Music, Movies and the Not So Mundane

It was announced today that Actor/Director/Humanitarean/Total Heartthrob Jeff Spicoli Sean Penn is receiving the 2012 Joel Siegel Award at the 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on Jan. 12 for the relief work he has done in Haiti. This will be only the fifth Joel Siegel Award given by the BFCA, and dedicated “to those who understand, as Joel did, that the greatest value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others."

“While it was heartening to see such an outpouring of support and aid for the Haitian people in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, the long-term commitment made by Sean and his organization is particularly notable," said BFCA president Joey Berlin.—-

George Clooney will write, direct and star in a film adaptation of the WW2-set heist drama The Monuments Men, a non-fiction book written by Robert M. Edsel that details the U.S. mission to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis.

J.J. Abrams says he “did not fight for the 3-D” in his upcoming Star Trek sequel. In fact, Abrams says “[i]t was something the studio wanted to do. I didn’t want to do it.”

The Mars Volta have confirmed that they are almost finished with their new album, which should be released later this year. It will be the first release from the former At The Drive-In stars since 2009’s Octahderon.

Paul McCartney has revealed a tracklist and artwork for his February release, Kisses on the Bottom.

Lana Del Rey has released a tracklist for her hotly anticipated Born to Die. Also attached is a video of Lady Del Rey performing “Video Games” live on Jonathan Ross’s show.

Despite breaking up late last year, The White Stripes are set to release a special 7-inch vinyl called Outtakes. The record will feature early versions of “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and “Let’s Build a Home.” 

A man by the name of Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop was arrested last Thursday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. Yes, his legal name is really Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop. His list of activities on the Facebook include “eating,” “standing,” “walking” and “diamond.”

Papa John’s has had to fire one of its cashiers at a New York location after a customer’s receipt identified her as “lady chinky eyes.” The Asian-American customer, Minhee Cho, a communications manager at a nonprofit investigative journalism group called ProPublica, tweeted a picture of the receipt with the caption, “just FYI my name isn’t ‘lady chinky eyes.’ ”

Happy Birthday to Nina Dobrev, Joely Richardson, J.K. Simmons, Joey Lauren Adams, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Page, Rhoda Griffis and the late Lee Van Cleef, one of the baddest dudes to ever grace the silver screen. No love to A.J. McLean, one of lamest dudes ever to defecate on the microphone.

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