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Friday, February 26, 2010

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KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Lady Antebellum may be getting airplay on pop radio these days, but their loyalty is to country radio. Trio member Charles Kelley tells us that he wants to clear up any doubt. "First and foremost, we're country artists. The song just started gettin' played randomly, and so our label obviously saw some opportunity there and has pursued it, and it's been exciting for us basically to reach more fans, but we're not goin' anywhere."

Lady A's recent country chart-topper, "Need You Now," has made the leap to Top 40 radio, but Charles thinks this song is an exception and not the rule when it comes to their music. "It just happens to be, I think, the sound of this record -- you know, that specific song, I think, kind of crosses genres, but I think a song like 'American Honey' probably won't have that kind of flavor to do that, but it's been cool to see. It's obviously been great for our career, but we're not goin' anywhere."

  • Lady Antebellum's latest single, "American Honey," is a Top 15 hit and climbing on the country charts.
  • They sold 144,000 copies of their new Need You Now CD this week, making the album platinum in just four weeks time.
  • Need You Now is the first album in 2010 to reach one million in sales.
  • The trio is currently on the road with Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour.

Keith Urban is headed for the top of the charts again with his latest hit, "Til Summer Comes Around." Keith tells us the song was built around an image he had of an empty amusement park in the dead of winter. "I had the idea of, I guess, the abandoned theme park as a metaphor for being without love. I liked the imagery of that. I think theme parks, I've always found them really fascinating in the winter time when they're shut down and abandoned cause they're so juxtaposed to what they are supposed to be doing, and so I liked the imagery of that."

Keith wrote the song with frequent collaborator Monty Powell. "I started playing around with the drum machine and the guitar and (the) melody and a few things started coming. That title, 'Til Summer Comes Around,' started coming out and that's when I suggested this story to Monty, and Monty's great at crafting a story if you can give him an idea, and the song flowed fairly quickly."

  • Keith and Monty recently paired up in Los Angeles to write for Keith's next album.
  • The singer recently confirmed his appearance at this year's CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June.
  • Keith and his wife, Nicole Kidman, were spotted earlier this week in Vancouver taking in some of the Olympic action as well as touring the city's aquarium.

FAST FACTS

  • Keith's latest album, Defying Gravity, was released last year.
  • So far, the CD has produced two Number One hits -- "Sweet Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way."
  • Keith co-wrote "Sweet Thing" with Monty Powell.
Starting today (Friday, February 26th), you can begin voting for your favorite country newcomers for the upcoming 45th Academy of Country Music Awards. Fans will have the chance to cast their votes in three categories: Top New Solo Vocalist, Top New Vocal Duo and Top New Vocal Group. Voting ends March 12th at 5 p.m. ET.

One winner in each of the three categories will be announced next month and will move on to compete for Top New Artist. Voting for the Top New Artist category will begin April 1st and close April 18th. The winner will be announced at the ACM Awards live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 18th.

  • GAC's ACM Top New Artist special -- featuring all three finalists -- will premiere on the network April 1st at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The final nominees in the Top New 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

CHECK IT OUT: Vote for your favorites here: www.VoteACM.com


Brooks & Dunn plan to go out with bang. The duo will mark its final concert with a special benefit show for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The gig, set to take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on August 10th, will feature special guests expected to be announced soon. Brooks & Dunn announced their retirement last summer, so this will mark their final gig together.

Brooks & Dunn said, "For several years, we have tossed around ideas for the best way to make a contribution to the Museum. We have a tremendous appreciation for the road that was traveled by the great stars that came before us. Their long nights in station wagons with instruments strapped on the roofs built an industry that allowed us to cruise around in big tour buses. Our last show together will certainly be a historic point in our lives and careers, and we feel it's only right that the proceeds from this concert go to a place where all history in our business is so reverently preserved."

  • The Nashville show will cost $25 (plus convenience fee). Tickets for most tour dates, including the Nashville concert, go on sale March 6th.
  • Brooks & Dunn will play with alternating artists -- Jason Aldean and Gary Allan, while Tyler Dickerson will be opening throughout the tour.
  • The Last Rodeo tour kicks off March 20th in Houston.
Luke Bryan and his wife, Caroline, are adding to their brood. The couple are expecting their second child together in August. Bryan tells People.com, "We're excited to have another little member of the family coming in."

The 33-year-old singer says he's a little bit more relaxed this time around, adding, "When you successfully brought one in the world, you are a little more confident in your ability to do it the second time. We're a little more relaxed -- you know everything that can come at you."

There will be no surprises when it comes to the baby's gender. Bryan says, "I'd lose too much sleep wondering otherwise!"

  • Bryan and his 30-year-old wife already have a son, named Bo, who turns 2-years-old next month.
  • Bryan recently snagged his first Number One country hit with "Do I."
  • He's nominated for Top New Solo Vocalist at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian aren't keeping their relationship on the down-low anymore. E! Online reports that the pair was spotted getting cozy and being extremely affectionate at a recent celebrity poker tournament in Los Angeles.

They first were spotted making out a bar in front of a long line of people waiting for drinks. Later on, Rimes and Cibrian were pretty much attached at the hip during the tournament with lots of public displays of affection. Rimes rubbed Cibrian's back, played with his hair and gave him kisses.

  • Other celebs at the poker event included Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart, Teri Hatcher, Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Ferrara, Balthazar Getty, Jayde Nicole and Shannon Elizabeth.
  • The event raised $100,000 to help the homeless.
  • Rimes and her ex, Dean Sheremet, got divorced last year.

CHECK IT OUT: See the video of Rimes and Cibrian: http://tinyurl.com/yeh88zb


Carrie Underwood has a lot of love going around these days. In an interview with People magazine, the singer expresses how her fiance, hockey player Mike Fisher, has not only strengthened her Christian faith , but has made her want to be a better person.

She says, "Mike has improved my walk with God. It's important to me, because down the road, I want someone who will help shape our kids into people who make the world a better place." She adds, "Four months of dating is my 'this guy is starting to bug me' moment. That never happened. We just eased into, 'I could do this forever.' Our spiritual bond is something we try to put first in our lives."

Underwood also expressed her love for animals this week during a dog adoption event in Franklin, Tennessee. Underwood, who has a 4-year-old rescue dog named Ace, joined the sixth annual Pedigree Adoption Drive, which helps feed dogs in shelters. Looks like Underwood will open up an animal shelter in her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma. Pedigree presented her with a $50,000 check to help build one.

  • Underwood and Fisher got engaged in December.
  • She'll appear on CBS' How I Met Your Mother this coming Monday (March 1st).

Dolly Parton will be on hand for the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of her Trinkets and Treasures store in Nashville on March 12th. The shop, located in an old storefront on 2nd Ave. in historic downtown, features all things Dolly Parton, including music and videos. For the store, Parton also created items like a "Burpin' 9-5" baby bib and special limited-edition "Coat Of Many Colors" customized guitars.

Parton says, "When I was growing up in the backwoods of the Smoky Mountains, any trinket was a treasure to me. The mail order catalog was my wish book. I wished I could have everything I saw. Those childhood memories inspired my new Trinkets and Treasures store. Come on in and wish and dream, and I will make them come true."

  • Dolly Parton's Trinkets & Treasures is located at 126 2nd Avenue North, Nashville. It opened in November, but the official grand opening takes place next month.
Lee Ann Womack is busy working on her new album and recently gave a hint into what fans can expect on it, telling The Boot, "I have a good girlie song called 'Talking Behind Your Back.'" She has another track, called 'You Do Until You Don't," which she says "is just about real life." Her current single, "There Is A God," is clearly spiritual. Womack explains, "It basically says, 'I dare you -- just look outside and try to tell me there's not a God,'" Lee Ann explains of her new song. "There IS a God -- I see Him everywhere. That's what the song is about."

Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan are the first two stars lined up for the 20th anniversary Celebrity Softball Challenge, set for June 7th at Nashville's Greer Stadium. They'll step up to the plate to raise money for City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. For information on tickets, visit www.cityofhope.org/softball

Blake Shelton has announced his first headlining show in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium on March 18th. Tickets go on sale March 5th. Jessica Harp will open the gig. Shelton will release a six-song album, Hillbilly Bone, on Tuesday (March 2nd).

ON THIS DATE!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Fats Domino (R&B and jazz singer, pianist, and composer) (82)
  • Michael Bolton (singer) (57)
  • Jennifer Grant (actress, daughter of Cary Grant, appeared as Celeste on Beverly Hills, 90210) (44)
  • Erykah Badu (singer) (39)
  • Corinne Bailey Rae (singer) (31)
  • Ky-mani Marley (reggae artist and son of Bob Marley) (34)
  • Jonathan Cain (keyboardist, Journey; former keyboardist, the Babys) (60)
  • Paul Cotton (singer-guitarist, Poco) (67)
  • Mitch Ryder (of the Detroit Wheels) (65)


1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France.
1919, Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
1932, Johnny Cash was born.
1935, Babe Ruth was released by the New York Yankees to sign with the Boston Braves.
1936, Adolf Hitler opened the first factory for the production of the "People's Car," the Volkswagen, in Saxony, Germany.
1945, A midnight curfew on night clubs, bars, and other places of entertainment was set to go into effect across the nation. It did not.
1949, 45-rpm discs were outselling the old standard 78-rpm records.
1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting a president to two terms in office.
1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
1955, Billboard magazine reported that for the first time since their introduction in
1965, Norman Butler was arrested for the murder of Malcolm X.
1983, Michael Jackson's Thriller album hit Number One on the U.S. album chart, where it stayed for 37 weeks on its way to selling more than 40 million copies worldwide.
1991, Kuwaiti resistance leaders declared themselves in control of their capital, following nearly seven months of Iraqi occupation. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced that he had ordered his forces to withdraw from Kuwait.
1993, six people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the first attack on the World Trade Center, when a van packed with a 1,210-pound bomb exploded in the parking garage underneath the Twin Towers. The mastermind behind the attack, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, was later found and convicted, along with other associates.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

NICOLE RICHIE AND SON ENJOYING PARIS: Nicole Richie is enjoying Paris with the man in her life. No -- not fiance Joel Madden -- but their five-month-old son Sparrow. Richie tweeted a picture of the two along with the caption, "in the City of Lights with my true love." The 28-year-old is in Paris to promote her new clothing line, Winter Kate. Check out the picture: http://tinyurl.com/yd4g4hm

CASEY JOHNSON AUTOPSY RELEASED: No cocaine or alcohol was detected in Casey Johnson's body at the time of her death. Earlier this month the Los Angeles Coroner's Office released a statement confirming that Johnson died of natural causes related to diabetes. A toxicology report recently released confirmed that despite her hard-partying reputation, coke and booze were not found in her body.

SETH GREEN IS GETTING MARRIED: Seth Green is engaged. A source confirmed to People magazine that the 36-year-old plans to marry model/actress Clare Grant, however the couple is remaining quiet about details of their engagement and wedding. 30-year-old Grant, who attended the University of Memphis, appeared with Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan and stars in the new MTV series $5 Cover.

REESE WITHERSPOON STILL DATING HOLLYWOOD AGENT: Reese Witherspoon was spotted out with Hollywood agent Jim Toth again this week on a dinner date in Los Angeles. Source tell People magazine that they are enjoying each other's company, but aren't "exclusive." An eyewitness said, "Reese looked very cute and casual in jeans with black boots. She was in the best mood ever and would not stop laughing. It was very obvious that Reese likes Jim and the two had great energy together."

CELEBS TURN OUT FOR ALEXANDER MCQUEEN'S FUNERAL: Lady Gaga and Kate Moss were among those who paid their last respects to Alexander McQueen at the designer's funeral on Thursday (February 25th). Starpulse.com reports that Gaga arrived in the most eccentric get-up, sporting a short black dress with her face fully veiled in black lace and the back of her dress tented out with a train.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS'S SON DENIED BAIL: Michael Douglas's son was denied bail during a hearing on Thursday. Cameron Douglas pleaded guilty in January to dealing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine -- but he asked the judge to let him bail out so he could be transferred to a rehabilitation center. The judge ruled Cameron was more likely to relapse if he was let out, and denied his request.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

HOWARD STERN NOT JOINING 'IDOL': It looks like Howard Stern definitely will not be replacing Simon Cowell on American Idol. Sources told Deadline.com that Stern is not in contention for the spot -- but whoever does get it will be very rich. Bosses are reportedly budgeting $38 million for the job. The new judge will reportedly be announced at the end of the current season.

JOHN KRASINSKI TO PLAY CAPTAIN AMERICA? John Krasinski is in the running to play Captain American in an upcoming adaptation of the Marvel comic. The Hollywood Reporter announced that around seven actors are vying for the title role. Krasinski's competition supposedly includes Michael Cassidy (who appeared in "Smallville" and who tested for the Superman movie when McG was going to direct it), Patrick Flueger (one of the stars of "The 4400" who most recently appeared in the Tobey Maguire movie "Brothers"), Scott Porter (TV's "Friday Night Lights"), Wilson Bethel ("Generation Kill") and Mike Vogel ("Cloverfield"). Chace Crawford is also in talks to screen test, though no deal has been made.

DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT GETS PRIME-TIME GIG: Jason Jones is the latest Daily Show correspondent on his way to nationwide fame. The Hollywood Reporter announced that James landed the lead role in ABC's comedy pilot How to Be a Better American on which he'll play "a father who embarks on a journey to be a better person and drags his family along kicking and screaming." Former Daily Show correspondents include Steve Carell and Ed Helms of "The Office"; Rob Corddry, of Fox's "The Winner"; and most recently Rob Riggle, who stars in CBS' pilot "Team Spitz."

JAY LENO LINES UP MORE GUESTS: Jay Leno is continuing to beef up the guest list for his first two weeks back as host of the Tonight Show. In addition to previously announced stars like Jamie Foxx, Sarah Palin and Lindsey Vonn, NBC has added Adam Lambert, Robin Thicke, Ben Harper, Ryan Bingham and Lifehouse to the rooster.

'ZOOLANDER' SEQUEL IN THE WORKS: A sequel to Zoolander is reportedly in the works. Deadline.com reports that Paramount and Ben Stiller are pulling together a PG-13 Zoolander 2 with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 writer Justin Theroux, who'll also direct. It's unclear if Owen Wilson will reprise his role, but sources say the villain likely will be Jonah Hill.

BRAZIL WANTS PARIS HILTON AD BANNED: Brazil's Secretariat for Women's Affairs wants to ban a sexy beer commercial starring Paris Hilton. The ad features Hilton in a short black dress preening and rubbing a can of Devassa beer on herself, "to the delight of onlookers watching through her window." TMZ.com reports that the commercial isn't very explicit however Brazil's regulations say beer commercials cannot treat women as overtly sensual objects. A spokesperson for the organization said, "It's an ad that devalues women -- in particular, blond women."

ANDREW KOENIG FOUND DEAD; FATHER SAYS HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE

The body of missing actor Andrew Koenig was found Thursday (February 25th) in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Koenig's father Walter said during a press conference that Andrew took his own life, acknowledging, "He was obviously in a lot of pain."

Walter issued an emotional plea to anyone suspecting that a loved one is suffering from depression: "If you can learn anything from this it's that there are people out there who really care. You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really really care. And before you make that final decision, check it out again, talk to somebody."

A spokesperson for the Vancouver police said that they do not suspect foul play, but out of respect for the Koenig family, would not elaborate on a cause of death at this time.

  • Walter said that ten people were part of a private search on Thursday during which a friend phoned him saying that he had found Andrew's body.

DAYS LEADING UP TO KOENIG'S DEATH

Koenig was last seen on February 14th. His family became alarmed when he did not show up for a flight on the 16th and began searching for him.

After Koenig went missing, it was discovered that the 41-year-old had given his landlord 30 days notice on his Venice, CA apartment in January without securing a new home. He had been selling off his belongings before leaving for Canada to visit friends.

ANDREW'S PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Koenig was best known for playing Richard "Boner" Stabone on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains.

  • Wikipedia reported that he appeared as The Joker in the fan film Batman: Dead End, starred as the M.C. in the 2007 interactive theater play The Boomerang Kid, and performed with the improv group Charles Whitman Reilly and Friends. In addition to his acting career, he was also a video producer for the podcast Never Not Funny.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch his parents' statement: http://tinyurl.com/y9kwdzg

TIGER WOODS UPDATES

TIGER IN REHAB TO KICK SLEEP AIDS & PAINKILLERS: Tiger Woods is in Arizona for further therapy, but this time it's to kick an addiction to pain medication and sleep aids. According to the New York Post, Woods checked into The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona, to deal with a dependence on sleep inducer Ambien and painkiller Vicodin. The night Woods crashed his car outside his Florida home last November, Elin Nordegren told the police that her husband had active prescriptions for Ambien and Vicodin. It was also reported that Woods has taken a sleep aid before getting into his vehicle. The golfer previously spent more than a month in rehab for sex addiction.

PETA POKES FUN AT TIGER IN HEAT: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are poking fun at the Tiger Woods sex scandal situation to fuel their latest pet birth control campaign. A Billboard posted near the golf pro's home in Windermere, Florida, features a large photo of Woods with the lines: "TOO MUCH SEX CAN BE A BAD THING ... for little tigers too. Help keep your cats (and dogs) out of trouble: Always spay or neuter!" A rep for PETA told the Orlando Sentinel: ""We're sure Tiger will appreciate our attempt -- from a story that's distracted the world and followed Tiger -- to turn it into something positive for little tigers." But according to TMZ, Woods is not amused and the billboards may not be rolling out across the country. "In light of conversations we have had with Mr. Woods' attorneys, plans to run our billboard are on hold at this time."

TIGER OK FOR OLYMPIC GOLF TEAM, SAYS POLL: Despite his tarnished reputation, Tiger Woods would still be OK'd by most Americans to represent the country at the Olympics. According to a Seton Hall University poll, 69 percent of respondents would back Woods as part of an Olympic golfing team. The International Olympic Committee added golf as an official sport last year, and the first event is set for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

NIKE CONTINUES TO BACK TIGER BUT WANT HIM TO TAKE HIS TIME: Sports apparel maker Nike, a longtime sponsor of Tiger Woods, continues to stand by him but says he should take his time before returning to the links. On Thursday, Nike president Charlie Denson told AP: "We've been very supportive of Tiger since the story broke and we continue to be supportive. He's got issues he needs to deal with and he's dealing with them. We are looking forward to him getting back on the golf course. Under the circumstances, the more he deals with the issues and the better he deals with them, the better off he'll be when he does return." Both AT&T Inc. and Accenture dropped Woods in the weeks after the scandal broke.

TENSION BETWEEEN SIMON AND ELLEN REPORTEDLY GROWING WORSE

The tension is reportedly growing between Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres. Sources tell TMZ.com that the two American Idol judges don't like each other -- and they aren't trying to hide it.

Insiders say that Ellen gets angered by Simon's cruelty towards contestants -- and Cowell enjoys "pissing off' his co-worker with his harsh comments.

Supposedly things have been bad between the two since Ellen's first day when Simon showed up late, but Cowell insists the incident was overblown in the media. He told us: "There was one story I read that I turned up an hour late or something and that she wanted to film. I mean the truth was I think I turned up 15 or 20 minutes late because I did a press conference earlier in the day and they did start filming. But, that wasn't a particular problem. But no there was no fall out, I was trying to guide her through the week and that was about it really."


CHECK IT OUT: Worst types of co-workers: http://tinyurl.com/yleznrx

CONAN O'BRIEN JOINS TWITTER

As Jay Leno prepares his return to the Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien is keeping busy -- on Twitter. The former talk show host joined the social networking site on Wednesday, sending out an inaugural tweet which read: "Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me."

His profile features a picture of himself -- with a beard -- holding a chimp on his back.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Conan got 1,000 followers a minute within the first three hours of signing up. Less than 24 hours after joining he'd already logged over a quarter of a million.

  • Meanwhile, the publication also reported that while Conan and Fox are actively working on a deal, Conan is also in talks to take his show live to theaters across the country. The Reporter says that tour would make the comedian more appealing to Fox, and an announcement about Conan's latest projects might upstage Leno's return to the Tonight Show.

BROOKE MUELLER REPORTEDLY LEAVES REHAB FOR HOME TREATMENT

Brooke Mueller has reportedly left her second rehab in as many weeks in favor of home treatment. TMZ.com reports that Brooke wanted to be back home with her kids since husband Charlie Sheen is now in rehab, so she brought sober coaches, therapists and "others" to her house in order to continue treatment there.

One person told TMZ that there is so much luggage and so many people in the house, "it looks like a circus." Supposedly Charlie's mom and dad -- Martin Sheen -- are also living at the house.

  • Meanwhile, insiders claim that Sheen is "calm and committed" after his first day of rehab.

PROSECUTORS REPORTEDLY BUILDING CASE AGAINST SHEEN

Meanwhile, RadarOnline.com reports that Colorado authorities want to interview at least three women from Charlie Sheen's past as they get ready to prosecute the actor on domestic violence charges. A source told the website that the district attorney handling Sheen's case has not issued subpoenas and authorities want the women to cooperate voluntarily as they collect information about Sheen's troubled past.

BRITTANY MURPHY'S FULL AUTOPSY RESULTS RELEASED

Brittany Murphy's full autopsy result was released on Thursday (February 25th), complete with a list of prescription drugs found in her system at the time of her death. No illegal drugs were detected in her body.

RadarOnline.com reports that Propranolol, Hydrocodone, Phenazopyridine, Fluoxetine, Dextromethorphan, Chlorpheniramine were found in her stomach while methamphetamines were found in her urine, blood and heart.

The report stated, "It should be noted that the pattern of use of these medications suggest treatment of symptoms of a cold or other respiratory infection. Acetaminophen and hydrocodone are components of Vicodin. Chlorpheniramine is the active ingredient in some over-the-counter medications. L-methamphetamine is a component of some inhalers."

  • The report concluded, "The possible adverse elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state. Therefore the manner of death is accident."
  • It was previously reported that Murphy's death was caused by community acquired pneumonia, iron deficiency anemia, multiple drug intoxication and an accidental drug overdose.

FOUR CONTESTANTS ELIMINATED FROM 'AMERICAN IDOL'

It was elimination night on 'American Idol', and the bottom four contestants were sent home. The show was filled with guest appearances by last season's Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen. The Top 12 girls were the first to receive their results. Janell Wheeler was the first of the bottom four to be kicked off. Between Didi Benami and Ashley Rodriguez, Rodriguez was the second girl eliminated. Following Iraheta's performance of her new single, the boys received their results. A shocked Tim Urban remained in the competition while Jose Munoz became the third contestant to leave the show. The show concludes with Tyler Grady getting kicked off over a relieved Alex Lambert.

BOOTED 'BACHELOR' CONTESTANT REPORTEDLY HAS SEX TAPE

Bachelor contestant Rozlyn Papa may have had limited visibility on the show after getting kicked off for her supposed producer affair -- but she may be getting more screen time soon if reports of a sex tape are true. TMZ.com reports that an explicit video starring the 28-year-old is being "shopped around the porn community" in Los Angeles.

Kevin Blatt, a rep for porn website LiveJasmin, has viewed the tape and tells TMZ that "it's definitely Rozlyn." Papa -- a single mom and makeup artist from Virginia -- is supposedly seen performing a "sexual act" with a "well-endowed" male partner.

  • Papa's rep told TMZ simply that her client "has no knowledge of any tape"
  • Papa recently made headlines at the Bachelor Women Tell All special, when she accused Bachelor host Chris Harrison of hitting on someone's wife. He later called her "desperate."

MOVIE OPENING THIS WEEKEND!

Opening today (February 26th) is the new thriller The Crazies, starring Timothy Olyphant, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker and Rahda Mitchell. The Crazies follows Sheriff Dutton, played by Olyphant, as he tries to figure out what is making everyone in his picture perfect town crazy as complete chaos has taken over and the government uses deadly force to close off all access to the town. The Crazies was direct by Breck Eisner.

  • The Crazies rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Opening today (February 26th) is the new comedy from Kevin Smith, Cop Out, starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Sean William Scott and Kevin Pollan. Cop Out follows two NYPD partners, played by Willis and Morgan, looking for a rare, mint condition baseball card and find themselves up against a memorbilia-obessed gangster because Jimmy, the veteran detective played by Willis, must pay for his daughter's wedding and whose only way to do so is to sell his missing collectible.
  • Cop Out is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

Friday, February 26, 2010


NO DEAL REACHED AT HEALTH CARE SUMMIT ON LEGISLATION: In news that isn't much of a surprise, no deal was reached between the Democrats led by President Obama and the Republicans at yesterday's (February 25th) televised bipartisan health care reform summit. There were some areas of agreement, including banning insurers from dropping customers who get sick, ending annual and lifetime limits on benefits and letting young adults stay on their parents' health policies to their mid-20s. But they were largely overshadowed by the bigger differences at the conference that featured lots of mind-numbing detail and some partisan flare-ups. Obama rejected the Republican calls to start over, discuss the issue some more, or do reform in a more limited, step-by-step way, saying, "We cannot have another year-long debate about this." In fact, when the seven-and-a-half-hour session ended, Obama signaled Democrats were prepared to move ahead with getting the legislation through Congress, possibly using reconciliation, a procedural move in the Senate that allows measures to be passed with the standard 51-vote majority without having to get 60 votes to block a filibuster.

VA TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT GULF WAR SYNDROME DISABILITY CLAIMS: The Veterans Affairs Department has decided to re-examine disability claims for Gulf War syndrome, medical ailments that Gulf War veterans blame on their service during the 1991 war. The VA says it also plans to improve training for medical staff who work with Gulf War vets, to make sure they don't simply tell them that their symptoms are imaginary. About 175,000 to 210,000 Gulf War veterans suffer from a pattern of symptoms that include rashes, joint and muscle pain, sleep issues and gastrointestinal problems. The cause has been unknown, with speculation about pesticides or medication given to protect troops from nerve agents as possible culprits. A 1994 law allows the VA to pay compensation to Gulf War vets with certain chronic disabilities from illnesses that couldn't be diagnosed. The new reviews plans to look at how regulations were written to ensure the veterans received the compensation they were entitled to under the law. The veterans would then have the opportunity to have a rejected claim reconsidered.

SEAWORLD WON'T FREE OR DESTROY KILLER WHALE: SeaWorld said yesterday (February 25th) that it will not free or destroy the killer whale that drowned one of the park's animal trainers the day before. It is, however, suspending all killer whale shows while it decides whether to change the way handlers work with them. Tilikum, the whale who dragged Dawn Brancheau into the pool from a platform and fatally thrashed her around, has been involved in the death of two other people dating back to 1991. But Chuck Tompkins, chief of animal training for SeaWorld, said Tilikum wouldn't survive in the wild because he's been captive for so long, and that destroying him isn't an option, because he's an important part of SeaWorld's breeding program and a companion to the seven other orcas there.

TODAY'S FYI:

BUSH AND CHENEY HAVE FIRST POST-WHITE HOUSE REUNION: Former President George W. Bush and his former vice president, Dick Cheney, got together yesterday (February 25th) for the first time since leave office more than 13 months ago, ABC News reported. Their meeting, taking place just three days after Cheney was hospitalized with a minor heart attack, his fifth, took place at the former vice president's McLean, Virginia, home. Both men were supposed to attend today's gathering of Bush administration alumni in Washington, but Cheney pulled out because of his medical condition. However, he invited Bush to have coffee at his house yesterday since his former boss was scheduled to be in town for a Marine Corps University Foundation gala dinner. Neither Bush nor Cheney's camp would say what the two discussed.

RARE BATMAN COMIC BOOK BREAKS JUST-SET AUCTION RECORD: A copy of the 1939 comic book in which Batman debuted sold at auction yesterday (February 25th) for more than $1 million, breaking the $1 million record that was set just three days earlier by a copy of the comic in which Superman made his debut. Heritage Auction Galleries said the rare copy of Detective Comics Number 27, with a cover that shows Batman swing on a roof above city rooftops, sold for $1,075,500 to a buyer who wants to remain anonymous. The auction house said the consigner had bought the Batman comic in the late 1960s for $100.

MUSEUM ATTENDANCE UP: Many museums across the country saw an increase in the number of visitors during the height of the Great Recession last year, according to a study out yesterday (February 25th) from the American Association of Museums, as museum officials said more people were choosing to skip an expensive trip and have a "staycation" at home instead. More than 57 percent of the museums surveyed saw an increase in visitors, and more than 40 percent saw significant spikes. Only fewer than one-third reported decreasing attendance. At the same time, museums are still struggling financially, due to reductions in investment income and government, corporate and philanthropic funding.

AIR FORCE PILOT WHO DISMISSED RADAR BLIP BEFORE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK DEAD AT 96: Pilot Kermit Tyler, an Army Air Force lieutenant during World War Two who dismissed a big radar screen blip on the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack that turned out to be the first wave of Japanese bombers, died last month at age 96. Tyler was on temporary duty at a radar information center in Hawaii when two privates reported seeing the unusually large radar blip 132 miles away. But Tyler told them not to worry about it, believing the blip to be a fleet of U.S. B-17 bombers due in from the mainland. Tyler was ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, and he said in a 2007 interview, "I wake up at nights sometimes and think about it. But I don't feel guilty. I did all I could that morning." Tyler retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1961.

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS DECLARE 'CUSS FREE WEEK': California's government has some big problems to deal with, chief among them a huge budget mess. But the state Assembly found time Thursday (February 25th) to approve a resolution making the first week of March "Cuss Free Week." The ceremonial measure was inspired by a Southern California teenager whose creation of a "no cussing" school club sparked an international movement. Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, one of the measure's sponsors, is giving out no-cuss jars to all the legislative offices in the Capitol, as well as to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, so they can put in a coin whenever they slip up and curse.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

South Korean Kim Yu-Na Wins Women's Figure Skating Gold: Heavy favorite Kim Yu-na lived up to expectations and more last night (February 25th), winning the women's figure skating gold by scoring a world-record 228.56 points, smashing her previous record by more than 18 points. Silver medalist Mao Asada landed two triple axels -- the only woman in the competition who does the difficult jump -- but she couldn't top Kim. Canadian Joannie Rochette, who's won the world's heart with her courage in performing the short program two days earlier and the free skate last night just days after her mother's sudden death last weekend, landed bronze. American Mirai Nagasu came in fourth, and teammate Rachel Flatt was seventh, making this only the second Olympics since 1952 when the American women didn't win at least one medal.

Canadian Women Beat U.S. to Take Hockey Gold: The Canadian women's hockey team shut out the U.S. 2-0 yesterday to win gold for the third straight Olympics, this time on their home soil. Marie-Philip Poulin scored Canada's two goals in the first period, goalie Shannon Szabados made 28 saves, and the Canadians dominated the game, defeating the only other team in women's hockey that had any chance of beating them. Meghan Agosta was named tournament MVP for her Olympic-record nine goals. The U.S. took the silver, and Finland won the bronze after beating Sweden 3-2 in overtime earlier in the day.

  • The International Olympic Committee said it will investigate the behavior of the Canadian players, who celebrated their gold medal by coming back on the ice more than half an hour after their win, where they drank beer and champagne and smoked cigars.

Mancuso Finishes Giant Slalom in Eighth Place: U.S. skier Julia Mancuso, the defending Olympic champion in the giant slalom, ended the race in eighth place after her second run yesterday, one day after she came in a dismal 18th in the first run because she had to restart the race. Mancuso was sent back to the top to restart Wednesday after being stopped halfway down the course because teammate Lindsey Vonn, who'd crashed just before her, was still tangled in safety netting that lines the course. Mancuso turned in the third-best time in the second run, which had been postponed from Wednesday because of bad weather, but it wasn't enough to pull her up on to the medal stand. The surprise winner of the race was young and unheralded Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany.

  • Mancuso sought yesterday to defuse the talk of tension between her and Vonn, sparked by her comment to Sports Illustrated that Vonn was getting too much attention. Mancuso insisted that the whole situation has been taken out of proportion, and called Vonn "the greatest female American skier we've had." She also said she didn't blame Vonn for her having to restart in the giant slalom.

U.S. Wins Gold and Silver in Nordic Combined: The U.S. won gold and silver in the men's large hill Nordic combined yesterday, as Billy Demong became America's first-ever Olympic champion in a Nordic sport. Johnny Spillane won silver and Bernhard Gruber of Austria won bronze in the sport that combines cross-country skiing and ski jumping.

Teammate Says Ohno to Retire After Vancouver Olympics: U.S. short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno has been keeping quiet about his post-Vancouver Olympics plans, but teammate Simon Cho revealed yesterday that the seven-time medal winner will be hanging up his skates after this Olympics. Cho wrote on Twitter, "Today was officially the last ice practice for Apolo Ohno. I'm honored to be included in the last chapter of his competitive skating career." Ohno and Cho will both be part of the U.S. team competing in the 5,000-meter relay tonight, in what would be Ohno's final race. He'll also compete in the 500-meter earlier in the night.

MEDAL COUNT: The U.S. now has 32 medals overall -- 8 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 26. Norway is third with 19. The U.S., Germany and Canada are tied for first place in gold medals with 8 each. Norway is second with 7, and South Korea and Switzerland are tied for third with 6 each.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY & THE WEEKEND


  1. Friday, February 26, 2010
CBS
  • GHOST WHISPERER (repeat)
  • MEDIUM (repeat)
  • NUMB3RS (repeat)

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Slalom; Bobsled; Short Track Speed Skating

FOX

  • THE 41ST NAACP IMAGE AWARDS - The NAACP recognizes artistic achievements; Tyler Perry receives the NAACP Chairman's Award; Wyclef Jean receives the Vanguard Award; Anika Noni Rose and Hill Harper host.

ABC

  • BLADES OF GLORY - A few years after being banned from men's single skating, two rivals find a loophole and team up to compete as a pair. Starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Jenna Fischer.
  • 20/20 - A judge rules that a father cannot expose his 3-year-old daughter to any religion other than Judaism; child sacrifice is an emerging phenomenon in Uganda.

CW

  • SMALLVILLE - A doctor who died and was brought back to life by Kandorians tries to prove that aliens have invaded Earth; Lois is kidnapped.
  • SMALLVILLE (repeat)

HBO

  • THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW -
  • THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM - Tim's search for a place to stay leads him to a priest; Tim, Stu and Rodney find a stripper version of Amy in Atlantic City.
  • REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER - Editor Chrystia Freeland; author Reihan Salam; actress Olivia Wilde; Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

STARZ

  • SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - After winning in the arena, Spartacus is told by Batiatus that he will be reunited with his wife.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jimmy Kimmel
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah's Wowie-Kazowie Auction, Plus Jimmy Fallon
THE VIEW - Regis & Joy Philbin

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Dana Delaney, Scotty Lago, Daniel Merriweather
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Quentin Tarantino, Mumford & Sons
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage

SATURDAY

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 1 PM, Speed Skating; Snowboarding; Cross Country
  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Figure Skating concludes with the Champions Gala; Alpine Skiing (men's slalom); bobsled (four men); Snowboard (men's parallel)

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE AMAZING RACE 16 - One team is led astray when one of its members cannot use a compass as well as originally thought; a team rushes into an emergency room.
  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - While under cover in the company, White Castle owner Dave Rife mishandles bakery equipment.
  • COLD CASE - While at a colleague's wedding, the team tries to determine if the bride was responsible for her former fiance's death.

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 7 PM, 21st Winter Olympic Games Conclude, Closing Ceremoney

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS (repeat)
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW (repeat)
  • FAMILY GUY (repeat)
  • AMERICAN DAD (repeat)

ABC

  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (repeat)
  • DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Celia contracts chicken pox; Penny's birthday is forgotten; Bree hires a new employee.
  • BROTHERS & SISTERS - Sarah struggles with her feelings for Luc; Kevin has a hard time breaking up with Robert; Holly thinks there might be a hidden value in Ojai foods.

HBO

  • BIG LOVE - Sarah surprises the family with an annoucement; Nicki tries to be the woman Bill wants her to be; Bill questions Margene's reasons for getting married; Bill looks for clues about J.J. in Kansas.
  • HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA - Ben and Cam track down a tailor; Rachel rethinks her future; Rene makes a buyout offer to his marketing partners.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

MAN VIOLATES PROBATION TO APPEAR ON JERRY SPRINGER: A man from North Carolina spent three days in jail after violating his probation in order to make an appearance on ''The Jerry Springer Show'', taped in Connecticut. Richard Peterson, 30, received an all-expenses-paid trip to appear on the show with his girlfriend. He was caught violating probation when his probation officer spotted him on the TV program. In the video clips, Peterson is seen boasting about a one-night stand while dodging swings from his girlfriend. He was on probation for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. Peterson was in Lincoln County Jail on Thursday. (AP)

WOMAN CARRIES SWORD INTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: A Memphis mother of an elementary school student drank a 40 oz. bottle of a malt liquor and charged into Riverview Elementary School with a sword. The 32-year-old woman intended to confront the parents of another student who has been in an argument with her child the previous day. According to court records, an employee of the school reported a drunk woman with a sword who was running through the halls and had threatened to cut her. Officers found the woman with a black cane that concealed a blade. She was charged with aggravated assault and having a weapon on school property. (AP)

KITE-FLYING BANNED IN PAKISTAN: Pakistan's old tradition of kite-flying has been banned, enraging many people. Pakistani authorities said that the sport has killed people and encourage ''immoral '' celebrations. The festival, that takes place in Basant, indicates the start of spring in eastern Punjab. The traditional sport involves aerial duels in which contestants try to take down each other's kites by coating the string with sticky paste and ground up glass or metal. Despite the people's disapproval, the Lahore High Court has denied the request to lift the ban of the festival. ''It's our culture,'' said Shaoib Mehmoob, a Lahore shopkeeper. ''Our forefathers were celebrating it. It's an event where we share happiness with family and friends. It's fun. It's harmless.'' (Reuters)

80-YEAR-OLD BURGLAR SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS: An 80-year-old woman was sentenced to a three years in prison after ransacking and stealing money from a Southern California medical office. Doris Thompson has a criminal record stretching back to 1955. During her hearing, Thompson thanked the judge for not sending her to Los Angeles County Jail, which she does not like. Thompson has been to prison before, mainly for petty theft and burglary. She pleaded guilty to stealing money out of the medical office's drawers and was ordered to pay $1,400 for restitution. Thompson will be elligable for parole in about 18 months. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

MILLENNIALS' ARE THE MOST TATTOOED GENERATION: 18-to-29-year-olds (aka "millennials" or "Generation Y") lead the nation in getting tattoos. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 38 percent of "millennials" have at least one tattoo. While that isn't a huge increase over the 32 percent of 30-to-46-year-olds who have body art -- only about 10 percent of those over 46 have a tattoo -- what differentiates the younger generation is how many tattoos they get. 50 percent of all inked millennials have more than one tattoo, and 18 percent have more than five. Among 30-to-46-year-olds with a tattoo, half only sport one; only 9 percent have more than five. (Asylum.com)


WEBSITE CATERS TO ACCENT-CRAZY SINGLES: A new website -- http://www.iloveyouraccent.com/ -- is a US/UK hook-up site for singles who are crazy for the other nation's accent!

From the website:

"ILoveYourAccent.com gives you the opportunity to socialize with like minded people across the pond, but also in the next City or State. If you cannot bear another evening in the local bar longing for that special someone to walk in and actually wishing you had stayed home and finished the laundry, then think outside the box and join iloveyouraccent.com

BUZZ TONE KEEPS TEENS AWAY: Clicking the link below will produce a tone that is generally only heard by people under the age of 25. It has been used as a deterrent device to keep teenagers from loitering in malls and shops, and sounds similar to a buzzing mosquito. The elderly and people with hearing damage often cannot hear the sound. http://theoatmeal.com/quizzes/sound/


OUR MOVEMENTS ARE PREDICTABLE 90% OF THE TIME: We are such creatures of habit that scientists can accurately predict where we'll go and when we'll go there more than 90 percent of the time. Researcher Albert-Laszlo Barbasi said: "If you drive for one and a half hours to work and back, three hours of your day are taken away so you have little freedom to be spontaneous. You are working, and traveling home and pretty much crashing and preparing for the next day." Professor Barbasi analyzed three months of mobile phone data from 50,000 people. Logged by billing companies when they made or received calls and text, it allowed the researchers to pinpoint their location to within two miles. The researchers used this information to build up a pattern of each person's movements during the week and at weekends. They found they could predict where a person would be at given time and get it right up to 93 per cent of the time. (Daily Mail)

1/4 OF SINGLE MOTHERS IN BRITAIN LIKE THE LIFESTYLE: A quarter of mothers in Britain are single parents because they prefer the lifestyle. A new study has found that most single mothers prefer to live alone. A survey by the British Social Attitudes found that more than half of mothers with children under 13 have never married or lived with a boyfriend and find it 'rewarding' to stay at home supported by state handouts. Researchers called for more efforts to encourage young men to take jobs so that more young mothers will choose living with a reliable breadwinner over a life on benefits. They added that the proportion of single mothers had risen from 10 percent to 25 percent in the past 20 years. The report said there is growing evidence that single motherhood is less a result of relationship breakdown, more a lifestyle choice.' (Daily Mail)

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What former sitcom actor wrote the theme songs to Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life?

A: Alan Thicke -- formerly of Growing Pains

Americans Would Support Having Tiger Woods on U.S. Olympic Golf Team

As much as Tiger Woods' wholesome image was shattered by the revelation of his serial martial infidelities, most Americans still say they'd support having him represent the U.S. on an Olympic golf team. A Seton Hall University poll found 69 percent wouldn't have a problem with Woods being on the U.S. team when golf becomes an Olympic sport beginning with the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. There was a bit of a gender gap, however, with 75 percent of the men saying it's okay with them, compared to 63 percent of the women. Woods, who's currently on an indefinite leave from golf because of his personal troubles, campaigned for the sport to be part of the Olympics.

Is Apple Going to Add an 'Explicit' App Category?

Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported yesterday (February 25th) that Apple may be readying to add an "explicit" app category. The report cited developers who've seen a new "explicit" category in the drop-down menus of iTunes Connect, the platform used to distribute apps through the App Store. Apple won't comment, and developers are now saying the category has been removed. The Telegraph cited technology website Gizmodo as saying a developer was told by an Apple representative that they were considering adding an "explicit" category to the App Store, but, quote, "it's not going to happen any time soon."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Craig Morgan has been enjoying the recent snow days at home in Tennessee as much as his children. In fact, Craig says he might have set a new speed record for sledding during the latest winter storm. "I did find out that -- in the first big snow we had in Tennessee, out in Dickson...it's the first one we've had in a while -- that I can do up to 40 miles an hour on a sled down my driveway. (laughs) But the snow was really deep, and it was iced over, so, and there...someone stood down there just to make sure no traffic was comin', and we got to the top of the hill, and by the time you crossed the road and jumped the road into the field across the road, you're doin' about 40 miles an hour on a sled. (laughs) It was awesome!"

  • "This Ain't Nothin'" is the latest single from Craig's That's Why album, which also features his hits "Bonfire" and "Love Remembers."
  • Craig will hit the road with Carrie Underwood's Play On tour beginning next month. The trek begins on March 11th in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Luke Bryan's recent success has brought some big changes to his life, like not being able to go places unrecognized anymore. The singer tells us has had to alter his normal routine these days. "You know, I have to catch myself walkin' into situations where I'm like, 'I can't do that anymore.' It's like, we used to play a bar and I'd go back in, get a couple beers from the bartender. Well, that doesn't happen anymore, and it's a little unfortunate cause I miss goin' in and kind of sittin' at the bar and havin' a beer, but it's also nice to know that you kind of create a little pandemonium when you go into that situation."
  • Luke's new single, "Rain Is A Good Thing," is currently climbing the charts.
  • He performs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania tonight (Thursday, February 25th) as part of Jason Aldean's Wide Open tour.
  • Luke is nominated for Top New Solo Vocalist at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th.

Taylor Swift has posted a behind-the-scenes tour photo blog on her MySpace page, featuring comments about her recent stops in Australia and Japan. She's seen spending time with friends on the beach, in a hot tub and backstage. She wrote that Sydney "sparkled" and shared a batch of photos from Melbourne and Brisbane.

In Tokyo, the singer was able to do some more sightseeing and exploring. She wrote,
"This was a restaurant where they shot a fight scene from Kill Bill. We all watched it again beforehand to properly prepare." Swift spent Februry 14th in Tokyo and clearly didn't have a date for the holiday,writing, "It was Valentine's Day. Tokyo is my Valentine."

  • Now Swift is back in the States getting ready for the U.S. leg of her tour. It's the first time Swift has been home in nearly a month. She adds, "I've been writing lots of songs. And the tour is starting up again soon in the US. I love you guys."
  • Swift's U.S. tour gets underway on March 4th in Tampa, Florida.

CHECK IT OUT: See Swift's photo blog: http://tinyurl.com/ykvek8n

Sarah Buxton is enjoying chart success with her latest single, "Outside My Window." The song was initially inspired by a red bird that Sarah says was literally outside her window every day for weeks, constantly flying into the glass. "I was like, 'I wanna write a song about this bird. There's this weird bird that keeps banging into the window,' and then the rest of the song kind of all came together. It's like the bird led to other crazy things that are goin' on -- all the wars and the fighting and everybody thinkin' that the world's gone crazy with youtube and myspace and all this, but, you know, when it comes down to it we all come back to each other. We have dinner at night. We have our best friends that we look to for guidance, and things that we want to believe in, and that's what the song's about."
  • Sarah's brand new self-titled CD was released on Tuesday (February 23rd).
  • Sarah is currently on the Shine All Night tour with headliners Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. The perform tonight (Thursday, February 25th) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

FAST FACTS

  • Sarah has been working on her debut album since shortly after being signed to Lyric Street records in 2006.
  • She wrote Keith Urban's Top Three hit, "Stupid Boy," which appeared on his 2006 album Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing.
Trace Adkins was presented with the Country Radio Broadcaster's Artist Humanitarian award to kick off this week's Country Radio Seminar. The honor was presented to him by Alabama's Randy Owen, who won the award last year. Trace told the crowd, "The first concert I ever went to was Whitesnake. The second was Alabama. They were very different shows. I do truly deserve this because I've never killed anybody. And I've wanted to. Maybe some of you. I'd like to announce my retirement." On a sincere note, Trace added, "I do what I can. I try to help folks out. I'm humbled by [this] and honored by it ... and I'm grateful."

Jo Dee Messina is in a good place personally these days, but that wasn't always the case for the 40-year-old singer. She recently opened up about her broken engagement to her ex-fiance, Don Muzquiz, back in 2004. That was a long time ago, and Messina has been happily married to her new beau, Chris Deffenbaugh, since 2007. But she does have advice for anyone who's been broken up with -- while engaged.

Messina tells OK! magazine, "Hang on. Just keep going, just keep going. I wrote a song at that point, and it said something to the extent of 'oh my God, the sun came out again.' Just keep moving forward. Just take the next step forward. Keep moving. Keep breathing."

Looking back, she describes that time as "devastating." Messina adds, "That was nine years of my life. That's a big chunk of somebody's lifetime that I was with that person, and you kind of have to relive again. That's why I say 'just keep breathing,' because everything's going to be new. Figure your way through it."

  • Messina says things with her current husband are "effortless." She adds, "We still love each other for all the wonderful things and all the quirks . . . It's like he sees them all, and he still loves me. And me with him. It's those little things that make him perfect."
  • Messina's new album, Unmistakable, comes out on April 13th.

CHECK IT OUT: How to Break Off a Wedding Engagement: ttp://tinyurl.com/ylmfsge

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. How many consecutive ACM trophies for Entertainer of the Year does Kenny Chesney have?
A. Four

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!


MASTER SERIES/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Dolly Parton

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Sarah Buxton

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Bert McCracken (frontman, the Used) (28)

  • Sean Astin (actor, the Lord Of The Rings movies' Samwise Gamgee) (39)
  • Tea Leoni (actress, Deep Impact, The Family Man, Jurassic Park III; wife of David Duchovny) (44)
  • Sally Jessy Raphael (former talk show host) (75)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Tim McGraw became the first country artist to receive a platinum single for digital downloads when his pop collaboration with Nelly, "Over And Over," was certified for one million downloads in 2005.
  • Josh Gracin performed "I'll Be" in his first appearance on the FOX-TV talent competition American Idol in 2003.
  • Wade Hayes scored his first Number One with "Old Enough To Know Better" in 1995.
  • Dwight Yoakam took "I Sang Dixie" to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1989.
  • George Strait sold out all 49,000 seats at the Houston Astrodome in less than 24 hours in 1987, the fastest sellout there ever.
  • Elvis Presley scored his first Number One country hit, "I Forgot To Remember To Forget," in 1956.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!!!

GEORGE CLOONEY ISN'T SELLING ITALIAN HOME: George Clooney has denied a report which said he was selling his Italian villa and moving to an island in order to avoid the paparazzi. The actor said in a statement, "To complete the news cycle: I am not buying an island and am not selling my house in Italy. The story was made up, then picked up and now denied. End of another riveting day of false news."

CHARLIE SHEEN IN REHAB FOR COKE AND BOOZE: Charlie Sheen reportedly checked into rehab to address alcohol and cocaine addictions. RadarOnline.com reports that Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller had been partying all night with both substances on the night of the actor's arrest -- and a source claims "the partying didn't stop there. The insider told Radar, "He's used coke and been drinking many, many other times since then." However, "He loves his children and ultimately that's what convinced him to get help."

JON VOIGHT TALKS ABOUT ANGELINA VISIT: Jon Voight is speaking out about his recent reunion with formerly-estranged daughter Angelina Jolie, telling Usmagazine.com that the experience in Venice, Italy was "lovely." He added, "I love the possibility of spending time with the family. It's a very beautiful thing." As for the state of his daughter's union with Brad Pitt, Voight agreed that the couple is doing fine: "Of course they are! You can see!"

MARY KATE OLSEN AND BOYFRIEND SPLIT: Mary Kate Olsen is single. Usmagazine.com confirmed that the actress-designer-mogul and Nate Lowman have split after nearly two years of dating. When asked if the two were still an item, Olsen's rep said, "No, they are not. It's been a while."

LEIF GARRETT PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Leif Garrett pled not guilty to one felony count of heroin possession in court on Wednesday (February 24th). Garrett was arrested on February 1st after cops spotted him shaking and sweating at an L.A. train station and found heroin on him. He's due back in court on March 1st.

ELIZABETH HURLEY WEARS REVEALING SARI: Elizabeth Hurley showed off (a lot of) of her body earlier this week a London event. Some claim to have seen the actress's nipple through her sheer gray sari. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/yeq4vfz

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

NEW 'SNL' HOSTS ANNOUNCED: Jude Law and Zach Galifianakis will host episodes of Saturday Night Live next month. Galifianakis will take the stage on March 6th with music guest Vampire Weekend, while Jude Law will host on March 13th along with Pearl Jam.

LAUREN CONRAD RETURNING TO TV? Lauren Conrad could be returning to television. The former Hills stars, whose made headlines as a best-selling author since leaving the reality show, told MTV News, "I loved being involved with television, so currently I'm working on more of the production side, but I'm trying to figure out where I want to go from there. I had my break. My break was nice, so we'll see. Well, we will see."

NEW VILLAIN CAST FOR 'PIRATES': Pirates of the Caribbean has a new bad guy. PerezHilton.com reports that Ian McShane, best known for his role on Deadwood, will be starring opposite Johnny Depp as the film's villain, named Black Beard.

KIM KARDASHIAN MULLS FAMILY MOVIE CASTING: Kim Kardashian mulled over the possibility of a feature film based on her family and decided that if it were to happen -- Penelope Cruz would be the ideal choice to play her. She added that younger sisters Kendall and Kylie would be played by Dakota Fanning and Rachel Bilson. High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens would play Kourtney, while Liv Tyler would be cast as Khloe. Taylor Lautner would play the role of Kim's brother Rob, while real-life couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were chosen to play the parts of Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenn

MATT DAMON TO PLAY RFK; TURNED DOWN 'AVATAR' LEAD

Matt Damon will reportedly play Robert F. Kennedy in an upcoming film based on His Life, the Evan Thomas biography. Deadline.com reports that the film will follow Kennedy "as he rises from the shadow of his slain brother, President John F. Kennedy, before being assassinated during his own 1968 presidential campaign."

In other Damon news, James Cameron revealed that the actor turned down the lead role in Avatar. Another star who passed? Jake Gyllenhaal.

  • Cameron told the Los Angeles Times, "I don't think they ever had a problem with the CG. Honestly, did I go out and try to woo them? No. I had my heart set on Sam. Maybe they sensed my lack of 100 percent commitment from me. Maybe it was the subject matter. This was a big Star Wars-type movie. They're both serious actors."

TIGER WOODS' PUBLIC APOLOGY NOT PROMPTED BY WIFE

Tiger Woods' controversial public apology last Friday (February 20th) was part of the philandering golfer's plan to repair his image and take responsibility for his actions. But according to People.com, it was not a move required by wife Elin Nordegren. "Elin has been very angry and had every right to be angry at him," said a source close to Woods. "She never demanded he make the apology but it was a gesture he was willing to do."

  • The media and fans have speculated for months about whether Elin would divorce Woods, who re-entered rehab Monday for further sex addiction treatment with Elin and their two children along as support. "If it weren't for the kids and their future, she would be long gone," added the source.
  • According to reports, Elin is an important part of Woods' decision making team, to the point where his handlers defer to her. "She has to be involved and they want to keep her happy," says another source.
  • Elin was not present at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, when Woods made his 14-minute statement to a handpicked audience.

WOODS TEAM TO PAY COSTS FOR PRESS STATEMENT: Woods will have to pay all costs associated with last Friday's press statement. According to the Jacksonville Times, nearly 30 off-duty St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies worked overtime at $33 per hour, while the cost of the Sunset Room at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse runs between $5,000 and $15,000 depending on the season and time of day. It wasn't clear whether Woods' ETW Corporation or IMG, his management group, would be footing the bill.

RACE FOR 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' CO-HOST HEATS UP

Brooke Burke seems to think her chances at landing the Dancing With the Stars co-host gig are pretty good. The season seven winner tried out for the job and told X17Online.com, "The screen test went as well as one could go. So fun to be back on the dance floor, but this time with a lot less nerves. It was a joy to work with Tom as I knew it would be. My heart is totally in it. Maybe I should look into my mirror ball trophy for the future. We shall see."

Burke still has to fend off some tough competition. X17Online.com reported that Vanessa Minnillo appeared on the set earlier this week for her own screen test. Although she's lately only been known as Nick Lachey's girlfriend -- Vanessa's hosting resume includes stints on MTV's TRL, Entertainment Tonight and ABC's reality show True Beauty.

  • Also reportedly auditioning is DWTS alum Melissa Rycroft.

MATTHEW FOX ACCUSED OF CHEATING ON WIFE WITH STRIPPER

Matthew Fox is the latest married celeb caught in a cheating scandal. The National Enquirer claims that the Lost star had an affair with 26-year-old stripper Stefani Talbott.

Cab driver Andi Watson claims she drove the couple to Talbott's townhouse on December 29th. She told the Enquirer, "They kissed and touched each other in the cab," adding that she picked them back up an hour and a half after the drop off, at which point, "they were more romantic than before, kissing a lot more and hugging each other."

  • After dropping off Fox, Watson says she heard the stripper bragging to a friend that she had sex with the Lost star.
  • Fox, who has been married for 18 years and has two children, denies the story.

PARENTS MAKE PUBLIC PLEA TO ANDREW KOENIG

The parents of missing actor Andrew Koenig pleaded for their 41-year-old to resurface during a news conference on Wednesday (February 24th). Walter Koenig -- who played Mr. Chekov on the original Star Trek TV show -- and wife Judith held a televised press conference in Vancouver, the city where Koenig was last seen on February 16th.

Walter pleaded, "I just want to know you're okay. If it means you just want to stay here, that's okay. You don't have to come back. Just let us know that's your intention."

  • Andrew, who once starred on Growing Pains, has long battled depression and reportedly has been off his medication. He cleared out his Los Angeles apartment about three weeks ago before traveling to Vancouver, where he once lived. Activity on his phone and ATM card stopped on the 16th.
  • Constable Tim Fanning says police are hopeful Koenig was still in the area and "doesn't want to be found."

THE GUYS TAKE A RISK ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

The Top 12 boys performed for the first time, live on American Idol last night. The show kicked off with Toddrick Hall, who did a very different version of Kelly Clarkson's "Since You Been Gone." His unique arrangement proved to be too much of a risk for the judges. Jermaine Sellers was another contestant who needed to take it back a notch. His attempt at showing off his vocal range did not gain him any positive comments. Some of the show's favorites, like Michael Lynche and Andrew Garcia, failed to meet the judges' expectations. Meanwhile, Lee Dewyze was among the few who got a compliment from Simon Cowell by singing his version of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars." The most popular contestant for the judges, however, was Casey James. The judges could not help but joke around during his performance, which earned as many compliments as his looks.

American Idol is back on top with TV audiences less than a week after the Olympics temporarily dethroned the ratings juggernaut. The results are a repeat of last Tuesday -- but a far stretch from last Wednesday when viewers were more interested in watching three U.S. athletes take gold at the Games.

In other Idol news, The New York Times examined the contracts of the show's contestants and determined that it is a financially life-altering experience for many of the top finishers. Despite his lagging album sales, last season's winner Kris Allen has earned at least $650,000 -- the minimum a winner could take home.

  • Unnamed sources close to the show told the paper that between performance fees, merchandising royalties from the "Idol" tour and other opportunities, top finishers have never failed to earn less than $1 million in the year after winning on the show.
  • The Times reported that finalists who make it to the top five this year will earn close to $100,000 from the show, and at least three times that amount if they get signed to a record deal by the show's producers. The top ten also stand to make several thousand dollars for the show in addition to the summer tour money.

JENNY MCCARTHY AND JIM CARREY MAY MARRY FOR TAX PURPOSES

Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey have always maintained that they wouldn't marry -- but deep in the heart of tax season -- the duo is changing their tune. McCarthy recently told Usmagazine.com, "We say 'never,' but I don't know. Maybe for tax purposes, someday, when we are old."

She added, "That's what we keep joking -- like, when we are 70! But for now, we're fine. We are really fine!"

  • Meanwhile, the couple is about to become grandparents as Carey's daughter Jane is due to give birth next week. Of the impending arrival, McCarthy said, "I love it! I love, love, love it. I think I'm going to be the awesome grandma, the world's best, is what I say."

Parents Choosing More Unusual Names for Their Kids

Celebrities are well-known for giving unusual names to their kids, but new research has found that it's not just the famous who are doing it, but everyday parents are also choosing more unusual name for their kids. According to LiveScience.com, researchers say this could suggest a change in our culture from one in which fitting is was emphasized to one in which we care about being unique and standing out. However, they also say that if taken too far, the emphasis on individualism could lead to narcissism. Looking at naming trends, researchers found parents were less likely to choose the popular names of their time as decades went by. So, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, about five percent of babies were named the top common name, while more recently that dropped to one percent. The biggest decrease in giving common names to babies came in the 1990s.

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Thursday, February 25, 2010
OBAMA TO LEAD HEALTH CARE SUMMIT TODAY: The bipartisan health care reform summit led by President Obama will take place today (February 25th), as both sides see if they can find some common ground -- or at least make it look to voters like they're trying to. The summit, set to last for six hours, will be broadcast live from Blair House, across the street from the White House, with Obama joined by congressional leaders of both parties. They will talk about four issues: reforming insurance, cost containment, expanding coverage and the impact of health care legislation on deficit reduction. Obama released a plan Monday that tracks closely to the legislation that came out of the House and Senate, although with some changes. Republicans have rejected that, saying that they should start from scratch.

TOYODA APOLOGIZES BEFORE CONGRESS, LAWMAKERS STILL ANGRY: Toyota President Akio Toyoda repeatedly apologized for accidents and injuries involving his cars in an appearance before Congress yesterday (February 24th), which is investigating the Japanese automaker's safety record amid its massive recall of 8.5 million vehicles. Angry lawmakers want to know when Toyota knew there was a problem with sudden acceleration and how soon after that it took for recalls to be issued, as well as if the problem involves the vehicles' electronics, and not just sticky pedals and trapped floor mats, as Toyota insists. Mr. Toyoda said yesterday that the company started by his grandfather had lost its way during a period of fast growth, but pledged to steer it back to the values that had earned it a reputation for quality. On Wednesday evening, after Toyoda's day of testimony, he broke into tears at an event in Washington at which he was cheered by Toyota plant workers and dealers.

SENATE PASSES JOBS BILL: The Senate passed a $15 billion jobs bill Wednesday by a 70-28 vote, in which 13 Republicans joined with the Democrats, eight more than the five who also sided with the Democrats two days ago to block a GOP filibuster of the measure. The legislation, which includes tax breaks for small businesses for hiring and highway spending, now goes to the House, which could approve it quickly and sent it to President Obama for his signature. Immediately after the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was preparing a package of jobless benefits, state aid and tax breaks that the Senate could take up next week. It's part of a strategy to pass smaller jobs bill that would avoid a single large price tag and keep Democrats' job-creating efforts in the news.

TRAINER DIES IN SEA WORLD ATTACK BY KILLER WHALE: An animal trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, was killed Wednesday afternoon (February 24th) when one of the killer whales attacked her at Shamu Stadium and dragged her underwater, drowning her. The Orlando Sentinel cited witnesses as saying that the whale, named Tilikum, suddenly grabbed 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau by the arm as she was petting him, tossed her around in his mouth, and pulled her into the water as horrified tourists looked on. Tilikum has been involved in two previous deaths: he was one of three orcas blamed for the 1991 drowning of a trainer while he performed at since-closed Sealand of the Pacific in British Columbia; and the dead body of a naked man was found lying across Tilikum's back at SeaWorld Orlando in 1999. However, Chuck Tompkins, the corporate curator in charge of animal behavior for SeaWorld, told the Sentinel Tilikum would not be put down.

COLORADO SCHOOL GUNMAN HAD BEEN ACTING STRANGELY: The 32-year-old man accused of shooting two students at a Colorado middle school just three miles from the site of the Columbine High School massacre, had been increasingly erratic in the last few weeks, his father told AP, saying he'd yell at imaginary friends and complain that eating macaroni and cheese made too much noise. Police are trying to find out what led unemployed ranch hand Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood to shoot the students in the parking lot at his old school on Tuesday (February 23rd), before he was tackled and stopped by a 6-foot-5 math teacher. His father, War Eagle Eastwood, said his son used to talk to himself, but that he'd gotten worse in the last month. Eastwood has an arrest record that includes menacing, assault, domestic violence and driving under the influence. One of the students who was shot has already been released from the hospital and the other is said to be doing well.

TODAY'S FYI:

MADOFF'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, GRANDCHILDREN CHANGING LAST NAME: The daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff has gone to court to change her last name and that her two young children, who are the convicted multibillion-dollar Ponzi schemer's grandchildren, the New York Daily News reported yesterday (February 24th). Stephanie Madoff, who's married to Bernie Madoff's son Mark, wants her new last name and that of her children Audrey and Nicholas to be "Morgan." The court petition reads, regarding the youngest child, "It will substantially promote the infant's best interest to avoid additional humiliation, embarrassment, harassment and endangerment associated with the name 'Madoff' by changing his last name to 'Morgan.'"

  • Bernie Madoff is serving a 150-year jail sentence.

GM ENDING ITS HUMMER BRAND: General Motors announced yesterday (February 24th) that it will be ending its Hummer brand after a deal to sell it to a Chinese company fell through. Reports said Chinese regulators had refused to approve the sale. GM will begin a wind-down of the Hummer brand immediately, while maintaining responsibility for warranties and sales and service. The news came one day after GM finalized the sale of Saab to Dutch automaker Spyker.

TOP PALIN AIDE AND ADVISER TO RESIGN: Megan Stapleton, a top aide and adviser to Sarah Palin who often acted as a spokesperson for the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, announced yesterday (February 24th) that she's resigning at the end of the month. Stapleton said she wants to spend more time with her young daughter, explaining, "Taking care of the governor was my priority for the last, I guess it's been almost 3 1/2 years, and now I just want to personally refocus and spend some time with my precious little one." Stapleton is a former TV reporter and anchor who was chosen by Palin to lead her communications team after she was elected governor in 2006. Stapleton said her time with Palin was an amazing experience because of the way she manages and operates, and said she'd gladly adviser her in the future if Palin sought her opinion.

MARYLAND TO RECOGNIZE OTHER STATES' GAY MARRIAGES: Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler said yesterday (February 24th) that his state will recognize gay marriages performed outside of Maryland, effective immediately. He said Maryland agencies should begin giving out-of-state gay couples all the rights they have been given in the states where such marriages are legal. Maryland law, however, defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, and the state itself has not approved gay marriage. AP cited legal scholars who said Gansler's opinion seems designed to bring legal challenges, and in fact the Democratic district attorney said he expects that such action will be brought quickly. But he believes his opinion provides a road map for gay couples to win in court.

TEEN GETS 15 YEARS FOR FACEBOOK-ASSISTED SEX BLACKMAIL: A Wisconsin 19-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in jail yesterday (February 24th) for using Facebook to blackmail dozens of his classmates into having sex. Anthony Stancl (STAN'-sihl), who pled no contest to two felonies, including repeated sexual assault of a child, apologized yesterday, saying he'd learned to understand what his victims went through. Stancl posed as a girl on Facebook and tricked more than 30 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves. Then he used the photos to blackmail them for sex.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

U.S. and Canadian Men's Hockey Teams Win, Advance to Semi-Finals: The U.S. and Canadian men's hockey teams both won their quarter-final games yesterday (February 24th) to advance to the semi-finals. The U.S. game against Switzerland was tied with no score until Zach Parise finally get a goal for the Americans a couple of minutes into the third period. Parise also scored an empty-net goal in the closing seconds of the game to get a 2-0 win for the U.S. The match-up between Canada and Russia, the two teams that many had thought would meet in the gold medal game, turned out to be a rout, with Canada winning 7-3. The U.S. will play Finland Friday afternoon (February 26th) in their semi-final match, while Canada will take on Slovakia in theirs.

Vonn Wipes Out in Giant Slalom, Mancuso 18th After Having to Restart: U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn wiped out during the giant slalom yesterday, crashing and slamming into the netting lining the course. The crash, in which Vonn broke her pinkie, was the second for her of these Olympics. She medaled in her other two races, taking a gold and a bronze, and has one final event, the slalom, on Friday. Vonn's crash didn't just hurt her, however. Teammate Julia Mancuso, the defending Olympic champion who ran right behind Vonn, was flagged to stop about half-way down the course because Vonn still hadn't been untangled from the netting, and it was considered dangerous. Mancuso had to return to the top, wait for another 13 skiers to go, and run again on a course that had deteriorated, and she came in 18th. Afterwards, a frustrated and angry Mancuso was seen crying. The second and deciding leg of the race was delayed until today because of thick fog.

  • Although Mancuso didn't blame Vonn for what happened, there was already some tension between the two, after Mancuso told Sports Illustrated that the U.S. ski team was being hurt by a, quote, "popularity contest." She said, "People are having a hard time reaching their potential because it's such a struggle for attention. You come to meetings after races and it's like it's a bad day if Lindsey didn't do well." Vonn told Reuters she was "bummed out" by what Mancuso said.

U.S. Wins Speedskating Bronze after Koreans Disqualified: The U.S. women's 3,000-meter speedskating relay team won an unexpected bronze yesterday, moving up to the medal stand after first-place finisher South Korea was disqualified for one team member impeding a skater from another team during the race. China got the gold instead, Canada moved up to take silver, and the U.S. got the bronze.

Iran's First Female Skier Takes Part in Giant Slalom: Iran's first female Olympic skier made her debut in the giant slalom yesterday and said she was pleased, despite finishing 21.75 seconds behind the fastest time -- which is an eternity in skiing. Marjan Kalhor, who was her country's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, wore a pink headscarf underneath her helmet, but was otherwise dressed just like all the other skiers. Before her event, she told Reuters that one of her goals was to, quote, "tell Muslim women that there is no limitation for them, even with hijab [headscarf] they can do whatever they want and they can get here like me."

MEDAL COUNT: The U.S. now has 28 medals overall -- 7 gold, 9 silver and 12 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 24. Norway is third with 18. The U.S., Germany and Canada are tied for first place in gold medals with 7 each. Norway and Switzerland are tied for second with 6 each, and South Korea is third with 5.

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


ON THE TUBE TODAY!!




CBS

  • SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS - One of the game's most powerful women targets a worthy adversary and gets aggressive as she tries to oust an immediate threat.
  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (repeat)

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Figure Skating concludes; women's free skate; Freestyle Skiers compete for the Gold.

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - Four contestants are eliminated; Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta are slated to perform.
  • KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - A couple whose marriage is in ruins need chef Ramsay's help to save their Cuban restaurant in Brooklyn.

ABC

  • THE DEEP END - Malcolm and Addy try to find a way around a dishonest insurance company; Cliff tries to find a way to get back into Susan's life.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY (repeat)
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE (repeat)

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (repeat)
  • SUPERNATURAL (repeat)

FX

  • ARCHER - TBA

USA

  • BURN NOTICE - Fiona gets more than she bargained for when she gets involved with a paranoid kidnapper; Michael's plan to stop a black operative has deeper consequences.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Felicity Huffman
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Kirstie Alley: Inside her big, big life
THE VIEW - Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic, Dr. Jamie Grifo

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Gordon Ramsay, Ginnifer Goodwin, VV Brown
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Seann William Scott, Jackie Collins
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - TBA
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Shani David, Seth Wescott
LOPEZ TONIGHT - (repeat)

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

TEEN ARRESTED FOR WEARING CLOWN MASK: A teen from Tampa was arrested on Tuesday for wearing a clown mask and wig on the street. The 19-year-old man was charged with wearing a mask or hood on a public road over the age of 16 and resisting arrest without violence. According to The St. Petersburg Times, a deputy spotted the teen walking down the road with two other people. The group fled after being spotted, but were later located. The teen was released from the Hillsborough County Jail on a $750 bond. (AP)


BIKINI BARISTA CHARGED WITH INDECENCY: A 19-year-old barista from Tacoma, WA was charged of unlawful exposure after wearing a thong bottom and X-shaped pasties over her nipples. The Bikini Bottoms espresso stand employee received a misdemeanor charge by prosecutors on Tuesday after a passer-by complained about seeing a topless woman. According to The News Tribune of Tacoma, the woman went to the back of the stand to remove her pasties and put on a bikini top when a sheriff's deputy went to investigate. The deputy confiscated the pasties as evidence. (AP)


AIRLINE WILL OFFER FEMALE-ONLY BATHROOMS: All Nippon Airways will be designating one restroom on most international flights female-only, starting next month. According to the airline, this is a response to the numerous requests for this service. The restroom will be located in the rear of the plane and will be available to women sitting in all classes. The demand for the female-only bathroom was especially high among passengers who take long flights. Most women do not like sharing a restroom with men because they sometimes leave the seats up. Men will only be allowed to use this lavatory in an emergency. Toilet etiquette appears to be an important of All Nippon Airways policy. (Reuters)


THIEVES OVERHEARD BY MISDIALING 9-1-1: Daytona Beach Police arrested two teens after dispatchers overheard a cell phone conversation mid-heist. The police were made aware of the situation when one of the teen's cell phones accidentally dialed 9-1-1. 911 dispatchers overheard 19-year-old Stephanie Vargas and a 13-year-old boy trying to steal items from a vehicle parked outside of a Daytona nightclub. According to police spokesman Jimmie Flynt, the young boy was already inside the vehicle when the officers arrived. Both of the teens admitted to the robbery, and were charged with burglary to a conveyance. It's unclear how the number got dialed. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?


FRIDGE-CLEANING ISN'T A PRIORITY: In Whirlpool's 2005 refrigerator habits survey of 2,571 consumers, 33 percent said they don't spend any time cleaning the refrigerator before grocery shopping. In order to make room for items just purchased, 27 percent reported shoving everything in and not worrying about organization.


NEW SCALE HAS NO NUMBERS: A news scale made by Voluptuart doesn't have any numbers, but rather words like "hot," "ravishing," and "cute" that are meant to make you feel good about yourself. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/yfgkzc3


IS PLANNING A VACATION BETTER THAN ACTUALLY GOING? A new Dutch study shows that one of the biggest happiness boosts of a vacation comes from the simple act of planning your vacation. The HuffingtonPost.com quotes researchers as having said, "We examined whether vacationers differ in happiness, compared to those not going on holiday, and if a holiday trip boosts post-trip happiness. These questions were addressed in a pre-test/post-test design study among 1,530 Dutch individuals. 974 vacationers answered questions about their happiness before and after a holiday trip. Vacationers reported a higher degree of pre-trip happiness, compared to non-vacationers, possibly because they are anticipating their holiday. Only a very relaxed holiday trip boosts vacationers' happiness further after return. Generally, there is no difference between vacationers' and non-vacationers' post-trip happiness."


ARE YOU 'FACE-BLIND'? If you can't remember someone's name -- you may be "face blind." One to two percent of the population suffers from this condition, called prosopagnosia, which adds an extra awkwardness to social situations but does not affect intelligence or general memory. Fox News reports that some of us are just better at recognizing faces than others, whether in these extreme cases or for the rest of us who fall somewhere in between. New research suggests that we may have evolved the ability to say "hey, I've seen you before" separately from how well we remember names, telephone numbers and other things that do not come equipped with eyes and mouth. Jeremy Wilmer, a psychologist at Wellesley College in Mass., challenged 578 women to memorize photographs of several faces and to then pick the same faces out of increasingly difficult lineups. Some could point to the correct face in a crowd of strangers nearly a hundred percent of the time; others did no better than chance. In either case, though, the ability to spot a familiar face did not strongly predict how well they could memorize and recognize abstract pictures or words.

HOW INSTANT MESSAGING CAN SAVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP (HuffingtonPost.com)

  • 1. You can both say what you want without the argument getting out of control.
  • 2. It forces you to stay on the subject.
  • 3. If one of you is better at arguing and can shout the other down, then you are on much more of an even playing field on iChat.
  • 4. Both of you can say what you want and the other person can read the other person's perspective and there is no mistaking what you hear as you are forced to read exactly what the other person writes.
  • 5. Any anger that you feel can be directed towards the keys and you can bash them as hard as you want, rather than being too aggressive to the other person.
  • 6. The argument does not physically escalate and get out of control.
  • 7. The person who has the loudest voice is not King!
  • 8. You can much more easily see an impasse, change your tone and build a bridge.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Who are the mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games?

A: Miga, Quatchi and Sumi are all Inspired by Pacific Coast Indian legends.

Miga is a young sea bear who is part killer whale and part bear who lives in the ocean out past Vancouver Island. Quatchi is more famously known worldwide as Sasquatch or Bigfoot, and has been the subject of hundreds of sightings for centuries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sumi is part orca whale, part phoenix and part bear, considered a "guardian spirit" by Pacific Northwest Indian tribes.

Meteorological Smackdown Over Storm Hitting the Northeast Today

The major storm that's supposed to hit the Northeast today (February 25th), set to dump a foot of snow or more in some areas along with strong winds, has led to a meteorological smackdown, with weathermen going mano-a-mano over their forecasts. The target of criticism is Accuweather, which on Tuesday was calling the coming storm "a monster," "powerful storm of historical proportions" and "hurricane-like," dubbing it a "snowicane." That drew a stern rebuke from National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Evango, who said, "It's almost inciting the public, inciting panic," and the Weather Channel called the hurricane talk, quote, "bad meteorology." But Accuweather senior meteorologist and director of forecasting operations Ken Reeves called the criticism "unfounded," and said there is nothing wrong in using language that gets people's attention when the situation calls for it.

Another Miss California Contestant Drawing Fire Over Gay Marriage Opposition

Move over Carrie Prejean. There's a new Miss California USA contestant ready to wear the anti-gay marriage beauty queen crown. Twenty-three-year-old Miss Beverly Hills Lauren Ashley recently said on Fox News and other media outlets that gay marriage goes against God and the Bible. She quoted from the Bible, saying, "In Leviticus it says, 'If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.' The Bible is pretty black and white." That drew outrage from Beverly Hills Mayor Nancy Krasne, who said Ashley doesn't live in Beverly Hills or represent the city in any way. She said her city, quote, "has a long history of tolerance and respect." It's true that Ashley is from Pasadena, not Beverly Hills. Apparently contestants get to choose what area they want to represent, and Ashley chose the famous enclave.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Rascal Flatts have accomplished a lot in their 10 years on the music scene, not the least of which is expanding the boundaries for what is considered country music these days. More and more country acts are hearing their songs played on pop radio, and as Jay DeMarcus tells us, they have the Flatts guys to thank for it. "Not to sound boastful or bragadocious, but I think there was a movement that was started with us and Keith Urban and a few other people that opened the door that paved the way for country to crossover a little more easily with the pop-flavored country music that we know today, so I'm proud of the fact that we've brought fans over to country music that would normally not have listened to country before, and am so proud and thrilled to see the success that someone like Taylor is having, and am proud to be a small part of her success as well, you know, with her being on the road with us."

Jay says there was a real need for today's more modern country music in the pop format. "In my view, I think that country music has sort of taken the place of what we all considered to be Top 40 pop music 20 years ago, 25 years ago, so I think there's a void there that country music has been able to fill, and artists like Taylor and Keith and Lady A and people like that are filling those voids."

  • The group's appearance on the CBS drama CSI is set to air on March 4th. The episode is called "Unshockable," an ode to Rascal Flatts' current hit, "Unstoppable."
  • The band's new video for "Unstoppable" was created with footage pulled from the show. To watch the clip, log onto rascalflatts.com.

CHECK IT OUT


James Otto is getting ready to become a dad. The singer and his wife, Amy, will welcome their first child in August.
  • James said, "Amy and I are so excited and feel so blessed. I am overwhelmed with joy at the idea of becoming a father! This is truly going to be an amazing, life-altering experience."
  • In addition to Dad, the baby will have a famous aunt and uncle. Amy's sister is CMT personality Allison DeMarcus, who is married to Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.
  • Jame's new single, "Groovy Little Summer Song," will be making its way to radio soon.
  • The singer plans to release a new album later this year.

FAST FACTS

  • James' last album, Sunset Man, was released in 2008.
  • It was co-produced by John Rich and Jay DeMarcus.
  • It produced the Number One hit, "Just Got Started Lovin' You," which was also named Billboard's top country single of 2008.
Tim McGraw has been fielding questions about a potential career in politics since he first mentioned having an interest in running for public office a couple of years ago. For the record, Tim tells us he has no plans to add politician to his resume. "Politics, to me, is something that I would never go do just to say I've done it, but if somewhere down the line there's something that I feel like I can step into and make a difference and do some good, then I think it's just a matter of if the time lines up with the cause and the reason in my life, then it would be something that I would be interested in, but it's not something I'm gonna go pursue."

Tim says he does, however, feel a sense of responsibility to give back to his community."I've been very lucky and fortunate and been able to really make something out of my life from where I came from, and I feel like it's because of where I live and the place that I grew up and the country that I live in that I'm able to do that, so I feel like that you are obligated to a certain extent to try to help and do what you can whether it be in politics or not."

  • Tim continues on his Southern Voice tour with special guests Lady Antebellum and The Lost Trailers. They play in Columbia, Missouri on Thursday (February 25th), Lexington, Kentucky on Friday (February 26th) and Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday (February 27th).
  • Tim is also in the midst of filming his next movie, Love Don't Let Me Down, with Gwyneth Paltrow. The film has been shooting in Nashville.
Builders will break ground on The Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in the singer's hometown of Savannah, Tennessee on March 3rd. This has been Darryl's dream since 2005 when he and representatives of Hardin Medical Center and Hardin County Community and Healthcare Foundation joined forces to make this Center a reality. The facility will offer both radiation and chemotherapy treatment for local cancer patients so they don't have to make the long drive to other treatment centers.
  • Darryl said, "We have a really high cancer rate in our general area and all of our lives have been affected by the dreaded disease, so there is a lot of passion in this for everyone.
  • Darryl has personal experience with cancer, having lost both of his grandfathers and one of his aunts to the disease. He said, "I know what it cost when they had to go out of town for treatment. I don't want anyone else having to make those trips, adding to what they are already going through."
  • The Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center will cost a maximum price of $2 million for construction of the building. It is expected to be completed by early 2011.
  • The Hardin County Community and Healthcare Foundation, Inc. has taken on a mission of raising the construction costs, already raising over $1.6 million to date through donations and pledges.
  • Of the money already raised, the singer's own charity, The Darryl Worley Foundation, has made a $600,000 donation to the cause.
The Country Music Association will induct Jimmy Dean, Ferlin Husky, Billy Sherrill, and Don Williams into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. Due to a tie in the voting, both Jimmy and Ferlin will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category. Don will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category. Billy will be included in the "Non-Performer" category.
  • The four will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 108 to 112 inductees.
  • "Jimmy said, "I thought I was already in there. Seriously, it brought a huge grin to my face. I am honored."
  • An emotional Ferlin said, "I'd like to thank my Lord Jesus Christ for dying for me, saving my soul, and bringing me into the world as a country boy. And also, for giving me the talent to sing, entertain, and help convert millions around the world to Country Music. I'm still a country boy and proud of it. In the words of my close friend, the late Stringbean, 'I sure am glad I'm me!'"
  • Billy said, "Anything I have ever accomplished would have been totally impossible without the help and support of the greatest songwriters and musicians in the world, and of course what I stole from Owen Bradley."
  • Don said, "I feel extremely honored and overwhelmed with this news. It is unbelievable that CMA thought about me in this manner."

FAST FACT

  • CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music's highest honor.

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were in Vancouver on Monday (February 22nd) to watch the ice dancing competition at the Olympics. Keith was spotted trying to get a close up view of the action on the ice by wearing what TMZ.com described as "Eyes Wide Shut party moose binoculars."

Click here to see a picture of Keith with his binoculars: http://www.tmz.com/2010/02/23/keith-urban-mooseknuckles-it/

Martina McBride fans got a big surprise last weekend during her Shine All Night tour stop in Detroit, Michigan when she was joined on stage by local resident Kid Rock. The two performed his hits "Picture" and "All Summer Long."

Check out their performance here: http://www.youtube.com/martinamcbride#/c/AC36F987F536B89E/0/9GaKgHUC-aA

Actress Melissa Peterman will release her very first comedy album on Nashville-based Big Machine Records this spring. Melissa co-starred on the sitcom Reba, and she currently hosts CMT's show, The Singing Bee. Melissa's good friend Reba McEntire is signed to Big Machine sister label, The Valory Music Company.

Steel Magnolia will appear on the CBS Early Show on Saturday (February 27th). They will treat viewers to an acoustic performance of their current hit single, "Keep On Lovin' You," which is also featured on the Valentine's Day movie soundtrack. The Early Show airs at 7 a.m. ET.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is LeAnn Rimes' real first name?
A. Margaret

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

PREMIERE: SARAH BUXTON/GAC 10:00AM, 5:30PM (ET)

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: SUGARLAND/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

MASTER SERIES/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Dolly Parton

THE COLLECTION: TOBY KEITH/GAC 9:00PM (ET)

INTRODUCING: ZAC BROWN BAND/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • George Strait earned a Number One country single in Billboard with "It Just Comes Natural" in 2007.
  • Martina McBride performed at Salt Lake City's Olympics Medals Park on closing night of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • Keith Urban scored his first Number One single with "But for the Grace of God" in 2001.
  • The Dixie Chicks won their first Grammys for Best Country Vocal Group and Best Country Album in 1999.
  • Reba McEntire won her first Grammy for "Whoever's in New England" in 1987.
  • Sawyer Brown won $100,000 as the big winners on Star Search in 1984.
  • Dolly Parton won two Grammys for "9 to 5" -- best country song and best country female vocal performance, in 1982.
  • Johnny Cash recorded his live album, Johnny Cash at San Quentin, in 1969.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!!!

SHILOH GETS A HAIRCUT: Shiloh has short hair! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's three-year-old daughter debuted what US Weekly called a "stylish, cropped new haircut" in Paris on Tuesday (February 23rd). Pitt took Shiloh and older sister Zahara shopping in the French city while mom Angelina filmed scenes for The Tourist. Check out the 'do: http://tinyurl.com/yh7z4kz

GARY BUSEY'S WIFE GIVES BIRTH: Gary Busey is a father again. The 65-year-old actor's 40-year-old wife, Steffanie Sampson, gave birth to a baby boy named Luke on Tuesday (February 23rd). The couple said in a statement, "This feels like a dream. We feel so blessed and are overwhelmed with happiness at Luke's arrival." Busey has a 38-year-old son with his ex-wife.

CHERYL COLE SPLITS FROM HUSBAND: British singer and TV star Cheryl Cole is splitting from her soccer star husband Ashley Cole. In the wake of rumors surrounding Ashley's supposed infidelity, Cole released a statement on Tuesday (February 23rd) saying, "Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time." It's been rumored that the X Factor star has been seeing Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough.

POLICE HOPEFUL ANDREW KOENIG IS ALIVE: Police searching for the former Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig believe he is still alive. Authorities told TMZ.com that they've been inundated with sightings of the actor since he was reported missing on Valentine's Day. RadarOnline.com reported that a press release issued Tuesday by Canadian authorities revealed that police had tracked Andrew's cell phone and banking records and that has led them to the belief that Andrew is in the Vancouver area.

JASON PRIESTLEY REPORTEDLY BURGLARIZED: Jason Priestley's Los Angeles home was allegedly burglarized on Monday (February 22nd) night. TMZ.com reports that multiple homes in the Toluca Lake area where the former 90210 star lives were hit. One suspect is reportedly in custody.

CHARLIE SHEEN CHECKS INTO REHAB

Charlie Sheen has checked into rehab. The actor's treatment comes a week after his wife checked into rehab and nearly two months after a drunken scuffle between the two ended in Sheen's arrest.

Sheen's publicist released a statement on Tuesday (February 23rd) that read, "As a preventative measure, Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation facility. He will take some time off his series Two and a Half Men. He has asked that his privacy be honored. No further statements are planned."

  • Sources connected with Two and a Half Men told TMZ.com that staff on the show are being told Charlie's treatment is a partnership with his wife's treatment. Other insiders told TMZ that there is concern that Charlie could have his bail revoked in Colorado as one of the terms is that he not consume drugs or alcohol.
  • TMZ.com reports that Charlie told the show's producers that he would be back to work in two weeks.
  • Meanwhile, RadarOnline.com recently reported that those around Charlie had been pressuring him to enter rehab for a while, but supposedly the actor was in denial about his problems.

BROOKE MUELLER PLANNING LAWSUIT; HAS KIDS IN REHAB

Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller is reportedly planning a lawsuit against the Malibu rehab facility she was forced to leave after an alleged privacy breach. Brooke checked out of The Canyon treatment center on Sunday (February 21st) night after someone from the facility leaked Brooke's admission form to the media, which contained very personal information about her substance abuse.

Her lawyer told TMZ.com that he will sue the facility and plans "to have the individual responsible for leaking the information arrested."

  • In other Brooke news, TMZ.com reported on Tuesday that she currently has the couple's two children at the rehab facility where she is staying. Sources claim that Mueller's rehab facility allows children, and Brooke's kids are there with her nannies and a counselor.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

PRODUCTION RESUMING ON '24': Kiefer Sutherland is returning to the set of 24 on March 1st. 20th Century Fox confirmed that the actor has been cleared by physicians to return to work on the show following reported surgery on a cyst near his kidney.

ANGELINA JOLIE TO PLAY LEAD IN PATRICIA CORNWELL ADAPTATION: Angelina Jolie will reportedly play the character of Kay Scarpetta in the adaptation of Patricia Cornwell's mystery novels. LA Times reported that the screenplay is set at a time when the character is "charting her course, and trying to break the glass ceiling." 53-year-old Cornwell added, "I can understand why the studio doesn't want to launch her as someone's who's my age."

BRUCE WILLIS SAID THERE MAY BE ANOTHER 'DIE HARD': Bruce Willis is on board for a fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise. Starpulse.com quotes the actor as having said, "I think we're going to do a Die Hard 5 next year. I would hire Len Wiseman right now (to direct)." As for the plot -- Willis won't be too involved. He said, "It's got to go worldwide. That would be my contribution to it."

MATT LAUER VOICING 'CURIOUS GEORGE' CHARACTER: Matt Lauer is getting animated for the upcoming Curious George movie. The Today show anchor is lending his voice to Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, in which he plays the TV anchor Hark Hanson. He said of the project, "I just think it's a kick. I mean, we talk so much on my show about entertainment and pop culture and negative influences on children, and here you have a chance to be part of something that's just good wholesome family fun that my kids already have a history with."

MICHAEL SHEEN TO GUEST STAR ON '30 ROCK': Michael Sheen will guest star on 30 Rock as a love interest for Tina Fey's Liz Lemon. The Frost/Nixon star told Starpulse.com, "I did a couple of episodes of 30 Rock that'll be out soon. I'm doing a bit of 30 Rock which is great." He added, "I was with Tina and all my stuff was with Tina. She asked me if I would do these couple of episodes. Her problems with men are not about to stop. I can tell you that now."

KEVIN JAMES TO STAR OPPOSITE VINCE VAUGHN: Kevin James will star as Vince Vaughn's best friend in a new comedy directed by Ron Howard. Vaughn stars in the untitled flick as a man who learns that his best friend's wife is cheating and "must navigate treacherous waters to decide what do with that knowledge."

IT'S ALL ABOUT SONG CHOICE ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

The Top 12 girls performed live last night on American Idol. Although all of the judges agreed that they were a talented bunch, their performances came down to the song choice. The show kicked off with Paige Miles, who was told by Simon that she is the best singer in the competition. However, Miles was unable to really show off her skills because she picked the wrong song. The judges were hard on Lacey Brown and Haeley Vaughn, who both failed to show ''who they were'' through their songs. The judges also said that many of the contestants lacked star power. Among the contestants who were commended for having a unique voice and style were Lilly Scott and Crystal Bowersox. None of the Top 12 girls managed to truly impress the judges on last night's episode.

TIGER WOODS APOLOGIZES TO PARENTS AT KIDS' PRE-SCHOOL

Tiger Woods has offered yet another apology in the wake of his sex scandal, this time to the parents of his 2-year-old daughter Sam's pre-school classmates. The golfer issued a letter on Monday, blaming the paparazzi for creating an "inconvenience" around the Premier Academy in Windermere, Florida, co-signing it with his wife, Elin Nordegren. According to TMZ.com, the letter reads: "Dear Premier Academy parents, We would like to share our appreciation for your support over the past several months and offer our personal apology for any inconvenience you are experiencing due to the increased media scrutiny surrounding our children. We truly understand how frustrating it can be.

  • "We hope that the paparazzi will find something better to do with their time in the near future. In the meantime, it is our goal to keep life as normal as possible for our children. We are sure that as parents you can appreciate that. For Sam, that normalcy means attending the school that she enjoys so much.
  • "Again, we truly appreciate the support from the entire Premier Academy family. Kind regards, Elin and Tiger Woods."

CHECK IT OUT

How to accept an apology: http://www.wikihow.com/Accept-an-Apology

LINDSAY 'SURPRISED' BY LESBIAN RELATIONSHIP; STILL IN LOVE WITH SAM

Lindsay Lohan is continuing to make her personal life public news, this time telling London's The Sun about her lesbian lover Samantha Ronson. Of her relationship with the 32-year-old DJ, Lohan said, "I never really thought about women before, it kind of just happened with Samantha. It surprised me."

The 23-year-old continued, "If I wasn't with Samantha, I would probably be with a boy next. She's the only woman I've been attracted to. We love each other. We might reconcile the relationship, maybe."

  • A day after blaming her father for her drug problems -- Lohan claimed the demise of her relationship with Samantha was the fault of Ronson's family. She said, "Her family is very involved in her relationships and that was difficult . . . All the fighting stuff was just because all her friends had got involved and made me an outcast, which wasn't fair to Samantha. I think it was a jealousy thing in terms of her becoming more famous than the rest of them."

CHECK IT OUT: Signs your girlfriend is bisexual: http://tinyurl.com/2sktzo

DID ROB PATTINSON ADMIT HE'S DATING KRISTEN STEWART?

After a short break, the Rob Pattinson-Kristen Stewart relationship rumors are back in full effect. The Twilight stars both attended last Sunday's (February 21st) BAFTA Awards, where The Sun claims Pattinson admitted to dating his co-star.

Rob told the paper, "It is extremely difficult but we are together, yes."

  • He added, "We can't arrive at the same time because of the fans. It goes crazy. This was supposed to be a public appearance as a couple but it's impossible. We are here together and it's a public event but it's not easy. We have to do all this stuff to avoid attention."

INVESTIGATION REVEALS QUOTE MAY HAVE BEEN OUT OF CONTEXT

Gossip Cop, however, spoke to the reporter in question and it appears Pattinson's statement wasn't necessarily an admission of love.

At the event, while Rob was several feet away from Kristen, the reporter asked, "Is this a public appearance together?" -- to which Pattinson replied, "We are together."

  • When Gossip Cop pressed him on whether Pattinson's response meant he and Stewart were a couple, the reporter said, "That's my assumption from what he said."

ANDREW GARCIA AND CRYSTAL BOWERSOX ARE EARLY FAVORITES ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

Andrew Garcia is proving to be the early favorite on American Idol. According to a poll conducted by AOL Television, the guitar-playing 24-year-old won a leading 26.2 percent of votes, followed closely by young mom Crystal Bowersox with 25.2 percent.

According to Simon Cowell, it's more likely that Bowersox would edge out Garcia for the victory. He recently told reporters, "I would say there is definitely a better chance of a girl winning the show this year. You want somebody who represents what's going on at the moment. I'd love to find a Taylor Swift, somebody whose relevant rather than just a contest winner."

Back to the poll -- new father Michael "Big Mike" Lynche was third favorite -- however Lynche was also voted the most overhyped.

  • Meanwhile the majority of fans declared that new judge Ellen DeGeneres was doing an "awesome" job on the show, even though some still miss Paula Abdul. 58 percent of respondents gave Ellen a favorable review while 46 percent said things aren't the same without Paula. Still, 41 percent said they did not miss the quirky Abdul, and 12 percent appeared not to have realized she has left.
  • Ashley Rodriguez was voted this season's most likely dark horse at 28.5 percent, followed by quirky Siobhan Magnus (21 percent), last-minute finalist Tim Urban (20.1 percent), Lacey Brown (15.8 percent) and John Park (14.5 percent).
  • 57,682 people voted in the poll.

CHRIS GOLIGHTLY HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE; CLAIMS CONTRACT ISSUE IS 'MISUNDERSTANDING'

Ousted American Idol contestant Chris Golightly held a (sparsely-attended) press conference on Tuesday (February 23rd) to address reports that he was kicked off the show because he already had a record contract in place.

The singer told reporters, "There's a lot of controversy going on sayin that, um, I signed a contract in May. Yes, that is true I did sign it in May of 2009 and yet, I was released of June 2009 so because it did not work out with the band that I was in."

He added that he wants to get back on the show: "I would really love the opportunity to, ya know, be reinstated back on to American Idol because I know that this is a shot I rightfully earned."

  • Golightly pleaded with the public to write letters and call Fox and American Idol on his behalf, demanding he be placed back in the competition. The Los Angeles Times also reported that he is shopping around an autobiography.
  • Despite Golightly's version of the contract story, PerezHilton.com reported that sources who viewed the document say Chris signed an exclusive, two-year commitment with Dream Projects Entertainment, making him ineligible for the show.

CHECK IT OUT: American Idol controversies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_Idol_controversies

PAULA ABDUL REPORTEDLY LANDS TALK SHOW ON OPRAH NETWORK

Paula Abdul is reportedly taping a pilot for a talk show that would air on Oprah Winfrey's new network, OWN. The National Enquirer reported that the format will be "Oprah-inspired" -- with celebrity guests and real people telling inspirational stories.

When asked if the hosting gig would conflict with potentially rejoining Simon Cowell on The X Factor, Paula supposedly replied, "Of course not. If Ellen DeGeneres can do it . . . so can I!"

  • The tabloid also claims that Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva -- on which she appeared in a cameo role last season -- wants her back in a recurring role.
  • GossipCop.com claims that there's no truth to the story and it's just a rumor.

BRISTOL PALIN TO GUEST STAR ON 'SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER'

Bristol Palin will guest star on an upcoming episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, an ABC Family show that deals with -- teen pregnancy. Bristol, who has a one-year-old son, will be playing herself.

Sarah Palin's 19-year-old daughter said in a statement, "I am thrilled to be on this show and to be a part of a program that educates teens and young adults about the consequences of teen pregnancy." The episode is set to air this summer during the show's third season.

  • Executive producer Brenda Hampton commented on the casting, saying, "Bristol Palin is the most famous teenage mother in America. I think she will bring additional attention to the issues facing teen parents that we've been exploring for a couple of seasons now."

'JERSEY SHORE' FIGHT VICTIM LOSES BID TO HAVE DVD BLOCKED

A man who was punched by Jersey Shore's Ronnie Magro on the MTV show has lost his bid to block the program's DVD release. The New York Daily News reports that Stephen Izzo argued that Ronnie shouldn't be allowed to profit from footage of the September 4th fight or the subsequent episode during which Magro brags about the beating.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster said Izzo "failed to demonstrate any financial or irreparable harm" that would be caused by the release of the DVD.

  • On the show, Izzo's face was blurred by producers but he argued, "Everybody knew it was me. My tattoos are clear."

CHECK IT OUT: How to look like Snooki! http://tinyurl.com/yh3d2vz

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010


TOYOTA: RECALLS MAY 'NOT TOTALLY' SOLVE ACCELERATION PROBLEMS: Toyota's American sales chief admitted Tuesday (February 23rd) that the company's massive recall may, quote, "not totally" solve the sudden acceleration problems. Speaking before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, James Lentz repeatedly apologized for the safety defects that led to the recalls of 8.5 million Toyota vehicles, but said the fixes being made may not take care of the entire problem. Some lawmakers questioned Toyota's insistence that the problem is mechanical, caused by floor mats and pedals that stick, not electronic. Committee members also heard emotional testimony from a Tennessee woman who survived when her Lexus suddenly accelerated up to 100 miles per hour in a 2006 incident. Neither braking nor shifting into neutral stopped it until, she said, "After six miles, God intervened," and the car slowed, allowing her to pull off the road and turn off the engine. She said Toyota took a long time to respond to her complaint and was dismissive, declaring, "Shame on you, Toyota, for being so greedy." Toyota president Akio Toyoda, the grandson of the company's founder, will speak before Congress today.

CBO SAYS STIMULUS CREATED UP TO 2.1 MILLION JOBS: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said yesterday (February 23rd) that last year's economic stimulus created between one million and 2.1 million jobs by the end of 2009. The report also said the $862 billion stimulus added between 1.5 to 3.5 percent points to the growth of the economy in 2009. The CBO projected that the stimulus will have an even greater impact this year, lowering the unemployment rate by 0.7 to 1.8 percentage points and boosting gross domestic product by 1.4 to 4 percentage point. The report said the most efficient parts of the stimulus include infrastructure projects and more generous unemployment benefits, while the first-time homebuyer tax credit isn't a very efficient use of stimulus money.

CHENEY SUFFERS MILD HEART ATTACK: Doctors have discovered that former Vice President Dick Cheney suffered a mild heart attack, with lab results revealing evidence of it after he went to the hospital with chest pains on Monday (February 22nd). The heart attack is his fifth, with the first one striking when he was just 37. Aides said yesterday (February 23rd) that the 69-year-old Cheney was feeling fine, and was likely to be sent home within a day or two. Cheney had bypass surgery in 1988, and two later angioplasties to clear blocked arteries. He also had a special pacemaker implanted in 2001.

MCCHRYSTAL APOLOGIZES ON TV TO AFGHANS FOR STRIKE THAT KILLED CIVILIANS: General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, apologized on national TV in that country yesterday (February 23rd) to Afghans for the death of as least 21 civilians in an airstrike two days earlier. In a video translated into the Dari and Pashto languages, McChrystal said, "I pledge to strengthen our efforts to regain your trust to build a brighter future for all Afghans. I have instituted a thorough investigation to prevent this from happening again."

  • Meanwhile, two U.S. Marine battalions and accompanying Afghan troops pushing from the north and south into the insurgent stronghold of Marjah finally managed to link up on the 10th day of fighting. This creates a direct route across the town that allows convoys to supply ammunition and reinforcements.

WIDOW OF IRS WORKER SUES WIFE OF AUSTIN SUICIDE PILOT: The widow of Vernon Hunter, the IRS worker killed when a man who was filled with rage and anger against the tax agency crashed his single-engine plane into the IRS office in Austin last week, is suing the pilot's widow. Valerie Hunter's lawsuit is seeking to determine if Joseph Stack left behind insurance or other assets. The lawsuit also says Sheryl Stack should have warned others about her husband.

TODAY'S FYI:

WALL STREET BONUSES UP 17 PERCENT IN 2009: Wall Street bonuses increased 17 percent in 2009 to $20.3 billion, reflecting the record profits made, including by many of the investment banks that were bailed out by the federal government in the fall of 2008. In fact, the bonuses probably are lower than they would have been if not for the widespread public anger at Wall Street. Between 2005 and 2007, the bonuses averaged $31 million. Wall Street firms gave out $17.4 million in bonuses in 2008 despite having one of its worst years as the economic system was brought to the brink of collapse. Chuck Collins of the liberal Institute for Policy Studies told AP of the 2009 bonuses, "It's exposing a deep rift in American society. This isn't the rising tide lifting all boats. This is the rising tide lifting a few yachts, while other people's boats sink further underwater."

TWO STUDENTS SHOT AT COLORADO SCHOOL NEAR COLUMBINE: Two students were shot Tuesday afternoon (February 23rd) at a Littleton, Colorado, middle school that's just three miles from Columbine High School, site of the 1999 massacre in which Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 fellow students and one teacher before killing themselves. In yesterday's attack outside Deer Creek Middle School, the one male and one female students were shot by a man who asked them if they were students at the school and then opened fire with a high-powered rifle when they said yes. A teacher tackled the 32-year-old suspect as he was trying to reload, and held him until police arrived. Police said the man doesn't appear to have any connection to the school, and they don't yet have a motive. The two shooting victims are expected to survive.

NAVY TO ALLOW WOMEN TO SERVE ON SUBMARINES: Defense Secretary Robert Gates has notified Congress that the U.S. Navy will be ending a ban on women serving on board submarines. The change was recommended by the chief of naval operations and the secretary of the Navy, as well as Gates, and there was no opposition among Navy leaders. An approach under which women will be phased in is being considered, with officers -- who already have separate living quarters -- the first to include women, and then crews after, with women sharing quarters. Women began to be allowed on surface ships in 1993, but limited privacy and the cost of reconfiguring quarters had previously been cited to keep the ban on them serving on subs.

ROMNEY ENDORSES MCCAIN FOR RE-ELECTION: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney yesterday (February 23rd) endorsed John McCain, his 2008 rival for the Republican presidential nomination, for re-election to the Senate this fall. In a statement, Romney cited McCain's, quote, "record of service and sacrifice for America," and said, "It's hard to imagine the U.S. Senate without John McCain." McCain is facing a GOP primary challenge from the right from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who represented Arizona in Congress for 12 years before losing a 2006 re-election bid. Since then, he's worked as a talk radio host. Hayworth is charging that McCain has backed big government spending and betrayed conservative values with his support for immigration reform.

  • After their at-times bitter primary battle in 2008, Romney wholeheartedly backed McCain for president when he dropped out. Romney is widely expected to run for president again in 2012.
  • McCain's 2008 running mate, Sarah Palin, has also endorsed him for re-election.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

Kim in Lead After Women's Figure Skating Short Program: Heavy favorite Kim Yu-na of South Korea is in first place after the women's figure skating short program last night (February 23rd). Her score of 78.5 for her James Bond-themed routine was a personal best for her, and put her nearly five points ahead of Japan's Mao Asada in second place. In third is Canada's Joannie Rochette, who gave a moving performance just two days after her mother's sudden death. After striking her final pose as the music ended, an emotional Rochette doubled over and began to cry, letting out her grief. Americans Rachel Flatt and Mirai Nagasu finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively. The free skate that will determine the medal winners will be held Thursday (February 25th).

Bode Miller Skis Off Course in Giant Slalom: Yesterday's giant slalom was a bust for American Bode Miller, who skied off course and out of the race as he was trying to win his fourth medal of the Vancouver Olympics in his fourth race. After narrowly avoiding crashing on the upper part of the course, he tried to make up time by going faster on the bottom. But he came out of a gate and couldn't get around in time for the next one, saying later he hooked his glove. Miller's final race, the slalom, will take place Saturday.

Canadian Men's Hockey Team Crushes Germany 8-2: All of Canada can breathe a little easier again, after the men's hockey team crushed Germany 8-2 yesterday to advance to the quarterfinal. They'll be playing fellow gold medal favorite Russia today (February 24th) in their quarterfinal match up. Canada was forced into the qualification game because of a surprise 5-3 upset by the American team on Sunday.

Stunning Mistake Costs Overwhelming Favorite Speedskating Gold: The overwhelming favorite in the men's 10,000-meter speedskating event yesterday was disqualified after making a stunning, amateurish mistake by failing to switch lanes just past the midway point of the race. Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer didn't realize what he'd done, and thought he'd won when he finished about four seconds ahead of Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea. But he was quickly told what had happened by the Dutch coach, and it was Lee who celebrated an unexpected gold. In long track speedskating, the skaters switch lanes each time they go down the backstretch to even up the distance they cover. Kramer missed the switch on the 17th of 25 laps.

MEDAL COUNT: The U.S. now has 26 medals overall -- 7 gold, 9 silver and 10 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 23. Norway is third with 17. The U.S. and Germany are tied for first place in gold medals with 7 each. Norway, Canada and Switzerland are tied for second with 6 each, and South Korea is third with 5.

JAYSON WILLIAMS GETS FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE IN LIMO DRIVER'S DEATH: Former NBA star Jayson Williams was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday (February 23rd) for the accidental fatal shooting of a limo driver in 2002. He'll be eligible for parole in 18 months. Williams pled guilty last month to aggravated assault in the death of 55-year-old Costas Christofi, avoiding retrial on a reckless manslaughter charge that a jury had deadlocked on in his 2004 trial. At that same trial, he was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter, but convicted of covering up the shooting. Christofi had driven Williams and several friends back to Williams' New Jersey mansion on the night of the shooting after taking them to a local restaurant. While giving them a tour of the house, Williams showed them his gun collection. While showing off a double-barreled shotgun, the gun fired accidentally, hitting Christofi once in the chest and killing him. Witnesses testified that Williams tried to cover up his involvement by initially placing the gun in Christofi's hands and instructing those present to lie about what happened.

  • Williams paid Christofi's family more than $2 million in 2003 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


CBS
  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (repeat)
  • GARY UNMARRIED (repeat)
  • CRIMINAL MINDS (repeat)
  • CSI: NY (repeat)

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Short track, 500m; Bobsled; Lindsay Vonn in the giant slalom; speed skating; skiing

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - The top 12 male semifinalists perform.

ABC

  • MODER FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • COUGAR TOWN (repeat)
  • COUGAR TOWN (repeat)

CW

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

FX

  • NIP/TUCK - Julia visits Sean and Christian; a past great love of Matt's shows up just as he prepares to marry Ramona.

MTV

  • THE REAL WORLD - After drinking, play-fighting turns into actual fighting; Josh is forced to face his infidelity.

USA

  • PSYCH - Shawn and Gus are recruited into a think tank to help prevent the murder of a business tycoon.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Woody Harrelson
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Former Aide to John Edwards, Andrew Young and his wife Cheri
THE VIEW - Nadya Suleman, Danielle Steel

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Andy Garcia, Machael Galanes, Dana Gould
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Don Cheadle, Jeanette Walls
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Tracy Morgan
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Scott Hamilton
LOPEZ TONIGHT - (repeat)

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

GERMANY HOLDS TOPLESS TOBOGGANING COMPETITION: Over 14,000 spectators gathered in Braunlage, Germany earlier this month for a sport known as topless tobogganing. Thirty male and female competitors made their way down a 100-meter track on sledges, dressed only in skimpy underwear. Men and women of all ages competed. A 70-year-old man gained the biggest applause for stripping down to his long johns, while 26-year-old Christian Schmidt won the event. The event came about after officials in another German town tried to stop the competition. (Metro.co.uk)

CHECK IT OUT: Footage from the event! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8K63Agv2EY

MAN PROPOSES IN SNOW CASTLE: A man from Ohio wanted to create a memorable setting for his marriage proposal. So Ryan Knotek created a one room, one-story snow castle for his girlfriend Christi Lombardo. Knotek said that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend in a way that would give her a unique story to tell. He placed candles, rose petals and wine inside the castle. Knotek even included a portable heater in order to keep warm. Lombardo said 'yes'. (AP)


PUPPET CLEAVAGE REJECTED: A poster for a tour of Broadway's Avenue Q has been ruled out for advertising in Colorado Springs. Lamar Advertising rejected the ad because it shows the cleavage of a fuzzy pink puppet. Jeff Moore, a Lamar executive, said that the company takes on a conservative approach in Colorado Springs. The city is known for its political conservatism and has many conservative Christian groups. The poster has been replaced with a picture of the face of another puppet. Avenue Q is an award-winning musical about New Yorkers -- puppets and humans -- in their twenties, who are trying to find love. (AP)


LOVE HANDLES SAVE A WOMAN'S LIFE: A woman from Florida said that she was saved by her love handles when she was shot entering a bar in Atlantic City, N.J. Samantha Lynn Frazier, 35, was an innocent bystander when she was shot walking into Herman's Place early Saturday. According to police, Frazier felt pain after hearing two shots being fired. She then grabbed her side and saw the blood on her hand. Detective Lt. Charles Love said the shots were meant for a man who escaped with a bullet hole in his jacket. Frazier had told The Press of Atlantic City that she wanted to lose weight, but now she said ''I want to be as big as I can if it's going to stop a bullet.'' (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

WOMEN LIKE GETTING KISSED ON THE NECK: DUH? I knew that! :-) Jessi

Ninety-six percent of females enjoy it when their partner kisses their neck. William Cane, author of the book "The Art of Kissing," surveyed over 100,000 people throughout the world about various kissing techniques and preferences. The high percentage of females who want their partner to focus on their neck during a make-out session is especially surprising because only 10 percent of guys cite the neck as an area that needs lip attention. (Asylum.com)


HAPPINESS PEAKS AT AGE 74: Scientists say that life is "all downhill" till 40 -- and we're happiest at 74. The Daily Mail reported that a combination of fewer responsibilities and financial worries and having more time to yourself produces a contentment unknown earlier in life. The study found that people in their fifties and sixties became more upbeat, with satisfaction peaking at a rating of 5.9 out of seven at around 74 The researchers have found that happiness starts to dip in the teenage years and continues on a downward spiral until the age of 40. It then levels off until about 46, before rising to a peak more than 30 years later.


BAKERY OFFERS MANLY CUPCAKES: New York's Butch Bakery is offering "manly" cupcakes in response to the girly selection found in most stores. Some varieties include Rum & Coke (rum-soaked Madagascar vanilla cake with cola Bavarian cream filling), Beer Run (chocolate beer cake with beer-infused buttercream, topped with crushed pretzels) and The Old-Fashioned (orange-soaked whiskey cake with lemon curd filling). Each is topped with a streamlined chocolate disc patterned in either plaid, houndstooth, camouflage or driftwood. Check out the bakery: http://www.butchbakery.com/about.php


WOMEN ARE SMARTER THAN MEN: A five-month global contest to determine whether men or women were smarter has been decided -- with the women coming out on top. Trivial Pursuit set up the global challenge, in nine languages, and after more than 15,121,731 questions asked -- women were deemed the smarter sex. They answered 4,088,139 correct, compared to 4,077,596 by the men.


JOB LOSS SHORTENS LIVES: Losing a job can take years off your life: According to research carried out by Columbia University economist Till Von Wachter, mortality rates among men (Wachter studied men in their 40s and 50s) go up every year in the aftermath of being laid off or losing one's job, and the effect is even more pronounced on younger guys; notably, men who are laid off in their 30s tend to have a shorter lifespan Compared with men who became unemployed at a later age, and compared with men who were never unemployed.


HOURGLASS FIGURES AFFECT MENS' BRAINS LIKE A DRUG: Watching a curvaceous woman can feel like a reward in the brain of men, much as drinking alcohol or taking drugs might, research now reveals. LiveScience.com reported on research that had 14 men, average age 25, rate how attractive they found pictures of the naked derrieres of seven women before and after cosmetic surgery that gave them more shapely hips. These operations did not reduce weight but just redistributed it, by implanting fat harvested from the waists into the buttocks. Brain scans of the men revealed that seeing post-surgery women activated parts of the brain linked with rewards, including regions associated with responses to drugs and alcohol.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Michael Bolton once toured with what famous heavy metal singer?

A: Ozzy Osbourne

  • According to Wikipedia, Bolton's hard rock band, Blackjack, once toured with heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne.

ESPN's Kornheiser Suspended for Cracks About Hannah Storm's Clothes

ESPN has suspended Pardon the Interruption host Tony Kornheiser for two weeks over cracks he made on his Washington, D.C., radio show last week about SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm's clothes. Kornheiser had said on his show about Storm's outfit on that morning's edition of SportsCenter: "Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She's got on red go-go boots and a Catholic school plaid skirt. Way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now. And she's got on her typically very, very tight shirt. So she looks like she's got sausage casing wrapping around her upper body. . . . [She's] what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point." Kornheiser announced the suspension on his radio show yesterday (February 23rd), calling his remarks intemperate and stupid and saying he'd called Storm to apologize to her personally.

Should 911 Calls Be Made Public?

Lawmakers in Alabama, Ohio and Wisconsin are deciding whether to join the four states that already ban the public release of 911 calls, concerned about people listening to the often-wrenching things heard on these calls for sensationalistic reasons. In most states, 911 calls are considered public records, and news organizations make case-by-case decisions about whether to air them, weighing news value and issues of taste and sensitivity. But sometimes bad judgment calls are made. AP cited two examples of calls that probably shouldn't have been aired: a North Carolina woman screaming "Oh God!" over and over again after finding her daughter beaten to death in the driveway; and an Alabama boy calling for help while his grandmother was being mauled by a dog. Media and open government advocates, however, say the calls should remain public available, because they have been used to reveal wrongly handled calls.

Deal Struck to Bring a Casino to Philadelphia

Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts announced plans yesterday (February 23rd) to partner with the Native American tribe that runs Connecticut's Foxwoods casino to develop a new casino on the Philadelphia waterfront. The company has entered into a letter of intent with an investor group made up of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and local Pennsylvania investors. However, the deal is subject to meeting certain conditions, including getting the approval of the Pennsylvania Gaming Board.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night tour wrapped up this weekend's west coast run with four sold out shows in Fresno, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Reno. A few famous faces were in the crowd at Brad's Los Angeles show, including William Shatner, the Jonas Brothers, Patrick Warburton, Mary O'Donnell, Zach Quinto, Sheryl Crowe, Danny McBride, and members of REO Speedwagon.

Brad got the pranks started during the Fresno show, where Justin Moore was at the receiving end of the hijinx. One of Brad's crew guys came on stage during Justin's set wearing nothing but a big diaper, in recognition of Justin's new baby girl, Ella Kole, who was born last week. In retaliation, Justin decided to wear that same diaper on stage during Brad's encore song, "Alcohol." Justin did keep his clothes on under the diaper, though.

  • The American Saturday Night tour will take a break this week and then wrap up the weekend of March 4th with shows in Greenville, South Carolina, Knoxville, Tennessee and Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Brad will be the musical guest for Jay Leno's first show back as host of The Tonight Show on March 1st. The night's other guests will be Jamie Foxx and Olympic Gold medal Skier Lindsey Vonn. The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Taylor Swift is accused of showing some diva-like behavior during her recent trip Down Under. Australia's The Daily Telegraph reports that she "flipped out and ranted and raved" at Brisbane teppanyaki restaurant, where chefs cook at the table and diners participate in the process. The chef reportedly asked Taylor if she was ready to catch the egg. She said yes, but missed it and it got on her clothes. A source told the newspaper, "After being calmed down the chef asked her if she was ready for some rice, again she said yes, but once she caught it she threw it back at the chef.''

If this doesn't sound like something Taylor would do, it's because it "didn't happen," the superstar's publicist tells us.

  • Taylor has returned from her overseas trip and will kick off the North American leg of her Fearless tour on March 4th in Tampa.
  • The trek will feature special guests Kellie Pickler and Gloriana.
Reba McEntire and her husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, are celebrating the 20th birthday of their son, Shelby, today (Tuesday, February 23rd). Shelby is the couple's only child together, and although he's an adult, Reba tells us they can't help but continue to worry about his future. "Shelby has brought us lots of years of joy, lots of years of laughter, funny -- he's a funny guy -- and it's just a very curious thing, and I know all parents do this. You just sit back and wonder, 'What's he gonna be like in five years? Where are they gonna be?' He's in college now. You don't know from day to day, 'Is that gonna last?' 'Where are they gonna be next week?' and 'Are they goin' to class' and all kinda things."

Reba says she still takes her role as parent very seriously, but it's definitely a balancing act these days."It's one of those things where you've got to stand firm on what you tell 'em to do, but also kind of stand back and see how they react and be patient, which is very hard for us to do."

  • Reba's tour with George Strait and special guest Lee Ann Womack plays in Atlanta on Thursday (February 25th) and Orlando on Friday (February 26th).
  • Next Tuesday (March 2nd), Reba will be in New York City with Blake Shelton to announce the nominees for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards live on the CBS Early Show.
  • Reba recently confirmed that she will appear at this year's CMA Music Festival, taking place in downtown Nashville from June 10-13.

Alan Jackson will kick off his new Freight Train tour on April 8th in Estero, Florida. The two-month run will play in 15 cities before wrapping up on May 23rd in Lexington, Kentucky. The trek will feature special guests Josh Turner and Chris Young. Tickets are already on sale in select markets.
  • Alan's new CD, Freight Train, will be released on March 30th. It includes eight original songs written by Alan, as well as the album's first single, "It's Just That Way," and a duet with Lee Ann Womack on the Vern Gosdin classic, "Till the End."
  • Alan will launch the album with March 30th appearances on Today and the Late Show with David Letterman. He'll also visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April l4th followed by his first appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 15th.
  • The complete list of Freight Train dates are as follows:
  • April 8 - Estero, FL
    April 9 - Orlando, FL
    April 10 - Alpharetta, GA
    April 11 - Greenville, SC

    April 29 - Champaign, IL
    April 30 - Moline, IL

    May 2 - Fort Wayne, IN

    May 13 - Manchester, NH
    May 14 - Uncasville, CT
    May 15 - Rochester, NY

    May 16 - Wilkes-Barre, PA

    May 21 - University Park, PA
    May 22 - Charleston, WV
    May 23 - Lexington, KY

FAST FACTS

  • Alan's career has spanned 20 years, netting album sales of 50 million-plus.
  • His most recent CD, Good Time, became the fourth album of his career to debut simultaneously at Number One on Billboard's Top Country Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 sales charts.
  • Good Time also charted three Number One hits.
Even Garth Brooks was stunned by the audience's reaction after his show at the Encore Theater in Las Vegas on February 12th. After two hours of performing, the lights came up, the show was over and Garth went backstage to have dinner. About 15 minutes later, a stagehand told Garth that the audience was still there, standing like they were when he left the stage. After seeing it with his own eyes, Garth grabbed his guitar and returned to the stage for another 45-minute set. He later said, "I've never seen anything like it in my career."

Garth's next batch of dates at the Encore Theater are March 26, 27, 28; April 9, 10, 11; June 25, 26, 27; July 16, 17, 18; and August 6, 7, 8.

  • Tickets go on sale on Saturday (February 27th) at 8 a.m. PT. Tickets may be booked by calling 702-770-1000 or online at wynnlasvegas.com/boxoffice.
  • Tickets are $125 plus service charge and tax ($143 total).

FAST FACTS

  • So far, all Garth's shows in Las Vegas have sold out in minutes.
  • He is scheduled to appear at the Encore Theater several weekends a year for the next five years.
  • Garth has no plans to record or tour new music during the next five years.

The final issue of the Trace Adkins-inspired Luke McBain comic book mini-series will be released on Wednesday (February 24th). The four-part series about a southern renegade hero was based on Trace's likeness and personality. The series has been a hit, much to Trace's surprise, as he tells us: ["I didn't have any idea how it was gonna come out. I didn't know. . . I really didn't have any preconceived notions about that. I had this meeting with these comic book dudes, and I kind of forgot about it, to tell you the truth, and then a few months later I got a comic book in the mail, and I said, 'This is what they were talkin' about? This is pretty cool!' I was taken by surprise, to be honest with you."] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . honest with you.)
  • The first issue of Luke McBain was released in November and sold out at the distributor level after just 48 hours on the stands.
  • All issues of Luke McBain are available online at traceadkins.com and 12gaugecomics.com, as well as at comic book retailers nationwide.
  • Trace is currently co-headlining the Shine All Night tour with Martina McBride through April.
  • He is currently recording a new album, his first for the Show Dog/Universal label which is co-headed by Toby Keith.
Darius Rucker will lend his time and talent to the Musicians On Call (MOC) organization on Wednesday (February 24th). MOC is dedicated to bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, so Darius will do just that when he visits the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's VA Hospital. He will also host an intimate performance on March 3rd at Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe to kick off the restaurant chain's month-long March On Stage campaign benefiting MOC. The benfit will also feature special guest Jypsi. Tickets for the event can be purchased at TicketAlternative.com.
  • Darius said, "I think the Musicians On Call initiative is important because it's one-on-one contact with patients whose health and recovery can directly be affected by one person's time and attention. Hospitals like the VA are so incredible for recognizing this benefit and incorporating it into their treatment to break up the monotony and improve each patient's quality of life."
  • Darius is working on a new CD, the follow-up to his platinum-selling 2008 release, Learn To Live.
  • The new album is scheduled for release later this year.
  • Darius also continues on Rascal Flatts' American Living Unstoppable tour, which plays in Sioux City, Iowa on Thursday (February 25th).

SIDE NOTE

  • Darius says he will tour and record with Hootie & The Blowfish again in the future.
Josh Thompson releases his debut album, Way Out Here, today (Tuesday, February 23rd). The singer will celebrate the release by playing a club event followed by a CD signing at The Cabooze in Minneapolis. Last night (Monday, February 22nd), Josh was in his hometown of Milwaukee where he performed at a local club and signed CDs.
  • Way Out Here features Josh's Top 20 single, "Beer On The Table," as well as nine other songs that he wrote or co-wrote.
  • Josh is currently on the road as part of the Jagermeister Country tour with headliner Eric Church.
  • He will be in Nashville this week for Country Radio Seminar. Josh will be performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage on Friday (February 26th) night before heading up to Bowling Green, Kentucky for another club show later that evening.
  • "Beer On The Table" was a recent Top 20 hit on the country charts.

FAST FACTS

  • Josh co-wrote the title track of Jason Michael Carroll's current CD, "Growing Up Is Getting Old."
  • Way Out Here was produced by Michael Knox, who also produced all of Jason Aldean's albums.

Josh Turner's hit single "Why Don't We Just Dance" continues its reign over the Number One spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the third consecutive week. The song is the first three-week chart-topper of Josh's career. He said, "I am on cloud nine right now. You can't get any higher than #1 and to stay there for three weeks is just incredible. I am really happy that people love this song."

Kenny Chesney is offering a free iPod Touch and iPhone application featuring tour dates, photos, videos and streaming of his NoShoesRadio.com. To download the application, log onto iTunes.com.

Arkansas native Buddy Jewell will provide the post-parade entertainment at the First Ever Seventh Annual World's Longest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs on March 17th.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What legendary entertainer helped Alan Jackson get his music career started in Nashville?
A. Glen Campbell

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!



ON THE STREETS/GAC 1:30PM, 9:00PM (ET)
Sarah Buxton

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Sugarland

PREMIERE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Sarah Buxton

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Steve Holy (38)

  • Peter Fonda (actor, Easy Rider, Race With The Devil, Escape From L.A., Ghost Rider; son of Henry Fonda; brother of Jane Fonda; father of Bridget Fonda) (71)
  • Patricia Richardson (actress, played Jill Taylor on ABC's Home Improvement) (59)
  • Dakota Fanning (actress, The Cat In The Hat, Man On Fire, Hide And Seek, War Of The Worlds) (16)
  • Brad Whitford (guitarist, Aerosmith) (58)
  • Howard Jones ('80s synth-pop star, "No One Is To Blame," "Things Can Only Get Better," "What Is Love?"; toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) (55)
  • Kristin Davis (actress, Sex And The City) (45)
  • Johnny Winter (rock musician) (66)
  • Kelly Macdonald (actress, Trainspotting, No Country For Old Men) (34)
  • Emily Blunt (actress, The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, The Wolfman) (27)
  • Steve Priest (bassist, Sweet) (62, disputed)
  • Terry "Tex" Comer (bassist, Ace) (61)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Brad Paisley was the celebrity monarch for the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans in 2004.
  • LeAnn Rimes married actor Dean Sheremet in 2002 at the age of 19. The couple will be officially divorced on June 19, 2010.
  • Vince Gill won his 14th Grammy, tying him with Chet Atkins for most Grammys won by a Nashville artist, in 2000.
  • Reba McEntire gave birth to son Shelby Stephen Blackstock at Nashville's West Side Hospital in 1990.
  • Mel McDaniel charted his only Number One single in Billboard with "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" in 1985.
  • Kenny Rogers won his first Grammy for "Lucille" in 1978.
  • Johnny Cash earned a Number One country single in Billboard magazine with "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" in 1959.
  • Porter Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957.
  • Minnie Pearl (Sarah Colley) married Henry Cannon in 1947.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

PADMA LAKSHMI GIVES BIRTH: Padma Lakshmi gave birth to a daughter on Saturday (February 20th) in New York City. A source told Usmagazine.com that the Top Chef host named the baby girl Krishna, although the identity of her father has never been announced. Insiders, however, speculate him to be Adam Dell, the younger brother of computer maker Michael Dell. Lakshmi considered her pregnancy a "medical miracle" as she's struggled with endometriosis, a painful uterine condition that can lead to infertility.

PHOTOGRAPHER SAYS SEAN PENN KICK REQUIRED SURGERY: The photographer who Sean Penn kicked last October says that he needed surgery on his knee to repair the damage caused by the actor. Penn was charged with misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor vandalism last week in relation to the incident. If convicted on both counts, Penn could go to jail for 1 1/2 years.

BRANGELINA JETS TO PARIS: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their children flew to Paris on Monday (February 22nd), as Jolie continues working on her film, The Tourist. People magazine reported that Jolie will spend several days there filming the movie's initial scenes, including a location shoot at one of the city's Belle Epoque landmarks. The family will reportedly head back to Italy shortly, where Jolie will film the bulk of the movie with Johnny Depp.

LORENZO LAMAS ENGAGED: Lorenzo Lamas is about to take a fifth wife. Usmagazine.com reports that the 52-year-old proposed to his 23-year-old girlfriend Shawna Craig at Mr. Chow's restaurant in Beverly Hills over the weekend. The pair has been dating for about three months.

MATT LEBLANC IS AN OLD FRIEND: Matt LeBlanc -- better known as Joey from Friends -- is getting old! The 42-year-old actor was recently photographed sporting a full head of white-gray hair. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/ybupf4v

CAMERON DOUGLAS'S GIRLFRIEND PLEADS GUILTY: Cameron Douglas's girlfriend pled guilty to a drug charge in court on Monday (February 22nd). TMZ.com reports that Kelly Sott pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing methamphetamine. She made headlines late last year after allegedly trying to sneak heroin to Michael Douglas's son in an electronic toothbrush.

CAROLINE MCWILLIAMS DIES: Actress Caroline McWilliams died last week after suffering complications from multiple myeloma. The 64-year-old was known for her roles on Benson, Soap, Beverly Hills 90210, and the film Mermaids.

BROOKE MUELLER SWITCHES REHAB FACILITIES AFTER SUPPOSED PRIVACY BREACH

Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller switched rehab facilities late Sunday (February 21st) night, reportedly because of a "serious privacy breach." TMZ.com reports that Mueller left the facility after someone from the staff sent a patient document to various members of the media, which detailed the circumstances surrounding Brooke's admission. A source close to Mueller simply cited "privacy" as the reason she left the Canyon treatment center in Malibu.

The insider said, "Brooke has recently moved to a new rehab facility in the Los Angeles area. She wants privacy and to be away from cameras that were bothering her at the other place. She is doing well and can come and go and play with the kids in the park if she stays in Los Angeles. She wants to keep it together for her twins."

  • Meanwhile, the couple's twin boys received a visit from L.A.'s Department of Children and Family Services also on Sunday, which Sheen's rep called "routine and procedural."
  • A friend of Charlie's told People, "Charlie's been at home, being a full-time dad. The boys are doing great."

JAY LENO'S FIRST 'TONIGHT SHOW' GUESTS ANNOUNCED

Jamie Foxx, Lindsey Vonn and Brad Paisley will be on hand March 1st as Jay Leno returns to the Tonight Show. The embattled talk show host has lined up a star-studded first week back on the job, which also features appearances by the likes of the Jersey Shore cast and Sarah Palin.

Here's a run-down of Jay's guests during his first two weeks back:

March 1: Jamie Foxx, Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn, Brad Paisley
March 2: Sarah Palin, Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White
March 3: Jaywalk All-Stars with cast of Jersey Shore, Chelsea Handler, Olympic gold medal speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, Avril Lavigne
March 4: Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman
March 5: Morgan Freeman, Meredith Vieira
March 8: Simon Cowell
March 9: Christoph Waltz, animal expert Dave Salmoni, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
March 10: Kristen Stewart, Guy Fieri
March 11: Dana Carvey, Kim Kardashian, Colbie Caillat
March 12: Dakota Fanning, Judd Apatow

TIGER WOODS CHECKS INTO ARIZONA REHAB CENTER:

After Tiger Woods' public statement on Friday in Florida, the disgraced golfer noted that he would be returning immediately to rehab. The New York Daily News reports that instead of returning to the Pine Grove facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he underwent 11 weeks of treatment, Woods will check into a treatment center in Scottsdale, Arizona, to continue sex addiction therapy. It is not clear how long wife Elin will stay in Arizona with him.

TIGER'S ADMISSION PLACES NEW FOCUS ON BUDDHISM: During Woods' speech, he mentioned that he was going to rededicate himself to his Buddhist faith. "Buddhism teaches that a craving of things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security," he said. "It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint." Janet Gyatso, a professor of Buddhist studies at Harvard University, told CNN, "Craving causes unhappiness. That's a fundamental Buddhist idea." Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, in the U.S. last week, admitted that he had never heard of Woods, but told People.com, "Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important," he said. "Self-discipline with awareness of consequences."

LINDSAY LOHAN SAYS SHE'S 'SAVED'; BLAMES PAST COCAINE USE ON HER DAD

Lindsay Lohan is opening up about her past drug abuse, but claims she's now in a place "where I don't need to use anything and I can feel emotions because I choose to." The 23-year-old blames her father for pushing her deep into substance abuse and detailed some of her darkest moments to London's The Sun.

  • Lohan told the paper, "When my father was going public, that's when I hit rock bottom. I abused substances too much and it wasn't the answer to my problems. People need to know that. Mind-altering substances are so dangerous. If I can teach others, especially teens, by sharing my experiences, then that's what I will continue to do. I've made some dreadful mistakes but learned from them - that has probably saved my life."

LINDSAY DETAILS, MAKES EXCUSES FOR DRUG ABUSE

She talked about her struggles, saying, "I went to rehab three times. The first time I checked myself in because I had taken Ambien. It's a sleeping aid but it makes you hallucinate. I'd run a bath and fallen asleep on the floor and the bath had overflowed. When I woke up I was so scared, I called my therapist and said, 'Can I just go somewhere for a month? I'm around bad people and I need to take care of myself'. I was terrified, so I put myself in."

Lohan insists that she was honest about the circumstances of her May 2007 cocaine arrest. She said, "It was in a purse and I was with friends. I wasn't trying to lie to police. I was only aware of cocaine because of my dad. I was terrified of it. But I tried it because I was stubborn, stupid, and wanted to see what it was like. It's not something I ever want to do again. It made me feel like s***. It became uninteresting to me. I'm hyper anyway and I have that kind of personality so I don't need something like that."

  • Lindsay also downplayed her DUI arrest. She said, "I wasn't driving like a maniac. There were paparazzi and their flashes were going off into the window. I tried to turn, then I sped up because they sped up. That's when I hit the tree. I just thank God everyone was OK. But it was scary. I had three drinks, at most. I've been stupid and childish and I wasn't thinking."
  • She also claims her controversial behavior was normal. Lohan defended her partying, explaining, "The thing is, at the times I was going out a lot and being seen everywhere, I would have been in college. My brother, who is 18, and his friends go out to bars and stuff till whatever time. That's what you do in college. Mine was all in the public eye so it was magnified that much more. I've now learned my boundaries and I've been very good with cleaning house with people who I know didn't have my best intentions at heart. A lot of people in LA are very self destructive."

ABBIE CORNISH AND RYAN PHILLIPPE SPLIT

Abbie Cornish and Ryan Phillippe are through after nearly four years of dating. A rep for the actress told People magazine, "Abbie ended the relationship with Ryan and she moved out of their home."

However, Phillippe's rep claims that he ended things, maintaining, "Ryan ended the relationship and asked her to move out of his house." On Sunday (February 21st), Cornish was spotted moving her belongs from the Los Angeles home they had been sharing.

The split comes on the heels of tabloid speculation that Ryan had been unfaithful and did not share Abbie's desire for marriage. When asked about the rumors, Cornish's rep replied, "No comment."

  • The couple met in 2006 on the set of their film, Stop-Loss. The media widely reported that their relationship was a catalyst for Phillippe's divorce from Reese Witherspoon.

BRET MICHAELS HINTS HE GETS FIRED EARLY ON 'CELEBRITY APPRENTICE'

Bret Michaels hinted that he'll be one of the first to hear Donald Trump's signature phrase when Celebrity Apprentice kicks off next month. When asked how it was possible that he doesn't know who wins the series, Michaels told us, ["Well if you're not there you don't know. Let me just say this, if you want to see me on the show, tune in early."] SOUNDCUE (:07 OC: . . . tune in early)

He added that doing the show came with many challenges -- not the least of which was finding bandanas to match the show's professional attire. He admitted, "To find a tux, and a tux bandana, I mean, that's a hard gig."

  • Celebrity Apprentice premieres on NBC on March 14th.

SUSAN BOYLE REPORTEDLY IS DESPERATE FOR LOVE

Susan Boyle's dream of singing stardom has come true, but she's reportedly still wishing for love. The signer's brother Gerry supposedly told Britain's The People newspaper that his 48-year-old sister is desperate for a boyfriend.

He's quoted as having said, "It's just all so sad, so sad. Susan has the world at her feet in terms of fame and money but at this precise moment in time it means nothing. Absolutely nothing. The one thing she wants above all everything else is love. Who doesn't? Her biggest wish is to find someone who she can share her success with and support her through the difficult times. Of course her family will always be there for her but it is not the same as having someone special in your life."

  • Gerry continued, "Susan knows she can jet anywhere in the world first-class, eat in the best restaurants and stay in the top hotels but that means nothing to her if she doesn't have anyone to share those moments with. If I'm honest things aren't great for Susan at the moment on a personal level."

OLYMPICS GOLD MEDALISTS EVAN LYSACEK AND NASTIA LIUKIN ARE DATING

Olympic gold medalists Evan Lysacek and Nastia Liukin are an item. 24-year-old Lysacek, who became the first American man to win figure skating gold in 22 years, revealed that he's been dating Beijing's star gymnast since last summer.

Evan told People magazine that he met 20-year-old Nastia at 2008's NBC special Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular and, "We became good friends and have become really close since then."

Liukin said that watching her beau take the gold medal was "amazing." She explained, "Even though we're not in the same sport, we got to connect at the same level because there's nothing like the Olympics. It was nice to be on other side of things and be the support system, but I was nervous."

  • Evan credited Liukin for helping him alleviate the mental pressure of the games, saying, "She has been through it herself. If I'm having a bad day, she tells me to have faith and to keep going. Sometimes your support system has more faith in you than yourself. And when she tells me things are going to be fine, I really believe it."
  • Despite their matching medals, the duo swears that they're just like everyone else. When they're together in L.A., says Liukin, "We hang out, go to dinner and movies, and lay low. We have similar personalities -- we're both laid back."

HEADLINE NEWS!!

SCOTT BROWN HELPS JOBS BILL CLEAR GOP FILIBUSTER: Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts joined four of his GOP colleagues yesterday (February 22nd) in voting with Democrats to clear a Republican filibuster of a jobs bill. The 62-30 vote advances the measure to a final vote Wednesday, and gives President Obama and congressional Democrats a much-needed win. At the same time the measure, which includes provisions rewarding businesses for hiring, is expected to only have a modest effect on unemployment. Brown, the upset winner of a special election last month for the late Ted Kennedy's seat, said after the vote, "I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts." Afterwards, Obama thanked the Senate for working together, and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada was clearly pleased to have gotten five GOP votes. The other Republicans voting to break the filibuster were: Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine; Kit Bond of Missouri and George Voinovich of Ohio. Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska broke ranks and voted with the Republicans.

TERRORISM SUSPECT ZAZI PLEADS GUILTY IN NYC BOMB PLOT: A terrorism suspect accused of planning to launch attacks in New York City around the 9/11 anniversary last September pled guilty Monday (February 22nd) to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiring to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support for a terrorist organization. Twenty-five-year-old Najibullah Zazi faces life in jail without parole when he's sentenced in June. He's apparently cooperating as part of a plea deal that may be to get concessions for his father, who's charged with lying to federal investigators. AP also cited a source as saying Zazi decided to cooperate after being warned his mother could face criminal immigration charges. Zazi said he went to Pakistan in 2008 to join the Taliban and fight against the U.S. in his native Afghanistan, but was recruited by al-Qaida to carry out an attack in New York and received weapons and explosives training. He said he built homemade bombs with beauty supplies he bought in the Denver suburbs, where he was living, and drove them to New York over the weekend of the 9/11 anniversary, where he planned to detonate them in the subways. But he was stopped for a traffic violation on the George Washington Bridge, and suspicious officers kept a close watch on his movements. Several Queens apartments, including a friends home, were raided days later, and when Zazi realized the authorities were on to him, he threw away the bomb materials.

AFGHAN FIGHT IN MARJAH FACING STRONGER RESISTANCE THAN EXPECTED: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen said yesterday (February 22nd) that U.S.-led forces were making steady progress in their effort to take the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in Afghanistan. But he said they were facing stronger resistance than expected when they launched the operation 10 days earlier, and it would take longer than had been hoped. Mullen also expressed regret for a NATO airstrike that killed at least 21 Afghan civilians. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that recent arrests of high-level Taliban fighters by Pakistan was, quote, "real progress" by the Pakistan government, and a sign of its commitment to stabilizing its border with Afghanistan.

CHENEY HOSPITALIZED WITH CHEST PAINS: Former vice president Dick Cheney was hospitalized Monday (February 22nd) after experiencing chest pains and was said late last night to be resting comfortably at George Washington University Hospital. The 69-year-old Cheney has a history of heart problems, including four heart attacks. With an immediate heart attack ruled out, doctors are evaluating Cheney to discover the cause of the pain. A blockage could be to blame -- such as the one former President Bill Clinton had a couple of weeks ago. Cheney has had bypass surgery and two angioplasties, as well as having a special pacemaker implanted in his chest in 2001. In 2008, doctors restored a normal rhythm to his heart with an electric shock.

TODAY'S FYI:

SURVEY: CUT BACK IN MAMMOGRAMS AFTER CONTROVERSIAL GUIDELINES: The fear that controversial new breast cancer screening guidelines upping the recommended age to begin mammograms from 40 to 50 would lead to a reduction in screenings for uninsured women seems to be being realized. A survey out Monday (February 22nd) of breast cancer health educators and providers in 48 states and Washington, D.C., by the Avon Foundation for Women found that one-quarter of the states have either cut back or eliminated mammography and other early detection services, including cervical cancer screening, for women under 50. The programs funded by both federal and state money offer poor and uninsured women access to breast and cervical cancer screening. The November report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued their conclusions in November, leading to an outcry from doctors and advocacy groups that it would lead to more women dying from breast cancer. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at the time that the Task Force didn't set federal policy and its findings wouldn't affect the services the government pays for.

TIGER WOODS' APOLOGY RATED SECOND AMONG CELEB MEA CULPAS: A national media study gauging viewer reaction to celebrity apologizes found that the one offered by Tiger Woods last Friday (February 19th) was rated second among celebrity mea culpas in 2009 and 2010. In the study from HCD Research, just under 1,100 people rated their perceived sincerity of a celebrity before and after watching their apology. Positive scores meant an increase in perceived sincerity, with the higher the score the better, while a negative score indicated a reduction in perceived sincerity. Here's how they did:

  • Chris Brown's apology for assaulting Rihanna -- (17.2)
  • Tiger Woods' apology for his multiple affairs -- (7.9)
  • David Letterman's sex scandal confession -- (4.3)
  • South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's apology for his affair -- (3.2)
  • David Letterman's apology for joke about Sarah Palin's daughter -- (-2.3)
  • Jaimee Grubbs' apology to Tiger Woods' wife -- (-5.9)
  • John Mayer's apology for Playboy interview -- (-13.6)

When asked specifically if they thought Tiger's apology was sincere, 58 percent of men and 61 percent of women said yes.

MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE MAY BE SCALED BACK: The New York City Police Department could be playing the Grinch this year, with word that all city parade organizers, including those for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, must shorten their routes by 25 percent, and keep their parades under five hours. The NYPD is looking to reduce costs associated with planned events in an effort to avoid cuts in necessary services due to budget cutbacks. The changes that go into effect in April are expected to save the NYPD $3.1 million. It wasn't immediately clear how the city's many parades will be affected, but Macy's said it was working with police to figure out how the new rules will affect the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

RARE SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK SELLS FOR $1 MILLION: A rare copy of the first Superman comic book that dates back to 1938 was sold Monday (February 22nd) for $1 million, more than doubling the previous record for a comic book. Considered the Holy Grail of comic books, there are only about 100 copies of Action Comics No. 1 -- which features Superman lifting a care on the cover -- believed to be in existence. Of those, only a handful are rated in as good condition as the one sold yesterday. And rarer still is it for one of those few to be put up for sale. Both the seller and buyer involved in the transaction on the auction site ComicConnect.com were private buyers who didn't release their names. But ComicConnect.com site co-owner Stephen Fishler said the seller was a well-known individual in New York with a pedigree comic collection -- we're guessing well-known Superman freak Jerry Seinfeld.

43-INCH GREAT DANE NAMED WORLD'S TALLEST DOG: A Great Dane from Arizona that stands 3 feet, 7 inches tall was named the world's Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever yesterday (February 22nd) by Guinness World Records. Four-year-old Giant George measures 43 inches from paw to shoulder, and weighs a hefty 245 pounds. Owner Dave Nasser says the large gray pooch eats about 110 pounds of food each month, and has his own queen-sized bed in his Tucson home. But although he's just a dog, Giant George is a true 21st-century celebrity, with his own website at giantgeorge.com and pages on Facebook and Twitter.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

Canada Wins Ice Dancing Gold, U.S. Pair Takes Silver: Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold medal in ice dancing last night (February 22nd), becoming the first-ever North American pair to win the event that the Russians have long dominated. U.S. champions Meryl David and Charlie White won silver, while Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, the reigning world champions, had to settle for bronze.

U.S. Women's Hockey Team Beat Sweden 9-1 in Semifinal: The U.S. women's hockey team will play Canada Thursday (February 25th) for the gold medal after beating Sweden 9-1 in their semifinal game yesterday (February 22nd). The win over the Swedes had a bit of sweet revenge to it, since Sweden eliminated the U.S. in the semi-finals at the 2006 Turin Games, in what was the biggest upset ever in women's Olympic ice hockey. Canada advanced yesterday to the final by beating Finland 5-0.

Brodeur Won't Play for Team Canada Tuesday: After the Canadian men's hockey team's devastating loss to the U.S. on Sunday, coach Mike Babcock has decided that goalie Martin Brodeur will not play in tonight's (February 23rd) game against Germany that Canada needs to win to reach the quarterfinals. Robert Luongo will instead be minding the net for Canada. Brodeur led Canada to gold in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and has the most wins and shuotouts ever in the NHL, but he struggled in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the U.S.

Canadian Figure Skater to Compete Despite Mother's Sudden Death: When the women's figure skating competition gets underway tonight (February 23rd) with the short program, Canadian Joannie Rochette will be competing, despite the sudden death of her mother Sunday (February 21st) from a massive heart attack just hours after arriving in Vancouver. The 24-year-old Rochette has told Skate Canada she wants to go forward, and was out on the ice practicing Monday as her father wiped away tears while he watched from the stands. Rochette has won six Canadian championships and finished fifth at the 2006 Turin Games.

MEDAL COUNT: The U.S. now has 25 medals overall -- 7 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 21. Norway is third with 14. The U.S. and Germany are tied for first place in gold medals with 7 each. Norway is second with 6, and Canada and Switzerland are tied for third with 5 each.

CHARGERS RELEASE TOMLINSON: The San Diego Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson yesterday (February 22nd), ending nine years with the team during which he became one of the NFL's greatest running backs. Team president Dean Spanos said in a statement, "This is a part of the business that I hate, and it's particularly hard when you're dealing with someone I consider a friend. Change involving great players is never easy. I respect L.T. as much or more than any player I've ever known. And no one appreciates his contributions to this organization more than I do. That is why this is such a difficult announcement for me to make." Tomlinson, the NFL's MVP in 2006, ranks eighth on the all-time rushing list with 12,490 yards. His 138 career rushing touchdowns rank second, and his 153 total touchdowns rank third.

IVERSON TAKES INDEFINITE LEAVE: The Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson has taken an indefinite leave to spend time with his ill four-year-old daughter. Iverson hasn't said what his daughter is suffering from, but team president Ed Stafanski said it was a, quote, "very serious issue." Iverson missed five games and the All-Star Game to be with his family when the health problem arose earlier this month.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010


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

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Women's Figure Skating (for other times please see Olympic Schedule)

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - The Top 12 female semifinalists perform.

ABC

  • LOST (repeat)
  • LOST - Hurley tries to persuade Jack to go with him on a mysterious mission; Jin has an encounter with an old friend.
  • THE FORGOTTEN - The team investigates when an unidentified woman's body is discovered in the wreckage of a train accident.

CW

  • 90210 (repeat)
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)

MTV

  • 16 AND PREGNANT - Friends of a pregnant teen despise the father of her child.

USA

  • WHITE COLLAR - An old rival challenges Neal to create a forgery of a bottle of wine owned by Ben Franklin.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Ewan McGregor, Gordon Ramsay, American Idol castoff Shelby Dressel
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - The Family of Amanda Knox Speaks Out
THE VIEW - Ricky Gervais, cast members from Jersey Shore

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - David Spade, "Trailer Park Boys" Rob Wells, Mike Smith & John Paul Tremblay, Miss Willie Brown
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Stephen Fry
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Jeff Garlin
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Olympic coverage with guest TBA
LOPEZ TONIGHT - (repeat)

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

WOMAN SHOOTS AT HUSBAND OVER TAX RETURN: A suburban woman from St. Louis shot at her husband after he refused to give her some of their tax return money. According to the police, the unidentified woman followed her husband to work at a barber shop and fired several shots when he refused to hand over any money. All of the shots missed the man. Investigators said that the woman then threw the gun into the sewer. She turned herself in after receiving a phone call from the police. Daniel O'Conner, the Pine Lawn Assistant Police Chief, said that the woman felt ''more than justified'' for her actions. She is being held on a $75,000 cash-only bail. (AP)

BREAK DANCING TEEN ARRESTED: A teen from Cheektowaga, New York was arrested for causing $3,000 worth of damage to a floor by break dancing. According to Eerie County Sheriff, Timothy B. Howard, the 18-year-old was intoxicated at a house party hosted by the victims' daughter, Elma. The teen reportedly tried to break dance but gouged the floor with his large diamond belt buckle. Police said the victims were vacationing at the time. The teen was arrested and is being charged with felony mischief, and misdemeanor trespassing. (AP)

INDONESIAN STUDENTS ROUNDED UP IN INTERNET CAFES: In Indonesia, police raided Internet cafes in order to round up students who were skipping school to play computer games or chat with online friends. The raids took place in the town of Bandung and is a response to complaints made my parents and teachers about children missing classes. A Bandung city official told reporters that approximately 23 Internet cafes were raided and 89 students, most of who were in uniforms, were rounded up. The students were given a warning and sent back to school. (AFP)

MAN ARRESTED FOR SENDING OVER 500 TEXTS: An Iowa City man has been charged with sending over 500 texts from a cell phone that was stolen. Christopher Smead, 21, is accused of taking a cell phone from a locker at a fitness center and using it without the owner's consent. According to police, Smead sent text messages from early Friday into the late evening. When Smead was arrested, he was also charged with carrying an air pistol. Smead pleaded guilty to fifth-degree theft and is currently serving a 30 day sentence for his offenses. (AP)


DID YOU KNOW?


PEOPLE TRUST SUBWAY FOR DIET FOOD; TACO BELL? NOT SO MUCH: A survey by Decision Analyst shows more people trust Subway than any other fast food joint when it comes to pseudo-healthy claims, although only 24 percent of people buy the claims. Taco Bell was the least-trusted for diet food of the companies surveyed, garnering the trust of only 7.5 percent of those surveyed.

BARS AND LIQUOR STORES LEAD TO VIOLENCE: The more bars and liquor stores in an area, the more violence there will be, a new study finds. Researchers compared crime statistics and listings of liquor licenses in Cincinnati to determine the connection. Convenience stores and carry-out sites that sold alcohol were the most strongly associated with assaults, but bars and restaurants that serve alcohol are also correlated with violence. In fact, the statistics showed that adding one more liquor store per square mile would lead to 2.3 more simple assaults and 0.6 more aggravated assaults in the area. (Live Science)

MORE SENIORS SMOKING POT: Marijuana use among seniors is growing. The number of people aged 50 and older reporting marijuana use in the prior year went up from 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent from 2002 to 2008, according to surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The rise was most dramatic among 55- to 59-year-olds, whose reported marijuana use more than tripled from 1.6 percent in 2002 to 5.1 percent. Observers expect further increases as 78 million boomers born between 1945 and 1964 age. For many boomers, the drug never held the stigma it did for previous generations, and they tried it decades ago. (Fox News)

BRITISH SCHOOLS CLOSING; STRIP CLUBS ON THE RISE: The number of traditional business and community services in Britain have declined in recent years while "less wholesome" businesses are on the rise. The Daily Mail reports that since 1997, the number of police stations has fallen by 160, the number of hospitals and clinics is down by 580, while the number of schools has dropped by a staggering 2,380. On the other hand, casinos numbers have increased by 27 percent and lap dancing clubs have jumped from 24 to 300.

CHEESE CONSUMPTION IS SOARING: Cheese-eating is on the rise! A new report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. found that world cheese consumption is projected to reach 21 million metric tons by 2015 -- marking a 20 percent growth from 2008. Growth will primarily be driven by improving income levels, strengthening consumer sentiment/confidence, waxing propensity to spend, and increase in the adoption of western-styled food across Asian countries.

YOU'RE 10,000 STEPS AWAY FROM BETTER HEALTH: The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) looked at 60,000 workers in 55 countries who aimed to walk 10,000 steps every day for eight months. At the end of the challenge, 67 percent of participants reported an increase in fitness and energy levels and participants lost an average of 10 pounds each -- just from walking. After four months of taking part in the study, the number of GCC participants with high blood pressure was reduced by 34 percent, while waist size was reduced by an average of two inches. Participants who stuck to walking 10,000 steps, which equals almost five miles, a day for one year were able to maintain blood pressure, keep the weight off and decrease their BMI.

MEN AND THEIR MORALS (Men's Health)

1 in 14 men say they've taken credit for work they didn't do.

2 in 7 men would follow a boss's orders to do something unethical.

2 in 5 men would call the cops on a buddy for having twisted, violent pornography on his home computer.

Number of men who says it's fine to misrepresent yourself to enter into an online relationship: 2 in 7.

SHOULD THESE BE OLYMPIC SPORTS? (TheFrisky.com)

Cheerleading: There was nothing for competitive cheerleaders to rah rah about when their IOC application, to be considered for the 2012 Olympics, was denied. But these cheerleaders won't let their perky smiles fade ... maybe 2016 will be their year to do back flips? [Wiki Answers]

Golf: It's bad news for the sport of golf in 2012. The IOC decided that there will be no holes-in-one at the 2012 Olympics, but they are planning on letting athletes tee up in 2016. Tiger Woods should be out of sex rehab by then. [World Golf]

Karate: Even though karate was one of the final two nominees by the IOC, the martial art failed to chop through with two-thirds of the vote. Because those who practice karate are non-violent, no one at the IOC will be harmed. [Associated Content]

Women's Boxing: It's a TKO for the fiercest of the fierce female boxers. After many rounds of petitions, they will be competing in five weight categories in the 2012 Olympics. Awesome! [Guardian]

Squash: Professional squash players' dreams were squashed after their campaign to be an Olympic sport was denied by the IOC. [BBC]

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

How many U.S. presidents did not attend college?

A: Eight.

  • George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and Grover Cleveland (who was both the 22nd and 24th president).

Source: AskMen.com

Figure Skaters Actually Have Rules for Their Costumes

It may not seem like it from some of the outlandish costumes that have been on display during the figure skating and ice dancing competitions at the Vancouver Olympics, but the skaters actually have rules they have to follow for what they're allowed to wear. Yahoo! Sports' "Fourth Place Medal" blog laid out the International Skating Union rules, including the directive: "Competitors must be modest, dignified and appropriate for athletic competition -- not garish or theatrical in design." There can't be an effect of excessive nudity, and props and accessories are banned. Men must wear trousers, not tights, and skirts that covered the hips and bottom were mandatory for women until 2004, after which pants were allowed. Sleeveless costumes also were allowed until the 1990s. Any costume violations -- which are rare -- have a mandatory 1.00 point deduction, a hefty penalty which is the same that's taken off when skaters fall.

More Generations of Families Living Together

More families are consolidating and having parent, kids and grandparents all living together under one roof, as Americans are facing high unemployment and a housing crisis all at the same time. A survey out yesterday (February 22nd) from Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Parisppany, New Jersey, found the demand is rising for multi-generational homes, including ones with separate entrances for the grandparents. Not only are the grandparents moving in, but college graduates having an increasingly tough time finding jobs are also returning home. According to the survey, financial concerns was the top reason for the increase in multi-generational housing, followed by health concerns with strong family bonds a distant third.

Five Ways You Can Increase Your Happiness

There are five simple steps related to positive thinking that you can take to increase your happiness, according to a recent review done by University of California psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky and her colleagues of 51 studies that looked at ways to boost happiness, LiveScience.com reported. They are:

  1. Be grateful -- People who wrote letters of gratitude to others who'd helped them in some way -- even if they didn't send the letters -- reported a lasting increase in happiness over weeks and months after beginning the habit.
  2. Be optimistic -- People who visualized an ideal future, such as having a loving partner or finding a fulfilling job, and described the image in a journal reported increased feelings of well-being after a few weeks.
  3. Count your blessings -- People who wrote down three good things that have happened to them every week showed significant boosts in happiness.
  4. Use your strengths -- People asked to identify their greatest strengths and then told to try to use them in new ways had increased happiness. As an example, a person with a good sense of humor could lighten up business meetings with jokes.
  5. Commit acts of kindness -- People who donated time or money to charity, or who helped people in need, reported improvements in their own happiness.

Monday, February 22, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Blake Shelton admits that he's so addicted to Twitter he's taking a break from the social networking site. He admits to having sent 100 Tweets a day, so he's decided to quit completely for now. In a Facebook chat, Shelton told fans,"Twitter got to be for me a little bit of an addiction. About a week ago or two weeks ago, I deleted the application off of my phone because I wanted a break for two or three weeks. It gives the tree huggers a deep breath knowing I won't be popping off at 'em anytime soon."

  • According to The Boot, Blake also told fans that although he's landed a couple of movie roles, acting isn't really a big goal for him -- he's meant to be a country singer.
  • Shelton will announce the nominees for the 45th annual ACM Awards on March 2nd.
CHECK IT OUT: You Know You're Addicted to Twitter When: http://tinyurl.com/qgt4fm

Alan Jackson
has his daughter to thank for the concept of his new "It's Just That Way" video, debuting today (Monday, February 22nd). Mattie Jackson, who's a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, says, "The video depicts a backwards reality, with metaphors of nature's undeniable realities. And illustrates a love that is as pure and dependable as the sun rising in the sky." The clip was filmed at a farmhouse in Spring Hill, Tennessee, as well as on location in Tampa, Florida.

Jackson, meanwhile, says the song's lyrics reminds him of his own marriage:"I kind of liked it 'cause, you know, Denise and I think about it on kind of, you know, a more personal level, it sometimes is, reminds me of Denise and I we've been together forever and, you know, sometimes we just think back of where we started and how it all happened and it was just like we were it was supposed to be, it's just that way, we were supposed to be that way. I was supposed to be, you know, with her and vice versa, but, so, I liked the song."

Jackson tells us why he likes the "It's Just That Way:"It's a simple lyric, but it says it all, and when I heard that, I just I immediately loved the melody; it's just a really beautiful melody. That thing is, it's hard for me to sing. It's kind of rangy for me, but it's a cool melody, and it's one of those that I wish I had written."

  • "It's Just That Way" was written by Keith Stegall, Vicky McGehee and Kylie Sackley. Jackson says, "It's such a beautiful melody, I wish I'd written it myself."
  • The song will appear on Jackson's upcoming album, Freight Train, due out March 30th.

CHECK IT OUT: 23 Ways to Keep Romance Alive: http://tinyurl.com/mr8nn

Lady Antebellum has unveiled the music video for the new single, "American Honey," on Oprah.com. The clip is the first music video the Oprah Winfrey has ever debuted. Friday (February 19th) also marked Lady Antebellum's first-ever appearance on the The Oprah Winfrey Show where the trio performed "Need You Now" and "Run to You."

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood says the band members knew they want to record "American Honey" as soon as they heard it. He adds, "It's one that features Hillary [Scott] on lead. And I think it's a message that we want to have out there that as crazy as the times get for our job and anybody's job, you have to remember when life was a little simpler and a little sweeter.

  • Lady Antebellum is currently out with Tim McGraw on his Southern Voice tour.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video here: www.oprah.com/ladyantebellum

Rascal Flatts bassist/pianist Jay DeMarcus has taken to his Twitter page to clear up comments he made in a recent interview with County Forever. DeMarcus says he was not blasting the reality show, explaining, "For those who have read my comments about 'American Idol,' I was not 'speaking out against' it! In some cases, instant stardom may not be the best thing. This certainly does not apply across the board."

He adds that the more time artists spend honing their craft in smaller venues the better off they are. DeMarcus notes, "I have a lot of friends that were a part of idol. I continue to be a huge fan of the show. Sometimes words in print, sound twisted out of context. Whew!! Now I need a drink!!"

  • Rascal Flatts have performed on the Idol Gives Back charity show in previous seasons.
  • The group is currently on its American Living Unstoppable tour.
CHECK IT OUT: Follow DeMarcus on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JayDeMARCUS

Miranda Lambert is gearing up for her Roadside Bars And Pink Guitars tour, which kicks off March 18th in Beckley, West Virginia. Twenty-two cities have been announced, with more on the way. She'll have various opening acts on the road with her, including David Nail, James Otto, Randy Houser and Wade Bowen among others.

Although the upcoming outing will mark Lambert's first-ever official headlining trek, she's no stranger to touring the country. She says, "In the last 5 years, I have learned so much from all the amazing artists I've toured with. Now it's my turn to venture out and do more shows of my own. I'm happy that there are a lot of great new artists who are willing to come out and support my tour."

Lambert tells us what life is like on the road: "I mean, that's my lifestyle, but it's my job. I see the concrete at a venue and the bleachers. I don't see stuff. I don't get to go to a campground usually somewhere in the middle of Montana. I'm at a venue, so even though I travel around for a living and have this gypsy lifestyle, I really don't get to enjoy it as much as I would if I didn't actually have to work while I was doin' it."

Lambert tells us how she'd want to live and travel if she weren't on the road all the time:"I'm obsessed with Airstreams for some reason, even though I travel around on a million dollar tour bus. I don't know why I'm not satisfied with that, but I just think it's just such a free way to live. Like, if you could just live on an Airstream and just wherever you put on the brakes is your home for however long. I think that's really cool."

  • In addition to her own headlining tour, Lambert will take part in Bonnaroo and Lilith Fair this year.
  • Lambert will be touring behind her Revolution album, featuring the single "White Liar."
Jewel has signed on as a celebrity blogger on AOL's The Boot, and in her latest entry she dishes on what life was like growing up on a ranch in Alaska. She also includes sentimental family photos, ranging from her own father's childhood through today to help tell her story. She writes, "I was raised on this homestead, and while I had it much easier than my father's generation, we still worked hard to live off the land. My days were filled milking cows with my brothers, keeping the garden so we could can the harvest in the fall, weeding our immense potato field, cutting the Timothy Blue Grass for hay in the fall, collecting berries to make jams, rounding up our small herd of Herford cattle in the spring and fall, and inevitably slaughtering a few steers to get us through the winter."
  • Jewel then compares her childhood to what it's like living on a ranch these days with her husband, Ty Murray.
  • Jewel is currently working on a new album, which she hopes to release this year.

CHECK IT OUT: Read Jewel's blog here:
http://www.theboot.com/2010/02/19/jewel-blog-2/

Taylor Swift's guitar was up to to $8,000 on the auction block as of Sunday (February 21st). Proceeds of the online auction will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The auction ends February 26th. Check it out here: http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org/auctions/view/1

Rascal Flatts will gather next week in Nashville to celebrate their 10th anniversary. It's been a nearly a decade -- to the day -- since the release of their debut single, "Prayin' For Daylight." Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney want to thank country radio for their support. DeMarcus says, "We would never have been able to do what we've done without them, it's that simple. So, we wanted to take a moment to tell them face to face how much we appreciate their constant support of Rascal Flatts and our music; a moment to celebrate all we've accomplished together and toast to what lies ahead." A party will be held at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel on February 24th.

The Zac Brown Band will be among the headliners at the first Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 14th-16th. Additional performers will include Alison Krauss & Union Station, Jerry Jeff Walker, among others.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Where did Dierks Bentley get his first name?
A. It is the maiden name of his maternal grandmother.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Sparky Anderson (Baseball Hall-Of-Famer and the only manager to win the World Series in each league) (76)
  • Drew Barrymore (actress, 50 First Dates, Charlie's Angels, Never Been Kissed, E.T.) (35)
  • Julius "Dr. J" Erving (NBA Hall Of Famer) (60)
  • Kyle MacLachlan (actor, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Sex And The City, currently on ABC's Desperate Housewives) (51)
  • Don Pardo (TV announcer best known for being the voice of Saturday Night Live) (92)
  • Jeri Ryan (actress, Star Trek: Voyager's Seven Of Nine) (42)
  • Ellen Greene (actress, Next Stop Greenwich Village, Little Shop Of Horrors) (59)
  • James Blunt (British pop musician) (36)
  • Harvey Mason (jazz drummer) (63)
  • Julie Walters (actress, Educating Rita, Buster, Billy Elliot, Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies) (60)
  • Rachel Dratch (actress, Saturday Night Live, Down With Love, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star) (44)
  • Bobby Hendricks (member of the Drifters) (72)
  • Jonathan Demme (director, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Beloved, Rachel Getting Married) (66)
ON THIS DATE:
  • Bill Monroe won his first bluegrass Grammy Award for his album Southern Flavor in 1989.
  • B.J. Thomas's (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" charted in 1975.
  • Flatt & Scruggs gave their final performance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1969.
  • In 2001, Alabama's Randy Owen and Brooks and Dunn were among the mourners gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina to remember NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, who had died in a crash at the Daytona 500 days earlier. Randy performed at the service.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Where did Dierks Bentley get his first name?
A. It is the maiden name of his maternal grandmother.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Sparky Anderson (Baseball Hall-Of-Famer and the only manager to win the World Series in each league) (76)
  • Drew Barrymore (actress, 50 First Dates, Charlie's Angels, Never Been Kissed, E.T.) (35)
  • Julius "Dr. J" Erving (NBA Hall Of Famer) (60)
  • Kyle MacLachlan (actor, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Sex And The City, currently on ABC's Desperate Housewives) (51)
  • Don Pardo (TV announcer best known for being the voice of Saturday Night Live) (92)
  • Jeri Ryan (actress, Star Trek: Voyager's Seven Of Nine) (42)
  • Ellen Greene (actress, Next Stop Greenwich Village, Little Shop Of Horrors) (59)
  • James Blunt (British pop musician) (36)
  • Harvey Mason (jazz drummer) (63)
  • Julie Walters (actress, Educating Rita, Buster, Billy Elliot, Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies) (60)
  • Rachel Dratch (actress, Saturday Night Live, Down With Love, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star) (44)
  • Bobby Hendricks (member of the Drifters) (72)
  • Jonathan Demme (director, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Beloved, Rachel Getting Married) (66)
ON THIS DATE:
  • Bill Monroe won his first bluegrass Grammy Award for his album Southern Flavor in 1989.
  • B.J. Thomas's (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" charted in 1975.
  • Flatt & Scruggs gave their final performance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1969.
  • In 2001, Alabama's Randy Owen and Brooks and Dunn were among the mourners gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina to remember NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, who had died in a crash at the Daytona 500 days earlier. Randy performed at the service.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!

'FAMILY TIES' ACTOR ARRESTED: Former child star Brian Bonsall was arrested in court on Friday (February 19th) after testing positive for marijuana, which violated the terms of his probation on an assault charge. TMZ.com reports that Bonsall, who played Andy on Family Ties, claims that he needs marijuana for headaches and has applied for a medical marijuana card. The assault charge stemmed from a December incident in which Bonsall allegedly used a broken stool to hit a friend in the face. The 28-year-old also pleaded not guilty to an assault charge and a failure to report charge involving another case.

HOGANS SETTLE LAWSUIT: Hulk and Nick Hogan have settled the lawsuit brought against them by John Graziano, the passenger in Nick's car who was seriously injured during the reality star's 2007 crash. TMZ.com reported that the Hogan's attorney would not reveal the terms of the settlement but is "pleased as this was in the best interest of John." He added that the decision was "as painless as possible" for families.

ALLEGED AUDRINA PATRIDGE STALKER ARRESTED: A man accused of stalking Audrina Patridge was arrested outside her Los Angeles home on Friday (February 19th). TMZ.com reports that Patridge was granted a three-year restraining order against Zachary Loring last September after claiming he had shown up on her doorstep several times and refused to leave the actress and her brother -- who lives with her -- alone despite repeated requests. Loring was arrested after someone staying at the home called emergency services to report the fact he was outside the property. He was subsequently booked for stalking and violating a restraining order.

'BROTHERS & SISTERS' STAR ENGAGED: Brothers & Sisters star Dave Annable is engaged. A rep for the actor confirmed that he proposed to 24-year-old October Road actress Odette Yustman while in Santa Barbara over Valentine's Day weekend. The couple has been dating for a year and a half.

'DEADLIEST CATCH' STAR ARRESTED: Deadliest Catch star Jake Harris was arrested in Seattle on drunk driving and hit and run charges after crashing his car last Thursday (February 18th) night. People magazine reports that the 24-year-old has been struggling with grief following the death of his father, Captain Phil Harris, earlier this month. Washington State Patrol spokesman Dan McDonald said, "He failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a toxicological test. After further investigation, it was found that he was involved in a hit and run with another occupied vehicle earlier in the evening. He had rear-ended another car." His bail was set at $2,000.

DANIEL CRAIG IS NOT MARRIED: Despite rumors, Daniel Craig has not married his longtime girlfriend, Satsuki Mitchell. After the actor was spotted wearing a ring on his wedding finger, a source told the Daily Mail, "We all suspect they have got married. He has always said Satsuki is the one but he didn't want a big showbiz wedding, that would be his worst nightmare. He's very private." However, a source close to Craig confirmed to GossipCop.com that the actor and Mitchell are "not married." The rings supposedly represent the long-time couple's commitment to each other, but not any new official or legal status.

'HEROES' STAR CHARGED WITH DUI: Heroes star Adrian Pasdar was officially charged with DUI stemming from his January arrest in Los Angeles. The actor, who played Senator Nathan Petrelli on the show, was pulled over on January 27th after cops say they found him going 90 MPH on the 405 Freeway. After conducting a field sobriety test, cops eventually arrested Pasdar and held him on $15,000 bail. Pasdar is due back in court on February 24th and faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP


Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island opened well in first place at the weekend box office, its $40.2 million take marking the best opening ever for both the director and the movie's star, Leonardo DiCaprio. Set in 1954, Shutter Island stars DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as U.S. marshals who go to a hospital for the criminally insane on a island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the disappearance of a patient. The marshals encounter a web of deceit and become involved in an inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island. Michelle Williams and Sir Ben Kingsley also co-star in the movie, which marks the fourth collaboration between Scorcese and DiCaprio after Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed.

  • Last week's top movie, Valentine's Day, fell to second place.
  • The Roman Polanski thriller The Ghost Writer got off to a big start in limited release, playing at four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. It stars Ewan McGregor as a writer hired to punch up the memoirs of a former British prime minister, played by Pierce Brosnan, who's been accused of ordering the abduction of terrorism suspects and handing them over for torture by the CIA.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- FEBRUARY 19-21

  1. Shutter Island, $40.2 million
  2. Valentine's Day, $17.2 million
  3. Avatar, $16.1 million
  4. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, $15.3 million
  5. The Wolfman, $9.8 million
  6. Dear John, $7.3 million
  7. The Tooth Fairy, $4.5 million
  8. Crazy Heart, $3 million
  9. From Paris With Love, $2.5 million
  10. Edge of Darkness, $2.2 million


HOLLYWOOD NEWS

ROMAN POLANSKI WINS AWARD: Roman Polanski was named as best director for his film The Ghost Writer at the Berlin International Film Festival. The director was unable to attend the ceremony, as he's currently on house arrest in Switzerland as the country's government considers his extradition to the United States over his conviction of having sex with a minor in 1977. Alain Sarde, producer of The Ghost Writer, accepted the award for Polanski, saying, "I am sure Roman will be very happy." He added, "However, when I was lamenting with him that he cannot be with us, he said to me, 'Even if I could, I wouldn't because the last time I went to a festival to get a prize, I ended up in jail.' " Polanski was arrested last September after he arrived to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.

SACHA BARON COHEN CONSIDERED AS OSCAR HOST? Sacha Baron Cohen was the Oscar producers' first choice when they were brainstorming hosts for the 2010 awards. Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman said that Academy bosses "laughed off" the idea of Cohen's characters Borat, Ali G and Bruno headlining the show. Shankman said, "The Academy swatted it (idea) down. They thought it was too big of a wild card."

NO OCTO-MOM DATING SHOW: Despite reports, there will be no Octo-Mom dating show on the Game Show Network. PerezHilton.com reports that Nadya Suleman did in fact meet with executives at the network, but they declined to give her a screen test.

TIGER WOODS BREAKS SILENCE


Tiger Woods broke his silence on Friday (February 19th), admitting to the public that he cheated on his wife, apologizing for his "irresponsible" behavior, and pledging to make things right again.

Reading from a prepared statement, the golfer said, "I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in."He admitted that he's been in treatment since December, and said that he is returning to continue bettering himself for his wife and family.

As far as returning to the PGA Tour, Tiger said, "I do plan to return to golf one day; I just don't know when that day will be. I don't rule out that it will be this year. When I do return I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game."

He cleared up widespread reports that his wife had hit him back in November, telling the reporters that domestic violence has never occurred in their marriage -- and blasting those who maligning Elin's reputation. He said: "Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage...ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise not blame."

Tiger did not try to sugar coat his affairs. He said, "I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable and I am the only person to blame."

He tried to explain his bad behavior, saying: "I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame I didn't have to go far to find them. I was wrong, I was foolish, I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me."

Addressing his treatment, he said: "For 45 days, from the end of December to early February, I was in inpatient therapy receiving guidance for the issues I'm facing. I have a long way to go."

Tiger also gave the public some insight into his religion. He said: "I have a lot of work to do and I tend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path, for me, is Buddhism which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years."

He concluded: "Today, I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again. Thank you."


Reaction to Tiger Woods public apology on Friday (February 19th) continues to roll in. Woods' statement -- in which he admitted "I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated" -- was made before a handpicked audience of friends and supporters at PGA headquarters. It lasted just 13 minutes and ended with Tiger receiving an extended hug from his mother. During the statement Woods said he wasn't sure when he would return to golf, that he was returning to rehab almost immediately, and asked the press to leave his wife and children alone.

TIGER'S MOTHER SAYS 'I'M PROUD OF MY SON': Immediately after Woods' speech, his mother Kultida Woods, who rarely speaks to the press, told the media that she was proud of her son and had told him so during their long hug. "Some of media, especially tabloid, hurt my son bad," said Mrs. Woods, who was raised in Thailand. "Sometimes think there double standard. He didn't do anything illegal. He didn't kill anybody. But he try to improve himself. He try to go to therapy and help. He change that and making better. When he go do all this thing, he will come out stronger and better person."

  • She added: "I never condemn my son. That's the way you go through life. When make a mistake, admit. We not God. He never claimed he was God. If somebody condemn him, look at themselves first. You don't know how difficult it is to be Tiger. Not many people want to be. Not easy to be him. Just like somebody go to work 8 to 5 and go home to have a life with family. Tiger can't do that."

ELIN SPOTTED AT A LOCAL SHOPPING MALL: While Woods was making his statement, Elin Nordegren was spotted at a local shopping mall with the couple's 2-year-old daughter Sam. According to the New York Daily News, Elin was shopping at the Windermere Mall, not far from the couple's Florida home.

TIGER & ELIN LEAVE ON A JET PLANE: Though wife Elin Nordegren was noticeable absent from Friday's press statement, Woods reportedly joined her on Saturday. According to RadarOnline.com, the pair played an hour of tennis together late Saturday afternoon before preparing for the flight. They then headed to the airport in separate cars, surrounded by heavy security, and boarded one of Tiger's private jets with their two children. The plane took off at 7 p.m. ET. No word on whether they were heading back to the Mississippi rehab center where Woods was being treated for a sex addiction.

TIGER'S RETURN TO GOLF DEBATED: Golf fans were surprised to hear Tiger say, "I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don't know when that day will be. I don't rule out that it will be this year." TMZ.com, had reported last month that the golf champion will play the March 22nd and 23rd Tavistock Cup at Isleworth Golf & Country Club that pits pros from the Isleworth, Florida, club against nearby rival Nona Golf & Country Club. Tiger also reportedly planned to play The Masters tournament this year.

BETTY WHITE MAY HOST 'SNL' SPECIAL

In the wake of Facebook's massive campaign to get Betty White a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, EW.com is reporting that the former Golden Girl might be appearing on the show. The website, however, noted that White would not be hosting a traditional show -- rather she would be part of a "Women of Comedy" special that SNL is putting together.

EW.com reports that White is very close to signing on for the show -- which would also tentatively feature SNL alums Molly Shannon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

  • This would reportedly allow Lorne Michaels to "appease White-on-SNL zealots without making the 88-year-old shoulder the burden of all 90 minutes on her own."

ANGELINA JOLIE REUNITES WITH DAD JON VOIGHT

Angelina Jolie reunited with her father Jon Voight in Italy over the weekend. The two have been estranged for most of the past decade, and Sunday's (February 21st) outing marked the first time they have been photographed together in years.

People.com posted pictures of the father-daughter duo, along with Brad Pitt and the couple's children, on a trip down Venice's Grand Canal.

  • The estrangement reportedly began after Voight expressed concerns about his daughter's mental well-being to the media.
  • The Jolie-Pitts have been photographed all over Venice during the past week, as Jolie prepares to film The Tourist with Johnny Depp. Some bloggers have suggested that their happy family outings were staged for the sake of the paparazzi.

'GROWING PAINS' ACTOR ANDREW KOENIG IS MISSING


Actor Andrew Koenig, who played Boner on Growing Pains, is missing. GossipCop.com reports that Koenig was last seen on February 14th in Vancouver. He was supposed to be on a flight to the United States on February 16th but didn't make it.

His sister, Danielle Koenig, confirms that he was in the city to visit friends but says she has not been heard from. She said, "Any information we can get on his whereabouts would be helpful."

A burlesque dancer named Jenny Magenta wrote on her Facebook page that Koenig stayed with her in Vancouver before going missing. She claims Koenig's parents describe him as "severely depressed."

  • Famous names like Sarah Silverman, Alyssa Milano, Kevin Smith and comedian Doug Benson have all tweeted their concern.
  • Gossip Cop said that anyone with information about Koenig should contact Detective Raymond Payette of the Vancouver Police Department at (604) 717-2534.

DAKOTA FANNING CELEBRATES SWEET SIXTEEN


Dakota Fanning celebrated her Sweet 16 early. E! reports that the New Moon actress, whose actual birthday is tomorrow, held a party with 40 of her closest family and friends at Beverly Hills hotspot Villa Blanca on Saturday (February 20th) night.

A source noted that Fanning's parents were in attendance -- and the actress did not have a date.

  • The insider told E!, "She looked like she was having fun and was really cool. She was talking to her friends and laughing all night." The group headed out around 11 p.m.
  • When asked if turning 16 meant she'd be getting her driver's license, Fanning told E!, "I don't even have permit."

'THE HURT LOCKER' DOMINATES BAFTA AWARDS

The Hurt Locker dominated Sunday (February 21st) night's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTAs), further setting expectations for Oscar glory. The Iraqi war drama picked up six trophies -- the most of the night -- including victories in the Best Film, Director, and Original Screenplay categories.

Avatar won two awards, while Brits Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan won top acting honors over American favorites like Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Sandra Bullock wasn't eligible since The Blind Side didn't open in the UK in time for consideration.

The winners were:

  • Film, The Hurt Locker
  • Director, Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • Actor, Colin Firth, A Single Man
  • Actress, Carey Mulligan, An Education
  • Supporting Actor, Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
  • Supporting Actress, Mo'Nique, Precious
  • Original Screenplay, Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
  • Adapted Screenplay, Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
  • British Film, Fish Tank
  • Animated Film, Up
  • Film Not in the English Language, A Prophet
  • Editing, The Hurt Locker
  • Cinematography, The Hurt Locker
  • Production Design, Avatar
  • Hair & Makeup, The Young Victoria
  • Costume Design, The Young Victoria
  • Visual Effects, Avatar
  • Sound, The Hurt Locker
  • Music, Up
  • British Debut, Duncan Jones, Moon
  • Orange Rising, Star Kristen Stewart
  • Short Animation, Mother of Many
  • Short Film, I Do Air

CHECK IT OUT: See the red carpet fashion: http://tinyurl.com/yfkl9pq

The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air won top honors at Saturday's (February 20th) Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards. Up in the Air screenwriters Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won for Best Adapted Screenplay, while The Hurt Locker's Mark Boal took home the award for Original Screenplay.

In the television categories, Mad Men and 30 Rock were named the best-written drama and comedy series.

  • The films are now considered favorites to win those categories at the Oscars on March 7th.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

  • Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal
  • Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
  • Documentary Screenplay: The Cove, Mark Monroe
  • TV Drama Series: Mad Men
  • TV Comedy Series: 30 Rock
  • New TV Series: Modern Family
  • TV Episodic Drama: "Broken, Part 1 and Part 2" (House)
  • TV Episodic Comedy: "Apollo, Apollo" (30 Rock)
  • Long Form Original: Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Long Form Adaptation: Taking Chance
  • Animation: "Wedding for Disaster" (The Simpsons)
  • Comedy/Variety Series: (tie) Saturday Night Live; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Comedy/Variety Special: Film Independent's 2009 Spirit Awards
  • Serial: The Young and the Restless
  • Children's Episodic: "Welcome to the Jungle" (The Troop)
  • Children's Long Form: Another Cinderella Story
  • TV Documentary (Current Events): "The Madoff Affair" (Frontline)
  • TV Documentary (Other): "The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer" (American Experience)
  • News: World News With Charles Gibson
  • News Analysis, Feature or Commentary: "A Private War: Expose: America's Investigative Reports" (Bill Moyers Journal)

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HEADLINE NEWS!!

Monday, February 22, 2010


OBAMA TO PROPOSE REGULATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE INCREASES: President Obama will today (February 22nd) propose giving the federal government the power to block excessive rate increases by health insurance companies, as he unveils legislation to overhaul the health care system. Obama's legislation is meant to bridge the differences between the bills passed by the House and Senate, and comes ahead of the planned televised meeting with Republicans on health care Thursday. The rate increase regulation proposal comes amid outrage over recent premium increases of 39 percent by Anthem Blue Cross of California. Today's proposal will be the first comprehensive health care legislation from the White House.

TOYOTA BOASTED OF SAVING $100 MILLION WITH LIMITED RECALL: Toyota officials boasted in an internal presentation in July 2009 about saving the company $100 million by successfully negotiating with the U.S. government for a limited recall of floor mats in some Toyota and Lexus vehicles in September 2007. The revelation comes in new documents shared with congressional investigators looking into whether the car company put its profits ahead of customer safety by not issuing the more recent extensive recalls earlier, pushing regulators to narrow their scope. The documents also cite millions of dollars in other savings by delaying safety regulations, avoiding defect investigations and slowing down other industry requirements. Toyota recalled 8.5 million vehicles in recent months over safety problems involving gas pedals, floor mats and brakes.

FAMILY OF IRS PLANE ATTACK VICTIM NOTIFIED OF IDENTIFICATION: The family of a longtime IRS employee who was killed when a man with a grudge against the tax agency flew his single-engine plane into the Austin building housing IRS offices Thursday (February 18th) was notified Saturday that his remains had been identified. Sixty-eight-year-old Vernon Hunter was the only person to die in the attack other than the pilot, software engineer Andrew Joseph Stack III. Hunter's son, Ken Hunter, talked to reporters outside his house Saturday, saying he wanted to tell people about his father after hearing on the news about Stack's life and and his anti-tax crusade, as well as seeing Internet postings calling him a hero. Hunter said, "People say [Stack] is a patriot. What's he a patriot for? He hasn't served the country. My dad did two tours of Vietnam and this guy is going to be a patriot and no one is going to say that about my dad? That's what got me started talking. I couldn't stand it anymore." Hunter said of his father, "He was full of life. Probably the best teacher I had in my life."

TODAY'S FYI:

SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR LANDS IN FLORIDA: The space shuttle landed at Cape Canaveral Sunday (February 21st) with its six astronauts on board, making a rare nighttime landing after a mission that brought the final major parts up to the International Space Station and left it virtually complete. Endeavour delivered and installed a new space station room, called Tranquility, and a domed observation room with sweeping views. All that's left now to complete the station station are four shuttle flights to stock it with more experiments, spare parts and supplies.

EX-NIXON AIDE ALEXANDER HAIG DEAD AT 85: Alexander Haig, who served as White House chief of staff under President Richard Nixon and secretary of state during Ronald Reagan's administration, died Saturday (February 20th) of a staph infection. He was 85. Despite his many accomplishments, one of the things Haig is most remembered for is declaring to the news media, "I'm in control here," after Reagan was shot in the 1981 assassination attempt while Vice President George W. Bush was out of town. Critics slammed the statement, which implied he was next in the line of presidential succession, which wasn't true. Haig was a West Point graduate and former Army general who served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He rose to the position of Army vice chief of staff before resigning in May 1973 to take over as White House chief of staff at the height of the Watergate crisis. He emerged from the scandal largely untainted, and was widely credited with persuading Nixon to resign. Haig attempted his own presidential run in 1988, but he never gained much support, and dropped out as the Republican primaries began.

IN ERA OF FACEBOOK, FEWER COLLEGES PUBLISHING YEARBOOKS: As Facebook membership has exploded and young people are increasingly using it to document their lives and share memories, fewer colleges are publishing yearbooks for their graduates. The University of Virginia, Purdue, Mississippi State and Old Dominion are among the schools that have scrapped yearbooks, citing publishing costs and decreased student demand. A survey conducted last year by yearbook publisher Jostens estimated that about 1,000 colleges still publish yearbooks. Edmund Sullivan, executive director of Columbia Scholastic Press Association, told AP that it was about 2,400 schools just 15 years ago. High school yearbooks are still popular, however, because the schools are usually small and students have different experiences, according to Vicky Wolfe of yearbook provider Herff Jones Inc. She told AP, "At a high school, you're required to be within the four walls of an institution, and in college you're not."

STUDY: NAPS HELP YOU LEARN: Go ahead and nap guilt-free! A new study found that people were able to learn better after napping, LiveScience.com reported Sunday (February 21st). In the study, 39 adults were divided into nap and no-nap groups. They first all performed a learning task at noon, and both performed comparatively. Two hours later, the nap group slept for 90 minutes, while the non-group stayed awake. Then, at 6 p.m., everyone did a new round of learning exercises. The researchers discovered that those who stayed awake become worse at learning, while those who napped did markedly better and actually improved in their capacity to learn. According to LiveScience, the research backs the researchers' hypothesis that sleep is needed to clear out the brain's short-term memory storage and make room for new information.

NEGROHEAD MOUNTAIN RENAMED AFTER BLACK PIONEER: A Southern California mountain previously known as Negrohead Mountain was officially renamed Saturday (February 20th) in honor of an African-American pioneer who settled the area in the 19th century. The 2,031-foot mountain in the Santa Monica range near Malibu was renamed Ballard Mountain after blacksmith John Ballard, a former slave who bought land on it in 1880. A permanent plaque with Ballard's name and story is being placed near the top of the peak. The U.S. Geological Survey's Board on Geographic Names approved the change last year after a request from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Negrohead wasn't actually the mountain's original name; it used to contain a racial slur, but was changed to "negro" in the 1960s.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

U.S. Stuns Canada with 5-3 Men's Hockey Upset: The U.S. men's hockey team stunned the Canadians with a 5-3 win last night (February 21st) in the biggest Olympics hockey upset since America's "Miracle on Ice" win over the Soviet Union in 1980, and it took place just one day shy of that game's 30th anniversary. U.S. goalie Ryan Miller performed masterfully, making 42 saves as he blocked a hail of shots, while Brian Rafalski scored two of America's goals in the game played before a rabid pro-Canada crowd on its home soil in Vancouver. The U.S. set the tone early, scoring just 41 seconds into the game, and it ended the same way, with a goal by Ryan Kesler in the final minute as Canada was frantically try to tie the score. The U.S. now advances to the quarterfinals, while Canada -- which had been the gold-medal favorite, must now play against Germany Tuesday (February 23rd) to reach the quarterfinals.

Bode Miller Wins Super-Combined for His First-Ever Gold: It took three Olympics, but American skier Bode Miller finally got a gold medal, winning the super-combined Sunday (February 21st) by posting the best total time from one downhill race and one slalom. After winning a bronze in last Monday's downhill and a silver in Friday's super-G, Miller now has three medals from these games -- with two races to go -- added to the two silvers he won in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Miller's performance in Vancouver comes after he flopped in the 2006 games in Turin, when he didn't medal in any of his five races, and after he nearly retired last year.

Ohno's 1,000-Meter Bronze Makes Him Most-Decorated U.S. Winter Olympian: Short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno won bronze in the 1,000-meter final Saturday (February 20th), earning him his seventh Olympic medal, the most by any American ever in the Winter Games, breaking a tie with long-track speedskater Bonnie Blair. Ohno now has two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in his three Olympic appearances, including a silver he won in the 1,500 last weekend. He still has two more events to go in Vancouver.

Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze in Super-G: American skier Lindsey Vonn won bronze in the super-G on Saturday (February 20th), her second medal in Vancouver after taking the gold in the downhill last week. Austria's Andrea Fischbacher took gold and Tina Maze of Slovenia won silver. Vonn still has two races ahead, the giant slalom on Wednesday and the slalom on Friday.

Speedskater Shani Davis Takes 1,500-Meter Silver: American speedskater Shani Davis won the silver medal in the 1,500-meter event Saturday (February 20th), losing the gold to Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands. Davis, who had been favored in the race, also won silver in the event at the 2006 Turin Games, and after Saturday's finish, he said he'd drop his retirement plans and come back in 2014 to once again try to win gold in the 1,500. Davis won the gold in the 1,000-meter race last week.

MEDAL COUNT: The U.S. now has 24 medals overall -- 7 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 18. Norway is third with 12. The U.S. is also in first place in gold medals with Germany in second with 6. Norway and Switzerland are tied for third with 5 each.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!

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

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 3 PM, Semifinal and Final round men's and women's Cross Country - team sprints
  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Ice Dancing concludes; Freestyle Skiing, Ski Jumping

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • 24 - President Taylor presses on with her international peace process; things get personal when operatives take matters into their own hands.

ABC

  • THE BACHELOR: ON THE WINGS OF LOVE - Popular bachelors and bachelorettes from past seasons disucss how the show has changed their lives; Jake faces the women he rejected; unseen footage.
  • CASTLE (repeat)

CW

  • ONE TREE HILL - Brooke lays into Julian; Lydia's condition gets worse; Clay deals with Katie's unsettling advances.
  • LIFE UNEXPECTED - Pressured by management, Ryan and Cate reluctantly let Baze join them on air; Lux tries to persuade Jones to drop the charges against Bug.

FX

  • DAMAGES - Patty squares off against the D.A. over access to a key witness; a job candidate asks Ellen for insight about Patty.

TNT

  • MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE - Joe has financial problems; Owen and his family have it out; Terry's big break hits a snag.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Randy Jackson
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - That's Incredible!
THE VIEW - Sen. Evan Bayh, personal finance expert Jordon E. Goodman

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - pre-empted for Olympics coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Parker Posey, Tom Everett Scott
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - pre-empted for Olympics coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - pre-empted for Olympics coverage
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Ricky Gervais
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Olympic Coverage with guest TBA
LOPEZ TONIGHT - (repeat)

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

WORLD'S SHORTEST MAN WANTS TO BE RECOGNIZED: A 22-inch man from Nepal has set off to Europe in order to be recognized as the world's shortest man in the Guinness World Records. Khagendra Thepa Magar applied to the London-based group in October but has not yet received a response. Magar's family filed a claim when he was 14 years old but the claim was rejected because there was a chance that he may still grow. Doctors have told the family that they are unsure of why Magar is so small. According to Katmandu reporters, Magar and his father have set off for Italy on Sunday as supporters saw them off with bouquets of flowers and garlands. (AP)

WOMAN RECEIVES $1,600 WATER BILL: A woman from Minneapolis received a $1,600 water bill which the city believes to be accurate. Erica Kocur said that this is almost 20 times her normal bill and that she usually pays around $70 to $80 per month. The city believes that Kocur may have had a running toilet or dripping faucet. However, according to KSTP-TV, the bill is charging approximately 200,000 gallons of water; the amount is three times the volume of her entire home. Kocur's shower would have to run nonstop for two months in order to produce such a bill. The city's director, LeeAnn Stag, still believes the bill is correct but it willing to check her meter one more time. (AP)

MAN ARRESTED AFTER BRAGGING TO HAIRDRESSER: A man from Salem, Oregon was arrested after bragging to his hairdresser about setting fire to an old training center. The 20-year-old told his hairdresser that he went into the building on the former Fairview Training Center campus to smoke marijuana, then set the blaze that destroyed the building, according to court records. The man's hairdresser tipped the police, who then arrested the man. There is a second man involved in the arson who was being questioned. Both men were charged of second-degree arson. (AP)

STUDENT WILLINGLY HAS BUTTOCKS BRANDED: A Texas Christian University student willingly had Greek symbols branded into his buttocks by fraternity members. Breckenridge authorities said that no charges will be filed because the student participated in the act willingly. The Summit Daily News said that Arnon Carter IV needed surgery after suffering from second and third-degree burns. According to investigators, what happened to Carter was not part of a fraternity initiation because he was already part of the group. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

WOMEN REALLY WANT GEEKS WITH FACIAL HAIR: Most women claim to be attracted to tall, dark and handsome men, but a new study has revealed that facial stubble and a geeky personality are their biggest secret turn-ons. Onepoll.com, which carried out the survey, found that the unshaven look on a man is actually a turn-on for 41 per cent of women. A slightly geeky personality came second, a hairy chest was voted third, followed by a man who loves to read or cries at a sappy film. Other secret turn-ons to feature in the top ten include grey hair, glasses and being a passionate supporter of a sports team. (Daily Mail)

MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE THE INTERNET WILL MAKE US SMARTER: An online survey of 895 Web users and experts found more than three-quarters believe the Internet will make people smarter in the next 10 years. (Imagining the Internet Center)

EATING FOR TWO WHILE PREGNANT IS A MYTH: Mothers-to-be should be warned that 'eating for two' is a myth, according to British Health Service guidelines. The findings indicated that women don't need change their diet at all for the first six months of the pregnancy and even in the last three months they need just 200 extra calories a day. (Daily Mail)


MOST WOMEN WOULD RATHER BE A MAN? A new study by England's Daily Express found that one in four women said she'd rather be a man.


IVY LEAGUE STUDENTS AREN'T GETTING LAID: A 2009 study found that 52 percent Harvard undergrads said they'd had one or fewer partners in their four years there -- and only 28 percent had dated "even one" person. (Lemondrop.com)

HAVE ATHLETES REACHED THEIR PEAK? According to some scientists, elite athletes may have peaked in their abilities. Geoffroy Berthelot, a researcher at the French National Institute of Sport and Physical Education, conducted a study of world records set over the last century. He concluded that the apex of athletic achievement was in 1988, when 11 new world records were established in Olympic events. Seven of those records still stand. More specifically, Berthelot found that 64 percent of the top performances in track and field events haven't been improved on since 1993. (Asylum.com)

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Kelsey Grammer played Fraiser Crane on what three sitcoms?

A: Cheers, Fraiser and Wings (guest appearance)

Source: Wikipedia

U.S. Snowboard Olympic Medal Winner Forced to Go Home Over Risque Photos

American Scotty Lago, the bronze medal winner in the halfpipe snowboarding competition at the Vancouver Olympics, was forced to go home over risque photos published on the website TMZ, instead of staying for the Closing Ceremonies as he'd planned. It was initially reported that Lago left on his own, but Yahoo! Sports said he was actually forced to leave by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which was hoping to avoid intervention by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Lago was celebrating last Thursday night (February 18th) after winning his medal earlier that day when someone took a photo of a woman kneeling below his waist to kiss his medal. Another photo showed Lago sticking the medal in the woman's mouth. Lago had already apologized Friday morning after being told the photos existed and were up on TMZ, but was made to go home anyway

Health Experts Critical of 'The Biggest Loser'

Some experts are criticizing NBC's hit show The Biggest Loser, saying the extreme weight loss shown in the competitive show is counterproductive and could be dangerous, LiveScience.com

reported. Carol Wolin-Riklin of the University of Texas Medical School said, "They're taking people who have been inactive and are not in good shape and boom, automatically subjecting them to this stress. Things are going to happen." In fact, there have been times when contestants on the show have been hospitalized. Unlike the big pounds the contestants drop quickly, experts say a safe rate of loss is one to two pounds per week. Dr. Robert Kushner of the Northwestern University Comprehensive Center on Obesity said, "I think a lot of people can feel quite defeated that they're losing weight in what we would call a recommended amount, but they would have been voted off the show immediately. So the message, to me, is just all wrong." Besides all the other concerns, experts say that weight lost through extreme methods is less likely to be kept off. The show's producers say that contestants are under medical supervision, and that the extreme nature of the competition is inspirational for viewers.

Company Sets Up Hotline for Employees to Report Co-workers for Fraud

Magazine mega-publisher Conde Nast has set up a hotline through which employees can report their co-workers for fraud, the New York Post reported earlier this month. According to a memo sent to staffers, the hotline will try to stop, quote, "release of proprietary information, accounting/audit irregularities, falsification of company records, theft of goods/services/cash," and even "unauthorized discounts/payoffs." According to the Post, the new hotline comes after a hacker broke into Conde Nast's system last fall and got early copies of GQ, Vogue and other magazines, which were then posted online. Condé Nast went to court to try to find and prosecute the hacker.

Friday, February 19, 2010

GOING ON THIS WEEKEND!

Good Finally Friday Flaggers! Racing Action at Mohave Valley Race Way in Mohave Valley Sat Night, gates open at 6pm. Fun for the whole family! AND, if you are looking for a GREAT DEAL on a car or truck drop by the Safeway parking lot in Fort Mohave. Findlay Motor Company on the parkway and Findlay Nolte Honda of Kingman have joined forces for a HUGE TENT SALE all weekend long!!!

KEITH URBAN, NICOLE KIDMAN HELPING FUND SCHOOL IN HAITI

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have pledged long-term support to help rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake it suffered last month. Keith recently told a radio station, "We're actually going to be funding a school down there for the next five years. It's in Port-Au-Prince. The kids will also have one hot meal a day. They'll have all of their medical taken care of by the school, and clothing, as well."

The couple have pledged $50,000 a year for the next five years in support of the school.

  • In addition to participating on the Help For Haiti Now telethon last month, Keith and Nicole attended a $5,000-per-person brunch to raise funds for the cause.


Jason Aldean has pushed the boundaries of country music with his rock-infused music. He took a risk in recording and releasing the likes of "She's Country," which was the first of three consecutive Number One hits on his aptly-named Wide Open CD, but Jason tells us the success has definitely provided validation. "You know, I think more than anything it just personally gave me confidence that I can go out and try new things and push the envelope a little bit and it not be just looked down on. I like the fact that I almost feel like people expect that a little bit now from us, is to kind of push the envelope a little bit, and I like bein' in that situation."

Jason says he takes even more chances on his next album, which he is currently in the middle of working on. "We've got some different stuff comin' on the next record, even weirder than this album. We've only cut six songs for it, but we cut some really cool things that I love, and if the first six songs are any indication, I'm very happy with the way the new album's goin' and I think it's gonna be great!"

  • Jason just confirmed that he will be performing at this year's CMA Music Festival. The four-day event will run from June 10-13 in downtown Nashville.
  • His new single, "Crazy Town," will be heading to radio early next month.
This year's CMA Music Festival is shaping up to be more star-studded than ever before. Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and the Zac Brown Band have just announced plans to perform at the upcoming event, which takes place from June 10-13 in downtown Nashville.

Carrie Underwood has already confirmed that she, too, will be participating in CMA Music Festival, which draws more than 374,000 people annually.

Despite his busy tour schedule at that time of year, Brad Paisley tells us he makes sure to set aside time for this event. "You know, I love playin' that festival. These are people that are very serious about music. These people, they know every word, they want to hear certain songs, they want to meet you, they want access, and they get it at this. And it's really a great thing to be a part of."

  • Tickets to CMA Music Festival 2010 are currently available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) or log onto CMAfest.com or ticketmaster.com.

FAST FACTS

  • The artists at CMA Music Festival participate for free. In return, the CMA donates half the net proceeds of the Festival to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools through the Keep the Music Playing program.
  • To date, $3,312,053 has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies.

The Eagles, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain are among the artists who have earned the most gold and platinum album certifications over the last decade, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Eagles lead the list with 48 overall awards, followed by "King George," who has the most by a male solo artist with 29 album certifications.

Taylor has the most digital song certifications of all females with 25. Her hit "Love Story" ties with Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" for being the highest-certified digital song with four million downloads.

Shania's Up! is the highest-certified album by a female with 11 million, while Garth has the distinction of being the best-selling solo artist in history with 128 million albums sold.

LeAnn Rimes' 1999 self-titled CD is named as the decade's first platinum album.


Kellie Pickler has purchased a new $1.4 million house in Nashville. According to Radar.com, the 4,800-square foot home includes four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a swimming pool and a two-story fireplace.

Extra touches include an elevator, a kitchen with Viking appliances and granite counter tops, a granite-tiled master bathroom and a large backyard.

  • Kellie will be performing on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday (February 20th) night.
  • Her latest single, "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You," is a Top 15 hit on the country charts.

FAST FACTS

  • Kellie co-wrote her last single, "Best Days Of Your Life," with Taylor Swift. The song was a Top 10 hit.
  • Her latest self-titled album was released in 2008.

Garth Brooks, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) will all be honored at the Grammys On The Hill awards for their work to improve the environment for music creators. The ceremony will take place on April 14th at the U.S. Capitol.

Sarah Buxton and CMT have partnered to offer fans the first online "augmented reality" experience. Fans can watch Sarah's "Outside My Window" video in 3-D beginning on Tuesday (February 23rd), the day that her new self-titled album comes out. All you have to do is print a symbol on CMT.com, log on to sarahbuxton.com/ar and holding the printout in front of your computer's webcam. For those without a webcam, CMT.com has posted the 3-D video.

Fans can now keep up with the latest news from Jason Aldean with a free iPhone application. The application, which is available through the iTunes App Store, serves as a one-stop shop for all things Jason, from Twitter and Facebook updates to concert tickets and fan club access.

Jason Michael Carroll has parted ways with Arista Nashville. Yesterday (Thursday, February 18th), "Unfortunately, Arista and I have decided to go our separate ways ... I'm glad to have had the opportunity to be there for the last four years. There are plans to go back into the studio and record new music the second week of March. Nothing is over; just planning the next move."

COUNTRY TRIVIA


Q. During what year did Willie Nelson record his classic hit "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain?"
A. 1975

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY


JIMMY WAYNE: COMING HOME/GAC 1:00PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM (ET)
Jo Dee Messina, Darryl Worley, Naomi Judd

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Martina McBride, Sarah Buxton

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

  • Prince Andrew (Queen Elizabeth II's second son, Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson's ex-husband) (50)
  • Justine Bateman (actress, Mallory Keaton of TV's Family Ties) (44)
  • Jeff Daniels (actor, Dumb and Dumber, Radio Days, Something Wild, The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Terms Of Endearment) (55)
  • Benicio Del Toro (actor, License To Kill, The Usual Suspects, Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for his role in Traffic) (43)
  • Haylie Duff (actress-songwriter, sister of Hillary Duff) (25)
  • Smokey Robinson (R&B singer and songwriter) (70)
  • Lou Christie ("Lightnin' Strikes," "Rhapsody in the Rain," "The Gypsy Cried") (67)
  • Amy Tan (writer, producer, The Joy Luck Club) (58)
  • Michael Nader (actor, Dynasty, All My Children, As The World Turns) (65)
  • Seal (singer, "Kiss From A Rose") (47)
  • Tony Iommi (guitarist, Black Sabbath) (62)
  • Bluey Maunick (jazz musician, Incognito) (53)
  • Steve Nieve (keyboardist, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Elvis Costello & the Imposters) (52)
  • Ray Winstone (actor, The Departed, The Proposition, Fool's Gold, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (53)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Carrie Underwood performed at halftime of the NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center in Houston in 2006.
  • Garth Brooks signed a contract to join the New York Mets during spring training at Port St. Lucie, Florida in 2000. The Mets agreed to contribute to his Touch 'Em All Foundation for kids.
  • Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones, a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame and long-time Grand Ole Opry star, died in 1998.
  • George Strait played to 125,000 people at two shows at the Houston Astrodome in 1996, breaking his own previous attendance records and setting the all-time Astrodome attendance record.
  • Reba McEntire's "It's Your Call" was certified gold and platinum on the same day in 1993.
  • Willie Nelson's movie Red Headed Stranger premiered in Austin in 1987.
  • Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" was certified gold in 1981.
  • Elvis Presley hit Number One on the Billboard country chart with "Moody Blue" in 1977.
  • Emmylou Harris won her first Grammy for her album, Elite Hotel, in 1977.
  • Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton announced the breakup of their act in 1974.
  • Elvis Presley recorded Eddie Rabbitt's "Kentucky Rain" at Memphis' American Studios, with Ronnie Milsap on backing vocals, in 1969.
  • Tex Ritter recorded "High Noon" in 1953.
  • Eddy Arnold's Number One single, "Don't Rob Another Man's Castle," charted in 1949.
  • Roy Acuff made his first appearance as a Grand Ole Opry member in 1938.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

LINDSAY LOHAN IN COMPLIANCE WITH PROBATION: A judge said on Thursday that Lindsay Lohan is in full compliance with the terms of her probation for a drunken driving and drug case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel reviewed Lohan's case and said "everything looks good" with the starlet's progress in a court-ordered drug and alcohol education program. Lohan was not in court for the hearing, but Revel said that she must complete the program by July. Lindsay pleaded guilty in August 2007 to two misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to drunken driving and reckless driving charges.

BRANGELINA AND KIDS PLAY AROUND ITALY: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their kids are becoming fixtures in Venice, Italy where Jolie is preparing to film The Tourist. Pitt and Jolie brought daughters Zahara and Shiloh on a water boat ride, which was snapped by paparazzi, and they were also spotted with their brood at a local gelato spot. The owner, Simone Sambo told People magazine, "This is the third time Mrs. Jolie has come to our store. The first time she was on her own with Maddox. It was during the Venice Film festival three or four years ago. The following year, again during the festival period, Jolie returned but this time with Mr. Pitt. Finally, she has brought her children too."

'BACHELOR' FINALIST HAS SHADY EX-BOYFRIEND: Amid spoilers that Vienna Girardi gets the final rose from Bachelor Jake Pavelka, sources discovered that the frontrunner's ex-boyfriend was arrested last October after showing up uninvited at her parents' house looking for her. E! reports that Veinna's parents called 911 after Brian Lee Smith "made aggressive attempts to get to the front door" and refused to leave when asked. He was charged with misdemeanors for trespassing and resisting an officer, but the case will be dismissed if he successfully completes a six-month diversion program.

J-WOWW STEALS KARDASHIAN SPOTLIGHT: Jersey Shore's Jenni "JWoWW" Farley reportedly stole the spotlight at Kim Kardashian's New York fashion show earlier this week. The New York Post reports that fans inundated the reality star -- who was sitting front row -- asking her if they could touch her breasts and if she'd fist pump with them. Farley supposedly responded, "Not in this dress!"

KATHRYN GRAYSON DIES: Kathryn Grayson, who starred in musicals of the 1940s and 1950s like Kiss Me Kate and Show Boat, died on Wednesday (February 17th) at the age of 88. Her longtime secretary and companion, Sally Sherman, told The Associated Press, "She just went to sleep and didn't wake up."

TIGER WOODS' PRESS STATEMENT STIRS CONTROVERSY BEFORE IT'S MADE

With Tiger Woods set to speak out this morning (Friday, February 19th, at 11 a.m. ET) for the first time since his infidelity scandal broke three months ago, a firestorm of speculation has ignited about just exactly what he will say, whether it will be sincere, and whether the golf champion's public statement comes too late to save his image. Also debated is whether wife Elin Nordegren will stand by her man and be present for the statement.

Most people feel that Woods waited too long to face the public after revelations that he cheated on his wife with as many as 16 different women. Others say the format of Woods' presentation -- a brief statement with no questions from the press during the ongoing WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship -- means he won't say anything meaningful and feels he's above questioning.

Woods will appear Friday in the clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., home of the PGA Tour. The statement will be carried live on ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as The Golf Channel.

PUBLIC REACTIONS

James Vaughan at the ABC News' Nightline website: "Knowing how thick-headed and arrogant he is, I don't think Tiger will or can say anything at Friday's press conference that will change my opinion of him."

TV personality Star Jones via Twitter: "Remember. His behavior was deplorable . . . but he didn't kill anyone, sell drugs, possess weapons or beat up a woman . . . PERSPECTIVE."

Former U.S. Open and British Open champion Ernie Els to Golfweek magazine timing the statement during the Accenture tournament: "It's selfish. You can write that. I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday. This takes a lot away from the golf tournament."

RADIO STATION LEAKS WHAT IT SAYS IS TIGER STATEMENT: TMZ reports that a local radio station got hold of a copy of Tiger's statement, and it seems to indicate that he and Elin will divorce. The so-called statement says, in part, "Directly to the point there is no one to blame but me for the mess I have put my wife and family through. I accept total and complete responsibility. My wife and I have been trying to work things out but sadly things have not worked out . . . We have decided to live apart with me having mutually agreed upon times when I can be with our children." Reps for the golfer say the statement is bogus.

PAPARAZZI LOSE MONEY ON TIGER PHOTOS: Several major photo agencies were angling to get the first post-scandal picture of Tiger, which could have netted more than $1,000,000 in worldwide distribution profits. But according to TMZ, that cool million was lost when Getty Images, a non-paparazzi subscription service, sent out a free image of the golfer jogging in Florida on Wednesday, and another of Tiger on the links near his home in Isleworth on Thursday. Last month, Getty had announced a "multi-year" deal with the PGA, leading many to believe the shots were staged as part of the deal.

SPORTS WRITER'S BOOK ABOUT TIGER ARRIVING IN JUNE: Atria Books announced Thursday that it will publish journalist Robert Lusetich's book Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season this June. The tome will tell "how golf's greatest and most famous player built a public persona at odds with his private life." Lusetich is a senior columnist for FoxSports.com who reported on Woods throughout 2009.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


TINA FEY TO BRING BACK PALIN IMPRESSION? Tina Fey will host Saturday Night Live in April -- and will likely reprise her famed Sarah Palin impression. The 30 Rock star told the Associated Press that "it's inevitable that we'll try it, at least," but noted, "we'll see if it makes it to air." Fey previously said that the hype surrounding her impression in 2008 was "the strangest thing that's ever happened to me."

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN LINE WILL LIVE ON: Alexander McQueen's fashion line will live on. Despite the 40-year-old's shocking death last week, Francois Henri Pinault -- the chief executive of the parent company of Gucci Group and Salma Hayek's husband -- said that McQueen's trademark will live on. Gucci Group president Robert Polet added, "We truly believe in the future of the brand." A rep for McQueen said "it was Lee's wish that the brand go on," adding, "It's great news. We're really happy considering the circumstances."

CHRISTOPH WALTZ TO STAR WITH REESE? Oscar nominee Christoph Waltz is reportedly in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon and Rob Pattinson in the movie adaptation of Water for Elephants. Deadline.com reports that he'd be taking over for Sean Penn as a "dangerous paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer."

J.K. ROWLING SLAMS PLAGIARISM SUIT: J.K. Rowling is calling a plagiarism suit against her "unfounded" and "absurd." In June, the estate of Adrian Jacobs issued proceedings against Rowling's publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, claiming that Rowling copied substantial parts of Jacobs' 1987 book, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard -- No 1 Livid Land."\ They recently added the Harry Potter author to their suit. Rowling responded in a statement, "I am saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry. The fact is I had never heard of the author or the book before the first accusation by those connected to the author's estate in 2004; I have certainly never read the book. We will be applying to the court immediately for a ruling that the claim is without merit and should therefore be dismissed without delay."

SIMON COWELL CONSIDERING PEREZ HILTON AS REPLACEMENT; COMMENTS ON CONTESTANT'S DISMISSAL

Simon Cowell is remaining tight-lipped if he knows the real contenders for his spot on American Idol, but the judge pretty much squashed talk that Howard Stern is in the running -- and gave hope to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. He commented on the replacement rumors, telling reporters, "I know Howards name has been in there for a while but I'm fairly certain that there hasn't been an approach at any time for Howard to do the show. Perez? You know Perez would be funny. You know he has a good taste in music, he's a personality, that could work."

Speaking a bit more seriously, Simon was adamant that his replacement be experienced in the industry. He said, "This person specifically has got to have a lot of experience in the music business. it is the most important thing and that's what I think will happen. I think they'll find somebody who's got that kind of experience, whether it's a manager, artist or like me an A and R executive, it will be someone like that I'm sure."

  • There's been a fair share of rumors that Simon has been clashing with new judge Ellen DeGeneres on set -- and he didn't exactly say much to deny it. When asked about the supposed tension, Cowell said, ["Well I wouldn't say that we didn't get on well. I don't know Ellen that well. It was a difficult position for her because she started work on the Hollywood week which is quite a difficult show to do."] SOUNDCUE (:11 OC . . . show to do)

CHRIS GOLIGHTLY KICKED OFF SHOW

Meanwhile Idol fans are abuzz over the revelation that contestant Chris Golightly was kicked out of the top 24 earlier this week. A source close to Idol told the Associated Press that the reason behind the dismissal was " a "lack of veracity" during the audition process" -- supposedly referring to the fact that the 25-year-old didn't disclose that he'd had a music contract.

USA Today reported that when reached by phone on Thursday morning, Chris said, "This is not fair; I don't know what to do. I said, no, I was not in a contract. If he's trying to say that's what it was about, they're covering their a**." Now, he says, "I've left them voicemails, but they've screened my calls. They don't even answer me. Nobody."

  • Simon commented on the dismissal, saying, "I really honestly don't have a clue why he's been removed from the competition, I'm guessing its some kind of technical reason. but it's a shame for him, he needed this opportunity."

DESPITE RUMORS, SIMON COWELL ISN'T ENGAGED

Despite rumors, Simon Cowell is not engaged to 36-year-old makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy. Cowell's publicist responded to widely circulated gossip, telling Usmsgazine.com, "I spoke to Simon in London yesterday afternoon, just before he took his flight back to LA. I asked him: 'Look, are you engaged? Is it true?,' and he said, 'No! No. I'm not engaged.'"

Hussainy, who first stepped out with Cowell last October, sparked engagement speculation after wearing a diamond ring while dining with the American Idol judge in London last weekend.

A supposed friend had told London's The Sun, "Simon's definitely engaged. I've never seen him so happy. He's known Mezhgan several years and they've grown close. He finally popped the question."

  • Cowell's rep again clarified, "Yes, they are they an item. Yes, they're happy. But they're not engaged. That's straight from Simon's mouth."
  • Cowell himself said in a British TV interview earlier this week, "I think she's the one. I'm smitten. You know when you've found somebody very special."
  • Hussainy joined American Idol during its second season as the make-up artist to Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

OLYMPICS BEAT 'AMERICAN IDOL' IN RATINGS

American Idol was finally ousted from its perch atop the television ratings on Wednesday (February 17th) night. The Nielsen Company said that during the hour Idol and the Olympics competed against one another -- the Olympics were seen by 30.1 million people while only 18.4 million watched Idol.

It marked the first time in six years that anything has beaten American Idol head to head in the ratings. Idol had beaten the Olympics on Tuesday night by a margin of four million viewers.

  • Wednesday's Olympics featured gold medal victories by Americans Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White and Shani Davis.

JAMES CAMERON WANTS EX-WIFE TO WIN OSCAR BECAUSE 'I DON'T REALLY NEED ANOTHER ONE'

James Cameron appears to be preparing himself for defeat at the Academy Awards. The Avatar creator told Charlie Rose that he hopes ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow wins best director for The Hurt Locker because after having won already for Titanic, "I don't really need another one."

However, he would selflessly welcome a best picture award for the sake of "his team."

  • He explained, "I respect the whole institution of the Academy Awards because it's so -- it's the pinnacle of achievement in my chosen profession. But I don't really need another one. But to be honored -- you know, to have the team honored and for their accomplishment, that would mean so much to them."
  • He said that Bigelow beating him in the director category would be "my fantasy outcome."

NICOLAS CAGE EMBARRASSED BY FINANCIAL CRISIS

Nicolas Cage is opening up about his massive financial crisis that made headlines across the world. ShowbizSpy.com quotes the actor as having said he wanted to "crawl up and hide" after learning that he was millions of dollars in debt.

The actor said that his former manager Samuel Levin advised him to buy properties around the world -- the decision that Cage blames for "ruining me financially."

  • Cage said that he's beginning to pay back the money he owes -- including $6 million in back taxes from 2007 alone -- explaining, "I have a new manager now, so I'm halfway there. And I will pay off all those debts, to the last cent."
  • He added, "I have a responsibility for my sons and my wife. I have to get back on my feet." Cage and his wife Alice Kim have a four year-old son named Kal-El and he also has a 19-year-old son from a previous relationship.
  • At one time Cage owned a jet, two yachts, three castles, two islands in the Bahamas and a number of mansions. It was also revealed during his ordeal that he once spent $276,000 on a 67-million-year-old dinosaur skull.

SUSAN BOYLE FINE AFTER FAINTING IN AIRPORT

Susan Boyle's mental and physical condition is back in spotlight after the 48-year-old singer collapsed at a London airport earlier this week. The Daily Mail reports that Boyle was preparing to board a flight from London to Nice, France when she fainted in the airline's Club Lounge.

Boyle received medical attention and was given the okay to fly. She later performed at the San Remo Festival as planned.

  • Her rep confirmed, "Susan did faint at Heathrow as she overheated in the lounge because it was so warm. However, she is fine now and gave a fantastic performance at the festival."
  • Despite the rep's account, one witness told the Daily Mail, "It was very dramatic. Susan's legs just gave way under her and she went down."
  • Boyle was forced to dismiss reports about her mental health in November after she was photographed crying and sucking her thumb after a performance. She was admitted to a clinic last May citing exhaustion, just days after she was named runner-up on Britain's Got Talent.

MOVIE OPENING TODAY

Opening today (February 19th) is the new thriller from Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Michele Williams. Shutter Island follows US marshals, played by DiCaprio and Ruffalo, who must travel to an island in Massachusetts to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. During their visit, the pair encounters a web of deceit and become involved in a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.

  • Shutter Island is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

MAN CARRIES OUT SUICIDE PLANE ATTACK AGAINST IRS: A 53-year-old man who was angry with the Internal Revenue Service carried out a suicide plane attack Thursday (February 18th), flying his single-engine plane into an Austin, Texas, office building that held IRS offices, sparking a huge fire. Two bodies were found, believed to be those of the pilot, A. Joseph Stack III, and a worker in the building who'd been missing, and at least 13 were injured, two critically. Before taking off, Stack also apparently set fire to his house and posted an anti-government rant online. In it, he railed against the IRS, government bailouts, corporate America, politicians, and the Catholic Church, and wrote about his past financial problems and run-ins with the IRS. He said he'd come to the conclusion that, quote, "violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer." He declared, "I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let's try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well."

OBAMA NAMES DEFICIT PANEL: President Obama named a bipartisan panel yesterday (February 18th) to consider ways to reduce the exploding U.S. budget deficit. Erskine Bowles, a Democratic former White House chief of staff, and former Republican Senator Alan Simpson were named to lead the 18-member commission, of which 12 members will be appointed by Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress and six by Obama. The president said the panel would be able to consider any proposals to cut spending and raise taxes, saying, "Everything's on the table. That's how this thing's going to work." However, any recommendations would have to be approved by Congress. Obama used an executive order to form the panel because the bitterly-divided Senate couldn't get legislation through to do it.

CHINA PROTESTS OBAMA'S MEETING WITH DALAI LAMA: An angry Chinese government protested President Obama's meeting at the White House yesterday (February 18th) with the Dalai Lama, charging the U.S. had interfered in Chinese domestic affairs. The White House visit by the exiled Tibetan leader was carefully orchestrated to be low-key; it was held in the Map Room instead of the Oval Office; there was no welcome ceremony; Obama made no public comments; and reporters and TV cameras were banned, with only a single photo of the two distributed. The White House said Obama told the Dalai Lama he backs the preservation of Tibet's culture and supports human rights for its people, and gave encouragement to the 75-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner's request for talks with the Chinese government. China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking independence for Tibet, but he denies that, saying he only wants Tibetans to have a greater say over their affairs. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 and has been in exile in India since.

ATTORNEY FOR PROFESSOR IN ALABAMA SHOOTING SAYS SHE'S LIKELY INSANE: The attorney for Amy Bishop, a college professor accused of killing three colleagues at the University of Alabama in Huntsville during a faculty meeting, said Thursday (February 18th) that he believes she's insane, and that she says she can't remember the shootings. Bishop's court-appointed attorney, Roy W. Miller, told AP she appears to have paranoid schizophrenia. He said her failure to get tenure at the school was the likely trigger to the shootings last Friday (February 12th), in which three members of the biology department were killed and three others injured. Two of the wounded remain in critical condition. The shooting led to a re-evaluation of Bishop's fatal shooting of her brother in 1986, which authorities in Massachusetts had ruled an accident.

TODAY'S FYI:

EX-NYC POLICE COMMISH KERIK GET FOUR-YEAR JAIL SENTENCE: Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was once in line to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was sentenced yesterday (February 18th) to four years behind bars by a federal judge for tax evasion and lying to White House officials, charges he pled guilty to in November. Kerik was police commissioner under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani beginning in 2000, and worked closely with the then-mayor during and after the 9/11 attacks. But things started to go downhill for him during background checks when President George W. Bush nominated him in 2004 to head Homeland Security. He eventually withdrew from consideration. In addition to lying and evading taxes, Kerik also admitted receiving apartment renovations from a construction firm suspected of organized crime ties that he helped get city contracts.

DISCREDITED DUKE LACROSSE RAPE ACCUSER CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER: The woman who falsely accused three members of the Duke lacrosse team of rape in 2006 was arrested Thursday (February 18th) in Durham, North Carolina, and charged with attempted murder. Crystal Gale Mangum got into a fight with her boyfriend and, according to the arrest warrant, scratched, punched and threw things at him before setting his clothes on fire in a bathtub. She's charged with attempted murder for allegedly telling her boyfriend in front of police, "I'm going to stab you [expletive]!"She also faces charges of arson, assault, identity theft, damage to property and resist, delay and obstruction of justice.

  • In 2006, Mangum charged the lacrosse players raped her at an off-campus party where she'd been hired to strip. The charges were eventually dropped, but only after district attorney Mike Nifong had sided with Mangum despite growing evidence that she'd lied. He eventually was found guilty of ethics violations for his handling of the case and disbarred.

RICHEST AMERICANS HAD HIGHER EARNINGS, LOWER TAXES IN 2007: The 400 highest-earning households in the U.S. had an average income of $345 million in income in 2007, up 31 percent from a year earlier, according to IRS statistics. At the same time, the average tax rate for those households was 16.6 percent, the lowest level in almost 20 years, and just over half the 29.4 percent it was in 1993. The figures from 2007 -- which was the last year of economic expansion before the deep and prolonged recession hit -- show that the average income of the top 400 earners more than doubled from 2001, when Congress adopted then-President George W. Bush's tax cuts.

PROSPERITY GOSPEL TELEVANGELIST BENNY HINN HEADED FOR DIVORCE: The wife of prosperity gospel televangelist Benny Hinn has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences after more than 30 years of marriage. The Texas-based Hinn is one of the best known advocates of the prosperity gospel, which teaches that Christians who are right with God will be rewarded with material wealth and health. His broadcasts are seen by millions of people around the world, and he also travels to many countries holding events that include spiritual healings. He has drawn criticism, however, from watchdog groups and some fellow Christians over his lavish lifestyle, with accusations that his teachings are false. He is one of six televangelists under investigation by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, with the probe looking into whether he complied with IRS rules for nonprofits.

U.S. MISSION IN IRAQ GETTING A NEW NAME: The U.S. military mission in Iraq is getting a new name after being known since its start as Operation Iraqi Freedom. As of September 1st, the mission will be called Operation New Dawn, ABC News first reported last night (February 18th), citing a memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The name change will come immediately after the scheduled withdrawal of American combat troops, and Gates says in the memo that it will send a strong signal that U.S. forces in the country have a new mission. Additionally, he said it reinforces the U.S. commitment to honor its security agreement with Iraq, and recognizes our, quote, "evolving relationship" with the Iraqi government.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

American Lysacek Wins Men's Figure Skating Gold: American Evan Lysacek won the men's figure skating gold medal last night (February 18th), upsetting the defending champion, Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, to become the first U.S. man to win the gold since Brian Boitano in 1988. Plushenko, who came out of retirement to try to win gold again, took the silver instead, while Japan's Daisuke Takahashi won bronze. Although Lysacek was thought to have the edge in the artistic elements, it was actually the technical elements, the jumps, spins and footwork, that won him the gold, despite the fact that, unlike Plushenko, he didn't do a quadruple jump. While Lysacek's routine was technically flawless, some of Plushenko's jumps were crooked in the air and had wobbly landings, and his spins were not as good.

Vonn Falls in Super-Combined, Teammate Mancuso Wins Silver: One day after winning gold in the downhill, U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn wasn't as lucky yesterday in the super-combined, falling when her right ski got caught on a gate during the slalom leg of the two-part downhill-slalom race. Her teammate, American Julia Mancuso, won the silver behind gold medalist Maria Riesch of Germany. It was Mancuso's second silver in two days, after she came in second to Vonn in the downhill.

America's Teter Wins Silver in Women's Halfpipe: America's Hannah Teter won the silver in the women's snowboarding halfpipe competition yesterday, finishing 2.6 points behind Australia's Torah Bright, who scored 45 out of a possible 50 to win the gold. Kelly Clark of the U.S. took the bronze.

U.S. Men's Hockey Team Beats Norway 6-1: The U.S. men's hockey team beat Norway 6-1 yesterday, improving its record in Vancouver to 2-0. The scoring for the Americans included two goals by Brian Rafalski in the final three minutes of the game. Next up for the U.S. is heavily-favored Canada, and tickets for the match-up between the hockey-mad host country and its big neighbor to the south are reportedly impossible to get.

MEDAL COUNT: After winning 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze yesterday, the U.S. now has 18 medals overall -- 6 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 11. Norway is third with 8. The U.S. is also in first place in gold medals with Germany in second with 4. Norway, Canada, South Korea and Switzerland are tied for third with 3 each.

MCGRADY GOES TO KNICKS IN THREE-TEAM, NINE-PLAYER DEAL: Guard Tracy McGrady was traded to the New York Knicks from the Houston Rockets Thursday (February 18th) as part of a three-team, nine-player NBA deal. McGrady and point guard Sergio Rodriguez of the Sacramento Kings will head to the Knicks, while Houston gets guard Kevin Martin and forward Hilton Armstrong from the Kings, and forwards Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries from the Knicks. Going to Sacramento will be Knicks guard Larry Hughes and Rockets forwards Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY

Friday, February 19, 2010


CBS
  • GHOST WHISPERER (repeat)
  • MEDIUM (repeat)
  • NUMB3RS (repeat)

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Figure Skating, Skiing, Ski Jumping

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (repeat)

ABC

  • MEET THE FOCKERS - A man fears the worst when he accompanies his fiancee's uptight father and mother to meet his free-spirited parents. Starring Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand.
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting.

CW

  • SMALLVILLE - While on a date with Lois, Clark becomes infected by gemstone kryptonite.
  • SMALLVILLE (repeat)

HBO

  • THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW - Ricky and Stephen debate the merits of 20th Century inventions with Karl; the guys introduce 'Monkey News.'
  • THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM - Tim grows a post-breakup beard; Tim suffers through a bad play in order to help Stu.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Kim Kardashian, the latest American Idol castoff
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah Fridays Live
THE VIEW - Bernadette Peters, dog show host David Frei

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Tom Papa
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics Coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Lauren Conrad, Wale
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jennifer Tilly, Peter Sagal
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics Coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics Coverage

SATURDAY

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Speed Skating: men's short track 1000m quarterfinals, semifinals and Gold Medal final; speed skating: men's 1500m Gold Medal final; bobsled: two-man; skiing: women's Super G Gold Medal final.
  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - MIDNIGHT, Speed skating: women's short track 1500m semifinal and Gold Medal final; medals plaza - award ceremonies.

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE AMAZING RACE 16 - A contestant encounters a moody cow at a roadblock; a newly formed alliance rubs the teams the wrong way.
  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - When under cover within the company, the CEO of 7-Eleven discovers one of his policies is not being implemented on the front lines.
  • COLD CASE - The team looks into the death of a teenage circus aerialist; Rush faces possible charges in another case.

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 7 PM, Figure skating: original dance; speed skating: women's 1500m Gold Medal final; freestyle skiing: men's ski cross Gold Medal final; skiing: men's giant slalom; bobsled: two man Gold Medal final.

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS - When Lisa discovers that her Southern ancestors helped a slave escape to freedom, she presents the story during Black History Month.
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW - Cleveland challenges Junior to get a job to teach him responsibility; Roberta competes with Lacey, the rich girl in school, and gets more than she expected.
  • FAMILY GUY (repeat)
  • AMERICAN DAD - When Stan admits that his heroes include the 1980 US Olympic hockey team, Roger confesses that he played on the team.

ABC

  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION - The team rebuilds a home for a family who started a nonprofit music school for the community; the members of KISS volunteer.
  • DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Susan causes a stir when she invites Robin into her home; Gaby looks for help with Ana.
  • BROTHERS & SISTERS - The love of Sarah's life returns; Rebecca and Justin face the impending struggles of parenthood; Holly decides what to do with her Ojai shares.

HBO

  • BIG LOVE - Bill makes an emergency trip to Mexico; Nicki is shocked by a doctor's news; Margene tries to keep Ana from leaving the country.
  • HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA - Ben and Cam search for a manufacturer to make their brand of jeans; Ben and Rachel realize that they have not moved on.

E!

  • KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS - Kourtney decides to take Scott back and gives birth to their son, Mason; Kim learns to manage her professional life.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

BISHOPS SUGGEST GIVING UP IPOD FOR LENT: British church leaders are encouraging Catholics to give up less traditional vices for Lent this year, such as an iPod. Lent, which began on Wednesday, is the period before Easter when Christians traditionally reflect. Bishop Richard Chatres of London suggested that Lent can also be used as a way to help save the planet by giving up electronics, eating by candlelight and flushing the toilet less often. ''Instead of giving up chocolate for Lent,'' said the bishop, ''why not fast for justice . . . to help those suffering from the effects of climate change.'' (Reuters)

ZEBRA FOUND ON HIGHWAY: Atlanta police captured an escaped zebra that galloped along the busy highway Thursday afternoon. The animal escaped from a nearby circus and made its way onto the downtown highway that cuts through the center of the city. The police were able to block off the highway and herd the zebra over to the right shoulder of the highway in order to capture it. Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey are in town this week. According to authorities, this isn't the first time a zebra has wandered onto the highway. In 2008, a young zebra was found injured on the interstate. (AP)

CUBA CONDUCTS MULE CENSUS: Cuba is facing a major mule deficit and is conducting a census in order to determine how bad the problem is. Authorities told the news agency, AIN, that the number of mules in the country in undetermined and the island may be facing a defecit of 8,000 in the highland areas alone. Mules are important to the country for food transportation to mountainous areas. (AP)

WOMAN TRIES TO BAN PIT BULLS FROM CITY: A woman from Regent, North Dakota is trying to ban the area from having pit bulls and Rottweilers. She has started a petition in the city of Regent and has managed to gather 43 signatures out of the 200 residents. Patty Robbins started the petition after her grandson had purchased three pit bulls. She said that she had once seen a pit bull attack one of her dogs and does not want to take a chance with her grandson. ''It's like giving those kids a loaded shotgun to play with,'' said Robbins, ''and hoping it doesn't go off.'' (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

SHOULD SAME SEX PAIRS BE ALLOWED IN COUPLE'S FIGURE SKATING? Professsor Bella DePaulo, makes the case for same-sex figure skating couples in Psychology Today. Her theory: Keeping pair sports heteronormative encourages "the idea either you are in a boy-girl couple or you are alone."


BLAME YOUR MOM FOR EVERYTHING! Two new studies show that not only are parents responsible for how you look, they may have a hand in whether or not you ever find true love. Recent research shows that we have less control over our tendency to overeat, our general body shape, and how much it "wants" to weigh -- because those factors are heavily influenced by genes. Also, a study by the University of Western Australia recently determined that a woman's romantic success is highly dependent on how different her mother's genes were from her father's. (Lemondrop.com)


1 IN 3 AMERICANS DON'T USE THE INTERNET: Almost one in three Americans don't use the Internet at work or home. New census bureau data, collected from 54,000 households, finds that seniors, the poor, underrepresented minorities and folks who live in rural areas lag behind the rest of the country, technologically speaking. While a good chunk of the nation remains offline, high-speed broadband has made significant inroads with those who are surfing the Web. By late 2009, 63 percent of overall households had opted for the faster service, which is up from 40 percent in early 2007. (Asylum.com)

WHAT YOUR BUTT SAYS ABOUT YOU (Jenny Lee, "Eat Sexy, Lose Weight")

  • If you have a "Pancake Butt" (flat tush) then chances are you are impatient, witty, creative, clever, resourceful, yet strive for the easy way out of things instead of having to work for them.
  • If you have a "Bean Bag Butt" it can mean an individual may be careless, irresponsible, unorganized, yet generous and giving.
  • If you have a "Steel Butt" you will be persistent, aggressive and very possessive.
  • If you have a "Golf Butt" you may be pessimistic, conservative, shy, calm (and perhaps a sex addict?).
  • If you have a "Heart Butt" you will be devoted, compassionate, indecisive, idealistic and rebellious.
  • If you have a "Granny Butt" you will be intuitive, nurturing, frugal, cautious, moody, self-pitying, jealous, and very practical.

CUBICLE ETIQUETTE (TheProfessionalAssistant.net)


You see the person you wish to talk to on the phone. Please go back to them later, once they have gotten off of the phone, since hovering over them will make them feel uncomfortable.

  • Do you listen to music while at work? Please do a favor to people around you and use earphones. Some people prefer peace and quiet.
  • If you need to talk on the phone, make sure that you keep your voice to a lower volume. Not everyone is interested in listening to your conversations, especially the personal ones.
  • When you are talking on the phone, try to keep your personal calls short, since some people have a tendency to eavesdrop on your conversations.
  • Turn off your cellular phone or put it on vibrate mode, since it disrupts others around you.
  • It can be offensive to other staff if you swear or put down people in conversations. Keep this either to yourself or speak of it outside of the office.
  • If you are decorating your cubicle, make sure to place items that are not offensive to others, since something to you might be funny, but offensive to others.
  • If you are going to enter another staff member's cubicle, make sure to knock first. Just think of it as entering an office.
  • Be considerate of others and either make a phone call to the person who you wish to speak with or walk over to their cubicle. Don't speak across the room, since this can disrupt others.
  • If you need to warm up your lunch, please try to keep it in the lunch room. Some foods that you may think of as pleasant might be upsetting to others.
  • If you need to borrow items from another person's desk, please make sure to ask them first. If it's urgent, leave them a note stating what you borrowed.
  • Overhearing phone conversations is a no-no. If you do overhear a phone conversation, make sure to keep it to yourself.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to AskMen.com, what is the record for the most T-shirts worn at once?

A: 224

This record was set by Charlie Williams, a citizen of the United Kingdom, who managed to put on 224 T-shirts at St. Anthony's Primary School in Essex, UK, in September of 2007. The record attempt was organized by itiswhatitis, a web site that sells -- what else -- T-shirts.

Posh Spice Doesn't Like Men's Figure Skating Costumes

Anyone who watched the men's figure skating competition at the Olympics last night (February 18th) and on Tuesday (February 16th) saw for themselves the flashy and flamboyant costumes that have become the norm. Among those who's not a fan of the outfits is "Posh Spice" Victoria Beckham, who's considered something of a fashionista, along with her husband, soccer star David Beckham. Commenting on the outfit eventual gold medal winner Evan Lysacek wore during Tuesday's short program, a black number that featured sparkles and feathers, Beckham said on The View Wednesday, "I wear the feathers in my relationship. If David came home dressed like that -- could you imagine? Terrible." Posh may be interested to know, however, that Lysacek's costume, as well as the one he wore for his gold-medal performance last night that featured two sparkly snakes wrapped around his body, were created by top American designer Vera Wang, herself a former competitive ice skater.

New Yorkers Favor Putting a Tax on Soda

New York City residents are overwhelmingly in favor of putting a tax on soda, with a Quinnipiac University survey finding that 76 percent back the idea, the New York Daily News reported yesterday (February 18th). Even among famously anti-tax Republicans, 60 percent said they support the proposed plan for a soda tax to close budget gaps. The poll found 84 percent back the new law that requires restaurants to post calories on menu boards, and 77 percent said Mayor Mike Bloomberg is right to urge restaurants to use less salt.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jailed Oklahoma City Bombing Conspirator Wants More Fiber in His Diet

Jailed Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols said yesterday (February 18th) that he's on a hunger strike because prison officials don't provide him with a fiber-rich diet. In a handwritten note filed in federal court Thursday, Nichols said he began his strike Monday (February 15th) because his body is being, quote, "defiled" by the food he gets at the federal Supermax prison in Colorado. He said the lack of whole grains and fresh food in his diet harms his health and violates his religious beliefs, causing him to, quote, "sin against God." Nichols is serving a life sentence for conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people. Bomber Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and executed.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

There is no truth to the rumors circulating that Darius Rucker and/or Hootie & The Blowfish will be replacing Kevin Eubanks in leading The Tonight Show band when Jay Leno resumes the helm on the late night talk show. Darius himself learned the news when he read the reports online.

He said, "I was just as surprised to hear my name in the mix as a potential replacement as everyone else seems to be. Although the gossip is incredibly flattering, I'm a country singer through and through. My home is in country music."

  • Kevin will reportedly leave his position with the show to focus on recording and touring.
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno returns to NBC on March 1st.
Taylor Swift has been talking about getting a tattoo for a long time, but her parents and friends are trying to convince the superstar that it would be a mistake. According to showbizspy.com, Taylor had decided to get her lucky number --13 -- permanently inked on her arm.

A source said, "Taylor has this weird connection with the number 13 which goes back to when she was a kid. It's her lucky number. Every time she has won an award she has sat in seat number 13, and the number keeps cropping up in good times for her."

Previously, Taylor told us that she was on the fence about getting a tattoo. "I don't know if I'm gonna get it or not. I'm trying to figure out if that compromises being a role model or not. My mom says it doesn't. My dad says it does, so I'm just kind of trying to figure out what to do."

Showbizspy.com also reports that Taylor's mom, Andrea, has put the kibosh on her daughter's love life. The source said, "Andrea has told Taylor in no uncertain terms that she must put her career ahead of dating boys. Andrea, who has a firm grip on her daughter's career and personal life, thinks Taylor has worked far too hard to let everything go to the wall for the sake of a boy. Taylor just wants someone to love; but she understands that her white-hot career is the most important thing right now."

  • Taylor has most recently been romantically linked with John Mayer, who is 12 years her senior.

FAST FACTS

  • Taylor writes the number 13 on her hand before every show.
  • Some significant links to the number 13 for Taylor are she was born on December 13th; she turned 13 on Friday the 13th; her first album went gold in 13 weeks; and her first Number One song had a 13-second intro.
Reba's new single, "I Keep On Lovin' You," was co-written by her good friend and frequent duet partner, Ronnie Dunn. The song comes from the perspective of someone in a long-term marriage, like Ronnie or Reba, but the superstar tells us it's about a common experience. "Well, Ronnie Dunn and Janine have been married about the same length of time as Narvel and I have been married. That song hit me so hard (the) first time I heard it because Terry McBride wrote it with Ronnie. It's an anniversary song. We have been through tough times and rough times and arguments and makeup and over again and we argue about the business, we argue about the kids, we argue about where we're goin' on vacation. Isn't that a tough argument to have, but it's things that everybody has. They go through it!"

She says that everyone can find some way to connect to "I Keep On Lovin' You.""When I heard that song, what hit me (was) this is the most relatable song I've heard in a long time, because I don't care if you're dating, if you just got married or you've been married for 50 years, this song's gonna hit home, becuase I don't know of a person that's been in a relationship that hasn't experienced one of those lines in that song."

  • Reba named her album, Keep On Loving You, after this song.
  • She continues on tour with George Strait and Lee Ann Womack. This week's shows are in St. Louis tonight (Thursday, February 18th), Wichita on Friday (February 19th) and Tulsa on Saturday (February 20th).
  • Reba's fans on Facebook are currently campaigning for the singer to host Saturday Night Live this year. So far, the only country females to have the honor are Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift.
Carrie Underwood has filmed a public service announcement in support of the sixth annual Pedigree Adoption Drive, urging viewers to adopt dogs from their local animal shelters. Her constant companion, rat terrier Ace, also appears in the spot.
  • Carrie says, "I can't imagine life without my dog, Ace. I've had a passion for animals my entire life. They're such sweet and gentle souls that love you just because you love them back. That's why I'm really excited about the opportunity to partner with The Pedigree Adoption Drive to help get other people involved in this important cause."
  • Fans can make donations at Pedigree's Facebook page, Facebook.com/Pedigree.
  • Donations up to $500,000 will be matched by the Pedigree brand.
  • All donations go to The Pedigree Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
  • Pedigree is the sponsor of Carrie's upcoming Play On tour, which begins on March 11th in Reading, Pennsylvania.
  • The tour will stop in 54 cities in all before wrapping up in June.

CHECK IT OUT

Click here to watch Carrie's Pedigree PSA: http://tinyurl.com/y976gjb

FAST FACTS

  • Carrie has been in Hawaii shooting her first feature film, the biopic, Soul Surfer.
  • Her latest single, "Temporary Home," is a Top 10 hit on the country charts and climbing.
Josh Turner's new CD, Haywire, wound up being all about love, but that wasn't what the singer necessarily had in mind when he began working on the project. Josh tells us he just went where his favorite songs took him. "I was really looking for love songs and -- it was funny -- we had gotten to a point where we were like, 'Okay, we got enough love songs. We need some uptempo stuff.' So every uptempo song we would find, it would be a love song, so we were like, 'Okay, well, maybe this record is supposed to be chock full of love songs,' which I was okay with. It was just one of those things. We found the songs that we felt the strongest about."
  • Josh's debut single, "Why Don't We Just Dance," has already topped the country charts.
  • Haywire debuted at Number Two on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and at Number Five on the all-genre Billboard 200. First week sales of the album were more than 85,000 units.

FAST FACTS

  • Haywire is Josh's fourth studio album.
  • Each of his three previous CDs have at least been certified gold for sales of half a million copies.
Jimmy Wayne is 530 miles into his 1700-mile Meet Me Halfway walk to Phoenix to raise awareness of homeless teens and young adults. On Tuesday (February 16th) night, Jimmy crossed the state line from Arkansas into Oklahoma.
  • While the weather has presented some challenges, Jimmy says the kind people he has met along the way were worth every step. He said, "Walking through the small towns and farmlands in Tennessee and Arkansas has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have met some incredible and generous people who have offered me meals, a warm and dry place to sleep and companionship. When I started this walk, I really had no expectations. I thought I would be alone, sleeping in a tent at night. But as the saying goes, man makes plans and God laughs. There have been many times I've slept outside, but even more times that because of a kind and generous soul, I have had a roof over my head."
  • Jimmy set off on his walk on New Year's day.
  • Along the way, he has been doing live broadcasts from the road and posting updates on Twitter.
  • Jimmy has been followed on the walk by a donated RV support vehicle.

The nominees for the 45th annual ACM Awards will reportedly be announced on the CBS Early Show on Tuesday, March 2nd. There is no confirmation from the Academy of Country Music, but both show host Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton are expected to be in New York City that day. The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on April 18th on CBS.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Who is the only artist to have a country crossover hit reach Number One hit on the MediaBase pop charts?
A. Taylor Swift with "Love Story" (2009)

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!

JIMMY WAYNE: COMING HOME/GAC 9:30PM (ET)

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Alison Krauss & Union Station

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Matt Dillon (actor, The Flamingo Kid, Wild Things, The Outsiders, There's Something About Mary, Crash) (46)

  • Toni Morrison (Nobel Prize-winning novelist) (79)
  • Yoko Ono (widow of ex-Beatle John Lennon) (77)
  • Dennis DeYoung (former singer-keyboardist, Styx) (63)
  • Robbie Bachman (drummer, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (57)
  • Irma Thomas (blues singer) (69)
  • Molly Ringwald (actress, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, currently on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager) (42)
  • Cybill Shepherd (actress-model, Taxi Driver, Moonlighting, Chances Are) (60)
  • John Travolta (actor, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Broken Arrow, Face/Off, The Punisher) (56)
  • Vanna White (Wheel Of Fortune hostess) (53)
  • Dr. Dre (rapper, record producer) (45)
  • Greta Scacchi (actress, Presumed Innocent, Brideshead Revisited) (50)
  • Juice Newton (singer) (58)
  • Regina Spektor (singer) (30)
  • Juelz Santana (rapper) (28)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Rascal Flatts' "Every Day" was released to radio in 2008.
  • Six years after work began on the sitcom, Reba aired for the last time on the CW network in 2007.
  • Did I Shave My Legs For This? earned Deana Carter a double-platinum album in 1997.
  • Collin Raye topped the Billboard country chart with "My Kind Of Girl" in 1995.
  • Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together for the first time since their 1974 breakup, while taping an episode of Dolly! at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House in 1988.
  • Emmylou Harris earned two gold albums in a single day for Blue Kentucky Girl and Profile: Best Of Emmylou Harris in 1981.
  • Carl Perkins' Number One single "Blue Suede Shoes" debuted on the chart in 1956.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!

KRISTIN CAVALLARI DENIES HAVING COKE PROBLEM: Kristin Cavallari is refuting rumors that she has a cocaine problem. After Us Weekly reported that The Hills star "was going around to everyone, asking them to score her some coke" at the Super Bowl, she tweeted a denial. Cavallari wrote, "To all my fans: PLEASE don't believe what u read and hear this wk. Its NOT true!!!! I am happy and HEALTHY."

JILLIAN MICHAELS FILES LAWSUIT: Jillian Michaels is getting her own legal punches in as the lawsuits against her keep coming. TMZ.com reports that the Biggest Loser trainer is suing a lawyer for comments made to TMZ. Melissa Harnett, who filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of some women who claim Michaels' Calorie Control didn't make them lose weight, told TMZ, "Telling people you take two magic pills and then eat chocolate cake all day is a deception." In her defamation lawsuit, Michaels claims the Calorie Control people never claimed the product was a chocolate cake buster.

DID KIM BASIGNER LEAK ALEC BALDWIN HOSPITALIZATION TO PRESS? Sources are claiming that it was Kim Basinger who tipped the paparazzi off about Alec Baldwin's recently hospitalization. The former couple's daughter called 911 after getting into a telephone argument with her dad last week, and insiders have told the Sun-Times that it was Basigner who informed the paparazzi of her ex's situation. Basinger's camp denied any involvement.

BRITTANY MURPHY'S DAD DENIED ACCESS TO GRAVE: Brittany Murphy's father was reportedly denied the opportunity to visit his late daughter's grave. TMZ.com reports that Angelo Bertolotti was refused access to the site, even after offering to provide documentary proof he is Murphy's dad. A spokesman for the cemetery said an investigation has been launched into the incident.

RIP TORN COURT DATE POSTPONED: A Connecticut judge has postponed Rip Torn's next court appearance until March, citing a scheduling conflict. Torn was due to appear in court yesterday to enter pleas to burglary and firearms charges stemming from an incident last month where he broke into a bank with a loaded handgun while intoxicated.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

KEVIN EUBANKS TWEETS ABOUT FUTURE: Kevin Eubanks is clearing up reports that he's leaving the Tonight Show. Jay Leno's sidekick and band leader tweeted on Thursday, "I'll still be around on the show, but less as of now. I'll tweet when a definite plan is set. " It was reported earlier in the week that Eubanks would eventually be leaving the show to pursue other projects -- but would be around for Leno's March 1st return to Tonight.

PHIL HARRIS'S LAST DAYS FILMED: Captain Phil Harris will be seen on the next season of Deadliest Catch. Executive producer Thom Beers told EW.com that cameras were rolling when Harris suffered a stroke that lead to his death weeks later. He said that Harris encouraged producers to film his final days in the hospital, but it remains up to the family whether or not that footage will be show. Beers said, "We were there the entire time. We were there in the hospital. When he came out [of a medically induced coma], he was trying to talk. He couldn't, but he was motioning with his hand to my producer and camera man. We said, 'We want to give you your space and get out,' and he wrote on a piece of paper. It said, 'No, we need a great finish to this story.'"

GEORGE CLOONEY'S GIRLFRIEND MAY LAND TV JOB: George Clooney's girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis is in talks to appear in a recurring role on the TNT drama, Leverage. Usmagazine.com reports that the Italian TV personality met with the show's producers in January to discuss the potential role, which would have her act as a mysterious international secret agent. A source told US, "She's very excited about the part as well as the chance to break into American television."

BROOKE BURKE UP FOR 'DWTS' HOST JOB: Former champion Brooke Burke is in contention for the co-host gig on Dancing With the Stars. The 38-year-old tweeted earlier this week, "The news about me hosting DWTS is true. I am screen testing next week for the job, fingers crossed! It would be amazing 2 be back!" Burke won the mirror ball trophy during season seven with partner Derek Hough. The latest cast of celebrity competitors will be announced after The Bachelor finale on March 1st.

KRISTEN WIIG GETS STARRING ROLE: SNL star Kristen Wiig has landed her first big film break in a new project produced by Judd Apatow. Variety reported that the studio "which is fast-tracking the project for a possible spring start, is keeping the logline [plot summary] under wraps, but it is described as revolving around women competing to plan a friend's wedding party." The movie will be directed by Paul Feig, who created Freaks And Geeks.

'FUNNY OR DIE' PREMIERING ON HBO: Funny or Die, Will Ferrell's internet creation with Adam McKay, is coming to television. A sketch comedy show called Funny or Die Presents premieres on HBO this Friday, featuring clips from the comedy video website. Ferrell called the HBO deal, "the missing link moment where TV and Internet finally merge."

KIM KARDASHIAN OUTS AIR MARSHAL ON FLIGHT

Kim Kardashian sparked safety fears after outing the identity of an air marshal on her flight from New York to Los Angeles earlier this week. The controversy started after the 29-year-old tweeted, "I'm on the airplane...love wifi. I am sitting next to an Air Marshall! Jim the air marshal makes me feel safe!"

The disclosure was met with outrage from some fans who responded, "lmao poor Jim the air marshall is going to get fired thanks to you hahahaha. Another added, "if he exposed to you that he WAS an air marshall...I would say that was priviledged info that only the crew was suppose[d] to know."

  • Kim tried to backtrack, telling her followers, "RELAX I just told u guys the Air Marshall is sitting next to me, highly doubt anyone is twittering like me on this flight! shhh. Air Marshall's are supposed to keep their identity concealed. He did! I am just a private eye & assumed, so I asked him & he was honest!"

CHARLIE SHEEN REP DENIES RAMPANT REHAB TALK

Charlie Sheen is reportedly being pressured to join his wife in rehab. RadarOnline.com reports that the Two and a Half Men star has resumed drinking after years of sobriety and friends want him to get sober again.

A source close to the situation told Radar that Sheen is in denial about his problem. The insider explained, "Charlie's TV contract is up for renewal. He doesn't think he has a problem and he's not going into rehab."

  • His rep tried to shut down talk of treatment telling Usmagazine.com, "He is not going to rehab. Who told him to go to rehab? Correct answer: no one."
  • It's been reported that Sheen partied with his wife the night before she went to rehab last week for her alcohol and crack addiction issues.

CHECK IT OUT: Why scandals don't hurt Charlie Sheen's career: http://tinyurl.com/ylep2rc

TLC SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH JON GOSSELIN

TLC has settled its lawsuit with Jon Gosselin. The network said in a statement on Wednesday (February 17th), "TLC has reached a settlement with Jon Gosselin and will be undertaking procedural steps to conclude the litigation. All terms of the settlement are confidential. The whole Gosselin family remain under contract with TLC."

The network sued Jon last year for breach of contract, claiming his paid interviews and public appearances brought negative publicity to the network and violated his contract. TLC won an preliminary injunction against him and a trial was set for April.

  • RadarOnline.com reports that Jon told TLC that he would allow them to once again film his children for a reality show, however a source said, "The network says this is not about the kids. It's about Jon breaching his contract."
  • Jon's lawyer said after the announcement, "Jon has expressed his desire to close the litigation chapter of Jon & Kate Plus 8 and although all terms are confidential, he is hopeful that TLC will move forward with the best interests of the Gosselin family. Sometimes litigants that kiss and make up find their relationship is better the second time around. As Jon's attorney I truly hope that this new adventure for TLC and the Gosselins is a much more joyful journey."

COMPLETE TOP 24 REVEALED ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

Last night's episode of American Idol revealed the remaining Top 24 who will be performing for America next week. Many of the contestants' journeys were shown, including their best and most difficult moments. Although the process was tiring for the judges, it was much worse for the waiting contestants. For some, like Lacey Brown, the wait had paid off. Brown was one of the top 50 contestants last season but was not one of the singers chosen. This year, however, Brown made it through. Along with Lacey Brown, and the two contestants revealed on Tuesday, Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, Crystal Bowersox, Katie Stevens, Lilly Scott, Paige Miles, Michelle Delamore, Siobhan Magnus, and Haeley Vaughn will be moving on to the next round. Angela Martin,who had auditioned for the third time, was not one of the girls chosen this season. After sharing a touching moment with Kara DioGuardi, Martin was forced to go home. The guys who were revealed included; Tyler Grady, Alex Lambert, Tim Urban, Joe Munoz, Jermaine Sellers, John Park and Andrew Garcia.

TIGER WOODS TO SPEAK OUT ON FRIDAY

Disgraced golf champion Tiger Woods will finally break his silence on Friday (February 19th) with a public statement to the media, according to his agent. This will be the 34-year-old Woods' first public appearance since his post-Thanksgiving car crash at his Florida home kicked off a firestorm of revelations regarding his numerous marital infidelities.

  • Woods is set to speak at 11 a.m. ET on Friday from the clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass, which is the headquarters of the US PGA Tour at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. According to his agent, Mark Steinberg, Woods will speak to a "small group of friends, colleagues and close associates" about his past, his future plans, and offer an apology for his behavior.
  • However, Steinberg stressed in his statement that Woods will not field questions at that time from the small group of handpicked press outlets present. "His remarks will be open to a press pool for live coverage. It is NOT a news conference," he stressed.
  • "While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him," Steinberg said in a statement posted on Woods' website. "He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that's what he's going to discuss.

PORN STAR MISTRESS SAYS TIGER GOT HER PREGNANT: Porn star Joslyn James, one of Woods' many mistresses, claimed this week that the golf star got her pregnant twice during a three-year affair. She told the media that she miscarried the first, and chose to abort the second so as not to cause conflict with the birth of Woods' second child with wife Elin. James says she never told Tiger about the pregnancies. But the adult actress' stepmother says her claims are bogus. "Joslyn is a compulsive liar and a bad mom," Debra Siwik told Radaronline.com.

TIGER PLOTS RETURN TO GOLF GAME: On Tuesday, February 16th, Tiger reportedly sat down for a meeting with officials from the Tavistock Cup to talk about his next tournament. According to TMZ.com, Tiger plans to make his return to golf at this PGA matchup set for March. He then plans to play in the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

TIGER AND ELIN LIVING SEPARATELY? Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, have reportedly been living separately since Woods completed his stint in sex addiction rehab in Mississippi. According to RadarOnline.com, the couple live in houses just miles apart but share parenting duties and only see each other when shuttling their two children from one house to another. Nordegren has not filed for divorce, but some say it is inevitable. "You don't get over that kind of betrayal in just a few months," a source close to Elin reportedly said.

SANDRA BULLOCK'S HUSBAND REUNITED WITH MISSING DOG

Sandra Bullock's husband Jesse James has been reunited with his lost dog, Cinnabun. TMZ.com reports that James got a call on Wednesday from a woman who saw a picture of the missing pooch on a flier. She said she found the dog roaming the streets in Long Beach "a while ago."

TMZ reported that everyone present started bawling when James was reunited with his pup.

  • Cinnabun went missing on January 25th and James kicked off a massive search for her. Jesse told TMZ that the woman was "cool" and he plans to give her a reward for finding his dog.
  • The website noted that Cinnabun was "really dirty" and had lost 15 pounds while she was gone.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN CAUSE OF DEATH CONFIRMED

Alexander McQueen did hang himself, it was confirmed on Wednesday (February 17th). A British coroner's official revealed that the 40-year-old British fashion designer hanged himself in his London apartment after leaving a note nearby.

Police detective inspector Paul Armstrong testified that there were no suspicious circumstances in the death, and authorities suspect no malice. It was confirmed that he died from asphyxiation and hanging although a full autopsy isn't available yet.

  • McQueen's mother died several shortly before the designer and in the days after she passed he tweeted the need to "somehow pull myself together and finish."

SNOOKI REPORTEDLY WANTS TO TRADEMARK NAME FOR BOOK

Snooki, a published author? That's the thought after TMZ.com reported that the Jersey Shore star is trying to trademark her name for "printed matter, namely books."

The website reported that Nicole Polizzi has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to gain the sole right to use her famous nickname.

  • TMZ noted that The Situation is trying to trademark his name too -- but for the purpose of putting it on underwear.

CHECK IT OUT: How to register a trademark: http://tinyurl.com/yacxnda

HEADLINE NEWS!!

EIGHT OF 10 U.S. MISSIONARIES FREED IN HAITI: Eight of the 10 American missionaries arrested in Haiti on January 29th for trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-devastated country with proper documentation were freed by a Haitian judge yesterday (February 17th) and flew back to the U.S. on an Air Force C-130 cargo plane, landing in Miami just after midnight today. The judge said the eight were free to leave because parents of the children had testified they voluntarily gave their children to the missionaries, believing they'd have a better life. Still in custody are the group's leader and her former nanny, because they'd visited Haiti before the quake to find out about getting orphans. The judge said he still wanted to question them. The missionaries had said they were taking the children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic to escape the post-quake devastation, and originally said they were all orphans or abandoned. However, it was later determined that a majority of them were given willingly by their parents.

OBAMA SAYS STIMULUS WAS A SUCCESS: President Obama marked the one-year anniversary of the passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus Wednesday (February 17th), saying it was successful in avoiding a second Great Depression and kept up to two million people working, either through jobs saved or created. But he acknowledged that Americans are still suffering with a 9.7 unemployment rate, saying, "It doesn't yet feel like much of a recovery." Obama challenged Republican critics who say the stimulus hasn't created jobs to make that argument to people who have jobs today because of it, and noted again how Republican members of Congress have taken credit in their districts for projects funded by the stimulus that they voted against. The stimulus still has another year to go, and Obama said it's on target to create or save another 1.5 million jobs to increase the estimated total to 3.5 million.

TODAY'S FYI:

MAPLE LEAF MITTENS ARE VANCOUVER OLYMPICS' MUST-HAVE SOUVENIR: A $10 pair of bright red mittens with the Canadian maple leaf symbol on the palms and "Vancouver 2010" with the Olympic rings on the back have become the must-have souvenir of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, sported even by the likes of Vice President Joe Biden and former supermodel Cindy Crawford. USA Today reports that mitten maker Hudson Bay figured they'd sell about one million pairs, but it's now projecting 3.4 million pairs will be sold. The mittens have been hard to find, with the newspaper reporting that they're out of stock completely at the Vancouver Olympics site. And although they can be found in stores, Hudson Bay isn't licensed to sell them outside of Canada. Some people have taken to eBay to get a pair, paying than twice the $10 price or even more.

EX-PREZ CLINTON SAYS WON'T SLOW DOWN AFTER HEART PROCEDURE: Less than one week after undergoing an angioplasty to unclog a blocked artery, former President Bill Clinton said yesterday (February 17th) that he won't be slowing down. Speaking at an event on childhood obesity, Clinton, who had quadruple bypass surgery more than five years ago, said he would make changes like getting more sleep and being more disciplined about exercising every day, but explained, "I've been given this gift of life by my surgery five years ago, the medicine I take, the lifestyle changes I've made. I don't want to throw it away by being a vegetable. I want to do things with it every day." Clinton said that his hectic schedule after the Haitian earthquake probably played a role in the recent problem, saying, "I didn't sleep much for a month." Clinton was hospitalized last Thursday (February 11th) and had the angioplasty after feeling discomfort in his chest.

POLL PAINTS PORTRAIT OF TEA PARTY ACTIVISTS: A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released yesterday (February 17th) set out to find out about the activists involved in the Tea Party movement. It showed:

  • 60 percent of Tea Party activists are male, half live in rural areas, nearly three-quarters attended college, and more than 75 percent call themselves conservatives
  • Most describe themselves as independents, but 87 percent said they'd vote for the GOP candidate in their congressional district if there wasn't a Tea Party-endorsed third party candidate.
  • About 11 percent of Americans say they've actively supported the Tea Party effort, by doing things like donating money or attending a rally. Another 24 percent of the public generally favors the movement, but hasn't taken any action. Added together, this overall group of about 35 percent of the population is also predominantly male, higher-income and conservative.

YOUNG AMERICANS LESS TIED TO ORGANIZED RELIGION: The Millennial generation, young Americans under 30, are less tied to organized religion, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion, which found religious affiliation at a 50-year low among young people. Among the Millennials, 25 percent of those between 18 and 30 said they an unaffiliated, up from 20 percent of Generation Xers, people born between 1965 and 1980, who identified themselves as unaffiliated at the same age. And just 13 percent of Baby Boomers described themselves that way at the same age, in the late 1970s. At the same time, one of the Pew researchers, Greg Smith, said this, quote, "doesn't necessarily mean that young people are more secular." When Millennials were asked if they believe in heaven and hell, 75 percent said yes, the same percentage as people over 30. Similarly, 75 percent said they believe in life after death and 80 percent said they believe in miracles, the same percentage as those over 30. Smith said the results show, quote, "an openness as to the way Americans approach religion."

BURGER KING JOINING COFFEE WARS: McDonald's has had big success with its McCafe line of coffee drinks, and now Burger King is joining the coffee wars. Burger King will be launching a new coffee line, introducing Seattle's Best Coffee -- a brand owned by Starbucks -- into all its U.S. restaurants beginning this summer. Restaurants will sell the coffee along with iced varieties that also come with a choice of plain, vanilla or mocha flavors and whipped toppings. Prices are set by the franchise owners, but the suggested price range is $1 to $2.79.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

American Lindsey Vonn Wins Downhill Gold: American skier Lindsey Vonn won the women's downhill gold yesterday (February 17th), getting her first-ever Olympic medal despite flying down the bumpy and slick mountain course with a severely bruised and painful shin. The injury she suffered in a February 2nd practice session was so painful that there were concerns Vonn might not be able to compete at all. Instead, she now has a gold medal -- the first downhill gold ever for an American woman -- and four more races to go, with the possibility of medaling in each. Fellow American Julia Mancuso won the silver, and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria took the bronze.

America's Shaun White Repeats, Winning Halfpipe Gold: American snowboarder Shaun White won the men's halfpipe gold medal Wednesday, repeating as Olympic champion after also winning the gold four years ago in the 2006 Turin Games. The long-haired redhead who's ditched his "Flying Tomato" nickname for "Animal" was assured of victory with his first of two runs, scoring a 46.8 out of a top possible mark of 5.0. But he went for it anyway on his second run, a victory lap in which he did his signature Double McTwist 1260 trick, and wound up scoring even higher, getting a 48.4. Peetu Piironinen of Finland came in second, and fellow American Scotty Lago took bronze.

U.S. Speedskater Shani Davis Defends Olympic Title with 1,000-Meter Gold: American speedskater Shani Davis successfully defended his 1,000-meter Olympic title yesterday, getting gold four years after winning the same race at the Turin Olympics. Davis, the only black athlete to ever win an individual gold at a winter Olympics, has also become the first man to win two Olympic 1,000 golds. Mo Tae-bum of South Korea won silver, and American teammate Chad Hedrick won bronze.

Women's Alpine Ski Course to be Changed for Safety: The final jump on the women's Alpine ski course is be changed for safety reasons after several skiers crashed during Wednesday's downhill race. Additionally, the course's difficulty was compounded by days of rain and snow freezing overnight to cause a slick, fast surface. An icy crest where skiers launch into the jump that's known as "Hot Air is being lowered before today's super-combined, and the start is being moved further down, shortening the course to lower skies' speed and help avoid mistakes made by exhaustion. The move comes after the luge course was also modified for safety following the death of a Georgian luger in a crash during a pre-competition run on the opening day of the Vancouver Games.

What's with the Blue Lines on the Downhill Course?: Yahoo! Sports blog Fourth-Place Medal has solved the mystery of the blue lines painted on the downhill skiing course. The two vertical lines are meant to give skiers a path down the mountain. It's meant only for safety, and there's no penalty for going outside of them. The horizontal lines across the course provide depth perception for the skiers. And blue is used because it "pops" and looks better than red. Before a race, the lines are made by an official wearing a backpack spray tanker.

MEDAL COUNT: After a big day for the U.S. yesterday, with the Americans taking six medals, the U.S. now has 14 medals overall -- 5 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 10. France is third with 7. The U.S. is also in first place in gold medals with Switzerland, Germany and South Korea tied for second place with 3 each, and France, Canada, China and Sweden tied in third with 2 each.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!

CBS

  • SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLIANS - Backstabbing runs rampant through a tribe; one villian pushes so hard to provide for the tribe that he passes out.
  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (repeat)

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Figure skating, free skate; Women's snowboarding and speed skating.

FOX

  • BONES (repeat)
  • PAST LIFE - When two people share the same regression episodes, the team discovers that the couple are star-crossed lovers who rediscover each other in each life.

ABC

  • THE DEEP END - Liam and Dylan realize they are they only ones who believe their client is innocent; Addy gets a visit from her long distance boyfriend.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - Callie, Bailey and Richard present sugical cases from their pasts when Derek restores hospital lecture series.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - Cooper thinks Charlotte's new boyfriend is abusing pills; Naomi, Addison and Pete try to save a premature baby.

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (repeat)
  • SUPERNATURAL (repeat)

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY - Everyone tells Vicki what they think of her; Raquel tells her friends about the eviction.

FX

  • ARCHER - Archer and the ISIS crew battle the clock when a bomb threatens the maiden voyage of the luxury airship Excelsior.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - TBA

USA

  • BURN NOTICE - Sam and Michael investigate a robbery at a chic fashion house; Michael and Fiona gain the trust of a Polish intelligence officer.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Kate Walsh
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Reunited after 42 Years: A Mother's Desperate Search
THE VIEW - John Lithgow, E.D. Hill, plastic surgeon Keith Attkiss

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Merriweather
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics Coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Freddie Prinze Jr., Danica Patrick, Robin Thicke
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jimmie Johnson
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics Coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics Coverage
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
LOPEZ TONIGHT - (repeat)

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

COLOMBIAN WOMAN COMES 'BACK' TO LIFE: A 45-year-old woman who had been declared dead and sent to a funeral home ''came back to life'' when she began breathing and moving in front of the funeral home workers. The woman from Bogota, Colombia had been declared clinically dead at a medical facility after being hospitalized with a serious neurological condition. "The instruments the patient was connected to gave no blood pressure or heart rate readings," said Dr. Miguel Angel Saavedra. The woman was sent to a funeral home to be prepared for burial. "When they were going to apply formaldehyde, the patient began to breathe again and make movements," Saavedra told a local news station. The woman was taken back into the hospital where she remains in a coma. (AFP)

FOOT-LONG TOOL FOUND IN WOMAN'S STOMACH: A foot-long surgical tool was found in the abdomen of a woman who had had surgery five months ago. Zdenka Kopeckova, 66, had been complaining to her doctors about the pain after having the surgery at a hospital located in the small town in the Czech Republic. Although she had requested an x-ray, the doctors told her that it would only expose her to unnecessary radiation. "I told the head surgeon that if I had no pain I would not be complaining. I'm not a hypochondriac," said Kopeckova. The hospital director, Jaromir Hrubes, told Reuters that those concerned with the operation would be disciplined. (Reuters)

DOG HITCHHIKES 1,200 MILES TO FIND OWNER: A dog hitchhiked 1,200 miles in order to find his master he had lost in New Orleans. Stephen Soleas, 26, had visited New Orleans for a few weeks and had lost his Labrador, Charlie a few days after he had left. Charlie was found by a couple is Taos, NM who decided to take a 3-day drive back to New Orleans in order to help the dog find its owner. Soleas and Charlie were reunited 10 days later when Magazine Street Animal Clinic co-owner, Teresa Germon, scanned Charlie's microchip. Charlie and Soleas were in the Krewe of Barkus pet parade two days later. (AP)

NEWLYWED ARRESTED TWICE ON WEDDING NIGHT: A man from Lewiston, Idaho was arrested twice on his wedding night and charged with assaulting his new bride. The 21-year-old groom was arrested earlier that evening for drunken and disorderly conduct. According to the police, after the suspect was released on bail, he went to his nearby home in Clarkston, Wash. and assaulted his wife. She told authorities that he had slapped and choked her. The suspect was charged with second-degree assault and interfering with a report of domestic violence. (AP)

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Tickets to what team are the most expensive in the NHL?

A: Toronto Maple Leafs

Since the 2007-08 season, tickets to see the Toronto Maple Leafs have been the most expensive in the league, although average prices for the 2009-10 season are far and away the most expensive in recorded league history, and at $117.49, the only average ticket price ever to cost $100 or more.

DID YOU KNOW?

SEX REPORTEDLY RAMPANT AT OLYMPIC VILLAGE: Matthew Syed wrote on TimesOnline.co.uk, "I played my first Games in Barcelona in 1992 and got laid more often in those two and a half weeks than in the rest of my life up to that point. That is to say twice, which may not sound a lot, but for a 21-year-old undergraduate with crooked teeth, it was a minor miracle. Barcelona was, for many of us Olympic virgins, as much about sex as it was about sport. It was not just the guys. The women, too, seemed in thrall to their hormones, throwing around daring glances and dynamite smiles like confetti. This sex fest was not limited to Barcelona: the same thing happened in Sydney in 2000, my second Olympics as an athlete, and again in Beijing."

INTERNET DATING IS HUGE AROUND THE WORLD: Nearly one in three Web users are surfing the Internet for a boyfriend or girlfriend, according to a new poll. The BBC World Service global poll surveyed close to 11,000 Internet users in 19 countries. Turns out India and Pakistan have some of the largest numbers of enthusiasts for online dating, with 59% of Indians and 60% of Pakistanis using the Internet to track down a potential partner. Twenty-one percent of Americans use the Internet for finding a partner, as do 16% of South Koreans, 28% of Brits and 27% of the French.


BRITS DON'T WASH SHEETS OFTEN: A British company said its survey suggests more than half a million people in the country only wash their bed sheets an average three times per year. Insurance company Sheilas' Wheels said its poll found London residents were the guiltiest of washing their linens only thrice yearly, with nearly a quarter admitting to the practice, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday. "With the cold weather making our beds more irresistible than ever, Brits are currently spending more than 49 hours a week sleeping in," Sheilas' Wheels spokeswoman Jacky Brown said. "The bed is one of the most used and expensive items in the home. So it's astonishing that more people aren't keeping it clean, with many beds being used as an alternative to the kitchen table for a place to breakfast or snack."


CHOCOLATE RELIEVES STRESS: A recent test survey found that 47 percent of adults polled had a tendency to lay awake at night, well, stressing. Volunteers who considered themselves "highly stressed" were asked to eat 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate (anything with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher) every day for two weeks. By the end of the study, their stress-hormone levels and fight-or-flight hormones, called catecholamines, had both dipped, thanks to all those antioxidant-rich flavonoids packed into dark chocolate. (Lemondrop.com)

MEN LOSING THEIR LIBIDOS: Recent research by Relate, the couples' counseling organization, reported a 40 percent rise in the number of men who didn't want to have sex with their partners, compared with ten years ago. Some of it can be put down to the fact that we are becoming more willing to admit to problems like this, but there are lots of other more complicated reasons, too. Twenty years ago, pornography was something you had to search out and buy. Now it's on every home computer, and more and more men are ruining their sex lives as a result, because they can meet their desires without their wife. Extreme emotional states, such as stress and anxiety, affect men's libidos very negatively. (Telegraph)

PARENTS SCARED TO DISCIPLINE CHILDREN: A quarter of adults are so afraid of upsetting their children that they do not discipline them at all, a survey found. This is despite the fact that 55 percent of those polled said their own parents had been stricter with them, and more than a third said they feared a lack of boundaries could lead to their children getting into trouble. One in four parents told researchers that they shied away from telling off their children because they wanted 'an easy life'. Just three in ten said they had sent their child to bed early. One in three had restricted a child's access to an iPod, cell phone or computer. One in 20 said they would do 'absolutely nothing' to punish a child. But a quarter of those polled said they wished they were more strict because their child was out of control. (Daily Mail)

SWEAT ATTRACTS MATES? Whether you are irresistible to the opposite sex or not may be a direct result of how sweet your sweat smells to the object of your desire. Research shows that clues to the genetic make-up of a woman could be held in her perspiration -- or in her looks. According to Australian scientists, who studied the DNA of almost 150 university students, the secrets of attraction are hidden in immune system genes that we inherit from our parents. Clues to this could be contained in a woman's appearance or sweat -- which signals to potential partners that children produced would have the greatest chance of fighting disease.


Should News Media Hold Olympic Results Until After NBC's Broadcast?

Some news organizations are hearing complaints for spoiling the suspense by reporting the results of Vancouver Olympic events, such as U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn's gold medal win yesterday afternoon (February 17th), as soon as they happen, instead of waiting until after NBC airs them on its prime time broadcast. Some media outlets have in fact decided not to report the results until later, or, in the case of TV stations, put up the results in writing, but warn viewers so they can look away. But the New York Times, for one, isn't changing its policy. Sports editor Tom Jolly said, "Our job is to report the news." He explained that NBC, quote, "has made a business decision to show the highlights on a taped basis. We're not beholden to presenting the news the way NBC does."

Conservatives to Hit Pelosi Pinata and Reid Punching Bag at D.C. Gathering

Conservatives gathered in Washington, D.C., this weekend for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) plan to have some fun hitting a "Pelosi Pinata," representing Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a Reid Punching Bag, standing in for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. At the party Friday (February 19th) -- which isn't sponsored by CPAC -- women will hit the Pelosi Pinata, which The Hill reports will be filled with favorite Pelosi sayings, bills and candy, and men will pound on the Reid punching bag. But Ford C. O'Connell, chairman of the CivicForumPAC, insists it isn't personal. He told The Hill, "It is the policies of big government that we are trying to whack or punch, not Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid."

Barbie Gets Two New Careers, Chosen by Voters From Around the World

Barbie has had more than 125 careers since she made her debut, but her two newest ones were for the first time chosen by voters from around the world. More than half a million people voted, and news anchor came out on top for the famous doll's new career. The Barbie News Anchor doll will debut in the fall, with a pink suit with black accents, a news folder, a camera and a microphone with the "B News" logo. There was a big push for another career and Mattel decided to do it was well, so it will also produce a Computer Engineer Barbie. In order to be accurate, they consulted the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to create a Barbie that sports pink glasses and a binary code-patterned top, and comes with a smart phone, a Bluetooth headset, a pink laptop and a laptop travel bag.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Taylor Swift has certainly earned bragging rights, given her history-making sales and chart statistics. But no matter what career mountain she climbs, she'll never be the one to tell you about it. Taylor tells us she'd rather keep it on the down low and let her track record speak for itself. "Confidence to me comes across best when it's a quiet confidence. You know, bragging and hyping yourself up really isn't a good way to promote yourself. I think it's just better to do the work and go our there on stage and show people that you love doing this and it's your favorite thing in the world. For me, my parents raised me to believe that the most annoying thing in the world is people that feel like they're entitled to success or entitled to fame or entitled to whatever. I've just never really been that way, and neither has my family."

  • Taylor kicked of her Fearless 2010 tour with seven sold-out shows in Australia last week. She headed to Japan over the weekend, where she plays her very first show in Tokyo tonight (Wednesday, February 17th).
  • Following the tour, Taylor's Fearless album held the Number One spot on Australia's ARIA Country Albums Sales Chart. It also held the Number Three spot on the ARIA all-genre albums chart.
  • At iTunes Australia, Taylor had eight of the Top 10 tracks on the country chart, including positions 1-7. Fearless and Taylor Swift were the Number One and Number Two country albums, respectively.
  • Taylor will begin the North American leg of her Fearless tour on March 4th in Tampa.
  • In other Taylor news, the singer can count Olympic skiier Will Brandenburg as one of her many admirers. He listens to Taylor's music while preparing for competitions. He told MTV.com, "She's just got that girl-next-door attitude. I like it, I like it a lot. I think me and Taylor could have a really good time. I was just thinking (about) a nice little dinner and a movie and a date, so if you're out there, Taylor, look me up. Will you be my valentine?"
Keith Urban recently played a special show for 140 Verizon Wireless and Samsung electronics customers on a rather small stage -- 5' by 15', to be exact -- which was built at a downtown New York City space for the performance. Keith told the crowd, "I've never played a loft before," before launching into such hits as "Better Life" and and his current Top 10 hit, "Til Summer Comes Around."

After a spirited performance of "Only You Could Love Me This Way", during which the audience chimed in, Keith joked, "(After that) you should be referred to as the 'Loftettes' and if you're in this room you're an official member. We should do a whole tour like that -- with lots of tour buses."

One audience member took his role as a "Loftette" to temporarily steal the spolight from Keith. Mark Minich from Meriden, Connecticut challenged Keith to play a lesser-known track from his 2004 Be Here CD called "Live To Love Another Day." Keith said, "I haven't played that in like 40 years!" So he called Mark on stage to sing lead on the song.

While taking questions from the audience, Keith got an unexpected one from a little girl who asked him what he got wife Nicole Kidman for Valentine's Day. Once the audience laughter died down, Keith pretended that his microphone was cutting in and out to avoid answering the rather personal question.

  • To see clips from Keith's Verizon performance log onto keithurban.net/kutube.

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FAST FACTS

  • Keith will hit the road later this year playing fairs and festivals.
  • He is currently working on a new album, the followup to his 2009 release, Defying Gravity.

Lady Antebellum's latest hit is one of those rare songs on their new Need You Now CD that the trio had no part in writing. "American Honey" had everything the group wanted in a song, and it filled a void, as Charles Kelley tells us: "(Charles) It's just one of those songs that if we could have written it . . . We wanted a song like that, and the album needed a song like that. (Hillary) Just a feel good . . . (Charles) And we didn't write a song like that. It just happened to be, and we weren't gonna try to force it, and it said everything we wanted to say, so. . . You know, we had a couple songs like that that we didn't write that we heard and we just gravitated towards and were like 'I've got to sing this!'"
  • The song is a Top 12 hit on the country charts.
  • In other Lady A news, the group will make their debut appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday (February 19th). As part of "Oprah Fridays Live," Charles, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood will perform a medley of their hits "I Run To You" and "Need You Now."
  • Their Need You Now CD debuted at Number One on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart where it remained for two consecutive weeks with sales of more than 689,000 units.

FAST FACTS

  • "Need You Now" recently spent five consecutive weeks at Number One on the country charts and was also certified platinum.
  • After performing the song on the Grammy Awards last month, it shot to Number One on the all-genre iTunes chart where it remained for over a week. It is still currently in the Top Five on the all-genre iTunes chart.
Dierks Bentley has been tapped to perform at this year's Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday (February 23rd) at the Nashville Convention Center. Dierks will perform an acoustic tribute to Brooks & Dunn, who will receive the Country Radio Broadcaster's (CRB) Career Achievement Award at the ceremony and dinner held inside the Renaissance Ballroom. The duo will retire after their Last Rodeo tour ends in August.
  • Last year, Dierks toured with Brooks & Dunn in Australia. He said, "I watched their show every night from side-stage in total awe of the number of hits they've had and what they've built over the last few decades. They've done it all. I still can't believe they're about to retire. In true B&D fashion, I have no doubt they'll go out in a BIG way and leave us wanting more. I'm honored the CRB asked me to help recognize them and their huge contribution to our format."
  • Ticket prices for the Hall of Fame ceremony are $90 for Country Radio Seminar registrants. Non-registrant advance tickets are $100, and the on-site rate is $125. Tickets are on sale now at CRB.org.

FAST FACT

  • Both Dierks and Brooks & Dunn were awarded the Country Music Association's International Artist Achievement Award for their contributions to country music outside the United States when their Australian tour wrapped in 2009.
After a scandalous and troubled past few years, Mindy McCready hopes to make headlines for her music once again. The singer will release a new CD, called I'm Still Here, on March 23rd. This will be Mindy's first CD in eight years.
  • The new project will feature nine songs, including a version of "The Dance" and updated renditions of her early hits, "Guys Do It All The Time" and "Ten Thousand Angels."
  • Mindy is currently appearing on VH1's Celebrity Rehab 3. She performs the CD's title track, "I'm Still Here," in an upcoming episode.

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FAST FACTS

  • Mindy's last radio hit was "A Girl's Gotta Do (What A Girl's Gotta Do)", which went to Number Four on the charts in 1997.
  • The singer was arrested several times in the last six years on various charges, including DUI, battery, resisting arrest and probation violation.
  • She tried to commit suicide three times, and suffered a nervous breakdown as recently as last year.
  • She was severely beaten and choked by her ex-boyfriend, who she eventually wound up having a baby with in 2006.

Kenny Chesney will tape an episode of CMT Crossroads with Steve Miller sometime next month. This is Kenny's second time on the series. He originally paired up with John Mellencamp in 2003. CMT Crossroads with Kenny and Steve will air later this year.

Willie Nelson's new album, called Country Music, can be found in all Starbucks stores for four weeks after its April 20th release date. The PBS series Soundstage will also celebrate his album release when it begins airing his episode nationally beginning on February 25th. Check local listing for dates and times.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What was the name of the now defunct bar where Kenny Chesney first played his music in Nashville?
A. The Turf

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE!


CMT CRIBS/CMT 12:00PM (ET)
Jo Dee Messina, Darryl Worley, Naomi Judd

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: TRISHA YEARWOOD/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 12:30PM (ET)
Tanya Tucker, Eric Church, Glen Campbell

INVITATION ONLY: REBA McENTIRE/CMT 1:00PM (ET)

THE COLLECTION: BRAD PAISLEY/GAC 9:00PM (ET)

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE/ABC 12:05AM (ET)
Brad Paisley

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!


  • Bryan White (36)
  • Larry The Cable Guy (comedian) (47)
  • Paris Hilton (socialite-reality TV star) (29)
  • Jim Brown (Hall Of Fame NFL running back) (74)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (actor, 500 Days of Summer, "Tommy Solomon" from 3rd Rock From The Sun, 10 Things I Hate About You, Miracle At St. Anna) (29)
  • Hal Holbrook (actor, All The President's Men, The Star Chamber, Designing Women, Wall Street, The Firm; husband of Dixie Carter) (85)
  • Michael Jordan (basketball player) (47)
  • Mary Ann Mobley (actress, Miss America 1959) (71)
  • Jerry O'Connell (actor, Stand By Me, Jerry Maguire, Calendar Girl) (36)
  • Rene Russo (actress, Get Shorty, The Thomas Crown Affair, Mr. Destiny, Ransom) (56)
  • Jason Ritter (actor, son of the late John Ritter) (30)
  • Billie Joe Armstrong (punk rock singer-guitarist, of Green Day) (38)
  • Chante Moore (R&B singer) (43)
  • Lou Diamond Phillips (actor, La Bamba, Stand and Deliver, Young Guns) (48)
  • Denise Richards (actress, Starship Troopers, Wild Things, The World Is Not Enough, Scary Movie 3, Love Actually; ex-wife of Charlie Sheen) (39)
  • Dominic Purcell (actor, Prison Break) (40)
  • Rickey Medlocke (singer-guitarist, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot) (60)
  • Larry The Cable Guy (comedian) (47)
  • Bobby Lewis ("Tossin' & Turnin'") (77) (age is disputed)
  • Dodie Stevens ("Pink Shoelaces") (64)
  • Michael Bay (director, Bad Boys I & II, Armageddon, Coyote Ugly, Transformers) (45

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Porter Wagoner gave his first Los Angeles concert in nearly 40 years, opening for Neko Case at the Henry Fonda Theatre, in 2007. He employed an all-star band with guitarist Marty Stuart, bass player Dwight Yoakam and drummer Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Joe Diffie's "Bigger Than The Beatles" hit Number One on the Billboard country singles chart in 1996.
  • John Michael Montgomery's "I Can Love You Like That" was released in 1995.
  • Gene Autry's "Don't Fence Me In" charted in 1945.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

'GOSSIP GIRL' STAR DIVORCING? Gossip Girl star Matthew Settle is reportedly splitting from his wife. Sources told Usmagazine.com that "divorce is imminent" between 40-year-old Settle and model Naama Nativ. His wedding ring was off during NYC fashion shows on February 11th and 12th and insiders say he was spotted with a mystery woman the day before Valentine's Day. Settle and Nativ have a one-year-old daughter named Aven.

BRANGELINA ARRIVE IN VENICE: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their six children are in Venice, Italy where Jolie is going to begin shooting her upcoming thriller, The Tourist, with Johnny Depp. Pictures surfaced of the family grabbing ice cream and even rarely-seen twins, Knox and Vivienne were photographed in their parents' arms boarding a water taxi.

KIM KARDASHIAN SHOWS OFF LINE AT FASHION WEEK: Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian "ditched" sister Kim for the debut of their Kardashians by Bebe collection at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday (February 16th). Just before the sisters' clothes went down the catwalk, Kim told MTV News, "I'm so excited to be here. I mean it's backstage my first fashion show. I wish my sisters were here. They ditched me on this one. I actually thought they were going to be here. I'm excited to represent. I'm wearing an outfit from our line. I think we just wanted stuff that was sexy and edgy and represented me Kourt and Khloe." She added, "I love designing. This has definitely woken up this part in me that I didn't know was there. You never know what's in the future."

ROGER EBERT REVEALS STRUGGLE: Roger Ebert is opening up about his condition, telling Esquire magazine that although he's lost his ability to speak, there is "no need to pity" him. The loss of speech is one of the effects of drastic reconstructive surgeries on his jaw since his diagnosis with thyroid cancer in 2002. He communicates through Post-it notes and a computer program that turns text into speech. Ebert, hasn't been able to speak since 2002, has continued to write: reviewing films, keeping an online journal and publishing books.

INDUSTRY NEWS

PAULA DEEN ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'? Food Network host Paula Deen is reportedly in talks to appear on an upcoming episode of American Idol. A source told E!, "They started talking about two weeks ago." It's unclear what Deen's role on the show would be, but E! speculates that it's more likely she'd serve as a guest judge than be a contender for Simon Cowell's seat at the judge's table.

CW RENEWS FIVE SERIES: The CW has given early season pickups to five series: The Vampire Diaries, America's Next Top Model, Supernatural, Gossip Girl and 90210. The fates of Smallville, Melrose Place and One Tree Hill are still unknown.

'TAXI DRIVER' SEQUEL REPORTEDLY IN THE WORKS: Rumors are swirling that Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are teaming up for a sequel to their 1976 classic, Taxi Driver. Starpulse.com reports that industry gossip at the Berlin International Film Festival included reports that the new movie would be a collaboration between Scorsese and Danish director Lars Von Trier, and would see De Niro reprise his role as troubled New York taxi driver Travis Bickle. Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader recently told the New York Post, "I was talking with Martin Scorsese about doing a sequel to Taxi Driver, where (Travis Bickle) is older."

MARLO THOMAS WRITING MEMOIR: Marlo Thomas is the latest celebrity penning a memoir. Her publisher, Hyperion, announced that the 72-year-old is working on Growing Up Laughing, a memoir about her childhood and the "star entertainer friends" of her father, comedian Danny Thomas. It's expected to hit stores in September.

TORI SPELLING WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOK: Tori Spelling's next book is intended for children. The former 90210 star, who previously penned the memoirs, Mommywood and sTORI Telling, is working on Presenting ... Tallulah, the "sweet tale of a young girl who really just wants to be herself." Another adult release, tentatively titled uncharted terriTORI is also due out this year.

'GOSSIP GIRL' FASHION LINE IN THE WORKS: Executives at Warner Bros have reportedly teamed up with U.K. chain Miss Selfridge to create a clothing line based on Gossip Girl's "stylish characters." Warner Bros Consumer Products U.K. general manager Paul Bufton says, "Fashion is intrinsic to Gossip Girl and a key ingredient in the continued popularity of the series. Miss Selfridge has created a collection that is true to the ideals of the show and one that young women will aspire to own." The line is due out in April

'JERSEY SHORE'S' RONNIE AND SAMMI REPORTEDLY HATE EACH OTHER

Jersey Shore stars Ronnie Magro and Sammi Giancola are not only broken up, according to sources, but the two supposedly hate each other. An insider who knows the former lovebirds told RadarOnline.com, "Ronnie and Sammi aren't dating anymore, and they don't want to do any public appearances together because they can't even stand being in a room together."

Sammi and Ronnie were scheduled to meet their fans at McFadden's in Chicago on February 4th and at Mink in Toronto Canada on February 14th and missed both of their last appearances. The two appeared to break up during the show's reunion special, but it was reported they'd reunited shortly after.

  • During the reunion, Ronnie saw footage of Sam flirting with The Situation and said, "Sam likes to leave certain things out when we have conversations. . . it makes no difference to me. I cut girls quicker than barbers do."
  • In other Jersey Shore news, J-Woww recently revealed that neither she nor her co-star Snooki are actually Italian, despite their self-proclaimed guidette status. J-Woww told FoxNews.com's Web show, The Strategy Room that she is "Spanish and Irish," while Snooki is actually Chilean.

CHECK IT OUT: Six scenarios for couples getting back together: http://tinyurl.com/dec4jc

WILL ALI BE THE NEXT 'BACHELORETTE'?

Even though Jake denied Ali Fedotowsky the opportunity to return and compete for his heart -- viewers may not have seen the last of the 25-year-old fan favorite. The possibility of headlining the next installment of The Bachelorette came up on Tuesday's Ellen DeGeneres Show, which Ali admitted would be "so nice."

She said that if asked to star in the series, "I would be so flattered." Even though professional obligations forced her to drop out of The Bachelor, Ali insinuated that she'd pick love over work the next time around.

  • As for who will ultimately win Jake's heart, Ali noted that she's "really good friends" with Tenley, but is startled by "the connection that Vienna and Jake have... I didn't realize that was happening behind the scenes or when I wasn't around. They look like a good couple. I actually think it could be Vienna."

CHECK IT OUT: How to balance work and relationships: http://tinyurl.com/yedrgq4

FINAL ROUND OF AUDITIONS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

It has come down to the wire for the contestants on American Idol. This week's episode kicked off by separating the 71 contestants into three groups. As the judges deliberated, snippets of the final auditions were shown. The first group to receive good news was room one, which contained some of the judges' favorites like Jermaine Sellers, Casey James and Andrew Garcia. Casey James ended up being the only male singing Colby Caillat's ''Bubbly,'' which pleased the judges. Sellers, on the other hand, gave excuses for his performance, which may have dug him into a ditch. Waiting in room two was rocker Mary Powers, who remained confident in her audition. Powers thought that she had done enough to make it to the Top 24, but in the end her group was cut. The contestants in room three included Shelby Dressel and Ashley Rodriguez. Dressel let her nerves get to her during the rehearsal but she managed to remember the lyrics. Room three also received good news. Idol ended by revealing seven of the Top 24 contestants: Michael ''Big Mike'' Lynche, Didi Benami, Katelyn Epperly, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Lee Dewyze, and Toddrick Hall.

LONGTIME SIDEKICK KEVIN EUBANKS REPORTEDLY LEAVING JAY LENO

Jay Leno's longtime sidekick is supposedly leaving the talk show host as he returns to The Tonight Show. Extra reported that Kevin Eubanks, who also served as Leno's bandleader, "wanted a change" and decided to leave the show to pursue other opportunities.

Despite Eubanks's plan, a source told Extra that he will appear on the debut of the revamped Tonight Show when it returns on March 1st.

  • PerezHilton.com reported that Darius Rucker, formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish fame, is rumored to be the frontrunner for Eubanks's spot. Rucker's rep however, told Fox News that this wasn't true
  • In 1992, Eubanks joined The Tonight Show band, becoming bandleader two years later. Before the show, he released numerous albums.

CHECK IT OUT: Deciding when it's time to leave a job: http://tinyurl.com/yfougfw

LINDSAY LOHAN REPORTEDLY BANNED FROM NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Lindsay Lohan won't be a fixture at New York's Fashion Week this year. The New York Daily News reports that the starlet was banned from Jill Stuart's show because the designer's team considers her a "brand damager."

Although Stewart denies a flat-out ban, sources said that, "A lot of designers, and especially Jill's camp, don't think she's worth all the press she'd get their show."

  • Also potentially keeping Lohan away from the shows is the presence of ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson's family. The insider added, "Fashion Week kind of belongs to the Ronsons, and Charlotte had Lindsay banned from both her show and after-party -- just like she did this past fall."

BROOKE MUELLER REPORTEDLY IN REHAB FOR CRACK ADDICTION

It's been well documented that Brooke Mueller was drinking at the time of her Christmas Day altercation with husband Charlie Sheen, but sources claim her current rehab stint is in relation to a crack addiction.

A source told RadarOnline.com, "Brooke has been in denial about her problem for a long time." The insider added that "She's smoking crack and she's drinking heavily. Everyone around her wanted her to get help."

  • Contrary to her lawyer's statements, sources claim Brooke was indeed in rehab leading up to Sheen's arraignment and checked into a different facility the day after his Aspen court date.
  • Brooke was treated for crack addiction around 2001 as an inpatient in a Los Angeles facility. One person said, "She had a bad problem even back then. She would leave the facility, score drugs, get beat up and wind up in the hospital."

SANDRA BULLOCK IS 'ODDLY RELAXED' ABOUT CHOOSING OSCAR GOWN

Given her constant stream of accolades this awards season, Sandra Bullock could have begun hunting for an Oscar dress months ago -- but just weeks away from the show, the best actress nominee is undecided on what she'll wear.

Talking to reporters at the annual Oscar nominees luncheon, Bullock said,"I'm oddly relaxed about it because it's someone else's job to finely stitch thousands of pleats and jewels in to a gorgeous thing to make you look divine, so look if I have to wear a trash bag I'll belt it with rhinestones and I'll make it work. But I'm not panicking for some reason I think cause there's so many beautiful things out there someone will not want to wear something and I'll get it."

  • Meanwhile, Bullock noted that pressure comes along with being an Oscar nominee. She explained, "Because of this honor and what I've been given these last couple months, I really have an obligation not to step back even the smallest bit. I really feel an obligation to better my work and to keep at it."

CHECK IT OUT: The best Oscar gowns ever: http://tinyurl.com/ya36rvn

MEGAN FOX SAYS SHE'S MATERNAL

Megan Fox's famous body will be going through some changes if the actress has her way. The 23-year-old sex symbol confessed to W magazine, "No one believes me when I talk about this, but I'm really maternal."

She continued, "I worry that because I've always wanted [kids] so much, as the world goes sometimes, I won't be able to have them, even though I would be able to provide them with such an amazing environment."

  • Fox noted that luck may not be on her side because, "you know, the people who hate kids and don't want kids always end up having 50 of them." The actress has been dating actor Brian Austin Green on and off for the past five years. He has a seven-year-old son from a previous relationship.

CHECK IT OUT: How to be a good mom: http://tinyurl.com/y8aqdte

HEADLINE NEWS!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


OBAMA SEEKS INVESTMENT IN NUCLEAR ENERGY: President Obama announced $8.3 billion in loan guarantees Tuesday (February 16th) to build the first nuclear power plant in the U.S. in nearly 30 years. With the move backing an alternate energy source that Republicans support, Obama is trying to win GOP backing for climate change legislation that would cap greenhouse gas emissions and expand the use of alternative sources of energy. The government backing will help the company Southern Co build two reactors at a plant in Georgia, which could be completed and in service in the next six to seven years. Obama described nuclear energy as the "largest source of fuel that produces no carbon emission,"and also touted that the project would create 3,500 construction jobs and 800 permanent jobs once the reactors are up and running. At the same time, nuclear energy is controversial, because it produces nuclear waste, and because of safety concerns, with many Americans still remembering the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in 1979.

GOVERNMENT ORDERS TOYOTA TO TURN OVER RECALL-RELATED DOCUMENTS: The government yesterday (February 16th) ordered Toyota to turn over documents related to its massive recalls, wanting to know how long the Japanese automaker knew about the safety problems before taking action. Problems with sticking accelerators and floor mats trapping gas pedals have led to the recall of some 8.5 million Toyota vehicles. Under federal law, automakers must notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within five days of determining that there's a safety problem and issue a recall. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said the government is considering civil penalties for Toyota over its handling of the recalls.

TODAY'S FYI:

CLIMBER'S BODY RETRIEVED FROM MT. ST. HELENS' CRATER: The body of a 52-year-old veteran climber was recovered from the crater on top of Mount Saint Helens in Washington state yesterday (February 16th), one day after he fell in while posing for a photo on the rim. Winds and clouds that had hampered efforts to reach Joseph Bohlig on Monday and earlier Tuesday cleared up enough for a Navy helicopter to reach him later in the day. An autopsy will be conducted to determine if he died of hypothermia, injuries or a combination of factors. After reaching the summit, Bohlig had given the camera to another hiker and was backing up to the rim when the snow gave way and he fell 1,500 feet into the crater. He was alive soon after the fall, however, heard blowing his rescue whistle.

  • Mount Saint Helens erupted in 1980, but has been dormant in recent years.

AMERICAN AIRLINES TO BEGIN FLYING TO HAITI AGAIN: American Airlines will begin regular flights to Haiti on Friday (February 19th) in what will be the first commercial flights to the country since it was devastated by an earthquake on January 12th. The first American Airlines flight into Port-au-Prince will leave from Miami, and the airlines will operate three daily flights from Florida, and one flight four days a week from New York City.

TESTS REVEAL KING TUT DIED FROM A BROKEN LEG AND MALARIA: DNA testing and CT scans have revealed that King Tutankhamun, Egypt's most famous pharaoh better known as King Tut, died of complications from a broken leg, aggravated by severe malaria. The two years of testing on Tut's mummy and 15 others also revealed that the boy king who died at age 19 was frail and likely needed a cane to walk, had a cleft palate and a club foot, and had parents who were most likely brother and sister, something that was common among Egypt's pharaohs. Tut became pharaoh in 1333 B.C. at age 10 and ruled for just nine years. He was a relatively minor king, but has drawn worldwide fame since his largely undisturbed tomb was discovered in 1922, filled with jewels, artifacts and other treasures, including a gold funeral mask.

SAINTS-CRAZY NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATES MARDI GRAS: New Orleans hasn't stopped partying since the Saints won the Super Bowl on February 7th, with the celebration continuing through Carnival and culminating with Mardi Gras yesterday (February 16th). Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coach Sean Payton and owner Tom Benson all served as parade kings, while players Devery Henderson, Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and others rode on the float of the Zulu Krewe. Mayor Ray Nagin wore a jacket saluting the Saints as he rode on horseback to the viewing stand for the Mardi Gras parades. And Saints-theme costumes filled Bourbon Street, including men dressed as the Lombardi Trophy, which is given to the NFL champion, and another group dressed as the fleur-de-lis, the symbol of the Saints and New Orleans itself.

CANADIAN WORDS AND TERMS: In honor of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Associated Press put together a glossary of some Canadian words and terms:

  • Loonie -- A one-dollar coin that has the image on one side of a diving bird known as the Common Loon.
  • Toonie -- A two-dollar coin named as a play on Loonie for its double-dollar denomination, even though the image on its side is that of a polar bear.
  • Double-Double -- A coffee with two creams and two sugars. Add one of each and it's a "triple-triple."
  • Chesterfield -- Generic term for a couch
  • Timmies -- Slang name for Tim Hortons, a popular Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.
  • Timbits -- Doughnut holes from Tim Hortons
  • Two-Four or Twofer -- A case of beer with 24 bottles.
  • Toque (pronounced Took) -- Canadian word for a ski cap
  • Hydro -- A generic term in some areas for electrical power and power bills.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

U.S. Men's Hockey Team Beats Switzerland 3-1: The U.S. men's hockey team made their debut at the Vancouver Olympics yesterday (February 16th), beating the Swiss team 3-1. Goals were scored for the U.S. by NHLers Bobby Ryan in the first period, and David Backes and Ryan Malone in the second. Next up for the U.S. will be Norway on Thursday (February 18th).

Jacobellis Disqualified in Snowboardcross for Going Off Course: Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, looking to redeem herself after showboating just before the finish line at the 2006 Turin Games cost her the gold, came up short yesterday, ending up disqualified in her snowboardcross semifinal when she lost her balance after a jump and went through a gate and off course as she tried to right herself. Jacobellis instead saw the gold go her main rival, Canada's Maelle Ricker. Four years ago, Jacobellis was alone in the lead, heading for gold, when she celebrated by grabbing her board in a hot dog move on the second-to-last jump and fell, managing to finish, but only getting the silver.

Russia's Plushenko in Lead After Men's Figure Skating Short Program: Reigning Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia is in the lead after the men's figure skating short program last night. World champion Evan Lysacek of the U.S. came in a close second and Japan's Daisuke Takahashi was right behind both of them in third, with less than a full point separating the three, who all turned in magnificent performances. American Johnny Weir is in sixth, while U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott had a disastrous performance and placed 15th. The long program will be held Thursday night.

MEDAL COUNT: As of early this morning, the U.S. has 8 medals overall -- 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze -- the same as Monday, after winning no medals on Tuesday. The U.S. is second in the overall medal count behind Germany, which has 9. France is third with 7. The U.S. is tied for second place for gold medals with France, Canada and Sweden, behind Switzerland, Germany and South Korea, which are tied for first place with 3.

SCOTTISH TERRIER SADIE WINS WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW: A Scottish terrier named Sadie was named best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York last night (February 16th). Sadie, a big favorite coming into Westminster, became the eighth Scottie to win the nation's most prestigious dog show that first began in 1877, second only to the 13 wins by wire fox terriers. The show was marred by an animal rights protest moments before Sadie was crowned the champion, as two women walked into the center ring at Madison Square Garden and held up signs that said "Mutts Rule" and "Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs' Chances." The woman were led away by security and charged with criminal trespass.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


CBS
  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (repeat)
  • GARY UNMARRIED (repeat)
  • CRIMINAL MINDS (repeat)
  • CSI: NY (repeat)

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - Snowboarding: men's halfpipe semifinal, Gold Medal final, speed skating: men's 1000 m Gold Medal final; skiing: women's downhill Gold Medal final.

FOX

  • HUMAN TARGET - Chance, Winston and Guerrero devise an elaborate plan to break into a maximum security high-rise to rescue a computer genius being held captive.
  • AMERICAN IDOL - Part Four of the Hollywood Round; the remaining 24 semifinalists are announced.

ABC

  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • COUGAR TOWN (repeat)
  • COUGAR TOWN (repeat)

CW

  • LIFE EXPECTED (repeat)
  • GOSSIP GIRL (repeat)

FX

  • NIP/TUCK - Sean and Christian make a unique attempt to market their surgical practice; Liz goes on a date.

MTV

  • THE REAL WORLD - Mike embraces his sexuality; competition intensifies when Erika and Josh pursue musical careers.

TNT

  • LEVERAGE - The team decides to hide in plain sight while trying to take down a corrupt mayor and his gunrunning partner.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Tracy Morgan, Danica Patrick
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - John Wayne Gacy's Sister and Mass Murderer Jim Jones' Son Speak Out
THE VIEW - James Cameron, Carey Mulligan, guest co-host Victoria Beckham

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Ewan McGregor, Abby Elliot, Mumford & Sons
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Tracy Morgan, Brad Paisley
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Helena Bonham Carter, Sinbad
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Snoop Dogg, Saoirse Ronan

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

MAN HANGS OUT IN HIS IGLOO: An unemployed man from Ohio has found a way to pass the time. Jimmy Grey, 25, has built an igloo in his family's yard after this winter's heavy snowfall. Grey, who has been out of work for almost a year, built a four-room igloo with 6-foot ceilings and an entertainment room. He ran an extension cord from the garage in order to power the TV and has also equipped his igloo with cable and surround sound. At night, Grey will light candles and he says the freezing temperatures never allow the beer to get warm. (AP)

ROBIN HOOD CHARGED WITH IDENTITY THEFT: A man by the name of Robin Hood is accused of stealing another man's identity. Robin Joshua Hood, from Denver, found someone's wallet and decided to use the owner's name in order to avoid being caught on a warrant. He told investigators that he was being investigated for drug charges. His true identity was discovered when Hood tried to walk out of a record store without paying for three baseball caps. He was charged with identity theft and impersonation. (AP)

ONLINE DATING GAINING WORLDWIDE ACCEPTANCE: One in three Internet users regard the web as a good place to find a relationship, according to a new study. A poll was conducted among 11,000 people in over 19 different countries. According to the results, Pakistan and India were among the countries with the greatest amount of enthusiasts for online dating. Other counties with high percentage rates include Ghana with 47 percent and the Philippines with 42 percent. American, on the other hand, had a result of 21 percent who approve of online dating. Results also showed that those with a higher level of education were less likely to consider the Internet a good place to find a relationship. (Reuters)

73-YEAR-OLD MAN ROBS THREE BANKS: A 73-year-old man from Florida was arrested for robbing three banks, unarmed, and successfully leaving with approximately $600 in each heist. James Bruce admitted to robbing the banks in order to pay for his home mortgage. He told the police that he fully intended on paying the banks back. Bruce handed each teller a note that said he was conducting a robbery and would like six $100 bills. According to police, the tellers may have given up the money because it is bank policy to not resist robbers in case they are armed. (Reuters)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


MORE THAN A QUARTER OF WOMEN OVER 35 NEVER HAVE SEX? More than a quarter of women aged 35-plus say they 'never' have sex. The Daily Mail reported that a study found twenty-eight percent claim to abstain, with the highest figure occurring in Scotland, where 38 percent are celibate. Couples therapist Paula Hall, who works with the relationship charity Relate, said the results of the survey highlight the immense pressure women feel when it comes to sex. She said celebrity kiss-and-tell stories fuel the notion that frequent sex is the norm, but the reality is very different with the daily grind of work affecting the libido of many women. Hall added: "It has led to exaggerated expectations, that everyone else is getting it three or four times a week and your behavior isn't normal. This may result in women saying they never have sex when they may only occasionally be having sex."

CHECK IT OUT: Sick of all the snow -- or hearing friends in other places talk about how much they're getting? Check out these storms and the current snowfalls won't seem so bad: http://tinyurl.com/yfljav4

AMERICANS ARE THE BEST-LOOKING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD? A poll of British travelers indicated the best-looking people in the world live in the United States. OnePoll.com, a British Web site, conducted an online survey of about 5,000 Britons that concluded Americans are the best-looking. Brazil came in second and Spain was third. Australian and Italians completed the Top 5. No other poll data, such as when the data were collected or margin of error, was announced. (UPI)

WILLPOWER STILL BEST WAY TO QUIT SMOKING: Smokers who are serious about kicking cigarettes may be better off relying on old-fashioned willpower, instead of pricey, new-fangled patches, pills and gums. The vast majority of ex-smokers stop on their own and not with nicotine replacement therapies, according to research reported in the Daily Mail. Sydney University researchers analyzed more than 500 recent studies which revealed that between two-thirds to three-quarters of ex-smokers stopped without the aid of nicotine replacement therapies. Some 51 percent of drug company-funded trials said these therapies, such as gums and patches, were of "significant" benefit. But only 22 percent of independent studies reached the same conclusion.

ARE ANGRY PEOPLE MENTALLY ILL? Psychiatrists want to call being angry a mental illness. The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (DSM), says that people who occasionally become very angry could have 'intermittent explosive disorder.' Other new conditions identified as possibly needing professional help include binge eating -- which is said to affect many people who are seriously obese -- and cognitive tempo disorder, which seems very like laziness (symptoms include dreaminess and sluggishness). The DSM is a large book that lists all psychiatric disorders and describes their symptoms. If a condition is in there, it means it's considered a mental illness.

WOMEN PARTIALLY BLAME VICTIMS FOR RAPE: Women are surprisingly less forgiving than men of rape victims, a recent study shows. More than half of the women who participated in a new survey think certain rape victims should accept some responsibility for the violent attack they endured. One third felt that provocative dress or returning to the attacker's house to have a drink makes a victim deserving of some blame for the rape, according to the survey, which was reported by BBC News. Some 71 percent of the women who said they felt some rape victims should take responsibility said the victims were accountable for the crime if they'd gone to bed with the attacker. Only 57 percent of the men felt that way, according to the survey. The survey participants, who ranged in age from 18 to 50, included 712 men and 349 men.

WOMEN'S CLOTHING DECODED -- First by Men's Health, Rebuttal by TheFrisky.com


SCENARIO: We're wearing a belted dress or skirt.

  • Men's Health says: We "feel pretty, classically feminine, and flirty." We want to be "wooed by a more mature kind of man."
  • I say: We can't wait to get home so we can undo our belt, slip back into our yoga pants and camp out in front of a "Bridezillas" marathon with a pint of Haagen-Dazs.

SCENARIO: We're wearing a "revealing v-neck top."

  • Men's Health says: We're ready to get busy and possibly even make a baby. Something to do with ovulation and dressing sexier when our bodies tell us it's time to procreate?
  • I say: It's clean, it fits, it looks good with our new skinny jeans. Also, we like the way our boobs look in it.

SCENARIO: We're wearing high heels.

  • Men's Health says: We want the guys to check out our butt.
  • I say: We want our girlfriends to check out our shoes.

SCENARIO: We're wearing something red.

  • Men's Health says: We want to be noticed.
  • I say: Red looks good with our new cute shoes. Oh, have you seen them yet? So cute, right? And they were on sale!! $78 marked down from $165. Preach it.

SCENARIO: We're wearing a "snug, soft sweater.

  • Men's Health says: We want to be touched.
  • I say: Dude, it's cold out.

SCENARIO: We're wearing a top that reveals our bra straps.

  • Men's Health says: We want the guys to notice our shoulders ... and our sexy lingerie.
  • I say: We got hot, so we took off our snug, soft sweater. Is our bra strap showing? Oh. Oh, well. Hey, have you see our new shoes yet?

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What is the third largest hub of film production in North America?

A: Vancouver

Vancouver is the third largest hub of film production in North America, after New York and Los Angeles, providing the locale for recent hits like 2012, Watchmen, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Television programs like V, Supernatural, Smallville, and, perhaps most notably, The X-Files (above) have taken advantage of the scenic and relatively cheap setting of Vancouver's streets, woods, beaches, and mountains.

Palin Now Angry at Fox Animated Comedy 'Family Guy'

The Fox animated comedy Family Guy is the newest target of Sarah Palin's ire because of its Sunday night (February 14th) episode in which a girl with Down syndrome says of her parents: "My dad's an accountant and my mom is the former governor of Alaska." Palin's young son, Trig, has Down syndrome, and the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee wrote in a Facebook post that the episode felt like, quote, "another kick in the gut." Palin's 19-year-old daughter Bristol, who has a one-year-old son with her former boyfriend, also weighed in, quoted in the Facebook posting as calling the Family Guy writers "heartless jerks." She said, "If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed." Palin herself called it, quote, "an issue that begs the question: When is enough enough?"

Catch Sarah in Searchlight, NV March 27th for a Tea Party!!!

West Hollywood Nixes Sale of Dogs and Cats By Pet Stores

West Hollywood yesterday (February 16th) banned the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores in an unanimous vote by the city council meant to combat puppy and kitten mills. Stores will be allowed, however, to offer animals from shelters. The new law won't have much of an effect, since West Hollywood doesn't actually have any stores that currently sell animals, but the liberal enclave that has been a trailblazer in animal welfare rights hopes to set an example for other places across the country to follow. West Hollywood was the first city in the country to ban cat declawing in 2003, and dozens of other cities followed suit, and it also officially calls pets "companion animals" and their owners "guardians," and offers a local tax deduction for pet adoption fees.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rejected Proposal at New York Rangers NHL Game was a Hoax

Video of a woman seemingly rejecting a Valentine's Day marriage proposal from her boyfriend during a New York Rangers NHL game on Sunday (February 14th) quickly hit YouTube and was picked up other websites and even the TV show Inside Edition. In it, the man, "Nick," points out the written proposal on the overhead screen to the woman, "Melissa," who looks shocked, puts her hand over her mouth, and then walks away. But New Jersey's Bergen Record newspaper reported the next day that the whole thing was a hoax. An agency hired actors to pull off the stunt in what was meant to be in-game entertainment -- although no-one let the crowd in on the fact that the whole thing was fake.


KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Brad Paisley tops the Mediabase country chart this week with "American Saturday Night," the title track of his latest CD. The song becomes Brad's 12th consecutive Number One single and the 16th of his career.

Brad is second only to Sonny James as the solo country artist with the most consecutive Number One singles in country chart history.

  • Previous chart-toppers from the American Saturday Night CD are "Welcome to the Future" and "Then."
  • Brad will perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (February 17th).
  • This week's American Saturday Night tour stops include Fresno on Thursday (February 18th), Los Angeles on Friday (February 19th), and Las Vegas on Saturday (February 20th).

FAST FACTS

  • Time magazine named American Saturday Night as the Number One album of the year in any genre of music.
  • Brad recently sold out his first stadium show scheduled for August 21st at Boston's Gillette Stadium.
Members of Trace Adkins' band are on the mend after being involved in a fatal bus accident on Saturday (February 13th) morning in Caddo Parrish, Louisiana. A pickup truck was seen swerving through traffic before crossing the center line and hitting the tour bus head on, instantly killing both the 21-year-old driver and his 36-year-old passenger. None of Trace's band members were seriously injured, but five were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries and observation.

Trace was already at the venue for their show that night in Bossier City, Louisiana when word of the crash reached him. He immediately headed to the scene of the accident where he checked on his crew, picked up uninjured band members and then went on to the hospital to see about the others.

Trace issued a statement through his publicist, saying "This is a real tragedy. Two people have been killed and I don't even know their names. So out of respect for their families, I prefer not to comment too much at this time."

Trace went on with the show on Saturday, but he performed a stripped-down, acoustic version of his set. He canceled Sunday (February 14th) night's show in Pensacola, Florida, however tourmates Martina McBride and Sarah Buxton performed as scheduled.

  • The accident victims have been identified as Justin R. Maxey, of Fouke, Arkansas, and Jeffrey R. Ferguson Jr., of Texarkana, Arkansas.

FAST FACTS

  • Trace will perform tonight (Tuesday, February 16th) at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
  • His duet with Blake Shelton, "Hillbilly Bone," is Top 10 hit and climbing on the country charts.

A busy writing and recording schedule kept Keith Urban from taking part in the recent recording of "We Are The World" to benefit Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Initial reports were that Keith was not invited to take part in the historic event, but that was not the case, according to the singer's publicist. Paul Freundlich tells us, "We had to decline in light of the fact that he had writing appointments during the day and that he was unavailable that evening when the session was to begin."
  • Keith has been in Los Angeles working on his next album.
  • The singer took part in last month's Hope For Haiti Now telethon where he performed "Lean On Me" with Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock.
  • Keith is confirmed to perform at the upcoming televised tribute to Brooks & Dunn. ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo will be taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 19th. The show will air later this year on CBS.

Rascal Flatts' latest hit, "Unstoppable," has become a part of the soundtrack for the 2010 Winter Olympic games underway in Vancouver. Jay DeMarcus co-wrote the song, which he doctored a bit to fit the Olympic theme, as Joe Don Rooney tells us: "Jay wrote the song, first off, which is great. It's called 'Unstoppable', and AT&T and NBC came to us about the song, and they wanted to kind of change it more to an anthemic thing for the Olympics, not just about love, but about you being unstoppable, like an Olympic athlete, for instance, and so Jay got with the writers and re-wrote the song to fit more that theme, and it turned out killer. It turned out great, so we got to shoot a video commercial spot for it, and the Olympics have really taken that song on, and it's made this project just specifically for the Olympics, so it's really cool to be a part of."
  • The AT&T Team USA Soundtrack is currently available at iTunes. Proceeds from the digital album will benefit Team USA.
  • Other acts who contributed to the project include Gloriana, Sugarland, Mariah Carey, 3 Doors Down, and Train.
  • Rascal Flatts' exclusive video for "Unstoppable" will appear during broadcasts of the Olympic Games on NBC.

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Faith Hill will be a guest judge on next week's episode of Project Runway. She taped the show on Friday (February 12th) in New York City during Fashion Week at the city's Bryant Park. Project Runway airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

Kellie Pickler will pay a Fat Tuesday visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (Tuesday, February 16th) during the talk show host's Mardi Gras special. Check local listings for time.

Taylor Swift's first feature film, Valentine's Day, ruled the box office this weekend. It took in $52.4 million.

In other Taylor news, the singer earned two nominations at this year's Kids Choice Awards. She is up for Favorite Female Singer, and her hit, 'You Belong With Me,' is up for Favorite Song. The 2010 Kids Choice Awards will air on March 27th at 8 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.

Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, welcomed their first child, daughter Ella Kole, into the world on Thursday (February 11th) as planned. The couple opted for a scheduled C-section so that Justin could be there for the baby's birth. Ella weighed in at six pounds, eight ounces and was 18 inches long.

Hours after his daughter's birth, Justin took to Twitter to talk to fans. He said, "All I can say is wow! Only been a dad for 8 hours, but its the most unbelievable thing Ive ever been through! So thankful tonight holdn her!"

Before Ella's birth, Justin told us about the small town values he hopes to instill in his daughter. "Growin' up in Arkansas, the things that mattered are very simple things, and that's what my parents, that's where I got that from was them. I grew up in a middle class family, a hard workin' family. I'm sittin' here because my parents both got extra jobs to pay my bills for five years when I first moved here."

The singer says he will pattern his own parenting after his mom and dad. "Probably the most important thing was my parents' world revolved around me, like nothing else mattered, so I hope to be the same type of parent as they were, in that regard."

  • Justin had to leave town the day after Ella was born to return to the road for the Brad Paisley American Saturday Night tour.
  • This weekend's show stops include Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Dolly Parton has set the bar for women trying to succeed in the entertainment industry, but there is one goal that Dolly never achieved -- becoming a mother. In fact, Dolly was so distraught over not being able to have children that she contemplated suicide, according to The Globe. She told the publication, "I went through a dark time - it lasted several months. I think I would have made a nice mama. I always thought I'd have kids. We tried to for so many years, and then I put it on hold because my career was doing so well and I was on birth control pills."

Dolly says that she finally managed to overcome her battle with depression. She said, "Then one day, I just said to myself, 'Right, get off your fat butt, or if you really are suicidal, then go and shoot your brains out.' I thought, 'Maybe God didn't want me to have kids so that everybody else's kids could be mine."

  • Dolly is working on bringing her life story to the big screen. She has not decided if the film will be a musical or not. There is no word yet on when the film will be headed to theaters.

Eric Church braved the weather and traveled to his scheduled show on Wednesday (February 10th) at the Fillmore Irving Plaza in New York despite blizzard conditions. Eric said, "My fans are the best and I never want to let them down." The singer is taking that sentiment a step further and even offering to personally refund any unused tickets for the New York show.

The weather also forced the postponement of shows in Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Philly show was rescheduled for last Sunday (February 14th), while the Baltimore date will now take place on February 22nd.

  • The Jagermeister Country tour featuring Eric will run through March. It also features newcomer Josh Thompson.

FAST FACTS

  • Eric's latest single, "Hell On The Heart," is a Top 25 on the country charts.
  • His last release, "Love Your Love The Most," was a Top 10 hit.
  • Both songs are on Eric's current Carolina CD.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is the name of Toby Keith's band?
A. The Easy Money Band

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!


CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:00PM (ET)
Tanya Tucker, Eric Church, Glen Campbell

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM (ET)
Jo Dee Messina, Naomi Judd, Darryl Worley

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Kellie Pickler

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: TRISHA YEARWOOD/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

THE COLLECTION: CARRIE UNDERWOOD/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

INTRODUCING: EMILY WEST/GAC 11:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!


  • LeVar Burton (actor, best known for his roles as Kunta Kinte in Roots and blind engineer Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation) (53)
  • Ice-T (rapper and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit actor) (52)
  • John McEnroe (four-time Number One-ranked tennis player, known for his wild hair and on-court tantrums) (51)
  • Patty Andrews (singer, of the Andrews Sisters) (92)
  • James Ingram (R&B singer) (54)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (actor, played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi) (65)
  • Pete Willis (original guitarist, Def Leppard) (50)
  • Christopher Eccleston (actor, Doctor Who, Gone in 60 Seconds, Elizabeth, The Others) (46)
  • Andy Taylor (guitarist, Duran Duran, the Power Station) (49)
  • Lisa Loring (actress, played Wednesday on the TV version of The Addams Family) (52)
  • Kim Jong-il, (totalitarian leader of communist North Korea) (68)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Kenny Chesney received a plaque from BNA Records celebrating career sales of 25 million albums in 2006.
  • Hank Williams Jr. made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in more than 20 years in 2002, joining Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart to pay tribute to the late Waylon Jennings for more than an hour at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
  • CMT Crossroads featuring Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock first aired in 2002.
  • Brad Paisley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry cast in 2001.
  • Jamie O'Neal scored her first Number One with "There Is No Arizona" in 2001.
  • The Mavericks earned their first platinum album for What A Crying Shame in 1995.
  • Eddie Rabbitt's "On Second Thought" became his 17th and final Number One hit in 1990.
  • Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson starred in the NBC-TV movie, The Last Days Of Frank & Jesse James, along with Ed Bruce, David Allan Coe and June Carter Cash, in 1986.
  • Johnny Cash recorded "Man In Black" in Nashville in 1971.
  • George Jones married Tammy Wynette in Ringgold, Georgia, in 1969.
  • Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan recorded together in 1969.
  • Gene Autry's "Don't Fence Me In" charted in 1945.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

KIEFER SUTHERLAND SURGERY TEMPORARILY SHUTS DOWN PRODUCTION ON '24': Production on 24 has been temporarily shut down while star Kiefer Sutherland is recovering from elective surgery. People magazine reported that the actor had the surgery to deal with a ruptured cyst near one of his kidneys. His rep said, "While Kiefer Sutherland is frustrated to miss even one day of work, he and FOX decided together that it would be best to complete this minor elective procedure now as a precaution as opposed to six weeks from now when production wraps. He looks forward to returning to work (this) week."

NICOLE RICHIE AND JOEL MADDEN GETTING MARRIED: Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are engaged. Richie announced the couple's plans on Monday (February 15th) night's Late Night with David Letterman. The couple has been together since 2006 and they have two children. A source confirms to UsMagazine.com, "Nicole and Joel are in the process of planning the wedding. She's very involved in every detail. She's thrilled."

BROOKE MUELLER IN REHAB? Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller has reportedly entered rehab. TMZ.com reports that Mueller checked herself into a Malibu facility a day after Sheen was arraigned for a felony and two misdemeanors, stemming from the Christmas Day incident in which he allegedly threatened her with a knife. At the time of Sheen's arrest, it was noted that Mueller had been drinking prior to her 911 call. There were conflicting reports as to whether she spent the week leading up to Sheen's arraignment in rehab.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO NOT ENGAGED: Leonardo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli are not engaged. A source close to DiCaprio told UsMagazine.com that German reports that he proposed on Valentine's Day are "not true." The couple is currently in Germany, where DiCaprio is promoting his flick, Shutter Island, at the Berlin International Film Festival. They've been dating on and off for the past four years.

CHYNNA PHILLIPS IN REHAB FOR ANXIETY: Chynna Phillips has entered a rehabilitation facility for anxiety. Sources told GossipCop.com that sister Mackenzie's recent revelations of an incestuous relationship with their father might have contributed to her anxiety. The source said that Chynna has been "having a hard time since the summer, since [Mackenzie's] book came out." The source added, "It's been tough on her. "She's really depressed," and "trying to figure out things" while receiving help for anxiety.

ANDERSON COOPER SUED: An interior designer is suing CNN anchor Anderson Cooper after she fell at the New York firehouse he is converting into his new home. Killian O'Brien filed a lawsuit against Cooper, claiming that back in September she plunged 17 feet through the hole that once held the station's fire pole. She is also suing the building's developer. The extent of O'Brien's injuries is unclear, but her lawyer Neil Greenberg says she is lucky to be alive.

ANGELINA JOLIE DISCOURAGES ADOPTION: In what is perhaps a first -- Angelina Jolie is speaking out against adoption. Despite reports that the actress was considering adopting a Haitian orphan after her visit to the earthquake-ravaged country, she is discouraging people from doing so. She said, "An emergency is not the time for new adoptions in any way. Child trafficking has been a huge problem for a very long time. Everybody that means well needs to really take that very seriously. As an adoptive parent, I understand the urge to assist in that way. But people need to not get frustrated but really work with the country."

LINDSAY LOHAN AUCTIONING HERSELF: Lindsay Lohan is auctioning off a night in her company as part of a fundraiser in London to benefit aid efforts in Haiti. The starlet will host the Brit Awards Celebration In Aid Of Haiti! and contributed the "date" in hopes of helping the event raise a projected $160,000 for the Red Cross. The 23-year-old will treat the highest bidder to a night out in Hollywood, complete with first class flights to Los Angeles and a week-long stay at a top hotel.

TILA TEQUILA MISCARRIES? Tila Tequila is insinuating that she's had a miscarriage. The internet celebrity, whose supposed pregnancy has been questioned by bloggers, tweeted over the weekend, "I just woke up in the middle of the night cuz im having these intense sharp pains in my belly. it hurts so much that Im crying wtf." GossipCop.com reported that Tila appeared to be weaseling out of her "pregnancy."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

'HURT LOCKER' BEATS OUT 'AVATAR' AT EDITOR AWARDS: The Hurt Locker, The Hangover and Up earned top honors from the American Cinema Editors at the group's annual awards presentation. The group honored The Hurt Locker for best editing on a dramatic feature film, while The Hangover won in the comedy or musical category and Up took the animation award. The Hurt Locker won out over four other nominees that included sci-fi blockbuster Avatar. Television winners includes 30 Rock, Dexter and the TV movie Grey Gardens.

KEVIN JAMES HOSTING KIDS CHOICE AWARDS: Kevin James has signed on to host Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 27th. He said of the job, "In short, I guess you could say hosting the Kids' Choice Awards completes me." The Twilight gang dominated the nominations with five. Three-time Kids' Choice Winner Miley Cyrus scored four nominations, while the Jonas Brothers and the brothers Sprouse (Dylan and Cole) scored three nominations each. Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have been nominated for their first Kids' Choice Award in a newly formed category Cutest Couple. They're up against Edward & Bella and Jacob & Bella from The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Neytiri and Jake from Avatar.

'BREAKING DAWN' MOVIE STILL UP IN THE AIR: The movie adaptation of the fourth Twilight novel, Breaking Dawn isn't coming to theaters anytime soon. Although the third installment of the series, Eclipse, has already been filmed, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Summit Entertainment hasn't decided if Breaking Dawn will be split into two movies -- and none of the principal cast members have signed on for another film. The publication speculates that Taylor Lautner, Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will likely demand hefty paychecks to reprise their roles.

RICKY GERVAIS TO GUEST STAR ON 'MARRIAGE REF': Ricky Gervais will appear on an upcoming episode of Jerry Seinfeld's new NBC show, The Marriage Ref. The actor is listed alongside Madonna as one of the panelists due to film an episode in New York next week. He recently said of the project, "Jerry's doing a new show about marriage guidance and he wants me to be involved. I pointed out that my ambition was to one day be nearly as good as him. It was amazing." The show, which Seinfeld produces, is also expected to feature guest appearances from stars including Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, and Eva Longoria Parker.

OCTO-MOM DATING SHOW? Octo-Mom Nadya Suleman is reportedly in secret talks with the Game Show Network about partnering on a new dating program. RadarOnline.com reports that one option being thrown around involves Suleman serving as a host or panelist on a new dating game show. According to Radar, "The two sides had a meeting this week and are likely to meet again soon. There is heavy interest on both sides."

BARBARA WALTERS QUITTING OSCAR SPECIALS

Barbara Walters is quitting her annual Oscar special. The legendary broadcaster announced that after this year, she will no longer be featured interviewing the year's biggest movie stars prior to the Academy Awards.

Walters announced on The View, "ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful -- and I'm thrilled we have such great stars and have such a wonderful show -- but to be honest, I feel like I've 'been there, done that.'"

  • The 80-year-old added, "This special has been a labor of love for 29 years. I will always remember when Hugh Jackman gave me a private lap dance or sitting down with the legendary Bette Davis or being taught to tango by Al Pacino. It's those priceless moments that have made this special the Oscar tradition that it has become, but I truly feel enough is enough."
  • Her final special will feature interviews with best actress nominee Sandra Bullock and best supporting actress nominee Mo'Nique, plus clips from her most memorable moments.

DONATIONS RETURNED AFTER BRITTANY MURPHY FOUNDATION REVEALED NOT TO BE OFFICIAL CHARITY

Donations made to the Brittany Murphy Foundation are being returned after reporters discovered that it was not registered as an official charity. The late actress's husband Simon Monjack created the supposed charity in a bid to raise funds for art education, but TMZ.com revealed that the foundation had not been legally registered as a charity with the state of California.

After the revelation, a statement on the foundation's website read, "(The foundation) is a private foundation. And is currently awaiting its non-profit status. Until we have our non-profit status approved before proceeding to insure that we can truly honor Brittany's charitable desires... any donations made up until this point will be returned until we have all our paperwork solidified."

  • Monjack came under fire for planning a charity gala to launch the foundation -- charging $1,000 per individual and $10,000 for corporations to attend the event. After the media raised questions about Monjack's motives for the event, it was canceled at the last minute.

BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE REPORTEDLY SPEND VALENTINE'S DAY WITH SEAN PENN

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly spent Valentine's Day together -- with Sean Penn, according to Usmagazine.com. Pitt and Penn star together in the upcoming sci-fi film, Tree of Life, due out later this year. Penn and Jolie have activism in common; both having visited Haiti in the past month.

Pitt and Jolie have spent the past couple of weeks slamming split rumors; Penn is in the middle of a divorce.

  • In other Brangelina Valentine's Day news, the UK Sun reports that Jolie bought Pitt an $18,500 olive tree to plant at their $60 million French chateau.

KEVIN SMITH KICKED OFF FLIGHT FOR BEING TOO FAT

Kevin Smith is livid after being kicked off a Southwest Air flight -- for being too fat. The airline explained to People magazine that the 39-year-old director originally purchased two tickets "as he's been known to do when traveling Southwest," but when he decided to fly standby on an earlier flight, only one seat remained. They stated that his removal was for the "safety and comfort of all customers."

Smith tweeted about the incident, writing, "I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?) I saw someone bigger than me on THAT flight! But I wasn't about to throw a fellow Fatty under the plane as I'm being profiled. But he & I made eye contact, & he was like 'Please don't tell...'"

After landing in Burbank on a later flight, Smith wrote, "Don't worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised."

  • After Southwest went public with their explanation and claim that they apologized to Smith, he responded, "I've read this massive chunk of misinformation a lot today: "Kevin Smith usually buys two seats when he flies commercial airlines." Proof? But look how easily misinformation is spread. I've read that "usually 2 tickets" bulls*** EVERYWHERE today. Thanks again, @SouthwestAir REGARDLESS OF HOW FREQUENTLY I've purchased a spare seat in the past, the real story is: I fit not only their criteria, but also the seat."
  • He concluded, "And in doing so, in meeting @SouthwestAir requirements, why then was I still ejected? And why do they lie and say they've attempted calls?"

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KATE GOSSELIN REPORTEDLY CALLED JON'S MANHOOD 'STUBBY'

Hailey Glassman isn't the only one who thinks Jon Gosselin is lacking in a certain area. Days after the 23-year-old told a magazine that her ex was "tiny, tiny tiny" down there, a source told Usmagazine.com that ex-wife Kate used to refer to his manhood as "Stubby."

According to the source, Kate would joke with friends and family about Jon's "shortcomings," and even call him "Stubby" to his face to mock him. Jon told Good Morning America last fall, "I took a lot of abuse from her. I was put down."

  • Hailey recently told Steppin Out magazine, "He said, 'You know how subconscious [sic] I am of down there.' I would tell him to his face, 'I don't think you would cheat on me because you're so small.'"

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WEBSITE SELLING SEXY SNOOKI PICTURES

Although Snooki denied the existence of nude self-portraits, racy shots of the reality star have been posted on a website dedicated to selling the pictures. As of now, NakedSnooki.com has made one photo -- in which a girl who appears to be Snooki poses in lingerie -- available to the public.

The site chose that particular shot because the background matches that of other photos Snooki has posted on Twitter. The website claims there are other pictures, which are currently for sale.

  • RadarOnline.com claims that a video is up for grabs as well. It supposedly does not show Snooki's face, but "is clearly taken in the same room as the photos."

ALEC BALDWIN'S DAUGHTER REPORTEDLY CALLED 911 AFTER PHONE ARGUMENT

Alec Baldwin's bizarre New York hospitalization last week stemmed from a misunderstanding between the actor and his daughter over the phone, with 3,000 miles between them. Don "Skip" Basinger, 14-year-old Ireland Baldwin's uncle, told People magazine that his niece was in Los Angeles when she argued with Alec over the phone.

He explained, "Ireland was talking to her dad and they got into an argument. He got upset. She tried to call him back and she couldn't reach him, so she called 911." Alec Baldwin was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital before being released just hours later. A source told the Associated Press that he had threatened to take pills.

  • Basinger continued, "It was a simple little thing, a misunderstanding." He added that Baldwin and Ireland "talk all the time. Ireland calls him, he calls her. Ireland loves her dad. But kids and their dads are always arguing. Have you ever tried to raise a [teenager?]"

NOW FOR SOME TIGER JOKES TO SHARE WITH YOUR CO WORKERS

The new horror film The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt, debuted over the weekend. The film follows Lawrence Talbot, played by Del Toro, who returns home to find his missing brother after his brother's fiancee, Gwen, played by Blunt, asks him for help. Talbot learns that a creature has links to an ancient curse turning people into werewolves when the moon is full. To save the town and Gwen, Talbot must kill the beast but finds that he has a horrifying family legacy. The Wolfman was directed by Joe Johnston.

  • The Wolfman is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Opening today (February 12th) is the new romantic comedy Valentine's Day, starring Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner. The film is about ten couples in Los Angeles whose lives intersect on Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day was directed by Garry Marshall.
  • Valentine's Day is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The new fantasy adventure film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, starring Brandon T. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Kevin McKidd, Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan, opened last Friday. The film follows teenager Percy Jackson, played by Jackson, who finds trouble when the gods of Mount Olympus come to life out of Percy's Greek mythology texts looking for Zeus' stolen lightning bolt and Percy is the prime suspect. Percy and his friends must go on a cross country journey to catch the real thief and unravel a mystery far greater than anyone could imagine. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was directed by Chris Columbus.
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is rated PG and has a running time of 2 hours.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


REPORT: TALIBAN'S TOP MILITARY COMMANDER CAPTURED: The New York Times reported Monday (February 15th) that the top military commander of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was captured in Pakistan in a secret raid several days ago, the most significant Taliban figure caught since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001. However the Taliban is denying the report, calling it rumor-mongering. According to the Times, Baradar was caught in an operation conducted by Pakistan's military spy agency, accompanied by CIA operatives, and is now being interrogated by Pakistani and U.S. intelligence. Baradar is described as being second in influence only to Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar.

U.S. FORCES FACING SOME TOUGH RESISTANCE IN AFGHAN BATTLE: U.S. Marines leading one of the biggest offensives in Afghanistan against Taliban militants since the start of the war are meeting strong resistance in some areas, facing heavy gunfire, snipers and booby traps. The American forces launched an assault at the end of last week on the town of Marjah, the last militant stronghold in the violent Helmand province. Although NATO has made some progress in the battle for Marjah, it's likely the campaign could last for weeks.

CLINTON: IRAN BECOMING MILITARY DICTATORSHIP: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday (February 15th) that Iran is heading towards becoming a military dictatorship, increasingly dominated by the Revolutionary Guard Corps. On a day when she traveled to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Clinton told reporters, "The evidence we've seen of this increasing decision-making [by the Revolutionary Guard] cuts across all areas of Iranian security policy, and certainly nuclear policy is at the core of it." She added, "I'm not predicting what will happen but I think the trend with this greater and greater military lock on leadership decisions, should be disturbing to Iranians as well as those of us on the outside." The Revolutionary Guard is a force separate from the regular armed forces whose authority has progressively expanded, including since last June's disputed presidential. It now has a say in every critical area, including missile development, oil resources, telecommunications and nuclear technology, and has absorbed the paramilitary Basij force.

SENATOR BAYH ANNOUNCES WON'T RUN FOR RE-ELECTION: Democratic Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana shocked the U.S. political world yesterday (February 15th) when he announced that he won't seek re-election this fall. Bayh, who was favored to win a third term, has given the GOP a big opening to possibly win the seat in Republican-leaning Indiana. The 54-year-old Bayh, known for being a moderate Democrat, said yesterday, "I love working for the people of Indiana, I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress. . . . I am not motivated by strident partisanship or ideology."

TODAY'S FYI:

OBSERVATION DECK ATTACHED TO SPACE STATION: Astronauts attached a new domed observation deck to the International Space Station early Monday (February 15th) that will provide 360-degree views from the orbiting outpost. The shutters on the lookout's seven windows will be unlocked during a spacewalk tonight, and opened Wednesday or Thursday. Both the observation deck and another room, called Tranquility, were brought up on the space shuttle Endeavour that launched last week. They are the last major building blocks of the space station, which is nearly complete.

'JOE THE PLUMBER' SLAMS JOHN MCCAIN: "Joe the Plumber" made campaign appearances for then-GOP presidential nominee Senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential race, but he's now slamming the man who plucked him from obscurity by repeatedly mentioning him during the final debate with Barack Obama. During a Pennsylvania appearance Saturday (February 13th) to endorse a local Republican candidate, Joe -- whose real name is Samuel Wurzelbacher -- said, "John McCain is no public servant," calling him a career politician. He said he no longer supports Sarah Palin either, since she's endorsed McCain's re-election. Speaking of the 2008 campaign, Wurzelbacher said, "McCain was trying to use me. I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy." And when a local reporter noted that he'd never have become famous if not for McCain, Wurzelbacher said, "I don't owe him s***. He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."

OOPS! 'WASHINGTON POST' REPORTS OBAMAS' VALENTINE'S DAY PLANS -- FOR LAST YEAR: The Washington Post made an embarrassing goof yesterday (February 15th), meaning to report what President Obama and his wife Michelle did on Valentine's Day, but mistakenly actually writing what they did on the holiday last year. A short item in the "Style" section's "Names & Faces" feature said that the Obamas had a Valentine's Day date night at the restaurant Table Fifty-Two in Chicago. Turns out that's what the first couple did on Valentine's Day in 2009; this year they spent the holiday at Camp David. Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander wrote on his blog that the mistake had been made by a young news aide in the "Style" section, but also made it past two levels of editing.

HENRY LOUIS GATES DONATES HANDCUFFS FROM HIS ARREST: Henry Louis Gates, the African-American Harvard professor whose arrest last year outside his home ultimately led to the "Beer Summit" at the White House, has donated the handcuffs used on him to the Smithsonian Institution's black history museum. Gates said in Sunday's (February 14th) edition of The New York Times Magazine that he gave the cuffs to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Gates' arrest in July by police investigating a report of a possible break-in at his home caused a national debate over racial profiling, and President Obama was drawn in when he said the police "acted stupidly." Gates reconciled with the officer who arrested him, Sergeant James Crowley, during the beer summit, and he says they met several months ago at a cafe, where Crowley gave him the cuffs.

EX-CLINTON FOE KENNETH STARR NAMED BAYLOR UNIVERSITY PREZ: Former independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr, whose investigation of the Monica Lewinsky scandal led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment, has been named the president of Baylor University, the world's largest Baptist university. The school said that Starr's Christian ideals and experience as dean of Pepperdine University's law school in California since 2004 made him the ideal choice for the position. Starr will reportedly began his new job at the school in his native Texas on June 1st.

  • In addition to the Lewinsky probe, Starr's five-year investigation also looked into Whitewater, Vince Foster's suicide, the firing of White House travel office workers and charges that White House officials misused FBI files.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:

American Wescott Wins Snowboardcross Gold -- Seth Wescott won America's second gold medal of the Vancouver Olympics yesterday (February 15th) and defended his Olympic title, winning his second gold medal in snowboardcross. He overcome a big deficit to beat Canada's Mike Robertson, taking the lead about two-thirds of the way down the course and holding on to win. France's Tony Ramoin won the bronze.

Bode Miller Wins Downhill Bronze -- American skier Bode Miller got some Olympic redemption yesterday, winning the bronze in the downhill four years after coming up empty in five races at the Turin Olympics. Miller had entered the 2006 Games as the favorite, but after winning two silvers in Salt Lake City in 2002, he made headlines in Turin more for his partying than his skiing. Switzerland's Didier Dfago took gold in yesterday's race, and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the silver.

China Wins Pairs Figure Skating Gold, Ends Russia's Streak: Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo of China won the pairs figure skating gold medal last night, ending Russia's streak of taking the gold in 12 straight Olympics. Coming in second were fellow Chinese Pang Qing and Tong Jian, who actually skated better and won the long program, but had finished too far behind in the short program the night before -- ending up in fourth place -- that they could only pull up enough to win silver. Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowky won the bronze.

MEDAL COUNT: As of early this morning, the U.S. has 8 medals overall -- 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 5. France and Canada are tied for third with 4 each. The U.S. is tied for second place for gold medals with France and South Korea behind Switzerland in first place with 3.

FRENCH ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR U.S. CYCLIST LANDIS: A judge in France has issued an arrest warrant for American cyclist Floyd Landis in connection with computer hacking at a French doping lab. The judge wants to question Landis about the September 2006 hacking at the lab that had discovered abnormally high testosterone levels in Landis' urine samples during his 2006 Tour de France victory. He was stripped of the title and banned from competition for two years because of the doping results. Landis unsuccessfully challenged the drug test results before an arbitration hearing, claiming the computer files were mishandled and erased. France's anti-doping chief, Pierre Brodry, charged, "Landis used the hacked files for his defense, that's how we discovered the whole scheme."

  • The arrest warrant is not international, meaning it applies only in France.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010


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

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - Men's figure skating, women's snowboarding and speed skating; skiing: men's super combined Gold Medal final.

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - Part three of the Hollywood round.

ABC

  • LOST (repeat)
  • LOST - Locke searches for help to further his cause.
  • THE FORGOTTEN - The team finds out that a 40-year-old murder victim had planned to buy a baby.

CW

  • 90210 (repeat)
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)

MTV

  • 16 AND PREGNANT - A partying beach bunny realizes she is too immature to raise a baby on her own.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Sade, The Bachelor contestant Ali Fedotowsky
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Makeunders: How'd You Get That Way?
THE VIEW - Chandra Wilson

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Ben Kingsley, Mary J. Blige
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Freddie Prinze Jr., Camila Alves, Sade
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Melina Kanakaredes, Matt Lucas
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Charles Barkley, Carrie Ann Inaba

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

OTTER MISTAKEN FOR DROWNING SNOWMOBILER: Witnesses in Maine, who reported a drowning snowmobiler on the lake, were most likely viewing an otter having a snack, according to state officials. Three people reported seeing a snowmobiler dressed in all black struggling in Moosehead Lake on Thursday. However, there was no evidence that a person had gone through the ice after officials used an airboat in search of the snowmobiler. According to Cpl. Mike Joy of the Maine Warden Service, authorities did find pieces of crawfish and a small bloodstain on the ice, indicating that an otter might have been feeding there. He says the animal could have appeared to be black to the onlookers from the shore. (AP)

FARMER GIVES WIFE A HEART MADE OF MANURE: A farmer from Minnesota made a half-mile wide heart out of manure as a Valentine's Day gift for his wife. It took Bruce Andersland one day to finish his project by using his tractor and manure spreader. His wife, Beth, of 37 years told the Alberta Lea Tribune that it was the biggest and most original Valentine she had ever received. Although some may find this a bit disgusting, she found it to be cute and creative. (AP)

MAN SETS NEW HUG RECORD IN VEGAS: A new world record has been set in Las Vegas on Valentine's Day. A 51-year-old Ohio man has embraced 7,777 passers-by in 24 hours, setting a new record. The record was broken just outside of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel-Casino on the strip by Jeff Ondash, who went by the name Teddy McHuggin that day. Ondash said that he wanted to become the world's fastest hugger in order to raise money for the American Heart Association. This cause is important to him because he has lost both his father and his brother to heart problems. Ondash did not rest from Friday to Saturday, making sure he would break the record, as his daughter tallied the numbers. The previous record holder, Siobhan O'Connor from Dublin, received 5,000 hugs in one day. (AP)

BADGE SAVES A POLICE OFFICER'S LIFE: A Las Vegas police officer was saved after a bullet hit his badge during a shoot-out. The 31-year-old police officer was patrolling around 10 p.m. Saturday when he heard gunshots being fired from a nearby apartment complex. When he arrived at the scene, he came upon a person with a gun and opened fire. The officer was hit on his badge and only suffered minor injuries, according to police. The shooter fled and the injured officer's name was not immediately released. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?


WOMEN KEEP CLOTHES THEY'RE TOO FAT TO WEAR: The average woman's wardrobe contains at least 10 items of clothing that don't fit. The Daily Mail reported on a Slim Fast study that found that 80 percent of women have items of clothing hidden in the wardrobe which are testament to the days when they were that bit thinner. They keep the clothes in the hope that one day they will fit into them again. On average this includes four pairs of jeans, two little black dresses, two bikinis, a skirt and a tube top.

BLUE EYED PEOPLE ARE ALL RELATED: Every blue-eyed person can be traced back to a shared ancestor. The first pair of blue eyes appeared between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago as a result of a mutation in the OCA2 gene, which caused a reduction of melanin in one lucky human's iris. A team of researchers analyzed 800 modern-day blue-eyed folk, from Northern Europe to the Middle East, and found that each individual shared a carbon copy of this particular mutated DNA segment. "We can conclude that all blue-eyed individuals are linked to the same ancestor," said geneticist Hans Eiberg. "They have all inherited the same switch at exactly the same spot in their DNA." (Asylum.com)

JOB LOSS TAKING TOLL ON MALE EGOS: MSN.com reports that women out-earning men is "almost always a problem. Money is a symbol of male virility in our culture. This is one issue where society barges in and calls the shots. And if the husband is not the king financially, it's a recipe for disaster. And that's not necessarily because the husband is demanding that kind of kingdom, but because society tells him he is a loser if she makes more money."

MOVIE TRENDS (Fandango.com)

  • 81% of women say they pick the movie they will see on a date.
  • 92% of men say their dates will pick the movie on V-Day Weekend; but in general,
  • 67% of men prefer to pick the flick on a movie date.
  • 94% of men say they pay for the movie.
  • 87% of women are offended if their date talks or texts during the movie; compared to only 75% of men who are offended.

SIGNS YOU'RE NOT OVER YOUR EX (YourTango.com)

Everything reminds you of him. You break into sobs every time you hear "your song." Your weekly date with Dr. House is just not the same without him. Not only that, but you have a running list of things you need to tell him when you see him, based upon everything exciting, hilarious and/or tragic that has occurred since you split. Because who else would you share these things with? Well, your best friend, for starters. Your mom. Your shrink. Or, gasp... a new man. Try to forget the lists, stop putting energy in the past and instead bond with the people who are actually in your life.

  • You're lashing out in public forums. You trash talk him on Twitter and Facebook. At last night's open mic night he appeared in your confessional poetry. And, honey, it would be better for all involved if you kept that song you wrote earlier today a secret. Because, while it's healthy to let out your feelings, if it's been several months and he's still inspiring your inner artiste, you're letting history take precedence over the right now.
  • You're overcompensating. You dress up in the hopes you'll run into him and, when you do see him, you make your life seem really, really awesome. Because, obviously, you're better off without him and he's gotta see what he's missing! And you've got to realize what you're missing in making him the center of your life.
  • You have no interest in that hot dude giving you the eye. You have men throwing themselves at you left and right, eager to love the pain away. But all those guys hitting on you at parties and bars? They seem pretty repulsive right now. When your ex calls, however, you pick up right away. (What? It could be important!) Try chatting up a new guy. You never know what could happen...
  • You compare everyone to him. Even if you think you're ready to start dating again, every time you meet a new guy, you make a list of all the ways he doesn't measure up to your ex. Once you're really over him, you'll measure men on their own merits.
  • You are unable to let go of your relationship mementos. And by mementos, we don't just mean the gifts he gave you during the course of your relationship, like that Swarovski necklace or that cute winter hat. Because we wouldn't get rid of those, either. Rather, we're referring to the more random stuff, such as those matches from the restaurant where you had your first date, or the movie tickets from every single film you've ever been to together. Trashing them will be freeing -- try it!
  • Seeing him still makes you go weak in the knees. Literally. You get the shakes. And you're sort of afraid you might projectile vomit. Which would be embarrassing. Sound familiar? If your reaction is this visceral, we're going to hazard a guess and say you're still not over him.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to EW.com, what was the lowest score ever given on Dancing With the Stars?

A: Master P

In season two he got an 8.

Romney Assaulted on Plane Over Seat Back Request

2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was physically assaulted yesterday (February 15th) by a plane passenger sitting in front of his wife Ann who Romney had asked to move his seat upright during takeoff, Fox News reported. The former Massachusetts governor and his wife were on a flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles after spending several days at the Olympics. A Romney spokesman said, "The passenger became physically violent. Governor Romney did not retaliate, but instead let the airline crew respond to the incident." The plane returned to the gate and the passenger was arrested by the police. Romney wasn't hurt.

Oscar Nominees Told to Give Two Speeches If They Win

Whether you like watching the Oscars or not, one of the most boring parts of the Academy Awards broadcast is listening to winners thank a list of people no-one outside of Hollywood has ever heard of, with show co-producer Bill Mechanic calling them, quote, "the single most-hated thing on the show." Organizers have came up with a way to get rid of all that broadcast thanking, asking nominees to give two speeches if they win -- one onstage saying what winning an Oscar means to them, and another backstage on what's being called a "Thank You Cam," where they can thank whoever they want. The backstage video will be posted on the Internet, where they can be seen and where winners can do things like e-mail them or even post them on their Facebook pages. Still to be seen is if the winners will actually do this or ignore directions and thank whoever they want to onstage.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Underpants Help Men Boost Their Assets

British men were getting some help boosting their assets ahead of Valentine's Day, with the department store group Debenhams reporting a 76 percent surge in online sales of push-up underpants in the week before the romantic holiday. The $28 underpants work similarly to the way push-bras do, with a lift and hold feature at the front. Rob Faucherand, head of men's accessories buying at Debenhams, told Reuters, "The briefs mean that no man ever needs to feel inadequate again on the most passionate day of the social calendar. However we can't be held responsible for what happens once the pants come off.

Friday, February 12, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Reba McEntire's marriage to her manager, Narvel Blackstock, is one of the few long-term success stories in the entertainment business. The couple have been married for 21 years, but Reba can clearly recall their very first Valentine's Day together. Narvel went for the sparkly, romantic gift, while Reba tells us her present was a bit on the practical side. "Narvel and my first Valetine's together, he gave me something really special. It was a beautiful diamond tennis bracelet, and we had just bought our place out in Gallatin and we were trying to clear it. He said, 'Well, I could do that!', and so I got him a chainsaw for Valentine's Day. Now that went over like a lead balloon because the chain was on backwards and he worked all day long trying to trim up some of the low branches, and his shoulders and arm and neck were just killin' him, and the next day he went and hired people, professional people, to come and clear the property. I don't know where that chainsaw is today, but I still got my tennis bracelet!"

  • Reba will be able to spend this Valentine's Day weekend with Narvel as there's a short break in the George Strait tour. Their next concert will be in St. Louis on February 18th.
  • Her new DVD, CMT Invitation Only: Reba, was released earlier this week.
Keith Urban would have been happy to be a part of the re-make of "We Are The World" to benefit the Haiti relief effort, but he wasn't invited. To make matters worse, Keith was in the very same recording studio working on his own stuff when the the 80-plus group of artists were recording the anthem the morning after the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The singer told showbizspy.com, "I was outside and I could hear all these amazing stars doing their bit for the song. I was recording in another room so I didn't feel I could just drop everything and insist I sing a few lines. But it's a great thing those artists have done for a very worthy cause."

Sugarland, the Zac Brown Band and Julianne Hough were all part of the "We Are The World" recording.

In other Keith news, E! reports that the singer was spotted doing some Valentine's Day shopping at a store called Trashy Lingerie in West Hollywood on Wednesday (February 10th) afternoon. He reportedly purchased three ensembles for his wife, Nicole Kidman, including a "naughty schoolgirl outfit."

  • Keith is on the cover of the People Country issue of People magazine, which is currently on newsstands.
  • He has been in Los Angeles all week writing for his next album.
Shania Twain has updated fans with a new letter on her website. She is currently thawing out in the Caribbean after a cold holiday stay in Canada, and the warm weather is doing wonders for her songwriting. Shania says, "The sunny weather gets me into writing mode. Many of the songs from The Woman In Me and Come On Over were written in the tropics so it's a good place for me to be creative."

She also reflects on her past month or so, talking about her Olympic torch run, or walk, as the case may have been. She said, "I was worried about the length of the run as I didn't want to embarrass myself by arriving at the cauldron out of breath ... When (son) Eja saw me after the run, he said, 'Mom, it is called an Olympic torch run because you are supposed to RUN, not WALK! ' The temperatures were pretty low so running the whole way would probably have, ironically, kept me warmer. In any case, it was an awesome 300 meters and I will cherish the honor forever."

Shania also posted a nearly three minute video of her singing songs by the fire with one of her cousins. The footage was taken by Frederic Thiebaud, her boyfriend and the ex-husband of her one-time best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud, who was having an affair with Shania's then husband, Mutt Lange.

CHECK IT OUT

Luke Bryan is on top of things this Valentine's Day! He's got a definite plan for a date on Sunday (February 14th) with his wife, Caroline. The singer tells us he is still making up for a Valentine's Day gone wrong that happened a few years ago. "We were goin' to like Stoney River (steak house) and I didn't get a reservation, and we went to (Italian restaurant) Buca Di Beppo, y'all. It was a nightmare. I don't think she's ever been more mad at me because they walk you through the kitchen, and she's like, 'We're out here on Valentine's Day and I'm gettin' walked through a kitchen!' There was like little 15-year-olds like giving promise rings, you know, like giving class rings out. Me and Caroline are sittin' there, you know, so, anyway, I've got the reservation already lined up and everything, so. . . "
  • Earlier this week, Luke celebrated his first Number One hit as an artist with "Do I," which he co-wrote with Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
  • As a songwriter, Luke's first Number One hit, "Good Directions," was charted by Billy Currington in 2006.

Valentine's Day is a special day for Jason Aldean and his wife, Jessica, but not for the reason you may think, as Jason tells us: "That's my oldest daughter's birthday, so I'm always home for Valentine's Day. It's not so much a romantic day for me and my wife, but it's a special day, and we usually spend Valentine's Day doin' birthday stuff and hangin' out at Chuck E. Cheese or something like that. We celebrate Valentine's Day either the day before or the day after, but, yeah, I'm always home for that. Valentine's Day to us is a whole different thing."
  • Jason's daughter, Keeley, will be seven on Sunday (February 14th).
  • His Wide Open tour will take a break this weekend, but will resume next Thursday (February 18th) in Huntsville, Alabama.
The guys in Rascal Flatts are forever joking around, so when we asked them about Valentine's Day, their response was hardly serious. "(Jay DeMarcus) Gary, what are your Valentine's Day plans? You know, I think I'm gonna spend my Valentine's with you and Joe Don on Valentine's Day. (Jay) How romantic. That's very sweet. (Gary LeVox) You know, I just don't feel like we spend enough time together, and I couldn't think of . . . not my wife or kids. I just couldn't imagine spending Valentine's Day without you two."

Gary recalls a favorite Valentine's Day memory with some unforgettable food. "(Gary) About four or five years ago we had some chocolate sauce and we made some incredible milk shakes that night." (Jay) "Oh, milkshakes I thought you were going somewhere else with that, I got a little confused." (Gary) "Oh no, no..." (Jay) "It started to get a little warm in here...could somebody turn down the..." (Gary) "No it was just milkshakes though, made some great milkshakes, and then we took this fruit and made the best fruit salad that you could have... I mean, seriously the strawberries really set the salad off." (Joe Don Rooney) "That's to die for buddy." (Gary) "Oh, it is, so cooking is probably one of my..." (Jay) "So you're saying you're just big tease, huh?" (Gary) Yeah, well basically with food, you know?"]

  • The guys will actually have this Valentine's Day weekend off to be with their wives and families.
  • Their American Living Unstoppable tour resumes on February 18th in Peoria, Illinois.

FAST FACTS

  • Rascal Flatts will appear in the March 4th episode of CBS's CSI.
  • The trio will soon announce plans for a summer tour to commemorate their 10th anniversary.
  • Their new single, "Unstoppable," is a Top 25 hit on the country charts.
Tim McGraw will perform at the Daytona 500 pre-race show at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday (February 14th). The race will be broadcast live on FOX, with pre-race coverage beginning at noon ET and the race starting at 1 p.m. ET.

Tanya Tucker will be a guest judge on the February 15th episode of RuPaul's Drag Race. Tanya will sit alongside RuPaul, fashion journalist Merle Ginsberg, designer Santino Rice and actress Kathy Najimy for a special show where contestants discover their "country" characters. RuPaul's Drag Race airs at 9 p.m. ET on Logo.

Blaine Larsen co-wrote George Strait's new single, "Gotta Get To You." Blaine's own new single, "Chillin'," heads to radio next week.

Trisha Yearwood will release her second cookbook, called Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share With Family and Friends, on April 6th. The collection of recipes were donated by family and friends, much like her first cookbook, Georgia Cooking In An Oklahoma Kitchen.
  • Trisha's husband, Garth Brooks, wrote the book's foreword.
  • Recipes included in Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood are Garth's mom's cabbage rolls, Trisha's grandmother's strawberry cake, and her mom's homemade waffles.
  • Trisha will appear on an upcoming episode of Paula Deen's show on the Food Network.

FAST FACTS

  • Georgia Cooking In An Oklahoma Kitchen was released in April of 2008.
  • The cookbook was a New York Times bestseller.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. For what song did George Jones win his first Grammy?
A. "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

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

Josh Thompson

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Lady Antebellum, Josh Turner

DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 1:00PM (ET)
Rodney Atkins

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM, 10:30PM (ET)
Tanya Tucker, Glen Campbell, Eric Church

BROOKS & DUNN: COWBOY TOWN/GAC 4:30PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 10:00PM (ET)
Jo Dee Messina, Darryl Worley, Naomi Judd

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS 12:35AM (ET)
David Nail

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Maud Adams (actress, Swedish "Bond Girl" who played Octopussy in the James Bond film of the same name) (65)

  • Josh Brolin (actor, In the Valley of Elah, No Country For Old Men, American Gangster, James Brolin's son) (42)
  • Joe Garagiola (baseball announcer and former catcher) (84)
  • Arsenio Hall (comedian and former talk show host) (55)
  • Joanna Kerns (actress, played Growing Pains' Maggie Seaver) (57)
  • Christina Ricci (actress, Mermaids, The Addams Family, The Ice Storm, Ally McBeal, Anything Else, Monster) (30)
  • Chynna Phillips (singer, of Wilson Phillips) (42)
  • Michael McDonald (singer, solo and for the Doobie Brothers) (58)
  • Steve Hackett (former guitarist of Genesis) (60)
  • Ray Manzarek (keyboardist for the Doors) (71)
  • Judy Blume (author) (72)
  • Joe Don Baker (actor, Walking Tall, GoldenEye, Mars Attacks!, Tomorrow Never Dies) (74)
  • Ehud Barak (10th Prime Minister of Israel) (68)
  • Darren Aronofsky (American director, The Wrestler, Reqiuem for a Dream, The Fountain) (41)
  • Jesse Spencer (Dr. Robert Chase on House) (31)
  • Jennifer Stone (The Wizards of Waverly Place) (17)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Sammi Smith, who hit Number One in 1970 with "Help Me Make It Through The Night," died at the age of 61 in Oklahoma City in 2005.
  • Rascal Flatts climbed to Number One in Billboard with "Bless The Broken Road" in 2005.
  • Alabama netted three multi-platinum albums: Mountain Music went quintuple-platinum, Roll On hit quadruple-platinum, and Greatest Hits, Volume III reached double-platinum in 1998.
  • Toby Keith's first hit, "Should've Been A Cowboy," was released in 1993.
  • The Judds earned their second gold album for Rockin' With The Rhythm in 1986.
  • Crystal Gayle charted a Number One single in Billboard with the Rodney Crowell song "'Til I Can Gain Control Again" in 1983.
  • Buck Owens recorded the Number One song "Act Naturally" in 1963.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

KHLOE KARDASHIAN GROSSED OUT BY SISTER'S BREAST MILK: Khloe Kardashian is disgusted by some of her sister Kourtney's maternal behaviors. The younger Kardashian tweeted on Thursday, "Kourt just admitted that she tasted her own breast milk. Ummmm TMI."

AMANDA BYNES DUMPED? Amanda Bynes got dumped right before Valentine's Day. The 23-year-old actress has spent the past couple of weeks posting tweets about a mystery boyfriend -- which some speculated was Drake after she wrote that the guy had lost out at the recent Grammys. She subsequently denied that rumor, but on Thursday, insinuated the relationship was over. She wrote, "If something doesn't work out with the guy I like, then I guess it just wasn't meant to be! You can't FORCE relationships/love. If it's meant to be, it will be!"

ANGELINA ADOPTION RUMORS SWIRL: As expected, Angelina Jolie's visit to a hospital treating Haitian children sparked rumors that she's looking to adopt again. After the visit, a source told Britain's The Sun, "She's made no secret of her desire to adopt again. Children in Haiti need help. It's a perfect opportunity."

LINDSAY LOHAN MISSES VIENNA OPERA: Lindsay Lohan has bailed on Austrian entrepreneur Richard Lugner, who she was supposed to accompany to the Vienna Opera Ball. Lugner, who chooses a famous starlet as his date each year, didn't specify the reason for Lohan's absence, but sources told PerezHilton.com that he's not happy. The blogger claims that Lohan had a court date for her probation, so her manager booked her on a commercial British Airways flight to London -- after Lunger had splashed out 100,000 euros for a private jet -- and she missed all of the flights. Hilton says that Lugner expects Lohan to return the funds he provided her for the jet.

RIELLE HUNTER DATED JEFF GOLDBLUM? John Edwards's baby mama reportedly cheated on the politician with -- Jeff Goldblum. A source told Star magazine, "Jeff said he was in love. They were extremely close -- totally, 100 percent, a major item." The magazine claims that when she got pregnant, Goldblum believed the child could be his, but broke things off when Rielle Hunter made it clear who the real father was.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN FOUND DEAD

British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his home on Thursday (February 11th) morning. Sources told the Daily Mail that the 40-year-old committed suicide, reportedly by hanging himself.

His death comes just days after the death of his mother Joyce and three years after his close friend, Tatler fashion director Isabella Blow, took her own life.

His family said in a statement, "Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand, has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family."

  • The designer, who has dressed the likes of Prince Charles, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Sarah Jessica Parker, was plucked from obscurity by Blow in 1994 after she bought all the clothes he'd made for his fashion school show. She killed herself in 2007 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
  • McQueen won the distinction of being named British designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003. He married his partner, George Forsyth, in the summer of 2000 at a ceremony in which Moss served as a bridesmaid.

Celebrities respond on Twitter:

  • DitaVonTeese: "Rest in peace, Mr. McQueen."
  • Kirstie Alley: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN...you made big bottomed and not so big bottomed girls all over the world look stunning..come back soon..give it another go"
  • Kim Kardashian: I just found out Alexander McQueen died!!! I'm in shock! So sad! I'm wearing one of his dresses now! He was such a talented designer"
  • Stephanie Pratt: "No, no, no omg so sad :( "
  • Russell Simmons: "Nice guy commited suicide. Hurts to hear"
  • Kelly Osbourne: "i am so so sad to hear the news of Lee (Alexander) McQueen! i really just dont know what say im really in shock"
  • Rachel Zoe: "I cant describe the tragic loss of such a brilliant man and designer Alexander McQueen..R.I.P xo RZ"
  • Joel Madden: "R.I.P. Alexander McQueen. You were one of the best man. Always hoped to meet you."
  • Simon Huck: "OMG! this is so sad! Alexander McQueen commits suicide. so sad..."

CHECK IT OUT: Alexander McQueen's 10 key moments: http://tinyurl.com/y8qhqud

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

PENELOPE CRUZ JOINING 'PIRATES'? Penelope Cruz is in talks to star alongside Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The Hollywood Reporter announced the possible collaboration, noting that Cruz worked with Pirates director Rob Marshall on Nine.

'THE HANGOVER' CREW WORKING HARD ON SEQUEL: The Hangover sequel is in full-on development. PerezHilton.com reported that Bradley Cooper recently got together with costars Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha and brainstormed some ideas for the follow-up. Cooper said, "The four of us got together and toyed around with the idea of where it was going to be and what happens and Todd Phillips came up with this hilarious opening that I hope stays."

KIM KARDASHIAN LIKES PRODUCING: Kim Kardashian may be spending a lot more time behind the camera than in front of it in the future. In the wake of her new role as executive producer of E!'s The SPINdustry -- an upcoming reality show starring two of her publicist friends -- Kim says she's been bitten by the producing bug. She told People magazine, "I definitely see myself doing a lot more [producing]. It's something I'm passionate about, and I hope people get an idea of the types of shows I like to do. I actually really like it because I'm able to share my ideas and see them come to life. I think this is just the start of many projects."

CELEBRITY QUIZ: MY WORST VALENTINE'S DAY

Match the following Valentine's Day horror story with the celebrity who experienced it! (Source: Usmagazine.com)

"I went through a bad breakup and spent the day at a restaurant called Birds, where they had an anti-Valentine's Day party. You can hang up notes like I HATE HIM or HE WAS MEAN TO MY DOG and make a voodoo doll out of your ex and poke it." (D)

"In fourth grade, I made the big huge card for a boy. I found it in the trash later in the day. It's cool. It's fine. I feel like I am better for it...not that I'm still thinking about it or anything." (A)

"My worst Valentine's Day ever was, I think I was like 17, or 18, like the love of my life, like my boyfriend who I was obsessed with in love, my first love, left me on Valentine's Day and moved back home. He just left -- like never said anything. Who leaves on Valentine's Day when you have a girlfriend that you're supposedly in love with? I get it. it was young love, but it really, really sucked, and I think it ruined every Valentine's Day from here on out." (G)

"I spent a ridiculous amount of money on a pair of Tiffany diamond stud earrings for a girlfriend -- it wasn't Jen Aniston! I gave them to her at dinner, and she burst into tears and said, 'You don't know me! I never wear studs, only drop earrings.' I was just, like, I can't win." (C)

"In high school, I remember me and my friend were dating best friends and we went to a restaurant and we decorated the table and had presents waiting and had them meet us there on Valentine's Day and my date showed up drunk! I was really bummed. I put hours of work into it and he showed up drunk." (E)

"I couldn't go on a date because he lived two hours away. I said I didn't feel well, but really I was hung-over because I went out the night before and got trashed." (F)

"A guy friend and I went to California Pizza Kitchen, and a group of pretty girls came over to us and said, 'You guys are gay, right?' I wound up really lonely. (B)

"I once dated a guy who was like, 'Holy s*it, I just made out with Harriet the Spy!' And that's messed up. Don't say that. I was 10, you're 30, it's just weird." (H)

A: Jessica Biel

B: Chad Michael Murray

C: Tate Donovan

D: Hayden Panettiere

E: Lauren Conrad

F: Jersey Shore's Snooki

G: Khloe Kardashian

H: Michelle Trachtenberg

ALEC BALDWIN 'FINE' AFTER HOSPITALIZATION; REP BLAMES SITUATION ON 'MISUNDERSTANDING'

Alec Baldwin is "completely fine" after being examined at a New York City hospital early Thursday (February 11th) morning. A local NBC affiliate reported that Baldwin's 14-year-old daughter Ireland called 911 after finding her father "unresponsive," while a law enforcement source told the Associated Press that Ireland told 911 that her dad had threatened to take pills during an argument.

The 30 Rock star's rep disputed the rumors, releasing a statement that read, "This was a misunderstanding on one person's part. Alec was quickly released from the hospital he's completely fine and will be at work today. If there was any real issue or concern, he wouldn't have been released from the hospital so quickly."

  • A source close to Baldwin told Us Weekly, "There were no drugs. There was no alcohol. And there were no pills or threat of pills."
  • Baldwin's relationship with his daughter became national news several years ago after a voicemail he left for Ireland -- in which he called her "a pig" -- was leaked to the public.

NANCY O'DELL AND ASHLAN GORSE REPORTEDLY IN CONTENTION FOR 'DWTS' HOST GIG

With all the craze over Simon Cowell's Idol replacement, everyone seems to forget that there's another high-profile television gig that needs filling. Following the announcement that Samantha Harris is leaving Dancing With the Stars, E! has named two possible contenders for her hosting gig.

EOnline.com reports that its own reporter, Ashlan Gorse, and Nancy O'Dell are both up for the job. Gorse is interested in pulling double-duty on E! and DWTS, while O'Dell is already connected to the reality series -- as she was once a contestant but dropped out due to injury.

  • A rep for the show would only say, "We don't have anything to announce yet regarding Tom's co-host for the upcoming season."

ELLEN DEGENERES TALK SHOW RENEWED

In the wake of her American Idol debut, Ellen DeGeneres has re-upped her talk show contract with NBC, signing on for three more seasons of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. There was speculation that DeGeneres might switch to ABC in the wake of Oprah Winfrey's announced departure, however its assumed that Ellen will just pick up Winfrey's audience where she is.

Variety reported, "Once the 'Oprah Winfrey' competish goes away, "Ellen" is likely to attract a good portion of Winfrey's loyal daytime followers."

  • Ellen said in a statement, "I'm so excited to sign on for three more years at NBC. They were the ones that believed in my show from day one. So, I'm thrilled to know I'll be here till at least 2014. Things will be a lot different by then. I won't be dancing over my coffee table anymore. Through the magic of 3-D, I'll be dancing over yours."

DENNIS HOPPER GRANTED RESTRAINING ORDER FROM WIFE

Dennis Hopper is forging ahead his divorce, slamming claims that he's incapable of making his own decisions and going so far as to say that contact with his estranged wife is practically killing him. TMZ.com got a hold of legal papers filed on behalf of the cancer-ridden actor in which his doctor said that wife Victoria has "repeatedly subjected [him] to severe emotional distress."

He continued, "The presence of his estranged wife is hampering Mr. Hopper's present cancer care. It is my belief and recommendation that the less Mr. Hopper has to do with his estranged wife at this time, the more likely he is to have his life extended."

  • Meanwhile, a judge granted Hopper a restraining order on Thursday that orders Victoria to stay 10 feet away from Dennis, his adult son, Henry, his daughter, Marin and his assistant, Emily Davis.
  • Dennis filed for divorce from Victoria last month, however she claims Dennis' adult children are orchestrating his decision in an effort to cut her out of his will.

RUMORED SIMON COWELL REPLACEMENT OF THE DAY: CONAN O'BRIEN

The latest rumor about Simon Cowell's American Idol replacement involves none other than Conan O'Brien. Media Life magazine claims that Fox executives have already put out their "feelers" to see if the former Tonight Show host would be interested in the gig.

HollyScoop.com quoted a source as having said, "Idol bosses think he'd be a huge draw now after all that Leno fuss."

O'Brien's rep told Gossip Cop, "He is in no way considering this."

  • Based out current judge Kara DioGuardi's recent comments on rumors of Howard Stern joining the show, it seems unlikely that Conan would fit their criteria. She of Stern, "I don't think he has a musical background or any kind of music anything. and I think that Simon, if you're gonna replace Simon you have to have that background. You have to be somebody who knows about signing great artists and being a part of their career from the very beginning to the very end."
  • Kara spoke on Idol gossip in general, warning fans, "I think you have to take any rumor you hear about American Idol with a grain of salt. They're usually not true."

MOVIE OPENING: 'PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF'

Opening today (February 12th) is the new fantasy adventure film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, starring Brandon T. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Kevin McKidd, Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan. The film follows teenager Percy Jackson, played by Jackson, who finds trouble when the gods of Mount Olympus come to life out of Percy's Greek mythology texts looking for Zeus' stolen lightning bolt and Percy is the prime suspect. Percy and his friends must go on a cross country journey to catch the real thief and unravel a mystery far greater than anyone could imagine. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was directed by Chris Columbus.

  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is rated PG and has a running time of 2 hours.
Opening today (February 12th) is the new horror film The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt. The film follows Lawrence Talbot, played by Del Toro, who returns home to find his missing brother after his brother's fiancee, Gwen, played by Blunt, asks him for help. Talbot learns that a creature has links to an ancient curse turning people into werewolves when the moon is full. To save the town and Gwen, Talbot must kill the beast but finds that he has a horrifying family legacy. The Wolfman was directed by Joe Johnston.
  • The Wolfman is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Opening today (February 12th) is the new romantic comedy Valentine's Day, starring Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner. The film is about ten couples in Los Angeles whose lives intersect on Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day was directed by Garry Marshall.
  • Valentine's Day is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Friday, February 12, 2010


EX-PREZ CLINTON HOSPITALIZED, BLOCKED ARTERY OPENED: Former President Bill Clinton underwent an angioplasty yesterday (February 11th) to open a blocked artery in his chest after he was hospitalized with discomfort. Clinton could leave New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan as early as today, and be back to work next week after having two stents placed inside the artery during the one-hour procedure. Clinton had quadruple bypass surgery at the same hospital more than five years ago, and one of the bypasses from the surgery had gotten clogged. Cardiologist Dr. Allan Schwartz said Clinton's prognosis is excellent. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled from Washington to New York to be with her husband, and daughter Chelsea was also there.

HUGE RALLY MARKS IRANIAN REVOLUTION, OPPOSITION TARGETED: A huge state-sponsored rally in Tehran yesterday (February 11th) marked the 31st anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, while large numbers of security forces targeted opposition gatherings, which were smaller than ones that had been seen in recent months. Police fired tear gas at the protesters and paintballs to mark them for arrest, and some senior opposition figures were also targeted. Authorities also jammed the Internet and cell phones to disrupt the opposition. In a nationally televised address, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted about Iran's nuclear advancement, declaring they are now a "nuclear state," but insisting they are not building a nuclear bomb. The Obama administration dismissed the claim that Iran is enriching uranium at a higher, weapons-grade level.

U.S., AFGHAN TROOPS READYING ANTI-TALIBAN OFFENSIVE: U.S. and Afghan forces surrounded the Taliban stronghold of Marjah yesterday (February 11th), sealing off escape routes as they readied for what's being described as the biggest offensive of the nine-year war in Afghanistan. The exact date for the attack remains secret. Up to 1,000 Taliban militants are believed to be holed up in Marjah, a key Taliban logistics base and center of the opium poppy trade that's the biggest community in southern Afghanistan under Taliban control. The goal is to seize the town quickly, re-establish Afghan government authority, and bring public services in hopes of winning the support of the townspeople.

TODAY'S FYI:

REP. PATRICK KENNEDY, TED KENNEDY'S SON, WON'T RUN FOR RE-ELECTION: Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island won't be seeking re-election to a ninth term, making the decision just a few months after the death of his father, the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Kennedy taped a message that will be aired on Rhode Island TV stations Sunday night (February 14th). In it, the 42-year-old Kennedy said, "my life is taking a new direction," but that he remained committed to public service and to working on the issues he cares about, including his signature issue of mental health. Kennedy didn't give a reason for his decision, but AP cited one of his top financial backers as saying his father's death had taken an enormous toll. Some of that is evident in Kennedy's message, in which he says, "Illness took the life of my most cherished mentor and confidante, my ultimate source of spirit and strength. From the countless lives he lifted, to the American promise he helped shape, my father taught me that politics at its very core was about serving others." Kennedy has been in treatment for substance abuse several times in his life, including since crashing his car outside the U.S. Capitol in 2006.

SAUDI POLICE CRACK DOWN ON VALENTINE'S DAY: Saudi Arabia's feared religious police are the Valentine's Day version of the Grinch, launching an annual crackdown Thursday (February 11th) on stores selling items that are red, heart-shaped, or refer in any way to celebration of the holiday. Saudi Arabia bans the celebration of Western holidays such as Valentine's Day, and even frowns on birthdays and Mother's Day. Attitudes toward Valentine's Day vary across the Arab world, with devout Muslims opposing it as a Western celebration of romantic love that corrupts Muslim youth, while less strict Muslims and nations embrace the holiday.

'HOLLYWOOD' SIGN TO BE UNDER WRAPS: The famous "Hollywood" sign in Los Angeles is going to be under wraps from yesterday (February 11th) through next Tuesday (February 16th), covered with panels reading, "Save the Peak." The coverup is part of a campaign by the Trust for Public Land to save an adjacent hilltop from development. The nature preservation group has raised some $7 million of the approximately $12 million needed to buy the hilltop property from the owners, who'd announced plans to develop it into luxury homes.

FRISBEE INVENTOR WALTER FREDERICK MORRISON DEAD AT 90: Walter Frederick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, died at his Utah home on Tuesday (February 9th) at age 90. The idea for the Frisbee came out of Morrison and his future wife's game of tossing a tin cake pan on the beach in California. Morrison thought about ways to make the pans fly better, and began manufacturing his flying plastic discs -- which he called a Pluto Platter -- in 1948 after serving as a pilot in World War Two. The Wham-O Manufacturing company bought the rights to the Pluto Platter in 1957 and renamed them Frisbees after what college students in New England were calling them. The name came from a local bakery called the Frisbie Pie Company whose empty tins were tossed like Morrison's plastic discs.

OBAMA TO GIVE GRADUATION SPEECHES AT UNIV. OF MICHIGAN, HAMPTON: President Obama will give commencement address this spring at the University of Michigan and Hampton University in Virginia. According to Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, Obama will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree when he speaks during the May 1st commencement, and the president will speak at Hampton University one week later, on May 9th. AP cited an administration official as saying Obama will also speak at the commencement of one of the nation's military academies, although which one wasn't specified. Obama spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation ceremony last year.

SPORTS:

VANCOUVER GAMES BEGIN TONIGHT: The Vancouver Winter Olympics will get underway tonight in BC Place Stadium with the opening ceremony -- the first ever that will be indoors -- as the Games return to Canada for the first time since 1988. One of the big mysteries for each Olympics games is who will be lighting the Olympic cauldron. The front-runner is widely believed to be hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player ever in Canada's national sport. .

  • Meanwhile, U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn tested her deeply bruised shin on the slopes yesterday (February 11th), one day after disclosing the injury she suffered in training last week that she worried could cause her to miss some, or all, of her five races, two of which she's favored to win. Things seemed to be looking up yesterday, however, as Vonn did some practice runs, fortified with painkillers and numbing creme. She wrote on Facebook, "The pain level has gone down from a sharp debilitating pain to something that I feel I may be able to grit my teeth through."

KOBE, IVERSON WON'T PLAY IN NBA ALL-STAR GAME: Los Angeles Lakers star player Kobe Bryant and the Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson won't be playing in the NBA All-Star game this weekend after being voted in by fans. Bryant missed his third straight game for the Lakers Wednesday (February 10th) with a sore left ankle, and Iverson missed his fifth straight game for the 76ers the same night to be with his sick daughter. The game will be played at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY & HOLIDAY WEEKEND!



Friday, February 12, 2010


CBS
  • SURVIVING SUVIVOR (repeat)
  • UNDERCOVER BOSS (repeat)
  • NUMB3RS (repeat)

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 7:30 PM, Opening Ceremony from Vancouver, B.C. Parade of Nations; lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, ski jumping; individual K-95 competition.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (repeat)

ABC

  • SPIDER-MAN 2 - Peter Parker battles a scientist who uses mechanical tentacles for destructive purposes. Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Alfred Molina.

CW

  • SMALLVILLE - A young man steals a charmed comic book from a convention and develops superpowers.
  • SMALLVILLE (repeat)

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Anne Hathaway, Joshua Radin, "Sports Illustrated" cover model Brooklyn Decker
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Fridays Live: Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, Matt Lauer, Lionel Richie
THE VIEW - Jeff Bridges, Katharine McPhee

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Jeff Bridges, Joe Wong, the Soft Pack
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Mark Walhberg, "Sports Illustrated" cover model Brooklyn Decker, Dashboard Confessional
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Carey Mulligan
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Benicio Del Toro, Selena Gomez
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)

SATURDAY

NBC

  • WINTER OLYMPICS - 7:30 PM, Speed skating: men's short track 1500m semifinals and Gold Medal final; freestyle skiing: women's moguls Gold Medal final; skiing: men's downhill Gold Medal final.

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE AMAZING RACE 16 - (season premiere) The 11 teams depart in Los Angeles for Chile; the racers battle exhaustion and their fear of heights while dangling 120 feet in the air.
  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - When the CEO goes undercover in a fast paced kitchen, he struggles to keep up then is forced to take action when a manager steps out of line.
  • COLD CASE - Newly discovered deatils about the mugger of Valen's mother; the team attempts to solve the 1983 murder of a graffiti artist.

NBC

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 7 PM, Figure skating: pairs short programl freestyle skiing: men's moguls Gold Medal finals; luge: men's singles Gold Medal final; skiing: women's super combined Gold Medal final.

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS - Homer and Marge compete as part of a curling team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW - When Holt confesses to Cleveland that he wishes he had a special someone in his life, Cleveland tries to set him up with cat loving Jill.
  • FAMILY GUY - Lois sees a psychic after Chris and Stewie get lost in the woods; Peter starts charging the neighbors for his extrasensory perception.
  • AMERICAN DAD - Stan gives Francine 'love coupons' for Valentine's Day, but he is uninterested when she wants to redeem them.

ABC

  • AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS - Six previous winning videos compete for $100,000 prize.
  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION - Tyler Perry helps the team rebuild the home of a couple who mentors underprivileged children.

E!

  • KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS - Khloe makes a 'love tape' for Lamar; Kourtney learns to enjoy sex while pregnant.

HBO

  • BIG LOVE - Ana resurfaces with a revelation that shakes up the family; Margene worries about how Bill's future will impact her business.
  • HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA - (series premiere) Ben agrees to fund a leather jacket hustle proposed by his best friend Cam; Cam's cousin seeks payback on an old loan.

MONDAY

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

  • XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Figure skating: pairs Gold Medal final; speed skating: men's 500 m Gold Medal final; snowboarding: men's Gold Medal final.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • 24 - President Taylor pressures CTU for progress; Bauer's perilous plan panics operatives.

ABC

  • THE BACHELOR: ON THE WINGS OF LOVE - The final three bachelorettes join Jake on the island of St. Lucia; Jake sends one bachelorette home.
  • CASTLE (repeat)

CW

  • ONE TREE HILL - Nathan tries to help Jamie and Haley deal with Lydia's seemingly hopeless situation; Quinn and Clay spend some time apart.
  • LIFE UNEXPECTED - Lux tries to impress the high school quarterback by offering to throw a party in Baze's loft.

E!

  • KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS - Kourtney ends her relationship with Scott after he gets violently drunk in Las Vegas.

FX

  • DAMAGES - Patty grills Louis Tobin about his fraud; Joe Tobin is faced with a decision that will determine his family's fate.

SHOWTIME

  • SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL - Tension between Belle and Duncan increases; Jackie wants her sister to accept her relationship; Bambi ignores Belle's warnings.
  • TRACY ULLMAN'S STATE OF THE UNION - Gun merchant attends a show; job interview; neo-hippie.

TNT

  • MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE - Joe looks for a house; Terry meets up with an acting buddy from his past; Owen has to deal with a tough customer.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Eric Dane, Rihanna, 4-year-old Yiming Wang
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - TBA
THE VIEW - Madison De La Garza

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Nicole Richie, the Daytona 500 winner, Fanfarlo
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Colin Firth
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - TBA
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - TBA
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - TBA
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - TBA
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Brendan Fraser, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

GRANDFATHER CHARGED WITH A DUI: A grandfather from East Tennessee was charged with reckless endangerment after the police stopped his vehicle while the man was driving, and drinking with his 2-year-old grandson in his arms. According to police, the man was stopped for a broken tail light, but tested at a 0.13 on a breath test. The man told officers that the boy was riding on his lap and he had about six or seven beers. There was also a half-full beer inside of the vehicle. He was charged with a DUI, reckless endangerment and probation violation. (AP)

NEW FORMULA FOR LOVE CREATED: There is a new love formula created by an Australian mathematician that will be released just in time for Valentine's Day. This formula will calculate the best possible age to fall in love based on the age you start looking for a long-term partner and the oldest age one would consider getting married. However, the ''Fiancee Formula'' has a 37 percent success rate. ''Although probability isn't the most romantic basis for marriage,'' said Tony Dooley, the equation's creator, ''the formula does seem to fit a lot of couples -- whether through accident or design.'' (Reuters)

IOWA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PIMPING DAUGHTER: A woman from Iowa was arrested for pimping out her own daughter. According to police, Mary J. Doolin sent her 37-year-old daughter to meet an undercover officer who had contacted her during a prostitution investigation. Doolin admitted to police that she had been running a prostitution ring for several years and has prior convictions for pimping and prostitution. (AP)

TEEN FOUND IN IGLOO WITH WEAPONS AND POT: A Delaware teen was found by police in a homemade igloo and arrested for possessing a survival knife, a hammer, 7.5 grams of marijuana, and two marijuana pipes. According to the county police spokesman, the teen was released to his parents. He was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, carrying a concealed deadly instrument, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. (AP)

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY PLAN (Men's Health)


What to Buy

  • 1. Flowers: If you're lucky, your grocery store still has a few bouquets of roses. As long they're not wilting, buy 'em. If the good roses are all taken, select another flower -- but avoid carnations at all costs. And rewrap the bunch in nice paper.
  • 2. Dinner: Call her favorite restaurant and ask if you can order her favorite meal to-go. Be prepared to pay extra if they don't usually do this. Your next best bet (unless you're Curtis Stone) is to "cook" dinner yourself -- by buying a supermarket rotisserie chicken. Grab a bagged salad, make a simple vinaigrette, and roast some potatoes. With a bottle of her favorite wine, all will be forgiven. The idea is to show some thought.
  • 3. Dessert: The final course can be as simple as some fresh berries and those expensive chocolates she loves. Feeding each other is always a turn-on. Or buy undecorated cookies or cupcakes, a tub of frosting, and tubes of cake icing. Write out messages on each of them, or wait till she comes home and decorate together. We're sure you'll figure out a way to use up all that extra icing.
  • 4. A Gift: Last-minute jewelry is never a good idea, and gift certificates scream, "I'm not smart enough to buy you something original" (and, "Last-minute gift") -- unless it's a certificate for a spa -- one of the most popular choices in a MensHealth.com survey. Or skip the fanfare and give her a simple card, one without a Hallmark message. Toss aside your masculinity for a few minutes and write how you feel about her. Even if it feels sappy to you, she'll cherish it.

What to Do

  • 1. Tease Her: Send her an e-mail or text at work telling her everything you're going to do to her tonight. Be as specific as you can (without getting caught). Chances are she'll reply, asking you if you can leave work early today.
  • 2. Get Twisted: Stop by a toy store and buy the game Twister. Take turns giving each other instructions on where to place your hands and feet. Even hotter: Make it strip Twister.
  • 3. Massage: The cliche that works. Knead the knots out of her neck and slowly work your way down her body. When you reach her hips, stop and start again at her feet, working your way up her legs. The anticipation will have her begging for you to go faster. It's up to you to determine the speed. If you don't normally use oil, stop at the mall and buy a bottle at one of those bath stores you never go in; they'll know what you need.
  • 4. Make It All About Her: If you forgot and she can tell, you're pretty much screwed. Your best bet of getting any tonight is to promise to be her slave. Whatever she wants, she gets.
  • 5. Take Friday Off: If your last-minute plans all blow up, convince her to take off work. You'll have a 4-day weekend (Monday is Presidents' Day), which gives you plenty of time to make her remember that you can celebrate your love any day -- you don't even need an overpriced stuffed teddy bear to help you say "I love you."

BENEFITS OF BEING SINGLE ON VALENTINE'S DAY (YourTango.com)

No Pressure: When you're part of an "us" on Valentine's Day, you are expected to make a bold, romantic declaration of your feelings. Where there are expectations, there is the risk of reality falling short. What if you buy the wrong color flowers? What if he hates the meal you cooked or she doesn't like the stuffed animal you picked out (note to men: please don't buy grown women stuff animals)? A day that's supposed to be a day of dreamy quality time turns into something that's nightmarishly stressful.

  • Fewer Expenses: All of those expected gestures cost money. If you're on your own for Cupid's Big Day, you can bank on saving some serious cash. True, singletons might shell out dough for some movies or a few cocktails, but that's still far less expensive than, say, a necklace or a fancy dinner.
  • Less Faked Enthusiasm: The truth is that some people just aren't that jazzed about candy hearts with sayings on them or pink-and-red decorations (if done wrong, those colors can totally clash). Yet, if you have a significant other, you have no choice but to paste on a smile, turn the sweet nothings up a notch, and act like you totally think the heart-shaped lace doilies on the table are adorable. It would be so much easier to just be honest.
  • More Free Time: The aforementioned gifts and activities that make for a wonderfully romantic Valentine's Day require planning -- a lot of it. If you wait too long, the restaurant won't have any tables available and the flowers will cost 3 times as much. Making V-Day happen means strategizing ahead of time, while all the solo people out there are relaxing, care-free.
  • More Butterflies: Valentine's Day is a great day to meet someone. After a few Saint Valen-tinis, you might find yourself making out with the hottie who caught your eye across the bar. While you get a night of butterflies and witty banter that come with meeting someone new, steady couples are going through the motions of getting it on. After all, all that effort they put into the night needs to pay off somehow. It's comfortable, but not steamy; it's fun, but it's not unexpected. Therefore, things are much more exciting on your end. Don't you almost feel bad for your off-the-market pals?

REALLY BAD VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS (Village Voice)

Valentine's Day Doormat. Prosaic as your lover might be, he or she will not miss (at least subconsciously) the significance of being invited to wipe his or her feet on your heart.

  • Sweets for My Sweetheart Junk Food Basket. If you both weigh over 300 pounds and/or belong to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, this might go. Otherwise the message is, "I love you just the way you are, tubby," which will not, however unspoken, be taken kindly.
  • Hobby-Related Valentine's Gifts. We understand the impulse, but what you're really saying with golf, fishing, sewing or other hobby gifts is, as a sign of my devotion I release you to your private world of which I can never be a part. In other words, your partner's deepest desire should be you, but it is instead some leisure activity, and you have accepted that. You might as well buy his-and-her "Doomed" bracelets.
  • Homemade Valentine's Gifts. It's a sad fact that everything in this culture is money, including appropriate expressions of Valentine devotion. So dig deep, steal if you must, but buy something for V-Day. Unless your sweetheart is recently arrived from Haiti or Congo, he or she expects it.
  • "Funny" Valentine's Gifts. Maybe you're both such goofballs that you think this will be appreciated. Maybe you assume your special friend is too hip for sentiment. Maybe the rest of the year your mate sneers at candy hearts, Garry Marshall movies, "Baby I Love Your Ways" and other romantic junk. Beware. Valentine's Day has a way of turning even the hardest hearts into Cinderella snowglobes. This is no time to come home with the romantic equivalent of fake dog poop.
  • I'm Sorry" Gifts. If you screwed up, buddy, the traditional remedy is to double the usual dosage of Valentine's Day -- two dozen roses, two bottles of champagne, etc. Do not say you're sorry for yelling last week, forgetting a birthday, or having sex with somebody else with an explicitly "I'm Sorry" gift like these novelty pillowcases. It will just remind your partner, who was probably ready to forgive and forget for the Day, that he or she has something to be pissed about.

DID YOU KNOW?

YOU CAN DIE OF BORDEM? Experts say there's a possibility that the more bored you are, the more likely you are to die early. Researchers Annie Britton and Martin Shipley of University College London told the International Journal of Epidemiology that boredom alone isn't likely to kill you -- but it could be a symptom of other risky behavior like drinking, smoking, taking drugs or having a psychological problem. Their study found that participants who had been very bored were two and a half times more likely to die of a heart problem than those who hadn't reported being bored.

SHOE ADAPTS TO WOMENS' PERIODS: Designers have come up with a running shoe for women which adapts shape to deal with their 'time of the month.' The Asics GEL-KAYANO 16 contains cushioning which expands and contracts in harmony with a woman's hormones. When oestrogen is high, and a woman is at her most fertile, the arch drops. Later in the month, when she is menstruating, levels of the hormone are low but her arch is raised. (Daily Mail)

BEES ADDICTED TO COFFEE AND CIGARETTES? Many people feel they need a cigarette and a cup of coffee to start the day and now it turns out bees are no different. The Daily Mail reports that honey-making insects prefer nectar with small amounts of nicotine and caffeine over plain nectar, researchers revealed. Flower nectar is primarily comprised of sugars, which provides energy for the potential pollinators. But the floral nectar of some plant species also includes small quantities of substances known to be toxic, such as caffeine and nicotine. Nicotine is found naturally in floral nectar mostly in types of tobacco tree, while caffeine is found in citrus flowers - especially those of grapefruit.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What actress was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1970 as one of Hollywood's Whiz Kids?

A: Diane Lane.

Campaign Handing Out Condoms in Endangered Species Fight

An environmental group that says having too many humans on the planet is harmful to endangered species is handing out condoms to get its message across. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity will be distributing 100,000 free condoms in bars, supermarkets, schools, concerts, parties and other events across the country beginning on Valentine's Day that will be wrapped in six different packages with original artwork. The slogans on them will be:

  • "Wrap with care, save the polar bear."
  • "Wear a condom now, save the spotted owl."
  • "Wear a jimmy hat, save the big cat." (jaguar)
  • "Cover your tweedle, save the burying beetle." (American burying beetle)
  • "Hump smarter, save the snail darter."
  • "Use a stopper, save the hopper." (Coqui guajon rock frog)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Tim McGraw launches his Southern Voice tour tonight (Thursday, February 11th) in Omaha, Nebraska. The superstar will be joined by special guests Lady Antebellum and The Lost Trailers.

Planning a tour is no small task, so Tim tells us he solicits the input of everyone around him to make sure that fans will be entertained from start to finish. But that doesn't necessarily mean having a lot of production and cutting-edge technology. "Sometimes I like havin' all the bells and whistles. I mean, I've had 'em all, and I have fun with that. To me it's about when we're puttin' a tour together I like brainstorming. I like puttin' everybody in a room -- the people that I hire to help put a tour together, my band, people that work for me, my wife, friends even. I mean, 'What do you like to see?' And what do I like? And the bottom line is we might decide one year to do a black stage with white lights and nothin' on the stage but us, and if we are energized by that, then that's the goal we're lookin' for. The goal is to energize us, cause if we're energized then that bleeds into the audience."

Tim says the success of a show is dependent upon the audience and him responding to each other's enthusiasm. "The only way that you can get the audience excited and havin' fun and enjoying being there is if they see you energized. You can have every technology that's out there. You can have the biggest screens and you can have the best lights and all that kind of stuff, but if you're not having fun then they're not gonna have fun. I like havin' all that stuff, and sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not, and sometimes I feel like havin' it, sometimes I don't, but there's probably a little bit of both in this tour. We've got video and all that kind of stuff. It's not over the top, but we've also got moments where we don't have that kind of stuff, so it's just about when we're puttin' a tour together what makes us feel like we're excited about it."

  • The Southern Voice tour wraps on August 7th in Toronto.
  • Tim is also in the process of shooting his next movie alongside Gwyneth Paltrow. The project, called Love Don't Let Me Down, has been filming in Nashville.

Keith Urban has been a longtime champion of Taylor Swift, taking her on the road and building a friendship with the singer, who recently referred to Keith and his wife, Nicole Kidman, as "shining lights in my life." The backlash from Taylor's Grammy performance has not gone unnoticed by Keith, who exclusively tells us that other factors need to be considered. "Of course it's easy to sling arrows at people for all sorts of reasons, but I will also say it can be pretty daunting and intimidating playing with some of these people, too, that we get to share the stages with."

Keith adds that what Taylor has done for music far outweighs what the critics have to say about her performance. "Taylor came out and did about 10 shows with us this year, and that's definitely a person that is passionate about coming out and really connecting with her audience. I think her audience would be the first ones to tell you that. It's somebody that's come along and injected a tremendous amount of -- and I hate to use this word but it really fits with her -- a tremendous amount of fearless enthusiasm into what we're doing, and there's been a lot of, a huge amount of pluses for it."

  • Keith is in Los Angeles this week writing for his next album, the followup to his 2009 release, Defying Gravity.
  • His latest single, "'Til Summer Comes Around," closes in on the Top 10 on the Billboard country charts.
Lady Antebellum holds tight to the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart with their brand new CD, Need You Now, for the second week in a row. The disc's two-week sales total exceeds 689,000 copies.

Lady A is the first country group to hold a multi-week Number One since the Dixie Chicks in 2006. They are also one of only six acts across all genres who have held on to the top spot for multiple weeks in the past year, putting them in an elite cateogry with the likes of Jay-Z, Susan Boyle and Eminem.

  • Lady Antebellum will perform a few songs on NBC's Today Show on March 3rd.
  • The trio begins the Southern Voice tour with headliner Tim McGraw tonight (Thursday, February 11th) in Omaha, Nebraska.

FAST FACTS

  • Lady A recently charted their second Number One hit with "Need You Now," which all three members co-wrote.
  • Group members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood also co-wrote Luke Bryan's recent Number One hit, "Do I."
Miranda Lambert will head out on her first official headlining tour this spring. The Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tour will launch on March 18th in Beckley, West Virginia. So far, there are 22 dates on the books with more to be added soon. Miranda will be joined by various opening acts, including David Nail, James Otto, Randy Houser and Wade Bowen, among others.
  • Miranda said, "In the last 5 years, I have learned so much from all the amazing artists I've toured with. Now it's my turn to venture out and do more shows of my own. I'm happy that there are a lot of great new artists who are willing to come out and support my tour."
  • Miranda will also perform as part of the Lilith Fair tour, as well as at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee in June.
  • The singer taped an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last week. The episode is set to air sometime this spring.
  • Miranda and Blake Shelton will play a benefit concert for the Texoma Animal Improved Living Society (TAILS) in Tishomingo, Oklahoma tonight (Thursday, February 11th).

FAST FACTS

  • Miranda recently charted her very first Number One hit with "White Liar."
  • She will host her third annual Cause For Paws fundraiser for the Humane Society of East Texas in Tyler, Texas on May 15th.
The Taylor acoustic guitar that Taylor Swift played during last year's We're All For The Hall benefit concert is going on the auction block to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Fans can submit online bids beginning on Saturday (February 12th) at countrymusichalloffame.org. Bidding runs through February 26th. The guitar is signed by Taylor, and will be on display at the Museum store until the end of the auction.

Kenny Chesney is adding two more songs to his current Greatest Hits II CD. "This Is Our Moment," which ESPN used as their college football theme, and "Ain't Back Yet," Kenny's new single and the theme for his upcoming Summer In 3-D movie, will be included on the compilation disc beginning on March 3rd.

Darius Rucker has teamed up with CMT One Country to support First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, which encourages families to get active. Darius will be featured in public service announcements for the campaign, which will air on CMT.

As long as he's not on tour, Vince Gill will be sitting in with the classic country and western swing group The Time Jumpers during their weekly Monday night gig at the Station Inn in Nashville. Tickets to the shows are only $10.

Toby Keith will reteam with Trace Adkins for his upcoming American Ride tour. The trek begins on June 19th in Holmdel, New Jersey. The 39-date run lasts through September 25th in Boston. Toby and Trace first toured together during last year's America's Toughest tour.
  • Toby's latest single, "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)," is a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country chart.
  • It's the second release from Toby's American Ride album.
  • Trace is the first signing to the Nashville-based Show Dog-Universal Music label, which is co-owned by Toby.
  • Here is the complete list of American Ride tour dates:
    June 19 - Holmdel, NJ
    June 20 - Cleveland, OH
    July 10 - Raleigh, NC
    July 11 - Charlotte, NC
    July 15 - Sioux Falls, SD
    July 16 - Minneapolis, MN
    July 17 - St. Louis, MO
    July 18 - Des Moines, IA
    July 22 - Boise, ID
    July 23 - Portland, OR
    July 24 - Seattle, WA
    July 25 - Vancouver, BC
    July 29 - Sacramento, CA
    Aug. 1 - Fresno, CA
    Aug. 6 - Mountain View, CA
    Aug. 7 - San Diego, CA
    Aug. 8 - Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 12 - Albuquerque, NM
    Aug. 13 - Denver, CO
    Aug. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20 - Scranton, PA
    Aug. 21 - Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA
    Aug. 26 - Moline, IL
    Aug. 27- Cincinnati, OH
    Aug. 28 - Indianapolis, IN
    Aug. 29 - Detroit, MI
    Sept. 2 - Atlanta, GA
    Sept. 3 - Tampa, FL
    Sept. 4 - West Palm Beach, FL
    Sept. 9 - Toronto, Ontario
    Sept. 10 - Darien Lake, NY
    Sept. 11 - Washington, DC
    Sept. 16 - Kansas City, MO
    Sept. 17 - Omaha, NE
    Sept. 18 - Chicago, IL
    Sept. 23 - Albany, NY
    Sept. 24 - Hartford, CT
    Sept. 25 - Boston, MA

Vince Gill is once again an invited guest at the third Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, taking place at Toyota Park in Chicago on June 26th. In addition to Eric, the star-studded event will feature more than 20 guitar greats, including the Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, BB King, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, and John Mayer. All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Eric for chemically dependent persons.
  • Eric said, "The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage. The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect."
  • Tickets to the Crossroads Guitar Festival will go on sale to the public on Saturday, February 20th at 10 a.m. CT through Ticketmaster or the Toyota Park Box Office. Tickets are $100.

FAST FACTS

  • The first Crossroads Guitar Festival was held in 2004, the second in 2007.
  • The 2004 event, which was sold out, was chronicled in a two-disc DVD that has since sold more than eight million copies.
  • The 2007 Festival was also filmed for a DVD which is also multi-platinum.

Gretchen Wilson will perform the National Anthem at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday (February 14th). The All-Star Game air live from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET.
  • Other performers include OneRepublic, who will play a six-song set outside Cowboys Stadium for all NBA All-Star Game ticketholders before moving inside to perform their hit single, "All the Right Moves."
  • Shakira and Alicia Keys will team up to headline the 2010 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show, which will also feature a performance by Usher.

FAST FACTS

  • Gretchen kicked off her I Got Your Country Right Here tour of clubs last night (Wednesday, February 10th) in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Her CD of the same name will be released on March 30th.
  • The project is the first on Gretchen's own Nashville-based Redneck Records.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is the name of The Judds' first gold-selling album?
A. Rivers Of Time

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CMT CRIBS/CMT 12:00PM (ET)
Tanya Tucker, Eric Church, Glen Campbell

ORIGINS: JAKE OWEN/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM (ET)
John Rich

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: TAYLOR SWIFT/GAC 4:00PM (ET)

TAYLOR SWIFT ON THE SET: WHITE HORSE/GAC 5:00PM (ET)

TAYLOR SWIFT ON THE SET: YOU BELONG WITH ME/GAC 5:30PM (ET)

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Lady Antebellum, Josh Turner

BROKEN BRIDGES/CMT 9:00PM, 11:15PM (ET)
Toby Keith

BROOKS & DUNN: COWBOY TOWN/GAC 9:30PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Jennifer Aniston (actress, Friends, Rock Star, Bruce Almighty, Along Came Polly, He's Just Not That Into You; ex-wife of Brad Pitt) (41)

  • Burt Reynolds (actor, Deliverance, the Smokey & The Bandit movies, Boogie Nights) (74)
  • Tina Louise (actress, Gilligan's Island's Ginger) (76)
  • Leslie Nielsen (actor, Airplane!, the Naked Gun movies, Spy Hard, Scary Movie 3) (84)
  • Jeb Bush (former governor of Florida; brother of George W. Bush) (57)
  • H.R. (singer, Bad Brains) (54)
  • Sheryl Crow (singer/songwriter) (48)
  • Sarah Palin (ex-governor of Alaska who quit in middle of first term; former Republican vice-presidential candidate) (46)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY

  • Sugarland performed their first official concert as a duo at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, just weeks after the departure of Kristen Hall, in 2006.
  • John Anderson's comeback album, Seminole Wind, was released in 1992.
  • Alabama's "Song Of The South" hit Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1989.
  • Merle Haggard claimed the Number One spot on the Billboard country chart with the Lefty Frizzell song "That's The Way Love Goes" in 1984.
  • Vince Gill made his country chart debut with "Victim Of Life's Circumstances" in 1984.
  • Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" was released in 1982.
  • Loretta Lynn made her first appearance at Number One in Billboard with "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)" in 1967.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ALI COMING BACK TO 'THE BACHELOR'? Bachelor fans haven't seen the last of Ali Fedotowsky, even though the 25-year-old left the show this past Monday in order to return to work. Host Chris Harrison told E! News, "We haven't seen or heard the last from Ali. I think everyone saw that it was unresolved when she left. You could tell that they both definitely were falling in love with each other, if not already. And so we take off for St. Lucia, but they're definitely not done talking about this with each other."

JILLIAN MICHAELS SUED: A woman is suing The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels, claiming that she was tricked into buying a diet supplement endorsed by the celebrity trainer. California resident Christie Christensen filed a lawsuit in which she claims she bought a product called "Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control" last month and that it has failed to lessen her appetite or cause her to lose weight as advertised. Christensen's suit seeks unspecified damages that are not expected to total more than $5 million.

KIM AND REGGIE ARE NOT ENGAGED: Despite another round of rumors, Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush are not engaged. Although Theybf.com reported that Bush proposed to Kardashian before his big Super Bowl win, sources close to her told Usmagazine.com, "No, haha, so many stories! She's been engaged 30 times now!"

FOOD NETWORK STAR ARRESTED: Food Network star Beau MacMillan was arrested in Arizona on Sunday (February 7th) on an outstanding warrant having to do with traffic violations. The Scottsdale Arizona News reported that MacMillan, who hosts Worst Cooks in America, was stopped for a routine traffic violation -- for failing to come to a complete stop at a red light -- when police discovered he had failed to appear at a Feb. 2 court date. The court date was scheduled because, back in January, he was caught by a traffic camera for violations including driving with a suspended license. He told TMZ the arrest was a misunderstanding and that he didn't know about the court date because he never received a ticket in the mail because he recently changed addresses. He's since been released.

BORIS BECKER WELCOMES ANOTHER SON: Boris Becker is a father again. People magazine confirmed that the former tennis star and his wife Sharlely gave birth to Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker. The 42-year-old said, "With this baby, my wife, Sharlely, gave me the most wonderful gift. We are all overcome and rejoice in our life together with our son and a sibling for Noah, Elias and Anna."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

TIGER'S MISTRESS LANDS TV GIG: Tiger Woods' mistress Rachel Uchitel has reportedly landed a TV gig. The New York Post reports that bosses at Extra were so impressed after her interview with Mario Lopez that they offered her a job as a special correspondent. A source told the paper that she'll report on nightlife "hot spots." A show source added, "She won't talk about Tiger, but she talks about how she wants to find a husband and have kids. She only has a few real friends left whom she trusts. She is alone a lot and spends time with her two dogs. She seems very vulnerable."

ELLEN'S IDOL DEBUT DRAWS HUGE AUDIENCE: Ellen DeGeneres's Idol debut provided a boost to the show's already sky-high ratings. TVGuide.com reported that 27.7 million viewers tuned in on Tuesday night, marking a 12 percent ratings increase.

'SNL' STAR JOINS 'GLEE': Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon has reportedly nabbed a recurring role on Glee. PerezHilton.com reported that Shannon will play "a 45-year-old astronomy teacher and badminton coach with a booze and pill habit" who clashes with Sue Sylvester.

'SPIDER-MAN' GOING 3D: The fourth Spider-Man movie is going to be in 3D. A rep for Sony revealed, "Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover (the director's) fantastic vision."

IT'S GROUP DAY ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

As usual, there was plenty of drama on round two of Hollywood Week. It was a long, stressful night for the contestants, especially for ''The Dreamers'' who decided to add two more people to their group at the last minute. Among ''The Dreamers'', Mary Powers decided to take charge of the group. However, Powers proved to be a little too bossy, even for the vocal coach. Destiny's Wild and Neapolitan both chose to sing Lady Gaga's ''Bad Romance'' and ended up feuding with each other all throughout round two. To make matters worse, Neapolitan decided to sing the song acapella, just like Destiny's Wild. In the end, both groups made it through to the final round. There was another kind of drama for ''Team Awesome''. Group member, Michael ''Big Mike'' Lynche, had to deal with the stress of becoming a new father. Big Mike's wife gave birth just moments before the groups were called onto the stage. Only two of the four members of ''Team Awesome'' made it through, and Big Mike was one of them. There were groups that clearly stood out during round two of auditions. ''Middle C'' which included blues guitar player, Casey James was shining on stage. Andrew Garcia's group also makes the judges proud. Out of the remaining 96 contestants, 71 will continue on to the final round of Hollywood Week.

'DEADLIEST CATCH' CAPTAIN DIES

Phil Harris, one of the stars of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, died on Tuesday (February 9th) night, several weeks after suffering a massive stroke. His sons confirmed the passing of their 53-year-old dad, saying in a statement, "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad -- Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."

The network also released a statement, which read, "Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart."

  • People magazine reported that Harris had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke on January 29th while unloading crabs in Alaska. He appeared to have been improving, according to posts on his website, until the sudden turn.
  • Phil once said in an interview about his job, "You push yourself, you know, days turn into weeks. You push yourself to literally to the most extreme that you can, that your body will take."

KARA DIOGUARDI DOESN'T THINK HOWARD STERN SHOULD TAKE SIMON'S PLACE

Although the media has positioned Howard Stern as a frontrunner for Simon Cowell's job on American Idol, the existing panel isn't sold on the idea.

Judge Kara DioGuardi admitted on Wednesday (February 10th), "I don't think he has a musical background or any kind of music anything. and I think that Simon, if youre gonna replace Simon you have to have that background. You have to be somebody who knows about signing great artists and being a part of their career from the very beginning to the very end."

DioGuardi was also in agreement with the majority of critics that Ellen DeGeneres is a good fit on the Idol panel this season. The morning after Ellen's Idol debut, Kara said, "When I was sitting next to her I felt she had a really good handle on whether a contestant had potential, whether they had a star quality. She knew if something was off in the vocals or in their performance. and I thought she delivered the message with kindness but also had criticism in there."

LINDSAY LOHAN DENIES THAT SAMANTHA RONSON ABUSED HER

Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson are bonding in the wake of rumors that painted them as worst enemies. After gossip circulated that Ronson was physically abusive towards Lohan during their relationship, Lindsay issued a denial. She tweeted, "This is become a bit much*Samantha R never raised a hand to me, I've never said she did* Enough is Enough. Focus on other more important....World Issues."

Ronson responded, "@lindsaylohan thank you for clearing that up. the high road was giving me a nose bleed! ;)"

  • She then wrote, "To ANYONE who perpetuates this rumour accusing me of being violently abusive after @lindsaylohan has denied it: I WILL take legal action."

CHECK IT OUT: What to do if she's spreading rumors: http://tinyurl.com/yjedx55

GOSSELIN KIDS RETURNING TO TV?

The Gosselin children may be returning to television. Sources told Fox 411 that Jon Gosselin -- who issued TLC a cease-and-desist order to halt filming his eight children during his divorce proceedings last year -- is in talks with the network to reach an agreement that would allow the family to be filmed again.

An insider told Fox, "Jon does not have money for the intense lawyer fees and ensuing battle with the media giant and Kate has asked him to reconsider his decision for the family. She is willing to negotiate with him and TLC so that everyone gets what they want."

  • Despite the apparent cease-fire in Jon and Kate's relationship, the insider warned that a reconciliation is not in the cards. The source said, "Kate was broken after the divorce and she is very slowly putting herself back together again. They stick to discussions about the children and that is the purpose of their communication. It works best for Kate that way."

SURI CRUISE WEARS LIPSTICK

Suri Cruise is already fashion-forward for a three-year-old -- having sported heels and designer dresses in public -- and now she can add makeup to the list. Usmagazine.com reports that Suri wore bright pink lipstick while out to eat with mom Katie Holmes in New York City on Tuesday (February 9th).

  • Tom Cruise has commented on his daughter's girly-girl habits over the years, having said that Suri likes to "get her nails done with mom."
  • He also noted, "Suri's very much like her mother. She will not wear trousers, only dresses."

CHECK IT OUT: Do you let your daughter wear makeup? Forum: http://tinyurl.com/nropp6

HEADLINE NEWS!!


MID-ATLANTIC BLASTED BY SECOND BLIZZARD IN DAYS: The mid-Atlantic was blasted by the second blizzard in less than a week Wednesday (February 10th), which dropped nearly a foot or more, some of it it areas that had gotten two-feet-plus of snow just days earlier. Washington, D.C., was one of the areas hardest hit by both storms, with the federal government closed for days and even snow plows being kept off the roads. Records have been set for the snowiest winters ever in D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, and the governors of Virginia and Pennsylvania urged people to just stay indoors. New York City, which just barely dodged last weekend's storm, wasn't so lucky this time, getting about a foot of snow. And it may not be over yet -- forecasters are keeping a close eye on a third storm that could be on the way for early next week.

REPORT: HAITIAN JUDGE TO RELEASE U.S. MISSIONARIES: A Haitian judge has decided to release the 10 U.S. missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 children and trying to take them out of the earthquake-ravaged country without the proper documentation, Reuters reported Wednesday (February 10th), citing a judicial source. The missionaries, who've been jailed since being stopped at the border with the Dominican Republic on January 29th, could be released as early as today, according to the source, who said there was nothing to show criminal intention on the part of the 10 Americans. The missionaries have said they were only trying to help orphans in the wake of the quake. It's since been determined that many of the children had living parents, but 10 parents them testified that they willingly gave their children to the missionaries because they had no food or water to give them, and so they'd have a better life.

IRAQ ORDERS EX-BLACKWATER GUARDS OUT OF THE COUNTRY: Iraq's interior minister said yesterday (February 10th) that the Iraqi government had ordered hundreds of former Blackwater security guards to leave the country within seven days or face possible arrest. The order comes after a U.S. judge's dismissal of criminal charges against five Blackwater guards who were accused in the September 2007 shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad's Nisoor Square, and applies to about 250 security contractors who worked for Blackwater in Iraq at the time of the incident. Some of those guards now work for other security firms, while others work for a Blackwater subsidiary. Blackwater, which is now known as Xe Services, said the company has no employees currently in Iraq.

PAKISTAN CONFIRMS COUNTRY'S TALIBAN CHIEF IS DEAD: The Pakistani government confirmed Wednesday (February 10th) that the country's Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, has died of injuries from a U.S. drone strike last month. His death could led to a succession fight that could further weaken the group, but AP cited analysts as saying it won't mean the end of the Pakistani Taliban or end its attacks. The Pakistani Taliban continues to deny Mehsud is dead, but they also denied the death less than six months earlier of his predecessor, also by a U.S. missile.

TODAY'S FYI:

NEW 9/11 PHOTOS RELEASED: A new group of photos of the collapsing Twin Towers on the day of the 9/11 attacks that were taken from a police helicopter have been released this week. The photos were made public after ABC filed a Freedom of Information Request with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which investigated the buildings' collapse. ABC said the federal agency gave them 2,779 pictures, and the network posted 12 photos on its website earlier this week. Greg Semendinger, the former New York Police Department detective who took the 12 posted photos, told AP, "I almost didn't realize what I was seeing that day. Looking at it now it's amazing I took those pictures. The images are . . . stunning." Semendinger had first gone up to look for survivors on the roof.

POLL: MAJORITY SUPPORT ALLOWING GAYS IN THE MILITARY: A Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday (February 10th) found that a large majority support allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military. In the poll taken after President Obama repeated his support in the State of the Union address to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy found that 57 percent of American voters believe gays should serve openly, while 36 percent are opposed. The survey also found:

  • 66 percent said it's discriminatory to prevent openly gay men and women from serving, while 31 percent said it's not.
  • A 54 to 38 percent majority believe that gays serving in the military should limit displaying their sexual orientation on the job.
  • U.S. military households, those that have active or reserve member, or a veteran, were evenly divided on the issue.

Both Joints Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said earlier this month they back repealing "don't ask, don't tell." The Pentagon has announced it will carry out a year-long review of the issue.

EX-REP. CHARLIE WILSON OF TEXAS DEAD AT 76: Former Democratic Rep. Charlie Wilson of Texas, who was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2007 movie Charlie Wilson's War about his funding of the 1980s mujahedeen resistance to the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, died Wednesday (February 10th) at age 76. Wilson was pronounced dead at a Texas hospital where he was brought when he started having difficulty breathing during a meeting, and the preliminary cause of death is cardiopulmonary arrest. Wilson, who served in the U.S. House from 1973 to 1996, was a progressive, but also a defense hawk, and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he helped get money for weapons for the fighters battling the Soviets in Afghanistan. He also had a reputation as a hard-drinking womanizer, earning him his nickname, "Good Time Charlie."

SCIENTISTS FIND GENES LINKED TO STUTTERING: Scientists for the first time have found genes linked to some cases of stuttering, which in the past has been blamed on emotional problems, strict parents and teachers, and even low intelligence. Stuttering tends to run in families, and researchers taking part in the government-funded study discovered mutations in three genes that help run the so-called "recycling bin" where cells of the body send their garbage, apparently interfering with that and affecting the areas that control speech. The researchers estimate that the three gene mutations account for nine percent of all stuttering cases. They are looking for other stuttering genes, with it believed that between 50 and 70 percent of stuttering cases have a genetic component.

LONDON OPENING PLAYGROUND FOR THE ELDERLY: Elderly people in London will soon be getting their own specially-designed outdoor playground, with low-impact exercise equipment to help them improve their balance and flexibility and tone their muscles. The idea may seem unusual to us, but exercise areas for elderly people are popular in Europe and Asia, and Britain got their first such playground two years ago in Manchester. The new playground in London's popular Hyde Park that's set to open this spring will have six pieces of equipment, including a stationary bicycle, a cross-trainer and a sit-up bench.

SPORTS:

U.S. SKIER VONN MAY NOT COMPETE IN OLYMPICS: American skier Lindsey Vonn, a favorite to win multiple medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics that get underway this weekend, said yesterday (February 10th) that she may not be able to compete because of her badly bruised and swollen right shin. Vonn revealed the injury a week after hurting herself during a slalom training run in Austria, telling reporters that she's, quote, "very emotional, very scared." The two-time reigning overall World Cup champion, Vonn is scheduled to compete in five events, and is the overwhelming favorite in the downhill and super-G. The women will have their first official training run today, and Vonn is expected to try to test her leg.

TOP-EARNING WINTER OLYMPICS ATHLETES: Ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver that begin with the opening ceremony tomorrow night (February 12th), Forbes magazine has figured out the top-earning athletes at the games (excluding the NHL players). The estimates are based on earnings from prize money, endorsement, licensing income and bonuses. Tied at Number One, having made $7.5 million in 2009, are American snowboarder Shaun White -- nicknamed "The Flying Tomato" -- and South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na, who holds the women's world champion title. In third place with $2.5 million in 2009 earnings is American skier Lindsey Vonn, who is a two-time women's World Cup overall champion, and U.S. skier Ted Ligety is in fourth place with $2 million in earnings. Rounding out the top five is American speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, a five-time Olympic medalist, who earned $1.5 million.

CAPITALS WINNING STREAK ENDS AT 14: The Washington Capitals' 14-game winning streak came to an end last night (February 10th) with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The Capitals had battled to try to pull out the win, scoring three goals in the third period, the last with 18.4 seconds left, to send the game into overtime. But Tomas Plekanec scored the winning goal for Montreal at 4:52 into overtime. The Caps were three wins away from tying the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins' NHL-record streak of 17 games.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


CBS
  • SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS - (season premiere) Injuries threaten to send two castaways home before the first challenge is finished.
  • THE MENTALIST - Patrick insists on helping Cho investigate when a member of Cho's former gang is found murdered.

NBC

  • COMMUNITY - Jeff tries to fix his relationship with Britta following a drunken phone call.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Leslie and Justin reunite her mother with an old flame for Valentine's Day; Andy's band is nervous about playing a gig at the Senior Center.
  • THE OFFICE - The Sabre CEO (Kathy Bates) visits the office and says either Michael or Jim must go back to being a salesman.
  • 30 ROCK - Liz schedules a root canal to avoid feeling lonely on Valentine's Day; Jack woos an attractive TV host.
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)

FOX

  • BONES (repeat)
  • PAST LIFE - A young addict's regression episodes send Kate and Price to Florida to investigate a violent crime.

ABC

  • THE DEEP END - Dylan and Beth are given a challenging pro-bono case involving a female tennis star who loses her scholarship.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - The doctos treat dozens of people when the roof of a romantic restaurant collapses on Valentine's Day.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - Naomi refuses to take part in planning Maya's wedding; tensions rise between Sam and Addison.

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Stefan helps Bonnie and Elena out of a bad situation; Jeremy invites Anna to a party in the woods.
  • SUPERNATURAL - Castiel helps Dean and Sam find Cupid after people start killing each other for love on Valentine's Day.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - TBA

FX

  • ARCHER - Archer must rescue Lana from the clutches of Skorpio.

USA

  • BURN NOTICE - Michael is asked to steal some sensitive flight information; Michael's former mentor shows up.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Patrick Dempsey
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - The High School Quarterback Who Became a Lesbian
THE VIEW - Benecio Del Toro

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Regis and Joy Philbin, a Top Ten List presented by Benecio Del Toro
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Patrick Dempsey, Lake Bell, Greg Giraldo
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Don Rickles, Sonya Walger
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - John Lithgow, Kings of Convenience
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Lee Daniels
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Al Michaels, David Ross
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Jennifer Garner, Hector Elizando

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

OIL WORKERS MUST LOSE WEIGHT TO KEEP THEIR JOBS: Chubby workers for a Norwegian oil platform may have to lose some weight in order to keep their jobs. According to a new order by local authorities, oil platfiorm workers must have a waistline of no more than 115 cm or must weigh under 264 pounds, otherwise they could be blocked from receiving the bill of good health required to work. These new rules have sparked tremendous discontent among the union and they plan on fighting against the ruling, a Norwegian television channel reported. (AFP)

MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIS LEG: A Florida man accidentally shot his leg after leaving a Jupiter gun store. According to police, the man went into the store to buy batteries for his laser sight on a small handgun. Once the man had reached his car, the gun accidentally went off, hitting him in the leg. He was taken to West Palm Beach hospital for treatment. (AP)


MUGGER TAKES A COAT FROM A DOG: A mugger stole a coat right off the back of a woman's terrier that was tied to a pole outside of a Park Slope grocery store. Donna McPherson, the terrier's owner, said that she was in the supermarket for ''two minutes'' when she heard a strange bark. When she went outside, the terrier's green wool coat with leather trim and belt had been missing. McPherson said that the coat was worth $25 and she was glad that her dog had not been wearing the more expensive Burberry coat that day. (AP)


FOOD FIGHT TURNS INTO A REAL FIGHT: A 13-year-old girl from Connecticut and a school cafeteria worker are facing charges after a food fight quickly turned into a real fight at Gilmartin Elementary School. According to Waterbury police, the fight started when the fifth grader threw vegetables in the cafeteria aide's face. Rosa Robles, 55, then responded by throwing vegetables in the young girl's face. The police said the fifth grader then punched Robles in the face. Both of them suffered from cut lips and scratches. Robles is on paid leave and has been charged with assault and other crimes, while the young girl was given suspension. The 13-year-old's charges were not released due to her age. (AP)


DID YOU KNOW?

WOULD YOU HOOK UP WITH SOMEONE IN A RELATIONSHIP? Asylum.com highlighted a common situation: You meet a girl, are flirting hardcore, -- she's giving you "interested" signals -- and then she mentions she has a boyfriend. The question is . . . what do you do next?

GOING TO SLEEP EARLY MAKES TEENS BEHAVE BETTER: Researchers found that an early night could make adolescents less impulsive -- a trait they warn is linked to juvenile delinquency, truancy and poor exam results. The report, published in the Journal of Adolescence, found that delaying sleep can disrupt the body's natural rhythms, which, in turn, leads to a poorer quality of rest and could leave youngsters more likely to behave rashly or impulsively. Many of those who went to bed late also spent more time watching television and were less likely to take part in extra-curricular activities than their classmates.

COLORS COMMUNICATE MOODS: A new study found that people with depression or anxiety were more likely to associate their mood with the color gray, while happier people preferred yellow. The results, which are detailed in the journal BMC Medical Research Methodology, could help doctors gauge the moods of children and other patients who have trouble communicating verbally. "This is a way of measuring anxiety and depression which gets away from the use of language. What is very interesting is that this might actually be a better way of capturing the patient's mood than questions."

SURGERY BETTER THAN EXERCISE FOR OBESE TEENS? Researchers reported that severely obese teens who had surgery to limit what they could eat lost more weight and enjoyed more health benefits than those who did an intensive lifestyle program. They said 21 of 25 severely obese teens aged 14 to 18 who underwent a form of gastric banding lost more than half of their excess weight compared with just 3 out of 25 who did a diet, exercise and behavior modification program. (Fox News)

REASONS TO HATE VALENTINE'S DAY (Match.com)

Valentine's Day makes people afraid to start dating someone: Dating gets put on hold for the few weeks before the 14th, because who wants to go on one date with someone only to have to decide right away whether to commit to a couples' holiday together? Say "yes" to a Valentine's Day date, and you seem too eager. But if you don't mention the holiday at all, you look just plain out-of-touch and may find yourself wondering why your date is so standoffish. So, many single people do what I do: put dating on a hiatus from about mid-January onward, just to avoid any awkward situations.

Valentine's Day can wreak havoc for those who date around: Many single people out there believe it's wise to hedge their bets by seeing more than one person at once. That's all well and good -- until red-letter days like Valentine's, where there's only room for one name on your high-stakes dance card. Having multiple suitors is good for the ego and if, say, you're trying to collect all the Star Wars watches from Burger King, but it certainly makes for a lot of sticky scheduling. Not to mention the countless opportunities for direct questions about "Well, what are you doing that night?"

Valentine's Day forces people to be super-sentimental: Valentine's Day also puts external pressure on singles to not only be in a relationship, but to be in a relationship that communicates through pink-and-white cardstock. "I hate seeing girls carrying home flowers that their boyfriends sent them, because I know that's never me, even when I have a boyfriend -- that's just not how I am in a relationship," says Heather McCabe from Newark, Delaware. "All of the expressions have just become formulaic -- why bother if you know what's coming?"

Valentine's Day can bring a couple to make-or-break status: If you and your date are trying to figure out "where this relationship's going," be warned: Have any discussions around V-Day, and you just multiplied the meaningfulness factor by 100. "Valentine's is like a microscope," says John Devore, a playwright from Beaumont, TX, who's got a special perspective, since he's been on-again, off-again with his current girlfriend for more than two years. "Every move, word, sentiment or flaw is examined in detail for deeper meaning." Try to be civil and it's read as commitment; act wishy-washy and you're all but asking for your date to explode.

Valentine's Day can cause a relationship to linger... too long: When you're in a relationship that's on its way out, Valentine's Day exerts a weird magnetic pull that makes you think it's worth sticking around for a few extra boxes of chocolate hearts.

Valentine's Day ratchets up the pressure to have a perfect night: Happy loving couples are the people that can make us single people (or unhappy couples) quite jealous. They really just get joy out of being together, so you can imagine the epiphany that comes from discovering that Valentine's Day causes even these people angst. One happily-involved man said, "The first time we celebrated it together, it was a bit stressful, but I liked working to show my girlfriend how much I appreciate her -- reservations at a nice place, a pretty gift, getting dressed up, that's all fine. But by the next year, I felt panicked. How could I outdo last year's plans?"

Valentine's Day forces you to play Kreskin on the gift front: OK, so let's say you're dating someone, and the big heart-shaped day is fast approaching. Do you just get a card? Some candy? Something cashmere or 14-karat gold? It all takes on some big, strategic implications. Suzanne Tripp, a copy editor from Boston, knows this scenario first-hand. "One year, I decided to treat my guy, and I made a really fancy dinner -- red, heart-shaped lobster ravioli, champagne, chocolate souffle," she says. For all her hard work, the one thing she skipped buying was flowers, assuming that her guy would at least pick those up out of instinct. "Nothing, nada," she says. "Here I thought I really didn't expect anything, because I'm not into that as a holiday, but I was still wondering if this guy even knew me or cared about me at all."

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Who played the role of Ferris Bueller's sister in the short-lived TV adaptation of the movie?

A: Jennifer Aniston

The show debuted August 23, 1990 on NBC and was cancelled within its first season

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Senator Scott Brown to Write Memoir

What's a political celebrity without their own memoir? Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who shot to instant fame when he won an upset victory in a special election last month for the late Ted Kennedy's seat, ending the Democrats' supermajority, will be writing a book about his life. Brown spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said Wednesday (February 10th) that Brown hopes to give insight and encouragement to others and ensure the record is, quote, "complete and accurate." Brown will work with a collaborator on the book, but Gitcho said there's no word yet on the publisher or when the book will be out

CALLING ALL FLAGGERS! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Colorado River need a Van for the kids! Their's Died and went to van heaven! Let's get out there Flagger's it is National Random Acts of Kindness Week and ask everyone you know for just one Dollar. Drop off all the money you collect to Boys and Girl Clubs Headquarter at 2250 Highland Road in Bullhead City on Thursday and the person who collects the most money will win a thank you...a $15 Wal Mart Gift Card. I will announce the winner and other Kind Flagger's who collected money on the Jessi and Friends Morning Show on Friday!!! I know our Flagger's are the BEST and will help out the Kids!

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Carrie Underwood has added nine dates to her upcoming Play On tour. The trek was originally set to wrap up on May 30th, but has now been extended to June 20th. The addition dates are June 1st in Nampa, Idaho; June 3rd in Broomfield, Colorado; June 4th in Colorado Springs, Colorado; June 12th in Birmingham, Alabama; June 13th in Lexington, Kentucky; June 15th in Springfield, Missouri; June 17th in Fargo, North Dakota; June 18th in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and June 20th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

  • The Play On tour kicks off on March 11th in Reading, Pennsylvania.
  • Carrie's special guests are Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia.

FAST FACTS

  • Carrie's 2008 Carnival Ride tour played to 1.2 million fans over the course of 137 shows.
  • She has sold more than 11 million albums in the U.S. since her debut CD, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.
  • Carrie has sold more albums than any other American Idol winner.
  • She is the first country artist in history to achieve eleven consecutive Number One singles.
Lady Antebellum will hit the road with Tim McGraw on his Southern Voice tour this week. The trek begins on Thursday (February 11th) in Omaha, Nebraska. Lady A's Charles Kelley tells us that the trio's latest chart-topper has upped the ante for their live shows. "Since 'Need You Now' has hit Number One, well, it was over the holidays really, so we weren't really performing that much, so it's gonna be exciting to get out there on the road this year comin' out to a song that's a much bigger hit now that we get to perform then back in September, October when it was just gettin' goin', and so that's gonna be an interesting and exciting time for us."

Lady Antebellum's skyrocketing success has meant all kinds of changes for the group. In the past few months they charted their second Number One hit, topped both the pop and country charts with their new CD, Need You Now, and took home their very first Grammy. Now the trio are finding it harder to go unrecognized. "(Charles) It is a little interesting. You know, you get recognized a little bit more. You know, it's like every five or six months you kind of see it, and it's like, 'Wow, this is really odd!' I was out on vacation skiing and I had a few people come up to me. I was like, 'Wow, this is . . . that's odd,' cause I'm just not used to it, you know, and it always catches you off guard. (Hillary) But it means you're doin' something right (laughs). (Charles) Hopefully! Hopefully, hopefully! It's an exciting time."

  • Lady A's Grammy performance of "Need You Now" is exclusively available for download at iTunes.
  • Their latest single, "American Honey," continues its climb up the charts.

FAST FACTS

  • First week sales of Need You Now surpassed 480,000 units.
  • Lady Antebellum's two hometown shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville sold out within minutes.
The Zac Brown Band recently received a letter from PETA asking that they re-think the menu at their nightly "eat and greets," where select fans are offered a plate of beef and pork, among other things. The organization wants the "Chicken-Fried" singers to host an all-vegan alternative, according to The Boot, and they hoped to open the door by sending a basket of what they described as "delicious, protein-rich faux meats."

So will the Grammy-winning band go vegan? If their recent tweet is any indication, the answer is a big, fat no! On Monday (February 8th), they responded by saying, "Dear, PETA: Plants are living creatures, too ... Bacon had a mother, but so did Pickle. It takes life to support life - welcome to the planet."

  • The Zac Brown Band was among the 80-plus acts who recently recorded a new version of "We Are The World" to benefit the Haiti relief effort.

Luke Bryan celebrated his very first Number One hit, "Do I," with a party in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, February 9th). Luke co-wrote the song with his friends Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood from Lady Antebellum, who were on hand for the festivities. While Lady A has spent some time at the top of the charts these days, Luke tells us for him it's an entirely new experience as an artist. "I was lucky enough, obviously, to have a Number One party with 'Good Directions' when I was able to write that, but to be the artist and to be the guy that sang it and got it to the top of the charts is a pretty amazing experience. The fact that I've had a Number One song that I was able to write and sing is very surreal and still it's gonna take this day to make it all really feel real."

Luke's Number One almost didn't happen, and ironically enough, it was Lady Antebellum's fault. The trio held the top spot on the charts for three weeks with "Need You Now", keeping Luke's "Do I" at Number Two.

Luke had all but given up hope on reaching the top spot, but he was still going to celebrate his Number Two, so to speak, as he and Dave explain. "After that I had to become creative. I knew we were throwing a party because I was just gonna throw a party. I was gonna call it a 'Number Two' party, and I was gonna require everybody to bring bathroom attire -- you know, bathrobes, bring some newspaper (Dave) Candles, T.P. (Luke) Matches and things for a Number Two party, so (Dave) Luckily we had the Number One. (Luke) Yeah, so we didn't ever have to go there with it. I was gonna have it at a manure farm right outside of town, so it was gonna be a blast."

  • Luke is currently on tour with fellow Georgia native Jason Aldean.
  • His new single, "Rain Is A Good Thing," is currently climbing the charts.
  • The new video is available exclusively at iTunes this week. It will begin airing on CMT and GAC next week.

FAST FACTS

  • Luke is nominated for Top New Solo Vocalist at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. If he wins the award, he will then move on to the ACM's Top New Artist category, which includes Duos and Groups. The ACM Awards will be held on April 18th.
  • Luke will perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday (February 13th).
Josh Turner tops the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart this week with "Why Don't We Just Dance." The song is the debut release from Josh's new Haywire CD, which was released yesterday (Tuesday, February 9th).

The singer is in New York City this week promoting the release of Deluxe and Standard versions of Haywire. Josh performed on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday (February 8th) night, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the taping ran over time. His performance is now scheduled to air tonight (Wednesday, February 10th) on CBS. The show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET.

Josh is also making a guest appearance on Martha Stewart's show, Martha, on Friday (February 12th).

  • The Deluxe version of Haywire includes all 11 songs that are on the Standard version, with the addition of two previously unreleased songs and live audio tracks of his hits "Your Man" and "Long Black Train."

FAST FACTS

  • Haywire is Josh's fourth studio album.
  • Josh last topped the country charts in 2005 with "Your Man" and "Would You Go With Me."
  • All three of the singer's previous albums have at least been certified gold by the RIAA.
Miranda Lambert will host the third annual "Cause for Paws" Benefit taking place on May 15th in Tyler, Texas. The fundraiser benefits The Humane Society of East Texas. This year, Miranda's special guests include Whiskey Myers, Kacey Musgraves and Nan Kelley. The evening includes a concert and live auction.
  • Miranda said, "I can't wait to see what we can accomplish together for my charity. The shelter, which is run entirely on donations, was able to make great improvements and create better living conditions for the animals of East Texas last year, but there is still so much that needs to be done for the abused and unwanted animals of East Texas."
  • Tickets to Cause For Paws go on sale beginning today (Wednesday, February
    10th) at 10 a.m. CT.
  • Thanks to Miranda's efforts, The Humane Society of East Texas has become a no kill sanctuary since the fundraiser began three years ago.
  • Earlier this week, Miranda and Blake Shelton hosted the "Hearts and Tails" benefit in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
  • Miranda said, "Because of the amazing response and the support of the community we had for the "Hearts and Tails" benefit in 2009, we've been able to do some wonderful things for the animals in Tishomingo. This year, my charity MuttNation Foundation hopes to build on that success and continue to help unwanted and abandoned pets."

FAST FACTS

  • Miranda will headline a few shows of her own this weekend in Fort Worth and Wichita Falls, Texas.
  • She will resume her spot on Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night tour on February 18th in Fresno, California.

The Zac Brown Band, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Miranda Lambert will all perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The four-day event will be held from June 10-13. Tickets are currently on sale at bonnarootickets.com.

Newcomer Emily West's new single,"Blue Sky, features Keith Urban singing and playing guitar. It's the first single from Emily's upcoming self-titled debut album.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is Keith Urban's middle name?
A. Lionel

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!


ORIGINS: JOSH TURNER/GAC 10:00AM, 5:00PM (ET)

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: BLAKE SHELTON/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

ORIGINS: JAKE OWEN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: TAYLOR SWIFT/GAC 9:00PM (ET)

TAYLOR SWIFT ON THE SET: WHITE HORSE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

TAYLOR SWIFT ON THE SET: YOU BELONG WITH ME/GAC 10:30PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Laura Dern (actress, Mask, Blue Velvet, Jurassic Park I and III, I Am Sam, Recount) (43)

  • George Stephanopoulos (host, ABC's This Week; former senior advisor to President Clinton) (49)
  • Robert Wagner (actor, The Towering Inferno, Hart To Hart, the Austin Powers movies) (80)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Jimmy Wayne's first single, "Stay Gone," was released to radio in 2003.
  • "How Do I Live," written by Diane Warren and performed by Trisha Yearwood in the movie Con Air, received an Oscar nomination for best original song in 1998.
  • BlackHawk made their Grand Ole Opry debut in 1996.
  • Randy Travis' Storms of Life album was certified platinum in 1987.
  • The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson) album was certified gold in 1986.
  • Eddie Rabbitt began a three-week stay at Number One on Billboard's country chart with the theme from the Clint Eastwood movie "Every Which Way But Loose" in 1979.
  • Ronnie Milsap earned his first gold album for "It Was Almost Like A Song" in 1978.
  • Lefty Frizzell recorded the classic "She's Gone, Gone, Gone" in 1965.
  • Flatt and Scruggs recorded their Songs of the Famous Carter Family album which featured Mother Maybelle on autoharp in 1961.
  • The Louvin Brothers joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1955.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


24 HEADED TO THEATERS? 24 looks like it's finally headed to the big screen. Variety reports that Twentieth Century Fox has hired a writer to pen a script for a feature version of the hit show, which is now in its eighth season. Sources told Variety that the film would likely take Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer to Europe. It's been reported that Sutherland himself is behind the film project and would serve as an executive producer.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN HELPING OUT WITH NEW SUPERMAN: Christopher Nolan -- the Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Dark Knight -- has agreed to "mentor" development on a new Superman movie. Deadline Hollywood reports that Nolen will oversee the Superman flick, while continuing to work on the script for the highly-anticipated third Batman film. Warner is hoping that Nolan will prevent the new Superman from having the "cartoony feel of the previous reboot" of Superman Returns -- which was considered a disappointment. There's no official word yet on a cast, director or timetable for the new Superman.

'TWILIGHT' LAWSUIT: Executives at Summit Entertainment, the company behind the Twilight franchise, are suing the makers of a documentary about the city featured in the films. Starpulse.com reports that the movie bosses allege that the cover art is too similar to their own DVD release. Summit has already made a documentary about Forks, Washington to correspond with the DVD launch of New Moon and they contend that the documentary by Topics Entertainment, Forks: Bitten by Twilight, features cover art that is too similar to their own trademarked Twilight style.

TIM ROBBINS JOINS 'GREEN LANTERN': Tim Robbins is joining the cast of Green Lantern. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Robbins will play Senator Hammond, the disapproving father of the movie's villain, Dr. Hector Hammond -- played by Peter Sarsgaard -- who becomes infused with psychic powers. Ryan Reynolds will be starring as the title character and his love interest will be played by Blake Lively.

PORTIA DE ROSSI WRITING BOOK: Portia De Rossi is writing a memoir, which will address her battle with anorexia, her sexuality and relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. De Rossi, who was born Mandy Rogers, told an Australian magazine, "It will deal with all the secrets that nearly killed me." She added, "Nobody can really get inside the anorexic's mind like the anorexic. I abused my body. I had bulimia. I would use (diet drug) fen-phen. I wanted to talk about all that. But obviously I can't do that without talking about my sexuality. And although you can't really talk about one without the ot