THE BOY IS BACK: Boy George has confirmed there will be a Culture Club reunion in 2012. The 49-year-old singer has promised a “proper huge worldwide tour” starring the iconic ’80s hitmakers, according to numerous published reports. By George will be busy in 2011 with a tour of his own, promoting his new album, “Ordinary Alien,” wrriten partly while he was in prison for four months for the assault and false imprisonment of a male escort. As strange as Culture Club may have been to some — at least at first glance — it’s hard to deny the group didn’t put out some quality material. My favorite Culture Club effort was “Karma Chameleon.”
FOUND ON FACEBOOK: “I can walk, drive, and swim in the summer … the only thing I can do now is watch TV and eat.”
OVERRATED: Shaun White, the snowboarder is now the No. 2 “most powerful athlete” in the nation, trailing only Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. That’s according to the anual Bloomberg BusinessWeek.com Power 100 U.S. Athletes. The rankings are based 50 percent on “on-field” performance using a variety of industry statistics and 50 percent on “off-field” measurements, such as endorsement deals, name awareness, appeal, influence, trustworthiness and overall popularity. In case you’re interested, Tiger Woods is No. 3 — he was No. 1 a year ago. LeBron (The Lyin’ King) James fell from No. 2 to No. 11. But back to Shaun White at No. 2? I love the guy and love to watch him, but come on … No. 2 in a poll like that?
UNDERRATED: Sean Connery, who will never get his due for introducing the world to Bond. James Bond.
BIRTHDAY BANTER: A couple of big names today …
– Entertainer Lisa Marie Presley is 38. (Everyone’s favorite celebrity daughter has found success in her own right, with two albums certified gold. Due to high profile marriages to Michael Jackson and Nicholas Cage, Presley’s personal life has garnered just as much attention as her musical talent.)
– Comedian Garrett Morris is 74. (He was on Saturday Night Live when it was actually funny.)
– Actor Billy Mumy is 57. (He was Will Robinson on Lost in Space.)
– In memoriam: Actor Clark Gable would have been 110. (“Frankly Scarlet, I don’t give a damn.”)