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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Carrie Underwood has made no secret of the fact that one of the loves of her life is her Rat Terrier, Ace. He is her constant companion both on and off the road, and so it will be when Carrie ties the knot with fiance Mike Fisher this summer. Carrie told UsMagazine.com that the dog will be one of the ring-bearers at the ceremony. She said, "I don't know if I'll give him the actual ring. He would probably run away with it or eat it or something."

"He's like my kid," she continued. "It would be like if I was getting married and I had a child -- of course my child would be in the wedding!"

Carrie also said that the details of the couple's big day are coming together. She said her wedding dress is "in the works" and described it as being very her, saying, "It's girly and it's pretty and simple and glamorous."

In other Carrie news, the singer was in Manhattan yesterday (Tuesday, March 30th) to donate $10,000 to the city's Midtown East Bideawee animal shelter to support the Pedigree Pet Adoption drive.

  • Carrie continues on her Play On tour, which takes place tonight (Wednesday, March 31st) in Rochester, New York.

Justin Moore says he's not at the point in his career yet where he's really making any money, so he hasn't had that first big splurge yet. He did, however, reward himself recently with an inexpensive new water toy. "You know, the biggest thing that I've bought was a boat, and it wasn't like a new, expensive boat. I've always wanted a boat, and we did like one show where we actually made a profit, and I was like, 'I'm gonna buy me a boat,' but it's not like the greatest thing ever."

Justin says that even when the money starts rolling in, he's not the type to frivolously spend. "I'm not really one to go buy stuff. I'd rather just put it in the bank, you know, cause you never know how long this is gonna last. The first thing I will do is buy some land back home when I have the opportunity to do that."

"Back home" for Justin is in the small town of Poyen, Arkansas. At last count, the town's population was just under 300 people.

  • Justin will hit the road as part of Brad Paisley's H2O tour beginning on May 21st in Virginia Beach.
  • In the meantime, Justin continues playing shows at clubs around the country. On Thursday (April 1st) he'll take the stage at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan.
Miranda Lambert is a big fan of her new single, "The House That Built Me." She didn't write the song, but tells us she knew from first listen that it was destined for greatness, if not the top of the charts. "I just don't see how anyone can listen to this song and think that it's mediocre or think that it doesn't matter, because it's one of the most amazing, timeless lyrics I've ever heard, and I'm just fortunate. I'm just the artist that happened to hear it first and grab it because I know anybody that would've heard it would've taken it. It's one of those songs that's gonna be . . . it's gonna make history, definitely."
  • "The House That Built Me" is the follow up to Miranda's career first Number One hit, "White Liar."
  • Miranda is in the midst of her first headlining tour, called Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars. The trek features various opening acts including David Nail, James Otto, Randy Houser and Wade Bowen.
  • Miranda is also slated to join the Lilith Fair tour this summer, as well as making a stop at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June.
  • The singer is nominated for six trophies at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th, including Top Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for Revolution. The show will air live from Las Vegas on CBS.

FAST FACTS

  • Miranda won the ACM's Album of the Year award in 2007 for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
  • Her next show will be on April 8th at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dolly Parton will return to the set of Hannah Montana to play Miley Stewart's "Aunt Dolly" on one of the final episodes of the hit Disney show. This will make her third appearance on the Hannah Montana show. Dolly was originally supposed to appear in last year's Hannah Montana movie but her character wound up getting cut out of the script.
  • Dolly appeared as "Aunt Dolly" on Hannah Montana in both 2006 and 2007.
  • The last season of Hannah Montana is reportedly scheduled to start airing by the middle of this year.

FAST FACT

  • Dolly is Miley Cyrus' godmother.

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were spotted checking out a $12 million estate during their recent trip to Sydney, Australia. They already own homes in Nashville and the Southern Highlands in Australia.

Kenny Chesney will make a guest appearance on ESPN's Mike And Mike In The Morning show on April 7th. The two hosts' new book, called Mike And Mike's Rules For Sports & Life, will be released on April 6th. Kenny wrote the book's forward.

John Rich will headline this year's Tax Day Tea Party rally at City Hall in Hendersonville, Tennessee on April 15th.

Mark Chesnutt is scheduled to play several shows at U.S. Air Force bases in South Korea beginning on April 8th. His schedule includes stops at Camp Casey, Camp Humphreys and Kunsan Air Base.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What reality show contest did Steel Magnolia win to land their record deal?
A. CMT's Can You Duet

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

THE EARLY SHOW/CBS 7:00AM (ET)
Gretchen Wilson

ALAN JACKSON: AQUAPALOOZA/GAC 10:00AM, 5:00PM (ET)

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: BRAD PAISLEY/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:00PM (ET)
George Jones, John Schneider

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

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
John Hiatt

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 9:00PM (ET)
George Jones

GET TO THE HEART: THE BARBARA MANDRELL STORY/CMT 9:00PM, 11:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Al Gore (former Vice President, environmental activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize) (62)

  • Angus Young (lead guitarist, AC/DC) (55)
  • Herb Alpert (Jazz trumpeter) (75)
  • Richard Chamberlain (actor, Dr. Kildare, The Towering Inferno, The Thorn Birds, Shogun) (76)
  • William Daniels (actor, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Mark Craig) (83)
  • Gordie Howe (Hall Of Fame hockey player) (82)
  • Shirley Jones (actress, The Partridge Family's Shirley Partridge) (76)
  • Gabe Kaplan (actor, Welcome Back Kotter's Mr. Kotter) (65)
  • Ewan McGregor (Scottish actor, Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, Big Fish, Moulin Rouge) (39)
  • Rhea Perlman (actress, Cheers's Carla Tortelli and Danny DeVito's wife) (62)
  • Christopher Walken (actor, Pulp Fiction, The Deer Hunter, True Romance) (67)
  • Mick Ralphs (guitarist, Mott The Hoople, Bad Company) (66)
  • Sean Hopper (guitarist, Huey Lewis & the News) (57)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Keith Urban's Defying Gravity album was released in 2009.
  • Alan Jackson's The Greatest Hits Collection went quadruple-platinum in 1998.
  • Wynonna's self-titled solo debut album was released in 1992.
  • Alabama's Greatest Hits album was certified gold and platinum in 1986.
  • Dolly Parton performed "9 To 5" on the Academy Awards in 1981.
  • Johnny Rodriguez charted his first Number One single, "You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)," in 1973.
  • Patsy Cline claimed a Number One country single in Billboard with "She's Got You" in 1962.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

RIP TORN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Rip Torn pleaded not guilty to burglary and firearms charges stemming from a January incident when he broke into a bank with a loaded gun thinking it was his Connecticut home. Torn's attorney said on Tuesday (March 30th) that the 79-year-old is making progress in alcohol rehabilitation, and is now has moved from an inpatient to an outpatient program.

LINDSAY LOHAN'S DAD AGAIN SAYS STAR NEEDS HELP: Lindsay Lohan is livid that her father is going public -- again -- claiming that she needs professional help for a substance abuse problem. Before Michael Lohan held a press conference during which he said Lindsay was "not okay" and told all her enablers to "get the hell out of the way," Lindsay tweeted her fury. She wrote, "Anyone else have a father that sells fake stories on them for money & dates a girl that works for tabloids?"

JESSE JAMES MISTRESS LAUNCHES WEBSITE: Jesse James' first alleged mistress has launched her own website. MichelleBombshell.com will offer paying customers "naughty, naked photos" and videos of Michelle "Bombshell" McGee. Although the site doesn't yet list subscription prices, it does advertise a "limited time only sneak-a-peek" for $9.95. A message on the soon-to-be-working site reads, "To all the people that think Michelle planned this drama, we can assure that if she had planned it, we would have had our pay-site and merchandise store ready for public consumption. We were caught off guard, but we will have our full pay-site up in the next couple weeks."

'LOST' ACTRESS GETS HITCHED: Lost actress Yunjin Kim got married in Hawaii last Sunday (March 29th) to her boyfriend, Jeong Hyeok Park. The two have known each other since 2002, when he became her manager. A source close to Kim told EOnline.com, "She always said she wanted to get married when Lost ended," adding that Yunjin was shot some of her final scenes for the series the day before her wedding.

KELSEY GRAMMER SETTLES LAWSUIT FOR $10: Kelsey Grammer has settled a lawsuit over the 2008 film Swing Vote -- by paying out $10. PerezHilton.com reports that the actor gave the ten bucks to the man who claimed the ideas from his screenplay were stolen for the movie. Bradley Blakeman alleged that he gave a copy of his script Go November to Grammer back in 2006 and was surprised to see Swing Vote which he said was "extraordinary similar" to his own script. He eventually agreed to drop the case for the miniscule settlement.

COPS CALLED ON JIM BELUSHI: The cops were called to deal with Jim Belushi after the actor reportedly caused a scene on an airplane. PerezHilton.com reports that when a flight attendant woke Belushi up, "Jim made such a scene that the captain called the tower to ensure the police would be at the gate when they landed." The police decided that no crime was committed so Jim and the flight attendant were able to walk free.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

'NEW MATERIAL BY 'TWILIGHT' AUTHOR COMING OUT: Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is releasing a novella based on a character from the hit franchise. The Associated Press reports that The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will tell the story of a newborn vampire featured in Eclipse -- the third installment of the best selling series. Meyer says the story was originally going to be included in The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, but ended up being too long to fit. It will be released on June 5th.

JON HEDER DROPS OUT OF WILL FERRELL COMEDY: Jon Heder abruptly pulled out of starring in an upcoming sitcom produced by Will Ferrell because of "creative differences." The Napoleon Dynamite actor was supposed to play a computer geek who moves back to his small hometown to live with his parents in the untitled Comedy Central series. Heder's rep told EW.com, "Comedy Central, Gary Sanchez Productions and Jon Heder have mutually decided to part ways over creative differences with the character. Jon wishes the show nothing but success, and is very grateful for the opportunity."

'CASTLE' GETS THIRD SEASON: ABC has renewed Castle for a third season. EW.com reports that Monday (March 29th) night's episode attracted the show's largest audience to date -- 14.5 million viewers -- making reason for the renewal obvious.

TIM ALLEN LANDS HOSTING GIG: Tim Allen will host next month's TV Land Awards. The eighth annual awards will be held April 17 on the Sony lot and the show will air Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m. Allen is stepping back into the spotlight because he's returning as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3, which comes out in June.

USHER MENTORS THE CONTESTANTS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

The Top 10 contestants performed R&B songs on American Idol last night (March 30th) with Usher Raymond as a special guest. Siobhan Magnus went up first with "Through the Fire" and gave a rough performance. Casey James, on the other hand, took on "Hold On, I'm Coming" and rocked it. Michael Lynche beautifully sang another love song, but this week Lynche showed off his guitar skills. Didi Benami and Tim Urban delivered amateurish performances, according to the judges. Andrew Garcia, however, sang Chris Brown's "Forever" and finally gained the judges' approval. Katie Stevens left the judges divided with her version of "Chain of Fools," while Lee Dewyze impressed Usher and the judges with "Treat Her Like a Lady". The show closed with Crystal Bowersox and Aaron Kelly, who both impressed the judges by taking a risk.

JAMES FRANCO ACCEPTED TO PHD PROGRAM AT YALE

James Franco wants to keep getting smarter. The Spider-Man and Milk actor, who has already studied film-making at New York University and earned a masters of fine arts diploma from Columbia, will reportedly enroll in Yale University to obtain his doctorate.

A rep has confirmed the star was accepted into "prestigious" Yale, in Connecticut, and will begin courses for his Ph.D. in September if he accepts.

  • Franco received an undergraduate degree in English from UCLA.

SANDRA BULLOCK REPORTEDLY PLANNING FOR DIVORCE

Sandra Bullock is reportedly planning to divorce Jesse James. Although Bullock's rep recently dismissed reports that the Oscar-winner hired a divorce attorney, RadarOnline.com claims that the actress has indeed taken steps towards legally ending her marriage.

In the past two weeks, four different women have come forward claiming to have had affairs with James. The Radar source said that Sandra is humiliated and feels that her entire marriage was a big lie. The insider declared, "She's had enough. She's ending the marriage."

Meanwhile, Bullock's rep said that there is no truth to rumors that Sandra wants to adopt Jesse's daughter Sunny. The rep told People magazine that Sandra is not considering adopting Sunny "nor have there ever been any plans for Sandra to adopt any of Jesse's children."

  • In other news -- a fifth mistress might be surfacing soon. Radar reports that another woman "has been consulting attorneys and PR the past few days," adding, "She may even come out this week."

'GLEE' IS HOLDING OPEN CASTING CALL

Glee producers have kicked off a nationwide casting call. EW.com reports that performers between the ages of 16 and 26 interested in appearing on the hit series can upload video auditions to MySpace from now until April 26th.

The videos should explain why you want to be on Glee and feature a performance of one of Glee's hit tracks, like "True Colors," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and "Lean on Me."

  • Performances can either be a cappella or with a single instrument via My Space karaoke. Videos should be only five minutes in length (one-minute intro, four-minute performance) and are limited to one per person.

FORMER 'AMERICAN IDOL' FINALIST ARRESTED AFTER STREET FIGHT

A finalist from season six of American Idol was arrested in Georgia on Monday (March 30th) night after allegedly getting into a physical fight with another female. TMZ.com reports that 22-year-old Stephanie Edwards was busted after cops noticed the singer and another woman "fighting in the middle of the street." Cops say they broke up the fight and arrested both women.

Edwards told police she had gone to the other woman's home to confront her about "harassing phone calls" and things got violent after that. Both women were brought to a local jail and Edwards has since been released.

  • Police told TMZ that Edwards had scratches on her face and chest, but the other woman had a bruised right eye.
  • Edwards finished in 11th place behind Jordin Sparks back in 2007.

HEIDI AND SPENCER DENY DIVORCE RUMORS AS 'THE HILLS' TRAILER SURFACES

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt say they are not headed for divorce -- despite press reports and a revealing teaser for the upcoming season of The Hills. Montag admits that she's mentioned divorce in the past but says, "I was being dramatic."

The 23-year-old told People magazine, "I'm not moving out. I love Spencer with all my heart." Pratt added, "I love my wife more now than I ever thought I could."

Heidi explained their tumultuous marriage saying, "All that we've been through has only made us work harder at our relationship and making it better. We've worked through things and will continue to work on our relationship so we're the best couple we can be. We want to fall more in love with each other every day."

  • As for the impending final season of The Hills, Heidi noted, "The Hills has told the story of struggle and of finding myself in L.A., so it's time for me to hang up all the drama like fighting and divorce talk with Spencer and become the mogul I am."
  • The last season premieres on April 27th.

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Wednesday, March 31, 2010


OBAMA SIGNS 'FIX' MEASURE, FINALIZING HEALTH CARE REFORM: President Obama yesterday (March 30th) signed the "fix" bill passed by Congress last week containing changes House Democrats demanded to the health care reform bill passed by the Senate in December before they would approve it. Obama signed that major health care reform legislation bill last week. The "fix" bill also contains changes in student lending, making the government the primary lender to college students and cutting out the banks that had acted as middlemen for the government-backed loans. According to the president, this will save more than $60 billion over the next 10 years, which would be used to increase Pell Grants for students and reinvest in community colleges.

ABC NEWS: IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST DEFECTED TO U.S.: ABC News reported Tuesday (March 30th) that an Iranian nuclear scientist who's been missing since last June has defected to the U.S. and is helping the CIA. Citing unnamed sources, ABC said that Shahram Amiri, who worked for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, defected as part of a long-planned operation to get him to leave Iran and resettle in America. He disappeared during a pilgrimage to Mecca. The ABC report said Amiri has helped confirm U.S. intelligence assessments about the Iranian nuclear program.

PRESIDENT TO ALLOW OIL EXPLORATION OFF VIRGINIA: President Obama will announce a plan today (March 31st) to allow exploration for oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia. Obama, who wants Congress to move on a climate change bill, has tried to reach out to Republicans by signaling he is open to allowing offshore drilling, providing coastlines are protected. Drilling was banned in most offshore areas of the U.S. outside the Gulf of Mexico for more than 20 years because of concerns that spills could harm the environment. Congress allowed a prohibition on offshore drilling to expire in 2008.

TODAY'S FYI:

RNC STAFFER FIRED OVER $1,946 BONDAGE CLUB PAYMENT: The Republican National Committee has fired an unnamed staffer who helped organize a $1,946 visit on January 31st to a bondage-themed topless club in Hollywood, and said it will get the money back that it reimbursed for meals at the Voyeur nightclub from a donor who took part. According to an RNC memo, the Voyeur outing involved several members of the "Young Eagles" GOP group who had been in town for a meeting. A staffer who'd been warned that the money spent there didn't qualify for reimbursement has been fired. Erik Brown, a California donor/vendor who billed the RNC for the club visit, will reimburse the money.

ROVE HECKLED AT BOOK SIGNING: Karl Rove, who served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush, was heckled at a discussion and book signing Monday night (March 29th) in Beverly Hills, including being called a "war criminal," and was ultimately forced to leave the stage, according to CNN. Rove was at the appearance for his new book, Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, before an audience of about 100 people who'd paid up to $40 to hear him. Several anti-war protesters interrupted Rove's talk to accuse him and the Bush administration of lying to Americans about the threat Iraq posed to the U.S. to take the country into war. At one point, Jodie Evans, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, rushed toward Rove holding a pair of handcuffs, saying she was going to make a citizen's arrest. Rove called one heckler a lunatic, told another to get out, and said they represented, quote, "the totalitarianism of the left." But he decided the skip the book signing portion of the evening and leave early as the disruptions continued throughout his discussion.

TEACHER WHO INSPIRED FILM 'STAND AND DELIVER' DEAD AT 79: Jaime Escalante, the East L.A. math teacher whose story inspired the 1988 movie Stand and Deliver, died Tuesday (March 30th) of bladder cancer. He was 79. Escalante, a Bolivian immigrant, transformed inner-city Garfield High School by motivating struggling students to excel at advanced math and science. Edward James Olmos, who played Escalante in the film, said, "Jaime exposed one of the most dangerous myths of our time -- that inner city students can't be expected to perform at the highest levels." Escalante left Garfield in 1991 and taught at schools in Sacramento before retiring to Bolivia in 2001.

ATOM SMASHER ACHIEVES LANDMARK: The world's largest atom smasher yesterday (March 30th) collided two proton beams traveling at super-fast speeds in conditions simulating those just after the Big Bank, a landmark in research into the origins of the universe. The crash inside the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, a 17-mile tunnel that's the coldest place in the universe at slightly above absolute zero, created three times more energy than researchers had created before. It also kickstarted years of research in the collider that will attempt to create particles that have been more theorized about than seen. The spokesman for the American Institute of Physics compared the collider to a time machine, telling AP, "Some of the particles they are making now or are about to make haven't been around for 14 billion years." Among the many things the coming research will investigate is the search for the hypothetical Higgs boson -- dubbed the "God particle" -- that scientists theorize gives mass to other particles and therefore to other objects and creatures in the universe.

EATING CHOCOLATE EVERY DAY CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU: There's finally some good health news for people with a sweet tooth, as a new study has found that eating as little as a quarter of an ounce of chocolate each day -- about the equivalent size of a small chocolate Easter egg -- may lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Although some benefit can be had from milk chocolate, the best results come from dark chocolate, while white chocolate has no effect. The benefit is believed to come from natural compounds call flavonoids, which are found in cocoa, that seem to promote artery health and reduce inflammation. At the same time, however, this isn't an excuse to scarf down a lot chocolate, since it's high in calories and eating too much can lead to weight gain. Like in many things in life, the key is moderation -- have just one small Easter egg-size piece each day.

SPORTS:

UCONN, OKLAHOMA ADVANCE TO WOMEN'S NCAA FINAL FOUR: The University of Connecticut and Oklahoma advanced to the Final Four of the women's NCAA basketball tournament Tuesday (March 30th) with their wins over Florida State and Kentucky. Top-seeded defending champion UConn crushed third-seeded Florida State 90-50, getting the largest margin of victory ever in a regional final, and stretched their record win streak to 76 games. Third-seeded Oklahoma defeated fourth-seeded Kentucky 88-68, led by Nyeshia Stevenson, who scored 31 points. They are now headed to the Final Four for the second year in a row.

  • UConn will play Baylor in the semifinals in San Antonio on Sunday (April 4th), and Oklahoma will play Stanford.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY

CBS

  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (repeat)
  • ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (repeat)
  • CRIMINAL MINDS (repeat)
  • CSI: NY (repeat)

NBC

  • MINUTE TO WIN IT (repeat)
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (repeat)
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - When an investigative journalist is found murdered in her bed, Cragen recognizes tactics from a similar case 30 years earlier.

FOX

  • HUMAN TARGET - Chance travels to an Alaskan island in search of a missing doctor and to expose the involvement of an industrial giant in a mining foreman's death.
  • AMERICAN IDOL - Usher performsl another contestant is eliminated.

ABC

  • IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN - Linus tells everyone an Easter beagle will give out candy.
  • THE MIDDLE - Mike receives tickets to a basketball game that falls on the day of the funeral of Frankie's uncle; Brick tries to avoid a birthday party.
  • MODERN FAMILY - The release of an new product Phil wants coincides with his birthday; Mitchell wants to toughen up; Cameron gets involved in a neighbor's marital problems.
  • COUGAR TOWN - Jules thinks Grayson is overly attentive to his new girlfriend, Sara (Sheryl Crow).
  • UGLY BETTY - Betty brings Hilda on an assignment to cover London Fashion Week; Bobby wonders why Justin is spending time with Austin.

CW

  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The girls portray vampires in a blood filled bathtub.
  • FLY GIRLS - Many and Louise go to New York to visit a guy Mandy is interested in; Tasha and Nikole attempt to work at a Virgin America charity together.
  • HIGH SOCIETY - Tinsley goes to the factory to check out her new handbag line; Paul finds himself at the center of a new scandal; Dale investigates his royal relations.

COMEDY CENTRAL

  • SOUTH PARK - Cartman's favorite restaurant gets shut down and replaced with store that sells medicinal marijuana.
  • UGLY AMERICANS - Callie goes baby crazy after Mark starts fostering a demon orphan; Twayne notices some changes in his body.

MTV

  • THE REAL WORLD - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Miley Cyrus, John Corbett, James Dupre
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - (repeat)

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Ricky Gervais, turkey callers, the Whigs
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Bill Maher, Wayne Vandenlangenberg, OneRepublic
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Tom Arnold, Greta Gerwig, Matisyahu
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Wanda Sykes, Anna Torv
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Tyler Perry, Rosemarie DeWitt, Drive-By Truckers
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Jesse Ventura, Doves
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Roxana Saberi
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Craig Mullaney
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Omar Epps, Wendy Williams, Johnny Sanchez

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

FLA MAN ARRESTED AFTER THROWING CUP AT PATROL CAR: A man from Fort Pierce, Florida was arrested on vehicle theft and drug charges after throwing a plastic cup at a patrol car. According to police, the 24-year-old was driving early Saturday morning when he threw a plastic cup out the window, hitting the patrol car. The deputy activated his lights but the driver did not pull over. He eventually stopped and ran away but was soon caught when K-9 units found him up a tree. He is being charged with cocaine possession, vehicle theft, hit and run with property damage and littering. (AP)

MAN FLEEING POLICE JUMPS FENCE INTO PRISON: An Ohio man and his friend, who were running from a traffic violation, abandoned their vehicle and jumped a fence - landing in a prison yard. According to police, the chase started over a traffic violation on Monday and reached speeds over 90 mph. After speeding through several communities, the driver and passenger left the car and headed towards a fence. They didn't realize that they were outside a state women's prison in Cleveland. They were immediately arrested. (AP)

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FAKE BREASTS HEIST: A woman from Orange County was arrested after using a fraudulent line of credit to purchase $12,000 worth of cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction. The 30-year-old Yvonne Jean Pampellonne pleaded guilty to grand theft, burglary and identity theft. She was sentenced to 180 days in prison followed by three years of probation. Pampellonne used a line of credit established in another person's name in order to obtain procedures at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Huntington Beach. (AP)

DEPUTY USES GOOGLE EARTH TO FIND SUSPECT: A Florida deputy was able to track down and arrest a man who illegally dumped his boat near the deputy's home by using satellite pictures provided by Google Earth. Deputy Gregory Barnes archived satellite images after finding an 18-foot boat illegally dumped just north of Pensacola. Google Earth allows you to see aerial images of communities across the world. While looking at the surrounding area, Barnes found an image of the vessel in Dwight Everett Foster's home. Foster admitted to dumping the boat. He faces a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

MAGNETS CAN CONTROL YOUR MORALS? Scientists have discovered a real-life 'moral compass' in the brain that controls how we judge other people's behavior. The region, which lies just behind the right ear, becomes more active when we think about other people's misdemeanors or good works. In an extraordinary experiment, researchers were able to use powerful magnets to disrupt this area of the brain and make people temporarily less moral. In the first experiment, 12 volunteers were exposed to the magnetic field for 25 minutes before they were given a series of 'moral maze' style scenarios. For each of the 192 scenarios, they were asked to make a judgment about the character's actions on a scale of 1 for 'absolutely forbidden' to 7 for 'absolutely permissible'. In the second experiment, the magnetic field was applied to their heads at the time they were asked to weigh up the behavior of the characters in the scenario. In both experiments, the magnetic field made the volunteers less moral.

FUTURE BATHROOM MIRRORS SOUND MORE LIKE DOCTORS: The bathroom mirror will be able to do more than just show your reflection in ten years time. The Daily Mail reports that -- powered by broadband -- it will be able to analyze your body's vital statistics as you brush your teeth. Blood pressure, weight and heart rate will all be measured and presented back to you as text on the mirror. The model is connected to a nutritional evaluator that will be able to report any sudden changes in health direct to your GP - again connected via broadband - via emails. The projections are part of the Ideal Home Show 'House of the Future', which is sponsored by Virgin Media.

COLA BAD FOR SPERM PRODUCTION? Men who drink about a quart or more of cola every day could be causing harm to their sperm, according to the results of a Danish study. On average, these men's sperm counts were almost 30 percent lower than in men who didn't drink cola. While most of the sperm counts would still be considered normal by the World Health Organization, men with fewer sperm generally have a higher risk of being infertile. The link is unlikely to be due to caffeine, the researchers say, because coffee did not have the same effect, even though its caffeine content is higher. Instead, other ingredients in the beverage or an unhealthy lifestyle could be involved. (Reuters)

SIGNS YOU SHOULD UNFRIEND SOMEONE ON FACEBOOK (Cosmopolitan)

1. She's a firm believer that you can learn a lot about your health from your poop -- and has the status updates to prove it.

2. You've only met him once but he "likes" everything you do on Facebook. Uh, stalk much?

3. You're pretty sure she doesn't wear her dress and veil everyday, but the girl can't stop posting pics from her wedding two years ago.

4. He changed his relationship status to single instead of breaking up with you in person.

5. One word: Farmville.

6. She might not be on The Biggest Loser but for some reason she wants the entire world to know what she had for lunch, how many miles she just ran, and when she is sweating it out at the gym.

7. She has a photo album of your days as a teen beauty pageant queen, a scanner, and a passion for tagging.

8. EVERY WORD HE WRITES IS IN CAPS AND USUALLY FOLLOWED BY TONS OF EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!

9. "So-and-So added you as a friend on Facebook" is the most you've heard from him in 10 years. Now that you've accepted the request you still haven't connected.

10. You call her Mom.

THE TYPES OF UNAVAILABLE WOMEN (Marie Claire)

I Have A Boyfriend: I can understand a woman staying with a great guy, but so many women stay with losers. I've gone for many girls who stay with a jerk who cheats on them, thinking they'll opt for me as the nicer guy. I should probably just shut off my attraction when I find out a girl has a boyfriend. But when I hear that he doesn't treat her well, or he cheats on her, or her friends all tell me they want her to break up with him, I think of myself as a savior who could sweep her off her feet and show her what it's like to be with a nice guy. But it never works that way.

I'm Out Of Your League: Whether it's true or not, we all do it: when someone's interested in us, sometimes we think we can do better. If we are fixated on a "god" or "goddess" we might miss something great right under our nose. If a girl thinks she can do better than me, even before she gets to know me, there's not much I can do. Of course, maybe she knows I'm lazy, I have cats, and I'm afraid to commit just by looking at me.

I'm In Another Town: Long distance is challenging and usually not worth the drama. But I've been into girls who live in other towns in my past. I'm guilty of sending emails, gifts, and trying to start relationships from remote locations. It's tough to start something up from far away when you can't go on dates, or go over to each other's place for a movie.

My Last Relationship Destroyed Me: People have to recover from the pain of past relationships. So, it doesn't matter how great I am if she's in recovery mode. She has to get through it at her own pace before she's emotionally available.

I Don't Want A Boyfriend: Just like men don't commit, women sometimes don't want to get in to anything too serious. When a situation gets to the critical point with a girl who doesn't want a boyfriend she just tells me it's best to "remain friends".

I Am In To Someone Else: Even if a girl is in to another guy, I play the percentages: 90% chance that he's a jerk, or does something stupid or inconsiderate. So, it doesn't necessarily deter me when I find out a girl likes another guy. But I forget, regardless of how great or bad the other guy is, if a girl likes him she probably has tunnel vision.
I'm Insane: Whether it's a little baggage or certifiable insanity, it's nearly impossible to get through to someone who isn't thinking clearly.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to the wireless industry association CTIA and in part published in Discover magazine, how many text messages were sent in the United States in 2008?

A: 110 billion

WATER COOLER TALK

Hospital Plans to Stop Hiring People Who Smoke

People who smoke will no longer be welcome as new employees at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Networks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which has announced that it plans to stop hiring smokers. The hospital says the goal is to improve the health of its employees and reduce health insurance costs. Starting on May 1st, job applicants at St. Luke's will be screened for nicotine, and won't be eligible for hire if they test positive. Anyone who flunks will be able to take the test again in six months and be considered for a job. The rule doesn't affect current employees, however, who won't lose their jobs if they smoke.

Does Paying the Poor for Good Habits Work?

A privately-funded, experimental anti-poverty program in New York City that pays poor people for having good habits, such as going to the dentist or opening a bank account, has has mixed results so far. The first analysis was out yesterday (March 30th) of the program that began in 2007 in which participants were offered 22 different incentives, ranging from $20 to $600. When compared with a control group that didn't get incentives, 10 percent more families in the reward group had two dental visits each year, 1 percent more had health insurance, 20 percent more had bank accounts and 3 percent fewer used costly services like check cashing. But fewer people in the reward group held jobs in the first year, and the rewards had no effect on school performance or attendance for young children or for low-performing high school students, and made only modest differences for higher-achieving students. The biggest improvements were seen in parents who were more educated, more likely to be working full-time already and more likely to be married.

R&B Singer's Nude Video at JFK Assassination Site Stirs Controversy

R&B singer Erykah Badu has stirred controversy with the video for hers new song, "Window Seat," in which she strips naked at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and then falls to the ground as if shot at the sound of a rifle being fired. Badu, herself a Dallas native who is raising her children in the city, told the Dallas Morning News the video was about awakening interest in the concept of "groupthink," in which a person is afraid to express themselves for fear of being ostracized by the wider public. She explained, "When I fall to the ground in the video, the word groupthink spills out of my head because I was assassinated by groupthink." Badu filmed the video guerrilla-style, without getting the necessary permits from the city. She said she chose Dealey Plaza because it was the most monumental place in Dallas she could think of.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Other than Nashville, where does Billy Currington live part of the year?
A. Hawaii

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY

TODAY/NBC 7:00AM (ET)
Alan Jackson

ON THE STREETS/GAC 1:30PM, 9:00PM (ET)
Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson

ALAN JACKSON: AQUAPALOOZA/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN/CBS 11:35PM (ET)
Alan Jackson

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Justin Moore (26)
  • John Astin (actor, The Addams Family's Gomez Adams) (80)
  • Warren Beatty (actor, Splendor In The Grass, Bonnie & Clyde, Bugsy, Reds, Dick Tracy) (73)
  • Eric Clapton (rock singer and guitarist) (65)
  • Piers Morgan (British TV personality, winner of Celebrity Apprentice in the U.S.) (45)
  • Celine Dion (Canadian pop singer) (42)
  • Paul Reiser (actor-comedian, Mad About You) (53)
  • Ian Ziering (actor, Steve on Beverly Hills 90210) (46)
  • Norah Jones (singer) (31)
  • Donna D'Errico (Baywatch actress and former wife of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx) (42)
  • Tracy Chapman (singer, "Fast Car", "Give Me One Reason") (46)
  • Robbie Coltrane (actor, Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies) (60)
  • Graeme Edge (drummer, the Moody Blues) (69)
  • Dave Ball (guitarist, Procol Harum) (60)
  • MC Hammer (rapper) (48)
  • Mark Consuelos (actor, husband of Kelly Ripa) (39)
  • Anna Nalick (singer, "Breathe (2 AM)") (26)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY

  • Martina McBride and "Blessed" earned the Number One position in Billboard in 2002.
  • Time magazine put Garth Brooks on the cover in 1992.
  • The collaborative album Wanted: The Outlaws -- featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessie Colter -- was certified gold in 1976.
  • Ronnie Milsap charted his first Number One single, "Pure Love," in 1974.
  • Tanya Tucker hit Number One in Billboard with "Would Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)" in 1974.
  • Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper joined the Opry in 1957.
  • Johnny Cash recorded his classic single "I Walk The Line" for Sun Records in 1956.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ALLEGED KATHRYN ERBE STALKER ARRESTED: Cops arrested a man on stalking charges last week after he allegedly bombarded Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Kathryn Erbe with love letters for more than three years. The New York Post reports that 36-year-old Charles Nagel sent the actress a series of notes in which he shared his hopes that one day they would be together. He is also said to have repeatedly turned up on the set of the hit crime program.

LINDSAY LOHAN DOESN'T WANT HELP: Lindsay Lohan is again brushing off people who think she needs professional help for her hard-partying ways. After an anonymous source close to the star told TMZ.com that "If she doesn't get help soon, she's going to die," Lindsay insisted there's nothing to worry about. She told GossipCop.com, "I'm fine . . . I'm working and healthy."

BACHELOR JAKE WANTS TO BE FAMOUS: Claims by Jake Pavelka's ex-girlfriend that the former Bachelor is "fame-obsessed" might not be far from the truth. The New York Post reports that Pavelka has hired p.r. giant Rogers & Cowan to help turn his reality celebrity into a full-fledged acting career.

'BACHELORETTE ALUM HOLDING CAST REUNION: Jesse Csincsak, the former fiance of Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas, will host his fourth cast reunion this spring in Colorado. He told People magazine, "The event is going to have 40-plus previous contestants from the show, dating all the way back to season one. We will be making the 110-mile trek from Denver International Airport to Breckenridge with an entourage of limos, and Breckenridge's Paragon Lodging has donated a $5 million, sleep-30, ski-in and ski-out ski lodge on Peak 8 for some of us to stay in." He also teased that two alums will announce their engagement at the event.

CHAZ BONO LEGALLY CHANGING HIS NAME: Chaz Bono has taken another major step in his gender transition. TMZ.com reports that Sony and Cher's offspring filed an application last week at L.A. County Superior Court to change his name from his female birth name Chastity Sun Bono -- to Chaz Bono. Chaz began the gender transition process in 2009.

WILSON BROS SUED: A paparazzo is suing Owen and Andrew Wilson over an alleged fight that he says occurred in December of 2008. TMZ.com reports that the photographer, Clint Brewer, claims he "was walking up the stairs and was pushed in the back by" Owen Wilson. Brewer claims he has suffered medical expenses in the amount of $3,251.10 and general damages in the amount of $500,000.

PUCK TALKS CAR ACCIDENT: Former Real World-er Puck is speaking out about his recent car accident. The reality alum admits he was drinking and driving -- but blames the accident on a deer. He told the National Enquirer, "I drank two shots of Jack Daniels in the car, but I also ate a sandwich. I was doing about 40 when a deer jumped out in front of me. My seat belt broke, and I was being flung around in the car. I ended up trapped, upside down, in water. I didn't know it then, but I had a broken neck. I'd also broken my clavicle, my sternum and both feet. I broke my neck in three places, and if I try to move, I could be paralyzed for life. The only reason I am alive is that my son saved me."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

UMA THURMAN MOVIE IS MAJOR BOMB: Uma Thurman's new movie, Motherhood bombed big time in the UK. The film -- which only took in $60,000 in the U.S. last year -- opened to a paltry $132 in its opening weekend. Producer Jane Edelbaum commented on the flop, telling The Guardian, "You're kidding? We must have broken a new record for grosses! Think about how much crap succeeds at the cinema. 'Motherhood' is not bad. It's a very decent movie. I've seen movies that are not half as good."

CONAN FORCED TO TURN DOWN TONY HOST GIG? CBS reportedly asked Conan O'Brien to host this year's Tony Awards, but he was forced to turn it down because of his NBC buy-out deal. Deadline.com reported the latest in a string of jobs Conan has had to decline in exchange for accepting NBC's $45 million payout he and his former "Tonight Show" staff received. According to the contract, Conan can return to the small screen beginning September 1st.

FANS TO VOTE ON MTV MOVIE AWARDS: Fans will choose the nominees and eventual winners of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Yesterday, movieawards.mtv.com began accepting submissions for nominees in 13 different categories, and the site will remain open until April 9th. Viewers of the awards show can log on to movieawards.mtv.com beginning this afternoon and submit their choice nominees in 13 categories. Submissions will be accepted until April 9. Fans will also pick the winners of the show's golden popcorn trophy by voting online from May 11th to June 5th. The awards will take place on June 6th.

COMMERCIALS FOR 'LOST' FINALE COST BIG MONEY: ABC is clearly anticipating a record audience for the series finale of Lost in May. PerezHilton.com reports that a 30-second ad during the finale will cost $900,000.

'SMALLVILLE' CREATORS SUE: The creators of CW hit show Smallville, Miles Miller and Alfred Gough, reportedly filed a lawsuit on Friday against Warner Bros. that claims they have been underpaid and cheated. According to the New York Post, The suit alleges that Warner Bros. is guilty of "unfair self-dealing," meaning that they are not selling the show for "fair-market" price to it's own networks.

NEW 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' COUPLE?

Is there a new Dancing With the Stars love connection? Sources tell Hollywoodlife.com that ESPN reporter Erin Andrews "may be" dating her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Chmerkovskiy, was previously engaged to fellow dancer Karina Smirnoff, told People magazine of Andrews, "She does not hold back. She's open, and what you see is what there is. Everybody who meets her falls in love with her."

  • Andrews also admitted that the two have more than a professional relationship. She said, "When Kentucky was upset (in the NCAA tournament), [Maks] texted me about it. He was like, 'You're the only person I know that cares about this.' He's been adorable."

DID JESSE JAMES PAY OFF MISTRESS NUMBER FOUR?

A fourth Jesse James mistress will not go public with any details of their affair, leading people to speculate that Sandra Bullock's husband paid her to keep quiet. Attorney Gloria Allred announced last week that she was hired to represent mistress number four, but told RadarOnline.com on Monday (March 29th) that the woman "has decided she will not tell her story."

Last week Allred announced, "I represent a beautiful model and businesswoman. She had a three-year intimate relationship with Jesse James. He pursued her and had strong feelings for her. She has proof of their relationship. The relationship JUST RECENTLY ENDED after the scandal broke."

  • Just as Tiger Woods's mistress Rachel Uchitel retained Allred then decided against spilling details after news of a supposed pay-out, the development with Jesse's number four has lead the media to believe a similar transaction may have taken place.

ANTI-PIMP DEMI MOORE STARTS TWITTER FEUD WITH KIM KARDASHIAN

Demi Moore is standing up for African Americans in a new Twitter feud she started with Kim Kardashian. Moore was apparently offended after Kardashian tweeted a picture of herself with Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams and LaLa Vazquez along with the caption: "Big pimpin w @SerenaJWilliams, @LaLaVazquez @Kelly_Rowland Love u girls!"

Moore shot back, "Are you using the word 'pimpin' as in pimping? No disrespect I love a girls' night out but a pimp and pimping is nothing more than a slave owner!" She continued, "If we want to end slavery, we need to stop glorifying the 'pimp' culture. We have allowed it 2 B considered cool, but it still is what its!"

  • The E! star diplomatically defended herself, saying, "Nothing wrong with dancing to Big Pimpin' by Jay Z in the club! Having a girls night out, gotta love that song. Good point! I agree! It was just a song not literal."
  • Moore eventually tried to put a lid on the situation by writing, "Just so ya'll are clear, I like @KimKardashian. I was just making a point about how we have used a word and desensitized the real meaning. Clearly I stirred up a s**t storm, but 2 create change U have 2 be willing 2 take a risk and be willing 2 provoke thought & conversation."

PADMA LAKSHMI WANTS 'NOTHING TO DO' WITH BABY DADDY

Padma Lakshmi reportedly wants "nothing to do" with her baby daddy, Adam Dell. The Top Chef host never spoke about the father of her month-old daughter Krishna, but sources have confirmed Dell's identity and claim that the venture capitalist has been trying to "get back into [Lakshmi's] life."

A source told People magazine, "Her relationship with Dell was nothing more than an on-again, off-again fling. She moved on months ago. The only role he will have in her life going forward is as the biological father of her child. She wants nothing more to do with him."

  • Insiders tell People that Dell has hired a publicist recently -- a move her friends call "a disgrace." A source close to Dell said he is merely "seeking more liberal visitation rights with his child," and denied that he is trying to be back in Lakshmi's life.

HEIDI MONTAG CAUSES DRAMA DURING 'THE HILLS' PHOTO SHOOT

The Hills may be ending -- but the show won't go away without drama. PerezHilton.com reports that Heidi Montag was a crazy diva at last weekend's shoot for promo pictures.

An insider told the site, "Heidi showed up with FOUR bodyguards. Audrina, Kristin, Stephanie and Lo were all shocked."

  • It was unclear why Heidi felt so much security was needed as "No one from the cast spoke to her the whole time. Kristin was especially hurt because she and Heidi are friends in real life."
  • The source said that Motag further alienated herself by refusing " to take part in a group shot, even though she had agreed to beforehand." Insiders said they will Photoshop her in to the photo.

TERI HATCHER LAUNCHING NEW WEBSITE FOR MODERN WOMEN

Teri Hatcher is launching a new website this spring with the goal of empowering women. Variety reports that GetHatched.com, which is in conjunction with Disney, will "provide, with humor, insight and vulnerability, solutions to the needs and obligations of today's modern women."

The actress plans to give advice in cyberspace via articles, blogs, and webisodes. Hatcher, along with a staff, will oversee the creative and editorial content. DisneyFamily.com will produce the website.

  • This is not Hatcher's first foray into professional advice-giving. The actress also authored a book in 2006 called "Burnt Toast and Other Philosophies of Life," which provides family and career advice to women.

HEADLINE NEWS!

CHRISTIAN MILITIA MEMBERS WANTED TO KILL POLICE: Nine alleged members of a Christian militia group were charged Monday (March 29th) with plotting to kill a police officer and then murder many more cops by bombing the funeral. The Michigan-based group called Hutaree, which was readying for a battle with the Antichrist, hoped the slaughter would lead to an uprising against the U.S. government. Seven men and one woman were arrested in weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, and the ninth suspect was arrested last night after a search in Michigan. FBI agents moved quickly against the group because it members were reportedly planning an attack sometime next month. The charges against the eight include seditious conspiracy, which is plotting to wage war against the U.S., and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction -- homemade bombs. Hutaree says on its website that its name means "Christian warrior" in a secret language.

U.S. TRANSIT SECURITY BOOSTED AFTER MOSCOW SUBWAY BOMBINGS: Transit security was boosted in the U.S. as a precaution Monday (March 29th) after a double suicide bombing in Moscow's subway system yesterday morning. Russian officials said two women blew themselves up during rush hour, killing more than 35 people, and the put blame on Islamic separatists in the Caucasus region. Among the cities boosting transit security were: New York, which said it was increasing coverage of the subway system; Washington, D.C., where Metro police conducted random inspections of stations and rail yards; and Atlanta, where the number of officer and patrols were increased throughout the public transit system.

REPORT: AFGHAN OFFENSIVE TO BEGIN IN JUNE: The Associated Press cited a senior military official as saying yesterday (March 29th) that NATO forces will carry out a long-planned assault on the Taliban's spiritual home in the Afghan city of Kandahar in June. The planned two-month offensive will be a major test of President Obama's new Afghan war strategy. General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said earlier this month that the Kandahar operation will be different from the one in Marjah in February. Unlike Marjah, the Kandahar operation will be a rolling series of actions and won't open with a single major offensive.

TODAY'S FYI:

RNC RED-FACED OVER $1,946 TAB AT BONDAGE CLUB: An embarrassed Republican National Committee launched an investigation yesterday (March 29th) to discover how a submitted $1,946 expense was reimbursed for meals at the bondage-themed Voyeur nightclub in West Hollywood, which features topless female dancers imitating lesbian sex. The Daily Caller website first reported finding the expense in a monthly RNC financial report for February. An RNC spokesman said yesterday that the Voyeur event was unauthorized, the expenditure was inappropriate, and that they are getting the money back. The reimbursement for the meals was made to political consultant Erik Brown of Orange, California, who was identified as a "non-committee staffer," who'd billed the RNC for the Voyeur visit.

DEAD MARINE'S FATHER TOLD TO PAY FUNERAL PROTESTERS' COURT FEES: In a decision being described as adding "insult to injury," the father of a Marine who died in Iraq is being ordered to pay the court fees of the group that protested his son's 2006 funeral. Attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pennsylvania, said Monday (March 29th) that the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday ordered Snyder to pay $16,150 to Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church. The virulently anti-gay group has protested several soldiers' funerals, including that of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, contending that their deaths are the result of God's anger at America for its acceptance of homosexuality. Snyder was not gay. His family sued and was awarded a $5 million judgment against the protesters, but it was overturned by lower courts. Because of that, the court said Snyder should pay Phelps' court fees. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Snyder's appeal to consider whether the Westboro Church's funeral protests are protected by the First Amendment.

STUDY: CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD NOT GETTING ENOUGH EXERCISE: A new study from the World Health Organization found that kids all over the world, not just in America, aren't getting enough exercise, and instead are spending time watching TV or on the computer. The survey of over 70,000 teens in 34 nations found that nearly one-third of them watch TV or are on the computer for three hours a day or more. One quarter of the boys and nearly 30 percent of the girls were sedentary, with girls less active than boys in every country. And just one quarter of the boys and 15 percent of the girls were found to be getting enough exercise, defined as at least an hour of exercise outside of gym class at least five days a week. Interestingly enough, which it came to being sedentary, it made no difference if the children lived in a rich or a poor country.

OBAMA TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH AT NATIONALS' OPENER: President Obama will be continuing a presidential tradition next Monday (April 5th) when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals' season opener. Obama will be marking the 100th anniversary of the first presidential opening pitch, thrown by President William Howard Taft on April 14, 1910. It will also be the 48th time a president has made an opening day first pitch in the nation's capital. Obama threw out the first pitch at last year's All-Star game in St. Louis, wearing a Chicago White Sox jacket -- representing for his favorite team -- as well as an unfortunate pair of baggy jeans that were jokingly described as "Mom jeans."

SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK SELLS FOR RECORD $1.5 MILLION: A comic book sale has set a new all-time record for the third time this year, breaking records that were set just one month ago. A copy of the 1938 edition of Action Comics Number 1, in which Superman debuted, sold Monday (March 29th) for $1.5 million at the auction website ComicConnect.com. Considered the Holy Grail of comic books, another copy Action Comics Number 1 set a sales record in February of $1 million. Just days later, that new record was broken when a copy of the 1939 comic book in which Batman debuted sold for $75,000 more. Yesterday's sale, which featured a copy of the Superman debut comic that was in slightly better condition than the one sold in February, has yet again set a new record.

SPORTS:

DUKE FAVORED TO WIN NCAA TOURNAMENT: Las Vegas oddsmakers said Monday (March 29th) that Duke is the favorite among the Final Four to win the men's NCAA basketball title, while Michigan State is a longshot despite making it to the finals last year. Las Vegas Sports Consultants made Duke a 7-5 favorite, said Butler had a 5-2 chance of winning it all, put West Virginia at 2-1, and gave Michigan State 17-5 odds. The oddsmaker said either Duke or West Virginia would likely be favored over Butler or Michigan State in the finals.

BAYLOR, STANFORD ADVANCE TO WOMEN'S NCAA FINAL FOUR: Baylor and Stanford advanced to the Final Four of the women's NCAA basketball tournament yesterday (March 29th) with their wins over Duke and Xavier. Fourth-seeded Baylor beat Number 2 seed Duke 51-48 to get its second trip ever to the Final Four. Duke was defeated after leading for the entire second half until 6-foot-8 freshman phenom Brittney Griner scored a basket to put Baylor ahead with 45 seconds left to play. In the night's other game, top-seeded Stanford downed third-seeded Xavier 55-53 for a third straight trip to the Final Four. Stanford won on a game-winning basket at the buzzer by Jeanette Pohlen, who drove the length of the court for the shot after the ball was inbounded to her under Xavier's basket with 4.4 seconds left to play.

  • The University of Connecticut will play Florida State today and Kentucky will face off against Oklahoma to determine the other two teams in the Final Four.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CBS

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

NBC

  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - Eliminated contestants vie for a spot back in the competition ; a friendship begins to unravel.
  • PARENTHOOD - Drew helps Adam out when Max rejoins the baseball team; Sarah makes friends with Amber's English teacher (Jason Ritter).

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - Usher mentors the 10 finalists as they prepare to perform.

ABC

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The celebrity with the lowest score is sent home; The Beach Boys perform; actor John Stamos makes a special appearance.
  • LOST - Sun and Jin continue to search for each other; Locke confronts his enemy.
  • V - Erica is attacked at her home; the Resistance recruits a dangerous new member; Ryan's concern over Val's 'abnormal' pregnancy grows.

CW

  • 90210 - Naomi butts heads with a new faculty advisor; Teddy tries to make Silver jealous; Liam catches his stepfather with another woman.
  • MELROSE PLACE - Ella discovers someone is embezzling from WPK and framing her for it; Jonah throws a party; Michael tries to blackmail Lauren into sleeping with him.

USA

  • LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT - TBA

FX

  • JUSTIFIED - Raylan's search for a missing informant puts him into contact with two ex-cons looking to enhance their violent reputations.

MTV

  • 16 AND PREGNANT - Although she is in love with her younger boyfriend, not all of Nicole's family is supportive.

TNT

  • SOUTHLAND - Gangsters open fire in a crowded club; tensions rise between Sal and Gil; Sammy confronts his wife about photographing gang members.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat)
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - (repeat)

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Luke Wilson, Pam Stout, Alan Jackson
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Joy Behar, Thomas Haden Church
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Miley Cyrus, the first Dancing with the Stars castoff, Erykah Badu
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Greg Kinnear, Amanda Righetti, VV Brown
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Edward Norton, Chuck Liddell, Moshe Kasher
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Snoop Dogg, Keane
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Robin Williams
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Simon Johnson
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Ludacris, Clark Duke

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

MAN STREAKS OUT OF BOREDOM: A man from Tennessee was arrested on Friday for streaking in a supermarket because he was ''bored and didn't have anything else to do''. Daniel R Lee entered the IGA store wearing nothing but a face mask, and ran around the aisles. According to police, the suspect was found in the bathroom of a nearby Hardee's restaurant. Employees told officers that the 22-year-old man entered the restaurant wearing nothing but an orange sweat shirt and began asking customers for clothing. One employee gave him a pair of athletic shorts. Lee was charged with indecent exposure. (AP)

WOMAN POSES AS AN FBI AGENT: A Virginia woman was indicted by a federal grand jury for pretending to be an FBI agent and conning her neighbors into taking jobs as her assistants. Brenna Reilly, 29, told neighbors in her apartment complex that she was the FBI's director of forensics. Her neighbors agreed to be her personal assistants and gave Reilly personal information on a phony job application, including their social security numbers. According to police, she gave her neighbors tasks including writing condolence letters to family members of agents killed in the line of duty. Police say Reilly was never an FBI agent. (AP)

CHINESE MAN POISONS FROZEN DUMPLINGS: A man from China was detained after being suspected of poisoning frozen dumplings that were exported to Japan. The dumplings made 10 people sick and caused tension between China and Japan. The 36-year-old Lu Yueting put a poisonous substance in the frozen dumplings when he was working at a food plant in China's Hebei province. State media said Yueting was dissatisfied with his pay and colleagues and was acting out of revenge. Police found injectors he used to poison the dumplings and Yueting confessed. The Japanese Prime Minister praised China's efforts in the case and said the move would help develop ties between the two countries. (Reuters)

MAN THROWS CHIHUAHUA OVER BRIDGE: A man from Maryland faces up to four years in prison for throwing a stranger's Chihuahua over a bridge. David M. Beers, 35, threw the 4-pound Zoey out of his car window as he crossed Catoctin Creek on Route 464. Beers, a Marine Corp. veteran, told the police he was angry when dog's owners, the Wantzes, told him to get off their property when he stopped to make a cell phone call. Beers thought the Wantzes' driveway was a utility road. He left the property but later returned when the owners were gone, grabbed the Chihuahua and took her in his car. Beers pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty and theft. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW??

COUPLES CHECK EACH OTHER'S EMAILS AND TEXTS: Nearly a fifth of spouses admit checking their partner's emails or text messages, according to a new study. When partners were asked whether they had read their spouses emails, eight percent of men and 14 percent of women said they had. Ellen Helsper, who led the study, said, "One of the surprising findings was that surveillance was undertaken more often by wives than husbands. This contrasts with research that suggests that women are less technologically skilled than men. It seems that they are able to overcome these barriers when they feel their relationship is at stake.'' One in 10 women and six percent of men had check the browser history of their partners. (Telegraph)

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WOMEN MORE SCARED OF THEIR HEALTH THAN MEN: Women are bigger hypochondriacs than men, a new study says. However -- they're also less likely to have a fatal illness, according to a report from Britain's Office of National Statistics. The ONS, reporting on information provided in 2001 by more than 750,000 people, said, "Women were more likely than men to report that they were in 'not good' or 'fairly good' health, but they were less likely to die during the follow-up period." Also, people who had never married, or were separated or divorced, are more likely to report illness and to die in the next five years. Dr. Igor Galynker, psychiatrist at Beth Israel Medical Center, said, "Women have more empathy and are more tuned in to their own feelings. And women have a longer life expectancy because they are more attuned to their physical health."

FAST FOOD MAKES US IMPATIENT: New research shows that fast food has made us impatient. "Fast food represents a culture of time efficiency and instant gratification," said study researcher Chen-Bo Zhong of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. "The problem is that the goal of saving time gets activated upon exposure to fast food regardless of whether time is a relevant factor in the context." In one experiment, the researchers flashed fast food symbols, such as the golden arch of McDonald's, on a computer screen for a few milliseconds, so quick that participants couldn't consciously identify what they saw. In a subsequent task, those who had been exposed to the symbols read faster than participants not exposed to fast food, even when there was no advantage to finishing sooner. In another study, participants who recalled a time when they ate at a food restaurant subsequently preferred time-saving products, such as a two-in-one shampoo, over regular products. (LiveScience.com)

WHY WOMEN LOVE GAY MEN (AskMen.com)

Men's clothes: Many, if not most, gay men have a great sense of fashion and style. For whatever reason, it seems gay men know how to dress, and they often put us heterosexual guys to shame with their impeccable taste in clothes and high fashion IQ.

Physical fitness: Yes, it's a bit of a stereotype, but you'll probably concede that many of the gay men you know are serious about physical fitness, and that's another reason why women love gay men. Of course, heterosexual women are big fans of the carefully sculpted male form. Gay or straight, women enjoy being in the presence of a well-built man.

Sensitivity: A 2008 study published by the National Academy of Sciences revealed that gay men and straight women have similarly shaped brains: Both are symmetrical, whereas the straight male brain is asymmetrical; it is slightly larger on the right side (the same shape as the gay female brain). So, it's possible that gay men think and see the world in a way that women can relate to; that might be another reason why women love gay men.

Faithfulness: Why do women love gay men? Because women don't have to worry about their gay male friends leaving them for other women. Surely one of the things that women get out of a friendship with a gay man is male companionship without the fear of betrayal or abandonment.

Fun: We're generalizing again here, but let it be said: Gay guys are just a good time. They're funny, refreshingly frank about sex and they can dance. We recognize there must be some dull, socially awkward gay guys out there, but most of the gay guys we know are fun to hang out with, and that's another reason why women love gay men.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

Before the new regulations take effect in 2011, The Daily Beast has ranked 40 fast-food standards and classics based on which are worst for your health. They measured each food item's calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar. The top 10 deadliest fast food meals:

  1. Wendy's Baconator Triple, 1330 calories and 38 grams of saturated fat
  2. Sonic's SuperSonic Cheeseburger, 980 calories and 24 grams of saturated fat
  3. Burger King's BK Quad Stacker, 930 calories and 28 grams of saturated fat
  4. Domino's Bread Bowl Pizza, 670 calories and 22 grams of saturated fat
  5. In & Out Burger's Double Double With Onion, 670 calories and 18 grams of saturated fat
  6. Arby's Large Beef n' Cheddar, 650 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat
  7. Popeye's Breast-Leg-Biscuit, 640 calories and 15.5 grams of saturated fat
  8. Taco Bell's Chipotle Steak Taco Salad, 900 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat
  9. White Castle's Sack of 4 Cheeseburgers, 680 calories and 16 grams of saturated fat
  10. Jack in the Box's Jumbo Jack With Cheese, 620 calories, 15 grams of fat

WATER COOLER TALK

Now Levi Johnston is Pitching an Alaska Reality TV Show Just one week after it was announced that TLC will air a travelogue-style reality TV show about Alaska hosted by former Governor Sarah Palin comes word that Levi Johnston, the headline-making father of her grandson, is shopping his own Alaska reality TV show. Radar Online reports that Johnston has meetings scheduled this week to pitch the show, tentatively being called Levi Johnston's Last Frontier, which will feature Johnston and his friends hanging out and doing things like hunting and fishing. Radar Online said it was being described as, quote, "sort of an Entourage on ice." Johnston told E! News that viewers would also see him being a father to Tripp, the young son he had with Palin's teen daughter Bristol. And -- get ready ladies -- it will also show Johnston getting back into the dating world. He told E! News, "I haven't dated since Bristol, so that is going to be in the show. It's going to be a part to fit -- me looking for women in California, across the world. I've got to find one, take her back to Alaska and see if she can hang."

N.Y. State Senator Launches Effort Against Saggy Pants

American Idol wannabe General Larry Platt, whose self-written song "Pants on the Ground" became a viral hit after he sang it in his televised audition, isn't the only person who has a problem with young men wearing saggy pants. New York State Senator Eric Adams of Brooklyn has launched an effort against the saggy pants trend. He's announced that he'll post six billboards around Brooklyn featuring two young men wearing low-hanging pants with the phrase, "Raise your pants, raise your image." He also hopes to spread the word through the media, the Internet and endorsements. Adams, who said the sagging pants trend came from prison culture, where inmates aren't allowed to have belts, told CNN, "It's part of a larger campaign . . . to tell our young people and our community as a whole, we are better than this." A former New York City police captain, Adams said of his time on the force, "The first indicator of whether a young person was in trouble was they way they dressed."

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sarah Palin Thanks You All for Making the "Showdown in Searchlight" a HUGE Success!

Sarah Palin's message from Twitter thanking all of you for helping to make it such a fantastic event:

So how big was the event? Well, here's an aerial view of the rally - showing JUST ONE section of the crowd:

And here's one more picture for you for now - it's another aerial shot, this time of Highway 95 leading to-and-from Searchlight. Get this: the photo was taken at 1:35 PM Pacific - more than 1 1/2 hours after the rally ended, and yet thousands of cars still were trying to get to the rally location:

(Photos courtest of AmericanPatrol.com)

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KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam have been cast in an independent comedy film called Dirty Girl. The singers will star alongside Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy and Mary Steenburgen in the film, which has already begun shooting in Los Angeles. The setting is Oklahoma in 1987, and according to Variety, the plot is about "a high school tramp seeking the father she never knew who runs away with a closeted gay boy who wants to escape going to military school." There is no word yet on when Dirty Girl will be in theaters.

Tim finds a lot of common ground between singing and acting, he tells us: "You have to find parts of yourself as an artist when you go in to record an album. There's things in your psyche, I guess, that you find to sort of help you interpret songs or you sort of get lost in the song. You have to be a great interpretor. You don't necessarily have to have lived the song but be able to put yourself into that moment, and the same thing with acting, except you sort of find a different part of yourself, I guess."

Straddling the line between movies and music has given Tim the best of both worlds. He says his acting has improved his singing, and vice versa. "After doin' movies and sort of finding a different way of approaching how to get into being somebody else, instead of interpreting it in a song, you interpret it with your whole body and not so much just your voice singin', so it does help you when you go back into the studio to record an album. You do take part of that part of your other self that you discovered in order to do that in the movies. I think they feed off each other and they help each other and hopefully makes it better."

Tim's future musical endeavors definitely includes a duets album with his wife, Faith Hill. The singer told The Vancouver Sun, "It's just a matter of time. You know, (it's) labels and all these things. Once we clear the woods a little bit, we'll (record an album), for sure."

In other Tim news, the singer is offering his support to his The Blind Side co-star and Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock, who is dealing with reports that her husband, Jesse James, has been unfaithful with multiple women. Tim told Entertainment Tonight Canada, "I haven't [reached out to Bullock]. You know, she's got a lot on her plate. I just wish her nothing but the best. She's tough," he said. "I'm not that tough."

  • Tim will perform at The Players Championship golf tournament on Military Appreciation Day on May 5th in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
  • The Canadian leg of his Southern Voice tour wraps up tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 30th) in Winnipeg.

LeAnn Rimes is reportedly making life very hard for actor Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife, Brandi Glanville. Brandi told E! News that although she and Eddie are trying to remain on good terms for the sake of their two young children, LeAnn is making it all but impossible.

Brandi said, "Eddie and I had planned to do something together and small for (son) Jake's upcoming birthday on April 15th, (but) he has changed his mind. He is now saying I can't see Jake on his birthday because it falls on his custodial day and it would make LeAnn uncomfortable."

Brandi adds that she has gone out of her way to accommodate Eddie and LeAnn's plans with the children, including letting them take her kids to Mexico, but the kindness is not being reciprocated.

She said, "I have already spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning alone, missing my children, and crying because I have no family near by. Jake is my son, not Leann's. He should be with both his parents on his birthday."

Brandi added, "Eddie seems to care more about LeAnn than what is best for our kids. He doesn't even come to (son) Mason's baseball games on my days because LeAnn doesn't want him around me."

  • Eddie left Brandi for LeAnn last summer. Both filed for divorce from their respective spouses late last year.
  • LeAnn's marriage of eight years to Dean Sheremet will officially be over in June.
Dolly Parton is one celebrity who is not afraid to publically show support for The Hills star Heidi Montag. The 23-year-old reality star recently underwent 10 surgeries, but Dolly, who has admitted to multiple plastic surgery procedures herself, can empathize. She told Access Hollywood, "Oh, I probably would have done it when I was that age if I could have afforded it and thought I needed it."

Dolly applauds Heidi for being honest. She said, "People want to know. If you ask me about it, I'd rather tell you ... I'd rather you think I had plastic surgery than to think I was a liar."

Another young starlet getting Dolly's support these days is Jessica Simpson. Jessica has been the target of unkind tabloid and internet stories, and Dolly takes it to heart. She told the show, "It hurts me. In fact, I have defended Jessica so many times, because I get so mad. I think, 'You don't even know her! ... And who has such a right to be so cruel and mean? They just seem to want to hurt her for whatever their reasons are. I've been made fun of enough in my lifetime, especially when I was a child ... It hurts and I know it hurts anybody."

  • Dolly recently opened her own store, called Trinkets And Treasure, in downtown Nashville. The shop specializes in all things Dolly.
  • The legendary singer is currently working on a dance CD, called Dance With Dolly. There is no word yet on when the project will be in stores.
Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Smokey Robinson, Chris Isaak, and Sheena Easton have all signed on to perform on the television special, Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years. The show will be taped at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Ledyard, CT on April 10th. Previously announced guests include Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Wynonna Judd and The Oak Ridge Boys.
  • All of the entertainers will be performing at the MGM Grand, except for Darius, Tim and Billy, who will be performing for the show from remote locations.
  • Tickets to the taping are available through the MGM Grand Foxwoods or through Ticketmaster.

FAST FACTS

  • Kenny has sold more than 125 million albums throughout his career.
  • He also holds the distinction of having a hit single in each of the last six decades.
  • His duet with Dolly Parton, "Islands In The Stream," is the top-selling duet of all time.
Glen Campbell has announced that following the release and tour in support of his upcoming album Ghost On The Canvas, he'll be retiring. Billboard reported that among the guest stars on the new set are Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak, Dandy Warhols, Paul Westerberg, who wrote the album's title track, and former Prince bandmate Wendy Melvoin -- whose father Mike Melvoin, worked numerous sessions with Campbell in the '60s.

The album's producer Julian Raymond described the album's sound by saying, "It's not your mother's Glen Campbell. He's playing guitar better than ever, singing and writing better than ever. It's really going to be a great final statement from him."

  • Campbell, who'll turn 74 next month, credits his Arkansas upbringing for turning him into the guitarist he eventually became: Uncle Boo -- he's the one that taught me that. 'Cause he used to play so fast. I don't play so fast now. I could, just 'cause of what he taught me to do. He'd have me doing calisthenics, y'know."
  • Campbell, who was a member of the legendary bunch of studio session players dubbed "The Wrecking Crew" both before and after he achieved stardom, added that although he was a country player at heart, he enjoyed every minute of being a studio musician: "It didn't matter because I look at everything like that as an experience. Especially in that time period. I didn't want to miss anything. I got to play on so many kinds of music."
  • There's been no release date announced for Ghost On The Canvas.
  • Glen Campbell will next perform on April 10th in Choctaw, Mississippi at the Pearl River Resort/Silver Star.

FAST FACTS

  • Campbell's last album was 2008's Meet Glen Campbell. the album featured such cover tunes as John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me," Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)," U2's "All I Want Is You," Foo Fighters' "Times Like These," the Replacements' "Sadly Beautiful," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Walls," and the Velvet Underground's "Jesus," among others.
Vince Gill will auction off some of his time to benefit the charity Challenge America. Fans can log onto Moontoast.com to bid on 90 minutes of one-on-one time with Vince, either in-person, on the phone or via Moontoasts's Live Video Player. The auction will run through midnight (CT) on April 16th.
  • Challenge America is a national initiative to provide support to our country's returning wounded military.
  • Vince and his wife, Amy Grant, helped officially launch Challenge America with a star-studded concert event to honor wounded warriors in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
  • Vince will perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Friday (April 2nd) and Saturday (April 3rd).

FAST FACTS

  • Vince will perform at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago on June 26th.
  • He will also headline the 12th annual Jammin' to Beat the Blues concert to benefit the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee. The show will take place on April 19th at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Taylor Swift won Favorite Female Singer and Favorite Song for "You Belong With Me" at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (March 27th) night. Taylor was in Detroit that night for the second of two sold out shows there on her Fearless tour.

Toby Keith's recent Number One hit, "God Love Her," had been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies.

Jo Dee Messina will host the CMA Music Festival's first 5k family run for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on June 12th in downtown Nashville. The St. Jude Music Fest Road Race participants are encouraged to become St. Jude Heroes by raising more that $250 in pledges to receive two CMA Fest Saturday night concert tickets. Those who raise $500 will be invited to an exclusive brunch with Jo Dee.

Gretchen Wilson celebrated tomorrow's (Tuesday, March 30th) release of her new CD, called I Got Your Country Right Here, with a party at her good friend John Rich's house in Nashville on Thursday (March 26th). She performed several songs from the record, as did some of the songwriters who contributed to the new project. The album is Gretchen's first on her own label, Redneck Records.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What superstar worked at Glen Campbell's publishing company after first moving to Nashville?
A. Alan Jackson

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 10:00AM (ET)
Alan Jackson, Keith Urban

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Kellie Pickler

TRUE BLUE: 10 YEARS OF BLUE COLLAR COMEDY/CMT 9:00PM (ET)

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: 10 YEARS OF FUNNY/CMT 10:00PM (ET)
Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy

CMT COMEDY CLUB: RON WHITE/CMT 11:00PM (ET)

CMT COMEDY CLUB: LARRY THE CABLE GUY/CMT 11:30PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

Brady Seals (former member of Little Texas) (41)

  • Jennifer Capriati (tennis player) (34)
  • Astrud Gilberto (singer, "The Girl From Ipanema") (70)
  • Vangelis (musician, "Chariots of Fire") (67)
  • Walt "Clyde" Frazier (Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame basketball player) (65)
  • Eric Idle (British comedian, Monty Python's Flying Circus, mastermind of the Broadway musical Spamalot) (67)
  • Lucy Lawless (actress, Xena: Warrior Princess) (42)
  • Elle MacPherson (supermodel) (46)
  • Brendan Gleeson (actor, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, Troy, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, In Bruges) (55)
  • John Popper (singer of Blues Traveler) (43)
  • Amy Sedaris (wacky actress of Strangers With Candy) (49)
  • Perry Farrell (singer of Jane's Addiction) (51)
  • Marina Sirtis (actress, Star Trek: The Next Generation's Deanna Troi) (55)
  • Christopher Lambert (actor, Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes, the Highlander movies) (53)
  • John McLaughlin (host of TV's The McLaughlin Group) (83)
  • Bobby Kimball (singer, Toto) (63)
  • Terry Jacks (singer, "Seasons In The Sun") (66)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Dierks Bentley underwent knee surgery in Nashville, nine days after an on-stage accident left him with a torn ligament and bruised knee bone, in 2004.
  • Joe Nichols charted his first Number One single in Billboard with "Brokenheartsville" in 2003.
  • Faith Hill's Breathe album was certified triple-platinum in 2000.
  • Steve Earle's Guitar Town album was certified gold in 1999.
  • Martina McBride gave birth to her second daughter, Emma Justine McBride, in 1998.
  • Reba McEntire's "How Was I To Know" claimed the Number One spot on the Billboard country chart in 1997.
  • The Kentucky Headhunters' "Pickin' On Nashville" long-form video was certified gold in 1991.
  • Conway Twitty netted a Billboard Number One country single with "I'd Love To Lay You Down" in 1980.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!

BETHENNY GETS MARRIED: Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel got married Sunday (March 28th) in New York City. Before the nuptials, it was reported that Frankel was due to tie the knot with fiance Jason Hoppy in a small ceremony at the Four Seasons hotel. About 70 guests were expected to attend -- including just two fellow Housewives, Alex McCord and Ramona Singer. Frankel, who is seven-months pregnant, is shooting a spin-off to the Housewives series called Bethenny's Getting Married.

KATE GOSSELIN SPENDS BIRTHAY REHEARSING: Kate Gosselin spent her 35th birthday on Sunday (March 28th) away from her eight children, in Los Angeles, where she was rehearsing for Dancing With the Stars. Usmagazine.com reports that the reality mom was with her family in Pennsylvania on Saturday, but spent a good part of the morning rehearsing there with partner Tony Dovolani. By 1 p.m., Kate was off on a plane for L.A.

JENNIFER ANISTON AND DAVID SCHWIMMER ARE STILL FRIENDS: Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer -- aka Ross and Rachel -- are still friends, despite various media reports. Rumors of a feud between the former co-stars surfaced after Aniston was asked on "Late Show with David Letterman" who Schwimmer was marrying, and she answered, "don't know." Although the Daily Mail said that Schwimmer was offended by the remark and refused to take Aniston's calls, his rep told GossipCop.com, "He's not upset."

CHLOE SEVIGNY SORRY ABOUT 'BIG LOVE' COMMENTS: Chloe Sevigny regrets trashing the latest season of her HBO hit Big Love to the media. The actress made headlines after telling a reporter, "It was awful this season, as far as I'm concerned. I'm not allowed to say that! I feel like it kind of got away from itself. I mean, I love the show, I love my character, I love the writing, but I felt like they were really pushing it this last season. And with nine episodes, I think they were just squishing too much in." Sevigny has since back-tracked, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I feel pretty terrible. I feel like what I said was taken out of context."

NO BLOCKAGE FOR 'JERSEY SHORE': A New Jersey judge has again denied a request to block the release of episodes of MTV's Jersey Shore. The New York Daily News reports that State Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster rejected the request of three people who say their reputations will be damaged because they are shown fighting with cast members. Last month, Foster denied the request of a man who said he was beaten during an episode to block the DVD release of the first season. The other two people that wanted the shows blocked are a police officer who was fired after an episode showed him in a fight with cast members, and the officer's wife.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

JON GOSSELIN EX GETTING REALITY SHOW? Jon Gosselin's ex-girlfriend Hailey Glassman might be starring in her own reality series. The 23-year-old told RadarOnline.com, "I'm moving out in August and probably moving to the Santa Monica area. I was offered to do a show called "Starting Over," which will be about me leaving New York and all the negative behind me." She's unsure if the show will materialize, but says it's time to leave her parents house no matter what. Glassman explained, "My mom is so upset, but I have to grow up. Living in my parents' house is going to keep me a little girl forever. I have to be out on my own. I need to find my passion again and figure out who I am. The world only knows me as the tabloid Hailey."

'24' IS DONE: It's official: 24 is ending after eight seasons on the air. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the action drama starring Kiefer Sutherland will air its final episode in May. Fans should take solace in executive producer Howard Gordon's confirmation that a 24 film is possible. The cancelation does not come as a surprise given the show's mounting costs and declining ratings -- audience numbers were down 16 percent this season.

'IRON MAN 3' IN THE WORKS? Iron Man 2 hasn't even been released -- but could Iron Man 3 be on the way as well? PerezHilton.com reports that Robert Downey Jr. said that he plans to star in a third film, but doesn't know whether it will be released before or after The Avengers hits theaters in 2012.

KATY PERRY GETS SLIMED; MILEY CYRUS AND TAYLOR LAUTNER WIN AT KIDS CHOICE AWARDS

Arguably the biggest surprise was that Twilight Saga: New Moon lost the prize for favorite movie to Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.Katy Perry got slimed while Taylor Lautner and Miley Cyrus took home top honors at Saturday (March 27th) night's Kids Choice Awards. The tween-heavy show was hosted by Kevin James and featured performances by Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

Lautner and Cyrus won for favorite movie actor and actress, while the individual TV faves were Dylan Sprouse of The Suite Life on Deck and Selena Gomez for Wizards of Waverly Place. iCarly won favorite TV show for the second year in a row.

Among the guests who got slimed were Jerry Trainor ("iCarly"), Jackson Rathbone ("The Last Airbender") and Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"). Olympic athlete Apolo Anton Ohno set a new slime world record by being catapulted into a vat of slime, and comedians Tina Fey and Steve Carell received "slimetime achievement awards."

  • There were rumors that Sandra Bullock -- a past attendee -- would surface at the show for the first time since word of her husband's supposed affairs broke, but she stayed away.

WINNER'S LIST

  • Favorite Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • Favorite Movie Actor: Taylor Lautner (New Moon)
  • Favorite Movie Actress : Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana: The Movie)
  • Favorite TV Show: iCarly
  • Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez (The Wizards of Waverly Place)
  • Favorite TV Actor: Dylan Sprouse (The Suite Life on Deck)

Other winners not featured on the show:

Favorite Animated Movie: UP

  • Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie: Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol)
  • Favorite Song: "You Belong To Me" (Taylor Swift)
  • Favorite Music Group: Black Eyed Peas
  • Favorite Male Singer: Jay-Z
  • Favorite Female Singer: Taylor Swift
  • Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Favorite Reality TV Show: American Idol
  • Favorite Video Game: Mario Kart
  • Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

SANDRA BULLOCK REPORTEDLY HIDING OUT IN HOLLYWOOD

Sandra Bullock is reportedly hiding out in the Hollywood Hills home where she lived before marrying Jesse James. Sources told RadarOnline.com reports that the property is a 45-minute drive from the house where she's been living with James -- which the insider says she has not been back to since word of his supposed affairs broke.

A neighbor near Bullock's pre-marital home told Radar, "There have been a few cars going in and out of her gate and people going in there in the last few days. There has been more activity here in the last week than in the last year. It's usually very quiet here."

  • Bullock fled to Austin, Texas in the immediate aftermath of the scandal, and has been in the Los Angeles area for about a week. At the moment, four women have come forward claiming to have slept with James in the five years he's been married to the Oscar-winner.
  • There was speculation that Sandra might appear at Saturday's Kids Choice Awards, but the actress was a no-show.

ANGELINA JOLIE IN TALKS TO PLAY DISNEY VILLAIN

Angelina Jolie is in talks to play a Disney villain in a live action remake of Sleeping Beauty. The Los Angeles Times reports that Jolie might take on the role of Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty's wicked fairy godmother in an upcoming Tim Burton adaptation of the classic.

In the original animated flick, Maleficent cast a spell on Sleeping Beauty that caused her to prick her finger and sleep for 100 years, awaking only after getting kissed by a prince.

  • Disney declined to comment on the casting, and Jolie's manager could not be reached by comment by the Times.

TIGER MAY NOT BE OUT OF THE WOODS YET

Just a short while ago it appeared Tiger Woods had dodged a major bullet as his wife and children had moved back into the family home and he announced plans to return to golf. Well it seems that announcement may have pushed his wife, Elin Nordegren, to the brink and now she's allegedly moving forward with plans to divorce the golfer.

  • UK's Sunday Mirror reports that Elin was so upset that Tiger decided to announce his return to golf that she visited a divorce lawyer the day after the announcement. She felt that Tiger needed to focus more time on putting family first and working on his therapy.
  • A source told the publication, "She thought very strongly that he needed to take care of the home front first and make sure that was in good working order before he started making big announcements. She's angry the public seem to be buying his apology when she doesn't even know if she buys it herself."
  • The source added, "It's not about Tiger being happy or stopping him playing golf - it's about his not following through with all those teary promises he made."
  • Woods has allegedly been spending sixteen hours a day practicing for his return to golf at next month's Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

KIM AND REGGIE DENY THEY'RE DATING OTHER PEOPLE

Although Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush issued no denials about their recent split -- the two are going out of their way to refute reports that they've hooked up with new partners.

After it was rumored that Bush had spent the night with waitress January Gessart, he tweeted, "Clarification 4 the dummies aka the media, January is a long time friend of mine & has been dating my best friend for 6 months. Sorry! Lol! ALL THE LADIES, STEP RIGHT UP! If you would like to be the next person linked to dating Reggie Bush all you gotta do is stand next to him!!!

  • Meanwhile, Kim was quick to shoot down reports linking her to soccer star Wayne Bridge. She in turn tweeted, "Who the hell is Wayne Bridge? LOL Someone please fill me in because I have no clue!"

FRIENDS ROAST MATT DAMON AS HE ACCEPTS AWARD

Matt Damon was roasted by his friends on Saturday (March 27th) night as he was honored in Beverly Hills with the 24th American Cinematheque Award. Pal Jimmy Kimmel joked on stage, "He doesn't deserve this award. I don't know who they weren't able to get, but I'd go with Tom Selleck before I'd go with Matt Damon."

Sarah Silverman teased that she gave Damon his "his first really big break" with her 2008 viral video hit "I'm F-ing Matt Damon."

  • Damon's best friend Ben Affleck was also on hand, and told the audience, "Matt always said to me, 'Ben, there are two things that are more important to me than anything else in this world.' Folks: fame, money. You did it, Matty! You got there!"
  • Even Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner got in on the action: "Ben is half of one of the greatest love stories ever told. Not with me. The actual prototype for the great Hollywood Bromance . . . Here's proof that love is alive and well in Hollywood. At least for my darling husband and my husband's darling husband."

FRAIL DENNIS HOPPER RECEIVES STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Dennis Hopper made a rare public appearance last Friday (March 26th) as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 73-year-old, who is said to be losing his battle with prostate cancer, stayed seated throughout most of the ceremony, but after being assisted up to the platform, he joked that his frail condition and visible bandages were due to the paparazzi. He said, "Yesterday, I got up and out of the house and someone yelled 'Hey Dennis!' I thought I recognized the voice, so I kept walking and turned around but I didn't see the little ridgeline in the road and I took a terrible fall because I have no muscle. So I fell directly on my face, and I had my glasses in my hand. I got pretty screwed up. I know you (the paparazzi) have a tough job, but sometimes you should be a little more sensitive."

  • The Easy Rider star attributed his success to his friends and family, saying, "Everything I've learned in my life, I learned from you and the wonderful world that I traveled and saw. . . well, I got it all from you. This has been my home and my school. And I love all of you. I just want to thank you. This means so much to me, and thank you very much, everyone."
  • Hopper's famous friends like Jack Nicholson, David Lynch, Viggo Mortensen and Dwight Yoakam were all in attendance.
  • The actor's attorney also revealed earlier this week that his star client was down to a 100 pounds and was too weak to continue chemotherapy or to be questioned by his wife's divorce attorney in their bitter split battle.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- MARCH 26-28

The 3-D animated family movie How to Train Your Dragon opened at the top of the weekend box office, ending the three-week reign of Alice in Wonderland, which fell to second place. The film features the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill and Craig Ferguson in the story of a Viking teenager who learns he can become friends with a dragon instead of fighting it.

The comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry as a group of losers who return to 1986 via a time-traveling hot tub, where they have a chance to change their past, opened in third place. Crispin Glover, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase co-star.

  • The blockbuster Avatar finally fell out of the top 10 after 15 weeks, finishing in 11th place.
  • The drama Chloe debuted in narrower release, opening in 350 theaters. It stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried in a story about a woman who hires a prostitute to tempt her husband and find out if he's cheating on her.
  1. How to Train Your Dragon, $43.3 million
  2. Alice in Wonderland, $17.3 million
  3. Hot Tub Time Machine, $13.7 million
  4. The Bounty Hunter, $12.4 million
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, $10 million
  6. She's Out of My League, $3.5 million
  7. Green Zone, $3.3 million
  8. Shutter Island, $3.2 million
  9. Repo Men, $3 million
  10. Our Family Wedding, $2.2 million
The new animated film, How to Train You Dragon, with the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, Gerard Butler and Jonah Hill, dominated the weekend box office. The film, set in a mythical Viking town, fillows Hiccup, a Viking teenager, who learns he can be friends with a dragon, instead of fighting it, and tries to show the rest of the world his point of view.
  • How to Train You Dragon is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes
The new comedy, Hot Tub Time Machine, starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Cripson Glover, debuted over the weekend. The films follows four pals who get a chance to change their past after a night of heavy drinking in a hot tub leads to them waking up in 1986.
  • Hot Tub Time Machine is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

OBAMA MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN: President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Sunday (March 28th), a six-hour nighttime visit that the Afghan government was only told about three days earlier. On his first trip as president to Afghanistan, Obama defended his decision to send more troops to fight in the eight-year-old conflict, and told President Hamid Karzai that he and his Cabinet have to follow through on promises to rein in corruption and improve living conditions. Obama also boosted and thanked the troops, telling a crowd of soldiers at Bagram Air Field, "Your services are absolutely necessary, absolutely essential to America's safety and security."

FBI CONDUCTS REPORTED MILITIA RAIDS: The FBI said yesterday (March 28th) that agents had conducted weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio and arrested at least three people on gun charges, and AP cited a militia leader in Michigan as saying the target of at least one raid was a Christian militia group. According to AP, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia said one of his team leaders got a frantic phone call Saturday evening from members of Hutaree, a Christian militia group, saying their property was being raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The spokesman said, "They said they were under attack by the ATF and wanted a place to hide. My team leader said, 'no thanks.'"

ALLAWI'S COALITION COMES OUT ON TOP IN IRAQI ELECTION: Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi began reaching out to other political blocs Saturday for allies to form Iraq's next government, after results of the March 7th parliamentary elections announced on Friday (March 26th) said his coalition had beat that of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki by two seats. But al-Maliki has refused to recognize the electoral results and wants a recount. Al-Maliki seems to be trying to use the legal system to block Allawi from forming a government, and the Washington Post reports that if he succeeds, it's likely to enrage Sunni Arabs, who view Allawi, a secular Shiite, as their best chance at regaining power.

TODAY'S FYI:

STUDY SUGGESTS JUNK FOOD ADDICTION MAY BE REAL: A new study suggests that it may be possible for people to actually become addicted to junk food, the HealthDay News reported Sunday (March 28th). The research found that when rats were given unlimited access to a junk food diet, including things like bacon, pound cake and candy, they not only quickly gained a lot of weight, but eating became such a compulsion that they kept scarfing up the food even when they knew they'd get an unpleasant electric shock to their foot if they did. Additionally, when the junk food was taken away from the now-obese rats and they were given a healthy diet, they refused to eat almost anything for two weeks. Scientists who looked at these animals' brains found declines in a dopamine receptor that has been implicated in addiction to cocaine and heroin. The suggestion is that a diet heavy in junk food might actually cause changes in the brain's reward system, which is a hallmark of drug addiction.

TENNESSEE MAN RAMS ANOTHER CAR OVER OBAMA BUMPER STICKER: A 70-year-old Nashville man is accused of ramming his SUV several times into another vehicle Thursday (March 25th) that had an Obama/Biden bumper sticker. Harry Weisiger allegedly made obscene gestures, repeatedly honked his horn, and pointed at the bumper sticker before he smashed into Mark Duren's Toyota Camry, in which Duren's 10-year-old daughter was also riding. When Duren stopped to calm his daughter, Weisiger rammed the Camry again and tried to push it off the road, before driving away. Police found him at a nearby grocery store. Weisiger has been charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of the accident and refusing to take a field sobriety test.

BARBARA BUSH HOSPITALIZED: Barbara Bush remained hospitalized Sunday (March 28th) after being admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston the day before for routine tests because she hadn't been feeling well for about a week. Family spokeswoman Jean Becker said doctors don't suspect anything is seriously wrong with the 84-year-old former first lady. Mrs. Bush was hospitalized in March 2009 for nine days for heart surgery, as well as in November 2008 when she had surgery for a perforated ulcer.

CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP DELAYED BY BOMB HOAX: A Carnival cruise ship was held off the Florida coast for several hours yesterday (March 28th) while it was searched after a passenger who was described as "highly intoxicated" made a bomb threat. The 31-year-old passenger, Ibrahim Khalil Zarou of Leesburg, Virginia, was arrested on a charge of making a false report of a bomb, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years behind bars. The Carnival Sensation was headed back to Port Canaveral after a three-day cruise to the Bahamas when a passenger reported hearing another passenger make a bomb threat, according to the Coast Guard. Zarou was quoted as saying, "We are jihad. Come to the top deck and watch the bomb. The bomb is going to blow."

BOOK WINS ANNUAL PRIZE FOR ODDEST TITLE: The 2009 winner of the annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year was crowned Friday (March 26th), as Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes claimed the title. The book got 42 percent of the vote run by the British website The Bookseller.com, with What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua? in second place with 30 percent of the vote, and Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich following in third place with 11 percent. The other books in the top six were: Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter; Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots; and The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The Diagram Prize was first awarded in 1978, and some memorable titles over the years include:

  • 1979: The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution
  • 1980: The Joy of Chickens
  • 1992: How to Avoid Huge Ships
  • 1994: Highlights in the History of Concrete
  • 1996: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers
  • 2002: Living With Crazy Buttocks
  • 2003: The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories
  • 2005: People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It

SPORTS:

NCAA TOURNAMENT DOWN TO FINAL FOUR: There are now only four teams left in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, after the Elite Eight played over the weekend -- Duke, West Virginia, Butler and Michigan State.

Top-seeded Duke is in the Final Four after beating third-seed Baylor 78-71 Sunday (March 28th) in the South Regional final, boosted by a career-high 29 points by Nolan Smith. The Blue Devils will be playing in the semifinals next Saturday (April 3rd) against second-seeded West Virginia, which beat top-seeded Kentucky 73-66 on Saturday in the Eastern Regional final.

Fifth-seeded Michigan State is heading to the Final Four after beating sixth-seeded Tennessee 70-69 Sunday in the Midwest Regional final on a Raymar Morgan free throw with less than 2 seconds left. They'll be playing next Saturday in the semifinals against Butler, also a Number 5 seed, which is the Final Four for the first time. Butler upset second-seed Kansas State 63-56 in Saturday's Western Regional final.

YANKEES ARE WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID TEAM PLAYERS: A British study out Sunday (March 28th) said that the New York Yankees are the world's highest-paid players in a team sport, beating out Spain's Real Madrid soccer team, which came in second. The Yankees players had an average salary in 2009 of about $7 million, while the average salary for Madrid players was $6.3 million. Following in third place was Madrid rival Barcelona, and Premier League club Chelsea was fourth. The next seven teams in the Review of Global Sports Salaries study were all NBA teams, with the Dallas Mavericks fifth and Los Angeles Lakers sixth.

(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)
  • RULES OF ENGAGEMENT - Jeff begrudgingly agrees to go to couple's therapy; Russell falls for Timmy's fiancee.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN (repeat)
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (repeat)
  • CSI: MIAMI (repeat)

NBC

  • CHUCK - Casey, Morgan and Awesome try to help Chuck win Sarah back.
  • TRAUMA - Glenn and Nancy are caught in the crossfire when San Francisco is taken hostage by a sniper; Boone tries to get used to Tyler's new paramedic status.
  • LAW & ORDER - When Dr. Oscar Silva, an environmental scientist, is poisoned, Lupo and Bernard suspect competitors from Silva's field of study.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • 24 - As the threat of mass destruction clarifies, President Taylor tasks Jack with a crucial mission.

ABC

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - All the contestants return to perform for a second time.
  • CASTLE - The serial killer, still at large, taunts Castle, Beckett and Shaw to catch him.

CW

  • LIFE UNEXPECTED - Lux faces her feelings for Jones when she sees him kissing another girl at a party; when a storm hits, Lux and Ryan get stranded at the radio station.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Chuck is again at odds with Jack Bass; Eleanor puts Blair in charge of making sure the fashion show is a success; Jenny finds out that Agnes will be one of the models.

FX

  • DAMAGES - Patty's clients want her thrown off the Tobin case; Tom makes a risky move that jeopardizes Ellen's job with the DA.

SHOWTIME

  • NURSE JACKIE - A family is sent home with false hope; Jackie covers for O'Hara.
  • THE UNITED STATES OF TARA - Tara keeps her condition a secret; Max decides to flip the house.

TNT

  • SAVING GRACE - (season premiere) Grace decides to have it out with God, but a mysterious stranger has something to say about it; Ham struggles with his father not that's he's dating his brother's widow.

USA

  • WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW - (LIVE, 9 PM) WrestleMania results.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat)
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Legendary Sex Symbol Raquel Welch on Aging Brilliantly
THE VIEW - (repeat)

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Robin Williams, American Idol castoff Paige Miles, Usher
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Lauren Graham, Karl Rove, Joss Stone
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Elizabeth Mitchell, Liam Hemsworth, Kevin Nealon
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Joel McHale, Ben McKenzie
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Jeff Goldblum, Julian Casablancas
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Ben Stiller
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Sen. Claire McCaskill
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Snoop Dogg, Annie Wersching, Foreigner

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

ROBBER TRIES TO DUCT TAPE SHOES: A man from Michigan, who fastened duct tape to the bottom of his shoes to conceal a robbery, was arrested after being spotted by the police. According to the Manistee County Sheriff officials, the 18-year-old admitted to robbing an All Star Pay Day Loans on Thursday. Police said he was wearing dark clothing and carrying $1,200 in cash. He faces charges including breaking and entering with intent. (AP)

DRUNK DRIVER CALLS 911 ON HERSELF: A 27-year-old woman from East Lansing, Michigan was arrested for drunk driving after having a 20 min. conversation with the 911 dispatcher. According to a recording of the March 13th call, the dispatcher asks the woman if she is intoxicated in which she replied ''Absolutely.'' She also told the dispatcher that she shouldn't be driving. The dispatcher helped officers find the woman, who was issued a citation for operating while intoxicated. She faces up to 90 days in jail. (AP)

MAN TRIES TO RESUSCITATE A DEAD OPOSSUM: A Pennsylvania man was charged with public drunkenness after he was found trying to revive a dead opossum on the highway. According to State Police Trooper, Jamie Levier, several witnesses saw 55-year-old Donald Wolfe near the animal along Route 36. The trooper found Wolfe kneeling before the animal and moving his hands as though he were conducting a seance. Another witness saw Wolfe try to give the opossum mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The animal had been dead for a while. (AP)

THIEF NABBED AFTER ASKING OFFICERS FOR DIRECTIONS: A Utah man who was accused of stealing two phones from a convenience store was arrested after asking the investigating officer for directions. According to police, John White matched a description a convenience store clerk had given to officers. The address White was asking directions for turned out to be the same one the officer was checking out. He was arrested after the police found both phones and a small amount of marijuana. Police say charges are pending. (AP)

ON THIS DATE!

Coca-Cola was created in 1886 -- mixed up over a fire in a backyard in Atlanta by a man named John Pemberton. John made Coca-Cola as a medicine to cure stomach aches, headaches and hangovers. Yes, it's true that cocaine was a very small ingredient of the beverage until Congress banned it in 1904.

  • 12 million gallons of Coke are consumed around the world each day.
  • Coca-Cola was originally green in color.
  • Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other.
  • It costs Coca Cola more to buy its can than to make than the drink itself.
  • Ten billion plastic Coca Cola containers distributed worldwide each year.
  • The 3 most valuable brand names on earth are Marlboro, Coca-Cola and Budweiser, in that order.
  • Coca-Cola was advertised as "Good To The Last Drop" in 1907 way before Maxwell House Coffee started using it.

On this date in 1943, World War II meat rationing begun. This, of course, inspired the sales of Spam as that's about as far away from meat as you can possibly get. In 1968, over 3,000 hippies took over New York City's Grand Central Station. With that large of an un-washed crowd, it wasn't long untilthe place smelled like... well, Grand Central Station.

DID YOU KNOW?

LEARNING A SPORT IS GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN: Taking up a new sport can build both body and mind. According to German researchers at the University of Regensburg, the hand-eye coordination involved in learning a new sport or activity helps develop the brain, making changes to its physiology that might continue for years. They reached this conclusion by examining brain scans of test subjects before, during and after they had begun to learn how to juggle. Researchers not only saw brain development resulting from the new activity, they also detected new paths of communication between different areas of the brain. (AskMen.com)PUT YOUR FEELINGS IN A BOX TO FEEL BETTER: Stashing your feelings away really does make you feel better -- of course, you have to do it literally. According to a recent study, the physical act of enclosing something you associate with an unpleasant experience inside a box or an envelope actually helps provide closure. (Lemondrop.com)

WEBSITE LOOKS FOR UGLY SPOKESPERSON: New dating site network Gotham Dating Partners launched a site for all the non-beautiful people in the world -- UglyPeopleDate.com. The site's tag line "you are only as ugly as you feel" is adorned with attractive model types looking sunny and in love. Now Gotham Dating Partners is on the hunt for the perfect "ugly" spokesmodel to represent its users. The position pays $5,000. When asked what the spokesmodel should look like, CEO Aaron Fraser only said "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and it's really "up to the viewer to decide." (YourTango.com)

TEENS ARE BUILT TO TAKE RISKS: Teenagers are programmed to take risks because they enjoy the thrill of dangerous situations more than others, according to British scientists. The findings may explain why adolescents engage in activities like drug-taking, fighting and unsafe sex. "The onset of adolescence marks an explosion in 'risky' activities - from dangerous driving, unsafe sex and experimentation with alcohol, to poor dietary habits and physical inactivity," said Sarah-Jayne Blakemore of University College London's Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, a co-author of the study. The results suggest teenagers are good at weighing up the pros and cons of their decisions - unlike younger children - but take risks because they enjoy the thrill of a risky situation more than other age groups, especially when they have a lucky escape. The riskiest behavior was seen in 14-year olds.

BUTT BRA AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: A California psychologist says she has invented a strappy device that lifts a woman's butt like a bra lifts her breasts. The creation of Dr. Karin Hart's "Biniki" butt lifter was sparked by Hart's dissatisfaction with her own rear view after losing weight, the New York Daily News reports. Hart started using self-adhesive tape to lift her buttocks under clothing. When women at the gym inquired about her handiwork, the idea for the Biniki was born. The Web address is www.biniki-fashions.com

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Which one of Vince Vaughn's exes -- besides Jennifer Aniston -- appeared with him in The Break-Up?

A: Joey Lauren Adams.

Wikipedia reports the two dated during the filming of 1999's A Cool, Dry Place

White House Party Crashers Get Role on Upcoming 'Real Housewives of D.C.'

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who were in the headlines for days after crashing a White House state dinner in November, have been cast in the upcoming Bravo reality TV series The Real Housewives of D.C., according to their media representative. The Salahis were auditioning for the show when they crashed the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, even getting their picture taken with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Washington Post and CNN media analyst Howard Kurtz said yesterday (March 28th), "I guess the moral of the story is, gate-crashing pays. This is a naked attempt by Bravo to cash in on the notoriety and controversy surrounding the Salahis, and guess what: It's probably going to work."

First Male Prostitute Leaves Nevada Brothel

The country's first legal male prostitute has left the Shady Lady Ranch brothel in rural Nevada after a two-month stint in which he had fewer than 10 customers. The 25-year-old man dubbed the "prostitude" who worked under the name Markus was hired after the Shady Lady won state and country approval to hire a male sex worker. Bobbi Davis, the brothel co-owner who also runs it as a madam, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Markus' departure was a mutual decision, and that a replacement has already been hired. She said, "We're going to try it for a while longer." The Shady Lady's main focus remains female prostitutes who have sex with men.

What are the Unhealthiest Foods at the Mall?

It's a pretty safe bet that no-one expects to find healthy food at the mall, but people may not realize just how bad some of what they eat there is for them. David Zinczenko of Men's Health magazine did a round-up of some of the unhealthiest foods that are found in the average American shopping mall.

  • Worst Drink: Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo'd (22 ounce) -- 770 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 108 grams of sugar
  • Worst Slice of Pizza: Sbarro Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza (1 slice) -- 890 calories, 42 grams of fat, and 3,200 milligrams of sodium
  • Worst Chinese Meal: Panda Express Orange Chicken with Fried Rice -- 970 calories, 38 grams of fat, and 1,540 milligrams of sodium
  • Worst Sandwich: Panera Bread Full Chipotle Chicken on Artisan French -- 990 calories, 56 grams of fat, and 2,370 milligrams of sodium

And finally, the absolute Worst Mall Food in America -- a Cinnabon Regular Caramel Pecanbun, which has a whopping 1,100 calories, 56 grams of fat, and 47 grams of sugar. But Cinnabon is after all the ultimate mall food, and Zinczenko has some advice if you just can't resist that wafting scent of cinnamon goodness -- go for the Cinnabon Stix, which have a relatively modest 379 calories, 21 grams of fat and 14 grams of sugar.

Friday, March 26, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Lady Antebellum returns to the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart this week with Need You Now. This is the third time they've held that coveted position since the CD was released back in January. So far, the project has spent four weeks in the Number One spot, and has sold more than 1.5 million copies.

Also this week, the album's title track becomes the fastest-rising country crossover, topping Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart in only 10 weeks. "Need You Now" is the second country song in the chart's history to hit the Number One spot. The first was Faith Hill's "Breathe" in 2000.

Lady A also sits at the top of Billboard's Country Digital Sales chart with "Need You Now," which has been downloaded nearly 2.8 times to date.

  • The video has spent five weeks at Number One on the CMT Top 20 Countdown, and now it has also reached the top spot on VH1's Top 20 Countdown this week.
  • Lady A is in Canada this week performing a string of dates on Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour. They play in Calgary on Saturday (March 27th).
  • Their first show back in the U.S. is on April 8th in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

FAST FACTS

  • Lady A will perform live on the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th. The show airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
  • They are nominated for seven awards this year, including Album of the Year, Top Vocal Group, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Need You Now."
Carrie Underwood showed her Canadian pride during her show in Ottawa on Wednesday (March 34th) night. She paid tribute to her fiance, NHL player Mike Fisher, by sporting his Ottawa Senators jersey during the encore.

Carrie opened the show and greeted the crowd of 10,000 by saying, "So I guess I can kind of consider this my hometown," according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Security guards told the newspaper that Mike and about 100 of his closest friends and family members accompanied him to the concert.

At the end of her album cut, "Mama's Song," a picture of Carrie and Mike flashed on the screen as the crowd cheered. Carrie asked, "Wasn't that cute?"

Later in the concert, a fan screamed out, "I love Mike Fisher!," to which Carrie replied, "No, I love Mike Fisher."

  • Carrie became engaged to Mike in late December after dating for nearly a year. The two plan to marry this summer.
  • Her Play On tour hits the stage at the Sun National Bank Center tonight (Friday, March 26th) in Trenton, New Jersey.
  • Carrie is set to perform on the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th in Las Vegas.
  • There, she is also nominated for Entertainer, Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Play On, Vocal Event with Randy Travis for "I Told You So" and Song of the Year for "Cowboy Casanova."
Easton Corbin charts his very first Number One single this week with "A Little More Country Than That." The feat makes Easton the first country male solo artist to achieve that with a debut single since 2003. His self-titled debut album was released earlier this month.
  • Easton will perform "A Little More Country Than That" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 1st. The show airs on NBC at 12:35 a.m. ET.
  • Easton will be part of Brad Paisley's H20 World tour this year, which kicks off on May 21st in Virginia Beach, Virginia and continues through September 24th in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FAST FACTS

  • Easton made his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry last Saturday (March 20th).
  • The Florida native is an avid hunter and fisher.
Martina McBride's three daughters have spent their lives growing up in the music business, hanging out in recording studios and watching their mom entertain thousands at every tour stop. It seems only natural they they would want to follow in Martina's footsteps, but she tells us the girls show no interest in being singers. "I try to provide them with as many opportunities as I can to experience all kinds of stuff and hopefully they'll find their passion like I found my passion when I was a kid, which was singing, but I can't get any of them to sing. They're great singers. They can sing. I mean, I have one daughter that is every bit as good as I was at her age. She can sing amazingly but she won't sing in front of people, and that's her choice right now."

Martina says her girls are used to people assuming they are destined for a career in music. "It's interesting. Delaney said to me the other day, 'You know, the first question people, when they find out I'm your daughter, the second question they ask is me is "Do you sing?" (laughs) So, you know, I think they kind of feel the pressure of it being expected of them, too, which of course as a child you're gonna rebel against."

  • Martina has teamed up with myspace.com to help decide the musical fate of a complete stranger with a karaoke contest. Fans can post video of themselves singing Martina's songs online at http://ksolo.myspace.com/music/Martina-McBride. Twenty entries will be selected by myspace and Martina will pick the winner, who will receive travel, accommodations and tickets to see her Shine All Night tour stop in Atlanta on May 1st.
  • Martina is also giving fans the chance to win tickets through scavenger hunts on Twitter.com. (@MartinaMcBride).
  • The Shine All Night tour with co-headliner Trace Adkins plays in St. Louis tonight (Friday, March 26th).
Josh Turner prides himself on being a "normal" guy. He tells us he often seeks out everyday, average places to go where he can be inspired by the same people who are buying his CDs and coming to his concerts. "When you get outside of Music Row, and especially outside of the big city, you find out what normalcy is, you know? It's people workin' hard for a dollar, it's workin' paycheck to paycheck, not havin' alot, and it's just always good for me to kind of go back and hit the reset button and say, 'Okay, here's my priorities. These are the people that I'm singin' to every night.'"

As a writer and performer who wants to be able to relate to his audience, Josh says the worst thing he can do is buy into the celebrity lifestyle that goes with being a successful entertainer. "When I go to places like that I try to use those experiences to help me create music, because I think if you get caught up in the fame and the money and the success and all that kind of stuff, it's kind of hard to draw inspiration from a lot of that. I think when you get down to the nitty gritty and down to where the real normal people are, I think that's when you really discover the heart and soul of America."

  • Josh recently topped the country charts for four weeks with his single, "Why Don't We Just Dance."
  • His new single, "All Over Me," is headed to radio soon.
  • Josh will open for Alan Jackson on his Freight Train tour, which kicks off on April 8th in Estero, Florida.
Rascal Flatts will make a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida this weekend to tape an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. They will perform their current hit, "Unstoppable," on the show, which is set to air on April 2nd.

Sugarland is back in the studio working on their upcoming album, scheduled for release this fall. Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles have posted a video on their facebook page to give fans a behind the scenes look at the making of the record. Click here to watch: http://tinyurl.com/yamlek3

Lonestar is scheduled to perform during the QVC Presents Q Sessions Live broadcast on March 31st at 6 p.m. ET. The group's new album, called Party Heard Around The World, won't be released until April 27th, but fans can pre-order the CD during the QVC broadcast. In addition, those fans will receive a special bonus disc created especially for QVC featuring six of the band's Number One hits.

Kellie Pickler has made the decision to end her fan club. The singer announced on her website that she is going to make changes that will actually benefit her loyal followers. In her letter to fans, Kellie wrote, "I want to thank you all for being such special fans and let you know that I've decided to make some changes to my website and fan club. We're moving to a new website home in April . . . Part of the website changes will give you greater access to music, photos, videos and message boards. I have felt for awhile that everyone should have access to these features without having to pay for it as a fan club member. So, as part of the website changes, we're closing the Official Fan Club. I'm really excied about this new direction and that everyone can afford to be part of it!"
  • Kellie's new site at kelliepickler.com will launch in late April. The existing fan club will officially close on April 30th.
  • Current members will receive a pro-rated refund on the remaining months of membership.
  • Kellie continues on the road with Taylor Swift as part of her Fearless tour. They play tonight (Friday, March 26th) and Saturday (March 27th) night in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Selena Gomez is one of the latest artists added to the 2010 Lilith Tour line-up. Also -- organizers have announced venue and date details for six more cities on the touring festival, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Denver. Tickets for the new dates go on sale on April 3rd via LilithFair.com and LiveNation.com.
  • This year's festival will feature Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, the Go Go's, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Mary J. Blige, Norah Jones, Suzanne Vega, Jill Scott and others.
  • Lilith founder Sarah McLachlan performed with Emmylou Harris last night (Thursday, March 25th) on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • McLachlan will release her new album, The Laws of Illusion, on June 15th.
  • Lilith 2010 tour dates (subject to change):
    June 27 - Calgary, AB - McMahon Stadium
    June 28 - Edmonton, AB - Northlands Spectrum
    July 1 - Vancouver, BC - Pitt Meadows
    July 2 - Portland, OR - The Amphitheatre at Clark County
    July 3 - Seattle, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
    July 7 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
    July 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    July 13 - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental
    July 17 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    July 20 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
    July 24 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    July 27 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
    August 8 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre
    August 10 - W. Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre

CHECK IT OUT: For a list of artsts performing at each venue: http://www.lilithfair.com/tour

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Keith Urban was a member of what mid-1990's country band?
A. The Ranch

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CMT CROSSROADS/CMT 10:00AM (ET)
Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown Band

CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
Alan Jackson

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Blake Shelton, Sarah Buxton

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 2:00PM (ET)
Travis Tritt, Nickel Creek

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Alan Jackson, Keith Urban

BROKEN BRIDGES/CMT 9:00PM (ET)
Toby Keith

ON THE STREETS/GAC 10:30PM (ET)
Kellie Pickler, The Grascals

BEER FOR MY HORSES/CMT 11:15PM (ET)
Toby Keith

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Kenny Chesney (42)

  • Alan Arkin (actor, Catch-22, Sesame Street, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Little Miss Sunshine) (76)
  • James Caan (actor, Dick Tracy, The Godfather, Misery, Mickey Blue Eyes) (70)
  • Leeza Gibbons (talk show hostess, Robocop) (53)
  • Keira Knightley (actress, Bend It Like Beckham, the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Duchess) (25)
  • Jennifer Grey (Actress, Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) (50)
  • Vicki Lawrence (Actress, The Carol Burnett Show, Laverne & Shirley) (61)
  • Leonard Nimoy (Actor, Star Trek's Mr. Spock) (79)
  • T.R. Knight (actor, George on Grey's Anatomy) (37)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor (former Supreme Court Justice) (80)
  • Diana Ross (singer, formerly of the Supremes) (66)
  • Johnny Crawford ("Rumors") (64)
  • Nancy Pelosi (Democratic House Speaker, the first woman in U.S. history to hold the position) (70)
  • Michael Imperioli (actor and screenwriter, The Sopranos, Life on Mars) (44)
  • Martin Short (Actor, Father Of The Bride, Innerspace, The Three Amigos!) (60)
  • Bob Woodward (Journalist who uncovered the Watergate story for the Washington Post along with Carl Bernstein) (67)
  • Steven Tyler (lead singer, Aerosmith) (62)
  • Richard Tandy (keyboardist, the Electric Light Orchestra) (62)
  • Amy Smart (actress, Varsity Blues, Road Trip, Crank) (34)

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!

SANJAYA GETS A TICKET: Former American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar was issued a $411 ticket after police caught him speeding in Washington state. Trooper Dan MacDonald told The Seattle Times there was no one else on the freeway at the time so Malakar does not face a reckless endangerment charge for going 110 mph.

OLIVER HUDSON'S BABY NAME REVEALED: Goldie Hawn's new grandson is named Bodhi Hawn Hudson. Oliver Hudson and wife Erin Bartlett confirmed the name to People magazine. Hawn announced the birth last week via Twitter, writing, "Hurray! Baby BOY born to my son Oliver and his beautiful wife Erinn TODAY. So happy! A new life! I'm Dancin my happy dance!"

DOCTORS SUBPEONAS ISSUED IN COREY HAIM CASE: Nearly 20 doctors received subpoenas earlier this week in connection with the Corey Haim death investigation. TMZ.com reports that the names of the doctors appeared on various prescriptions written for Haim and are located in towns all around Southern California. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that seven of the doctors say they never saw Corey Haim or prescribed medications for him. Investigators believe the prescriptions for those seven may be linked to the fraudulent prescription ring currently under investigation by the State Attorney General.

'GOSSIP GIRL' DINNER CONFRONTATION: A diner in New York has accused Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick of throwing him out of a restaurant after mistaking him for a paparazzo. The man -- who says he was only taking pictures of his own table -- told the New York Daily News, "Ed came over and was like, 'Stop taking my picture!' He started shouting obscenities at me and getting in my face. He was all bitter and s**t. I thought it was a joke. He walked off in a cloud of disgust. I went over to him and asked him who he thought he was, and he dissolved into a fit of rage." He added, "Ed was snickering in the corner, because the people he was with had told the staff that I was paparazzi. So I paid my bill, and I left." A representative for Westwick admits the star dined at the restaurant, but said "there was no altercation."

TIGER WOODS TO SPEAK AGAIN AT MASTERS TOURNAMENT


Disgraced golfer Tiger Woods is easing back into the media spotlight as he attempts to get his career back on track. On Thursday (March 25th), it was revealed that Woods will speak at a press conference on Monday, April 5th, at the kickoff to the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, where he is set to make his return to the sport after dealing with the fallout of his sex scandal.

  • The press conference, his first in five months, will put him in a room with a full crush of reporters for the first time since he crashed his SUV into a tree outside his Florida home on November 27th, setting off a wave of revelations about his rampant infidelity.
  • Since the news of his affairs broke, Woods has avidly avoided the media, handpicking supporters to be present at his public apology back on February 19th and taking no questions. Last week he gave brief, five-minute interviews to two sports media outlets. He and wife Elin Nordergen also issued an apology to the parents of his children's schoolmates for the media circus his scandal created at their school.

SIDE NOTES

  • According to ESPN.com, the Monday press conference at the Masters typically features a less-newsworthy golfer because most of the media and players have not yet arrived.
  • Woods' last professional press conference was held on November 15th, after he won the Australian Masters in Melbourne, his 82nd career victory.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


AIDAN RETURNING TO 'SEX AND THE CITY': John Corbett, who played Carrie Bradshaw's one-time fiance Aidan Shaw in the Sex and the City series, will appear in the upcoming movie sequel. He revealed to Ellen DeGeneres, "I felt really bad because for the last six months every time somebody said, are you in this movie? I had to lie about it. I just found out I'm going to be in the trailer so I get to break the news . . . Aiden gets to come back to Sex and the City." He didn't elaborate on any plot details.

SHOWTIME RENEWS 'NURSE JACKIE' AND 'UNITED STATES OF TARA': Showtime has ordered a third season of both Nurse Jackie and the United States of Tara. Nurse Jackie's recent season premiere was up 14 percent from the previous years, while Tara was on par with its first season debut.

RICKY GERVAIS ON 'CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM'? Larry David has asked Ricky Gervais to appear on the next season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. While neither David nor HBO have confirmed that Curb will return for an eighth season, Larry's slip seems to be a good indicator. HBO recently picked up The Ricky Gervais Show for a second season.

'AMERICAN IDOL' READY TO GO OFF THE AIR?

Rumor has it that the next season of American Idol could also be the last. Star magazine claims that with both Paula and Simon gone -- the show isn't going to work.

A source said, "Producers know Simon really makes the show, and they feel like they could go only one season without him and the quality will suffer after that."

Another insider added, "By (2012), the show will have been on the air for more than a decade, and the producers figure that's long enough . . . That's the reason why FOX is planning to conclude the show in three years, and why they've signed host Ryan Seacrest to a new contract for three years."

  • Fox supposedly isn't too concerned about its top show going off the air because Cowell's upcoming series The X Factor will be able to fill the void.

SARAH PALIN'S ALASKA SERIES TO AIR ON TLC

Sarah Palin's upcoming television series will air on TLC -- the same network that brought you Jon and Kate Gosselin. Mark Burnett is producing Sarah Palin's Alaska, an eight-part series about the former governor's home state.

Palin said in a statement, "Our family enjoys Discovery's networks. I look forward to working with Mark to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans."

  • The Associated Press reported that TLC's parent company, Discovery Communications, won a bidding war against A&E for the series. Palin will reportedly be making between $1 million and $1.5 million per episode.
  • A premiere date has not yet been confirmed.

NEXT SEASON OF 'THE HILLS' IS ALSO THE LAST

The upcoming season of The Hills will be the show's last. MTV announced that the popular MTV reality series will be going off the air after six seasons.

Tony DiSanto, president of programming at MTV, said, "We are lucky and honored to have worked with this cast and tell their stories for this long, and we are grateful to the many dedicated fans who have stuck with us over the years. We owe it to those fans, the cast and the show to go out on a high note. And this season will deliver on that goal in terms of drama, story, real emotion and an organic culmination of this saga."

  • The final 12 episodes, kicking off on April 27th, will feature storylines including Audrina Patridge's relationship with Ryan Cabrera, Heidi Montag's plastic surgery and Kristin Cavallari's drug-use rumors.

MORE WOMEN CLAIM AFFAIRS WITH JESSE JAMES

Two more women have come forward claiming that they slept with Jesse James while he was married to Sandra Bullock. TMZ.com reports that photographer Brigitte Daguerre says she was hired in 2008 to do a photo shoot for James' West Coast Chopper shop and, after a series of racy texts, she and James ended up having four sexual encounters.

  • TMZ claims that Daguerre's saved text messages show James wanted to have more trysts, but supposedly things stopped between the two after their fourth romp.

MISTRESS #4 BRINGS IN GLORIA ALLRED

Meanwhile, RadarOnline.com reports that a fourth mistress, who is remaining anonymous for the meantime, has hired attorney Gloria Allred -- who famously represented several of Tiger's mistresses -- in the wake of the scandal.

Allred told RadarOnlne.com, "I represent a beautiful model and businesswoman. She had a three year intimate relationship with Jesse James."

She added, "He pursued her and had strong feeling for her. She is in the process of trying to decide if she will come forward. She has proof of their relationship including hundreds of text messages, emails and photos. The relationship JUST RECENTLY ENDED after the scandal broke."

  • Daguerre and mystery mistress number four join tattooed strippers Melissa Smith and Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, who allegedly had affairs with James.

JESSE MAKES CITIZEN'S ARREST

In other news, Jesse and a photographer he accuses of stalking made private person's arrests on each other on Thursday (March 25th). GossipCop.com reports that the photographer called police to say James had vandalized his property and when cops arrived at the scene, the photographer and James made mutual citizen's arrests. The charges are misdemeanors. There will be a police investigation, but neither man was taken into custody.

PAULA ABDUL HEADED TO BROADWAY?

Forget all of the Paula Abdul TV rumors -- the latest gossip is that she's headed to Broadway. RadarOnline.com claims that the former American Idol judge will make her Broadway debut in the 2008 Tony Award winning musical, In The Heights.

An insider told the website, "Paula will take over for Priscilla Lopez in one of the leading roles. It's always been Abdul's dream to star on Broadway. Paula has been in talks with producers for several weeks and made a special overnight trip to New York on March 17 just to see the successful Broadway show."

  • High School Musical producer Kenny Ortega -- whose name was mentioned along with Abdul's in a supposed mob flash dance TV project -- is reportedly behind Abdul's Broadway gig. The source said, "Seems as if Ortega wants Paula involved in this project. Ortega is hot to have her choreograph the film version."

ANGELINA JOLIE AND KATE GOSSELIN NAMED ON CONTROVERSIAL MOM LIST

Angelina Jolie is being likened to Kate Gosselin and Octomom Nadya Suleman. Babble.com came out with a "Most Controversial Moms" list, on which Suleman and Gosselin occupy the first two spots. Jolie comes in at number nine.

Jolie's inclusion on the controversial list may be balanced by her placement as number two on the site's "Best Mom" rankings. Even though Babble.com notes it's "easy to despise someone like Angelina Jolie" -- it explains Jolie got the title because of her work as a UNCHR Goodwill Ambassador, $1 million donation to Haiti with Brad Pitt and for supporting an orphanage in Amman, Jordan.

  • Michelle Obama was named the number one best mom, and the top five was rounded out by Tina Fey, Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon.

JON GOSSELIN REPORTEDLY DUMPED AGAIN

Jon Gosselin is reportedly single again. In Touch magazine claims that 25-year-old Morgan Christie dumped the former reality star after five months of dating.

A source told the magazine, "They were so into each other at first; he put on the whole show for her family just like he did with Hailey Glassman and her parents. It was five months of his pure laziness and her mounting frustration. She couldn't take it anymore. He was lying around all day long, not contributing to anything and not working."

  • The insider added, "He doesn't even have his own friends. He even mooched his social life off of her."

MOVIE OPENING TODAY!

Opening today (March 26th) is the new comedy, Hot Tub Time Machine, starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Cripson Glover. The films follows four pals who get a chance to change their past after a night of heavy drinking in a hot tub leads to them waking up in 1986.

  • Hot Tub Time Machine is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Opening today (March 26th) is the new animated film, How to Train You Dragon, with Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, Gerard Butler and Jonah Hill lending their voices. The film, set in a mythical Viking town, fillows Hiccup, a Viking teenager, who learns he can be friends with a dragon, instead of fighting it, and tries to show the rest of the world his point of view.
  • How to Train You Dragon is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

HEALTH CARE REFORM "FIX" MEASURE APPROVED BY CONGRESS: The health care reform effort reached its final conclusion yesterday (March 25th) as Congress approved the "fix" measure demanded by House Democrats before they'd vote for the main legislation that they passed last Sunday (March 21st) and that President Obama signed into law two days later. The Senate voted 56-43 for the legislation, after two minor items were pulled out because the Senate parliamentarian said they violated the rules for reconciliation, the process Democrats used that required only a simple majority vote. Because of those two changes, the "fix" measure was sent back to the House that had approved it on Sunday, and it voted for it once again in a 220-207 vote. It now goes to Obama for his signature.

BIN LADEN THREATENS U.S. OVER KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED: Osama bin Laden threatened in a new audio message out yesterday (March 25th) to kill any Americans al-Qaida captures if the U.S. executes Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of 9/11 attacks, or other al-Qaida suspects. Mohammed, the most senior al-Qaida operative in U.S. custody, was captured in Pakistan in 2003. He's currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, and the Obama administration is still considering whether to try him and four fellow plotters in a military tribunal or in civilian court. Bin Laden addressed Americans, saying, "The White House has expressed its desire to execute them. The day America makes that decision will be the day it has issued a death sentence for any one of you that is taken captive." Al-Qaida is not known to be holding any Americans.

MILITARY TO EASE ENFORCEMENT OF 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL': Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced new rules yesterday (March 25th) to ease enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving opening in the military, saying they reflect, quote, "common sense and common decency." The new guidelines, which are going into effect immediately as the military is conducting a review about repealing the ban, is meant to keep "don't ask, don't tell" from being used to launch witch hunts or settle grudges, tightening the rules for evidence when someone reports that a soldier is gay and putting higher-ranking officers in charge of dismissal proceedings. Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen both support President Obama's desire to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," but want to move slowly to ensure the changes won't hurt the military's effectiveness.

TODAY'S FYI:

MCCAIN AND PALIN TOGETHER AGAIN TODAY: Arizona Senator John McCain and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be back on the campaign trail together again today (March 26th) for the first time since they lost the presidential election in November 2008. Palin will be campaigning for McCain, who plucked her from virtual obscurity to be his vice presidential running mate, as he faces the toughest re-election battle of his Senate career. McCain is facing a Republican primary challenge from the right from conservative former congressman and radio talk show host J.D. Hayworth, and Palin will help boost McCain's conservative credentials. The two will appear at a rally today in Tucson and hold a fundraiser in Phoenix, and then do another rally Saturday in Mesa.

EX-BUSH SPEECHWRITER LOSES JOB AFTER SLAMMING GOP HEALTH REFORM STRATEGY: David Frum, the former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, has been forced out as a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, just days after criticizing how the Republicans handled the health care reform legislation. Frum made clear that his departure wasn't voluntary, but the Washington Post reported he also said, quote, "there was no suggestion by AEI" that his criticism was the reason. After Congress approved the health care reform legislation Sunday (March 22nd), Frum wrote on his website that it was the biggest defeat in decades for the GOP, saying, "A huge part of the blame for today's disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves. At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision . . . we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama's Waterloo . . . This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none."

DESIGN REVEALED FOR EISENHOWER MEMORIAL IN D.C.: The design for a planned memorial in Washington, D.C., to former President Dwight Eisenhower was revealed yesterday (March 25th). Well-known architect Frank Gehry's design includes 13 columns that are 80 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter as well as woven metal tapestries of photos. There will also be representations of Eisenhower in stone reliefs that will sit in a small garden between columns, and blocks with Eisenhower quotes carved into them. Planning for the memorial began more than a decade ago, and the site in the National Mall area near the National Air and Space Museum was chosen in 2006. Some $80 million in funding and the approval of federal agencies is needed before the memorial can be completed, with a target finish date of 2015.

GUARDIAN ANGELS CHAPTER BEING STARTED ON INDIAN RESERVATION: Tribal leaders at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana are starting a chapter of the Guardian Angels to deal with growing gang violence, in what will be the first-ever chapter of the citizens' crime-watch group on an Indian reservation. The Guardian Angels -- who are known for their red berets -- began in the South Bronx in the 1970s; there are now chapters in 14 countries and 140 cities. The Fort Peck chapter will start training about 50 recruits on the 3,200-square-mile reservation, which is home to 6,000 members of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.

HARRY POTTER THEME PARK TO OPEN ON JUNE 18TH: Universal Orlando announced yesterday (March 25th) that its much-anticipated Harry Potter theme park, based on the best-selling series of books by J.K. Rowling, will open on June 18th. Universal says that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park-within-a-park will have scenery, attractions and souvenirs that are faithful to the books, including spots like the Three Broomsticks Restaurant -- which will serve butter beer and pumpkin juice -- the Owlery, and Ollivander's Wand Shop. The park's signature ride will be Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which starts in Hogwart's Castle and will run through Professor Dumbledore's office, the Gryffindor common room and the Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom, before soaring over the castle grounds and bringing riders face-to-face with creatures including the Hungarian Horntail, an Acromantula, Dementors, and the Whomping Willow.

SPORTS:

HALF OF ELITE EIGHT SET: Half of the final Elite Eight teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament are set after four games were played yesterday (March 25th):

  • Second-seeded Kansas State defeated sixth-seeded Xavier 101-96 in a thrilling game that went into a second overtime.
  • Fifth-seeded Butler upset top-seeded Syracuse 63-59.
  • Top-seeded Kentucky defeated 12th-seeded Cornell 62-45, ending the Ivy League team's Cinderella run.
  • Second-seeded West Virginia beat 11th seeded Washington 69-56.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY & THIS WEEKEND!


Friday, March 26, 2010
CBS

  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL - NCAA Tournament, Regional Semifinal: Teams TBA
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL - NCAA Tournament, Regional Semifinal: Teams TBA

NBC

  • WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? - Matthew Broderick looks into his family history and inadvertently helps historians solve a 150-year-old mystery.
  • DATELINE NBC - Investigative journalism.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - Chef Ramsay tries to help improve a family fun restaurant in Boca Raton, Florida but is frustrated by the owner's resistance to change.

ABC

  • JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION (repeat)
  • JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION - Jamie takes one step forward and two steps back in his quest to transform the school lunch program in Huntington, West Virginia, as he faces resistance from the school cook and city administrators.
  • 20/20 - An interview with Marcus Schrenker, who tried to fake his own death; actor Steve Sipek shares his Florida home with more than 100 animals.

CW

  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (repeat)
  • FLY GIRLS (repeat)
  • HIGH SOCIETY (repeat)

HBO

  • THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW - TBA
  • THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM - Tim, Stu and Rodney spend a night out at a jazz club; Amy's co-worker has buyer's remorse after purchasing Tim's favorite Irish bar.
  • REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER - Journalist Christopher Hitchens; musician Rob Thomas; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; comic Jeff Garlin; journalist Ezra Klein.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat)
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Ryan Seacrest and Super Chef Jamie Oliver Team Up
THE VIEW - Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Paula Deen

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Craig T. Nelson, Rumer Willis, Ludacris
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Bryan Cranston, Jill Scott, Morgan Murphy
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Kenny Smith, David Lynch, Black Lips

SATURDAY

NBC

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - (repeat)

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE AMAZING RACE 16 - The teams take a helicopter ride to a remote island where they race with a giant tortoise and look for a message in a bottle.
  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - Joel Manby, president of Herschend Family Entertainment, gets an undercover job within the company.
  • COLD CASE - An FBI agent once romantically involved with Stillman asks the team for help finding a serial killer who has evaded her for 30 years.

NBC

  • MINUTE TO WIN IT - A contestant from Texas competes against a contestant from San Diego in hopes of advancing to the next round.
  • THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE - The celebrities are asked to create a four page advertorial for a new product, but the men are hindered by a technologically incompetent teammate.

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS - Flanders invites the Simpson family to a church retreat in Jerusalem in hopes of redeeming Homer.
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW - Cleveland is wounded when he and Donna are mugged at an ATM; Roberta takes advantage of Rallo when he thinks she is dying of an illness.
  • FAMILY GUY - Brian pitches his pilot script to network executives; Chris and Meg injure Stewie and try to cover it up.
  • SONS OF TUCSON - Ron befriends a cop; Robby's play date interferes when the boys try to make a movie.

ABC

  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (repeat)
  • DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (repeat)
  • CASTLE (repeat)

AMC

  • BREAKING BAD - Walt tries to bring his family back together; with Saul's help, Jesse makes an unexpected investment.

HBO

  • THE PACIFIC - After the four month ordeal on Guadalcanal, Leckie, Basilone and thousand of their comrades land in Melbourne; Leckie becomes involved with an Australian woman; Basilone is asked to return home to help sell US war bonds.
  • HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA - Darren offers to let Rachel and Edie design a hotel; Cam and Ben agree to hand out samples in order to pay off their debt to Rene; Rene agrees to meet with the owner of Rasta Monsta.

A&E

  • GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS - TBA
  • GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS - TBA
  • KIRSTIE ALLEY'S BIG LIFE - True and Lillie plan a surprise party for Kirstie's birthday; Jim tries to protect the house from uninvited guests.
  • KIRSTIE ALLEY'S BIG LIFE - Kirstie frantically preapres to launch her new weight loss line; Kyle does some detective work and learns Jim has a juicy secret.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

NYC HOUSING CHANGES ''JAIL-LIKE'' JUNGLE GYM: Complaints have prompted New York City's public housing authority to change a jungle gym that resembles a jail. Workers removed the ''jail-like'' jungle gym on Wednesday from the Tompkins Houses in Brooklyn. Resident, Natasha Godley, is a mother of a 6-year-old boy and said she made the complaint because ''it was like promoting kids to go to jail.'' Housing Authority spokeswoman, Sheila Stainback, said the agency is trying to replace the equipment. Changes are also being made to a second fake jail. (AP)

WOMAN TOSSES BABY INTO SUV: A Dallas woman is being accused of throwing her year-old son into the back of her SUV in an attempt to stop her vehicle from being repossessed. Krystal Gardner was arrested on Wednesday on charges of child endangerment related to abandonment. Gardner did not have a driver's license or insurance. Luke Ross, a recover agent, said he saw Gardner throw the baby through an open window of a Ford Expedition. The baby was removed from the vehicle and placed in the care of his father. Texas law bans a vehicle from being repossessed if a person is inside. (AP)

FOURTH COYOTE SPOTTED IN NYC: A wily coyote, that has been evading the New York City police for two days, was finally caught in a parking garage. The coyote first escaped capture on Wednesday near the Holland Tunnel. On Thursday, the coyote was spotted on the Westside Highway. The animal was finally cornered, sedated, and taken to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Earlier this month, a coyote was spotted in Chelsea. This is the fourth coyote sighting in Manhattan this year. (AP)

TEEN ROBBER ASKED CLERK TO NOT TELL HIS MOTHER: A teenager from Salt Lake City who attempted to rob a convenience store asked the clerk to not tell his mother when the attempt failed. According to police, the teen went into the store on Saturday and approached the clerk with several items. He then tried to sneak behind the clerk and threaten him with a knife. The clerk spun around with his hands up and smacked the teen in the face, knocking him to the floor. The teen then asked the clerk not to call the police or tell his mother before he fled. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

FACEBOOK DISMISSES SYPHILIS LINK: Facebook has dismissed a recent report blaming the social networking site for the rise of syphilis in the UK. After widespread media reports that the venereal disease has increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular, the network issued a statement saying that "Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers are responsible for bad vision." The social network also pointed out that the dramatic rise in social networking over the past two years meant that Facebook's rise could be correlated with any other increased trend in the UK.

BINGE DRINKING DOESN'T AFFECT TEST-TAKING PERFORMANCE: Partying all night before a big test might not be as bad as your parents said, according to a Boston University School of Public Health study. The study showed that students' performance on tests was not at all affected after late-night binge drinking the night before. The 193 students that participated in the study were given non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages over a four-day period. Those given alcohol drank until their blood alcohol level was 0.12 -- roughly the equivalent of five drinks for a 200-pound adult. The following morning all of the participants took a practice Graduate Record Exam, and a mock quiz on a lecture given the previous day. Both the students who drank alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages received similar high scores on the tests. (Fox News)

MEMORIES ARE BETTER WHEN A PERSON IS RELAXED: Stronger and more lasting memories are likely to be formed when a person is relaxed and the memory-related neurons in the brain fire in sync with certain brain waves, according to scientists. Researchers said their findings could help develop new therapies for people with learning disabilities and some types of dementia. Adam Mamelak, a neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center explained, "Our research shows that when memory-related neurons are well coordinated to theta waves during the learning process, memories are stronger." (Reuters)

AWESOME FOODS DISCONTINUED BEFORE THEIR TIME (Asylum.com)

Crystal Pepsi: This must have seemed like the most brilliant marketing ploy of all time. It was Pepsi, but you could see through it. It came at a time when people were trying to be health-conscious and Pepsi figured making their drink look clean and pure would convince you it was clean and pure.

The McRib: The most popular semi-regular food item on the McDonald's menu, people love this thing so much that when it does make reappearances, they go on tour to keep eating it in every city it pops up. Basically a formed meat patty shaped to look like ribs, the McRib is pork on a bun with barbecue sauce on it that drives people crazy. It is pretty tasty though.

Purplesaurus Rex Kool-Aid: Kool Aid is basically sugar, water and citric acid, but Purplesaurus Rex managed to take that to awesome heights by mixing lemonade and grape in the same packet. And then they took it away from us in its prime. There's something kind of sad about mixing lemon and grape on your own in an effort to re-create the magic.

Cappuccino Gum: Trident dropped a bomb a few years back when they released cappuccino-flavored gum. Traditionally people chew gum to freshen their breath in some way, which is the opposite of what coffee does. May as well have made "bottom of the ashtray" gum and hoped for the best.

3-D Doritos: You could make the argument that all food is already 3-D, but that's narrow minded. 3-D Doritos were even more 3-D than 3-D. Not quite 4-D, but it was something. Basically they were just poofy Doritos, which meant you got fewer in a bag and paid for a lot more air. But that air spread out the deliciousness and that was the point. Plus, you shouldn't eat a whole bag of Doritos anyway.

Keebler Magic Middles: Possibly the best cookie in the history of cookies, Magic Middles were bulgey cookie pockets filled with chocolate goo. Our research hasn't been able to find even a guess as to why these cookies were discontinued, so we're forced to assume their awesomeness was making everything else Keebler made look bad.

HOW TO MAKE HIS FAMILY ADORE YOU (YourTango.com)

Show up. If you put off meeting his parents, they will assume you're avoiding them. Not only that, but they'll also assume that you don't value family. Uh oh. Cheerfully accept dinner invitations, and take part in regular family traditions. You may hate that annual two-hour round trip to cut down the family Christmas tree, but he's been making that trip his entire life, and he totally looks forward to the apple cider donuts and lunch at Hot Dog Johnny's. If you grin and bear it, not only will he appreciate it, but his family will start to treat you as one of their own.

Offer to help out. Over at their house for a dinner party? Offer to put together cheese platters and/or clear the table. Meeting them at a BYOB restaurant? Bring along that great bottle of Chambourcin you picked up from a local winery just the other weekend. Is his little sis applying to post-college jobs for the first time? Ask if she'd like you to take a look at her resume, or help her with cover letters. They'll love the fact that you're making an effort.

Invite them to dinner. His fam is always inviting you over for dinner. Not only that, but they also send you home with five tupperwares full of delicious leftovers. We suggest you repay the favor, and suggest you and your guy cook them a gourmet meal of your own. Not only will this show them how grateful you are for their generosity, but it will also allow them to see that you're fully capable of someday taking care of their darling, adorable baby boy.

Be thoughtful. Make the effort to remember and honor his family members' birthdays, successes and other milestones with thoughtful gestures or gifts. While a bottle of wine is a cool gift if his parents are really into tastings (pair it with a nice wine journal for extra bonus points!), in any other situation, it's a sign that you're just not trying. Pay attention to their interests and shop accordingly.

Show an interest in their lives. This tip above will be way easier to execute if you're already engaging his family members in convos about their hobbies and interests. Is his big sis into cruises and country music? Sit through a slideshow of her vacation pics, or go line dancing with her when she extends the invite. Is his dad a runner? Travel up to Boston to cheer him on when he runs the annual marathon. If you show an interest in them, they'll be more willing to learn more about you, even if your hobbies consist of hoop dancing and sex writing.

Control yourself. OK. Maybe you shouldn't mention the sex writing. At least not at first. Give his family some time to warm up to you before letting your freak flag fly.
Accept their advice graciously. It can be easy to get defensive when his parents give unsolicited advice, but try to understand where they're coming from. Chances are they're doing it because they care, because they have more life experience behind them, and because they truly want to help. Their "meddling" does not necessarily mean that they're passing judgment on you. (Or at least that's what you should tell yourself.)

Don't be critical of of your partner. It can be tempting to take part in the hardcore teasing his family subjects him to, but tread lightly. You could be crossing a major line. When conversing with his mother, especially, try to remind yourself that this woman gave birth to your now-hottie, and has raised him for the past 30 years. If she senses that you are a threat to her baby, she will cut you.

And, for the love of god, don't be critical of them. If they have religious or political beliefs that are wildly divergent from you own, just...just let it go. If they want to engage you in a discussion, don't hide your opinions, but don't try to convince them they're wrong. A smile and a "we'll have to agree to disagree on this one" will do just fine.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Bruce Willis guest-starred on what TV show for free because of bet he lost to one of the show's cast members?

A: Friends

According to IMDB.com, because of a bet between Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis on the set of The Whole Nine Yards (2000) (which Perry won), Willis appeared in his two-episode guest role for free.

WATER COOLER TALK

Tanning Beds May Be Banned for Those Under 18

Want to use a tanning bed? You may soon have to show ID. A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended yesterday (March 25th) that it put stronger regulations on artificial tanning, ranging from requiring parental consent to banning it altogether for those under 18. A recent report from the World Health Organization led to a call for tougher rules, after it found that melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, increases 75 percent in people who use tanning beds in their teens and 20s. Tougher regulations could be a second blow to the $5 billion indoor tanning industry, which has just been hit with a 10 percent tax on tanning in the health care reform measure that was signed into law this week.

Photo of Student in 'God is Dead' T-Shirt to Appear in High School Yearbook

School administrators at a Washington state high school have decided to allow a photo of a student wearing a "God is dead" T-shirt to appear in the yearbook, after considering banning it because it might offend students and parents, The Daily Herald of Everett reported Thursday (March 25th). Senior Justin Surber of Arlington High School was wearing the shirt with the famous quote from Friedrich Nietzsche in the Debate Club photo. According to the Daily Herald, he's often worn the shirt to school since he got it in December and has never been told it violates the dress code. The yearbook will also include a story from the school newspaper about the controversy generated when Surber accused the school of censorship for considering pulling the photo.

13-Year-Old Prodigy Accuses College of Age Discrimination Over Study Abroad

A 13-year-old prodigy who's a sophomore at the University of Connecticut has filed an age discrimination complaint with the school and the U.S. Department of Education because he's not being allowed to take a class that includes summer field work in South Africa. Colin Carlson, who's pursuing a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and another in environmental studies, was told he's too young for the overseas course. UConn wouldn't even let Carlson enroll after her mother offered to release the school from liability and go with her son as a chaperone at her own expense. He told AP, "I'm losing time in my four-year plan for college. They're upsetting the framework of one of my majors." Once he gets his bachelor's degree, Carlson wants to get a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology and a degree in environmental law for a career in conservation science. He wants to earn both degrees by the time he's 22.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Blake Shelton will be the guest on E!'s Chelsea Lately tonight (Thursday, March 25th), which airs at 11 p.m. ET. Unlike with most talk shows, Blake tells us he can't wait to be in the hot seat sparring with show host Chelsea Handler. "Oh, man, I like her! I may have met my match with Chelsea Handler. (I'm a) big fan of her show. You know, normally when you get a television opportunity your first response is, 'Oh man, do we get to perform? Can I bring my band? What are we doin'?' And when Chelsea Lately comes up it's like, 'No, man, I don't wanna play! I wanna sit there and throw jabs at her and have her throw 'em back at me.'"

Blake first appeared on the show back in January of last year, and he tells us his initial experience with Chelsea came as a bit of a surprise. "The only time I've done it, man, I wasn't prepared for that. I did not do my homework, and when you sit down to do an interview on national television and you're a country artist and one of the first questions you're asked is which one of the Golden Girls do you wanna have sex with, that kind of takes you back a little bit. It took me a while to recover from that one, you know, when normally you're talkin' about how you got in the music industry, but if there's anybody that's right there with me as far as my same sense of humor it's her, and I'm ready for her this time!"

  • Blake's latest single, "Hillbilly Bone," a duet with Trace Adkins, topped the country charts, giving Blake his career sixth Number One hit.
  • His new album, also called Hillbilly Bone, is currently in stores. The "six-pak" CD, which features six songs, sells for less than $6.
  • Blake plans to release one to two more "six-paks" this year.
If you can't get to the water, Brad Paisley is ready to bring the water to you this summer. His newly announced H2O tour will reflect what Brad so loves about the season and bring it to each city, as he tells us: "Really, with this tour we had the advantage of a theme, really, that we didn't get to pick, which is the next single, 'Water,' and it's the perfect theme and it really reminded me of what my summers were and are like. I've spent so many days of the summer on a boat, so many days in a river -- I grew up next to the Ohio river, skiing on that and fishing that -- and swimming pools, and just everything that goes with really what the song is about."

Brad says the H2O shows will be the continuation of a typical summer day spent on or in the water. "I wanna do the kind of thing where these people that are my fans that are so much like me in that sense, shouldn't have to change their clothes from what they were just doing to go to this concert, cause they probably were just doing what I'm talking about. You know, don't change. Maybe put on something dry, but just get in the car. Come on out, because we are really gonna build for you, everywhere we go, a little vacation."

  • The tour will feature a Water World Plaza with music stages for Brad's new opening acts Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Josh Thompson, as well as a Chevy H2O FLW fishing simulator and a dunking booth.
  • The H2O tour kicks off on May 21st in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • The trek will feature special guests Darius Rucker and Justin Moore.
  • Brad is partnering with the Hope Through Healing Hands campaign for access to clean, safe water. Donations will be solicited at each tour stop to help the organization dig wells and provide clean water in the U.S. and around the world.
Taylor Swift has the rumor mill buzzing about her love life. Taylor and her friend, Disney star Selena Gomez, went bowling with a group of friends in Los Angeles on Tuesday (March 23rd) night. Glee star Cory Monteith caught up with the ladies, and according to OK! magazine, he seemed to be 'very chatty and flirty' with Taylor.

Rumors of a romance between Taylor and Cory were sparked back in January when the two were spotted hanging out at Grammy parties and having dinner in Los Angeles.
At the time, sources insisted that the two were strictly friends.

Taylor has said that she'd like to make a guest appearance on Glee.

Taylor reunited with her former beau, Taylor Lautner, for a casual lunch in Beverly Hills yesterday (Wednesday, March 24th). The two were reportedly joined by their publicists and Taylor Swift's constant companion, her mother.

In other Taylor news, some Auburn University students are campaigning to get a hug from the superstar. Ryan Leander, Matthew Mahaffey and Michael Wekall are filming a documentary and series of webisodes about their quest to get a hug from Taylor, according to TheBoot.com. To check out their blogs and videos, log onto ahugfromtaylorswift.com.

Taylor has seen their videotaped quest for her affection, and in return has offered a challenge to the guys. She posted her own video saying that she wants them to do a simple good deed, get it on video and then post it to their site. Their first challenge? "Helping a little old lady across the street."

  • Taylor will play the first of two sold-out shows in Auburn Hills, Michigan beginning on Friday (March 26th).

CHECK IT OUT

Brooks & Dunn's fans will have the honor of choosing one of the songs the duo performs on next month's Academy of Country Music Awards. Fans can log onto cbs.com/brooksdunn to cast their vote for one of six of the duo's hits songs. It will be Brooks & Dunn's last time to perform on the show as a duo. The two will go their separate ways when their Last Rodeo tour wraps this summer.
  • The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on CBS on April 18th at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Brooks & Dunn are nominated for Top Vocal Duo. They have already won a record 26 awards from the Academy of Country Music.
  • The duo will also will be presented with the Academy's Milestone Award for their 20-year career during an all-star concert tribute being taped in Las Vegas on April 19th. Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Sugarland are all confirmed to perform during the concert. The show, called Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo will air on CBS on May 23rd.

FAST FACTS

  • Brooks & Dunn are the best-selling duo in the history of country music, with album sales of more than 22 million.
  • The duo joined forces in 1990, but announced their split in August of last year.
LeAnn Rimes' list of past boyfriends includes alleged serial cheater Tiger Woods. US Weekly reports that the two went out a few times back in 2002, before each was married. Sources told the publication that LeAnn's dad put an end to the relationship because Tiger was seven years older than his daughter. An insider said, "Her dad almost had a heart attack, and he made her stop seeing Tiger."

Emerson Drive lead singer Brad Mates and his wife, Jana, are expecting their first child next month. The couple will welcome a son, whom they plan to name Tyler. The couple were married in 2008.

Jake Owen will hit the road this spring with headliners Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland. He kicks things off tonight (Thursday, March 25th) in Sioux City, Iowa with Jason on his Wide Open tour, followed by shows tomorrow (Friday, March 26th) in Lincoln, Nebraska and in St. Charles, Missouri on Saturday (March 27th).

Next up, Jake opens Miranda's Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour stop in Bossier City, Louisiana on April 30th.

Finally, he gets things started for Sugarland on their Incredible Machine tour dates in the Northeast in May. His previous tour with Sugarland and special guest Little Big Town produced a collaboration on the recording of "Life In A Northern Town," which earned a Grammy nod.

  • Jake recently released a new single, called "Tell Me."
  • The song is on Jake's current sophomore CD, Easy Does It.

FAST FACTS

  • Since releasing his debut album, Startin' with Me, in 2006, Jake has charted five consecutive Top 15 singles.
  • He was named Top New Male Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards last year.
  • Easy Does It was released in February of last year.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is Dolly Parton's middle name?
A. Rebecca

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Jeff Bridges, T-Bone Burnett

MY MUSIC MIX: CARRIE UNDERWOOD/GAC 5:00PM (ET)

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

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Travis Tritt, Nickel Creek

CMT CRIBS/CMT 10:30PM (ET)
John Rich

CHELSEA LATELY/ETV 11:00PM (ET)
Blake Shelton

BROKEN BRIDGES/CMT 11:30PM (ET)
Toby Keith

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN/CBS 11:35PM (ET)
Josh Turner

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Elton John (pop singer-songwriter) (63)

  • Aretha Franklin (legendary R&B singer, the Queen of Soul) (68)
  • Katharine McPhee (American Idol runner-up) (26)
  • Paul Michael Glaser (TV's Starsky & Hutch's Det. Dave Starsky) (67)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (actress, Sex In The City) (45)
  • Gloria Steinem (feminist activist, founder of Ms. magazine) (76)
  • Debi Thomas (U.S. figure skater, won the bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics) (43)
  • Lark Voorhies (actress, Saved By The Bell) (36)
  • Bonnie Bedelia (actress, the Die Hard movies) (62)
  • Gene Shalit (movie critic) (78, disputed)
  • Richard O'Brien (actor-writer, wrote and played Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show) (68)
  • Marcia Cross (actress, Melrose Place, Everwood, Desperate Housewives' Bree) (48)
  • Anita Bryant (singer, one-time Florida orange juice spokeswoman, and former anti-gay activist) (70)
  • James McDaniel (actor, Malcolm X, NYPD Blue's Lieutenant Fancy) (52)
  • Brenda Strong (actress, Mary Alice on Desperate Housewives) (50)
  • Danica Patrick (American race car driver) (28)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Country Music Hall of Famer Buck Owens died in his sleep at his Bakersfield home in 2006.
  • Mindy McCready gave birth to her son, Zander Ryan McCready, in Nashville in 2006.
  • Josh Gracin performed the Garth Brooks hit "Ain't Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)" on FOX-TV's American Idol in 2003.
  • Reba McEntire took the top spot on the Billboard country chart with "New Fool At An Old Game" in 1989.
  • Garth Brooks made his chart debut with "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" in 1989.
  • Randy Travis' "Forever And Ever, Amen" was released in 1987.
  • Eddie Rabbitt picked up a gold record for "Drivin' My Life Away" in 1981.
  • Lynn Anderson earned the only gold album of her career with "Rose Garden" in 1971.
  • Johnny Cash recorded the Number One single "Ring Of Fire" in 1963.
  • Roy Orbison recorded his first hit, "Only The Lonely," in 1960.
  • Hank Williams' Number One single "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" charted in 1950

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!

REAL WORLD' ALUM INJURED IN DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT: Puck from The Real World: San Francisco was seriously injured last week in a San Diego car wreck. TMZ.com reports that the reality star, whose real name is David Rainey, was driving to go on a father-son fishing trip when he lost control of his car -- which rolled down an embankment and landed upside down in a creek. Puck and his eight-year-old son were transported to nearby hospitals where doctors discovered Puck had broken bones in both feet, his right hand, his neck and fractured his sternum and clavicle -- and his son had bruised several internal organs and suffered major damage to his liver. Puck's son has since been released from the hospital, but he is expected to remain hospitalized for at least another week. Police say they will arrest Puck for driving under the influence and driving without a license when he gets out of the hospital.

'ERICA HILL WELCOMES SON: Early Show anchor Erica Hill welcomed her second son, Sawyer, on Tuesday (March 23rd). Hill and husband David Yount said in a statement to CBS, "We are thrilled with the new addition to our family and so pleased he arrived at 6:26 a.m. -- just in time for The Early Show." The couple have a three-year-old son named Weston.

DENNIS HOPPER PROBLEMS CONTINUE: New court documents filed on behalf of Dennis Hopper paint a sad picture of the actor. TMZ.com reports that the cancer-stricken star, who now weighs just over 100 pounds, said he's willing to pay his estranged wife $5,000-a-mont in spousal support because that's all that he can afford. His lawyer filed a declaration from Hopper's doctor who said that "It is doubtful that Mr. Hopper will ever recover sufficiently to be subject to a deposition." Hopper has been embroiled in an ugly divorce battle with Victoria Duffy as he battles cancer.

NEW LESBIAN COUPLE? A celebrity lesbian relationship may have been outed. Sources tell PerezHilton.com that The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels is hooking up with former 90210 actress Vanessa Marcil. Supposedly the two are "very close" and have been hooking up for some time now. Marcil is the mother of Brian Austin Green's seven-year-old son and was briefly married to Corey Feldman in the 1990s.

ROBERT CULP DIES AT 79: Actor Robert Culp died on Wednesday (March 24th) in Los Angeles. The I Spy actor's agent said that Culp died after collapsing on a sidewalk outside his Hollywood home. Los Angeles police say he hit his head while on a walk and was pronounced dead after arriving at a hospital. A preliminary investigation found that his death is accidental.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

LINDSAY LOHAN DENIES ED HARDY REPORT: Lindsay Lohan has denied reports that she's taken another job in the fashion industry. After reports surfaced that she was in talks with Ed Hardy boss Christian Audigier to design a line of handbags, Lindsay tweeted, "FYI (for your information)... I am NOT designing for Ed Hardy, JUST 6126 (my line)." 6126 is Lindsay's leggings line.

DOUG REINHARDT PRODUCING REALITY SHOW: Paris Hilton's boyfriend Doug Reinhardt is reportedly producing a "Kardashian-style" reality show for his sister Casey, who was featured on MTV's Laguna Beach. An insider told the New York Post, "Doug and Paris will also appear on the show, and E! bosses hope that an engagement will happen in the next six months." Reinhardt's agent confirmed, "Doug is producing the show, which will star his sister and her friends. But he and Paris will also make appearances."

'TWO AND A HALF MEN' REPORTEDLY SHORTENING SEASON: Producers on Two and a Half Men have reportedly nixed two planned episodes of the show on account of Charlie Sheen's recent rehab stay. However -- TMZ reports -- Charlie has a right under his contract to nix the last two episodes. Sources claim that Charlie is only contractually bound to do 22 episodes, which he will have done. He wasn't required to do 24 episodes this season, although that was the plan.

WHITNEY PORT SUED: The City star Whitney Port is being sued over her new fashion line. TMZ.com reports that Adrienne Baravetto claims she helped Port design and launch her line (then called Eve & A) starting in 2007 and had an oral agreement with Port and her father, including a $80,000 yearly salary plus a 25 percent stake in the company. Baravetto alleges that she did virtually all the design work and that the Ports haven't paid her a dime. Port's lawyer Michael A. Taitelman told People magazine, "The lawsuit is baseless and without merit."

JENNIFER BEALS LANDS NEW JOB: Jennifer Beals has landed a new TV job. The L Word alum has been tapped as the female lead opposite Jason Clarke in Ride-Along, a new drama pilot for Fox. Ride-Along revolves around a rogue cowboy cop (Clarke) and Chicago's first female police chief (Beals) who vow to clean up the streets.

JOE JACKSON PLANS TO FILE WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT

Michael Jackson's father plans to file a wrongful death suit against Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death. According to TMZ.com, the lawyer for Joe Jackson plans to file in the next 90 days, with Papa Joe asking for punitive damages, economic support, loss of companionship and loss of consortium (deprivation of family relationship). He is seeking an unspecified amount of money damages.

  • The Jackson family patriarch also has an ongoing case in which he is seeking a stipend from his son's estate.

ANOTHER CONTESTANT ELIMINATED ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

It was once again elimination night on American Idol last night (March 24th), but this time the contestants had a lot more at stake. Last night's results determined who would go on the nationwide Idol tour this summer. As usual, the show kicked off with a group performance, last night of "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go." Then the bottom three contestants were revealed: Paige Miles, Tim Urban and Katie Stevens. Before sending someone home, some of today's Disney stars took the stage. Tuesday's Idol mentor Miley Cyrus performed her new single from her upcoming movie, The Last Song. The show's next guests were Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato. Finally, the bottom contestant was revealed and Paige was sent home.

BRAD PITT GROWS BEARD OUT OF BOREDOM

Brad Pitt has revealed the reason behind his straggly beard that just won't go away. He told London's The Sun earlier this week, "It's boredom. No other reason than that."

Pitt's facial hair has been widely criticized since he began growing it about a year ago.

  • He's sported several unflattering looks ranging from a mustache to a goatee-- to even a beard decorated with beads.

KATE GOSSELIN DIVA RUMORS PERSIST

As if Kate Gosselin didn't have enough to worry about -- after receiving a 16 out of 30 on her Dancing With the Stars debut -- rumors that she's a diva on set just won't stop. An insider told the New York Daily News, "Kate shows up late for hair and makeup every time."

The source continued, "The staff has warned her and lectured her about being late, but Kate just gets angry and blows them off. No one wants to deal with her."

  • Luckily, the cast is sticking up for the reality mom. Whether he's being honest or not, Evan Lysacek told E!, "Kate is awesome! We all love her. She's so sweet. She was cheering everyone on. She's working so hard. I know she was nervous last night but she still looked really beautiful."
  • Dancer Mark Ballas added, She's been kind, sweet and fun. She's a little bit 'deer in the headlights' because she's never danced before, so all of us are here to help."

SANDRA BULLOCK UPDATE

Michelle McGee was reportedly not the only woman Jesse James strayed with since marrying Sandra Bullock. A blonde stripper named Melissa Smith has come forward, telling Star magazine that she had a two-year relationship with James beginning in 2006.

Melissa claims he reached out to her on MySpace, explaining, "I got a message from this guy saying, 'Nice car . . . that's my godfather's.' She said that after a few exchanges, he introduced himself as Jesse James and "gave me his e-mail address with the name Vanilla Gorilla" -- the nickname Michelle referred to as well.

  • She said that after traveling to his shop, making small talk about the artwork on his walls and taking photos together, "I said, 'Well, I guess I should get going,' and he said, 'You don't have to,' and moved his chair closer to me and started rubbing my leg. We ended up having sex on his couch."

SANDRA AND JESSE REPORTEDLY HAVE PRENUP

Meanwhile, if divorce is in the future for Sandra and Jesse -- at least there's a prenup in place. A source told E! News, "They keep everything separate. She has her money and he has his. They both wanted it that way."

E! also noted that the home the couple has been living in is solely in James' name, while Bullock -- who reportedly is back in Los Angeles after spending the past week in Austin -- "has always kept her own home in the Hollywood Hills."

JESSE IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDAL?

TMZ.com is reporting that James paid a female executive at West Coast Choppers $700,000 in 2007 after she threatened to sue him for allegedly making sexual advances to her. However, since the lawsuit was never filed, there is no documentation containing the claims.

'REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA' STAR ADMITS LESBIAN RELATIONSHIP

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak is reneging her initial denial and admitting that she's been in a lesbian relationship. When news broke that Kim was dating Tracy Young, the reality star said the DJ was just a friend and claimed to still be involved with fiance "Big Poppa."

Now she's changed her tune, telling Life & Style magazine, "I'm among the millions of parents who have been in a gay or lesbian relationship. It hasn't been an easy road lately, but I feel there are no mistakes in my life. Everything happens for a reason. To have the opportunity to speak for myself and to have people understand what I'm going through is really special. I myself was confused and scared at first. Being able to speak from my heart and get this all out, it's a huge relief for me."

  • She opened up about the origin of their relationship, saying, "We were both going through heartbreak at the time. I had split up with Big Poppa, and she had just ended a relationship she had been in for three years. The first night we met, we just connected on a different level. We ended up talking for two hours. After that, we started working in the studio together, remixing 'Tardy for the Party.' We gradually became closer. There were sparks, but [physically] it was a gradual situation. Tracy made the first move. Our first kiss was passionate and exciting."

KATHERINE HEIGL CONFIRMS SHE'S DONE WITH 'GREY'S ANATOMY'

Katherine Heigl's tenure on Grey's Anatomy is officially over. Confirming the long-reported split, Heigl told Entertainment Weekly, "I am done. We just finalized our agreement. Everyone had been working really hard to find an amicable and gracious way of letting go and moving on. It's sad but it's what I wanted."

She explained her decision to leave, saying, "I started a family and it changed everything for me. It changed my desire to work full-time." Heigl and husband Josh Kelley adopted their daughter Naleigh from South Korea last September.

  • Contrary to reports that she left to forward her film career, Heigl said, "I think I'm just gonna try and keep it a little more mellow, and be a little bit more of a mom, since that's a big part of my life now. I took those three months off and I realized how very, very important is my family is to me and I want to be more available to them."
  • There will be no big farewell episode as Heigl's last was the one that aired January 21st. She acknowledged, . "I know I'm disappointing the fans. I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one."

CAST MEMBERS WRITING 'JERSEY SHORE' BOOK

The Jersey Shore kids are coming to a bookstore near you. New York magazine reports that JWOWW and Ronnie have signed a deal to write a "guido guide" on how to achieve their "fake-tanned, muscled-up, party-hard lifestyle."

Never Fall in Love at the Jersey Shore will be released by St. Martin's Press -- a major publisher.

  • Both NYMag.com and PerezHilton.com commented that the two soon-to-be authors seem like odd choices for the project, since co-stars Snooki, The Situation and Pauly D are much more well-known.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

HEALTH CARE "FIX" MEASURE WILL HAVE TO BE SENT BACK TO HOUSE: Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday morning (March 25th) in forcing a change in the "fix" measure to health care reform that House Democrats insisted on before they'd agree to vote for the legislation that's now been signed into law, meaning the "fix" will have to return to the House for another vote. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Republicans consulting with the Senate parliamentarian found what he called "two minor provisions" dealing with Pell grant college aid for low-income students that violate budget rules. The two provisions will be removed, and the Senate is expected to approve the measure and then send it back to the House. Senate leaders, after speaking with top House Democrats, expect the House to approve the revised measure. The development came as the Senate ended nine hours of voting on 29 GOP amendments, all of which were defeated by the Democrats.

CONCERN OVER THREATS, VANDALISM AGAINST DEMOCRATS OVER HEALTH CARE REFORM: There is growing concern over vandalism and death threats against Democratic lawmakers after the passage of the health care reform legislation. The FBI and Capitol Police briefed Democratic lawmakers yesterday (March 24th) on how to handle security threats, as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland reported at least 10 such incidents. They include death threats against members of Congress and even their children, faxes of nooses sent to two Democratic congressmen, and a coffin left on the lawn of another. This came after ugly behavior in the days leading up to the passage of the bill as well, including on Saturday, when civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was called the "n-word" by hecklers as he walked up the Capitol steps. Some Democrats are faulting Republicans for providing encouragement to the most extreme reform opponents through their own language. But Minority Leader John Boehner spoke out against the threats later in the day, saying on Fox News, "I've got to tell you that violence and threats are unacceptable. It is not the American way. Yes, I know there is anger, but let's take that anger, and go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, and let's do it the right way."

U.S., RUSSIA REACH NUCLEAR ARMS REDUCTION AGREEMENT: The U.S. and Russia reached agreement Wednesday (March 24th) after long negotiations on an historic treaty to reduce both countries' nuclear arsenals, the most significant such pact in nearly 20 years. President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are set to sign the treaty in early April in Prague. The treaty is expected to cut the number of long-range nuclear weapons held by each side to about 1,500, and raises hopes for further disarmament in the future. An important feature of the deal is that it includes a legal mechanism for verifying that each side complies. Next up is getting the treaty to win U.S. Senate ratification.

NETANYAHU SAYS PROGRESS MADE AS HE LEAVES U.S.: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended a tense visit to the U.S. early Thursday (March 25th), saying progress had been made toward settling a dispute over new Jewish housing construction in occupied East Jerusalem. Just before boarding his plane, Netanyahu said, "We think we have found a golden way that would allow the Americans to move the peace process forward while preserving our national interests." U.S. and Israeli officials met through the day Wednesday, trying to agree on a package of goodwill gestures from Israel that President Obama hoped could persuade the Palestinians to return to peace talks.

TODAY'S FYI:

20 PERCENT OF CENSUS FORMS RETURNED SO FAR: The Census Bureau reported Wednesday (March 24th) that about 20 percent of the census forms mailed out to 120 million households last week have already been completed and sent back. That rate of return puts the Census Bureau on track to match or surpass its mail return rate of 72 percent in 2000, the last census. Daily data on mail-back participation broken down by state, county, city and zip code is being published, with Census Bureau officials hoping state and local governments will use it to promote friendly competition as to who can get the best response by the end of the mail-in period in late April. After that period ends, census-takers will go to homes from May until July that don't reply by mail to try to get the information in person. The once-in-a-decade population count will be used to distribute House seats and federal aid.

HONEYBEE CRISIS GETTING WORSE: The mysterious "colony collapse disorder" that's been causing large-scale deaths of honeybees over the last several years is getting worse, aggravated by a heavy die-off this past winter, according to a new federal survey. Experts believe that the problem, which causes adult bees to abandon their hives and fly off to die, is likely a combination of many causes, including parasites, viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition and pesticides. Scientists are concerned because of the vital role bees play in our food supply, since about one-third of the human diet is from plants that require pollination from honeybees. Pesticides are getting fresh scrutiny, after a new study found three out of five pollen and wax samples from 23 states had at least one pesticide. Overall, 121 different types of pesticides were found in 887 wax, pollen, bee and hive samples. Although none were at high enough levels to kill bees, they combination and variety of them is concerning.

U.S. MINT UNVEILS NEW NATIONAL PARKS QUARTER SERIES: The U.S. Mint yesterday (March 24th) unveiled the first five designs in its new national parks and forests quarter series, hoping to replicate the success of its 50-state quarter program. The new series will have a total of 56 quarters, one for each state and territory and the District of Columbia, with five new designs introduced each year until 2021. The sites are being put on the back of the quarters in the order that Congress put them under the care of the federal government, starting with Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas in 1832, which will go into circulation next month. The other coins this year will honor the three other oldest national parks -- Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon -- and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.

DNA SHOWS BONE FRAGMENT CAME FROM PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN HOMINID: Scientists were able to sequence DNA from a bone fragment that's tens of thousands of years old and discovered that it was from a previously-unknown hominid, according to a study in the journal Nature yesterday (March 24th). The bone fragment from a pinkie finger, possibly from a small child, was found in a cave in Siberia in 2008 in a layer of soil that was dated to between 30,000 and 48,000 years ago. The results point to the hominid being a distinct species in the "Homo" genus, and that it, us and the Neanderthals all shared a common ancestor who lived around a million years ago. If confirmed, it would also reshape the story of early settlement, pointing to a previously unknown wave of hominid movement out of Africa, where man first arose.

FIRST LADY AND DAUGHTERS EAT PIZZA IN BROOKLYN: First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha had lunch yesterday (March 24th) at Brooklyn's famous Grimaldi pizzeria in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, the New York Daily News reported. Two staffers and three of the girls' schoolmates were along, and they all shared four pies: one plain, one pepperoni, one sausage, and one with peppers, mushrooms and onions. Rafal Harajda, who served the group, told the News the kids were, quote, "great . . . super polite and super well-behaved," and said of the first lady, "I was very surprised because . . . she was down to earth. I was nervous at first, but she makes you comfortable right away." Manager Joe Silvestri also had good things to say about Michelle, telling the newspaper, "Mrs. Obama looked awesome, great, even better in person than on TV."

SPORTS:

TIGER WOODS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE MASTERS: Augusta National released a tentative interview schedule Wednesday (March 24th) that said Tiger Woods will speak before he plays the Masters, holding his first press conference since the revelation of his multiple infidelities on Monday, April 5th. The Masters only recently began conducting a press conference on Monday of tournament week, and Woods is the only player scheduled for an interview that day.

GOODEN CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF DRUGS: Former Major League Baseball star Dwight Gooden has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. The former pitcher had a child in his car at the time of the two-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. ET Tuesday (March 23rd), and was also charged with child endangerment. Although police wouldn't say whose child it was, they said no one was hurt. They also wouldn't reveal what type of drug was involved. The 45-year-old Gooden has alcohol and drugs addiction, and it was drugs and legal troubles that ultimately derailed his pitching career.

  • Gooden won the Rookie of the Year award in 1984 at age 19 with the New York Mets. He helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986, and was also a member of the championship New York Yankees teams of 1996 and 2000. During his stint with the Yanks, he pitched a no-hitter in 1996.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CBS

  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL - NCAA Tournament, Regional Semifinal: Teams TBA
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL - NCAA Tournament, Regional Semifinal: Teams TBA

NBC

  • COMMUNITY - Pierce is willing to do whatever it takes to reach a new level of ascension in his Buddhist church; Britta tries to shake her reputation as a buzzkill.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Leslie plans a picnic lunch for Ron and former directors of the Parks Department; Tom poses for the cover of the summer events catalog.
  • THE OFFICE - Michael tries to impress one of Pam and Jim's friends; Dwight reconsiders his contract with Angela.
  • 30 ROCK - Liz's ex-boyfriend, Floyd, returns with big news; Jenna and Tracy spend a long day listening to Kenneth tell stories about his childhood.
  • THE MARRIAGE REF - Kelly Ripa, Jerry Seinfeld and Alec Baldwin fill the panel.

FOX

  • BONES (repeat)
  • FRINGE (repeat)

ABC

  • FLASHFORWARD - Aaron tries to figure out why a black-ops unit is looking for his daughter; Mark questions Lloyd about a conversation that occurred during their flashforwards.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - A patient's desire to end her life triggers haunting memories for Hunt; Arizona and Callie have different opinions about the future.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - The hospital must keep a surrogate mother on life support until her fetuses are able to survive; Naomi finds out that Addison and Sam have feelings for each other.

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Matt is surprised by the return of his long-lost mother; Elena and Stefan worry about Damon's new attitude.
  • SUPERNATURAL - Dean and Sam visit Bobby's home town when the dead begin rising from the grave to reunite with their families.

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY - LuAnn and Bethanny have a confrontation; Ramona takes her daughter to a fashion show.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat)
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michael Feinstein, guest co-host Dame Edna

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Miley Cyrus, Tom Papa, Puddle of Mudd
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Pierce Brosnan, Craig Robinson, Sarah McLachlan & Emmylou Harris
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Liev Schreiber, Rob Corddry, Robert Randolph and Sacred Steel
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Mike Shinoda, Lupe Fiasco, Ronnie Faisst, the Airborne Toxic Event
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Chad Ochocinco, Johnny Weir, Rodrigo y Gabriela

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

ALLEGED DRUNKEN TEACHER ARRESTED: A schoolteacher from Southern California was arrested for allegedly teaching while drunk. Tonya Neff, 47, was taken to the Indio Jail on Tuesday and booked for investigation of felony child endangerment. According to police, Neff had taken prescription drugs and alcohol and an alcoholic beverage was found inside a container. The school district's superintendent, Richard Medina, said that there was never any threat to Neff's seventh-grade students and the teacher was put on leave. (AP)

ROBBERS CALL BANK FOR MONEY TO GO: Two suspects in Connecticut were arrested after calling the bank ahead of time and telling the employee to get a bag of money ready. According to police, 27-year-old Albert Bailey and a 16-year-old boy planned to rob a People's United Bank in Fairfield on Tuesday. Sgt. James Perez said that the two suspects showed up at the bank about 10 minutes after making the phone call and were met by the police in the parking lot. Perez told the Connecticut Post the suspects were "not too bright." (AP)

TEEN SURVIVES BEING STABBED IN THE HEAD: A 16-year-old boy from a province in the northeastern China amazingly survived an attack by a local gang at an Internet cafe. The gang asked the teen to upload unauthorized software onto one of the cafe's computers. When the boy refused, the gang stabbed him in the left temple with a kitchen knife. Doctors at the 2nd Affiliated Hospital at Jilin University initially thought the teen was pulling a prank when he staggered into the emergency. The doctors proceeded to operate on him for two hours in order to remove the blade. "I've never seen anything like it in 23 years as a surgeon," said Prof Yan Shijun, the hospital's deputy director of neurosurgery. Shijun said the boy is conscious but may have post-surgery complications. (Telegraph.co.uk)

CAMPUS COP SHOOTS HIS OWN BUTTOCKS: A University of Illinois police officer who was off-duty is being investigated after his firearm accidentally went off injuring him in the buttocks. According to the Vernon Hills Police Department, he 39-year-old Bryan Mallin was shopping at a Best Buy in the Rivertree Court Shopping Center when .40-caliber gun tucked in his waistband went off. Although the incident is being investigated, officers believe it to be a ''true accident.'' Mallin has been an officer for UIC for five years and is currently on medical leave during the investigation. (Chicago Tribune)

DID YOU KNOW?

OLDER WOMEN NEED TO EXERCISE A LOT MORE: At least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who aren't dieting. For those who are already overweight -- and that's most American women -- even more exercise is called for to avoid gaining weight without eating less, the study results suggest. Their findings are based on 34,079 middle-aged women followed for about 13 years. Most were not on calorie-cutting diets. The women gained an average of almost 6 pounds during the study. Those who started out at a healthy weight, with a body mass index less than 25, and who gained little or no weight during the study consistently got the equivalent of about an hour of moderate activity daily. Few women -- only 13 percent -- were in this category. (FoxNews.com)

'CANE WORK' HELPS DISABLED DEFEND THEMSELVES: A 61-year-old man has created a program -- called Cane Work -- which is designed for anyone over 50 or any age person with a disability. Balance-based, it employs moves from yoga and Taido, and Qigong exercises to control breathing and defend themselves effectively with a cane. "I think if you look at most societies, they would have some sort of stick fighting in their history. The lord in the castle could afford a sword -- the serf would have a stick from the hedgerow, but would copy his master's actions. Going right back to the beginning of man, I'm sure the stick or club was the first weapon he would have had." (Asylum.com)

ORTHOREXIA: FOOD SNOB DISEASE: Phobics who refuse to consume "impure" foods and lose dangerous amounts of weight may have a disorder called orthorexia. Many experts believe that orthorexia is part of anorexia nervosa, in which sufferers severely limit their food intake and body weight. And an obsession with healthy food can seem almost unheard of in a country where 34% of the population is obese and where heart disease proves fatal for 2,500 people daily, according to E: The Environmental Magazine. Orthorexia sufferers have distorted views about what good health actually means, according to ABC News medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard, and these people can wind up emaciated. Warning signs of the eating disorder are worrying and stressing out about eating certain foods, eating the same foods prepared in the same way, spending increasing amounts of time reading food labels, and social isolation, Savard says.

TYPES OF PEOPLE TO UNFRIEND ON FACEBOOK OR STOP FOLLOWING ON TWITTER (Gawker.com)

Overuser: Their thumbs are practically shackled to their Blackberry and their fingers never leave the keyboard. It's always some new update about where they are, what they're doing, or other similar inanities. It's like someone tweeting about their work out.

The Oversharer: The minute one of your followees says anything about a bowel movement, it is time to go. Period. Some people use Facebook to share what they're doing and how they're feeling in a fun and interesting way. It's like running into them at a cocktail party and getting the quick rundown. An annoying few use it for their disgusting confessional full of graphic biological, biographical, and sexual information.

The Proselytizer: These aren't just the people who are constantly sharing Bible quotes with the world, it's any person who is constantly nagging other people to join their causes, political battles, and groups. Guess what, if we cared about stopping the deforestation of the Florida panhandle, we would seek the group out and join it ourselves. We don't need you suggesting that we become a part of it every time we log on to the site!

The In-Joker: Have you ever gone to someone else's high school reunion? Unless you are the world's most patient partner, of course not, because who wants to sit through hours of people sharing stories that you can't put into context, understand, or enjoy. But that is just what following an In-Joker's Twitter feed is like. "Like Mark is totally eating a shrimp taco, wink wink @Mike Totally makes me think of that guy in Cancun: 'Por favor' Am I right?!!"

The Replyer: There is nothing more annoying than looking at someone's Twitter page and every burst of characters starts with either an @ or an RT. This is especially true if the response has no context of what the original comment was about. If we don't follow that other person, we have no idea what the reply is all about. It's like turning on a David Lynch movie 45 minutes into it. You will be lost, frustrated, and possibly on the verge of an LSD flashback.

The Meme Lover: The only person who should be sending you weird forward chain mail letters is your mom. Some strange neurotoxin must be released when a woman pushes a baby out of her body that makes her send these to her offspring years later. It can't be helped, only tolerated. However, if anyone other than your mother is bothering you with "25 Things You Don't Care to Know About Me" or #sometimesiwonder or tagging you in one of those stupid grids of Little Miss characters, then they need to be cut loose from your life.

The Fisher: These are the people whose low self-esteem needs to be bolstered by other people wanting to know the details of their life. "I just feel like crying right now" or "You're never going to believe what I just bought!" or "Can't wait to tell everyone the big news." People who say vague and leading things like that want someone else to say, "What?" or "Why?" or "How Come?" That is what The Fisher makes you do, but what they're really saying is "Tell me I'm good enough to care about."

The Nobody: Face it, everyone's Facebook friend list is bloated. It includes people from high school you haven't talked to in eons, people you met once at a cocktail party and never talked to again, people who you have 90 mutual friends with but have never actually met in person. And you have to listen to all these things that people say. More often than not, these are the folks who are the types above that you have to get rid of.

BEST DATING SITES ON THE WEB (Telegraph)

My Single Friend (mysinglefriend.com) -- A friend writes your narrative on MSF, then you comment: "Can't believe you mentioned the charity work, the lottery win and the modeling." So, someone else shows off for you, plus there's less of a stigma because you didn't sign yourself up. Clever. With 8,000 to 10,000 new members every month, this is a cracker.

Lovestruck (lovestruck.com) -- Lovestruck.com matches urban desk pilots with people in other local offices. The site's new feature is an iPhone application that buzzes when one of Lovestruck's 40,000 members who fits your criteria is nearby.

Beautiful People (beautifulpeople.com) -- You post a picture and members vote whether you're good looking enough to join. If you're a doe-eyed doxy who isn't looking for conversation, or a young man with overwhelmingly greased asymmetrical hair who pouts like an angry fish, this is the site for you.

Dating Direct (datingdirect.com) -- Another industrially massive, utterly straightforward site. Like Match.com, this is useful if you're looking for someone outside your usual cultural boundaries, and favor the shotgun technique over the sniper rifle.

Loopy Love (loopylove.com) -- Are you too zany for conventional sites and looking for a similarly off-the-wall lover? The site claims more than 1.5 million "active" members, so it's clear that there are a lot of funsters out there.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What actress, who currently stars on a network series, played the younger sister to Kirstie Alley's character, Rebecca Howe, on Cheers?

A: Marcia Cross

(Source: Wikipedia)

WATER COOLER TALK

Should People Who Post Online Comments to Newspaper Stories Have to Give Their Names? There's a debate going on at the Washington Post -- and at many newspapers across the country -- about whether readers who post online comments at the end of stories and blogs should have to give their names, instead of letting them post anonymously or with "handles." That's because a lot of the comments that are posted can be vitriolic and nasty, including being racist and sexist, and the thought is there wouldn't be as much of that if people had to identify themselves. Post columnist Gene Weingarten gave his opinion yesterday (March 24th), saying that he's ambivalent. He explained, " I LIKE hearing from the frothing nutcakes -- I think it's both entertaining and illuminating," saying it gives the pulse of the lowest common denominator. He went on, "The ideal solution is to have nearly instant editing, but it's not practical . . . I'm torn. The vile stuff is...vile. It should not see the light of day. When a newspaper allows it up there, it is passively condoning it."

Octomom to Let PETA Put Sign on Her Lawn in Exchange for Cash and Food
"Octomom" Nadya Suleman, who's fighting to keep her Southern California house from foreclosure, has accepted an offer from the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals to put a sign in her front yard saying: "Don't Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter." PETA, which heard that Suleman could lose the home where she lives with her 14 children, offered her $5,000 and a month's supply of veggie burgers and hot dogs in exchange for displaying the sign. Suleman is in default on a $450,000 balloon payment on her home which was due two weeks ago. Her attorney is negotiating to refinance the payment and keep her from being thrown out.

Nude Male Body Casts Being Put on NYC Roofs, Sidewalks in Art Installation Life-size nude body casts that a British artist made of himself are going to be set up around New York City's Madison Square Park as part of an outdoor art installation, called "Event Horizon," local station NBC-TV reported. The first of the 31 iron and glass fiber casts was set up on a rooftop Tuesday (March 23rd), with others set to be put on pathways, sidewalks and other rooftops for the exhibit that will begin Friday and run through mid-August. The New York Police Department is trying to get the word out, worried that it might trigger a rash of 911 calls from people thinking the rooftop sculptures were suicidal jumpers. Artist Antony Gormley said in press remarks about the installation that he wanted to, quote, "play with the city and the people's perceptions."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Josh Turner celebrated his recent multiple-week Number One hit, "Why Don't We Just Dance," at a party in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, March 23rd) afternoon. Josh last graced the top of the country charts nearly three years ago with "Would You Go With Me."

Josh tells us he knows how tough it is to get on the charts these days, much less have a Number One hit. "I covet my job. I mean, this is what I've always wanted. This is where I belong, and I'm just very thankful for every day I have in it, and so anytime I get a Number One song or a song on the chart period I'm really thankful, so having it there for four weeks is just icing on the cake for me, so . . . "]

Josh said he always goes back to some sage advice he got from fellow singer and frequent co-writer, John Anderson, which reminds him to be grateful for his success. "He said, 'When you look at country music, there's only so many spots on the chart,' and he said, 'To have the opportunity to be on the chart and to be a player in this game,' he said, 'That's something that a lot of people want and a lot of people may never get.'"

  • Josh's new single, "All Over Me," heads to radio soon.
  • Both songs are on Josh's new Haywire CD, which was released in February.
  • He hits the road with Alan Jackson next month.

FAST FACTS

  • Josh's wife, Jennifer, plays keyboards and sings background vocals with Josh on the road.
  • They have two sons -- three-year-old Hampton and nine-month-old Colby.
Kenny Chesney heads to the Windy City on Saturday (March 27th) for another visit with Oprah Winfrey. He'll tape a new episode with the talk show queen, which is scheduled to air on April 9th. Kenny also took a field team from Oprah with him to the Florida Keys for a very special afternoon. The singer will give Oprah and her viewers an early peek at his very first movie, called Summer In 3-D. The film will be in theaters on April 21st.
  • In the meantime, Kenny is working on his next studio album.
  • His current single, "Ain't Back Yet," is the end theme from Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3-D. The song was added on to his Greatest Hits II CD, which was released last year.

FAST FACTS

  • Summer In 3-D is centered around five of Kenny's 2009 NFL stadium shows.
  • Kenny is nominated for Entertainer, Top Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year for his Dave Matthews duet, "I'm Alive," at next month's ACM Awards. The winners will be announced on April 18th in Las Vegas.

Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, and Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins are all scheduled to perform during the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas next month. The show will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 18th on CBS-TV beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • The ACM Awards will also be hosted by Reba for the 12th time in her career.

FAST FACTS

  • Kenny is nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist. If he wins Entertainer of the Year, it will be his fifth win in the category.
  • Carrie is up for six awards, including Entertainer of Year. She is the reigning Entertainer of the Year, and, if she wins that category again, she will be the first female in Academy history to hold two Entertainer of the Year trophies.
  • Brooks & Dunn are nominated for Top Vocal Duo of the Year. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are the best-selling duo in the history of country music. They will also receive the Academy's Milestone Award in recognition of their 20-year record-breaking career during the tribute concert special, ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo, which will be taped in Las Vegas on April 19th. They will also be honored for holding the record for most Top Vocal Duo wins, with 15 awards, eight of which are consecutive from 2000-2007.
  • Lady Antebellum led the ACM Award nominations this year with seven nods, including Album of the Year and Top Vocal Group. In addition, Lady Antebellum was nominated for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Need You Now."
  • Blake and Trace are nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for "Hillbilly Bone."
Chris Young is quickly climbing the charts with his latest single, "The Man I Want to Be." The song is about a guy who realizes he has made mistakes but wants to be a better person after having learned from them, as Chris tells us: "This song really is all about, you know, a relationship that . . . it can kind of go either way, you know? There's been some bad stuff happen in the relationship, and you know, the guy's really talkin' to his girl sayin', 'Look, I know there's been a lot of stuff that's happened, and we're kind of at a crossroads. We have to make a decision what we're gonna do here.' But he's sayin', 'I want to be a good man.' Probably my favorite line in the song -- the first chorus says, 'I want to be a good man, a do-like-I-should man. I want to be the kind of man the mirror'd like to see.'"
  • "The Man I Want To Be" is the title track of Chris' current CD.
  • The singer is in the pages of the March 29th issue of Country Weekly magazine. He's included in the publication's "Hometown" feature, which is on newsstands now.
  • Chris will be a special guest on Alan Jackson's upcoming Freight Train tour, which begins on April 8th in Estero, Florida.

FAST FACTS

  • Chris' last single, "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)", topped the charts last year.
  • It was his first Number One single.
  • Chris won the reality TV competition, Nashville Star, in 2006.
Dolly Parton usually keeps her political opinions to herself, but she couldn't contain her feelings about Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker during a recent interview with a radio station in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Dolly lashed out at Corker for refusing to regulate the nation's payday loan industry, which charges a 400 percent interest rate on short-term loans to military families and unemployed workers.

Corker removed the payday loan industry from regulation under proposed legislation that would give a new consumer protection agency the power to write and enforce rules governing payday lenders and other financial companies that are not part of banks. According to TheBoot.com, Dolly said the Senator did this so that payday lenders "could continue to charge 400 percent interest rates to the men and women in the U.S. military around the world who are fighting to preserve our freedom."

She said, "For a dad and a mom trying to raise some kids on a military paycheck, a 400 percent interest rate is not just dumb, it's un-American. Growing up poor, I know the hardship and tragedy that money matters can cause to a family."

Dolly added that the U.S. Senate is considering dropping the maximum rate of interest charged for payday loans from 400 percent to 36 percent.

  • Dolly's Dollywood theme park marks its 25th season when it opens on Saturday (March 27th) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

John Rich, Wynonna and Kenny Rogers performed at the grand opening Salute Gala at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa last weekend in San Antonio, Texas. The fundraiser event honored America's military service men and women who have been injured in the line of duty. More than 25 wounded warriors and their families attended the weekend festivities.

All proceeds from the weekend's events will be donated to the national Fisher House Foundation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

FAST FACTS

  • The Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," which are built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center.
  • The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established in 2000 to provide financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in the line of duty.
Mark Chesnutt will replace Tracy Byrd on the Country Rat Pack tour this spring and summer. He joins "Rat Pack" regulars Tracy Lawrence and Richie McDonald on the run, which begins on April 3rd in Fort Pierce, Florida and runs through August 15th in Webster, Massachusetts.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is Tim McGraw's real first name?
A. Samuel

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CMT CROSSROADS/CMT 12:00PM (ET)
Def Leppard, Taylor Swift

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: TIM McGRAW/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

DATELINE: TAYLOR SWIFT/CMT 1:00PM (ET)

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

MY MUSIC MIX: CARRIE UNDERWOOD/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Louie Anderson (comedian) (57)

  • Robert Carradine (actor, Mean Streets, Lizzie McGuire, Revenge of the Nerds) (55)
  • Lara Flynn Boyle (actress, The Practice, Twin Peaks) (40)
  • Alyson Hannigan (actress, How I Met Your Mother, Buffy The Vampire Slayer's and Angel's Willow, American Pie 1 and 2) (36)
  • Star Jones (former co-host, The View) (48)
  • Kelly LeBrock (model, actress, Weird Science) (50)
  • Bob Mackie (designer) (71, disputed)
  • Donna Pescow (actress, Saturday Night Fever's Annette) (56)
  • Tommy Hilfiger (designer) (59)
  • Peyton Manning (quarterback, Indianapolis Colts) (34)
  • Keisha Castle-Hughes (actress, Whale Rider) (20)
  • Nena (German pop star, "99 Luftballons") (50)
  • Nick Lowe (rocker, "Cruel To Be Kind") (61)
  • Dougie Thompson (bassist, Supertramp) (59)
  • Lee Oskar (singer-harmonica player, War) (62)
  • Curtis Hanson (director, L.A. Confidential, The River Wild, 8 Mile) (65)
  • Lake Bell (actress, The Practice, Boston Legal, Pride & Glory, What Happens in Vegas) (31)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Carrie Underwood was the musical guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live in 2007, performing "Before He Cheats" and "Wasted."
  • Kenny Chesney's "Beer In Mexico" moved into the Number One position in Billboard in 2007.
  • Buck Owens performed for the last time at his Crystal Palace theater in Bakersfield, California in 2006. He died in his sleep the following morning.
  • "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)" took Alabama to the top spot on the Billboard country chart in 1984.
  • Toby Keith married Tricia Lucus in 1984.
  • Anne Murray charted a Number One country single in Billboard with "I Just Fall In Love Again" in 1979.
  • Tanya Tucker's first Number One single, "What's Your Mama's Name," charted in 1973.
  • Elvis Presley was sworn into the U.S. Army in 1958.
  • Marty Robbins' first Columbia record, "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone" b/w "Tomorrow You'll Be Gone," was released in 1952.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

AUDRINA PATRIDGE STALKER WILL BE MENTALLY EVALUATED: A Los Angeles judge has ordered a man charged with stalking Audrina Patridge to get a mental evaluation. Zachary Loring attempted to plead guilty Tuesday (March 23rd) to a felony charge that he stalked The Hills star, but his attorney objected and a judge refused to accept the plea. The Associated Press reports that the 24-year-old criticized the court in a "brief profanity-laced tirade" before being returned to custody. He is being held on $150,000 bail after his arrest outside Patridge's home in February.

CLAUDIA SCHIFFER HAVING A GIRL: Claudia Schiffer is going to have a daughter. The supermodel, who is pregnant with her third child, announced the baby's sex earlier this week on German TV channel RTL. Schiffer -- who is due in May -- and her husband, director Matthew Vaughn, are already parents to two children, Caspar, 7, and Clementine, 5.

KARDASHIAN BODYGUARDS REPORTEDLY IN PAPARAZZI SCUFFLE: The Kardashian security team reportedly had a run-in with police after bodyguards "took care" of photographers that got too close to Kourtney's baby son Mason. TMZ.com reports that as Kim, Kourtney and her baby got out of a car on Monday in Miami, the paparazzo got way too close and Kim's security went on the offensive. The website adds that cops later came to the hotel where Kim was staying and asked to speak with her security people. The cops questioned the bodyguards and left.

SACHA BARON COHEN WEDDING CONFIRMED: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher are definitely married. Although it was widely reported that the two tied the knot earlier this week, his rep exclusively confirmed the news to GossipCop.com on Tuesday. The couple of eight years tied the knot in a private, traditional Jewish ceremony in Paris.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

JERRY SPRINGER LANDS NEW SHOW: Jerry Springer is hosting a new program on the Game Show Network. Baggage, which debuts on April 19th, gives three contestants the chance to win the eye of a prospective date, however, the contestants have to reveal their faults. Springer said of the program, "It's just fun and lighthearted. There's no life-changing issues." He added, "I'm like the crazy old uncle. People feel comfortable telling me their secrets, that I won't be judgmental."

'SCRUBS' REPORTEDLY OVER: Scrubs is over. Star Zach Braff announced on his Facebook page that the series will be coming to an end. He posted, "Many of you have asked, so here it is. it appears that 'New Scrubs', 'Scrubs 2.0', 'Scrubs with new kids', 'Scrubbier', 'Scrubs without JD' is no more. It was worth a try, but alas... it didn't work. zb" The news isn't official though -- creator Bill Lawrence told E! that while Scrubs "hasn't been canceled, we're all just assuming it's over."

RYAN PHILLIPPE HOSTING 'SNL': Ryan Phillippe will host Saturday Night Live on April 17th with musical guest Ke$ha. Phillippe also happens to appear in MacGruber, the SNL character-based movie that is set to be released this spring. Both Phillippe and Ke$ha will be making their SNL debuts.

'CAPTAIN AMERICA' ROLE SECURED: Chris Evans has reportedly accepted the role of Captain America for the upcoming Marvel adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter announced that not only has the actor accepted Marvel's offer for the role, but that the deal-making moved so fast it's now all about taking care of the little details. Evans was offered the role in Marvel Studios' production late last week, but there was reportedly some question of whether he would accept; namely, whether the Fantastic Four veteran wanted the baggage that comes with a high-profile action role.

WILL FERRELL SAYS NO 'ANCHORMAN 2': Will Ferrell is no longer optimistic that there'll be a sequel to his hit comedy Anchorman. Although he said last year that Anchorman 2 was in the works, he's now changed his tune because former co-stars like Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell are booked up. He said, "I thought we were doing it. Now I've heard it's going to be too hard to get everyone together."

JENNY MCCARTHY WRITING BOOK WITH HELP FROM TWITTER: Jenny McCarthy is planning to write a new book on relationships. The star launched a campaign on her Twitter account to gather fans' infidelity stories that she'll use to "look inside love and sex." Some of her questions so far have included "what makes a woman stay after your man cheats?" and "what do you fantasize about when you're having sex?"

KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED: Robert Downey Jr., Katy Perry and Tina Fey are among the big time celebs who will be presenters at this Saturday's (March 27th) Kids' Choice Awards. Other stars who will be on hand for the show include Steve Carell, Chris Rock, Jackie Chan, Jonah Hill, Queen Latifah, David Spade, Lea Michele, Dev Patel, Miranda Cosgrove and Shaun White. Rihanna and Justin Bieber will perform while eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno will attempt to set a new world record for being catapulted into the show's trademark green slime via the Kids' Choice Awards Slime Slingshot. Kevin James hosts the show, which airs on Nickelodeon.

ROBIN WRIGHT COMING TO BROADWAY: Robin Wright and Richard Schiff are coming to Broadway. The Associated Press reports that the actors will make their Broadway debut next season in a revival of Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Talley's Folly."

FREIDA PINTO'S REP DENIES BOND CASTING: A spokesperson for Freida Pinto has denied reports the actress has signed up to be Daniel Craig's next Bond girl. A source told the Daily Mirror, "Freida was always the dream Bond girl, but initially she was nervous about accepting it. This is going to be the most ambitious 007 yet." However, her rep clarified, "As of today, Freida Pinto has not been approached to be part of the next Bond film."

THE TOP ELEVEN TAKE ON BILLBOARD HITS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

The remaining contestants on American Idol sang Number Ones from the Billboard Top 100 charts last night (March 23rd) and received some help from Miley Cyrus. Lee Dewyze started the night off with "The Letter" and managed to impress all the judges except for Simon. Paige Miles and Tim Urban more than disappointed the judges with their, quote, "corny" and "terrible" performances. Aaron Kelly refreshed the judges with his version of Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing." Crystal Bowersox was told she was in "another league" after her performance of Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee." Big Mike and Casey James gave fairly safe performances, while Andrew Garcia once again failed to impress the judges. Katie Stevens finally showed the judges where she belonged, but Didi Benami's version of "You're No Good" left the judges disappointed and confused. The show closed with Siobhan Magnus singing "Superstitious," which overall pleased the judges.

OPRAH WINFREY SETTLES SUIT WITH FORMER HEADMISTRESS

Oprah Winfrey has settled the defamation lawsuit filed against her by Novuyo Mzamane, the former headmistress of her South African leadership academy for girls, where some students claimed they were abused. Mzamane claimed that Winfrey defamed her professional character through remarks made by the talk show queen after the 2007 sex abuse scandal, making it impossible for her to find another job.

The settlement, for an undisclosed figure, was announced by lawyers in the case late Tuesday (March 23rd), after Winfrey and Mzamane met in private. "The two parties met woman to woman without their lawyers and are happy that they could resolve this dispute peacefully to their mutual satisfaction," said a statement released jointly by both sides.

  • A federal trial was scheduled to begin in Philadelphia on March 29th. Winfrey -- who was due to testify in the case -- had first tried to get the suit dismissed, then tried to have the trial moved to Chicago but was shot down by the judge.
  • Mzamane was born in Lesotho. She had previously worked at the private Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia before heading up Winfrey's school outside of Johannesburg, where she earned $150,000 a year. After her dismissal, she returned to Philadelphia, where she filed suit against Winfrey in 2007.

SIDE NOTES

  • Mzamane [em-zah-MAH-nee] claimed that after the abuse scandal came to light in 2007, Winfrey damaged her reputation by falsely implying that she wasn't trustworthy. She pointed to the media mogul's comments about the need to clean house at the school and remarks such as, "I thought she cared about the girls of South Africa."

PAULA ABDUL TO HOST FLASH MOB DANCE SHOW?

The latest rumor about Paula Abdul's next job: she'll host a new reality series set in the world of flash mob dancing.

Sources tell EW.com that the show -- which is being produced by the folks behind The Biggest Loser -- would feature Abdul and dance movie guru Kenny Ortega choreographing mass dances in public locations.

  • An NBC insider made it clear that the deal is far from done and anything could happen.

REP DENIES SANDRA BULLOCK IS SHOPPING FOR DIVORCE LAWYER

Sandra Bullock's rep is denying a report that she and husband Jesse James have been interviewing divorce lawyers. TMZ.com claims that Bullock's team is keen on hiring Lance Spiegel, who handled divorces for Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear and Michael Jackson.

Insiders say that Jesse would not be initiating the divorce, but his business people have contacted several lawyers as well, asking the attorneys "if they'd be interested in taking the case" if Sandra files.

  • Sandra's people slammed the report as "completely false," but given the bombshell cheating allegations against James, it wouldn't come as a surprise.
  • Last week, James publicly apologized to his wife after tattoo model Michelle McGee claimed she had a fling with him as Bullock filmed her Oscar-winning role in The Blind Side last year.

SANDRA WANTS CUSTODY OF JESSE'S DAUGHTER?

Bullock -- who is extremely close with James's daughter with his ex-wife -- is reportedly considering fighting for custody of her.

X17Online.com reports, "[Sandra] is going to go ahead and file for divorce and she is also wanting to get custody of Mr. James' young daughter. Her lawyers are telling her that there is a possibility that she could custody since the child's mother is unfit and Jesse is an adulterer. She wants that little girl and is ready to fight to get her."

BETTY WHITE FURIOUS AT JESSE JAMES

Presumably thousands of Bullock fans would line up to confront Jesse over the allegations, but one person he should especially watch out for is Betty White. A source close to Bullock's 88-year-old The Proposal co-star told PopEater.com, "Betty wants to kick Jesse James' a--. Betty is furious and just cannot understand why he would be so stupid. He had everything. A beautiful, talented wife who adored him, an amazing daughter that Sandra treats as her own, and he has thrown it all away for some floozy."

  • White didn't mention the tattooed biker when talking to Entertainment Tonight earlier this week, but addressed the situation by saying, "I love her with all my heart. [She's] one of the greatest human beings on the planet. We're all deeply, deeply saddened. At such a high point in her life, it's tough, but I think the less other people have to say about it and let her work it out . . . the better."

SPOOF TAPE COMING FROM MICHELLE MCGEE?

The New York Post reports that in recent days, McGee filmed a yet-to-surface spoof video of the tabloid situation where she plays herself, a girlfriend plays Bullock and a look-alike stands in for James.


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'DANCING WITH THE STARS' PREMIERE GETS BIG RATINGS

Dancing With the Stars premiered to big numbers on Monday (March 22nd) night. Entertainment Weekly reported that the 23.9 million viewers marked the show's highest premiere audience ever.

  • PerezHilton.com speculates that Kate Gosselin -- who underwhelmed the judges with her performance -- was likely the big draw.

DIRT FROM BACKSTAGE AT THE SHOW

Vienna Girardi isn't exactly sucking up to her future in-laws, according to witnesses at Monday (March 22nd) night's taping. Sources at the show told Usmagazine.com that that Vienna ignored fiance Jake Pavelka's parents, who were there to cheer on the former Bachelor.

The witness told the magazine, "They did not speak at all or interact -- it was very noticeable to me." Former Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand, who was also in attendance, received the bulk of Vienna's attention. The source continued, "Gia and Vienna chatted throughout the entire show. They whispered and chatted. Sometimes they'd turn around and talk to [Bachelorette stars] Ed Swiderski and Jillian Harris. But they never talked to [Jake's] parents at all -- even after Jake performed!"

  • In other news -- forget Kate Gosselin -- the show's resident diva appears to be Pamela Anderson. A source claims that the bombshell got bored with the post-show press and left after ten minutes. Before she took off, however, she "requested that every TV outlet wishing to interview her on camera had to have ring lights for her. She would not interview without that lighting."
  • And although they may not be on top of the leader board, the early fan favorites seem to be Niecy Nash and her partner Louis Van Amstel. A witness told Usmagazine.com, "Everyone went crazy cheering for them, giving them a standing ovation. Niecy even got a little emotional over all the people cheering! They were the most likeable couple of the night."

ROSIE O'DONNELL CONFIRMS RETURN TO TV

Rosie O'Donnell confirmed widespread reports that she's returning to daytime television in 2011. The 47-year-old told Entertainment Tonight, "It's gonna be a lot different because I'm a lot older, you know. I've grown a lot and I think that it's time."

She added that the program will be "a single topic . . . an hour-long show about life, love and laughter." There will be "no desk . . . and no celebs promoting movies, [but there] may be a few giveaways."

  • Producer Scott Carlin noted that the show will not be a platform for Rosie's political views. He said, "What she did on 'The View' has absolutely nothing to do with this show. Rosie's a comedian at her heart. That's very much what's going to ground and direct the material that she deals with, not that there won't be serious subjects."
  • O'Donnell also confirmed that it was Oprah Winfrey's impending exit from the broadcast television market that inspired her to get back on the TV wagon. She said, "A lot of companies have asked in the few years that I've been gone, since 2002. Now all my kids are in school and I've got my days free, and with Oprah leaving there's a huge void in daytime."

'WIFE SWAP' TEEN SUING SHOW FOR MAKING HER LOOK SPOILED

A teen ex-beauty queen featured on Wife Swap is suing the show for $100 million, claiming that they intentionally ruined her life by making her look like a spoiled brat, exposing her to "ridicule, mockery and derision."

The suit, which also targets Disney, ABC and RDF Media, charges: "For their own profit, defendants purposefully, intentionally and knowingly caused severe emotional and psychological harm to a fragile 15-year-old."

Alicia Guastafarro, who is now 18, claims she was so hurt by "incessant verbal and physical assaults from her peers," that she had to finish high school in a special program.
Although the show -- which features families swapping mothers -- is billed as a reality program, Guastafarro says that much of what was shown of her on TV was scripted.

  • The former Little Miss Buffalo said she was instructed to pretend to get a "Christmas present" every morning, to angrily return her cereal to her mom and to repeat such lines as "I am the most popular girl in school."
  • She added that clauses in her contract "prohibited and discouraged" her from explaining her behavior and that while her mom, Karen, got $20,000 from the show, she didn't receive any compensation.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


OBAMA SIGNS HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION: President Obama made it official yesterday (March 23rd), signing the health care reform legislation that was narrowly passed by the House on Sunday (March 21st). Democratic lawmakers cheered in a rally-like atmosphere at the signing ceremony, as Obama said, "Our presence here today is remarkable and improbable. With all the punditry, all of the lobbying, all the game-playing that passes for governing in Washington, it's been easy at times to doubt our ability to do such a big thing, such a complicated thing." Now Obama will mount a post-passage effort to sell the benefits of the bill, beginning Thursday (March 25th) in Iowa City, where he announced his health care plan in May 2007 as a presidential candidate.

Meanwhile, attorneys general from 13 states filed suit to stop the legislation just minutes after it was signed by Obama. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum took the lead in the lawsuit that contends the legislation is unconstitutional because it forces people to buy insurance. The Justice Department, which is responsible for defending U.S. law in court, pledged to vigorously fight any challenges to the new health care law. Spokesman Charles Miller said, "We are confident that this statute is constitutional and we will prevail."

OBAMA AND NETANYAHU MEET AT WHITE HOUSE: President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Tuesday (May 23rd) in a two meetings at the White House amid a serious dispute about settlement construction in east Jerusalem, spurred by the announcement that was made when Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel two weeks ago. Obama and Netanyahu initially met for about 90 minutes in the Oval Office, a half-hour longer than scheduled. Then Obama left and Netanyahu stayed behind to consult with his staff. He then asked for a second meeting with Obama, who came back for another 35 minutes of talks. Neither side issued a formal statement on what was discussed in the meetings. The meetings came after Netanyahu received a bipartisan warm public reception from Congress. Earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Israel's expansionist housing policies erode trust and the U.S. position as an honest broker. However, Netanyahu defiantly said Israel would continue to build in Jerusalem.

TODAY'S FYI:

BIDEN CAUGHT DROPPING THE F-BOMB AT HEALTH CARE BILL SIGNING: Ah, Joe Biden. The vice president can always be counted on for an unintended chuckle, and he didn't disappoint yesterday (March 23rd), getting caught dropping the F-bomb on an open mike during the ceremony for the signing of the health care reform legislation. After introducing President Obama to a group of ecstatic Democratic lawmakers, Biden hugged the president and could be heard saying, "This is a big f***ing deal!" The White House laughed it off, with spokesman Robert Gibbs tweeting later, "And yes, Mr. Vice President, you're right." Biden fans can buy a T-shirt with the now-famous phrase at www.zazzle.com/hcr_big_fing_deal_tshirt-235071564353624757, where they were available within hours of his gaffe.

NEW RULES CRACK DOWN ON GIFT CARD FEES, EXPIRATIONS: The Federal Reserve issued new rules Tuesday (March 23rd) to protect Americans from unexpected fees or expiration restrictions on gift cards. Starting on August 22nd, people must have at least five years to use a gift card before it expires. Additionally, fees can only be imposed under certain conditions: if the card hasn't been used for at least a year; if clear disclosures are given about the fees; and if no more than one fee is charged a month. Congress ordered the Fed to issue the new rules under a law enacted last year.

STUDY: OLDER WOMEN HAVE TO EXERCISE ONE HOUR A DAY TO MAINTAIN WEIGHT: New research has found just how hard women need to work to keep off weight as they get older, with a study in today's (March 24th) Journal of the American Medical Association finding that at least an hour of moderate activity is needed for middle-aged women at a healthy weight who aren't dieting. For women who start out already overweight, they need even more exercise to keep off additional weight without eating less. Moderate exercise includes things like brisk walking, leisurely bicycling and golfing. Both men and women often put on weight as they get older, partly because their metabolism slows down. There's also a tendency to become more sedentary with age, while not changing eating habits. Additionally, hormonal changes during menopause can make women prone to gain weight, especially around the belly.

INDIA'S MILITARY TO USE WORLD'S HOTTEST CHILI PEPPER FOR WEAPON: India's military will be using the world's hottest chili pepper to make tear gas-like hand grenades that can be used as a weapon. India's thumb-sized "bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili," was named the world's spiciest chili by Guinness World Records in 2007. It has more than one million Scoville units, the measure used for a chili's spiciness. By comparison, jalapeno peppers range from 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units, and Tabasco sauce has 2,500 to 5,000. R. B. Srivastava of India's Defense Research and Development Organization told AP about the new weapon, "This is definitely going to be an effective nontoxic weapon because it's pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hide-outs." He said an aerosol spray version is also in trials that could be used by the police to control and disperse mobs.

PORTION SIZE HAS INCREASED IN LAST SUPPER PAINTINGS: The size of the food portions in famous Last Supper paintings is an odd topic for research, but Cornell University food behavior scientist Brian Wansink decided to look into it, and found that they've grown substantially over the last millennium. The researchers looked at the portions in 52 Last Supper paintings -- including the most famous one of all, Leonardo da Vinci's -- and found that growing portion size is not unique to our modern society. In paintings between 1000 and 2000, they found that the size of the main dish grew 69 percent as they went from the oldest paintings to the most recent, the size of the plate 66 percent, and the bread 23 percent.

SPORTS:

NFL CHANGES OVERTIME RULES FOR PLAYOFF GAMES: The NFL on Tuesday (March 23rd) changed its overtime rules for postseason games from the sudden-death format. Starting next season, if a team wins the overtime coin toss in a playoff game and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If that next series ends with a field goal for the other team, play will then continue under the sudden-death rules. However, if the team winning the toss immediately scores a touchdown, the game is over. Team owners voted 28-4 in favor of the change, which was backed by Commissioner Roger Goodell. The change was made because statistics show that winning the overtime coin toss has become too determinative of who wins the game.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY & WEEKEND!



CBS

  • SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS - The castaways learn that two people will be sent home in a rare double elimination; one contestant risks it all at the tribal council.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS (repeat)
  • CSI: NY (repeat)

NBC

  • MERCY - Veronica starts to confront her PTSD; Harris and Chloe try to help a college football player with a possible brain injury.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (repeat)
  • LAW& ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - When a disabled woman is beaten and raped, Benson and Stabler think someone close to the victim is responsible.

FOX

  • HUMAN TARGET - Chance must protect a prize fighter being targeted by a ruthless businessman.
  • AMERICAN IDOL - Miley Cyrus performs; Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato perform; another contestant is eliminated.

ABC

  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE - Frankie worries about her job when a motivational consultant (Amy Sedaris) is asked to speak to the sales staff; Mike gives advice to Sue's ex-boyfriend and helps Brick with a school project.
  • MODERN FAMILY - Claire and Phil each take on one of kids' school projects; Gloria and Cameron bond during a night out.
  • COUGAR TOWN - A wine rep sets her sights on Grayson; Jules vows to give up wine for a month.
  • UGLY BETTY - After being knocked unconscious at a photo shoot, Betty has a dream in which her orthodontist shows her how her life would have been had she never worn braces.

CW

  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - Former contestant Toccara Jones tests the contestants' fashion knowledge; the contestants take part in a dance-inspired photo shoot.
  • FLY GIRLS - (series premiere) Louise and Mandy attend a party with a guy they met on a flight; Farrah and Tasha prepare for the arrival of Nikole, their new roommate.
  • HIGH SOCIETY - Tinsley looks for dirt on her ex-husband; Dale crashes a benefit.

COMEDY CENTRAL

  • SOUTH PARK - The boys are given a controversial book that inspires them to write one of their own.
  • UGLY AMERICANS - Mark tries to teach Werewolf and its victim a lesson in trust; Leonard pursues his dream of becoming a famous magician.

MTV

  • THE REAL WORLD - Josh lands his first big gig; Mike and Tanner renew their commitment.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Gerard Butler, Sonya Fitzpatrick
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - Richard Lewis, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie McDermott

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Tina Fey, Bryan Cranston, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Ed Helms
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Gerard Butler, Gabrielle Union, Jamie Cullum
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jonah Hill, Emily Proctor, Mishka
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Ben Stiller, Liam Gallagher, the Clientele
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Paul riekhoff, Bad Religion, the Ravonettes
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Eva Longoria Parker, Sinbad, Eric Andre

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


TEEN HIRES HITMAN TO KILL FATHER: An Italian woman was arrested on Tuesday for hiring two assassins to murder her overbearing father, according to authorities. Ilenia Moretti, a 19-year-old from the small town of Luzzara, was caught after the second hitman changed his mind and confessed to the police. Moretti recruited hitman Alex Grantana from a nearby town in order to ''break free from years of intimidation.'' The teenager has asked her father for 5,000 euros for a trip to America, which she then used to hire the hitman with her mother's consent. Moretti was found hiding in a nearby house and her mother is being questioned for her possible role in attempted murder. (Reuters)

MAN CAUGHT SNEAKING INTO JAIL: A man from Florida is sentenced to 15 years of prison for violating his probation and trying to break into the Brevard County Jail. Sylvester Jiles, 25, was convicted of trespassing on jail property and resisting an officer. According to authorities, Jiles tried to climb a 12-foot fence at the Brevard County Detention Center. He was caught and hospitalized from the severe cuts caused by the barbed wire. He was released a week earlier for accepting a plea on a manslaughter charge. Jiles begged jail officials to take him in, saying that he feared retaliation from his victim's family. (AP)

WOMAN CANNOT HAVE SEX INDOORS: Danielle Vincely has a sexual phobia that prevents her from having sex indoors. The 24-year-old has had this problem since the first time she had sex at the age of 18. Vincely claims that every time she attempted to have sex indoors; she would become panicky and want it to be over. Her Portsmouth doctor tried to cure her phobia with anti-depressants, but Vincely decided that she would rather continue having sex outdoors than be dependant on drugs. "Guys love it at first," said Vincely. "They think it's kinky making love under the stars in the woods, on beaches, park benches and car bonnets. But after a while they get annoyed, especially if it's raining, and dump me.'' (newsoftheworld.co.uk)

TEENS' PIZZA HEIST BRINGS ON SWAT TEAM: Teenagers in Alaska with a plot to steal a delivery man's pizza brought on a SWAT team, according to police. A man who was trying to deliver a pizza Sunday night was confronted outside a home by a man with a gun and a stick. The man said three other people attacked him from behind and grabbed the pizza without taking his money. Police spokesman, Lt. Dave Parker says the delivery man followed one of the attackers to a home where she was arrested. The other three suspects barricaded themselves in the home which prompted authorities to call in a SWAT team. All four teenagers, two boys and two girls, were arrested on charged of robbery and assault. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

CHILDREN ARE GOOD FOR WOMENS' SELF-ESTEEM: Having children can raise a woman's self-esteem, a new study suggests. Researchers believe that being needed by young children can increase their feelings of self-worth and can cut the chances that a woman will commit suicide. The risks fell further the more children she had, the study found. Part of the reason could be an increased sense of happiness and self-esteem that woman feel after giving birth. They added that mothers often have more supportive social networks than women who do not have children. (Telegraph)

EVEN FAT MODELS MAKE GIRLS FEEL BAD: Dove's Real Beauty ad campaigns are seen as groundbreaking forays into being a bit more realistic about how women look, while Glamour's new habit of featuring regular-sized broads is widely praised. However -- according to a new study by the University of Arizona, ads featuring bigger models don't actually make most women feel very good about themselves. Apparently, pretty much everything makes women feel like crap about how they look. According to the researchers, larger women feel better about themselves when ads don't include any models at all, average-sized ladies actually have lower self-esteem after looking at ads with plus-sized models rather than uber-skinny ones, and thin folk prefer the traditional tiny models. The study did, however, come up with one way bigger models can be used to actually influence product sales: " . . . if a normal-size woman sees moderately heavy images in ads for weight-loss products, she might feel overweight and be more inclined to buy a diet plan or gym membership." (Celebrifi.com)

BANANAS CAN STOP SPREAD OF HIV? A protein found in bananas helps prevent HIV from entering the body. BanLec, which is extracted from bananas, naturally encases HIV in a sugary-envelope. In doing so, it acts to stop the kind of viral intrusion that leads to HIV infection. In lab tests, BanLec was as effective in preventing the spread of HIV as two synthetic anti-HIV drugs. (Asylum.com)

DID YOU KNOW?


CHILDREN ARE GOOD FOR WOMENS' SELF-ESTEEM: Having children can raise a woman's self-esteem, a new study suggests. Researchers believe that being needed by young children can increase their feelings of self-worth and can cut the chances that a woman will commit suicide. The risks fell further the more children she had, the study found. Part of the reason could be an increased sense of happiness and self-esteem that woman feel after giving birth. They added that mothers often have more supportive social networks than women who do not have children. (Telegraph)

EVEN FAT MODELS MAKE GIRLS FEEL BAD: Dove's Real Beauty ad campaigns are seen as groundbreaking forays into being a bit more realistic about how women look, while Glamour's new habit of featuring regular-sized broads is widely praised. However -- according to a new study by the University of Arizona, ads featuring bigger models don't actually make most women feel very good about themselves. Apparently, pretty much everything makes women feel like crap about how they look. According to the researchers, larger women feel better about themselves when ads don't include any models at all, average-sized ladies actually have lower self-esteem after looking at ads with plus-sized models rather than uber-skinny ones, and thin folk prefer the traditional tiny models. The study did, however, come up with one way bigger models can be used to actually influence product sales: " . . . if a normal-size woman sees moderately heavy images in ads for weight-loss products, she might feel overweight and be more inclined to buy a diet plan or gym membership." (Celebrifi.com)


BANANAS CAN STOP SPREAD OF HIV? A protein found in bananas helps prevent HIV from entering the body. BanLec, which is extracted from bananas, naturally encases HIV in a sugary-envelope. In doing so, it acts to stop the kind of viral intrusion that leads to HIV infection. In lab tests, BanLec was as effective in preventing the spread of HIV as two synthetic anti-HIV drugs. (Asylum.com)

HOW TO BREAK UP WITH A FRIEND (Wall Street Journal)

Take a deep breath. If you're mad, give yourself time to calm down. You want to be sure you really want to end the friendship.

Try a temporary separation. You might find you miss each other and want to get back together. Hey, it has worked for married couples.

Lie. Claim to be super busy -- blame work or the kids. The experts are with me on this. They say the time to be up-front and honest with your friends is before a breakup.
Go slowly, especially if it's a close relationship.

Foist your unwanted friend on another friend. Friends of mine have used this strategy on me before. (They know who they are.)

Become a Facebook pest. I have a gay friend who has had much success getting rid of bigoted high school friends by making his status updates as flamboyant and politically charged as possible.

Issue an ultimatum -- but be prepared to lose your friends.

WHAT HAPPY COUPLES TALK ABOUT (YourTango.com)

Embarrassing moments. If you can't share the awkward, American Pie-worthy moments that occurred throughout high school with your boyfriend or husband, who can you tell them to? Don't be afraid to broach the subject, if you haven't already. We wouldn't be surprised if his stories are more horrifying than yours.

Political viewpoints. How do you feel about the freshly-approved healthcare bill? You don't have to agree with each other, but you do need to keep an open mind. A good relationship allows both parties to discuss their own philosophies without taking the opposition personally.

Fears and insecurities. By fears, we don't mean your phobia of earthworms. We're talking about things that make you wake up with gray hairs. What worries you? What do you want to improve in yourself? What skeletons are in your closet? In being vulnerable, you risk judgment, but more importantly, you chance being understood.

Childhood. Ask your partner what he or she was like as a kid. Did she make friends easily? What kind of games did he like to play? Did he have trouble in school? Childhood memories make for fun conversations, but they can also lend insight into how your main squeeze became the person he or she is today.

Past relationships. This is a touchy one because no one wants to hear the person they're with spouting sonnets about an ex. There is, of course, a difference between longing for (or being bitter over) the past and simply acknowledging what happened. With enough practice, seasoned, happy couples learn how to address why past relationships ended without inadvertently comparing their current partner to an old flame.

Family life. Knowing a person's upbringing and relationship with his or her parents is paramount to understanding his current attitude toward family. If you're even slightly contemplating a future with this person, it might help to ask how well they get along with their parents. Why does she resent her mother? Why is he closer to his sisters than to his brothers? How does she handle family gatherings?

Current events. Thanks to the overflow of information, it's nearly impossible to stay up-to-date on everything going on around us. Here's where teamwork comes into play: Ask your partner about his interests, be they economics or regional politics, and see if you can't learn a thing or two. Who knows, maybe you'll help him develop an interest in international affairs or science news.

TV and movies. Compared to politics and personal fears, entertainment might seem pretty shallow, but Dr. Mehl actually classified discussions about movies in the "deep" category, given that people focused on character motivations and plots rather than on, say, the hot leading actors.

The future. Talking about the future can be nerve-wracking. While we're not saying you should pressure your partner into talking about his plans for marriage and children, we do believe that whether he openly talks about them or you ask directly, you should know his dreams, goals, and aspirations. What is he working toward? What drives him to succeed? Where does he see himself in five years? Someone who desires growth and is not afraid of the unknown is surely dynamic enough to deserve you.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to the Seattle Times, what the only two schools to reach the round of 16 in the Men's NCAA tournament for the past three years?

A: Xavier and Michigan State

WATER COOLER TALK

Sarah Palin Close to Deal for Reality Show About Alaska

Sarah Palin is reportedly close to a deal for a travelogue reality show about Alaska. The Hollywood Reporter said that Discovery Communications has beaten out A&E Networks for the show, called Sarah Palin's Alaska, although it's still undecided which of Discovery Communication's networks would air it. The show will be shot in high-definition in a style similar to Discovery's Life and Planet Earth, and will feature Palin acting as a guide to the Alaskan outdoors. The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate was said to be asking for $1.2 million per episode.


Fast Food and Chain Restaurants Will Have to Post Calories on Menus

While everyone is trying to figure out the intricacies of the just-signed health care reform legislation, there's a provision in it that's easy to understand and is hoped will help people eat healthier. Fast food and and other chain restaurants across the country that have 20 or more locations will be required to put calories counts on menus and menu boards. The FDA will create a new national standard for menu labeling, which will supersede a growing patchwork of state and city laws. The measure was passed with the backing of the restaurant industry, which wanted a national standard to follow instead of having to deal with the various laws across the country. New York City was the first to implement a calorie posting law, and since then other places have followed suit, including California and Seattle.

Reality Show Will Follow Virgin Atlantic Flight Attendants

A new reality show on the CW network will follow the lives of five female Virgin America flight attendants as they work, share a home in L.A., and party on layovers in cities like Las Vegas, Miami Beach and New York. Fly Girls debuts tonight (March 24th) at 9 p.m. ET., starring the five women who were already friends or acquaintances before filming began. In order to allow filming on planes as the women worked, the FAA set some requirements, including that a Virgin America management representative had to be on every flight, the film crew had to be briefed on safety procedures, and all passengers had to be notified that filming would take place on their flight.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What artist's debut album is the fastest selling in Soundscan history?
A. Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CMT CROSSROADS/CMT 12:00PM (ET)
Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown Band

CMT CROSSROADS/CMT 1:00PM (ET)
Def Leppard, Taylor Swift

ON THE STREETS/GAC 1:30PM, 9:00PM (ET)
Kellie Pickler, The Grascals

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: TIM McGRAW/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Perez Hilton (celebrity blogger, real name Mario Lavandeira) (32)
  • Marty Allen (comedian) (88)
  • Princess Eugenie (the younger daughter of Britain's Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson) (20)
  • Chaka Khan (singer) (57)
  • Keri Russell (actress, Felicity, Mission: Impossible III, Bedtime Stories, Waitress) (34)
  • Richard Grieco (star of Blackheart and 21 Jump Street) (45)
  • Ric Ocasek (singer-guitarist, the Cars) (61)
  • Amanda Plummer (actress, Pulp Fiction and The Fisher King, daughter of Christopher Plummer) (53)
  • Jason Kidd (NBA star) (37)
  • David Grisman (bluegrass mandolinist, long-time collaborator with the late Jerry Garcia) (65)
  • Catherine Keener (actress, Out of Sight, Being John Malkovich, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Capote) (51)
  • Michelle Monaghan (actress, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor, Eagle Eye, Mission: Impossible III) (34)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

Kenny Chesney kicked off his 2006 tour at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, in 2006.
Uncle Kracker
made a surprise appearance to duet on "When The Sun Goes Down." The date also featured Dierks Bentley and Sugarland.
Patty Loveless
topped the Billboard country chart with "You Can Feel Bad" in 1996.
Dwight Yoakam's This Time album was released in 1993.
Emmylou Harris
' Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town album was certified gold in 1988.
Ray Charles
and Willie Nelson appeared at Number One on the Billboard country chart with "Seven Spanish Angels" in 1985.
Wilma Lee
and Stoney Cooper performed for the last time as members of the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree in 1957.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!!!

MO'NIQUE WANTS SANDRA TO CALL HER: Mo'Nique is offering Sandra Bullock a shoulder to cry on or hand to hold as she deals with the cheating allegations surrounding her marriage. Mo'Nique told her fellow Oscar-winner (via Entertainment Tonight): "To my sweet sister Sandra, my prayers are with you. My prayers are also with your husband, baby. That is between the two of you and I hope ya'll make it work. Sandra, if you need me, sugar, call me, baby."

SACHA BARON COHEN AND ISLA FISHER TIE THE KNOT: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher reportedly got married last week after a six-year engagement. Women's Day reports that Fisher sent an email to friends that read, "We did it -- we're married! It was the absolute best day of my life and in so many beautiful moments I missed you all so much. I thought of you as everything was happening, but Sacha and I wanted no fuss -- just us!" The couple, who started dating in 2002, have a daughter named Olive who was born in 2007.

REESE WITHERSPOON STEPS OUT WITH NEW BEAU: Reese Witherspoon is clearly more than "friends" with Hollywood agent Jim Toth. Although reps downplayed their relationship after the two were seen on a series of dates, recent photos of the pair holding hands during a weekend getaway prove that things have gotten romantic. The couple reportedly enjoyed a romantic trip to Ojai, California in celebration of Witherspoon's 34th birthday.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL REPORTEDLY FIGHTS OVER HEATH LEDGER: Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly got into a bar fight over the weekend in Montreal. E! reports that Jake got angry after a blogger pointed him out, saying, Hey isn't that the guy who kissed Heath Ledger?" Supposedly Jake got in the guy's face and had him escorted out of the club. However -- the blogger claims his female guest was pushed about ten times by Gyllenhaal before the actor was pulled away. E!'s sources confirm that Jake was present at the location and he did get angry -- however it began when the blogger said "Hey isn't that the guy who KILLED Heath Ledger?" -- not "kissed."

BEN AFFLECK GETS CHARITABLE: Ben Affleck launched a new initiative Monday to raise money and awareness about the horrible things that have taken place in the conflicted region of eastern Congo. Affleck, who spend five days in the country last week, told the Associated Press that the new foundation -- the Eastern Congo Initiative -- will support community-based, Congolese groups. The trip marked Affleck's fifth to the area. He said, "I want you to know that 3.5 million people have died over the last 12 years. I want you to know about the women who are being raped, about the child soldiers . . . about the kids I just met who have HIV."

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!

MO'NIQUE WANTS SANDRA TO CALL HER: Mo'Nique is offering Sandra Bullock a shoulder to cry on or hand to hold as she deals with the cheating allegations surrounding her marriage. Mo'Nique told her fellow Oscar-winner (via Entertainment Tonight): "To my sweet sister Sandra, my prayers are with you. My prayers are also with your husband, baby. That is between the two of you and I hope ya'll make it work. Sandra, if you need me, sugar, call me, baby."

SACHA BARON COHEN AND ISLA FISHER TIE THE KNOT: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher reportedly got married last week after a six-year engagement. Women's Day reports that Fisher sent an email to friends that read, "We did it -- we're married! It was the absolute best day of my life and in so many beautiful moments I missed you all so much. I thought of you as everything was happening, but Sacha and I wanted no fuss -- just us!" The couple, who started dating in 2002, have a daughter named Olive who was born in 2007.

REESE WITHERSPOON STEPS OUT WITH NEW BEAU: Reese Witherspoon is clearly more than "friends" with Hollywood agent Jim Toth. Although reps downplayed their relationship after the two were seen on a series of dates, recent photos of the pair holding hands during a weekend getaway prove that things have gotten romantic. The couple reportedly enjoyed a romantic trip to Ojai, California in celebration of Witherspoon's 34th birthday.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL REPORTEDLY FIGHTS OVER HEATH LEDGER: Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly got into a bar fight over the weekend in Montreal. E! reports that Jake got angry after a blogger pointed him out, saying, Hey isn't that the guy who kissed Heath Ledger?" Supposedly Jake got in the guy's face and had him escorted out of the club. However -- the blogger claims his female guest was pushed about ten times by Gyllenhaal before the actor was pulled away. E!'s sources confirm that Jake was present at the location and he did get angry -- however it began when the blogger said "Hey isn't that the guy who KILLED Heath Ledger?" -- not "kissed."

BEN AFFLECK GETS CHARITABLE: Ben Affleck launched a new initiative Monday to raise money and awareness about the horrible things that have taken place in the conflicted region of eastern Congo. Affleck, who spend five days in the country last week, told the Associated Press that the new foundation -- the Eastern Congo Initiative -- will support community-based, Congolese groups. The trip marked Affleck's fifth to the area. He said, "I want you to know that 3.5 million people have died over the last 12 years. I want you to know about the women who are being raped, about the child soldiers . . . about the kids I just met who have HIV."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

BIG NAMES JOIN 'TRANSFORMERS' CAST: John Malkovich and Frances McDormand are joining Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox for the third Transformers movie. Michael Bay revealed the casting on his blog, writing, "Transformers 3 has been going very well. We are going to shoot in L.A., Chicago, Washington, D.C., Florida, Texas, Africa, Moscow and China. On the talent front, we just locked in Frances McDormand and John Malkovich. Both amazing actors I've always wanted to work with. We also just got Ken Jeong -- he is the superfunny actor stuck in the trunk from Hangover and the Doctor from Knocked Up." Deadline.com reports that McDormand is set to play the National Intelligence Director, while Malkovich will be Shia's first boss.

PARIS HILTON REALITY SHOW REJECTED? Paris Hilton is reportedly pitching a new reality show -- but nobody wants it. The New York Post reports that the heiress has been shopping a show that would cover her engagement and wedding to current boyfriend Doug Reinhardt, but there have been no takers. A source told the paper, "She's been on TV constantly since 2003, when 'The Simple Life' debuted, and the public may be saturated with Paris." A spokeswoman for Hilton denied any such show was in the works.

CHRISTIAN SLATER LANDS TV SHOW: Christian Slater has landed a lead role in an upcoming Fox comedy pilot. The Hollywood Reporter announced the show revolves around a team of twentysomething geniuses who crack security systems. Slater will play the "charismatic renegade who runs the Titan Team, a gruff ex-military misanthrope with a checkered past."

JANE FONDA GOING BACK TO FITNESS ROOTS: Jane Fonda is stepping into the fitness spotlight again. The actress -- who inspired the nation to "feel the burn!" in the '70s with her at-home workout videos -- will host the first-ever World Fitness Day in Atlanta's Georgia Dome on May 1st. More than 3,000 participants will have be able to sign-up for work-out sessions that include aerobics with Richard Simmons and tae-bo with Billy Blanks. The event will also be available live online via ustream.tv. Fonda called the event "a nationwide call for fun and fitness," adding, "I am 72 years old. I've had hip replacement and a recent knee replacement and I am interested in bringing boomers and seniors like me into the exercise world because I know it will enhance their lives."

SANDRA BULLOCK PULLS OUT OF ANOTHER PREMIERE; JESSE'S EX FIGHTING FOR CUSTODY

Sandra Bullock has pulled out of another international premiere for The Blind Side -- this time in Berlin. Unlike the London premiere she bailed on, Bullock didn't cite "unforeseen personal reasons" as the reason for her absence, although given the publicity surrounding her husband's supposed affair -- she didn't need to say anything.

A studio source told E!, "Without Sandy, it just didn't make any sense to have a premiere." The source added that Bullock's team has not yet decided when the actress will return to the public eye.

In other news, Jesse James's ex-wife is hoping her husband's cheating scandal will work to her advantage and she'll be able to regain partial custody of their six-year-old daughter Sunny.

  • TMZ.com reports that Janine Lindemulder has filed legal papers in their custody case. Jesse currently has full custody of Sunny as Janine lives in a halfway house after being locked up for tax evasion.
  • Sources told TMZ that Janine felt Sandra Bullock was such a stabilizing family influence, a judge would shut her custody request down, but now that Bullock may divorce James -- Janine thinks she might have a chance. Her court date is set for June 14.

KIM KARDASHIAN AND REGGIE BUSH REPORTEDLY ON THE ROCKS

Recently reunited lovers Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush may be headed for splitsville again. RadarOnline.com reports Reggie is getting fed up with Kim and was recently seen flirting with other women.

One insider told Radar that Reggie was unhappy on the set of the 2011 Calendar Guys shoot last week. The source said, "It was a two hour shoot and Reggie spent most of it texting on his phone. In between photos and costume changes, everyone on the set could tell something was going on. He became a little tense, at one point."

The source said that at one point, Bush disappeared into a nearby office "to use his cell phone in private." Then after that heated phone call, Bush openly complained about his relationship with the socialite.

  • Later that night, Bush was spotted at Robin Thicke's 33rd birthday party where "he was flirting up a storm."
  • Over the weekend, the NFL star told the paparazzi he had "no idea" where Kim was and responded "no more questions" when asked if they were still an item.
  • MediaTakeOut.com takes the story a step further -- claiming Bush dumped Kim via text message and her reaction was caught by E! cameras for Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.

CONAN O'BRIEN 'IDOL' APPEARANCE REPORTEDLY NIXED BY NBC

Conan O'Brien's NBC settlement is reportedly preventing him from accepting an invitation to appear on American Idol. The Hollywood Reporter claims that O'Brien was approached by 19 Entertainment to appear on Fox's "Idol Gives Back" special on April 21st, however NBC said the "Idol" special would not be allowed under his deal, which placed a moratorium on him appearing on TV until May 1st.

In other Conan news, the publications claims O'Brien and Fox have resumed talks to bring the former Tonight Show host to the network for a new late-night show.

  • Supposedly there had been a two-week stall in negotiations, but talks appear to be back on.
  • O'Brien's 30-date "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television" tour kicks off on April 12 in Eugene, Oregon.

SUSAN BOYLE REPORTEDLY RECEIVING $6 MILLION BIRTHDAY CHECK

Susan Boyle will reportedly be gifted with a $6 million check when she turns 49 on April 1st. The Daily Mail reports claims that although Boyle has sold more than 8.5 million records across the globe, she's only been living off an allowance set by her mentor Simon Cowell.

The paper reports that will all change once the singing sensation gets her first paycheck.

  • A source told the Daily Mail, "People have thought of Susan as a millionaire for months already because her album was launched in November, but she hasn't got it yet. Up until now, her management team have made sure she never wanted for anything, but this is her long-awaited payday."

'REAL WORLD' CASTMEMBER REPORTEDLY FILES POLICE REPORT ABOUT ROOMMATE

MTV's The Real World hasn't made headlines related to its original goal of social-consciousness in a while -- and the upcoming season in New Orleans is no exception. PerezHilton.com reports that castmember Ryan Leslie filed a police report after one of his roommates, Preston Roberson-Charles, supposedly urinated on and then scrubbed the toilet with his toothbrush.

In a statement to police, Leslie wrote, "I got into a argument with my roommate (sic) Preston. In the argument Preston stated that he was going to do something to my belongings. Preston later came in my room and took my tooth brush (sic) off the counter and scrubbed the inside of the toilet and urinated on my toothbrush. I wasn't aware of this and continued to use my toothbrush. I soon started to get a sore throat and began to get a fever. It was extremely (sic) painful and only got worst (sic). I went to urgent care and was tested for strep and mono both came back negative but I was diagnosed with a viral infection."

  • Despite the report, Officer Garry Flot of the New Orleans Police Department noted, "Just because the report is written, that doesn't necessarily always mean it's a crime. This is a reality show. So who's to say this wasn't done just for some publicity?"
  • It's unclear if any video footage from the house was taken as evidence.

CHECK IT OUT: Roommate pranks: http://www.roommatetricks.com/

HEADLINE NEWS!!

OBAMA TO SIGN HEALTH CARE BILL TODAY, STATES READY LAWSUITS: President Obama will sign the landmark health care reform legislation today (March 23rd), two days after the House narrowly approved it in a late-night vote, and two months after analysts had pronounced the effort all but dead. Obama will then head out to Iowa on Thursday (March 25th) as he tries to sell the benefits of the bill to Americans, many of whom are confused or wary about the legislation. Meanwhile, Republicans warned yesterday that Americans would make Democrats pay at the polls in November for what they described as unpopular legislation that they claim will drive up the budget deficit. Republican attorneys general in at least 12 states declared they would file lawsuits to try to stop the federal legislation, charging that it intrudes on states' sovereignty.

N.Y. PRIUS CRASH SAID CAUSED BY DRIVER ERROR: Police investigators in Harrison, New York, have concluded that driver error was the cause of a March 9th crash in which it had been claimed that a Toyota Prius had accelerated on its own and wouldn't brake. In the incident, a housekeeper reported that her boss' Prius went out of control as she sped toward a stone wall that she hit, wrecking the front end of the car. But investigators found that the 56-year-old woman, who wasn't seriously hurt, apparently had her foot on the gas pedal the entire time. They reached that conclusion using data from the car's on-board event data recorder and computer. Police said the driver believed she'd pressed down on the brake, and faces no charges because she wasn't trying to deceive police.

TODAY'S FYI:

TEXAS REPUBLICAN ADMITS TO 'BABY KILLER' SHOUT: The day after a member of Congress shouted "baby killer" at anti-abortion Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan in the House chamber as he spoke in favor of the health reform legislation that was passed, Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas admitted he was the culprit. Neugebauer, who's also opposed to abortion, e-mailed a statement to reporters Monday (March 22nd) in which he came clean, but also denied he was calling Stupak himself a baby killer. He explained, "In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase, 'It's a baby killer,' in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. . . . I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself." Neugebauer said he'd apologized to Stupak, and offered an apology to his colleagues as well, saying the, quote, "timing and tone" of his exclamation was inappropriate.

SECRET SERVICE PROBING TWITTER CALLS FOR ASSASSINATION: The Secret Service is investigating two Twitter users who called for the assassination of President Obama after the passage of health care reform legislation Sunday night (March 21st), ABC News reported. One Twitter user, using the name Solly Forell, tweeted, "ASSASSINATION! America, we survived the Assassinations and Lincoln & Kennedy. We'll surely get over a bullet to Barack Obama's head." In another tweet soon after, he added, "The next American with a Clear Shot should drop Obama like a bad habit." Another Twitter user, THHEE_JAY, tweeted, "You Should be Assassinated!! @Barack Obama." He continued, "If I lived in DC, I'd shoot him myself." After getting messages that they'd likely be the subject of Secret Service investigations, both men tried to retract their statements, according to ABC. Forell tweeted, "Let us all renounce the harsh rhetoric about POTUS. Several including myself have used inappropriate language. Let's remain civil!." And JAY tweeted, "For the record, I NEVER said I would do harm to the president. I simply expressed my anger."

TAX REFUNDS BOOSTED BY STIMULUS BILL: The average tax refund going out to Americans for their 2009 returns is up nearly 10 percent from the year before, and the White House says it's because of the tax credits contained in last year's $787 billion stimulus bill, CNNMoney.com reported yesterday (March 22nd). According to early IRS data, the average refund for 2009 so far is $3,036, up $266 from a year before. The stimulus bill contains over a dozen tax benefits, including: the $8,000 first-time home buyer credit; sales tax deductions on new car purchases; credits for people who make their homes more energy efficient; and a provision making the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits tax free.

NEW SALT DEVELOPED FOR LAYS POTATO CHIPS TO CUT SODIUM: PepsiCo, the owner of Lays potato chips, is working on a new powdery salt for the chips that will reduce the amount of sodium people take in when they eat them, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (March 22nd). They're aiming to cut sodium levels by 25 percent in the Lay's Classic chips and by even more in flavored chips like barbecue or sour cream and onion, and the salt could be used in other products as well, like Cheetos or Quaker bars. The new salt, which is still being studied and tested by Pepsico, is made up of crystals that are shaped and sized in such a way that allow them to dissolve more efficiently on the tongue. Normally, only about 20 percent of the salt on a potato chip actually dissolves on the tongue before the chip is chewed and swallowed, and the remaining 80 percent is swallowed without contributing to the taste.

'JEANS' U.S. SNOWBOARDERS WORE IN OLYMPICS GOING ON SALE: The pants made to look like jeans that that U.S. Olympic snowboard team -- including gold medal winner Shaun White -- wore at last month's Vancouver Games will be available to buy later this year, USA Today reported Monday (March 22nd). But there'll be a hefty $249.95 price tag for the pants, which were created by Burton Snowboards and Gore-Tex. Although they look like worn old jeans that sag and bag and have rips and fading, they are actually ultrawaterproof nylon pants made with a process called photo sublimation. Using the technique, a photo of tattered jeans is printed onto the pants via a technical heat process. Burton said they received hundreds of calls and e-mails from people looking to buy the pants, as well as from retailers. Unfortunately the matching flannel-looking jacket the Olympians wore with the pants won't be offered for sale.

SPORTS:

TWINS' MAUER GETS $184 MILLION DEAL: Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer signed a $184 million, eight-year contract extension Monday (March 22nd), making the 26-year-old one of baseball's highest-paid players. Mauer, a native of St, Paul, Minnesota, has been with the Twins for his entire career, since he was the Number One draft pick in 2001. Mauer hit .365 with a career-best 28 home runs and 96 RBI last season, and went on to win his first Most Value Player Award, second Gold Glove Award, and third American League batting title.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CBS

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

NBC

  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - The contestants return home for a visit; each contestant must participate in an at-home bike challenge.
  • PARENTHOOD - Adam and Kristina try to investigate Haddie's secret relationship; Jabbar has an accident under Crosby's watch.

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - The Top 11 contestants perform.

ABC

  • LOST (repeat)
  • LOST - Richard must make a difficult decision.
  • V - A recap of the first four episodes summarizes what has happened since the Vs arrival.

CW

  • 90210 - Gia admits she has feelings for Adrianna; Dixon's birth mother visits; Teddy and Silver go on a date.
  • MELROSE PLACE - Jonah's constant attention overwhelms Ella; Amanda catches Riley and Ben in a compromising position.

FX

  • JUSTIFIED - Raylan tracks an escaped prisoner desperate to reunite with his former wife and a hidden fortune.

MTV

  • 16 AND PREGNANT - A bubbly "good girl" dissapoints her family by getting pregenant.

TNT

  • SOUTHLAND - A USC student is murdered in Compton; John and Ben attend the funeral of a cop.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Kristin Chenoworth, Jean-Christophe Novelli, the Bird and the Bee
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - Greg Kinnear, Justin Bieber

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Ben Stiller, Jamie Oliver, Justin Bieber
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Gerard Butler, Sofia Vergara, Rodrigo y Gabriela
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Scott Wolf, Clark Duke, Neon Trees
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jay Baruchel, Regis Philbin
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Donald Trump, John Cena, the Besnard Lakes
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Lizzy Caplan, Ladyhawke
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Chris Jericho, Trey Songz

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

WANTED MAN WALKS INTO BAR IN HOSPITAL GOWN: A Michigan fugitive who is wanted for bank robbery was caught after walking out of a hospital and into a bar with an intravenous needle still stuck in his arm. According to police, Elbert Lewis Thompson II, 20, walked into JR's bar Friday wearing a hospital gown. Thompson was taken into custody a short time after. He was initially hospitalized after complaining that he was sick and losing consciousness. Thompson was wanted for armed robbery and other charges. (AP)

BEE STING THERAPY CAUSES BUZZ: There is a different kind of acupuncture being offered in a Beijing clinic known as Bee Sting Therapy. Bee Sting Therapy involves placing bees on a patient's body at certain pressure points. This special kind of therapy dates back over 3,000 years in China and was considered legal in 2007. What makes this different from acupuncture is the bees' toxin, which is considered a natural medicine by doctors at the Kang Tai Bee Clinic. According to these doctors, the therapy has proved to be effective in curing diseases such a rheumatism and arthritis. Although the treatment is painful, patients have been receiving the treatment for many years. (Reuters)

MAN STEALS TREE FROM GYNO OFFICE: A Florida man was arrested for stealing a palm tree from a gynocologist's office in Spring Hill. According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, 57-year-old Louis E. Perri was caught on a surveillance camera taking the $1,000 palm tree. When the police showed up at Perri's home, he initially tried to deny stealing the plant. He was charged with grand theft and remained in the Hernando County Jail in leiu of a $2,000 bail. (St. Petersburg Times)

CHICKENS RUN AMOK ON CAMPUS: Animal cruelty charges may be possible after spray-painted chickens ran amok at the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh. Authorities are trying to determine how the chickens got into various campus buildings and whether the incident was a fraternity prank or something else. Carnegie Mellon officials said the students are cooperating with the university's efforts in trying to understand what happened on Saturday. Beth McMaster, a wildlife rehabilitator who has been caring for the nine birds, said that one was painted pink, one purple and the rest yellow. She also said that two of the birds are now sick and malnourished. (WPXI.com)

DID YOU KNOW?

IMPLANT-LESS BOOB JOB? A cosmetic surgeon has developed a 'boob job' operation without the need for implants. The surgeon takes tissue from underneath the breast and places it above the nipple to give a fuller look. Professor Laurence Kirwan, a British consultant who has a practice in New York and another in London will discuss the operation at an American medical conference next month. The technique is one of the emerging methods surgeons are developing to create a fuller breast more naturally and without the need for silicone implants. Other techniques involve moving fat from elsewhere the in the body and even using stem cells to grow new breast tissue. He said, "For a lot of women this will be the ultimate breast enlargement operation that will be almost permanent compared to the use of implants which need replacing after around 10 years."


WOMEN ARE TOO SENSITIVE FOR THE MATH AND SCIENCE FIELDS: According to a new report from the National Science Foundation, women are probably underrepresented in science and math-related fields because they're so sensitive about every little thing. In one experiment, college students with strong math backgrounds and similar abilities were divided into two groups and tested on math. One group was told that men perform better on the test, the other that there was no difference in performance between the sexes. Their results were starkly different: in the group told that men do better, men indeed did much better, with an average score of 25 compared with the women's 5. In the group told there was no difference, women scored 17 and men 19. (Jezebel.com)


PEOPLE AREN'T BUYING BOOKS: The Association of American Publishers just released their January sales figures and -- fewer people want books. Adult hardcovers were hit pretty hard, dropping 8.1% from '09. Also drastically down were Young Adult fiction hardcovers and paperbacks. (Gawker.com)

THINGS YOUR BOSS LOVES TO HEAR (AskMen.com)

It's already been arranged: While your boss may be tackling bigger tasks than you, that doesn't change how good it feels to check something off the old to-do list. When your boss asks about something that's finished, let him know it clearly and directly. Some employees speak so indirectly to their bosses that the boss may continue thinking or worrying about a task that's done, just because the employee didn't come right out and say the good news. If the task is done, say so.

Good news: This one's a no-brainer. When something good happens, bring your boss in on the good feelings. Work is about getting work done, but that doesn't mean you can't take pride and satisfaction when something works out well. Your boss has plenty of bad news headed his way on a regular basis, so you stick out like a sore thumb when you're the bearer of good news. Being a source of pleasure for your boss is never a bad thing.

No problem: You think your coworkers are a bunch of complainers? You have no idea. As much as they whine to you, you wouldn't believe how much pushback your boss gets. When assigning work to your fellow employees, your boss has to hold people's hands and listen to complaints about how busy they are and how difficult the project is going to be. Don't be one of the complainers. When you're given a task you can handle, let your boss know that it's a slam dunk.

Consider it done: When you make this statement, in one instant, an item has gone from something vague in your boss' mind to a task that's assigned to somebody. This is a step toward being seen as a "go-to person," your bosses reliable right-hand man.

I found a way to get it done cheaper: Getting invested in the bottom line is one of the best ways to get your boss smiling. You can work hard and be a good employee all you like, but businesses don't run on happy feelings. Your boss is always looking for ways to do two things: make the business more money and cost the business less money. And while you can always help find ways to earn the company more, suggestions to save money are often easier. Lots of people can say "we need more customers," but if you find a new vendor who's 10% cheaper, that's a hard number your boss can put to use.

THINGS GIRLS WISH MEN WOULDN'T SAY (YourTango.com)

On a first date, asking her how old she is

  • Asking her to pick YOU up for the date
  • Asking her why she's still single and then following it up with, "Maybe you're too picky"
  • Talking about the price of things: how "cheap" things are, or how it's a "great deal" (you come across as a penny-pincher)
  • Picking her up in a messy car where she has to shove 3 or 4 things off the passenger seat to sit down
  • Asking her if she's had plastic surgery or botox (it's never a compliment)
  • Asking her "What's your natural hair color?"
  • Talking about her weight, whether it's a compliment or not (Ie: you're really skinny; don't you eat? Or, do you think you should eat that?)
  • Equally, commenting on how much she eats, or doesn't eat
  • Been on many dates lately?
  • Talking/texting on your phone while you're on a date

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Who was the only reporter to interview O.J. Simpson during his civil trial in the 1990s?

A: Star Jones

(Source: Wikipedia)

WATER COOLER TALK


People Spending More Time On the Computer While Watching TV

Nielsen reported Monday (March 22nd) that the amount of time people spend on the computer while watching TV is increasing fast, with an average of three and a half hours in December, up sharply from two hours, 39 minutes just six months earlier. But while the amount of time is shooting up, the percentage of TV viewers who multitask this way isn't rising as steeply, up from 57 percent to 59 percent over the same period. TV execs have said this helps explain why events like the Oscars, Grammys and football playoffs have been doing so well -- people are watching and commenting to friends on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

British Soldier/Beauty Pageant Contestant Wants Swimsuit Competitions Ended

A British soldier and Iraq War veteran who's also a lingerie model and was a contestant in last year's Miss England beauty contest thinks pageants should drop the swimsuit competition. Yahoo!'s Shine reports that Katrina Hodge -- nicknamed "Combat Barbie" -- recently convinced the Miss England pageant organizers to get rid of the swimsuit competition. She told the Daily Telegraph, "I think it's nerve-wracking enough to girls to get up on a stage and speak, let alone in a swimsuit." The contestants will instead participate in a sports challenge that will be overseen by Hodge.


Arizona Regulators Want to Ban Trendy Fish Pedicures

Arizona salon owner Cindy Vong is challenging state regulators over her desire to offer trendy fish pedicures to her customers, in which toothless Garra rufa fish -- two-inch-long carp -- nibble away dead skin from clients' feet as part of the pedicure. Regulators say its an unhealthy and unsanitary practice that violates state law. A judge took up the issue yesterday (March 22nd) in a lawsuit brought by Vong over the state's ban on the pedicures.

Monday, March 22, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

One of Carrie Underwood's truck drivers was killed in a crash early Saturday (March 20th) morning off Interstate 95 in North Stonington, Connecticut. According to TheDay.com, police say the truck was carrying stage equipment for Underwood's concert later that night at MGM Grand at Foxwood.

At press time, the identity of the driver, who died at the scene, would not be released until confirmed through dental records. State police said the accident happened when the truck crossed the left shoulder and hit a guardrail, setting the rig into flames. The truck then tumbled over the bridge.

The Norwich Bulletin newspaper reports that during her show Saturday, Underwood told the crowd about the accident and dedicated her song "Temporary Home" to the truck driver and his family. Underwood got teary-eyed at the end of the performance before receiving a standing ovation from the audience.

  • Underwod's next tour stop is slated for tomorrow (Tuesday, March 23rd).
Lady Antebellum are currently on the road with Tim McGraw and the members say they're learning a thing or two about touring from the country star. Hillary Scott tells The Boot that he "just commands a stage," adding, "He's such an entertainer; he has this presence about him. He literally looks at a woman in the audience and she falls to her knees. He definitely has that aura about him. He's really handsome off stage, but there's something about when he gets onstage, he's just mesmerizing. It makes your heart race for sure."

Charles Kelley tells The Boot, "No one could have scripted it any better for us. Tim was one of the first people in country music I listened to, when I was 10 or 11 years old. Him and Vince Gill; then I got into the other stuff before and after them. So to be opening for him, it's one of those things where we feel like we've come full circle."

  • Scott says they're looking to have more hits -- just like Kenney Chesney, noting, "He played uptempo song after uptempo song, and then he played Number One song after Number One song."
  • They play a string of dates in Canada beginning on March 25th in Vancouver.
  • Their recent chart-topper, "Need You Now," sits at Number One on the Billboard Adult pop chart.

SIDE NOTES

Apparently the members of Lady Antebellum are big fans of the MTV reality show, The Jersey Shore. Asked why they like the show so much, Charles tells The Boot, "I don't know, it's just that we like good reality TV. You've got to become addicted to something so you'll have something to talk about."

LeAnn Rimes was spotted showing off spotted showing off her bikini bod while vacationing with her boyfriend, Eddie Cibrian, and his two young sons. UsMagazine has photos of the couple together in Mexico, along with Cibrian's two boys, six-year-old Mason and Jake, who's two years old. The pair wasn't shy about being affectionate. They held hands, and at one point, Rimes asked an onlooker to take a photo of her wrapping her legs around Cibrian.
  • Rimes and Cibrian met while shooting the 2009 Lifetime movie Northern Lights. A few months later, Rimes broke off from her husband, Dean Sheremet, and Cibrian's wife, model Brandi Glanville, filed for divorce.

CHECK IT OUT: See the vacation photos here: http://tinyurl.com/y8m95ff

Trisha Yearwood is gearing up to unveil her new cook book next month, and with that she's dishing on everything from her husband Garth Brooks' favorite meals to why it's important to eat together.

She tells Redbook, "Having dinner together is something Garth and I have worked at making sure we do, because it's too easy these days not to. Now we're all going to sit down and the cells are going to be turned off and there are not going to be any iPods playing into anyone's ears. It's time for family."

In her upcoming cookbook, called Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood, she features some family recipes, including macaroni and cheese and a special dish created by Brooks that he calls "the breakfast bowl." In it is a pound of pork sausage along with eggs, cheese, hash browns, tortellini and a pound of bacon. Yearwod says, "It's not really a recipe. It's more like a bunch of really great things thrown into a bowl. You really don't need to eat again all day after you've had one. It's pretty fantastic."

Martina McBride will continue her co-headlining tour with Trace Adkins next week. The pair has already done a batch of dates on the Shine All Night outing and is gearing up for some more. McBride tells us what it like being on the road with Adkins: "We haven't got to hang out a lot together on the road, which I hope we can do more. But, so far it's been great. I mean he comes out and puts on, you know, his full show, and I come out and put on my full show. And we have, obviously, a lot of the same fans, but I believe we have different fans, as well. So it's kind of a win-win, and I love, for me, you know, the biggest thing was that we can offer a show that really is two complete shows for one ticket price. And I think, especially in these times, that's a really great thing to be able to offer our fans."
  • Their next tour stop is March 26th in St. Louis.
  • McBride's latest single is called "Wrong Baby Wrong."

CHECK IT OUT: Watch McBride's "Wrong Baby Wrong" video:
http://tinyurl.com/yhepkq4

Country music impresario Johnnie High has died at 80 after battling heart disease. The Associated Press reports that the Texas-based performer helped launch the careers of Leann Rimes, Le Ann Womack, Boxcar Willie and others.

Love and Theft are taking part in a new Disney/ABC contest to help find the Single Single Best Town in America. The towns in the running are Three Lakes, Wisconsin, Augusta, Georgia, Bell Buckle, Tennessee, Richmond, Michigan, Hamburg, New York, Girard, Illinois, Gastonia, North Carolina, Lexington, Kentucky, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Twinsburg, Ohio. The trio's Brian Bandas tells The Boot, We get to be the face and voice of this contest, and have helped choose the top 10. People have written paragraphs about their small towns and what makes them the best, and now America votes for the winner. They win a big block party where we come and play, and some soap stars will be there too." The contest runs through April 11th.

Dierks Bentley will continue his Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert series in Seattle on September 18th to raise money for the Seattle Children's Hospital. Tickets for the 45-minute ride go on sale March 27th. Bentley said, "With our events in Nashville and Phoenix down, we are already well into planning Dallas and now Seattle, too. Puyallup Fair said they'd like to be partners with us for this one, so we jumped at the chance. The more folks we can get involved, the more money we can raise."

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What was the stage name of the late singer born Donald Eugene Lytle?
A. Johnny Paycheck

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Reese Witherspoon (actress, Legally Blonde, Fear, Walk The Line, Cruel Intentions) (34)

  • William Shatner (actor, Star Trek, TJ Hooker, Boston Legal) (79)
  • George Benson (singer-guitarist whose hits include "On Broadway") (67)
  • Jeremy Clyde (of Chad & Jeremy) (69)
  • Bob Costas (sportscaster and talk show host) (58)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (musical composer) (62)
  • Matthew Modine (starred in Married To The Mob, Full Metal Jacket) (51)
  • M. Emmet Walsh (star of Serpico, Blood Simple, and Raising Arizona) (75)
  • Stephen Sondheim (Broadway songwriter, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, "Send in the Clowns," Company, Gypsy, Sunday In the Park With George, and many others) (80)
  • Wolf Blitzer (CNN anchor) (62)
  • Lena Olin (actress, The Ninth Gate, Hollywood Homicide, Alias) (55)
  • Pat Robertson (televangelist, The 700 Club; founder, the Christian Coalition; known for bizarre proclamations) (80)
  • James Patterson (author, Along Came A Spider, Kiss The Girls) (63)
  • Stephanie Mills (singer, "Never Knew Love Like This Before"; stage actress, The Wiz) (53)
  • Cole Hauser (actor, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Good Will Hunting, The Break Up, The Family That Preys) (35)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Carl Perkins and his brother Jay were seriously injured in a car crash en route to New York City for an appearance on The Perry Como Show in 1956.
  • Hank Williams, Jr. made his stage debut in Swainsboro, Georgia, at the age of eight in 1958.

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, was the top movie at the box office for the third weekend in a row, raising its domestic take to $265.8 million and to $565.8 million worldwide.

The family film Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on Jeff Kinney's popular cartoon novel series about a sixth grader and the funny things that happen to him in his daily life, opened in second place. It stars Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn. Debuting at Number Three was the action comedy The Bounty Hunter, starring Gerard Butler as a bounty hunter chasing his reporter ex-wife, played by Jennifer Aniston, who's wanted for arrest after missing a court date. The sci-fi action thriller Repo Men, starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker and Liev Schreiber, opened in fourth place. Law plays a repo man on the run in a future in which sophisticated mechanical organs are repossessed from patients' bodies if they miss their payments.

Opening in narrower release was The Runaways, with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning playing rockers Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in the story of the pioneering 1970s all-female band. Debuting in limited released in just three theaters was the comic drama Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller as a neurotic man whose nastiness jeopardizes a budding romance with his brother's personal assistant, played by Greta Gerwig.

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

  1. Alice in Wonderland, $34.5 million
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, $21.8 million
  3. The Bounty Hunter, $21 million
  4. Repo Men, $6.2 million
  5. She's Out of My League, $6 million
  6. Green Zone, $5.96 million
  7. Shutter Island, $4.8 million
  8. Avatar, $4 million
  9. Our Family Wedding, $3.8 million
  10. Remember Me, $3.3 million

The new action movie Repo Men, starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker and Liev Schreiber, debuted over the weekend. A futuristic thriller in a world where humans have extended lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union, which will reclaim its property for non-payment using repo men. Remy, played by Law, is one of the best repo men in the business but when he suffers cardiac failure on the job, he wakes to find himself fitted with a top-of-the-line heart replacement and a hefty debt. But when he can't make payments, The Union sends its toughest member, Jake, played by Whitaker, to find him and take back his heart.
  • Repo Men is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Repo Men was directed by Miguel Sapochnik.
The new romantic comedy The Bounty Hunter, starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, debuted over the weekend. The film follows Milo, played by Butler, an unlucky bounty hunter, who thinks he's got a stroke of luck when he's given a job to bring in his bail jumping ex-wife, Nicole, played by Aniston, but what Milo thought would be an easy task turns out to be a nightmare when the pair find themselves on the run for their lives.
  • The Bounty Hunter is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The Bounty Hunter was directed by Andy Tennant.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

HISTORIC HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION PASSES: Health care reform legislation was finally passed by the House in an historic vote late last night (March 21st), as the chamber voted 219-212 to approved the bill passed by the Senate in December. Thirty-four Democrats voted no, as did all the House Republicans, who strongly condemned the legislation. The vote now heads to President Obama for his signature, while a smaller bill passed minutes after that includes changes to the legislation that House Democrats had demanded now goes to the Senate, where Democrats have pledged to use reconciliation, which requires only a majority vote, to get it passed.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation will extend coverage to 32 million Americans who don't now have it, and reduce the deficit by an estimated $138 billion over the next 10 years and more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. Among the legislation's other provisions, it would ban insurance companies from: dropping someone if they get sick; putting lifetime dollar limits on policies; and denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. Most Americans would be required to have insurance, with government subsidies provided to help families with incomes up to $88,000 a year pay their premiums. There are more than $400 billion in higher taxes, about half of it from a new Medicare payroll tax on individuals with incomes over $200,000 and couples over $250,000. And more than $500 billion is cut from Medicare, which proponents say will come from rooting out waste and fraud, but opponents say will mean cuts for seniors.

President Obama gave a brief address from the White House, marking what he presented as a victory for the American people:

"So this isn't radical reform, but it is major reform. This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system, but it moves us decisively in the right direction. This is what change looks like."

"When faced with crisis, we did not shrink from our challenge, we overcame it. We did not avoid our responsibility, we embraced it. We did not fear our future, we shaped it."

TENS OF THOUSANDS RALLY IN D.C. FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM: While most of Washington was focused on the passage of health care overhaul legislation yesterday (March 21st), tens of thousands of people rallied in the nation's capital for immigration reform, frustrated with the lack of action on the issue. President Obama, who promised to make immigration reform a top priority in his first year, tried to reassure the rally-goers with a video message played on giant screens at the National Mall in which he said he was committed to working with Congress this year to fix what he called a "broken immigration system." Lawmakers failed to reach an agreement in 2006 and 2007, when they last tried to do immigration reform.

IRAQI PREZ CALLS FOR ELECTION RECOUNT: Iraq's president yesterday demanded a recount yesterday (March 21st) in this month's parliamentary elections, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition was narrowly trailing one led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, with 95 percent of the vote counted. President Jalal Talabani invoked the power of his office in calling for a manual recount, saying he was, quote, "authorized to preserve the constitution and to ensure justice and absolute transparency." However, the independent election commission can not be forced by either Talabani or al-Maliki to carry out a recount. The election commission said it would release 100 percent of the results on Friday (March 26th), nearly three weeks after the March 7th election.

TOYOTA SHAREHOLDERS OVER STOCK PRICE DROP: Toyota shareholders who are angry over a sudden drop in the Japanese automaker's stock price are filing lawsuits claiming company executives deliberately misled investors and the public about the extent of accelerator problems in millions of its vehicles. At least three proposed class-action lawsuits in federal court in California say the company gave false initial assurances and misleading information that the sudden acceleration problem was just a matter of floor mats trapping gas pedals, helping prop up the stock price. The lawsuits contend that top Toyota executives have known for nearly a decade that faulty electronic throttle controls caused sudden acceleration, but covered it up. Toyota has repeatedly denied that electronic throttles are the problem, and hasn't issued any recalls involving them.

TODAY'S FYI:

EX-PREZ CLINTON MAKES JOKES AT GRIDIRON CLUB AS HE FILLS IN FOR OBAMA: Former President Bill Clinton was the jokester-in-chief at the annual Gridiron Club's dinner Saturday night (March 20th), where he stood in for President Obama. Obama, who was involved in readying for Sunday's health care reform vote, spoke via videotape, saying that when he asked Clinton to fill in for him, the former president said, "Let me clear my schedule for the next three years." Clinton joked before the audience of reporters that he was there because, quote, "I really didn't have anything much better to do tonight." The former president also poked fun at his own recent health problems and those of former Vice President Dick Cheney, saying the Democrats will pass health care reform, adding, "It may not happen in my lifetime, or Dick Cheney's, but hopefully by Easter." Clinton also aimed a good-natured barb at Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, who's been the subject of D.C. gossip lately and worked in Clinton's own White House. The former president said, "I found Rahm. I created him. I made him what he is today. I am so sorry."

OCTOMOM COULD LOSE HOME TO FORECLOSURE: "Octomom" Nadya Suleman could find herself kicked out of her house with word that she may lose her Southern California home to foreclosure. Mortgage holder Amer Haddadin says he's starting foreclosure proceedings on the $565,000 home in La Habra because the family hasn't kept up the payments. Haddadin reportedly signed over the home last year to Suleman's father, who leased the home to his daughter. Ed Suleman was supposed to pay about $4,000 a month and a final balloon payment of $450,000 that was due earlier this month, but Haddadin say recent payments were late and the balloon payment was missed.

VOLCANO ERUPTS IN ICELAND, SECOND ONE FEARED: A volcano erupted in Iceland late Saturday (March 20th) for the first time in almost 200 years, raising fears that it could trigger a larger and potentially more dangerous eruption at a volatile volcano nearby. The eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull (AYA-feeyapla-yurkul) volcano took place at a fissure on a slope, not at the summit, so there was no imminent danger that a nearby glacier of the same name would melt and flood the area. But scientists are concerned it could trigger an eruption at the nearby Karla volcano, which lies under a thick icecap and could cause massive flooding and explosive blasts if it erupts. Iceland sits on a large volcanic hot spot, and eruptions are common throughout its history.

C-DIFF SUPERBUG SURPASSING MRSA THREAT: A new study has found that the threat from the clostridium difficile germ, known as C-diff, is surpassing that of the more well-known drug-resistant staph bug MRSA, which has been seen as the biggest threat to patients in hospitals and other health care facilities. C-diff, which is also resistant to some antibiotics, is found in the colon and can cause diarrhea and the more serious intestinal condition colitis. It's spread by fecal spores that are difficult to kill with most household cleaners or alcohol-based sanitizers, and a more dangerous form of C-diff has emerged in the last 10 years. The new study of infections at community hospitals in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in 2008 and 2009 found that the rate of hospital-acquired C-diff infections was 25 percent higher than MRSA infections. Additionally, C-diff has been increasing at the hospitals since 2007, while MRSA has been declining since 2005.

MEN SCHEDULE VASECTOMIES AHEAD OF NCAA TOURNAMENT: The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday (March 19th) on a doctor who said some of his patients had timed their vasectomies so that they could recover during the NCAA men's basketball tournament that's currently underway. Dr. Bill Utz told the newspaper that although he only recommends that men rest for one day after the procedure, some are taking advantage to get a little more downtime so they can watch more of the tournament. It's not just Dr. Utz who's reporting this. The Pioneer Press said the American Medical News reported this month on clinics giving out vasectomy recovery kits, including pizza coupons and sports magazines, and that an Oregon clinic expanded vasectomy appointments as part of its campaign to get men in before the start of the tournament. But it's apparently not just for March Madness that Dr. Utz has noticed this trend. He said he's been booked for weeks for vasectomies before the Masters golf tournament.

SPORTS:

NCAA TOURNAMENT'S 'SWEET SIXTEEN' SET: After a weekend of second-round play, the Sweet Sixteen is set for the men's NCAA basketball tournament. This year's tournament upsets continued over the weekend, including Cornell's defeat of Wisconsin. But none was bigger that the stunning 69-67 loss of overall tournament favorite Kansas to ninth-seeded Northern Iowa. That blew up lots of brackets across the country, including that of President Obama, who'd chosen the Jayhawks to win the championship. Replacing Kansas as the favorite now is Kentucky, which will play Cornell next.

Playing on Thursday (March 25th) will be:

  • Xavier vs. Kansas State
  • Syracuse vs. Butler
  • Kentucky vs. Cornell
  • Washington vs. West Virginia

Playing on Friday (March 26th) will be:

  • Tennessee vs. Ohio State
  • North Iowa vs. Michigan State
  • Duke vs. Purdue
  • Baylor vs. Saint Mary's

TWINS CLOSER NATHAN TO MISS SEASON DUE TO ELBOW INJURY: Minnesota Twins All-Star closer Joe Nathan will miss the entire 2010 season because of a right elbow injury he suffered during a March 6th spring training game that will require surgery. The 35-year-old Nathan, who leads the major leagues with 246 saves since 2004, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his elbow. He hopes to return at the start of the 2011 season. Nathan went 2-2 with a 2.10 ERA and a career-best 47 saves last season.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!

CBS

  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - Lily is upset when Ted brings a date to her birthday dinner.
  • RULES OF ENGAGEMENT - Jeff does not believe Audrey's claim that she saw her grandmother's ghost; Russell tries to get Timmy to cancel his arranged marriage.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - Charlie has a return engagement with Gail, Chelsea's best friend; Alan has a surprising effect on a female patient.
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - Sheldon's stage fright stands between him and a coveted award.
  • CSI: MIAMI - After returning from war, Horatio's son seeks his help to solve a murder.

NBC

  • CHUCK - Sarah and Shaw observe Chuck's every move as he takes a final test to see if he is ready to be a spy.
  • TRAUMA - A traumatic event from Rabbit's past is revealed in therapy; a patient is put at risk when Diana and Nancy disagree.
  • LAW & ORDER - Lupo and Bernard tackle a complex case when four police officers are shot.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • 24 - Jack leads the field operatives on a risky mission.

ABC

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - (season premiere) The contestants perform for the first time.
  • CASTLE - A federal investigator helps Castle and Beckett track down a serial killer.

CW

  • LIFE UNEXPECTED - Lux's social worker meets with Cate and Baze after Bug and Lux are picked up by the police.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Damien pressures Jenny; Lily shares her secret with Rufus; Chuck makes a tough decision about his hotel.

FX

  • DAMAGES - Carol Tobin is forced to reveal the truth about Thanksgiving after Patty tracks her down; Frobisher begins making his movie.

MTV

  • TRUE LIFE - The obsessive digital habits threaten to destroy the relationships of two young couples.

SHOWTIME

  • NURSE JACKIE - (season premiere) Jackie tries to reconnect with her family; Coop files a complaint.
  • THE UNITED STATES OF TARA - (season premiere) A shocking event in the neighborhood reveals Tara's family secrets.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Pierce Brosnan, Betty White, Melanie Fiona
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, the winner of 'Thin Ice'

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Greg Kinnear, American Idol castoff Lacey Brown, Michael Buble, a Top Ten List presented by Harry Smith
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, k.d. lang
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Tom Bergeron, Demi Lovato, the All-American Rejects
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - John Cusack, Wolfgang Puck
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Mark Valley, Rogue Wave
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat)
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Dakota Fanning, Gene Simmons, Boys Like Girls

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

LIBRARY RECEIVES BOOK 45 YEARS OVERDUE: Staff at a British library received a book that was over 45 years overdue through their mailbox. According to Alison Lawrie, the Dinnington Library's principal assistant, the Penguin first edition copy of Quartermass and the Pitt by Nigel Kneale was due back on Oct. 15, 1965. There was no letter or note attached with the book, and the borrower remains a mystery because library records do not go back that far. Lawrie said that the sender does not have to worry about a hefty fine and that she would love to know the story behind the book. (AP)

MAN SHOT IN THE HEAD TWICE THIS YEAR: A man from Niagra Falls claims that he was just minding his own business when he was shot in the head outside a bar. Willie McTyere claims that this was the second time that he had been shot this year. He was taken to Niagra Falls Memorial Medical Center where Capt. William M. Thompson said McTyere was uncooperative. Luckily for McTyere, he was shot just above his left eye but it didn't go through his skull. The victim had been sitting in his car when a stray bullet went through his windshield causing the flesh wound to the head. Thompson said the shooting does not appear to be related to recent shootings caused by gang turf wars. (The Buffalo News)

WOMAN TEXTED AGENT ABOUT DRUGS: A woman from Oklahoma was arrested for drug possession after she accidentally text messaged a Drug Task Force agent about her stash. According to police, Drug Task Force agent, Chris Counts received an apparent wrong number text message from 26-year-old Mindy Lynn Nuegebauer offering a "hit of this stuff." Officers arrived at Nuegebauer's home after she thought the text has been sent to a friend. She told officers that she was referring to marijuana, however police say they found a substance that tested positive for cocaine. Neugebauer was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat)


MAN ATTACKS NEIGHBORS' DOOR WITH HOE: An 80-year-old Florida man was arrested for attacking his neighbors' door with a garden hoe because he thought they stole his cookies. According to police, St. Lucie residents called 911 and reported being awakened by a loud banging at the door. It was Gene Edward Chambers hitting the door with a garden hoe. When the police arrived, Chambers told them that he suspected his neighbors on sneaking into his house in the middle of the night and stealing seven boxes of Little Debbie Oatmeal Cookies. The police later found the boxes of cookies in Chambers' apartment. He was charged with criminal mischief. (UPI.com)

DID YOU KNOW?

CAN WE TALK TO OUR DOGS? A recent survey found that 70-80 percent of households with dogs think of them as family members. Despite a person's attachment to their pet, Dr. James Serpell, director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania cautions that some people humanize their animal too much. He said, "If you're humanizing and applying human behaviors to a dog, it's just not accurate. People often tell me, 'My dog is jealous', but dogs don't experience that." And although there is some level of communication between pet and owner, "In my experience, people talk to their dogs way too much. I think people tend to just babble at their pets, and they don't necessarily understand; people may babble to keep the animal focused, but you may be talking way more than they understand." (Lemondrop.com)

BALDNESS IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH: A receding hairline can be a good thing, according to scientists, who say men who go bald by 30 appear to be less likely to develop prostate cancer. Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine studied 2,000 men aged between 40 and 47. They were able to link high levels of the male hormone testosterone in those who lose their hair earlier with a lower risk of tumours. Researchers compared the rate of tumours in those who said their hair had thinned by the age of 30 with those who did not suffer hair loss. Men who had started to develop bald spots on the top of their heads as well as receding hairlines had a 29% to 45% reduction in the risk of prostate cancer. By age 30, approximately 25-30% of men will have some baldness, researchers believe. Half of all men suffer significant hair loss by the age of 50. (Daily Mail)


DADS HELPING OUT IN THE HOUSE: GOOD OR BAD FOR MOM? Dads are helping out with childrearing more and more these days. The result can be both a boost and a letdown for super-moms, whose self-competence can take a hit when paired with husbands who are savvy caregivers. Since mothers pride themselves on being just that -- moms -- their self-esteem can take a blow when dad helps out. "While mothers are encouraged to join the workforce, socially constructed ideals of motherhood requires mothers to be primary caregivers," said study researcher Takayuki Sasaki of the Osaka University of Commerce in Japan. "Thus, employed mothers may feel pressured to do more care-giving to ensure the survival of their feelings of self-competence, even though they may wish for fathers' increased participation to lessen their burden." (Telegraph)

'THE BABYSITTER'S CLUB' IS GOOD INFLUENCE FOR TEENS: A Wall Street Journal writer argues that the entrepreneurial skills demonstrated in the kids' classic book series 'The Babysitter's Club' might just inspire young women who read the now-revamped books to create job opportunities of their own, particularly in a job market that isn't exactly teen-friendly these days. Vanderkam writes: "Imagine how empowering it will be for many of today's girls to learn that, by emulating young people just like themselves, not only can they drum up enough business to buy the little things that make the teen years tolerable without lobbying for cash from Mom and Dad, but they can even help out with strained family budgets? That's just as valuable a lesson as you'll learn from most textbooks."

FIVE REASONS TO DATE YOUR BEST FRIEND (YourTango.com)

He's familiar with your bad side: Let's face it, during the first few months of dating someone new, it's easy to hold yourself together and pretend like you don't have a dark side (everybody has one). You downplay your insecurities in hopes that he won't see you as clingy, and you suppress the fact that you occasionally get moody, jealous, or pointlessly angry. With a friend-to-boyfriend, he's not only aware of your personal weaknesses, but he knows how to respond to them in a way that is constructive to the relationship and to your desire to improve yourself.

You're more or less aware of each other's relationship history: You have probably discussed your past relationships with the ease and honesty that friends share, which means you'll have a very clear idea of what to expect if indeed your pal becomes your main man.

You're comfortable with each other: It takes a few weeks (if not longer) to feel completely relaxed around someone new. Should you eat ice cream from the container in front of him? Should you reveal that you're a thirtysomething who still rereads Harry Potter on occasion? When dating someone who started out as a friend, you can skip the neurotic "I need to impress him" phase and go straight to wearing no makeup and nerding out together on Saturdays spent indoors.

It's exciting: Dating a friend might seem less glamorous than falling in love at first sight, but what's more suspenseful than decoding a friend's flirty mixed signals for signs of romantic intentions? If the relationship goes well, you'll be swept away at how a good friend turned out to be an even better boyfriend.

There's always something to talk about: Aren't you ready for someone who still makes for good company even after the passion starts to plateau? Plus, just imagine the energy that you and a friend-turned-boyfriend will share after months (even years!) of pent-up romantic tension.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

The 1990 science fiction novel TekWar was written by what actor?

A: William Shatner

Source: Wikipedia

WATER COOLER TALK

ABC News has come under criticism after it admitted paying accused child murderer Casey Anthony $200,000 in exchange for exclusive rights to family video and photos, while denying the payments were for interviews. The payments were revealed in court in Florida late last week as a judge was weighing if Anthony is broke and needs financial help for her defense. The ABC News payments were made in August 2008, while Anthony was under investigation for killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee, but not yet charged. She was incited two months later. ABC News hadn't revealed the rumored payment until forced to by the Orlando court.

Men who harass women with cat calls and sexual comments aren't just upsetting, scaring or angering the individual women, but are hurting their whole gender with the opposite sex, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Connecticut. Women in the study watched a video of men making sexist remarks to other women and were told imagine themselves as bystanders. It was found afterwards that the women were not only upset, but were more likely to take the remarks as an insult to their gender, and feel greater anger and motivation to take direct action toward men in general.

A 21-year-old man found an unusual place to pop the question last week, proposing to his girlfriend on a New Jersey Transit commuter bus at New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal, The Record of Bergen County reported. When 20-year-old Leora Feigenbaum arrived Thursday evening (March 18th) to take her regular bus home, a Port Authority employee escorted her from the back of the line to the bus. On board, she found flowers, decorations and her boyfriend, fellow Yeshiva University junior Adam Frohlinger, holding an engagement ring. Frohlinger said he picked the bus for his proposal because he knew it was the last place his girlfriend would expect.

Friday, March 19, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Taylor Swift's six-times-platinum CD, Fearless, was officially recognized as the most awarded album in the history of country music on Wednesday (March 17th) night at a private dinner at Maggiano's restaurant in Nashville. Taylor joined members of her record label and representatives from NARAS, The American Music Awards, The Country Music Association, and the Academy of Country Music to toast the achievement.

Fearless is the only album in history to win the all-genre Album of The Year Grammy, as well as country Album of the Year awards from the Grammys, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the American Music Awards.

Twenty-year-old Taylor is the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy for all-genre Album of the Year. She is also the award's first-ever solo female country winner, and the first solo female winner in more than a decade. Taylor wrote or co-wrote every song on Fearless.

  • Taylor spoke briefly at the dinner, saying "I hope you know how happy and honored I feel. I'm proud of the people this happened to me with. This was not wasted on us. We all appreciate it so much. We've had a lot change for us. I've seen a lot of you get new cars. Other than that, you're the same people I've always known."
  • Taylor's other accomplishments acknowledged in the celebration included more than 13 million in total record sales; more than 25 million digital downloads; Fearless as the top-selling album in the U.S. in both 2008 and 2009; and the Number One and Number Two positions on Nielsen's BDS 2009 Top 10 all-genre Most Played Songs chart with "You Belong With Me" and "Love Story."
  • This week also marks Taylor's 10th consecutive Top 10 Country single. With that, she becomes the only female artist in the 66 year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart to score at least five Top 10s each from her first two major album releases.
  • Taylor is currently nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. The show will be held in Las Vegas on April 18th.
  • Taylor continues on her sold out Fearless tour, hitting the stage tonight (Friday, March 19th) for the second of two shows in Philadelphia.

ASK YOUR LISTENERS

  • Do you think Taylor will be able to sustain her success?
  • Do you think she'll be a major force in the industry five years from now?

Lady Antebellum have been crossing things off their career wish list left and right these days, and next up on their dream agenda is a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. The trio hope to make this a reality in the next few months, as Dave Haywood tells us. "It's been a dream of ours to try to get -- at least I know for me and Charles (Kelley) as well -- it's kind of like SNL's the top of the top and we've been hopin' for that for awhile. Maybe this fall something like that will work out, but we've been incredibly blessed and we feel very humbled to be able to play on Oprah and the Grammys and Letterman and stuff, so . . ."

Hillary Scott says she'd like some hang time with the talented cast of the hit NBC show. "Saturday Night Live would be really fun, though. I think bein' backstage and hopefully havin' conversations with a couple of those actors that are just so hysterical -- their timing is just so great -- would be a lot of fun, and not to mention everybody watches it, you know? If a "Golden Girl" can do it, Lady A can do it!"

  • In the meantime, Lady Antebellum is on tour with Tim McGraw. They play a string of dates in Canada beginning on March 25th in Vancouver.
  • The trio inches closer to the top spot on the country charts with their latest hit, "American Honey."
  • Their recent chart-topper, "Need You Now," sits at Number One on the Billboard Adult pop chart.

FAST FACTS

  • "Need You Now" is only the second Number One country song to cross over to the top of the adult pop songs chart.
  • The first was Faith Hill's "Breathe" in April of 2000.
Dierks Bentley is one of five musicians hand-picked by Esquire magazine to be part of their April music issue. Last month, he and the others went to the Shack-Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi at for a two-day fashion shoot with renowned photographer Danny Clinch. At the end of the trip, each songwriter was challenged to write, perform and record an original song that included the phrase "Somewhere in Mississippi." Dierks' song will be available for download for one day only -- March 29th -- while a full EP of all the songs will be available on April 5th at esquire.com. The new issue of Esquire will be on newsstands on Tuesday (March 23rd).
  • Dierks' new bluegrass-inspired CD, Up On The Ridge, will be released sometime this summer.
  • His tour of the same name will kick off on April 21st in Portland, Oregon. Tickets for most of the 24 shows go on sale on today (Friday, March 19th).
  • Dierks will be backed by the Travelin' McCourys, some of the musicians in the Del McCoury Band, while Texas-based singer/songwriter Hayes Carll will open the shows.

CHECK IT OUT


Miranda Lambert recently celebrated her first Number One hit with "White Liar"and has a chance to take home six trophies at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards. Her career is definitely on the fast track, and the building momentum is something that has not gone unnoticed by Miranda. She tells us that little by little she's feeling more validated as an artist, and she keeps setting higher benchmarks for herself. So many things have happened to us that we think we've made it and then something better comes along and we're like, 'Okay, now we've made it!' I always said I would gauge it by if I was on Oprah, then I would have made it, and now she's retiring so I'm gonna have to find a new goal (laughs). But I just feel like we're just blessed to get to do what we love to do. I get to make records and be on the road and have good people aorund me and people that believe in me, and then my peers care enough to give me six ACM nominations. The people in the industry believe, not only the fans, but to me I've made it now because of that."

Miranda says she is just happy to be a contributor to today's resurging country music scene. "There's just been so many great moments in my career and in my personal life in the last five years that I don't know what could top where we are now. I shoot for the moon, though, so we'll see, but I just, I'm really blessed and happy to be just part of country music. I mean, country music is kind of takin' back over. It's been a while, and the younger generation is shinin' right now and I'm glad to be one of 'em."

  • Miranda kicked off her first headlining tour, called Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars, last night (Thursday, March 18th) in Beckley, West Virginia. Tonight's stop is at Wild Bill's in Duluth, Georgia. The trek will play in 22 cities, and features various opening acts including David Nail, James Otto, Randy Houser and Wade Bowen.
  • Miranda is also slated to join the Lilith Fair tour this summer, as well as making a stop at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June.
  • Her new single, "The House That Built Me," is making its climb up the charts.
CHECK IT OUT Brad Paisley will make his directorial debut at the Nashville Film Festival with his short, called When Mom's Away. Brad's film imagines what happens when his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, is away. The Festival runs from April 15-22nd.

The Zac Brown Band's new cookbook, called Southern Ground Cookbook, is available now at their website and crackerbarrel.com, as well as at their merchandise stands on tour. Recipes are on removable index cards and featured alongside art, stories and other information. Lead singer Zac Brown's Southern Ground Grub food line items Georgia Clay Rub and Brown Sauce will be in stores soon.

Luke Bryan had as much fun on his spring break as any college student -- his Spring Break tour, that is. He recently rolled in to Florida for a sold out show at the Swamp in Ft.Walton Beach, and the following afternoon he literally shut the local Wal-Mart down with an in-store performance and autograph session for the spring break college crowd. After spending the afternoon mingling with the college kids on the beach, Luke performed for another sold out crowd of over 4,000 wild spring breakers at Spinnaker's in Panama City. Hundreds of fans had to be turned away because it was over capacity. Students were spotted hanging over hotel balconies to catch Luke's show.
  • His second Spring Break EP, called Spring Break 2...Hangover Edition, is available exclusively at the iTunes Store. The EP includes three never-before released tracks which Luke wrote, called "Wild Weekend," "Cold Beer Drinker" and "I'm Hungover."
  • Luke is currently out on the road opening for Jason Aldean's Wide Open tour. Tonight (Friday, March 19th), they take the stage at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
  • Luke's latest CD, Doin' My Thing, produced his first Number One hit as an artist with "Do I."
  • Earlier this week, he won the ACM's Top New Solo Vocalist award. He is now competing for the overall Top New Artist at the award show, which takes place on April 18th in Las Vegas.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Which legendary singer inducted Martina McBride into the Grand Ole Opry in 1995?
A. Loretta Lynn

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 2:00PM (ET)
Billy Currington, Lee Ann Womack

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Kellie Pickler

CMT CROSSROADS/CMT 10:00PM (ET)
Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown Band

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Ursula Andress (actress, "Aphrodite" in Clash of the Titans, "Honey Ryder" in Dr. No) (74)
  • Glenn Close (actress, Le Divorce, Fatal Attraction, "Cruella DeVille" in 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians, Damages) (63)
  • Sirhan Sirhan (Senator Robert F. Kennedy's assassin) (66)
  • Renee Taylor (actress, played Fran Fine's mother on The Nanny) (77)
  • Bruce Willis (actor, Moonlighting, the Die Hard movies, Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, Hostage; former husband of Demi Moore) (55)
  • Ruth Pointer (singer, the Pointer Sisters) (64)
  • Ornette Coleman (jazz composer, saxophonist) (80)
  • Harvey Weinstein (producer, Shakespear in Love, Gangs of New York, The Others, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Cold Mountain, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, The Reader) (58)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Josh Gracin picked up his first Number One single in Billboard with "Nothin' To Lose" in 2005.
  • Neal McCoy scored his first Number One single with "No Doubt About It" in 1994.
  • George Strait's Chill Of An Early Fall album was released in 1991.
  • Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights" claimed the top spot on the Billboard country chart in 1977.
  • Tom T. Hall married Dixie Deen, whom he affectionately calls "Miss Dixie," in 1968.
  • Buck Owens & Rose Maddox recorded the classic "Sweethearts In Heaven," in 1963.
  • Tex Ritter performed the theme from the western movie "High Noon" on the Academy Awards show in 1953. That night, the song won as Best Original Song, the first country song to be honored with an Oscar.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STALKING IVANKA TRUMP: A 27-year-old man accused of stalking Ivanka Trump was arrested in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday (March 16th). Police say Justin Massler was arrested on a New York warrant alleging he used the Internet to stalk the heiress. Massler described himself in a blog posting as "a celebrity stalker who is obsessed with Ivanka Trump." He had been living on the East Coast and visiting his mother in Reno. His mother, Randee Massler, says he has only written about Trump on the Internet and hasn't come close to her.

KRIS JENNER SAYS KOURTNEY AND SCOTT ARE 'FINE': Kris Jenner and her grandson's father have made somewhat of a truce. Jenner, who was seen constantly battling Scott Disick on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, said of Kourtney's boyfriend, "I'm fine with Scott right now. He's in Miami while the girls film Kourtney and Khloe and I'm in L.A., so it's perfect! I'm relieved." She added, "As far as Kourtney and Scott go, they're fine. They're concentrating now on just raising Mason and trying to get used to being a new mom and a new dad, and they're doing a great job."

'MODERN FAMILY' STAR ADOPTS BABY: Modern Family star Ty Burrell and his wife have adopted a baby girl. The couple confirmed the adoption to People magazine, but no other details were offered.

VIENNA THINKS GIA SHOULD HAVE BEEN 'BACHELORETTE': Bachelor winner Vienna Girardi thinks that producers chose the wrong girl to be the next Bachelorette. One of Girardi's Twitter friends, "AliThompson08" raved about fellow contestant Gia Allemand, saying "she was a sweetheart on the show! she shouldve been the new bachelorette! not Ali!" Vienna replied, "I can't tell you how much I agree. Gia would have been the best bachelorette!"

PADMA'S BABY DADDY CONFIRMED: It's long been rumored, now it's confirmed: venture capitalist Adam Dell is the father of Padma Lakshmi's daughter Krishna. A source told People magazine that the two are trying to work out visitation rights with their daughter, who will be a month old March 20th. The insider said that Dell would like "more time and involvement with the child. It's all in negotiations. They are trying to work it out. They are trying to avoid anything messy."

ANTONIO BANDERAS LANDS NEW JOB: Antonio Banderas is becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations (U.N). The actor will join the U.N. Development Program's (UNDP) global fight against poverty, and help the organization raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets aimed at halving world poverty by 2015. He said in a statement, "Poverty robs us of our potential as a people, preventing us from being all that we can be. This is why it is so important to mobilize all of our efforts to defeat it, especially if today we have the knowledge, the tools and the resources to do it."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR HIRED BY ABC: ABC has hired CNN's Christiane Amanpour to replace George Stephanopoulos on its Sunday morning political talk show. Stephanopoulos left the show in December to take over as co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America." ABC News President David Westin said, "With Christiane, we have the opportunity to provide our audiences with something different on Sunday mornings. We will continue to provide the best in interviews about domestic politics and policies. But now we will add to that an international perspective."

POEHLER PREGNANCY AFFECT 'PARKS AND REC' SHOOTING: Amy Poehler's pregnancy is throwing a wrench into the production of her NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the actress's baby bump won't be written into the show -- which was recently renewed for a third season. Since the baby is due in the summer or early fall, Parks will stay in continuous production after it wraps season two, in order to tape episodes for next season.

HEIDI MONTAG REPORTEDLY FIRES NEW MANAGER: Heidi Montag has reportedly fired Aiden Chase, a Malibu-based psychic whom she hired last week to replace husband Spencer Pratt as her manager. Usmagazine.com reports that the split came after Chase demanded a "significant portion of her Hills money" when he had nothing to do with landing her roles. Montag was reportedly "horrified" when he showed up on set as she filmed a cameo in the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It.

BETTY WHITE TURNED DOWN 'DWTS': Betty White turned down the opportunity to appear on Dancing With the Stars over fears she would "embarrass the audience." The 88-year-old "It Girl" told Larry King, "I have been asked. And I've thanked them very profusely. And I said, no thank you. I think Cloris Leachman took care of that whole department. It would be fun and I would love it. But I think there comes a time when. . . I don't want to embarrass the audience, but Cloris did it and she did fine. So I think she's taken care of our age bracket."

PAULA DEEN FILES LAWSUIT: Paula Deen has filed a lawsuit against Celeb Chefs Tour, claiming they defamed her by making it look like she bailed on scheduled cooking tours without reason. TMZ.com reports that Paula's company claims the $150,000 advance she was supposed to get bounced, and after waiting for full payment she walked away, claiming Celeb Chefs Tour breached the agreement. Since she was guaranteed $130,000 for each event which featured her on top of the advance -- Deen is suing for over $1 million.

JESSE JAMES APOLOGIZES TO SANDRA BULLOCK FOR 'CAUSING GRIEF'

Jesse James issued a public apology on Thursday (March 18th) directed at wife Sandra Bullock and his three children in the wake of rumors that he had an affair. In the statement James said, "The vast majority of the allegations reported are untrue and unfounded. Beyond that, I will not dignify these private matters with any further public comment.

He continued, "There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. It's because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way. This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them. I am truly very sorry for the grief I have caused them. I hope one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me."

SANDRA BULLOCK MOVES OUT

People magazine reports that Bullock left the home she shares with James earlier this week, right before the report of her husband's infidelity surfaced.

On Wednesday (March 17th), tattoo model Michelle McGee told In Touch magazine that she and James had an 11-month affair while Bullock was on set filming her Oscar-winning role in The Blind Side. Bullock abruptly canceled a trip to Europe for the film's London premiere after news of the supposed affair broke.

DETAILS ABOUT SUPPOSED AFFAIR SURFACE

According to Technorati.com, McGee was paid close to $30,000 for her In Touch story. Although McGee claims she believed Bullock and James were separated at the time of the affair, the website reports that she was fully aware of their relationship and thought the story would be her ticket to "mainstream celebrity."

According to tweets reported on by RadarOnline.com, James and McGee were still flirting around the time of the Oscars. Although James' page has been taken down, McGee's still shows signs of the relationship. On February 7th she tweeted, "Was that from your Easy Bake Oven?" in a reply to a message he sent her. However, five days later she mused: "Sometimes to love yourself . . . you need to just walk away."

SANDRA REPORTEDLY FOUND OUT ABOUT AFFAIR FROM THE PRESS

Popeater.com reports: "In Touch magazine had called Sandra's publicist Monday morning to let her know the magazine was going to print an explosive cover story saying her husband was cheating. At first, camp Sandra dismissed the story until they understood that the magazine had the alleged mistress, tattoo model Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee, on the record telling all."

'DAVY CROCKETT' ACTOR FESS PARKER DIES AT AGE 85

Davy Crockett actor Fess Parker died on Thursday (March 18th) at the age of 85. Family spokeswoman Sao Anash said that Parker passed away of natural causes -- on the 84th birthday of his wife Marcella, who married to the actor for 50 years.

Anash noted, "She's a wreck," adding Parker was coherent and speaking with family just minutes before his death.

After his role as Crocket ended in the late '50s, Parker laid low before returning to TV in the title role of the TV adventure series Daniel Boone from 1964-1970.

  • He then largely retired from show business and turned to real estate. Parker bought and sold property, built hotels (including the elegant Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa in Los Olivos and Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort Santa Barbara) and grew wine grapes on a 2,200-acre vineyard on California's Central Coast, where he was dubbed King of the Wine Frontier and coonskin caps enjoyed brisk sales.

(Attached are the themes to 'Daniel Boone' and 'Davy Crockett')

NEVERMIND! PAULA ABDUL WON'T DO 'STAR SEARCH'

A Paula Abdul-headlined Star Search will not be a reality. RadarOnline.com reports that negotiations between the former Idol judge and ABC broke down earlier this week.

Paul was in talks to host and do some judging on the remake of the 1980s hit, but sources told Radar, "A deadline was given and no agreement was reached."

  • The insider adds that Paula was offered a lot of money, but it's unlikely the talks will resume as ABC wants to get the show on the air this year.

'GLEE' CAST DOING OPRAH

Glee is cementing its place at the forefront of pop culture with an appearance on Oprah. A source told EW.com that the April 7th episode of Oprah's talk show will be dedicated to the Fox hit, with cast interviews, previously unseen backstage footage, and a performance.

In anticipation of the episode, Oprah.com will launch a "destination page" for fans of the high school musical. The site will feature character guides, Glee I.Q. tests, behind the scenes photo galleries, and more.

  • The Oprah episode airs the day after the Glee cast is scheduled to appear at the White House for the annual Easter egg roll. The show returns to TV the following Tuesday with the first of nine new episodes.

KARA IS SIMON'S NEW FIGHT-FLIRT BUDDY ON 'IDOL'

Kara DioGuardi -- not Ellen DeGeneres -- has taken Paula Abdul's place on American Idol, at least in Simon Cowell's mind. The New York Post reports that with Paula gone, Simon is picking on Kara during showtime, trying to get a rise out of her like he used to do with Abdul.

Audience members inside a recent taping reported that, during a commercial break, "a miffed DioGuardi jabbed at Cowell's chest with her fingers and whispered into his ear before marching backstage. They appeared to whisper and make up during the second half of the show, though."

  • Kara recently said of her co-star, "Oh, he's naughty, naughty, naughty! At times, we disagree, but I dish it right back at him, because I'm from New York and I'm feisty."

REPORT: SNOOKI ONCE CHARGED IN RELATION TO DRUNK DRIVING DEATH

Snooki has a criminal past! RadarOnline.com reports that the Jersey Shore star was one of three people charged in connection with the 2004 death of teenager Michael Truncali. Truncali died in a drunk driving accident after consuming booze at Snooki's house.

According to Radar -- Truncali had been drinking heavily in the basement of Snooki's home before crashing his car on his way home with a blood alcohol level of .18. After a several-month investigation, Snooki was charged with Prohibited Sale of Alcoholic Beverages, as authorities said she charged a fee for alcohol. Snooki's mom -- who was home at the time of the party -- was investigated but not charged.

  • Truncali's mother told Radar that she doesn't approve of Snooki and MTV glorifying alcohol use on Jersey Shore. Michelle Truncali said, "We're not out to trash Nicole. I never blamed her for what happened, she was a 16-year-old (sic). I blame others." They say they've made peace with the incident, but don't feel as though they know the truth about the actions that took place in the hours before their son's death.

MOVIE OPENING TODAY!


Opening today (March 19th) is the new romantic comedy The Bounty Hunter, starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. The film follows Milo, played by Butler, an unlucky bounty hunter, who thinks he's got a stroke of luck when he's given a job to bring in his bail jumping ex-wife, Nicole, played by Aniston, but what Milo thought would be an easy task turns out to be a nightmare when the pair find themselves on the run for their lives.

  • The Bounty Hunter is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The Bounty Hunter was directed by Andy Tennant.
Opening today (March 19th) is the new action movie Repo Men, starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker and Liev Schreiber. A futuristic thriller in a world where humans have extended lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union, which will reclaim its property for non-payment using repo men. Remy, played by Law, is one of the best repo men in the business but when he suffers cardiac failure on the job, he wakes to find himself fitted with a top-of-the-line heart replacement and a hefty debt. But when he can't make payments, The Union sends its toughest member, Jake, played by Whitaker, to find him and take back his heart.
  • Repo Men is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Repo Men was directed by Miguel Sapochnik.
Opening today (March 19th) is the new comedy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, starring Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn. The film follows the struggles of a wise cracking middle school student over the course of a school year.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid is rated PG and has a running time of 2 hours.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid was directed by Thor Freudenthal.

HEADLINE NEWS!!


HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL MOVES TOWARDS SUNDAY VOTE: The health care reform bill is moving towards a Sunday (March 21st) vote, as the Congressional Budget Office released its figures on the legislation yesterday (March 18th) and President Obama canceled his Asian trip until later in the year to stay in Washington and do last-minute lobbying. The non-partisan CBO said that the $940 billion legislation would reduce the deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years. A couple more Democratic House members who voted no last fall on an earlier health bill said yesterday they will vote yes now as Speaker Nancy Pelosi edged closer to the 216 votes she needs.

NETANYAHU CALLS CLINTON, TRIES TO DEFUSE DISPUTE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday (March 18th) as Israel tries to defuse the dispute with the U.S. over the announcement made last week while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting about plans to expand Jewish housing in east Jerusalem, which Clinton had called "insulting." Netanyahu said Israel would propose "confidence-building" steps to the Palestinians to encourage a renewal of peace talks. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the measures were likely to include the release of Palestinian prisoners, the removal of West Bank checkpoints and the possible transfer of West Bank land to Palestinian control. Reuters cited a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying that Netanyahu will likely meet with senior U.S. officials, including Clinton, when he visits the U.S. next week to speak at a conference by the pro-Israel lobby group America Israel Public Affairs Committee.

'JIHAD JANE' PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO TERROR CHARGES: Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania, who called herself "Jihad Jane" online, pleaded not guilty yesterday (March 18th) to charges that she conspired with terrorists overseas and pledged to help kill a Swedish artist targeted by radical Muslims. The 46-year-old LaRose was arrested in October as she returned to the U.S. from Europe and has been held since then, but her detention was only recently announced. From June 2008 through October 2009, LaRose went online to recruit male fighters for the cause, recruit women with Western passports to marry them and raise money for the holy war, according to the indictment.

AMERICAN PLEADS GUILTY TO AIDING 2008 MUMBAI ATTACK: A 49-year-old Chicago man pleaded guilty Thursday (March 18th) to scouting targets for the November 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, India, that killed more than 160 people, including six Americans. David Headley has been cooperating with U.S. investigators since his arrest in October and faces up to life in prison. Headley also pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons in 2005 depicting the Prophet Mohammed that outraged many Muslims around the world.

TODAY'S FYI:

REPORT SAYS MADOFF WAS BEATEN IN PRISON: A Wall Street Journal report yesterday (March 18th) claimed that Bernard Madoff, who's serving a 150-year prison sentence for his multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, was beaten in prison by another inmate in December. After the attack at a North Carolina federal prison, Madoff was moved to its medical center for treatment, and it was reported at the time that he was suffering from dizziness and hypertension. But the Journal report cites a prisoner currently serving time at the facility who was familiar with Madoff's condition at the time as saying Madoff was treated for a broken nose, fractured ribs and cuts to his head and face. The report also cites another ex-inmate was who recently released from the prison who confirmed the assault and said the dispute was about money the attacker thought he was owed by Madoff. The Journal cited a third person it described as being familiar with Madoff's situation as also confirming the attack.

GOV. SANFORD'S DIVORCE FINALIZED: South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and his wife Jenny's divorce was finalized yesterday (March 18th) after 20 years of marriage and four children together. A judge issued the ruling less than three weeks after Jenny Sanford asked for an accelerated decision based on her husband's infidelity, and after she'd filed for divorce in December. After disappearing for several days last summer, Governor Sanford admitted when he returned that he'd been to Argentina, where he'd gone to see his mistress.

OBAMA EFFIGY HUNG AT R.I. SCHOOL WHERE TEACHERS WERE FIRED: A teacher at a failing Rhode Island high school where it was recently announced that all the teachers would be fired has apologized to his students after hanging an effigy of President Obama upside down in his classroom Monday (March 15th). Central Falls Superintendent Frances Gallo told CNN that she discovered the effigy in the unnamed teacher's classroom, which was holding a sign saying, "Fire Central Falls teachers." Obama had applauded the teacher firings, calling it an example of holding failing schools accountable. Gallo said the teacher has asked for permission to apologize to the students in writing.

KRAFT TO CUT SALT IN ITS FOOD: Kraft Foods announced Thursday (March 18th) that it will cut the salt in its food products in North America by an average of 10 percent over the next two years. Kraft said the cuts will affect more than 1,000 products -- for instance, Oscar Mayer bologna will have 17 percent less salt and Velveeta will have 10 percent less -- and will eliminate more than 10 million pounds of salt over the two years. Health experts say that Americans eat too much salt, with the vast majority of it coming from processed food. Kraft isn't alone in cutting salt in its food:

  • Campbell Soup Co. has cut the sodium in more than 100 of its products by 25 to 50 percent over the past four years, including in V8 juices, Prego spaghetti sauces, Pepperidge Farm breads and its soups.
  • ConAgra Foods, whose labels include Chef Boyardee and Hebrew National, announced in October that it will cut salt by 20 percent in the next five years.

CHILDREN HELP MOTHER DELIVER BABY: Two children in Northern California helped their mother give birth to her fourth child last week when she unexpectedly went into labor at home. Geoffrey Sanders had already left for work when his wife, Alana, went into labor and starting giving birth in the bathroom. Their 11-year-old daughter Faith and 9-year-old son Jabari called 911 for help, and in the recording the mother can be heard screaming as Jabari tells the dispatcher, "She's starting to bleed," and then, "The baby's already here." Faith then gets on the phone, and the dispatcher tells her to wipe the baby with a clean towel and tie, not cut, the umbilical cord with a string. That paramedics arrived soon after and took Alana and new baby Joseph to the hospital, where both were found to be fine.

SPORTS:

BIG UPSETS ON OPENING DAY OF NCAA'S FIRST ROUND: There were some big upsets on the opening day of the first round of the men's NCAA basketball tournament yesterday (March 18th). Number 14 Ohio beat third-ranked Georgetown 97-83, Number 13 Murray state defeated fourth-ranked Vanderbilt 66-65, and Number 11 Old Dominion beat sixth-ranked Notre Dame 51-50. Eleventh-ranked Washington also defeated Number Six Marquette 80-78. Second-seeded Villanova held on to beat 15th-ranked Robert Morris 73-70 in overtime. Wake Forest also defeated Texas in overtime, 81-80, and BYU took two overtimes before beating Florida 99-92.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY & WEEKEND!


Friday, March 19, 2010
CBS

  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL - NCAA Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL - NCAA Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA

NBC

  • WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? - Lisa Kudrow travels from Los Angeles to Belarus to uncover her family history.
  • DATELINE NBC - New questions arise 10 years after a young widow is thought to be behind the deaths of two men; an aspiring Playboy model is murdered in Miami.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - Chef Ramsay tries to help a woman who owns a struggling Mexican restaurant facing foreclosure.

ABC

  • FIGURE SKATING - Live from Mashantucket, Conn.
  • 20/20 - Police investigate whether a woman committed suicide or was murdered by her husband; the final report on the case has a stunning conclusion.
  • 20/20 - An 18-year-old woman begins a romance with a man she met in an online chat room; police investigate when the romance ends in murder.

CW

  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (repeat)
  • HIGH SOCIETY (repeat)

SATURDAY

NBC

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - (repeat)

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE AMAZING RACE 16 - Contestants accidentally race to the wrong city; a contestant tests the power of duct tape.
  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - When GSI Commerce CEO Michael G. Rubin goes under cover within the company, he discovers that his packing and shipping skills are below company standards.
  • COLD CASE - The team realizes that Nick Vera has hit rock bottom after he goes missing; a new twist in a 2006 arson case may help lead to his whereabouts.

NBC

  • MINUTE TO WIN IT - A woman hoping to buy her dream home competes.
  • THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE - The men's project manager is confronted when a team member feels left out; the women's team is plagued by illness, a power outage and difficult celebrity; a celebrity is sent home.

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS - Bart and his classmate, Nikki (Sarah Silverman), develop a flirtatious rapport; Michelle Obama (Angela Bassett) comes to Lisa's defense when she is ostracized for being an overachiever.
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW - Cleveland allows his friends to tag along when he and Donna head to New York for a long overdue honeymoon.
  • FAMILY GUY - After selling footage of a celebrity he caught off guard, Peter decides to become a paparazzo; Stewie gets stage fright.
  • SONS OF TUCSON - Ron looks for a way to benefit from the situation when a string of burglaries have the neighborhood on edge.

ABC

  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION - Christian Slater and the team rebuild the home of a National Guard hero and his family; The Jonas Brothers and Celine Dion make special appearances.
  • DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Angie's ex-boyfriend visits Wisteria Lane; Lynette becomes suspicious of Preston's fiance; Katharine comes out of the closet.
  • JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION - (series premiere) Jamie heads to Huntington, W. Va., where he tries to make lunches healthier at a local elementary school.

AMC

  • BREAKING BAD - (season premiere) Walt deals with the aftermath of the place crash; Jesse comes to a realization about himself.

HBO

  • THE PACIFIC - Basilone and the 7th Marines arrive on Guadalcanal to reinforce the 1st Marine Division as they defend a crucial airstrip; Basilone suffers a personal loss.
  • HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA - Ben and Cam find it hard to meet Hidemi's quota; Rene gets advice on handling a schoolyard showdown with Flaco; Darren takes Rachel to his childhood home.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

PASSERS-BY CALL POLICE OVER TOPLESS GARDENER: A nudist gardener from Boulder, Colorado - who usually does yard work in a thong and pasties - has caused another stir in the neighborhood. Catharine Pierce, 52, was spotted gardening topless in her yard on Wednesday. State law prohibits exposed genitals, however, Pierce was wearing a thong and gardening gloves. According to Pierce's husband, she was not breaking any laws and the police seem to agree. Police spokeswoman, Sarah Huntley, told the Colorado woman to consider wearing a t-shirt because children at the school across the street were playing outside. Boulder is considering expanding the anti-nudity law. (AP)

BURGLAR CAUGHT AFTER LOGGING ONTO MYSPACE: A Washington burglar was easily found after he logged into his Myspace account on the office computer of the store he broke into. Investigators said that the 17-year-old spent hours on his Myspace account at the Bella Office Furniture as well as took some time to look at pornography. He was arrested on Tuesday and charged with first degree burglary. (AP)

ELDERLY COUPLE SICK OF POLICE VISITS: An elderly couple in Brooklyn are sick of hearing the phrase ''Police! Open Up!'' Walter Martin, 83, and his wife, Rose, said the police have knocked on their door almost 50 times in the past eight years and it is still unclear why. According to police, a computer search show 15 other people living in the Marine Park address, all of whom the elderly couple have never heard of. Inspector Ed Mullen of the NYPD said the identity theft squad is currently investigating. Martin said that he and his wife are always respectful but it still makes his blood-pressure soar. (AP)

MAN FACES HEAT AFTER LIGHTING A MATCH: A man, who accidentally lit a match on a U.S. Airways flight to Boston, is facing some heat for an outstanding identity fraud warrant. According to the Massachusetts State Police, 50-year-old Paul Prater told the police the match had ignited when he pulled a package from his pocket during the flight from Washington D.C. No charges have been brought for the match lighting, however Prater was detained and pleaded not guilty to the fugitive charge. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?


PREGNANT WOMEN HAVE 'BABY BRAIN': Women in the later stages of pregnancy reportedly suffer from a loss of memory -- a condition dubbed "baby brain." The problem was apparent in the last six months of pregnancy and lasted at least three months after a woman had given birth. Experts believe it can be traced to the effect of pregnancy hormones on the brain. Study leader Diane Farrar, a midwife from the Bradford Institute for Health Research, said: 'Forgetfulness and slips of attention are phenomena commonly reported by pregnant women, but scientists have yet to identify a specific mechanism by which this memory impairment might occur."

IS COUPLES FACEBOOK FIGHTING OUT OF LINE? The New York Times delved into the phenomenon of married and engaged couples fighting on Facebook. A theme running through the Times piece is that griping about your mate publicly on Facebook can be damaging not just to individual marriages, but to the very institution of marriage itself. Some marriage experts say" Facebook fighting "represents a gradual but significant degradation of our regard for marriage." One expert said, "From the Victorian era through the 1950s, marriage was viewed as the source of all safety from a predatory world. Striving for that ideal, meant keeping your disagreements private, 'to keep a public face of harmony.'"

67-YEAR ENGAGEMENT IS WORLD'S LONGEST: Longest engagement: Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez got engaged in 1902, when they were both 15 years old, and married at age 82. That's a whopping 67 years of procrastination! We'd love more details on the years in between. .(YourTango.com)

UGGS ARE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH: Health experts in the United Kingdom say that Ugg boots - and their many cheap knockoffs -- are "harming the feet of a generation of young women." Dr. Ian Drysdale, head of the British College of Osteopathic Medicine told the Mirror, "Because these boots are warm and soft, young girls think they are giving their feet a break. In fact, they are literally breaking their feet. Their feet are sliding around inside. With each step, the force falls towards the inside of the foot and the feet splay. This flattens the arch and makes it drop. The result can be significant problems with the foot, the ankle, and, ultimately, the hip."

IS HE CHEAP OR FRUGAL? (Match.com)

Gauge with your gut: The main difference between a cheapskate and a money-smart dater is usually how it feels. The most important thing is how your date reacts to your wishes, especially when they don't fit into the 'plan.' One rose beautifully presented feels good. Someone controlling your meal choice does not. A cheapskate is not likely to be flexible or present alternatives when you want to do something that isn't in the pre-planned budget for the evening, which indicates less concern about pleasing you than preserving his or her own thrifty desires.

Beware of flashy over-spenders: While you might think that the big spender is the non-cheapskate, it actually could be quite the opposite. Does your sweetie always insist on picking up the check at a big dinner and/or throw down his or her credit card without even looking at the bill? While this could be a sign of innate generosity, it could also be a red flag for someone who is trying to show off and is doing so by living beyond his or her means thanks to the 'friendly' help of credit cards.

Look for non-fiscal generosity: It is very important to look for generosity in a person -- and this has nothing to do with how much money someone makes or has in the bank. Everybody is being cautious with money in this economy, but a generous date will try to find ways to show you a good time while still maintaining budgetary balance. In other words, if your date offers to cook you dinner at home so you can attend a Broadway show together, that is a sign of generosity with fiscal prudence. There are other ways to be generous as well; for example, spending time together (i.e., helping you with a project) or routinely looking for ways to make things easier for you. These all count in the dating equation, so pay attention. These actions may indicate selflessness and a true desire to enhance your well-being, which is something that money cannot buy.

Don't be afraid to talk about traditional gender roles and money: If money is not talked about early on, it can be a smokescreen to cover your date's fear of someone getting close. Even before the economy tanked there was some confusion about traditional gender roles and money, as one-fourth of women are the breadwinners in their households and two-thirds of women are working outside the home. However, studies still show that men who are the family's source of financial support have happier marriages.

See how your date manages expectations: One really good clue is how open someone is about his or her current employment status (maybe your date is currently unemployed, building a business, etc.). An honest discussion about someone's employment status gives you a better idea of what you date can or cannot do. Cheapskates are usually not generous in spirit and therefore have no interest in helping to manage your expectations.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to YourTango.com, what was the most expensive wedding of all time?

A: Vanisha Mittal, daughter of the world's fifth richest person, married investment banker, Amid Bhatia, in Versailles in 2004. The six-day extravaganza, which included a reenactment of the couple's courtship and a performance by Kylie Minogue, reportedly cost $55 million dollars.

WATER COOLER TALK

Jury Says Mistress Must Pay Lover's Wife $9 Million Because of Affair

A North Carolina jury this week said that a woman who had an affair must pay her lover's wife $9 million, agreeing that she ruined the marriage. Cynthia Shackelford sued Anne Lundquist in 2007 over the affair with her husband Allan, saying she and her husband were still in love when Lundquist broke up the marriage. The jury awarded the 60-year-old Shackelford the money for alienation of affections, criminal conversation -- which is legal terminology for adultery, and intentionally or recklessly causing severe emotional distress. North Carolina is one of the few states that allow someone to sue a person alleged to have interfered in a marriage, and an average of more than 200 such cases are filed each year. However, although there have been some big-money cases before, none have been anywhere near $9 million. Shackelford's attorney said even though they may not be able to collect all that money, there was still vindication in the decision. Shackelford told The News-Record of Greensboro, "We would like for people to respect the sanctity of marriage. We wanted a number high enough that it would keep other people from . . . going after other married spouses."

Teacher Eating School Lunches for a Year, Writing About it on Anonymous Blog

An Illinois teacher concerned about the quality of the school lunches kids across the country eat every day has decided to eat the lunch at her school every day in 2010, and is writing about it anonymously on her blog, called "Fed Up with Lunch." Yahoo!'s Shine website describes the blog, at which the teacher posts photos of the lunches, gives some nutritional information, writes about the taste and describes any ill effects, including stomach aches she's had since she started. The teacher, who calls herself Mrs. Q., says that caring about what kids eat for lunch is an investment in their long-term health and the eventual well-being of the nation. She believes healthier meals like salads, soups and stir fries, could be made in bulk, and has suggestions like replacing Tater Tots with roasted potatoes, having yogurt and cottage cheese as sides, and getting rid of hot dogs altogether.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Taylor Swift earns more space in the Billboard history books this week as her current single, "Fearless," climbs into the Top 10 on the country chart. This is the first time since the chart's incecption 66 years ago that a solo female has charted five Top 10 hits from each of her first two albums.

  • Brooks & Dunn and the Dixie Chicks are the only other acts to have ever performed that feat.
  • Taylor's self-titled 2006 CD produced the hits "Tim McGraw" (Number Six),
    "Teardrops on My Guitar" (Number Two), "Our Song" (Number One), "Picture to Burn" (Number Three), and "Should've Said No" (Number One).
  • Her 2008 Fearless album Top 10s are "Love Story" (Number One), "White Horse" (Number Two), "You Belong With Me" (Number One), "Fifteen" (Number Seven), and "Fearless" (Number 10).
  • Taylor has sold more than 10 million albums since 2006.
  • She continues on her sold out North American Fearless tour with the first of two shows in Philadelphia tonight (Thursday, March 18th).

FAST FACTS

  • Taylor will perform during the upcoming ACM all-star tribute to Brooks & Dunn. The special, called Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo, will be taped in Las Vegas on April 19th and air on CBS-TV on May 23rd.
  • Her official iPhone application, which alerts fans to Taylor's new music, videos, photos, and tour information, is currently available at iTunes.com.
Carrie Underwood quickly shot to fame and, subsequently, fortune, winning countless awards, charting hit after hit and selling millions of albums. So does she feel entitled? No way, says the singer. In fact, she often feels guilty for her success. She told Allure magazine, "I think if anybody in my position felt like they deserved it, there'd be something wrong with them, because going through Idol, just that process, going to Hollywood and seeing all those people, there were beautiful women who were talented, and for some reason or another, they didn't make it and I did. I'm grateful, but I guess I'm a little guilty."

She also feels uncomfortable being in the spotlight when she's not on stage. Carrie doesn't like being in crowds, which, of course, she draws when out and about. She said, "I'm horrible in crowds. I just get so nervous. This happened to me when I was in high school, before all of this. I would start having panic attacks in Wal-mart. I do not like shopping in close quarters and stuff like that; I just can't do that. This is my space, and I'm really weird about it."

She is, however, willing to share her space with fiance Mike Fisher. Carrie gushed, "He is the person that I see making me happy for the rest of our lives, and he is the person I would do anything for to make him happy. I very well may be the luckiest girl in the world."

  • Carrie is featured on the April cover of Allure. It hits newsstands on Tuesday (March 23rd).
  • Carrie's Play On tour plays on in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday (March 19th).
  • She is nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Female Vocalist of the Year. The ACM Awards will air live on CBS on April 18th.

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Alan Jackson has worked hard to become the superstar he is today, but since becoming a household name, he's hardly kept his nose to the grindstone. Alan has a lot of downtime during which he focuses on his hobbies and that's about it. He tells us he's not the work horse that people think he is. "Naw, man, everybody has the wrong idea about (me). I mean, I may be different than some acts at my level, but I don't do that much (laughs). I mean, I don't. I go out and tour some, but I don't stay out on the road like some people do. I fly back and forth. I'm usually home just about everyday unless we're way off somewhere. I don't stay involved in the music business other than when I'm recording or being on a television show or something, so it's not like everyday."

Alan adds that he's never considered putting his music career behind him because it doesn't require that much time. "People ask you about retiring. I'm like, 'What am I gonna retire from? I don't hardly do anything now,' but I think that's a misconception. People think you're just every day on the phone or doing interviews or writing. I don't know what people really think you do, but I'm usually just piddlin' around outside."

  • Alan's new CD, Freight Train, will be released on March 30th.
  • His tour of the same name will kick off on April 8th in Estero, Florida. Alan's special guests are Chris Young and Josh Turner.
  • The singer is confirmed to perform at this year's CMA Music Festival in Nashville, which will be held June 10-13.

FAST FACTS

  • Freight Train will be Alan's 16th studio album.
  • He co-wrote eight of the 12 songs on the CD.
Luke Bryan has found a way to put a positive spin on wet weather. The lyrics of his current single, "Rain Is A Good Thing," include "Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey, whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky." Luke co-wrote the song, which he tells us goes back to his days at Georgia Southern University. "The song came about from strictly an old saying that me and my co-writer . . . In college, we'd have something planned and you get bummed out by the rain, and we'd be like, 'Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey,' and we had never even said the frisky line. We actually made that up in the writing session."
  • Luke is currently on the road with fellow Georgia native Jason Aldean. They perform tonight (Thursday, March 18th) in Broomfield, Colorado.
  • Luke won an early ACM Award this week for Top New Solo Vocalist. He goes on to compete for overall Top New Artist at the upcoming ACM Awards on April 18th. He faces competition in the category from Gloriana and Joey + Rory.

FAST FACTS

  • Luke is from Leesburg, Georgia.
  • His songwriting credits include the title track of Travis Tritt's 2005 album, My Honky Tonk History, and Billy Currington's Number One hit, "Good Directions."
Miley Cyrus bites the hand that fed her family for so long in her recent interview with Parade magazine. Despite her father, Billy Ray Cyrus', whole music career as a country singer and her recent country hit with "The Climb," the entire format is just not her cup of tea.

Miley told Parade, "It scares me. It feels contrived on so many levels. Unless you're wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots and singing and whining about your girlfriend or boyfriend leaving you it's not going to sell. I think that's why my dad finally got out of it. You have to wear those cowboy boots and be sweet as pie. It makes me nervous, the politics of it all."

  • Miley recently recorded three versions of a song called "Nothing to Lose" with former Poison frontman Bret Michaels. One of those versions is earmarked for country radio.
  • Miley's new movie, The Last Song, opens on March 31st.
Miley's comments truly anger me! She WOULD NOT be where she is today if it were not for Country Music and all the sweet as pie fans!! Good to know I am not alone...check out the internet comments below! xoxoxoxo Jessi

INTERNET COMMENTS:

  • lucasnico writes on theboot.com, "contrived . . . unlike the disposable world of pop music. she's young, so you want to give her a pass, but her words are a prime example of success not necessarily making you smarter."
  • ISU_Fan writes on cmt.com, "Good Miley can't sing anyway so she can stay in "pop"! but also why bash country music its because of country that her dad got famous, and she was handed Hannah Montana!! News Flash if country music didn't make her dad famous we wouldn't even know who Miley is!! which actually would have been a good thing she is WAY Over Rated!!!"
  • my opinion writes on cmt.com, "Just because she isn't a goodie two shoes princess like Taylor Swift who still talks about princesses and fairytales and acts 15 when she's really 20 everyone wants to come down on her. She isn't the best singer in the world, I agree, but that doesn't make her statements any less true."
  • Zeb writes on cmt.com, "Her career can now rest in peace, right next to her fathers."
Mindy McCready shared her struggles with alcohol and prescription drug dependency with the ladies of The View yesterday (Wednesday, March 17th). One of the latest castmembers of the VH1 series Celebrity Rehab, Mindy said they helped her cope with bad relationships -- both business and personal -- beginning with her parents. She said, "Starting out having a destructive relationship with my parents in my childhood . . . when there would be some kind of crisis or some kind of painful thing would happen to me, it was readily available to go and drink too much."

Mindy said her latest jail stint and losing custody of her four-year-old son, Zander, helped her realize that she needed to turn her life around. She said, "I left Ft. Myers (Florida), which is where I'm from, to go to jail, and my son was 15 months old when I left. Spending that first night away from him, it was the first night I had spent away from him, period. You had the 'aha' moment going, 'Here I am, how did I get here? Look who I was, and where's my baby?'"

  • Mindy's well-documented trials and tribulations include a decade long affair with former Red Sox player Roger Clemens, who was married at the time; an attempt on her life by ex-boyfriend Billy McKnight, who is the father of her son; three suicide attempts and several arrests.
  • Mindy still does not have custody of Zander, who is currently living with her mother, but she is working to get him back.
  • She has also decided to revive her music career. Mindy's new album, called I'm Still Here, will be in stores next week.
Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, and John Michael Montgomery are among the 2011 inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Next Year's induction ceremony will be held in the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in Lexington, Kentucky on April 7th.

In celebration of their 100th Webisode Wednesday on April 7th, Lady Antebellum has asked fans to record videos recreating their favorite Webisode Wednesday moment and submit them to their website at ladyantebellum.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 2nd. The trio members will choose their favorite fan-submitted video to air on an upcoming webisode, and the winner will receive a Lady A custom Flip camera loaded with a personal message from the band.

Gretchen Wilson has a new online store at redneckrecordsstore.com. There, fans can purchase her new album, I Got Your Country Right Here, and other Gretchen Wilson merchandise.

Trisha Yearwood is featured on the cover of the April issue of Redbook. The mag will be on newsstands on Tuesday (March 23rd). Trisha's new cookbook, Home Cooking, will be in stores on April 6th.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is the name of Tim McGraw's charity concert in his native Louisiana?
A. Swampstock

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!



GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Gary Allan, Danny Gokey

MY MUSIC MIX: JASON ALDEAN/GAC 5:00PM (ET)

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: 10 YEARS OF FUNNY/CMT 9:00PM (ET)
Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Lee Ann Womack, Billy Currington

TRUE BLUE: 10 YEARS OF BLUE COLLAR COMEDY/CMT 10:00PM (ET)
Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White

BILL ENGVALL: HERE'S YOUR SIGN AWARDS/CMT 11:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!


  • Charley Pride (72)
  • Phillip Sweet (Little Big Town) (36)
  • Vanessa Williams (actress-singer, Ugly Betty, Soul Food; former Miss America who was dethroned after nude photos of her were published in Penthouse) (47)
  • Adam Levine (singer, Maroon 5) (31)
  • Brad Dourif (actor, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers' Grima Wormtongue) (60)
  • Kevin Dobson (actor, Kojak's Sergeant Crocker, Knots Landing) (67)
  • Irene Cara (singer, "Fame," "Flashdance"; actress, Sparkle, Fame) (51, some sources say 48)
  • Queen Latifah (rapper, talk show host, actress, Chicago, Bringing Down The House, Beautyshop, Taxi) (40)
  • Thomas Ian Griffith (actor, Vampires, XXX) (48)
  • Kim Waters (jazz saxophonist) (45)
  • Andy Narell (steel pan jazz musician) (56)
  • Dane Cook (comedian/actor, Good Luck Chuck, Dan In Real Life, My Best Friend's Girl) (38)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!


  • Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis dueted on "I Told You So" and Brad PaisleyAmerican Idol in 2009. sang "Then" from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles during FOX-TV's
  • Kenny Chesney began a three-week ride at Number One in Billboard with "Living In Fast Forward" in 2006.
  • The Dixie Chicks' Home album was certified for shipments of six million copies in 2003.
  • Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now?!" began a five-week stay atop the country singles chart in 2000.
  • Brooks & Dunn's "My Maria" was released in 1996.
  • Ricky Van Shelton's remake of "From A Jack To A King" topped the Billboard country chart in 1989.
  • Kris Kristofferson was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1985.
  • Lynn Anderson's first Top 10, "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)," charted in 1967.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ANOTHER WOMAN TO BLAME FOR KATE WINSLET SPLIT? A London tabloid claims another woman may be to blame for the Kate Winslet-Sam Mendes split. The Daily Mail reports that Mendes and 27-year-old actress Rebecca Hall "grew close" over the years while working together on projects in New York and London. Friends of Winslet also say Hall, who has been described as "totally Sam's type," gave Mendes a "shoulder to cry on" during rough times in his six-year marriage to Winslet. A Mendes source denied the story, telling X17Online that he and Rebecca are just friends.

DEMI MOORE LIKES 'PUMA' NOT 'COUGAR': Demi Moore is shunning the "cougar" label bestowed upon her for her romance with Ashton Kutcher and branding herself a "puma." The 47-year-old told Harper's Bazaar that the latter term "has a sweeter quality, more elegant." She thinks that "cougar has become so distasteful. I really hate that expression."

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS DROPS BANK ON NEW FACE: Mackenzie Phillips recently spent $50,000 on a massive makeover. The recovering addict, who caused a national shockwave after revealing a decade-long sexual relationship with dad John Phillips, debuted her new look on Wednesday's Good Morning America. Included in the hefty price tag was Botox, Restylane, laser treatments on her face as well as dental work and hair extensions.

ELLEN POMPEO DOESN'T CARE IF YOU THINK SHE'S SKINNY: Ellen Pompeo doesn't care what people say about her weight. The slender star said that she went up a pants size during her pregnancy -- from a 25 to a 26, adding that she gained 26 pounds in the process. Pompeo told Self magazine, "Everyone always told me I was too skinny before, and I thought, Oh, God, what if there are 14-year-olds who think I'm not eating, and then they don't eat? Do I have a responsibility? Really, I don't care if people think I'm too skinny. This is my body. If they don't like it, screw it. [My weight] doesn't matter to me. I have a healthy baby."

'REAL HOUSEWIFE' TO MARRY WITHIN DAYS? Bethenny Frankel will reportedly make her Housewife status official in the next few days. AlltheNewz.com reports that the pregnant Bravo reality star will tie the knot with fiance Jason Hoppy before the week is out. Frankel, who is due in June, said at the NYC premiere of The Bounty Hunter that the wedding will take place in "days, not weeks" and that it's going to be "a beautiful, classic New York wedding, very sophisticated, understated . . . with great food and great dancing." She tweeted that she had a "sober bachelorette party" last weekend in Atlantic City.

OSMONDS CANCEL VEGAS SHOWS: Donny and Marie Osmond canceled their remaining shows at Flamingo Las Vegas this week as Marie continues to deal with the suicide of her son. Her rep told People magazine, "She needs to spend more time with her family. She's still processing everything and it's really rough on her." The Osmonds are expected to resume performances on March 23rd.

CELEBRITY BABY NEWS

AMY POEHLER PREGNANT WITH BABY NO. 2: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are expecting their second child. A rep for the Parks and Recreation star confirmed the pregnancy, but did not reveal a due date. The couple has a son, Archie, who is 16-months-old.

KEVIN COSTNER WILL HAVE 7 KIDS! Kevin Costner is preparing to welcome a seventh child. The actor told the German magazine Bunte that his second wife, Christine Baumgartner is pregnant with their third child and is due in June. The actor also has three children from his marriage to Cindy Silva and a son from his subsequent relationship with Bridget Rooney.

FORMER 'WONDER YEARS' STAR PREGNANT: Danica McKellar and her husband of one year, Mike Verta, are expecting their first child this fall. The former Wonder Years star told People magazine, "I'm nearing the end of my first trimester and I'm so excited -- I've been bursting to tell people." 35-year-old McKellar, who is now a mathematician, added, "When you do take the home pregnancy test, it doesn't quite seem real. But when you see the baby and the heartbeat on the ultrasound, it's so incredible."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


DEPP-JOLIE MANIA CAUSES FILM SHUT-DOWN? Production on Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's new movie was reportedly shut down on Wednesday (March 17th) because too many fans showed up to the Venice spot where they were shooting. TMZ.com reports that the fans were "too overwhelming" for security, so the production wrapped early for everyone's safety. A rep for the film wouldn't comment on the supposed shut-down.

PAULA ABDUL WON'T FESS UP TO 'STAR SEARCH' GIG: Paula Abdul is playing coy when it comes to rumors she's finalizing a deal to star in a new version of Star Search. As rumors of her involvement began to swirl around the internet, the former Idol judge tweeted, "Once again, until you hear it from me, you can't believe what you read ;) Lots of love!"

KATHERINE HEIGL WEIGHING POST-GREY'S OPTIONS: Katherine Heigl is reportedly lining up the movie roles now that she's done with Grey's Anatomy. The L.A. Times reports that the actress is considering signing onto Blended, a "modern day Brady Bunch tale" about single parents who go on a blind date and then end up on a cruise with each other and their kids. Another possibility is One For The Money, an adaptation of a Janet Evanovich novel about a lingerie saleslady turned bounty hunter.

NO MORE BOURNE FOR MATT DAMON: Matt Damon indicated that he's through with the Bourne series. While promoting his new movie, The Green Zone, Damon said of his longtime alter-ego, "I think there's a good way to do a prequel with someone else, but not me. What any studio is interested in is making a franchise like Bourne an evergreen that can just go on and on. With me playing him, Bourne got his memory back three times. So I don't think anybody wants to see me say 'I don't remember' again. But you could do a prequel with another actor being the first Bourne before his identity gets passed on to me. In fact, why not two or three? As for me coming back to do him again, I'm just saying no."

'GLEE' AND 'CSI' TO BE HONORED: Episodes of Glee and CSI will be recognized in May as examples of "television with a conscience." The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences launched the "Television Academy Honors" three years ago, as an opportunity to recognize programs that use TV's ability to reach millions of viewers in a thought-provoking and positive way. The wheelchair episode of "Glee" and a "CSI" program tackling race and prejudice in the police were among eight shows named on Wednesday (March 17th) that will be honored during an upcoming ceremony.

LACEY BROWN ELIMINATED FROM 'AMERICAN IDOL' LAST NIGHT

It wasn't a good night for Lacey Brown on American Idol last night (March 17th). The 24-year-old event coordinator from Amarillo, Texas, found herself in the bottom three along with Paige Miles and Tim Urban before becoming the first Top 12 finalist to be sent packing.

  • Wednesday night's results show began with Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest continuing the staredown that began Tuesday night. Simon went on to reveal that the judge's save was back in play this season, explaining that a contestant can be saved from elimination if the judges all agree. The judges save can be used only once until there are five finalists remaining. Last night the judges decided against saving Brown, after she failed to impress them with her final performance of Brandi Carlile's "The Story."
  • During the show, former Idol contestant David Cook performed the Rolling Stones hit "Jumping Jack Flash," Australian singer Orianthi sang her hit "According To You" and Ke$ha performed her new song Blah Blah Blah."

SANDRA BULLOCK PULLS OUT OF MOVIE PREMIERE AMID HUSBAND'S CHEATING RUMORS

Sandra Bullock suddenly pulled out of the London premiere of The Blind Side amid rumors that her husband Jesse James is having an affair. Warner Bros. released a statement on Wednesday (March 17th) which read, "Due to unforeseen personal reasons a trip abroad to support The Blind Side has been deemed impossible at this time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your continued support of the film."

Bullock's decision comes after tattoo model Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee told In Touch magazine that she and James had an 11-month affair while Bullock was on location shooting The Blind Side -- which later earned her the best actress Oscar.

McGee claims James told her that he and Bullock had split, explaining, "I would never have hooked up with him if I thought he was a married man. He gave me the impression they were separated."

DETAILS OF SUPPOSED AFFAIR

McGee claims she met James when she approached him about a possible modeling job, and they started exchanging information via email before meeting up in person. She recalled, "He wanted to watch movies, but I asked him, 'What's going on with you and Sandra?' He said, 'She doesn't live here. She has a house in Austin. She is filming, and I can't talk about it.'"

  • The model also says she called James by a pet name, Vanilla Gorilla, because he was so "well-endowed."
  • Jesse was a fixture on the red carpet with his wife this awards season and she repeatedly sang his praises in her various expectance speeches.

IS THERE AN OSCAR CURSE FOR FEMALE WINNERS?

Is there an Oscar curse that causes women who win film's biggest prize to split with their partners? Kate Winslet's recent separation announcement and Sandra Bullock's cheating scandal indicate that it might be true.

Winslet, the 2009 best actress winner is the latest in a string of suddenly single post-Oscar women that includes Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts.

Roberts and Theron weren't married at the time of their wins, but both thanked their longtime partners on stage and broke up with them -- respectively three months and six years after receiving their Oscars.

DIVORCES (Telegraph.co.uk)

Halle Berry

The 43-year-old married Eric Benet, the R&B singer, in 2001. She thanked him during her Oscar acceptance speech in 2002, saying he was "just a joy of my life". But in 2003 the couple split following stories of Benet's adultery.

Reese Witherspoon

Married Ryan Philippe, the American actor, in 1999 and had two children with him. She won the Best Actress award in 2006 for Walk The Line and thanked her "wonderful husband". They separated in 2006 and divorced in 2008 following Philippe's alleged affair with another actress.

Hilary Swank

The 35-year-old married Chad Lowe, the brother of Rob Lowe, in 1997. She won the Best Actress award in 2005 for her role in Million Dollar Baby. Within a year she had separated from Lowe and started dating her agent.

Emma Thompson

Married Kenneth Branagh, the Northern Irish actor, in 1989. She won the Best Actress award in 1993 for her role in Howard's End. But the couple split two years later. He began dating Helena Bonham Carter and she got together with Greg Wise, an English actor.

Helen Hunt

The 46-year-old married the actor Hank Azaria, famous for his roles in The Simpsons, in 1998, four years after they met. She won the Best Actress role in 1998 for her role in As Good As It Gets and praised her husband, saying: "Thank you to just the very best man I know". But they separated just a year later.

Angelina Jolie

Married Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 at the age of 24. She won the Best Supporting Actress award in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted and the couple divorced in 2003.

Geena Davis

The 54-year-old married actor Jeff Goldblum in 1987. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar two years later and thanked her "other wonderful acting coach and darling husband Jeff Goldblum". But by the end of the year the couple separated and Davis started dating Renny Hartlin.

DONALD TRUMP RETURNING WITH ORIGINAL 'APPRENTICE'

Forget the celebrities -- Donald Trump is bringing back real people to his Apprentice franchise. Variety reports that NBC is reviving The Apprentice, which has not been on the air since 2007.

Trump told Variety, "So many people have been asking us when are we bringing the original show back. I'm not sure I had that interest two-and-a-half or three years ago. But the concept of what has happened with the economy has really stoked interest."

He added, "We've got to do something about the economy and this is a terrific way to provide jobs as well as business lessons along the way. NBC, Mark Burnett and I hope this economic downturn can begin a turnaround, and we'll do our best with 'The Apprentice' to see that it starts happening."

  • Casting has begun on the new Apprentice, which will be shot in June and July.
  • NBC has also picked up another installment of Celebrity Apprentice.

NEW MOM KENDRA WILKINSON SWEARS OFF PLAYBOY, 'DANCING WITH THE STARS'

Being a mother is limiting Kendra Wilkinson's career. The reality star, who gave birth to son Hank Jr. three months ago, recently told the press that she wouldn't entertain future opportunities posing for Playboy and competing on Dancing With the Stars because of her motherly duties.

When asked if she'd pose for Playboy again, Kendra told RadarOnline.com, "No, I think my Playboy days are done. I'm a mother now."

  • Speaking on the Today Show, Kendra took a swipe at Kate Gosselin when explaining her position on Dancing With the Stars. She said, "Kate is on Dancing With the Stars . . . I just told my publicist, if I were asked to go on Dancing With the Stars,' I don't think I'd do it. I would definitely say no to it, because I am that mom that wants to be there every step. I don't want to spend three months away from my baby. I just couldn't do that."
  • Kendra back-tracked a bit later on, tweeting "Didn't mean to bash Kate just meant to say I hate leaving my baby..lol. Sorry if ppl took it that way."

CONAN TOUR TO BECOME DOCUMENTARY FILM?

Conan O'Brien is reportedly in talks to make a documentary out of his upcoming 30-city "live comedy/music revue," which is called The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.

Deadline.com reports that planning for the potential documentary is just getting underway -- although there have already been conversations with a financer and director.

  • The website noted that making a film doesn't violate the terms of O'Brien's split from NBC, which gave him a $33 million severance package to leave the Tonight Show and stay off the air until the fall.
  • Meanwhile, reports say Conan is getting close to signing a deal with Fox to host a talk show there. Deadline.com claims an announcement could come as soon as this May at the network upfronts.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

PROGRESS MADE IN HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL PUSH: The push to get health care reform legislation approved in the House made some progress yesterday (March 17th) as liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio announced he'd vote for the measure. Kucinich, who was lobbied heavily by President Obama, is the first Democrat who voted against an earlier version of the legislation last year who has said he'll vote for the bill. President Also yesterday, 60 leaders of women's religious orders urged lawmakers to vote for the legislation. The nuns wrote in a letter, "Despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions. It will uphold long-standing conscience protections and it will make historic new investments . . . in support of pregnant women. This is the REAL pro-life stance, and we as Catholics are all for it." The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the legislation, claiming it would allow federal funds to be used for abortion, even though the measure explicitly forbids it.

JOBS BILL SENT TO OBAMA FOR SIGNATURE: The Senate passed a jobs bill yesterday (March 17th) that will give a tax break to companies that hire unemployed workers and puts money into highway and transit programs, the first of what Democrats hope will be several measures this year aimed at boosting employment. The 68-29 Senate approval include "yes" votes from several Republicans who had voted in favor of a filibuster attempt in an effort to keep it from coming to the floor for a vote. The measure was previously approved by the House, so it now heads to President Obama, who's expected to sign it today.

FIVE AMERICANS CHARGED WITH TERRORISM IN PAKISTAN: A Pakistani court charged five Americans yesterday (March 17th) with planning terrorist attacks in the country and conspiring to wage war against nations allied with Pakistan. The men, who are all Muslims from Alexandria, Virginia, in the late teens or early 20s, pleaded not guilty to the charges, the most serious of which could get them a life sentence if they're convicted. The men were arrested in Pakistan in December, one month after they were reported missing by their families after one left behind a farewell video showing scenes of war and saying Muslims must be defended. Their defense lawyer has said the men were heading to Afghanistan and had no plans for attacks in Pakistan. Their trial is set to begin on March 31st.

TOP AL-QAIDA LEADER KILLED; TERROR GROUP 'SCRAMBLING': U.S. officials said Wednesday (March 17th) that an American drone strike in Pakistan last week appears to have killed top al-Qaida planner Hussein al-Yemeni, who the U.S. believes helped organize December's suicide bombing by a double agent at a CIA base in Afghanistan in which seven CIA employees were killed. Meanwhile, CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a Washington Post interview published on its website yesterday that attacks against al-Qaida in Pakistan's tribal regions appear to have driven Osama bin Laden and other leaders deeper into hiding, leaving the organization incapable of planning sophisticated operations. "It's pretty clear from all the intelligence we are getting that they are having a very difficult time putting together any kind of command and control, that they are scrambling," Panetta said. "And that we really do have them on the run."

TODAY'S FYI:

OBAMA CHOOSES KANSAS TO WIN NCAA: President Obama has chosen Kansas to win the NCAA men's basketball tournament, believing they'll beat Kentucky for the title. As he filled out a bracket for ESPN for the second year in a row yesterday (March 17th), he also chose Kansas State and Villanova for the final four. Last year, Obama correctly picked North Carolina to win the national championship. Obama also predicted a few first-round upsets: Siena over Purdue; Cornell beating Wisconsin, and Murray State upsetting Vanderbilt. On the women's side, Obama picked UConn to win the championship over Stanford, with Notre Dame and Tennessee also in the Final Four.

EPISCOPAL CHURCH APPROVES SECOND GAY BISHOP: The Episcopal Church has approved the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in Los Angeles, the Reverend Mary Glasspool, making her the second openly gay bishop in the global Anglican fellowship. The issue has been a highly controversial one since V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was consecrated the first openly gay bishop in 2003, and breakaway Episcopal conservatives have formed a rival church, the Anglican Church in North America. The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, has been pressured to officially recognize the breakaway church. Episcopal conservatives yesterday (March 17th) condemned the approval of Glasspool of Baltimore, who was elected last December.

iPHONE APP MEASURES CALORIES BURNED DURING SEX: A 25-year-old London woman has invented an iPhone application that measures how many calories the user burns during sex, Britain's The Sun newspaper reported. Called the Bedometer, it's placed on the bed and analyzes the time and intensity of each sexual encounter using the iPhone or iPod Touch's motion sensor before adding up the calories burned. If the user is in a sharing mood, the results can be posted on Facebook.

REAGAN'S 'GE THEATER' EPISODES DELIVERED FOR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY: The 208 episodes of TV's General Electric Theater that were hosted by then-actor Ronald Reagan were delivered to former first lady Nancy Reagan Wednesday (March 17th) for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as part of the two-year celebration of the late president's 100th birthday. The tapes of the show, which ran from 1954 to 1962, were recently uncovered in the General Electric/NBC Universal archives after having been believed to be damaged or lost, and were restored to broadcast quality for the presidential library. Reagan traveled the nation as GE's goodwill ambassador to its plants during the 1950s, and GE is sponsoring the Ronald Reagan Centennial festivities with $15 million.

GIRLS CATCH BOYS IN MATH, BUT BOYS STILL TRAIL IN READING: A new study from the Center on Education Policy found that while girls in the U.S. have caught up with boys in math, boys still trail girls in reading. Girls, who've traditionally trailed boys in math, now generally do as well at the elementary, middle and high school levels. However, the traditional gender gap in reading remains, with girls still doing better than boys at all three grade levels.

SPORTS:

TEXAS MANAGER TESTED POSITIVE FOR COCAINE LAST YEAR: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington failed a Major League Baseball drug test for cocaine last season, and he apologized yesterday (March 17th) in his first public acknowledgment, saying that he'd made a, quote, "huge mistake." At a news conference yesterday, the 57-year-old Washington said he used cocaine only once, and called it "stupid" and "shameful." He said he told the commissioner's office and Rangers officials about it before he had a routine drug test and tested positive in July. He offered to resign at that time, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan turned him down. Washington has been subject to increased testing since he failed, and said he's passed every test and has completed the MLB drug treatment program.

JORDAN'S BID TO BUY BOBCATS APPROVED: The NBA's Board of Governors yesterday (March 17th) unanimously approved Michael Jordan's $275 million bid to buy the Charlotte Bobcats. The all-time NBA great immediately takes over the six-year-old franchise, making him the first former player to be a majority owner in the league, and only the second black majority owner of a major pro sports team. The other was Bob Johnson, from whom Jordan bought the Bobcats. Since 2006, Jordan has been a minority investor in the Bobcats with the final say on basketball decisions. Jordan grew up in Wilmington, and led North Carolina to an NCAA title.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


CBS

  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL - NCAA Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL - NCAA Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA

NBC

  • COMMUNITY - Jeff gets competitive in his pottery class; Pierce takes Britta, Troy and Shirley along for a ride at his boating class.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - After Jerry is mugged in a park, Leslie meets with the head ranger (Andy Samberg) in hopes of improving safety; everyone tries to be nicer to Jerry when he returns to the office.
  • THE OFFICE - Members of the sales staff let Sabre's new Sales Is King policy go to their heads.
  • 30 ROCK - Liz keeps running into Wesley (Michael Sheen), causing her to question their decision; Jack tries to secure his position in the new company.
  • THE MARRIAGE REF - Cedric the Entertainer, Martha Stewart and Jason Alexander on the panel.

FOX

  • BONES (repeat)
  • FRINGE (repeat)

ABC

  • FLASHFORWARD - Mark meets with a therapist to regain his badge after being suspended by the FBI; Demetri reluctantly teams with CIA agent Vogel to search for Lloyd.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE (repeat)

CW

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

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY - Kelly tells her daughters about the Playboy shoot; LuAnn hosts an event.

FX

  • ARCHER - (season finale) Questions about the true indentity of Archer's father lead him into a trap; Archer and Malory have an explosive confrontation.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - TBA

MTV

  • RANDY JACKSON PRESENTS: AMERICA'S BEST DANCE CREW - Crews must create a routine inspired by an Usher hit.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Pamela Anderson & Damien Whitewood, Jose Andres, Jamie Cullum
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - A spring fashion show

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Janet Jackson, Clark Duke, Orianthi
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Lucy Liu, Gene Simmons
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Mark Duplass, Marina Orlova, Wild Light
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - TBA
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Mary Matalin
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Johnny Weir, Andy Garcia, Lance Gross, Lucrecia featuring Andy Garcia

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


INTRUDER JUMPS INTO MAN'S BED: A man from Pittsburgh broke into a home early Wednesday morning and crept into bed with the homeowner, according to police. When homeowner, Frank Fontana, felt another person in his bed, he asked if it was the woman who has keys to his home. When the intruder said, "No, it's not," Fontana immediately grabbed a bat and called the police. Police say the man had just come from a Jay-Z concert at the Mellon Arena and was looking for shelter. The 33-year-old man faces a preliminary hearing on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. (AP)

TOP PRIVATE SCHOOL TRIES TO SOLVE SOUP MYSTERY: A staff member at one of Britain's most prestigious private schools was arrested on suspicion of trying to poison a student's soup. According to police, detectives were called to Stowe School after members of staff raised an alarm about the strange smells in the food last Friday. A 58-year-old kitchen porter was arrested for allegedly tampering with the soup intended for students. "Nobody has been harmed, but these are serious accusations," said Detective Constable Vicky Ball. "Our investigation is still in its early stages and forensic work is continuing." (Reuters)

HORSE STRANDED ON SANDBAR RESCUED: A horse that was stranded off the western Arizona river sandbar was rescued Tuesday morning by using a heavy-duty helicopter. The mustang, named Colorado, spent five days stranded on the sandbar and survived on nearby bushes and trees. Colorado's owner was one of three people that were rescued earlier, after they tried to ride in the river. The horse never bucked as he was being carried mid-air. Colorado's owner, Vickie Eshenbaugh, came to greet the horse as the helicopter gently placed him on the ground. "He's doing good," Eshenbaugh told KTVK-TV in Phoenix. "I always wanted a Pegasus." (AP)

BABOONS WIPE OUT GRAPE HARVEST: Baboons from South Africa with a taste for Chardonnay grapes are terrorizing farmers in the Western Cape wine region. Farms in the Franschhoek Valley have been emptied by Chachma baboons that have eaten the farm's top grade grapes. Farmer Mark Dendy-Young said that the baboons could easily wipe out about two tons of grapes, which could make about 1,500 to 2,000 bottles of wine. Dendy also said that he has already lost about 40 percent of his harvest last month to the baboon raids. (AFP)

DID YOU KNOW?

PEOPLE THINK OLD AGE BEGINS AT 58: According to a study, the average British person believes that youth ends at 35 and old age begins at 58. In between -- all 23 years -- is your middle age. Professor Dominic Abrams, who studied data from 40,000 people across Europe, said: "The survey showed that age prejudice -- being treated as "too young" or "too old" -- is perceived to be a serious or very serious issue by 63 per cent of respondents, so it is obviously important to know what these age labels mean to people." But the figures also showed that opinions differed among the age groups. Younger people, those aged 15 to 24, thought youth ended at just 28 and old age began at 54. Not surprisingly, people in their eighties were more generous. They regarded the final year of youth as 42, and the onset of old age as 67.

CHECK IT OUT: OKCupid.com developed graphs that supposedly prove men are better off dating older women. Take a look: http://tinyurl.com/ylhxp6v

BABIES ARE BORN TO DANCE: A new study says babies respond more to musical beats than to human speech. When researchers played classical music recordings, rhythmic beats and speech to babies, the little ones were rated by professional ballet dancers on how well their movements matched the music. Seated on their parents' laps, the babies boogied to the beat, moving their arms, legs, hands, feet, torsos and heads in response to the music moreso than to the speech. The lead researcher told LiveScience.com: "Our research suggests that it is the beat rather than other features of the music, such as the melody, that produces the response in infants. We also found that the better the children were able to synchronize their movements with the music, the more they smiled."

INHALE-ABLE COFFEE HITS THE MARKET: A company, Le Whif, has invented a coffee tube that one can inhale instead of drinking. Breathe from your handy (and biodegradable) tube, and you'll take in a dose of tiny particles that not only smells like a cup of joe, but has the caffeine content of a small espresso, too. While some might miss their morning ritual, this product could do well with people who find that coffee's diuretic effect gets in the way of their life. (TheFrisky.com)

HOW TO SPOT A CHEATER ON FACEBOOK (YourTango.com)

You have 20 new notifications . . . and 15 of them are from him: Seriously? Nobody cares (or should care) that much about your Farmville cow -- unless they're trying to milk it. Think about it: is it not weird that he's spending more time chatting up other girls than he is with his actual girlfriend? And if her wall is silent, it's a good sign that since she's not very active on Facebook, he thinks it's a safe place to mess around.

He makes flirty comments on your pictures: Of course your new tattoo is "hot." Of course your new hairstyle is "cute." And those are great compliments to be getting from anyone other than a supposedly taken guy. Tell that wandering eye to direct its gaze elsewhere, because if he's doing it to his current girlfriend, don't think for a second that he won't do it to you, too.

He avoids the G word every time you bring her up: "I once had a guy openly hitting on me over Facebook, while we were both in relationships, no less. Every time I tried to deflect his flirtation with questions about his current girlfriend (or the baby she'd just had with him!), he'd nervously change the subject. If he's more interested in talking about your weekend plans than he is about his so-called girlfriend, there is a definite problem."

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What was the best-selling issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?

A: The 25th Anniversary Issue with Kathy Ireland on the cover in 1989.

Source: Wikipedia

WATER COOLER TALK

High School Football Team Gets Female Coach

Washington, D.C.'s Calvin Coolidge Senior High School has appointed a woman to coach its football team, who's believed to be the only female head coach of a high school varsity football team in the country. Natalie Randolph, a 29-year-old biology and environmental sciences teacher, sought to downplay her groundbreaking role as she was introduced last week, saying, "While I'm proud to be part of what this all means, being female has nothing to do with it. I love football. I love football, I love teaching, I love these kids." Randolph was chosen from about 15 candidates after the previous coach resigned. The University of Virginia track star played six seasons as a receiver for the D.C. Divas of the National Women's Football Association, helping the team win the title in 2006. She also was an assistant coach from 2006-08 at another D.C. high school.

Michigan Governor Takes Some Flak Over "Meatout Day'

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is taking some flak from state agriculture organizations over her proclamation of "Meatout Day" for this coming Saturday (March 20th), encouraging Michigan residents not to eat meat for a day, and instead eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains. The Michigan Farm Bureau called the proclamation "unconscionable and an insensitive slap in the face" to livestock farmers and meat-eating residents. The Republican-led state Senate passed a resolution urging the Democratic governor to rescind the proclamation, with state Senator Ron Jelinek saying, "This is like telling people not to buy Fords or Chevys that are made here in Michigan." Granholm tried to smooth things over yesterday by issuing an additional proclamation declaring Saturday an all-inclusive Agriculture Day, and called the leader of the Michigan Farm Bureau to say she meant no harm to the livestock industry.


Hawaii Considering Law to Ignore 'Birthers'

Annoyed with the repeated and continuing requests from so-called "birthers" for President Obama's birth certificate as proof that he was born in Hawaii, the state is considering legislation that would allow officials to ignore the requests. Hawaii Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino issued statements last year and in October 2008 saying that she's seen vital records that prove Obama is a natural-born American citizen who was born in Hawaii. But the state still gets between 10 and 20 e-mails seeking verification of Obama's birth each week, some of them from the same people seeking the same information, even after they're told state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who doesn't have a tangible interest. Officials say responding wastes time and money. Some of those against the idea, however, say ignoring requests could add even more fuel to the conspiracy fire, while others say the state could simply say it would only answer each person's question once.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Keith Urban will be performing five shows with headliners The Eagles and special guests the Dixie Chicks. The trek officially begins on June 8th in Ontario, but Keith will join the bill on June 10th in East Rutherford, New Jersey. His last show on the tour will be on June 19th in Chicago.

Here is the complete list of dates:

8-Jun Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
10-Jun East Rutherford, NJ New Meadowlands Stadium
12-Jun Boston, MA Gillette Stadium
14-Jun Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Ball Park
15-Jun Washington, DC Nationals Park
19-Jun Chicago, Il Soldier Field
22-Jun Winnipeg, MB Canad Inns Stadium
24-Jun St. Louis, MO Busch Stadium

  • Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 29th at 10 a.m. ET. American Express Cardmembers will have early access to tickets beginning March 22nd at 10 a.m. ET. For complete ticket information, log onto LiveNation.com.

FAST FACT

  • It's been four years since the Dixie Chicks have performed on the stage.
Luke Bryan, Gloriana and Joey + Rory have been named Top New Solo Vocalist, Top New Vocal Group and Top New Vocal Duo, respectively, by the Academy of Country Music. All three categories were fan-voted, and now Luke, Gloriana and Joey + Rory go on to compete for the overall Top New Artist award. That winner will be announced during the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
  • Fan voting for Top New Artist begins on April 1st online at VoteACM.com. Voting will end at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 18th.
  • Luke, Gloriana and Joey + Rory will perform and receive their trophy on the GAC special, ACM Top New Artists, hosted by Trace Adkins. The show will premiere on April 1st at 10 p.m. ET and air multiple times before the ACM Awards. For the first time ever, the special will be taped during the regularly-scheduled Tuesday Night Opry at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
The invention of Twitter has given Martina McBride a reason to smile. The singer loves to give fans a glimpse into her daily life, whether it's what she's doing at the moment, her thoughts on other celebrities or the latest movie she's seen.

Martina tells us that Twitter has become a powerful tool in keeping her connected with fans. "It's fun! I mean, that's the thing -- if it's not fun then I don't want to do it at this stage. I enjoy it, and it is a different way to keep in contact with your fans and also to let them know about things, and you can reach, you know, 60,000 people with the push of a button, and we've been able to do some fun things like hiding tickets for shows, and it's just fun, you know?"

She also likes that fans have been able to get to know who she is as a person, rather than just a glossy picture in a magazine. "It's just a way for people to see a different side of you, too, because typically people see interviews, or they see you perform on a show or they read an interview and that's really all they get, and this is a way for them to see, 'What is she doing today?' Oh, she's doing her laundry or she's talking about how frustrating it is for this or that or whatever, you know? It's just real life and I think that's really unique and interesting that we can do that now, something we couldn't do before."

  • Martina continues on her Shine All Night tour with Trace Adkins. Their next show is on March 26th in St. Louis.
  • She will join the Lilith tour this summer.
  • Her new video, "Wrong Baby Wrong," may be viewed online at vevo.com.
Details about Lilith Tour 2010 have been surfacing in bits and pieces, and the latest information regarding cities and venues is no exception. So far, specifics for only eight of the 36 North American cities have been revealed for the summer festival. Tickets for the initial shows will go on-sale to the general public beginning Saturday, March 27th via LilithFair.com and LiveNation.com. Pre-sale offers will be announced this week.

Similar to the original Lilith Fair, there will be 11 artists on each date, with only two consistencies per show: the Lilith Local Talent Search OurStage.com winner who starts the day and headliner Sarah McLachlan. The other 80 or so acts will rotate.

  • This year's festival will feature Martina McBride, Sugarland, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, the Go Go's, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Mary J. Blige, Norah Jones, Suzanne Vega, Jill Scott and others.
  • Lilith 2010 tour dates (subject to change):
    July 2 - Portland, OR - The Amphitheatre at Clark County
    July 3 - Seattle, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
    July 17 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    July 20 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
    July 24 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    July 27 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
    August 8 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre
    August 10 - W. Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre

CHECK IT OUT: For a list of artsts performing at each venue: http://www.lilithfair.com/tour



If you like Blake Shelton's current hit, "Hillbilly Bone," then you'll probably love his new CD of the same name, according to the singer. All six songs on the "Six Pak" album are in the same vein as the title track, Blake tells us: "With 'Hillbilly Bone' bein' the hit off of this record, I decided you really can't go a bunch of different directions like I have been doin' with my past records in six songs, so let's just stick with that theme. The whole album, I think, is fun. There's only one ballad -- love song -- on the record, and it's even fun. I think it's a pretty funny song."

Blake says there's nothing serious about the Hillbilly Bone CD, and that it just represents a good time. "I just wanted the whole thing to be easy to listen to, and not something you had to think real hard about, which is what 'Hillbilly Bone' is. I mean, let's face it -- it's just a melody that sticks in your head and probably ends up pissing you off by the end of the day cause you can't get it out of your head. It's one of those songs, and the record is full of that type of attitude -- you know, that redneck attitude that's just fun stuff to drink a beer and listen to."

  • The song "Hillbilly Bone," a duet with Trace Adkins, tops the country charts this week. This is Blake's sixth Number One hit of his career.
  • The Hillbilly Bone "six-pak" album sells for less than $6.
  • The project debuted at Number Three on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, giving Blake the highest debut of his career.
  • Blake plans to release one to two more "six-paks" before the end of the year.

FAST FACTS

  • Blake last topped the charts in 2009 with "She Wouldn't Be Gone."
  • His previous Number Ones include "Home," "Some Beach," "The Baby" and "Austin."

Jack Ingram, Steve Azar and Colt Ford will be among the celebrities joining Hootie & the Blowfish at their Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament being held on April 12th at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Darius Rucker said, "Country music artists and country radio have really embraced me, so it's great to see so many of my new friends joining us in an effort to raise money for the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation. Each year, the list of great athletes and celebrities continues to grow, and to know we come to Myrtle Beach to have fun and raise money for a great cause, it is without a doubt one of things I look forward to doing every spring."
  • Other celebrities and athletes participating in the event include "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty and Michael Waltrip, NFL Hall-of Famer and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers, Bernie Kosar, Jim McMahon, Kordell Stewart, and NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.
  • PGA tour players who plan to attend this year include Jim Furyk, John Daly, Woody Austin, Rich Beem, and LPGA player and Myrtle Beach resident Kristy McPherson.
  • Tickets to the 2010 Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters tournament are currently on sale at the House of Blues, the Barefoot Resort & Golf pro shops and all Ticketmaster outlets.
  • All ticket proceeds benefit the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.

FAST FACTS

  • Last year, the six-person team led by Hootie & The Blowfish lead guitarist Mark Bryan, Bill Murray and Woody Austin captured the Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament title with a score of 18-under-par.
  • The 2009 event sold out for the fourth year in a row, and raised $155,000 for various South Carolina charities.
The ninth annual CMT Music Awards show will be broadcast live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on June 9th on CMT and CMT.com. Tickets go on sale April 10th at all Ticketmaster outlets and the arena box office. The CMT Music Awards show takes place the night before the official start of the CMA Music Festival, which runs June 10-13 in downtown Nashville.

Dixie Chicks members and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison will perform as new duo the Court Yard Hounds for the first time tomorrow (Thursday, March 18th) at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. They are one of 2,000 acts showcasing their talent at the festival.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Who was the first pop-culture icon to wear a cowboy hat in the 1930s?
A. Gene Autry

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!


THE VIEW/ABC 11:00AM (ET)
Mindy McCready

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: KEITH URBAN/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Gary Allan, Danny Gokey

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR RIDES AGAIN/CMT 9:00PM, 11:30PM (ET)
Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy

HANNITY/FOX 9:00PM (ET)
Craig Morgan

MY MUSIC MIX: JASON ALDEAN/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE/ABC 12:35AM (ET)
Gary Allan

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Rob Lowe (actor, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The West Wing) (46)

  • Gary Sinise (actor, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, The Stand, CSI: New York) (55)
  • Kurt Russell (actor, Escape From New York, Backdraft, Stargate, Executive Decision, Breakdown, Poseidon, Grindhouse) (59)
  • Patrick Duffy (actor, The Man From Atlantis, Dallas) (61)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow" by the Soggy Bottom Boys (lead singer: Dan Tyminski), from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou, made its chart debut in 2001.
  • Keith Urban began a three-night stand at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2005. The encore included a surprise appearance by Kenny Chesney.
  • Kenny Chesney sang "Me And You" during the wedding ceremony of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Ashley Thompson in 2001.
  • Jo Dee Messina's sophomore album, I'm Alright, was released in 1998.
  • Randy Travis began a four-week stay at Number One on the Billboard country chart with "Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart" in 1990.
  • Ricky Skaggs earned the first gold album of his career with Waitin' For The Sun To Shine in 1983.
  • In her first session, 13-year-old Tanya Tucker recorded "Delta Dawn," destined to be a Top Ten hit, in 1972.
  • Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" reached Number One on the Billboard country singles chart in 1956.
  • Bill Monroe recorded "Kentucky Waltz" in 1951.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

LINDSAY LOHAN DATING NEW SAM? Lindsay Lohan may or may not have a new boyfriend. RadarOnline.com reported that the starlet is dating a European model named Sam Webb, but the 23-year-old is claiming they're only friends. According to Radar, things have heated up so quickly between the two that Lohan is "looking for projects that are based in England so she can be near him."

CHARLIE SHEEN REPORTEDLY HAS SOBER COACH AT WORK: Charlie Sheen is reportedly being accompanied by a "sober coach" on the set of Two and a Half Men. RadarOnline.com reports that the actor, who plead not guilty to domestic violence charges earlier this week, is filming his show during the day and going to rehab at night. A source told Radar, "Charlie wants to get clean. He's got his demons and he knows it. But he's doing everything he can right now."

SCHOOL ANGELINA JOLIE DONATED TO OPENS: Angelina Jolie donated $75,000 toward the construction of a new primary school for girls in Tangi, Afghanistan, which is ready to open its door. The UNHCR announced that the facility, which features eight classrooms, a well and eight latrines, is set to begin classes next Monday. Jolie's donation came after a 2008 visit to a refugee settlement in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.

SARAH SILVERMAN WILL ALWAYS LOVE JIMMY KIMMEL: Sarah Silverman may have moved on from Jimmy Kimmel, but she still feels fondly about her ex of seven years. The comedienne, who is now dating Alec Sulkin, a writer for Fox's Family Guy, told Playboy, "We were together for so long and tried our best to make it work. I can think of him now and don't have that edgy feeling anymore. I just love him to pieces. Sometimes loving each other isn't enough. You have to be responsible for your own happiness. You can't stay in a relationship because you're afraid of the unknown. But I will always love him. Sometimes I think maybe we'll die together in our old age or something."

STEVEN SEAGAL SUED: Steven Seagal is being sued by his former business partner. PerezHilton.com reported that Julius Nasso filed suit against the actor, who he says owes him over $165,000 under a 2007 settlement agreement. Nasso served a year in prison after he was found to have helped mobsters "shake down" Seagal after he breached a deal to shut down their production companies by not keeping up with his payments due. The friend of the mob also claims he made "good faith attempts" to collect from Seagal and the actor's Steamroller Productions company over the past two months and has yet to receive payment.

SITCOM STARS EXPECTING BABY: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney are expecting their first child in August. Olson said in a statement, "Rob and I are so excited it's stupid. The last couple years have been pretty amazing for us and just when we thought things couldn't get any better, the greatest little thing in the world happened! We're totally beside ourselves." The couple married in 2008.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


PAULA ABDUL TO HOST 'STAR SEARCH'?!?! Paula Abdul is reportedly in talks to help ABC launch a new version of Star Search. Entertainment Weekly reports that the former Idol judge would juggle a combination of hosting and judging duties for the show, which could debut this summer. It was widely reportedly that Abdul has been courted by ABC since exiting Idol last year.

'AVATAR' DVD RELEASE ANNOUNCED: Fans will be able to own Avatar in just over a month. Twentieth Century Fox announced that the blockbuster will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 22. The studio said the release coincides with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. No formal statement has been made about a 3D DVD, but Fox noted that one will be released in the future -- probably sometime next year.

MORE CAPTAIN AMERICA CASTING RUMORS: Another day, another new Captain America casting rumor. This time it's been reported that Channing Tatum and Keira Knightley have been approached for roles in the upcoming film. Tatum is reportedly in contention for the leading role while Knightley is being considered for the female lead, Betsy Ross.

NEW OSBOURNE SERIES IN THE WORKS? Sharon and Kelly Osbourne are teaming up for a new series about mothers and daughters with difficult relationships. Sharon revealed, "Kelly and I are doing a series called 'Osbourne Family Values', where we go across the States meeting mums and daughters who are having problems." It's unclear where or when the series will air.

MICKEY ROURKE DROPS OUT OF 'CONAN': Mickey Rourke has dropped out of the upcoming Conan the Barbarian remake. Moviehole.com reports that The Wrestler star had signed up to play Conan's father in the new movie alongside former "Baywatch" star Jason Momoa, but recently quit the role and will now be replaced by Hellboy star Ron Perlman.

TOP 12 SING ROLLING STONES SONGS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

It was Rolling Stones Night on American Idol, and the top 12 contestants sang hits and some not-so-popular songs by the famous band. The night started off with a performance from Michael Lynche, who sang "Miss You." Although it wasn't Big Mike's best performance, it was strong enough. Didi Benami also gave a solid performance by singing "Play with Fire." Some contestants who left the judges wanting more included Lacey Brown, and favorites Andrew Garcia and Lee Dewyze. It was Siobhan Magnus who truly blew away the judges with her rendition of the Stones hit "Paint it Black."

COREY HAIM LAID TO REST

Corey Haim was laid to rest on Tuesday (March 16th) in his hometown of Toronto. E! reports that more than 200 friends and family attended the service, while even more fans and mourners gathered outside the chapel.

Although Corey Feldman announced earlier this week that he wouldn't be in attendance -- his cousin Maytal Kotler was there and told the Toronto Star that the 45-minute service for the late 38-year-old was "very sad but with a lot of laughter."

  • Feldman previously said he's planning a Los Angeles memorial for Haim, although no details on that service have been released.

TIGER WOODS ANNOUNCES RETURN TO GOLF


Tiger Woods announced Tuesday (March 16th) that he will make his return to golf at the 2010 Masters Tournament, set for Augusta, Georgia next month. The announcement came just four months after his post-Thanksgiving car crash that led to revelations about his numerous extra-marital affairs, and one month after his carefully orchestrated public apology. Tiger dropped out of the pro golf circuit during that time to go through rehab for sexual addiction, then for dependence on prescription drugs. Recently, it was reported that he and wife Elin Nordegren were back together in the same house with their two children.

  • Tiger, 34, has won four Masters championships and said he was happy to come back. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta," Woods said in Tuesday's statement. "The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it's been a while since I last played."
  • He continued, "I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy, and I am continuing my treatment. Although I'm returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life."
  • The tournament is scheduled for April 5 through 11th at the Augusta National Golf Club.

BETTY WHITE LANDS STARRING ROLE ON NEW SITCOM

There's no stopping Betty White! The 88-year-old screen veteran, whose currently riding a resurgence of popularity, is joining the cast of the upcoming TV Land comedy Hot in Cleveland.

People magazine reports that White will play Elka Ostrovsky, the property caretaker of the home that Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick rent after their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland and they decide to stay.

  • TV Land President Larry W. Jones said viewers can expect to see White's "amazing sense of timing and fantastic comedy genius" in her role on the network's first foray into scripted entertainment.
  • The series marks White's first starring role in a sitcom since Ladies Man went off the air in 2001. She's perhaps best known for her seven seasons on The Golden Girls, but has also had recurring roles on The Bold and the Beautiful and Boston Legal. She's set to host Saturday Night Live on May 8th.

Here's something you should know on St. Patrick’s Day

Researchers have confirmed that alcohol makes males more amorous and less sexually
inhibited. The research, led by a Penn State University neuroscientist, looked
at the effects of alcohol exposure on fruit flies. They found that male
fruit flies given alcohol became more active in their pursuit of females, and
they also actively courted males.


ST. PATRICK’S DATA
Eight out of 10 people who celebrate today (St. Patrick’s Day, 3/17) will
simply put on their brightest green tie or sweater, but others want to have
a bit more fun - nearly three out of 10 will attend a party at a bar or
restaurant. And another third will simply stay at home and cook a traditional
Irish meal.

FEAR OF BEER
St. Patrick’s Day is not a good day for people who suffer from potophobia.
Potophobia is the extreme fear of alcoholic drink.

IRISH FOOD
If corned beef and cabbage feels like the same-old same-old for St. Patrick
’s Day, then try drisheens. Drisheens, a County Cork specialty, is a blood
pudding (a type of sausage) made by combining strained sheep’s blood with
milk, water, mutton suet, breadcrumbs and seasonings.

HANGOVER HELPER

If you know you’re going to get drunk tonight, pop a multivitamin before
you down your first beer. Alcohol depletes your body of the B complex
vitamins and vitamin C. In fact, it depletes a handful of other vitamins and
further impairs future nutrient absorption. The end result is a wide-reaching
depletion of essential vitamins and minerals that can leave you feeling
hung-over. The easiest solution is to take a decent multivitamin. Take one
before drinking or just after and you may notice a difference tomorrow morning.

IRISH BAD LUCK

You know that finding a four-leaf clover is a sign of good luck. But do
you know Irish bad luck signs? It's believed that the sound of dripping water
in a house warns of imminent death. Disturbing a swallow’s nest is bad
luck, as is knocking over your chair when you stand up. And while a broken
mirror gets you the standard seven years bad luck, killing a cat gets you 17

TWILIGHT SAGA LOOKING FOR OSCAR WITH 'BREAKING DAWN'?

Summit Entertainment is reportedly seeking an Oscar-caliber director to helm the next installment in the Twilight saga. Entertainment Weekly reports that the company has reached out to Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon about directing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Van Sant confirmed to the site that he has been approached for the job, but EW.com couldn't get confirmation about Coppola's or Condon's involvement. The website also noted that screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is expected to turn in an outline for the film next week, and a decision on the director is not expected at least until then.

  • Van Sant is best known for Milk and Good Will Hunting; Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation; and Bill Condon for Dreamgirls.

EW's movie expert Mandi Bierly offered her opinions on the prospective directors:

  • Contrary to all my Robert Pattinson blog posts and Taylor Lautner Bicep Watches, it'd be nice to end this series with the focus on Bella (Kristen Stewart), and Coppola knows her way around complicated young women (see also: The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette).
  • Condon, who went from directing 1995's Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh to winning an Oscar for writing 1998's Gods and Monsters, is a clever thought.
  • Van Sant has always taken the drama of young adulthood seriously, whether it be in Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho, Finding Forrester, Elephant, or Paranoid Park.

'BACHELOR' BOB GUINEY BEDDED MOST WOMEN IN SHOW'S HISTORY

Fun fact for The Bachelor fans: the average Bachelor will end up having sex with three women during the course of the show.

Mike Fleiss, the ABC show's creator and executive producer revealed the trivia during Monday (March 15th) night's 20/20 special on the show -- and also revealed which man exceeded the average for the highest bed total.

  • That honor belongs to season four's Bob Guiney, who Fleiss claimed had "5 1/2 women," adding, "Bob had just come off the Trista season of the Bachelorette so his popularity was enormous. Women were in love with him right from the start."
  • 38-year-old Guiney, a recent divorcee, told Usmagazine.com that Fleiss was just teasing.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT DOESN'T LIKE BEING SINGLE

Jennifer Love Hewitt is not excited about being single again following the breakup of her relationship with Jamie Kennedy. The 31-year-old told People magazine, "I don't like to go out to clubs and party. I'm not into 'Let's go out with one guy on a Monday and another guy on a Wednesday' -- that's just not me. I'm a relationship kind of girl. I like a twosome. Some people get excited about being single. I don't."

She discussed the split, which came after a year of dating, saying, "There's no anger, there's no upset, there's no enemies. It's been totally fine. It's really a testament to who he is and to who I am. We're both grown-ups."

  • Indecently -- the split comes just before the release of Jennifer's new book -- The Day I Shot Cupid, which offers advice and wisdom on dating and relationships.

JESSICA BIEL, GWEN STEFANI AND MEGAN FOX VOTED BEST HOLLYWOOD BODIES

Jessica Biel, Gwen Stefani and Megan Fox have topped a new list of top Hollywood bodies.

Fitness magazine conducted a poll to determine the stars with the best abs, butts and style for its new Hollywood's Best Bodies issue.

  • Stefani, won 55 percent of the votes in the best celebrity abs category, while Fox has the most coveted behind.
  • 54 percent said that Jessica Biel had the best workout style.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

NEW DEMOCRATIC PASSAGE PLAN IS LATEST HEALTH CARE FLASH POINT: A plan House Democrats are considering to get health care reform passed in the chamber that would avoid a direct vote on the Senate-approved bill was the latest flash point yesterday (March 16th) in the health care reform debate as it came under attack by Republicans. Under the plan, the House would instead vote on the changes it wants made to the bill -- changes which would have to also be passed in the Senate, where reconciliation is planned to be used for it -- and would declare the Senate bill passed once the changes are approved. In that way, Democrats would avoid casting a vote directly on the Senate measure that contains some provisions they disagree with and want changed. In the face of objections from Republicans, Democrats noted that the GOP had used the same process when they controlled the House.

MEXICO KILLING OF THREE WITH U.S. CONSULATE LINKS MAY HAVE BEEN A MISTAKE: The FBI said Tuesday (March 16th) that the murder in Mexico Saturday of three people with ties to the U.S. consulate may have been a case of mistaken identity, with confused hit men hitting the wrong targets, casting doubt on fears that Mexican drug cartels have launched an offensive against U.S. government employees. Gunmen chased two white SUVs from the birthday party of a consulate employee's child in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and opened fire in near-simultaneous attacks, killing three adults and wounding children in the vehicles. Killed were U.S. citizens Lesley Enriquez, a consulate employee, and her husband Arthur Redelfs, and Mexican citizen Jorge Alberto Salcido, whose wife is a Mexican employee of the consulate.

AL-MALIKI CHALLENGER PULLS AHEAD IN OVERALL IRAQI VOTE COUNT: A secular coalition led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi narrowly pulled ahead of current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his coalition yesterday (March 16th) for the first time in the overall vote count in Iraq's parliamentary elections, but he still trails in the important province-by-province count. Parliament seats are apportioned mainly by how well coalitions do in the provinces, not according to overall vote total. The news came as al-Maliki accused election officials of manipulating vote counts and called for a re-count. About 20 percent of the votes from the March 7th election still remain to be counted.

TODAY'S FYI:

ARMY REVAMPS BASIC TRAINING FOR FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS: The Army is revamping its basic training for the first time in 30 years, making changes based on the advice of combat veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Gone are bayonet drills and five-mile runs, and in are zigzag sprints and exercises that hone core muscles, meant to build the kind of fitness needed to do things like dodge across alleys, walk patrol with heavy packs and body armor, and haul another soldier out of a burning vehicle. Female recruits are getting the same type of training, since experience in Iraq has shown that women come under fire too, even though they are formally barred from combat roles. Another goal is to toughen recruits from a generation that is more sedentary and obese, and who sometimes didn't have physical education in elementary, middle or high school, so they lack bone and muscle strength.

JOHNSTON ORDERED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT TO BRISTOL PALIN: Levi Johnston, the father of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's grandchild, has been ordered to make interim child support payments ahead of a September trial. Johnston, who's 19, must pay $1,750 a month to 19-year-old Bristol Palin, the mother of their 15-month-old son Tripp. That amounts to 20 percent of his adjusted annual income, and is retroactive to May 2009.

C-SPAN'S FULL ARCHIVES ONLINE WITH FREE ACCESS: In news that's a boon for researchers, journalists and political junkies, C-Span has uploaded its full archives online, with free access for the public. The C-Span Video Library at C-SpanVideo.org covers 23 years, containing more than 160,000 hours of C-Span footage. The footage goes back to 1987, when C-Span's archives were established at Purdue University. Although the cable network was established eight years earlier, in 1979, there are few recordings of its earliest years. However, there are about 10,000 hours of tapes from before 1987, and C-Span will begin reformatting them for the Internet.

STUDY: VIDEO GAMES MAY HINDER BOYS' LEARNING: A new study found that owning a video game system could hinder boys' learning, LiveScience.com reported. Boys involved in the research who were given a PlayStation II were slower to progress in their reading and writing skills, and had more learning problems reported by their teachers than those who didn't get a system. The researchers think the problems are the result of a decrease in after-school activities with education value in favor of video game playing. Researcher Robert Weis, a psychologist at Ohio's Denison University, said, "There's nothing evil about video games per se. It's just that we need to monitor kids' usage of these games and to urge moderation in the amount that kids play these games."

TIME WARNER APOLOGIZES FOR PLAYBOY PROGRAMMING ON KIDS' CHANNELS: Time Warner Cable apologized Tuesday (March 16th) after it aired adult programming on two children's TV channels in its North Carolina markets yesterday morning. Time Warner said "equipment failure" was responsible for Playboy channel programming showing up on Channel 553 Kids on Demand and Channel 553 Kids Preschool on Demand from 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. before it could be fixed. WRAL.com reported that on the two channels, the programming menu listed information for children's shows on the left side of the screen, while previews of nude women in explicit conversations played on the right side of the screen.

SPORTS:

TIGER WOODS TO PLAY AT MASTERS: Tiger Woods announced yesterday (March 16th) that he will return to golf at the Masters next month. See "Entertainment News" for the full story.

NCAA TOURNEY BEGINS AS ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF WINS PLAY-IN GAME: The NCAA men's basketball tournament got underway last night (March 16th) as Arkansas-Pine Bluff beat Winthrop 61-44 in the "play-in" game. That victory means Arkansas-Pine Bluff will play Duke, the top-rated seed in the South Regional, on Friday. The NCAA tournament will begin in earnest on Thursday with a full roster of games.

MACKEY WINS IDITAROD FOR FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW: Lance Mackey won the 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race Tuesday (March 16th) for the fourth year in a row, become the first person in the Alaska event's 38-year history to get four consecutive wins. The 39-year-old cancer survivor crossed the finish line in Nome after eight days, 23 hours and 59 minutes, the second-fastest finish in race history. The Iditarod began on March 6th with a ceremonial start in Anchorage, followed by the competitive start the next day in Willow, when 71 teams took to the trail.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!




CBS

  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (repeat)
  • GARY UNMARRIED - Gary learns that his and Allison's divorce papers were never filed; Allison's sister comes to town and gives Mitch a makeover.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS (repeat)
  • CSI: NY (repeat)

NBC

  • MERCY - Veronica considers seeing a therapist; Chloe starts to warm up to Dr. Briggs; Sonia runs into an ex-boyfriend.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (repeat)
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - A young girl claims she was raped in the stairwell of her apartment building; Benson and Stabler race to find a witness.

FOX

  • HUMAN TARGET - Chance tries to stop his former partner from assassinating a foreign dignitary.
  • AMERICAL IDOL - Ke$ha performs; Orianthi performs; a contestant is eliminated.

ABC

  • SCRUBS - The med students are thankful when Cole identifies his true calling; Lucy finds her inspiration.
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • COUGAR TOWN (repeat)
  • UGLY BETTY - Justin finds himself in an unexpected love triangle; Betty falls for a playwright she is profiling for Mode.

CW

  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The contestants learn that they can only wear one article of clothing during their first photo shoot; Andre Leon Talley makes his debut on the judging panel.
  • HIGH SOCIETY - Alexandra and Dabney plan a 'singles shower' for Tinsley; Jules fights with the hotel staff.

COMEDY CENTRAL

  • SOUTH PARK - (season premiere) Some boys have a sex addiction problem.
  • UGLY AMERICANS - (series permiere) A young man helps supernatural creatures adapt to life in the city.

MTV

  • THE REAL WORLD - Ian's visit makes Erika certain of her decision; Andrew's gig gets him into the White House.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Ty Burrell, Maria Bartiromo, One eskimO
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - Dr. Drew Pinsky, guest co-host Kate Gosselin

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Gerard Butler, Mindy Kaling, Free Energy
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Dwayne Johnson, kid inventors, Switchfoot
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Dakota Fanning, Joseph Fiennes, the XX
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Kat Von D, Dan Smith, Garfunkel & Oates, Metric
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Snoop Dogg
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Nell Irvin Painter
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Wanda Sykes, Peter Facinelli, Loni Love

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


INJURED DOG WALKS INTO EMERGENCY ROOM: An injured dog walked into the hospital emergency room in the northwest New Mexico city of Farmington. The canine walked into the San Juan Regional Medical Center's emergency room Saturday night with a punctured leg and blood on his paw. According to Robin Loev, an animal control officer who responded to the hospital's call, the puncture is suspected to be from the bite of another dog. Loev said the German Shepherd mix appeared to be calm and intelligent - and knew enough to go to the right place. (AP)

DENTIST USES PAPER CLIPS ON PATIENTS: A former dentist from Massachusetts is being accused of putting paper clips in patients' mouths in order to do root canals, and then billing Medicaid for the stainless steel posts that he should have used. Former dentist, Michael Clair, was charged with assault and battery, larceny, submitting false claims to Medicaid, and illegally prescribing drugs. Clair was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday and was suspended by Medicaid in 2002. (AP)

WORLD'S SHORTEST MAN DIES: The world's shortest man, He Pingping, died at the age of 21 due to heart complications, the Guinness World Records book said. China's He Pingping, who was just over 74 cm tall, was recognized as the world record holder in 2008. Pingping was admitted into the hospital about two weeks ago after complaining about chest pains. He died on Saturday in Rome, where he was taking part in a TV show. "For such a small man, he made a huge impact around the world," said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the London-based Guinness World Records. (Reuters)

STRANGEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY TRADITIONS (TheFrisky.com)

New York City already has one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country, so why the heck is there another one in Hoboken, New Jersey, just 20 minutes away . . . two weeks before St. Patrick's Day? If you want to get a jump-start on the holiday, journey to Hoboken for Irish step dancing, floats, and music.

We know that Chicago has mad Irish pride. But do they need to dye the Chicago River green to prove it? I guess so, considering that's what they've been doing for the last 40 years.

In case you were wondering -- yes, they celebrate St. Patty's Day Down Under. In Brisbane, Australia, they have a parade that includes the "Irish Historical Story." Residents dress up as teachers, widows and orphans, sugar cane cutters, gold miners, lawyers and stockmen to show how people of all traditions helped build the Australian nation. Is that supposed to be fun?

You know that you're in the Irish capital of Nebraska when you approach O'Neil and see the world's largest shamrock painted on their highway. If that wasn't enough for you, they also celebrate the big day with a St. Patrick's Day festival that includes a hypnotist and a dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham.

Aren't you jealous that you won't be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the fun folks of New London, WI? Their giant parade features leprechauns renaming the town "New Dublin," corned beef and cabbage served all week, and an Irish wake parody known as "Finnegan's Wake." They actually put a mannequin in a green hearse and have the body fly out in a wicker casket as the hearse pulls away.

What to do on "The Shortest Street In the World"? Have the shortest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world. In Hot Springs, AR, the green fireworks, Irish belly dancers, and pub-crawl will be over in no time at all. Just ask the parade's Grand Marshal, Bo Derek.


IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What is the official Emblem of Ireland?

A: The Harp -- not the Shamrock -- The handheld Harp was played by our Celtic Forefathers.

(Source -- Wikipedia)

How to Throw a Green Fun St. Patrick's Day Party


  1. Think green and silly when it comes to decorations. Put up green cutouts of shamrocks and leprechauns on the walls and in the windows. Blow up a few dozen green balloons and pile them into corners.

  2. Step 2

    Tie a few green mylar shamrock balloons to the front of the house or the front gate and screw a green "party" lightbulb into the outside light so that your guests will know where the party is.

  3. Step 3

    String green Christmas tree lights (available year-round via the Internet) across the ceiling.

  4. Step 4

    Place a big rock (or fake papier maché rock) right inside the entrance with a sign that says, "BLARNEY STONE - KISS FOR GOOD LUCK."

  5. Step 5

    Pass out "Kiss me, I'm Irish" buttons to your guests as they arrive. Make everyone wear them.

  6. Step 6

    Create a table of green munchies, including green cookies, green M&Ms and chips with guacamole (See "How to Make Food Green for St. Patrick's Day," Related eHows). Serve them out of green plastic leprechaun hats.

  7. Step 7

    Set tables with green tablecloths, napkins and cups and sprinkle shamrock confetti on tables and other flat surfaces.

  8. Step 8

    Serve both a traditional Irish beer (such as Guinness) and a cheaper light beer that you can dye green with food coloring; don't forget the green Jell-O shots!

  9. Step 9

    Hold a limerick contest - after people have had a few drinks - and award a silly prize to the winner.

  10. Step 10

    Buy a CD of classic Irish pub songs and have it playing in the background and/or rent the horror movie "Leprechaun" and have it playing (with the sound muted) on your TV.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Last month, Sara Evans had a judge grant a temporary restraining order against her ex-husband, Craig Shelske (SHELL-SKEE), and just yesterday (Monday, March 15th), a Williamson County, Tennessee court ordered a temporary injunction against him. The ruling prevents Craig from publically speaking about Sara or the reasons for their divorce in 2007. He will also have to pay an unspecified amount in damages to Sara. An arbitrator will determine the amount.

Craig was recently dishing the dirt during an interview with a syndicated radio program in Nashville, as well as in front of the Tennessee Legislature while testifying about a potential new bill concerning child custody issues.

  • The couple's 2007 divorce agreement included a confidentiality agreement.
  • Sara filed for divorce in 2006 citing adultery, irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct.
  • The couple have three children.
  • Sara is now married to Jay Barker, a former University of Alabama quarterback who co-hosts a sports radio show in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jason Aldean is always decked out in the latest jewelry trends, but he certainly doesn't spend a lot of money on his collection. In fact, Jason tells us his necklaces, bracelets and rings are some of the least expensive costume jewelry around. "I've always kind of just liked jewelry and stuff, and most of it's cheap. I mean, all my jewelry you could probably tally up and it'd cost about $10. I mean, it's not high dollar stuff I got on here."

Jason does have two necklaces that have both sentimental and monetary value, and he wears both everyday. One has a ring on it inscribed with the names of himself, his wife and his two daughters, and the other is a white gold cross that his wife gave him as a gift. He says: "Those are really the only ones that kind of mean anything. Everything else is just like dime store stuff, flea market bracelets and stuff. I mean, this thing I stole from my drummer. It's one of those jelly bracelets, you know what I mean? So, yeah, it's not high dollar stuff, I can promise you."

  • Jason will be among the stars honoring Brooks & Dunn during the CBS TV special, Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo, airing on May 23rd. The show will be taped in Las Vegas on April 19th. Tickets are still available to the public.
  • Jason will also be one of the special guests on select dates on Brooks & Dunn's upcoming Last Rodeo tour.
  • In the meantime, Jason continues on his own headlining Wide Open tour. His next stop is in Broomfield, Colorado on Thursday (March 18th). The tour features opening act Luke Bryan.
Reba McEntire recently shot the video for her new single, "I Keep On Loving You," in Altadena, California, and it was truly a family affair. Three of Reba's grandchildren appear in the clip, as well as her daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. Karah Marcie, the girlfriend of Reba's 20-year-old son, Shelby, plays the bride in the video, which also stars The Young & The Restless cast members Tracey Bregman Recht and Christian LeBlanc. Reba also got some help from Broadway actor John Schuck and his wife, Harrison.
  • Reba said, "They all did a wonderful job portraying couples still in love at different stages in their relationships."
  • Reba is involved in practically every aspect of her career, but she says when it comes to making videos, she leaves the decision making in the hands of more qualified people. "I'm more of the person who does it instead of the thinker upper, so I leave that to the professionals and what they do, and I think videos are very important. I think they only enhance a single, a song, and helps people to have another way of viewing the song. You know, when I hear a song, I have my own video in my mind, and then to watch how another person has interpreted that song is very interesting to me, so I think they're very important."
  • Reba's new "I Keep On Loving You" video heads to CMT and GAC later this week.
  • The superstar will host next month's Academy of Country Music Awards for the 12th time in her career. The show will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 18th on CBS.
Dierks Bentley will hit the road next month on his new Up On The Ridge tour. The trek, which is named after his upcoming bluegrass CD, will kick off on April 21st in Portland, Oregon. Tickets for most of the 24 shows go on sale on Friday (March 19th).

Dierks will be backed by the Travelin' McCourys, some of the musicians in the Del McCoury Band, while Texas-based singer/songwriter Hayes Carll will open the shows.

  • Dierks said, "The only way I know to explain what this new album is to all the fans is to just get out on the road and play it for them. I've been rehearsing and working on set lists already. Every show is going to be different and really special. There aren't any better acoustic musicians in the world than the Travelin' McCourys, period. And I've been a big fan of Hayes for a long time. It'll be a total blast! I'm already plotting and planning on how to fit more dates into the schedule!"
  • The tour will wrap up on May 22nd at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
  • Dierks' Up On The Ridge CD is due out this summer. The project features special guests the Del McCoury Band, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Tim O'Brien and Sam Bush.
  • Dierks wrote most of the songs on the CD, which also includes a Bob Dylan tune.

FAST FACTS

  • Dierks has included a bluegrass song on each of his studio albums.
  • His next Music & Miles For Kids fundraiser event will be held on April 25th in Fort Worth, Texas. Proceeds from the event will benefit both the Children's Medical Center of Dallas and the Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.
The numbers are in from Brad Paisley's recent American Saturday Night tour -- he played to an impressive 1.2 million fans over the course of eight months. During that time, he played 74 shows, 42 of which were sell-outs. Brad will announce the details of his new H2O tour next week.

Martina McBride fans can be the first to watch her new music video for "Wrong Baby Wrong" on the VEVO network, which includes VEVO.com and VEVO on YouTube. The site will offer the clip for the first time today (Tuesday, March 16th) beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Love And Theft will perform a free concert in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 11th outside the the brand new NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of its grand opening celebration. Trio member Eric Gunderson grew up in Charlotte and attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Duo Kate and Kacey have split with Nashville-based Big Machine records. Kate wrote on her blog, "They weren't wanting to put out new music quite as fast as we were hoping, and for that and other reasons, we decided to move on." The twin sisters won the 2008 season of CMT's Can You Duet.

Grey's Anatomy star James Pickens, Jr., A.K.A. Chief Richard Webber, attended the 28th Annual George Strait Team Roping Classic over the weekend in San Antonio and spent some time with George and his family. James enjoys roping in his spare time, and is a member of the United States Team Roping Championships. He recently founded a non-profit charity, called the James Pickens Jr. Foundation, which will host its first annual roping event at the Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center in Lebec, California on April 22nd.

Some of Dolly Parton's early gospel recordings will be released on a new compilation album, called Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration. The 16-song CD will be in stores on May 4th, according to CMT.
  • Ten songs on the project are from Dolly's 1971 album, The Golden Streets of Glory, as well as a previously unreleased track called "Would You Know Him," which Dolly wrote with her aunt, Dorothy Jo Hope.
  • Rounding out the collection are "Comin' for To Carry Me Home," the Porter Wagoner duet "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man," "God's Coloring Book," "Letter to Heaven" and "Sacred Memories," which were all written by Dolly.
  • Dolly was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame last year.

FAST FACTS

  • Dolly's latest project, the Live From London DVD and CD, was released in October of last year. It was filmed during her sold out 2008 concerts at London's 02 Arena.
  • She currently working on a dance album, called Dance With Dolly. No release date has yet been announced.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What was the name of Tim McGraw's first hit song?
A. "Indian Outlaw"

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

ON THE STREETS/GAC 1:30PM, 9:00PM (ET)
Eric Church, Chuck Wicks

CMT CRIBS/CMT 3:30PM (ET)
George Jones, John Schneider

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: KEITH URBAN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel) (59)
  • Patty Griffin (45)
  • Wolfgang Van Halen (current bassist in Van Halen, son of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli) (18)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci (director, The Last Emperor, Stealing Beauty, The Dreamers) (69)
  • Chuck Woolery (TV game show host, Wheel Of Fortune, Love Connection, Greed) (68)
  • Nancy Wilson (singer-guitarist, Heart, the Lovemongers; wife of director Cameron Crowe) (55)
  • Kate Nelligan (actress, The Prince Of Tides, The Cider House Rules) (58)
  • Erik Estrada (actor, CHiPs) (60)
  • Jerry Lewis (actor-comedian, Cinderfella, The Nutty Professor, the annual Labor Day telethon for Muscular Dystrophy) (83)
  • Victor Garber (actor, Alias, Eli Stone, Legally Blonde, Titanic) (60)
  • Brooke Burns (actress, Baywatch: Hawaii, Shallow Hal, Dog Eat Dog) (31)
  • Flavor Flav (member of Public Enemy, reality show star) (50)
  • Rodney Peete (professional football player and husband of actress Holly Robinson-Peete) (43)
  • Gore Verbinski (director, Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, The Ring) (45)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Tim McGraw's single "The Cowboy In Me" hit Number One in 2002.
  • LeAnn Rimes' debut single, "Blue," was certified gold in 1998.
  • Garth Brooks charted a Number One single in Billboard with "The Beaches Of Cheyenne" in 1996.
  • Bill Monroe gave his final Grand Ole Opry performance in 1996.
  • Eight members of Reba McEntire's band and road show died in an airplane crash near San Diego in 1991.
  • Hank Williams recorded "Hey Good Lookin'" and "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)" in 1951.
  • Grandpa Jones debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1946.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!!!

KARA DIOGUARDI'S DAD TO RUN FOR SENATE: Kara DioGuardi's father is set to announce that he's running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Kirsten Gillibrand today. The Associated Press reports that former Republican congressman Joe DioGuardi will make his plans official this afternoon at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. He is a certified public accountant who lives with his wife in Ossining, N.Y.

ERIN ANDREWS STALKER SENTENCED TO JAIL: A man who admitted stalking Dancing With the Stars contestant Erin Andrews was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on Monday (March 15th). Michael David Barret, a 48-year-old insurance executive, admitted to stalking the ESPN reporter in December. He was arrested months earlier after following Andrews around the country. On three occasions, he got an adjoining room, drilled a peephole and then video-taped her. He was discovered after he tried to sell the footage online. His lawyer told reporters, "Mr. Barrett is profoundly sorry for what he has done. He has simply and always accepted responsibility for his conduct and both directly and indirectly apologize to Ms. Andrews and regrets any pain he has caused her. We believe Mr. Barrett showed to the court and other people that he has led a path to redemption."

GISELE TALKS BABY, SHOWS OFF BODY: Gisele Bundchen is back in top form three months after giving birth and is showing off her body -- and baby in the latest issue of Vogue. The supermodel admitted to gaining 30 pounds during the pregnancy and revealed that Benjamin wasn't her first choice for her son's name. Gisele said, "I wanted him to be called River because I wanted something always flowing, immortal. My husband (Tom Brady) said, 'There's no way we're going to call him River.' But my father's name is Reinoldo, so [the middle name] is a homage to him. And it's like water."

PETER GRAVES DIES: Mission: Impossible actor Peter Graves died on Sunday (March 14th) at the age of 83. Publicist Sandy Brokaw said the actor was returning from brunch with his wife of nearly 60 years and his family when he had what Graves' doctor believed was a heart attack. Although he was best known for his role in TV's Mission: Impossible, Graves began his career in the 1950s with roles in the TV series Fury and the prisoner-of-war drama Stalag 17. In the 1980s he played bumbling airline pilot Clarence Oveur in "Airplane!"

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

JANE LYNCH AND NEIL PATRICK HARRIS TO MAKE OUT ON 'GLEE'? Glee star Jane Lynch will reportedly make out with Neil Patrick Harris on an upcoming episode of the show. Creator Ryan Murphy told E!, "[Neil] gets to tussle with Jane Lynch, and they might sleep together, but that's all I'm gonna say!" In other Glee news, Murphy confirmed that the show's second season will be bigger than its first. He said, "Season 2 will be much bigger and much longer. We are talking about doing 25 episodes as opposed to [the customary] 22."

'MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER' RETURNING TO BRAVO: Bravo has ordered a fourth season of The Millionaire Matchmaker. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the reality show would be relocating from Los Angeles to New York, where viewers will once again watch Patti Stanger set up wealthy clients with dates who seek a lifestyle upgrade. The show currently averages 1.2 million viewers -- up 17 percent from last year.

'TRUE BLOOD' GETS PREMIERE DATE: True Blood has been given a premiere date. HBO revealed that the vampire hit will be back on June 13, 2010. E! reports that rumors are circulating, claiming "at least one character we love will die."

RYAN PHILLIPPE REPORTEDLY UP FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA: Although it was recently reported that John Krasinski seemed to be a lock for the title role in Captain America, sources now tell HitFix.com that Ryan Phillippe is being considered for the part. Other actors mentioned as possibilities for the role include Mike Vogel ("She's Out of My League"), Garret Hedlund ("Tron Legacy"), Chris Evans ("Fantastic Four"), Scott Porter ("Friday Night Lights"), Chace Crawford ("Gossip Girl") and Michael Cassidy ("Smallville"). The First Avenger: Captain America is still scheduled to open on July 22, 2011.

GEORGE CLOONEY'S GIRLFRIEND CONFIRMED FOR TNT SHOW: Confirmed: George Clooney's latest girlfriend, Italian TV host Elisabetta Canalis has landed a recurring role on the TNT drama Leverage. People magazine reports that the 31-year-old will appear in five episodes, playing a mysterious woman simply known as "the Italian." The show, which stars Timothy Hutton, begins its third season this summer.

SNL ALUMS LAND COMEDY CENTRAL SERIES: Saturday Night Live alums Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz will star opposite Jon Heder in a new Comedy Central sitcom. Variety confirmed that Heder will star in the series as "a man chasing big dreams -- even as he loses his job and moves back in with his parents." Sanz will play one of his pals, an ex-convict, with Parnell as another friend, a burned-out teacher. Will Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Prods. is behind the show. Comedy Central has picked up an initial 10 episodes, with an option to order 90 more.

TIGER WOODS TO BE LAMPOONED IN 'SOUTH PARK'

Tiger Woods is set to figure in the premiere of the new season of the animated comedy South Park. According to the HuffingtonPost.com, show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker plan to have the repentant golf pro encounter characters Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman in their animated Colorado town. "It's such an important issue in America right now -- the sex addiction outbreak," said Stone. "We're all really concerned about him and hope he gets better."

  • While South Park has outraged more conservative elements with its frequently ribald humor -- including showing Jesus defecating on the American flag -- show creators aren't worried about offending anyone by lampooning Tiger. "There's a delicacy in talking about (Woods) that we don't have to worry about," Stone said.
  • The premiere of the 14th season of South Park airs Wednesday, March 17th, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

CHARLIE SHEEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE

Charlie Sheen pleaded not guilty to felony menacing, misdemeanor third degree assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief in an Aspen courtroom on Monday (March 15th). The charges were in connection with his Christmas Day arrest over an alleged physical altercation with his wife, Brooke Mueller.

TMZ.com reported that Sheen was considering taking a plea deal, but only to misdemeanors, not a felony. The website added that the prosecution is not seeking jail time, but wants Charlie to admit to the felony.

  • RadarOnline.com reports that a trial is set to begin on July 21st.
  • Brooke and Charlie have each received rehab treatment since the incident and have publicly said they want to reconcile.

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KATE WINSLET AND SAM MENDES SPLIT

Kate Winslet and her husband, director Sam Mendes are splitting after nearly seven years of marriage. Attorney Keith Schillings announced on Monday (March 15th), "Kate and Sam are saddened to announce that they separated earlier this year."

He continued, ""The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children. They ask that the media respect their privacy at this time."

  • The couple has a six-year-old son named Joe, while Kate also has a nine-year-old daughter named Mia from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton.
  • Mendes directed Kate in the 2008 film Revolutionary Road, for which she won a Best Actress Golden Globe. The pair attended the Oscars together in 2009 -- when Kate won for The Reader -- but this year she showed up at the ceremony solo.

SPENCER PRATT TEMPORARILY LEAVING 'THE HILLS'

The Hills villain Spencer Pratt is leaving the MTV show -- supposedly just on a temporary basis. The much-maligned reality star announced that he will be pursuing a new career in cyber security, however sources claim the job is just covering up the fact that Pratt was asked to leave.

An insider told Usmagazine.com, "He is leaving The Hills for 6 weeks because he was asked to" after supposedly flipping out on a female producer after she made a request to which he objected. The insider added that the producer filed a complaint with the show's top producers -- who threatened to kick Pratt off the show. His team reportedly came back with the following compromise: "Spencer would leave The Hills for six weeks to do anger management training once a week at home. If he completes it, he can return to the show."

Pratt got his own version of the story out first, telling People magazine, "In the last few months I have discovered a new passion and new purpose to my life. With this in mind, I have decided to take a break from my obligations to MTV's The Hills and discontinue filming any more episodes for this current season."

  • He continued, "Upon learning of President Obama's declaration that the 'cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,' I have decided to refocus my energy and devote my full resources to helping America face this and other unprecedented challenges. My new mission is this: To do my part in maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent emerging technologies from threatening our nation's security. With that being said, I am saddened to take this break from filming MTV's The Hills. At this time, however I feel I would not be honoring my country or myself if I were to continue this endeavor when I have the opportunity and the ability to assist our nation against these prevalent threats."

GABOUREY SIDIBE GETS LETTER FROM WEIGHT LOSS COMPANY

Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe has gotten a lot of attention for her acting and her bubbly personality, but she's also been getting attention for her weight. Just a week after shock jock Howard Stern made mean-spirited on-air comments about Sidibe's size, the actress reportedly got a letter from a weight loss company that bluntly points out the dangers of obesity and asks her to represent their product. According to TMZ.com, a company called AcaiSupply.com addressed a letter to the Precious star that states:

"After viewing the recent pictures taken of you strolling around Santa Monica earlier this week, we at Acai Supply have decided that we can no longer sit back and keep our mouth's shut! Obesity is a major epidemic in the United States, and we would like to help you rid yourself of this terrible affliction. Life doesn't have to be this way.

  • "It's time to prove Howard Stern and all of your naysayers wrong. We, along with Oprah agree that you do have a bright future ahead of you in the entertainment business, and the only way you can reach your goal of someday winning that Oscar is by being active, fit and most of all, healthy!"
  • After extolling the virtues of its product, which includes acai berry extract, the letter continues, "Acai Supply would like to offer Ms. Sidibe a ONE YEAR FREE supply of Acai Supply in return for her glowing testimonial after she sheds her unwanted pounds. Please get back to me at your earliest convenience your or your representative's shipping address so that we may ship out your first month's supply."
  • The letter is signed by "Evan H. (CEO)."
  • There is no word on whether Sidibe is aware of the letter or what her response is.

JUST OUR OPINION

  • We smell a big fat hoax here. Though a website called www.acaisupply.com offering a weight loss pill does exist, the site offers no contact phone number or address nor any staff info, including the CEO's full name. The address and phone number appearing on the letter belongs to Essociates, a San Francisco Internet advertising and marketing company that may or may not have AcaiSupply.com as a client (the person who answered the phone said not).
  • Also the snarky tone and bad grammar in the letter just doesn't sound professional to us. What weight loss company would approach a potential celebrity endorser with insensitive lines like: "We would like to help you rid yourself of this terrible affliction" and "the only way you can reach your goal of someday winning that Oscar is by being active, fit and most of all, healthy"?

SIDE NOTES

  • Last week on his satellite radio show, Howard Stern urged the actress to seek help for obesity, calling her, "The most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen." He added, "She is enormous. Everyone's pretending she's a part of show business and she's never going to be in another movie. She should have gotten the Best Actress award because she's never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?"
  • Stern has been blasted for his comments, with Sidibe's mother Alice Tan Ridley telling the shock jock to "get a life." She added, "We all can see that Gabby is a big girl, she's a big woman. So, what's wrong with that? She's not like every body else in the world."

TORONTO NOT PAYING FOR COREY HAIM FUNERAL; COREY FELDMAN NOT ATTENDING

Contrary to statements made by Corey Haim's mother, the city of Toronto will not be paying for the late actor's funeral. Toronto's communications director Kevin Sack said on Monday (March 15th), "The City of Toronto confirms no involvement in funeral costs for Mr. Haim. The City of Toronto has never received an application for assistance with the funeral costs for Mr. Haim."

Meanwhile, Haim's longtime friend Corey Feldman won't be in attendance for the March 16th funeral. He said in a statement, "The family has decided to make Corey's funeral on Tuesday a small private affair. Understanding the recent media attention and to be respectful of the family's wishes I have decided not to attend. Instead I will remain in Los Angeles quietly mourning and planning his memorial."

  • Haim died last week at the age of 38 of a possible accidental drug overdose, however toxicology reports are pending.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR SUSAN BOYLE BREAK-IN

A teenager has been arrested in connection with a break-in at Susan Boyle's Scotland home earlier this year. A spokesperson for the local police confirmed, "A 16-year-old youth has been arrested and charged in connection with a theft that happened at a property in Blackburn."

Boyle arrived home in January after recording her part in Simon Cowell's charity single, "Everybody Hurts" to find an intruder in her house. Although it was reported that nothing was taken at the time, police now say the teen stole some cash from the property.

  • People magazine reports that Boyle now has a guard at her house, and the British media claims she's gotten a place in London where she feels safer.

KATE GOSSELIN REPORTEDLY A 'TOTAL DIVA' ON 'DWTS' SET

Kate Gosselin is reportedly being a "total diva" on the set of Dancing With the Stars. A source told the New York Post that the reality mom has been "snubbing other contestants and behaving frostily to crew members" while rehearsing for the March 22nd kick-off.

One insider claims Kate's "icy" behavior" persuaded Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir to pull out of talks about being on the show because he didn't want to work alongside her.

  • A show source told the paper, "Kate doesn't want anything to do with other contestants . . . While there's a lot of camaraderie among the crew and other stars including Pamela Anderson, Kate has set herself apart . . . She wants to be queen bee."
  • However, a rep issued the standard denial: "She's been rehearsing in Pennsylvania to be near her kids. For the short time she was in LA, she and the cast got along great."

HEADLINE NEWS!!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


OBAMA PITCHES HEALTH CARE REFORM IN OHIO AS DEMS TRY TO ROUND UP VOTES: President Obama was in Ohio yesterday (March 15th) to continue his campaign-style pitch for health care reform, as House Democratic leaders continued to try to round up the votes needed to pass the legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounded confident about the vote, which could come next weekend, saying, "When we bring the bill to the floor, then we will have the votes." Obama also sounded confident in an interview with ABC News, saying, "I believe we're going to get the votes, we're going to make this happen." Under the two-step approach being pursued, the House would approve the measure passed by the Senate last December, with both the House and Senate then quickly passing a second bill to makes changes to the first bill that House Democrats want. In the Senate, the second bill would be voted on using reconciliation, under which only a standard 51-vote majority is needed, not a 60-vote super-majority necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster.

TOYOTA DISMISSES MAN'S CLAIM OF OUT-OF-CONTROL PRIUS: Toyota yesterday (March 15th) dismissed the story of a man who claimed his Prius sped out of control on a California highway last week, saying its own tests found the car's gas pedal and backup safety system were working normally. While stopping short of saying James Sikes had staged a hoax, Toyota said his account didn't square with a series of tests it conducted on the car. A statement from Sikes' attorney, John Gomez, said they wouldn't comment further until a government investigation was complete. But on Sunday, Gomez said it was neither surprising nor significant that inspectors had been unable to recreate the conditions reported by Sikes. "They have never been able to replicate an incident of sudden acceleration. Mr. Sikes never had a problem in the three years he owned this vehicle," he said.

TODAY'S FYI:

RIELLE HUNTER CALLS HER 'GQ' PHOTOS 'REPULSIVE': John Edwards' former mistress, Rielle Hunter, is upset about photos of her in GQ magazine accompanying an interview she gave to the publication. Barbara Walters said on ABC's The View Monday (March 15th) that she'd talked to Hunter on the phone, and that Hunter told her she cried for two hours when she saw the photos, which she called "repulsive." The photos Hunter posed for include one of her sitting bare-legged on a bed dressed only in a white button-down shirt and pearls next to her daughter Frances' stuffed toys, and another of her laying on a bed with a bare midriff while holding Frances, her two-year-old child with Edwards who the former presidential candidate just recently acknowleded is his. When Walters asked Hunter how she could have been surprised by the photos she posed for, Hunter said that she'd trusted celebrity photographer Mark Seliger.

  • Hunter broke her long silence with the GQ interview, in which her admissions include that she is still in love with Edwards, and that they had sex on the first day that they met.

CENSUS FORMS BEGIN ARRIVING: U.S. Census forms began arriving in the mail Monday (March 15th) as the government begins the population count mandated to take place once a decade, with the results used to allocate congressional seats and federal aid. This year's 10-question form is one of the shortest in history, asking for the respondent's name, address, phone number, age, race and ethnicity, gender, living arrangements and home ownership. The information is kept confidential by federal law, and the Census Bureau doesn't share the information with any other agencies, including law enforcement. The Census Bureau is hoping to improve upon the reponse in 2000, when about 72 percent of households returned their forms.

STEVENS MAY RETIRE FROM SUPREME COURT AFTER THIS TERM: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says in a new profile in The New Yorker magazine that he'll decide in the next month or so whether this term will be his last. Stevens, who'll turn 90 in April, said he'll defininitely retire in the next three years, which would mean President Obama would appoint his successor. Stevens was appointed to the high court in 1975 by Republican President Gerald Ford. A moderate Republican, Stevens has drifted left over the years and is now seen as the leader of the court's liberals. He is the second-oldest justice in U.S. history, and the fourth longest-serving.

PEOPLE HAVE UNIQUE SET OF GERMS THAT COULD HELP SOLVE CRIMES: It turns out that each person leaves behind a unique set of bacteria when they touch something -- just like their fingerprints -- that could one day be used to help solve crimes. Researchers reported Monday (March 15th) that they were able to map a unique bacterial signature for nine people, which didn't degrade when exposed to temperature changes, humidity and sunlight, and that the technique was 70 to 90 percent effective in identifying people. Every person is colonized with billions of mostly benign microbes, both inside and on the body, and studies have shown that these colonies are unique to each person and even to different places on their body.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES TO START CHARGING FOR FOOD: Continental Airlines announced yesterday (March 15th) that it will start charging for food on flights, joining fellow carriers Delta, American, US Airways and United that already do so. Under the change that will take effect in the fall, passengers on some international flights, domestic flights over six hours, and those in first or business class will still get free food, and snacks like pretzels and nonalcholic drinks will still be free for everyone. Currently, passengers on Continental flights of two to three hours get a small sandwich roll or a muffin in the morning for free, and those on flights of three hours or more get a free hot sandwich or other hot meal or cereal in the morning. Free beverage service and a small snack like pretzels is served on flights of less than two hours.

SPORTS:

UCONN OVERALL TOP SEED IN WOMEN'S NCCA TOURNEY: Undefeated University of Connecticut, which has won a record 72 straight games, was named he overall Number One seed in the women's NCAA basketball tournament Monday (March 15th). The other conference top seeds are Tennessee, Stanford and Nebraska.

BECKHAM HAS ACHILLES TENDON SURGERY: British soccer star David Beckham had surgery Monday (March 15th) on a left Achilles tendon that was described as "totally torn," an injury he'd suffered during a match the day before while playing for AC Milan. The 34-year-old Beckahm is expected to be sidelined for about six months, and will miss this summer's World Cup, in which he'd hoped to play again for England. He'll also miss most, if not all, of the Los Angeles Galaxy season. However, Beckham's spokesman said he expects the midfielder will return to the game.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


CBS
  • NCIS - The team and Coast Guard Investigative Services join forces when a Navy diver seeking sunken treasure is murdered.
  • NCIS: LOS ANGELES - When a Marine is killed in a drive by shooting, the teams thinks his younger brother could be next.
  • THE GOOD WIFE - Will and Alicia battle a health insurance company that refuses to pay for urgent in-utero surgery; Alicia decides to give Peter a proper welcome home.

NBC

  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - One team earns a day of luxury and pampering; chef Curtis Stone helps the teams in a cook-off.
  • PARENTHOOD - Max is kicked out of school; Sarah breaks up with Jim.

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - The 12 finalists perform songs by the Rolling Stones.

ABC

  • LOST (repeat)
  • LOST - Locke assigns Sawyer a mission.
  • FLASH FORWARD - A recap of the first season.

CW

  • 90210 - Naomi goes on her first hike with Ivy and Liam; Annie gives Jasper an ultimatum.
  • MELROSE PLACE - Lauren clashes with a new tenant; Amanda is infuriated when Riley asks Ben for a job.

FX

  • JUSTIFIED - (series premiere) Gunslinging Deputy Raylan Givens confronts his old friend in Harlan, Ky., his hometown, where he has been reassigned.

MTV

  • 16 AND PREGNANT - Lori, who was adopted herself, does not want her baby to struggle with the same issues.

TNT

  • SOUTHLAND - Ben goes out alone for the first time; a task force plans to arrest an ex-banger.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Julianna Margulies, James Galea, La Roux
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - Marisa Tomei

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Jimmy Kimmel, Kirstie Alley, a Top Ten list presented by Snoop Dogg
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Hugh Jackman, Betty White, Collective Soul
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Kristen Stewart, Barry & Robin Gibb, Dr. Drew Pinsky, the Script
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Antoine Fuqua, Paolo Nutini
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Jude Law
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Rebecca Skloot
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Dominic Monaghan, Kat Von D, Joe Bonamassa

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

WOMAN RUNS OVER HUSBAND TWICE: A New Zealand man was accidentally run over by his wife twice, said authorties. Sandy Telford ran over her husband, Terry, while backing out of her driveway in the Hawke's Bay region. Not realizing what she had done, Telford drove her car forward, accidentally running her husband over again. According to police, Telford was too distraught to talk about what had happened. The police are treating it as an accident.Terry Telford is being treated for moderate head, back and chest injuries, however, he was conscious and talking after the incident. (Reuters)

WOMAN HITS SISTER WITH TOILET LID: An Iowa woman was arrested for allegedly hitting her sister with the lid of a toilet tank. According to police, Nitasha Johnson removed the lid off the toilet and used it to hit her sister during a fight. Authorities said the sister suffered from an injured finger and foot. Johnson was charged with domestic abuse assault causing injury and interference with official acts. Johnson was taken to Johnson County Jail. (AP)

COUPLE MAY FACE JAIL TIME FOR KISSING IN DUBAI: A British couple caught kissing in Dubai may face up to one month in jail for public indecency in the Gulf Arab emirate. The couple was arrested in November after an emirati mother complained that her child saw them kissing and touching eachother intimately in public. The pair, who are free on bail, were also fined 1,000 dirhams ($272) for illegal consumption of alcohol. This case is the third time in under two years in which Britons have hit the headlines for indecency in Dubai. (Reuters)

BULLDOG CHEWS TIRES AND BUMPER OF POLICE CAR: A bulldog in Chattanooga, Tennesee chewed the tires and front bumper of a police officer's car. According to a city police spokeswoman, Officer Clayton Holmes was busy checking traffic speeds when he felt his car shaking. He discovered a bulldog chewing on the tire of his patrol car. After the dog attacked two passing cars and a second police car, the officers tried to deter the animal by using pepper spray and a taser. The attempts were unsuccessful. By the time the McCarney Animal Center staff captured the dog, it had chewed two tires and the entire front bumper off. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

COMMON COMEDY BEHAVIORS (Men's Health)

How many truly funny jokes do you remember?

Five or fewer: 61%
More than five: 39%

Do you tell jokes you still learned as a teenager?

Yes: 59%
No: 41%

How many funny videos do you watch each week online?

Zero: 13%
1-3: 47%
4-5: 15%
5+: 25%

GOSSIP ACROSS THE SEXES STAYS SECRET: Men -- need to rag on another guy? Tell a woman. People are often more interested in gossip about other of the same sex, a Knox College study shows. So there's less chance that a woman will spread whatever dirt you share.

MEN DO 13 HOURS OF HOUSEWORK A WEEK: Research shows that men do 13 hours of chores a week. The Daily Mail notes that thee 13 hours a week is not entirely spent on housework. It breaks down as 4.7 hours on housework, 1.5 hours on DIY and 6.9 hours on childcare. The task most men said they did was putting out the trash (85 percent), closely followed by carrying the shopping bags (80 percent) and doing the weekly shopping (78 percent). When it came to the tasks often perceived as the most tiresome the number dropped slightly, with 58 percent saying they regularly did the washing, 57 percent cleaning the bathroom and 48 percent regularly tackling the ironing.

MY BOSS GAVE ME A BLACKBERRY, DO I HAVE TO RESPOND ON WEEKENDS? According to Men's Health -- this comes down to expectations that you set early on. If you rapid reply to every email no matter what the day or time, your bosses will expect a quick response. If you do so at a leisurely pace (i.e. Sunday night), you're sending the signal that yes, you're available, but no, not in the middle of your weekend run.

LIP GLOSS CONVEYS MOODS: The Mood Swing lip gloss from Too Faced is designed to work with your "body chemistry" in order to convey your mood. The Sun reports that "the colors change depending on your emotional state." The gloss also comes with a color chart, "so men can work out how randy their partner is feeling." CHECK IT OUT: http://tinyurl.com/y9np6jx

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to IMDB.com, what actor was the voice of Elvis in Forrest Gump?

A: Kurt Russell

600-Pound New Jersey Woman Wants to Weigh 1,000 Pounds

A 602-pound New Jersey woman is eating 12,000 calories a day and staying as sedentary as possible, all towards her goal of reaching a weight of 1,000 pounds. Donna Simpson, a 42-year-old mother of two, already holds the record for the fattest woman to give birth, and now she wants to be one of the world's heaviest women. Despite having diabetes and not being able to walk more than 20 feet, Simpson says she's happy and healthy, declaring, "I love eating and people love watching me eat. It makes people happy, and I'm not harming anyone." Simpson uses her size to support herself financially, with her main source of income being a website where men pay to watch videos of her gorging herself on food and displaying her massive body in a bikini. She said the idea of reaching 1,000 pounds was inspired by her boyfriend, who she met in a fat fetish chat room in 2006.

Amanpour Reportedly Offered Job as Host of ABC's 'This Week'

CNN's Christiane Amanpour has reportedly been offered the job of host of ABC's This Week, replacing the recently departed George Stephanopoulos, who left to co-host Good Morning America. FishbowlDC reports that Amanpour told colleagues at CNN about the offer, and said she's 50/50 about whether to accept it or not. Amanpour's career has been concentrated more in international news, and the Fishbowl report said that if she does accept the job, she wants to make This Week more focused on foreign affairs and less on domestic politics. Amanpour has been with CNN since 1983, and is currently chief international correspondent and host of the show Amanpour.

Museum-Goers Get Close to Nude Performers in NYC Art Show

Visitors at a new exhibit at the The Museum of Modern Art in New York City are brought close -- some might say uncomfortably so -- to nude performers as part of the show of work by Yugoslavian-born artist Marina Abramovic. In the exhibit, two nude performers -- sometimes of the same sex, sometimes not -- stand inches apart in a narrow doorway. Visitors can either walk between them, or avoid them if they feel uncomfortable. The exhibit also includes a nude performer lying under a skeleton, and a naked woman on a bicycle seat.

Monday, March 15, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Justin Moore has been reunited with his guitar after it was stolen from the stage during his show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan on Friday (March 12th) night.

Justin took to Twitter after the show to ask for the guitar's safe return. He tweeted, "Great show in Mi tonight. But somebody stole my guitar off stage. Please own up. It means more to me than you know. Dont be a d**k. Do right."

A short while later, he tweeted, "It's worth fightin over. I'll give you my address. Mi-thanks for a great show! If anybody knows ne thing bout it-plz let me know! That guitar is part of me. I WILL find it. So, do the right thing. And, own up to it you bastard!

Yesterday (Sunday, March 14th) afternoon, a relieved and grateful Justin tweeted, "I got my guitar!!! My hero is @drdonwycd! Thank yall for all your help too! And thank you to the guy for doing the right thing."

  • Justin's next show will be on Thursday (March 18th) in Lancaster, Pennyslvania.
  • He will re-team with Brad Paisley for Brad's H2O tour on May 22nd in Bristow, Virginia.
Carrie Underwood launched her Play On tour on Thursday (March 11th) to a sold out crowd at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, followed by capacity crowds in Albany and Providence over the weekend.

The superstar wanted to take her show production up a level or two, and according to reviews, she did not disappoint. Carrie tells us: "I feel like we have such a great album to tour off of, and you know, of course, all the favorites that everybody has heard and know the words to, and all the stuff that they want to hear me sing. But we've just got so much more on this one. We've got just a giant stage. Just, the feel is just huge. Moving parts on the stage. Stuff comin' up out of the stage. You know, we have a different bag of goodies to play with, and it's just a lot of fun. It's gonna feel very big, which is cool."

Among those "goodies" are a virtual duet with Randy Travis at the Grand Ole Opry, a performance of "Just A Dream" while on a rope swing, and a blue pick-up truck that lifts Carrie over the crowd and out into the middle of the arena during her cover of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads."

Carrie has really raised the bar for herself, and she knows it! "I know everybody talks about, like, their tour, their album, whatever, being like, 'Oh, this is the best one ever, this is the best one ever.' This is the best one ever! (laughs)"

  • The Play On tour continues tonight (Monday, March 15th) in Portland, Maine with special guests Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia.
George Strait has added two new dates to his current tour with Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack. "King George" kicked off his 28th Annual Team Roping Classic finals in San Antonio on Friday (March 12th) by telling the hometown crowd that the tour will play at the Alamodome on May 1st. Tickets go on sale March 27th through Ticketmaster. George and company will also perform at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on April 28th. This is the first time the superstar has played a full show in "Music City" since 2004. Tickets for the Nashville show go on sale Saturday (March 20th) at 10 a.m. CT through Ticketmaster or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.
  • George, Reba and Lee Ann are all set to perform in Portland, Oregon on March 26th.
  • George and Reba will pay tribute to Brooks & Dunn during the upcoming Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo all-star concert being taped on April 19th in Las Vegas.

FAST FACTS

  • George was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music last year.
  • This year, he is nominated for Entertainer of the Year for the 12th time and Top Male Vocalist for the 20th time, bringing George's all-time record to 81 ACM nominations.
  • The ACMs will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18th at 8 p.m. ET live on CBS.
Newcomer Easton Corbin's self-titled debut album had a big first week, with fans buying more than 43,000 copies. This gives Easton the highest debut of a new male act on his label, Universal Music Nashville, in the last seven years.

While sales numbers are important, Easton says he's still finding it hard to believe that he has his own CD on store shelves around the country. "It's truly an exciting point in my life. To actually have a CD out there in stores is a dream come true. To actually be able to go to Walmart and see your face on the stand there . . . This is certainly a milestone for me personally and for my career."

  • Easton will make his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday (March 20th), where he'll perform his hit single, "A Little More Country Than That."
  • He is currently playing club dates and festivals. Easton will hit the road with Brad Paisley on his H2O tour beginning on May 22nd in Bristow, Virginia.

FAST FACTS

  • Prior to getting his record deal last year, Easton worked at Ace Hardware in Nashville during the day and performed at songwriters nights in the evenings.
  • "A Little More Country Than That" was co-written by Rory Lee Feek, one half of the ACM nominated Top Vocal Duo of the Year, Joey + Rory.
Kenny Chesney is back in the recording studio and beginning work on his next CD. He recently completed his first movie, Summer In 3-D, which will hit theaters next month.

The former Nashville area home of Barbara Mandrell, called Fontanel Mansion, will open as a tourist destination on June 1st. The 136-acre property will include a 140-seat restaurant, a museum, a 2,500-seat outdoor music venue and hiking and biking trails.

Miranda Lambert's recent chart-topping single, "White Liar," has been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 units.

Shooter Jennings and his band, Hierophant, have announced a string of tour dates with Alice In Chains. Their trek with the heavy metal group begins on April 6th in Fayetteville, Arkansas and runs through April 28th in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Gloriana will be featured on over 50 million milk containers in schools across the U.S. as part of the Milk Rocks! campaign. Students are encouraged to log onto milkrocks.com and enter for a chance to win a $10,000 prize for future educational use from Paper Mate, along with three concert tickets and meet and greet passes to an upcoming Gloriana performance.
  • Gloriana is currently on the road with Taylor Swift as part of her sold-out Fearless tour through June.
  • The group recently released their new single, called "The World Is Ours Tonight."
  • Gloriana is nominated for Top New Vocal Group at the upcoming ACM Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS-TV.

FAST FACTS

  • Gloriana is made up of brothers Tom and Mike Gossin, along with Rachel Reinert and Cheyenne Kimball.
  • Cheyenne was the 2002 winner of the competition America's Most Talented Kid at the age of 12, and was a solo artist on Epic Records before joining Gloriana.
  • In her late teens, Cheyenne had a reality show on MTV that lasted one season.
A Los Angeles jury reached a verdict on Friday (March 12th) that Kid Rock will have to pay a total of $35,000 to three men who accused him and members of rap group Boo-Yaa Tribe of beating them up outside a Hollywood hotel four years ago, according to TMZ.com. The three men originally sought $15 million in damages and have to pay their own legal fees out of the 35 grand, so Rock got off relatively easy.

Rock told us not long ago that he's ready to fight back whenever someone sues him: "It's just expected now. If I look at somebody wrong, they're like, 'You're rich, I'm suing you.' I refuse to live by that system, and I haven't lost once yet. I'm almost thinking about creating a sidebar on my web site, just to list all the lawsuits and list the outcomes of 'em, of each one of 'em, 'cause when people wanted me to settle for 10 grand and 20 grand, and I get $200,000 into it, I'm like, I'm standing up for what's right and the principle of this whole thing."

  • The lawsuit alleged that Rock, along with six members of Boo-Yaa Tribe, beat up Michael Medlin, Jose Perez and Carlos Bonilla outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood after they asked for autographs. The trio filed suit in 2008.
  • Rock denied all the accusations, saying that the scene on the night in question was "chaotic."
  • Rock has been sued in the past for a fight at an Atlanta restaurant and an incident with a woman at his Michigan home. He had to serve community service as a result of the former case, while the latter was dismissed.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What was the name of George Strait's first feature film in 1992?
A. Pure Country

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY


TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 10:00AM (ET)
Blake Shelton

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: 10 YEARS OF FUNNY/CMT 9:00PM (ET)
Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall

TRUE BLUE: 10 YEARS OF BLUE COLLAR COMEDY/CMT 10:00PM (ET)

RON WHITE: THEY CALL ME TATER SALAD/CMT 11:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

Eva Longoria (actress, Gabrielle on Desperate Housewives) (35)

  • Will.i.am (rapper, musician, of Black Eyed Peas) (35)
  • Fabio (male supermodel) (51, some sources say 49)
  • Jimmy Swaggart (televangelist) (75)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice) (77)
  • Judd Hirsch (actor, Taxi, Ordinary People, Running on Empty, Independence Day) (75)
  • Park Overall (actress who won an Emmy for Empty Nest, also starred in Mississippi Burning) (53)
  • Mark Hoppus (singer-bassist for Blink-182) (38)
  • Mark McGrath (singer for Sugar Ray) (42)
  • Bret Michaels (singer of Poison) (47)
  • Terence Trent D'Arby (R&B singer, songwriter, "Wishing Well") (48)
  • Penny Lancaster (model, wife of Rod Stewart) (39)
  • Dee Snider (singer of Twisted Sister) (55)
  • Ry Cooder (guitarist) (63)
  • Sly Stone (singer of Sly & the Family Stone) (67)
  • Mike Love (of the Beach Boys) (69)
  • Phil Lesh (bassist of the Grateful Dead) (70)
  • Howard Scott (singer-guitarist, War) (64)
  • Kim Raver (actress, Night at the Museum, 24, Lipstick Jungle, Grey's Anatomy) (41)
  • Young Buck (rapper) (29)
  • Eva Amurri (actress, Californication, daughter of Susan Sarandon) (25)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

ON THIS DAY

  • Richie McDonald told a Baton Rouge radio station that he was leaving Lonestar to pursue a solo career in 2007.
  • Dierks Bentley's self-titled debut became his first platinum album in 2005.
  • Brad Paisley married According To Jim star Kimberly Williams in Malibu, California in 2003.
  • Diamond Rio recorded "One More Day" in 1999.
  • Deana Carter's "We Danced Anyway" became her second Number One in 1997.
  • Lee Ann Womack made her chart debut with "Never Again, Again" in 1997.
  • Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe made what became his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1996.
  • Freddy Fender made his first appearance at Number One on the Billboard chart with "Before The Next Teardrop Falls" in 1975.
  • Flatt and Scruggs released "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" in 1950.

COREY HAIM FUNERAL SET FOR TUESDAY IN TORONTO

Corey Haim will be laid to rest tomorrow (Tuesday, March 16th) in his native Toronto. His mother reached out for donations to cover her son's funeral, and according to E! News, Startifacts, a Minneapolis-based celebrity memorabilia company, volunteered to help. It's contributing $20,000 to the private funeral to cover costs, such as transportation of the body and the purchase of a headstone. The proceeds for the funeral will come from the auctioning off of Haim's belongings.

Meawwhile, Haim's mother, Judy Haim, tells Access Hollywood that the city of Toronto will also help her by covering the cost. In a statement released Sunday, the city of Toronto said it "does not confirm or comment on any potential, pending or active applications for assistance in such matters. Therefore, the City will not be commenting further on these reports."

Haim died last Wednesday at the age of 38. He was reportedly suffering flu-like symptoms in the days leading up to his death. According to his mother, who's currently battling breast cancer, her son had an enlarged heart, pulmonary congestion and water in his lungs at the time of his death, but the official cause will depend on toxicology reports L.A.

County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter tells UsMagazine.com, "We did an autopsy. We gave his mother some preliminary findings but it does not mean it is the final cause of death. The final cause of death is pending toxicology and other reports. We did discuss issues involving his heart and lungs. We are not going to comment on specifics until the final results come back. It could be up to six weeks."

In other news, Haim's name was found on a fraudulent prescription for a powerful painkiller that authorities said was obtained through a major drug ring. California Attorney General Jerry Brown's office told the Associated Press that a prescription with his name is linked to an investigation of the ring that illegally obtained prescription pads and used the stolen identities of doctors to fill them out.

  • State law enforcement authorities said they were investigating the drug ring and how Haim's name appeared on the prescription.
  • A public memorial for the '80s actor is expected to be held in Los Angeles in about two weeks.

HEIDI MONTAG LANDS ROLE IN MOVIE STARRING NICOLE KIDMAN AND JENNIFER ANISTON

Heidi Montag has snagged a role in a new romantic comedy, starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman. The flick, called Just Go With It, is due out 2011. She starts filming this week and is expected to play opposite Kevin Nealon.

Montag announce the news via Twitter, writing, "I was just cast in my first feature film comedy!" the reality star, singer and plastic surgery fan Tweeted late Wednesday. "I start filming monday!!!!!" The 23-year-old reality TV star added, "this is one of the best days of my life!!! getting ice cream to celebrate! jump for joy! . . . It's a new day, a new beginning. memorizing my script for the feature comedy movie I am filming all next week."

  • Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker will also appear in the film, which was previously titled The Pretend Wife.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT AND JAMIE KENNEDY BREAK UP

Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy have broken up after a year of dating. Although no reason was given for the split, a source told People.com, it was a mutual decision -- they will remain friends, as well as Ghost Whisperer co-stars. They supposedly have kept things at work friendly and drama-free.

The insider says, "It wasn't contentious. It had kind of just run its course. They just sort of looked at each other and said, 'We like each other and we make each other laugh, but this isn't for the long-term.'"

Both Hewitt and Kennedy were often heard gushing about each other. At one point, Hewitt said, "There are people in your life who are just supportive and who just look at you and they see who you are. And [Jamie] really saw who I was as a person more than anybody had ever done in my whole life. I think that's for me when I sort of went, 'Oh, wow.'"

  • Hewitt has a busy few months coming up. She's gearing up for a new Lifetime movie, and is also going on tour to promote her first book, The Day I Shot Cupid, due out March 23rd. In the book, she offers advice on relationships, love and breakups.

DREW BARRYMORE: 'I'D NEVER SAY NEVER TO MARRIAGE AND KIDS'

Drew Barrymore thinks she'd be a great mom, and with that, she's not ruling out marriage or kids. The 35-year-old actress told the U.K.'s Daily Mail that she learned a lot of lessons growing up, explaining, "I'd definitely be the kind of parent who enabled my child's dreams. I have the blueprints of what not to do... I think I'd be a good parent, actually." Barrymore added, "I'd never say never to marriage and kids."

  • Barrymore has been married twice -- to bar owner Jeremy Thomas and comedian Tom Green.
  • Barrymore has been linked with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Justin Long.

DIRECTOR: JENNIFER ANISTON AND GERARD BUTLER FLIRTED ON SET

There was apparently a lot of flirting going on between Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler while on the set of Bounty Hunter. The flick's director Andy Tennant told UsMagazine.com, "When you have that chemistry [between actors] you're like 'Thank God!' because they're having fun on day 45 and day 65 and they're still flirting." He added, "Gerry likes to have fun, Jen likes to have fun, they don't take themselves seriously --- which is a big mistake people assume with Jennifer, but she's a riot!"

That doesn't mean those romance rumors have been confirmed. Both Aniston and Butler are keeping mum. Aniston joked that she blames Butler for all of the gossip, saying, "He starts those rumors! It's his fault!" She added, "Gerry is the best. He's funny and handsome. Nice combo!"

  • But, according to PerezHilton.com, Aniston did say, "It seems I get linked to all my co-stars. There seems to be a formula -- if you make a movie together, then you must be dating in real life. I don't know who starts those rumors but I'm learning to ignore them."
  • Butler said, "We have a natural chemistry. You can see it in our magazine shoot and the film, we have a great time together."
  • In the Bounty Hunter, which opens Friday (March 19th), the actors play ex-lovers reunited for a crime caper.

KENDRA WILKINSON PLANS BOOK AND POSSIBLE BREAST REDUCTION

Kendra Wilkinson would like to trim her curvy body, and it's possible she'll do it by getting a breast reduction. The E! star said on Lopez Tonight, "I feel like I'm a little top heavy now. What do you guys all think?" Her comments were met by "boos" from the audience. Her hubby, Hank Baskett Jr., for one doesn't want her to do it, saying, "I'm definitely going to miss 'em. I'm gonna put them up around my house. They're going in my office." The new mom added, "We'll do a boob cast."

  • Meanwhile, Wilkinson could be planning a book. In a new Twitter post, Hugh Hefner announced that the autobiography will be called Sliding Into Home.
  • The second season of Wilkinson's reality show kicked off this past weekend.

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

Alice in Wonderland was the top movie at the box office for the second weekend in a row, with a big lead over the rest of the top ten. Its total domestic take of $208.6 million so far has made it the top grossing of the seven films star Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton have made together, surpassing 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The thriller Green Zone, starring Matt Damon as the leader of a U.S. Army team who stumbles onto a conspiracy over the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, opened in a distant second place. It was directed by Paul Greengrass, who also directed Damon in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Debuting in third place was the romantic comedy She's Out of My League, starring Jay Baruchel as a geek who has to figure out how to make the relationship work when a gorgeous girl, played by Alice Eve, falls in love with him.

The romantic drama Remember Me, starring Twilight's Robert Pattinson and Lost's Emilie de Ravin as a couple whose romance is threatened by secrets in their past, opened in fourth place. It also stars Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper. Debuting at Number Six was the comedy Our Family Wedding, starring Ugly Betty's America Ferrera as a Hispanic woman marrying a black man. Forest Whitaker, comedian Carlos Mencia, and Lance Gross co-star.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- MARCH 12-14

  1. Alice in Wonderland, $62 million
  2. Green Zone, $14.5 million
  3. She's Out of My League, $9.6 million
  4. Remember Me, $8.3 million
  5. Shutter Island, $8.1 million
  6. Our Family Wedding, $7.6 million
  7. Avatar, $6.6 million
  8. Brooklyn's Finest, $4.3 million
  9. Cop Out, $4.2 million
  10. The Crazies, $3.7 million

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!

DAVID SCWIMMER IS ENGAGED: David Schwimmer recently got engaged to his girlfriend, Zoe Buckman, according to EW.com. The 43-year-old Friends star reportedly met the 24-year-old British photographer in 2007 while he was in London directing the 2007 flick Run Fatboy Run. It's the first marriage for both.

GISELE BUNDCHEN LAUNCHES BEAUTY LINE TODAY: Model Gisele Bundchen is launching a new beauty line today (March 15th). The eco-friendly products are called Sejaa Pure Skincare. According to People.com, the line will use all-natural ingredients, "thoughtful" packaging and recycled paper.

BACHELOR JAKE REPORTEDLY HIT ON ANOTHER WOMAN: Bachelor Jake Pavelka, who proposed to Vienna Girardi more than three months ago, reportedly hit on another woman after they got engaged. An insider tells Us Magazine that he was spotted chatting up a woman at a Dallas Mavericks game back in mid-January. The onlooker said he followed the woman to the concession stand, took her hand and said, "'You might have seen me on a TV show.' He said 'I think you are so beautiful, and you shouldn't be standing here alone.'"

JOHNNY WEIR -- NOT 'FAMILY FRIENDLY' ENOUGH? Figure skater Johnny Weir claims that he wasn't invited to join the Stars on Ice tour because he wasn't considered "family-friendly" enough. He tells Access Hollwyood, "I totally understand that I am a little outrageous in some ways. I'm a little un-P.C., but I really wish I had the chance to perform for the American fans."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

BETTY WHITE LANDS ANOTHER GIG: At 88 years old, Betty White sure is one busy lady. She just landed a guest-starring gig on the season finale of ABC's The Middle. According to People.com, White will play a disciplinarian who chastises "Brick" (Atticus Shaffer) about not returning overdue library books. The episode tapes this week and will air in May.

KATHERINE HEIGL PROBABLY NOT RETURNING TO GREY'S: A source tells People.com that Katherine Heigl will likely not return to ABC's Grey's Anatomy after the current season. She was due back after maternity leave, but is reportedly negotiating her way out of her contract. The insider says, "The details, the timeline of that -- it's all shades of gray. The terms of her exit are still being sorted out."

GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS ANNOUNCED: Joy Behar, Cynthia Nixon and the ABC series Brothers And Sisters, along with NBC's Parks And Recreation are among this year's recipients of media awards from GLAAD -- the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Awards were handed out over the weekend in New York City. See the winner's list: http://tinyurl.com/yhvp6cn

EVAN RACHEL WOOD AND GUY PEARCE LAND GIG: Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pearce have been tapped to co-star opposite Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce, an upcoming HBO five-hour miniseries.

BOBBY FLAY HEADED FOR 'AMERICA'S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT': Food Network star has signed on for NBC's America's Next Great Restaurant. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he'll serve as an investor and mentor as well as a judge.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN MAY TURN DIRECTOR: Dustin Hoffman is reportedly in talks to direct Quartet, a movie about a retirement home for opera singers in England, according to PerezHilton.com. The film is based on a 1999 comedic play of the same name.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX WILL NOT PLAY POE: Despite reports to the contrary, Joaquin Phoenix isn't set to play Edgar Allen Poe in a new flick. Rumors circulated that Phoenix had plans to return to the big screen in a biopic about the writer, but his rep told GossipGop.com that the story isn't true.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

Monday, March 15, 2010


AXELROD PREDICTS HEALTH CARE VICTORY, BUT NOT ENOUGH VOTES YET:
The House Democrats' head vote counter said Sunday (March 14th) that they still hadn't gotten enough votes to pass the health care reform legislation, even as the White House's