Mila Kunis: Esquire Magazine's 'Sexiest Woman Alive' graces cover

Todays’ close-ups of the pop-culture world include Mila Kunis and an admiring magazine, a New York Football Giant, the weekend box-office roundup, other things, and the Mystery Music Video.

TOO SEXY FOR HER CAT: But not for Ashton Kutcher per Esquire, “Mila Kunis is the ‘Sexiest Woman Alive.’ Or as she might say (and did), "If I wanted to charm the pants off you, I could." She talks like that and she looks like that, even when she's really not trying hard at all. A brief encounter with the most beautiful, opinionated, talkative, and funny movie star that we've all known since she was nine.”

WHEN WILL BRETT FAVRE BE A GUEST?: This is a good read, per the Los Angeles Times, “It's 9:19 a.m. and "Live! With Kelly and Michael" is in the middle of a commercial break. Newly appointed co-host Michael Strahan, who's spent the better part of the last 20 minutes chatting with his perky on-screen partner, Kelly Ripa, is now charming the studio audience. . . After not quite a month on the job, Strahan is already very much at home at "Live!" the long-running syndicated morning talk show he officially joined last month.”

BOX-OFFICE NUMBERS: We have a clear winner, per the New York Times, “Liam Neeson’s already hot box-office streak got hotter over the weekend, while Tim Burton’s already cold one became, well, colder. “Taken 2” (20th Century Fox), starring Mr. Neeson as a retired C.I.A. operative, was No. 1 at North American theaters, taking in about $50 million, about twice the amount of its 2009 franchise predecessor.”

SHE’S 29?: Remember her on General Hospital?, per Us Weekly, “Another Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star is off the market! Actress Amber Tamblyn, 29, married actor David Cross, 48, on Saturday, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. Filmmaker/director Lance Bangs shared an Instagram photo of the newlyweds dancing at their ceremony on Saturday.”

HMMMMMM: Just the facts, per the Insider, “Lady Gaga pulled a Bieber on Sunday night. While performing in Barcelona, Spain, the Born This Way singer puked several times during a dance routine. Gaga tweeted out (a) YouTube video, writing: "Was praying nobody saw but actually its quite a good laugh if u need one! Check out Lady PukeGA doing Swan 'Vomit' Lake."

THE GW ‘DEBATE’: Of Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly, per Entertainment Weekly, “(They) debated in a bubble of mutual self-regard; neither came off particularly well, mostly because both frequently strained for seriousness and comedy within the space of any single question. The subjects and targets were “talking points” and punchlines that each man deals with far better each week night on The O’Reilly Factor and The Daily Show.”

BIG BIRD: He’s hot, baby, per the Huffington Post, “While word on the street was that Big Bird would NOT be doing any television appearances following his unexpected mention during Wednesday's presidential debate, 'SNL' apparently made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Despite it being seven hours past his bedtime, the Sesame Street star stopped by Weekend Update to comment on Romney's promise to stop subsidizing PBS.”

I’LL BE BACK: And maybe he will, per Celebuzz!, “Fueling rumors of a possible reunion with estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver stepped out with her wedding band back on her left hand as she grabbed lunch with daughter Katherine at Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday.”

AALIYAH: With an assist from Drake, per the AP, “Lil Wayne thinks the late Aaliyah's music is better than a lot of music out today - and he's confident that Drake's plan to produce unreleased Aaliyah songs will be an "awesome collaboration." Drake - a huge Aaliyah fan - has announced that he is working on a posthumous album of Aaliyah music.”

FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING: A certain dress, per Access Hollywood, “The Dorothy dress is going up for auction. Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says Judy Garland’s original costume from “The Wizard of Oz” could sell for half a million dollars when it hits the auction block next month.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s Mystery Music Video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)

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