Southwest District Kiwanis Convention(not open to the public)
Aquarius Hotel and Casino – Scorpio Room
Wednesday, August 268:00am to 6:00pm
Edgewater/Colorado Belle Employee’s Health Fair
Edgewater – Rio Vista room)
If you attend a blood drive, and are not eligible to donate that day, due to low iron, etc., please try to donate at another location in your area. Often times, donors are eligible 24 hours after they have been deferred. Eat a meal high in iron content, i.e., meat, poultry, green vegetables, nuts, peanut butter, and beans, the night before donating. Another helpful hint is to drink 6-8 bottles of water the night before donating to help hydrate your body.
Avoid caffeine drinks, dairy products and alcohol the morning of your donation.
Eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood three times a year¾once in the summer—to keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 17, must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. All blood donors receive a free cholesterol test and are automatically recognized in the Hero in Me rewards program. The program uses Gold, Silver and Bronze recognition levels to offer benefits to donors who give regularly during a calendar year.
Tim McGraw seems like quite the gentleman, given his history of booting rude male fans out of his shows, but bluegrass great Ralph Stanley knows a different side of the singer. In his upcoming autobiography, called Man of Constant Sorrow: The Life and Times of a Music Legend, Stanley claims that McGraw treated him disrespectfully after he beat McGraw out for the Best Male Country Performance Grammy back in 2002, according to reports. Stanley is also quoted as saying, "He (McGraw) wouldn't know a real country song if it kicked him in the ass."
Stanley's memoir will be released on October 15th.
In 2002, McGraw's Grammy nomination was for "Grown Men Don't Cry," while Stanley took home the trophy for "O Death."
Blake Shelton said the musical arrangement of his latest hit, "I'll Just Hold On," was key to making the song a favorite among listeners. Shelton tells us he needed to jazz it up just a bit to catch peoples' attention after hearing the demo. "I was listening to different demos and things when we were makin' the record and heard 'I'll Just Hold On.' The first time I heard it I liked it, and then (I) listened to it again and then I loved it, and then I listened to it again and then I really loved it. It's just one of those songs that started to grow on me, so when we went in the studio, I wanted to be sure that when people heard it on the radio that it wouldn't take them as long to fall in love with it as I did."
"I'll Just Hold On" is a Top 15 hit on the Billboard country chart.
Shelton continues to tour with George Strait, in addition to performing some of his own headlining shows.
Kellie Pickler and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew surprised the Terpenning family on Thursday (July 30th) morning at their home in Beavercreek, Ohio. The unsuspecting family learned that their home had been chosen to receive a makeover. Pickler will trade in her stiletto heels for a hard hat and hammer as she helps with the demolition and building process. She will also perform at the family's emotional final reveal.
Pickler said, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is such a magical show because it is all about giving back. I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
The episode is set to air on ABC in the fall.
Pickler's current single, "Best Days Of Your Life," just became her first Top 10 hit.
Digital sales of "Best Days Of Your Life" have passed the 600,000 mark. The song is included on Pickler's self-titled sophomore CD.
With a name like Shine, it's hard to believe that Martina McBride's latest album is anything but sunny. McBride says that while not all of the 11 songs on the CD are upbeat, the project as a whole is cheery. "I don't think it's intentional. Like, it's not a decision that I sit down and say, 'I'm gonna make a positive record.' I'm drawn to certain songs at certain times in my life or whatever based on what I'm drawn to and what I'm feeling and what moves me. I always have been drawn to kind of positive lyrics and positive songs, atleast a song with some kind of hope, but overall I would say it has a good positive energy to it."
McBride says the album captures a particularly happy time in her life. "I'm in a great place. I feel like I have a renewed kind of energy and passion and creativity and inspiration. I feel similar to the way I felt on all those fronts with when I made Evolution and Emotion. That was just such a creative time for me. I felt like I really grew as an artist during that time, and I feel that way again. It's a great feeling!"
Shine was released in March of this year.
Her new single, "I Just Call You Mine," continues to climb the country charts.
Julianne Hough is among the five new additions to the American Red Cross' National Celebrity Cabinet. As such, Hough will help promote Red Cross services by donating her time, helping neighbors prepare for emergencies, responding to disasters and lending a helping hand to those in need.
Hough said, "I am honored to be a part of the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet and help support an organization that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war and aid to victims of devastating natural disasters. Being part of this amazing organization will provide me with an opportunity to join its efforts to help others and encourage the American public to become involved with their local Red Cross and make a difference."
Other new members include Tony Award-winner and actress Anika Noni Rose; singer and Disney Channel star Demi Lovato; actress Sally Pressman from Lifetime's Army Wives; and actress Amanda Peet.
Sara Evans, Miley Cyrus, Pat Green, and Rascal Flatts are all also members of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.
Hough is currently on tour with George Strait.
The singer will make her movie debut in the new feature film, Footloose, which will be released sometime next year.
Lee Ann Womack's new video, "Solitary Thinkin'," will premier online at people.com on Friday (July 31st). The site will also feature Womack talking about filming the clip, which was shot in downtown Nashville in historic Printers Alley.
"Solitary Thinkin'" is included on Womack's 2008 CD, Call Me Crazy.
Chill out: Okay, the first thing you need to do is relax. No one's going to throw tomatoes at you if you strike out, and you're not going for some life-altering test. You just want to add some spice to your life and conversations, and appear more easygoing. So don't put so much pressure on yourself -- you just want to get people to laugh, or at least smile.
Don't take things seriously: Ease up on life and yourself; get used to taking things with a grain of salt. See the humor in situations; you'll see that most situations, even getting a $200 dollar speeding ticket or falling down on a banana peel have humor written all over them -- the trick is finding them and being able to laugh at yourself.
Be pop culture savvy: You can't be funny if you don't have any references or material. The broader your general knowledge is, the funnier the remarks you'll make. You can't say a Homer-esque comment if you don't know who The Simpsons are, and Allllrrriiighttty then! doesn't have the same effect if you've never seen Ace Ventura: Pet Detective .
Don't imitate others: You want to know about famous actors and comedians, but by the same token, you don't want to get caught using someone else's material. So rather than reciting that great Chris Rock line you heard the other night and passing it off as your own, use the joke in Chris Rock's intonation. That way, people know you're using his joke, and it can still be considered hysterical.
Find your style: Another reason to avoid imitating actors and comedians is because it may not suit your style. If you're not a very sarcastic or cynical person, it makes it hard to imitate someone like David Letterman or Chandler from Friends (besides, your friends will get annoyed when you keep saying, "Could this BE more [fill in the blank]?"). If you're rather quiet and subdued, it'll be nearly impossible to take on Robin Williams' or Jim Carrey's humor.
Have a joke pool: You never know when a situation calls for a joke, like if you're at a lame party, chatting with some acquaintances. This is where a reserve of jokes can come in handy. Humor yourself with a joke a day to take a break from your daily tasks, and keep the ones you like best in mind. That way, you'll always have several in stock for when the time is right.
Know your audience: There's a time and a place for everything, and just like you need to know your audience when giving a speech, you need to know whom you're delivering a joke to. This said, save the dirty jokes for your friends, and the witty comments for your girlfriend's parents.
Get your delivery and timing right: Being funny isn't only about telling great jokes; it's all in your mannerism, attitude, how you project yourself, and your delivery. Be animated and alive when you speak, and you can make any story funny.
Use people as props: You're not Carrot Top so drop the props. Rather than using objects as props, use people (I didn't say to use people as the butt of your jokes). What always gets a rise out of the ladies is trying to sell things to strangers on the street, like selling your wallet to an old lady. Or start talking to your invisible friend -- just make sure others know you're kidding around and haven't gone crazy.
Don't worry about bombing: Your goal isn't to strike a 10 on the Laugh-o-Meter, and every great comedian bombs every now and then. So don't worry if no one gets your joke -- just ignore it or laugh at yourself, and whatever you do: do not delve into your bag of jokes and continue trying to make everyone laugh -- you don't want to try too hard.
TIPS FOR TURNING YOUR LAYOFF INTO THE GOOD LIFE (AOL.com)
Pick a Recession-Proof New Career: Ernie Zelinsky, author of "The Joy of Not Working," mentions debt collector, shoe repairman and bankruptcy lawyer as evergreen jobs that always survive a recession. His rundown of "Best Recession Jobs" also cites alcohol, gambling, pharmaceuticals and "erotic services" as fail-safe careers -- proving that sex, drugs and vice are the best ways to survive the meltdown of capitalism.
Start a Business, Outsource All the Work: Empty your savings account to start a new business, and then find cheap contractors around the globe willing to do all your work for peanuts. Sound heartless? Welcome to the 21st-century economy, baby. Zelinski recommends Elance.com; other post-work gurus like Tim Ferriss, author of "The 4-Hour Workweek," swear by the hire-an-Indian service, Brickwork.
Make Cash As a Hack Writer: While all of the writing you encounter at Asylum is Pulitzer-Prize-winning caliber, it's not vital to be as articulate and ingenious as we are. In fact, as Zelinski attests, you can be a crap writer and still make a killing. Itching to write a book, but don't have the chops? "DO IT BADLY -- BUT AT LEAST DO IT! Jump in! Once you get into it, you will improve," he promises. His "badly written" guide, "The Joy of Not Being Married," earned him $50,000 before taxes.
Self-Employment Is a Tax Haven: One reason not to miss cubicle hell: You can reimagine yourself as a freelancer and take advantage of creative accounting. "Suddenly, your home office, travel expenses, even your book purchases, may qualify as tax deductions," explains Barbara Winter. "This is one of those invisible perks of self-employment, although it becomes more apparent at tax time." Save every single receipt and just hope the IRS doesn't come a-knockin' with a magnifying glass.
Don't Let Joblessness Affect Your Mojo: If you're young and savvy, Zelinski suggests, unemployment won't affect your chances of getting laid. "Read Double Your Dating by David de Angelo and remember not to come across as being a 'nice guy,'" he says, somewhat sinisterly. "An unemployed funny, cocky young man will do a lot better with young women than an employed, 'nice' young guy." If all else fails, we suggest lying.
CROWN ROYAL BECOMES KENSETH'S SPONSOR: Roush Fenway Racing announced today that Diageo, parent company of Crown Royal, has renewed its multi-year sponsorship. Crown Royal will serve as the primary sponsor for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 Sprint Cup team at 18 Cup events in 2010. "I'm excited about teaming up with Crown Royal," said Kenseth, one of only five drivers in NASCAR history to win the Sprint Cup rookie of the year award, a Sprint Cup Championship and the Daytona 500.
MUSTANG COMES TO NASCAR: Mustang may very well be the most successful nameplate in professional racing, but Ford's pony car has never had a presence in NASCAR. That will all change in 2010. When NASCAR's Nationwide Series rolls out a Car of Tomorrow for limited competition next year, the Ford model will be the 2010 Mustang."We're excited about Mustang coming to NASCAR," said Director of Ford North America Motorsports Brian Wolfe. "It's the most successful product nameplate in racing history, and it seems only right that it should be coming to the most popular form of racing in North America."
Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 takes place at Pocono Raceway U.S. Cellular 250 takes place at Iowa Speedway Toyota Tundra 200 takes place at Nashville Superspeedway (All Times Eastern)
Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 practice is today at Noon (SPEED)
Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 qualifying is today at 3:30pm (ESPN2)
U.S. Cellular 250 final practice is today at 6:00pm (ESPN2)
Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 practice is on Saturday morning at 10:30 (ESPN2)
Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 final practice is on Saturday morning at 11:30 (ESPN2)
U.S. Cellular qualifying is Saturday at 1:00pm (ESPN2)
U.S. Cellular 250 is Saturday at 4:00pm (ESPN)
Toyota Tundra 200 is Saturday at 7:30pm (SPEED)
Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 is Sunday at 1:00pm (ESPN)
The third film from director Judd Apatow, Funny People, opens today (July 31st). Funny People is the story a famous comedian, played by Adam Sandler, who has a near death experience and what he does with his second chance. The film also stars Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill.
Funny People is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours and 16 minutes.
Aliens in the Attic, the story of a group of young children who battle aliens invaders to save their hometown, opens today (July 31st). The movie stars Ashely Tisdale, Carter Jennings and Doris Roberts.
Aliens in the Attic is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Movie star Jude Law, is going to be father to a fourth child. The According to TMZ.com, the mother is Samantha Burke, an actress and model. Her lawyer released a statement Thursday saying, "Ms. Burke can confirm that she did in fact have a relationship with Mr. Law and that she has informed Mr. Law that she is expecting his child later this fall. Since informing Mr. Law of the pregnancy, he has been nothing but responsive and supportive of Ms. Burke and the pregnancy."
Law's spokesman made a statement about the whole situation saying, "Mr Law is no longer in a relationship with the individual concerned but he intends to be a fully supportive part of the child's life."
According to People.com, Burke is from Florida.
Law has two movies coming out on Christmas this year, Sherlock Holmes and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
The 36-year-old actor also has two other movies expected to be released this year, Rage and Repo Men!
He has a stepson with his past wife Sadie Frost, who is the mother of Jude's three biological children.
OFFICER, OFFICER, MEL GIBSON RIPPED MY FAVORITE T SHIRT!
CHECK THIS OUTHere's a tempest in a teapot, or at least in a Hollywood nightspot. "Mel Gibson Attacks Man In Club!"
That was the headline Thursday (July 31st), on the hollyscoop.com site. It seems Mel and his pregnant girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, were partying at a new nightclub Wednesday night when an innocent fan tried to take a snapshot, and Mel just attacked the poor guy, like a lethal weapon or something. Well, not exactly. It seems a reporter who had been turned away earlier talked a pal into trying to sneak a photo of the hot-tempered star, and Mel hauled off and ripped the guy's shirt open. Or maybe not. Anyway, the guy hot-footed it to the police station to file a report. Police told TMZ.com they suspect he invented the whole incident, since eyewitnesses say he and his tshirt were uninjured when they left the club. Now the guy's picture is all over the internet, looking like a fool in a torn tshirt.
This story was widely reported on the web before the LAPD squashed it flat.
Mel Gibson is trying to be good after a stream of bad publicity that started with a 2006 DUI arrest and continued through the dissolution of his long marriage to Robyn, mother of their seven children. Eyewitness reports of this latest incident say Mel actually tried to politely refuse photos.
Meanwhile, there's talk of a Mad Max 4. But the sequel to the movie series that made Mel famous would be a 3D animated feature.
Variety reports Mel Gibson has signed to star in a movie directed by his Maverick co-star Jodie Foster.
PSYCH WILL INCLUDE A NEW ROMANTIC STORYLINES THIS SEASON
USA's action-comedy Psych returns next week with the premiere of the first half of the show's fourth season. James Roday stars as phony psychic detective Shawn Spencer and Dule Hill is back as Shawn's best pal Gus. Last season ended with Shawn deciding to get back together with his old flame Abigail, rather than start something up with Detective Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Swanson). But, Roday tells us, there may still be a future for Jules and Shawn: "It's a marathon, that relationship. I think everybody gets that. There's gonna to be a lot of going in circles and missed timing and hurdles that have to be cleared in order for something to ever actually happen."
Hill tells us that Gus will finally get a chance at love this season. He said, "It's been a long time coming, so Gus has a bit of pent-up energy. That will be taken care of the second half of the season." At last week's Comic-Con, he joked that he was hoping to get Halle Berry to play his girlfriend -- but "for some reason she doesn't want to come do our show, I don't understand."
According to Roday, Rachel Leigh Cook, who plays Shawn's love interest Abigail, will be seen "sporadically" on the show throughout the whole fourth season.
In this clip from the premiere episode of season 4, airing Friday, August 7th, Gus and Shawn go skiing in Canada, but it looks like they won't be picking up girls: (Shawn): Man a month ago I would have had us styled up with those girls tonight. (Gus): What? (Shawn) But, I'm spoken for now. I have Abigail and she has me."
ON AND KATE'S "ICONIC COUCH" IS GONE: The TLC network announced Thursday that the divorcing couple won't be sitting on the couch together during their interviews -- they'll have separate chairs. There will be more footage of them raising eight children as single parents, rather than doing it together.
KARA DIOGUARDI WILL RETURN TO AMERICAN IDOL:People magazine confirmed Thursday that the songwriter will be a judge on next season's American Idol. What's still not confirmed is whether or not Paula Abdul will be back.
AMY POEHLER TO GUEST STAR IN FIRST TWO EPISODES OF 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY:' The former SNL regular will reunite with "co-anchor" Seth Myers on the live half-hour primetime shows. The episodes air September 17th and September 24th.
DIANE KEATON SET FOR HBO COMEDY: This untitled comedy features Keaton as a feminist icon who attempts to reignite the movement by starting a sexually explicit magazine for women.
POLICE CHIEFS ARRESTED IN SARAH JESSICA PARKER SURROGATE BREAK-IN - Two police chiefs who are under investigation for masterminding a break-in at the home of a surrogate mother for Sarah Jessica Parker were booked and released Wednesday. According to People.com, authorities say that the charges should become public today (July 31st). Last month, local news outlets reported that the police chiefs intended to gather information in the home that they could sell to the tabloids.
MISCHA BARTON PUBLICIST DENIES ACTRESS TRIED TO KILL HERSELF: Mischa Barton's publicist is denying rumors that the actress' recent hospital stay was due to apparent "suicidal actions." Separate sources made the claim to E-Online's Ted Casablanca, but the publicist told him, "Absolutely false your source is far from knowledgeable, as nothing they've told you is true, inclusive of the suicide attempt." Barton is back in New York, shooting the TV show Beautiful Life. Her co-star Sara Paxton told People "We had our first read-through (Wednesday) and we're all so very excited to have her back. She's such a great girl."
MC HAMMER'S COUSIN, BIG MARV, PICKED UP ON RAPE CHARGE:Marvin Turrell Grant, better known to fans of MC Hammer's reality show as Bigg Marv, was arrested Thursday on rape charges. A woman told cops that she met Marv on Twitter and after meeting for dinner they went back to her hotel room where he assaulted her. Hammer confirmed the arrest on Twitter, sending out a tweet saying: "Marv has been picked up. We're standing by him. Welcome to Fame Cousin Marv. We're praying for you." Hammer tweeted later that someone was on their way to bail his cousin out.
HEIDI AND SPENCER GO SHOPPING FOR BABY CLOTHES WHILE CAMERAS ROLL: The Hills'Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were at Kitson Kids in L.A. Wednesday to film a scene from their reality show. According to OK magazine, the couple made out for the cameras and then shopped for toys and onesies in the newborn section. With these two, it's more likely that they just want to start rumors she's expecting than it is that she actually is pregnant.
AMERICAN IDOL SEMI-FINALIST SAYS SHOW IS RIGGED: Season 8's Ju'Not Joyner says he's thankful for the opportunity to sing for America, but the reality show is not a talent contest. He tells AI Now, "It's a reality show with writers! We're all actors. All these shows have writers that guide the public opinion. The Hills, Real World. All of them." He went on to say that the producers "know what they want and they slant it to reflect that. They fix it in a way that makes you surprised but it's still manipulated."
GEORGE CLOONEY'S NEW ITALIAN GIRL FRIEND: People Magazine spotted George Clooney and his newly revealed girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis riding together on Clooney's motorbike.
THE CHURCH OF SHIATOLOGY: According to E! News, fans created the church as a way to worship movie star Shia LaBeouf. They even went as far as superimposing his face on iconic religious works of art. (To see "Shiart" click here http://shiantology.com/2009/
Protect yourself from annoying little gadget injuries:
Cell Phone -- Tech trap balancing a cell between your neck and shoulder can put pressure on nerves, cramping your neck muscles and sending pain down your arms. Cradling these small phones strains your neck far more than a regular size phone, says Alan Hedge, Ph.D., director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics program at Cornell University. The Fix - Use the speaker phone or a hands free headset or go cordless with a Bluetooth or similar earpiece.
Computer Screen -- Tech trap staring at your computer screen for long periods can strain your eyes and give you headaches. You may also get dry eyes from blinking less. The Fix - Place your screen an arm's length away so it's easier to focus, says James Salz, M.D., clinical professor of ophthalmology at USC. If you have to strain to read the screen, get tested for computer glasses. Use OTC eyedrops to relieve stinging eyes and look away from the screen every 20 minutes.
BlackBerry and PDA -- Tech trap "BlackBerry thumb" is the price you pay for too much texting the tendons that connect thumbs to wrists swell, so it hurts to lift things. Reading the tiny screen can also make distant objects look blurry after a long PDA session. The Fix - Hold your PDA in one hand and type with your opposite pointer finger to give thumbs a break, says Dr. Hedge. If you use it constantly, try an external keyboard. To help eyes, look up often and focus on a spot far away.
iPod -- Tech trap forthcoming research from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Children's Hospital Boston shows that up to 24 percent of users rock out to their iPods at volumes and for durations that can cause hearing loss. The Fix - The 80/90 rule: "Listen to you MP3 player at full volume for one song or 80 percent volume for 90 minutes," says Brian Fligor, Sc.D., director of diagnostic audiology at Children's Hospital Boston. "To listen all day long, set the volume at 60 percent."
Laptop -- Tech trap it's a Catch-22: Place the laptop so the screen's at a comfortable height for your neck and shoulders and the keyboard is too high for your wrists. At a good wrist height, bending to read the screen can strain your neck and upper back. The Fix - When you can, place the laptop in a computer docking station and attach an external monitor, mouse and keyboard, says Margot Miller of the American Physical Therapy Association. This gives your laptop the ergonomic comforts of a desktop.
Wii Sports-- Tech trap nicknamed "Wii-itis," it's the tennis elbow of virtual sports, caused by overextending yourself when you're playing Wii Sports tennis, golf, baseball, bowling or boxing. The Fix - Watch your form. "Technique is just as important with Wii Sports as when you're playing an actual sport," says Dr. Hedge. He suggest warming up with some shoulder shrugs and taking a one to two minute break every 20 minutes. End with a few minutes of stretching.
You can increase your popularity with the opposite sex by using the most effective ways of talking, according to psychiatrist Dr. Jack Chernus. He offers these tips on using your speech to enhance your sex appeal:
Be direct and honest -- Never fake an interest. Fake people are instantly recognized by others.
Never have a superior attitude when approaching a person -- If you communicate that you think you're better, you'll be rejected.
Give sincere compliments -- If you like the way a person looks, dresses or talks, say so.
Learn to listen and respond to the person you want to attract -- Some people ask a question, then jump in with another question or remark without waiting for the response.
Think of the person as very special -- Try to get the person to open up and talk about his or her life.
Don't underplay or overplay your remarks -- Never say, "You're the most beautiful person I've ever seen!" Instead, make a simple straight statement such as "You look very attractive."
Don't interrogate the person -- If you want to find out something about him, be casual.
Express your true feelings -- People quickly sense dishonesty and are turned off by it.
Arizona Lawmakers Considering Selling Capitol Buildings for Cash
Arizona lawmakers, facing a $3.4 billion budget shortfall, are considering selling the state House and Senate buildings, and then leasing them back over several years before assuming ownership again. The same could be done with dozens of other state buildings, providing an estimated $735 million in cash. Under the plan, state government services would continue without interruption, while investors would gain long-term lease payments from a stable source. A spokesman for Republican Governor Jan Brewer told the Arizona Republic the idea is, quote, "one of the governor's least favorite options." But Brewer budget adviser Tom Manos told the paper, "This is the predicament we find ourselves in. We've exhausted the better options."
NEW YORK IS BEST CITY FOR SINGLES: New York has been rated the best U.S. city for singles for the first time, bumping Atlanta out of the top spot in the Forbes.com survey. The Big Apple also edged past Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Atlanta fell to No. 6, followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The annual poll that assessed 40 of the largest U.S. urban areas for coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating, nightlife and ratio of singles to the entire population in the area. But it was online dating that pushed it to the No. 1 position because it has more people with active online dating accounts than any other city in the country.
CHECK IT OUT:BossBitching.com -- "It is a great resource for the worker who's just had enough. Short of screaming at your superior, you can instead type out your story furiously and have other sympathetic office-dwellers comment on your conundrum and say whether your bitch is valid or just pathetic whining."
FORMER CHAMPION OF RAISING DRINKING AGE REGRETS MOVEMENT: One of the people who was instrumental in pushing for laws to increase the legal drinking age to 21 now calls his actions "the single most regrettable decision" of his career. Dr. Morris Chafetz, a psychiatrist who was on the presidential commission in the 1980s that recommended raising the drinking age to 21, made his remarks in an editorial that he is shopping for publication and which he released to the advocacy group Choose Responsibility. Chafetz said that the law has resulted in "collateral, off-road damage" such as binge drinking that occurs in underage youth and crimes like date rape, assaults and property damage.
DYE IN BLUE M&MS COULD TREAT SPINAL CORD INJURIES: A common and safe blue food dye -- that is most notably used in blue M&Ms -- might provide the best treatment available so far for spinal cord injuries. Fox News reported that tests in rats showed the dye, called brilliant blue G, a close relative of the common food dye Blue no. one, crossed into the spinal fluid and helped block inflammation. Dr. Steven Goldman, who worked on the study, said, "We have no effective treatment now for patients who have an acute spinal cord injury. Our hope is that this work will lead to a practical, safe agent that can be given to patients shortly after injury, for the purpose of decreasing the secondary damage that we have to otherwise expect."
Tim McGraw likely has one less fan after having a man at his weekend show at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles removed from his concert. The singer abruptly stopped his performance to scold the man by saying, "You don't treat a woman like that." He then waited for security to escort the concert-goer out of the Main Grandstand Arena before continuing the show.
There are no details yet on exactly what the man did to provoke McGraw's anger.
Fans attending the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home better be on their best behavior, as McGraw will be performing there on Friday (July 31st).
McGraw's new album, Southern Voice, will be released on October 20th.
Taylor Swift earns another page in the Billboard history books this week as her current CD, Fearless, holds the Number One spot on the Top Country Albums chart for the 20th week. The feat puts Swift in an elite group with Shania Twain and Garth Brooks as being the only country artists in the Billboard SoundScan era to have two albums spend 20 weeks at the top of the Country Albums sales chart.
Fearless reclaimed the Number One spot last week, 36 weeks after its initial release.
Swift's self-titled debut CD, which was released in 2006, also remains one of country's top sellers, claiming the Number 11 spot on the sales chart this week.
Swift is the only artist this decade to have two albums spend 20 weeks at Number One on the Top Country Albums chart.
Fearless is the top-selling album in all genres of music so far this year.
To date, Swift's career CD sales top 7.75 million albums. Her paid song downloads now exceed 18 million, and her MySpace music streams are over 246 million.
Her current single, "You Belong With Me," holds the Number Three spot and climbing on both the Billboard Top Country Songs and Hot 100 charts.
Swift's current Fearless tour recently set a record at the North Dakota State Fair, with over 50,600 people in attendance that day. That's the first time ever the fair's crowd has topped the 40,000 mark.
The Fearless 2009 tour continues through mid-October.
One listen to Keith Urban's latest album, Defying Gravity, and you know that his wife, Nicole Kidman, is the catalyst for most of the new music. Urban tells us she has completey changed his life, so naturally Kidman has made her way into the songs, like his latest hit, "Only You Can Love Me This Way." "She's the inspiration for that. She's the one that's brought this love into my life and opened up a whole new . . . just stretched everything. My heart's just stretched since meeting her and becoming her husband and now a father and, yeah, it's just continuing to stretch open. It's beautiful!"
Urban's Escape Together World tour heads to Boston on Friday (July 31st) with special guest Taylor Swift.
The tour wraps on October 9th in Buffalo, New York.
On the heels of her split with longtime label, Sony Nashville, Gretchen Wilson has announced plans to open her own record label. Entertainment Weekly reports that Wilson hopes to release a new single and album sometime this fall. The label will be called -- what else -- Redneck Records!
While on the Sony roster, Wilson release three albums -- Here For The Party, All Jacked Up, and One Of The Boys.
She was slated to release a fourth, called I've Got Your Country Right Here, in the fall.
Reba McEntire has been added to the lineup of performers at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA) taking place on September 13th at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The show will be broadcast nationally on CBC TV, with encore airings on CMT in Canada.
The two-hour CCMA's will also feature performances by Martina McBride, Terri Clark, George Canyon, Doc Walker, Jessie Farrell, Aaron Pritchett, and Johnny Reid.
McEntire's new album, Keep On Loving You, will be released on August 18th.
This CD is McEntire's first new solo studio album in six years.
Joe Nichols will be packing his bags and moving to New York City later this year to begin rehearsals for his first Broadway show. He will play the lead in the new musical, Pure Country, which opens early next year. After two months of preparation for the show, Nichols will call Manhattan home for an additional six to eight months.
Nichols talked with us about his anticipated culture shock. "I'm lookin' forward to that. I've never lived in New York City. I think it's gonna be a gigantic shock for me. I'm from Arkansas, so (there's a) little bit of difference between Arkansas and New York, but it's gonna be really cool, I think. I'm lookin' forward to the lights and the big city thing. I've never been to New York longer than seven to 10 days at a time, but what time I have spent there I've had a lot of fun."
In the meantime, Nichols' latest single, "Believers," continues to climb the country charts.
His new album, called Old Things New, is set for a September 29th release.
Lady Antebellum's first Number One hit, "I Run To You," is now the group's first gold-selling digital single, signifying more than 500,000 downloads.
Lady Antebellum member Charles Kelley said, "When we write, we never know which of our songs will end up connecting with people. The minute we put 'I Run To You' in our show, we knew that people were starting to respond to it because the voices were growing louder every night. I still can't believe that 500,000 people even know who we are...much less downloaded a song we wrote at the Loveless Café over lunch one day. It's crazy!"
Lady Antebellum is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney playing arenas and stadiums across the country.
They will join Keith Urban for their first trek to Canada later this fall.
Fans can catch the trio performing on the two-hour special, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, airing on August 31st on ABC.
Lady Antebellum's self-titled album debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart last year.
Their hits "Love Don't Live Here" and "Lookin' For A Good Time" helped the trio land two awards -- the Academy of Country Music's Best New Vocal Group award and the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year.
BAR REFAELI MOVING ON: Bar Refaeli has reportedly rebounded from Leonardo DiCaprio with Brazilian playboy Ricardo Mansur. Brazilian Web site Glamurama reported that the couple was recently spotted in St. Tropez together, as a witness said, "On Saturday, they were all over each other at Hotel Byblos at the swimming pool bar, and then in a club later that night." Mansur is somewhat of a DiCaprio patch, as he previously dated the actor's other famous ex, Gisele Bundchen.
JOHNNY KNOXVILLE DIVORCE FINALIZED: Johnny Knoxville's divorce has reportedly been finalized. RadarOnline.com reports that the Jackass star -- whose real name is Philip John Clapp -- has agreed to pay his ex-wife Melanie $6,000 a month in child support for their 13-year-old daughter. The former couple, who had been married for 12 years, also agreed to split their assets evenly - including residuals from the Jackass franchise and his Dukes of Hazard movie.
RYAN REYNOLDS NOT FIGHTING WITH SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Ryan Reynolds did not skip Comic-Con because he got into a fight with his wife, Scarlet Johansson. Reps for both actors told People magazine, "[The report] is completely untrue. Warner Brothers never planned to have Green Lantern as part of their panel at this year's Comic-Con and Ryan is in Europe shooting a film."
'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STAR RELEASING MEMOIR: The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is releasing her memoir, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice, on August 11th. The New York Daily News reports that the book will share her "rags-to-riches" story as well as spilling secrets about her co-star/nemesis, Kim Zolciak -- including that the blond used to work as an Atlantic City stripper who went by the name of Barbie. An insider told the paper, "NeNe and Kim were friends back in the day, and now that they're enemies, she's ready to dish some dirt."
TV FANS EXCITED FOR JAY LENO: According to a New York-based research company NewMediaMetrics, television fans are most excited for the fall premieres of NCIS: Los Angeles and The Jay Leno Show. Including midseason replacements V and Happy Town, ABC boasts nine of the top 20 new shows including FlashForward, Cougar Town and Eastwick.
DAVID ALAN GRIER GOING BROADWAY: David Alan Grier is joining the cast of David Mamet's Broadway play, Race. The Associated Press confirmed that the 53-year-old actor will star alongside James Spader, Richard Thomas and Kerry Washington when the show opens on December 6th.
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD REPLACING "TWILIGHT" ACTRESS IN "ECLIPSE"
Twilightfans can expect a major cast change in the third installment of the franchise when Bryce Dallas Howard assumes the role of Victoria, which had been played by Rachelle Lefevre. Summit Entertainment executive Erik Feig said, "Rachelle brought Victoria to great screen life, and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role."
The studio claims that Lefevre is leaving because of scheduling conflicts with her new movie, the independent film Barney's Version, which co-stars Dustin Hoffman.
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Ashton Kutcher became famous playing a dim-witted teenager on That 70's Show and by executing pranks on his friends via Punk'd -- and the actor embraces his zany image. He admitted to Parade magazine, "I'm an idiot. I don't do things by the rules sometimes. I say things that I probably shouldn't say. I push buttons. I deserve to be made fun of."
Despite his self-proclaimed idiocy, Kutcher says that he's succeeded by putting himself around people he admires -- including wife Demi Moore. He said of Moore, "My relationship with Demi is so solid, thank God, and we're so communicative about the way that we're feeling, that we don't allow space to come between us. I definitely believe that if you stop working at relationships, they go away."
Regardless of his success, Kutcher confesses that "I'm still looking for trouble. I'm disruptive. I'm still doing some things that other people don't like."
Gary Oldman let it slip at Comic-Con that the next Batman with Christian Bale will start filming early next year.
Kim Kardashian has split with New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush. Her spokewoman, Jill Fritzo, confirmed the longtime couple has called it quits. They had dated for two years.
Cosmopolitan reports only about 10% of people with big smiles in childhood photos wind up getting divorced later in life.
Octomom Nadya Suleman inked a deal for a reality show in which each of her 14 children will earn $250 a day while filming.
Applebee's is facing a class-action lawsuit after an E.W. Scripps media investigation showed that it, along with several other chain restaurants, falsely printed calorie and fat information about its so-called "healthy" dishes.
Simon Cowell has arranged for his protege, Leona Lewis, to get hypnotherapy... to help her with her confidence.
"Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall recently appeared on a British reality TV series called "Who Do You Think You Are?," a show that traces celebrities' family tree -- only to learn that her material grandfather was a bigamist.
Bank of America says it's getting rid of 10% of its branches.
GM says it's going to drop sponsorship of the Buick open.
Sugarland will be debuting the upcoming DVD from their CD/DVD release, Live On The Inside, in 35 theaters across the country on August 6th. The DVD features the duo performing 16 songs from their nationwide tour.
Following is a list of cities and theaters that will be showing Live On The Inside:
Surprise, AZ - UltraStar Surprise Pointe 14 Lake Havasu, AZ - UltraStar Lake Havasu 10 Apple Valley, CA - UltraStar Apple Valley 14 Oceanside, CA - UltraStar Mission Marketplace Riverside, CA - UltraStar University Village 10 San Diego, CA - UltraStar Poway Creekside Plaza
The concert footage was shot at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Live On The Inside CD/DVD set will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning on August 4th.
Sugarland's first major network special, also called Live On The Inside, is set to air on August 3rd on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
That morning, the duo will appear on Good Morning America.
Gretchen Wilson has parted ways with her longtime label, Sony Music Nashville. While on their roster, Wilson release three albums -- Here For The Party, All Jacked Up, and One Of The Boys.
She was slated to release a fourth, called I've Got Your Country Right Here, in the fall.
There is no word on whether Wilson has another label lined up or what her future plans include.
Wilson shot to fame with her debut chart-topping single, 'Redneck Woman," in 2004.
She has sold more than six million albums.
Her last single, "Don't Do Me No Good," recently peaked at Number 43 on the Billboard charts.
Tim McGraw fans can circle October 20th on their calendar as the release date of his new CD, called Southern Voice. This is McGraw's first new studio album in two-and-a-half years. His debut single, "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You," is currently available at all digital retailers.
There's a few months to go before McGraw has to get busy promoting the new project, but in the meantime, he tells us he's hardly letting the grass grow under his feet. "I'm doing some festivals and stuff this summer, probably another movie. I haven't decided yet -- there's a couple different options -- and then the album comes out in the fall so I'll be busy doing that stuff, and then school starts in the fall, so I'll have two in junior high this year."
Southern Voice was recorded in Nashville. It is the follow-up to Let It Go, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart in April of 2007.
McGraw will support Southern Voice with an extensive tour in 2010.
"It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You" was co-written by Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger. The song currently sits at Number 15 on the Billboard Country Singles chart.
Reba McEntire is scheduled to make her QVC music debut on Friday (July 31st) at 7 p.m. ET to preview music from her new album, Keep On Loving You. During the QVC Presents Q Sessions Live Featuring Reba McEntire broadcast, McEntire will give viewers a sneak peek of the project with a special live performance that will include her new Top 10 single "Strange," the album's next single, "Consider Me Gone," and the current dance club hit, "I Want A Cowboy."
Shoppers will also have the opportunity to pre-order Keep On Loving You, which has been specially packaged for QVC with a bonus hard-back copy of her best-selling autobiography, Reba: My Story, more than two weeks before street date.
Keep On Loving You will be at music retailers everywhere on August 18th.
To pre-order Keep On Loving You through QVC, called 1.800.345.1515 or log onto QVC.com.
Keep On Loving You is McEntire's first new solo studio album in six years.
The new single from Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits II album is a duet with Dave Matthews called, "I'm Alive." Chesney wrote the song after his short-lived marriage to actress Renee Zellweger.
"I'm Alive" appeared on Willie Nelson's Moment Of Forever album, as well as being included on Chesney's 2008 studio CD, as he tells us: "It's on the Lucky Old Sun album also, and we almost released that song after 'Down The Road,' and I don't mind tellin' ya, I didn't want to release two duets back-to-back because I felt like if we did that, that it would diminish both of 'em."
Chesney says he always hoped this song would get radio airplay, so he brought it back to his Greatest Hits II. "I went, 'Well, you know what? I'm gonna put this thing with Dave Matthews on my Greatest Hits because if I've heard that comment once, I've heard it a hundred times since that album came out -- that they love that song -- and I think that that song has an unbelievable message, and I didn't want to let it go just yet."
Chesney will appear on Good Morning America on August 14th.
Chesney will kick off his own online radio station, called No Shoes Radio, at noon ET on August 6th from the parking lot of his Sun City Carnival tour stop in Orange Beach, Alabama. Fans around the country can also tune it online at noshoesradio.com.
Chesney will be joined on the air by tourmates Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum for the inaugural broadcast. That night's Orange Beach show will be simulcast on NoShoesRadio.com.
No Shoes Radio will reflect Chesney's musical tastes, including country, rock and reggae. It will also feature interviews with the superstar and his friends.
Vince Gill will be the honoree at the first Grammy Salute To Country Music event on September 9th at The Loveless Barn in Nashville. The star-studded tribute will feature Amy Grant, Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, Michael McDonald, and Brad Paisley. The evening will also include a special presentation of The Recording Academy President's Merit Award to 20-time Grammy winner Gill in honor of his "professional achievements and remarkable career," according to a release.
Throughout his 30-year career, Gill has recorded 21 albums and sold more than 26 million albums.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Gill has been active in hundreds of charity events including his own Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament ("The Vinny"), which supports junior golf programs in Tennessee.
Although Demi Lovato recently split with Miley Cyrus's brother Trace, the two girls are still close friends who talk every day. Lovato told the U.K. magazine Sugar that she even has a nickname for her fellow teen star, admitting that she calls Cyrus "Dragon," after "our fave film, Step Brothers."
Lovato revealed that although they're the same age, Miley also acts as a mentor to her. She explained, "Recently she sent me this four-page text message encouraging me and telling me she has faith in me. It was so inspiring and made me feel great -- because I do get a bit overwhelmed by the paps sometimes."
Meanwhile, PerezHilton.com is speculating that there's some drama going on in Cyrus's own love life at the moment. Although the status of her relationship with Nick Jonas is unclear, Perez suspected that Miley is pining for her ex, 20-year-old Justin Gaston. He deduced the her recent tweet, "Listening to Comfortable and thinking of you. I miss your voice" was directed at Gaston as he tweeted the lyrics to that John Mayer tune shortly thereafter.
In other Miley news, Hollyscoop.com claims that she recently auditioned for the role of Batgirl for a future part in the Batman franchise. An unidentified source claimed, "She was sort of hopping around the room and had even written some dialogue for herself. The problem is some people aren't really convinced Miley has the acting chops to pull it off."
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'UGLY BETTY' STAR PREGNANT:Ugly Betty star Ashley Jensen and her husband Terence Beesley are expecting their first child. The 38-year-old confirmed to People magazine that the new arrival is due in the fall. Coincidentally , Jensen found out that she was pregnant after her character on the show "gave birth" this past season.
GEORGE CLOONEY'S NEW GIRLFRIEND? George Clooney's latest arm candy is 30-year-old Italian TV host, Elisabetta Canalis. RadarOnline.com reports that the pair has recently been spotted out together in Rome. Clooney owns a villa by Lake Como and is preparing to start filming a new movie in the region next month.
POWER RANGER ARRESTED: The man best known for his role on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was arrested for DUI last weekend. TMZ.com reports that 38-year-old Zack Taylor -- the black Power Ranger -- was taken into custody in Alabama on Sunday (July 26th) night. The site added that Taylor made bail and has since been released.
SIENNA MILLER UNHAPPY WITH DOLL: Sienna Miller is unhappy with the doll made in her likeness from the upcoming G.I. Joe movie. The actress complained to the The Sun, "My doll is cross-eyed and has the biggest chin you have ever seen. She looks sort of possessed."
DAVID BOREANAZ EXPECTING A DAUGHTER: David Boreanaz is going to have a daughter. The actor, who skipped last week's Comic-Con because his wife is expecting their second child, taped a special video for the crowd in which he revealed, "I'm a little bit stuck in Los Angeles due to the fact that my wife is on her 34th week (of pregnancy with) our second child. And I'd like you to know that it's going to be a girl." The pair has a seven-year-old son named Jaden.
LAUREN CONRAD WORKING ON MOVIE ADAPTATION OF BOOK: Lauren Conrad's best-selling novel could be getting the big screen treatment. The former reality star talked about L.A. Candy to the New York Daily News, telling the paper, "We're hoping for a movie deal. I'm working on [adapting the book for the movies] right now, but I don't want to commit to anything until I see all my options. We have had a lot of exciting news in that respect, though." Conrad added that she's currently writing her second novel as part of the three-book that she signed with the publisher.
MISCHA BARTON LEAVES FOR WORK: Mischa Barton boarded a plane in California on Tuesday (July 28th) on her way to New York, where she'll begin work on her new CW show The Beautiful Life. RadarOnline.com reports that it was the first time the 23-year-old had been seen in public since her hospitalization nearly two weeks ago.
TOBEY MAGUIRE'S FAMILY GETTING REALITY SHOW: Tobey Maguire's mother is about to become a reality star. The New York Post reports that Wendy Maguire and Tobey's 15-year-old brother Weston will be featured in Growing Up Maguire, which will be produced by Find Me Guilty'sBob DeBrino. The paper adds that the show will follow how Wendy, a single mother, shields her children from the downside of the entertainment industry. It's unclear where the show will air.
GABRIELLE UNION JOINS 'FLASHFORWARD': Gabrielle Union is joining the cast of the upcoming ABC series, Flashforward. The show's executive producer announced that the actress will play Zoey, a criminal defense attorney who will have a romantic arc on the program. In FlashForward, the world's population is given a glimpse of their future, forcing everyone to come to grips with whether their destinies can be fulfilled or avoided.
SIMON COWELL LOOKING FOR NEW ROCK BAND: Simon Cowell is reportedly creating a new talent show for rock bands. The Daily Mirror reported that the proposed show is a cross between America's Got Talent and the hit British series, X Factor and would try to find the best, unsigned rock bands and give the bands an opportunity to record. The Mirror added that Kate Moss would likely be among those to judge the talent.
Hulk Hogan's ugly divorce battle is finally over, he announced on Tuesday (July 28th) after telling a Florida judge that he and his wife Linda had reached a settlement in their case. After the brief hearing in court, Linda told the press, "The war is over."
A local ABC affiliate reported that Hulk and Linda were both spotted smiling before the proceedings, and at one point Linda even kissed his cheek.
As for what split the couple so bitterly that they spent the last year fighting over money and alleged threats, Hulk told the Tampa Tribune, "When you're married to someone for 23 years ... you hope for the best .... We just got torn apart."
Linda filed for divorce in November of 2007, which he supposedly learned from a newspaper reporter. Upon being told of the filing nearly two years ago, Hulk responded, "Holy smokes. Wow, you just knocked the bottom out of me."
The couple has two children, Nick and Brooke, who starred with them on the VH1 reality show, Hogan Knows Best.
From Anonymous on Usmagazine.com: "I wish Hulk the very best! Can't say much for Linda. Just hope she didn't get more than she deserved handed to her."
From Anonymous on Usmagazine.com: "She just made the biggest mistake of her life. I know Hulk will move on. She will then feel the pain. She turned into an evil woman. The excitment of a 19 year old will grow old. I like Hulks new girlfriend much better."
Leonardo DiCaprio is wasting no time with the ladies
Leonardo DiCaprio is wasting no time with the ladies in the wake of his split from Bar Refaeli. After being linked to Cameron Diaz last week, the U.K.'s Evening Standard reported that the actor is zeroing in on Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts after meeting her an a Polo event in England this past weekend. An insider told the paper, "Leo's table was surrounded by some of the girls he had met at the polo. But he seemed more interested in talking to Ashley than anyone else and the pair were getting on really well."
Another witness corroborated the account to the Daily Mirror, saying, "There was a swarm of ladies around him but it was Ashley who caught his eye. They chatted for two hours as he hid in the corner wearing his cap."
Adam Sandler goes back to his roots to play a famous stand-up comic
Adam Sandler goes back to his roots to play a famous stand-up comic in his new movie Funny People. Sandler started his career doing stand-up when he was still in his teens, but he says as he gets older telling jokes in front of an audience gets harder to do. He told us: "Doing stand-up when you're 42 years old is a lot more pressure then it was when I was in my twenties. I had a goal and that was to become a movie star, I was pretty crazy I don't know why I was like that. So I would go on stage. If I did great I was like, 'Alright I am getting closer to me getting to what I need.'"
Funny People comes out in theaters Friday, July 31st.
The movie also stars Seth Rogan and Leslie Mann and is directed by Judd Apatow.
Sandler is currently filming his next big movie titled Grown Ups which is expected to be released sometime in 2010. The movie's cast also includes Chris Rock and Kevin James.
Too much cleavage: Showing too much cleavage at work is the No. 1 fashion faux pas on our list. Studies show that women who dress in sexy attire in a professional environment are more often passed over for promotions than women who dress more conservatively. Bottom line: If you want to get ahead, ditch the low-cut top.
Too-short skirt: Wearing a micro-mini may send the message that you're trying to compensate for skills you lack in other areas. Also, the knee is a visual anchor, says Barbara Pachter, an etiquette expert. People's attention will be drawn downward when they approach you, instead of toward your face where it should be. Save your minis for after office hours and, while it doesn't need to be knee length, put on a skirt that you can sit down in without showing too much thigh.
See-through clothes: Summer materials such as organza and liquid jersey look and feel cool and pretty, but in the light of a staff meeting, they can reveal the outlines of your legs -- and much more. The best solution is to check out your ensemble in a bright, naturally lit room before leaving for work. Always wear transparent blouses over camis or under jackets; transparent dresses and skirts should be layered over a slip or leggings. Ginger Burr of Total Image Consultants notes that buying clothes with lining -- especially white pants and skirts -- is always a safe choice.
Over-accessorizing: A rule of thumb when it comes to accessories in the workplace: Less is more. Costume jewelry, when worn in bulk, tends to look tacky. The real thing, on the other hand, can come off as gaudy. A boardroom-ready look includes one show stopper plus subtle accessories. That means if you're going to put on a chunky beaded necklace, stick to minimal earrings and arm candy.
Bringing the beach into the office: Sundresses, spaghetti straps, flip-flops. Nothing makes you look less professional than coming to the office like you're dressed for the beach. Having a cover-up like a pashmina, neutral blazer or cardigan on hand will always make an outfit look more professional. Truth be told, however, these summer staples are best avoided at the office. Trade your tank top for a silk shell and Havaianas for backless mules.
THE NEW iPEDO: A new application was just released for Apples iPhone and iPod touch. It is called iPedo. It allows one to track registered sex offenders from the convince of your iPod/iPhone. The application is extremely accurate and has all registered sex offenders from all 50 states, in its database. (Godbitesman.com)
AT&T OFFERS A DISCOUNT FEE: Humphrey is a part time employee of AT&T, which gives her a 25 percent discount on her AT&T bills. She began going through the steps to receive the discount. After going through the proper steps, she received her next bill in the mail with her discount put in place. However she received a new charge of 36 dollars. The charge was a "discount activation fee." AT&T really does not want to lose any money. CRAZY CAT LADY' STEREOTYPE STILL EXISTS: A study from the Tidy Cats Campaign to End Cattiness reveals people who do not own cat describe 75 percent of people with more than one cat as being a homebody, 69 percent as lonely and 58 percent as crazy cat lady. Non-owners say 75 percent would describe multiple cat owners' homes as smelly, 85 percent say furniture and bedding is covered in cat hair and 66 percent say it is cluttered. However, the survey found that 88 percent of multiple cat owners credit their cats with making their lives more fulfilling and rewarding.
TOUCHING CAN REDUCE PAIN: Touching money can reduce physical pain and feelings of social alienation. Asylum.com reports that researchers had 96 volunteers either count hundred dollar bills or blank pieces of paper before having their fingers dipped in 122-degree water. The volunteers who had handled the money reported feeling less physical pain than those who counted paper. In a similarly structured experiment, the researchers found that those who were made to get the short end of the stick in an unfair multiplayer game responded with a lower level of social distress if they had been in the group which counted money -- not paper -- before playing.
DIVORCE IS BAD FOR HEALTH, EVEN IF YOU REMARRY: Divorce and widowhood have a long-term negative effect on physical well-being that is only marginally helped if the person finds a new partner. But while the health benefits of marriage -- which are believed to stem from financial security and the positive impact of wives on their husbands' diets and lifestyles -- are well known, the new study shows that they are significantly reduced the second and third times around. People who divorce and then remarry still have 12 percent more chronic problems and 19 per cent more mobility problems than those who have been continuously married, the analysis showed. indicates.
RED WINE LINKED TO SEX DRIVE: In a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Italian researchers claim that sex drives are higher in women who prefer red wine as opposed to those who favor other alcoholic beverages. University of Florence doctors surveyed 800 women, all between the ages of 18 and 50, and separated them into three groups based on their drinking habits: red wine drinkers, those who prefer alternative alcoholic drinks and those who abstain entirely. The women were then asked to complete a questionnaire assessing their interest in sex. On average, women who drank one or two glasses of red wine a day scored 27.3 points, compared to 25.9 for non-red wine imbibers and 24.4 for those who abstain. The results indicate a possible relationship between regular red wine consumption and sexual appetite.
Insomnia is a serious health hazard that afflicts 50% of all Americans, especially women. You don't have to take drugs to get that much needed good night's sleep. Try these simple tricks instead and you'll be in sweet dreamland shortly after your head hits the pillow:
Straighten up your bedroom. You'll reduce stress and sleep better. * Keep your bedroom cool. Snuggle under a blanket if you feel chilly.
An hour before you hit the sack, eat a slice of whole grain bread with peanut butter and a glass of milk to give yourself a dose of the sleep inducing amino acid tryptophan.
Wear an eye mask to keep light from interrupting your brain's production of melatonin, a hormone that plays a key role in sleep.
Listen to soothing music. Try to match the tempo to the normal human heart rate of 60 to 80 beats per minute. Studies show that music makes you drowsy.
On a conditional basis after serving 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the news on Monday (July 27th), but says there are conditions. First the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has to find a new team. Then according to the Associated Press, he can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the last two preseason games. Once the regular season begins, Vick can take part in all team activities except games. By October 18th, Goddell will have a decision on whether to fully reinstate Vick completely. There's no word on if Vick will get picked up. Some teams have already said they won't bring him on board.
Goodell told Vick that full reinstatement "will be based on reports from outside professionals, your probation officer and others charged with supervising your activities, the quality of your work outside football," as well as factors. Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007 after the NFL star admitted bankrolling a dogfighting operation in Virginia.
Vick is happy to get a second chance, saying in a statement, "I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League. I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given." He added, "As you can imagine, the last two years have given me time to revaluate my life, mature as an individual and fully understand the terrible mistakes I have made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward."
WHAT NOT TO SAY TO A GUY WHOSE BEEN LAID-OFF (Lemondrop.com)
"Oh my god! What are we gonna do?" For starters, let's not freak out. Right now your guy needs support, not another fire to put out, and losing your cool is only going to make things worse.
"Why?" Dude, he just got the ax -- making him highlight his incompetence by explaining why is like kicking him in the head with your hooker boots.
"You better start looking ... " ... for a new job, or a more supportive girlfriend?
"Great, now I'm gonna have to work twice as hard." Perfect. That means you'll have half as much time to make us feel like crap.
"(Insert friend's boyfriend's name) just got a job." Really? His girlfriend must be so proud.
"Here's what we're gonna do ... " We already feel a crippling loss of control in our own lives. Don't amplify that insecurity by trying to take over.
"Maybe I could get you a job at my father's company." Thanks for the offer. Does his desk have a place for our balls and dignity?
"It's no big deal." Your heart is in the right place -- cool and collected. But this may come across as aloof and indifferent. Rather than lack of interest, offer support and compassion.
"A lot of people are losing their jobs." Yeah, but those people are all not us. Job-loss statistics (just like miracle-diet and Thighmaster statistics) are pretty meaningless until you become one of them.
"Maybe it's a blessing in disguise." Give us a healthy day of self-loathing and moping around before you part the clouds and start looking for the rainbow. Remember, misery loves company (and cheer-up sex).
According to a study by Hellmann's and Best Foods Mayonnaise, there's a correlation between people's personality types and their sandwich choices.
Personality traits: Agreeable and unselfish. Seek comfort in close, secure relationships. Strongly devoted to work as well as relationships, they can always be counted upon.
Best described as: Committed and loyal.
Compatibility: Those who prefer club sandwich are most compatible with those who love club, BLT or turkey sandwiches.
Ham and cheese sandwich
Personality traits: Those who prefer ham and cheese find their inquisitive nature directs them to a wide range of interests. Their serious nature can point them into the arena of existential concerns. They are more productive when allowed to work on their own, without micromanagement from supervisors. Down time allows their creativity to blossom.
Best described as: Curious and intuitively oriented.
Compatibility: Those who prefer ham and cheese sandwich function best without strong romantic entanglements.
Egg salad sandwich
Personality traits: Entertaining, lively, energetic, thrive as the center of attention. Egg salad sandwich lovers crave novelty, excitement and adventure. They tend to be seductive, provocative and charming, but are also overly trusting and vulnerable to the influence of others who surround them.
Best described as: Universal romantic.
Compatibility: Egg salad sandwich lovers are compatible with all sandwich lovers.
Seafood salad sandwich
Personality traits: Agreeable, unselfish, seek comfort in close, secure relationships. Strongly devoted to work as well as relationships, they can always be counted upon.
Best described as: Committed and loyal.
Compatibility: Romantic compatibility is with those who prefer BLT and seafood salad.
Personality traits: Those who love turkey sandwich are their own boss and function best at work and in relationships when given "space" or when left to their own device. If not careful, they can become mired down in a swamp of existential philosophy.
Best described as: Free-thinkers who naturally rebel against authority.
Compatibility: They're most romantically compatible with others who also prefer turkey sandwiches.
Personality traits: Aggressive, achievement-oriented and natural leaders, who are driven to succeed in both work and interpersonal relationships. Intolerant of failure, tuna sandwich lovers demand the best from themselves and those that surround them. However, they become irritated with the minor vicissitudes of life and are impatient with long lines, rush hour traffic or slow internet connections.
Best described as: Competitive and driven.
Compatibility: Those who prefer tuna sandwich are most romantically compatible with those who prefer egg salad and others who like tuna.
Chicken salad sandwich
Personality traits: Easy-going, well-adjusted, empathic and understanding.
Best described as: The perfect spouse or partner.
Compatibility: Those who prefer chicken salad sandwich are most romantically compatible with those who prefer egg salad sandwich.
Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich
Personality traits: Conscientious, perfectionist and devoted to work, home or relationship. BLT-lovers are task-oriented and maintain the moral high ground at all times. They're honest and forthright.
Best described as: People with integrity.
Compatibility: BLT sandwich lovers are most compatible with those who prefer seafood salad sandwich.
MOST EXERCISERS WORK OUT FOR HEALTH, NOT BEAUTY: A new poll from EveryDay Health and the American Council on Fitness found that most dedicated exercisers work out to be healthy, not to look good. The study found that 54 percent of the 2,882 Americans who responded to the online poll said they want to stay fit for their loved ones. Only 40 percent said they work out to look good on beach. One researcher said, "Some of us probably would have guessed appearance and weight control first. The fact that it is health was I think very reassuring."
BEAUTIFUL WOMEN HAVE MORE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: Researchers at the University of Helsinki have found beautiful women have more children than their plainer counterparts and that a higher proportion of those children are female. Those daughters, once adult, also tend to be attractive and so repeat the pattern. This builds on previous work by Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, who found that good-looking parents were far more likely to conceive daughters. He suggested this was an evolutionary strategy subtly programmed into human DNA.
MORE ADULT MEN LIVING AT HOME: A study reported on by the Daily Mail has found one in three men aged between 20 and 40 is still living with their parents. This compares with one in five women of the same age. It also emerged that one in four men who has moved out has kept a fully-furnished bedroom at their parents' home, just in case. The study of 3,000 men and women revealed that almost a quarter (24 percent) still lived at home with their parents. Cost was the main factor for 59 percent of them, but 57 percent of women and 16 percent of men also admitted that they liked being looked after by mom. Another 11 percent of men said they would miss their parents too much if they left.
Keith Urban has been suffering from a pinched nerve in his neck while on the road, but he plugged on during a concert last week in Sacramento, California. According to the Sacramento Bee, he told the crowd that the injury was "wicked." But Urban managed to get through the performance and didn't even tell the audience about his pain until the very end. Despite the ailment, Urban has been having a great time on the road and says he tries to channel what he feels while at a concert, saying, "The best concerts I've been to give me a sense of hope. When I go to a concert, I don't want to be impressed, but I do want to be inspired."
Urban has been on his Escape Together World tour with rotating opening acts including Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Glen Campbell.
Kenny Chesney is in the midst of his Sun City Carnival tour, which makes stops all over the country. The country star will play for thousands of people this summer, and despite all of the fame and attention, Chesney tries to keep his life low-key as much as possible. When asked how he's been able to keep a good reputation while being in showbiz, Chesney says it just comes down to being himself: "I might be afforded a little bit of leeway to be rude to people but I've never seen a reason to do it (laughs), unless they really deserved it, which has happened a few times, but I just feel like that what I do, I feel very lucky to do it no matter how big it gets. I think I'm smart enough to know that I'm not gonna be in this spot forever, which I don't think I will. I think history has taught us that nobody does. I just try to be myself as much as I can and try not to take this too seriously. I've always tried to live by the rule treat people that way you want to be treated."
The outing pulls into Lake Tahoe, Nevada tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29th) and wraps September 19th in Indianapolis.
His new Greatest Hits II album features the single "Our Last Night."
Taylor Swift has her eyes on her next album, as well as which collaborators she may want to team up with for the upcoming effort. Right now, Swift as her eyes on Jack White of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs. She tells MTV News that she'd love to work with White because he's "awesome," adding, "I love his style. I love his writing and I think he's an amazing player too, so any kind of collaboration there would be really awesome." White has already tackled some country when he produced and performed on Loretta Lynn's 2004 album Van Lear Rose.
Meanwhile, Swift has started planting the seeds for her follow-up to 2008's Fearless, saying, "As soon as I put out my last album, Fearless, the next day I was writing for the next album. So I'm always thinking ahead. love organizing and planning and getting a theme going for the next record." Swift has a lot of real life material to pull from, but won't reveal what themes she plans to tackle on her next set. Either way, she doesn't want to rush it, noting, "So I like to take a lot of time and really develop an album and take a year and a half ... two years to make an album so that it's not thrown together."
Swift will perform "You Belong With Me" at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13th.
Jason Aldean will release his concert DVD, Wide Open Live And More, on August 25th. The show was shot in March at a concert in Knoxville, Tennesse and features 15 tracks, including "She's Country" and his latest single, "Big Green Tractor." According to CMT.com, the DVD also features interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Aldean says, "This is the coolest thing we've ever done together as a band. The energy in Knoxville was off the charts, and it's just really special for us to have that night recorded. Now, people who might not be able to make it to one of the shows, but are curious to know what we do, can check it out, too."
Aldean will tape an epsidoe of of E!'s Chelsea Lately show today (Tuesday, July 28th).
Miley Cyrus has already been a big hit on the pop charts, but now she's trickling into country radio with her single "The Climb." As the daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus, it may come as no surprise. But for Cyrus, it's new territory. She tells us how it feels to have a country hit: "I'm always looking for a new challenge, so country is always something that's been around in my family, so now that I'm kind of stepping out and doing it a little bit as well . . . Pop is definitely my thing, and I'm really into rock & roll and country music and all different kinds of music, but what I've grown up in is country music, and not to say that I'm a country artist, but I think that's pretty cool."
Cyrus will take part in the VH1 Divas special in September, along with Kelly Clarkson, Adele and others.
DAKOTA FANNING DATING 'CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY' STAR? Dakota Fanning was photographed on what appeared to be a date with fellow actor, Freddie Highmore. X17online.com spotted the 15-year-old dining with 17-year-old Highmore, who most notably starred as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, on Saturday (July 25th) night in Los Angeles.
JOHN TRAVOLTA STILL A SCIENTOLOGIST: John Travolta is still a devoted Scientologist. Despite a report in Britain's Daily Mail that the 55-year-old became "disenchanted" with the religion after his son's death, his rep said, "There's no change in the relationship between the Church of Scientology and John. He is a member and it's as it was, now and forever."
HOLLY MADISON AND HEF ARE STILL 'CLOSE': Holly Madison and Hugh Hefner have reportedly managed to remain "close" since splitting last year. A friend of the former couple told the New York Post that after Hef went to Las Vegas to see Madison's performance in Peepshow, the reality star went to great length to thank him. The source revealed, "She spent 30 minutes putting together a package of his favorite candies . . . chocolate-covered raisins."
'UGLY BETTY' DAD SUED:Ugly Betty dad Tony Plana is being sued by his former manager. TMZ.com reports that Tracy Quinn filed a lawsuit on Monday (July 27th), alleging that she hasn't been receiving commission from his salary on the ABC hit -- a role that she claims to have landed for him. Quinn is hoping to get at least $500,000 from Plana.
RELEASED ON BAIL: Billy Bob Thorton's daughter has been freed from jail after posting $279,000. The Orlando Sentinel confirmed 29-year-old Amanda Brumfield's release, adding that her court case on first-degree murder charges is still pending. Brumfield has been charged with murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter over the death of a one-year-old girl who she was baby-sitting.
ANGIE EVERHART GIVES BIRTH: Angie Everhart gave birth to a baby boy last Friday (July 24th). The 39-year-old has not revealed who her son's father is, but recently told Life & Style magazine that being a single mother, "Doesn't really bother me. I have so many good people around. I'm not afraid." Everhart named her son Kayden Bobby Everhart.
EVA LONGORIA PARKER CO-HOSTING ALMA AWARDS: Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez have been tapped to host the 2009 ALMA Awards, which celebrate Latino achievement in entertainment. Reuters reported that for the first time, the awards will air in September, during National Hispanic Heritage Month. Longoria Parker, who is also an executive producer of the ceremony, said on Monday (July 27th), "The ALMA Awards is a special show because it represents the determined spirit and soul of the Latino people, and I cannot think of a better person to help celebrate and co-host with me than my good friend George Lopez."
KATIE HOLMES ESCAPES INJURY ON MOVIE SET: Katie Holmes reportedly narrowly escaped injury over the weekend on the set of her new movie, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. RadarOnline.com reports that Holmes was shooting a scene inside a car on the film's Australia set when the vehicle's battery suddenly exploded. The website said that although the car eventually caught fire, Holmes was uninjured.
MISCHA BARTON REPORTEDLY RETURNING TO WORK: Mischa Barton will reportedly join the cast of her new CW show, The Beautiful Life when production begins later this week. Barton's future with the show was doubtful after she was reportedly hospitalized under an involuntary psychiatric hold, but her rep confirmed that she's been discharged from Cedars-Sinai and said that she intends to resume working with the show. The Beautiful Life producer, Ashton Kutcher, also said recently, "I can tell you right now that Mischa Barton is doing great."
ALFRE WOODARD DIRECTS NELSON MANDELA FOLKTALES PROJECT: Oscar nominated actress Alfre Woodard is the artistic director for the star-studded new three-CD audiobook version of Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales. The project, released this week, is a fundraiser for Artists for a New South Africa, or ANSA, which in turn supports South African children orphaned or impacted by the HIV/AIDS virus. Woodard, a founding member of ANSA, got permission from the original book's publisher and Mandela himself to record this collection of stories from all over the African continent. Reading the various tales of princesses, chieftains, mischievous animals, and fair maidens is a who's who of international stars. These include: Blair Underwood, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Benjamin Bratt, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson, Alan Rickman, and Whoopi Goldberg.
JESSE METCALFE RETURNING TO 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES': Jesse Metcalfe will reportedly be reprising his role on Desperate Housewives. OK magazine reports that the actor will appear in six to eight episodes of the following season and has the possibility of returning full-time.
MAN WHO MURDERED KELSEY GRAMMER'S SISTER DENIED PAROLE
A man convicted of killing Kelsey Grammer's sister in 1975 was denied parole on Monday (July 27th). Grammer, who was unable to attend the parole hearing after bad weather caused him to miss a connecting flight, wrote a letter that was read aloud, in which he pleaded with the parole board not to release the 52-year-old Freddie Glenn, who "abducted ... raped ... savaged ... butchered" his sister Karen when she was only 18-years-old.
In the letter, Grammer described Karen as "smart and good and decent," and said "I can never escape the horror of what happened" to her, adding, "Please do not release this man from prison."
Glenn, who received a life sentence for the crime, will next be eligible for parole in 2014.
From teresa on TMZ.com: "What a powerful letter, especially the part about how it colored their life. I am glad the man was kept in prison and for his sake, i am glad that Kelsey has forgiven, hopefully he has forgiven himself, as well."
From nachomamma on TMZ.com: "OMG - I had no idea his family went through this. What a horrible, horrible tragedy. how is it possible that this monster is even up for Parole?? I don't get our justice system.. Death penalty should have been instituted. No wonder Mr. Grammer turned to drugs and alcohol, trying to deaden the pain. I am glad that he was able to get sober and deal with the pain. My heart aches for him and any other victim's family. Tragedies like this should not take place, it's just so sad."
Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush have ended their two-and-a-half-year relationship
A source close to the couple told Usmagazine.com, "Nobody cheated. This is just a case of conflicting schedules and their lives going in different directions. It was a totally mutual decision."
Although Kim denied rumors of an engagement last month, she's frequently talked to the media about marrying the 24-year-old football star. When asked last December what would happen if Bush proposed, Kim said, "Of course, I would say yes!"
A different source told PerezHilton.com about the split, "Reggie is not big into the Hollywood scene. He starts training camp this week and he asked Kim to move out to New Orleans and be with him. Unfortunately, she is set to begin filming the next season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and couldn't make that commitment. They are both very sad about the split and are not ruling out a reconciliation but this is what's best for them both right now."
Farrah Fawcett's troubled son Redmond, not her longtime partner Ryan O'Neal, is reportedly the sole beneficiary of the late actress's estate. Britain's Daily Mail reported that 24-year-old Redmond, who is currently incarcerate on drug charges, stands to inherit approximately $6 million from his mother, under the conditions of her 2007 will. The paper adds that Ryan was excluded from the document.
A source reportedly told the paper, "Farrah appointed two trustees to make sure the money supports her son's journey into sobriety rather than giving him the means to destroy himself. Redmond's inheritance will be tightly controlled."
Fawcett reportedly wrote her last will in 2007 after learning that her anal cancer had returned and spread to her liver.
INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?
From Joanjmak05 on Popeater.com: "I think it's fantastic that she leftNOTHING to Ryan. Now when her only son gets out of rehab he can get is own place and be rid of that abusive, phoney a** he calls a father. Farrah definetly knew what she was doing when she made her will and I truly hope that Redmonddoes the right thing when he gets out.
From LivinginharmonyM on Popeater.com: "Congratulations to Farrah for making wise decisions regarding her will. She is making sure that her son will be provided for in a good way. Hopefully, he will get the help that he needs to end his addictions. Ryan doesn't need her money because he, himself, had some addiction problems. He came across as being rather phony anyway."
From PropMuseum on Popeater.com: "Wow I would have thought she would have been worth more than 5.5 mill. Thats not a lot of money if you think about it. Most new stars get paid that for doing 1 movie."
Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend Jackie St. Claire threw the American Idol judge a surprise 50th birthday party on Saturday (July 25th) -- three months ahead of milestone. The Daily Mirror reports that the soiree was held so early because Cowell will be too busy filming X Factor in October to celebrate the event properly. St. Claire got Cowell to the party under the rouse that it was for her own birthday.
American Idol'sRandy Jackson, America's Got Talent'sPiers Morgan and his X Factor colleagues Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh were all in attendance for the party and joined forces to serenade Cowell with a rendition of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain."
A source told the paper, "Jackie went to extraordinary lengths to organize the bash for Simon. She even told the guys performing they were singing for her -- but it turned out they were there for Simon. She knew the performance would really make him laugh. Dannii took the lead vocals and the others came out providing the comedy for the show. Jackie knew Simon would find it hysterically funny especially when Louis joined in the singing. Simon is so vain but, unlike some, he is the first to admit it. So it was the perfect joke."
Cowell himself said, "It was a fun night. I went on my own, well with my mum, and had no say over the guest list. But it was all fine."
Searching online for "music" or "screensavers" may seem like a fun idea, but beware! These are two of the riskiest search terms you can use since they often produce malicious results that could harm your computer or even steal your personal and financial information. McAfee, the anti-virus software specialist, analyzed more than 2,600 of the most popular search terms to assess the degree of risk for each one. The top 10 riskiest search terms and the%age that contain malware:
With 80 percent of human interaction based on nonverbal body language, what is a man to do? The key to impressing her right off the bat is to be different from all the other men who are approaching her that evening. Here a few sure-fire ways to make your approach more powerful and convincing, even if you are not sure what you are going to say (by David Wygant - Yahoo! Personals):
Walk with confidence. When you see a woman that you are attracted to, walk right over. Stand up straight and walk over slowly but with confidence. Make sure your chest is puffed out and your posture is looking strong and not slumped over. Keep eye contact as you approach. Do not hesitate.
Lose the male pack. When out on the town, avoid being seen with the drunken testosterone pack of males. One of the biggest turn-offs for women is the "male pack" -- you with five of your buddies high-fiving each other, drinking and checking out other women.
Dress for a strong appearance. Make sure you're not sabotaging your efforts with your attire. If you look like a slob, it will not matter what your body language says, because you will look like every other man who put no thought into what he was going to wear that night to attract women. Buy clothing that makes you stand out from the rest of the men.
Create a spark within her. Most men's conversation will center on being agreeable and non-confrontational in the hopes that she likes you. In the mind of a woman, playing it safe equals boring! You need to spark her interest by being a bit disagreeable. For example, you get into a conversation about summer movies and she says that "Spiderman III" was her favorite Spidey movie so far. Instead of being agreeable, look her right in the eye with confidence and tell her that she is so wrong -- the first Spiderman was superior.
Maintain some tension. Flirting with women is all about gathering information, so the better listener you are, the better your chances. When you call her, you will have more things to talk about.
Drivers of hybrid cars not only drive more, but also they get more traffic tickets than drivers of conventional cars, according to a study by Quality Planning. The data on 359,309 vehicles, gleaned from insurance company records in 2007 and 2008, show that while hybrid owners can save on gas, they eat up those savings by driving more for pleasure. Although their commutes are about the same as owners of conventional cars, hybrid owners log up to 25% more mileage on non-work travel -- an average of 10,500 miles over and above their commuting mileage.
Men, if you want to impress a woman, learn to cook. More women are impressed by a man's cooking ability than the kind of car he owns, according to a survey conducted by Great Britain's Department of Health. Almost one-third of young Britons lied and claimed a precooked, ready-to-eat meal was something they had actually cooked themselves. Women are the worst offenders when it comes to lying about what they cooked. 40% of women had claimed food they bought in a store was homemade, compared with 22% of men. 7% said they regularly claim cooking credit for food they have bought that someone else made. 10% of young Brits have never cooked a meal for themselves because they don't know how to do it.
So why does your man give one-word answers? "The simple excuse is that men don't want to get in trouble," says psychologist Steve Stephens, PhD, author of "Lost in Translation." "Men want to feel like the authorities, and the more they say, the more information women have to analyze." And ultimately, that can lead to being proven wrong on any given subject. If you really want him to open up, says Stephens, validate his answer with an offhand remark like "That's interesting." He'll be encouraged to keep going. (Cosmopolitan)
Women have a well-earned reputation for chatting endless on the phone. But when it comes to gabbing on a cell, guys actually spend 35% more of their time with it glued to their ear than women do.
If you're overweight, your brain may age faster. According to a study from the San Francisco VA Medical Center, being overweight in your 40s and 50s causes a lower level of certain brain chemicals that signal good brain health and function. Without these chemicals, the brain's aging process speeds up, putting you at a significantly higher risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Sugarland has canceled three more concerts, in order to give Jennifer Nettles' voice a bit more rest.
We all know Jon Gosselin is dating Hailey Glassman... but apparently he's also seeing Kate Major, a tabloid reporter for Star magazine, who is now being referred to as "Kate 2.0."
When women ages 30 to 70 who had all been in a steady relationship for the last month were polled, 36.2% admitted that in the past 30 days they had experienced a tepid sexual desire.
Meryl Streep is proposing that the Oscars be moved up to January 2nd, so they happen before the Golden Globes and all those other awards shows.
Brian Austin Green is selling his L.A. home: 4-bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a swimming pool for just $2.395-million. It's a 1920 Tudor style, if that makes a difference.
The federal minimum wage jumped from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour on Friday.
Tennis god Roger Federer became the father of twins last Thursday night in Switzerland, Charlene and Myla... or as he puts it, "Love-Love."
Starbucks opened it's first Coffee boutique store on Friday in Seattle. It's not called a "Starbucks" -- it's "The 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea, inspired by Starbucks" -- not even a Starbucks logo on the front door. The idea is to give it that smaller, neighborhood feel.
"Christmas Creep" is starting to happen... as anxious retailers can't wait until the Christmas season for sales to pick up, so they're having huge sails now.
The world's largest telescope is going to be built in Hawaii.
JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS HIS 3RD BRICKYARD 400 AT INDY: Three Time Cup Series Champion becomes a 3 time Indy winner and the first driver to win it back to back...of course I'm talking about Jimmie Johnson. It's also the 7th Brickyard win for Hendrick Motorsports
OTHER STORIES ON THE DAY
Robby Gordon spun on lap 1, Elliott Sadler was black flagged for smoke
Denny Hamlin said "the shifter came off the transmission!" Hamlin finished 34th
Kyle Busch blew a right front tire and pounded the wall on lap 58, and is now outside the top 12 in points ending up 38th in this race
Sam Hornish Jr. blew a right front tire and slapped the wall
Juan Pablo Montoya dominated this race, leading the most laps and was caught speeding on the last pit cycle in two different segments, and finishes 11th
FROM @NASCARSAYS ON TWITTER (OFFICIAL NASCAR ACCOUNT)
Don't know why fans think we wouldn't want Montoya to win. Would be a great story. #NASCAR
Sorry to kill the conspiracy theories, but pit road speeds are computerized. Not a judgement call. #NASCAR
He sped in two zones on pit road (60.06 and 60.11 mphs). Limit was 55 with 4.99 mph tolerance.
The #88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. blew an engine and blames himself, saying he shifted wrong coming out of pit road, Dale Jr. finshed 36th
Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 (Unofficial results)
EDWARDS MUSCLES PAST BUSCH FOR NASCAR NATIONWIDE WIN: Carl Edwards passed Kyle Busch with 22 laps to go Saturday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park and went on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200.
Edwards had the dominant car after starting from the rear of the field because he missed qualifying to participate in a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Edwards led twice for 72 of the race's 200 laps but lost the lead with 30 laps to go under caution. Edwards' No. 60 Ford was pinned behind Scott Wimmer's Chevrolet in the pits, and Edwards mistakenly put his car in the wrong gear.
Busch led coming to the green flag on Lap 174, but Edwards battled him hard and finally made the pass for the lead on Lap 179.
Nationwide Series Kroger 200 (Unofficial results)
HORNADY WINS 4TH TRUCK RACE IN A ROW: Ron Hornaday Jr. set a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record by winning his fourth consecutive race, holding off longtime nemesis Mike Skinner in Friday night's AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park.
Skinner pitted later than Hornaday for tires and charged through the top 10 to challenge for the lead. Skinner passed Colin Braun for second with nine laps to go and chased down Hornaday four laps later.
Hornaday used the preferred outside lane and held off repeated inside moves by Skinner to win his 44th NASCAR Camping World Truck race.
Skinner finished second, with Aric Almirola coming from a lap down to finish third. Dennis Setzer was fourth, with Braun fifth.
Rookies James Buescher and Tayler Malsam, followed by Stacy Compton, David Starr and Kyle Busch completed the top 10.
Hornaday had taken the lead from Todd Bodine on the outside in Turn 3 on Lap 169 of 200. Bodine then tried to squeeze Braun two laps later off Turn 4 but wasn't clear and spun, eliminating himself from contention.
Bodine had fought for more than 20 laps to get around Busch, finally getting the lead from the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series regular on Lap 147.
Camping World Truck Series AAA Insurance 200 (Unofficial results)
Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft says that the group's single "Runaway" has a universal theme: reaching the end of your rope. He tells us: "You know, we all kind of picked up and left our hometowns in search of somethin' new, and this song is about that breaking point where you leave either an unhealthy relationship or a job you don't like. It's just about the thing where, 'I'm not talking about it anymore. I'm gonna do it,' and we're all kind of runaways in our own sense."
The band's new album, World Wide Open, hits stores on August 25th.
Love And Theft opened for Taylor Swift in 2008.
Swift's song, "Hey Stephen," featured on her Fearless album, is about Liles.
The music business has changed a lot in the last 20 years, but Brooks & Dunn hasn't let that get in the way of being one of country music's most enduring duos. They tell us that they keep the focus on being out there and playing for the fans: "(Kix Brooks) Everything's changing. The internet is becoming a huge part of our lives from YouTube to MySpace to how you're gonna get your songs, what you're gonna buy, what music you're gonna hear. All of those things. It's a rapidly changing world in terms of just music and how you're gonna hear it and how you're gonna get it and all those things. Nobody's really sure where it's gonna wind up. (Ronnie Dunn) How it's gonna get out there. You know, in the meantime, I think it's as important as we can to take it as far as we can... (Kix Brooks) Yeah, to keep going out and performing and touring. Those are the constants that people...they know what that is. They know they can hopefully pay their money, go into a show, and they're gonna get their money's worth there."
Brooks & Dunn's latest single, "Indian Summer" has moved up to Number 16 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. The song, about a high school girl cheerleader who gets pregnant after a fling with a boy on the football team, is the first single from the duo's upcoming #1s and then some, out September 8th. The album will also include 23 No. 1 songs, other classic hits and a second new track.
Singer Trace Adkins, who's out on tour with Toby Keith this summer, says that he has no trouble staying sober despite the temptations of the road. Adkins tells the Worcester Telegraph, "There really is no situation that I get into anymore that makes it any harder for me than it is in just normal everyday life because I was the kind of addict/alcoholic that didn't need a reason. It didn't matter if the sun was shining or it was raining or whether it was good times or bad. If it was good times, you celebrated. If it was bad times, you drowned your sorrows. It didn't matter. My environment doesn't change whether I want to use or have a drink."
Adkins got sober during a 2003 stint in rehab, which he said gave him the chance to realize just how much he had in his life. He said, "I was in there for four weeks and the light bulb went off over my head and I went 'Oh my God. You idiot. You've got the world by the short hairs and all you've got to do is just keep it together for a few more years and you can probably retire.' And I don't know, I just grew up. "
Julianne Hough has confirmed rumors she'll star in the remake of Footloose. She tells Fox411: "We're just working out the nitty gritty details, especially with Dancing With The Stars. But the plan is . . . I'm doing Footloose. I'm ecstatic about it, but I'm holding my breath until I'm actually eating popcorn in the movie theater watching it. You never know until it is filmed and on screen." The movie will star Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford. Hough said that she didn't see Crawford's dance audition but he was great in their screen test together.
As for her recording career, Hough says that she'll have a new single out by the end of the year, and her sophomore album in 2010.
Hough said that she thinks that a lot is riding on the success of her second album. She told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "This is the one, I think, that's going to make me or break me. I could stay where I'm at or, hopefully, catapult."
The original cast recording of 9 to 5 The Musical comes out tomorrow (July 28th), and the show's composer, Dolly Parton, couldn't be more excited. She told TheBoot.com, "This is real special to me. A whole soundtrack album is something I've never done before -- to write a Broadway musical and hear the huge orchestra on it. I've never recorded with any sound like that."
Parton does not appear on the album, but she has recorded her own version of one of the songs, "Change It," which will be available on iTunes. It will also be available on a future edition of the soundtrack.
Michelle Branch is searching for a leading man to star in her new music video. She's asking fans to chime in on who should play the love interest for the accompanying clip to her new single "Sooner Or Later." According to her website: "She wants YOU to help her choose the love interest/guitar player in her video." The track will appear on Branch's upcoming solo album, Everything Comes And Goes, due out this year.
Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 28th), "Sooner or Later" will be featured as the "Premiere Of The Week" on iTunes.
Since releasing her last solo album, Branch has been performing with her country duo, the Wreckers.
She first came on the scene in 2001 with the single "Everywhere." The following year, Branch scored a bit hit with Santana thanks to the success of "The Game Of Love."
GERARD BUTLER IS ASHAMED OF BEING OUT OF SHAPE: Gerard Butler has been hitting the gym to regain his 300 physique, but the New York Post reports that the actor is ashamed to have slipped out of shape. A source told the paper, "He's so embarrassed that his six-pack abs have gone, he works out wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses." He's reportedly joined a discreet gym that's located on the eighth floor of a Manhattan building and is "strictly limited to approved members."
ROGER FEDERER WELCOMES TWINS: The tennis great announced that his wife Mirka gave birth to twins last Thursday (July 23rd) in Switzerland. In a statement on his website, Federer wrote, "This is the greatest day of our lives. Mirka, Myla and Charlene are all healthy and doing very well."
'SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE' CO-STARS SHY ABOUT RELATIONSHIP: It's been widely reported that Slumdog Millionaire co-stars Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto are a couple, but the pair is still not open about their relationship status. The New York Post reports that when the stars left a romantic dinner last week, "Patel made a comedic dash away from his other half, leaving Pinto in the dust."
CAT CORA GIVES BIRTH: Cat Cora gave birth to a son on July 19th. Star magazine confirmed that the Iron Chef welcomed son Nash Lemuel Cora, just three months after her partner gave birth to another son named Thatcher Julius. The women, who both underwent in-vitro processes at the same time, also have two other young sons, two-year-old Caje and five-year-old Zoran.
A Minnesota turned their walk down the aisle into a dance routine, filmed it and then put it on YouTube. Now it's one of the most popular viral videos, nabbing more than 8 million views since it went up a week ago. The five-minute video is performed to the Chris Brown song "Forever" as the groom, bride, bridesmaids and groomsmen dance, twirl and somersault up and down the aisle. The best part is the guests look like they've been totally taken by surprise. The couple, KevinHeinz and Jill Peterson of St. Paul, said on the Today show that the dance was her idea and that her parents were the only people other than that wedding party who knew what was going to happen. The bride said she has always, "loved dance as a way to express yourself and share joy." They say they only had one 90-minute rehearsal before the ceremony.
MILLIONS TUNE IN TO SEE KATIE HOLMES DANCE: Katie Holmes's appearance on last Thursday's (July 23rd) So You Think You Can Dance gave the show a 17 percent increase in total viewers. Usmagazine.com reports that 8.4 million people tuned in to watch Holmes perform a Judy Garland tribute -- the proceeds from which went to the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which offers dance scholarships to kids. Show producer Nigel Lythgoe told the site, "She put herself out there and she didn't have to do that, so I'm very delighted in her performance."
DOMINIC MONAGHAN JOINS NEW FANTASY DRAMA: Former Lost star Dominic Monaghan has joined the cast of ABC's Flash Forward. He is best known to Lost fans for his role of Charlie Pace, who died in the show's third season. Flash Forward is about the aftermath of a mysterious event when everyone blacks out and gets a glimpse of he future. Courtney B. Vance and John Cho also star on the drama, which premieres this fall.
ANOTHER KING KONG MOVIE?: Producers at Spirit Pictures have picked up the rights to the prequel book Kong: King Of Skull Island. The book explains how the giant gorilla became king of the island and includes other giant gorillas and dinosaurs. The plan is to bring the big guy back to life using motion-capture technology seen in The Polar Express and Beouwulf.
Here are some of the highlights from his year's Comic-Con which ran from Thursday through Sunday in San Diego.
The festival drew 125,000 fans who waited in line -- sometimes for days -- to see their favorite stars at various panels about upcoming film and television projects.
The biggest events were the New Moon panel, James Cameron showing Avatar footage and the unveiling of footage from Iron Man 2 which drove people crazy.
People waited on line overnight to get into the Iron Man 2 panel. Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson and Jon Favreau were all at the Iron Man panel. but, Mickey Rourke was not.
Fans apparently camped out for Thursday morning's New Moon panel since Tuesday.
Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Peter Jackson, David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Tom Welling (Smallville) made their first-ever Comic Con appearances. Supposedly they'd been trying to get Oldman for the past 10 years. He and Denzel were there for Book of Eli.
JENNIFER'S BODY/JONAH HEX: Megan Fox made an appearance at panels to promote two upcoming films. In Jennifer's Body, written by Diablo Cody, she plays a demon-possessed cheerleader on a murderous rampage. Jonah Hex is a comic book adaptation that stars Josh Brolin as a scared bounty hunter battling supernatural villains in the Old West.
IRON MAN 2: Fans were treated to a four-minute preview featuring Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark not wanting to give up his Iron Man suit to authorities, Scarlet Johansson in a fight scene as the Black Widow, Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer and Don Cheadle as War Machine.
DISTRICT 9 - Producer Peter Jackson was on hand to promote the new sci-fi flick which debuted at Comic-Con on Friday. The documentary-style movie is about aliens forced into South African ghettos hits theaters August 14th. Jackson did not announce any Hobbit casting as heavily rumored.
AVATAR - The 3-D extravaganza is director James Cameron's first movie in 12 years. He spent four years creating the technology behind the film. It's about a war between humans and the native inhabitants of a plant called Pandora. He got a standing ovation after the 25 minute preview of the film was shown. The movie comes out on December 18th, but they'll be showing a sneak peek for free in Imax and 3-D theaters nationwide on August 21st.
NEW MOON - Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner took the stage in front of 6,500 screaming fans who were treated to a sneak peek of The Twilight Saga: New Moon due out in November.
TRUE BLOOD - Actor Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Eric on HBO's hit vampire drama True Blood said that there will be a romantic triangle between him, the vampire Bill, played by Stephen Moyer, and the clairvoyant Sookie, played by Anna Paquin. All three actors were there for a panel about the show along with the series creator who said that although it's not official, viewers can expect that there will be a third season.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, in a surprise appearance, showed a brief 3-D teaser of Disney's Alice In Wonderland, due out March 5th. Depp Will play the Mad Hatter. Burton also confirmed that he's working on bring the 1960s horror soap opera Dark Shadows to the big screen with Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins.
HEROES: A packed audience attend the panel for NBC's Heroes with Hayden Panettiere and the show's creator, Tim King. King said that there will be less stories per episode this season. Panettiere's character will go to college and make friends with a new character played by Madeline Zima, who played bad girl Mia on Showtime'sCalifornication.
FAMILY GUY: Creator Seth MacFarlane and voice actors Mila Kunis, Seth Green and Alex Borstein dished about the next season of the Emmy-nominated comedy: Brian, while driving drunk, hits another dog. Peter has an affair with a cardboard cutout of Kathy Ireland. Meg toughens up after serving time in prison. MacFarlane also mentioned that they did an abortion episode that was too controversial for FOX so they're putting it on the DVD for the season.
LOST: Expect a lot of loose ends to be tied up in the show's six and final season. The show's creators, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cruise were at a panel for the show where they revealed that there will be: a back story about Richard Alpert, Juliet and Faraday will both return, characters who haven't been seen since season one will return. They also showed a couple of commercials for the upcoming season in which they had Oceanic Airlines promoting its perfect safety record -- that could mean the bomb changed events so there was no plane crash. Maybe.
24: Jack Bauer will be back at a re-built CTU in season 8 of the FOX thriller. The show's executive producer said that when the day begins, Jack will be shown with his daughter and granddaughter enjoying a peaceful life until he has to come out of retirement after an assassination attempt on the president. Kiefer Sutherland, who plays Bauer, told the audience at the panel, "This season is more grounded in what possibly could happen. There's a sense of reality that almost brings it back to season one." Freddie Prinze, Jr. joins the cast as a CTU agent.
Do they have a 4th of July in England? Yes, they have a 4th of July, but they don't celebrate that day!
How many birthdays does the average man have? One birthday, the day he was born, but he celebrates is yearly.
Some months have 31 days; how many have 28 days? All of them (12) have at least 28 days.
You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position do you finish? If you said "first", you are wrong! You arrive second! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you arrive second.
If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have?You have 2 apples, because you took away two.
I have two U.S. coins totaling 55 cents. One is not a nickel. What are the coins? A fifty cent piece and a nickel -- is said one wasn't a nickel, but the other one was.
How far can a dog run into the woods? To the middle of he woods (the halfway point), because after that, he's running out.
A doctor gives you three pills telling you to take one every half hour. How long would the pills last? One hour -- you take one at the start of the hour, one after 30 minutes and the one at the end of the hour.
A farmer has 17 sheep, and all but 9 die. How many are left? Nine are left because all but nine died.
How many two cent stamps are there in a dozen? 12! A dozen of anything is still 12.
Guys, you can get to know her faster by a brief palm reading:
First, the thumb. If the top is bigger than the bottom of the thumb (look for the dividing line), then she is strong-willed. She likes to have control and make all the decisions. If the bottom is bigger, then she is controlled by logic and doesn't like to take risks, proceed with caution.
Next, her fingertips. We're looking for "pointed" or "square" fingertips. Pointed figertips means your dealing with a dreamer. She lives for the moment and is looking for someone just as wild. Square fingertips means practicality. Don't plan on slipping anything past her. The romantic encounters may be bland, though.
Finally, her hands. Soft hands means she's a lover of art. She'll take a museum over dinner and a movie. You need to be a bit more creative for this woman. Course hands means a woman with intense personality. She may lack tact, and may be a bit too forward. Her honesty may be a bit overwhelming.
Actor Stephen Baldwin has officially filed for bankruptcy.
Nearly half of U.S. women say they'd rather give up sex for two weeks than go without the Internet for the same period, a Harris Interactive poll finds.
The new musical "The Addams Family," starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia, will open April 8th on Broadway.
"So You Think You Can Dance" judge Nigel Lythgoe said he would "certainly consider" having Paula Abdul as a judge if she can't reach an agreement with "American Idol."
Actor Deezer D, who played Nurse Malik McGrath on "ER," has been discharged from a Los Angeles hospital just days after undergoing major heart surgery.
Getting to bed 30 minutes earlier and waking up 30 minutes later than normal can help you make better food choices.
When Simon Cowell celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend, he'll be joined at the party by 17 of his ex-girlfriends. Ex-girlfriend Jackie Claire thought of that idea and is hosting the party.
If he's into you, you'll know it. Women tend to send vague signals until we make up our mind, but men give a date sure signs of interest or not from the outset, finds a study from Indiana University at Bloomington.
Les Lye, who played all the adult roles in "You Can't Do That on Television" has died at the age of 84.
The annual Santa Claus World Congress is meeting this week in Copenhagen.
Continuing voice problems have forced doctors to put Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles on voice rest for the next week. The duo have already canceled a handful of shows, but there are a couple more to come. The latest dates affected are on Friday (July 24th) in Primm, Nevada and Saturday (July 25th) in Phoenix with Keith Urban. The Primm show has already been rescheduled for August 6th.
Nettles' problems are due to "vocal strain" and "over-use related to the health issues the singer has been battling since January", according to Sugarland's website.
Sugarland's Love On The Inside tour will resume on July 30th in Bend, Oregon.
Brad Paisley says his two-year-old son, Huck, is a chip off the old block. The toddler seems to be like his dad in every way, while the family's new addition, three-month-old Jasper, is his own little person, as Paisley tells us: "He's a lot like me. I don't know that this new one is. This new baby doesn't look like me so far and doesn't act anything like Huck did. He's not temperamental or impatient. He's a very quiet. Huck is quiet, but Huck is me. Man, he's just exactly like I was at that age. Exactly! From what I've seen of video footage of me and audio stuff that they've recorded of me. He sounds like me, looks like me."
Paisley says that as a child, he and Huck look so much alike that he often fools people."I have a picture in the middle of pictures at the house of me at that age in with all of his, and I take people over and I'll say, 'Who's that?' and they'll say, 'Well, that's Huck!' It's like, 'No,' and they're literally, 'Are you kidding me??' Cause it is that absolutely dead on. It's scary!"
Paisley is away from the kids this weekend as he continues on his American Saturday Night tour. He takes the stage tonight (Friday, July 24th) in Virginia Beach.
This year marks Rascal Flatts' 10th anniversary as a recording act. The trio hit the ground running with the release of their self-titled debut album back in 2000, and haven't stopped since. Jay DeMarcus tells us they never anticipated this level of success. "We set our sights pretty high, but we never . . . nobody could ever, I don't think, predicted what was gonna happen. It's kind of blown us away and we've been on such a fast-paced ride the past 10 years, it's been hard for us at times to step back and take a deep breath and enjoy the moment that we're in and really let it all sink in."
The guys have been able to take a breather recently, which has allowed them to reflect on their accomplishments. "In the past couple years we've been able to take a little bit of time off and enjoy some of the success that we've been able to have. We're very, very grateful and very humbled by it. There's no formula anybody can create to make anybody successful. We've just been blessed to have great fans and great music and great radio support."
To date, the trio has charted 10 Number One hits and sold more than 16 million albums.
Rascal Flatts' American Living Unstoppable tour rolls through Florida this weekend, with stops on Friday (July 24th) in West Palm Beach, followed by Tampa on Saturday (July 25th).
Martina McBride's current hit, 'I Just Call You Mine," will be used by ABC in the season finale of The Bachelorette, airing on Monday (July 27th) at 8 p.m. ET. McBride appeared on the show earlier in the season as part of a dream date episode, where she serenaded the couple with the song. Now it will be used as the background for a look back at special moments throughout the season of The Bacherlorette.
McBride appeared on the Today show's special "Today Throws A Wedding" event recently to perform "I Just Call You Mine" at the winning couple's wedding reception.
The song is the second release from McBride's latest album, Shine.
The status of their relationship is unknown, but one thing is certain -- Nick Jonas did not give Miley Cyrus a promise ring. Cyrus dispelled the rumor via Twitter after reading reports that her on-off boyfriend had presented her with a diamond commitment ring to mark their dedication to one another.
Cyrus tweeted, "I woke up this morning and thought I'd check up on the daily gossip and apparently Nick Jonas gave me a $75,000 ring? It's all true. Ha! Don't believe anything until I Tweet it. (Unless it's good news of course)."
The couple dated in 2007 and reportedly reunited over the past couple of months -- though there have already been reports that they split again.
Billy Dean's "Billy the Kid" went to Number One in 1992.
Johnny Cash recorded his first sides for Columbia in 1958.
Marty Robbins signed with MCA Records in 1973.
Toby Keith headlined his first stadium date at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts in 2004. The bill also featured Scotty Emerick, Hal Ketchum, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry and Jo Dee Messina.
Kathy Mattea realized her first gold album, for Willow In The Wind, in 1990.
Ricky Van Shelton earned his first platinum award for the Wild-Eyed Dream album in 1989.
JUDE LAW DENIES HITTING PHOTOGRAPHER ON PURPOSE: Jude Law is denying that he deliberately hit a female photographer as he left a London restaurant in the early hours of Thursday (July 23rd) morning. The woman, 28-year-old Harsha Gopal, is quoted as saying, "He hit me full in the face. It was a real stinger, it was very sore." The actor's lawyers contend any physical contact was accidental, saying, "This is all nonsense. Last night's incident was an accident. Jude was blinded by the camera flashes when he left the restaurant, raised his hand to shield himself and inadvertently struck somebody standing very close. He apologized and left. Pictures of this sort can often be misleading."
MISCHA BARTON DOESN'T GET TABLOID-LOVE: Mischa Barton's personal problem are not tabloid-cover worthy. The New York Post reports that the actress's publicist was "pushing hard" to get the 23-year-old on the cover a celebrity weekly in light of her recent hospitalization, but no one was interested. Barton's publicist, Craig Schneider, denied the claim, telling the Post, "I can assure you that I've been inundated with requests and inquiries from the celebrity weeklies . . . If none of them care, then by all means, please stop calling and e-mailing."
'GOSSIP GIRL' ROMANCE OVER? The relationship between Gossip Girl co-stars Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick might have run its course. The New York Post reports that Westwick failed to show up at a party his girlfriend hosted last weekend -- supposedly because the couple has been fighting. A spy told the Post, "He was supposed to join her, but he didn't." Westwick's rep had no comment on the evening.
NICK HOGAN FILES LAWSUIT: Nick Hogan has filed a lawsuit for breach of contract against two men he tried to start a business with. TMZ.com reports that Hogan agreed to invest $50,000 in a record production company called "Confidential South, LLC" -- which founders Louis Adkinson and Damon Elliot also claimed they would shell out $50,000 to get off the ground. Hogan alleges that they men never paid their share and reneged on their promise to return his money if things didn't work out. Additionally, Hogan claims the men ran up $80,767.75 on his American Express card without his permission and is also suing them for fraud. He's seeking at least $130,000.
HEIDI PRATT PERFORMING AT MISS UNIVERSE: Heidi Pratt will be performing at next month's Miss Universe Pageant. Usmagazine.com reports that the reality star will treat the audience to a rendition of "Turn Ya Head," off of her upcoming debut album, Unleashed. Access Hollywood added that Flo Rida, Kelly Rowland and dancer David Guetta are also scheduled to take the stage. Unleashed is set to be released on September 23rd.
SUSAN BOYLE DOESN'T GIVE BOOST TO 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' RATINGS: Susan Boyle's heavily-promoted appearance on America's Got Talent reportedly didn't deliver NBC any over-the-top ratings. EOnline.com reports that preliminary estimates show that a "relatively weak" audience of 11.1 million viewers tuned into see Boyle -- even though the network made it known it wouldn't air President Barack Obama's press conference if that show meant preempting America's Got Talent.
MEGAN FOX DID NOT REJECT BOND GIRL ROLE: Megan Fox did not diss James Bond. Despite rumors to the contrary, the actresses rep told People magazine, "The report about Megan Fox turning down a Bond movie is completely not true. There have been no discussions nor any offers. Megan is a fan of the Bond movies."
KENDRA WILKINSON WRITING MEMOIR: Kendra Wilkinson is writing a memoir. The newlywed, pregnant reality star said in a statement, "I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I have a husband I adore, a baby on the way, and now my memoir is going to be published!" The book, scheduled to be released next summer, will touch on Wilkinson's childhood, her years in the Playboy mansion and the experience of being followed by cameras 24-7.
'GREEN HORNET' GETS NEW DIRECTOR: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michael Gondry has replaced Stephen Chow as the director of the upcoming film, The Green Hornet.Seth Rogen is set to star in the project, while Nicolas Cage and Cameron Diaz are both is talks to join the cast.
JOHN STAMOS LANDS NEW ROLE: John Stamos has signed on to co-star in Kevin Spacey's upcoming film, Father on Invention. Variety reports that the movie is a comedy centered on a crazy inventor.
Orphan, the new thriller starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard with Isabelle Fuhrman as the evil Esther, opens today (July 24th). Orphan centers on a couple who decides to adopt after Kate, played by Farmiga, suffers a miscarriage, and they bring home the seemingly innocent Esther. But after a series of horrible events, Kate begins to suspect that under Esther's innocent exterior something evil is lurking inside of her. Orphan was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Orphan is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the producers of Orphan.
The new romantic comedy The Ugly Truth, starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, opens today (July 24th). The film centers on Abby Richter, played by Heigl, a TV producer who is hopelessly single until Abby's employers team her up with TV celebrity Mike Chadway, played by Butler, who puts Abby through the wringer to prove his own theories about what makes men and women tick.
The Ugly Truth is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.
The Ugly Truth also stars Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins and Nick Searcy. It was directed by Robert Luketic (who also directed 21, Monster-In-Law and Legally Blonde).
G-Force is about a secret government program that trains animals to work as spies. The G-Force, a group of highly trained guinea pigs, a mole and a fly, is made up of Darwin, the squad leader, Blaster, the weapons expert, Juarez, the martial arts pro, Mooch, the reconnaissance expert, and Speckles, a computer and information specialist. The highly equipped team, with the help of the pet shop guinea pig Hurley, discovers that the fate of the world is in the paws.
G-Force is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The G-Force is voiced by Sam Rockwell (Darwin), Tracy Morgan (Blaster), Penelope Cruz (Juarez), Nicholas Cage (Speckles) and Jon Favreau (Hurley). Steve Buscemi also lends his voice to play Bucky the hamster.
G-Force also stars Bill Nighy, Will Arnett and Zach Galifianakis
WHAT MEN AND WOMEN THINK ABOUT IN THE SHOWER: According to a recent survey by Water Pik, Inc., men think about work, sex and daydreams while they lather up, whereas women think about chores, problems and their weight. Although it appears as though mens' showers would be more enjoyable, the survey showed that women still shower about two minutes longer than men do, clocking in at an average of 14 minutes compared to men's 12-minute scrub-downs. The study asked 1,000 Americans about their bathroom behavior and also unearthed interesting tidbits like the fact that only one in ten women take baths more often than showers and that a quarter of all people sing while they soap up.
WE RECOGNIZE PEOPLE BY THEIR EYES: According to a new study, when you see someone you know, you first identify them by the eyes. Asylum.com reports that after that, people tend to notice the nose, and then the mouth. The Spanish researchers who analyzed 868 female faces and 868 male faces also found that while it was common to be able to identify someone by just the eyes, this rarely happens when the nose or mouth is isolated. Furthermore, the research found the brain seems to have no interest in "high frequency" details -- such as wrinkles -- when first attempting to identify a face.
Try and make a conscious effort to hold eye contact with every person you talk to at work, throughout the entire conversation. It will make you realize how little you probably make eye contact during a conversation!
SOME PEOPLE SUFFER SUMMER DEPRESSION: Summer-onset depression, a warm weather variation of what's called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, often starts in the spring and tapers off between September and November. The New York Daily News reports that it's a relatively new disorder. Dr. Alfred Lewy, director of the Sleep and Mood Disorders Laboratory at Oregon Health and Science University, said, "In people with summer depression, you see a decreased appetite and insomnia; with winter depression, you get an increased appetite and increased sleep." He added, "The contrast to the summertime norm of people being outside and enjoying activities only highlights the symptoms. There is an obvious physical connection to this disorder as the heat leads to exhaustion and lethargy."
WEIRD ANSWERS TO JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (CareerBuilder.com)
Do you have any questions?
"If you were a fruit, what fruit would you be?"
"Can we wrap this up fairly quickly? I have someplace I have to go."
"What is your company's policy on Monday absences?"
"If this doesn't work out can I call you to go out sometime?"
"If I get an offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?"
"When you do background checks on candidates, do things like public drunkenness arrests come up?"
Why are you leaving your current job?
"Because I (expletive) my pants every time I enter the building."
"I was fired from my last job because they were forcing me to attend anger management classes."
Why are you looking for a job?
"Cigarettes are getting more expensive, so I need another job."
"My parents told me I need to get a job so that is why I'm here."
"Just for the benefits."
"My old boss didn't like me, so one day, I just left and never came back. And here I am!"
What are your weaknesses?
"I get angry easily and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won't get mad at you."
"I am an alcoholic and do not deserve this job."
"I'm really not a big learner. You know ... some people love learning and are always picking up new things, but that's just not me. I'd much rather work at a place where the job is pretty stagnant and doesn't change a lot."
Things to think about as you're heading to the theater to check out the week's newest releases.
'THE UGLY TRUTH': The film stars Katherine Heigl as a romantically-challenged morning show producer who is teamed up with a "hardcore" TV personality who "promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick."
ANNOYING FEMALE BEHAVIOR (Lemondrop.com)
Wearing skintight black leggings as pants. Certain intimate contours of your body should be a precious secret between you and your lover (and gynecologist).
Twirling your hair. Is that supposed to be cute? Because if so, here's a news flash: Unless you're 3 years old, it's one of the most inexcusably annoying habits in the universe. We'd rather date Sinead O'Connor than suffer through a relationship with a chronic hair-twirler.
Using the phrase "mani & pedi." Let's forget the wrongness of having some poor Asian woman slaving over your cuticles. The expression itself? Not cool. It makes dudes retch.
Smoking. Sure, it's a crap habit for both genders, but there's something especially boner-crushing about female puffers. Also: it'll make your lips look like a cat's anus by the time you hit 30. Forewarned!
Pretending you're Carrie Bradshaw. Everyone has sex! Tons of people live in the city! But unfortunately, your mundane bedroom escapades don't deserve their own beloved HBO sitcom. Put the Cosmo down, take a deep breath, and start over.
Believing that knitting is sexy. You're shooting for that Tina Fey 'hot nerd' vibe when you whip out the crochet gear. But guess what? It makes us think of sex-starved librarians who own too many cats.
Buying thongs. Unless you're a stripper in New Jersey, these shouldn't have a place in your wardrobe.
Getting tattoos. Ink should be reserved for men -- preferably men who are members of biker gangs, bass players in punk bands, or who have killed people in prison.
Pretending to be lesbians when you're drunk. Unless you're prepared to go the full Ellen, you forfeit the right to hump your girlfriends on the dance floor. "Tequila made me do it" will not hold up in a court of law.
ANNYONG MALE BEHAVIOR (AllWomenTalk.com)
Empty containers: Men have a habit of leaving empty containers everywhere but in the trash! This starts when they share student accommodation, and have to replace anything that they finish.
Leaving hair in the sink: Whether they are shaving, or malting, they never pick their hairs out of the sink, in a silent revolt against having to look clean and respectable.
Using ten cups, instead of one: It just defies male logic to use the same glass when they can get a clean, sanitized one for each drink. This leads to a sprinkling of dirty glasses all over the house, and no clean glasses when you actually need one.
Selective hearing: Well we've all experience this one, so the best way to cure it? Drop some bombshells when you think he's no longer paying attention. "I'm pregnant" tends to work wonders! After a few shocks, he's sure to get the hint and stop his mind wondering.
Not doing housework: This one will be slightly tougher to solve, so try negotiating. Agree that if he runs the Hoover around once a week, you'll greet him from work with a bacon sarnie, or let him watch the rugby without interrupting.
Burping and farting: The easiest way to solve this one would be to adopt the habits yourself, but if your much too ladylike for that, remind him that you'd be so much more likely to seduce him if he could be discreet.
Absolute helplessness when sick: Man flu is alive and prospering in men these days, so when he gets sick, expect him to need the same treatment and attention as a child.
Channel surfing! Take the remote control away from him, or threaten to cancel the cable subscription.
Wearing the same old thing over and over: Many men have the strangest attachment to some weird looking old piece of clothes they just wouldn't let go off. It might be old sneakers or a terrible T-Shirt with an offensive message.
(Sun) How you go about making your dreams come true reveals stunning insights into your personality. Answer these questions, then give yourself "5 points" for every "a" and "10 points" for every "b." Total the points and see what the analysis reveals about you:
Driving someplace new is:
No big deal.
On the walls in your home, you've hung:
Photos of friends and family.
Artwork you've collected.
You like to travel with:
Your closest friend.
Your three best buddies.
If you see a shooting star, you:
Make a wish.
Enjoy its beauty.
You're considering acupuncture, and you:
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Hailey Glassman says she's dating Jon Gosselin, but they're not engaged, as tabloids report.
Gidget the Chihuahua, whose Taco Bell commercials made her a star from 1997 to 2000, has died. She was 15.
Eddie Cibrian's wife says she's been keeping tabs of her husband's "secret" meetings with Leann Rimes and she's had enough.
ESPN reported Erin Andrews is caught up in a nude peephole video.
Harry Potter star Jamie Waylett was sentenced to 120 hours of community service for growing pot.
Actor Dennis Franz and his sister have filed lawsuits over alleged injuries suffered when a chandelier fell at his Franz's Idaho house in 2007.
A new book by former Washington Post reporter Ronald Kessler details how Jenna and Barbara Bush gave the Secret Service "fits" during George W.Bush's presidency and could prove potentially embarrassing for them now.
Did you know the Bush twins are still receiving secret service protection? Their dad signed a special bill before leaving office. Bill Clinton did the same for Chelsea.
Former Miss California Carrie Prejean has landed a book deal. Her story will be out in November.
The massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand on July 16 did minimal damage since the epicenter was in the remote southwest Fiordland region of the South Island. But it did leave a lasting mark: It actually moved New Zealand closer to Australia.
Those charges against Kiefer Sutherland have now been officially dropped over that head-butting incident.
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles canceled two shows over the weekend and is on "voice rest."
"Astro Boy" will blast into theaters October 23rd.
Stephen Baldwin, brother of Emmy winner and "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin, filed for bankruptcy in New York on Tuesday. The 43-year-old actor claims he owes more than $2.3 million.
Looks like Nicholas Cage is going to play the villain in the new "Green Hornet" movie.
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LeAnn Rimes and her Lifetime movie co-star, actor Eddie Cibrian, just can't seem to call it quits. The two are reportedly still seeing each other, months after reports they began an affair on the set of their TV movie, Northern Lights. A recent motorcycle ride together in Los Angeles coupled with their frequent reported rendezvous at the Malibu home of a friend of Rimes and her husband, Dean Sheremet's, was enough for Cibrian's wife. Brandi Glanville told US Weekly that she has left the actor to do "what is best for our children." She added, "Eddie and LeAnn deserve each other."
US Weekly first broke the news of Rimes' affair with Cibrian back in March.
She responded to the report on her website, stating, "This is a difficult time for me and my loved ones, but I appreciate all your continued support. I would like to assure all of you that this is a place for you to hear things directly from me and as you all know, not everything in our lives is always black and white."
Rimes and Sheremet's Nashville home is currently on the market.
While Rimes and Sheremet have not announced a split, the two are often living apart, with Rimes in Los Angeles and Sheremet remaining in Nashville.
Around the time that Cibrian's affair with Rimes made news, he was also reportedly busted having an affair with 24-year-old model Scheana Marie Jancan.
Kenny Chesney is rushing to the defense of his tourmate, Sugarland, after hearing fans' negative reactions to the duo's cancellations of some of their scheduled Sun City Carnival tour dates brought on by Jennifer Nettles' voice problems. Fans have been voicing their displeasure on various blog sites, and those postings haven't gone unnoticed by Chesney. He issued a statement on Wednesday (July 22nd) saying, "It was really sad to see the way some people reacted to Jennifer needing to cancel her appearance in San Francisco last weekend -- and it seems to me we should all be concerned about her long term vocal health more than any single show that she may not be able to do. Naturally I'm disappointed she's not out here with us -- cause she is a friend as well as an act I know the fans enjoy -- but I think it's more important that she have the time to heal properly, rather than forcing herself to try and rush back onstage. I know she'll be back before the summer, and can't wait to have her back out there. But it's about doing the right thing, and we should all be supporting her in that."
Fans learned of Sugarland's cancellation in San Francisco on Saturday (July 18th) by reading signs posted by gate entrances as they entered AT&T Park Stadium for the show. The duo also canceled their appearances on Chesney's tour in Dallas and on Thursday (July 23rd) in Salt Lake City.
Chesney will fill their slot with extended performances by openers Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert.
Sugarland's Nettles and Kristian Bush released a video message to fans explaining the situation via their website on Monday (July 20th). Nettles said that she's been struggling with voice problems since January.
The singer was put on a 10-day voice rest back in May.
Jamey Johnson has been added to the Farm Aid lineup this fall. He will join event founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, as well as newly announced acts Wilco, Jason Mraz and Phosphorescent. This year's Farm Aid will take place in St. Louis on October 4th.
Johnson is also scheduled to release a new album sometime this fall on vinyl. His debut single,"My Way To You," is currently making its way to radio. The song will be available as a free download on Johnson's website on August 3rd, and for sale digitally on August 11th.
Johnson's current album, That Lonesome Song, was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.
Johnson won this year's ACM award for Song of the Year for his Top 10 hit, "In Color."
Jack Ingram has already crossed one dream duet off his list after his collaboration with Willie Nelson on Roger Miller's "Dang Me" back in 2006. Now Ingram tells us he's set his sights on another fellow Texan. "I wanna do a duet with Miranda Lambert. I've told her that, so I throw it out there every time I get a chance. The list of where it started was Willie Nelson. I've done that, and I would love to do that again, but when it comes down to who I'm hangin' with and who my friends are and who I think would be an interesting couple . . . uh . . . pairing -- she's already a couple with somebody else and so am I -- but she knows where I am. I love 'er."
Ingram's new album, Big Dreams & High Hopes, will be out on August 25th.
It features his current Top 15 hit, "Barefoot And Crazy."
Jake Owen is catching fans' attention with his latest single, "Eight Second Ride." That's just what he had in mind when he wrote the song years ago while trying to get noticed, Owen tells us: "I don't know what it is about that song. I really don't. I wrote the song when I was in college, which was almost eight years ago, and when I wrote it I was tired of playin' 'Sweet Home Alabama.' I wanted to play one of my own songs on the barstool that people didn't get up and go get a drink when I put in an original tune, and so I had to write something rockin' and uptempo."
The song has survived two albums now -- it was on his debut release, Startin' With Me, and has finally seen the light of day as a single on his latest CD, Easy Does It. "It was on the first record. People loved the song, and then we put it on the second record and here we are. We play all of our shows and before we get to the end of the show people are already chanting 'Eight Second Ride', so I'm excited it's a song that's lived that song, and we'll see what happens."
Owen continues on tour this summer, playing various fairs and festivals around the country.
JON GOSSELIN REPORTEDLY IN HAMPTONS WITH NEW GIRL: Jon Gosselin is reportedly vacationing in the Hamptons with tabloid reporter Kate Major, who he was photographed dining with last weekend. When asked if the two were dating, a source told Usmagazine.com, "Not sure! She said they needed to get away." Gosselin has been dating 22-year-old Hailey Glassman since his wife Kate filed for divorce last month. Gosselin and Glassman have been spotted together since Jon's initial dinner with Major, although it's unclear if she's with her supposed boyfriend in the Hamptons.
MISCHA BARTON REPORTEDLY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL: Mischa Barton has reportedly left Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been receiving treatment since being placed under a psychiatric evaluation last week. People magazine reported that the release was unconfirmed, but the 23-year-old's rep did say that Barton is "still seeking treatment" but plans to return to work on the CW drama, The Beautiful Life.
TACO BELL CHIHUAHUA DIES: Gidget the Chihuahua, who rose to fame in the popular Taco Bell ads, died from a stroke on Tuesday (July 21st) at the age of 15. Her trainer Sue Chipperton told People magazine, "She made so many people happy." Chipperton added that Gidget spent most of her post-Taco Bell days lying in the sun and entertaining anyone she met with her playful nature.
PATRICK SWAYZE IS DOING 'VERY WELL': Patrick Swayze has not suffered a heart attack, contrary to a report in the National Enquirer. A rep for the cancer-stricken actor denied the claim, stating that Swayze is actually doing quite well. The rep told Access Hollywood, "He's continuing his treatment and doing very well, actually. Contrary to reports, he did not suffer a heart attack and has even gained a little weight."
HULK HOGAN'S DIVORCE REPORTEDLY NEARING SETTLEMENT: The ugly divorce battle between Hulk and Linda Hogan may soon be over. Sources close to the situation told TMZ.com that the estranged couple has begun negotiations and a settlement could be announced as early as next week. Linda filed for divorce in 2007 and the pair have since been mainstays in the courtroom and the tabloids with conflicts over monthly alimony payments and abuse allegations. EDDIE CIBRIAN ADDRESSES SEPARATION REPORTS: Although Eddie Cibrian's wife told the tabloids that she was splitting from him in the wake of his infidelities, a rep for the actor claims the pair is working through their issues. The rep for Cibrian -- who allegedly had an affair with LeAnn Rimes after meeting on a Lifetime movie -- released a statement saying, "Apparently the press wishes to continue to play out Eddie Cibrian's domestic situation publicly with an unfair flair of tabloid fervor. Eddie is a devoted and loving father first and foremost and the speed bump he and Brandi are experiencing needs to be worked out privately for everyone's benefit."
DENNIS FRANZ SUES OVER CHANDELIER ACCIDENT: Dennis Franz is suing various construction and lighting companies over injuries sustained when a chandelier fell at the actor's house on Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2007. The suit, filed last week in Idaho District Court, alleges that the NYPD Blue actor's sister, and a toddler she was holding, suffered serious injuries from the incident and that the companies' negligence forced him to forgo an unspecified $16 million personal services contract. An attorney for the electric company involved said, "The accident is unfortunate. The parties are still in investigation to determine the cause of the accident," but said that allegations that they potentially tampered with evidence in the aftermath of the incident are "absolutely not true."
NEW MOON' WEBSITE DEBUTS: The official website for the highly anticipated Twilight sequel, New Moon, was launched on Wednesday (July 22nd). Fans can check out new photos, sound clips and other fun features relating to the movie ahead of its November 20th release. To access the site, go to: http://www.newmoonthemovie.com/
OLSENS GET FASHION RECOGNITION: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of American. British Vogue reports that the famous twins join respected fashionistas like Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Maria Pinto as new members of the CFDA, who will all be welcomed to the council with an "intimate dinner" in New York City later this year.
SAM RAMI TAPPED FOR 'WORLD OF WARCRAFT' MOVIE: The director behind Spider-Man has signed on to helm a movie version of World of Warcraft. E! reports that Sam Rami has teamed with Legendary Pictures to translate the hit online game and fantasy universe into what they hope will be another blockbuster franchise. Early estimates project that the film will hit theaters in 2012.
MEGAN FOX REPORTEDLY TURNS DOWN BOND GIRL ROLE: Megan Fox reportedly turned down the opportunity to play a Bond girl in the next installment of the 007 franchise. The Daily Star reports that the 23-year-old actress turned down the part because she wanted to have a bigger part in the film playing the secret agent's love interest.
'THE NOTEBOOK' MUSICAL IN DEVELOPMENT: The tear-inducing movie The Notebook is reportedly being turned into a musical. PerezHilton.com reports that One Tree Hill actress Bethany Joy Galeotti and record producer Rom Aniello are developing the show, which is currently in the early stages as a workshop based in North Carolina. Auditions are being held in August and Broadway has not picked up the project.
KATIE HOLMES APPEARING ON "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TONIGHT"
Katie Holmes is set to perform on tonight's So You Think You Can Dance in celebration of the show's 100th episode. The actress described her routine to the show's host Cat Deeley, revealing, "This is an homage to Judy Garland and I am very excited about it. I like to sing and dance so it is really fun."
Usmagazine.com previously reported that Holmes will dance and sing to Garland's "Get Happy" from the 1950s musical Summer Stock, wearing an all-black ensemble similar to one Garland once wore.
The website adds that at one point in the routine, Holmes is lifted through the air over three dancers' heads and finishes the act by tossing a black velvet fedora in the air.
Holmes became involved with the show after teaming up with So You Think You Can Dance co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba and director and choreographer Adam Shankman to create the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which "will provide assistance to talented underprivileged youth to help them realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers, and create awareness about the positive impact that dance can have on the growth and development of our nation's youth."
Although Holmes' rehearsals have reportedly been well received, she doesn't have to be the world's greatest dancer to make a splash on the show. Earlier this year, Cat Deeley told us that interesting performers are more important than boring ones with talent. She explained, "We're looking for America's favorite dancer, we're not necessarily looking for the best dancer. So we're looking for somebody with that X factor, that certain je ne sais quoi, that star quality that you can't quite put your finger on, you know? And people either have it or they don't"
Jamie Lee Curtis has revealed that she battled a painkiller addiction in her past. The admission came in the actress's Huffington Post blog, in which she expressed empathy for the challenges Michael Jackson faced in his own apparent struggle with prescription drugs.
Curtis wrote, "I too found painkillers after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure and I too became addicted. The morphine becomes the warm bath from which to escape painful reality. I was a lucky one. I was able to see that the pain had started long ago and far away and that the finding the narcotic was merely a matter of time."
Although she didn't provide a timeline for her addiction, the 50-year-old has since recovered. She boasted, "My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life. But it takes work -- hard, painful work."
As for Jackson, Curtis said, "I believe Mr. Jackson was in pain. Mr. Jackson was an addict. It is coming out. Everywhere. He wanted relief and would get it in any name, place or method he could. It was and is a conspiracy of silence and I'm sure there were attempts to intervene and I'm sure his family and friends tried ... but the addict gets what the addict wants, relief from the pain of their life."
From godivademaus on HuffingtonPost.com: "This was the most insightful article regarding Michael Jackson that I've seen. It neither vilifies him, nor glorifies him, but shows him as the human being who, because of his immense talent, was exploited as a child, which caused a damaged and fragile adult"
From Atservice on HuffingtonPost.com: "Finally, a voice of compassion and common sense. Treatment works and recovery is possible! Thank you JLK!"
From kenny67 on HuffingtonPost.com: "Jamie, you hit the nail on the head with your article. I think having soooo soooo many cosmetic surgeries was a good indication of this poor mans unhappiness. He was trying so hard to change, but forgot the simple truth that change comes from within. May he rest in peace. Congrats on your success as a blogger!"
Men's Health gives some advice so you don't end up getting ridiculed like President Obama and his "Dad jeans."
The perfect pair of jeans for you: The perfect blue jeans are the DNA of a man's casual wardrobe. They take the million random possibilities of style and organize them into a coherent system. So pick a classic pair, like dark denim. They're versatile in a way well-worn jeans are not. Indigo jeans are cool with a plain T-shirt and sneakers, but clean-cut enough to hold their own with a dress shirt and tie or a casual blazer when occasion calls. Choose a pair that fits low on your hips (below the navel), and make sure they're straight-leg or boot cut. (The tapered look repels ladies.)
How to get a pair that molds to your body: No pair of pants looks better on a man than blue jeans that were stiff and dark when they came home from the store and have been softened and sculpted and battered against his body by life. Buy a single pair that starts out looking like something Potsie wore on Happy Days. Over time, they'll mature into your favorite pair. Hers, too.
How to tell if your pair is too baggy or tight: I call it the anatomy test. If I--or you--can see any of your frontal anatomy through your pants, they're too tight. If we can see any of your gluteal anatomy above your jeans, they're too loose. Please leave the extra-baggy jeans for rappers, skate punks, and Weight Watchers commercials. And trust me, no one wants to see a man in tight jeans. Ever.
How to make jeans go with everything: Blue jeans, which by rights ought to be casual, have evolved into the ultimate in flexibility. Used with wit, they can work in many different situations. For example, though in most venues you shouldn't wear blue jeans (casual) with shiny slip-ons (somewhat formal), there are certain urban, art-gallery moments and late-summer cocktail-party-on-the-deck situations in which jeans and fancy loafers are okay, assuming of course no socks are involved.
The jacket to wear with jeans: The full-denim outfit is a little too country for most gals. Instead, add a buttery suede or leather jacket.
GIRLS LIKE BEST FRIENDS; GUYS LIKE GROUPS: A study conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that girls are hardwired to care about one-on-one relationships with their BFFs, while the brains of boys are more attuned to group dynamics and competition with other boys. The results suggest that as girls progress from early puberty to late adolescence, certain regions of their brains become more active when they face a potential social interaction. Specifically, when an older girl anticipates meeting someone new -- someone she believes will be interested in her -- certain biological functions all become more active. By contrast, boys in the same situation show no such increase in activity in these areas. Time magazine speculates that evolution has programmed boys to compete within large groups, so they can learn to eliminate rivals for women -- and that girls have been programmed to judge, one-on-one, who would be the most protective father for offspring.
BOYS WITH WEIRD NAMES ARE PROBLEM CHILDREN: Having an offbeat name increases a boy's tendency towards juvenile delinquency. Asylum.com reports that researchers tracked the behavior of 15,000 boys born between 1987 and 1991 and found that those who had been given staid old biblical names like Michael and David were less likely to get into trouble than those given less popular, girly or strange first names. While Garland, Tyrell, Alec (think "smart"), Ernest and Malcolm made the list as names linked to serious behavior problems, the research suggests it's not the name itself, but rather the "social factors of being tagged with an offbeat moniker" which lead to this increase in crime.
GADGET TRANSLATES DOGS' BARKS: Japanese inventors have come up with a device they claim can detect a dog's emotion from its bark. The Telegraph reports that the Bowlingual Voice will go on sale for over $200 in Japan from next month and is a more technologically advanced version of a basic model launched seven years ago. The gadget, which will be sold initially only in Japan, consists of a microphone which is placed around the dog's neck alongside a hand-held unit operating device. When the dog barks, the microphone records the sound and sends the data to the owner's hand-held device which then "translates" it into what the dog is apparently trying to say. A speech synthesizer audibly informs the owner of the dog's apparent intentions as well as appearing on the screen of the wireless hand-held unit. A new answering machine function can also record the dog's expressions of desire when owners are absent.
Anyone who follows Blake Shelton on Twitter knows the singer has a bit of an obsession. Shelton "tweets" several times an hour on a daily basis, but he freely admits to us that he has developed a problem. "I'm addicted to it. I love it. Just the ability to have a thought and not have to hold it in, that's my favorite thing. It's one thing to be sittin' here talkin' to the guys about girls and boobs and whatever, and it's another thing whenever I can express that I've always felt that my pinky toe was lazy. It just kind of lays on its side and doesn't really help with the others. Now that is something that you can tweet."
While the majority of Shelton's Twitter followers think he's hilarious, he says there are those who don't get his sense of humor. "I get as many haters as I do people that think what I say is funny. I'm never serious on there. If I say something smartass on there, that's really all it is is just me trying to be funny and make light of a situation . . . that I'm a little bit hungover and walkin' through an airport at 5:30 in the mornin' and my pants are too tight. It bothers me (laughs)."
Shelton's latest single, "I'll Just Hold On," is a Top 15 hit and climbing on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Billy Currington earns his fourth Number One hit this week with "People Are Crazy." It's the second chart-topper from Currington's Little Bit Of Everything album, which is at Number 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart.
Currrington didn't write "People Are Crazy," but he decided to add his own creative touch at the end of the song, as he tells us: "We were in the studio and sang it down and when we got to the end, they were still playing the music, so I just started whistling. It was kind of a joke, really. But we just kept it on there. It wasn't planned to be on the album like that, but it was natural. After I did it, they kind of laughed in the studio, but then I went back and heard it and we all agreed that it was kind of funny just to keep it on there. It was Andy Griffith-ish anyway."
Keith Urban has recorded an exclusive set of six songs for fans at iTunes. The "iTunes Originals" were recorded live in-studio. They include three tracks from Urban's current Defying Gravity CD, as well as never-before-heard interview clips covering such topics as how Urban got his start, receiving his first Grammy award, and his appreciation for people and his work.
Urban said, "People don't understand that when we walk out on stage and people say that the music makes them feel this incredible way, that the audience has the same effect on me. I feel touched when I see people singing along with the songs and you just see the love, the want and the joy and the fact that they're so with you in the moment. It's a really blessed job that I have that I get to see that."
Urban continues on his Escape Together World tour with rotating opening acts including Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Glen Campbell.
Rascal Flatts' iTunes Pass is available starting this week. With the Pass, fans will receive automatic weekly downloads of never before released music each week this summer, including live concert recordings, studio rehearsals and lost demos.
The first wave of songs was released on Tuesday (July 21st), with new content made available every Tuesday through September 1st. Offerings include live concert recordings of "I'm Movin' On," "Mayberry" and "Bless The Broken Road," live in-studio cuts of "What Hurts The Most," "Take Me There" and "Here Comes Goodbye" along with unreleased demo recordings. A total of 28 Rascal Flatts recordings are scheduled to be released during this timeframe.
The trio is the first country act to offer an iTunes Pass.
Rascal Flatts' current American Living Unstoppable tour will visit 40 cities before wrapping up on October 18th in Kelseyville, California.
The trio headlined their first stadium show on Saturday (July 18th) at Chicago's Wrigley Field. They were the first country act to play the stadium.
A star-studded lineup of acts from this summer's CMA Music Festival will be featured on the ABC prime time special, Country's Night To Rock, airing on August 31st. The list of performers includes Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Julianne Hough, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, John Rich, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Zac Brown Band. Kid Rock's "Picture" duet with McBride, as well as Wynonna and Naomi Judd's reunion will also be featured during the special.
CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock will air from 8-11 p.m. ET.
This year's CMA Music Festival was held from June 11-14 in Nashville.
An average of 56,000 fans attended each day of CMA Music Festival.
Terri Clark's new album, called Live: Road Rage, will be released on Thursday (July 23rd). Culled from a series of performances over the past few years, Road Rage includes Clark's hits like "You're Easy On The Eyes" and "Better Things To Do," as well as a few surprises, like her take on the Black Crowes' "Hard To Handle."
Clark said, "Anyone who's ever been out to see us live - or who knows how much I love to play - knows that my heart and my soul are on that stage! For some people, it's about perfectly recreating the record... For me and my band, though, it's about w here can we take those songs, how hard can we play'em, what else can we get out of them emotionally. So, in some ways, I feel like all these songs are getting to be heard as what they grew up to be!"
Terri Clark Live: Road Rage will be available at all of Clark's shows and on her official website at terriclark.com.
Clark's last studio album, Life Goes On, was released in 2005.
She has charted six Number Ones since her debut album was released in 1995.
Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus are among the young women who have been selected to headline VH1 Divas after the show's four-year hiatus. Cyrus and Clarkson will take the stage live along with Leona Lewis and Adele on September 17th as the show is broadcast from the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
VH1 executive Lee Rolontz said, "An amazingly talented group of young women have successfully launched themselves into the global music scene since our last VH1 Divas show. We're very excited to have so many of them join us at this year's momentous event. Adele, Kelly, Leona and Miley have all captured the world's attention with their talent and have earned their designation as VH1 Divas this year. Don't let some of their young ages fool you -- these women are among the best entertainers in the world and will continue to thrill music fans for a long time to come."
Previous performers at the Divas concerts include Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, and Chaka Khan.
Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fans are encouraged to go to Divas.VH1.com to submit a "Diva Story" text or video testimonial about their favorite diva and to find more information about the show.
CHECK IT OUT: See footage from a previous Divas show featuring the likes of Aretha Franklin and Celine Dion: http://tinyurl.com/l4cbgp
INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?
From Natalie M. on EW.com: "I can't fathom why in the heck Miley Cyrus was added to this lineup... Adele and Leona I get... Kelly I get somewhat.. Miley just makes my brain hurt.. Vh1 made a major faux pas"
From dave on EW.com: "Miley Cyrus??? WTF???? She's no diva. What person that watches Divas Live wants to see a Disney Channel star perform on the show. Do 10-year-olds watch this show? Plus, Miley's voice isn't even that great."
From Hunter on EW.com: "Miley Cyrus is in no way shape or form a "diva"... The producers obviously think they can attract a larger audience by catering to the tween set."
From K on EW.com: "That is a terrible lineup. Even if they added better people, the show would already be tainted by these chicks' presence. They ain't no divas. Why even bring the show back if you're not gonna do it right. Four years hiatus and this is what they come up with?"
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT NOT ENGAGED: Contrary to rumors, Jamie Kennedy and Jennifer Love Hewitt are not walking down the aisle quite yet. The New York Post reported that the couple became "spontaneously engaged" over the weekend at a California comedy club, when Kennedy supposedly dropped to one knee after an audience member shouted that Kennedy should marry his girlfriend. Hewitt's rep told Usmagazine.com, "There is no truth to the report." Hewitt, who has been dating Kennedy for most of 2009, recently told a Los Angeles radio stations of wedding plans, "By this time next year, if we're not planning something, then there's a situation."
BAM MARGERA DENIES OVERDOSE REPORTS: Bam Margera says that he was rushed to the hospital last Sunday (July 19th) while after a four-day drinking binge -- not because of a possible drug overdose as originally reported. The former Jackass star told TMZ.com said that the bender stemmed from marital problems, explaining, "I may get a divorce ... booze helps." Margera added that his kidney and leg muscles were "a mess" from not eating or drinking enough water over the previous days. The hospital flushed out his system and he was released after speaking to a psychiatrist.
EDDIE CIBRIAN SPLITS FROM WIFE: The wife of Eddie Cibrian -- the actor who reportedly had had affair with LeAnn Rimes -- has left him over his alleged infidelities. Brandi Glanville told Us Weekly, "Eddie and I have decided to take some time apart. I want to do what is best for our children. Eddie and LeAnn deserve each other." Both parties denied the affair, but Cibrian and Rimes have repeatedly been spotted together during and after the filming of their Lifetime movie. Cibrian and Glanville have two children under the age of seven.
'TWILIGHT' STAR DATING PARIS HILTON'S EX:Twilight star Nikki Reed is reportedly dating Paris Hilton's ex-fiance, Paris Latsis. A source told EOnline.com, "They met about six months ago and have been together since. The reason she traveled over to Greece was to be with [Paris]." Things are reportedly serious enough that the couple's families have been introduced to one another. Another insider added, "Both families have met, and really like each other."
'ER' ACTOR RECOVERING AFTER SURGERY:ER actor Deezer D has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery to correct potentially fatal heart problems. The actor, who played Nurse Malik McGrath on the show, told RadarOnline.com, ""Most of the cast from ER supported me -- Eriq La Salle, Noah Wiley were at my bedside before and after my surgery. Shi McBride came and stayed with me and supported me." He also expressed his appreciation for the fans, adding, "Thanks for all prayers and love, the entire experience made God more tangible in my life," he said. "I just can't explain in words what I felt."
LINDSAY LOHAN MOVIE DOESN'T IMPRESS IN THE RATINGS: Lindsay Lohan's straight-to-TV movie Labor Pains did not quite bomb on Sunday (July 19th), but the ratings certainly were not impressive. E! reports that the flick drew an audience of 2.1 million viewers, which is a better-than-average prime-time audience for ABC Family -- but about half of what the network scored the previous Sunday when airing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
TLC LAUNCHING FAT FAMILY REALITY SHOW: TLC is launching a new reality series that will chronicle the loves of a morbidly obese family. The documentary-style program has been tentatively titled One Big Happy Family and will follow a 340-pound, 40-year-old man along with his nearly 400-pound wife, and their two 300-pound-plus teenage children.
NICOLAS CAGE IN TALKS FOR 'GREEN HORNET': Nicolas Cage is in negotiations to play the villain in the upcoming Green Hornet film. Seth Rogen has already been cast as the masked crime fighter and Variety adds that Cameron Diaz is in talks to play his love interest.
JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER JOINS 'UGLY BETTY': Jamie-Lynn Sigler is joining the cast of Ugly Betty. Entertainment Weekly reports that the Sopranos vet will play the recurring role of Natalie, Daniel's sexy, spiritual, funny new assistant. Sigler's first appearance will be the show's two-hour season premiere on October 9th.
'TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES' COMING BACK TO THEATERS: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are returning to theaters. Variety reports that John Fusco has been tapped to write a script for the live-action picture, which executives hope will kick off a new franchise in 2011. The characters were featured in four films in the early 1990s which grossed over $323 million.
ALICIA SILVERSTONE GOING TO BROADWAY: Alicia Silverstone will join Laura Linney on Broadway next year in Time Stands Still. Reuters reported that Linney will play a photojournalist who was wounded while covering the Iraq war while Silverstone will portray the young girlfriend of the woman's photo editor. Previews of the show begin in early January.
STEPHEN BALDWIN IS BANKRUPT: Stephen Baldwin filed for bankruptcy in New York on Tuesday (July 21st). Reuters reported that the 43-year-old filed for Chapter 11 protection claiming he owes more than $2.3 million and owns a New York property valued at only $1.1 million. Court papers show that the actor and reality star owes about $1.2 million on two mortgages on the New York property, more than $1 million in taxes and also has credit card debt.
'HARRY POTTER' ACTOR GETS OFF EASY FOR GROWING POT: Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service after pleading guilty to growing marijuana. A London judge handed down the decision on Tuesday (July 21st), the week after he admitted to harvesting ten cannabis plants in a bedroom at his mother's house. The crime carried a maximum 14-year sentence, but the judge acknowledged that the cultivation was intended only for Waylett's personal use, rather than a large-scale operation.
VANESSA HUDGENS SUES FORMER MANAGER: Vanessa Hudgens is suing her former manager for allegedly violating the terms of a settlement deal stemming from his lawsuit against her. TMZ.com reports that the High School Musical star settled a dispute over commission fees with Johnny Vieira back in April, but Hudgens claims he has since broken the undisclosed terms of the settlement by making it look like he still represented her on his MySpace page. She is now claiming that since Vieira broke their agreement, she should get back the money paid to him in the settlement.
CASE AGAINST DANE COOK'S MANAGER-BROTHER KEEPS BUILDING: Dane Cook's half brother pleaded not guilty to additional charges that he stole millions of dollars from the comedian. Reuters reports that Darryl McCauley was arraigned Tuesday (July 21st) in Massachusetts on 20 additional charges of larceny over $250. Prosecutors allege that he wrote company checks to himself and transferred funds into his personal bank accounts while working as Cook's business manager. He was arrested in December and is currently being held on $1 million bail.
The Manhattan District Attorney rejected the assault case against Kiefer Sutherland stemming from a May incident during which the 24 actor allegedly head-butted a fashion designer for bumping into Brooke Shields. The D.A. said on Tuesday (July 21st), "We declined to prosecute after a full investigation. And that included speaking to the complaining witness who was quite uncooperative... Therefore, the D.A. declined to prosecute."
The news gets better for Sutherland, as TMZ.com added that the L.A. City Attorney chose not to take the incident seriously enough to reverse his probation from a prior DUI conviction.
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Cameron Diaz is reportedly at the center of an A-list love triangle
Cameron Diaz is reportedly at the center of an A-list love triangle involving Jude Law and Leonardo DiCaprio. London's The Sun reports that the actors -- who both previously starred opposite Diaz in movies -- recently took her out on dates and are continuing to vie for her affections.
As for Leo, who recently split from a model Bar Refaeli, a source told the paper, "Cameron has been showing a lot of interest while he is in London filming. She was back at his rented apartment in Knightsbridge, west London, a couple of times last week after a series of secret dates. They were joking with friends that they played chess together."
Diaz and Jude Law on the other hand, are reportedly considering taking their friendship to the next level. An insider revealed, "Jude and Cameron have been good friends since they filmed The Holiday together a few years ago. Now they are both single, things are a bit different between them. Jude has been flirting with her and she has been playing along."
Do you have a coworker that drives you crazy? What do they do that frustrates you so? Well, Careerbuilder.com offers 10 surefire ways to "tick off" your co-workers. Now let us count the ways:
Is it always all about you? Are you preoccupied with your own career path and looking good at the expense of others? Do you put others down while you pump yourself up? Instead, conduct yourself in such a way that other people will want to see you succeed -- let their genuine support and admiration of who you are pull you to success.
Answering cell phone calls during meetings. A surefire way to aggravate people is to consistently respond to calls, e-mails and pagers when in conversation with others.
Sending voice mails that go on and on and on. At the end of a voice message, replay it and hear how you sound. Difficulty in getting to the point?
Acting like a bureaucrat. Do you drag out turnaround times and play control games? Do you create obstacles or barriers for others to do their work? Making mountains out of molehills is another surefire way to alienate people.
"I'm like, ya know..." You are your words even more so in virtual relationships. You may be communicating with people worldwide who know you only by the sound of your voice or the tone of your e-mails. Become conscious of how you use language and stop communicating in ways that cause you to sound inexperienced or unprofessional.
Doing your bills at the office. Whether you are paying your bills, planning your wedding, or placing an online order for a special gift, avoid doing them on office time.
Skirting around the dress code. Dressing for work has never been more complicated - especially if you work at multiple locations. Prioritize matching your customer's dress code and if visiting more than one on a given day and the codes conflict, go for a classic, neutral look.
Taking it too easy on telecommute days. Run a few errands and throw in a load of laundry? Hey, you're a hard worker and deserve work-life balance. Telecommuting can be a tremendous win-win but if you stretch it to its limits, you may blow the policy for yourself and others.
Acting unethically. Make sure you are clear on your organization's ethics policies and have the courage and conviction to uphold them. It's easy to draw the line on major violations but watch for the subtle ways you may be pulling others in the wrong direction to achieve goals
Paula Abdul's agent says she is "hurt," "angry" and may not return to "American Idol."
A book is already being shopped around about a less-than-likeable Walter Cronkite. We'll see if anyone publishes it.
Sony's movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series.
Scientists are now saying Aloe is great for toothpastes, that it helps clean teeth and prevent cavities.
Whoops! Sienna Miller burned her cleavage while filming her new movie, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" after getting too close to a controlled explosion. "Luckily it wasn't my breasts, it was the bit in-between. It got a bit burnt," Miller told reporters at a news conference in Sydney, Australia.
Frank McCourt, the author of the best-selling memoir "Angela's Ashes," died on July 19 at age 78 of melanoma.
There will be a New York funeral for Walter Cronkite, but he'll be buried next to his wife in Missouri.
Miami Beach police arrested "Burn Notice" star Jeffrey Donovan on suspicion of drunken driving.
Shaquille O'Neal will star in "Shaq Vs.," a TV series where the 15-time All-Star center will challenge top athletes in their respective sports.
Fred Durst has a new wife -- his girlfriend Esther and Fred tied the knot last week and are honeymooning in Vegas this week.
The custody hearing for Micheal Jackson's kids has been moved to August 3, but now we're hearing there's a big push for Janet Jackson to get them.
Jorja Fox, who left "C.S.I." two years, will return this fall for the season-opener and for a few more episodes throughout the season.
The hooker that brought down New York Governor Eliot Spitzer claims that she also serviced a governor from another state.
President Obama has hit the 6-month mark of his presidency.
Dr. Alan Hirsch from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago conducted an 8-year study with 800 volunteers and claims the results show that people's snack food preferences reveal their personality type. He says the link between food preferences and personality is much like a Rorschach ink blot test long used by psychologists for insight into personality. Here's the true meaning of all that junk food you eat:
Pretzelsmean you're a flirt and you're very lively and energetic.
Cheese curls mean you have great integrity and maintain a high moral ground.
Potato chips mean you are aggressive, a real go-getter who will not take no for an answer.
Tortilla chips mean you're a perfectionist. An "A" is not good enough for you. It has to be an "A+."
Beef jerkymeans you're the life of the party. You're outgoing and gregarious.
As the first country act to ever play Wrigley Stadium in Chicago, Rascal Flatts didn't do half bad. The trio told out the venue on Saturday (July 18th) night, filling 37,000 seats with some help from special guests Darius Rucker and Vince Gill. Rascal Flatts' show was one of only four concerts ever played in the Chicago Cubs home stadium.
Highlights of the four-hour long show included Gill joining Rascal Flatts mid-way through the trio's set to perform "Whenever You Come Around." Rucker also joined the trio during their finale on the Hootie & The Blowfish hit "Hold My Hand" as well as "Life Is A Highway," from the Cars movie soundtrack.
Wrigley Field was the first stadium show that Rascal Flatts has ever headlined. The band will bring their American Living Unstoppable tour to its second stadium show at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on August 9th.
Tim McGraw is champing at the bit to get his first new studio album in more than two years into the hands of his fans. The CD, called Southern Voice, will hit retail outlets this fall.
In the meantime, fans are getting a taste of the new project with McGraw's debut single, "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You." The song, which was co-written by Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger, is already a Top 25 hit on the Billboard chart
McGraw's last release was Greatest Hits 3, so he tells us he's very excited about finally having some new music to offer fans. ["I am! I've been workin' on this for awhile, for a long while -- seems like most of my life I've been workin' on this album. I'm very excited to have it out. We've been playing some stuff off this record live for a year now, and so to finally get it out there and get people to hear it and get the record out is really cool. I can't wait for people to hear the rest of the album also."
McGraw's last studio album, Let It Go, was released in 2007.
The performances of Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss and Charley Pride in the East Room at the White House on Tuesday (July 21st) will be livestreamed on whitehouse.gov/live on Tuesday, July 21. President Obama will kick things off with opening remarks at 7:25 p.m ET. The First Lady, White House staff and members of congress will be in attendance.
The White House Music Series is hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Its goal is to celebrate the arts and the importance of arts education.
The series launched last month with a focus on jazz and will continue in the fall with classical music.
Carrie Underwood's fast climb to the top taught her one thing very quickly -- to keep her friends and family very close. The singer told us that those are really the only people she allows in her small circle of trust these days. "I think it's really important to keep the people around me that have been there all along . . . not too many new people, cause I don't know if I can trust them or not, but people like my mom and my sisters and my best friends that were my friends before. They like me for me."
Underwood added that she counts on these same folks to keep her grounded from day to day. "Those are the ones that'll tell you if you're acting like a jerk, and they're the ones you can take it from and think, 'Okay, well they must really mean this.' Nobody's said that to me yet and I hope they don't have to, but I do think it's important to keep them close."
Underwood is currently hunkered down in the studio working on her third album. The untitled new project is due out on November 3rd. A brand new single will be heading to radio later this summer.
Underwood's previous two albums -- Some Hearts and Carnival Ride -- have sold a combined total of more than 10 million albums.
Earlier this year, Underwood became the first country artist in history to chart 10 Number One singles from their first two albums.
"I Told You So" became the fifth consecutive chart-topper from her 2007 album, Carnival Ride.
Trace Adkins has inspired a new comic book action hero. Tough southern guy "Luke McBain" will be the star of a new four-issue comic book being released on November 12th by Gauge Comics. The writer and publisher of the series spent a lot of time with Adkins to make sure McBain felt authentic. The title character of Luke McBain was drawn to Adkins' likeness and reflects some of his life philosophy.
The story takes place when McBain returns home to rural Louisiana after serving 14 years in prison, having taken the fall for a crime he didn't commit. He finds himself in a town now controlled by greed and corruption, and he's the only one with the courage to set things right. Although the book contains some violence, it is generally suitable for all ages.
Adkins is the first country artist to be featured as a fictional character in a comic book project.
Other artists that have been involved with the comic book scene include Gerald Way of My Chemical Romance and Tori Amos.
Adkins is currently on the road as part of Toby Keith's America's Toughest tour.
Adkins recently taped an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The air date is yet to be announced.
Jack Ingram is on the edge of his seat waiting for the release of his new album, Big Dreams & High Hopes, which hits stores on August 25th. The CD includes 11 tracks, seven of which Ingram had a hand in writing.
Special guests on the album include Patty Griffin, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Randy Houser, James Otto and The Lost Trailers.
Ingram said, "I'm proud of this album like crazy. We started to put it out a few times earlier this year, but then I'd hold everything up and go back to the studio and tweak this or mess with that, but now I'm finally ready. There are a few rowdy barroom sing-a-longs on there and also a few songs that are meant to be listened to when you're all alone...lots of long days and fun nights were spent making this one."
The album's debut single, "Barefoot and Crazy," is closing in on the Top 10 on the Billboard chart.
Ingram will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for "Most Consecutive Radio Interviews In A 24 Hour Period," beginning in the early hours of August 25th. The record is currently held by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.
BURN NOTICE' STAR ARRESTED: Jeffrey Donovan was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence on July 11th in Miami Beach. RadarOnline.com reports that the Burn Notice star was booked on suspicion of DUI after nearly crashing into a patrol car, and released several hours after his arrest. The police report indicated that Donovan flunked a field sobriety test before being taken into custody, at which point he said, "I really think I'm only borderline and not too drunk -- the only mistake I made tonight was drinking Benadryl with 3 glasses of wine."
DEMI AND ASHTON JOKE AROUND ON TWITTER: Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher continue to joke with fans via Twitter. Kutcher recently posted a doctored picture of his wife sporting a mohawk, writing, "[W]ifey just got a new hair cut what do you guys think? I love it." to which Moore responded, "I have the buzzer ready baby!" Her husband, however, copped to photoshopping the picture, tweeting, "I'm (sic) just playing baby but I think you'd look great with that cut."
'JACKASS' STAR HOSPITALIZED: Former Jackass star Bam Margera was hospitalized on Sunday (July 19th) after paramedics responded to a 911 call for a "possible overdose," but his mother claims that he was just dehydrated. After TMZ.com reported the news of Margera's hospitalization, his mother April called a local radio station, explaining that her son had been filming for the MTV show Nitro Circus" and had become "severely dehydrated." She added that "basic partying" played a factor, but said that she was told Bam was able to walk himself to the ambulance.
DESIGNER CLOTHES FOR ANGELINA JOLIE REPORTEDLY STOLEN: Designer clothes sent to a Los Angeles stylist for consideration by Angelina Jolie have been stolen. The New York Post reports that three boxes of unique threads were sent to Jennifer Rade last week were swiped a day before she was to meet with Jolie. A source explained, "Every designer who was sending pieces was trying to send their best stuff. Angelina was just starting the fitting process for pieces to wear when she begins promoting Salt.
'TOP CHEF' HOST GETTING SITCOM: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is reportedly getting her own sitcom. Variety reports that the foodie has signed a development deal with NBC and Universal Media to create a half hour comedy. The show will star Laksmi as a woman working in the culinary world and is tentatively titled, Single Serving.
SHAQ TV SHOW OPPONENTS REVEALED: Shaq will take on some of the world's most accomplished athletes on his new ABC show, Shaq Vs., in which he tries to beat the likes of Michael Phelps and Serena Williams in their own sports. The series, which premieres on August 18th, will follow Shaq as he trains and endures the pre-game hype before his challenges. Other athletes he'll face off against include Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, NL MVP and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in beach volleyball.
FUTURAMA' MUST RE-CAST VOICE TALENT:Futurama must recast its entire voice cast before returning to television in 2010. PerezHilton.com reports that Comedy Central was unable to negotiate a deal with the original cast -- including Katey Sagal and Billy West -- because of money issues. The studio reportedly offered a "modest pay increase," but all of the actors rejected the deal. The show is a product from Simpsons' creator Matt Groening.
BROOKE BURNS JOINS 'MELROSE PLACE': Brooke Burns is reportedly joining the cast of the CW's upcoming Melrose Place remake. E! reports that the actress will play the wife of Thomas Calabro's character and the mother of his younger son, Noah.
MORGAN FREEMAN TO STAR WITH BRUCE WILLIS? Morgan Freeman is reported negotiating to co-star in the upcoming spy thriller Red opposite Bruce Willis. E! reports that the movie is based on the WildStorm/DC Comic about a former black-ops CIA agent who's forced to come out of retirement when a deadly hitman wants to kill him.
Paula Abdul's future with American Idol is in doubt, reportedly because she is demanding a $20 million deal to continue with the show. RadarOnline.com reports that the show wants her to re-sign for a mere $10 million, which is what led her manager David Sonenberg to tell the Los Angeles Times, "Very sadly, it does not appear she's going to be back on Idol."
Adding to the tension, Abdul is also reportedly annoyed that Ryan Seacrest finalized his $45 million - three-year deal before she had one in place.
Simon Cowell, however, doesn't seem to think Abdul will be unemployed next year. He told Extra, "She'll be fine. She'll be on the show. I don't get a lot of say. I've just made it clear that I want Paula on the show."
Meanwhile, Radar adds that Kara DioGuardi is "miffed" at the show and production company for axing her single "No Boundaries" from Kris Allen's set on the current Idol tour.
In other news, fans and past Idol contestants have stormed Twitter with a "Keep Paula" campaign. Usmagazine.com reports that Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai and Danny Gokey are among those who have joined the fight using the hashtag "#keeppaula," while season seven's Syesha Mercado tweeted, "No Paula = No American Idol."
Abdul herself addressed her supporters on the social networking site, writing, "I'm actually moved 2 tears upon reading the enormous amount of tweets showing me your kindness, love & undying support. God bless all you! If it weren't for you, this specific time and situation would feel a lot worse! xoP"
"Everything is under control." Bosses like to see employees who are in charge of a situation. "Come to me with solutions, not problems" is cliché, but it's true for most employers. So you're understandably loath to admit you've lost control of a situation and your life is crumbling down. Yet, you don't want to look incompetent (and overly dramatic), either. Just be honest with someone, whether it's your boss, a co-worker or another resource who can help you. Explain that you're working on a task that isn't going as you had envisioned and you'd like to bounce some ideas around to find a resolution while you still have time to get back on track.
"It would be my pleasure." Work isn't all fun. That's a lesson we learn early in life, so we're used to smiling while we take on tasks we don't want. Still, you want to be certain you balance your enthusiasm and willingness to be unhappy with honesty. If your boss hands you a project that's going to be torture, you probably can't get out of it. But given the opportunity to discuss what you like and dislike about your job, tactfully stress which tasks make the best use of your skills and which ones don't. That's not to say you can get out of doing unpleasant tasks, but you don't want to give the illusion that you love doing these projects -- otherwise the boss will think you want them and make them your primary job. Then it's too late to remedy the situation.
"I got stuck in traffic." If you're late, just own up to it. You might think it's professional suicide to admit you were too lazy not to hit the snooze button seven times, but it's not. Unless you have a draconian boss, occasional tardiness isn't going to hurt your chances of a promotion and your co-workers will understand. Everyone's been in the situation.
"I was thinking the exact same thing." Everyone hates a suck-up. Even the boss. So don't try to win favors by agreeing with everything he or she says. You probably didn't have the same idea because if you did, you'd have said it.
"Let's get together soon." Ever since you graduated from high school and started running into former classmates, you've been using the "Let's get lunch" lie on a regular basis. The truth is that you have no intention of getting together with these people (and they probably feel the same way). In business, you're bound to bump into people you're not eager to break bread with, either at a meeting or a conference, or in a social setting. Now, telling someone, "I just don't find you interesting enough to sit at the same table for an hour!" isn't good business. So this lie might not be so bad.
TONS OF PEOPLE CLICK ON SPAM: Whether intentionally or by mistake, over half of Internet users click on spam ads. Asylum.com reports that spam constitutes between 85 and 98 percent of all email traffic, and a survey from the Messaging Anti-Abuse Group has shed light on why it is so ubiquitous: It works. While most spam clickers claim they only did so by mistake, and a smaller percentage because they "wanted to see what happens," almost 20 percent of all Internet users admit to hitting the link because they were interested in the products being offered.
CHECK IT OUT: The new Land Rover S1 cell phone is being billed as the world's first 'indestructible' cell phone. Wrapped in a tough rubber coating, the Land Rover S1 phone has been approved for use by the military. A spokesperson said, "It is the first phone in the world to be as tough as a Land Rover car. It's the world's only military-rated phone -- making it resistant to humidity, dust, shock, salt and heat. Add to that the ability to survive drops on to concrete and extreme temperatures, and resistance against being dropped into public lavatories and you have the most resilient phone the world. We think it will save people money." However, the product is only available through the retailer Tesco and costs upwards of $400. http://www.tescocontractmobilephones.com/landrover-s1/
BAD MARRIAGES ARE UNHEALTHY: Women's Health reports that investigators found that women in rocky relationships were up to 40 percent more likely than happily hitched women to have metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of health issues including obesity and high cholesterol that can lead to heart disease. Chronic stress stimulates the release of the hormone cortisol, which causes the body to store fat in the belly. Excess ab fat is a major risk factor for metabolic syndrome, says study author Tim Smith, Ph.D., of the University of Utah.
People across Asia will witness that longest solar eclipse of the century on Wednesday (July 22nd), which will darken the sky for about six minutes and 39 seconds at its maximum point. The eclipse will begin at dawn in India's Gulf of Khambhat, just north of Mumbai, and then move east across India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China before crossing some southern Japanese islands. It will be last visible from land in the South Pacific nation of Kiribati. Other parts of Asia will have a partial eclipse.
The last total eclipse took place in August 2008 and lasted two minutes and 27 seconds.
The film adaptaion of the graphic novel Watchmenis out on DVD today (July 21st). The movie takes place in an alternate 1985 America where costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When the Comedian -- one of the superheroes -- is murdered, the masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion -- a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers -- Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the watchmen? Watchmen stars Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson.
The movie is based on the acclaimed comic book of the same name written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. It will be out on DVD Tuesday (July 21st)
Ryan O'Neal is opening up about the last moments of Farrah Fawcett's life. In an interview airing on the Today show, O'Neal said that the atmosphere in the hospital before she died was "horrible." He revealed, It was-- he thought that she would live just another couple of hours, and she lived a couple of days. So I had a bed put in the room for me. And I just lay by her side. And she wouldn't-- move on. She wouldn't pass. She just-- she just looked at us with-- with a slight smile. Was awful. And then-- and then all the machines flat lined. After about-- 16 hours. And she was-- she was gone."
He added that their son Redmond is having difficulty coping with Farrah's death as he's currently in a facility dealing with the ramifications of a drug arrest, but O'Neal said that his mother has inspired him to get well. He explained, "He is her legacy. And he now knows that, finally, it's clear. And he has a plan. A wonderful plan in mind to restore order in his life. And he will, with my help."
O'Neal added that one way he's coping with his own grief is by answering the mail that came in for Farrah over the last few weeks expressing condolences. He said, "I'm answering them. Every one. That's my life now. It's gonna take a while."
Feeling blue? Improving your mood - even your health - may be as simple as slipping on something yellow or red. Wearing clothes that make you feel good is especially important when you're feeling under the weather, says Emily Spivack, found of Shop Well with You, an organization that shows women with cancer how to nurture themselves with clothes. Here's her advice:
Red-- exudes power and passion. Wear it if you feel tired and need a boosts. Avoid it if you suffer from high blood pressure and anxiety.
Orange -- is associated with health and energy. It heals emotions and heightens creativity, but it could also make you feel restless.
Yellow -- is known to heal the digestive tract and skin problems. Wear it when you need to stay alert and add some joy to your life.
Green -- heals the heart, eases tension and regenerates cells. Wear it when you need space or to see things from a different perspective.
Blue -- is the color of truth and serenity. It is cooling, calming and a good choice if you want to exude authority and communicate better.
Okay, you're engaged to the person of your dreams. Do you have what it takes to live happily ever after? Thanks to a 22-question quiz from Dr. John Gottman of Washington University in St. Louis, you can find out. The tests couples on how much they know -- and don't know -- about one another. Answer these 22 questions and then see below to find out what your answers mean.
I can name my partner's best friends.
I know what stresses my partner is currently facing.
I know the names of some people who have been irritating my partner lately.
I can tell you some of my partner's life dreams.
I know my partner's basic philosophy of life.
I can list the relatives my partner likes the least.
I feel that my partner knows me pretty well.
When we're apart, I think fondly of my partner.
I often touch or kiss my partner affectionately.
My partner really respects me.
There is passion in our relationship.
Romance is still part of our relationship.
My partner appreciates the things I do.
My partner likes my personality.
Our sex life is mostly satisfying.
At the end of the day my partner is glad to see me.
My partner is one of my best friends.
We just love talking to each other.
There is lots of give and take (both people have influence) in our discussions.
My partner listens respectfully even when we disagree.
My partner is usually a great help as a problem solver.
We generally mesh well on basic values and goals in life.
What your answers mean:
15 or more positive answers: You have a lot of strength in your relationship.
8 to 14 positive answers: This is a pivotal time in your relationship as there are strengths you can build upon, but do focus on the weaknesses that need your attention.
7 or fewer: Your relationship may be in serious trouble and could be headed for the rocks. If you're concerned about this, it means you probably still value the relationship enough to get help.
Those watching the "Big Brother 11" eviction episode on Thursday only heard part of contestant Chima Simone's petition to stay on the CBS reality show using a derogatory term for people of Mexican descent that fellow nominee Braden Bacha, a 28-year-old model-actor, had used against two other contestants.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, David Sonenberg says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for Paula Abdul. He says it doesn't appear she'll be back.
Burglars broke into Orlando Bloom's Hollywood home last week and made off with half a million dollars worth of jewelry. The good news: police have fingerprints and are working on leads.
Women who drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of stroke than their friends who don't reports a study from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain.
The L.A. Coroner's office now says Jackson's autopsy results won't be available for another two weeks.
James Caviezel got into a minor motorcycle accident last week when a man threw a bicycle into the path of his cycle in Leavenworth, Washington, a tourist town made up to look like a village in Germany.
Mischa Barton's been hospitalized, but that's all her rep will say. Rumor has it that she's in a psych ward.
Tori Spelling is sitting next to Kathie Lee Gifford for that 4th hour of the Today show, today through Wednesday.
Actress Jorja Fox, who left the CBS crime drama CSI as a regular two years ago, will return as Sara for the 10th-season debut and other episodes.
Sarah Silverman said she had no idea she would get an Emmy nomination. So when she woke up last week with a bunch of messages on her phone, she was scared: Sarah thought someone had died.
Ivanka Trump is engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Jared Kushner.
ABC has dropped the ax on that Christina Applegate series, "Samantha Who?"
The next new Michael Jackson song you'll be hearing appears to be Michael's remake of the America song, "Horse with No Name." He re-worded it to "Place with no name."
The biggest movie ever in China's history? "Transformers 2"
Men who eat a diet rich in meat and dairy products may want to put down their forks for a minute. Meat and dairy raise levels of a hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), and men who have high blood levels of IGF-1 are up to 40 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer.
Tony Romo's post-Jessica life has been spent partying with pals in Las Vegas.
Two construction workers have been killed on the site of the stage being built for one of Madonna's upcoming concerts in France.
July 20th as the day in 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon
Those of you who are old enough will remember July 20th as the day in 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Today marks the 40th anniversary of that historic event. Here's a look back at the giant leap we made for mankind:
Apollo XI had a crew of three: Mission commander Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin.
They blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32am, Wednesday, July 16, 1969. Apollo XI reached the moon's orbit on Sunday, July 20. Aldrin and Armstrong then transferred into a lunar module for the final leg of the journey, and touched down on the moon at 4:18pm July 20.
Aldrin piloted the lunar module, which had just 40 seconds of fuel left when they landed.
Armstrong set foot on the surface more than six hours later, at 10:56pm.
The crew returned to Earth four days later, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Hawaii at 12:50pm, July 24. The last trip to the moon was on Apollo XVII in 1972.
Armstrong uttered these now-immortal words after he made history: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Communication was lost in the split second between "for" and "man," which is why many people think he said, "One small step for man."
Social Drinking: Social, or "moderate," drinking in the United States would be defined as no more than two drinks a day. So if you're gulping down a couple of pints a day from Monday to Friday with work colleagues, having a couple of glasses of red at a dinner party on Saturday and taking two cold ones from the fridge for Sunday's game, you're pushing the boundaries, but wouldn't be rushed for a stomach pumping session any time soon. This is where you want to be as the guy climbing the career ladder or mixing with friends; you're sociable, can enjoy a drink but know when to stop.
Heavy Drinking: A heavy drinker is someone who regularly drinks above the safe limits defined in "social drinking." Consuming 21 or more units a week (one unit being about half a pint of beer), or more than four units in one session is potentially harmful to health and, if done regularly, can lead to serious problems. When you find yourself deserted by your colleagues -- again -- as you dance the cha-cha-cha on the pool table, things may have reached a new level. If relationships, work productivity or home life show some signs of suffering due to drinking habits, you should cut down your consumption.
Problem Drinking: A "problem" drinker will be clunking a six-pack onto the counter on a daily basis -- despite alcohol-related health, work or social problems. While not being dependent on alcohol so as to experience withdrawal symptoms, the drinking is a social and daily habit. Do you feel guilty about drinking? Do you often skip work after a night out? These are more subtle signs than cirrhosis of the liver (which is likely to be evident at this point), but are all signs that you drink too much.
Alcohol Dependence: This is the muddy puddle at the bottom of the slippery slope. Where you were once the life and soul of the party, the young talent with an eye on the company director's chair and the example of work/life balance, you now find yourself giving up on social and occupational commitments, drinking more to achieve any effect and experiencing withdrawal symptoms should you find yourself too broke to buy the booze. Despite alcohol being the origin of your current problems, it is the solution to your woes, the solace you seek and the craving that gnaws at your better judgment. Alcoholics will often deny excessive drinking, so counting up your weekly unit intake may not be the best way to become self-aware.
OVER-THE-COUNTER DNA TESTS COMING TO ENGLAND: Dads will soon be able to buy DNA paternity test kits over the counter -- to prove kids are theirs. The Telegraph reports that $50 packs let men take simple swabs which are flown to a lab for analysis. But medical ethics experts warned that the tests could foster a "culture of suspicion" and cause marriages to break up. Josephine Quintavalle, of campaign group Comment On Reproductive Ethics, said, "The people who might suffer most are children rejected by parents." The kits come with two swabs to collect DNA from inside the mouth of an uncertain father and his child. There is then another $170 fee to send these to a laboratory in New Mexico.
FIGHTING COUPLES LIVE LONGER:LiveScience.com reports that couples who fight live longer than those who don't. Researcher Ernest Harburg said, "The key matter is, when the conflict happens, how do you resolve it? When you don't, if you bury your anger, and you brood on it and you resent the other person or the attacker, and you don't try to resolve the problem, then you're in trouble." The findings add to past research showing that the release of anger can be healthy. For instance, one study revealed when people are angry they tend to make better decisions, perhaps because this emotion triggers the brain to ignore irrelevant cues and focus on the meat of the matter. Individuals who express anger might also have a sense of control and optimism over a situation, according to another past study.
Gabbing for long periods of time on your cell phone can lead to a bad case of "cell phone elbow." "Repetitive, sustained stretching of the nerve is like stepping on a garden hose," explains Dr. Peter Evans, director of the Cleveland Clinic's Hand and Upper Extremity Center. "With the hose, you're blocking the flow of water. With the elbow, you're blocking the blood flow to the nerve, which causes it to misfire and short circuit." People first notice numbness, tingling or aching in the forearm and hand, but symptoms can progress to loss of muscle strength and coordination. Using a hands-free headset can usually eliminate this problem. (National Enquirer)
Insomnia can be deadly particularly for men. Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine followed almost 2,000 men and women for more than a decade, after they were initially examined in a sleep laboratory. The results: Men with insomnia who slept five to six hours a night hand a five times higher risk of dying during the study period compared to those who slept six or moe hours. Women, however, were not significantly affected. "This confirms something we've been concerned about for a long time that insomnia probably does cause health problems," says Dr. Carl Boethel, a sleep disorder researcher from Texas A&M Health Science Center. (National Enquirer)
Don't skip breakfast when dieting it can make your brain crave high calorie foods. People think they can knock off a few extra pounds by eliminating breakfast but they're actually tricking their brain into craving higher calorie foods. "It may be that when you miss meals, and maybe particularly breakfast, your brain reward system is biased toward these high calorie foods over the low calorie foods," says Dr. Anthony Goldstone, from Imperial College London. "We find that when people are fasting, they prefer high calorie foods to low calorie foods." Dr. Goldstone says the findings are based on brain imaging data which supports current medical advice to eat a healthy breakfast to prevent weight gain. (National Enquirer)
Peanut butter sandwiches could be just what the doctor ordered in the war against heart disease. Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that snacking on peanuts or peanut butter five days a week almost halved the risk of a heart attack or stroke among type 2 diabetes sufferers. Peanuts are thought to lower bad cholesterol, help reduce inflammation in the body and improve the health of blood vessels around the heart. (Globe)
The cars of the future are about to make their debut in the United Arab Emirates. The vehicles will roam the streets of Masdar City, an experimental, environmentally sound community that's presently under construction. The cars will be located at various stations around the city. To use one, all you'll have to do is swipe your credit card, climb in, sit back and do whatever the heck you want. That's because the solar powered car will do the driving for you. Either you tell it where you want to go or, if you're a frequent traveler, it'll already know, based on your credit card information. In either case, it'll assess the current traffic situation and find the quickest route. If the automatic cars work out in Masdar City, look for them to start appearing in other cities around the world. (Sun)
If you're one of those people who regularly talks to your plants, you may be onto something. In fact, a new report that claims genetically identical plants recognize and communicate with one another has dedicated botanists jumping for joy. One experiment showed that a sagebrush plant and an identical cutting growing nearby had the ability to distinguish their relationship. The two clones also appeared to cooperate in their bid to steer clear of plant eating insects like locust. Another study proved that if a plant's rooks grow near those of a similar plant, they don't compete for nutrients or water. The opposite is true if the roots come from differing plant families. "It's controversial, but through this communication process, sagebrush appears able to distinguish self from non-self," says Richard Karban, of the University of California, Davis. "That opens up a lot of other possibilities." (Sun)
Sugarland dropped out of the Sun City Carnival lineup at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday (July 18th) at the last minute. The duo canceled their portion of the Kenny Chesney-headlined event because Jennifer Nettles lost her voice in the recording studio, according to signs posted by stadium entrance gates.
Lady Antebellum wound up replacing Sugarland last night (Sunday, July 19th) at Keith Urban's show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
There is no word yet on how many future Sugarland dates will be affected.
Voice problems plagued Nettles back in May, causing a last minute cancellation on opening night of Urban's Escape Together World tour. Jason Aldean filled the slot that night. Nettles was diagnosed with a viral tonsil condition and put on 10 days of voice rest.
Taylor Swift is making good use of the mobile studio bus that Verizon provided her on her current Fearless tour. Swift said she and her band recently recorded an old favorite, a cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl."
Swift said, "I've always loved that song. The band and I have his concert DVDs out on the road and we watch them a lot. 'American Girl' in sound check favorite, so when it came time to record something on the Verizon bus, that was an obvious choice."
Swift provides exclusive video and music for download via Verizon's V Cast Music with Rhapsody service. Fans can download the song, ringtone or ringback track at vcastlive.com.
The teenager co-wrote two songs that are climbing into the Top 10 this week -- "You Belong With Me," which sits at Number Four, and Kellie Pickler's "Best Days Of Your Life," which claims the Number 10 spot.
Swift will perform a different version of "You Belong With Me" on the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13th
Darius Rucker's latest single, "Alright," is a Top Five hit on the country charts, while the video remains in the Top 10 on the CMT Top 20 Countdown. Rucker filmed the clip near the beach outside of Los Angeles with a famed rock video director, as he tells us: "We shot it in Venice, so there's a bunch of crazy people in it, and it's done by Wayne Isham again, and I'm not gonna lie to you guys -- he does great work and I love it, and I also love the fact that he does one-day shoots for me (laughs). That's a lot of fun, but it's just a really fun summer video. I was really happy with it. It just looks great. I love it."
Rucker's previous two singles -- "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" and "It Won't Be Like This For Long" -- topped the country singles charts.
The Hootie & The Blowfish frontman will perform the group's annual Homegrown Concert Series as a solo artist for the first time on August 13th at Family Circle Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina with special guest Dierks Bentley. The show benefits economically disadvantaged schools in the area.
Reba McEntire nervous. In fact, it's something that makes most women happy -- a new wardrobe, as McEntire tells us: "The thing that makes me the most nervous is a new outfit or new shoes. That's why I've worn these boots for probably since 2001. I've had 'em re-soled probably 10 times. I'm gettin' to the point in my life where I like to be comfortable and I like security, so that's what really makes me very, very nervous."
McEntire says that the best piece of advice she can offer an up-and-comer is to be familiar with their footwear. "My advice to young entertainers is never wear new shoes. If you're gonna wear a pair of shoes to the award shows, wear 'em two weeks before. Break 'em in."
McEntire's new album, Keep On Loving You, will be released on August 18th.
Her debut single, "Strange," climbs into the Top 10 on the country charts this week.
Merle Haggard to postpone or cancel five tour dates, including three shows over the weekend. His next date is scheduled for September 18th in Clinton, Oklahoma.
Haggard had a tumor removed from his lung last year.
The 72-year-old singer was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in November.
Haggard has charted 40 Number One hits dating back to 1966.
His last album was a bluegrass project, called The Blugrass Sessions, which was released in 2007.
FRANK MCCOURT DIES AT 78: Author Frank McCourt died of cancer on Sunday (July 19th) at the age of 78. The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angeles Ashes had been battling meningitis and was recently treated for melanoma, his brother Malachy McCourt said, adding that Frank passed away in a Manhattan hospice. McCourt was mostly known as a creative writing teacher in New York until 1996, when he published his memoir about his poverty-stricken childhood in Ireland.
OUT OF HOSPITAL; STILL MOURNING JACKSON: Elizabeth Taylor returned home from the hospital last week, where she had been undergoing testing for an unidentified reason. The screen legend and confidant of the late Michael Jackson tweeted last Friday (July 17th), "I'm home from the hospital sore, but intact. Of course I'm still grieving for Michael...I always will." She added, "I've had many tragedies in my life, but I guess they have all taught me something. I have to look at it that way."
HOTEL BOMB SCARE FORECES KATHERINE HEIGL AND GERARD BUTLER TO EVACUATE: Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler were among 400 guests at the Four Season s Hotel in Los Angeles forced to evacuate the premises after a bomb scare on Saturday (July 18th). People magazine reports that the actors were there promoting their upcoming film, The Ugly Truth. Police investigated the premises after the phone threat and found no unattended packages or luggage and the hotel reopened two hours later.
DAVID ARQUETTE APOLOGIZES TO LATINA WOMEN: David Arquette has apologized to the Latin community after saying that its women were "nuts." While talking about Puerto Rican Supreme court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Fox News, Arquette said, "I think Latina women are, I mean, it depends on the woman, but I think they are very... They have great judgment, but there are some that are just nuts. I'm just saying." He expressed regret over what he claimed was a joke, saying, , "I would like to issue an apology for the comments I made on Fox and Friends. My intent was to be humorous and not offensive. I have nothing but love and respect for Latina women and women in general of all cultural backgrounds."
'TOP CHEF' JUDGE TO BE A DAD AGAIN:Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio and his wife Lori are expecting their first child together. The chef revealed to People magazine, "We're having a boy," adding that the baby is due in early August. Although Colicchio, who has a 16-year-old son from a previous relationship, already has a name picked out for the family's new addition, he won't even tell his parents what it is yet.
KYLE BUSCH WINS AT GATEWAY: Capitalizing on Kevin Harvick's attempt to stretch his gas mileage beyond the capacity of his fuel cell, Kyle Busch won his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season Saturday night and his first at Gateway International Raceway. In a 19-lap green-flag run to the finish, Busch held off Reed Sorenson to win the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at the 1.25-mile racetrack. The victory was Busch's 27th in the series, tying him with Jeff Burton for fourth place on the career win list.
RON HORNADAY RALLIES IN KENTUCKY : Ron Hornaday Jr. rallied in the final 24 laps Saturday for his third straight victory in the Camping World Truck Series, beating Mike Skinner by a truck length in the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. "On Lap 45, if you had told me we'd win this race, I'd have told you were lying," Hornaday said. "We brought the truck back to where we could run (Turns) 3 and 4 wide open. We definitely had to pass some trucks." Hornaday was sixth for the Lap 127 restart in the 150-lap race on the 1.5-mile track. Crew chief Rick Ren made chassis and air pressure adjustments to the tires on the final two stops to give Hornaday a faster truck.
NATIONWIDE GATWAY 250 RESULTS 1 Kyle Busch 2 Reed Sorenson 3 Carl Edwards 4 Mike Bliss 5 Brad Coleman 6 Stephen Leicht 7 Michael Annett 8 Brad Keselowski 9 Jason Keller 10 Erik Darnell
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES BUILT FORD TOUGH 225 RESULTS 1 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 Mike Skinner 3 Matt Crafton 4 Timothy Peters 5 Aric Almirola 6 Brian Scott 7 Ricky Carmichael 8 James Buescher 9 David Starr 10 Dennis Setzer
PAULA ABDUL IS UNLIKELY TO RETURN TO AMERICAN IDOL
Ryan Seacrest's three-year-$45 million deal with American Idol,Paula Abdul's manager is saying that it's unlikely his client will return to the show. As news of Seacrest's contract and Simon Cowell's reportedly $100-million-plus offer make news, Abdul has reportedly not even received a proposal for her return.
Manager David Sonenberg told the Los Angeles Times, "I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful. I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that [Idol production companies Fremantle and 19 Entertainment] haven't stepped up and said what they want to do."
He added, "She's not a happy camper as a result of what's going on. She's hurt. She's angry. I think at this point we're going to be considering everything, including some kind of a competition show. She has tremendous ideas for a whole variety of shows."
Recently Abdul said that she was optimistic about returning, saying that she'd been "invited to stay the duration of the show," but admitted that nothing had been signed yet.
Fellow judge Randy Jackson is signed onto the show through 2011 and Kara DioGuardi has expressed interest in returning.
Susan Boyle has undergone a drastic transformation since being introduced to audiences on Britain's Got Talent this year. The singer, who will make her U.S. debut on America's Got Talent this Wednesday (July 22nd), bashfully told Meredith Vieira, "I brush up quite well," when complimented on her new hair and makeup.
In the Today show interview, which is scheduled to air this week, Boyle addressed the whirlwind couple of months she's had with her second-place finish on the show, U.K. tour and record deal. She gushed, "I'm having a wonderful time. It's just been unbelievable ... It's a bit like going on a long journey. You don't know what's going to happen. You don't know where it's going to end." She added, I don't want it to end."
PRODUCTION DELAYED ON MISCHA BARTON SHOW: Production on Mischa Barton's new CW show The Beautiful Life has reportedly been delayed in the wake of her hospitalization. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the production, which was supposed to begin on Wednesday (July 22nd), has been pushed back to July 31st. However, sources close to the show say that the reason for the production delay is that "some [of the] sets for the show were not completed on time." As of Sunday (July 19th) there were no reports that Barton had been released from the hospital, where she was admitted under an involuntarily psych hold last Wednesday (July 15th) following a reported three-day coke binge.
SACHA BARON COHEN DONE WITH 'BRUNO': In the wake of his film's release, Sacha Baron Cohen has bid farewell to his alter-ego Bruno. The actor told the Daily Mail, "It's wonderful that the films are successful, but every new person who sees the movie is one less person I can be Borat or Bruno with again, so finishing a movie means having to say goodbye. Admitting that you're never going to play the character again is like saying goodbye to a loved one. And that's hard."
ROBERT DE NIRO REPORTEDLY JOINS 'GRINDHOUSE' SPINOFF: Robert De Niro, Jonah Hill, and Michelle Rodriguez have reportedly all signed on for Robert Rodriguez's upcoming Grindhouse spin-off. Starpulse.com reports that the movie is based on a fake trailer that appeared before Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 Grindhouse double-bill, which Rodriguez has decided to turn into a feature film. Shooting on the spin-off is scheduled to begin on July 29th.
JORJA FOX REVISITING 'CSI': Jorja Fox is planning a brief return to CSI. PerezHilton.com reports that the actress, who has had contract disputes with the show in the past, has signed on to star in a handful of episodes for the upcoming season. It's unclear whether a longer deal could be in the works.
JOHN GOODMAN BACK ON TV: John Goodman is returning to television. PerezHilton.com reports that the former Roseanne star will co-star in the upcoming Ben Stiller-produced Fox show, The Station. Goodman will play a veteran CIA operative who mentors a younger agent -- to be played by Justin Bartha.
Walter Cronkite, the journalism giant who served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News for 20 years, died Friday night (July 17th) at age 92. Cronkite, who was once called "the most trusted man in America," passed away at his home in New York after a long illness.
It was announced over the weekend that a private funeral service will be held Thursday (July 23rd) at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Manhattan, where Cronkite and his late wife Betsy had attended services for years. Cronkite will be cremated, and his remains buried next to Betsy in the family plot in Kansas City, Missouri. A memorial will be held within the next month at Avery Fisher Hall in New York's Lincoln Center.
Reaction flooded in after Cronkite's death, including from his colleagues and successors:
Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes said on CNN: "It's hard to imagine a man for whom I had more admiration. . . . He was a superb reporter and an honorable man."
CBS's Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer: "Walter was who I wanted to be when I grew up. He set a standard for all of us. He made television news what it became."
ABC News anchor Charles Gibson: "Walter Cronkite was an always will be the gold standard."
Dan Rather, who replaced Cronkite as anchor of the CBS Evening News, described him as, quote, "a giant of the journalistic craft."
Cronkite's Life and Career
Cronkite was known for his plain-spoken and steady delivery of the news as well as his iconic sign off, "That's the way it is," and was the dominant news voice of the 1960s, one of the most turbulent periods in American history. He broke the news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, covered the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and reported extensively on the civil rights movement, the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War, with his coverage of the latter arguably turning the tide of American opinion against it. When Cronkite said on air after a visit to Vietnam in the wake of the 1968 Tet offensive that, quote, "We are mired in a stalemate," and advocated negotiations leading to the withdrawal of U.S. troops, President Lyndon Johnson is famously reported to have said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America."
Cronkite's viewership was so large at one point and his image so credible that a 1972 poll bestowed the "most trusted man" label on him. PBS correspondent Robert McNeil once said, "Cronkite came to be the sort of personification of his era. He became kind of the media figure of his time. Very few people in history, except maybe political and military leaders, are the embodiment of their time, and Cronkite seemed to be."
Cronkite was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on November 4th, 1916, the only child of a dentist father and homemaker mother. He entered the University of Texas in Austin in 1933 to study political science and economics, but never graduated. Fascinated from an early age with journalism, he took a part-time job at the Houston Post and began his rise to the top of his profession.
Cronkite covered World War Two for United Press, and accepted a job offer with CBS News -- from Edward R. Murrow -- in 1950, after initially turning it down. After years hosting shows such as You Are There, The Morning Show and a documentary series called Twentieth Century, he was made anchor of the then 15-minute CBS Evening News in 1961. The show expanded to 30 minutes in 1963 and Cronkite was made managing editor as well. Competing with NBC's Huntley-Brinkley Report for years, Cronkite's program finally became the top-rated news show in 1967, where it stayed until his retirement 14 years later, with his final broadcast on March 6, 1981.
Following his mandatory retirement at age 65, Cronkite was replaced in the anchor chair of the CBS Evening News by Dan Rather. That position is now held by Katie Couric.
Cronkite kept busy with several documentaries after that, and published his autobiography, A Reporter's Life, in 1996.
His wife Betsy died in 2006. He is survived by two daughters and a son.
Cronkite was the broadcaster who was first given the title "anchorman," and he was so synonymous with the role, that in Sweden and Holland news anchors were sometimes called "Cronkiters."
National Get Out of the Doghouse Day -- Guys, Maxim says these tricks will keep you out of the doghouse.
Your computer -- Being naughty online, heh, heh? "Anything you do electronically can come back to haunt you," warns Vincent Parco, private investigator and author of "How to Catch Him With His Pants Down -- and Kick Him in His Assets." To stop her reading your e-mail (if your password's simple, she's cracked it), get a web address and send yourself a message from Candi@aol.com. Make the subject "Re: Hot Stuff," but write inside: "How can you love me if you don't trust me?" You'll be home free.
Your phone -- Phones are deadly, says Parco, and answering machines usually have the access code printed on them somewhere, allowing her to check your messages. The "last call"/*69 features can also do you in. Turn off *69 with the phone company, and always dial 411 after a "naughty" call. Again, she'll lay off if you trap her: Have a female co-worker leave a message about a "get-together," then tell your woman you have to work late. She'll swoop in to "bust" you only to find you working. Ha. That's a face on her.
Your car-- "You know how dogs mark territory? Women do it by leaving stuff behind," reveals Parco. "They'll leave lipstick in the glove compartment or a barrette under the seat." And that can be tough to explain away. Tape a hair over the glove compartment to see if it's been rifled through, and keep a gift for her stashed in the trunk so you'll always have an excuse for secrecy.
Rascal Flatts will head into uncharted territory when they perform at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday (July 18th). The show will be the group's first as a stadium headliner. Rascal Flatts is also the first country act and only the third act ever to perform at the venue.
Joe Don Rooney told us how the opportunity came about: "Chicago's gonna be fabulous! Brian O'Connell with Live Nation brought that to the table a few months back and asked us if we'd be interested in doin' Wrigley Field, and I think we said, 'Are you crazy?' So it's gonna be awesome to go back and play. We got Darius Rucker with us and Vince Gill's gonna come out with us. I don't know how we talked him into it, but he's gonna come out with us, which is great!"
The trio continues on their American Living Unstoppable tour on Thursday (July 23rd) in Jacksonville, Florida.
Julianne Hough is basking in the glow of her first Emmy nomination. The two-time Dancing With The Stars champ landed a nod in the "Outstanding Choreography" category for her Mambo, "Para Los Rumberos", with former partner and champ Helio Castroneves.
Hough said, "Wow! I am completely shocked to be nominated and very honored to be in the company of such amazing talent. I never dreamed that I would be in the same category with choreographers that I have looked up to for years. The opportunity to be on Dancing With The Stars has been incredible, and Helio was a fantastic partner. I could not have done it without him."
The winner of Hough's category will be announced during the 60th Creative Arts Emmys on September 13th in Los Angeles.
Hough's partner during the past season of Dancing With The Stars was her boyfriend, Chuck Wicks.
Hough will take a break from Dancing this season to focus on a new album and touring.
She will also be playing the lead in the movie re-make of Footloose.
Montgomery Gentry have certainly earned their reputation as a couple of the hardest partiers in country music. Friends and fans all want the experience of partying with the duo, but even they admit it's not something they can do night after night. Eddie Montgomery tells us that over the years he has learned a trick or two about keeping up with the festivities. "When you grow up in nightclubs, and your families have been in honky tonks and nightclubs all their life, in the business, then, you know, you're not so dumb as everybody thinks you are and you get a little smarter. After a few years of sometimes not knowin' where you're at (laughs) and stumbling over stuff you finally go, 'Okay now, I can't do this every night,' so you learn how to mix your drink (laughs)."
Montgomery says that surviving the late nights means taking control of the bar. "You learn how to mix your drink and you learn how to mix their drink, and always make sure you're the one mixin'. That's the way you do that, and nobody knows no difference, so if you've ever been on one of our buses or anything like that, me and T are usually the ones mixin' our drinks and we'll mix everybody else's, and we know which one is ours (laughs)!"
Montgomery Gentry continues to tour this summer, including playing a handful of Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival stadium dates. Their next show with Chesney will be on
Jimmy Wayne recently broke bread with a group of fans after his performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. While on stage there on Tuesday (July 14th), Wayne invited the crowd to join him at a nearby restaurant after the show. By the time Wayne arrived at the restaurant, nearly two dozen fans were waiting in the parking lot and restaurant lobby to eat with him. At the end of the evening, Wayne retrieved his guitar from his car and treated the fans to a few acoustic songs.
Wayne said, "Getting to meet new people and hang out with them in a casual setting like this is one of the best things about what I do for a living. Sure, I could just wave at them from the stage, and pose for a picture. But this really gives me a chance to hear what they think, learn about their lives and enjoy this great opportunity I've been given."
Wayne is performing a few solo dates until he rejoins Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night tour on July 24th in Virginia Beach.
The American Saturday Night run is Wayne's first major tour of his career.
Earlier this week, Wayne attended the Nashville premiere of the movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, starring Jeremy Piven of HBO's Entourage.
While on the red carpet, Wayne admitted he has never owned a TV.
Jewel has gone from helping babies sleep with her latest CD, Lullaby, to helping all Americans sleep as part of the "Sleep Better. Dream Bigger" initiative. The singer is sensitive to the tough economic times today, and hopes to help people learn to get a better night's rest.
She said, "I know that times are tough, and it's easy to lose sight of your dreams. I hope that through this project, I will be able to encourage people to keep reaching for their dreams. "
While much of the campaign's spotlight will be on Jewel, who will be appearing on television programs throughout the country, the focus also will be on her hometown of Stephenville, Texas. Located 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the nearly 17,000-resident community will serve as home base for the project.
The "Sleep Better. Dream Bigger" project is underway and will conclude on August 15th with a special picnic performance in Stephenville hosted by Jewel.
"Sleep Better. Dream Bigger" is sponsored by sleepbetter.org.
Jewel's first country album, Perfectly Clear, was released in 2008.
Earlier this year, her Lullaby album -- a collection of lullabies -- was released.
IVANKA TRUMP ENGAGED: Ivanka Trump is engaged. Donald Trump's daughter announced via Twitter on Thursday (July 16th), "I got engaged last night...truly the happiest day of my life!!!" The 27-year-old and her fiance, NY Observer publisher Jared Kushner, have been together since 2007. Donald obviously approves of the union, telling Usmagazine.com, "I'm very happy about it. They make a magnificent couple."
RYAN O'NEAL BLASTS AFFAIR RUMORS: Ryan O'Neal is blasting rumors that he had an affair with Farrah Fawcett's best friend Alana Stewart as his longtime partner was dying of cancer. O'Neal's estranged son Griffin told In Touch Weekly that his father and Stewart developed a romantic relationship during the final months of Fawcett's life. A friend of the couple's son Redmond corroborated Griffin's story, telling the magazine, "Ryan and Alana's relationship was fishy." A former business associate of Fawcett's chimed in, saying, "Ryan and Alana are a little too cozy with each other. It is raising eyebrows. They both stayed at Farrah's (home) in the end."
'SLUMDOG' STAR CALLS NICOLE KIDMAN 'STRANGE': Nine-year-old Rubina Ali is not mincing words when it comes to describing Hollywood's elite in her new book, Slumgirl Dreaming: Journey to the Stars. In the memoir, which was written by a journalist who followed the Slumdog Millionaire star for six months, Ali talked about a recent acting job in which she and Nicole Kidman starred in a Ridley Scott-produced French commercial for Schweppes beverages. Of Kidman, the young actress noted, "I really liked her, but she was very quiet and didn't speak much." She added that it was strange that Kidman stayed in her trailer during the entire shoot, reportedly to avoid sun exposure.
MARY CAREY MARRIED: Reality star Mary Carey is married. The Celebrity Rehab alum revealed on Thursday (July 16th) that she married Mario Monge Jr., who she met seven weeks ago, last Sunday (July 12th) in Las Vegas.
'HARRY POTTER' ACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO GROWING POT:Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett pleaded guilty in a London court on Thursday (July 16th) to illegally growing ten cannabis plants at his mother's home. Reuters confirmed that the 19-year-old, who plays bully Vincent Crabbe in the films, will be sentenced next Tuesday (July 21st) and couple face up to 14 years behind bars. Waylett and a friend were arrested earlier this year after police found marijuana in the car they were riding in.
'HOUSEWIFE' REPORTEDLY GETS OWN REALITY SHOW: Bethenny Frankel is reportedly leaving The Real Housewives of New York City to star in her own Bravo reality show. The New York Post reports that Frankel has inked a deal to shoot, Skinny & The City, which will follow the chef as she plans her wedding to Jason Hoppy. In other Bethenny news, Life & Style reports that she is penning a book about "romance, money and friends" inspired by her feud with RHONYC co-star Kelly Bensimon.
'HARRY POTTER' ROLLING AT BOX OFFICE: Less than 48 hours after its debut at midnight on July 15th, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had already grossed $58.4 million. Variety reports that the film was pacing well ahead of the $44 million earned the prior Harry Potter installment two years ago, which posted a five-day opening gross of $139.7 million. The film made $22.2 million from opening day midnight screenings alone.
EMMA WATSON IN MARILYN MANSON PROJECT? Emma Watson will attend Brown University in the fall, she confirmed, but her acting days may not be over. The Sun is reporting that the Harry Potter star will play the title character in Marilyn Manson's upcoming musical version of Cinderella. Watson's reps did not respond to MTV Hollywood Crush's request for confirmation.
Orlando Bloom's Los Angeles home was robbed on Wednesday (July 15th).
Peoplemagazine reports that police were called to Bloom's residence in the early evening and discovered that several possessions were missing. A rep for the Los Angeles Police Department told the New York Daily News, "A relative called and stated someone broke in. An undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry was stolen."
The 32-year-old actor was not home at the time of the burglary.
TMZ.com claims that thieves entered the home through a window and made off with about $500,000 worth of loot, including two expensive watches.
Law enforcement sources also told TMZ.com that the incident does not look like "a typical burglary." They would not say if it looks like an inside job.
TRUEX PENALIZED AFTER POST RACE INSPECTION: NASCAR announced today that Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, crew chief Kevin Manion and car owner Teresa Earnhardt have been penalized for rule violations during last weekend's event at Chicagoland Speedway. Truex was penalized 25 points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings. Manion was fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31, 2009. Earnhardt was penalized 25 points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner standings.
RCR STATEMENT AMID RUMORS PF HARVICK LEAVING:"Richard Childress Racing has a multi-year contract with Shell-Pennzoil that includes the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Shell-Pennzoil remains a great partner for RCR and Kevin Harvick as well as our sport overall. RCR also has a multi-year contract with Kevin Harvick that includes the 2010 season. That said, Shell will be the sponsor and Kevin will be the driver of RCR's No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS in 2010."
NASCAR On TV This Weekend Dodge Dealers 250 takes place at Gateway International raceway (All Times Eastern) Built Ford Tough 225 takes place at Kentuckey Speedway (All Times Eastern)
Dodge Dealers 250 Final Practice is today 8:45pm (ESPN2)
Built Ford Tough 225 Qualifying (Tape Delay) today at 5:00pm (SPEED)
Dodge Dealers 250 Qualifying is Saturday at 5:00pm (ESPN2)
Built Ford tough 225 is Saturday at 6:30pm (SPEED)
WOMAN STABBED BOYFRIEND FOR WATCHING PORNOGRAPHY: A 23-year-old Wisconsin woman who walked in on her 24-year-old boyfriend watching pornography on TV accused him of cheating and then stabbed him in the stomach. He managed to escape and rive himself to the hospital. The woman has been charged with felony reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. (The Smoking Gun)
A BANK ROBBERY TO DYE FOR: A bank robber made two big mistakes Wednesday when he hit a Boston area bank. First, he passed a note to the teller demanding money and no dye pack. The teller hid the dye pack with the money and it exploded as the robber left the bank. Then, covered in red dye, the robber jumped on a Vespa motor scooter and made a slow getaway. It wasn't long before cops spotted him and arrested him. (BostonHerald.com)
WOMAN CATCHES ON FIRE OUTSIDE PEORIA REHABILITATION CENTER: A woman caught on fire Wednesday outside a Peoria rehabilitation center. Previous reports that she was using oxygen while smoking are completely false. How exactly she managed to catch on fire is still a mystery. (azcentral.com)
MAN BREAKS INTO NEIGHBORS HOME TO HAVE SEX WITH THEIR DOG: A West Virginia man was caught with his pants down, molesting a neighbor's dog on July 8th. Christopher Bagwell broke into his neighbor's home while the owner was at work. Bagwell began sexual intercourse with the male Australian shepherd border collie mix. A woman who came by to drop off some of the owner's possessions, caught Bagwell who quickly stopped what he was doing and pulled up his pants. Bagwell is now in jail. Fans of the show Prison Break may remember that the character Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell was a murderer and rapist whose backstory includes cruelty to animals during his childhood. We assume this is just a coincidence! (dumbassdaily.com)
AMERICANS SPEND MOST OF WEB TIME ON FACEBOOK: Nielsen Online's U.S. June report showed that Facebook was first out of the top ten web brands when it comes to time spent online and sixth when it comes to overall traffic. During the month of June, Facebook attracted 87 million US users, who each spent an average of four hours and 39 minutes on the site. After Facebook, Americans spend most of their time on Yahoo properties, which was an average of three hours and 15 minutes per person, followed by AOL which two hours and 43 minutes per user. Google came in fourth, with each person spending an average of two hours and 43 minutes on the search site and Microsoft ranked fifth, with two hours and 12 minutes spent by each user across its sites.
URINE AS NEW ENERGY SOURCE? A new technology that uses urine could be powering cars and houses by the end of the year, according to a Discovery Channel report. Scientists at Ohio University used a nickel-based electrode to make cheap hydrogen from urine. Hydrogen gas is a common element but can be difficult to produce and store. When scientists stuck the electrode into a pool of urine and applied an electrical current, hydrogen gas was released -- and used in fuel cells. The prototype, developed by Ohio University professor Gerardine Botte, is about three inches by three inches and it produces up to 500 milliwatts of power. The scientists are hoping to create commercial versions of the technology, Discovery reported.
HONEST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN WANT TO CHEAT: According to a new study, honest people have no temptation to cheat. Asylum.com reports that researchers scanned the areas of people's brains that regulate decision making while they wagered money on coin flips. Sometimes the participants recorded their predictions before the flip, and other times they were allowed to report their predictions after the flip -- giving them the opportunity to cheat. The players that never cheated had no increase in brain activity when given the chance to cheat. Meanwhile, the dishonest players always had an increase in brain activity when cheating was an option -- even if they didn't decide to cheat on that particular flip.
ARE ALL CALORIE COUNTS WRONG? Calorie counts on food labels may be inaccurate up to 25 percent of the time. The calculation currently used is flawed because it does not take account of the way our digestion works, a report in the New Scientist has found. Scientists now believe that factors including cooking method and fiber content should also be taken into account to determine calorie counts, not just measuring the amount of energy released in the form of heat. The Telegraph explains that pizza with a lower count on the label than a vegetable curry, for instance, has fewer raw calories than a vegetable curry. However, because it contains a lot of fiber, more energy is needed to digest it, meaning that in real terms it is the healthier option.
HARRY POTTER TOOLS WE WANT FOR OUR RELATIONSHIPS (YourTango.com)
Polyjuice Potion: Imagine how fun role-playing could be with a vial of this elixir in your hands. Though it takes a month to make and tastes absolutely horrific, Polyjuice potion turns the imbiber into anyone they want for an hour -- as long as you can obtain that person's hair for the potion, of course. Though the potion has mostly been used for spying and nefarious dealings in the books, we believe it could be put to good use during foreplay. Though, would it count as cheating?
Remembrall: Never forget a birthday or anniversary again with this smoke-filled orb that turns red when the user has forgotten something. Unfortunately, the Remeberall does not specify exactly what you have forgotten -- that part is up to you, as Neville Longbottom discovered when given one in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Room of Requirement: In the fifth book, Harry Potter and company set up their secretive defense class in this enchanted room that could conjure up anything of necessity. Though our favorite underage wizard used the room to train Dumbledore's Army, we wonder how many hot-n-heavy couples stumbled in there over the years, looking for a place to get cozy. What sort of equipment did the room provide then, we wonder.
Floo Powder: Long-distance relationships would be an obsolete idea if this enchanted dust truly existed. As long as your significant other had a fireplace, one could simply sprinkle Floo powder in the nearest fireplace, shout out the address, jump in and be whisked away to your lover's arms. Talk about putting one's feet to the fire for love.
Time Turner: Did you just have a fight with your significant other and wish it had never happened? Ever say something you didn't mean and wish you could take it back the next second? The Time Turner gives you the ability to make that very problem disappear. The device, which looks like an hourglass with a gold chain, gives the wearer the ability to travel back in time and change events that have already occurred. Extensive use of the Time Turner in a relationship could also serve as a red flag - if you're constantly saying or doing regrettable things, you might want to reevaluate.
Pensieve: The Pensieve may look like a simple stone bowl filled with a silvery liquid to the average muggle (or person sans magical abilities), but in reality contains people's memories, leaving their minds free for other things. Furthermore, once put into the pensieve, anyone has the ability to go into the memory again and relive the moment exactly as it happened.
Sneakoscope: Your leftover pad thai from dinner last night is missing, and your husband claims to have "no idea" what happened to it. Enter the Sneakoscope, which lights up, spins and whistles whenever anyone is doing something dishonest. Unfortunately, the Sneakoscope doesn't reveal what's being lied about, so you'll have to assume it's about the food and not something else -- like how he really feels about your mother's upcoming month-long visit.
Veritaserum: Veritaserum is a very powerful potion that, once taken, leaves the person unable to say anything but the truth. Feared by those involved in the Dark Arts and anyone trying to hide something (and who isn't holding a little white lie or two), this potion should not be used rashly -- you might find out more than you were vying for. We recommend using this to finally answer the "does this make me look fat?" question. Veritaserum will prove he really does think you look great and you can finally stop hating on your hips.
Lovably-ugly Crocs were all the rage in recent years, with everyone from kids to seniors sporting the colorful foam clogs, which sold for only about $30. But The Washington Post reported yesterday (July 16th) that the recession has hit Crocs hard, and the company that sold 100 million pairs of the clogs since launching in 2002 may not survive until the end of the year.
When the recession hit and people stopped spending money, the Post explained it happened after Crocs had ramped up production to meet demand. That double whammy led to a $185 million loss last year and left the company owing millions in debt and with a big surplus of shoes. Crocs has until the end of September to pay off its debt, and some analysts believe it's a lost cause. Investment fund manager Damon Vickers of Nine Points Capital Partners told the Post, "The company's toast. They're zombie-ish. They're dead and they don't know it."
Trend and marketing expert Rachel Weingarten told the newspaper the heyday of Crocs is over, and that perhaps in a decade or so the clogs might inspire some nostalgia, with people thinking, "Remember when we had ugly, Flintstone-looking feet?"
Although the actors tend to get all the press, it's the Hollywood players behind the scenes who earn the most money. George Lucas topped Forbes' first ever "Hollywood's Highest-Paid Men" list by banking $170 million in the past year, followed closely behind by Steven Spielberg, who pocketed $150 million.
Jerry Seinfeld earned the highest spot on the list of any actor, coming it at number four after having made $85 million last year. Phil McGraw and Tyler Perry followed closely behind, earning $80 and $75 million respectively.
No matter how much you love each other, your marriage could be doomed to failure by such mundane factors as your age, previous relationships, parents or even the nasty habit of smoking, reports an Australian study titled "What's Love Got to Do With It?" Led by Rebecca Kippen and Bruce Chapman from The Australian National University and Peng Yu from Australia's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the team tracked nearly 2,500 married and co-habiting couples from 2001 to 2007 and identified which factors are most likely to sever relationships. The top reasons why your marriage might fail:
When a man is nine or more years older than his wife, they are twice as likely to get divorced, compared with couples who are closer in age.
Men who marry before age 25 are twice as likely to get divorced than men who marry at an older age.
Twenty percent of couples who have children before they marry -- either from the same relationship or a previous relationship -- divorce or separate, compared to just nine percent of couples who wait to have children until after they are married. The number of children a couple have after they are married does not affect the rate of divorce.
Couples are far more likely to divorce if the woman wants to have children much more than does her partner.
Sixteen percent of couples whose parents ever separated or divorced, experience marital separation themselves, compared with 10 percent of those whose parents did not separate or divorce.
When one of the partners is in his or her second or third marriage, the couple is 90 percent more likely to separate or divorce than couples who are both in their first marriage.
Sixteen percent of couples who identified themselves as poor or where the husband was unemployed, ended up separating or divorcing, compared with only nine percent of couples who reported healthy finances. The wife's employment status did not affect the stability of the marriage.
When one -- but not the other -- partner smokes, the marriage is far more likely to end in failure than for couples where both or neither partner smokes.
Hagerty Insurance researched dozens of these unheard of inventions to create a list of the top 10 quirkiest options ever invented for the automobile.
Automotive Swamp Cooler -- These were popular from the late 1940s through the 1950s to help cool the interior of cars before air conditioning systems became readily available. Swamp coolers were available through the aftermarket and attached to one of the car's windows. These are highly collectible now and are commonly seen at vintage car shows.
Highway Hi-Fi (16 2/3 LP Player)-- Developed in 1955 and offered as an option on 1956 Chrysler models, the Highway Hi-Fi had one big drawback: Drive over even the smallest of bumps, slam on the brakes or take a corner fast, and it would skip.
Destroilet -- An optional "Destroilet" gas incinerator-type toilet was available for early 1960s Dodge motor homes, which was meant to simplify waste disposal. After use, when the top lid was closed, a small, thick metal lid would also close over the well at the bottom. A jet of burning gas would incinerate the solid waste and vaporize the liquid.
Electric Shaver -- An electric shaver that was powered by the vehicle's electrical system was developed by aftermarket automotive suppliers in the 1940s and was an available factory option for a 1957 Chevrolet.
Automatic Lit Cigarette Dispenser -- As a "safety" item, this was an aftermarket accessory designed to eliminate the distractions of lighting a cigarette while motoring down the road. Unveiled in the late 1940s, it was attached to the steering wheel.
Steam Pressure Cooker-- This accessory mounted to the rear bumper to cook food while motoring down the road. It routed exhaust gases through the inner chambers of the cooker to provide the heat to cook the food. Yum!
Steering Wheel Watch -- In 1958, a steering wheel-mounted watch was available on DeSotos.
Trafficators -- Back in the days before flashing turn signals, a driver would flip a switch on the dash and a lit semaphore arm would swing out of a panel on the appropriate side of the car and signal the driver's intention to turn.
Swivel Seats -- These seats, available on a '59 Chrysler, would automatically swivel out as the door opened to make it easier for the passenger to exit the automobile.
Talking Car-- In the early 1980s, the Chrysler LeBaron talked. It would say phrases such as "Your door is ajar" and "All monitored systems functioning." If you followed the command of "Please fasten your seatbelt," it would promptly reply with "Thank you!"
Jazz, Soul, and Blues: High self-esteem, Creative, Extroverted, Curious, Assertive, Liberal, Intellectual, Open to new experiences
Country: Hardworking, Conventional, Conservative, Extroverted, Emotionally stable. Since country music is often about heartache, researches hypothesize that either emotionally stable people are attracted to country music or it has a calming effect.
Pop/Top 40: High self-esteem, Conventional, Hardworking, Extroverted, Conservative, Honest
Classical: High self-esteem, Creative, Introvert, Liberal, Sophisticated, Curious
LIVING TOGETHER BEFORE GETTING HITCHED BAD FOR MARRIAGE? Couples who shack up before tying the knot are more likely to get divorced than their counterparts who don't move in together until marriage, a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Family Psychology suggests. And it's not because you start to get on one another's nerves. Rather, the researchers figure the shared abode could lead to marriage for all the wrong reasons. "We think that some couples who move in together without a clear commitment to marriage may wind up sliding into marriage partly because they are already cohabiting," said lead researcher Galena Rhoades of the University of Denver. Overall, about 40 percent of participants reported they didn't live together before marriage, 43 percent did so before engagement, and about 16 percent cohabited only after getting engaged.
NURSES GAINING NOTERIETY ON TV: Lemondrop.com analyzed the rise of nurses on television is shows like "Nurse Jackie," "HawthoRNne," and "Mercy. Dethmama, a hospice nurse and blogger wrote, "The sudden influx of 'nursie TV' is pretty impressive. What's even more impressive is that there doesn't seem to be a single white capped, white uniformed nurse with a button straining bosom to be seen anywhere! The lead characters, in these series, all seem to be very strong, competent women."
TALL PEOPLE EARN MORE MONEY: A study out of Australia found that being 6-foot tall brings raises annual income nearly $1,000 compared to men two inches shorter. "Taller people are perceived to be more intelligent and powerful," according to the study, published recently in the Economic Record. Arianne Cohen, author of "The Tall Book, agreed, saying, "The truth is, tall people do make more money. They make $789 more per inch per year." Cohen's number is based in part on a 2003 review of four large U.S. and UK studies that concluded that someone who is 7 inches taller -- for example, 6 feet versus 5 feet 5 inches -- would be expected to earn $5,525 more per year. Height was found to be more important than gender in determining income (though that claim is debatable, depending on how you analyze the gender salary gap) and its significance doesn't decline with age.
CATS MANIPULATE THEIR OWNERS: Many cats learn to use an urgent, high-frequency meow to manipulate people into feeding or paying attention to them. Asylum.com reports that the meow in question is actually a mix of a purr and a cry, and felines usually only use it with their owners, who struggle to ignore it. Researchers recorded 10 versions of this purr-cry, and even when they played them for non-cat owners, the participants were made uncomfortable and recognized the urgency. Not all cats develop this manipulative meow, and it is more frequently found in felines who have intense relationships with their owners.
Kenny Chesney will treat a lucky group of fans to a special "sand bar" show at Seattle's Qwest Field the night before (July 31st) his scheduled concert there on August 1st. Fans will watch the one-hour show from the "sand bar" area, which is general admission seating positioned betweent the stage and the extending runway.
Chesney said, "We figured rather than just coming in and me and the guys doing a soundcheck, we could warm-up with something a little bit more, and start what is normally an all-day experience the night before."
Tickets to the July 31st show will be available through Chesney's website (kennychesney.com) as well as Seattle-area radio stations.
As with most of Chesney's show, the performance will be filmed with high-definition cameras.
Chesney's August 1st Sun City Carnival show will also feature performances by Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum.
So far this summer, Chesney has performed to packed stadiums in Chicago, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He takes the stage at San Francisco's AT&T Park on Saturday (July 18th).
Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss have been invited to perform at the White House as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's White House Music Series. On Tuesday (July 21st), Paisley and Krauss will participate in an educational workshop with 120 middle and high school students from across the country. That evening, they will perform in the historic East Room before the President, the First Lady, students, White House staff, and Members of Congress.
The White House Music Series was created to celebrate the arts and the importance of arts education.
The series launched last month with a focus on jazz. It will continue in the fall with classical music.
Paisley's new American Saturday Night album sits at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Sara Evans and her former nanny have settled a defamation lawsuit that was filed in 2007. Alison Clinton Lee reportedly accepted half a million dollars from the singer, a significantly smaller amount than the $3 million she initially sought. Lee's suit was brought against Evans during the singer's divorce from Craig Schelske. Evans claimed that among Schelske's indiscretions was an affair with Lee, which Lee adamantly denied.
Evans' divorce attorneys still face a $20 million slander suit brought against them by Schelske over their allegations of his alleged adultery, according to E!. That suit is still pending.
Evans was married to Schelske for 13 years.
She got re-married to former University of Alabama football star Jay Barker in 2008. Barker hosts a radio show in Birmingham, Alabama, which is where the couple now reside.
Jason Aldean's latest hit, "Big Green Tractor," is the fastest-rising single of his career. It is quickly closing in on the Top 10 on the country charts, but the fact that it is doing so well is hardly a surprise to Aldean. He tells us his fans led him to believe the song would be a hit early on. "You know, we started playin' it in our shows and a lot of times I kind of gauge the reaction we get from songs we play in our show -- if that's gonna translate into a hit for us -- and 'Big Green Tractor,' if that's any indication, is gonna do just fine. It's doin' really well."
"Big Green Tractor" is fueling over 40,000 digital downloads a week.
Aldean's album, Wide Open, continues to hang in the Top Five on Billboard's Country Albums Chart alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley.
Aldean is set to perform on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on July 23rd. He will tape an episode of E!'s late night talk show, Chelsea Lately, on July 28th.
Aldean has also just been chosen by Wrangler Western Wear as the exclusive spokesperson for its new jean line, called The Wrangler Retro Line, which will hit stores in August.
Aldean will be featured in the company's marketing campaign, which includes national television, print, radio and online advertising along with integrated in-store marketing support.
Craig Morgan's latest CD, That's Why, when it originally came out last year, then you might be a bit confused as to why his new single, "Bonfire," isn't there. Morgan wrote that song and another, called "This Ain't Nothin'," after the album was released. This spring, his record label decided to re-release the project after replacing two songs with these new creations, which Morgan tells us was the result of a little experimentation. "I've always said I don't make records for me. I make records for the fans, and I'm not saying that I did that on this record. I'm not saying I made this record for me, but I was experimenting just a little. I mean, if this record were a gallon of water, I stepped out about a teaspoon of water, you know, but I think that teaspoon was just enough -- that teaspoon that I did was the 'Bonfire' and the 'This Ain't Nothin'.'"
Morgan says he finally feels like the That's Why album is complete with the addition of these two songs. ["I am extremely grateful beyond words that they allowed me to have these two songs put on this CD because it really, I think, brought this album back full circle. It made it everything that everybody expects from Craig Morgan, and what they expect is who I am, and that's easy to do."] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . easy to do.)
The new version of That's Why was released in May.
Miley Cyrus will star in an upcoming adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel, Wings. Variety confirmed that Disney acquired the screen rights to the book, specifically to develop into a starring vehicle for the 16-year-old. Cyrus will play Laurel, a 15-year-old who learns she's a fairy while trying to fit in at a new high school.
The novel, which came out in May, is the first of a planned four-book series.
Meanwhile, the self-proclaimed single Cyrus may have her sights set on another Disney star -- Zac Efron. Earlier this week the teen tweeted, "Me and mom are seriously sitting here staring at Zac Efron on Google images. Girls I totally get it! He is gorgeous!"
INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?
From joe on EW.com: "Very similar to Disney's Luck of the Irish and The Thirteenth Year where teenagers realize they are "mythical" creatures. Doesn't any one in Hollywood have an original idea anymore?"
From Qwerty on EW.com: "It sounds cute, and Miley did a great job in the Hannah Montana Movie, so I can't see anything wrong with it."
Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 1986.
recorded the Number One single, "Okie from Muskogee," in 1969.
Kenny Chesney set a new record for a country show when his concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, grossed $4 million in 2006. The bill also featured Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Carrie Underwood.
Alabama charted a Number One single on the Billboard country chart with "The Closer You Get" in 1983.
Kenny Rogers made his film debut in the movie Six Pack in 1982.
Ronnie Milsap earned a Number One country single in Billboard with "It Was Almost Like A Song" in 1977.
ROBERT REDFORD GETS MARRIED: Robert Redford married 51-year-old artist Sibylle Szaggars in Germany last Saturday (July 11th). A local newspaper reported that approximately 30 friends were in attendance for the nuptials, which were the second for 72-year-old Redford. He was previously married to Lola Redford from 1958 until their 1985 divorce. Szaggars is an abstract artist whose work has been exhibited in Britain, Germany and the United States, and according to her website, moved to Sundance, Utah -- where Redford's Sundance Institute is based -- in the 1990s.
IS PENELOPE CRUZ PREGNANT? Rumors are circulating that Penelope Cruz might be pregnant. The New York Post recalls that speculation about the actress began in May when a fuller-looking Cruz was forced to skip a commitment at the Cannes Film Festival after coming down with a case of "food poisoning." The paper added that in a very recent photo with beau Javier Bardem, Cruz appeared to have gained even more weight.
LINDSAY LOHAN TWEETS RELATIONSHIP TROUBLE: Lindsay Lohan is continuing to broadcast her relationship drama via Twitter. After a night out on Tuesday (July 14th), the actress tweeted -- presumably about on-off girlfriend Samantha Ronson -- "Being lied to after being my father's daughter...is miserable, especially when you're finally back on track. Miss you mommy, thanks S*******." Later she added, "If someone you took a chance on loving - after 3,4,5,7,8,9 times, lied to you tonight...what would you do? Even though you love them...?"
KIM KARDASHIAN ALMOST STRANDED IN AFRICA: Kim Kardashian was nearly stranded in Africa after forgetting her passport on the plane she took there. The reality star told People magazine that after flying into Johannesburg, South Africa, "They wouldn't let me out of customs line." She told officials where the important document was located but, "They claimed they looked for it but I had a feeling they didn't. They called the embassy and said I would have had to sleep at the hotel airport." In the end, Kardashian's boyfriend Reggie Bush persuaded authorities to let him look for the passport -- which he found and as Kim put it, "saved the day!"
BRIDGET JONES 3' ON THE WAY: Renee Zellweger is reprising her role as Bridget Jones for a third installment of the popular movie franchise. Variety reports that the 40-year-old actress must again pack on the pounds to play Jones, whose desire to have a baby will drive the plot of the latest film. Filming is expected to begin at the end of the year.
DISABLED PEOPLE SUE 'DANCING WITH THE STARS': Two physically disabled people are suing Dancing With the Stars over claims that the show's studio is largely inaccessible for handicapped folks. TMZ.com reports that Robert Carr and Arnie Pike -- who are both confined to wheelchairs -- and a service dog were treated poorly during a March taping of the show. Their lawsuit claims that the studio has no "designated accessible seating for persons with disabilities," and the staff has "a policy of placing disabled persons where they cannot be seen by the camera or the public." The men claim that the show violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and they are asking for an order forcing the show to institute disabled-friendly policies as well as damages.
JENNIFER GARNER SIGNS ABC DEAL: Jennifer Garner has reportedly signed a development deal with ABC, the network responsible for her hit series, Alias. Entertainment Weekly claims that the actress will be developing several projects though her personal production company although there is no clause that specifies Garner must star in the creations.
ORIGINAL CAST MEMBER SIGNS ON FOR 'MELROSE PLACE' REMAKE: Daphne Zuniga is reprising her role as Jo on the upcoming CW remake of Melrose Place. PerezHilton.com reports that Zuniga will appear in two episodes as Jo, who has become a professional photographer in the past ten years. Original cast members Josie Bissett, Laura Leighton and Thomas Calabro have also struck deals to appear on the updated program.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed over $20 million
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed over $20 million from midnight screenings early Wednesday (July 15th) morning. E! reports that the flick earned $22.2 million, besting The Dark Knight's midnight ticket sales record by nearly $4 million.
Meanwhile, a new MovieFone poll found that Emma Watson's Hermione Granger is the Harry Potter films' most beloved character, beating out even the title character by ten percent.
Over 50,000 people cast their vote, 39 percent of which held Hermione as the primary object of their affections. 29 percent were crazy for Harry, while Ron Weasley was adored by 19 percent, Albus Dumbledore by ten percent and Draco Malfoy by a mere three percent.
From Eve on EW.com: "I went to the midnight screening, it was crazy! It definitely was the best of the Potter films so far in my opinion though, I wouldn't be surprised if it beat Dark Knight, especially with it's PG rating."
From Samantha on EW.com: "I saw it this morning and whereas it is a good movie with fantastic performances (I must applaud Tom Felton especially), it is not a great movie. As a fan of the books, they left out A LOT and a lot of major things, not to mention they reworked scenes that didn't need to be reworked and added things that didn't make sense, and that left me feeling a bit put off. But cinematically it is a quite beautiful film, and the actors/actresses gave some of the best performances of their careers so far and I do hope they get it right with the movies for the 7th book."
From NCBeachGirl on EW.com: "Just wait until New Moon comes out in November. I think it will beat the HP midnight opening. Although the Twilight series was very popular, the movie was not nearly as big when it opened in November '08 as the second one will be this year."
Brad Pitt offered his opinion on tweeting pictures of his wife's behind
Brad Pitt offered his opinion on the latest technologies to the August issue of Wired magazine. To the dismay of fans, the cover model admitted that he won't be following Ashton Kutcher's example of tweeting pictures of his wife's behind. Pitt told the magazine, "Don't take a picture of your wife's butt. That's silly. Take pictures of other people's wives' butts."
The father of six also confessed that it's unlikely you'd see him on Match.com even if he was single. He warned internet daters, "Everyone lies online. In fact, readers expect you to lie. If you don't, they'll think you make less than you actually do. So the only way to tell the truth is to lie."
As for bathroom cell phone etiquette, Pitt said firmly, "No, you can't talk on the phone! Do you want the guy next to you to hear your entire conversation?" Texting on the commode, however, is more acceptable. Pitt cautioned, "Just be sure you don't hit the wrong button and end up putting a photo of your junk on Twitter. Trust me, you don't want those followers."
(Sun) Not everyone envision it the same way, but it's a good bet that most of us yearn for our own version of true happiness. Experts say joy is absolutely essential to your health. Discover how satisfied you are with your life by answering these questions:
My spiritual or religious beliefs are:
Strong, fulfilling and affect my daily decisions.
Good but not terribly important in my daily life.
Lacking in a true relationship to a higher power.
My job is:
A fabulous chance to do something I love.
A fairly enjoyable experience most days.
A duty I must perform to make money.
To me, love is:
A wonderful part of life that's a must have.
Too often distorted, but worth striving to find.
A mystical concept that rarely occurs.
At the end of the day, I feel:
Satisfied with what was achieved.
Grateful it's time to kick back and relax.
Totally drained by all my exertions.
Mostly "a" - You're one happy camper who's got your life under control and a bead on what it takes to keep you buoyant. The deep sense of joy that you exude inspires those around you to gain a rosier, more positive outlook.
Mostly "b" - You're sailing along OK but there are some emotional hurdles that are preventing you from getting the most out of life. Make the effort to discover new ways to find a deeper contentment and you'll widen your horizons in no time.
Mostly "c" - You're barely coping, holding on by your fingernails most days. Your feelings of sadness and stress are surefire indicators that you're headed for a burnout. Don't waste anymore valuable time seek profession help today.
Women want what's off limits: In the Garden of Eden, Eve sinks her teeth into the one piece of fruit that God instructed her to avoid -- so began a long line of women who wanted, oh so badly, what they could not have. We see the same trend continue today with women staring longingly at designer shoes, fawning over limited-edition jewelry and above all, chasing after already spoken-for men.
Women think taken men are safe: Women, at least those in good stead with the girlfriend, have the green light to pick the brain of a taken man. They can discuss their romantic strategies, seek advice and flirt without fear of repercussion. A guy who is off the market is, after all, harmless. Before long, maybe she has fallen for him.
Women hear good things about taken men: Significant others are a reflection of the people they date. That's why it's in a girl's best interest to act like her boyfriend's PR rep: to mention whenever possible that he studied at Harvard -- oh, and he plays in a band. When she boasts, her listeners see him through the rose-colored glasses that she wears. By the time she gets to the part about his volunteer firefighting, it's obvious that he's a major stud and consequently, she's his female equivalent. Unfortunately, the girls, now in agreement, want to steal her title away.
Women think that taken men don't have ulterior motives: Men who are in a relationship (and respectful of that commitment) don't use women as a means to an end. Once they settle into something serious, their behavior undergoes purification and the selfish sexual intentions are removed. In turn, women lower their guard.
Women like what is popular: Girls want what other girls have. To women, the simple fact that a guy is someone's favorite flavor makes him worth a try. A guy in a relationship is wanted by at least one person -- the girl on his arm, who confirms that he has been tested and approved as boyfriend material -- and therefore attracts the buzz of many others.
Women want an ego boost: Man or woman, the ultimate ego boost is the knowledge that you're not just hot, but irresistibly hot. Consider this: If a man risks his entire relationship -- commitment be damned -- for one exceptionally steamy night with another woman, that other woman will go home feeling like she has one-upped Helen of Troy. That's bragging rights to the max.
Women like a challenge: Women who demonstrate the right combination of warmth and affection can bag a single guy like candy on Halloween. Taken men, on the other hand, are tougher to get. For starters, they're probably content with their current girlfriend and not too keen on gambling that relationship. You'd think this would deter an aggressive girl, but no. With two hearts that stand to gain (and only one to be crushed as collateral damage), the stakes are too high to back out.
Women want to screw over other women: Then there are those women who simply have it out for their own gender. In grade school, they pulled pigtails; now that they're older, they pull boyfriends. Some are out for revenge, others make a sport of seeing if they "can get him," whatever the emotional cost. Women size up their competition and somehow rationalize that her boyfriend is begging to be with a real woman -- no offense to the tramp he's with. Remember, too, that women aren't always down with waiting patiently for a taken man to free up. They want results, and they want them yesterday.
'TWINTERNS' GETTING WORK: A popular new job for young adults is becoming a "twintern" -- an intern in charge of a company's Twitter feed. The Huffington Post reports that Twitter's name may make it sound frivolous, but each tweet can carry the same weight as an official company press release and attract even more attention. So why would any company entrust its brand to a newbie? There's a general perception that young people are the masters of all things social media, says Gini Dietrich, who runs a Chicago public relations firm. PEOPLE
TRAVEL AGENCY LAUNCHES VACATION RAIN INSURANCE:Reuters reports that French travel agencies have launched insurance cover for unwanted interruptions to the sunshine during vacations. The insurance policy, launched by holiday groups Pierre et Vacances and FranceLoc, will allow holiday-makers to claim back part of the cost of their trip if they suffer at least four days of rain in any one week. Rain-spoilt holidays can now be worth up to 400 euros ($556) and holiday-makers would be informed by telephone text message or email if they are liable for compensation. They would receive a check a few days after returning home.MORE LIKELY TO RETURN WALLETS WITH BABY PHOTOS: People are far more likely to return a lost wallet if they find a baby picture inside it. Asylum.com reports that Scottish researchers planted 240 "lost" wallets all over the city of Edinburgh. Each wallet had the same contents, aside from a picture in the clear plastic window. Eighty-eight percent of the wallets that featured a baby pic were returned, as opposed to 53 percent with a puppy, 48 percent with a family and 28 percent with a photo of an elderly couple. Scientists believe that people are evolutionary coded to feel empathy for babies, and that accounts for this discrepancy in return rates.
TRAINERS CONFRONTING CANKLE PROBLEMS: L.A.-based celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza is taking on the problem of cankles -- when the calf merges with the ankle, with no clear separation between the two -- by offering a Cankle Buster Workout program. She told Reuters, "I found that when you combine cardio, stretching and plyometrics movements (jumping), and combine them with weight training, you get a synergistic, cankle blasting workout."
MAN ARRESTED FOR DWI WHILE MOWING NEIGHBOR'S LAWN: Police arrested a man yesterday for DWI charges, after it was reported the man was on a riding lawn mower mowing his neighbor's lawn without consent -- at 5:30 a.m. Lt. Gerald Congdon arrested 52-year-old Michael Goode saying "Believe it or not if you are operating a riding lawn mower it is considered a motor vehicle under Maine state statue." (seacoastonline.com)
WOMAN TRIED TO ROB BANK COULDN'T, SHE HAD NO ACCOUNT: A Kansas women walked into a Credit Union bank, demanding the teller for an undisclosed amount of money. The teller, being very witty, asked her how much she wanted. The wanna-be robber said she wanted the entire contents of the drawer. The teller then asked the robber if she had an active account, to which she replied no. The teller then said that the bank cannot complete the transaction without an active account. The woman threatened to come back with a weapon if she did not get her money. She left after a brief argument. The police are still looking for her. (hutch.com)
WOMAN TWEETS DURING A BANK ROBBERY : A New York City woman sent out a Tweet while her HSBC Bank in Manhattan was being robbed. However, she did not seem to be that worried, or even entertained by the robbery, instead, she was worried about the missing trackball (on her Blackberry). She tweeted "my bank was just held up - with me in it. HSBC 34 and 8. also my whole trackball is GONE!!! I can't figure out how to make phone calls without my trackball!!!!" Still annoyed about her missing trackball, she tweeted again an hour later "my trackball is gone. cant pick up calls, this really sucks. worst thing that could happen." She said later that the actual robbery happened very quickly, but she kept tweeting because everyone who had witnessed the robbery had to stay at the bank to be interviewed by police. The robber got away with $500. (inquisitr.com)
ATTORNEY'S MILLION DOLLAR DARE COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM: Cheney Mason went on Dateline and offered a million dollars to anyone who could prove that his client, Nelson Ivan Serrano, was actually able to travel across two states and kill four people in the time that prosecutors had alleged. So Dustin Kolodziej, a student at South Texas Law, took him up on his dare. He brought a video camera and re-enacted the steps Nelson Ivan Serrano would have to do to fly from two states and kill four people in a certain amount of time. He completed the task under the time limit. Kolodziej is now suing for his one million dollars after Manson refused to pay. (findlaw.com)
Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour is ranked at Number Seven on Pollstar's annual "Top 100 North American Tours" list based on mid-year earnings. So far this year, the tour has grossed $32.5 million, making Chesney the only country act to make the list's Top 10. He trails behind Britney Spears, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion, Elton John/Billy Joel, the Eagles and Bruce Springsteen, but that's likely because Chesney has one of the lowest average ticket prices at $67.46.
At the same time, the Sun City Carnival tour sits at Number 15 on Pollstar's "Top 25 Worldwide Tours" list.
Despite his running status as Entertainer of the Year, Chesney tells us he never rests on his laurels when it comes to his live shows. "I've never looked like, 'Oh, okay, I've proved myself!' I hope I never get to that spot, because I feel like that every night I go on stage I gotta proved something. I feel like, especially the people that pay the money, especially this year with our economy the way it is, people don't have a lot of extra money, and the fact that they're still wantin' to come out and whatever money they got left extra to come see our show means a lot, and I feel like that we gotta prove that that was worth it."
The Sun City Carnival tour plays San Francisco's AT&T Park on Saturday (July 18th).
Taylor Swift's crossover success has landed her a performance slot on the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. MTV.com reports that Swift will do a more theatrical performance of her current single, "You Belong With Me."
She said, "MTV has been so good to me. And I could not be more excited about this year's VMAs."
The 2009 VMAs will be held in New York City on September 13th. The show will be hosted again by comedian Russell Brand.
This year's nominees and additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Swift attended the VMA's for the first time last year as a nominee.
The video for her song, "Teardrops On My Guitar," was nominated, but Swift lost out to a group called Tokio Hotel.
Toby Keith's upcoming album is making its way to radio. The song, called "American Ride," is about both the good and the bad in the U.S. these days. The lyrics include:
"Plasma getting bigger, Jesus getting smaller Spill a cup of coffee, make a million dollars Customs caught a thug with an aerosol can If the shoe don't fit, the fit's gonna hit the shan
That's us, that's right Gotta love this American ride Both ends of the ozone burning Funny how the world keeps turning."
Keith's new studio album, which will also be called American Ride, will be released on October 13th.
Keith is currently on his America's Toughest tour with special guest Trace Adkins.
ASK YOUR LISTENERS
Do you think that based on the lyrics, Keith is pushing the envelope with this new song or is he saying something that needs to be heard?
Do you think Keith speaks from the heart, or does a song like this seem contrived to push peoples' buttons?
Garth Brooks is such a huge fan of George Strait's that he seriously considers recording an album of nothing but Strait cover songs. Brooks recently told us that if he goes through with the project, his ears might be the only ones that hear it. "I would like to. The last thing I ever want to do is offend anybody in Strait's camp, so I've always been kind of hesitant to go through with that. I think I'd do it just more for me, so I could hear me sing some George Strait stuff, cause, let's face it, if any of you guys remember those first two albums -- "I Can't See Texas From Here", "(Barmaid In The) Honky Tonk Downstairs", "80 Proof Bottle Of Tear Stopper," Heartbroke," um . . . My God, you can just keep goin'. That was the best stuff."
Brooks and his longtime producer, Allen Reynolds, will be among those being honored with Leadership Music's Dale Franklin Award during a ceremony in Nashville on August 23rd. Leadership Music is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to nurture Nashville's music community.
Brooks was among the acts paying homage to Strait on the Academy of Country Music's CBS special, George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert, which aired in May.
Miley Cyrus is reportedly a mentor -- for none other than Tom Cruise's son, Connor. RadarOnline.com reports that in the upcoming issue of Elle magazine, Cyrus revealed that that 14-year-old son of Cruise and Nicole Kidman "job-shadowed" her on the set of Hannah Montana.
Cyrus told the magazine, "I guess he wants to be an actor. "He's really cute!"
Connor made his acting debut in Seven Pounds as Will Smith's character as a boy.
ASK YOUR LISTENERS
INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?
From tellmewhy on RadarOnline.com: "Ridiculous....Miley an acting coach? Connor must have higher intentions."
Luke Bryan's own hometown of Leesburg, Georgia has won the chance to play host to the singer's album release concert. The recent contest drew thousands of responses from fans around the country, but Bryan's hometown population of 3,000 managed to accumulate the largest number of demands for the singer during the eight-week competition via Eventful.com.
Bryan's new album, Doin' My Thing, will be released in October.
Bryan said, "I appreciate all the hometown support. This is going to be a great chance for me to get home and all the while play for the people who have supported me the most over the years. It's going to be fun, and I can't wait until this show rolls around. It will be the highlight of my album launch tour!"
The album's debut single, "Do I," is currently moving up the charts.
Bryan's debut album, I'll Stay Me, was released in 2007.
The CD produced a Top Five single with "All My Friends Say."
Bryan co-wrote Billy Currington's Number One hit, "Good Directions."
KIM CATTRALL AND BOYFRIEND REPORTEDLY SPLIT: Kim Cattrall and boyfriend, Alan Wyse -- who is 20 years her junior -- have ended their five-year relationship. A source told OK! magazine, "It was a long time coming, they had some trouble in April and since then things have fizzled out." The insider added, "They realized they were at different points in their lives. They still care about each other and will remain friends."
SUPERMODEL EXPECTING FIRST CHILD: Karolina Kurkova is pregnant. The New York Post reports that the Czech supermodel and her fiance Archie Drury are expecting the child around October. A rep for her modeling agency said, "The couple have been together for a little over a year. This is the first child for both." 25-year-old Kurkova has a role in the upcoming film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra.
FORMER 'READING RAINBOW' HOST IN MINOR ACCIDENT: Actor LeVar Burton was hospitalized with minor injuries on Monday (July 13) after he was involved in a five-car accident. TMZ.com reported that the former Reading Rainbow host collided with a car driven by 74-year-old woman who turned left in front of him. Both drivers complained of pain and were examined at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and released. No one was ticketed in the incident.
HUGH HEFNER TELLS GIRLFRIENDS APART BY MOLE: Hugh Hefner confirmed to Usmagazine.com that he can only tell the difference between his twin girlfriends Karissa and Kristina Shannon because of a mole on Karissa's neck. He added that third girlfriend Crystal Harris also "can tell the difference between [Karissa and Kristina] and they can tell the difference because they know the other one is not her!" The 83-year-old confirmed that another season of Girls Next Door is currently in the works featuring his three new loves.
RYAN O'NEAL DOESN'T VISIT REDMOND IN JAIL: Ryan O'Neal has reportedly been keeping his distance from son Redmond, who currently lives at a California detention center where he is in an intensive drug rehab program. A source told RadarOnline.com that although Redmond saw his father at mom Farrah Fawcett's funeral last month, Ryan has never visited his son in jail. The insider told the website, "Redmond was very close to his mother. Redmond and Ryan have never had a close relationship.
MAN CLAIMING 'LOST' WAS HIS IDEA SUES ABC: A one-time movie producer is suing ABC and Touchstone Television, claiming that he created their hit show, Lost. TMZ.com reports that Anthony Spinner claims that he was paid $30,000 in 1977 to write a TV pilot, which eventually became a 121-page script called Lost. In the lawsuit he alleges that the network passed on the show three times from '77 to 1994 before launching an "exact replica" in 2004. Spinner is suing for, among other things, damages and a cut of royalties. TMZ adds that he tried to sue a few years ago, but the suit was dismissed for procedural reasons.
DAVID BECKHAM SHOOTS DOWN RUMORS OF AD CAMPAIGN WITH ANGELINA: David Beckham is shooting down rumors that he and Angelina Jolie will pose together for a series of sexy Emporio Armani advertisements. After it was reported that Armani wants to snag Jolie for an upcoming campaign, speculation began that the two might join forces for a super-ad. Beckham, however, told Extra, "I don't think that's true. I definitely don't think that's true. Think it's something put out in the press."
ARQUETTES TO REPRISE 'SCREAM' ROLES: Courteney Cox and husband David Arquette are returning to the Scream franchise. Arquette confirmed that he and his wife -- who met on the set of the horror film -- will participate in Scream 4. While sitting in a box in New York City to raise money for charity on Tuesday (July 14th), Arquette told E!, "We are going to be doing Scream 4.Kevin Williamson is writing the script at this moment, and hopefully Wes Craven is going to direct."
KATHY GIRFFIN HOSTING CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS: Kathy Griffin has been tapped as the host of the 2009 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, a ceremony she's nicknamed, the "Schmemmys."The ceremony producer Spike Jones Jr. said, "We're thrilled, as Kathy's the first Emmy winner to host the Creative Arts show. She stole the show the last two years, so now, we're giving her the opportunity to officially hijack it. We're all very, very excited. And just a little bit scared." The My Life on the D-List star has taken home the award for Outstanding Reality Program for the past two years.
NEW 'HILLS' STAR SAYS SHOW ISN'T SCRIPTED: Despite claims from some of its stars that The Hills is not the most authentic reality show, new addition Kristin Cavallari says that the program isn't scripted. Cavallari told MTV News, "It's not [scripted. Everyone's going to have an opinion. And everyone's going to think what they want. You can't really change that." The actress, who appears in Van Wilder: Freshman Year, added that being on the show is "definitely different" than acting. She said, "I love being on set and being in a movie. I think it's so much fun. And 'The Hills' or 'Laguna Beach,' it's more like hanging out with people you know rather than acting and memorizing lines and stuff."
RICHARD HATCH CAN'T GO ON 'SURVIVOR': Richard Hatch will not be returning to Survivor for the show's 10th anniversary edition. Reuters confirmed on Tuesday (July 14th) that a judge denied Hatch's request to leave home confinement early in order to participate on the program. Hatch, who was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he won on the show, spent three years in federal prison for the crime and is currently serving the last 90 days of his sentence in home confinement.
LARRY KING'S WIFE IN 'SPIDER-MAN' MUSICAL? Larry King's wife is reportedly one of two finalists being considered for the role of Arachne in the upcoming Broadway show Spider-Man. The New York Post reports that King, who was a country western singer before meeting her husband, auditioned two weeks ago.
President Obama threw out the first pitch tonight and then joined Tim McCarver and Joe Buck in the broadcast booth for baseball's All-Star game.
Now, LaToya Jackson is running around saying that her brother Michael was murdered.
A new study claims that moderate drinkers are almost 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than non-drinkers and heavy drinkers. Cheers!
Kate Gosselin spent the weekend with the kids in Pennsylvania, while Jon Gosselin was in St. Tropez with his 23-year-old girlfriend Hailey Glassman, the daughter of the doc who performed Kate's tummy tuck.
Ryan Seacrest has signed on the dotted line and will get $15 million a year to host "American Idol" for the next three years. That's triple his last salary.
Maureen McCormick, the actress who played Marcia on the 70's sitcom "The Brady Bunch," claims that Eve Plumb, who played her sitcom sister, Jan, is mad at her about a joke, she made a year ago that the two had a lesbian fling.
Despite well-publicized bumps in the road, Tea Leoni and David Duchovny are still married and living together.
Rachel Ray had vocal chord surgery last week and is already resting at home.
Artie Lang got into a minor car accident over the weekend and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
"Star Wars" co-star Natalie Portman will star in the comic-book adaptation "Thor." The 28-year-old Portman has been cast as Jane Foster, who was a nurse and first love of the title character in the Marvel Comics.
NBC has post-poned its new show Parenthood while star Maura Tierney is undergoes a medical evaluation for an undisclosed illness.
ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff returned to Iraq on Monday for the first time since he was nearly killed there by a roadside bomb more than three years ago.
That song Kara DioGuardi wrote for the winner of "American Idol" this year... the one Kris Allen was singing on tour... has been dropped from the tour.
PROFESSIONAL ETIQUETTE YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT (CareerBuilder.com)
Waiting for the elevator:
Don't push the Up button when elevator doors are about to close just so you can make everyone wait while you squeeze in.
Do hold the elevator doors open if someone's only a few seconds behind you.
In the elevator:
Don't stand uncomfortably close to someone, especially if there is plenty of space. Forcing yourself onto a packed elevator, thereby smooshing yourself up against someone, is just as bad.
Do cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. (Not just in elevators, but anywhere, really.) You might think this one is obvious, but no ... it's not.
In the lunch area:
Don't forget about the apple you left in the fridge two months ago. Sure, lunchroom nitpicking is the epitome of workplace banality, but the break room is one of the few places everyone shares.
In the mail room:
Don't forget that the mail staff is part of the company, too. If you walk in, get your mail and leave as if it magically appeared and those people working in the room had nothing to do with it, you're being rude.
Do say "thank you" to workers throughout your building. From the maintenance staff to the security guards and cafeteria workers, several people are making your daily grind easier. Whether it's a quick "thanks" or small talk in the elevator, talk to the people outside of your work bubble.
On the phone:
Don't call someone, call back an hour later, call a third time in the afternoon to leave a voice mail, then send an e-mail, then call again to see if he got the e-mail. Not everyone is available when you need them to be, so give them some time to respond to you. Give people a day or a week (depending on the urgency of the issue) before following up. In the hallway:
Don't ambush someone with a question. If you've been waiting for your boss to answer a question you had and you run into her as she's rushing off to a meeting, don't corner her to get an answer. For one thing, you don't know if she has a pressing engagement. Also, her answer might be more complicated than a simple yes or no, and she doesn't want to give you a Cliff's Notes version while heading to the elevator.
In a meeting:
Do keep the snarky comments to a minimum. Sure, meetings can be boring and some people are way too excited about them, but snickering with your co-workers is rude to whomever's talking and to the people trying to pay attention. Plus, your negativity won't go unnoticed by the boss.
In the restroom:
Do wash your hands. If you leave the restroom without washing your hands and someone sees, you will be the germy person of the office. Frankly, it grosses people out and makes them not want to ever get near your desk or you.
At your desk:
Don't complain about the weather, your workload, the boss, your pay and everything else that you encounter. Sure, blowing off steam is what people do, but a constant flow of negativity gets bothersome for those around you. Pretty soon everyone around you will be listening to their headphones to avoid listening to you. (Keep this in mind when you're in the elevator, too. No one wants to ride down 10 floors with a crabby colleague.)
The famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign that greets visitors to Sin City has been vandalized. Tourists discovered yesterday (July 13th) that someone had used red marker to scrawl graffiti on the main part of the sign as well as on one of its legs. AP cited Russell Davis of the Clark County Department of Public Works as saying that if the company that owns the sign can't restore it, the county will have contractors remove the graffiti. The 50-year-old sign at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 1st.
Reba McEntire says the music on her upcoming album, Keep On Loving You, was greatly inspired by pop singer Kelly Clarkson. The two became fast friends after appearing on CMT Crossroads together and joining forces for the 2 Worlds 2 Voices tour in 2007.
McEntire tells us that Clarkson influenced her choice of songs. "She definitely did because when we were doin' the tour together, singin' songs like 'Miss Independent' and all of her hits, it was like, 'Wow!' I had more of an open mind when I listened to songs, and that's what I gravitated to -- you know, sassy women's songs with attitude."
McEntire says the two also collaborated on a few songs. "We even wrote songs together. They didn't make it on this album. I'm gonna hold on to some of 'em, and we're still workin' on 'em, and she said that one we wrote together, she's gonna put it on her next album."
Keep On Loving You is due out on August 18th.
Lady Antebellum tops both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts this week with their latest single, "I Run To You." This is the trio's very first Number One hit. The song, which was written by all three members of the group (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott), also claims the Number One spot in Canada this week, marking another first for the band.
Dave Haywood said, "This is absolutely surreal. A number one is something you never think will actually happen, and it is certainly something that we will never forget! We are so overwhelmed from the support of the fans and country radio .
To date, there are more than 450,000 downloads of the single.
"I Run To You" is the third single from Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut CD.
Their previous hits were "Love Don't Live Here" and "Lookin' For A Good Time."
Lady Antebellum is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney as part of his Sun City Carnival tour.
They will join Keith Urban for their first trek to Canada later this fall.
Martina McBride will perform at the wedding reception for the Today show's winning wedding couple, Leigh Daniel and Nick Cordes, as part of the "Today Throws A Wedding" event. The couple will take their vows live on Today on Wednesday (July 15th).
McBride will serenade the newlyweds with her latest single, "I Just Call You Mine," as well as her former hit ballad, "Valentine."
"I Just Call You Mine" has been the official wedding song used throughout the three-month promotion leading up to this week's celebration.
McBride is also featured on the Today show website (today.msnbc.msn.com), where fans can view the music video for "I Just Call You Mine" and read McBride's blog on her thoughts to the secrets of a happy relationship and the success of her 21-year marriage to her husband, John McBride.
"I Just Call You Mine" is the second release from McBride's new album, Shine.
McBride will play a handful of dates in the UK and in Ireland early next month.
Brad Paisley is the first country artist featured on the MySpace Music Feed. The new exclusive interview is accessible online at myspace.com/myspacemusicfeed.
In other Paisley news, his latest chart-topper, "Then," has earned RIAA Gold Digital Single certification for sales of 500,000 copies.
The second single from his new American Saturday Night album, called "Welcome to the Future," is headed to country radio.
Collectively, Paisley's albums have launched 14 Number One singles, with the last 10 topping the charts consecutively.
Paisley has sold more than 10 million albums since his 1999 debut, Who Needs Pictures.
Miley Cyrus is already one of the most bankable stars working today, but TMZ.com revealed that she could have been even richer had Bolt, the animated 2008 flick to which she lent her voice, went just a little bit further at the box office.
The website revealed that Cyrus was paid $10,000 a day for her voicework as Penny, but her contract stipulated that if the film grossed $125 million domestically, she would have banked an additional $175,000, and more lump sums for each $25 million above that.
Unfortunately, Bolt only made $114 so Cyrus has to live with the mere $25 million that Forbes reported she earned in the last year.
INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?
From Maria on TMZ.com: "Oh yeah.. now shes in the poor house......"
From ABB on TMZ.com: "Greedy, she would never know what a average salary is. "
Dolly Parton's Dolly Records will release the soundtrack to the new Broadway show, 9 To 5: The Musical, on Tuesday (July 14th). The cast recorded the CD in May in New York City, and as Parton tells us, it was done in record time."These people are so professional. I just fell in love with this whole cast. We took everybody in the studio, but they were just so pro we did that whole soundtrack in a day -- in a day!! Now, a thing like that would normally take days and days and days, but we only had one day because they were in the show, but they knew it so well. They'd performed it enough times that they were ready at the studio, and we said, 'They'll never do this!' We started early and worked late into the night and did the whole thing. That's how great they were!"
Parton wrote all the music and lyrics for the show.
9 To 5: The Musical will be available at the Marquis Theatre in New York City, as well as at retail outlets and online via dollypartonmusic.net.
9 To 5: The Musical opened on Broadway on April 30th of this year.
Parton has previously released two albums on Dolly Records -- 2007's Better Get To Livin' and her latest, Backwoods Barbie, in 2008.
Garth Brooks' "The Dance" became his second Number One hit in 1990.
Ernest Tubb recorded the Top 10 single "The Yellow Rose of Texas" in 1955.
Charley Pride recorded the #1 single "I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me" in 1970.
Porter Wagoner had emergency surgery in Nashville for an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 2006.
The Trio project, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, was certified gold and platinum in 1987.
The Everly Brothers broke up in the midst of a concert at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California in 1973. Phil Everly smashed his guitar at the side of the stage after "('Til) I Kissed You." Don Everly performed the night's remaining two shows solo.
Elvis Presley earned a Number One country single in Billboard with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" in 1956.
MOLLY RINGWALD WELCOMES TWINS: Molly Ringwald gave birth to twins last Friday (July 10th). People magazine confirmed that the actress, who currently plays the mother of a pregnant teen on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager, welcomed a son named Roman and a daughter named Adele.
HAYDEN PANETTIERE BACK WITH EX? Hayden Panettiere might be rekindling her romance with Welsh TV host Steve Jones. RadarOnline.com reports that the pair, who supposedly had a fling earlier this year, dined together in Los Angeles recently. A source told the website that at one point, Panettiere was spotted sitting on Jones' lap.
VANESSA HUDGENS TO GET NAKED ON CAMERA? Vanessa Hudgens is reportedly stripping down for a role in the upcoming Zack Snyder film, Sucker Punch. The 20-year-old -- whose naked camera phone pictures were infamously leaked to the masses in 2007 -- is quoted by U.K.'s Metro as saying, "I'm playing a character named Blondie and it's set in a brothel in the 1950s, so there's not a whole lot of clothes." Earlier this year, Hudgens told E! News that she would "show nudity in a film when the time is right."
BILLY BOB THORTON'S DAUGHTER STAYING IN JAIL: Billy Bob Thorton's daughter will remain in jail for the near future. A Florida judge ruled that Amanda Brumfield -- who is being held on a first degree murder charge for allegedly killing her year-old babysitting charge -- must stay behind bars until an expert witness testifies on evidence heard during a pretrial release hearing. PerezHilton.com reports that the judge is waiting to hear about the six bruises on the child's head and 3.5-inch skull fracture found during the autopsy before Brumfield's possible release. The 29-year-old is Thorton's daughter from his first marriage although he claims the two are estranged.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS HOSTING EMMYS: Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys. CBS confirmed on Monday (July 13th) that they'd selected the sitcom star to headline the September 20th telecast. The actor, hosted the Tonys earlier this year, said after the announcement, "After having had such a hoot hosting the Tonys, I was thrilled to get the call about the prime-time Emmys." He added that he looks forward to "adding my own voice" to the ceremony, "But which voice to choose? I'm torn between gangsta, foppish Brit, and robot. Really proud of my robot. We'll see what happens on the night."
NATALIE PORTMAN JOINS 'THOR': Natalie Portman will be starring in the movie adaptation of the comic book, Thor. The Associated Press confirmed that the 28-year-old has been cast as Jane Foster, who was a nurse and first love of the title character in the Marvel Comics. Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor in the movie, which begins shooting early next year and is expected to hit theaters in May of 2011.
ALANA STEWART PUBLISHING FARRAH FAWCETT DIARY: Alana Stewart, one of Farrah Fawcett's closest friends, is publishing a diary she kept during the actress's battle with cancer. Publisher William Morrow said that the book, My Journey With Farrah, will be released next month and some of the proceeds will be donated to the Farrah Fawcett Foundation for cancer research.
VICTORIA BECKHAM REPORTEDLY WANTS 'SEX AND THE CITY' CAMEO: Victoria Beckham is reportedly taking acting lessons in the hopes of landing a cameo in the upcoming Sex and the City movie sequel. The Daily Mail reports that Beckham turned down a walk-on role in the first film due to her busy rehearsal schedule for the Spice Girls reunion tour, but is eager to join the film's fashion-obsessed foursome this time around. A source told the paper, "She really wanted to be in the last movie but wasn't able to take part because of her commitments with the Spice Girls. This time she's keen to take part." Since the singer has only played herself on screens big and small, she is brushing up on her acting in order to land a part.
RICHARD HATCH WANTS TO REVISIT 'SURVIVOR': Richard Hatch may be returning to Survivor. The Hollywood Reporter announced that court documents filed last week show that Hatch -- who is currently on house arrest following his conviction on tax evasion charges -- asked a federal court for permission to leave the country and participate in the show's upcoming "Heroes vs. Villains" installment. However, a judge recently denied his request to leave the country to get married, so it's not a sure thing that Hatch will be granted permission to participate on the show.
Ryan Seacrest is the highest-paid reality television host -- ever.
Ryan Seacrest is the highest-paid reality television host -- ever. The multi-tasker has signed a lucrative deal that will keep him as the host of American Idol through 2012. 19 Entertainment announced on Monday (July 13th) that Seacrest will continue his duties with the reality show and partner with creator Simon Fuller on new endeavors in a deal that that the Hollywood Reporter estimates to be worth $45 million.
Seacrest insinuated that that his Idol co-stars will be signing deals in the near future as well. After his deal was announced, Seacrest tweeted, "Lots of conversations going on behind the scenes but I fully expect you will see the whole team next year."
Last year Forbes reported that Seacrest pulled in $38 million and given that he was only making $5 million a season with Idol, he should bank at least $48 million alone in 2009.
Alan Jackson Looking To Sell Franklin Estate.... "SweetBriar"
Country music's most reliable superstar and his memoir-writing wife, Denise, plan to put their massive Franklin estate, “Sweetbriar”, on the market and rebuild on a smaller lot nearby. Jackson and Denise bought the 135-acre property in 1993 and built the house over two years. Goodbye to the air-conditioned gym, the horse stalls, the 30-car garage, the log cabin, the 10-acre lake and the airplane landing strip.
Jackson recently told a Nashville newspaper, "It's just like a Disney World out here, but we realized, as our girls got older, that they don't really use the property much. Once they get to be teenagers, they're mostly hanging out with their friends and on the iPod and cell phones in their rooms. If I'd had three boys instead of girls, they might be out here fishing and riding four-wheelers or something." "I guess they're a little jaded to the celebrity stuff, because they don't pay any attention to me and what I do. I say 'Hey girls, I'm on this television special tonight.' 'Uh, OK.' Nobody ever watches any of 'em," he says with a chuckle. "If I'm doing some festival and there's some cool young act on there they like, they might perk up a little bit. But they're used to old daddy," says Jackson.
This summer marks the 20th anniversary of Jackson signing to Arista/Nashville. He continued to captivate the Country's audience at a consistent level for the last 19 of those 20 years. He heads into this anniversary with the first three singles off his most recent album, last year's GOOD TIMES, all having made the long haul to No. 1, with the fourth one, "Sissy's Song," HITTING THE Top Ten. There's more than one generation of Country fans that consider "old daddy" their only daddy that'll walk the line. You can't exactly mistake full amphitheaters for empty nests.
Jaskcon says, "I don't even know what label I'm on anymore," he says, chuckling. "I can't remember which ones they merged with. It's got a different name about every two or three weeks." That label be Sony Music Nashville, until recently Sony BMG, whose chairman, Joe Galante, inherited Jackson's recording career in one of those mergers 10 years ago. "I don't think of him as an anomaly, in that he's one of those guys that won't get off the road and doesn't want to go away," Galante says. "He's not gonna take three years off the radio.
He knows you've gotta be around the fans to be in their minds. But I do think he's an anomaly in that he doesn't follow any part of the system in the sense of the way the town works creatively." Galante says that Jackson's lack of interest in the glad-handing that is second nature to every other major-label Country artist now makes all his hit singles even more valuable, and there've been 26 No. 1's to date. Those songs got to those positions the old-fashioned way: They earned it, as songs, without undue help from Jackson dropping by every morning show in the country.
The fact that it really has been about the music, for 20 years, has inspired a generation—maybe even a generation-and-a-half—of younger artists who've come up behind the 50-year-old star. Sunny Sweeney, an ex-Austinite who moved to Nashville just a month ago, counts him as a hero, as much for his writing as for the way "he makes traditional Country stay cool. And the songs I know he didn't write, like 'Monday Morning Church,' I still swear he wrote," Sweeney says, "because I just believe every word he sings."
Jack Ingram, another Texan made good in Nashville, used to cover Jackson songs in the early days, back when he had little use for any other mainstream Country.
Dierks Bentley first fell in love with "Here in the Real World" living back in Phoenix. "There's something awesome in those three minutes of truth," Bentley says, "and not one word of filler in there." When Bentley first moved to town in 1994, the first star he spotted was Jackson, shopping for shoes in Green Hills Mall. He waited by the exit door for 10 minutes and ambushed him, as a fan. He repeated that experience when he went up to Jackson as a fellow star at a CMT Giants taping.
Vince Gill says, "He's always had a great way of writing songs about the common man, not unlike Merle Haggard. He reminds me of Don Williams more than anybody. Don was quiet, but he made the best, coolest records, and found great beauty in simplicity, which Alan does today as well as anybody."
Alan Jackson remembers some nervous moments professionally. But he doesn't remember them real well, because the last one was 20 years ago. He'd spent a few years knocking around town, doing demos with producers who wanted to slicken up his sound.
Then he fell into what would be a career-long partnership with producer Hb>Keith Stegall. He knew Stegall would be simpatico, just based on some Randy Travis sides he'd previously cut. Thus began one of Country's most charmed careers, but for the bump in the road that was his first single, "Blue Blooded Woman."
"I saw a lot of people come out with one or two songs, and if there wasn't any buzz going, they'd be gone," Jackson says. "So yeah, I thought, when that first single died, 'Well, there goes my shot.'
Then to make it worse, Denise got pregnant. We thought, uh-oh, here I am, my wife's pregnant, and now my career is fixing to not take off. It was a scary time. Then the 'Here in the Real World' song came out and changed it all."
The populism of "Little Man," the hilarious carpetbaggery of "Gone Country," the bittersweet existentialism of "That'd Be Alright", and of course, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," the 9/11-inspired ballad that turned heads across musical and cultural divides.
That song became a defining moment for Jackson—the moment when he could have taken a step away from Country toward the kind of genre-shifting superstardom Garth Brooks courted. Pop stations wanted to play "Where Were You," so the label requested a remix without the already near-subliminal steel guitar. Jackson said no.
"There's 'I Wish I Could Back Up'—that's a positive song," Jackson says, "but it's about a negative past, that does kind of go with my and Denise's experience over the years." It's the one song on the album that might serve as a soundtrack for Denise's memoir of their marital troubles, It's All About Him, which topped The New York Times' best-seller list in 2007.
An eye-opening account of their near-breakup and their rocky path to reconciliation, It's All About Him confirmed much of the gossip surrounding the intensely private couple. If anything, the book granted her husband his aforementioned wish—the one about not wanting to be perceived as too much of a saint.
Denise says, "I think for Alan, it was almost a relief for him for me to tell the truth of this story of our lives as I saw it, and for people to realize that he has had regrets in his personal life, and that by the grace of God we were able to live through that and and be better off in the long run. Because it really was about forgiveness and restoration. But yes, it was a lot to ask of him."
The validation on the best-seller list, Jackson says, "was a great thing for her, and it gave her a chance to show that she's a smart person that has a lot to say, and not just some trophy wife that I got when I couldn't afford a trophy wife."
He’s started working on his next album, and he's been playing songs for Denise at night, getting her opinion before he puts them in front of Stegall the next day. Not that he always takes it to heart. "I remember him playing 'Where I Come From' for me," Denise Jackson says, "and I said, 'Alan, that's just so corny!' And of course it was a huge hit, so what do I know? There've been times where I said 'Ah, that's kind of corny,' and he'll say, 'You know, Denise, you've lost touch with the real people. You've lost touch with the people that shop at Wal-Mart.' "And not that that's everybody who listens to Country music, but a good portion of the buyers of Country music I think are just working people that are trying to make it through each day. And to this day,
Alan still feels more comfortable going down and talking to the guy that takes care of our cars—whether it's about cars or life in general—than he is at any music-industry shindig. I think that really helps him continue to identify with the bulk of the people who listen to the music."
He's very comfortable with himself and not gonna change his music to please anybody. And the day it doesn't make sense anymore, he's gonna be fishing. It may be telling that the lakefront house is the Tennessee property the Jacksons aren't selling. A guy's gotta have something to look forward to. If there's ever been a song that's autobiographical in Jackson's career—and there've been plenty, really—it'd be the latest album's "I Still Like Bologna," with lines like "Finally gave in and got a cell phone/I never had that much to say."
Have the hots for a co-worker? While the workplace is one of the best places to find a date, it can also be one of the riskiest because of the underlying threat of sexual harassment. "It is perfectly okay to ask a co-worker on a date as long as you do not make them feel uncomfortable or imply that it will affect their status at the company," writes columnist John Anthony for CareerRamblings.com. Anthony offers six office dating do's and don'ts:
Do not repeatedly ask the same co-worker to go on a date if he or she has said no even one time. No means no. Period. Move on.
Do get to know your potential date well before you ever go out. Sharing the same work environment means there are far more potential consequences if the date goes bad. As much as possible, know what you're getting into.
Do start out slowly. If you take things slowly in the beginning, the chances of a bad ending are lessened.
Do agree to set up relationship rules. Here's an example: No flirting at work.
Do not be afraid to talk about sexual harassment. Be open and honest with each other by candidly discussing the issues on your mind--even those that might be a bit scary to address out loud.
Do be ready to address the rumors in the office! Gossip thrives in every workplace, large or small. Be prepared to address the rumors with your employer. Tell the truth and promise you will keep your relationship professional when you're at work. If you make your employer feel comfortable with the relationship, all should be fine.
A Florida woman has been arrested after her boyfriend accused her of assault with a sex toy.
Jim Carrey's 21-year-old daughter Jane is going to be a mom... so, yep: Jim's gonna be a grandpa!
Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance?" show was going to do a Michael Jackson salute... but couldn't get the rights to use the songs.
Remember that Michael Jackson resolution that Representative Sheila Jackson Lee talked about during MJ's memorial service? It's been shot down by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She felt it wasn't necessary.
Patricia Arquette has called off her divorce from Thomas Jane, star of the new HBO series "Hung." She filed in January, but has withdrawn the petition.
Ryan Reynolds says he and his wife Scarlett Johansson have every intention of adopting a baby some day. His brother was adopted and he likes the idea.
Justin Timberlake was playing golf in L.A. last week when he got his first every hole-in-one! Congrats JT.
Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman on Broadway, together? The two are teaming up for "A Steady Rain," which opens in September.
Michael Jackson's body is back at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills... but according to papers, is just being held there. The final resting place is yet to be announced.
David Arquette is going to sleep in a Plexiglas box above the Madison Square Garden marquee on Tuesday and Wednesday to raise money for the hungry.
Summer Fruits: This time of year, fresh produce and lifeguards are equally drool-worthy. Fruit's healthy, but the postsnack crash can leave you dragging. "Certain fruits send your blood sugar sky-high, and what goes up will come down," says Dan Hamner, M.D., author of Peak Energy.
Swimming in a Pool: Playing in the water is one of the joys of summer, but the chlorine can irritate sensitive sinuses. And sinusitis can lead to exhaustion and even chronic fatigue.
Hyper-AC-tivity: Chattering teeth, numb hands: This common summertime workcomplaint is called air-con fatigue. "When you're chilly, your body works to produce heat, and that consumes energy," says Marc Riedl, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at UCLA. "Plus, if you're uncomfortable, your concentration suffers." The result? You're tired, scattered and eyeing your sweater on 90-degree days.
Breakups by Proxy: When a pal gets dumped, you're there with the ice cream. But since you empathize, you naturally start feeling heartbroken too. "Trying to take care of her can wear you out," says therapist Dan Neuharth, Ph.D., author of Secrets You Keep from Yourself.
That Mondo Purse: How bad can toting an oversize bag of essentials be? "Carrying everything on one side of your body can lead to strain and fatigue of the back and shoulders," says health and fitness consultant Tim Moore, Ph.D. Plus, slumping compresses your lungs, so there's less oxygen to take to your muscles. That leaves you feeling bagged, er, bogged down.
Outdoor Happy Hours: Toasting with friends in the perfect weather is your Cosmo-given right. But imbiber beware: "Over a quarter of people have mild allergic reactions to the complex ingredients in beer and wine, which cause drowsiness the next day," says Dr. Chester. And booze also screws up your sleep. "Drinking causes sweating and snoring and can prevent deep sleep states," says Dr. Schwab. Add irritation from cigarette-smoke exposure and pollens and you have a triple whammy.
A Big Secret: Think about what a drag it is keeping something little, like a surprise party, under wraps. Multiply that by 1,000 if it's serious -- like that you cheated on your guy, are drowning in credit-card debt or got a DUI. "Keeping a guilty secret is like trying to keep a beach ball underwater," says Neuharth. "It becomes a 24/7 low-level energy drain."
Your iPod: True story: Struggling to hear can create physical stress. "Many people listen to their iPods at 115 decibels," says Ray Hull, Ph.D., an audiologist at Wichita State University. "That is as loud as a plane taking off and can damage your hearing and balance after 15 minutes." If you blast Rihanna before a big lecture, you then have to strain to hear, and you may be nap-ready before noon
UGLY MEN MORE LIKELY TO GET WOMEN PREGNANT: A study from the University of Oxford and University College London reported on by Fox News has found that ugly men are more likely to get women pregnant. Scientists have found attractive males produce less sperm during sex. Researchers think good-looking males are biologically geared to hold back their sperm in each encounter to increase their chance of impregnating more females, but unattractive males know they are not going to bed so many females -- so when they do get lucky they give it all they've got.
CURSING FEELS GOOD: A writer for CBSNews.com extolled the virtues of swearing in an editorial titled, "In Praise of Cursing." He said, "There is also something rebellious in the act which appeals to lowbrow and highbrow alike, like we're getting away with something naughty. It also feels really great."
SCIENCE NOT AS RESPECTED AS IT USED TO BE: The AP reports that the share of Americans who see science as the nation's greatest achievement is down sharply, even as the public continues to hold scientists in high regard. A new Pew Research Center poll indicates that 27 percent of Americans say the nation's greatest achievements are in science, medicine and technology, more than any category other than don't know. But that's down from 47 percent in a similar study a decade ago, the center reported last week.
The death knell is ringing for good old fashioned telephones, as more and more U.S. households opt for cell phones only. According to a new survey, one in five households have ditched landlines to go strictly wireless in a high tech shift that's being credited to grim economic times as families struggle to trim their budgets. "We do expect that wit the recession, we'd see an increase in the prevalence of wireless only households," says Stephen Blumber, senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control, who led the research team. Further indicating landlines are fast becoming objects of the past, 15% of households have both landlines and cells, but take few or no calls on landlines, usually because they're wired into computers. As a result, 35% of households can only be reached by cells. (National Examiner)
Another reason to stay cool on hot days: Warm weather may trigger severe headaches and migraines, says a new study that followed 7,000 headache sufferers over six years. With every 5 degree uptick in temperature, the subjects' risk of having a pounder increased by more than 7%, says lead author Kenneth Mukamal, M.D., of Harvard Medical School. The rising mercury might spark headaches by altering hormone activity or changing how blood circulates. (Women's Health)
There should be a new rule in school: Students are allowed -- even encouraged -- to chew gum in class! Why? It appears that chewing gum raises grades. While janitors won't like this one bit, students who chewed gum during math class had higher scores on a standardized math test after 14 weeks and better grades at the end of the term than students in the class who did not chew gum, according to a study that was funded by Wrigley and conducted by the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. "
Tufts University reports a low carbohydrate diet can diminish your memory and ability to think clearly. Glucose, produced by your body from the carbs you eat, is the brain's primary source of fuel. The brain doesn't store glucose for more than a day or two and the average low carb diet, as few as 20 grams of carbohydrates a day as opposed to the recommended daily allowance of 130 grams doesn't provide enough to replenish the supply. "Diets can affect more than just weight," says psychologist Holly Taylor. "Low carb diets have the strongest potential for negative impact to thinking and cognition. The brain needs glucose for energy." (Sun)
Chained to your desk and unable to slip out even for a quick lunch? Heinz is feverishly working to develop a portable microwave oven that is powered by your computer. Dubbed the Beanzaware, the turquoise device is just 7.4 inches tall, 6.2 inches wide and 5.9 inches deep and pugs into a common USB port using the same frequencies used by cell phones. Those frequencies are the key to quickly cooking food on the inside and outside in under a minute. The prototype cost $165, but mass production of the final version of the oven could drop the price significantly. The food company initiated the portable microwave to heat its products after surveys revealed that around 70% of office workers find it difficult to leave their desks and go out for lunch each day. (National Examiner)
Mark Martin led 195 laps the most ever at this track and grabbed his 39th career win, 4th win of 2009 (the most of all drivers), and his first at Chicagoland.
OTHER STORIES ON THE DAY
Kyle Busch had a rough night with a bad handling 18 machine, bounced off the wall multiple times, dropped a cylinder and finally blew up and wrecked. He finished 33rd and is now 10th in the points
Kurt Busch had a top 5 run in his sights but finished 17th after Jimmie Johnson washed up the racetrack and pounded the #2 late in the race. Kurt said "I'm starting to lose my faith in Jimmie's ability as a 3 time champion"
Paul Menard had a top 10 run going when he made contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and cut a tire down and wrecked with Jeff Burton and Scott Speed
Sprint Cup LifeLock.com 400 Final Standings (Unofficial)
Juan Pablo Monoya
JOEY LOGANO WINS HIS FIRST CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY RACE: Joey Logano beat Kyle Busch again, winning the Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway Friday. It was Logano's first Chicagoland win.
Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Final Standings (Unofficial)
Lady Antebellum member Charles Kelley is now a married man. He and his publicist fiancee, Cassie McConnell, exhanged vows in the Bahamas over the July 4th weekend. The ceremony was witnessed by close family and friends.
The couple actually got married last month during a civil ceremony in Nashville, which was a legal formality in preparation for their destination wedding.
Kelley's new wife represents Jake Owen and Kelley's brother, pop singer Josh Kelley, who is married to actress Katherine Heigl.
Lady Antebellum is currently on tour with Kenny Chesney.
Their latest single, "I Run To You," sits at Number Three on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Billy Currington might have another Number One hit on his hands with his current single, "People Are Crazy." The song sits at Number Four on the country charts this week. Currington is grateful he got to cut the song because it almost didn't happen, as he tells us: "I saw this CD sampler of five songs from Troy Jones. I put the CD in and I listened to it and this song "People Are Crazy" came on. Just the beginning of the song and everything it was saying, I was just intrigued, and I wanted to hear more of it. After it was over I called a guy up and was like "Hey there's a song on here called 'People Are Crazy'. Is that song available to record?" And he was like "Oh no, no, no. Somebody else recorded that already. And actually, even if it was, you'd have to stand in line because there's so many artists that want to record that." And he was naming all these big, big names and I was like, "Oh well, heck with it then."
Currington was about to give up hope when at the last minute he was given permission to record "People Are Crazy" for his latest album, Little Bit Of Everything. "Maybe two months later it came time to record the current album that I have out there now and that was one song I just had to ask about again. And they just said "You know what? Just record it, and it will all work itself out." And it did, here it is on the radio."
Little Bit of Everything has jumped back into the Top 10 on the Country Albums Chart this week, selling 11,500 units.
The CD was originally released last year.
Trace Adkins was in Lancaster, Texas on Friday (July 10th) to volunteer in a home re-build as part of the latest episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The singer helped Ty Pennington and his crew re-build the home of the Marshall family.
Carlton Marshall lost most of his mobility and all of his hearing after being shot while leading a Dallas Police Department SWAT team. Carlton and his wife, Susan, a homicide detective, have two children, one of which began experiencing seizures shortly after Carlton was shot. Their home had become unlivable after snakes infested the walls, attic, wiring and plumbing. The foundation of the house was also sinking, and the septic system backed up on their lawn. Despite their difficulties, Carlton and Susan continued to volunteer at a nonprofit program called TROT, which stands for Therapeutic Riding of Texas. The Marshalls hoped to modify their horse barn and stables to host TROT sessions, which would also be helpful to Carlton.
There is no word yet on when this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will air.
Adkins and Toby Keith are on tour together this summer.
This fall, Adkins will join Martina McBride on the road.
Sara Evans will return to her home state of Missouri on Tuesday (July 14th) to perform during major league baseball's All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Evans will sing "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch.
She will be joined at the game by her family. Evans said, "I'm a huge baseball fan, as are all of our children. This will definitely be one of the highlights of our 2009!"
President Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The game, including Evans' performance, will be televised live by FOX Sports, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Evans' new single, "Feels Just Like a Love Song," will be the first release from her upcoming album.
Dolly Parton is still getting used to the idea of a world without Michael Jackson. While Parton says the two were never "dear friends", they did share a friendship while being managed by the same person for a time, she tells us:"I used to see him at different shows or at different parties that my manager used to have at his home. A lot of celebrities would come, but I'd always find a way to sit with Michael and talk with him. He was such a gentle, precious little person. I just thought, 'Man, he's just so deep and fragile and delicate that I thought, 'He's just so sensitive. It's hard for him to live in this world. He's so special.' I do believe he just had the little heart of an angel, and I just feel sad, but I know he's at peace now, and I think his music will live forever."
Parton recently posted a video diary message to Jackson on her website, called "Rest in Peace Michael."
In other Parton news, the singer's own Dolly Records will release the soundtrack from 9 To 5: The Musical on Tuesday (July 14th).
Her new children's book, I Am A Rainbow, was released in May. All proceeds from I Am A Rainbow will go to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which works with local community sponsors to provide books to preschool children across America, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
CHANNING TATUM AND JENNA DEWAN MARRY: Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were married on Saturday (July 11th) in Malibu. Us Weekly reports that the 15-minute ceremony took place at the Church Estates Vineyards -- the same place that Fergie and Josh Duhamel exchanged "I do's" last year. Over 200 guests were on hand for the nuptials, including maid of honor, Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui and bridesmaid Haylie Duff. The couple met on the set of their 2006 movie, Step Up and became engaged last year.
KRISTEN STEWART REPORTEDLY LAUGHS OFF PREGNANCY RUMORS: Kristen Stewart is reportedly laughing off rumors that she's pregnant with Rob Pattinson's baby. Although the Twilight actress has not publicly commented on the story, which ran in Australia's New Weekly magazine, a source on the set of her new rock biopic The Runaways told Life & Style magazine, "Joan (Jett) and Kristen managed to have a laugh about the rumor. Kristen just thought it was ridiculous."
JASON PRIESTLEY WELCOMES A SON: Jason Priestley and his wife Naomi welcomed their second child last Thursday (July 9th). A rep for the former Beverly Hills 90210 star confirmed to the Associated Press that Naomi gave birth to a son, who joins the couple's two-year-old daughter, Ava Veronica.
DAVID ARQUETTE LIVING IN BOX FOR CHARITY: David Arquette is planning to live in a box in New York City to raise money for the hungry. The Associated Press reports that the 37-year-old actor will stay in a Plexiglas box above the Madison Square Garden marquee on Tuesday (July 14th) and Wednesday (July 15th) to raise $250,000 for Feeding America -- the nation's largest domestic hunger relief charity. He'll be residing the box for about eight hours on each of the day and will be eating during his stay there.
JENNIFER ANISTON GIVES MOVIE CREW DAY OFF: Jennifer Aniston likely made a lot of new friends over the recent holiday weekend when she footed the bill so that the cast and crew of her new movie, The Bounty, could have an extra day off. People magazine reports that the actress paid all of the salaries for Thursday, July 2nd, so that the production would have a four-day break. A source told the magazine, "Jen is such a genuinely good person. How many people in this world would pay for an entire movie set to have off for the day? Not just anyone does that. We're talking big bucks."
NO PLAYBOY SPREAD FOR SHIRLEY JONES: Shirley Jones'Playboy dreams have reportedly been dashed. The New York Post reports that after the 75-year-old expressed interest in doing a spread earlier this year, she took 300 test shots showing her cleavage and legs in an 18th-century French-boudoir setting. However, Hugh Hefner reportedly passed on the snaps because he expected more nudity. Jones' husband/manager Marty Ingels told the Post, "Shirley said, 'Under no circumstances will I show more.' And I agree with her. I mean, come on!"
BRANGELINA BUYING HOUSE IN NYC?: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly looking to lay down some permanent roots in New York City. The New York Daily News reports that the couple has quietly been looking at a century-old West Side landmark that's currently undergoing a condo conversion. A source told the paper that the couple is prepared to shell out $25 million for the new digs, which come complete with celebrity-friendly amenities. The insider explained, "The gated courtyard means they can get in and out of their car without being hassled by paparazzi. The building also has several other exits."
MEL GIBSON AND JODIE FOSTER TEAMING UP: Mel Gibson is heading back to theaters. Variety reports that the actor, who has lately been making more headlines for his personal rather than professional life, has signed on to star in The Beaver. The publication added that the film is a drama, which will be directed by Jodie Foster. Gibson will play "a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet," while Foster, who will also act in the film, will play his wife. The two previously starred in 1994's Maverick.
'HANGOVER' SEQUEL SET FOR 2011:The Hangover 2 already has a release date. Variety reports that the follow-up to the summer's highest-grossing comedy will hit theaters on Memorial Day weekend of 2011. The film won't arrive any sooner because director Todd Phillips had already signed a deal to direct a road trip comedy called Due Date, which he must complete before getting started on the sequel.
JON HEDER TO STAR IN NEW SITCOM: Comedy Central has ordered a sitcom by FunnyorDie.com creators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay that will star Napoleon Dynmaite'sJon Heder.BroadcastingCable.com reports that the network has ordered a ten-episode first season of the show, which will feature Heder as a computer IT specialist who leaves the big city to move home with his parents.
RYAN SEACREST SIGNING 'AMERICAN IDOL' MEGA-DEAL? Ryan Seacrest is reportedly close to signing a new deal with American Idol that would make him on of the highest-paid reality television personalities. The Hollywood Reporter announced that a prospective contract would keep him attached to the show for three more years as well as team up with Idol executive producer Simon Fuller on new projects. Seacrest reportedly banked $5 million for Idol's eighth season.
'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STAR SIGNS BOOK DEAL: The Real Housewives of New York City'sJill Zarin has scored a book deal. RadarOnline.com reports that the reality star is penning Secrets of a Jewish Mother, which is a sort of 'you know you're Jewish when' book that she wrote with her mother and sister. Zarin said, "Even if you aren't Jewish, you'll appreciate this book. There is a section in it that asks questions like, 'do you read medical journals? Are you a natural matchmaker?' I think people may read my book and discover they are a Jewish mother at heart!"
PRODUCER HOPEFUL FOR TV CAMEOS IN 'T.J. HOOKER' FILM: William Shatner, Heather Locklear and the rest of the original T.J. Hooker cast will be appearing in the upcoming film adaptation if producer Ryan Heppe can work out the details. Heppe told the New York Post, "We absolutely want to try and get the original cast in the movie. It's all about finding the right story motivations to include their characters so we're not just stopping the movie to drop by Adrian Zmed's house, you know?"
'PARENTHOOD' PRODUCTION DELAYED: Production on the new television drama Parenthood has been delayed eight weeks after star Maura Tierney fell ill. StarPulse.com reports that shooting was scheduled to begin later this month, but executives have been forced to move the launch until late September due to the "medical evaluation" Tierney is undergoing. Tierney is best know for her role on E.R.
Bruno, a mock documentary starring Sacha Baron Cohen as his gay Austrian fashionista character, debuted in first place at the weekend box office. Like the 2006 surprise hit, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Bruno features Cohen in character duping unsuspecting victims with his outrageous behavior. Bruno's $30.4 million take surpassed the $26.5 million opening weekend for Borat, however Bruno made nearly half its weekend total on Friday and then had a big drop the rest of the weekend. That's unusual for hit movies, which usually see revenues go up on Saturday, and could be a bad sign for Bruno's staying power.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen fell to third place after two weeks at Number One.
The romantic comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper, about a nerdy high school valedictorian who uses his graduation speech to declare his love for the most popular girl in school, played by Hayden Panettiere, opened weakly in seventh place.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- JULY 10-12
Bruno, $30.4 million
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $28.5 million
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $24.2 million
Why can't we be friends? This sounds nice but in reality an ex does not make a true friend, especially immediately after the breakup.
I must have closure. Closure can be difficult to obtain no matter how many conversations one has. The best closure can come from resisting the urge for dialogue and moving on.
I just need to make sense of it all, and I just have one more thing to say before you go. Another version of closure and another reason to stay in contact when in reality this just gives your ex another opportunity to hurt you. Not fun.
I want to be available for reconciliation. Wanting to get back together is a fair feeling to have. Even if you do end up reconciling, the relationship will undoubtedly be different. It is still important to take some time without speaking in order to mourn the relationship and contemplate how you really feel.
I just need to give his stuff back. Do it quickly, in the first couple days. After that, use one of our many mail services.
I'm just so RANDY. And your ex is familiar because you know him or her (and it won't increase your "number"). But again, this is just prolonging the inevitable and will keep you stuck in the past. Time to cut off the ex and find someone new to get jiggy with.
We run in the same circles. If this is the case, you won't be able to help running into your ex, but that does not mean you need to get in touch afterward. Keep your conversations polite, brief and away from anything that can bring up negative feelings from the past. Obviously easier said than done.
INTERNET PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM LYING ABOUT AGE: Lying about your age might seem like an old social custom, but it's still a rite of passage for many people, especially women, once they reach a certain benchmark age. The New York Post notes that the question is: How far can age fibs go nowadays, when the truth is just a Google search away? One woman from Westchester was so convinced that her country club pal was lying about her age that she set out to find the truth online. Thanks to an alumni newsletter from the woman's alma mater posted to the Internet, she soon discovered that the friend was five years older than she had boasted. "Unless she enrolled in college when she was 13 years old, she was definitely lying to the entire club," the Westchester woman said.
CHECK IT OUT:http://www.adultitis.org/ -- "Adultitis is a common condition occurring in people between the ages of 21 -- 121, marked by chronic dullness, mild depression, moderate to extremely high stress levels, a general fear of change, and, in some extreme cases, the inability to smile."
MEMORY DRUG IN THE WORKS: Scientists may have discovered a protein that could give humans near-perfect memories. Asylum.com reports that Spanish researchers found that if they boosted the production of the protein RGS-14 in the visual cortex region of mice, the lab animals could remember objects for up to two months that they would had previously forgotten in about an hour. While the effects of RGS-14 have yet to be tested on humans, the researchers believe it could act as a very powerful memory-enhancer.
SCIENCE COULD RAISE LIFE EXPECTANCY: Scientists say they have discovered a drug that could help people live up to 10 years longer. London's The Sun reports that it works by inhibiting a protein called TOR that plays a key role in cell growth. Tests on 600-day-old mice -- equivalent to 60-year-old humans -- have shown it also extends life expectancy by up to 14 percent.
DOGS HELP MOTIVATE KIDS TO READ: The Telegraph reports that recent research has shown that children who read to pet dogs learn more quickly than those who read aloud to adults. One British school launched 45-minute reading sessions that involves dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Labradors and Shetland sheepdogs being brought in to the classroom. The teacher involved told the paper, "The children always looked forward to their sessions and it certainly helped with motivating them to read both at school and at home. There was also a real sense of ownership and pride from the children towards their dogs. Any way to get the children to read is a positive way."
Carrie Underwood will headline the Salute to the Troops Concert at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on August 14th. The show is for the soldiers and families at the base in honor of the 101st Airborne Division, which is returning from their service in the Middle East.
The welcome home celebration will continue on August 15th with another concert. Other artists performing during the two-day event include Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, John Rich, Jypsi and Rodney Atkins.
The concerts are free and open to the public, but a valid ID, proof of insurance and registration are required for entry.
The show is one of only a handful of live performances Underwood is doing this summer while she works on her upcoming album.
The concerts are part of Week of the Eagles, presented by Fort Campbell's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). The celebration this year runs from August 14-20 and pays tribute to the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division.
Underwood participated in a USO holiday tour in Kuwait and Iraq in 2006.
Kenny Chesney will give fans in New York City a taste of his Sun City Carnival tour when he performs in Central Park on August 14th as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series.
Chesney's GMA stop will come just 24 hours before he takes the stage at Boston's Gillette Stadium.
Chesney's Greatest Hits II is currently in stores.
His latest single, "Out Last Night," just ended a two week run at Number One on Billboard's Country Singles Chart.
Chesney is set to headline the 2010 Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival in Enterprise, Alabama. The event will take place from June 3-5. Other acts scheduled to perform at next year's BamaJam include Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Jason Aldean, The Black Crowes and Kid Rock.
Chesney plays the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta tonight (Friday, July 10th).
Dierks Bentley had a recent encounter with an ill passenger aboard a flight who had the singer covering up, so to speak, as Bentley told reporters: "This person was hacking behind me a little bit, and the flight attendant came over wearing the full welder's mask and gloves on and sat down next to the lady. 'Ma'am, are you alright?' 'Well, I started feeling bad about two days ago, and I can't hold any of my food down,' and I'm lookin' back. It's like, 'Why did you get on this flight?' I took my little face eye mask and put it over my mouth and tried to use that to breathe through hoping I wouldn't catch anything, but I think being on the bus with a bunch of guys over the last 10 years made me immune to pretty much any disease."
Bentley continues on the American Saturday Night tour with headliner Brad Paisley.
His latest single, "Sideway," currently tops the country charts.
Sarah Palin's recent announcement to resign as the governor of Alaska have run the gamut from disappointment to glee around the country. Craig Morgan is not shy about his adoration for Palin, and tells us that he, for one, totally supports her decision. "I loved it. I admire her for that. Now, I'm a little confused. I don't know what she's doin', but I don't care. Why do we care? I mean, if she feels like she's doin' this and it's gonna be better for her state, I think that's awesome! I really believe, and I may be snowballed -- I don't think I am. I'm not that kind of guy. It's hard to get anything over on me -- I think she truly believes that what she's doin' is gonna be better for her and her family and her state and this country, in turn."
Morgan adds that Palin's dedication to her family is admirable, and that her family is a more realistic model of American families today. "I think her and her family, as a political family, better represent the majority of the people in this nation. They still seem to have been able to grasp and hold onto that family and that unity that takes place in a family, and I just love it. I mean, if she's quit she's got her reasons. I would like to know . . . I wanna know what she's plannin'. I don't know why. I'm not the kind of guy who really gives a crap about what other people are doin', but for whatever reason, when she was on that show, on Good Morning America talkin' about it, she made me think that there's hope. That's what she made me think!"
Morgan recently posted a message to Palin on Twitter asking, "Are you out there Sarah Palin." He told us he's really hoping for a response from her so he can talk to her about her future plans.
In the meantime, Morgan continues to tour in support of his current That's Why album. The project includes his new single, "Bonfire."
Miley Cyrus admits that she must still listen to her parents despite her superstardom. The 16-year-old told Elle magazine, "My dad won't let me fix my teeth or cut my hair. He loves it. He's like, 'It's you!'"
The singer doesn't appear to mind the laws her father has laid down as she's in agreement with his thoughts on her looks. Pointing to her mouth, she confessed, "I like these crooked. I love my teeth."
In other Miley news, the 16-year-old hosted some beauty-related girl talk on her Twitter page Wednesday (July 8th) night, in which she gave out make-up and self-help tip. She concluded the discussion by saying, "Nothing hurts me more than thinking that some girl out there doesn't believe she's beautiful. Its just another one of Satans lies. I love you."
Meanwhile, an hour-long episode of Miley Cyrus's Hannah Montana was cable's most-watched program last week. The Sunday (July 5th) show, which aired on the heels of a seven-hour Disney Channel marathon of repeat episodes, drew an audience of 6.9 million viewers -- the series' second largest to date. The impressive figure also secured the Hannah Montana episode's position as television's number one scripted series telecast of the year in tweens -- people aged nine to 14.
From A on People.com: "Can't cut her hair or fix her teeth, please. Maybe daddy should still be sporting a mullet."
From SD on People.com: Her Dad won't let her fix her teeth? PLEASE! Miss Miley, you might want to go check out TMZ, where they have before and after pics, and by that I mean BEFORE the veneers, and AFTER the veneers."
Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Lloyd and the Randy Rogers Band will be among the acts wishing singer/songwriter Radney Foster a happy 50th birthday during a special concert in Nashville on July 20th. The event will take place at the Exit/In beginning at 8 p.m. CT.
Foster and his special guests will perform some of Foster's classic hits as well as some new stuff from his upcoming album, called Revival.
Foster made his debut in 1986 as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd. They recorded three studio albums and charted nine hits.
In 1992, Foster signed his first solo deal with Arista Records. His biggest hits during his seven-year stint on that roster included "Nobody Wins" and "Just Call Me Lonesome."
Foster has written the hits "A Real Fine Place To Start" for Sara Evans and "Raining On Sunday" for Keith Urban, as well as "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)", which was recorded by the Dixie Chicks.
JON GOSSELIN REPORTEDLY HAS NEW GIRLFRIEND: Jon Gosselin reportedly has a new girlfriend. Although he was rumored to be in a relationship with 23-year-old Deanna Hummel before his split from wife Kate was announced, RadarOnline.com reports that his new arm candy is 22-year-old "party girl" Hailey Glassman. A source close to Glassman said that the couple is definitely "in love," adding, "They are planning a romantic trip to Paris in the next couple of weeks. And Hailey is going to start a shoe line. She is into fashion." Glassman is reportedly the daughter of the plastic surgeon who performed Kate's tummy-tuck surgery.
RYAN REYNOLDS PLANS TO ADOPT: Ryan Reynolds and wife Scarlett Johansson will likely be adoptive parents. The 32-year-old actor told British Glamour, "My oldest brother is adopted and I have every intention of adopting at some time. I'm very grateful for having my brother in my life. I couldn't be more pro-adoption. There are plenty of kids in the world that need it."
JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS BACK TO WORK AFTER ARREST: Jonathan Rhys Meyers is back at work less than a month after he was arrested in a Paris airport. On Wednesday (July 8th) the actor was spotted on the Dublin set of The Tudors, just weeks after he was detained at Charles de Gaulle airport on June 25th after allegedly threatening staff at a terminal bar.
HOPE DAVIS TO PLAY HILLARY CLINTON: Hope Davis is replacing Julianne Moore as Hillary Clinton in the upcoming film, The Special Relationship. The Hollywood Reporter announced the casting switch for the project, which will chronicle the "unique and sometimes turbulent political relationship" between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. Dennis Quaid is set to play President Clinton, while Michael Sheen will take on the role of Blair.
BROOKE SHIELDS RETURNING TO MOVIES: Brooke Shields is returning to movie theaters after a ten-year absence. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the actress has signed on to the family comedy, Furry Vengeance, in which she'll play the wife of Brendan Fraser's character -- a real estate developer who is challenged by a band of raccoons on some new property. The role is Shields' first singe 1999's Black and White.
LINDSAY LOHAN AMONG 'PROJECT RUNWAY' GUEST STARS: Lindsay Lohan and Christina Aguilera are among the celebrities who will make cameo appearances when Project Runway returns to television on August 20th. Lifetime, the show's new home, announced the 16 contestants who will be competing on the show, who range from recent design school graduates to fashion veterans. Of the new contestants, host Heidi Klum said, "The girls are very strong on season six. There's a lot of crying, there's fighting going on, there's a lot of drama going on - but especially with the girls."
GEORGE CLOONEY TO FILM IN EARTHQUAKE-RAVAGED ITALY: George Clooney says that he will shoot a film in the mountain region of Italy that was recently ravaged by an earthquake. The Associated Press reports that the actor toured the ruins on Thursday (July 9th) and visited a tent camp for the homeless where he shook hands with residents. He'll begin shooting a thriller about a killer who tries to hide out in an Italian town in September -- which should benefit the local economy.
BRAD PITT MOVIE BACK ON: The Brad Pitt film Moneyball is reportedly back on -- although director Steven Soderbergh is no longer attached to the project. PerezHilton.com reports that Aaron Sorkin has stepped in to helm the film, the production of which was abruptly called off last month due to unseen script changes by Soderbergh.
We Americans slurp up the most ice cream per person than folks in any other nation - a whopping 48 pints for each of us per year.
Vanilla orders account for anywhere from 20% to 29% of all ice cream sales. Chocolate's second snagging about 9 to 10 percent of the market.
A serving of vanilla ice cream was offered to immigrants at Ellis Island, as part of their "Welcome to America" meal.
Among the wacky flavors of ice cream manufactured are avocado, garlic, jalapeno, azuki bean and pumpkin. Maybe the nuttiest of all was dill pickle ice cream, marketed to expectant mothers.
One out of every five ice cream eaters lets "Fido" and "Fluffy" join in the fun.
For reason no one is entirely clear about, the fine folks in Omaha, NE, are the most voracious ice cream eaters, beating out the citizens of California, Florida and other warmer climates.
The first ice cream parlor in this country made its debut in New York City in 1776. About 70 years later, the hand-cranked freezer was invented, allowing Americans to make ice cream fairly easily at home.
Ice cream was first mentioned in writing in this country in a letter from the 1700s, which admiringly described the ice cream and strawberry dessert a Maryland governor served at a fancy dinner party. Back then, ice cream was enjoyed mostly by a very elite few, including George Washington.
Air is a major ingredient of ice cream. Nope, you're not being gypped. Without lots of air, ice cream would be just about as hard as concrete.
Such novelties as ice cream on sticks and ice cream bars, introduced in the 1920s, may seem like kid's stuff, but the fact is, adults gobble nearly half of all such treats.
Top 10 Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors:
Butter pecan (5.3%)
Chocolate chip (3.9%)
French vanilla (3.8%)
Cookies and cream (3.6%)
Vanilla fudge ripple (2.6%)
Praline pecan (1.7%)
The Top 5 States That Produce The Most Ice Cream:
Ice Cream Consumption
Each American consumes an average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products each year.
The Northern Central states have the highest per capita consumption of ice cream, at 41.7 quarts. The top three cities in America that purchase the most ice cream are: Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington.
More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
Ice cream consumption is highest during July and August. July is National Ice Cream Month.
The average number of licks to polish off a single scoop ice cream cone is approximately 50.
(Sun) Several national studies have noted that bad behavior is becoming the norm in American and courtesy is all but forgotten. Find out if you need a refresher course in proper manners by taking this short quiz:
You are late for appointments...
half the time
Your friend keeps answering her cell phone at the movies, and you...
whisper that she's a jerk
grab her cell and turn if off in mid-call
ignore her and focus on the flick
suggest she go outside to talk
Someone pushes in front of you in line, and you...
sarcastically tell them to take a hike
shout for security
quietly say they need to get to the back of the line
The message on your voice mail is...
full of street slang
short and abrupt
apologetic and begs for the caller to leave a number
friendly and promises a return call ASAP
Mostly A: You're attitude is adding to the level of uncivil behavior. It's time to clean up your act.
Mostly B: Your furious reaction to the rudeness of others makes you just as bad. Get a grip.
Mostly C: You're so polite you're a doormat. You can be gracious while standing up for your rights.
Mostly D: You strike just the right chord of being courteous to others without being overly solicitous.
Google is developing a free computer operating system that it hopes will be able to eat into the long dominance held by Microsoft's Windows. In a blog posting late Tuesday (July 7th) announcing its operating system, Google said it believes it can improve speed and reduce security threats. The new operating system will be based on Google's nine-month-old web browser, called Chrome, and is expected to begin running computers in the second half of 2010. The early versions of the Chrome operating system will be targeted for netbooks, which are cheaper, less-powerful laptops that are becoming more popular among people who are mainly interested in surfing the Internet and who can't or don't want to spend too much money.
Brad Paisley's new American Saturday Night album debuts at Number One on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week. First week sales of the CD topped more than 129,000 copies.
American Saturday Night is Paisley's fifth consecutive non-seasonal album to debut at the top of the chart.
His first single, "Then," recently became Paisley's 10th consecutive Number One hit, spending three weeks at the top.
Paisley's American Saturday Night tour rolls on to Clarkston, Michigan on Friday (July 10th). The run features special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne.
American Saturday Night is Paisley's eighth album.
In all, Paisley's albums have launched 14 Number One singles and sold more than 10 million units.
Carrie Underwood has earned some additional digital hardware this week for her Carnival Ride album. The recent platinum digital certification of "All-American Girl" and gold digital certification of "Just A Dream" means that now all five of Underwood's singles from the nearly triple-platinum CD have been certified gold or platinum for digital downloads.
Earlier this year, Underwood became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner to achieve 10 Number One singles from their first two albums.
She is currently in the studio working on her new untitled album, which will be released on November 3rd.
Underwood's new album will be her career third.
Her previous two -- Some Hearts and Carnival Ride -- have sold a combined total of more than 10 million albums.
Steve McNair will be memorialized today in Nashville. Police announced on Wednesday (July 8th) that McNair was, in fact, murdered by his girlfriend of five months, Sahel Kazemi, who then turned the gun on herself. McNair was married with four children.
Craig Morgan once spent some time with McNair, but was reticent to share his thoughts on the athlete's death. In fact, he told us he didn't know why any of his fellow singers were making statements about the tragic situation. "I don't know why they're commenting. He got killed. I mean, if I had to say anything, it's sad to lose an individual in our society who seemed to have had such a positive impact. I mean, he was great with the community, kids, family. I mean, God, the man lost his life. I think we need to not get so involved in all that crap. Let the police do their job, and let his family move on. Let 'em heal."
Morgan is making his way around the fair and festival circuit this summer.
His new single, "Bonfire," is lighting up the country charts.
Jake Owen's songs have earned him some faithful fans, not the least of which are a married couple that Owen met while doing a show in Alabama. Owen said the two lingered outside his tour bus until he got out to meet them and hear their story, which he recently shared with reporters: "I met Tony and Terry, and he said, 'We have four kids, man, and we never get out of the house, and they're finally old enough where we can sneak away and come out to your show. We drove two hours to get here. The only reason we came tonight is to hear that song "Don't Think I Can't Love You," cause it talks about them big diamond rings and them big ol' houses, and just cause you can't afford it . . . and that's our song, cause to be honest with you Jake, I can't buy her s***! (laughs) He's like, 'But she loves me and that's all that matters,' and I said, 'Thank God my music touches people!'"
Owen's latest single, "Eight Second Ride," is making its way up the country charts.
He continues to play various fairs and festivals around the country this summer.
Newcomers Love And Theft recently shot the video for their debut single, "Runaway," in an abandoned brewery in Memphis. The trio walked away with an exciting new clip, but the day wasn't without its obstacles. First of all, group member Stephen Barker Liles struggled throughout the day with a case of food poisoning. Then the engine in the 1971 Mustang Mach 1 featured in the video had to be rebuilt after the car's power steering failed during filming with Love And Theft's Brian Bandas behind the wheel.
The "Runaway" video can be seen on the video networks and online in the coming weeks in advance of the band's CD launch of World Wide Open on August 25th.
Love And Theft opened for Taylor Swift in 2008.
Swift's song, "Hey Stephen," featured on her Fearless album, is about Love And Theft's Stephen Barker Liles.
KATE WALSH DIVORCE DRAMA CONTINUES: A judge ruled against Kate Walsh on Wednesday (July 8th), giving permission for ABC President Stephen McPherson sit for a deposition and answer questions about the actress's finances in relation to her divorce case with Alex Young. TMZ.com reports that in court, ABC made the following comparison about the situation, "It's as if Manny Ramirez was getting divorced and the first deposition they want to take is the president of ESPN." The bitter divorce comes on the heels of the couple's mere 14-month marriage.
DANIEL RADCLIFFE LIKES WOMEN OF ALL AGES: Although his previous quotes have gotten Daniel Radcliffe stuck with the reputation of a cougar-hunter, the 19-year-old Harry Potter star says that he's open to dating girls his own age. Radcliffe told reporters at the Tuesday (July 7th) premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, "I've been out with a couple of women who have been older than me. I think it's the maturity thing more than anything else, but that was when I was younger -- girls my age are now mature, so it's great. I've widened the field!"
'HOUSEWIVES' HUSBAND DENIES RECONCILIATION: Count Alex de Lesseps is denying reports that he's getting back together his estranged wife, The Real Housewives of New York City star, LuAnn de Lesseps. Although he confirmed that he had in fact split from his girlfriend, Princess Abajobir, the count told the New York Post, "I am not trying to get back with the countess in any way, as your spies suggested. We will remain friends and take care of our children."
DAVID ALLEN GRIER GETTING DIVORCED: David Alan Grier's wife has filed for divorce, TMZ reports. Christine Kim cited irreconcilable differences in the court papers filed in L.A. County Superior Court. The couple got married in July 2007 and have a 1-year-old daughter named Luisa Danbi .
'LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY' STAR BUSTED FOR DUI: Eddie Mekka, best known for his role as Carmine "The Big Ragoo" Ragusa on Laverne and Shirley, was arrested last week on suspicion of DUI. PerezHilton.com reports that Las Vegas Police arrested Mekka last Friday (July 3rd) after getting a call about a "suspected drunk driver" who was in an accident.
'HARRY POTTER' ACTOR TO FACE POT CHARGES IN COURT: Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett has been charged with growing ten marijuana plants in connection with his arrest earlier this year. A British police spokesperson told the Telegraph this week, "Jamie Waylett is due to appear at City of Westminster magistrates court later this month. He is charged with producing a Class B drug, namely 10 plants of cannabis." The 19-year-old, who plays bully Vincent Crabbe in the films, was arrested in April after cops found nearly $3,000 worth of pot in his car and later discovered a marijuana garden in his room.
EDDIE FURLONG DIVORCING: Eddie Furlong's wife Rachael Bella has filed for divorce, seeking joint custody of their two-year old son as well as spousal support. The star, who recently appeared in Terminator 2, has been married to Bella for almost three years.
CHARLIZE THERON REPORTEDLY HOSPITALIZED RECENTLY: Charlize Theron reportedly spent four nights in a Los Angeles hospital last week, suffering from a stomach virus. The National Enquirer reports that Theron's boyfriend Stuart Townsend took her to the hospital after she felt sick, where she was diagnosed with a virus that might have been contracted from overseas travel. She's reportedly since been discharged and is back to full health.
TIMOTHY HUTTON REPORTEDLY SPLITS FROM WIFE: Timothy Hutton has reportedly split from his wife of nine years. SFGate.com reports that the actor and Aurore Giscard D'estang are calling it quits and are living apart. The couple, who married in 2000, have a seven-year-old son named Milo.
Copious Compliments Week -- July 6-12. The way to a man's heart is through his ego not through his stomach, says psychiatrist Dr. Rubinstein. "Men crave flattery," he says. "It's easier to get men to believe compliments than to get women to believe them. He offered these enlightening tips on flattering a man.
Physical -- "Tell him he's strong or masculine," Dr. Rubinstein said. "Or tell him what a great body he has specific compliments that imply masculinity."
Appearance -- "Tell him how good-looking he is," the doctor said. "Or pick out one feature such as his eyes. But don't call him cute. Most men think that word is reserved for women and puppies."
Sensual -- "Tell him you love the sound of his voice," Dr. Rubinstein said. "Or that you like the way he smells, the feel of his skin or the color of his eyes."
Occupation -- "Flatter his job abilities," the expert said. "Tell him that he's good at his job and that his job must be exciting."
Husband & Father -- "Say he is the greatest husband a woman could ever have," he said. "Tell him he's great with the kids. Or that it's wonderful the way he gives up his weekends to spend quality time with the family."
Intelligence-- "Flatter his intelligence," Dr. Rubinstein said. "This is always safe because even people who aren't intelligent think they are."
Dress and looks -- "Say his suits always look good on him," the psychiatrist said. "Or that he looks like Mel Gibson."
Men will fall, err believe this 60% more than women will! The study showed that women need to be told the same compliment 5 to 6 times before they actually believe you mean it! Yikes can you say issues?
Sounds like a lot of psycho-babble to me. If you really want to please a man there are better things to say like.
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Carrie Underwood! Her third album is set for release on November 3rd. Underwood has yet to decide on a title for the new project.
The former "American Idol" is currently in the studio working on the upcoming CD. A brand new single will be heading to radio later this summer.
Underwood's previous two albums -- Some Hearts and Carnival Ride -- have sold a combined total of more than 10 million albums.
Earlier this year, Underwood became the first country artist in history to chart 10 Number One singles from their first two albums.
"I Told You So" became the fifth consecutive chart-topper from Underwood's 2007 album, Carnival Ride.
George Strait's new single, "Living For The Night," enters the Top 15 on the country charts just three weeks after its release. The song is the debut release from his new album, called Twang, which is due out on August 11th.
Strait co-wrote "Living For The Night" with his son, Bubba Strait, and legendary writer Dean Dillon.
Strait said, "It makes a papa proud to have my son contributing to the creation of this record. We had a great time writing with each other and then Dean adding his magic made it even more special. I hope the people that buy this record have as much fun listening to it as I had making it."
"Living For The Night" marks the first time Strait has penned a song since "I Can't See Texas From Here" from his 1982 debut, Strait Country.
Strait and Bubba co-penned two other songs on Twang -- "He's Got That Something Special" and "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind."
Bubba also wrote a track called "Arkansas Dave."
Strait recorded Twang at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, Florida.
Brad Paisley calls his new American Saturday Night album the most personal of his career so far. Paisley allowed snippets of his reality to creep into the songs on the CD, he tells us: ["When we were halfway through I sort of realized this is a project that feels like it's pieces of life. There's songs about being single. There's songs about becoming a father. There's songs about what shaped me."
The album's title reflects an overall theme that runs through all 15 songs on American Saturday Night. "I realized as we were doing it, this was sort of life lived for the weekend, with an eye on the weekend even throughout what's going on, even on the songs that are dark."
American Saturday Night is currently in stores.
The album's debut single, "Then," has already climbed to Number One.
His new single, "Welcome To The Future," is quickly moving up the charts.
Taylor Swift has a pretty simple tactic when it comes to writing a song -- focus on the subject at hand, she tells us: "I sit down and the process doesn't really involve me thinking about the demographic of people I'm trying to hit, or who I want to be able to relate to the song, or what genre of music it falls under. For me, when I sit down and I write a song, the only person that I'm thinking about is the person that I'm writing the song about, and what I want them to know, and what I wish that I could tell them to their face but I'm gonna say it in a song instead."
Swift says that writing is a way for her to express her feelings without having to speak them directly. "For me, music is really more about a diary and a confession, you know, so I love it. I love getting to say things to people that I wouldn't say to them if i was standing face-to-face with them. For me, music is a way of verbalizing those things that I feel but I can't say."
Swift graces the cover of the August issue of Glamour magazine.
She continues on her sold-out Fearless tour with special guest Kellie Pickler.
Miley Cyrus is continuing to shed her teen image with a mature photo spread featured on the cover and in the pages of Elle magazine's August issue. Cyrus sports minimal makeup, a sexy pout and mostly black clothes for the magazine, to which she opened up about her own design efforts.
Speaking about her new clothing line with Max Azria for Wal-Mart, the superstar admitted, "The jeans are my favorite part of the entire line. Because, like, literally this is going to be good for, like, Middle America, and it will be great for kids that really want to be in fashion but that don't have it available."
Miley also dished on why she and fellow Disney stars like Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato are such good friends in real life, telling the magazine, "It's hard for all of us. There are so many people that could be using you. So me and Nick and Demi, we don't need anything from each other. We got our own thing going on."
From deana on dailyblabber.ivillage.com: "i am a huge miley fan met her in america when she first started off as hannah montana but i do feel shes pushin herself 2 grow up 2 quickly. she has just turnt 16 i think these shots r too provocative n she needs 2 b careful cos der r dodgy ppl out dere. i love miley 2 pieces n adore her bt was not happy wen i saw this. she needs 2 b a teenager not a sex symbol"
From eileen on dailyblabber.ivillage.com: "i really don't think it's provocative at all! she's 16, she's developed boobs..oh no..she's hit puberty..shame on her! like come on...she's just growing up and so is her body..the pose isn't remotely seductive or anything..she's facing forward, hands on her hips..it's much more wholesome than pictures i see girls her age posting even if it's at prom or on the weekend or mostly when they pose for the camera in front of a mirror or on their bed etc. relax and let her be the woman she is becoming."
Terri Clark is taking her career into her own hands with her upcoming album, The Long Way Home. The singer asked to be let out of her contract with Sony Nashville several months ago and has decided to go it alone. Clark produced the new album herself, and will be shipping the first single, called "Gypsy Boots," to radio in the coming weeks.
Clark said, "It was this fun song I'd written that was kind of like my life. I started doing it in the shows acoustic because it says a lot about who I am, where I come from... and the fans just went wild for it! So wild that we decided to work it up with the band... People were coming up to the merch table asking when or how they could get it. It was completely organic, and also completely me."
The Long Way Home is scheduled for release in September.
Clark's last studio album, Life Goes On, was released in 2005.
Clark continues to tour in addition to spending time in her native Canada with her mother, who is recovering from a recent bout of cancer treatments.
KRISTEN STEWART PREGNANT? Rumors are circulating claiming that Kristen Stewart is pregnant with her Twilight co-star Rob Pattinson's baby. The Australian gossip magazine New Weekly reports that Stewart, who has been linked to Pattinson off-and-on since they filmed the vampire flick, discovered the alleged pregnancy last week. A source close to the actress is quoted as saying, "She asked one of her friends to buy the test because she was worried about someone seeing her at the drug store. She's very nervous about the whole situation." The insider added, "When she worked out she was late, she obviously started to thinking that she could be pregnant. And because of the timing, she thinks Rob could be the father."
MEGAN FOX HAD TO WASH CAR FOR 'TRANSFORMERS' AUDITION:Megan Fox reportedly had to wash Michael Bay's car as part of her audition for Transformers. Britain's Guardian reported, "He made her wash his Ferrari while he filmed her. She said she didn't know what had happened to that footage. When I put it to Bay himself, he looked suitably abashed -- 'Er, I don't know where it is either.' "
PENELOPE CRUZ WANTS KIDS, NOT NECESSARILY MARRIAGE: Penelope Cruz wants to be a mother someday, but that doesn't necessarily mean she has to add wife to her resume. The 35-year-old Oscar-winner told the August issue of Psychologies magazine in the U.K., "I want to have babies one day but not right now. When I do it I want to do it really well. I want it to be my best project in life. I don't know if I believe in marriage. I believe in family, love and children." Cruz has been romantically linked to actor Javier Bardem, who she admitted to the magazine is "a wonderful man," but would not comment on their relationship status.
ROMANCE WITNESSED BETWEEN '90210' AND 'TWILIGHT' STARS: Although they've both denied reports that they're romantically involved, 90210'sAnnaLynne McCord and Twilight'sKellan Lutz were spotted being affectionate at a 4th of July party in New York. A witness told the New York Post, "At one point, they went into a room upstairs arm in arm and Lutz jokingly announced to the people hanging out inside, 'We're looking for a place to [bleep].' Someone directed them to a bathroom, and they went in."
ASHLEY OLSEN TO FOCUS ON FASHION, NOT ACTING: Ashley Olsen has given up acting to work in fashion full-time. The starlet told Hamptons magazine, "I used to be in the entertainment industry. And now I feel passionate about the fashion industry. I understand what it takes to make a brand and to have an eye for product that sells. I don't have the time to step away for a month. I hold myself accountable every day." She added that she won't "say never" about returning to acting, but added, "I really just love my job."
ALEC BALDWIN IN POLITICS? Alec Baldwin is reportedly considering a run for Congress in the future. When asked about a future in politics, the 30 Rock star told Playboy magazine, "The desire is there; that's one component. The other component is opportunity." He added, "I'd love to run against Joe Lieberman," but dismissed the idea, saying "It's all fantasy."
KATHY GRIFFIN TO HOST JOAN RIVERS ROAST: Kathy Griffin will host the Comedy Central roast of Joan Rivers, which is slated to air on August 9th. The Bravo reality joked to Variety, "I will be roasting Joan with more gentleness and tenderness than her latest chemical peel." The special will be taped on July 26th.
ANGELINA JOLIE TO MODEL FOR ARMANI? Angelina Jolie will reportedly be the face of Emporio Armani's newest perfume. A source told The Insider, "For this fragrance push, they needed a true A-lister, and Angelina is the biggest, most dynamic female star in the world. She's giving a lot of input on that stuff (ad campaign) already, picking the photographers and directors. The campaign is going to be bold." With news of Jolie's rumored casting, there's speculation that she and Armani spokesmodel David Beckham might team up for a sexy spread together.
JAY LENO'S CARS TO BE FEATURED ON NEW SHOW? Jay Leno's extensive car collection will be a part of his new NBC talk show when it premieres in the fall. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Leno intends to drive his vintage vehicles on stage some nights. The lot on which The Jay Leno Show will be taped is even larger than the 17,000-square-foot garage that houses Leno's collection. The publication speculates that Leno might be using his collection to position his show as the place to advertise automobiles.
'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' DAUGHTER RETURNING: Andrea Bowen is returning to Desperate Housewives in the fall as a series regular. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Bowen, who played Susan Mayer's daughter Julie will appear in the fifth season premiere. Sources also reported that Julie's father -- played by Richard Burgi -- may be "featured prominently" when the show returns.
For Nude Recreation Week, PageSix says there's something about the scorching summer heat that makes celebrities want to strip off their clothes. In honor of July's lofty temperatures, they gave us this list of exhibitionists who maintain a nude attitude:
Jennifer Lopez -- "I grew up walking 'round naked in my house. My mom was like that, and my sisters. My father worked nights and slept during the day, so we had no one to hide from. Now I'll be sitting at the breakfast table and everyone's dressed except me. All the people around me are either girls or they're gay, so it doesn't matter." This was before she wed Marc Anthony.
Eva Longoria -- She says she loves to play air hockey in the buff. The dishy Desperate Housewife explained that she and husband Tony Parker have a nudity penalty for whoever loses their air hockey games. "I had to run around the outside of the house naked," she said.
Alan Dershowitz -- The famed Harvard University law professor likes to parade around in his birthday suit on the nude stretch of Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark, Mass. Dershowitz has been spotted nude both in and out of the water, but he tends to put his bathing suit back on when talking on his cellphone.
Tom Hanks -- "Usually, when I'm in a hotel room, I strip down naked and walk around on the patio. That's as close as I can get to a feeling of anonymity and power."
Colin Farrell-- "I can be found in my apartment dancing naked, I like '80s disco."
Alyssa Milano -- "I garden topless. I'll be in my garden, you know, just being natural."
Britney Spears-- "My family, we walked around the house naked. By the time I was 13, my dad was like, 'Uh, Britney, it's time to start covering yourself up.' I'm very free like that."
Designer John Bartlett -- He says he likes to clean the house naked except for "a little lipstick, because if you catch yourself in the mirror, it's a like a moment of glamour."
HARRY POTTER STAR TALKS ABOUT SWINE FLU EXPERIENCE
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has recovered from his brief bout with the swine flu, but Ron Weasley's alter-ego admits that his diagnosis was frightening. The Daily Telegraph quotes Grint as saying, "It was quite scary when I first found out I had swine flu. I thought: 'Am I going to die?' But it was just like any other flu really."
He added that his case was fairly mild, explaining that his symptoms mainly consisted of "a sore throat and I went to bed for a few days."
Meanwhile, Grint, along with co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson walked a rainy red carpet on Tuesday (July 7th) for the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The second lunar eclipse of 2009 takes place on July 7, signaling the beginning of a dramatic eclipse period. A solar eclipse occurs on July 21 and then another lunar eclipse happens on August 5. A lunar eclipse always occurs during a full Moon, when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, casting its shadow on the Moon. Eclipses also come in pairs.
We tend to be more emotionally expressive during a full Moon, and this time around, that bright orb in the night sky is no exception! This won’t be a boring month and you'll want to keep your eyes and ears open so that you can take full advantage of the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls. This is a time to stand back and assess your goals. Your career/work life gets a lot of attention now, and with Saturn making a helpful aspect, you just may get the support you've been hoping for! The Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Aquarius, which will be exact on July 10, boosts your optimism. While the eclipse in practical Capricorn keeps your feet on the ground, this idealistic duo reminds you to dream big!
In a recent survey, 40% of Cosmopolitan readers said they're concerned they'll have to settle for a man who isn't on the same level. Follow these tips and you won't feel deprived:
Shift your perfect man perception -- Maybe you always imagined you'd wind up with some hot doctor/lawyer/accountant. But those guys often work 18 hour days. Think about the qualities that you really want in a partner reliability and emotional support. In a healthy relationship, these traits are infinitely more important than how much money he makes.
Raise your tolerance level -- Yes, it's frustrating going out with a guy who spreads entire nights on his PlayStation. But if you can appreciate his lust for fun and his lighthearted attitude, you may realize that he's a good, solid guy worth getting to know.
Redefine what success is-- Think of it not in terms of a guy's paycheck or prestige but whether he has found a field he loves that taps into his innate talents, like landscaping, graphic design, or computers.
Go for older dudes -- Widen your dating pool to include guys who are 5, even 10 years older. Men in their early 30s tend to have their ducks in a row and are more equipped to handle mature relationships. In fact, 31 percent of Cosmopolitan readers say that they date up as a way to deal with the shortage of mature guys their age.
Over 1.6 million fans registered to try and win one of the 11,000 tickets to Michael Jackson's memorial service today. I was one of them, didn't get it.
Family members wanted to charge $25 to attend, but gave that up under pressure.
NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and E! Entertainment will all cover the Michael Jackson service live.
Although heart attacks can and do happen any time of the day or night, the most dangerous time for a cardiovascular emergency, which includes not only sudden cardiac death, rupture or aneurysm of the aorta, but also pulmonary embolism and stroke, is during the last phase of sleep and right after you wake up.
Little people have banded together and requested from the FCC that the word "midget" no longer be allowed on public television.
Rupert Gint -- who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies -- is recovering from a 'bout of the swine flu, but is well enough to take in some of the Harry Potter movie premieres.
Angelina Jolie and David Beckham are going to appear in an Armani ad together.
British actress Mollie Sugden, who played the saleswoman Mrs. Slocombe in the BBC's long running comedy series "Are You Being Served?," has died at age 86.
Men's Health reports the 78% of people believe food is less safe than it was a year ago according to the University of Minnesota Food Industry Center.
When President Bush's presidential library opens in 2013, among the items that'll be on display: Saddam Hussein's pistol.
Allen Klein -- who once managed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones -- has died at age 77.
A woman's favorite ice-cream flavor can reveal a her passion preferences. Alan Hirsch, M.D., author of "What Flavor Is Your Personality?," dishes out what your creamy cravings mean.
If you indulge in vanilla, your love style is: Romantic, you enjoy mushy movies, and floral prints probably adorn your bedroom. You'd be happy with another vanilla lover who is as poetic as you.
If you indulge in strawberry, your love style is: Cautious. You can be a bit of an introvert and may need an upbeat guy, so you'd be blissful with a chocolate-chip lover who has happy-go-lucky vibes.
If you indulge in butter pecan, your love style is: Devoted. You'd never forget your guy's birthday or favorite food, and you'd bond best with another butter-pecan fan who will appreciate your attention to details.
If you indulge in chocolate chip, your love style is: Flirtatious. You're a charmer who can't stand to lose any guy you've set your heart on. You'd melt for a chocolate lover who'd be drawn to your intensity.
When your girlfriend thinks you're a keeper: So she thinks you're going to be together forever, and has stars and future children in her eyes. Well, she better be down with giving it up every night, because your good friend science states that daily sex increases the overall quality and fertility of sperm.
When she is looking blue: Sex, like all affectionate physical contact, elevates the level of the hormone oxytocin, which causes general happiness in both genders. But women get an added bonus from sexual activity, as a study has shown that exposure to semen will help quell depression.
When she has bags under her eyes: Various studies have found sleep deprivation causes all sorts of problems, especially among 19-38-year-olds. Fortunately, sex is a great way to promote better sleep habits, because it will bring on the zzz's by releasing body- and mind-relaxing endorphins.
When there is a bug going around: Researchers at the University of Wilkes-Barre have found that having sex a couple times a week increases your level of the antibody immunoglobulin, which prevents colds and other infections.
When it's that time of the month: If you don't mind going there, a study has suggested that sexual intercourse during menstruation helps prevent Endometriosis, a painful condition which affects 10 million American women and sometimes leads to infertility. It is also believed that orgasms reduce menstrual cramps.
When she's at the gym: Yes, just like that StairMaster, sex with you can burn calories and be good for the heart. But would you really approach a chick at the gym with that weak sauce? Instead, be original and tell her that sex triggers the release of phenethylamine, a natural amphetamine which promotes weight loss by surpassing the appetite. And it would probably be best to do so delicately, and right after your own cardio workout, as studies have shown women most desire well-defined men.
SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE GRADS ARE THE MOST MISERABLE: A study in the Journal of Research in Personality found that recent college graduates who reported making the most money, obtaining more public recognition, and liking the way they looked were also more anxious, and showed more depressive symptoms, than other postgraduates in the study. "Not only were they not feeling better than they were at the start of the study, they were actually feeling worse," says Edward Deci, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in New York.
BEER BELLIES CAUSED BY GENETICS MORESO THAN BEER: The Daily Mail reports that scientists have discovered that the so-called 'beer belly' is not caused by consuming alcohol -- but more to do with genetics. A study of thousands of beer drinkers found that although people who drink regularly are more likely to put on weight, they do not necessarily accumulate fat around the abdomen. When researchers then measured hip-to-waist ratios to establish which drinkers developed a pot belly, the results were randomly spread across all drinking groups. The scientists concluded that genetic factors dictating how people put on weight were more significant than drinking beer.
SUMBIT JOB APPLICATIONS FOR CELL PHONE COMPANY VIA TEXT: The British cell phone company Teimlo is asking people to apply for a job by text message. The Telegraph reports that the company came up with the idea to sort out genuine contenders from those who are just looking for a job. Phil Terrett, the company's boss, said, "Applicants are going to have to creative and to the point - they are the qualities we are looking for. If their text says: "Dear sir, I would like to apply for the position of..." they are going to run out of space. They have to be a lot more savvy to fit something in that's going to make a genuine impression."
VEGETARIANS HAVE WEAKER BONES:Asylum.com reported that vegetarians and vegans have weaker bones than those who eat meat. Researchers from Australia and Vietnam tested 2,700 people with varied diets and found that the bones of vegetarians were five percent less dense than meat eaters and vegans' were six percent weaker. Adding eggs to a vegetarian diet seemed to make up for much of the gap.
COFFEE CAN SLOW ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: Three large cups of coffee a day could help to slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease and even reverse the condition, researchers say. Fox News reports that a study in mice suggests that a daily dose of caffeine can suppress the degenerative processes in the brain that can lead to confusion and memory loss. Although drinking coffee has previously been linked to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, this is the first study to suggest that caffeine can directly target the disease itself.
With the U.S. slogging through a severe recession, many people are finding themselves having to job hunt for the first time in years. Liz Ryan, author of "The Savvy Networker" column on Yahoo! Hotjobs, says the job-seekers who haven't had to pound the pavement for a while need to be aware that resumes have changed over the years. Ryan says that many of the, quote, "boilerplate phrases" that used to be common on resumes will no longer fly, their use marking someone as uncreative and vocabulary challenged. She advises eliminating those corporate-speak phrases and replacing them using what she calls a more "human voice." Here is her list of the 10 worst boilerplate phrases to be avoided:
More than (fill in the blank) years of progressively responsible experience
Carrie Underwood is throwing her support behind teachers, which includes her mom and two sisters. She is the first country artist to take part in the "Behind Every Famous Person Is a Fabulous Teacher" public service campaign, which pairs public figures with their favorite teachers. Underwood opted to pose alongside sisters Stephanie Shelton and Shanna Means, and their mother, Carole Underwood.
Underwood said, "Teaching was something that ran in my family. I have always admired my mother and sisters for making a difference in the lives of so many."
Carole Underwood taught for 25 years.
Other celebs taking part in the "Behind Every Famous Person Is a Fabulous Teacher" campaign include Al Roker, America Ferrera, and Jeremy Piven.
Rascal Flatts will head to New York City later this week to perform on the Today show. The trio will sing their latest hit, "Summer Nights," in addition to a few others as part of the show's Summer Concert Series on Friday (July 10th). The group might also fit in a little celebration time, as Friday is also lead singer Gary LeVox's birthday!
Rascal Flatts resumes their American Living Unstoppable tour this weekend with shows in Darien Center, New York on Saturday (July 11th) and Scranton, Pennsylvania on Sunday (July 12th).
"Summer Nights" is the second single from Rascal Flatts' latest album, Unstoppable.
Their debut single, "Here Comes Goodbye," shot to Number One on the country charts.
Martina McBride says that her latest single, "I Just Call You Mine," is a bit more mushy than she's used to recording. She tells us that song has a sentiment that's been missing from her music for a while. "I heard that song and knew immediately that I wanted to record it even though it's not a typical song for me. It's very vulnerable. It's very much saying, 'I need you in my life to make my life complete.' I haven't really done that a lot. I think 'Valentine' was probably one of the closest songs I've come to just a really straight up love song."
McBride adds that the message in "I Just Call You Mine" was too relatable to pass up. "There's several things I love about it. First of all, I feel like everybody wants to have somebody say that to them, and also everybody longs to have somebody that they can say that about. Also, while it's very . . . it's a big love song, but it's not typical. The lyrics don't feel typical to me. They feel a little bit different. There's a little bit of a fresh, new way to say it, and I love that, too."]
McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Julianne Hough grace the cover of this month's issue of Shape magazine.
Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas appear to have disconnected. Although the former sweethearts recently jet-skied, performed a duet together on stage and publically admitted that they'd "reconnected," Cyrus tweeted over the weekend that she is single.
Although the nature of their newfound relationship was never disclosed, Cyrus likely disappointed fans of the teen superstars after tweeting, "I am lovinggg being single : ) life is so carefree!!! Spending the day enjoying Sonic, Music, @mommytish, and the beautiful sun in Savannah."
On Monday (July 6th) however, Cyrus wrote, "We will lie under different stars.I am where I am and you're where you are." Woke up at 4 a.m. for no other reason than I miss you," on her Twitter page.
Meanwhile, internet rumors claiming that Cyrus is pregnant are reportedly false. Although no statement has been issued regarding the gossip, several sites are claiming that the story, which was reported on One India amongst others, is just a 2007 pregnancy hoax that is being recycled.
In other Miley news, Rob Thomas is reportedly going to write a song for her upcoming movie, The Last Song. Thomas told the New York Daily News, "My buddy Adam Shankman, who just directed Miley's movie, called me on the phone the other day and was like, 'You have to write a song for this movie.' It was so funny. I would definitely write a song for her."
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From Niley on AceShowbiz.com: "You know what there celebs there always have every single move of theres watched so u never know she could just be saying that and you dont have to call her a liar she just keeping her private life well private ! Miley and nick.............well if there not together right now it doesnt matter becuase they will be there gonna windup getting married i mean nick.....shy guy he smiles in pics but not with his teeth but when he's with miley he smiles with his teeth and so big i didnt think it was possible so just wait till there older and are ammried and in LOVE!<3>
Jimmy Wayne recently shot the video for his latest single, "I'll Be That," in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The clip was filmed during his performance at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last month on the opening night of the Brad PaisleyAmerican Saturday Night tour.
In addition to shooting the performance, cameras followed Wayne throughout the day leading up to the show, joining him at radio station visits and meeting and greeting fans.
The "I'll Be That" video begins airing on GAC and CMT this week.
Wayne will be on the road with Paisley and special guest Dierks Bentley through October.
So far, Wayne's current Do You Believe Me Now album has produced a multi-week Number One hit with the CD's title track.
JENNA FISCHER ENGAGED:The Office star Jenna Fischer is engaged. The actress's rep confirmed to Usmagazine.com that she and writer Lee Kirk were engaged on June 30th while on vacation in Europe. Fischer, who divorced her husband of six years in 2007, began dating Kirk in January of 2008.
DINA LOHAN REFUSED TO FAKE PREGNANCY: There are some lengths even Dina Lohan will not go to for publicity. Lindsay Lohan's mother, who previously starred on the E! reality show Living Lohan, confessed to Life & Style magazine that while promoting the program, the network "wanted us to do these crazy things, like have me fake a pregnancy." She added, "I was like, 'No, no, no!"
JOYCE DEWITT ARRESTED FOR DUI:Three's Company star Joyce DeWitt was arrested over the weekend for DUI. TMZ.com reports that the former sitcom star was stopped after driving through a police barricade, at which point officers noted that she smelled like alcohol. Police sources told the website that DeWitt was given field sobriety tests and then arrested on suspicion of DUI. The 60-year-old posted the bail of $5,000.
KENDRA WILKINSON PICKS RELIGION FOR CHILD: Despite her Playboy past, Kendra Wilkinson plans to raising her child with new husband Hank Baskett as a Christian. Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend told Fox News's Pop Tarts, "Our child will definitely be Christian," adding that she and Baskett are going to be "very strict" yet still "spoil" their child at appropriate times. Although they've yet to discover the baby's gender, they couple has names lined up for either scenario. Wilkinson said, "If it's a boy Hank the 4th and if it's a girl Arianna, we love Arianna."
TOM GREEN IS VICTIM OF INJURY HOAX: Tom Green was the latest victim of a celebrity injury hoax. After it was reported that the comedian had been seriously hurt in an accident, he wrote on his website, "Hey gang. Just to set the record straight. Our website was hacked yesterday by 4chan.orG! Damn you 4chan! They sent out a mass email and posted several erroneous stories online about my untimely demise. Turns out there is a prank website called www.fakeawish.com that creates these stories. These resulted in the much reported story last week of Jeff Goldblum falling off a cliff in New Zealand. He has since been on the Colbert report. Go tell those /b/ tards over at 4chan where to go!"
SIMON PEGG BECOMES A DAD: British actor Simon Pegg is a father. Usmagazine.com reports that the Shaun of the Dead star's wife recently gave birth to a baby girl. The couple first announced that they were expecting a child back in February. Pegg has already had experience with children, as the website reports he is the godfather to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's five-year-old daughter Apple.
Although her rep denies it, sources claim that Sharon Stone had to be detained by airport police after arguing with a flight attendant during a trip from Montana to Utah on Sunday (July 5th). A source told Stylist.com, "The flight attendant in Kalispell asked her to gate check her bag and Sharon refused and got into a huge fight with her. They eventually took the bag from her and she screamed at her assistant with her and made a scene during the entire flight. When the plane got to Salt Lake City it was met by armed Salt Lake City police officers. She was detained. It's not clear if she was arrested."
Stone's rep Paul Bloch countered, saying that the person who met Stone at the airport was "private security hired by Sharon. She was not detained by police."
He added, "Sharon had been visiting her father in Montana, and was approved to take both bags on the plane. When she got to the plane, she told me the stewardess screamed at her that she couldn't take both bags on board."
Reps for the airline and airport refused to answer questions on the matter.
'TRANSFORMERS' WINS WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:T narrowly won the box office race for the July 4th weekend. Although it was reported on Sunday (July 5th) that the action flick tied for first place with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Variety reported on Monday that Transformers 2 grossed $42.4 million while Ice Age brought in a slightly lower haul of $41.6 million. In its 12 days of release, Transformers 2 has already grossed a massive $293.6 million.
'T.J. HOOKER' MOVIE IN THE WORKS: A movie is being developed based on the 1980's television series, T.J. Hooker. Variety reports that The Scorpion King director Chuck Russell is in talks to helm the project, although no actors have been attached to film yet. The television series ran for five years beginning in 1982 and featured talent like William Shatner and Heather Locklear.
LESBIAN SCENE FOR HAYDEN PANETTIERE ON 'HEROES'?: Hayden Panettiere's character on Heroes will reportedly have a lesbian storyline in the show's next season. Entertainment Weekly'sMichael Ausiello gave a "that's true" to the question of whether there'd be a same-sex plot for Claire and her new college roommate. Ausiello revealed, "I'm not sure about a full-blown relationship, but I can confirm that the college roomies will engage in a little sapphic experimentation. At least that's the plan."
Whether it's your spouse, your boss, or your child, it's possible to determine if that person is lying to you just by carefully watching for clues. According to Sheri and Bob Stritof, authors of "Your Guide to Marriage" on about.com, there are specific verbal and nonverbal clues we all give when we tell a fib.
Touching the chin or rubbing the brow
Crossed arms or legs
Playing with hair
A line of perspiration on the brow if it isn't a warm day
Saying "no" several times
Continually denying accusations
Being extremely defensive
Providing more information and specifics than necessary
Inconsistencies in what is being shared
Body language and facial expressions don't match what is being said such as saying "no," but nodding the head up and down
Placing a barrier, such as a desk or chair, in front of self
Unwillingness to touch spouse during conversation
Rigidity or fidgeting
Differing behaviors; not acting in a usual fashion
Unnatural or limited arm and hand movements
Lack of finger pointing
Unusual voice fluctuations, word choice, sentence structure
Stalling the conversation by repetitive use of pauses and comments like "um" or "you know"
Lack of use of contractions; prefers emphasizing "not" when talking
Avoidance of eye contact, eyes glancing to the right, staring past you, or turning away from you while talking
Suffering from memory melt? It may be because you're cutting carbs, a study in Appetite reports. Volunteers followed either a very low-carb or a low-cal diet. Those who quit breaking bread performed worse on memory tests than their calorie counting peers, but their scores returned to pre-diet levels when they started eating small amounts of starches again. Carb deprivation starves the brain of glucose, its primary energy source, says study co-author Holly A. Taylor, Ph.D. Because the body doesn't store glucose, you need to get it from food regularly. So nourish you noggin before power meetings or an interview by pairing carbs with protein try peanut butter on an apple, cheese with whole grain cracker, or a whole wheat pita with hummus. (Women's Health)
While honey has long been a popular flavor for cough and cold remedies, scientists have found that the sticky stuff is more than just soothing it can dramatically reduce the length of time you're laid low by a bug. Muscle pain, fever, a runny nose and other symptoms all subsided around two days sooner for patients who'd been given two ounces of honey a day, researchers in Iran discovered. (Globe)
Men are dying out, warn gene researchers who say they Y chromosome the part of our genetic makeup that makes men male has been steadily shrinking. "You need a Y chromosome to be male," explains Professor Jennifer Graves, of the Australian National University, Canberra. "Three hundred million years ago, the Y chromosome had about 1,400 genes on it, and now it's only got 45 left. "So at this rate, we're going to run out of genes on the Y chromosome in about five million years." Graves did say that even if the male chromosome dies out, men still might have a chance. "Certain rodent species the mole voles of Eastern Europe and the country rats of Japan have no Y chromosome," she says. "Yet there are still plenty of healthy male mole voles and country rats running around. "some other gene must have taken over the job, and we'd like to know what that gene is." (Sun)
Women are harder to read than men. People watched speed daters and tried to guess whether they were interested in each other. Most could detect when a man was interested, but few could tell when the woman was attracted. In prehistoric days, playing hard to get may have protected females from landing a loser and being left alone to raise a baby, explains lead study author Skyler Place of Indiana University. Now women may act coy to get a guy to work harder to court her. It buys her time to determine his worthiness. (Women's Health)
The old adage, "Wake up and smell the coffee" is all wrong it should be, "Smell the coffee and wake up." In a study published in New Scientist, researchers discovered that just the aroma of a fresh cup of java is enough to restore brain activity in sleep deprived rats to near normal levels. The findings have led to suggestions that factory owners should pump the smell of coffee into the building to revive flagging workers who don't like the taste or can't stomach the bitter brew. "The results indirectly explain why so many people use coffee for staying up all night," say the study authors from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan. "In other words, the stress caused by sleep loss via caffeine may be alleviated through smelling the coffee aroma." (National Examiner)
Don't blame the long hours at work, the night shift or the bad pay for keeping you up at night, according to a recent study. If you're one of the nearly 70 million Americans losing sleep each night, the real culprit is probably that weird guy in the next cubicle who won't stop whistling the theme from Bonanza. Researchers at the University of Michigan discovered that stressful interactions with co-workers or bosses are more likely to cause insomnia than other work issues. Subjects in the study who frequently felt upset or hassled or had ongoing conflicts with other employees or supervisors were nearly twice as likely to have trouble sleeping. "For many workers, psychological stress has replaced physical hazards," explains university of Michigan sociologist Sara Burgard. "Physical strain at work tends to create physical fatigue and leads to restorative sleep, but psychological strain has the opposite effect, making it more difficult for people to sleep." (National Examiner)
If you're planning to ask the boss for a raise, you'll have a better chance of getting it if you first wolf down a cheese sandwich. That's the suggestion of researchers who say that people with high levels of the natural brain chemical serotonin have a better chance of succeeding in delicate negotiations. And cheese is loaded with tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to make serotonin. Psychologists at Cambridge University manipulated the levels of serotonin in study subjects and found that those with low levels of the chemical were more likely to follow their emotions and be hot-headed and aggressive, when making important life decisions. Meanwhile, high-level serotonin subjects had a better handle on their emotions when making decisions. (National Examiner)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday she is resigning from office at the end of the month.
Believe or not, there's a new game show on Turkish TV where a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk are put together with ten atheists and then try to convert them.
Little people are calling on the FCC to ban the use of the word "midget" on broadcast TV. The group Little People of America said Sunday the word is just as offensive as racial slurs.
A powerful sedative called Diprivan was found in Michael Jackson's home, a law enforcement official said Friday. The drug is an anesthetic used in operating rooms to induce unconsciousness.
The final Oxyclean commercial by Billy Mays will begin airing next week. The Discovery Channel has scheduled a full-length tribute to Mays July 9th at 9pm.
President Obama said about Michael Jackson "he's one of our greatest entertainers" and added, "I still have all his stuff on my iPod."
Last week because of Conan and Letterman reruns and the Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett news, ABC's Nightline was the #1 late night show.
Katie Holmes will perform a tribute to Judy Garland on the July 23 edition of "So you think you can dance"... the show's 100th episode.
The top of the Statue of Liberty -- which has been closed to the public since 9-11 -- reopened to the public on Saturday.
McDonald's is going to start selling $4 "Angus Burgers" this week.
Wow, it's been 30 years since Sony introduced "The Walkman."
Johnny Depp says he avoids looking at himself in the mirror and hates to watch his own movies.
David and Victoria Beckham were on vacation last week, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary.
Rumer Willis is going to play a "punky lesbian" on "90210."
Michael Jackson will be buried in a $25,000, solid bronze, 14-karat gold plated, custom casket. It's the same type James Brown was buried in and is called a Promethean. It has a flame blue velvet interior and a hand-polished, mirror finish.
Brad Paisley's new album, American Saturday Night, features a guest appearance by the singer's two-year-old son. Little Huck Paisley makes his debut on the song called "Anything Like Me." Brad tells us it only took two tries for Huck to get into the groove of things. "I brought Huck into the studio. I just thought it would be an interesting thing to let him sing that last word, and that's his second take that you hear there. You see, he knew the song because I'd sung it for him at home, and then I just told him, 'I want you to sing "me."' I said, 'You ready to do this?' He said, 'I don't want to.' And I said, 'Just try it...you'd probably like it.' So he put on the headphones, and he started tappin' his foot and listening to it, and it got to his thing, and he sang it. And then he wanted to do more than that, but (laughs) I said, 'Nah, just the word'll be fine.'"
American Saturday Night has already produced a three-week Number One hit with "Then."
His new single is called "Welcome To The Future."
Alan Jackson will be bringing along a few special guests to perform with him at the upcoming Aquapalooza concert at Lake Martin, Alabama. Newcomers the Carter Twins, Caitlin & Will, Jypsi and Matt Stillwell will join the superstar at the concert on the lake on July 25th. The show is only accessible by boat or some other means of water floatation. Organizers are expecting 3000 boats at this year's Aquapalooza.
The all day event will be held in the Kowaliga area of Lake Martin, which is a short drive from Birmingham and Atlanta.
Last year's AquaPalooza drew 2,500 boats and 10,000 guests.
Jackson has sung about his love of the water in such hits as 1993's "Chattahoochee" and 2002's "Drive."
Billy Currington meets with fans and signs his autograph both before and after every show. This many years into his career, Currington tells us he's rarely caught off guard by unusual items to sign, but there is one category that remains shocking. "We get asked to sign a lot of different things. Some of the crazy, crazy females, they ask some crazy things -- body parts and things like that you would never expect to see, and then after you see 'em you're like, 'Oh, God, I wish I had never saw that!'"
Other unusual requests come from pregnant women and new moms, Currington says:"Oh, I've signed babies' foreheads. I get asked to do that. It's like, 'Why do you want me to sign your baby's forehead?' I sign pregnant women's bellies a lot, too, and then take pictures with them. They'll pull up their shirt and show their belly, that you signed it. I guess that's keepsakes for the baby or whatever."
Currington continues on tour with Sugarland. They play in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Wednesday (July 8th).
Kid Rock has been working on brewing his own beer, and it's expected to make its debut July 17th at his hometown show in Detroit. According to the Detroit News, he's calling the special brew, "American Badass Beer," describing it as simple beer with no aftertaste. Rock says, "I want this to be like the beer I like to drink. You grab it, you share it with your friends, it's refreshing, it's cold, it gives you a good buzz. Done." He adds, "People that like premium beers and Guinness is their beer of choice, they will not like this." And for Rock, there's no better place to debut it than in his native city. He says, "I wanna test it on my people. I wanna see how my people like it first." Rock says print ads for the Webberville, Michigan-brewed beer goof on Budweiser and Corona.
Rock has been working on a new album, which he hopes to release by summer of 2010. He's recorded a song with rapper Lil Wayne and another one called "Care" with T.I.
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO ABOUT KID ROCK'S BREW:
Michelle Branch has debuted a video for her new song, "This Way," on her website. The track will appear on Branch's upcoming solo album, due out "soon," according to MichelleBranch.com. Branch has been working on her new effort in Los Angeles over the last several months. She's also filming a documentary, writing on her site that she's happy to have spent her recent birthday doing something productive. Branch explains: This year however I was busy from sun up to sun down, working, working working and filming for a documentary about...me. I hope this is a good sign for the year to come!"
Branch perofrmed at a special Fourth of July concert over the weekend in Washington, D.C. She noted: "Not only is it with one of my favorite bands, The Foo Fighters, but it's on The White House lawn for 1,2000 troops and their families. I couldn't think of a more deserving audience.
Ice Age: Return of the Dinosaurs tied for first place at the holiday weekend box office in its debut with last week's reigning champion, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Studio estimates out Sunday (July 5th) showed the rare first-place tie, with both sequels bringing in $42.5 million, however a winner should be declared when final weekend data is released today. Ice Age: Return of the Dinosaurs is the third movie in the animated, kids' movie franchise. It features the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah and Simon Pegg in the story of Ice Age animals who discover a lost jungle inhabited by dinosaurs.
Opening in third place was director Michael Mann'sPublic Enemies, starring Johnny Depp as notorious Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger and Christian Bale as the FBI's Melvin Purvis, who made Dillinger his prime target. Marion Cotillard co-stars as Dillinger's girlfriend, Billie Frechette, and Billy Crudup plays FBI head J. Edgar Hoover.
THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- JULY 3-5
1.Ice Age: Return of the Dinosaurs, $42.5 million 1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $42.5 million 3. Public Enemies, $26.1 million 4. The Proposal, $12.8 million 5. The Hangover, $10.4 million 6. Up, $6.5 million 7. My Sister's Keeper, $5.3 million 8. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, $2.5 million 9. Year One, $2.1 million 9. Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian, $2.1 million
GARY COLEMAN'S WIFE ARRESTED: Gary Coleman's wife was arrested last week for domestic violence. TMZ.com reports that Shannon Price was booked for two misdemeanors last Wednesday (July 1st) for allegedly breaking household items belonging to Coleman. The site adds that the actor was not physically harmed. Price was later released on $1,205 bond.
BRAD PITT APPEARS IN JAPANESE COMMERCIAL: Brad Pitt serves as a personal assistant to a sumo wrestler in a new commercial for the Japanese cell phone company Softbank. Usmagazine.com reports that the spot -- Pitt's fifth for the company -- was directed by Spike Jonze. To see the commercial, go to: http://tinyurl.com/l2xzgl
'HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER STAR' HAS BABY GIRL:Cobie Smulders, who plays Robin Scherbatsky, on CBS' How I Met Your Mother, had given birth to a baby girl. According to People.com, the actress and her fiance, her fiance, actor Taran Killam, are the proud parents of Shaelyn Cado Killam, who was born in May.
'HARRY POTTER' STAR HAS SWINE FLU: Rupert Grint, who plays Harry Potter's friend Ron Weasley, came down with swine flu while filming the latest movie in the series. People.com reports that he's been recovering and that he'll be well enough the London premiere of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince tomorrow (Tuesday, July 7th). A rep said, "It has just been confirmed that Rupert Grint has taken a few days out of filming due to a mild bout of swine flu. He has now recovered and is looking forward to joining his fellow cast members at the junket and premieres this week and will then return to filming directly afterwards."
TOBEY MAGUIRE'S SON NAME IS REVEALED:Spider-Man star and his wife Jennifer Meyer, have named their newborn son Otis Tobias Maguire. People.com reports that "No explanation was given for the name Otis, though the baby's middle name of Tobias is the formal version of the actor's first name." Otis was born on May 8th.
'SLUMDOG' STAR BEGINS MOVE INTO NEW HOME: One of the childhood stars from the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire has started to move into his new home. According to the Associated Press, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, who played the young Salim, will move from his shanty home, located in the slums of India, and into a new apartment. He and his family had lost their home in May after civic authorities tore down parts of the slum where they lived.
JENNIFER ANISTON PLANNING RESTAURANT? Rumor has it that Jennifer Aniston may want to open up her own restaurant. According to PerezHilton.com, insiders are saying she's passionate about cooking and may want to someday open up a spot that would serve anything from Mexican to American food.
KATIE HOLMES CONFIRMED FOR 'SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE': Nigel Lythgoe has finally confirmed that Katie Holmes will appear on So You Think You Can Dance. Last week, Lythgoe announced that the actress will appear on the show's 100th episode, slated for July 23rd. Sources previously told Us Weekly magazine that the 30-year-old will sing Judy Garland's "Get Happy" from the 1950 musical, Summer Stock.
KATE GOSSELIN CLOTHING LINE ON HOLD: Another of Kate Gosselin's projects has been put on hold in the wake of her separation announcement. Healthtex, the company manufacturing a clothing line that the reality mom helped create and design, announced, "Our project is on hold while she focuses on her family." It's been reported that the release date of Gosselin's latest book is currently in question and of course, Jon & Kate Plus 8 is on hiatus until August 3rd.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS REPORTEDLY HOSTING EMMYS: Neil Patrick Harris appears to be the front-runner for the position of this year's Emmy host. Variety reported last week that the How I Met Your Mother star was in the midst of cutting a deal with CBS to host the September 20th show. Having Harris -- who hosted this year's Tonys -- as the show's frontman would be also a boost to HIMYM, which also airs on CBS.
SUSAN BOYLE RECORDS FIRST NEW SONG FOR ALBUM: Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle has recorded the first song for her upcoming album with Simon Cowell's team. Cowell tells People.com, "She sounds fantastic on record. She's so good, the album is not just going to be show tunes. We're going to take our time with this." Boyle also stopped by the Sony Music offices in London last week to meet with executives. She's currently on tour with the Britain's Got Talent contestants.
RUMER WILLIS TO GUEST ON '90210': Demi Moore and Bruce Willis' daughter, Rumer, is expected to make a guest appearance on the CW's 90210 this fall. According to the Los Angeles Times, she'll play a "punky lesbian named Gia," who works at the schools paper, will work at the school paper, the Blaze News.
David Carradine did not commit suicide, a medical examiner ruled last week. After performing a second autopsy, a private pathologist hired by the late actor's family determined that Carradine died of asphyxiation.
Based on the way Carradine was bound with his hands above his head, Dr. Michael Baden determined that the actor did not take his own life and has requested security footage and pass-key data from the hotel to probe whether or not someone was with him when he died.
Baden stressed that his findings were preliminary and said that a full report will not be ready for at least a week.
Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room on June 4th.
STEWART WINS IN DAYTONA: With Kyle Busch slamming the frontstretch wall after an unsuccessful attempt to block, Tony Stewart won Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The victory was Stewart's second of the season, his second as an owner/driver for Stewart-Haas Racing and the 35th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.To see all the action click below.
Tony Stewart grabs his 2nd win of the season after leading the most laps. A spectacular wreck when Kyle Busch found Tony Stewart's front bumper as the two closed in on the finish line, most of the field wrecked it seemed.
OTHER STORIES ON THE DAY
Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin got into each other, Martin wrecked and finished 38th
The Big One started with Kasey Kahne and David Stremme and also took out Dale Earnhardt Jr. (39th), David Reutimann, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, and more.
Jeff Burton, while leading, cuts a tire down with 32 laps to go.
Top 10 finishers from Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400
1. Tony Stewart, Chevrolet 2. Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet 3. Denny Hamlin, Toyota 4. Carl Edwards, Ford 5. Kurt Busch, Dodge 6. Marcos Ambrose, Toyota 7. Brian Vickers, Toyota 8. Matt Kenseth, Ford 9. Juan Montoya, Chevrolet 10. Elliott Sadler, Dodge
CLINT BOWYER CLAIMS FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON
Bowyer claimed his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season and the seventh of his career in Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Top 10 finishers from Nationwide Subway Jalepeno 250
1. Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet 2. Kyle Busch, Toyota 3. Carl Edwards, Ford 4. Joey Logano, Toyota 5. Kasey Kahne, Toyota 6. Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet 7. Brian Vickers, Toyota 8. Justin Allgaier, Dodge 9. David Ragan, Ford 10. Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet
NASCAR ANNOUNCES 25 INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME NOMINEES
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today a history-rich list of 25 nominees for the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame induction class. From that list, five inductees will be chosen via a process that includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.COM; the inductees will be announced in October and honored next May at the new Hall of Fame facility in Charlotte, N.C.
The nominees, which include many of the sport's legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks.
"This first list of potential inductees is impressive, to say the least," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "Now comes the hard part -- choosing only five to be inducted. Every single person on this list is worthy to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame."
The HOF's first inductees will be determined by the Voting Panel, which has 50 members -- the entire Nominating Committee, 14 media members, four manufacturer representatives and nine retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs -- three each) and two recognized industry leaders. In addition, the fan vote will result in the Voting Panel's 51st and final ballot.
Following are the 25 individuals who have been nominated:
Bobby Allison, 1983 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of 84 races
Buck Baker, the first driver to win consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships
Red Byron, first NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, in 1949
Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series
Dale Earnhardt, won record seven NASCAR Sprint Cup championships
Richie Evans, nine-time NASCAR Modified champion
Tim Flock, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
Bill France Jr., NASCAR president, chairman and CEO (1972-2003)
Bill France Sr., NASCAR founder and first president (1948-1972)
Rick Hendrick, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series