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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


USA Today has deemed Kenny Chesney's 2009 Sun City Carnival tour as Number One in the country across all genres. This year, as with the last seven summers, Chesney played to more than one million fans. He was also the only act on the list to play NFL Stadiums across the nation.

  • Chesney said, "When you look at some of the other names on that list, well, I'm blown away, cause those are some great shows, too! I know, I've been out to see a few of them when we were off, and to be in company with Elton John -- who's out with Billy Joel -- Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen or my friend Dave Matthews, it makes you extra grateful that people chose to make you a part of their summer."
  • He added, "I don't think anyone sets up their concert schedule or their ticket prices thinking 'I'm gonna be the biggest tour on the road...', but these are the moments that confirm what I already know: I have the best, wildest, most committed fans any artist could ever hope for. I like to think I live their lives with'em through my songs, and they've made my last 8 summers the best of a very, very good life by coming out to the shows they way they do."
  • Though Chesney will not be mounting a major tour next year, he'll be doing isolated shows, including the Bama Jam & Arts Festival in Enterprise, Alabama in early June and Baton Rouge's Bayou Country Superfest on May 30th.
  • Chesney will also be working on a new album. No release date has yet been scheduled.


  • Chesney and Dave Matthews will team up to perform their nearly Top 10 single, "I'm Alive," on the CMA Awards on November 11th. The show will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Chesney wrote "I'm Alive," which was originally recorded by Willie Nelson on his Moment of Forever CD.

Justin Moore celebrated his very first Number One hit, "Small Town USA," with a party in Nashville on Monday (October 26th). Friends and members of the music industry gathered at performing rights organization BMI for the celebration, during which Moore and his band performed.

Moore told us that even though he co-wrote "Small Town USA" he initially had reservations about releasing it as a single. "I had no idea that it was gonna be as universal a thought as it was. When the record label wanted to put it out I thought, 'Man, I don't know if enough different types of people can relate to this song,' and thank goodness I was wrong! (laughs)"

The singer shared his immediate reaction to news of the Number One: "I'm always, like, a chart watcher, even though I try not to be, so I was freakin' out, obviously, and then about a day before we kinda had a pretty good idea that it was gonna do what it did, so it was pretty awesome! I drank a little bit of Jack Daniels to celebrate, so . . . "

  • Moore's new single, "Backwoods," is climbing the charts.
  • He will join Brad Paisley for the 2010 leg of his American Saturday Night tour.

An enhanced version of Taylor Swift's current Fearless CD, called the Fearless Platinum Edition, is currently in stores. The project was originally expected out today (Tuesday, October 27th), but over the weekend news broke that the CD/DVD package would be released on Monday (October 26th). The Platinum Edition includes six new songs, along with a DVD of photos, her videos, some tour footage and her clip from the CMT Music Awards with rapper T-Pain from earlier this year.
  • Since its release in November, the original Fearless album has sold four million copies, bringing Swift's career total of albums sold to 10 million.
  • Swift is nominated for four CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Fearless, Video of the Year for "Love Story," and the night's biggest award, Entertainer of the Year. The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on November 11th.

Joe Nichols' first studio album in two years is in stores this week. Old Things New is the followup to his 2007 CD, Real Things. This time around, Nichols says there is one big change in the CD -- he didn't get a single cut on it, as he tells us: "You know, we just wanted to make sure we got the best songs and we did 'em right. Some songs we cut didn't make the record because they weren't holdin' up, and this is the first album that I'll be releasing that I haven't written anything on. This is the first album, so that says something about our song selection."

Nichols says his busy career has left him less time for writing, but the self-penned songs he considered for this project just didn't quite make the grade. "I write whenever I can, and I really try to write songs that'll make it on to the album, but if they're just not good enough, they're not good enough. I really admire some people that are able to write an album front to back, that have the talent to do that, but for this album for me it's all about great songs, and if I'm not a writer then I'm not a writer."

  • Nichols' new single is called "Gimmie That Girl."
  • The singer is gearing up to make his Broadway debut in the lead role in the new musical, Pure Country. The show, which will also star Lorrie Morgan, is set to open early next year.


Q. Prior to becoming a country star, what country music-related day job did Joe Nichols have?
A. Radio DJ

Carrie Underwood has been tapped to perform at the upcoming 37th annual American Music Awards. She joins Kelly Clarkson and Daughtry, as well as previously announced performers Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, the Black Eyed Peas and Adam Lambert. The American Music Awards airs on November 22nd on ABC-TV.


  • November is a busy month for Underwood, who will co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley in Nashville on the 11th.
  • Her

A new Kenny Rogers boxed set, called The First 50 Years, is being released today (Tuesday, October 27th). The 45-track collection includes all original versions of Rogers' biggest hits as well as three new songs, one with his longtime collaborator Dolly Parton. Each disc reflects a specific category of Roger's hits, including Duets, Story Songs, and Love Songs.

The set also includes a booklet featuring photos from Rogers' personal collection.

In addition to the set, a single disc called The Greatest Duets is also available at retail outlets beginning today.

  • Rogers has landed on the pop and country charts every single decade for the past 50 years, a feat no other artist has matched.


  • Rogers began his recording career in 1957 on a local level in Houston, Texas. In 1968, he made the leap to the national stage with his group, the First Edition.
  • Rogers launched his solo career at the age of 37 with his pop-crossover hit "Lucille."
  • His duet partners over the years include Dottie West, Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton, Gladys Knight, Don Henley, James Ingram, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Travis Tritt and Dolly Parton.
  • Rogers has recorded more than 65 albums and sold over 105 million copies worldwide.


Q. Prior to becoming a country star, what country music-related day job did Joe Nichols have?
A. Radio DJ


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Lee Greenwood (67)

  • Roberto Benigni (Academy Award-winning Italian actor/director) (57)
  • John Cleese (actor-comedian-Monty Python founding member, Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda, Die Another Day) (70)
  • Ruby Dee (actress, widow of Ossie Davis) (85)
  • Simon LeBon (singer, Duran Duran) (51)
  • Patrick Fugit (actor, Almost Famous) (27)
  • Kelly Osbourne (singer, daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne) (25)
  • Scott Weiland (singer, Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) (42)
  • Matt Drudge (controversial web journalist) (43)
  • K.K. Downing (lead guitarist, Judas Priest) (58)
  • Garry W. Tallent (bassist, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) (


Shut Up And Sing, the Dixie Chicks documentary following Natalie Maines' controversial remarks about President Bush, hit the big screen in New York and L.A. in 2006.

  • Florence, South Carolina celebrated "Josh Turner Day" with a performance from their native son in 2004.
  • "Only In America" topped the country chart for Brooks & Dunn in 2001.
  • Clint Black served as best man when Lorrie Morgan married his bus driver Brad Thompson in 1991.
  • Alabama's "If You're Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)" hit number one on the country chart in 1984.
  • Kenny Chesney claimed the Numbe One spot on the Billboard country chart with "Don't Blink" in 2007.


ELIZABETH MOSS AND FRED ARMISEN MARRY: Mad Men actress Elizabeth Moss and Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen are married. A source close to the couple told on Monday (October 26th), "They did get married over the weekend. It was fun." 27-year-old Moss refused to reveal details of Armisen's proposal, but said shortly after their engagement last January, "It's private, so I don't want to share the details of how [Armisen proposed], but I will say it was perfect." Her 42-year-old husband previously discussed their nuptials, telling reporters, "It will be the coolest and funniest wedding."

RANDY QUAID AND WIFE SKIP COURT AGAIN: Randy Quaid and his wife Evi failed to show up for a court date in California on Monday (October 26th). E! reports that hours before the duo was due to appear, their new attorney said they would not be there -- and would instead show up later in the week. The pair were arrested in Texas last month after allegedly running out on a $10,000 hotel bill. A felony warrant for burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy is outstanding for the couple, and if they don't go to court voluntarily, the extradition process will continue.

JODIE FOSTER DATING CHERRY JONES? Rumors are circulating that actress Cherry Jones has found love after her breakup with Sarah Paulson -- with Jodie Foster. A source on the set of their new film, The Beaver, told the National Enquirer, "There was definite chemistry between them when they met and everyone on the set is buzzing that the two make an adorable couple. They both seem incredibly happy."

JENNIFER ESPOSITO ENGAGEMENT REVEALED: Actress Jennifer Esposito and tennis player Mark Philippoussis are getting married. People magazine reports that the couple became engaged over the summer. Esposito was previously married to Bradley Cooper.

SHAUNA SAND GIVES OKAY FOR SEX TAPE RELEASE: Shauna Sand has dropped a lawsuit aimed preventing the distribution of her sex tape. The co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment told that Sand -- the ex-wife of Lorenzo Lamas -- has signed off on the video and has withdrawn the cease and desist letter her lawyer sent the company earlier this month. He claims Sand had a change of heart after realizing that a lawsuit could prove "long and expensive."

FATHER DEFENDS ACCUSED CELEBRITY BURGLAR: The father of one of the teens accused of breaking into a string of celebrity homes (including those of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton) is defending his daughter. Mikel Neiers talked to People magazine about daughter Alexis, explaining, "She was in the wrong place at the wrong time, associating with the wrong people. She got sucked into this. We're standing by her. I'm sure [the case against her is] going to be thrown out of court." Five suspects, including Neiers, have been arrested in connection with the case. Her attorney added, "I expect my client will be fully vindicated when all the facts of the case come out. At this time, no formal charges have been filed against her. When the time is right, she will tell her side of the story."


DIRECTOR PULLS OUT OF 'FOOTLOOSE' REMAKE: Acclaimed director Kenny Ortega has pulled out of the upcoming Footloose remake. reports that Ortega -- the man behind High School Musical, Dirty Dancing, and the new Michael Jackson documentary, This Is It -- had problems with the film's studio about the project's budget and tone. An official statement announced, "Coming off the extraordinary project, Michael Jackson's 'This is It,' director Kenny Ortega has decided it is premature for him to commit to his next film and will not be moving forward with 'Footloose' as previously reported."

BRAVO LAUNCHING ANOTHER 'TOP CHEF' SPIN-OFF: Bravo is developing another spin-off of its hit reality show, Top Chef. reports that Top Chef: Just Desserts will pit pastry chefs against each other in similar style to the original show. The program, for which judges or hosts have not been named, is set to premiere sometime in 2010.

'SYTYCD' CONTESTANT DROPS OUT DUE TO ILLNESS: So You Think You Can Dance finalist Billy Bell has dropped out of the competition after falling ill. Fox announced Bell's departure on Monday (October 26th), and said that he'll be replaced by 21-year-old Brandon Dumlao in the top 20. Executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe said in a statement, "We are disappointed that Billy cannot continue dancing in the competition on the advice of his doctor and wish him a speedy recovery. However, we are fortunate that Brandon Dumlao has agreed to return."

JANUARY JONES GETS NEW ROLE: January Jones and Diane Kruger have signed on to join Liam Neeson in the upcoming thriller, Unknown White Male. Variety reports that the story centers on a man (Neeson) who awakens from a coma to find that someone else has assumed his identity, and no one, including his wife, believes him. Jones will play Neeson's wife while Kruger will play a Berlin taxi driver and Neeson's unexpected ally.


Jennifer Aniston is denying reports that she's interested in becoming a talk show host. London's Express newspaper had reported that the actress agreed to do a weekly show for Oprah's new cable channel, OWN when it launches next year.

  • quotes the actress's rep as having said that reports of Aniston's career switch-up were "absolutely false."
  • An insider supposedly "close to the deal" told the paper, "She is doing this for one reason only; she absolutely wants to do it."


Angelina Jolie previously revealed that a random-looking tattoo on Brad Pitt's back is the result of her doodling. After the actor was photographed revealing the scattered-looking lines in the wake of his weekend motorcycle accident, dug up an old interview in which the markings were explained.

When asked about the tattoo last year, Jolie told Entertainment Weekly, "I drew that. We went to Davos. It's not that we were bored at the World Economic Forum, but one night we didn't have anything to do, so I was drawing on his back."

  • She further explained that she had just been sketching on the actor and, "He just liked it!" Jolie added, "The picture everybody saw was kind of awkward, but it just lines up beautifully on his back, just enhances the part of the body I like."

CHECK IT OUT: See a picture of the tattoo:


Simon Cowell is reportedly feuding with neighbors near his Beverly Hills home over parking and noise issues. Although no official complaints have been filed with authorities, an officer situated outside the American Idol judge's $15 million-plus mansion told London's Daily Mail, "We have had many complaints from the neighbors, mostly about parking. It's a nightmare, it really is."

The officer added, "But he's a busy guy and is never around to speak to. We talk to his workers and they do their best to resolve issues as they arise."

  • One neighbor has deemed the 50-year-old, "the neighbor from hell," explaining, "People arrive at 11pm, then the music starts and goes on until 2am or 3am. People around here want to get on with him, but he's not making it easy for us to like him."
  • When confronted with the neighbors' complaints, a spokesperson for Cowell said, "Next time, Simon will be sure to invite the neighbors round to the party, too.'
  • The mansion, which is right off of Sunset Boulevard features a private solarium, pool, a fully equipped gym and cinema, and a security system that costs nearly $1 million.


Jon Gosselin appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday (October 26th) morning, where he informed a judge that he'd complied with an order to return $180,000 he had improperly withdrawn from a joint bank account with estranged wife Kate. E! reports that although he asked that Kate be forced to account for $33,000 of the couple's money, her attorney said the amount was small enough that the arbitrator overseeing the couple's divorce did not require her to explain why she needed the funds.

Kate was not present for the hearing, but her lawyer released a statement later in the day saying, "We are clearly pleased that the monies taken by Mr. Gosselin have been returned to the marital account, and we look forward to recouping additional monies taken by Mr. Gosselin at the time of the parties' private arbitration hearings. Despite his initial comments denying responsibility, we have established that Ms. Gosselin needed emergency relief to prevent her economic claims from being compromised."

  • Another arbitration hearing for the couple has been set for next month.
  • E! also reported that Charlie Meyer, an attorney of Jon's, quit working for the reality dad on Monday.

In audio clip one from Jon and Kate Plus 8 that aired last night, Kate Gosselin comments about not regretting renewing her vows with Jon.


A 24-year-old model who recently gave birth to Jude Law's baby has sold pictures of her newborn daughter to a British tabloid -- before the actor has even met her. The Daily Mail reports that Law didn't legally stop Samantha Burke from going forward with the pictures, but was said to be "very upset" that they were being published.

An insider told the paper, "He wants to handle this as privately as possible, and Samantha is making a circus out of it."

  • Burke released a statement confirming the news. She said, "I can confirm that after months of constant requests from the media, I decided to share pictures of myself and Sophia with Hello! Magazine. Both Sophia and I were compensated for the photographs, and will donate a portion of the compensation to the Ronald McDonald House to assist with the completion of their new facility in Pensacola, FL. The majority of the compensation, paid to Sophia, will be placed in trust for her secondary education and well-being. I'm thrilled with the pictures of Sophia and pleased to announce that she is healthy, happy and deeply loved."


REID SAYS SENATE HEALTH BILL WILL INCLUDE PUBLIC OPTION: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced yesterday (October 26th) that the health insurance reform legislation heading to the Senate floor will include a public option, however it will allow individual states the choice of opting out of the program. Reid said, "While the public option is not a silver bullet, I believe it's an important way to ensure competition and to level the playing field for patients with the insurance industry." At the same time, changes on the public option and other provisions in the measure are possible during the floor debate that's expected to last for weeks. The White House said in a statement that President Obama was pleased that the legislation included a public option, however Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, the only Republican to vote with Democrats on health care, siding with them on the legislation that came out of the Senate Finance Committee, said she was, quote, "deeply disappointed" a public option was included.

OBAMA MOURNS 14 KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN, SAYS WON'T RUSH DECISION: President Obama yesterday (October 26th) mourned 14 Americans who were killed earlier in the day in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, and told a military audience at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, that he'll take the time necessary as he decides the future strategy for the war. The president said, "I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm's way. I won't risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary." In the first of two crashes yesterday, a helicopter went down in western Afghanistan after leaving the scene of a fire fight with insurgents, killing seven troops and three U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. In the other crash, two American helicopters collided while in flight, killing four U.S. soldiers.

PILOTS WHO MISSED DESTINATION WERE ON LAPTOPS, DISCUSSING SCHEDULING: The two pilots of a Northwest Airlines plane that overflew its destination by 150 miles last week told investigators they became distracted during an extended discussion of crew scheduling while using their laptops, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday (October 26th). According to an NTSB report, the veteran pilots said they hadn't been tired, rejecting speculation that they might have fallen asleep. Air controllers and airline dispatchers tried repeatedly for more than an hour to contact Flight 188 as it flew on October 21st from San Diego to Minneapolis, but the pilots said they only became aware of what had happened when a flight attendant asked them about their scheduled arrival time. Delta Airlines, which owns Northwest, said the use of laptops violates company policy, and that the pilots -- who have been suspended -- could be fired.

WITNESSES LAUGHED, TOOK PHOTOS AS GIRL WAS GANG-RAPED: Witnesses to the two-hour gang-rape of a semi-conscious 15-year-old girl Saturday (October 24th) outside her school's homecoming dance in Richmond, California, laughed, took pictures and even joined in, the Contra Costa Times reported yesterday (October 26th), citing police. After word of the rape spread to a house party, someone finally called police and officers broke up the assault just before midnight, arresting a 19-year-old man as he ran from the scene. Police are looking for other suspects, believing as many as six other men raped the girl, in addition to beating her and stealing her jewelry. The girl left the dance around 9:30 p.m., expecting to be picked up by her father. But a schoolmate caught her attention and invited her to join a group that was drinking and hanging out in a courtyard. The assault began after the girl quickly drank a large amount of alcohol and fell over, according to police.


MADOFF ASSOCIATE HAD HEART ATTACK BEFORE DROWNING IN POOL: A longtime friend of Bernie Madoff, who was accused of making more than $7 billion in Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, drowned in his pool after having a heart attack, the results of an autopsy showed Monday. (October 26th). The body of 67-year-old Jeffrey Picower was found by his wife Sunday at the bottom of the pool at their Palm Beach, Florida, mansion. Police had been investigating the death, but now say the case is closed. Picower had been accused of being the biggest beneficiary of Madoff's scheme, and the trustee appointed to recover money for defrauded investors had filed a lawsuit demanding that he return more than $7 billion. The trustee said the litigation will continue against Picower's estate.

BALLOON BOY CASE GOES TO THE D.A.: The Balloon Boy case has gone to the Larimer County, Colorado, district attorney, as the sheriff's department presented its investigative findings yesterday (October 26th), reported. Richard and Mayumi Heene face possible criminal charges for their alleged October 15th hoax, in which rescue workers raced to respond and cable news networks went live with coverage after the Heenes claimed they believed their young son might be in an experimental balloon that had taken off. The DA's office said in a statement yesterday that it had requested more information, and, quote, will be making a charging decision as soon as we have had an opportunity to complete a careful review and analysis of this case." Sheriff Jim Alderden has said he'd recommend charges including conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant.

MARIA SHRIVER BREAKS TRAFFIC LAWS AGAIN: Two weeks after California First lady Maria Shriver apologized when she was caught on camera violating the state's hands-free cell phone law while driving, a new video posted online Monday (October 26th) showed her parked in a red zone, which is reserved for emergency vehicles. According to the site, which posted the photos and video of Shriver two weeks ago as well as the new video yesterday, Shriver had been parked illegally for nearly an hour while visiting a doctor's office in Santa Monica. Shriver apologized in a statement, saying, "I regret that I made a mistake. I take responsibility for it."

NO MORE MCDONALD'S IN ICELAND: McDonald's fans in Iceland will soon be out of luck, as the island nation's three McDonald's franchises -- which are all in the capital city of Reykjavik (RIKE-ya-vick) -- are set to close next weekend. The franchise owner was forced to shut down the restaurants because of falling profits caused by the collapse in Iceland's currency, the krona. Additionally, McDonald's required that the franchise owner import all goods for the restaurants from Germany, making them subject to high import tariffs. A 20 percent increase in prices would have been necessary to make a reasonable profit, and that would have been too high to allow the franchises to remain competitive.

  • The first McDonald's opened in Iceland in 1993.


EAGLES BEAT REDSKINS 27-17 IN 'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL': The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 27-17 in Monday Night Football last night (October 26th), in a game that saw Philly quarterback Donovan McNabb complete 15 of 25 passes for 156 yards, getting his 200th career touchdown and achieving 30,000 career yards passing. It wasn't as good a night at home for Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, who was sacked six times. DeSean Jackson was key on offense for the Eagles, scoring on a 67-yard run and a 57-yard reception.

  • Both sides suffered injuries, with Eagles star running back Brian Westbrook knocked out with a concussion, and Redskins tight end Chris Cooley breaking his right ankle.

CARDINALS HIRE MCGWIRE AS HITTING COACH: Mark McGwire is back in baseball after retiring in 2001, returning to the St. Louis Cardinals as a hitting coach. The now-46-year-old McGwire set a since-surpassed season record of 70 home runs in 1998, and retired with 583 homers and a .263 career average. But his image was tarnished when he famously refused to answer questions about steroids during a March 2005 congressional hearing. Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, who managed McGwire for all but one of the former slugger's 16 seasons, said McGwire had turned down previous offers from the Cardinals because his family was younger.

COYOTES OWNER AGREES TO SELL TEAM TO NHL: Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has agreed to sell the bankrupt National Hockey League franchise to the NHL, a deal that was announced in bankruptcy court Monday (October 26th). Moyes was left with few options but to accept the league's $140 million offer, after his attempt to sell the team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie was rejected by the court. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that once the deal closes, the league will immediately look to sell the team, preferably to an owner who will keep it in Arizona.

WOMEN WHO HAD AFFAIR WITH ESPN'S STEVE PHILLIPS FIRED: ESPN said Monday (October 26th) that it had fired the 22-year-old production assistant who'd had an affair with married baseball analyst Steve Phillips, making the announcement one day after it said Phillips had also been fired. While saying Phillips had been let go because his ability to represent ESPN effectively had been, quote, "significantly and irreparably damaged," the cable sports network didn't say when or why Brooke Hundley had been fired.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • NCIS (repeat)
  • NCIS: LOS ANGELES (repeat)
  • THE GOOD WIFE (repeat)


  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - Derek Jeter talks to the contestants about teamwork before they take part in a baseball challenge; a contestant breaks a Biggest Loser record.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Ewan McGregor, Tina Fey, Tim McGraw & Gregg Allman


  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - The top 20 dancers, paired up as couples, perform; two dancers are eliminated.


  • IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN - Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Halloween symbol to appear; a bonus cartoon "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown" features Linus in a race for class president.
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - Taylor Swift performs; two couples are eliminated.
  • THE FORGOTTEN - The team investigates a John Doe buried at a popular vacation destination; a stray dog standing vigil over the grave is the only clue in the case.


  • 90210 (repeat)
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)


  • SONS OF ANARCHY - SAMCRO takes extreme measures to procure weapons for a customer; revenge is sought following a theft at Caracara Studios.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jimmu Kimmel, Deepak Chopra
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - The Diane Schuler Story: Was She Driving Drunk?
THE VIEW - Rod Stewart


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Courteney Cox, Florence and the Machine
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Ewan McGregor, Tina Fey, Tim McGraw & Gregg Allman
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Garry Shandling, Paula Deen, Julian Casablancas
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Dr. Mehmet Oz, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, Morningwood
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Alicia Silverstone, Salman Rushdie
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Artie Lang, Olivia Munn, David Chang
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Yvonna Strahovski, Kris Bellman, Mike Posner
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Randall Balmer, Gail Collins


ONE-LEGGED SHOPLIFTER STEALS ONE SHOE: Police in Belgium have arrested a man with one leg who allegedly stole one shoe from a store. The man became the obvious suspect when a shopkeeper noticed a single shoe missing after the man left the store. Police were able to recover the shoe after tracking the one-legged man down and made an arrest. The man is said to be a Russian seeking asylum. (AP)

MAN CAUGHT SMUGGLING REPTILES UNDER CLOTHES: A Norwegian man was arrested when customs agents discovered he was hiding 14 royal pythons and 10 albino leopard geckos under his clothes after getting off a ferry from Denmark. The customs agent said the non-venomous snakes were in stockings taped to the mans chest, and the geckos were in small boxes taped to his thighs. The agent searched the man after a tarantula was found in one of his bags. (AP)

HIGH SCHOOL RING RETURNED AT WAKE AFTER 57 YEARS: An Ohio man was shocked to have his high school ring returned to him at a wake for his high school sweetheart. The deceased woman's husband tapped the man on the shoulder and explained that his wife instructed him to return the ring if her old flame decided to attend the wake. The two dated for two years, but broke up when the man joined the air force in 1952 after graduating. (AP)

THOUSANDS EAT BREAKFAST ON BRIDGE: The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia was closed on Sunday between 6:30 AM and 1 PM for a giant picnic. Over 6,000 people showed up for the event designed to showcase Sydney's best food and outdoor lifestyle. The bridge was covered with grass for the event which served breakfast and provided entertainment for 6,000 people who won tickets through a lottery. Over 45,000 people applied for tickets and an Australian official says the breakfast on the bridge is set to become a yearly event. (AFP)


BOARD GAME TRYING TO DETERMINE BATTLE OF THE SEXES WINNER: Trivial Pursuit has launched a "battle of the sexes" experiment online to see if men or women are better at the game. Go to, enter your sex and each time you get a question correct you gain a point for your team. The website tracks the number of unique users and keeps a running tally of the scores, which are displayed at the top of the page.

CHECK IT OUT: A flowchart to determine which religion you should follow:

DATING SITE FOR PRETTY PEOPLE ONLY: is dating site that insists applicants must submit a photograph of themselves to allow existing members to decide through an online rating system whether they are attractive enough to be admitted. Only about one in five applications to the website is successful. Greg Hodge, the managing director of the site, said: "Is it shallow to want to be with someone you're attracted to? If you are in a bar or a club and you are going to approach someone, you'll approach someone you're attracted to. There's nothing shallow in that. People are fed up wasting time and money meeting unattractive people on the net."

GOOLE FEATURE HOPES TO PREVENT EMAIL ERRORS: Google has launched "Got The Wrong Bob?", a new feature for Gmail that warns users that they may have typed the wrong e-mail address and forces people to double-check before sending. The Daily Mail reports that the system works by analyzing the groups of people you usually send e-mails to. It can then see when someone has included an unexpected address among the intended recipients. The problem often arises because many e-mail systems, including Gmail, have an auto-complete function, which fills in the names of people from a sender's address book after the first few letters are typed. As a result, it is easy to send an e-mail meant for a friend called Alex, to All Staff instead. Got The Wrong Bob? hopes to warn users before they make this mistake.

CLEANLINESS LINKED TO MORALITY? A new study has found further proof that cleanliness may foster morality. reports that researchers conducted fairness tests, with subjects completing tasks in a room that was either unscented or one that was sprayed with a common citrus-scented window cleaner. One test involved a game. Study participants were given $12 of real money, which they were told came from an anonymous partner in another room. They had to decide how much of it to either keep or return to their partners who, they were told, had trusted them to divide it fairly. Subjects in clean-smelling rooms gave back $5.33 on average. The others gave back just $2.81.


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Eat This!: 100 Grand

  • 190 calories
  • 8 g fat (5 g saturated)
  • 22 g sugars

Not That!: Snickers

  • 280 calories
  • 14 g fat (5 g saturated)
  • 28 g sugars
  • When you're in the mood for chocolate, make 100 Grand your first choice. We haven't found any other full-sized chocolate bars that weigh in under 200 calories, making this the safest bar we've come across. On the flipside, the only thing Snickers satisfies are the requisites for a sugar crash. A simple swap like this each workday will save you 450 calories a week -- that's about 7 pounds in a year!

Crunchy Chocolate Bars

Eat This!: Nestle Crunch

  • 220 calories
  • 11 g fat (7 g saturated)
  • 24 g sugars

Not That!: Mr. Goodbar

  • 250 calories
  • 17 g fat (7 g saturated)
  • 22 g sugars
  • The Crunch bar is less dense than pure milk chocolate, which means less fat in each bite. As for the Mr. Goodbar, the only way to make this a truly "good bar" would be to increase the ratio of peanuts to milk chocolate.


  • Eat This!: Baked! Lay's Potato Chips
  • 110 calories
  • 1.5 g fat
  • 150 mg sodium

Not That!: Sun Chips Original

  • 210 calories
  • 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
  • 180 mg sodium
  • Baked! Lays are the best chips in the vending machine. The sodium's low and the saturated fat's nonexistent. And while Sun Chips used to be considered a "healthier" potato chip alternative, new standards and actually healthier fare have muscled them out of the spotlight. Plus, with its inflated serving size (1.5 ounces rather than 1 ounce), an individual pack of Sun Chips has about twice as much damage potential as Baked! Lays.

Cheese Crackers

Eat This!: Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers (55 pieces)

  • 140 calories
  • 5 g fat (1 g saturated)
  • 250 mg sodium

Not That!: Cheez-It Original Crackers (1 package)

  • 180 calories
  • 9 g fat (2 g saturated)
  • 290 mg sodium
  • The Cheez-Its are about 40 calories worse than your average bag of chips. They're also 40 calories worse than the cheesiest alternative -- goldfish over "cheez" squares is a swap everyone should make.


Can you name three reality shows that Bruce Jenner has been a part of?

A: E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, In February and March 2003, he was part of the cast of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, and he was partnered with Tai Babilonia for Skating with Celebrities that aired January-March 2006.

  • Also, in January 2002 he participated in an episode of the American series of The Weakest Link featuring Olympic athletes. He made a cameo on a season three episode of The Apprentice that originally aired in May 2005 and has served as a guest judge on Pet Star on Animal Planet, and appeared with his family on NBC's Celebrity Family Feud.

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Demonstrators in Chicago Protest Against Wall Street Abuses

Demonstrators railing against Wall Street abuses protested outside the annual convention of the American Bankers Association in Chicago yesterday (October 26th), as well as the Chicago offices of Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo. The Service Employees International Union, a major labor group that's one of the main organizers, said up to 5,000 people will join in the protests over the next couple of days.

Protesters carried huge photos of executives like JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and retiring Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis with "Wanted" signs calling them "Wall Street Robber Bankers," while others were dressed as the Grim Reaper and held signs that said, "Greed Kills." Outside Goldman Sachs, an organizer yelled a list of demands, including that the bank support calls for a consumer-finance protection agency and donate the money set aside for bonuses to loan-modification programs.

The American Bankers Association said the protests against it are misplaced because it's mostly community bankers that are attending the convention, not Wall Street firms that engage in risky trading practices and have taken hundreds of billions in taxpayer bailout money. But the Chicago nonprofit group National People's Coalition said the ABA is an appropriate target because it lobbies against regulatory reforms that would help consumers, but hurt the big banks' profits.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Garth Brooks fans jammed up phone lines and created overwhelming traffic at the website of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday (October 24th) morning in hopes of getting tickets to his first set of shows at the venue. Tickets for the superstar's first five weekends at the Encore Theater sold out almost immediately.

  • Phone lines at the Wynn were able to accommodate 141,934 calls before the system reached maximum capacity and callers received a busy signal. Over the course of the morning, the website received more than 5.4 million page views with up to 40,000 people waiting in an online queue at any given time.
  • Brooks' future concert dates will be announced soon.
  • Tickets are priced at $125 plus surcharges.
  • Fans still have a chance at getting tickets for the sold-out concerts. Returned or unclaimed tickets will be released to a stand-by line that will form at the Wynn box office on show days.


  • In an effort to keep ticket scalpers out of the mix, attorneys for the Wynn Las Vegas are "communicating with suspected known scalpers and private unauthorized sellers," according to a release. As unauthorized ticket agents for either the Wynn or Garth Brooks, attorneys are letting these people know their customers could be turned away at the door if management determines that "the ticket was purchased from a ticket reseller at an amount in excess of face value."

The first 15 dates of Taylor Swift's 2010 Fearless tour sold out in two minutes on Friday (October 23rd). Those dates include two-night shows in Newark, NJ; Uniondale, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; and Detroit, MI, as well as single-night shows in Washington, DC; Kansas City, MO; Dallas, Austin and Corpus Christi, TX.

The U.S. leg of next year's tour kicks off on March 4th in Tampa. Opening acts include Kellie Pickler and Gloriana.

  • All of this year's Fearless dates also sold out in record time, including Swift's show at Madison Square Garden, which sold out in one minute.
  • Swift's latest hit, "Fifteen," holds a special place in the singer's heart. She wrote the song about herself and her best friend, Abigail, when they were in highschool. Swift tells us: "'Fifteen' is probably my favorite thing that I've ever written. It's a really personal song. It's really vulnerable."
  • At 19, Swift is the youngest artist in history to be nominated for the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award. She is up for a total of four CMA's, as well as six American Music Awards.
  • Swift is set to serve as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 7th.
Carrie Underwood will head to New York City promote her new album Play On, the week of its release. She'll kick things off with an outdoor concert at Lincoln Center on Good Morning America on November 3rd, which is album release day. On November 5th, Underwood will pay a visit to Live with Regis and Kelly.

The following week, Underwood co-hosts the CMA Awards in Nashville with Brad Paisley. The show will air live from the Sommet Center on November 11th on ABC.

  • In addition to hosting, Underwood is set to perform, as well as being nominated for Top Female Vocalist.
  • "Cowboy Casanova," the debut release from Play On, is the fastest-rising hit of the year at country radio.
  • Digital first-week sales of the song top more than 110,000 copies.


  • Earlier this year, Underwood became the first country artist in history to achieve 10 Number One singles from their first two albums when "I Told You So" became the fifth consecutive chart-topper from Carnival Ride.
  • To date, Underwood is the U.S. best-selling American Idol winner with album sales over 10 million.

Billy Currington co-wrote his latest single from experience. The singer says he tapped into his Georgia roots for "That's How Country Boys Roll." "I started off on a little island called Tybee Island, a beach boy for pretty much all my life. But we moved inland to a small town called Rincon and that was dirt roads, no red lights and really, really country people. So that's where I get my influences to write songs like that."
  • "That's How Country Boys Roll" is a Top 30 hit on the charts and climbing.
  • The song is on Currington's Little Bit Of Everything CD.
  • So far, the album has produced two hits -- "Don't" and "People Are Crazy," which climbed to Number One.
Jimmy Wayne's new single, "Sara Smile," is the first release and title track from his upcoming album, due in stores on November 23rd. Wayne wrote four of the 10 songs on the CD, which also features a tune co-written by Keith Urban.
  • The song "Sara Smile," which includes a guest appearance by the song's writers and originators, Daryl Hall and John Oates, gave Wayne the highest chart debut of his career.
  • Wayne said, "'Sara Smile' is a song I've been singing for 13 years. I sang it on the prison yard when I worked at the prison. Even though I didn't write it, I sang it at writers' nights in Nashville. It is the song that taught me how to play the guitar. In 2002, I sang 'Sara Smile' for (label head) Scott Borchetta, and he gave me a record deal. This song has had a major impact on my life."
  • "Sara Smile" sits at Number 35 on the Billboard country chart.


  • Wayne charted his first Number One hit with the title track of his 2008 CD, Do You Believe Me Now.
  • He is currently on his first major tour with headliner Brad Paisley. The American Saturday Night tour made a stop at New York City's Madison Square Garden last week.
Sara Evans will kick off her Celebrate the Season tour the day after Thanksgiving (November 27th) in Worley, Idaho. The 12-date West Coast run will wrap up on December 14th in Greeley, Colorado.

On November 3rd, Evans will digitally release a four-song collection, called I'll Be Home for Christmas. The digital EP will feature holiday favorites including the title track and "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "New Again," which Evans and Brad Paisley co-wrote and perform together here.

I'll Be Home for Christmas marks the first time these four tracks have been brought together in one collection. The tunes were previously available on various projects.

Here are the dates for the Celebrate the Season tour:

November 27 Worley, ID Coeur d'Alene Tribal Casino
November 28 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
November 29 Boise, ID Qwest Arena
December 2 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
December 3 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino
December 4 Coarsegold, CA Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
December 5 Eureka, CA Arkley Center for the Performing Arts
December 9 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater
December 10 Tucson, AZ Desert Diamond Casino
December 11 Primm, NV Star of the Desert Arena
December 12 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
December 14 Greeley, CO Union Colony Civic Center


Q. In what year did Tammy Wynette's most famous song, "Stand By Your Man," debut on the country charts?

A. 1968


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Keith Urban (42)

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton (former First Lady, Democratic senator from New York and presidential candidate; now Secretary of State) (62)
  • Seth MacFarlane (creator of The Family Guy; does the voices for Peter, Brian, Stewie and others) (36)
  • Jon Heder (actor, Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) (32)
  • Dylan McDermott (actor, The Practice, Wonderland) (48)
  • Jaclyn Smith (actress, Charlie's Angels) (62)
  • Pat Sajak (host, Wheel Of Fortune) (63)
  • Cary Elwes (actor, The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Twister, Liar Liar, Saw) (47)
  • Rita Wilson (actress, Sleepless In Seattle, Runaway Bride, Auto Focus; wife of Tom Hanks) (53)
  • Bob Hoskins (actor, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, Nixon, Enemy At The Gates) (67)


Faith Hill's fifth album, Cry, debuted atop the Billboard 200 pop chart in 2002.

  • Hoyt Axton, who wrote the pop hit "Joy To The World," died of a heart attack at age 61 in 1999.
  • Waylon Jennings was hospitalized in California after experiencing chest pains during a performance in 1988.
  • Capitol Records hosts a gala celebration for Garth Brooks in Nashville in 2000 to honor him for sales of more than 100 million albums in the U.S. in a decade.
  • Garth Brooks announced his retirement in a press conference at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville in 2000.
  • The Statler Brothers played their last concert, in Salem, Virginia in 2002.
  • Rodney Crowell recorded the Number One hit "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" in 1987.
  • Waylon Jennings married Jessi Colter in Las Vegas in 1969.
  • Sugarland's debut album, Twice The Speed Of Life, was released in 2004.
  • Gary Allan's Smoke Rings In The Dark album was released in 1999.
  • Travis Tritt went to Number One in Billboard with "Anymore" in 1991.


Low-budget sensation Paranormal Activity took the top spot at the weekend box office over Saw VI, the latest installment in the horror film franchise, in a pre-Halloween weekend battle of the thrillers. Paranormal Activity expanded into nationwide release after four weeks of narrower release in which it's been boosted by strong online buzz. Meanwhile, Saw VI opened in second place in the worst opening ever for the Saw franchise that's become a Halloween fixture. Last weekend's top movie, Where the Wild Things Are, fell to third place.

Astro Boy, an animated science-fiction adventure based on a Japanese comic book and cartoon series about a superhero child robot, opened at Number Six. It features the voices of Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Eugene Levy and Nathan Lane. Debuting in eighth place was Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, starring John C. Reilly as a vampire who takes on a teenage apprentice in a traveling freak show.

  • Amelia, a biography of Amelia Earhart starring Hilary Swank as the pioneering aviator, had a disappointing debut, opening out of the top 10 in 11th place. Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor co-star.


  1. Paranormal Activity, $22 million
  2. Saw VI, $14.8 million
  3. Where the Wild Things Are, $14.4 million
  4. Law Abiding Citizen, $12.7 million
  5. Couples Retreat, $11.1 million
  6. Astro Boy, $7 million
  7. The Stepfather, $6.5 million
  8. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, $6.3 million
  9. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, $5.6 million
  10. Zombieland, $4.3 million


ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER: Andrew Llyod Webber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. A rep for the legendary composer announced the news on Sunday (October 25th), but noted that the condition is in its early stages. A statement from his publicist said, "Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year." Webber recently announced plans for a sequel to his hit show, Phantom of the Opera.

PAUL HAGGIS REPORTEDLY RESIGNS FROM SCIENTOLOGY OVER SUPPORT OF GAY ISSUES: Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis has reportedly resigned from the Church of Scientology over their position on gay rights. reports that Haggis views the church's support of Proposition 8 as "cowardly," and thus, after thirty-five years of membership, is resigning.

JOHN TRAVOLTA WANTS RETRIAL IN U.S.: After his weeks-long Bahamian extortion trial ended in a mistrial, John Travolta is petitioning for the case to be retried in the United States. Attorney Michael Ossi released a statement saying, "I have asked the Bahamian authorities to preserve all the evidence for the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) to review, and I have written to the federal government and the Bahamian government about trying the case in Florida. The original call was made from the Bahamas to Florida, so there is jurisdiction for a trial in the U.S." The mistrial was declared after a Bahamian politician announced a false verdict while the jury was still in deliberations.

IVANKA TRUMP TIES THE KNOT: Ivanka Trump married New York Observer owner Jared Kushner Sunday (October 25th) in New Jersey. A rep confirmed to the nuptials to, adding, "She was the most stunning bride." The wedding took place on the grounds of the Trump National Golf Club after a three-month engagement. 27-year-old Trump talked about preparations for the big day recently, saying, "I only had a 3 month engagement so it was all done pretty quickly. To all those women planning a wedding, just be organized and decisive. It also helps if you have a wedding planner helping you out!"

NICOLE RICHIE OPENS PLAYGROUND: Nicole Richie and Joel Madden took time from caring for their two young children last week to break ground on a new playground at a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles. Richie, who recently have birth to son Sparrow told People magazine, "I spend tons of time here. When I found out the kids play on a concrete slab or play inside all day, it hit me. Kids need to have an imagination, to be outside and to be free." The couple, who founded the Richie-Madden Children's Foundation, raised $35,000 for the playground.

WOODY ALLEN'S PRODIGY SON GETS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS JOB: Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's son has been appointed to a very important job at a very young age. 21-year-old Ronan Farrow, whose been deemed a "prodigy," is now a liaison to non-governmental organizations working in Pakistan. A State Department official responded to criticism of Farrow's age, saying, "He's very qualified for the job, and has already helped explain the current situation re: Pakistani procurements to key NGOs, including a meeting he organized today with InterAction and its affiliated NGOs." Another source noted that he's "a friggin' genius and a true activist for Darfur . . . Went to college at age 11 and then to law school at 16."

FAMILY EMERGENCY FORCED MATT DAMON OUT OF CHARITY EVENT: Matt Damon was forced to pull out of a charity event last week due to a "family emergency of a serious nature." His rep wouldn't specify the nature of the emergency, but insisted it was serious, explaining, "He wouldn't have missed this otherwise."

SCOTT FOLEY EXPECTING CHILD: Scott Foley and his wife Marika Dominczyk are expecting their first child. People magazine confirmed that Dominczyk, who married the actor in 2006, is in her third trimester. Foley was previously married to Felicity costar Jennifer Garner, but the pair split in 2003.

TOM SIZEMORE SUED FOR CHILD SUPPORT: Tom Sizemore's ex-girlfriend is suing the troubled actor, claiming that he owes her thousands of dollars in child support. reports that Jinele McIntire filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles last week, alleging that Sizemore owes her $58,800 in child support for the couple's two boys, who were born in 2005. She is also seeking health insurance coverage for the kids and $50,000 for attorney's fees.


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SEAN PENN TO INTERVIEW FIDEL CASTRO? Sean Penn has reportedly traveled to Cuba in the hopes of interviewing Fidel Castro. reported on Sunday (October 25th), "Sean (Penn) is going to the land of Fidel as a journalist, writing a story for Vanity Fair (magazine) about how the (Barack) Obama administration has affected Cuba." The website reported that he's traveling with Diana Jenkins, who is married to the "head honcho" at Barclays bank. TMZ's source added, "Barclays sources say Sean and Diana are going to meet (Fidel) Castro -- presumably because that's what Diana told them."

GERARD BUTLER REPORTEDLY STARRING IN SHAKESPEARE ADAPTATION: Gerard Butler is moving on after a string of romantic comedies. reports that the actor has signed on to star alongside William Hurt, Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes in William Shakespeare's Coriolanus. The project will be directed by Fiennes -- who also plays the leading role.

PATRICK DEMPSEY REPORTEDLY SELLS HAIR STYLING PILOT: Patrick Dempsey has sold a new sitcom idea to the network bosses at ABC. The Grey's Anatomy star created the hairdressing show -- tentatively called Coif -- with his wife Jillian, who is a top stylist. He told TV Guide magazine, "It's kind of like Cheers or Friends, but it takes place in a beauty school in Los Angeles."

'DWTS' CONTESTANT REPORTEDLY DOING PLAYBOY: Dancing With the Stars contestant Joanna Krupa will reportedly grace the cover of December's Playboy magazine. Star reports that the model recently shot her pictorial for the magazine, which would mark her second appearance in the magazine. She posed for a spread in 2005 after she was dubbed the "Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World." Meanwhile, Star also reports that Bravo reality star Kelly Bensimon will go topless for a spread in the magazine's January issue.

PATRICK SWAYZE'S WIDOW BREAKING SILENCE: Patrick Swayze's widow will speak out this week for the first time since the actor's September death. Lisa Niemi is scheduled to participate in a round table discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women's Conference 2009 on Tuesday (October 27th). The discussion will be moderated by California First Lady and Women's Conference host Maria Shriver, who this summer lost her mother Eunice Shriver and uncle Ted Kennedy.

BENJAMIN BRATT REPORTEDLY GOING BACK TO 'LAW & ORDER': Benjamin Bratt will reportedly be reprising his role on Law & Order. reports that after nearly ten years away from the show, Bratt has signed on to revisit the character of Detective Rey Curtis. Sources say that he will factor heavily in a story involving S. Epatha Merkerson's Van Buren character.

'MAMMIA MIA' SEQUEL IN THE WORKS? A Mamma Mia movie sequel may be in the works. Amanda Seyfried, who played Meryl Streep's daughter in the movie musical, is quoted by as having said, "I know it's still going to be ABBA music, because what else would it be? Come on, I wouldn't do 'Mamma Mia 2' without (ABBA duo) Benny and Bjorn. I think we all had the best time and we all got along so well. It was like some days it felt like we were just people on vacation. I will do it. And I know Meryl's game as well, so bring it on. It will be so cool."


Brad Pitt was involved in a minor motorcycle mishap over the weekend in Los Angeles. The megastar was uninjured after losing balance on the bike, but several sources claim the fall was caused by overzealous paparazzi.

Sources tell that Pitt was weaving in and out of stopped traffic and lost control of his motorcycle after clipping a parked car, while says the star fell after a "too-close-for-comfort pap cut him off."

  • attempted to set the record straight, taking the word of sources who claimed that the mirror on Pitt's bike nicked the mirror of an adjacent car and he lost balance on his bike. The insiders said that the other car involved was that of a paparazzo, but it was Pitt who got too close to the vehicle.
  • Pitt reportedly called his security team for a ride home because the bike wouldn't start after it had fallen.
  • In another account, says that their reporter witnessed the incident, and stated that a paparazzo bumped Pitt's bike from behind, forcing his motorcycle into the rear of the car ahead.


The United States has officially asked Switzerland to hand Roman Polanski over to authorities in California. The Associated Press reports that he could serve up to two years in prison for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.

Authorities in Zurich, where the director was arrested on September 26th, will hold a hearing on an unspecified date to decide whether Polanski should be sent back to Los Angeles. The Associated Press reports that if extradition is approved, Polanski may appeal the decision to Switzerland's top criminal court and, "theoretically, to the Federal Supreme Court."

  • It's a possibility that Polanski could remain in Swiss jail for months more, even though legal experts told the AP that has little chance of avoiding a return to the United States after 31 years as a fugitive.


Kate Hudson reportedly has her boyfriend, baseball star Alex Rodriguez, exploring Buddhism. A source told the New York Daily News that the actress's religion is "an important part of her life," adding that, "It seems like Alex really just wants to make her happy."

A witness sitting near Hudson at one of Rodriguez's recent games said that the actress even brought Buddha prayer beads with her to the stadium, and laid them across the railing in front of her seats. The spy noted, "It was a long strand of brown beads, and she and her friends would pick them up from time to time."

  • The paper reports that Rodriguez, a "religious chameleon" also explored Kabbalah while he was involved with Madonna.


Jon Gosselin's lawyer claims the reality dad has complied with the court order he received last week and returned $180,000 he took from a joint bank account with his estranged wife Kate. Her lawyer, however, countered attorney Mark Heller's claims, saying that Jon had returned $28,500 but he was waiting for Heller to wire back the remaining $152,000.

Mark Momijan said after Heller's statement last week, "I have no doubt Jon's lawyer is making an accurate representation but I'm just waiting. He added that Kate was not required to return any money, but has otherwise "complied with the court order in advance of the date." It was reported last week that a second hearing would be held today (October 26th).

Meanwhile, Heller denied's report that Jon has a meeting scheduled with CBS to talk about appearing on special celebrity editions of The Amazing Race or Survivor. Heller said, "Jon is not doing Amazing Race or any other reality show. No Divorced Dads Club, nothing. He is focused on his personal life and the matters at hand."

  • A source had told the website, "Jon is planning to fly to Los Angeles in late November for a meeting about appearing on one of the shows. Nothing is a done deal yet. This is in the very early stages."
  • Kate will be appearing on her own TLC special tonight.
  • In other news, Jon appears to have reconciled with Kate's estranged brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Jodi Kreider, who blasted the couple for their "sham" marriage earlier this year. reports that Jon welcomed the Kreiders to the family's Pennsylvania home over the weekend while Kate was in Los Angeles.


Charlize Theron made out with a woman last week -- and she wasn't on a movie set. Granted, the kiss was for charity; a last-minute prize she offered at the OneXOne gala that proved to be worth $140,000.

The actress offered up a smooch after Jeremy Piven fetched $280,000 at the live auction -- far higher than the $37,000 she'd initially raised for a 2010 trip to South Africa that included World Cup tickets, a safari and a meet-and-greet with Nelson Mandela.

  • The actress told attendees, "For f*** sake! You can do better. There is no way I am leaving here with Jeremy Piven getting a higher bid. I've got t**** for God's sake."
  • She agreed to a 20-second kiss from a woman, who claimed her prize on stage as the audience counted down.


SPRINT CUP: Denny Hamlin edges Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville

Race Recap: Tums Fast Relief 500 - Martinsville, Virginia

10 Kevin Harvick

9 Tony Stewart

8 Mark Martin

7 Ryan Newman

6 Jamie McMurray

5 Jeff Gordon

4 Kyle Busch passed Jeff Gordon on the final lap

3 Juan Pablo Montoya

2 Jimmie Johnson adds to his big Chase lead (118 pts. ahead of Mark Martin) with four races left


1 Denny Hamlin wins his third race of the season after three restarts in the final 52 laps, passing Johnson with 12 laps to go and edging him out in a close final 2 laps. The final restart was caused by debris on the track.


  • The race finished on a green-white-checkered flag under cation when John Andretti wrecked at the finish line.


147 KILLED IN BAGHDAD SUICIDE BOMBINGS: Two suicide car bombings in Baghdad Sunday (October 25th) killed 147 people and wounded at least 721 in Iraq's deadliest attack in more than two years. The bombs targeted two government buildings -- the Ministry of Justice and the Baghdad Provincial Council -- and called into question Iraq's ability to protect its people as U.S. forces withdraw, even as violence has dropped dramatically. The street where the bombings took place had just been reopened to vehicle traffic six months ago, and blast walls were repositioned shortly after to allow traffic closer to the government buildings. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has staked his political reputation and re-election bid on his ability to bring peace to Iraq, pledged to punish the perpetrators. There have been no claims of responsibility so far, but huge car bombs have been the hallmark of the Sunni insurgents who want to overthrow the Shiite-dominated government.

U.N. INSPECTORS VISIT FORMERLY SECRET IRANIAN SITE: Inspectors from the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency on Sunday (October 25th) visited a formerly secret uranium enrichment facility in Iran that raised suspicions in the West after its existence was discovered last month, suspicions fueled by its bunker-like construction and strong military protection. Inspectors are on a three-day mission at the enrichment site south of Tehran, Iran's second, and are expected to present their results later, after they leave the country. Some Iranian officials said the visit was an example that their nuclear program was open to international scrutiny. Iran claims its nuclear program is only for peaceful energy purposes, but the West believes Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.

VIDEO SHOWS STUDENT BEATEN BY SAN JOSE POLICE: A criminal investigation has been launched in San Jose, California, in response to cell phone video posted on the San Jose Mercury News website that shows city police officers repeatedly hitting an unarmed university student with batons and using a Taser stun gun on him as he cries and moans. The final baton strike on 20-year-old Vietnamese student Phuong Ho, a math major at San Jose State, appears to take place after he'd been handcuffed. Officers arrested Ho on September 3rd on suspicion of assaulting one of his roommates. He wasn't armed when police arrived and he told the newspaper he didn't resist arrest. The confrontation began when Ho's roommate put soap on Ho's steak. The two scuffled, and Ho picked up a steak knife, saying that in his home country he would have killed him for doing what he did. According to police reports, one officer encountered Ho in the hallway, but couldn't understand his accent, and Ho then ignored a police command to stand still. The police said Ho resisted being handcuffed. Another of Ho's roommates videotaped what went on.


MADOFF ASSOCIATE FOUND DEAD IN HIS SWIMMING POOL: Jerry Picower, a philanthropist and longtime friend of Bernie Madoff who's been accused of profiting more than $7 billion from Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, was found dead Sunday by his wife at the bottom of the pool at their Palm Beach, Florida, mansion. Police are investigating the death as a drowning, but haven't ruled out anything on the cause of death. However, the 67-year-old Picower's body showed no visible injuries, and he was wearing his swimming trunks. Picower had been accused of being the biggest beneficiary of Madoff's scheme, and the trustee appointed to recover money for defrauded investors had filed a lawsuit demanding that he return more than $7 billion. The trustee's lawyer charged Picower should have seen signs of fraud.

REPORT: LINK BETWEEN CELL PHONES AND CANCER: The New York Post reported Sunday (October 25th) that the World Health Organization is set to announce that it's found a link between long-term cell phone use and brain tumors, citing a story in London's Daily Telegraph. WHO's $30 million, decade-long study found, quote, "a significantly increased risk" of some brain tumors related to the use of cell phones for 10 years or longer, according to the Telegraph story. Cell phone companies and scientists have assured the public for years that cell phone use is safe.

EPA: GLOBAL WARMING PLAN WOULD COST EXTRA $100 A YEAR PER HOUSEHOLD: An Environmental Protection Agency analysis released Friday (October 23rd) of a plan in the Democratic-led Senate to fight global warming said it would add about $100 to the annual energy bill for a typical household. That is around the same cost projected by the EPA for similar legislation passed in the House over the summer. The so-called "cap and trade" legislation calls for capping emissions allowed from power plants and large industrial facilities, and allowing trading of pollution allowances. Republican critics of the legislation charged the EPA used overly optimistic assumptions, disguising the likely increase in energy costs to consumers.

BLOOMBERG HAS SPENT MOST OF OWN MONEY EVER FOR POLITICAL OFFICE: The New York Times reported Saturday (October 24th) that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent more of his own money in pursuit of public office than any other person in U.S. history. Citing newly-released campaign records, the Times said that Bloomberg had spent $85 million on his second re-election campaign as of Friday, and is on pace to spend between $110 and $140 million before the mayoral election next month, meaning he'll have spent more than $250 million in his three bids for mayor. Bloomberg is a self-made billionaire who has an estimated $16 billion fortune, with much of his wealth coming from the Bloomberg media and information empire.

  • According to the Times story, New Jersey Governor and former Goldman Sachs chairman Jon Corzine -- who's also up for re-election next month -- spent about $130 million in two races for governor and one for the U.S. Senate, and publisher Steve Forbes spent $114 million in two bids for president.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES APPEAR IN OPERA: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia had non-speaking roles Saturday night (October 24th) in a production at the Washington National Opera. The two opera-loving justices were dressed in black-tie attire as they remained on stage for nearly 90 minutes, portraying party guests during the opening performance of Ariadne auf Naxos, which depicts a serious opera company and a comedic troupe performing at the same time during a dinner party. Ginsburg and Scalia have appeared in productions at the opera before.


YANKEES WORLD SERIES-BOUND AFTER BEATING ANGELS 5-2: The New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 last night (October 25th) to win the American League Championship Series 4 games to 2 and advance to the World Series, where they'll face the Philadelphia Phillies, who are looking to repeat as world champions. Veteran Andy Pettitte gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings for the Yankees, earning his 16th postseason win to break a tie with John Smoltz for the most ever. Closer Mariano Rivera got six outs, but not before giving up a run in the eighth. Angels starter Joe Saunders gave up three runs in the fourth inning, which turned out to be all the Yankees needed.

  • Pitcher CC Sabathia, who won two games for the Yankees in the ALCS, was named the series MVP.
  • The teams played at Yankee Stadium after Game 6 was postponed one day to Sunday because of rain.
  • Game One of the World Series will take place Wednesday night (October 28th) at Yankee Stadium.

NFL SCORES -- WEEK 7: Here are the results of this week's National Football League games (Home teams are listed in italics):

  • Green Bay Packers 31, Cleveland Browns 3
  • Houston Texans 24, San Francisco 49ers 21
  • San Diego Chargers 37, Kansas City Chiefs 7
  • Indianapolis Colts 42, St. Louis Rams 6
  • New England Patriots 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 -- Played in London before a sellout crowd at Wembley Stadium
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Minnesota Vikings 17
  • Buffalo Bills 20, Carolina Panthers 9
  • New York Jets 38, Oakland Raiders 0
  • Cincinnati Bengals 45, Chicago Bears 10
  • Dallas Cowboys 37, Atlanta Falcons 21
  • New Orleans Saints 46, Miami Dolphins 34
  • Arizona Cardinals 24, New York Giants 17

Tonight's Monday Night Football game on ESPN:

  • Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (8:30 p.m. ET)

ESPN BASEBALL ANALYST PHILLIPS FIRED AFTER AFFAIR ADMISSION: ESPN fired baseball analyst Steve Phillips Sunday night (October 25th) after he admitted last week to having had an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant at the network. Meanwhile, a representative for Phillips announced the former Mets general manager was entering a treatment facility, quote, "to address his personal issues." A network spokesman wouldn't comment to AP about the employee status of the production assistant, Brooke Hundley.

  • Police became involved in the situation after Hundley began calling Phillips' wife in August after he broke off the affair, and sent her a letter describing their relationship and saying, "we both can't have him." Marni Phillips later called police when she found Hundley in her driveway. Hundley also reportedly posed online as a classmate of the Phillips' 16-year-old son and sent repeated messages asking him about his parents' relationship.
  • Marni Phillips filed for divorce last month.
  • In 1998, Phillips, then the Mets' GM, admitted having sex with a team employee who'd sued him for sexual harassment. The case was settled out of court.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (repeat)
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN (repeat)
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (repeat)
  • CSI: MIAMI (repeat)


  • HEROES - Sylar continues to torment Matt; HRG asks Tracy for a favor; Gretchen and Claire are hazed by their new sorority sisters.
  • TRAUMA - A Halloween party turns into chaos; a secret is exposed that could change a partnership.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Dr. Phil McGraw


  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - The top 20 contestants perform without fear of elimination.
  • LIE TO ME - A person from Lightman's past pulls him into dangerous criminal conspiracy; the group investigates when a high school student makes murderous threats.


  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The teams perform.
  • CASTLE - Castle and Beckett go to a graveyard after the body of a young man sporting vampire fangs is discovered with a wooden stake through his heart.


  • ONE TREE HILL - Haley and Nathan are left powerless when Dan brings Renee into his TV show; Brooke shares her true desires with Julian.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Chuck asks Serena to spread the word about his new hotel; Blair secretly tries to help Chuck; Dan watches one of Olivia's sex scenes.


  • JON & KATE PLUS 8 - Kate relives memories of the show and answers questions from the audience.


THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah and Gayle's New Adventure: The Biggest State Fair in America
THE VIEW - A day of Hot Topics


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Charles Barkley, Harper Simon
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Kathy Griffin, Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger, Wolfmother
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Willem Dafoe, Tiffani Thiessen, Har Mar Superstar


88-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WALKS 10,000 MILES IN HUSBANDS MEMORY: Martha Michel of Colorado Springs, CO who walks laps around a nursing home everyday in memory of her deceased husband has reached an impressive milestone. Martha's records, detailing her walks and ruotine shows that she has walked 10,000 miles since her husband, Lester died in 1998. Martha says she and her husband walked around a lake on the nursing home's facilities everyday after he became a patient there until Lester became too sick to continue. Martha reached 10,000 miles on Saturday.

BAR-GOERS ALMOST HIT BY THEIR OWN CAR: Two men playing pool in a Wisconsin bar were nearly struck by their own car after a drunk driver slammed into the parked car outside sending the vehicle flying through a wall. Authorities arrested a 35-year-old man who is said to be a regular patron at the bar, and that he was driving with a revoked license. (AP)

MAN ACCUSED OF BEING A ZOMBIE, PUNCHED AT RESTAURANT: Iowa City police are investigating an assault which took place at a local restaurant early Sunday morning. The victim says he was ordering food when he was approached by man who accused him of being a zombie and then punched him in the eye. When the injured man tried to call police on his cell phone the man punched him again before running away. The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was treated for a broken nose. (AP)

BROTHERS CROSS ATLANTIC IN SMALL OPEN POWERBOAT: Two brothers, Ralph and Bob Brown of Hudson, FL have completed a 76-day trans-Atlantic voyage in a 21-foot open powerboat, typically used for fishing in shallow water. The brother left from Tampa, FL and finally docked their small boat 2 1/2 months later in Weisbaden, Germany. The boat, named the Intruder, was built by Ralph Brown at his own facility in Hudson, FL. (Sun-Sentinel)


  • When Is the Best Time of the Day to Fire Someone? Late afternoon. Chances are, you'll sadden the employee no matter what you do, but if you do it late in the afternoon, there are two advantages: 1) Fewer people are in the office then, so the situation will be more private and confidential; and 2) you probably won't kill him. Seriously: Heart attacks are more likely to happen in the first three hours after awakening, and 30 to 40 percent more likely to occur between 6 a.m. and noon, when blood pressure and heart rate peak, putting stress on arterial walls. The American Heart Association has even weighed in on this, recommending that all firings and layoffs occur after 10 a.m.
  • When Is the Best Time of the Day to Speed? At 8a.m., 4 p.m., and midnight. Or whenever police and sheriff's department shift changes occur where you live. No one is advocating breaking the law, but sometimes our minds wander when we're behind the wheel, leading to our driving over the speed limit. The best time to do that is when police officers, including those on speed-trap duty, are either just getting off duty or just starting work, when they often haven't yet begun patrolling their areas.
  • When Is the Best Time to Ask Someone Out on a Date? Noon. Our moods are often good then because we're looking forward to a well-deserved break in the workday and our minds are less cluttered because we're focusing not on working but on eating. Ask your would-be boyfriend or girlfriend out then. And if you get turned down? That's OK -- feelings of depression tend to peak earlier in the day and fade by lunchtime.
  • Which Is the Best Day of the Week to Get a Free Hotel Upgrade? Sunday or Monday. Those are usually the slowest days of the week, when you're more likely to get an upgrade because more rooms are vacant. It also helps when your Sunday-Monday stay occurs during "low season" wherever you happen to be, such as August in Dallas or January in Minneapolis.
  • When Is the Best Time of the Day to Make Love? Between 10 at night and one in the morning. Both social and biological factors influence this. First, the biology: our sense of touch and our skin sensitivity are at their highest levels in the late evening, when we're already in a comfy place -- bed. The other reasons, the social ones, tend to be more practical: Couples work during the day and are busy in early evening, preparing dinner and spending time with their children. Late evening is probably the only time during the week that couples with children can make time for sex. But that isn't the only explanation. During the weekends and on vacations, when our weekday schedules are thrown off, sex still seems to occur more often between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
  • When Is the Best Day of the Week to Ask for a Pay Raise? Thursday or Friday. We're most open to negotiation and compromise then because most of us want to finish our work week with the least amount of conflict. This feeling at the end of the workweek may be preparation for the weekend, when we spend more time with family and friends, getting along with whom is a high priority. Others point out that Fridays are the best day to give favorable performance reviews, so if you receive one then, ask for a big raise.
  • When Is the Best Time of the Day to Play Video Games? Late afternoon. Hand-eye coordination reaches optimal levels then.
  • When Is the Best Time of the Day to Dumpster Dive? Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Early evening is best because apartment dwellers often take their trash to the dumpster after they eat dinner, and businesses do so at the end of the workday. If they're throwing out any good stuff, that's when they'll do it, and that's when the experienced dumpster divers will be there waiting.


What late night personality co-wrote the number one disco track, "It's Raining Men"?

A: Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer.....(Hmmm I am not REALLY surprised!)

  • reports that although Paul Shaffer is most closely associated with his gig as Letterman's longtime bandleader, before that he spent some time on Broadway, briefly played with the Saturday Night Live band, and in 1979, he and songwriter Paul Jabara wrote the massive Weather Girls hit It's Raining Men, which hit No. 1 on the U.S. disco charts.

U.S. Army to Allow Sikh Doctor to Serve While Wearing Turban

The U.S. Army will allow a doctor who's a member of the Sikh faith to serve while wearing a turban with uncut hair underneath and a beard as his religion requires, making an exception to the rules for the wearing of religious items. The Sikh Coalition said Friday (October 23rd) that 32-year-old Captain Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi is the first Sikh to be granted an exception in more than 20 years. However, the organization also posted a letter to Kalsi from the Army that said their policy isn't being overturned, but instead the decision follows a long-standing practice of deciding such requests on a case-by-case basis, weighing the request against factors including unit cohesion, morale, discipline, safety and health. Kalsi is an emergency room doctor who promised to serve in the Army in exchange for help paying for his medical training.


Whether you are looking for a kids, plus size or couple's costumes you will find it here. Starting at $19.99 and they can get it to you by Halloween. Of course, you will have to pay the extra shipping but what the heck you will have a great costume by Halloween!

Friday, October 23, 2009


Tim McGraw will hit the road for an extensive 2010 tour to support his brand new album, Southern Voice. The run kicks off on February 11th in Omaha, Nebraska with special guest Lady Antebellum. The Lost Trailers will open shows from February 11th - April 10th, while Love And Theft will open from April 11th - August 15th. The Southern Voice tour is scheduled to wrap on August 15th in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • Outback Steakhouse and Fritos brand will sponsor the tour. They will join forces with McGraw to raise funds for The Neighbor's Keeper Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable fund created by McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill.
  • McGraw is set to perform on the Today show this morning (Friday, October 23rd) as part of the Toyota Concert Series on Rockefeller Plaza. On Tuesday (October 27th), McGraw will appear on The Jay Leno Show where he will be joined by Gregg Allman for a special rendition of "Southern Voice." McGraw will close out the week with an October 29th performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
  • CMT will premiere Invitation Only: Tim McGraw on November 13th. The one-hour special features McGraw performing before a small studio audience and taking questions from fans.
  • McGraw is featured on the cover of the November issue of Men's Journal, which is on newsstands now.


  • Southern Voice is McGraw's first studio album in two-and-a-half years, following Let It Go, which debuted at Number One on The Billboard 200 in April of 2007.
  • He co-stars with Sandra Bullock in the upcoming film The Blind Side, scheduled for release on November 20th.

Tickets to Garth Brooks' upcoming shows at the Wynn Hotel's Encore Theater in Las Vegas go on sale on Saturday (October 24th) at 8 a.m. PT. His scheduled weekends include one show on Fridays, two shows on Saturdays and one show on Sundays. Ticket sales this weekend are for his concerts on December 11-13; January 1-3 and 22-24; and February 12-14 and 26-28. Tickets may be purchased by calling 702-770-7469 or online at
  • Brooks' new engagement at the Wynn is a one-man show that the superstar says will be different every night. For that fact, he hopes the fans respect his desire to keep the performances off the Internet. "What happens here is gonna happen in this room. We're gonna talk about cell phones. We're gonna talk about everything because I don't wanna see this on youtube. The story is very within these walls, and I want the people that come here to leave with something special, so each night cannot be scripted. It just can't. I'm not that kind of a guy."
  • Brooks says concert-goers should expect the unexpected, including visits from his wife, Trisha Yearwood, as well as some other folks. "We got some other friends and guests and we got surprises because Garth . . . a little bit goes a long way, so why not bring in more surprises, and the main thing is to have people fighting over, 'Well he didn't do that when I was there,' 'Well he didn't do that when I was . . . ' -- that's what's the fun of it. That's what makes each ticket hopefully something special."
  • All tickets to Brooks' shows are $125 plus surcharges. Ticket seating is first come first serve.
  • Specific procedures have been put in place to ensure that the tickets for concerts are accessible to fans at face value and through authorized sales channels exclusively.
Keith Urban and his friends Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley raised more than $500,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum earlier this month at the We're All For The Hall Fundraiser. The sold out event was held at the Sommet Center in Nashville on October 13th. Each of the 14,000 tickets was only $25.
  • The online auction of Swift's guitar donated by the singer following her performance at the benefit will add even more to the total figure.
  • Urban said, "To those on the stage and behind the stage, to all of the corporate partners who gave so generously, and to all of the fans who made the night what it became, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I've never been so moved by the power that music has to bring people together, not only to share an experience, but to do such good in the process."
  • President of the Museum's Board of Officers and Trustees, Vince Gill, said, "This was my hope. I can't really believe it happened. This is a big, big payday, and times are tough. It makes so much sense to me for the artists, musicians and fans of country music to help out the place that documents and preserves our music and keeps all its great stories for our benefit and for discovery by future generations."
  • Proceeds from We're All for the Hall will be invested in the care of the institution's collection, its schedule of school and family programs, and in enhancements for its core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music.


  • Urban has already announced that he will host a We're All For The Hall fundraiser next October.

Co-headliners Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser have joined forces with CMT One Country to support the USO during their CMT-sponsored tour which recently kicked off in New York. At each stop on the tour, concert-goers will be encouraged to fill out a postcard thanking the troops for their service and making their own pledge of service at home. This pledge is also available for CMT fans online at The postcards will be delivered to the troops through the USO.

An online auction of memorabilia from Johnson and Houser will go up on after the tour ends. All proceeds will benefit the USO.

  • Johnson said, "Those guys in the field need some emotional connection to home, and I think this project will bring a little bit of home to them. Regardless what your political beliefs are about the war, you have to respect the fact that another human being in your country is willing to give their life for your freedom."
  • Houser added, "Any way that we, as entertainers, can provide comic relief, music relief, or any kind of support to our troops is worth making because of the effort they make for us every day."
  • Johnson and Houser play the House of Blues in Las Vegas on Halloween (October 31st) night.
  • The two will perform in 30 markets across the country before wrapping on December 19th in Evansville, Indiana.


  • Previous CMT tours have featured such superstars as Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, and Jason Aldean.
Jake Owen takes fans on a walk down memory lane in his Origins special airing this weekend on GAC. Owen took the network's crew down to his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida, where he tells us he had a 'surreal' experience. "I got to go to the first bar I played at that sat on the water to the guitar store I bought my first guitar in that ironically enough sells sheet music to my music now, and it's so weird. I went in there and I'm looking at this. I'm going, 'I remember walking in here not even knowing how to play a guitar, buying it from them, and now they have, like, multiple books where they're selling music to my songs that I've written, and it's just really surreal."

Owen said that doing the Origins show helped him appreciate just how far he's come. "Lookin' back it's like, 'Oh my God!' I actually have done a lot that I completely forgot I did, cause I live so day-to-day, you know, that you tend to forget about how you got here, and this has been like an eye-opening experience -- pretty cool!"

  • Origins airs on GAC on Saturday (October 24th) at 9 p.m. ET and again on Sunday (October 25th) at 7 p.m. ET.
  • Owen's latest hit, "Eight Second Ride," is a Top 25 hit and climbing on the country charts.
  • The singer will join Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn, Kellie Pickler, and Jason Aldean as the lineup at the Bayou Country Superfest on May 29th and 30th, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will exclusively introduce The Alan Jackson Collection beginning on November 2nd. The 40-plus piece assortment of merchandise created in conjunction with Jackson will include mens and womens wear, food items, collectibles, an Alan Jackson Signature Rocker and a CD, to name a few.
  • Jackson said, "I grew up in the South, so Cracker Barrel has been a part of my family since I was a young man. I was really flattered when they came to me with the idea of working together to create a collection for their country store, and I've been very impressed with the variety and quality of the items that we have put together. I think my fans and their families will appreciate everything in the collection."
  • The CD, called Songs Of Love And Heartache, includes two previously unreleased songs -- "That's What I'd Be Like Without You," and "Nothing Sure Looked Good On You" -- as well as 10 other hits like "Here in the Real World," "Livin On Love," and "Remember When."
  • Jackson's Signature rocker has the superstar's authentic signature engraved in the headrest. Each rocker is numbered as part of a limited edition of 1,700.


  • Cracker Barrel has recently release exclusive CDs by the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, and Dolly Parton.


Q. What was the name of Alan Jackson's first band?
A. Dixie Steel


  • Barbara Mandrell staged her farewell concert, dubbed The Last Dance, in 1997.
  • The movie Pure Country, starring George Strait, debuted in 1992.
  • Raising Sand, an album pairing Alison Krauss with Led Zeppelin founder Robert Plant was released in 2007.
  • George Strait's "I Hate Everything" hit Number One in Billboard in 2004.
  • Time Marches On became a platinum album for Tracy Lawrence in 1996.
  • Buck Owens opened the Crystal Palace, a club in Bakersfield, California in 1996.
  • George Strait's "Easy Come, Easy Go" hit Number one on the Billboard country chart in 1993




Tim McGraw


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TOM AND GISELE HAVING A GIRL? Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are reportedly expecting a baby girl. Life & Style magazine reports that Bunchen initially wanted to decorate the nursery pink upon hearing the news, but the couple has since decided on a "nautical themed" nursery with sea foam green and cream colors. An insider said, "There's going to be a room off the side of the nursery where the nanny will sleep. And they're using a crib that's been in Gisele's family for four generations. Her grandmother slept in this crib, her mom slept in this crib, Gisele slept in this crib, and now Gisele's daughter will sleep in this crib. It's beautiful solid oak." The baby is due in December.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN BURGLARY AN INSIDE JOB? Sources are suggesting that a recent burglary at Kourtney Kardashian's house might have been an inside job. reports that the reality star and boyfriend Scott Disick were only away from their home -- in a gated community -- for an hour-and-a-half when the burglary occurred, indicating that whoever was responsible knew where all of the missing jewelry was in order to have stolen so much in so little time. The crime is currently under investigation.

TIFFANI THIESSEN COMMENTS ON DUSTIN DIAMOND: Even though Dustin Diamond has been trying to capitalize off supposed secrets from his time on Saved By the Bell, his former co-star Tiffani Thiessen is still sympathetic towards him. She recently told TV Guide, "I feel so sad for him. I don't think he's had the right direction. We're all working and he's not. I think people can see that, and that's what's sad about it."

ROBIN WRIGHT WILL STAY FRIENDLY WITH SEAN PENN: Robin Wright says that despite her divorce, she and Sean Penn will stay friends. The actress told Redbook of their public split, saying, "It never [feels good]. Yes, it's divorce; it's a given that it will be public. But . . . it's so disrespectful. 'You're an actress, you owe us this?' '(Bleep) you,' is what I say." Of her life now, she says, "New beginnings, definitely. For me, my career too. My kids are older now."


COMEDIAN SOUPY SALES DIES AT 83: Soupy Sales died on Thursday (October 22) at age 83, according to his former manager Dave Usher. The former TV and radio host, famous for taking more than 20,000 pies to the face, was suffering from many health problems when he entered a hospice in New York last week. Sales is survived by his wife, Trudy, and two sons, Hunt and Tony.

BRAVO ORDERS MORE 'TOP CHEF MASTERS': Bravo has ordered a second season of its spin-off series, Top Chef Masters. Food journalist Kelly Choi will return as host, while culinary expert James Oseland, food critic Jay Rayner, restaurant critic Gael Greene and Gail Simmons of Food and Wine magazine will serve as judges. The show, which averaged 2.2 million viewers this summer, will debut its second season in 2010.

'DOLLHOUSE' FUTURE LOOKS BLEAK: The future of Fox's Dollhouse does not look promising. The network announced on Thursday (October 22nd) that it would not air the show during November sweeps, leading to speculation that the end could be near. The episodes they currently have made will now air back-to-back in December.

'GLEE' DVD COMING OUT THIS YEAR: 20th Century Fox appears to be capitalizing on the popularity of its freshman hit, Glee. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the show's first season is being broken up into two separate DVDs. Glee Season 1: Road To Sectionals DVD will be released at the end of the year with the first 13 episodes of the show, a director's cut of the pilot, behind-the-scenes featurettes and cast audition clips. The second half of the series will resume in 2010.

'SURVIVOR' WINNER GETS BIG FCC JOB: A former Survivor winner has been appointed to deputy chief of Consumer and Governmental Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission. reports that Yul Kwon's past accomplishments include lecturing at the FBI Academy, drafting science and technology legislation as an aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman, and clerking for Judge Barrington D. Parker on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a practicing lawyer who went to Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.


Reports are surfacing that a David Letterman sex tape might exist. The National Enquirer claims that a studio surveillance tape caught the scandal-plagued late night host and a much-younger female co-worker in a "compromising position."

Sources claim the footage could shatter Letterman's marriage, which has already been strained by the 62-year-old's admission to having slept with show staffers. An insider said, "If the tape makes its way into the criminal case, it'll explode his marriage to smithereens. It's one thing for him to have publicly admitted to having had sexual relations with some women on his staff. It's another to see him in the throes of passion with one of those women."

  • Letterman's admission came in the wake of a supposed extortion plot by a CBS news producer who once dated one of Letterman's supposed sexual partners.


John Travolta and his family are upset that their extortion case was declared a mistrial. A rep for the actor told Entertainment Tonight, "We are disappointed to hear about the alleged juror misconduct since we know that the Bahamian government, the court, the other jurors and John Travolta as the victim want to have this matter adjudicated through the judicial system. Mr. Travolta has and will continue to cooperate with the Bahamian authorities in the prosecution of the defendants for extortion."

The mistrial was declared because of juror misconduct following an announcement from a local politician that one of the defendants had been acquitted -- before the jurors came back with their verdict.

  • It's unclear when the case will be retried.
  • Meanwhile, the lawmaker who declared the false verdict has been summoned to appear before the judge, so he can explain the behavior which led to the mistrial.


Katherine Jackson, mother of the late pop star Michael Jackson, may have lost out during another probate hearing on Thursday (October 22nd). Mrs. Jackson changed legal representation right before a key hearing in which a probate judge was to rule on exactly how much authority estate administrators John Branca and John McClain should have over the singer's estate.

  • Earlier this month the judge granted McClain and Branca the authority to handle the many creditor claims and lawsuits facing the estate. But there is a dispute over how the judge's order should be worded.
  • Mrs. Jackson dumped her legal team of L. Londell McMillan, and Burt Levitch, and instead hired Adam Streisand, known for his expertise in Los Angeles probate cases. However, the switch caused Streisand to miss a the hearing entirely.
  • In his absence, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff awarded McClain and Branca more authority to make deals on behalf of Jackson's estate.
  • "I want this estate to move forward and I want these creditors to be dealt with," Beckloff said. "And while we are proceeding in this posture, I want Mrs. Jackson to have information about what is going on and I don't want to be in court all the time."
  • Mrs. Jackson and her lawyers have continued to file a number of legal challenges in order to get the pop star's mother "a seat at the table" in decisions regarding her son's estate. More challenges are expected.

The photographer who got too close to a security vehicle trailing Michael Jackson's three children has reportedly been charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run charges after ramming the vehicle then fleeing the scene of the accident. The photographer has not been identified.
  • Longtime Jackson nanny Grace Rwaramba was driving Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 7, off the freeway exit not far from the Jackson Family compound in Encino Wednesday afternoon (October 21st) when the photographer's vehicle bumped the back of the car tailing the Jackson kids.
  • No one was hurt in the fender bender, but the photographer left the scene without stopping to share insurance information.
  • According to, Katherine Jackson was also in the vehicle with her grandchildren.

Hollywood has probably contributed to violence against women

Nicole Kidman admits that Hollywood has probably contributed to violence against women. The Associated Press reports that the actress expressed her opinion while testifying before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that is considering legislation to address violence against women overseas on Wednesday (October 21st).

When asked if the film industry has "played a bad role" in the issue, Kidman responded "probably," but added that she herself does not.

  • She explained, "I can't be responsible for all of Hollywood but I can certainly be responsible for my own career."
  • Kidman's appearance before the committee came as part of her role as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Development Fund for Women. She pressed that the U.N. women's fund needs more resources.

Dennis Quaid narrowly escaped a DUI on Wednesday (October 21st) night, according to several gossip sites. TMZ and Radar Online reported that the actor was in his car, about to drive home after a night out when a police car pulled up alongside side the vehicle and urged the 55-year-old actor to not drive.

TMZ reports that the police repeated said to Quaid, "Get out of the car," to which he responded, "What do you want me to do?"

  • Eventually, Quaid, his wife and a friend went back inside the restaurant and emerged later to a waiting taxi cab.
  • A paparazzo reportedly yelled at him, "You don't want a DUI. You don't want to end up like Mel Gibson."

CHECK IT OUT: See the incident unfold:


The new animated feature Astroboy, out in theaters today (October 23rd), stars Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Eugene Levy, Nathan Lane and Bill Nighy. The movie follows Astroboy, a young robot with special powers, who, after leaving his home, learns his family is in danger and returns home to MetroCity to save everything he cares about and become a hero.

  • Astroboy is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.
The new movie Amelia opens today (October 23rd) starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor. The film follows the amazing true story of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. After her historic flight, Amelia became America's sweetheart and an inspiration to millions with her larger-than-life charisma and her lust for danger and adventure.
  • Amelia is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 51 minutes.
New to theaters today (October 23rd) is the new supernatural teen movie Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. The movie follows two suburban 16-year-olds, Darren (Chris Massoglia) and his best friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson) who get more than they bargained for when they visit a traveling freak show and accidentally break a 200-year-old truce between rival vampires. When Darren is turned into a vampire himself, he must find a way to use his newfound powers to stop an epic war from breaking out between the two bloodthirsty groups or risk losing his humanity forever.
  • Cirque Du Freak is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.
The newest installment in the Saw horror series opens today with Saw VI starring Costas Mandylor, Tobin Bell and Betsy Russell. Now that Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) has stepped into the role of Jigsaw, he attempts to evade the FBI with a new game that is designed to reveal the original Jigsaw's master plan.
  • Saw VI is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 31 minutes.



  • GHOST WHISPERER - One of Elil's patients thinks he is being haunted by his sister's ghost; Jim and Melinda become concerned about Aiden.
  • MEDIUM - Allison becomes attached to an infant while investigating a kidnapping.
  • NUMB3RS - The team searches for the daughter of a geneticist; Amita and Charlie talk about having kids; a dark secret is revealed.


  • LAW & ORDER - When a doctor is murdered, the detectives investigate an abortion protestor.
  • DATELINE NBC - Investigative journalism.


  • BROTHERS - Coach relieves Chill of his duties as assistant coach; Trainor's new hostess tries to attract customers by spreading juicy rumors.
  • 'TIL DEATH - Ally and Doug receive a large sum of money; Eddie plans to write a book.
  • DOLLHOUSE - Sierra's connection to Rossum Corp. leads to murder and obsession.


  • SUPERNANNY - The father of a family has better relationships with his biological children than with his stepdaughter, Jo examines if the parents should continue in their marriage.
  • UGLY BETTY - Betty strives for a scoop with a new designer; Marc gets clueless Amanda and Matt to help his scheme of taking down Betty.
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting


  • SMALLVILLE - Oliver is drugged and kidnapped; Lois is angry at Clark for not telling her about Oliver's suicide attempt.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Alyson Hannigan, Mya & Dmitry Chaplin
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah Fridays Live with Wanda Sykes and Oprah's favorite new song
THE VIEW - Martha Stewart, Elisabeth Moss


THE JAY LENO SHOW - Colin Firth, Michelle Obama
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Terry Bradshaw, Catherine Keener, Echo & the Bunnyman


WOMAN ROBBED AFTER FLASHING CASH: After flashing $27,000 in cash at a bar, a Massachusetts woman was robbed. Police are searching for two men who allegedly held up the woman while wearing dark clothing and bandanas, sporting what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun. The robbery reportedly occurred after she left the bar, where she'd showed off the cash she'd received from an insurance claim. (Springfield Republican)

DRUNK CHAIR-DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY: A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk. The judge stayed 180 days of jail time and ordered two years of probation for the man, who had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 -- more than three times the legal limit -- when he crashed into a parked vehicle in August 2008. He was not seriously injured. The chair was powered by a converted lawnmower and had a stereo and cup holders. (Duluth News Tribune)

SEIZED WOLF MAY ACTUALLY BE DOG: Minnesota Police seized an animal that was sold as a wolf -- and discovered it might actually have been a dog. After a mother alerted police that her son had gone through Craigslist to purchase what the online seller claimed was a wolf, authorities intervened and took the animal. Experts now believe the animal, named Dakota, may be a German Shepherd. She is being turned over to an organization that has promised to find her a new home. (UPI)


WOMEN STILL EVOLVING; WILL BE SHORTER AND FATTER: According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, humans are still evolving, and women are evolving to become shorter and fatter. Yale researchers estimated that in 10 generations, women will be two centimeters shorter and weigh one kilogram (around 2.5 lbs.) more. However, they will also be healthier, with the study expecting women to have lower cholesterol and better heart health, start menopause later, and have more children earlier in life.

MOST PET OWNERS WILLING TO GIVE ANIMAL CPR: Fifty-eight percent of pet owners -- 63 percent of dog owners and 53 percent of cat owners -- would be at least somewhat likely to perform CPR on their pet in the event of a medical emergency. The Associated poll, however, noted that few pet owners are prepared to handle pet emergencies as just 20 percent of pet owners have a pet first aid kit in their home, and 54 percent do not have a fire evacuation plan for their pets.

KID-PET NAME BOUNDARIES BEING CROSSED: Name boundaries are being crossed between animals and humans. reports that Max was the most popular name for new puppies for the 6th year in a row in 2008, and for "girl" puppies, the favorites are Maggie and Molly. Sam Gosling, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, said, "Animals are surrogates for children and appeal to our predisposition to nurture. We've even selectively bred dogs to make them more like children -- to have big eyes and small noses, to be attuned to our emotions and to give unconditional love." Meanwhile, parents are choosing such common nouns, mythological characters and concepts as Destiny, Chance, Jupiter and Freedom for their kids -- all of which could pass for pet monikers.

WHITE WINE IS BAD FOR YOUR TEETH: White wines do more damage to your teeth than reds, a study has found. Scientists have found whites such as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio wear away enamel more quickly than red wines such as Merlot and claret. Researchers say prolonged contact with white wine erodes the protective layer -- making teeth more sensitive to cold, hot and sweet food.

Saw VI: The latest installment in the horror franchise is coming out just in time for Halloween.


Poll Finds Drop in Number of Americans Who Believe in Global Warming

A poll out yesterday (October 22nd) from the Pew Research Center found that just 57 percent of Americans now think there's solid evidence of global warming, down 20 points in only three years. Additionally, only 36 percent believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise, down from 47 percent from 2006. The percentage of people who see global warming as a serious problem has also declined.

Pew Research Center director Andrew Kohut believes the severe economic problems of the past year might be partly responsible. He said, "The priority that people give to pollution and environmental concerns and a whole host of other issues is down because of the economy and because of the focus on other things. When the focus is on other things, people forget and see these issues as less grave."

These results come as the vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is taking place and that the primary cause is greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Kenny Chesney may be taking a break from a full-fledged tour next summer, but he'll still be performing in a couple cities. So far, Chesney will play at the Bama Jam & Arts Festival in Enterprise, Alabama in early June and Baton Rouge's Bayou Country Superfest on May 30th.

  • Chesney said, "I can't imagine a year not rocking the fans... not seeing those faces or hearing my songs sung back to me. That is where I'm the most alive, and those people are such a big part of who I am and why I do this. To me, not being out there would be the worst thing I could imagine...
  • Tickets for the two festivals and the rest of Chesney's soon-to-be-announced 2010 shows will be available online at
  • Chesney is working on a new album, in addition to some special projects.
  • He is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Musical Event with Mac McAnally for "Down the Road" at next month's CMA Awards.


  • Chesney has already won the CMA's Entertainer of the Year award four times, tying him with Garth Brooks for most wins in this category.

Carrie Underwood says the pressure if off this time around. The superstar tells us that the success of her previous two albums have given her a level of comfort when it comes to her upcoming CD, Play On. "I feel like the competing and trying to outdo myself was . . . like, I felt all that pressure on the second album because you don't want to put one album out and that one do well and then nothing you ever do do well again, so I feel like Carnival Ride was a good matchup with Some Hearts and it kept the momentum going and now I don't really have to compete with myself anymore."

Underwood says the success has also strengthened her confidence. "I can really focus on making everything really, really good and making things -- things I want to say. My confidence as a writer, as an artist, as a performer has grown so much from the first to the second and then the second to this album, so I do get more comfortable and I do get more confident, and I feel like hopefully that continues and things keep getting better and better."

  • Underwood's Play On CD will be released on November 3rd.
  • Her very first prime time special, called Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special, will air on FOX on December 7th. The show will feature special guests Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton and David Cook.
  • Underwood will co-host the CMA Awards with Paisley on November 11th in Nashville.

A clip of Keith Urban's unique way of ending his North American tour has made its way onto the singer's website. Urban surprised the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden on October 8th by playing the final bars of his hit, "Better Life," then turning in his guitar, running through the backstage halls of the Garden and out into the street where he quickly put on a jacket and hailed a cab.
  • Urban said, "The yellow taxi is synonymous with New York City and I was trying to figure out how I could incorporate it into the show ...I think I did it...not to mention that I beat the rush for cabs after the concert let out!"
  • Urban made his taxi cab getaway again after his show on October 9th in Buffalo, New York.
  • Crowds in both cities initially thought they were watching a pre-taped video of Urban hailing the cab.
  • To view the clip, log onto

Kenny Rogers is a one-hit wonder . . . well, at least for the right price! Rogers was recently paid $4 million to sing at a birthday party for New York hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, but the wealthy Wall Streeter only had one request -- "The Gambler." According to, Rogers sang the hit song 12 times at the billionaire's request before refusing to perform it anymore.

Rajaratnam was arrested last week and charged with insider trading.


  • Rogers made a guest appearance on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother on Monday (October 19th) night.
  • Rogers' latest CD, 50 Years, was released by Cracker Barrel Stores last year.

Jo Dee Messina is closing her Music Room Series tour shows with something she calls a "Nightcap with Jo Dee." Messina will host after-show parties following select dates with meet-and-greet winners. Her first such "Nightcap" will take place on Friday (October 23rd) in the new Black Box at the Sunrise Theatre in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
  • The party will be broadcast live on the internet. In addition to hosting her fans in person, Messina will be chatting with viewers online live via video. Fan club members can log onto around 10 p.m. ET.
  • Tickets for Messina's Music Room Series can be purchased via her website.



Lee Ann Womack, Billy Currington




Ron White, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy

Miranda Lambert


  • Shelby Lynne (41)
  • Jeff Goldblum (actor, The Fly, the Jurassic Park movies, Independence Day) (57)
  • Christopher Lloyd (actor, Taxi, the Back To The Future movies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead) (71)
  • Brian Boitano (U.S. figure skater; gold medalist at the 1988 Olympics) (46)
  • Bob Odenkirk (actor and co-creator, Mr. Show) (47)
  • Carlos Mencia (comedian, Mind Of Mencia) (42)
  • Spike Jonze (director, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where The Wild Things Are; videos for the Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, others; ex-husband of director Sofia Coppola) (40)


  • Buck Owens recorded the Number One single "Act Naturally" in 1963.
  • The Patsy Cline Collection 4-CD boxed set was released in 1991.
  • A wax figure of Carrie Underwood was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York in 2008.
  • Keith Urban's "Better Life" began a six-week run at the top of the Billboard chart in 2005.
  • Jo Dee Messina's Greatest Hits was certified gold in 2004.
  • Tim McGraw signed a recording contract with Curb Records in 1990.
  • David Allan Coe began serving a four-year prison sentence at the Ohio State Penitentiary for car theft, possession of obscene materials and possession of burglary tools in 1963. He later claimed he killed a fellow inmate during his incarceration.


JASON MESNICK ENGAGED AGAIN: Jason Mesnick is engaged again, this time to Bachelor runner-up/revised winner Molly Malaney. Mesnick made headlines last spring after asking Melissa Rycroft to marry him during the show's finale -- then dumped her on TV after admitting to having lingering feelings for Malaney. People magazine reports that the couple, who have been maintaining a long-distance relationship, are in New Zealand -- the site of Mesnick's ill-fated first proposal -- so that he "can do what he should have done in the last time he was here, and ask Molly to marry him."

AMY RYAN GIVES BIRTH: Amy Ryan gave birth to a baby girl on October 15th. reports that The Office star and her fiance, comedy writer Eric Slovin, welcomed Georgia Gracie Slovin in New York City. It's the couple's first child.

TRAVOLTA EXTORTION CASE DECLARED A MISTRIAL: The judge in the John Travolta extortion case has declared a mistrial, after a member of Parliament announced that defendant former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater had been acquitted by the jury. Justice Anita Allen said she was reluctantly ordering a new trial "in the interest of justice" because the politician's statement, in a speech broadcast on television and radio, gave the appearance of an improper leak from the jury room.

EDDIE MURPHY SLASHES HOUSE PRICE: Eddie Murphy is willing to take a huge loss on the New Jersey property he's put up for sale. The New York Daily News reports that the comedian has slashed the price of his house in half -- from $30 million to $15 million -- as its sat on the market for five years. The property boasts a bowling alley, theater and recording studio. Real estate broker Dennis McCormack says, "It's a beautiful house and 10 minutes from Manhattan. The home was recently renovated and I listed it three weeks ago."

DAVID BOREANAZ, A CHEATER? A tabloid is accusing David Boreanaz of having cheated on his wife throughout her recent pregnancy. Star magazine claims that the Bones star had been seeing a New York City events planner since the spring when he celebrated his 40th birthday at a club she works for. The magazine also said that Boreanaz was ready to leave his wife for the women, but she ended it after his daughter was born because his behavior -- which included texting her during the birth -- "grossed her out."

JOSEPH WISEMAN DIES: Actor Joseph Wiseman died on Monday (October 19th) at the age of 91. His daughter confirmed the death to the New York Times, noting that the former James Bond actor had been in declining health. Wiseman was most known as having played "the sinister scientist and title character of Dr. No" in the first James Bond feature film.


ANGELINA JOLIE TO STAR IN GUCCI MOVIE: Angelina Jolie has signed on to star in an upcoming drama about the highs and lows of the fashion empire, Gucci. Variety reports that the actress will play "femme fatale" Patrizia Reggiano, the woman who was sentenced to nearly three decades behind bars for plotting the 1995 murder of ex-husband Maurizio Gucci. Although no one has signed on to play Gucci, E! reports that Leonardo DiCaprio has been approached by director Ridley Scott.

CARNIE WILSON GETS REALITY SHOW: Carnie Wilson will star in an upcoming reality show on GSN. The Associated Press reports that Carnie Wilson: Unstapled will chronicle Wilson's life as a working mom. Wilson, who was a singer-songwriter with the pop group Wilson Phillips and is the daughter of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, said of the venture, "I've written two autobiographies and posed for Playboy. I think I've pretty much been out there. But this is definitely the most exposed I've ever been." GSN also airs The Newlywed Game, which is hosted by Wilson.

BRITISH REALITY SHOWS REPORTDLY VYING FOR PAMELA ANDERSON: Two British reality shows are reportedly vying for Pamela Anderson's participation. PerezHilton reports that both I'm A Celebrity and Celebrity Big Brother are pursuing the former Baywatch babe, who is game for either one. quotes a friend of Anderson's as having said, "Pamela would be dynamite in either show. It's a case of whoever comes up with the best deal. She loves the idea of going in the jungle and getting her red swimsuit on again. But Celeb Big Brother has a Baywatch link because they've had Traci Bingham on and she could give Pam tips."

ABC REPORTEDLY HAS DIANE SAWYER REPLACEMENT IN MIND: ABC News's Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos is reportedly in talks to replace Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. reports that although negotiations are ongoing, there's some concern about giving the former political adviser the post since the program is thought of as being "heavy on lighter fare and consumer segments."

CW ORDERS MORE EPISODES OF FRESHMAN SHOWS: The CW has placed a full season order for its freshman hit, The Vampire Diaries. E! reports that the network has also ordered five more episodes of Melrose Place, speculating that the CW is hanging on to the show until they can see how high-profile appearances by the likes of Heather Locklear will be received.


The breakdown of his 23-year marriage left Hulk Hogan feeling suicidal. The wrestling legend admits in his new book, My Life Outside the Ring, that while coping with his son Nick's car accident after splitting from Linda Bollea, he hit rock bottom.

Hogan credits his Gladiators co-star Laila Ali with saving his life -- admitting that he had a gun in his hand after having downed a cocktail of Xanax and rum -- when she called him. Ali was reaching out after having noticed he seemed distracted at work.

  • Hulk, whose bitter split from Linda has made headlines for nearly two years, claims that his ex-wife is an abusive alcoholic who once threatened to beat their son with a wine bottle.
  • He added the she initiated the divorce to his dismay, revealing, "I practically begged her, 'Please, don't file.' Our son's just had this accident -- if we do this now, it'll make us look like the Britney Spears family. Please, don't file for divorce.'"


With a divorce and lawsuit on his hands -- and no job on the horizon -- Jon Gosselin is hoping his time is valuable. reports that the reality dad is demanding $10,000 - $12,000 for any personal appearances.

A radio show revealed to Access Hollywood that Gosselin's rep denied an offer of first-class airfare, limo service and first-class hotel accommodations to guest host the program -- countering with the five-figure fee.

  • TMZ claims that Gosselin's rep told the station, "[Jon's] name and appearance on your show will instantly draw press ... and will be a high point for the show," adding that he's "quite funny, sharp witted and interesting."


Bronson Pinchot -- best known as Perfect Strangers' Balki Bartokomous -- is accusing Tom Cruise, his co-star in 1983's Risky Business, of having talked negatively about gay people on the film's set. In an interview with the A.V. Club, Pinchot said that back then, the actor "made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments."

He explained, "It was like, 'It's a nice day, I'm glad there are no gay people standing here.' Very, very strange."

  • Cruise's rep responded to the accusations, saying, "Obviously, this is so far removed from who Tom Cruise is as a person, this must have been said in jest."
  • The actor's sexuality has been the subject of constant speculation throughout the years, despite his marriages and relationships with high-profile actresses like Katie Holmes, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz.
  • Meanwhile, Cruise and Katie Holmes, along with John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston, reportedly gathered with 4,000 other Scientologists in England last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists. reports that the celebrity couples were the surprise guests at the party, where Cruise addressed the masses to say, "Because we never took our eyes off the ultimate prize, we stand where we are today. We are in this together!"


Rosie O'Donnell has hinted that she and longtime partner Kelli Carpenter may have split. In an interview with USA Today, the 47-year-old said, "We're a family. We will remain a family forever. And we are working on our issues."

The couple has four children, Parker, 14, Chelsea, 12 and Blake, nine, and Vivienne, who is six.

  • Although O'Donnell wouldn't confirm a National Enquirer report that Carpenter has moved out of their New York home, the paper wrote that "with tears in her eyes," O'Donnell added "But everything's fine and everybody's good and we're still both raising them together. We will both continue to parent them and we're friendly and everything's all right."
  • Of her children, O'Donnell said, "They're adorable and wonderful and they are by far a priority. Kelli and I love each other very much and we are working on our issues. Those are the only words I am ever going to say. Ever. And that is something that has been agreed upon by all parties."


MASSACHUSETTS MAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF TERRORIST PLOTS: A 27-year-old man who grew up and lives in wealthy suburban Boston was arrested Wednesday (October 21st) and charged with conspiring with two others to support terrorism. Authorities say that Tarek Mehanna, who has U.S. and Egyptian citizenship, plotted to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, assassinate top politicians, and kill Americans in shopping malls. However, the men never came close to mounting an attack, and were unable to get the terrorist training they wanted, according to police. One of the three men is now cooperating with authorities, and the third is an American who's currently in Syria. A friend reportedly said Mehanna told him it was "unfathomable" that the U.S. has military bases in the "heart of the Muslim world" and that the, quote, "land of Mohammad . . . is being used as a military base to attack Muslims." Mehanna also reportedly told the friend that he feels "like a fish out of water" in the U.S.

  • Mehanna has a doctorate in pharmacology, and taught religion and math at a Muslim middle school.

CDC: SWINE FLU VACCINE PRODUCTION BEHIND SCHEDULE: Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on CBS' The Early Show yesterday (October 21st) that production of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is behind schedule and people should take precautionary steps to prevent its spread. Schuchat, who heads the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said officials expect "widespread availability" of the vaccine by mid-November.

BAILED-OUT FIRMS TO BE ORDERED TO CUT EXECUTIVE PAY: The Treasury Department is expected in the next few days to order companies that received government bailout money last year to cut the base salaries of their top executives by an average of 90 percent and cut their total compensation in half, AP reported yesterday (October 21st). The cuts will apply to the 25 highest paid executives at the seven companies that received the most assistance. However, smaller companies and those that have repaid the bailout money, among them Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, aren't affected. Kenneth Feinberg, the Treasury special master appointed to handle compensation issues as part of the bailout, is making the pay decisions.

  • The seven companies affected are: Bank of America; American International Group (AIG); Citigroup; General Motors; GMAC; Chrysler and Chrysler Financial.


CLAIM: COCAINE, TOPLESS WOMEN IN MADOFF'S OFFICES: New additions to a lawsuit filed against Bernie Madoff charge that his offices were fueled by cocaine and a, quote, "culture of sexual deviance," the New York Daily News reported Wednesday (October 21st). The claims say that as far back as 1975, Madoff set up a cocaine pipeline into the offices of Madoff Securities, where the drug was so common the place was known as the "North Pole." They additionally charge that Madoff's offices often hosted drug-fueled parties hosted by topless waitresses in G-strings, and that Madoff himself was a frequent patron of escort services and massage parlors. Madoff is currently serving a lengthy prison term for his multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, which will keep him behind bars for the rest of his life.

MICHELLE OBAMA SHOWS OFF HER HULA HOOPS SKILLS: First lady Michelle Obama showed off her hula hoop skills yesterday (October 21st) during a "healthy kids fair" on the South Lawn of the White House, managing 142 hip-swiveling revolutions before the hula hoop fell to the ground. Obama was less successful in her attempts at jumping double dutch, but did better in a run through an obstacle course. About 100 children from local elementary schools and their parents were invited to the fair, held to encourage kids to eat better and get more physical activity. Chefs demonstrated how to make healthy snacks, and the first lady gave a pep talk on eating right, telling kids that if they eat right most of the time, it's okay to splurge once in a while on things like cake and french fries -- which she said are her absolute favorite food.

CAPTAIN HELD HOSTAGE IN SOMALI PIRATE DRAMA WRITING A BOOK: The U.S. merchant ship captain who was held hostage in a lifeboat by Somali pirates for several days in April before being rescued has signed a book deal to tell the story of the hijacking, and is in talks with Columbia Pictures about a possible big-screen version of the events. Captain Richard Phillips also gives motivational speeches, and told AP in an interview that he's considering giving up life on the sea. The 54-year-old Phillips said, "I have been doing it for 30 years. Maybe it's time to do something else." Phillips was the captain of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked off the coast of Somalia on April 8th. He was held hostage for five days on a lifeboat by three pirates until they were shot dead by Navy SEAL snipers and he was rescued.

ANTHROPOLOGIST SAYS MODERN MAN IS A WEAKLING: An Australian anthropologist writes in his new book that modern man is a weakling compared to our ancestors, a contention he makes clear in the title -- Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male. Peter McAllister finds evidence of modern man's inferiority in basic physical skills like running and jumping, claiming that prehistoric Australian aborigines could have outrun 100- and 200-meter world record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions, and that Tutsi tribesmen in Rwanda had been able to jump higher in manhood initiation ceremonies than the current high jump record of 2.45 meters. And he doesn't just limit the comparison to earlier man, saying Neanderthal women had 10 percent more muscle bulk than modern European man. McAllister says the reason for the difference is that modern man doesn't face the same kind of physical demands, explaining, "We are simply not exposed to the same loads or challenges that people were in the ancient past and even is the recent past, so our bodies haven't developed. Even the level of training that we do, our elite athletes, doesn't come close to replicating that."


PHILLIES BEAT DODGERS 10-4 TO RETURN TO WORLD SERIES: The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies won a return trip to the World Series last night (October 21st) as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 in Philadelphia to win the National League Championship Series 4 games to 1. The Phillies overcame a shaky outing by starter Cole Hamels, who left in the fifth inning after giving up three runs and five hits, getting home runs from Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz, and Jayson Werth, who homered twice. Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla lasted into just the fourth inning, giving up six runs. Ryan Howard was named the series MVP.

  • The Phillies will play in the first game of the World Series next Wednesday (October 28th) against the winner of the American League Championship Series, which the New York Yankees currently leads 3 games to 1 over the Los Angeles Angels. Game 5 is tonight in Anaheim.

ESPN'S STEVE PHILLIPS ADMITS AFFAIR WITH ASSISTANT: ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips has acknowledged having an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant and has taken a leave of absence. The 46-year-old Phillips said in a statement yesterday (October 21st) that he asked for the leave, quote, "to address this with my family and to avoid any unnecessary distractions through the balance of the baseball playoffs." ESPN said it had taken disciplinary action. Police have become involved in the matter, after the production assistant, Brooke Hundley, began calling Phillips' wife in August after he broke off the affair, and sent her a letter describing their relationship and saying, "we both can't have him." Marni Phillips later called police when she found Hundley in her driveway and a note on her door from the younger woman, who escaped by driving across the lawn. Hundley also reportedly posed online as a classmate of the Phillips' 16-year-old son and sent repeated messages asking him about his parents' relationship. Marni Phillips filed for divorce last month.

  • In 1998, Phillips, then the general manager of the New York Mets, admitted having sex with a team employee who'd sued him for sexual harassment. The case was settled out of court.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • SURVIVOR: SAMOA - Both tribes are forced to be creative in finding ways to weather the elements when a relentless rain storm batters the island.
  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)


  • COMMUNITY - Jess tries to persuade Troy to join the school's football team; Shirley teaches the etiquette of girl talk to Britta.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Leslie and the rest of the department help an organization build a playground; Leslie takes advice from Mark.
  • THE OFFICE - Michael shocks Pam and Jim when he reveals the identity of his new girlfriend; Dwight offers Jim a strange peace offering.
  • 30 ROCK - Jack tries to protect his job when Devon seeks revenge; Tracy and Jenna try to make Liz's life miserable.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Hilary Swank, Jerry Jones


  • MBL BASEBALL - New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim


  • FLASHFORWARD - Mark finds himself on the defense during a hearing; Olivia receives an anonymous message.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - The residents must defend their actions after a burn victim dies in the ER, in hopes of saving their jobs.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - Sam, Cooper and Addison treat a homeless teen mother's child; Violet's feeling about her attack resurface while treating a pregnant rape victim.


  • SUPERNATURAL (repeat)


  • IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA - The gang describes the trials and tribulations they went through during game five of the World Series, in the hopes the judge will clear then of all the citations they received.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - David Spade, John C. Reilly, Mika
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah's Favorite New Jeans and the Rest of the Best
THE VIEW - Lily Tomlin, Troy Dunn, Dancing with the Stars castoff Natalie Coughlin


THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Hilary Swank, Jerry Jones
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - John C. Reilly, Nene Leakes, Kim Zolciak, the Temper Trap


MOM ACCUSED OF TAKING SON ON HEROIN DEALS: A Massachusetts woman is denying police accusations that she took her son along with her on trips to buy and sell heroin. The woman pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of heroin and distributing heroin. Her 23-year-old son is charged with knowing where the drugs were kept. (Gloucester Daily Times)

WOMAN HAS RUDOLPH-ESQUE PORK CHOP: A North Carolina woman believes that her pork chop looks like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The woman stopped by a local TV affiliate earlier this week to show off the replica. Some have suggested the meat more closely resembles the antler-wearing dog in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.


MAN BITES TO PREVENT FOOTBALL RECOVERY: Police are claiming that a Detroit-area man bit through a neighbor's lips after he recovered a football that accidentally had been tossed onto his lawn by teenagers. The man allegedly confiscated he ball and refused to return it until a parent asked for it back. The 44-year-old suspect then supposedly attacked the man, and "the bite went nearly all the way through his mouth." He's been arraigned on a charge of assault with intent to maim. (Macomb Daily)

PROTECTION OFFICER FIRED FOR PROTECTING MERCHANDISE: A Wal-Mart "asset protection officer" working in Florida was fired from his job -- for protecting the store's merchandise. Josh Rutner says that a day after chasing a knife-wielding theft suspect across the store parking lot, he was released from his job. A store spokesperson says that the store has a no-chase policy, though Rutner said it was a choice between doing what was right or following protocol. The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. (


PEOPLE WHO TALK ON CELL PHONES ARE OBLIVIOUS TO SURROUNDINGS: A recent study reported on by found that people who talk on a cell phone while walking are so distracted they often won't notice a clown on a unicycle. Researchers had a unicycle-riding clown peddle around a university quad, and then interviewed the students who crossed its path. The students who had been observed speaking on a cell phone were half as likely to say they had noticed anything unusual, a discrepancy which held up even after they were specifically asked if they had seen a clown riding a unicycle. People who had been walking in pairs were actually more likely than average to have noticed the clown -- suggesting that it is cell phones specifically -- not conversation, that makes folks unaware of their surroundings.

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GROOMS TAKING CARE OF WEDDING BUSINESS: A bride told that she wanted to elope -- except her husband wanted a big wedding. She let him plan the whole 200-plus-person affair -- right down to the bridesmaid dresses and floral arrangements -- and the event went off without a hitch. She noted, "My husband and I are married not because I said, 'I do,' but because he said, 'I'll do it.'"

SOLDIERS TAKING IRAQI EXPERIENCE TO LEARN NEW HOBBIES: USA Today reports that soldiers in Iraq now have a lot of down-time -- that they've been filling with activities like salsa dancing, yoga and martial-arts classes. One soldier told the paper, "When I signed up for the Army, I thought I was going to be a hero -- go out and do some fighting. I haven't come close to doing anything that I was trained to do. I work, maybe, four to five hours a day. I have time to try all these new things. It's not so bad." The paper reports that because of new rules that require Iraqi approval for all U.S. missions, and a general decline in violence nationwide, many of the 117,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq say they now have more idle time than at any previous point in the six-year war.

COMDOMS AND THE PILL EQUALLY POPULAR: The condom is now as popular as the Pill among young women, according to a study reported on by the Daily Mail. The Office for National Statistics said that for women under 50 during 2008-09, condoms were the normal method of birth control for 25 percent, while the same proportion used the Pill. The proportion of Pill-takers was 28 percent during the previous year, against 24 percent using condoms.


The Haunted House Grope: Here's the drill. Find the cutest dude in line (or drag your hottest friend along) and make sure you enter the haunted house directly behind him. BOOM! Pitch black. Nobody knows whose hands are whose and if you accidentally "stumble" into him as you're hiding from a man in a wolf mask, well, who can blame you?

  • The Daisy Duke Ensemble: Ladies, ladies. Most of us dress like sluts on Halloween anyway, so get crazy this year, and pick an outfit that shows off your pop culture smarts (and half your backside). The stud in a Batman suit across the room can't possibly resist.
  • The Scary Movie Snuggle: If you have to submit yourself to one of those cheesy horror flicks, you might as well get something out of it, right? Pop in House of the Dead, dim the lights, and inch yourself closer to him every time someone even remotely frightening pops out, or when you feel "nervous." Worked like a charm in high school.
  • The Halloween Punch-Drunk Love: We're not advocating getting the dude dressed as Jon Gosselin intoxicated as a means to have your way with him, but let's just say a few sips of something we spiked at our Homecoming dance never made anyone less friendly, right?

Can you name three celebrities who have been the victims of celebrity death hoaxes this year?

A: Kanye West (just yesterday 'RIP Kanye' was a trending Twitter topic), Zach Braff (Last week a fake CNN page reporting his supposed suicide circulated), Jeff Goldblum ( His reported death-by-New-Zealand-cliff was talked up extensively on Twitter by such celebrity friends as Demi Moore and Kevin Spacey, who pleaded with fans to "Stop these stupid rumors."), Harrison Ford (who supposedly died the same week as Jeff Goldblum, in a yacht that sank off of St. Tropez), Miley Cyrus (allegedly died in a car accident)

  • Sources: iVillage, Twitter

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Taser Maker Telling Police to Avoid Shooting at Suspects' Chests

The maker of Taser stun guns is now telling police agencies to avoid firing the weapon at suspects' chests, saying that there's a, quote, "extremely low" risk of affecting the heart, but maintaining the main reason for the recommendation is to make defending lawsuits easier in case of deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest. Taser says it recommends firing the stun guns anywhere but at the head, neck and chest.

Critics charge this amounts to an admission by Taser International that its stun guns can cause heart attacks. Mark Silverstein, legal director of the ACLU of Colorado, told AP, "It's a sea change, a passive acknowledgment that Taser has indeed been overconfident about its claims of safety." Amnesty International says more than 350 people in the U.S. have died after being Tasered, and that in 50 of those cases, a link was found between the electrical shocks and death. But Taser International says there have been 96 lawsuits that they've won or that have been dismissed, and just one case that they've lost, which is under appeal.

Some 14,200 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. currently use Tasers.

The FOOD DRIVE continues through HARDYVILLE DAYS

H&R Block has been very busy the past 5 weeks with their FOOD DRIVE. They have picked up nearly 10,000 food items at local businesses, and distributed them regularly to WestCare, the Salvation Army, HELP, and St. Vincent de Paul. All of this FOOD truly is helping so many people in our area, so a BIG thank you to all who have donated already.

Now they are gearing up for HARDYVILLE Days. There will be FOOD DRIVE BINS located outside at the H&R Block booth and downstairs with the Arts & Crafts. Try to bring as many cans as you can as often as you can, because there will be prizes!! The Avi Casino & Resort, Brendon Theatres, Buffalo Wild Wings, Casa Serrano/El Palacio, Chili’s, D’Place Café, Firehouse Coffee, H&R Block, Harrah’s Casino, IHOP Restaurant, Longner Chiropractic, Mohave Steakhouse, Pizza Hut, and Three Palms Salon have all donated gift certificates. So, bring those food items to Hardyville Days on October 23, 24, and 25th and make sure they get counted by H&R Block associates because there are lots of prizes but, they will go to the people bringing the most items!! Good luck and remember “It is all for a good cause”.

If you have any questions, or need more details, contact H&R Block. We have 2 offices to serve you:

4825 Hwy 95, Unit 8 in Fort Mohave (928)763-3444

2840 Hwy 95, Suite 424 in Bullhead City (928)763-3400


Keith Urban tops the country singles charts this week with "Only You Can Love Me This Way." The song is his 11th Number One overall, and the second from his current Defying Gravity CD. "Sweet Thing" topped the charts back in March.

  • Urban is nominated for Favorite Male Country Artist nomination at the American Music Awards on November 22nd in Los Angeles.
  • He is also nominated in five categories at the CMA Awards in Nashville on November 11th, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Musical Event and Music Video for "Start A Band" with Brad Paisley, and Album of the Year for Defying Gravity.
  • Urban is set to perform on the CMAs before heading down under for the Australian leg of his Escape Together World tour, which begins on December 12th in Melbourne, Australia.

Carrie Underwood was in Singapore last week visiting with Asian media and promoting her upcoming album release, Play On, which will be released there early next month. While in Singapore, Underwood performed for fans as part of the grand opening of ION Orchard, an iconic and luxurious shopping center with futuristic and internationally award-winning architecture. The facility is also the largest open-air sheltered venue in the city. Underwood's concert was broadcast live throughout the city in addition to being screened on the ION Orchard's facade.
  • Play On will be released in the U.S. on November 3rd.
  • Underwood's debut single, "Cowboy Casanova," is a Top Five hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
  • Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special will air on the FOX network on December 7th. Underwood's guests will include Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, and David Cook.
Lady Antebellum's latest single, "Need You Now," is a hit with fans on radio, while the video guns for the top spot on CMT's Top 20 Video Countdown. Shooting the clip for "Need You Now" cost the trio several hours of sleep, as Dave Haywood tells us. "We were shooting up in Toronto for our new video, for 'Need You Now.' We actually ended up shooting until about 6:15 a.m. We started at like three in the afternoon, and the whole video kind of takes place at night, so we were on the streets of Toronto and of course it had to be dark, so we were shootin', shootin' all through the night -- a lot of different set ups and kind of three different stories that kind of follow each of us in the wee hours of the night and stuff."
  • "Need You Now" is the debut single and title track of Lady Antebellum's sophomore album, which will be released on January 26th.
  • The song is the fastest-rising single of Lady Antebellum's career so far.
John Rich and his wife, Joan, are expecting their first child. The couple married in Nashville last December.
  • Rich and Bush quietly dated for five years before tying the knot.


  • Rich released his second solo album, Son Of A Preacher Man, in March of this year.
  • Big & Rich's last album, Between Raising Hell & Amazing Grace, was released in 2007.
  • The duo put to rest rumors of their breakup by touring together this summer.

Dierks Bentley has learned that along with success comes great pressure. With each Number One hit -- seven in all -- Bentley says he feels the stress of keeping up the pace, but he tells us he tries to stay focused on the bigger picture."There's pressure, but I try to live in the moment -- the present moment -- and enjoy everything that comes along with it and not get too caught up in like numbers cause I didn't get into it for that. I got into it for music, you know, but, yeah, there's tremendous pressure."

Bentley adds that his growing road crew is just one way in which his sense of responsibility has increased over the past several years. "It's different than the days of playing on lower Broadway for a tip jar and your only responsibility was trying to keep the guys you had with you to come back the next night and play again. Now there's 20-some odd folks on the road and all their families are . . . everyone's kind of dependent upon this gig moving forward, so there's that whole business side so you wanna keep it movin' forward, but you wanna remember why you got into it in the first place -- to have fun and play music and go on the road and be on a bus and hang out."

  • Bentley's latest single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," is a Top 15 hit on the country charts.
  • He shares the bill at New York City's Madison Square Garden tonight (Wednesday, October 21st) with headliner Brad Paisley.

Chuck Wicks is the celebrity participant in week seven of the Best Buy Weekly Fantasy Football Challenge. The Challenge gives football fans a chance to compete against a celebrity lineup to win prizes totaling more than $100K over the 17-week football season.
  • For every point by which participants beat the celebrity, they are granted one entry into the weekly prize drawing. Sweepstakes prizes include a 50" Plasma TV, a laptop computer, an Xbox 360 console, a portable satellite TV and much more.
  • The team roster with the highest point total for a single week over the entire game period will receive the High Point Contest grand prize valued at over $5,000.
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  • Wicks' debut CD, Starting Now, was released early last year.
  • The project produced two hits -- "Stealing Cinderella" and "All I Ever Wanted."


Q. Who was featured in Alan Jackson's 1993 "Mercury Blues" video as a guitar player before becoming a solo superstar?
A. Keith Urban



Kenny Chesney


Lee Ann Womack, Billy Currington


  • Patti Ann Davis (daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy) (57)
  • Kim Kardashian Keeping Up With The Kardashians (reality TV star, socialite) (29)
  • Carrie Fisher (Actress and author, Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies) (53)
  • Whitey Ford (Major League Baseball Hall Of Famer, pitched the most World Series wins in history) (82)
  • Joyce Randolph (played Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners) (85)
  • Judge Judy Sheindlin (TV's Judge Judy) (67)
  • Kathy Young (singer, "A Thousand Stars") (64)
  • Lee Loughnane (trumpet player of Chicago) (63)
  • Steve Lukather (guitarist, Toto) (52)
  • Ken Watanabe (actor, Letters From Iwo Jima, The Last Samurai) (50)
  • Manfred Mann (musician) (69)
  • Steve Cropper (guitarist, Booker T. & the MG's, the Blues Brothers band) (68)
  • Elvin Bishop (singer-guitarist, "Fooled Around And Fell In Love") (67)
  • Will Estes (actor, American Dreams, Reunion ) (31)
  • Jeremy Miller (actor, Ben on Growing Pains) (33)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin (author, The Lathe Of Heaven) (80)


  • Alan Jackson made his chart debut with "Blue Blooded Woman" in 1989.
  • Roy Acuff and the Crazy Tennesseans recorded "Wabash Cannonball" in 1936.
  • Buddy Holly's last studio recording session took place in 1958.
  • Record producer Owen Bradley born in Westmoreland, Tennessee on this day in 1915. He established the first recording studio on what became Music Row, and produced Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. He died in 1998.
  • Toby Keith received his second quadruple-platinum album for Shock'n Y'all in 2004.
  • Chris Cagle's "What A Beautiful Day" went to radio in 2002.
  • The Dixie Chicks' Wide Open Spaces album reached shipments of eight million in 1999.
  • Always On My Mind became Willie Nelson's second quadruple-platinum album in 1994.
  • Randy Travis' Deeper Than The Holler was released in 1988.


BAIL DENIED FOR ROMAN POLANSKI: A Swiss court rejected Roman Polanski's request to be released on bail, explaining that the Oscar-winning director is a flight risk. In a statement on Tuesday (October 20th), the court said, "The Swiss Federal Criminal Court has rejected Roman Polanski's appeal against detention pending extradition. The court considered the risk that Roman Polanski might flee if released from custody as high." Polanski's lawyer said they will appeal the decision, explaining, "We will try to provide even stronger and more suitable guarantees. We will seek to demonstrate that there is no risk in ordering Roman Polanski's release."

TEEN CHARGED WITH BURGLARIZING CELEBRITY HOMES: The teenager accused of burglarizing both Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge's homes has been charged with two felony residential burglaries. reports that 18-year-old Nick Prugo is facing the law for the incidents, which were both caught on surveillance video. reports that other parties were seen on the tapes with Prugo, but none have been charged.

NICOLE RICHIE REPORTEDLY SHOWING OFF SON IN MAGAZINE: Nicole Richie is reportedly debuting pictures of her son Sparrow in an upcoming issue of People magazine. reports that the photos could be appearing the publication as early as this week. Sparrow, Richie's second child with Joel Madden, was born last month.

KIM KARDASHIAN REVEALS HALLOWEEN COSTUME: Kim Kardashian has her Halloween costume all picked out. reports that the reality star, who turns 29-years-old today, recently told the press, "I am dressing up as Princess Jasmine now because my sister said my original costume was too racy and I couldn't come to her party if I dressed as that."

BRANGELINA CONTINUE CHARITY WORK: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie visited a SOS Children's Village in Amman, Jordan earlier this month, it's been revealed. Jolie said of the experience, "The SOS villages are one of the best solutions for widows and orphaned children as they are still in a family setting within their own country. We hope more people learn about their programs and give them support."

EDWARD FURLONG'S WIFE WANTS TO DISMISS RESTRAINING ORDER: Edward Furlong's wife is seeking to dismiss the restraining order that she filed against him earlier this year. Rachael Kneeland explained that she and the Terminator actor are trying to keep things amicable. Kneeland had requested a temporary restraining order, claiming that he was abusing cocaine, was in temporary lockdown and had been violent towards her. The couple has a three-year-old son together named Ethan.


'BIGGEST LOSER' TRAINER GETTING OWN SHOW: Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels is getting her own television show. NBC announced that Losing It With Jillian will feature the no-nonsense Michaels as she travels the country, staying with families for a week while examining choices that have caused them to be unhealthy and unhappy. Speaking about the program, Michaels said, "When your health is out of balance everything else suffers -- finances, relationships, work and family dynamics. I'm moving in with families across the country, getting down and dirty and rooting out bad habits in every corner of their lives that are preventing them from health and happiness." The eight-episode series is slated to premiere in 2010.

RENEE ZELLWEGER UNSURE OF THIRD 'BRIDGET JONES': Despite rampant rumors of production, Renee Zellweger denies that a third installment of Bridget Jones is definitely in the works. When asked about the project earlier this week, the actress told, "I don't know! Isn't that funny? I get asked that every single day and I don't know anything. It's like a rumor!"

COMEDY CENTRAL TO AIR FX COMEDY: Comedy Central has secured the basic cable off-network rights to It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Variety reports that FX will continue to air original episodes of the comedy, which is currently in its fifth season. It's already been picked up for two more, bringing its minimum total of episodes to 84.

New producers have been tapped to produce the 82nd Academy Awards. Variety reports that Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic were asked to helm the show after last year's producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark opted not to return because of film commitments. The show will tentatively air on March 7th.


Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have reportedly finalized a prenuptial agreement -- nearly a month after they walked down the aisle. reports that the couple signed the deal together on Tuesday (October 20th) afternoon.

  • According to TMZ, the deal confirms that Odom will keep the $33 million salary he makes with the Los Angeles Lakers, but Khloe will get an annual lump sum of money that will remain consistent throughout their marriage.
  • Additionally, Odom has reportedly agreed to purchase a new house for the couple.

CHECK IT OUT: Craziest celebrity prenups:


A past winner of the CBS reality show Big Brother was arrested after using his $500,000 prize money to buy thousands of oxycodone pills and resell them. Federal prosecutors said that Adam Jasinski was caught attempting to sell 2,000 pills in Massachusetts to a government witness.

The Associated Press reports that he was arrested last Saturday (October 18th) after flying into Boston and showing the witness two plastic bags filled with oxycodone pills.

  • Authorities said that the 31-year-old told a federal drug enforcement agent that he has been using his winnings to buy thousands of the pills and has been reselling them for months.
  • People magazine reported that he faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.


Olympic Gold medalist Natalie Coughlin has voted off Dancing With The Stars last night. The swimmer was in the bottom two with Aaron Carter much the the dismay of the judges.

Meanwhile, the show's cast has been spending a lot of time around doctors. Kelly Osbourne visited the hospital after Monday (October 19th) night show after suffering a minor foot sprain.

Her fellow competitor Melissa Joan Hart told Access Hollywood of the incident, saying, "I was backstage doing the quick change for the hustle when she came back to do her quick change and she was pretty upset. She really hurt her foot. It kept happening in rehearsal and stuff and so I think they just went for it (on Monday). She got hurt. Hopefully, she'll be able to recover, keep her foot up for a few days and be better for next week."

  • Osbourne's rep said she'll be fine to dance next week.
  • In other news, Derek Hough is on the mend after a bout with the flu. He denied having swine flu but told, "I don't even know how to describe it. It felt like horse flu! It was unbelievable. I was out." He didn't perform on Monday night, but did attend the show and is expected back next week.


Katie Holmes looks to younger women for fashion advice. The 30-year-old admitted that her three-year-old daughter Suri helped pick out her outfit for Monday (October 19th) night's Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Tribute.

Holmes said of the toddler, "She loves clothes and picks out her own." Suri even does accessories, Katie noted, referring to her Hermes bag and Givenchy shoes. She said that Suri "gave me a big thumbs up!"

  • In the past, sources told Us Weekly that Suri "hates jeans" and favors dresses from designer labels. A friend told the magazine, "Suri makes the rules and Tom and Katie go along with it."


TLC is airing a special featuring Kate Gosselin next Monday (October 26th), during which she'll be talking about her life and answering questions about her family. People magazine reports that during the show, she'll answer questions about whether she'll get married again, where she envisions her family in 10 years, and how fame has affected her children.

The special will air on the same day Kate and her estranged husband Jon are due to face off in court over their tempestuous financial situation.

  • It's previously been reported that Jon & Kate Plus 8 will end its run on the network next month in the wake of Jon having halted production. A source told Radar, "They will eke out what they can in terms of more shows. Obviously they are not shooting anymore so they are taking what they have and seeing how many more episodes they can get out of it."
  • Last week TLC filed a lawsuit against Jon for breach of contract.

CHECK IT OUT: Kate's top ten angry moments:


Former Alaska governor and vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin is slated to be a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show next month. The November 16th appearance was announced Tuesday by Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

  • Winfrey will interview Palin about her new memoir, titled Going Rogue: An American Life, which will be published on November 17th.
  • The interview will mark the first meeting between the staunch Republican Palin and Winfrey, who backed President Obama.


AFGHAN PREZ KARZAI AGREES TO RUNOFF ELECTION: Bowing to intense pressure from the U.S., Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday (October 20th) accepted a U.N.-backed report of widespread fraud in the August election and agreed to a November 7th runoff against his top challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. The initial tally had given Karzai more than 54 percent of the vote out of a field of 36 candidates, but the panel stripped nearly a third of Karzai's votes, putting him below the threshold of 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it will be a "huge challenge" to pull off a new election without a repeat of the fraud that tainted the first.

CDC: SWINE FLU DISPROPORTIONATELY HITTING YOUNG PEOPLE: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday (October 20th) that 53 percent of those hospitalized with the new H1N1 swine flu virus are under 25, clearly indicating that it is disproportionately affecting young people. Just seven percent of those hospitalized are 65 and over. The CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said that with seasonal flu, about 60 percent of hospitalizations are of those 65 and over. While deaths from the swine flu are rare, younger people are also dying from it disproportionately, with almost a quarter of 292 deaths in people under 25, and about 65 percent in people 25 to 64. Just 12 percent of deaths were among people over 65. In a normal year, 90 percent of those who die from flu are over 65.

CONGRESS OKAYS TRANSFER OF GITMO PRISONERS TO U.S. FOR TRIAL: President Obama's pledge to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison moved one step closer to reality Tuesday (October 20th) as the Senate voted 79-19 to allow prisoners to be transferred to the U.S. for trial. The measure was previously passed by the House, so now goes to the president for his signature. There are conditions, however, including that detainees can only be brought to U.S. soil if they will be tried in American courts, and can't be released in the U.S. if they are cleared of wrongdoing. It also requires 45 days' notice before a transfer can occur and certification that the prisoner doesn't represent a security risk.


EX-NYPD COMMISSIONER KERIK, HAILED AFTER 9/11, SENT TO JAIL: A federal judge sent former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik to jail yesterday (October 20th) to await his upcoming corruption trial, revoking his bail because he shared secret pretrial information. An angry Judge Stephen Robinson said he couldn't find another way to keep Kerik from trying to contaminate witnesses and the potential jury pool, declaring, "My fear is that he has a toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance, and I fear that combination leads him to believe that his ends justify his means." Robinson said at another point, "Mr. Kerik's not special. He thinks he is." At issue is Kerik's relationship with an attorney who last month sent an e-mail to the Washington Times that contained information about Kerik's case that was supposed to be under seal. Robinson suggested Kerik was feeding information to the attorney for fundraising and propaganda purposes. The judge also said there was a previous incident in which a lawyer had talked to potential witnesses.

  • Kerik was hailed as a hero for his performance during the 9/11 crisis, and was later chosen by President George W. Bush to head the Department of Homeland Security. However, he withdrew as corruption allegations surfaced.
  • In addition to his upcoming corruption trial, on charges of accepting apartment renovations from a construction company in exchange for recommending them for city contracts, Kerik faces a second trial on tax charges and a third that claims he lied to White House officials vetting him for the Homeland Security chief post.

VATICAN MAKES IT EASIER FOR ANGLICANS TO CONVERT: The Vatican announced yesterday (October 20th) that it was making it easier for Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, a move designed to appeal to traditionalist Anglicans who are opposed to women priests, openly gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex unions. The new rules mean conservative Anglicans will be able to join the Catholic Church while keeping aspects of their Anglican liturgy and identity, including married priests. Until now, Anglicans could join the Catholic Church primarily on a case-by-case basis, but now groups will be able to join new parishes headed by former Anglican prelates.

OBAMA AWARDS HIGHEST MILITARY HONOR TO VIETNAM WAR SQUADRON: President Obama yesterday (October 20th) awarded the military's highest unit honor to a Vietnam War-era Army squadron for a daring rescue of fellow soldiers nearly 40 years ago. Veterans of Troop A, 1st Squadron of the 11th Armored Combat Regiment were on hand as the squadron was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, as were some of the soldiers they saved on March 26, 1970. On that day, Alpha Troop learned that another unit had stumbled into a huge enemy bunker of North Vietnamese forces and set out to rescue them, risking ambush and land mines. Obama said yesterday, "These soldiers define the meaning of bravery and heroism," calling the rescue "a proud chapter in the story of the American soldier." Obama also spoke about the maltreatment many Vietnam vets faced when they returned home, calling it a "national disgrace" and saying he wanted to help right, quote, "one of the saddest episodes in American history."

EX-MISS CALIFORNIA CARRIE PREJEAN SUED FOR COST OF BREAST IMPLANTS: Former Miss California Carrie Prejean, who gained fame for saying at the Miss USA pageant in April that she opposes gay marriage, and who was stripped of her crown in June for alleged contract violations, is being sued by pageant organizer K2 Productions for the $5,200 cost of her breast implants, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday (October 20th). The suit claims Prejean stiffed K2 Productions for the cost of the surgery she'd requested, quote, "to be more competitive," and that she'd verbally agreed to repay. K2's action is a counter-suit against Prejean, who filed a lawsuit after being stripped of her crown, claiming she was targeted for her anti-gay marriage answer. K2 also accuses Prejean of missing events, lying about semi-nude photos she'd taken, negotiating an unauthorized book deal, and using her title without authorization to promote the National Organization for Marriage's campaign against gay marriage. In addition to the cost of the breast implants, K2 is also seeking the proceeds from Prejean's planned book, and other compensation.

EX-PREZ GEORGE W. BUSH TO SPEAK AT MOTIVATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Former President George W. Bush will be appearing in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 26th as the special guest speaker at a "Get Motivated!" business seminar, which touts itself as "America's #1 Business Seminar," The Huffington Post website reported yesterday (October 20th). Other speakers at the event will include former Secretary of State and ex-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, former New York City Mayo Rudy Giuliani and Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw. The Get Motivated! seminar says on its website that it's, quote, "world famous for its energizing, action-packed, star-studded, fun-filled, spectacular stage show." Bush will also be the featured speaker at another Get Motivated! seminar on December 2nd.


YANKEES DOWN ANGELS 10-1, ONE WIN AWAY FROM WORLD SERIES: The New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-1 last night (October 20th) in Anaheim to give them a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series and put them one win away from their first trip to the World Series in six years. Pitching on just three days rest, C.C. Sabathia gave up one run and five hits in eight innings, while Alex Rodriguez continued his stellar post-season for the Yankees, homering in his third straight game as he had three hits and scored three runs. Kendry Morales scored the lone run for the Angels on a solo home run. Game 5 will be played Thursday (October 22nd) in Anaheim.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE - Christine begins a complicated relationship with the doctor (Eric McCormack) who shares Matthew's office space.
  • GARY UNMARRIED - Sasha allows Gary to report the sports news when the station's sports announcer is arrested.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS - The team hunts a suspect who impregnates young women, has them give birth and murders them.
  • CSI: NY - The CSIs turn their attention to a list of rival dancers when an unidentified shooting victim turns out to be a rising star in the underground world of hip-hop dancers.


  • MERCY - Veronica tries to save a pregnant woman after a carwreck; Dr. Harris calls for a hearing to determine Veronica's future at the hospital.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - After a young boy is raped, detectives find out their suspect is the leader of a civil rights group that supports adult-child relationships.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Rainn Wilson


  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - The dancers compete in the third and final part of the Las Vegas round.
  • GLEE - Will composes a mash-up for a special occasion; Sue reveals her softer side.


  • HANK - Hank finds it challenging to not do anything while unemployed and overachieves as a household.
  • THE MIDDLE - Frankke encourages Sue to fight for her right to attend a class trip to the state capital; Brick's first girlfriend turns out to be bossy.
  • MODERN FAMILY - Tensions rise during a day of barbecue and football at Jay and Gloria's in the wake of an incident between Manny and Luke at school.
  • COUGAR TOWN - Jules tries to boost Bobby's self-confidence; Laurie takes on a new client in an attempt to prove her worth to Jules.
  • EASTWICK - Kat fulfills a fantasy; Joanna's rush to print a story get her into trouble.


  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The contestants interview actress Jessica Lowndes; Kim Kardashian serves as guest judge.
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)


  • NIP/TUCK - Sean tries an unusual methods to cure his insomnia; Christian and Kimber go into business together; Liz confronts Christian.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Mario Lopez, chef Roberto Martin
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprha on Location: The Happiest People on Earth
THE VIEW - Glenn Close, Susie Essman, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat) Paul McCartney, a Top Ten list by Bruce Willis
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Rainn Wilson
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat) Jennifer Aniston, Phoenix
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Salma Hayek, Rico Rodriguez, Dead By Sunrise
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat) James Spader, Cathy Ladman
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat) Elijah Wood, Taraji P. Henson
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) Mike Henry, Chris Hui
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat) Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat) Shashi Tharoor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta


MAN SPENDS 12 HOURS IN TREE EVADING CROCS: An Australian man says he spent 12 hours gripping a tree branch "like a koala bear" while crocodiles cicled beneath after his boat became jammed under a tree and filled with water while he was asleep. Luckily the man had a satellite phone and emergency radio. Local police found him the next morning and were able to rescue him from the tree. (AFP)

CAT SURVIVES TWO-MILE RIDE IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT: A cat which somehow became caught in the engine compartment of an SUV survived a two-mile ride before a Bronx, New York man stopped to check out a rattling noise. What he found was the cat's bushy tail sticking out of the front end of his vehicle and was relieved to find the cat was still alive. New York City Police Department's Emergency Service Unit was able to free the grease-covered animal after removing the battery and other parts. A New York City Animal Care and Control official says the cat appears to be in good physical condition. (AP)

BRITISH COUPLE GET MARRIED IN STRIP CLUB: Phil Wharam and Lynfa Lawson became the first British couple ever to get married in a strip club. One hundred and twenty guests attended the event. The manager of club was quoted as saying, "We're just making use of our very good facilities." (Daily Telegraph)

GUNMAN PRAYS WITH ROBBERY VICTIM: Police said an Indianapolis man who robbed a check cashing business paused in the middle of the crime to pray with the victim. Video surveillance shows the man going behind the counter to comfort the crying woman and explain that he was robbing the store to support his two-year-old child. The man then asked her to pray with him for God to help him overcome his hardships. Police were able to identify the man from the video and he turned himself in. (AP)


HOW TO DEAL WITH REPEATING SNEEZERS: When someone sneezes, common courtesy is to say 'God Bless You.' But what do you do if someone sneezes, 3, 4, 10 times in a row?

TAMPON-SIZED TAMPON HOLDER ON SALE: Etsy, a crafts-sharing website, is advertising a wool-knitted tampon holder for your key chain. It's believed the intention was so that women can bring tampons to the bathroom in a less conspicuous way than just carrying the obvious tube. Check it out:

AVERAGE SEXUAL PARTNERS OF BRITS REVEALED: Using the "six degrees of separation" standard, the average person has had almost three million sexual partners. reports that this information was released as part of a British campaign to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. It is based on the average British male having had nine direct sexual partners and the average female 6.3.

WOULD YOU PAY TO HAVE YOUR BAGEL TOASTED? reports that a Manhattan deli is charging customers an extra 50 cents if a customer wants their bagel toasted.


  • What does our zodiac sign have to do with anything? If the sun, moon and stars have so much control over our compatibility, we wonder what a bowl of Lucky Charms can do. Got milk?
  • Why do you need so many pillows? Unless there's a surprise orgy scheduled for later, we don't see the need for 20 "decorative" pillows on the bed.
  • Why are greeting cards so important? It may have taken you hours to select the perfect card with just the right message, but it'll take us five seconds to toss it in the recycling bin. Sorry, we don't do Hallmark moments. Lingerie makes for a much better memory and memento.
  • Who needs candles when we have electricity? If you're looking for low lighting, the glare from the TV as we're playing Madden should suffice. If it's the pretty flame that fascinates you, feel free to utilize the one on the stove to make us a grill cheese sandwich.
  • Why do you need to post everything on Facebook? We don't smile for pictures and we definitely don't spend hours in the mirror practicing our pose, but apparently you girls do and build digital shrines to yourselves. Unless there are a few naked shots in the bunch, we're not interested in seeing slideshows of your entire life -- or how cute your cat is.
  • Why do you like bubble baths so much? When it comes to bathroom activities, we enjoy standing as much as possible, so give us a shower (and a urinal) any day. Besides, since when is lying in a tepid pool of your own filth sexy? The bubbles don't help either.
  • Is that a purse or a suitcase? The good thing about a home is it provides a great place to store all your stuff. There's no need to lug a week's worth of items around in a bag that's bigger than most small dogs. When we go out, we only carry what we need in a lovely invention known as the pocket. We're sure you've heard of it.
  • Is crying the answer for every emotion? You cry when you're sad. You cry when you're mad. You even cry when you're happy. We just don't. It's less confusing that way.
  • If you don't like her then why is she your "friend"? We just don't get why y'all hang out with someone on a regular basis and then talk smack about her behind her back. We don't like catty, but be sure to call us if there's a catfight.
  • Four words: "Sex and the City": We thought show's cancellation would help, but with a second film adaptation on the way we'll have to suffer through even more comparisons to guys who don't even exist. What grown man wants to be called "Burger"? Now if there was a character with a cool name like "Mr. Big" we might be more inclined to pay attention. Oh, there is a guy named Mr. Big? So, how much sex actually happens in this city again?

Virginia Man Faces Indecent Exposure Charge for Being Naked in His Kitchen

A 29-year-old Springfield, Virginia, man is facing an indecent exposure charge after a woman walking by his home with a seven-year-old boy reported him to police when she saw him naked in his kitchen. Eric Williamson told the local Fox 5 TV station that he went into the kitchen at about 5:30 a.m. Monday (October 19th) to make coffee. He said, "Yes, I wasn't wearing any clothes, but I was alone, in my own home, and just got out of bed. It was dark and I had no idea anyone was outside looking in at me."

Fairfax County Police said they arrested Williamson on the misdemeanor charge because they believed he wanted to be seen naked by the public, and that they got the go-ahead from the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Williamson, who's the father of a five-year-old girl, is fighting the charge and may seek damages from the police. He told the TV station, "I am a loving dad. Any of my friends and anyone knows that and there is not a chance on this planet I would ever, ever, ever do anything like that to a kid." Williamson could face up to a year in a jail and a $2,000 fine in convicted.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Tim McGraw's new studio album, Southern Voice, sees release today (Tuesday, October 20th). The CD has been in the works for three years. McGraw tells us it was in the can for a few years because of album release schedule changes at his label. "I had it done for awhile, but it just took awhile. There were some other albums -- there were some greatest hits albums that were out and some other things that were comin' out before this one, but it had been ready for awhile."

McGraw says he decided to add one new song a bit closer to album release. "It didn't come out when we thought it was so we had a little extra time, so I was in the studio recording an album with Catherine Raney, who is actually my cousin, but I was producing an album on her and I had a little extra time at the end of a session. I asked the band to stay and a song came in, so the only song that was actually newer that we recorded later on that album was 'Love You Goodbye,' which is the last song on the album, so that's the only one the Dancehall Doctors aren't playin' on, too, because I put it on the end of that session I had with Catherine Raney so I used those guys in the studio at that time to do it."

  • Southern Voice is McGraw's 12th studio album and his first in two years.
  • His last, Let It Go, was released in 2007.
  • The new CMT special, Invitation Only: Tim McGraw, will premiere on November 13th at 9 p.m. ET. The show was taped earlier this year in Nashville.
Taylor Swift is sharing her baby with the world -- her Baby Taylor guitar, that is. The singer teamed up with Taylor Guitars to create her signature guitar, called the Taylor Swift Baby Taylor. Based on the best-selling Baby Taylor guitar, superstar's model is a much more compact size and shape.
  • Swift said, "I wanted to share my passion for playing guitar with my fans. For a beginner, finding the right guitar can be intimidating, but this guitar, it's the perfect size. Even if you've been playing for years, it's a great size to travel with."
  • Swift had a hand in designing the top. The words "Love, Love, Love" are entwined among vines encircling the guitar's soundhole. The title of her current album, Fearless, is inscribed above the bridge along with her signature.
  • The Taylor Swift Baby Taylor guitar is available for purchase at authorized Taylor
    Guitars dealers, and soon, at The instrument's suggested retail price is $398.


  • Swift performed at Justin Timberlake's weekend benefit in Las Vegas for the Shriner's Hospital for Children.
  • Her sold out Fearless tour continues on through June of next year.

Kenny Chesney will be joined by his latest duet partner, Dave Matthews, on the CMA Awards on November 11th. The two will sing "I'm Alive," a current Top 10 hit on the country charts.

Chesney and Matthews originally recorded the song for Chesney's Lucky Old Sun album. Chesney tells us the duet didn't really come together until they hit the studio. "I had already written 'I'm Alive,' and Dave told me he loved that 'I'm Alive' song and that he felt like that would be something that would fit on one of his records to stand alone, you know? And I said 'Well, why don't we try doin' it?' And then it was just magic in the studio when we did it."

Chesney adds that he was surprised to hear their two distinct sounds mesh. "I didn't realize how natural my voice and his voice would sound together. (laughs) You know, 'cause it's completely two different styles. We come from completely two different worlds. I mean he was born in South Africa. I was born in East Tennessee. You know? (laughs) So it just goes to show you how universal music can really be."

  • "I'm Alive" was originally recorded by Willie Nelson.
  • The Matthews/Chesney duet is featured on Chesney's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.
Terri Clark's new CD, The Long Way Home, hits retail outlets today (Tuesday, October 20th). Clark produced the 11-song project, in addition to paying for the entire project herself. She parted ways with her Nashville-based label earlier this year.
  • Clark is currently on tour in her native Canada in support of the project. The 21-date run will wrap on November 22nd in Vancouver.
  • She will play two dates in the States -- November 13th in Las Vegas and November 14th in Wendover, Nevada.
  • Clark's last studio album, Life Goes On, was released in 2005.


  • Clark continues to spending time with her mother, who is recovering from a recent bout of cancer treatments.
  • Clark's mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

Bucky Covington will headline the Comcast Concert Series Post-Race show following the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger On Track For The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday (October 24th) in Memphis, Tennessee. The free show kicks off immediately following the race, which is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. CT.
  • Covington recently released his brand new single, "Gotta Be Somebody."
  • The song is from his sophomore album, I'm Alright, set for release next spring.


  • Covington's self-titled debut CD bowed at Number One on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart in April 2007.
  • He was a finalist on the fifth season of American Idol, along with Kellie Pickler.


LeAnn Rimes, Jewel




  • Jimi Westbrook (Little Big Town) (39)
  • William Christopher (actor, played M*A*S*H's Father Mulcahy) (77)
  • Viggo Mortensen (actor, Lord of the Rings trilogy) (51)
  • Snoop Dogg (rapper) (38)
  • Ric Lee (drummer, Ten Years After) (64)
  • Dannii Minogue (pop singer) (38)
  • Tom Petty (musician) (59)
  • Keith Hernandez (Hall of Fame Baseball first basemen, guest starred on Seinfeld) (56)
  • Michelle Malkin (political commentator and author) (39)
  • Paul Wilson (bass player, Snow Patrol) (31)
  • John Krasinski (actor, The Office) (30)


Ray Price's "City Lights" began its 13-week run at Number One in 1958.

  • Del Reeves joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1966.
  • Hank Williams signed a movie contract with MGM studios in 1951. Leroy Van Dyke joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962.
  • Clint Black married Lisa Hartman in 1991.
  • Travis Tritt earned a gold album, for T-R-O-U-B-L-E, 1992.
  • Patty Loveless underwent vocal surgery for a leaking blood vessel at Vanderbilt University in 1992.
  • Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band charted a Number One on the Billboard country chart with "All The Gold In California" in 1979.


ELIZABETH HASSELBECK REVEALS NIPPLE MISHAP: Friends and family members of The View's Elizabeth Hasselbeck may have gotten more than they bargained for when she sent a mass e-mail with a photo of her newborn son, Isaiah Timothy, this summer. She told viewers yesterday (Monday, October 19th) that she chose the photo because her baby was smiling. But she soon realized, "No wonder he's smiling -- my nipple is in the photo!" Hasselbeck added, "Awkwardly, my father-in-law and my brother-in-law saw it." CHECK IT OUT: Here's the video clip:

LINDSAY LOHAN PLANS TO FILE RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST FATHER: Insiders tell that Lindsay Lohan plans to file a restraining order against her father, Michael Lohan, in the next two days because she fears for her own safety. This comes after Michael made comments about possibly kidnapping his daughter and discussing her legal situation with the judge in her case.

OCTO-MOM THINKS JON GOSSELIN IS HOT: In a new interview with RadarOnline, "octo-mom" Nadya Suleman said, "I have a crush on Jon Gosselin. I think he's hot!" When it comes to dating, Suleman discourages Kate Gosselin from doing it, saying. "I don't think any single mother of any amount of kids should start dating," In other news, Suleman's fertility doctor, Dr. Michael Kamrava, has been expelled from a national medical association.

LARRY BIRKHEAD WANTED DANNIELYNN DRUG TESTED: While on the stand Monday (October 19th), photographer Larry Birkhead testified that he wanted his own child drug tested for fear that the late Anna Nicole Smith was drugging her through breast feeding. He's currently testifying in the case against Howard Stern and two of Smith's former doctors. When asked by the prosecution in the Los Angeles courtroom if he was concerned her drug taking was affecting his child he said, "Yes."

HARRY POTTER STAR TAKES BITE OF THE BIG APPLE: Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe plans to make New York City one of his homes. reports that he recently bought a renovated five-bedroom home in the Village, which was originally built by a sea captain for his daughter in 1847. He spent $5.6 million on the home.


WILMER VALDERRAMA SIGNS ON FOR NEW TV SERIES: Former That '70s Show actor, Wilmer Valderrama, will star in a new half-hour sitcom on Fox based on Dog Whisperer star Cesar Millan. According to, details are being worked out for the project, but Valderrama is expected to play a professional dog trainer.

REPORT: 'THE JAY LENO SHOW' COULD BE AFFECTING LOCAL NUMBERS: The Jay Leno Show could be causing local NBC affiliate numbers to slide. The LA Times reports that late-night newscasts are experiencing huge drops in viewership now that Leno's show is the new "lead-in" every night. Stations in Baltimore to Kansas City, for example, are attracting fewer viewers to their newscasts.

'ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT' GETS PICKED UP BY IFC: The cable network has picked up rights to air Arrested Development on Sunday and Tuesday nights starting October 25th, according to

IS VICTORIA BECKHAM 'GOSSIP GIRL' BOUND? Spice Girls star Victoria Beckham could be headed for a cameo on Gossip Girl. Although it's just rumors for now, a source tells the Daily Mirror that Beckham recently met Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, and "Victoria revealed she was a huge fan of the show. From here, Blake pleaded with her to guest star in an episode and ran the idea past producers." The insider adds "Victoria isn't an actress and wanted her role to be very tongue-in-cheek. And an idea for her to play Ed Westwick's long-lost mother was quickly vetoed. Victoria joked that she'd rather play his ex-love interest!"

VIN DIESEL QUITS MOVIE? According to, Vin Diesel has reportedly pulled out of the next xXx movie. Diesel was planning to star in the third installment of the franchise, called xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, but he bailed after director Rob Cohen decided to leave.

WILL WE BE SEEING MORE OF THE HOFF? reports that David Hasselhoff could be inking a deal with A&E for his own show. A source says, "We are discussing a possibility of doing a documentary series with David and his kids."

MAN WHO COMPOSED 'ADDAMS FAMILY' THEME DIES: Vic Mizzy, a songwriter who composed the themes for the 1960s sit-coms The Addams Family and Green Acres, has died at 93. Mizzy died Saturday (October 17) at his home. Mizzy wrote songs that were recorded by Dean Martin, Doris Day, Perry Como and Billie Holiday in the '40s and '50s. His hits included "Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes," "My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time," and "With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho."


In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Kate Gosselin reveals that her kids have been "acting out" in midst of the recent drama surrounding her pending divorce from Jon Gosselin and their legal battles. According to, the 34-year-old mom-of-eight says, "I'm trying to give them the grace to see, if they're acting out of line, I'm trying to look deeper into why that is. [The kids] don't see it, but it's all interconnected." Kate also says that now that they're splitting up their time the kids miss their father. She says, "I imagine they say the same thing when I'm away." As for her own career, Kate says she's very comfortable in front of the camera, noting, "It comes to me very easily when I'm doing TV . . . I laugh that people are like, 'Oh, that must be so hard.' To me it's so very easy!"

  • Gosselin also dished about guest-hosting on The View, noting, "I felt like I was walking in on their turf," she says. "It took about 39 seconds for them to see I'm not there to take over or anything. I definitely bonded with Sherri [Shepherd]. She has gone through a divorce and she took me under her wing. Barbara [Walters] was wonderful."


The parents behind the "balloon boy" scandal apparently have had enough of media attention for now. reports that they posted a handwritten note on the front door of their Fort Collins, Colorado home Monday (October 19th) morning, explaining: "Thank you for all of your support. We are not taking any interview any more. We are tired. Thank you. Heenes"

  • Richard and Mayumi Heene could face felony charges for staging the helium-balloon disappearance of their son, six-year-old son, Falcon. They may also be charged by Social Services for conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
  • According to, Richard served 30 days in jail in the late 90s after having been charged with misdemeanor vandalism, vehicle tampering and disturbing the peace. He pled no contest to vandalism and was hit with the jail time, two years of probation and a $100 fine.

CHECK IT OUT: See the handwritten note:


Penn Badgley admits in the new issue of Men's Health that it could sometimes be tricky dating a co-star -- in his case Gossip Girl's Blake Lively. He says, "Having a relationship with someone you work with might not always be the smartest move." That said, Badgley sounds like he's happy, revealing, "But it's been wonderful to be in a relationship where we can both identify with what the other is experiencing. We have an unbelievable trust and such a healthy relationship."

  • Lively told Seventeen magazine in July that it's not romantic on the set of Gossip Girl, adding, "When you're saying these words that people are making you say to one another, nothing about it is real or genuine. So if two people connect outside their characters, then that's how they get together."


AFGHAN'S KARZAI TO ANNOUNCE INTENTIONS AFTER MASSIVE ELECTION FRAUD FOUND: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to announce his intentions today (October 20th), one day after United Nations-backed investigators threw out nearly a third of his votes after finding there was massive fraud in the August election. The findings by the Electoral Complaints Commission, made up of three foreigners and two Afghans, brought Karzai's votes to 48 percent of the total, below the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff against his top challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. That increases the pressure on Karzai to accept such a runoff vote, however there could also be a power-sharing agreement between Karzai and Abdullah instead of a new vote, a solution that the U.S. reportedly favors.

IRAN VOWS RETALIATION AFTER SUICIDE BOMBING: Iran vowed retaliation Monday (October 19th) after accusing Pakistan, the U.S. and Britain of helping Sunni militants who launched a suicide bombing Sunday that killed five top Revolutionary Guard commanders, as well as dozens of others. The official news agency called on Iranian security forces, quote, "to seriously deal with Pakistan once and for all." Iran made no specific threats against the U.S. or Britain, which have denied involvement, however it has often claimed that Western powers use groups such as Jundallah, which carried out Sunday's attack, to try to destabilize the country. At least 42 people were killed in the suicide bombing in southeastern Iran, near the border with Pakistan.

EX-GOV'T. SCIENTIST TRIED TO GIVE CLASSIFIED INFO TO ISRAEL: Former U.S. government scientist Stewart David Nozette was arrested Monday (October 19th), charged with trying to give classified information to someone he thought was an Israeli intelligence official in what turned out to be an FBI sting. The 52-year-old Nozette, who worked in sensitive positions on classified aerospace projects, had a top secret clearance, and served on the National Space Council at the White House under former President George H. W. Bush. He later did research and development for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Naval Research Laboratory, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Israel is not accused of any wrongdoing.


REUTERS, CNBC AMONG THOSE FOOLED BY HOAX PRESS RELEASE: Several media organizations, including Reuters and CNBC, were fooled yesterday (October 19th) by a hoax e-mail press release purported to be from the Chamber of Commerce that announced a dramatic reversal in support of climate change legislation currently in the Senate. The media organizations reported the news, but quickly retracted it when it was discovered that it wasn't true. A left-leaning activist group called the Yes Men claimed responsibility for the hoax, telling Politico it targeted the Chamber of Commerce for what it considers "retrograde" positions on climate change. The press release looked real, with a Chamber of Commerce logo and contact information. However, the name of president Tom Donohue was misspelled, and the people listed as press contacts don't really work there. The Chamber of Commerce in reality continues to oppose the cap-and-trade bill passed by the House in July.

U.S. NEAR TOP OF LIST FOR INCOME INEQUALITY: Business Week wrote about a recent report from the U.N. Development Program that looked at income inequality around the world. The U.S. was ranked among the countries with the highest income inequality among its people in the world, coming in at Number Three, while Scandinavian countries, Japan and the Czech Republic had the least amount of income inequality. The list, from Business Week, of the countries with the biggest gaps between rich and poor are:

1. Hong Kong
2. Singapore
3. U.S.
4. Israel
5. Portugal
6. New Zealand
7. (tie) Italy
7. (tie) Britain
9. Australia
10. (tie) Ireland
10. (tie) Greece

ISLAMISTS WHIPPING SOMALI WOMEN FOR WEARING BRAS: The hardline Islamist group al Shabaab is cracking down on people in Somalia who don't follow a strict form of Sharia Islamic law. In yet another example of the subjugation, violence and humiliation women experience under these Islamist regimes, women are being publicly whipped for wearing bras, the Times of India reported. Women in Mogadishu who are perceived to have firm busts are being gathered and publicly whipped by masked men as punishment for what they call deception. The Times reported that after the whippings, the women are forced to remove their bras and shake their breasts.

  • In other pronouncements, al Shabaab has also banned movies, musical ringtones, dancing at weddings and playing or watching soccer.

'N.Y. TIMES' TO SLASH 100 NEWSROOM JOBS: The New York Times said yesterday (October 19th) that it plans to cut 100 newsroom jobs -- about eight percent of the total -- by the end of the year through buyouts and, if necessary, layoffs. This follows a previous reduction of 100 jobs in the newsroom in the spring of 2008, which included the elimination of 15 to 20 journalists, the first time in memory that had happened. The cuts have been forced by the advertising decline that has battered the entire industry. The Times currently has 1,250 newsroom employees, down from a high of 1,330 before the last round of cuts. According to the Times, no other American newspaper has more than about 750.

OBAMA VISITS MARYLAND SCHOOL: President Obama visited a Maryland school Monday (October 19th) to congratulate the students and teachers on the hard work that's led them to be celebrated for closing the achievement gap between minority children and other students. Obama said Viers Mills Elementary School, which receives federal poverty aid, is, quote, "a great example of how much improvement a school can make." The president met with third- and fourth-graders in the cafeteria during their lunch period, shaking hands with the students and asking them what they were reading.


PHILLIES GO UP 3-1 IN NLCS WITH BOTTOM-OF-THE-NINTH WIN: The Philadelphia Phillies are now just one win from heading to the World Series to defend their title after going up 3-1 in the National League Championship Series last night (October 19th) win a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on a bottom-of-the-ninth double by Jimmy Rollins that scored two runs. Rollins got his game-winning hit off closer Jonathan Broxton with two outs, after the Phillies, down 4-3, had gotten men on base via a walk and a hit batsman. Game 5 will be played Wednesday (October 21st) in Philadelphia.

ANGELS BEAT YANKEES IN 11TH TO WIN FIRST ALCS GAME: The Los Angeles Angels got on the board in the American League Championship Series last night with a 5-4 win at home over the New York Yankees in the 11th inning. The Yanks now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Jeff Mathis hit a two-out double in the bottom of the 11th to drive home Howie Kendrick, who'd singled with two outs. The Angels overcame a 3-0 deficit midway through the fifth inning, getting a solo homer from Kendrick in the fifth and a two-run shot from Vladimir Guerrero in the sixth to tie it. The game was a tight battle from then on. Game 4 will be played tonight in Anaheim.

BRONCOS TOP CHARGERS 34-23 FOR 'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL' WIN: The Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 34-23 in Monday Night Football last night (October 19th), in a game in which Denver's Eddie Royal became the 11th player in NFL history to return a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the same game, with his 93 yards and 71 yards, respectively. It actually took the Broncos until late in the third quarter to get their first offensive touchdown, a 19-yard pass from Kyle Orton to Tony Scheffler to give Denver 24-23 lead. It was a rough night in San Diego for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who was sacked five times, three of them coming in the fourth quarter.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • NCIS - A practical joke-loving Marine is found dead; Ziva adjusts to her new role on the team.
  • NCIS: LOS ANGELES - Following a murder, the secrets to classified software are thought to be lost until NCIS uncovers a suspect from Vance's past.
  • THE GOOD WIFE - Will and Alicia have 72 hours to prove that a train company is responsible for a freight train crash; Alicia and Jackie clash over taking the children to visit their father.


  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - Two teams head to the beach to dig for buried treasure; one team tries to make the most of time alone on campus.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Martha Stewart, Ludacris


  • MLB BASEBALL - New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.


  • SHARK TANK - A man wants an investment from the sharks to create an extension of his already successful business; a urologist has an unusual business proposal.
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The professional dancers pay tribute to Michael Jackson; another couple is eliminated.
  • THE FORGOTTEN - The team hopes to identify a John Doe, shot and found in a drainage tunnel; clues point to the victim having been searching for someone.


  • 90210 - Adrianna tries to deal with the end of her relationship with Navid; Silver discovers she has more in common with Teddy.
  • MELROSE PLACE - Ella and Riley arrive at the photo shoot and meet the photographer who tries to persuade Riley to do a topless shoot; Violet makes another play for Augie.


  • SONS OF ANARCHY - Since The League has SAMCRO members behind bars, the club must make new alliances in prison to survive.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Lauren Graham, OneRepublic
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Sex as a Deadly Weapon: 5 Victims Speak Out
THE VIEW - Julia Stiles, Bill Pullman, Patrick & Gina Neely


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat) Kristin Davis, Barry Sonnenfeld
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Martha Stewart, Ludacris
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat) Jon Hamm, Cobra Starship ft. Estelle
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Edward Norton, Paul Shaffer, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, the Sounds
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat) Seth Meyers, Chris Paul, Landon Pigg
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) Katie Uhlaender, Amazing Baby


DRUNK WOMAN PICKS UP FRIEND ARRESTED FOR DWI: Police in Lafayette, New York say they arrested a 22-year-old woman after she drove drunk to the state police barracks to pick up her friend, who had been arrested earlier for DWI and cocaine possession around 2:30 AM on Sunday morning. (AP)

ENTIRE POLICE FORCE QUITS AFTER WINNING LOTTERY: The entire 15-man police force in Budaors, Hungary has resigned after the group won the lottery on a shared ticket. The police chiefs are now frantically trying to assemble a replacement police force until new full-time officers can be recruited. Officials said it was the sixth largest lottery win in Hungarian history. (Telegraph)

TODDLER SURVIVES 30-FOOT FALL ONTO ROCKS: A California toddler somehow survived a 30-foot fall from an apartment window onto concrete and rocks below with only a cut, a bump on the head and a bruised lung. The 22-month-old boy was conscious and crying when help arrived. Firefighters say the boy was climbing on furniture and fell out of the window when he pressed against a window screen. (AP)

MAN TAKES CAR ON 1,000 MILE TEST DRIVE: A Massachusetts man who was pulled over for speeding and reckless driving was arrested when it was discovered that he kidnapped a car salesman and stole the car, driving over 1,000 miles before being arrested in Wisconsin. The man will be extradited back to Massachusetts where he will face charges of kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle and unarmed robbery. (AP)


SURVEY FINDS THE HEALTHIEST PLACES TO LIVE IN THE U.S.: Listen up women: Self magazine recently examined 100 U.S. metro areas to find the fittest, healthiest and happiest women in the land. The magazine linked with Sperling's BestPlaces to analyze 7,700 bits of data in nearly 50 categories, including death and disease rates, environmental indicators, community resources and lifestyle habits. How does your city or hometown measure up? The Top Five include: Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont; Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland; Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine; Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Massachusetts and San Francisco-Oakland, California.

CHECK IT OUT: Here's the entire list:

COLLEGE DEVELOPS ROBOT TO ASSIST SNACKING: "Snackbot is a mobile robot, about the size of a very small human, that rolls around on wheels, and will be delivering snacks to students, faculty, and office workers at Carnegie Mellon University. A Snackbot research team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from more than three departments at Carnegie Mellon created Snackbot as a platform for studying human-robot interaction in the real world." Check it out:

FLU VACCINATION TOP OF MIND THIS YEAR: A new study finds that parents are more aware about the flu this season and are also more likely to get their kids vaccinated compared to previous years. Concern over the H1N1 influenza -- swine flu -- has raised awareness about overall flu shots. According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, more than half (53 percent) of the parents polled say they are interested in seeking seasonal influenza vaccination for their children this season, while only 35 percent say they got all or some of their children vaccinated regularly in the past years. Still, some parents are worried about vaccinating their children.

THE 15 HOTTEST MALE CELEBRITY BODY PARTS: Glamour magazine recently ranked the best body parts among male celebrities -- that means the most droolworthy biceps, buns, abs and more. On the list are Brad Pitt's abs -- think Fight Club circa 1999. Also making this is Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's butt, George Clooney's eyebrows, Robert Pattinson's mouth, Ryan Reynolds's arms and Matt Damon's biceps, among others.

CHECK IT OUT: See the full list here:

Prosecutors Worried About What Blagojevich Might Say on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Federal prosecutors told a judge yesterday (October 19th) that they're worried about what ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich might say on the Celebrity Apprentice TV show that could taint the jury pool for his corruption trial. Blagojevich has already begun taping the show, which is set to begin airing next March, just around the time jurors would be getting qualified for the trial, which is scheduled to begin June 3rd. Prosecutors didn't ask the judge to bar Blagojevich from going on Donald Trump's reality show.

Saying he was also concerned, the judge told the former governor's attorneys to work out an agreement with prosecutors that would allow Blagojevich to appear on the show, but prevent him from saying things that might cause concern. But defense attorney Samuel E. Adam told reporters it would be unfair to prevent Blagojevich from publicly stating that he's innocent. He said that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald used such strong language in announcing Blagojevich's indictment that the jury pool was already tainted. Fitzgerald said at the time that that Blagojevich's crimes would make, quote, "Lincoln roll over in his grave."

Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office after being accused of corruption, including trying to sell or trade President Obama's former U.S. Senate seat. He has denied wrongdoing, pleaded not guilty and appeared on several TV and radio shows since his indictment to proclaim his innocence.

Monday, October 19, 2009




Negotiations between hotel magnate Steve Wynn and Garth Brooks included Wynn's purchase of a brand new Challenger jet for Brooks to be able to get home to his family during his performance weekends in Las Vegas. Brooks will own the jet outright at the completion of the five-year gig at the Encore Wynn Hotel.

Brooks was almost as excited about the jet as he is the opportunity to perform for his fans again. The superstar told us all about his new "toy." "This thing has big wings and, man, it goes fast and it's awesome! Anytime you get to lease a private plane if you're goin' across the country you have to stop and refuel kind of thing. This thing evidently can go to like England, so this thing's a bad boy. It's great! So that's all I know. I kicked the tires on it -- yeah, I think it's alright. How the hell would I know, but it's beautiful, and it is a time machine for me, and it is what gets me to play music and gets me back to my kids, so I'm in love with it."

  • While Wynn refused to release the total figure of the five-year deal with Brooks, it is reportedly the most lucrative deal in the history of Las Vegas entertainment.
  • Brooks' first show at the Wynn Encore is on December 11th. Tickets to the four shows that weekend go on sale on Saturday (October 24th).

Brad Paisley is venturing into the TV business. The singer has partnered with Star Trek and Heroes star Zach Quinto, One Tree Hill producer Mark Schwann, and Neal Dodson and Matt Bomer, the writers of White Collar and Chuck, to create and co-produce a show. The drama, tentatively titled Nashville, is about an aspiring young female singer destined for stardom and a male songwriter whose career isn't as certain.
  • The show will feature some of Paisley's hit songs, as well as those from other artists. Paisley will also appear in the show as himself from time to time. Nashville is scheduled to begin airing next season on the CW network.
  • Paisley said, "I'm very excited to portray the country music world of my favorite town, Nashville, by showing the exciting life of musicians, songwriters and performers - all very talented people. Look for some of your favorite country music stars to make their acting debuts on the show -- either by playing themselves or as a character in the script. Country songs are like great scripts already and it's going to be fun to see how some unfold on the show."
  • In other Paisley news, the singer surprised his one millionth concert attendee this year with a 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup truck on Thursday night (October 15th) in Jacksonville, Florida. The prize went to Tim Brown, who is in the Navy, and his wife, Amber. The couple are expecting their third child soon. Tim told Paisley, "You just don't know how much of a blessing this truck is to us."
  • The American Saturday Night tour plays at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (October 21st).

Sugarland's new single, "Keep You," takes a page from their former chart-topper "Stay." The song, as well as the video, is quite emotional, and requires a little, well, less, as Kristian Bush tells us:"The song musically is coming from a lesson we learned with 'Stay', that..." (Jennifer Nettles) "Less is more." (Bush) "Less is more. That your brain can really only handle and really understand a singer singing a lyric, an instrument and maybe some rhythm. And because of that, it really dictates an emotion when you try to write into that environment."

Bush explains that this song goes to an uncomfortable place. "In this case, it's the place where your heart, where your soul finds itself in crisis, where you become detached from yourself." (Nettles) "The numbing." (Bush) "Yeah, it's a pretty scary place because it's so emotional, yet there is no feeling."

  • "Keep You" is the fifth single from Sugarland's Love On The Inside CD.
  • The duo's new Christmas album, Gold And Green, is currently in stores.

The new Michelle Branch album is no longer scheduled come out on November 10th. Company-wide layoffs at her Warner Brothers record label have pushed the release date back to an unspecified date. Branch is upset about what happened, but says she hopes to release her new effort very soon, noting on her blog, "One person in particular has been a main part of my team for 10 years. He has been there since day one when I got signed and we had so much planned for this album and the future. This is just a result of the corporate world and the economic times we live in. So on a personal level this really sucks." Branch goes on to explain that they're going to put the team back together and make sure the album gets the attention it deserves. She adds, "We can't wait for everyone to see (and hear) all the hard work we have all put into this. It's my opinion that only then will you understand why we have taken so much time making this perfect. I need you guys to hang in there and not lose any faith. The album is coming out as soon as we get this all situated. But I need your support and your understanding."
  • In the mean time, Branch continues to perform at various gigs.
  • The set, called Everything Comes And Goes, features the lead single, "Sooner Or Later," and marks Branch's first new solo effort since 2003's Hotel Paper.

Craig Morgan and Tracy Lawrence each walked away from Thursday (October 15th) night's Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards with a trophy. Morgan won the Video of the Year honors for his poignant clip, "God Must Really Love Me." Lawrence claimed the trophy for Mainstream Inspirational Song of the Year for "Up To Him."
  • Of "God Must Really Love Me", Morgan said, "I didn't write this song but the first time I heard it, I knew I had to record it. The message that there is somebody looking out for everyone, no matter what, really rang true, especially in these tough times we're having in this country. I wanted to share that inspiration with the fans, and Eric (Welch, the video director) did a phenomenal job of interpreting the song. I'm so honored that the ICM recognized us with this award."


  • Morgan is currently on tour supporting his fifth studio album, That's Why.
  • His current single, "Bonfire," is one of the fastest-rising of his career. It currently sits at Number 12 on the Billboard chart.
  • "Up To Him" was the first single from Lawrence's first inspirational album, called The Rock. The project was released back in June.
Jewel is one of the latest artists to team with Denny's for its new late-night dining menu called "Unstoppable Breakfast." She now has her own item on the menu as part of the restaurant chain's ongoing "Allnighter" program, a sub-brand launched last spring that provides late-night customers with shareable food from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Jewel's food item of choice is the Acoustic Smoked Chicken Quesadilla.
  • Jewel kicks off a tour on October 27th in Baltimore.
CHECK IT OUT: Here's Jewel making her meal:


  • Chris Kattan (comedian, Saturday Night Live, A Night At The Roxbury) (39)
  • Jon Favreau (actor-director, Swingers, Made, Daredevil, Iron Man, Iron Man 2) (43)
  • John Lithgow (actor, 3rd Rock From The Sun) (64)
  • Evander Holyfield (former heavyweight boxing champion) (47)
  • Trey Parker (South Park co-creator) (40)
  • Michael Gambon (actor; plays Dumbledore in the last three Harry Potter movies) (69)


  • Red Foley and Jim Reeves were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1967.
  • Eddy Arnold was named the CMA's first Entertainer Of The Year in 1967.
  • Keith Urban checked into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to cope with a recurrence of substance abuse in 2006.
  • Keith Urban began a six-week stay at Number One on the Billboard country chart with "Somebody Like You" in 2002.
  • Keith Urban's self-titled debut album as a solo artist was released in 1999.
  • John Berry made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1996.
  • George Jones & Tammy Wynette performed the only full-fledged Nashville concert of their career at the Grand Ole Opry House in 1995.
  • Buck Owens reached the Number One spot on the Billboard country chart with "Love's Gonna Live Here" in 1963.
  • Brenda Lee recorded "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville in 1958.


KIM KARDASHIAN GETS PAID TO PARTY: Kim Kardashian is making big money for throwing herself a birthday party. The New York Post reports that the reality star, who has made herself a household name by doing nothing in particular while cameras follow her around, got $50,000 to party at Tao in Las Vegas on Friday (October 16th). A source told the newspaper, "Kim is worth the huge fee because she's so hot. The pictures of her party will go everywhere." The club footed the bill. Kim officially turns 29 on October 21st.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN IS BURGLARY VICTIM: In other news about Kardashians who have way too much money, Kourtney Kardashian reported a loss of $108,000 worth of jewelry from her Calabasas, California, home. She is the latest in a series of Hollywood starlets to fall victim to a series of home burglaries. Los Angeles police are investigating. Maybe she should throw herself a birthday party?

RICHARD HATCH RELEASED FROM JAIL: Richard Hatch was freed from a Massachusetts jail on Friday (October 16th) after completing a sentence for tax evasion. The winner of The Survivor was imprisoned in 2006 for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won from the CBS show. He was released earlier this year to home confinement, but jailed again in August after giving unauthorized television interviews. He must still serve three years of supervised release, complete a mental health program and pay his back taxes.

TRIAL DATES SET IN BRODERICK-PARKER SURROGATE CASE: Two Ohio police chiefs accused of conspiring to sell items from Sarah Jessica Parker's surrogate to the tabloids have been given trial dates. Barry Carpenter and Chad Dojack appeared in court last Friday (October 16th) and were told to return on November 16th and January 12th, respectively. The surrogate gave birth to Parker and Matthew Broderick's twins in June.

SUSAN BOYLE REPORTEDLY RUSHED TO HOSPITAL: Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle was rushed to a hospital on Friday suffering from stomach pains, according to Scottish press reports. She was released hours later, and her management company played down rumours that she might have swine flu. "Susan is absolutely fine," her representive's statement said. The Britain's Got Talent star is expected to appear in an upcoming British holiday special, singing songs from her soon-to-be released album I Dreamed A Dream.

NO SHOW, SHIA: Shia LaBeouf didn't show up for the premiere of his new film New York, I Love You, and The New York Post blames director Oliver Stone. The newspaper says Stone kept him too busy shooting his Wall Street sequel to attend the event for I Love You, or the after-party at M2 Ultra Lounge. Scarlett Johansson didn't show up either, but who can blame her? The story she directed was cut from the picture, which is an anthology of short films. People who did show up included Cloris Leachman, director Mira Nair, Rocco DiSpirito, Peter Facinelli and porn star Savanna Samson.

ROMAN POLANSKI AILING: Movie director Roman Polanski, who has been jailed in Switzerland since late September on an American extradition warrant, has been moved from prison for medical treatment, according to his French lawyer. The lawyer said he expressed concern about Polanski's health after visiting him last week, and that the 76-year-old seemed tired and depressed. Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978 to avoid a prison sentence after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.


Where the Wild Things Are, director Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, opened in first place at the weekend box office, combing live action, puppetry and computer animation. Newcomer Max Records stars as the young boy, also named Max, who travels in his wolf suit to a make-believe island of fierce yet cuddly monsters. The live-action and voice cast also includes Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini and Forest Whitaker.

  • Jonze viewed his take on book as not necessarily being a children's movie, and in fact, the film was more popular with adults than with family audiences. Those 18 and older made up 43 percent of the audience, while parents with children made up 27 percent.

The vigilante thriller Law Abiding Citizen, starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler, debuted in second place, while the low-budget horror sensation Paranormal Activity moved up to Number Three as it expanded into more theaters.

  • Last week's top movie, Couples Retreat, fell to fourth place.
  • The thriller The Stepfather, starring Dylan Walsh, Penn Badgley and Sela Ward, debuted at Number Five.


  1. Where the Wild Things Are, $32.5 million
  2. Law Abiding Citizen, $21.3 million
  3. Paranormal Activity, $20.2 million
  4. Couples Retreat, $17.9 million
  5. The Stepfather, $12.3 million
  6. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, $8.1 million
  7. Zombieland, $7.8 million
  8. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D, $3 million
  9. Surrogates, $1.92 million
  10. The Invention of Lying, $1.9 million


Where the Wild Things Are topped the movie box office this week, and it turns out that grownups are the most enthusiastic fans of the movie adaptation of the beloved children's book by Maurice Sendak. Moviegoers ages 18 and older accounted for 43 percent of the audience on the movie's debut weekend, while parents with children made up 27 percent, according to the film's distributor, Warner Bros. That's vindication for director Spike Jonze, who clashed with the studio over his vision of a movie that is about a child, but not necessarily a children's movie. The studio wanted a more kid-friendly and less scary film. In any case, they're probably happy with the $32.5 million in box office the film made this weekend. It's the biggest opening weekend ever for the studio.

  • The story follows the adventure of Max, a little boy who dons a wolf suit and sails away to a wilderness inhabited by fanged and furry monsters, who might either hug him or eat him, or both.
  • Sendak's 1963 is beautiful to look at but it's a quick read. It contains only nine simple sentences.
CHECK IT OUT: A parent and his kids review the movie for Popwatch, at


He may have been eliminated, but Maksim Chmerkovskiy could be back in the mix on Dancing With The Stars tonight (Monday), according to fellow contestant Joanna Krupa. Krupa reports on Twitter that "Maks" stepped in to rehearse as her fill-in partner when Derek Hough got sick, apparently with a case of the flu.

  • If he returns, viewers can look forward to a couple of awkward encounters between the returning Chmerkovskiy and other contestants. Karina Smirnoff is now his ex-fiancee. And fellow contestant Aaron Carter told that "the energy has definitely gotten a lot better" since Chmerkovskiy got booted.
  • At least he's better off than poor Derek Hough, who staggered to his keyboard to enter the following Tweet: "My whole body is aching like crazy I can barely stand up . . . And I'm coughing like crazy."


MEGAN FOX GETS BIG BUCKS FOR MODELING GIG: Megan Fox has really hit the big time with her new modeling gig for the designer Armani. A person familiar with the deal said that the Transformers star will earn close to $2 million as the face of Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans in 2010. Fox's team had reportedly been working on securing the deal for several years. But Victoria Beckham's expired modeling contract, and Fox's movie success, finally sealed the deal for the collaboration.

LEIGHTON MEESTER TO STAR IN ROAD MOVIE: Leighton Meester has signed on to star in a new movie that is described as a "pre-menopausal version" of the gal-pal road movie Thelma & Louise. Production Weekly reports that the star of Gossip Girl will co-star with Pineapple Express's Amber Heard in the film.

KELLY RIPA AND HUBBY RETURN TO 'ALL MY CHILDREN': Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos are returning to their alma mater, All My Children, for the daytime soap opera's 40th anniversary show. ABC announced that the couple will appear on the show in episodes that are scheduled to air on January 4th and January 5th. It will be the first time the two have appeared on the show since leaving in 2002.

'GLEE' CAST PERFORMING DURING WORLD SERIES: The cast of Glee reportedly will perform during the World Series. reports that the performance is scheduled for Game Three of the baseball championship, which will take place in either Los Angeles or Philadelphia. It's tentatively scheduled for Halloween, but that's subject to change.


TLC is suing Jon Gosselin for breach of contract, claiming the reality dad failed to meet his obligations as an exclusive employee of the network. The lawsuit, which was filed in a Maryland court on Friday (October 16th), alleges that Jon violated his contract appearing on rival networks' programs for pay and making unauthorized public disclosures about the show.

The network is seeking unspecified compensatory damages from Gosselin and is demanding that he return income gained as a result of his breaches of the agreement. They also want him to refrain from future violations of his contractual agreement.
TLC said in a statement, "The network has been trying privately and patiently for months to get Jon to honor the contract he signed and to comply with his obligations relating to public appearances and statements. Those efforts have been unsuccessful."

  • Jon's lawyer Mark Heller responded to the suit, saying, "We believe that the contract will be unenforceable in light of the fact that Discovery and TLC initially had Jon execute a complicated, complex and sophisticated agreement at a time when he had no legal representative. In any event, when TLC and Discovery ended the program Jon & Kate plus eight they also effectively terminated the purported contract and accordingly, any rights or obligations they perceived existed concerning Jon's conduct or actions, rights or privileges from that point forward were also terminated."
  • Gosselin has been a media target since announcing in June that he and his wife/co-star Kate were splitting. Despite the network's supposed requests, he's given television and magazine interviews ever since, and was reportedly pursuing an alternate reality show.


Nicolas Cage is suing his business manager, claiming that Samuel K. Levin's advice and mismanagement led him toward "financial ruin."

The lawsuit, filed on Friday (October 16th), stated, "Instead of protecting and preserving Cage's wealth during one of the greatest economic periods in the country's history, Levin placed Cage in numerous highly speculative and risky real estate investments, resulting in Cage suffering catastrophic losses."

  • Court documents specify that Levin was Cage's business manager from 2001 to 2008 and collected millions of dollars in fees.
  • Cage has recently been selling some of his properties, presumably to compensate for whatever losses he's incurred with Levin.


Lindsay Lohan appeared in court on Friday (October 16th), where a judge ordered her to serve an extra year of probation because of absences from an alcohol education class she attends as part of the consequence she faced after pleading guilty to DUI in August of 2007

People magazine reports that the starlet looked "solemn and appeared gaunt" during the progress hearing. Her attorney said that the absences were the result of a miscommunication concerning her work schedule.

The judge warned her, "I ordered you into court today because I wanted to speak to you directly. I don't want to get any more notices again [that you might be in violation of probation], no warrants ... where you're thumbing your nose at the court."

  • The judge also said, "I'm rooting for you to successfully complete probation."
  • Another progress hearing has been set for December 15th.
  • Lindsay's father, who recently went on record saying he believes his daughter is addicted to prescription drugs, said of the hearing, "I've just gotten off the phone with the judge and I'm not happy. She needs to put my daughter in rehab. How could that judge have let her just walk in to court and walk right back out? The least they could have done was give her a drug test at the door."


Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have reportedly hammered out a prenup deal. reports that the couple have orally agreed on the document, but it's not yet signed.

Under their supposed agreement, Odom's Lakers contract if off-limits to Kardashian, but she will get an annual lump sum in the event of divorce, which will remain the same throughout the marriage.

  • Odom has also reportedly agreed to buy a house for the couple, which will reportedly cost $5 million.
  • The couple walked down the aisle on September 27th, but the marriage reportedly won't be legal until after the prenup is taken care of.


The creators of The Simpsons are holding a contest, and the winner gets to create a new bright-yellow bug-eyed person to join Springfield's most famous family. Entries must describe the character's traits, including his or her name or nickname; age; appearance; occupation, and favorite catchphrase. The new character will be featured on the episode on which Coldplay frontman Chris Martin makes an appearance. Entries are due by October 24th.

  • The official Simpsons site explains: "The simple fact is, we're tired. Tired and, frankly, too rich to care anymore."


Stephanie Pratt of the reality show The Hills was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Sunday outside a party in a Hollywood club. Pratt, who is 23, was booked at Van Nuys jail and was released about seven hours later. Ironically, only hours before, Pratt told E! News: "I'm a party-pooper tonight. I got bad news this morning. A friend passed away in a car accident, so everyone needs to drive safe." And just before she left for the party, she Tweeted that she was feeling tired, but still planned to go to a 26th birthday party for Heidi Montag.

  • Police said Pratt was calm and cooperative--but a raucous argument broke out in the street among gawkers, some of them wielding cameras. No one in the crowd was arrested.


Now in Theaters is the new thriller Law Abiding Citizen starring Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx and Leslie Bibb. Law Abiding Citizen follows Clyde Shelton, played by Butler, after his family is murdered during a home invasion. After the killers are caught, the prosecutor Nick Rice, played by Foxx, is forced to give one of the killers a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. After 10 years, the man who testified against his friend is found dead and Clyde casually admits his guilt and issues a warning: fix the justice system that failed his family or the key players in the trial will die.

  • Law Abiding Citizen is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Now in theaters is the new thriller The Stepfather, starring Dylan Walsh, Penn Badgley, Sela Ward and Amber Heard. The film follows Michael Harding, played by Badgley, who returns home from military school and discovers that his mother has a new boyfriend named David, played by Walsh. Although Michael sees that David makes his mother happy, he has suspicious feelings about David and wonders if his pleasantness is just an act.
  • The Stepfather is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Now in theaters is the highly anticipated adaptation of the children's book, Where the Wild Things Are, from director Spike Jonze. Where the Wild Things Are follows Max, a mischievous boy who escapes to a land populated by majestic, yet fierce, creatures called the Wild Things. When the Wild Things allow Max to become their leader and he promises that everyone will be happy, but Max soon finds out that being a king is not as easy as he thought. The film stars Max Records, Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo with Paul Dano, Catherine O'Hara, James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker and Lauren Ambrose lending their voices.
  • Where the Wild Things Are is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.


SPRINT CUP: Jimmie Johnson builds on big Chase lead with win at Lowe's

Race Recap: Banking 500 - Charlotte, North Carolina

10 Kurt Busch

9 Martin Truex Jr.

8 Kyle Busch

7 Casey Mears

6 Clint Bowyer

5 Joey Logano

4 Jeff Gordon

3 Kasey Kahne

2 Matt Kenseth


1 Jimmie Johnson wins his 6th race of the season and takes a 90-point lead over Mark Martin in the Chase for the Cup standings with five races left.


  • Johnson's 46th Sprint Cup win ties him for 13th with Buck Baker on the career victory list
  • Martin finished 17th after damaging the front of his car when he ran into the back of Juan Pablo Montoya's, who finished 35th, on an early restart
  • Danny Hamlin and Carl Edwards both blew motors

NATIONWIDE RACING: Kyle Busch wins 7th race of the season in Charlotte

After going 11 races without a win, Kyle Busch returned to the top of the leaderboard with his 7th first-place finish of the season at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday. After leaving last weeks race with pneumonia, Busch led 137 out of 200 laps and took a 195-point lead in the Nationwide standings.


IRAN SUICIDE BOMBING KILLS AT LEAST 42, INCLUDING TOP REVOLUTIONARY GUARD MEMBERS: At least 42 people were killed Sunday (October 18th) by a suicide bomber in southeastern Iran near the Pakistani border, including five senior commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard military force. The attack was the most high-profile in a lawless region that's home to Sunni rebels known as Jundallah, meaning Soldiers of God, who have carried out sporadic kidnappings and attacks over their claims of persecution by the Shiite government. The Revolutionary Guard commanders were entering a sports complex to meet tribal leaders to discuss Sunni-Shiite cooperation when the attacker detonated his explosives belt.

BALLOON BOY STORY A HOAX: The story that riveted millions of live viewers last Thursday (October 15th) of a six-year-old Colorado boy who his parents believed had floated away in a giant helium balloon was all a hoax, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said Sunday (October 18th), and the parents will likely face felony charges. According to Alderden, the stunt was a publicity ploy by Richard and Mayumi Heene, who have appeared on the ABC reality show Wife Swap and have reportedly been working on a reality TV deal for a show of their own. Alderden said he'll recommend charges of conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant. The most serious charges are felonies and carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison. Child protective services have been contacted to investigate the well-being of the Heenes' three sons, who range in age from six to 10.

NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA POLICY FROM ADMINISTRATION: The Obama administration will no longer seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they follow state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors today (October 19th). That's a departure from the previous administration of George W. Bush, which said it would continue to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws despite state laws legalizing the drug for medical purposes. Fourteen states currently allow some use of medical marijuana. The new federal guidelines will emphasize that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and say it's not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who follow state law. However, the government will still pursue those who use medical marijuana as a cover for other illegal activity, including selling the drug for recreational use, and particularly urges the pursuit of cases that involve violence, the illegal use of weapons, selling pot to minors and money laundering.

POWERFUL HURRICANE RICK HEADED TOWARDS WESTERN MEXICO: Hurricane Rick, a powerful Category 5 storm that's the strongest eastern North Pacific hurricane since 1997, weakened slightly Sunday (October 18th) as it continued to head towards western Mexico, and forecasters said it could hit the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula by the middle of the week. The hurricane's winds were blowing at 160 miles per hour Sunday, down slightly from 180 miles per hour, and were expected to weaken to between 109 and 86 miles per hour before hitting land. It's still unclear where Rick will come ashore, but the early forecast path would take it almost directly into the resort city of Cabo San Lucas Wednesday (October 21st). Forecasters said it could carry enough force to continue past the Baja peninsula and slam into Mexico's mainland as a hurricane somewhere near Mazatlan on Thursday.


EL NINO HAS LED TO QUIET ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON: The Atlantic hurricane season has been especially calm this year thanks to El Nino, the Pacific Ocean's periodic warming phenomenon along the equator. There have been only two hurricanes so far during the 2009 Atlantic season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th, and eight tropical storms. Hurricane Bill was a mid-August Category 4 storm that bypassed most of the Caribbean and the eastern coast of the U.S., making landfall in southeastern Canada, where it caused modest damage. Hurricane Fred formed in the Atlantic in early September, but died out over the ocean before making landfall.

PRETEND 'TONIGHT SHOW' FEUD WITH NEWARK LEADS TO $100K DONATION: The humorous pretend feud between Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien and Newark Mayor Cory Booker culminated Friday (October 16th) with an appearance by the New Jersey mayor on NBC's late night show and a $100,000 donation from O'Brien and NBC to Booker's Newark Now charity. The supposed feud began on September 23rd, when O'Brien joked during his monologue that Booker's new health care program consisted of a bus ticket out of Newark, which has long been an icon for urban decay and violence. Booker responded with a humorous YouTube video in which he banned O'Brien from Newark Liberty International Airport. O'Brien and Booker traded jokes on the Tonight Show Friday, before O'Brien admitted admiring the 40-year-old mayor, a former Rhodes Scholar, who's been trying to create a national blueprint for urban transformation in Newark.

HUNTING, FISHING GROUPS PUSHING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE BILL: Hunting and fishing groups are usually a solidly Republican constituency, but they are siding with Democrats on climate change, fearing that the effects of global warming on animals and fish could hurt their sport. Twenty national hunting and fishing groups urged senators in a letter last month to ensure, quote, "the climate legislation you consider . . . both reduces greenhouse gas emissions and safeguards natural resources." Jeremy Symons, senior vice president for conservation at the National Wildlife Federation, told Reuters, "If you go out and hunt at the same time in the same season and the same place every year, then you understand the changes that are happening."

  • Passing legislation to reduce U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, which is linked to global warming, is one of President Obama's top domestic priorities.

THIRD SWEAT LODGE VICTIM DIES: A 49-year-old Minnesota woman died Saturday (October 17th) of multiple organ damage, more than a week after she was overcome in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony in which two other people also died. Liz Neuman was among 55 to 65 people crowded into a makeshift sweat lodge over two hours on October 8th for a New Age ceremony near Sedona. Self-help expert and author James Arthur Ray had rented the Angel Valley Retreat Center for his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event that culminated in a sweat lodge ceremony. In addition to the three people who died, 21 others were taken to the hospital with illness ranging from dehydration to kidney failure. Sheriff's investigators are treating the deaths as homicides, and investigating to see whether criminal negligence contributed to the deaths and illnesses. Neuman's family is planning a lawsuit.


PHILLIES BEAT DODGERS 11-0 TO TAKE 2-1 NLCS LEAD: The defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies blew out the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-0 last night (October 18th) to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Champion Series as they returned home to Philadelphia. The Phillies jumped on Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda right from the start, and by the second inning they were already leading 6-0. Meanwhile, Cliff Lee dominated the Dodgers, as the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out 10 and allowed just three hits in eight innings. The two teams will meet again tonight in Philly for Game 4.

  • In the American League Championship Series, the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels will meet in Game 3 this afternoon (October 19th), with the Yankees holding a 2-0 series lead. The teams are playing in California after the first two games at a chilly Yankee Stadium, which New York won 4-1 Friday and 4-3 in the 13th inning Saturday.

NFL SCORES -- WEEK 6: Here are the results of this week's National Football League games (Home teams are listed in italics):

  • Minnesota Vikings 33, Baltimore Ravens 31
  • New Orleans Saints 48, New York Giants 27
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cleveland Browns 14
  • Carolina Panthers 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21
  • Kansas City Chiefs 14, Washington Redskins 6
  • Houston Texans 28, Cincinnati Bengals 17
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 23, St. Louis Rams 20
  • Green Bay Packers 26, Detroit Lions 0
  • Oakland Raiders 13, Philadelphia Eagles 9
  • Arizona Cardinals 27, Seattle Seahawks 3
  • New England Patriots 59, Tennessee Titans 0 -- Pats quarterback Tom Brady set an NFL record by throwing five touchdowns in one quarter, the second. The 59-point winning margin tied the highest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.
  • Atlanta Falcons 21, Chicago Bears 14
  • Buffalo Bills 16, New York Jets 13 -- Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was knocked out with a concussion by a sack early in the second quarter.

Tonight's Monday Night Football game on ESPN:

  • Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (8:30 p.m. ET)

UCONN FOOTBALL PLAYER HOWARD STABBED TO DEATH: Jasper Howard, a 20-year-old football player at the University of Connecticut, was stabbed to death early Sunday (October 18th) at an on-campus dance, just hours after helping his team to a homecoming victory over Louisville. Howard and another student were stabbed during a fight after a fire alarm was pulled during the dance at the UConn Student Union. Police hadn't identified a suspect. Howard, a junior who was the team's starting cornerback, had a career-high 11 tackles Saturday against Louisville. His coach, Randy Edsall, said Howard's girlfriend is about to have a baby.

THREE RUNNERS DIE DURING DETROIT MARATHON: Three runners died during the Detroit Marathon Sunday (October 18th), two of them soon after 9 a.m. between the 11- and 12-mile markers, and the other around the same time just after completing the half-marathon. It was unclear whether the first two runners were competing in the half-marathon or full race. The weather was cool, 28 degrees at the start of the race, and likely had nothing to do with the deaths of the three men, ages 36, 65 and 26. Deaths at marathons are relatively rare.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - Barney wants Robin to become an American citizen; Lily joins Marshall and Ted on their road trip.
  • ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE - Billie tries to live vicariously through David and Zack by giving them relationship advice.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - After they embarass him in public, Jake refuses to stay with Charlie and Alan.
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - Sheldon seeks revenge on his nemesis; Wolowitz wants Penny to set him up with one of her friends.
  • CSI: MIAMI - Alexx Woods and Delko try to help the team stop a deadly outbreak in Miami.


  • HEROES - Sylar starts on a path to rediscover his true identity; Peter tries to find a healer for Hiro.
  • TRAUMA - Tyler and Boone respond to an explosion at a Chinese restaurant; Rabbit has a bumpy flight.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Rod Stewart


  • HOUSE - The team takes on the case of a police detective whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather all died of sudden heart failure at age 40.
  • LIE TO ME - The Lightman group questions a man suspected of killing his wife; the man takes drastic measures that put the team's lives in danger.


  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The remaining teams perform.
  • CASTLE - Castle's book agent (Debi Mazar) offers him a career changing opportunity, but accepting it would end his relationship with Beckett; a woman is found dead in a manhole.


  • ONE TREE HILL - Nathan's scandal threatens his endorsment deals; Julian gives Alex another chance; Brooke reconnects with Chase.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Vanessa competes with Blair for the honor of delivering the freshman toast at NYU; Dan invites Olivia to meet Rufus and Lily; Serena and Nate try to help Carter.


  • JON & KATE PLUS 8 - Kate and the girls go on a trip to Florida; Jon and the rest of the kids launch water rockets.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Hayden Panettiere, Angel Taylor, Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Nate takes over for a stay-at-home Mom
THE VIEW - A day of Hot Topics


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat) Vince Vaughn, Carey Mulligan, Rosann Cash
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat) Sienna Miller, Steve Schirripa, Deon Cole
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) Julie Bowen, Rumer Willis, the Used
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat) Jason Schwartzman, Angela Kinsey
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat) Tracy Morgan, Neal Brennan
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) Stan Lee, Alex Alvarez


VICTIM FINDS ROBBER APPLYING FOR JOB: A woman who was robbed at bus stop while holding taking out money for her fare ran home to her boyfriend and got into a car to follow the bus. They spotted the robber getting off the bus and entering a restaurant where he was applying for a job. When the robber saw the woman he ran away, but the application led police to the man who was later arrested. (AP)

BEAR HEADS FOR BEER COOLER: A 125-lbs black bear entered a Wisconsin grocery store and headed straight for the cooler. Employees and customers said the bear then climbed 12-feet onto a shelf in the cooler where it stayed for about an hour while the store was evacuated and wild life officials were called to tranquilize the animal. (AP)

GERMAN POLICE INVESTIGATE SPICY SAUCE: German police are investigating a kebab stand after the owner threw chili sauce into the face of a customer
during a dispute. Police want to know if the chilli sauce was abnormally spicy and meant to be used as a weapon. The dispute took place after the customer wiped his hands on the kebab stand when the owner refused to give him napkins. Both men could face charges. (Reuters)

NEPALESE MAN WORLD'S SMALLEST: Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal has applied with the Guinness Book of World Records to be the worlds smallest man at 22-inches tall, and only 10 pounds. The record is currently held by 28-inch tall He Pingping of China. Magar says he is glad that people are now congratulating him instead of making fun and hopes his new celebrity will help him find a "small wife." (Daily Mail)


HUMANS TODAY WEAKER THAN ANCESTORS? An Australian anthropologist claims that today's human is far weaker and less athletic than our ancestors. reported that Peter McAllister concluded the typical tribesman was as fast as current 100-meter-record-holder Usain Bolt. He also discovered that during an ancient Tutsi jumping ritual participants would sometimes beat the current world record in the high jump. He also contends the average Neanderthal women could beat Arnold Schwarzenegger in an arm wrestling match.

CHECK IT OUT: Most offensive Halloween costumes for 2009:

MALE POT-SMOKERS SUFFER SEXUAL PROBLEMS: The Australian Associated Press reported that men who regularly smoke pot are more likely to suffer sexual problems than men who don't. The university study found that men who smoke pot daily are four times more likely to have trouble climaxing than men who don't light up. The study also found that men who smoke pot are more likely to experience premature ejaculation than other men.

CHECK IT OUT: -- The goal is to provide sports fans with ultimate access to their sports' heroes. According to, "The social network's hook is to get pro and famous athletes to create profiles where they can blog, post video content and give fans an inside look into their lives and training. In turn, fans can connect with professional athletes in a more engaging way. "

The weekend update on SNL this weekend.


For the full list, go to:

  • Messages alerting you to messages: Email inboxes are becoming clogged with non-urgent alerts from Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites. How long before someone invents an app to alert Twitter and Facebook users when they receive an email, creating a never-ending spiral of needless messages?
  • The next big thing(s): Remember Friends Reunited? Friendster? Faceparty? The shelf life of social networking websites seems to be around two years, forcing members to transplant their internet personas just to keep up to speed with their contacts. This would be easier to stomach if it wasn't so tough to differentiate between next big things and white elephants.
  • Pop-up adverts: Websites need to make money and static adverts don't bring in enough revenue. But that knowledge doesn't make invasive pop-ups - particularly those that hide their close buttons - any less annoying.
  • Rickrolling: Hugely over this, now.
  • Compulsory fields on forms: "You did not fill out these required fields: home phone number, cell phone number." The more hoops companies make people jump through, the less willing they are to hand over their money.
  • Comment pedantry: If the US Constitution had been published online, you can be sure that the first comments would have picked apart the spelling mistakes, and blamed the slapdash attitude of Adams, Jefferson et al for undermining the prospects of the nation. Some commenters seem blinded to the essence of online offerings by their irresistible urge to mark.
  • Corporate email signatures: Would anyone have assumed that the jottings of a junior account executive reflected the views of an entire multinational company, or that her winking emoticon sign-off was legally binding?
  • Virus and scam alerts: Hardly a morning goes by without reports of new phishing or malware scams popping up in your RSS reader, complete with exhortations to strengthen passwords and update anti-virus protection. While the threats are real and the warnings well meant, it can't be healthy to dwell on attacks that almost certainly didn't affect you. The internet, like life, is best approached with a little derring-do.
  • PDFs: The information could usually have been presented much more accessibly on a web page.
  • Frame bars: The leash used by recommendation websites like Digg to keep hold of logged-in users while showing them external sites. Ugly, clunky, and of little benefit to the user.
  • WrItInG In A MiXtUrE Of UpPEr CaSe AnD LoWeR CaSe: It's not useful, attractive or funny. How on earth did it take off?

Sheriff Says Balloon Boy Story a Hoax, Parents Likely to Face Charges

The story that riveted millions of live viewers last Thursday (October 15th) of a six-year-old Colorado boy who his parents believed had floated away in a giant helium balloon was all a hoax, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said Sunday (October 18th), and the parents will likely face felony charges. According to Alderden, the stunt was a publicity ploy by Richard and Mayumi Heene, who have appeared on the ABC reality show Wife Swap and have reportedly been working on a reality TV deal for a show of their own. A man named Robert Thomas claimed in a story he sold to the website that Heene told him he was planning a media stunt to promote a proposed reality show described as "mythbusters-meets-mad-scientist."

Thursday's balloon hoax temporarily shut down Denver International Airport and caused the National Guard to send up two helicopters in an attempt to rescue the boy, who supposedly was believed by his parents to be inside the flying-saucer-shaped homemade balloon that flew more than 50 miles. When the balloon finally landed without the boy in it, officials thought he had fallen out and began searching for his body. The Heenes later said that the boy, named Falcon, was hiding in the family's garage, but Alderden said yesterday that might not even be true. The sheriff said all three of the Heenes' sons, who range in age from six to 10, knew about the hoax, but likely won't face charges because of their ages.

The Heenes' attorney said Sunday the couple is willing to turn themselves in to face charges. Alderden said he'll recommend charges of conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant. The most serious charges are felonies and carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison. Alderden also said they would be seeking restitution for the costs involved in the attempted rescue.

Alderden said investigators got suspicious during a CNN interview Thursday night, when Falcon, when asked why he didn't come out of his hiding place, said to his father, "You had said we did this for a show." The next morning, Falcon vomited twice during interviews on two separate morning TV shows. Child protective services have been contacted to investigate the well-being of the Heenes' children.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sammy Kershaw Concert VIP winner Wyland Lafave and his wife Colette with CP and Tamara Powers backstage at The Riverside Hotel and Casino with Sammy Kershaw! We had a great Prime Rib dinner, then went backstage and also sat in the front row at the show! (Thanks Mandy!)

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Garth Brooks will make a big announcement during two press conferences in two different states today (Thursday, October 15th). The superstar will reportedly share details of a deal he made with the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas for a limited run of shows. Brooks will begin the day by making a brief statement from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Several hours later, he will join Wynn owner Steve Wynn to host a formal press conference in Las Vegas.


  • Since announcing his retirement in 2001, Brooks performed nine sold out back-to-back shows in Kansas City in 2007.

Martina McBride taped a segment with Oprah Winfrey for her talk show on Sunday (October 11th) at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. McBride performed a few songs from her current Shine album for the talk show queen, as well as her hit "This One's For The Girls."
  • Winfrey was in town to tape a special episode on Monday (October 12th).
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show featuring McBride will air sometime this fall, although no specific date has been announced.

Carrie Underwood is anxiously awaiting a new addition to her house. The superstar tells us the closet in her current Brentwood, Tennessee home was just not suitable for her growing wardrobe, so she's taken steps to upgrade it. "My closet in my house was built by a man who doesn't understand women's clothes at all, and it's a big closet. It's a big room, but it doesn't work. There's so much space and it's utilized so poorly, so I figured it was time, because it's overflowing. I'm fixing that."

Underwood is converting the area under her house into a giant closet and safe haven, as she explains: "I have a basement -- it's not a basement because you have to go around the house to get to it, so I'm kind of doubling up and creating storm shelter stuff and it'll be a safe place, and it'll be a safe place for my shoes as well, so I'm workin' on it. They come hang out at my house all day and make lots of noise and stuff's gettin' done, so definitely by the end of the year it's gonna be every woman's paradise in there."

  • Underwood's new album, Play On, sees release on November 3rd.
  • Her very first prime time special will air on December 7th on FOX. Underwood's special guests include Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and David Cook.

Darius Rucker's penchant for sports includes professional wrestling. As a self-proclaimed "huge fan" of the sport, Rucker tells us he shelled out big bucks for the robe of one of his favorite wrestlers, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. "This was some years ago. I guess '98, '99. Still good publishing checks were coming in at the time, and I was at the Jimmy V Foundation charity auction for cancer and they were auctioning off a Ric Flair robe. It was a white, beautiful robe that he wore in the . . . I asked if he wore it in a title match and he named a couple matches he wore it in so even better value for me, and we sat there and this guy wanted it and I wanted it and Ric was goading me like he would, and so I spent like 30 grand for it, but it all went to cancer research. It wasn't just frivolous!"

Rucker says the robe has never and will never be worn by anyone other that its original owner. "It's in a huge case. It's the centerpiece of my sports collection. No one gets to wear the robe. No, that's The Nature Boy's robe (laughs)."

  • Rucker has another hit on this hands with his latest single, "History In The Making."
  • He takes the stage in Fresno, California tonight (Thursday, October 15th) with headliner Rascal Flatts.

Little Big Town members Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook are expecting their first child in March. The couple officially announced the news on their website. Fairchild and Westbrook were married in 2006.
  • Little Big Town is currently working on a new album. No release date has been set.


  • Little Big Town members Kimberly Schlapman and Philip Sweet each have one child. Both little girls were born in 2007.
  • The band is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the CMA Awards, which will be held in Nashville on November 11th.



THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Toby Keith

Trace Adkins






  • Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson (Prince Andrew's ex-wife) (50)
  • Lee Iacocca (ex-Chrysler CEO and author) (85)
  • Emeril Lagasse (celebrity chef ) (50)
  • Linda Lavin (actress, Alice) (72)
  • Penny Marshall (Actress/director, Laverne on TV's Laverne & Shirley) (66)
  • Jim Palmer (Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher, and Jockey underwear model) (64)
  • Richard Carpenter of the Carpenters (brother of the late Karen Carpenter) (63)
  • Matt Keeslar (actor) (37)
  • Eric Benet (R&B singer, also Halle Berry's ex) (43)
  • Tito Jackson (Jackson family member) (56)
  • Barry McGuire (1960s pop star, "Eve Of Destruction") (74)
  • Candida Royalle (porn star) (59)
  • Vanessa Marcil (actress, The Rock, Beverly Hills, 90210, Las Vegas) (40)
  • Tanya Roberts (actress, Charlie's Angels, The Beastmaster, A View To A Kill, That '70s Show) (54)
  • Larry Miller (actor-comedian, Pretty Woman, The Nutty Professor I and II, 10 Things I Hate About You) (56)
  • Paige Davis (former host, Trading Spaces) (40)
  • Ginuwine (R&B singer) (34)
  • Brenda K. Starr (freestyle/dance/salsa singer) (43)
  • Mickey Baker (of Mickey & Sylvia, "Love Is Strange") (84)
  • Chris DeBurgh (singer, "The Lady In Red") (61)
  • Dominic West (actor, The Wire, Hannibal Rising, Mona Lisa Smile) (40)


  • The Dwight Yoakam-Buck Owens duet "Streets Of Bakersfield" went to Number One in 1988.
  • Brooks & Dunn's single "She's Not The Cheatin' Kind" hit Number One in 1994.
  • Gene Autry was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1969.
  • Patsy Cline and Chet Atkins were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1973.
  • Loretta Lynn made her Opry Debut in 1960.
  • Faith Hill's Cry album was released in 2002.
  • Marty Stuart's Hillbilly Rock album went gold in 1997.
  • Tracy Lawrence's debut single, "Sticks And Stones," was released in 1991.


KEANU REEVES CLEARED IN PATERNITY CLAIM: Keanu Reeves did not father any children by Karen Sala -- who was seeking millions from the actor in child support. reports that DNA test cleared Reeves, who took the test to settle Sala's claims once and for all. He claims not even have met the 46-year-old woman, who was sure that the actor fathered at least one of her four children.

PROSECUTOR IN LETTERMAN CASE WANTS EVIDENCE SEALED: A Connecticut prosecutor in the David Letterman blackmail case has filed a motion asking to seal search warrants that investigators used to arrest a CBS News producer accused of extortion. Suzanne Vieux said argued that disclosing the information to the public could end up putting several witnesses at the center of a media circus and could potentially harm the government's case against the suspect, Robert Halderman.

SECOND WOMAN FILES SUIT AGAINST DR. PHIL: A second woman was filed a lawsuit against Dr. Phil McGraw, also accusing him of brainwashing and exposing her to a naked man. Similar to the suit filed by Shirley Dieu last week, Crystal Matchett's court papers allege that the TV host forced her to be in the same room with a "completely naked man, who was exposing his entire naked body, genitals and all" and prevented her from leaving his production office. Dr. Phil claimed that the original suit was "without merit."

AL MARTINO DIES: Al Martino, most known for his role as Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, died at the age of 82, it was announced on Tuesday (October 13th) night. No cause of death was cited, but a publicist said he passed away at his childhood home in Delaware county.

'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STAR SPLITS FROM FIANCE: The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kim Zolciak, has split from her mystery fiance, "Big Papa." This marks the second time Zolciak has broken up with the millionaire, who is not seen, but often referred to on the Bravo show. She confirmed to on Tuesday (October 13th), "I'm not engaged anymore. Big Papa and I ended it. At the end of the day, he will always be the love of my life, but it's time for me to move on." When asked if there was any possibility for a reconciliation, Zolciak said, "No."

MUSEUM REPLACES BROOKE SHIELDS PICTURE: Britain's Tate Modern museum has put up a recent photograph of Brooke Shields, replacing a nude snapshot of the actress as ten-year-old, that was taken down by a London police unit that deals with obscene publications. The museum said in a statement that it has replaced the piece with a later version of the work made by Prince in collaboration with Shields called "Spiritual America IV 2005." The new work shows Shields in a bikini.

JUDY DENCH INJURED AT DINNER PARTY: Judy Dench was reportedly injured while at a recent dinner party. The Daily Star reports that the legendary actress slashed her hands on some broken plates while dining at director Richard Eyre's house. Eyre told the publication, "Judi characteristically was getting up with a large pile of plates after dinner and she slipped on her way to the dishwasher and cut her hand in a very, very dramatic way."


LARRY BIRKHEAD WILL NOT BE ON 'MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER': Contrary to reports, Larry Birkhead will not be appearing on Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker. The father of Anna Nicole Smith's three-year-old daughter told, "The producers of Millionaire Matchmaker approached me about doing the show, and that was several months ago. I said no at the time, and that I wasn't interested. I'm not doing the show and reports that I was were news to me."

MEGAN FOX TO STAR IN UNDERWEAR CAMPAIGN: Megan Fox is replacing Victoria Beckham as the poster girl for the 2010 Emporio Armani Underwear campaign. The comely 23-year-old, who has posed for many sexy magazine spreads, will also be featured in a forthcoming Armani Jeans campaign. Women's Wear Daily reports that Fox has already posed for the shoot, which is set to launch in print and billboard form come January.

TORI SPELLING REALITY SHOW RENEWED: Tori Spelling's Oxygen reality show has been renewed for a fifth season. People magazine reports that Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott will be taking Home, Sweet Hollywood on the road for its next installment. Tori said, "This has given us the amazing opportunity to reach our fans who have become our friends in such an intimate and unique way. It's an honor to bring our living room into theirs."

CHRIS PINE IS THE NEW JACK RYAN: Chris Pine is set to play the lead in an upcoming adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel. Variety reports that the 29-year-old has signed on to portray Jack Ryan, the adventurous CIA analyst previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck in other films. Though no movie title has been announced, Paramount president Adam Goodman said in a statement, "With Chris in this role, we've taken our first step in creating a re-boot that lives up to the successful lineage of the franchise."

ABC CONFIRMS NEW BACHELOR: ABC confirmed that Bachelorette Jillian Harris's reject, Jake Pavelka, will be the new Bachelor. The new season will start filming in the coming days and is slated to premiere in early 2010 on ABC. The 31-year-old Dallas pilot told People magazine of his selection, "I've dated some really amazing girls, but I've never been successful at finding that one girl, and I saw how the whole thing comes together, the process with Jillian. I saw how the process works and I believe in it. That's a unique way to meet somebody."

'TRUE BLOOD' STARS TAKING ON MOVIE PROJECT: Engaged True Blood co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have signed on for another joint venture. reports that the couple will star in the new thriller Open House, which is being written and directed by Paquin's brother Andrew. The two will play a wealthy couple who discover a potential buyer of their for sale mansion never left after an 'open house' evening.


Jon and Kate Gosselin are reportedly having trouble unloading their family's old house -- nearly a year after having moved out. reports that the estranged couple -- who were in court battling over finances earlier this week -- have been unable to sell their five-bedroom, 2906 sq. foot property in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, which is currently listed for $299,000.

  • Notable features in the home include a geothermal system, new bamboo hardwood floors, new carpet, an ADT wireless security system, a laundry room on first floor with two sets of Whirlpool washers and dryers, a generator and a refrigerator.


Meanwhile, Jon spoke out about the couple's court heating earlier this week, telling Entertainment Tonight, "I'm gonna be truthful and abide by the court and I'll put it back," refering the $180,000 he must return to their joint account. He added, "And she has to do the same."

He blames the unauthorized withdrawls on a misunderstanding. He said, "It was just after arbitration and we weren't supposed to take money out of the restrictive account and we both did. I was found in contempt for doing so. I didn't realize, I thought I was just taking my paycheck out."

  • Despite reports that the family's TLC show may be canceled for good as soon as next month, Jon says he's not worried about the future. He said he'll "continue on television" and that he's "not worried about future employment."
  • In other news, reports that the family's TLC show was booed on Tuesday (October 13th) at the Fox Reality Channel's Reality Awards after its nomination for Best Reality OMG Moment was annonced. Jon & Kate Plus 8 garnered the nomination for the June episode in which they announced they were separating after ten years of marriage.


Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are reportedly still battling over a pre-nuptial agreement. Friends close to the couple told that they are frustrated with Odom, because he is "listening to advisers, and a group of hanger-on friends about what the pre-nup should include." The insiders added, "Lamar needs to man up, and stand up to these people, it doesn't seem like they have the best interests of Lamar and Khloe as a couple at heart."

Although the talks have been "progressing" since the couple's September 27th wedding, sources claim that the process could "be made a lot easier if Lamar would just put his foot down when it comes to Khloe. This is the woman that will be his wife, and Lamar will be sleeping in bed at night with Khloe, not these people."

  • Meanwhile, separate sources told that Odom wants his income to stay his separate property, but is willing to give Khloe a yearly chunk of money should they divorce -- and the amount will remain static, no matter how long they're married. Odom has reportedly also agreed to pay for all the couple's expenses by funding their joint account.
  • It's been wide reported that the marriage between Kardashian and Odom has not yet been legalized since the pre-nup is still pending.


Wrestling icon Captain Lou Albano died on Wednesday (October 14th) at the age of 76. The Miami Herald reported that Albano was in hospice care at the time of his death, although the cause was not immediately disclosed. reports that Albano is credited with creating the first Wrestlemania in 1985.

The famed wrestler, who was known for his unbuttoned Hawaiian shirts and a trademark beard, began his wrestling career in 1953 in Canada and signed with World Wrestling Entertainment in 1983.

  • He earned widespread fame after playing Cyndi Lauper's father in the 1980's music video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."
  • He also spread his wings in other entertainment ventures, becoming the voice of Mario "Jumpman" Mario for 17 episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.
  • The World Wrestling Entertainment said in a statement, "He was often imitated but never duplicated, and he certainly will never be forgotten either. One of the company's most popular and charismatic legends, he will be greatly missed."


Jimmy Kimmel's romance with the head writer of his late night show is reportedly causing problems at the office. reports that one staffer recently quit as a result of the relationship because the person felt Kimmel's squeeze, Molly McNearney, wasn't qualified for the promotions that she was receiving.

An on-set source told Radar that the rest of the show's employees are angry about McNearney's obvious preferential treatment and claim she's letting the undeserved power go to her head. The insider said, "People on the staff think she has become nasty lately."

  • The source also added, "Molly McNearney definitely has been using her relationship with Jimmy to move up in the show, and he definitely played favorites with her over other more qualified staffers."
  • Meanwhile, the source claims that several people on staff believe Kimmel began his involvement with McNearney even before and Sarah Silverman split earlier this year.


ZAZI REPORTEDLY CONTACTED HEAD OF AL-QAIDA IN AFGHANISTAN: Najibullah Zazi, the 24-year-old Afghan immigrant who's accused of plotting bombings in New York City, had contacts with the person who's believed to be al-Qaida's leader in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported yesterday (October 14th), citing U.S. intelligence officials. Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, who's reputed to be one of the founders of al-Qaida, used a middleman to contact Zazi as he hatched a plot to use homemade backpack bombs, possibly on New York's mass transit system, according to the officials. They didn't reveal the nature of the contact, however, or whether al-Yazid contacted Zazi to offer encouragement or to help with the alleged plot. Zazi is being held without bond while awaiting trial, and has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He was publicly identified as a possible terrorist threat after he drove from his Denver-area home to New York just before September 11th. Prosecutors believe he may have intended to carry out his attack on the 9/11 anniversary.

DOW JONES CLOSES ABOVE 10,000: The Dow Jones closed Wednesday (October 14th) above 10,000 for the first time in a year, since October 2008, in a sign that investors believe the economy is slowly coming back from the worst recession since the Depression. The milestone caps a stunning 53 percent comeback for the Dow since early March, when stocks were at their lowest levels in more than a decade. Cheers went up briefly when the Dow first passed 10,000 in the early afternoon, during the day's rally driven by encouraging earnings reports from Intel and JPMorgan Chase. It closed the day at 10,015.86, up 144.80 points.

OBAMA CALLS FOR $250 PAYMENT FOR SENIORS: President Obama called on Congress Wednesday (October 14th) to approve $250 payments to more than 50 million seniors to make up for for the fact that there'll be no increase in Social Security next year. The Social Security Administration is set to announce today that there will be no cost of living increase next year since increases are pegged to inflation, which has been negative this year. It would mark the first year without an increase in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. Obama's proposal is similar to several bills already in Congress. The White House put the cost at $13 billion, but Obama didn't say where the money would come from.


DATA SHOW NORTH POLE WON'T HAVE SUMMER ICE IN 10 YEARS: Examining data released yesterday (October 14th) by a survey team that trekked through the Arctic earlier this year, a researcher at the Polar Ocean Physics Group at Cambridge University told AP it supports the belief that the Arctic, including the North Pole, will be open water in summer without ice within 20 years, with most of the change happening within a decade. The Catlin Arctic Survey team found that most of the ice in the region is now first-year ice that's only about six feet deep and will melt next summer. Traditionally, the area has had thicker, multi-year ice which doesn't melt as quickly. Martin Sommerkorn of the World Wildlife Fund said the Arctic sea holds a central position in the climate system, and the loss of ice will have a global impact. He told AP, "This could lead to flooding affecting one-quarter of the world's population, substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions from massive carbon pools and extreme global weather changes."

EXPERTS BELIEVE PORTRAIT IS AN UNKNOWN DA VINCI: Art experts have discovered a fingerprint and handprint on a portrait that was thought to have been created by a 19th-century German artist that match those of Leonardo da Vinci, supporting their belief that it's a unknown work by the legendary figure. Experts had believed as early as last year that the 13 1/2-inch-by-10-inch chalk, ink and pencil drawing was by da Vinci, based on technical, stylistic and material composition evidence. The unsigned drawing is known as "La Bella Principessa" -- meaning "The Beautiful Princess" -- and is believed to be a portrait of the daughter of a 15th century duke in Milan. It was bought by an art collector in 2007 for $19,000 from a New York art dealer who'd owned it for about nine years after buying it at auction for a similar price. If it truly is a da Vinci, making it the first major work by him to be identified in 100 years, it could be worth more than $150 million.

'WALL STREET JOURNAL' PASSES 'USA TODAY' AS TOP-SELLING NEWSPAPER: The Wall Street Journal has passed USA Today as the biggest-selling daily newspaper in the U.S., knocking off the longtime champion. The Journal said Wednesday (October 14th) that it had gained about 12,000 subscribers in the April-September period compared to a year earlier, giving it an average circulation of 2.02 million. USA Today said last week that it had its worst circulation drop ever, falling 17 percent to 1.88 million. The Journal's new top status is mostly due to USA Today's steep decline, as the former top newspaper has been suffering due to the recession and loss of readers to the Internet. It's also been hurt by a fall in travel, since that slows traffic at airports and hotels, where it makes many of its single-copy sales.

CHURCH SAYS IT WILL BURN BIBLES, CHRISTIAN BOOKS ON HALLOWEEN: The pastor of a small North Carolina church says that his 14-member congregation will burn Bibles, books by Christian authors and music by Christian artists on Halloween. Pastor Marc Grizzard of the Amazing Grace Baptist Church told Asheville TV station WLOS that the King James version of the Bible is the only true version, and all others are, quote, "satanic" and "perversions" of God's word. Among the books that will be burned are ones by Billy Graham and Rick Warren.

NEW DISNEY ATTRACTION LETS VISITORS DESIGN THEIR OWN RIDE: A new attraction opened Wednesday (October 14th) at Walt Disney World that allows visitors to design their own ride and then experience it on a simulator. The ride, called "Sum of All Thrills," is in Epcot's Innoventions pavilion, and is sponsored by high-tech defense and homeland security contractor Raytheon. After a tutorial, visitors use a touchscreen computer to choose a vehicle shape and determine how fast the ride should go based on ascent, inversions or corkscrews. The information is saved on a magnetized card strip and used in a simulator, where visitors can experience the ride they just designed. A Raytheon spokesperson told AP, "Our aim is to show kids how math and engineering make the things they care about really come to life and happen."

COCA-COLA INTRODUCING MINI-CANS OF SODA: Coca-Cola said yesterday (October 14th) that it's introducing 90-calorie mini-cans of soda to help people manage their calorie intake. The cans will be sold in packages of eight, and be available for the brands Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta Orange, Cherry Coca-Cola, and Barq's Root Beer. The mini-cans will first be launched in New York and Washington, D.C., and then roll out across the country in the following few months.


LIMBAUGH DROPPED FROM BID FOR RAMS: Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group led by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts that's seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams. Checketts said in a statement Wednesday (October 14th) that Limbaugh's participation had complicated the effort, and they'll move move forward without him. Limbaugh's bid ran into opposition from within the NFL, including from some African-American players as well as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who said he'd vote against Limbaugh. Further, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Limbaugh's, quote, "divisive" comments wouldn't be tolerated from any NFL insider. Before getting dropped, Limbaugh had said he had no intention of backing out.

  • Among Limbaugh's comments that drew criticism were his statement on ESPN's NFL pregame show in 2003 that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed, and his statement on his show in January 2007: "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons."

INAUGURAL NASCAR HALL OF FAME CLASS CHOSEN: Five people were chosen yesterday (October 14th) as the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, who will be inducted in a ceremony next May. In voting by a panel of 50 NASCAR executives, journalists, former participants and one combined fan vote from NASCAR's website from a list of 25 nominees, the five were:

  • NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., who formed the National Association of Stock Car Racing in 1947.
  • Richard Petty, the seven-time Cup champion and NASCAR's all-time wins leader.
  • Bill France Jr., son of the NASCAR founder, who spent nearly 30 years at the head of NASCAR.
  • The late Dale Earnhardt, who was NASCAR's other seven-time champion.
  • Junior Johnson, a former driver and car owner whose early days of running moonshine through backroads of North Carolina is a symbol of NASCAR's start.

Many were surprised by the exclusion of David Pearson, a three-time Cup champion who ranks second only to Petty's 200 victories on NASCAR's all-time win list, while France Jr. was included.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • SURVIVOR: SAMOA - Russell tries to regain control of Foa Foa when a new power player emerges.
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - When one policeman kills another, the CSIs must determine if the shooting was premeditated or an accident.
  • THE MENTALIST - The CBI team encounters one of California's most dangerous motorcycle gangs while investigating the death of an attorney.


  • COMMUNITY - Chang threatens to fail the entire class if the cheater does not come forward; Jeff comes to the defense of the person who confesses.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Leslie hosts the Parks and Recreation Department of Boraqua, Venezuela, Pawnee's sister city; Tom becomes an errand boy.
  • THE OFFICE - Dwight and Andy convince Michael that an insurance salesman who visits the office is part of the Mafia.
  • 30 ROCK - (season premiere) Jack decides changes are needed to keep TGS on top during the recession; Jenna decides to makeover her image; Liz and Pete scout for new talent.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Matt Lauer, Jeff Dunham


  • BONES - Brennan and Booth investigate what appear to be charred human remains on an electrical fence; Brennan goes on a date with Booth's supervisor.
  • FRINGE - In Seattle the team investigates a man's attack on his boss; Broyles has a dosconcerting meeting with Nina Sharp of Massive Dynamic.


  • FLASHFORWARD - Mark thinks Demetri is letting his fear take over his life; Nicole reveals her shocking vision that involves a murder.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - The residents of Seattle Grace and Mercy West vie for their jobs as the hospital merger begins; Arizona stands by angry Callie when Callie's father emplys a priesst to help convince her to date men.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - Miranda Bailey visits when she brings a patient to Los Angeles; the consequences of Addison's affair with Noah catch up with her; Sheldon and Pete discover who is the father of Violet's baby.


  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Stefan tells Elena how his rivalry with Damon began; Damon takes control of Vicki's future.
  • SUPERNATURAL - Dean and Sam investigate a series of murders that resemble fairy tales and urban legends; the brothers track down an 11-year-old boy that Castiel deems a serious threat.


  • IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA - The waitress is getting married, Dee is jealous that she beat her to the alter, so she tries to derail the wedding.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Taye Diggs, Wolfgang Puck
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Shattering the Secrecy of Incest: MacKenzie Phillips' Follow-Up
THE VIEW - Tina Fey, Gilles Marini, Gloria Gaynor, guest co-host Kara DioGuardi


THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Matt Lauer, Jeff Dunham
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Forest Whitaker, Adam SAvage & Jamie Hyneman
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Gerard Butler, Ivanka Trump, Hockey


GERMAN ARTIST DISPLAYS 1,250 NAZI GARDEN GNOMES: A German artist has opened an installation in the historic marketplace of Straubing, Germany that features 1,250 garden gnomes giving the Nazi salute. While displaying Nazi symbols is illegal in Germany, a court ruled that the artist would be allowd to display the gnomes, because they are satire. The artist says the gnomes are in protest of Nazi tendencies that linger in German society. (AP)

WOMAN CALLS POLICE OVER WEED RELATED BREAK-IN: A Michigan woman called 911 and reported that two men had broken into her home and fled after trying to steal her marijuana plants. After confessing to having the plants the woman was promptly arrested and police say she does not have a medical marijuana card. (AP)

WOMAN CLAIMS TO WIN LOTTERY, STARTS RIOT: An Ohio woman who announced to a store that she had won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases up to $500 ended up starting a riot. Police were called to the store after over 500 people crowded into the store and 1,000 more waited outside to get in, only to discover that the women did not in fact win the lottery. The woman was arrested on three outstanding warrants, but was not charged pending a mental health evaluation. (AP)

CITY OF STOCKHOLM USING BUNNIES FOR FUEL: The city of Stockholm, Sweden, which shoots thousands of wild rabbits each year to curb the population in the area, has begun using the bodies of the animals as heating fuel. According to a city official the city kills over 6,000 rabbits a year, and culls about 3,000. The company that processes the animal cadavers says that the fat in the animals has exactly the same energy content as normal heating oil. (Reuters)


TALL MEN GET BETTER-LOOKING WOMEN: A new study conducted by the United Kingdom's University of Central Lancashire found that tall men "obtain more attractive partners, are less likely to be childless and have a greater number of children than their shorter rivals." Researchers surveyed 100 men, between the ages of 18 and 72, as short as 5'1" and as tall as 6'5", and asked questions relating to romantic jealousy, relationship satisfaction and if tall men treat their partners differently. The results showed that taller men were less jealous and tended to be happier. However, they also tended to take up more of their partners time and be more confrontational with perceived rivals.

CHECK IT OUT: A gallery of cake-writing mistakes:

IS IT OKAY TO ADMIT FOOT-SHAVING? A blogger on was embarrassed after her boyfriend of three years caught her shaving her feet -- and made fun of her for it.

COUPLE ARRESTED FOR WASHING CHILD'S MOUTH WITH SOAP: NBC Miami reports that a local woman and her boyfriend were arrested earlier this week for child abuse after the couple washed out their mouth of their 8-year-old daughter with soap for swearing. Police claim Adriyanna Herdener and Wilfredo Rivera went too far by placing a bar of soap in the girl's mouth and letting it stay for 10 minutes. Herdener did not intervene in the discipline. The girl eventually vomited and Rivera took her to the local hospital, where hospital staff called police.

CHOCOLATE IS A NATURAL PAINKILLER: According to the Daily Mail, a team of researchers says the distraction of eating or drinking for pleasure acts as a natural painkiller. Dr Peggy Mason, of Chicago University, found that rats were less bothered by pain if they were eating a chocolate chip or drinking water. She said, "It's a strong, strong effect, but it's not about hunger or appetite. Although past studies have shown that eating can ease pain, this one, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, is the first to show that food and drink act as a painkiller in the absence of hunger or thirst.


  • Play An Instrument: You can stroke to the rhythm and are good with your hands. Plus, you get the added bonus of being able to wear super sexy rock star clothes with confidence, since you have the chops to back 'em up. However, virtual instruments (like the ones used in "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band") can have a similar effect on dudes, but not chicks.
  • Glass Blowing: When there's fire and glass, you have to be an expert with your hands. Plus, it has blow in the name.
  • Cooking: The way to anyone's heart is through their stomach, sure. But honey, if you can turn up the heat in the kitchen, there's no telling what you can do in the bedroom.
  • Ballet/Gymnastics: You're flexible, your body is toned, and you know all the right positions. Heck, just saying you're a dancer can get a guy drooling.
  • Massage: You're a patient, generous person who hits all the right spots. You've got the training to make your partner completely relaxed and then get him back in the game when his penis is down for the count. Bonus points if you actually went to massage school.
  • Yoga/Working Out: From exercise to sexercise, taking good care of your body means you won't be afraid to show it off and know how to put it to good use. Just be careful to only wear those yoga pants to class. It's a slippery slope, as Laura from "Project Runway" warned us.
  • Burlesque Performer: You've perfected the art of the striptease; you have oodles of spare lingerie and plenty of sexual confidence; and you're an exhibitionist. H-O-T. Or just get the skills for your own boudoir with this DVD.
  • Volunteer: You're a giver. That's always sexy.
  • Sporty Spice: Any sport, like surfing or snowboarding, where you have to wear something cute and do cool stunts is total boner bait. It's especially good because dudes are usually hanging around doing the same activity.
  • Artist: You're passionate and not afraid to get messy. That's fun, no matter how you paint the picture or sculpt the clay or whip the man, whatever your medium may be.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Taylor Swift leads the list of American Music Awards nominees with a total of six, surpassing Michael Jackson, Eminem and Lady Gaga. Swift is nominated for Favorite Female Artist in Pop or Rock music, Favorite Pop or Rock album for Fearless, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, and all-genre Artist of the Year, along with country categories Favorite Female and Favorite Album (Fearless).

Other country nominees are Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban for Favorite Male Artist; Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Swift for Favorite Female; Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Rascal Flatts' Unstoppable, Swift's Fearless and the Zac Brown Band's The Foundation for Favorite Album. Gloriana and the Zac Brown Band are semifinalists in the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist category. Finalists are determined by text messaging.

  • The American Music Awards will take place on November 22nd in Los Angeles. The show will air live on ABC.

Carrie Underwood will headline her own variety television special on the FOX network on December 7th at 8 p.m. ET. The yet untitled two-hour show will feature special guests Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and David Cook. Underwood will perform new music from her upcoming album, Play On, as well as previous hits and aome holiday classics.

In other Underwood news, a new track from the superstar's Play On CD will be available for purchase and download exclusively on iTunes every week for three weeks, with each new song also available as a free 60-second preview on

  • The exclusive iTunes Countdown pre-release tracks began yesterday (Tuesday, October 13th) with "Mama's Song," followed by "Temporary Home" on October 20th and "Undo It" on October 27th.
  • Play On will officially be released on November 3rd.


  • Fans who opt to purchase Play On through iTunes' Complete My Album feature will also receive an exclusive free track on Underwood' recording of the holiday classic, "O Holy Night."

Keith Urban headlined the sold out We're All For The Hall concert at Nashville's Sommet Center last night (Tuesday, October 13th) to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The superstar was joined by special guests Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Vince Gill, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift, who closed the show.
  • Urban and his band took the stage for the first hour of the show in what would be their last performance of their Escape Together World tour 2009. Paisley joined Urban on their duet, "Start A Band," during the set.
  • The concert closed with a finale of Urban, Lady A, Little Big Town, Aldean, Gill, Hill and Swift performing Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally."
  • Urban recently told us why he wanted to lend his name and his time to this benefit. "Country for me has been not only a huge musical influence but a philosophical influence in the way that it makes sense to me and how I live life. It's totally connected me with how I lived my life in Australia and how I live my life here. It's not a massive cultural shock for me at all. There's a lot of consistency, so the opportunity to give back like this has presented for me is something I wanted to do immediately."
  • Most of the artists on the bill at the benefit had opened for Urban at one time over the last few years.
  • Urban will host the 2010 We're All For The Hall benefit concert on October 5th.

Chris Young is celebrating his very first Number One hit this week with "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)." The song was the second release from Young's sophomore album, The Man I Want To Be.
  • Young tells us the new CD really hones in on his distinctive sound. "I definitely think when we went back to get my sound as an artist on this record I think we really did a lot of work on havin' my vocals come through on this record, and I think all that makes a difference. I think you can definitely tell. This record is -- taking nothing away from my first record cause I think it was fantastic -- it's just more me."
  • Young adds that he now has a more clear idea of who he is as an artist. "I think definitely I do just as far as what I write I think I've progressed. I think the song selection and what I'm willing to cut and what I think is me as an artist, I think I've progressed there."
  • The Man I Want To Be was released in August.
  • Young will head overseas with Craig Morgan to perform a series of acoustic concerts for U.S. troops as part of the Stars For Stripes program.


Q. Who was the first female artist to win the CMA's Entertainer Of The Year award?
A. Loretta Lynn



THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Taylor Swift


Trace Adkins

Toby Keith

Rascal Flatts

Toby Keith


  • Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) (35)
  • Usher (R&B singer, born Usher Raymond) (31)
  • C Everett Koop (former Surgeon General ) (93)
  • John Dean (White House counsel to President Richard Nixon whose Congressional testimony implicated Nixon in the Watergate cover-up) (71)
  • Ralph Lauren (fashion designer, born Ralph Lifshitz) (70)
  • Roger Moore (actor, played James Bond) (82)
  • Stacy Keibler (ex-wrestler, Dancing With The Stars contestant) (30)
  • Thomas Dolby (musician, "She Blinded Me With Science") (51)
  • Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon (Madonna's daughter) (13)
  • Harry Anderson (actor, Night Court's Judge Harry T. Stone) (57)
  • Justin Hayward (singer-guitarist, the Moody Blues) (63)
  • Dan McCafferty (singer, Nazareth) (63)
  • A.J. Pero (drummer, Twisted Sister) (50)
  • Cliff Richard (singer, "Devil Woman," "We Don't Talk Anymore," "A Little In Love") (69)
  • Robert Parker (singer, "Barefootin'") (79)


  • Glen Campbell's "Galveston" single was certified gold in 1969.
  • Bill Monroe and the Carter Family were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1980.
  • The Carter Family's last recording session took place in 1941.
  • Grandpa Jones wed Ramona Riggins in 1946.
  • Josh Turner claimed the top of the Billboard country chart with "Would You Go With Me" in 2006.
  • Josh Turner's debut album, Long Black Train, was released in 2003.
  • Bryan White married One Life To Live actress Erika Page at the Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas in 2000.
  • Clint Black charted a Number One country single in Billboard magazine with "Killin' Time" in 1989.
  • Donna Fargo's "Funny Face" became Billboard's Number One country single in 1972.
  • Tammy Wynette charted her first Number One single in Billboard as a solo artist with "I Don't Wanna Play House" in 1967.


BLOGGER APOLOGIZES FOR ZACH BRAFF DEATH HOAX: The blogger responsible for spreading a rumor that Zach Braff has died has apologized for the hoax. New Jersey resident Chris Laganella, who circulated a fake CNN story about the actor's suicide, wrote on his website, "I'm sorry if I scared everyone. Zach, sorry if you got offended by me posting a fake suicide about you on the Internet. Your 32,000 square foot house would be pretty empty without you. Thanks for (apparently) taking it lightly, since I haven't gotten a letter about a lawsuit yet. Just so you know, I'm a huge fan; that's the only reason I made this page, believe it or not. Also, sorry for upsetting your mother."

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AND PETER COOK REACH SETTLEMENT: Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook have reached a tentative settlement in their latest legal battle. Under the agreement, Brinkley must provide passports to her ex when he plans to take their children abroad -- which he claimed she once refused to do -- but requests that she attend anger-management therapy, that a parenting coordinator be assigned for the couple's two children, and that a third party hold the kids' passports were not granted. Brinkley's lawyer said, "Ms. Brinkley is completely vindicated. The parties' settlement approved by the judge today does not grant any of the requests in Peter Cook's motion which dragged Ms. Brinkley back to court."

BOYZONE SINGER DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES: An autopsy revealed that Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died due to excess fluid in his lungs. A court spokesperson on the Spanish island of Majorca, where 33-year-old Gately was found dead last Saturday (October 10th), said, "He died a natural death of acute pulmonary edema," adding that it had nothing to do with any consumption of alcohol or drugs. The Associated Press reported that a pulmonary edema can be due to either the failure of the heart to remove fluid from the lungs or direct damage to the lung tissue. Boyzone, an Irish pop band, had six number one singles in Britain before splitting in 2000.

HELIO CASTRONEVES TO BE A FATHER: Former Dancing With the Stars champion Helio Castroneves and his girlfriend are expecting their first child. The Indianapolis 500 champion confirmed to People magazine that he and Adriana Henao will welcome a girl who they plan to name Mikaella. Castroneves joked that he originally considered naming the little girl Indy, but changed his mind, deciding it was a "little too much."

TESTIMONY IN ANNA NICOLE SMITH PRELIMINARY HEARING BEGINS: Anna Nicole Smith's final days were described in court on Tuesday (October 13th) as testimony was presented in a preliminary hearing regarding charges that Smith's former companion Howard K. Stern and two California doctors conspired to illegally provide her with controlled substances leading up to her 2007 death. Prosecutors revealed that a nurse discovered an unresponsive Smith on the day of her death, while Stern was out boat shopping. He had told investigators that the 39-year-old was so sick in the days before her death from an overdose that she was drinking Pedialyte from a baby bottle found in her hotel room. Stern and the doctors have pleaded not guilty but their attorneys have said they are undecided or unlikely to call defense witnesses during the preliminary hearing.

JEFFREY TAMBOR WELCOMES TWINS: Jeffrey Tambor and his wife welcomed twin boys on October 4th. A rep for The Invention of Lying star told People magazine, "Everyone is thrilled and healthy." He revealed that their sons' names are Hugo Bernard and Eli Nicholas. The twins join the couple's two other young children as well as Tambor's adult daughters from previous relationships.


PENELOPE CRUZ REPORTEDLY MAKING 'SEX AND THE CITY' CAMEO: Penelope Cruz will make a cameo in the upcoming Sex and the City movie sequel. reported that the actress filmed a scene on Tuesday (October 13th), in which she plays herself on the red carpet. It's also been reported that Miley Cyrus will appear and that Liza Minelli makes a cameo at the rumored wedding of characters Stanford and Anthony.

MATTHEW PERRY LANDS NEW SHOW: Matthew Perry has a new television comedy in the works. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the unnamed series currently being shopped to networks features the former Friends star as the fortysomething manager of a sports arena. Perry recently starred with Zac Efron in 17 Again.

JULIANNE HOUGH REPORTEDLY JOINING 'BURLESQUE': Julianne Hough is joining Christina Aguilera in the upcoming movie musical Burlesque. The film stars Aguilera as young small-town singer who becomes a star at a Hollywood burlesque club owned by a character played by Cher. E! reports that Hough will play a fellow dancer. Also in the cast are Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet and Stanley Tucci.

CELEBS ANNOUNCED FOR SPIKE SCREAM AWARDS: Megan Fox, Hugh Jackman, Tobey Maguire and Quentin Taratino are all scheduled to attend the Spike TV special, Scream 2009. The network also announced that Liv Tyler, Sam Raimi, Elijah Wood and comic-book legend Stan Lee will also take part in the fourth annual event honoring sci-fi, fantasy and horror work in TV and film. The event will air on October 27th.

TATUM O'NEAL TAKES NEW INDIE ROLE: Tatum O'Neal will star in the title role of the upcoming indie drama Sweet Lorraine. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the Oscar-winner will play a former queen of the New York underground scene who, after moving to small-town New Jersey, gets caught up in local politics when her ex-lover becomes the mayor.


Ultimate fighting champion Chuck Liddell was voted off Dancing With The Stars last night (Tuesday, October 13th), following this week's low-scoring two-step. Liddell was in the bottom two with singer Aaron Carter who showed promise early but has struggled for the last two weeks. Chuck said he's glad he gave the dancing a try. "(Chuck) I had fun, had a good time, and made a run at it. It's difficult, hard to do. I gave a shot at it."

Michael Irvin remained alive for another week, even though he also got a score of 16 from the judge on Monday. It's a reminder to fans to vote for their favorites, because it is possible to override the judges' votes.

  • Last night's musical guest was Shakira who sang her new single "Did It Again" from her upcoming album, She Wolf and her hit song "Hips Don't Lie." If you're wondering who the guy with the dreads was joining her on "Hips," it was her long time keyboardist Albert Menendez.
  • Next week, the dancers will perform Argentine tango and the paso doble.


A judge ruled on Tuesday (October 13th) that Jon Gosselin must return $180,000 to his joint bank account with estranged wife Kate. The two faced off in court after Kate alleged that Jon left her just $1,345 in a joint account that originally had a balance of $230,000.

In a statement after the ruling, Kate said, "As difficult as this has been for me, I am pleased that the court has ruled fairly on behalf of myself and my children. Now that this matter has been ruled on, I look forward to returning to private arbitration, as we have agreed to do, to resolve any remaining issues."

  • Another hearing was set for October 26th, by which time Jon must return the money or else a judge can begin contempt proceedings against him. Kate is also required to provide accounting of past expenses by the same date as she supposedly used the remaining sum of $55,000 for household bills and expenses relating to the children.


Tyra Banks is prime-time's highest-earning woman, though the America's Next Top Model creator didn't make $30 million between June 1, 2008, and June 1, 2009 from the CW show alone. Forbes named Banks atop its list after reviewing her income from the competition series, her daytime talk show and various producer credits.

Second on the Forbes list was Katherine Heigl, who scored $18 million over the same time period, care of Grey's Anatomy, film and endorsement ventures. Rounding out the top five are CSI's Marg Helgenberger, Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria Parker and Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay.

  • Banks, meanwhile, is also making headlines for her newly-slimmed figure. After posing for photos accentuating the 30 pounds she's lost since an unflattering bathing suit photo two years ago, Banks spoke out about the transformation saying, "I might be doing a little TMI (too much information) - I always feel great when I don't have clothes on ... When I told the world to kiss my fat a**, I remained that size for two years. I maintained it with my ice cream and my salad with ranch and dressing and croutons and bacon bits."


Lindsay Lohan is denying reports that she's involved in another stolen jewelry scandal after rumors surfaced that she failed to return loaned designer accessories from Paris Fashion Week. The actress commented on the allegations through her Twitter page, writing, "That's a lame lie. Especially considering the people at the company are my friends and we laughed at this. F for failed attempt."

This marks the third jewelry scandal Lohan has been a part of this year. In June, editors at Britain's Elle magazine defended the star after pieces were stolen from her cover shoot for the publication. Two months later, a Beverly Hills jeweler threatened to sue the 23-year-old if she didn't return $2 million worth of jewelry that he loaned her for an event.

  • Meanwhile, Lindsay also used Twitter to address her tumultuous relationship with Samantha Ronson. Lohan tweeted, "@samantharonson doesn't respond 2me b/c her family will cut her off if she contacts me...They control the one I love & im incapable of making any sort of difference. I'm in love with her, as she is in love with me....but her loved ones-hate her brilliance & resent her happiness"


Despite the masses of screaming females who follow him around the world, Twilight star Rob Pattinson says he still can't score with the ladies. The 23-year-old admitted to the Sydney Morning Herald, "Girls scream out for Edward, not Robert. I still can't get a date."

Despite the hysteria that has surrounded him over the past year, Pattinson thinks it might actually die down once New Moon hits theaters. He reasoned, "I'm not the lead in the second film. Taylor [Lautner] is. I appear in Bella's dreams. So I'm in it but the focus is not on me."

  • He added, "So I'm more of a supporting role in this one, which is why I felt so free. I didn't have to deal with any of the b------ of the first one. I don't have to hold the movie or worry about the fans. I think I did it better without all those pressures."
  • Pattinson has been romantically linked to his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart.


SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE PASSES HEALTH REFORM BILL: After months of discussion and negotiation, the Senate Finance Committee yesterday (October 13th) passed its version of health insurance reform legislation, and won the vote of one Republican, Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, whose decision provided the only drama in the 14-9 vote. President Obama called the bill's passage "a critical milestone," and singled Snowe and committee chairman Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana for praise. Next up will be debate in the full Senate on legislation, which Majority Leader Harry Reid's office said will begin the week of October 26th. The bill approved yesterday must first be blended with earlier legislation passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. AP notes that in reality, the White House and Reid himself will have a large say in shaping a final measure that can get the 60 votes needed to overcome a threatened Republican filibuster.

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER NOT SUPPORTIVE OF NEW IRAN SANCTIONS: Russia pushed back yesterday (October 13th) against U.S. efforts to threaten tough new sanctions against Iran if it fails to prove its nuclear program is peaceful. Speaking at a joint news conference in Moscow with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia believes such threats are counterproductive, and that only negotiations should be pursued now, saying diplomacy could still succeed. The U.S. had hoped for Russia's support for new sanctions, after President Dmitry Medvedev said last month that sanctions are rarely productive but, quote, "in some cases they are inevitable." The U.S. had viewed that as a shift from Russia, after Iran disclosed a previously secret uranium enrichment site, and President Obama dropped plans from George W. Bush's administration for a missile defense system based in eastern Europe that Russia had strongly opposed. However, AP reported that three senior American officials said later yesterday that Medvedev had reaffirmed his earlier statement in a private meeting with Clinton.


MILITARY RECRUITMENT BOOSTED BY RECESSION: The Pentagon said Tuesday (October 13th) that the U.S. military had met all of its recruitment goals in the past year for the first time since it became an all-volunteer force in 1973. Recruitment was boosted by the recession, the worst since the Great Depression, as the unemployment rate has risen to nearly 10 percent. Reuters cited Pentagon official Curtis Gilroy as saying a 10 percent increase in the national unemployment rate generally translates into a four to six percent improvement in which he called "high-quality Army enlistments." The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force sent about 169,000 active duty recruits to training in the 2009 fiscal year that ended September 30th, higher than the 164,000 goal. And the National Guard and Reserve forces sent about 128,000 recruits training, also ahead of their goal.

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR APPEAL BY EX-ENRON CEO: The Supreme Court said yesterday (October 13th) that it will hear former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's appeal of his 2006 conviction for his role in the collapse of Enron in 2001. Skilling is currently serving a 24-year jail term for conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors. At issue in his case is prosecutors' use of the federal "honest services" fraud law, which makes it a crime a deprive shareholders or the public of, quote, "the intangible right to honest services." Critics call the law vague and unfair. Skilling is also claiming he didn't get a fair trial in Houston, describing what he said were "blistering daily attacks" in the media. If the high court rules in his favor on the fair trial claim, Skilling would probably get a new trial. But a favorable ruling on the honest services law is unclear, since Skilling was convicted on other charges as well.

LATIN MUSIC CELEBRATED AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Latin music in all its variations was celebrated at the White House yesterday (October 13th) with a South Lawn concert that featured performances by artists including Gloria Estefan, Los Lobos, Marc Anthony and Jose Feliciano. Called "Fiesta Latina," the event was the third in a music series launched by First lady Michelle Obama that has already featured jazz and country music. Classical music will be celebrated next on November 4th. Nearly 400 guests were at the White House for the concert hosted by actors Jimmy Smits and Eva Longoria Parker and comedian George Lopez, and saw President Obama dance briefly with singer Thalia after she approached the table where he was sitting with his wife and daughters and said, "Mr. President. With all due respect, will you dance with me?"

  • Fiesta Latina was held during the month dedicated to celebrating the culture and traditions of Hispanics.

SHIP BUILT WITH WORLD TRADE CENTER STEEL HEADS TO N.Y.: A Navy assault ship named the USS New York to commemorate the 9/11 attacks and made with 7.5 tons of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center in its bow set sail yesterday (October 13th) from the Louisiana shipyard where it was built for New York, where it will be formally commissioned early next month. The $1 billion ship was already planned when the 9/11 attacks took place, but the Defense Department announced one year later, in September 2002, that it would be named the New York, honoring the city, the state and those who died in the attacks. Two other ships in the same class that are currently under construction also carry 9/11-related names: the Arlington for the attack on the Pentagon, and the Somerset for the Pennsylvania county in which hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.

  • At least four other Navy ships have been named the New York, including a Spanish-American War-era cruiser, a battleships that served in World Wars One and Two, and nuclear submarine that was retired in 1997.

SHRIVER SEEN BREAKING CELL PHONE LAW SIGNED BY HER HUSBAND: California First lady Maria Shriver was photographed three times by celebrity website holding her cell phone while driving, breaking a July 2008 law signed by her husband, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, that requires drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone. The website posted two photos Tuesday (October 13th) of Shriver breaking the law, one it said was from Sunday and another from July, as well as video of her that it said was shot yesterday of her driving an SUV while talking on a hand-held cell phone. Shriver's office didn't comment, but Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter to founder Harvey Levin, saying, "Thanks for bringing her violations to my attention. There's going to be swift action." Schwarzenegger's spokesman clarified that that the governor meant he'll ask Shriver not to hold the phone while driving.

MICHELLE OBAMA DOLL DEBUTING NEXT MONTH: A new Michelle Obama action figure is debuting on November 20th, Shine for Yahoo! reported yesterday (October 13th), saying the six-inch figure that will retail for $12.99 is from New York-based toymaker Jailbreak Toys. The doll's outfits include the red-and-black dress the first lady wore on Election Night last November, the purple dress she wore when she and her husband famously fist-bumped on the campaign trail, and the black-and-white dress that sold out of stores when she wore it during an appearance on ABC's daytime talk show The View. The doll will be available online, at Powell's Books, and at specialty stores across the country.


COLTS OWNER SAYS WOULD VOTE AGAINST LIMBAUGH BUYING RAMS: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed yesterday (October 13th) to vote against Rush Limbaugh's bid to buy the St. Louis Rams with Dave Checketts, the owner of the NHL's St. Louis Blues. Speaking at an owners' meeting, Irsay said, "I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him. When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive . . . our words do damage, and it's something that we don't need." Prospective owners must be approved by 24 of the league's 32 teams. Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was also critical of Limbaugh's statements, saying, "I have said many times before that we are all held to a higher standard here. I think divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about. I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position within the NFL." NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, who is black, has urged players to speak out against Limbaugh's bid, and several have already said they would not play for his team.

  • Among the comments that have been criticized were Limbaugh saying on ESPN's NFL pregame show in 2003 that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed, and his statement on his show in January 2007: "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons."

U.S. NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM'S CHARLIE DAVIES INJURED IN CAR CRASH: U.S. national soccer team forward Charlie Davies was injured in a one-vehicle car crash early Tuesday (October 13th) in suburban Washington, D.C., suffering several broken bones and a lacerated bladder. He was listed in serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery. The 23-year-old Davies was a passenger in the car, and the other passenger, 22-year-old Ashley J. Roberta, was killed. The driver, who wasn't identified, was also taken to the hospital, and the cause of the accident is under investigation. The U.S. team is in the Washington area for tonight's World Cup qualifying game against Costa Rica, but Davies' injuries make it unlikely he'll play in the World Cup next year. Davies played in 13 games, with nine starts, for the national team this year, scoring three goals with three assists.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE - Christine hires an aggressive divorce attorney who convinces her that Barb owes her alimony.
  • GARY UNMARRIED - Gary is determined to prove that he can handle a one night stand without getting attached.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS - The BAU goes on a manhunt for a group of suspects with a pack mentality who kill for the thrill of it.
  • CSI: NY - DNA evidence contradicts the confession of a woman who claimed to have brutally murdered her cheating husband.


  • MERCY - Veronica must decideif her affair with Dr. Sands is really over when Mike pressures her to start a family; Chloe considers taking her crush on Dr. Sands to the next level.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - After a night of drinking, a man (Scott Foley) wakes up with a head injury and a dead woman in his bed; Benson and Stabler try to piece together the crime.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Bill Cosby, Toby Keith


  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Las Vegas call backs continue.
  • GLEE - To cause dissension among members of the glee club, Sue forces the students to compete against one another; Sue and Will are called into the principal's office; shocking news is revealed.


  • HANK - When Hank tells Maddie she must get a job, he takes a job working alongside her at the mall.
  • THE MIDDLE - Sick Brick, lovesick Sue, Axl, two crazy aunts and their diaper wearing dog thwart Frankie and Mike's romantic plans for their anniversary.
  • MODERN FAMILY - Jay's ex-wife, Ded (Shelley Long), tries to make amends with everyone she offended at Jay and Gloria's wedding.
  • COUGAR TOWN - Jules starts a mission to get Grayson to tell her she is sexy; following the birth of Stan, Ellie feels like she has lost her looks.
  • EASTWICK - Roxie decides to learn more about her mysterious new neighbor; Kat accepts the help of Darryl's divorce lawyer.


  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The models must find their way around Los Angeles during an afternoon of go-sees; the models hang by a wire in martial arts inspired photo shoot; supermodel Jessica White serves as a guest judge.
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)


  • NIP/TUCK - Sean and Christian struggle to keep their business thriving; Matt and Kimber have mixed results in their career paths.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Alison Sweeney, the Script
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Singing Sensation Taylor Swift Makes Dreams Come True
THE VIEW - Valerie Bertinelli, Alana Stewart, Jeff Kinney, Five for Fighting


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Tina Fey, Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo, Mika
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Bill Cosby, Toby Keith
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Serena Williams, Ken Jeong, Rascal Flatts
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Jamie Foxx, Kristin Cavallari, Toby Keith
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Charlie Hunnam, Phoenix


BOY SUSPENDED FOR BRINGING FORK-KNIFE-SPOON TO SCHOOL: A 6-year-old boy has been suspended from school and ordered to 45 days at a reform school because he brought a camping utensil to school. The tool, given to all new cub scouts contains a fork, knife and spoon and was brought to school by the child because he was excited about becoming a cub scout. The boy's parents say that it is preposterous that the boy would have hurt another student and plans to appeal the school's strict no-tolerance for weapons policy at an upcoming board meeting. (FOX News)

LONDON AQUARUM DISPLAYING MODELS: Visitors to London's Sea Life Aquarium may be shocked to find out that one of the species of fish on display is not real. The Aquarium says that 1 in 10 school children named the fish finger, as in the frozen food, as a real fish in a recent survey that asked 125 seven-year-olds to name three species of fish, so they decided to test the public by putting some of the floating fish complete with heads, fins and tails in their tanks. The plastic "fish fingers" are a joke, but the aquarium hopes the fish fingers will bring attention to a dire need for more basic education about sea life.

HOMELESS MAN TURNS EMPTY BOTTLES INTO FORTUNE: A Russian tabloid reports that a homeless man has collected enough empty glass bottles to begin trading stocks. The man says that he began collecting nearly 2,000 bottles a day after the Russian economy experienced a downturn this past year and credits the mass of empty bottles to Russians drinking heavily to drown their economic worries. The man is a former engineer and is said to have lived in a garbage dump for the last 20 years. (Reuters)

DRUNK MAN THREATENS GUARD WITH CAN OF BEER: A homeless man has been charged with assault in Chicago after he reportedly waved a can of beer "in a threatening way" at a security guard and yelled obscenities at him. The man was also shouting at patrons of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange and was taken into custody after he refused to leave the premises. (Chicago Sun-Times)


WOMEN BUY SHOES THAT HURT: A study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism found more than 60 percent of women select damaging shoes. It was based on the questioning of 3,378 men and women from Framingham, MA, about their shoes, past and present. Their average age was 66. More than 60 percent of women said that in the past they generally wore high heels, pumps, sandals and slippers, all of which researchers rated as higher risk for chronic foot pain. The paper's lead author said, "I think women need to really pay attention to how a shoe fits, and realize that what you're buying could have potential effects on your feet for the rest of your life. It's important to pay attention to size and width, and not just buy it because it's cute."

BUFFALO WINGS VS. BUFFALO BITES? The New York Times reports that due to the rising costs of chicken wings, many restaurants are taking small pieces of chicken breasts, giving them the wing treatment and selling them as a "boneless wing." Some wing-lovers are upset at this, as one restaurant owner told the Times, "A wing is a wing, and a wing has a bone."

CAN YOU TAKE A BREAK FROM FRIENDS? A conflicted woman wrote to, "I'm starting to realize a friend isn't who I thought they were. It's not a bad thing, I'm just learning we are very different. Not a reason, I know, to breakup with them but enough for me to keep my distance for awhile. Are we allowed to "take a break" from our friendships?"



  • Librarian: She'll be pretty smart about lots of random things, great at Googling and a good connection for free books. Bonus: say goodbye to those nasty overdue charges. Plus, everyone knows librarians are sexual dynamos waiting to explode. Right?
  • Photographer: They're almost certainly adventurous, plus they take awesome pictures when you go on trips.
  • Designer: They're creative types who have lots of interesting things to talk about and are in tune with the world around them.
  • Conservative Activist: My least favorite people alive and usually even more beastly looking than Michelle Bachmann, but my friends swear that a conservative's anger, hatred and sexual repression make for some of the wildest nights in the dark.


  • Singer/Entertainer: There may be potential perks if she makes it to the big-time, but it's statistically likely she's not very good at what she does and you'll have twice the fibbing to do in your relationship, answering not only "How does this look?" but the frequent "Did you like my show?"
  • Sexpert or Sex Columnist: While you might think there'll be lots of steamy nights (and days) ahead with a voracious sex writer by your side -- oh, the threesomes, oh the trips to Chili's, oh the toys galore! Alas, everything you do will wind up in the Village Voice, so if you're even remotely private-minded you're publicly screwed. Literally and figuratively.
  • Actresses: If women in general need a lot of attention, then these are the hoarders of the gender. They will run your ears ragged, mostly with nonsense. You never know if they're telling the truth, or just acting. It's bad enough when women know they can get their way with tears without them having the ability to cry on demand.
  • Strippers: It's obvious, but strippers also suck. I've found them to be emotionally messed up and financially desperate with always-lurking animosity toward men (for some reason).
  • Models: Do we really need to elaborate on why people that are obsessed with making money off their looks could be high maintenance and difficult to relate to? When was the last time you saw a model reading a book on the subway -- and don't count the time you saw Chloe Sevigny with "Harry Potter."


Forbes analyzed the number of times that simple human needs such as food, love and sleep came up in tweets over the course of a month and came up with the follows analysis.

  • You Never Miss a Lunch: You like to talk about lunch more than any other meal, and you typically make your afternoon meal plan by mid-morning. On weekends, dinner is the most important meal, though you finally have some time to grab some breakfast too (right at lunchtime, of course).
  • You Love Out Loud: Maybe it just takes you awhile to get warmed up, but you tend to love things the most at night. As the day and week wanes onward, you tend to love and hate things more often. Thankfully, you love "out loud" in tweets three times more than you express hate in tweets.
  • You Like to Wine: Like a lot of people, you generally save most of your alcohol consumption for weekends. But as the week goes on, you're more and more likely to find yourself enjoying a drink in the evenings after work.
  • You're a Coffeeholic: You may save sipping alcohol for weekends, but you drink coffee everyday like clockwork. On weekends, you finally have time to enjoy the whole cup.
  • Your Rest, Assured? Your sleep schedule is pretty regimented. You wake up and tend to talk about last night's sleep (or the lack thereof). If you're lucky, you'll get a nap around noon; if not, you'll talk about how you wish you did. Before work ends, you're already wondering about when you'll next get to bed.
  • Your Weekends Are Hit or Misery: You have the most fun on weekends. Paradoxically, it's also the time when you'll find yourself to be the most bored. Friday mornings are neither.
  • You Play Hard; You Pray Hard: You may hit up Happy Hour on Friday and party on Saturday, but Sunday is still the Lord's day.
  • You're Working for the Weekend: You never get time to play around anymore, but on Saturday you get to catch a break from the daily grind. On Monday, it all starts over again as you earn your way to another weekend.
  • Your Happy Days Are Here to Stay: It's usually Friday and Saturday that you talk the most about being happy (except on holidays, of course, when you wish "Happy St. Patrick's Day!" to everyone you meet). Tuesday and Thursday, in contrast, are nadirs for such discussion.
  • You Find the Beauty in Life: One reason you love weekends is that you finally get to enjoy the world around you. With a little free time, you pick up on the beautiful nuances of life and share your findings with others.

Website Ranks 'Hottest Heads of State,' Obama Comes in 15th

President Obama may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but in an online ranking of "Hottest Heads of State" reported on by CBS News, he comes in at Number 15, respectable, but not in the top 10. Coming in at Number One is Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who wears her blonde hair in an iconic braid around her head. Rounding out the top five are: Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wanghchuck of Bhutan, President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina. At the other end, the least hot of the 172 world leaders was judged to be North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, with the Vatican's Pope Benedict the 16th just above him. The rest of the worst five are Qatar's Emir Hamid bin Khalifa, Cuban's President Raul Castro, and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

Looking at some better-known world leaders on the list, which can be found with pictures at

  • Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is 18th.
  • France's President Nicolas Sarkozy comes in at 28th.
  • Iran's controversial President Mahmoud Adhmadinejad is 48th.
  • Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who's been tarred by a year of sex scandals, only came in at Number 65.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


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Taylor Swift was in Chicago last Friday (October 9th) to tape an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Swift talks with Oprah about her life and her music, and performs her hit "Love Story." The show also includes Swift and Oprah teaming up for a big surprise for some talented teens. Her appearance will air on Wednesday (October 14th). Check local listings for time and channel.

  • In May of this year, Swift visited The Oprah Winfrey Show to surprise a young fan named Jordan Casner,who is also a part of Swift's latest visit to the talk show.
  • An enhanced version of Swift's Fearless album will be releases as a CD/DVD set. The Fearless Platinum Edition will be in stores on October 27th.


  • Swift announced last week that she will bring the Fearless tour back to the fans in 2010.
  • At 19 years old, Swift is the youngest artist in history to be nominated for the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award at the 2009 event. The CMA Awards takes place at the Sommet Center in Nashville on November 11th.

Tim McGraw and his family finally moved into their new Nashville area home just a few days ago. McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, have been building the new dwelling for three-and-a-half years. The family took painstaking efforts to create their dream house, and that includes getting input from all three daughters, as McGraw tells us: "The kids did have input on what they wanted. Their rooms, the decor in their rooms is their ideas. Like, for instance, Maggie's all about Africa. She wants to go save all the animals, save all the kids. She wants to live in Africa, so her room's sort of an African theme, and Gracie's room is real modern, and Audrey's a fan of Phantom of the Opera so her's is sort of an operatic kind of thing, so, yeah, they had a lot of input."
  • McGraw will make a second appearance this week on The Late Show With David Letterman on Friday (October 16th). He performed on the show last night (Monday, October 12th), in addition to playing an exclusive "Live on Letterman" webcast concert from the Ed Sullivan Theater.
  • McGraw's new studio album, Southern Voice, will be released on October 20th.
  • The singer is in the process of finalizing plans for a major tour, which will kick off in February 2010. Details will be announced shortly.
Toby Keith has got a string of media appearances lined up to promote his brand new album, American Ride. Keith will visit The Jay Leno Show on Wednesday (October 14th), where he will be racing an electric car in the program's Green Car Challenge. Later that night he appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live, followed by The Bonnie Hunt Show on Thursday (October 15th), and the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on Friday (October 16th). Check local listings for times and channels.
  • The title track of American Ride holds on to the Number One spot on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts for the second week in a row.
  • American Ride was released on October 6th.


  • Keith will begin his first major European tour in November.
  • On October 18th, The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) will present him with their Songwriter/Artist of the Decade (2000-2009) award.

Rascal Flatts will be heading to the west coast for tour dates this coming weekend but before they take the stage in Fresno, California on Thursday (October 15th), they will pay a visit to The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on Wednesday (October 14th). The trio will perform their brand new single, "Why," for the first time on TV. The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET.
  • Rascal Flatts' American Living Unstoppable tour will continue through October 30th in Portland, Oregon with special guest Darius Rucker.


  • The group's current Unstoppable CD has been certified platinum for sales in excess of one million units.
  • The CD launched as the group's fourth consecutive studio album opening at Number One on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart, more than any other country artist in the history of Soundscan.

Brooks & Dunn's final project as a duo is their current two-disc compilation, #1's . . . and then some, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart last month. The 30-song collection includes two new songs, including Brooks & Dunn's current hit, "Honky Tonk Stomp" featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Kix Brooks says projects like #1's . . . and then some is always a hit with fans, and he includes himself in that category. "I think fans really like Number Ones packages and retrospectives like that. I think a lot of artists -- (George) Strait and other people -- have found out that -- and me, when I see those kind of packages. I look at 'em whether it's the Beatles or George Strait and I go, 'Oh, that's a great collection of music.' (Ronnie Dunn) It's a good collectible. (Brooks) It is. That's what I mean. It's just kind of good for fans. (It's) a way to buy music."

  • Brooks & Dunn are currently touring in Canada. The duo will close out the year with a three-night run at the Las Vegas Hilton on December 4th, 5th and 6th.
  • Brooks & Dunn's final tour -- called the Last Rodeo tour -- will take place next year.

Luke Bryan's video for "Do I" tops GAC's Top 20 Countdown for the 7th consecutive week. The clip was shot in downtown Nashville.
  • "Do I" was written by Bryan and Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, while Hillary Scott contributed backing vocals to the song.
  • Bryan continues his nine-city album promotional tour this week with shows in Augusta, Chicago and Minneapolis.
  • "Do I" is the debut single from Bryan's brand new Doin' My Thing CD.
  • The song is a Top 10 hit and climbing on the country charts.


Trisha Yearwood

Randy Owen, Troy Gentry, Gretchen Wilson



Rhett Akins (40)

  • Beverly Johnson (first black supermodel) (57)
  • Nancy Kerrigan (figure skater) (40)
  • Kate Walsh (actress, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice) (42)
  • Marie Osmond (singer/actress) (50)
  • Kelly Preston (actress, John Travolta's wife) (47)
  • Paul Simon (singer-songwriter, of Simon & Garfunkel and solo fame) (68)
  • Margaret Thatcher (former British Prime Minister) (84)
  • Demond Wilson (actor, Sanford & Son's Lamont Sanford) (63)
  • Tisha Campbell (actress) (41)
  • Sammy Hagar (rock singer, sometimes with Van Halen) (62)
  • Melinda Dillon (actress) (70)
  • Ari Fleischer (former White House Press Secretary) (49)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (actor and comedian, Borat, Bruno, Da Ali G Show) (38)
  • Ashanti (R&B singer) (29)
  • Shirley Caesar (gospel star) (71)
  • Robert Lamm (singer-keyboardist, Chicago) (65)
  • Billy Bush (TV host) (38)


Lefty Frizzell had four songs in the Top 10 in 1951.

  • Roy Rogers left Sons of the Pioneers in 1937.
  • Roy Acuff and Fred Rose inked the agreement to form Acuff-Rose Publications, the first Nashville publishing firm to focus on country music, in 1942.
  • BR549 signed with Arista Records in 1995.
  • Gary Allan was awarded a gold record for his third album, Smoke Rings in the Dark, in 2000.
  • Johnny Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980.
  • Alan Jackson's "Where I Come From" topped the Billboard country chart in 2001.


ZACH BRAFF IS NOT DEAD: Zach Braff is the latest celebrity to fall victim to a death hoax. reports that the actor is alive, despite the creation of a fake CNN page showing the headline "Beloved Scrubs actor found dead in his home." The Scrubs actor was even a trending Twitter topic on Monday (October 12th).

PENELOPE CRUZ FUELS ENGAGEMENT RUMORS: Penelope Cruz fueled rumors that she's engaged to boyfriend Javier Bardem after showing off "a knuckle-sized sapphire surrounded by small diamonds" on her ring finger at Sunday's (October 11th) closing night of the 47th New York Film Festival. The actress herself didn't address the bauble but director Pedro Almodovar, who she was there supporting, said of Cruz on the red carpet, "She has achieved a very handsome, good boyfriend, two Oscar nominations, one Oscar and the respect and admiration of her profession."

COLLEGE TELLS LETTERMAN TO STAY AWAY FROM THEIR INTERNS: Quinnipiac University will be keeping a closer eye on the interns that work for the Late Show with David Letterman, TMZ reports. "Due to recent circumstances we will have a discussion with those in charge of placing our interns at the David Letterman show in the future," a rep from Quinnipiac tells TMZ. "We will diligently oversee this internship program to ensure that our interns are out of harm's way."

'MAD MEN' STAR MARRIES: Mad Men star Christina Hendricks married fellow actor Geoffrey Arend in New York on Sunday (October 11th). The couple became engaged earlier this year after having been introduced by Hendricks' Mad Men co-star, Vincent Kartheiser. Earlier this year, Hendricks gushed about her fiance, telling People magazine, "He's considerate, he's thoughtful, he's smart, he takes care of me. He's very, very giving."

TARA REID POSING FOR PLAYBOY? Tara Reid will reportedly appear naked in an upcoming issue of Playboy magazine. In Touch magazine reports that the 33-year-old, who underwent a botched liposuction procedure in 2004, recently posed for the magazine at a private residence in California. A source told the publication, "She was a bit insecure about her body when they first started. She looked great and finally got into the groove."

PRINCE HARRY REPORTEDLY BACK WITH EX: Prince Harry and ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy have reportedly rekindled their relationship. People magazine reports that the on-off couple were spotted together in London last weekend, where they visited a local club and spent time with Harry's cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. The two split earlier this year and while both had been spotted out with other dates, sources say they saw each other throughout the months as well.

HEIDI KLUM GIVES BIRTH TO DAUGHTER: Heidi Klum gave birth to a girl, Lou Samuel, on Friday (October 9) in Los Angeles, People reports. The supermodel has three other children, Johan, 2, Henry, 4, and Leni, 5. Klum's husband Seal, released the following statement Monday night: "It's difficult to imagine loving another child as much as you love your existing children," Seal writes. "Anyone who has a family will tell you this. Where will one find that extra love? On Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at 7:46 p.m., the answer to this question came in the form of our fourth child and second daughter. Lou Sulola Samuel was born, and from the moment she looked into both of our eyes, it was endless love at first sight."

BILL HADER WELCOMES DAUGHTER: Bill Hader is a father. People magazine confirmed that the Saturday Night Live star's wife gave birth to daughter Hannah Kathryn Hader on October 6th. This is the first child for the couple, who married in 2006.

SHAUNA SAND SEEKS TO BLOCK SEX TAPE RELEASE: Lorenzo Lamas's ex-wife is considering taking legal action to block Vivid Entertainment from distributing a sex tape she made with her boyfriend. Shauna Sand told, "Yes I did make a sex tape with my boyfriend earlier this year. In fact I've made several sex tapes, but I certainly didn't sign off on this and Vivid has no right to put it out. I am trying to get a hold of my attorney now." Vivid founder Steven Hirsch says it's legal for him to move forward with the tape because, "We were approached by a third party, who brought us footage of Shauna having sex with her current boyfriend and we were immediately interested in acquiring it ... We're comfortable with our legal position in releasing this footage."


ANGELINA JOLIE TO REPLACE CHARLIZE THERON IN NEW THRILLER? Charlize Theron has withdrawn from the upcoming thriller, The Tourist, sparking reports that Angelina Jolie will take her place in the project. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Theron had long been attached to the movie, and revealed that Jolie is in talks to play an American tourist who goes undercover on behalf of Interpol to entrap a former lover suspected of being a global criminal.

ABC ORDERS MORE 'FLASHFORWARD': ABC has ordered nine more episodes of its new drama, FlashForward. Variety reports that the Joseph Fiennes show has been "a solid ratings earner" after premiering to 14.5 million viewers last month. The news comes on the heels of ABC granting full-season orders to The Middle, Modern Family and Cougar Town.

'NINE' RELEASE PUSHED BACK: The Weinstein Company has delayed the release of its star-studded musical Nine. Variety reports that Nine, scheduled to hit theaters on November 25th, won't open in wide release until Christmas Day -- supposedly to avoid direct competition with the company's other offering, The Road. Nine stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz and follows a director confronting a midlife crisis while juggling the various women in his life.

MORE 'X-MEN' FOR BRIAN SINGER? Director Brian Singer is considering making another X-Men movie. Singer, who made X-Men and X2: X-Men United, but passed on the third installment, said at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival, "I'm still looking to possibly returning to the 'X-Men' franchise. I've been talking to Fox about it." He added, "I love Hugh Jackman. I love the cast."


Al Pacino was somewhat of a prostitute in his younger years. According to the New York Post's Cindy Adams, Pacino admitted, "At 20, I lived in Sicily by selling the only asset I had -- my body."

  • He added, "An older woman traded food and housing in return for sex. I woke mornings not really loving myself."

CHECK IT OUT: Here are some dating sites that target wealthy men. If you are only willing to date or sleep with someone because they could buy you things, is that prostitution? Is that what these sites aid in arranging?


Jon and Kate Gosselin have vowed to avoid trading barbs through the media -- for 24 hours. On Monday (October 12th), Jon's attorney Mark Heller told E! News, "We have a truce. Neither side will be commenting until after the hearing." He failed to specify that said hearing is scheduled for October 13th.

The estranged couple is due to meet before an arbitrator where they hope to sort out their "economic issues." Kate initially claimed Jon emptied $230,000 from their joint bank account, however he hit back -- filing court papers accusing Kate of the same financial misconduct while demanding a written explanation of $1 million that Kate removed from their accounts.

  • Meanwhile, Kate has filed paperwork requesting child support and temporary spousal support from Jon.
  • In other news, Jon spent last weekend at home with his kids -- and accused fame-whore Michael Lohan -- Lindsay's father. The elder Lohan told People magazine, "We rode four-wheelers, we had lunch, I rode his motorcycle. I now see how close the children are to him. They are the most adorable kids and so friendly. Regardless of their situation, Jon and Kate raised eight wonderful children and they deserve a lot of credit."


The cast of Glee has reportedly been banned from appearing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Sources tell that the cast of Fox's new hit show was "all but signed" to appear at the event -- until rival NBC, which airs the parade, got word of the booking and told Macy's to pull the plug.

  • Reps for Fox declined to comment.


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are more than best friends -- turns out their also tenth cousins, once removed. The New England Genealogical Society found a link between the longtime friends and Oscar-winning collaborators that dated back to the 1600s.

The Society reports that both actors are descended from William Knowlton Jr., a bricklayer who came to the U.S. from England in the 1630s and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

  • Damon and Affleck, who wrote 1997's Good Will Hunting together, both grew up in the Boston area.

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Melissa Joan Hart earned her best scores of the season and tied with Mya for first place on Monday's (October 12th) performance episode of Dancing With the Stars. The judges gave Melissa and her partner Mark Ballas a 28 out of 30 for their Charleston. Mya and her partner Dmitry Chaplin earned the same score for a sultry lambada.

Michael Irvin and Louie Vito were tied for last place with 16 out of 30. Irvin danced -- well, stepped and posed -- through a bolero with his partner Anna Demidova. Louie also did more walking than dancing in his two-step with partner Chelsie Hightower.

  • Next week the stars will perform a group hustle.
  • Ty Murray made a guest appearance on the show when Louie visited Ty's ranch to discover his inner cowboy in preparation for the two-step.
  • Shakira is the special musical guest on tonight's (October 13th) results show.

Here's how it all went down:

Chuck & Anna - Two Step

Their routine started out with Chuck swinging a lasso around his head and then roping in Anna. Judge Len Berman said that Chuck brings entertainment to the show, but that the quality of dance just isn't there.

Score: 17

Melissa & Mark - Charleston

The routine started out with a special effect that made them look like they were in an old-fashioned black and white movie. Judge Bruno Tonioli loved it and gave the couple a 10 and Len said it had energy, excitement and entertainment.

Score: 28

Natalie & Alec - Bolero

Natalie & Alec took a risk by including more difficulty in their routine. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she appreciated that, but she could tell that Natalie was struggling a little. Len said he wanted to see more romance between the two.

Score: 24

Aaron & Karina - Lambada

Aaron and Karina stayed stuck in the rut they fell into last week. Their version of the sexy Brazilian dance was a bit too wild -- and not in a good way. Carrie Ann said, "You have to chill out, basically. . . . You're trying too hard." Len thought they should have gotten more into the rhythm of the dance and that it wasn't raunchy enough. Aaron, however, didn't cry over his low scores like he did last week.

Score: 18

Mark & Lacey - Two Step

The judges have started warming up to the couple. Bruno and Carrie Ann said that Mark is definitely showing some confidence, but Bruno and Len both pointed out Mark needs to improve his footwork.

Score: 22

Kelly & Louis - Charleston

Kelly was full of enthusiasm in the Charleston and definitely charmed the judges. Carrie Ann said, "Watching you dance is like watching a little birdie get their wings and learn to fly."

Score: 23

Joanna & Derek - Lambada

Derek turned up the heat by going shirtless during the lambada. Len liked it so much that he said he knows what dance he's picking for the encore on tonight's results show. Bruno said it was bursting with sexual energy and Carrie Ann said, "All I can say is, I hope the children were in bed."

Score: 26

Donny & Kym - Charleston

Bruno said Donny just needed to be a little sharper with his foot movements, Carrie Ann said she noticed a little stumble, but liked how the couple moves so well in unison

Score: 24

Michael & Anna - Bolero

Carrie Ann said there wasn't enough choreography and Bruno agreed. Len, who last week gave Michael a 4, thought the bolero was his most difficult dance and gave him a 6.

Score: 16

Louie & Chelsie - Two Step

Chelsie did most of the work in the routine, spinning and turning like crazy while Louie hardly danced at all. Len said it didn't have enough dancing in the routine. Bruno thought the timing was "dubious" and that he got through it by the skin of his teeth.

Score: 16

Mya & Dmitry - Lambada

Mya and Dmitry were determined to get a better score from Len, who's definitely been hard on the couple in previous weeks. Bruno called it an exotic, erotic roller-coaster. Len said that they've set the bar really high and as a result he thought he was going to get a little bit more. He only gave them an 8 -- but it's his highest score for them so far.

Score: 28


In "The Proposal," out on DVD today (October 13th), Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, the executive editor-in-chief of a book publishing company. Ryan Reynolds plays her assistant, Andrew Paxton, whom she forces to accept her proposal of marriage. She wants to keep from being deported to Canada and he grudgingly accepts in order to get the position of editor within the company. When the government investigates, the two are forced to spend the weekend with his parents in Alaska in order to sell the lie, but start to fall genuinely in love as they spend time together.


SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE SET TO VOTE TODAY ON HEALTH REFORM BILL: The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote today (October 13th) on its long-awaited health insurance reform bill. If approved as expected, it would be merged with the Senate Health Committee's version over the next few weeks and moved to the full Senate for a vote. Today's vote will be watched to see if moderate Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine becomes the first Republican in Congress to back a health insurance reform bill. The Finance Committee bill requires all Americans to have health insurance and provides subsidies to help them buy it, and would create state-based exchanges where people and small businesses could shop for insurance. The bill doesn't include a government-run public option, although the other Senate bill and all three bills in the House do, meaning it may still be included in final legislation.

41 KILLED IN PAKISTAN BOMBING: A suicide car bombing targeting Pakistani troops killed 41 people Monday (October 12th), including six security officers, in the fourth militant attack in just over a week. Another 45 were wounded. The car was detonated near an army vehicle in the northwest Shangla district. The Taliban pledged more violence across the country ahead of a planned military offensive against the Taliban's major base in South Waziristan, along the Afghan border.

NORTH KOREA MAY LAUNCH MORE MISSILES: North Korea may be readying to launch more short-range missiles, a South Korean news agency reported Tuesday (October 13th), one day after it fired a barrage of missiles off its east coast. The launches comes as the isolated communist nation has signaled it might return to talks on ending its nuclear arms program and made overtures to the South for working-level dialogue. Analysts have downplayed the threat from the missile launches, saying the North may be making an attempt to gain the upper hand in upcoming talks.


ECONOMISTS BELIEVE RECESSION OVER, RECOVERY WILL BE SLOW: Most economists believe the recession is over and economic expansion has begun, but also expect the recovery to be slow as high unemployment and federal debt persist. In a survey of leading forecasters out yesterday (October 12th) from the National Association for Business Economics, more than 80 percent said the worst recession since the 1930s is over, and they now expect the economy to advance at a 2.9 percent pace in the second half of the year, after falling for four straight quarters for the first time on records dating back to 1947. However, they also expect unemployment, which rose to 9.8 percent in December -- its highest point in 26 years -- to reach 10 percent in the first quarter of 2010, before edging back down to 9.5 percent by the end of the year.

TWO AMERICANS, INCLUDING FIRST WOMAN, WIN ECONOMICS NOBEL: Two American scholars were named the winners of the Nobel Prize in economics Monday (October 12th), including the first woman to be honored with the award, for groundbreaking work that could affect efforts to prevent another global financial crisis. Elinor Ostrom has shown how common resources like forests, fisheries, oilfields, grazing lands and irrigation systems can be managed successfully by the people who use them, rather than by governments or private companies. And Oliver Williamson pioneered the study of how and why companies structure themselves and how they resolve conflicts, finding that companies are typically better able than markets to resolve conflicts when competition is limited.

  • A record five women won Nobel Prizes this year, and 11 of the 13 winners were American citizens, although some of them with dual nationality.

AMTRAK HAS SECOND-BEST YEAR, DOWN FROM RECORD LAST YEAR: Amtrak said yesterday (October 12th) that its ridership dropped by more than one million passengers in the past year, but it still had second-highest year in its history. Amtrak carried 27.2 million passengers during the 12 months that ended September 30th, down from the record of 28.7 million the previous year, a period when there were record high gas prices. But the 2009 ridership was 5.1 percent higher than two years ago. The number of passengers Amtrak carried increased steadily from 2002 to 2007 before the spike last year, and the figures this year seem to be a return to the previous trend, according to Amtrak.

REV. MOON TURNING OVER CONTROL OF CHURCH TO SONS: The Reverend Sun Myung Moon is handing over day-to-day control of his controversial Unification Church to his three Harvard-educated sons as he approaches his 90th birthday. However, Moon will remain in charge as the church's self-proclaimed "Messiah." Moon founded the church in South Korea in 1954, and has built it into a business empire that spans several nations and hundreds of ventures, including the Washington Times newspaper and Manhattan's New Yorker Hotel. But critics maintain the church is little more than a cult with brainwashed followers -- who are dubbed "Moonies." Among the Unification Church's most controversial practices are the mass weddings of people in arranged marriages who are strangers often paired from different countries, with the aim of building a multicultural religious world. The church claims to have millions of members around the world, but experts say the real figure is actually no more than 100,000.

SACRAMENTO MAYOR ROBBED IN SAN FRANCISCO: The mayor of Sacramento, California, got a rude welcome in San Francisco over the weekend, where he was robbed Saturday evening (October 10th) as he was helping an elderly man. Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star, wrote in a blog posting that he saw a man struggling to carry bags near San Francisco's Union Square, and he put his belongings down for less than a minute to help the man into a taxi. When Johnson turned back, his things were gone, including a suit, a pair of shoes and some personal items. Johnson was in San Francisco to attend a conference with representatives of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


PHILLIES BEAT ROCKIES 5-4 TO ADVANCE TO NLCS: The defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies have taken the first post-season step towards repeating, rallying in the ninth inning last night (October 12th) to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 and win the NLDS 3 games to 1 to advance to the League Championship Series. The Rockies had scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning at Coors Field, but the Phillies struck right back with three runs in the top of the ninth off Rockies closer Huston Street. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard hit a two-run double with two outs, and then scored on a Jayson Werth single to give his team the lead. Phillies closer Brad Lidge then got the save, striking out Troy Tulowitzki with runners at first and second for the final out.

  • The match-ups are now set for the League Championship Series, after the other three teams swept their first-round playoff series. The Phillies will play the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League title, while the New York Yankees will play the Los Angeles Angels for the American League crown.

DOLPHINS BEAT JETS 31-27 IN 'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL' THRILLER: The Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 31-27 on a Ronnie Brown touchdown with six seconds left last night (October 12th) to cap a thriller of a Monday Night Football game in Miami. The Dolphins' victory came on the fifth lead change of the fourth period, after a game in which Miami ran 16 wildcat plays, including four in their final touchdown drive. The Jets had their own trick plays, however, twice fooling the Dolphins with fake punts, one of which set up a touchdown and the other a field goal. In only his second NFL start, Miami quarterback Chad Henne completed 20 of 26 for 241 yards and two touchdowns, while Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez was 12 of 24 for 172 yards.

CHICAGO CUBS FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY AS PART OF SALE: The Chicago Cubs filed for bankruptcy Monday (October 12th) as part of the team's planned sale to the Ricketts family by the Tribune Co., with the filing aimed at eliminating any claims on the baseball team related to the bankruptcy of the media conglomerate. As part of the agreement, Tribune will give the Cubs, Wrigley Field and its stake in a sports TV network to a new company. The Ricketts family, which made its money from the TD Ameritrade business, will contribute cash to the new company and have 95 percent control.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • NCIS - When a marine's body surfaces halfway arounf the world, the investigation forces Ziva to dig up a lost chapter of her life.
  • NCIS: LOS ANGELES - When an Iraqi businessman is murdered, the team searches for the former Marine who was hired to protect him.
  • THE GOOD WIFE - As her husband's legal team continues to work on his appeal, Alicia discovers evidence of possible jury tampering in her firm's class action suit against a pharmaceutical company.


  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - A challenge winner gets to divide the contestants into two teams; a difficult elimination results in another player being sent home.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - John C. Reilly, Ben Roethlisberger


  • HELL'S KITCHEN - (season finale) International culinary experts serve as guest judges when the three finalists create dishes from various parts of the world; the final two chefs do battle in the last challenge and dinner service. chef Ramsay chooses the winner.


  • SHARK TANK - A verterinarian's product claims to prevent cancer in pets; a Texas designer pitches a line of fashionable clothing for women.
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - A celebrity is eliminated.
  • THE FORGOTTEN - A Jane Doe appears to have died from an insulin overdose, but further developements lead the team to suspect foul play and into an investigation of 'parachute kids.'


  • 90210 - Silver and Kelly deal with shocking news about their mother; Adrianna turns Navid's world upside down; Jasper saves Annie from a bad date.
  • MELROSE PLACE - Riley gets an offer form a famous fashion designer; Violet tries to orchestrate a meeting with Michael.


  • SONS OF ANARCHY - Clay sets a course for retaliation; Gemma shows Tara how an old lady handles anger.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jimmy Smits, T.R. Knight, Daughtry
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - After 18 years, Jaycee comes home: The Latest
THE VIEW - Alicia Silverstone, guest co-host Kaley Cuoco


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Sienna Miller, Aziz Ansari, Dead by Sunrise
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - John C. Reilly, Ben Roethlisberger
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Ice-T, Eddie Izzard, the Flaming Lips
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Jack Black, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, Cobra Starship
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Andy Samberg, Greg Proops, Baaba Maal & the Brazilian Girls
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Chris Kattan, Lily Allen
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - David Javerbaum, Sylvia Earle


NEWLYWEDS ROB CHAPEL: Sevierville, Tennessee police say that a newlywed couple were arrested on their wedding night after they returned to rob the chapel where they were married a week before. Police say the couple rented a cabin at the resort where the chapel is located and that an employee of the resort noticed their car outside the chapel around 1am, shortly before the money was found to be missing. The two newlyweds were confronted by police at a restaurant where they confessed and turned over the money. (AP)

TRAIN DRAGS HALF NAKED MOONER: A German man who was mooning at railway workers got his pants caught in train car door and was dragged over 200 yards. The man was mooning the rail workers because they had kicked him off a train not having a ticket. Somehow, he was not badly injured as he was able to keep his legs away from the wheels of the train. The train was finally stopped when a passenger noticed the man and pulled the emergency break. The mooner had only cuts and bruises, but will now face charges. (Reuters)

MAN SLEEPS THROUGH FIRE: A man in suburban Pittsburgh slept through a fire in his house which caused part of the house to collapse. The man was not discovered until firefighters found him still asleep on a walk-through of the house about two hours later. When the man awoke he did not seem to know what was going on and was taken to a hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation. (AP)


SMELLY PASSENGERS MOST OFFENSIVE ON AIRPLANES: Airline passengers are most bummed when they are forced to sit next to someone with poor hygiene. While almost half the respondents to the survey by cited the smelly as the worst seat mates, 30 percent called out those who cough and sneeze, and 15 percent get most steamed when they are seated next to someone who is overweight. Overall, there was sympathy for the plight of the heavy, with a plurality saying the airlines should give them an extra seat, free of charge. It should come as no surprise that "seat kicking" was the behavior airline passengers find most rude.

WORKING OUT MAKES US THINK WE LOOK BETTER EVEN IF WE DON'T: Researchers discovered we believe we look healthier after working out despite the fact it may not have been enough to make us any fitter. Meanwhile, psychologists say we don't necessarily feel any better about ourselves when we do more exercise and do look fitter. Professor Heather Hausenblas, who carried out the research, told the Daily Mail, "You would think that if you become more fit you would experience greater improvements in terms of body image, but that's not what we found." The study showed slightly larger benefits from exercise in terms of improving body image for women than men.

NEW APP HELPS MEN PICK UP WOMEN: 'Amp Up before You Score' is an iPhone app that helps you change your game and increase your chances to score with any type of woman, whether she's a "rebound girl," "aspiring actress," or a member of the ever-growing herd of "cougars." Once a woman is defined by type, the rest is a snap. Check the app for her profile, and review the cheat-sheet providing details as to what she's into, and what sure-fire pick-up lines will seal the deal. Check it out:

PUMPKIN SHORTAGE THIS FALL? A Washington D.C. - area farm says that due to a rainy spring, they are seeing a pumpkin shortage right now. Marketing manager Bob Richard told the, "It has been a weird weather situation. Usually we have no trouble at all getting brokers to bring us pumpkins. But Pennsylvania farmers are seeing yields down 50 to 70 percent. We have as many as we need to get through Columbus Day weekend, our busiest time, but we are concerned about what will happen next week. Gourds may be great for Mom and Dad, but not such a good souvenir for kids."

SEXY COSTUMES AIMED AT YOUNG GIRLS: Sexy Halloween costumes are now being aimed at pre-teens. The New York Daily News reported that mainstream companies such as, Costume Super Center and Costume Kingdom are carrying some of these costumes, like the Pre-Teen Gretel, which features a "crotch-skimming miniskirt, hold-up stockings and a peasant blouse, jauntily pulled down to show off her chest and bare shoulders." There's also the "Sexy Minnie Mouse" and Mis-Behaved, in a "skin-tight dress with bondage-style front zipper, pleather knee boots and a set of handcuffs dangling from her wrist."

Should Newspapers Continue to Endorse Political Candidates?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Friday (October 9th) that it will no longer endorse candidates for political office, telling readers that they'd made the decision, quote, "after listening carefully to readers and thinking deeply about the modern role of a newspaper in elections." In a note to readers, the newspaper's Editorial Board said they'll continue to provide information about candidates' positions and records, explaining that's what readers have said they want, not being told who to vote for. The message notes that newspapers have endorsed candidates from their earliest days, going back to a time when cities had many newspapers, each of which had clear political agendas. The Editorial Board said times had changed since then and wrote, "We see our role now as providing you with information to help you make decisions, and not trying to make them for you."

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Monday, October 12, 2009


Despite speculation making its way around the rumor mill, Carrie Underwood's current hit, "Cowboy Casanova," is not about any of her ex-boyfriends. Underwood co-wrote the song with Brett James, who penned "Jesus Take The Wheel," and Mike Elizondo, who has written songs for Pink, Nelly Furtado and Eminem, among others.

Underwood tells us the song was born out of a groove. "'Cowboy Casanova' is not about any one specific person. I think just being in there, that was more of a vibe that came around first. It was just like Mike Elizondo just started playing guitar and had this like cool drum thing goin' on, and the next thing you knew just certain words just kind of came out, like, 'cowboy casanova -- that sounds really cool,' 'hmm, record machine -- that sounds really cool,' you know, 'candy-coated misery.' Like there were just certain pieces that came about and then we filled in the rest and kind of created this mystery guy, but, no, it's not about any one particular person."

  • "Cowboy Casanova" is in the Top Eight on the country charts in as many weeks.
  • The song is the lead release from Underwood's upcoming CD, Play On, due out on November 3rd.

Sugarland's new Christmas CD, called Gold And Green, will be released on Tuesday (October 13th). The 10-track project includes five original songs co-written by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.

For Bush, recording Christmas songs was nothing new. His recordings of holiday tunes were often Christmas gifts to family and friends back when he was a struggling musician, he tells us: "Historically, I have given my family, when I was at the height of my poverty as a musician, I would give them recordings of myself and my friends, whoever I could talk into, recording Christmas songs. As it became more and more affordable to give them a CD, it became the gift that a lot of my friends would look forward to every year, but I do them for myself because it helps me get in the spirit in that last two or three weeks."

Miranda Lambert recently charted her third Number One debuting CD with Revolution. Her success is all the sweeter because she didn't conform to those unspoken rules about making an album, she tells us: "I don't think there should be rules, but there is. I don't understand that, cause you don't tell a painter, 'Paint it like this and use this color.' That's ridiculous. I mean, it's art, and so, honestly, I think what gives me the courage and the guts to do what I wanna do is because its worked. I mean, I still have a job. I still play shows and get to sell records so I'm like, 'Alright!' Then I'm gonna keep doin' it."

Lambert says that even if her approach to her career wasn't working commercially, there's not a thing she would change. "It's all I can do. I don't know how to change. I don't know how to make myself quote unquote commercial. I just am what I am and I hope people love it. If they don't, well, I can't sell out. I can't do something else just to see if people will love it because then I wouldn't believe it, and you can't sell something you don't believe."

Brad Paisley graces the covers of two magazines this week -- People Country and Country Weekly. Paisley is featured in the Country Stars & Their Families issue of People Country, on stands today through November 9th. The five-page spread includes exclusive photos of Paisley, his father, Doug, and his two-year-old son Huck.

The Country Weekly issue featuring Paisley hits newsstands on Monday (October 12th).

  • Paisley's current single, "Welcome To The Future," sits at Number Six on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.


  • Paisley has extended his American Saturday Night tour into next year with special guests Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore.

Miley Cyrus is telling her fans about why she quit Twitter -- by rapping about it in a YouTube video. In the video, shot in what looks to be a backstage dressing room, a baseball cap-wearing Miley rhymes that she has gone overboard with her tweets and wants to get back to keeping her private life private. The 16-year-old star raps, "Now you write what you're doing but who really cares if I'm playing with Noah or just doing my hair/Everything that I type and everything that I do, the lame gossip sites take it and they make it news/I want my private life private, I'm done trying to please. I ain't living for tabloids, no I'm living for me."

On Thursday, Miley's dad Billy Ray Cyrus joined the Twitter-verse in urging daughter Miley to reactivate her account by sending out his own tweet about it. The country star/actor wrote, "You can't leave everyone now. We r countin on u."

By Saturday, however, Billy Ray had changed his tune, tweeting that his daughter had no choice but to close up her Twitter account because it had been hacked -- something both her rep and his rep later denied to In fact, Billy Ray said he'd be leaving Twitter because someone had gotten into his account too: "Looks like I'll be goin bye bye also.I'm sad! I'll try to stay up 4 the weekend to say goodbye. U R correct! This does suck! I woke up this mornin and all my info and messages were gone! Stolen! Vanished! I've been robbed!! Dangflabbit!"

  • Miley removed her account -- which she had constantly updated -- last Wednesday (October 7th) night, reportedly at the urging of her rumored new boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth.
  • Prior to the deletion she'd written, "FYI Liam doesn't have a twttr & he wants ME 2 delete mine w/ gd reason."

CHECK IT OUT: Lessons learned from dad:


  • From Mrs. B on "I usually have little time for Miley, but with this story she earns my respect. In recognizing 'I stalled living for moments and started living for people.' she shows a better understanding of the impact social networking can have on peoples' lives than a lot of childish people more than twice her age."
  • From Nate on "Twitter does seem less interesting now. It's sad that she only did this because her boyfriend told her to. How pathetic."
  • From Seriously? on "Are you kidding me?! Like a world without sunshine?! Jeez it's not the end of the world."
  • From AJ on "So a celebrity decides to opt out of putting even more of their life on public display. Big deal. I don't tweet and I really don't feel like I'm missing out on much. If I feel I really need to say something, I'd rather use a bulletin board or forum where I'm not limited to a handful of characters."


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  • John Denver was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed off the coast of Monterey, California in 1997.
  • Cyndi Thomson announced her early retirement from her career as a country artist in 2002. She had released just one album, My World, which went gold.
  • Faith Hill's debut album, Take Me As I Am, was released in 1993.
  • Sara Evans filed for divorce from Craig Schelske in Franklin, Tennessee in 2006, citing infidelity, verbal abuse and heavy use of pornography.
  • Trisha Yearwood earned a Number One single in Billboard with "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" in 1996.
  • Ricky Van Shelton's "Keep It Between The Lines" climbed to Number One on the Billboard country singles chart in 1991.


The comedy Couples Retreat, written by and co-starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, debuted at the top of the weekend box office, while last week's top film, Zombieland, fell to second place. The critically-penned Couples Retreat, about four couples at a tropical island therapy resort, also features Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman.

Jumping into the top 10 in fifth place was the buzz-heavy thriller Paranormal Activity, which expanded into daytime showings in just 160 theaters after two weeks of midnight-only screenings. Shot for just $15,000 by writer-director Oren Peli, Paranormal Activity was acquired by DreamWorks at 2007's Slamdance Film Festival. Like The Blair Witch Project, to which it's being compared, Paranormal Activity is fiction shot in documentary style, as a young man sets up cameras to record strange goings-on in the house he shares with his girlfriend.


  1. Couples Retreat, $35.3 million
  2. Zombieland, $15 million
  3. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, $12 million
  4. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D, $7.7 million
  5. Paranormal Activity, $7.1 million
  6. Surrogates, $4.1 million
  7. The Invention of Lying, $3.4 million
  8. Whip It, $2.8 million
  9. Capitalism: A Love Story, $2.7 million
  10. Fame, $2.6 million


HEIDI KLUM AND SEAL BABY WATCH: Radar Online reported Friday that Heidi Klum and Seal had welcomed a baby girl, but as of Sunday night, no other media outlet had confirmed the birth. A source close to the model told that the RadarOnline story was absolutely not true. This will make the fourth child for Klum and Seal. The father of the couple's oldest child, Leni, is race car mogul Flavio Briatore, while Klum has given birth to Seal's two sons.

IRISH BOY BAND SUPERSTAR FOUND DEAD IN SPAIN: Stephen Gately, a member of the wildly popular 1990s group Boyzone, died suddenly at the age of 33 Saturday (October 10th) while on vacation in Majorca, Spain. His long-time partner Andy Cowles found the singer's body Saturday afternoon at their luxury vacation. Police said there were no signs of violence or suicide "or any other evidence pointing to another probable cause of death suach as the use of drugs." A post-mortem examination is scheduled for Tuesday. Boyzone had 17 top five singles and four number one albums in the U.K. before they split in 2000. Gately came out publicly as a gay man in June 1999.

KATE GOSSELIN WANTS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM JON: Kate Gosselin has filed papers asking for child support and temporary spousal support after estranged husband Jon allegedly took $230,000 from a bank account they shared. Mark Momjian, one of her divorce attorneys, told People magazine, "She needs relief in light of the draining of substantial marital assets in violation of the arbitrator's decision that the money should be used only for specific purposes." Meanwhile, reports that Jon has filed a suit claiming that Kate took $60,000 from their joint bank account in the last three months and that she took out more than $1,000,000 in 2008 and the first half of 2009 that hasn't been accounted for. A hearing regarding their financial dispute is scheduled for Tuesday (October 13th).

SAMANTHA BURKE SAYS DNA TESTS CONFIRM JUDE LAW IS HER BABY DADDY: A publicist for the 24-year-old model tells TMZ that Jude Law is definitely the father of Burke's month-old baby girl Sophia. The rep says, "Samantha and Sophia are doing well and appreciate all of the well wishes they have received."

MADONNA AND HER TRAINER PART WAYS: Tracy Anderson, the woman responsible for Madonna's physique for the last three years has parted ways with the singer. There are rumors that Madonna was miffed Anderson wouldn't travel on the final leg of Madonna's European tour because the trainer was spending time with the former head of Madonna's charity, Raising Malawi. A source also told Page Six that Madonna had "grown tired of the baggage that Tracy always seemed to be carrying around." But, Anderson's publicist tells Page Six that, "after working together for three years, Tracy and Madonna mutually parted ways because Tracy wanted to look after her son."

ADNAN GHALIB PLEADS NO CONTEST: Britney Spears' former running buddy Adnan Ghalib has entered a plea of no-contest to charges stemming from a hit-and-run incident in February 2009. According to, the LA District Attorney says two felony charges against Ghalib will be dropped but he still faces a possible year sentence in state prison if he's found guilty. His trial begins November 20th.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR FINE AFTER HEART SURGERY: Elizabeth Taylor is doing well after undergoing heart surgery last week. After announcing her impending hospital stay via Twitter, the screen legend updated fans, writing, "Dear Friends, My heart procedure went off perfectly. It's like having a brand new ticker. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. I know they all helped. Love you, Elizabeth." She also cleared up a rumor that claimed she is diabetic. Taylor tweeted, "I was completely honest with you about my hospitalization. Now the press, bless their little hearts, had to add something by saying that I had diabetes, which is a total lie. But I guess they can't help themselves."

KHLOE NOT DROPPING KARDASHIAN: Khloe Kardashian is not relinquishing her famous name despite having walked down the aisle with NBA star Lamar Odom. A source told the New York Post that the 25-year-old will now go by Khloe Kardashian Odom, explaining, "Khloe knows that by keeping her identity as a Kardashian sister she is far more marketable."

DUGGARS' WELCOME FIRST GRANDCHILD: Reality stars Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have welcomed their first grandchild. The couple's oldest son Josh and his wife Anna welcomed daughter Mackynzie last Thursday (October 8th) as Michelle waits for the arrival of her 19th child, who is due to arrive in March. The family stars on TLC's 18 Kids and Counting.

NEW BOYFRIEND FOR AUDRINA PATRIDGE? Audrina Patridge is reportedly wasting no time looking for love after her split from BMX racer Corey Bohan. Star magazine reports that The Hills star was recently seen lunching with model Derek White, sparking rumors of a blossoming romance. A source told the magazine, "It had a bit of that awkward first-date vibe, but there were definitely sparks." If the relationship persists it could get messy -- as White is reportedly best friends with Patridge's ex, Justin "Bobby" Brescia.


'SOUTHLAND' REPORTEDLY FIRST LENO CASUALTY: NBC's Southland is reportedly the first television show to fall victim to The Jay Leno Show. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that production on the drama has been shut down and it's completed episodes shelved. After seeing the first six episodes of the show's sophomore season, the network halted production, claiming the program was "too dark and gritty" for its 9 p.m. Friday timeslot. Since 10 o'clock, a more appropriate air time, is occupied by Leno weekday nights, NBC deemed the show had no future.

MEGAN FOX SQUASHES RUMORS HER 'TRANSFORMERS' CHARACTER WILL GET BUMPED OFF: A rep for actress Megan Fox says it's not true that her character "Mikaela Banes" will be killed off in the next installment of the robot action flick. Fox and Shia LaBeouf are both set to star in the third film in the series, due out in 2011, which will once again be directed by Michael Bay. Gossip speculation about Mikaela's demise started after it was rumored Fox had a disagreement with Bay.

LAUREN GRAHAM JOINS 'PARENTHOOD': Lauren Graham is replacing Maura Tierney in the upcoming NBC show, Parenthood. Variety reports that Graham's casting came after Tierney was forced to drop out of the show because of health issues. Helen Hunt's name had also been mentioned as a possible replacement, but Graham ultimately landed the role.

'DALLAS' REMAKE REPORTEDLY IN THE WORKS: A revival of Dallas is reportedly in the works. Sources told the New York Times that there have been discussions about TNT hosting a remake, which would focus on the next generation of Ewings, namely John Ross and Christopher. Original cast members Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy have reportedly been contacted about participating, although there's no guarantee of a full series after a pilot is produced.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE RETURNING TO STAGE? Daniel Radcliffe is reportedly planning a return to the theater. reports that the Harry Potter star will be performing the lead role of an upcoming reading of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Radcliffe is reportedly the only cast member in place right now, however the show's producers hope the high-profile reading will lift the project to Broadway.


Kourtney Kardashian is having a boy. The reality star announced on Friday (October 9th) that she and Scott Disick will welcome a son when she gives birth later this year.

Kardashian told E! News, "A boy is definitely needed in this family! Scott and I are thrilled to add a little boy to the bunch. Bruce and Rob told me it would be a boy the whole time!"

  • Kourtney's mother Kris nearly spilled the beans on the baby's sex earlier in the week when she replied to an inquiry about the baby's kicking by saying, "A lot...he was today!" She then tried to gloss it over by saying, "She was today. It was today." Kourtney jumped in, falsely explaining, "We say he and she but no one knows."


Hilary Swank sleeps in the buff and she doesn't care who knows -- or who sees. The Oscar-winning actress admitted to Marie Claire, "I don't sleep in anything."

  • She mused, My boyfriend's son is six years old and you wonder at what age you should stop walking around nude. Every morning he comes into the bedroom and you're just nude. But he doesn't look twice -- he doesn't think about it yet."

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Vince Vaughn went off the market this past Valentine's Day. The Couple's Retreat star told Ellen DeGeneres, "Valentine's Day rolled around and I figured this is not a ship to be missed because I will not forget this date."

He added, "So Valentine's Day was the day that I asked her. [It] worked out great because it would have been kind of weird to have talked about [getting engaged] and then skipped Valentine's Day as if who knows when this thing is coming."

  • The 39-year-old said that he and his now-fiance Kyla Weber dated for a year-and-a-half before deciding they should walk down the aisle. He admitted that marriage had come up in conversation before the proposal, explaining, "We talked about [it"]. I knew we were both kind of in [agreement] with it."
  • As for the impending nuptials, Vaughn added, "She is wonderful. I'm just thrilled."

CHECK IT OUT: Proposal ideas:


Late night host Jimmy Kimmel is dating one of his Jimmy Kimmel Live! writers, his rep confirms to The 41-year-old talker has been going out with Molly McNearney for several months according to a source. This is Kimmel's first steady girl since he broke up with on-again off-again love Sarah Silverman after five years. A source told People magazine, "After Jimmy and Sarah broke up, Molly and Jimmy both found themselves single and things clicked. They're really happy together." The source added that the couple "keep things professional" during working hours.

  • McNearney has worked on Kimmel's show since 2003, first as an assistant to the executive producer and then as a writer. The 31-year-old was given the title co-head writer in May 2008.
  • Kimmel separated from his wife Gina in 2002 after 14 years of marriage. Together they have a son Kevin and a daughter Katie.

CHECK IT OUT: Wondering what Sarah Silverman's been up to? Her Comedy Central show returns in February and in the meantime she's making more controversial viral videos. Her latest is about ending world hunger by selling the Vatican. Here's the video, but WARNING it's Not Safe For Work (or air!):

Advice for Office Party Hookups (and some surprising companies where romance is rampant):


David Hasselhoff was reportedly hospitalized for another alcohol-related incident last week. Sources tell The Sun that the 57-year-old spent two nights in a London hospital after getting belligerent at his hotel.

One guest told the publication, "He was abusing all the staff, shouting at everyone. "We were shocked -- you'd think he was just some drunk, not a big star."

His assistant reportedly called for help after Hasselhoff ruined two mattresses after urinating all over himself in his hotel bed and the America's Got Talent judge was taken away to get help detoxing.

  • The source said a belligerent Hasselhoff was so angry at his assistant's decision that he hit the doctor called upon to help him. The insider said, "David was furious and lashed out at him, but mistakenly hit the doctor. They decided they had no option but to lock him in the basement until an ambulance arrived."
  • A patient at the facility said, "He was recognized immediately; everyone was thrilled The Hoff had arrived and wanted to meet him, but the nurses were anxious to make sure he had a quiet time to recover, and were telling him he needed vitamins and iron to build himself up."
  • Hasselhoff was reportedly released last Thursday (October 8th).

CHECK IT OUT: Drunkest celebrities:


Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Productions have been slapped with a lawsuit by a former attendant on Winfrey's private jet who says that she was wrongfully terminated for allegedly having sex with a pilot on the plane. Corrine Gehrls, 39, is suing Winfrey for more than $75,000.

  • Gehrls claims that she and pilot Terry Pansing, 57, were fired in June after being accused of "inappropriate intimate behavior" during a fuel stop with Winfrey on board. She maintains that she was falsely accused of the sexual activity by fellow flight attendants Myron Gooch and Kirby Bumpus, who happens to be Winfrey's goddaughter.
  • Winfrey was reportedly asleep while the alleged sexual activity was taking place.
  • Gehrls says Gooch made up the story leading to the firings because he was upset that Pansing would not change the flight schedule so that Gooch could fly back to Chicago and "attend to his cats," according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • According to the lawsuit, both Gehrls and Pansing passed a lie detector test.
  • There is no word from Harpo or Winfrey in response to the suit.


  • In other Winfrey news, the talk show queen arrived Sunday in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday (October 11th) amid tight security. Winfrey plans to broadcast an episode of her daily talk show from the Texas State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the country.


SPRINT CUP: Jimmie Johnson continues post season dominance

Race Recap: Pepsi 500 - Fontana, California

10 Kevin Harvick
9 Clint Bowyer
8 Kurt Busch
7 David Ragan
6 Carl Edwards
5 Tony Stewart recovered from pit road speeding and a lap down
4 Mark Martin loses the points lead
3 Juan Pablo Montoya led a ton of laps again
2 Jeff Gordon moves to 5th in points


1 Jimmie Johnson picks up his 5th win of the season, and 4th at California. The three time consecutive champion is now the points leader once again by 12 over Mark Martin. It's Jimmie's 16th Chase Race win of his career.


  • Big mistake Tony Stewart was caught speeding on pit road and went a lap down, he recovers to finish 5th after some luck
  • Kyle Busch who is battling the flu, was relieved by David Gilliland and the 18 machine finished 24th
  • Denny Hamlin got spun while leading on the restart he came down in front of Juan Pablo Montoya, the 11 finished 37th Denny called it "a rookie mistake on his part"
  • Kurt Busch hit the wall sending Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle flying through the grass with 12 to go
  • A violent and massive wreck coming with 6 laps to go involving Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Marcos Ambrose, Brian Vickers, Reed Sorenson, AJ Allmendinger, Jeff Burton


  • Talladega will have even smaller holes in their restrictor plates in a couple of weeks, this in response to the horrific Carl Edwards crash there in April.
  • Tom Logano's NASCAR Hard Card Credential was pulled after he confronted Greg Biffle on pit road after Saturday's Nationwide Series race. Talk about a "Helicopter Parent"

NATIONWIDE RACING: Joey Logano Wins Thriller In Fontana

Resurrecting his hopes after sustaining early damage to his No. 20 Toyota, polesitter Joey Logano won Saturday's Copart 300, an event he described as "the most fun race I've ever had in my life."

For others, particularly NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Kyle Busch and his relief driver, Denny Hamlin, the race at two-mile Auto Club Speedway was anything but a barrel of laughs.

Taking over for Busch after 39 laps -- because Busch had a case of the flu that wouldn't let up -- Hamlin collided with Greg Biffle off Turn 4 while fighting for the lead on Lap 141 and exited the race with an irreparable car.

The accident put a substantial dent in Busch's points lead over third-place finisher Carl Edwards, who now trails Busch by 155 points with five races left in the season. Brad Keselowski, who rallied from a slow restart on a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race two laps beyond its scheduled distance, finished fifth and is third in points, 227 behind Busch.

Logano rallied from 25th position after Biffle forced him into the backstretch wall while Biffle was passing for the lead on Lap 50 of 152.

"I didn't think we had a shot at it after Biffle decided to put us in the wall," said Logano, who pulled away from runner-up Brian Vickers after the final restart on Lap 151. "Apparently, that was the only way he thought he could beat us, but you can't put this 20 team down.

"We never quit, kept digging all day. I definitely didn't think we had a shot at it. It was just amazing. ... That was the most fun race I ever had in my life. I went through a point there where (I said to myself) 'I don't have a shot at this' to 'Try to salvage a top 10 out of it' to bringing home a W."


PAKISTAN BOMBS MILITANTS AFTER HOSTAGE SIEGE ENDED: Pakistani aircraft bombed Taliban militants in their stronghold near the Afghan border late Sunday (October 11th) as the government said a ground offensive against the al Qaida-linked militants was imminent. The bombing took place hours after Pakistani commandos stormed an office building and rescued 39 people who'd been taken hostage after an attack on the army headquarters in Rawalpindi. Members of the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaida are the suspected culprits.

OBAMA PLEDGES TO REPEAL 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL: President Obama reaffirmed his campaign pledge to allow gay men and women to serve openly in the military during a speech Saturday night (October 10th) at the annual dinner of the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. Obama declared, "I will end 'don't ask-don't tell'" to a standing ovation, but gave no timetable or specifics. He acknowledged some may be growing impatient, saying, "I appreciate that many of you don't believe progress has come fast enough. Do not doubt the direction we are heading and the destination we will reach." Obama also called on Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

76 CHILDREN IN U.S. HAVE DIED FROM SWINE FLU: Health officials said Friday (October 9th) that 76 children in the U.S. have died of swine flu, including 19 new reports in the previous week. That provides more evidence the new virus is unusually dangerous for the young, as the regular flu kills between 46 and 88 children in an entire year. Experts believe older people may have a bit of immunity from exposure over the years to somewhat similar viruses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say that 37 states now have widespread swine flu, and it is continuing to spread. Vaccinations for swine flu began this week, but demand is currently exceeding supply. The CDC said those seeking the vaccination should ask their state or local health department where to go.


FIRST FAMILY ATTEND CHURCH NEAR WHITE HOUSE: President Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha attended Sunday services yesterday (October 11th) at St. John's Church, an Episcopal church across the street from the White House. Although the Obamas also attended services at St. John's on Easter Sunday and Inauguration Day, they haven't yet settled on a permanent congregation. Presidents have often attended St. John's, which has a pew designated with a small plaque as "The President's Pew." Church history claims that every president since James Madison has visited.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FOUNDER RETURNS FROM SPACE STATION: Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte returned to Earth yesterday on a Russian Soyuz capsule from the International Space Station, where he'd had a 10-day stay as the most recent space tourist. Laliberte returned with Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and U.S astronaut Michael Barrett, who'd spent six months at the space station. While in space, Laliberte hosted a global Internet broadcast on October 9th to promote his One Drop Foundation's crusade to preserve the world's water resources, with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, U2 and Shakira among those who participated back on Earth, with participants appearing in 14 cities on five continents.

  • Laliberte paid $35 million for his space journey.

POLL: MORE AMERICANS FAVOR CIVIL UNIONS FOR GAY COUPLES: A Pew Research Center poll out Friday (October 9th) found that support for civil unions for same-sex couples has increased to 57 percent, up from 54 percent a year ago and 45 percent when the question was first asked by Pew in 2003. However, only 39 percent support gay marriage, with 53 percent opposed, virtually unchanged from last year. There was more support for gay marriage among women, adults under 30 and college-educated people than among men, older adults and those who didn't go to college.

  • Gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont, and will start in New Hampshire in January. A voter referendum in Maine next month will determine the fate of a gay marriage bill passed by the Legislature in May.

MOTHER OF COLUMBINE KILLER SPEAKS OUT: Susan Klebold, the mother of one of the two Columbine High School killers, Dylan Klebold, has written an essay for next month's issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, in the first detailed public remarks by any parent of the Columbine killers. Klebold wrote that she's still struggling to make sense of what happened, and that she had no idea her son was suicidal until she read his journals after the 1999 massacre he carried out with Eric Harris in which they killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves. "For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused," she wrote. "I cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my son's schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family, and about love."

NAVY SHIP TO BE NAMED FOR CIVIL RIGHTS FIGURE MEDGAR EVERS: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday (October 9th) that he's naming a new Navy supply ship for civil rights figure Medgar Evers, who was assassinated outside his Mississippi home in June 1963 at age 37, when he was the state's field secretary for the NAACP. Mabus, a former Mississippi governor, told an audience at Jackson State University that included Evers' widow, "He gave his life for his country." The USNS Medgar Evers will deliver food, ammunition and parts to other ships at sea.

  • During the 1950s and early '60s, Evers organized nonviolent protests, voter registration drives and boycotts in his home state.
  • His killer, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith, wasn't convicted of murder until 1994.


BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: The Los Angeles Dodgers finished off the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday (October 10th), winning a three-game sweep in the best-of-five National League Division Series to advance to the next round. In games yesterday (October 11th):

Angels Eliminate Red Sox: The Los Angeles Angels eliminated the Boston Red Sox with a 7-6 win to give them a three-game sweep, and now head to the ALCS to face the New York Yankees, who won their playoff series later in the day. The Angels got the victory at Boston's Fenway Park by scoring three runs off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning, after getting two runs off him in the eighth. Papelbon had never before allowed a run in 27 post-season innings. The victory over Boston was even sweeter for the Angels, since the Red Sox had knocked them out of the playoffs the previous four times they met.

Yankees Beat Twins 4-1 to Sweep NLDS: The New York Yankees are heading to the American League Championship Series after their 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins gave them a three-game, first-round sweep. Both starting pitchers dominated until later in the game, with the Yankees' Andy Pettitte finally giving up a run in the sixth, and the Twins' Carl Pavano giving up solo homers to Alex Rodriguez and then Jorge Posada in the seventh inning. The game was the final one that will ever be played at the Metrodome, which is being torn down as the Twins are getting a new stadium next year.

Phillies Beat Rockies 6-5 To Go Up 2-1 in the Series: The Philadelphia Phillies held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 and go up 2-1 in the best-of-five NLDS, in a lengthy game played in near-freezing Colorado temperatures. Brad Lidge, closer for the defending champion Phillies, got Troy Tulowitzki to fly out for the third out in the ninth inning, stranding runners at first and second base. Game 4 will be played today in Colorado.

NFL SCORES -- WEEK 5: Here are the results of this week's National Football League games (Home teams are listed in italics):

  • Cincinnati Bengals 17, Baltimore Ravens 14
  • Cleveland Browns 6, Buffalo Bills 3
  • Carolina Panthers 20, Washington Redskins 17
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Detroit Lions 20
  • Dallas Cowboys 26, Kansas City Chiefs 20
  • New York Giants 44, Oakland Raiders 7
  • Philadelphia Eagles 33, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
  • Minnesota Vikings 38, St. Louis Rams 10
  • Atlanta Falcons 45, San Francisco 49ers 10
  • Arizona Cardinals 28, Houston Texans 21
  • Denver Broncos 20, New England Patriots 17
  • Seattle Seahawks 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 0
  • Indianapolis Colts 31, Tennessee Titans 9

Tonight's Monday Night Football game on ESPN:

  • New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (8:30 p.m. ET)

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - Lily and Marshall come on too strong to impress Robin and Barney, who then try to break off the double dating.
  • ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE - Billie and Zack agree to see other people, but Billie finds her pregnancy gets in the way.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - Alan takes a job working for Evelyn; Charlie must mend Chelsea and Jake's rocky relationship.
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - Raj faces deportation if he does not find a job; Leonard and Penny deal with Howard as a third wheel.
  • CSI: MIAMI - When Miami's most hated man is murdered, members of the CSI team search for the killer and hidden treasure.


  • HEROES - Samuel gets ready for new additions to his family; Claire thinks her roommate might have a hidden agenda.
  • TRAUMA - Nancy and Rabbit are forced to work together when a man goes on a shooting spree inside an office building; Marisa discovers she is more like Rabbit than she wants to admit.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Dana Carvey


  • HOUSE - A wealthy businessman brings his teenage son to the hospital and insists on having House handle the case; Foreman and Chase prepare to present information on the Dibala case.
  • LIE TO ME - While on vacation in Mexico, Lightmand and Emily get involved in the case of a missing American woman; Foster investigates tainted blood in local hospitals.


  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The teams perform.
  • CASTLE - The mysterious circumstances surrounding an Arctic explorer's death take Castle and Beckett to the halls of the CIA.


  • ONE TREE HILL - Haley is pushed into the spotlight; Millicent gets a new job; Quinn and Clay become closer.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Rufus and Lily move up their wedding date; Blair grows suspicious of Bree; Chuck uncovers a secret that Carter was hiding from Serena.


  • JON & KATE PLUS 8 - Kate must deal with an empty nest when all eight children head to school.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Vince Vaughn, Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
THE VIEW - Janet Napolitano, Dr. Steven Lamm, guest co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Garry Shandling, Kaley Cuoco, Tim McGraw
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Jamie Foxx, Jason Alexander, Grizzly Bear
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) David Duchovny, Carmelo Anthony, Kid Cudi
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - David Boreanaz, Mitch Albom, Dierks Bentley
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) -Kathie Lee Gifford, Penn Badgley, Love & Theft
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) Frank Caliendo, Casey Currie, Emily Wells


TRUCKER FINED FOR SMOKING: A Canadian truck driver has been fined $290 for smoking in his truck, because he was smoking in his place of work. The officer pulled over and fined the man after he saw the driver smoking because of the officer's interpretation of a law that bans employees from smoking in their place of work. (Reuters)

MAN WRONGLY JAILED FOR WEEK: A 44-year-old North Carolina man was released after spending a week in jail because he had the same name as a 23-year-old man. The wrong man was taken 160 miles away to a prison where he was charged with resisting arrest, breaking and entering and failing to yield to a pedestrian. The mix up was finally realized even after two court appearances. (AP)

POSTCARD DELIVERED AFTER 40 YEARS: A postcard detailing the vacation of a couple finally arrived at its destination, although the occupants have been gone for many years. The postcard, dated sometime in June or July of 2009, sent from Stratford, England and details a vacation that included seeing a tennis match at Wimbledon. The long-lost postcard comes at a time when many Brits fear a looming postal worker strike.


PILL TO END PERIOD PAIN? Researchers have created a pill that may put an end to menstrual misery each month. London's Daily Mail reported that the pill, known in trials as VA111913, works by bringing down the levels of the hormone that controls the muscles that contract in the uterus. Most other drugs only treat the symptom, rather than the cause, scientists said.

BRITISH PARENTS ELECTRONICALLY MONITOR KIDS' SCHOOL LUNCHES: Parents of children attending a school in England can now monitor what their child eats for lunch. The Daily Mail reports that students use a photo ID card when they buy their lunch, and a list of the main course, side dishes and pudding they have chosen is then sent to a website, which their parents can check. It is hoped the system will encourage healthy eating, although it also records a child's allergies and rejects any unsuitable choices.

MUSICAL STAIRS MAKES EXERCISE FUN: Volkswagen has come up with a new way to encourage people to exercise. The company transformed the stairs leading out of the Odenplan subway in Stockholm, Sweden, into a giant functioning piano keyboard (kind of the one Tom Hanks made famous in Big), The Daily Mail reports that the car company found 66 percent more people than normal chose the musical stairs over the escalator. Check out the staircase:

PARENT-MONITORED ALCOHOL GOOD FOR TEENS? Parents can help to keep their teenage children out of trouble by giving them a weekly allowance of alcohol. A British study in the journal BMC Public Health has found that teenagers who rely on obtaining their own supplies of cheap alcohol are much more likely to be involved in violence and other forms of bad behavior. Study leader Professor Mark Bellis said, ''The negative impacts of alcohol on children's health are substantial. Those parents who choose to allow children aged 15 to 16 years to drink may limit harms by restricting consumption to lower frequencies (e.g. no more than once a week) and under no circumstances permitting binge drinking."


Toot Survival Technique 1: Don't Ask, Don't Smell -- Gas may be a fact of life, but for some couples it's an issue best kept behind the bathroom door. Take Cynthia, who, even after 18 years of marriage, says that publicly passing gas is a no-go. "This is a major issue for my husband, who gets very upset if I pass gas in his presence. He finds it a vulgar romance killer. If the need arises, I am to leave the room, walk away if outdoors, or get out of bed and leave the bedroom."

  • Toot Survival Technique 2: Making Light of the Breeze -- Holly, now married for three years, broke the farting barrier early on in her relationship. She tooted by accident, he laughed hysterically, they got over it. Now she and her husband have a light-hearted rule to help keep flatulence from ruining the romance: "No farting within an hour of wanting/planning/hoping to have sex."

  • Toot Survival Technique 3: Fartloose and Fancy-Free -- On the other end of the spectrum are the couples who not only pass gas freely, they see it as a way to strengthen their relationship. Now-married Drew says that fart confidence can even be a turn-on. "If one squeaked out and a woman apologized like a lady, I might've lost interest, whereas if she owned it with a line like 'Beat that!' I would have proposed!"

Beauty Pageant Held in Hungary for Women Who've Had Plastic Surgery

A beauty pageant was held last week in Hungary for contestants who'd had plastic surgery, seeking to promote such cosmetic enhancements in a country where they've not been viewed very favorably. Plastic surgeon Dr. Tamas Rozsos said the Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 pageant was meant to show that plastic surgery doesn't have to involve things like exaggerated oversize breasts or too pouty lips.

To qualify for the pageant, the 18 women had to prove they'd had plastic surgery -- Botox or collagen injections didn't count -- and nearly all had augmented breasts, with lots of nose jobs too. There was also a special category for women over 30. Twenty-two-year-old winner Reka Urban won an apartment in Budapest, the first runner-up was given a new car and the second runner-up got diamond jewelry worth some $11,000. The winners' plastic surgeons also received awards.

Friday, October 09, 2009


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Taylor Swift has extended her sold out Fearless tour into 2010. Swift hits the road beginning on February 4th in Brisbane, Australia. She'll play five shows Down Under before beginning her North American run on March 4th in Tampa, Florida. Swift will ultimately headline 37 shows in 29 cities in 22 states and provinces in the US and Canada. Tickets for next year's shows go on sale later this month, with ticket prices starting at $25.

Kellie Pickler will return to open Swift's North American shows, while Gloriana will also come back to join the superstar on all of her dates.

In other Swift news, the singer's brand new music video, "Fifteen," will make its world premiere today (Friday, October 9th) on CMT and The video will be available first for streaming on at 7 a.m. ET, followed by the television premiere of "Fifteen," which will be included in a 90-minute television special, Fifteen Swiftly-Made Videos, airing this morning at 8 a.m. ET. The special includes a chronological look back at Swift's entire music video catalog, as well as live performances from Studio 330 Sessions and CMT Crossroads: Def Leppard And Taylor Swift, and concludes with the world premiere of "Fifteen."

Swift wrote "Fifteen" about her best friend's heartbreak experience when the two were in high school. "When I was 15 I met my best friend, Abigail, who I've been best friends with for five years. She's been the one constant in my crazy life, and we both fell in love with boys, and she fell in love with a guy and I started dating this senior athlete, you know, and our relationships ended two different ways. Like, my relationship with that guy ended with me choosing my dreams over love and deciding that I wanted to put everything I was and everything I had into my career. Abigail got her heart broken really bad, and she hasn't been the same since."

Swift said that singing "Fifteen" is not always easy for her because it's so personal. "It's an emotional song for me to sing because I was there the first time that I met up with her in the bathroom and cried with her about it, and it's a really personal song to me."

  • "Fifteen" sits at Number 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart this week.
  • An enhanced CD/DVD version of Swift's current Fearless album, called the Fearless Platinum Edition, will be released on October 27th.

The title track of Toby Keith's brand new CD, American Ride, hangs on to the Number One spot on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts for the second week. The song's video also claims the top spot on CMT's Top 20 Countdown.
  • "American Ride" is Keith's 16th Number One single this decade, and his 27th overall since he made his chart debut in 1993.
  • The American Ride CD was released on Tuesday (October 6th).
  • Keith will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (Friday, October 9th).


  • Keith will be presented with the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Songwriter/Artist of the Decade Award during an event in Nashville on Octboer 18th.
  • He will launch his first European tour in November.

Love And Theft will be performing the national anthem at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday (October 11th) when the Chiefs take on the Dallas Cowboys.
Immediately following the game, the trio will fly to New York City to make their debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday (October 12th) to perform their hit single "Runaway."
  • Love And Theft is currently on tour with Jason Aldean.
  • Their debut album, World Wide Open, was released in August.
Jake Owen's latest hit is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the songs he's best known for at this point in his career. He wrote "Eight Second Ride" eight years ago merely to entertain, he tells us: "I wasn't thinking about anything when I wrote it. I mean, there was no point to the song. Really, I mean, my brother wanted me to write a song for him and his friends that they could turn up loud in their trucks and party to, and we were in college, you know, as opposed to the songs when I moved to town here, like 'Startin' With Me,' 'Don't Think I Can't Love You,' these deep songs that make people think about their lives, and no, forget that! This song is about forgetting about your life. Just turn it up loud, put it in your car, roll the windows down and just go for a ride, you know?"
  • "Eight Second Ride" is included on Owen's Easy Does It CD.
  • The singer is the focus of Origins: Jake Owen, airing on GAC on Sunday (October 11th) at 9 p.m. ET.

Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are set to headline the 2010 Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, California taking place on April 24th and 25th at the Empire Polo Club.
  • Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Phil Vassar, Jamey Johnson, Merle Haggard, Carlene Carter, and the Oak Ridge Boys are among the other acts set to perform at Stagecoach.
  • Tickets to the music festival will be available beginning on October 16th through Ticketmaster and online at


  • This year's Stagecoach festival, which featured Brad Paisley, Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert, among others, drew more than 79,000 fans, according to Billboard Boxscore.

The Grand Ole Opry turns 84 this weekend and several cast members will be on hand to celebrate. Montgomery Gentry, Josh Turner, Diamond Rio, Jimmy Dickens, Joe Diffie, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, and Lorrie Morgan are all set to perform during the Opry's Birthday Bash shows on Friday (October 9th) and Saturday (October 10th).
  • The foyer of the Opry House will again feature the Opry Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins on display are intricately designed to replicate Opry members such as Little Jimmy Dickens, Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart, Carrie Underwood and more. New additions to the Pumpkin Patch this year include Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, and Martina McBride.


Lynyrd Skynyrd



Blake Shelton

Luke Bryan

Emily West

CRIBS 2/CMT 11:15PM (ET)
LeAnn Rimes, Jewel

Lady Antebellum

World Reacts to Obama Peace Prize Award

The foundation of former South African President Nelson Mandela says it welcomes the awarding of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Speaking on behalf of Mr. Mandela, the foundation said it hopes the award will strengthen Mr. Obama's commitment to "promoting peace and the eradication of poverty."

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who was considered a front runner for the peace prize, told Reuters news agency the U.S. president was a deserving candidate.

Meanwhile, an aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the French news agency the award should prompt Mr. Obama to start working towards ending injustice in the world.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed his hope the U.S. president's award would "boost the president's ability" to bring "regional peace" to the Middle East.


  • Scott Bakula (actor, Quantum Leap and Enterprise) (55)
  • Fyvush Finkel (actor, Boston Public and Picket Fences) (87)
  • Sean Lennon (singer son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono) (34) (Sean shared his birthday with his late father, who was born on the same day in 1940.)
  • Brandon Routh (actor, Superman Returns) (30)
  • Robert Wuhl (actor and comedian of Arliss) (58)
  • Bobby Flay (celebrity chef, Boy Meets Grill) (45)
  • Tony Shalhoub (actor, Monk) (56)
  • Sharon Osbourne (rock wife-manager-celebrity) (57)
  • Jackson Browne (singer-songwriter) (61)
  • Zachery Ty Bryan (actor, Home Improvement's Brad) (28)
  • John O'Hurley (actor, Seinfeld's J Peterman) (55)
  • Steve Burns (former host, Blue's Clues) (36, disputed)
  • Michael Pare (actor, Eddie And The Cruisers I and II, Streets Of Fire, Hope Floats) (51)
  • Annika Sorenstam (Pro golfer) (39)
  • Dave Samuels (musician, played marimba and vibes for Spyro Gyra) (61)
  • Kenny Garrett (jazz saxophonist) (49)
  • Guillermo del Toro (director, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy movies) (45)


  • Eddy Arnold's Number One single, "Make The World Go Away," hit the charts in 1965.
  • Little Jimmy Dickens' Number One single, "May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose," charted in 1965.
  • Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorced in 1973.
  • Louis Marshall ("Grandpa") Jones was inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978.
  • Hank Thompson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.
  • Ernest Tubb recorded the Number One single, "Slippin' Around," in 1958.
  • Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn recorded their first duet, "After the Fire Is Gone," in 1970.


ELLEN PAGE TO WRITE HBO SERIES: Ellen Page is teaming up with a couple of other young actors to write a new comedy for HBO called Stitch N' Bitch. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Page, along with Alia Shawkat and Sean Tillmann will write about two "painfully cool hipster girls as they relocate from Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood to Los Angeles' Silver Lake enclave in hopes of becoming artists." The trio will also executive produce the project, though it's unclear if they'll star.

MARGE SIMPSON IN 'PLAYBOY': Marge Simpson will reportedly be on the cover of November's Playboy magazine. E! reports that the cartoon character will be featured in a three-page pictorial complete with an interview and a data sheet to mark The Simpsons' 20th anniversary.

CBS GIVES FULL SEASON TO FRESHMAN SHOWS: CBS has given full season orders to freshman series The Good Wife and NCIS: Los Angeles. The latter is the number one new program of the 2009-2010 season and is ranked second among all primetime programs, is averaging 17.47 million viewers. The Good Wife, which stars Julianna Margulies, is the number two new series of the season, averaging 13.70 million viewers.

MARTHA STEWART'S COMPANY SUED: A manager at Martha Stewart's Body and Soul magazine is suing the company for discrimination. The New York Daily News reports that Kiki Paris claims he was pressured to work soon after a severe car crash and inform advertising contacts of her injuries in the hope of selling "sympathy" pages. She says she was let go shortly after and is now demanding compensation, and her job back. A Martha Stewart spokesperson refused to comment on "active litigation."

MARLON WAYANS REPORTEDLY REPLACING EDDIE MURPHY IN BIOPIC: Marlon Wayans is reportedly replacing Eddie Murphy in the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. reports that the change comes after the film flipped studios, with Murphy exiting once the project no longer belonged to Paramount. The website reports that Wayans was asked to perform in a 13-minute screen test in which he supposedly "transformed into Pryor" and "blew the producers away."


Tina Fey will likely be reviving her Sarah Palin impersonation. Although the 30 Rock star previously indicated that she was done with the Emmy-winning impression, Fey indicated that Palin's upcoming autobiography may pave the way for round two.

She told Harper's Bazaar, "I feel like I've probably not worn that wig for the last time," referencing the impersonation, but added, "At some point, it will come out of the closet."

  • Fey also talked about her own trademark specs with the magazine, admitting, "I don't wear them when I am dressed up, because then I would look like Tootsie."
  • She added that her alter-ego Liz Lemon might soon "start taking her glasses off more and more," to seem sexier.

CHECK IT OUT: Beauty tips for girls who wear glasses:


A 56-year-old woman is suing Dr. Phil McGraw, two producers and another doctor for false imprisonment, practicing without a license, indecent exposure, battery, fraud and more. People magazine reports that Shirley Rae Dieu claims she was seeking therapy in the TV doctor's office two years ago when she was allegedly held captive and "forced to be in the same room with a completely live naked man while he exposed his entire naked body, genitals and all."

Dieu alleges that she was deprived of food and water, "brainwashed" and "subjected to edited tapings depicting her as a different personality other than her own." She also claims Dr. Phil touched her left breast during a therapy session.

  • Dieu, who claims another woman will be joining her suit, told People magazine, "[Dr. Phil] is nothing like what he's like on TV. You have no idea what I and this other woman went through."
  • The plaintiff, who is acting as her own attorney, filed a malpractice suit against an Orange County hospital in 2002 and sued a car dealership in 2007. People reports that she filed for bankruptcy in 2008.


Christie Brinkley and her ex-husband Peter Cook were in court on Wednesday (October 7th), where they each accused the other of violating the terms of their settlement and custody agreements. Both sides went as far as to say the other should be thrown in jail -- Brinkley for allegedly trying to sabotage her ex's relationship with their two children and Cook for speaking about their divorce on talk shows and allowing his girlfriend to spend time with their kids.

Among Cook's charges is that Brinkley refused to give over son Jack's passport so that he could travel to Egypt with his dad. The New York Post quotes him as having said, "She is doing everything she can to ruin my relationship with my kids. I am trying to move on with my life and I wish she would do the same."

  • Brinkley's attorney dismissed that claim, put forth her own allegations about the talk shows and demanded Cook sell the boat that the couple used during their marriage.
  • Cook's lawyer is demanding he be given additional visitation rights, and wants the former supermodel should to anger management classes.
  • The couple split after Cook's affair with a 19-year-old employee was revealed.


Nicolas Cage allegedly owes millions of dollars in income taxes, reports. The gossip site obtained a notice of federal tax lien that claims the actor owes $6,257,005 in income tax from 2007. But that's not all, according to another federal tax lien obtained by TMZ, Cage owes thousands more in unpaid taxes. He owes $70,190.05 from 2002, $179,738.23 from 2003 and $110,617.56 from 2004 bringing his total to $6,617,550.84.


NASCAR sets earlier start times for 2010 schedule

Continuing the sport's "back to basics" approach, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and its television broadcast partners today announced earlier, uniform start times for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2010.

NASCAR worked closely with FOX, Turner, ESPN/ABC and the tracks on this project for the fans. The race start times for NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2010 in the Eastern and Central regions of the country will begin at 1 p.m. ET, West Coast events will begin at 3 p.m. ET, and night races will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. (The one exception is NASCAR's longest night race, the Coca-Cola 600, which will have the same 5:45 p.m. ET start time.) Following the invocation and national anthem, the green flag will drop at approximately 15-20 minutes past the hour after each listed race start time.

NASCAR Star Carl Edwards To Grace Cover of ESPN The Magazine 'Body Issue'

NASCAR star Carl Edwards is one of six cover athletes who will appear on ESPN The Magazine's cover for its inaugural "Body Issue". The Body Issue, on newsstands Friday, Oct. 9, will feature nearly 80 athletes from a variety of sports in a celebration and exploration of the athletic form.

  • The issue honors athletes of diverse shapes, sizes, genders and races within the boundaries of taste and frontiers of creativity upon which ESPN The Magazine and ESPN have built their reputations.
  • It is a testament to the work the athletes do, the effort they exert and the price they sometimes pay in reliance on their most important asset -- their bodies.

NASCAR On TV This Weekend
Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are at Kansas
There is no Truck Series race this weekend
(All Times Eastern)

Sprint Cup Pepsi 500 and Nationwide Copart 300 are both at Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, California. Camping World Truck Series returns next week.

  • Sprint Cup Pepsi 500 practice Friday at 2:00 p.m. (Speed)
  • Copart 300 final practice Friday at 4:05 p.m. (Speed)
  • Pepsi 500 qualifying Friday at 6:30 p.m. (Speed)
  • Pepsi 500 final practice, Saturday at 2:45 p.m. (ESPN2/coverage begins at 3:00 p.m.)
  • Copart 300, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Pepsi 500, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (ABC)


REPORT: OBAMA FOCUSED ON AL-QAIDA, MAY ALLOW TALIBAN ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN: The Associated Press reported Thursday (October 8th) that as he weighs the path forward in Afghanistan, President Obama has sharpened the focus on fighting al-Qaida, and may be ready to accept some Taliban involvement in the political future of Afghanistan. Citing a senior administration official, AP said Obama will decide how many more U.S. troops to send to Afghanistan based only on keeping al-Qaida from being a threat. The official said the U.S. would fight to keep the Taliban from retaking control of Afghanistan's central government and giving sanctuary to al-Qaida, but may allow moderate Taliban members who renounce violence to participate in the central government, or even cede some regions of the country to them. The Taliban is seen as an indigenous Afghan movement whose aims are local and territorial, and far less of a threat to the U.S. than al-Qaida.

GOOD NEWS ON JOBS, RETAIL SALES: There was some positive economic news out yesterday (October 8th), as the number of U.S. workers filing new unemployment claims hit a nine-month low, and retailers posted their first monthly sales gain in over a year. The Labor Department said first-time unemployment applications fell 33,000 last week to 521,000, the lowest level since early January and below market expectations of 540,000. Meanwhile, September sales at major domestic retailers showed the first monthly increase since August 2008, although it was a small 0.6 percent rise. Expectations had been for a 1.1 percent drop.

100 PEOPLE ESTIMATED KILLED IN PHILIPPINES LANDSLIDES: An estimated 100 people are dead in the northern part of the Philippines as a result of landslides in mountains soaked by rain from a lingering storm and excess water from dams. The landslides -- about 100 since the weekend -- brought the death toll to more than 400 from the Philippines' worst flooding in 40 years after back-to-back storms beginning on September 26th. Tropical Depression Parma was still lingering off the northeastern coast after more than a week, dropping rain overnight.


STUDY LOOKS AT SPRING ROUND OF SWINE FLU IN U.S.: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has done a study examining the early months of the swine flu epidemic in the U.S., and found that one-quarter of Americans who were sick enough to be hospitalized with the virus last Spring needed intensive care, and seven percent of them died. That's a little higher than with seasonal flu, however the big difference is that children and teens made up nearly half of the hospitalized cases and only five percent were 65 or older, while seasonal flu usually hits the elderly hardest. The study also found:

  • Three-fourths of the hospitalized patients had other health problems, and seven percent were pregnant, even though pregnant women make up only one percent of the general population.
  • 26 percent were morbidly obese, confirming a risk factor that had been suggested by other information.
  • While just five percent of people with seasonal flu experience diarrhea or vomiting, 39 percent of these patients with swine flu did.
  • Survival among these hospitalized patients appeared to be better among those who were treated with antiviral medicines such as Tamiflu quickly, within the first 48 hours of symptoms appearing.

ROMANIAN-BORN WRITER WINS LITERATURE NOBEL: Herta Mueller, a little-known Romanian-born writer, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday (October 8th). Before the collapse of Communism, Mueller wrote critically about life behind the Iron Curtain, and was censored in her native country because of it. She had to smuggle her early work to Germany to get it published, and eventually moved there in 1987. The Nobel committee cited her for, quote, "the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose" in her novels, few of which are currently available in English translation. Because of the Nobel, publishers are planning to reissue some of her works in English, including the novels The Land of Green Plums, The Appointment and The Passport.

NASA MOON CRASH THIS MORNING: NASA's crash of a spacecraft into the Moon is taking place this morning (October 9th) and is being broadcast live online by NASA at The goal is to kick up a huge plume of lunar dirt that can be examined to see if any water or ice sprays up in hopes of confirming the theory that water is hidden below the Moon's barren surface. The first part of the LCROSS mission -- which stands for Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite -- in which the probe separates into two sections has already taken place. A smaller probe equipped with cameras and scientific instruments is trailing behind an empty rocket hull, which will slam into the Moon first as the LCROSS probe examines the debris cloud before hitting the surface four minutes later.

BOY SCOUTS BEGIN CAMPAIGN TO RECRUIT LATINOS: The Boy Scouts launched an advertising campaign yesterday (October 8th) to attract Latinos, outreach intended to keep the Scouting movement relevant and growing as the country's cultural makeup changes. The membership of the Boy Scouts of America is half of what it was at its peak in 1972, and although Latinos make up 20 percent of children in the U.S., they are only three percent of Scouts. The new campaign includes TV, radio and online ads in Spanish, as well as the creation of a Spanish-language Scout handbook, and changes designed to appeal to Latinos, such as including family members on camping trips in recognition of the importance of doing things as a family in Hispanic culture.

OBAMA, CABINET MEMBERS AND LAWMAKERS PLAY BASKETBALL AT THE WHITE HOUSE: President Obama was joined by members of his Cabinet and House members from both parties last night (October 8th) for a game of basketball at the White House. Joining Obama on his team were Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, as well as his personal assistant, Reggie Love, a former Duke University player. On the House side were Democratic Reps. Mike Arcuri of New York, John Boccieri of Ohio, Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill of Indiana, Jay Inslee and Rick Larsen of Washington, Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania and Heath Shuler of North Carolina. Two Republican House members were in on the fun, Reps. Jeff Flake of Arizona and John Shimkus of Illinois.


BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: In games yesterday (October 8th):

Rockies Beat Phillies 5-4 to Even Series: The Colorado Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4, tying the best-of-five National League Division Series at 1-1 before heading home to Denver for Game 3 on Saturday (October 10th). Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who was the World Series and NLCS MVP last year, allowed four runs in five innings, and left the ballpark after he was pulled to be with his wife, who was in labor with their first child. Yorvit Torrealba had a big blow in the fourth with a two-run homer to give the Rockies to a 3-0 lead, and starter Aaron Cook gave up three runs before being pulled in the sixth.

Dodgers Go Up 2-0 Over Cardinals with 3-2 Win: A Matt Holliday error was extremely costly for the St. Louis Cardinals, as he missed a left field catch in the ninth inning with two outs that would have given the Cardinals the win. Instead, the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for two runs to get the 3-2 victory and go up 2-0 in the best-of-five series. Holliday's blunder came after he'd given the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the second with a home run, and starter Adam Wainwright had put in a stellar performance, giving up just one run in eight innings. The series shifts to St. Louis for Game 3 Saturday.

Angels Take First Game of Series Against Red Sox 5-0: The Los Angeles Angels opened the first game of the ALDS series against the Boston Red Sox with a 5-0 shutout win at home. Torii Hunter got the big hit for the Angels with a three-run homer in the fifth inning, while starter John Lackey pitched into the eighth inning. Boston pitcher Jon Lester took the loss. Game 3 will be played today (October 9th) in Los Angeles.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)


  • GHOST WHISPERER - When Eli's father suffers a massive heart attack, it prompts a reunion with Eli's mother, dead nearly 10 years but unable cross over because of a secret she carried with her to the grave.
  • MEDIUM - When Allison's cancer-stricken friend dies, she suspects that a hospital staffer is to blame.
  • NUMB3RS - The team investigates a deadly gambling ring that runs a high stakes Russian roulette tournament; Alan's financial status concerns Don and Charlie.


  • LAW & ORDER - Detective Lupo and Bernard investigate when an aspiring musician is found dead; a bag of cash leads to multiple suspects.
  • DATELINE NBC - Investigative journalism
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Terry Bradshaw


  • BROTHERS - Mike and Chill try to recover Mike's laundered assets by hiring their cousin, a shady lawyer (Snoop Dogg).
  • 'TIL DEATH - After years of putting up with each other's sleep habits, Eddie and Joy get separate beds; the new principal turns out to be one of Eddie's former students.
  • DOLLHOUSE - Victor and Echo's imprints collide when Victor is sent on an assignment as the psychotic nephew of a Dollhouse shareholder and Echo is imprinted as a fun college student.


  • FLASHFORWARD (repeat)
  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting.


  • SMALLVILLE - When Zod releases a new virus into Metropolis that turns humans into zombies, the only way to stop the epidemic could expose Clark's secret identity.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jason Bateman, Judy Shepard
THE VIEW - guest co-host Khloe Kardashian


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Jon Hamm, Andy Kindler, Brett Dennen & Natalie Merchant
THE JAY LENO SHOW - Terry Bradshaw
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Zack Hample, Lady Antebellum
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Michael Moore, Malin Ackerman, the Backstreet Boys
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Martin Short, Jeff Lewis, Cory Chisel


DONKEYS SUBBED FOR ZEBRAS AT GAZA ZOO: Children visiting a zoo in Gaza may think they're seeing zebras for the first time, but upon closer inspection, they are merely donkeys with dyed stripes. The owners of the zoo say that at first they tried using paint, but it didn't look very good so instead they used masking tape and women's hair dye. The zoo keepers say the children can't tell the difference since they've never seen a zebra and they're just excited to see something new. (Reuters)

MEXICAN TROOPS FIND OVER 2 TONS OF POT IN BANANAS: Mexican officials say they have stumbled upon 2.6 tons of marijuana hidden in bananas after picking up the scent at a U.S. border checkpoint near Arizona. The Mexican soldiers also observed that the bananas seemed "over-ripe" and started examining the fruit when they found the 5,830 pounds of pot. The smuggling attempt is only one of many strange ways Mexican drug cartels have attempted to get around the step-up in security in the past few years, which have also included home-made submarines and stashing pot in a frozen shark. (AFP)

TEACHER PUTS HOT SAUCE IN STUDENTS DRINK: A special education teacher in Miami Lakes, Florida has been ordered to serve two years probation for putting hot sauce in an autistic student's soda. The teacher reportedly pulled the prank on the student after he took the drink from her desk without permission. Although she faced up to five years in prison, she was let off with the two years probation and 100 hours of community service. (UPI)


BOSTON WOMEN WOULD GIVE UP SEX FOR PHONES: According to a new survey by Samsung, almost 40 percent of Boston women surveyed said they'd rather give up sex for a year than their cell phones. The research found that 38 percent of women and 19 percent of men in Boston would give up doing it altogether before they'd relinquish their phones. Respondents to the study said they spent about three hours a day either chatting, texting or generally goofing around with their cells.

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BIRTH CONTROL PILL MAKES WOMEN WANT LESS MANLY MEN: A recent study featured in the journal "Ecology and Evolution" claims the birth control pill may have changed women's taste in men over the years, making them less attracted to "manly" men. London's Daily Mail reported that according to scientists from the University of Sheffield, the Pill's hormones have suppressed a female's interest in 'masculine' men, making 'boyish' men more attractive. According to the theory, women prefer masculine men during the time they ovulate each month. But on the days women are not fertile, they prefer men who have boyish faces and caring personalities. However, women who take the birth control pill are not fertile; therefore, they are always attracted to these boyish men.

LOVE MAKES PEOPLE MORE CREATIVE: A new study says even thinking about romantic love makes us more adept at thinking outside the box. reports that research out of the University of Amsterdam says romantic love -- or even thinking about romantic love -- opens the curtains of the mind and unleashes creative thinking. The researchers say romantic love forces the brain to think globally as opposed to locally. Global processing, they say, is in stark contrast to point A to point B analytic thinking. It's focused on the future, not the here and now, which means there's a healthy dose of fantasy involved. While this whimsical way of thinking may not be conducive to thumbing through difficult text, it helps us form outside-the-box solutions, and maybe even art.


Opening today (October 9th) is the new comedy Couples Retreat starring Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Jean Reno and Faizon Love. Couples Retreat follows four couples, one trying to patch up their marriage and the others looking for fun in the sun, who go on a trip to a tropical island and discover that the resort's couples therapy is not optional.

  • Couples Retreat is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • The screenplay was written by Vaughn and Favreau from Vaughn's original idea.

'Couples Retreat' Trailer HD

WOMEN OPTING OUT OF BEING HOUSEWIVES: reports that new census data demonstrates that the lives of housewives look much different than the 1950s when college-educated women gave their own lives up to take care of babies and clean house. Most housewives today are younger, less educated, and make less money. One-fifth haven't even completed high school. It's not that women are clamoring to be housewives. Most housewives end up there because they don't have another choice.

  • Girl power! Two generations have passed since "The Feminine Mystique" was written. Middle-class women are told to expect more, to want more and to work hard to get far.
  • Life is expensive: Unlike in the 1950s, the American dream costs more than one person can pay for. Middle-class women can't afford to quit their jobs without scaling back considerably.
  • Being a housewife is boring: Men hoarded the jobs until the second wave of feminism not because they were being gallant. Feminists who demanded the right to work professional jobs weren't stupid, either. Having a job, especially a fulfilling professional career, is more interesting than housework and child-rearing. Even if it's not politically correct anymore to say so.
  • Men don't want housewives: Some men fantasize about having a woman running their home and doing not much more, sure. But nowadays, a lot of men prefer to marry more independent women, and would find the idea of supporting a wife intimidating.


  • When you and your spouse continually rehash the same argument, you probably need marriage help. Whether you literally have the same argument, or if just the dynamics of the fight are the same, your marriage is in trouble. In healthy marriages, couples know how to identify and address their issues with each other before they become ongoing problems that tear at the fabric of their marriage. So if you find yourselves having an old, familiar argument, you are wise to seek couples counseling before you dig a rut so deep that it is difficult to get out of it.
  • If arguing and fighting are the primary way you and your spouse emotionally connect, your marriage is in danger. In a strange way, fighting is safe because neither of you has to feel vulnerable to the other, and yet it generates an intense connection. However, this mode of emotional connecting will become emotionally - and sometimes physically - dangerous. If this description fits your relationship, you definitely will need marriage help.
  • If you find your self-esteem eroded since marrying your spouse, your marriage is becoming too emotionally costly for anybody's good. Of course, your marriage isn't necessarily the only challenge to your self-confidence. But especially if you sense that your spouse is deliberately undermining you, you are in danger of losing yourself in your relationship dysfunction. This benefits nobody, and you likely will need couples counseling to help reverse this negative dynamic.
  • If it seems like everything and everybody is more important to your spouse than you, this makes very lopsided investments in your relationship. Maybe you tend to feel that way anyway, in which case you could need your spouse's help to heal that old wound. You will need to work on that to be an equal partner in your relationship.. But if you have married a very self-centered spouse, you definitely will need marriage help to correct this potentially untenable situation.
  • If you find yourself just not liking your spouse any more, something is going very wrong. I am not talking about the temporary feeling we all occasionally experience when we are convinced that marring your spouse was the dumbest decision you're ever made! Rather, if this feeling is persistent and gets worse, you definitely will need marriage help before there is nothing left between you.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Barnes & Noble Reportedly Launching Its Own E-Reader

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday (October 8th) that Barnes & Noble will soon launch its own electronic reader that will compete with's popular Kindle. The Journal didn't reveal a price for the Barnes & Noble's device, which it said could be sold as soon as next month. But the bookseller is keeping mum, neither confirming nor denying the report. In July, Barnes & Noble unveiled an online digital bookstore that it said was the world's largest, with over 700,000 titles, that could be read on devices like the iPhone.

There are other competitors getting into the e-reader market as well, and Amazon earlier this week announced a $40 price cut, making its Kindle now $259, about $100 lower than one year ago. E-readers are expected to be a hot seller during the upcoming holiday season, and could provide a boost to traditional booksellers, who have been dealing with a long slump in sales.


David Letterman's recent scandalous admissions have drawn the support of a lot of celebrities, however there's one superstar who isn't standing beside the Late Show host. Toby Keith told the Johnson & Johnson Morning Radio Show on K-Bull 93 yesterday (Wednesday, October 7th) that it's about time Letterman got his comeuppance. "He's been on everybody's case for a little while and it's finally caught up to him, I think. He's the one show we've never, ever done. I've done Leno, like, nine times. I don't know, he's always come across - to my camp - as being somebody who wouldn't treat you good on his show, you know? I used to like him when he first started, but [he] gets kinda sarcastic and condescending and ... talks down to a lot of his guests and stuff so I never wanted to go because I figured we'd get in a big fight on there."

Keith added that Letterman basically got what was coming to him. "I've watched him bash people and bash, bash, bash and then in the last six months, he kind of stepped on his own 'you know what.'"

  • Letterman recently revealed that he had had sexual relationships with various Late Show staffers over the years.
  • The admission was made to thwart an extortion plot against him by his fomer lover's jealous boyfriend.
  • Keith's new CD, American Ride, was released on Tuesday (October 6th).
  • The title track tops the country charts this week.

Miranda Lambert's brand new CD, Revolution, debuts in the Number One spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. This is Lambert's third chart-topping debut in as many albums, making her one of only three country acts in SoundScan history whose first three albums all landed in the Number One spot out of the box.
  • Lambert said, "I'm so excited the fans are loving this record as much as I do! I know everyone says they are proud of the album they make but I feel this one is so special I can hand it to my idols, hold my head up and say 'Here, this is all of me. I hope you like it.'"
  • Her latest single, "White Liar," continues its climb up the country charts.
  • Lambert will join Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night tour beginning in January.

Brad Paisley has extended his American Saturday Night tour to run through next year. Joining him on the 19 additional dates are Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore. The 2010 leg of the tour kicks off on January 7th in San Antonio and wraps on March 6th in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Paisley's American Saturday Night album has already produced two hits -- "Then," which already topped the country charts, and his latest, "Welcome To The Future," which is well on its way to Number One.
  • Paisley tells us the song has helped him open the channels of communication with fans, especially those on Twitter. "As I look at these however many thousand Twitter followers I have and talk to them about some of these things -- and we have had some pretty interesting conversations on Twitter about some stuff already -- they run the gamut on their beliefs, but we, I feel, for the first time in a long time that we are all sort of wanting to work together, and it's a song about that hope -- that every generation comes along and they have their negatives but it seems like every one gets further and further removed from the mistakes of the past."
  • "Welcome To The Future" is a Top Five hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
  • The American Saturday Night tour plays in Jacksonville, Florida tonight (Thursday, October 15th). The show features special guests Jimmy Wayne and Dierks Bentley.
Lady Antebellum sophomore album, called Need You Now, will be released on January 26th. The CD's title track and lead single is the fastest rising of their career to date, pushing its way into Billboard's Top 10 in just nine weeks.
  • Dave Haywood said, "This song, and what we've finished of the new album so far, is all about passion. There's a real sense of urgency and fire...almost like a spark has reignited us creatively in the when we started talking about album titles, Need You Now felt like it summarized our vibe right now perfectly."
  • The trio's self-titled debut album has just been certified platinum for sales of more than one million units.
  • Lady A will travel to Los Angeles on Friday (October 9th) to debut "Need You Now" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.


  • Lady Antebellum took home Best New Artist trophies from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music in 2008.
  • They are nominated for Vocal Group and Single of the Year for "I Run To You" at next month's CMA Awards. Winners will be announced on November 11th.

Carrie Underwood's brand new video for "Cowboy Casanova" is digitally available for purchase online for the first time. The single debuted last week with triple-digit digital single sales. The song leaps into the country Top 10 this week.
  • In advance of the release of her new album, Play On, on November 3rd, Underwood has revamped her website, There the superstar is offering fans an exclusive pre-order bundle that includes her Play On CD and a limited edition 11 x 17 print featuring new art from her album photo shoot. Printed on heavy stock paper, hand-numbered and limited to 5,000 in all, the run will include 500 prints signed by Underwood that will be distributed at random to fans who pre-order the bundle before the album's November 3rd release date.


  • To date, Underwood has sold more than 10 million albums in the U.S.
  • She is the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 Number One singles from their first two albums.

"Bonfire" singer Craig Morgan is ironically partnering with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) to record public service announcements about wildfire prevention. The campaign will also feature Smokey the Bear. The PSA's are headed to radio this week to coincide with Fire Prevention Week.
  • Morgan said, "When my buddies and I wrote this song, we were talking and laughing about fun times with family and friends, and that's what bonfires are all about. But, anybody who knows me knows that I'm a big outdoors guy, and any time you build any sort of fire outside, safety has to be your number one concern. That's why I wanted to work with the Ad Council to get this message out. Wildfire Prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country, and whether it's a bonfire after the big game, or a cookout when you're hunting or fishing, you need to contain your fire and be sure it is 100 percent extinguished before you leave."
  • "Bonfire" is a Top 20 hit and climbing on the country charts.




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Alison Krauss & Union Station


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Blake Shelton


  • Rona Barrett (gossip columnist) (73)
  • Chevy Chase (comedian and actor born Cornelius Crane) (66)
  • Matt Damon (actor and screenwriter, Good Will Hunting, the Bourne films) (39)
  • Paul Hogan (actor Crocodile Dundee) (70)
  • Reverend Jesse Jackson (civil rights leader) (68)
  • Sigourney Weaver (actress, the Alien movies, The Ice Storm, the Ghostbusters movies, Galaxy Quest, The Village) (60)
  • Kristanna Loken (actress, played the female Terminator in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) (30)
  • Soon-Yi Previn (adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Andre Previn, who started a scandal when she began a relationship with her mother's boyfriend, Woody Allen, whom she later married) (39)
  • Robert "Kool" Bell (bassist of Kool & The Gang) (59)
  • Emily Procter (actress, Leaving Las Vegas, The West Wing, C.S.I. Miami) (41)
  • R.L. Stine (author, the Goosebumps stories) (66)
  • Nick Cannon (actor, Drumline, Roll Bounce) (29)
  • CeCe Winans (gospel singer) (45)
  • Buzz Clifford ("Baby Sittin' Boogie") (67)
  • Dennis Kucinich (politician) (63)
  • Darrell Hammond (actor-comedian, Saturday Night Live, Agent Cody Banks, Scary Movie 3) (54)
  • Angus T. Jones, (actor Two And A Half Men) (16)


Ernest Tubb's "Slipping Around" began 17 consecutive weeks at Number One in 1949.

  • Hank Snow and Hubert Long were inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in 1979.
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Keith Urban launched his first headlining tour, sponsored by CMT, at Emens Auditorium, in Muncie, Indiana in 2004.
  • Keith Urban's Golden Road album was released in 2002.
  • Toby Keith claimed the Number One spot on the Billboard chart with "Who's That Man" in 1994.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis recorded "Great Balls Of Fire" at the Sun Studios in Memphis in 1957.


LETTERMAN EX REPORTEDLY BANNED FROM 'LATE SHOW: The woman at the center of David Letterman's sex scandal has reportedly been banned from going onto the CBS set where the Late Show is filmed. reported that CBS is aware of the ban, which comes after Stephanie Birkitt's ex-boyfriend allegedly tried to extort money from the host in exchange for keeping Letterman's affair with her a secret. Despite the report, a spokesman for Letterman told Gossip Cop that "Stephanie is on a paid leave of absence."

BRAD PITT-JENNIFER ANISTON MEETING RUMORS UNTRUE: Rumors of the latest supposed "secret meeting" between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are untrue. Although Grazia magazine claims that Aniston visited her ex in New York recently, where he discussed his alleged relationship problems with Angelina Jolie, Aniston's rep told that the story "is BS."

NICK NOLTE'S SON ARRESTED: Nick Notle's son was arrested for suspicion of DUI and possession of a controlled substance on Tuesday (October 6th). reports that 23-year-old Brawley King Nolte was nabbed after he struck another vehicle while making a lane change. After police came to the scene, they noticed that Nolte seemed intoxicated and arrested him after conducting field sobriety tests.

'LOST' STAR REPORTEDLY REUNITES WITH HUSBAND: Lost star Emilie De Ravin has reportedly rekindled her relationship with husband Josh Janowicz four months after she filed for divorce. A source told the National Enquirer that the two recently went to Japan for a second honeymoon. The insider told the publication, "They're starting over. The guy really adores Emilie. Emilie sprung (jumped at the chance) for a trip to Japan, and when they got back, she called off the divorce."

RANDY QUAID'S WIFE SUED: A police officer is suing Randy Quaid's wife Evi after she painted a sign on the side of a truck accusing the cop of taking illegal bribes. reports that Evi painted the sign after she and Randy were arrested by Deputy James Davis in Texas last month. Davis's lawyer said, "I represent a man who's been in law enforcement for 32 years and he's being accused of engaging in illegal activities, something he's never done."


NO 'SIMPSONS' MOVIE SEQUEL ANYTIME SOON: There'll be no sequel to the Simpsons movie in the near future. Creator Matt Groening told Variety, "It took 18 years to get around to doing the movie. We got very frustrated. We thought it would take two years but it ended up taking four. Some day maybe we'll do another one -- but don't hold your breath." As for the when the 20-year-old show might end its television run, Groening said, "We cannot predict the end because we can't believe we are still here today. We are contracted to do two more seasons following this one. I gave up predicting the end a long time ago."

LINDSAY LOHAN'S MOM LAUNCHING SHOE LINE: Lindsay Lohan's mother Dina is reportedly launching a shoe line. reports that the former reality show star has already began working on the venture, which will be named Shoe-han. Additionally, the site reports that the elder Lohan will be the new spokeswoman for the shoe retailer, which started near Dina's home in Long Island but has since gone nationwide.

'VACATION' REMAKE IN THE WORKS: New Line cinema is reportedly developing a sequel to the 1983 comedy, Vacation. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that a script is being developed, which will focus on Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold, as he takes his own family on a road trip vacation.

HBO RENEWS 'BORED TO DEATH': HBO has renewed its half-hour comedy, Bored to Death. Variety reports that the show, which stars Jason Schwartzman and Ted Danson, has been granted a second season after its last episode pulled in 1.1 million viewers. The show follows a private detective who is also trying to write a next book.


Gossip Girl plans on highlighting a "sex romp" featuring three of its characters. reports that the November 9th episode will feature a menage a trois, although the participating characters were not identified.

The show's main characters range in age from 15 to early 20s, with the exception of their parents.

  • Meanwhile, star Blake Lively has denied rumors that she's engaged to her co-star and real-life boyfriend, Penn Badgley. Despite reports suggesting she'd accepted Badgley's marriage proposal, she told, "(It's) untrue."


Jon and Kate Gosselin's bitter split has inspired an episode of Law & Order. reports that the October 16th episode of the show, titled "Reality Bites," centers around the fictional reality show, Larry Plus 10, which documents the struggles of a single dad who's raising ten adopted special needs kids by himself after his wife, Joy, was killed.

The New York Post reports, "Detectives Lupo and Bernard (Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson) grow suspicious when it's revealed that Joy Johnson wasn't totally on board with doing the show -- she feared for her kids' privacy -- and that Larry, a real estate developer deeply in debt, signed the lucrative Larry Plus 10 contract the day after his wife's murder."


Unlike Kate's claims that the Gosselin children were "wailing and sobbing" after hearing that production on their TLC show was being halted, Jon told The Insider that the children are largely indifferent to the situation.

  • He said, "You know why? Because when we told them we were going to get divorced, the 5-year old said, 'What's for lunch?' The only two people who really cared with [9-year-old twins] Mady and Cara. Cara broke down and Mady said, 'Oh, I saw this coming.'"
  • Jon added that Kate likely dramatized the end of filming to get a reaction from their eight kids. He said Kate probably told them, "'Oh, daddy's put a halt on filming. Your friends are going to go away. She probably worded it in a way that's a violation to them, or their sense of security."


A hearing in the couple's case that had been scheduled for Wednesday (October 7th) was canceled after the judge's wife succumbed to cancer. Sources told that the hearing will be put off until at least next week.


The drama between the couple continues in the days leading up to the twins' ninth birthday. Jon told on Wednesday (October 7th), "She's trying to prevent me from seeing my kids on Mady and Cara's birthday. That's like giving her full custody by obeying her. She can't tell me what to do. I'm not going to allow it. I'm just going to stay. I own the house so I can do what I want."

  • He added, "She's trying to prevent me from seeing my kids on their birthday because she doesn't want to see me. She doesn't want to hear my apology. She doesn't want to work things out."


Khloe Kardashian says that she and beau Lamar Odom are learning to deal with spending time apart with the help of iChat. Kardashian admitted while taping an appearance on The View, "We have only spent two nights away from each other since we met."

Sources tell People magazine that when the reality star traveled to New York for the TV show, she forgot to bring her laptop, much to the chagrin of Odom, who suggested she buy one so that they could chat using the computer's Webcam.

  • The source said that Khloe, "on a total impulse buy, went to the Apple store to buy a computer at like 1 a.m.!" adding, "They chatted until 5:30 a.m., and then she napped before going to co-host The View."
  • Meanwhile, sources tell that the couple is still not legally married and are only the beginning stages of drawing up a prenup. The website was told, "Neither side has set forth to the opposing side things to be included in the pre-nup. They are only in the beginning stages of talks, but everything is moving forward, with no red flags from either Khloe or Lamar."


Lindsay Lohan's father says that his starlet daughter is hooked on prescription pain medication and he's vowed to help her kick the habit. Michael Lohan told Access Hollywood, "When I was with her in LA, sitting in the hotel room, I looked at her and when I left I just started crying and bawling my eyes out. That's not the girl I raised. My daughter's going to bury me, I'm not going bury her and I'm not going to let this happen to her anymore. I want to get her in a place where she's going to get off all the prescription medication, everything!"

He said he doesn't believe she's on illegal drugs, but what she's using now is bad enough. He explained, "Well, I think once you're on the prescription medication long enough, medically you become addicted to it. Sometimes it [is] harder to withdrawal or get off the medication than it is [to get off of] illegal drugs."

  • The elder Lohan is also hoping to quiet celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. The born-again Christian said that he's tired of Hilton scribbling suggestive drawings on celebrity photos -- even when they're not his daughter.
  • The elder Lohan said on Tuesday (October 6th), "I'm taking legal action against Perez Hilton with, first and foremost, a cease and desist letter, so that he stops with the pornographic and the obscene material that he has on his website."


Leonard Nimoy doesn't think he'll be back as Spock Prime in the next Star Trek movie. He tells us: "I frankly, frankly doubt that I will be called upon again. I think I was useful in this last film to help bridge between the original characters, the original actors and the new cast. They have a wonderful new cast in place and I'm sure they'll move ahead with them. I don't see at the moment why they would need me in the next film, although if they called me I'd be happy to have a conversation about it."

But, Nimoy's fans will get to see him on the small screen tonight (Thursday, October 8th) when he returns in a guest role as the rich and powerful William Bell on the FOX sci-fi drama Fringe. Nimoy said that he enjoyed working with the writers to create the character from the ground up: "The Fringe character was intriguing because it was kind of a blank slate and we had some very interesting and intense conversations about who and what he could be and how we should perceive him. What we might or might not learn about him. What we might or might not trust about him. These are intriguing opportunites for an actor. I'm having a wonderful time doing it."e doing it.)

  • Fringe airs at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. In tonight's episode, we find Agent Dunham recuperating from the traumatic and alarming meeting with Massive Dynamic founder William Bell (guest star Nimoy). Agent Dunham consumes a powerful "fringe" concoction that Dr. Bishop prescribes to stimulate her memory. Meanwhile, the Fringe Division investigates a series of robbery cases in New York, Boston and Chicago that are tied to shape-shifting. As clues are tracked and memories are jogged, another woman experimented on by Dr. Bishop is introduced and a flashback reveals more about Olivia's alternate-reality encounter.


It's been revealed that Anna Nicole Smith was investigated by the FBI in 2000 and 2001 in a murder-for-hire plot targeting the son of her late husband, with whom she was embroiled in a legal battle over his estate. The Associated Press reports that it's unclear how authorities became aware of the alleged scheme, but prosecutors ultimately decided there wasn't enough evidence to charge Smith with a crime.

According to the investigation documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver was confiscated from Smith's home, along with a 3 1/2-inch stainless-steel knife and, for reasons that were not explained, a black and orange hat described as "Dr. Seuss." When confronted about the alleged plot, "Smith began crying and denied ever making such plans."

Smith wed J. Howard Marshall II at the age of 26, when he was 89-years-old. He died just over a year later of natural causes. The younger Marshall, who has since died, pursued a long legal fight to keep the Smith from collecting his father's oil wealth, valued in the hundreds of millions.

  • The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 2006 that Smith could pursue her late husband's fortune, overturning an appellate decision, which continues to be fought in California.
  • Smith's ex-boyfriend corroborated the investigator's hunches. Mark Hatten -- who frequently speaks out about his famous ex -- told Inside Edition, "She wanted me to take care of it for her. If I wasn't going to do it personally, [she wanted me] to get a contract to kill Pierce Marshall...She'd get jacked up on pain pills and this would come out, and she'd start saying, 'Mark, you gotta kill him. I'm Anna Nicole, I can't do it. You gotta take care of this for me. I'll do anything for you. We'll be set.'"


Things are no longer amicable between Dancing With the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff. Chmerkovskiy, whose engagement to Smirnoff was called off this summer, told People magazine, "I feel completely betrayed. I'm done," when questioned about his ex.

When asked why he felt betrayed, Chmerkovskiy only said, "I don't want to get into the specifics. Let's just leave it at I'm done."

  • Meanwhile, sources close to the show claim Smirnoff and partner Aaron Carter may have more than just a professional relationship. Although Carter recently told the press he had a crush on dancer Chelsie Hightower, a show insider told People, "That's so funny. Everyone [at the show] knows that's not true. That's Karina trying to manipulate things to take attention off her and Aaron."


CBO: HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM BILL WOULD COST $829 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS: The Congressional Budget Office estimated yesterday (October 7th) that health insurance reform legislation drafted by the Senate Finance Committee would cost $829 billion over 10 years, lower than had been predicted, and would expand coverage to 94 percent of all eligible Americans. The Senate Finance Committee's bill is the fifth and last proposed by congressional committees for health insurance reform. Although it doesn't include a public option, the other proposed Senate bill does, as do the three in the House. The Senate Finance Committee proposal would require everyone to get health insurance, and fine those who don't, with federal subsidies offered to lower-income people and families to help cover the cost of insurance.

AT LEAST 12 KILLED IN KABUL BOMB ATTACK: At least 12 Afghan civilians were killed early Thursday (October 8th) by a suicide car bomb that exploded outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, in which at least 84 people were wounded. A bomb also exploded outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul in July 2008, killing dozens of civilians.

SEBELIUS URGES AMERICANS TO GET SWINE FLU VACCINATION: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged Americans yesterday (October 7th) to get the swine flu vaccination, saying it is "safe and secure." Sebelius appeared on the TV morning shows to step up the vaccination campaign, explaining that the swine flu shot, quote, "has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out." The nasal spray version of the vaccine has already begun to be administered, and the shots will be available by the end of the week. The groups identified as being at highest risk and who will get first priority for the swine flu vaccine are pregnant women, health care workers, children ages 6 months to 24 years, and older Americans with underlying health conditions.


THREE SCIENTISTS WIN CHEMISTRY NOBEL: Two American scientists and one Israeli were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry yesterday (October 7th) for creating detailed, atom-by-atom descriptions of ribosomes, which use instructions from genes to make thousands of different proteins that control what happens in the body. Their research is being used to develop new antibiotics, since many antibiotics kill bacteria by attacking their ribosomes. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath worked independently and published their results at about the same time in 2000. The Nobel Prizes in medicine and physics were awarded on Monday and Tuesday, and the ones in literature and peace will be announced later this week.

LEVI JOHNSTON TO POSE FOR NUDE FOR 'PLAYGIRL': Levi Johnston is continuing to keep himself in the media spotlight, with his attorney announcing yesterday (October 7th) that the 19-year-old father of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's grandson will be posing nude for Playgirl, which is now published online. To get ready, Johnston is training with a bodybuilder in Alaska and is on a low-carb, high-protein diet. This news came one day after a tongue-in-cheek pistachio commercial featuring Johnston debuted. Johnston has an 10-month-old son with Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol, but although they had been engaged, they broke up soon after the baby's birth. The relationship between him and the Palins has been strained since then, mostly over visitation issues.

NASA TO SLAM SPACECRAFT INTO THE MOON: NASA will be taking aim at the Moon this Friday (October 9th), when it will slam a spacecraft into its south pole in order to kick up a huge plume of lunar dirt, which will be examined to see if any water or ice sprays up. The goal is to confirm the theory that water is hidden below the Moon's barren surface. The crash will take place at a speed of 5,600 miles per hour with the force of 1.5 tons of TNT, sending up a spray of debris 6.2 miles high. It will be broadcast live on NASA's website, the Hubble Space Telescope and larger Earth telescopes will be watching, and observatories and museums are planning viewing parties in at least three countries.

NEWSEUM EXHIBIT TO RECREATE TIM RUSSERT'S OFFICE: An exhibit is going on display next month at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., that will recreate the late Tim Russert's office as it looked on June 13, 2008, the day the longtime moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News Washington bureau chief died of a heart attack while recording voiceovers for his next show. The office not only held items related to Russert's job, such as newspapers, magazines and research binders, but reminders of his outside life, including pennants of his beloved Buffalo Bills, and a drawing done by his son Luke when he was seven years old. Russert served on the board of directors of the journalism museum, where the exhibit will be on display from November 20th through next year.

'WHATEVER' VOTED MOST ANNOYING: A Marist College poll out yesterday (October 7th) found that Americans find the word "whatever" to be the most annoying in conversation, getting a whopping 47 percent of the vote. "Whatever" was found to grate on the nerves of everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, income or where they live. It was followed by "you know" at 25 percent, then "it is what is it" at 11 percent, "anyway" at seven percent, and "at the end of the day" at two percent.


BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: Major League Baseball playoffs got underway Wednesday (October 7th):

Phillies Down Rockies 5-1: The Philadelphia Phillies got off to a good start in their quest to repeat as world champions, beating the Colorado Rockies 5-1 in Philadelphia. Getting his first career playoff spot, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, threw a six-hitter, and came within one out in the ninth of getting a shutout. Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez gave up five runs before being pulled in the sixth inning. Game 2 will be played today (October 8th) in Philadelphia.

Yankees Defeat Twins 7-2: The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-2 to get their first playoff win in the new Yankee Stadium. Ace C.C. Sabathia allowed just one earned run in 6 and 2/3rd innings, while Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui hit two-run homers for New York, and Alex Rodriguez ended his 0 for 29 postseason streak with runners on base dating to the 2004 AL championship series, driving in runs with RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings. Twins starter Brian Duensing gave up five runs in 4 and 2/3rds innings. Game 2 will be played Friday (October 9th) at Yankee Stadium.

Dodgers Beat Cardinals 5-3: The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 in the series opener at Dodger Stadium. Dodger starter Randy Wolf, pitching in the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year career, lasted into the fourth inning and gave up two runs before giving way to the bullpen. St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter gave up four runs in five innings. Matt Kemp struck a big blow early for the Dodgers, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning. Game 2 will be played tonight at Dodger Stadium.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)


TAIWAN OFFERS CASH FOR DOG DOO: In an effort to help curb pollution and littering, the Taiwanese government is offering citizens rewards for collecting things like dog droppings and other garbage and taking them to specified locations for disposal. The Environmental Protection Bureau is offering gift vouchers of 100 Taiwan dollars (about $3 US) for two pounds of dog excrement. Vouchers are also being offered for picking up plastic cups and bags, styrofoam cups and paper. (AFP)

CAR CRASH VICTIM GROWS BACK SKULL: An 72-year-old Australian man who was badly injured in a car crash more than 50 years ago was discovered to have grown back his skull, according to doctors at Newcastle hospital. The miraculous and rare skull regeneration was discovered by doctors during an operation on an infection around the metal plate inserted in the man's head after the accident. The plate, located between the man's ear and eye and up to the top of his head, was then removed and stitched up. Doctors say there has only been one other similar occurrence of a skull growing back in the world. (Yahoo! 7 News)

TEACHER WINS PRIZE FOR 1,725-POUND PUMPKIN: An Ohio schoolteacher has won the top prize in the Ohio Pumpkin Growers annual weigh-in competition with a 1,725-pound pumpkin, setting a new record. Christy Harp of Canton, OH won $2,500 grand-prize and could her pumpkin may go on to win the world title. (AP)

DEFIBRILLATOR SAVES MAN SHOT IN CHEST: Doctors in Minneapolis, MN are crediting a man's stop-watch-sized cardiac defibrillator with saving his life after he was shot in the chest. They say the bullet somehow struck the defibrillator and became lodged there, missing all of the man's vital organs including his lungs. After surgery the metal fragments and defibrillator were removed and the man was released from the hospital the next day. (AP)



  • SURVIVOR: SAMOA - One determined castaway's game may change; Russell considers outing one of his allies.
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - Two officemates plot to rob a casino, but their plan ends with the CSIs investigating a murder.
  • THE MENTALIST - Lisbon is accused of murdering a paroled child molester she had arrested prompting Jane, Cho, Rigby and Van Pelt to conduct their own investigation into the killing.


  • COMMUNITY - Shirley and Jeff bond; Annie recruits Abed and Troy as test subjects for professor Duncan's psychology research team.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Leslie, nervous about her first date with Dave, goes on a practice date with Ann.
  • THE OFFICE - The office travels to Niagara Falls to celebrate Jim and Pam's wedding; Michael, Dwight and Andy want to hook up with wedding guests; Michael and Dwight meet twins.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Gerard Butler, Ben Harper & Jack Black


  • BONES - Human remains are found at a neighborhood block party; Booth's son tries to find a girlfriend for his father.
  • FRINGE - Olivia consumes a concoction Dr. Bishop gives her in hopes of stimulating her memory; the team investigates a series of robberies connected to shape-shifting.


  • FLASHFORWARD - An imprisoned Nazi claims to have knowledge about the blackouts; Demetri receives an anonymous tip about the future.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - Meredith must save Thatcher's life; Mark tricks Cristina into assisting on an unusual case.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - Violet's emotional trauma is not going away; Sam and Cooper treat a man who was stabbed by his wife.


  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Stefan reveals part of his past to Elena; Bonnie is surprised by abilities she didn't know she had.
  • SUPERNATURAL - Dean and Sam visit a town where people are being killed by dead icons like Abraham Lincoln; two teenagers claim their friend was kidnapped by Paris Hilton.


  • IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA - The gang calls an intervention on Frank and his reckless lifestyle.




THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Clive Owen, Joely Fisher, the Backstreet Boys
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Hoarders: A family's secret life exposed
THE VIEW - Kelly Clarkson, Paul Shaffer, guest co-host Ana Ortiz


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Kristin Davis, Barry Sonnenfeld
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Gerard Butler, Ben Harper & Jack Black
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Jimmie Johnson, the Backstreet Boys
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Kelsey Grammar, Stana Katic, Motorhead
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Christopher Meloni, Eve, Alton Brown


  • Lawn Gnome: This guy looked oddly similar to a decorative plastic lawn accessory. According to Wikipedia, "Gnomes are traditionally thought of as being small, bearded and wearing pointed, colorful, conical hats." Petite, whimsical, and bad taste in hats? No thanks.
  • The Pooper: At the end of a date, TP announced that he needed to take a dump (strike one) but that he can only "go" at his own apartment (strike two) which is conveniently located across the street from the restaurant. Blame the wine, but his date agreed to wait at his place while he went about his business. Seconds after emerging from the bano with the newspaper, he attempted to commence hook-up (strike three).
  • Cheesefeet: Hours after a guy left from the first "sleepover," this gal noticed a terrible smell infiltrating her apartment. The stench was finally tracked to the bathroom garbage can, where a pair of crumpled, yellow, sweaty socks rested at the top. If they were so foul he had to throw them out, did he not think they would be discovered by the girl he was trying to impress?
  • Alligator Arms: Unfortunately, this man's arms were so short he could never reach his wallet to pay for dinner.
  • Crusty: This sounds worse than it is. But watching this dude eat oatmeal was a deal-breaker.
  • Corn-Fed White-Boy: There was nothing wrong with this beefy, Midwestern fellow. My friend was just used to skinny vegan hipsters, rather than the wholesome kind of guy who drinks milk with dinner, eats meat casseroles and actually has enough of a gut to hold up his pants.
  • The Sharpie Marker: According to my sources, a certain body part was comparable in size. Girls can be so cruel.
  • Twin Bed: Sometimes we name people based on an experience or object that plays a pivotal role in our relationships. In this case, I'm referring to a 30-year-old who still sleeps in a twin bed. While he had luckily retired his Transformers sheets, my friend said this made for a very awkward, tight sleepover. She has since upgraded to men with full- or queen-size beds.
  • Eyebrow Mike: We also tend to name people based on notable physical characteristics so our friends can easily identify them at a bar or party. Eyebrow Mike's "situation" could be spotted from a mile away. Others include, "Mom Jeans" (yes, in reference to a guy), "The Chachball" (obvious overuse of hair gel and jewelry), and "The Hot Mess" (sloppy but really good-looking).
  • B.O. Hands: Nothing worse than a clammy hand hold, or sharing popcorn at the movies with this guy. Gross.
  • The Penguin: He could have passed for Danny DeVito in "Batman Returns": short, mean, and possibly wore makeup. Done and done.


IS BEER THE NEW WINE? The Telegraph reports that more and more people are starting to appreciate ingredients in beer as well as how it is brewed. In addition to the rising popularity of caring about what goes into a beer -- more women, who'd usually stuck to drinking wine while out for dinner or drinks -- are ordered the beverage. According to the Telegraph, "After all, beer comes in all manner of styles and flavors. It goes well with food, it's fat-free, cholesterol-free and it has fewer calories than wine (and less alcohol), as well as being low in carbohydrates (a pint of beer has half the carbs of an apple). So what's not to like? It's almost as if beer was designed specifically with women in mind."

EDUCATED WIVES MAKE THEIR HUSBANDS LIVE LONGER: In a study reported on by Fox News, researchers found that a woman's education was a stronger factor in her husband's risk of dying over the next decade or so than the man's own level of education. Drs. Robert Erikson and Jenny Torssander of the Swedish Institute for Social Research in Stockholm also found that a husband's social class based on his occupation had a greater influence on a woman's survival than her own occupational class. Erikson and Torssander looked at 1990 census data on more than 1.5 million employed men and women, 30 to 59 years old, who were living with a partner, along with cause of death data for the period 1991 to 2003. Men who hadn't reached high school were 1.1 times more likely to die during follow-up than men who'd finished college. But the education of a man's partner had a stronger effect than his own schooling; men living with a woman without any high school education were 1.25 times more likely to die than men living with a college graduate.

SYNDROME ADDRESSES PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY'RE WEREWOLVES: reports that October is the right month to see a spike in cases of clinical lycanthropy. Clinical lycanthropy is the name of the psychiatric syndrome in which people believe that they turn into wolves or werewolves -- one of the more recognizable icons of Halloween.

SHOULD TIPPING BE CONFIDENTIAL? A waiter claims he was fired after complaining on Twitter that actress Jane Adams failed to leave him a tip. The waiter told the LA Times publication BrandX, "In the end, if I didn't write anything, I would still have a job."

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Taylor Swift will be making a special guest appearance on this season of Dancing With The Stars. She will perform during one of the results shows later in the season. An official date has not yet been announced. Other singers set to perform on Dancing include Queen Latifah, Michael Buble and Colbie Caillat.

In other Dancing With The Stars news, Julianne Hough says she wants to return to the program for a one-time performance this season. Hough told FOX news that she is hoping for a reunion of sorts, saying "I want to come back and dance on the show! My brother, Derek, and Mark Ballas are going to sing with their Ballas Hough Band, and I want to come back and dance while they rock out. I'm working on hooking that up. When I performed my single on DWTS, they danced for me. Now it's my turn!"

  • Dancing With the Stars airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.


  • Hough took a hiatus from this season of Dancing to focus on her music career.
  • She continues performing at fairs and festivals through next month.

LeAnn Rimes is reportedly causing trouble for her boyfriend, actor Eddie Cibrian's, soon-to-be ex-wife. Brandi Glanville told E! News that the singer recently purchased a house in her Calabasas, California neighborhood, a half mile from the home Glanville shares with her and Cibrian's two children and only one block from their son's school.

In fact, Glanville shared a run-in she recently had with Rimes at the school in which she accuses Rimes of "single white female-ing" her, according to US Magazine.

Glanville told E!, "She waited until it was my turn to turn to pick up the kids and pulled out in front of me, waved, threw me a peace sign and smiled. Then she sent me a text saying, 'Just so you know I was doing a walk through of my new house.' "

  • Glanville and Cibrian filed for divorce in August, while Rimes announced her decision to divorce husband Dean Sheremet one week later.


  • Rimes and Cibrian met on the set of the Lifetime movie Northern Lights earlier this year.
  • US Magazine broke the story of their alleged affair back in March.

Rascal Flatts have only nine more dates on their American Living Unstoppable tour this year. The trio draws a good mix of fans to their shows, but one demographic seems to tip the scales just a bit, as Gary LeVox tells us. "You know, I don't know. It's about split I think. I mean, there might be a few more women than there are men or kids or whatever at the show, but I don't know. I'd have to say probably because we're pretty daggone hot."

Jay DeMarcus says that women are drawn to their shows because of the kind of songs Rascal Flatts record. "Our subject matter deals a lot with love and relationships, too, and I think they can connect on some level to the music that we've been able to get a hold of and put out there."

  • The group plays four California dates next week before heading to Canada to wrap up the tour.
  • Their new single, "Why," is climbing the country charts.

The hits just keep on coming for Darius Rucker. He co-wrote his latest, "History In The Making," and instantly knew it was destined for his debut country album, Learn To Live, as Rucker tells us: "I knew we were gonna record that the second we wrote it. I mean, there's two ways you can look at that song. A lot of people look at it like . . . it's a guy's and a girl's way of looking at it. Girls look at it as that moment you meet the guy that you know is gonna be there for the rest of your life, and guys call it a lie, cause it's a song where a guy's tellin' the girl, you know, 'We can't hook up tonight cause we're gonna last forever,' and yeah, when's the last time that happened (laughs)."
  • "History In The Making" is the fourth single from Learn To Live.
  • The previous three releases -- "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," "It Won't Be Like This For Long," and "Alright" -- have all topped the country charts.

Members of the rock band 3 Doors Down have been added to the list of celebs taking part in Dierks Bentley's Miles & Music For Kids event in Nashville on Sunday (October 11th). Brad Arnold and Chris Henderson will join Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Wynonna, Michelle Branch, and Heidi Newfield for the fourth annual charity motorcycle ride and concert to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
  • Tickets to Miles & Music For Kids start at $20 and are available through Ticketmaster.
  • In the three previous three years, Miles & Music for Kids has raised over $500,000.


  • Bentley continues to tour with Brad Paisley. The American Saturday Night tour runs through December 12th in Winterhaven, California.

Keith Anderson is no longer on the Columbia Nashville roster. The singer recorded two CDs for the label -- 2005's Three Chord Country And American Rock & Roll, which was certified gold, and C'Mon, which was released last year.
  • Anderson's hits include "I Still Miss You," "Every Time I Hear Your Name," "Pickin' Wildflowers," and "Sunday Morning in America."
  • His songwriting credits include Big & Rich's "Lost in This Moment" and the George Jones/Garth Brooks duet, "Beer Run."


Patty Loveless, Luke Bryan

THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Miranda Lambert

Toby Keith

Bucky Covington

Alison Krauss & Union Station


Rosanne Cash

Toby Keith


  • Joy Behar (comedian, The View co-host) (66)
  • Oliver North (Iran-Contra scandal figure) (66)
  • Vladimir Putin (Prime Minister of Russia, former Russian President) (57)
  • Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize winner) (78)
  • Thom Yorke (singer, Radiohead) (41)
  • Simon Cowell (judge, American Idol) (50)
  • Toni Braxton (R&B singer) (42)
  • Taylor Hicks (American Idol winner, pop star) (33)
  • Nicole Ari Parker (actress; Soul Food) (39)
  • John Mellencamp (rock musician) (58)
  • Yo-Yo Ma (cellist) (54)
  • Tico Torres (drummer, Bon Jovi) (56)
  • Al Martino ("Painted, Tainted Rose") (82)
  • Kevin Godley (singer-drummer and video pioneer, 10cc) (64)
  • Dave Hope (former bassist, Kansas) (60)
  • Rachel McAdams (actress, Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, Red Eye) (31, disputed)
  • Serena Altschul (MTV personality) (39)


  • The movie Songwriter, starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, premiered in Nashville in 1984.
  • Bill Monroe recorded his first solo sides including "Mule Skinner Blues" for RCA in 1940.
  • Nearly a decade after its release, Willie Nelson's single "Always On My Mind" was certified gold and platinum in 1991.


ELIZABETH TAYLOR ASKS FOR PRAYERS: Movie legend and Twitter regular Elizabeth Taylor posted a note yesterday (Tuesday) saying that she is about to undergo an operation to replace a leaky heart valve. The operation is a new procedure which does not involve open heart surgery, she said. In her Twitter post, Taylor said: "Any prayers you happen to have lying around I would dearly appreciate." Taylor, who is 77, has had many health problems over the years. She was last seen at a memorial service for her friend Michael Jackson.

DAVID LETTERMAN A HOT STAR OR HAS-BEEN? That depends on which numbers you want to believe. According to a poll by The New York Post, 29 percent say they're less likely to watch Late Night With David Letterman than before he went public about being blackmailed over relationships with female staffers (plural). Then again, the show's audience jumped 36 percent to 5.7 million on Monday night, when he apologized publicly to his wife. And his show didn't just beat old rival Jay Leno's numbers for the night. He beat every primetime and late night show on NBC on Monday. But here's the last word: A CNN online poll says 78 percent think the whole story has been blown out of proportion. Meanwhile, Letterman dialed it down a notch on the show last night (Tuesday). He got a laugh when he said he might look for an understudy, "because I might not be here for a wide variety of reasons."

BROOKE SHIELDS AND JIM BELUSHI IN PLANE MISHAP: This sounds like a comedy skit, but it could have been serious. People magazine reports that Brooke Shields and Jim Belushi had just landed at Hearst Castle in a small plane when the pilot got out without putting on the parking brake. The plane rolled into a parked SUV. The SUV was damaged, but no one was injured. The two were at Hearst Castle, in San Simeon, California, for a private event.

HEIDI KLUM WILL CHANGE HER NAME: This is sort of odd. German supermodel Heidi Klum wants to change her name to her husband Seal's name. But who knows what Seal's name really is? Well, it turns out that the soul singer's real name is Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel. No wonder he shortened it. Klum has filed papers in a Los Angeles court to change her name to Heidi Samuel. The couple has been married for four and a half years, and they have two children.

NICOLE RICHIE LAWYERS UP: says Nicole Richie is really mad at that photographer who rear-ended her vehicle in Los Angeles on Monday. In fact, she's so mad she has hired celebrity attorney Mark Geragos to sue the guy. Sources told the entertainment news site that she thinks he hit her car on purpose to create a news story. Police nailed the guy at the scene for driving without a license.


ADRIEN BRODY TAKES ON SUPER HERO ROLE: In a surprising bit of casting, Adrien Brody has been picked to play the super hero who battles alien hunters in Predators, a remake of the 1987 hit that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Work on the movie is expected to start soon in Hawaii and Austin, Texas, Variety reports. The film is expected to be released in July 2010. Brody is best known as the Oscar-winning star of The Pianist.

THERE ARE REAL HOUSEWIVES IN D.C., TOO: Bravo has announced that it is planning a new version of Real Housewives set in Washington D.C. as well as a second season of the New Jersey version of the show. Both will air in 2010.

OBAMA TO HONOR HISPANIC MUSIC: President Barack Obama will host Fiesta Latina, a concert that celebrates the Hispanic musical heritage, for a special that will air on PBS on Oct. 15 and on Telemundo on Oct. 18. Featured guests are expected to include Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, George Lopez, Thalia and Los Lobos. Sheila E. will lead the house band.


Football player Michael Vick is set to star in a new eight-part docu-series tentatively titled The Michael Vick Project. The BET show will look at his controversial return to the Philadelphia Eagles after serving time for running a dogfighting ring. Vick hopes the show will help repair his public image. He told the LA Times, "I just want people to really get to know me as an individual."

  • When asked about the show, a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said, "People who abuse animals don't deserve to be rewarded. . . . I think he's sorry he got caught, but only time will tell if he's truly remorseful.
  • Producers of the show say that it will be closer to a serious documentary than the typical star-driven reality program.
  • The NFL, the Eagles, and the Humane Society have given their support to the show, producers say.


A judge is expected to rule today (Wednesday, October 7th) on whether Jon Gosselin violated a court order in his divorce case by allegedly withdrawing $230,000 from his joint account with wife Kate. Meanwhile, cornered Jon at Los Angeles Airport. And, according to their reporter, "he straight up denied jacking the $230,000 Kate claims is missing from their joint account by saying, 'I never took any money.'" Kate claims he left her and their eight kids with $1,000 to pay the bills. The court decision will be the latest twist in the ugly saga, which you may remember started as a sweet TV show called Jon & Kate Plus 8.


A new reality show based on the old classic Fantasy Island television series is in the works, according to Variety. In the 1970s series, the elegant and mysterious Mr. Roarke, played by the late Ricardo Montalban, invited guests to a private island paradise to make their dreams come true, with startling and sometimes unpleasant results. In the new show, to be produced by Mark Burnett and Sony Pictures TV, 12 contestants will be challenged to portray Mr. or Ms. Roarke and make someone's dream come true.

  • The producers are searching the world for a paradise resort to serve as the location for the series.


OBAMA MEETS WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ON AFGHANISTAN: President Obama met Tuesday (October 6th) with House and Senate leaders of both parties to discuss the war in Afghanistan as he decides how to move forward, including whether he'll grant the request from General Stanley McChrystal for 40,000 more troops. Obama yesterday ruled out reducing the war to a counterterrorism campaign, in which many U.S. forces would pull out and special forces would target terrorists in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. But he also gave no timetable for when he'd make his decision, saying he'll do so after settling on the strategy ahead.

ENSIGN SAYS WON'T RESIGN AS AFFAIR-RELATED SCANDAL GROWS: Senator John Ensign said yesterday (October 6th) that he won't resign, even as new questions were raised about whether he improperly tried to mollify his mistress' husband by getting him a lobbying job and making phone calls on behalf of the man's clients. Ensign's 2008 affair with former campaign aide Cynthia Hampton, who was the wife of Ensign's former chief of staff Doug Hampton, was made public this summer. But it picked up steam again when the New York Times reported new details this week. Questiosn are being raised about whether Ensign and Doug Hampton had contact in violation of the federal one-year ban on lobbying for former Capitol Hill staffers, and whether the Nevada Repuiblcan illegal truied to influence Hampton's lcients.


NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS AWARDED TO THREE AMERICANS: Three Americans were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics Tuesday (October 6th) for their work in the 1960s that was key to the development of modern communications and digital imaging. Charles Kao was honored for discovering how to transmit light signals over long distances via fiber-optics, glass fibers as thin as a human hair. That led to the creation of today's high-speed communication networks that carry voice, video and Internat data. Willard Boyle and George E. Smith won for inventing a sensor able to transform light into pixels, the building blocks of digital images, which is at the heart of digital cameras. Called the charge-coupled device, it's found in devices ranging from digital cameras to robotic medical instruments with video cameras. It also revolutionized astronomy by allowing spacecraft with digital cameras to take images from further out in space and transmit them back to Earth.

TEENS WITH ADHD, DEPRESSION AT HIGHER RISK OF INTERNET ADDICTION: A new study suggests that teenagers with disorders including ADHD, depression and social phobia are at higher risk of Internet addiction than other teens. ADHD and hostility in both boys and girls made them more likely to become Internet addicts, however the same held true for social phobia and depression only for girls. According to HealthDay News, Internet addiction is considered to be excessive use of the Internet that negatively affects grades, family relationships or a person's emotional state. Symptoms include a preoccupation with the Internet, greater use of the Internet than anticipated or desired, an inability to stop, and using the Internet so much that other activities are dropped.

STUDY: HOMEOWNERS SCALING BACK ON SIZE, AMENITIES: The housing downturn and recession have led homeowners to scale back on both the size of houses and their amenities, according to a survey from the American Institute of Architects. Americans are now less interested in having hobby or game rooms, media rooms, home workshops, exercise room, suites for au pairs or in-laws, additional laundry space or three-car garages. Instead home offices are the most popular special function room, with a growing number of Americans telecommuting and self-employed. Additionally, homeowners are asking architects to make their homes more energy-efficient, including with better insulation, double- and triple-glazed windows, water-saving devices, and solar panels.

PETRAEUS TREATED FOR PROSTATE CANCER: A spokesman revealed Tuesday (October 6th) that General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ast head of the U.S. Central Command, has undergone two months of radiation treatment after being diagnosed with early-state prostate cancer in February. The Pentagon called the treatment "successful." The 56-year-old Petraeus' illness wasn't revealed at the time because he and his family regarded it as a personal matter that didn't interfere with his duties. However, President Obama and top members of his administration were told.

LEVI JOHNSTON APPEARING IN PISTACHIO AD: Levi Johnston, the father of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's 10-month-old grandson Tripp, is appearing in a new TV ad for pistachio nuts. MSNBC reports that in the spot for Wonderful pistachios, Johnston is seen with his bodyguard and manager Tank Jones, who looks around before signaling it's safe. Johnston then cracks open a pistachio as a voiceover says, "Now Levi Johnston does it with protection." Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol, who gave birth to Tripp last December, was engaged to Johnston before the two broke off their relationship a couple of months after the birth of their son.


TWINS BEAT TIGERS IN 12TH INNING TO WIN AL CENTRAL: The Minnesota Twins won the American League Central and a ticket to the playoffs last night (October 6th) with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers in their one-game playoff for the division title. Alexi Casilla singled home the winning run in the 12th inning, sending Carlos Gomez home from second as the hometown crowd in the Metrodome went wild. The win came in a thrilling game that capped the Twins'[ end-of-season comeback in which they went 17-4 to tie with the Tigers on the final weekend. For their part, the Tigers became the first team in major league history to blow a three-game lead with four games left to play. The Twins don't have much time to savor their victory, however, as they will play the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Divison Series at 6 p.m. ET today at Yankee Stadium.

LIMBAUGH TRYING TO BUY ST. LOUIS RAMS: Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has teamed up with Dave Checketts, owner of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, in a bid to buy the NFL's St. Louis Rams. Limbaugh won't discuss other partners that might be involved in the bid, but said he and Checketts would operate the team, which Forbes magazine has estimated as having a value of $929 million. Limbaugh is a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, about 100 miles south of St. Louis. He worked briefly on ESPN's NFL pregame show in 2003, but resigned after saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

RECORD RATINGS FOR FAVRE MATCH-UP WITH PACKERS: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's matchup with his former team, the Green Bay Packers, Monday night (October 5th) attracted the largest cable television audience ever. The Vikings' 30-23 Monday Night Football win over the Packers on ESPN was watched by more than 21.8 million people, beating the previous record of more than 18.6 million viewers for last year's Monday Night game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. ESPN also said Tuesday that the game drew the highest rating in the network's 30-year history.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE - Christine panics when she can't get into a doctor's office fast enough; Richard decides to move back in with New Christine.
  • GARY UNMARRIED - Gary tries to get Sasha to listen to his radio demo tape; Louise finds a way to protect Tom from a bully.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS - The team investigates a case in Rossi's hometown that involves both his personal and professional lives.
  • CSI: NY - Mac and the team follow the trail of evidence left by a killer after two bodies are found.


  • MERCY - Veronica tries to save the sole survivor of a horrific nightclub fire; Sonia butts heads with an energetic new female doctor.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - When a woman goes missing her boyfriend points the detectives in the direction of a neighbor and convicted bank robber; Stabler ends up in solitary confinement.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Wanda Sykes, Kathleen Sebelius


  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Las Vegas call-backs begin.
  • GLEE - The boys compete against the girls in a mashup showdown; Terri tries to keep an eye on Will by taking a job as the school nurse.


  • HANK - Hank tests his entrepreneurial skills with a neighborhood yard sale.
  • THE MIDDLE - Frankie organizes a publicity stunt in hopes of saving her job; Brick starts reading her mother's romance novels.
  • MODERN FAMILY - Things go awry when Jay take Phil out to fly his new model airplane; Gloria takes Alex dress shopping.
  • COUGAR TOWN - Family and friends get in the way of Jules date with her boyfriend; Bobby is forced to behave like a responsible dad.
  • EASTWICK - Roxie is haunted by the ghost of her daughter's former boyfriend; Kat decides to give Raymond another chance.


  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - Benny Ninja teaches the contestants to dance without expressions on their faces; Josie Maran serves as a guest judge.
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Ellen Page, Kevin Nealon, Michael Franti & Spearhead
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Exclusive: Inside the home of the Florida Massacre
THE VIEW - Chris Rock


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Vince Vaughn, Carey Mulligan, Rosanne Cash
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Wanda Sykes, Kathleen Sebelius
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Jason Bateman, Selena Gomez, Toby Keith
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Joel McHale, Richard Belzer, KISS
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Chevy Chase, Eliza Dushku, Lenny Kravitz


WOMAN THROWS DOG AT POLICE OFFICER: A Nebraskan woman is accused of throwing her small dog at a police officer when he arrived at her home to investigate a domestic violence report. The woman was suspected of throwing her cell phone and hitting her boyfriend in the face. Neither the dog nor the officer were hurt and the woman was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault.

SCHOOL ASKS KIDS TO BRING THEIR OWN TOILET PAPER: A primary school in Ireland suffering from a deep recession has asked parents to send their kids to school with their own roll of toilet paper. The principal of the school claims that the letter sent out to parents was not a demand, but a request to help balance the school's budget. The principal also said that the request comes partially as a result of the government cutting grants for books and computers. At least half of the students have brought in their own toilet paper so far. (Reuters)

RACING FANS "LIMITED" TO 24 BEERS A DAY: Australian racing fans at the popular Bathurst 1000 were told that they would be limited to a "slab" (24 cans) of beer a day. The same rule will be applied to other alcoholic drinks in terms of millimeters and alcohol level. The race, which draws thousands of people every year is known for its rowdiness in the past, which prompted the rule. Believe it or not, many fans are still not happy with the amount. (Reuters)

TIGER ATTACKS INTRUDER AT ZOO: A man who along with his friend hopped a fence at the Calgary Zoo in Canada suffered injuries to his arms when he stuck his hands into a tiger exhibit and was attacked by the animal. A zoo official described the man's injuries as "significant" and said the men were brought to an office where the injured man was treated before being rushed to a hospital. Police are still investigating the matter. (Reuters)

49 MOST INFLUENTIAL MEN OF 2009 LIST: published its list of the 49 Most Influential Men. The list is comprised of men whose personal and professional achievements are most inspirational to everyday men. The Top 5 are:

5. TV personality and American Idol creator, Simon Cowell.

4. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

3. President Barack Obama.

2. Jamaican Olympic track champion and multiple record holder, Usain Bolt.

1. Fictional character and star of the hit show Mad Men, Don Draper.

Last year's Most Influential Man was Barack Obama. In 2007 it was David Beckham, and in 2006 George Clooney was number 1.


CHILDREN WHO EAT CANDY MORE LIKELY TO LIVE A LIFE OF CRIME: ( British Researcher Simon Moore, who specializes in vulnerable adolescents at Cardiff University, and his team have concluded a study that shows children who eat too many sweets are more violent in adulthood. While investigating children who commit serious crimes, Moore discovered that the worst of them had terrible eating habits. He then turned to a long-term study of 17,00 people born the same week in 1970, part of which recorded their eating habits. Children who were recorded as having too much sugar in their diet at age 10 where asked at age 34 whether they had ever committed a violent crime. The results were astounding, showing that 69% of the people who had been convicted of a violent crime by age 34 claimed to have eaten candy everyday as children. Moore also says the results were consistent despite where they grew up and their economic situation.

SEXUALLY SATISFIED WOMEN ARE HAPPIER: A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that women with a satisfying sex life are happier in all aspects of their lives. Sure, it sounds like common sense, but one researcher points out that a lot of assumptions have been made before, but they've never been documented in a formal study. Women's most common complaints about sex are often linked to their busy schedules, poor body image, unwillingness to ask for what they want in bed and other factors. Although the study found sex amd happiness go hand and hand, what's unclear is whether women have a sense of well-being because they're sexually satisfied or that they're having better sex because they have a happy life.

DON'T BE FOOLED BY HOTEL STAR RATINGS: ( AskMen warns that hotel star ratings are not always what they seem. They reveal that technically no one is in charge of assigning stars to a hotel, but rather they are based more on a mutual expectation of quality. This may include things like softness of the beds, safe parking, and customer service. Also, many hotel websites allow customers to rank hotels, so the ratings are more opinions than representative of the hotel's level of luxury. The American Automobile Association conducts their own ratings, but they merely represent the level of luxury you'll experience at a hotel rather than its service, etc. While 5 stars are considered the best hotels, keep in mind that some hotels boast 6 or 7 star ratings, which only serve as marketing tools to convey the over-the-top luxury of a hotel


According to MSNBC, Facebook messaging scams have become so effective that the FBI has issued a warning to all social-networking users. The warning by the FBI which read, "Fraudsters continue to hijack accounts on social networking sites and spread malicious software by using various techniques," was met by Facebook's own response saying that they have increased their efforts to combat scams. For instance, hackers have been successful at changing people's Facebook status's to urgent messages pleading for cash. The scams are so effective, says MSNBC, because Facebook messages are mostly viewed as legitimate and personal. Here are some tips from MSNBC on how to protect yourself:

  • Never send money to an individual, even a friend, using Western Union unless you are ready to never see it again. There are no security measures in place to protect those who wire money that way, and there's no way to recover funds send through Western Union that end up in the wrong hands.
  • Don't believe your e-mail, even if it comes from a friend. Any unexpected greeting cards, solicitations, or offers you receive should be treated with complete skepticism. Before you click, call and ask "Did you send this?"
  • It's a good idea to have two e-mail contact addresses on file with Facebook, so you have a better chance of reclaiming a hijacked account if you become a victim. Criminals who hack accounts usually change the password to lock out the rightful owner. Facebook will use the secondary e-mail in an attempt to determine the real owner of the account.


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The Telegraph reports that "Tweet What You Eat" is an online food diary that allows you to instantly enter everything you eat. The application, which already has more than 8,000 followers, has a 'CrowdCal system', a completely crowd-sourced calorie database, which fills in food entries' calorie count based on what other members have entered. It allows you to keep track of your weight to see if the diet is working while there is also a forum for dieters to discuss food.


Tim McGraw is one of the most sought after entertainers in music today, however at home he's just like any other dad -- pretty uncool to his pre-teen daughters. McGraw tells us that 12-year-old Gracie and 11-year-old Maggie don't seem to have the time of day for him. "They're at the point now to where they -- the older two, anyway -- you're not cool enough for 'em to talk to. 'How was school today?' 'It was alright.' 'What'd you learn?' 'Nothin'. I don't remember.' You can't get anything out of 'em, but they're good girls. They're very well-grounded. They certainly aren't caught up in the life of what we do, cause they could care less about what we do. If it's not Ne-Yo or the Jonas Brothers or Taylor Swift then . . . That's the only time we're cool is when we can get 'em tickets to those concerts and maybe get to meet 'em."

McGraw says that he couldn't be any prouder, though, of all three girls, including seven-year-old Audrey. "I butt heads with the oldest one because we're just alike, but other than that typical father-daughter things couldn't be any better. I couldn't ask for better kids, especially in the situation that they've been forced to grow up in. They couldn't be more well-adjusted."

  • McGraw's new studio album, Southern Voice, will be released on October 20th.
  • The singer is scheduled to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman on October 12th and October 16th.
  • CBS Interactive Music Group will present a special "Live on Letterman" webcast with McGraw on October 12th after his appearance on Letterman. The event will be streamed on the Late Show website at at 8 p.m. ET.
Luke Bryan's sophomore album, Doin' My Thing, hits retails outlets today (Tuesday, October 6th). While every artist knows how important the second album is to a career, Bryan told us he refused to let that pressure get to him. "I've never operated really well on gettin' all freaked out about stuff, you know, and so I didn't really do that in the process of this album. I feel like if you write hard and you work hard and you stay on top of things and do your homework and be smart about everything that the whole process will come together and make something that you're proud of."
  • Bryan's debut single, "Do I," is a bonafide hit at radio. It's in the Top 20 on the country singles charts.
  • At the same time, Toby Keith's "American Ride" single tops the country charts this week. It's the title track from his brand new album, which also sees release today. The American Ride CD is Keith's 13th studio album of his career.

Martina McBride and Trace Adkins are pairing up for a tour of arenas that begins next month and lasts through the spring. The Shine All Night tour will feature special guests Blake Shelton and The Lost Trailer. The trek kicks off on November 20th in Moline, Illinois.
  • The nearly 40-city run is presented by SunnyD drink and GAC.

Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, and Carrie Underwood are are lined up to perform at the 43rd annual CMA Awards next month. The show will air live from Nashville's Sommet Center on ABC on November 11th.
  • The CMA Awards will again be co-hosted by Paisley and Underwood for the second consecutive year.
  • Tickets for the 2009 CMA Awards can be purchased online at or at the Sommet Center box office.

Montgomery Gentry recently took on an animated form as characters in the famous Nancy comic strip on Sunday (October 4th). The duo's June 23rd induction to the Grand Ole Opry became inspiration for last weekend's episode.
  • Troy Gentry said, "What a nice surprise in my Sunday paper! I think we might have made Nancy's aunt's shirt once, but to be the subject and for them to include our Opry induction is very cool. And I've always wondered what I'd look like as a cartoon. Very flattering."
  • Montgomery Gentry's current single, "Long Line Of Losers," just cracked the Billboard Top 25. The song is the fourth release from their Back When I Knew It All CD, which produced the Number One hits "Roll With Me" and "Back When I Knew It All," as well as the Top Five hit, "One In Every Crowd."


  • The Nancy comic strip appears in more than 350 U.S. newspapers as well as in publications in some 80 countries.

Twenty-nine artists ranging from the likes of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley to Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift will be featured on the Now That's What I Call A Country Christmas CD, which is released today (Tuesday, October 6th). The two-disc compilation includes such stars as Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, Dolly Parton and Kellie Pickler.


  • Now That's What I Call A Country Christmas is the newest of the multi-artist album series, Now That's What I Call Music!
  • The Now series has sold more than 73 million albums in the U.S. over the last 10 years.


Luke Bryan, Patty Loveless

Big Kenny

Dierks Bentley

Jack Ingram


Tim Rushlow (former lead singer of Little Texas) (43)

  • Elisabeth Shue (actress, The Karate Kid, Cocktail, Back To The Future II and III, Leaving Las Vegas; sister of Andrew Shue) (46)
  • Britt Ekland (Swedish model-actress, ex wife of Peter Sellers, ex-girlfriend of Rod Stewart who whispers in French on the hit song "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)") (67)
  • Jeremy Sisto (actor, Six Feet Under) (35)
  • Ioan Gruffudd (actor, played Mr Fantastic in Fantastic 4) (36)
  • J.J. Stokes (controversial NFL player) (37)
  • Kevin Cronin (lead singer-guitarist-pianist, REO Speedwagon) (58)
  • David Hidalgo (lead singer-guitarist-accordionist, Los Lobos) (55)
  • Millie Small ("My Boy Lollipop") (63)
  • Ellen Travolta, (actress, John Travolta's sister, who played Horshack's mother on Welcome Back Kotter) (69)
  • Olivia Thirlby (actress, Juno, The Wackness, Bored to Death) (23)


  • Moe Bandy's first Number One single, "I Cheated Me Right Out of You," charted in 1979.
  • Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" became his third Number One hit in 1990.
  • Garth Brooks joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1990.
  • Alan Jackson debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1990.
  • Tim McGraw married Faith Hill in 1996.


BROOKE BURNS SEARCHING FOR DOG: Another Hollywood star has a missing Malti-Poo. Weeks after Jessica Simpson's Daisy was snatched up by a coyote, reports that actress Brooke Burns has lost her dog, Max. The former Baywatch babe has been posting signs around the Los Angeles area offering a reward for her missing pooch, Max. The "very friendly" pup has been missing since Saturday (October 3rd).

TAPE SHOWN AT TRAVOLTA EXTORTION TRIAL: A hidden-camera videotape of the alleged extortion attempt made against John Travolta was shown to a Bahamian jury on Monday (October 5th). The Associated Press reports that the tape shows defendant, politician Pleasant Bridgewater, telling Travolta's lawyer that a paramedic who treated the actor's son wants at least $20 million as payment to not release a private document to the media. During the meeting, Bridgewater calls Tarino Lightbourne on his cell phone and tells him the lawyer is prepared to offer $250,000. She is then heard telling the attorney that Lightbourne responded by telling her, "My mortgage is more than that." Bridgewater and Lightbourne have pleaded not guilty to extortion charges.

DAVID HASSELHOFF'S EX ORDERED TO PAY LEGAL FEES: A judge ordered David Hasselhoff's ex-wife Pamela Bach to pay the actor $7,550.80 -- the amount he spent on legal bills to defend himself against "frivolous legal actions" filed by Bach. The judge ruled on Monday (October 5th) that Pamela must send David $3,000 up front, and then she can either send David a check for $500 a month until the amount has been paid in full, or she just deduct it from her spousal support.

PATRICK SWAYZE MEMORIAL HELD: Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for Patrick Swayze on Sunday (October 4th). People magazine reports that Whoopi Goldberg was among the mourners, who saw speeches celebrating Swayze's life and a performance by professional dancers in honor of his talent. The memorial was planned by Swayze's wife Lisa Niemi. He died of pancreatic cancer on September 14th.

SUICIDE NOTE REPORTEDLY FOUND ON REALITY STAR'S COMPUTER: Police reportedly found what they consider to be a suicide letter on the computer of Ryan Jenkins -- the VH1 reality star accused of killing his wife before eventually hanging himself. reports that a page-and-a-half long letter titled "Last Will and Testament" was on the computer found in the motel room where he killed himself. In the letter, dated three days before his body was found, Jenkins reportedly doesn't admit to killing Jasmine Fiore, but does apologize to family and friends for the pain he caused them.


LIAM NEESON JOINS 'NEXT THREE DAYS': Liam Neeson is joining Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks in the upcoming film, The Next Three Days. The Hollywood Reporter announced Neeson's casting in the project, which revolves around a woman imprisoned for a murder she claims she didn't commit and her college professor husband who decides to break her out.

NO CASTING YET FOR PRINCE HARRY MOVIE: Despite rumors, Rob Pattinson and Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint are not on the short list to play Prince Harry in an upcoming film called The Spare. Although E! and OK! magazine named the two actors as possibilities for the role, as associate of the film's director, Peter Kosminsky, told that Kosminsky has not listed any names for the part yet as the project is still too far off to begin casting.

FLU HALTS PRODUCTION ON 'BONES': Fox's Bones shut down production after star David Boreanaz fell ill with the flu. The show's creator Hart Hanson tweeted, "First time in Bones history we are shut down from production. Damn swine flu! That's gonna cut into Christmas hiatus." He noted that Boreanaz is not suffering from the H1N1 bug, adding, "There is no indication that Boreanaz has swine flu. We expect him back tomorrow. I'm now going out to get swine flu myself in atonement." Boreanaz's rep said, "David is out with the flu and the show shut down today since he was in every scene. We hope to resume production tomorrow."

'TOP CHEF' RENEWED: Top Chef has been renewed for a seventh season. Variety reports that Bravo has announced casting calls for the popular cooking competition, which will premiere its next installment in 2010. The current season, set in Las Vegas, averages 3.2 million viewers a week. A city has yet to be chosen for the seventh season.


If judge Len Goodman wasn't such a grump, singer Mya might have earned the first perfect 30 of the season for her sultry rumba on Dancing With The Stars Monday night (October 5th, 2009.) She got 10s from judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, but Len only gave her a disappointing 7. Meanwhile, ex-football star Michael Irvin was on the bottom of the leaderboard with 14 points for his samba.

  • Paula Abdul was in the audience and made some informal -- and typically wacko -- comments about the performances to host Tom Bergeron. She compared Len to Simon Cowell, wondered about Donny kissing Bruno and then suggested she make out with Carrie Ann. Could she be stumping for a guest judge shot on the show? She's free these days.
  • The stars return tonight (October 6th) to find out who will be hanging up their dance shoes this week.
  • Queen Latifah is tonight's musical guest.
  • Last season's billionaire geek Steve Wozniak is coming back to do a season predictions segment with Fantasy Football expert Matthew Barry and . . . a chimpanzee!