Oldies at box office
"Even though rock stalwarts Bon Jovi got the cold shoulder from the Hall of Fame this year, they still have reason to smile — the band scored the highest-grossing concert tour of 2010. The Los Angeles Times reports that according to Pollstar, Bon Jovi made $201.1 million on concerts worldwide in 2010.
"Not surprisingly, the top five is filled with classic rock groups like U2 ($160.9 million), Metallica ($110.1 million) and AC/DC ($177 million). Lady Gaga (No. 4, $133 million) is the only relative newcomer to squeeze in.
"According to the report, Bon Jovi made nearly half of their cash abroad and the rest ($108.2 million) on North American soil. Jon and the Jersey boys weren't the top ticket seller in North America, however — they finished second to the Dave Matthews Band, who sold 1.27 million tickets to Bon Jovi's 1.18 million. Justin Bieber moved 987,000 tickets in 2010.
"Although the numbers look impressive, concert ticket sales actually dropped 15 percent from last year, from $1.99 billion to $1.69 billion."
— Jett Wells, writing on "Bon Jovi Trumps Gaga, U2 for Year's Top Tour," at the AOL blog Pop Eater
"Most people recognize retired U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey from his iconic turn as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam film 'Full Metal Jacket.' Ever since he's been a familiar, welcome, and energetic character actor … .
"According to YouTube, the video below is from an appearance earlier this month in Indianapolis to benefit the USO and Toys for Tots. … Ermey obviously knows his audience for they ate up every word of it. …
"Ermey: 'I got to tell you folks, we're having a big problem this year. The economy really [stinks]. Now I hate to point fingers at anybody but the present administration probably had a lot to do with that. And the way I see it, they're not going to quit doing it until they bring this country to its knees; so I think we should all rise up and we should stop this administration from what they're doing because they're destroying this country. They're driving us into bankruptcy so they can impose socialism on us. That's exactly what they're doing, and I'm sick and … tired of it and I know you are too. But I know the Marine Corps will be here forever. This administration won't. Semper Fi.. God bless you all.'"
— John Nolte, writing on "Actor R. Lee Ermey Hammers Obama Administration: 'They're destroying this country,'" on Dec. 29 at Big Hollywood
Only 'real' people
"For a while now, we've been seeing Marie Osmond in ads for NutriSystem, as she's touted how the weight-loss program has meant there's less of her to see.
"But Marie Osmond and other celebrity spokespeople are sitting out of NutriSystem's new round of [60-second] ads, which will focus on 'real people,' reports Bloomberg News. 'These are real people, we want them to inspire others,' NutriSystem's CEO Joe Redling told Bloomberg News.
"NutriSystem will continue to use celebrities, such as Osmond and ex-quarterback Dan Marino [in infomercials], but the new TV spots feature testimonials from NutriSystem clients — many of them collected when the company sent little video cameras to customers, seeking their first-person anecdotes."
— Sean Means, writing on "NutriSystem TV spots use 'real people,' not Marie Osmond" on Dec. 29 at his Salt Lake Tribune blog Culture Vulture