Of Beavis and Butt-Head and the Duchess of Cambridge

SHUT UP, BEAVIS: Show creator Mike Judge is bringing Beavis and Butt-Head back to MTV for the first time in 14 years this Oct., and in a Q&A he talked to Rolling Stone about its return. “It's set in the modern world, even though Beavis and Butt-Head look and act the same (and are the same vague age). If you look at it, how old was Bugs Bunny? You don't even think about it. I think Beavis and Butt-Head, if I were to give them an age, it would be probably be 15.”{ }

DAZZLING DUTCHESS: Per People, “It’s been an exciting year for the Duchess of Cambridge: a royal wedding, a North American Tour and now, a spot on Vanity Fair‘s International Best-Dressed List. Her first appearance on the list came in 2008, and a whirlwind of fashion successes since has earned her this illustrious second nod. Kate has gained worldwide recognition for her signature mix of high and low fashion, recycling looks, wearing accessible labels and dressing down for daily tasks.”

CASEY ANTHONY SHOPS: TMZ published the exclusive photos today. “Casey Anthony was hanging out in Ohio this past weekend ... and now new photos -- the first since her release from jail -- have surfaced showing the 25-year-old hiding in plain sight during a mid-day shopping trip. Casey was photographed on Sunday -- trying to blend in by wearing an Ohio State University baseball cap, a tight-fitting top and glasses as she walked around town ... stopping at an Old Navy to check out some dresses.”

2.5 MEN UPDATE: Per the L.A. Times, “CBS dropped a few details Wednesday about its newly refurbished "Two and a Half Men" -– but somehow neglected to bring along the new star of its No. 1-rated sitcom, Ashton Kutcher. Speaking to reporters at the TV press tour in Beverly Hills, Entertainment President Nina Tassler revealed that when the former star of "That '70s Show" joins the "Men" cast this fall, he'll play Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire with a broken heart. Kutcher, whose character will be introduced in a two-part season premiere, is replacing Charlie Sheen, who was sacked from the show earlier this year after suffering well-publicized drug problems and openly tangling with the producers.”

HEY, IT’S AGENT ZERO! Per the Hollywood Reporter, “VH1's reality series Basketball Wives isn't too popular among NBA players. Already, Chris Bosh and Gilbert Arenas have sued the makers of the show, and others, such as Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal, have threatened litigation. In the past week Arenas filed a motion seeking an injunction against the show. And in response, Arenas was hit with an anti-SLAPP motion contending he's attempting to impinge constitutionally-protected speech. (Arenas) is upset that former fiance Laura Govan, the mother of four of his children, is set to star in the latest season.”{ }

DON”T BELIEVE IT: Per Extra, via Us,“ UsWeekly magazine says Lopez is moving on, partying with friends into the wee hours in Miami Beach and "bonding" with Rodrigo Santoro, her co-star in "What to Expect When You're Expecting," but Anthony is "seething with jealousy," a source told Us. "Marc is suspicious of anyone, especially a hot guy she is working with. It drives him crazy." Anthony is said to be frantically calling his estranged wife, asking for another chance, but also threatening to make the divorce as unpleasant as possible.”

THIS JUST IN: Per Radar, “Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has ordered New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez to appear before investigators over allegations -- first published in Star magazine -- that he played an illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used and another which turned violent. "We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation," an MLB spokesperson told Star, in an exclusive statement.”{ }

FIREWORKS IN TORONTO? Per indieWIRE, “Long a home to controversial hot-button political docs, this year’s Toronto International Film Festival promises much of the same, with the world premieres of, most notably, Nick Broomfield’s Sarah Palin documentary “You Betcha!” and Werner Herzog’s death row doc “Into the Abyss.” Ever since Michael Moore premiered “Roger and Me” at Toronto in 1989, the festival has been one of the foremost places to launch commercial docs that have the potential to make a social issue impact.”{ }

POLITICO BLINK: “For years, the Los Angeles-based gossip website,, has had its sights set on Washington, and hoped to apply its celebrity-focused, paparazzi style to covering our nation’s lawmakers. . . “The reason I was so interested back then — and still am interested — is that I think that celebrities are not just what the traditional media has looked at — movie stars, singers, actors,” said TMZ founder Harvey Levin. “. . . We’re just not ready to do it yet. There are some things we want to do first. … We have our tentacles there. We have contacts there just like you do.”{ }

BAD BRAINS! D.C.’s very own finished 10th when Rolling Stone asked readers to vote for the best punk rock bands of all time. (Green Day finished first – ahead of both the Sex Pistols and the Clash – after hyping the contest on its official website). “D.C. legends Bad Brains began as jazz-fusion group in 1975, but two years later punk hit and they changed their sound. They were one of the few African-American groups on the CBGB scene, but within a short time their sound evolved even more, and they embraced everything from soul to reggae to heavy metal. They are one of the great 1970s punk bands that continue to tour with their original line-up.”

--Skip Wood