Paula Abdul defects, Jersey Shore's rejects, Avatar can't have sex
• Simon Cowell has been negotiating with Paula Abdul to join him as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor, TMZ reports. All those disdainful looks and eye rolls on American Idol must have been for show.
• Also from TMZ, it seems Brad Ferro, the Queens gym teacher who punched Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi in the face on Jersey Shore, is being fired from his job. The HR guy should just talk to him normally and then suddenly catch Ferro with a right cross.
• Gawker reports a rather explicit computer-generated sex scene between characters Jake and Neytiri was cut out of the theatrical version of Avatar to avoid an R rating, even though it only would have shown them basically tying their ponytails together (don't worry, you'll get your Na'vi porn on DVD). If James Cameron had them shooting each other in the face, it would have been okay.