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Monday’s Headlines recap: Michael Jackson’s filthy living conditions; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles takes top box-office spot; Is it clichéd to like The Beatles?

08.11.14 at 11:33 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Monday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane and guest hosts Steve Buckley and Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Five of singer Michael Jackson‘€™s former maids told the New York Post that the King of Pop often lived in filth at his Neverland Ranch home.

“Michael sometimes ran around where the animals were, and he’€™d track … poop throughout the house and think nothing of it,”€ one of the maids – who remained anonymous -€“ told the Post. “€œThen, if you said something, he’€™d threaten to make doo-doo snowballs and throw it at you.”

Other accusations from the maids include times in which Jackson would simply urinate on the floor, while his bedroom would constantly be filled with half-eaten chicken, empty whiskey bottles and bedbugs.

“How do five maids get together to write a book,”€ Buckley said. “Does one maid say to the next one at a coffee shop, ‘€˜Hey, do we have a book here?’€™ ”

“€œIs this the worst example of a child star gone wrong?” Minihane asked.

“I actually saw him and shook his hand in Las Vegas,”€ Meterparel said.

“€œHow do you feel about that, having read this story?” Buckley asked.

“€œNot good,” Meterparel responded.

– Talking about Jackson led Minihane to ask Buckley who his favorite musician or group was. When Buckley revealed that it was The Beatles, Minihane immediately labeled his pick as “cliche.”€

“Why is that cliche? How dare you,”€ Buckley responded.

“€œIt’€™s the ultimate cliche,” Minihane said.

Said Buckley: “€œI’€™m sorry I like the Beatles, does that hurt you in some way? … Do you want me to go with blood rock?”

“€œI said last week, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have more truly great songs than the Beatles,”€ Minihane said.

“€œThat’€™s just silly. That’€™s you being, ‘€˜Look at me.’€™ That’€™s exactly what it is,”€ Buckley said.

– One of the most beloved cartoons of the last 25 years ruled at the top of the box office this weekend, as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”€ drew the fourth-largest opening ever for an August film with $65 million over the weekend.

“It’€™s a little more 2014, and that’€™s brilliant casting, because what they do is they to try to drag the father into it – the father taking the son or the daughter – they want to see Megan Fox, the kids want to see the turtles.”

“€œYou ever see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?”€ Meterparel asked Buckley.

“Not one second,”€ Buckley responded.

Marvel’€™s “Guardians of the Galaxy” finished second in the box office with $41.5 million while the tornado thriller “Into the Storm” placed third with $18 million.

“You know what I did see, ‘€˜Guardians of the Galaxy,’€ and it was good,” Meterparel said.

“Everybody says it’€™s good,”€ Minihane said. “€œIt’€™s made $313 million worldwide.”

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Friday’s Three for All roundup: Chris Rainey possibly cut for messing with fire extinguisher; Bengals’ Matt Scott throws up, completes touchdown pass in preseason game

08.08.14 at 2:01 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Former Colts running back Chris Rainey was waived by the team July 28 for “violating a team rule.” The reason for the decision was never made public.

Rainey may have provided that answer on Twitter Thursday night.

While watching the Colts-Jets game, Rainey congratulated fellow running back Dan Herron, who Rainey refers to as “Boom,” while also revealing that he may have actually been cut for horsing around with a fire extinguisher.

Rainey deleted tweets shortly after, but not before Deadspin got a hold of them and posted them online.

“Let’s keep in mind, Chris has a little bit of a checkered past up to and including sending threatening text messages to his girlfriend while at the University of Florida and having a confrontation with his girlfriend in Pittsburgh, which was part of the reason why he was let go from there as well,” Benz said. “But fire extinguishers in the dorm doesn’t seem like a big enough reason to get somebody cut.”

Merloni said: “That tells you how good he is.”

“There’s just some things you don’t mess with,” Fauria said. “Fire alarms, you don’t mess with, not even as a joke you don’t pull that thing. The fire extinguisher, you’re just asking for a whole new level of trouble when you start messing with those types of things.”

– Bengals backup quarterback Matt Scott threw up on the field in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s preseason game against the Chiefs Thursday night. But shortly after doing that, he threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Conner Vernon.

After describing the incident, Fauria asked the guys if they remember the moment which they were most nervous. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday’s Headlines recap: Sandra Bullock named highest-earning actress; Pope Francis urges young Catholics to stop using cell phones

08.08.14 at 8:25 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk MinihaneJohn Dennis, guest host Jerry Thornton and a surprise appearance from Lenny Clarke. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Sandra Bullock topped Forbes’ list of highest-earning actresses with an estimated $51 million from June 2013 to June 2014, thanks in large part to her role in the movie “Gravity.”

“Personal friend of mine,” Clarke said. “She’s amazing.”

Said Minihane: “Everybody says she’s great. How do you know her?”

“We did a movie up in Canada years ago,” Clarke said. “She drank with us, partied with us.”

Thornton said jokingly: “It’s a damn shame she let herself go.”

“She’s got a real sensuality about her in real life,” Clarke said.

– Pope Francis told young Catholics in a meeting with 50,000 altar servers to stop wasting their time on the Internet and cell phones.

“Do I think they should start paying attention to God? No,” Minihane said. “Do I think kids should get off their cell phones? Yes.

“If President Obama, Barry O himself, said, ‘I am banning cell phones from America,’ it would be the first good thing this guy has ever done. I hate cell phones. I hate them.”

Said Thornton: “They’ll have to take mine from between my cold dead fingers. But if the Pope said in movie theaters, I’d absolutely support that.”

“There is an addiction to this in this country,” Dennis said.

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Thursday’s Three for All roundup: Ronaldo does Japanese ad for smile strengthener; movement continues to get Weird Al Yankovic to perfom at halftime of Super Bowl

08.07.14 at 1:27 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB, with Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Soccer star Ronaldo appears in a Japanese commercial for a device that exercises the muscles around the mouth in an attempt to give people a better smile.

“If you put this thing in your mouth and you kind of nod your head up and down — it’s got wings on it, it’s almost like a propeller, and it’s supposed to strengthen your smile muscles so you have a dazzling smile just like Ronaldo,” Benz explained. “And I think we can all admit that Ronaldo is one heck of an attractive man. I know I’m comfortable enough in my sexuality to admit that.”

Ronaldo doesn’t actually demonstrate the device in the commercial, which features him juggling a soccer ball and other people using the product.

“Things are always offbeat and a little kooky based on our American perspective in Japan, be it TV shows, be it games shows. Are the ads like this, too?” Benz wondered. “Ronaldo in the first ad flat-out looks uncomfortable watching this when he sees it on a game show. But now he’s signed on for big bucks to plug it.”

Merloni said he was never approached to promote a product during his time playing baseball in Japan.

“I wasn’t there long enough,” Merloni said. “You’ve got to be good over there.”

Said Fauria: “It’s funny because most stars, like, big-time, A-list stars, they won’t do commercials here, but they’ll go out to Japan and do the cheesiest commercials for sodas, for all different sorts of things that they would never do here, like car commercials. They don’t want their rep being destroyed in the States, so they go out to Japan and get paid a bunch of money.”

– University of Kentucky football player Cory Johnson, in a recent interview, said his weight fluctuates between 280-300 pounds daily, and he explained there’s an interesting factor contributing to that.

“I guess because I poop so much,” Johnson said. “I try to poop like five times a day, three times a day. It’s hard to keep weight when you’ve got so much going out.”

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Thursday’s Headlines recap: New teacher shows up drunk on first day of work; Tom Petty has first No. 1 album of his career

08.07.14 at 8:26 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk MinihaneJohn Dennis and guest host Steve Buckley. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

A newly hired teacher in Oklahoma was arrested and charged with public intoxication after showing up Monday for her first day of work at Wagoner High School and stunning co-workers by removing her pants. Police arrested Lorie Hill after she admitted drinking. Police found an empty cup in her car that smelled of vodka.

There were no students in the school, as teachers were preparing for their arrival later in the week.

“It’s her first teaching day of her life,” Minihane said of the 49-year-old, adding: “Psychologically very strange. Gets drunk.”

Said Buckley: “A midlife career change, apparently.”

Added Minihane: “You think normally, “Good for her, she’s switching things up.’ She shows up, she walks in, she takes her pants off.”

– Veteran rocker Tom Petty, who plays Fenway Park later this month, has the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 for the first time in his career. “Hypnotic Eye” is Petty’s first chart-topper in his 37 years in the business.

“It is one of these late-career albums that’s as good as anything he’s ever done,” Minihane said. “I’m stunned at how good it is. Petty’s not [Bruce] Springsteen, but it’s close. And this is his first ever No. 1 album, which surprised me.”

Added Minihane: “I was thinking about this driving in: I think Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have more good songs than the Beatles.”

Responded Dennis: “Oh, stop. Idiotic.”

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