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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thank you Flagger's for a great Hoe Down!

Hey, Thanks to all you Flaggers that came out to the Hoe Down today! It was great time and very nice to meet ya'll and just hang out for awhile! Congrats to the all the winners!!


I look forward to talking to you on Monday Morning.

Friday, January 29, 2010

BIG WEEKEND AHEAD!

TGIF Flagers! Big weekend ahead! Tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 10am it's The K-Flag Hoe-Down! Where: The Findlay Motor Company on The Parkway in BHC What: Reb's Big Red Hair Contest...Audience applause pics the winner, bring your friends! Free Bar-B-Q, 100 Corvettes on display, The K-Flag big ass prize wheel will be... there, spin to win George Strait, Reba concert Tickets! CYA there!

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Lady Antebellum will be front and center at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 31st) night for the Grammy Awards. In addition to their two nominations for Best Country Performance by A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Country Song for "I Run To You", the trio will perform during the three-plus hour live broadcast.

Lady A members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are thrilled to be such a big part of the Grammys this year, but they're also a little overwhelmed, Dave tells us:"The Grammy night, especially this year, is gonna be, I think, a little nerve-wracking. I mean, we're performing on the show, which is an unbelievable honor. I mean, they announced us in the first round, too. It's like Beyonce, Lady A and (Dave and Hillary Scott) Black Eyed Peas. I mean, it's huge. (Hillary) What? (Dave) It's really huge for us. It's our chance to hopefully, you know, step up to the plate and make something happen. Hopefully that'll kind of make us forget about the nominations that night as well (laughs).

The group is bound to be nervous to take the stage with so many superstars in the audience, but Hillary tells us she already has a plan. "When all else fails you look past the first 20 rows and look up into the crowd of the Staples Center. It's like, if you get a little too nervous and you're like, 'Oh crap! There's Bono, there's Jay-Z and Beyonce . . . ' If you start to let yourself go there, the nerves are gonna continue to just kind of feed off of themselves, so you kind of have to make it about, 'I'm gonna sing to the fans who are up in the nosebleeds.' Like, I hope that everybody in the first 20 rows really digs what we do, but we have to focus on the people beyond that."

  • Lady Antebellum will perform at the MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young in Los Angeles tonight (Friday, January 29th).
  • Their new CD, Need You Now, was released earlier this week. The trio is on track to sell more than 325,000 copies this week. If that happens, Lady A will debut at Number One spot on the Billboard pop and country charts next week.

FAST FACTS

  • Lady Antebellum hasn't had to wait too long for success -- the trio wasn't even formed until 2006.
  • Prior to signing to Capitol Records, the group made its debut as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone."

Forecasts of bad winter storms are the reason that George Strait and Reba McEntire are postponing this weekend's scheduled shows in Knoxville, Tennessee and Charlottesville, Virginia.

George issued a statement saying, "Due to our concern for the safety of our fans and crew, we are rescheduling shows this weekend. We regret the change but it's
best to take all the necessary precautions."

Tonight's (Friday, January 29th) show at the Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville has been rescheduled for April 2nd, while Saturday's (Janaury 30th) performance at the JPJ Arena will now happen on April 3rd.

  • Forecasters in Knoxville are predicting six or more inches of snow on top of a freezing rain, while in Charlottesville, meteorologists are anticipating the possibility of double that amount.
  • George and Reba's tour, featuring special guest Lee Ann Womack, will resume on February 5th in Phoenix.
  • George is nominated for three Grammy awards at Sunday's (January 31st) show. He's up for Best Country Album for Twang, Best Country Collaboration for "Everything But Quits" with Lee Ann Womack, and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Living For The Night."

FAST FACTS

  • The new George and Reba tour just kicked off last weekend.
  • It wraps up on April 10th in Des Moines.

Despite reports to the contrary, Taylor Swift and Kanye West have no plans to collaborate. Outlets have reported that the two will team up for a remake of the 1985 charity ensemble hit, "We Are The World." The alleged recording session was supposed to take place on Monday (February 1st) in Los Angeles, the day after the Grammys, but a spokesperson for Taylor told GossipCop.com that the 20-year-old will not attend any such recording session. In fact, Taylor has to head to the airport as soon as the award show wraps to fly to Australia for a string of dates there.

Taylor is nominated for eight trophies at Sunday (January 31st) night's Grammy Awards. All eyes will be on Taylor that night, as she is the critics' choice to win big, but the singer still has not decided on an outfit for the show. On Wednesday (January 27th), she told US Weekly magazine, "I still have to find something to wear, but I think it'll all come together the day before!"

  • Taylor is scheduled to perform during the live broadcast, which airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
The Super Bowl XLIV (44) pre-game festivities will kick off with Carrie Underwood's performance of the national anthem. Queen Latifah has also been tapped to perform "America the Beautiful" before the big game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, which will take place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 7th. The performances will be televised live on CBS beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
  • Previous country stars who have sung the anthem prior to a Super Bowl include Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks.
  • The NFL previously announced that The Who will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show.

FAST FACTS

  • More than 151 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history.
  • The pregame show and Super Bowl XLIV will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.
Dierks Bentley is becoming a regular fixture at the Grammy Awards. The singer is again nominated this year for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "Beautiful World," a duet with Patty Griffin on Dierks' current Feel That Fire CD. Dierks tells us that working with Patty was a dream come true, not to mention sharing a Grammy nomination. "Just looking at my album and seeing her name on the back of the album, that we did a song together, is really special to me, so just to hear that our name will be called out as a nomination, especially for a song that wasn't even a single. All the other songs that we're goin' up against -- well, most of 'em -- were singles. It's just an album cut, but it's a powerful song and I'll save whatever nomination card I get. Whether we win or not, I'll save that as some sort of plaque somewhere cause it means just as much to me as winning would be."

In addition to the possibility of taking home a trophy, Dierks says he is excited about being part of the whole Grammy experience. "This is my third time going to the Grammys, I think, and I enjoy it every time more and more cause I really do enjoy the whole circus that it is and enjoy being part of it and appreciate it more every time cause you never know when it's gonna be your last time, so I enjoy lookin' around at everything that there is. On the country scene, we're a pretty tight-knit community and you know everybody. It's a different kind of deal. This is more like a spectacle, with all the rock and pop and craziness. I love soakin' it in and all the parties and all the free beer and food. I love it!"The 52nd annual Grammy Awards takes place on Sunday (January 31st). The show will air live from Los Angeles on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

  • Dierks continues to work on his next album, which will be a bluegrass CD. No release date has been set yet.
The 52nd annual Grammy Awards takes place on Sunday (January 31st) in Los Angeles. The show will air live from the Staples Center on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Here is the rundown of country nominees in ll categories:

Record Of The Year
"Halo" - Beyonce
"I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas
"Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon
"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga
"You Belong With Me" - Taylor Swift

Album Of The Year
I Am... Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame - Lady Gaga
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King - Dave Matthews Band
Fearless - Taylor Swift

Song Of The Year
"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
"Pretty Wings" - Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" - Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
"Use Somebody" - Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
"You Belong With Me" - Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
MGMT
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
"Hometown Glory" - Adele
"Halo" - Beyonce
"Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry
"Sober" - Pink
"You Belong With Me" - Taylor Swift

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
"Sea Of Heartbreak" - Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen
"Love Sex Magic" - Ciara & Justin Timberlake
"Lucky" - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Willie Nelson & Norah Jones
"Breathe" - Taylor Swift & Colbie Caillat

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"A Day In The Life" - Jeff Beck
"Warped Sister" - Booker T. Jones
"Playing With Fire" - Brad Paisley
"Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin'" - Brian Setzer Orchestra
"Now We Run" - Steve Vai

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
"Dead Flowers" - Miranda Lambert
"I Just Call You Mine" - Martina McBride
"White Horse" - Taylor Swift
"Just A Dream" - Carrie Underwood
"Solitary Thinkin'" - Lee Ann Womack

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
"All I Ask For Anymore" - Trace Adkins
"People Are Crazy" - Billy Currington
"High Cost Of Living" - Jamey Johnson
"Living For The Night" - George Strait
"Sweet Thing" - Keith Urban

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
"Cowgirls Don't Cry" - Brooks & Dunn
"Chicken Fried" - Zac Brown Band
"I Run To You" - Lady Antebellum
"Here Comes Goodbye" - Rascal Flatts
"It Happens" - Sugarland

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
"Beautiful World" - Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin
"Down The Road" - Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally
"Start A Band" - Brad Paisley & Keith Urban
"I Told You So" - Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
"Everything But Quits" - Lee Ann Womack & George Strait

Best Country Instrumental Performance
"Under The (Five) Wire" - Alison Brown
"The Crystal Merchant" - The Greencards
"Mansinneedof" - Sarah Jarosz
"Producer's Medley" - Steve Wariner

Best Country Song
"All I Ask For Anymore" - Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
"High Cost Of Living" - Jamey Johnson & James Slater, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
"I Run To You" - Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
"People Are Crazy - Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters (Billy Currington)
"White Horse" - Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best Country Album
The Foundation - Zac Brown Band
Twang - George Strait
Fearless - Taylor Swift
Defying Gravity - Keith Urban
Call Me Crazy - Lee Ann Womack

  • This year's performers include Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
  • Presenters are Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert.
Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Radio will be broadcasting live from South Beach in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Kenny may or may not be there, but No Shoes Radio will definitely be airing live from Miami's Surfcomber on Tuesday (February 2nd) from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday (January 4th) from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Wednesday's (February 3rd) broadcast begins at 8 p.m. and features a live concert from Kenny's one-time duet partner, Uncle Kracker.

Kenny is currently working on his upcoming concert movie, Summer In 3-D, as well as beginning work on his next album. With all that going on, it's unlikely that Kenny will be able to join the broadcast, which he hates, he said, "because I took a year off from the big tours to be able to do this kind of stuff, and I know this one's gonna rock. . . If I don't get there, I'm gonna be bummed, but these movies are a lot more work than you think!"

There's no word yet on which team Kenny is cheering on to win the Super Bowl. He's in a tough spot -- the New Orleans Saints are coached by his friend Sean Payton, but another friend, Peyton Manning, is the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts!

  • Kenny's new single, "Ain't Back Yet," will head to radio later this month.
  • Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3-D will be released in theaters on April 21st.

FAST FACTS

  • Kenny first kicked off No Shoes Radio in August of last year.
  • The superstar is taking a break from a full-fledged tour this year, but will be playing various dates, including some festivals.
Taylor Swift has changed her iPhone wallpaper to a photo of herself with director Steven Spielberg, which was taken at Wednesday (January 27th) night's Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Unforgettable Evening event where the superstar performed. She Tweeted about the change and posted the new pic on Twitter yesterday (Thursday, January 28th). Click here to see the new wallpaper: http://twitpic.com/106smb

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Julianne Hough joined Taylor as attendees at the Unforgettable Evening on Wednesday (January 27th) in Los Angeles. Tim and Faith were presented with the organization's Courage Award for their own charitable organizations the Tug McGraw Foundation and Neighbor's Keeper. The event benefited EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund.

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles has been added as a performer at Sunday (January 31st) night's Grammy Awards. Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban have also been added as presenters on the show, which airs live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Merle Haggard has signed with indie label Vanguard Records. His new album, I Am What I Am, will be released on April 20th. The CD will include 12 original songs all written by Merle.

Wynonna, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Phil Stacey and several other artists joined a children's choir of more than 250 elementary school students on Wednesday (January 27th) in Nashville to record a song called "Come Together Now." All proceeds from the song, which will be released shortly, will benefit relief efforts to Haiti.


COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is the name of Alan Jackson's first country Number One song in Billboard?

A. 1991's "I'd Love You All Over Again"

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

Friday, January 29th


EARLY SHOW/CBS 7:00AM (ET)
Taylor Swift

CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
Josh Turner

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 11:00AM, 4:00PM (ET)
Kenny Chesney

DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Darryl Worley, Carl Edwards

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Portia De Rossi (actress, Arrested Development's Lindsay, wife of Ellen De Generes) (37)
  • Justin Timberlake (pop star) (29)
  • Kerry Washington (actress, Ray, The Last King of Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, Lakeview Terrace) (33)
  • Minnie Driver (actress, Grosse Pointe Blank, Good Will Hunting, Hope Springs, The Phantom Of The Opera) (40)
  • Nolan Ryan (Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher, the all-time strikeout leader) (63)
  • Kelly Lynch (actress, Drugstore Cowboy, Bright Lights Big City) (51)
  • Philip Glass (composer) (73)
  • John Lydon (frontman of the Sex Pistols; also known as Johnny Rotten) (54)
  • Anthony LaPaglia (actor, Without A Trace) (51)
  • KC (Harry Wayne Casey) (of KC & the Sunshine Band, "Boogie Shoes") (59)
  • Carol Channing (actress) (89)
  • Phil Manzanera (guitarist, Roxy Music) (59)
  • Bobby Moynihan (actor, Saturday Night Live, The Invention of Lying, When in Rome) (33)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Alan Jackson's father, Eugene Jackson, died of an aortic aneurysm in Newnan, Georgia in 2000.
  • Tim McGraw's Not A Moment Too Soon album was certified quintuple-platinum in 1997.
  • Garth Brooks sang the national anthem during a pre-game show that also featured Tanya Tucker, Billy Burnette and Fleetwood Mac at Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in 1993.
  • MCA Records bought ABC Records in 1979, gaining such top country artists as Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark, Freddy Fender, and Donna Fargo.
  • Tom T. Hall appeared at Number one on the Billboard country chart for the first time with "A Week In A Country Jail" in 1970.
  • Merle Haggard recorded the Number One single "The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde" in 1968.
  • Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton recorded the Top 10 single "Holding On To Nothin'" in 1968.
  • Kitty Wells recorded her first sides for RCA Victor in 1949.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

SANDRA BULLOCK AND HUSBAND HIRE JESSICA SIMPSON'S DOG-FINDER: Sandra Bullock's husband Jesse James has hired the same service that helped Jessica Simpson look for her ill-fated maltipoo, in the search for his lost pit bull, Cinnabun. Colleen Busch, from the company Find Toto, told E! on Thursday, "She has not been found yet that we know of. There was just a recent sighting about three or four hours ago off the 405 and Seal Beach Boulevard. I'm in contact with them all day today. We've been going back and forth checking on tips. [Bullock] has been tweeting everything and retweeting all of our posts." There is also a fan-orchestrated Facebook page set up for Cinnabun, and James is offering a $2,000 reward.

RENEE ZELLWEGER IN MINOR CAR ACCIDENT: Renee Zellweger was involved in minor car accident on Thursday (January 28th) morning after stopping by boyfriend Bradley Cooper's new house. TMZ.com reports that as she went to get in her car, an elderly woman driving a BMW hit the door to the Prius, causing a large dent. Cooper -- who hasn't moved into the house yet as its still under construction -- reportedly arrived at the scene 15 minutes later and drove off with Zellweger.

WARNER BROS. BLASTS SIMON MONJACK'S WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM: Warner Brothers is firing back at Simon Monjack's claim that the studio is responsible for his wife Brittany Murphy's death. After news broke that Monjack was planning wrongful death lawsuit because a lost role in Happy Feet supposedly left Murphy fatally devastated, a rep for Warner Bros. said, "Any claim that Warner Bros. Pictures was somehow responsible for Brittany Murphy's tragic death is demonstrably false, reprehensible and defamatory. Despite press reports to the contrary, Warner Bros. Pictures and Ms. Murphy never entered into any deal for Happy Feet 2, and thus, there was no contract to cancel."

GISELE HAD A WATER BIRTH: You'll never hear a hospital dish on Gisele Bundchen's labor -- because she give birth to son Benjamin at the Boston home she shares with husband Tom Brady. The supermodel told the Brazilian magazine Fantastico, "I gave birth in the bathtub." The magazine's reporter commented that Bundchen is "radiant, beautiful and as in shape as always, six weeks after the birth of her baby."

ANNE HATHAWAY HONORED AT HARVARD: Anne Hathaway was honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals student drama troupe on Thursday with a parade down Massachusetts Avenue near the university followed by a roast where she received her pudding pot from Harvard men in drag. She joins a distinguished list of past recipients that includes Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Meryl Streep.

'REAL HOUSEWIFE' IN CAR CRASH: In other car accident news, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub was involved in a minor crash earlier this week. RadarOnline.com, reports that Staub and one of her daughters were taken for treatment at a New Jersey hospital where Staub was overheard complaining of back pains while her daughter was being pushed around the emergency room in a wheel chair. A spokesman for the local police in New Jersey said: "We can confirm that Miss Staub was involved in a minor car accident after the vehicle she was traveling in lost control in some icy conditions."

EMILY MORTIMER GIVES BIRTH: Emily Mortimer welcomed her second child, a daughter, on January 15th. The Daily Telegraph reported that the birth came just three days before the actress's sister had a baby boy, who she named John, after their late father. Emily commented on the births saying, "It has been a very exciting few days. Of course, John died this time last year, so it is just rather a wonderful thing. It does help to think there will be two more of his little grandchildren running around the garden he loved so much. It is really marvelous that life goes on."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


MILEY CYRUS AND DEMI MOORE TO STAR TOGETHER? Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore are reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming comedy, L.O.L.: Laughing Out Loud. Variety reports that the movie is a remake of the 2008 French hit, which centers on a 15-year-old girl who is dumped by her boyfriend and experiences a strained relationship with her divorcee mother.

ZAC EFRON GETS NEW ROLE: Zac Efron has signed on to star in and executive produce Fire, a thriller based on the same-named graphic novel. E! News confirmed that Efron will play an undergrad who is chosen for a special CIA project that tests whether ordinary citizens can -- with singing and dancing proper training -- be turned into "forces to be reckoned with."

SETH MCFARLANE TO HOST WGA GALA: Family Guy's Seth McFarlane will host the 2010 Writers Guild Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 20th. Meanwhile, Curb Your Enthusiasm's Susie Essman will simultaneously host the ceremony for the NYC crowd at the Millennium Broadway Hotel's Hudson Theater. McFarlane said, "I'm honored and humbled to be chosen as host of the WGA awards. I look forward to catching up with my strike buddies from 2007 and making some new strike buddies for 2011."

'AMERICAN IDOL' REPORTEDLY GIVES THE PRESIDENT A BOOST ON FOX: American Idol is doing its part to help President Obama. Preliminary overnight figures showed that Wednesday night's State of the Union averaged 30.69 million viewers on the broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Nielsen initially claimed that Fox's Obama coverage drew the largest number of viewers, 8.96 million, likely due to a large lead-in audience from American Idol.

IS 'PANTS ON THE GROUND' A RIP-OFF? This week a new viral video surfaced from the Green Brothers, who presented "Back Pockets on the Floor." The Green Bros. claim their rap was recorded in 1996, 13 years before Larry Platt became a sensation on American Idol. The "Pockets" video was posted on YouTube on January 23 by a user called "greenbrothers71," with the following description: "This is in regards to the General Larry Platt 'Pants on The Ground.' His song is a takeoff of the Green Brothers song 'Back Pockets On The Floor.' 'Back Pockets On The Floor' was written by G. Green and was copyrighted and recorded by the Green Brothers in 1996. The General's song have the same intent, idea and in part the same message. YOU BE THE JUDGE AMERICA!!" Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/yasr6ur

JAY LENO TALKS NBC LATE NIGHT WITH OPRAH WINFREY

Jay Leno appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, where he gave his side of NBC's late night debacle story. Leno portrayed himself as a victim of NBC's ill-thought decisions, saying that being informed he'd be replaced on Tonight by Conan O'Brien was heart-breaking, but the resulting switch-er-oo had nothing to do with him.

He and Oprah talked about the logistics of the past few weeks: "(Oprah) Do you see in any way how you've been selfish? They think that you took the job away from Conan. (Jay) Well, it all comes down to numbers in show business. People think you're behind the scenes pulling strings. There's no strings to pull. I have a show that's been canceled, so why would I have any power to go, oh, I want that. What happened was NBC came to me and they said, look, your show was down 14 percent, Conan's show was down 49 percent. We have a plan, we want to keep you -- because I asked, I said can I be released from my contract? And they said no. (Oprah) This was your contract on the prime time show? (Jay) On the prime time. (Oprah) When did you ask that, Jay? (Jay) I asked maybe a day after we got canceled. No, you're still a valuable asset. I said you fired me twice, how valuable can I be? Oh, no, we want to keep you."

Leno admits his 10 p.m. experiment failed: "No I was given enough time, you know, I got it, I'm a big boy. It didn't work.

  • He said that the cancelation of The Jay Leno Show was not personal: "I got fired this time because my show did not perform. It makes perfect sense to me."
  • As for the barbs that have been exchanged on late night TV recently, Leno mentioned that he felt "sucker-punched" by his interview with Jimmy Kimmel during which the other host railed on him. Still, he said, "It's my show, I could have edited it, but it's my show, but I said, no put it out there, I walked into it."
  • No matter what happens, Leno said he welcomes a rivalry with O'Brien: "I think he will have a successful show on Fox or wherever he goes and then we will all compete again and may the best man win."

SAMANTHA HARRIS LEAVING 'DANCING WITH THE STARS'

Samantha Harris is leaving Dancing With the Stars. Harris, who co-hosted the reality hit with Tom Bergeron for the past eight seasons, said that she will instead focus on other projects like her correspondent duties at The Insider, which she says have expanded in the past year, and her gig at Entertainment Tonight Weekend.

Harris told People magazine, "I interned at Entertainment Tonight 15 years ago, the summer after my sophomore year at Northwestern and I dreamed of working in the same space as hosts Mary Hart and Mark Steines and now I'm living that dream."

  • Bergeron said, "I'm going to miss Samantha. We had a nice rapport off-camera and on. I could see that her workload was picking up on The Insider and then she started doing Entertainment Tonight Weekend. As somebody who's been known to juggle a few jobs myself, I know that that can pull you in eight different directions."
  • A replacement for Harris has yet to be named.

JUST OUR OPINION

TMZ recently reported that ABC was looking to sign Paula Abdul to a $1 million deal that was conditional upon her involvement on DWTS. Could these two moves be connected?!?

'BACHELOR' COUPLE JASON AND MOLLY TO MARRY IN ABC TV SPECIAL

The Bachelor franchise hopes to produce its second successful couple on March 8th, when Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney tie the knot in a televised ABC special. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the two-hour "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding" will include the bride's dress fitting, planning for the big day, bachelor and bachelorette parties and the ceremony. Past "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" couples and participants will be on the guest list.

When the first married Bachelor couple -- Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter -- got hitched after meeting on The Bachelorette in 2002, their televised nuptials drew more than 17.1 million viewers.

Despite Jason's apparent happy ending, he and Molly didn't end up together on the show. He dumped her and proposed to Melissa Rycroft on The Bachelor finale -- but later changed his mind, broke up with Rycroft, and eventually popped the question to Malaney.

TENSION ON 'IDOL' SET REPORTEDLY RISING BETWEEN ELLEN AND SIMON

Tension between American Idol judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres has reportedly escalated to the point where the two aren't even speaking. Sources told RadarOnline.com, "Their relationship started poorly but now the situation has escalated."

The two reportedly got off on the wrong foot when Simon arrived an hour-and-a-half late for Idol's first taping with Ellen. Another insider claimed the reports of Simon's late arrival are greatly exaggerated, countering, "He showed up exactly 14 minutes late."

  • Despite the details of his lateness, Idol began taping without Simon -- a move that immediately put the two at odds.
  • The insider continued, "There's two camps on the show this season. It's a lot more tense than previous seasons. It seems as if Ellen has decided to try to take control since Simon is on his way out and that's created problems."

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY REPORTEDLY GETTING PRESSURED TO MARRY BY GIRLFRIEND'S MOM

Matthew McConaughey is getting pressure to make his relationship with Camila Alves official -- by the model's mother. The National Enquirer claims that Alves' mother, Multo Abrigado, wants the actor to formalize his relationship with the mother of his children, even if they don't get married.

A source told the tabloid, "Camila's mother is very traditional, and she's worried that since they are not married, Matthew could leave her daughter high and dry with two kids if he falls out of love with her."

  • The insider added, "Now Multo is pressuring (Camila) to get Matthew to commit to a legal agreement. She said, 'He wanted you to carry his babies -- he ought to take real responsibility.' "
  • According to the source, McConaughey has no desire to comply and the situation has "caused a rift" between he and Alves, who have a newborn daughter and 18-month-old son together. The source noted, "Matthew's kind of scratching his head over it. He told me, 'It seems kind of cold, doesn't it?' But he's got to realize that when couples love each other, they usually get married."

SOURCES SLAM BROOKE MUELLER 'WELLNESS CENTER' STORY

Sources close to the situation are saying that Brooke Mueller is indeed at rehab being treated for drug and alcohol addiction, and did not -- as her lawyer claims -- fly across the country to relax at a "wellness center."

Insiders told RadarOnline.com that Charlie Sheen's wife has been "out of control" for months, and when she was hospitalized last week with an infection and pneumonia she was then told to go directly to rehab. The original plan was reportedly to send Mueller to rehab in California, but the location was switched to North Carolina in the hopes that her treatment would remain a secret.

  • A source said of Mueller's lawyer, "His story is ridiculous and completely transparent." Medical experts told the website that "We don't recommend people fly with pneumonia unless their oxygen is monitored which isn't done on a commercial airplane it would have to be on a medically equipped aircraft with a physician," meaning it's unlikely Mueller would have been transferred cross-country to benefit her heath.
  • An insider close to Brooke admitted that Mrs. Sheen has a serious problem. The source said, "After her friends tried to bring her drugs in the hospital we felt we had to get her out of L.A. And she didn't put up a fight."

MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER GETS HEARING IN ESTATE CASE

Joseph Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, will finally get his day in court as he seeks a sizable allowance from his late son's estate. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said Thursday (January 28th) that he would hold an evidentiary hearing on May 26th.

  • The Jackson patriarch is seeking more than $15,000 from the pop star's estate, and first challengeed the estate back in November. He says he has little income.
  • Michael's will stipulated no monies for his father, with whom he had a strained relationship. The will named as administrators lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain, who have both opposed the elder Jackson's claims.

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND!


Opening today (January 29th) is the new romantic comedy When in Rome, starring Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Danny DeVito, Jon Heder, Will Arnett and Dax Shepherd. The film centers on a young woman, played Bell, who takes a trip to Rome and steals coins from a fountain of love, igniting the passion of the men who threw them in: a sausage magante, played by DeVito, a magician, played by Heder, a painter, played by Arnett and a model, played by Shepherd. But when she meets a reporter, played by Duhamel, and he chases after her with equal enthusiasm, she must decide whether or not it's the real thing.

  • When in Rome is rated PG-13 and has a running of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Opening today (January 29th) is the new thriller starring Mel Gibson, Edge of Darkness. The film centers on detective Thomas Craven, played Gibson, who must investigate the murder of his activist daughter and uncovers a corporate cover up that brings the attention of an agent whose job is cleaning up evidence of crime. Edge of Darkness also stars Danny Huston, Ray Winstone and Shawn Roberts; the film was directed by Martin Campbell.
  • Edge of Darkness is rated R and has a running time 1 hour and 50 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Friday, January 29, 2010


JUSTICE DEPT. ORDERED TO LOOK FOR OTHER PLACES THAN NYC TO HOLD 9/11 SUSPECTS' TRIAL: The White House has ordered the Justice Department to look for other places to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects in the terrorist attacks after increasing opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported last night (January 28th). According to the report, the move was made soon after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Attorney General Eric Holder saying he'd, quote, "prefer that they did it elsewhere," citing the disruption to neighborhood residents and businesses that would be caused by the extremely tight security that would be required for what's expected to be a lengthy trial. Bloomberg had initially supported the plan to try the men in Manhattan federal court when Holder announced it last month. The White House said, however, that this doesn't change the administration's position that Mohammed and the other suspects should be tried in civilian court.

OBAMA TOUTS HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECTS IN TAMPA: President Obama hit the road Thursday (January 28th) on the day after his State of the Union address, heading to Florida to tout his intensified focus on jobs. Appearing at a town hall-style meeting in Tampa, Obama unveiled $8 billion in grants for high-speed rail projects that the White House said will create thousands of jobs and transform train travel in the U.S. The president said the rail projects would be one of a series of job initiatives he would lay out in coming weeks. Obama also continued the appeal to bipartisanship he spoke about in his big speech Wednesday night, saying yesterday, "Let's start thinking of each other as Americans first." Having cast the GOP as the party of "no," Obama said, "I want the Republicans off the sidelines. I want them to work with us to solve problems. I don't want an attitude, 'If Obama loses, then we win.' I mean, that can't be a platform. . . . All of us should be rooting for each other."

BERNANKE CONFIRMED FOR SECOND TERM: The Senate confirmed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for a second four-year term Thursday (January 28th), but the 70-30 vote was the closest ever for the position. The confirmation came after criticism of Bernanke from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for bailing out Wall Street and for earlier actions that they charged contributed to creating last fall's economic crisis. However, supporters Bernanke with preventing the Great Recession from turning into the second Great Depression. In the end, 11 Democrats and an independent joined 18 Republicans in voting against Bernanke, who was first appointed by former President George W. Bush and renominated by President Obama.

TODAY'S FYI:

RETURN TO MOON REPORTEDLY SCRAPPED: Former President George W. Bush's goal of returning to the Moon is apparently dead, according to reports that President Obama wants a different path for NASA. AP cited an unnamed White House official as confirming Thursday (January 28th) that Obama is proposing an additional $5.9 billion over five years for NASA, which isn't enough to carry out the Constellation moon landing plan. John Logsdon, who was on Obama's space campaign advisory committee, told AP the president is adopting the preferred option of the panel of experts. It includes extending the life of the International Space Station to 2020, relying on a commercial spaceship for travel to and from the space station after the shuttle fleet is retired, and a, quote, "flexible path" for human exploration. That could mean making trips to a nearby asteroid, a moon of Mars or a brief visit to the Moon instead of Bush's plan of establishing a moon base by 2020.

FORD POSTS $2.7 BILLION PROFIT IN 2009: Ford Motor Company posted its first annual profit in four years in 2009, reporting Thursday (January 28th) that it made $2.7 billion for the year and predicting a full-year profit in 2010. That's a big turnaround from the year before, when it lost a record $14.6 billion. The results separated Ford from the other big U.S. automakers, GM and Chrysler, who had to be rescued by the federal government, while it earned money in three of four quarters last year. Ford was boosted by cost-cutting, a $696 million profit in its credit division, and popular cars and trucks like the Ford Fusion sedan and Ford Escape SUV.

'CATCHER IN THE RYE' AUTHOR J.D. SALINGER DEAD AT 91: J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author of the iconic novel The Catcher in the Rye, died Wednesday (January 27th) at his New Hampshire home, where he'd lived for decades in isolation. He was 91. A mainstay of middle school and high school curriculums, The Catcher in the Rye, first published in 1951, features the teenage anti-hero Holden Caulfield, who presents the world as a struggle between the goodness of young people and the corruption of adults. The novel has had a role in tragedy, cited by John Lennon killer Mark David Chapman as an inspiration, and a copy of the book was found in John Hinckley's hotel room after he tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. Salinger's other works included Franny and Zooey and the collection Nine Stories, but he published his last story in 1965 and retreated from public view. He has two children from his second marriage, which ended in divorce in 1967.


MICHAEL 'HECKUVA JOB BROWNIE' BROWN GETS A RADIO GIG: Michael Brown, the former FEMA director who bore the brunt of the public blame for the botched response to Hurricane Katrina and was forever immortalized when then-President George W. Bush told him "heckuva job Brownie," has gotten a radio gig. Denver Westword reports that after resigning in the wake of the Katrina debacle, Brown opened a disaster-consulting business in Colorado, and began making radio appearances. He's now gotten a full-time weeknight shift at a Denver talk radio station, where his goal is to give, quote, "an objective point of view to talk about current issues, showing, 'Here's how things really work in Washington, behind the scenes.'" Brown describes himself as "center-right, conservative with a strong libertarian bent," but says he understands there are two sides to every issue.

  • In addition to his radio job, Brown has a book coming out this summer called, Deadly Indifference: An Insider's Look at the Politics of Disaster.

SPORTS:

ANDY MURRAY IN AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL: Scotsman Andy Murray will be playing for the Australian Open championship after beating Marin Cilic of Croatia 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-final Thursday (January 28th) to reach his second Grand Slam final. Murray will play the winner of the semifinal Friday night between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he attempts to become the first British man to win one of the four majors since 1936.

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


ON THE TUBE TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND!

CBS

  • GHOST WHISPERER - Melinda discovers a secret that has killed before and could kill again.
  • MEDIUM - Allison dreams of a schizophrenic child, whom she later meets as a missing psychiatric patient's roommate; Bridgette's feelings for a boy confuse her.
  • NUMB3RS - The team searches for a serial killer who targets men who solicit prostitutes; Colby and Nikki deal with the aftermath of a car crash.

NBC

  • LAW & ORDER (repeat)
  • DATELINE NBC - A reporter tries to find justice for a murder victim.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Howie Mandel

FOX

  • DOLLHOUSE - Echo and the surviving Dollhouse team try to stop an apocalypse.
  • KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - (season premiere) Chef Ramsay heads to Philadelphia to try and help the owners of the Hot Potato Cafe.

ABC

  • SUPERNANNY - Mike Ruggles tries to help Roberta, who has given up on her four children, and Allan, her short tempered husband.
  • SHARK TANK - An entrepreneur wants to bring back old-fashioned ice-cream men; a couple's pitch is about providing unique legal services at a coffee house.
  • 20/20 - Andrew Young, former aid to Sen. John Edwards, discusses his upcoming memoir.

CW

  • SMALLVILLE - Oliver's past comes back to haunt him when his former teacher wants revenge.
  • SMALLVILLE (repeat)

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Josh Duhamel, Matthew Bomer
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah Fridays Live
THE VIEW - Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oscar De La Renta

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Howie Mandel
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Josh Duhamel, Shorty Rossi, John Mayer
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jon Heder, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dana Eagle
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)

SATURDAY

NBC

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Jon Hamm hosts; Michael Buble performs.

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS - Festivities at Staples Center in Los Angeles honor excellence in the recording industry; Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Lady Gage and Pink are among those slated to perform.

NBC

  • DATELINE NBC - Medical residents at Arkansas Children's Hospital embark on their residency; a ring of jewelry smugglers thats outsmarted the police around the world.
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PRESENTS: SPORTS ALL-STARS - Sports related sketches from current and past seasons.

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS - Homer misses a date with Marge so he can buy a lottery ticket; after winning the million dollar jackpot, Homer spoils his family with anonymous gifts.
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW - Cleveland takes a group of delinquent teens under his wing and forms a club called "The Crazy Eights."
  • FAMILY GUY - Brian starts tailing Meg for research when he gets a job writing about the average American girl for a teen magazine.
  • AMERICAN DAD - Stan changes his opinion on social programs after he develops an addiction.

ABC

  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION - Jewel and Ty Murray help the team rebuild a home for a mother battling stage four cancer.
  • DEPSERATE HOUSEWIVES - Hostility grows between Angie and Gaby; Susan makes friends with a stripper; Bree is afraid Orson may take his own life.
  • BROTHERS & SISTERS - Robert and Nora work as guest chefs in Scotty's struggling restaurant to boost business; Sarah gets frustrated with Roy.

HBO

  • BIG LOVE - An audit uncovers insurance discrepancies at Home Plus; J.J. approaches Alby with a solution that confuses Nicki; Bill decides that Ben should have a change of scene.

E!

  • KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS - Kourtney and her sisters go on an ill fated trip to Santa Barbara; Kylie gets jealous of Kendall.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

MAN FINDS $200,000 OF COUNTERFEIT MONEY: A man from Georgia bought a car from a towing company and found $200,000 worth of counterfeit cash inside the vehicle. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's office, Tye Kuykendall found the money in a hidden compartment behind the back seat of the car. The car was towed away by police about three years ago and has been in the impound yard until Kuykendall purchased it. Cherokee officials have called the U.S. Secret Service to help with the case.(AP)


ISRAELI SOLDIERS GETS ODOR-FREE SOCKS: Israeli soldiers will no longer have problems with foot odor when they receive odor-free socks that can be worn for two weeks straight without stinking up feet. According to Gen. Nissim Peretz, the commander of the Israeli military's logistics division, foot odor is an important issue that causes many problems during training. The socks, which will be given to all new infantry recruits, also prevent athlete's foot. They are composed of fabric that contains metal components to keep away bad odors. (AFP)


ARGENTINE PRESIDENT SAYS EATING PORK HELPS SEX-LIFE: The president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, is promoting the swine industry with a sexy, straightforward message that says eating pork is better than Viagra. Argentines were even more surprised when President Fernandez said that she has personally proven her message. In a meeting with representatives held on Wednesday, the president joked about enjoying some pork meat with her husband, Nestor Kirchner. Her comments made headlines all over Argentina prompting discusssions on whether Argentines should add more meat to their diet. (AP)


BOY FACES CHARGES FOR BEE STING PRANK: An Indonesian third-grader is facing criminal charges for causing a classmate to be stung by a bee. The boy allegedly stuck the bee on the cheek of a female classmate, whose father later filed a report. According to the Jakarta Post, the boy was accused of breaking the Indonesian Criminal Code which could result in a 32-month jail sentence for the boy. The boy is being tried in the Surabaya District Court in East Java. (Reuters)

DID YOU KNOW?


MEN AND WOMEN HAVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF JEALOUSY: Researchers studying adulterous relationships have uncovered 'his 'n' hers' versions of the emotions felt when a partner cheats. Psychologists found that when a man is caught cheating, it is not the sex that upsets the woman but that he might form an emotional attachment with the other woman. But when a woman is caught cheating, it is the sex that upsets the man, not the fact that she might fall in love with her new partner. They do not want children of other men diluting the gene pool. The study, in journal Psychological Science, said: 'Men learned over eons to be hyper-vigilant about sex because they can never be absolutely certain they are the father of a child, while women are more concerned about having a partner who is committed to raising a family.'


IS THE TWITTER TREND OVER? Just a year after its peak, it seems that Twitter has already fallen out of favor. Figures show that the number of visitors to the micro-blogging website has plunged since its height last summer. In September, 49,393,000 - up from 3,364,000 in January --logged on to Twitter, compared to 36,208,000 in December. Analyst Alex Burmaster, of internet tracking company Nielsen, which compiled the figures, said he believed Twitter was a victim of its own success. Like many dot-com firms in the Nineties, its rise has been so stratospheric it cannot hope to meet expectations, he claimed.


SENIOR SEX LIVES ARE BOOMING: Senior citizens who have active sex lives are in the majority, according to studies that were part of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project. Some 84% of men and 62% of women between 57 and 64 reported having sex in the past year, and some 38% of men and 17% of women ages 75 to 85 said they'd had sex. The research, conducted at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, gathered facts on several areas of older-adult sexuality. JB Berns, author of Do It or Age Quickly, said, "There's no reason a man or a woman can't have sex regularly into their 80s."

SIGNS HE'S NOT THE ONE (YourTango.com)

You have a list of things he needs to stop doing/saying/wearing if he wants your relationship to work. If you're fixating on his flaws, he's either not the one you want or you're not ready for a serious relationship. Cutting him loose allows you time to grow and gives you the opportunity to meet a guy whose flaws you can embrace -- or at least accept.

  • You don't trust him. A small dose of jealousy can be healthy, but if you're hacking into his email account, and popping Xanax when he hits up happy hour without you, something's wrong. If there's something about him that truly warrants your distrust, then perhaps he's not the right one for you.
  • You avoid conflict at any cost. Fighting is healthy. And, when done right (in the non-accusatory, rational sort of way), it can be a great way to air grievances, fix problems in your relationship and come to a deeper understanding of each other. Ignoring problems is not the same as having no problems at all... even if it looks that way.
  • When you're sad, you don't turn to him for comfort. When you're a giant ball of tears and snot, do you lock yourself into the bathroom so he can't see you at your worst? If you're worried about scaring him away, one of you isn't ready for total commitment. Mr. Right should make you smile through your tears, and be a calming, not stressful, presence.
  • One of you is struggling with an addiction. He's sweet. He's exciting. He loves you very much. But he loves his alcohol habit or his weekly gambling fix more. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you can change him or that your relationship will be strong enough to withstand the heartache that addiction will inevitably bring. An addict may be able to change, but he'll do so on his own terms.
  • You can't really imagine him as the father of your children. Ask yourself: Would he make a great parent? Is he financially responsible? Would he be an equal partner in your future together? If you have doubts, he's probably not the one.
  • Your long-term, non-negotiable goals in life are incompatible. You want kids; he doesn't. You go to church every week; he's an atheist. He lives in the country and doesn't want to move; you can't imagine ever leaving the city. Superficial differences can be overcome, but differences in basic values are harder to smooth over. Ask yourself: "Would I be willing to compromise on this?" If the answer is absolutely not, you may not be right for each other.
  • You don't respect each other. He puts you down in front of your friends and complains about you to his parents. You roll your eyes when he talks because there's just something about him that embarrasses you. A relationship without respect can't sustain itself.
  • You're not attracted to him. Sex is a hugely important component of a romantic relationship. If he doesn't do it for you, he's probably not your best long-term match.
  • On paper he seems great, but you have this strange feeling... Don't ignore your gut. You may get along on a superficial level, but if your instincts are telling you he's not the one for you, listen. That little voice inside your head does not lie.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to Wikipedia, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was the stepmother of what famous actor?

A: Christian Bale

Bale's dad married Steinem, and died at the age of 62 on 30 December 2003, from brain lymphoma

More Americans are Clipping Coupons


Americans have been clipping and using more coupons during the Great Recession, redeeming 27 percent more of them in 2009 than they did the year before. More Americans are also increasingly getting their coupons by printing them out from Internet sites like CouponMom.com. The founder of the site, Stephanie Nelson, had an unprecedented jump in membership during the fall of 2008, and it has increased steadily since then. Nelson has a new book out, The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, and again showing that people are paying attention to coupons, it's been on the New York Times bestseller list for three week.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

FREEEEEEE MOVIE PASSES FOR FLAGGER'S!!


Want some free movie passes to go see the new Jacki Chan movie “The SpyNext Door” Tonight at Ultra Star Cinemas in Havasu?? Just stop by McDonalds in Havasu Thursday 1/28 across from the airport between 11:30 and 1pm and tell them you’re a Flagger and you have free tickets! Then you and aguest are off to the movies Thursday night in Havasu for free!

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Rascal Flatts are beginning their second decade as a hit-making trio, and they want to pay a debt of gratitude to the more than 75 songwriters who have penned the songs that made them superstars. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney will host a party at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville on Wednesday (February 3rd). Among those being honored are Number One hit songwriters Blair Daly, Marcus Hummon, Wendell Mobley, Jeffrey Steele, and Neil Thrasher.

  • Jay said, "It all starts with a song, we've believed that from day one. We are so grateful and humbled by the fact that so many of Nashville's finest song writers have been with us on this incredible ride. We've lent our voices to some of these songs that have, quite literally, changed people's lives. What an enormous blessing. This is just our small way of saying thanks for an incredible first ten years and then, toasting to the next ten!"
  • Rascal Flatts continue on their American Living Unstoppable tour, with shows this weekend in Canada.
  • Their next U.S. date will be on February 4th in Evansville, Indiana.

FAST FACTS

  • To date, Rascal Flatts has released six albums and sold more than 20 million copies.
  • They have charted 11 Number One singles, and have more titles in Billboard's Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format.
  • As the most awarded country group of the new millenium, Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People's Choice Awards and more.
  • The trio has played 400 dates as a headline act, 700 total since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly six million.

Taylor Swift's new line of American Greetings cards will be in stores in just a few weeks. The 20-year-old not only wrote the content, but had a hand in the "sparkly card design", according to US magazine.

Taylor told the publication, "I've always been fascinated by how we express feelings to each other. My idea of a great song is a song that says how I feel better than I could. I feel the same way about cards."

Taylor's new American Greetings creations will include gift packaging and stationery.

In other Taylor news, the superstar now holds the record for best first-week download sales by a female artist with "Today Was a Fairytale" which got more than 325,000 downloads. The song is set to debut at Number One on the Billboard Digital Songs chart and at Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tonight on the tube....CSI/CBS 9:00PM (ET)
Taylor Swift

  • "Today Was A Fairytale" is from the Valentine's Day movie soundtrack, which will be released on February 9th.
  • The movie, which also stars Taylor, will hit theaters on February 12th.

Terri Clark has reached out to her fans during a personally difficult time. The singer shared the unfortunate news that her mother's cancer has progressed, and she asked fans for their prayers in a letter posted on her website on Tuesday (January 26th).

She said, "This won't be a very long post, as I only wanted to ask that you please keep my Mother, and our family in your prayers at this time. We just got some devastating CT scan results after she had been admitted to the hospital, as a result of on-going pain, and discomfort. The scans showed considerable progression of the disease in a short span of time. The doctors have done all they can at this point.

We haven't given up all hope and still believe in miracles but this is, and will continue to be an extremely difficult time. Thanks for your positive energy, prayers, and well wishes..."

  • Terri's mother, Lynn Clark, was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the pancreas in 2007.

FAST FACTS

  • Terri was in Los Angeles last week to shoot her career 21st video for her latest single, "A Million Ways To Run."
  • Her latest album, The Long Way Home, was released last year.

Joe Jonas says that he is "reconnecting" with ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift -- who he famously dumped over the phone in 2008. The middle Jonas Bro revealed to E!'s Daily 10, "We've actually recently reconnected, which is good. I hope she gets a Grammy. She deserves it."

Swift is nominated in eight categories at the annual music ceremony, including 'Album Of The Year', 'Song Of The Year' and 'Record Of The Year.' Joe and his brothers will be presenters at the ceremony.

  • After the Swift split, she and Jonas expressed their mutual animosity through their song lyrics. Taylor's "Forever & Always" featured the lines: "Was I out of line? / Did I say something way too honest? / That made you run and hide like a scared little boy?"
    Jonas appeared to shoot back with: "And all the tears on her guitar / I'm not bitter / But now I see / Everything I'd ever need / Is the girl in front of me / She's much better."

CHECK IT OUT: How to be friends with your ex after a breakup: http://tinyurl.com/m2d7xp

For the second year in a row, the three newcomer awards at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards will be voted on by fans. Under the new category names of Top New Solo Vocalist, Top New Vocal Duo and Top New Vocal Group, fans may cast their vote for this year's winner online at VoteACM.com beginning on February 26th.

This year's nominees in those categories are:

Top New Solo vocalist
  • Luke Bryan
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Chris Young
Top New vocal duo
  • Bomshel
  • Joey + Rory
  • Steel Magnolia
Top New Vocal Group
  • Eli Young Band
  • Gloriana
  • The Lost Trailers
Votes of professional members of the ACM will be combined with fan votes to determine the winners of the Top New categories at the ACM Awards.
  • Fan voting will close on March 12th.
  • The winner in each category will be announced in mid-March and will move on to compete for Top New Artist. Voting for the Top New Artist category will run from April 1st through April 18th at VoteACM.com.
  • The winner will be announced live during the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS on April 18th.
  • The complete list of nominees for the ACM Awards will be announced in February.

Martina McBride is a nominee at Sunday (January 31st) night's Grammy Awards. She's up for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her hit single, "I Just Call You Mine."

The song likely caught the attention of Grammy voters because of its universal theme, Martina tells us: "Well, I think that song is the kind of song everybody can relate to, really, and I think that's probably one of the reasons it was nominated. I've heard people relate to it in so many different ways. Obviously it's a love song between a man and a woman or two people, but people have said, 'It reminds me of my child, it reminds me of my brother, it reminds me of my best friend, it reminds me of so many people, so I think it's kind of that universal kind of love song."

Martina says she's picky when it comes to love songs, and "I Just Call You Mine" made the cut. "I love love songs. There's something about this one. You know, I really haven't recorded many straight up love songs. I think probably 'Valentine' was the last one I did, but there was something about this one that had a fresh, kind of interesting perspective and twist to the lyric, and it just seemed different to me."

  • Martina will not be in attendance at the Grammy Awards because of a previously scheduled concert on her Shine All Night tour with Trace Adkins.
  • Trace is also nominated at Sunday's award show for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "All I Ask For Anymore."
  • The 52nd annual Grammy Awards airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

FAST FACT

  • Martina's competition in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category are Miranda Lambert for "Dead Flowers," Taylor Swift for "White Horse," Carrie Underwood for "Just A Dream," and Lee Ann Womack for "Solitary Thinkin'".

LeAnn Rimes has tapped Vince Gill to produce her next album. The CD will reportedly be a collection of love songs that have already been hits for male artists. LeAnn and Vince are set to begin work on the album next month. No release date has been announced.

A new Loretta Lynn album featuring guest artists from a variety of genres will be released by Sony Nashville sometime this fall. The project marks the 50th anniversary of her debut single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl." Reissues of Loretta's 1976 autobiography and movie, Coal Miner's Daughter, are also due out this year. Loretta is being honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this weekend in Los Angeles.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What was the name of Trace Adkins's 1996 debut album?
A. Dreamin' Out Loud

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY


SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Kenny Chesney

CSI/CBS 9:00PM (ET)
Taylor Swift

DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 9:30PM (ET)
Darryl Worley, Carl Edwards

OUR SONGS: JAMIE O'NEAL & RODNEY GOOD/GAC 10:30PM

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Elijah Wood (actor, The Ice Storm, "Add ImageFrodo Baggins" in the Lord Of The Rings movies, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Sin City) (29)

  • Alan Alda (actor, M*A*S*H, Murder At 1600, What Women Want) (74)
  • Mo Rocca (correspondent, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) (41)
  • Frank Darabont (director, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist) (51)
  • Karen Lynn Gorney (actress, Saturday Night Fever) (65)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Reba McEntire's duet with Vince Gill, "The Heart Won't Lie," written by Kim Carnes, was released in 1993.
  • Randy Travis' "Deeper Than The Holler" climbed to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1989.
  • Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Waylon Jennings joined 43 other artists to record "We Are The World," a song to combat starvation in Africa, in 1985. Other artists who participated included Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and Billy Joel.
  • Alan Jackson's "Gone Country" hit Number One in 1995.
  • Roy Acuff recorded "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" in 1947.
  • Elvis Presley made his first national television appearance in 1956.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP


BRITTANY MURPHY'S HUSBAND TO FILE WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT? Brittany Murphy's husband reportedly plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Warner Brothers, claiming that the studio is responsible for the 32-year-old's fatal heart attack. Simon Monjack told The Daily Beast that Murphy was devastated after losing a role in the sequel to "Happy Feet," and he claims her grief over the lost role is what ultimately led her to go into cardiac arrest. TMZ claims he'll file in the suit in the next few days.

'HEROES' STAR BUSTED FOR DUI: Heroes star Adrian Pasdar was arrested early Wednesday (January 27th) morning on suspicion of DUI. TMZ.com reports that police claim the 44-year-old was driving at more than 90 mph when police pulled him over on a Los Angeles freeway. Pasdar was taken to a nearby jail, where he was booked and placed behind bars. His bail was reportedly set at $15,000 -- higher than normal because he refused to take a breathalyzer test.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS'S SON PLEADS GUILTY: Michael Douglas's son pleaded guilty to trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine in court on Wednesday (January 27th). Cameron Douglas was arrested in July 2009 at a Manhattan hotel. He was originally put under house arrest, but got transferred to jail after his girlfriend allegedly tried to smuggle heroin to him in an electric toothbrush. Douglas now faces a minimum ten years in prison.

WRESTLER CHRIS JERICHO ARRESTED AT GAS STATION FOR BEING DRUNK: WWE wrestler Chris Jericho was arrested at a Kentucky gas station early Wednesday (January 27) morning for being "extremely intoxicated" in public, TMZ.com reports. Jericho and fellow wrestler Greg "Hurricane" Helms were both arrested at around 5 AM for "alcohol intoxication in a public place." The wrestlers were released on $120 bond.

WILL FERRELL IS A DAD AGAIN: Will Ferrell and his wife Viveca Paulin welcomes their third son on Saturday (January 24th). Axel Ferrell was born just hours after Viveca showed off her baby bump on Conan O'Brien's final Tonight Show. Will's rep confirmed the birth, saying, "All the Ferrells are well."

BROOKE HOGAN IS SINGLE: The reality star confirmed that she and rapper Yannique "Stack$" Barker have split after nearly a year of dating. The singer's publicist tells Life & Style magazine, "Brooke Hogan and Stack$ have split but remain friends. He was a big part of her life for a very long time, and she still cares about him and his family dearly. Brooke would like to thank her fans for their kind words and sensitivity during the break-up." The couple started dating last spring after Stack$ appeared in Hogan's "Falling" video.

ZELDA RUBINSTEIN DIES: Poltergeist actress Zelda Rubinstein died on Wednesday (January 27th) at the age of 76. Rubinstein, who played the psychic hired to rid a home of demonic forces in the horror film, died at Barlow Respiratory Hospital after a series of health problems. She also appeared in "Frances," "Sixteen Candles," "Teen Witch" and "Southland Tales," and was a regular on the TV series "Picket Fences." Rubenstein, who was 4' 3", founded the Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theater Company, comprised of 16 actors all less than 4 feet 6.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


ABC CANCELS 'UGLY BETTY': ABC has canceled Ugly Betty. EW.com reports that the network recently informed the show's producers that its current fourth season will also be its last -- and ABC has trimmed the show's episode order from 22 to 20. Executive producer Silvio Horta and ABC president Steve McPherson confirmed the news in a joint statement: "We've mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty's final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion. We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell."

CALISTA FLOCKHART WANTS TO LEAVE 'BROTHERS & SISTERS'? Rob Lowe may not be the only actor departing ABC's Brothers & Sisters. PerezHilton.com reports that Calista Flockhart, who plays Lowe's TV wife, is working a lighter schedule next season and appearing only in select episodes. ABC declined to comment on whether she would remain a series regular. Supposedly Calista's decision to scale down her role prompted Lowe's move, as he felt his character would become insignificant without his wife in the picture.

GUY RITCHIE REPORTEDLY DROPS OUT OF 'LOBO': Guy Ritchie has reportedly pulled out of directing the alien action movie Lobo to concentrate on a Sherlock Holmes sequel. Joel Silver told the Los Angeles Times, "I don't think he's going to do it (Lobo) now. The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another Sherlock Holmes. So I think we're going to be doing that. But we're seeing what happens with this. Everybody is analyzing everything. It's all kind of happening right now as we talk. Sherlock is sitting at just about $400 million in worldwide gross and showing itself to be pretty effective and pretty strong. So we're trying to see if we can do something quickly with another Sherlock Holmes movie. We have some ideas and some good story points."

'HARRY POTTER' COMING TO IMAX: Warner Brothers will release the next two Harry Potter films in 3D. The Hollywood Reporter acknowledged that studios have been looking to expand into 3D after seeing the success of Avatar and it's likely that Warner Bros. will be releasing the upcoming Clash of the Titans in 3D as well.

JAY LENO HASN'T TALKED TO CONAN O'BRIEN THROUGHOUT LATE NIGHT MESS


Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien did not communicate throughout Tonight Show-gate. Leno sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview that airs today in which he discussed the heated late night situation at NBC.

He told Oprah, "I haven't talked to him through all this. No, I haven't." Leno said that he wanted to phone Conan, "but it didn't seem appropriate . . . I don't know. I think it -- let things cool down and maybe we'll talk, you know."

  • Jay acknowledged that the whole situation is a "mess" but said that the barbs he and Conan traded on their late night monologues weren't necessarily indications of real-life animosity. He explained, "They were jokes. And that's okay. It's what we do, you know? You can't -- it's like being a fighter and say when you got punched in the head, did it hurt? Well, yeah. But you're a fighter. That's what you do."
  • Leno's prime-time show will end on February 9th and he'll resume hosting the Tonight Show after the Olympics on March 1st.

AUDTIONS IN DALLAS WERE SUCCESSFUL ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas guest judge for 'American Idol's' Dallas auditions. Although auditions in Texas had a rocky start, 31 contestants receieved golden tickets to Hollywood. One of the contestants from day one was Julie Kevelighan, who was no stranger to Randy and Simon. Kevelighan auditioned for 'Idol' eight years ago with her rendition of 'Lady Marmalade' and didn't do any better this time around. Erica Rhodes, on the other hand, went from being a kid on 'Barney and Friends' to a 23-year-old woman with a whip. Erica's prop worked out for her in the end, as it helped her win a golden ticket to Hollywood. Although these two contestants received unanimous votes, Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Cowell rarely got along. In fact, it was hard to tell who was more critical between the two judges. The tension eased on day two when Joe Jonas took over as guest judge. Overall, auditions in Dallas turned out to be successful.

CONAN O'BRIEN PILOT GETS PICKED UP BY NBC

Conan O'Brien's tumultuous relationship with NBC is not over yet. Although the network publicly dethroned O'Brien as host of the Tonight Show, NBC has picked up the pilot of a one-hour show called Justice from Conan's production company, Conaco.

E! reports that a clause in Conan's $45 million exit deal specified that his production company would stay with NBC Universal until the end of development season.

  • O'Brien will serve as executive producer on the hour-long drama, which is about a judge who quits the Supreme Court to start his own legal practice.

LAWYER SAYS CHARLIE SHEEN'S WIFE IS AT WELLNESS CENTER, NOT REHAB

Despite reports that Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller checked into rehab, her lawyer claims the 32-year-old is in a North Carolina "wellness program" where she can continue to recover after battling a serious case of pneumonia. Yale Galanter confirmed that Mueller is in a "facility where she can rest, rest, rest" and get "competent medical care for her mind and body."

TMZ reports that Mueller is at Two Dreams Outer Banks, the mission statement of which reads, "Two Dreams is a comprehensive wellness program providing exemplary care for individuals who dream of recovery from addictive disorders or co-dependent behaviors.

  • Galanter insists that despite Mueller's past history with drug addiction, she is not in a drug rehab program. He told People magazine, "She has been drug free for six months. Since Christmas day, she has been assaulted by her husband, almost lost her life, and developed pneumonia. She was released from the hospital a couple of days too early, so she needs to be somewhere doctors can treat her if necessary."
  • Brooke's mother told the magazine, "Brooke is having a massage right now. I insisted she come with me for some stress reduction based on suggestions from her doctors. . . I don't want my daughter to have a nervous breakdown."

CHECK IT OUT: See the facility where Brooke is supposedly staying: http://www.twodreamsouterbanks.com/

JAMES EARL JONES AND TOM HANKS ARE THE MOST TRUSTED CELEBRITIES

James Earl Jones and Tom Hanks are among the most trusted celebrities in the country. The actors came out on top in a Forbes poll that asked participants to rate stars on their trustworthiness, awareness and appeal.

Michael J. Fox came in third.

  • Forbes staff writer Lacey Rose explained, "A premium was put on likability, reliability and credibility. The stars on our list tend to be endearing characters on screen and off. With private lives that are kept precisely that, they have earned, and maintained, the respect of their fans."
  • Rounding out the list were TV host Mike Rowe, Morgan Freeman, Sally Field, Ron Howard, Will Smith, Bill Cosby and Denzel Washington.

RUMORS CONTINUE TO SWIRL AROUND BRANGELINA BREAKUP

Despite the widespread denial of their breakup, sources are now saying that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did indeed recently visit a Los Angeles lawyer -- but only to protect their assets.

A source told the New York Daily News, "They aren't married, so they need to protect their children and property in case there's a rift in the future. People hear 'legal papers' and assume it means a divorce. But it could mean exactly the opposite. Either way, they're making sure to get their ducks in a row, which they'll need whether they split or stay together forever."

  • Insiders believe that the speculation about the state of their relationship stemmed more from their absences on high-profile red carpets than anything else. In fact, People magazine reported that the couple was actually out to dinner together in Los Angeles when news of their supposed split broke across the internet.
  • Jolie's father, Jon Voight, commented on the supposed split telling Access Hollywood, "Nonsense. It's all made up stuff."

ON THE OTHER HAND. . .

The tabloids all seem to think the couple is over. Here are their headlines this week:

  • Us Weekly: "Brad's Misery:
  • In Touch: "How Jen Split Them"
  • OK! (With a picture of Jen and Brad) "Yes They're Together Again"
  • Star: "Jen Tells Brad: I'll Take You Back"

SUSAN BOYLE 'FINE' AFTER BRUSH WITH TEENAGE INTRUDER


Susan Boyle is dealing with police after finding an intruder in her Scotland home late Tuesday (January 16th) night. The BBC reported that Boyle was returning home after a few days away to work on Simon Cowell's Helping Haiti charity single, when a 16-year-old male intruder ran out past her.

A police statement read, "Lothian and Borders Police were called to an address in Blackburn at around 9:50 p.m. yesterday following reports of a disturbance. A man was detained in connection with the incident and released without charge pending further inquiries."

  • A spokesman for the Lothian and Borders Police Department said, "The owner was very distressed to find someone had been within her home."
  • Boyle assured fans she's alright, telling well-wishers on Wednesday, "I'm fine. It's in the hands of the police now."

CHECK IT OUT: Teen pranks gone wrong: http://tinyurl.com/y88rqfc

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Thursday, January 28, 2010


OBAMA DELIVERS FIRST STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS: President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address last night (January 27th), taking on an at-times feisty tone as he vowed after a tough first year in office to continue to fight for his goals for the country. Seeking to boost a presidency that has been weighed down by the continued high employment rate and the months-long battle for still--not-achieved health care reform, Obama focused the majority of his 69-minute speech on the economy and domestic issues. And despite the tough economic times, like the presidents before him, he declared the state of the Union to be sound:"Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it's time the American people get a government that matches their decency, that embodies their strength."

Obama said the economy is beginning to improve, but that he understood the toll the 10 percent unemployment rate is taking, and said jobs would be the main focus this year. "But I realize that for every success story, there are other stories, of men and women who wake up with the anguish of not knowing where their next paycheck will come from, who send out resumes week after week and hear nothing in response. That is why jobs must be our number one focus in 2010 and that's why I'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight." jobs bill tonight.) On other economic issues, Obama defended the stimulus, saying two million people have jobs today because of it who otherwise wouldn't, called for a partial three-year domestic spending freeze starting next year to begin addressing the record-high stimulus, and stood by health care reform, saying it needs to be passed.

Foreign affairs and homeland security took up a much smaller portion of Obama's speech, and a less detailed one as well. The issues discussed included ending the Iraq war, with Obama saying all combat troops would be out by the end of August, and the president's pledge to work this year to repeal don't ask, don't tell, which keeps gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

GEITHNER GRILLED ON CAPITOL HILL: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was grilled on Capitol Hill by both Democrats and Republicans yesterday (January 27th) over his role in the bailout of insurance giant AIG. As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Geithner was one of the original architects of the government's response in 2008 to the financial crisis. Testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Geithner defended his actions as being necessary to head off, quote, "potentially catastrophic damage to the economy." But members of the committee weren't buying it, asking why AIG was given money that they then passed on to big Wall Street banks and international banks that they owed money to, and why they were paid the full amount, 100 cents on the dollar. Geithner insisted he played no direct role in the AIG deals to pay back banks or in keeping information about it from the public, saying that once President-elect Obama picked him on November 24th to be Treasury Secretary, he withdrew from monetary policy decisions and day-to-day management at the New York Fed. The congressman expressed skepticism about that explanation.

TEENAGED GIRL RESCUED IN HAITI AFTER 15 DAYS: A 17-year-old girl was miraculously pulled alive from the rubble of a home in Haiti by French rescuers Wednesday (January 27th), 15 days after the earthquake that devastated the desperately poor country. Darlene Etienne was severely dehydrated with a broken left leg and described as being moments from death when she was rescued. She was rushed to a French military field hospital and then to the French military hospital ship Sirroco for treatment. It's rare for anyone to survive more than 72 hours without water, but Etienne may have had some access to water from a bathroom of the collapsed home, and rescuers said she mumbled something about having a little Coca-Cola with her.

TODAY'S FYI:

APPLE UNVEILS iPAD TABLET COMPUTER: Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the company's highly-anticipated iPad tablet computer yesterday (January 27th), similar in design to the iPhone but in a larger size. The half-inch thick iPad features a 9.7-inch touch screen, weighs one-and-a-half pounds, and has a battery that lasts for 10 hours. Users can surf the web and applications for the iPhone can run on the iPad, which also has a book reading interface that looks like a paper book and puts it in competition with Amazon's Kindle and other e-book readers. Software that comes with the iPad includes a video player, iPod software for playing music, maps and a calender. The iPad will have a starting price of $499 when it goes on sale in March, with $599 and $699 versions available that have more flash memory storage.

BUT WHAT'S WITH THE NAME?: While techies weighed the pros and cons of the new iPad Wednesday, lots of others were wondering with led Apple to choose a name commonly used for a feminine hygiene product. Some noted that Apple should have anticipated the reaction, pointing to a comedy skit from a few years back on MadTV in which two businesswomen discussed Apple's newest product for women -- named the iPad. A video of the sketch on YouTube got a boost yesterday with the news of the name. #iTampon quickly became a big trending topic on Twitter, with comments like these:

  • tjakabon: "It surfs the web AND stops the bleeding."
  • CarolBlymire: Is Apple making an iPad for light-flow days? Just wondering...
  • Trish1981: iPad? Really? All I can say is, I'm sticking with Always.
  • tremendousnews: So I can say "That chick is on her iPad" and not be called a pig? Thank you Apple.
  • kathycacace: Okay, just one more. The iPad: protecting your data from embarrassing incidents.

And from the women-oriented website Jezebel.com:

  • fauxfruit: If I order this, will my boyfriend and I have to worry if it comes late?
  • andBegorrah: If you and your friends all buy one, will they sync up?
  • morninggloria: Don't wear white jeans while using an iPad, and especially don't use an iPad in front of your crush. You're a teen magazine embarrassing moment waiting to happen.
  • Vesuvius At Home: But what if the cute boys see me shopping for one? What if my dad has to take me??

JOHN AND ELIZABETH EDWARDS DIVORCING; POSSIBLE MISTRESS SEX TAPE: One week after former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards admitted to fathering a nearly two-year-old child with his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, it was reported Wednesday (January 27th) that he and his wife Elizabeth are divorcing. A friend of Elizabeth Edwards, who has incurable cancer, confirmed to the Associated Press that the couple are separating after more than 32 years of marriage. Edwards himself said in a statement, "It is an extraordinarily sad moment," adding that he still cares deeply about his wife. The news came out ahead of the release this weekend of a tell-all book from a former aide to John Edwards, who initially claimed at Edwards' urging that he was the father of Hunter's child. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that in the book, called The Politician, Andrew Young claims to have discovered a sex tape of Edwards and Hunter. He writes, "It was like watching a traffic pileup occur in slow motion -- it was repelling but also transfixing." Fox411.com claims that Young believes the graphic video was made when Hunter was already pregnant with Edwards' child.

WHAT WERE ARRESTED CONSERVATIVES TRYING TO DO IN SENATOR'S OFFICE?: Some conservative leaders were distancing themselves yesterday (January 27th) from 25-year-old James O'Keefe, who was hailed as a conservative hero last fall for his undercover videos that damaged the liberal group ACORN, after he and three other young men were arrested two days earlier for an alleged plot to tamper with Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu's office phones. But supporters were offering an explanation that didn't involve the four trying to tap the phones in the Louisiana senator's New Orleans office. According to the Washington Post, the four were trying to show on undercover video that people trying to call Landrieu to complain about issues couldn't get through. So two of the men dressed in work clothes said they were phone repairmen to get access to the phone system, while O'Keefe -- who was already inside the office's waiting room -- secretly tried to film them with his cell phone camera. According to prosecutors, the two phony repairmen tried to call the unused reception phone with their cell phones. Opponents of the health care reform legislation had said that they repeatedly got busy signals earlier this year when they tried to call Landrieu's office.

LABRADOR RETRIEVER IS MOST POPULAR DOG FOR 19TH YEAR: The American Kennel Club said Wednesday (January 27th) that the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in the country for the 19th year in a row. Moving up high on the list was the German Shepherd, which passed the Yorkshire Terrier to claim second place for the first time in more than 30 years. The top 10 most popular dogs are:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Yorkshire Terrier
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Beagle
  6. Boxer
  7. Bulldog
  8. Dachshund
  9. Poodle
  10. Shih Tzu

SPORTS:

ARENAS, CRITTENTON SUSPENDED FOR REST OF SEASON: Washington Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were suspended for the rest of the season Wednesday (January 27th) by NBA Commissioner David Stern for bringing guns into the team's locker room, violating NBA rules against firearms on team property. Both players brought a gun -- or guns in Arenas' case -- into the Wizards' locker room after a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight. Arenas had already been suspended indefinitely by the NBA earlier this month.

SERENA WILLIAMS, HENIN TO PLAY FOR AUSTRALIAN OPEN TITLE: Defending champion Serena Williams will face Belgian Justine Henin in the Australian Open final after both beat their semifinal opponents Thursday (January 28th), who both happened to be from China. Williams beat Li Na 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) one day after Li beat her sister Venus in the quarterfinals. In the other match, Henin -- who's only playing in her second tournament after coming back from retirement -- defeated Zheng Jie 6-1, 6-0.

On the men's side, fifth-ranked Andy Murray and Number 14 Marin Cilic were playing in a semifinal match Thursday night. In the other semifinal, top-ranked Roger Federer will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after Tsonga beat third-ranked Novak Djokovic late Wednesday (January 27th) 7-6 (8), 6-7 (5), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Federer reached the semis by beating Number 6 Nikolay Davydenko 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 on Wednesday.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CBS

  • LIVE FOR THE MOMENT - An event inspires a person to share insights on how to change one's life.
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (repeat)
  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)

NBC

  • COMMUNITY (repeat)
  • PARKS AND RECREATION (repeat)
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • 30 ROCK (repeat)
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - TBA

FOX

  • BONES - A human skeleton is found in the trenches of a Civil War battleground; Booth's brother returns from his trip with surprising news.
  • FRINGE - When a group of wedding guests in Massachusetts suffocate from the inside out, the team must find out how the toxin was delivered and targeted.

ABC

  • THE DEEP END - Beth faces her father in court; Addy's new clients put the firm in danger.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY (repeat)
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE (repeat)

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Damon and Stefan try to identify the new vampire in town; Matt gets a job at the Mystic Grill.
  • SUPERNATURAL - A teenager creates a body switching spell and swaps bodies with Sam.

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY - TBA

FX

  • ARCHER - Malory hosts a dinner party in an effort to get a new weapons contract for ISIS; a group of rival assassins targets Mr. Utne.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - TBA

USA

  • BURN NOTICE - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Corinne Bailey Rae, Mario Lopez
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Jay Leno: The Tonight Show Fiasco
THE VIEW - Kevin McKidd, Tim Hasselbeck

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - TBA
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) -Will Arnett
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Rosie O'Donnell, Wilco
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Doris Kearns Goodwin
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - David Gergen
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Ludacris, Elisha Cuthbert

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

STRESSED OUT MEN PRACTICE FLOWER ART: Japan's traditional art of flower arranging, which is dominantly practiced by women, is now being practiced by male employees who are looking to release their stress. Ikebana, or ''the way of the flowers'', first blossomed among male artisans and aristocrats about 500 years ago. The art has now found its way back to its masculine roots. Ikebana is an art aimed toward harmony and spirituality. "Flower arrangement adds that unreal flavor to my life and lets my mind roam free," said Koji Otusbo, a student of Ikebana, "at the same time, such an artistic hobby is like a bridge that connects me to the real world." (Reuters)

PETA SUGGESTS ANIMATRONIC GROUNDHOG: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an animal rights group, wants organizers of Pennsylvania's Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in. PETA says that it would be unfair to keep the groundhog in captivity and then expose Punxsutawney Phil to the large crowds and bright lights. Instead, the group is suggesting an animatronic model. According to William Deeley, the animal is ''being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania''. Deeley claims that PETA is simply looking for publicity. (AP)

POLICE STOP MAN WITH A BUTCHER KNIFE-POOL CUE WEAPON: Police stopped a man from Alexandria, L.A. who was riding a bicycle with no headlights. The 51-year-old man was carrying a weapon made from a butcher knife that was attached to a pool cue. According to police, the man was also carrying a razor blade in his hat. He was charged for illegally carrying a weapon, doing so after a felony conviction, resisting an officer, public intoxication and at least five outstanding warrants.
After searching the man, police found painkillers under someone else's name as well as a push rod used for smoking crack cocaine. (AP)

BAGEL CAUSES EVACUATION IN PORTLAND'S CITY HALL: A burning bagel causes an evacuation of Portland's City Hall. Everyone was forced to evacuate City Hall for about 20 minutes on Wednesday after an overdone bagel was found in the break room of Mayor Sam Adam's office. According to The Oregonian, there is no word on who burned the bagel. However, Mayor Adams apologized for the interruption caused by the evacuation. (AP)

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to Wikipedia, what actor got his first break in a small role in Paula Abdul's video, "Forever Your Girl"?

A: Elijah Wood

DID YOU KNOW?

KIDS BORN IN AUGUST LESS LIKELY TO GO TO COLLEGE: Children born late in the school year are significantly less likely to go to college than their older classmates, a study by the Higher Education Policy Institute found. Just 28 percent of August-born children went to college during the six years of the study compared with 32 percent of those born in September, an analysis of college admissions by birth month showed.

RENT-A-TIGER: Asylum.com noted that in Indonesia, where they are faced with a dwindling tiger population and a lack of funds to help with conservation -- the tigers are being rented out to the highest bidder. Though not many environmental groups or, probably, people with a lot of sense think it's a good idea, the plan is to let wealthy Indonesians rent pet tigers at the cost of just over $100,000. Renters have to provide spacious housing and allow visits from veterinarians, animal-welfare officers and ministry officials (and probably paramedics, for when the tigers maul them). The tigers are technically state property and will be returned when they are no longer wanted.


DIVORCED COUPLES DON'T WANT TO BE LEFT WITH THE HOUSE: Fadi Baradihi, the president of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts told MSN.com, "It used to be that couples fought over the house because of continuity and stability for the children. That's not happening anymore. Now everybody wants to run from it." If the couple isn't selling the house, the spouse who is staying has to refinance the mortgage -- that's the only way the bank will let the other go. Otherwise, the departing spouse is equally liable for the entire mortgage, and, if the spouse who is in the house misses a mortgage payment, the other is liable to pay but has no claim to any equity in the house. But when there's negative equity, it's pretty much impossible to refinance.


SHOULD WE EMBRACE MORE LANGUAGES? A blogger on Lemondrop.com wrote, "Now that I've spent a good chunk of time abroad in the past year, I've come to realize the importance of language. As in, being able to communicate in ones you don't speak. I don't speak Czech. I don't speak German, Austrian or Hungarian either, but it didn't keep me from getting around those countries on my first trip abroad. Often the menus, and the dishes, were written in several languages, including English, to accommodate the tourists. Which made it possible for me to at least know what I was ordering, then smile and point. Not in America. It's English or starve here. We don't even accommodate our own second language: Spanish. I mean, if you come to America, you better learn the language, right? I'm pretty sure I've said that before and meant it, but after traveling abroad and having trouble asking for simple things like a bathroom or a tissue to blow my nose, I see why being a multilingual nation could greatly help our failing economy."

LIFE STARTS AT 40? Life really can begin at 40, an expert claimed yesterday. Psychologist Dr Carlo Strenger told the Harvard Business Review, "As people start living longer and fuller lives, we have to cast aside that stereotype and start thinking in terms of "mid-life transition" rather than "mid-life crisis". If you make fruitful use of what you have discovered about yourself in the first half of your life, the second half can be the most fulfilling. He said that most of us will have married, bought a home and chosen a career by the age of 30 or so. With those difficult decisions behind us, we are free to start enjoying life -- and learn from our mistakes.


Oregon Voters Say 'Soak the Rich'

Voters in Oregon bucked decades of tradition Tuesday (January 26th) to approve tax increases on businesses and the rich amid the tough economy. Although Oregon is a Democratic-leaning "blue" state, it has a long tradition of voters rejecting tax increases in ballot votes. But under the two measures approved Tuesday -- one by a 54-46 vote and the other by a 53-47 margin -- taxes will go up on those with incomes over $125,000, and many businesses that had been paying an annual minimum of $10 will see that go up to at least $150.

100-Year-Old Woman Gets 'Bucket List' Diploma Before Dying

A retired New Hampshire schoolteacher had her dream of getting a bachelor's degree in education fulfilled less than one month after her 100th birthday, and just one day before she died on Saturday (January 23rd). Harriet Richardson Ames' daughter said of the diploma, "She had what I call a 'bucket list,' and that was the last thing on it." Ames earned a two-year teaching certificate in 1931 and became a schoolteacher. Over the years, she'd taken classes at Keene State and the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth Teachers College to earn credits for her degree. But she stopped in 1971, and was never sure if she had enough credits. Her wish became known a couple of years ago, and Keene State decided to research her coursework. They found out she in fact did have enough credits, and delivered her diploma to her bedside in hospice care one day before her death.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

For the second year in a row, Trace Adkins is nominated for a Grammy. This year's nod is for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "All I Ask For Anymore." You'd think Trace would be over the moon about getting to be part of the Grammy Awards, but he tells us that last year's experience left a bad taste in his mouth. "Well, last year I got nominated for a Grammy and then I found out that they have two Grammy shows. I only thought they had one Grammy show, and then I went out there and found out that the B team don't get to go to the big show. I had to go to the little show, which nobody was there, along with all the other polka bands and swing groups and jazz acts and us country guys, and then they called whoever won and nobody clapped."

Trace's busy tour schedule this year prevents him from being in Los Angeles for the big night. "I ain't goin' anyway. I got a show that night. Me and Martina are doin' a show that night. She's nominated and she can't go either."

  • Trace and Martina McBride's Shine All Night tour plays in Fairfax, Virginia on Sunday night (January 31st), the same night as the Grammy Awards.
  • The third installment of Trace's comic book alter ego, Luke McBain, will hit newsstands today (Wednesday, January 27th). Since the launch of the series in November, the adventures of Luke McBain has become a hot item on both the shelves and at Trace's concerts. The first issue sold out from distributors in less than 48 hours, while the second issue, which was released in December, outsold the first.
  • Trace is currently working on a new album, his first for Toby Keith's Show Dog-Universal Music record label.

SIDE NOTE

  • Trace's fellow nominees in this category are Billy Currington for "People Are Crazy," Jamey Johnson for "High Cost Of Living," George Strait for "Living For The Night" and Keith Urban for "Sweet Thing."


Jason Aldean claims the top of the Billboard country chart this week with his latest hit, "The Truth." This is Jason's third consecutive Number One hit from his platinum-selling Wide Open CD. The singer has held the top spot for a total of seven weeks since the album was released in April of last year.

Jason may have developed a reputation as a bit of a rocker, but he tells us he has been partial to "The Truth" from the very beginning. "From day one it's been my favorite song on that album, which is really weird. Most people look at me as the uptempo guy, and to come and say, 'This ballad is my favorite song on the album' is kind of surprising to a lot of people, and it's the most traditional thing that I think we've ever released, which is really cool. I think it was time to kind of change it up a little bit and show people a different side of what we do, and I'm just glad people took to it and seemed to like it."

  • Jason's Wide Open tour continues on to Cedar Park, Texas on Thursday (January 28th).
  • His first dates of the year, which he played last weekend in Greenville, South Carolina and Macon, Georgia, were both sold out.

FAST FACTS

  • Jason's special guest on this leg of the Wide Open tour is fellow Georgia native Luke Bryan.
  • Jason celebrated the platinum success of his Wide Open CD at a party in Nashville just last week.

LeAnn Rimes might have been feeling a bit of remorse for cheating on her soon-to-be ex-husband on Monday (January 25th) night when she performed at the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. She debuted a song about breaking someone's heart, warning the audience, "This song is going to make me cry. It's about love."

Last year, LeAnn's affair with married actor Eddie Cibrian made headlines and ultimately ended her marriage of seven years to Dean Sheremet.

Part of the untitled song's lyrics were, "What have I done? I broke the heart of the sweetest man. What have I done? I broke the heart of the only man who's ever loved me. Who have I become? I hope you find someone new, someone who deserves you."

US magazine reports that one source told them LeAnn wrote the song "during the height of the cheating" and that it is "100 percent" about Dean, while another says it "was written several years ago before the situation with Dean and the cheating," adding, "I can understand how it can be interpreted to be about what happened."

  • LeAnn and Dean will officially be divorced on June 19th.
  • Eddie and his wife, Brandi Glanville, are also in the midst of a divorce. The couple share two young children.
Keith Urban and John Mayer kept the audience on its feet throughout last night's (Tuesday, January 26th) taping of CMT Crossroads in Nashville. They collaborated on a total of eight songs from one another's catologue of hits, including Keith's "Sweet Thing," "Tonight I Wanna Cry," "Til Summer Comes Around," and "If Ever I Could Love," and John's "Perfectly Lonely," "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room," "Say," and "Gravity." They closed the show with an energetic rendition of George Michael's "Faith."
  • The star power of Keith and John brought out a few of their famous friends, including Taylor Swift, Kix Brooks, Jake Owen and Eric Gunderson from Love And Theft.
  • The one-hour CMT Crossroads will air later this year, although a release date has not yet been announced.

FAST FACTS

  • Keith and John are the only artists to be featured on two episodes of Crossroads.
  • Keith first paired with John Fogerty in 2005.
  • John teamed up with Brad Paisley in 2004.
Carrie Underwood and her fiance, pro hockey player Mike Fisher, made their first red carpet appearance together on Monday (January 25th) night in Quebec. The newly engaged couple were attending a charity event hosted by Mike's team, the Ottawa Senators. Money raised went to four local hospital foundations.

Neal McCoy is currently on a USO/Armed Forces tour to the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. This is Neal's 14th USO tour. The singer is accompanied by four Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders on the tour, which wraps up on Sunday (January 31st).

Wynonna will join her friend Wyclef Jean for their first-ever collaboration on the CBS Early Show on February 6th. The two will be in Miami for the performance, which comes on the eve of the Super Bowl Sunday.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. With what song did Tim McGraw land his first Top 10 hit in 1994?
A. "Indian Outlaw"

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!


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CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Tracy Lawrence (42)
  • Patton Oswalt (actor-comedian, The King Of Queens) (41)
  • Alan Cumming (actor, GoldenEye, the Spy Kids movies, X2's Nightcrawler) (45)
  • Bridget Fonda (actress, Single White Female, Singles, Jackie Brown, daughter of Peter Fonda, niece of Jane Fonda) (46)
  • Mimi Rogers (actress, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Doors, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery) (54)
  • James Cromwell (actor, All In The Family, the Babe movies, L.A. Confidential, The Green Mile, The Queen) (70)
  • Keith Olbermann (MSNBC anchor) (51)
  • G.E. Smith (former musical director of the Saturday Night Live band) (58)
  • Nick Mason (drummer, Pink Floyd) (66)
  • Frank Miller (comics and graphic novel writer, The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, Ronin) (53)
  • John Roberts (Supreme Court Chief Justice) (55)
  • Bobby "Blue" Bland (blues singer, "Turn On Your Love Light") (80)
  • Lil Jon (rapper) (39)
  • Rosamund Pike (actress, Die Another Day, Jane Bennett in Pride & Prejudice) (31)
  • Bob Mintzer (smooth jazz saxophonist, of the Yellowjackets) (57)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Rodney Atkins' "Watching You" took the top spot on the Billboard country chart in 2007.
  • The Dixie Chicks' "Without You" became their fifth Number One single in 2001.
  • The Dixie Chicks' first major label album, Wide Open Spaces, was released in 1998.
  • Jo Dee Messina made her chart debut with "Heads Carolina, Tails California" in 1996.
  • Marty Robbins recorded the Number One single "El Paso City" in 1976.
  • Marty Robbins underwent heart bypass surgery in 1970.
  • Elvis Presley's Number One single "Heartbreak Hotel" was released in 1956.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

KIEFER SUTHERLAND INVOLVED IN CATTLE SCAM: Kiefer Sutherland is involved in a cattle scam. Police say that the 24 actor was a customer of Michael Wayne Carr, who told investors he would by steers from Mexico and sell them for profit in the United States. Carr allegedly took $869,000 from Sutherland and $177,000 from a New Mexico couple -- but never made good on his promise. Prosecutors have charged Carr with 12 felonies, including grand theft, forgery and embezzlement. He was scheduled to be arraigned earlier this week, but a judge postponed it to February 8th after his attorney was removed.

BROOKE MUELLER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL: Charlie Sheen's wife has been released from a Los Angeles hospital after spending nearly a week being treated for pneumonia in both lungs, which was linked to a recent operation to remove her wisdom teeth. Her mother Moira Fiore confirmed Brooke Mueller's release, telling People magazine, "I picked her up and brought her to a friend's house in Los Angeles where we will stay until we decide what we are going to do and where we will go." Despite a protection order put into effect stemming from their Christmas altercation, Sheen was allowed to visit his wife in the hospital. A hearing to review the order was postponed until February 8th after Mueller fell ill.

AMANDA PEET IS HAVING A GIRL: Amanda Peet is expecting her second daughter. The 38-year-old, who welcomed daughter Frances in 2007, revealed at the Sundance Film Festival, "We're having a baby girl." Peet has been married to screenwriter David Benioff for three years.

JOHN TRAVOLTA DELIVERS HELP TO HAITI: John Travolta arrived in Haiti on Monday (January 25th) to deliver relief supplies to the earthquake-ravaged country. The actor flew his personal jet, on which he carried four tons of ready-to-eat military rations, medical supplies for earthquake victims and well as a team that included doctors and Scientology ministers. The Church of Scientology said that the actor and his wife Kelly Preston planned to return home after unloading their passengers and supplies.

BILL MURRAY REPORTEDLY HURT AT SUNDANCE: Bill Murray is getting around Sundance a little slower than most celebrities. RadarOnline.com reports that the actor is on crutches after injuring his leg in a ski accident. A source told the website, "He couldn't move very well because of his leg brace. But he was shimmying as best as he could . . . He was suddenly sitting down with the Svedka ice bucket on his lap. One guy went up and asked him if he was the guardian of the ice, and Bill laughed and said it was to cool down his knee, which was acting up."

JAMES MCAVOY WILL BE A DAD: James McAvoy and his girlfriend are expecting their first child. The actor's rep told TheStar.com, "We are happy to confirm that James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff are expecting their first child -- we have no further comment or information at this time." McAvoy is known for his roles in Wanted and Atonement, but his girlfriend, Anne-Marie Duff, is also an accomplished actor, having been nominated for three Bafta TV awards and a Bafta Film award for Nowhere Boy in which she played John Lennon's mother.

CHERYL BURKE IS SINGLE: Cheryl Burke and her boyfriend, model Maxwell Zagorski, have split. A rep for the Dancing With the Stars pro confirmed the breakup to People magazine, while an insider cited location as the reason 25-year-old Burke and her 22-year-old former beau couldn't make it work. The source told People, "The distance was so hard on the relationship. She lives in L.A. and he lives in New York. After a while it was just really hard for them to get together."

PERNELL ROBERTS DIES AT 81: Pernell Roberts died on Sunday (January 24th) after a battle with cancer. The 81-year-old was best known for his roles on Bonanza and Trapper John, M.D. His TV credits also included "The Virginian," "Hawaii Five-O," "Mission Impossible," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Banacek," "Ironside" and "Mannix."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

ANNE HATHAWAY TO REVEAL OSCAR NOMINEES: Anne Hathaway will be on hand to announce the nominees for this year's Academy Awards. The actress and Academy President Tom Sherak will reveal the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories live on the morning of February 2nd. The 82nd Academy Awards will be broadcast March 7th on ABC.

ASHLEY JUDD PUBLISHING MEMOIR: Ashley Judd is writing a memoir. Her publisher, Ballantine Books, said that the book will detail how painful childhood experiences led her to advocacy work for abandoned women and children in poor countries. The actress will draw upon 500 pages of journal entries she wrote about her childhood with her country music star mother, Naomi Judd. Judd was treated for depression in 2006. She told Glamour magazine at the time that attending 13 schools in 12 years and living at various times with her mother, father and grandmother made her "a hyper-vigilant child" and obsessed with perfectionism as an adult. The memoir is set to be released in 2011.

TYRA BANKS LAUNCHING NEW MODEL SEARCH: Tyra Banks announced her latest model hunt -- the first-ever "fiercely real" plus-sized teen model search. The talk show host announced her latest competition on The Tyra Show and put out a call for women between the ages of 13 and 19 to enter. She noted that the teens must have a dress size of 12 to 20 and stand 5'9"-- 6'1" tall. Banks added, "I want young girls to realize that what's considered plus-sized is the average American woman. That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful. Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman's life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out."

ORLANDO BLOOM IS A NO-GO FOR NEXT 'PIRATES' INSTALLMENT: Orlando Bloom will not be a part of the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. The actor told Extra, "Will's swimming with the fishes." When pressed if a return could be in the cards he insisted, "Not this time. No. No. No." The film is due to be released in 2011.

FOREST WHITAKER TO STAR IN 'CRIMINAL MINDS' SPIN-OFF: Forest Whitaker will star in a proposed spin-off of CBS' Criminal Minds. The Associated Press reports that the project, which revolves around a new group of profilers who work outside the FBI bureaucracy, will be introduced on an episode of "Criminal Minds" in the spring. Whitaker will play Cooper, the leader of the squad, who is described as a "dynamic, mysterious, charming and a father figure to the rest of the team."

'AVATAR' IS THE HIGHEST-GROSSING MOVIE EVER

Avatar is officially number one. GossipCop.com reported that as of Tuesday (January 26th) morning, the sci-fi blockbuster surpassed Titanic's $1.8 billion worldwide haul -- making Avatar the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Domestically, Titanic is still at the top with $600.8 million, but Avatar is on pace to break that record as well.

  • The New York Daily News reports that Titanic would still be ahead of Avatar if not for inflation, but the rise of ticket prices combined with the higher cost of Avatar's 3-D screenings made it easier for James Cameron's newest flick to out-earn his previous hit.

L.A. GUEST JUDGES WERE HARD TO PLEASE ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

'American Idol' held auditions in Los Angeles with guest judge Avril Lavigne on day one of auditions and Katy Perry on day two. Day one in L.A. kicks off with 19-year-old Neil Goldstein who produced more sweat than he did talent. Despite a 'NO' from all four judges, Goldstein insisted that he would go to Hollywood. Not only was L.A. filled with persistent contestants, the city also contained many 'wannabes', particulary those who looked like Adam Lambert. One of them, by the name of AJ Ortiz, may have looked promising, but only managed to receive a good laugh from Ms. Lavigne. Day two was also not very successful. Not only was the talent rarely found, it seemed as though Katy Perry and Kara DioGuardi were far from being friends. Ms. Perry told the camera that she was known for being brutally honest and that is exactly what she was. It got to the point where Katy Perry threatened to throw her Coca-Cola in Kara's face. In the end, 23 received golden tickets to Hollywood.

SNOOKI TO WORK MTV'S GRAMMY RED CARPET?

Even though the Jersey Shore cast is still negotiating a deal for season two, series star Snooki could be back on MTV as soon as this weekend. Her agent Scott Talarico told RadarOnline.com that the pint-sized reality vixen is in talks to serve as a correspondent for the network's coverage of the Grammys red carpet.

Talarico said, "She's actually going to be part of the red carpet for the Grammy's. It isn't 100 percent confirmed because we are working on the details. MTV brought it to us and all the logistics still need to be worked out, but it looks like she will be on the red carpet at the Grammy's."

  • He added that Snooki isn't likely to be disappearing from the public radar anytime soon, noting that she has "a lot of upcoming appearances" scheduled.

CHECK IT OUT: 10 things you need to know about Snooki: http://tinyurl.com/ygeasgl

MARTHA STEWART GOING TO THE HALLMARK CHANNEL

Martha Stewart is moving to cable. The lifestyle queen announced on Tuesday (January 26th) that as of September, her daily program will air on the Hallmark Channel. The Martha Stewart Show currently is syndicated to broadcast channels throughout the country.

The move comes on the heels of Oprah Winfrey's recent announcement that she'll be forgoing broadcast syndication in favor of cable. In 2011, Oprah's show will be moving to a network created for her by Discovery Communications.

  • As part of Stewart's deal with Hallmark, her company will control two and a half hours of programming in daytime each weekday.

REPORT: BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA SKIPPING THE OSCARS

Despite vehement denials of a breakup, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly won't be attending the Oscars together. Even though Pitt's Inglorious Basterds is expected to rack up several nominations, sources tell E! it's unlikely he'll be in the house to support the film.

Jolie, on the other hand, is pretty much a definite no. E! reports that the actress is heading to Venice at the end of February to start production on The Tourist, a remake of a French thriller costarring Johnny Depp.

  • Although Pitt is due at the Directors Guild of America Awards this coming weekend, he's skipped out on the Golden Globes and Screen Actor's Guild Awards, despite the recognition Inglorious received at both.
  • The Oscars will take place -- with or without Brangelina -- on March 7th.

ANGELINA HONORS MOM

In other news, Angelina and her brother made a tribute video for their mother to commemorate the third anniversary of her passing. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/ybufzly


CHECK IT OUT: Places not to go on a first date: http://tinyurl.com/y9u96ax

JERSEY SHORE'S VINNY CONSIDERING LAW SCHOOL

Not all of the Jersey Shore cast members are banking on a life-long career in reality TV. 21-year-old Vinny Guadagnino told Usmagazine.com that he's planning on having a successful life, no matter what happens with MTV.

He explained, "I took the LSAT. My score was decent. I had a plan that if my score was really well [sic], then I might of just went to Yale or Harvard. . . But it was just mediocre. I can get into law school. I had a 3.9 GPA, Latin Honors, but I'm doing this right now. Law school is always on the back burner."

  • However, he said, "To tell you the truth, man, [being a] lawyer isn't something I wanted to do. Nobody wants to be a lawyer -- it's hard work. But it was kind of my academic route," adding that if he were to practice, he'd go into "business or corporate law."
  • As for the ride he's on now, Vinny said, "I was always humble and I was the person on the couch watching this and never even imagined it would happen to me. And now I'm suddenly right there in the front row being interviewed, so just the whole experience is a dream."

CHECK IT OUT: Things to do with your law degree (besides practice law): http://tinyurl.com/ye68na3

WILL TOMMY MOTTOLA REPLACE SIMON COWELL?


The list just keeps on growing for who will be replace Simon Cowell on American Idol. The latest scoop is that former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola could step in when Cowell bids farewell at the end of this season. According to Deadline Hollywood, Idol execs have come up with 25 potential Cowell replacements, and Mottola, who now owns Casablanca Records, is at the top of the list.

But rumor has it, Cowell wants Mottola for his new own new reality talent show, The X Factor. One source says, "Mottola has remarkable leverage because of this tug of war and will get a big payday from somebody." The reported second choice is Guy Oseary, Madonna's longtime business partner and former head of her Maverick Records, followed by Interscope/Geffen/A&M chief, Jimmy Iovine.

  • Mottola was once married to Mariah Carey and has helped launch the careers of several artists, including Taylor Dayne, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez.

WILL TOMMY MOTTOLA REPLACE SIMON COWELL?

The list just keeps on growing for who will be replace Simon Cowell on American Idol. The latest scoop is that former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola could step in when Cowell bids farewell at the end of this season. According to Deadline Hollywood, Idol execs have come up with 25 potential Cowell replacements, and Mottola, who now owns Casablanca Records, is at the top of the list.

But rumor has it, Cowell wants Mottola for his new own new reality talent show, The X Factor. One source says, "Mottola has remarkable leverage because of this tug of war and will get a big payday from somebody." The reported second choice is Guy Oseary, Madonna's longtime business partner and former head of her Maverick Records, followed by Interscope/Geffen/A&M chief, Jimmy Iovine.

  • Mottola was once married to Mariah Carey and has helped launch the careers of several artists, including Taylor Dayne, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez.

PAULA ABDUL REPORTEDLY BEING COURTED BY ABC

ABC has reportedly offered Paula Abdul a $1 million development deal. TMZ.com revealed the supposed offer, but noted that there's one catch -- Abdul would have to appear on Dancing With the Stars.

According to the proposed deal, ABC would still allow Paula to do The X Factor with Simon Cowell, a collaboration that seems certain to happen. Sources told TMZ that Simon and Paula met a week ago to discuss the show, and it looks like a done deal.

  • TMZ claims that Paula must accept or decline ABC's offer soon as they want her for the upcoming season of DWTS, which begins in March.

WOMAN BEING PORTRAYED BY HALLE BERRY ARRESTED

Doris Payne, an international jewel thief whose life story is the subject of an upcoming Halle Berry film, was arrested in Southern California on Friday for practicing her craft. The 79-year old allegedly removed the tags from a $1,300 Burberry trench coat at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Costa Mesa, California, and walked out without paying, according to police.

  • The West Virginia native is known for snapping up diamond rings from jewelry stores in Las Vegas, New York, Paris, Tokyo, and other exotic locales. Her rap sheet is extensive, but so impressive that it sparked the upcoming film Who is Doris Payne?, in which Berry is attached to play the title character.
  • Payne, who was out on parole at the time of her arrest, is currently in custody without bail for a probation violation.
  • Who Is Doris Payne? is still in development at this time.

TAYLOR LAUTNER TO PLAY SUPER BOWL CELEBRITY GAME

Taylor Lautner has signed on to participate in DirecTV's Fourth Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl. The football game -- flag, not tackle -- serves as part of the weekend festivities surrounding the Super Bowl. The game will feature former NFL pros Troy Aikman and Warren Moon serving as quarterbacks of the two teams.

Some of the celebrities Lautner will competing with or against include Chace Crawford, Jessica Szohr, Victoria's Secret model Marisa Miller, Christian Slater, celebrity food connoisseur Guy Fieri and "Entourage" star Kevin Dillon.

  • MTV reports that the game traditionally takes place in the sand with teams of seven.
  • Immediately following the game and trophy presentations, the All-American Rejects will perform a post-game concert. This year's festivities will be overseen by Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning, who will coach one of the teams.
  • Lautner was spotted this past weekend at the Colts game in Indianapolis alongside actor Rob Lowe.

HEADLINE NEWS!!




TOYOTA SUSPENDS SALES OF EIGHT VEHICLES MODELS: Toyota suspended sales in the U.S. yesterday (January 26th) of eight models of cars and trucks, including the Camry, the best-selling car in the country, to fix a problem with gas pedals sticking that could make the vehicles accelerate without warning. The suspension comes after a recall of the same models last week involving 2.3 million vehicles because of the problem. The models affected are: the Corolla, Matrix and RAV4 from 2009 to 2010; the Camry and Tundra from 2007 to 2010; the Avalon from 2005 to 2010; the Sequoia from 2008 to 2010; and the 2010 Highlander.

OBAMA TO FOCUS ON ECONOMY IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS: The economy will be the main focus of President Obama's first State of the Union address tonight (January 27th), as he speaks to Americans who are anxious and angry as the nation is dealing with a 10 percent unemployment rate amid the slow emergence from the Great Recession. Some of that anxiety and anger is being directed at him, and Obama wants to show that he knows Americans are struggling and is offering assistance, including new measures to help the middle class. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, "What he'll discuss more than anything is getting our economy moving again."

PILOT IN LEBANON CRASH REPORTED MADE 'FAST AND STRANGE TURN': Lebanon's transportation minister said Tuesday (January 27th) that the pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea just minutes into its flight early Monday made a, quote, "fast and strange turn" after takeoff from Beirut in a thunderstorm. But he cautioned against making any conclusions about the cause of the crash. All 90 people on board were believed to be dead, although search teams continued to look for human remains, wreckage and the black boxes. Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi said the Boeing 737 abruptly flew in the opposite direction from the path recommended by the control tower after initially following the tower's guidance on takeoff. He told AP, "They asked him to correct his path but he did a very fast and strange turn before disappearing completely from the radar." Ethiopian Airlines said the pilot had more than 20 years of experience.

TODAY'S FYI:

FORT HOOD SHOOTING HEROES TO BE STATE OF THE UNION GUESTS: Two police officers hailed as heroes for ending last November's shooting rampage at Ford Hood by an Army psychiatrist will be among the guests of First Lady Michelle Obama during tonight's (January 27th) State of the Union address by her husband, President Obama. Sergeants Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd will sit with the first lady in a gallery overlooking the House floor. The two civilian officers opened fire on Major Nidal Malik Hasan, wounding him and ending his deadly rampage, for which he's accused of killing 13 people. Munley was also wounded.

NANCY KERRIGAN'S BROTHER SENT FOR MENTAL EVALUATION IN DEATH OF FATHER: Mark Kerrigan, the brother of former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, has been sent for a mental evaluation after being charged with assaulting their 70-year-old father, who later died early Sunday (January 24th). Mark Kerrigan pleaded not guilty Monday to to assaulting Daniel Kerrigan at the family's suburban Boston home, where the 45-year-old had been living with his parents. Family members claim that Kerrigan died of a heart attack and that his death was unrelated to the argument. Mark Kerrigan has a history of domestic violence arrests and was sued by his parents to get back money they'd lent him.

TEEN PREGNANCY UP AFTER DECADE OF DECLINE: Teen pregnancy is on the rise in the U.S. again, up in 2006 after a decade of decline, the Guttmacher Institute reported Tuesday (January 26th). The overall teen pregnancy rate rose three percent in 2006, with the figures showing that seven percent of all teenage girls got pregnant that year. While researchers aren't sure why there was an increase, or if it was the start of a new trend or just a blip, Guttmacher's director for domestic research, Larry Finer, told Reuters, "It's interesting to note that this . . . is happening at the same time that we've seen substantial increases in funding for abstinence-only programs. We do know that when we saw the big decline in the '90s, that a lot of that decline was due to improved contraceptive use among teens." The Obama administration's budget eliminates spending for abstinence-only programs, shifting funds to pregnancy prevention education that includes abstinence along with other information.

NEW HAMPSHIRE LOSES 'BIG WIND' TITLE: For more than 60 years, New Hampshire's Mount Washington held the title of being the site of the fastest wind gust ever recorded on Earth, 231 miles per hour. Recorded on top of the mountain on April 12, 1934, it was known as the "Big Wind" and was a source of pride in the state. But it looks like the record has been topped, as the World Meteorological Organization posted on its website that experts reviewing extreme weather and climate data discovered a 253-mile-per-hour gust on Australia's Barrow Island during Cyclone Olivia in 1996, a record that hadn't been noticed at the time. Scott Henley, director of the Mount Washington Observatory, was sad to hear the news, saying, "It's obviously a big disappointment."


SPORTS:

VENUS WILLIAMS UPSET AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN; NADAL, RODDICK OUT: Venus Williams was upset in her quarterfinal match at the Australian Open Wednesday (January 27th), falling to 16th-ranked Li Na of China 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5. Williams had been just one game away from winning, serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. But Li broke Williams' serve and eventually forced a tiebreaker that she won, leading to the deciding third set. This is the first time Li has ever reached a Grand Slam semifinal, and her win gives China two players among the last four of tennis major for the first time. Zheng Jie is playing a semifinal match against Belgian Justine Henin.

On the men's side, defending champ Rafael Nadal of Spain withdrew while trailing Britain's Andy Murray 6-3, 7-6 (2), 3-0 after injuring his knee in their quarterfinal Tuesday. American Andy Roddick lost 7-6 (4), 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 to Marin Cilic.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!



CBS

  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (repeat)
  • GARY UNMARRIED (repeat)
  • STATE OF THE UNION - President Obama addresses Congress and the nation.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN (repeat)

NBC

  • MERCY (repeat)
  • STATE OF THE UNION - President Obama addresses Congress and the nation.

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - Auditions continue in Dallas; Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas are guest judges.
  • STATE OF THE UNION - President Obama addresses Congress and the nation.

ABC

  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • STATE OF THE UNION - President Obama addresses Congress and the nation.
  • COUGAR TOWN (repeat)

CW

  • GOSSIP GIRL (repeat)
  • LIFE UNEXPECTED (repeat)

FX

  • NIP/TUCK - Christian has a crisis of conscience when Kimber's mother visits; a patient is in need of plastic surgery after being attacked by a wild animal.

MTV

  • THE REAL WORLD - TBA

TNT

  • LEVERAGE - The team has to work with Sterling to free Maggie from a Ukranian jail.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jenna Elfman, Chris Harrison, Lady Antebellum
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Before you grocery shop again: Food 101 with Michael Pollan
THE VIEW - E.D. Hill

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) -Mel Gibson, Kate Micucci, Mayer Hawthorne
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Eddie Izzard
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Ethan Watters
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Arthur Benjamin
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Kristen Bell, Charlie Wilson

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

WOMAN USES iPHONE TO GET PREGNANT: A British woman used an iPhone application in order to get pregnant. After four years of infertility, Lena Bryce, 30, downloaded an iPhone App that helped her conceive. Bryce told The Sun, ''It began to weigh heavily on us. We were considering IVF and adoption when [my husband] Dudley gave me the iPhone for my 30th. I typed in 'get pregnant' and downloaded five apps.'' Bryce chose to download the Free Menstrual Calendar, which showed her most fertile day. Bryce was pregnant after two months of downloading the app. (mashable.com)

WORLD'S SECOND PREGNANT MAN PREPARES TO GIVE BIRTH: The world's second pregnant man is preparing to give birth to his baby boy next month. Transgender couple, Scott Moore and husband Thomas, already have two children who Thomas had with a previous female partner who passed away. The couple has decided to name the child Miles. ''We know some people will criticize'', said Moore, ''but we are blissfully happy and not ashamed.'' Moore, who started life as a girl named Jessica, first realized that he wanted to be a man by the age of 11, and later met his husband at a support group meeting for transgender men. (Dailymail)


TRAVELLERS BUY $3 TICKETS DUE TO GLITCH: There was a major computer glitch that allowed Chinese air travellers to buy online tickets from Chinese Easter Airlines for less than three dollars. According to The Global Times, China's major carrier sold approximately 300 tickets last week, including first-class fares for a price of 20 yuan ($2.90) each. The company has acknowledged the computer error and said they would honor the tickets. (AFP)


MAN TRIES TO BREAK INTO JAIL: A man from Oregon tried to break into the Jackson County Jail at about 4:10am on Monday, according to police. Jail officials spotted the man scaling the fence around the area where officers usually unload potential prisoners to take them inside. The 28-year-old man who had been caught said that he had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. The man told police that he was trying to get help at the jail but there was no answer at the front entrance. Police cited the man for disorderly conduct and trespassing. (AP)

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GIRL SCOUT COOKIES:


Lemondrop.com prepares us for cookie season!

Scout cookie sales began in 1917 in Muskogee, Okla., when the Mistletoe troop began baking and selling cookies in its high school cafeteria as a service project.

1942, Girl Scouts sold calendars in lieu of cookies due to sugar, flour and butter shortages during World War II.

Cookie variety was limited to the Sandwich, Shortbread and Chocolate Mints in 1951 (now renamed the Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos, Shortbread/Trefoils and Thin Mints, respectively).

Thin Mints are the biggest seller, making up 25 percent of all sales, followed by Samoas/Caramel deLites at 19 percent.

As of 2005, 71.5 percent of women in the U.S. Senate and 67.1 percent of women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scouts alumnae.

Jennifer Sharpe, age 15, of Dearborn, Mich., holds the record for most cookies ever sold, with 17,328 boxes in 2008. Of the $21,000 her troop raised to go on a 10-day tour of Europe, $14,000 was due to Sharpe.

Different types of cookies are sold in different regions at varying prices set by individual Girl Scout councils. And sometimes even the same cookies have different names. Do-Si-Dos, formerly called Gauchos, are also called Peanut Butter Sandwiches in other areas. Confusing, right? This is because there are two licensed bakers, ABC and Little Brownie, that get to propose and name the cookies that they bake.

About 200 million boxes are sold every cookie season; the Girl Scout cookie program has generated about $700 million per year since 1999.

DID YOU KNOW?

16 PERCENT OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION WANTS TO MOVE: According to a recent Gallup poll, 700 million people worldwide, or about 16 percent of the world's population would, if given the chance, leave their own country and move permanently to another one. A move to a country in Europe was the most popular choice among those polled (210 million), followed by America (165 million) and Canada (45 million).

REPEAT MARRIAGES KEEP ENDING IN DIVORCE: Two-thirds of second marriages in the U.S. and three-quarters of third ones end in divorce. These dismal statistics about second and third marriages in the United States reported on by AskMen.com are far less commonly published than those regarding first marriages (i.e. that half of them end in divorce). Regardless, they suggest that people who marry frequently tend not to learn from the mistakes made in prior relationships, instead bringing bad relationship habits with them from marriage to marriage.


WOMEN LIVING IN STRESSFUL TIMES GIVE BIRTH TO MORE GIRLS THAN BOYS: When times are tough -- during drought or famine, for instance, or even during a more modern-style calamity such as massive layoffs from a large company -- stress hormones in a woman's body have an influence on the sex of her child or children, should she have them at this time: Thanks to evolution, there's a slightly higher chance she'll have a girl, since daughters stand a better chance to reproduce during hard times than men do. Recently, UC Berkeley researchers discovered that stress hormones make the uterus slightly more hostile to a male fetus during tough times, and further, that the body will spontaneously abort more boys than girls.

SEX CAUSES CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME: A controversial new U.K. report suggests that too much sex is responsible for wrist pain. The Sun reported that repetitive movements during lovemaking put extra weight on the wrists, which can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. John Zenian, writing in the journal Medical Hypotheses, said, "Sexual intercourse can explain the increase in the overall incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome seen in recent years, since it is the most widely practiced activity that uses both hands at the same time."


IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to The Economist, what is regarded as the most difficult language in the world?

A: The Tuyuca language -- which is spoken by no more than 600 or so in the eastern Amazon in South America

It was determined to be the hardest because it combines a difficult sound system with agglutination (combining many words into one term), a massive number of noun classes (between 50 and 140), and finally, its evidential aspect: special verb endings on statements are required to "show how the speaker knows something", a feature that ought to make "any journalist tremble."

L.A. Council Wants Fewer Pot Shops

The Los Angeles City Council thinks there are too many pot shops in the city, so they tentatively approved an ordinance yesterday (January 26th) to close most of L.A.'s medical marijuana dispensaries. If passed next week, the ordinance would cap the number of dispensaries at 70, and require them to be at least 1,000 feet from places like schools, parks and other public gathering spots, meaning those that remain would likely have to move to industrial areas. As many as 1,000 pot dispensaries have opened in L.A. in the past few years, up from just four in 2005. Medical marijuana advocates argue that it's because the council hasn't be able to provide clear regulations that there's been such a boom. California is one of 14 states that allow medical marijuana.

School District Pulls Dictionary Over 'Age-Inappropriate' Words

The Menifee Union School District in California has pulled all copies of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary from its shelves after an elementary school student's parent complained when the child found the entry for "oral sex" with a pretty clinical definition, according to a Fox News report. Now a committee of principles, teachers and parents has been formed to look through the dictionary and determine whether it's appropriate for elementary school children. Unsurprisingly, free speech advocates aren't happy. The school may decide to swap the collegiate edition dictionaries out for ones targeted towards children, like the one Merriam-Webster itself publishes.

Saints Victory Newspapers Keep Selling Out in New Orleans

Copies of New Orleans' Times-Picayune newspaper that came out on Monday (January 25th), the day after the Saints won the NFC championship and a first-ever trip to the Super Bowl, keep selling out. The paper with the headline "Super Saints" sold out early Monday morning, then more papers were printed and sold Tuesday at the paper's six offices. Several shipments went, and according to the paper, deputies showed up in some places to direct traffic because of long lines. The Times-Picayune said it will continue selling copies Wednesday morning at their bureaus and downtown office until all copies are sold.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE


Lady Antebellum releases their brand new CD, called Need You Now, today (Tuesday, January 26th). The project is the trio's second, and while most acts feel the angst of the "sophomore jinx," Charles Kelley tells us the success of their debut single did away with that. "'Need You Now' had taken a tremendous amount of pressure off of . . . just purely from the fact, like, all you can really ask for from a record is that one big song, and we're so incredibly fortunate enough to have 'Need You Now' right out of the gates do what it did, so already we feel like at least, 'Alright, it's not gonna be a complete failure,' so you can breathe a little easier."

All three Lady Antebellum members had a hand in writing eight of the disc's 11 tracks. They also earned their first co-producer credit on the album, which Charles says made them all feel a lot more invested in the project. "We're extremely proud of this record. We had a much bigger hand in it, and we felt like we had more of a handle on who we were, so we feel really confident in the record, but there is always that little nervous energy of like, 'Gosh, are they gonna love this?' But, we've been fortunate enough (that) we've got so many people workin' with us on our team and stuff and we put a lot of trust in them, and we had a lot of encouragement and a lot of great feedback from our team, so we feel good about it."

  • The title track from Need You Now recently topped the country charts for five weeks.
  • Lady Antebellum will perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (January 27th).
  • They are nominated for Best Country Performance by A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Country Song for "I Run To You" at Sunday's (January 31st) Grammy Awards. The show airs live from Los Angeles on CBS.
  • They were also invited to perform at the MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young on Friday (January 29th).

SIDE NOTES

  • Lady Antebellum's additional upcoming TV appearances include a two-song outdoor concert on Jimmy Kimmel Live on February 2nd and a live performance on the Today show from the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver on February 16th.
  • The trio will hit the road on Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour on February 11th in Omaha, Nebraska.

Reba McEntire celebrated the biggest hit single of her career with a party in Nashville yesterday (Monday, January 25th) afternoon. "Consider Me Gone" held the Number One spot for four weeks late last year, giving Reba the 34th Number One of her career in as many years.

Reba spoke with us about the feat. "It's really hard to put it in words how much it means to me for me to be able to have a career chart-topping song after bein' in the business for 34 years. It's pretty overwhelming."

Reba thanked her team of supporters for the victory. "I give total credit to the songwriters and to Valory (Music Group) and to radio and to the fans. I'm doin' the same thing I've always done. I get up and I sing and I have a great time and thank the Lord for a great job, so it's timing, it's bein' with the right people. We're all really thrilled. (It's) just hard work, dedication, great ideas of things to do to get the music out and I am just ecstatic!"

  • Reba's new single, "I'll Keep On Loving You," is making its climb up the charts.
  • She kicked off her tour with George Strait and special guest Lee Ann Womack last weekend. The trek rolls on to Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday (January 29th).
  • Tickets to their February 20th show in Tulsa sold out in less than an hour on Saturday (January 23rd). This marks the first time in the history of the Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Center that over 18,000 tickets have been sold for one event.

FAST FACTS

  • "Consider Me Gone" is the longest-running Number One hit for a female country artist since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" logged a multi-week stint at the top of the charts in 2007.
  • Reba's very first chart-topping single, "Can't Even Get the Blues" claimed the top of the charts in January of 1983.
Kenny Chesney is headed to Sin City for a four-night stint later this year. The superstar will perform at the The Joint at the Hard Rock Las Vegas on May 14th and 15th and July 2nd and 3rd.
  • After playing stadiums and arenas, Kenny is anxious to be back in a venue that allows him to get closer to his audience. He said, "That's what so great about a gig where the capacity is under 4000. . . It's the best of both worlds: you get the energy of a club, but it's still enough of a stage that there's room to run around and have fun, because when we do these smaller, less structured shows, we like to let loose without tripping over each other or getting tangled in someone's chord."
  • The shows will be similar to his Keg In The Closet tour of college bars.
  • Kenny is currently working on his upcoming concert movie, Summer In 3-D, which will be in theaters on April 21st.

John Mayer and Taylor Swift -- who recently collaborated on Mayer's song "Half My Heart" -- were spotted dining together in Nashville this past weekend. Mayer is in Nashville to tape an episode of CMT's Crossroads today.

The two were with a large group but according to People magazine, they sat next to each other and appeared to be friendly but not romantic. A source says, "It looked like a big group of Nashville friends." The source continues, "They were so nice."


INTERNET COMMENTS

  • People.com Reader Trisha O'Malley Says: "Collaborating. Is that what the kids are calling it now."
  • PerezHilton.com Reader Bella753 Says: "NOOOOO!!! Taylor! Stay away! Plus, he's way too old for you! NOT TO MENTION JOHN MAYER IS MIIIINE! but no really, I don't see think he matches her at all. I think she's going through that "experimental rebellious" phase. Fine live a little. but not with Mayer"
  • PerezHilton Reader Chelsea Says: "Watch out john, treat her right or she might write a song about ya. oh wait . . . he'd probably love that, since he's a huge fame whore and all."

Keith Urban will team up with John Mayer tonight (Tuesday, January 26th) in Nashville to tape an episode of CMT Crossroads before an invitation-only audience. There is no word yet on when this show with air.

Taylor Swift will be in Los Angeles tomorrow night (Wednesday, January 27th) to perform at the Unforgettable Evening event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to benefit the Women's Cancer Research Fund. The event's honorary chairs are Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw.

Kellie Pickler is sporting a new do these days. Her short, blonde pixie cut is reminiscent of one of Lorrie Morgan's signature styles. Kellie told People magazine, "I remember being in love with Lorrie Morgan's hairstyles growing up. I've always thought she was beautiful and confident. Having short hair makes me feel like I set myself apart (style wise) from the other women in country music."

Darryl Worley is featured in a special artist spotlight on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. Go to the website to see Darryl perform and chat with host, Tara Gore, about his early days, the Atlanta Braves and his new album, Sounds Like Life.

American Idol season eight finalist Danny Gokey is giving fans a 48-hour exclusive premiere of his debut music video, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.", beginning today at AmericanIdol.com. Danny's debut album, My Best Days, will be released on March 2.

Hank Williams Jr. will head out on the road with Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, and The Grascals for the Rowdy Friends tour 2010. The trek runs every weekend in April, beginning on April 2nd in Charleston, West Virginia. More dates will be added to the tour, according to organizers.

So far, the dates are as follows:
April 2 - Charleston, WV
April 3 - Louisville, KY
April 9 - Bossier City, LA
April 10 - Lafayette, LA
April 17 - Pikeville, KY

  • Tickets for the shows will go on sale Saturday (January 30th) at 10 a.m. at all venue box office locations as well as TicketMaster locations.

FAST FACT

  • Hank Williams, Sr. nicknamed his son Bocephus after Grand Ole Opry comedian Rod Brasfield's ventriloquist dummy.

OUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What Johnny Cash song stayed at Number One on the chart for six weeks back in 1956?
A. "I Walk The Line"

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

INVITATION ONLY: REBA McENTIRE/CMT 12:00PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:00PM (ET)
Jason Aldean, Paula Deen, Jamie O'Neal

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Jeff Bridges, T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham

RON WHITE: THEY CALL ME TATER SALAD/CMT 9:00PM, 10:15PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

Eddie Van Halen (rock guitarist) (55)

  • Ellen DeGeneres (actress-comedienne-talk show host) (52)
  • David Strathairn (actor, Silkwood, Eight Men Out, A League Of Their Own, The Firm, L.A. Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum) (61)
  • Scott Glenn (actor, Apocalypse Now, The Right Stuff, The Hunt For Red October) (69)
  • Bob Uecker (Former professional baseball player; broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers; actor, Mr. Belvedere, the Major League movies) (75)
  • Wayne Gretzky (former hockey player, one of the best National Hockey League players ever) (49)
  • Anita Baker (R&B singer) (52)
  • Andrew Ridgeley (member of 80s pop duo Wham!, along with George Michael) (47)
  • Angela Davis (professor and political activist) (66)
  • Kirk Franklin (gospel singer) (40)
  • Jean Knight (singer, "Mr. Big Stuff") (67)
  • Suleman Octuplets (1)

ON THIS DAY

  • Chris Young's "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" was released to radio in 2009.
  • Toby Keith's "Honkytonk U" was released to radio in 2005.
  • Reba McEntire began her critically acclaimed stint playing the lead role of Annie Oakley in the revival of the Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun in 2001.
  • The Dukes Of Hazzard debuted on CBS in 1979.
  • Hank Williams wrote "I Saw The Light" in 1947.
  • Bob Wills recorded the classics "Roly Poly" and "Stay A Little Longer" in 1945.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

DENNIS HOPPER'S ESTRANGED WIFE RESPONDS TO DIVORCE FILING: Dennis Hopper's estranged wife has drafted legal papers in an attempt to get custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter, Galen, plus child and spousal support. TMZ.com reports that in the papers, Victoria Duffy claims Hopper is extremely sick from his cancer battle and often smokes marijuana -- sometimes in front of Galen. She said Dennis has told her he doesn't actually want to get a divorce -- and that she believes his family members are controlling him in order to cut her out financially.

MODEL ACCUSED OF HITTING LEONARDO DICAPRIO TO FACE THE LAW: A former model accused of attacking Leonardo DiCaprio has finally agreed to face the law. TMZ.com reports that 39-year-old Aretha Wilson is accused of hitting DiCaprio in the face during a house party in the Hollywood Hills in 2005, however she fled the country after the incident. Wilson was finally taken into custody in Ontario last week -- and has agreed to be extradited back to the U.S. Authorities claim DeCaprio needed 17 stitches to close up his face and ear. TMZ reports that he's expected to testify in the case against Wilson.

JOHNNY DEPP'S REP ADDRESSES DEATH HOAX: Johnny Depp is alive and well, despite the umpteenth celebrity death hoax in recent months. Although a fake internet report claimed that the actor had been killed in France last Saturday night after a car crash, his rep clarified, "He isn't dead. He's fine." Over the past year, fellow stars including Taylor Lautner, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hanks, Miley Cyrus, and countless others have found themselves the victims of such hoaxes.

JENNIFER ANISTON AND LINDSAY LOHAN HELP HAITI: Jennifer Aniston is the latest celebrity donating major cash to help out in Haiti. E! reports that the actress has given $500,000 to Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and AmeriCares for their recovery efforts in the disaster-stricken Caribbean nation. She also participated in last week's Hope for Haiti telethon, which has raised over $58 million. Lindsay Lohan is helping out as well -- on a lesser scale. Lohan said that 100% of the proceeds on one of her legging designs will go to Haiti.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN BLASTS OK!: Kourtney Kardashian is lashing out at OK! magazine after the publication photoshopped an image of her on their cover, which made it look like the reality star had dropped all of her baby weight. Despite the tabloid's claim to have an exclusive on her "body after baby," Kourtney also says she never spoke to OK! for the story, which quotes her as well as her friends and stepfather, Bruce Jenner. Kourtney told Women's Wear Daily, "They doctored and Photoshopped my body to make it look like I have already lost all the weight, which I have not."

JAMES MITCHELL DIES: Soap star James Mitchell has died at the age of 89. His longtime partner said that the actor died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, having suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, complicated by a recent bout of pneumonia. Mitchell played gruff patriarch Palmer Cortland on All My Children for nearly three decades. His film credits include 1953's "The Band Wagon" with Fred Astaire, 1954's "Deep in My Heart" and 1955's "Oklahoma."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

SCARLETT JOHANSSON WINS RAVE REVIEWS ON BROADWAY: Scarlett Johansson is earning rave reviews for her role in Broadway's A View From The Bridge. Critics from the New York Times and USA Today praised the 25-year-old for her performance in the classic Arthur Miller drama, with the latter calling her performance "enchanting." Liev Schreiber co-stars in the production.

'HURT LOCKER' WINS AT PRODUCER'S GUILD: The Hurt Locker scored the top honor from the Producers Guild of America. The Iraq war drama beat out "Star Trek," "District 9," "An Education," "Invictus," "Up" and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," building momentum for an Oscar victory. The film stars Jeremy Renner and is directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

JANE FONDA RETURNING TO WORKOUT VIDEOS: Jane Fonda is reportedly going to film a workout DVD aimed at older women. Starpulse.com reports that the 72-year-old, who recorded and released a series of hit exercise videos throughout the 1980s, wants to make a fitness comeback. She's quoted as having said, "We will film them in mid-March. Mine will target an audience that has been left out, my age group and the (baby) boomers. I want to get to people who have stopped working out or never did."

'HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER' CREATORS DEVELOPING NEW SHOW: The creators of "How I Met Your Mother" are developing a new comedy project. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have also signed a new deal with the show's producer, 20th Century Fox TV, which states that if Mother continues its successful run, their three-year pact will likely reach eight figures. The new show, a hybrid romantic comedy that revolves around a young couple and their friends, is the duo's first since Mother premiered in 2005.

JAMES CAMERON TALKS 'AVATAR 2'

An Avatar sequel is a sure thing -- but it won't be in theaters anytime soon. James Cameron told E!, "We always planned on continuing the world and continuing the characters. In fact, that was part of the original pitch to 20th Century Fox."

He said that production for the sequel will be fairly easy, explaining, "We're going to spend a lot of money building this world and all these digital characters and digital plants and trees and mountains and so on, and then once we've got it, we've got it. It's not like it's a practical set that when you build it, you have to tear it down and you're left with a big pile of lumber out behind the studio. We have all that stuff so we can go again."

  • Cameron continued, "We just have to come up with a great story, which we haven't done yet. I have a rough story, but you need to make a script, so that might take some time. Don't start going to buy your tickets."
  • He commented on the film's astounding box office success saying, "Oh yeah, we have a plan in place already for how to break these records. Are you kidding?! This is so random that this is happening. There's no way to have predicted this."

TIGER WOODS VISITED BY ELIN IN REHAB; MORE DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT CRASH

Tiger Woods reportedly received his first visit from wife Elin Nordegren at the Mississippi rehab center where he's receiving therapy for sexual addiction. Elin spent several days at the Gentle Path Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, before returning home to Orlando, Florida, on Sunday (January 24th). "The marriage is not over. They both want to save it," a source told RadarOnline.com.

Meanwhile, more details are emerging about what happened between Tiger and Elin just before his car crash in his driveway last Thanksgiving, the event that brought to light the golf pro's massive cheating. According to TheDailyBeast.com, Elin set things in motion on November 27th by impersonating her husband in a text to Rachel Uchitel, his number one mistress.

  • According to the report, Tiger put Elin on the phone with Rachel so the party hostess could convince Elin that her relationship with Tiger was purely platonic, but later a suspicious Elin texted Rachel pretending to be Tiger and Rachel texted back. Elin then called Rachel.
  • Meanwhile Tiger had taken Ambien and was groggy when Elin woke him screaming about the affair. Soon after, Tiger texted Rachel but Elin found the text and chased Tiger from the house, where he climbed into that SUV and never made it past the driveway after crashing into a tree.
  • According to People.com, Elin is waiting until Tiger completes his rehab before deciding whether to file for divorce or not.

SIDE NOTE

  • And another mistress has come to light, a 42-year-old British woman that the 37-year-old Tiger met at his favorite Orlando nightclub in May 2008. Tiger was reportedly so wild about Emma Rotherham that he made her wear a wedding ring to keep other men away from her. The woman reportedly received $500,000 from the golfer to keep quiet about their affair, according to U.K. tabloid News of the World.

AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT CUT AFTER DAD TALKS TO LOCAL PAPER

An American Idol contestant has reportedly been cut from the competition after violating his confidentiality agreement with the show. People magazine reports that Michael Lynche was axed after his father told the St. Petersburg Times that his son had made the top 24.

Idol rules state that singers and their families are required to keep the Hollywood week results quiet until they're broadcast.

  • The New York Post claims that Lynche was replaced in the top 24 over the weekend.
  • Last season, top-36 finisher Joanna Pacitti was replaced by Felicia Barton because Fox found she was "ineligible to continue in the competition." Reports that circulated in the aftermath of Pacitti's dismissal indicated that she had connections to executives at Idol producer Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment.

SIMON COWELL REPORTEDLY WANTS A RECORD DEAL WITH ROB PATTINSON

Rob Pattinson could be going from vampire to singing sensation. The U.K. Sun reports that Simon Cowell wants to sign the Twilight star -- who has contributed tracks to the movie soundtracks -- to a record deal.

A source told the paper, "Robert is reluctant to be turned into a pop star -- he takes his music very seriously." The insider added, "He is a bit wary of signing up with Cowell who is, of course, associated with X-Factor and pop."

  • Pattinson also plays the piano and the guitar.

CHECK IT OUT: Reasons to change careers now: http://tinyurl.com/y93x3ls

CHELSEA HANDLER REPORTEDLY DUMPS HER BOSS

Chelsea Handler has reportedly split from her boyfriend Ted Harbert -- the president and CEO of Comcast, which owns E!, the network that airs Chelsea Lately. Last summer, the couple denied breakup rumors, but now Gawker.com claims the two have split for real.

Handler first got together with Harbert -- who is nearly 20 years her senior -- in 2006, after her reality-sketch series The Chelsea Handler Show wrapped, but before plans for Chelsea Lately were set in motion. The timing of her success and their coupling led to accusations that she'd slept her way to the top, however Handler has always laughed off the implications of the relationship and frequently makes light of it on her show.

  • Gawker.com claims it was Handler who did the dumping.

JANE LYNCH TO MARRY GIRLFRIEND?

Glee actress Jane Lynch will reportedly marry her longtime girlfriend, Dr. Lara Embry. RadarOnline.com claims the couple is set to tie the knot in May.

  • 49-year-old Lynch was best known for her roles in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Best In Show and Two-And-A-Half Men before her star turn on Glee while Embry, a psychologist, made headlines last year for her triumph in a landmark same-sex custody lawsuit in Florida. For her efforts in that case, she was honored by the National Center For Lesbian Rights with the organization's Justice Award.

FORMER 'BACHELOR' LAUNCHING NEW SHOW

Former Bachelor Matt Grant has a new show in the works. The British financier -- who had a short-lived engagement to Shayne Lamas after the show's 12th season -- told Usmagazine.com that Warner Brothers has picked up his project, which is called Pimp My Bride.

He explained, "[It's] an organic follow-up to the Bachelor. It's about the groom being in control of the wedding."

  • In addition to the new series, Grant was approached by the shows producers to star on the upcoming Bachelor spin-off, Bachelor Pad.
  • He revealed, "They've asked me to possibly do this Bachelor Pad show. It's like Big Brother Bachelor with all the Bachelors in a house. I've thought about doing it because I'm obviously not famous anymore and it would give me fifteen minutes of fame!"

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010


OBAMA TO SEEK SPENDING FREEZE: In an effort to start cutting into the record $1.4 trillion deficit, President Obama will ask Congress to freeze spending for some domestic programs for three years beginning in 2011, the Associated Press reported last night (January 25th). The Pentagon, veterans programs, foreign aid and the Homeland Security Department would be exempt. Obama is expected to talk about the spending freeze in tomorrow's (January 27th) State of the Union address, and he also previewed parts of the speech separately yesterday in comments about new proposals to help the middle class during the current tough economic times. The measures include: increasing the child care tax credit; reducing the size of monthly federal college loan repayments; and spending more to help people pay for child care and care for their elderly parents.

37 KILLED IN IRAQ HOTEL ATTACKS; 'CHEMICAL ALI' EXECUTED: Suicide attacks at three Baghdad hotels favored by Western journalists killed 37 people Monday (January 25th) and wounded more than 100. No Westerners were killed or seriously injured. The blasts took place in succession over about 15 minutes, hitting near the Sheraton, Babylon and Hamra Hotels. They came shortly before Iraq announced that it had hanged "Chemical Ali," Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, for gas attacks that killed more than 5,000 Kurds in 1988. There was no claim of responsibility for the hotel attacks, but although Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has portrayed recent attacks in Baghdad as being carried out by members of Saddam's former Baath Party working with al-Qaida in Iraq, officials stopped short of saying Monday's attacks were possible revenge for Chemical Ali's execution.

BERNANKE'S CONFIRMATION BID BOOSTED: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's chances at being confirmed by the Senate for a second four-year term were boosted yesterday (January 25th) by a White House effort that included the support of President Obama in an ABC News interview. Obama said, "He has my strongest support. I think he's done a good job." Once seen as likely to be reconfirmed, opposition increased last week among some senators from both parties, before the tide seemingly began to reverse again yesterday. Critics blame Bernanke for not recognizing signs of trouble ahead of the financial crisis and for being part of the massive bank bailout. At the same time, advocates credit him for launching aggressive countermeasures that prevented a financial collapse.

STACY PETERSON TOLD NEIGHBOR 'I'M ALREADY DEAD' BEFORE DISAPPEARANCE: A one-time neighbor of former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson and his missing fourth wife Stacy testified yesterday (January 25th) that Stacy said days before her 2007 disappearance that she was sure her husband would kill her, stating, "I'm already dead." Sharon Bychowski was testifying during a hearing to determine whether hearsay evidence can be used in Peterson's trial on charges that he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Bychowski said she found Stacy crying outside her suburban Chicago home, and that her 23-year-old neighbor told her she wanted a divorce and had asked Drew to leave, but he had refused. Bychowski testified, "She said, 'If I disappear, Sharon, it's not an accident. He killed me.'" Drew Peterson hasn't been charged in Stacy's disappearance, but authorities say he's the only suspect.

TODAY'S FYI:

NANCY KERRIGAN'S BROTHER ACCUSED OF ASSAULT IN DEATH OF THEIR FATHER: Daniel Kerrigan, the 70-year-old father of former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, died early Sunday (January 24th) after what police said was a violent struggle with his 45-year-old son in the family's suburban Boston home, where Mark Kerrigan was living with his parents. Mark, who has a history of domestic violence arrests and was sued by his parents to get back money they'd lent him, pleaded not guilty Monday to assault charges. According to police, when they arrived at the home after a 911 call, Mark appeared intoxicated and was, quote, "belligerent and combative." He reportedly told police that when he wanted to use the phone and his father wouldn't let him, he struggled with father, putting his arms around his neck, and his father fell to the floor. However, he told police he thought he father was faking it. But family members, including Daniel's wife, insist he died of a heart attack and the argument didn't play a role.

  • Nancy Kerrigan, who won the Olympic silver medal in 1994 and the bronze in 1992, was clubbed in the knee ahead of the 1994 Games in an attack arranged by the husband of one of her competitors, Tonya Harding. She married her manager in 1995 and the couple have three children and live not far from her parents' home.

BIDEN'S SON WON'T RUN FOR DAD'S FORMER SENATE SEAT: Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau, the attorney general of Delaware, said yesterday (January 25th) that he won't run for the U.S. Senate seat from the state that his father held for 36 years. Beau Biden's decision was a surprise, since Ted Kaufman, his father's confidant and former chief of staff, was appointed to the vice president's old seat to essentially keep it warm for Beau until this year's election. But the attorney general said he needs to remain focused on the high-profile case of a pediatrician accused of sexually assaulting several of his patients, with prosecutors believing he may have molested more than 100 children over the past decade. However, political observers believe Biden's decision was also influenced by the fact that it's likely to be a tough election year for Democrats.

CENSUS BEGINS ITS COUNT IN ALASKAN VILLAGE: The 2010 U.S. Census got underway yesterday (January 25th) as Census Bureau Director Robert Groves flew to the remote Alaskan village of Noorvik to count the first household in the Inupiat Eskimo community of 650 people. Census workers will also visit 217 other rural Alaska communities in the coming weeks before census forms are mailed to the rest of America on March 15th. Alaskans in rural communities like Noorvik that aren't linked by roads have been the first residents counted since the 1990 census. This is done because it's easier to get census workers to the villages before the muddiness of the spring thaw, and to count everyone before many of the villagers who still live off the land leave for fishing camps and hunting expeditions.

COMPANY WANTS TO REPLACE OBAMA BILLBOARD WITH ONE OF PALIN: If outwear company Weatherproof can't have President Obama for its Times Square billboard, they want Sarah Palin, hoping to use the image of the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate who's wildly popular with Republicans. Weatherproof's original billboard showed Obama standing by the Great Wall during his trip to China while wearing a Weatherproof jacket, along with the tag line, "A Leader in Style." However, the company never got permission to use Obama's image, and the White House asked earlier this month that it be taken down. Weatherproof is still waiting to hear back from Palin, after learning their lesson and asking for her permission first.

SPORTS:

NFL CONFERENCE TITLE GAMES GET BEST RATINGS IN 28 YEARS: The NFL conference championship games Sunday (January 25th) that decided the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints as this year's Super Bowl teams drew the biggest TV ratings for the conference title games in 28 years. The telecasts averaged 52.9 million viewers, up 34 percent from last year.

  • The NFC title game on Fox that the Saints won in overtime over the Minnesota Vikings drew 57.9 million viewers, the most since 1982, and it was the most watched non-Super Bowl program since the series finale of Seinfeld 12 years ago.
  • The Colts' win over the New York Jets on CBS drew 46.9 million viewers, the most for an AFC title game since 1986.

HENIN ADVANCES TO AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMIFINALS: Belgian Justine Henin, who's playing in the Australian Open as an unranked wild-card entry, advanced to the semifinals Tuesday (January 26th) with a 7-6 (3), 705 win over Nadia Petrova. The formerly top-ranked Henin is playing in her first Grand Slam since returning to tennis last month following a 20-month retirement. The 27-year-old has won seven Grand Slams in her career.

CRITTENTON IS SECOND WIZARDS PLAYER TO PLEAD GUILTY TO GUN CHARGE: The Washington Wizards' Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge Monday (January 25th), saying he had the weapon because he was afraid that teammate Gilbert Arenas would shoot him or blow up his car after the two argued over a card game. Yesterday's hearing was the first time it was confirmed that Crittenton was the other player involved in the Wizards' locker room confrontation with Arenas, who pleaded guilty on January 15th to a felony gun charge. Crittenton was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to mentor young people in D.C. and help with relief efforts for Haiti. He faces a possible suspension or fine from the NBA. Arenas, who has said that the incident in which he showed Crittenton several guns was a misguided attempt at a joke, has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 26th.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010


CBS
  • NCIS - When an assassin targets the government's key witness in an embezzlement case, the team must help the witness make it home alive.
  • NCIS: LOS ANGELES - After learning that an agent is in danger, the team rushes to a crime scene.
  • THE GOOD WIFE (repeat)

NBC

  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - The contestants compete for immunity; one team wins a coveted prize.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Mel Gibson

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - Auditions continue in Los Angeles; Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry act as guest judges.
  • HUMAN TARGET - Chance becomes embroiled in an international arms deal while trying to find a friend's killer.

ABC

  • SCRUBS - Dr. Cox makes Lucy his 'Hell Week' leader; Turk feels threatened when an internationally renowned surgeon visits.
  • BETTER OFF TED - Ted helps his brother get a job selling lab equipment; Veronica receives an award.
  • LOST (repeat)

CW

  • 90210 (repeat)
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)

MTV

  • TEEN MOM - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Will Arnett, Harry Connick Jr., Adam Lambert
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Denise Richards and Mrs. Ted Haggard: Surviving a public scandal
THE VIEW - Alicia Silverstone, Laura Linney

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Mel Gibson
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Harrison Ford, Kristen Bell, Silversun Pickups
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Quentin Tarantino, Adrianna Palicki
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Elizabeth Warren
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Paul Begala, Mika Brzezinski
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Sofia Vergara, James van der Beek, Jamie Kennedy

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

WOMAN CLAIMS TO BE EATING POWDERED DOUGHNUT: A woman from east Tennessee told police that the powdery substance around her mouth was a ''sugary doughnut''. The 21-year-old woman was later arrested for cocaine possession. She was also cited for driving with a suspended license, driving without proof of insurance, failure to maintain her lane of traffic, and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the Alcoa police report, the white substance that the woman put in her mouth was in fact not a powdered doughnut. (AP)

WOMAN CHARGED WITH THIRD DWI IN A WEEK: A New Hampshire woman was accused of driving while intoxicated three times in one week. According to state police, the 55-year-old woman was charged with a DWI after a car crash on January 16th. She was again charged, five days later, after crashing into a guardrail on Interstate 93. Her third charge happened on Friday when she rear-ended a pick-up truck, pushing it into another car. She is being held on a $20,000 cash bail. (AP)

PRIEST ACCUSED OF SHOPLIFTING IN WALMART: A Roman Catholic priest is being accused of shoplifting butter and a sofa cover from a Walmart in southern Illinois. Rev. Steven Poole, 41, was charged with two felony counts. According to police, Poole did not scan a $3.22 container of butter and $60 sofa cover at a self-checkout. He then allegedly went to the store's bedding section and switched the barcode of a memory foam mattress so that it would scan for $31 instead of $145. (AP)

WOMAN FALLS AND RIPS PICASSO PAINTING: A Pablo Picasso painting, ''The Actor'', was damaged after a woman fell into it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The woman, who was coming from an art class, lost her balance and fell into the significant painting causing it to tear vertically. The tear is about six inches in the lower right-hand corner of the unusually large canvas. The painting was created in Picasso's ''Rose Period'' and was painted in the winter of 1904 to 1905. (AFP)

DID YOU KNOW?

WE CAN'T PROCESS MANY FACEBOOK FRIENDS: While we may be able to count 5,000 friends on Facebook, scientists have shown that humans' brains are capable of managing a maximum of just 150 friendships. Oxford University Professor Robin Dunbar has conducted a study of social groupings throughout the centuries, from neolithic villages to modern office environments. His findings, based on his theory 'Dunbar's number', developed in the 1990s, asserts that size of the part of the brain used for conscious thought and language, the neocortex, limits us to managing 150 friends, no matter how sociable we are.He compared the online 'traffic' of people with thousands and friends to those with hundreds. His findings show that there is no discernible difference between the two. He has also found that women are better at maintaining friendships on Facebook: "There is a big sex difference though ... girls are much better at maintaining relationships just by talking to each other. Boys need to do physical stuff together."

YOUR WAITER BETTER BE GOOD: MSN.com reports that service at restaurants is much more important in these tough economic times than it has been in the past. A restaurant owner in Boston said, "service is really an attitude. Every waiter, busboy, hostess is grateful you're in our restaurant, and we need to really go aboveboard to let people know." This is true because restaurant goers are more careful than ever about how they spend their money, food alone will not draw them in or keep them coming back. But making them feel special -- "We're so happy to see you again;" "Your favorite table is waiting" and "Of course we remember you don't like a lot of salt" -- just might do the trick. It is an attitude being shared by restaurants across the country, all along the dining spectrum.


WIVES ARE MORE EDUCATED THAN THEIR HUSBANDS: Asylum.com reports that among married couples between the ages of 30 and 44, the woman is more likely to have obtained a higher level of education. Using information gleamed from the 2007 American Community Survey, which has a sample of about 3 million addresses, The Pew Research Center found that, among couples, 28 percent of women are more educated than their husbands, whereas only 19 percent of men are more educated than their wives. In 1970, these numbers were reversed, with the males being more educationally accomplished in 28 percent of couples, while females attained a higher education status in 20 percent of pairs. Partially as a result of this shift, 22 percent of women now have a higher income than their spouses -- up from 4 percent in 1970.

POPE TO PRIESTS: BLOG: Pope Benedict XVI has a new commandment for priests struggling to get their message across: Blog. The pope, whose own presence on the Web has heavily grown in recent years, urged priests on Saturday to use all multimedia tools at their disposal to preach the Gospel and engage in dialogue with people of other religions and cultures. He said, "The spread of multimedia communications and its rich 'menu of options' might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web," but priests are "challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources."

WHEN TO... BAG AN eBAY BARGAIN: 'Between 9am and 11am on weekdays,' says Jasmine Birtles, financial expert at moneymagpie.com. This is usually when there are fewer bids and final selling prices are lowest. And don't bid too early. Hold your nerve until the last minute or get a free bidding service, such as gixen.com, to do it for you.'

BUY A CAR: "The last working day of the month or, better still, the last day of the quarter (March, June, etc.) when car dealers are desperate for that extra sale to get their bonuses,' advises Steve Fowler, Editor of What Car? "Timing is key according to what you're buying, too. Discounts are few and far between on 4x4s at the moment because they are in high demand. Come summer, however, you'll pay far less."

BUY SHOES: "In the afternoon," says podiatrist Dr Mike O'Neill, as feet can swell by a whole size during the day.

GO GROCERY SHOPPING: "Go on Wednesday afternoon and you'll get your shopping done in half the time it takes at the weekend," says Richard Dodd of the British Retail Consortium. "Saturday is the busiest day of the week, while Sunday is more intense because of the shorter opening hours."

BUY A HOUSE: "The housing market no longer has the traditional "double-hump" in the spring and autumn,' says Peter Bolton King, of the National Association of Estate Agents. "If you're looking for a home (rather than an investment), have found the right property and can get a mortgage, then the right time to buy is now."

BOOK A FLIGHT: "The cheapest flights take off Tuesday to Thursday - very early morning and late evening,' explains Shahab Siddiqui, CEO and founder of cheapflightsfinder.com. If you must fly at the weekend, try Saturday to Monday instead of Friday to Sunday.

MAKE A DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT: "Call in the afternoon, as mornings - particularly Mondays - are usually busy with patients trying to get emergency appointments,' explains Dr Martin Johnson, of The Patients' Association. And try to get one of the earliest appointment slots of either the morning or afternoon surgery," he adds, because hold-ups have a knock-on effect for the rest of the day.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to Wikipedia, what was Ellen DeGeneres's successful self-titled sitcom called during its first season?

A: These Friends of Mine. It was later changed to Ellen

'Move Your Money' Movement Wants to Limit Power of Big Banks

Americans disgusted with the power of big banks and the massive bailout they got because they were "too big too fail" have launched a movement to limit their power. The Move Your Money movement is urging people to take their money out of the big Wall Street banks and put it into community banks and credit unions. They explain that these smaller financial institutions are usually less risky in managing their money, are more closely connected to the people and businesses who live near them, and are more inclined to make loans they know will get paid back. To help people make the move, the Move Your Money website has a "Find a Bank or Credit Union" search that lets people enter their zip code for a list of well-rated community banks and credit unions near them.

Monday, January 25, 2010

NASA Working on Designs for a Personal Flying Suit

NASA is working on designs for a personal flying suit that goes beyond the strap-on jet packs of sci-fi flicks. The New York Times reports that conceptual designs for an experimental personal flying suit called a Puffin were introduced by a NASA aerospace engineer at a meeting of the American Helicopter Society last week. The step-in, self-contained Puffin suit is designed to be 12 feet long and 300 pounds with a wing span of 14-and-a-half feet. It would have helicopter-style blades allowing for high-altitude flying, and be powered by electric motors, making it quieter, more lightweight, more reliable, and environmentally greener. If the Puffin ever does get made, its initial use won't be to help people fly above traffic and get to work faster. The Times writes that it might be used for covert military missions or rescue operations.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Monday, January 25, 2010


Taylor Swift is turning her new Nashville penthouse into the home of her dreams. The 4,000-plus-square-foot condo will have some special touches that you don't see everyday.

Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine, "It's going to be my fantasy world. There's a pond in the living room ... the pond is a moat around the fireplace, and may possibly have koi fish in it. You step on a stepping stone in the pond in order to get on a spiral staircase, which takes you up to the human-sized bird cage observatory. They're delivering a human-sized birdcage, which I'll put a brass telescope in. The ceiling of my living room is painted like the night sky."

  • Taylor's new neighbors reportedly include Julianne Hough, Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill and American Idol creator Simon Fuller.
  • Taylor's new digs cost the superstar more than $2 million.
  • The February 4th issue of Rolling Stone featuring Taylor's Q&A is on newsstands now.
  • Her new single, appropriately titled "Today Was A Fairytale," is from the Valentine's Day movie soundtrack, which will be in stores on February 9th.

SIDE NOTE

  • On Friday (January 22nd), Taylor performed at the Hope For Haiti Now benefit concert. So far, the event has raised more than $57 million for earthquake recovery.


Dierks Bentley has spent the last several weeks in the recording studio working on his first bluegrass project. Dierks had high hopes of cranking out two CDs this year, but he tells us that might not happen after all. "I started off the year sayin' I'm gonna make two albums -- one straight up bluegrass and the other a country record -- but I've had so much fun makin' this bluegrass record. Of course, it's kind of morphed over this time to be something really unique. It's kind of a bluegrass, acoustic. It's a hybrid, but I'm cutting some songs from local guys here, some songs I've written on my own. (I) cut a Bob Dylan tune. I've got a Buddy Miller song, so it's kind of Americana, it's bluegrass, it's country. I hope my fans will like it."

Dierks says he wanted to shake things up a little bit while paying homage to one of his true musical loves at the same time. "I've always had strong ties with the bluegrass community and really wanted to always make a record that focused a little bit more heavily on those relationships, and I just really love the record. It was just time to throw a wrench in everything and really switch it up. In the meantime, I'm writing a bunch of stuff for another record, but I'm really having fun with this. This might be the only record I put out this year. I'm just really having fun with it!"

  • There is no release date yet for Dierks' bluegrass CD.
  • The singer is nominated for Best Country Collaboration for "Beautiful World", a duet with Patty Griffin, at Sunday's (January 31st) Grammy Awards. The show will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

  • Dierks' latest CD, Feel That Fire, has already produced two Number One singles -- "Feel That Fire" and "Sideways."
  • His latest single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," made it all the way to Number Two on the country charts.
Tim McGraw is pretty impressed with Gwyneth Paltrow's singing talent. The two play husband and wife in the upcoming movie, Love Don't Let Me Down, which is currently being filmed in Nashville. Gwyneth plays a washed up country star trying to make a comeback, but as Tim tells us, there's nothing down-and-out about the actress' vocal talents. "She's fantastic. I think she's gonna really surprise a lot of people how well she sings. She's makin' some good records with this. She's been in the studio workin' hard and makin' some really good soundin' stuff!"
  • Gwyneth and Tim will be at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium on February 2nd to film a concert scene for the movie. Casting directors are looking for about 2,000 extras to be in the audience, but you must be 18 or older. The Lost Trailers will also perform.
  • Tim will kick off his Southern Voice tour on February 11th in Omaha, Nebraska with special guests Lady Antebellum and The Lost Trailers.

FAST FACT

  • Gwyneth also played a singer in the 2000 movie Duets with Huey Lewis.

Carrie Underwood says she had a blast on the set of her first sitcom. She taped her guest appearance on CBS' How I Met Your Mother last week in Los Angeles. On Friday (January 22nd), she blogged about her experience, joking, "I have officially decided that I'm giving up the music business. I'm going to become a professional sitcom actress!"

Carrie's experience ran the gamut, including being at the wrong end of a baby pig. She said, "I got to hang out with the whole cast, dress up like a flight attendant, play a cavewoman, and had a baby pig poop on me...jealous?"

She gave kudos to the show's cast and crew who she said, "made me feel right at home and were super nice and great with me and my lack of experience."

  • The episode of How I Met Your Mother featuring Carrie is set to air sometime in March. The show airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.
  • The singer reportedly begins filming her first movie this week in Hawaii. The film, called Soul Surfer, also stars Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Kevin Sorbo.

CHECK IT OUT

Miranda Lambert charts her very first career Number One single this week with "White Liar." On Sunday (January 24th), she Tweeted, "Thank you fans and Country Radio. We did It together. White Liar is my first #1. Time to celebrate!" The song is the second release from her Revolution CD.

Jack Ingram's new single, called "Free," heads to radio this week. It's the third release from his Big Dreams & High Hopes CD.


Loretta Lynn has been added to the lineup for this year's Lilith Fair. The "Coal Miner's Daughter" will join previously announced country acts Miranda Lambert, Emmylou Harris and Sugarland on the all-female tour. Fifteen cities have also been added to the trek, according to Billboard.
  • Loretta said, "I have never done shows just with other girl singers before. When I first started out, they said girl singers couldn't sell records or concert tickets. We've come a long way since then and we're gonna have a big time out there!"
  • Mary J. Blige, Colbie Caillat, Norah Jones, Heart, and Sheryl Crow are also among those on the bill.
  • While city stops have been announced, concert dates are still unconfirmed for Lilith Fair.

FAST FACTS

  • Lilith Fair was created by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan.
  • The tour originally ran from 1997 to 1999.
  • The concerts raised millions of dollars for several different charities.
Halfway to Hazard has reached the end of their musical journey together. Duo members David Tolliver and Chad Warrix recently posted their parting on their website.
  • In a letter to fans, David wrote: "I want to first thank you guys for all your support and love over these past few years, you guys are awesome!!! It has been a wild ride so far and we have made so many great friends and memories but at this time in my life I have to take a step back and deal with some personal and family issues that I have neglected to address until now. I am gonna take a break from Halfway to Hazard and put my energy into making myself a better man, father and husband! I will miss you guys but it will only be for a short time, after that we'll see how this life is gonna go! God bless you all, I love each and everyone of you like family!!! Thanks for everything."
  • Halfway To Hazard released their self-titled debut in 2007, followed by their Come On Time CD, which was released in October of last year.

FAST FACTS

  • Tim McGraw championed Halfway To Hazard early on, selecting them to open shows on the Soul2Soul2 tour with Faith Hill in 2007.
  • Since their debut in 2007, the duo hosted an annual Charity Trail ATV and dirt-bike ride in Crockettsville, Kentucky.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Which country star has one of pro wrestler Ric Flair's robes hanging on the wall in his house?
A. Darius Rucker

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE


TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 10:00AM (ET)
Lady Antebellum

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Carrie Underwood collected a gold award for her single "Jesus, Take The Wheel" in 2006.
  • The Recording Industry Association of America awarded a platinum album for Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted in 2006.
  • Kenny Chesney's album Be As You Are (Songs From An Old Blue Chair) was released in 2005.
  • Tracy Lawrence scored his first Number One single with "Sticks And Stones" in 1992.
  • Emmylou Harris joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1992.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ANDY DICK ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES: Andy Dick was released on $60,000 bail following his arrest on sex charges on Saturday (January 23rd). Dick was detained in Huntington, West Virginia in the early hours of Saturday morning and arraigned later that day on two counts of felony sexual abuse for allegedly grabbing a security guard's crotch. Starpulse.com added that he's also facing allegations that he kissed a male bar-goer without invitation. Dick, who is currently on three years' probation after pleading guilty to drug possession and battery in October 2008, is due back in court on February 2nd. His lawyer told TMZ.com that his client "is stunned by these allegations" and he is "strongly denying any criminal conduct."

KIM KARDASHIAN GRANTED TEMPORTARY RESTRAINING ORDER: Kim Kardashian has obtained a temporary restraining order against an "extremely delusional" fan. The Associated Press reported that Kim's court filing claimed that 26-year-old Dennis Shaun Bowman "has repeatedly showed up her appearances, sometimes in facepaint depicting him as the Joker character from "Batman" fame." She sought the order after Bowman allegedly ignored cease-and-desist letters from her attorney and orders from Los Angeles police to stop pursuing her. She wrote in a declaration, "I am extremely frightened by Mr. Bowman because he appears to be obsessed with me and is extremely delusional."

SIMON COWELL WON'T BE A FATHER: Simon Cowell's rep denied that he's expecting a child with rumored girlfriend, British model Jasmine Lennard. Lennard, who recently announced she was pregnant, refused to name the father. She and Cowell were romantically linked in 2006, but he denied such a relationship. StarPulse.com reports that his rep responded to the fatherhood speculation by saying, "There is no point in asking (Cowell), when I know the answer. It is a lovely thought, but not unless it is a kind of divine conception. I don't think he has spoken to her for about a year."

JEAN SIMMONS DIES AT AGE 80: British actress Jean Simmons died on Friday (January 22nd) at the age of 80. Simmons, who starred alongside Laurence Olivier in Hamlet, had been suffering from lung cancer. Throughout her career, Simmons also appeared in such films as Guys and Doll, Elmer Gantry, and Spartacus, and won an Emmy award for her work in the 1980s miniseries The Thorn Birds. She was twice nominated for an Academy Award, once for best actress in The Happy Ending, and once best supporting actress in Hamlet.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

KRISTEN STEWART AND DAKOTA FANNING JOIN JOAN JETT ON STAGE: Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning joined Joan Jett on stage Saturday (January 23rd) night in Park City, Utah at the Harry O's Concert Series. All three women are at Sundance to promote The Runaways, a biopic about Jett's 70's band. Starpulse.com reports that Jett called Kristen and Dakota up on stage, where the girls waved and smiled before heading backstage to watch the rest of the show.

FARRAH FAWCETT ESTATE BATTLING DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER: Farrah Fawcett's estate is suing Craig J. Nevius, the executive producer of Farrah's Story, claiming that he embezzled "hundreds of thousands of dollars" from the late Charlie's Angels star. According to court documents, Fawcett's estate claims that the embezzlement occurred after the actress turned down his version of the documentary and gave creative control to partner Ryan O'Neal. Nevius responded to the allegations telling E! News, "These accusations are nothing more than a fabricated press release disguised as a lawsuit. As much as I would like to answer the allegations and disprove them right here and right now in the court of public opinion, I will wait to do so in a court of law."

LIAM NEESON DROPS OUT OF MOVIE: Liam Neeson has dropped out of a film project with Jeremy Irons, citing his grief following the death of his wife Natasha Richardson last year. Starpulse.com reported that Neeson had signed up to star in a new film by Scottish director Norman Stone about legendary historical figure Saint Columba, but Stone says the 57-year-old has now scrapped plans to appear in the historical drama. Stone said, "The script was with him for several months and I understand he loved it. He has decided not to go ahead, which is a pity, but the decision was made after what has been a difficult time for him and I respect the circumstances. He is a truly great actor."

'MAD MEN' ACTOR TO APPEAR ON 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES': Mad Men actor Sam Page is joining Desperate Housewives in a multi-episode arc. EW.com reports that the actor, who plays the husband of Christina Hendricks' Joan on Mad Men, will star as Jeremy, a well-trained cook who idolizes Bree and her old-fashioned values. Page's first episode is slated to air in late February.

'INGLORIOUS BASTERDS', SANDRA BULLOCK AND JEFF BRIDGES TAKE TOP HONORS AT SAG AWARDS

Inglorious Basterds took home top honors at Saturday (January 23rd) night's 16th annual SAG Awards, winning the prize for best cast as well as best supporting actor for Christoph Waltz. Sandra Bullock is edging out Meryl Streep for awards this year in the best actress category after her SAG win, while Jeff Bridges followed up his Golden Globe with another trophy here.

Waltz and Mo'Nique are securing their places as Oscar front-runners with victories in the supporting actor categories, which also echo the Golden Globe results.

On the television end of things, the casts of Glee and Mad Men won top honors for their respective genres. Although their show's cast was edged out for best comedy ensemble, 30 Rock stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin each won their umpteenth individual acting trophies.

  • Dexter star Michael C. Hall and The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies were drama's best performers, while Kevin Bacon and Drew Barrymore were honored for their work in made-for-TV movies.
  • Prior to her big win, Sandra Bullock presented her The Proposal co-star Betty White with a Lifetime Achievement award.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Drew Barrymore again had trouble getting through an acceptance speech after winning an award for her work in Grey Gardens. In similar fashion to her Golden Globes speech, the actress fumbled on stage, but eventually pulled it together enough to pay tribute to her family's acting legacy.
  • Felicity Huffman needed help from co-presenter Alec Baldwin to read the nominees for outstanding actor in a drama series. The Desperate Housewives star went on stage sans-eyeglasses and admitted that she couldn't read the teleprompter.
  • In hopes of getting the show off the air at its scheduled time, the last few winners were asked to keep their speeches brief, a command that Jeff Bridges ignored. After seeing a 'wrap it up' cue, presenter Meryl Streep encouraged him to 'ignore it,' so Bridges complied.
  • Betty White showed off her signature wit while accepting her lifetime achievement award in a dress that was rather revealing for an 88-year-old! The turquoise number featured a high-cut slit in its skirt.
  • Sandra Bullock thanked her hot husband, "And to my husband, Jesse, who works so hard all day, and you get dressed up in monkey suits, and you sit at a table with people you don't know. And I leave you there and then you come back with, like, Morgan Freeman's email. I don't know how you do it. I love you so much, and you're really hot. And I want you so much."
  • The cast of Inglorious Basterds took no individual credit while accepting their trophy, rather dedicating the award to director Quentin Tarantino.
  • Tina Fey made the night's lone NBC reference, saying in her acceptance speech, "I just wanted to take a moment to say to everyone at NBC, we are very happy with everything."
  • The gals of Nine gave nominee Penelope Cruz bunny ears backstage when her nomination was announced.
  • Mo'Nique took her time getting to the stage after her win was announced. The actress kissed and thanked many of her fellow actors before finally taking the stage.
  • George Clooney eluded to a sexual relationship with Betty White, thanking the 88-year-old for keeping quiet about what happened when he guest-starred on Golden Girls.

WINNERS' LIST

FILM

Ensemble Cast: Inglorious Basterds
Male Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Female Actor in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Mo'Nique, Precious
Stunt Ensemble: Star Trek

TELEVISION

Male Actor in a TV Drama: Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Female Actor in a TV Drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
TV Drama Ensemble: Mad Men
Male Actor in a TV Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Female Actor in a TV Comedy: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
TV Comedy Ensemble: Glee
Male Actor in a Made-for-TV Movie: Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Female Actor in a Made-for-TV Movie: Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Stunt Ensemble: 24

CHECK IT OUT: See the red carpet fashion: http://tinyurl.com/y8keh4y

WORST OF THE RED CARPET

  • Nicole Kidman: Husband Keith Urban's country roots appear to be rubbing off on her, but Kidman can't pull it off. Her colorful frock and curly hair looked out of place on her stoic and statuesque body.
  • Tina Fey: Her shiny, knee-length cocktail dress was great -- if she was my mom. At my Bat Mitzvah.
  • Jane Lynch: This strangely-structured poofy sapphire gown was an insult to my favorite color.
  • Elizabeth Moss: Your decision to marry Fred Armisen offers some insight into your taste, which sort of explains the black sequins.
  • Betty White: No one ever said 88 was too old to show off some leg! Maybe someone should.
  • Penelope Cruz: She used to be so fun on the red carpet. This year its one boring black dress after the other.

EXES REUNITE AT HOPE FOR HAITI TELETHON

George Clooney's Hope for Haiti telethon may have raised over $58 million for the earthquake-ravaged country -- but more importantly for the tabloid world -- it brought several high-profile exes back together. Although Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz reportedly had a nasty breakup after ending a four-year relationship in 2007, the pair appeared happy to catch up with one another last Friday (January 22nd).

Usmagazine.com reported that Diaz was spotted "touching Timberlake's chest and looked up at him warmly." They were photographed having what appeared to be "close, friendly chit-chat."

  • Right after their split, at a 2007 awards show, Diaz reportedly had a temper tantrum when she saw Timberlake flirting with his now-girlfriend Jessica Biel, and confronted him angrily.
  • Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston both participated in the telethon, but there were no reports of their interaction. The event marked the second time the two were confirmed to have been in the same place at the same time since their split in 2005. The first was at the 2009 Oscars.

OTHER TELETHON NEWS

Usmagazine.com reported that the Hope for Haiti Now album, with telethon tracks recorded live by Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Sting, Bono, Rihanna, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen and many more, is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history.

  • George Clooney spoke at the telethon, reminding audiences, "At the core of every religion is the belief that we care for one another, we take care of each other. . . especially in times of need. The Haitian people need our help, they need to know they're not alone, they need to know that that we still care."

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

Director James Cameron's 3-D sci-fi blockbuster Avatar was the top movie at the North American box office for the sixth weekend in a row, lifting its domestic total to $552.8 million and its worldwide take to $1.841 billion. That's just $2 million behind the $1.843 billion made by 1997's Titanic, Cameron's previous movie, putting Avatar on track to surpass the all-time champion and give Cameron the two biggest films of all time.

The thriller Legion, starring Paul Bettany as an angel fighting for the human race against the Apocalypse, opened in second place. It also stars Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson and Charles S. Dutton. The family comedy Tooth Fairy, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal, debuted at Number Four. It stars Johnson as a hockey player who becomes a tooth fairy after he tells a little girl that the magical creatures don't exist.

The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington as a traveling prophet in a post-apocalyptic America who battles an evil gang leader played by Gary Oldman while protecting the last known Bible, came in at Number Three in its second week. The drama Extraordinary Measures, starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, opened in seventh place. Ford and Fraser play a doctor and businessman who team up to develop a drug to treat a rare genetic disorder that affects children, including the two younger children of the character played by Fraser.


  1. Avatar, $36 million
  2. Legion, $18.2 million
  3. The Book of Eli, $17 million
  4. Tooth Fairy, $14.5 million
  5. The Lovely Bones, $8.8 million
  6. Sherlock Holmes, $7.1 million
  7. Extraordinary Measures, $7 million
  8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, $6.5 million
  9. It's Complicated, $6.2 million
  10. The Spy Next Door, $4.8 million

CONAN O'BRIEN IS A 'FREE BIRD' AFTER FINAL 'TONIGHT SHOW'

Conan O'Brien's tenure as host of the Tonight Show is officially over. The comedian signed off after Friday's (January 22nd) show, capping a tension-fueled couple of weeks, in which NBC's late night troubles spilled out over the airwaves.

Despite the network's controversial decision to restore Jay Leno to his 11:35 timeslot, Conan said on his last broadcast, "To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this: between my time at Saturday Night Live, The Late Night show, and my brief run here on The Tonight Show, I have worked with NBC for over twenty years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we're going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible."

He continued, "Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting The Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I've had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-Eleven parking lot, we'll find a way to make it fun."

O'Brien's final show was not without humor. The broadcast featured appearances by Tom Hanks, Steve Carrell and Will Ferrell -- who sang "Free Bird" while O'Brien was on guitar to close out the program.

COST AND RATINGS FOR FINAL SHOW

Despite his kind words for NBC, Conan still jabbed the network where he could. The Roots' drummer and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band leader Questlove tweeted that NBC paid $500,000 for Tom Hanks to walk out to The Beatles' Lovely Rita (in honor of Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson) on the Friday night show. He wrote, "yo i hate spoiling but i will have you know that walk on song we just heard was half a milli. i know cause i got the list rate at nbc . . . anytime you use the beatles on tv that will cost you dearly."

  • The New York Daily News reported that Conan's swan song earned a whooping 7.0 rating.

(See 'Last Night's Audio' for sound from the show)


CHECK IT OUT: Watch Conan sign off to "Free Bird": http://tinyurl.com/y99gydd

SOURCES DENY REPORTS OF BRANGELINA SPLIT

Sources close to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are denying a blockbuster report in News of the World, which claimed the pair had split -- even going so far as to sign legal documents dividing their fortune and family.

An insider told People magazine, "Everything is fine," noting that the British tabloid story is "totally false."

  • Under News of the World's supposed split deal, the pair would have joint custody over the kids, who would live full time with Jolie. The tabloid claimed the agreement was drafted by a Los Angeles law firm.
  • The couple has been the subject of breakup rumors in the last several weeks as Pitt appeared solo at Friday's Hope for Haiti telethon while neither star appeared at the recent Golden Globes.

JERSEY SHORE CAST DEMANDING BIG PAYDAYS; CAST APPEARANCE SPARKS NEAR-RIOT

The Jersey Shore cast is banding together in their quest for a major payday from MTV. TMZ.com reports that the network offered Snooki, Pauly D, "The Situation" and the others each a $10,000 signing bonus and $5,000 an episode for season two, but the cast rejected the offer, making clear that all must be paid the same amount -- one much higher than what was first put on the table.

Sources say MTV came back and doubled the offer to $10,000 an episode, but the cast has yet to respond.

  • TMZ noted that MTV has a contractual hold on the cast for another year, so technically they have no right to renegotiate, but it's done all the time with hit shows.
  • The show's season finale drew in 4.8 million viewers.

CAST APPEARANCE LEADS TO NEAR-RIOT

In other Jersey Shore news, a local Jersey newspaper reported that 2,000 fans descended on a Montclair club where the cast was appearing last week, causing chaos that lead to the arrests of four people. Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh says fights broke out among the crowds who gathered for the advertised meet and greet with the cast. Four people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and drunken driving. Police closed a stretch of the main business strip outside the club for two hours.


CHECK IT OUT: What do reality stars make? http://tinyurl.com/yj7gxx9

GARY COLEMAN ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE

Actor Gary Coleman is in the news again, TMZ.com reportd that the diminutive actor was arrested Sunday (January 24th) by police in Santaquin, Utah on one count of misdemeanor domestic assault. He was picked up because of a warrant stemming from a prior incident. The victim in the assault has not been identified. At press time, Coleman was being held on $1,725 bail.

SIDE NOTES

  • Coleman was previously married to Shannon Price, who divorced him in 2008 after just eight months of marriage.
  • Earlier this month, the 41-year-old Coleman was taken to an L.A. hospital by ambulance after feeling faint and vomiting at a hotel while in meetings for the film Midgets Vs. Mascots. The actor has had two failed kidney transplants.

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Monday, January 25, 2010


ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES PLANE CRASHES WITH 90 PEOPLE ON BOARD: An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 jet with 90 passengers and crew on board crashed into the Mediterranean Sea early Monday (January 25th) just minutes after takeoff from Beirut, Lebanon, en route to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. A rescue effort had recovered four bodies in the immediate hours after the crash as they searched the waters in intermittent rain, thunder and lightning. AP cited a police official as saying weather was likely the cause of the disaster, while Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said terrorism was not suspected.

HAITIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS 150,000 ALREADY BURIED: As yet another aftershock rocked Haiti yesterday (January 24th), this one registering a magnitude-4.7, a Haitian official said that more than 150,000 quake victims have been buried by the government, but she said that doesn't count the bodies still in destroyed buildings, those buried or cremated by relatives, or the dead in outlying areas outside the capital of Port-au-Prince. International aid workers were getting more food to Haitians, but the need was still greater, and officials were saying setting up tent cities for refugees could take weeks. Key officials from around the world will be meeting today in Montreal to discuss ways to better coordinate relief efforts in Haiti. Nations around the world have pledged some $1 billion in emergency aid for the devastated country, including $57 million so far from Friday night's "Hope for Haiti Now" international telethon.

BIN LADEN ENDORSES ATTEMPTED XMAS DAY PLANE ATTACK IN NEW AUDIOTAPE: Osama bin Laden endorsed the failed attempt to blow up a U.S. plane on Christmas Day and threatened new attacks against America in a new audiotape released yesterday (January 24th). Although the message appears aimed at showing he maintains some direct command over al-Qaida-inspired groups, AP cited U.S. officials and experts who track terrorist groups who said there's no evidence bin Laden or his lieutenants had anything to do with the attempted attack by a largely independent al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen, or even knew about it ahead of time. The one-minute message threatens more attacks in response to America's support for Israel, and in a message to President Obama -- quote, "from Osama to Obama" -- bin Laden said, "America will never dream of security unless we will have it in reality in Palestine." This is the first message from bin Laden since last September.

TODAY'S FYI:

BRISTOL PALIN GOES TO COURT FOR CHILD SUPPORT: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol has gone to court seeking $1,750 a month in child support from 19-year-old Levi Johnston, the father of her one-year-old son Tripp. The court motion filed Thursday (January 21st) says that Bristol, who's also 19, is paying nearly 100 percent of Tripp's care, and that Johnston has paid only $4,400 in more than a year. Bristol is also seeking back child support of $18,350, based on an estimate of Johnston's income last year of more than $105,000 for media interviews and modeling work. An attorney for Johnston said he hopes Bristol and Johnston can work out an agreement with a mediator in which they'd be free of, quote, "influence by outside forces." This latest action comes as Bristol is also seeking full custody of Tripp, something Johnston opposes.

TSA WORKER WHO PULLED PRANK ON PASSENGER NO LONGER WITH THE AGENCY: A Transportation Security Administration worker is no longer with the agency after pulling a prank on a passenger earlier this month in which he pretended to find a plastic bag of white powder in her carry-on luggage. Rebecca Solomon, a 22-year-old University of Michigan student, wrote in a school newspaper column that she was having her bag screened before a January 5th flight from Philadelphia to Detroit when the TSA employee stopped her, reached into her laptop computer bag, and pulled out the plastic bag, demanding to know where she'd gotten it. She wrote, "He let me stutter through an explanation for the longest minute of my life. Tears streamed down my face as I pleaded with him to understand that I'd never seen this baggie before." Soon after, she said the worker, quote, "waved the baggie at me and told me he was kidding, that I should've seen the look on my face." Solomon filed a complaint over the January 5th incident, and a TSA spokesperson told AP Saturday (January 23rd) that the employee was no longer with the agency, but didn't say whether he'd been fired or quit, only saying that disciplinary action had been taken.

SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS ARE NOW ONLINE: The International Space Station has gotten Internet access, as astronaut Timothy "TJ" Creamer posted the first-ever live Twitter from space Friday (January 22nd), writing. "Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station -- the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s." Creamer had been working with flight controllers to establish Internet access since he got to the space station last month. Previously, astronauts had to send things like Twitter updates by e-mail to Mission Control in Houston, where controllers would post them. Crewmembers can now use a laptop at the space station to reach a desktop computer at Mission Control and access the Internet themselves.

16-YEAR-OLD GIRL BEGINS SOLO SAIL AROUND THE WORLD: A 16-year-old California girl began her attempt Saturday (January 23rd) to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. Abby Sunderland departed from Marina Del Rey, California, on her 40-foot boat called Wild Eyes as her family and friends cheered. Plans are for her to be at sea for five or six months, sailing alone but able to communicate via satellite telephone and on her blog at abbysunderland.com. The current recordholder is 17-year-old Mike Perham of Britain, who took the title from Sunderland's then-17-year-old brother Zac.

TOP BASEBALL PROSPECT GIVES IT ALL UP FOR THE PRIESTHOOD: A 23-year-old top prospect for the Oakland A's announced Friday (January 22nd) that he's giving up baseball to enter the priesthood. Minor league outfielder Grant Desme made his decision after a breakout season in which he was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League. The lifelong Catholic explained, "I was doing well at ball. But I really had to get down to the bottom of things. I wasn't at peace with where I was at." There was speculation that Desme, who was picked by Oakland in the second round of the 2007 amateur draft, might be invited by the A's to the major league team's spring training next month. Instead, he'll be entering a California seminary in August.

SPORTS:

IT'LL BE SAINTS VS. COLTS IN THE SUPER BOWL: It's going to be the New Orleans Saints versus the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl on February 7th in Miami, as the teams won the NFC and AFC titles, respectively, yesterday (January 24th), earning their tickets to the NFL championship.

Saints Beat Vikings 31-28: The Saints are headed to the first Super Bowl in their 43-year history after a 31-28 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings on their home turf at the Superdome. The teams had gone to overtime after a 28-28 tie at the end of regulation. The Saints won the toss, and got close enough for Garrett Hartley to kick the winning 40-yard field goal. The victory sends Saints quarterback Drew Brees to Miami, but ended the Vikings' Brett Favre's dream of becoming the oldest quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. Favre played a part in that loss, however, throwing an interception with 17 seconds left in regulation as he was trying to get to field goal range.

  • After the game, Saints head coach Sean Payton recalled New Orleans recent past, when the Superdome was home to thousands after Hurricane Katrina, saying, "This is for everybody in this city. This stadium used to have holes in it, and used to be wet. It's not wet anymore. This is for the city of New Orleans."

Colts Top Jets 30-17: The Colts dashed the dream of the wild card Jets to get to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969, getting a 30-17 win in their home stadium. The Jets had started strong, building a 17-6 lead late in the second quarter as they tried to get their third playoff upset. But the Colts, led by quarterback Peyton Manning, battled back, scoring 24 unanswered points, including a big touchdown right before half-time, and simply dominating the second half, despite good play by Jets QB Mark Sanchez. Indianapolis is returning to the Super Bowl for the second time in four years after winning the 2006 championship over the Chicago Bears.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


Monday, January 25, 2010


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

NBC

  • CHUCK - Chuck goes on his first solo mission to Paris; Casey helps Morgan battle Jeff and Lester for control of the Buy More.
  • HEROES - H.R.G. exacts his plan to take down the carnival; Sylar visits Matt; Pete warns Emma about Samuel's intentions.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Mark Harmon

FOX

  • HOUSE - The men on the team are charmed by a female executive experiencing random bouts of excruciating pain; House tries to make amends with a former colleague.
  • 24 - Jack and Renee track dangerous leads; President Taylor learns that a larger threat is jeopardizing the peace accord with President Hassan.

ABC

  • THE BACHELOR: ON THE WINGS OF LOVE - Jake and the remaining nine women take a trip up the coast of California; Jake makes a surprising decision.
  • CASTLE - A family discover a dead man in the house; Castle is featured as one of New York's most eligible bachelors.

CW

  • ONE TREE HILL - Taylor and Quinn's ex-husband show up at Haley and Nathan's house; Brooke turns to Alexander for support.
  • LIFE UNEXPECTED - Cate and Baze are evaluated by a social worker; exectives at the radio station pressure Cate to deny she is has a daughter.

FX

  • DAMAGES - (season premiere) A new case pits Patty Hewes against the Tobin family and their attorney; Ellen Parsons adjusts to the challenges of her new job, and life, away from Patty.

MTV

  • TRUE LIFE - TBA
  • THE BURIED LIFE - The crew heads south to make a toast at a stranger's wedding; the guys help an artist get in touch with a son he hasn't seen in 17 years.
  • MY LIFE AS LIZ - TBA

SHOWTIME

  • SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL - (season premiere) A joint interview with Billie Piper and the real Belle.
  • TRACY ULLMAN'S STATE OF THE UNION - (season premiere) TBA

TNT

  • MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE - Joe visits his father; a commercial for the auto dealership implies that a co-worker is Owen's son.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Valerie Bertinelli, Zachary Levi
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Rosie O'Donnell: Life after the breakup and her new love
THE VIEW - Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Mark Harmon
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Carl Reiner, Alicia Witt
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Bill Gates
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Kati Marton
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong, Regina King, Train

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

150 FERRETS RESCUED IN MEXICO: After a high-speed chase, 150 ferrets were rescued from armed robbers in Mexico City by the police. According to police, the ferrets were found after the robbers had crashed their car against a tree and fled on foot. The robbers took 14 boxes of United States imported ferrets from a truck that had left the Mexico City airport. Two suspects were arrested and one had escaped. The ferrets, which were unharmed, were reclaimed by the veterinarian who had purchased them. (AP)

COUPLE FINDS DEER IN KITCHEN: A couple from Illinois awoke to the sound of glass breaking and hooves on Saturday, and shortly found a 10 to 12 point buck in their kitchen. Mark Page from Belleville and his wife found the deer with its head in the sink and immediately returned to the bedroom after spotting the animal. The deer was spooked and barreled through a closed window to escape. The injured animal could not be found by the police. (AP)


PENNSYLVANIA BAR MADE OF ICE: A resturant in eastern Pennsylvania contains a bar made of 50 tons of ice. The pirate themed bar in the backyard of Damenti's Restaurant in Butler Township has an air conditioner that brings the mercury down to 20 degrees. Owner, Kevin McDonald, is hoping the bar will bring a crowd. Approximately 40 people can fit 480-square-foot structure. The bar is entirely decorated with pirate motif and sayings etched into the wall. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

ARE RELATIONSHIP ANNIVERSARIES NECESSARRY? TheFrisky.com reports that while everyone celebrates wedding anniversaries, not every couple celebrates the relationship anniversary. The basic idea of this type of anniversary is to commemorate the beginning of a relationship, and celebrate the relationship itself. The trouble is that we already have a day for that: Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day was basically invented to serve as the relationship anniversary day for every couple in the world, and you don't have to worry about remembering the date thanks to the massive amount of advertising that companies buy up in February.

DO FACEBOOK STATUSES AFFECT YOUR SELF ESTEEM? At any given time when you sign onto Facebook, you'll see a friend's status with, perhaps, up to a dozen comments on it! You put your own up, waiting for your alters to come flooding in . . . and they never do. You thinks: Do my friends not like me? Are my statuses boring?


CLUB HAS BRA-SIZE PROMOTION: A nightclub in Singapore just came up with a new marketing strategy: a "boobs for booze" promotion that rewards female patrons with free drinks based on their bra sizes. The OverEasy nightclub upped the ante on the traditional "Ladies Night" with its "Fill My Cups" gimmick to promote events hosted by an Australian spinner that goes by the name "DJ DCUP." According to a Yahoo! report, the promotion allows A-cup patrons one free drink, B-cups two, C-cups three and D-cups can claim a free bottle of vodka. Women don't even have to show their bras to claim free booze. The OverEasy uses one male and one female judge to gauge the size of each female's cups.

DINER REPORTEDLY DENIED TOOTHPICK: A diner at a hotel in northern England says he was refused a toothpick on health and safety grounds, The Sun reported that a man wanted to remove a piece of meat after eating out, but a waiter at the Macdonald Portal Golf and Spa Hotel in Cheshire told him he could not have the "potentially dangerous" implement. However, a spokeswoman for the Macdonald Hotels chain denied the man's account.

QUESTIONS WOMEN WOULD LIKE TO ASK THEIR DATES BUT DON'T (Lemondrop.com)

Were you disappointed or excited when you first saw me? The answer to this question could indicate where your relationship is headed because there is a saying that women become more attracted to the men they fall in love with, but men fall in love with the women they're attracted to.

  • Are you mentally unstable? (Alternative phrasing: Is anyone in your family koo-koo for cocoa puffs?) It would be nice to know if you're dating the next Jeffrey Dahmer before it's too late.
  • Do you share food? If a guy doesn't want to share a bite of his chicken parmigiana with you, he may not be generous in other areas of your relationship. The same goes for guys who don't tip well.
  • How many pairs of shoes do you own, and which pair do you wear the most? This would tell you pretty quickly where he lands on the grooming-maintenance scale. And the pair he lives in would tell you if he's, say, an Italian moccasin, Polo grounds-visiting type or a Vans-wearing, skateboard-loving, laid-back kind of guy.
  • Are you doing your dream job -- and do you care? Men who don't identify with the work they do could end up depressed on a daily basis. And if he doesn't seem interested in finding a job he would like, then do you want to be with someone who has such low standards?
  • How many girls have you hooked up with this year? If he's already hooked up with a double-decker busload, you can decide whether you want to be another one.
  • Does anyone else think they're dating you right now? People tend to ask if their date is seeing anyone else, but the answer might not be the whole truth. In other words, your guy may think he is not dating anyone else, but the woman he slept with last Saturday night may think otherwise.
  • What's the most common thing you've heard when girls see you naked for the first time? If the most common reaction is "Wow!", you're in for a real treat. On the other hand, an "Oh ..." may at least prepare you for a little disappointment.
  • Why did your last relationship really end? This will come up eventually, but you want the unedited version of the story.
  • How do you fight? Everyone gets angry at some point in the relationship, but it could save you a lot of trouble to know what type of behavior to expect in the future.
  • When I say the word "marriage," what do you think? Does he gulp, cringe, laugh? This is a great way to see where your date is at on the ready-for-a-relationship scale.
  • What percentage of the time do you think your pee actually hits the toilet water? If a guy doesn't care enough to aim straight, then you've really got to wonder how clean he is in other areas of his life.
  • How soon would you be open to kids, and do you even want children? Most women don't ask about this for months or years but if it's really important to you, it would be nice to know from the get-go.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to the Innocence Project (IP), post-conviction DNA testing has freed how many people from prison?

A: 248, according to data through 2009. IP researchers further claim that eyewitness testimony was presented as the primary evidence in almost 75% of those cases, and in a third of those cases, there was more than one eyewitness.

Nevada Brothel Hires "Prostidude"-- America's First Legal Male Prostitute

A Nevada brothel that's been in business for 17 years has decided to give equal time to the ladies, hiring the country's first legal male prostitute after getting state and county approval. Going by the name Markus, the 25-year-old former U.S. Marine had a brief stint as a porn actor before coming to the Shady Lady Ranch, located near the desert town of Beatty between Las Vegas and Reno. Markus will not be servicing male clients, only women, a decision madam Bobbi Davis and her husband and co-owner Jim Davis left up to him. However, the Davis' have forbidden Markus from doing any more interviews, after he told Details magazine that his pioneering role in the sex industry was, quote, "just the same" as civil rights icon Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus.

Obama Skipping Jury Duty in Suburban Chicago

Unlike the rest of us, when President Obama got a jury duty notice recently, he didn't have to think up an excuse to get out of it. Obama was called for jury duty at the Bridgeview court in suburban Chicago starting today (January 25th), but an administration official told AP that the president notified the court weeks ago that he wouldn't be able to make it. The summons had gone to the Obamas' home on Chicago's South Side.

Miami Beach Burger King To Serve Beer

Beer will be flowing alongside the Whoppers and fries at a new Burger King in Miami Beach that will be the chain's first U.S. location to serve alcohol. Guests at the Whopper Bar South Beach scheduled to open next month will be able to order an Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors beer with their Whopper, and can add fries for a $7.99 combo. Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy told AP that Burger King is trying out selling beer at selected locations around the world as part of an effort to reinvent itself as a fast-food restaurant with a sit-down feel.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Want $20 CASH for just test driving a car?

I do mean CASH!!! Go to Copper Canyon Nissan on 95 by the Shops in LHC tomorrow (SATURDAY) only and ask for Ricky...tell him you are a Flagger, Test Drive a car or truck and Ricky will give you $20 bucks CASH! It is that easy!!! Crazy I know....But true!

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

George Strait and Reba McEntire kick of their co-headlining tour tonight (Friday, January 22nd) in Baltimore, Maryland. The trek runs through April 10th in Des Moines, Iowa with special guest Lee Ann Womack.

The two superstars teamed up in concert for the very first time over the summer for the sold-out Cowboy's Stadium inaugural show. George tells us the fit was so natural that doing an entire tour together made perfect sense. "I'm really excited about this! I don't know why we hadn't done it before. When we opened up the new Cowboys Stadium it was like a light went off -- 'We gotta take this out on the road!'"

  • George's latest CD, Twang, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. This is the fourth time in his career that a new release has debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time to debut at the top of the Top Country Albums chart. The current single and title track is a Top 15 hit on the charts.
  • Reba's latest hit, "Consider Me Gone," is the longest-running Number One single of the superstar's career.

FAST FACTS

  • With a career spanning more than 25 years, George has the most number one singles of any artist in history, including Elvis Presley, with 57 to date. He has sold more than 67 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums, has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis.
  • Reba was recently recognized by Billboard, Country Aircheck and Mediabase as the biggest female hit-maker in country music history. She has sold over 55 million albums worldwide, and her last 13 studio albums have all achieved platinum status.
  • DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO THE SHOW!! Join me, CP and Tyrone at Findaly Motor Company on the Parkway for the K-FLAG HO DOWN on Sat. Jan 30th 10am to noon for your chance to win tickets to the show Feb 5th, at the US Airways Center in Phoenix along with tons of other great prizes to be had. Free Dance lessons and so much more!
In addition to her performance on tonight's (Friday, January 21st) Hope For Haiti Now earthquake relief concert, Taylor Swift will be manning the phones and taking donations. She told The Tennessean, "I've never actually worked a phone bank before, but I want to do everything I can to help out this horrible situation. I'm passionate about this. This one was an immediate yes."
  • Hope For Haiti Now will also feature a group performance by Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock. The show, which features performers from all genres, will air at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH-1 and CMT.
  • All musical performances from the show will be available on iTunes beginning on Saturday (January 23rd).
  • In other Taylor news, her new single, "Today Was A Fairytale," from the Valentine's Day movie soundtrack, sold nearly 100,000 digital downloads in one day on iTunes. Taylor's digital sales total has now exceeded the 25 million mark, making her the top-selling digital artist in the world.

FAST FACTS

  • The Valentine's Day soundtrack will be released on February 9th.
  • The movie will be in theaters on February 12th.

Jason Aldean begins his 2010 Wide Open tour tonight (Friday, January 22nd) with a sold out show in Greenville, South Carolina featuring opening acts Eric Church and Love And Theft. For those fans who saw Jason on the road back in 2009, you might want to take another look. Jason tells us the entire show has been revamped, including the set. "I'm really excited about this year. I just saw our stage for the first time. It's been in the process of being built for the last two months. They've been workin' on it and I just saw it for the first time about three days ago. We spent the last two days rehearsing, gettin' ready for the show, and it's killer, man! It's the first time ever I've actually had some toys up there. It's like a little playground, so it's gonna be fun, man, so I'm excited!"

Jason's recent success has allowed him a little room to improve the show's production, but he says it's not over-the-top. Visually, I think it's really cool, but it's not like a lot of shows these days where there's so much production you kind of lose focus of what's really goin' on, which is the people that are actually playin', so we tried to create something that was visually cool, but it's still . . . you know, you didn't get lost in the production, and it just really added to the show, and I think it's killer. It's a completely different show, different set list, different show than anything we've ever done before, so it's gonna be cool!"

  • Tomorrow night's (Saturday, January 23rd) show is in Jason's hometown of Macon, Georgia. It is also sold out.
  • Earlier this week, Jason celebrated the platinum success of his Wide Open CD.

FAST FACTS

  • Jason's first two singles off his Wide Open album -- "She's Country" and "Big Green Tractor" -- both topped the country charts.
  • His latest hit, "The Truth," is quickly making its way toward the Number One spot.

Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw are the only three country acts included on the Los Angeles Times' "Ultimate Top 10" list of the past decade's most successful album and ticket sellers. Kenny leads at Number Two with $742 million, followed by Toby at Number Six with $591.9 million and Tim at Number Nine with $550.7 million.

Luke Bryan's recent Number One hit, "Do I," has been certified gold for digital sales of more than a million copies. His new single, "Rain Is A Good Thing," heads to radio next week.

Sarah Buxton will release her self-titled debut CD on February 23rd. She wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album, which includes her latest single, "Outside My Window."

Lonestar will release their first studio album in four years on April 27th. The CD is called Party Heard Around The World, and all four group members produced the project in addition to writing eight of the 10 tracks.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What Texas town is Willie Nelson's birthplace?
A. Abbott

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
Laura Bell Bundy

MARTINA McBRIDE: LIVE IN CONCERT/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM (ET)
Jason Aldean, Paula Deen, Jamie O'Neal

DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Darryl Worley, Carl Edwards

HOPE FOR HAITI NOW/ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT 8:00PM (ET)
Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Lady Antebellum

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Teddy Gentry (Alabama) (58)

  • Linda Blair (star of The Exorcist) (51)
  • Olivia D'Abo (actress, The Wonder Years' Karen Arnold) (41)
  • John Hurt (actor, Alien, The Elephant Man, the Harry Potter films, and Midnight Express) (70)
  • Diane Lane (actress, Murder At 1600, The Perfect Storm, Unfaithful, Under The Tuscan Sun) (45)
  • Piper Laurie (actress, Twin Peaks, the wicked mother in Carrie) (78)
  • Balthazar Getty (actor, great-grandson of J. Paul Getty, appeared in the Traffic miniseries and Ladder 49) (35)
  • Steve Perry (former lead singer of Journey) (61)
  • Steven Adler (former drummer, Guns N' Roses) (45)
  • Beverley Mitchell (actress, Lucy on 7th Heaven) (29)
  • Graham Kerr (TV chef, The Galloping Gourmet) (76)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Chuck Wicks' debut album, Starting Now, was released in 2008.
  • Darryl Worley's "Awful, Beautiful Life" led him to the top of the Billboard country chart in 2005.
  • Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits album was certified gold and platinum simultaneously in 2001.
  • Hal Ketchum joined the Grand Ole Opry cast in 1994.
  • Aaron Tippin's first album, You've Got To Stand For Something, was released in 1991.
  • Glen Campbell's single of "Wichita Lineman" was certified gold in 1969. It was the Arkansas native's first gold record.
  • Porter Wagoner debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1955.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP


MISCHA BARTON SUED FOR BACK RENT: Mischa Barton's landlord has filed a lawsuit against the actress, alleging that she's refused to pay rent on her $7,000-a-month apartment in New York City. The lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday (January 21st) says that Barton's one-year lease began in September, but she's rebuffed efforts to collect the last three months' worth of rent. The landlord wants Barton -- whose most recent TV project was quickly canceled last year -- to pay the rent and legal fees.

LINDA HOGAN SETTLES WITH SON'S CRASH VICTIM: TMZ.com reports that Linda Hogan reached a financial settlement in an auto negligence lawsuit with the family of John Graziano -- who was the passenger when son Nick Hogan crashed his car into a tree while racing down a Florida highway in 2007. The terms of the settlement are confidential. A lawyer for the Graziano family told TMZ that they don't expect Hulk Hogan or Nick to settle before the next scheduled court date in September.

TARA REID ENGAGED: Tara Reid is engaged. The 34-year-old actress confirmed that her businessman boyfriend Michael Axtmann recently proposed at a Los Angeles restaurant. Reid's rep told People magazine, "Michael surprised Tara with a beautiful round brilliant cut ring. Tara was so happy, and the other patrons clapped and yelled out, Congratulations." The couple is planning a small summer wedding.

GABRIEL BYRNE WAS SEXUALLY MOLESTED: Gabriel Byrne has revealed that he was sexually molested and viciously beaten during his training to become a Catholic priest. The In Treatment star told Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne, "Unfortunately, I experienced some sexual abuse. It was a known and admitted fact of life amongst us that there was this particular man, and you didn't want to be left in the dressing room with him. There were certain boundaries, sexual boundaries, that were crossed. It didn't go on over a prolonged period but it happened at a very, very vulnerable moment. I feared being beaten, and I was beaten very regularly. It did affect my sense of myself."

SCOTT BAIO IN TWITTER WAR: Scott Baio is receiving death threats after posting an unflattering photo of Michelle Obama on his Twitter page. One commenter threatened to harm his wife and family while another wrote, "Easy to find your house Scottie boy and finish you." He responded online writing, "I did NOT alter that picture. Stop bashing my Charity just because I post an unflattering pic of a woman. Grow up ppl, have some humor."

CONAN O'BRIEN BIDS GOODNIGHT TO 'TONIGHT SHOW'

NBC finally confirmed that today will be Conan O'Brien's last as host of the Tonight Show. The network said in a statement yesterday, "NBC and Conan O'Brien have reached a resolution of the issues surrounding O'Brien's contract to host 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.' Under terms of an agreement that was signed earlier today, NBC and O'Brien will settle their contractual obligations and the network will release O'Brien from his contract, freeing him to pursue other opportunities after September 1, 2010."

Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, added, "We're pleased that Jay Leno is returning to host the franchise that he helmed brilliantly and successfully for many years. He is an enormous talent, a consummate professional and one of the hardest-working performers on television."

  • Leno's first day back on the job will be March 1st, while NBC is expected to air reruns of Conan on Tonight until the Olympics begin.
  • RadarOnline.com reported that Conan's total boy-out package was valued around $44 million: $32 million for himself, and an additional $12 million for his staff.
  • His guests tonight are Will Ferrell and Tom Hanks.

CHECK IT OUT: Tips for securing a fat severance package: http://tinyurl.com/6hpuer

TIGER WOODS ANGERS FELLOW REHAB PATIENTS


Tiger Woods continues to stir controversy even while reportedly in a rehab facility for sex addiction. According to the U.K.'s Sun tabloid, the disgraced golfer is earning the ire of fellow patients who say Woods is getting special treatment at the Hattiesburg, Mississippi facility.

  • For instance, while other patients must attend group sessions to discuss their histories and triggers, Woods has opted for one-on-one counseling. He is also reportedly getting maid service, while other patients are required to scrub toilets and more as part of their therapy. "When Tiger enters one of the public areas, other patients have been told they have to leave the room," said a source. "Other patients share a cabin, but Tiger has his own. His special privileges are causing a lot of resentment."
  • Woods reportedly continues to insist that he does not have a sexual addiction, but is taking part in the six-week Gentle Paths program at the Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services clinic to appease his wife, Elin Nordegren. The Swedish beauty threatened to leave him and take their two children to her homeland if he didn't.
  • Though Elin has not visited Tiger at the facility, the program requires her to show up for a brutal "disclosure day," when the golfer must confess to all of his affairs.
  • According to the Enquirer, Tiger has rented a nearby luxury home as well as armed guards in anticipation of Elin's arrival with daughter Sam, 2, and son Charlie, 11 months.

SIDE NOTES

  • Tiger's rehab program reportedly includes getting up at 5:30 a.m. each day, eating breakfast, then getting treatment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program also includes meditation and the classic 12-step program model.
  • At group sessions, the therapist writes a so-called "stop word" on a blackboard -- if a patient tells a sexual story and another patient in the room starts to get aroused, they yell the "stop word" to pause the session until passions subside. Tiger has refused to take part in these group displays.
  • Gentle Path's program includes "shame-reduction work," yoga, relapse-prevention counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy.

EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON SHILOH'S TOMBOY OUTFIT

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's 3-year-old daughter, Shiloh, recently stepped out in Los Angeles wearing a tie and bowler hat -- much to this dismay of some bloggers, who criticized the girl's tomboy look. Insiders tell UsMagazine.com that Shiloh typically picks out her own clothes. Still, the photograph sparked some debate over whether it's normal to have children choose their wardrobe.

UsMagazine.com spoke with some experts who say it's just fine. Manhattan psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert, says, "It's quite healthy, as she is learning to make choices and think independently." But Alpert says kids could get "picked on" by her peers because of their clothes.


CHECK IT OUT: How to be a Tomboy: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Tomboy

INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?

India Andrews writes on UsMagazine.com,"There's nothing wrong with her clothes, and if she turns out to be a tomboy, there's nothing wrong with that either. It's good for parents to allow little kids to make some of their own choices. You don't want them to be too dependent."

Arlene M Barlos writes on UsMagazine.com, "Shi will eventually see the difference and change accordingly. She's only 3 for heaven's sake and her competitive spirit has yet to blossom, and when it does she will be just adorable and will want to keep up with the other kids."

kelly writes on UsMagazine.com, "get it together youre a mother for a reason to guide your children in the right direction and this is not great guidance!"

'AVATAR' AND 'THE HURT LOCKER' LEAD BAFTA NOMINATIONS

Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead this year's British Film Academy Awards nominations -- the U.K's equivalent to our Oscars. Both films, along with the smaller British flick, An Education each received eigh nods. District 9 follows close behind with seven and Up In The Air and Inglourious Basterds scored six each. The BAFTAS will take place February 21st.

Here is a partial list of nominations:

BEST FILM
Avatar
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Precious
Up In The Air

LEADING ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up In The Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Andy Serkis, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

LEADING ACTRESS
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Audrey Tatou, Coco Before Chanel

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alec Baldwin
, It's Complicated
Christian McKay, Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina, An Education
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne-Marie Duff
, Nowhere Boy
Vera Farmiga, Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick, Up In The Air
Mo'Nique, Precious
Kristin Scott Thomas, Nowhere Boy

DIRECTOR
James Cameron, Avatar
Neill Blomkamp, District 9
Lone Scherfig, An Education
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
District 9
An Education
In the Loop
Precious
Up In The Air

CHECK IT OUT: See the complete nominee list here: http://tinyurl.com/yz4zz3x

JERSEY SHORE'S 'JWOWW' SELLING CUSTOM-MADE PARTY TOPS

While all the Jersey Shore cast members are getting big bucks for personal appearances, Jenni "JWoww" Farley has found another way to cash in on her fame. On her website, jwoww.com, Farley is selling a collection of skimpy made-to-order party tops so others can her replicate signature cleavage-baring look.

The site reads, "Jenni has created the ultimate in fashionable clothing. She will be reinventing the term "Sexy Sophisticated." Not only will her line be "Edgy" and "Sexy", but it will make people of all ages and body type feel more confident in "the scene." This exclusive line will be limited and custom made to your body type."

  • Farley also offers up her email address for fans to share pictures of themselves wearing the top for her to post on her site.

CHECK IT OUT: See the shirts: http://www.jwoww.com/clothing.php


INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?

  • From birdman on People.com: "Sophisticated? I went to JWoww's website, and my anti-virus software said my computer just contracted an STD."
  • From nikd on People.com: "Sexy and sophisticated? No. Strip club ready? Yes."

IS JON CRYER'S EX TRYING TO KILL HIM?

The FBI is reportedly working with Jon Cryer after the Two and a Half Men star told authorities that he believes his life is in danger. TMZ.com reports that a scare on the TV series' set last week had to do with Cryer's belief that his ex-wife, Sarah Trigger, hired a hitman to kill him.

TMZ noted that Cryer and his ex have been embroiled in a bitter custody fight, which has gotten even more intense recently.

  • Sources told TMZ that the FBI has been on the case for a week, but its believed that don't have any suspects. Cryer's ex-wife told TMZ last Friday she was unaware of any threat against Jon.
  • Her lawyer said yesterday, "This is the father of her child, and I think it's outrageous that these rumors are being spread. I can tell you that Sarah and I have not been contacted by the FBI. I don't think she's involved at all."

CHECK IT OUT: How to get rid of a psycho ex: http://tinyurl.com/ybrcydt

BRUCE WILLIS FINDS SOCIAL NETWORKING 'DISTURBING'

It's a good thing Twitter-addict Demi Moore is no longer married to Bruce Willis because the actor is "disturbed" by social networking. He told the German website TrailerSeite.de, "What really disturbs me is the danger that lies in the fact that people want to communicate information quicker and quicker. I am not a big fan of social networks in electronic form. If the electricity dies, we would have to go home right now."

  • He added that Michael Jackson's death was an example of the frightening power of the web, explaining, "The whole world knew in four seconds or at least a short time. Ten, 20 years ago that would have been Utopic. Information gets more compact and quicker."

CHECK IT OUT: Ten reasons your company should not use Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/co56d5

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND!


Opening today (January 22nd) is the new drama Extraordinary Measures, starring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell. The film, directed by Tom Vaughan, follows John Crowley, played by Fraser, who, after his two younger children are diagnosed with a fatal disease, leaves his job and teams up with Dr. Robert Thornill, played by Ford, a brilliant scientist. Together the men battle against the odds as they race to find a cure.

  • Extraordinary Measures is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Opening today (January 22nd) is the new family comedy Tooth Fairy, starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal. Tooth Fairy follows Tess, a six year old girl, who is very dissapointed when Derek, played by Johnson, tells her that the tooth fairy isn't real and Derek is subsequently put to work as a real tooth fairy and begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams. Tooth Fairy was directed by Michael Lembeck.
  • Tooth Fairy is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Friday, January 22, 2010


SUPREME COURT MEANS MORE CORPORATE, UNION MONEY IN ELECTIONS: A landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday (January 21st) reverses campaign finance legislation restricting corporate and union spending in elections, opening the gates for what's expected to be a flood of such spending as soon as this fall's midterm elections. Under the 5-4 ruling -- supported by the conservatives on the high court and opposed by the liberals -- corporations can now spend freely on ads for candidates for president and Congress, although the restriction remains on them making direct contributions to candidates. Their funding of the ads would also still have to be revealed. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the campaign finance limits violated the constitutional free speech rights of corporations, while the dissenters said letting corporate and union money flood the political marketplace would corrupt democracy. The ruling reverses a century-long trend of limiting the political power of corporations and organized labor.

400,000 HOMELESS HAITIAN QUAKE VICTIMS TO BE MOVED: The Haitian government will be moving 400,000 homeless earthquake victims from their improvised camps in Port-au-Prince to new resettlement areas on the outskirts of the devastated capital city, the chief of staff to President Rene Preval said yesterday (January 21st). The move, expected within a week to 10 days, is coming amid worries about sanitation and disease in the makeshift camps. Aid workers with water, food, drugs, clothing, and other supplies continued to stream into Haiti. But although delivery had improved, there were still many difficulties in getting the help to the victims. The U.S. military reported a waiting list of 1,400 international relief flights seeking to land on Port-au-Prince's single runway, where 120 to 140 flights were arriving every day.

OBAMA WANTS NEW RESTRICTIONS ON BIG BANKS: President Obama yesterday (January 21st) proposed new regulations to limit financial risk-taking by Wall Street banks. The proposals -- which would require congressional approval -- go after some banks' biggest money-making operations, which Obama blamed for causing the crisis that brought the financial system to the brink of collapse. Among them are:

  • Banning banks from investing in, owning or sponsoring a hedge fund or private equity fund.
  • Setting a new limit on banks' size in relation to the overall financial sector -- trying to avoid the "too big to fail" problem.
  • Barring banks from making bets on financial markets with their own money for their own profit rather than executing a trade for a client.

JOHN EDWARDS ADMITS FATHERING EX-MISTRESS' CHILD: Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has finally come clean, admitting in a statement yesterday (January 21st) that he is the father of his former mistress Rielle Hunter's child, Frances Quinn, who'll be two years old next month. He said in the statement, "It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me." Edwards also said he's been visiting with and providing financial support for Quinn and will continue to do said, and added, "To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry." Edwards admitted the extramarital affair publicly in August 2008, more than six months after dropping out of the presidential race. While admitting to the affair, Edwards adamantly denied that he was the father of Hunter's baby. Edwards is telling the truth just a couple of weeks before a book is being published on the scandal by his former aide, Andrew Young, who initially claimed paternity of the child.

TESTIMONY: PETERSON SAID HE'D KILL HIS FOURTH WIFE: The stepbrother of former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson, who's accused of killing his third wife, testified in court yesterday (January 21st) that he believed he might have helped Peterson dispose of the body of his fourth wife, who disappeared more than two years ago. Speaking during a hearing into whether prosecutors can use hearsay evidence against Peterson at trial for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, Thomas Morphey testified Peterson suggested when they talked on October 27, 2007, that he intended to kill his fourth wife, Stacy, because she planned to divorce him, win custody of their children and take Peterson's money. The next day, Morphey helped Peterson move a large blue barrel that he estimated weighed up to 150 pounds and that he testified felt warm. He said the two men put the barrel in Peterson's SUV and Peterson drove Morphey home and told him, "This never happened." The barrel has never been found.

  • Peterson hasn't been charged in Stacy's disappearance, but authorities say he's the only suspect.

TODAY'S FYI:

MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON PLANE BEING AUCTIONED OFF: The jet that US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed in the Hudson River a year ago after the engines were disabled by a bird strike is being auctioned off. An online auction for the banged-up and water-damaged Airbus A320 -- without the two engines -- is being held by insurance firm Chartis. Bidding will continue until March 27.

LIBERAL RADIO NETWORK GOES BELLY-UP: Liberal radio network Air America announced yesterday (January 21st) that it's filing for bankruptcy, and ended live programming immediately. Although the network, which has about 100 affiliates, cited a "very difficult economic environment," Air America never was on sound financial ground nor found a substantial audience since launching in 2004. It's been through several owners and attempted revamps, as well as a previous filing for bankruptcy protection in 2006, although it managed to stay on the air that time. The most notable alumni of Air America are Rachel Maddow, who now anchors a prime time program on MSNBC, and former comedian and current Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, who hosted a show on the network from 2004 to 2007. Air America will broadcast repeats of shows until Monday (January 25th), and will then end programming.

TOYOTA RECALLING 2.3 MILLION VEHICLES: Toyota said Thursday (January 21st) that it's recalling 2.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with accelerator pedals that can become stuck. The Japanese carmaker is recommending that drivers of the recalled vehicles should firmly push down on the brake if the gas pedal gets stuck, not pump the brakes, and contact their nearest Toyota dealer after parking in a safe place. The vehicles affected are: the Corolla, Matrix and RAV4 from 2009 to 2010; the Camry and Tundra from 2007 to 2010; the Avalon from 2005 to 2010; the Sequoia from 2008 to 2010; and the 2010 Highlander. This latest recall comes after another one from Toyota just months ago in which the accelerator pedal could become caught under the floor mat, causing sudden acceleration, in certain vehicles.

SMOKERS WITH CANCER COULD DOUBLE SURVIVAL BY QUITTING: A new study found that smokers diagnosed with early lung cancer could more than double their chances of surviving by quitting. British researchers discovered that people who continued to smoke had a 29 to 33 percent chance of surviving five years, while early lung cancer patients who quit had a 63 to 70 percent chance of being alive after five years. Study leader Amanda Parsons of the U.K Centre for Tobacco Control Studies at the University of Birmingham said, "The message is you should never give up on giving up." The study is likely to change the current practice of some doctors of not recommending lung cancer patients quit smoking, out of the belief that it would be taking away a comfort from a dying person and add to feelings of guilt.

NEWLY-ELECTED VIRGINA GOV TO GIVE GOP's STATE OF THE UNION RESPONSE: Republican leaders announced yesterday that newly-elected Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will deliver the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address next Wednesday (January 27th). They said that McDonnell -- who was just inaugurated this week after being elected last fall -- quote, "understands that the American people are more interested in shrinking unemployment than expanding government."

IS THE NEW YORK ACCENT DISAPPEARING?: The famous New York accent, with words like "tawk" (talk), "cawfee" (coffee) and "wawter" (water) -- most recently on display on MTV's hit reality show Jersey Shore -- may be disappearing among some of the city's natives. Inside Science reported on a recent study presented at the Linguistic Society of America earlier this month in which 64 native speakers who live on Manhattan's Lower East Side were interviewed. New York University graduate student Kara Becker, who carried out the research, found that while older residents still have the distinctive accent, younger residents didn't, even though their families had lived in the neighborhood for several generations. However, the same wasn't seen in members of the area's African-American population, who continued to have the same New York accent as the older white residents.

SPORTS:

LEBRON GETS MOST VOTES AS NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED: The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James got the most votes in balloting for the NBA All-Star Game as the starters were announced yesterday (January 21st). Allen Iverson, who returned to the Philadelphia 76ers, was a surprise starter on the Eastern Conference team. Joining him and James will be the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, the Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett and the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard. The Western Conference team starters will be Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets, the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, the Phoenix Suns' Amar'e Stoudemire, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash of the Suns.

  • The All-Star game is being played on February 14th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


Friday, January 22, 2010


CBS
  • HOPE FOR HAITI NOW: A GOBAL BENEFIT FOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF - Celebrities raise money for the Haiti.
  • MEDIUM (repeat)

NBC

  • HOPE FOR HAITI NOW: A GOBAL BENEFIT FOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF - Celebrities raise money for the Haiti.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Josh Duhamel

FOX

  • HOPE FOR HAITI NOW: A GOBAL BENEFIT FOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF - Celebrities raise money for the Haiti.

ABC

  • HOPE FOR HAITI NOW: A GOBAL BENEFIT FOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF - Celebrities raise money for the Haiti.
  • 20/20 - Lady Gaga.

CW

  • HOPE FOR HAITI NOW: A GOBAL BENEFIT FOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF - Celebrities raise money for the Haiti.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Sean Hayes, Ingrid Michaelson
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Fridays Live with Sarah Palin and her daugher Bristol
THE VIEW - Diane von Furstenberg

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeff Stilson, Charlotte Gainsbourg
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Josh Duhamel
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Neil Young
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Jared Harris, Heartless Bastards
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Grant Imahara, Kari Byron & Tory Belleci, the HotRats
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Brendan Fraser, Tracy Ullman, Beach House
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


PRISONERS RELEASED EARLY FOR DOING YOGA: Prisoners in New Delhi, India who attend yoga classes are being released early because it is believed that yoga excercises help improve self-control and lessen aggression. According to the inspector general of prisons, for every three months of yoga classes, the prisoner will get 15 days off their prison sentence. Sanjay Mane said that ''yoga is good for maintaining fitness, calming the behavior, controlling anger, and reducing stress.'' Prisoners who also attend literacy classes and earn college degrees will also be released early, says Mane. About 400 prisoners have signed up for the pilot program at the Gwalior city jail. (AFP)

MAN SENTENCED FOR THROWING A TACO: A man from Fairbanks, Alaska was sentenced to one day in jail and one year of probation after throwing a taco at the face of a Taco Bell manager. Warren Strickland, 31, says he threw the taco because it contained spit after he returned to the drive-thru for a second time when the restaurant messed up his order. The manager claims that the story is false and accused Strickland of trying to get free food. Strickland must also pay a $100 fine and is barred from Taco Bell during his probation. (AP)


METEORITE STRIKES DOCTOR'S OFFICE: A tennis ball-sized meteorite struck the roof of a doctor's office in Virginia. Dr. Frank Ciampi says that the rock struck the two-story building around 5:30 p.m. on Monday and broke into three smaller pieces. He said they heard a loud bang from the projectile and found the rock along with pieces of the ceiling, plaster and insulation, but no one was injured. The rock was taken to the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History where it was confirmed to be a meteorite. It was estimated to be traveling 220 miles per hour when it struck. (AP)

HUMAN ''BED WARMERS'' AT HOLIDAY INN: The Holiday Inn is trying out a new service where a willing staff member acts as a ''bed-warmer'' for the hotel's guests. The trial will be held in three of the chain's British hotels and if requested, an employee will dress entirely in fleece and slip between the bed sheets. The fleece suit is equipped with a thermometer in order to measure the bed's required temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. ''The new Holiday Inn bed warmers service is a bit like having a giant water bottle in your bed'', spokeswoman Jane Bednall said. Holiday Inn could not confirm if the ''bed warmer'' would shower first, but have told reporters that their hair will be completely covered. (Reuters)

DID YOU KNOW?

WOMEN DUMPING THEIR GUYS OVER VIDEO GAMES: One in five women have ended a relationship because their significant other was too tethered to a video game controller. Asylum.com reports that a survey commissioned by a British online shopping Web site also found that 80 percent of ladies think their current partner wastes too much time gaming or surfing the Internet. Likewise, 72 percent of guys believe their girlfriends could spend less time online; but only 6 percent, however, view this offense as grounds for breakup.


DOGS HAVE OCD TOO: Dogs can suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder just like humans, scientists said yesterday. The Telegraph reports that scientists have identified a gene that makes the animals susceptible to OCD, or its equivalent -- Canine Compulsive Disorder. The researchers found that some dog breeds, particularly Dobermans and bull terriers, chase their tails, spin in circles and snap at imaginary flies in a compulsive way. They hope the discovery of the gene responsible for this in dogs will also be located in human DNA. Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts said Dobermans with the gene were two and a half times more likely to exhibit compulsive behavior. It was also significantly more prevalent in males.


CAN YOU SEW A BUTTON? Erin Bried, author of "How to Sew a Button," has noted that women today have forgotten or never learned basic 'home ec' skills. She said, "We've gotten to a point when it's no longer protocol to do it yourself. If a button falls off, your logical next step is to take it to a tailor. But learning to do it yourself is empowering and gives you more control over your life in uncertain times." She hopes her book will clue people back in!


STRESS IS CONTAGIOUS: The Daily Mail reported that researchers from the Academy of Finland's educational arm found that parents who push themselves too hard at work may harm their children's chance of success at school. Research shows that children can "catch" stress from their mothers and fathers who pass on their feelings of disillusionment at home. Their offspring are more likely to lose interest in schoolwork. They can begin to worry they are not keeping up with their classmates, become cynical about the value of education and exams and may even start to experience the exhaustion that accompanies burn-out.

WORST POSSIBLE PASSWORDS:

The ten most commonly used passwords analyzed in a security breech study from Imperva were:

1. 123456

2. 12345

3. 123456789

4. Password

5. iloveyou

6. princess

7. rockyou

8. 1234567

9. 12345678

10. abc123

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to Wikipedia, what two Daily Show correspondents are married to each other?

A: Jason Jones and Samantha Bee.

Hall of Famer Jenkins Says Mark McGwire Owes More Apologies

Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins believes Mark McGwire owes more apologies for his recently-admitted years of steroid use while he was playing baseball, saying in an open letter to the Associated Press, "You have not even begun to apologize to those you have harmed." High on the list for Jenkins of those who deserve an apology are the pitchers McGwire faced. He told AP in an interview, "How many pitchers do you think he ended their careers by hitting numbers of home runs off them?" Jenkins also said he would have known how to handle McGwire, saying, "It's tough to hit a home run off your back. In my era, Seaver, Gibson, Drysdale, Carlton, there were so many guys that would have probably knocked him on his butt." Jenkins is one of several Hall of Famers who've criticized McGwire, including Goose Gossage and Carlton Fisk. An irony here is that Jenkins was suspended by the baseball commissioner 30 years ago after he was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. However, an arbitrator overturned the suspension.

Senator Arlen Specter Tells Rep. Michele Bachmann to Act 'Like a Lady'

Democratic Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is taking some flak for telling GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota during a radio exchange to act, quote, "like a lady." During an appearance Wednesday night (January 20th) on a Philadelphia radio talk show to discuss President Obama's first year in office, Specter asked Bachmann what she's proposed on issues like health care, climate change and stimulus. She said she wanted tax cuts to bring about job creation, quote, "as opposed to the federal government trying to create fake jobs with a trillion dollars of money that we don't have." Specter -- who defected from the GOP last year -- said her response was simplistic and the answer to some other question, and as she tried to respond, Specter told her to stop interrupting him. He said, "Now wait a minute. I'll stop and you can talk. Now, I'll treat you like a lady, so act like one." Bachmann shot back, "Why, I am a lady." The National Republican Senatorial Committee accused Specter of, quote, "belittling his female colleagues."

Miss Teen South Carolina is Baaaack!

Remember Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton, the contestant in the 2007 Miss Teen USA who gave a rambling, incoherent answer when asked about Americans' trouble with geography? Well, she's back, and Access Hollywood reports that this time she and her boyfriend are going to be competing in the 16th season of The Amazing Race, which premieres next month on CBS.

Here's a clip of Upton infamously answering that question: [(Questioner) "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?" (Upton) "I personally believe that we as Americans are unable to do so because that some people out there in our nation don't have maps and I believe that our education, like such as South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asians so that we would be able to build up our future for our children." (Host Mario Lopez) "Thank you very much South Carolina."

Upton told AP of her stint on The Amazing Race, "I'm just tired of being represented from that standpoint. I want to show people who I really am as a person, that I am capable of accomplishing anything and doing anything I put my mind to."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

CARRIE UNDERWOOD HEADED TO THE BIG SCREEN

It looks like Carrie Underwood is making the leap to the big screen. She is reportedly set to appear in a movie about professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm when she was 13 years old after a shark attacked her while surfing. News of the movie and cast was leaked when actor Kevin Sorbo recently posted the information on Twitter. The film is called Soul Surfer, and according to Kevin, the six-week shoot begins on January 25th in Hawaii.

In addition to Carrie and Kevin, Soul Surfer stars Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Anna Sophia Robb.

A spokesperson for Carrie told us she was "not able to confirm" the news, which in publicist's language usually means it's happening.

  • As we reported earlier, Carrie will make a special guest appearance on CBS' How I Met Your Mother sometime in March.
  • The superstar also kicks off her Play On tour on March 11th in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Taylor Swift and Keith Urban have been added to the two-hour Hope For Haiti Now telethon airing across multiple networks on Friday (January 22nd). Keith will be part of a group performance with Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow during the broadcast, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. Hope For Haiti Now will be hosted by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New York and CNN's Anderson Cooper in Haiti.
  • Other performers include Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Rihanna, Coldplay, and Jay-Z.
  • The earthquake relief telethon will air on ABC-TV, CBS-TV, NBC-TV, FOX-TV, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT.

Tim McGraw has another bonafide hit on his hands this week with his latest single, "Southern Voice." It climbs to the Number One spot on the Mediabase chart, a feat that doesn't come as much of a surprise to Tim.

He tells us that "Southern Voice" is one of the few upbeat songs that met his two big requirements. "As an artist, one of the toughest things to do is find an uptempo song that you actually like. I mean, you cut some sometimes that you think are passable because you need an uptempo song, and they're usually mindless in a lot of ways, so to find an uptempo song that's sort of got than anthem kind of feelin' to it that you know you can do live and people are gonna sing along to and raise their hands and hold up a glass to and all that kind of stuff, but it also has some meat to it and it says some things, and I think that's the great thing about this song -- you can sing it and you know it's one of those kind of songs, but you can also get a history lesson at the same time."

Tim says "Southern Voice" reminds him of a Don Williams song that taught him a few things when he was a kid. "I remember growin' up and hearin' 'Good Ole Boys Like Me' and hearin' all the names that he mentioned -- you know, Tennessee Williams and all that stuff -- and not knowin' who they were as a kid, but wantin' to know who they were and wantin' to find out about 'em, and so I probably know some of those people from hearing that song as a kid, more than I would've known . . . I might've found out about 'em later, but I knew about 'em earlier because I heard it in a song, so I don't know if this is that kind of song, but at least you're gettin' some stuff out there that's not just the sort of mindless uptempo song."

  • "Southern Voice" is the second single from Tim's album of the same name.
  • The second installment in Tim's My Little Girl children's book series will be released on February 16th. The 32-page book, called Love Your Heart, was co-written by Tim and songwriter Tom Douglas.

FAST FACTS

  • Tim will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 on February 14th. The Daytona 500 will air live on FOX at 1 p.m. ET, with pre-race coverage beginning at noon.
  • He continues filming a new movie in Nashville called Love Don't Let Me Down, co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
The late Michael Jackson will receive a special 3-D tribute and a posthumous lifetime achievement award at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony on January 31st. Ken Ehrlich, the Grammy telecast's co-executive producer and director of Michael's This Is It movie, has provided the awards show a 3D video clip of Michael's "Earth Song," which was to be part of the singer's 2009 London shows. Carrie Underwood, Usher, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson will perform alongside the clip, which will be the first time an awards show will feature 3-D.

Carrie's invitation to perform as part of this tribute came from the Michael Jackson estate and the Grammy's, according to the singer's publicist, who said, "Carrie is one of the artists they believed Michael would have liked to have seen sing on this particular song that was so very meaningful to him."

  • While a part of the clip was shown in the recent movie documentary This Is It, Ken told USA Today that the Grammys will show the full piece in 3-D.
  • Viewers will be able to get special Grammy 3-D glasses for free at Target stores between January 26th and January 31st, the day of the Grammy broadcast.
  • Michael will also be honored with a Grammy lifetime achievement award, which was the one Grammy honor he never received when he was alive.
  • The 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be held January 31st at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

SIDE NOTES

  • Ken Ehrlich says he had been negotiating with Michael last year for a special star-studded celebration for the 25th anniversary of Thriller in which the King Of Pop was to perform. But Michael ended up declining the event. "He just wasn't ready for it," Ken said.
All of Gretchen Wilson's biggest hits are packaged in one Greatest Hits collection, which is in stores this week. The 11-song compilation also includes a never-before-commercially-released live recording of Heart's classic, "Barracuda." Gretchen co-wrote seven songs on the Greatest Hits CD, not the least of which is her 2004 smash hit, "Redneck Woman," which shot the singer to super-stardom.

Gretchen talked to us about exactly what it is that qualifies her as a "redneck." "It's a lifestyle. It's the way you're raised, and it's what you believe in. Bein' a redneck is about...it's about home and family and pride in yourself, in your work, in your surroundings, in your family, in your country, and it's everything all together, you know? It's just who you are. 'Redneck' is just a term that I've always been labeled with, but I've never had a problem with being labeled that. And I don't know...I guess that's why I had to come out of the box like that. I had to come out and just say, 'Well, I am a redneck woman,' and that's just what I'm gonna be, and it's either gonna work or it ain't, so, here we are."

  • Gretchen scored three Number One albums with Here For The Party, All Jacked Up, and One Of The Boys.
  • Her new CD, I Got Your Country Right Here, will be released on March 30th. This is her fourth studio album, and the first on Gretchen's recently-launched Redneck Records.

FAST FACTS
The track listing for Wilson's Greatest Hits set is:
1. Redneck Woman
2. Here For The Party
3. Homewrecker (Album Version)
4. When I Think About Cheatin'
5. California Girls
6. Politically Uncorrect (featuring Merle Haggard)
7. I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today
8. One Of The Boys
9. Come To Bed (featuring John Rich)
10. All Jacked Up
11. Barracuda (live)

Taylor Swift will reportedly perform two songs on the Grammy Awards on January 31st -- her new single, "Today Was a Fairytale," which is featured on the Valentine's Day movie soundtrack, and her hit "You Belong With Me." The superstar is nominated for eight Grammy awards.

Brad Paisley will headline the 7th Annual New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium in Boston on August 21st. Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 30th at 10 a.m. ET at TicketMaster.com or by phone at 866-448-7849. Other artists on the bill include Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans and Easton Corbin.

It looks like Julianne Hough's first feature film might be shelved for awhile. Paramount has taken the remake of Footloose off the release schedules in the wake of director Kenny Ortega's depature after reported "creative differences." The film was originally supposed to hit theaters on June 18th.

The Lost Trailers members Stokes Nielson, Drew Nielson and Manny Medina were in Atlanta on Monday (January 18th) to take part in the Atlanta Cares For Haiti celebrity fundraiser hosted by Antwan "Big Boi" Patton of Outkast. In the past week, CARE has raised around one million dollars for Haiti relief.

Sarah Buxton has been added to the 2010 leg of the Shine All Night tour featuring Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. The trek kicks off tonight (Thursday, January 21st) in Lexington, Kentucky.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. With what song did Tim McGraw land his first Top 10 hit in 1994?
A. "Indian Outlaw"

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
George Jones

MARTINA McBRIDE: LIVE IN CONCERT/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 9:30PM (ET)
Darryl Worley, Carl Edwards

OUR SONG: JOSH & ANN MARIE GRACIN/GAC 10:30PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Mac Davis (68) HE IS STILL SEXY TO ME!!! Happy B-Day Mac! xoxox from Jessi
  • Phil Stacey (pop singer and American Idol finalist) (32)
  • Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton (Spice Girl) (34)
  • Charlotte Ross (actress, NYPD Blue's Detective Connie McDowell) (42)
  • Geena Davis (actress, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, A League Of Their Own, the Stuart Little movies, Commander In Chief) (54)
  • Placido Domingo (opera singer) (69)
  • Jack Nicklaus (Hall Of Famer golfer) (70)
  • Billy Ocean ("Caribbean Queen" singer) (60)
  • Richie Havens (folk singer, performed at Woodstock, had a hit with a cover of "Here Comes The Sun") (69)
  • Robby Benson (actor-director, Ice Castles, voice of the Beast in Beauty & The Beast) (54)
  • Chris Britton (guitarist, the Troggs) (65)
  • Rick Ross (rapper) (34)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Carrie Underwood claimed the Number One spot in Billboard for the first of six weeks with "Jesus, Take The Wheel" in 2006.
  • After 12 consecutive years, Vince Gill announced he would not host the 2004 CMA Awards show.
  • Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, died in 1997.
  • Wynonna Judd married Arch Kelley at the Christ Church in Nashville in 1996. They divorced two years later.
  • "She's Crazy For Leavin'" took Rodney Crowell to Number One on the Billboard country singles chart in 1989.
  • Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Ricky Nelson were among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Dwight Yoakam picked up his first gold album for Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. in 1987.
  • Wanted: The Outlaws, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, was certified double-platinum in 1985.
  • Red Foley topped the Billboard country chart with "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" in 1950.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

'SURVIVOR' CONTESTANT DIES: Former Survivor contestant Jennifer Lyon has passed away at the age of 37. Usmagazine.com confirmed that the former nanny was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at age 33 in 2005, right around the time her Survivor season aired. At the time, she told Us Weekly about the news and her eventual decision to get a double mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy. She said, "I was completely shocked and overwhelmed. I felt fine that day; in fact, I've been healthy my entire life." Austin Carty, a fellow Survivor alum that Lyon once dated, said of her, "Jen was a genuinely selfless, sweet-natured person. She always had a smile. She cared about every person."

BRITTANY MURPHY'S HUSBAND: 'THE DRUGS WERE MINE': Brittany Murphy's widower says that the prescription drugs found in their home at the time of Murphy's death were actually his. Among the medications reportedly found at the Los Angeles home were: Methylprednisolone, an anti-inflammatory, Fluoxetine, an antidepressant, Klonopin, a seizure medication, Carbamazepine, a medication to treat diabetes and also bipolar disorder, Ativan, an anxiety medication, and Vicoprofen, a pain killer. Simon Monjack told People magazine that he is an oral cancer survivor, and he suffers from migraines and seizures as well as a heart condition, thus the need for so much medication.

'TEEN MOM' MOM OFFICIALLY CHARGED: Debra Danielson was officially charged on Wednesday (January 20th) with domestic assault for allegedly attacking her daughter, MTV's Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham. RadarOnline.com reported that Danielson appeared in an Iowa courtroom, and while she was expected to enter a plea to the charge, she did not. She was ordered back in court on February 26 for her preliminary hearing. At that time, the judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to order her to stand trial.

HEIDI MONTAG'S ALBUM TANKS: Despite her non-stop media appearances in the past week, Heidi Montag only managed to sell 658 copies of her new album, Superficial. The Hills star launched a media blitz as she unveiled her plastic surgery-enhanced new look, and was hoping to have sold some albums along the way.

'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STAR IS PLAYBOY COVER GIRL: The Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon will be featured on the March cover of Playboy. The New York Post reports that the six-page nude spread was shot by none other than the 41-year-old's ex-husband, Gilles Bensimon, who was the creative director of Elle magazine.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


'AMERICAN IDOL' IS RATINGS GIANT: American Idol still rolling in the ratings. Tuesday's show beat out all other competition, with a 16.6 rating/24 share in the overnights at 8PM. That was a 33 percent jump from last year's second week episode, and Hollyscoop.com reported that a show in its 9th season has never accomplished such a feat!

'PARANORMAL ACTIVITY' SEQUEL COMING SOON: The sequel to Paranormal Activity is well on its way to theaters. PerezHilton.com reports that the as-of-yet untitled flick will hit theaters on October 22nd, just before Halloween.

BILLY BALDWIN JOINING 'GOSSIP GIRL'? Billy Baldwin is in talks to join Gossip Girl as the father of Blake Lively's character, Serena van der Woodsen. EW.com reports that Baldwin's character's past relationship with Lily Rhodes van der Woodsen Bass Humphrey (Kelly Rutherford) is going to be a big part of the character's plotline, and he'll be coming between Lily and Rufus (Matthew Settle).

'90210' DAD QUITS: Rob Estes is the latest 90210 cast member to leave the CW drama. On the heels of Jenni Garth's departure, RadarOnline.com reports that Estes, who plays Harry Wilson the school principal, has quit the show amongst rumors of contract negotiations falling short of the mark. A source said, "The bottom line is that Rob won't be on the show next season. The producers, the studio and Rob came to the conclusion together that his role had ran its course. There just wasn't enough for Rob to do because the show is more about the kids." Other insiders claim the issue was more about money, with some saying the split was amicable, while others say things got nasty.

CHARLIE SHEEN VISITS WIFE IN HOSPITAL

Charlie Sheen paid a visit to his ailing wife, Brooke Mueller, in the hospital Wednesday (January 20th) while she was in the ICU recovering from a 105 degree following emergency oral surgery. According to TMZ.com, Mueller likely has pneumonia.

Despite the order barring Sheen from having contact with Mueller in the wake of their Christmas Day quarrel, he was able visit under emergency situations. Under the current circumstances, Sheen can reportedly be in the same room with Mueller but can't communicate with her.

A source connected with the case told TMZ the judge will sign a formal order allowing Charlie to have contact with Brooke in the hospital.

  • Sheen arrived at the hospital with two friends, including Mark Burg, executive producer of Two And A Half Men. Insiders say Sheen is living in Burg's guest house because of the protective order.
  • His lawyer has reportedly asked that their court hearing, scheduled for tomorrow, be pushed back to February 8th.
  • In December, Mueller told police that Sheen pulled a knife on her during an argument and threatened to have her killed.

CHECK IT OUT: See the video of Sheen at the hospital:
http://tinyurl.com/ylj2s7g

WILL FERRELL AND TOM HANKS BOOKED ON 'TONIGHT' TOMORROW

Preparations at NBC are making it look increasingly likely that tomorrow's Tonight Show will be Conan O'Brien's last. A day after he referenced that the weekend would signal "the biggest drinking binge in history," it was revealed that Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell will be O'Brien's Friday night guests.

Ferrell was O'Brien's first guest when he made his Tonight Show debut in June and its somewhat of a Tonight tradition to have your first guest repeat as your last.

  • Hanks announced his booking, tweeting, "Flag on me with CoCo tonight! Going on Friday's Big Show. What WILL happen? Tune in. Hanx."
  • Meanwhile, ABC News reports that a woman answering the ticket hotline for the Tonight Show said that she was not booking tickets for shows after this week.

CHECK IT OUT: Funny or Die video of Jeff Zucker's voicemails to Conan: http://tinyurl.com/yajuq6a

DENNIS HOPPER'S DAUGHTER PUSHING DIVORCE FOR SELFISH REASONS?

Dennis Hopper's oldest daughter, Marin is reportedly the one pushing her cancer-stricken dad to divorce his wife of 13 years. Hopper and Victoria Duffy were married in 1996 and have a six-year-old daughter, named Galen, together.

A source told The Huffington Post, "It's so horrible, Dennis is at home, Victoria and Galen are living there as well, and Marin is pulling her father out of his bed and driving him to the divorce lawyers. The poor guy has no idea what is going on. Even his lawyers are telling people he is on painkillers and is essentially sleeping all the time."

  • Hopper reportedly filed the divorce papers even though his lawyers would not let him sign other paperwork at the same time, telling one family member that he was in an altered mental state due to the copious amounts of drugs he is taking.
  • Tv.RightCelebrity.com reports that Marin seems to have her own best interests in mind, because if she can get Hopper divorced that would cut his wife out of a lot of the inheritance.
  • Meanwhile, SocialiteLife.com notes that Marin apparently lives rent free in her father's Venice compound with her child, making a living by scheduling paid appearances for the Easy Rider star.

CHECK IT OUT: 10 Crazy Inheritance Stories: http://tinyurl.com/y9ed63g

DAVID HASSELHOFF LANDS NEW REALITY SHOW

David Hasselhoff is getting his own reality show. The 57-year-old, who recently announced his departure from America's Got Talent, revealed that he'll be starring on an A&E docu-drama later this year, which will feature him helping his two teenage daughters break into the entertainment industry.

He said in a statement, "It's the dream of every parent to be able to help their child succeed. I told the girls that I would help them open the door when they are ready, but they would have to walk through it on their own."

  • His kids have been featured in the news with their dad before. In 2007, one of them taped him drunkenly eating a cheeseburger and earlier this month, a 911 tape was released in which 17-year-old Hayley is overheard saying, "My dad just . . . he's collapsed . . . It's kind of scaring me."

CHECK IT OUT: David Hasselhoff cheeseburger video (Beware of profanity!) http://tinyurl.com/yhr3xwe

'JERSEY SHORE'S' PAULY D REPORTEDLY BAGS BRITNEY'S MANAGER

Britney Spears and Jersey Shore star Pauly Delvecchio, aka Pauly D have something in common. The New York Post reports that Spears' longtime manager Larry Rudolph, has agreed to work with the reality star/DJ, who has recently been asking upwards of $7,000 per appearance.

Rudolph has also managed Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees.

Meanwhile, the Post added that Jersey Shore will live on past its finale tonight. In addition to a "dramatic reunion" that was shot last week, sources claim that a "prequel" is in development that would feature the cast members' audition tapes.

  • "Before the Shore" from will also include interviews with the cast about what their lives were like before becoming reality stars.
  • The network is considering possible alternatives for a second season of Shore including a pared down cast, the introduction of new cast members or replacing the cast entirely, like the Real World, where new housemates are introduced each season.

CHECK IT OUT: How to get a manager: http://tinyurl.com/capoqy

FULL CAST OF 'CELEBRITY FIT CLUB' ANNOUNCED

The complete cast of VH1's upcoming Celebrity Fit Club has been revealed. Reality stars, singers and actors will compete along with exes Kevin Federline and Shar Jackson on the weight-loss series.

  • The cast will be broken into two teams, competing for $200,000 in cash and prizes and the individual celeb who drops the most weight will win $50,000 in prizes. The show premieres on February 8th.

The entire cast is as follows:

  • Bobby Brown
  • Jay McCarroll (winner of "Project Runway", Season 1)
  • KayCee Stroh ("High School Musical")
  • Kevin Federline
  • Former "Baywatch" babe Nicole Eggert
  • Sebastian Bach (Former lead singer of Skid Row)
  • Shar Jackson ("Moesha")
  • "Bad Girl" Tanisha Thomas ("Bad Girls Club", Season 2)

CHECK IT OUT: See a video making fun of Federline's weight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUv4bFiByaY

CHINA PULLING 2-D 'AVATAR' FROM THEATERS

The 2-D version of Avatar is being pulled from theaters in China because its making too much money. The Press Association reports that China wants to reduce competition for their local film industry, which is taking a hit due to Avatar's success.

The 3-D and Imax versions of the global hit will continue their run into February, but this Saturday (January 23rd) marks the end of 2-D screenings of the sci-fi flick -- that also dramatizes the forced eviction of a people -- which The Press Association notes is a politically sensitive subject in China.

  • The Beijing Youth Daily quoted UME International Cineplex assistant manager Liu Hui as having said, "In UME, the 3-D and Imax version make up 90 per cent of our box-office income, so it won't affect the majority of viewers. With the pullout of the 2D version, movies like Confucius will gain some room for showing."
  • E! reported that Avatar has been playing in China for just two weeks and has banked $73.2 million -- making it the top-grossing film in the nation's history.

A NIGHT OF TOUCHING STORIES ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

'American Idol' held auditions in Orlando, Florida with guest judge Kristin Chenoweth. Orlando was filled with contestants who had touching stories and the talent to back it up. One of the contestants was Seth Rollins, 28, who told viewers about his autistic son. Another contestant was Shelby Dressel who had lost the feeling on the right side of her face, but had won over the judges with her personality. The episode did have its comedic moments, as usual. Cornelius Edwards shocked the judges with a split that ripped his pants in half and still managed to grab a golden ticket. Orlando auditions wound down with Jarrod Norrell from Georgia who refused to leave the room and was forced to leave his audition in handcuffs. Overall, 31 golden tickets were given out in Orlando.

INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?

From TGirl1045 on AOL.com: ''Amazing Grace dude wasn't the worst I've heard on this show because there were at least discernable musical notes. However, he wasn't nearly talented enough to make it to Hollywood.''

From butterflies on myidol.americanidol.com: ''I agree that it was much better than Chicago. Even the back (sob) stories were better. Yesterday was just . . . bad.''

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Thursday, January 21, 2010


AFTERSHOCK SHAKES HAITI: A strong 5.9-magnitude aftershock shook earthquake-devastated Haiti Wednesday (January 20th), sending Haitians -- many of whom are already living in the streets -- away from buildings and walls, but it didn't appear to cause any new destruction. This as some international rescue teams began to leave as the hope of finding any more survivors dimmed eight days after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck. Violence and scavenging had subsided as U.S. troops provided security for water and food distribution and thousands of Haitians followed the government's advice to go stay with family or friends outside the capital city, Port-au-Prince. The American ship USNS Comfort arrived with its hospital and advanced surgical units, but medical care was still sorely needed, with hospitals and doctors overwhelmed and shortages of medical supplies.
  • The House passed legislation yesterday that would allow taxpayers who make donations for Haitian earthquake victims through the end of February to write off the charitable deduction when they file their 2009 taxes this spring, instead of waiting to file their 2010 returns. The Senate is expected to quickly follow suit. A similar law was enacted in 2005 for donations to victims of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

DEMOCRATS CONSIDERING NEXT MOVE ON HEALTH CARE: One day after Republican Scott Brown's upset victory in the Massachusetts Senate race took away the Democrats' filibuster-proof, 60-seat majority, the White House and Democratic lawmakers were considering the next step on health care reform. One idea is for the House to accept the Senate legislation as is, with any needed changes to be made later. Under this path, no further Senate approval would be needed, and the measure would go to President Obama for his signature. Prospects for that didn't seem likely, however, with too many provisions in the Senate bill objectionable to both progressive and conservative House Democrats. Another idea is to create a simpler bill with just the more popular provisions, including banning insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or dropping coverage when someone gets sick, and doing more in later chunks.

INTELLIGENCE HEAD ADMITS MISSTEPS IN HANDLING OF UNDERWEAR BOMBER: National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair conceded before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Wednesday (January 20th) that mistakes were made in the government's handling of the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt. Blair said the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group should have questioned Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before any decisions were made on whether to place him in the civilian court system. But FBI Director Robert Mueller said later that the unit designed by the Obama administration is not yet operational, but Abdulmutallab was questioned by the FBI. Blair also said Abdulmutallab shouldn't have gotten as far as he did, admitting, "The overall counterterrorism system did not do its job. It's in large part my responsibility."

RAMPAGE KILLER FEARED BEING FORCED OUT OF HOUSE: A 39-year-old security guard accused of killing eight people in Appomattox, Virginia, Tuesday (January 19th) had reportedly complained to a friend that he feared being forced out of the house he co-owned with his sister and brother-in-law, who were among those killed. Security guard Christopher Bryan Speight was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday after surrendering early in the day following an 18-hour manhunt. A bomb squad then discovered multiple explosive devices at the home, which is where most of the bodies were found. The other victims were two adults, three teenagers and a four-year-old boy who police say Speight knew, but they didn't outline the victims' relationships.

TODAY'S FYI:

MCCAIN AND PALIN TOGETHER AGAIN: The 2008 Republican presidential ticket is reuniting, with Sarah Palin set to campaign for John McCain's Senate re-election campaign. It was announced Wednesday (January 20th) that former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Palin will join her former running mate in Phoenix on March 26th. She's set to attend a private fundraiser that evening, and appear the next day with McCain at a public event, which will likely be a rally. Although Palin has criticized McCain's presidential campaign and some of its staffers since their loss, she's never criticized the Arizona senator himself. For his part, McCain has steadfastly defended her and stood by his decision to pluck her from obscurity to be his running mate.

CINDY MCCAIN POSES FOR PHOTO BACKING GAY MARRIAGE: While John McCain is looking to shore up his conservative base with support from Sarah Palin, his wife has posed for a photo supporting gay marriage -- a cause opposed by many Republicans, especially conservatives. Cindy McCain appears with duct tape across her mouth and "NOH8" written on her cheek in the photo posted yesterday (January 20th) on the website of the group NOH8, which is opposed to California's Proposition 8, a ballot measure passed by voters in the state in November 2008 that bans gay marriage. The McCains' daughter Meghan has been outspoken in her support of gay rights, and also posed for a similar photo. John McCain's office said in a statement that while he respects the views of members of his family, he remains opposed to gay marriage.

WHITE HOUSE GATE CRASHERS TAKE THE FIFTH: White House gate crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi were on Capitol Hill yesterday (January 20th), showing up in response to a subpoena from the House Homeland Security Committee. But the Virginia couple didn't do much talking, repeatedly invoking their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in response to questions from lawmakers on the committee. One frustrated member of Congress asked the Salahis if they'd even answer if they were sitting in the committee room at that moment. A federal grand jury is investigating the Salahis over their November 24th crashing of the White House state dinner for the prime minister of India, and the couple said they'd be willing to return and testify after the criminal investigation is over. Before the hearing, the Salahis' attorney insisted that the couple -- who'd been auditioning for the reality TV show The Real Housewives of D.C. -- believed they'd been invited to the dinner.

GET OFF YOUR DUFF! SITTING COULD BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH: We Americans sit a lot -- at work, at school, in front of the TV and even in the car. But scientists are increasingly warning that sitting for long periods of time can be harmful to your health, even if you're someone who exercises regularly. Several studies suggest people who spend most of their day sitting are more likely to be overweight, have a heart attack, or even die. Elin Ekblom-Bak of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences wrote in an editorial this week, "After four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals," explaining that genes regulating the amount of glucose and fat in the body start to shut down. She recommended that when people are at work, they should try to get up as often as possible. She said, "Don't just send your colleague an e-mail. Walk over and talk to him. Standing up."

YOUTUBE TO START MOVIE RENTALS: YouTube is entering the movie rental world, debuting Friday (January 22nd) to help promote some of the movies to be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. It's part of a test that the Internet's most popular video site hopes will encourage more movie studios to rent movies through YouTube. The first rentals will cost $3.99 for a two-day period. Movie studios will be able to set their own prices, with rental periods ranging from one to 90 days, and YouTube will get a commission for each rental.

IS YOUR COMMUTE ONE OF THE NATION'S WORST?: The Daily Beast website, with help from the traffic-tracking firm INRIX, compiled a list of the 75 worst commutes in the country. The top 10 worst ones are:

  1. Hollywood Freeway -- Los Angeles
  2. Lunalilo Freeway (H-1) -- Honolulu
  3. Capital Beltway -- surrounds Washington, D.C.
  4. I-35 -- Austin
  5. James Lick Freeway (US 101) -- San Francisco
  6. Cross Bronx Expressway -- New York City
  7. I-5 -- Seattle
  8. I-95 -- Bridgeport, Connecticut
  9. Kennedy Expressway -- Chicago
  10. Airport Expressway (State Road 112) -- Miami

SPORTS:

IVANOVIC, DEMENTIEVA, BLAKE OUT AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva and American James Blake are all out at the Australian Open after losing their matches late Wednesday (January 20th) and Thursday (January 21st).

Former Number 1 Ivanovic of Serbia lost 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 in the second round to Gisela Dulko of Argentina. Ivanovic has slipped to 21st place in the rankings and didn't win a tournament in 2009.

Justine Henin of Belgium beat fifth-ranked Dementieva 7-5, 7-6 (6) in the second-round. Henin is competing as an unseeded player after announcing last fall that she was unretiring.

Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro beat Blake 6-4, 6-7 (3), 5-7, 6-3, 10-8.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


Thursday, January 21, 2010


CBS
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (repeat)
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (repeat)
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - A team collects evidence after a legendary golfer is murdered at a high profile tournament.
  • THE MENTALIST - Patrick and the team investigate when a mayor's aide is murdered; Van Pelt and Rigsby make an announcement.

NBC

  • COMMUNITY - Jeff is determined to keep his new girlfriend a secret; Britta and Troy have secrets they decide to share.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Following a date with Justin in Indianapolis, Leslie hosts a dinner party at her house to try to impress him.
  • THE OFFICE - Michael, Dwight, Pam and Andy try to impress a potential buyer; Michael remembers good times they have had in the office.
  • 30 ROCK - Liz tries to boost office morale by taking the show on the road; crew members blame Liz for their misfortunes.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Billy Crystal, Zoe Saldana

FOX

  • BONES - Government agents demand that Brennan and her team determine a cause of death for an unidentified and highly classified set of remains.
  • FRINGE - Walter, Broyles and Astrid race to save Peter and Olivia when they are exposed to a life threatening virus.

ABC

  • THE DEEP END - (series premiere) Dylan is given an impossible pro-bono case; Liam tries to get a client to sign with the firm under false pretenses.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - After learning about Richard's drinking problem, Derek confronts him; Izzy returns hoping to reconcile with Alex; tensions are high between Teddy, Cristina and Owen.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - Maya's announcement shocks Sam and Naomi; Pete challenges Fife on a patient with a cutting edge bionic arm.

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Damon runs into someone who wants to make him pay for past wrongs; Stefan tries to help Bonnie accept her powers.
  • SUPERNATURAL - Dean and Sam check themselves into a mental institution so they can investigate a monster that is attacking patients.

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY - Alexis and Tamra grow closer; Gretchen and Slade go to the races with Alexis and Jim.

FX

  • ARCHER - A new field officer makes a splash at ISIS, however Archer and Lana suspect there may be something all too perfect about the new guy.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - The designers take on the second challenge of the season.

MTV

  • JERSEY SHORE - (season finale) The roommates say goodbye as season one comes to an end.

USA

  • BURN NOTICE - A woman hires Michael and Fiona to get her away from some violent con men; a contact goes to extreme lengths to get Michael's attention.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Colin Firth, Dr. Drew Pinsky
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Intervention: The Man Eating Himself to Death
THE VIEW - Julie Andrews

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Harrison Ford, Blind Boys of Alabama with Lou Reed
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Billy Crystal, Zoe Saldana
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Robin Williams, Barry Manilow
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Dwayne Johnson, Dwayne Kennedy
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Adam Goldberg, Abbie Cornish
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - A performance by the Broadway cast of Fela!
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Julie Andrews
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - John Farmer
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Samuel J. Jackson, Dianna Agron, Omarion

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


BALL BOY'S ACCIDENT CAUSES DELAY: American Donald Young and Christophe Rochus' tennis match was delayed during the Australian Open because one of the ball boys had an ''accident'.' Just as Young had broken serve in the fourth set, ''the ball boy started peeing on himself,'' Young explained. The young man was dripping as he ran off the court. Young said they attempted to clean the urine with a blower, but it simply was not working. The delay lasted half an hour. (tennis.fanhouse.com)

OVER 200 BALES OF HAY STOLEN: Over 200 bales of hay went missing from a farm in central Pennsylvania early this month and the police are trying to find out who took it and why. The incident happened on January 3rd in Wellsville, York County. State police said that someone broke into the barn and took approximately 245 bales of hay. The hay is worth about $1,000. (AP)

MAN ACCUSED OF SPRAYING FOX URINE: A man from Portland, Maine is facing assault charges for allegedly spraying protesters with fox urine outside of a restaurant. According to police, the protest was against labor violations and the owner, Harding Lee Smith, is the target of a lawsuit that claims he has been violating state and federal wage and hour rules. The 36-year-old man lived above the restaurant but was not one of its employees. Fox urine is commonly used as a repellant to keep animals out of people's gardens. (AP)


HOSPITALIZED ON A SPICY DARE: Eight teenagers were rushed to the hospital in Germany after drinking a bottle of concentrated chili sauce due to a game of ''truth or dare." The teens were complaining about severe stomachaches and were treated by the German Red Cross before being taken to the hospital. The teens' lives were not in danger. (AFP)

DID YOU KNOW?


DEPARTMENT STORE CREATES DIVORCE REGISTRY: Debenhams, a department store in the UK, has created a divorce registry in the hopes of easing the transition from two to one. Gift registries, both for weddings and new babies, are major money makers for department stores. Unfortunately for retailers, people are cohabiting before marriage in greater numbers, and needing less once they say their I Dos. Perhaps the divorce registry will make up the difference?

TV IS STILL KIDS' FAVORITE MEDIA FORM: Kids are consuming media at record levels but, surprisingly, the largest part of their diet is still TV, according to a new study. The NY Daily News reported that according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's new study, people between the ages of 8 and 18 spend upward of 4-1/2 hours a day watching television programming -- despite the presence of computers, phones and iPods. That's up by 38% a day over five years ago. Vicky Rideout, vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation said, "It really is interesting to see, even with all the new media out there, television continues to dominate kids' media preferences. But, television content continues to be disengaged from the television set. They're watching a lot of different platforms and a lot of different content."


BRITAIN BANNING DRINKING GAMES IN BARS: Britain is introducing a ban on some drinking games and promotions in a bid to curb a heavy drinking culture. Drinking games like the infamous "dentist's chair" -- where drinks are poured directly into the mouth by others -- and promotions like "all you can drink for 10 pounds ($16)," speed drinking competitions and "women drink free" nights will be prohibited. Vendors could lose their licenses, be fined up to 20,000 pounds ($32,750) or face six months in prison if they are found to be in violation.


WOMEN SHOULD EAT DURING CHILBIRTH: Women should be allowed to eat and drink what they want during labor, according to researchers. The Daily Mail reports that consuming food and drink during labor was clamped down on during the last century because of concerns about choking, or regurgitating food that might cause fatal damage to the lungs. However, the review looked at five studies and a total of 3,130 women at low risk of complications. It found no evidence of any risk or benefit associated with eating or drinking.

FACEBOOK TIPS (Lemondop.com)

Hide Constant Oversharers: The best bit of netiquette advice I ever received was from a friend who once told me: "Imagine saying your status update out loud to every single person on your friends list." Whoa. My friends list includes past professors, fourth-grade classmates and 12-year-old cousins, as I'm sure yours does, and imagining myself telling my former philosophy prof about how my cramps make me want to rip out my ovaries has definitely saved me from potential shame.

  • Solution: If you have an oversharer on your friends list, and the icky joy you initially felt watching her make ridiculous decisions ("I think Curt is the one!" followed by "I'm so through dating psychos!") has worn thin, did you know you can hide their updates? Just hover over their status in your news feed and click "hide." TMI, begone!

Use Lists to Limit What People See: If you don't want to deny anyone's friendship, but you also don't really want your ex-Sunday School teacher to see some of your photos.

  • Solution: Go to the Friends tab on your profile and start creating lists. I prefer a "rating" system: G rated, PG-13 and R. You can set restrictions of what each list can and can't see. You can also limit who gets your status updates by moving your cursor over the little tiny lock in the corner, where you write your updates.

Become Unfriendable: When you feel like you have enough friends, thank you very much, and don't want anyone else to add you, but you don't want to deep-six Facebook entirely.

  • Solution: The best you can do here is go to Settings >> Privacy >> Contact Information and make sure "Add Me As a Friend" is set to "only friends," You'll still show up in searches (though you can block that, too, in Settings >> Privacy >> Search), but no one will be able to do anything about it once they find you. While you're at it, you could set everything to only friends to ensure that strangers aren't browsing your photos or finding your email address.

Keep Your Comments to Yourself: When someone comments on your wall, not only is it visible to your friends, the comment is visible to all the friends of the person who posted the comment. Got that? Think: If you post an "Is 5 o'clock here yet?" status update, even if you're not Facebook friends with your boss, one of your co-workers might be, and if she comments on your post, you could be cooked.

  • Solution: You can change that by going to settings >> privacy settings >>. Once there, make sure "posts by friends," "comments on posts" and "posts by me" are all "only friends."

Relationship Issues: What do you do if you're dating someone who wants to make it official by changing Facebook statuses, while you still feel like It's Complicated or even -- "It's none of your damn business, Facebook"?

  • Solution: Eliminate your relationship status altogether by going to settings >> privacy settings >> privacy (manage) >> profile information >> Family and Relationship >> Custom Settings >> "Make this visible to "Only Me." This is also helpful to avoid that weird 21st-century problem of taking your now ex off your profile.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What Emmy-winner was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA in 1982?

A: Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay

Source: IMDB.com

Scott Brown Says in Victory Speech That His Daughters are 'Available'

Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown, who threw the political world for a loop Tuesday (January 19th) when he won the Senate seat from Massachusetts held for nearly 50 years by the late Ted Kennedy, was also being talked about yesterday for the gaffe he made in his acceptance speech. While thanking his family for their support, Brown blurted out that his two attractive, college-age daughters, Ayla and Arianna, are available: "I wanna thank Ayla and Arianna for their help as well." (Cheers) "And just in case anybody who's watching throughout the country -- yes, they're both available."

Basketball League for White People Only


This may sound unbelievable in the 21st century, but the Augusta Chronicle reports that a new professional basketball league is being organized that will accept, quote, "only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race." The All-American Basketball Alliance plans to start its first season in June, and is hoping to have teams in 12 cities throughout the Southeast. The ABBA's commissioner, Don "Moose" Lewis, denies racism is the motive. He told the Chronicle, "I don't hate anyone of any color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here's a league for white plays to play fundamental basketball, which they like." Lewis says he wants fundamental basketball instead of what he called "street-ball" played by, quote, "people of color." He cited recent NBA incidents, like Gilbert Arenas brining a gun to the Washington Wizards locker room, and said, "Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?" Lewis said he's received threats, and several cities have told him they're not interested.

Job Interview Blunders

Many people lost their jobs in this Great Recession, and that means lots of people are out there pounding the pavement trying to get new employment. Yahoo!'s "Shine" has put together six funny job interview blunders to avoid that were posted by an anonymous recruiter, "John Q. Recruiter," on his Twitter account.

  • Your e-mail address -- "Note to job applicants: Since email accounts are free, how about a basic first initial/last name combo instead of snoopyluv@aol.com?
  • Don't exaggerate -- "Note to 'Rex': Attending a meeting is not the same as 'co-leading team events' or 'serving as part of project brain trust.'"
  • Keep the perfume light -- "Wondering if today's applicant applied her perfume with a hose instead of a mister....Jeez."
  • Don't be needy -- "'Joe': "You're my first interview since the summer." Me (in my head): 'Great, every employer had the sense to pass on this guy except me.'"
  • No flirting -- "Note to 'Val': I may in fact be 'hot' or 'smoking,' but sharing that with me in the interview is kind of a negative."
  • Watch what you ask -- "Hey Len: when I give you a chance to ask me a few questions, your very first inquiry should not be, 'When can I take vacation?'"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Charlie Daniels is resting at his vacation home in Durango, Colorado after suffering a mild stroke while snowmobiling there on Friday (January 15th). After being treated at the local hospital, he was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in Denver, where he was released on Sunday (January 17th).

So far, there are no plans to cancel any concert dates.

  • According to Charlie's publicist, "he is doing well" and looking forward to hitting the road. His first concert date of 2010 is on February 27th in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
  • His spokesperson adds, "Charlie and his family appreciate and are grateful for everyone's thoughts and prayers during this time."
Jason Aldean's current Wide Open CD was certified platinum for sales of more than one million units late last year, but he didn't get around to officially celebrating the feat until yesterday (Tuesday, January 19th). Jason and his record label hosted a private party at a restaurant in Nashville, where the singer told us that 2009 will go down as his best so far. "I've waited since I was 14 years old to have a year like we've had this last year. I knew when we were makin' this album, I felt like it was the best album we had made out of the three, but it's hard to say. You put songs out there and sometimes you just kinda hope for the best. It's something that we like, but you don't really know how that's gonna translate once people hear it."

Sales of Wide Open were propelled by his monster hits "She's Country," "Big Green Tractor" and his latest, "The Truth." The combination have taken Jason to the next level of his career, he tells us: "All I've ever tried to do was record great songs, and never really cared if I wrote 'em or where they came from as long as they were great songs, and I think as long as you do that then I think that you got a chance at havin' a pretty decent career, and so that's what I'm hopin' for, and this album definitely put us into a new category, which is great!"

Despite the festive mood at the party, Jason wanted to address the devastating earthquake in Haiti which has brought the reported death toll to nearly 200,000. Jason wants to encourage everyone to get involved in the relief effort. "You know, our thoughts and prayers are definitely with those people. It's just a tragic thing, and I think anybody that sees any of the organizations that are -- churches and stuff that are doing missions to go over there . . . It's such a poor country, and any little bit of money will help. I mean, a hundred bucks to them is like life-changing. This is one of those things that I think everybody should kinda pitch in and help and get 'em back on their feet over there."

  • Jason will kick off his 2010 Wide Open arena tour on Friday (January 22nd) with a sold out show in Greenville, South Carolina. His hometown show on Saturday (January 23rd) in Macon, Georgia is also sold out. Tickets to that show were gone nearly two months ago.
  • Jason previously sold out 17 consecutive dates on the fall run of the tour.

FAST FACTS

  • Wide Open was released in April of 2009.
  • Both "She's Country" and "Big Green Tractor" reached the Number One spot on the country charts.

Kenny Chesney's upcoming 3-D concert tour movie, called Summer In 3-D, will be in theaters on April 21st.

Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks will release their new project as a duo sometime in May. The two tell Rolling Stone that they are calling themselves the Court Yard Hounds for this CD.

Brad Paisley is using some cutting-edge technology for his new video for "American Saturday Night." The clip is not done in 3D, but rather 2.5D. It required over 20,000 still photos of Brad, his band, The Drama Kings, and over 100 extras. Several shoots were done with a green screen, making the video look as if it's a pop-up book.
  • The final clip was completed in just four weeks with a team of less than ten people.
  • "American Saturday Night" is currently at Number Eight on the Billboard and MediaBase country singles charts.
  • The clip is now airing on CMT and GAC, as well as online at bradpaisley.com.

FAST FACTS

  • Brad is nominated for a Grammy award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Start A Band," his duet with Keith Urban. The Grammy Awards will be held on January 31st.
  • Brad kicked off the final leg of his American Saturday Night tour last weekend with openers Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore.
Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Little Big Town, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Darryl Worley, Joe Nichols, Danny Gokey, and Steve Azar spent this past weekend in Memphis, Tennessee to participate in the 21st annual Country Cares For St. Jude fundraiser event. The artists learned about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and it's mission to cure children with cancer. They also visited with many of the young patients at the hospital.
  • The Country Cares For St. Jude radiothon was founded by former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen, who was on hand for the event.

FAST FACTS

  • Since it's inception in 1989, the Country Cares for St. Jude's event has raised more than $365 million.
  • The annual radiothon is one of the most successful radio fundraisers in history.

Kid Rock has made a lot of friends in the country music world, but he's definitely got his favorites when it comes to his personal playlist. These days, Kid says he's listening to Zac Brown and Jamey Johnson. He told People magazine, "They both write their songs and they are those people in their songs, so I champion both those guys."

He also gives kudos to Taylor Swift, although he says he's not necessarily listening to her music. He told the magazine, "She knows how to play guitar and she writes her songs so God bless her. I wish there was more of that out there. Hopefully she gets better and grows and keeps it all going."

  • Kid Rock has enjoyed success on the country charts himself with "Picture," a duet with Sheryl Crow, and, most recently, "All Summer Long."

FAST FACTS

  • Kid Rock performed a duet with Jamey Johnson on the 2009 CMA Awards.
  • He and Sheryl Crow were nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for "Picture" at the CMA Awards in 2003.
  • Kid Rock was recently inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
Jo Dee Messina will perform a five-night engagement in New York City from March 16th-20th. The show will take place each night at Feinstein's at the city's Regency Hotel, with two shows scheduled for March 19th and 20th. The performances will be done in Jo Dee's interactive Music Room tour style, where she takes requests from the audience and answers questions throughout the show.
  • Jo Dee will release her new album, called Unmistakable, later this year. Her new single, called "That's God," will be making its way to radio at the end of the month. Jo Dee co-wrote the single, which was inspired by her son, Noah.

FAST FACTS

  • Jo Dee's 2010 tour will officially begin on February 12th in Salt Lake City.
  • Unmistakable is Jo Dee's first new CD in five years.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What famed songwriter was rhythm guitarist and harmony singer for Emmylou Harris?
A. Rodney Crowell

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CMT CRIBS/CMT 12:00PM (ET)
Kenny Rogers, James Otto, Heidi Newfield

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS/GAC 12:00PM, 5:00PM (ET)
Tim McGraw

CMT CRIBS/CMT 12:30PM (ET)
Randy Owen, Troy Gentry, Gretchen Wilson

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:00PM (ET)
Trisha Yearwood at Graceland

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
George Jones

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • John Michael Montgomery (45)
  • Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. (former astronaut, the second man on the moon) (80)
  • Arte Johnson (actor, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Love At First Bite) (81)
  • Lorenzo Lamas (actor, Arlene Dahl's and Fernando Lamas' son) (52)
  • David Lynch (Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet director) (64)
  • Bill Maher (comedian and HBO's Real Time host) (54)
  • Melissa Rivers (Joan Rivers's daughter) (42)
  • Skeet Ulrich (actor, Jericho) (40)
  • Rainn Wilson (actor, Dwight on The Office) (44)
  • James Denton (actor, Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives) (47)
  • Patricia Neal (actress, Cookie's Fortune, Hud, Breakfast At Tiffany's) (84)
  • Paul Stanley (singer-guitarist, Kiss) (58)
  • Eric Stewart (singer-guitarist, 10cc) (65)
  • Ian Hill (bassist, Judas Priest) (59)
  • Tracii Guns (guitarist, L.A. Guns, the Brides Of Destruction) (44)
  • Rob Bourdon (drummer, Linkin Park) (31)
  • Rudy Boesch (contestant, Survivor) (82)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Sara Evans' single "Born to Fly" hit Number One in 2001.
  • Clint Black scored his first Number One single with "Nobody's Home" in 1990.
  • Billboard magazine began compiling its country singles chart through its BDS system, a computerized monitoring of airplay, in 1990.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1973.
  • Flatt & Scruggs played at President-elect Richard Nixon's inauguration in 1969.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

KIM KARDASHIAN DENIES PROPOSAL BET: Kim Kardashian's marriage plans are not dependent on the Super Bowl outcome. The reality star strongly denied a New York Post report that claimed her New Orleans Saints star boyfriend Reggie Bush made a deal to propose if his team wins the football championship. She wrote on her blog that a joke during a recent interview "was taken way out of context by a lot of media outlets." She added, "In NO way is that a bet I made with Reggie! If you listen to the interview you can hear exactly what I said . . . It bugs me how people twist stories."

CHARLIE SHEEN HEARING POSTPONED: Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller's scheduled court hearing has been postponed from today until Friday. GossipCop.com reported that there's no drama behind the postponement, just an issue of scheduling with the parties involved.

GISELE AND LEO HAVE AWKWARD ENCOUNTER: Exes Gisele Bundchen and Leonardo DiCaprio crossed paths over the weekend while out with their respective partners; Tom Brady and Bar Refaelli. A source told Usmagazine.com, "Leo actually kissed Gisele on the cheek and said hi. Brady and Bar just sort of looked on at their partners and each other. It was an awkward moment but it was over instantly. Brady and Gisele had more important things to do." The witness noted that both couples looked very much in love.

'GREASE' STAR HOSPITALIZED AFTER BAD FALL: Grease star Jeff Conaway is a Los Angeles hospital with serious injuries after suffering a freak fall down the stairs of his home. TMZ.com reports that Conaway -- whose struggles with drugs were recently captured on Celebrity Rehab -- suffered a broken hip, a broken arm, a fractured neck and a brain hemorrhage in the accident and is set to undergo surgery.

RYAN SEACREST'S ALLEGEDL STALKER MUST STAND TRIAL: Ryan Seacrest's alleged stalker has been ordered to stand trial. TMZ.com reports that 25-year-old Chidi Uzomah is due in court on February 2nd, where he'll face charges of felony stalking and disobeying two court orders. He allegedly violated a restraining order when he showed up at E! last year.

JENNIFER GARNER STALKER PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Jennifer Garner's accused stalker pleaded not guilty Tuesday (January 19th) morning to charges of felony stalking and disobeying a court order. E! reported that Steven Richard Burky was nabbed last month after he was spotted loitering outside the nursery school that the actress's daughter attends, despite a restraining order that was intended to keep him more than 100 yards away from the family. He remains behind bars on $300,000 bail.

'ONE TREE HILL' STARS DATING? One Tree Hill co-stars Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols are reportedly a couple. Sources told E! that the pair were "never more than five feet apart" at a Golden Globes afterparty. The witness continued to dish, "They were constantly at each other's side. She would chat with her girlfriends while he caught up with a few guy friends, but they were always next to each other." While they weren't "overly affectionate," the spy noted that "it was clear they were there together."

SEAN PATRICK THOMAS AND WIFE ARE EXPECTING: Sean Patrick Thomas and his wife Aonika Laurent are expecting their second child. A rep for the Save the Last Dance star confirmed that the new baby is due in June.

BROOKE SHIELDS TAX TROUBLE? Brooke Shields is reportedly in trouble with the tax man. TMZ.com reports that according to a federal tax lien filed on December 31, 2009, Shields and her husband Christopher Henchy owe $4391.70 in unpaid taxes from 2004 and $5932.50 from 2005. Despite this, her rep told GossipCop.com that the actress owes nothing.

CANDY SPELLING SAYS RELATIONSHIP WITH TORI IS 'GREAT': Although their bitter feud played about across tabloid headlines for years, Candy Spelling says that her relationship with daughter Tori is now "absolutely great. We are terrific!" She reiterated to Usmagazine.com that the duo reconciled after she and Tori's husband were both hospitalized at the same time.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS 'GLEE' APPEARANCE IS LIKELY: Neil Patrick Harris is in final talks to secure a guest-starring role on Fox's Glee. Entertainment Weekly reports that Joss Whedon would direct the episode, which would likely air in late spring. Although Harris's How I Met Your Mother airs on CBS, the shows are both produced by 20th Century Fox and don't compete against each other in the same time slot.

IN OTHER 'GLEE' NEWS: The cast is getting ready to embark on a concert tour. Cory Monteith tweeted the news on Tuesday (January 19th), and Gossip Cop confirmed with a source close to the show that while details about dates and locations have yet to be finalized, plans are indeed underway for a live concert run in select cities.

MORE CELEBS ANNOUNCED FOR HAITI TELETHON: Rob Pattinson will appear on George Clooney's upcoming Hope for Haiti telethon . E! reports that the Twilight star will be the sole presenter in London with performances by Jay-Z and Bono. Other stars who will present and/or help in the phone banks stateside are Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt, Anna Kendrick, Sandra Bullock, Zac Efron, Bradley Cooper, Renee Zellweger, Chris Pine, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Colin Farrell, Jon Hamm, Gabby Sidibe and Emily Blunt.

PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR SAG AWARDS: The stars are all coming out for the Screen Actor's Guild Awards this Saturday. Recently announced presenters include Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Sigourney Weaver, Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Romano, Jeremy Renner, Carey Mulligan, Anthony Mackie, Felicity Huffman and Brian Geraghty. They join a roster that already includes Alec Baldwin, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Jane Lynch, Michelle Monaghan, Chris O'Donnell, Anna Paquin, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci.

LARRY DAVID GETTING WGA AWARD: Larry David will receive the Writers Guild of America's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel award for television at the guild's upcoming awards ceremony. David has won two WGA awards for "Seinfeld" and another for "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which recently completed its seventh season.

JOHNNY DEPP IS GQ'S MOST STYLISH COVER MODEL

Johnny Depp is GQ's cover model for its 25 Most Stylish Men issue. The magazine classified the actor as being "at the top of his game," despite the fact that he often shows up to fancy award shows with torn clothes and ragged hair.

GQ described him as "a unicorn, a really glamorous, one-of-a-kind eccentric." They continued, "Usually guys try to fit in; they don't want to get criticized. At any red-carpet event, there are going to be guys who look spiffy in their Prada or Armani tuxedos, but you wait for Johnny Depp, because he's always going to look super-groovy and unconventional. He wears great man jewelry. He doesn't shy away from color. He's always peeking through his amazing hair. It doesn't matter if Johnny Depp's lying in a ditch -- he's always going to look incredible."

  • Other men recognized in the issue include Rob Pattinson, for his hair, frequently-topless David Beckham -- because style's not always about clothes -- and Clint Eastwood, "a hall of fame-r."

CHECK IT OUT: See the stylish men: http://tinyurl.com/yb55nwh

DAVID LETTERMAN EXTORTION CASE COULD BE HEADED FOR TRIAL

The David Letterman extortion case isn't going away any time soon. In the latest development, a judge refused to dismiss the case against CBS producer, Robert Halderman, who allegedly attempted to extort $2 million dollars from Letterman last fall by using incriminating details about his affairs with female employees. Halderman requested that the case be tossed, but New York City Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon dismissed his bid, noting that his conduct "is a classic example of an issue that is best left for a trial jury to decide." A Letterman lawyer has said the talk show host would be willing to testify in court.

  • Halderman first asked the judge to dismiss the case back in November. His attorney had said it was just a "hard-driven" business deal to sell rights to a screenplay inspired by Letterman's sexually-charged workplace.
  • The 52-year-old Halderman could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. A trial date could be determined at the next scheduled court appearance on March 9th.

CHECK IT OUT: How to deal with blackmail: http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-With-Blackmail

MAN DIES AFTER WATCHING 'AVATAR'

A 42-year-old Taiwanese man recently died of a stroke after watching Avatar. AFP reports that the man, who had a history of high blood pressure, was likely triggered by over-excitement from watching the blockbuster in 3-D.

Emergency room doctor Peng Chin-chih said that the man, identified only by his last name Kuo, was unconscious when he arrived at the Nan Men General Hospital and a scan showed that his brain was hemorrhaging. Chin-chih noted, "It's likely that the over-excitement from watching the movie triggered his symptoms."

  • Mr. Kuo died 11 days after suffering the hemorrhage.
  • In other Avatar news, Starpulse.com reports that Hustler is planning to make a porn parody of the blockbuster. The website reports that "This Ain't Avatar XXX" is among the DVD releases planned by the company this year following the success of sex parodies of TV shows Star Trek, Beverly Hills 90210 and Saved By The Bell.

SIMON COWELL INKS DEAL WITH SONY

Simon Cowell may be leaving the powerhouse enterprise that is American Idol later this year, but he's on his way to becoming an even bigger media mogul. According to The Financial Times, Cowell has inked a long-term venture with Sony Music Entertainment to produce music, television and film. He's kicking things off with the U.S. version of hit British TV show, The X Factor. The new venture will be called Syco -- named after Cowell's record label. He will also serve as both a judge and the executive producer of The X Factor.

Meanwhile, American Idol creator Simon Fuller recently revealed his own plans for a new entertainment company called XIX. British media outlets have speculated that Fuller and Cowell's recent moves are just more indications of their professional rivalry -- as The X Factor expects to go head-to-head with American Idol. In a new interview, Fuller brushed off any rivalry talk, but he did say, "I want Idol to be purely about talent. We're not going to be led into the mud, we're going to stay on our hill."

CHECK IT OUT: How to deal with a rival or competitive friend: http://love.ivillage.com/fnf/fnffightfriends/0,,nxwf,00.html

FOX REPORTEDLY PREPPING FOR CONAN ARRIVAL

Fox appears as though they're trying to cover up a deal with Conan O'Brien. As the world waits for official word from NBC about his future, TMZ.com reported that CONANONFOX.COM was registered under the name Twentieth Century Fox last week.

The network, however, denied that it had anything to do with the domain name or the corresponding Twitter account.

  • TMZ reported on Tuesday that the registered domain owner has now been changed to Domains By Proxy, Inc., a generic company designed to shield the owner of a web domain name.

ONLY 13 GET GOLDEN TICKETS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

'American Idol' held auditions in Chicago this week with guest judge, Shania Twain. Golden tickets to Hollywood were rare in Chicago, but there were plenty of interesting contestants. Amy Lang from Ohio failed to impress the judges with her vocal skills and seemed to have startled them with a skill Kara DioGuardi called ''boob-boxing''. The judges found it difficult taking many of the contestants seriously in Chicago. An example of this is Brian Krause from Pennsylvania who tip-toed his way out of the audition room without a golden ticket. Angela Martin, on the other hand, returned to 'American Idol' for her third time and successfully made it to the next round.

SNOOKI GETTING HER OWN REALITY SHOW?

Snooki won't be leaving our TV sets anytime soon. The loud-mouthed Jersey Shore star addressed rumors that she's going to star in her own reality show, telling Usmagazine.com, "Definitely there is no set thing, but it has been talked about."

  • The single 21-year-old added, "I got offers from VH1 and other reality networks." It's been reported that the show would be a Shot at Love-like reality series called, Snookin' for Love.
CAST IS REPORTEDLY CRASS IN AIRPORT

Meanwhile, witnesses who recently traveled with the sudden-celebrity
Jersey Shore cast told the New York Post that the crew acted "obnoxious, pushy and entitled" before boarding a flight from Los Angeles to New York.
  • One source said, "Their speaking voices were never quieter than a yell. As other passengers waited, scanners were constantly being set off by some newfound piece of metal jewelry they were covered in. The whole process of getting them to their departure gate was treated as if President Obama was visiting Iraq."

CHECK IT OUT: Airport etiquette: http://tinyurl.com/yf7qtoo

JENNIFER ANISTON AND GERARD BUTLER SEEN MAKING OUT AT GOLDEN GLOBES

A new round of Jennifer Aniston-Gerard Butler romance rumors have surfaced after the pair's friendly display at the Golden Globe Awards. The Bounty co-stars repeatedly posed together for photographs, but spies say even more action occurred behind the scenes.

  • A witness told the New York Post, "After they presented, they were drinking Moet backstage. At one point, they were making out in the kitchen. They were attached at the hip all night. They definitely seemed very couple-y. Producers for the show were actually laughing about it over their walkie-talkies."

HEIDI MONTAG IS NOT ADDICTED TO PLASTIC SURGERY

Heidi Montag is responding to criticism of her extensive plastic surgeries, clarifying that just because she's "obsessed" -- doesn't mean she's addicted to cosmetic surgery.

When asked on Tuesday's Good Morning America for a response to those who say she is addicted, the 23-year-old replied, "I would say that none of those people know me at all, and that's just a judgment. I'm not addicted. If I were addicted, I would have had 10 plastic surgeries." She again was forced to clarify, noting that she had ten procedures on the same day, not ten separate surgeries.

  • The newlywed reality star said that the work didn't drastically alter her appearance, rather it was just a necessary tune-up for her job. She explained, "I think I look like myself. I think I just look like a different, improved version of myself. I'm in a different industry, and I have to do things that are going to make me happy at the end of the day."
  • She concluded, "I'm living in my skin, and I look in the mirror and it's my career and my life, and you only have one. So, I want to take advantage of everything and be the best me, in and out, every way."

CHECK IT OUT: See a video of Heidi's transformation: http://tinyurl.com/y9ce6lv

EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI IS ASKMEN.COM'S MOST DESIRABLE WOMAN

Entourage's Emmauelle Chriqui topped AskMen.com's annual list of the 99 most desirable women. Chriqui's desirability was determined after more than six million votes were cast, putting her above models Alessandra Ambrosio and Marisa Miller as well as actresses Kate Beckinsdale and Jessica Alba, who rounded out the top five.

32-year-old Chriqui said of the title, "It's not just about being 'hot' but about being a well-rounded woman. That's really empowering!"

  • Last year's poll-topper, Eva Mendes, fell to number nine on list.

CHECK IT OUT: See the complete list: http://www.askmen.com/specials/top_99_women/

HEADLINE NEWS!!

REPUBLICAN BROWN WINS KENNEDY'S FORMER SENATE SEAT: In a stunning upset that seemed unfathomable just weeks ago, Republican Scott Brown won the special election yesterday (January 19th) over Democrat Martha Coakley for the Senate seat that had been held from nearly half a century by the late Ted Kennedy. Brown's 52 percent to 47 percent win ends the Democrats' 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, putting President Obama's health care reform effort in doubt. Although many -- including the White House -- placed blame for the loss on a bad campaign run by Coakley, most also believed Brown's victory reflected voter anger at Washington. Brown, who started way back in the polls behind Coakley, waged a door-to-door campaign, traveling around the state in his pick up truck. But after winning the Democratic primary, Coakley cut back on her appearances, and was out of view entirely over Christmas week. Brown's persistence paid off, and he erased Coakley's big lead in a matter of weeks.

U.N. EASES VIOLENCE FEARS IN HAITI: The United Nations sought to ease fears of violence and looting in earthquake-ravaged Haiti Tuesday (January 19th), saying that security problems were mainly in areas that were considered high risk before the quake. The U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, "The overall security situation in Port-au-Prince remains stable, with limited, localized violence and looting occurring." Military escorts are still needed, however, to deliver relief supplies. About 12,000 members of the U.S. military are either already in Haiti, on ships offshore, or on the way, and their relief efforts yesterday saw Black Hawk helicopters landing on the grounds of the severely damaged presidential palace, bringing troops and supplies. There are still difficulties getting aid where it needs to go, with a badly overloaded airport now being run by the U.S. military, and troops working to re-open the damaged seaport in Port-au-Prince. U.N. officials said thousands of Haitians were following the advice of the government, which urged them to go stay with friends and family in safer areas outside Port-au-Prince and the earthquake zone.

POLICE SEARCH FOR MAN WHO KILLED EIGHT IN VIRGINIA: Virginia police were hunting late last night (January 19th) for a man who they say killed eight people in the town of Appomattox and nearly took down a police helicopter that was trying to flush him out of the woods. State police said officers had 39-year-old Christopher Speight circled in the woods near the home where seven of the bodies were found shot to death. An eighth victim was found on the side of the road in the rural area and died on the way to the hospital. Police wouldn't speculate on a motive, and said not much was known about Speight, although his last known address was on the block where the murders took place. They also didn't release Speight's possible relation to the victims, who were all adults.

TODAY'S FYI:

A LOOK AT OBAMA'S FIRST YEAR IN NUMBERS: With today (January 20th) marking the one-year anniversary of President Obama's inauguration, the Associated Press took a by-the-numbers look at his first year in office. Among the figures:

  • 7,949.09 -- Dow Jones Industrial Average close on January 20, 2009; 10,725.43 -- DJIA close on January 19, 2010
  • 7.7 percent -- unemployment rate for January 2009; 10 percent -- unemployment rate for December 2009
  • 139 -- bank failures between January 20, 2009 and January 14, 2010
  • 34,400 -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan in January 2009; 70,000 -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan on January 12, 2010
  • 139,500 -- U.S. troops in Iraq in January 2009; 111,000 -- U.S. troops in Iraq on January 12, 2010
  • 12 -- formal news conferences
  • 21 -- foreign countries visited
  • 29 -- states visited
  • 10 -- visits to Camp David
  • 2 -- vacations

REPORT: LAST DECADE WAS WARMEST ON RECORD: The National Climactic Data Center said in a report out Tuesday (January 19th) that the past decade, from 2000 to 2009, was the warmest on record, passing the 1990s, which had previously been the hottest. The 2000-2009 decade was 0.96 degrees above normal, beating the 1990s record of 0.65 degrees above normal. The warmest individual year was 2005, at 1.11 degrees above normal. These latest findings follow years of gradually rising temperatures which atmospheric scientists blame on global warming caused by emissions of greenhouse gases.

WEIGHT WATCHERS SUES JENNY CRAIG: A weight loss industry war has broken out, with Weight Watchers filing suit yesterday (January 19th) against Jenny Craig, accusing it of lying in a new TV ad. The commercial, which features actress and Jenny Craig spokesperson Valerie Bertinelli dressed in a lab coat and surrounded by people portraying scientists claims that a, quote, "major clinical trial" shows its clients lost on average more than twice as much weight as those on the largest weight loss program -- a reference to Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers charges that Jenny Craig in fact didn't conduct a major clinical trial comparing the companies' products, and that studies its competitor did conduct were carried out 10 years apart and weren't useful for comparison. Weight Watchers wants the ad campaign stopped, and for Jenny Craig to run corrective ads, give up improper profits and pay punitive damages.

KRAFT REACHES DEAL TO BUY CADBURY: Kraft Foods has reached a deal to buy iconic British candymaker Cadbury for some $19.6 billion in cash and stock. The agreement, which was reached Tuesday (January 19th) after all-night negotiations in London, would create the world's biggest candymaker, surpassing Mars-Wrigley.

EDGAR ALLAN POE GRAVE VISITOR DOESN'T SHOW UP: The mysterious visitor known as the "Poe toaster" who shows up in the pre-dawn hours every year on Edgar Allen Poe's birthday to leave roses and a half-bottle of cognac on the writer's Baltimore grave failed to show up yesterday (January 19th). The non-appearance breaks an annual tradition that dates back to at least 1949, and Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum, told AP, "I'm confused and befuddled. I don't know what's going on." There was speculation about illness keeping the Poe toaster away, or perhaps, as Jerome speculated, with last year marking the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth, the mysterious visitor might have decided that to be an appropriate stopping point. If that's the case, he didn't leave a note saying so last year, although he has left notes in the past. In 1993, a note said, "The torch will be passed," and years later, another note said the original Poe toaster had died in 1998, and his two sons had carried on the tradition.

SPORTS:

SHAQ PROPOSES THAT STARS DUNK FOR HAITI: Shaquille O'Neal wants to see superstars take part in the NBA's All-Star dunk contest next month, and he's proposing to get them to participate by doing it to raise money for the people of earthquake-devastated Haiti. AP reports that O'Neal was asked after his Cleveland Cavaliers beat Toronto last night (January 19th) if he'd like to see teammate LeBron James take part in this year's dunk contest. Shaq then revealed his idea -- have James, Kobe Bryant, former dunk champion Vince Carter and other stars compete and award a big prize, with half the money going to Haiti and the other half to the winner. James has decided against taking part in the dunk contest after originally saying he'd be in it.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CBS

  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE - Christine finds herself falling for Max until Mr. Harris comes back into her life.
  • GARY UNMARRIED - Gary has to decide if it is worth putting his career on the line to date his boss.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS - The team investigates a series of teen suicides in small Wyoming town.
  • CSI: NY - The quarterback of a women's football team is found dead in the locker room with traces of lidocaine in her system.

NBC

  • MERCY - A newlywed cancer patient undergoes a risky course of treatment; a man wakes up after 10 years in a coma and decides to confront the woman he loves.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (repeat)
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - James Cameron, Selena Gomez.

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - Audition continue in Orlando, Florida; Kristin Chenoweth is a guest judge.
  • HUMAN TARGET - Winston and Chance try to protect a client they have never met from an assassin on a passenger plane.

ABC

  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • MODERN FAMILY - Mitchell plants an idea in Jay's head; Manny's date gets a makeover from Gloria.
  • COUGAR TOWN - Following her breakup with Jeff, Jules turns to Bobby; Travis' plans with his girlfriend do not go as planned.
  • UGLY BETTY - Betty plans a karaoke party in her apartment building; Amanda tricks Daniel and Wilhelmina into going to couples counseling.

CW

  • LIFE EXPECTED (repeat)
  • GOSSIP GIRL (repeat)

FX

  • NIP/TUCK - Following a failed suicide attempt, a new patient wants reconstructuve surgery; Christian tries a frisky maneuver with Kimber.

MTV

  • THE REAL WORLD - Sexual tension turns to hostility between Ashley and Mike; the ladies help Andrew work on his game.

TNT

  • LEVERAGE - The team runs a high tech version of a classic con in order to save a bar from a loan shark.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Dennis Quaid, Sofia Vergara the latest Bachelor castoff
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - TBA
THE VIEW - Martin Short, Erin Karpluk

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Claire Danes, Will Arnett, James Taylor & Carole King
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - James Cameron, Selena Gomez
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - TBA
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Paul Bettany, Bachelor Jake Pavelka, Pearl
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Keri Russell, Jake Johannsen
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Switchfoot
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Jim Wallis
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Dick Ebersol
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Tyrese Gibson, Betty White, Hannibal Buress

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CHOCOLATE THEME PARK IN BEIJING: A chocolate theme park will be opening in Beijing on January 29th that will feature life-size replicas of Terracotta Warriors and a section of the Great Wall. Theme park manager, Zheng Yaoting, hopes to promote the chocolate market and culture in China. Children will also be able to learn how to make chocolate and taste their creations in the 215,000 square-foot park. Organizers say that they want to attract one million visitors before the park closes in April, when the weather will be too hot to display the chocolate. The park will reopen in January. (AFP)

DOG COMES HOME WITH A SNAKE ON SNOUT: An 11-year-old black Labrador, Bronson, who specializes in retrieving ducks, came home with a deadly copperhead snake coiled around his snout. According to the Herald-Sun, Bronson stayed incredibly still because he was trained to not move his head while retrieving items. Owner, Deborah Allen grabbed a chaff bag and pulled it over the bottom of the snake. Once the snake released the coil from around Bronson's snout, Deborah commanded her dog to ''give'', which instructed Bronson to drop the copperhead into the bag. Bronson did suffer from a snakebite but was taken to a veterinarian and treated. (www.dogster.com)

MAN FINED FOR WRITING 'DIRTY WORDS' ON TRUCK: A man from Hermitage, Pennsylvania was fined $50 for writing derogatory words on a dirty cab window of a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission truck with his finger. Charles J. Vranich, 33, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on a citation filed by Fish Commission officer, Jeffrey Giardina. Although Vranich was not available for comment, his father said that ''it was something that he shouldn't have done.'' (AP)


CAT SAVES ILLINOIS COUPLE: 'Baby' the cat is being credited for saving an Illinois couple from a house fire. The couple, Josh Ornberg and Letitia Kovalovsky, said that their cat woke them up early Monday morning as they slept on the living room couch. According to Ornberg, the house was starting to fill with smoke and he called 9-1-1 after he was unable to put out the fire with an extinguisher. Ornberg and Kovalovsky were able to make it out of the house safely with their cat, but Baby disappeared shortly after the incident. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

CAN 'GOING GREEN' BREAK UP A MARRIAGE? Linda Buzzell, the co-editor of "Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind" said, "The danger arises when one partner undergoes an environmental 'waking up' process way before the other, leaving a new values gap between them." Further, Buzzell points out that the repercussions of environmental differences can be especially severe amongst couples. When one partner wants to give up materialistic consumption and the other wants to live the American dream, there could be a problem. Ultimately, these two people may not be compatible in the end.

MALE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT ON THE RISE: A new report claims that male on male sexual harassment at workplace is on the rise. Newsweek reported that the percentage of sexual harassment charges men are filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) doubled between 1992 and 2008 from eight percent to 16 percent. A source said, "It is no longer embarrassing to bring this up. Years ago no one talked about their plastic surgery. Now people post about it on Facebook and join fan clubs for their plastic surgeons. People are talking about man-on-man sexual harassment."


MARRIAGE NOW AN ECONOMIC BENEFIT FOR MEN? A Pew Research Center report found that men now are increasingly likely to marry wives with more education and income than they have, and the reverse is true for women. In recent decades, with the rise of well-paid working wives, the economic gains of marriage have been a greater benefit for men.


NOT LIVING WITH A BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND IS WEIRD: A blogger on TheFrisky.com wrote, "The other night, I was having dinner with a friend, and over dessert she mentioned how unusual it is that I've never lived with a significant other. I'd never really thought about it before, but she's right -- I can only think of one or two friends who haven't shacked up with a boyfriend or girlfriend. But even though I've never lived with anyone, I have had two relationships that reached the four-year mark. There's no denying that relationships have changed now that the average man gets married at age 27.1 and the average woman gets hitched at 25.3. In 1970, less than half a million married couples lived together -- today, more than five million do. Which means that almost every 20- or 30-something has been through one, if not more than one, phase of being quasi-married."

FEMALE BEHAVIOR THAT MEN WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE (Men's Health)

  • No, you don't look fat. Did we mention how you never listen?
  • If you ask our opinion, please don't get mad when we give it. The color of the curtains shouldn't be a referendum on our relationship.
  • We worked a 60-hour week, took out the garbage, did the dishes, paid the bills, walked the dog, changed the oil, picked up the dry cleaning, read to the kids, and gave you equal time. All we're asking for is 3 hours on the couch on Sunday.
  • No more deflecting responsibility for crummy behavior with cute and kittenish responses. You can't giggle your way out of trouble anymore.
  • You know damn well what we're doing in there. Stop asking.
  • Forget the notion that raising kids is harder than maintaining gainful employment. More important? Yes. But harder? No.
  • If you continue to dump on our best friend, we will probe the (many) character tics of all your friends.
  • If you want to have kids, you have to have sex. This is not a complaint. This is science.
  • Somewhere, somehow, women were sold this idea of "fashionably late." Men don't get this. Make up a fashion emergency if you must, but don't ask us to be intentionally tardy. It's like asking us to kick the host in the groin.
  • Yes, that woman is hot. Yes, we appreciate beauty. That's why we're with you.
  • If we fell in love with you when you had long hair, we're going to want you to keep your long hair until death do us part. We'll beg, but would prefer not to.

Engaged Couple Donates Wedding Dinner Money to Haiti, Will Serve PB&J

An engaged Minnesota couple moved by the scenes of suffering in Haiti decided to donate the money they planned to spend on the reception dinner for their June wedding to the people in Haiti, and serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to their wedding guests instead, the Duluth News Tribune reported. Leah Bogen and Will Nicholson donated $2,500 -- 25 percent of their wedding budget -- to Partners in Health, an idea first brought up by Bogen, to which Nicholson quickly agreed. He told the News Tribune, "We've got friends and family who are happy and healthy and nearby and well-fed. My family doesn't need another fancy meal." As to whether they'll actually serve peanut butter and jelly to their guests, Bogen said that's just one option. But she said what's important isn't the dinner, but inspiring other people to follow their lead and find a creative way to give.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Tim McGraw has been tapped to perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500, which is the season-opener for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He will reportedly sing three songs before the race, which takes place on February 14th. The Daytona 500 will air live on FOX at 1 p.m. ET, with pre-race coverage beginning at noon.

Performing at a NASCAR event is no hardship for Tim, who counts himself among the sport's millions of fans. "I'm a huge NASCAR fan. I mean, I was a big Dale Earnhardt fan, and so that was a tragic day when that happened, and I've been a Dale Jr. fan since then cause of the legacy, and so I just love NASCAR. I like to drive fast. I mean, I like the whole concept of it."

In fact, Tim says he's love to combine two of his loves for a future project. "I'd love to do a NASCAR movie one day. That'd be a lot of fun to play somebody . . . a driver. Days Of Thunder 2 or something . . . You never know."

  • Tim is currently filming a movie called Love Don't Let Me Down in Nashville with Gwyneth Paltrow.

FAST FACTS

  • Tim kicks off his 2010 Southern Voice tour at the San Antonio Rodeo on February 6th.
  • He will be included in Gillette's upcoming documentary film series, called Uncut, which will premiere in Los Angeles later this month. Other artists featured in the series includes will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and the All-American Rejects' Tyson Ritter.
When it comes to a fundraiser for the people of Haiti, you can definitely count Toby Keith in. Toby tells us he's waiting for his friend and Haiti native Wyclef Jean to just say the word. "Wyclef's my buddy, but I haven't heard from him. I'm sure he'll be contacting me as soon as he has something. We're pretty tight, and I wish the best for him and his family."and his family.)
  • Wyclef will be co-hosting the Hope For Haiti televised fundraiser with George Clooney airing on Friday (January 22nd). So far, performers include Bono, Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake.
  • The death toll in Haiti is now as high as 200,000, according to reports.

FAST FACT

  • Toby and Wyclef both recently performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.

Taylor Swift has already lived quite a life given that she's only 20 years old. Her journey has been so remarkable that she's ready to write her autobiography. Taylor recently told Britain's OK! magazine that so far she has a 350-page novel written and she's looking ahead to her own life story.

She said, "Years from now, it would be cool to write a book about all the crazy stuff and the insane things I've gotten to do. My life moves so fast ... I have to write it all down, otherwise, I can't remember where I was yesterday. I will write my biography for sure."

In other Taylor news, the superstar just might be showing up at the upcoming Grammy Awards with her alleged new love interest, pop artist John Mayer. Reports of the two being a new item were sparked after they shared an intimate dinner together at a restaurant in Santa Monica on January 6th. There is speculation that John was the reason for Taylor's break up with actor Taylor Lautner.

  • Taylor is nominated for eight Grammy awards, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Fearless, Best Pop Female Performance, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "You Belong With Me", and Best Country Song and Best Female Vocal Performance for "White Horse."
  • She will present and perform on the Grammy Awards, which airs live from Los Angeles on January 31st.
  • A new song from Taylor featured on the Valentine's Day movie soundtrack will be available today (Tuesday, January 19th) on iTunes. The song is called "Today Was A Fairytale."

FAST FACT

  • Taylor recorded a duet with John for his latest CD, Battle Studies. The song is called "Half Of My Heart."

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman attended the G'Day USA Ball in Los Angeles over the weekend, where they teamed up to perform a song in tribute to fellow Australian, actor Simon Baker. The couple dueted on a reworked version of the Men At Work hit "Down Under." In between singing a few lines, Nicole playfully danced around Keith on stage.
  • Other honorees at the event included actress Toni Collette and golfer Greg Norman.
  • Keith and Nicole were first introduced to each other at this very event in 2005.

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Brad Paisley's father became a hero backstage at Brad's recent American Saturday Night tour stop in Wichita, Kansas. Fortunately for one of the venue workers who suddenly suffered a heart attack just before the show, Doug Paisley is a volunteer firefighter and EMT, so he knew exactly what to do when the worker collapsed in the arena hallway. Doug immediately started CPR and, with the help of another person backstage, got the venue's automated defibrillator ready for the paradmedics to use.
  • Doug told the Wichita Eagle, "If the man's life was saved, it was because a lot of things came together ... There's nothing heroic about this. Heroic is when you're standing on the front lines in Afghanistan or Iraq."
  • Doug often attends Brad's shows around the country.
  • The American Saturday Night tour rolls into Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday (January 21st).
Lady Antebellum sold out their first headlining show scheduled for March 11th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville within minutes after going on sale last week. The demand for tickets was so overwhelming that the trio announced a second show on March 10th, and again, tickets were gone immediately.
  • Lady A's Hillary Scott said, "We want to thank our fans. They are the best fans in the world for giving us the honor of playing the legendary Ryman Auditorium for two straight nights. We feel like we are living in a dream."
  • Lady Antebellum recently celebrated the longest chart-topper of 2009 with the lead and title track of their upcoming CD, Need You Now. The album will be in stores on January 26th.
  • The group is slated to perform at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on January 31st. The show will air live on CBS.

FAST FACTS

  • Lady Antebellum is nominated for Grammy awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals and Best Country Song for their Number One hit "I Run To You."
  • The "Need You Now" single was recently certified platinum for sales of more than a million copies.
  • Lady A's new single is called "American Honey."
Gretchen Wilson has set March 30th as the release date for her fourth studio album, called I Got Your Country Right Here. She co-produced the CD with John Rich and Blake Chancey. The release is the first on Gretchen's recently-launched Redneck Records.

Carolyn Dawn Johnson will welcome her second child at the end of February. She and her husband already have one daughter, 16-month-old Abigail.

Congratulations are in order for Sarah Buxton on her engagement to guitarist Tom Bukovac. Tom popped the question on December 20th.

Country Music Hall of Famer and former Grand Ole Opry member Carl Smith died on Saturday (January 16th) at the age of 82. The singer reportedly died of natural causes at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Nicknamed "Mister Country" in the 1950s, Carl had 30 Top 10 hits to his credit, including "Let's Live A Little," "Don't Just Stand There," and "Hey Joe."
  • Carl retired from the music business in the 1970's.
  • He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 2003 and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry from 1950 to 1956.
  • At one time, Carl was married to the late June Carter, and they had one daughter, Rebecca Smith, who is musically known as Carlene Carter.
  • He was married to Goldie Hill for 48 years before her death in 2005. In addition to Carlene, Carl's survivors include children Dean Smith, Carl Smith Jr. and Lori Lynn Smith along with 12 grand children and 12 great-grand children.
  • Carl's funeral will be held today (Tuesday, January 19th) at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home at 11 a.m. CT. The service is open to the public.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Which two female country artists are the only ones to have Number One singles spanning four consecutive decades?
A. Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire

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CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

  • Dolly Parton (64)
  • Desi Arnaz, Jr. (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's son, the baby who was on the cover of the first TV Guide) (57)
  • Phil Everly (Everly Brothers singer-songwriter) (71)
  • Robert MacNeil (former PBS newsman) (79)
  • Katey Sagal (actress, Sons of Anarchy, Married With Children and 8 Simple Rules) (56)
  • Jean Stapleton (actress, All In The Family's Edith Bunker) (87)
  • Drea De Matteo (actress, The Sopranos and Joey) (38)
  • Shawn Wayans (actor, In Living Color, Scary Movie, White Chicks) (40)
  • Tippi Hedren (actress, The Birds, mother of Melanie Griffith) (80)
  • Dewey Bunnell (singer-guitarist, America) (59)
  • Rod Evans (original lead singer, Deep Purple; "Hush," "Kentucky Woman") (63)
  • Martin Bashir (co-host, Nightline, and correspondent for 20/20) (47)
  • Shelley Fabares (singer, "Johnny Angel") (66)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Toby Keith recorded "Honkytonk U" in Nashville in 2005.
  • Rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins died in 1998.
  • Reba McEntire made her movie debut in Tremors in 1990.
  • "How Blue" took Reba McEntire to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1985.
  • Flatt & Scruggs' "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett" went to Number One in Billboard in 1963.
  • Carl Perkins, formerly of Sun Records, signed with Columbia Records and became that label's first rockabilly artist in 1958.
  • Marty Robbins debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1953.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

'TEEN MOM' GRANDMA ARRESTED: The mother of one of MTV's Teen Moms was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting her reality star daughter. TMZ.com reports that Debra Danielson -- the mother of 18-year-old Teen Mom Farrah Abraham -- was arrested at around 1 PM on Saturday for suspicion of domestic abuse/serious assault after an argument over the care for Abraham's young daughter erupted. Cops claim that Farrah "went off" on her mom after she threw a t-shirt near the baby, at which point Danielson supposedly grabbed Farrah by the throat. Farrah told cops she pushed her mother's hand away from her throat, causing her mother to strike her on the right side of her head and mouth.

JANUARY JONES AND JEREMY PIVEN? PerezHilton.com obtained a photo of Mad Men star January Jones leaving a Golden Globes after party on the arm of Entourage's Jeremy Piven. Jones has previously been linked to Ashton Kutcher and Michael Buble, while Piven has gotten the most attention in his personal life for a high-profile battle with mercury poisoning.

DID A HEART MURMUR KILL BRITTANY MURPHY? Brittany Murphy's mother and widower believe that a heart murmur killed the actress. RadarOnline.com reports that Sharon Murphy said, "The congenital condition was diagnosed when Brittany was a teenager and she always had the best medical care for it. Simon Monjack concurred, "We had it checked out every which way you could imagine." The official cause of Murphy's death is pending, but Sharon and Monjack both insist that Brittany did not do drugs, rarely drank and was not mentally ill, as had been rumored.

CHRIS PINE AND OLIVIA MUNN SPLIT: Chris Pine and actress Olivia Munn have ended their short-term romance. People magazine reports that the couple, who quietly began dating last fall, recently split. The actors "appeared cozy" just two weeks ago, but People noted that they kept their distance at the NY Times Style Magazine's Golden Globes cocktail party last weekend.

ZAC AND VANESSA MOVING IN? Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are reportedly moving in together. A source told In Style, "When Vanessa was apart from Zac while filming her upcoming movies Beastly and Sucker Punch, she realized how much she missed him and loved being around him all the time. When she got back to LA, she told him she wanted them to move in together."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

'JERSEY SHORE' CONTINUES RATINGS SURGE: Jersey Shore is continuing to prove its status as an MTV hit. The network announced that last week's back-to-back episodes of the show averaged a total audience of 3.6 million viewers and was Thursday's number one telecast among people 12-34-years-old. The two-hour event was up nine percent versus last week's telecast.

JENNI GARTH QUITS 90210: The revival of Kelly Taylor is over. Jenni Garth, who reprised her role for the CW's updated 90210, is quitting the program to focus on her family life. Husband Peter Facinelli is quoted by Starpulse.com as having said, "She's just not doing it anymore. It was one of those things where she was supposed to do a couple of episodes, it went a bit longer and now she's moving on. She enjoys being a mother, and being at home. She wants to write more and I support her 100 per cent. She doesn't need to work if she doesn't want to."

TOBEY MAGUIRE HASN'T SIGNED ON TO 'THE HOBBIT': Despite a report in Britain's The Sun, Tobey Maguire is not set to star in the film adaptation of The Hobbit. His rep confirmed to Gossip Cop that the story is "false."

BRAD PITT AND MATT DAMON JOIN 'HAPPY FEET': Brad Pitt and Matt Damon will both lend their voices to the upcoming Happy Feet 2. PerezHilton.com reports that the A-listers will be characters in the 3-D film, which is set to be released on November 18, 2011.

NBC REPORTEDLY PAYING CONAN TO WALK; BUT WON'T LET HIM TALK

Conan O'Brien is reportedly close to signing a $40 million agreement to walk away from his job as host of The Tonight Show on NBC. The Wall Street Journal reported that the deal prohibits O'Brien from bad-mouthing his former NBC bosses, but allows him to land another TV job within a year.

TMZ.com reports that some of the last points of negotiation dealt with Conan's right to keep his NBC characters such as give Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as well as severance packages for his staff.

  • TMZ noted that NBC will likely give Conan the characters -- in return for conceding to elements like the no-trash-talking.
  • NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker recently said in an interview that "we were not surprised that Conan was disappointed in having his show back up a half hour. But we were very surprised and disappointed at how nasty it turned."
  • Meanwhile, Conan's agreement clearly wasn't in place on Monday afternoon as the talk show host braved the rain to attend an anti-NBC protest put together by his fans.

JAY LENO ADDRESSES THE SITUATION AGAIN

Leno again addressed the situation on Monday night, explaining to his audience that when NBC appointed Conan to be his successor back in 2004, it was because the network didn't have faith that Leno could maintain his ratings.

  • Leno said the network guaranteed him two years on the air. He said the network knew he'd get killed during the main TV season, but thought he'd excel against summer re-runs. He added that he was humbled by the ratings beating he took at 10 p.m. and when the network approached him about doing a half-hour show at 11:35 PM, an executive insisted that Conan would go for the change.
  • As for the debacle that has since occurred, Leno called O'Brien an gentleman and said, "Don't blame Conan O'Brien."

CHECK IT OUT: Conan gets a job offer! http://tinyurl.com/yd3t87h

TIGER WOODS PLANS A RETURN TO THE PGA THIS SPRING

Disgraced golf champion Tiger Woods is planning to put his sex scandal behind him and rejoin the professional golf circuit this spring. Currently undergoing rehab for sex addiction, Woods will reportedly return to the PGA tour in the Spring. "Tiger is totally devastated," an unnamed source told RadarOnline.com. "He wants to show everyone that he intends to change."

  • Woods is undergoing therapy for his sexual indiscretions at a closed facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
  • The next major golf tournament is the PGA Masters, set for April 5th. It is unclear whether Tiger will be ready to take part in the event, which he has won four times in the past.

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GOLDEN GLOBES WERE A RATINGS SUCCESS; RICKY GERVAIS DISSAPOINTS CRITICS

There's a little bit of good news for NBC. Ratings for Sunday (January 17th) night's Golden Globe Awards were up 14 percent from last year -- despite a poorly-reviewed showing by host Ricky Gervais. The telecast drew 17 million viewers, beating out the premieres of 24 and Human Target, neither of which were watched by an audience of more than 11.5 million.

The show was NBC's top-rated prime-time entertainment telecast in the 18-49 age group since its April 2009 broadcast of the finale of ER.

Although the telecast clearly held viewers' interest, critics were not amused. The Hollywood Reporter said the show was "leaden even by Oscar standards," calling Gervais "uninspired." The publication suggested Sherlock Holmes winner Robert Downey Jr. get the host job next year.

  • Huffington Post blogger Mark Blankenship noted the "shocking ineptitude of the direction and production." and Toby Young wrote in the London Telegraph that Gervais looked nervous and on the verge of flop sweat "as it became clear that his penis gags and his ironic-but-not-really attempts to promote his DVDs were falling flat."
  • New York magazine might have been Gervais's lone supporter, writing that the only problem with Gervais was that there wasn't enough of him: "What he did was good!"

CANCER PATIENT DENNIS HOPPER DOESN'T WANT ESTRANGED WIFE AROUND DURING 'DIFFICULT DAYS'

Dennis Hopper announced that in the midst of a losing battle with prostate cancer, he is seeking to divorce his wife of 14 years. The 73-year-old actor, who filed for divorce from Victoria Duffy last Thursday (January 14th), said on Monday, "I wish Victoria the best, but only want to spend these difficult days surrounded by my children and close friends."

His spokesperson Alex Hitz confirmed that Hopper was "fully conscious" when making the unusual filing as he's recently been placed on a new round of chemotherapy drugs.

  • Hitz added that Duffy is still at Hopper's house in Venice Beach as living arrangements are worked out and the filing would not affect what Duffy gets from Hopper's estate as that was laid out in a pre-nuptial agreement.
  • The New York Post, however, reported that Hopper is trying to keep his wife from contesting his will, which apparently leaves her only a quarter of his estate.
  • Duffy is Hopper's fifth wife.

CHECK IT OUT: How to break a prenup: http://tinyurl.com/yglq2cw

'JERSEY SHORE'S' SITUATION REGRETS MAKING FUN OF SNOOKI

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino regrets making fun of his co-star Snooki's weight on last week's episode of Jersey Shore. On the show, Snooki cut off their dinner argument to ask a housemate to pass the rolls -- to which Mike replied something like, "You have enough rolls already."

Of the remark -- which drove Snooki to tears -- Mike now says, "I regret saying it because I have a sister and a mother, but at the same time, everything happened so quickly and that is what happened."

  • He explained, "We were getting on each other's nerves. It just so happened that previously Snooki had said something to me and I immediately said something to her."
  • There's no bad blood between the two; in fact Snookie recently told Chelsea Handler that she and Mike sometimes "hook up." She explained, "It's not awkward at all. If I wanna make out with him right now, I can. It's not weird."

CHECK IT OUT: 10 Things Never To Say To A Woman: http://tinyurl.com/leme6k

JOHN TRAVOLTA JOINS HAITI RELIEF EFFORT; PERFORMERS FOR CLOONEY TELETHON ANNOUNCED

John Travolta is the latest A-list star putting his fortune and notoriety to good use. The actor and avid pilot announced that he is planning a mission to help the earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

He explained, "I have arranged for a plane to take down some volunteer ministers and some supplies and some medics. I hope that inspires others as well. It's needed."

Meanwhile, plans for George Clooney's Friday (January 22nd) telethon are shaping up. He revealed that the "Hope for Haiti" benefit will include performances from Bono, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys.

  • He noted at Sunday's Golden Gloved that more than 40 celebrities are expected to attend.
  • The benefit, which Clooney and Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean will host, will be broadcast on more than a dozen broadcast and cable networks. It will be held in New York, with CNN's Anderson Cooper giving reports from Haiti. The show will benefit the Red Cross, UNICEF, Oxfam America, Partners in Health and Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation.

LATOYA JACKSON WANTS JUDGESHIP ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

Jackson Family sister LaToya is reportedly campaigning for a new gig: permanent judge on American Idol once Simon Cowell leaves. According to TMZ.com, the sometime singer cozied up to former AI producer Nigel Lythgoe up at a recent housewarming party for Paris & Nicki's mom Kathy Hilton in Bel Air and the subject of LaToya guest-hosting came up. But now that Cowell has announced plans to leave, Jackson says she'd love to be considered for a permanent post.

  • "I would love to be a judge on American Idol," LaToya told TMZ.com. "I would love to have a chance for the public get to know the real me. I would be thrilled."

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

ESTIMATED DEATH TOLL RISES IN HAITI AS MORE AID ARRIVES: The estimated death toll from last week's magnitude-7 Haitian earthquake continues to rise, as authorities said Monday (January 18th) there are some 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless in the devastated country, where 70,000 bodies have already been recovered. If those figures are accurate, Haiti's earthquake would be about as deadly as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed an estimated 230,000 people. Pledges of more money, food, medicine and police continued to come in from around the world, including the U.S., and former President Bill Clinton, a special United Nations envoy to Haiti, flew in to the country to offer support. But the need for food, water, medical care and more continues to be staggering, with the U.N. World Food Program saying it will need 100 million meals over the next 30 days. As survivors will still being pulled from the rubble by rescue teams yesterday, six days after the earthquake, violence and looting flared up in Port-au-Prince, with police and U.N. peacekeepers overstretched.

TALIBAN LAUNCHES ATTACKS IN KABUL, FIGHTING LASTS FOR HOURS: Taliban militants launched several attacks in the center of Kabul yesterday, battling Afghan forces and NATO advisers for five hours before order was restored in the paralyzed Afghan capital. Twelve people were killed, according to officials, including seven attackers. The attacks, which took place at four locations in an area of less than one square mile, began shortly before 10 a.m., when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a major intersection near the presidential palace, the Central Bank and the luxury Serena Hotel. Other militants fought with Afghan troops who quickly arrived on the scene, then several attackers stormed into a nearby shopping mall, leading to a standoff with security forces. Two bombers were killed when their explosives detonated, setting the building on fire. Then, at around 11:17, another suicide bomber drove toward the area in an ambulance, but blew himself up after he was challenged at a checkpoint. Finally, at around 1 p.m., three other attackers went into a building containing offices and stores, holding off security forces for about two hours before they were killed.

NEW JERSEY NOW 14TH STATE ALLOWING MEDICAL MARIJUANA: New Jersey is now the 14th state to allow medical marijuana, after Democratic Governor Jon Corzine signed legislation yesterday (January 18th) giving chronically ill patients legal access to the drug. Under New Jersey's new law, dispensaries can be set up around the state for patients with prescriptions, but growing marijuana at home will remain illegal. Corzine signed the measure on his last full day of office, as Republican Governor-elect Chris Christie will be sworn in today.

DATE SET FOR STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS: The White House said Monday (January 18th) that President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 27th, at 9 p.m. ET. This will be Obama's first State of the Union address, since the speech he gave last year before a joint session of Congress just weeks after taking office technically isn't considered one.

TODAY'S FYI:

SWINE FLU PANDEMIC WANING, BUT THIRD WAVE POSSIBLE: The World Health Organization said Monday (January 18th) that the H1N1 swine flu pandemic seems to be waning, but warned a third wave of the virus is still possible. The flu pandemic, the first in 40 years, hasn't turned out to be as deadly as had been feared, with WHO director-general Margaret Chan saying it was probably closer to the 1957 and 1968 pandemics, and not the deadly 1918 Spanish flu that killed 40 to 50 million people around the world. Nearly 14,000 deaths have been reported from more than 200 countries since the swine flu virus emerged last April in North America. However, it will take at least a year or two after the pandemic ends to know the true death toll, which could actually be much higher.

SOMALI PIRATES GET RECORD $9 MILLION RANSOM: Somali pirates have received a record $9 million ransom, freeing the Greek supertanker Maran Centaurus Monday (January 18th) after $7 million of the the money was dropped in cash on the ship's deck. Another $2 million was reportedly paid in a cash transfer. The tanker and its crew of 28 were hijacked in the Indian Ocean on November 29th as it was headed from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. with two million barrels of crude oil. The $9 million ransom tops the $8 million believed to have been paid last year for the release of a Saudi-owned supertanker. Somali pirates are still holding at least 11 ships and 270 crewmembers.

SPANISH LAWMAKER'S PHOTO USED FOR UPDATED BIN LADEN IMAGE: A Spanish lawmaker got an unwelcome surprise when he learned the FBI used an online photo of him to create an updated image of Osama bin Laden showing what the al-Qaida leader might look like today. A forensic artist used features of Spanish lawmaker Gaspar Llamarazares in making the new image that appeared on a wanted poster updating the U.S. government's 1998 photo of bin Laden. Llamarazares, a former leader of the United Left party elected to Spain's parliament in 2000, isn't happy about how the photo of him from his 2004 campaign was used. He said at a Saturday (January 16th) news conference, "I was surprised and angered because it's the most shameless use of a real person to make up the image of a terrorist. It's almost like out of a comedy if it didn't deal with matters as serious as bin Laden and citizens' security." He said he would ask the U.S. government for an explanation and reserved the right to take legal action.

ABC NEWS: CODED JESUS REFERENCES ON MILITARY RIFLE SIGHTS: An ABC News report out Monday (January 18th) says that there are coded references to biblical passages about Jesus Christ inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the U.S. Marine Corps and Army by the Michigan-based company Trijicon. The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, where American military rules specifically ban the proselytizing of any religion, and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. According to the report, the cited passages describe Jesus as the light of the world, including Second Corinthians 4:6, which is coded on the sights as 2COR4:6, and John 8:12, which is coded JN8:12. Trijicon told ABC News that the inscriptions have always been on the sights, a practice begun under its late founder, a devout Christian from South Africa, and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. The Army and Marine Corps told ABC News they were unaware of the coded markings, and were discussing what steps, if any, they'd now take.

TACO BELL FOUNDER GLEN W. BELL DEAD AT 86: Glen W. Bell Jr., the founder of Taco Bell, the largest Mexican fast-food chain in the U.S., died Sunday (January 17th) at age 86. Bell started his first restaurant in 1948 in San Bernardino, California, after seeing the success of McDonald's. It was called Bell's Drive-In, and sold burgers and hot dogs through drive-in windows. He then helped to establish Taco Tias in L.A., El Tacos in Long Beach, and the national hot dog chain Der Wienerschnitzel before launching Taco Bell in 1962 and quickly expanding around L.A. Bell sold his 868 Taco Bell restaurants to PepsiCo in 1978 for $125 million, and the franchise is currently owned by Yum! Brands.

SPORTS:

AUSTRALIAN OPEN UNDERWAY: The Australian Open got underway in Melbourne Monday (January 18th), and there was only one major upset on the first day -- the 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 loss of 14th-seeded Maria Sharapova to fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko just two years after winning the championship. It was Sharapova's earliest exit at a major in seven years. In other news, Justine Henin beat fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-3 in Henin's first Grand Slam match since unretiring last fall following a May 2008 retirement. Henin is unranked and playing as a wild card entry. In play Tuesday (January 19th), defending Australian Open champ Serena Williams beat Poland's Urszula Radwanska 6-2, 6-1.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!



CBS

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

NBC

  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - The contestants assume the role of either teacher or student; a contestant threatens to quit the competition.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Emily Blunt, Ringo Star & Ben Harper

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - Auditions continue as hopefuls try out in front of the judges in Chicagol Shania Twain guest judges.
  • HUMAN TARGET (repeat)

ABC

  • SCRUBS (repeat)
  • BETTER OFF TED (repeat)
  • SCRUBS - When a student cheats on an exam, Dr. Cox takes it out on the whole class; Denise makes a surprising admission.
  • BETTER OFF TED - Ted uses a new Veridian translating device to romance a beautiful German executive who doesn't speak English.
  • THE FORGOTTEN (repeat)

CW

  • 90210 (repeat)
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)

MTV

  • TEEN MOM - Amber want to move away from Gary; Catelyn and Tyler plan their future.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Keith Urban, Bachelor Jake Pavelka, 10-year-old twin singers Darius & Demetrice Gillespie
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Big Breaks with Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle
THE VIEW - Larry Platt, John Stossel

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Kristin Bell, Randy Jackson, Charlotte Gainsbourg
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Emily Blunt, Ringo Starr & Ben Harper
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Martin Scorsese, Colin Firth, a performance from Cirque du Soleil's Kooza
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Marion Cotillard, Steve Jones
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Ashley Judd, Jimmie Johnson, the Cribs
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - David M. Walker
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Dr. Margaret Palmer, Emily Pilloton
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Amber Valetta, Mark Valley, Christian Lander

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


SCULPTOR MAKES WORLD'S TINIEST TIGER: The world's smallest tiger sculpture was completed recently by a Taiwanese artist. The sculpture is small enough to pass through the eye of a needle. The artist, Chen Forng-shean, made the tiger out of artificial resin. This sculpture is only one millimeter in height (0.04 in.) and was made to mark the Year of the Tiger which will begin on February 14th. It took Chen three months to finish the tiger and according to the artist, the hardest part was painting the tiger's tongue red. (AFP)

MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF OUT OF SINKING VEHICLE: A California man shot himself out of a sinking SUV after driving past the guardrail and plunging the vehicle into Pleasant Grove Creek. The 28-year-old man was startled by his cellular phone which caused him to lose control of his SUV. According to the spokesman for the Roseville Fire Dept., the man escaped the sinking vehicle by using his handgun to shoot himself out. The man sustained minor injuries from the accident. (AP)

MAN CITED FOR ''ROCKING OUT'': Fond Du Lac police responded to a loud noise complaint and have cited a man for ''rocking out'' to the music of John Denver. When the police arrived at the apartment, they pounded on the door and the man did not respond. The police were forced to ask neighbors for the man's name and the door was finally opened after the man realized he was being called. When asked why the music was so loud, the 42-year-old responded by saying that he was ''rocking out''. He was given a ticket and cited for unnecessary loud noise. (AP)

PORNOGRAPHY STOPS TRAFFIC: There was a midnight traffic jam in Moscow caused by a large television screen displaying pornography. Motorists stopped their vehicles on the road in order to watch the film. According to the owner of the advertising screen, Viktor Laptev, hackers broke in the computer system and replaced the original advertisement. The RIA news agency says that authorities are investigating on whether it was a prank from hooligans or opposing advertisement companies. (Reuters)

DID YOU KNOW?


IT'S 8:25 AM. ARE YOU STRESSED OUT? According to a poll of 2,000 mothers conducted by Uniroyal, 8:25am has been named as the most stressful time of the day for modern mothers. That is the moment -- when most mothers are battling through rush-hour traffic to get their children into class on time -- when stress levels reach their peak. The research also found that driving to work leaves 40 percent of moms stressed before they even reach their desk. Forty-two percent of mother said they had snapped at the children while making their way to school, regardless of whether they were well-behaved or not. More than half then drive to work after they have dropped their children off, and admit that their morning routine is a bad start to the day.

SHOCKER! WEEKENDS ARE GOOD FOR YOU: Just about everybody -- even workaholics -- should look forward to the weekend, when most people get a mood boost, a new study suggests. LiveScience.com reported that participants in the study often reported better moods, greater vitality, and fewer aches and pains from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon as compared with the rest of the week. The researchers tracked the moods of 74 adults between the ages of 18 to 62 who worked at least 30 hours per week. For three weeks, subjects were randomly contacted on pagers three times throughout the day and asked to complete a brief questionnaire describing the activity they were engaged in at that moment. Using a seven-point scale, they rated positive feelings such as happiness, joy and pleasure, along with negative feelings such as anxiety, anger and depression. Working men and women across all occupations felt mentally and physically better on the weekends regardless of income, work hours, education, age or marital status.


BLONDES ARE MORE AGRESSIVE THAN OTHER WOMEN: An academic study has found that women with blonde hair are more aggressive and confident than brunettes or redheads. The Daily Mail reported that this is because blondes attract more attention than other women as they are generally viewed by men as more attractive and so are used to getting their own way. The study indicated that the more 'special' people feel, judged by physical strength for men and looks for women, the more likely they are to get angry to reach social goals.


WERE YOU DEPRESSED YESTERDAY? Yesterday, January 18th, is the most depressing day of the year, according to one equation devised by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a British researcher from Cardiff University. His formula for this bleak prediction takes into account factors like post-holiday blahs and debt, failed New Year's resolutions and, this year, the nasty chill that has reached much further south than usual. This particular peak in seasonal affective disorder (SAD) isn't the only time that we're prone to feeling low. MSN.com reports that research also indicates that new antidepressant prescriptions peak around Thanksgiving and suicide rates are highest during the spring. If April is a difficult month for your mood, this correlates to T.S. Eliot's choice, characterized as "the cruelest month."

MALE DNA IS MORE EVOLVED THAN FEMALE DNA: Researchers have revealed that the male Y chromosome is more evolved than the DNA of females. Lemondrop.com reports that the discovery -- unearthed by a female MIT researcher -- shows that the Y chromosome has advanced so much over the last 6 million years that there's now a 30 percent difference between the male genetic code and that of chimps, our nearest ancestor. For the rest of the human genetic code, there's only a two percent difference. The reasoning behind this is that the Y chromosome is supposedly better because it isn't part of a pair like the rest of our 44 chromosomes, meaning that when gene mutations occur, there's no matching chromosome to overshadow them. Also, by mating frequently with many partners, the females force the males to produce the most and best sperm.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What actress, most famous for her high-profile sitcom roles, is also an accomplished musician, having performed backing vocals on the self-titled solo album by Gene Simmons as well as background vocals on Olivia Newton-John's 1985 single "Soul Kiss"?

A: Katy Sagal (Of Married With Children, 8 Simple Rules and Futurama fame)

(Source: Wikipedia)

Bus Tours Offer Look at L.A. Gang Life

New tour being offered in Los Angeles isn't your usual overview for tourists of the city's landmarks and famous places. Instead, passengers must sign waivers acknowledging they could be crime victims, and have tour guides who are tattooed ex-gang members, as they are taken on a tour of gang life in the city. Alfred Lomas, the founder of LA Gang Tours and himself a former gang member, told AP, "There's a fascination with gangs. We can either address the issue head-on, create awareness and discuss the positive things that go on in these communities, or we can try to sweep it under the carpet." Lomas stresses that the aim of his nonprofit company is to bring jobs to communities along the tour route and reinvest money through micro-loans and scholarships. He also said it will create 10 part-time jobs, mainly for ex-gang members working as tour guides and talking about their own struggles and efforts to reduce violence. Lomas and tour leaders insist they're not trying to be voyeuristic and sensational, and passengers are banned from shooting photographs or video from the bus out of sensitivity for residents.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tips for Lowering Your Daily Stress Level

Just about everyone would like to reduce some of the stress in their daily life, and Gretchen Rubin of Yahoo!'s Shine has some tips, many of them based on the idea that we can avoid a lot of stress by doing the little things every day that will save us from being harried later on. She cites the old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine," and many of the following 20 items are tasks that are easy to skip, but can snowball later into stress.

Her stress-reducing tips:

  • Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Get up 20 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Before you go to sleep, prepare for the morning.
  • Bring a hat and an umbrella.
  • Don't wear tight clothes or uncomfortable shoes.
  • Make a list.
  • Listen to a favorite song.
  • Keep extra cash and stamps in the house.
  • Be polite and be fair.
  • Laugh out loud.
  • Have a good book to read.
  • Keep an extra set of keys.
  • Exercise
  • Always keep your passport in the same place.
  • Throw something away.
  • Don't say mean things about other people.
  • Put a Bandaid in your wallet.
  • Keep gas in the car.
  • Pay attention to someone else.
  • Make your bed.

SORRY FLAGGER'S!

Happy MLK Day for those of you that get the day off! Your blog info is not as in depth as usual due to the holiday! Everything will return to normal on your Two for Tuesday!

TODAY IS

How many times will YOU check the mail today? ML King Day, so no mail.

Kevin Costner turns 55 today. If you're looking for the perfect gift, it's a good movie script.

Bobby Goldsboro turns 69 today. His two big hits were "Honey" and "Watching Scotty Grow." He was like a singing Frodo.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1644, a group of pilgrims reported the first UFO sighting in America over what is now Boston. I'm pretty sure that's the day Regis landed. You can read the entire story in the book, "Closeth Encounters."

On this date in 1778, Captain James Cook discovers the Hawaiian Islands which he called the "Sandwich Islands." He also coined the official island motto, "Eat Fresh."

In 1911, a plane landed on a ship, the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, for the very first time. The pilot's first words as he crawled out of the cockpit: "You guys got any gas?"

On this date in 1912, English explorer Robert Scott and his expedition arrived at the South Pole. Actually, his sled dogs found the pole first... but they were close behind.

Maintenance Day --

Are you high maintenance? Ladies, take this little quiz to find out. Answer true or false to the following questions.

  • The first outfit I put on is never the one I end up wearing.
  • I have a housekeeper.
  • I demand a phone call, or a very good explanation, when someone is late.
  • I would never ride in a convertible with the top down for fear of wind blown hair.
  • My partner should compliment me often, especially before we go out at night.
  • I sometimes require much sleep in order to look and feel my best.
  • I expect my significant other to give me gifts "just because."
  • At a restaurant, I order my meals with special requirements.
  • I never leave the house without blow drying my hair or using a hair product.
  • My getting-ready-for-bed regimen last for more than 15 minutes.

Add up your true answers.

1-3: Your are a dreamboat! Self-sufficient no matter what is thrown your way. Although you will probably grow to be an easygoing loaner or hermit.

4-6: You can get by with little maintenance. Usually you can do your own thing but occasionally you can be a pain in the patootie.

7-9: Wow are you needy! Do you remember a time when you could accomplish task on your own? I hope your significant has a fat pocketbook loaded with patience to fill your needs.

10: You are pathetically high maintenance. Either that or the person you had fill this out for you misunderstood your barked out commands. You might think about these results the next time you are at the nail salon in your Liz Claiborne outfit and Gucci shoes going over next months events in your daytimer.

But what about your guy? Is he high or low maintenance? -- Cosmopolitan says you know he's low-fuss if...

  • He likes the way you look in flat shoes and your favorite baggy cargos.
  • He's capable of making travel arrangements, dinner reservations and (bonus!) doctor's appointments.
  • He likes to make out -- even when he knows it won't lead to sex.
  • He's not threatened by your amazing, talented girlfriends.
  • He knows the difference between a pot and a frying pan, and can cook more than two varieties of eggs.
  • You turn him on even when you're not wearing your $200 Agent Provocateur undies (though he's especially appreciative when you do).
  • He doesn't get angry (read: feel blamed) when you are having a bad day.
  • He can keep quiet as you parallel park.
  • He listens.

You know he's going to be a handful if...

  • He talks to his mother every day (worse, gets an allowance; worse still, lives with her).
  • He's in analysis -- five times a week.
  • When he doesn't get to yoga, it's not pretty.
  • He can't handle you giving him directions, even if only you know where you're going.
  • He whines (just once is too much).
  • His way of being empathetic is telling you how whatever you just told him -- your woes, your big news, your latest story -- affects him.
  • His penis has a name and, yikes, a voice.
  • His e-mail address is exceptionally cute.
  • He checks his voice mail/beeper during a "romantic" dinner.
  • No matter what, he can't miss his weekly poker night or a football game.
  • He thinks he's low maintenance.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • "Avatar" shot past "Star Wars" last weekend as the number three movie on the all-time domestic box office charts. Up next, "The Dark Knight."
  • Conan O'Brien's last night with NBC is reportedly this Friday.
  • British scientists claim that they've come up with an eye test that identifies Alzheimer's 20 years before the symptoms occur.
  • Katy Perry is the new spokesperson for ProActiv skin care.
  • Rosie O'Donnell is weighing in on the late night war and says Jay should step aside and let Conan have "The Tonight Show" and find somewhere else to play.
  • George Clooney is planning a telethon this Friday on MTV to raise money for Haiti relief.
  • Kate Gosselin is going to get her own show on TLC, once they figure what they want her to do.
  • Songwriter Bobby Charles has passed away at age 71. Among the songs he gave us: "See You Later, Alligator" and "Walking to New Orleans."
  • Televangelist Pat Robertson was blaming devil worship for the earthquake in Haiti. Now Danny Glover is saying the earthquake was due to climate change and global warming.
  • "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller says that celebrities are circling already, expressing interest in the Simon Cowell job after he leaves.
  • "Golden Girl" Rue McClanahan has suffered a stroke, at age 75.

4 Unhealthy Couple Habits. Being part of a twosome has some major perks (hello, regular sex!). But it also has a few snags to be aware of. From Cosmop

Paired-Up Pitfall 1: Healthy Eating Habits Take a Nosedive. One of the nicest things about being coupled up is sharing meals with someone. But since the typical dude requires almost twice as many calories as the average chick does, it's easy to find yourself mindlessly matching him bite for bite. Stay-healthy solution: Cook some of your meals together using ingredients that meet your nutritional needs yet also indulge his jones for hearty fare -- like turkey burgers or whole-wheat pasta.

  • Paired-Up Pitfall 2: You Come Down With More Colds. You and he are sharing more than a bed; you're also sharing microbes. By being in close proximity to another person and swapping body fluids regularly, you increase how many germs you come in contact with, especially common cold and flu bugs. Stay-healthy solution: You don't have to keep your hands off each other (as if you would), but get in the habit of washing them several times a day, such as anytime you come in from outside or home from work. Scrubbing with soap for 30 seconds kills cold and flu viruses, so you can grope and lock lips without passing germs back and forth.
  • Paired-Up Pitfall 3: You Booze More Than Ever Before. When you drink with your guy or a group of his buds, you'll likely find yourself unknowingly keeping pace with them. "But while a lot of men can polish off three or four drinks in a sitting and just be buzzed, four beers or glasses of wine is binge-drinking for women -- and that's dangerous for your health and safety," says Kimball. Stay-healthy solution: Whenever you guys drink, be aware of how many times you refill your glass or grab another bottle. For every round he has, alternate one drink with one that's alcohol-free or mixed with less liquor.
  • Paired-Up Pitfall 4: You Get Chafed and Irritated Down Below. No wonder they call it burning love: Getting it on often can leave a woman with a south-of-the-border version of chapped lips. The uncomfortable feeling is common among new couples, who generally have a lot of intercourse; it's usually caused by microscopic tears in your vaginal lining due to frequent sex. Stay-healthy solution: Supplement your natural lubrication with the store-bought stuff. By keeping delicate vaginal tissue extra-moist, it'll ease and prevent that burning feeling.

WEIRD NEWS

The Truth About Your Haitian Donation!
While thousands of Americans have already pledged $9 million to Haitian relief agencies this week by punching a code and donating $10 via a text on their cell phones, you might be disappointed to know you could probably swim to Haiti and hand deliver your money faster than your donation will actually get there. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN, and users of Twitter have urged people to punch 90999 and then type in the word "HAITI" on their phones to send $10 to the American Red Cross. But the money won't be routed from most U.S. wireless carriers to relief efforts until cell phone users actually pay their phone bills. That means each donation could take 30 to 90 days to arrive-- well after the critical initial days in which humanitarian aid organizations are trying to deliver medical supplies, food and water to save injured earthquake victims and help others with their most immediate needs. Following questions about the lag time, Verizon Wireless said late Friday that it planned to go ahead and send nearly $3 million customers have pledged to the American Red Cross, and that it would continue to advance funds as pledges come in. Nearly a dozen text-messaging programs have popped up nearly overnight, including ones that send money to relief operations operated by the Red Cross and even singer Wyclef Jean. The Red Cross program has become one of the most popular efforts. (Wall Street Journal)

That's Not a Bomb -- That's My Science Project You Idiots!
In San Diego, an 11-year-old student at Millennial Tech Middle School created a homemade motion detector he brought to school to show his class. School officials did the only responsible thing they could and evacuated the entire campus and called the bomb squad. The device consisted of a bottle with wires attached to it so of course they thought it was a bomb. The bomb squad later determined it was harmless. Kind of a surprising reaction for a technology oriented magnet school -- don't you think -- or don't you? (SDNN)

Walking and Cell Talking Increasingly Bad For Your Health!
It's been fairly well established that driving and talking on your cell ain't a great idea. But now it appears more and more people are being injured by walking and talking on the phone. Most times the mishaps that befall the distracted walker are minor cuts and bruised from walking into telephone poles, stop signs or even parked cars. However, more than 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 because they got distracted and tripped, fell or ran into something while talking or texting on a cell phone. That was double the number from 2007, which had nearly doubled from 2006, according to a study by Ohio State University. One explanation is that a cell phone conversation taxes not just auditory resources in the brain but also visual functions. That combination creates visual imagery related to the conversation that override or obscure the processing of real images. So while walking and chewing gum may be easy, walking and cell phone talking -- not so much. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Snowmobiler of the Year is 82!
David Low was named 2009's Snowmobiler of the Year by the Michigan Snowmobile Association and at age 82 he's planning to join 71 other riders on a 20-day snowmobiling adventure in February that covers 3,700 miles from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario all the way to Tok, Alaska! David says, "This is quite the deal. It's never been done before. I'm calling it a hysterical ride instead of a historical ride." In his free time David wears a number of hats including president of the West Michigan Snowmobile Council, executive committee member of the Michigan Snowmobile Association and board member of the Wayland Snowmobile Club. He's also worked tirelessly on the West Michigan snowmobile trail and spends his own money each year to travel to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula to help keep snowmobilers off the Grand Sable Dunes. He currently owns eight snowmobiles and says riding his is passion and his joy. While his wife doesn't ride with him, his grandchildren often do. (Michigan Live)

How To Celebrate Your 77th Birthday!
Most of us are probably just hoping to make it to age 77. Cal Wiemer of Greensboro, North Carolina not only made it to his 77th birthday; he celebrated in style by riding 77 miles on his bicycle! Friends and family cheered him on as he circled Country Park for eight straight hours on Friday. His wife, Susan, was his biggest supporter and held a sign that read: "Go Calvin. Happy Birthday. 77 Years Young." Cal started cycling five years ago after finding an old mountain bike left at their home by a former foster child. He started logging his miles and thoughts on riding in a notebook, adding articles on cycling and exercise tips to improve his sport. Cal said, "So many people my age, they're sitting all day long and watching TV and not using their minds ... and not taking care of their aging bodies. I want to do the best I can. I'm pretty lucky to have lived all these many years." After he finished his 77th mile he said he felt "good -- really good!" Although he later said, while his 77 miles on a bike was great, it still wasn't nearly as much fun as the year he turned 69. (News Record)

Hundreds of Gallons of Milk Spilled -- Yet Nobody Cries!
In Chicago, a driver cutting across lanes to make his exit caused a crash in which a milk truck rolled over and spilled its entire cargo -- hundreds of gallons of milk. Three vehicles, including the milk truck, were headed south on Route 53 when the driver in the far left lane, a 22-year-old man figured out that he was about to miss his exit. So he tried to cut his Toyota Highlander SUV across the lane to the right, and the adjacent car swerved, trying to avoid a collision. But in avoiding one crash, the second vehicle, a Mazda sedan, collided with the milk truck. The milk-truck driver lost control and the truck tipped over on its right side. The drivers of the Mazda and the milk truck were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Of course the idiot who caused all this-- the driver of the Toyota -- was uninjured and cited for improper lane usage. Still, police were happy to observe that despite the massive volume of milk spillage, nobody who witnessed the accident cried. (WGN News)

Your Available Balance -- 14 Cents!
To most of us, maintaining a bank balance of 14 cents seems hardly worth the effort. But in Bangladesh -- that's now all it takes for farmers to open a checking account. The Central Bank of Bangladesh now only requires a nominal deposit of just 14 cents to open a new account. The bank will not impose any restriction on keeping a minimum balance with the accounts and there will be no service charges -- unless your balance falls below 14 cents. Most farmers in Bangladesh make only enough to keep themselves and their family fed -- much less anything extra. But if they did make even 14 cents a week extra in profit, that would be considered substantial income over there. (Ananova)

MINDLESS DRAWINGS?

Doodles aren't really mindless drawings they can tell you how your man really feels about you, says a top handwriting expert. Here are the most common doodles and what they mean, according to Michael Watts, author of "Love Script: What Handwriting Reveals About Love and Sexuality."

  • Hearts -- He tends to hide his feelings, but he's like a moonstruck teenager over you.
  • Cars -- He's likely to be obsessed with sex, and he's far more interested in himself than he is in you.
  • Flowers -- He's a sentimental, romantic guy who also loyal and faithful.
  • Hair -- If the hair is flowing and free, he's repressing his feelings. If he draws short or sparse hair, he's extremely frustrated sexually.
  • Trees -- Friendly, warmhearted and affectionate, he finds you irresistible.
  • Eyelashes -- He's a big flirt, but he's nervous about lovemaking. He also has a feminine side.
  • Lips -- He's a sensual lover. The thicker the lips, the stronger his cravings for you. If the lips are closed, he's likely to be very considerate in bed. If the lips are parted, he enjoys erotic talk before love making.
  • His own name -- Forget him. He's obsessed with himself.
  • Triangles -- He has a strong sexual desire for you and wants more out of your relationship.
  • Food -- He has a warm, sensual nature and hungers to spend more time with you.

ListUniverse.com provides us with this list of people and things that/who never existed that have had a great influence on mankind.

  1. Santa Claus
  2. Barbie
  3. Robin Hood
  4. The Marlboro Man
  5. Rosie the Riveter
  6. Daedalus and Icarus
  7. The Little Engine That Could
  8. Big Brother
  9. Romeo and Juliet

DID YOU KNOW?

Physical intimacy is good for your health. Researchers followed 51 working couples for one week, collecting detailed records of their activities, moods and stress hormone levels. The more physical affection couples had in a given day, the lower their stress hormone levels and the better their moods. This was especially true of couples who reported problems at work. Couples did not necessarily have to have sex to get the health benefits, said the researchers. Dr. Beate Ditzen, who headed the University of Zurich study, says "intimacy" means different things to different couples to some it is sex, to others it is an affectionate touch. "All kinds of behavior which couples themselves would consider intimate might be beneficial."

When a guy is into you, he'll do anything to catch your attention, and that includes charming your crew. "Men innocently flirt with other girls to demonstrate to you that they're desirable," says Scott Kudia, Ph.D., author of "If This Is Love, Why Am I Unhappy?" Plus, dudes are hardwired to seek approval from women, so they may not realize they're doing it. But if you're concerned his behavior hints at a predisposition to being unfaithful, pay attention to whether he talks to cone chick or many. If he's chatting up several girls in the crowd, he's probably just seeking attention. Zeroing in on one girl could indicate that his intent isn't so innocuous.

As it turns out, it really is downhill after age 40, and you can blame it on your brain. The part of the brain that is charge of motion begins to decline after four decades of life, impacting not only how fast you can throw a ball or run, but also swerve a steering wheel. New research from the University of California, Los Angeles suggests that by middle age, even healthy people lose some of the insulation in the motor-control part of the brain. Study author Dr. George Bartzokis, a UCLA neurologist, says this helps explain why "it's hard to be a world-class athlete after 40."

Men with facial scars are more attractive to women who are seeking short-term relationships, scientists have found. In non-Western cultures scars are perceived as a sign of maturity and strength, say scientists at Liverpool and Stirling Universities. But now researchers have found that Western women find scarring on men attractive and may associate it with health and bravery --as scarring on a man was often evidence of his courage.

SAY WHAT YOU MEAN WOMAN

Relationship expert Laura Snyder says that women tend to read too much into what men say. You know when he says stuff like, "I don't feel like going out tonight." Instead, she hears "I don't feel like going out with you anymore." Synder claims that unlike men, who tend to mean what they say, women tend to have layers of meaning in even the simplest statement. Here's more:

  • She says: "I'm sorry." She means: "I apologized. Now it's your turn."
  • She says: "I think I've gained a few pounds..." She means: "But I'm still attractive, right."
  • She says: "I'm ready to go. But you should stay and have fun." She means: "You better come with me."
  • She says: "You're really great with your nephews." She means: "I want to know if you ever want to have kids without you freaking out."
  • She says: "I'm fine." She means: "I'm pissed and it's your job to find out why."

TOP FIVE SIGNS YOUR NEIGHBORS DON'T LIKE YOU


  • Keep finding "For sale, cheap" signs on your front yard
  • 5th time they've planned a "Going away" party for you
  • They're collecting signatures to ask Mel Gibson to hate you
  • Woman next door offers her recipe for "Arsenic pie"
  • The neighbors' dogs don't go on your front lawn: the neighbors do!

NIC CAGE AND TAXES

A new year means a new start for Nicolas Cage. The Oscar winner, who has recently encountered countless financial woes, is making good on years-old payments owed to the IRS, confirms People. "Over the course of my career I have paid at least $70 million in taxes, unfortunately, due to a recent legal situation, another approximate $14 million is owed to the IRS," Cage explains, referring to the nearly $6 million tax lien the federal agency placed on his property late last year. Cage has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, blaming bad business deals on his current troubles, but says that it's now all a thing of the past. "However, I am under new business management and am happy to say that I am current for 2009," the actor explains, "all taxes will be paid including any to be determined state taxes." Financial issues should remain far behind Cage, who has three movies scheduled for a 2010 release, including Kick-Ass, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Season of the Witch. (Eonline)

Rosie O'Donnell is urging Jay Leno to step down.

"I think he should walk away," she said at press tour Thursday while promoting her new HBO special A Family is a Family is a Family. "If you're privileged enough to drive the bus, you should say, 'Thank you' and drive it to the best of your ability, and when it's time for them to hire a new driver, you should say 'Thank you for allowing me to drive this as long as I did' and pass the keys to the new guy with red hair, and not try to flatten his tires before he even gets going," she added. She said she plans to reach out to O'Brien. "I will definitely talk to him," she said. "I've heard from a lot of his staff." O'Donnell said O'Brien -- who recently said he would not accept NBC's request to move The Tonight Show to 12:05 a.m. -- is "a fantastic talent." "I think shame on [NBC President] Jeff Zucker and really, shame on Jay Leno," she went on. "I think he's forgotten his roots and what stand up comedy is about, and graciousness has never been his No. 1 quality. ... I think it would serve him well to think about what might happen if he were able to let go and grab on to whatever the next rung is." Asked if she'd like to join the late night scene, she said: "That question today is like asking if I'd want to have a vacation in Haiti. While I hear that's an enjoyable place, this isn't the time to go." O'Donnell has previously taken to her blog to urge Leno to quit. "Just watched Jay bully his way back into college so he could be quarterback still - again," she wrote. (US Weekly)

Gisele Bundchen has written a $1.5 million check to the Red Cross

Gisele Bundchen has written a $1.5 million check to the Red Cross to aid the relief effort in Haiti, which was rocked Tuesday by a 7.0 earthquake that is believed to have killed at least 100,000 people. The model -- who reportedly earned $35 million last year -- was prompted to pitch in after seeing the devastation done by this week's earthquake, according to The Boston Globe. Other stars who are helping: Haiti-born Wyclef Jean: He has already raised more than $1 million through his Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. Madonna: She has pledged $250,000. In a statement, she said told UsMagazine.com: "My prayers are with the people of Haiti. I can't imagine the terrible pain and suffering they are experiencing. Sadly the depths of the tragedy are just becoming known and the need for our support grows more urgent with every passing moment." Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: They are donating $1 million to Doctors Without Borders. Lance Armstrong: His LiveStrong Foundation has pledged $250,000. Money will go to Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health founded by Harvard professor Paul Farmer. Alyssa Milano: The goodwill ambassador for UNICEF wrote a $50,000 check to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She is asking U.S. corporations to match her donation. Ben Stiller: He's raising money for a school in Ceverine in Haiti through Save the Children. He also is asking fans for $10 donations charged to phone bills by texting "Haiti" to 90999. George Clooney: As Us reported Thursday, he is hosting a telethon Jan. 22 on MTV to raise funds. David Blaine: The magician, who once shot a TV special in Haiti in 1999, is working with the Red Cross to raise funds for Haitian earthquake victims by performing his street magic for 72 hours non-stop, starting Friday at 9 a.m. in Times Square. (US Weekly)

TIGER RETURNING??


Tiger Woods's pal Roger Federer has spoken to the elusive golfer and believes his scandal-plagued friend will soon return to the sport. Federer predicts in an interview with French sports paper L'Equipe published Friday that Woods will make a comeback "as the wonderful golfer we know." Federer also says he told Woods he'll support him. "The tabloids are going crazy, sponsor contracts are falling apart," Federer says. "I've always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that's the way things are." He adds that the November car accident and subsequent stories about extramarital affairs have been rough on Woods. Woods won the Australian Masters Nov. 15, but hasn't played golf since. Two weeks later, he crashed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant in the middle of the night outside his Florida mansion. Reports of numerous affairs quickly followed news of the accident, prompting Woods to admit to infidelity and announce he'd be taking a break from golf. He hasn't been seen in public since the crash, and many friends have said they haven't been able to reach him. "Tiger needs calm," Federer tells L'Equipe. "And soon he'll become the wonderful golfer that we know again." (People)

CAN ANYBODY BEAT AVATAR?

If the question is, can anybody beat Avatar? The answer is: not yet. James Cameron's titanic sci-fi tale notched its fifth straight weekend box-office win, with an estimated $41.3 million Friday-Sunday that pushed its domestic total to nearly $500 million. Denzel Washington's apocalyptic The Book of Eli came the closest yet to matching Avatar's knack for ticket sales, which means it finished about $10 million behind, with a big $31.6 million. Going for the Twilight crowd seemed to salvage a so-far disappointing run for Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (third place, $17.1 million), while going for the Rock crowd didn't pay off for Jackie Chan's The Spy Next Door (sixth place, $9.7 million). Stay tuned for the complete Top 10 standings. (Eonline)

ROBERT PATTINSON TO REPLACE TOBEY MAGUIRE

British actor Robert Pattinson is set to swing into action to replace Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 4, according to a U.K. report. The Twilight hunk is reportedly the top choice with Columbia executives to star in the film, after Maguire pulled out last week over a reported script issue. Daily Variety claimed movie bosses are planning to make a prequel about Spider-Man's alter-ego, Peter Parker, as a teenager instead - and Pattinson is the hot favorite to land the role, reports Britain's Daily Mirror. A source tells the publication, "The buzz in Hollywood is all about R-Patz as the hot, young thing being lined up to fill Tobey Maguire's shoes. It would be a hard act to follow as fans were traumatised at the news Tobey was going. "His mild-mannered portrayal as Peter Parker and the transformation to Spider-Man kept millions of fans in the cinemas for the box-office smash. He also had great chemistry with Kirsten Dunst, who plays love interest Mary Jane." But Pattinson faces tough competition for the coveted role - High School Musical star Zac Efron also has his eye on playing the web-slinger. He says, "I don't know what the chances are to be honest. I assume they're pretty slim. It's a long-shot but if it came down to it, it'd be a dream come true. What young actor wouldn't?" (Daily Record)

TWILIGHT STAR KELLAN LUTZ TO CONAN?

Twilight star Kellan Lutz is the frontrunner to land the lead in the Conan The Barbarian remake - and he's thrilled. Lutz admits he can't wait to take over from Arnold Schwarzenegger - because the role will give him the chance to really bulk up. The hunky movie vampire explains, "It's something that I've been actively going after because I'd die to put the weight back on... I want to be the big guy that I was." Lutz tells Eonline.com he's been auditioning for the part and now must wait to see if he'll be chosen as the new Conan. He adds, "I've been waiting for a while, doing screen tests. There are just so many cooks in the kitchen. If it happens, it happens... I'm just excited, because the script is great." Reports suggest Stargate: Atlantis actor Jason Momoa is also up for the role. (Teen Hollywood)

JENNIFER ANISTON MOTHER TO BE

Jennifer Aniston will soon be the mother of a 10-year-old girl. I can exclusively report that Bailee Madison has been cast to play Aniston's daughter in Pretend Wife, an upcoming romantic comedy with Adam Sandler... "It's such a funny movie," Bailee told me yesterday at Access Hollywood's Stuff You Must gifting suite at the Sofitel hotel. "Adam Sandler pretends to have Jennifer Aniston as his wife and we pretend to be his kids so he can get the other girl." Originally called Holiday in Hawaii, the romantic comedy is being directed by longtime Sandler collaborator Dennis Dugan. They're shooting for a Feb. 11, 2011 release date just in time for Valentine's Day, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "We get to go to Hawaii and swim with dolphins," Bailee said. "It's so great." Among Bailee's other many projects is Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a horror thriller with Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes. Make sure to come back here later to find out what it was like working with Ms. Holmes and playing with little Suri. Meanwhile, also at the swag suite was Kate Walsh trying on sneakers at the New Balance booth hosted by hotstuff celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and gushing over Flip Video cameras, my pal Gilles Marini checking out the new Palm phones, Dancing With the Stars pro-hoofer Kym Johnson downing a Hostess cupcake. Former Miley Cyrus beau Carter Jenkins picked up an AMC pass good for a year of free movies while Glee star Kevin McHale told me he suggested Jane Lynch wear a Sue Sylvester tracksuit to today's Golden Globes. (Eonline)

AVATAR SPARKED CONTROVERSY

James Cameron's Avatar has sparked controversy in Italy after landing an unrestricted access rating - allowing kids of any age to watch the hi-tech adventure. The film, already the second highest-grossing picture of all time, was given a Pg-13 rating in many countries, because it includes "intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking". But Avatar was released in Italy on Friday without any warning for parents, prompting outrage among campaign groups. Italian children's advocacy organization Age and parent's group Moige have argued the film's rating should be increased. A Moige spokesperson says Italy's rating system "represents a discrimination against the protection of Italian children," while Age bosses are pushing for the country to adopt a system closer to the U.S. This isn't the first time Avatar has attracted criticism - the Vatican's newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has blasted the film for promoting the worship of nature. (Teen Hollywood)

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP


The four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend features a box-office smackdown between the holdover of all holdovers and the tag-team pairing of two new pics. If James Cameron's box-office behemoth "Avatar" manages to beat the wide openers, it will top the domestic rankings for a rare fifth consecutive session and keep tongues wagging over its prospects for cruising past "Titanic" in the history books. But the competition appears potentially muscular: Warner Bros. sends out the Denzel Washington-toplined actioner "The Book of Eli," and Lionsgate launches Jackie Chan starrer "The Spy Next Door," a more family-friendly action film. Last weekend, "Avatar" shrugged off a trio of wide openers in posting the first four-peat performance since "The Dark Knight" in the summer. If "Avatar" wins again, it would be the first to top the rankings for five consecutive weeks since Disney's M. Night Shyamalan-helmed horror pic "The Sixth Sense" in 1999. Meanwhile, there's talk of Fox setting "Avatar" for DVD release in April. But don't expect an official decision until "Avatar" starts running out of theatrical steam, and nobody anticipates that happening anytime soon. In fact, industryites now say it's not impossible that "Avatar" can beat the $1.84 billion worldwide cume for Cameron's "Titantic," a record that's stood since 1998 and has been considered a bridge too far. As for its weekend prospects, the sci-fi epic could fall 25%-30% this session -- it slid 27% last weekend -- and still ring up about $36 million, and Monday grosses could produce an even heftier haul of $40 million-plus for the holiday-stretched frame. That likely would be enough to beat the newcomers. Co-directed by Allen and Albert Hughes, "Eli" represents the brothers' first theatrical feature since 2001's "From Hell." Co-starring Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis and Tom Waits, the film should skew significantly male and fetch $30 million-$40 million through Monday. Warners is distributing for the film's producer and financier, Alcon Entertainment, which hit a new high recently with high-grossing Sandra Bullock starrer "The Blind Side." "Alcon has brought us another strong movie," Warners distribution boss Dan Fellman said. Helmed by Brian Levant ("Are We There Yet?"), "Spy" looks likely to register into the high-teen millions through Monday. "Jackie Chan hasn't been in a PG film for a while, so we're going to be able to capitalize on his fan base," Lionsgate distribution topper David Spitz said. "Spy" co-stars George Lopez and Billy Ray Cyrus, both good draws for family moviegoers. Elsewhere, several platform releases have scheduled expansions starting today. Paramount will broaden Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" into wide release after a month of limited engagements and should do decent biz on young-female support. Apparition's period drama "The Young Victoria" adds a few dozen playdates for about 500 runs, and Fox Searchlight's Jeff Bridges starrer "Crazy Heart" goes from 33 theaters to 46. Among limited openers, Sony Pictures Classics unspools Leo Tolstoy biopic "The Last Station" in two New York locations and one in Los Angeles. On an industry wide basis, box-office year 2010's sophomore session will be compared with a rousing $231 million MLK frame in 2009 topped by the surprising $39.2 million opening of Sony's "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." Hollywood is off to a fast start on the box-office year, with first-week grosses up 22% from a year-ago, at $228 million. (Hollywood Reporter)

O'BRIEN vs LENO

Conan O'Brien's battle with his network certainly hasn't hurt his ratings. With his jabs at NBC network executives apparently resonating in a country filled with the unemployed, viewership has soared. O'Brien's ratings have been rising through the week, which was an extraordinary one in late-night television and saw O'Brien and David Letterman hurling barbed remarks at Jay Leno, and Leno firing back. Tonight ratings Friday were 50% higher than they've been this season, and O'Brien beat CBS' Letterman, according to a preliminary Nielsen Co. estimate based on large markets. In the 18-to-49-year-old demographic that NBC relies on to set advertising prices, O'Brien even beat Leno's prime-time show. Settlement talks continued Saturday on a deal that would let O'Brien leave NBC and restore Leno to the 11:35 p.m. time slot he occupied for 17 years through last spring. O'Brien's team sees the ratings as vindication. His manager, Gavin Polone, on Saturday compared it to when Leno, trailing Letterman in the ratings in the mid-1990s, drew attention for the memorable appearance of Hugh Grant after his arrest. Leno passed Letterman in popularity and never looked back. "People who never watched Conan before are saying, 'I'll try it,"' Polone said. "Now they're saying, 'this is good, I'll stick with it."' It's doubtful they'll get the chance. O'Brien sounded halfway out the door on Friday's show, an exit prompted by his refusal to move his show to 12:05 a.m. at NBC's request. "By the time you see this, I'll be halfway to Rio in an NBC traffic helicopter," he said in his monologue. He aired a skit where he was assaulted by gunfire after pulling his car into the studio parking lot. He also is showing "greatest hits" of his seven-month tenure. But he pulled back from jokes about Leno. On Friday, Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, had said the crossfire between hosts "has definitely crossed the line. "Jay is the consummate professional and one of the hardest-working people in television," Gaspin said. "It's a shame that he's being pulled into this." Meanwhile, Polone denied a New York Post item Saturday, quoting an anonymous source, that said O'Brien's staff members are "furious" with O'Brien for negotiating an exit payment reportedly approaching $30 million while they are losing their jobs. Polone noted that O'Brien paid staff members himself during the Hollywood writers' strike, and was negotiating severance packages for his employees, many of whom moved from the New York area last year when O'Brien started onTonight. Polone is also angry at NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, who told The New York Times this week that O'Brien was "an astounding failure" who had stubbornly resisted advice to broaden his show's appeal. O'Brien's people blame the show's ratings problems on the poor ratings of NBC's late local news and Leno's show before that. Leno averaged 5.2 million viewers per night on his last season at the Tonight show, Nielsen said. O'Brien is averaging 2.5 million this season. (Daily Record)

Friday, January 15, 2010

IF THE COWBOYS WIN THIS WEEKEND....

Our sports guy Tim (who picked the Vikings for the win) will dress up like a girl and put on make up on Friday, Jan 23rd for the morning show if the Cowboys win. I will be posting the picture for you right here!
GO COWBOYS!!!

HELP FOR HAITI ARRIVING, BUT DIFFICULT TO DELIVER:

Rescue teams as well as food, water and other provisions from around the world are arriving in Haiti to help the poor nation that was devastated by Tuesday's magnitude-7 earthquake. But delivery is being hampered by the poor roads, an overloaded Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport, and a quake-damaged seaport. The first U.S. military forces arrived in Haiti Thursday (January 14th), with more troops and much more other military assistance on the way, as President Obama announced $100 million in aid. Mass burials of the dead were being organized in Haiti as the International Red Cross estimated that 45,000 to 50,000 people had been killed by the quake. United Nations officials said that 36 of its personnel, mostly peacekeepers and international police, were confirmed dead and almost 200 were still missing, including top staff in the country. Obama also named his two immediate predecessors, Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, to oversee private fundraising, based on Bush's model of similarly enlisting Clinton and his own former president father, George H.W. Bush, after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Following are some of the organizations that are accepting donations to help the earthquake victims:

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Alan Jackson's next album, called Freight Train, will be pulling into retail outlets on March 30th. Alan wrote eight of the 12 songs on the CD, which was produced by longtime collaborator Keith Stegall. Lee Ann Womack makes a special appearance on the project to duet with Alan on a version of Vern Gosdin's "Till the End."

  • The first single, "It's Just That Way," is currently climbing the charts.
  • Alan hits the road for a brief four-date run in Canada beginning on January 21st.

FAST FACTS

  • Alan's 2008 album Good Time is nearing platinum status with sales of 971,000 copies.
  • He has sold more than 50 million albums and has charted 34 Number One singles, 24 of which he wrote himself.

The recent changes at American Idol have got everyone talking, and Martina McBride is no exception. A fan of the show and one-time mentor to the finalists, Martina tells us that the addition of Ellen DeGeneres as judge gets her stamp of approval. "I think Ellen is gonna be great for the show. She's a music fan, obviously. She is gonna bring a different dimension to it, and I think she's gonna be great. I think that was a smart move, a really smart move, for her and for the show."

Simon Cowell's departure, however, might not be so good for the show."He's a huge part of the show and I really don't know. I don't know. I guess we'll see how it's gonna play out. It won't be the same without him, for sure."

  • Martina continues on the Shine All Night tour with Trace Adkins on January 22nd in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • She recently released her new single, "Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong."
  • The song was co-written by Love And Theft member Stephen Barker Liles.

Rascal Flatts kicks off the final leg of their American Living Unstoppable tour tonight(Friday, January 15th) in Uncasville, Connecticut. The trek continues with special guest Darius Rucker. The guys will wrap the Unstoppable tour on March 10th at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

After having some down time to spend with family and friends over the holidays, Rascal Flatts are anxious to get back out on the road and do what they love the most -- perform for the fans, as Gary LeVox tells us. "You get automatic feedback from all your hard work in the studio. I think everything you put your heart and soul into in the studio and recording and writing and all of that, you get to see the effect of what it has and the total reason why you make music for the fans. You get to see the reaction right there one on one and hear the stories in meet-and-greets and for us, that's the biggest part of what we do."

  • The first leg of the American Living Unstoppable tour sold 550,000 tickets over the course of 39 shows since it began in June of last year. This total also includes the two sold-out stadium concerts at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Columbus' Crew Stadium. The band's 2009 tours sold over a million concert tickets, bringing their four-year total to just over four million tickets sold.

FAST FACTS

  • Rascal Flatts are celebrating their 10th year together as an act.
  • They have charted 11 Number One singles and have more titles in Billboard's Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format.
  • Over the 10 years, the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads, while all six of their studio albums make Billboard's Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing.
LeAnn Rimes is keeping all eyes on her man these days. According to In Touch magazine, LeAnn is practically joined at the hip with new love Eddie Cibrian so she can keep tabs on him wherever he goes, including the set of his TV show, CSI: Miami.

A source told the magazine, "Eddie's always been a flirt, but when she's on the set he doesn't look at -- or talk to -- any women. Eddie seems to be uncomfortable with LeAnn's constant presence. He's always telling her to stay in his dressing room, but whenever he walks out on set, she's right behind him."

  • Both LeAnn and Eddie were married to other people when their romance began on the set of their Lifetime movie, Northern Lights. News of their affair broke in March of 2009.
  • Reports surfaced late last year that Eddie was allegedly cheating on LeAnn, telling this other woman that he was only with LeAnn for the publicity.
  • LeAnn's marriage of nearly eight years to Dean Sheremet will officially be over on June 19th.

CMT's recent special, Invitation Only: Reba, will be released on DVD on February 9th. The one-hour set list features 10 songs. The DVD also includes bonus material of some extended interviews with Reba and the music videos for "Strange" and "Consider Me Gone."

Here is the complete list of performances on Invitation Only: Reba:

1. Strange
2. Why Not Tonight
3. And Still
4. Nothing To Lose
5. 8 Crazy Hours (In the Story of Love)
6. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
7. I'm a Survivor
8. I Want a Cowboy
9. Consider Me Gone
10. Why Haven't I Heard From You

  • Invitation Only was taped in front of a live studio audience at the Grand Ole Opry's historic Studio A in Nashville.

FAST FACTS

  • Now in its fourth week at Number One, Reba's latest hit, "Consider Me Gone," is the longest-running Number One single of her career.
  • Reba joins Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson as the only female country artists to log more than three weeks at Number One in the past 10 years.
  • Reba heads out on tour with George Strait beginning January 22nd at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

Chris Young will join Steve Wariner to play at a fundraiser for the band program at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee on February 15th. The show is called Music 4 Music, and tickets range from $25 to $75.

Newcomer Easton Corbin's self-titled debut album is set for release on March 2nd. Easton has a current Top 20 hit to his name with his lead single, called "A Little More Country Than That".

Buddy Jewell has signed on to perform at a benefit concert for the American Red Cross and the Music City Community Chorus being held on Tuesday (January 19th) at the Limelight in Nashville. Other performers include Pam Tillis and John Cowan.


Vince Gill will release his very first collection of nothing but love songs just in time for Valentine's Day. The 14-track compilation, simply called Love Songs, will be released on January 26th. Vince personally selected and sequenced his favorites on the CD, which includes hits spanning from 1991 to 2006.
  • Songs on the set list include "Whenever You Come Around", "When Love Finds You," and "The Rock Of Your Love" with Bonnie Raitt.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What two singers separately recorded the hit song "My Give A Damn's Busted"?
A. Joe Diffie, who co-wrote the song, and Jo Dee Messina

ON THE TUBE TODAY!

TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
Lady Antebellum

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 12:00PM, 5:00PM (ET)
Travis Tritt, Nickel Creek

INTRODUCING . . . GLORIANA/GAC 1:00PM, 7:00PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM (ET)
John Rich

DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 4:00PM (ET)
Jason Michael Carroll, Scott Wimmer

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS 12:35AM (ET)
Luke Bryan

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Andrea Martin (comedienne, formerly of Second City TV) (63)
  • Mario Van Peebles (actor, New Jack City, Ali, The Hebrew Hammer) (53)
  • Chad Lowe (actor; ex-husband of Hilary Swank) (42)
  • Regina King (actress, Boyz N The Hood, Jerry Maguire, Ray) (39)
  • Martha Davis (lead singer, the Motels) (59)
  • Phyllis Coates (actress, the original Lois Lane on the Adventures Of Superman TV show) (83)
  • Lisa Lisa (Lisa Velez) (member of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) (43)
  • Captain Beefheart (real name Don Van Vliet, rock musician) (69, disputed)
  • Howie Day (singer) (29)
  • Eddie Cahill (actor, CSI: NY's Detective Don Flack, Miracle) (32)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Ralph Stanley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry cast in 2000.
  • Alan Jackson's Drive album was released in 2002.
  • Garth Brooks' No Fences and Ropin' The Wind became the first country albums certified for shipments of 6 million, while his self-titled set went triple-platinum, in 1992.
  • Johnny Cash was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
  • Vern Gosdin's Chiseled In Stone album was released in 1988.
  • Ronnie Milsap recorded "Any Day Now" in 1982.

COFFEE BREAK: FRESHLY BREWED ENTERTAINMENT AND GOSSIP NEWS

BRANGELINA DONATES $1 MILLION TO HAITI RELIEF: Pitt said, "We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent care."

MILEY CYRUS AND JONAS BROTHERS TO PRESENT AT THE GRAMMYS: Ke$ha, Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, LL Cool J were also announced as presenters for January 31 show.

JUSTIN AND JESSICA SPLIT RUMORS FALSE: Despite the latest round of breakup rumors, sources close to Timberlake told the New York Post that the pair are still together.

KATY PERRY ISN'T PREGNANT: Perry herself Tweeted: "ur gonna make me cry, maybe that's my period tho. THAT'S RIGHT I'M BLEEDING. Face. Better luck next month peepz."

KIEFER SITHERLAND WEARS DRESS ON LETTERMAN: He said, "I lost a bet over the weekend. I was so sure New England was going to win, that I told a guy who used to be my friend that if New England lost, I would wear a dress on 'Letterman'."

GERI HALLIWELL ENGAGED? The Sun reports that the Spice Girl is planning a wedding to Henry Beckwith.

CHARLIE SHEEN DOESN'T WANT CAMERAS AT COURT HEARING: Yesterday, Sheen's lawyer filed a motion, asking that cameras be barred from court next week in order to protect the privacy of his wife, Brooke Mueller, as well as his right to a fair trial.

ANTWON TANNER SENTENCED TO PRISON: The One Tree Hill actor will spend three months in prison for dealing in stolen Social Security numbers.

CONAN TO APPEAR ON LETTERMAN? A source told PopEater.com, "Dave would love to get Conan on his show. Not to rub NBC's noses into their huge mistake, but to welcome Conan with open arms and show him that despite the way his old network has treated him, America loves him."

JESSE MCCARTHY EX RELEASES NAKED PIC? The New York Post obtained a photo of what appears to be the 22-year-old singer and star of ABC's "Greek" lying naked on a bed, clad in nothing but a "G-string" made of candy.

JERRY SEINFELD WON'T HOST 'MARRIAGE REF': Jerry Seinfeld will not be hosting "The Marriage Ref," the new NBC show he's executive-producing, even though the network wanted him to.

HILTON ON 'REAL HOUSEWIVES'? The Daily Truffle reports that at least one of Kathy Hilton's sisters could be on Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which officially begins production in March.

DANIEL CRAIG WILL REPLACE ROBERT DOWNEY JR.: Craig is taking over in Cowboys And Aliens, based on the graphic novel of the same name.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP


TILA TEQUILA'S PUBLICIST QUITS: Tila Tequila's publicist has quit in the wake of the reality star's erratic behavior following the death of fiance Casey Johnson. Jessica Cohen wrote in a memo on Thursday (January 14th), "This is to inform you that I am no longer representing Tila Tequila as her publicist. Some matters need to remain private and away from media attention and due to recent events, I realized that we need to part ways while she deals with the loss of her fiance. I will forward any remaining inquiries to her until the new publicist takes over.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN SHOWS OFF BABY: Check out the reality star and her family! http://tinyurl.com/ya2bde3

ANNE HATHAWAY TO BE HONORED AT HARVARD: Anne Hathaway will be the recipient of Harvard University's 2010 Hasty Pudding award. The actress will receive the award at a roast scheduled for January 28 by Hasty Pudding Theatrical, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe. The roast features the Harvard men in drag and takes place after a parade near the university in Cambridge, MA. Recent honorees have included Renee Zellweger, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.

'GOLDEN GIRL' RECOVERING AFTER STROKE: Golden Girl Rue McClanahan has suffered a stroke. Monsters and Critics reports that the 75-year-old collapsed while she was recovering from bypass surgery a week before. Her husband Morrow Wilson says that once doctors removed the blood clot that caused the stroke, she had been struggling with her speech and walking. But after remaining in ICU for two weeks she went into a rehab center and is now currently in a nursing facility. He explained, "She can understand what you are saying in conversation, but still has some trouble speaking. Her speech is slower than it once was and she hasn't completely recovered on the right side of her body. She's going to require a lot more physical and speech therapy -- but at least it's not like I stay awake at nights any more thinking that Rue is going to die."

REAL HOUSE-HUSBAND ARRESTED: The husband of one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey was arrested on Thursday (January 14th) for DWI -- along with a few other things. TMZ.com reports that Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice -- husband of Teresa -- was hospitalized after wrecking his car in NJ, and after a blood sample was taken, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, and failure to maintain a traffic lane. Cops discovered there were warrants out for his arrest in Clifton, NJ over some city ordinance violations -- so the local police handed Joe over to the another town's department, who locked him up and held him on $2,625 bail.

CHARLIE SHEEN WANTS PRIVACY IN COURT: Charlie Sheen is hoping that the resolution to his very public Christmas arrest will be private. Earlier this week, the actor's lawyer filed a motion, asking that cameras be barred from court next week -- where a judge is being asked to lift a protection order -- to protect the privacy of his wife, Brooke Mueller, as well as his right to a fair trial. The Sheens hope that after the hearing on January 20th, the protection order will be revised so that they can communicate and work on reconciling.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

ELISABETH HASSELBECK AND HUBBY SWITCHING JOBS: Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be trading jobs for a day with her ESPN football analyst husband, Tim Hasselbeck. The Associated Press reports that Elisabeth will substitute for her husband on shows including NFL Live next Tuesday, then on January 28th, behind-the-scenes footage from that broadcast will air on The View -- where Tim will occupy his wife's seat.

JENNIFER MORRISON RETURNING TO 'HOUSE': Jennifer Morrison will appear on House again later this season. Fox confirmed the news shortly after the show's executive producer Katie Jacobs told E!, "I can say that [Jennifer Morrison] might be back. She is doing a play. She asked if she could do this play, and she's really excited about it, and we're really excited for her. . . I would love to see her again, too."

JERRY SEINFELD REFUSED TO HOST NEW SHOW: NBC has even more reason to fret. Sources tell the New York Post that despite the network's wishes, Jerry Seinfeld will not be hosting The Marriage Ref, the reality show he is executive producing. A source told the paper, "NBC is desperate for a hit, and they really wanted Jerry to host the show. They went back and forth with him for months, but he wouldn't budge." Seinfeld picked Tom Papa to helm the show instead.

MORE HILTONS ON TV? Paris Hilton's aunt is reportedly headed to reality TV. Although Bravo has not confirmed it, the Daily Truffle is reporting that at least one of Kathy Hilton's sisters is being considered for Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which officially begins production in March. An anonymous source close to the project said that the cast has made a ten-month commitment. Callbacks are supposedly going on now, but at least one of Paris's aunts have reportedly been guaranteed a spot.

TNT RENEWS RAY RAMANO SHOW: TNT has renewed Ray Ramano's drama, Men of a Certain Age for a second season. The show launched December 7th to 4.4 million viewers -- the highest ratings for a basic cable series premiere in 2009.

CONAN LEAVING 'THE TONIGHT SHOW' NEXT WEEK?

Despite rumors that Conan O'Brien's last night hosting The Tonight Show will be January 22nd, sources tell GossipCop.com that's not the case. An insider, "extremely close" to O'Brien told the website that the host and the network are still negotiating particulars, taking things day by day, and that there has been no final determination of when O'Brien's last shows will be.

A different source previously told People magazine, "Conan does not currently plan on doing any more new shows after next week."

ESPN's Bill Simmons, who used to write for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is among those insisting next week's broadcasts will be the last, tweeting, "FYI: Next week is Conan's final week . . . It's true."

  • In other NBC news, the network announced on Thursday that the freshman drama "Parenthood" and the relocated "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Special Victim Units" will fill three of the weekday 10 p.m. slots vacated by Jay Leno's prime-time show. The remaining two will go to the comedy panel series "The Marriage Ref" from Jerry Seinfeld and Dateline NBC.
  • The new lineup will debut after NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics from Feb. 12-28.
  • In related news, "high-level" people are spreading rumors that Jay Leno has signed a new contract that makes him host of The Tonight Show, however Leno's personal publicist told Gossip Cop, "It is not true."

KIEFER SUTHERLAND WEARS A DRESS FOR DAVID LETTERMAN

Kiefer Sutherland appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday (January 13th) night -- wearing a dress. The actor, who was there promoting Sunday's (January 17th) eighth season premiere of 24, explained that his outfit was the result of a lost bet.

He said, "I lost a bet over the weekend. I was so sure New England was going to win, that I told a guy who used to be my friend that if New England lost, I would wear a dress on 'Letterman'. And so, here I am."

The actor, who plays the macho Jack Bauer on 24, recently discussed the fact that his character miraculously starts off the season smiling. He said, "They put Jack in such a positive place at the very beginning of this series that it gave him something to fight for. Well, I think just inherently we've taken the character in some very dark places and one of the great things as an actor is to take all of those kind of tragedies and mount those as part of the character for the following season. So to be able to start eight with some kind of hope and give him something to actually really live for and fight for was a really different and kind of very exciting place to be as a character."

  • Meanwhile, newcomer Mykelti Williamson discussed his role as Jack's new boss. "My character's also one of those people who is not certain that he should be in the position that he's in. He's always protecting himself from having someone look and him and recognize he's got chinks in his armor. So he puts on this front all the time and Bauer sees through everything so it made it very interesting."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC . . . it very interesting)
  • However, Mary Lynn Rajskub, admitted that she's just happy to be alive. "There was a turning point where people thought I was weird and annoying and then I started really helping Jack and then that was really cool because then people started to like me a lot. So, yeah I do think that I can die, but I just hope that I don't."

CHECK IT OUT: See Sutherland's interview with Dave: http://tinyurl.com/ya7kzka

TIGER WOODS TO PUT HIS FORTUNE TO USE FOR HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Golf superstar Tiger Woods has been in the news for all the wrong reasons the past couple of months. Now he's putting his millions to use by aiding rescue efforts in Haiti which was rocked by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday, January 12th. Rap mogul Russell Simmons tweeted, "I heard Tiger Woods donating to send a cargo plane with a mobile hospital out there. Keep ur prayers high!"

  • Interestingly enough just a few hours before Simmons tweeted what Woods was up to, Fox Sports and Kansas City Star sportswriter Jason Whitlock tweeted, "If I'm Tiger, I park a big luxury liner off the coast of Haiti and me and Rachel Uchitel pass out $10 mil in bottled water."
  • Rachel Uchitel was Woods' first outed mistress and the one he's still allegedly in touch with.

SIDE NOTE

  • To get involved with earthquake relief efforts or to make a donation, please visit redcross.org or yele.org.

CELEBS JOINING FORCES FOR HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS

Celebrities are using their star power to help the relief effort in Haiti. The Hollywood Reporter announced that George Clooney will host a bi-coastal telethon to raise money for the people of Haiti next Friday (January 22nd) on all the MTV channels.

A roster of musicians, actors and actresses that will also take part in the benefit will be announced in the coming days.

Brad and Angelina Jolie, always prominent humanitarians, announced that they have contributed $1 million to emergency medical care for the earthquake-ravaged country via their foundation.

  • Jolie said, "It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades." Brad added, "We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent care."
  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- the organization putting on the Golden Globes this weekend -- is also reaching out. They said in a statement, "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is announcing at the Golden Globes that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Foundation is donating $100,000 to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti relief fund for the victims of the Haiti earthquake."

FIRED 'BACHELOR' PRODUCER REVEALED

The Bachelor producer who was fired for his "inappropriate" relationship with contestant Rozlyn Papa has reportedly also lost his girlfriend. A source told E! that Ryan Callahan "had a girlfriend that worked on the show at the time. They were together, and he cheated on her with [Papa]."

The insider added that the woman broke up with Callahan after hearing the news.

  • Papa has been on the defensive concerning her relationship with the arguably unattractive Callahan. He said of the relationship earlier this week, "There was no making out! Unfortunately, I did not get any out of this big sex scandal that supposedly happened. If I had known that I was going to get accused of it, maybe I would have gone for it!"

'GLEE' STAR SIGNS RECORD DEAL

Glee star Matthew Morrison has snagged a record deal. People magazine reports that Morrison, better known to fans as Will Schuster, was signed to Mercury Records and is expected to release his debut album this fall.

The 31-year-old, who previously sang and danced on Broadway in musicals like Hairspray and The Light in the Piazza, will soon head the studio to begin recording. The release of his disc will likely correspond with the premiere of Glee's second season on Fox.

  • Morrison has been nominated for a Golden Globe at this Sunday's (January 17th) awards show.

HEADLINE NEWS!!



HELP FOR HAITI ARRIVING, BUT DIFFICULT TO DELIVER: Rescue teams as well as food, water and other provisions from around the world are arriving in Haiti to help the poor nation that was devastated by Tuesday's magnitude-7 earthquake. But delivery is being hampered by the poor roads, an overloaded Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport, and a quake-damaged seaport. The first U.S. military forces arrived in Haiti Thursday (January 14th), with more troops and much more other military assistance on the way, as President Obama announced $100 million in aid. Mass burials of the dead were being organized in Haiti as the International Red Cross estimated that 45,000 to 50,000 people had been killed by the quake. United Nations officials said that 36 of its personnel, mostly peacekeepers and international police, were confirmed dead and almost 200 were still missing, including top staff in the country. Obama also named his two immediate predecessors, Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, to oversee private fundraising, based on Bush's model of similarly enlisting Clinton and his own former president father, George H.W. Bush, after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Following are some of the organizations that are accepting donations to help the earthquake victims:

OBAMA ANNOUNCES NEW TAX TO GET BACK BANK BAILOUT MONEY: President Obama on Thursday (January 14th) announced a new tax on big banks designed to recoup the huge amount of money the federal government spent to bail out Wall Street at the height of the financial crisis. Saying, "We want our money back," Obama declared, "My determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people." The proposed tax -- which must be approved by Congress -- would be spread out over 10 years, and generate about $90 billion. It would impose a 0.15 percent tax on the balance sheets of financial institutions with assets of more than $50 billion, a group estimated to include about 50 companies. Even firms who didn't accept TARP money, or who have since paid it back, will have to pay up. According to AP, the Treasury has so far given $247 billion to more than 700 banks. Of that, $162 billion has been repaid, as well an additional $11 billion in interest and dividends.

STUMBLING BLOCK OVERCOME ON HEALTH CARE REFORM: A stumbling block to getting health care reform passed was overcome Thursday (January 14th) as union leaders agreed in a major breakthrough to a new tax on high-cost insurance plans. Democrats were hopeful that the tentative agreement, which also included significant concessions by the White House, would clear the way to move forward on others issues as negotiators try to reconcile the two versions of legislation passed by the House and Senate. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado told AP that President Obama told Democratic lawmakers yesterday that once the bill is signed, he intends to travel the country in a series of midterm election-year appearances to trumpet the changes it would make. Polis said, "That was important for members to hear. They wanted to make sure that the president, who commands the biggest soapbox in the nation, is going to deploy it for health care, and he made it very clear that he is."

2009 FORECLOSURES SET RECORD DESPITE ASSISTANCE EFFORTS: Real estate data company RealtyTrac reported Thursday (January 14th) that U.S. foreclosures set a records in 2009 and will do so again this year, with unemployment and salary cuts trumping assistance efforts. A record 2.8 million properties with a mortgage got a foreclosure notice last year, up 21 percent from 2008 and an astonishing 120 percent from 2007. But as bad as that is, RealtyTrac said it would have been even worse without foreclosure prevention programs and loan processing delays caused by the sheer volume. Although there are federal, state and private efforts to modify loan terms for at-risk borrowers, many industry experts and economists say they either don't go far enough or are expanding too late to help many homeowners.

TODAY'S FYI:

SULLY TO HELP MARK 'MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON' ANNIVERSARY: Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger will be on hand for a Hudson River ceremony today (January 15th) to mark the one-year anniversary of his safely landing a U.S. Airways jet in the New York waterway after its engines were crippled by a bird strike less than a minute after taking off from LaGuardia Airport. Sully and some of the 155 passengers and crew who all survived will take a boat out to the place in the Hudson where they were pulled onto boats by rescuers, and will raise their glasses in a toast at the same moment when the plane hit the water.

DOOMSDAY CLOCK PUSHED BACK ONE MINUTE: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the minute hand of its Doomsday Clock back one minute further away from midnight -- which is meant to stand for the end of civilization -- citing a more hopeful state of world affairs on nuclear weapons and climate change. The change moving the minute hand from 5 minutes to midnight back to 6 minutes to midnight was announced Thursday (January 14th), and the BAS Board said in a statement, "For the first time since atomic bombs were dropped in 1945, leaders of nuclear weapons states are cooperating to vastly reduce their arsenals and secure all nuclear bomb-making material. And for the first time ever, industrialized and developing countries alike are pledging to limit climate-changing gas emissions that could render our planet nearly uninhabitable. These unprecedented steps are signs of a growing political will to tackle the two gravest threats to civilization -- the terror of nuclear weapons and runaway climate change."

  • The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and had been adjusted only 18 times prior to Thursday, most recently in January 2007 and February 2002 after the events of 9/11.

JUDGE SAYS VOTERS CAN'T OVERTURN GAY MARRIAGE IN D.C.: A Washington, D.C., judge ruled yesterday (January 14th) against gay marriage opponents who wanted to have a voter referendum on D.C.'s newly-approved measure allowing same-sex marriage. Plaintiffs led by a Maryland pastor had filed suit after the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics refused to put their initiative defining marriage as being between a man and a woman on the ballot, with the board saying it violated the city's Human Rights Act. Washington, D.C., Superior Court Judge Judith Macaluso said the board acted properly because the initiative would in effect authorize discrimination. The District passed a bill last month approving gay marriage, which is pending a period of review by Congress since the city is a federal district.

STATIONS!: Please note content of following story.

EX-U.N. WEAPONS INSPECTOR CAUGHT IN CHILD SEX STING -- AGAIN: Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter has been caught in an online child-sex sting, years after blaming a 2001 underage sex-sting arrest on his criticism of the Iraq war. According to Pennsylvania police, the 48-year-old Ritter engaged in a sexually graphic online chat nearly a year ago with a police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl, and then turned on a webcam and masturbated on camera. After he was found and identified, charges were filed in November, and the case was reported by the Pocono Record on Thursday (January 14th). Ritter, a former Marine who was a weapons inspecter from 1991 to 1998, acknowledged in TV interviews in 2003 that he'd faced online child-sex charges two years earlier that had been dismissed. But he charged they were brought to silence his criticism of the Iraq war.

  • Ritter, who lives in upstate New York, is married to his second wife and has twin teenage daughters.

PUTIN WANTS RUSSIANS TO CUT BACK ON THE VODKA: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday (January 14th) gave the go-ahead for a government campaign aimed at cutting alcohol consumption in Russia by more than half in the next decade. Among the approved steps for dealing with what is described as the "national threat" of Russians' alcohol additiction are restrictions on alcohol sales and production, higher taxes, and curbs on advertising. Putin's strategy document said Russians drink 18 liters of alcohol per person each year, and that 23,000 people die annually from alcohol poisoning and over 75,000 people from alcohol-related diseases. There could be some political risk in this for Putin, however. In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of what was then the Soviet Union, also took aim at alcohol abuse, ordering dramatic cuts in the production of alcohol and imposing strict controls on public consumption. Not only did this lead to surge in the production of illegal and low-quality home-made alcohol, it also dealt a blow to Gorbachev's popularity.

SPORTS:

ARENAS CHARGED WITH GUN POSSESSION: Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was charged in Washington, D.C., Thursday (January 14th) with felony gun possession for taking a gun into the team's locker room last month. The maximum sentence for the charge is five years, however the Washington Post reported that Arenas had reached a plea deal that could spare him from serving any jail time. Arenas has said he took the gun into the locker room in a, quote, "misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate." Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA on January 6th, the day after a game in which he appeared to make a gun sign with his fingers during the warm-up and wrote about the incident on Twitter.

U.S. SPORTS WORLD HELPING OUT HAITI: Pledges of assistance for earthquake-devastated Haiti are coming from the U.S. sports world. Reuters reports that Major League Baseball is donating $1 million to help the victims of the earthquake, and the New York Yankees will be giving another $500,000. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is giving $250,000, and the National Hockey League is pledging $100,000.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


CBS

  • GHOST WHISPERER - Melinda must discover the truth hidden within a new family before it threatens to tear the family apart.
  • MEDIUM - The anniversary of the death of Devalos' daughter reopens old wounds; Bridgette meets an interesting person at the library.
  • NUMB3RS - A lost shipment of high caliber firearms links to murders across the city; Amita and Charlie can't agree on a wedding date.

NBC

  • LAW & ORDER - When a journalist is found dead in an abandoned apartment, the investigation uncovers a relationship between the victim and a daytime talk show host.
  • DATELINE NBC - The mysterious disappearance of Michele Harris, a young mother of four.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Julianne Moore

FOX

  • BONES (repeat)
  • DOLLHOUSE - Echo leads her crew to Arizona to dismantle Rossum Corp.'s mainframe.

ABC

  • SUPERNANNY - A mother of two who spends her time surfing the Web, watching TV and texting friends expects her mother to raise her children.
  • SHARK TANK - Two bicyclists have an idea for a portable hand degreaser; a college student has an environmentally friendly clothing line.
  • 20/20 - The aftermath of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

CW

  • SMALLVILLE (repeat)
  • SMALLVILLE (repeat)

VH1

  • THE CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS: RED CARPET - Nancy O'Dell covers the celebrity arrivals.
  • 15TH ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS - Honors in cinematic achievements.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Mark Walhberg, Ricky Gervais
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah Fridays Live
THE VIEW - Vera Wang, Emilio Estefan

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Glenn Close, Eddie Brill, Matt Morris
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Julianne Moore
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Jeff Bridges, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Lifehouse
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Joan Rivers, Dax Shepherd, chef Paul Bartolotta
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Tom Lennon, Shiri Appleby, Luke Bryan
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Kiefer Sutherland, the Hotrats
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


WILD BOAR RAID FOREST RESIDENTS: Wild boar that are roaming free in the west of England have been raiding garbage bins, attacking dogs and digging up green spaces in various parts of England's first national forest park. Some areas in the Forest of Dean have not had any garbage collected since the Christmas holidays due to the recent snow and icy weather. The surplus of garbage have attracted the boar, which usually feeds on shoots, leaves, bulbs and worms. Ecologist Martin Goulding had advised residents to not provoke the boar and to try to keep garbage bins out of reach. ''If people leave rubbish out, then bins can be raided'' said Goulding. ''If one catches onto the trick then more will join in.'' (Reuters)

MAN HANDS OVER APOLOGETIC ROBBERY NOTE: A man from Portland walked into a FedEx Kinko's store and handed the employee an apologetic robbery note. According to the Kinko's employee, the note said ''This is a robbery, I'll wait outside for the police, sorry.'' Detective Mary Wheat found the 46-year-old man waiting outside of the store and took him into custody. The man was taken to Multnomah County Jail for investigation but no robbery charges will be made since a robbery didn't take place. The police believe that the man simply wanted to go to jail. (AP)

INTRUDER TAKE FISH HEAD AND $10: After driving an intruder out of her home in Boulder, Colorado, a woman discovered that her fish in her aquarium had been beheaded and $10 was missing from her wallet. The 19-year-old woman was awakened at 2 a.m. when she found the intruder. Although she yelled for him to leave, she assumed that the man had simply entered the wrong apartment. Police say that the woman had not locked her door that evening. It was her pet betta fish that had been beheaded. No arrests have yet been made. (AP)

SKINNIEST HOUSE SOLD FOR $2.1 MILLION: The skinniest town house in New York has been sold for $2.1 million. The red brick house that was built in 1873 was built in what used to be an alleyway between houses. The Greenwich Village house is 9.5 feet wide and 42 feet tall and was last sold for $1.6 million in 2000. This was once the residence of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay as well as anthropologist, Margaret Mead. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

SHOPPING MAKES YOU SKINNY? The average woman burns off 48,000 calories a year -- just by walking around while shopping. A study published in the Daily Mail, revealed that women make up to 132 shopping trips each year -- an annual total of 159 hours and 56 minutes walking at a fast pace. The researchers found that shoppers will burn approximately five calories a minute - a total of 47,700 calories over a 12-month period. That's the equivalent of 25 days worth of women's recommended daily intake of 1,940 calories.

FULL LIPS MAKE WOMEN LOOK YOUNGER: Having full lips shaves years off of a woman's apparent age. The fullness of a woman's lip peaks in young adulthood and starts to decline between ages 30 and 40. Asylum.com reported that in a multinational study of women between 45 and 81, researchers found that women whose lips occupy a larger percentage of their faces are perceived as younger than those with thinner lips. "When we identified people who looked young for their age, we were struck by the difference in their lips,' said David Gunn, a scientist who worked on the study.


TECHNOLOGY LIGHTENS WOMENS' PURSES: The average weight of a woman's handbag has plummeted as multi-purpose gadgets take the place of Filofaxes, brick-like phones and hefty laptops. The Daily Mail reports that the average bag now weighs 3lb 5oz -- equivalent to six packs of butter. That is 57 per cent less than the average just two years ago. The research comes from Debenhams, whose spokesman said: 'The new generation of smaller, lighter multipurpose gadgets such as the iPhone and Blackberry have replaced heavy laptops, old-fashioned mobile phones and Filofaxes.'


COLA-POWERED CELL PHONE? Chinese designer, Daizi Zheng, has created a concept Nokia mobile phone that is powered by sugary soft drinks. When the colaphone runs out of juice the user simply unscrews the top of the phone and tops it up with fizzy drink. She said, 'I found that a phone battery as a power source is expensive. It consumes valuable resources on manufacturing, presenting a disposal problem and is harmful to the environment.' Check it out: http://www.daizizheng.com/projects.htm

2010 Wedding Trends We Predict You'll Hate (Lemondrop.com)

The Wedding Singer, Part Two: Cover bands and singers are actually making a comeback. As funny as Adam Sandler was, actually listening to a wedding singer can be excruciating. While we're not dogging their talent, Chris De Burgh's "The Lady in Red" is easier to swallow via MP3.

  • Doggie Attendants: Ladies and gents? They're not your literal best friends. And just because we're bridesmaids doesn't mean we're going to take your Shiba Inu out for a walk during the reception. (Unless you insist on having a bouquet toss, in which case, sign us up.) Otherwise: Don't. Please. Just. Don't.
  • Viral overload: We already told you about the groom who changed his Facebook status after saying, "I do." And while we never thought tweeting your vows would really catch on, 2010 brides and grooms are social networking their way all the way to the altar and back. Prepare for lots of Facebook photo tag alerts -- not to mention video clips of a sloshed you doing the Electric Slide.
  • Lighting goes green: Forget about dining by candlelight. Taking a cue from ravers, couples are looking to LED lights to make their receptions shine. While we don't generally frown on eco-friendliness, all that stage lighting can kill the romance, no? This isn't an "American Idol" performance.
  • The bolder, the better. Red, bright orange and even hot pink are creeping into the bridal party's color palette this year. Get ready to look alarmingly like an exotic parrot -- accessorized with an oversize bow. Now that the aughts are over, simplicity will be thrown out the window. Word to the wise: Keep a pair of shades in your clutch.
  • Buttercream is back: Okay, this is actually a trend we can get behind. Say a fond farewell to fondant -- that doughy, tasteless layer that traditionally covers wedding cake. 2010 is all about buttercream. The only potential downsides we see? While this would definitely improve the flavor, all that dieting to fit into that dress will definitely go to waste. And if you're a messy eater, be sure to send your dry-cleaning bill to the bride.
  • The rise of microdesserts: Small=cute is still the reigning dessert philosophy in 2010. While this is hardly a new idea, it won't be a big surprise if cupcakes, pot de cremes and lemon squares too small to be seen by the naked eye are in plentiful supply. But, you know, we might even temporarily suspend our disdain for smashing cake in each other's faces if that tradition were to be replaced by smashing a sundae glass on someone's head instead

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What Golden Globe-winning actor auditioned to be a cast member for 1980-1981 season of NBC's Saturday Night Live but was not selected for the position?

A: Jim Carrey

(Source: Wikipedia)

Should Little Girls Be Wearing Heels?

Are little girls of five and six or even younger too young to be wearing heels? AP reports that it's a parenting question that's been bubbling up, getting more attention after pictures were recently snapped of three-and-a-half-year-old Suri Cruise -- daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes -- wearing blingy mini-heels. For her part, Holmes told Access Hollywood the little kitten heels are supportive because they were specifically made for kids learning ballroom dancing. Christina Vercelletto, senior editor of Parenting magazine, told AP she's been seeing shoes made for girls as young as five and six with heels as high as an inch, saying she thinks it's definitely a trend.

Heels can pose physical risks for everyone, but especially for growing feet. Foot and ankle surgeon Matthew Dairman, a spokesman for the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, told AP he urges parents to limit little girls to wearing heels once or twice a week for four hours at a time -- if at all. He also spoke about the risk factor of kids running in heels, making them more likely to get injured. Beyond the physical risk, is letting little girls wear heels the right thing to do? Lisa Spiegel, director of New York City parenting resource center Soho Parenting, told AP that they'd offer the same advice when it comes to heels as they do for young girls wanting to wear makeup or too skimpy clothes. She said, "We really, really try to help families hold onto their better instincts that kids should be children and not little adults."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day School Lunch Deemed Offensive

Denver's Westword newspaper reported Wednesday (January 13th) that the Denver Public Schools district issued an apology after a parent complained about a planned January 15th school lunch designed to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday. On the menu are southern-style chicken with biscuits, collard greens, sweet potatoes and peach crisp, choices that the complaining parent said furthered racial stereotypes. DPS said in its apology that the menu was, quote, "highly insensitive in light of certain hurtful cultural stereotypes still harbored in parts of our society." DPS offered the same menu last year, according to the report, but no-one complained.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Toby Keith's Show Dog Records and Universal South Records in Nashville have officially merged, Toby and Universal President Mark Wright announced during a press conference in Music City yesterday (Wednesday, January 13th). Toby is now the CEO of Show Dog-Universal, and the new label's first addition to the roster is Trace Adkins.

Trace was on the Capitol Nashville roster for 15 years. When contract re-negotiations came up, Trace said he decided to exercise his option and re-energize himself and his career. "I'm very excited and invigorated by this merger and the energy that I felt since I've been talkin' to these guys. When I toured with Toby this past year I saw something out there that I've longed for."

Trace said his experience on the road with Toby showed him what had been missing from his career. "I'd stand on the side of the stage at night, cause we'd do a encore thing, and so at the end of his set I'd be standing on the side of the stage so they'd know that I was there, ready to go. It was the same thing every night. I saw Toby Keith with this grin from ear to ear. He'd come bounding off the stage and he'd be so fired up. He's like a 12-year-old on Christmas morning when he's on stage, and it's real -- that joy that I've seen from him is real. He ain't that good an actor (laughter), and I said, 'I want me some of that.'"

Toby and Trace's onstage collaboration won't be the last fans will see of the two working together. Toby says a duet is in the works. "We sat on my bus a lot of days and discussed music ideas and songs and . . . we've already discussed a duet."

  • Other artists on the Show Dog-Universal Music roster include Phil Vassar, Joe Nichols, and Randy Houser.
Former American Idol contestant Danny Gokey will release his debut album, My Best Days, on March 2nd. The country set has already been getting a bit of buzz with the release of the lead single, "My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me." Fans who pre-order the album now will get an instant download of "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me," and an autographed CD booklet.
  • Gokey made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium last weekend in Nashville. He had a great time and said it was "such a beautiful, beautiful moment. When they said my name, the crowd applause was just overwhelming; I just felt so welcome. I was very honored, to say the least."
  • The Wisconsin native finished in third place finalist last year on American Idol.
Taylor Swift has been keeping mum on her reported break-up with Twilight star Taylor Lautner. And from the sound of things, it's going to stay that way. She refuses to open up with reporters abour her love and figures fans will go online to read the gossip and dirt anyway. She tells London's Daily Star, "I grew up in the internet age. I get it. I wanted to know who people I liked were dating. I fought for this (success), so I can't complain. I wanted it to happen. And if people want to know what's going on in my life, they just have to look on the web. They know who I'm dating. I'm not very subtle." And if this relationship is anything like her previous ones, fans will likely get to hear about it on her next album. She says, "I'm brutally honest in songs. I say things I can't necessarily say in life. But people know who I'm talking about - I'm pretty obvious about it. I want them to know it's about them so, when they hear it on the radio, they might have to think about (their actions)."
  • Swift is the top-selling digital artist in music history with sales of over 24.3 million digital tracks to date.
  • She's set to perform on the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, being broadcast live on CBS on January 31st. Taylor is nominated in eight categories, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.
Keith Urban debuts his newest music video this week for his latest single "'Til Summer Comes Around." The clip was shot over two days last month in Los Angeles, capturing the Santa Monica Piers, along with some fans and paparazzi. Urban said he wrote the song about a theme park, explaining, "For me, there's something fascinating and deeply sad about theme parks in the wintertime when they're shut down. I loved that metaphor." He wanted to write a guy who meets a girl at a theme park, adding, "They have this brief fling and she says she'll be back, so every year he's still there waiting. Longing is such a powerful feeling, and if you're going to write about love, that's a powerful way to get at it."
  • The clip is available at CMT.com and on iTunes.
  • Urban will attend the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on January 31st in Los Angeles where he's nominated for Best Country Album for Defying Gravity, Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Sweet Thing", Best Country Collaboration with Brad Paisley for "Start A Band" and Best Long Form Music Video for "Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing."
Carrie Underwood has to work hard for her svelte body. The singer admits that it's always a challenge to stay fit, and it's even more important now with both a tour and wedding coming up. According to UsMagazine.com, the 26-year-old former American Idol champ says genetics aren't on her side. She tells a Canadian radio station, "Once I got out of high school I packed on about 10 pounds, and once I was on American Idol I packed on another 10 pounds. I'm a little person, I'm 5-3, and I was about 130." Apparently Underwood carries all of what she calls her "potato chip weight" in her tummy." She said, "Around my mid section. You've got to fight genetics sometimes." When she's on the road, Underwood doesn't eat catering, but instead keeps a refrigerator on the bus stocked with healthy food. It doesn't hurt that she has a trainer, who she says is "kicking" her "butt."
  • Underwood recently got engaged to hockey player Mike Fisher. They don't have a wedding date yet, and Underwood explains why, saying, "Our schedules don't provide us too much time to get married and have time to really enjoy being married. We're trying to really work it out and move some stuff around."
  • Underwood kicks off a tour in March.

A new Barack Obama inspired soundtrack features a who's who list of stars, including Tim McGraw, the Dixie Chicks, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow. Their music is featured on the 13-song soundtrack compilation, By the People: For the People, which is a companion to the documentary, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. The soundtrack, which arrived this week, is exclusively available on iTunes. Proceeds will help the United Way support Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts.
  • Tracks include the Chicks' "I Hope" and McGraw's "Free Man," along with "Rise Up" from Crow. There are also songs by Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen.
  • The film, which follows the campaign and election of President Barack Obama, debuted on HBO last fall.
Dierks Bentley will take part in the CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub in New York City on March 25th. Other performers at the in-the-round event include Jim Beavers ("Watching Airplanes" recorded by Gary Allan, "Trying to Stop Your Leaving" recorded by Dierks, and "Don't" recorded by Billy Currington), David Lee Murphy ("Living In Fast Forward" recorded by Kenny Chesney, "Big Green Tractor" recorded by Jason Aldean, and "Dust on the Bottle" recorded by David Lee) and Bob DiPiero ("If You Ever Stop Loving Me" recorded by Montgomery Gentry, "Blue Clear Sky" recorded by George Strait, and "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" recorded by Brooks & Dunn). Tickets are $25 and available online at joespub.com

Steve Azar has joined the celebrity line-up for the 51st Bob Hope Classic, taking place January 18th-24th. The five-day classic will be held at various golf courses in the Palm Springs area of California and will be televised on the Golf Channel.

Roy Orbison will be honored with a star on the Walk Of Fame on January 29th.

Josh Thompson's debut CD, called Way Out Here, will be released on February 23rd. Fans who pre-order the album via his website at joshthompsonofficial.com will also receive an autographed booklet.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What was the name of Buck Owens' former band?
A. The Buckeroos

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Trisha Yearwood

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Travis Tritt, Nickel Creek

INTRODUCING . . . GLORIANA/GAC 9:30PM (ET)

OUR SONG: BRAD & JANA MATES/GAC 10:30PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Caleb Followill (singer, Kings of Leon) (28)
  • Faye Dunaway (actress, Chinatown, Network, Bonnie & Clyde) (69)
  • Andy Rooney (News commentator, 60 Minutes) (91)
  • Emily Watson (British actress, Breaking The Waves and Angela's Ashes) (44)
  • Carl Weathers (actor, Apollo Creed in Rocky) (62)
  • Dave Grohl (drummer, Nirvana; singer-guitarist, the Foo Fighters) (41)
  • Jason Bateman (actor, Valerie/The Hogan Family, Arrested Development) (41)
  • LL Cool J (rapper) (42)
  • Slick Rick (rapper) (45)
  • Zakk Wylde (guitarist, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) (43)
  • Geoff Tate (lead singer, Queensryche) (51)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Billy Currington earned a gold single for the Luke Bryan-penned "Good Directions" in 2009.
  • "She Let Herself Go" went to Number One on the Billboard country chart for George Strait in 2006.
  • The Dixie Chicks' Home album went quadruple-platinum in 2003.
  • Deana Carter's Did I Shave My Legs For This? hit the five million mark in shipments in 2000.
  • Tim McGraw's single "Not A Moment Too Soon" hit Number One in 1995.
  • The Judds charted a Number One single in Billboard with "Change Of Heart" in 1989.
  • Reba McEntire joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1986.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

CELEBRITIES ADDRESS HAITI EARTHQUAKE: Celebrities are using their broad social networks to urge fans to support victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Ben Stiller tweeted late Tuesday that "people in Haiti need our help and attention right now." Similar tweets are showing up from the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Hilton, Adam Lambert and Ryan Leslie. Brad and Angelina Jolie released a statement pledging their support while Coldplay singer Chris Martin urged people to donate to a Haiti appeal set up by the charity Oxfam.

'DEXTER' STAR HAS CANCER: Dexter star Michael C. Hall revealed on Wednesday (January 13th) that he had been diagnosed with cancer, but is now on the road to recovery after undergoing successful treatment. In a statement the actor said he was fortunate to be diagnosed with a "treatable and curable condition," Hodgkin's lymphoma, and thanked his doctors and nurses for their expertise. His spokesperson said the disease is in complete remission and Hall's treatment will continue as planned. Hall is scheduled to attend the upcoming Golden Globe and SAG Awards.

POLICE SUSPECT JON GOSSELIN PUBLICITY STUNT: New York police investigating the supposed ransacking of Jon Gosselin's apartment reportedly believe the incident was a publicity stunt. A source told RadarOnline.com, "The more cops have looked into it, the more they feel like it was a publicity stunt. "They absolutely think the butcher knife part of it is B.S." Jon filed a criminal complaint after finding his apartment in disarray, and blames ex-girlfriend Hailey Glassman for the destruction -- including a note stabbed into his furniture.

'BACHELOR' IS SINGLE AGAIN: Bob Guiney has reclaimed his Bachelor status. Guiney, who starred on the fourth season of ABC's The Bachelor, has split from his wife of five years, soap actress Rebecca Budig. An insider told People magazine, "They've been on the rocks for a long time and lately it's become clear that nothing is going to save this. They've just grown apart and are no longer the people they were when they got married." Another source says that Guiney has "moved on and has been seen in the company of at least one other woman."

HEIDI MONTAG IS 'OBSESSED' WITH PLASTIC SURGERY

CHECK IT OUT:Heidi Montag's recent absence from the headlines was no accident. The over-exposed reality star has been recovering from extensive plastic surgery, but has now revealed her new look to People magazine.

The 23-year-old Hills star, who previously made headlines for nose job, admitted that she underwent ten more plastic surgery procedures in one day.

  • Montag told People, "For the past three years, I've thought about what to have done. I'm beyond obsessed."
  • The aspiring pop star explained that she decided to go under the knife for nose, breast and chin procedures -- among others -- in order to become "the best me."

'AMERICAN IDOL' PREMIERES TO HUGE RATINGS

Paula Abdul's absence didn't hurt the ratings for American Idol's ninth season premiere. Television's top-rated show drew nearly 30 million viewers on Tuesday (January 12th) night, up one percent from last year's debut.

The figure was especially significant since viewership had been dipping last season.

  • The show's executive producer Simon Fuller referred to the ratings news as a "perfect start" to the Fox show's season. He added, "With Ellen DeGeneres coming on board and Simon Cowell departing, we are all set to have another memorable chapter in 'Idol's' history."
  • In the wake of Cowell's departure news, Fuller said that he's getting daily calls from agents of superstars worldwide who want the gig when Simon leaves.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Ellen dish about her first day on Idol: http://tinyurl.com/y9yb5l6

'AMERICAN IDOL' JUDGES FIND A LACK OF TALENT IN GEORGIA

American Idol held auditions in Atlanta, Georgia with guest judge Mary J. Blige. Although Idol alumni from Atlanta include Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Fantasia, there were plenty of not so talented contestants. Day one of the auditions started off promising as the judges found quite a few talented individuals. However, that changed almost immediately on day two of the audition process. Mary J. Blige was unable to control her laughter when Jesse Hamilton, from Anniston, Alabama performed. Surprisingly, a girl dressed as a guitar managed to flatter Simon Cowell into a deciding yes. That isn't the only surprise on this episode of American Idol. General Larry Platt, 62, ended the show with an original composition of ''Pants on the Ground'' which thoroughly entertained all four judges.

INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?

From Ferlinhusky18 on AOL.com: ''Pants on the ground. Pants on the ground. Lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground . . . I'd buy that song.''

Fromj Elvislover4405 on AOL.com: ''I don't want Simon to leave, he makes the show. He tells it like he sees it.''

From lmkjh on AOL.com: ''I don't want Simon there if he's not into it and wants to move on.''

TOM HANKS JOINS TWITTER

Who says Twitter is just for kids? Tom Hanks has joined the social networking site, sending out his inaugural tweet on Monday (January 11th) afternoon which read, "Testing...Testing... Is this thing on??"

He later used the medium to confirm that he and Julia Roberts will star together in the upcoming film Larry Crowne, which is due to start shooting later this year.

  • On his profile, Hanks describes himself as "that actor in some of the movies you liked and some you didn't. Sometimes I'm in pretty good shape, other times I'm not. Hey, you gotta live, you know?"
  • Follow Tom at: http://twitter.com/tomhanks

HUGH HEFNER'S TWIN GIRLFRIENDS MOVE OUT

Hugh Hefner is a one-woman man . . . for the moment. The Playboy founder confirmed that his 20-year-old twin girlfriends are moving out of the mansion, leaving him to nest alone with Crystal Harris. Hefner explained to E! that while his relationship with Harris is getting "more serious," Kristina and Karissa Shannon have been "hanging out with a lot of the other Playmates and they see these girls traveling across the country to do promotion. They would like to be doing that, too."

It was the 83-year-old himself who suggested the girls move into the neighboring Playmate House and says the shift will happen in the coming weeks. He added, "When they thought about it, they thought it was a good idea. They will now be friends, but they won't be defined as the girlfriends."

  • Although monogamy may be in his future, it's unlikely Hef will be walking down the aisle. He reiterated, "I haven't had a lot of luck with marriage. I don't have a good track record and I don't want to screw this one up."

SOURCES DENY REPORT THAT JAY LENO WANTS OUT OF NBC

A source close to Jay Leno is denying an internet report that claimed the late night host is considering leaving NBC. Supposed insiders told PopEater.com that Leno is furious at how NBC has handled the late night programming and is considering throwing in the towel.

The source said, "Now that Conan has made it clear he is leaving the troubled network, Jay is considering doing the same. They have put Jay in a terrible position. It looks like he is the reason that Conan is now without a job. Jay is a great guy and it's not fair that due to NBC's stupidity he looks like the bad guy."

  • However, GossipCop.com was assured that Leno is staying put on the peacock network.
  • The site's source said, "He has a contract with NBC," and is going to honor it.

SUPER MODEL NAOMI CAMPBELL PULLS OUT OF BRITAIN'S NEXT TOP MODEL

Super model Naomi Campbell has a reputation for being difficult especially if you're her assistant but it appears her tough ways also carry over to the negotiating table. Honeymag.com reports that Campbell has pulled out as host of Britain's Next Top Model after she was unable to reach an agreement with show producers. A source explained, "Naomi was really excited, but pulled out because she couldn't't reach an agreement over logistics or the amount of time she would have to commit."

  • Britain's Next Top Model is produced by American Idol judge Simon Cowell. Campbell was to serve as the host of the show because it needed a diva's flair as the show's previous host, Lisa Snowdon wasn't a good fit. A source explained, "The producers felt the last series wasn't taken as seriously as the American version because presenter Lisa Snowdon just couldn't carry it off on her own. What was missing was a real diva supermodel, a British equivalent to US host Tyra Banks."

DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT NEW KATE GOSSELIN REALITY SHOW

America's Kate Gosselin hiatus is about to end. TheWrap.com reports that Kate is returning to TLC later this year for her own series -- which will feature the reality mom "trying different jobs and tasks and showing how she performs in the different environments."

Sources added that the program will likely be interactive -- with viewers helping to determine Kate's rotating professions and corresponding challenges. The insider added, "It's more like Kate Gosselin, firefighter, not Kate Gosselin, wife and homemaker."

  • The untitled show will likely debut in late spring or early summer and will not feature Kate's ex-husband Jon or her eight children.
  • A network source refused to confirm the details, telling People.com, "This is just the latest speculation. Last week everyone was announcing [that her show would be] 'Date Kate.' We are still in development and looking at a number of ideas. When we have determined what the show will be, you will hear directly from us."

BROOKE MUELLER MOVES HOME WHILE CHARLIE SHEEN MOVES OUT

Brooke Mueller has moved back into the Los Angeles home she shares with husband Charlie Sheen -- but he's moved out. RadarOnline.com reports that Sheen was forced to vacate his own home so that he did not violate the terms of a restraining order prohibiting contact between the actor and his wife.

Mueller had been staying in Aspen since a domestic dispute led to Sheen's arrest on Christmas. In the immediate aftermath, a judge put a temporary restraining order in place ordering Sheen to stay away from his wife and not contact her.

  • The couple is due in court in the coming weeks where they'll reportedly ask that the no-contact provision of the restraining order be dropped.
  • Sources told Radar that the Two and a Half Men star is "desperately unhappy" in the marriage, but he knows that Brooke controls his legal fate right now and so he is saying he wants to stay with his wife.

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Thursday, January 14, 2010


THOUSANDS FEARED DEAD IN HAITI AFTER DEVASTATING QUAKE: A death toll that could reach into the tens of thousands is feared in Haiti after Tuesday's (January 12th) magnitue-7 earthquake that devastated the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation and flattened most of the capital city, Port-au-Prince. The first planes carrying food, water, medical supplies ands other assistance arrived Wednesday, as rescuers searched collapsed buildings for survivors and bodies were laid out in the streets. Hospitals, schools and the main prison collapsed, as did the main Roman Catholic cathedral, and the country's National Palace, home to President Rene Preval, was seriously damaged. Among the dead were Port-au-Prince's archbishop, and the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission was missing in the ruins of the U.N.'s Haitian headquaterts. President Obama yesterday promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort, including the military and civilian emergency teams, saying, "We have to be there for them in their hour of need."
  • Meanwhile, evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson, no stranger to controversy, said Haiti has been cursed because of what he called a "pact with the devil." His spokesman said the comment was based on voodoo rituals carried out before a slave rebellion against the French in 1791. But the spokesman also said Robertson never claimed the earthquake was God's wrath, and that his Operation Blessing group is sending medication and relief workers to Haiti.

U.N. REPORT: TALIBAN ATTACKS HAVE RAISED AFGHAN DEATHS: A United Nations report out yesterday (January 13th) said that Taliban suicide bombings and other attacks caused Afghan civilian deaths to soar last year to the highest rate of the war, while deaths attributed to allied troops dropped nearly 30 percent. Reducing the killing of civilians is now a key U.S. goal for winning over the Afghan people, and many Afghans in fact now blame the violence on the Taliban rather than foreign forces. A poll commissioned by ABC News, the BBC and ARD German TV found that 42 percent of Afghans surveyed now blame the violence on the Taliban, up from 27 percent a year ago, while 17 percent blame the U.S., NATO or the Afghan security force, down from 36 percent. At the same time, many Afghans fear that the arrival of 37,000 new troops as part of President Obama's surge will mean more fighting and more civilian deaths as a consequence.

TOP WALL STREET CEOs ACKNOWLEDGE RISKY BEHAVIOR: The CEOs of four top Wall Street banks appeared yesterday (January 13th) at the first hearing of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commision, where they acknowleged their risky behavior that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, but defended continuing to give high employee pay and bonuses. The four represented Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley, who collectively received more than $100 billion in taxpayer assistance. Looking ahead, the four execs said they supported tighter oversight, but they warned against going too far. This comes as Congress is considering options such as limiting the size of financial companies or breaking up companies whose failure could collapse the financial system. The 10-member Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission will hold hearings throughout the year and is expected to issue a report by December 15th. It's modeled after the 9/11 Commission as well as the Pecora Commission, which investigated the 1929 Wall Street crash.

TODAY'S FYI:

AMERICA'S OBESITY RATE STEADY, BUT STILL HIGH: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data out Wednesday (January 13th) show that the country's obesity rate has held steady for about five years, after a long period of steadily climbing. But the bad news is that it's still at a high rate, with more than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of kids overweight. Dr. William Dietz, an obesity expert with the CDC, said of the data, "We're at the corner; we haven't turned the corner." President Obama has pushed to make obesity prevention part of health care reform, and first lady Michelle Obama said yesterday that fighting childhood obesity will be one of her top priorities this year. The CDC data found:

  • 68 percent of adults are overweight, and 34 percent are obese.
  • 32 percent of children aged 2 to 19 are overweight, and 17 percent are obese. Additionally, among children, most obese kids are extremely obese.
  • 10 percent of babies and toddlers are overweight.
  • In most age groups, black adults had the highest rates of obesity, followed by Mexican-Americans and whites.

REPORT: CONTINUED DECLINE IN WORLD FREEDOM: The democracy watchdog group Freedom House released a report Tuesday (January 12th) that shows a decline in world freedom and rights for the fourth straight year -- the longest stretch in the 40 years the group has been doing the reports. Highlighting this in 2009 was the brutal crackdown in Iran on protests in the wake of the disputed presidential election. Freedom House also pointed to detentions in China of advocates of expanding freedom and ending Communist party dominance, as well as the murders of journalists and human rights activists in Russia. From the report:

  • The Middle East remains the most repressive region in the world, and Africa had the most significant decline.
  • There was stepped up repression against human rights advocates and civic activists in 40 countries that make up 20 percent of the world's population.
  • Iran, Russia, Venezuela and Vietnam were named as nations that had become more repressive, and there were declines in countries that had been having positive trends, including Bahrain, Jordan, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Of the 47 places ranked not free, 10 had the lowest possible rating for both political rights and civil liberties: Burma, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Tibet, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

LAWMAKER WANTS POOR KIDS TO BE KNOWN AS 'AT HOPE,' NOT 'AT RISK': What's in a name? One Washington state lawmaker thinks it's a lot, and she's pushing legislation to have poor kids be called "at hope" instead of "at risk" in the 54 places in state law where that term or the word "disadvantaged" is used. Democratic State Senator Rosa Franklin claims negative labels are hurting kids' chances for success, and says her bill is more than just a gimmick or political correctness. While some of Franklin's fellow lawmakers have embraced the idea, not all have. Republican Rep. Glenn Anderson not only objects to the cost of making the change, but told AP, "It's not the label, it's the people who show up to help [children] that make the difference. What helps is a smart, well structured program, that has funding and credibility."

OBAMA MUSICAL DEBUTING IN GERMANY: A musical about Barack Obama's presidential campaign is opening in Frankfurt, Germany, this weekend, a bilingual English-German production called Hope -- the Obama Musical Story. The show is seen through the eyes of people who share an apartment in Obama's hometown of Chicago, and tries to show how the future president's campaign gave people hope for change and belief in a better future. It features love songs by Obama to his wife Michelle, duets with Hillary Clinton, and even songs by the losing GOP ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin, with many songs quoting from the candidates' stump speeches.

  • This isn't the first musical about Obama. Last year, Obama On My Mind ran in London, and Obama: The Musical in Kenya.

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL TO TEXT HIS GROUNDHOG DAY PREDICTION: Punxsutawney Phil, America's most famous groundhog, is entering the digital age, with his Groundhog Day weather prediction to be texted this year for the first time. People who want to know Phil's prognostication but can't get to Puxsutawney, Pennsylvania, can text "Groundhog" to 247365. They'll get a text message on Groundhog Day, February 2nd, telling them whether Phil has predicted an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

SCHOOL WHERE RFK SHOT TO BE NAMED FOR HIM: The Los Angeles school complex built on the site of the Ambassador Hotel, where Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot in June 1968, will be named after the late Democratic senator. Los Angeles Unified school board members unanimously approved the name Tuesday (January 12th) as a tribute. There are two elementary schools at the new $400 million site, with a middle school and a high school still under construction.

SPORTS:

TOP NBA PICK GRIFFIN'S FIRST SEASON WIPED OUT BY INJURY: Top NBA draft pick Blake Griffin's debut season has been wiped out by injury before he got to play a single regular-season game. The Los Angeles Clippers announced yesterday (January 13th) that Griffin will have surgery on his broken left kneecap, keeping him out for at least four more months. Griffin hasn't played a regular-season game yet for the Clippers, after injuring his kneecap in their final pre-season game on October 23rd. Griffin had been rehabbing his knee after weeks of resting the stress fracture, but an examination after he developed pain while jumping in a pool showed his recovery wasn't progressing properly.

  • Griffin, the consensus college player of the year last season for Oklahoma, was chosen by the Clippers last June in the draft.

GOLFERS MEDIATE, WALDORF AND GULBIS TO APPEAR ON 'CSI': Pro golfers Rocco Mediate, Duffy Waldorf and Natalie Gulbis will play themselves in the January 21st episode of the CBS show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The plot of the show centers on the discovery of the body of a star golfer during a high-profile tournament. At least one of the three isn't a TV novice; Gulbis appeared on Celebrity Apprentice last season.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


CBS

  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - An investigation into the murder of two women at a Las Vegas hotel leads to an unusual killer.
  • THE MENTALIST - Rigby goes under cover at a high school reunion when the team investigates a double homicide that may be linked to an old prank.

NBC

  • COMMUNITY - A new addition to the study group after winter break raises eyebrows; Jeff signs on as editor of the school paper.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Ann sets Leslie up on a blind date; one of Anne's old friends makes Mark feel insecure.
  • 30 ROCK - Jack tries to take back a drunken New Year's Eve mistake; Jenna pursues a fake relationship with James Franco.
  • 30 ROCK - Jack and Liz fight for Danny's attention; Tracy makes an addition to his entourage; Jenna auditions for a role on Gossip Girl.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Justin Long

FOX

  • BONES - Brennan and Booth travel to Mexico to investigate human remains with extraterrestrial attributes; Angela and intern Wendell come clean about their relationship.
  • FRINGE - The team investigates a small town in upstate New York where disfigured people try to hide themselves.

ABC

  • GREY'S ANATOMY (repeat)
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - Addison returns to Seattle to perform a procedure on Mark's pregnant daughter; Cristina is assigned the lead on a complicated surgery.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - Mark follows Addison to Oceanside Wellness in hope of helping his daughter; Naomi and Dell try to raise their children under the same roof; Cooper and Violet don't agree on how to treat a patient.

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (repeat)
  • SUPERNATURAL (repeat)

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY - Lynne and Gretchen discuss drinking and depression; Vicki throws an all-girl slumber party.

FX

  • ARCHER - (series premiere) Malory promotes Cyril to field agent and Archer trains his new competition as only he can.
  • ARCHER - Archer attempts to cover up discrepancies in his ISIS expense account; Cyril and Lanan's Friday night dinner is interrupted by work.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - (season premiere) TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Ellen Pompeo, Jim Parsons, Shawn Farquhar
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Nate Teams Up with the Millionaire Matchmaker
THE VIEW - Rachel Weisz

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Denzel Washington, the Low Anthem
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Justin Long
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Rob Lowe, Jane Krakowski
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Kobe Bryant, Katharine McPhee
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Julie Andrews, Vampire Weekend
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Sigourney Weaver, Jeremy Renner
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Tom Brokaw
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Kathleen Sebelius
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Snoop Dogg, Saoirse Ronan

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

HIPPO ESCAPES FROM THE ZOO: A hippopotamus escaped from Montenegro's Podgorica zoo during floods this week, said officials. Nikica, a two-ton female hippo broke out of her cage and swam away just after the season floods hit the zoo that is located just outside of Montenegro's capital, Podgorica. Although she remains at large, there are guards who are keeping an eye on her as well as feeding her daily. Nikica found a dry spot about a mile away from the zoo. Davor Mujovic says that they will have to wait for the water to recede before they can lure the hippo back into the zoo with food. Although the hippopotamus is considered one of the most dangerous creatures in Africa, zoo owner, Nikola Pejovic says that Nikica is not dangerous and some of the nearby villagers are feeding her hay. (Reuters)

CANADIAN MAGAZINE RENAMED TO END PORN MIX-UP: Canadian magazine The Beaver is changing its name after 90 years because it is too often censored by online porn filters. This prevents new online readers from reaching the site. Canada's second-oldest magazine was launched in 1920 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hudson Bay Company and the fur trade which led to the early exploration of Canada. However, today the term ''beaver'' also refers to women's genitals, and you will most likely find porn when searching the term. Canada will publish its last issue under the old banner in February/March. After then the magazine will be renamed Canada's History. (AFP)

SCAMMER SENDS POLICE $4,000 CHECK: A scammer sent the Richland Police Dept. in Washington a $4,000 check in order to access bank account information if the check was deposited. The check was received on Friday in the mail from the country of Benin. The police, however, did not fall for the scam and immediately recognized the check as 'bogus'. An officer who wrote a report on the incident said that it served as a reminder that if the police can be a target in such a scam, anyone can. (AP)

DOG SAVES AN ELDERLY MAN'S LIFE: A 15-year-old German short-haired dog is credited with saving an elderly man's life in Pine City, Minnesota. The dog's owener, Brett Grinde, was taking Effie for their usual walk when she started to pull in another direction. Effie then began to run, leading Grinde to a neighbor's house where they found a 94-year-old man lying face down on the driveway. Effie began licking the man's face while her owner dialed 9-1-1. According to KARE-TV, the elderly man, William Lepsch, is currently in critical condition at North Memorial Medical Center. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?


EYE TATTOOS ARE NEW TREND IN PRISON: When asked why he would tattoo his eyes, David Boltjes (whose eyes are red) remarked, "You can't ask why, the real question is why not," and his fellow inmate, blue-eyed Paul Inman explained that now, no one in the world would have the same color eyes as he has. Neither man would say how they managed to color their eyeballs, but both concurred it was extremely painful. Check it out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/11/eye-tattoos-become-newest_n_418622.html

NEW GIRL SCOUT COOKIE ON THE MARKET: Joining the ranks of Thin Mints and Tagalongs is the latest Girl Scout Cookie, the Thank U Berry Munch, which debuted this week. It's chock full of dried cranberries and creamy white fudge chips.


KIDS ARE MORE DEPRESSED NOW-A-DAYS: High school and college students are five times more likely to have mental-health problems when compared to their Great Depression-era counterparts. A team of psychologists from five universities analyzed over 77,000 Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory tests, which had been administered to high school and college students between 1938 and 2007. The results showed that the rate of depression among young people jumped from 1 percent to 6 percent during that 70-year time period. Also, hypomania, a measure of anxiety and unrealistic optimism, spiked from 6 percent to 31 percent. Experts speculate these increases were caused by overprotective parents, who don't give their children the space to develop the skills needed to deal with the expectations of adulthood.

FASHION TRENDS MEN HATE SEEING ON WOMEN (TheFrisky):

  • Uggs, Duh: Fifty-seven percent of dudes rated these the most hated item of clothing ever. We get it. Huge clompy boots that look like they were made for cartoon characters aren't attractive. Next.
  • Neon Anything: So random, but a whopping 73 percent thought the recent neon fashion trend moment blew the hugest chunks ever. Weird.
  • Jeggings: This stat kind of cracks us up: "Just over half of the men disliked the fashion phenomenon of Jeggings (leggings-jeans). Just 21% liked the look, while a third didn't even know what they were." Ignorance is bliss?
  • Too Much Makeup: While 68 percent of men said they were anti too much war paint, 20 percent said some makeup was better than none at all. Alrighty then. Good to know.
    Leg Warmers: We were a little surprised to read that leg warmers were dissed by 30 percent. Interesting. They seem kind of cute and sexy to us.
  • Harem Pants, Obviously: Thirty-eight percent of men said "Hell no" to harem pants. Yeeahhh, nothing's shocking there.
  • Crappy Tattoos: When it comes to ink, 44 percent of men weren't feeling the idea of tattoos on women because they thought either the designs sucked or were tacky. On the other hand, a third of the men liked tattoos and 23 percent said they could take 'em or leave 'em.

Conde Nast Employees Offered $10K for Best Ideas for Improving the Company

The New York Observer reported Tuesday (January 12th) that magazine mega-publisher Conde Nast is offering $10,000 to the employee with the best idea for improving the company. And they're not only doing this once, but will be giving away $10K for the best idea in each quarter for the rest of the year. The Observer cited a source who told them about this: "It's all about inclusion!" The newpaper reports that there are flyers in the lobbies of Conde Nast's buildings in Times Sqare and on Sixth and Third Avenues in New York City titled "The Power of Suggestion" about the employee offer.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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