Cult TV show boosts sales of surreal Irish author: "It was a shot that lasted just a second, but the appearance of Irish novel The Third Policeman on cult television series 'Lost' has thrust one of Ireland's less celebrated authors into the limelight. The surreal comic novel by Flann O'Brien, an early 20th century author heavily influenced by fellow countryman James Joyce, appeared briefly in an episode of 'Lost' screened in Ireland on Monday. It was first aired in the United States in October. After that outing, 10,000 copies of the book -- unpublished during the author's lifetime -- flew off bookshop shelves in just two days."
Defamer: "NBC has posted the pilot episode of the Dick Wolf series Conviction to iTunes Store, where potential viewers can download it for free, then spend the two weeks until the show's premiere telling friends how totally awesome it is, thus making the series a huge hit for the struggling, technology-crazy network." And then, I assume, it will slap iTunes on the wrist for actually making people want to watch their shows.
Tom Cruise may sue magazine over breakup story. Well, I'm surprised, aren't you?
For those of you wondering what the SACRILEGE last night was all about: Torvill and Dean's Bolero.
Roaming motorcyclists stick it to Fred Phelps and his funeral protesters: "Wearing vests covered in military patches, a band of motorcyclists rolls around the country from one soldier's funeral to another, cheering respectfully to overshadow jeers from church protesters. They call themselves the Patriot Guard Riders, and they are more than 5,000 strong, forming to counter anti-gay protests held by the Rev. Fred Phelps at military funerals."
Jon Stewart goes a little nuts on the Today Show.
Gawker: Media Freakout: MySpace Also Eats Baby Puppies.
Mary Higgins Clark a plagiarist?
Office Pirates Preview: Time Inc. Wants You to Kill Yourself. Arrrr?
The Pete Doherty Hoax, Resolved, or "The Hoax Is A Hoax."
Wait, Tom Ford did what to Jake Gyllenhaal?
Leaked Guns N' Roses Tracks Give Fans Hope.
Over at dailydigestnews: two updates, including a link to Legoback Mountain (which is startlingly accurate, by the way).