Update: Fred Willard handles this as only Fred Willard can. On the Fallon show:
Fred Willard might just be one of our favorite actors, and not just because he's a Shaker Heights native. The Guest-movie mainstay, however, does not get a pass on this one.
Police arrested him at a Hollywood-area adult theater for "lewd" activities, which means he had taken little Willard out for a playdate in public, which is not OK.
The 72-year-old was released shortly after without posting bail, according to the AP.
The manager of the porn hall came out today and proclaimed that Willard did nothing wrong, wasn't jackin' it, and that cops were just being over-antsy puritanical worrywarts, according to the NYDN. Our completely made-up sources say one of the officers vaguely resembled Carl Monday.
Let me ask you something. How many times do you think I can stroke it? Take a guess.
A fun sidenote in the all the hoopla over Randy Lerner probably selling the Cleveland Browns:
ProFootballTalk, the highly read NBC football blog, posted Mayor Frank Jackson's statement about today's news. Alongside a picture of Michael Stanley. It's been changed now, but screengrabbed below for posterity.
OK, readers: Stanley or Jackson. Cast your vote.
The rumors have been around for a couple of months now, and they hit a high mark when WKNR's Tony Rizzo blasted them out on the airwaves this morning. Is Randy Lerner looking to sell the Browns?
Turns out, the answer is yes. Though right now the language used by the team, which confirmed the rumors, is veering toward "investment."
Mr. Lerner released this statement this morning:
"In connection with current rumors and press inquiries, I can report that I've been approached by Mr. Jimmy Haslam, who is interested in making an investment in the Cleveland Browns. We are currently in negotiations and both sides have agreed to keep that dialogue and its details private. Given that any transaction would require League approval, care has been taken so that this process will not be disruptive to the organization, in particular the football team, as it prepares for the upcoming season. We will share further details or make an announcement if it becomes necessary."
Haslam is the CEO of the Pilot Corporation.
Haslam previously was an investor of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
All-around swell guy and relentlessly creative soul Derek Hess posted some photos of his booking calendar from back in the day when he was bringing bands to play the Euclid Tavern. The shot below, from 1992, has a few interesting tidbits, including Green Day's Wednesday-night show where the group pulled a sweet $100 for stopping by the venerable Cleveland institution. Just fabulous. (Via the AV Club)
Between Obama vs. Romney for President, Brown vs. Mandel for Senator, and Goldhammer vs. Lima for Best Saturday Morning Sports Talker, Cleveland's docket of important decisions this fall is brimming like Frank Russo's closet. With Ohio's swing-state status, that has meant an avalanche of political ads popping up on your TV during commercial breaks of Maury.
According Wells Fargo and the Washington Post (via NewsNet5), Cleveland's now far and away the number one target of political ad dough, outpacing L.A. Over $17 million of funds had been dumped square in the 216 demographic through June, and millions more have funneled in through July, all helpfully boiling down complex issues like the economy into 30-second bits of misinformation and flame-throwing. Lucky us.
Some of the down and dirty numbers:
The L.A. dollars dried up in July, while the Cleveland spending did not, increasing another $2.7 million from June 24 through July 8 pushing the northern Ohio media market into a tie for first with L.A. with $20.5 million each, according to the Wells Fargo data.
Beyond that, the Washington Post’s analysis of campaign spending shows in the two weeks since July 8 an additional $2.3 million has been spent in Cleveland, none in Los Angeles giving Cleveland the clear front runner status for dollars spent on television.
“I think Ohio is one of a handful, maybe even two or three states,” said President Barack Obama in a July 16, interview with Newschannel5, “where if we win here, we’re likely to win.”
As a result, both camps are fighting hard for the state and the Cleveland television market provides them with the opportunity to reach a third of the voters who will cast ballots this November.
Through July 8, the Wells Fargo report finds $648 million had been spent on television nationwide with that number expected to balloon to $2.65 billion by campaign’s end.
Money, perhaps, better spent on buying everyone a lollipop. Or, ya know, rethinking campaign finance. One or the other.
In a bit of good news: Goldhammer and Lima seem to have waged the most honorable campaigns so far.
No doubt about it. Slipknot stole the show at all-metal Mayhem Fest, which touched down at Blossom yesterday. The band’s music might not provide much in the way of artistry (it’s the aural equivalent of getting hit by a baseball bat on the head), but the guys can certainly command the stage. They were the loudest and heaviest act to play during the course of the 10-hour metal fest. And that’s saying plenty since they went up against a long line of heavy hitters. The masked men made the most of their multi-tiered stage as they ran through what appeared to be choreographed set and literally ignited a series of high-octane explosions. Their bright red jumpsuits looked sharp — even from the lawn area, the band’s visual display was striking.
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