Two Guys Were Plotting to Murder and Castrate Justin Bieber Last Month
We'll never know how close JUSTIN BIEBER actually was to being strangled to death and then castrated . . . but apparently, he was closer than you might imagine.
--Dana Martin . . . a New Mexico inmate who's serving life for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl . . . actually hatched a plan to have Justin killed and mutilated. But he ended up foiling his own plan.
--Martin convinced fellow inmate Mark Staake to do the deed for him when he got out of the joint. Once he was free, Staake recruited his nephew Tanner Ruane to help him. And they planned to do it last month in New York City.
--The plan was for Mark and Tanner to take out FOUR people . . . two unknown victims in Vermont, then Justin and his bodyguard when they were in New York for a pair of gigs late last month.
--Martin wanted them to strangle the victims with paisley ties, which is apparently Martin's thing . . . then cut off their genitalia with pruning shears.
--But Martin . . . who's obsessed with Bieber and even has a tattoo of him on his leg . . . must have gotten cold feet. Because he told the cops about the plot to kill the two guys in Vermont before they could carry it through.
--Both guys were arrested.
--And here's an interesting detail: Martin promised to pay the guys $2,500 for EACH TESTICLE they collected.
Lindsay Lohan's Probation Was Revoked. Will She Go to Jail?
LINDSAY LOHAN'S probation was officially REVOKED yesterday. And a January 15th hearing has been set to determine whether she'll go to jail. She could get hit with up to 245 days behind bars.
--Lindsay was NOT formally charged for lying to police about her car accident last June. That's expected to happen at the January 15th hearing.
Brooke Burke Says She's Cancer Free
Thyroid surgery left BROOKE BURKE with a scar across her neck. But it also left her WITHOUT CANCER.
--She says, quote, "I just got the results back from all of my tests and great news . . . the thyroid cancer has been removed from my body and all my lymph nodes are clear. So I'm hoping that this is the end of the story."
TV Preview: "Snooki & JWoww", "The Walking Dead" and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo":
#1.) Unless we're spared by the Mayans, Season Two of "Snooki & JWoww" will premiere January 8th. MTV has released a two-minute trailer, which features footage of Snooki in the hospital, where she gives birth to her son, Lorenzo.
#2.) New episodes of "The Walking Dead" won't begin airing until February 3rd . . . but AMC has released three new promos to tide you over until then. (--You can find all three of them at EOnline.com.)
#3.) TLC has some "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" holiday specials on the way, beginning with a Halloween one on January 6th. It's followed by a Thanksgiving one on January 13th, and a Christmas one on February 10th. (--Yes, those dates are correct.)
"The Hobbit" Hits Theaters at Midnight Tonight
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, set 60 years before. It was only one short book, but they're turning it into three movies. It's all about how Bilbo Baggins joins a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim their homeland from a dragon.
--Ian McKellen is back as Gandalf, Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage is the leader of the dwarves, the warrior Thorin Oakenshield.
--The returning "Lord of the Rings" cast includes Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Christopher Lee as the wizard Saruman.
--Even though the One Ring is NOT the focus of this trilogy, this is the movie where Bilbo meets Gollum . . . and ends up in possession of the ring. So Andy Serkis is back as Gollum.
--Elijah Wood also appears as Frodo in some flash-forward scenes with the older version of Bilbo, played by Ian Holm. (--You'll eventually see Orlando Bloom as Legolas again too, but he doesn't show up until the third movie.)
--You won't have to wait too long for your next Hobbit fix. The other two movies will hit theaters each December over the next two years . . . starting with "The Desolation of Smaug" next December, and "There and Back Again" the summer after that.