Jennifer Aniston is an excellent pole dancer.

Of course this is news. It's incredibly important news.

Emma Roberts, who co-stars with Aniston in the upcoming comedy "We're the Millers," knows firsthand just how sexy the Friends actress' stripper moves are in the movie, according to E! News.

"She's really good," Roberts said, of Aniston's pole-dancing scenes. "I saw bits and pieces of it and she is amazing."

On a scale of 1 to 10? "(She's) like a 20," Roberts laughed. "It was unreal! She looks really hot."

Are tickets on sale yet?

The film's premise is a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) assembles a fake family in order to traffic drugs to Mexico. Aniston plays his stripper wife and Roberts is their pretend daughter.

"If I recall, no one actually smokes pot in the movie," Roberts said. "It's more the chaos that ensues on such a ridiculous adventure. Four people, pretending to be a family to smuggle across the border is pretty funny on its own, so the stuff that goes wrong is only funny."

And there's pole dancing, too.

Roberts said "I got to work with Jennifer Aniston, who's just the most amazing comedic actress, and Jason Sudeikis, who's obviously hilarious. They're funny of course but also just the sweetest people. And I think that's really important working with people for so long."

Right. And there's pole dancing.

JUSTIN BIEBER ANGERS BOXING FANS, ENTIRE COUNTRY: Justin Bieber has ticked off an entire nation.


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According to Business Insider, politicians in the Philippines are threatening to ban the 18-year-old singer and notorious tough guy from entering their country, after Bieber ridiculed Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao's knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez earlier this month.

Bieber posted pictures on his public Instagram account of Pacquiao, 34, flat on his stomach after being knocked down by Marquez.

In one photograph, a photoshopped image of Disney character Simba leans over Pacquiao, with the caption, "Dad wake up." In another mock image, late singer Michael Jackson is pictured in his famous leaning pose from the Smooth Criminal video, mirroring the stance of Pacquiao just before hitting the floor of the boxing ring.

That's incredibly smart of him -- making fun of one of the most beloved athletes on the planet who, by the way, could turn him inside out.

Indignation over Bieber's insult reached the Philippines Congress, with seven lawmakers filing a resolution demanding an apology from the singer for the "distasteful comments ... lest he be declared persona non grata."

I'd like to point out that, should a declaration of war be issued, Bieber is from Canada.

"Mr. Bieber should have known that the Hon. Pacquiao has reached his stature as such as a result of sheer hard work, determination and firm belief in God, and despite such stature best exemplifies humility and grace even in defeat," the congressmen said.

They added that it was not only Pacquiao who Bieber insulted, but also the entire population.

Pacquiao released a statement saying he would pray for Bieber. He didn't say if the prayers would come before or after he puts his fist down Bieber's throat.

Bieber, whose legion of fans are known as "Beliebers" addressed the controversy on his Twitter account: "If they were Beliebers I know they wouldn't leave my side over (a) boxing opinion I have."

MILA KUNIS CALLED SLUR BY UKRAINIAN POLITICIAN: Mila Kunis was the target of an anti-Semitic slur.

Ukrainian politician Igor Miroshnichenko, reportedly referred to the actress as a "zhydovka"-- which translates to "dirty Jewess" -- in a recent Facebook post, according to E! Online.

Really? Everything is so hunky-dory in the Ukraine that their politicians are picking on women who star in movies about talking teddy bears?

The Simon Wiesenthal Center isn't happy. In a letter to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, two rabbis from the center asked the country's leader to "speak out against the heinous anti-Semitic slur directed at Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis by MP Igor Miroshnichenko."

"Mila Kunis' family, like many thousands of other Ukrainian Jewish families, left the Ukraine in the first place because of anti-Semitism," the letter says. (Mila's family relocated to the United States when she was a young girl.)

Maybe Igor is just mad that a hot actress likes us better than them.

"Today she is a respected American actress, who is now owed an apology by the Ukraine. It is a tragedy that even after the Holocaust and the demise of the Soviet Union such hatred and anti-Semitism is still a force in the mainstream of your country."

The rabbis called upon the prime minister to "publicly condemn this attack and to take the measures to defeat the xenophobic forces that threaten your democracy."

E! News' request for comment from Kunis' reps were not immediately returned.

BEN AFFLECK DOESN'T DENY POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS: Ben Affleck didn't say no when asked if he might run for John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat if Kerry steps down to become Secretary of State.

In Washington, D.C,. to testify before Congress about the humanitarian crisis in the Congo, the "Argo" director and star was interviewed by Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation." The show will air Sunday.

Schieffer asked Affleck if he'd ever go after a Senate seat.

"For one thing, the state of Massachusetts currently has two extraordinary senators, so there is no vacancy," Affleck replied..

"There could be," Schieffer pointed out.

"Well, one never knows," Affleck said. "I'm not one to get into conjecture. I have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country. It's a big deal for me to come down here and be on your show, but I'm not going to get into speculation about my political future."

I can't believe Schieffer didn't ask Affleck about J-Lo. And he calls himself a journalist.

"Right now," Affleck said, "I'm really happy being involved from the outside in government, advocating for the Congolese, taking this movie that I made, 'Argo,' that's really become a springboard for dialogue about our relationship with Iran, which, as Hillary Clinton said, is the most pressing foreign policy issue today, so, I got a lot on my plate."

"Argo" is nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Golden Globes, including best director for Affleck. Many believe "Argo" will get serious consideration for a Best Picture Oscar as well.

Contact Tony Hicks at thicks@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks.

DECEMBER 22 IN HISTORY

Saturday, Dec. 22, is the 357th day of 2012. There are nine days left in the year.

1808: Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, had their world premieres in Vienna, Austria.

1864: During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman said in a message to President Abraham Lincoln: "I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah."

1910: A fire lasting more than 26 hours broke out at the Chicago Union Stock Yards; 21 firefighters were killed in the collapse of a burning building.

1937: The first, center tube of the Lincoln Tunnel connecting New York City and New Jersey underneath the Hudson River was opened to traffic. (The north tube opened in 1945, the south tube in 1957.)

1944: During the World War II Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe rejected a German demand for surrender, writing "Nuts!" in his official reply.

1968: Julie Nixon married David Eisenhower in a private ceremony in New York.

1977: Three dozen people were killed when a 250-foot-high grain elevator at the Continental Grain Company plant in Westwego, La., exploded.

1984: New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot and wounded four youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him.

1992: A Libyan Boeing 727 jetliner crashed after a midair collision with a MiG fighter, killing all 157 aboard the jetliner, and both crew members of the fighter jet.

2001: Richard C. Reid, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers. (Reid is serving a life sentence in federal prison.)

2002: A defiant North Korea said that it had begun removing U.N. seals and surveillance cameras from nuclear facilities that U.S. officials said could yield weapons within months. Time magazine chose as its Persons of the Year for 2002 three female whistleblowers: FBI agent Coleen Rowley; WorldCom auditor Cynthia Cooper; and former Enron vice president Sherron Watkins. Joe Strummer, lead singer of the British punk band The Clash, died in Broomfield, England, at age 50.

2007: A jury in Riverhead, N.Y., convicted John White, a black man, of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daniel Cicciaro, a white teenager, during a confrontation outside White's house. (The 17-year-old was shot in the face after he showed up with two carloads of friends to confront White's son after a dispute at a party. White was later sentenced to two to four years in prison, but had his sentence commuted by New York Gov. David Paterson after five months.)

2011: A wave of 16 bombings ripped across Baghdad, killing at least 69 people in the worst violence in Iraq in months days after the last American forces left the country, heightening fears of a new round of Shiite-Sunni sectarian bloodshed. Melanie Amaro, a 19-year-old vocalist from Sunrise, Fla., won the first U.S. season of "The X Factor" talent competition on Fox.

BIRTHDAYS

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton (68), ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer (67), rock musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) (66), baseball All-Star Steve Garvey (64), golfer Jan Stephenson (61), rapper Luther Campbell (52), actor Ralph Fiennes (50), country singer Lori McKenna (44), rhythm-and-blues singer Jordin Sparks (23).

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