-like flashbulbs and more shrieking from fans. Then: "OK, love you, peace," he said before sauntering offstage.

Who knew that was the tame part? The event was, understandably, not without a little drama. For the next several hours, Bieber would do a feverish junket of TV interviews upstairs on the 8th floor, where he also personally greeted and took pictures with the first 350 fans to buy his VIP gift set. One girl passed out, another child got lost, and the tears -- of both frustration and ecstasy -- flowed. Some mothers beamed as their offspring posed with arms around the man of the moment; other moms picked fights with Macy's staff, outraged that their kids hadn't gotten $135 worth of face time with the teen idol.

And of course there was the drama outside, when Bieber was greeting voracious fans outside the store. After the barrier-jumping brouhaha went down, he re-entered the store cradling his elbow as security hovered protectively around him.

But none of this dampened his fans' spirits. "It feels like he's a part of us," shrieked 14-year-old Melissa Lamorena. "He, like, made [the perfume]. And if we're wearing it, we're close to him!"

And doesn't Bieber know it: "#ilovemyfans and for those i didnt get to see today....thank u for your love and support. #wegohard #teambieber #someday," he tweeted late Thursday.

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Justin Bieber fans in New York

Photos: Fans, top and bottom, hit Macy's Herald Square in Manhattan to see Justin Bieber, left, at the launch of his fragrance, Someday. Credits: (Top and left) Jennifer Altman / For The Times. (Bottom) Deborah Vankin / Los Angeles Times


Eva Longoria has a wardrobe malfunction on 'Letterman' [Video]

When Eva Longoria stopped by David Letterman's couch in a micro-tuxedo to talk about her new cookbook, the "Desperate Housewives" actress gave the host a bit more than he bargained for — a wardrobe malfunction, to be exact.

"I wore a tuxedo for you," Longoria said when she arrived onstage.

"Or part of one," Letterman quipped back.

Then the button on her teeny-tiny jacket gave way, prompting Letterman to say, "We're going to lose our liquor license, I know it." (Watch the malfunction above.)

Among the things they discussed: soapy cilantro, okra and Oprah.

Eva Longoria Parker promotes her cookbook 'Eva's Kitchen'Longoria, 36, has been promoting her cookbook, "Eva's Kitchen." She said the book, coupled with cooking, helped her get through her ugly divorce from Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.

The actress, a longtime foodie, turned to the kitchen and helping out friends post-divorce. Since February, she's been linked to Eduardo Cruz, Penelope Cruz's little bro, but has been reluctant to get into the dating scene.

"I'm really domestic, so I had a really strong identity in being a wife," Longoria told Rachael Ray. "Finding myself again outside of somebody else has been not even challenging — it's been fun. It's been like, here we go!"

The complete opposite of her character Gabrielle Solis, no?

The "Beso" restaurateur said she wants to have a family, but in the meantime she's taken in two live-in friends at her house.

"I'm like the mother hen for a sorority house. It's all women, all the time. So, we're always cooking! I love it!"

Longoria, who married the basketball player in  an extravagant "7-7-07" ceremony, said the divorce, which was just as public, made it more difficult.

"It was hard," she said in promos for Thursday's episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight." "It was devastating to go through on its own, much less publicly."

Maybe it's a good thing her button popped off — to distract people from less pleasant issues?

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Photo: Actress Eva Longoria signs her new book, "Eva's Kitchen," at a Borders in New York. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images.


Michael Lohan takes credit, David Letterman 'apologizes' to Lindsay Lohan [Poll]

 

Michael Lohan admits booking Lindsay Lohan to do Letterman We're not going to lie -- when the Ministry asked earlier who readers thought  Lindsay Lohan's Letterman-booking "friend" might be, we did have our eyes on a favorite. And were we the betting type, Michael Lohan's yeah-I'm-the-friend admission Wednesday would've paid off.

It wouldn't have been a big jackpot, because given Michael Lohan's track record, the odds were around 3-2 or better that he had a hand in the confusion about whether Lindsay would deliver Thursday's Top 10 list on "Late Show With David Letterman."

Lindsay tweeted Tuesday night that she'd never agreed to a satellite appearance on the show; Michael told TMZ on Wednesday that he was the one who'd set up the deal, allegedly with his daughter's OK, but that her reps put the kibosh on it.

"Anything positive that I bring into her life ... [her people] try to nix it," Michael Lohan said.

One thing that dad did bring into Lilo's life, directly or indirectly, was an apology -- technically speaking -- from Letterman, who seized the opportunity to repeat his Top 10 list joke about her stealing a Grammy from last weekend's award show, and to keep his face absolutely deadpan as he said he hoped he hadn't embarrassed the Lohan family. 

"I have no one to blame but myself," Letterman said, "and boy is my face red."

Watch the video and let us know what you think of Letterman's apology.

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Photo: Michael Lohan outside the Beverly Hills Courthouse after his daughter was taken into custody on Sept. 24, 2010. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.

 


Lindsay Lohan on the David Letterman show? 'We made a mistake'

Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman

When it comes to booking Lindsay Lohan to do the Top 10 list on "Late Night With David Letterman," it appears that Letterman's gang got punked.

CBS backtracked Wednesday after announcing Tuesday that the actress would deliver Thursday night's list via satellite from L.A.

"We made a mistake," CBS said, Show Tracker reports. "Someone purporting to be a friend of Lindsay's reached out to the show yesterday, allegedly on her behalf, and booked her to appear. Clearly, this person was not authorized to make commitments on her behalf. We wish Lindsay well, and look forward to having her on the show in the future."

Though Lilo hasn't appeared on the show since 2007, jokes at her expense are almost a regularly scheduled guest.

Lohan raised a Twitter flag on Tuesday night ahead of the CBS announcement, saying, "I am NOT going to be doing David Letterman, I'm not sure how this happened, but I am sorry for the confusion."

Any thoughts on who the oh-so-helpful "friend" might have been? Or perhaps the Top 10 reasons Lindsay should or shouldn't come near the Letterman show?

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011 cover model is Irina Shayk

 

The cover of the Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit edition was revealed Monday night on "Late Night With David Letterman" -- and the star of this year's mag is one Irina Shayk.

Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit cover Letterman's list, the "Top 10 Good Things About Appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition," was delivered by 10 models featured in the sports mag's annual skin fest -- and Shayk caught our attention early with her Boris-and-Natasha delivery of No. 6: "When police officer ask me for ID, I say, 'Check Page 47.' "

Moments later, the 25-year-old model seemed a bit shy and surprised as her bodacious, swimsuit-clad body was revealed to all on a massive billboard at the corner of Broadway and 52nd Street in New York. She follows in the bikini strings of last year's cover girl, Brooklyn Decker. And yes, she found out during the taping that she got the cover.

Some more of our fave lines from the list:

Genevieve Morton: "All the body paint I can eat."

Julie Henderson: "Appearing on popular television shows ... and this one."

Alyssa Miller: "On tax form under occupation, I can write 'Hot.' "

There was also a Charlie Sheen joke in there, but please, Dave, these ladies are models, not, um, "actresses."

If your employer is cool with you peeping at scantily clad ladies during work hours, follow this link to pics of the lovely Ms. Shayk. We clicked to No. 16 before getting a little booty shot, so use your own judgment. And no, you can't have this job.

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Photo: The cover of the Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit edition featuring Irina Shayk. Credit: Bjorn Iooss / Sports Illustrated



Snooki tells David Letterman she doesn't have a drinking 'problem'

Snooki is a laid-back girl, not the "drunken meatball" you think she is, according to the story she told David Letterman on Thursday night.

Oh, how she's been misunderstood.

The self-proclaimed "guidette" shot to fame because of MTV's "Jersey Shore" and stopped by "The Late Show" for the second time this year to plug ... well, herself, as our sister blog Show Tracker reports.

Snooks, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, sat through a series of awkward questions wearing what we can only assume are battery-operated light-up stilettos. Speaking of unusual footwear, Letterman donned her Snooki slippers, which the 23-year-old will use to promote her brand in her "Shore" afterlife. But we digress....

Letterman took jabs at the show, which has already aired several episodes of its third season, including Snooki getting arrested on the beach for being drunk in public and a nuisance. So, the prickly host asked her whether she had a drinking problem.Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi with her book 'A Shore Thing'

"Do you think, uh, um, maybe you need to abstain?" Letterman asked. 

"I definitely don't think I have a problem. I mean, when we're not filming I hardly go out. I hardly drink. It's just, you know, it's summer. It's time to enjoy yourself," she said.

"People don't understand who I really am ... they see me as this party animal or whatever. I'm not like that all the time... I'm just a laid-back girl that'd rather stay in and watch movies at night than go to a ... club."

So, Letterman asked why the other impression?

"Well, you're at the shore, obviously you want to go out," she said.

We wonder if her new book "A Shore Thing" has the same air of confusion. The book has become an extended New York Times bestseller. We don't know how or why. But if you still haven't bought it, here are 10 reasons why you should (or shouldn't).

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Photo: Reality TV star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi poses with her book in New York. Credit: Brendan McDermid / Reuters


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