Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Miley Cyrus Engaged

Google users probably aren’t looking for the registry for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemswoth, but they’re still searching for news about the couple’s engagement above all else. That’s right, former child star Miley Cyrus who, despite brushes with legal intoxicants and Annie Leibovitz, seems to have grown up pretty well adjusted considering her game, is getting married. The 19-year-old pop star met Hunger Games actor Hemsworth, 22, on a movie set and the two have been dating for three years. "Thank you for all the love today. I’m happy to share this news with you all. I feel like all my dreams are coming true,” Cyrus tweeted, forgetting to CC the genie who granted her original wishes for fame and fortune. 

Wade Davis

Retired NFL played Wade Davis has come out as a gay man, making him the second most popular term to search on Google this morning. His trending status on Grindr is not known. Davis, who used to play football for the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, and Washington Redskins.“You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family,” Davis said to OutSports.com. “Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family.” 

Jewel

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Jewel, the singer-songwriter is indeed trending today—at least over at Bing. It’s because the “You Were Meant For Me” singer tweeted a photo of herself in costume as country music legend June Carter Cash for the upcoming Lifetime movie Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. "Here I am as June in my trailer with her blue eyes and perfect teeth," she wrote only moments before Reese Witherspoon, who played Cash in the 2006 feature film Walk The Line, presumably showed up and slapped her. 

Kris Humphries

Yahoo! is feeling a bit retro this morning, as users are spending their valuable time searching for information about Kris Humphries, last summer’s most famous groom and more recently just that guy who was married to Kim Kardashian for a few days. They’re all curious about Fatmire Sinanaj, the 25-year-old hotel employee that Humphries is rumored to be dating. Though he denied it, nefarious sources close to the dashing basketball player say that he and Sinanaj, who indeed rocks a look not dissimilar to that of his ex, are hot and heavy. Really weight stuff here, Yahoo! users. Wow.

#WhatUniversityHasToughtMe

Maybe it’s that we do this post in the morning, and news hasn’t been reported or serious thinking hasn’t been done yet. Either way, the things that trend on Twitter are normally pretty dopey. Today’s entry in that category: things that people learned while attending college. Don’t get too worried, but we bet most of them aren’t about book smarts.

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Evening Links: Blue Ivy Goes On Vacation, Justin Bieber Lends Song To ‘Bully’

● Three months old and Blue Ivy has already jetting town to spend the holiday weekend with her parents in St. Bart’s on a big ole’ yacht. [Rap-Up]

● Bravo’s Bethenny Frankel would like Mila Kunis to play the lead in the big-screen adaptation of her novel Skinnydipping. And as for everything else that goes into making a movie? She’ll figure that out later. [NYDN]

● Justin Bieber has graciously lent his song "Born to Be Somebody" to new Bully campaign. "My fans are always up for supporting a great cause," he explains. "I hope they see Bully with their friends and help start the conversation so we can end bullying." [MTV]

● Headed to the Hamptons this summer? Unfortunately for you, Coldplay’s drummer’s won the very last beach-parking permit, so you will have to plan accordingly. [NYDN]

● In order to pay back the IRS, Young Buck is selling all of his intellectual property, song composition and name included. So, uh, who’s buying? [Fuse]

● "Good luck dude, you are going to need it," is the best Kris Humphries can muster for Kanye West. [Radar]

Morning Links: Drake Hints At Aaliyah Collabo, Carrie Brownstein Pens a Memoir

● Drake told the UK’s Tim Westwood that he has "some great Aaliyah news coming soon,” precipitating rumors that he might be involved with that whispered-about posthumous Aaliyah album. [RapFix]

The Hunger Games has sparked archery fever in New York City, where the Education Department has green-lighted a new P.E. program that will let kids try their best to be like Katniss. [NYP]

● Taylor Swift notched a second consecutive Entertainer of the Year award at yesterday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, an event to which she went solo as her date was not well enough to make it. Later in the evening, she met Michelle Obama at the Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday. Not such a bad weekend! [HuffPost]

● Carrie Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney and currently of Wild Flag and Portlandia, has added a memoir about her life in music to her already long list of projects for the next year. [RS]

● Please, as cute as they may be, no more dying chicks for Easter. [NYT]

● Word has it that, whereas before it was for money, Kris Humphries is now refusing to sign divorce papers until Kim Kardashian admits that the whole marriage was a scam. [PageSix]

● Activist Naomi Wolf is calling bluff on Katy Perry’s Semper Fi-happy video for "Part of Me." Calling the video a "glorification of violence" and "propaganda for the Marines," Wolf wrote in a Facebook post that, “I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it… it is truly shameful." [NYDN]

Morning Links: Dr. Seuss’ Lorax Gets Stolen, Flaming Lips Get Bloody

● Someone stole a 300-pound bronze statue of the Lorax from the late Dr. Seuss’ lawn. "I want very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs," said Suess’s daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, of the heist. "Wherever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hungry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet." [HuffPost]

● Rumor has it that Megan Fox and her husband of nearly two years, Brian Austin Green, are expecting their first child together. [Radar]

● Darren Aronofsky is in business to direct Anne Hathaway in Get Happy, a Judy Garland biopic. 2012 will be a busy one for him. [TB]

● Kris Humphries won’t sign for a divorce until Kim makes an offer he can’t refuse. "Kris is dragging it out," explains one source. "Kim is ready to move on, but Kris is hoping that stretching it out will get him even more money." [E!]

● Zadie Smith’s 2005 Booker Prize-nominated novel, On Beauty, is being adapted for the big screen by actress, writer and director Kasi Lemmons. [Deadline]

● To celebrate Record Store Day, the Flaming Lips have packaged a special few of their The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends with a bit of blood from their collaborators — Erykah Bad, Yoko Ono, Bon Iver, Nic Cave, Ke$ha and Neon Indian included — "Like a glass specimen thing," says Wayne Coyne explains. [Paste]

Morning Links: Uggie Goes To The White House, ‘American Idol’ Contestant Sent Home For Crimes

● Uggie, the award winning dog from The Artist, has been invited to attend the White House Correspondents dinner, where he has even arranged to have "a shake" with President Obama himself. [Huff Post]

● Bear Grylls has been let go from Man vs. Wild "due to a continuing contractual dispute," but he’s pretty sure he’ll survive. "Bear has loved the Man vs. Wild journey and looks forward to producing further cutting edge content again soon for his loyal audience," says his rep. [People]

● Baby Blue Ivy Carter’s shoe game is already on point with these adorable Marc Jacobs booties. [ONTD]

● Kris Humphries got Kim’s famous $2 million dollar engagement ring on steep discount. “Kris could have never afforded such an extravagant engagement ring for Kim,” Radar reports. "He paid $750,000 for the engagement ring. [Designer] Elaine Schwartz gave Kris the ring basically at wholesale cost." [Radar]

● Oops! Lindsay Lohan hit someone wtih her brand-new Porsche while driving away from the club. Luckily, everyone was fine and nobody seems to be pressing charges. [TMZ]

American Idol contestant Jermaine Jones has been sent home prematurely after it was discovered that he concealed "multiple crimes," one involving violence. The Hollywood Reporter suspects his "dramatic departure" will go down on tonight’s episode. [THR]

● More important than having the "it bag" is having the "it dog," and in style this season are the "maltipoo" and "morkie," designer mixes that can go for anywhere from $3,800 to $65,000 and up. [Page Six]

Morning Links: Kristin Cavallari Is Pregnant, Tracy Morgan Hospitalized After Sundance Collapse

Laguna Beach‘s Kristin Cavallari and her on-again-off-again fiance, Jay Cutler, announced over the weekend that they are expecting their first child. [People]

● Turns out Swizz Beatz is not actually, officially the CEO of Megauploads, contrary to what the site’s "About Us" page says. According to MTV, they were in talks to make it official and they "put that up prematurely." Beatz is, regardless, "not walking away from this." [MTV]

● Tracy Morgan is recovering in the hospital after falling unconscious at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. Drugs and alcohol were not involved, according to hospital spokesmen, although Morgan does have a history of diabetes and has undergone a kidney transplant. [People]

● Hot, young, "it" actors Dakota Fannings, Elizabeth Olsen, and Anton Yechin are in final talks to joing the Very Good Girls, a film about two best friends determined to lose their virginity the summer after their high school gradation. [Deadline]

● Miley Cyrus got a "hurrrr cut," and it’s very grown up looking. [E!]

● Kris Humphries relationship with his PR team lasted only one day more than his marriage. It’s a cold world, Hum Dum. [TMZ]

● After arriving (in polar fleece!) a fashionable four hours late to his own Sundance party, Drake asked first for “a massage and a grilled cheese.” [Page Six]

Afternoon Links: Drake’s Got A New Girl, Jim Morrison’s Old House Set Aflame

● Drake spent his holidays in L.A. with a new girl, Dollicia Bryan, the video vixen who has in the past been connected to Reggie Bush and Rob Kardashian but not so much Kris Humpheries. [YBF]

● Someone set fire to the Hollywood Hills house Jim Morrison used to live in, the one said to have inspired the Doors’s "Love Street." [Radar]

● The courts have upheld rapper C-Murder’s murder conviction, rejecting his claims that he was denied a fair trial and maintaining his life sentence. [MSNBC]

● You’re going to have to get all your "ginormous"’s, "man cave"’s, "baby bump"’s, and "occupy"’s out before the new year, at which point they will be, according to Lake Superior State University, banned from the english language for good. (Also for one last time:) Thank you in advance. [Gawker]

● As the NYT‘s Jon Caramanica sees it, new mainstream rock is really just "zombified" old mainstream rock. "It lacks nutrients," he writes. "How else to explain the critical consensus around a band like Foster the People?" [NYT]

● Meet Carrie Brownstown, Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag rocker and Portlandia comedienne, as she wishes to be known. We promise, you’ll love her. [Sixth Floor/NYT]

● Amongst the 25 things you might not know about Kris Kardashian? She makes makes good guac. [Us]

Morning Links: Steven Tyler Might Be Engaged Again, Miley Cyrus Does Laundry

● Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was spotted out and about on Christmas day with his young girlfriend and a big ‘ole diamond engagement ring. Could it be that the man’s settling down (again)? [TMZ]

● Autopsy results are in, and they say that Heavy D died not of pneumonia as was first suspected, but rather of a blood clot that formed in his leg and eventually traveled to his lungs. [LAT]

● Keep booing, haters, because Kris Humphries says, "To me, it’s motivation." [People]

● Following a recent trend, rap crew D12’s Bizarre got a portrait of Nicki Minaj inked on his arm. Whose face are you going to get tattooed on you? [Rap Radar]

● Mayor Bloomberg has invited one Lady Gaga to drop the ball in Times Square this New Year’s Eve. [Page Six]

● Miley Cyrus and her friends visited the laundromat for a photoshot and also, they say, to "legit do laundry." [ONTD]

● The New York Times knows you’ve been online shopping while under the influence again. [NYT]

Morning Links: Kris Humphries Booed at MSG, The Weeknd Drops New Mixtape

● Ex-Kardashian Kris Humphries was booed by the 20,000 fans at Madison Square Garden last night when his Nets fell to the Knicks, 88-82. "I felt like Rudy out there," he says. [ESPN]

● Michael Lohan thinks that Lindsay’s decision to pose nude in Playboy was "a good move." “If she’s happy with it, I’m happy with it,” he told Dr. Drew, adding that he hasn’t actually seen the spread. [NYDN]

● And Echoes of Silence makes three: The Weeknd dropped the third and final installment of his trilogy last night, just ahead of the year end. Which of the three make your top ten? [The-Weeknd]

● Under her tree this year, Taylor Swift hopes to find "a pasta maker, antique picture frames, or anything from Free People or Anthropologie." And most of all, she wishes for you, her loyal and loving fans, a happy holiday season. Aw!  [Us]

● Lil Wayne really goes for for it with his slime Uggs and patterend leggings in the new video for Drake’s "Motto." [RapRadar]

● Miley Cyrus exchanged explicitives with a fan while posing for photos in Costa Rica. [DListed]

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