Music, Movies and the Not So Mundane

Supposedly inspired by his days of ruining jokes on SNL, Jimmy Fallon has “grounded” ?uestlove and apologized via Twitter after his house band The Roots played guest Michele Bachmann out to “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back,” Fallon tweeted.—-

George Clooney could be one of 200 people to be called as witnesses in former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s sex trial. No, not like that. Berlusconi’s lawyers placed Clooney and Clooney’s ex, Elisabetta Canalis, on a list of potential witnesses for the defense. The list was approved today by courts in Milan.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network) says he’s “strongly considering” writing a Steve Jobs biopic. Too soon?

James J. Butler of Derby, Conn., won the most votes (1,526) for the 10-member Board of Appointment and Taxation, which monitors the town’s finances. James J. Butler did not run for the seat, however, his father, 72-year-old James R. Butler, did. And he wants the job. Hooray for typos.

Carlos Rafael of Bedford, Mass., caught an 881-pound Bluefin tuna earlier this month. Federal fishery enforcement agents seized the fish when the crew docked on Nov. 12, claiming that catching tuna with a net is illegal and instead must be caught by handgear such as a harpoon or handline.

Rafael is being screwed out of a good chunk of money by the government for his efforts. A tuna weighing in at 754 pounds was recently sold for around $396,000. Rafael’s fish will be sold overseas and he’ll get absolutely jack shit.

"It is important to carefully follow the regulations so U.S. fishermen can retain their share, and the associated jobs and profits, of this international resource," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) is auctioning himself off for a charity dedicated to ending poverty. The winning bidder and a friend will get to meet Firth at the premier of his new movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and be chauffeured to a Chateau Marmont after party. Firth says not to worry about being awestruck during the introduction as he’s reacted spontaneously when meeting people he is a big fan of.

"Ever so often, I will meet someone who I greatly admire and get truly dumbstruck," Firth told People. "I'm a big fan of the people in the world of music and literature. If I'm a big fan of somebody, I prefer to keep at a safe distance because I don't know what I will do."

According to a recent Phife Dawg rant, A Tribe Called Quest never received royalties from the sale of “Can I Kick It?” Phife told an audience in London about the incident.

"Because we didn’t see no money from that fuckin’ record yet. Really. Here’s what happened — and I take back saying ‘Fuck Lou Reed,’ because Lou Reed has every right to say ‘Give me my motherfucking money,’ ” Phife said to the crowd. “So Lou Reed could have easily said, ‘Oh yeah, a rap group use my shit? Alright.’ … So Lou Reed, instead of saying no altogether, he was like, ‘Yeah, nice! Give me the motherfucking money.’"

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